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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro hosts annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony
San Pedro Town officially welcomed the Christmas season at their annual ‘Lighting of the Christmas Tree,’ ceremony held on Sunday, December 3rd. Shortly after 6PM, hundreds of island residents flocked to Central Park to witness the ceremony that brought much Christmas spirit. Officiating the ceremony was Miss San Pedro 2017-2018, Virginia Vasquez, who welcomed everyone to the celebration. The occasion saw a line-up of cheerful presentations by students from various schools on the island. Giving the official remarks was Mayor Daniel Guerrero, who thanked everyone for attending the traditional festivity. “When we turn on the lights on this beautiful Christmas tree, we will be sending the message of love, joy, and peace,” said Guerrero. “At this moment all over the world, we are all looking forward to peace. Christmas is a time when we all come together to share and care especially for the needy and the less fortunate and who are ill and hungry. We need to be there for them not only for Christmas but every single day.” Guerrero then led the countdown that set aglow to thousands of colorful lights that illuminated the tall Christmas tree.

Relocation of the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services and the Refugees Department
The Ministry with responsibility for Immigration and Nationality Services and Refugees hereby notifies the public of the relocation of the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services and the Refugees Department from their current locations at Dry Creek Street and the Market Square Area respectively to their new building situated on Mountain View Boulevard in Belmopan during the period 12th to 15th December 2017.

Closure of Nassau Grouper Season
The Nassau Grouper season will be closed from 1st December 2017 to March 31st, 2018. Statutory Instrument #49 of 2009 Regulations which relates to Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus): Regulation 3 (1) No person shall take in the waters of Belize, buy, sell or have in his possession any Nassau Grouper between the 1st December and the 31st March, inclusive, in any year. (2) No person shall take in the waters of Belize, buy, sell or have in his possession any Nassau Grouper which is less than twenty (20) inches in total length or greater than thirty inches (30 in) in total length. (3) Every Nassau Grouper caught in the water of Belize shall be landed whole.

U.S. Government Expands and Upgrades Belize’s Automated Fingerprint Information System
Yesterday, the U.S. Embassy transferred 14 new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) terminals, valued at approximately $430,000 USD, to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Belize Police Department. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Adrienne Galanek and Minister of State for Home Affairs Elodio Aragon signed the official handover documents at Police Headquarters in Belmopan. Chargé Galanek’s remarks highlighted the Embassy’s dedication to assist the Government of Belize to increase its forensic capacity, decrease impunity, improve the justice system, and make Belize safer for all.

Ambergris Today

Belize Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run In San Pedro
The Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics made it to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, on Monday, December 4, 2017. This torch is paraded around the country by the police and other law enforcement officers in an effort to garner special attention to children with disabilities and the Belize Special Olympics, raising funds for the same organization. The torch run began at Punta Gorda Town and in its route throughout Belize, arrived on Ambergris Caye. The historic torch was set up at Central Park by the San Pedro Police Department for public viewing and photographs. The public was invited to make their donations towards Special Olympics.

Team Belize Competes In Beach Volleyball At Central American Games
On Saturday, December 2, Gabriel Nunez Jr. and Luis "Ricky" Luna, both of San Pedro, departed to compete at the Central American Games in Managua, Nicaragua. Gaby and Ricky had won the recent qualification tournament to represent Belize at the Games. All 7 Central American countries were entitled to send one team each. Tournament format is a round-robin of all 7 teams followed by a final day of playoffs in single elimination following the seeding result from the round-robin. Matches started on Sunday, in Managua. Team Belize entered the competition as 7th ranked and played some top contenders Nicaragua and Guatemala on Sunday. Team Belize played hard but lost to the more experienced teams: Nicaragua 21-12, 21-12 and to Guatemala 21-10, 21-15. On Tuesday, Belize plays Costa Rica at 1:00 pm and on Wednesday, plays Panama and El Salvador at 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm back to back.

SPTC Presents Township Poster Competition Winners
In commemoration of San Pedro's 33rd Township Anniversary the San Pedro Town Council held a poster competition where schools in the island were invited to participate. On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Mayor Daniel Guerrero presented the top three winners of the poster competition and they are as follows: 1st Place - Isla Bonita Elementary School - Ashley Wallace, Geneive Ramirez and Jay Arcul (In the headline picture) 2nd Place - The Island Academy - Lauren Turley 3rd Place - The Island Academy - Madison Edwards and Gabriella Knox

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.

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Closure of Nassau Grouper Season
The Nassau Grouper season will be closed from 1st December 2017 to March 31st, 2018. Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of the Fisheries Act, commits an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine or imprisonment or both fine and imprisonment.

Official handing over ceremony of the Fire Truck
Caye Caulker Village Council is cordially inviting the public to the Official handing over ceremony of the Fire Truck When: Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 6pm, at the Caye Caulker Fire Station

Relocation of the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services and the Refugees Department
The Ministry with responsibility for Immigration and Nationality Services and Refugees hereby notifies the public of the relocation of the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services and the Refugees Department from their current locations at Dry Creek Street and the Market Square Area respectively to their new building situated on Mountain View Boulevard in Belmopan during the period 12th to 15th December 2017. Limited services will be available at the district offices and border stations during this period.

Belizean Activist Rowan Garel is named Caribbean Adventure Ambassador of the Year 2017 by the Caribbean Tourism Organization
The CTO made the announcement in the following post earlier today: Congratulations to Rowan Garel of Belize for winning the title of Caribbean Adventure Ambassador of the Year for 2017 with 1,975 votes! Rowan Garel was born blind but that adversity has not been an obstacle in his life, much less hindering him from undertaking extraordinary feats. He is the only visually impaired person to ever climb Victoria Peak, Belize’s second highest mountain standing at over 3,000 ft. above sea level. He trekked 74.7 miles from Belize’s western border to Belize City in five long, gruelling days under the sweltering sun and dived the Great Blue Hole of Belize, a world-class destination for recreational scuba divers which is 410 feet deep. By all paradigms, these are amazing and record-breaking achievements.

World Pediatric Project - Belize
Snaps from our Belize City Bracing Clinic ...We are heading to Cayo tomorrow.

Hopkins 2nd Annual Toy Drive / Free Concert
So excited to host our second annual Toy Drive/ Free concert for the kids in our community. Last year we gave away a truck full of toys and school supplies to the children of our community. This year we looking forward for all the support from friends and supporters. Toys or monies to purchase toys can be dropped off or will be picked up between December 1st and 20th. Feel free to contact us at 501-6050242 or email at claytonwilliams48@yahoo.com. All donations will be helpful towards this event. Season's greetings from Clayton Williams music team.

Orange Walk Digital Platform Launch
Artist.bz Launch

6th representative from the National Meteorological Service of Belize completes NOAA Training
Since 1989, Belize has sent a total of 5 Meteorologists/Forecasters to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Weather Prediction Center for Training on Numerical Weather Prediction with a focus on the Tropical Americas. Ms. Angelia Guy was the 6th representative from the National Meteorological Service of Belize, and has successfully completed her four month training at the Tropical Desk based in Washington, DC.

World Pediatric Project Bracing Mission
The World Pediatric Project will be having their Bracing Mission clinics in Cayo Wednesday, December 6th, and Thursday, December 7th, at the Cayo Welcome Center. If you know of any children that need orthopedic help, they are welcome.

Meet the FCD Board of Directors
These Directors were endorsed by the FCD Membership yesterday at FCD’s 18th Annual General Meeting. Photo by Orlando Pulido.

RET International project to combat Gender Based Violence
Inspiring kick off by RET International on their project to combat Gender Based Violence and Trafficking in Persons. The Embassy is proud to sponsor this effort through a CARSI-ESF grant.

Gender-Based Violence resources in the Corozal District
If you need assistance in the Corozal District, please contact any of the GBV Resources below:

Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative
ENTREPRENEURS, this is for you! The U.S. State Department’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative is offering young local science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in the annual Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition. Belizean entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for the 2018 GIST Tech-I. Ten finalists will join their GIST Alumni Mentor and attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Istanbul, Turkey April 16-19, 2018 to pitch their startups to international investors for a chance to win thousands of dollars in seed capital. Deadline for applications is December 28, 2017. For further information on the 2018 GIST Tech-I Competition, please visit .

Inauguration of New San Ignacio / Santa Elena Town Hall
Wed. Dec. 13, 9:30am

Gateway Youth Center and Oceana present family movie night at the Jane Usher Basketball Court
Come out and bring the family for a fun filled night! Dec. 8 @6pm, Jane Usher Basketball Court. Movie is Deep Water Horizon.

Annual General Meeting of the Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association
Celebrating Success! The Annual General Meeting of the Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association (TFCGA), held last week, highlighted the many achievements of the group. This year marks the 4th year of their management of the first ever Agroforestry Concession in Belize. Within this concession, the group has developed 165 acres of agroforestry and established an inga alley cropping model plot within Maya Mountain Forest Reserve. They have harvested over 3,000 plantains, 8,700 pounds of corn, 800 pounds of honey while they wait for their cacao to mature. The farmers have also harvested significant quantities of vegetables. At the AGM, the group highlighted the fact that sustainable farming is invaluable; a long-term investment they are willing to make for the future of their children.

CASTING AUDITIONS for the Mexican film TRAGIC JUNGLE
Directed by Yulene Olaizola, produced by Pablo Zimbrón. DATE: Saturday December 9th, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. ADDRESS: Corozal House of Culture 1 Avenue, Corozal Town Corozal, Corozal, Belize. PROFILES: WOMEN: Age 17-30. Light dark skin / Thin. We are looking for beautiful young Belizean women, to play the main character Agnes Smith and her sister Florence. MEN: Age 40-55. Dark skin / In good shape. We are looking for a fit and interesting Belizean man, to play the character of Norm, their wise caretaker. -OPEN TO EVERYBODY- No acting experience needed

B&B Beverages (Bowen & Bowen) is looking for a Warehouse Assistant on Caye Caulker
They’re looking to fill the post ASAP! One of the main requirement for the position is having a clean police record. Application forms can be picked up at the office.

Blues BBQ with Steev Inglish
Siam Thai Belize is having their Blues BBQ this Saturday, and Steev Inglish will be performing. They'll have Thai kebobs and Nantha's famous spring rolls. "Mark on your calendars Saturday, December 9, Siam's Blues BBQ Night!"

Inspiration Center 2018 Agenda Launch
Check out the smiles in these pictures from the 2018 Agenda Launch. They raised $21,000 for the Inspiration Center. Thanks, McNab Visual Strategies! "Along with your help, McNab Visual Strategies, Special Envoy for Women and Children, and the Inspiration Center can help make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities in Belize. Decoration by: Samantha Bradley Photography by: Knight & Day Studios"

Proud Belizans on "Maiden" Birding trip to Sarstoon Island!
What an INCREDIBLE trip highlights include close looks at Pomarine Jaeger. Thanks to Will Mejia

Museum of Belize presents gifts to children
The Museum of Belize (NICH) 's very own Director, along with his helper Shary Anne Obando Medina played Santa earlier today as they presented gifts for kids for KREM FM 96.5, 91.1, 101.1 annual toy drive. Merry Christmas from the Director and Staff

PUP Cayo North BBQ Sale
Come out and support us on Saturday the 9th of December 2017. Downtown San Ignacio in front of police station!

Battery recycling containers arrive in San Pedro
Happy Day the battery recycling containers I ordered arrived. Huge thanks to Harmouche Center for agreeing to take one and helping me get them here. Also to Castillo's and SP Hardware for putting them in their stores as well.

Channel 7

Teakettle Tire Fire Blocks Road to ATM Caves
Today, angry Teakettle villagers erupted in protest - demanding truth and justice from the police. This is after 20 year old villager Edwin Antonio Baires Hernandez was killed by a pursuing police officer on Sunday. It happened within earshot of villagers - who were at a football game. They heard three shots - but last night on the news - the commander for National Crimes Investigation said that only one shot was fired - and it was an accidental shot to his knee that killed him. That narrative made no sense to the the villagers and convinced them that there was a cover - up. So today, in spontaneous protest they put burning tires across a village road leading to the popular tourist site, the ATM caves. Courtney Weatherburne has the story of what police did when they got there:..

Russell Hyde Jr, Son of A Notorious Name Set Up And Shot In San Ignacio
He's got a famous name, but Russell Hyde Jr.'s grandmother says that didn't factor into him being shot last night in San Ignacio. At around 8:00, the 24 year old was at a meat shop when a shooter appeared and fired several shots. He survived and is in stable condition at the Western Regional Hospital. But, today his grandmother told us that he may have been lured there: Haledora Cruz, Grandmother: "When he got shot they called me and tell me he got shot in San Ignacio." "He left by himself from here and then somebody for me call him and tell him let him come and he went and that's when the person who shoot him attack him." Courtney Weatherburne: "So they called him out there to go to Cayo and that is when the incident happened, when they shot him?"

Man Forcefully Sodomised In Jail Accuses Cellmate
Belize Rural Police are investigating a complaint of an unnatural crime in prison. A 21 year old inmate who was reportedly in prison for molesting a child - complained to police that on November 24th and 29th his cellmate forcefully sodomised him. He told police that his cellmate chocked him and he went unconscious - and woke up to find he had been raped. The same thing happened five days later - but this time it ended in a fight. A medical examination confirmed that the event had caused an injury which was classified as harm.

Beat Down By Cops Caught On Camera, And Then Released After 48 Hours
Last night, we showed you that video surveillance of police officers from the Special Assignment Team beating down on a Belize City man who had already surrendered. He's 20 year-old Randy Chambers, a resident of Police Street, and on Sunday morning, he was strung up by the police officers after going to the corner shop. Reports are that Chambers had an altercation with a group of young men who live nearby. We are told that they don't get along because Police Street is the home to residents who live in two separate gang territories. So, they had their skirmish, but Chambers left because he saw the police approaching. He got home, but those same officers followed him. What unfolded afterwards is what was caught on surveillance camera, and today, we got a chance to speak with Chambers, minutes after he was released from police custody. They held him for 48 hours and released him without charges. Daniel Ortiz caught up with him today, and he has that story:

AG Says JA Park Abrupt Resignation Regrettable
Last night, we told you how Justice of Appeal Franz Parke resigned suddenly after only 7 weeks on the job. The Opposition and the social partners strongly objected to him taking the post on the premise that he was under qualified, but the Prime Minister went ahead with the appointment. The Opposition Leader sued the Prime Minister and the Government of Belize, but yesterday, before the case could reach the court, Justice Parke stepped down. The PUP have welcomed his decision to do so as the right thing, but when we caught up with Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte today, he said that it is regrettable that the judge decided to walk away. Here's what he had to say about it:

COMPOL Still Mum On Allegation Of Station Rape
More than three weeks ago - two women alleged that they had been raped at the Independence Village police station. Facing mounting scrutiny, Police have done what they usually do and stopped talking about the case - since the alleged perpetrators are still on active duty - and no one has been charged. Yesterday we pressed the commissioner for answers but none were forthcoming. Allen Whylie, Commisioner of Police: "It has been mentioned regularly on the airwaves and in the media and I would not want to go back into discussion that matter. I can assure that a investigation is ongoing and once that investigator is satisfied he has concluded, that file will be sent to the DPP and whatever advice and instructions that is given, I can guarantee you it will be adhere to."

NTUCB Tells GOB, Pay The 90 Million - In Installments
Back in 2007, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize was one of the loudest voices out there, railing against the then Musa administration, and demanding that they not use public funds to pay off Universal Hospital's private debt. In fact, they went to the Supreme Court along with the Association for Concerned Belizeans to make their case against Universal. But, 10 years later, with the cost of the debt trebled - the NTUCB has changed its tune. At a meeting on Saturday, the umbrella organization took a resolution saying that the 90.6 million dollars should be paid in installments.

Man Has to Pay Fine More than 100x The Value of Theft
He was caught on surveillance camera pinching four dollars' worth of products from his former employer - and, now, 38 year old Antonio Novelo will have to pay more than 100 times that to keep his freedom. The former Augusto Quan employee appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford and pled guilty to theft. Yesterday, the Augusto Quan camera saw him lifting a screw driver and two television splitters, all to a total value of four dollars. He was fined five hundred dollars for that four dollar theft and given until January 15 to pay. If he defaults on payment he will serve 5 months.

Operation ACT Racking Up the Seizures
It's about to be six weeks since the Police Department's ACT Operation was launched and it continues to roll with weapon seizures. Yesterday police took two guns off the street in the Lake Independence area. Police say they searched an empty lot on Cannondale Avenue where they found a plastic bag with a 9 millimeter pistol with 4 live rounds in the clip, as well as a.22 pistol. No one was in the area so the guns were labelled as found property.

Immigration Department On The Move
It was decided months ago that the Department of Immigration and Nationality must move out of its current office location. And tonight, the Government is reporting that this transition is now taking place, but it will interrupt normal services for about a week. A government press release says that the between next week Tuesday and Next Week Friday, the Immigration Department and the Refugee Department will relocate from their Dry Creek Street and Market Square addresses. These 2 departments will be moving into their new office space on Mountain View Boulevard in Belmopan.

Rowan Wins!
Rowan Garel did it! The 19 year old blind adventurer is the Caribbean's Adventure Ambassador. Voting finished on Saturday, and we are told Rowan bested the four other competitors with the most votes. He now becomes the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Ambassador of the Year. Rowan is presently studying at Drew University in New Jersey. He comes home for the holidays this Friday and, reports are that he will be welcomed with a motorcade. As a boy, Rowan climbed Victoria Peak, dived the Blue Hole and walked from Cayo to Belize City in 5 days - all as fundraising for BCVI.

Local Tourism Investor Says Cruise Sector Is Crashing, Time To Diversify
If you watch the news with any kind of regularity, then you'll definitely know David Almendarez. He's one of the most outspoken mouthpieces for FECTAB - and he's often in front of the cameras fighting against the monied foreign interests that dominate the local tourism scene. But, Almendarez is also an enterprising tourism entrepreneur. His tour companies include "Cave Tubing R Us" and "Fantasea". But he says the tourism pie is shrinking and so he's had to diversify into the restaurant business. We found out more when we visited with him at his new restaurant which has a different kind of flavor:.. Jules Vasquez reporting: We've seen him many times at press conferences raising hell: David Almendarez: "We are not afraid of you either. Don't wake a dog that is sleeping. Don't raise a lion that is not biting you, because you don't want the lion to wake up and everything is broken up."

A Week for UNCAC
Last night, in Belmopan, the Government of Belize and the United Nations Development Program, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime launched Anti-Corruption Week in Belize. The Government is currently in the process of becoming compliant with United Nations Convention Against Corruption, and the Attorney General's Ministry has been the focal point for that transition. So, for the next 6 days, Anti-Corruption week will have feature a suite of activities around the topic. This evening, the Attorney General spoke about how the first event went yesterday:

Channel 5

Villagers Fired Up in Teakettle over Police Misconduct
A nineteen-year-old resident in the village of Teakettle was shot and killed by the police who claim it was not intentional. But villagers are not persuaded that the shooting of [...]

Police at it Again in Belize City; Randy Chambers Targeted
There is another case involving violent police behavior this time in the Belize City. Three officers were captured on surveillance camera stomping on a young man even as he turns [...]

Prisoner Alleges Rape; Family Appeals to Prison C.E.O.
A twenty-year-old inmate was buggered on two separate occasions by another prisoner at the Belize Central Prison in November. According to police, a prisoner reported on the twenty-ninth of November [...]

Like Parents, Like Son: Russell Hyde Jr., Shot in San Ignacio
It’s been over two years since the infamous Russel Hyde Senior was taken down by gunmen at his Roaring Creek home in August 2015; his wife, Rosalie Galvez, was murdered [...]

Grandmother Denies Younger Hyde a Target
But was the shooting an attempt to take out Hyde Junior?  And if so, who ordered the unsuccessful hit? Police have several persons detained for questioning, but no one has [...]

Jesus for Court of Appeal? Franz Parke Didn’t Cut It
Court of Appeal Justice Franz Parke abruptly stepped down from his seat on the bench on Monday, having tendered a letter of resignation to the Governor General that same morning.  [...]

The Future of Marijuana under Debate
The decision by Government to decriminalize possession of ten grams or less of marijuana, after nearly five years of waiting, enjoyed rare bipartisan support.  This is because of the level [...]

City Resident to be Tried for Unlawful Intercourse with Minor
Tonight, twenty-two-year-old Gasman Jones, a Belize City resident is out on bail of two thousand dollars granted to him for the offense of unlawful sexual intercourse after his case ended [...]

Employee Admits Theft from Augusto Quan and Company
A sales clerk employed at Augusto Quan and Company appeared in court this morning after being caught red-handed shoplifting from his place of work on Monday.  Thirty-eight-year-old Antonio Novelo was [...]

Teen Reporters: This One’s for the Children
In honor of Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF called on young minds to assume key roles in media, politics and other sectors.  While the main activities were held in mid-November, everyday [...]

Belize Continues Participation at Central American Games
There are no medal victories to report yet, but Belize is holding its own on day-two of the 2017 Central American Games. In basketball, Belize looks for another win as [...]

Fresh Cutz Goes into Operation
Four youths from the Apprenticeship Program received the opportunity to start up their small businesses.  The budding entrepreneurs recently completed a three-month training and received certificates on the essentials of [...]

Be Prepared for Scouts Seeking Teddy Bears
Scouts Belize needs your help to spread some cheer with the hostels in Belize. As a part of the Christmas campaign, the organization is asking for donations of teddy bears [...]

Rowan, the Caribbean Adventurist
News Five has been happy to tag along with nineteen-year-old Rowan Garel over the years on his many adventures. From climbing Victoria Peak to diving the Blue Hole to walking [...]

LOVE FM

AG comments on Franz Parke resignation: ”He was the man for the job…”
Prime Minister Dean Barrow regrets that Franz Parke resigned as a Justice of the Court of Appeal. That is what the Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte, told us this evening. News of Parke’s resignation unexpectedly came yesterday, prompting the opposition, People’s United Party to withdraw its suit against the Government. The PUP had mounted a claim […]

Amandala

FBI documents link Goldson with Cuba in 1967
Information gleaned from a document “Released under the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992,” suggest that the challenge to Hon. Philip Goldson’s leadership of the National Independence Party (NIP), by the attorney Dean Lindo in 1969, might have been orchestrated by Washington and Whitehall because of FBI intelligence which showed that Goldson had gotten too close to Fidel Castro and communist Cuba. When Lindo made his challenge, the NIP, which held two seats in the House of Representatives (Goldson’s Albert seat and Edwin Morey’s Toledo North seat), was constitutionally considered Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. The revelations are astounding for political historians, because Mr. Goldson was surrounded in the late 1960s by people who were pro-British, pro-American, Christian, and definitely anti-communist. It is true that Mr. Goldson was so intense where the Guatemalan claim to Belize was concerned, that he might have thrown caution to the winds, so to speak. But it would be safe to say that most of Mr. Goldson’s supporters would have been alarmed by a Cuban connection.

Two charged for beheading death of Hilton Wade, 56
Today, two days after Hilton Wayne Wade, 56, was stabbed 28 times and decapitated, the men believed to have carried out the horrible crime were nabbed by police. They are Cotton Tree residents Raphael Mencias, 29, and Elroy Grinage, 36. Mencias was booked for murder, while Grinage was booked for abetment and conspiracy to commit murder. The two appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court today, where both pleaded not guilty. They were remanded to prison until March 2, 2018. On Wednesday morning, at around 6 o’clock, a Cotton Tree villager on his way to work saw a black plastic bag near the bus stop. Inside the bag was the head of a man, later identified as Wade.

Justice Franz Parke resigns from the Court of Appeal
Despite fierce opposition from several quarters, Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow went ahead and appointed his former law school classmate, Franz Parke, to the Belize Court of Appeal as a Justice of Appeal. Less than two months after Parke was officially sworn in at a ceremony at the Belize House in Belmopan, however, he has tendered his resignation. A government press release today made the announcement that, “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 Parke in which he tendered his resignation from the Belize Court of Appeal with immediate effect.”

Social partners urge government to pay CCJ $90 million judgment debt to Belize Bank for UHS
On Wednesday, November 22, Belize’s highest court, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), issued a ruling on an arbitration award to the Belize Bank, which amounted to 90 million dollars (which, the court said, should be paid by the Government of Belize). That decision of the CCJ has sparked a national discussion in the country and leading political figures from the two main political parties, the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP), are at odds with each other over the payment of the judgment debt to the bank. Although the political representatives on both sides of the fence are at odds over paying, the social partners are not splitting hairs over the matter and are urging the government to pay the bank the $90 million.

The FBI has identified a “person of interest” in the murders of American Francesca Matus and Canadian Drew DeVoursney in Belize
The gruesome double murder in Belize of Canadian national, Francesca Matus, 52, and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, 36, remains unsolved seven months later. Belizean investigators had listed Canadian national, John Deshaies, 54, as a person of interest, but he had publicly denied any involvement in the double slaying. Deshaies was never charged in connection with the murders and it went below the radar. It seems that he has now been cleared as a suspect. In an online article published on Friday, People magazine revealed that a person living in the United States has been identified as “a person of interest” by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), which has taken interest in the matter because an American national was killed.

Brendon Ormin Vallecio, 15, went on excursion to Flores, Peten … and disappeared
Brendon Ormin Vallecio, 15, a student of Santa Familia, Cayo District, went on an excursion with a church group to a water park in Flores, Peten, Guatemala, yesterday, and disappeared during the trip. The group contacted the Guatemalan police at about 5:00 yesterday evening when they noticed that Vallecio’s passport and his wallet containing his cash had been left in his bag in the bus. Guatemalan police assisted his colleagues to search for him, but the effort was in vain. His family was informed and they travelled to Peten today to continue the search. Latest reports are that Vallecio has still not been found.

Verdes, 1-nil, over Bandits in game 1 of PLB Finals; game 2 “for all the marbles” on Saturday at Isidoro Beaton
The Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season is down to one final game, after game 1 of the Finals yesterday, featuring the top two teams in regular season, #1 seed defending champion Belmopan Bandits SC and #2 seed Verdes FC, both having demolished their opponents in the semifinals. The highly anticipated clash of the titans yesterday at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio ended 1-nil in favor of the home team, Verdes FC, over visiting defending champions Belmopan Bandits SC. Verdes wasted an early opportunity from the penalty spot, where their leading striker, Brazilian Alcides “Paco” Thomas slipped on the wet ground while kicking, and sent the ball high over the cross bar at the 16th minute.

CYDP Peace Cup reg. season ends; playoffs begin Saturday
The CYDP Peace Cup regular season came to an end with 3 games played at the MCC Grounds on Saturday, December 2. In the opener, Tut Bay FC bombed Kingspark Strikers, 6-0, with 3 goals from Carlos Lino and 1 each from Kadeem Myers, Lemar White and Devaughn “Beckham” Zuniga. In game 2, RG City Boys edged Ebony Lake, 5-4, with Keron Patnett netting all 5 goals for City Boys; while Ebony Lake got 2 goals from Kyle Humes and 1 each from Shawn Young and Kyle Young. And in game 3, it was Kelly Street, 4-2, over FC Elite. Delroy “Tin Man” Andrews struck twice for Kelly Street along with 1 apiece from Quincy Briceno and Steven “Breds” Baizar; while Walter Bermudez got both goals for FC Elite.

FFB elections decisive; Sergio Chuc – President, and Cruz Gamez – Vice President
The topsy-turvy state of affairs in the leadership of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is finally over, as the 11th Ordinary Congress of the FFB on Saturday at the Princess Ramada Hotel in Belize City produced decisive results. In the very first vote for President, which featured 4 candidates, Sergio Chuc received 14 of the 20 votes cast, which automatically secured him as President of the FFB for the next two and a half years. Onan McLean, Ruperto Vicente and newcomer Daniel Fabro were second, third and fourth in the count, respectively. Chuc’s running mate, Cruz Gamez was the clear front runner on the first vote for Vice President; and he handily won in the second round of voting to claim the post of Vice President. Others in the contest for Vice President were David Griffith, newcomer Leslie (Frank) Sharp and Carlos Galvez.

CYCLING – CPP Sunday Race results – December 3
Here are the results from the CPP (Chief, Palas, Pawpa) Race held yesterday, Sunday, for Open “A/B/C” riders. The race started at 8:30 a.m. and went from Leslie’s Imports to Northern Highway Junction and back via Boom Road, for 50 miles. Some 32 riders started, and 27 finished the race. NEXT EVENT: The next event will be Mark Gentle Birthday Race this Sunday, December 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. Details to come later this week.

Editorial: The big boys
During the 1998 general election campaign, there was one businessman/industrialist who wrote a check to the People’s United Party (PUP) for one million dollars. When the PUP won that general election in late August of 1998, they moved quickly to enact taxation legislation favorable to the businessman/industrialist which probably saved him five or six million dollars. The return on his campaign donation investment, then, was in the region of several hundred percent. Today in Belize, there are several corporations which can easily write checks similar in size to the one we mentioned above. In addition, there are many, many businesses which can easily write campaign donation checks of two or three hundred thousand dollars. These campaign donation checks buy influence and leverage inside of the two major political parties which have a chance to win elections and form governments. This is how the big boys and the very big boys roll. In the case of this newspaper, we know who we are, which is to say, we are the free press. We provide reliable information to the Belizean people. In almost all the other democratic, capitalist countries of the world, the free press is controlled by the big boys and the very big boys.

Victor Spain, 33, murdered in his living room
Police in the Cayo District are busy investigating a murder, which is the third to have occurred in less than five days. The most recent victim has been identified as Victor Spain, 33. On Sunday afternoon just before 4 o’clock, police visited Spain’s residence on Domingo Cruz Street in San Ignacio Town, where they saw his motionless body lying in a pool of blood inside his living room. Spain, a Belizean, had been stabbed multiple times in the head and body. His body was found by a relative of his who had last seen him alive at around 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Undocumented immigrant fatally shot by police
A young undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, who had been residing in Belize for only four months, died after being shot by a police officer over the weekend. On Saturday, police received a verbal report of an armed robbery in Teakettle, in “Arizona”, an area of the village which is predominantly populated by immigrants from other Central American nations. Just before 2 p.m. on Sunday, police accompanied the complainant to the football field in Arizona, where the alleged robber had been spotted watching a football marathon. When the complainant arrived he was able to pinpoint the man who he said had held him up with a knife, and relieved him of his possessions.

Nestor Galindo, taxi driver, gets 2 years for sexual assault
Nestor Galindo, 44, a taxi driver originally from El Salvador who was found guilty of sexual assault last Friday, was sentenced to 2 years today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The sentence is to take effect from today. Galindo had been found guilty of the charge on Friday by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, who remanded him into custody until today, Monday, for sentencing. The complainant, a 15-year-old girl, testified that at around 6:30 p.m. on January 2, 2017, she hired Galindo to take her to a guesthouse on Regent Street, where her mother works. She said Galindo was drinking from a bottle that she suspected contained alcohol, and she smelled alcohol on his breath.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Police found ammunition on Southside Belize City
Tonight at about 6:15pm as a result of operation ACT, police conducted a search on Jones Street that […]

Raymond McKay busted with weed
At about 11:30am as a result of operation ACT, police searched the residence of Raymond McKay, 21, […]

Belize police find gun and ammo
Belize City cops have again taken another gun and ammunition off the streets. Yesterday as […]

Russel Hyde Jr shot in Santa Elena Town
According to police reports, last night around 8:15, San Ignacio police visited the San Ignacio […]

Rowan Garel wins Caribbean Adventure Ambassador of the Year!
This morning, the Caribbean Tourism Organization announced that Belizean, Rowan Garel won the title of […]

Youth killed by police identified
Yesterday, we reported on a youth killed by a police officer in the Arizona […]

Nassau grouper season closes
The closing date for the Nassau grouper season is from December 1st 2017 to March […]

Man shot in Santa Elena Town
According to reports, a man was shot last night around 8 on George Price Avenue […]

Teakettle villagers protest alleged use of excessive force by police
Residents in Teakettle village are up in arms after a villager was shot and killed […]

Video of police brutality in South Side, Belize City goes viral on Social Media
Over the weekend, a disturbing video was circulating on social media showing three police officers […]

Belize Police gets Fingerprint ID system donation from US Embassy
Yesterday, the United States Embassy in Belize donated an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to […]

Stann Creek ITVET students hold protest
Yesterday, students of the Stann Creek ITVET held a peaceful protest in front of their […]

Blogs

Mambo Restaurant at Matachica Resort makes for a delicious daytime treat
The luxury resort was recently named in the Top 10 resorts for Central America in the 2017 Conde Nast Traveler’s Choice Awards. They annually land on travel lists, clearly due to their fabulous service and enchanting location. If you were to choose a romantic dinner location, Mambo Restaurant would absolutely fit the bill. Being quite the contrary Mary that I am, I opted for lunch instead, and dragged the boss lady along with me (she hardly put up a fight). I wanted to see the restaurant in the light of day…I wanted to indulge in a delicious lunch, and possibly segue into cocktails for an afternoon of fun. I wanted to live it up a little – do the things we say we’ll do but never get around to. With a more-than-willing partner in crime, we make our way five miles north, winding along until we hit their parking lot and walk over to the beachside restaurant.

This Ain’t No Chucky Cheese – A Kids Party at the Beach Bar
Another aspect of expat life that is different in Belize – it is perfectly acceptable to throw a last minute birthday party for your 5-year-old child and her 6-year-old friend at a bar. Since Tink and her friend, Eva were both having birthdays, their parents (Cindy, Andy, Sandra and Florent) decided to team up and make it a double. It was a perfect day and there was endless space for the kids to run wild at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar and a giant puddle that kept them occupied for hours while the adults sat around sipping a cocktail and chatting. The benefit to throwing a kids party at a beach bar is you know you can easily net a few friends who do not have kids but would gladly come for a drink and say hello. For me, it was fresh cut fries and chicken wings I was after. Plus I knew it would be a good opportunity to chat with Tink’s Grandma, Cherie. I also caught up with my friends Diana, Shirlee and Michael.

International Sourcesizz

Rebel Honduran police ignore curfew order, election protesters rejoice
Hondurans spilled into the streets of the capital on Monday night, banging pots and pans and joining rebel police in defiance of a curfew imposed after a presidential election that was heavily criticized by the Organization of American States. Some police officers abandoned their posts and joined carnival-like demonstrations that erupted across the city hours after night fell and the curfew was supposed to have begun. A statement issued in the name of the National Police said the officers were upset with the government over a political crisis that was not their responsibility.

The Human Faces of Climate Change via Salon by Lauryn Higgins:
Faces from Climate Listening Tour filming in collaboration with National Audubon Society, Forsyth Audubon, Audubon North Carolina, Audubon's International Alliances Program and Belize Audubon Society in North Carolina and Belize:

Belize, Quintana Roo working to establish new tourist routes
Mexico and Belize are working together to establish new tourist routes that would result in economic benefits for both sides. The Ambassador of Mexico in Belize, Carlos Quesnel, affirmed that international agreements are being sought between both points to establish new tourist and commercial routes that would generate economic benefits for the southern part of Quintana Roo and for the central part of the neighboring nation. The diplomat said that he has been working on these bi-national agreements to strengthen ties between both borders as well as generate benefits for businessmen and service providers. He added that the authorities of Belize have held several meetings with the government administration of Quintana Roo to establish expediting mechanisms at the migration points in order to achieve a greater flow of passers-by along the border.

Scotiabank buys control of Chilean bank for $2.9 billion
Scotiabank says it has bought a nearly 70 percent interest in Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA) of Chile for $2.9 billion. Scotia says it intends to merge BBVA Chile with its existing Scotiabank Chilean operations, subject to regulatory approvals. Chile’s Said family, which owns 31.62 per cent of BBVA Chile, has waived its right of first refusal to acquire the share being sold to ScotiaBank, but is willing to spend up to $650 million to own up to 25 per cent of the combined business when Scotiabank Chile and BBVA Chile are merged. When the deal was announced last week, Scotiabank said the transaction is in line with its goal of increasing scale within the Chilean banking sector and the Pacific Alliance countries. Travellers to the Caribbean are familiar with the presence of Scotiabank there. BNS has been part of the Caribbean and Central America region since 1889. The first office was in Kingston, Jamaica to support the rum, sugar, and fish trade.

GRANT OPPORTUNITY TO HELP PRESERVE BELIZE'S CULTURAL HERITAGE!
The Embassy is accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2018 Competition. Please submit your proposals to the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section at BelmopanPA@state.gov by December 29, 2017.

Videos

  • Demonstration, Hope Creek Village, about 8 miles frm Dangriga Town, 16min.

  • National Basketball Team Coach Milton Palacio talks about the Central American Games, 3.5min.

  • Island Expeditions - Snorkelling in Belize, 1.5min.

  • TRAVEL VLOG 2017 | BELIZE, 9.5min. I recently went on a trip to Belize on my own! It was definitely an experience that I loved. I stayed in San Pedro but also visited the towns of Caye Caulker and Belize City. I met so many nice people and made a couple of friends.

  • Milt Palacio’s Belize Evens Score Versus Costa Rica at C.A. Games, 3min.

  • Belize INVEST - Business Offshore Outsourcing Services (BPO), 2min. Belize, a popular tourist desitination known for its Eco-friendly prestine natural resources is a competitive haven for our outsourcing investments offering new markets, quality talent, and cost savings.

  • SWIMMING WITH SHARKS IN BELIZE!!!, 10min. After checking out the incredible Lamanai ruins in the Belizean jungle on day 3 of our shoot with Royal Caribbean, Patchi conquers one of her biggest fears and swims with sharks!

  • Jerome Crawford, 5min. A vibrant performance from competitor Jerome Crawford, at the National Song Competition 2017 held at the Alejo Beni Park in Dangriga, August 2017, enjoy!

  • Accountability and Transparency training for municipal bodies, 40min.

  • Loft Boutique, 20min.

  • Horizon Academy is inviting you to their Christmas show called, "Not a creature was stirring...", 29min.

  • Happy Holidays from the Management & Staff of Channel 5!, 2min. The Christmas season is the perfect time to say thank you for watching and supporting Channel 5! You, our viewers and advertisers, help us to make Channel 5 the best local TV station! It has been a pleasure serving you. As we set new goals for 2018, we look forward to continue to grow and serve you!

  • ziplining in belize cavetubing.bz, 5min.

  • Diving Tackle Box & Esmeralda Reefs @ Ambergris Caye, Belize, November 26th 2017, 2min.

  • Diving Mermaids Lair and Esmeralda reefs @ Ambergris Caye, Belize, November 24th, 2017, 1.5min.

  • Diving Victoria Tunnel & Mayan Princess Reefs @ Ambergris Caye, Belize, November 25th 2017, 3min.

  • Hi this is Mackoy please join me and do your part to stop Domestic violence against women and girls!!!!, 2.5min. We join PC Garcia to do our part to #EndGenderBasedViolence! Listen and share PC Garcia's original song "Stop Violence Against Women and Girls." Through music, he continues to build #GBV awareness.