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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Lions Club Receives Donation from DFC
The San Pedro Lions Club received a check for $1, 500 from the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) on Thursday, December 7th. The donation was received by San Pedro Lions Club President Nigel Belisle and will be used towards their annual Christmas Dinner that the Club hosts for the elderly citizens of the island. The Christmas Dinner is a way to give senior citizens the opportunity to come out for some entertainment, good food and socialize with friends. “We are thankful for the kind donation we received from DFC because it is very costly to organize this special Christmas Dinner. It is an honor to host a holiday dinner for those who have given so much to our community over the years,” said Belisle. This year’s Christmas Dinner for invited senior citizens will be held on Wednesday, December 20th, at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town.

The Truck Stop hosts Festive Holiday Craft Fair
The Truck Stop, a multi-cuisine restaurant, and bar located north of San Pedro Town hosted their second annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 9th. The event saw the participation of different businesses offering an assortment gift items and products ranging from wood carved pieces of art, to local wines, jewelry, and homemade chocolate desserts. The fair ended with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa Claus. The event attracted many locals and visitors who began arriving at The Truck Stop from 4PM to join the celebration. Many visited the different booths for a chance to buy ornaments, treats, sample local wine, or purchase hand-crafted items. While patrons mingled at the bar or ate from the different food options The Truck Stop has to offer, some people took the opportunity to take family pictures in a Christmas home setting. The pictures were taken free of charge, however, printed copies were available for $10. All proceeds were destined to the San Pedro Food Bank. There was also a craft area where children put to the test their creative abilities and for a fee/donation, patrons could take home their finished products.

Legends F.C Wins Copa San Pedro 2017 Football Tournament
After 13 weeks, Legends Football Club claimed the championship of the Copa San Pedro 2017 Football Tournament last weekend on Saturday, December 9th. The finals were held on Saturday, December 9th, starting at 7PM, with Sandy Point facing Jokers F.C battling for third place in the tournament. In the end, Sandy Point won 4-1 against Jokers F.C. During the championship game at 9PM, Legends F.C took on Terror Squad in a tight match that ended in a 1-1 draw. A 30-minute over-time was given as a team had to claim the win. Legends F.C made use of the extra minutes by scoring two more goals, ending the game with a 3-1 win over Terror Squad, becoming the Champions of the tournament. Terror Squad had to settle for second place following the end of the game.

Ambergris Today

University Of Belize Launches MBA Program
The University of Belize through the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences (FMSS), launched its Master of Business Administration (MBA), the first Graduate Program for the 17 years old institution. The Tapir Room at the Best Western Plus, Belize Biltmore Plaza was packed to capacity with invited guests from the Business Community and support of members of Faculty and Staff of UB. The Director of Ceremonies, Kevin Geban, Senior Lecturer of FMSS, started the program right on time and kept things flowing in respect for those present and keeping with the aim of the Transformation Plan of UB. Dr. Bernard Watler, Dean of FMSS offered warm welcome and an introduction to what would be a very informative, upbeat event, with different perspectives of why the MBA is a great and necessary addition to the programme offering at UB.

Two New Cruise Ships Calls To Belize
Belize welcomed Marella Discovery 2 in its first call to Belize on December 7, 2017. The ship had its maiden call ceremony on board at 11:00 a.m., participating was the ships local agent Eurocaribe Shipping Services, Ministry of Health, the Customs Department, BAHA, Immigration and the Belize Tourism Board. In the summer of 2017, Marella Discovery 2, with approximately 1,836 passengers and 771 crew members, joined the fleet of TUI Cruises. Marella Discovery 2 is the sister ship to Marella Discovery – and this is why their names are so similar. Having two ships means you’re able to pair a wider choice of itineraries with the exciting features offered by this larger, more contemporary style of vessel. This ships boasts an outdoor cinema, a rock climbing wall, a mini golf course, an indoor pool and a glossy atrium. Not to mention a range of bars, excellent dining scene and nighttime shows enhanced by up-to-the-minute technology.

Foreva Fancy's Christmas Fashion Show
Rounding up the fun-filled evening that was Love FM's Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 10, 2017, was Foreva Fancy's annual Christmas Fahion Show that took place at Central Park immediately following the parade. Central Park was flooded with spectators who gathered around the giant Christmas Tree as Foreva Fancy models showcased the latest clothing at the boutique. Additional entertainment was provided with musical numbers by the San Pedro Dance Academy and songs by Elina Palma.

Misc Belizean Sources


Government of Belize Press Office looking for a Video Production Specialist
We're looking for a Video Production Specialist to join our team at the Government Press Office. Are you that person? If so, click the link for details. Deadline for applications is Friday, January 5th, 2018.

Congratulations to Brigadier General (R'td) Earl Arthurs Sr.
Brigadier General (R'td) Earl Arthurs Sr. has been at the frontier of disaster response operations in every major regional event for over 20 years. The entire CDEMA and CDM family congratulate General Arthurs for being the recipient of the #CDM10 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Prestigious CDEMA Council of Ministers Award 2017. Congratulations "General"!

Belize Bureau of Standards Office Hours
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce hereby informs the public that its offices will be closed for business on December 14th, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and during the entire day of December 15th, 2017.

Mrs. Luisa Graniel Passes
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Graniel family and friends on the passing of Mrs. Luisa Graniel. May her soul rest in peace.

Butane tank explosion cause Fire on Iguana Street in Belize City
On 12.12. 2017, a fire occurred at 16 Iguana Street. At 9:50 a.m., 37 year old John Amos, the caretaker of the residence went to the kitchen and was about to light the stove when the butane tank in the kitchen exploded. The fire was extinguished by personnel from the Fire Department.The house was completely destroyed.

Who let the car out?
Enthusiastic driver makes an early entrance to the launch of the Belize City Center. One person said the place looked too good not to destroy at least the fence.

The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation project in collaboration with NICH and Love FM will bring to you the Mr. Peetaz Brukdong Bram on December 16th - 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. - 12 hours of fantastic music and food. All happening behind the historic Court House next to wharf. This event will combine some of the best traditional Creole cultural foods, drinks and music. Bring your friends and family and get into the Christmas spirit the old fashion way! What is the history behind the Bram? “It is the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the Christmas season. The mahogany workers are coming home from camp to families they have not seen for months. The women and children are looking forward to the festivities ahead. What made those festivities in the Christmas season so exciting? The Bram, of course. And what, might you ask, is the Bram? The Bram is a spree traditionally done during the Christmas season. It is like an exodus of people dancing in the streets from one house to the next, the goal of which is to spread the merrymaking by singing, dancing and playing music at each house as a sign of good cheer. Traditionally, bramming occurred in Belize City (old Belize Town) and in the villages along the Belize River Valley; and later in most other Kriol (Creole) communities in Belize. As urban Belize City embraced less traditional Christmas celebrations, the Bram became relegated to the countryside where it still relishes a critical presence…….”

Corozal Annual Christmas parade
It is that time of the year when everyone are enjoying Christmas. Come celebrate this Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 P.M Corozal Annual Christmas parade. It will be held at our Corozal Central Park. Come out with all the family and bring out any item or gadget that lights up. Let us light and brighten up our town this Sunday.

Corozal - Art in The Park Christmas Edition
The Art in The Park Christmas Edition is to be held this Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at Central Park. You do want to be in Corozal this weekend to be part of this event and our Christmas parade this Sunday. If you are visting us as a tourist, please come by and take advantage of those that will be selling their souvenirs on Saturday starting around 5:00 a.m.

BEL Proposes to Maintain Electricity Rates
On Friday, December 8, 2017 Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) made a submission to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), proposing to maintain the Mean Electricity Rate (MER) at S0.3692 per kWh for the remainder of the Annual Tariff Period: January 1 to June 30, 2018. BEL was able to overcome a challenging year, as cost of power was higher than the PLICs projection. However, the Company is forecasting that cost of power for the first half of 2018 will be lower than the PUCs projection and that there will be continued growth in the tourism sector to drive demand. BEL is confident that it can continue to manage the variances in cost of power and sales in order to maintain the lowest sustainable rates.

A few birds from today's MOSI banding station at Black Rock Lodge

BWSL Working near South end of bridge today
We hereby advise the general public that on Wednesday, December 13, ALL DAY, the Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) will be conducting works in the middle of the street at the southern end of the bridge as part of their last phase of their sewage expansion project. Due to this, big trucks/large vehicles will not be able to access the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge. Access will only be allowed to pedestrians, bicycles and golf carts. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Belize receives bronze medal for 4x400m female relay at the Central American Games

Approximately 24 neighbours from 10 households file petition against Bar establishment for noise pollution, loud music after hours and other issues
The self-explanatory petition has been hand delivered by affected neighbours to the Chairman of the Corozal Liquor Licensing Board, The Officer in Charge of the Corozal Police Department, The Officer in Charge of Corozal Traffic Department, His Lordship Mayor, Hilberto Campos, Department of the Environment, Ministry of the Environment - Department of Health, Ministry of Health, and the Belize Tourist Board, Ministry of Tourism. The Petition reads and we quote: "We, the undersigned residents and neighbours of Corozal Town, hereby petition against the granting of further liquor license extensions to the bar establishment known as “Scotty’s Bar and Grill’ located on 1st Avenue, Corozal Town from the hours of 12:00 midnight to 3:00 a.m. in the morning, and that no further permits be given to the said establishment to continue holding open air concerts on the street in front of their business establishment.

Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico 2017 Christmas Concert
Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico Invites all Parents and Guardians to our 2017 Christmas Concert to be held on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 commencing at 6:00 p.m. Please come along and support your child and join us in this festive season. Students will be dismissed at 1:30 P.M. on Thursday, instead of 2:00 p.m. The Corozal Daily would like to wish the students, faculty and staff of ESTM a Happy and Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Realize Belize Horseback Riding Day
The Realize Belize Team took several kids with disabilities horse back riding at Chaa Creek. Their goal is to make Belize more inclusive for those with disabilities. Thanks, Realize Belize, and Chaa Creek! "A fantastic morning horse riding for children with disabilities at The Lodge at Chaa Creek! Thanks to our volunteers and everyone at Chaa Creek for your support in making this happen!"

Ranger training program for Chiquibul park rangers
FCD instructors have successfully completed another ranger training program for Chiquibul park rangers. Finance for this project was made possible through the Government supported program: Chiquibul Forest Investment Initiative.

Channel 7

Explosion At Quarry In Cayo Leaves One Dead
Santa Elena residents were quite literally shaken up this evening when this happened within town limits this evening. It was an explosion at a quarry on a white mall hill in the Santa Cruz area. According to reports, the quarry owners were trying to break up a boulder - but things went very wrong. Sketchy reports say that nearby residents had their windows shattered as a result of the explosion. Unconfirmed reports say that a man may have also been killed - which we are tying to confirm at this hour. We do know there were injuries from huge flying rocks. The San Ignacio Police and Fire Departments are in the area at this time. This news just broke - and we'll be working on getting more information during tonight's newscast.

Butane Tank Explodes In City Fire
A fire in Belize City has put yet another family in distress, just weeks before the Christmas Holidays. This one happened on Iguana Street this morning just before 10 o'clock, and a family of 5, along with the entire neighborhood had a terrible scare when their kitchen caught fire and their gas tank blew up. Daniel Ortiz has the story: When the fire fighters put out the blaze inside the kitchen of the Amos family apartment, they found almost everything devoured by the flames. Ted Smith - Fire Chief: "At approximately 5 minutes after 10, or 1005 hours this morning, we received and responded to a structural fire on Iguana Street. On arrival, we found #16, at the northeastern portion of #16 on Iguana Street on fire. The Department immediately went into operation, contained and extinguished the fire."

MOU Signed For Int'l Airport At Basil Jones
In 2015, the Prime Minister announced that the Basil Jones airstrip on Northern Ambergris Caye will be transformed into Belize's second international airport. It will be called the Efrain Guerrero International Airport - it is an ambitious project that is expected to significantly increase tourist arrivals in Belize, specifically on San Pedro. Now the plan is to make it a state of the art airport that will accommodate flights from major carriers like United and American Airlines among others, including those from Europe and Canada. Well, the project was put into motion today - at least the preliminary stages. The government and the strategic investor from South Florida signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Belmopan today. 7news was there to find out more about this major project.

Strong Cold Front Fading
The past few days, Belizean all across the country have been digging deep into their closets or barrells, shaking out those camphor balls, and bringing out their thickest sweaters. That's because of the cold front which has blanketed Belize since the weekend. The temperatures took their farthest dip on Sunday, reaching to temperatures of 49 degrees Fahrenheit in higher areas inland, to about 63 or 64 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast. Now, if you're one who enjoys cooler weather, you better make the most of it, because the Belize Met Service says that this cold front is about to finish passing over the country. We caught up with meteorologist Derrick Rudon who shared some details about that cold front. Here's what he had to say:

More Disturbing Explosion Images Flooding In
There are more very disturbing images coming out of Senate Elena Cayo right now - in the wake of that major explosion this evening around 5:30. We have received images which show how large stones punctured the roofs of various homes - and in some cases, completely destroyed the zinc roofing. Indeed, some of the images look like a tornado or a hurricane passed through. And we can say with certainty that there is major residential damage. These are homes in the area of the explosion. We also saw a huge stone deposited in the back of an SUV - whose glass is completely shattered. A very devastating fallout tonight in Santa Elena town and, again, there are solid reports which say one man has died. UDP Chairman Alberto August reports that "Tiger Aggregate a road construction company blasted the hillside of a white marl quarry in the Santa Cruz area in the process of mining for material." August adds that the explosives technician increased the explosive to a heavier load. He reports that the blast resulted in the death of, a 70 year old Canadian who Manages Tiger Aggregate Company Ltd.

Young Child Dies When Dad Crashes
A 3 year old boy died in a traffic accident on the Southern Highway early this morning. It happened before dawn when 34 year old Tourist Police Officer Jose Oscar Sanchez Jr. had his whole family in his Isuzu Rodeo. They were heading from San Pedro Colombia to his work station at Hopkins Village. But, something went very wrong near Bladen Village where he ran off the road and flipped in a ditch. The Officer Commanding Toledo told us that's where his young son was killed: ASP Clement Cacho, OC - Punta Gorda: "We have found a red Isuzu Rodeo turned upside down on the left hand side of the road, was travelling towards Bella Vista Village. Initial police investigation revealed that the driver who is Jose Sanchez, 34 years old police officer was traveling towards Hopkins Village along with his family, his wife and 3 kids and apparently he dozed off, lost control of the vehicle and went into a ditch. Apparently the vehicle overturned. As a result a 3 year old minor lost his life. The other 2 minors, both girls complained of pain to the back."

Chun's Case Is Now A Murder
34 year old Israel Chuc was found lying face down on the right side of the road in San Ignacio on Sunday morning. Yesterday Police told us they saw no signs of violence, but today the report that a post mortem found otherwise. The medical officer certified cause of Death as Traumatic Asphyxiation - meaning he was stranded to death. So it is now being investigated as a homicide.

Caye Caulker Airstrip Coming When?
Earlier on in the news, we told you about the new international airport planned for northern Ambergris Caye in the Basil Jones area. But, while that developer has grand ambitions, how about the repairs to the Caye Caulker airstrip which still needs a lot of work and attention? Now in terms of cost, the initial $ 7 million dollars for renovations had to be downsized to $3.5 million for Social Security to consider the loan. Area Rep and the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia gave us an update today:

Gang Boss Roger Anthony Takes The Rap For Cowo
Since the police department resumed granting bi-weekly interviews, you've been seeing a lot of Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo. But in the background, he and another officer had been pressing assault charges against the notorious Roger Anthony for almost 2 years now. Well today, that case came to a close when Anthony pleaded guilty in the Magistrate's Court. The incident reportedly happened on January 18, 2016 at the Queen Street Police Station. Cowo reported that he heard a noise outside of the main office, and when he went to check on it, he saw Anthony shouting and using obscene language. He said that he tried to calm Anthony down, and that escalated into a pushing match between both men. Corporal Myvette came to Cowo's aid, and that's when Anthony reportedly threatened that he will kill the officer.

Prisoner Will Be Charged For Sodomy
A 43 year old prisoner has been charged for raping his male cell mate. On Friday Hattieville police formally arrested and charged the convict with (2) two counts of Unnatural Crime and (1) one count of Harm. He is set for arraignment in court tomorrow because a removal order is being prepare to send to prison to have him be brought to court.

BEL Wants To Keep Your Electricity Rate Steady
BEL is taking one for the team, by not increasing your electricity rate. Last week Friday, BEL made a submission to the Public Utilities Commission proposing to maintain the Mean Electricity Rate at $0.3692, or just about 37 cents per kilowatt hour up until June 30, 2018. The utility does this at some cost since the cost of power has been higher than projections over the past year. But the power Company expects that the cost of power for the first half of 2018 will be lower than the PUC's projection - and that things should event out. One of the big growth assumptions is that there will be continued growth in the tourism sector to drive demand for electricity. The Final decision will be made by the PUC.

A Controversy Overs Cops And Contraband
Today, the police sent out a press release saying that it had nabbed 25 cases of assorted canned Mexican beers, quote, "in an abandoned building on Aloe Vera Street." NOW, CONTRABAND beers are not usually left in abandoned buildings and tonight the man who said he was holding those beers are calling the cops corrupt and deceitful. He asked to appear off camera: Jules Vasquez, reporter: "You're saying that story that we got from police, bogus?" Victim: "Yes." Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Explain to me what really happened?" Victim: "They went to my house and opened the door, went in there, mix some contraband beer which was actually 35 cases."

Ten Million For Climate Change From The IDB
The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a loan to Belize for 10 million US dollars to help reduce the effects of climate change in Belize City and Caye Caulker. A press release from the IDB says that the money will be used by the Government for climate resilience measures in the tourism sector, and to assist in the improvement of disaster risk management governance. Their research says that between 1930 and 2016, Belize has been one of the countries in Latin American and the Caribbean that has been most afflicted by extreme meteorological events such as hurricanes and tropical storms. It has been hit by 16 major tropical storms, at least 1 every 5 years, affecting over 287 thousand Belizeans, and causing about 635 million US dollars in damages and losses.

Christmas Caring
Many of you are already getting your share or turkey dinner's way before Christmas but for many, their only warm meal for the season will be from St John's Soup kitchen. About 500 needy people gathered at the soup kitchen this afternoon for a plate of food and clothes. Bishop Phillip Wright, Anglican Bishop: "This is an annual event but the soup kitchen is a weekly event where we of course try to serve a meal to some of the homeless and others we see around the parks and so at Christmas time we up it a bit and make it into what I will assure you is a delicious turkey dinner so that is what you are seeing there with the soup kitchen."

A Calvary Christmas Caring
And up the street at Calvary Temple Primary School, the students also got a taste of Christmas today. The City Council provided lunch and a gift for 145 students. We dropped by this afternoon. Phillip Singh, Councilor: "This came about 3 months ago I decided that last year we did Bethel school so I said we needed to go to another school, one of the schools that needed a little support from anyone and as a part of Mesopotamia division I realize that there was a school in this little corner that it seems everyone has forgotten so I decided we would do Calvary Temple this year."

More Stunning Explosion Video
There is now new footage emerging which shows that dramatic explosion in San Ignacio this evening. Again, it happened at about 5:30pm this evening, when Tiger Aggregate a road construction company blasted the hillside of a white marl quarry in the Santa Cruz area in the process of mining for material. The blast was overdone and it reportedly resulted in the death of a 70 year old Canadian Manager of Tiger Aggregate Company Ltd. Several houses in the area were badly damaged with food shattered and windows blown.

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Twin Towns Rocked by Huge Blast Explosion at Quarry this Evening
There were two explosions today in Belize City and in the Cayo District. We go first to Santa Elena where this afternoon dynamites were set off to break a boulder [...]

In the City, Family Surprised by Early Morning Gas Tank Blowout
In the city…a fire, this morning at an apartment complex on Iguana Street gave way to an explosion that rocked the community. As a loud bang was heard and plumes [...]

Former Remanded Prisoner Tells Story of Double Sodomy to News Five
Last week we told you the story of an inmate allegedly sodomized inside a cell at the Belize Central Prison. The young man was reportedly twice raped on separate occasions [...]

As Charges Come, Accuser Seeks Justice
The alleged perpetrator is expected to be taken to court on Wednesday where he will be charged with two counts of an unnatural act. The alleged victim says that he [...]

Family Cries Foul; Accuser ‘Locked Down’ with Abuser
And as you heard, the young man was not allowed to see his family. His father also spoke with us off camera today to say that it was until after [...]

Israel Chuc Death Now a Murder; He Was Fatally Strangled
Thirty-four-year-old Israel Chuc, a resident of Santiago Juan Layout in San Ignacio was discovered dead on Sunday morning in the vicinity of Branch Mouth Road. There was a trace of [...]

Father’s Lapse at Wheel Leads to Son’s Accident Death in Bladen
A three-year-old boy perished in a fatal road traffic accident along the Southern Highway this morning, while his father was driving a sports utility vehicle towards Hopkins Village.  The incident [...]

The Year 2017 in Crime
The following story is about the 2017 murder count. Soon after it was calculated at one hundred and thirty-three, the count went up this afternoon by one with the murder [...]

Police Snatch Contraband Beer
Just before midday today, the Special Assignment Team attached to ACT made a significant bust. The initiative, ‘Addressing Crime Together,’ seeks to tackle the spiraling urban violence related to gang [...]

Separate ACTs Lead to Coke, Weed in Old Capital
Operation ACT was in full operation on Monday in the city and turned up cocaine and weed. Around eleven in the morning, the Special Assignment Team searched an abandoned barrack [...]

B.E.L. Says No Change to Electricity Rates
Belize Electricity Limited has managed to keep electricity rates steady for the past few years, and consumers can go into 2018 expecting no changes in the base cost of electricity. [...]

Wall Crash Won’t Stop Civic Show
The new Civic Center on Central American Boulevard is scheduled to be launched this Wednesday, two years and three months after the old facility was broken down to make way [...]

E.U. Grant for Western Regional ‘Drap Da Wata’
One of the exchanges in Friday’s meeting of the House of Representatives came on the adjournment between Minister of Health Pablo Marin and Cayo Northeast area representative Orlando Habet. Habet [...]

Who Will Stand Up for retired PSWT Beneficiaries?
The saga of the Public Sector Workers Trust continues, following a claim filed by retired public officers Sheila Genitty, Ruth White and Darrel Gardiner as beneficiaries and representatives of the [...]

How Unions Can Find 5,000-Plus Beneficiaries
According to Genitty, the trustees have been saying all along that they cannot ascertain the names of all the beneficiaries.  She says that one call placed in the media has [...]

Athletes Pile Up Medals at C.A. Games
Team Belize is still on the hunt for its first gold medal in the Central American Games taking place in Managua, Nicaragua. But the athletics team has been carrying the [...]

Calvary Temple Parties with CitCo
The Belize City Council was sharing the Christmas spirit in the city this morning. The holiday cheer took them over to Regent Street West at the Calvary Temple Primary School [...]

The Joy of Christmas at St. John’s Soup Kitchen
The Belize City Council’s twelve days of charity continues across the Old Capital. Today the municipal body’s workers focused on two overlooked sectors of society – children and the homeless [...]


Belizean Athletes Represents At Central American Games
Over the past two weeks, Belizean athletes from different sporting denominations, including basketball, volleyball, football and athletics among others have been in Managua, Nicaragua representing Belize at the eleventh edition of the Central American Games. Over the past few days our Belizean players have managed to get on to the medal board. The national basketball team was the first to receive a medal last week after they defeated El Salvador for the Bronze. Over the weekend veteran athlete Trecia Flores also took a bronze in long jump – and was joined by Katy Sealy who received the silver in Heptathlon.

Customs Confiscates 25 Cases Of Contraband Beers
During the Christmas season, contraband activities are heightened as majority of individuals from across the country prepare to welcome the festive season by purchasing alcoholic beverages. While the north is considered as the area where contraband activity is most intense due to identified contraband hotspots located near the Mexican border, it is believed that majority of such illegal goods are transported from here to different parts of the country. And tonight we can tell you that contraband has made its way into Belize City. However, with special operations conducted by law enforcement officers, it has not been quite easy to get away with.

Main suspect In Murder Of Felix Ayuso Caught In Mexico
The family of murder victim Felix Ayuso have confirmed that the main suspect in the February murder of their loved has been finally caught in Mexico. Vildo Lorenzo Westby’s WANTED poster advertising a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest had been circulating among regional authorities for various months. The Ayuso family, however, got information that Westby had been hiding in Chiapas, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, so they travelled there themselves.


Unarmed Honduran security guard murdered in Belize City
An unarmed Honduran national who was doing guard duty is dead — a victim of gun violence after weeks of calm in the old capital. According to police reports, shortly after 3 o’clock on Saturday morning, investigators visited the scene of the crime, Buca Shell gas station situated at 2 ˝ Miles on the Philip Goldson Highway. There, officers saw the motionless body of Baltazar Sarmiento, 61. He was lying face-down on the compound with an apparent gunshot wound to the left side of his head. Amandala understands that shortly after midnight, Sarmiento was eating some food when two men pulled up in a boat from behind the gas station.

Marilyn Williams appointed as Supreme Court judge
The rumors have been circulating in legal and judicial circles for several months, but when Amandala called attorney Marilyn Williams several weeks ago, she denied having any knowledge about the matter of her appointment as a Supreme Court judge. Today, however, the appointment of Williams to the Supreme Court was confirmed by no less than Prime Minister Dean Barrow, when he spoke to reporters following a House of Representatives meeting. Williams first came into the public spotlight when she sought electoral office as a United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate for the Albert Division in the general elections of 2003.

Accused killer from San Pedro captured in Veracruz, Mexico
After being on the run for about 10 months, Vildo Westby, 35, of San Pedro, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the brutal murder of popular San Pedro activist, Felix Ayuso Jr., 44, has been captured. The long arm of the law caught up with him on Thursday, December 7, in Veracruz, Mexico, where he has been living. The fugitive is now in the custody of Mexican police and arrangements are being made to hand him over to the Belize police. The family of Felix Ayuso, Jr. had raised funds and offered a reward of $13,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspected killer. Today, the sister of Felix told us that the reward has been paid to the man who gave the information that led the Mexican police to the arrest of Westby in Veracruz.

Final House of Representatives meeting for 2017; US$40 million loan motion introduced
The House of Representatives held its final meeting for this year today to debate a motion for a US $40 million loan from the Republic of China (Taiwan), and to carry out the second reading of several bills. The loan from Taiwan is to be disbursed in four parts of US$10 million each, and is for budgetary support. It is a low-interest loan with a grace period of three years. Prime Minister Barrow, in outlining the motion, explained, “This is simply another installment in the continuing economic cooperation program with Taiwan. Their loan and grant program is done in cycles of four years; the last four-year program has come to an end—this is the new four-year program. Unfortunately, there is nothing additional in the proposed disbursements, the proposed mix of loans and grants. But just to be clear, that it is what happens every four years in the Republic of China (Taiwan).”

If the 90 million isn’t paid, the debt will simply continue increasing, says Senator Mark Lizarraga
The recent ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has pitted several social partners against the United Democratic Party (UDP)-led government, several of whose Cabinet Ministers have declared publicly that they have no intentions of honoring the CCJ-ordered payout of more than $90 million to the Belize Bank Limited. Nikita Usher, the president of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), and his predecessor, Kay Menzies, have both said that the Government of Belize (GoB) should respect the rule of law and honor the payment of the debt, which was originally $33.5 million, but which ballooned to today’s figures, and to which interest is being added with each passing day.

From The Publisher
If you examine the period in British Honduras between 1964 and 1979 carefully, you may come to understand why an old timer like myself would be so intrigued by the recently revealed FBI files of January 1968 concerning the Hon. Philip Goldson. These papers bring the British intelligence group, MI-6, into play where the British Honduras Governor in 1968, Sir John Paul, is being quoted. When British Honduras became a self-governing colony in 1964, there were people in the leadership of the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) who believed that we would be moving forward to political independence in a few years time. The PUP, led by Hon. George Price, was very, very popular and powerful in 1964, but the Belize Estate and Produce Company (BEC), the British mahogany/chicle/real estate conglomerate which had controlled the settlement/colony for more than a century, was still a major player here. It was believed that BEC had financed the pro-colonial National Party (NP) in 1951, and that it was supporting the National Independence Party (NIP), established in 1958, which was Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, led by Hon. Goldson, when self-government was introduced.

BCCI’s response to PM Barrow’s letter
Dear Prime Minister, We note that your letter, dated November 30, 2017, in which you responded to our Wednesday, November 29, press release titled “90 Million for Nothing”, focused almost exclusively on the fact of our holding both the previous and current administrations responsible for the current state of affairs regarding the debt that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has deemed valid and enforceable. Naturally, we expect that the Government would seek to defend its continued efforts in this matter, and the now-standard tactic of insulting the messenger in order to destroy the message is not unexpected. However, unleashing such invective upon the BCCI specifically for its unwavering support for the Rule of Law as an essential part of our democracy is disappointing coming both from yourself as one of our nation’s most experienced lawyers, and from one of our past presidents who was once a champion of Rule of Law, good governance and political reform.

To Whom It May Concern: With the holiday season approaching, I recently saw a Wanaragua (John Canoe) video on Facebook and decided to repost along with commentary of why I love Wanaragua and why Christmas Day is my most joyous day of all. My commentary resonated with a few people and I was encouraged to contact your press department. My name is Byron Martinez. I currently reside in Los Angeles, CA, but was born and raised in Dangriga Town. Wanaragua is a time-honored tradition that we as Belizeans should all be proud of. Here in Los Angeles we still honor this tradition by driving around the city performing from house to house in a caravan of vehicles, but it doesn’t come close to that youthful feeling of waking up to Wanaragua in Dangriga.

Abraham Lincoln and British Honduras/Belize
Amandala supporter, Evondale Coburn, came across these Abraham Lincoln Papers on British Honduras (Belize) in the United States Library of Congress, and thought they might be very interesting for Amandala readers. It’s just fascinating, how much interest there has been in “little” Belize over all these years. Our Mayan ancestors absolutely knew what “wealth untold” lay under their feet when they lived here. Then, the Europeans came. The first to come were from Spain and Portugal, beginning in 1492. Then the buccaneers came, seeking a place to hide in 1638. The British made Belize a full “colony” in 1862. That same year, a lady named Anna Ella Carroll wrote of the wonderful country called British Honduras, suggesting it was an ideal place for the Americans to found an “infant colony.”

House bohgaz didn’t earn right to share abrazos
It’s a darn good thing I didn’t schedule my life around the sitting of the House on Friday, or I would be cussing no end right now, like those who did. What the heck, this is what our political leaders meet up for in these trying times? There are pressing issues, real pressures on the people. A powerful wind is blowing, dead on from the direction the passengers need to go, and our sails and riggings are weak from the strain of years of struggle. This is no time for the captain and crew to be sharing rum popo and wishing each other Merry Krismos. But there they were, in the most anticipated meeting of the year, passing around good cheer. Couldn’t they just send their good wishes over the phone, or by email, like everybody else? No, those bohgaz had to go to the House. It sucks even more that we pay for it!
Leroy Brown, 20 a former BDF soldier, and Clent Geban, 19, a night school student, a duo who allegedly stole $1,480 from Tomza Butane Gas, located at Mile 1 on the George Price Highway, were charged with robbery when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. They pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the offence has become prevalent; that it is of a serious nature; that the evidence of the prosecution is strong because the two accused persons were seen on surveillance camera; and that if granted bail they might interfere with prosecution witnesses. Senior Magistrate Ford upheld the objection and she remanded them into custody until January 31.

Elroy Johnson: I am a Belizean
I am a Belizean. But I am absolutely unique. My life is unique. Out of my unique experience, there is something that has never been, and can never be, experienced by anyone else. It is my donation to mankind. It is my privilege to be here on the planet. My donation cannot be copied, replaced, repeated, nor duplicated. It is distinctively unique. It is one of a kind. So are my tasks and my opportunities to implement them. I must, therefore, treasure the things that make me uniquely different. So should you with yours. Now, let me expound a little, ‘cause it’s getting a little deep. Out of the 6 billion+ people on this planet, there’s only one “me.” There’s no one out there to fit my mold perfectly, to occupy my space and my time perfectly. There’s nobody out there to do the task I was destined to do, to tell a story, sing a song, or write a book. It may be quirky and different, but that makes me, me. It makes me special and unique. Whether I am a Creole, a Garinagu, an East Indian, a Hispanic, a Mestizo, a Maya, or Ketchi; flat nose, pointed nose, light skin, dark skin, straight hair, kinky or natty dread, I am the sum-total of all my ancestral traits of the people who came before me. So I ought to be damn proud of who I am. And at no time must I allow anyone who isn’t me, to define me, confine me, control me, direct me, or “…lize” me with their “isms” and “skisms.” I am who I am.

Arson suspected in fire at Finnegan’s Market
Pearl “Pauline” Usher, 52, a mother of 12, could only helplessly watch as her source of income went up in flames on Saturday afternoon. Just before 1 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, police visited #1 Corner of Hicattee Street and West Collet Canal, where they observed stall # 6 of the Hyde’s Building in flames. Initial police investigations revealed that at 12:45 p.m., Alvin Oswald Coleman, 62, a Belizean businessman of Hyde’s Building, was alerted of a fire and upon making checks he observed the said stall swallowed in flames. The stall was occupied by Usher, who used it to sell apparel. In an interview with Amandala today, Usher revealed that all the items inside the stall, stock valued in the vicinity of $600, had been destroyed in the blaze.

Teakettle tire-burning protestors arraigned
The strange death of Edwin Antonio Baires “Jose” Hernandez, 20, has caused some villagers of Teakettle to express their contempt for certain members of the police department. Today, three villagers — Pilnes Gutierres, 55; Marvin Corea, 23; and Guadalupe Guerra, 22 — were arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court for charges relating to a protest they staged against the circumstances in which their fellow villager was killed. They were all charged with “Illegal Assembly,” while Gutierres was additionally charged with “Illegal Entry.” When they appeared before Magistrate Ladonna John, Gutierres pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for each offence.

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Butane tank explodes; household appliances destroyed
A pastor and his family members are homeless after the butane gas tank at their house exploded on Tuesday morning, destroying their household appliances and completely scorching the interior of the building they once called home. The fire happened sometime around 10:00 a.m. at #16 Iguana street, where John Amos, 37, a pastor and his family lived. Amos, who was also the caretaker of the residence, reportedly went to the kitchen and was in the process of lighting the stove when the fire started. The butane tank that was in the kitchen exploded and the fire quickly spread.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize City Civic center to host open day tomorrow
Tomorrow, the Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) will be hosting an open day at the Belize […]

One person dead; several more injured in explosion
This evening, BBN reported of a dynamite explosion that occurred in a quarry hill in […]

Dynamite explodes in Santa Elena, Cayo; Police at the scene
BBN has received reliable reports about a dynamite explosion in an area of Santa Elena […]

FBI seeks suspect in the US in connection with Corozal double murder
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking a person of interest in the United […]

British authorities contact Belize police over British woman’s murder in Ladyville
The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office is in contact with Belize police regarding the […]

Fifteen-year-old minor missing in San Ignacio Town
A 15 year old minor from San Ignacio Town is missing. According to relatives, Kimberly […]

GSU find weed in Lindos Alley
Yesterday at about 9:30 p.m., the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) conducted searches in the Lindos Alley […]

Police find 25 cases of contraband beers
Just before midday today the police Special Assignment Team conducted searches in an abandoned building […]

Police say butane tank exploded and caused fire
Police have released an official report on the early morning blaze on Belize City’s south […]

One dead in early morning vehicle mishap
Today at about 5:10 a.m., police responded to a report of a road traffic accident in […]

Police warn against toy guns for Christmas
The Belize Police Department is asking the public to reconsider purchasing toy guns for children […]

43 year old man charged for sodomizing cell mate, 21
A 43 year old inmate at the Kolbe foundation has been charged with (2) two […]

Special Envoy launches 2018 Inspiration Calendar and Agenda
On Friday, December 8, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children (SEWC), […]

Fire on Iguana Street
There was a fire a short time ago at an apartment building on Iguana street […]

Conman running wild in Belize City
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, revealed to the press that there is a conman […]

Ministry of Health advisory: get your flu vaccine
Today, the Ministry of Health issued an advisory informing the public that during the cool […]

Ministry of Health drops ball on EU funds for Western Regional
The Government of Belize will not be making the much-needed upgrades to the Western Regional […]

Car crashes into new Civic Center fence
The newly renovated Belize City Civic Center hasn’t even officially been opened to the public […]


Pen Cayetano presents music and art at Diamond Lodge Boutique B&B
There is little doubt that he is multi-talented, and as such, has earned the title of Belizean icon. Delvin ‘Pen’ Cayetano MBE is a musician, painter and all-around artist, one to whom the invention of Punta Rock is accredited. After 13 years, the artist returned to the island to join Belizean Arts in hosting an art exhibit at the new Diamond Lodge Boutique Bed & Breakfast. His signature pieces were displayed throughout the newest addition to the hospitality industry on the island, and highlighting the evening was some excellent drumming by the man himself. Accompanied by his wife Ingrid, Pen beat on the primero drum, the rhythmic, primal sound of the drumbeats filling the air. Guests took in the sight of Cayetano’s pieces, many of which highlight his rich Garifuna culture. From the Charikanari dancers, to idyllic scenes in Hopkins, and even self-portraits of the man himself through various stages of life, each piece is uniquely Belizean. The more one looks at the artwork, the richer the story becomes.

Air Miles Come to Belize
Exciting news for those that love to fly! On January 1st, Tropic Air will be launching its Air Miles Frequent Flyer Program – TropicMiles. A soft launch will take place soon to fine tune everything, before the official one. I know a couple of people who are already in the program and are accumulating miles. The miles program’s primary target market is local Belize travelers, the residents and business frequent flyers, however, it will be available to vacation travelers as well. So many folks are repeat visitors and this is a great ongoing reward for putting in the time to plan your trip.

International Sourcesizz

A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity
Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses. William Ruiz Sánchez spends his days grilling burgers and slathering fried hot dogs with pepperoni and cheese at his family’s restaurant. Refrigerators and fire-engine red tables provided by Coca-Cola feature the company’s logo in exchange for exclusive sale of its drinks. Though members of the Ruiz family sometimes eat here, they more often grab dinner at Domino’s or McDonald’s. For midday snacks, they buy Doritos or Cheetos at Oxxo, a convenience store chain so ubiquitous here that nutritionists and health care advocates mockingly refer to the city as San Cristóbal de las Oxxos. The family’s experience in food service began in the 1960s, when Mr. Ruiz’s grandmother sold tamales and home-cooked food made with produce from a nearby farm; those same ingredients sustained her boys with vegetable stews, beans, tortillas and eggs. Meat was a luxury. Since then, the Ruizes have become both consumers and participants in an extraordinary transformation of the country’s food system, one that has saddled them and millions of other Mexicans with diet-related illnesses. It is a seismic shift that some nutritionists say has an underappreciated cause: free trade.

Belize – Beyond The Blue Hole
Belize, to divers the mere mention of the name, brings forth an iconic image of the Belize Blue Hole. Even non-divers often recognize aerial photographs of the blue hole thanks to Jacques Yves Cousteau’s television series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau”. His episode “Secrets of the Sunken Caves” back in March 1971 featured the blue hole and brought it to the worlds attention. That sparked the interest that remains today. While the Belize Blue Hole is a key draw for divers, there are many other aspects of diving to attract the dedicated scuba diver. Atolls are generally found in the Indo-Pacific. There are four atolls outside of that region often called the Western Hemisphere Atolls. Of these four atolls, three are located in Belize. Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Glover’s Reef Atoll, and Turneffe Atoll each offer something unique. At one time, an atoll was an island with a fringing reef. Rising seawater caused the islands to flood, while the fringing reef continued to grow. Eventually, the fringing reef becomes higher than the island and the atoll is formed with an internal lagoon. Patches of reef start forming on that were once the island. The atolls are outside of the barrier reef, beyond the fringing reef around the atolls is deep water.

Monkey business: Building a global database of primate conservation studies
Primates are our family. From tiny, delicate golden lion tamarins to impressively muscular gorillas, we are part of the same evolutionary lineage; a tree of life stretching back about 65 million years. But while one primate — Homo sapiens — has flourished and spread across the planet, about 60 percent of non-human primate species are threatened with extinction. Conservation of these intelligent, complex creatures can be challenging on many levels. We must work wisely towards finding the best solutions to the multi-faceted problems threatening their survival. Fortunately, there are some tantalizing hints at solutions: black lion tamarins and capuchins in Brazil have been seen using custom-built pole bridges to cross roads, and six species of lemurs in Madagascar used canopy bridges to cross roads and mining areas rather than walk on the roads below. Even better, a thirteen-year study in Belize found that black howler monkey numbers increased after the construction of pole bridges over man-made gaps, as one part of a wider conservation plan.

Caribbean Leaders Launch Plan to Make Region World’s First Climate-Smart Zone
The Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition, an ambitious public-private initiative aimed at funding a US$8 billion investment plan to transform the region into the world’s first “climate-smart” zone and benefit 3.2 million Caribbean households, was launched today. The coalition’s work will focus on coordinated action on four initial critical priorities: scaling renewable energy as rapidly as possible to help free Caribbean countries from the high cost of imported fossil fuels and the high vulnerability of centralised distribution systems; building low-carbon and resilient infrastructure including nature-based approaches, to better withstand future extreme weather events; creating innovative financing models such as a debt-for-resilience swap initiative in exchange for demonstrated progress on policy reforms and investments to strengthen resilience and promote climate-smart growth pathways; and strengthening the capacity of Caribbean countries and key regional institutions to plan for long-term resilience and climate smart growth strategies.


  • Belize Silver Medal Performance at the Central American Games in the Male 4X100 Relay, 1.5min.

  • Belize Dry Sea, 2min. Every year when the cold fronts enter Belize we tend to sea getting dry. Very amazing to capture since all year around the water is high. We are use to tropics weather so feeling the cold fronts are no joke and I'm talking about 50 degrees fahrenheit. LOL

  • Tragic... A Youth's Rap on Violence in Belize affecting Youth, 2.5min. Joel Coc with UNICEF Belize at Punta Gorda, Toledo District, Belize.

  • OCEANA Belize, Columbia Christmas Tree, 3min.

  • National Council on Aging - Story Time Collection, 12min.

  • Senate Select Hearing Review, 42min.

  • Tarpon fishing Belize, 5min.

  • My Belize, 4.5min.

  • BELIZE - Shark Ray Alley Snorkel, 3min.

  • Glover atoll teaser/ Belize/, 4min. I made some edits and only included clips from our one week stay in Glover Atoll

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 54min.

  • Crocodile's Eye View, 1/2min. Feels like you are really there.

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