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Today's Belize News: December 9, 2017 #527593
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The San Pedro Sun

Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project to bring happiness to island children
The Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project will be hosting their second annual fashion show on Friday, December 22nd at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town. All proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing gifts for the less fortunate children of the island. The Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project is a non- governmental organization that is headed by a 14-year old girl named Nayobie Rivero along with the help of her family and friends. The organization was formed recently and focuses on conducting several fundraisers, to raise money to help unprivileged children of Ambergris Caye in many aspects. “Ever since I had class parties and Santa came, one kid in the class wouldn’t get a gift and I always asked myself why would Santa do such thing, then as I grew up I realized that it was because of the economic status of the family that they didn’t get a gift,” said Rivero.

Vildo Westby captured in Mexico; Ayuso family feels vindicated
On Friday, December 8th, news broke on the detainment of Vildo Westby in Las Choapas, Veracruz Mexico. Westby had been on the run since February of this year following the brutal murder of beloved island activist 44-year-old Felix Ayuso. According to Ayuso’s family members, they are grateful for the support the community has rendered and pleased that justice will finally be served. Reports from family members indicate that an anonymous tip led to the discovery of Westby’s hideout. The tip came from a resident of Las Choapas who alerted the family almost a week ago. Since then, family members traveled to Las Choapas to follow up on the tip which led to the successful apprehension of Westby by Mexican police. “We are overjoyed that he has been captured. Felix’s murderer will face justice,” said one of Ayuso’s sisters, Carmen Eiley. She further indicated that a $13,000 reward has been given to the person that tipped them off.

San Pedro R.C Teacher Reymundo Tun Passes Away
San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) Teacher Reymundo Tun passed away last weekend on Friday, December 1st. For over four years, Teacher Tun taught Standard one, Standard Four and Infant two classes at the SPRCS. According to SPRCS Principal Roxani Kay, he was out on sick leave from October of this year. “He was a very good teacher with a sense of humor. Teacher Tun will surely be missed by the entire staff and the students of SPRCS,” said Kay. Teacher Tun was found dead inside his home in the DFC Area. While no official postmortem examination was issued, San Pedro Police have ruled his death of natural cause.

Caye Notes
Free Eye Exam for the entire family from Stanford Professionals. Sunday, December 10th to Thursday, December 14th from 8:30AM to 4:30PM, daily at the San Pedro Lions Den Eye Clinic. Please bring along Social Security or other I.D. and sunglasses for after the eye test. The Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic Christmas Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, December 10th at the Caribbean Villas starting from 11AM to 5:30PM. There will be BBQ on sale for $15; giveaways of a 55” Flat Screen TV, hotel stays, tours, national flights, cell phones, golf cart rentals and bar tabs; as well as live music and several drink specials. Everyone is invited to come out and support a worthy cause.

BTB reports a Positive Increase in the Tourism Industry
For the past ten months of 2017, the tourism arrivals to Belize has been showing a positive trend according to a statistics report issued by Belize Tourism Board (BTB) on Monday, December 4th. The latest report shows that from January to October of this year, there was a 6.79% increase in overnight arrivals with a total of 341,777 visitors, representing over 26,265 more visitors than in the same time last year. Further shown in the industry’s statistics are that Ambergris Caye continues to be the leading tourism destination in the country, hosting 25% of all visitors to the country.

Two new garbage compactors for San Pedro Town
The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) recently purchased two new garbage compactors, and on Tuesday, December 5th one of them arrived on the island. “We bought these garbage compactors because development on the island is increasing rapidly, so the amount of garbage is also increasing. We need to keep up with the demand,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. This is the third compactor acquired by the SPTC this year, with the first one purchased in January. With these two new garbage compactors, the island will now consist of seven trucks used to collect garbage across the island. Guerrero hopes that this will help decrease the amount of garbage not properly disposed of.

Mar de Tumbo Beach Easement Blocked and Moved to New Location
The blockage of an easement way used to access the Mar de Tumbo beach south of San Pedro Town has raised concerns among many island residents. The easement separating two large resorts, Grand Colony Island Villas, and Banyan Bay Suites, was always thought to be public property when indeed it belonged to the properties. It has now been confirmed that the pathway has been fenced closed in order to merge the two properties which are under the same management. The local authorities are in support of the development slated for the area and according to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the developer has agreed to work on another easement north of their property in order to offer an alternative route for the general public to access the beach. The allegations that the alley was traded for political financial gain by local authorities was rebuke by Mayor Guerrero. The Mayor explained that the reason why San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) allowed the blockage of the easement was only if the resort would provide an alternative access to the beach.

Ambergris Today

Ayuso Family Releases Details Of Vildo Westby’s Capture
Ambergris Today made contact with the Ayuso Family members who have given details of their efforts to capture and apprehend Vildo Westby, wanted by local authorities for the murder of Felix Ayuso Jr. Through the family’s continued efforts and reward offered on the Justice for Felix page on Facebook, they inform that Vildo Westby has been detained by Mexican authorities. According to the Ayuso family, after receiving an anonymous tip from a person in Los Choapas, Veracruz of Westby’s whereabout, they quickly mobilized to do everything in their power to capture him.

Caye Caulker Village Receives New Fire Truck
The village of Caye Caulker has received a new fire truck which is now part of the fire-fighting fleet of the National Fire Service. The truck is a donation from US citizen James York of Beechwold Christian Church, Columbus, Ohio and was shipped to Belize through the assistance of the United States Air Force. It has a 1,000-gallon capacity tank and is capable of discharging water at 150 PSI (pounds per square inch). The handover ceremony took place on the island on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Belize Coast Guard Females Giveaway Shoes
There were big smiles at the Holy Cross Anglican School as students were extremely happy to see military personnel handing out shoes at their school on Thursday, December 7, 2017. A team of The Belize Coast Guard Females along with US Marine Corps Civil Affairs Team were on hand to share the Christmas Spirit with the children. As part of an initiative to involve the Belize Coast Guard females in a community outreach program the girls partnered up with SHINE as a way to empower young girls and women of San Pedro. They held a shoe drive and about 150 children were fitted and given a pair of shoes as well as a coloring book and pencil.

Vildo Westby, Wanted Murderer Of Felix Ayuso, Detained In Mexico
Sources of Ambergris Today have confirmed that Vildo Westby, wanted for the murder of Felix Ayuso, has been detained by Mexican authorities and is being processed for his deportation to Belize. This information brings a sigh of relief for Felix’s family and the entire Ambergris Caye community who have been waiting for justice for the untimely death of a vibrant member of the community.

Misc Belizean Sources


Mr. Alberto Nuñez
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Nuñez family and friends on the passing of Mr. Alberto "Don Beto" Nuñez. Mr. Alberto Nuñez, or as affectionately known as "Don Beto" served as Mayor of San Pedro Town from 1997-2003. Before his time as Mayor he ventured into working in various types of trades: in construction, as a fisherman, owned his truck service; he was a "Jack of all trades." His contribution to the island of Ambergris Caye were of passion and perseverance, as he had immense love for his island. We bid farewell to a true pioneer of San Pedro Town. May his soul rest in peace.

Crocodile Research Coalition's Research Coordinator gets WWF Travel Grant
Congratulations to our Research Coordinator Bets who has received a WWF Travel Grant to attend the 25th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC-Crocodile Specialist Group in Argentina!!!! We are so excited about this opportunity for him!

Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber Attends the Sixth Caricom Cuba Summit
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, represented Belize at the Sixth CARICOM Cuba Summit held in Antigua and Barbuda today, 8 December 2017. The Summit, which is held every three years, took stock of the cooperation between Cuba and CARICOM and in particular received reports on the progress of two regional projects: Caribbean Regional School of Arts project and the Regional Centre for the Stimulation of the Development in Children, Adolescents and Young People in Jamaica and the Special Educational Needs Associated with Disabilities in Guyana.

Capacity Building for the Improvement of the Production and Uses of Coconuts
The Ministry of Agriculture’s Research, Development & Innovation Center in Central Farm, Cayo District has concluded a five-day training on capacity building for the “Improvement of the Production and Uses of Coconuts". This training is in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Mexican counterpart-SAGARPA. The training concluded today Friday, December the 12th, benefitting a total of 30 coconut growers and technical personnel from the Ministry of Agriculture and representatives from the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). Facilitators for the training were coconut expert Dr. Feliciano Gerardo Balderas and Ms. Matilde Cortazar Rios, both from the Mexican National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Fisheries (INIFAP).

Theft and vandalism on Christmas Decorations in San Pedro
Good day everyone, we have received reports of vandalism and theft on our Christmas decorations around town. We are kindly asking the general public to please take care of these decorations as they are for the town and for everyone to enjoy. Please don't be removing or damaging items placed on the roundabouts and at Central Park. A lot of time, effort and money go into these decorations; therefore, it is sad and frustrating for people to be doing these acts with absolutely no consideration. Thank you for your consideration and understanding.

The Sugar Cane was introduce in Northern Belize by the Yucatec Maya who fled Mexico during the devastating Yucatan Caste Wars of the 1840's . As the Maya fled to What would become Belize they moved to land already inhabited by a local Yucatec Maya group known as the Icaiché Maya . Also many of the Yucatec Maya rebel group known as the Cruzoob Maya came to Belize during and after the War. As a result, the area has been the scene of bloody skirmishes between the Maya Masewal and European loggers and other settlers . After the Guerra Social Maya(Caste War) from 1847-1930's many Yucatec Maya in Northern Belize became Cane farmers . Sugar cane became the main income for the Yucatec Maya(Maya Mestizo) communities in northern Belize . Best wishes to the Cane farmers for a fruitful crop .

Volleyball Team at the Central American Games
Team Belize completes its participation at the Central American Games with a tremendous amount of valuable experience. We are very proud of these players and commit to the ongoing development of Beach Volleyball in Belize.

One of the brightest things that has recently happened to our Corozal community is, literally, pretty clear. The outdated street lights in town with the yellow glare have almost entirely been replaced with more energy efficient brighter led lights. This initiative by our BEL company is certainly welcome by our Corozal town residents. These brighter street lights will play a major role in deterring petty crime and theft which has been plaguing our peaceful community, among other things, provide clear visibility in terms of traffic at night.

Rock the Reef: Corozal - FREE CONCERT and BUS RIDE
Bus leaves from the Corozal Central Park at 10:00 a.m. Saturday December 9th, and returns from Belize City at 6:30 p.m. (same day). There are 15 seats still available. For reservations call 653-3316 and ask for Ryan Rivera. This Concert is sponsored by OCEANA BELIZE - "Are you ready to Rock for the Reef? An all star lineup of Belizean artists will take center stage at the Memorial Park in Belize City on Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 p.m. THIS IS A FREE CONCERT. Free snacks and swag bags (while supplies last).

Cayo Music School 2017 Christmas Recital
The Cayo Music School is having their 2017 Christmas recital on Sunday, December 17th, starting at 6:00pm. It'll once again be at the beautiful San Ignacio Resort Hotel.

Gender-Based Violence resources in Belize City
Domestic Violence Unit - Police Department #9 Queen St., Belize City Telephone: (501) 223-1080 Hotline: 0 800 292 9688 Martha Reese Family (Magistrate) Court Bishop St, Belize City, Belize Telephone: (501) 227-4107 Intake officers [email protected]

Meet Mrs. Anita Zetina gender based violence advocate in the Belize District!
Her passion for gender based violence advocacy grew when she worked as the Educator/Trainer and then Director of the Women Department back in the 90’s. During her tenure, the first Domestic Violence Act came into realization. This meant facilitating training and awareness sessions on violence against women in all the districts. Mrs. Zetina also served on the Board of Haven House for many years and continues to support them in whatever way necessary, but particularly, in developing proposals to strengthen the work of Haven House. Likewise, she has supported the work of the Office of the Special Envoy.

Love FM Christmas Parade 2017
The Traffic Dept informs the general public that the Love FM Christmas Parade is this Sunday the 10th December. We are requesting the co operation of all to please not park along Pescador Drive or Barrier Reef Drive between the hours of 3:00pm and 9:00pm. This is to allow the parade to pass and be enjoyed by all. Thank you and hope to see you there. The parade will begin at 5:30pm from Boca del Rio down Laguna Drive into Pescador and then Barrier Reef Drive to the Central Park.

Institute of Archaeology visits Valley of Peace
Monsignor Romero RC School in Valley of Peace invited us to come be a part of their culture day celebration.

Rock the Reef Concert, bus from Benque through San Ignacio
We have a bus traveling from Benque through San Igancio, Belmopan and then Belize City and back for anyone who is interested in attending the concert! Bring your family and friends and help us celebrate that is Belize is saying NO to offshore oil! Inbox us or call 822-2792 for more information or to confirm a seat

Auditor General’s staff on sick-out
In a statement issued this morning, one staffer of the Auditor General’s announced a sick-out. “We are opposed to degrading and inhumane treatment of the AG to her staff as well as some of us being targets of workplace bullying” the staffer said. The statement reiterated that this is not a prank and call for investigation into their claims. So far it appears that no one has heard their plea. There has been no reaction from Auditor General, Dorothy Bradley.

Frequently asked question is what are my benefits in becoming a BTIA member?
Our response is in the accomplishments and advocacy section. Also take a look at what's coming up in 2018!

On 8.12.2017 about 11:00 a.m., Belmopan police responded to a report of a Road Traffic Accident between miles 28 & 29 on the Hummingbird Highway. Upon arrival, 35-year-old Mark Westby, driver for Bowen & Bowen, reported that sometime between 10:30am and 11:00am today, 25-year-old Roy Bonnel, driver for Bowen & Bowen, was driving towards Dangriga Town in an 18-wheeler Bowen & Bowen truck,. Whilst travelling up a hill on a curve between miles 28 and 29, Bonnel lost control of the truck which overturned on its left side, trapping him behind the steering wheel. As a result, Bonnel suffered a broken lower left foot; Mark Westby, who was seated on the passenger side, complained of pain to the left side of his body.

Gold panners in southern Chiquibul use and leave behind camps
These camps would be used for a few weeks only and then they move to another area.

Kudos to the Belize Police Department, Belmopan Branch for assisting persons with diverse abilities as part of Disability Awareness Week!
"Sometimes the poor and the elderly are the most forgotten in our society", Superintendent Howell Gillett said. As part of Disability Awareness Week, Belmopan Police are assisting persons with diverse abilities. The week is being observed under the theme "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

Mr. Alberto "Beto" Nunez' Funeral Cortege
We ask the public to please not park or obstruct Pescador Drive and Black Coral street tomorrow, Saturday, and respect the funeral cortege of former Mayor of San Pedro, Mr, Alberto "Beto" Nunez . The cortege will leave his residence at 11:30am. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Channel 7

House Meets, No Vote on the 90 Million - Not Yet
There was a House Meeting in Belmopan today - but for all those of you who expected a drastic showdown on the vote for and against the 90.6 million owed to the Belize Bank - it didn't happen. That's because this house meeting had been scheduled from before the CCJ judgement was handed down on November 22nd. So today's sitting was the regular final house meeting of the calendar year. To vote on the 90 million - the Prime Minister will have to call a Special Sitting. But he will only do that after the Bank has formally served him with a certificate for the amount that is due on the award. That must be done within 21 days of the judgement, and we are at day 16. The PM today told the press that the dramatic meeting featuring the vote on the 90.6 million dollar award will probably come in the first week of January:...

PM Has "No Quarrel" With NTUCB Position to Pay In Installments
Back to court - but what the Prime Minister seems to want is something like what the NUTCB proposed, a Special Investigating Body to find out why Belize got stuck with the debt, and nothing to show for it. The Prime Minister said that - unlike the Chamber of Commerce - he has no quarrel with the NTUCB's resolution - even though they concluded that the 90.6 million dollars must be paid - in installments:... Jules Vasquez - Reporter: "The NTUCB put out a resolution..." Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "Completely different from the Chamber. That is my quarrel with the Chamber. The NTUCB said the monies should be paid in installments, whether in fact, that is possible by way of the vote of parliament is another matter..."

Auditor General In Trouble With Staff, PM Exploring Options
And speaking of quarrels - it seems the staff of the Auditor General's office has a big one with their boss, the Auditor General Dorothy Bradley. The staff staged a sickout in protest today. This is after they circulated a letter to the media saying, quote, "we are unable to function properly due to the EXTREME lack of knowledge of the appointed Auditor General." They warn, quote, "something has to be done because frustration and aggravation (are) approaching critical levels." End quote. Now, this is the same Auditor General responsible for those three damning reports detailing countless acts of corruption at the Immigration Department. She's a kind of sacred cow for anti-corruption crusaders but her staff is saying they are in quote, "full desperation mode," end quote.

PM On The Franze Parke Exit
And while the Auditor General is in a delicate position and faces an uncertain future, Justice of Appeal Franz Parke has already headed for the exit. Today, the Prime Minister discussed the unceremonious departure of his old college buddy - which came after the attorney for the leader of the opposition sent the government a letter detailing nine times Parke was brought under scrutiny for professional misconduct while working as a legal professional in the US. The PM says Parke could have defended his reputation, but figured it wasn't worth the trouble or the embarrassment to the judiciary:...

Marilyn Williams, Former UDP Candidate To Be High Court Judge
And while Parke has returned to Florida under a cloud, now, one of the Prime Minister's ardent supporters is about to ascend to the Supreme Court bench. Former UDP candidate and current chair of the Integrity Commission Marilyn Williams is expected to be sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court tin January. Today the PM said he agrees with the choice - but he didn't make it: Jules Vasquez - Reporter: "The ascension of Marilyn Williams, we are told she will be named to the Supreme Court. We know she is a quite ardent supporter of yourself and of your administration and a former candidate."

Rasheed Charged For Trying To Kill Cousin Russell Juniour
When we left you yesterday, it was with the news that 26 year old wanted man, Rasheed Hyde had just turned himself in to Cayo Police. He was wanted for for the attempted murder of his own cousin, 24 year old Russell Hyde Jr. Russell was shot at a meat shop in Santa Elena by someone who lured him there from his Belmopan home. Well, police say it's Rasheed who pulled the trigger while 48 year old Michael Mendoza helped him out.

Flames Engulf Old Wooden Home On Southside
Another city home was destroyed by fire at midday - this time it was on Allenby Street - about a half mile from our studio in the Queen Square area. The owner, 61 year old Marie Ariola was inside the house cooking when the fire started in an upstairs bedroom. Fortunately Ariola got out just in time before the flames engulfed the entire wooden structure. A neighbor gave us an account of what she saw off camera. Voice of - Area Resident: "I was almost at the corner and I saw the smoke but it wasn't that big, so I went by the window and I told the guys in the barber shop to come out because a little kid just told me a lady upstairs is screaming and I saw smoke but it wasn't big. So afterwards I ran and told the guys to come. It appeared that the lady in the house and it was on fire but it wasn't big and after I called the lady and screaming for help."

18 Wheeler Tumbles Off One Of Those Hummingbird Hills
There was an accident this morning on the Hummingbird Highway in which a Bowen & Bowen truck overturned on one of those deep rolling hills. Fortunately, no one was killed, but the driver and his side-man are now recovering from the injuries they suffered. It happened sometime between 10:30 and 11:00, between miles 28 and 29. 25 year-old Roy Bonnel was driving the 18-wheeler along with 35 year-old Mark Westby. They were heading towards Dangriga. While they were climbing up a hill on a curve, Bonnel reportedly lost control of the truck. It ran off the road, and flipped over on its driver's side. The accident caused Bonnel to be trapped behind the steering wheel, and he suffered a broken lower left foot. Westby, who was seated in the passenger side, complained about pain to the left side of his body.

Oil Moratorium Legislation Passes With Bi-partisan Support
We've already shown you a whole lot from Belmopan tonight - but we haven't even touched any of the House business. And that's because there wasn't much. The only bill of serious mention is the Moratorium on Offshore Oil Exploration known as the Petroleum Operations Bill, 2017. In a rare show of bi-partisanship, this one had PUP support. Opposition Leader John Briceno called it a people's victory :... Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "This is a victory of the people Madam Speaker, because it of what they say "people power" that today we are working on this bill that we hope will soon become an act and law of the land." "Look at the Spanish Lookout oil field. What did we get? We got a little over 600 million dollars Madam Speaker. Oil done. Money done. And what do we have to show for it? Poverty didn't go down. We didn't say we give thousands of students scholarships out of the oil money, but the money gone, the money finished, the oil finished. The point I'm trying to make, we can't risk for a little bit of oil to do oil exploration into our waters, because when you look at the Belize Barrier Reef, in my mind, the Belize Barrier Reef gives us more than 600 million dollars every year."

Cayo South Rep. Speaks Up For Slain Villager
But those were pretty much the only sparks that flew the whole day. Even when the often pugnacious Julius Espat stood up to speak on the killing of 20 year old Teakettle Villager Edwin Antonio Baires Hernandez - he tried to be constructive, not combative. Espat says it happened din his division where he claims villagers fear police:... Hon. Julius Espat, Cayo South: "This person was not charged for anything that was killed. This person had no criminal activity, but yet the security forces went in and as a consequence of the person being shot, Madam Speaker, he died. Well people well he choked to death, but why did he choked to death? Well it could be 1) because the shot created something in his body for solids to be able to stuck in his throat. That is a possibility..."

DPM Faber With Raul Castro At CARICOM Cuba Summit.
We didn't see Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber at today's House Meeting in Belmopan. That's because he was representing Belize today in Antigua And Barbuda for the 6th CARICOM Cuba Summit. It is held every 3 years, and at today's summit, the representatives of the CARICOM Nations took stock of the cooperation agreement between CARICOM and Cuba, particularly in 2 areas. Those were the Caribbean Regional School of Arts Project, and the Regional Centre for the Stimulation of the Development in Children, Adolescence and Young People in Jamaica, and the Special Educational Needs Associated with Disabilities in Guyana.

Civil Aviation Dept. Celebrates Their Day With Style
Yesterday, all over the world, those who work in the civil aviation industry celebrated International Civil Aviation Day. In Belize, the Civil Aviation Department postponed their observance until today when they inaugurated the newly built and equipped second floor of their headquarters at the Philip Goldson International Airport. 7News was there, and Daniel Ortiz got to see a few of the new toys that the Air Traffic Controllers got just in time for Christmas. Here's his story: The Minister of Civil Aviation and the President of COCESNA were the VIP's who cut the ribbon and officially opened the 2nd Floor of the Civil Aviation Department's Headquarters. It was the highlight of today's celebration of International Civil Aviation Day. And why not? This building houses the state of the art equipment for the Air Traffic Controllers, newly purchased and installed. In fact, just to access the building, one has to scan his or her thumbprint.

The Craft Of Coconut Production
For most, especially coconut connoisseurs, cutting and peeling a coconut is simple, second nature. Well, a lot more goes into the production of coconuts. And to ensure that coconut growers have a full grasp of that process, the Ministry of Agriculture hosted a 5 day training on the production and uses of coconuts. Some of the areas covered include: The types of coconuts used for planting and consumption of coconut water, diseases impacting the industry, measures and methods on how to make the coconut farms more resistant to the diseases and best harvesting practices among other topics. 30 coconut growers participated. The training concluded today.

Rowan Returns, Triumphant
Rowan Garel is in Belize to celebrate his big win as this year's Caribbean Adventure Ambassador. He bested 4 other competitors with the most votes. To welcome this regional champ home, his supporters organized a motorcade which started from the PGIA and moved into Belize City at the BCVI parking lot. Garel told us he was surprised to find out he would be the star of the parade. Rowan Garel - Caribbean Adventure Ambassador: "It's really an honor being in this motorcaded, didn't expect anything like this when I got back."

Hon. "Reemo" Raves About Rowan
And from the streets of the city to the seat of power in Belmopan, Rowan's area representative sang his praises at the National Assembly Building:... Hon. Kareem Musa - Caribbean Shores: "I wish to recognize, honour and congratulate a young community leader and if I dare say a national hero in my opinion and that is young Rowan Garel. Just 2 days ago Rowan made history again and this time across our region by being named this year's Caribbean Adventure Ambassador. At just 19 years old Rowan is a great example of dedication, energy and greatness of youth. On behalf of the residence of Caribbean Shores Madam Speaker and the people of Belize I offer big respect and congratulations to Rowan for showing us how the active citizen should participate."

A GOB Gift For Every Blue Boy
And that was a rare feel-good moment for the Caribbean Shores Representative who is often on the political attack. And, mostly, that was the mood that prevailed at today's three hour house meeting. In fact it ended with bouquets of Christmas cheer, both in cash and in kind, being volleyed across the house floor:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "May I just say to colleagues on the other side that plantain noh di eat like rice but there is a little $12,500 for each of you for Christmas cheer so that your constituents would be able to [buy turkey], right!" "No man, we go through Ministry of Human Development, you just put in your order and they will do. Merry Christmas Madam Speaker, Merry Christmas to you."

UDP Doubled Up On Cheer
And while the PUP representatives were grateful for the $12,500 in Christmas cheer for their constituents - the press had to look that political gift horse all the way down its mouth - to find out that their UDP counterparts got twice that:... Reporter: "Its $12,500 for the opposition so I would ask you how much are the government's side getting?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow: "You are a hell of a fellow, not even the opposition asked that and you want to know that. Nothing is secret sir and you know we never try to conceal anything. We will get double sir."

Hon. Oscar, The "Gargon" of Independence Hill
And in one more humorous touch from today's meeting, Toledo West Representative Oscar Requena stood up to ask for urgent intervention on behalf of the Santa Cruz villagers who live near the Yok Balum Cave. He says they cannot access the cave for tourism purposes because NICH won't let them. The PM said he doesn't have to impress them with his advocacy :..

A Different Kind of Police Drama
We know about the GSU, SPU, Southside Strike Team and K-9 Unit but we don't hear too much from the police drama club. Yes, there are some talented and funny actors in the police department who can put on a good show. Today, they went around to different city schools to perform a skit. We dropped by to see them in action at the Nazarene High School and one of the lead actors told us more about their message. There are 16 members in the Police Drama Club. The club was formed several years ago and they perform every year during the 16 Days of Activism. This year they took their show on the road starting off in Corozal and Orange Walk then to Benque and Belize City.

Belizean Athletes To CA Games
Yesterday we showed the track and field athletes who left for the Central American Games in Nicaragua. Well today the Belize male and female National Volleyball Teams had their turn. Before their flight, we got a chance to speak with them. Here's what they told us about their expectations: This year's Central American Games end on Sunday, December 17.

A First Bronze For Belize
So far, Belize has only earned one medal and that's a bronze in basketball. We leave you tonight with the medal ceremony for that event - which was held last night in Managua. The video is courtesy William Ysaguirre. Enjoy...and have a great night and a super weekend. Join us back here on Monday.

Channel 5

P.M. Says Hold Off on U.H.S. Debt Payment until House Meets Next
The last House of Representatives meeting for 2017 was more even-tempered than usual, perhaps reflecting the current season. Members debated two motions and passed four outstanding bills, including the legislation [...]

Thumbs Up for N.T.U.C.B.; Down for Chamber, Belize Bank
All this week News Five has been covering the various reactions from across the political spectrum, including from the vaunted “social partners” of the Government. They have all told the [...]

Why Franz Parke Had To Go
Jamaican-American attorney Franz Parke’s brief second tenure as a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Belize came to an end earlier this week. In the days since his departure, [...]

Marilyn Williams Moving Up to Supreme Court
In other judicial news, the complement of the Supreme Court is to increase by two starting in January. One of the appointees is none other than attorney Marilyn Williams, a [...]

Hold Up at Gas Depot Caught On Camera
Sometime around two o’clock on Thursday afternoon, a pair of armed men entered a compound near mile two on the George Price Highway and proceeded to hold up employees of [...]

Accused Killer, Accomplice Surrender to Police
Twenty-six-year-old Rasheed Hyde is in custody tonight after surrendering himself to police earlier today.  The Georgeville resident has been charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means [...]

Accused Murderer of Felix Ayuso Nabbed in Mexico
He has been on the run for more than six months, but tonight wanted man Vildo Westby is in police custody. Westby was the prime suspect in the murder of [...]

Senior Citizen Loses Home to Fire for Second Time
A sixty-one-year-old Belize City woman managed to get out of her burning house on Allenby Street at about midday today. A fire spread quickly and could not be contained destroying [...]

Ambassador Rowan Comes Home; Gets Big-Up in House
Rowan Garel is the new Caribbean Adventure Ambassador for the region. Garel was among several other persons shortlisted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and after a voting period, the inspiring [...]

Auditor General and Colleagues at War; Can P.M. Intervene?
Auditor General Dorothy Bradley appears to be at war with her own colleagues in the Supreme Audit Institution. Today, News Five received reports that employees staged a “sick-out” in protest [...]

The Oil Moratorium is in Effect
Seven years of work has resulted in an overturn of the status quo ante regarding offshore petroleum operations in Belize’s marine territory. With little debate and bipartisan support, the National [...]

Taiwan Comes Through Again – US $40 Million over 4Years
The eagerly-awaited motion on Universal Health Services was not tabled today, but another money-related motion was. A forty-million U.S. dollar motion for a loan from the Export-Import Bank of the [...]

The Last Gasp of Petrocaribe in the House
The Government also introduced the third General Revenue Appropriation Supplementary Bill of 2017, concerning the last of the Petrocaribe funds spent by Government. After several years of riding high on [...]

Can Police Turn Over a New Leaf?
On the adjournment, a variety of topics were raised, usually about outstanding current issues. One is the ongoing battle between police and citizens, exemplified in the recent death of Edwin [...]

Christmas Wishes and Cheer from Belmopan
Our last story from the House of Representatives is a positive one, and may even be anticipated in some quarters. There were wishes of goodwill from both sides of the [...]

Special Olympians in Action
The Special Olympics games culminated Disabilities Week today. Over three hundred athletes converged at the Marion Jones Stadium in the city; the largest contingent came from Orange Walk, and the [...]

Anniversary and New Offices for Civil Aviation Department
The Government of Belize and COCESNA have invested roughly thirteen million dollars for better management and security for the airspaces within Belize. Today the Department of Civil Aviation officially opened [...]

Honoring Relationship between CARICOM and Cuba
The Sixth CARICOM Cuba Summit took place in Antigua and Barbuda, where Belize is being represented by Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber.  The top-level diplomatic conference is held triennially and [...]

University of Belize Debuts MBA Program
The first graduate’s program was launched at the University of Belize this past Thursday, opening new opportunities for Belizean students to pursue higher education here at home.  The first program [...]

A Mom’s Life with Disabled Kids
Raising children with disabilities is a challenge for any family. Tonight, through the National Resource Center for Inclusive Education of the Ministry of Education, we go inside the home of [...]

Please Keep Giving to Salvation Army
It’s Christmas time and the bells are ringing – that’s the salvation army kettle bells. If you are going about the city, you are bound to see the season’s symbolic [...]

Bodybuilders Off to Central American Games
A team of Belizean bodybuilding and fitness athletes is getting ready for the Central American Games. After three rounds of vetting, Mister Belize Clayton Greenidge, and four other well-known bodybuilding [...]

Capturing the Impact of HIV/AIDS in Art
Five young artists used their talents to create works of art to show why HIV/AIDS patients have a right to medical access.  On Thursday, the National AIDS Commission donated the [...]


Last House Meeting for 2017
Today the House of Representatives met in Belmopan, but, not to vote on the ninety million dollar UHS debt. That sitting has yet to be called and the Belize Bank Limited is determined to collect what is owed. Courtenay Coye LLP Law firm has written to the Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte, on behalf of the […]

PM reveals the Reason Behind Parke’s Resignation
Four days ago, Franz Parke resigned from the post of Justice of the Court of Appeal. His resignation came unexpected for many, but for a few in the PUP it was no surprise. A week before the announcement was made, the PUP through its attorneys sent a letter to Solicitor General Nigel Hawke. The letter […]

Is Chief Justice unable to Handle his Case Load?
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin was supposed to hand down the ruling in the Gaspar Vega versus Ramon Cervantes case today. This is according to a projected schedule for delivery of outstanding judgments by the Chief Justice published earlier this year. That did not happen, as we have noticed with other judgments scheduled for delivery. As […]

PM on Leader of Opposition buck heads on Oil Moratorium
At the sitting of the House of Representatives today, the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Bill went through its final reading. The bill seeks to impose a moratorium on oil exploration and other petroleum operations in the maritime zone of Belize. While the bill received bi-partisan support Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Opposition Leader […]

Taiwan continues to Financial support Belize
A loan motion of forty million US dollars from the Republic of China, Taiwan, was read today at the Sitting of the House of Representatives in Belmopan. The Government of Belize through its bi-lateral program of economic cooperation and development with the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has received an offer of further […]

Mexico to hand over Vildo Westby to Belize
Reports are that Vildo Westby is in custody of Mexican authorities and is expected to be handed over to law enforcement officers in Belize. Westby is wanted by Police in connection with the murder of 44-year-old Felix Ayuso who was murdered in early February in San Pedro. His body was found with multiple stab wounds. […]

Rasheed Hyde surrenders to Police
On Thursday the police department issued a wanted poster for 26-year-old Rasheed Hyde. He was being sought by police for the attempt on Russell Hyde Junior’s life on Monday of this week. Today police confirmed that Rasheed Hyde, who is a cousin to Russell Hyde, handed himself into police on Thursday. San Ignacio Police have […]

Family loses Everything in House Fire
Two years ago a family managed to save their home from being destroyed by fire; unfortunately, this time around the house was completely gutted by fire. The fire broke-out sometime before noon this morning at #3 Allenby Street and now the family is left homeless. Lovenews spoke with the neighbor who witnessed the fire. Neighbour […]

Traffic Accident sends Man to the Hospital
A man was seriously injured after the truck he was in overturned on the Hummingbird Highway. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports. Fem Cruz, Love FM “A driver of a Bowen and Bowen delivery trailer truck narrowly escaped death after he overturned and was trapped inside the truck he was driving. Love News understands that sometime around […]

Findings into Plane Crash has not been released
The results of an investigation into the incident where a Tropic Air aircraft crash-landed in the sea moments after it attempted lift-off at the Placencia airstrip in November are still to be released. Today Director of Civil Aviation Lindsay Garbutt says they are awaiting the report. Lindsay Garbutt – Director of Civil Aviation “Our responsibility […]

Rowan Garel is the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador
Rowan Garel has been bestowed with the title of the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador. Garel won the title after receiving a total of 1975 votes. Garel is a Belizean who was born blind; however, he does not allow his blindness to limit him. Garel has undertaken many daunting activities such as climbing the Victoria Peak, which […]

UB launches Graduate Program
The University of Belize has launched its first graduate program. The Master of Business Administration program will last for 18 months. Chairman of UB’s Board of Directors, Harrison Pilgrim spoke of the importance of the program. Harrison Pilgrim – Chairman “What an MBA graduate brings to the organization is fresh eyes, fresh insights, fresh ideas, […]

Challenges ahead for Sugar Industry
The sugar industry faces some serious challenges ahead following the price cuts in the European market. That’s only one, however, as the changes now push the industry to adapt to competing with other sugar producing countries worldwide which enjoy lower production costs. Additionally, the global market prices fluctuate. To help improve its competitiveness and find […]

Amputees will be able to walk again with Prosthetic Leg
Many of us take walking for granted while others can only dream of walking. Persons who have lost a leg have difficulty to move around and enjoy life like the rest of us. At times, these persons even lose hope since their disability restricts them. Many amputees can only dream of walking again since a […]

Audit Employees at odds with Auditor General.
Yesterday Love News broke the story of rising tensions within the Audit Department. As we reported, public service workers within the Audit department are not happy with the Auditor General, Dorothy Bradley. Love News has been in constant contact with several of the employees and from the documents and recordings we have received, frustrations within […]

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House meeting today
When the Government of Belize announced that it was holding a meeting of the House of Representatives today, Friday, many assumed that it was to vote on the $90 million payment the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) had ordered the Government to make to the Belize Bank to honor a guarantee for a loan to the Universal Health Services (UHS) in 2006, which had ballooned from $33.5 million to over 90 million because of accrued interest. Today’s meeting of the House, however, will not include that much-anticipated debate, but other matters will be dealt with. There are two motions that will be tabled — one for a US$40 million loan from The Republic of China (Taiwan) to be disbursed in 4 equal payment installments over four years from 2017 to 2020, and two, to reappoint Contractor General Godwin Arzu for a further two years.

Two armed robbers hit butane gas depot at Mile 2, George Price Highway
Two men, one of them armed with a handgun and the other armed with a knife, pulled of a daring robbery around 2:00 p.m. today at a butane gas depot around Mile 2 on the George Price Highway, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. A worker who is not stationed at this particular depot was brought here to hold over while the truck driver and the woman who works in the office were taken to the police station to give their statements about what had transpired. The worker, speaking on condition of anonymity, explained that the two men rode calmly on to the compound carrying a small gas tank, pretending that they had come to buy butane.

Prisoner sodomized at Belize Central Prison
A prisoner on remand at the Kolbe-managed Belize Central Prison was sodomized on two separate occasions and prison officials apparently decided they would attempt to cover up the incident when family members of the victim tried to visit him on Monday. Police, however, confirmed that the incident occurred, and a report had been made to them by the victim. The mother of the 21-year-old man, who has been on remand since November for an allegation of a sexual nature, told Amandala today that she and her son’s father were turned away from the prison on Monday, and denied access to visit their son, without any proper explanation.

No “road map” on Senate hearings until perhaps middle of January
After months of probing, the Senate Special Select Committee today held its final session to investigate the findings of the special audit of the Department of Immigration and Nationality for the period 2011-2013. Auditor General Dorothy Bradley was the last person to testify in a session that lasted no more than an hour. After her exit, our newspaper spoke with the acting chairman of the committee, Private Sector Senator Mark Lizarraga. When we asked, “what next”, he responded, “Well, the first thing is we are going to take a much-needed break. We are meeting again on the 13th, the second Wednesday in January, I think, to decide and chart our way forward.”

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.

Belize Men’s National Basketball Team wins Bronze Medal at Central American Games in Nicaragua
The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) extends hearty congratulations to the players and coaches of the National Basketball Team for their stellar play which led to bronze medals for Belize in the XI Central American Games being held in Nicaragua. These represent the first medals for Belize at the Games. In a hard-fought battle, Team Belize played their hearts out and held on to close out a 63-58 victory over Honduras to secure bronze. While the team was shooting for gold, this achievement against tough competition is encouraging for the BBF’s National Team Programme. Head Coach Milton Palacio, former NBA, Euroleague and Team Belize standout player, has pledged his commitment to continue the process of rebuilding the National Team Programme in developing young players and coaches going forward, and in preparation for the upcoming international basketball competition cycle.

Dangriga youth, Demille Flores invited to Rush Select Program in US
Dangriga’s Demille Flores, 14, has been invited to attend the Rush Select Program at the Presidents’ Day Tournament as one of the top 16 Rush players in his age group. Demille had participated last month in the Rush Select 2004/2005 Boys ID Camp, an event for 60 boys and 60 girls of the U13 – U15 age groups, where the Rush Select staff trained and evaluated them. The Rush Select Technical Staff selected him based on nominations from Rush Technical Directors there. The Presidents’ Day Tournament is a college showcase tournament February 15 – 19, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

2nd leg semifinals results in BFA – Saldivar Kids, Youth & Female Cup Late Tournament 2017
The 2nd leg in the best-of-2 games semifinals of the Belmopan Football Association’s (BFA) Hon. John Saldivar Kids, Youth & Female Cup Late Tournament 2017 was held on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 & 3, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. In game 1 on Saturday, (U-13) Spanish Lookout crushed Bandits, 6-2, with 2 goals each from Randy Elias (1’ & 13’) and Derrick Guerra (8’ & 40’), and 1 from Jonathan Guenther (17’) along with an own goal from the Bandits’ Kristian Jones (11’ OG); while Bandits’ got a goal each from Luis Montero (14’) and Kevin Young (39’). (1st leg – Spanish Lookout 3:2 Bandits; aggregate score – Spanish Lookout 9:4 Bandits.) Game 2 saw (U-13)...

Stann Creek F.A. 1st Division Cup 2017 quarterfinals results
Quarterfinals knockout games were held over the weekend for the Stann Creek Football Association’s (SCFA) 1st Division Cup 2017 tournament at the Carl Ramos Stadium. Two quarterfinal games were played on Friday night, and the other two on Sunday afternoon. In the opener on Friday, December 1, Ecumenical High School and B & B Land Sharks played to a 3-3 tie in regulation. Myreque Francis (39’), Zion Ramos (56’) and Izon Gill (86’) each gave the lead to Ecumenical; while B&B managed to tie the score each time through Carl Saravia (44’), Carlos Lino (62’) and Alexander Peters (90’).

Editorial: A strange silence
As we write this editorial early Thursday morning, December 7, 2017, it is definitely interesting, and perhaps even strange, that, to the best of our knowledge, there has been absolutely no comment in the Belizean media about the headline story in this newspaper published 48 hours ago. The headline in our Tuesday issue this week read: “FBI DOCUMENTS LINK GOLDSON WITH CUBA IN 1967.” For sure we understand, by way of possible explanation for the silence, that we are talking about fifty years ago, that the younger generations are in a different Belize today, and the older generations are focused on Christmas. But, we are talking about the internationally known FBI (The Federal Bureau of Investigations), and we are talking about the legendary Hon. Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson, a national hero of Belize, a member of the Belize House of Representatives from 1965 to 1998, and a high-ranking leader of four important political parties in Belize, including the two major political parties today – the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP).

From The Publisher
Generally speaking, I am a human rights advocate, I would say, but if there is one thing you will learn in the streets, especially if you do any kind of gambling, it’s that there are people who are losers. You can’t do anything to help them. Mother Teresa would not be able to help them. Losers are human beings who are almost addicted to losing. They feel that their losing was intended to be, I guess, and that somehow the world is against them. Even when they are winning, they are half expecting to start losing, and when that losing occurs, they exude strange vibes, frustration for sure, but it is more than frustration: it is as if losing is what they know best, and it brings them to a comfort zone which almost seems sometimes like happiness. I ain’t kidding. The Hustler is one of the greatest gambling movies ever, featuring Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson, a young pool shark. (For those of you with cloistered virtue, pool is pocket billiards.) There is a classic scene with classic dialogue when Newman finally arrives in the big city, where he challenges the veteran pool kingpin, Jackie Gleason (Minnesota Fats), to a high stakes pool contest – game after game after game … Fast Eddie is a brilliant pool player, and after a while he begins to establish technical superiority over Fats.

Wuss dan prostitute …
Dear Editor, Call me DUTTY MOUTH, but NO JOKE! (Plus afta dis, me stap talk!) My lee kountry tun wuss dan prostitute! At least prostitute get paid fi “deh ting.” Eena mi lee kountry, we give weh “wi ting”, get abused, plus pantappadat, haffu pay fi di abuse? Me stap talk. BEB

End game: da weh deh want?
Editor Amandala, Sir, 1. Somebaddy stab di patient … di patient di hemorrhage, so deh rush ah da Accidents & Emergency. (Unnu betta no dare call my hasspital: Kill Him Murder Her—KHMH!) 2. Normally, when pipple di bleed fram wah stab wound, latta ting go aahn eena A&E. 3. One ah di fus (first) ting weh deh do …or weh deh suppose fih do … dah fi try prevent death fra circulatory shock. (Usually police also show up dah A&E fi du weh deh suppose to do). 4. But ah hear dat deh di force dis bleeding patient fi give more blood, iyah! 5. Deh di tell dis bleeding patient dat IF eeh noh give blood, eeh wah dead! (An already anemic … and now bleeding patient is now supposed to give more blood … to “survive.”)

Compton Fairweather sheds “some light” on the FBI’s Goldson files
TO SAY THAT THE LATE HON. PHILIP S.W. GOLDSON HAD AN ALLIANCE WITH FIDEL CASTRO OR THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT DURING HIS POLITICAL CAREER IS A FIGMENT OF SOMEBODY’S IMAGINATION The aftermath of the John F. Kennedy assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 resulted in all kinds of conspiracy theories. Some were withheld in secret files, 2,800 of which were declassified on October 26th this year. Apparently British Honduras had been mentioned in those recently released. I believe I can shed some light on how Belize or British Honduras was mentioned, during December of 1967 and January of 1968, although I admit I have not seen or read these recent reports. First of all, the FBI would not have investigated Mr. Goldson: that would have been the job for the CIA. The agency was active in Belize during the 1960s.

I went to bed on Tuesday with the mind to lend whatever feather or feathers I have on my pen, to the 13th senator and the Alternative Vote. Yes, I read the Belizean Stanislaus’ call again for Belize to institute the elected senate. The PUP endorsed the elected senate in 2008, and had it placed on the ballot. That same year the UDP endorsed a senate featuring the 13th senator, but that did not appear on the ballot. The vote for the elected senate in 2008 wasn’t a straight read. For some, it was an election gimmick from a party that had long run its course. If the PUP had done the honourable thing, dissolved House in 2006 or 2007, when it was clear as day that the people had had enough of their rule, people might have looked at their manifesto, and their proposal that we shift to an elected senate. I am saying that in 2008 it was hard for Belizeans to look at anything coming from the blue camp.

The UHS obligation: when conventional truth is exposed to be false
The Buddhists have long since taught the Doctrine of Two Truths: conventional truth and ultimate truth. Albeit the doctrine has been the subject of some debate and confusion, the doctrine in essence acknowledges that truth can be perceived differently depending on depth of consciousness. It is indeed often the case that a proposition becomes true simply because a majority of people believe it to be true. This form of truth is often indistinguishable from common perception. It is however also true that common perception may simply be wrong so that a “truth” founded on common perception can be exposed as false.

From UBAD supporter to head of government department: Part of Clinton Gardiner story
In the late 1960s, the Lands Department in Belize City, located on the second floor of the Paslow Building, was a hotbed of activities for some of its young staffers who were openly sympathetic to, or were actual members of, the new black power organization, United Black Association for Development (UBAD), that had become a dominant feature in the life of the colonial Belize City. These young UBAD members and supporters would not have been able to survive and thrive in the civil service, if the department was not under the leadership of a brilliant, visionary man, James Valancourt Hyde. “If I go back as far as 1967, I graduated out of St. Michael’s College along with the likes of our prime minister and foreign minister,” Clinton Clarence Gardiner told Amandala in an exclusive interview this week, when he was asked how he became a UBAD supporter. “Then I did one year at St. Michael’s 6th Form, before I transferred over to SJC 6th Form. There I met Michael Hyde, and we became close, despite objections by Father Zinkle.”

Audiaz Lopez, 24, dies in traffic accident
Audiaz Lopez, 24, of Nuevo San Juan, Orange Walk District, a well-known cargo dispatcher of the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi of Belize City, died in a traffic accident sometime last night. He was found dead at about 4:30 this morning on a feeder road between San Pablo and San Juan, Orange Walk District. Police said that at about 4:30 this morning they went to the scene in San Pablo, where they saw a man lying face-down on the roadside with head and body injuries, and he was already dead. He was identified as Audiaz Lopez. Near him was an extensively damaged motorcycle, with its headlight broken. Lopez was taken to the morgue at the Northern Regional Hospital.

Senator Elena Smith, BNTU prez, falls victim to robbery
In an exclusive interview today with Amandala, president of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), Senator Elena Smith, confirmed that she was the victim of what appeared to be an armed robbery. Smith recounted that on Friday evening sometime around 5 p.m., she, her 13-year-old son and the Finance Officer at the BNTU headquarters were all going home from the office. When the three were near the lane behind the Belize Elementary School, in the vicinity of Nacho World, two men on separate bicycles rode past them. The men stared at the trio, then circled back, and this time the men approached Smith. “They asked for money and my phone and the request was, ‘give me your money and your phone or I’ll shoot you,’” said Elena.

Cop and common-law wife charged with wounding a child, 6
A police constable, Tony Gamboa, 31, and his common-law wife, Aricia Gentle, 23, were separately charged with causing wounds to a 6-year-old female child (Gamboa’s daughter, who is Gentle’s stepchild) when they appeared today before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. Gamboa and Gentle, a sales representative, pleaded not guilty to the charge and were offered bail of $4,000 each, which they met. The bail was offered on the condition that they do not interfere with the child or any of the prosecution’s witnesses; that they do not go within 100 feet of the little girl; and that they report to the Belize Family Court tomorrow at 9 a.m. in connection with a care order against them for which the Human Services Department has applied.

Justice Lucas to issue ruling in murder trial of Keyron Johnson, 27
The trial of Keyron Johnson, 27, accused of the April 2012 murder of Christopher Jorgenson, 18, concluded in the Supreme Court today after Johnson’s attorney, Bryan Neal, and Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett made closing submissions before Justice Adolph Lucas, who heard the case, sitting without a jury. Justice Lucas, after thanking both counsels, informed them that he would issue his ruling on the case on December 18. Jorgenson was shot in the midsection on Sunday, April 15, when he was at a basketball court on Curl Thompson Street, in the Jane Usher Boulevard area. Two men approached him and one of the men facilitated the other with a handgun, which he used to shoot Jorgenson.

The Reporter

Motion to pay UHS debt to be tabled in January
Following today’s sitting of the House of Representative in Belmopan, Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media that the controversial motion to pay the $90 million UHS debt was not brought up today as he is currently awaiting a certificate from the court. The certificate, to be […]

Belizean murder suspect caught in Mexico
Vildo Westby, 28, a Belizean wanted for the murder of 44-year-old San Pedro resident Felix Ayuso earlier this year was caught in Mexico today and is in the process of being deported back to Belize to face charges. Westby evaded Belizean autorities for quite some time until […]

House burns on Allenby street
A house on Allenby Street in Belize City was destroyed by fire a short time ago. The fire and police departments have contained the blaze that ripped through the two story wooden structure. It is not known whether any one was in the house, which was seen completely engulfed in […]

Citco to redo deteriorating City streets within one year
The Belize City Council will embark on a project to remodel the city streets that have, over the past several months, deteriorated well before the 30-year lifespan they were projected to last. The Council had received a number of complaints from citizens that some of […]

ACES nurses severely sick, tortured croc back to health
Phineas – a crocodile on the brink of death who was rescued from torture and starvation in March has fully recuperated after months of treatment and rehabilitation and is now safely back in the wild and away from the people who tried to kill him. […]

North Park Street renamed Taiwan Street
North Park Street, which connects Fort Street to Marine Parade near the Memorial Park, is now named Taiwan Street in recognition of the close ties that Belize shares with that Asian island across the Pacific. Last Wednesday, the Belize City Council, and by extension the […]

What your pee says about you
Doctors depend on scientific urine tests to determine what is wrong with a person’s urinary tract or bladder, while natural healers examine its appearance and smell to detect a problem. Urine is germ-free when it is inside the bladder. But on its way out of […]

A taxpayer tab beyond our wildest dreams nears $800 million
A series of losses by the Government of Belize in protracted litigation wars over disputes with companies primarily connected with British billionaire Michael Ashcroft (among them the former shareholders of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) as well as the Belize Bank) could end up costing the […]

Cost of living still on the rise
For ten straight months, the cost of living in Belize has been higher than it was last year, according to the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). The SIB released the data last Wednesday showing that from January to October, Belizeans […]

Mexican official encourages Belizeans to report incidences of police extortion
Lately reports have surfaced on social media of Mexican police capitalizing on occasions where Belizeans commit traffic infractions while driving in Mexico. The reports indicate that the Mexican police pull the driver over, informs him/her of the traffic infraction(s), and use the occasion as a […]

Senate hearings end
After over a year of public hearings, the Senate Special Select Committee held its last session this week, closing the way it had begun, with a testimony from the Auditor General, Dorothy Bradley, but what happens now? Bradley told the Reporter she expects that the committee’s recommendations […]

Rasheed Hyde wanted for cousin’s attempted murder
San Ignacio police are seeking Rasheed Hyde, 26, for the December 4th shooting of his cousin Russell Hyde Jr., son of notorious figure Russell Hyde. Police issued a wanted posted with Rasheed’s picture on Thursday. Police say that Rasheed, a taxi driver and resident of Zaiden Street in Santa Elena […]

The Rule of Law and the $90 million
By now, it is almost with some degree of certainty that one could say that the average news consumer is fairly up to date with the recent ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) for the Government of Belize (GoB) to pay BZ $90 million to Belize Bank. Also, […]

Belizeans should go to the ICJ
By Alejandro Vernon The amendment to the Maritime Areas Act by the PUP is a useless maneuver in the fight against Guatemala. There is always the talk about our ceding the 12 miles of territorial sea to Guatemala. That is not true. UDP Goldson, D. Aikman, and Hubert Elrington on […]

San Ignacio man found murdered inside his home
San Ignacio police are investigating a murder after a San Ignacio man was found dead and decomposing in his home. Police say he was stabbed to death. The victim’s body was discovered by a friend around 3:40 p.m. on December 3rd. He was identified as 33-year-old Victor […]

Mike Silva sentenced to 16 years for manslaughter
Michael Silva, this week, got a 16-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter for the death of his girlfriend, Maritza Santos. Justice Antoinette Moore sentenced Silva on Tuesday in Belmopan. Silva’s sentence will include the time he already spent on remand at the Belize Central Prison […]

Mexican charged $1,000 for illegal entry into Belize
by Anita Nembhard/Flowers Mexican national, 61-year-old Nereo Reyes Lopez is currently serving time at the Belize Central Prison for illegal entry into Belize. On October 10, 2017, Lopez entered the country along the banks of the Rio Hondo River from Bote,s Mexico into Santa Cruz, Belize. He pleaded guilty to […]

It is easy to see why PUP Leader Mr. Johnny Briceño would want the National Assembly to agree to pay off a PUP debt of $30 million which has amassed $60 million in accumulated interest. If only Prime Minister Barrow would agree to pay up, that would be one less […]

‘Bad cop cases’ plague Police Department
Several recent incidents, including the shooting of a Teakettle villager who died under unclear circumstances and a police beatdown caught on camera over the weekend, as well as complete dismissal by the department in regards to an allegation from two women that they were raped […]

Brutality victim to sue police
A man who police were caught beating on Sunday after he surrendered to them says he will sue the three policemen who subjected him to the abuse. Randy Chambers, 20, who was caught on a surveillance camera across from his house on Police Street, enduring […]

Land Department audit underway
It will be a while longer before the information is in on those highly irregular land compensations that took place while the disgraced Gaspar Vega was Minister of Natural Resources. At the end of her testimony on Wednesday at the Special Senate Select Committee hearing […]

Belize sends protest note to Guatemala over offensive map
Belize has sent a strongly-worded protest note to Guatemala over that country’s intent to include Belize as a part of Guatemala on its official map, with only a dotted line separating the two countries. It is part of Guatemala’s strategy to convince its people to […]

Franz Parke resigns amidst PUP lawsuit worries
Franz Parke, Court of Appeal Judge Appointed by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, resigned his position with immediate effect this week, in response to a pending lawsuit brought on by the People’s United Party over his appointment. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) made the […]

Fire guts woman’s house
A woman is homeless after her wooden house and all its contents went up in flames on Wednesday night in the Collet area of Belize City. According to reports, Lisa Lauriano was in Placencia at the time when the 15 by 12-foot structure on Iguana […]

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Deputy Prime Minister attends 6th CARICOM-Cuba Summit
Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, represented […]

Belize men’s National Basketball team wins Bronze at Central American Games
The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) issued a statement today expressing congratulations to the players and […]

Aldo Moro busted with weed
A Teakettle villager has been charged with drug trafficking after he was busted with over […]

Valley of Peace Villagers busted with weed
Two Valley of the Peace villagers were busted and charged in drug related offenses yesterday. […]

Caye Chapel group presents US $250 million investment project
According to a report from the San Pedro Sun, the Caye […]

Dangriga man arrested for sexually assaulting minor
On Wednesday, December 6, a female minor along with her mother visited the Dangriga Police […]

Bus driver and conductor charged for sexual assault
Yesterday, a female minor along with a Social Worker visited the Ladyville Police Station and […]

Four busted for drug trafficking
Last night around 9:05, San Ignacio Police were conducting a vehicle check point in Red […]

Training on improvement of coconut production concludes
The Ministry of Agriculture’s Research, Development & Innovation Center in Central Farm, Cayo District has […]

Anthony Sylvestre says public officers lost
BBN had previously reported on the ongoing saga between public officers and the Public Service […]

Rasheed Hyde hands himself in
Yesterday, BBN reported that police issued a wanted bulletin for Rasheed Hyde of Santa Elena […]

Minor busted with over 7000 grams of weed
Yesterday afternoon around 1:15, police were conducting a vehicle check point between miles 70 and 71 […]

Wooden house completely destroyed by fire
Last night around 7:55, police visited No. 28 Corner Iguana and George Frazer Sr. Street, Belize […]

Manager sexually assaults employee in Orange Walk
According to police reports, a 25 year old Belizean domestic of Orange Walk District reported that […]

Belize City businessman almost robbed at gunpoint at his store
Yesterday, a Belizean businessman of Belize City reported that while at his business place located […]

Sugar industry put to the testimony
The 2017-2018 sugar crop, feared for many years by industry stake holders because of the […]


Deck the halls with the Spirit of Christmas Giving in Belize
For many of us, the holidays are a joyous time to be spent with loved ones. Besides the delectable Belizean treats we get to indulge in, finding creative ways to liven up old cultural traditions make us embrace our Caribbean Jewel’s holiday season fully. As a child, Christmas generally spells gifts, carols under the Christmas tree and much fun with family and friends. Of course, as we grow up, we begin to embrace the true essence of the holiday – the spirit of giving rather than receiving. For those of us who call Belize home, or simply have a love for its people, there are many ways to contribute positively to people in need during the holidays. Giving a child a present always seems to bring the most Christmas joy. In Belize, there are several ways to ensure our Belizean children have a memorable holiday. One such way is the Adopt-A-Bear initiative by San Pedro’s Non-profit Organization, Raise Me Up.

Don’t Let Rain Get in the Way of Parties
I mentioned to you in this month’s events Calendar that December in Belize is a busy time of year, so much so that it’s looking like I will add a second calendar of events next week once I find a few more. Here are two of the recent parties that happened on Ambergris. Both for great businesses, one was a fundraiser and one was an anniversary. I have also included weather at the bottom, as indicated by the title we have been getting rainfall and a bit of winter is on the way this weekend. The Glamor Shots party at CG Esthetic Fundraiser was a big hit for the second year in a row. The event was from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm $4091 was collected to benefit Raise Me Up; an organization that is helping the children in San Pedro have a safe environment to live in. Rock Star that she is, Judyann Horton, co-owner of the popular Black Orchid Restaurant decided to snap a few pictures for me of the big Wine de Vine party. Since she attended the affair I asked if she would not mind doing a short blurb as well. From Judyann:

International Sourcesizz

Trump admin scraps Obama-era proposal requiring airlines to disclose bag fees
The Trump administration has scrapped an Obama-era proposal requiring airlines and ticket agencies to disclose baggage fees as soon as passengers start the process of buying a ticket. The Department of Transportation (DOT) posted a notice on the Federal Register this week that it is withdrawing the proposed rule, along with another plan to force air carriers to disclose how much revenue they make from charging other ancillary fees. The administration, which has made easing regulatory burdens for businesses a top priority, said the rules would have “limited public benefit.”


  • THE 2017/2018 CROP SEASON IS DECLARED OPEN, 13min. The Sugar Industry remains to date one of Belize's premier industries. The back bone of the Belizean economy. But similar to many other industries in Belize, the sugar industry has faced its share of challenges over the years, and is expected to face many more as the prices of sugar in the preferential market are currently at an all-time low and are being projected to fall even lower in coming years. These problems though, did not dampen the celebratory spirits of Sugar Industry stakeholders who were present this morning for the official opening of the 2017/2018 Crop season at the gates of the Belize Sugar Industries Limited.

  • COROZAL TOWN MOTHER AND VENDORS CRY FOUL, 5.5min. There was controversy on 1st Street South, when one of the vendors who utilises the area to conduct trade received threats that will have to leave the area. Upset at the attack on her humble way of putting food on her table, the mother of two called us out to cry out injustice.

  • Oropendulas are very social birds, 2min. They breed in colonies and feeds in smaller bands or larger groups. The 70+ Montezuma Oropendulas coming to our garden every morning to feed on Oil Palm fruits is a noisy group - males take their turn to perform their rattling and bobbling song in acrobatic manner and all feeding birds are lively clucking in the palms

  • Leeches from in the mouth of a Morelet's crocodile relocated yesterday, 10sec. From yesterday's crocodile rescue and treatment

  • Our endangered magnificent scarlet macaws are now in Red Bank. , 1min. I took a walk this morning just to encounter this... Scarlet macaw season in red bank begins... Seasonal from December to March only

  • 6TH CARICOM - CUBA SUMMIT (in Antigua - Friday December 8th 2017), min.

  • New Horizons, 5.5min. This is our missionary leaders, bringing medicine and the love of Jesus into new, unreached villages on the border of Belize.

  • Brittney Galvez - My Beautiful Jewel Belize -National Song Competition 2017, 3min. Brittney Galvez Live Performance "My Beautiful Jewel Belize" National Song Competition 2017 Alejo Beni Park Dangriga, Stann Creek District Belize

  • Belize Honeymoon 2017, 3.5min.

  • Aterrizaje en aeropuerto de Corozal, Belize, 2min.

  • Rob en Juud vakantie guatemala belize, 23min.

  • Avion Despegando en la Isla de San Pedro, Belize,2 min.

  • Mahogany Bay Resort Opens in Ambergris Caye, Belize!, 1.25min. After 4.5 years, 2 global brand partners, and 325,000 square feet of swanky British Colonial luxury constructed by Belize’s finest craftspeople — THE DAY HAS ARRIVED. Mahogany Bay Resort is now OPEN!

  • A SNORKELING AND DIVING PARADISE!!!, 15min. This week we take you to Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island. The islands of Belize have a completely different vibe from the mainland. This place is a snorkeling and diving paradise! The reef is the second largest reef system in the world and the water is so calm and clear that you could explore for hours! In this adventure film, we visit the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark and Sting Ray Alley. All of our ABCs, except for baby “B,” snorkeled the reserve and we all swam with the sharks! What a character building experience for the kids! We also take you through the bustling town of San Pedro and go off-roading on a long, bumpy dirt rode….ON A GOLF CART….. to a Secret Beach on the north side of the island. No stay in Belize is complete without a little taste of the islands. Here are some links and adventure tips on how we did it with kids in tow.

  • Bird Island: Paradise in Belize (360 Tour), 2min. Bird Island sits just off the coast of Belize, and it’s all yours. Rent this bite-size private island for a weekend of snorkeling, kayaking and sunbathing. Get a 360 taste of your next vacation

  • Caye Caulker Ocean Academy students are showcasing their STEAM accomplishments live on Open Your Eyes!, 2.5hr.

  • BPP Press Confrence December 2017 (Patrick), 38min.

  • BPP Press Confrence December 2017 (Paco), 6.5min.

  • BPP Press Confrence December 2017 (Wil), 4.5min.

  • Morning Matters Raggamuffin Tours #3, 58min.

  • Pink, on Open Your Eyes, 50min.

  • Winning inventions of the Raspberry Pi Jam 2017., 28min.

  • Belize November 2017, 4min.

  • Growing up in Belize, 4min. Chiang Family.

  • Diving in Esmeralda , Belize - July 2017, 10min. My favourite dive from Belize vacation - unique canyons with nurse sharks , rays and moray eels.

  • Christmas in Town Live from San Ignacio, 2hr.

  • In every country, in every culture, there is violence against children, 1.5min. Cyber violence is one such type of violence. In Belize, 66% of youth aged 15-19 years use the Internet at least once a week. Let's learn from one of our Belizean youth experience. The UNICEF launched report "Perils and Possibilities: Growing Up Online" provides insights into young people’s perspectives on the risks they face growing up in an increasingly connected world.

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