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Today's Belize News: December 8, 2018 #533701
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The San Pedro Sun

National Geographic explores Belize’s Great Blue Hole
On Sunday, December 2nd, Belizeans and the entire world were treated to a unique view of Belize’s Great Blue Hole as National Geographic broadcasted live from its bottom for two hours. The live broadcast was entitled: “Discovery Live: Into the Blue Hole” and documented a team of scientists as they explored with advanced underwater vehicles to create the first-ever three-dimensional map of the depths of the Belize Blue Hole. The team used military-grade sonar and advanced underwater video equipment that created an interactive 3D image of the entire Belize Blue Hole, a vast space that measures approximately 1,000 feet (300 meters) across and 400 feet (125 meters) deep. The Discovery Channel’s special broadcast from Belize was hosted by marine biologist Luke Tipple (who hosts Discovery’s Shark Week) and presenter Chris Jacobs (host of Velocity’s Overhauling’ and TLC’s Long Lost Family). The team further took soil and water samples to better understand the unique marine environment at the bottom of the Belize Blue Hole.

Suspected human bones found north of San Pedro Town
Police have confirmed the discovery of suspected human remains about 13 miles north of San Pedro Town. The discovery was made on Tuesday, December 4th after a search was conducted by police officers following reports of possible shallow graves on the northern side of the island. While police have confirmed the discovery, they are disregarding the rumors that they were found in shallow pits. The bones are now in police custody and will undergo forensic testing to determine if they are in fact human. The officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit, Superintendent Reymundo Reyes, indicated that during the search, they saw what looked like large potholes, but no apparent grave sites or bones were located. He added that the matter was under investigation and did not wish to comment further.

Fingerprinting system at international airport slows clearance at immigration booths
A new immigration security system implemented at the Phillip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville caused chaos on Saturday, December 1st, when hundreds of international passengers had to wait in long lines, some even missing their local transfers. The issue was an unexpected and new fingerprinting system that slowed down the process at the immigration booths, forcing passengers to wait for hours before they could be cleared. According to witnesses, immigration officers seemed unfamiliar with the new equipment, which includes picture taking and scanning the index finger of both hands. The Immigration Department is not taking blame for the inconvenience caused to the thousands of visitors, and alleges that they had used the system in the past. Unofficial reports state that incoming international flights are scheduled too close to each other, causing the queuing.

San Pedro Lions Den reservation Change
Please note The San Pedro Sun is no longer taking reservations for The San Pedro Lions Den. All den rentals are now arranged through Belize Diving Adventures. 226-3082 Everette Anderson

San Pedro Youth participate in emergency preparedness workshop
As part of the Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipality initiatives, a two-day workshop on emergency preparedness was held in San Pedro Town for primary and secondary school students. The educational activity took place on Tuesday, December 4th and Wednesday, December 5th inside The San Pedro Town Council’s (SPTC) conference room, training young children on how to deal with emergencies like fires, natural disasters, learning how to use a first aid kit, and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. The workshop goal is to develop a plan for the island to better tackle future emergencies. On the first day, participants learned how to identify medical emergencies and how to render assistance thanks to Ashty Dennison from the Red Cross. They also had the opportunity to practice CPR in order to save someone’s life.

Maya Island Air helps CCCCC operate LiDAR mapping system
To better assess and mitigate the risk factors of hurricane storm surge and Climate Change effects, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (5C’s) has acquired a USD$2.0 Million airborne Light (Laser) Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system. The LiDAR camera is mounted in a factory new USD$605,000 Cessna 206, which Maya Island Air will help to operate and maintain. Maya Island Air’s chief executive officer Chris Sosa joined 5C’s executive director Kenrick Leslie Ph.D., science advisor Ulric Trotz Ph.D. and USAID mission director Christopher Cushing in launching the new system at the Barry Bowen Municipal Airport in Belize City on Monday afternoon, December 3rd.

Ambergris Today

Commercial Fisher Folk License Renewal 2019
The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs the public that it will commence the renewal of fisher folk licenses on January 3rd 2019. A grace period for renewals will be in place until January 31st, 2019. Fishers are advised to bring along all pertinent documents upon renewal to facilitate the process. Licensing will be conducted for San Pedro and Caye Caulker from January 21st - January 25th, 2019 at the Belize Fisheries Department in Belize City.

SICA Ministers Hold Successful Crime And Security Meeting
LXVIII Ordinary Meeting Of The Security Commission Of Central America In the capacity as the President Pro Tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Belize hosted the LXVIII Regular Meeting of the Central American Security Commission. The event had participation of the delegations from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic as well as, the General Secretariat of SICA, as the Technical and Administrative Secretariat of the Commission.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Ministers of Energy of SICA meet in San Pedro Tow
This morning, the Ministers of Energy of SICA commenced their meeting in San Pedro Town. The meeting was preceded by a meeting of Energy Directors yesterday.

Inauguration of the Gian C. Gandhi Building
An official ceremony was held on Thursday, December 6th, to inaugurate the Gian C. Gandhi Building in Belmopan. The building will serve as the headquarters for the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) in Belize. The IFSC was previously housed in the Sir Edney Cain Building in Belmopan. The newly renovated building was named in honour of the late attorney Mr. Gandhi, who was the first Director General of IFSC. Late Attorney Mr. Gian Chand Gandhi, S.C. was a career public officer who devotedly served Belize for over 30 years in various capacities, including Crown Counsel and Solicitor General.

Free Legal Advice in Corozal
FREE Legal Advice and Assistance coming to Corozal on Saturday, December 15th at the Corozal Magistrate Court from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ICJ presentation in Corozal
Here is a second attempt to hold the ICJ presentation in Corozal, since the first one was postponed due to poor attendance. Lecture Series on the ICJ Referendum & ICJ will be held this Monday, December 10th at St. Francis Xavier R.C. School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

CMEC Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Cayo Resource and Resilience Centre groundbreaking ceremony was last week. It'll be located on the Galvez Stadium grounds, and once finished, can be used as a civic center for Cayo. It's a joint project between the GoB and the Government of Italy. "The Community Multi-purpose Emergency Centre (CMEC) will provide the residents of five rural communities and the town of San Ignacio with a central self-contained Centre that can be used both as a shelter in the event of a weather-related and other emergencies, and for other community social and sporting purposes and events.The five rural communities to be served by the Centre are Trenchtown, Kontiki, Boiton Area, Mosquitoville and Shawville.

CAWS 4th Annual Chili Cook-off
The Cayo Animal Welfare Society is having their 4th annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, January 5th, at Remo's Roadhouse. If you want to enter your chili, let CAWS know. They'll have a silent auction, and for $10, you'll get to eat chili to your heart's content, and vote for your favorite. "Yaaaaaass! The 4th Annual Chili Cook-off is one month away! Please message us to reserve your entry in the meat or veggie categories! We will have limited entries!"

BWS and BWSWU signs MOU agreeing to new Collective Bargaining Agreement

Renewing Tour Operator Licensing Advisory

Travel Industry of Association of Florida
The BTB Travel Trade team representing Belize at this year's TIA 2018 in Miami.

U.S. Passport Services in San Pedro
Hosted by U.S. Embassy Belize. Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11 AM – 12:30 PM, Blue Water Grill. All passports will be returned via DHL/SpeedIt. The cost is BZ$33.75 payable in cash on delivery. Lunch will be available for purchase.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Small Foot, Venom, Mowgli, Predator.

Downtown Urban Garden at ACC Producing Vegetables
The Downtown Urban Garden at ACC has started to producing fruits, or I should say vegetables. We harvest three cucumbers today and the Chinese Lettuce are ready I was told. The idea of the garden is for the public to come and see it so as of the 14th of December, if you are in the area you should stop by.

South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch
Please pencil in on your calendar that the General Meetings will be held the 2nd Wednesday of every month. There will be no meeting on December 12, 2018. Please pencil in the next meeting on January 9, 2019. (2nd Wednesday of every month).

Monthly Weather Summary, November 2018
Monthly weather summaries are prepared by the climate section of the National Meteorological Service (NMS) of Belize. The NMS of Belize maintains a network of over 25 weather stations that are situated primarily in the agricultural regions of the country. Temperature and rainfall are read at 9 am each morning and the rainfall total read at this time represents the accumulated rainfall for the previous day. November is the last month of the Atlantic basin hurricane season. For Belize it is a month in which the climate of the country transitions gradually from the rainy season to the cooler transition period between December and January. Therefore, it is a month in which the country is affected from both tropical systems such as tropical waves and possible tropical cyclones as well as frontal systems.

NOTICE - Social Security Board Belize
We no longer require a Police Report for Card Replacement

My Autobiography: A Textbook for Children
To my Caye Caulker community. I was thinking...my book may be recommended to be read by our Caye Caulker students at the primary school (standard 3 and up) and high school students. It could serve as motivation for them to read knowing that they can totally relate, recognise the environment, and read about someone they actually know. They will learn that even as you run around as a child on the sandy streets of Caye Caulker, you can achieve the highest level of education even with all the obstacles. I can go in and personally talk with them as a class in the first week of January if you wish. Of course, all other Belizean children can relate as I speak of my journey to the other districts.

Ministerial Meeting for the Central American Agricultural Council of SICA
The Ministry of Agriculture hosted a Ministerial Meeting of the Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) in furtherance of Belize’s Presidency of the SICA. Hon. Senator Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture, in his capacity as President Pro Tempore of the Council presided over the meeting. During Belize’s presidency, one of the major focuses was the implementation of a roadmap for the formulation and presentation of a Regional Agricultural Policy 2018-2030. The initiative, which was led by the Regional Technical Committee, has had the input of the Technical Working Groups, international organizations and representatives of the private sector.

Belizean Delegation hosted by Ministry of Culture of El Salvador for Seminar and Bilateral Talks
On Thursday, December 6th, representatives of Belize’s National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) participated in a seminar titled, “Rediscovering our Afro-descendent Origins in Central America: The Case of Belize and El Salvador”. The seminar was organized by the Embassy of Belize in El Salvador with support from the Central American Integration System, the World Bank and the Ministry of Culture of El Salvador. Academics from both Belize and El Salvador presented papers on topics related to Garifuna Culture and Heritage, Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Violence in Belize City, and Afro-descendants in the Salvadoran context.

Corozal Christmas Lighting Tonight
Corozal Christmas Lightening is happening tonight at 7pm in front of the Central Park. The public are invited to attend this Annual event. Stage is already up.

Corozal Community College Annual Christmas Concert 2018
Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30pm at the Rudolph Wade Auditorium

BWS Customer Appreciation Raffle
It's BWS' Customer Appreciation Raffle. It's easy to enter. Fill out the go green form attached to your bill and send them in to any BWS' office. sign up and win with BWS!!

Reforestation of degraded areas in the Vaca Forest Reserve continues through local farmer initiative

Mexico/Belize Art Exhibition
The San Pedro House of Culture has the pleasure to invite you to the opening of the Mexico/Belize Art Exhibition on Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 PM. Live Music with Man @ Work FREE ADMISSION! Be socialble & share invitation with family, friends and colleagues. Join us as we celebrate the 4 years of the San Pedro House of Culture

Channel 7

Drug Plane Landed on Guat Side Of Sarstoon
The drug planes continue to land - and the latest is right at Belize's southern border, on the Guatemalan side of the Sarstoon. 7News has learned the sometime this morning, this Beechcraft King Air 90 reportedly landed right on the banks of the Sarstoon river - but, on the Guatemalan side. These pictures show Guatemalan soldiers guarding it - and in the background you can see the Belize side of the Sarstoon. Interestingly, the BDF patrol from the Forward Operating Base found two suspicious Guatemalan men in the area of Graham Creek shortly after the landing. Interesting because - from their appearance - they aren't farmers - who are the only Guatemalans that regularly traffic the area.

Young Mother Murdered in Cayo
A young mother was shot and killed last night in Santa Elena. 25 year old Brenda Castellanos was hanging out with her friend 35 year old Jennis August. Our information is that they were sitting in their yard on Bishop Martin Street when two gunmen opened fire in the yard. August was shot to the chest and Castellanos was hit to the rib cage and ankle. Castellanos died on the way to the hospital. Courtney Weatherburne has more. This morning, the scenes of crime team was at this Bishop Street residence collecting more evidence While neighbors wandered in the yard trying to come to terms with last night's senseless murder.

Kentroy Charged For Tazzy
On Tuesday's news, we told you how police were on the trail of the man they believe to be the shooter who senselessly killed 44 year-old Arthur "Tazzy" Williams. Tonight, 22 year-old Kentroy McKoy, the suspected gunman, is at the Belize Central Prison after he was taken to the Magistrate's Court today. McKoy is linked to the George Street area. McKoy was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on 1 count of murder. Due to the nature of the offenses, he couldn't be granted bail, and he was remanded into custody until February 20th of next year.

85 Year Old American Dies Days After Head On Collision
An elderly American man is dead - and it may be the fault of a drunk driver. The accident happened on Saturday when 85 year old John Thomas who lives in Trial Farm Village was driving at mile 73 on the Phillip Goldson highway near Luisville village. At around 6:00 in the evening, Thomas was driving this van when he had a head on collision with a Dodge Calibre. The car - driven by 44 year old Martin Carillo - had just darted out of the "Y" intersection at Luisville and charged straight across the highway, causing a major head on impact with the van. Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles. Both drivers received major injuries plus broken legs and were taken to the KHMH. Police at the scene observed that Carillo appeared to have been drinking and asked for a blood-alcohol sample to be extracted.

A Spout InThe South
Residents of the Stann Creek District observed a curious weather phenomenon near Dangriga today. This is what they saw: a funnel from a heavy grey cloud going down to the sea. Many people sent videos to our newsroom saying it's a tornado, but, actually, it's not. The MET Office confirms that it's what's called a water spout - which is not anywhere nearly as intense as a tornado. Forecaster Francesca Wellington told us that it is caused by instability in the atmosphere - similar to thunderstorms. She said these water spouts are not that unusual, and pose no real threat to life or property. She says they usually break up as they come unto land. Eyewitnesses say this one hovered in the sky for more than a minute.

Pizza Plunderers
Last night, the owner of Don Carby's Pizza in Ladyville was robbed at gun point while he was closing up. 3 men in black, barged into the pizza parlour - which is on the Phillip Goldson Highway. One of them was armed with a firearm, and the others had a knife and an ice pick. They demanded money, and he handed over approximately $450 in cash. After that, the Pizza bandits ran off.

Manager’s Vehicle Stolen, Burnt Up
A woman's vehicle was stolen last night and found burnt up this morning. 41 year old Lisa Stanford, a Customer Service manager from Belama Phase 2 told police that last night at 8:00, she parked her 2015 Nissan Rogue on Marine Parade. She returned around midnight to find it gone. Reports to 7News are that the SUV, which is valued at $45,000 - and which she had for less than a year, was discovered completely burnt this morning in the Hattieville area. Police are investigating - but have no suspects at this time.

What About the ICJ and Equity For Guatemala?
And, tonight, we have continuing coverage of our trip to the seat of the ICJ at the Hague. Many in the public have been speculating that if the case goes to the ICJ - Belize may win based on teh strength of the 1859 Treaty and the 1931 exchange of notes - but the judges would still give the Guatemalans something for their trouble. After, that would only seem fair - if they're claiming half or more of the country - to give them just a little something. We asked two professors of international law who are experts on the court about the concept of an equitable judgement - which would give the Guats something, but not everything they asked for. Jules Vasquez has the story:.. It's called the Peace Palace - the seat of the ICJ - but does this striving for peace mean that all parties have to leave this courtroom contented?

American Woman Claims Rape
A 49 year-old American woman who lives in Ladyville claims she was raped, and then robbed of $8,2000 in cash. The cops found her at the KHMH last night, and she reported that at around 9:00 yesterday morning, she was leaving home when a machete wielding man attacked her. She claims he got into her vehicle, where he raped her. After that, he grabbed an envelope from her containing $8,200 in different denominations, and he ran off. According to reports, this is the second sexual assault report filed by this victim in 5 weeks. Police have reason to believe she had some familiarity with the attacker.

Comarades in COMISCA
For the last 6 months, Belize has been the pro-tem president of SICA, better known as the Central American Integration System. For the past 2 days, Health Minister Pablo Marin has been hosting the 49th Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic (COMISCA). They have been at the Placencia Hotel and Resort discussing how best to address health issues like the lifestyle illnesses: diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. They're also focusing on reducing the high rate of adolescent pregnancy within the SICA Member States.

Remembering Gianchan
Gian Ghandi was a man of legend in the public service, the consummate mandarin and confidence man, schooled in statecraft, political intrigue and legal drafting, he was the senior legal advisor to PUP, and UDP for three decades. Officially, he served in various capacities, from Crown Counsel to Solicitor General - and then, legal advisor. And now, the Barrow Administration is honoring the very private Ghandi, who always stayed in the shadows. Yesterday, an official ceremony was held to inaugurate an a building named after him. The facility is now known as the Gian C. Ghandi Building, and it will serve as the headquarters for the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC). He was the first Director General of the IFSC.

Car Rental Owner Gets Wingle
Who wouldn't want a new ride for Christmas? Many customers of Caribbean Motors and Caribbean Tyres had their hopes up for the draw today when a new Wingle was on offer. Anyone who spent more than a hundred dollars at any of the companies got a ticket - and today the winner was drawn. But, we'd venture to say that the man who won might be the least needy. That's because it's Jay Crawford, the owner of Crystal Auto Rental - who has one of the biggest fleets of vehicles for rent and sale in Belize. Well, today he got one more, a $35,000 dollar Great Wall Wingle. A company rep told us why they did it:

Belize Ballers Back To Mexico
Over the past few years, we've been keeping you up-to-date with the community service initiatives spearheaded by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at. They have been very active in providing at risk youths with opportunities to engage in positive activities such as sports, and they've been regularly taking teams of young Belizeans to basketball competitions in Mexico. The Amadiyya teams have been performing at a very high level, and they've returned from several of these tournaments with trophies and medals. This weekend, they're returning back to Chetumal, Mexico to participate in the Gatorade Copa Bacalar Basketball Tournament. They competed last year, and came in second, and so this time around, they're pushing for gold.

B-Allah’s
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is also preparing to carry on with its own local Ahmadiyya Basketball League. It was started back in 2015, and since then, it has grown to the point where youth teams from all over the country, and Mexico are signing up to compete. Mangla told us that the 5th Season of the Ahmadiyya League will be its biggest yet: Naveed Mangla - President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: "Right now, it's in the fifth year, and we have 3 age groups: U-15, U-19, and U-23. And in this tournament, I'm honored to say that this the biggest youth tournament or league in the country right now You would have these leagues and tournaments that are running in the cities, but you don't have a national tournament where kids are coming from all over the country..."

Remembering Buju in Belize
Jamaican reggae artist and icon Buju Banton has been released from prison in the USA after serving 8 years. The Jamaica Gleaner reports, quote, "Buju Banton has been released from prison…at the McRae Correctional institution. An officer at the institution said the entertainer whose given name is Mark Myrie, was let out earlier today. The United States embassy in Kingston is tight-lipped about when the reggae superstar Buju Banton will be returned to (Jamaica)."

Channel 5

1 Woman Fatally Shot, Another Seriously Injured
A mother of a two-year-old is dead tonight and another woman is hospitalized following a shooting in Santa Elena, Cayo on Thursday night. Brenda Castellanos, who was carrying the toddler [...]

Kentroy McKoy is Charged for Taz’s Murder
Twenty-year-old Kentroy McKoy was paraded this evening before the lower court where he was arraigned on a single count of murder, following the mid-afternoon execution of Arthur ‘Taz’ Flowers on [...]

U.S. National, Victim of Rape in Ladyville
A forty-nine-year old U.S. national was raped and robbed on Thursday morning at around nine in the morning. The woman lives in Ladyville and has had to be hospitalized. She [...]

Accused Murderer Pleads Guilty to Firearm Offences
Ladyville resident, twenty-three-year-old Jesse Mejia, on Thursday pleaded guilty to unlicensed firearm and ammunition charges in the courtroom of Magistrate Emerson Banner. Mejia was fined three thousand dollars and ordered [...]

Taxi Man’s Request for Bail Denied
Bail was denied for fifty-nine-year-old San Pedro taxi driver Noel Wiltshire. Having been charged for attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and grievous harm, Wiltshire appeared today before [...]

Suspected Arson in Big Falls
Police are investigating a house fire in the southern village of Big Falls. The fire destroyed the house of Angelina Ack, a twenty-eight-year-old bus owner. Fortunately, Ack and her two [...]

Immigration Suspends Fingerprinting at P.G.I.A. During Tourism High Season
There is a boom in tourism numbers, but the growth is causing unexpected challenges at the main point of entry. The number of visitors arriving by commercial flights has outgrown [...]

Preparing for Massive Growth in the Hotel Industry
Becoming a Belizean specialist is now part of the requirement for tourism stakeholders as they prepare for the expansion of the industry in the years ahead.  That includes hoteliers and [...]

SICA’s Council of Central America Discusses Agriculture in the Region
Today, agriculture officials and ministers from SICA’s Council of Central America converged at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. Since Belize holds the pro-tem presidency, Minister of Agriculture, Senator Godwin [...]

Belize Wants to Expand Export Market through SICA
Coffee and citrus were also discussed at the meeting, specifically as it relates to the med-fly. But agricultural ministers are also looking at the plan of action in reference to [...]

The Police Drama Club Speaks Gender Based Violence
On November twenty-third, Belize joined the rest of the world in the official launch of the annual sixteen days of activism to stop gender based violence against women and children.  [...]

U.S. Chargé Throws Support behind 16 Days of Activism
Earlier this week, a Belize City resident was shot to the groin by his common-law wife, who had made numerous reports to the domestic violence unit. In fact, police officers [...]

$2.5 Million for I.C.J. Referendum Campaign
We are five months away from what will be one of the most important days in Belize’s history. April tenth, 2018 will be the day when tens of thousands of [...]

FinSec Says G.O.B. Not Repaying David Gegg
In late November the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the General Sales Tax Act which would basically close a loophole. The amendment came after the Caribbean Court of [...]

Int’l Financial Services Commission Finds a New Home
The International Financial Services Commission has a new home; it is the Gian Gandhi Building in Belmopan. The IFSC was previously in the Sir Edney Cain Building which underwent renovation [...]

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Heads Basketball Tournament in Chetumal
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Belize is leading a team of young athletes to Chetumal this weekend where they will be participating in a basketball tournament with teenagers from across [...]

The Grand Finale of Gimme 5!
The grand finale of a week-long of activities to celebrate twenty-seven years of Channel Five ends tonight with a bang. All week, we have treated out loyal audience to prizes [...]


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Agriculture Ministers of member states of SICA discuss regional collaboration
Agriculture of Ministers of the Central American Integration System, SICA, met in Belize City today. The focus of the meeting was to discuss regional collaboration in agriculture among member countries. Among the topics discussed included climate change, a regional agricultural policy and regional network markets among others. Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse says the conference …

Hotel Association reports good performance and projects ten percent increase in 2019
The Belize Hotel Association is held its bi-annual general meeting on Friday at the Belize Biltmore Hotel. Hoteliers from across the country have gathered to hear how the industry has been doing over the past year and where the industry is headed to in the future. Love News spoke to Ted Tejada, President of the …

Hotel Association President says the aborted finger printing system is appreciated
But the industry’s flow of operations were interrupted on Saturday as the recent fingerprinting system at the Philip Goldson International Airport caused a bottleneck. Visitors to Belize spent their first two hours in the country in a line that circled the airport while waiting to be processed. Evidently, progress brings problems and it forced Cabinet …

Fire in Big Falls
A fire occurred in Big Falls village, Toledo. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung reports on the incident which was allegedly caused by arson. Paul Mahung: “The home of a family of four was destroyed by fire last night in Big Falls Village Toledo. Although family members preferred not to make any comment so far about the …

PUP throws shade on new UDP Hopefuls Philoby and Finnegan
It’s less than a month before Christmas tis the season to be jolly. In Belize we have rainy and dry season as well as all year round its political season. The UDP’S Philip Willoughby and Dianne Finnegan have won the elections to become standard bearers for Port Loyola and Lake I. Willoughby’s impact specifically came …

PUP Leader on ICJ Listening Tour
On September 5th, the United Kingdom donated 1.3 million dollars to the Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign to support the referendum on whether or not to refer Guatemala’s territorial, insular, and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The United Nations Development Program and US Government and others have donated to the fund …

Women Shot in Cayo, one Murdered
A young mother is dead and another is recovering in the hospital after they were shot last night in Santa Elena Town, Cayo District. 25-year-old, Brenda Castellanos passed away during surgery at the Western Regional Hospital while 35-year-old, Jennis August is listed as stable at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The two women were socializing …

Kentroy McKoy arrested for the murder of Arthur Flowers
20-year-old Kentroy McKoy was arrested and charged for 43-year-old Arthur Flowers’ (MURDER UP VO) murder, which occurred sometime after 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Flowers was gunned down at the corner of Handyside and Queen Streets across from his home, where he would station himself to wash cars. The family had told Love news that they …

Ministers of Health from the region are in Belize for for COMISCA
Ministers of Health from the region are in Belize for the 49th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic (COMISCA). They have gathered at the Placencia Hotel and Resort to discuss the Health Agenda for Central America and the Dominican Republic as well as the Regional Strategic …

Suspect Charged for Murder of Car Washer
20-year-old Kentroy McKoy was arrested and charged for 43-year-old Arthur Flowers’ murder, which occurred sometime after 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Flowers was gunned down at the corner of Handyside and Queen Streets across from his home, where he would station himself to wash cars. The family had told Love news that they are at a …

Taxi Driver Arrested for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor
Twenty-two year old Emil Torres, a taxi driver of Hopkins Village who was remanded into custody on 2 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, was released on a bail today. Torres was released on bail of $5,000 and was granted bail on the condition that he does not interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses...

A Water Spout by Griga
A waterspout is a column of cloud-filled wind rotating over a body of water. Local meteorologists have said water spouts occur quite often along our coastal waters several times during the year. After four this afternoon, a water spout was visible off the coast of Dangriga...

The newly inaugurated Gian C. Gandhi Building
An official ceremony was held on Thursday, December 6th, to inaugurate the Gian C. Gandhi Building in Belmopan. The building will serve as the headquarters for the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) in Belize. The IFSC was previously housed in the Sir Edney Cain Building in Belmopan...

NTUCB prepares for new Leadership
The powerhouse umbrella organization for the country’s strongest union, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) is holding is 52nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), under the Theme: Workplace stress – a collective challenge. According to current president Floyd Neal, delegates from the ten Member Unions will meet at the Corozal ITVET for the two-day event, which starts on Saturday, December 8th and culminates on Sunday with the election of a new Executive Committee to serve for the next two years. ..

American Woman robbed and raped
That murder was not the only violent incident against women. Yesterday, a 49-year-old American who is a resident of Ladyville Village reported that about 9:00 a.m., while she was leaving her home, she was held hostage in her vehicle by a man who was armed with a machete. He raped her and stole an envelope with $8,200...

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UHS debt haunting GoB
Yesterday morning, attorneys representing the Belize Bank (Eamon Courtenay, S.C.) and the Government of Belize’s Queen’s Counsel, Doctor Ben Juratowitch, along with their assistants, filed into the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, where the bank submitted an application for an enforcement order that would allow it to collect over $95 million that the government of Belize was ordered to pay the bank in rulings by multiple high courts, which had ruled that a 2004 government guarantee for a $33.5 million loan to Universal Health Services (UHS) was a legal contract. Submissions by both sides continued all day yesterday and today, Thursday, and when the hearing concluded shortly before 5:00 p.m. today, Courtenay spoke to reporters outside of the courtroom. “I think it’s a very simple and straightforward case. The Caribbean Court of Justice has issued a certificate and the Caribbean Court of Justice has said it is a judgment and the Crown Proceedings Act makes provision for us to enforce where the government refuses to pay, and the government has refused to pay,” he said.

4 fired from Vital Statistics Unit
Four government employees who worked at the Vital Statistics Unit were served with walking papers on Monday, for their role in falsifying documents that allowed William Danny Mason to obtain a Belizean birth certificate. Mason, who is on remand at the Belize Central Prison on charges of kidnapping, murder and conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder, was facilitated with a Belizean birth paper that listed him as being born in Crooked Tree, Belize District, to Belizean parents in the 1970s.

Shoman and Morgan cross swords at ICJ Lecture Series
The ICJ Lecture Series sponsored by the University of Belize and the Social Sector Senators held a session Tuesday night at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium, in San Ignacio, where two of the presenters, the historian and former ambassador, Dr. Assad Shoman, a proponent of the government’s “Yes to the ICJ”, and politician/businessman, Paul Morgan, a proponent of “No to the ICJ” clashed publicly. Foreign Affairs Chief Executive Officer, Alexis Rosado, presented on “The facts of the claim”, Dr. Shoman’s presentation focused on Belize’s case for going to the ICJ, and Belize Peace Movement representative, Paul Morgan, presented on the “No to ICJ” position.

Minister giving preference to Non-Belizean
A well-known roots Belizean businessman who has given great service to his country, told us that he is being denied a small parcel of land which he applied for in a village, and for which he had received approval from both the chairman of the particular village, and (initially) the government minister in the area. He said he has learned that the minister has decided to bestow “favors” on a foreigner who is one of that minister’s sidekicks. The Belizean businessman is, of course, very disappointed by the bad turn from the minister. He said the minister told him that maybe he can identify another parcel. The Belizean businessman says he has already invested in the parcel; that it suits his purpose, and he can’t see why the minister is choosing a foreigner over him.

As fuel prices dip slightly, Financial Secretary points to real growth in the economy
It may not have been a significant dip in the high fuel prices Belizeans are accustomed to paying at the pump, but the slight drop in fuel prices was noticed, and so reporters asked Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight, about it today. Waight assured the media that it was not a gesture of goodwill for the holiday season from the government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow. He said the small ease at the fuel pump was due to the fluctuations on the international oil market. “International prices as always, up and down. There has been no change in the tax for months and months and months, so we take what we take,” Waight said in response to a question about the adjustment in fuel prices.

Garifuna American Belizean pilot flies the F-22
United States Air Force major, Paul “Loco” Lopez II (commander/pilot) is the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. As the F-22 Demonstration Team commander, he is responsible for representing Air Combat Command, the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, and the United States of America at more than 20 air shows annually. He leads the 18-member F22 Raptor Demonstration Team, oversees maintenance actions performed on one of the most advanced fighter jets ever built, and showcases the Raptor’s exceptional maneuverability for more than 10 million spectators around the world each year. He is an operational F-22 pilot assigned to the 1st Operations Group within the 1st Fighter Wing.

CYDP Peace Cup quarterfinals 1st leg results; decisive 2nd leg this Saturday at the MCC
The best-of-2 games quarterfinals in the 2018-2019 CYDP Peace Cup 1st Division Tournament had its first leg of games this past Saturday, December 1, at the MCC, and the games were all exciting and competitive. There were no lopsided scores, two draws even, so the decisive second leg this coming Saturday should be a day full of football thrills for Belize City fans, who came out in numbers last Saturday.

Cycling – WW Road Race on Sunday, December 9
Weekend Warriors Cycling Club (WW) would like to invite all WW members to participate in the Road Race this Sunday, December 9. Class “A” riders leave at 9:30 a.m. from Leslie’s Imports and travel through the Boom Road to the Philip Goldson (Northern) Highway, heading east over the Haulover Bridge, to end at Airport Plaza, for 40 miles. Class “B” riders start half hour earlier at 9:00 a.m. and travel the same route.

Morales Transports 8-Ball Tournament in Cayo – CK Champs
The first-ever Morales Transports 8-Ball Tournament in Cayo concluded at CK Sports Bar in San Ignacio on Sunday, December 2, with a massive showdown between CK Shooters and Criminals. When the dust settled, it was CK Shooters who emerged as the champs. Here’s more details, as it was a best-of-two sets of matches, race-to-four to win per player, three players line-up.

PLB playoffs still on hold? City fans turn to CYDP Peace Cup
As we go to press at 8:00 p.m. this Thursday night, the word from the PLB is that the Altitude Assassins appeal has not yet been resolved by the FFB’s Appeals Board. So, it looks like another weekend of nothing from the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season, which should be roaring into its highly anticipated semifinal playoffs, but for some major bungling and indecision at the highest level of football, the FFB. This football atrocity is squarely at the feet of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), who are in charge of the referees (the National College of Referees), and the appeals process (the FFB Appeals Board).

Article 6 was the worst of the Heads of Agreement
Guatemala has insisted that our “geography”, between the Hondo and the Sarstoon, blocks the development of a department in their country which they call, El Peten. It is a geographical truth that it would be easier, cheaper for Guatemalans in El Peten who wish to ship their goods to Europe, to do so across territory between the Hondo and the Sarstoon, than to send the goods down to their port, Puerto Barrios, in the Amatique Basin, and across the Pacific. It is clear that a “moral” right exists. Mature, civilized nations recognize this moral right and come to sensible arrangements. Guatemala, however, is not content with its “moral” status. She has, and we can say, fantastically so, declared that her rights go beyond moral. Guatemala says that her rights are “legal”. That is fantastic. One hundred and forty-four nations of the world looked at Guatemala’s “legal” claim, and rejected it, declared it bogus. This is the clear message sent when the United Nations declared that Belize deserved to be a full member of that august body.

DelmerTzib responds to Bilal Morris
Dear Mr. Bilal Morris, I write to you as a Maya descendant, responding to the article you wrote on November 14, 2018, entitled, “Garifuna soul in Education in 1900’s Colonial British Honduras.” The book review you presented expressed strong personal biases and reflections which I wish to refute. I consider them as outright insults towards the Maya people of Belize. My commentary highlights four arguments that portray your intellectual predilection—the “White man’s burden.” I will illustrate how your ideology and expressions are almost identical to the principles of a Western poem published in the late 1800s.

Without welfare system, crime-fighting won’t work — Brian Plummer
Dear Editor: Much has been said about fighting crime in Belize, but whatever strategy the government employs the situation will reach Nash equilibrium — a stable state of a system involving the interaction of different participants in which no participant can gain by a unilateral change of strategy if the strategies of the others remain unchanged. This means it will become ineffective; it might work for about two years but the criminals will adapt. It is mathematical.

Romel Cuello remembers Chendo
Dear Editor, Today, December 4, 2018, Mr. Rosendo “Chendo” Urbina was laid to rest at his property in Palmar, Orange Walk Town. “Chendo” was an educator, the “patriarch” of “A&R Enterprises” and a highly respected member of Orange Walk Town, known to be very generous to the educational section of our society. Even though “Chendo” was originally a staunch member of the PUP, when he thought his party had lost direction and was doing the country wrong, he “crossed the floor” and became a strong supporter of the UDP.

Miss Afro 1973, Dorla Lewis, on a visit 45 years later
During the black consciousness awakening period that swept through the colonial society of British Honduras in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, when the cultural group the United Black Association for Development (UBAD) was promoting its “black is beautiful” cultural revolution, there were no difficulties finding beautiful sisters to participate in UBAD’s “Miss Afro Honduras” beauty pageant, which was the organization’s answer to the Queen of the Bay and the Miss Belize pageants, which were usually held. The first winner of the first Miss Afro Honduras pageant was Sheldon Vasquez. When Dorla Lewis walked onto Kremandala’s compound yesterday, Wednesday, she must have realized that she represented a living part of the glorious UBAD history from 45 years ago. Lewis, 62, is on a visit to Belize from New York City.

And then Mr. Okeke said—this
I was on the bus the other day – you get to see and hear, learn many things on a public transport – yes, I was on the bus the other day – sometimes there are more than fifty people on a bus, and their thoughts are as different as their faces and voices – yes, I was on a bus the other day and, it not being a hectic hour, there were vacant seats. I got one beside a gentleman who was sitting on the driver’s side, beside a window. I was barely seated when I realized that I had sat down beside one of the great, famous personages in this nation. I didn’t have to look at him to know who he was. He was in full conversation with the person in the seat behind us, and his voice is unmistakable, known across the length and breadth of Belize.

Abused girlfriend shoots her boyfriend in the groin
A woman involved in an allegedly abusive relationship took matters into her own hands when she fired shots at her boyfriend, injuring him in his groin. Tanice Mejia, 32, is now in police custody while her boyfriend, Bartholomew “Bart” Lucas, 32, is recovering in the hospital. The incident occurred yesterday, December 5, sometime after 9 a.m. during an argument between the couple at their home, which is the lower flat of a two-storey cement house at #42 corner Mahogany and Vernon Streets. The argument ended with Mejia allegedly firing three shots at Lucas, reportedly with a gun that belongs to Lucas. Lucas was only injured once, however.

Deputy ComPol refutes allegations that “Los Zetas” own Belize
Earlier this week, the news was buzzing with information of a drug plane that was meant for Belize but landed at the Chetumal International Airport after the pilot realized that the Belize police were hot on his trail. The event made the news in Mexico as well, and The Sol Quintana Roo newspaper reported that the Zetas are “The masters and owners of Belize.” “Los Zetas” are one of Mexico’s most dangerous drug cartels and the Mexican newspaper purports that they are the ones who have been landing drug planes in northern Belize over the past months.

BFCA says no to banning gillnets
The issue of whether or not to ban gillnets has been one that has been hotly debated, especially recently. Oceana, as well as the Belize Federation of Fishers (BFF), have been advocates for the banning of the nets in the name of sustainability. The Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association (BFCA) says “no” to banning, however, and they are the premier representatives of the country’s fishermen. The argument for banning gillnets is that it hinders more than it helps, because oftentimes non-target fishes and endangered sea life, such as manatees, get caught up in the nets. Also, it has been reported that many people who use gillnets use them in reserves and other areas in which fishing is not permitted.

Belize introduces diabetes self-help program
Belize has stepped up efforts to reduce the devastation of Type 2 diabetes among young people, working-class persons, and persons recently diagnosed with the disease, through a diabetes self-care program that is to be implemented shortly. An initial 1,500 persons suffering with the disease will be trained in diabetes self-care, through a community-based support program. The program is being conducted through the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Belize Diabetes Association and the Pan American Health Organization.

The Reporter

The Belize Bank this week in the Supreme Court moved to collect the $90 million UHS award owed to it by the government of Belize in a decision handed down last November by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Attorneys for both sides made arguments before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin as the bank seeks an enforcement of the award.

Pilot Reported Missing Two Months After He Reportedly Crashed and Died
Two months after he was last seen alive, the wife of San Pedro pilot, Jose Milo Paz has reported him missing. Ermijines Paz reported today that she last saw her husband on October third when she dropped him off for a private flight to Guatemala. Paz told police that Milo was scheduled to return home on October seventh, but that he hasn’t.

GOB STANDS WITH PALESTINE, DESPITE STRENGTHENING TIES WITH ISRAELIS
Despite ongoing efforts to strengthen ties with the Government of Israel in the last two years, the Government of Belize issued a statement in support of the nation of Palestine, which has an ongoing territorial dispute with Israel. GOB’s release came out on November 29, in observance of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

‘POLICE CAGEY’ ABOUT ABORTED DRUG PLANE LANDING
Today, Police had no further details to share on the events which occurred in the pre-dawn hours of last Friday, including the aborted landing of a jet carrying drugs, a shootout between the Police and men in a pickup and the abduction of two farmers. Police have even been unwilling to confirm that the three incidents in Progresso in the Corozal District are related.

EDITORIAL – December 7th. 2018
Sometimes the men and women opposed to the idea of Belize taking our case to the ICJ express the view that it is humiliating for Belize, an independent state, to subject her sovereignty to the authority of the International Court of Justice on a high-stakes claim such as Guatemala is making against Belize.

SUGAR SALES DOWN, TOTAL EXPORT EARNINGS FALL
Revenue earned from sugar exports, Belize’s largest export earner, were down in the month of October, contributing largely to an overall decrease in export revenues of 5.1 percent, according to the Statistical Institute of Belize. The SIB’s latest External Trade Bulletin showed that export earnings fell by $1.9 million from $37.1 million in October 2017 to $35.2 million.

THE EMASCULATION OF THE B.D.F : A NATIONAL TRAGEDY – PART 2
By Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d). Combat exercises are important for any army because they allow commanders to test the soundness of their battle plans. To succeed on the battlefield; to execute any battle plan an army must be able to do three things: move, shoot and communicate. Painfully, the BDF is woefully deficient in all three.

WHAT THE ICJ WOULD LOOK AT FIRST
The buzz word (or acronym) has been and will for the next few months be the ICJ as Belizeans are asked to learn as much as they can about that highest Court in the world, the International Court of Justice, which presides over legal matters between disputing nations. Last week Thursday, the team of journalists who visited that facility in the Hague also met with various experts in the field of international law.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ministerial Meeting for Central American Agricultural Council of SICA concludes in Belize
The Ministry of Agriculture hosted a Ministerial Meeting of the Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) in […]

Ministry of Culture of El Salvador holds seminar and bilateral talks with Belize delegation
On Thursday, December 6th, representatives of Belize’s National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) participated […]

Common-law husband accused of arson in Toledo
Police are investigating a report of arson in Big Falls, Toledo. Angelina Ack, 28, reported […]

Student robbed in Belize City
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday in Belize city. A 17-year-old student reported […]

Transforming George Price Highway- No More “S-Curve”
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Gian C. Gandhi building inaugurated
An official ceremony was held today, December 7, to inaugurate the Gian C. Gandhi Building […]

$100 million UHS case awaiting decision
The UHS case involving a $90 million judgement owed to the Belize Bank by the […]

Police investigating murder in Santa Elena
San Ignacio police are investigating the murder of a young woman that occurred last night […]

American woman raped and robbed in Ladyville, Belize
A 49-year-old American woman reported to police that yesterday morning around 9:00, she was leaving […]

2015 Nissan SUV stolen in Belize City
Police are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle that happened sometime last night. Lisa […]

US donates more military vehicles to Guatemala
A total of 38, J8 Jeeps were donated by the United States Government to the […]

ICJ judges speak the language of international law
Belizean journalists, last week, visited the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague in […]

Social and Cultural Research Institute holds screening of documentary on San Joaquin Fiesta
The Belize Cultural Celebrations video series is one of the National Institute of Culture and History’s […]

Young mother loses life to gun violence in Santa Elena, Cayo
A young mother from Santa Elena, Cayo lost her life last night to gun violence. Brenda […]

Blogs

Tradition and Heritage: Belizeans find ways to bring both to the modern world
One fine day in 2013, a couple from Toledo happened to be swimming in the waters of the river running through Bullet Tree Falls Village, in the Cayo District. They looked across and uphill, realizing that they were staring at a familiar sight, if in a completely unexpected location! Could it be a fully laden cacao tree?! A daughter-in-law of his happened to bring back a sack of cacao seeds for him, knowing his love of growing things. From Toledo to Cayo, a gift exchange brought forth an entire production that now flourishes under the name of Ajaw Chocolate. Our media adventure took us from the warm embrace of silky chocolate to the searing heat of a fogon, where we learned to make corn tortillas from the cooked corn to the flattened baked discs of dough. From molding dough into food, we moved to molding clay into pottery.

Delicious Traditional Food at El Fogon Restaurant
We eat lunch in town every single day. Generally sticking to two…maybe three spots. Creatures of habit. But yesterday we drove past El Fogon Restaurant on the way to an errand in the San Pedrito area and passed this specials board. I’ve been wanting to try the Tamalitos de Chaya for years! When we circled back, we parked and went in. El Fogon is named after the fire hearth – the traditional center of the Belizean kitchen. El Fogon spanish for Fire Hearth = Faya Haat in Creole They are still making their rice & beans and their stewed meats on the fire hearth. And the result is ridiculously good. The BEST conch fritters I’ve ever tasted. Seriously. Fluffy and conchy and not-oily and SO GOOD.

Videos

  • 3rd Annual CAB President’s Meeting in San Pedro, 24min.

  • CAB President’s Meeting in San Pedro, 24min.

  • Touring the Belize Zoo!, 10min. While on vacation, we toured the Belize Zoo again as we just love this place! All of their animals are both rescued and native to Belize. Watch to see what all we found!

  • COCONUT LADY IN BELIZE, 2.5min.

  • Miss Universe Belize Jenelli Fraser in Thailand, 2.5min. Miss Universe Belize, Jenelli Fraser has been making waves in Thailand which plays host to the 2018 international beauty pageant. The twenty-eight-year-old Belizean beauty ambassador arrived in Thailand last week and has since participated in a number of events including a visit to the Golden Palace, a fashion show featuring Thai designers as well as a one-on-one with the Smile Organization, which works with children who have cleft lips.

  • Sunrise in Belize City, 2.5min.

  • Night Five of Gimme 5, 2hr.

  • A Water Spout in Dangriga, 1/2min.

  • Jenelli Fraser- Ms.Universe Belize 2018, 1min. Behind the scenes

  • Mark Cohen - The Resilient Cultural Landscape, 1.5hr. Mark has a background in wildlife biology, ecology, ethnobotany, permaculture, cooperative land use, and renewable energy. He has been an organic inspector with OEFFA for 26 years, and lives in Southern Ohio at Far Valley Farm, a 30-year old intentional community he helped co-found. Living off the grid for 37 years and growing a wide range of crops, seeds, honey, mushrooms, and medicinals. He founded the Belize Agroforestry Research Center, a permaculture research and teaching facility. He spent 25 winters in Central America practicing and teaching tropical permaculture.

  • Immersione all'atollo di Turneffe - Belize - 21/08/2018, 4min. Scuola di subacquea Utr Tek di Torino.

  • Jungle at Midnight- Belize, 9min.

  • BELIZE.ROARING CREEK.MY LITTLE TOWN, 3.5min. WILLIAM BANNER AUGUST.BELIZE ROOTS.

  • Christmas In Town 2018, 2hr.

  • Today we will wrap-up the pouring of the concrete floor for our Cockburn Lane Project, 12sec. Once the floor has been completed the rest of the building should progress more quickly.


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