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Caye Caulker airstrip renovations have yet to begin
The work to upgrade the airstrip on the island of Caye Caulker, a very popular tourism destination in Belize, remains in limbo. The island’s airstrip was one of the busiest in the country until the local airlines, Tropic and Maya Island Air, suspended flights on October 1st due to the dangerous condition of the runway. This prompted the Belize Airports Authority (BAA) to attempt to acquire funding through a multi-million dollar loan from the Social Security Board (SSB). However, after the loan was apparently turned down, the fate of the project now hinges on the outcome of a meeting between SSB’s Board of Directors scheduled on Thursday, December 21st. Meanwhile, the tourism sector on La Isla Cariñosa continues to suffer the consequences.
San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament Holds Second Week of Games
A single softball match was played at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex on Sunday, December 17th, during the second week of the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament.
The game saw San Pedro High School (SPHS) taking on RCGO. The tight match had both teams giving their best, but at the end, it was a clear victory for the SPHS with eight home points against RCGO with four home points.
The current standings have SPHS and Quality Reef with one win. RCGO and Xtreme yet to make it on the charts.
Due to the holidays, games will resume on Sunday, January 7th. In the first match, SPHS will take on Quality Reef, followed by RCGO going against Xtreme. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a softball Sunday.
Air Canada begins direct flights to Belize
Air Canada, Canada’s flagship airline, has joined Westjet as the second Canadian carrier providing direct service from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada to Belize.
Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia, Canada’s Honorary Consul to Belize Lynn Young, Belize Airports Concession Co. manager Jorge Espat and Air Canada’s regional manager Reina Nieto were on hand to welcome the inaugural flight from Toronto, which landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport around 1PM Friday afternoon, December 15th.
Caye Da Di Sea wins Annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
For the second year in a row, Caye Da Di Sea, sponsored by Dooley Bear Adventures claimed the top prize at this year’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Held on Saturday, December 16th, hundreds of spectators came out to the beach along the eastern coast of San Pedro Town to witness the traditional Christmas event. Eight colorful and creatively decorated vessels lit the parade route between Wayo’s Beach Bar and Crazy Canucks Beach Bar for a night of spectacular lights, food and $10,000 cash in giveaways.
Shortly after sunset, the boats participating in this year’s parade lined up in front of Wayo’s Beach Bar. At 6PM, onlookers flocked to the beach and docks to get a good look as the lighted boats slowly sailing across the Caribbean Sea. The creativity this year surpassed all expectations, from a Santa octopus to a Christmas themed crocodile and an angel with lit wings in honor of the late Felix Ayuso, a well-known activist on the island and the face of the San Pedro AIDS Commission.
AirCanada Makes Inaugural Flight To Belize
Air Canada made its inaugural flight to Belize on Friday, December 15, 2017, just in time for the Holidays. Visitors can now enjoy another direct flight from Toronto, Canada directly to the Jewel twice a week.
Canada is the third largest consumer of Belize’s tourism product, representing seven percent of all visitors; however, tourism stakeholders in both countries have been aiming increase that figure. The new flights to Belize, form a part of an increasing push of both countries to connect with each other.
Town Council Has Plan To Make Ambergris Caye The Number One Island In The World
During his speech at the opening of Mahogany Bay Village on December 6, 2017, San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero made mention of a new local Economic Development Strategic Plan for Ambergris Caye. It’s the San Pedro Town Council’s plan with aims to transform Ambergris Caye into the number one island in the world.
Our ultimate goal is for our island to eventually become the number one island in the world. Our strategic plan calls for very bold initiatives that require Central Government support in passing legislation, specifically as it relates to vulnerable communities like Ambergris Caye. But our strategic plan also makes provision for investors to do their share in executing their development plan.
Misc Belizean Sources
Bonnie From Across the Ocean
My Grandmas book got published & is available now... about her life growing up in Belize... Bacalar Chico days... island living... & being sent to d UK to marry! ...she has a SUPER interesting life!!
Bonnie lives with her parents and brothers on a coconut plantation, situated on a remote tropical island with no schools, shops or electricity. Home-schooled until they move to the city, Bonnie settles in at a convent school only to be expelled after the first year of high school. She commences her working life at the age of 14 and eventually embarks on a journey to England to the man she is to marry. Welcomed at first but then left alone in a foreign country after an argument escalates, Bonnie luckily finds refuge with strangers. With their help, she begins to take control of her life.
She studies to become a nurse, making friends with her colleagues, then falls in love and marries a sailor in the Royal Navy. Six children later, their marriage crumbles and Bonnie's struggles commence again. Will she be able to overcome all these trials and tribulations and emerge stronger than ever or will she fold?
Elections and Boundaries Department Announcement: Voting in the upcoming Municipal Elections
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that all registration offices countrywide will be opened on Saturday, 6th January 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is to facilitate persons who are eighteen (18) years of age and over who have not yet registered and wish to vote in the upcoming Municipal Elections.
Please be reminded that 10th January 2018 is the cutoff date for the registration of persons who have not yet registered and wish to vote in the 2018 Municipal Elections. Those persons are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
Applicants must bring along the original of either:
- Belizean Birth Certificate, or
- Belizean Passport, or
- Belize Nationality Certificate
A Belizean Birth Certificate must be accompanied by a valid picture identification card.
A Belize Nationality Certificate without the affixed or scanned photograph of the applicant must be accompanied by a valid picture identification card.
Grand Opening – Gladden Private Island Resort
As Belize continues to emerge as a prime tourist destination, developers seeking niche investment opportunities are able to capitalize on Belize’s low density high value proposition. On December 1st, 2017, “the world’s most private island”, Gladden Private Island Resort, opened its doors with an inaugural visit to the island. This authentic luxurious masterpiece emerged from a partnership between Chris Krolow, Host of HGTV’s Island Hunters, and Mr. David Keener, renowned Tourism Developer.
The island located 20 miles northeast of Placencia, harbors a single villa ideally designed to accommodate a couple, with the all-inclusive service of a luxury resort. Additionally, it also includes a second master suite to accommodate friends or family.
METHODIST EYE DOCTORS IN COROZAL
METHODIST EYE DOCTORS
WILL BE AT THE METHODIST EYE CLINIC, COROZAL TOWN
SUNDAY, JANUARY 7th – THURSDAY, JANUARY 11th, 2018
THIS IS FOR PERSONS WHO ALREADY MADE THEIR APPOINTMENTS IN ADVANCE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 422-2887
Christmas Public and Bank Holidays
Monday, December 25th, 2017 will be observed as Christmas Day and Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 will be Boxing Day!
This will be quite the long weekend, extended with Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th as public and bank holidays.
Here is wishing you and your family a Merry and Safe Christmas Holiday Season.
The Bluffs Club Opens
Cayo has a new club, and it opened yesterday. The Bluffs is located in the Cedar Bluffs layout, on the way to Cristo Rey. They'll be having live music on a regular basis.
Ascenthium will be playing there on New Year's Eve.
Screen on the Green in Belmopan
Come out and enjoy the movie "The Polar Express" and FREE POPCORN on Thursday, December 21 at the Governor General Field in Belmopan. Movie starts at dark.
Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for "The Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.
"FARMING IS NOT A "BUSH BOY" THING BUT DOING THE RIGHT THING!"
(A story celebrating the life of a farmer in Belize)
Amir Kalifa returned back from his hometown Belize to Los Angeles, California in the states very excited. L.A. is where he has been living for the last two decades, and his trip back to Belize after so many years was personal as well as reavealing.
Kalifa who is a city boy from Belize City, and who has become a leader of a Belizean social group called, "Teach A Man To Fish", in L.A., broke the news to his social group that he met a very serious and dynamic young Belizean brother, farmer and activist name Pappy Palacio far away in a southern town called Punta Gorda in the Toledo District of Belize that will put many a Belizean youth in the city to shame.
"THE MORE TOMORROW VILLAGE LAND REFORM & FOOD SECURITY INITIATIVE IN BELIZE!"
The 1980s and 1990s Belize Rural Economic Development of Agriculture through Alliance (BREDAA) work in the More Tomorrow Village of Belize Cayo District was aimed to implement youth agricultural development programs as a means of establishing a food security program for Belize's marginalized and disenfranchised young people across the country particularly Belize City's black young men who were being displaced by a insidious so-called war on drugs and an expansive Central American refugee land grab that had made them second class citizens in their own country; that had no land and therefore no birthright to the country as natural born Belizean citizens.
The BREDAA land program that was a brainchild of the legendary Belizean sociopolitical activist of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD) movement in Belize, Brother Ishmael Omar Shabazz, identified the pressing need that Belizeans, especially black Belizeans, needed to hold on to their land and developed food security programs that would have made them self-sufficient in food. He also propagated through BREDAA that Belize needed to undergo urgent land reform initiatives starting with amendments in the Belize constitution and the land laws that made so much land in Belize being owned by absentee landlords most of them living in Britain and the United States. That an urgent land reform program needed to be implemented by any government in Belize to relinquish these lands from foreigners that were just sitting idly while natural born Belizean starved because they had no access to land for farming in their own country.
Renowned Belizean Artist Visits San Pedro
- During the opening preview of Diamond Lodge Belize, Local Belizean Artist Pen Cayetano was invited to the island to feature some of his most recent work. With assistance from Lindsey Hackston of Belizean Arts San Pedro he was also joined by his wife Ingrid and both played live music for the event. Cayetano's art was on sale during the event and his work can also be seen at Belizean Art located at Fido's Courtyard.
Santa at the basketball court on Caye Caulker
Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economic Development Clarify Statements on EU Funds Allocated to the Government of Belize for the Health Sector
The Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development (MOED) would like to clarify statements on European Union (EU) funds allocated to the Government of Belize for the Health Sector.
The public may recall that the Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow signed an agreement with the EU for a total value of 27 million euros for the Health and Energy sectors under the 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020) in October 2014. It should be pointed out that these funds are earmarked by the EU to Belize. These development funds are granted to Belize and other African, Caribbean and Pacific States to assist in the social and economic development of member states in particular with respect to poverty alleviation.
PACT LAUNCHES NEW CONSERVATION INVESTMENT STRATEGY
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) introduced its Conservation Investment Strategy and the process utilized for its development to several Co-Management Organizations and Conservation stakeholders. This initiative was led by PACT through the support of a Working Group consisting
of representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, and Immigration (MAFFESDI), the National Protected Areas System
Secretariat (NPASS), the Forest Department (FD), the Fisheries Department (FiD) and the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO).
Corozal Bus Terminal Holiday Schedule
Placencia Holiday Boat Parade
This Saturday at the Placencia Municipal Pier starting at 5pm! Christmas Eve Parade starting 6pm December 24th at the Water Tower ending at the point.
Share the Joy/ Crowning Miss MnM’s
Join us @ Our Event. Share the Joy
on the day of Our Crowning of Miss MnM’s
23rd December, Saturday @ MnM’s Bowtique 9:00 am onwards to experience the real joy of this Season. Free food, drinks, raffles , games , prizes and giveaways.
Welcome all the Businesses teaming up with MnM Shimmers this Christmas just to give and share the joy.
This is our gesture of saying Thank you for choosing all of us.
MnM Shimmers Corozal
I will take aim at Angel Nunez’s Ambergris Today
We all know Angel is doing everything he can to badmouth what the Mayor, the Council employees and council does. He has low graded himself, dabbing himself like a pig in the mud with his political morning show.
But let me get to business. NOT ONCE did ANGEL, Dorian or the AMBERGRIS Today or the blogging staff attended any of 25 consultations the council held in 2016/2017 to draft out our local economic development plan. You wanted to know more, give your input, share ideas, be a part of history, then you or any of your staff should have attended those consultations. I documented that invitations (8 to be exact) were sent to you and Ambergris Today on countless occasions. Andre Perez and several members of the PUP executive attended those consultations, gave their input, share ideas and it was taken into account when the plan was drafted, reviewed in public consultation and ratified by independent consultants.
Angel Nunez and his newspaper were conveniently asleep or HUGGING up free food for their “reviews.”
VI Festival del Pueblo
On December 17th, 2017 we travelled to the beautiful village of San Lazaro for the VI Festival del Pueblo held at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Carrillo. This Festival del Pueblo is a cultural event showcasing and promoting both tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Maya Mestizo culture. The event highlights included educational, traditional and folklore presentations; such as dances, music, and story telling. Here are a few pictures of that memorable day.
Christmas In Town Grand Finale
Dec. 22, 7pm, live at the Welcome Center in San Ignacio
Christmas Bird Count in Mountain Pine Ridge
And the next big CBC happens in the Mountain Pine Ridge this Saturday! We will be meeting at Hode's Place in San Ignacio this Friday at 7.00pm for the pre count meeting to discuss the CBC logistics for the following day. Stripe-tailed Hummingbird? Solitary Eagle? Orange-breasted Falcon, Stygian Owl? This is the CBC for you to join...
Jaime Awe giving his Discovery Award presentation
At the Shanghai Archaeology Forum last week. A well-deserved award! Lord
Colin Renfrew is in the front row
Alleged Cocaine Cowboys Sent To Jail
Two men who were caught in the city with 5 kilos, or 11 pounds of cocaine went to court today. 37 year old Peter Schmidt from Caye Caulker and 33 year old Carlos Lopez from Lord's Bank, were charged with trafficking 5.07 kilos of cocaine when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The cocaine was in a knapsack on the back seat of the SUV they were driving in. And, under the backseat, police found a 9 millimeter pistol with 11 live rounds. So, they were also charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. With all that, they were remanded into custody until March 8. Schmidt was represented by attorney Ellis Arnold.
Arraignment For Robber Shot At Monica's
There was big excitement last week Thursday afternoon when four men attempted rob Monica's Pawn Shop in Belize City - and one of them got shot. Today he was taken to court still recovering from the injury to his left arm. Dean Nembhard was charged with robbery. He pled not guilty and was remanded into custody until January 31st. His three alleged accomplices are still at large, and police continue to look for them.
The story of how he was shot is quite an unusual one. According to reports, Dorian Usher - who is part of the family ownership of the business - was in the store with employees when he saw four suspicious men enter.
Foreign Minister Talks About Bilateral Meeting
Last week, we told you how Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and the Belize Delegation held their first bilateral meeting with the new Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel.
She's the Guatemalan diplomat who has been appointed to replace Carlos Raul Morales, and last week, she and the Guatemalan delegation sat down to have lengthy conversations about the start of the process to restore cordial relations between the two countries. You'll remember that in April of last year, tensions rose after a Belizean joint law enforcement team shot and killed 13 year-old Guatemalan Julio Alvarado Ruano. Less than 5 months later, in August 2016, an OAS Independent Investigation Team presented their report which vindicated the Belizean law enforcement, but the Guatemalan Government rejected it completely.
Guatemalans Re-state Commitment to Referendum
One of the big topics of last week's bilateral talks was the ICJ referendums, and when they will take place in both countries. The date chosen for the Guatemalan ICJ referendum was March 18, 2018, but the Guatemalans have pushed it back a month to April 15.
Elrington told us that Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel explained why that was necessary, and how the ICJ education campaign has been going in her country:
Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs:
"She indicated to me, yes, that they want to have it April, I think it's the 15th of April. I think the earlier date they had set was too close to the Easter time, I think she said, but that they thought they would be able to do it the 15th of April."
The Map And The Dividing Line In Negotiations
We also asked Foreign Minister Elrington about the outcome of Belize's protest note to Guatemala about the maps that they intend to use in their ICJ education campaign. You'll remember it as the one where Belize is included as a part of Guatemala, with the two countries separated with only a dotted line to represent Belize's western border.
Elrington told us that the new Guatemalan Foreign Minister is holding the line that they communicated in response. Here's how he explained Guatemala's justification for the map:
Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs:
"There was issues raised because Guatemala was including in their education campaign, and on their maps, they had Belize separated only by jagged lines, and we had protested that. They, of course, had protested a program which he had had, whereby we showed the BDF patrolling our borders. They don't like the use of the word borders - adjacency line."
Belize Referendum May Be In 2019
So, while Belize wanted information on Guatemala's intention to hold their ICJ referendum, the Guatemalan delegation was expecting to be similarly updated about Belize's plans for an ICJ referendum here.
Foreign Minister Elrington told us that he explained to the Guatemalan Foreign Minister and her delegation that Belize has Municipal Elections and a re-registration exercise that must be done before the ICJ referendum can take place. He said that Belize is looking at the end of 2018, or the beginning of 2019 as a possible time-frame:
Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs:
"She inquired about the time table for our own referendum. I explained to her that we are constitutionally required to have re-registration, next year. And of course, we had given an undertaking to the Opposition that we would do that."
Elrington Rejoices In Senate Defeat For Courtenay
But the most memorable part of the interview happened when Elrington took off the tender gloves reserved for Guatemalan diplomacy and got into political hard talk against his PUP predecessor Eamon Courtenay.
We asked Elrington about the senate motion that Courtenay brought before the Senate, in a push to amend the Maritime Areas Act.
This law relaxes Belize's claim to it's full territorial waters between the Sarstoon River and the Ranguana Cayes. Under international Law, Belize is entitled to 12 miles of territorial waters, but when the law was passed, Belize only claimed 3 - to make room for a negotiated settlement. All hops of that were officially abandoned when Belize and Guatemala committed to take the dispute to the ICJ in 2008.
Wilfred Says Eamon Wants His Job
So, as you heard, Foreign Minister Elrington took a swing at former PUP Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay , and he didn't stop there.
Later on in the interview on the Maritime Areas Act, he went on to accuse Courtenay of gunning for his job, which is why he claims Courtenay, took up this cause. Here's how that went:
Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs:
"The establishment of the Maritime Areas Act, the passage of that act was done in 1993, I think it was. And it broke up the UDP because there were those who thought that it should never have been done. But, nonetheless, the Peoples United Party, at the time, along with the Opposition - leaders in the Opposition Party, agreed that they would go along with the measure. In my view, any damage done to the Belize's claim, if any damage has been done to the Belize claim, in consequence of the Maritime Areas Act..."
Badman Bus' Shot On BBOC Bus
Last night BBOC commuters got a scare when an armed passenger fired a shot on the bus. They were on their usual run after 6:15 when they stopped for two men at a dark curve on the highway in Camalote. The two men hopped on and instead of finding a seat, one of them pulled out a gun, snatched the female conductor's purse with money and then fired a shot at the roof of the bus. They then scrambled off the bus. BBOC Chairman Albert Pinkard says they will have to take more precaution on the road.
Albert Pinkard, Chairman, BBOC:
"Well, unfortunately we had a robbery of the bus where a gunshot was fired, luckily no one got hurt and I think they went off with the fortune of the day."
Sharing A Slice Turned Into Stabbing
Two friends were at a pizza parlor to share a slice - but it almost ended in one of them slicing the other up!
Yesterday at around 6:30 pm at Moe's Pizza Grill on the Phillip Goldson Highway, 43-year-old Sherman Sanker and and 22-year-old Genevevo Chiac were socializing at the pizza joint and they got into a misunderstanding.
It ended with Chiac allegedly stabbed Sanker in the chest. Sanker was rushed to KHMH where he remains in stable condition. Chiac was today charged with wounding.
Hon. Wilfred Wanted To Play Santa, Residents Say He "Scrooged" Them
Oleander Street residents are furious because they say they were jilted out of a new home. Today we spoke to one of 4 families who have been living on that street for years, in an old, dilapidated structure.
Well, they say, their Pickstock area representative, Wilfred Elrington had promised to build them a new house. So the new structure was built in the same compound. But, turns out that none of them will be enjoying the comfort of that new home this Christmas. Here is what one of the residents had to say.
Natalie Carlene Adulphus, Resident:
"When I came back in August, I came back in August he told me I had to move the 28th of August so within 3 days before that is what he tell me, within 3 days, and alright so we start to pack up, yes he said he will pay the rent for 1 month and he never did come back and follow up that movement thing."
No Arrest For Weekend Murders
Last night we reported on three murders: one in Belmopan, one in Belize City and the third in Independence. So far, no arrests have been made for any of them.
In the first Belize City murder of 53 yea rold car dealer Mark Vasquez - the main suspect remains hospitalized. He is Osbaldo Nieto - and he was found running from the scene of Vasquez's murder with his own injuries. Vasquez was fatally stabbed, while Nieto received stab wounds. Police say that the two of them struggled, which led to Vasquez's death.
Man Electrocuted While Trimming Trees
In other news coming out of Independence - a man was electrocuted this evening. It happened at about 5:30. He was working to trim trees adjacent to the power lines - but his machete came in contact with a high voltage wire - and he was killed instantly.
Pair of Glocks Stolen From UB In PG
This Christmas PG police have to worry about guns on the street after thieves made off with a pair of pistols and plenty of ammunition.
And, they stole it from the University.
Administrator Roy Polonio reported to police that sometime between Thursday night and Monday morning, thieves broke into his UB Toledo campus office and stole his metal safe with 2 Glock 9 millimeter pistols and 200 rounds of ammunition. Police haven't recovered the stolen items.
That 90 Million Dollar Question
Mark those new 2018 calendars down for January fifth - because it's going to be the political equivalent of a pay per view event. That's the day when the 90 million dollar question is expected to go to the House of Representatives.
Government yesterday announced a House Sitting for that date - meaning that the Prime Minister will most likely take the appropriations bill to the house seeking approval for 90.6 million dollars to pay the arbitration award plus interest owing to the Belize Bank. Nine UDP parliamentarians have gone on record to say they will vote against it, while one PUP has gone on record to say he will vote for it. The ruling UDP has said it will be a vote of conscience. The PUP has not taken a formal public position on the vote.
Airport Deal Under Sustained Scrutiny
We also wanted to ask him about that Memorandum of Understanding for the purported one hundred million dollar US dollar investment on an airport for northern Ambergris Caye.
The project has been drawing negative comments after the frontman, Jorge Jaen's credibility, absence of a track record in airport development, and personal history of alleged wrongdoing were brought into question.
A statement issued by International Airport Alliance says the company, quote, "was aware of this personal issue Mr. Jorge Jaen had in the past and still elected to allow him to join the Company. Our decision was based on factual documents the Company obtained showing that the allegations mentioned in the OIG's memorandum were unfounded and therefore, Mr. Jaen was never prosecuted." end quote.
Ministry of Health/Econ Dev. Push Back Against Bad Press
The EU funded health project is still a go - just not for new wing at the Western Regional Hospital - which was the original plan. At the House meeting 11 days ago, Health Minister Pablo Marin had said that there were problems getting the funds from the EU and that the project would not materialize. When it was suggested that those problems arose from foot dragging in officialdom, the the Ministries of Economic Development and Health bristled.
Secret Santa Had Hams
Christmas is less than a week away and if you're a head of household, you could surely use a Secret Santa. Between the food, the drinks, gifts for the kids, and all the other stuff, Christmas has a dear cost. And while many can say that, yes, it "brings its own money" - for those who are down and out, it doesn't bring much. That's why a "Secret Santa" was very welcomed today in the Lake Independence area - where police turned philanthropist and gave away hams. Sahar Vasquez was there:...
Sahar Vasquez reporting
This morning several homes received a visit from ACP Edward Broaster. Doors were opened with some trepidation, which then turned into curiosity and, finally, surprise, when he got to the last question: "Do you have a Christmas ham?" Before they could even answer they were handed a black bag with a big juicy ham. Emotions ran high as for those in need, they will this have a Christmas.
Turkeys Not In Short Supply
For the past few years, we've been reporting on turkey shortages caused by Avian influenza in Belize. That has meant successive years of importing turkeys - which delighted some but disenfranchised others who prefer the cost and quality of the local bird. This year, though, there's no need for imports. We visited Quality Poultry Products to find out more about the big demand for the Christmas Bird:...
Jules Vasquez reporting:
It's Christmas and right now, Turkey's the thing. Quality Poultry's stocks have fully rebounded from Avian Influenza and the company expects to sell as many as sixty thousand of these big birds this Christmas.
Brokdong In San Ignacio
We close tonight with MORE highlites of the Mr. Peetaz Brokdong Bram - but this time it's from the Falcon Field in San Ignacio on Friday night.
M.A.A. Wrangle Continues; Sedi Says Negotiations Failed with Passage of Act in 1993
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington is back from the recent SICA summit in Panama where he met with his new Guatemalan counterpart, Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, appointed in August [...]
Sedi Accuses Eamon: Disingenuous and Wants My Job
Foreign Minister Elrington made note that the Cabinet is reviewing the amendment to the M.A.A. But he went on the offensive against Courtenay, accusing him of all sorts of things [...]
Still No Sarstool Protocol, But Guatemala Relaxes
It is closing in on two years since the government was forced to temporarily close access to the Sarstoon River after Guatemalan military personnel started enforcing its claim to the [...]
Agree to Disagree on Offensive Map
Belize and Guatemala traded protest notes earlier this year over two inter-linked issues: Guatemala employing offensive maps of the countries linked together except for a jagged line, and Belize using [...]
Referendum April 15th, International Partners Asked to Pay
Guatemala is planning its referendum on the International Court of Justice question for next April fifteenth. If a simple majority is achieved the ball moves to Belize’s court to vote [...]
Pair in Cocaine Moved Charged and Jailed
A duo was arraigned today in the Magistrate Court for a cocaine bust made in the City over the weekend. The men are from Caye Caulker and Lords Bank, Belize [...]
Old Beef, Ideal Pouch Led to Vicious Chopping
Fifty-three-year-old Dennis Bodden, a sanitation worker with the Belize City Council, is yet to appear before the magistrate’s court where he will face charges in connection with a near-fatal assault [...]
Mark Vasquez’s Accused Killer Still Under Guard, Not Charged
Charges, if any, are yet to be preferred on a suspect who is presently in police custody after being released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital earlier today. According to [...]
Thieves Hold Up, Shoot Inside BBOC Bus
A B.B.O.C. bus run out west was held up a by a pair of thieves on Monday night in the vicinity of Camalote Village. According to forty-two-year-old Betty Torres, a [...]
UB in P.G. Hit for Guns, Ammo
Two pistols and a trove of ammunition were stolen from the University of Belize Punta Gorda Campus. Police say that burglars broke into an office sometime between seven on Monday [...]
1 Charged in Stabbing inside Moe’s Pizza Grill
A Belize City mason from the Gungulung area remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for stab injuries to the chest and back. On Monday night, Sherman Sanker had [...]
Dean Nembhard Jr. Reeled in for Monica’s Robbery
Twenty-one-year-old Nutmeg Street resident, Dean Nembhard Junior is spending his first night behind bars at the Central Prison after he was arraigned today for the robbery at Monica’s Pawn Shop. [...]
Holding Company for Developer Formed Just 1 Year Ago
The criminal past of Jorge Abraham Jaen, the Miami investor behind the multi-million dollar investment in the Basil Jones Airstrip to convert it into a full-scale international airport, continues to [...]
P.U.P. Says Its Shades of Puerto Azul
There’s more on the proposed international airport. The People’s United Party today reacted to the announcement of a proposed multimillion dollar international airport on San Pedro. Calling it ‘Déjà Vu [...]
Area Rep, Long Barracks Residents at War over a Home for the Holidays
A new home for the holidays is a wish for many at this time of the year. With space a scarce commodity in the Old Capital, any initiative to provide [...]
New Guatemalan Lady F.M. Makes Impression on Wilfred Elrington
Earlier we made mention of the first meeting between Foreign Minister Elrington and his Guatemalan counterpart, Sandra Jovel Polanco who succeeded Carlos Raul Morales in August. Polanco is the first [...]
Roaring Creek to Get 11-Million-Dollar Bridge
It’s arguably one of the most trafficked bridges in the country of Belize, but also one of the more poorly maintained. The Government of Belize and M and M Engineering [...]
Secret Santa Returns to North Side; Hams Given Away
Santa is in town! He is here to bring some cheer to needy families and so today he was out in full force giving away hams around the city. This [...]
Residents Disappointed after not Receiving New Homes
Residents at a long barracks on Oleander Street in Belize City are up in arms. They claim they were promised new homes by Minister Wilfred Elrington; however, when the new houses which were built right in front of their dilapidated houses, they were given to other persons. One disgruntled resident spoke with Love News. Alexander …
Man sentenced to 25 years for Murder
In November 2011, 45-year-old taxi driver Domiciano Quixchan was murdered. Today, the man charged with the crime, Hernan Manzanero was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison. Quixchan’s body was found by police on a feeder road in San Antonio Village in the Cayo District. His body had stab wounds to the face and throat. Initially, …
Bus Held Up and Robbed
On Monday evening a bus conductress was robbed while on the George Price Highway. Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke to the driver of the bus who recounted how the incident unfolded. Fem Cruz, Love FM “Roaring Creek Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on a BBOC bus late yesterday evening. Love News understands that …
Two Weapons Missing after UB was Burglarized
Two weapons are missing as a result of a burglary in Punta Gorda. Correspondent Paul Mahung reports. Paul Mahung, Love FM “The burglar reportedly was at the main building which accommodates UB Toledo’s administrative office as explained by Officer in Command of the Toledo Police Formation Assistant Superintendent of Police Clement Cacho.” ASP Clement Cacho, …
M & M Engineering to Construction new Roaring Creek Bridge
Work will begin on the construction of the new Roaring Creek Bridge. The construction contract was awarded to M & M Engineering Consultants Ltd. for just over eleven million dollars. Yesterday a signing ceremony took place where Minister of Works, Rene Montero explained the scope of work to be carried out. Rene Montero – …
WWF Honduras donates drone to UB to assist in Research
The Belize River watershed is one of the largest watersheds in Belize, measuring nine thousand, four hundred and thirty-two point two square kilometers. The Belize Water Services Limited accesses the Belize River watershed as well as other watersheds in order to provide that water you get to enjoy in your home. The University of Belize …
Secret Santa Strikes
The Secret Santa strikes in Belize City once again this year. This morning, Operations Commander ACP Edward Broaster and other members of the Belize Police Department went from one house to another handing out hams. It is all part of a program where an anonymous sponsor partners with the Police Department to spread a little …
UB conducts Research on Watershed
Water is one of our most precious resources, which is used to sustain all forms of life and to replenish the earth. There are twelve major watersheds in Belize and it is important for us to protect these watersheds in order that it can serve us well for years to come. The University of Belize …
CITCO surprises patients in neonatal unit
The Belize City Council was engaged in a number of activities as they held their annual 12 days of Charity to bring Christmas cheer to those in the community. It kicked off on December 1, with the Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley taking a group of senior citizens from the Sister Cecilia Home on a …