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Official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony held on Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye officially ushered in the Christmas season with the annual ‘Lighting of the Christmas Tree’ ceremony held on Saturday, December 1st at the Central Park. Organized by The San Pedro Town Council, the event saw hundreds of island residents and visitors witnessing the program that not only included the official lighting of the tree, but brought performances from different schools, the Pandemonium Steel Band and Belizean singer Marlyn Vansen. The event started at 6PM, with Miss San Pedro 2018-2019 Chelsea Muńoz welcoming everyone to the annual celebration.

Ambergris Today

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
To officially kick in the Holiday Season, the San Pedro Town Council held its official lighting ceremony of the Town’s Christmas Tree on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Central Park. It was fun-filled event which island residents and tourists enjoyed.

Hon. Edmond Castro Attends Firefighting Graduation In Cuba
Belmopan. November 30th, 2018. Minister with responsibility for the Belize National Fire Service, Hon. Edmond Castro is in Havana, Cuba, where he attended graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, November 28th, for a two-and-a-half-week firefighting course for Caribbean and Central American Countries. The training course took place from November 11th to 28th, and was attended by two fire-fighters from the Belize National Fire Service, Samuel Leslie and Victor Gabriel Menzies.

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Rumpopo for sale on Caye Caulker
Taking orders for delicious Rumpopo. It will be available December 16th. Inbox me your orders. $25 a quart. Every year, daddy makes his famous, delicious, mouth watering Rumpopo. This year is no different! Taking orders now!!!...$25 per quart, $35 per liter and $55 for elephant foot!! Captain Rob's Rumpopo, bringing the love of the Christmas season to your home!!! Comment below, inbox, or send him a txt at 6660788 to place ur orders. Please just remember that if u txt him and he doesnt reply right away, it's bcaz he is working on sea, but he will reply back at the end of the day, thank u!

BCVI free eye clinic Wednesday in San Pedro
Tomorrow Wednesday, December 5th - BCVI free eye clinic 8:30am - 2pm at the San Pedro Lions Den. Great opportunity to get that eye exam!

San Pedro Rotaract Club Merry Boxes
The Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye is working with the San Pedro Food Bank to help collect non-perishable food items this holiday season! Your workplace will start off with an empty box. Every day, for 24 days, employees should do their best to bring in one item for the box. These boxes will then be delivered to people in the San Pedro community who are in need of some extra food.

Photos of the State funeral for the late Ambassador H.E. Rosendo “Chendo” Urbina in Orange Walk Town

Jambel Jerk Pit is now in Corozal
It is located next to Wicho's restaurant.

Power outages Thursday and Friday in Corozal
Two power outages 6:00 a.m. to 6:10 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6th and Friday, December 7th to affect entire Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. BEL to replace poles and repair ground wires on the transmission system in the area.

Santa Photoshoot & Toy Drive
Santa Claus is coming to Belmopan for the annual Gallardo toy drive next weekend. You can have your family photo with Santa, and all they ask is that you bring donate a toy. "Its time for holiday photos with SANTA! PHOTO SHOOT & TOY DRIVE, have your kids or Family Photos taken by Monica Gallardo Photography / Belize Photography when you DONATE A TOY! Santa's Show times will be December 14th, 15th, & 17th from 9:30am - 1:00pm inside Gallardo Services and Hardware! (Time may be extended if needed) GSH will be hosting a Toy Drive and we invite everyone to help put a smile on child's face by donating a toy and spreading the Joy! All Donations will be very appreciated! So mark you calendars and we will see you there.

Lady Eagles Win ATLIB Basketball
Congratulations, Lady Eagles! They won the 2018 ATLIB Basketball tournament. The best SHJC 27-12. "Let us just brighten your morning ith some good news and good vibes! Our Lady Eagles won last night’s game 27-12 against Sacred Heart Junior College. But wait..there is more! This win gave our lady eagles their FIRST EVER ATLIB WIN. Congratulations Ladies! Hard work pays off!"

Chaktemal Indomitable
Most of us Maya Masewal(Yucatec Maya) in Belize continue living in the Kuchkabal known as Chactemal . Chactemal territory was southern state of Quintana Roo(Mex) and Northern Belize with its Capital believe to be present day Santa Rita(Corozal) . Chaktemal in Maya means The place where red trees grow. Another possible translation is: Chaac means "rain" as the lord of rain, tea means "there", and emal means "go down", that is "Where the rains come down". In answer to a demand to submit to Spain, Chaktemal chief, Nachan Can, replied that his only tribute would be "turkeys in the shape of spears and corn in the shape of arrows". The isolation from the region and the combativeness of the Maya meant that the Spaniards never achieved total subjugation and therefore did not manage to establish permanent populations. The Maya defended northern Belize for over 200 years against the Spanish and continue against the British .

The Manger is up in Corozal
Thanks to all those who showed up to help in the setting up!

Training of Trainers on the School Mental Health Literacy Program
The Ministry of Health in partnership with PAHO/WHO and the Ministry of Education is conducting a three days Training of Trainers on the School Mental Health Literacy Program. The program was developed to help schools better address youth mental health in an efficient, effective, inexpensive and pedagogical way. The hope is that the persons getting trained will then train teachers to implement the system in schools by the start of 2019 school year. Facilitators were Dr. Stanley Kutcher and Dr. Yifeng Wei, both professors of Psychiatry from Dalhousie University. For more information contact: Eleanor Bennett, Nursing Administrator, Ministry of Health

BELTRAIDE Facilitates National Angel Investment Workshop
On Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in collaboration with CENPROMYPE and the European Union will gather with stakeholders from the Belize Entrepreneurship Ecosystem to conduct a sensitization workshop on financing options available through the Angel Investment Methodology. Participants will be provided with an opportunity to learn and strengthen skills about Angel Investment as an external funding, primarily for providing risk capital to newly established ventures. The workshop also showcases how available policies and programs on Angel Investment can positively impact the industry, SME financing and regional development in Central America, contributing to economic growth and technological advances.

Hon. Edmond Castro Meets with Belizean Students in the Republic of Cuba
On November 29, 2018, while on an official visit to Cuba, Hon. Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, met with a group of Belizean scholarship recipients who are studying at the Latin-American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Cuba. Hon. Castro hosted the evening event to hear from students and to encourage them in their studies. Firefighters Samuel Leslie of the Orange Walk Fire Department and Victor Menzies from the San Ignacio Fire Department, who had been training in Havana, also joined the group at the Embassy of Belize the share their experience. There are currently 87 Belizeans studying in Cuba.

BTIA 33rd Annual General Meeting
BTIA invites all its members and tourism stakeholders to join us on December 6th, 2018, at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City to celebrate our 33rd Annual General Meeting. Our main guest speaker, Mr. Ishmael Quiroz, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council will focus on highlighting: • the critical importance of meaningful dialogue between the public and private-sector. • overview of the Economic Development Council, mandate and work to date. • EDC portfolio of business climate reforms and projects • call to action by all tourism stakeholders in public-private engagement and national development. • Elections for the new President and 2nd Vice President as well as, recognition of 2018 sponsors will be held at the meeting.

San Pedro Power Outage Sunday
Power outage 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 9 to affect entire San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. BEL to repair hotspots on transmission system.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Dec 3, 2018
The week started with great conditions and ended with windy weather. Snook fishing was good and the highlight of the week was a BIG Tarpon on the fly for Terry B. Tarpon were caught around the mangroves including a triple-digit one by Terry B.

Update on some of the initiatives going on with the Downtown Rejuvenation Project
The plants at our urban garden are growing by leaps and bounds. We are planning to have our official showing of the garden on December 13th. The concrete floor at our Cockburn lane project will soon be cast. The Human Development Building's first floor is almost completed. This building will be going three floors so we still have two more to go. Plans are being finalized for our Third Annual Krismus Eena Di Paak going under the name of the Belize Creole Brukdong Festival. We have once again joined up with KREM TV this year and festivities start from 10th December out at Battlefield Park.

20 Reasons to vote NO to the ICJ
by Hector Silva. 1. Spain never ever conquered nor did she occupy these lands, now Belize. 2. Spain was repelled three times from these Belize lands. (Chactemal, Tipu and St George's Caye.) 3. Spain abandoned her pretentions over these Belize lands and granted independence to new spain colonies. 4. Spain could not give to Guatemala what she did not conquered nor own 5. The boundaries of Belize were demarcated on January 1st, 5o 18- - ( Clayton/Bulwer ) 6. Guatemala recognized these borders in 1859 ...

TreeTuesday, Buttercup tree (Cochlospermum vitifolium)
On this #TreeTuesday, we feature the Buttercup tree (Cochlospermum vitifolium)! This small deciduous tree is an aggressive pioneer species. It can reach 15 meters in height and 50cm in diameter. It grows well in disturbed and isolated areas, even from large cuttings. The Buttercup tree can be grown as part of a living fence or an ornamental tree – flowering at the end of the dry season. The seed floss (fiber) is used as stuffing material.

Ko'one'ex !!! Ko'one'ex !!! U Xamanai Masewalo'ob tu Belize . Kux'ano'on !!!
Every one is invited to VII Festival del Pueblo in San Lazaro (Orange walk) . Come,enjoy and celebrate our Maya identity .

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Channel 5

Taz is Murdered Near Majestic Alley, Police Say No Connection to Francis Gill Execution
Three persons are in detention for the murder of Arthur Flowers, a well-known car washer stationed at the Majestic Alley Taxi Stand which is located not far from the Queen [...]

Another Suspected Drug Plane Spotted in the South?
The frequency of drug planes landing in northern Belize is on the rise and cause for great concern. But tonight there is a report of a suspected drug plane landing [...]

Los Zetas and New Generation Jalisco Cartel Have Links to Belize?
The rate at which these drug planes are being landed in dirt roads is tainting Belize in the international press as a safe haven for drugs. Months ago, a Facebook [...]

Belize City Woman Charged with Drug Trafficking
A Belize City woman is tonight facing drug-related charges. Thirty-one-year-old Felicia Samuels was busted with seven parcels of marijuana by Corozal police on Monday morning. Samuels was at the Corozal [...]

Police Charge Technician for Allegedly Shooting 2 Men
Accused of shooting two men, thirty-year-old Moamar Andrew Zelaya was charged with grievous harm today by police. He was also charged with possession of a firearm, while under the influence [...]

Leader of Opposition sounds off on “Christmas Cheer”
Government will be disbursing six-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollars for its annual Christmas cheer programme. At the last sitting of the House, Prime Minister Dean Barrow made no apologies about the distribution of [...]

90K Worth Xmas Décor Vanished under Previous Corozal Town Council
Still on the subject of Christmas cheer, the Corozal Town Council called on Minister Pablo Marin to put some of the twenty-five-thousand dollars towards its activities for the holidays. The [...]

Crime Stats: Major Crimes Up, but not in South Side Belize City
Today at its Training Academy in Belmopan, the top brass of the Police Department gathered to look at criminal activities in the country, from a national standpoint. According to records, [...]

Robberies, Burglaries – Ring of Thieves Rounded Up
In recent times, however, there has been a spike in robberies and burglaries not only in Belize City, but elsewhere across the country. The Police Department has gone on record [...]

BPD Launches Its Christmas Anti-Crime Operations
The Christmas season is here and it means criminals will be roaming the streets.  To ensure that businesses and the citizenry don’t fall prey to these criminal elements, the police [...]

C.E.O. George Lovell Says State of Emergency was a Success
During the national celebrations in September, a state of public emergency was declared on two areas of south side Belize City. Over forty persons were rounded up and put away [...]

Ballistic Vests Distributed to Police Officers
A few days ago, the top brass of the Belize Police Department was gifted five hundred pre-owned bulletproof vests by the Miami Dade Police Department through the Association of Caribbean [...]

Leader of Opposition Reflects on ‘Chendo’ Urbina
An official funeral service was held at La Inmaculada Church today for former Ambassador Rosendo “Chendo” Urbina, who was laid to rest in Orange Walk.  Urbina, the founder of the [...]

Who Will Be 2018’s Best Coast Guard Warrior?
The Best Warrior competition started today at the Belize Coastguard Headquarters. During the next four days, participating law enforcement officers will compete to test their mental and physical acumen in [...]

Libertad Security Man Falls to his Death
A security officer of Libertad Village, Corozal died from blunt force trauma to the head a week ago. On November twenty-fifth, Corozal police were called to the Corozal Community Hospital [...]

San Narciso Man Reported Missing
Concern is growing tonight for eighteen-year-old Brian Fred Nicholson of Trial Farm Village. He has not been seen or heard from for days. His mother, Clarissa Mai, told Orange Walk [...]

A National Review of Crime in Belize
The top brass of the police department gathered today in the capital for the first conference dubbed COMSTAT.  The intention is to move to a system that will provide the [...]

$1.7 Million in Green Microfinance for Belize
On Monday, the Belize Credit Union League signed a project with the Inter-American Development Bank Lab to boost climate resilience for farmers and fisherfolk through green microfinance in Belize. Under [...]

MOH Launches School Mental Health Literacy Project Training
The Ministry of Health kicked off its Mental School Health Literacy project. A training of trainers’ three-day workshop, in partnership with PAHO and the Ministry of Education, aims to help [...]

Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women & Children, conferred with the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy from Taiwan
On December 4, 2018, Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen conferred to Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, the Special Envoy for Women & Children, the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), in recognition of her remarkable contributions to promoting relations between Belize and Taiwan. The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has a deep admiration for Mrs. Barrow and her contribution in protecting the rights for women and children both in Belize and internationally. The Embassy is proud to have worked closely with Mrs. Barrow and local NGOs to empower women in pursuing their goals in life and in safeguarding the interest of children for a better future.

One of the three spheres in front of the recently completed Belize City Civic Center was damaged
Information posted on the Belize City Civic Center's Facebook indicates that the sphere was intentionally damage. "As we review our security cameras we can only express our concern and disappointment that people would take the time and effort to damage something that has become a photo spot for so many visiting the Belize City Civic Center. We would appreciate that we all take time instead to value this beautiful facility and its surroundings. Let us all work together to ensure it is somewhere we can all enjoy for a long time to come. Thank you." - Belize City Civic Center

LOVE FM

Rotary Sunrise donates 20 computers to St. John’s Vianney
Today, St. John’s Vianney Primary School was the recipient of twenty computers which will benefit the students in their educational pursuit. The donation was made possible through Rotary Club of Belize, Sunrise in collaboration with Believe in Belize and a Rotary Club in Ohio. Love news spoke with Nicola Longsworth, Project Director of Rotary Club …

BIM marks 25 years at its location
For three decades, the Belize Institute of Management, BIM, has been providing key skills for those who work in the business sector through its short term trainings. You may have benefitted from attended a training at BIM. Today, BIM’s building celebrated twenty-five years of existence with a luncheon. Love news was there and spoke with …

“Mental Health Literacy”
Research has shown that at least one out of every five persons will experience some form of mental illness in the prime of their lives. However, it is believed that with early detection it can be treated and persons can go on to lead normal lives. In this regard, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is …

Belize Coast Guard and BDF send their champions to the Coast Guard Best Warrior Competition
The Belize Coast Guard Best Warrior Competition kicked off today. The competition is in its sixth running and sees the toughest members of Belize’s security forces race each other through some physically strenuous activities. One of the organizers, Lieutenant Commander, Gregory Soberanis says the competition allows them to sift out the best and toughest of …

Opposition Leader says it doesn’t Matter if PM stays in Office till 2020
There has been much speculation as to whether or not the Prime Minister Dean Barrow should stay on until the end of his term in 2020. There is an ongoing battle for leadership between Minister of Education Patrick Faber and Minister of National Security John Saldivar. The UDP leadership had reached the national level when …

Did old sugar factory security guard fall to his death?
Police so far do not suspect foul play in the death of a Salvadoran national in Corozal. Forty-year-old Eliseo Alfaro Enriquez was found injured at the old Libertad Sugar Factory, where he works as a security guard. Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, ACP Joseph Myvett says Enriquez may have been under the influence. …

Police Detain Suspects for Car Washer Murder
On Monday afternoon, another Belize City resident was targeted and killed, this time in broad daylight and in public. Forty-four-year-old Arthur Flowers, also known as “Taz”, was shot once in the head and killed near the corners of Handyside and Queen Streets. Reports are that it was a lone gunman who then fled the scene. …

Arthur Flowers executed; family does not understand why
And while police have not established a motive for the murder of Arthur Flowers, his family says they are left confused as to who and why anyone would want the 43-year-old self-employed man dead. Flowers was executed just across the street from his home, which is where he would station himself to wash cars. One …

Leader of the Opposition Speaks out on Current Crime Situation in Belize
As we are all well aware, there is a less than three percent conviction rate for murders committed in Belize. As in the last case we just reported murders are being committed in eyesight of both police checkpoints and police stations. One of the most recent victims, Francis Gill is the brother of PUP supporter …

Leader of Opposition Comments on US Restrictions on Belize
The United States had recently informed the Government of Belize that it will impose a restriction on the country for its lack of ability to curb the incidences of human trafficking. The US State Department had sent information that it would partially punish the country for its ineffectiveness in dealing with human trafficking. The United …

Crime sees a dip nationally but Belize District remains a concern
And while there is continued concern over the crime situation in the country, Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, while not providing figures, reports a decrease in most of the country. Still, there is concern over the Belize District but not for the usual reasons. DCP Williams says there has been some shift in the way criminal elements are now operating.

Crime is a major concern for schools
As we mentioned earlier, the most recent murder in Belize City took place near the Queen Street Baptist Primary School and St. Mary’s Primary School. The challenge has been to keep our children safe from the violence that has taken over our streets. Love news spoke with Elena Smith, the President of the Belize National Teachers Union, BNTU, who said that safety is a great concern for schools.

National CompStat launched to effectively combat crime
The Belize Police Department today launched the first National CompStat, short for COMpare STATistics, in Belmopan. It is a performance management system for police departments that is used primarily to reduce crime. It is also used to achieve other police department goals. The Belize Police Department has been using the tool at a regional level...

Teenager drowns in pond in Ladyville Village
Ladyville Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a teenage boy who is believed to have drowned in a pond in that village on Monday morning. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino of the Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize City spoke of what they knew so far on Monday.

Bar fight leads to immigration status check and karaoke singer pleads guilty
A security guard who also moonlights as a karaoke singer, found himself changing his tune in front of Magistrate Michelle Trapp today. Thirty-nine-year-old Byron Villadores changed his plea to guilty to keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license earlier today. The incident happened four years ago on the 15th of November, 2014.

Taiwan Awards Special Envoy
The Friendship Medal of Diplomacy is a prestigious award for Taiwan. On December 4, 2018, Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen conferred to Kim Simplis Barrow, the Special Envoy for Women & Children, the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in recognition of her remarkable contributions to promoting relations between Belize and Taiwan.

Amandala

Early morning execution in the city
Francis Gill, 47, a laborer of Belize City, had just driven up to his yard in Coral Grove, Belize City, at about 1:30 this morning, when multiple shots rang out and he and his wife were struck. Betzy Gill, Francis’ wife, was hit in her foot and ankle, while Gill was hit in the left side of his head. Police said that on their arrival on the scene, they saw Gill slumped over the steering wheel of his Nissan Altima car, and he was already dead. Police say that the gunman who killed Gill, and shot his wife, was lurking in the shadows, lying in wait for Gill’s arrival at his home. Police said that 4 expended 9mm cases were found on the scene.

A socialist takes the reins in Mexico
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (also known by the acronym, AMLO), the hope of millions of Mexicans who have not been getting their rightful share of the goods and services produced by that country, took over the reins in a ceremony in Mexico City at around 11:30 on Saturday morning, December 1. The 65-year-old new president, who won an overwhelming 53% of the vote in a three-candidate race earlier this year, promised, in his inaugural address, that change, true democracy, was coming to his country. AMLO had campaigned on promises to eradicate violence and corruption. He has said that his country’s free market policies were a disaster for Mexico. He has said that he would govern for everyone, but his government would give preference to his country’s vulnerable poor.

Drug plane headed for Belize lands in Chetumal
A drug plane, carrying over a ton and a half of cocaine, landed at the Chetumal International Airport on Friday morning. Reports are that the plane’s destination was Belize, but the pilot was alerted that our police were on his tail, so he diverted his plane and cargo to Chetumal, where he landed. It was around 1:30 a.m. when Corozal and Orange Walk police got word of a low-flying aircraft, which was to land near the San Estevan/El Progresso Road. When they arrived on the scene, they saw a mile-long stretch of fluorescent lights set up on either side of the road. They also saw revolving lights on the road. The presence of the police reportedly spooked the pilot of the plane, which was a Hawker Beechcraft jet, and he headed to the Chetumal Airport. After the plane landed at 3:40 a.m., without authorization, the pilot and another man allegedly ran out the aircraft with a bag at the west end of the runway, and ran into a clearing located among the vegetation of the airport.

Arthur “Tazzy” Flowers, 44, shot dead in Belize City
Just before the start of the bi-weekly police press brief at the Raccoon Street Police Station, a man was fatally shot at the corner of Queen and Handyside Streets. The man was later identified to be Arthur “Tazzy” Flowers, 44. When police arrived on the scene, they saw Flowers, a laborer with a Handyside Street address, lying on the street, bleeding from the head. Initial investigations revealed that Flowers was standing at the corner of the street at around 3:22 p.m., when a man approached him and fired a single shot. The gunshot hit him in the right side of the temple, and Flowers died at the scene.

Mayor Wagner represents Belize in Nairobi, Kenya
Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner, represented Belize at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya from November 26 to 28. Mayor Wagner returned home on Friday. The Mayor’s attendance at the conference was made possible through Ismael Quiroz, Executive Director – Economic Development Council, through the Office of the Prime Minister of Belize. The Blue Economy is a concept designed for coastal cities to maximize the full potential of their waterways so as to allow those cities to meet the sustainable development goals set for 2030, by the proper harnessing of water resources to create employment, industry, innovation, tourism, and protection from natural disasters to counteract the impact of climate change.

US slashes aid to Belize and other countries for not combating human trafficking
Within the United States’ system of classifying countries according to the efforts those nations make to combat human trafficking, Belize is among several countries which have a Tier 3 rating. This has placed us within the targeted scope of a “U.S. Presidential Determination with Respect to Foreign Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons,” that was issued by the Trump White House. “President Trump on November 29 granted a partial waiver to Belize from U.S. foreign assistance restrictions for those countries rated as Tier 3 in the U.S. 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report,” said a US Embassy press release on Friday. Nations which are Tier 3 are subjected to restrictions on US foreign aid, unless they get a waiver from the president, the Embassy press release explained.

Stann Creek FA 1st Division September Season nears playoffs
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) 1st Division September Season is nearing its top-4 playoffs. Week 10 games were played on Friday night and Sunday afternoon at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In the opener on Friday, Pomona Impacts shut out Sarawee Strikers, 4-nil, with goals from Leonardo Valdez (38’), Raymond Peters (74’) and Floyd Tillett, Jr. (88’ & 90’). And in the nightcap, Hopkins Ibayani bombed South Side Warriors, 5-nil, with goals from Wayne Ford (28’, 42’ & 76’), Thomas Myers (88’) and Eworth Flowers (90’).

Sports highlights from P.G.
The Normalizing Committee started its first Senior Amateur Tournament on Sunday, December 2, at the Victor Sanchez Football Stadium. The results of the games are as follows: In the first game, TCC defeated Silver Creek, 4 to 1. Scoring for TCC were F. Polonio with 2 goals, and 1 goal apiece by J. Chavarria and I. Noralez. R. Coh scored for Silver Creek. In the second game, Indianville and Mavericks drew, 1 to 1. A. Logan scored for Mavericks, and Julian Cabral scored for Indianville.

Ras Mark 3rd Birthday Race results – December 2
Here are the results from Ras Mark Birthday Race for Weekend Warriors (WW) Category “A/B,” which was held yesterday. The Race started from The Upper Deck Lounge, situated on the Philip Goldson Highway just after the Los Lagos junction. The “A” class started from there and went to Democracia Junction and back via the Boom Bypass Road, for 56 miles; while the “B” class stared at 9.40 a.m. and followed, but turned at the Rockville Junction and back, for 36 miles. 40 riders started in the “A” class, with 24 completing the ride; while all 7 in the “B” class completed the journey.

FFB National Inter-District Youth Club Championships knockout quarterfinals results; semifinals this Sunday
It was one-game knockout in the quarterfinals of the FFB National Inter-District Youth Club Championships over the weekend in venues across the country. At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Compre Girls from Belmopan and Calcutta Strikers from Corozal played to a 2-2 draw in regulation. Compre goals came from Roshanny Narvaez (36’) and Yessica Galicia (58’ PK), while Calcutta goals were by Dianira Lopez (30’) and Gabriela Cowo (65’). In the ensuing penalty shootout, Calcutta Strikers prevailed, 4-3. Converting for Calcutta were Dianira Lopez, Gabriela Cow, Jemily Pena and Darina Tzul; while scoring for Compre were Mikayla Munro, Yessica Galicia and Ashley Rodriguez.

Editorial: Team Belize – Unity is a must for our survival
Once Christmas celebrations are over, and the Krem New Year’s Cycling Classic 2019 is completed, Belizeans at home and abroad will suddenly start to feel the tension and the urgency of the moment in deciding what we will do on that fateful day, April 10, 2019, when our voting population will cast our individual ballots in a referendum to decide whether or not we should get on board the “Compromis” vehicle to the ICJ to “finally settle” the dispute we have apparently inherited from Great Britain with Guatemala, formerly called the “Anglo-Guatemalan dispute.” Each one of us voters will enter that booth, where none can see our mark, and cast our vote as “Yes” or “No”; and then we will wait and pray that the final outcome is good for Belize. From January on, we will more and more begin to feel the pressure of that decision. Silently, some who were stalwart “Yes’s” may begin to waver, while some formerly strident “No’s” might have second thoughts.

The ICJ and Forum Prorogatum
In our first story emanating from a visit by Belizean journalists to The Hague (from November 26 to 30) we noted that “no state can be sued if it does not consent to ICJ arbitration.” By consent it is meant that a state concedes that the ICJ has jurisdiction to decide a case. As explained by an official with more than 10 years of experience at the ICJ, consent is of utmost importance, especially because, theoretically speaking, compliance could become an issue if a state is taken to the Court against its will. Consent can be granted in three ways, but there was a fourth that developed over time in the practice of the Court. It’s called forum prorogatum, Latin for prorogated jurisdiction, and refers to State B indicating consent — after State A takes the case to the ICJ — in an implied or informal way by its conduct. Put in the words of the ICJ official, “you go along” with the proceedings and act as if consent has been granted.

New Injection of Funds for OAS AZ Office
For a few years now, Belizean officials have been highlighting efforts to maintain the Organization of American States Adjacency Zone Office open. In fact in 2016 they noted that there was an urgent need for funding. By the end of that year, the office had been reduced to a skeleton staff and some programs were cut. Annually, US$2.5 million is required for the office’s operations. The common goal of maintaining the continued presence of the OAS on the ground to assist with any conflicts that may arise saw Belize and Guatemala’s foreign ministers both approaching the Group of Friends for financial assistance.

Bare facts about leadership
The fact is that as you climb the rungs of leadership there is greater responsibility and there is greater reward. Every job is important. The henkindola man (man in the hiking straps) on a little racing sail boat is at the bottom tier on the boat. All he has to do is lean to windward when the boat heels. Of course, as in all jobs, some are better at it than others. If the henkindola man is a clumsy ox and he loses his balance and crashes into the mast just as a strong gust fills the sails of the little racing sailboat, over goes the boat and it’s out of the race. Yes, all jobs are important. But some jobs demand more, are more important. It is basic that more is demanded from people who perform jobs that demand more. Hence, there is more need for scrutiny, criticism of people who are performing these jobs. The higher monki climb, the greater the fall if he should slip. The fact is that when leaders at the top of the pack fall, fail to execute the job properly, or teef, the people who put them there, pay.

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A 31-member delegation connected to the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME Church) in the United States arrived in Belize today on a missionary trip and to explore the possibilities of setting up a branch of their AME Church in Belize. The delegation is being led by AME Bishop, Ann Heading Byfield, and Moshod Evans, the pastor of Bethel African Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “The majority of those traveling in the group came from Ann Arbor, Michigan, but there are people here from Chicago, Illinois and North Carolina,” Evans said. “They all paid their own airfare to come here.”

The Closing of the 2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season
Friday 30th November marks the closing of the 2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season. The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season was forecasted to be normal to slightly above normal in the Atlantic Basin (North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico) this year. The season turned out to be above normal, but more specifically above normal in the North Atlantic and normal over the other areas of the basin. A total of fifteen named storms and one tropical depression formed. Of these fifteen named storms, eight (8) became hurricanes and two (2) reached major hurricane status – category three (3) or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

BDF soldier injured at Sarstoon, to be fitted with prosthetic eye in Merida
Fidel Williams, 25, a soldier of the Belize Defence Force who lost an eye when the bridge at the Forward Operating Base at the Sarstoon River caved in with him, and his eye hit a spike that was protruding from a post on the wharf, has been taken to Merida, Mexico, where he will be fitted with a prosthetic eye at the Clinica Merida Hospital today. Williams’ damaged eye was removed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital last week. After the incident at the Sarstoon, Williams was flown immediately to Belize City and rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted in a critical condition.

Imports up, exports down in October 2018
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) today held its last press conference for the year, at which they spoke of the trends in the country’s trade for the third quarter. In terms of external trade, according to Statistician II, Tiffany Vasquez, imports were valued at over $193 million, an increase of 14.4%, or $24.3 million, in October 2018 compared to October 2017, when the imports had totaled $168.7 million. Purchases of imported products in the “Mineral Fuels and Lubricants” and “Chemical Products” categories contributed greatly to the increase in imports. Purchases of mineral fuels and lubricants rose by 71%, or $12.4 million, from $17.5 million to $29.9 million, because of larger quantities of regular and diesel fuels being imported, compounded by higher world market prices for all fuels. Additionally, no premium fuel was imported last October, while there were imports of that fuel this year.

Lionel Bennet drowns in Ladyville
At about 11:30 this morning, Lionel Bennet, 16, of Lake Gardens, Ladyville, was swimming in a pond in the area when he sank under the surface of the water and did not resurface. Police were called and a search was made for him in the pond. During that search, his body was recovered. During the weekly police press brief held this morning, Inspector Wilfred Ferufino said that police were alerted that a person who was swimming in a Ladyville pond had not emerged from the water after going under the water’s surface. The Deputy Commander said that police went to the area and began the search and found the body. He said that no other information was available.

The Reporter

Several Shallow Graves Found in San Pedro, with Human Bones
The Reporter has confirmed that three shallow graves have been discovered north of San Pedro along the coast. While details are scarce, we understand that bones believed to be human have also been found in the immediate area.

COROZAL COP’S HOME RAIDED, – CRACK FOUND
A Police Constable from Corozal has been arrested and charged for drug trafficking after a search of his San Narciso home turned up approximately 5 grams of suspected crack cocaine. There is no confirmation at this time of whether the search of his home today was a part of the ongoing investigation into the aborted drug plane landing on Friday.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Brian Nicholson, 18, missing in Orange Walk
The family of 18-year-old, Brian Nicholson is concerned about him. According to police, Brian’s mom, […]

Woman arrested with over 7lbs. of pot
Police have arrested Felicia Samuels,31, of Belize City for drug trafficking. Samuels was at the […]

ICJ Lecture Series scheduled for tonight in San Ignacio
A lecture series on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is being organized by the […]

NEMO Minister meets with Belizean students in Cuba
On November 29, 2018, while on an official visit to Cuba, Edmond Castro, the Minister […]

Kim Simplis Barrow conferred with the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy from Taiwan
Today, Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen conferred to the Special Envoy for Women & Children, Kim […]

UNHCR to host ‘Concerts for Compassion tour in the Americas’
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will be hosting “Concerts for Compassion Tour […]

Two men shot in San Ignacio over the weekend
Two men were shot in San Ignacio Town early Sunday morning. According to police reports, […]

Transport officers busted with contraband beers
Three transport officers are being investigated after they were busted with contraband beers on Sunday. […]

16-year-old minor drowns in pond
A 16-year-old minor drowned yesterday in a pond in Ladyville, Belize. Around 11:50 am yesterday, […]

Blogs

Enjoy Birding? Be part of the Christmas Bird Count
Christmas time is near and with it come a century old tradition of counting birds. Yes, counting birds! Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society and Belize is proudly joining in. This international event is in its 119th inception and is made possible by volunteers and local Audubon Societies who go out over a 24-hour period to count birds. In Belize, CBC is being organized by the Belize Audubon Society (BAS), and they say that the cooler weather makes it a perfect time for birding. Doesn’t this sound fun? We currently have 6 CBC circles: Cockscomb Basin (December 15th), Mountain Pine Ridge (December 22nd), Belmopan (December 23rd), Belize (December 30th), Gallon Jug (January 1st) and Punta Gorda (January 4th).

Belize City on the Busiest Day of the Year, Part 2…Christmas!
The build up to Christmas is here…tick, tick, tick. 21 days in case you are counting. December 1st I headed to Belize City with a list…events and markets and errands…all to get done before year end. I arrived via the water taxi (after leaving a very Christmas-y San Pedro) – but you can read about that…and the Belize City Christmas Expo in my last post. I left the Market at Caribbean Tires – and the huge tire Christmas tree and started walking along the Northern Highway. (I was moving from the left side of the red oval to the right) I stopped in Brodie’s Supermarket…and bought chocolate chips. Each bag of Nestle’s semi-sweets was $8.25bzd (plus 10% off on weekends at Brodie’s) and here in San Pedro – they are usually about $12bzd. Christmas cookie materials. I continued on to the magical Christmas world of Mirab’s department store.

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Top Destinations Across the World for a Nature Immersion Getaway in 2019
We’ve highlighted the 12 great destinations across the world, from Belize, Canada to Japan, to showcase how the trend is growing and allowing travelers to improve their brain function, reduce stress, stay active, connect with their emotions, and all-in-all give them a thrill of adventure. Ambergris Caye, Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere and the ultimate world-class destination, The Great Blue Hole, allowing travelers to scuba diving and/or snorkel and witness offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries, endangered species, including marine turtles, manatees and the American marine crocodile. Travelers who would like to stay above water can visit the ancient caves with significant archaeological discoveries, zipline through the Mayflower Bocawina National Park, visit the stunning Mayan temples and/or take an aerial tour of The Great Blue Hole.

It is now time for Garifuna people in Belize to seek an alternative party
y Wellington C. Ramos. When the British conquered and demolished our nation in 'Yurumein', now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines, in 1796, we were independent, self-reliant and controlling our own destinies. This was after fighting several wars against the French and the British for many years to avoid slavery, subjugation and control over us. From the time the Europeans came into this part of the world, namely, the Spanish, French and British, we were always their number one target. Why? Because we knew that the Europeans were coming into this region to take away our lands, enslave us and colonize the entire Western Hemisphere. In 1796, after the British captured our nation, they imprisoned about 5,000 of our people: men, women and children on the desolate island of Balliceaux off the coast of the St Vincent mainland.

Videos

  • My Belize Food | Plaza Diner Food Review, 3.5min. Plaza Diner is a Restaurant located at Downtown Plaza Belize City on Albert Street. This restaurant thrives to build a family based ambiance with superb tasting food.

  • Belize Cultural Celebrations Series Vol. 4: La Fiesta De San Joaquin, 17min. In November 2012 NICH with support from UNESCO brought together cultural activists and practitioners from across Belize to develop a set of resolutions for the safeguarding of Belize's Intangible Cultural Heritage. In October 2013, the NICH and a team of cultural activists developed an initiative known as the Banquitas Action Plan. This multi-year plan is being implemented and together the team have embarked on the documentation and inventorying of Belize's Cultural Celebrations.

  • Belize 2018, 2min. From Altun Ha to San Pedro, Belize through my eyes.

  • Belize 2014, 48min. Our two week vacation on Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize.

  • Channel 5 Belize's Annual Christmas Card!!, 2min.

  • Belize National Youth Awards focused on "Amplifying the voice of youth.", 34min. This year's Belize National Youth Awards focused on "Amplifying the voice of youth." OYE had the privilege of talking with a few of the recipients. They shared their motivation for the work they do and talked about how society can create more opportunities for positive youth engagements. On our couch: Musa Shaheed - Youth Award Outstanding Youth Musician. Monica Heredia - Rotaract Club of Belize. Xavissa Molina - Outstanding Youth in Media. Kris Miller - Minister's Award for Leadership.

  • Confetti Belize - Christmas Tree, 25min. Jaime Correa of Confetti Belize helped us usher in the Christmas season with the unveiling of our Christmas Tree. He shared creative ideas on how to design homemade ornaments to add that personalized touch to your Christmas decor.

  • The Belize Blue Hole on the Discovery Channel, 24min. The much anticipated exploration of the Belize Blue Hole was aired yesterday on the Discovery Channel. Today we reflected on the importance of the scientific purpose of the dive with representatives of the Belize Audubon Society and Oceana Belize. They shared that the information being gathered will help us to have a clearer picture of the area and will help to inform conservation work. They also explained that the dive sessions continue as the team map the area and conduct important research. Two deserving students will win the opportunity to join one of the sessions and share in the experience. On our couch: Amanda Burgos Acosta - Executive Director, Belize Audubon Society. Alyssa Carnegie - Communication Director, Oceana Belize.

  • Belize Hotel Association Bi-Annual Meeting, 26min. How does a country and a hotel, prepare for the projected growth in Tourism in the area of capacity building of skilled trained resources? This is the question being tacked at the Belize Hotel Association Bi-Annual Meeting on Friday 7th December at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza. The guest speaker will be Stacy Cox, Chief Executive Officer of the Turks and Caicos Hotel Association. Our guest shared that they are hoping to have honest conversations about how to improve local standards to compete with international trends. On our couch: Ted Tejada - President, Belize Hotel Association.

  • School Mental Health Literacy Program, 49min. The Ministry of Health is partnering with PAHO to develop and implement a School Mental Health Literacy Program. We spoke with representatives who are in country to establish an implementation committee and to conduct a regional training of trainers for participants from Belize, St. Lucia, Grenada and Jamaica. Our guests shared that the literacy is important for clarity in understanding and communicating about mental health issues within the school systems. Teachers will be trained to be able to know what signs to look for and to have the right understanding to communicate the issues. On our couch: Dr. Stanley Kutcher - Professor of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University. Dr. Claudina Cayetano - Regional Advisor for Mental Health, PAHO Washington. Dr. Sonja Caffe - Regional Adolescent Health Advisor, PAHO Washington.

  • Morning Matters Paulette Gillett, 55min.

  • Chelsea + Tate’s Belize Wedding, 16min.

  • MISS UNIVERSE 2018 GUAM, Mauritius, NORWAY, BELIZE AND ICELAND DISCUSSING COMPETITION AND THEIR TRIP, 13min.

  • Maya Mike Taste test | Queen Bean | Hopkins, Belize, 2min. Maya Mike is a culinary explorer sourcing the rarest spices, herbs, sauces and ingredients from indigenous Maya lands in Belize.

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    "Tazzy"ť Taken Out For No Reason
    Last night, we told you about the senseless, broad-daylight murder of 43 year-old Arthur Flowers, who is better known in the Belize City Downtown Area as "Tazzy". Well tonight, we know a little bit more about the victim. Flowers was a car wash man who lived on Handyside Street. He also set up his one-man operation at the Queen Street Intersection, meaning that he was killed right across the street from his house. As we told you, some time after 3:00 yesterday afternoon, Flowers was sitting on his bucket waiting for business when a gunman took aim and shot him to the right side of the head. The shooter then ran up Daly Street, where he got into a brown Dodge Neon Car, which sped off in the direction of Barrack Road. 

    Police have 3 Suspects Plus Car In Murder of Wash-Man
    And while the family wants answers, Police have made headway in Arthur Flowers' murder. They have a vehicle impounded and 3 persons detained. Today Deputy Compol Chester Williams told us the police are still trying to figure out the motive - because the victim was not involved in any gang rivalries. Chester Williams, Deputy Compol: "Yesterday police were called to the corner of Handy Side and Queen Street where they saw the lifeless body of Mr. Flowers. He was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head and was transported to the KHMH where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police investigation so far revealed that Mr. Flowers were standing on the corner of the lane when he was accosted by a lone gunman who pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger, causing the fatal injury. We have since intercepted a vehicle we believe is involved in the murder and have detained three persons who are pending investigation in that latest murder yesterday evening."

    Deputy Compol Says Mex News Report About Zetas Bogus
    The cocaine - stacked Hawker 700 jet has been making headlines in Belize and Mexico. And as we told you, one Mexican newspaper, The Sol Quintana Roo, stated that it's the notorious Zeta cartel that's behind these plane landings in Belize. The story's headline read "Zetas are the masters and owners of Belize". Well, that characterization didn't sit too well with Deputy Compol Williams but today he was quite diplomatic in discussing the article. Chester Williams, Deputy Compol: "I saw the article, I am amazed by it to say the least but if that is how they feel, that is how they feel I can't take away their opinion from them, whoever is the author of that article but I can say to them that in Belize we have been doing our best to be able to prevent these planes from landing in these clandestine airstrips and I think we have been doing a good job jointly with the police, coast guard and BDF."

    Contraband Transport Officers Were On Wrong Highway
    Those three transport officers we told you about who were caught with contraband remain on active duty tonight. Now, police and customs caught them red-handed with 14 cases of Modelo in a Transport Cruiser on Sunday afternoon near Guinea Grass. They settled with Customs and paid a fine greater than the value of the beers. But, after that gross violation of the public trust, they've just been able to carry on as normal in their job. And that's because public service regulations. The Acting Director Vallan Hyde says that though he would wish to, he cannot just take unilateral disciplinary action against these officers. He says they must go through the Public Service Commission since the men are established public officers.

    Immigration Keeps On Fingerprinting For Security
    Last night we told you about the extraordinarily long lines for visitors arriving at the Phillip Goldson Airport because of longer processing by the Immigration Department. Visitors had to stand in line for two to four hours, as the line wound around the airside of the airport's arrival hall. Reason? It was the first day of implementing a fingerprint system for visitors - which happened to be on a day with 17 flights arriving. It caused a lot of waiting around, but Immigration says it's not necessarily their fault. They say they flights are schedule too close together - which is what creates the queuing - which, they note, happens all over the world.

    Making Mental Health A Priority in Schools
    Mental health: it's a word that carries a stigma in Belizean society, and hearing it, most people revert to that ugly catch-all term, "crazy". But, mental health is not a bad word, and it's as important as physical health. That's why the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education want to introduce a curriculum on Mental health in schools countrywide. It's called the School Mental Health Literacy Project. The aim is to train teachers so that they can go into the classroom, and educate their students how to maintain their mental health, and how to aid their peers who are suffering from mental illness. This morning, we stopped by the Government's workshop to introduce the curriculum in Belize, and spoke with one of the facilitators about the benefits of this program:

    Police Using New Crime Analysis Techniques
    Today police commanders from all formations countrywide met at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan for the 1st Computer Statistics briefing. The main objective is to gather and analyze all the crime stats and to devise a collective strategic approach to fighting crime. Deputy Compol Chester Williams told us more about what they discussed in the meeting and why it's important to have all commanders on the same page.  Chester Williams, Deputy Compol: "This morning we are having our first ever national COMSTAT as well as the official launch of the Christmas anti-crime campaign. The national COMSTAT is basically where we look at our figures countrywide based on region..."

    Stopping Spillover
    And a significant trend police has to monitor is the spillover of crime in other districts. As a result of anti-crime operations in the city, we have been hearing more about robberies and aggravated burglaries in other areas like Belmopan. Williams says they are aware of this and will come up with a strategy to target crime countrywide - not just south side Belize City. Chester Williams, Deputy Compol: "We have been doing a lot in Belize City particularly on the Southside to allay the crime problem that is attributed to the gang situation and so because of that we have seen an increase of criminal activity out district so now we have to also, through what we will do here today having looked at our figures...

    Keeping Christmas Safe
    The police will activate that anti-crime strategy this Christmas. Deputy Compol Williams told us that they will do all they can to make this Christmas safe and enjoyable for law abiding citizens: Chester Williams, Deputy Compol: "Today we will have the official launch of our Christmas anti-crime campaign and this is the time of the year when we make preparations to ensure that we police the entire country to ensure that persons who are into the celebrations of Christmas can do so in a safe environment. We also must look at four categories of people, we have the business people, shoppers, we have the party-goers and the criminals..."

    17 M Airstrip on Seaside? Maybe Not?
    Last night we told you about the world class Lidar system that the Caribbean Climate Change Center in Belmopan is acquiring. It will inform planning throughout the Caribbean in terms of how to situate roads and communities to avoid the effects of climate change. And perhaps fittingly the launch was held at the Municipal Airstrip - where over 10 million dollars was recently spent to build an airstrip right beside the rising sea. Dr. Kenrick Leslie seemed to think it was not such a good idea:.. Dr. Kenrick Leslie- Director, Climate Change Center: "Most of our infrastructure in the countries are along the coast and if we are to understand how sea level rise, hurricane surge and so on will impact us..."

    Once More Unto The Hague
    And tonight we go back to the Hague in the Netherlands.  Jules Vasquez and the rest of the media contingent are back in Belize - and that gave him some time for reflection of the city which is considered to be the home of international law and arbitration.  Jules found it to be much more than that:... Jules Vasquez reporting We've seen the ICJ - ICJ Cathedral designed like a Cathedral to The Law - its saints, the holy men of nonviolence - Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, and its high priests the men and women who hang on these walls and sit on these chairs. But to understand the court - and its distance from petty scuffling, you first have to understand the history of the Hague - the administrative centre of the Netherlands - and its third biggest city.

    Amsterdam and Marijuana is Tolerance Not Law
    But what we didn't mention in that story was one of the things that the Netherlands, mainly the city of Amsterdam is famous for, and that's coffee shops where weed is sold openly and in many different forms and strains. But, we were surprised to learn that it's not the enlightened choice of a liberal community - it's, again, just the pragmatism of a conservative community - which sees no purpose in wrestling with an endless "drug war":.. Jan Hennop, Journalist - AFP: "People come to the Netherlands and they think that everybody rides around on a bicycle and smoke a joint. Its not like that. Marijuana is still illegal in the Netherlands. Cultivation, selling and smoking it is still illegal. Technically speaking. But what the Dutch did was in the 1970's...."

    Ascenthium Ascending
    If you've been following the local underground rock and metal music scene, you'll definitely know about the rock band, Ascenthium. They're a group of 6 Belizean musicians based mostly in San Ignacio, Cayo who specialize in rock and heavy metal music. Now, their preferred genre of music wouldn't be considered mainstream with most of our older viewers - and it's not Punta, but - that doesn't make it less Belizean. So, if you're open to different kinds of music, you'll definitely be able to appreciate the mastery that Ascenthium has been able to achieve in the 9 years that the band has been practicing and performing.

    John B Says UDP Plan Won't Help
    Switching now to politics, PUP Leader John Briceno today weighed in on last week's announcement that Prime Minister Dean Barrow will wait until very close to the end of this term of government to step down. That's a change in plans because he was originally scheduled to step down in mid - 2019. It is widely felt that he is doing so to keep his party form splintering under a new leader, either John Saldivar or Patrick Faber. Today Briceno said it hardly matters how long Barrow sticks around, the end result will be the same:..

    Sunrise At Vianney
    Over the past three years, the Sunrise Rotary Club of Belize has adopted St. John Vianney primary school - assisting with fill for the swampy yard, a lunch shed, paint, and other issues. Today, they handed over 20 computers for the schools lab. We found out that it was very much in need:.. The Sunrise fundraising drives direct 100% of their profits to charitable projects.  Sunrise plans to fundraise for a much needed school building for St,. John Vianney. The school has over 600 students.

    Badly Beaten Men
    Our next story is from a family tired of being harassed by police. The Baizar boys are well known to the cops as being George Street affiliates. Their brother, Shakidi was recently killed which spawned an all out gang war that led to the state of emergency. But, the family says all those reputational allegations gave police no reason to barge into their mile 8 home over the weekend and put a beating on a number of them.



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