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#527879 - 12/22/17 06:40 AM Today's Belize News: December 22, 2017  
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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

Adopt a Bear once again brings Christmas happiness to children of Ambergris Caye
Thanks to the Adopt a Bear project sponsored by Raise Me Up, over 200 children on Ambergris Caye who wouldn’t otherwise receive a Christmas present, received one on Wednesday, December 20th. Many children gathered in the morning at the San Pedro Lions Den to receive their gifts from Santa Claus and his elf’s. “I’m glad for the constant support that we receive from islanders and visitors of San Pedro,” said Raise Me Up’s Joe Chung, “This year was another success just like the previous ones, as we received 359 gifts. I hope that it continues to be like this for the coming years.” “Adopt a Bear” project doesn’t only benefit children of Ambergris Caye, as over 100 children on the mainland received a gift as well. The presents were distributed on Thursday, December 21st to Liberty Children’s Shelter and Kings Home in Belmopan.

Guatemalan beauty queen hosted on Ambergris Caye
On the 16th and 17th of December, island resident and pageant trainer Enrique de Leon hosted 15-year old Ofelia Marisol Ramirez Cardona, a beauty queen from the Department of Peten in Guatemala. Cardona was crowned Reina de la Feria 2017 on November 27th after representing her hometown of San Andres at the municipal level. She will be now competing at the Department’s pageant on January 6, 2018. During her visit to La Isla Bonita Cardona took a couple lessons with de Leon as well as with Miss Earth Belize 2017, Iris Salguero. She departed on Monday, December 18th. On Saturday, December 16th, Cardona engaged in training sessions with Leon as she prepares for the pageant in January. At the pageant, she will be competing against 14 contestants from other municipalities. Leon was also joined by Salguero, who shared some tips with Cardona in the world of pageantry. Salguero recently returned to Belize after representing the Jewel as the Miss Earth 2017 Pageant in Manila, Philippines. Later that day, Cardona along with her committee were treated to a dinner at Rio Restaurant and Bar.

SPTC installs new street lights on Ambergris Caye
The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) started the installation of new street lights on Ambergris Caye on Wednesday, December, 13th. Lights have been installed from north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge all the way to Belizean Shores. Other areas on the island that will benefit from this project include San Mateo, San Juan, San Pedrito, DFC, Eiley Sub-Division and Elliot Sub-Division. “This project of the new light posts for the island is something that we had mention several times, so it should be nothing new for the Islanders, “ said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. “We started with the north side of the island because we are in the tourism high season. We hope the new lights will help prevent any crime as well as assist late night workers.” Guerrero also mentioned that over 360 lights have already been purchased to be installed in the various areas that are needed.

Wyndham Hotel Group representative gives update on Ambergris Caye hotel project
The first phase of the completion of the Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye, the first resort in the country to fly the Wyndham Grand Flag in northern Ambergris Caye, is reportedly on course. The resort is scheduled to open at the end of 2018. As such, a representative of the Wyndham Hotel Group visited Ambergris Caye on Thursday, December 14th and discussed with The San Pedro Sun information on the upcoming five-star oceanfront resort, its top-notch amenities and the benefits it will provide to the island. Alicea told The Sun that in his responsibility for resorts, he sees high potential on Ambergris Caye. He says that they want to start offering Ambergris Caye to their 50 million plus members and they believe that such exposure will guarantee a large influx of visitors to the island. He is happy and more than satisfied with the island. “When I first came here I was impressed with the natural resources, and the people are so nice and so welcoming,” he said.”

Ambergris Today

Nominations For San Pedro Person Of The Year 2017
Remember to nominate your choice for Person of the Year. We are accepting nominations of whoever you think is deserving.

Adopt-A-Bear Program Spreads Christmas Cheer
The Raise Me Up Foundation does it again – spreading Christmas Cheer to hundreds of children in San Pedro Town, with their third annual Adopt-A-Bear program. On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, children were presented with their special gift by Santa and his elves. The program was brought to life in 2015 by a group of volunteers who wanted to make sure that less fortunate island children received a special gift during the Christmas Season. After months of preparation, the annual Adopt-A-Bear program officially kicked off the 2017 Christmas season in San Pedro’s distribution at the Lion’s Den with 359 children receiving gifts.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Congrats to the winners from this year's Caye Caulker Fuels Annual Christmas Raffle
First prize : 49 inch flat screen TV won by Valentino Marin. Second prize : $100 fuel won by Melvin Badillo Jr. Third prize : Christmas ham won by Alwin Ramirez. Congratulations to all the winners! Caye Caulker Fuels Management and Staff wishes all its valued customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for your continued patronage throughout the years!

NEMO STANN CREEK END-OF-YEAR AWARDS
Christmas and the end of the year is a time to give thanks, and in this spirit, the NEMO Stann Creek District Emergency Committee held its Annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet at the Dangriga Town Hall. Those receiving awards were: Tristan Usher, Emergency Worker of the Year, who also received on behalf of his team at the Ministry of Works the Emergency Response Team Award; Emergency Operations Centre Director and Town Councillor Aaron “Jake” Gongora, Emergency Leader of the Year; Russell Lambert, Annual Emergency Team Spirit Award (received on his behalf by Human Resources Management Chairperson, Cynthia Villagran); Deputy Chair for Transport & Evacuation, Roman Sabal from the Dangriga Town Council, Municipal Transport Department, who received the 2017 Participatory Award; and Senior Agriculture Extension Officer, Adelita Arzu, who received on behalf of her department (Agriculture Department, Stann Creek) the Annual Emergency Team Collaborations Award.

Second Annual Child Advisory Board President’s Meeting

Canucks New Years’ Eve BASH
Sun Dec 31 2017 at 08:00 pm. Crazy Canucks Beach Bar, Beachfront at Exotic Caye Beach Resort, Coconut Drive, San Pedro, Belize. Come celebrate 2018 at Crazy Canucks! DJ from 8pm-2am. Giveaways and free shots throughout the night. Glow-stick bracelets and goodies will be provided. Party under the stars south of town and away from the big crowds!

Corozal Public Library End of Year Program
A reminder that the End of Year Program at the Corozal Public Library starts today! Come by the library and register!

Minors and alcohol?
Is the Police Cadet Corps failing? Brava beer is contraband but brought in for officer events. Should the cadet program be in civilian hands since recent incidents have call the program into question.

Annual Child Advisory Body Presidents Meeting
Children of San Pedro Town work together and made their presentation and presented the report and a display corner about the island. All municipalities are present. The San Pedro Town Council is represented by Councilor Ruben Gonzalez.

Orlinton - San Pedro CAB Member
Other CAB members from across the country and UNICEF Representative in Belize Dr Susan Kassede being interview by Channel 5.

SUMMER 2018 STUDY OF THE U.S. INSTITUTE FOR SCHOLARS
The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars. Please read the program overview and share it with qualified partners and contacts. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations, including resumes, should be sent to BelmopanPA@state.gov with the subject line: SUSI for Scholars. Application deadline is January 10, 2018. Program Overview:

2018 GIST Net Tech-I competition
Apply now: http://bit.ly/2hTMQ7d. ONE WEEK left to apply for the 2018 GIST Net Tech-I competition! Showcase your startup to the world, receive mentorships from top entrepreneurs and win big prizes. Application deadline Thursday, December 28, 2017.

Lions Club New Year's Dance in San Pedro
Inviting all the public to our annual New Years dance. The lions den will open their doors December 31st 2017 at 10:00 pm until January 1st 2018 at 8:00 am. This is an event that no one would like to miss as it has been a tradition for many years. Come and be part of this wonderful celebration as we will have Super Furia in the house. Thanks The San Pedro Lions Club

Interesting Public Notice from BTL
I am interested in the information about IPs. Is Diginet blocking ports with NAT and thus a need to pay extra plus tax for an IP? And what about the IP features / offerings with his SMART internet service?

We are content to announce that yesterday we officially received our pharmacy license to retail medication to the community of Caye Caulker
As a born resident of Caye Caulker, and as a registered pharmacist,Rx. Value Pharmacy, makes a commitment to continue to offer the highest standard of pharmaceutical service to you.

BEL and employees gift 150 Christmas hampers to families and the elderly countrywide

CAWS Chili Cook Off
The Cayo Animal Welfare Society is having its 3rd annual Chili Cook Off on Saturday, January 6th, at Remo's Roadhouse. If you just want to eat chili until you can't eat anymore, while supporting a great cause, it's only $10 If you want to enter your chili into the competition, call them at 669-1468.

CAB Advisory Board Recognition
Mayor Trapp and Councilor Neal met with the SISE Children's Advisory Body, and gave them some Christmas presents. "Yesterday, Mayor Earl Trapp Jr. and Councilor Vanessa Neal acknowledged the work and contributions of the CAB Advisory Board issuing Christmas gifts to the children. The CAB Advisory Board is geared towards teaching children in our community Leadership skills, Civic Pride and the importance of service to the community among other things. They have been active in providing recommendations and ideas to develop our municipality to a child friendly one. The SISE Town Council joins Mayor Earl Trapp and Councilor Neal in commending the children for their service and participation!"

Christmas In Town Grand Finale
Christmas in Town is having its grand finale today, December 22nd, at the Cayo Welcome Center. They'll be giving away 500 gifts, along with a scooter. "Christmas in Town! 500 Gifts to be given away! and other Great Prizes. And the GRAND RAFFLE OF A LIFAN MOTORCYCLE. This is the Grand Finale, happening at the Cayo Welcome Center starting at 7:00PM-9:00PM. Watch it live on Channel 10 exclusively on Central TV & Internet."

Christmas Bird Count in Mountain Pine Ridge
In case you are wondering what the MPR CBC circle looks like... Scarlet Macaws, Russet Antshrike and Slate-colored Solitaire are possible. Solitary Eagle and Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle too. Sedge Wren, Cabanis's Wren, Rufous-capped Warbler, Red Crossbill, Spectacled Owl and Central American Pygmy Owl, Lovely Cotinga would be marginally possible. See you today at 7pm at Hodes Place, San Ignacio!

Paradise Theater closed this weekend
Merry Christmas! Be back December 29th

Channel 7

The 90 Million Dollar House Meeting
While most of you will be enjoying your delicious Christmas dinner next week without a care in the world - the Prime Minister and his Cabinet ministers will also be enjoying, but in the back of their heads, they'll probably be weighing that 90.6 million dollar question. Today, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber confirmed that that matter will be taken to the House of Representatives on January 5th. Faber told us more or less what to expect: Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister: "Ah yes, I believe that the Prime Minister indicated at the last meeting that he would be waiting for the 21 days to expire for him to bring the motion to the house and it is intended that motion will be brought at the house meeting on January 5th. However, I think that it is the intention of the Prime Minister to introduce the motion and then nothing really says that he has to push it through all the readings in one sitting and I believe it is the intention for him to just introduce it and then at a subsequent meeting the debate on the merits of it will actually be made and then the voting will take place."

DPM Faber Says Basil Jones Is Legit
Was Belize duped by a South Florida scammer? That is the question on everyone's mind after developer Jorge Jaen's credibility has come into question. Jaen appeared last week as the point-man for the hundred million US dollar airport project at Basil Jones on northern Ambergris Caye. But he has no track record in airport development - and neither does his company, International Airport Alliance. Jaen has also been accused of fraud in 2006 - including allegations of Conspiracy to Commit Extortion and voter fraud. While a statement from International Airport Alliance says that Jaen has never been prosecuted, it still raises major concerns about the legitimacy of his partnership with Belize and the future of the Airport. Today we asked Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber about it and he says all this might just be mischief making - people trying to jeopardize the project. Here is how he put it.

Ministry of Works Has Central Culpability in Cayo Explosion
Who's to blame for what went wrong with the explosion at a Santa Elena quarry last week? Well, documents on the Department of the Environment website, show that the Ministry of Works played a central role. The mining explosion is part of the roadworks for the paving of miles 48 to 80, a project spearheaded by the Ministry of Works. The Ministry had to file an environmental compliance plan - and a review of that document shows that the Ministry was in open violation of many of the requirements. Under the heading "earth movement activities," it says that they must obtain proper licenses and permits from the Mining Unit to operate quarries. As we now know, so permit was obtained for last Tuesday's explosion.

Elderly Man Identified, Sad Story Revealed
Police have identified the elderly man found with a head injury on the side of the Phillip Golden Highway. As we told you, he was found on Tuesday night at 9:00 pm, at mile three on the George Price Highway with a major injury to the back of his head. Police told us that they finally got his full particulars - and found out why he was on the road alone late at night:... ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City: "Last night we were finally able to get the family members and he was identified as Claudius Meighan, an eighty-year-old of a Belama address. He was identified by an ex-common-law wife. Apparently he is experiencing some mental disorder and he has been walking up that George Price Highway over and over. He has been here at the police station, police had even taken him to his residence, but apparently he lives by himself. Police has previously escorted him to his residence, but apparently he has nobody else to be along with him."

Corporals Charged For Knocking Teen's Teeth Out
Two Punta Gorda police corporals have been criminally charged for beating up teenager Victor Kus. Last week Wednesday Corporal's Ico and Coy pounced on the 16 year old - and beat him so badly that the doctor classified the injuries as grievous harm. The teen lost three teeth, got a bad black and blue eye, and an injury to his arm. His cell phone was also destroyed. His father was outraged by the crime and demanded court action - which is what has happened. The Head of the Professional Standards Branch, ACP Chester Williams told us more today: ACP Chester Williams, O.C., Professional Standards Branch: "In respect of that matter, I have given instructions to the officer commanding Punta Gorda Police Station to lay criminal charges against the police officers concerned for grievous harm and damage to property. So they should be charged before the week ends and they will be arraigned in court on criminal charges and they will also be charged disciplinarily in respect of their disciplinary infractions where that matter is concerned."

Owner of SUV Reported It Stolen Shortly After It Was Found With Drugs
The owner of the Lincoln Navigator which crashed into the gate at the Customs Department with 5 kilos of cocaine in a hidden compartment says his vehicle was stolen. Belize City resident Bruce Faber reported to police that his vehicle was stolen - and he did that about 10 minutes after the SUV crashed into the customs fence. Actually, he didn't make the report his "washman" did. Police explained today: ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "A suspect is still being sought in regards to the drugs found in the Lincoln Navigator. He has not been found since."

Bail For Alleged Cocaine Cowboys
In other news of cocaine trafficking, 2 alleged cocaine cowboys Peter Schmidt and Carlos Lopez got bail today. This is two days after they were remanded to the Belize Central Prison after being busted with 5 kilo bricks of cocaine and a loaded firearm. Their attorneys, Ellis Arnold and Oscar Selgado, made bail applications on their behalf before Justice Adolph Lucas today. After hearing their attorneys' arguments, and the response of Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith, Justice Lucas granted them bail of 100 thousand dollars.

Finally Police Publicize Wanted Alleged Killer
Tonight police are finally admitting that a murder suspect escaped from them and is on the loose. 29 year old old George Bull escaped from Orange Walk police on Sunday afternoon - but on Monday, police were pretending that he was just wanted. Today - they conceded that the man wanted for the murder of Jaime Pelayo has been on the loose since his ID parade was finished on Sunday: ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "The suspect was detained and he was formally charged for two counts of aggravated assault and in order to complete the murder investigation, an ID parade would have had to be conducted and in the process after the ID parade and whilst being escorted back to the cell block he made good his escape while being escorted back to the cell block."

The Curious Case of Mark Vasquez and Usbaldo Nieto
The man who was the main suspect in Mark Vasquez's murder has been released without a charge. He is 18 year old Usbaldo Nieto - and he was also injured in a knife fight with the 53 year old car dealer. Police said that the case will require some deeper investigation. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City: "18 year old Osbaldo Nieto was detained and he was admitted to the hospital with several injuries. The doctor has already treated him and he was discharged two days ago. He was brought into custody and questioned. After reviewing all the statements that we had recorded, the young male person, Mr. Nieto, was released and the investigation is still continuing at this point."

No Charges For Village Murder
No one has been charged for the chopping death of 21 year old Independence Villager, Victor Pou. The young man was attacked and killed on Big Creek Road over the weekend. Today, police told us that the suspects have been released:... ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "A number of persons were detained in regards to that investigation but eventually were released pending further investigation. The police are following new leads and they were on the ground yesterday where they got some new leads which they are following as we speak." In one more murder update - Belmopan police have detained the main suspect in the murder of 69 year old taxi-man Oswald Lopez.

Mid December 2017 Murder Total Equals End Of Year 2016
Those four murders between Friday and Sunday brought this year's official murder count (so far) to the same as last year's 138. It's a very high number and it's one of several topics Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie touched in his 14-minute Christmas message - where he outlined the major crime statistics up to three days ago: Allen Whylie, Commisioner of Police: "In terms of a national crime statistics in regards to major crimes, it shows that at 18th December 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, we have had 138 cases of murders reported currently and in 2016 we also had 138 murders reported for the entire year. Rape: we've have 22 incidents recorded in 2017 versus 23 in 2016. So rape recorded a down by one incident or 4.3%. Robbery: we've had 245 reports in 2017 versus 232."

Minister Vows to Bring Down Murder Count
So while major crimes were down - we may end the year with an increase in murders. While we all hope there isn't one more killing between now and the end of the year, even with 138 murders, Belize's murder rate will remain among the global top ten. It's pretty puzzling when you think about it - considering all the energy and resources put in to containing crime. We asked the Minister if he's disappointed:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Is it a disappointment to end the year 139 by my humble count, 138 by yours, with the same number or more murders than we did last year?" Hon. Elodio Aragon, Minister of State, Police: "Dealing with murders, especially in Belize City, is not an easy thing. We all know the situation here. What is important to note is that the Belize Police Department has not sat idly by. We initiated the Operation ACT to deal with that situation, to reduce the incidents of gun violence and murders, which to a large extent since we've initiated this operation we have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of shooting incidents and murders in Belize City. And I am confident in all that will come to bear next year, I am confident that the Police Department achieve a reduction in murders."

COMPOL: Gang Activity Responsible For High Murder Count
And while Aragon is determined to bring down the total, Commissioner Whylie says he's not happy with the current figure. He said gang activity was the main driver for the high murder rate:... Allen Whylie, Commisioner of Police: "Any murder is a murder too much. Of course we are not happy in terms of the level of murders we've had." Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Is there any indication so far of what is driving this high number of murders this year? What's the main driver?" Allen Whylie, Commisioner of Police: "Well you know we have some upsurge in terms of gang rivalry as well as inter-gang rivalry fueled by the fight over turf for the sale of drugs and I think that contributed significantly in terms of the Belize District. We've also seen where a few incidents occurred during robberies and there are a few indeed from domestic violence. But I think the majority of the incidents were gang related, so to speak."

Operation ACT A Success
And one of the main reasons that crime numbers aren't even higher is Operation ACT. Since it was launched in late October - crime in the city has taken a sharp downtown- after recording a record number of murders in that same month. Today Commander of Operations Edward Broaster, said that ACT led to many firearms and drugs seizures along with thousands of searches: As part of ACT, 12 persons have been arrested and charged with drug related offenses.

ACT Will Continue Until When?
But how long can police afford to keep the operation going? It has had successes in the 55 days it's been running, but can the police keep paying for the manpower, the fuel, and the food and water? The Commissioner acknowledged that their resources are finite:... Allen Whylie, Commisioner of Police: "I've already indicated that ACT will continue into the New Year. It won't be indefinite, because it's a high intensive in terms of human resources as well as the financial cost. I won't say when it will done, because I don't want to tip the criminal to say we will just wait out the police. I can assure that it will continue into 2018 and we will continue to review as we go along."

Fire In City "Barracks" Leaves Four Families Homeless
The city has seen a total of four fires this month and last night another was added to the list. Four families that resided in a barracks home on #4 Flamboyant Street lost their house to a vicious blaze that destroyed everything. This morning we were able to speak to one of the victims who explained how the damage has put a damper on their Christmas. Emmet Baptist, Fire Victim: "I lived in the first apartment right here. This is my house. Well to be exact we just heard it start from over the next side of the neighbor's house and it blazed right into my house."

Helluva Time In Pomona Valley, Or, Not Really?
Last night we showed you the picture with three females posing off with cans of contraband beer in front of a police youth cadet Christmas party banner. The clear suggestion was that they had been drinking at a youth cadet function. It's a very unsavory image and no less than the Commissioner of Police reacted by tasking the commander of the professional standards branch to find out what really happened. Today, ACP Chester Williams told the media that it is not at all what it seems:..

Cops Charged For Chancing Chambers
And, yes, as you noticed, after some months of being cast into the shadows, ACP Chester Williams was back at the front and center this morning. And we had a lot to ask him. First off, was a question about those police officers from the Special Assignment Team caught on camera gratuitously brutalizing Belize City resident, Randy Chambers. Williams said the officers have been charged disciplinarily:... ACP Chester Williams: "I gave instructions to my office here in Belize City to proceed with charges against those officers concern and they were disciplinary charge yesterday and arraigned this morning and they pled not guilty to the charges against them."

Independence Rape Allegation Far From Clear Cut
ACP Williams also had the first coherent explanation of why police have been moving so cautiously before bringing charges of rape against police officers at the Independence station. Two women made a complaint that they were raped in the station months ago. But, Williams - who is personally leading the investigation - said there are inconsistencies in their statements:.. ACP Chester Williams: "In that investigation the two females concerned gave their account of what took place and after having given their account, I had the privilege of viewing the surveillance camera in the police station. And having viewed the surveillance camera in the police station..."

Did Cops Cause 20 Year Old's Death
The case of Edwin Antonio Baires Hernandez is even more complex. He's the 20 year old Teakettle Villager who choked on his food after pursuing police shot him in the leg. Williams investigated that case personally and said that the DPP will have to decide if police bear any responsibility for his death:.. Jules Vasquez, reporter: "There is still a causation element or there may be in so far as it's the police officers' who were pursuing him and indeed shot him and the shock of the shot may have caused the choking. Are you able to speak about where the investigation is in to the action of that officer?"

Opinons On Legal Opinions
You also heard Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington say on Tuesday night that Belize's lawyers advised him that to amend the Maritime Areas Act right now could have negative consequences for Belize-Guatemala relations. Well, Courtenay took on that concern, and said that if the territorial dispute is taken to the ICJ, those lawyers are not the type we want fighting our case. Here's are the perspectives of the current Foreign Minister and the Former Foreign Minister on that issue: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "When we spoke to the lawyers - I was in London about 2 weeks ago - and the lawyers understood immediately, immediately the possible potential negative consequence of pursuing the path that Courtenay is adopting at this time."

What Next If There's A No To The ICJ
For the past 2 nights, we been showing you the perspectives of both Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington and PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay on what should be done about the Maritime Areas Act, and how it could affect Belize's Claim if the territorial dispute actually goes to the ICJ for an attempt at final resolution. Guatemala will hold its ICJ referendum in Mid-April of next year, and Belize is looking at either the end of 2018, or the beginning of 2019, as possible time frames. In order for the territorial dispute to go to the ICJ, both nations have to vote yes to the referendum. But, if either votes no, then there will be no ICJ case.

Belize Joins Over 100 Nations In Rebuking Trump At UN
Belize was one of more than 100 countries who rebuked US President Donald Trump today in a United Nations Vote. 128 nations voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that supported the resolution. His Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley made it even more plain. She wrote her fellow ambassadors to say, quote, "I want you to know that the President and US take this vote personally….The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue."

Happy With Hampers
Only four more days until Christmas and the giving streak continues. Today the police gave some residents of precinct two an early Christmas present filled with Christmas day essentials. We spoke to some happy recipients. BEL also did its part today by distributing 150 Christmas hampers to 90 families and 60 senior citizens across the country. BEL also sponsored Christmas luncheons at feeding centers countrywide.

Listening To The Children
Today, the annual Child Advisory President's Meeting was held. But it wasn't a usual board meeting with adults sitting around a table listening to long-winded presentations - there were skits, performances and speeches by very outspoken kids - who just want to make a difference for Belizean youth. We stopped by the Belize Institute for Management to hear what these child leaders had to say. That was the main message from one of the Child Advisory Board's presentation. All the board members from the 9 municipalities gathered today at the Belize Institute of Management to bring awareness of the issues affecting children in their area as well as to share what their board has accomplished over the year.

Which Westby?
And in a final spot of police news tonight, we have an update on murder suspect Vildo Westby. Westby - who is wanted for killing 44 year old Islander Felix Ayuso in February, was reportedly captured in Las Choapas, Mexico near Vereacruz two weeks ago. But, initially, police said they had no confirmation of that. Today, they acknowledged that someone has been caught, but said he has not been conclusively identified as Vildo Westby:...

Minister Wants PSB Autonomous
That's a lot of police charged - a higher number than usual. And it's the product of a beefed up Professional standards Branch that's showing its teeth. Minister of State for Home Affairs Elodio Aragon says this kind of oversight is a major part of a maturing Department. Now he wants to make this branch even more autonomous - so you won't have to go into the police station to com-plain against the very same police. Here's the explanation:..

Cpl. Requena's Recklessness
But ACP Williams didn't have to consult the DPP on a smaller matter involving a disorderly corporal in Cayo. He barged into a restaurant and casually pointed his weapon at the woman behind the bar. He then held the gun to another man's head, as he puts him in a chokehold. That's Corporal Daniel Requena in early October, and ACP Williams said he was charged:


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Nightmare before Christmas: Accidental fire on Flamboyant burns out ten
Ten persons including children have been left without a roof over their heads within days of the Christmas. A fire gutted half of a long barrack on Flamboyant Street sometime [...]

P.S.B. says police not to blame for adult teenagers’ contraband beer
A Christmas party for members of the Youth Cadet Corps in Pomona Valley on Sunday continues to raise serious questions.  A photograph showing a trio of teenage girls, each posing [...]

Osbaldo Nieto cleared in Mark Vasquez murder investigation
A teenager who had been held in police custody, following the stabbing death of well-known auto-trader Mark Vasquez last Saturday, has been released without being indicted. Eighteen-year-old Osbaldo Nieto was [...]

Wanted Jaime Pelayo murder suspect George Bull on the run after fleeing police
In respect of another murder, an all-points bulletin has been issued for the arrest of twenty-nine-year-old George Bull, a resident of Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District. Bull is [...]

Fate of Independence rape complaint in hands of D.P.P.
There are new developments in a case of alleged rape at the Independence Police Station back in November.  A pair of women is claiming that they were both sexually assaulted [...]

2017 murder count surpasses 2016; what will police do about it?
This newscast has been dominated by coverage of crime throughout the year. Tonight, we can confirm that statistics for homicides committed so far in 2017, closely rival figures that were [...]

P.U.P. demands Elrington stop being ‘petty’ and ‘personal’
On Wednesday we raised the issue of the back and forth over the Maritime Areas Act with P.U.P. leader John Briceño. His shadow minister for foreign affairs, Eamon Courtenay, has [...]

U.H.S. – U.D.P. broke it, U.D.P. fix it?
The Universal Health Services debate is expected to take up the House of Representatives’ time at its next house meeting, announced for January fifth. It should be must-see viewing as [...]

Getting to the bottom of the airport developer mystery
News Five continues to follow the developing story of developer Jorge Jaen’s dubious past and what it means for his multi-million dollar development project for the Efrain Guerrero International Airport [...]

We didn’t approve Marilyn Williams, says P.U.P.
Marilyn Williams is headed to the Supreme Court in January. But despite the Judicial and Legal Services Commission having apparently cleared the former political candidate turned chair of the Integrity [...]

No early closure for Customs on Friday
The Customs Department is among the busiest in the Public Service at the end of the year. They are responsible for seeing to the goods shipped to Belize from around [...]

Two in cocaine bust out on bail quickly
Two men accused in a cocaine bust in Belize City this week were granted bail this morning in the sum of a hefty one hundred thousand dollars each by Supreme [...]

Activities at quarry violated ECP for George Price Highway re-building
An investigation continues into what caused a blasting operation at the Santa Cruz quarry outside of Santa Elena Town to go catastrophically wrong, causing one death and severe damage to [...]

Corporals to be charged, but why attack P.G. teenager, 16?
Sixteen-year-old Victor Cus was physically assaulted by two police corporals last Wednesday in Punta Gorda Town.  During the beat down three of the teenagers teeth were knocked out of his [...]

Claudius Meighan, injured and mentally disabled, convalescing in hospital
Eighty-year-old Claudius Meighan remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being found in a semiconscious state on Tuesday night near mile three and a half on the George [...]

Belize stands with Palestinians at U.N., votes against U.S.
In international news, the United States of America recently decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The United Nations held a vote today on a resolution opposing that [...]

Tips for Christmas travel to Mexico
The northern border may be seeing some extra traffic over this holiday, as Belizeans go over to neighboring Chetumal to shop while others go to holiday at Mexican destinations. The [...]

Operation ACT records successes; continues into 2018
Operation ACT, acronym for Addressing Crime Together, was launched on October twenty-seventh as a direct law enforcement response to the escalation of violent crimes in Belize City.  With the establishment [...]

Children’s Advisory Board meets
The Children Advisory Board is a platform used for child participation to support governance at the municipal levels. The boards are established in all nine towns and cities in Belize [...]

Salvation Army hands out food hampers
The Salvation Army gave out eight-hundred food hampers to needy families today. It is an annual event for the Salvation Army – they use monies raised and support from donors [...]

KHMH touts new surgical services
As the national referral hospital for the country, many Belizeans rely on the services of Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for life saving procedures. While many times, it’s only the cases [...]

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Ten Percent Decrease in Major Crime for 2017
The Belize Police department reports a reduction of ten percent in major crimes for 2017. The statistics presented were for the period of January to December 18, 2017. These were presented by Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie this morning at the weekly police briefing with the media. The statistics show a small reduction in cases …

Murder Count stands at 138
As mentioned earlier, the murder count has not gone down. It stands at 138, the exact number that was recorded for the entire 2016. That means that with two more weeks to go for 2017, that number may likely increase as will the numbers in other major crimes. This reality may not be encouraging for …

Police say Operation ACT going well
The department also presented an update on its Operation ACT, which stands for Addressing Crime Together. The operation was launched on October 27 to combat the rising gun violence in Belize City with a special focus on the Southside. Operations Commander ACP Edward Broaster gave an update on the department’s successes so far. ACP. Edward …

Police say murder suspect escaped from their hands
Today the Belize Police Department confirmed that the suspect in the murder of Jaime Pelayo Junior did, in fact, escape from Police custody in Orange Walk Town. That suspect is now officially identified as 29-year-old George Bull of Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District. ACP Joseph Myvett, Commander of the National Crimes Investigation Branch …

Elderly man has been identified as Claudius Meighan
Police have identified the elderly man who they found along the George Price Highway on Tuesday night. ASP Alejandro Cowo, head of the CIB in Belize City told the media that a family member identified him just last night. ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of C.I.B “Last night we were finally able to get the family …

Police say girls were not underage
Police say that the three young girls who appear in the controversial picture posing with contraband beers are of age and add that the image portrayed is not what it seems. The girls reportedly took the picture at an event organized by the Pomona Police Cadet Unit and it was circulated on Facebook. It triggered …

Osbaldo Nieto freed from Police custody
The only man who was around when 53-year-old car dealer Mark Vasquez was fatally stabbed has been released from police custody. He is eighteen-year-old Osbaldo Nieto, who was found running from the scene of Vasquez’s murder covered in blood. It was later learned that he had sustained stab wounds as well. ASP Cowo says the …

Is the person held by Mexican authorities Vildo Westby?
Earlier this month, Love News received information indicating that Vildo Westby, who is wanted by Belize Police for questioning in the murder of 44-year-old Felix Ayuso, was in custody of Mexican authorities. We understood at the time that he was expected to be handed over to law enforcement officers in Belize. Last week Monday, Belize …

Did Negligence caused Canadian Ronald Sutherland’s death?
Did negligence on the part of the Ministry of Works and the Department of Environment lead to the death of Canadian Ronald Sutherland? Sutherland was killed in an explosion last week at a quarry in Santa Elena Town. The Environmental Compliance Plan, ECP identifies the Ministry of Works as the developer and the terms and …

Fire leaves families homeless
Four families who lived at the Long Barracks on Flamboyant Street in Belize City had already started their Christmas preparations when tragedy struck last night. A fire broke out at the building and completely destroyed two of the units while damaging two others. Today, Emmeth Baptist whose apartment was completely destroyed returned to the scene …

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11 million for New Roaring Creek Bridge
A contract was signed for the construction of the new Roaring Creek Bridge located at Mile 48 on the George Price Highway. That contract was formally signed on Monday, December 18, 2017 and it was awarded to M&M Engineering Consultants Ltd. in the amount of BZD $11,346,823.17, consistent with the engineer’s estimate and current construction rates. The scope of the works includes the construction of the new bridge, approaches, and drainage works all to a total length of 485 meters. The installation of road center and edge line markings will also take place. Also included in this project is roadway clearance, the removal of any remnant structures, obstructions, fencing and the like within the road reserve.

New school building for Julian Cho high school
On Friday December 15 the Ministry of Education cut the ribbon declaring open a six classroom building at the Julian Cho Technical High School in the Toledo District. The addition of the new classrooms is part of the Ministry of Education’s school financing reform project. The new school building is 30ft wide by 240ft in length. And with a student population of 975, the new addition to the technical and vocational school is a welcomed one as it will significantly alleviate overcrowding of existing classrooms.

KARIM ADLE, PUT A MUZZLE ON YOUR SON
Someone somewhere should have advised Karim Adle Jr. to NEVER EVER touch the subject of corruption much less accuse anyone of being corrupt in the garbage he spews in the Belize Times. Karim Adle Jr. has his head stuck so far up his aristocratic ass that it might either be affecting his brain or maybe, given him simpleton mannerisms, he might not have much of a brain at all. Let me refresh this little fella’s memory: Your father, Karim Adle Sr, a Said Musa flunky, got tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars to pave the Jaguar Paw road which began falling apart in less than six months due to poor workmanship. Ask your father, “weh the money gone?”

Air Canada just in time for the Christmas
Air Canada made its first of its twice-weekly flight to Belize on Friday, December 15, 2017, just in time for this Christmas season. This flight will travel between Toronto, Canada at the Pearson International Airport and Belize via the Phillip Goldson Airport in Ladyville. This is expected to enhance the already growing number of Canadian tourists in the country.

Hands Across the Caribbean raised funds for hurricane victims
Many countries in the Caribbean were affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Those especially devastated Dominica, Barbuda, and Puerto Rico and have left those and other countries and islands in states beyond repair. Especially compared to them, Belize was so graciously spared this hurricane season. Despite the months that have passed since these hurricanes, there is still much left to do in these countries to return them to a state of normalcy.

Delcie Tzib walks away with $1000 Guardian Christmas basket
Christmas is looking brighter this year for three women after their luck cashed in. The Guardian Newspaper held three raffles in light of this holiday season. In two raffles, winners walked away with $50 cash and in the third, a very hefty Christmas hamper was given away. In the first two, Delvorine Cole and Brendalee Buckley were lucky to walk away with the cash.

4-H hosts parents and trainees with Luncheon in Belmopan
The Management and Staff of the National 4-H Youth Development Center in Belmopan hosted families and their trainees to an Annual Christmas Luncheon last Thursday at the George Price Center for Peace and Development. The luncheon hosted by the educational institution, which is based at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds, was organized to bring to a close the 2016 to 2017 training year where 5 students had completed the program and three received their certificates.

Aragon Christmas Cup 2017
On Sunday December 17th, the Aragon Christmas Cup ended with fireworks at the Louisiana Field in Orange Walk Town. After several weeks of fierce competition Progresso FC and Guinea Grass FC battled to the sweet end in a contest that would see the winner – Progresso FC walking away with $5000.00 Belize Dollars. Progresso who had been the Champs two times in a row returned to claim their crown after having been defeated last year by Carmelita FC. The second place winners settled for the $3000.00 dollar prize. They both received trophies and individual medals were given to the first place winners.

High School in Belmopan gets new computers
High school students in Belmopan now have one more tool in their tool box for improving their educational performance. On Friday, 15 December 2017, a Handing Over Ceremony for 15 computers with accessories took place at the Our Lady of Guadalupe High School. These 15 computers with peripherals were made possible through the hard work and fundraising efforts of Rotary Belmopan. Present from Rotary for the handing over ceremony were members Velda Wade, Vanessa Grajales, Ana Recinos and Leon Castillo.

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.

Orange Walk East Christmas Cheer
The Aragon Orange Walk East Christmas Cheer came to an end on Wednesday December 20 with the distribution of a hamper to the Orange Walk East town residents. The cheer started with the lighting of the Christmas tree on Liberty Avenue which saw some 1200 residents coming out along with their children. The kids were treated to toys, bouncy houses and mechanical rides and they also got a chance to win any of 100 attractive items which were raffled. 1600 goodies bags and ideals were also distributed. Next came the distribution of toys and hampers to residents of Tower Hill on Saturday 16 December.

How safe is your tap water?
As the year 2017 comes to a screeching halt, it would be reasonable to consider that many Belizeans and our International partners have been working very hard over the last 11 months to ensure that our supply of water remained potable, but at the same time giving enough warnings that there is need to protect this vital resource. In some parts of the World, fresh water supplies have been dwindling and as a result the market value has gone up. But for Belize our potable water supply remains considerable; however the experts are telling us that there is a need to protect it.

Politicizing the Christmas season
In a few days time CHRISTIANS around the world will celebrate the birthday of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Christmas should be and is about the BIRTH of Jesus Christ and what it meant to the survival of mankind. The birth of Jesus was the greatest gift that was given to us as mankind. He was sent to us with one special mission in mind. That mission was to save the world from its sin. Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless life and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.

Youth Rise Project continues in San Ignacio
The Youth Rise Project in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation has teamed up with the San Ignacio and Santa Elena branch of the Community Policing Unit to host another cycle of the Gang Resistance Education and Training GREAT Families Program. For the third time a session was held on Friday, this time at the San Ignacio Police Station.

Chopping incident between Sanitation workers leaves one hospitalized and one on remand
A chopping incident between two co-workers in broad daylight in front of spectators has landed a sanitation worker behind bars. He is 53-year-old Dennis Winston Bowden of Belize City. Bowden has been accused of chopping his co-worker, 40-year-old Michael Orlando Tesucum, during a machete wielding incident at the corner of Cairo Street and Euphrates Avenue. Acting upon information of a chopping incident, police visited the KHMH trauma room on Monday, December 18, 2017. There they saw Tesucum suffering from two cut wounds behind his head.

Accused murderer walks away from murder charge
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 had reserved his ruling in the matter for Monday, December 18, 2017. Jorgensen was gunned down on a basketball court on Curl Thompson Street in Belize City on April 15, 2012 and three days later, on April 18, 2017, he perished. He was shot twice, once to the lower abdomen and was grazed to the right hand.

Man denied bail in aggravated burglary case
On Monday, December 11, 2017, three persons were charged in connection to a home invasion. Two of the three, Leon Ware/Blease and Luquan Flowers, were charged for aggravated burglary while the other, an 18-year-old, was charged for handling stolen goods. The third involved was offered bail in the sum of $1,000 which he was able to meet. Ware/Blease and Flowers were accused of trespassing in the home of businesswoman Zenaida Allen. They were remanded to prison and on Friday, December 15, 2017, their case for bail was presented at the Supreme Court before Judge Adolph Lucas.

Bail for Russell Hyde’s shooters
On Friday, December 17, 2017, a relative of Russell Hyde Jr., shooting victim, along with another man were charged in connection to the shooting of Hyde. The men are 24-year-old Rasheed Hyde, butcher and Cayo resident, and the victim’s cousin, and Michael Mendoza, Rasheed Hyde’s father. At the end of their bail application, they were granted bail. At their bail application, they were represented by attorneys Herbert Panton and Leeroy Banner. In court, there was no objection to bail by the crown representative Senior Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith. The crown’s only concern was the manner in which Hyde was shot and asked that bail be set at a substantial amount and with conditions.

Car Dealer stabbed to death on the sea side
Police continue to guard a young man who they found at the murder scene of 53 year-old Mark Vasquez, a well-known car dealer from Belize City. Vasquez was stabbed multiple times near his vehicle while he was parked near the sea wall on Marine Parade. At around 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, they responded to reports they received that a fight was taking place near the Radisson Hotel’s marina on Marine Parade. When they arrived they saw a Hispanic male running along the sea wall. He had blood stains on his shirt, and he was suffering from injuries as well. The police did not specify beyond that, but they detained this young man before he could escape.

Hard working church going young man killed in Independence
Victor Pou, a 21 year-old Independence Village resident, was stabbed to death in his Stann Creek community, and unfortunately he is the third murder victim for the weekend before Christmas. His family tells the press that he left his house at around 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, and he was heading to his workplace. He works as a night watchman for a business place in the village, but he never made it because unknown assailants cornered him and stabbed him to death. Reports are that he was seen in some sort of fight struggling with 2 other men. Residents tell the press that this very same area has been the location of choice for other such attacks because there is poor lighting at night, and minimal police presence.

Cocaine bust sends 2 men to court
Belize City police made a huge drug bust of packages of cocaine amounting to over 5 kilograms as well as an illegal firearm and 9 live rounds of ammunitions. The men, 33-year-old Carlos Lopez and 37-year-old Peter Schmitt, of Lord’s Bank and Caye Caulker, respectively, were arrested and charged. They were taken to court to be arraigned on three criminal charges on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Lopez and Schmitt were jointly charged with the offenses of kept unlicensed firearm and unlicensed ammunition as well as one count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply for the purpose of drug trafficking.

Assaulted with a gun at a bus stop
On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 22-year-old Mark Anthony Sewell was remanded to prison after he was arraigned for a gunplay incident where a Biscayne resident reported to the police that he was assaulted by two men while at a bus stop. He appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was remanded to prison until March 13, 2018 but received a $5,000 bail before Supreme Court Judge Adolph Lucas on Friday, December 15, 2017.

Wild shooting claims Jaime Pelayo’s life
Jaime Pelayo Jr., a 35 year-old Orange Walk Town resident with many run-ins with the law, was shot and killed while out partying with friends at a popular night establishment. Though he had many enemies - several of which made a number of attempts to take his life - his family believes that he was the victim of random violence. The incident happened sometime after 4 o’clock on Friday, December 15, in front of the D’ Gym Sports Bar and Grill, a night club located in the town, on the Belize Corozal Road. Police say that they arrived at the scene to find Jaime Pelayo, better known as “James” or “Doggy”, with a gunshot to the chest, an injury which claimed his life.

Robber caught in the act
Belize City police have cracked a case of robbery against 36-year-old businessman Dorian Usher, who was robbed outside Monica’s Pawn Shop on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Two of the men were arraigned in court. The first to be arraigned was 21-year-old Dean Nembhard, a construction worker of Nutmeg Street. Nembhard was arraigned on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a single charge of robbery with a firearm upon Usher.

Robbery on BBOC bus
On Monday, December 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Betty Torres, a 42-year-old Belizean conductress and resident of Unitedville, Cayo District made a police report. She reported that at 6:15 p.m. on the same date while she was working on a BBOC bus, two male persons got on the bus in Camalote Village. One of the men pulled out what appeared to be a 9mm handgun. That man proceeded to point the gun at the driver and demanded the purse containing the money. As a result, Torres handed over the purse which contained just over two hundred dollars.

Stabbing incident at Moe’s Pizza
On December 18, 2017 at 7:11 p.m., police visited Moe’s Pizza Grill located 3 1/2 miles on the Phillip Goldson highway in Belize City. There, Sherman Sanker, a 43-year-old Belizean mason of the Gugulung area, was seen suffering from apparent stab wounds to the center of chest and left side of back. Initial investigations revealed that at about 6:45 p.m., while Genevevo Chiac and Sherman Sanker were socializing at Moe’s Pizza Grill restaurant, they got into a misunderstanding. That misunderstanding resulted in Chiac inflicting said injuries to Sanker. He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is in a stable condition. Police investigations continue.

Taximan stabbed and killed in Belmopan
Oswald Lopez, a well-known taxi driver from Belmopan, was found stabbed to death outside the Capital City. The 69 year-old’s body was found dead next to his gold Kia Sorento taxi, on a dirt road near to the Hector Silva Airstrip, which is located on the outskirts of Belmopan. At around 2:55 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, the cops visited the area and they found him, and upon inspection, the responding officers observed several stab wounds to his upper body. It is unclear at this time what happened; two possibilities have been entertained. The first is that he may have picked up his killer who took him out there.

Belize picks up 12 medals in the Central American Games
The XI Central American Games is now history. The games concluded on Sunday 17th December, 2017, with the Closing Ceremony at the National Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua. At the end of the 14 days of festival, Belize captured a total of 12 medals at the Games. The medal count for Belize includes to 2 Gold Medal in Body Building (not an Olympic sport) by Clayton Greenidge. Greenidge’s gold came in the Master’s Competition and in the Light-heavyweight 80 kilogrammes category. He was joined by his team-mate Oyinkro Akpobodor who picked up a bronze medal in his category.

National Elite Basketball League season to open January 18, 2018
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be tipping off its fifth consecutive season on Thursday, January 18, 2018, as the defending champions, Belmopan Bandits, will host the sub-champions San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The game will be played at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan, with tip-off time being 8:30 p.m. The upcoming season will have 8 teams. Six (6) of the teams from last season will return to participate in the upcoming season. These teams are Orange Walk Running Rebels, Belize Hurricanes, San Pedro Tiger Sharks, Belmopan Bandits, Cayo Western Ballaz and Dangriga Dream Ballers.

He threatened his common law wife with a toothbrush
Cornel Gomez found himself in a lockdown cell on his 29th birthday, December 18, 2017. He was arraigned on two counts of aggravated assault with a machete and a toothbrush upon his common-law wife, Tanya Landero, who made a police report. Gomez, a resident of Ladyville, spent a week in police custody before appearing before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford to answer to two counts of aggravated assault. In court where Gomez was unrepresented, he initially pleaded guilty to the charges and gave an explanation as to why he was doing so. He was hopeful to be imposed a fine and proceed with his life since he is fresh out of prison.

Football Federation of Belize assign portfolios to executive
The Football Federation of Belize in its endeavour to improve the delivery of services in the development of football is pleased to announce the following appointment and assignments of portfolios to its Executive Members. Appointment: Mr. Earl Jones General Secretary Portfolio: Mr. Sergio Chuc Finance, Local and International Relations and Premier League. Mr. Marlon Kuylen: Marketing, Communication, National Team Programs (elite) and Referees. Mr. Cruz Gamez – Chairman and Mr. Shane Orio–Deputy Chairman

Premier League Closing Season to commence on January 13
The Premier League of Belize 2017-2018 Closing Season will commence on Saturday 13th January, 2018, with a single game on the schedule. The teams that will compete in the Closing Season includes the defending champions Verdes FC, Belmopan Bandits SC, Placencia Assassins FC, Freedom Fighters FC, Belize Defence Force (BDF) FC, Wagiya FC, Police United FC and the San Pedro Pirates FC. It is being anticipated that the regular competition of the Closing Season will come to an end on 15th April, 2018, with the championship games scheduled for May 12th and 13th respectively.

Cut off date for registration for 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.

Collision at mile 50 on the George Price Highway
Two mobile units travelling at high speeds in opposite directions resulted in one fatality over the weekend. On Saturday 16th December, 2017 at around 5:55 pm Police received information of a traffic accident on the George Price Highway. Police responded and upon arrival observed a damaged black Skygo motorcycle on the center of the highway. Police also saw about 20 feet away just off the right shoulder of the road a grey Wingle pickup truck with extensive damages to the left front end and windshield.

20 New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Make This Your Best Year Ever
The New Year stands before us like a fresh chapter in a book. Once you’re done with your year-end reflection for the year that’s ending, it’s time to look forward to the year that’s about to start. What will you write for the next chapter of your life? It’s entirely up to you. Take the first step to make sure that it’s a good great chapter by setting New Year’s resolutions. You’ll find 10 ideas for your New Year’s resolutions, below.

LAW AND JUSTICE ARE SOMETIMES CONFUSED
The New Standard Encyclopedia (NSE) explains that the one idea central to the meaning of law is this: order and regularity in the happening of events. No mention of correctness. It also explains that law and justice are sometimes confused. It declares that justice is a philosophical term, one that has no exact meaning. The laws of God are different from man’s. The laws of nature and the laws of science do not directly depend on man’s whims! On page 180 of Queen’s Counsel, L. M. Bloomfield’s book you will find the very interesting read: “Surely the Mosquito Indians ought not to prove an obstacle to so happy a consummation.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
Last week we considered that 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. Giving thanks helps us focus on God in our affliction, steers us away from complaining, strengthens our faith, and brings glory to Jesus. Last week we considered that there are many things we can give thanks for when we suffer, but here are some more to remember:

Christmas is here and so is the economic activity it brings
Throughout this entire year and dating as far back as 2008 the PUP and their operatives have been saying that things are bad economically for the ordinary Belizean man and woman. They have gone on record to say,this Christmas will be a “ BRUKPOCKET CHRISTMAS” for most Belizeans. However based on what we at this newspaper have seen so far, we can now certainly borrow the slogan of PUP’s very own Darrel Carter and say “NOT SO.” For the last month or so ever since after the Garifuna Settlement Day went by, we’ve been monitoring the activity at and around the major shopping outlets across the length and breadth of this country and all we’ve seen so far is a bevy of activity.

Amandala declares face to face war on UDP’S Wave, Guardian
The first time I tried my hand at expressing my opinions on paper was when Mr. Elodio “Lot” Aragon began publishing his weekly newspaper here in OW during the early eighties. The paper was called “The Pacesetter” and I still recall my first article where I railed against the leaders of the OW branch of the BNTU since the officials of that union, some really big time PUP’s ( Cervantes, Kay, Castillo, et al), were attempting to victimize UDP teachers at the La Inmaculada Primary School. The leaders of the UDP group, Chin, Luna, Novelo, then broke away to form their own “Progressive Teachers’ Union”. I sort of insinuated in my article that the Catholic management was a bit complicit in the bullying with its silence.

Best Christmas ever!
Have you ever heard someone say, “I just noh di feel Christmas this year”. Or maybe you have been missing the Christmas spirit. Celebrating Christmas as a teen is tricky. The magic has started to wear off, and you’re expected to visit with family even if you’d rather be with friends. Still, you can make celebrating Christmas this year tons of fun. Here is a list of 10 things that you can try and before you know it that special Christmas feeling will be bubbling inside you!

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UN votes 128-9 to reject US decision on Jerusalem; Belize votes against it
The countries.of the United.Nations, by an overwhelming majority, have voted not to acknowledge Jerusalem as […]

Murder suspect released by police
Mark Anthony Vasquez was stabbed to death over the weekend on Marine Parade Boulevard in […]

Teens were posing with empty contraband beers says Chester
This week, a photo went viral on social media that revealed three teenage girls posing […]

Operation ACT took drugs, guns, and ammo off the streets, says Broaster
Since the onset of Operation Addressing Crime Together (ACT), there have been several successes in […]

Murder suspect escapes from police custody
Last Friday, Jaime “James” Pelayo, Jr., 35, of Orange Walk Town, was shot and killed […]

Elderly man found unconscious identified by police
On Tuesday night an elderly man was found almost unconscious at three miles on the George […]

Fire in Belize City last night
Sometime after 8 last night, there was a fire in Belize City. Police visited Flamboyant Street where […]

Former and current Foreign Ministers square off
Former and current Foreign Ministers of Belize, Eamon Courtenay and Wilfred Elrington, have engaged in […]

Senator Courtney questions San Pedro airport deal
People’s United Party Senator, Eamon Courtenay said this week that the press release issued by International […]

Major crimes down by 10%; murder count stands at 138 same as 2016
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, today released the national crime statistics as of December 18, […]

Briceno calls out Senator Rocke
Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño, condemned Church Senator Ashely Rocke this week, accusing him […]

BDF has new commander
Yesterday, it was officially announced that Colonel Steven Ortega will be the new commander of […]

Cigarette smuggling ring linked to Belize busted in Guatemala
A major contraband cigarette smuggling ring involving Belize has been busted in Guatemala, according to […]

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Researchers Warn of a Spreading Fungus Deadly to Snakes
One of the first hints that yet another fungal disease that could devastate wildlife was emerging in the United States came in 2006 with a report that an isolated winter den of timber rattlesnakes in New Hampshire had suffered a population crash. Those snakes were on the far northern edge of their species’ habitat, and showed signs they had suffered from inbreeding. But they also had skin lesions, often called hibernation blisters or hibernation sores, that caught the attention of scientists. Similar cases popped up in Massachusetts, said Jeffrey Lorch, a microbiologist at the United States Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis. Then rattlesnakes in Illinois, called massasaugas, began to suffer. “People started being on the lookout,” he said. The health center started getting a lot of calls. By 2009, Ophidiomyces ophidiodiicola, the fungus that causes the lesions, had been named. And it has been found to infect more than two dozen species of snakes in this country.

Birth of the Sun: Notes on the Ancient Maya Winter Solstice
With the recent passing of the winter solstice it seems a good time to revisit some ideas I penned in 2009, regarding a possible ancient Maya record of the shortest day of the year. This appears on Zacpeten, Altar 1, an inscribed disc-shaped stone discovered broken and re-used as blocks in Postclassic masonry (Pugh, et. al. 1998) (Figure 1). It was originally dedicated on or near the important period ending 10.0.0.0.0, in the year 830 C.E.. The design of the altar is a carefully conceived cosmogram emphasizing four lateral points around a circle and center-point, a layout that echoes the familiar Mesoamerican model of space-time. The 36 hieroglyphs are arranged as a play on the important cosmological numbers 20 and 4 (20 + 4 x 4). And, as I argued some years ago, its self-contained text just might present the only Classic Maya description of the solar “birth” at winter solstice.

The Water Will Come: A Must-Read Book on Sea Level Rise
The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World—the title of Jeff Goodell’s new must-read book on sea level rise—says volumes. Goodell, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of the excellent 2011 book How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate, argues that there is little we can do to stop the inexorable rise of the world’s oceans due to human-caused global warming--though we may be able to slow the rate of sea level rise later in the century. As one of the experts he interviews puts it, “Sea-level rise is like aging. You can’t stop it. You can only do it better or worse.” Goodell argues that if we want to minimize the impact of sea level rise in the next century, we need to stop burning fossil fuels and move to higher ground. Strong immediate action to implement the Paris Climate Accord of 2015--and to go well beyond those targets, so that we eliminate all burning of coal, oil and natural gas by 2050--might limit sea level rise by 2100 to 2 – 3 feet, instead of 6 – 8 feet. “We would will need to retreat from the low-lying coastlines, but instead of a stampede, it could be a leisurely stroll,” he writes. Goodell is an excellent journalist, and his treatment of a highly technical subject like sea level rise is both highly readable and informative.

Eleven Caribbean countries defy US on UN resolution on Jerusalem
On a roster that could be described as the courageous, the circumspect and the craven, eleven Caribbean countries supported a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution that criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, despite US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley’s threatening letter to General Assembly members not to support the resolution and that Trump “will be watching [Thursday’s] vote carefully” and “requested I report back on those who voted against us…”

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  • Formal Table Dressing - Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza, 24min.

  • Hippotherapy at Chaa Creek, min. Realize Belize teamed up with Chaa Creek to do some 'horse therapy' with disabled children. Thanks Chaa Creek and Realize Belize! Chaa Creek has a great article about the experience. "Here at Chaa Creek we love giving back, so it was an honor to host kids from Realize Belize recently for hippotherapy on the property. What a great group of kids! Check it out"

  • Travel Day to Belize: United Airlines 737-900 Take-Off out of IAH Airport in Houston, 13min.

  • May 7, 2006 Fire breaks out in Placencia Belize, C.A., 16min. This is a 15 min. clip of the historic fire that almost took Placencia Village (Pennisula) on the coast of Belize, C.A. Burn Area Space Monkey Location. A blackout occured about 7pm, then approximately 11pm the blaze started and was finally controlled around 1am.

  • 10 reasons to visit Belize, 2min. We just got back from Belize. If you haven't been, here are 10 reasons to visit this incredible Central American country.

  • Orange Walk Police today finally issued a wanted poster for the alleged killer of Jamie Pelayo, 2.5min. Almost five days after he escaped from their custody on Sunday December 17th, Orange Walk Police today finally issued a wanted poster for the alleged killer of thirty-five-year-old Jamie Pelayo. Twenty-nine-year-old George Bull from the village of Carmelita is the prime suspect in the shooting death of Pelayo which occurred in the wee hours of Friday morning.

  • Open Your Eyes Christmas Special, 1.5hr.

  • The spider finishes it's snake drink!, min. At Gaïa River Lodge.

  • 2012-7- Belize DVD,64 min.

  • 2012-7 Belize DVD 2, 64min.

  • 2012-7 Belize DVD 3, 64min.

  • Travel Day to Belize Part 5: Tour of the Terminal Building Baggage Claim at BZE Airport, 1min. Hi guys here is my 5th Video from Tuesday on flying into Belize, here in this Video is when after we Arrive in the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport of Belize coming from Houston, TX on our United Flight


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