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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Red Cross holds final blood drive for 2018
The Belize Red Cross, San Pedro Branch (BRCSPB) held their final blood drive for the year on Saturday, November 24th. The drive took place at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, where nine pints of blood were collected. From 9AM to 3PM, volunteers and Belize Blood Bank personnel welcomed potential donors, while a dollar drive was held on the streets of downtown San Pedro, raising $400. A total of 18 island residents made their way to the Polyclinic to donate blood, but nine were declined due to their age and/or personal reasons. The general public is advised to be attentive as they will soon be releasing the dates for next year’s blood drive.

Belize’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union weighs in on the Guatemalan claim and the ICJ
The head of mission at the Embassy of Belize in Belgium, His Excellency Dylan Vernon met with Belizean journalists on Wednesday, November 28th in The Hague, Netherlands to talk about the Guatemalan claim on Belize and what can be expected at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The diplomat stated that Belizeans need not be concerned about heading to the ICJ, as Belize has a watertight case and a great wealth of documentation to counter any arguments from Guatemala. The Ambassador could not tell of the possible repercussions that Belize could face if a ‘NO’ vote is cast at the upcoming referendum in April 2019 but mentioned that the country could face challenges when seeking further assistance from the international community.

Team Experienced wins the first ever Beer Olympics on Ambergris Caye
Hoping to bring together a community through entertainment, the Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye organized the first-of-its-kind Beer Olympics that took place on Saturday, November 24th. 10 teams of four signed up to play a variety of beer games in hopes of taking home some coveted prizes. Close to $4,000 were raised, which will be put towards Rotaract community service events including providing and preparing meals for Colleen’s Kitchen at Hope Haven, providing more education and garbage bins around the community, and more.

The Peace Palace welcomes Belizean journalists as they visit the ICJ court room
Belizean journalists currently at The Hague, Netherlands visited the Peace Palace on Tuesday, November 27th and had a close look at the court room of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) located inside the palace. The media group also held discussions with an expert on international law, who shed light on special agreements, the process of the hearings and the issue of enforcement after judgement is delivered.

San Pedro Cellular World Re-vamped and Re-opened for business
After closing for renovations, Cellular World’s San Pedro Branch hosted its grand re-opening on Friday, November 23rd. After weeks of construction, the doors to the business opened to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new installation offers the best sound system accessories, as well as tablets, security systems, smart watches and much more. To celebrate the newly designed store, customers enjoyed two days of promotional sales. Sale items included cellular phones for as low as $39, tablets as low as $149, speakers for $15 and up, LED televisions for low as $599. Many island residents took advantage of these special prices to get their electronic devices.

Ambergris Today

Nassau Grouper Is Now Critically Endangered
The Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) is now a critically-endangered species. That’s according to a new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN. This means that populations, including spawning aggregations, have declined by more 80% over three generations (1980-2018), for Nassau grouper fish, which live approximately 16 years. Nassau grouper now face an extremely high risk of extinction. The main threats, according to IUCN, are over-fishing due to heavy fishing on spawning aggregations; and loss of quality coral reef habitat.

Prime Minister Barrow To Remain In Office Until 2020
Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, discussed the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) current trajectory heading towards the 2020 general elections. Ministers expressed great satisfaction at the evidence of support for the UDP, as measured by the large voter turnout at the UDP contested standard bearer conventions taking place every weekend since November 4th. Cabinet took note of the fact that these contests have been as fierce as the turnouts have been huge. In that context, Cabinet felt that once the standard bearer conventions conclude in mid-December, there should be a break in the remaining convention schedule to allow for healing and an organizational reset to take place at the individual constituency level.

First Caribbean Make - Up Line Launches In Belize
On December 1st, 2018 at BCCI’s Christmas Expo Extravaganza, Fine Things Ltd., located in Corozal and owned by Belizean, Melissa Vargas, will proudly launch Sacha Cosmetics in the country of Belize for users and those seeking entrepreneurial opportunities. Sacha is a Trinidad and Tobago born brand of makeup specially formulated for exotic skin types, but especially made for the Caribbean Climate.

Misc Belizean Sources

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October 2018 External Trade & CPI, 3rd Quarter GDP
Results from the Statistical Institute of Belize's monthly Consumer Price Index survey show that, for the month of October 2018, the All-Items Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 1 05.3. This represented an increase, or inflation rate, of 0.8 percent compared to October 2017, when a CPI of 104.6 was recorded. Belize’s total imports for the month of October 2018 were valued at over $193 million. This was an increase of 14.4 percent or $24.3 million from imports for October 2017, which totaled $168.7 million. Total domestic exports for October 2018 amounted to $35.2 million, down 5.1 percent or $1.9 million when compared to exports for October 2017, which were valued at $37.1 million. For the three months of July to September 2018, the total level of economic activity in the country of Belize increased by 3.3 percent in comparison to the same three months of 2017.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “A Toucan View”.

La Isla Carinosa Academy Presents Christmas Variety Show
It's that merry time of the year again. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy our program. Teachers and students are preparing very hard to entertain you for this jolly season. You can purchase your ticket/s from any LICA student or teacher. Saturday, December 8, 7pm at the Basketball Court

Friends for Conservation and Development Annual General Meeting
If you would like to learn more about our programs, you can stop by at our FCD Annual General Meeting at San Ignacio Resort Hotel at 2:00 PM this Sunday. We’ll be grateful for your participation.

Groundbreaking ceremony for a Community Multi-Purpose and Emergency Centre
The groundbreaking ceremony for a Community Multi-Purpose and Emergency Centre was held today in San Ignacio Town. The project is comprised of two focus areas, namely, the replacement of existing street lighting in San Ignacio with LED lights and the building of a multi-purpose facility for use as a disaster shelter and a community center. Construction will commence this month and is scheduled to be completed in May 2019. Funding is being provided by the Government of Italy and the Government of Belize. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Center is the implementing body.

Belize's Ambassador to the Netherlands H.E. Dylan Vernon met with the Belizean media in The Hague
The Ambassador spoke on the roles of his embassy, and specifically, its role as it relates to the International Court of Justice. As announced by Prime Minister Barrow, Ambassador Vernon will join other ambassadors in Belize as the Government strengthens its Public Education Campaign in preparation for the 2019 Referendum. Ambassador Vernon is based at Belize's embassy in Brussels. He is accredited to Belgium and the European Union. Pictured here is Ambassador Vernon during interviews with the media. In the backdrop is the Binnenhof, the center of power and political heart of Dutch democracy.

Miss Chiquitita 2018!
Tickets now available for Miss Chiquitita 2018! Come and purchase them here at our office on 4th Avenue Corozal Town, Belize C.A. or any of the other outlets mentioned on the flier! VIP $15BZ GENERAL $10BZ

Notice: Caye Caulker Liqour License

Mr Orvin Rancheran of Ranchito Village passes away
Main my heart just sank over a death announcement Of Mr Orvin Rancheran of Ranchito Village. I heard it on the radio. I knew Mr Rancheran as a long time educator, JP, Chairman and of course a political icon. His loved for sports and education and the love for his community was a driving force for him. I wish I knew before to go pay my respects to you... we fought many good fight together... Rest In Peace Mr Orvin, Chairman and of course JP!

Lecture Series on the Referendum and the ICJ in San Pedro
Nov 29, Presentations by Assad Shoman. A good way to stay informed on this important issue.

The Belize Youth Awards 2018
The Department of Youth Services (DYS), Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture ended its National Youth Month activities with the celebration of young leaders at the Belize Youth Awards 2018. The year’s award show was celebrated under the theme “Amplifying the Voice of Youth.” The event was held at Bliss Institute of Performing Arts on Friday the 23rd of November 2018 and was attended by over five hundred youth from across the length and breadth of Belize. The 2018 Belize Youth Awards saw the nomination of over hundred (100) youth from across Belize in nineteen different categories. There were six (6) awardees from Belize District, six (6) from the Cayo District and three (3) from Orange Walk District. Three categories did not receive nominations; these were the Strength through Diversity, Youth in Agriculture and Outstanding Student Government. The Corporate award was distributed to UNFPA.

Fuzed Bistro Opening at Midas
Fuzed Bistro, Midas Resort's new restaurant, will be having their grand opening this Saturday. Reservations can be made by calling 624-0500.

Beekeeping policy consultation session
6 beekeepers from the MGL and 2 Ya’axché staff attended a beekeeping policy consultation session. We are happy to have contributed for a strengthened policy aimed at improving the beekeeping industry in Belize. Ya’axché is working with 21 beekeepers within the Maya Golden Landscape, our focal area of work. Through our successful beekeeping program, we provide material, training and technical field support to farmers.

KAUIL
Kauil is the Maya representation of Fire . Kauil was related to the governors since its a synonym is of power,and represented also abundance of the crops.

Channel 7

Body Washed Ashore in Orange Walk
A dismembered body was found this afternoon near the Orange Walk bypass. The body floated unto the river bank. Information is that the two arms were missing and the face was unrecognizable. The body was taken to Burrell Boom where the post mortem will be conducted. The footage is courtesy our colleagues at CTV-3. We will inform you as soon as we have more information.

Marta Gonzalez Stabbed to Chest, Police looking for Main Suspect
Police are looking for a Pomona resident in connection to Marta Gonzalez's murder. He is Christopher Bradley. The family says they know who he is. Our information is that he is considered armed and dangerous. If you see this man, call the police immediately. Now, we also have an update on Gonzalez's post mortem results. She was stabbed to the chest and then her body wrapped in a gray tarp and dumped in a pit latrine. As we have reported, Gonzalez left her San Felipe, Orange Walk home early Friday morning to go sell cheese and other goods in Pomona Village. The family became very worried when she did not return home on Saturday. They went to Pomona to look for her on Saturday night but didn't find her.

Government wants PUP to own up to Intelco Deal
The Senate met in Belmopan today, likely for the last time in 2018. It had the task of passing five bills brought from the House of Representatives and four motions. One of the topics of contention at today's Senate sitting was the $5 million Government has asked to obtain from national coffers to pay off a most sour sweetheart deal. In short, Glenn D. Godfrey - in the name of a company called GDG Acquisitions - sued the government on the strength of a 2002 master lease agreement. It's a contract Intelco signed with Government to supply telecommunications equipment. Now, never mind that the equipment never really worked and the company went south; the agreement still stands, and government has to pay. But those on the Government side wanted their Senate Opposition colleagues to do what those in the House would not on Friday: Say sorry.

More Bickering Over Costly GPH Rehab Project
And of course the George Price Highway Rehabilitation Project was among the discussion topics. That's the project with the $14 million additional financing from the Inter-American Development Bank including construction of a new Roaring Creek Bridge. As admitted by Minister of Works Rene Montero in the House on Friday, monies are needed at least in part for acquisition of lands in the area to widen the road. But Business Senator Mark Lizarraga harshly criticized the complete handling of the project by the Government, including paying extra monies for a re-design of the bridge and shading the true purpose of the loan. Leader of Government Business Godwin Hulse responded that the protocols put in place for the management of the project are intact - it's just the estimates that were wrong.

Senate Talk Sales Tax
The last major item that was debated this afternoon was the amendment to the General Sales Tax Act. It promises to close the loophole that allowed the Caribbean Court of Justice to affirm that tour operators are zero-rated for tax purposes and allow them to collect millions they paid in GST for the last 12 years. The debate continued until later this afternoon but the Senator for the Business Community, Mark Lizarraga, told us that the amendment goes beyond its stated purpose. He says it will impact much of Belize's business climate and send a poor signal to future investors - that they will need to watch their backs.

Health Officials Investigate Santa Cruz Baby Death
Last night we showed you the tragic story of one year old Ofelia Na. She died on Monday afternoon after she suddenly fell ill with a bad fever and cough. Neither the family nor neighbors had a vehicle to rush the baby to the nearest hospital, which is over 30 miles away in Dangriga. The family says this is not the first baby to die in the village due to lack of personal resources and access to health facilities. Well, the Ministry of Health reached out to us to say that they have a health worker who lives in Santa Cruz. Her named is Damaris Tacen. She offers basic health services, education and does referrals.

Bert Vasquez Awaits Sentencing for Second Conviction
3 weeks ago, we told you about Bert Vasquez, and the second guilty verdict that he is now facing for a sexual offense. He was found guilty of attempted rape by a jury of 9 in a trial before Justice Colin Williams. Today was his mitigation hearing, and Crown Counsel Kileru Awich, who prosecuted the case against him, intended to simply read the impact statement from Vasquez's accuser, who was 20 years-old at the time. But, before Awich could do that, Vasquez, who is representing himself at this time, announced to the court that he wanted to make preliminary objections to portions of the statement the complainant made.

Tourism: The Shining Light in Quarterly SIB Report
Today the Statistical Institute of Belize held it's press conference on the 3rd Quarter GDP estimates. The Statisticians presented on a number of areas including consumer index, inflation rates and trade. The SIB Deputy Director Diana Castillo - Trejo gave us an overview of Belize's performance in these areas. And while tourism is a major boost for the economy, on the ground, Belizeans are feeling the pinch when it comes to cost of living. Trejo explained.

SIB Announce 2020 Census
The Institute is also preparing for next year's census. Trejo told us how detailed and extensive the 2020 census will be. Diana Castillo-Trejo, Deputy Director General - SIB: "For the coming year we have a very full schedule. Our main focus is going to be on the preparations for census 2020. So this coming year we are going to be doing our mapping exercise. We will be mapping the entire country and this is going to help our interviewers out in the field to more easily locate households also to help us to do some more meaningful analysis, at smaller geographic levels when it comes to teh census data itself. Right now the census contains a vast amount of information and one of the new additions that we are putting in there is we want to do an estimate of poverty..."

SIB all in your Business for Household Budget Survey
And Trejo also told us about a survey the SIB is currently working on. It's to collect and analyze spending patterns among Belizeans. So they want to know how much you spend and on what, down to what brands you, the consumer prefer. Trejo told us more.

It’s a New Day for Fisheries in Belize
The Fisheries Department held it's first stakeholder meeting for what's called the Ocean Economy and Trade Strategies in Belize. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the beginning stages of implementing a 3 year project which will enhance the productivity in the Fisheries sector. The department is partnering with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and one of their representatives told us more about this project. David Vivas, Rep., UN Conference for Trade and Dev.: "We are organizing together with the government of Belize the first national stakeholder meeting to asses economic ocean space sectors with potential for Belize. That includes all the fisheries sector and the tourism sector. The idea is to develop a strategy so Belize can see the potential."

CITO and Taiwan Team up to Transform Transport Sector
In a couple of years from now, Belize well have it's own centralized motor vehicle registration and licensing database, and the Ministry of Transport will be able to operate in a similar manner to the Departments of Motor Vehicle that exists in the different states in the US. It's part of the country's push toward E-Government, and in this instance, the Government officials want the transport departments of the 9 different municipalities in Belize to feed all their information into one centralized system known as the Belize Motor Vehicle Registration and License System. The Taiwanese Government is partnering with the Ministry of Transport and the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) to make this project a reality, and today, they held a soft launch of this new Motor Vehicle Registrate and License System.

From Belgium to The Hague: Ambassador Dylan Vernon Meet Belizean Journalists
And tonight we go back to The Hague in the Netherlands where Jules Vasquez and a team of Belizean journalists are learning firsthand about the International Court of Justice. Today, the press met with Belize's Ambassador to The Hague, and to the entire European Union, Dylan Vernon. He travelled from his office in Brussels, Belgium to meet the team of journalists this morning. Jules Vasquez reports:...

Guyana Going Full Steam Ahead to the ICJ with Venezuelan Claim
And while Vernon is working the European diplomatic channels to advance Belize's arguments and quietly build consensus, another CARICOM state is not being so cautious about the ICJ. Venezuela is claiming two thirds of Guyana - and, earlier this year Guyana got UN approval to take the case to the ICJ. This is significant because it is the only one before the ICJ that is comparable to Belize, insofar as one country is claiming a large part of another, in this case Guyana could lose two thirds of its territory. So, why are they so eager to go to the ICJ with so much at stake? We asked Vernon:

Vernon Says There is no Easy Way out of Guatemalan Claim
And while Vernon is working the European diplomatic channels to advance Belize's arguments and quietly build consensus, another CARICOM state is not being so cautious about the ICJ. Venezuela is claiming two thirds of Guyana - and, earlier this year Guyana got UN approval to take the case to the ICJ. This is significant because it is the only one before the ICJ that is comparable to Belize, insofar as one country is claiming a large part of another, in this case Guyana could lose two thirds of its territory. So, why are they so eager to go to the ICJ with so much at stake? We asked Vernon:

Ambassador Vernon Confident in Belize’s Case
And one of the reasons Vernon is so certain that Belize should go all the way - and not halfway with an advisory opinion - is because Guatemala never occupied Belize. This is a foundational argument for the Belize side and he went over it today: Vernon returns to Belize in a few weeks where he will join the public education efforts. He spent the day with the media group in The Hague today.

Man Wins Shiny New Vehicle from COURTS
What do you want for Christmas? How does a 2019 Toyota Rush sound? Well, that is exactly what Westrac employee Jermaine Jacobs drove away with today. He is the winner of the COURTS raffle and today he was stunned when he found out. The courts staff made up an elaborate story about him being featured in a commercial for Westrac and then he was hit with the surprise. We were there to capture the moment. First, the customer service officer tells us more about this grand giveaway.

Burn Calories at Burn Box Gym
For years, Body 2000 has been the premier gym on Belize City's Northside, providing a 1-stop location for fitness equipment, nutrition, and personal trainers for persons trying to live healthier lifestyles. Well now, they have competition with a new fitness center, which opened a few blocks away in West Landivar. It's called Burn Box, and informed persons tell us it is owned by the Arguelles family. Burn Box is now opened for business, and you can find the facility at 4752 West Landivar.

Kids Party with Santa at FSTV
200 city kids got a break from the classroom today to party with Ozzy the clown and the BTB staff. We dropped by the Fort Street Tourism Village to get a vibe from their annual Christmas bash. The crew from Royal Princess Cruise Ship brought Santa along with them to give presents to the kids.

Channel 5

Marta Gonzalez Was Stabbed Before Being Dumped in Pit Latrine
The cause of death of an elderly food vendor whose body was found inside a latrine has been released though the motive for her murder has not been confirmed. A [...]

$14 Million More for Rehabilitation of George Price Highway
There were fireworks in Senate today on two matters that required ratification to pass. First, last week in the House, the Government passed a motion to borrow fourteen million dollars [...]

Where are the Details of the Multimillion-Dollar Contract?
Even so, the loan was approved by a majority of senators this afternoon. Most of the road is still under repair and the Roaring Creek Bridge is incomplete. The new [...]

The GST Act; Amended for G.O.B.’s Convenience?
Last Friday, the House also passed an amendment to the GST Act which affects tour operators. It came on the heels of a ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice [...]

Business Senator Says Investor Confidence is Shaken by Amendment
Senator Lizarraga points out that the business community is nervous about this move by government because it goes beyond tour operators since it blurs the line between the separation of [...]

Does Cabinet Have Faith in Aspiring U.D.P. Leaders?
Minister Omar Figueroa was among a group of cabinet members who made a request to Prime Minister Dean Barrow to postpone his planned retirement and remain as party leader. Now [...]

Bert Vasquez to be Sentenced in December for Attempted Rape
Convicted criminal, thirty-five-year-old Bert Vasquez was in court today for his sentencing hearing in the courtroom of Justice Colin Williams. It took hours as the court heard a very lengthy [...]

2 Witnesses to Testify on Behalf of Orel Leslie
Orel Leslie’s civil case against the Kolbe Foundation and government continued today in the courtroom of Justice Courtney Abel. Leslie spent some time behind bars after being arrested and charged [...]

Orel Leslie ‘Suffered’ While Behind Bars
Leslie claims he was mistreated and suffered by the harsh conditions at the Belize Central Prison. His attorney, Audrey Matura, says Leslie suffered a grave illness that he had to [...]

Body Fished Out of New River, Orange Walk
Reports emerging from Orange Walk are that a body was fished out of the New River this afternoon along the Orange Walk Bypass road. The official identity of the man [...]

A Look at Belize’s Third Quarter Economic Performance
Figures were released today in respect of the performance of the economy; they show that the gross domestic product grew by more than three percent and that the cost of [...]

Environmental Indicators to be Included in Future SIB Statistics
Over the past several months, the S.I.B. has also been busy working with the Department of the Environment to produce what will be known as environmental statistics, which will be [...]

An Extensive Interview with Ambassador Dylan Vernon at The Hague
Today in The Hague, Netherlands, the Belizean media got the opportunity to have an extensive conversation with Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to Belgium and Mission of Belize to the [...]

Belize Reinstated to RADO
The National Anti-doping Organization, NADO, has a new director, following the Brandon Cattouse fiasco earlier this year which resulted in Belize’s suspension from the Regional Anti-doping Organization.  The incoming director [...]

Oceans Economy and Trade Strategies for Belize
Belize is one of three countries participating in a three-year pilot project which aims to contribute towards developing an enabling national policy and regulatory frameworks for the sustainable management of [...]

Minister Figueroa: Hol Chan Donated School Bags to Summer Camp
A report and receipt surfaced on social media recently claiming that Minister Omar Figueroa had received a donation from the Hol Chan Marine Reserve to be used in his constituency. [...]

E-governance Takes on the Transport Department
As it stands, the Department of Transport and the nine cities and towns across the country all work independently of each other.  They also operate on separate electronic databases and [...]

Annual Kids Party Kicks off 2018 Christmas Season
As many as two hundred primary school students from across Belize City, many of them between the ages of five and ten years old, attended the first Christmas party to [...]

LOVE FM

German Government assists Mesoamerican countries
To make the Mesoamerican Reef resilient to climate change, the German Government is sponsoring a project which looks at ways to mitigate the effects of climate change by introducing adaptive measures. The four year project is called “Climate-smarting Marine Protected Areas and Coastal Management in Mesoamerican Reef” which will be conducted in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, …

GDP up 3.3 Percent
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) has released its third-quarter gross domestic product estimates; the October Consumer Price Index; inflation rate and the January to October merchandise trade estimates. The Deputy Director General of the SIB, Diana Castillo says the economy grew by 3.3 percent. Diana Castillo-Trejo Deputy Director General, SIB: “In terms of the …

Senate passes bill to borrow US$7 million from IDB
The Senate also debated the government’s additional loan of seven million US dollars from the inter-American Development Bank for the George Price Highway Rehabilitation Project. The money is an additional sum to the 27 million US dollars that the Government had received as loan for the George Price Highway Rehabilitation Project back in 2015. That …

BTB’s annual children’s party
Today was a regular school day, but for two hundred children instead of being in class, they were enjoying themselves at a Christmas party being held especially for them. Today, the Belize Tourism Board in collaboration with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association held it fifteenth annual Christmas children’s party. Love news spoke with Maria Guerra, …

Commuters will soon enjoy a more comfortable commute
Those of you who use public transportation know it can be unreliable from time to time and very uncomfortable with a limited amount of buses traversing our highways. Many commuters tend to stand from the time they get on till they arrive at their destination. The transport department is working to make persons’ commute a …

Relative speaks out on incident where family was ran over by woman’s companion
At least four persons are recovering from being hit by a vehicle, an incident that culminated a domestic dispute in Belmopan. It happened on Tuesday morning after Jessica Sagastume got into a dispute with her common-law husband Darrel Usher. According to reports, Usher allegedly ran a grey Saturn car he was driving over Sagastume, her …

NADO reinstated into RADO-CAM
Several months ago, the National Anti-Doping Organization of Belize, NADO, was suspended from the Regional Anti-Doping Organization due to several infractions. In February Brandon Cattouse participated in the three day Valentine’s Classic Tour in which he won second place. He gave the standard urine sample for doping which was administered by Dr. Michael Pitts, who …

Government of Belize successfully blocks payment of monies to tourism sector
Today the Senate passed the bill to amend the General Sales Tax that will allow the Government of Belize to essentially avoid returning monies owed to tour operators. Back in October, the Caribbean Court of Justice ruled in favor of David Gegg of Cruise Solutions Limited, who took the Government to court to have tour …

All that Cayo Rain leads to Flooding
There were floods reported all over the Cayo District last night. Areas such as Bullet Tree falls, and sections along the George Price Highway including Georgeville was flooded. Some homes and building were inundated with water as well. Deputy Chief Meteorologist Derrick Rudon told Love News the cause of the downpour Derrick Rudon Deputy Chief …

BMVRALS to decentralize transport governance
Today was the soft launch of the Belize Motor Vehicle Registration and License System (BMVRALS) as the project nears completion of the first phase. In 2014, a concept paper was developed and the Government of Taiwan was approached to provide funding for the project. In 2015, Taiwan approved funding for the project through its International …

The ICJ Legal Opinion and Support from the E.U.
LOVE News continues a series of in depth reports on the International Court of Justice from its headquarters at The Hague in the Netherlands. Love News’ Renee Trujillo reports on the education of the Belize media contingent which will help to inform the public when making their decision at next year’s referendum.

Courts hands over 2019 Toyota Rush to Belize City resident
Courts handed over a brand new 2019 Toyota Rush to lucky customer Jermaine Jacobs, this morning. It was the culmination of a Whirlpool raffle that started in September and ended in early November. Juanita Babb sales representative at the company says the winner was at the store just one day before they stopped receiving entries.

The Reporter

ANOTHER BODY FOUND – THIS TIME IN ORANGE WALK
The Reporter has been able to confirm reports that the body of a male person has been pulled from the New River near Orange Walk Town by Police. We are told that the identity has not yet been ascertained, and we have not been able to confirm whether there are signs of foul play.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Exports Down again, imports up over 14 percent
During the month of October Belize made less revenue from export earnings but spent more […]

Cost of living remains up in October
As with the majority of 2018, Belizeans had to pay more for goods and services for […]

Ambassador Vernon: Minister Elrington is a strong advocate for Belize
Today, Belizean journalists met with Belize’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Dylan Vernon to […]

Martha Gonzalez was stabbed to death
The body of a 68-year-old woman from San Felipe, Orange Walk was found yesterday morning in […]

Venezuela claims over 61,000 square miles of Guyana; Guyana takes it to the ICJ
Guyana has taken a claim from Venezuela over its land for final settlement at the International […]

Public awareness campaign expected to intensify
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has embarked on a nationwide public […]

African, Caribbean and Pacific States remain strong ally to Belize
The African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states (ACP) is an international organization created in 1975. […]

Police investigating fire that destroyed home in Belize City
Police are investigating a fire that destroyed a home yesterday morning in Belize City. Around 8:15 […]

Man reported missing in Orange Walk
The family of Nerry Montenegro, 42, is concerned about his whereabouts. Nerry’s mom, Hermina reported him […]

Ambassador Vernon speaks on 1859 treaty
Ambassador Dylan Vernon is Belize’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and carries a full portfolio […]

What happens if Belizeans vote ‘No’ to the ICJ?
Today, a delegation of Belizean journalists met with Ambassador Dylan Vernon of the Embassy of Belize […]

Heavy rains bring flooding in down town San Ignacio
The heavy rains that poured yesterday afternoon in San Ignacio flooded many businesses in the […]

Blogs

Holiday Boat Parade: Decking the Caribbean Coastline
As December rolls around, a festive breeze starts blowing across Belize. Yes, it’s Christmas time again and with the merry season comes the festive family gatherings, kids’ parties and of course, the San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade! Now in its 13th inception, this is an island tradition you won’t want to miss. There is nothing more festive than artfully decorated boats cruising along the Caribbean coastline. Scheduled for Saturday, December 8th, the 2018 Holiday Boat Parade will start its merry journey from Wayo’s Beach. The illuminated boats will make their way to Crazy Canucks Beach Bar, delighting residents and visitors alike along the way. The parade then returns to the SandBar Beach Hostel and Restaurant for the announcement of the winners and the final hurrah.

Sweater Weather and Showers
People often start wondering about the weather before they come on vacation, I see it year after year in Belize forums. Well, I am here to bring you some great news. As we slide into winter, overall we have been having gorgeous weather. We did have a cold front for a minute last week but it was very mild and for me, a bit amusing as you can see from my picture below of golden-haired Darwin at Feathers Guesthouse (link to Instagram.) The boy at the Belikin Beer distributor I took while out with my friends Pam and Francine also shows telltale signs of our cold front. That day it was cool enough to wear socks with his slides and a hoodie. As for the showers, it has been off and on rainy for the last few hours, making for a wet coolish day, some locals even broke out long sleeves and gloves this morning. Not to worry though, most recent travelers have not found November in Belize that cool at 25°C or 77°F, especially if they came from snow. December promises more great tropical weather and a colorful Christmas as always. It is not even December 1st yet and the island is already starting to get decorated by residents and San Pedro Town Board.

International Sourcesizz

Scotiabank Makes Caribbean Retreat After Latam Push Pays Off
Bank of Nova Scotia’s push into Latin America helped fuel record earnings from international banking in the fourth quarter. It’s making a retreat in some countries nevertheless. The bank is selling operations in nine nations in the Caribbean -- a region where it’s done business for 129 years. “Exiting these non-core operations is consistent with a strategy that began five years ago to sharpen our focus, increase scale in core geographies and businesses, improve earnings quality and reduce risk,” Chief Executive Officer Brian Porter said Tuesday on a conference call.

Belize PM Will Stay on A Little Longer After All
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has had a change of heart. Six months after announcing that he planned to demit office before his five-year term is completed, a Cabinet statement has revealed that he’ll be staying on after all. The statement said that the current trajectory of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) heading towards the 2020 general elections was discussed at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, and Ministers expressed “great satisfaction at the evidence of support for the [party], as measured by the large voter turnout at the UDP contested standard bearer conventions taking place every weekend since November 4”, although noting that those contests have been “as fierce as the turnouts have been huge”.

New Study Shows Bonefish Population Connected Across Caribbean
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, the world leader in saltwater flats conservation, has completed a multi-year Bonefish Genetics Study, the results of which provide scientific evidence that the bonefish population across the Caribbean is closely connected. “There appears to be high connectivity between Cuba and The Bahamas, and between Belize, Mexico and Florida,” said Dr. Aaron Adams, BTT Director of Science & Conservation. “And populations that are farther apart, such as those in the eastern Caribbean and the western Caribbean, are unlikely to be directly related. Instead these fish are likely connected through spawning across many generations. The larvae of a bonefish that spawns in Vieques may end up in Honduras. That larvae then grows up and spawns, and some of its larvae end up in Mexico. When that fish spawns, some of its larvae may end up in the Florida Keys.

Why jaguars are under siege
Jaguars may be the new tigers — at least when it comes to the danger they face from poaching. That's the finding of a new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Rising demand for teeth, claws, skin and other body parts could lead to the near-threatened Mesoamerican animal facing pressures similar to that of Asian tigers. "Jaguar population numbers are holding strong in some parts of the species range — which stretches from the southwestern United States to northern Argentina — but in other places, numbers have been declining due to a combination of habitat loss, prey depletion and human-jaguar conflict. We now face the added threat of an increasing demand for their body parts," said report author John Polisar, coordinator of WCS's Jaguar Program.

CARICOM sugar industries prepared to supply total regional demand
The Sugar Association of the Caribbean has stated that for the 2017/18 crop, its members met 80 per cent of the brown sugar needs of Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This was revealed at the SAC's 169th Board meeting held in Guyana earlier this month. The Association comprises the Barbados Agricultural Management Company, Belize Sugar Industries Limited, the Guyana Sugar Corporation and the Sugar Manufacturing Corporation of Jamaica Limited. SAC Chairman, Karl James, in looking ahead to the next crop, has stated that CARICOM sugar industries are gearing up to supply total regional market sugar demand.

Videos

  • Just Go Scuba Belize 2018, 12min. Turneffe island Resort

  • I NEVER expected Belize to be like this..., 12min. The adventures in Belize continue as we explore Mountain Pine ridge and learn all about the Maya culture within the cave systems and try our hands at some cave tubing!

  • November 29th is International Jaguar Day and for this special day, we compiled our favorite jaguar images for wild Belize!,1/2 min. Jaguars (Panthera onca), Belize’s iconic wildcat species, maintain wildlife populations in the forests and attract thousands of visitors to Belize who are hoping to see a jaguar in the wild. Ya'axché Conservation Trust along with other conservation partners in Belize are working to protect this majestic wildcat. In places such as El Salvador and Uruguay, jaguars are no longer found. Join us in celebrating and protecting jaguars in Belize! You can share a rare encounter here and/or our post with your friends and family. Happy International Jaguar Day! Next Wednesday, we will be sharing more on wild Belize!

  • Register and Vote, 1min. You have a civic responsibility to Register and Vote. Register Today! "Your right to vote depends on it."

  • The Embassy of Mexico in Belize - 25th Anniversary of the Mexican Cultural Institute-Belize,, 30min. The Embassy of Mexico in Belize planned a month of cultural events in November to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Mexican Cultural Institute-Belize, a venue opened to the public on November 17, 1993. Our guest talked with us about the celebration and how it has been integral to building communities relations through cultural exchange. The next event on the calendar is the Artchemist Exhibition of painting and quilts taken place on November, 29th. The events are open to the public and there will be live music by Dih Maroons. Diego Sapién - Cultural Attaché, The Mexican Embassy to Belize. Yaoling Lee - Artist.

  • The Bar Association of Belize - Legal Aid Clinics Initiative to provide free legal counsel, 34min. The Bar Association of Belize is hosting a series of Legal Aid Clinics Initiative to provide free legal counsel. Our guests shared that these clinics are also a good opportunity to identify the area-specific legal needs of the communities served. They are organizing these clinics as a part of their mandate and are hoping to fulfill the need where legal services are underserved and unaffordable. On our couch: Iliana Swift - Secretary, Executive Committee of The Bar Association of Belize. Leslie Mendez - Member, Executive Committee of The Bar Association of Belize.

  • Morning Matters at Caribbean Tire, 60min.

  • Morning Matters with Georgina Terry, 60min.

  • Morning Matters, 60min.

  • Caye Caulker - Belize, 2min.

  • Sports Talk Show, 2hr.