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The San Pedro Sun

Matachica inaugurates new housing facility for employees
On Thursday, November 30th, Matachica Resort & Spa held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate their new housing facility for employees. Attending the ceremony was the owner of Matachica Resort & Spa, Daniel Lighter accompanied with his wife Maude Boutin, Manager of Matachica, Gricel Graniel, San Pedro Town Mayor, Daniel Guerrero, Councilor Ruben Gonzalez, Mayor Secretary Yolanda Parham, and resort staff members. Lighter then shared what motivated him to build the housing facility for his employees. “The success of Matachica was my motivation to build this house for my employees, as a way of giving back to them. There are many beautiful places that tourists can go and spend their vacation, but they choose Belize for the unforgettable experience the people provide to them. I believe that without my 80 employees that we have today, this resort would not be the same. I could have simply just renovated the old employee’s house, but I said no to myself, as I wanted to provide them with a comfortable, decent, and healthy environment for all the hard work they put into my resort.” Lighter further said, “We have a space ready for a gym as well, the equipment will be arriving anytime now. I will also purchase Play Stations and other things so that my employees can be entertained, and let them feel at home.” He also told The San Pedro Sun that another project that he will be doing for the employees is to construct a football field for recreational purposes.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Town Council Holds Lighting Of Christmas Tree
‘Tis the Season to be Jolly! The San Pedro Town Council held its official lighting ceremony of the Town’s Christmas Tree on Sunday, December 3, 20017 at the Central Park. It was fun filled event which island residents and tourists enjoyed as they joyfully counted down together for the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Lady Dixie Bowen addressed the crowd and briefly related as to how her late husband, Sir Barry Bowen and their daughter, Courtney Bowen began the tradition of the lighting of the Christmas Tree. After the formalities students from different schools performed songs and dances for the festive occasion. The main performance for the evening was the Pandemonium Steel Band who delighted the crowd with Christmas songs and other Caribbean beats.

National AIDS Commission Awards Felix Ayuso Jr. On World AIDS Day 2017
World AIDS Day 2017 was celebrated on Friday, December 1, 2017, under the theme “Right to Health”. The National AIDS Commission launched its Francisco Caliz Unsung Hero Award and awarded six Belizean unsung heroes for their advocacy work on HIV/AIDS. The late Felix Ayuso Jr. was awarded and receiving the award was his son JoVan Ayuso. As we all know Felix Ayuso was a prominent activist in our community and was the former chairperson of the San Pedro AIDS Commission where he devoted his time and endless love. Felix led a very successful campaign in creating awareness and educating the community about the human race’s plight against HIV and AIDS. He was the face of the AIDS Commission in San Pedro and represented the National AIDS Commission in international meets. His hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed and for this and many other reasons the National AIDS Commissions awarded our beloved Felix with this prestigious award.

San Pedro UDP Holds Endorsement Convention
The United Democratic Party of San Pedro held its endorsement convention on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex. The San Pedro UDP team is the only one in the country to re-endorse the same team and did so with high spirits and amongst a cheerful crowd. After opening remarks by former Mayor Elsa Paz the endorsement of the UDP seven team took place and were as follows: Celsa Benguche and Yolanda Parham – Hector ‘Tito’ Alamilla Ivette Ramirez and Severo Guerrero Sr. – Flora Ancona Elsa Paz and Ramon Guerrero – Ruben Gonzalez Christian Guerrero and Alex – Gary Greif Pablo Rodriguez and Suyapa Alejos – Severo Guerrero Jr. Richard Cordova and Marco Gonzalez – Gabriel ‘Gaby’ Nunez Manuel Heredia Jr. and Phillip ‘Billy’ Leslie – Daniel Guerrero

Misc Belizean Sources

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South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Wednesday DECEMBER 6, 2017 @ 7pm, Lone Star Grill & Cantina. Agenda: Subject to change) 7:00 Welcome, Introduce guests 7:10 Treasurer’s Report 7:20 Incident Report 7:30 Neighborhood Updates 7:40 New Business 8:00 Open Floor Christmas Surprises!!!!!

Primary School Teachers wanted immediately at Holy Cross School
Contact school office at 226-3456

Justice of Appeal Franz Parke Resigns
The Office of the Prime Minister is in receipt of a copy of a letter sent to the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young by Justice of Appeal Franz Parke in which he tendered his resignation from the Belize Court of Appeal with immediate effect. The Office of the Prime Minister understands that Justice Parke made his decision in order to spare the Court any exposure that a trial on the issue of his tenure would create.

Caye Caulker BTIA Public Discussion
It's time to put all your complaints and ideas to actions! Please attend this meeting. CCBTIA is looking for a strong team that is ready to volunteer their time for objective #2.

Unnamed US Nationals hid ammunition cache in container to Belize
On Monday, 27th November, 2017 Custom personnel handed over to police three 9mm empty magazines, one hundred 9mm Hallow Point Rugger Brand, twenty 9mm ball point Rugger brand rounds, eleven 204 Rugger brand, forty 204 A- Merc Rugger Brand Rounds, Black Remington Brand Model 700 gun Barrel S/NG 6916030, Firearm trigger assembly, piece rifle bolt assembly S/N 6030, black 9mm slide with barrel, and Firearm trigger assembly. These items were found in a container imported by two US Nationals. On Friday the 1st December 2017 a further search of the container was conducted with the assistance of Police K9 Unit. This search led to the discovery of the following:

Bz. Coastguard in vehicle with ammunition
On 03.12.2017 at 10:58 a.m., police intercepted a blue Nissan Xterra Sports Utility Vehicle on Vernon Street in Belize City. Police searched the vehicle and discovered a black plastic bag containing (4) 12 gauge Cartridges. 22 year old Kenroy Reynolds, a CoastGuard, 20 Cyril Banner, 43 year old Hart Anthony, 18 year old Kaylynn Young, were all escorted to the Police station where they were formally arrested and charged for Kept Ammunition Without a Gun License.

Officer allegedly accidentally shoots and kills a suspect
On 03.12.2017 at 1:35 p.m., Police responded to a Robbery report at the football field in the Arizona area of Teakettle Village. Upon arrival Police saw a male person identified as "JOSE" who immediately ran away from the officers and fell into a barbed wire fence. The police officer chased after him, allegedly fell and his gun allegedly and accidentally fired a single shot that hit "Jose" to his right leg. The man was transported to the Western Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Cayo man killed
On 03.12.2017 at 3:40 p.m., Police visited a residence on Domingo Cruz Street, San Ignacio Town, where they saw the motionless body of 33 year old Victor Spain. Spain a cab driver of Domingo Cruz Street, San Ignacio Town was stabbed multiple times.

NOTICE: Renewing Tour Operator Licensing Advisory
Please be advised that all Tour Operator Licenses expire on December 31, 2017. Applications for renewal are now being accepted at BTB's Belize City and San Pedro Offices. Any Operator who fails to complete the entire renewal process by December 31, 2017 and continues to operate is deemed to be operating illegally.As per Section 9(2) Tour Operator Regulations S.I. No. 12 of 2006, the Belize Tourism Board (Tour Operator) Regulations, it is an offence to operate without a valid license and a person found guilty of said offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both such fine and term of imprisonment.

Poster activity for Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
PCV Emily conducted a poster activity at the elementary school in her village as part of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. She coordinated an activity at the school, with the collaboration of her Community Health Worker, in which boys placed their painted handprints on the poster, making the the following commitment: "We pledge to never use these hands in violence against females." The boys enjoyed participating in the activity and together, they hung the poster up on the school wall to spread this important message.

Special Olympic Torch Parade in San Pedro
The Torch for the Special Olympics has arrived to San Pedro Town. Everyone is invited to join the Torch parade set to start at 9am today from the Police Station.

Christmas Bird Count 2017
Any of my friends interested in joining me for the first 3 bird counts? Send me a message plz.

Splashers
Come join us to paint “Swimming Along” this Thursday at Crazy Canucks from 2-4pm. Remember to sign up to ensure your spot!

Belize vs. Costa Rica Basketball Game
Belize Wins, 77-64

Mek Di Christmas Ketch you in a Good Mood
Join RF&G Life for an evening of caroling and entertainment. For the kids there will be Santa, bouncy house, and face painting. We will also be having a singing Competition amongst various groups that will be participating along with RF&G Life Insurance Choir. Fri Dec 08 2017 at 05:30 pm

4th annual Belize Christmas Park Fest
It’s back and bigger than ever! It’s the 4th annual Belize Christmas Park Fest at the BTL Park. Over 300 toys for the kids will be given away! Plus, there will be giveaways of hams, turkeys and Christmas trees. Performances by Supa G, Dajah, DX Band, TY, TR Shine, Ernestine Carballo and Denise Castillo. Mark your calendars. Saturday December 16 from 6:00 to midnight.

Taking place today - The Belize Hotel Association Bi-Annual General Meeting
The Belize Hotel Association is hosting its Bi-Annual General Meeting on December 5, 2017 at the Banyan Bay Suites in San Pedro. You are cordially invited to hear about the BHA's activities over the current membership year, and the exciting projects scheduled for the upcoming months! Dynamic Guest Speakers ! Kindly RSVP via email to membership@belizehotels.org or call us at 223-0669.

The XI Central American Games
oday Belize Sports Council issued a release saying "The XI Central American Games are being held in Managua, Nicaragua from December 3 to 17, 2017. Belize has representation from 12 sporting disciplines at the Games. These disciplines are: Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Body Building, Cycling (Road & TT), Football, Judo, Karate, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, and Volleyball Team Belize comprises 130+ athletes, coaches, and officials.

Otakufest Anime Screening
While Otaku might not have a perfect translation into English, it doesn't mean you can't have a good time watching some anime at the Wildfire Artmosphere this Saturday afternoon. BakaBush Books and Wildfire are teaming up for this first of its kind event here in Cayo. There'll even be popcorn. "Celebrate fantasical Japanese art forms Nurture the Geek in You. Check out the display of comics and manga. Watch Anime starting at 7p! and eat popcorn!"

1st leg of the Verdes FC vs Bandits SC Finals Game
The game ended in favor of Verdes FC with a 1-0 win at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town Sunday December 3rd 2017.

GBV resources in the Orange Walk District
Domestic Violence Unit, Police Department Hospital Crescent, Orange Walk Town Telephone: (501) 322-2022 WPC. Melanie Anderson & WPC. Marilyn Pate Women’s Department – Department of Human Services Bethias Lane, Orange Walk Town Telephone: (501) 302-2058

Meet GBV activist in the Orange Walk District, Mrs. Ofelia Feliciana Novelo Campos!
Mrs. Ofelia is an artisan and instructor and the mother of five children. She graduated from La Immaculada High School in 1967 and because of her family’s financial constraint; she was unable to further her education. As a result, she ended up volunteering at the Orange Walk hospital where she obtained a certificate in nursing aid. In 1990 she volunteered at the Zenobia Megg’s Help Age (Orange Walk Town) where she visited the elderly and having a nursing background she assisted with their health checkups. Based on her personal experience, she believes that uneducated women can learn skills that will help them become independent and allow them to provide for their families. For this reason and because of her desire to help other women, she formed a women’s group in 2005, known as "MAMAS" which stands for "Mujeres Ayudando a Mujeres a Superarse" (which translate to English as Women Assisting Women to Succeed). Through this group, women acquire skills such as beading, embroidery, crochet, barbering, jewelry handicraft, cake decorating and cosmetology. MAMAS also offers counseling and lectures on important issues affecting women.

EntreCon2017--3rd National Entrepreneurship Convention
Fostering entrepreneurial ecosystem and promoting economic prosperity in Belize! The Embassy was honored to sponsor and participate in last week's EntreCon2017--3rd National Entrepreneurship Convention! Connecting ideas, creating opportunities!

MAYA Epigraphy Training
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 9 AM - 12 PM, Nuuk Cheil Cottages Jaguar Reserve Rd - Maya Center Village, Stann Creek District, Dangriga. Learn the glyphs ao you can practice & teach others your ancestral heritage.

Channel 7

Who Murdered Manuel Spain?
Tonight San Ignacio police are puzzling over the murder of Victor Spain. Yesterday afternoon, the 33 year old was found stabbed to death inside his living room. He was in a pool of blood and already decomposing. Courtney Weatherburne found that it was an unexpected end for a quiet resident:... Courtney Weatherburne reporting Victor Spain was known in his community as a discreet neighbor and a dedicated father. Voice of: Relative: "I know this man is not a person who messes with anyone and he always tend to himself and his children." But something went terribly wrong and Spain was murdered inside his home on Domingo Cruz Street. He had stab wounds on his body. Spain's 3 year son along with the boy's mother made the dreadful discovery yesterday evening.

Police Say Few Clues On Spain
Today the Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch ACP Joseph Myvette told us that the deceased was stabbed above the eye:. ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "The body was observed to have an apparent stab wound above the left eye and other bodily injuries. The last time he was seen alive was on Friday around 5:30pm and the only other person that made contact with him then was the same person who discovered his body yesterday afternoon." Spain was previously employed as a driver. Police continue to investigate and have not discussed a motive.

Cops Killed A Man In Arizona, Teakettle
Police killed a man this weekend in the Arizona Area of Teakettle Village. Now the cops claim they were following up on a robbery report and the unidentified man, known only as Jose was the main suspect. They say he ran, and that chase led the pursuing officer to accidentally fired his weapon. It hit Jose in the lower right leg, puncturing an artery and he bled out. But, the community has a different account - and Courtney Weatherburne has both sides of the story:... Yesterday afternoon, this football field was overrun with Arizona area villagers as they came out to support their favorite teams in a football marathon. But all that excitement turned into fear as police shot and killed a young man known as Jose.

Do Police Received Proper Weapons Training?
Today Commissioner of police Allen Whylie stressed that it was an accidental shooting - though a tragic one. We asked him if it could have been avoided by giving police better training on how to handle firearms. Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police: "It's a very unfortunate incident. It was explained to me it appeared to have been an accidental discharge, but nonetheless and individual died and I have directed that a thorough investigation be done by the CIB as well as the Professional Standard Branch. So that investigation is underway." Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Is the use of lethal force - do police officers received enough training in it when we hear and accidental discharge which cost a man his life. We are looking at an issue of the officer properly trained in handling of a firearm?"

12 Year Old Girl Killed In Fatal Accident
There was a terrible traffic fatality on the George Price Highway this weekend. It happened at midday on Saturday between miles 59 and 60, near Unitedville. 28 year old Didier Novelo from San Pedro was driving a Ford Explorer and he flipped while rounding a corner, causing the SUV to overturn several times. 6 people were inside, and 12 year old Lelany Chan was flung to her death. We spoke to an eyewitness who told us more:.. Voice of: Resident: "I just saw the police like everywhere and all the traffic just stopped and I saw the police and I saw one guy standing right here and the traffic was all slow then I hear the ambulance because I couldn't see it from my house then I hear the ambulance right here on the corner and I hear them carry them off. After that I just stayed in my house so just to stay out of the way and keep my dog out of the way."

Amidst Controversy New Justice Of Appeal Franz Parke Resigns Unexpectedly
After only seven weeks as a sitting Judge on the Court of Appeal, Justice Franz Parke has resigned. A press release from the Government says, quote, "The Office of the Prime Minister is in receipt of a copy of a letter sent to the Governor General Sir Colville Young by Justice of Appeal Franz Parke in which he tendered his resignation with immediate effect." End quote. You'll remember him as the judge whose appointment was controversial because the Opposition and the social partners opposed it. They said he wasn't qualified. Opposition Leader John Briceno even took out a lawsuit against the Government, and it appears that Parke's decision to step down was influenced by that. The Government press release says, quote, "The Office of the Prime Minister understands that Justice Parke made his decision in order to spare the Court any exposure that a trial on the issue of his tenure would create." End Quote.

The 90 Million Dollar UHS Nightmare: Where Did The Taiwanese 20 Mil Go?
The press also asked Briceño where he now stands on the 90 million dollars that the CCJ has ruled that the Government of Belize must pay to the Belize Bank. Nine UDP Parliamentarians have told us that they will vote against it when the Prime Minister brings it to parliament. But, in the discussion about the events that has led to this massive judgment debt, it is still uncertain what happened to some of the public monies that former Prime Minister Said Musa used to settle that UHS loan. As viewers will remember, the Musa Administration attempted to divert a 20 million dollar grant that the Venezuelan Government gave to the Government of Belize, to be used for the people of Belize. The Musa Government also diverted another 20-million-dollar grant from the Taiwanese Government. The Barrow Administration managed to get back that 20 million dollars from the Venezuelans, but there is not much mention about the other 20 million from the Taiwanese Government.

To Catch A Thief!: New Fingerprint Equipment For Countrywide Rollout
In Belmopan today, the Belize Police Department welcomed a donation of new equipment from the US Embassy. But, it's not the usual vehicles or tactical equipment - this time it's a fingerprint system, complete with more than a dozen computers, scanners and an online server. We found out how it will make crime fighting countrywide far more efficient:... It's called the AFIS technology - the Automated Fingerprint Identification System - and today I submitted my fingers to the test. Police store prints in a vast and growing database - which can now be searched within minutes:

Cayo Men Claim Police Brutality
And while the police top brass was talking about fingerprints, Cayo residents were complaining to us about bruise marks - inflicted by police. A group of friends are still recovering from that police beat down in San Ignacio. Kennedy Gentle and his friends were hanging out in front of Blue Angels Club early Saturday morning when, according to them, 5 police officers roughed them up for no reason. They were simply coming off their night out. Here is their account. But it didn't end there, we spoke to a woman who claims that police attacked her and confiscated her phone for videoing the alleged beat down in front of Blue Angels. She says a male officer choked her while a female officer punched her.

Southside SAT Just Plain "Chancey"
And while that is the story of abuse in Cayo - in Belize City it's even more disturbing. A video posted on Facebook shows three members of the Special Assignment Team beating down a man who had already surrendered. The video - captured from a security camera at an unknown address on the City's southside - shows a man in a white t-shirt coming out of his yard at 8:00 am on Sunday, apparently to meet the police who are coming for him. He raises his arms in surrender and turns his back to the police - but the police clotheslined him and threw him to the ground. Once on the ground, each of them proceeds to gratuitously stamp him - for no reason - other than to be brutal - since he is subdued and had already surrendered before that.

No Shallow Graves Found At Caye Chapel
There were reports this weekend that police had found four shallow graves at Caye Chapel, off the coast of Belize City. Well, that's inaccurate, but on Saturday the police did go to Caye Chapel after receiving information that human remains were buried in four shallow graves on the island. After searching the island they found nothing. They continue to investigate. We do know that Caye Chapel - which is a private island - has a full time security detail.

Cabbie Gets Two Years For Thrice Touching Teen Hire's Leg
On Friday we told you about the 44 year old cab driver found guilty of sexual assault after he touched a 15 year old girl's leg after she hired his cab. He spent the weekend in jail while Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford considered his sentence. Today, she sentenced him to 2 years in prison for the crime.

Finally, An Orderly FFB Election With A Winner Declared
One year and 7 months, that's how long the administration of football in Belize had been in a holding pattern. The last attempt at an election for president went for 14 hours, and at the end, the 20 delegates from the Congress of the Football Federation of Belize remained in a record breaking deadlock, unable to pick a new president between the then incumbent president, Ruperto Vicente, and his former Senior Vice President, Sergio Chuc. That forced Marlon Kuylen, the Senior Vice President Elect, to step in and run the FFB as the Acting President for more than a year and a half. Kuylen struggled make the serious changes he felt were necessary to move football ahead in Belize. And last month, he wrote an extended and scathing review of the FFB's current state of affairs.

Vicente Leaves With Sore Feelings
As we showed you in our story, former FFB President Ruperto Vicente left the elections without granting us an interview. But we tracked him down today, and he gave us some post-election comments this evening. Here's how he put it: Ruperto Vicente, Former President - FFB: "I must say that we are involved in a sports called football and in this sports sometimes we win, sometimes we draw and sometimes we lose. But the times that we lose, because somebody bullied you or played you nasty before the game and during the game and there are also times that we lose when those who make the decisions had been influenced in some way or the other. So you don't get the correct calls. So in this case we lost and I lost, because we are involved in the sports of football and so I would wish them the best. My record speaks for itself." "I have taken Belize to another level, Belizean football to another level. I made the team qualified to the goal cup for the very first time in its history and I took the national team through the 3rd round of world cup qualifiers for the first time in the history of this nation. So my record speaks for itself"

Defeated Fabro Says FFB Election Setup Is Bogus
And one other Candidate for President that we didn't get a chance to talk to at this weekend's FFB Congress was newcomer Daniel Fabro. He introduced himself to the public as a fresh-slate candidate back in October, and he tried mightily to win the support of the delegates. But, in the end he got ZERO votes, and coming out of the elections, he questioned just how democratic this process is. We asked the current president elect and his predecessor about those complaints. Here's what they told us:

A Torch Run With Real Meaning
This coming Friday the 2017 Special Olympics will commence right here in Belize City at the Mario Jones Stadium. A traditional torch run is usually done in support of the games. The Belize Police Department has been participating in the run since 2012 and this year is no different. Inspector of Police Edward Carcamo explained more on the meaningful run. Edward Carcamo, Inspector Of Police/Eastern Division Officer In Charge of Community Policing: "The purpose of the law enforcement torch run is to raise funds and sensitize the community in assistance to the special Olympic Belize for people with an intellectual disability that participate in sports." "From when we left Mango Creek we went into Placencia for a little while and then proceeded to Dangriga. We did Dangriga and went to Belmopan from there this morning from Benque Viejo. We were in Benque Viejo for a while we went to Santa Elena and then we came to Belize City southside."

Channel 5

Franz Parke Resigns as Supreme Court Case Looms
There is major news of a judicial nature tonight. Just over two months after being sworn in, and one week before trial on a fixed date claim form concerning his [...]

What Happened to Cayo’s Victor Spain?
The west turned out to be the most violent area over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, police were called out to a house in San Ignacio town where the decomposing [...]

Is Teakettle “Jose” a Robber or a Victim?
One man is dead following a shooting at the hands of the police. The victim is unidentified and had moved to the village of Teakettle about four months ago. But [...]

Person of Interest Being Sought in U.S. for Corozal Double Murder
According to People Magazine, U.S. police authorities have identified a possible person of interest in the United States as part of their investigation into the unsolved double slayings of American Drew DeVoursney [...]

Police Roughed Up Cayo Trio, Including B.D.F. Soldier, at Blue Angels
Allegations of police brutality popped up again over the weekend in the west, but tonight, the injured men have been charged and arraigned for wounding and aggravated assault.  Jeremy Gentle, [...]

Mom Says Police Acted Unprofessionally
Following their arraignment, the trio was given bail of two thousand dollars plus surety of the same amount. Jeremy’s mother, Winnel Harris, says that she was back and forth with [...]

Another Deadly Accident on Cayo Highway as Pre-Teen Dies
There were several accidents reported over the weekend, but a fatal RTA on Saturday claimed one life and left several others injured. Twelve-year-old Lelany Chan lost her life when a [...]

2 Years for Taxi Driver Who Molested Teenager
Taxi-driver, forty-four-year-old Nestor Gallindo was today sentenced to two years behind bars even as he maintained his innocence after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a fifteen-year-old minor, who [...]

UHS and the P.U.P.’s Internal Turmoil
The unpaid UHS debt continues in the news following the announcement that parliament is not likely to vote to pay the loan note that goes back to 2004 and was [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Says Pay Up, in Installments
The Chamber of Commerce and the Belize National Teachers Union have come out in support of payment of ninety million dollars to the Belize Bank for Universal Health Services. Over [...]

Alleged Meeting with Lord Ashcroft is ‘Red Herring’
Last Wednesday, at a press conference to address the UHS debt, Prime Minister Barrow said that he had come into information from a trusted source that Lord Michael Ashcroft had [...]

AIDS Commission Honors ‘Unsung Heroes’
Turning to other issues….The National Aids Commission in commemoration of World Aids Day this past Friday hosted the first ever Red Ribbon Solidarity Day under the theme: “The Right to [...]

Third Time Lucky – Sergio Chuc Elected F.F.B. President
With fourteen votes of a possible twenty, Sergio Chuc is elected, along with running mate Cruz Gamez, to the presidency and vice presidency of the Football Federation of Belize respectively. [...]

Ruperto Vicente’s Mixed Legacy
Doctor Bertie Chimilio’s infamous humbling in elections at the hands of Ruperto Vicente in 2012 was expected to usher in a golden generation for football in Belize. And while Belize [...]

Shane Stands Up for the Players
Shane Moody-Orio, goalkeeper and long-standing national football hero, was elected in May 2016 during the disputed presidential election as a member of the Football Federation of Belize’s executive. Moody-Orio says [...]

Milt Palacio’s Belize Evens Score Versus Costa Rica at C.A. Games
Every four years, Central America’s top athletes gather to test themselves against each other in various sporting disciplines. The eleventh edition of the Central American Games kicked off on Sunday [...]

Special Olympics Goes on the Run
On Saturday morning, the Police Department along with sister enforcement agencies—such as the B.D.F. and the Coast Guard—embarked on a ‘Torch Run’ carrying the Flame of Hope. Over the course [...]

James Adderley Presents Weekend Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

PUP thanks Franz Parke for resigning; withdraws legal challenge
Today, the appointed Justice of Appeal, Franz Parke handed in his resignation from office. Since […]

Another report of police brutality in San Ignacio
Some irate family members of two young men contacted BBN today to express their discontent […]

Police find no shallow grave
Over the weekend an unconfirmed report suggested that there were several shallow graves found on […]

Victor Spain found dead inside his home
Yesterday police were called to Domingo Cruz street in San Ignacio town where officers observed […]

Man shot in knee by police dies
A man suspect of committing a robbery with a knife was killed by police out […]

Justice of Appeal Franz Parke resigns
His appointment as a Justice of Appeal on the Belize Court of Appeal in October was […]

Body of San Ignacio man still at scene
Yesterday, BBN reported that a man from San Ignacio town was found dead in his […]

Belizean missing in Flores, Guatemala
According to reports, a group of Belizeans went to a water park in Flores, Guatemala […]

Moist conditions to prevail
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly moist weather to continue. Sunny skies are expected today […]

Blogs

Power Outage in Corozal
On sunday, the power in corozal was cut of from 6am to 2:30pm. Noone likes when the power goes out on Sunday. Or, anytime during the week. In Belize we take a lot of advantage when it comes to electricity. We all cry that theirs no power because we need to do something with electricity. Family would want to use electricity. But, BEL had to do some upgrading on the street lights around town. And, some people had to migrate else where to be where electricity was. And, those who stayed around in Corozal.. Hey, it wasn't to bad after all. People came out with boats riding around the bay and three other kayaks where paddling around the bay of Corozal. Children came out fishing.

International Sourcesizz

J'can resigns as Belize judge after mounted opposition
Jamaican attorney Franz Parke, who was recently sworn in as a Court of Appeal judge in Belize amid controversy, resigned today. The Office of the Prime Minister in Belize, in a release to the media, said his decision to resign immediately is an effort to spare the court any exposure that a trial on the issue of his tenure would create. Belizean media reports in October said the Leader of the Opposition People's United Party, Johnny Briceño, filed a claim to have the Belize Supreme Court declare Parke's appointment null and void on the basis that it violates the Belize Constitution — the highest law of the land. The opposition to Parke, the reports suggest, comes from two standpoints — his qualifications and his past.

SPMAGTF-SC Marines Conclude Deployment in Central America
U.S. marines and sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) held a final formation at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, November 18th. The service members arrived in Camp Lejeune on the day prior, ending their six-month deployment to several Central American and Caribbean nations. “During the course of the past six months we operated primarily in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, but also deployed mobile training teams to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Panama,” said U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Michael V. Samarov, the commander of SPMAGTF-SC. “Our primary missions were to conduct security cooperation training with partner nation military forces, posture for disaster response in the region, and conduct infrastructure improvement projects approved by the governments of our partner nations.”

Videos

  • Belize joins the world in observing World AIDS Day, 6.5min. December 1st, 2017, is World AIDS Day. This week our Belize Now team spoke to professionals, Belizean citizens, and even an HIV victim of nine years, on the reality of HIV in Belize.

  • Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Central Park, San Pedro, 1.5min.

  • New Life in Fireburn, 1/2min. Wildtracks Update: An update from Fireburn! Jazz has come a long way from the small baby who was terrified to be left on his own - to a wild adult who has fathered two young! Yes! Both Suri and Jessie have babies this year, bringing the total known wild births (that we know about) at Fireburn to 30!

  • Snorkeling in Belize, 10min.

  • Building climate resilience in Toledo District Belize, 7.5min. High poverty levels and limited resources in Belize’s remote Toledo District make it difficult for residents to effectively combat the effects of climate change.

  • Travellers wants you to have the best parties this season, 13min.

  • Christmas Expo Extravanza! Open Your Eyes, 13min.

  • Engaging MEN and BOYS to end Gender Based Violence!, 1min. We need the support of everyone to include MEN and BOYS in the conversation to end #GBV. Let us work to empower MEN and BOYS!

  • Christmas Safty Precautions for Business & Homes, 30min.

  • UNDP on Anti - Corruption Reform Programs, 38min.

  • Our Stay at Coco Plum Island Resort in Belize, 8min. Coco Plum Island Resort was unBELIZEable! (see what I did there!) We had an amazing time!

  • Belize 2017, 6min.

  • Swimming with Stingrays Belize, 1min.