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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro BTIA local branch holds general meeting and elects new board
The San Pedro chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) held their annual general meeting on Wednesday, November 29th at Fido’s Courtyard. The meeting was attended by several members of the local chapter, along with its board members headed by San Pedro BTIA Chairwoman Tamara Sniffin, as well as BTIA Executive Director, John Burgos, other representatives from the BTIA and special invited guests Valentino Shal and retired Police Superintendent Rudolph Orio. The meeting touched a wide range of topics, from sustainable tourism to marketing, membership and tourism security. At the end of the gathering, elections were held and a new board was installed.

San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament begins on Ambergris Caye
The San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament officially started with a marathon at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro Town this past weekend on Sunday, November 26th. Participating in the opening marathon were three teams, San Pedro High School (SPHS), Xtreme and RCGO, who enjoyed a fun day of competitive softball. The official softball tournament will begin on Sunday, December 10th at 9:30AM. Softball enthusiast and Islanders are invited to come out and enjoy a softball day at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex.

Orange Walk celebrates 7th Annual Tacos Festival
The seventh annual Tacos Festival, one of Belize’s most anticipated tasty celebrations, took place on Sunday, November 26th at the Banquitas House of Culture in the northern town of Orange Walk. The food festival showcased a wide variety of tacos in different styles and tastes, attracting thousands of Belizeans from across the country. The festivities also included cultural presentations and live performances by local artists. Vendors at various booths tried their best to impress the crowd, as well as the judges, who at the end of the day would choose the top three winners for the best tacos of 2017.

Wil Lala retires as U.S. Warden, Tamara Sniffin honored to replace him

Illegal dredging activities reported on the west coast of Ambergris Caye; DOE to investigate
Concerned San Pedro residents have reported sightings of an alleged illegal dredging site around an islet on the western coast of the island by a local businessman. According to the allegation, the person in question also has intentions of selling the islet to a resort near the area. The islet, which seemed to have been abandoned, happens to be the private property of a local developer. A reliable source told The San Pedro Sun that the owner of the islet is already looking to pursue a lawsuit against the said businessman if he continues his activities on and around the small island. The source also added that the culprit has been using the names of the leaders from the local authorities in order to get away with his activities.

Belikin Beer’s 2018 Calendar officially unveiled in Belize City
The 2018 Belikin Beer Calendar was officially released at a launch party on Saturday, November 25th at Belize City’s Ramada Princess Hotel and Casino. Hundreds of the calendar fans attended the launch party, eager to get a signed copy of the anticipated calendar and the opportunity to meet the featured models. The event also included live performances and an after party that went into the wee hours of the night. At 6PM, for a fee of $10, attendees gained access to the party and their own copy of the calendar. All 12 featured models greeted their fans, signing their pages, and even taking pictures. Calendar holders were thrilled with the finished work of Belikin’s annual calendar, and are already speculating what the 2019 calendar might bring.

Ambergris Today

Miss Centroamerica Belize Places Second In International Pageant
Our lovely country of Belize is gaining more experience in the pageantry world and the lovely ladies who proudly represent us to the best of their abilities are doing a mighty fine job. This past week Khristal Jones represented the Jewel at the Miss Centramerica pageant in Managua, Nicaragua and brought home the second place title. Khristal made an online post where she explained some of her experience in Managua and stated briefly that she faced a few challenges due to the language barrier but despite that she pushed through, made friends and managed to make it to the top finalist and won the title of Miss Integración Centroamérica.

San Pedro Dance Academy Performs At Dance X 2017
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture in collaboration with the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) held a Dance Expo from November 22 to the 26. Dance X was taken to Orange Walk, Dangriga, San Ignacio and Belize City. The San Pedro Dance Academy was invited to perform at the Bliss Institute of Performing Acts where they performed two dances, “La Pollera Colora” choreographed by Renan Azcorra and modified by Yakarelis Hernandez and “Rio” choreographed by Yakarelis Hernandez. The Dance Academy received a certificate of appreciation for the performance on Saturday, November 25, 2017.

Misc Belizean Sources

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R.I.P. Ms. Ofelia Alamina
Miss Feli passed away yesterday around noon after close to 91 years on this Earth. Funeral arrangements are still being finalized, but it is expected that the funeral will take place on Monday here on Caye Caulker. Our deepest condolences go out to Rose Marin and the extended Alamina family.

BELIZE DEFENCE FORCE SOLDIERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA
The Ministry of Defence informs the public that since the deployment of the thirty-five soldiers (35) to Dominica on 01 November 2017, their contribution to the repairs of schools and other infrastructures has been invaluable. So far, they have refurbished two school buildings, repaired the Catholic Cathedral of Dominica, constructed a temporary fence at the Windsor Park Cricket Stadium, renovated the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) building, repaired the roofs of the Veiella Police Station and the Museum in Kalingo Territory.

United States Embassy in Belize Donates Equipment to the Belize Police Department
The Belize Police Department continues to be the beneficiary of assistance with training and equipment from the United States Government through its embassy in Belmopan. Belize has been gifted fourteen (14) Afix Tracker Systems to be installed in key locations at Police Stations country-wide. The United States Embassy has also provided the training for over 30 Police and Scenes of Crime Officers from all the districts, on how to use and operate these systems. The Afix Tracker System, an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), is a biometrics system commonly used by law enforcement agencies around the world. It allows for finger and palm prints recovered from crime scenes to be digitally captured and then compared to fingerprint records from a data bank in the AFIS system. The system is equipped with a fingerprint and palm print live scan system and a mug shot camera, which allows for digital finger and palm prints and photos to be digitally captured in real-time from arrested persons.

Casting Auditions for the Mexican Film "Tragic Jungle"
Dec. 2 & 3, Chetumal, 9am-5pm

Senior National Volleyball Teams Fundraising Scrmmage
Dec 2, B.E.S.Multicomplex Building

Team Origin from the Corozal Junior College (CJC) participated in the Beltraide Hackaton 2017
They were victorious in securing First Place. Yes, you heard it! 1st PLACE. They created a platform called YouTility which would serve the purpose of facilitating two way communication between the utility service companies and the general public. This platform will allow clients to pre-register for a utility service; access utility bills along with historical records; submit a report of an issue with a utility service with the user's geo-location; obtain answers to basic questions using a Smart Bot. The utility service companies will have access to a Web app with a dashboard that will provide a means of pushing notifications and news to the clients as well as a map of all reports coming in from the users. Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is looking forward to continue developing the platform. Congratulations to CJC for fostering innovation and team-work! Team Origin: Carl Galvez, Michael Sabido, Risela Magana, Tsungwei Wu. A special thank you to the two teachers, Mr. Omar Riverol and Mrs. Nydia Young. They really worked very hard with the students after school hours, into the night and weekends.

The Big Ferry is back in the water!
It even got a paint job. I am sure it will move much faster now! The Ministry of Works is working overtime to complete the work on the top of the ferry. They are optimistic that by end of day Sunday, it will be fully operational and back to normal hours. Very exciting news for our villages in the North. The New River Stop will reopen to the public 7 days a week beginning on Monday morning, December 4th again. We are excited to get back at it! The MOW even scraped the Corozal side all the way to the last bump leaving town after the curve.

Support a Worthy Cause
Grand BBQ Sale at the Purple Office next to Atlantic Bank in Corozal this Saturday, December 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All proceeds will go to Jarbi Alvarez who was involved in a traffic accident but needs further medical attention due to some complications. Tickets are available for only $7.00 a plate.

Walk for a Green Belize 2017
The DOE has uploaded pictures from the 2017 Walk for a Green Belize. A huge thanks to everyone and all the businesses involved! In related news the Cayo BTIA is having a highway clean up tomorrow from Kontiki to Benque, and it starts at 8:30am. All are welcome.

SHJC and UB Head to ATLIB Finals
The Sacred Heart Junior College Scorpions Male team and the University of Belize Black Jaguars Female team are heading to Belize Saturday for the ATLIB basketball finals. Have fun, and do your best. The best are from the West!

Belize's Wonder Women! Mrs. Julietta Burrowes-Lewis
For the month of December we are proud to announce that Mrs. Julietta Burrowes-Lewis is our Belize Wonder Woman! Julietta Burrowes-Lewis began piano lessons at the tender age of five at Pallotti Music School and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God in Florida. Julietta has been teaching music to children and adults alike since the age of 15. She has accompanied on piano and directed numerous children’s and adult choirs including the Belmopan Choral Society.

Belize, ICF Olson Launch AI Travel Experience Gam
"The Hunt for the Crystal Maiden" lets players "choose your own adventure" by enabling them to determine their journey through Western Belize, whether to further explore animals, jungles or people. ICF Olson calls this game the "first of its kind in the travel industry" that elevates the traditional tourism campaign by enabling people to determine what they want to see and explore.

Guardian of the Chiquibul
Three kilometers east of the Guatemala border, the forest fell silent. Four hours earlier we had left Tapir Camp — the entrance to the Chiquibul forest — via a newly cut trail off the Caracol Road, to trek to the Cebada region of the Chiquibul and document a sinkhole re-discovered by the Friends for Conservation and Development’s (FCD) Karst Management Unit (KMU). FCD co-manages the Chiquibul forest which represents 7.7% of Belize’s national territory and the KMU is tasked with surveying the Chiquibul’s cave system, the largest in Central America. Under cloudy skies the six of us — two members of the KMU, three FCD rangers and myself — shouldered our packs, shifted loads, buckled straps and began the gradual uphill hike to the new sinkhole. During the first few hours of silent walking we saw brocket deer, great curassows and crested guans, howler monkeys lounging in the canopy, macaws, parrots and parakeets flying overhead. Underfoot were coral snakes, lizards, leaf cutter ant columns and spider webs — lots of spider webs. We heard rustling, hissing, grunts and the ever present chainsaw-like whine of cicadas, first in the distance than washing past like a wave before retiring into the forest expanse.

Worlds AIDS Day
It's Worlds AIDS Day and what better way to celebrate it than to congratulate our dear friend, which we miss so much, Mr. Felix Ayuso, on being presented with the Narciso Franklin Caliz HIV Unsung Hero Award, recognizing his remarkable passion in advocating for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Congratulations amigo Felix Ayuso! San Pedro Town is grateful for all your work and efforts in spreading awareness of HIV/AIDS.

Government of Belize to Host Stakeholder Consultation for the European Development Fund National Indicative Programme
The Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities will be hosting a stakeholder consultation for the European Development Fund National Indicative Programme (EDF-11) on the 4th of December 2017 at the Western Regional Conference Room. The consultation is scheduled to commence at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at midday. The overall objective is to discuss implementation modalities and programmes to raise the living standard of the Belizean population and meet Belize’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2020 and beyond.

BWRC's 5th Annual Gala
The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic had their 5th annual Gala fundraiser, and once again, the food and atmosphere made for a wonderful night. More pictures on Dropbox. Pictures on fb.

Food for the Soul Luncheon
Bauce Foods is having a luncheon at the Soul Project on Sunday. You can order chicken parmesan or buffalo chicken cheese steak. Let them know ahead of time if your interested in a delicious lunch. It's only $10, and the subs come with yucca chips. "Come join us for an afternoon full of delicious food and local wines! :) Bauce Foods is happy to present our hot sub sandwiches made with our homemade Italian bread. Join us Sunday December 3rd at the Soul Projetct from Noon until 4pm.

3rd National Entrepreneurship Convention
The U.S. Embassy was a proud sponsor of the 3rd National Entrepreneurship Convention held yesterday under the theme ‘Connecting Ideas, Creating Opportunities.’ Ms. Deborah Lingwood, the Embassy’s Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, along with Ms. Bryn West, Political Officer, joined over 200 participants at the conclusion of BELTRAIDE’s month-long schedule of activities celebrating Belizean entrepreneurs. As part of the Convention, Ms. West also participated on a panel addressing the ways to strengthen Belize's entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Embassy congratulates the six teams who participated in the hacakathon as part of entrepreneurship month, especially the winners, Team Origin from Corozal Junior College!

Channel 7

Two Charged For Beheading, Accused Has Killed Before
Belmopan police have again moved quickly to wrap up a high profile murder case - this time it's the beheading of Hilton Wade. Late this evening, Cotton Tree residents Raphael Mencias and Elroy Grinage were arraigned in Belmopan Magistrate's Court. Mencias was charged for murder while Grinage was charged for abetment and conspiracy to commit murder. We are told police have solid evidence linking the pair to the murder including bloody clothing, shoes, and a motorbike that may have been used to transport the head from the murder scene. Best information suggests that it may have been a property dispute, because Wade was illegally occupying a structure and had made it his home. He may have been killed as a means of ejecting him from the property where he was squatting.

Former Chamber President Hulse Questions BCCI
Should the government pay the 90.6 million dollars to the Belize Bank? All across Belize, views are very divided on this - and the sense we get is that most regular folks just don't know. Indeed, it's a complicated situation with no easy answers - not even for the PUP - who still haven't said how its parliamentarians will vote! But for the UDP - with the exception of the Prime Minister - it's almost a matter of doctrine now: they cannot pay the 90 mil. And that's why the party has publicly bristled at the statement from the Chamber of Commerce. That private sector umbrella group blamed both political parties and said that the UDP should honor the debt. That's a complete reversal from 2007 when the Chamber membership vowed to stage a shutdown and withhold business tax payments if the then Musa government used public funds to pay Universal's private debt.

BDF Commander To Investigate Lt. Col. Roches
We've been reporting on the case of Lieutenant Colonel Charlton Roches for over a month. The Ministry of Defence called in the Auditor General to investigate whether there had been any shady money dealings between the BDF and Roches's private company, Belize Jungle Experience. The Auditor did raise some serious questions - and now, finally, the BDF Commander is appointing his own team to investigate. The Force Orders issued yesterday say that the Acting Commander has directed 7 persons, including 5 BDF staff and two ministry of Defense staff to, quote, "conduct an investigation to an alleged incident involving Lt Col C Roches." The team is led by Lt. Col. Loria.

11 Year Old Knocked Down Trying To Cross Busy Hwy
An 11 year old boy was knocked down yesterday evening in Belize City - at a busy area of the highway. It happened between miles 3 and 4 near DK Supermarket. Emmett Burgess was crossing the Phillip Goldson Highway to meet his Grandmother. But, he never made it across; the child was hit by an oncoming vehicle. He is listed in a stable condition and reportedly broken his arm. The driver, 29 year old Ralph Burns from Lords Bank has been served with a notice of intended prosecution.

Cab Driver Guilty of Sexual Assault On Teen Hire
A 44 year old cab driver will spend the weekend in jail while he awaits sentencing for sexual assault on a teenaged girl who hired his taxi. It happened in January of this year when a 15 year old girl, testified that she hired Galindo to take her to a guest house in the city where her mother works. But, on the way there the girl testified that he touched her on the thigh 3 times. The girl said Galindo told her not to say anything otherwise he will have her mother fired. The girl's mother testified that her daughter came to her crying and told her what Galindo did.

Conch Babies On Board Bus
A Sarteneja fisherman will have to pay an almost ten thousand dollar fine after he was caught with undersized conch and undersized lobster tails. Yesterday Police stopped a Chell bus at a check point on Phillip Goldson Highway. where and found 3 white pigtail buckets with lobster and conch. Asveldo Flores said they were his - and police turned him and the shellfish over to the Fisheries Department. They counted 353 undersized conch and 7 undersized lobster tails. Today in court, he was fined a total of $9,610 by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. In addition to that Flores owes the court $1,565 for a conviction of possession of conch during closed season dating back to 2015. He was ordered to pay half of that outstanding fine before he could be released from custody.

PSWT Says Come Again
Last night, we told you about the latest developments in the dispute between the 600 retired public officers, the Public Service Union, and the BNTU. The retired public officers want the Union's Public Sector Workers Trust to relinquish management and control of 7.8 million dollars in backpay. We reported last night that the retired public officers and representatives got an injunction to stop the Trust and their loans programs on Monday. That's the information that the claimants themselves shared with us, and if indeed that was the outcome, it would have been huge, since the Trust was supposedly being forced to stop spending the money. Well, by midday today, the Public Sector Workers Trust fired off a press release insisting that the claimants, and by extension this news station, got it all wrong.

US Donates To Immigration Dept,
Since the start of the Senate Hearings, all the news about the immigration department has been about unearthing years and years of shady dealings in fraudulent nationality documents. Well, tonight there is some good news, or let's say lighter news. The US Embassy yesterday donated 6 MIDAS mobile readers to the department. The readers cost about $72,000 Belize. A release states " The mobile readers will be used to capture immigration information at established and informal border entry/exit points."

BDF Did Good In Dominica
At the beginning of last month, we told you how the Ministry of Defense deployed 35 BDF soldiers to Dominica to help with the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Maria devastated the island country. Well, the BDF is reporting tonight that in the 30 days that the soldiers have been there, they have put in major work for the Dominicans. They have refurbished two school buildings, and they've repaired the Catholic Cathedral of Dominica. The soldiers have also constructed a temporary fence at the Windsor Park Cricket Stadium, and they've a renovated the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency building. The BDF platoon has also repaired the roofs of the Veiella Police Station and the Museum in Kalingo Territory. They have also assisted in the transportation of construction materials to different parts of the island, and they've provided cost estimates for various rebuilding projects.

Competition Of The Coast Guard Warriors
And while those BDF soldiers in Dominica continue to put in back breaking work, for the last 4 days, officers from the Coast Guard and the BDF have been competing in a strenuous show of physical prowess. They were competing in the 4th annual Coast Guard Best Warriors competition, an event designed to push the participants to their limit to see who are the toughest soldiers. The competition came to a close today, and we stopped by to speak with one of the officiators about how it went: Cmdr. Elton Bennett - Vice Commandant. Bz Coast Guard: "This year's coast guard best warrior competition was the highlight of our calendar and for this year. It started off on the 28 of November which is Coast Guards anniversary celebrating 12 years. We had the best warrior competition, 6 teams participating. We invited 2 teams from the BDF and that went well. We certainly appreciated the presence of the BDF, raised the level of the competition of the Coast Guard. So we covered 6 events and in the period of 4 days."

Rowan's Nomination Needs Your Support
Rowan Garel became a household name when he was just a kid, climbing the Victoria Peak as a blind 12 year old. And that was just a start for the consistently impressive young man. And now he has a chance to be the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador. He has been nominated for that prestigious title and we spoke to him today via phone in New Jersey where he is attending university about this honour:.. Sahar Vasquez reporting: In his short lifetime, he has accomplished more than most. He climbed Victoria's Peak, walked across Belize, dove the Blue hole and those are just a few of his many accomplishments. But what makes these accomplishments even more impressive is the fact that he did these things without the ability to see.

Tourism Promises Strong Fourth Quarter
Two days ago we told you about the sluggish growth of the economy in the third quarter. But, government is counting on a strong fourth quarter in the tourism sector to end the calendar year showing modest growth. But, can tourism deliver? Yes, the official numbers are up - but the word on the ground is not as optimistic. We asked the president of the Belize Hotel Association, Ted Tejada what the fourth quarter will or can do for the economy:.. Ted Tejada - President BHA: "This year for the first time ever we are having Air Canada start their flight to Belize. Last year we had WestJet from Toronto. This year they expanded the route from Calgary to Belize. Now they are also having the Toronto flight and now Air Canada is adding another flight from Toronto to Belize. We also have Southwest that started last year and the numbers of these airlines are telling us that they are performing close to 80% occupancy. That means that there is more people coming to the country."

Inspiration Information
The Inspiration Calendar and Agenda is more than just another organizer, it's a celebration of children with diverse abilities, and a way to provide funding to the center that supports them. The 2018 edition was launched today by the Special Envoy For Women and Children, Kim Barrow and McNab Visual Strategies. The Executive Director of the Inspiration Center told us what's inside:.. Joycelyn Lopez, Executive Director, Inspiration Center: "What the calendar does is highlights the abilities of our children because if you look at the artwork it brings out their personality and if you look at the photos, some of them are like Wow! You know, so it really focuses on their abilities and when the time comes to do the calendar and just to do the artwork, to work with them it is always an interesting and joyful experience be a use you get to see how the kids bring out their talents."

Courts Comes through With Big Check For Unsuspecting Customer
We're 24 days away from Christmas, and Courts is already in the festive mood of giving with their holiday raffle of thirty thousand dollars cash. They announced the lucky winner today. But instead of simply giving him the money, the staff decided to play little prank on him. Our news team was there to see it unfold, and Daniel Ortiz has that story: During his lunch break from work, Paul Ruiz walked through the front doors of Courts' Belize City Headquarters. He came to pick up his prize from a raffle he won. He was told that he won a microwave, but little did he know, that was a ruse. What he actually won was a cash prize of $30,000, and he was about to be given a cheque for that amount. The employees at Courts wanted to capture his genuine surprise and delight, so they told him to come pick up this "microwave":

On The First Day Of Christmas, Mayor Gave The Gift of Gab
So, while Courts was giving away those big bucks to Paul Ruiz, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley was busy playing tour guide to a group of senior citizens living at the Sister Cecilia Home for the Elderly. It's part of City Hall's 12 Days of Christmas, and their objective is to spread a little Christmas cheer in the run-up to the holidays. We stopped by and saw tour guide Darrell Bradley in action. He told us that he enjoyed the company of the senior citizens: Darrell Bradley - Mayor of Belize City: "This is part of our 12 days of Christmas. So, one of the things that the City Council did last year is that we created a program where that for 12 consecutive work days, starting the 1st going into 12 days we are going to have different acts of charity that the city council does or staff does for various members of our community."

AIDS Day: The Right To Health
Today is World Aids Day, observed under the theme "The Right To Health." All over the world health activists are spearheading various activities to highlight the day and generate HIV and AIDS awareness while downplaying stigma. In Belize City that meant an awareness fair and free HIV Testing at the Battlefield Park. We found out more. Arthur Usher, National Aids Commission Communication and Programs officer: "Well we have a very wide range or programming today. We have an official ceremony which will also commemorate those who have been working in the field and giving them an unsung hero award. We also have partner agencies like UNFP, the department of youth services, and the Ministry of Health. We have local artists doing live displays throughout the day and again it is an interactive event. We have games and all this information so that people can really come out and enjoy the day but at the same time get educated about HIV."

Everybody Do The Yoga
The second annual Yoga Festival will be taking place at the Harbour View Greens in Belize City this weekend. The festival has a lot to offer not just to experienced yoga practitioners, but also for beginners and newbies. Organizer Michelle Williams told us more. The festivities start at 6 am tomorrow and tickets are available at the gate.

A Market For Corozal Farmers
Today in Corozal, a new Wholesale Farmer's Market was inaugurated. It was financed by the European Union through funds from the Accompanying Measures for Sugar. The idea is to encourage diversification of the agricultural production base in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts - to get away from simply that mono-crop of sugar - because world prices are going down. Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse says the new market will offer an opportunity to farmers:.. Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture: "People buy and sell produce. Produce come from people also, from the farmers which my ministry represents, people growing, people toiling in the sun, people putting their sweat and blood and having to bring those produce and for the most part in this country a middle man grabs it and he makes all the money..."

Channel 5

Two charged in beheading murder of Hilton Wade
A duo suspected of having participated in the gruesome decapitation of fifty-six-year-old Hilton Wade, in Cotton Tree Village on Wednesday, has been charged with murder.  Wade’s alleged killers are also [...]

Chamber of Commerce says debt must be paid, come what may
The matter of the Universal Health Services debt, and what the Government intends doing about it, continue to dominate the news. Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s scathing response to the Belize [...]

Businessmen balk at new taxes, time for reform
A no vote in parliament, says Usher, raises repercussions beyond the U.H.S. debt. A default would trigger a ‘risk premium’ on the international financing market for borrowing by both Government [...]

Don’t shoot the messenger!
That said, is there concern from the business community that the relationship between Government and private sector could be damaged? Chamber President Nikita Usher agreed with us that the tone [...]

Third parties weigh in, with strong condemnation
The Belize Progressive Party is calling on Belizeans to persuade their area representatives to vote in favour of satisfying the U.H.S. debt and on civil society to make a demand [...]

Investigative team named to look at B.D.F. audit
Weeks after it came to light that there was alleged hanky panky in the B.D.F. Lieutenant Colonel Charlton Roches is being investigated by a team of fellow Belize Defense Force [...]

Child survives hit and run in Belize City
An eleven-year-old boy is hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. after he was knocked down in front of DK Supermarket on the Philip Goldson Highway. A vehicle stopped and a driver signaled [...]

Taximan convicted of molesting minor in vehicle
After almost a week in trial, Belize City taxi-man, Nestor Gallindo, a Salvadoran national, was found guilty today of committing an aggravated assault upon a fifteen year-old minor on January [...]

G.S.U. nails two-time deportee for not reporting
Belizean Akeem Garnett, a deportee and resident of Amara Avenue, Belize City was today in court to answer to a single charge of failure to comply with the requirements for [...]

Local government officials to be trained on UNCAC
Saturday next, December ninth, is the one year anniversary of Belize’s becoming a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The Government has been tasked with laying the groundwork, [...]

Safeguarding the right to health on World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is observed every first of December in honor and memory of those who have battled and are still battling against the deadly scourge of H.I.V./AIDS. This year’s [...]

Who’s the Best Warrior of them all?
A week of grueling activities undertaken by law enforcement officers concluded today with the most demanding challenge that tested the wherewithal of the participants. Both the Coastguard and the B.D.F. [...]

Security forces headed to border
A sixty-mile bike ride to the western border in the Toledo District is being organized for members of the security forces and civilians alike. It’s a first-of-its-kind initiative which will [...]

B.N.T.U. says GOB must pay UHS debt
Still on the matter of the U.H.S. loan, News Five spoke today with the president of the Belize National Teachers’ Union, Elena Smith. Her organization has adopted a preliminary position [...]

Inspiration Center looks forward to 2018
The Inspiration launched next year’s agenda and calendar today in Belize City. Celebrated under the theme “See Me, Hear me…I have the right to equality,” the agenda and calendars are [...]

Twelve days of CitCo Christmas charity
The countdown is officially on to December twenty-fifth, that most wonderful time of the year as the song goes. But for many, especially after a year of tragedy, it will [...]

Belize City lights its Christmas Tree!
And keeping it on the Christmas theme, at news time this Friday evening, downtown Belize City is glowing just a little brighter, as the Belize City Council and Bowen and [...]

Relax with weekend yoga festival
The second annual yoga festival is happening this weekend. The event, which brings together local and international yoga instructors, will have two all day sessions of different types of yoga [...]

Paul Ruiz has thirty thousand reasons to celebrate Christmas
Paul Ruiz is thirty-thousand dollars richer tonight. The Courts customer bought a whirlpool washer and stove and got tickets to enter into a Courts &Whirlpool thirty-K raffle – and he [...]

Women can do anything – even govern!
“Women Can Govern” – it’s not only a statement of fact, but now it is also a book. Building People Movement has published a book that looks at the development [...]

Fu We Flavaz is new kid on restaurant block
With Yhony Rosado and Tom Greenwood, tour operator David Almendarez has become a musketeer against the ills of the tourism industry. But he is also a big dreamer and risk-taker, [...]

LOVE FM

BNTU: Judgment Must Be Honored
A Sitting of the House of Representatives has been scheduled for Friday, December 8. It is then that parliamentarians who present themselves will either vote yes or no or abstain from voting with regards to the ninety point six million dollar UHS debt owed to the Belize Bank Limited. The CCJ ruled that the Government […]

What position will NTUCB take concerning the $90 Million?
The Belize National Teachers Union falls under the umbrella union, National Trade Union Congress of Belize, NTUCB. According to BNTU President Elena Smith, the NTUCB will be deciding on its position with regards to the debt owed to Belize Bank Limited. The decision will be made during its monthly meeting tomorrow. Elena Smith, BNTU President […]

VIP urges GOB to Settle the Debt
The Vision Inspired by the People is urging the Government of Belize to settle the UHS debt owed to the Belize Bank Limited. In a release, the VIP warns that quote “any failure by Government to pay its debt will only multiply the cruel financial burden on Belize.” End of quote. The VIP believes that […]

BNTU’s President sets the Record Straight
Last night other sections of the media reported that an injunction was granted against the Public Service Workers Trust and the Belize National Teachers Union. A release from the trust says the claimant in the case had, in fact, sought an injunction from the court to restrain the unions and or the trustees of the […]

Victims of Anti-Discrimination will soon have some Legal Recourse
An Anti-Discrimination Bill is in the making. It is the brainchild of Laura Tucker Longsworth, Chairperson of the National AIDS Commission. According to Tucker Longsworth, the bill will address discriminatory practices in the workplace and provide victims some legal recourse. The cabinet paper has been prepared and now begins the lobbying, Tucker Longsworth told Love […]

Two Men charged with the Murder of Wade
Police have charged two men in connection with the murder of 56- year-old Hilton Wade. They are 29- year- old Raphael Mencias and 36 –year- old Elroy Grinage. Mencias was charged with murder while Grinage was charged with abetment and conspiracy to commit murder. Both appeared in court today and were remanded until March 2, […]

Minister of Finance Holding Up the Commercial Center’s Renovation
The Commercial Center was scheduled to be renovated; however, no progress has been made in that regard. The building which is located downtown Belize City has become an eyesore. Mayor Darrell Bradley explained that the Belize City Council is eager to move ahead with this project, however, the only delay is the Minister of Finance, […]

CitCo wants Memorial Park to Pulsate with Activities
The Memorial Park has been remodeled with kiosks, which is a partnership between the Belize City Council and the Belize Tourism Board. Mayor Bradley explained that the intention is to attract businesses so that the park will pulsate with activities. Darrell Bradley – Mayor of Belize City “One of the challenges we have had both […]

CitCo: Getting into the Christmas Spirit
The Belize City Council today started its twelve days of Christmas initiative. Today, December first, and for twelve working days after, the City Council staff will be doing twelve acts of charity in the City, says Mayor Darrell Bradley. This year the Council kick-started the event with a city tour for the elderly which was […]

Security Forces participate in Torch Run
The annual law enforcement torch run began today in Punta Gorda. Paul Mahung spoke with the coordinator. Paul Mahung, Love FM “The law enforcement torch run is coordinated by Inspector Elroy Carcamo of the Belize Police Department.” Elroy Carcamo, BPD “Law enforcement torch run is a fundraising and sensitization event that commenced in Belize since […]

Man Found Guilty of Sexual Assault
Forty-four year old Nestor Galindo, a taxi driver originally from El Salvador, was found guilty of sexual assault today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. She remanded Galindo into custody until Monday, December 4, for sentencing. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on January 2, 2017. The complainant, a 15-year-old girl, testified that she hired Galindo […]

Man ordered to pay $9,610 for illegal Possession of Fish
Twenty-five-year Sarteneja fisherman Asveldo Flores, was fined a total of nine thousand six hundred and ten today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford after he pled guilty to possession of undersized conch and undersized lobster tails. At about 2:30 p.m. yesterday Police stopped a Chell passenger bus at a checkpoint on Phillip Goldson Highway. One of […]

Police destroy a Large Quantity of Drugs
Police have destroyed over three hundred pounds of marijuana. The drugs were destroyed on Thursday by Belmopan Police. Officers destroyed thirty-one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven point ninety-eight grams or a little over seventy pounds of cannabis, twenty-four cannabis plants, point six grams crack cocaine, eleven point two grams cocaine, and one board pipe. Under […]

BDF help to Rebuild Dominica
Last month thirty-five BDF soldiers went to Dominica to assist in the rebuilding efforts. An update says so far they have refurbished two school buildings, repaired the Catholic Cathedral of Dominica, constructed a temporary fence at the Windsor Park Cricket Stadium, renovated the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) building, repaired the roofs of the […]

US Embassy Donates to Immigration Department
On Wednesday, the US Embassy handed over six MIDAS mobile readers worth approximately seventy-two thousand dollars to the Immigration Department. The equipment was handed over by Steven Davis of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Specialist at the US Embassy. The donation was received on behalf of the Government of Belize by […]


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Another beheading
Shortly after 6 o’clock Wednesday morning, a villager of Cotton Tree, on his way to work, came across a plastic bag near a makeshift bus stop in the village. Something about the bag must have made the man suspicious, and made him decide to open it and see what was inside. Inside the bag, the villager found himself staring at the head of a man, a fellow Cotton Tree resident, 56-year-old Hilton Wayne Wade. The police were alerted and they quickly arrived on the scene. After recovering the head of Wade, who police believe was killed that same morning, the officers visited an unfinished and unpainted cement bungalow house where the deceased had resided, about a quarter mile from the bus stop.

$90 million debt “morally reprehensible”
Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow held a press conference this morning at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel, where the main topic on the agenda was the 90-million-dollar judgment handed down against the Government by Belize’s highest court, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The judgment, which favored the Belize Bank over the government, is based on a sovereign guarantee for a loan from the Belize Bank to finance the Universal Health Services (UHS) that was secretly signed by then Prime Minister Said Musa in 2004. The CCJ’s ruling placed the government on the hook for 90 million dollars, but the court stopped short of making an enforcement order, leaving it up to Belize’s legislators to vote in Parliament on whether or not to make the payment.

Judge declares mistrial of Belizean in Florida triple murder case
Reports reaching Belize are that the trial of Belizean Brian Hyde, 21, accused of a gruesome triple murder in Lehigh Acres, Florida, was halted less than two hours after it began because a witness referred to the immigrant status of the accused, thereby prejudicing the jury against the accused, forcing a Lee Country judge to declare a mistrial. Hyde was charged with three counts of second degree murder for stabbing his aunt, her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend in August of 2015. Dorrien Pitts, the husband of Dorla Pitts, 37, whom Hyde has been accused of killing, along with Starlette Pitts, 17, and Michael Kelly, 19, was testifying at the opening of the trial on Wednesday. Pitts reportedly was only on the witness stand for about three minutes when he made the remark about Hyde’s immigrant status.

Yu gaan rock di hustling boat, Maria!
Former Director of the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services (DNS), Maria Marin, made her second appearance before the Senate Special Select Committee, whose job it is to investigate the findings of an audit into the practices at that controversial department. At the start of today’s hearing, Marin read a four-page document providing an overview of her time in office. In her address, she said that she had wanted to improve the department but was first met by resistance, then intimidation, and finally victimization when she was booted from the department without explanation.

Maria Marin says the Immigration Ministry instructed officers to abandon full vetting and expedite visa applications recommended by ministers and caretakers
During her appearance before the Senate Special Select Committee today, former Director of the Immigration and Nationality Department, Maria Marin, revealed that the first thing she did when she was handed the reins of the department was to implement a new visa application process. She said that the process prior to her taking charge was, “a very haphazard one,” in which applicants recommended by UDP Ministers and caretakers bypassed certain required procedures. Marin was quizzed by the committee for more details. Here is the exchange that took place:

Briceño says Barrow must step down if he can’t convince his Cabinet to vote “yes” on the CCJ order
Following a parliamentary caucus meeting yesterday evening, Leader of the Opposition (People’s United Party), Hon. John Briceño, said that if Prime Minister Dean Barrow cannot convince his Cabinet members to vote in favor of the motion for compliance with the 90-million-dollar CCJ (Caribbean Court of Justice) judgment in favor of the Belize Bank, then he should step down. The PUP, however, have not as yet formulated a united position on the CCJ judgment. Briceño explained to reporters, “What we did today as a caucus, we met to discuss the issue in front of us, the matter of the 90-million-dollar judgment from the Caribbean Court of Justice, and we’re not at the point of making a decision as to whether it is going to be a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ or whatever. We want to be able to get the facts, for us to get a proper understanding as to what has been taking place under the Barrow administration.

Semifinals completed; the stage is set for PLB Finals game 1
The Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season is now down to two teams, Belmopan Bandits SC and Verdes FC, after completing the second leg of the semifinals series this past weekend. With 6-goal margins from their first games of the semifinals, both the Bandits and Verdes coasted through their semifinals home game, to set the stage for what has become perhaps the most anticipated finals showdown in years. On Saturday night at their Isidoro Beaton Stadium, home standing Belmopan Bandits SC jumped to a 2-nil first half lead, and cruised to a 3-1 victory over a game San Pedro Pirates FC.

Smart Mundialito reg. seasons ends; quarterfinals and semifinals this weekend
With playoff hopes on the line, a full schedule of 6 games were played on Saturday, November 25, at the Marion Jones Sports Complex field, to complete the regular season in the Smart 13 & Under Mundialito Closing Season 2017. In game 1, Trimmet Lopez scored both goals to give Mahogany Heights the 2-0 win over Collet FC. Game 2 saw BDF/Ladyville Rising Stars shutting out Sampson Academy, 3-0, with a goal each from Caesar Garcia, Jerdie Divas and Steven Rivera. In game 3, it was Warriors FC, 1-nil, over Ladyville Jaguars, courtesy of a goal by Mushay Grant. Kayia Requena shook the net for RG City Boys, and Max Jones tallied for Carlston FC, for the 1-1 draw in game 4. In game 5, Brown Bombers won, 2-0, over Reality Youth, with a goal apiece from Keyden Shay and Brandon Smith. And in game 6, it was Hattieville Riverside Boys, 5-0, over Corinthians, with 2 goals each from Enoch Rhaburn and Jose Almendarez, and the other from Brandon Rogers.

CYDP Peace Cup weekend results
The CYDP Peace Cup continued over the weekend, but only 1 of the 4 scheduled games were played on Saturday, November 25, at the MCC Grounds. In the only game played on Saturday, Kelly Street FC bombed Kings Park Strikers, 7-2, with 2 goals apiece from Steven “Breds” Baizar and Delroy “Tin Man” Andrews, and 1 each from Francis “Franco” Andrews, Leon “Lem” Jones and Tyreek Muschamp; while Kings Park Strikers got a goal each from Jose Martinez and Travis Eiley. In the other scheduled games, Tut Bay FC won by default (3-0) over Face of Belize; Ebony Lake FC won by default (3-0) over Third World FC; and Police Street FC won by default (3-0) over Survivors FC.

Judge to decide whether Inmas Espinal is guilty of attempted murder
On Thursday, December 7, Justice Adolph Lucas is expected to give his verdict regarding a charge against Inmas Espinal, 20, for the attempted murder of Jose Antonio Saravia, a naturalized Belizean, originally from El Salvador. The trial, which was without a jury, began on November 3. The incident for which Espinal was charged, occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on March 15, 2012. Saravia testified that he was walking on Rose Cousin Street and when he reached in front of Espinal’s house, Espinal came out of his house and stabbed him once in his abdomen with a knife.

The stadium was named after Dada’s stepfather
As we’re going to press tonight, our “Football Flashback” story on page 50 of this issue has unearthed an interesting piece of information, for me, at least. I had pointed out “Dada” (Edison Cooper) in the front row of Clinton Gardiner’s “West Block” team picture, because the caption wasn’t clear as to which three players actually constituted the front row in the picture. By identifying Dada, who I knew well (we sometimes called him “Big Dada”), having played on a team with him, it would follow that the next two players on our right would make up the front row. But highlighting Dada led to an interesting aside, as it caught the attention of our editor, Russell Vellos, who played for some years in the 70s with the Belmopan Selection. Russell made an observation about Dada’s stepfather that is noteworthy; but he wasn’t 100% sure.

From The Publisher
A group of us were reminiscing this Tuesday morning about our experiences with Hurricane Mitch in 1998 (probably late October). One of the group said that Carlos Fuller, Belize’s chief meteorologist at the time, had not been exaggerating about Mitch, because Mitch did some absolutely devastating damage to Honduras, and I believe parts of Guatemala and Nicaragua got their share, so to speak. Belize escaped with not a scratch physically, but there had been days of fear which reached near panic, if not outright panic, in many cases that Tuesday morning when Mitch’s ominous eye, with Category 5 velocity and storm surge, stared straight at Belize. The thing about Mitch was that this was the first monster hurricane when everybody here had cable television and when we Belizeans could see what was in store for us, with the same Mitch feature stories being repeated every 20 or 25 minutes on the Weather Channel. (What we mean by the last part of the previous sentence is that a storm doesn’t move or change that much in a half hour’s time, so we were watching almost the same alarming thing over and over.) We Belizeans sat in front of the “boob tube” as if we were mesmerized.

Bluff poker, and the pot is $90 mil …
If we are going to reason with each other in this essay, the first thing you have to understand, and we are sure you do, is that 90 million dollars is a lot of money. In the streets, people kill each other for a burger. For $90 mil, people begin to think outside the box, people begin to think drastic, even if they are billionaires, like the British peer Lord Michael Ashcroft, or multimillionaires, like the Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Honorable Dean Oliver Barrow. Belize’s final court of arbitration, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), ruled last Wednesday that the nation-state of Belize, run by the aforementioned Barrow, owes the Belize Bank, owned by the aforementioned Ashcroft, 90 million dollars, with 17 percent interest (compounded) continuing to accrue until the money is paid. As we understand it, high courts in the United Kingdom and in the United States had also previously ruled in substantially like manner as the CCJ did last Wednesday. In between those pro-Ashcroft rulings, the Supreme Court of Belize and the Belize Court of Appeal, separately, had ruled in favor of the Government of Belize.

Major Lloyd Jones opines
Dear Editor, “Fishes don’t swim on land! Look around where you are, do you see any fishes swimming around? Bet not. You know why fishes don’t swim on land? Because the environment on land is not supportive of marine life. “Every day we complain about our corrupt politicians but the fact of the matter is that WE have created the environment that attracts the kind of politicians we have. Politicians come and politicians go but the PEOPLE remain.” — Major Lloyd Jones, Facebook post November 16, 2017. “Where a person crosses the floor under the circumstances referred to in section 59(2)(e), the leader in the House of Representatives of the political party as a candidate of which that person was elected shall, within seven days of such crossing of the floor, so notify the Speaker in writing of such member having crossed the floor.” — Section 59 A (2), the Belize Constitution, Chapter 4 of the Laws of Belize (as amended).

To pay or not to pay … that is the question
Dear Editor: In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, five titans of industry emerged in the United States. These men would set the tone and model for modern capitalist businessmen and corporations alike for the rest of the 21st and the way it seems, for the foreseeable future: Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his fortune from shipping and railway, was shrewd enough to see when competition in the shipping industry was getting too intense, but was able also to see the potential of rail and capitalized on it. John D. Rockefeller, on the other hand, understood the need for energy in a growing and more industrialized world and the role that crude oil would play in that. He saw crude as the way of the future, first not only as kerosene for lighting, but gasolines also for the powering of engines.

Belizean Stanislaus December 3, 2017
No, Colin. PR (Proportional Representation) will not work. Many countries in Europe have used it and abandoned its use. So have many cities in the United States. It will really not advance democracy in Belize. What is our population? 400 thousand. Too few, too small to be further splintered by a proliferation of political parties. Our economic and financial resources are too sparse to be spooned out to a hundred wanabe prime ministers. Belize is at the moment of a great awakening. We now realize what it took the great American people one hundred and thirty one years to learn. From 1776 to 1907 it was ruled by a legislature, half of which was appointed, for it was the legislature of each state that appointed two Senators. By an amendment the course of American history was changed when they decided to create an oversight agency that no politician could ignore. The amendment provided that every State would elect two Senators who would have together with his colleagues the power to impeach and remove even the President of the US.

Football Flashback!!
Retired Lands Commissioner Clinton Gardiner provided us with this piece of memorabilia from the early days of the new capital, Belmopan, which was officially opened in 1970. Though the picture is somewhat faded, Clinton also included some helpful notes, which we reproduce in toto below: Back Row (left to right) – Jacinto “Tash” Gutierrez, Lawrence “Changs” Nicholas, Clinton “Mover” Gardiner, Raymond “Ray” Davis, Windell “Willy” Middleton, Marion “Sir P” Paulino Middle Row (left to right) – Octavio “Rocks” Flores, Karl “Dutsie” Enriquez, Allanston “Jimbo” Myers Front Row (left to right) – Edison “Dada” Cooper, Leonard Guy, George Stevens

GoB didn’t explain
Godwin said (at GoB press conference Wednesday morning) that there is no loan. What we understood was that we were the GUARANTOR of a loan. Our GoB didn’t BORROW; our GoB GUARANTEED. We know that many, many, many GUARANTORS have been left holding the bag. Picking sense out of nonsense, a group favoured by the then government, the PUP, failed in the hospital business, and the government, which had been wanton with DFC and SSB funds, so couldn’t go there, went out on a madabig limb and guaranteed a loan for them at the Belize Bank. Fast forward to political trouble, and the people who failed with the hospital, sold or gifted the paper ownership to a new group, headed by a man from foreign. Enter a new government, handed the stewardship of the country so they could make things right. This new government stood by and for a decade or so allowed the new entity to run the hospital, collect profits if any, and most likely not make payments towards the loan our GoB guaranteed.

Clinton Arthur Davis’s tragic murder remains unsolved
Last Tuesday, Clinton Arthur Davis, 53, did not return to his family and home at Mile 5 on the George Price Highway. On Friday, his badly decomposed body was discovered about 150 feet from the entrance of his property. A piece of stick was stuck down his throat. An autopsy was performed on his body in Burrell Boom, and the body was then transported to Mile 13 on the George Price Highway, where it was buried. His family is planning to hold a memorial service to bring closure to his tragic end. In the meantime, police are continuing their investigation of the murder of the real estate agent, who, his family has confirmed, was involved in a dispute with a family member over the property on which he has been residing for over three decades.

Family of 4 charged with ammunition and cannabis offences
Late this evening, four persons were arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford for possession of 8 rounds of ammunition and 40 grams of cannabis. They are Sonia Shepherd, 61; her son, Kenrick Danderson, 40; her daughter, Aretha Danderson; and her grandson, Ahkeem O’Brien, 18. They pleaded not guilty to the charges. One of the charges, keeping ammunition without a gun license (for which bail is not offered by the Magistrate’s Court), prevented the Magistrate’s Court from offering them bail, but their attorney, Dickie Bradley, had already filed bail applications for them at the Supreme Court.

Laborer charged with unlawful sexual intercourse released on bail
Justin Foreman, 22, a laborer of Independence who was remanded into custody on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse, was released on a bail of $7,500 that was granted to him today by Justice Adolph Lucas. Foreman was arraigned in Independence Magistrate’s Court on November 22. The incident for which he has been charged, occurred on October 2. The complainant, a primary school student who was 12 years and 11 months old at the time, reported to the police that Foreman took her to a house in Bella Vista and had sex with her. Foreman was represented at the bail hearing by attorney Anthony Sylvestre. The Crown was represented by Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett.

The Reporter

Belize Progressive Party says GOB should pay up
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) is demanding that the Government of Belize pay its outstanding debt to the Belize Bank to keep the country from going into further disrepute in the eyes of the international community. The BPP issued a statement today challenging the Prime Minister’s statement […]

Addicted to Your Phone? It Could Throw Off Your Brain Chemistry
It’s hard to escape screens; there is a roughly 100 percent chance you are looking at one right now. And though the long-term effects of screen time are still being studied, the effects of excessive internet and smartphone use are well-documented. “Pathological” internet use has been linked to depression in […]

American tourist accidentally falls off Mayan pyramid
An American nurse who was visiting the Xunantunich Maya ruin in Western Belize is lucky to have escape with superficial injuries after she accidentally fell from off the highest Mayan pyramid at the site. Police report says that the woman identified as 37-year-old Courtney Howard was in […]

World AIDS Day 2017
The National AIDS Commission held the official ceremonies for World AIDS Day 2017 at the Battlefield Park this morning. The event gathered various health sector partners such as the Ministry of Health, and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to disseminate pertinent HIV/AIDS and other sexual reproductive health information to the […]

Hacker crashes Sunday lottery countrywide
On Sunday, lottery buyers throughout the country, except for only two locations in Belize City, were unable to contract their favourite numbers for that morning’s draw because someone hacked into the computer system which controls the printing of lottery tickets, shutting down the entire system. […]

Drug plane found burnt in corn field
The police and the Belize Defense Force (BDF) are working together to determine the circumstances of a small aircraft that landed in a cornfield in rural Orange Walk on Sunday and then was mysteriously destroyed by fire before investigators could reach the scene. The plane […]

Police detain several persons for murder of real estate agent
Police say that Clinton Arthur Davis, 53, who was found dead not far from his house off the George Price Highway near mile 5 1/2, was murdered and that they have detained three persons pending investigations, the most recent of whom was in custody on […]

Police say Indian medical student not missing but running
Police say that an Indian medical student who was initially reported missing is not really missing but running and they are trying to confirm the reason behind it. Maninder Singh, 21, who resides at #80 Los Lagos, and who attends the Belize Medical College on […]

Japanese Government donates over US$87,000.00 to Belmopan City Council
The Belmopan City Council, on Monday, received grant funding worth US $87,539 from the government of Japan to assist in their purchase of a new garbage compactor truck. The Council says that in recognizing their role in the collection of garbage within the city and surrounding communities […]

BTB app puts Cruise Tourism info in your palm
Cruise tourism industry professionals can access real-time notifications about ship arrivals, passenger numbers, and all other statistics access about their industry: – past, present and future, in the palm of their hands the new, free BTB Cruise App, which the Belize Tourism Board launch date […]

Marijuana under review at CARICOM forum
Marijuana, its de-criminalization or possible legalization, and the possible health issues and legal fallout were the hot topics of discussion when the CARICOM’s Regional Commission on Marijuana hosted a series of national consultations in collaboration with the Attorney General’s Ministry of Belize Best Western Biltmore […]

The good, the bad and the future of Belize’s coral kingdom
Alexander Tewfik – Nov 15, 2017 The Belize barrier reef complex is a globally exceptional collection of precious coral, seagrass and mangrove habitats bejeweled by hundreds of sandy and forested cayeswithin a massive emerald lagoon, crowned by three magnificent atolls – Turneffe, Lighthouse, Glover’s – that nurture and protect the […]

Rowan Garel competes for title of 2017 Caribbean Adventure Ambassador
Belize’s very own, Rowan Garel, 19, the fearless and inspiring visually impaired boy who climbed Victoria’s Peak is competing against four Caribbean nominees for the title of 2017 Caribbean Adventure Ambassador. Rowan recently emerged among the top five contestants in the first round of voting, leading the […]

Lung cancer: Causes and symptoms
The majority of cancer deaths in men and women nowadays are caused by lung cancer. What’s worse is that the vast majority of lung cancer deaths are also caused by something we have control over and that is most often times self-inflicted – voluntary smoking. […]

Pink Eye cases almost back to normal
Pink eye cases are on the decline countrywide, with the Belize, Cayo, Orange Walk and Corozal districts showing significantly lower numbers of infections as opposed to a few weeks ago when pink eye infections peaked at over 18,000. The Ministry’s Epidemiologist, Dr. Ethan Gough shared […]

Street games are back
The Belize City Council, Gateway Youth Center, Police Department and Youth Apprenticeship Programme, teamed up this past weekend to revive the Street Games, community sports initiative. A total of 12 basket ball teams and five foot ball teams faced off in front of Atlantic Bank on Albert […]

Pay it back
In the heyday of the PUP under Prime Minister Said Musa, and his Finance Minister Mr. Ralph Fonseca, Dr. Victor Lizarraga was an inside player. He received several contracts to build government houses, and when he expressed his desire to build a private hospital, Prime Minister Musa arranged for the […]

Finger Pointing Belizeans pay for costly blame game
In the wake of the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) recent ruling, which straddles Belizean taxpayers with a mammoth $90 million bill for the secret UHS loan guarantee, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Opposition Leader John Briceño have done little more than point fingers back […]

Ex-convict detained for Cotton Tree beheading
A Cotton Tree man was brutally murdered this week in gruesome fashion, stabbed as many as 28 times and decapitated. His severed head was left under a bus shed in Harmonyville and discovered on Wednesday morning. Police now reportedly have one person detained for the […]

PM Barrow and Chamber lock horns
Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) engaged in a heated exchange of press releases this week over the pending $90 million payment in the settlement of the Universal Health Services (UHS) arbitration award. The Chamber fired the first […]

“Nothing but the truth,” Marin takes the stand again
Former Acting Director of Immigration Maria Marin, made bold declarations that government ministers were violating the application processes at the department, when she appeared for her second testimony before the Senate Special Select Committee this week. Marin, who prefaced her testimony with a prepared speech, […]

FCD alarmed by large clearings in Chiquibul
The intrusion into the Chiquibul National Forest by Guatemalan farmers has gotten increasingly worse over the years, with illegal clearing and farming now happening on such large scales that the lush flora and fauna is being destroyed by acres, compared to plots about a decade […]

Orange Walk town holds annual tacos fest
Since 7:00 this morning – and running until the last taco is served – the Banquitas House of Culture in Orange Walk town is holding that 7th annual Tacos Festival. The event has grown over the years to include tacos of every type made in […]

Ministers say they will vote against motion for GOB to pay Belize Bank $90 Million
Several ministers of government have gone on record to say they will vote against a motion, whenever it is brought up in the House by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, to have the government pay the Belize Bank some $90 Million, as ordered by the Caribbean […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Boy (11) in hospital after being knocked down by vehicle on Philip Goldson Highway
Yesterday around 5:40 PM, officers visited the KHMH where they observed 11 year old Emmett […]

British news paper encourages travelers to visit Belize during Christmas season
Rounding out another good year for international mentions for Belize, Independent.UK, a British online news […]

Police charge two for gruesome beheading of Cotton Tree man
Police have charged two men for the gruesome murder of Cotton Tree villager, Hilton Wade. […]

GOB to host stakeholder consultation for European Development Fund National Indicative Programme
The Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities will be hosting a stakeholder consultation for the European […]

Hit and run accident in Corozal
According to reports, a man was knocked down in a hit and run accident a […]

Leaked memo confirms funds missing at San Ignacio’s Magistrate Court
BBN has obtained a copy of a leaked memo that confirms that monies went missing […]

Rowan Garel leading race for Caribbean Adventure Ambassador
Visually impaired but confident and inspirational, Rowan Garel, 19, is competing for the Caribbean Adventure […]

Atlantic Bank San Ignacio Branch invites you to Christmas loan fair tomorrow
Christmas is only 24 days away and Atlantic Bank San Ignacio Branch is offering great […]

VIP says Belize Bank and law firm close to PM Barrow must be investigated
The Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) has joined in on the condemnation of the […]

BDF soldiers making a difference in Dominica
The Ministry of Defence informs the public that since the deployment of the thirty-five soldiers […]

Court pulls the plug on Public Sector Workers Trust
On Monday, 600 public servants filed an injunction against the Public Sector Workers Trust and […]

US Embassy donates fingerprint ID system to Belize Police Department
The Belize Police Department continues to be the beneficiary of assistance with training and equipment […]

Belize Bank says ‘time will tell’
The Belize Bank, in response to Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s press conference regarding the $90 […]

Hispanic man detained for gruesome beheading of Cotton Tree Man
On Wednesday, we reported that Cotton Tree Villager, Hilton Wayne Wade, 56, had been gruesomely killed. […]

Moist weather to continue
Mostly moist weather is expected to prevail over the next 24 hours with cloudy skies […]

US Embassy donates 6 MIDAS mobile readers to Belize Immigration Department
The Ministry with responsibility for Immigration and Refugees received six MIDAS mobile readers from the United […]

Finnegan and Saldivar hold opposing views on upcoming FFB election
By Glenn Tillett: Between these lines … “I’m not riding with anyone Jules, but I would want to […]

Police issues report on American tourist that fell from Maya site
According to police reports, around 11 am today, Benque Viejo police responded to a report in San […]

Blogs

Clouds Move In as We Head Into December and A Weekend Preview
Yesterday was a busy afternoon. I was scheduled to take the water taxi from my home (next to Xtan Ha Resort, 7 miles north) to San Pedro town. Pick up guests for “the camp” – Cayo Frances Farm & Fly. Meet a boat and take them up to the camp. I walked out to meet the Coastal Xpress water taxi at Xtan Ha Resort. Xtan Ha is constructing a new over the water restaurant and bar. On the left is the old building – this photo taken in 2013. Low clouds hanging over the island – the edge over Central Park.

Corozal Farmer's Market was inaugurated this morning
Wholesale Farmers Market is now open for farmers to come and sell their own products in Corozal. Everyone gathered at the new Farmers Market in Corozal. This morning a Ceremony was made to inagurate the new market so the farmers can sell their products to locals. It commenced at 9:30am. This new Market will help hard working farmers to sell there fruits, vegetables and other products cheaper. And, it will benfit from the locals, instead of crossing to chetumal to buy products it will be even cheaper buying it from this market in Corozal. During the ceremony presentations was made by different schools. During every speech made by the different Ministers, they all expressed on how to keep this Market going, clean and Safe. They all mentioned this market is for everyone who are willing to sell their local products in the market. Awards where given and Cutting of the ribbon. New bathroom was installed at this location for users, looks excellent inside. New shade area, new parking space. If you haven't been here at this market come visit this market only in Corozal. Free food, free bags and soft drinks where given at the event.

Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Sale is happening right now at Corozal
Its that time of the year when Christmas feeling is here and everyone are preparing for Chtistmas. Today, it is all about sale right next to Belize Bank in Corozal. Since 8am this morning, the event commenced with live music. with various different businesses, they are giving huge discounts on their products. Smart is giving double up, Zara's, Belizebank, win a car, Santa Clause is here, Happy Cow Cheese, Belizean coffee, furnitures, and lots more are on discounts right now until the last products is sold out. Come out right now before everything is sold out. Music is provided by dj and come take photos with Mr. Santa Clause.

South Island Pool time and Gorgeous Weather
Every day I can easily find a good reminder of why I am still happy I moved to Belize. Lately, it is the absence of cold that has my spirits high. Even though it is in my nature to hibernate like a bear in winter, and could easily do so way too much, I made myself get out and do something fun. My friend Rick was doing a first time trip to the island for the day and asked if I wanted to hang out. My editor/friend Shirlee had invited me for some pool time and said yes to my request to bring a plus one. We headed south to Royal Palm Villas and spent a peaceful few hours chatting by the pool and watching the activity beyond it in the Caribbean Sea. The San Pedro Sailing Club was out on the water, there were boats doing drop-offs nearby and people enjoying dock time.

Saving the Orange-breasted Falcon from Extinction
There was a commotion at the Customs and Immigration area at Philip S.W. Goldson’s International Airport in Ladyville, Belize. Huddled around a large pet carrier, uniformed officials, along with a few baggage handlers and I peered into the crate…and blinking back were four, wide-eyed white fuzzballs with large beaks. No, this wasn’t an alien invasion; the adorably kooky looking chicks were the VIP’s of the esteemed Orange-breasted Falcon (OBF) team of biologists and researchers who have been surveying and color-banding OBF’s in Belize since 1992. In an unprecedented effort to save this endangered species, the program has been introducing captive-bred OBF’s into their wild habitat in the Maya Mountains of western Belize for the last ten years. The pieces came together when I meet skilled local birder Jonathan Urbina in 2014 while birding with the Belize Audubon Society, and learned that at the time he was working with the OBF program. I begged to connect with his boss and founder of the Orange-breasted Falcon Project and captive breeding program Mr. Berry.

Caribbean Spice hot sauce made in Cayo, Belize
In the deep Jungles of Belize in the High Mountains were the owner's of "Caribbean Spice" are located in the Pine Ridge a tropical rainforest with lush flora that provides an infinite variety of Caribbean Spice flavors where their local Habaneros are grown in a black soil ground. Habaneros are grown straight from their back yard, Caribbean Spice Has many flavors to offer which includes 6 species basil one wild and native to this area which was often used by the Mayans, sage, 10 types of chili peppers, lemon balm, Mayan wild rosemary,

International Sourcesizz

Travel Advisory Mexico
A. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS 1. Only Passports and “Border Cards” (Tarjeta de Visitante Regional - TVR) are valid for entry to Mexico. 2. TVRs issued by Mexican Immigration authorities are valid for travel to #QuintanaRoo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas only and only for 3 days – including the day of arrival. For information on applying for a TVR, please see: https://www.gob.mx/…/eres-guatemalteco-o-beliceno-y-deseas-… Even when using a TVR, travellers should ensure that they are in possession of a valid passport. Just in case. 3. Permits issued by Belize Immigration authorities are valid to EXIT Belize but NOT to ENTER Mexico, that includes Chetumal and even if only for a day. The practice of paying for a "Pass" from Mexican immigration authorities is irregular and could result in legal difficulties.

Victim's Mom Says There's a Person of Interest in Mysterious Slaying of Couple in Belize
The investigation into the unsolved double slayings of an American man and his Canadian girlfriend in Belize earlier this year now includes a person of interest somewhere in the United States, as the FBI continues to probe the mysterious killings, the slain man’s mother tells PEOPLE. Char DeVoursney, whose son Drew DeVoursney was found strangled in early May in northern Belize, says a federal agent continues to investigate what happened, traveling regularly between America and the Central American country. “A lot of them [FBI agents] were over there in the very beginning and then the one FBI agent we heard got assigned to the case. … He comes and goes back and forth to Belize to check what’s going on and he had been over there recently, and I think this is how this news came about now,” Char says.

Political Unrest Grips Honduras After Disputed Election
Honduras was on the edge of political turmoil on Thursday, with the opposition candidate accusing vote counters of trying to “steal our victory” in an election whose results are sharply contested. The candidate, Salvador Nasralla, said Wednesday that he would not accept the count of the country’s electoral commission, whose computer tally showed that President Juan Orlando Hernández had closed a gap that initially put Mr. Nasralla ahead in the voting that ended Sunday. Mr. Nasralla’s statement that he would not accept the count represented an about-face from a letter he had signed a few hours earlier along with Mr. Hernández. Brokered by the Organization of American States, the agreement committed both men to respecting the commission’s results. With ballots counted at about 80 percent of polling places, the candidates’ vote totals were almost even when Mr. Nasralla backtracked on the agreement. A final result is expected on Thursday.

Six Caribbean territories and states eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis
The World Health Organization has validated Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Saint Kitts and Nevis as achieving dual elimination Saint Kitts and Nevis/ Geneva, December 1, 2017 - Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis were today certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “This elimination is the result of our strong political commitment to public health and of making the health of mothers, children and families a regional priority,” said Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis. Over the last six years the Caribbean has succeeded in reducing new HIV infections in children by more than half. “This is an amazing achievement given the high rates of HIV in the past, and we intend to improve on this success story even more in the future.”

Videos

  • Inter - American Development Bank / Min. of Education - Education Quality, 36min.

  • 11 3rd Annual Miss Belize River Valley Pageant Candidates The Zenaida Moya Show September 13th,2017, 66min.

  • CUTEST BEACH TOWN FOR JUNGLE AND MAYAN ADVENTURES - PLACENCIA, BELIZE!!!, 24min. This week we travel to beautiful Placencia, Belize and this place is AMAZING! Here our family explores Mayan ruins, learns traditional Mayan culture, and navigates the jungle with jaguar tracks at our feet and howler monkeys above our heads!!! All to come back to the cutest little beach town with the most perfect beach outside our back door….sigh, when can we go back!!??

  • World AIDS Day 2017 in Orange Walk, 5min. Orange Walk HIV/AIDS Committee held its annual awareness fair at the Central Park to conduct free HIV testing and provide counselling on the disease.

  • Effective Combinations for Maximum Burn, 30min.

  • Grace & You Black Fruit Cake with Browning Sauce, min.

  • Belize Now | Friday, December 1, 2017, 26min. 1. Prime Minister explains government’s next step in UHS saga after CCJ decision 2. Government of Belize responds to Guatemala’s public education campaign 3. Belize joins the world in observing World AIDS Day 4. National Emergency Management holds press briefing on closing of 2017 Hurricane Season 1. San Narciso Polyclinic Inaugurated 2. Roadway upgrade in Belize Rural North

  • World Aids Day message from Special Envoy for Women and Children, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize, and Chair of Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow. , 6min.

  • How our Forestry & Patrol Team at The Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI) helps EVERYONE.., 1.5min.

  • Parasailing fun in Belize, 1.5min. Parasailing fun in Belize with my Little sister. What an awesome thing to have done.

  • Just a Taste of Belize Cuisine 2017, 7min.

  • One Year Abroad Part 2: Yucatan & Belize, m5.5in. Chichen Itzà, Cenote Pueblo Fantasma, Tulum, Caye Caulker and Holchan Marine Reserve.

  • Belize Trip 2017, 11min.


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