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Today's Belize News: December 23, 2017 #527893
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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

Victim disappointed with San Pedro Police response to sexual assault report
A young American female tourist claims to have been sexually assaulted on Sunday, December 17th, while biking in northern Ambergris Caye. The victim claims that a Hispanic man on a three-wheeler motorcycle approached her on a feeder road as she and a friend were heading towards the beach and forcibly groped her genitals. After the ordeal and with the help of a local family that happened to be around the area at the time, the police were called and following a report at the police station, the alleged perpetrator was detained. However, the person has not been charged and police say the matter is pending a thorough investigation. The victim, who wishes to stay anonymous, told The Sun that she arrived in San Pedro Town on Saturday, December 16th for a week stay. The following day in the morning, she and another friend decided to go biking north of town looking to explore the northern part of the island. According to her they observed a narrow pathway to the east and decided to traverse it hoping it led to the beach.

Developer of new International Airport accused of fraud
Shortly after the Government of Belize signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of a multi-million international airport in northern Ambergris Caye with International Airport Alliance Belize Limited (IAA), its developer Jorge Abraham Jaen has come under much scrutiny following accusations of being a fraudster. A dissemination of documents shows that Jaen’s past accuses him of making false representations to obtain loans and was arrested in 2006 on charges of fraud, with a previous conviction for conspiracy to commit extortion and voter fraud. However, despite such serious accusations, the IAA has come forward to defend him and allegedly nothing has changed in the plans for the execution of works at the Basil Jones Area of the island where construction for the Efrain Guerrero International Airport will take place within the next 12 months.

San Pedro Lions host annual Christmas dinner party for island senior citizens
On Wednesday, December 20th, the San Pedro Lions Club hosted their popular Senior Citizen Christmas party. The annual event, organized for the senior residents of San Pedro Town saw live music, good vibes, drinks, gifts and a delicious turkey dinner for the specially invited guests. Members of the San Pedro Lions Club along with the Leos warmly welcomed the guests, who started arriving at 6PM. Once they were seated they were served an appetizer, followed by the main course and then a sweet dessert. Each one of the senior guests were provided with tickets, some were for the presentation of gifts later in the evening, while the others were to obtain free drinks. Serenading the event was no other than the island’s number one band Rompe Raja! This year, the staff of the Belize Bank provided gifts and along with the Lions and the staff from DFC they handed them out.

David Cannon wins custody case of three daughters
David Cannon, the adoptive father of Faye Lin Cannon and her three sisters, received the best Christmas present on Wednesday, December 20th, after the family court in Belize City granted him complete custody of his three daughters Zoe, Mia and Siri. Cannon had been battling to gain custody of his three daughters since July of this year when they were put under the care of Belize Human Services Department after their sister, 13-year-old Faye Lin was found dead in her bedroom on July 3rd. Prior to the incident, the children were living with their adoptive mother Anke Doehm and her husband David Dohem on Ambergris Caye. Both were arrested after they became the prime suspects of Faye’s death following a post-mortem examination revealing that the little girl was murdered and sexually abused.

Ambergris Today

David Cannon Reunites With Three Daughters After Receiving Full Custody
A Christmas Miracle - On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, David Cannon was granted custody of his three daughters by the Belizean court after what seemed an eternity, following the death of his fourth daughter Faye Lin Cannon on July 3, 2017. The entire country of Belize breathes a sigh of relief knowing that David’s three daughters are back with their father who has gone above and beyond in obtaining full custody of them and away from harm’s way in the hands of Anke Doehm. Friends close to Cannon explain how he did everything in his power to make sure that his girls were properly taken care throughout the time they were held in custody of Children Services in Belize during the custody trial.

Misc Belizean Sources

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SPTC STAFF CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2017
It's the most wonderful time of the year - Christmas! Indeed it was wonderful! The San Pedro Town Council hosted a Christmas Lunch to its employees at E Patio Restaurant where they enjoyed delicious food and cold drinks to celebrate the season. The employees had a chance to take a spin at the Wheel of Fortune, where they had the chance to win a surprise gift, cash prize or a wine bottle. It was definitely so much fun as everyone were biting their nails hoping it would fall on the cash prize! It was a great, and very much deserved event for our employees! Thank you for all that you do and may you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018!

Abandoned Angels
These guys were abandoned today at Dr. Sheila's and need a home. One is an adult apricot colored poodle with a trimmed coat about 2 or 3 years old who is very thin but very friendly. The other 2 are female puppies about 5 or 6 weeks old. Can you help or do you know anyone who can? Please contact Sheila: Sheila K. Schmeling, DVM. Corozal Veterinary Clinic. # 16 San Andres Rd. Corozal Town, Belize 422-2519. sheilakschmeling@gmail.com

Mahogany Bay Market Day
The last Mahogany Bay Market Day happens the Saturday before Christmas, from 10AM – 1PM! The market will take an extended hiatus for 2018. Drop by for live music, last-minute handcrafted presents, and stock up on homemade food & drink for your holiday parties!

Even Santa knows
It's Better at Lina Point Overwater Cabanas...

15th Annual Placencia BTIA Art Festival 2018
Feb 10, 2018 at 5 PM to Feb 11, 2018 at 8 PM

St. Francis Xavier Credit Union's Annual Christmas giveaway!
Every year our St. Francis Xavier Credit Union brings Christmas cheers to our Corozal community and we are so grateful for it. Thank you St. Francis Xavier Credit Union. We wish you and your staff a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

The Nukux Tat(Tata Duende) and the Yucatec Maya in Belize
Nukux Tat or The Tata Duende is a goblin of folklore of Belize. The Tata Duende is a famous folklore common to the Yucatec Maya(Maya Mestizo) culture . In Yucatec Maya is known as 'Nukux Tat' , The name Tata is a maya word meaning "grandfather" and Duende is spanish for"Goblin" also known as "el Dueno del monte" considered as a powerful spirit that protects animals and the jungle. Many Maya Yucatec Maya ask permission to the Nukux Tat before entering the Bush or before entering to hunt. Some Yucatec Maya in Belize perform a Primicia Called Jetz lu'um its done for the prosperity of the land . Also during that offering they ask the Nukux Tat(Los Duenos del monte) protection from Mal Aire(Bad Breeze) which is believe to damage the land and those who inhabit them including Humans and animals. The Tata Duende is generally described as being of small stature that has a size of about 1.2 m high, has a beard, is wrinkled, lacks thumbs, has his feet backwards, and wears a large brimmed hat. He is characterized as a very short but very strong man with his feet pointing backwards.

Maya Folklore of the Xtabai
We all know the Maya Folklore of the Xtabai but do we know it's origin ? Una de las historia sobre el origen del Xtabai esta en espanol y en ingles gracias por el apoyo y vamos a mantener nuestra cultura Maya viva en el norte de Belize . Let's preserve our Yucatec Maya culture in Belize . A legend of Xtabay (the female demon) tells of two women who lived in a village in the Yucatán Peninsula. One was named Xkeban (which means "sinner", "bad woman" or "one who practices illicit love"); the other was Utz-Colel (a good, decent woman).

SUMMER 2018 STUDY OF THE U.S. INSTITUTE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATORS
The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators. 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 Secondary School Educators. Application deadline is January 10, 2018.

Sweety Dee's now open in Ranchito village, Corozal

Capital United Vs Frank Eddy
Sat Dec 23 2017 at 08:00 pm. Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Ring Road, City of Belmopan, Belmopan, Belize As we enter our final games of the regular season in d Belmopan First Division Opening Tournament. So its on for Sat night at 8pm against Frank Eddy in a game we must win if we will give ourselves a chance at the playoff. Calling out all my players.

Rotaract Club of Corozal One Year Anniversary
Congratulations for a job well done! The Rotaract Club of Corozal is very honored to be serving our community for one year now. It has been a roller coaster of emotions, challenges, trials and successes but we made it through and will keep going strong....because that is the Rotaract Life!

Channel 7

The UN Vote Against The US, Play-By-Play
Last night, we told you how 128 countries, including Belize, passed a resolution in the United States General Assembly rebuking US President Donald Trump. The resolution calls for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Now, for those viewers who are unaware, Jerusalem remains the flashpoint of a territorial dispute between Israel and Palestine. Both nations claim that holy city as their capital. To keep the peace, the UN has been supporting what is called the "Two-State" solution, where Jerusalem is divided between them. As a mark of respect for the very fragile state of affairs, nations have placed their ISRAELI embassies in Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem.

Why Belize Did Not Stand With Trump, Despite Threats
So, as you heard in Ambassador Nikki Haley's speech to the UN General Assembly, the United States appears to interpret the actions of those countries which supported the vote as an "attack". Belize supported the vote, and so today, we sought out Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington for comment on the possible negative consequences of that decision. In his interview with us, Elrington read from the letter that Ambassador Lois Young sent to US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, in response to her letter stating that President Trump was watching how each nation votes. Here's what Belize wrote to the US:

Will Belize Support Call For New Elections In Honduras?
We also asked Foreign Minister Elrington what position Belize will take on the disputed elections in Honduras. It's been weeks since the country had its presidential election, and the right-wing Honduran President, Juan Orlando Hernandez, has been declared the victor. But those results have been strenuously contested by his political opponent Salvador Nasralla Salum, who has alleged that the incumbent president stole the election. In the aftermath, Honduras has been plunged into turmoil and nationwide protests broke out.

Brazen Robberies In Corozal
Christmas may mean caring and sharing for most of us, but for criminals it means robbing and jacking. Proof of that came yesterday in Corozal town when two businesses were targeted by daring armed robbers. A pair of armed and unmasked robbers targeted MIR's Jewelry Shop in the near the town's center around 6:00 yesterday evening. Reports say the storeowner was preparing to close up, when two men strode up and smashed the glass showcase with a crowbar - to get at the jewelry inside. One of them then pulled out a gun and ordered the storeowner to hand over his money. But he didn't hand over anything and protected the jewelry in the show-window. He did it so effectively that the un-masked robbers were forced to beat a hasty retreat. Surveillance video in the area shows the pair casually walking towards the jewelry store seconds before the robbery. Police haven't made any arrests.

Man Shot While Sitting In Car
A man was shot at last night in Belmopan. 20 year old Armenia resident Jose Amilcar Najera was sitting inside his parked car along the ring road when someone in a pickup drove up and fired at him. He was hit to the lower chin and left palm. Police are investigating.

Still No Answers For Men Missing For Many Weeks and Months
As we close 2017, the media, the public and the police remain puzzled as to what could have happened to two missing men - who seemingly disappeared into thin air. 49 year old Belize City resident Mark Pollard went missing on a morning run in early July, and 83 year old Sandhill resident Hubert Richards went missing in mid-November. Their families have been following up on leads for weeks and months - but still, no sign, and no close as to where these men could be. Now, as they face Christmas without their loved ones - we asked police for an update. The lead investigator said that police continue working with the families, and are equally clueless:

COMPOL Says 2018 Will See A Better Police Department
In last night's news, we had extensive coverage of the police press press conference where Commissioner Allen Whylie gave a statistical overview of major crime in 2017. He also talked about the plan to bring down the murder total in 2018. That means new anti-gang legislation. He outlined the new gang legislation:

Police Minister Looks forward to CABEI Security Project Rollout in 2018
And a lot of the promise for police in 2018 comes from the fact that there's 30 million US dollars from CABEI to spend on the Belize Integral Security Programme. That's what the Police Commissioner says will be used on a number of new police buildings in the Corozal and Belize Districts. And it's also why the Minister of State says he's excited about 2018:...

Can Cops Cuff "The Moving Hands" Behind Crime
And like the commissioner, Aragon is eager to crack down on gangs. Speaking in generalities, he says the approach in 2018 will be intelligence driven:... Hon. Elodio Aragon, Minister of State, Police: "In 2018 we are looking for a more focus and intelligence driven police department that will be able to act smarter in terms of working smarter, not necessarily harder, but smarter and able to deal with the people who are actually the masterminds behind most of the crime situations that we have." We should note that glib talk about an "intelligence-based" approach is something we've heard form successive ministers to little effect - and we've now come to accept it as just another police platitude.

Cops Concede They Were Wrong About Circumstances Of Leon Usher Shooting
Since ACP Chester Williams took over the Professional Standards Branch, at any given time he's got dozens of open investigation files on his desk. And yesterday, he addressed almost ten of them which have garnered public attention. That included the case of Leon Usher. Police responded to a domestic disturbance in early November, where they said he made threats and tried to grab the police officer's gun. Usher says that's just a plain old lie; he says the police just got there, cursed at him and then opened fire. ACP Williams said that indeed the account put out by police was inaccurate, but the police shooter and the victim also happen to be relatives:

Family Claims Cops Planted Bullet, But Surveillance Camera Wasn't Recording
There won't be any such tidy ending to a case of alleged police wrongdoing in the Port Loyola Area. The family of Alex and Austin Underwood had claimed that police planted a live round in their yard. This is after two men were remanded for possession of a single round of ammunition. But, the Underwood's said it was a setup and that they had a security camera in their yard which would prove this. They handed over the recorder to ACP Williams to prove this - but he said, the outcome was not what the family thought it would be:

It Wasn't Cops Who Beat Ara
And, in a final bit of police internal affairs housekeeping, there's the case of Tray Ara. In October they made a public outcry, saying that San Ignacio police had badly brutalized 21-year-old Tray Ara while he was in custody. It turns out that indeed he was beaten in the cell block, but it was another prisoner who did it. Williams explained: Ara had to be hospitalized for a couple of days following the fist fight due to head and neck injuries.

BEL's Christmas Gift To Western Villages
While you may be hoping for your favorite gift under the Christmas tree, residents of the small villages of Selena, Santa Teresita, Los Tambos and San Marcos in the Cayo District got the best gift of all: Electricity. BEL is still setting up the power lines, but by the end of the year, villagers who once used candlelight and paper fans will soon be able to plug in the real thing. The villagers shared their excitement on this groundbreaking development. The first plan to connect these villages was put forward a decade ago, but it never happened because of difficulties routing power lines around Spanish Lookout.

Cops and Kids, Turning Water Into A Friend
40 children from the Belmopan area got a great gift from the Capital Cops and the Coast Guard: they learned how to swim! Belmopan police set up the program to impart an important life skill to the children - and also to make them safer in a country with so many water resources. John Carr from Banana Bank Lodge donated the use of his pool and today - after a week of training by the Coast Guard, they all graduate. A statement from Belmopan police says it's all about creating safer communities and narrowing the gap between the community and the police.

Hampers For the Elderly
And police were also doing valuable community work in Belize City, where 12 more Southside residents received Christmas Hampers. The police officers from Precinct 1 delivered the Hampers this afternoon to needy elderly persons. For some ..it's the only gift they will unwrap this Christmas. We went along to meet the grateful residents. The police delivered to residents of Tigris Street , Dean Street and Faber Road.

Cops Put In The Work
And while we do a lot of police publicity on the news - the truth is this weekend when many of us are enjoying our Christmas with family and friends, they will be on duty, in many cases, far from the comforts of home. Minister of State for Home Affairs Elodio Aragon - who was once a cop himself - noted their sacrifice:.. We also note the sacrifice of medical staff who keep hospitals staffed and running, and media workers here at Channel 7 and other media houses who keep radio and television stations on the air throughout the holidays.

How Is The Christmas Coming?
And, so, another Christmas has rolled around… and the big day is just two days away. But are Belizeans really ready for Christmas? Or has the feverish, last minute preparation just started? Well that's what we tried to find out today when Sahar Vasquez hit the city streets and the shopping centers:

The City At Night
And from all of us here at Channel 7 to all of you, our faithful viewers, we HOPE YOU HAVE A BLESSED HOLIDAY. We hope that you pass the holidays safe, and happy, sharing this special season with family or friends. Join us back here on Wednesday night - and until then, merry Christmas! We leave you with the sight of Albert street this evening into night - as shoppers make that last minute rush.

Channel 5

Murder Count is Even, but ComPol Promises Reduction in 2018
With only nine days to go in 2017, crime statistics for the past twelve months indicate that there are equal numbers of homicides recorded between this year and 2016.  That [...]

Gangs the Main Cause; City Rules the Roost Again
The introduction of Operation ACT, a direct law enforcement response to the spike in violent crimes during the months of September and October, has, to a certain extent, stemmed the [...]

The Stick for Gangsters; New Laws Will Target Them
The feud among inner city gangs, particularly during the aftermath of ACP Chester Williams’ departure from his previous post as Commander of Eastern Division South, is responsible for the upsurge [...]

Operation ACT Has Reduced Friction and Tension
The Belize Police Department, despite its many internal challenges this year, is beating its chest proudly and basking in the success of Operation ACT.  Much of that achievement was made [...]

Police’s 2018 Resolutions: Armed, Empowered, Active
And finally from ComPol Whylie, is a projection of what can be expected of the department come January 2018.  While many of its challenges are ever-present, the agency is armed [...]

Guatemala Moves to Restore Normal Diplomatic Relations
Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington’s meeting with his Guatemalan counterpart Sandra Jovel Polanco produced a number of updates on critical issues between the two countries. After months of tension due to [...]

Foreign Minister Says Belize Receptive and Reciprocal
Despite niceties over the years on the diplomatic front, relationships on the ground between the two countries have shown bumps and bruises. The two foreign ministers spoke of trying to [...]

Are Countries Ready for 2018-19 Referenda?
2017 is almost over and it was a big year news-wise. But 2018 is expected to be even bigger, as the question Belizeans and Guatemalans have been waiting for decades [...]

P.U.P. Did Not Play Scrooge with Christmas Cheer
The final announcement from Prime Minister Dean Barrow at the December eighth meeting at the House of Representatives came as a true surprise. Despite a sluggish economy, the Government of [...]

Belmopan Man Avoids Shooting Death by Drive-By
Belmopan police are investigating an attempt made on the life of twenty-year Jose Amilcar Najera. The Armenia farmer was shot to the lower chin and left palm on Thursday night [...]

2 Sought in Hattieville Late Night Stabbing Attack
Meanwhile, police are looking for two persons in connection with a stabbing on Wednesday night in Western Pines Village, near mile eight on the George Price Highway. Just before eight [...]

K.H.M.H.’s NICU Wins Christmas Decorating Competition
Every year, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital carries out a Christmas decorating competition among its various units. Each staff of the different participating units develops a theme and they work [...]

From the Streets: Why is Christmas Special to You?
Downtown Albert Street was bustling with residents purchasing gifts and food items for that perfect Christmas celebration for the entire family. It’s one of the favorite times of the year [...]

Anglican Bishop Says We Must Follow Christ Child’s Example
As important at this time of the year as the things we eat and do are our reflections on the legend of the Christ Child and his entry into the [...]

LOVE FM

Montero says Tiger Aggregates Ltd had the proper license
There are still many questions concerning the blast that occurred earlier this month in the Santa Cruz area of Santa Elena Town, which killed Ronald Sutherland, who owned Tiger Aggregates Limited. There have been reports that he did not have the proper license to carry out a blast of such magnitude. As we reported last …

Victim will take legal action against Tiger Aggregates Limited
Minister Rene Montero told Love news that the families whose homes were damaged due to the blast will be compensated. However, he did not say how much monies will be given to the affected families. Today we learned that the families are not being compensated enough. Love news spoke with Marianne Foreman, whose mother-in-law’s house …

Adoptive father granted custody of Linn’s siblings
The adoptive father of the late Faye Linn Cannon, David Cannon, was granted full custody of the surviving three sisters. The decision was made on Wednesday by the family court in Belize City. Cannon intends to return to the United States with the three girls in time for the Christmas vacation. He had been fighting …

Government will address $90 million debt in the New Year
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber confirmed to the media that the government intends to introduce an appropriation bill with regards to the $90.6 million UHS debt owing to the Belize Bank Limited. A few weeks ago the Caribbean Court of Justice ruled that GOB must pay the debt to Belize Bank using the Consolidated Revenue …

Faber comments on International Airport Alliance
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was also asked about the allegations surrounding Jorge Jean. In the past few days, Jean’s credibility has been questioned after documents accuse him of Conspiracy to Commit Extortion and voter fraud. He owns International Airport Alliance which was contracted by the Government to construct a one hundred million dollar airport …

Tour guide narrowly escaped death
Police in Belmopan is looking for one man with respect to a drive-by shooting last night. Fem Cruz reports. Fem Cruz, Love FM “A twenty-year-old tour guide operator of Armenia Village on the Hummingbird highway just barely escaped death after he was shot several times. According to the victim, 20-year-old Jose Amilcar, he was inside …

Lincoln Navigator was reported stolen minutes after crash
Police say they have spoken with the owner of the white Lincoln Navigator that was confiscated at the Santa Elena Border after police found drugs in it. As we reported before, on December 12th the still unidentified driver of a white Navigator sped back across the border into Belize to escape Mexican customs. Reports are …

Man stabbed multiple times
A stabbing in Western Pines has left one man hospitalized. Police report that shortly before eight o’clock last night, 21-year-old Kendale Danderson was walking home in the village when he was approached from behind by two men. One of them stabbed him multiple times. Danderson was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he …

Aragon discusses plans for the Professional Standards Branch
The Belize Police Department is seeking to do a lot more institutional improvements in the New Year. One area of focus says Minister of State in Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon Jr. is the Professional Standards Branch. Minister Aragon says they want to make that branch of the department more autonomous. This will allow Belizeans to …

Aragon: “We’ll see major investments within the Belize Police Department”
Minister of State for Home Affairs also spoke of various other initiatives for the continued improvement of the department. This includes legislative reforms. Elodio Aragon Jr. – Minister of State in Home Affairs “With this institutional and capacity building that we have done for the Belize Police Department along with the CABEI loan agreement that …


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Hon. Sedi forgets agreement with Oleander residents
Natalie Carlene Adolphus, who resides with her family and four other families in a barracks on Oleander Street, in Pickstock, Belize City, is angry because her area representative, Minister Wilfred Elrington, passed her and her neighbors over when he selected families who would get to live in a new apartment building built right in front of theirs. The barracks where Natalie lives is in a state of disrepair. A new apartment building was constructed in front of their home. Several fortunate families will get to live in the new building, while Natalie’s family and the other four families continue to struggle in their dilapidated barracks. In an interview with us this morning, Natalie told us that in August she was told that she and her family were to evacuate the building, because it was to be demolished. She said she was told that a new building was going to be constructed. She said they were to find a house to move into for a month, and the rent would have been paid by Honorable Elrington.

BNTU President expresses hope for successful mediation of Public Service Workers Trust
Early in the New Year, the Government of Belize and the unions will head to the negotiating table to hammer out an agreement for the over 7 million dollars that is sitting in the Public Service Workers Trust since the Supreme Court judgment that ordered it to be frozen until a new Trust Deed is drafted and agreed upon by all the parties. This situation came about after two retired public officers successfully sued the unions over the management of the funds. Today, Amandala sat down with the president of the Belize National Teachers Union, Elena Smith, for an exclusive interview on the subject.

Suspected killer escaped from police
George Bull, 29, of Orange Walk Town, who is suspected of being the gunman responsible for the shooting death of Jaime “James” Pelayo, Jr., 35, also of Orange Walk Town, escaped from police custody yesterday. Pelayo was shot while talking to two women in front of a bar in Orange Walk Town when a man approached and fired shots in their direction. The two women were grazed, but James was hit in the chest. After shooting at the trio the gunman escaped. An investigation led police to George Bull, and he was detained pending further investigation.

Belize says yes to UN resolution
Diplomats at the United Nations General Assembly in New York voted overwhelmingly to reject US President Trump’s decision to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The vote went 128-9 against the US, and the assembly approved a non-binding resolution which called on countries to avoid moving their embassies to Jerusalem. A number of countries abstained from the vote, 35 in all. Notably, Belize voted against the US move, as did the United Kingdom. Only nine countries, including the US, Israel and Guatemala, voted in favor of naming Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

PUP says Jaen “like deja vu all over again”
Over a week ago, the Government of Belize (GoB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Airport Alliance Belize Limited to construct an international airport in San Pedro Town. We reported that Ministers Erwin Contreras and Manuel Heredia Jr., signed on behalf of GoB, while Jorge Abraham Jaen signed on behalf of the contracted company. However, research carried out by Amandala revealed that Jaen has a very questionable past in the United States. Since our newspaper broke the story he has come under heavy scrutiny. Today, the Opposition People’s United Party issued a statement which read, “The news that the Barrow Administration’s $100Million International Airport Santa Claus is actually a realtor based in Miami with no experience in building or in airport development should come as absolutely no surprise to Belizeans.

Present and former foreign ministers quarrel over Maritime Areas Act
For two nights in a row, Foreign Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington (UDP) and Senator Eamon Courtenay (PUP), were seen on the evening news hurling blame and insults at each other over who is on the right side of history and who is on the wrong side, when it comes to the Maritime Areas Act (MAA), the law that allowed Belize to de-limit its territorial sea to 3 miles instead of the 12 miles to which it is entitled under international law. The Maritime Areas Act (MAA), a piece of legislation Belize was urged to pass in its parliament in 1992 as a goodwill gesture in negotiations with Guatemala over its territorial claim, has remained on Belize’s law books through successive UDP and PUP administrations, despite calls from knowledgeable Belizeans that it has outlived its diplomatic usefulness.

Griga high schools sweep 2017 NSSSA Basketball Nat’ls
Stann Creek Ecumenical boys and Delille Academy girls both emerged as champions in the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) Basketball Championships, sponsored by SOL Belize Limited and Crystal Water, and hosted by Mopan Technical High School at the Sacred Heart College auditorium in San Ignacio over the weekend. The tournament, matching the four zone champions, male and female, in a simple knockout format, had first round losers then playing for third place, and first round winners meeting for the championship.

Stann Creek F.A. 1st Division Cup 2017 championship results
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) 1st Division Cup 2017 tournament came to an exciting end yesterday, Sunday, December 17, at the Carl Ramos Stadium, where the third place and championship games were played. In the match for third place, Silk Grass Strikers and Dangriga Young Footballers Academy (DYFA) ended 2-2 in regulation. Asad Sho (33′) and Collin Fox (51′) shook the net for Silk Grass; while Janard Castillo (1′) and Tremayne Thompson (62′) hit the target for DYFA. This game thus had to go into penalty kicks, where Silk Grass Strikers won, 5-4, to take the third place prize of $1,000.00 plus a team trophy and medals.

Belmopan F. A. 1st Division 2017-18 Opening Season weekend results
The Belmopan Football Association (BFA) 1st Division 2017-2018 Opening Season tournament continued over the weekend with games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. In the first of two Group B games on Friday, Cavetubing.Bz Strikers were 4-2 winners over Valencia YWAM Boyz. The Strikers got a goal each from Orin Lopez ((4′), Luis Franco (9′), Jose Rubi (22′) and Auner Carrera (33′); while YWAM Boyz got a goal apiece from Ernesto Lauriano (63′) and Jalen Myers (66′). In the nightcap, Coast Guard FC and Police FC played to a 0-0 stalemate.

Smart Mundialito 2017 Closing Season championship and awards ceremony
The Smart 13 & Under Mundialito 2017 Closing Season climaxed on Sunday, December 17, at the Marion Jones Sports Complex, where the third place and championship games were followed by the tournament awards ceremony. In the third place game scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Hattieville River Side Boys got the 1-nil win over RG City Boys. Next was the traditional exhibition match featuring coaches against officials, where the coaches prevailed, 2-1.

Editorial: Doomed
Chinese businessmen have been taking over the prime real estate on Central American Boulevard for years now, as part of a business strategy, and a very successful one at that. The Chinese have become dominant in the areas of groceries, stores, supermarkets, and restaurants. In downtown Belize City, Indian and other Asian businessmen have gobbled up the real estate there. They specialize in dry goods, textiles, and imported foodstuff, and they appear to be very successful in their own wise. Both these immigrant communities live disciplined family lives. Their children are focused on education and culture, and overall both parents and children are exemplary citizens of Belize, as far as anyone can see.

From The Publisher
When a man reaches the age I have, a man, all things being equal, has to be extra careful. Yes, a septuagenarian’s life experiences are very helpful, and they boost a man’s confidence. But, the world has speeded up and advanced so exponentially when it comes to various kinds of technology — computer, communications, and other kinds of technology, that an older man has to be double checking himself all the time. You have to run your reads by younger folk, because they are the ones who understand what the hell is going on. Now, those of you who think you know me, will be surprised to know that I benefit from a wellspring of humility. As I grew up, I could see that my father and my younger maternal uncle had done some things, each in his own way, that I could never hope to equal. No matter how you see me speak or behave, I am a humble man. I am more humble these last years than I have ever been, because hypertension prevents me from indulging in alcohol. Alcohol, you know, will turn pussycats into tigers and lambs into lions. Alcohol transforms men, and more often than not that transformation is for the worse.

Free cheese …
Election time in Belize and the Party factotums will be busy handing out their trinkets — Make Belize Great Again (?) Ball caps and T-shirts, a chicken and a few bucks, all to garner your votes. I would remind voters of an old Polish proverb: “Free cheese can be found only in a mousetrap.” Soldier on … Russell Czarnecki

A historical vignette: Goldson at the U.N. in 1967
This is the time when Philip Goldson went to the UN in 1967. Compton Fairweather followed him to the U.N.! See him sitting next to PG. At that same time, Harry Lyon Morris was the Chairman of the 4th Committee at the U.N. in 1967, when he made an impassioned plea at the 4th Committee about Belize (then British Honduras). Harry Lyon Morris was the grandson of Dr. Ernest Lyon, who was born in Belize. Dr. Lyon was the former US ambassador to Liberia and later Liberian Consul General in the US.

RIGHT TO THE POINT: Be safe this holiday
It’s that time of the year when so many get excited about Christmas and New Year’s celebrations and being with friends and family. It is the time when people spend the most, drink the most and visit with others the most. For some it’s mostly about partying and having fun, and for others it’s about the birth of Christ … a celebration of the coming of the Saviour of mankind. Whatever you belief, practice or preach, it’s for sure that in this part of the world it is the most monumental event. Road safety is an issue: However, tragedy can strike any time and sadly, it is also the time of the year when we have lots of people on the roads and thus lots of traffic accidents to the extent of fatalities. Of recent the number of fatal traffic accidents in our little Jewel called Belize is overwhelming. Honestly, I am starting to think it is the number one killer in our country. Not one weekend passes without some traffic fatality, from a hit and run to a collision and this does not involve the countless minor fender benders and the like. As we saw over the Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations, the fatalities see a quantum leap during holidays, because people naturally travel more.

Night time and daytime gamblers
The story goes that some years ago a Minister played with 5 million dollars people’s money on the stock exchange. When the stock crashed, we were left with a $5m hole in the Central Bank. This gambling allegedly took place in the dead of night, where no one could see. So, people only heard of it after the cow was long out of the barn. People wondered, if the horses had come up roses, who would have taken the windfall? It’s kind of tricky. If regular folk knew naught about it, maybe the winnings could have been skimmed. There was no maybe about who took it on the chin. The UDPeez, they are the bold type. They gamble in the broad day. The UDPeez gambled that that we could go to a court made up of men and women entirely divorced from our local fray, and prove that a foreign investor had invested here with unclean hands.

Warring sanitation workers – one hospitalized, the other in custody

Fisherman and Land Consultant Charged For 5 Kilos of Cocaine, and Firearm and Ammunition
Two men, Peter Schmidt, 37, and Carlos Lopez, 33, were charged with drug trafficking and possession of a firearm and ammunition, when they appeared in court today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. They pleaded not guilty to the charges. They were remanded into custody until March 8. Schmidt gave his occupation as that of a fisherman, and he said that he resides in Caye Caulker. Lopez said he is a land consultant and he lives in Lords Bank Village. They were busted on Sunday, December 17, when police intercepted a white 4-Runner in which they were sitting on Piper Street in Buttonwood Bay.

Cigarette ring busted in Guatemala with roots in Belize
Guatemalan authorities have made a significant bust in a cigarette contraband ring with deep roots inside Belize. According to Guatevision.com, “the Public Ministry and the National Civil Police in Guatemala conducted 35 raids to dismantle a criminal structure dedicated to the smuggling of cigarettes.” According to the article, the raids were coordinated by the Economic Crimes Prosecutor’s Office in the departments of Izabal, Chiquimula, Quiché and Petén. Guatevision.com further reported that authorities began to monitor a criminal ring that bought cigarettes in our country then moved them to Guatemala. No tax or duty was ever paid on these cigarettes that, according to Guatemalan authorities, did not meet import requirements.

Robber shot by victim, charged for robbery
Dean Nembhard, 21, who was shot in his arm by Dorian Usher when a group of four men (which included Nembhard himself) attempted to rob Monica’s Pawnshop, was charged with robbing Usher when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Nembhard pleaded not guilty to the charge. The court could not offer him bail because the offence was committed with a firearm. He was remanded into custody until January 31. The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 14. Usher, who is the son of Gilroy Usher, Sr., the owner of the pawnshop, located at the corner of Cemetery Road and Elston Kerr Street, reported to the police that he was inside the pawnshop with his sister and some employees when he saw four men enter the pawnshop.

The Reporter

Cocaine smuggler leaves drugs behind, flees for freedom
Corozal police are seeking the driver of an abandoned SUV after the driver escaped Mexican authroities, leaving behind six parcels of cocaine in the vehicle. According to police, the cocaine totaled 6,328 grams. The SUV had crashed into a metal post at the entrance of the Belize […]

Armed thieves target passenger bus in Camalote
On Monday night two armed gunmen entered a Belize Bus Owners Cooperative (BBOC) bus and robbed the conducter and driver of that day’s bus fares and and fled after firing a single shot inside the bus. The thieves escaped with a purse containing over $200 in cash, […]

The curious case of Jorge Jaen
Jorge Abraham Jaen, one of the owners of International Airport Alliance Belize Limited has been the subject of much controversy since the government of Belize announced that the IAA would build the new international airport in San Pedro. Last week, GOB signed a memorandum of understanding with […]

Three stabbings; two fatal
A car dealer was mercilessly stabbed to death on Marine Parade – a night-time hang out spot along the stretch of the Caribbean Sea from the Baron Bliss Lighthouse to the Memorial Park. Police were alerted sometime before 11:00 Saturday night of a fight between […]

Nat Geo says Belize is a top winter travel destination
World-renowned National Geographic has cited Belize as a prime destination for travelers in a recently published article by its travel site entitled “Best Winter Trips in 2018”. The article, recommended nine places, eight countries specifically, and one general region that travelers should explore during the winter. Belize […]

What women need to know about ovarian cancer
Research reveals that ovarian cancer begins in a woman’s fallopian tubes and spreads to the ovaries – the two organs on either side of her womb that produce eggs each month – which are also the main source of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. […]

What triggers asthma attacks
Asthma usually develops during childhood, but it can affect us at any age. People who have allergies or a parent or close family member with asthma are also likely to have the condition. While more boys have asthma than girls, it is more common in […]

Meridian Enterprises to sue Fyffes for damages
Two years after the abrupt termination of their commercial agreement, Meridian Enterprises, the company that took over the Mayan King banana farms from John Zabaneh, is suing the Irish fresh produce company, Fyffes, for damages. Meridian, owned by Zabaneh’s mother, has retained the services of Eamon Courtenay […]

WWF helps UB manage Belize River watershed
Belize is blessed with many fresh water sources from numerous rivers which traverse our land, but there is growing concern about water quality of the our principal waterway, the Belize River, and the Macal and Mopan rivers which flow into it, particularly in the light of recent warnings from the […]

A $90 million lesson Part II
In the Part I of this article, printed in the December 17th issue of The Reporter, we went back 17 years to December 2000, when Universal Health Services (UHS) first entered arrangements with the Development Finance Corporation (DFC). Part I ended with verbatim excerpts from the arbitration agreement contained in […]

Fishing industry must press ahead with building climate resilience in 2018
The year 2017 taught us many lessons, and although Belize was spared any major impact from hurricanes this year, the devastation wrought by monster hurricanes Irma and Maria on sister Caribbean countries, and particularly on fishers whose livelihoods were adversely impacted, underscores the need for […]

Christmas is all about Love!
It is about love and respect for God, the magnificent, mighty Creator of the universe. But mostly it is about the love that God has for the race of humans He created, endowing its members with special gifts of intelligence and powers of discernment. The superb engineering of the universe […]

Picture speaks a thousand words
Police, on Thursday, gave an official account of an investigation regarding a photo widely circulated on social media, depicting three young ladies presumed to be minors, seemingly at a Police Cadet function, appearing to drink contraband beer. The police account, however, has left more questions […]

Man electrocuted while trimming trees in Independence
An Independence man died in a freak accident on Tuesday after he was electrocuted while trimming the trees at a local restaurant in the village. According to police, around 6:05 p.m., on Tuesday, cops responded to a report that a man had been electrocuted. When […]

Courtenay and Elrington spar over Maritime Areas Act
There were fireworks in the news this week between the current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington and his predecessor, Senator Eamon Courtenay when they got into a heated war of words over the existing Maritime Areas Act. The Act needs to be amended to […]

Guatemalans say contraband cigarettes originated in Belize
The Belize Police Department says that it is looking into a report of an alleged contraband cigarette smuggling ring, originating in Belize and branching out to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. At the scheduled press briefing on Thursday, the Department said that officials are inquiring […]

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Belize’s vote on the Jerusalem Resolution- why we were right to vote as we did
By Lisa Shoman: “After the Second World War, the State of Israel was established […]

Corozal police arrest husband and wife for drug trafficking
Yesterday morning around 3:50, police conducted a search at the residence of Ismael Cano in San […]

Documents prove Ministry of Works failed to comply with safety protocols in Santa Elena explosion
On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, residents of Santa Cruz in Santa Elena Town experienced a […]

Western Pines Villager ambushed by two men and stabbed
On Wednesday, December 20, around 8:02 pm, police visited #149 Western Pines Village where they observed […]

Blogs

My Days Before Christmas in San Pedro, Belize
I won’t pretend that my holidays in Belize are all sunny skies and rainbows. Wait….they are. I can’t pretend, though, that everything is perfection – there is some Christmas-stress here too. Yesterday I traveled to Belize City in a JAM PACKED BOAT for some errands. And many here work during the holidays – work hard. The crowds are set to arrive this weekend for one of the busiest tourism weeks of the year. Here are some pictures from the last two days. The weather is absolutely glorious and that makes things better. I’m hoping your holidays are fantastic. Let me just get into the photos. My neighbor, Xtan Ha Resort, is working feverishly to finish their outside bar before the weekend. Early this morning they set up tables and chairs. Here’s a look yesterday… As I waited for my water taxi to town.

International Sourcesizz

Marine World Heritage News: December 2017
Belize is making strides towards being removed from the list of World Heritage Sites in danger. Details in the December 2017 Issue of the UNESCO Marine World Heritage News!

Oceans on the rebound? These 5 developments give us hope.
The fortunes of people everywhere are inextricably linked to our five oceans, and nowhere is this more evident than in the world’s poorest, most vulnerable communities that rely on oceans to meet their most basic everyday needs. By rebuilding fisheries in these areas, we can secure nutrition and better economic conditions for people worldwide. And today – even as overfishing remains one of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges – we’re seeing incredible progress toward sustainable fishing with several tangible successes just this past year. Here are five recent developments that bring hope for the world’s oceans and the billions of people who depend on them. 1) Belize shows the way on ocean sustainability. Belize has emerged as a leader on ocean sustainability, most recently after announcing bold new commitments at the United Nations Oceans Conference in June. The government of Belize has made voluntary commitments to turn the Caribbean nation’s fisheries into an engine for sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

Videos

  • Open Your Eyes (An OYE Belizean Krismus Special), 1.5hr.

  • Mermaid Hyli Swim Through Belize, 1/2min. Mermaid Hyli swims through a coral reef in Belize.

  • Travel Day to Belize Part 6: After Arriving in San Pedro and a Tour of the Beach, 2.5min. Here in this Video is when after we arrive in the Island of San Pedro on a Belize Express Water Taxi and where I give y'all a little Tour of the Beach Area

  • Christmas cheer to a number of needy families., 3.5min. Christmas is a time of celebration and giving, but while majority of Belizeans follow the yearly tradition by purchasing presents and other items in preparation of the festive day, there are other individuals who are unable to do so due to the current and evident economic hardships they constantly face. And bearing this in mind today members of the Orange Walk Police Department put on their Santa hats and handy over some Christmas cheer to a number of needy families.

  • THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF CHRISTMAS…, 8min. As Christmas day nears the hustle and bustle across town increases and gifts are on high demand. So what are shoppers looking for this year? Today our reporter and camera man took it upon themselves to find out.

  • A CHRISTMAS GREETING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY…, 10min. It has become a routine that during the Christmas season, the streets of town become much more intense as residents move at a rapid pace, targeting several stores in pursuit of presents that are attached to affordable deals, as well as in search of grocery items that make up an essential ingredient in the preparation of the perfect holiday dinner. This morning our news team hit the streets of Shuga City to get an insight of those last minute purchases.

  • The City at Night: Time Lapse Video, 1.25min. Albert street yesterday evening into night - as shoppers make that last minute rush.

  • Agoti enjoying a meal, 1min.

  • Selena, Santa Teresita, Los Tambos and San Marcos Getting Power, 2.5min. As part of BEL’s ongoing System Expansion Program, over 300 households in Selena, Santa Teresita, Los Tambos and San Marcos will soon be able to connect to BEL’s supply.

  • Belize 2017, 3min. Two weeks of snorkeling on South Water Caye in the Belize Barrier Reef. SPU Study Abroad.

  • Tackle Box Belize Many Nurse, Moray, Lagerhead, 6.5min.

  • Jason does his first skydive with Skydive Belize, 6min. Jason does his first skydive with Skydive Belize in San Pedro, Belize on Ambergris Caye.

  • A Belize City Drive, 3min. Belize City is the Largest City in Belize. Here is a short video of it. Hope you enjoy

  • Christmas In Town! Grand Finale! on The National Channel, 25min.

  • Happy Holidays from all of us at the U.S. Embassy Belize to you and your families!, 2min. Thank you for the wonderful memories, friendships, and partnerships!

  • THE MERRYMEN OF BARBADOS ~ Christmas Feeling, 3min. If you are not feeling the Christmas feeling yet here is an old Christmas song by the Merrymen of Barbados: Christmas Feeling Enjoy!


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