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The San Pedro Sun

Increase in electricity cost proposed for 2019
Belizeans could start the new year with an increase in their electricity bill. On Monday, December 10th Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) wrote to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to notify them that due to significant increases in the cost of power as of May 2018, the company is proposing an increase to the Mean Electricity Rate to $0.4150 per kilowatt per hour (KWH) for the remainder of the Annual Tariff Period from January 1st to June 30, 2019. According to BEL, higher prices from Mexico and below average production by local hydro plants increased the cost of power purchased from suppliers. They were able to use its strong financial position to temporarily absorb this $18.9 million increase in the cost of power. As per PUC regulations, BEL is required to apply to recover this increase through an adjustment to the tariff.

Belize’s credit union movement pioneer, Jane Usher, passes away at 101
On Wednesday, December 12th, Belize lost a hard-working daughter, when Dr. Jane Ellen Usher passed away at the age of 101. Affectionately known nationwide as Miss Jane, she was the longest running Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Belize and the region. Usher, who was the older sister of Belize’s first Prime Minister, Right Honourable George Price, was the founder of the credit union movement in the country, and before December 2017, she worked daily at the Holy Redeemer Credit Union (HRCU) in Belize City as its CEO. Her dedication to serving the community and the development of the credit union era in Belize saw her earning numerous awards and accolades, such as the Golden Eagle Award from the Belize Credit Union League.

Mercury Detected in Fish
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL), has completed another assessment of mercury levels in fishes from the New River, Macal River, Mopan River and Belize River, including Big Falls. This advisory is being issued to guide the public on the amount of fish that can be safely eaten to avoid ill effects due to mercury exposure.

Team Extreme leads San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament 2019
Taking the lead in the current San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament is Team Extreme with a total of seven wins against one loss. Extreme topped Quality Reef, who is second in the competition, during the games on Sunday, December 9th, at the Honourable Sylvestre Sporting Complex. Games continue this weekend on Sunday, December 16th, starting at 9AM with SPHS versus Quality Reef. The second game will be between RCGO and Rusties, and the third match will see Extreme taking on Beer League. Softball fans and the public, in general, are invited to come out and enjoy another softball Sunday.

Island taxi driver Noel Wiltshire remanded to prison after attacking ex-wife
Island taxi driver 59-year-old Noel Wiltshire has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after being charged for Attempted Murder, Use of Deadly Means of Harm and Grievous Harm against his ex-common-law wife. Wiltshire appeared on Friday, December 7th before Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams in Belize City, where his bail application was denied and remanded until an unknown court date in 2019. Although no official police report has been made available, Wiltshire is accused of trying to run over his ex-common-law wife with his taxi van in late September. He denied the allegations, while his attorney, Leslie Hamilton, appealed for bail on the basis that the incident was an accident.

Ambergris Today

ABC Pre-School Christmas Show
Christmas Season is here and schools around the island are busy with Christmas shows and Christmas parties, spreading cheer with students, teachers and parents. Family and friends gathered at ABC Pre-school on Thursday, December 13, 2018 to see a specatucal show put on by three and four year olds. The children danced and sang along with teachers as they performed energetic and fun dances. Here are a few pictures of the event for your enjoyment! - Merry Christmas from ABC Pre-School!

Island Academy Christmas Pageant Presents The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker came to life at The Island Academy’s annual Christmas Pageant that took place on Wednesday, December 13, 2018, at the school compound. The main character Marie was whisked away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. An evil Mouse King was defeated; magical characters came to life; dances were performed and sung as the student body put on a spectacular show once again. Congratulations to Teacher Catie Miller and her crew for a job well done. Here’s a look at The Island Academy's Christmas Pageant 2018:

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Corozal - WELCOME TO TORTUGA GRILL & PADDLE LOUNGE
Opening to the general public Thursday, December 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Our location is Rainbow Beach & Park. We can't wait to serve you. We extend our warmest season greetings to you and your family.

Recall of Del Monte FIESTA CORN Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) and the Belize Bureau of Standards has been advised on a recall announcement from Del Monte Food Inc. of Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red and Green Peppers. Although Del Monte Foods Inc. has not been notified of any reports of illness associated with the product, 62, 242 cases of this product carrying a specific code and date are being recalled due to under-processing which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.

Mercury Detected in Fish
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL), has completed another assessment of mercury levels in fishes from the New River, Macal River, Mopan River and Belize River, including Big Falls. This advisory is being issued to guide the public on the amount of fish that can be safely eaten to avoid ill effects due to mercury exposure. In this fish mercury testing, a total of 22 fish species were captured with a total of 705 fishes coming from 13 locations. Analysis of fish samples for this mercury testing indicated that all fish had levels of mercury under the recommended safety level. The highest level of mercury was 0.38 mg/kg in the basa and the lowest 0.06 in the green swordtail. This is the first time the results had fallen below the recommended safe levels of 0.5mg/kg. The Ministry, however, cautions on the recommended fish to be eaten since the fish are not totally free of mercury.

CAB'S 3RD ANNUAL BOARD PRESENTATION
On Friday, December 7, 2018, the Children's Advisory Body (CAB) Board held its Annual presentation. This year the host of the presentation was the municipality of San Pedro Town, which hosted all the CABs from each municipality where they had to decorate a booth and present their year's accomplishments. Before the booths were available for display, there was a ceremony where Mayor Daniel Guerrero offered the welcome address and each CAB gave a presentation. Other speakers at the event was Hon. Carla Barnett, Senator and Minister of State for the Government of Belize, as well as the UNICEF Coordinator in Belize, Dr. Susan Kasedde. At the end of the ceremony, CAB Project Coordinator, Kay-de Vaughn, have the closing remarks and surprised each CAB with three (3) tablets which then the officials handed over. After the ceremony was over, schools from San Pedro Town were invited to witness the different CAB booths. All CAB booths were very informative and interactive offering games and you win a prize if you guessed correctly. Thank you all CABs for participating and we hope you enjoyed your time in San Pedro, it was our honor hosting you all. See you soon!

The Sustainable Energy Sector! 2018 Outlook and Opportunities
In the ongoing global quest to mitigating climate change and seeking energy independence, Belize remains an active supporter joining the chorus of fostering renewable energy developments. With a history of development in Green Economy, Belize has been powered by primarily renewable sources, namely Hydro and Biomass Energy with growing opportunities in Solar Energy. An example of the benefits under renewable energy can be seen in the utility rates in Belize, which have a mean electricity rate of approximately USD $0.17 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

Pro Solar Engineering Limited: Pioneers in the Renewable Energy sector in Belize
Founded in 2011 by electrical engineer, Marco Valle, Pro Solar Engineering Ltd. has set out to provide Belize with reliable renewable energy. Since then, the company has grown and transitioned into a modern and innovative clean energy company providing tailored systems and services to our clients. Pro Solar Engineering specializes in solar, wind and hydro energy systems, and have recently expanded to offer modernized and highly efficient renewable energy equipment that uses advanced digital solutions and monitoring features through a world renowned brand, Tesla, Inc. All projects to date have been conducted in Belize, a thriving developing nation nestled in the Central American and Caribbean region bordered to the North by Mexico, West and South by Guatemala and East by the pristine Caribbean Sea. Belize has long sunlight days, is filled with many networks of rivers with good wind power potential along the coast and in elevated areas.

Christmas Edition of ArT In ThE ParK
This Saturday, December 15th. Christmas Edition of ArT In ThE ParK. You don't want to miss it. Come out and view art work by Depiction Paintings making their debut in Corozal.

Grants Notice: Belize Travel and Logistics Program for Training Support
The Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) announces an open competition for assistance awards in Belize. Organizations may submit grant proposals for a program to facilitate the implementation of law enforcement and rule of law assistance programs. The activities under this award shall take place within Belize, the United States, and other countries as training opportunities arise. The applicant shall be responsible for working with the INL office in Belize in planning and scheduling all events, including but not limited to travel and logistic services for trainings, meetings, conferences, site visits and workshops in support of INL programs carried out by the INL Office in Belize.

Celebrating Young Belizean Entrepreneurs!
For the month of December, we are excited to feature Kevin Moralez as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur! Kevin Moralez is self-thought local artist and owner of Moralez Art in Bella Vista Village in the Toledo District. He has had a profound passion for drawing since the young age of 8 years. Being an entrepreneur since his early high school days, Kevin would draw class banners and commission portrait drawings for classmates. With much dedication and practice he became really good in crafting stunning pieces of art. After graduating from the Independence High School they offered him a job to paint all the signs and murals of the school building. This propelled his early career, as many visitors where impressed by the quality and detail of his art work. Having gained publicity, he focused on building his professional career and met other prominent Belizean artists who aided him in building his own brand name and starting up his art business.

Renewing Accommodation Licensing Advisory
Please take note of the 11 requirements to renew Accommodation License with BTB. Please be advised that all Accommodation Licenses expire on December 31, 2018. Applications for renewal are now being accepted at BTB's Belize City and San Pedro Offices.

Signing of the Chiquibul and Vaca Forests Joint Enforcement Protocol
Today, December 13th, the Ministry of National Security (MNS), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI), and Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) signed the Chiquibul and Vaca Forests Joint Enforcement Protocol. Signing the protocol were the Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar; Chief Forest Officer, Mr. Wilber Sabido (MAFFESDI); and Executive Director of FCD, Mr. Raphael Manzanero. The protocol sets out a formalized Chiquibul and Vaca Forests Joint Enforcement Program to address illegal activities occurring within the forest which put the integrity of the forest ecosystem at risk and threaten the national security and territorial integrity of Belize.

San Pedro Town Council Holiday Hours
We take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy and Blessed Holiday Season!

Former Corozal Town Council Burned Records
Documents unearthed recently at the Corozal Town Council reveal that the previous Council was carrying out the burning of financial records only weeks before the March municipal elections. The present Town Council under Mayor Rigo Vellos has said that the lack of records and information was the primary reason for the delay in presenting a financial report.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Night School, Goosebumps 2, Small Foot, A Simple Favor.

19 people. One hour. 150 trash bags.
Super happy to see the clean-up campaign alive and well! Thanks for keeping up the great work! For the Love of San Pedro, let's all do our part in keeping La Isla Bonita...bonita! A HUGE thank you to Victoria House, Aces, San Pedro Town Council, Peter Mc Peake, Crissy Guerra, Bill Henkis and crew. Trash was not only placed in bags but it was separated into recyclable plastic, wood and other.

Channel 7

Guatemalan President in Belize
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in in Belize tonight - in advance of a SICA Presidential summit tomorrow.  Now, just the thought of his presence is sure to inflame many red-blooded Belizeans, after all his country is claiming at least half of Belize's territory. But, tonight he is here as a guest of the state.  Belize currently holds the presidency of SICA - which is the Central American Integration System - and tomorrow Prime Minister Dean Barrow will hand over the rotating presidency to Morales. 7News was at the airport for Morales's first visit as President: President Jimmy Morales's Presidential plane touched down at 3:15 PM. This is his first visit to Belize flying as the president  in this twin engine Beechcraft King Air 300. A BDF Guard of Honour stood by to greet him. While officials form his Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stood by to welcome him.

Salvadoran President Arrives, Two More Expected
And, the president of El Salvador arrived at the PGIA a few minutes after Morales.  He is Salvador Sánchez Cerén - and he arrived on an Avianca airplane.  Sanchez - Ceren received the same freeting as Morales - and was taken by motorcade - also to the Biltmore. Two more Presidents are expected tomorrow: Panama's and Honduras's.

Elrington Chairs Meeting Of SICA Foreign Ministers
And while all these presidents will meet tomorrow, today it was the SICA Ministers of Foreign Affairs who met at the Biltmore.  The meeting was chaired by Wilfred Elrington and he told us what is at the top of the agenda:.. Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "I think first of all the climate change, climate change is an existential issue, secondly the migration issue and then of course the question of security, that's a matter that transcends borders. Climate change transcend borders, migration transcends borders, security transcends borders and I like to think Jules - you know the United States sis having tremendous fire all over, what happens if we start having tremendous fires in the Chiquibul area? Given the very limited capacities we have to fight fires we would be in trouble unless we get help from outside. If a serious disease were to take place in this region, we will have to work together. There are so many ways in which we have to work together you know."

Still No Answers for Anisha, Family Offers Reward
Anisha Young's boyfriend has been re-detained but he isn't providing any useful information. He maintains his story that he went to bed and when he woke up, Anisha was gone. Today at the bi-weekly press briefing, police told us that her boyfriend was re-detained because of rumors that Young's body was dumped out there somewhere. But at this point, police still can't provide any concrete information in her case. Police also say they have been assisting the family with searches.

La Zafra Opens To An Uncertain Future
This morning, the new sugar season - known in the north as "La Zafra" -  opened with its usual pomp and ceremony at the BSI's Tower Hill Factory in the Orange Walk. You probably know that last year's season was particularly rough for the cane farmers due to the very low world market prices for sugar that persisted for all of last season. But the farmers and the millers are deeply invested into the future of the industry, and all involved must hope for a better financial outlook in the near future.  Our news team travelled north for the opening of the season, and Daniel Ortiz has that story: These VIP's of the sugar industry threw the first sugar cane stalks on one of the dumping tables at BSI's Tower Hill Factory. 

Finally A Protocol For Long-Standing Practice
The Ministries of National Security and Forestry along with the Friends for Conservation and Development signed the first ever Chiquibul And Vaca Forests protocol today. The document outlines key details on how to operate in these areas. Now, obviously, operations and patrols have been conducted in these areas that is nothing new, but according to the team, this protocol officially presents a more organized and collaborative approach to protecting these areas.  Courtney Weatherburne has more: Finally, after about a decade, the Chiquibul and Vaca Forests Joint Enforcement Protocol was drafted and signed today.

The Looming Threats In The Wilds of Vaca
FCD Executive Director Rafael Manzanero also gave us an update on what trends they have been noticing recently in the Chiquibul and some of the improvements they have seen. Manzaenro also discussed the illegal activities in the Vaca Forest reserve that haven't been properly addressed.  Rafael Manzanero - Executive Director, FCD: "The Chiquibul is always a dynamic situation. Chateros, illegal logging is no longer a problem in the Chiquibul, the terminology of chater is just remaining on the minds of Belizeans now and in the vocab of Belizeans but in reality we do not really have any major significant problems with chateros today..."

Pvt Fidel Williams Back Home
Private Fidel Williams - the soldier who lost his eye in an on-duty accident - has returned from Merida but the doctors could not operate on him as yet. CEO of Defense Felix Enriquez told us more. Felix Enriquez - CEO, Defence: "I actually met with him earlier this week, he's simply in very good spirit. He has returned from his initial visit to the doctors in Merida. They couldn't perform surgery on him because he's still healing, so he's schedule to return at some point. So for right now he's on sick leave and on recovery."

Businessman's Murder Still a Mystery
No one has been arrested for Michael Arnold's murder.  The Corozal businessman was killed on Monday night on a dark and deserted road on the outskirts of Corozal.  Police today confirmed a few details, like the fact that he had just bought food, and that he was in the passenger seat when he was shot twice to the head:.. ACP Joseph Myvett - Head, NCIB: "On Monday the 10th of December sometime around 10:40 PM Corozal police were on patrol in the Baizer layout area where they came across a white van. Upon making inspection of the van the apparent lifeless body of a male person later identified to be Michael Arnold 58 years business of a 4th avenue address was seen inside the vehicle on the passenger side.

Police Weigh Charges In Death of Child
Police also gave their report on the drowning of baby Marianne. The 11 month old drowned on Wednesday night when she slipped into a bucket of water at home. Police say they have not decided how they will proceed in regards to possible charges against the parents. ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB - Eastern Division: "On Tuesday just before midnight police were called out to the KHMH where they observed a 11 month baby apparently dead. The information the police have gathered so far is that just sometime after 8:30 the baby was along with family members on Albert Hoye street whilst..."

Alleged Armed Robber Remanded
Tonight, 26 year-old Jeremy Mushlar, a labourer of Raccoon Street in Belize City, is at the Belize Central Prison after he was taken to court for robbing a water truck, and then shooting at the cops who responded to the robbery.
Police say that on Tuesday, December 11th, Mushlar and another man attempted to rob the employees of Energy Purified Water and Ice company from Orange Walk. Today, at the police press briefing, ASP Cowo shared more details on the case - including the multiple gunshots fired:

FM: Say No To The ICJ, Say Yes to Possibility of Guat Invasion
Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington has been pilloried many times in the press and the public for what are seen to be outlandish, even insulting statements.  He's previously said that those who don't vote yes to the ICJ must be crazy,  and today he took it one step further by saying that if you vote "no" - you could be courting a Guatemalan invasion.  Yup, he went there.  We pick up the interview where he's being asked to qualify his statement about the possibility of an invasion:.. The SICA Foreign Ministers Meeting ended today.

Youth B-Ball Team Boasts Stellar Record
8 months ago, we introduced you to the Future Shock Basketball Team. It's an initiative by Clinton "Pulu" Lightburn. You'll know him a local basketball legend who now coaches young men, in an effort to provide them with positive activities to counteract the influence of the gang life-style that's all around them on Belize City's Southside. The team has been together for 3 years now, and in all of their 69 games on the court, they remain undefeated.  Last weekend, they went back to Mexico to defend their Championship in the Gatorade Bacalar Cup, and after a nail-biting game in the finals the Future Shock  ballers to defeat the Mexican team from Distrito Federal by a single point.

One May Be Charged For Machete Maim
Police have one person in custody for the merciless case of machete maim in Armenia. Here's more from the Head of National Crimes Investigations. ACP Joseph Myvett - Head, NCIB: "Tuesday sometime around 2 AM police were called to the residence of Luis Hernandez in Armenia Village where upon arrival they observed a male hispanic person in an unconscious state with multiple chop wounds to the body and head. His name was later learnt to be Lucio Ruiz. So far, police have one person in custody pending this investigation. No charges have yet been preferred as the police investigation is still ongoing."

Bar Brawl turns Into Nose Biter
Usually when we report on bar brawls, someone is either badly busted up, stabbed or shot.. but bitten? That's a new one. It happened at a bar in Corozal. Two men got into it and one bit the other on the nose, ripping off a piece of it a real Class A Mike Tyson move. Here's more from police.

Home Invaders in Guinea Grass
A Guinea Grass woman's home was burglarized this morning. She was asleep when 3 men entered her home and raided it. Fortunately she wasn't harmed. Police told us more.

Staine Gets 16
For about 5 weeks now, we've been following the Supreme Court Trial of the 3 brothers, 46 year-old Phil Staine, 37 year-old Kareem Staine, and 41 year-old Orlando Staine, who were charged with murder. After a trial without jury, Justice Adolph Lucas acquitted  Kareem and Orlando Staine of both murder and manslaughter, but he found their other eldest brother, Phil Staine, guilty of manslaughter for the stabbing death of the 23 year-old BDF volunteer Denver Villafranco. Well, Justice Lucas decided today that Phil Staine will spend 16 years and 5 months in jail. The judge sentenced him to spend 20 years in jail, but he subtracted 3 years and 7 months, because that's how long Staine spent on remand awaiting trial.

Toys For Over 300 Kids Form Police and Embassies
Over 350 city kids got early Christmas gifts today - but the sponsors weren't local businesses, they were diplomats. Various embassies including the Taiwanese, the US and Mexico collaborated with the police give each child one toy.  It's Christmas community policing and the excited kids gathered at the Raccoon Street police station to get their gifts. Howell Gillett - Senior Superintendent and Regional Commander: "It's the coming together off five different embassies and a high commission. It's the Mexicans, the Americans, the Guatemalans, the Brazilians, the Taiwanese, and the British High Commission.

An Urban Garden Rejuvenates City
The Anglican Cathedral College has an urban garden. It is part of the multi million dollar downtown rejuvenation project which seeks to uplift and beautify public spaces. We spoke to school principal Ismael Requena about this initiative. Ismael Requena  - Principal of ACC: "This project is a collaboration between ACC, the Taiwanese embassy, the BTB and the ministry of agriculture. It is part of the downtown rejuvenation project and we here at ACC are very elated and in fact, thankful for this project; because it does bring a multifaceted approach in that it involves our students, our community and even our church..."

Channel 5

Guatemalan President in Belize for SICA Summit
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is in Belize. President Morales touched down at the P.G.I.A. at twenty minutes passed three o’clock this afternoon and is here for the 2018 SICA Summit [...]

Foreign Minister Says Vote “NO” and Guatemala Might Invade
There have been ongoing lectures in different parts of the country and from what has been detected, there seems to be an anti-I.C.J. sentiment.  Minister Wilfred Elrington is known to [...]

Wilfred Elrington Responds to Dickie Bradley and Assad Shoman
Two point five million dollars have been budgeted by the government for the I.C.J. Referendum campaign.  An education campaign, apart from but similar to the government-sponsored I.C.J. campaign, concluded on [...]

What Happened to the Sarstoon Protocol?
There is another protocol to report about tonight. It is the Sarstoon Protocol, which is still up in the air. In June 2016, the foreign ministers of both Belize and [...]

SICA Heads in Belize for Summit
The leaders of all seven Central American countries are in Belize for the 2018 SICA Summit. For the past six months, Belize was at the helm of the Central American [...]

A New Set of Rules for Joint Operations in the Chiquibul Forest
While Guatemalan president and foreign minister are at the Biltmore, in Belmopan, a protocol was signed to deal with encroachments in the Chiquibul and Vaca Forests by persons from Guatemala [...]

Chiquibul Protocol Long in the Making, But Finally Here
The newly established guidelines, according to Minister John Saldivar, who holds the national security portfolio, sets out the means by which the respective agencies, including the Forestry Department, will conduct [...]

Boyfriend Re-Detained, but Still No Signs of Anisha Young
Hopes are dimming tonight for the family of Anisha Young; they are offering a reward of ten thousand dollars for concrete information on her whereabouts.  The twenty-three-year-old disappeared on Sunday [...]

Shootout between Police and Armed Robber
On Tuesday around two p.m., a Belizean truck driver from Orange Walk was shot inside a water truck he was driving in the Gungulung area of Belize City. Two men [...]

Who Wanted Michael Arnold Dead & Why?
On Monday night, Corozal police came across an abandoned white van in an isolated area of Baeza Layout of the town. On the passenger side of the vehicle was the [...]

1 Person Detained for Asher Saunders’ Murder
While police have no leads in the murder of Michael Arnold, they say that they have one person detained in connection with the murder of Asher Saunders in Belize City. [...]

Official Details on Rudy Morales Drowning
Two persons drowned in separate incidents earlier this week in Belize City and Corozal. On Monday evening, a boat incident in the vicinity of the Cerros Maya Monument ended fatally [...]

Will Parents of Marianne Vasquez be Charged for her Death?
The other victim was an eleven-month-old baby who drowned in a bucket of water inside her family home in Belama phase two. Marianne Vasquez is believed to have tried to [...]

2018/2019 Sugar Cane Crop Opens While World Sugar Prices Continue Declining
The mills at the A.S.R./B.S.I. factory at Tower Hill cranked up this morning to give way to the 2018-2018 sugar cane crop.  Production is expected to be in the range [...]

Home Invasion in Guinea Grass
There was a home invasion this morning in Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk. Three masked men broke into the house of Veronica Quetzal and stole an assortment of jewellery; the [...]

Vicious Chopping in Armenia
An Armenia villager is in critical, but stable condition at the Western Regional Hospital after he was chopped multiple times to the head and body as he slept in a [...]

Missing Dangriga Teen Found in Steadfast
There are also two missing person reports from the national crimes investigation branch. A Mexican national was reported missing on Monday. Teresa Gomez says that her farm caretaker, seventy-two-year-old Arturo [...]

SIDS Finance Negotiators: “Are Developed Countries Delivering on Commitment?”
Tonight we have another report on COP 24 in Poland where negotiations are expected to go into the weekend since not much progress has been made in creating the rules [...]

Jenelli Fraser Rocks Stage at Miss Universe 2018
Millions across the world tuned in this morning for the preliminary competition at the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand. Here, Belizeans woke up early to view the pageant that [...]

200 Jingle Boxes for Needy Families this Christmas
The Jingle Boxes are ready for distribution to deserving families courtesy of Bowen and Bowen Limited. Each box of goodies contains treats to make Christmas for the families a happy [...]

Police Christmas Toys for Needy Children
As many as four hundred children from communities across Belize City received Christmas toys today through an initiative led by the Belize Police Department.  The gift-giving effort is a partnership [...]

Healthy Living: Health Gifts
For many of us Christmas feels like a time of indulgence. There’s lots of food, lots of drinks and lots spending. We’re sure many of you are still struggling to [...]

LOVE FM

Police trace last movements of Slain Businessman
Prominent Corozal businessman Michael Arnold was one of the founders of the Corozal Free Zone was murdered on Monday night in the Baeza Layout area. The investigating officers have traced his movements on that night. ASP Alejandro Cowo, the Officer in Charge of C.I.B. says he was found in the passenger seat of his van …

Will police charge parents for toddler that drowned?
Assistant Superintendent Cowo also spoke about the investigation into the death of the 11 month old toddler, Marianne Vasquez who drowned in a bucket of water in the Belama area of Belize City. Cowo says no charges have been made against the parents Daren Vasquez and Marina Torres. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “On Tuesday just before …

Private Williams continues to recover from injury
A month ago, Private Fidel Williams of the Belize Defence Force, stationed at the Forward Operating Base located at the Sarstoon had a freak accident while on duty that left him in a critical condition. As a result, one of Williams’ eye was extensively damaged and was removed during a surgery at the Karl Heusner …

The Search for Anisha Young Continues
The search for Anisha Young continues. The police say that Young in the company of friends and her boyfriend went from a Christmas party at the Princess Hotel to the Sit and Sip bar. She then accompanied her boyfriend to Nargosta Street and that’s when, the police say she disappeared without a trace. ASP, Alejandro …

PM dampens chances of Belizean Citizens Abroad in ICJ Vote
Earlier this year, the long-awaited re-registration process commenced and one of the requirement was that persons had to be living at their present address for at least two-months. This automatically disqualified the thousands of Belizeans living abroad. A group of Belizeans in the diaspora organized themselves into Belizean Citizens Abroad, an association which is hoping …

Sugar Crop officially opened
The 2018/2019 Sugar Crop was officially opened this morning. Stakeholders in the sugar market gathered at the Belize Sugar Industry factory for the ceremonial opening. The sugar crop opens when sugar prices are at an all-time low. But already farmers and the BSI have felt the impact of lowered global prices and the shift in …

Staff of Company Share with NGO’s for Xmas
Across the country, corporate partners are investing in communities and families that are truly deserving of Christmas cheer and a helping hand. The staff of Bowen and Bowen partnered with a few NGO’s and government institutions to share the Christmas joy in this following report. Jose Sanchez: “The staff of Bowen and Bowen has decided …

Global Warming: a race against time
It is a race against time to put in place measures that will combat global warming in order to avoid catastrophic weather pattern. In this regard, countries have agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emission in an effort to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees under the Paris Agreement. Love news spoke with Dr. Ulric Trotz, …

One Year Anniversary of the Blast that Shook Santa Elena
December 12th was the one year anniversary of the detonation of explosives at a quarry in a residential section of Santa Elena Town. Seventy-year-old Ronald Sutherland, the general manager of Tiger Aggregates lost his life while many homes were damaged. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz spoke to some residents whose home were damaged and inquired how …

UNICEF Belize and Local Government attend Conference on Rights of Youths
The United Nations Children’s Fund is a United Nations program that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. A team from UNICEF Belize travelled to Chile for the first regional dialogue convened to kick off preparations on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Next year will make …

Toledo Police and Community Meet and Greet
But that wasn’t the only initiative taking place in tight-knit community in Punta Gorda Town. The police must step up their patrols and also canvas the neighborhoods not to give gifts but advice to establishments and individuals who become targets for criminals …

Justified Force was used in barrage of shots against thief
We told you earlier in the week about the daring robbery in the Gungulung area of Belize City. Two men on a motorcycle robbed an Orange Walk Ice Delivery truck. One of them shot Carlos Triminio on the leg. The police chased one of the suspects and there was tremendous gunfire …

Patrols in Chiquibul will operate under a protocol
The Chiquibul Forest Reserve is the largest forest reserve in Belize with 459,000 acres; however, it has become quite a challenge to protect from illegal incursion such as poaching, gold panning, illegal logging and illegal farming by Guatemalans …

Taiwan gives funds to Belmopan City Council for a vehicle
The Taiwan government has assisted the Belmopan City Council in its project to equip the Transport Department with a new vehicle to address the dispatching issue of traffic wardens to heavy traffic junctions during rush hours …

Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales in Belize for SICA
Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport today. Guatemala takes over the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Central American Integration System (SICA). Morales was greeted by officials of Guatemala’s Embassy in Belize along with representative …

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Police provide update on disappearance of Anisha Young
On Monday family members of Anisha Young reported topolice that she had not been seen since […]

3 masked men sought in armed burglary in Guinea Grass
This morning there was a case of aggravated burglary reported in Guinea Grass, Orange Walk. Veronica Quetzal […]

Missing Teen Found Safe With 21-Year-Old Man
A teen reported missing has been found in Steadfast, Stann Creek by police. But instead of […]

Belize Police in communication with Guatemalan authorities about suspected murder who fled to Guatemala
The Belize Police Department has contacted their counterparts in Guatemala in connection with the murder of […]

Elias Lopez, 21, charged for aggravated assault
Early this week, we reported that Jose Ical, 42, hadhis left arm amputated. That was after he […]

Man chopped while sleeping in a hammock in stable condition at hospital
In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, police were called to the residence of Luis Hernandez […]

400 Children attend 8th Annual Spirit of Christmas Concert
The Bliss Center for Performing Arts in Belize City was once again packed with over 400 children […]

Police provide update on murder of Corozal businessman
On Monday night Corozal police were on patrol in the Baizar Layout area when they […]

Guatemalan President arrives in Belize for SICA meeting
President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales has just arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize. […]

Bouncer’s nose bitten off while escorting disorderly patron out of bar
A bouncer at a bar was maimed by an uncontrollable patron. Yesterday Julio Gomez visited […]

Del Monte FIESTA CORN Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers recalled
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) and the […]

Ministry of Health advises that Mercury detected in Fish
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company […]

Wesley Primary School targeted by thieves
Wesley Primary School on Albert Street in Belize City was targeted by thieves early this week. […]

GOB refuses to honor another court judgment
The Government of Belize (GoB) is on track to defy yet another court-ordered judgment. In October […]

$10,000 reward offered to find Anny Young
The family of Anisha “ Anny” Young is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to […]

Blogs

Brrrr….Belize Cold Front Ends, Next One on Its Way
Each December and January…sometimes into February, we get a few cold fronts in Belize. The wind shifts – blowing in from the north – and the humidity plummets (from the usual 90+%). It feels legitimately cold though the temperature rarely goes below the high 60s. Belize hasn’t embraced the dramatic language of our northern AccuWeather neighbors – Arctic Blast, Polar Vortex…yet. The cold front blew in Monday with grey skies and 20mph winds and even the street dogs were cold – all curled up in potlicker balls. This cutie, who always hangs out in front of the Hol Chan Office, was actually wearing a t-shirt.

Enjoy the Cold Front
Cold Front in Belize is one of the time in Belize where most of us are still not comfortable as yet. Jakets has to be worn at upper 65' degrees. But, for some, this type of weather in Belize is warm for them since they live in colder towns like below 0. Every year in Corozal in month of December and January, Or, sometimes into February, cold fronts approaches with a strong wing gusts in Belize. The water dries up several feet as far as people can walk. Either, they're lucky enough to find something or not this quite an adventourous. The water gets cleared for sometime.

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Guatemala: An indigenous community rejects, then accepts, a protected area
Riding in a small motorboat along the Atlantic coast of Guatemala, Francisco Cuz Acal looked over his left shoulder at the lush forest cover whizzing by. To his right lay nothing but open water. Straight ahead, far off in the distance, he could just barely make out the Belizean coastline behind a misty haze. Cuz Acal was cruising along the eastern edge of the Río Sarstún Multiple Use Area, 350 square kilometers (135 square miles)of land home to more than 300 species of tropical birds and other animalsthat the Guatemalan government declared a protected area in 2005. The 41-year-old has always lived off the land in La Guaira Cocolí, a community along the Río Sarstún, providing for his family through fishing, agriculture and selling wood when necessary. The local indigenous Q’eqchi’ community, 78 percent of the population in the 21 communities along the Río Sarstún, has always felt an affinity and respect for its land. But as the population has grown, the community has not always considered how its practices could impact the environment.

7 top travel destinations in 2019 for the luxury traveller
The time for new year resolutions is approaching and for travellers, more stamps on the passport is a goal. Check out these places that should be explored in 2019. By now, you should be coming up with your travel bucketlist for 2019, if you don't have one already. We're here to help you with some suggestions. 1. Belize. With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, pint-sized Belize is packed with islands, adventure and culture. Exploring the caves, snorkelling, fishing, scuba diving, exploring the Caribbean sea and islands, seeing the Maya temples, are just some of the things you can do on this coastal country.

Videos

  • Miss Universe Belize swimsuit performance during the preliminary competition, 1/2min.

  • Sailing Decisions that Risk EVERYTHING | Sailing to Northeast Sapodilla Caye Belize | S03E15, 27min. Before leaving Placencia and sailing to Northeast Sapodilla Caye Belize we get busy checking out of Belize and get the boat ready for a short day sail. When the planned departure date arrives a large thunderstorm forms over our proposed path and we are forced to make the decision whether we want to take the risk or be conservative. Once underway we decide to motor sail in the calm squally weather and end up having a beautiful trip and a gorgeous afternoon to explore the island.

  • Pounding plantains in Belize, 1min.

  • 5 DIAS NO BELIZE | COMO É O PAÍS, 7min. Chegamos ao Caribe !!! De bicicleta, cruzamos a fronteira entre o México e o Belize e entramos no novo país. Embora os países sejam colados parece que ao cruzar a fronteira entramos em outro mundo. Cultura, língua e povo completamente diferentes. Ter conhecido o Belize foi mágico demais e esse video mostra um pouco mais dos 5 dias que passamos lá.

  • Belize Cultural Celebrations Vol. 3: Christmas Bram - A Kriol Christmas, 16min. Learn about the origins of the 'Bram', in the traditional custom of how Christmas was originally celebrated in the settlement of British Honduras (Belize).

  • Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in Belize, 1min. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is in Belize. President Morales touched down at the PGIA at twenty minutes passed three o’clock this afternoon in a private jet and is here for the 2018 SICA Summit which Belize is hosting. This is the second time, as far as we know, that Morales has been on Belizean soil since he was elected President in 2015. His first official visit was in December 2015 when he met with Prime Minister in his office on Coney Drive.

  • Southern Environmental Association (SEA) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, 21min. Southern Environmental Association (SEA) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Our guests talked about their major accomplishments and the activities planned for the week-long celebration. On our couch: Arreini Palacio Morgan - Executive Director, SEA. Deidra Mahler - Education and Outreach Manager, SEA.

  • The Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Centre, 19min. The Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Centre specialize in unique personalized gifts that convey thoughtfulness and appreciation for your recipient. Our guests shared a few interesting gift ideas now available for your purchase. On set: Alex Dueckert - Sales Representative, The Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Centre. Tiffany Jacobs - Sales Representative, The Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Centre.

  • Belize Marketing & Development Corporation, 25min. The Belize Marketing & Development Corporation (BMDC) is talking about the sweet opportunity in honey! BMDC is hosting a National Bi-Annual Beekeeping Symposium & Expo on Friday in Orange Walk. The intention is to discuss how to expand the local beekeeping industry and tap into the potential to export internationally. Our guests shared the details of the events. On our couch: Silverio Marin - Interim Administrator, Belize Marketing & Development Corporation. Mario Howe - Extension Officer, Ministry of Agriculture. Ricardo Thompson - Principal Agriculture Officer, Ministry of Agriculture.

  • The Pandemonium Steel Band Christmas Concert 2018, 12min. The Pandemonium Steel Band Christmas Concert 2018 takes place on December 13th at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. We caught up with members of the Band in our final segment. They shared that event is a fundraiser to support the musical education of their members. On our couch: Josef Ward - Pandemonium Steel Band. Candice Escalera - Pandemonium Steel Band. Alicia Craig - Pandemonium Steel Band.

  • St. Catherine Academy - national conversation about the ICJ Referendum, 41min. St. Catherine Academy is spearheading an initiative to provide students an opportunity to be a part of the national conversation about the ICJ Referendum. They have held presentations to inform their students and will be preparing a group of them to present their case at an upcoming debate in January. At the end of the debate students will be asked to vote in the mock referendum to register their informed opinion on whether we should take the case to the ICJ. We spoke with representatives from the school about the initiative and how they are preparing to engage the youth demographic on this important issue. On our couch: Salome Tillett - Principal, St. Catherine's Academy. Kalima Enriquez - Head of Humanities/Geography Teacher. Franae Thomas - Social Studies/Caribbean History Teacher. Camryn Linarez - 4th Form Student, St. Catherine Academy. Davrin Rodriguez - 4th Form Student, St. Catherine Academy. Anya Andrews - 4th Form Student, St. Catherine Academy.

  • CENTRAL AMERICA BACKPACKING TRIP | Ep1: Mexico & Belize, 50min. I went solo backpacking around Central America for 6 weeks, travelling through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.

  • 3 Nights in San Pedro Belize _ 6 Dives_Blue Hole Dive, 7min. Mouch gets certified, Eat an infinite number of tacos and red snapper, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Golf cart main mode of transportation, Deepest dive yet. The best tacos in the world, The Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye.

  • The Island Academy Christmas Pagent 2018, 7min. Tonight we are at the annual Island Academy Christmas Pageant. Island Academy is a private school on the island of Ambergris Caye. This annual event brings together students, faculty, and families to celebrate the Holiday season and also mark the beginning of Winter Break.

  • Belize Vacation, 3.5min.

  • Snorkeling trip to Belize December 2018, 11min. This video was taken December 6th 2018 while cruising on the Carnival Dream to Belize. We took a tour through Splash Wave tours to an amazing area that allowed us to snorkel to see a huge coral reef with so many fish, turtles, rays, and sharks. Our tour guide and captain gave us a once in a lifetime view of the Caribbean that we have always wanted to see in person. I can't say enough good things about this excursion. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

  • BELIZE Trip, 6.5min.

  • Semi Finals Game Two! Bandits SC vs Police United FC, 2.5hr.