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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Turtles to host a friendly match
With the aim to prepare for the upcoming Belize Beach Rugby Tournament 2018, the San Pedro Turtles will be hosting a friendly in-team match among themselves on Saturday, January 27th. The match will be held at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town and is being sponsored by the Belize Chocolate Company. After the friendly local match, Ryan is planning to host an inter-district tournament in Orange Walk, Belize City, San Pedro, and Hopkins. This is to prepare the team even further for the Belize Beach Rugby Tournament at the Lazy Lizard Bar & Grill in Caye Caulker on March 16th and 17th. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a rugby day at the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday, January 27th. If anyone is interested in joining, the team practices every week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex from 6PM to 8PM. For further information, you can contact Ryan on WhatsApp at +1603-953-4732 or email adrainryan51@gmail.com.

Island residents unhappy with traffic wardens; Mayor weighs in
Over the past weeks, several residents, particularly taxi operators, have been complaining about the unfair behavior of the island’s traffic wardens. Complaints state that while they are penalized, other drivers on the island get away with traffic offenses, including noise pollution. Other allegations include traffic wardens violating their own rules and even threatening people with weapons. The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) denied most of these allegations but acknowledged that there had been some instances when wardens had to be disciplined for their wrongdoings. Mayor Daniel Guerrero rebuked the accusations and indicated that the traffic wardens are simply doing their jobs. He denied the allegations that there is favoritism when it comes to certain residents on the island and that everyone is dealt with in a fairly and professional manner. “When people complain that certain people don’t get penalized, it is not like that,” said Guerrero. “The same law applies to everyone and that there are some people on the island that pay a lot in tickets because of their behavior, but not everyone knows or see that.”

Meet your 2018 Tiger Sharks Basketball Team!With the new opening of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) 2018 season, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks are gearing up for their first game. On Thursday, January 18th at the University of Belize auditorium in the Capital City of Belmopan, the Tiger Sharks will face defending champions, Belmopan Bandits. The San Pedro Sun caught up with some of the players, as they shared their expectations for the season. We are pleased to present the 2018 San Pedro Tiger Sharks to their fans. This new season will mark the fifth annual NEBL tournament, in which seven teams will compete for the coveted prize at the end of the competition. The participating teams are: San Pedro Tiger Sharks, Orange Walk Running Rebels, Belize Hurricanes, Belmopan Bandits, Dangriga Dream Ballers, Belize City Defenders (replacing Belize City No Limit), and Verdes, who was previously Cayo Western Ballaz. The opening game between San Pedro Tiger Sharks and Belmopan Bandits will be aired live on The National Channel starting with a pre-game show at 8PM.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Passing of Police Constable No.1958 Enid Tillett
It’s with profound sadness that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Allen Whylie, Commander Orange Walk Police Station, Supt. David Chi, the senior ranks and file of The Belize Police Department announced the untimely passing of Police Constable No.1958 Enid Tillett , Sun Rise 19.5.1990 & Sun Set 13.1.2018. May his soul Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory.

PoktaPok game on Sunday
Remember this Sunday 14 a friendly PoktaPok(Maya Ball game) at Yo Creek village between Sak Xikin and Ek' Balam .

The Reporter

More suspects of first murder of 2018 released
Two murder suspects who police had detained this week for the January first stabbing death of Leon Garcia have been released, leaving investigators to look elsewhere for clues to solve the case. Since the early morning murder, police had detained a number of suspects, but could not tie any of them to the fatal stabbing and had to release them. Garcia was murdered sometime around 3:30 on the morning of January 1, while walking on Barrack Road along with Raheem Reid and other friends. Reports are that a large group of men attacked them just about 100 yards away from the police checkpoint on Barrack Road. Reid was also injured when he tried to help Garcia.

Police release man detained for last murder of 2017; search for two suspect continues
Police have released a man they held in custody on Thursday, and are looking for two suspects in connection with the murder of Frederick Smith – the last murder victim for 2017. The police investigation had led to the detention of several people, but all have so far been released due to insufficient evidence. Smith, 22, a resident of Antelope Street Extension and employee of the Belize Electricity Limited, was shot in the back as he walked along with another person towards his house on the same street shortly after 10:00 p.m., on December 31, 2017. He fell in the drain and died.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Reputed George Street Boss gets bail
On Friday, the reputed George Street Gang Boss, Brandon (B-E-T) Tillet was released on bail for $10,000. On January 3, he was arraigned for aggravated assault against his former common-law wife. Court documents reveal that the original charges were withdrawn against Tillett before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. And so instead Tillett pleaded not guilty to a substituted charge of abetment to commit aggravated assault.

Leila Vernon’s grandson shot dead in PG
BBN has been reliably informed that Mario Vernon was shot dead last night in Punta Gorda. We understand that he was shot to the head in the Hollywood area. Vernon is a grandson of the late Leila Vernon.

Dr. Errol Elrington: Wanted fugitive still on the run
Dr. Errol Elrington, brother of Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, remains a fugitive on the run for almost 5 years. He is featured on the top-10 wanted list by the United States Office of the Inspector General (OIG), because of allegations that he was involved in healthcare fraud. According to the OIG, on October 7, 2013, an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of racketeering, Medicaid fraud, and healthcare fraud.

Belize barrier reef receives “fair” rating
Belize has received a “fair” rating on its most recent reef report card. BBN notes that this is an improvement from the last progress report. The reef health index is at 2.8 which is not far off from the regional average for the Mesoamerican Reef, which serves as a barrier for Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Of these four countries, Honduras got a “good” grade of 3.0 on its reef report.

Bullets found near Jane Usher Boulevard
Cops on Belize City’s south side continue to remove illicit substances and items from the streets. On Friday at 2:00 p.m., cops conducted a search in an abandoned lot off the Jane Usher Boulevard. This led to the discovery of a transparent plastic bag which contained (10) 9mm live rounds.

Two buckets of weed found in Roaring Creek
Cops out west have intercepted a large quantity of marijuana believed to have been used in the marijuana trade. At around 10:45 a.m. on Friday police conducted a search in an abandoned lot on the Capital Hill Area of Roaring Creek Village.

Kareem Williams shot in thigh and buttocks
A man is lucky to be alive after there was an attempt on his life last night. Just before 9:00 p.m. there was a shooting at the corner of Cran and Mapp streets in Belize City. Kareem Williams, 33, was shot to the upper part of his left thigh and his left buttocks.

Foreign Minister signs papers for Bennet extradition
Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, following yesterday’s press briefing with the Ahmad family, told the media that he has signed off on the extradition file from the US State Department for wanted attorney Andrew Bennet. According to Elrington, the process is mainly a formality at this point. Elrington said he signed the documents on Tuesday following Cabinet’s meeting.

Butane prices increase countrywide
Today the cost of butane will reflect an increase across the country. A 100 pound cylinder in Belize City, will now cost $104 up from $97. In Belmopan, the cost will now be $106 up from $99. The cost in San Ignacio will also be $106. In Benque, the cost will be $107 up from $100.

PC Enid Tillett succumbs to injuries received in fatal road accident
Police confirmed today that police constable Enid Tillett, 27, passed away. Tillett, attached to the Guinea Grass substation in Orange Walk District was knocked off his motorcycle last Saturday night.

Blogs

A very calm and chilly day in Corozal
Brrr!Brrr! the cold is here in Belize. On Friday night the cold front approached Belize and all into Saturday morning. Midday was 75 degree's and it felt higher than that. we are entering the mid month of January and the weather hasn't changed yet. We are still getting cold front in Belize. During the night it dropped below as 68 degrees. Nobody likes the cold, but good for keeping away the heat in Belize. Today I walked around town in Corozal around midday and the weather was fine. Their was quite few tourists roaming the town. My favourite stop was at thunderbolt bridge where the frigate birds where feeding sardines themselves. And, When I walked south to Maimi Beach their was a lot of people chilling at Jam Rock, Bay Breeze and Wood House. The sail boat which was park by the area where thye sell cars gives it a nice scenery area. The water was low and children where swimming inside the cold water. You could have walked as far as you can.

San Pedro Ambergris to celebrate Carnaval 2018
The El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro is a 150-year-old traditional festival from Mestizo culture, which brought it down to northern Belize, San Pedro and Ambergris Caye. El Gran Carnaval is celebrated to begin the lent season. Carnaval dates back to the 1870s when villagers. People from the districts moved to Ambergris Caye and added paint and eggs to powder, lipstick and charcoal. Carnaval is centered around a Mestizo character named "Juan Carnaval". Legend has it that Juan Carnaval had sex with over a thousand women from eight countries, with whom he had countless children.

International Sourcesizz

How to buy a holiday home in Belize
It’s off the radar for most buyers, but the tiny Central American nation’s appeal is growing. The Coppolas are not the only movie A-listers who have felt compelled to create their own paradise in this corner of the Caribbean. Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in a project on Blackadore Caye, an unpopulated 104-acre island just west of Ambergris Caye. Building work on his eco-resort — and on 36 luxurious villas that are due to go on sale — was expected to start last year. As with many a Hollywood project, exact details of what’s on offer are sketchy, and there are no updates on progress from the site. Don’t let that stop you, though: there’s a growing number of resorts in Belize catering to the more adventurous buyer seeking a holiday home in a pristine natural setting. The dense jungle interior is…

Belize bans oil activity to protect its barrier reef
Some good news for the new year: in what has been called a huge step forward in protecting oceans and marine life, the Belize government has announced bold legislation to end oil activity in all of its waters. The move is designed to protect the fragile Belize Barrier Reef world heritage site, the second-largest in the world after Australia’s and home to 1,400 species, including endangered hawksbill turtles, manatees, rays and six threatened species of shark. Belizean prime minister Dean Barrow’s decision to impose an indefinite moratorium marks the first time a developing country has taken such a major step to protect its oceans from oil exploration and extraction – and will help safeguard Belize’s important dive tourism sector. “The decision is hugely significant,” said Chris Gee, of charity WWF-UK, which was part of an international campaign. “It indicates that Belize, a developing country, is prepared to put its people and environment first.”

Inside Hollywood director Sofia Coppola’s jungle hideaway in Belize
Belize may not be the obvious destination for a second home, but the Coppola family don’t do obvious. The Central American nation, discreetly tucked into the Caribbean coast, looks and feels as if it is a half a world away from anything, and that’s the way the movie dynasty like it. To the locals, the Coppolas are not much more than “that family who like Italian food”. “We’ve had lots of fun trips in Belize since my dad wanted to go and discover it in the 1980s,” says Sofia Coppola, 46. Her father, Francis Ford Coppola, had just finished Apocalypse Now and, after an infamously demanding shoot, was looking for somewhere the family could regroup, halfway between the steamy jungle of the Philippines, where the…

From East Coast to the Western Caribbean, adventure awaits
Savannah is one of the prettiest cities I’ve visited. Like Oaks and drapes of Spanish moss intertwine with the streets and squares downtown. I walked by the river, visited a local art shop — Gallery 209 — and had dinner at a small hole-in-the-wall bar with a blues band. I wish I would have had more time here, but I had to get to Port Canaveral to catch my ship to the western Caribbean. When I cruise, I don’t book the excursions. It’s much more of an adventure to get off the ship that day and just see what you can find. This doesn’t include just walking around the port — I like to call that “tourist city.” The next day was “unBelizeable,” as they say. In Belize, the ship can’t dock right at the country because of the reef, so I took a tender boat to the country. During the cruise, they warned us to not go beyond the “tourist city” gates, but what’s the fun in that? I walked by them and found a man selling souvenirs on a blanket with his family by the Belize sign. He hooked me up with a tour from a local born in Belize; the man showed us rich, middleclass and poor neighborhoods as well as downtown, schools, government buildings and more. He described the history and milestones of the country with such passion it was impossible not to fall in love with the country.

Videos

  • Talk Ah Di Town January 13, 2018, 50min.

  • Corozal: We are live from Central Park first art in the park., 13min.

  • This is why Roberto Sabido was Awarded Person of the Year 2017, San Pedro. Read more of Roberto's great work for the community:, 3min.

  • Gentle Giants on today's dive. Scuba Daze Belize!!!, 1/2min. 34 seconds of bliss.

  • Santa Elena "The Drive Through Town", 2min. Gian Witz has put together a spectacular video covering Santa Elena, from dusk into the night. You'll KNOW everything that's happening in this wonderfully shot, spaced, and timed tribute to Santa Elena. You'll be watching this one more than once. Well done, Mr. Witz! Santa Elena Cayo, is a small hillside town located in Belize. This quiet residential place sits approximately 12 miles away from Belize's Western Border and it's gladly the twin sister of it's twin brother town 'San Ignacio'. While doing this film, I came across some perspectives of the area. I've been doing films for a while and the location of where you shoot is of significant deal. Why? Well, the people is of great essence. Whatever they do reflects the spirit of their society. .

  • Belize Barrier Reef Snorkeling, 1min.

  • Caye Caulker (Belize), 1min.

  • Belize 2018, 3min. UNCW's BIO 480 Field Studies: Coastal Enthronements in Belize takes on Calabash Caye from January 2nd- January 10th.

  • San Ignacio Belize: Road Less Travel (Way Back to Hometown), 1min. Front seat View of a simple ride back to San Ignacio in an afternoo

  • Belize - Eels, 5.5min. December 2017 - Belize - Aggressor IV - Eels.

  • Going Fishing -Belize, 53min. Going fishing-Whether you're scuba diving the Blue Hole, zip-lining through the jungle canopy, rappelling down waterfalls or crawling through ancient cave systems, Belize is a genuine adventure. Head to Cayo District where you can tube or canoe through darkened river systems or hard-core spelunk in renowned Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. Zip-lining is virtually an art form in Cayo and Southern Belize where you can sail through the jungle at half a dozen locations. Horseback riding is well organised and hiking is superb in national parks, such as Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Shipstern Nature Reserve and Río Bravo.

  • Monkeys in the trees in Belize, 1min.

  • Amazing Divers swim with sharks in Belize, 1min. According to researchers of British scientists, Shark has a personality, which affects the habits of their pestilence. They constantly reflect social habits and form their groups or adapt themselves to the environment.

  • Placencia Assassins FC vs Belmopan Bandits (PLB Closing Season 2018), 66min.