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The San Pedro Sun

Truck used in illegal dumping south of San Pedro Town identified
An eyewitness recently reported the improper and illegal disposal of garbage at the DFC subdivision of San Pedro Town. The person claims to have observed a gentleman in a grey Ford Pick-up Truck throwing bags full of garbage in an open area of the said subdivision. The complainant was able to take a picture of the vehicle’s license plate number (A0368) as a means to properly identify the offender. But even though officers at the San Pedro Traffic Department (SPTD) were able to identify the culprit in their database, they explained that they cannot do anything due to insufficient evidence. Instead, they are encouraging residents to make reports as soon as the offense is in progress.

Police still can’t confirm Vildo Westby’s arrest in Mexico
It’s been more than two weeks since the news broke of Vildo Westby being detained by Mexican authorities. On Thursday, December 7th it was reported that Westby was in custody of police in Las Choapas, Veracruz Mexico, but Belizean Police still won’t confirm his arrest. “Despite the Belize Police Department not helping, I remain calm because at least I know he is still in jail in Las Choapas. I’m currently checking on Westby’s status with the Mexican authorities regularly to ensure this,” said Felix Ayuso’s Sister Carmen Eiley. She further mentioned that she understands that to extradite someone from one country to another takes time.

NICH concludes investigation at San Pedro construction site following the discovery of human remains
After weeks of monitoring and investigating the findings of what are believed to be human remains of the Maya prehistoric era at a construction site in downtown San Pedro, personnel from the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) concluded their work on Tuesday, December 19th. The discovery of pieces of skull and fragments of bones along with pottery-shard artefacts let to the temporary stop of work at the construction site. However, construction will now resume while the team at NICH works on a report regarding the remains and artefacts. The first report of finding the remains took place on December 5th when workers were excavating the area. Ramos and his team traveled to the island where they spent weeks scouring the site for more items. “We found a couple more human bones, and pieces of ceramic material,” said Ramos. “The other items that we found were volcanic stones, which definitely are not native to the island.” It is believed that these came to the island because of a trading system between the Maya inhabiting what is now Belize with other people from other places such as Mexico.

Caye Caulker man remanded after cocaine bust
On Tuesday, December 19th, Caye Caulker resident, 37-year-old Peter Schmidt was formally charged along with another man from Lord’s Bank Village, 33-year-old Carlos Lopez with ‘Possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply.’ The duo was busted by police on Sunday, December 17th in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City with five kilos of cocaine and an unlicensed 9mm pistol with 11 live rounds of ammunition inside a white Toyota 4Runner they were in. During the arraignment at the City’s Magistrate Court, they were both denied bail but informed that they could apply for a release under security through the Supreme Court. Both men were then remanded to the Belize Central Prison until their next court date scheduled for March 8, 2018.

Ambergris Today

Having A Holly Jolly Christmas With The San Pedro Lions Club
The San Pedro Lions Club is always merry when it comes to celebrating with the community. Without fail they host the joyful Senior Citizens Dance during the Christmas Season and this year was no exception, on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, our elderly were treated to a fun filled night. Helping the San Pedro Lions Club at the Senior Citizens Dance were the staff of The Belize Bank and DFC San Pedro Branch. It was a night filled with fun and great entertainment. Dinner and live music from the ever popular Rompe Raja and lots of prizes and surprises. The merriment continued on Friday, December 22, 2017, as the Lions hit the streets of San Pedro spreading Christmas Cheer with high-spirited singing and dancing to cheerful Christmas songs at their annual Christmas Caroling. The caroling began at the Boca del Rio area and headed down to town with everyone singing and dancing and giving away treats.

Misc Belizean Sources

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LOST DIVE BAG - CASH REWARD!
We lost a black mesh dive bag on the road to Secret Beach today. There was a yellow prescription mask and blue fins (among other items only of value to me) in the bag. If found, please contact Sapphire Beach Resort at 671-2553.

corozaldiabetes@gmail.comBelize Diabetes Association in Corozal Town
We have opened the Corozal branch of the Belize Diabetes Association in Corozal Town. Please visit us at #42 4th avenue Corozal Town. Our number is 501-624-4476. Check out our facebook page belize diabetes association czl. Share the word in our community. We are also looking for supporters,sponsorship and volunteers for our exclusive pilot project. Write us at corozaldiabetes@gmail.com.

SISE Town Hall Inauguration
Pictures from the inauguration of the new SISE Town Hall. It was a great ceremony. Videos and Pictures.

The Reporter

Holiday safety tips from the House of Shotokan
Despite the merriment of the holidays, the Christmas season can be a dangerous time, especially for those doing late evening shopping. To help address some common security issues, Shihan Raymond Kelly, Grand Master of the House of Shotokan Karate Academy has given some general safety tips for surviving the holiday season. Kelly, a highly decorated martial arts master who teaches self defense courses at his academy in Belize City, explained that the first thing people must do is accept the fact that there are persons out there who are watching, and waiting for an opportunity to rob and possibly harm them.

No expected change in Belize/U.S relations despite UN vote says Sedi
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington said this week that he doesn’t foresee Belize’s vote at the United Nations negatively impacting the country’s relationship with the United States. On Thursday Belize was one of the 128 UN member countries that voted to render the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city “null and void”. Elrington told the media this week that Belize’s vote was not one in the spirit of being antagonistic to the US but rather one of respecting international law.

Corozal couple arrested for drug trafficking
A husband and wife duo from Corozal are facing charges for the Christmas holiday after police searched their home and found a lot more than 10 grams of marijuana. Police say that they searched the San Roman home of Ismael and Marcelina Cano around 3:50 a.m. yesterday, and found the drugs in varying quantities hidden in three rubber boots. One boot contained 30 grams, another 70 grams, and the third boot contained 164 grams, for a total of 264 grams. Three minors were present at the time of the search.

MOH clarifies what happened to EU funds
The Ministry of Health has publicly denounced media reports that it has lost access to funding from the European Union for upgrades to the Western Regional Hospital. The Ministry, addressing reports made on December 12, noted that GOB is still getting funds from the EU for health sector development; however, the focus has been expanded beyond the initial project proposal, which saw the majority of the funds being used for a 50-bed addition to the WRH.

Will 2017 murders exceed last year?
With two weeks left to go, the number of murders in 2017 stands exactly where it was at the end of last year, leaving the nation wondering if this year will have more murders than 2016. Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, during his Christmas message to the nation, reported that for the year to date, Belize had 138 murders. These figures represent those confirmed and do not include missing persons who may have been murdered.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Armed robbery in Corozal
Jaxi Tan, 21, a Belizean manager of Ranchito village, Corozal visited the Corozal Police Station and reported that he was robbed on Friday. According to Tan, around 10:58 a.m., three dark complexioned men entered his store and two of them held him at gun point. The thieves stole $7,000 cash, a Huawei cell phone valued at $1,000.

House burns in Placencia
On Thursday at 6:55 p.m., Placencia police responded to a report of a house fire in Seine Bight village in the Stann Creek district. There, officers observed a wooden structure measuring 20 feet by 20 feet with zinc roofing completely engulfed in fire.

Police to introduce GSU 2.0 next year
The Belize Police Department, in 2018, will introduce anti-gang legislation, which will create specific gang related offenses so as to directly address the matter of criminal gangs. According to Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, there currently exists no anti-gang legislation.

Relationship between Belize and US rocky over UN vote on Jerusalem?
This week in a show of intestinal fortitude, Belize voted in support of a resolution in the United Nations (UN) General Assembly for the United States to desist from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. After defeating the US in the UN, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, expressed that the US would not forget the ‘disrespect’ it endured.

Guatemala and Belize normalizing diplomatic relations
Following a meeting in Panama last week between Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and his Guatemalan counterpart, Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel, Guatemala is moving toward normalizing diplomatic relations with Belize. The meeting, which was the first such bilateral meeting since Jovel took up her new post, yielded several commitments to restoring diplomacy including returning an ambassador to Belize.

Alleged drug runners out on bail
Peter Schmidt and Carlos Lopez, the two men caught with 11 pounds of cocaine and an unlicensed firearm earlier this week, are out on bail valued at $100,000. Their attorneys, Oscar Selgado and Ellis Arnold, made bail applications yesterday before Justice Adolf Lucas, who granted both men bail but with conditions for each.

Faber stands by Cabinet decision to hire convicted con man
Despite the history of fraud surrounding Maimi investor Jeorge Jaen, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber says that the Government of Belize is satisfied with its pick to develop the new San Pedro International Airport. In an interview with Channel 7 News, Faber said that he was not present when the Cabinet sub-committee on investment met to discuss Jaen, but he is sure that they did their due diligence before selecting him.

Blogs

A Slower-Paced Life on La Isla Bonita for $2,000 a Month
Originally from Boston, I wasn’t looking forward to shoveling snow again after spending the last decade or so in warm weather climates like San Diego and Florida, so I focused my search on Central and South America. My partner, Lisa, and I decided to start in Belize because of the lower cost of living and because English is the official language. We plan to rent for at least a year to make sure we experience all of the seasons as well as the high and low points of the tourist season before committing to something more permanent. That will also give me time to brush up on my Spanish in case we decide to try another Central or South American destination. My days now consist of sitting on my porch drinking my coffee with some fresh cut mango or pineapple from the fruit stand next door while reading the news. We’re a block off the beach in beautiful San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye.

You Don’t Have to Eat Spam for Christmas
As Christmas draws near, more people are posting on Facebook asking which restaurants are doing Christmas day dinner specials on 25th. As you will see listed below there are quite a few options and you can see previously mentioned ones (Gem Restaurant, El Divino, Blue Water Grill and Red Ginger) in the More December Events post. Since there are a few delicious choices for Christmas Eve dinner, the 24th is also listed below. A word of advice: be prepared to have a plan B or C choice for your Christmas dinner – places are booking up fast, so get your reservations in asap.

Videos

  • First Annual Garifuna Jankunu Festival on the island!, 2min.

  • Ambergris Today TrafficCam, 1/4min. Can you guess where Santa is headed today?

  • Belize Snorkeling Adventure, 2.5min. Snorkeling Hol Chan Marine Reserve In Belize

  • Turismo em Belize, 5min. por Pitaya Filmes

  • Snuba Diving Belize, 10min.

  • Zip Line in Belize 2, 3min.

  • BELIZE AIRBOAT RIDE ( CARNIVAL MAGIC CRUISE ), 15min.

  • Scuba Monkey Dive Center in Belize!, 2min. Scuba Monkey Dive Centers yearly trip to Belize is always a great dive adventure!

  • 3 Weeks in Belize, 30min. We check out caves, waterfalls, and howler monkeys in the jungle and swim with sharks, sting rays and manatees in the Cayes plus much more ..

  • BELIZE: DR. Natalia Largaespada Beer shares UNFPA partnerships on legislations and maternal health, 3min. Dr. Natalia Largaespada Beer, Technical Advisor and Focal Point for Maternal & Child Health in the Ministry of Health shares her partnership experiences with the UNFPA in sexual and reproductive health legislation as well as maternal health. She was addressing a UNFPA Caribbean media team on the 12th of December 2017 at the Ministry of Health in the capital city of Belmopan. The team was led by Advocacy & Communications Consultant, Vilma Gregory.

  • 2017 Belize Trip ... The Group!, 19min.

  • Scuba Diving Belize Aggressor IV liveaboard December 2017, 3.5min.

  • Belize Progressive Radio, 25min. BPP Press Conference, Dec 6 2017

  • Day 2 in Belize Part 1: A little Tour of the Mahogany Bay Village of San Pedro, 2.5min.