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Today's Belize News: December 15, 2017 #527724
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


The San Pedro Sun

Foreva Fancy Showcases the Latest Trends at Christmas Fashion Show
The Foreva Fancy Fashion Boutique held its annual Christmas Fashion Show on Sunday, December 10th at the Central Park. Spectators gathered to view the spectacular fashions on display as models strutted the runway. At 10PM, host for the night, Philip Ramsey welcomed everyone to the event and thank them for their continued support. The Christmas fashion show began with the first segment, titled “Victoria Secret”, which was inspired by the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. Models showcased the boutique’s latest clothing, while adorned with angel wings. In the second segment, the runway turned “Colorful” with the models displaying vibrant clothing such as jumpsuits, evening gowns, floral dresses and trendy items that are available at the boutique.

Belize’s Rowan Garel wins Caribbean Adventure Ambassador 2017 Award
On, Tuesday, December 5th, the Caribbean Tourism Organization announced Belize’s Rowan Garel as the winner of the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador 2017 Award. He came out victorious after receiving the majority votes tallying 1,975 over his other four competitors which included: Jake Kelsick from Antigua & Barbuda (1,471 votes), Jeremie Tronte from St. Vincent & Grenadines (896 votes), Courtenay Bushman Rooks from Trinidad & Tobago (542 votes), and Mario Rigby from Turks & Caicos Islands (387 votes).

Tropic Air to launch Tropic Miles Program
Tropic Air will be launching its first Frequent Flyer Program (Tropic Miles) on January 1, 2018. The reward program enables customers to earn valuable miles from all future travels with Tropic Air. Miles can be earned on every flight based on the monetary value of each ticket, and can then be redeemed for free travel. The program’s primary target market is local Belizean travelers; residents and business people. However, it will be available to vacation travelers as well, especially repeat visitors.

MarAlliance Debuts New Kids Marine Club
The non-profit conservation organization MarAlliance has introduced a new and fun club designed for students who are passionate about the marine environment. The recently created club, which was founded by San Pedrana Cynthia Xiu, is made up of senior students from several of the island primary schools. The MarAlliance Lil’ Mako’s Marine Club aims to teach its members about the balance of the marine ecosystem, how to care for it and identify the species that live in it. Xiu told The San Pedro Sun that the initiative to form the club had been lingering in her mind for quite some time. “Growing up on the island I learned to love the sea and noticed that not all children are into sports, but like environmental activities such as being out at sea,” she said. “Since announcing the creation of the club, we now count with 12 students that are excited and committed to the group. We also hope this number can increase to at least 20 members in the future.”

San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament Kicks Off
The San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament regular season commenced this past weekend on Sunday, December 10th at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. The tournament is seeing the participation of five teams aiming to win the championship. The current standings have SPHS and Quality Reef with one win. While RCGO, Xtreme, and Rusties have yet to make it on the chart. Games continue this weekend on Sunday, December 17th, starting at 9:30AM, with RCGO taking on SPHS, followed by Xtreme going against Rusties at 11:30AM. Softball enthusiast and islanders are invited to come out and enjoy a softball day.

Ambergris Today

Nominations Open for San Pedro Person of the Year 2017
It's that time of year the again! We need your help choosing Ambergris Today's Person of the Year. Do you know someone on Ambergris Caye who has gone out of his or her way to contribute to our community? Let us know by filling out this form.

New Study To Reconstruct Tropical Cyclone History Of Belize
The University of Belize through the Natural Resource Management Program from the Faculty of Science and Technology will collaborate with Auburn University, Alabama USA, in a study to reconstruct the precipitation and tropical cyclone history of Belize. This will be done by obtaining stalagmite oxygen isotope ratio (?18O) records. These records offer a unique opportunity to reconstruct the long-term history of precipitation variability and tropical cyclone (TC) activity in Belize, extending beyond the instrumental record and over glacial to interglacial time scales. Belize represents an ideal location within the Caribbean for investigating the history of TCs and precipitation variability affecting the western tropical Atlantic. In the 152-year period from 1864 to 2016, Belize was hit by over 61 TCs. Belize, furthermore, has extensive cave systems with hundreds of potentially suitable stalagmite specimens for paleoclimate research.

Ministry Of Health Notes Increase In Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Cases
The Ministry of Health informs the public that over the past few weeks there has been an increase in cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI). The Ministry has been informed by officials from Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA) that they are seeing this increase at that hospital.

Island Academy Dazzles With Christmas Pageant 2017
A talking magical juke box takes the students of The Island Academy on musical history of Christmas Music. With song, dance and music the students of The Island Academy once again put on a spectabular Christmas Pageant that this year was open to the public. Music from the ages filled the air and Christmas cheer was spread to all who attended. Here's a look at The Island Academy's Christmas Pageant 2017:

Misc Belizean Sources

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Island Takeover Weekend
r Dec 15th - Daddyrock nightclub San Pedro. Dec 16th - Westbay Beach club Caye Caulker. Dec 17th - Anchorage Beach party Caye Caulker.

Caye Caulker: Available for adoption: super sweet pup!
Lucky is about 6 months old and looking for his family. He’s pretty mellow for a puppy, though he loves to play and wrestle with other dogs. He's extremely gentle and cuddly and would be happiest being right in the mix with a family so he should go to a home where he can live indoors. He loves other dogs and is protective but not human aggressive. He's not cat tested but can be if needed. He doesn’t seem to have a strong prey drive because lizards don’t interest him.

Marisol Melhado passes away
It is with a heavy heart and tears that I share the news of our dear Lions Sister and a dear friend to San Pedro - Past Zone Chair of Belize Lions District B-57 and past Belize City Lion Club President Marisol Melhado. She died last night . I only have fun memories of Marisol as a Lion member. We danced, hugged each other, pick food out of each other’s plate and quarrel over heated Lions stuff - but always made up back after the debates. And the sudden calls I would do at her work place as a pharmacist at KHMH... Her comments - Jorgito what you want with me now... I would just randomly called to check on my friend. This hits home... gone so unexpectedly... God! RIP Marisol, RIP my dear friend!

Last Day of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation's Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP) training
In Corozal Town on Business Development, Marketing and Branding facilitated by the Small Business Development Centre, Beltraide.

St. Francis Xavier Primary School Christmas performance
Corozal - It was very cheerful last night as the St. Francis Xavier Primary School students delighted their parents, guardians, teachers and faculty to a dozen Christmas performances. These kids never disappoint and every year they keep getting better and smarter. On behalf of this news shack, we extend a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the students, parents and faculty of our St. Francis Xavier Primary School. One Love to All.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Dec. 4th - Dec. 10th, 2017
We had a great week of permit fishing with eight being landed in a single day. Mark caught a twenty five pound permit on his way to his Grand Slam. Bill caught two and Paul caught three during their stay. Collin also had a great day and landed three in a single day.

U.S.-grantee Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) holds job training in Punta Gorda!
On December 8th, TIDE graduated 19 individuals from its Food & Beverage training course and 24 from its Bartending course. Since 2016, a total of 193 youths have graduated from various skill development courses offered in Punta Gorda as part of a collaborative effort between TIDE and the Department of Youth Services (DYS) with funding provided by the U.S. Embassy, Belmopan. Look out for upcoming trainings that will be offered by TIDE within the next couple of months. Kudos to TIDE, DYS and the new trainees as they continue their journey.

A construction team at work on Cerro Maya development

A construction team at work on Santa Rita development ...

New HGTV garden in San Pedro
Stop by and see the new HGTV garden makeover at the Artisans Market on Back St. across from the old football field.

Dog & Cat food stolen from SAGA, please help!
As many of you know we had a break in and our dog and cat food was stolen :( we now find ourselves very low in supplies and are worried for our resident dogs and cats.We are almost out of dog and cat food:( Dogs like zeke who is pictured in this post rely on us to give them the best nutrition we can as many of our residents come to us emaciated and many have mange and other skin ailments.Our little charges won't get fancy treats or toys for the holidays.....so their daily meals that we provide are everything to them. can you please help us to stock up so their little bellies will be full this holiday season? All donations are tax deductible. please donate a little something if you can and please share for help.Our potlickers and kitty potlickers want you to know how very grateful they are for each and every one of you. without you, they would be in the same horrid situation they were in before they came to us...out on the streets, fending for themselves snores and meows and many kisses

Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities Launches Bulb Exchange Program
The Energy Unit within the Ministry of the Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities in collaboration with the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) is launching Phase 3 of its Energy Efficiency Awareness Project. This project entails the exchange of energy-inefficient lights, such as incandescent and fluorescent bulbs and tubes, with energy-efficient LED bulbs and tubes. The project seeks to target the indigent families in Dangriga Town and Hope Creek and Sarawee Villages. These persons include all those social rate customers of the Belize Electricity Limited. Persons must bring their electricity bill, dating no later than 6 months, along with their bulbs and tubes for exchange, to the distribution locations at the Belize Water Services and Havana Pharmacy in Dangriga. The project is scheduled to commence on Monday, December 18th and will end on Friday, December 22nd. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday.

Meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington led a delegation to the L Meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA) held in Panama. The Heads of State and Government welcomed the continued institutional strengthening of SICA and applauded the work in advancing a Regional Priority Strategic Plan for the various organs and institutions of the system, the development of a Regional Protocol for the Swift and Safe Movement of Persons for Large Scale Events within the Region, a Regional Policy on Logistics and Movement, which will allow for efficient and faster transfer of goods within the region and a revised Central American Policy for the Management of Natural Disasters.

Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala Hold Bilateral Meeting in Panama
Foreign Minister Hon. Wilfred Elrington, the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Sandra Jovel and the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro met in Panama on December 13th in the margins of the L Meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA). In this first bilateral meeting since Minister Jovel took office, both Ministers took the opportunity to reiterate commitments made under the Special Agreement of 2008 on the possibility of going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and appraised each other on their preparations for a referendum and the promotion of public awareness on the subject.

MOBILE PET CLINIC ON SATURDAY ON CAYE CAULKER!
In order to accommodate residents south of the airport we will be parked there from 8:45 to 9. Come by to get flea and tick prevention or have something looked at. People south of the airstrip only, please! We will be moving north from Bahia.

Don’t mess with Monica’s unless you want to get shot
On the 14.12.2017 police responded to a robbery at the corner of Cemetery Road and Elston Kerr Street. Upon arrival, Dorian Usher reported that about 2:30 p.m. while exiting Monica's Pawn Shop three persons entered the establishment and held him up with a firearm and stole assorted Jewelry. Usher pulled out his licensed firearm and fired shot at the culprits hitting one of them to the arm. One person is hospitalized and police are investigating.

San Ignacio and Santa Elena new Town Hall
Heartfelt congratulations to all the residents and authorities of San Ignacio and Santa Elena on the new Town Hall and the House of Culture. We were honored to share this special day with you!

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Flatliners, It, Ninjago, The Mountain Between Us

Channel 7

Man Hunt For Suspected Cocaine Smuggler
Police are looking for the Lincoln Navigator driver who crashed into a gate at the Belize customs area yesterday afternoon. As we told you, the driver sped out of the Mexican customs area because the x-ray showed something unusual in the cab of the vehicle. As soon as the Mexicans told the driver that his vehicle was selected for a secondary search, he raced over to the Belize side. The driver bolted into the nearby bushes after he crashed into the gate. Now, the something 'unusual' in the vehicle was cocaine - 13 pounds of it. Today police didn't have much details relating to this case but they told us they are searching for the runaway driver.

Belize Authorities Discuss Deadly Cayo Quarry Blast
A team has been on the ground assessing the damage in the Santa Cruz area of Santa Elena - this is after Tuesday evening's massive quarry blast. The explosion killed Tiger Aggregates Ltd owner Ronald Sutherland, injured 5 persons and wrecked homes and vehicles. At this point, Belize Road Construction Ltd - who contracted Tiger Aggregates to do the blast, is focused on getting the residents back in the comfort of their homes before Christmas. But there are still many questions as to who granted the company permission to blast in this residential area. Well, very important to note, Inspector of Mines from the Mining Unit, Michelle Alvarez says the unit did not grant any license to blast in this area.

No Answers Yet In Israel Chuc's Murder
The family of Israel Chuc is desperate for answers after Chuc was killed and thrown in the Branch Mouth area. Police found his body on Sunday morning. Well, at this point police don't have any answers for the family, just that they are investigating the matter. ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "The police is seeking one person for questioning in regards to this incident." Reporter: "There are reports that there was an attempt on his life before, about two months ago. Do you have information on that?" ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "None. The police is following up on certain information which was gotten in regards to this investigation."

Police Still Looking For Suspects In Gas Station Murder
The Buca Shell Gas Station surveillance footage hasn't really helped police in solving the Baltazar Sarmiento murder case. He was the 61 year old security guard who was shot to the head while on duty at the gas station. The incident happened early Sunday morning. Today police told us more. Reporter: "Baltazar Sarmiento, the security guard from the Buca Shell Gas Station, any update on that?" ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "That investigation remains ongoing."

Suspected Robber Shot In Front Of Monica's Pawnshop
Tonight, Belize City police are guarding this man, who's name we cannot release as yet, while he is receiving medical treatment at the KHMH. It is believed that he and 3 others tried to rob Monica's Pawn Shop, which is located at the corner of Cemetery Road and Elston Kerr Street. We've just managed to get in touch with relatives of Gilroy Usher Sr., who owns the business place. And here's what they told us about the incident. At around 2:30 this afternoon, Usher's daughter and another employee were inside conducting normal business operations. Another of Usher's son's showed up to the pawnshop, and he was talking to the ladies when he saw 4 men approaching. One of them had on a hat and another a hood.

FM Elrington Met His New Guatemalan Counterpart
Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington has participated in the first bilateral talks with the New Guatemalan Foreign Minister. Viewers will remember that at the end of August, Almost 4 months ago, we told you how Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales fired his former foreign Minister, Carlos Raul Morales. That happened after Carlos Raul Morales refused to follow his order to kick the foreign head of the CICIG out of the country. You are aware that CICIG is the UN backed anti-corruption body which led the investigation into the former President, Otto Perez Molina, and his Vice President, Roxanna Baldetti landing them both in jail, where they remain while awaiting criminal trial.

SSB Didn't Approve A Loan For Caye Caulker Airstrip
The Social Security Board has not approved a loan for the urgent repair of the Caye Caulker Airstrip. Chairman Douglas Singh today confirmed that a loan for a little more than 3 million dollars was recommended by the Investment Committee, but was declined by the Board of Directors. He says the board issued a carefully worded response suggesting that - if certain conditions are met - Belize Airports Authority could re-submit the application - for a third time. The loan application started at 7 million dollars - which was rejected by the Investment Committee. The project has now been pared down to half that and the relevant Minister and Are Rep says he hopes work can finish by Easter.

An Spike in Respiratory Infections?
Right now, it's flu season, and both the Ministry of Health and the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has noticed that there has been an increase in the number of cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI). Tracking it, the medical professionals at KHMH say that children currently make up 70 percent of the patients afflicted by such respiratory infections. They've partnered with the Ministry of Health to investigate the increase, and they are awaiting laboratory results to assist them in establishing the specific type of virus that has been spreading about. This morning, we got a chance to speak with the Ministry of Health's Head of Epidemiology via phone about the spike, and what it means for public health. Here's what he told us:

Meridian Enterprises Will Sue Fyffes
You may remember the name Meridian Enterprises - that's the company which took over Maya King's banana farms after owner John Zabaneh was commercially blacklisted by a Kingpin designation. Meridian was a management company run by Zabaneh's mother - so that the Kingpin designation would not affect Maya King farms, Belize's largest banana producer at the time. Well, that was going along well enough until an October 2015 7News article quoted Zabaneh speaking on behalf of Meridian. After that, Fyffes - which is an Irish company - immediately cut all ties with Meridian - because of the Kingpin taint.

A few Christmas Safety Tips From Police
The last thing you want to hear for the Christmas is a lecture on safety tips. Besides, all people care about is celebrating with family and friends and eating turkey and black cake. But the police warn not to get too caught up in the merriment. Today the police outlined some safety tips that many people might take for granted. Sr. Supt. Bart Jones, Police PR: "Police across the country have start their anti-crime efforts. That's means there will be more boots on the ground across the country particularly in the major towns and the two cities. As well we want to send out some preventative tips. We know that at this time many persons would be shopping or looking to do their shopping, so when you go out there to the stores we implore on person, although there are police officers out there, you go to the stores don't be taking out large bundles of cash, because you never know who will be watching. If you go to the ATMs ensure that you check your surroundings, particularly when exiting the ATMs, because we believe that criminals takes the opportunity to for the weak vulnerable victims."

A Lesson In Energy Efficiency For Dangriga & Surrounding Communities.
The Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities is reporting that they are teaming up with the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) to launch phase 3 of its energy efficiency Awareness Project. The idea behind the project is to get Belizeans thinking about energy efficiency, and so they've launched a light bulb drive. The way it will work is that they will be providing poor families living in Dangriga Town, and the villages of Hope Creek and Sarawee, with new light bulbs to replace their old ones. So, those old incandescent and fluorescent bulbs and tubes that are in use will be changed out for energy efficient LED light bulbs and tubes.

HELPAGE Gives A Little Christmas Cheer
Today HelpAge granted the first Caregivers award to 89 year old Gwendolyn Sanchez. She has been a caregiver for about 60 years, taking care of her 6 kids - 3 of them with special needs. We dropped by her house on Benbo Street to capture the award ceremony. Sanchez is 89 years old and is still taking care of one of her daughters with special needs.

Leonora Is Now 104!
Every year around this time, we usually stop by to join in the celebration of the birthday of the Belize City resident, Leonora Patnett. And yesterday, she turned 104. Now, from our perspective, as she celebrates these new milestones, she somehow manages to maintain the same vitality she's had, as though the passage of time has very little effect on her. This evening, just before her birthday party, she spoke with us about what she considers her blessing to still be around to watch her great grand children grow up. Here's our conversation with this remarkable woman:

Channel 5

Explosive Expert Says Quarry Blast Result of Human Error or Negligence
Within forty-eight hours of a deadly explosion at a quarry at the Santa Cruz Layout, Santa Elena, Cayo District, experts have put together a preliminary assessment of what possible went [...]

Residents Begin Picking Up the Pieces
While details are being provided as to what may have caused the deadly explosion at the quarry in Santa Elena, residents in the nearby area are attempting to get back [...]

Cross-Border Cocaine Chaos: one Sought for Questioning after Parcels Found in Crashed SUV
Local authorities are trying to locate the driver of a full-size luxury SUV which was abandoned on Wednesday evening at the northern border with Mexico.  Corozal police were summoned to [...]

No Cover-Up of Prison Rape, C.E.O. Claims
We’ve been reporting on a case of alleged sodomy inside the Belize Central Prison. An inmate, who is now out on bail, claims he was sodomized twice last month while [...]

Guard is Terminated, Prison Policies Outlined
What about claims that the guard on duty ignored the plea for help after the first incident happened?  We asked him if there was negligence on the part of the [...]

Murderers of Baltazar Sarmiento Remain At Large
Baltazar Sarmiento, an elderly watchman, was killed at his place of work last Saturday by a pair of thieves who broke onto the Buca Shell compound on the Phillip Goldson [...]

Attempted Robbery at Monica’s Pawn Shop
A pawn shop manager had to employ his licensed weapon to defend himself against a robbery of his establishment today. Tonight, one of the three men who tried to rob [...]

P.S.U. Comes Out Swinging Against ‘Dastardly’ Auditor General
The Public Service Union has come out strongly against Auditor General Dorothy Bradley and what it calls her “dastardly administrative practices.” On Friday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that he [...]

Plumbing at Civic ‘Most Engineered’
The spanking new Belize City Center is yet to officially open its doors to the Belizean public.  Amid controversy over the cost of the colossal structure is its plumbing.  Over [...]

Warning Over Rise in Respiratory Infections
The Ministry of Health says that its epidemiology unit is carrying out an investigation into a reported increase of severe acute respiratory infections cases at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. [...]

A Review of the B.T.L. and U.H.S. Saga
2017 has been a case of the chickens coming home to roost for the Barrow government in two particular cases. In the span of two weeks in November, the Caribbean [...]

Coalition Applauds Moratorium Passage
The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage is leading the congratulations for the National Assembly, whose members have adopted the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Bill 2017. It now [...]

Coalition Says New Law Impervious to Court Challenge
As noted on Wednesday, both Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte and Leader of Government Business and former Natural Resources Minister Godwin Hulse indicate that no offshore oil licenses exist, and the [...]

Gwendolyn Sanchez Recognized as HelpAge Career Caregiver
HelpAge Belize, in partnership with B.E.L., recognized eighty-nine-year-old Gwendolyn Sanchez of Benbow Street with the first ever “Caregiver Achievement Award.”  The senior citizen and her husband raised her children, including [...]

CitCo Xmas Cheer Moves to St. John’s Vianney
The Belize City Council was out and about the City spreading some more Christmas cheer. The twelve days of Christmas continued at Saint John Vianney Primary School. The Public Relations [...]

Healthy Living: Avoiding the Stomach Flu
No one wants to be sick during the holidays. Unfortunately, influenzas and stomach viruses are especially typical around this time of year. Tonight in Healthy Living, we look at why [...]


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Explosion in Santa Cruz killed one man and injured several
A massive dynamite explosion rocked the residential neighborhood of Santa Cruz at about 5:30 pm on Tuesday leaving one man dead and several others injured. Tremors rippled from the epicenter of the blast at the Quarry after which there was a loud explosion. Videos emerging from the incident shows tons of rock and rubble spewing at tremendous speeds, which also resulted in the damage to nearby buildings and vehicles. Dona Dougall a resident of Santa Elena was prompted by the incident in expressing, “Who in their right mind, would set dynamite to blow up a quarry, in a residential area? A tragedy beyond comprehension!”

Public Sector Workers Trust and Beneficiaries face off over Trust money
The Public Sector Worker’s Trust, which was established in 2013 to figure out a way in which public officers who were affected by a increment freeze between 1995 and 1997 should be compensated; held a press conference where they sought to ‘clear the air’ on a recent ruling given against them. The matter has become one with protracted problems after a March, 2017 ruling by the Supreme Court. In the ruling of the court it was ordered that there must be accounting of the money which was held by the trust. It additionally ordered that a new trust deed is to be established with input from the Government and beneficiaries with the government to be named as protector of the trust.

Unions want a Commission of inquiry into UHS
The Senate Hearings on Immigration finished just last week, and reports from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize are that the Government has given an undertaking that a Commission of Inquiry on Universal Health Services will take place. Those public hearings will be held to examine the history of events which has led to the present, where Belize owes an over 90 million US dollar judgment debt from the Caribbean Court of Justice. The NTUCB released a statement saying that this Commission of inquiry will look “into all the transactions and circumstances of the acquisition of the Universal Health Services (UHS) facility from inception to present, including questions of ownership and payments made to the Belize Bank Ltd will be established.”

Who will manage the New Civic Center?
By now everyone is acquainted with the major features of the new Civic Center. After 24 months of construction the 32.9 million dollar sporting facility is now complete. And it is a marvel to look at but the question now is, who will manage it. On Wednesday December 13th, the facility was opened for the public to have a look and for the media to take in the cameras and the question of value for money was never raised. With a seating capacity of 3,500 persons and an additional 2 thousand for standing room, along with a professional basketball court with all amenities like locker rooms, professional audio system, HD lighting system, concession areas, office areas, parking facilities and air conditioning it is worth it. Manager of Belize Infrastructure Limited, Christy Mastry says that the structure was constructed at $225 per square foot with all the equipment and systems in place.

New high tech equipment for department of Civil Aviation
The Belize Department of Civil Aviation celebrated International Civil Aviation Day with a very special opening of their new second floor facilities of their headquarters in Ladyville. They are now better able to manage Belize’s airspace, thanks to a 13 million dollar donation from the Central American Corporation of Air Navigation Services (COCESNA). COCESNA has paid for the infrastructure cost to construct the office, and they have also purchased a modern, state of the art, radar control center that makes up majority of the 13 million dollar price tag. The aviation experts say that it is well worth it because it brings Belize’s monitoring and control of our airspace to the standards as those in the most developed nations in the world.

New town hall and House of Culture for San Ignacio and Santa
The former birth-place and burial ground for many residents from the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena was the venue for two major building openings on Wednesday. In the first instance, the second to the highest building in the entire Cayo District (after Xunantunich) and the only building with an elevator, the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Hall, was opened on Wednesday morning to positive reviews by officials in Government, Public and the Private Sector. In the official opening of the Town Hall, a re-located House of Culture was also part of the ceremony since both building share the spacious grounds, which in ages gone by was also a Maya Settlement Area.

New International airport at Ambergris Caye
In 2015, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced the transformation of the Basil Jones’s Airstrip, located on Northern Ambergris Caye, to Belize’s second international airport. On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, the Memorandum of Understanding to see the realization of this project was signed in Belmopan by the Government of Belize and the South Florida investors, which were contacted thanks to the Belize Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. The Memorandum of Understanding, set for 12 months, will allow the team to finalize the logistics as it pertains to land, finances, and environmental assessments. According to Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton, Minister of State in the area on Trade, there is still much to do in terms of commitments and other arrangements, the 12 months for which the MOU was signed will allow for those to be made.

Group in Cayo donates to police
Our Belize Police Force now has additional cutting edge tools to fight crime thanks to the community. The More Force Neighborhood Watch Group donated a computer and printer to the Georgeville Police Station last week. This new computer will enable the San Ignacio Rural West Police Precinct to connect to the Police Department Crimes Information Management System (CIMS). The San Ignacio Police formation is continuing in its quest to decentralize the services offered to the community. “As the largest Police Formation in the entire Country, we will continue to decentralize the service we offer to the Twin Towns and 38 surrounding communities, all in an effort to improve the services we offer to the community,” writes Anthony Richard Rosado, Officer in Charge of the San Ignacio Police Formation.

San Ignacio Police conducting anti drug operations
San Ignacio Police are conducting anti-drug operations in ‘hot spot’ areas within its jurisdiction. On Saturday between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. a number of divisions within the police such as K9 and MIT personnel conducted anti-drug operations within Santa Elena Town. A total of four houses were searched in Santa Elena. A search was conducted on the premises of Patrick Gordon, 38 year old Belizean laborer residing at number 50 George Price Highway in Santa Elena Town; however nothing incriminating was found inside the premises. A further search to the rear of the premises resulted in the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 105.3 grams of cannabis, which was labeled as found property.

New fire truck for Caye Caulker
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 Beechwood 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 pounds per square inch. The handover ceremony took place on the island on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Speakers included Hon. Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management with responsibility for the National Fire Service, Enelda Rosado, Chairlady, Miguel Neal, Village Councillor, Miguel Matus, Officer in Charge for the National Fire Service, Caye Caulker, and James York. Also present was Fire Chief, Ted Smith. The speeches were followed by an official handover of the keys for the fire truck and a demonstration.

PSWT, the trust than can’t be trusted
This past Thursday, the Defacto Trustees of the Public Sector Workers’ Trust called a Press Conference, the intention was perhaps to do some sort of spin and to try and counter all the negative press that they have been receiving over their handling of the funds belonging to the Trust. Well if that was their intention, they failed and failed miserably at that. One of the panelists at the head table was Attorney Anthony Sylvester. He did not come off good at all. We don’t know if his performance should be attributed to him being disingenuous, confused or inept, but what we do know is that he appeared to be out tune with reality. He and all those who spoke on behalf of the trustees appeared to be utilizing the same flawed script. The thing they appeared not to understand is that when a court makes an adverse ruling against a certain party, the court in making that ruling, would not turn around and give that same party permission to operate using the same conditions that caused the court to make the adverse ruling.

Hon Rene Montero Responds to Santa Cruz explosion
I have decided to wait to comment on the unfortunate event which played out yesterday in the quiet community of Santa Cruz Area of Santa Elena Town, until all the facts were in and until we have a concrete plan on how to get our people back to their normal lives. Belize Roadway Construction Ltd, a company contracted by the Government of Belize to build several roads in Santa Elena, subcontracted a crew from Tiger Aggregates to blast a solid portion of stone at the white marl quarry in Santa Cruz. A human error allegedly occurred where a large explosion set off a chain of unfortunate events causing damages to about 10 nearby homes, 8 cars and caused the untimely death of a friend of Santa Elena.

Department of Youth Services on the move in Benque
The Department of Youth Services recently held a workshop for members of the DYS Youth Group in Benque Viejo del Carmen. The workshop was conducted by officer Ricky Cunil and Amram Lemoth from the Department of Youth Services in the Old BRC Conference Room. Spanning over the entire day, the workshop was divided into key sessions. These sessions included icebreakers for members of the Youth Group to get to know more about their peers and also to build the energy for them to motivate other young people in the community of Benque and surrounding villages.

Ruling for trial for the murder of Christopher Jorgenson pushed back
The trial of Keyron Johnson, who has been on remand for more than five years after he was accused of the April 2012 murder of 18 year-old Christopher Jorgenson, concluded before Judge Adolph Lucas who has reserved his ruling in the matter for December 18, 2017. Christopher Jorgensen was gunned down on Curl Thompson’s Street in Belize City and according to Thompson’s sister, the crown’s main witness, he was shot twice by Johnson. A number of factors arose in the matter including Johnson’s alibi as well as the poor lighting conditions in the area at the time.

Aggravated robbery lands 2 on remand and one on bail
A businesswoman in the King’s Park area was robbed inside her home by three persons who managed to gain entry into her home despite the presence of her husband at the time. The culprits managed to escape with her purse containing almost $9,000 in cash along with her vehicle key and other items. The three suspects, identified as 18-year-old ITVET student Elroy Saldano, 18-year-old Luquan Flowers, and 33-year-old Leon Ware/Blease, were escorted to court on Monday, December 11, 2017. The trio appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.

Bail for Elroy Grinage following discovery of human head
Elroy Grinage, a 36-year-old driver with the Forestry Department in Belmopan and a part-time vehicle salesman, charged with the offenses of abetment and conspiracy to murder in connection to the beheading of Cotton Tree Villager, 56-year-old Hilton Wade, was granted Supreme Court bail in the sum of $10,000 with conditions. He was ordered to attend all his court adjournments and to make sure he appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court on the next court adjournment set for March 2, 2018.

Man and Woman from Valley of Peace charged for drug offenses
The possession of over ten grams of marijuana, a potentially psychoactive drug is still a crime. Both Juan Pablo Valle Portillo and Concepcion Larios Del Valle from Valley of Peace have been charged with drug offenses. Juan Portillo of 34 years of age has been charged with the possession of 46 grams of cannabis and driving motor vehicle without license and insurance. Both Portillo and Del Valle have been charged with drug trafficking of 150.8 grams of cannabis. Both persons will also be charged with illegal entry.

Man steals money from his wife
Cecil Archbold Tillett, a fisherman of Hattieville, was sentenced to five months imprisonment on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court after he pleaded guilty to stealing $750 from his common-law wife, 52-year-old Dana King. According to King, she left home on October 12, 2017 for work and upon returning home, she noticed that a purse which she had hidden under a mattress had been removed and from it, $750 was taken. When King reported the event to the police, she said that she suspected that it was her common-law husband since there was no sign of forced entry and Tillett had access to a key to her home.

Not guilty of attempted murder
On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Justice Adolph Lucas of the Supreme Court concluded the attempted murder trial of former Canaan Student, 20-year-old Inmas Alexander Espinal. Espinal was accused of trying to kill Jose Antonio Sarabia on March 15, 2012 during a stabbing incident in Belize City. The not guilty verdict was handed down on Thursday, December 7, 2017 setting the accused free of the charge of attempted murder. In the case of Espinal who was only indicted on attempted murder, Judge Lucas said that while he did not believe he, Espinal acted in self-defence when he injured the victim, there were difficulties with the charge of attempted murder.

Robbery leaves 2 men on remand and 3rd still at large
A former murder suspect and two other men are said to have been involved in the armed robbery in La Democracia Village where a 23-year-old tilapia farm worker was robbed at gun point. Police in that jurisdiction have since arrested and charged 2 of 3 suspects. They have been identified as Mike Neal, a 19-year-old construction worker and Ronald Bradley, a 26-year-old logger, both of La Democracia Village. On Monday, December 11, 2017, Bradley appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where they were read a single charge of robbery with a shotgun. The allegations are that on Friday, December 8, 2017 at La Democracia, the duo and another person, not yet arrested and charged, robbed 23-year-old Mandini Martinez of his $346 dollar cell phone while armed.

Security guard killed at his work site
Balthazar Sarmiento, a 61 year-old security guard, was shot and killed while he was on duty at his work place, the Buca Shel Gas Station on the Philip Goldson Highway. Police suspect that he was killed in a burglary attempt, but Sarmiento’s family believe that he was targeted by a gunmen who wanted him dead. Police say that at around 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, they visited the gas station, which is located at mile 2 and a half on the Philip Goldson Highway. There they found Sarmiento’s body with a gunshot wound to the left side of the head.

Security guard and bus conductor charged for separate cases of sexual assault
On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, a female minor along with her mother visited the Dangriga Police Station and reported that while at a store in Dangriga earlier that day, a male person sexually assaulted her. In connection to this incident, police arrested and charged 27-year-old Alrick Augustine, a Belizean security guard of a Dangriga Town address. He was arrested and charged for the crime of sexual assault. On the following day, Thursday, December 7, 2017, a female minor along with a social worker visited the Ladyville Police Station and reported that on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 while on a public bus, she was sexually assaulted by the conductor and the driver of said bus.

Ex-BDF and Gwen Liz student remanded for Gas Tomza robbery
An Ex-BDF and a 19-year-old student were arraigned on Monday, December 11, 2017 in connection with the robbery of Gas Tomza on the George Price Highway. The duo has been identified as 19-year-old Clent Geban, a student at Gwen Lizarraga Night Division School, and Leeroy Brown, an ex- BDF. The duo appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where they were read a single charge of robbery by, a charge to which they pleaded not guilty. The allegations are that on Thursday, December 7, 2017, they stole $1,480 in cash from Gas Tomza whilst armed with a knife.

Woman charged for escape
Tianney Lamb, a 19-year-old student originally from Cayo who gave her address as #9 Lavender Street, Belize City, was charged with a single offense of escaping from lawful custody on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The allegations made by the police against her is that on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, she intentionally and unlawfully prevented WPC Vickilee Matura from executing her duties by escaping from lawful custody while detained for the offense of aggravated burglary.

Belize’s volleyball teams competing in the indoor competition at the XI Central American Games
On Sunday December 10, 2017, Belize’s National Women’s Volleyball Team commenced play at the XI Central American Games at the Alexis Arguello Sports Complex in Managua, Nicaragua. Belize played its first game of the tournament against the host country Nicaragua and fell to the host team in three sets by the score of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-17. The home team held a 7-2 margin in blocking and 6-2 in aces. However, both countries scored on 26 kills. Nicaragua scored on 36 opponent errors while committing 23 unforced errors of their own. Nicaragua distributed their attack between Elizabeth Traña with 9 points, Valeska Hernandez and Lolette Rodriguez with 8 points apiece. Nelissa Ramirez of Belize tallied 10 points and Shantell Arnold contributed 6 points.

Athletics won seven medals so far at Central American Games
The Belize Athletics Association has so far pick up seven medals at the XI Central American Games currently taking place in Managua, Nicaragua. On Tuesday 12th December, Belize’s Samantha Dirks picked up a Silver Medal in the 200m event. Katy Sealy who competed in the Hepthalon competition picked up a Silver Medal, while setting a personal best in Javelin, throwing a distance of 39m 20. Sealy also had a personal best in the 100m hurdles at 15.20. Tricia Flores picked up a bronze medal in the Long Jump Competition. Brandon Jones picked up a Silver Medal in the Triple Jump competition, with a jump of 15.47m.

Belize Men’s National Basketball Team wins Bronze Medal at Central American Games
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.

Belize Premier League names individual awards winners
The Premier League of Belize 2017 Opening Season competition is now lodged in the history books. On Monday 11th December, 2017, the Premier League of Belize released the name of the individual award winners for the Opening Season’s Individual Trophies. The Golden Glove Award went to Selvin Sagastume of Verdes FC. The Best Defender Award went to Elroy Smith of the Belmopan Bandits SC. Best Mid-Fielder Award went to Denmark Casey of Verdes FC. Best Young Player went to Krisean Lopez of Wagiya FC.

Verdes FC is the National Football Champions of Belize
The Premier League of Belize 2017 Opening Season competition came to an end on Saturday 9th December, with the second and final game of the championship series played at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, between the budding champions Verdes FC and the defending champions the Belmopan Bandits. In the opening minutes of the game Kervin Johnson scored an own goal in the 5th minute of play that gave Verdes FC a 1-0 lead. However, the Belmopan Bandits playing with much confidence as the defending champions, was able to put that own goal behind and penetrated the Verdes FC defence that allowed Darwin Bermudez to scored the equalizing goal in the 22nd minute of play to tie the score at 1-1.

Israel Chuc was strangled to death
At about 6:30 pm on Sunday, San Ignacio Police visited the Branch Mouth Area where they observed the motionless body of a hispanic male. He was lying face down on the right hand side of the road. The body was observed to have a drop of blood on his nose and his throat appeared swollen. He was later identified as habitual drinker Israel Chuc, a 34 year old Belizean unemployed, whose last know address was the Santiago Juan Layout in San Ignacio Town. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the San Ignacio Community Hospital by Dr. Ramon Pacheco.

2018 TAIWAN 4-Year Medical School Scholarship Application Starts in the Coming January
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce the release of the I-Shou University School of Medicine for International Students Scholarship Program, offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF), in order to cultivate international medical talents and address the issue of insufficient medical resources. This is a four-year Full Scholarship MD Program for bachelor degree and applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree to apply. All courses offered by this Program are taught in English.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
One of the most important things we must do when we suffer is to give thanks. For many believers who have endured unimaginable pain and tragedy, giving thanks in the midst of agony and affliction is certainly not easy to do. However, Ephesians 5:20 tells us we should give thanks “always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” and 1 Thess 5:18 says to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Giving thanks helps us focus on God in our affliction, steers us away from complaining, strengthens our faith, and brings glory to Jesus.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 - The Challenge MOBILIZE ACTION TO MAKE SDG 6 MEANINGFUL AND TANGIBLE TO LIFE
At the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals the United Nations agreed to transition to a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity; the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda. Through a complicated and tortuous process most nations signed on to seventeen development goals agenda that will culminate in 2030 in sustainable outcomes. In adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders resolved to free humanity from poverty, secure a healthy planet for future generations, and build peaceful, inclusive societies as a foundation for ensuring lives of dignity for all. According to the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres’, statements in the 2017 SDGs Report, the rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030. He calls on Governments and stakeholders to recognize the gaps that have been identified in implementation, financing and political will and to now join hands to fulfil the vision and keep the promises of the SDGs.

How to make 2018 the best year of your life
Time really does fly! In just a couple weeks it will be bye-bye 2017 and hello to 2018! Now is the time to take a couple of hours to sit down and think about the upcoming year. It’s a new year and a new chance to follow your path wherever you want to go. Here’s how to make 2018 your best year ever: Just DO it. Don’t think about making the coming year your best year ever. Just do it. You might not even notice that it is your best year yet until the end of the year.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

NGOs celebrate offshore oil moratorium
Environmental NGOs in Belize are celebrating that both the Government of Belize and the Opposition […]

Prosecution has no case on Padillo the “meter man”
A man walked free from a case of theft amounting to over $100,000 this week […]

IDB helps Belize with a BZ$20 million loan for tourism sustainability
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Belize are working together to increase […]

Robber shot at Monica’s pawn shop in Belize City
An attempted robbery at Monica’s pawn shop in Belize City has left an associate of […]

Corozal police bust cocaine at border; driver escapes
Yesterday evening around 4, police visited the Northern Border where they made checks at the […]

San Ignacio and Santa Elena get new Town Hall
Yesterday, Mayor Earl Trapp and the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council inaugurated their […]

Residents to be compensated for damage caused by quarry explosion
On Tuesday, a fatal explosion shook residents in Santa Cruz, Santa Elena. Residents have been […]

Belize~ The need for a Political Coalition Victory
By Richard Harrison: Coalition – An alliance of political groups formed to oppose a common foe or pursue […]

Blogs

Ramming speed: One way to barge in on Ambergris Caye, Belize
The early morning stillness crumbled beneath the blatting, wheezing, rumbling, cries of frustration from diesel engines as the tug helplessly shouldered the sand-banked barge laden with building supplies. It wouldn’t budge, not one inch toward the Tabony lot landing. Shallow waters and low tide conspired to thwart the mission. This was no storybook “I think I can” tale. This big muscular engine couldn’t. Let’s face it, rail traction is so much better than water. The sound of grunting, frustrated diesel engines is such a sad one. These things are meant to push tonnage effortlessly across the seas. But to be tripped up by a pile of sand? Embarrassing. What’s a barge captain to do? Back her up to deeper, bluer water. Set the throttle to ramming speed. And full-tilt forward, God save the queen.

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Making the financial case for protecting Belize’s barrier reef
The Belize barrier reef is one of the most magnificent, diverse ecosystems on Earth. But it’s nearly 1,400 species—including sharks, vibrant corals and mangroves—are threatened by coastal destruction and a lack of strong regulations. A first-of-its-kind report, released in collaboration with our partners in the region, warns that Belize stands to lose millions in revenue generated by one sector alone if protections aren’t put in place and enforced. Natural Heritage, Natural Wealth quantified the tourism benefits the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site provides to the country. The report assessed four of the region’s seven marine protected areas—Blue Hole & Half Moon Caye Natural Monuments, Glover’s Reef Atoll Marine Reserve, and Laughing Bird Caye National Park. The analysis found that these protected areas provide up to $19 million per year in economic benefits from tourism recreation, which is a fragment of the total socio-economic value to Belize.

Canada Is Warning Nationals About This Caribbean Central American Nation
The Canadian government is warning its nationals to exercise a high degree of caution when traveling to the CARICOM, Central American nation of Belize. The warning on Belize was updated this week because of crime there, including armed robbery, mugging and sexual assault, which the Canadian government said “is a significant problem throughout Belize.” The advisory says robberies and assaults have been reported in resort areas in the country and there has been a noted increase in violent crime targeting tourists since the end of 2013.

Caribbean sugar is close to a sticky end
IN ITS 18th-century heyday cane grown in the Caribbean and cut by African slaves provided Britain with nearly all its sugar. The masters of this brutal trade made enormous fortunes. But it has seen 200 years of decline, accelerating after slavery ended in 1838. Now the region is wondering how it will cope after a policy change by the European Union which could finally bring down the curtain. Today, the English-speaking Caribbean produces under 0.3% of the world’s sugar; Brazil grows nearly a quarter. Many islands have abandoned cane for more profitable activities. Trinidad closed its last sugar factory in 2007, and a gas-related boom took up the slack. St Kitts shut its last factory two years earlier, after the debts of its state-owned managers approached a third of GDP. A railway that trundled cane now carries tourists. St Kitts’s new staple is passports for foreigners, sales of which finance an opaque development agency, the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation.

Videos

  • Talk Ah Di Town December 14, 2017, 27min.

  • Implementing the UNCAC., 33min.

  • The Rotary Club of Belize is at it again! They are raffling a 2017 4x4 Ford Ranger XL, 29min.

  • Island Academy Dazzles With Christmas Pageant 2017, 63min.

  • Monkeys have Families Too - addressing the illegal pet trade in Belize, 3min. Monkeys have Families too - this Wildtracks video highlights the issues of the illegal wildlife trade in primates in Belize. Everyone in Belize can play a role in standing against the illegal wildlife trade by reporting wildlife crime. A huge thank you to our partners - the Forest Department, Belize Zoo, to the Wildtracks Primate Post-release Monitoring Team, to Lincoln Sealey and Esmiraldo Cowo, and to LUSH Hand Made Cosmetics Charity Pot

  • Indigenous Community Media Youth Fellowship Project Call for Proposals, 2min. Cultural Survival is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Community Media Indigenous Youth Fellowship Project that will support young Indigenous individuals in their efforts to build their capacity as radio broadcasters and journalists through specific trainings, community radio visits or exchanges, radio production, conference attendance, and other identified education and training opportunities. Eligible applicants must reside in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, South Africa, and Nepal.

  • Section 53, Belize's sodomy decision There is so much history in these images, 2min. UniBAM: Covering Section 53 in Belize with historic images!

  • Snorkeling and Diving Shark Ray Alley Belize 2015, 2min. Diving with nurse sharks, barracudas, turtles, groupers, morey eels, and more, Caye Caulker, Belize.

  • Belize Police Department has been conducting its annual anti-crime, 5min. Since the beginning of this month, the Belize Police Department has been conducting its annual anti-crime operations to ensure that there is safety among citizens across the entire country… particularly during the Christmas season which is considered as one of the busiest seasons. Today Senior Superintendent, Bart Jones, took the opportunity during a press briefing to address the public on key tips regarding crime prevention and security measures that should be taken into consideration during the festive season… especially while shopping at local stores or visiting the ATM.

  • Cup Cakes on Open Your Eyes, 21min.

  • SHC Students Win Energy Video Competition, 1min. Congratulations go out to the Sacred Heart College team that won the Energy in 90 Seconds Video Competition. Much of the video is shot around Cayo, so it's worth the 90 seconds. Well done! In related news, the winning photo was of the solar farm at the University of Belize. "Energy in 90 Seconds 1st Place Winner Vanessa Williams and her crew, from Sacred Heart College in Cayo, highlights the importance of Energy in our day to day living."

  • Cocono Bwai Prince of Brukdown in Belize, 2min. Cocono Bwai Prince of Brukdown in Belize performing at the Second Annual Seashore Drive Holiday Laser Lightshow.


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