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The San Pedro Sun

ACES entertains islanders with Christmas show
Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) held their annual Christmas Show on Thursday, December 14th. A large crowd gathered at the school to delight in the entertaining program and enjoy the season’s most popular food and drinks. At 6:30PM, host for the night, ACES Principal Amanda Burgos welcomed everyone and shared a couple words. “Thanks to everyone who supports us annually for our Christmas Show and I hope that you enjoy what the students of ACES have put together for you all,” said Burgos. The show began with a skit illustrating the birth of Jesus performed by various students of the school. The skit was followed by a dance number by the Infant One and Two classes, who were dressed up as Santa Clauses.

Ambergris Today

SP Police Holds GREAT Essay Competition
The San Pedro Police Department held an essay competition as part of life skill program that is being taught at different schools on the island in collaboration with the San Pedro Police Department. GREAT (Gang Resistance Education Training) is a school-based program that includes classroom instruction and various learning activities. The course’s goal is to combat gang related crime and violence, and prevent vulnerable youth from falling victim to gangs. Police celebrated GREAT Awareness week on October 15 to the 21 and held an essay completion. In the essay students had to include what the program was about and why they choose the GREAT Program.

Tropic Air Unveils Its Frequent Flyer Program
On Friday, December 15, 2017, Tropic Air unveiled its Frequent Flyer Program, TropicMiles, which will officially launch on January 1, 2018. This loyalty program will reward customers for flying with Tropic Air, and provide them with unique benefits for being a member. Once registered and enrolled, members can redeem their miles for seats every day. Members will earn miles for every dollar spent on Tropic Air flights, and miles won’t expire as long as there is earning activity within a 12-month time period.

Holiday Boat Parade Shines Bright With Christmas Cheer
It might have been the smallest parade with only seven participating boats, but it was the year with the biggest prizes!! The parade committee, with assiatance from Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Tourism Board, accumulated $10,000 in prizes to share with this year's participants. This means that there were prizes for everyone, that included a $3,000 first place prize, which went to last year's champion Caye Da Di Sea - Dooley Bear Adventures (Lisa and Ronnie Cyrier).

Misc Belizean Sources

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Contract Signed for Construction of New Roaring Creek Bridge
This morning, a contract was signed for the Construction of the new Roaring Creek Bridge located at Mile 48 on the George Price Highway. The scope of the works includes the construction of the new bridge along with the approaches and drainage works to a total length of 485 meters. Also included is roadway clearance, the removal of any remnant structures, obstructions, fencing and the like within the road reserve; earthworks; construction of a reinforced concrete bridge, approaches, roadside barriers and runoff channels; the installation of road center and edge line markings.

Parrothead Beach Bash
Best Party and Music Event of 2018 happening in Paradise. Placencia, May 17-20. Tres Amigos with Mark Mulligan, Kelly McGuire & Sunny Jim. Also Bill Cockrell with John Beck.

Museum of Belize donates to the Salvation Army
The Museum of Belize keeps giving back to their community positively. On Friday, we donated a box of assorted toys to the Salvation Army, in an effort to make this Christmas a joyful one for kids.

Santa Claus visits the Lions Den Dec. 23
Also with the $5 they provide a small treat for the kids. I went when I was small and now my daughter goes it is something most Sanpedranos wait for. As parents we take the gifts and have a great time with our kids and have a great time with Santa. They do a great job.

Splashers
With the holidays approaching fast who doesn’t need a Quiet Beach to relax on??!! Come paint this “Tranquil Beach” with us at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar on Thursday from 2-4pm! Remember to sign up to save your spot!

New Year's Eve Countdown at Central Park in San Pedro
Who's ready to end the year with a bang! Come dance the night away with Island Fayah, Dj Debbie, Dajah, DJ Jago and Caribbean Roots band! Don't miss out the spectacular fireworks display and fun party favors! You definitely won't want to miss out on this event!

San Pedro Town Council closed Dec 22-Dec. 27

Thunderbolt Water Taxi Christmas Holiday Schedule
Merry Christmas from the management and staff of Thunderbolt Water Taxi. See our Christmas Holiday Schedule below!

Maya Island Great Santa Fare Sale
Take advantage of Maya's Great Santa Fare Sale on one-way flights from Belize City (TZA) to Dangriga (DGA), Placencia (PLJ) and San Pedro (SPR)! Valid December thru January. Certain restrictions apply.

The Sustainable Tourism Program II
Take note: Sarteneja, Chunox, Progresso, Copper Bank and other surrounding Villages. The Sustainable Tourism Program II is coming your way from January 8th -11th, 2018. Sign up now. It is FREE! See E-flyer below for more info.

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative
We are proud of Hernan Urbina, Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI 2016 participant! Last week, Hernan proudly represented #Belize at the Central American Integration System (SICA) Forum 2017 in Panama along with Youth Officers Darby Reyes and Ricky Cunil. The three Belizeans participated in several sessions on how youth can be more involved in politics and how Belize can play a greater role in the region. SICA's fundamental objective is to integrate Central America and to create a region of peace, freedom, democracy, and development, which is firmly based on respect, protection, and promotion of human rights.

A glimpse of the beautiful Central Park in Corozal Town.
I'm not sure what the parks in the other Districts look like, but this is Corozal - looks like a little Winter Wonderland, without the snow! Enjoy....

Channel 7

They Killed The Cabbie Called "Elvis"
A 69 year old taxi-man was murdered in Belmopan over the weekend. Oswald Lopez also known as Elvis was found dead yesterday afternoon near the Baptist High School at the entrance of Belmopan. His killing has shaken the family and the Belmopan community as he was well known as a friendly and jovial person - not the type to have problems with anyone. Courtney Weatherburne was in Belmopan today to find out more. Hanging out at The Elvis Taxi Stand in Belmopan will never be the same again without Oswald Lopez also known as Elvis. The shed was named after him and today, his longtime friends found peace and joy in the fond memories they had of Lopez at their favorite spot.

Well Known Car Dealer Slain In Strange Attack
And from that killing in Belmopan, we turn now to the fatal stabbing of 53 Mark Anthony Vasquez in Belize City. It happened on Saturday night, around 11:00 - when the well known car dealer was attacked. Police were responding to reports of a fight near the Radisson Pier when they saw a young Hispanic man fleeing the area. He had blood on his shirt, and injuries of his own, and so the cops detained him. The officers found Vasquez on the ground in a pool of his blood; he had multiple stab wounds to the neck. He was rushed to the KHMH, but he was pronounced dead by when he got there. At today's police press briefing, the Head of CIB in Belize City shared what details they have been able to establish so far:

21 Year Old Robbed and Murdered In Independence Village
The weekend's third murder happened in Independence Village on Saturday night. The victim is 21 year old Victor Pou - who, was killed - apparently a group of men tried to rob him. It was a vicious end, as the young man was stabbed and chopped to death, robbed and then left for dead. Police were not alerted to the Boyd until six the following morning: ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "On Sunday 17th December, sometime around 6am, police were called to an area in Independence Village in the area of the BTL tower where they observed the lifeless body of Victor Pou with multiple stab wounds. Initial investigation revealed that sometime around 10pm Pou was on his way to work when it is alleged that he was attacked by several persons." "Police have since detained 3 persons pending this investigation."

One City Council Sanitation Workers Viciously Chops Another While Co-Workers Look On
There was a crazy chopping incident on the work bus that Belize City Council employees use to move around as they perform their sanitation duties. That bus, which was parked at the corner of Cairo Street and Euphrates Avenue, was crowded with many eyewitnesses. But, that didn't stop 53 year-old sanitation worker Dennis Bodden from chopping his co-worker, 40 year-old Michael Tesecum, twice in the head. When we arrived, we found the employees hysterical and frightened by what had unfolded right before their eyes. In fact, a few of them didn't know how they were spared, since they were right there when Bodden started swinging the machete. We spoke to one co-worker who told us that he narrowly escaped being chopped in a dispute that he had nothing to do with:

Cops Catch "Keys Of Coke" Moving Through The City
Police still have not made any arrests for those five kilos of cocaine found hidden in a Lincoln Navigator up north last week. But, yesterday, what is being described as a "sophisticated operation" managed to track down kilos of cocaine on the move in Belize City. It happened yesterday afternoon when police pulled over 2 men in an SUV: ACP Edward Broaster, Commander - Operations: "Yesterday at about 2:30 p.m., we conducted an operation in Belize City where police intercepted one white 4Runner with license plate BC-C48344 and a search was conducted on the vehicle where five plus kilos of cocaine was discovered. One nine millimeter pistol, along with eleven rounds of ammunition. Two persons were arrested and they will be charged and taken to court today."

Five Years Later, Deon Bruce Still Fighting Extradition
For about 5 and a half years now, Belizean Deon Bruce has been at the Belize Central Prison awaiting his fate while he continues to fight his extradition to the United States. He is wanted in Chicago on grand jury charges of murder and attempted murder. US law enforcement has accused him of the July 2010 shooting of Americans Aaron Carter and Bryan Rodgers. So far, he has lost at the Magistrate's Court, after the former Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith, ruled that he should be extradited. He also lost at the Supreme Court when Justice Courtney Abel refused to allow a judicial review of the Chief Magistrate's decision. At this moment, he has a pending appeal at the Court of Appeal that hasn't taken place as yet, and so today, his attorneys made another attempt at the Supreme Court level to get him freed, via a habeas corpus application.

OW Police Have/Had Jaime's Killer
Tonight Orange Walk police know who they plan to charge for the murder of 35 year old Jaime Pelayo. Matter of fact, he should have been charged today - but reports are that he escaped from police custody yesterday. Today, police wouldn't admit to that though, the head of national crimes investigation pretended like nothing happened when he said they know who their suspect is:.. ACP Joseph Myvette, Commander - NCIB: "In respect to the Orange Walk murder of James Pelayo, the police is looking for one suspect, who has been positively identified, and as soon as he is found he will be charged for murder."

Man On Motorbike Dies In Collision With Pickup
A Unitedville resident was killed in an accident on Saturday. 39 year old Leo Ampie Flores was heading to UNitedville on his motorcycle and he collided into a Wingle Truck that was traveling in the opposite direction. The accident happened at mile 50 in Camalote. Now the family just wants answers. Courtney Weatherburne has more. After finishing off from work at the Santander Sugar Factory, Leo Ampie comes here to help his common law wife run her Unitedville restaurant. It has been their routine for 5 years. But that routine has been broken forever. As captured in this amateur video, Ampie was killed in a head on collision. On Saturday evening after 4:00, Ampie was heading to his wife's spot on his Skygo motorcycle when San Ignacio Lab Technician, Winston Gordon was in his Wingle with his kids heading to Belmopan.

An Early Morning Traffic Fatality
And there was another fatal accident. This one happened on the Phillip Goldson Highway at mile 12 early on Saturday morning. The Commander of Operations told us more:... ACP Edward Broaster, Commander - Operations: "On Saturday, 16th December 2017, about 2:30 a.m., Ladyville Police responded to a Road Traffic Accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway between miles 12 and 13. Upon arrival on the scene, Police observed the motionless body of an elderly Hispanic male on the right side of the highway with cut wounds to the head and lower back."

Wave Of Terror Causes City Stampede As Parade-Goers Run Away From Bogus Reports of Shots Fired
Love FM's Christmas Parade in the City is a major event - especially for families. But on Saturday - terror was unleashed as word spread along the route that shots had been fired. That caused a wave of panic to ripple from the corner of Bishop and Albert streets, all the way down Cemetery road where throngs were lined up to see the parade. As word spread, folks just started to run, and It created a literal stampede where parents had to rush to pull their children out of the way - as adults were dashing for cover. But, all in vain, because no shots were fired. Police confirmed today that bottles were thrown between a group of young men:... ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City: "We can confirm that during the parade there was no shots fired. No where in the immediate [area] nor in the city at the time of the parade on that evening. Yes there was a dispute among two male persons which resulted in one of them receiving an injury and he was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released on the following day for a minor stab wound to the right shoulder. But there was no shots fired during the parade."

Developer's Spotty Background Raises Questions About 100 Million Dollar Airport Project
Last week we showed you the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the Efrain Guerrero International Airport - on northern Ambergris Caye. It's pitched as a hundred million US dollar project and the front-man is Miami native, Jorge Abraham Jaen who signed on behalf of International Airport Alliance Belize Limited. Well, a lot has emerged since then to undermine Jaen's credibility as a developer, and bring into question the legitimacy of the entire project - with some speculating whether it is another "dead raise" like Puerto Azul. It all started with Jaen's Facebook page which shows that he's a real estate developer with no background in airport development. And then that led to the unearthing of documents from the Miami-Dade county Office of the Inspector General - where he was accused of major fraud back in 2006. Add to that allegations of Conspiracy to Commit Extortion and voter fraud, and, by weekend, the social media wheels were rolling all over Mr. Jaen's name.

Judge: Keyron Didn't Kill Christopher
12 days ago, we told you about 26 year-old Keyron Johnson, who stood trial for the April 2012 murder of Christopher Jorgenson. Well, after his deliberations, Justice Adolph Lucas ruled that he is not guilty of the crime. As we told you, it happened at around 7:45 p.m. on April 15, 2016, and Jorgenson, who was shot in the lower abdomen, died 3 days later at the KHMH. The crown counsel's main witness was Jorgenson's sister, who said that she heard the gunshots, and when she looked out from her verandah, she saw her brother frantically running away from the nearby basketball court. She said that he was being pursued by a gunman she identified as Keyron Johnson.

Police On The Permeability of A Blasting Permit
Tonight, there still isn't any certainty on what permits were had, and which were needed for Tiger Aggregates to try and blow up a boulder in Cayo on Tuesday evening. Our information says that the Blaster's Permit issued by the Commissioner of Police has to be site-specific, but police maintain that it can be for any site:.. Jules Vasquez, reporter: "What is the proper protocol on blasters license and was it observed?" ACP Joseph Myvett, NCIB: "As far as we know, yes, the Commissioner does issue the blaster's license, but where the blasting is going to take place has nothing to do with the Police Department. And yes, the officer in command in San Ignacio was informed of the blasting, and hence police were on the scene at the time when the incident occurred."

Well Know City Figure Stabbed In Nightclub
There was a stabbing inside a Belize City club on Sunday morning. 26 year old Tariq Tzul was approached by a man familiar to him who stabbed him in the stomach. Police told us more:... Police say Tzul is listed in a stable condition.

A New Bridge Over Roaring Waters
The flood prone Roaring Creek bridge will have an 11 million dollar replacement. The contract was signed today between the Ministry of Works and M & M Engineering Consultants. Minister of Works Rene Montero gave the overview:... Funding comes through a loan from the IDB with grant funding from the European Union - Caribbean Investment Facility (CIF). A press release reports that an open tendering exercise took place; the contractor's offer was consistent with the engineer's estimate and current construction rates. The supervision responsibility lies with IMC Worldwide, supervising for the Ministry of Works.

FFB Gets Busy With Business
16 days ago, the Congress of the Football Federation of Belize finally elected Sergio Chuc as the new President of the Football Federation of Belize after a year and a half of uncertainty and unsettled affairs. Well, the new executive is moving to regularize the management of football, and they've separated the duties into different portfolios. Earl Jones has been appointed as the General Secretary, and he carries on as he has for months now. President Sergio Chuc has been appointed the portfolio of Finance, Local and International Relations and the Premier League. Senior Vice President Marlon Kuylen has been appointed the portfolio of Marketing, Communication, the Elite National Team Programs, and Referees.

The Boys Are Home After a Job Well Done In Dominica
The tiny island nation of Dominica was almost completely obliterated by Hurricane Maria. Months after the storm, though, the island is coming back together - with a lot of outside help. Many countries pitched in and Belize was one of them. 6 weeks ago we sent 35 soldiers from the Belize Defense Force to help with the re-construction effort. After doing a great deal of light engineering work they have returned with a lot to share from their productive mission. We spoke to two of the soldiers this afternoon. Captain Miguel Tuyub, Belize Defense Force: "We did refurbishing of two buildings at the Grammer School and we did some actual repairment at the museum. We fully refurbished the building at the Vacas. That is the Village Council Building. We did the Court House and The Police Station. We also did work at the Cathedral. The Catholic Cathedral. We did repairs there and then we did additional tasking when it came to RSS. Transporting things from one point to another."

A Dozen Days of Christmas, Then...
After 12 days of giving back to the community, the City Council's 12 days of Christmas has come to an end. They made sure to end the giving spree with a bang by bringing cheer to children of the KHMH pediatric ward. We caught up Counsellor Dion Leslie and his helpers at the event this morning. Dion Leslie, City Counsellor: "They decided to come to the pediatric ward to have some music, have gifts for all the children here, and you know to bring joy to them while they are in the hospital. Some may stay past Christmas some may come out before but we are still here to spread joy." "We have food. We have Mr. Lawrence who is a City Council employee as well playing music and singing. We are going to be mingling with them and talking to them and bringing that joy to them. Of course, we will have gifts at the end."

Kriol Style Krismus Bram
And that's 7news tonight, thanks for watching. With your news I am Indira Craig. And we close tonight with highlites of the Mr. Peetaz Brokdong Bram which was held on Saturday in Belize City at the Courthouse Wharf. IT was an event steeped in the Christmas tradition but rich in culture - here are some highlites, enjoy - and join me back here tomorrow.

Channel 5

Suspect held as Mark Vasquez, 53, stabbed dead in knife fight
As we head to the end of the year, the murder count keeps going up. The bloodbath started on Friday morning with the murder of Jaime Pelayo in Orange Walk.  [...]

Eighth cabbie dead in eight years in Belmopan; was Elvis Lopez, 69, lured by customer?
The capital city, Belmopan, according to our archives, has seen no less than eight cab drivers murdered between 2009 and 2017. While each circumstance is different, the coincidence is too [...]

Family devastated as student Victor Pau, 21, stabbed dead on roadside
In southern Belize, a twenty-one-year-old student was stabbed and killed in Independence Village. Several men attacked Victor Pau and stabbed him several times on Saturday night. His body was found [...]

Police know who killed O.W.’s Jaime Pelayo; his past did not come back to haunt him
As we reported, thirty-five-year-old Jaime Pelayo was gunned down in Orange Walk Town on Friday morning, as he stood outside of a nightclub conversing with two women. The shooting incident [...]

Developer’s past questioned; IAA stands by Jorge Jaen
Is the government in bed with a conman in the case of the multi-million dollar Basil Jones airstrip development project? The project is being spearheaded by the International Airport Alliance [...]

Fine coming in quarry blast; but who screwed up?
The Ministry of Natural Resources has been investigating procedures as it relates to the mining of aggregate for road works at the Santa Cruz quarry outside of Santa Elena Town, [...]

Nightclub stabbing leaves police on alert for hidden rivalries
There was further violence in the city aside from the murder and cocaine bust. A scuffle inside a popular nightclub in Belize City ended with stab wounds being inflicted on [...]

Sanitation worker turns on colleague in vicious chopping
A sanitation worker is another victim of violence. This morning forty-year-old Michael Tesecum was inside a parked bus when another worker chopped him twice to the head with a machete. [...]

Police ‘sting’ two in Buttonwood Bay coke bust
A carefully orchestrated sting operation has proven successful for the Belize Police Department as they were able to arrest a pair of Belize City men who were in possession of [...]

Dion Bruce sent back to Court of Appeal in extradition hearing
Dion Bruce is accused of shooting Aaron Carter to death in July of 2010 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.  In 2014, then-Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith ordered his extradition to face a [...]

Attorney says accused murderer may be moving closer to freedom
After the extradition was ordered and the direct appeal to the Supreme Court by means of habeas corpus was denied as well as an application for judicial review of the [...]

Witness turns murder case on its head; Keyron Johnson free after six years
In the courts, Keyron Johnson was freed of the murder of eighteen-year-old Christopher Jorgensen that happened back in April 2012.  Johnson was the main suspect and was first charged with [...]

Elderly bicyclist struck down in Ladyville
There were two traffic fatalities over the weekend; first, sixty-four-year-old Efrain Alfaro was knocked down and killed around two-thirty on Saturday morning. The Honduran national of  Franks Eddy Village was [...]

Unitedville motorcyclist crushed by Wingle in Camalote
Another road traffic accident happened later that Saturday but this time on the George Price Highway.  Thirty-nine-year-old  Leonte Flores of Unitedville lost his life  around six o’clock in the evening [...]

Bottles and words thrown, but hysteria marred ending of Christmas parade
Love FM’s annual Christmas parade ended in mayhem on Saturday evening when the procession of lights and revelers rounded the corner into Albert Street in the Old Capital. That’s because [...]

Citco’s 12 Days of Christmas Wraps Up at KHMH
We have been reporting on the Belize City Council’s twelve days of Christmas. The Mayor, Councilors and staff have been going across the city spreading cheer – giving gifts, sharing [...]

Hardwood and football pitch heroes shine on Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]

PlusTV

Santiago Padila freed of theft
Santiago Padilla has been freed of all his charges of theft. Back in April of this year, Padilla was accused of stealing over 3,000 light meters from BEL, valued around $170,000 dollars. The electricity company accused him of stealing 3,033 meters which they placed in his care. He pleaded not guilty...

MOU signing with new San Pedro International Airport
Earlier this week, the Government of Belize signed an MOU with the International Airport Alliance Belize Limited. The MOU was signed in order to seek to develop and manage a full-service International Airport on Northern San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, to be named the Efrain Guerrero International Airpor...

New Town Hall for Twin Towns
On Wednesday, 13th of December, Mayor Earl Trapp and the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council inaugurated their new Town Hall building. The building stands three stories high, and is located adjacent to Falcon Field in San Ignacio town. It comes at a cost of $1.7 million and boasts elevators and...

Youth apprenticeship Program graduates 30
Thirty more students have graduated from the Youth Apprenticeship Program. On Wednesday, December 13th, The Youth Apprenticeship Program held another graduation where more than thirty apprentices of the tenth intake graduated. In all the years of the program, more than 100 graduates were able to fin...

National Council of Ageing book launching
On Wednesday, December 13th, the National Council on Ageing launched a book of short stories. These short stories have been in editing since 2009, and are finally ready to be read by an audience. The book is called StoryTime, and its objective is to give senior citizens an opportunity to interact wi...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

GOB calls Special House sitting, UHS motion expected
The government of Belize (GOB), via press release this afternoon, announced a special sitting of […]

Governor General hosts annual Christmas party
One hundred eighty children were invited to the annual Christmas Party for the Children of […]

Roaring Creek to get new bridge
This morning, a contract was signed for the construction of the new Roaring Creek Bridge […]

Motorcyclist killed in highway accident
On Saturday evening around 5:55, police responded to a report of a traffic accident on […]

Belmopan taxi man found dead
Yesterday around 2:55 p.m., police visited an area opposite the Hector Silva airstrip where cops […]

Motorcyclist killed in highway accident
On Saturday evening around 5:55, police responded to a report of a traffic accident on […]

Belmopan taxi man found dead
Yesterday around 2:55 p.m., police visited an area opposite the Hector Silva airstrip where cops […]

Blogs

Small and Mighty Christmas Boat Parade
It is always a crap shoot taking night shots of decorated boats, in the annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade. As I edit what I got with my great zoom on my Nikon Coolpix B500, I am pleased with what I managed to catch. Unfortunately, not all boats got a good picture. I would, however, like to congratulate everyone that entered – all of you did a great job. Thank you for the creative effort in decorating your boats so well and to the event organizers and sponsors for all your work to keep the annual San Pedro Boat Parade Christmas tradition alive. This year I was back to watching the parade from a dock. I got to the Palapa Bar when the parade had just started so I moved fast to start snapping pics. After the boats were out of sight, I sat on the dock steps peacefully watching tarpon and eagle rays in the water. Eventually, my friends, Rosemary and Emily turned up. We managed to score some Landshark Adirondacks and enjoyed drinks and chatting while waiting for the parade to pass by again on its way to the finish line near the afterparty location.

Gorgeous Artwork by Pen Cayetano & A Lavish Opening Party for Diamond Lodge
But one of my favorites in the entire country is Pen Cayetano. His gallery is in Dangriga in Southern Belize – he is a talented musician, the creator of Punta Rock music, he and his wife own a beautiful gallery and his paintings, based on local cultures – especially the Garifuna culture – knock my socks off. I was invited to a RARE show, perhaps his first ever, in San Pedro. I’ve been dreaming of one piece in particular since that night. It was the opening of a new resort – Diamond Lodge. A lavishly appointed new B&B just south of town – a building that has been around for years but has gone thru many many transformations. Many have wondered…what is behind that HUGE wall?

2017 Christmas Parade was held in Corozal
It was the Annual Christmas Parade that was held in Corozal Central Park on Sunday December 17, 2017. Everyone lined up at Central Park to witness the Christmas Parade. It commenced at 6pm but, there was a delay and it began at 6:30pm. This was made to organize the different groups by names. As I heard the sirrens from the distance I saw the kids and the Adults got excited. I heard the bitting of the drums from the distances and I was happy once again to be part of this event. I couldn't count a number of floats that came out to celebrate the Christmas Tradition Parade in Corozal. Excitingly, I took as many pictures as I can. I saw the the different colorful floats when they past infront of me. It became more fun when I showed it live on my page. In one float I saw children very excited when Mayor Pablo Marin was giving free toys.

International Sourcesizz

Paradis caché : 5 raisons d'aller au Belize cet hiver
Destination d'Amérique centrale encore confidentielle, le Belize se niche entre le Mexique et le Guatemala. Il jouit d'une magnifique côte sur la mer des Caraïbes et de nombreux atouts pour des vacances au soleil. Doté d'un climat subtropical, chaud et humide, le Belize se découvre de préférence entre décembre et mai. Et quelle découverte ! Forêts tropicales, vestiges archéologiques, plages de sable blanc, paradis des plongeurs... : ce petit pays anglophone de 23.000 km² concentre le meilleur de l'Amérique centrale. Parmi beaucoup d'autres, voici 5 bonnes raisons de partir au Belize cet hiver.

In the footsteps of Jacques Cousteau: Researchers unveil the secret of the Blue Hole stalactite
In 1970, Jacques Cousteau and his team recovered an unusual stalactite from the depths of the Caribbean Sea. Now a geoscientist explains what it reveals about our climate since the last ice age. In 1970, a team led by French ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau recovered an unusual stalactite from the depths of the famous Blue Hole in the Caribbean Sea. In the current issue of the Journal of Sedimentary Research, geoscientist Eberhard Gischler of Goethe University Frankfurt explains what it reveals about our climate since the last ice age. At the time, Jacques Cousteau's divers did not find any visible traces of living organisms in the mysterious Blue Hole. They did, however, find a large number of stalactites such as are known from karst caves. These are formed through the dissolution of limestone. Today the 125-metre-deep Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is flooded by the sea.

Videos

  • Christmas Cheer at Holiday Boat Parade San Pedro, Belize, 1.5min. It was another fun and fantastic annual Holiday Boat Parade held in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. A giant Octopus and Crocodile shined bright over the water as participants spread Christmas cheer with colorful lights over the water.

  • The Twin Towns get a new Town Hall, 4min. On Wednesday, December 13th, a new Town Hall was inaugurated for the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Our Belize Now Team was there to witness the event.

  • A New Civic for the City, 8min. The Belize Infrastructure Limited hosted an Open Day at the newly-constructed Belize City Civic Center, opening up its doors for Belizeans to have a sneak peek of the new multipurpose center before it officially opens later this year. Our Belize Now Team was among the day’s visitors on Wednesday, December 13th.

  • Love FM's Coverage of Corozal's Christmas Parade 2017, 13min.

  • The Long Caye Aquarium - Belize, 3min. There is a dive site often overshadowed by the Great Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye, but it is seldom lacking in beauty or adventure. The Long Caye Aquarium is sometimes lost in all the hype that surrounds the Blue Hole, but I’ve been on many excursions where it was the highlight of the trip, the last stop, that has occasionally picked up the slack when the previous two were disappointing. An excursion to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, aka the Blue Hole trip, almost always includes a final stop at the Aquarium.

  • Half Moon Caye - Belize, 1.5min. Half Moon Caye is an island and natural monument of Belize located at the southeast corner of Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

  • Belize 2017, 3.5min.

  • Riding JET Powered Surf Boards in Belize! - Secret Beach, 3.5min. Enjoying the Christmas season in Belize has its advantages. Today we went out to Secret beach and took a ride on the latest business over there, Jet Surf.

  • Christmas Message 2017 - Embassy of Belize in Washington, D.C., 1min.

  • BERNE VELASQUEZ LIFE AFTER DEPORTATION TO BELIZE. 2007 - 2017, 32min. He was born in Belize and grew up in South Central Los Angeles, but after 23 years in the USA he was deported.He has landed minor and major roles in four international movies, filmed in Belize. Music, however, remains Berne’s passion and he has released a steady stream of works since his first album that propelled him into the consciousness of Belizean music lovers. 9 years ago, -Its a documentary he began filming before he actually knew he'd be deported.

  • The Great Blue Hole - Belize, 2min. The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, 318 m across and 124 m deep.

  • MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING JAMES PELAYO ESCAPES FROM ORANGE WALK POLICE CUSTODY, 3min. On Friday morning the Orange Walk District recorded its ninth murder for 2017 after thirty-five-year-old Jamie Pelayo better known as “Dawgy” was shot and killed as he socialized at a popular Pub in Town. On Friday we told you that police had one person in connection with Pelayo’s murder, who was expected to be charged over the weekend, today however we understand that, that individual escaped from police custody on Sunday.

  • SANTA BRINGS SWEETS AND TREATS FOR THE CHILDREN OF SAN ESTEVAN VILLAGE, 5min. Christmas is just six days away but here in Orange Walk, Santa Clause has already started making his rounds visiting well-behaved children in Orange Walk Central. Last weekend old Saint Nick made his annual stops in San Lorenzo Housing Site and Phillip Alvarez Park and over the weekend the man in the red suit along with the Honorable John Briceño and the Orange Walk Central Executive Committee took a bit of Christmas cheer to the children in San Estevan Village. Nora Ruiz reports.

  • Everything you need to know about the Kolbe Foundation, 27min.

  • Belize National Fire Service (Christmas Fire Tips), 18min.

  • The Official Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation (Central American Games in Managua), 20min.

  • Two minutes of traffic in 28seconds in downtown San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 1/2min.

  • Poseidon Rex: Movie featuring Caye Caulker, 1hr18min. FULL MOVIE IN HD ... FREE... Poseidon Rex----- A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet's distant past.

  • Belize Trip, 7min.

  • December 17, 2017 - ODBC Young People’s Play - A Christmas Plunder, 1.5hr. Selfishness, Malice and Greed under the leadership of Lucia Satan-a, do there best to rid a church on Belize's south-side of Repentance. However they under estimate the faith of Pastor Jevon, and together with the repentant heart of his wife and the prayers of the saints, Lucia and her minions are banished.

  • Destination: Maya Underworld Belize, 5min. Voor de eerste keer de Paralenz mee en we beginnen gelijk spectaculair: ondergronds in het eindeloze grottenstelsel van Belize...

  • Backpacking around Belize, 3.5min. Here is an overview of San Ignacio, the mayan ruins of Cahal Pech and Xunantunich, Belize City, Caye Caulker and the Belize Barrier Reef !

  • San Pedro, Belize - Summer 2017, 6min.

  • Belize River Kayaking, 4min.

  • Belize Mission Trip 2017, 13min. My church went to Belize over the summer and I created this video to share the experience I had with people and to show how other people live in other countries.

  • Shenseea Live in Belize Dec. 2017, 23min.

  • Boston University Marine Program Belize November 2017, 3min. Turneffe Atoll, Belize Calabash Caye Field Research Station.

  • You Make Me Feel (Live at the 2nd Belize International Yoga Festival), 2.5min.