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The San Pedro Sun

Former Guatemalan Foreign Minister says his country has NO intentions to invade Belize
Guatemalan former Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Raul Morales refuted the idea that Guatemala would invade Belize, if Belizeans vote 'NO' on taking the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The former politician said that Guatemala will respect Belize's decision on the upcoming ICJ referendum to be held in April of 2019. According to him, if Belize fails to get a 'Yes' vote, they will continue working with Belize to try to find a solution to the issue. Morales adde that Guatemala is a peaceful country and that all they want is to find a definite solution to the territorial dispute and co-exist in peace with Belize.

Tribunal Supremo Electoral-Guatemala
The Public Relation Officer (Vocero) Gerardo Ortiz from the Tribunal Supremo Electoral (Elections and Boundaries) in Guatemala City spoke to the Belizean media today about their referendum held earlier this year on the Belize-Guatemala dispute. Ortiz stated the educational campaign lasted for three months, it was intense and neutral. Despite a turnout of just 26% from the electorate on the day of their referendum, Ortiz said it was historic. According to him past referendums have yielded lower results.

ACP States Reassert Strong Commitment to Belize’s Territorial Integrity and Sovereignty
The 108th Session of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers concluded today by adopting a Resolution that reasserts the 79 ACP States’ unflinching commitment to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Belize in the context of Guatemala’s claim. ACP Ministers also reiterated their support for Belize and Guatemala to seek a final resolution of the claim at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Importantly, the ACP Ministers also called on the Government of Guatemala to urgently comply with its agreement to formulate confidence building measures for the Sarstoon River through prompt engagement with the Government of Belize and the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Ambergris Today

Digi Hands Over Fire Truck To San Pedro
In a short ceremony this morning, Monday, December 17, 2018, the telecommunications company Digi handed over a fire truck to the community of San Pedro. Digi states that the official handing over is part of the company’s commitment to community development. “We are part of the community of San Pedro and the fact that we are in a position to help is something that we can appreciate and cognizant of the responsibility that comes with this privilege,” commented Mr. Rochus Schreiber, CEO of Digi. “The truck that we are donating today is just a small expression of our gratitude for the fact that the community allows us to help develop this lovely island. When we heard about the challenges that the community has with fires and the several tragedies that have struck the community, it was only natural to stand up and do something about it.”

Love FMs Holly Jolly Cheerful Christmas Parade
Hundreds of island residents and tourists lined up the streets of San Pedro on Sunday, December 16, 2018, to witness of the most cheerful parades of the year, the Love FM's Christmas Parade. It is without a doubt one of the season's most anticipated events as participants spread Christmas cheer and share candies and other goodies. Love FM organizers do a wonderful job to gather groups, organizations and businesses that wish to participate in the fun and put together a fun-filled parade full of lights, music and entertainment. This year saw the participation of the San Pedro Town Council with Santa Claus joining them in the fun and leading the parade. They were followed by the San Pedro RC School Marching Band and Majorettes, Shine with ABC ballerinas, Snowmans and Disney Princesses.

Misc Belizean Sources

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NetKing Solutions INTERNET is available in Caye Caulker!!!
We have rebuilt our tower there, and have new rates and services... IPTV is next to be released! For all intents and purposes, we are RELAUNCHING in Caye Caulker, our past wasn't great in Caye Caulker, we know that, and we are doing everything we can to change that previous opinion!

Governor-General Hosts Annual Christmas Party for the Children of Belize
The Annual Christmas Party for the Children of Belize was hosted by the Governor-General His Excellency Sir Colville N Young on Saturday, December 15th, 2018. One hundred eighty children were invited to this event held at the Garden of Eden, Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District. Each child in attendance received a present from the Governor-General and a goody bag, in addition to food and drinks traditional at this time. The Governor-General wishes to thank all those who gave generously of their time or donations to make this a joyful event for the children.

ACP States Reassert Strong Commitment to Belize’s Territorial Integrity and Sovereignty
The 108th Session of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers concluded today by adopting a Resolution that reasserts the 79 ACP States’ unflinching commitment to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Belize in the context of Guatemala’s claim. ACP Ministers also reiterated their support for Belize and Guatemala to seek a final resolution of the claim at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Importantly, the ACP Ministers also called on the Government of Guatemala to urgently comply with its agreement to formulate confidence-building measures for the Sarstoon River through prompt engagement with the Government of Belize and the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Flags to be flown at half-mast in respect of Dr. Jane Usher
In respect of the late Hon. Dr. Jane Usher, The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister has ordered that all Belize Flags be flown at half- mast today, Monday, December 17th, 2018 and tomorrow, Tuesday, December 19th, 2018, until Hon. Dr. Jane Usher has been laid to rest.

LII Meeting of the Heads of State and Government of The Central American Integration System (SICA)
Today, the Heads of State and Government of Central American countries convened for the LII Summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA). The meeting was chaired by the outgoing President Pro Tempore of SICA, Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow. Attending the meeting were H.E. Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama; H.E. Juan Orlando Hernandez, President of Honduras; H.E. Salvador Sanchez Cerén, President of El Salvador; and H.E. Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala. Where Presidents were not present, Foreign Ministers represented member states. In his address, Prime Minister Barrow highlighted the current challenges of climate change, migration, and crime and violence, affecting the region. Prime Minister Barrow affirmed that poverty and inequality remain at the center of these challenges, and for this reason, during the six months of Belize’s Presidency Pro-Tempore (PPT) it renewed focus on agriculture, health and energy to ensure the inclusion of women, youth, and indigenous people in SICA Member States’ economic development.

Only ina Corozal! Football & Christmas Parade #Upgrade

Alexis A Carrillo , Dorian Chi and Gian Reneau honoring the history of the Maya of Northern Belize with thier paintings

Dancers from Maya descent in El Festival del Pueblo
Dance groups U Il' ixi'im from San Narciso(CZL), Lool-Ha from San Pablo(OW) and San Jose Dance group (OW).

Grand Ball
Waltz! Mazurka! Quadrilles! Polka! Punta! Have you heard of Grand Ball? This gala like event has been taking place during the Christmas season in Dangriga for more than a century and is one Belize's many cultural celebrations. Join us next Wednesday 19th December at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about the tradition.

Reflexology Traning: A Well-Being Program!
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 9 AM – 12 PM at The Holistic Institute of Healing, Bullet Tree Falls Village. Basic principles, concepts, and techniques of Reflexology. Benefits of Reflexology and its use in pain relief and stress reduction. Perform hands-on basic care of the hands and feet Perform hands-on method of pressure areas on the feet and hands. Practice hand-washing and protective method to control the spread of infection.

Speaker of the House of Representatives of Belize Meets with the President of the Central American Parliament
On Saturday, December 15th, 2018, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belize City, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Laura Tucker Longsworth, met with the President of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), Honourable Irma Amaya, who was in Belize attending the SICA Meeting. The aim of the meeting was to commence a dialogue between both parliaments in an effort to establish an inter-parliamentary relation in areas relating to politics, economics, environment, education and culture.

Princess Casino Free Zone presents the live comedy show of "Midilis Castillo"
A tribute to Juan Gabriel. Laugh Out Loud with other entertainers. Come and enjoy our safe and comfortable atmosphere. Friday, December 21st and Saturday December 22nd at 10:00 p.m. Pre-Christmas fun. No cover.

NYE 2018 Rave Lineup
What a way to start 2019! Barry Ashworth and Jizz have signed on to play at the Mind & Me NYE Label Party! They'll join, Night Quest, Greg Goldsack, Under the Moon, and DJ nonstop. It'll all go down at Casa Sofia.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Dec 16, 2018
Wind shift to the Northwest provided the chance to fish the east side of the island for the past few days. Snook fishing around the mangroves continues to be good.

Corozal House of Culture Hosts Children’s Comparsa Workshop
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Museum of Belize and the Corozal House of Culture is happy to invite children ages 8 – 13 to participate in the Corozal House of Culutre’s “Juan Carnaval Comparsa Workshop”. This fun, exciting and lively workshop will engage children in dance and song. The Comparsas will be created using Belizean folklore as the theme, with a modern twist. The comparsa groups will be preparing to present at “Juan Carnaval” in early March 2019. This event begins Monday, December 17, through to Wednesday, December 19th. Children will be supervised from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Interested persons may kindly register for this free workshop via email, Facebook message, call 422-0071 or visit the Corozal House of Culture.

FREE: #TreeTuesday posters! From Ya'axché Conservation Trust
We have decided to share our #TreeTuesday posters. Kindly share this resource especially with teachers you know. We enjoyed compiling information on the Trees of Belize. We will return in 2019 with more. Have a wonderful holiday.

Channel 7

Former Guat FM To Hon. Elrington on Invasion Threat: "Say What?"
You probably remember Carlos Raul Morales, he's the former Guatemalan Foreign Minister who was famously friendly with Belize's FM, Wilfred Elrington. Morales was replaced by Sandra Jovel a little over a year ago. But, now he's running for Vice President. Today in Guatemala City, a contingent of Belizean media spoke to him at the Belizean Embassy in that city. We asked him about Wilfred Elrington's sensational remark last week. Belize's Foreign Minister said that Guatemala could invade Belize if we voted no to the ICJ. Today, his old buddy Carlos Raul could not believe Elrington said that. Here's his reaction:

Former Guat FM Explains Those Maddening Maps
We also spoke to Carlos Raul about Guatemala's official position on those offensive official maps which include Belizean territory - as a part of Guatemala. He said it is a matter of law:.. Reporter: "Ive seen many maps of Guatemala, but when it comes to Belize there is only one map. So for example the primary school child in Belize, you go to any school, you ask them to draw the map of Belize. They will draw the exact same map, a map that is behind you. Now, in Guatemala what would your children draw?"

Senator Lizarraga Says EPZ Legislation Sloppy and Rushed
The senate met today in Belmopan and Belize's Export Processing Zone amendment bill was the primary focus of discussion. As we have been reporting, the WTO says Belize's EPZ regulations violate its rules on subsidies. So now, EPZ's will be replaced with Designated Processing Areas, or DPA's. As you heard Prime Minister Barrow say at last Wednesday's House meeting, the government is on a tight deadline - the new laws have to be in place by the end of this month or Belize can face sanctions. Well, Business Senator Mark Lizarraga says deadline or not, there are some requirements in this new legislation that can affect investor confidence. Besides that, Lizarraga says that this amendment bill was done in a hurry and isn't clear enough.

EPZ Amendment Bill not Popular among Senators
NGO Senator Osmany Salas and PUP Senator Valerie Woods also shared their concerns with the EPZ amendment bill.

Senator Courtenay Says DPAC Composition Questionable
PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay also weighed in saying he has issue with the power the Minister has in appointing members of the Designated Processing Areas committee. Here is what he had to say. Hon. Eamon Courtenay, PUP Senator: "One of the issues that concerns me is the role of the minister that is being given to the minister responsible for designated processing areas under this piece of legislation and if we take a look at clause 3 of the bill, it says the DPAC shall consists of no more than 10 person who shall be appointed by the minister as representatives of the following and then it lists a number of ministries and then when it comes to the private sector one representative from the chamber of commerce, but it is not nominated by the chamber of commerce..."

Man Killed in Bladden Village Beat down
Tonight there are 2 murders from Southern Belize to report. We start first with the chopping murder of Marcos Chen, a 41 year-old Guatemalan Farmer from Bladden Village in the Toledo District. It happened sometime after 4 p.m. on last Friday evening. Chen was on his way to a fishing trip, and he passed by the home of a man who has been identified to police as Dario Sho. Police say that Chen was passing by Sho's house, when Sho began throwing rocks at him. Chen was injured in the head by one of those rocks, and the violent confrontation escalated to a machete fight, in which a group of young men, identified as relatives of Sho, jumped in, and they all put a beatdown on Sho.

Killer Hitcher Stabs Red Bank Man
We turn now to this morning's murder of 41 year-old Marcos Ack, a farmer from Red Bank Village in the southern edge of the Stann Creek District. Police say that at around 8 a.m., he was on his way to Mango Creek Village to sell his vegetables, when he stopped to offer a ride to a man he knew from Dangriga. Unfortunately, his good deed was repaid with a robbery attempt, when this hitch hiker pulled a knife on him and tried to hold him up.

Tim Shop Terror, Two Men Injured in Shooting
And while these killings happened in the South, in the west, there was a shooting in Roaring Creek Village which landed 2 men in the hospital. At around 11:30 on last Friday night, police found 29 year-old Amer Estuardo Morales, and 22 year-old Celio Ogaldez, both of the village, suffering from non-fatal gunshot injuries to the leg and the hand. Both men were socializing with others in front of a shop in the village, when a gunman approached and opened fire on the group. Here's what police had to say about this particular incident:

Armenia Man Escapes Home Attack
So, while those two victims continue to recover from their injuries, a man from Armenia was very fortunate to escape unhurt after someone fired gunshots at his front door.... Police say that he was out in the yard doing some cleaning when the shooter opened fire at his residence. ACP Joseph Myvett: "On Sunday one Ronnie Cano, 36 years old Belizean laborer of Armenia Village visited the Armenia Police sub-Station where he reported that sometime around 2pm whilst cleaning his yard..."

Ladyville Teen Shot in Back
We turn now to a shooting in Ladyville which left a 17 year-old suffering from a gunshot injury to the back. Police say that at around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 15th, they visited Partridge Street in Ladyville, where they found 17 year-old Norman Haulze suffering from a gunshot wound to upper left side of his back. Their investigation has so far revealed that another young man went to the house looking for someone else, and an argument erupted between Haulze and his shooter.

Police Say Little Tevin's Mom Shares the Blame in his Death
Today's press conference gave the media an opportunity to question police about last Thursday's accident in which a GSU officer knocked down 2 year-old Tevin Cacho. As we told you, at around 8 o'clock that night, the GSU pick up pulled on his mother and a group of other adults who police say were engaging in public drinking on Iguana Street Extension in Belize City. His mother left him in the care of a friend, and when she returned from a nearby shop, she found him crushed under the wheel of the GSU mobile.

Police Not Giving up on Anisha
The Deputy Commissioner also took questions from the press about the police's engagement in the search effort to locate 23 year-old Anisha Young. She's been missing for about 9 days now, and you saw last week Wednesday's Newscast, how her family went to camp out in front of the Queen Street Police Station, demanding that police do more to help them look for her. Williams acknowledged today that police will be doing more to provide support to Anisha's family, in the hopes that they can get closure in the case:

Where is Iverson Neal?
Tonight, the family of 23 year-old Iverson Neal is worry about his whereabouts after he left his Belize City Home on last week Wednesday. He was heading to the El Rancho area in the Cayo District, and since his last communication with his girlfriend, no one has seen or heard from him. Police say that they are now looking for him. ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB - Eastern Division: "On yesterday's date just at about 3pm, family members of Iverson Neal made a missing person report..."

Greg Dillon: Still Missing at Sea
And on last Friday's newscast, we told you about 32 year-old Greg Dillon, a fisherman from Kings Park in Belize City. Last week, he went out on a fishing trip, and it was confirmed that he arrived at his fishing camp in the Turneffe Atoll area. He left his side-man at the fishing camp, but he has not arrived home. His family is worried that he is lost at sea, and police spoke with the press about his case today:

BTL Park Blaze
There was a small fire inside the BTL Park on Saturday night, which caused a stir, and left the thatch roofing of a palapa destroyed. Fortunately, the authorities quickly got the situation under control, and today, police shared more details with the press: ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB - Eastern Division: "On Saturday night just before midnight, police were called to BTL Park, located on Newtown Barracks where upon arrival they observed one of the palapas engulfed in fire..."

Chester Speaks on Future of Pier One
And keeping in on the BTL Park, today, the press took the opportunity to question Deputy Police Commissioner Chester Williams about the security concerns about the Pier 1 Night Club, which is inside the Park. As viewers are aware, the recent fatal shooting which happened at the night club has sparked public outcry for decisive action to be taken against the bar. The concern is that its presence in the park makes it unsafe for families and children who go there to socialize. Deputy ComPol Williams said that police will seek to discuss the security concerns with the management:

Does New Truck mean no more Block Fires on San Pedro?
If you're an avid news watcher, you'll know that the island of San Pedro has been one of the communities in the country that has suffered the most devastation by huge fires. And when fires happen on the island town, entire blocks are wiped out because the blaze quickly spreads to nearby homes and business, due to the congested nature of the different neighborhoods. The last terrible fire to happen there was back in June when a family of 4 perished inside their home in the Escalante Subdivision. 2 months later, 87 residents became homeless when another huge fire wiped out 10 homes.

Guatemalan Think Tank Says Their Yes To ICJ is About Seeking Civil Solution
As we told you earlier on the news - a contingent of 10 Belizean journalists is in Guatemala City tonight. The trip is sponsored by the US Embassy and organized by Belize's Embassy in that Capital. They are there interviewing analysts, politicians, election officials and other journalists and others about the feeling in Guatemala leading up to the April 10th referendum in Belize.

Guatemalan Public Consultation Analyst Says Guatemalan Claims Has No Hope At ICJ
We also spoke to Juan Pablo Pira - he's also with "Asi Es" and he's in charge of sampling public opinion for the "Think Tank". He was very candid and plain- spoken about what he feels would be Guatemala's chances if it took its case to the ICJ:

Carlos Raul Says Real Threat in Sarstoon Is Organized Crime
AND, after conducting over an hour long session of interviews at "Asi Es" - the media rushed through thick traffic in Guatemala City - to the Belizean Embassy - where former foreign minister Carlos Raul Morales appeared to field questions from the 10 journalists. The team pressed him mostly on the Sarstoon Protocol which he agreed to as Foreign Minister in Turkey in April of 2017. Morales changed the argument though; he said it's not about protocol, or territory, it's about organized crime. Here's how he put it:..

Carlos Raul Made Protocol Pledge In Turkey, So Why Back Out Now
And now we go back to Guatemala City where a large part of the Belizean press corps is encamped tonight - gauging public sentiment in that country about the upcoming referendum in Belize. You've already heard from former Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales tonight - speaking on various subjects. But, as we told you earlier, the media pressed him mostly on the Sarstoon Protocol - which the Guatemalans agreed to, but now refuse to finalize. Jules Vasquez pressed him on it when he said that Guatemala only wants peace.:

ACP Pushes Guatemala on Protocol, Carlos Raul Says Que Viva ICJ
We also pressed Morales to talk about the international pressure that Guatemala continues to come under because it has not completed this very same protocol. Again, he held the state line: first to the ICJ: Jules Vasquez will have much more form Guatemala City in tomorrow's news.

Police Give Christmas Safety Tips
We're only 8-days away from Christmas, and you might be one of those early birds who's already gone out and purchased all those presents, or your ham and Turkey. But, for all those last-minute shoppers, the police department is currently engaging in their Christmas anti-crime campaign. It's a month-long initiative where the department steps up their presence in the major commercial centers to try and minimize the number of burglaries, robberies, and theft. They, however, cannot do it all alone, and they're relying on you to do your part to keep yourself safe during the Christmas season. The Deputy Police Commissioner had a few tips that he wanted to share with the public, and here's what he had to say:

PM on Personal Leave
Prime Minster Dean Barrow left the country on Friday for a personal leave. He is to return on Wednesday, December 19th. During his absence, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber will be the acting Prime Minister.

Channel 5

Guat former Foreign Minister expresses shock over Sedi’s “invasion” comment!
A few weeks ago a delegation of Belizean media travelled to the Netherlands on a U.S. Embassy sponsored trip to learn more about the International Court of Justice. The second [...]

Police Won’t Take Responsibility for Running Over Baby Tevin
Two-year old Tevin Cacho remains at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital where his condition has improved slightly. The toddler was crushed by a police mobile on Thursday evening as he [...]

A Hitchhiker Murders Good Samaritan in Southern Belize
There were a number of shooting across the country but we go south where two men were murdered in separate incidents. A motorist giving a hitchhiker a ride to Independence [...]

A Guatemalan Laborer is Mutilated in Bladen by a Mob of Angry Brothers
The other murder in southern Belize involved a Guatemalan national who was viciously hacked to death in Bladen Village on Friday evening.  Police say forty-one-year-old Marcus Chen was chopped multiple [...]

Annie Young Remains Missing, Police Regroup Their Efforts to Find Her
Twenty-three-year-old Anisha Young remains missing over a week after she was last seen catching a cab on the entertainment strip.  With every day that passes by, the glimmer of hope [...]

Four Persons Injured in Roaring Creek Shooting
Two residents from Roaring Creek, Cayo, are recuperating tonight following a shooting over the weekend in the village. The two victims of gun violence were among a group of persons [...]

PUP Senator Calls for Legislation to address Domestic Violence
Gender-based violence remains a constant issue; the Domestic Violence Act was strengthened in 2007 to deal with the issue but its implementation remains a challenge. Over the past couple of [...]

Designated Processing Areas Bill Passed by Senate
The Senate today passed the Designated Processing Areas Bill. It’s a piece of legislation that will replace the Export Processing Zone Act and according to the government, the Designated Processing [...]

Senators Debate Income and Business Tax Amendment Bill
The Senate also passed the Income and Business Tax Amendment Bill which seeks not only to create a tax regime for companies engaged in certain business activities but also to [...]

Income and Business Tax Amendment Bill Passed
Like the Income and Business Tax Amendment Bill, it was necessary for the International Business Companies Amendment Bill to be passed before the year ends. That bill seeks to eliminate [...]

Why has Guatemala failed to fulfil its commitment to the Sarstoon Protocol?
Earlier we heard from Carlos Raul Morales, who left diplomatic service over a year ago and was replaced by Foreign Minister Sandra Polanco. But we asked him to weigh in [...]

Can negotiations continue in place of going to the ICJ? Guat Former Foreign Minister weighs in.
In his interview today, Morales, as the same with others we interviewed reiterated their hope that Belizeans will vote yes in the upcoming referendum to take the claim to the [...]

Digi gifts San Pedro Fire Station with a fully-equipped fire truck
The San Pedro Fire Department received a fire-truck today thanks to Digi. The fully-equipped fire-truck is the third to be added to the fire station’s fleet.  Fire officials say it [...]

Fire Destroys Palapa at BTL Park
A small fire destroyed a thatch cover at B.T.L. Park on Saturday night. According to police, someone may have left a lit cigarette under a palapa adjacent to Pier One [...]

Norman Haulze is Shot in Ladyville
Was the shooting of seventeen-year-old Norman Haulze, in Ladyville on Saturday morning, retaliation for a murder that took place at Pier One a week ago?  Haulze’s older brother, Leroy, is [...]

Safety Tips to Avoid Getting Jacked this Christmas
Safety tips on how to avoid getting mugged while out shopping during the Christmas Season are an important part of your holiday guide. This afternoon, top cop Chester Williams gave [...]

Senate remembers Dr. Jane Usher
All Belize flags were flown at half-mast today in respect of the iconic Doctor Jane Usher who passed away in her home on Wednesday, December, twelfth. Known for founding the [...]

COP24 outcome is “fair” for the CARICOM states!
All of last week we’ve been reporting on the negotiations at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The negotiations progressed slowly and it wasn’t until Saturday night around ten that the final [...]

COP24 Final Agreement spells positive ‘finance’ news!
A big part of the discussions for the past two weeks at COP24 focused on finance. It was one of the contentious and drawn out topics at the negotiations. Carlos [...]

Weekend Sports with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities....]

LOVE FM

Police Anti-Crime Christmas Campaign offers escort services for businesses
The police department has ramped up an anti-crime campaign to coincide with the increased commerce associated with Christmas shopping. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, who is also the Commander of Operations for the Police Department says that the operation started on the first of December. However, the operation is quite new as the police …

Minor shot while socializing
A 17-year-old minor is lucky to be alive and in stable condition as he was shot at close range. Norman Hauzle was around the corner from his home socializing with friends when someone came into the yard and hit him with a weapon. The police say the impact of the assault triggered the gun and …

Will there be a Sarstoon Protocol?
The question as to why a protocol to manage the Sarstoon has still not been drafted, lingers to this day. Despite the commitment by both Belize and Guatemala officials in a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, the two parties are yet to carry through with it. In an interview with the then Foreign Minister for Guatemala, …

Senate questions sections of Income and Business Tax amendment Bill
The Senate proceeded to debate the Income and Business Tax (Amendment) bill. The amendment became necessary as government seeks to comply with pressures brought upon the Government by the European Union and principally, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD. This is an intergovernmental economic organization with 36 member countries. Over the years, Belize …

A fire near Pier 1, but questions linger about bar safety
On Saturday night there was a fire in BTL Park at a palapa directly in front of the Pier 1 Bar. It is not affiliated with the bar, but it is the only establishment that serves alcohol and the police say men who were drinking and smoking may have caused the fire accident. Pier 1 …

Police refuse to say if Urine Sample taken from Officer involved in Accident
Last Thursday, two-year-old boy, Tevin Cacho was run over by a police mobile on Iguana Street. An officer assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit was at the wheel. Thereafter, Cacho was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was admitted in a critical condition. At today’s police press brief the media learned of …

Senators question consultations on Processing Areas Amendment Bill and the role of the Minister
The Senate met this morning to debate four bills that were brought from the House of Representatives. The first presented for debate was the Designated Processing Areas Bill 2018. The bill aims to facilitate investment, production of value adding of enterprises in Belize in national priority sectors, and to ensure compliance with regulations and standards, …

Two men shot in deadly attack but survive; police don’t know who was the target
Across the country there were violent incidents over the weekend and spanned into the western part of the country. Two men were shot in Roaring Creek Village but survived. Dalila Ical travelled west and filed this report. Dalilah Ical: “A lone gunman opened fire upon a group of people that were gathered at Tim’s Shop …

Belize’s Under 17 team emerged victorious over Guatemala
Last Friday, youths, from Belize and Guatemala went up against each other in a friendly football match at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. As a result, Belize’s Under 17 team emerged victorious over Guatemala’s U-17 team, two to nothing. Love News spoke to the head coach, Dale Pelayo Sr., who said the game is part …

A hurled rock ends in murder
There were two murders that occurred over the past few days. On Friday at 4:30 pm, a man identified as Marcos Chen was stoned while heading to a fishing area in Bladen Village. The situation got escalated as his assailant and the assailant’s brothers attacked and killed him viciously. The Head of the National Crimes …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Guatemala will respect ICJ’s decision, says Former Foreign Affairs Minister Carlos Morales
On April 10, 2019, Belizeans will be asked to vote in favor of or against taking […]

Guatemala wants to find a solution to claim on Belize
Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Guatemala, Carlos Morales today told Belizean journalists that Guatemala wants to […]

There is no Sarstoon Protocol!
Belizeans have long questioned if Belize and Guatemala officially signed a protocol for the Sarstoon River […]

Corozal House of Culture hosts Children’s Comparsa workshop
CThe National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Museum of Belize and the Corozal […]

Man chopped to death in Toledo; Police searching for 4 men
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, today provided more details on Friday’s chopping death of Marcos […]

Chester Williams: Expecting worst but hoping for best in case of Anisha Young
Anisha Young has been missing since last weekend when she left Sit and Sip en route […]

Chester to Pier One: Prevent gang members from entering if rivals are already present
Days ago, Asher Saunders, was killed at the Pier One nightclub in Belize City. Since then, […]

Good Samaritan robbed and killed by hitchhiker
The deceased has been identified as Marcos Ack. According to police reports, this morning Ack was […]

Police investigate shooting in Armenia Village
Armenia resident, Roni Cano, visited police on Sunday afternoon to lodge an officialreport. According to him, […]

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala: “We will use maps that include Belize as part of our territory until ICJ decides on the dispute”
Belizean journalists today met with Guatemala’s Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Morales in Guatemala City. […]

Belize flags to be flown at half-mast in respect of Dr. Jane Usher
Belize flags to be flown at half-mast in respect of Dr. Jane Usher In respect of the late Dr. Jane Usher, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has […]

Guatemalan officials say 26% voter turnout is historic
Belizean journalists are in Guatemala city meeting with Guatemalan officials to get information on their […]

Blogs

LoveFM Holiday Parade Finally Makes My Heart Burst With Pure Christmas Cuteness
Yesterday, as the sun set on a grey CHILLY day, the LoveFM 8th Annual Christmas Parade lined up at Boca Del Rio Park just north of San Pedro town. Kids in satin soldier outfits twirling candy canes, tiny girls in glittered tutus and feathered wings and this girl. The STAR of the Town Council’s live nativity scene. I think she did it. As I’d say in Kriol, mi heart dun bust. So much Christmas spirit, so many excited kids and parents…watching pretend-bad-ass teens scramble for candy thrown by Santa. It was just too much. The parade this year was bigger and better than ever before.

5 Traditional Garifuna Dishes You Must Try in Belize
For all the foodies out there! If you want to take your taste buds on a roller coaster ride of deliciousness, then you'll definitely want to try these 5 traditional Garifuna dishes! These are some of the best foods to taste in Belize! Sere, Hudut, Cassava Bread, Sahou, Cassava Pudding.

Belize City Tour with Belize Blue Morpho Tours
If you are interested in learning about the history of Belize during the colonial times when Great Britain ruled the land, then you should take a Belize City tour. Scattered around the city, you will find several historic buildings and landmarks that tell the story of British Honduras and how Belize came to be. Some notable buildings are The Museum of Belize, the Supreme Court of Belize, and St. John’s Cathedral. On your tour of Belize City, you will see many buildings featuring colonial-style architecture, and some still standing by the support of “London bricks.” Come along with us and read about our experience sightseeing in Belize City with Belize Blue Morpho Tours. This tour is perfect for cruise passengers looking for things to do in the Belize city cruise port, and also available to overnight visitors staying in or near Belize City.

Christmas on a Budget
Why celebrate Christmas on a budget? Well, holiday gift-giving can be a drain on both your mental health & wallet. Research shows there is a 25% increase in the number of people seeking financial assistance from January – February; most of the requests are propelled by holiday bills haunting customers like Ghosts of Christmas Past. To avoid the strain on your pocket, here are some tips to help celebrate Christmas with a budget and stay within your limits. Set a spending limit and don’t start with your shopping or to-do list. Make a list of your holiday obligations and scale back on some unnecessary expenses. To remain a step ahead, slightly overestimate the cost of items in case there has been any recent price change. Reconcile your shopping list and receipts to match your budget.

Mastering the Art of Maya Cooking
Part of the spell-binding magic of Ka’ana is its deep roots in the Maya culture. Our strategic location is set (literally!) on the doorstep of an ancient Maya city and has inspired Ka’ana’s name which means “Heavenly Place.” We aspire to expose as much of this great culture as possible through our stunning adventures that take you to the top of thousand-year old temples or deep into the sacred underworld. We’ve even brought the Maya magic into our resort with the unique decor and authentic pottery on display throughout the entire property. Most of our guests are left with a sense of wonder at the rich history of the Maya people, and plenty have asked to learn more about the culture. And with the holiday season upon us (and all the cooking and baking happening) what better way to share in the holiday festivities than to take a culinary journey with the Maya’s and learn how to create your own unique dish to possibly serve at your next holiday gathering.

International Sourcesizz

CDB Funding Upgrade to Coastal Highway in Belize
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a loan of US$36.6 million and a grant of £25 million (US$31.5 million) to the Government of Belize, to upgrade the Coastal Highway. The funds will be used to improve climate resilience along the road, and increase connectivity between the southern and northern sections of Belize. “The project will have a transformative impact in nearby communities by reducing travel time, improving access to services such as health and education, and boosting economic development,” said Daniel Best, Director, Projects Department at CDB.

CSEF VI highlights transformative role clean energy can play in CARICOM
Clean energy in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has to be further developed to play a transformative role in economic development, poverty alleviation, and building resilience to deal with climate change. Electricity and fuel sector regulations also must be right-sized to suit the needs of member states, and stakeholders must find innovative forms of financing to advance the renewable energy drive in the region. These were among the positions participants took at the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) VI, which was held in Belize 18-21 November 2018, under the theme ‘Clean Energy, Good Governance and Regulations’.

Kendis Gibson leaving ABC World News Now
Watch his colleagues’ hilarious reaction... Kendis Gibson announced this morning that he is leaving ABC World News Now — and that this Friday, December 21, would be his final day on air. In footage from the show, which has since been shared on Twitter, Gibson interrupted his co-anchor while she dished the latest news about Offset and Cardi B to reveal that he’s leaving the program behind. The Belize native explained that he had decided to depart the overnight show to join the “daywalkers”. The news was met with a hilarious reaction from his colleagues who, as he announced the news, celebrated in the background with clapping and dancing. One person screamed out, “Finally!”

Videos

  • Maximo Perez the last Belizean Yucatec Maya alcalde of San Jose yalbac, 1/4min. U Chan Muul Yaax K'aax and the Maya people of Northern Belize recognizing the last Yucatec Maya alcalde of San Jose Yalbac Nojoch Mak Maximo Perez . We are also seeing the descendants of Maximo Perez infront of Us from San Jose Nuevo Palmer .

  • Berdardino Cen and his descendants in Belize, 1/4min. U Chan Muul Yaax K'aax and the Maya people of northern Belize honoring Bernardino Cen . Bernardino Cen was one of the most successful Maya leaders during the Caste War . Today many of his grand children live in Belize . One of the most known is the Maya Cañero Revolutionary Jesus Ken .

  • Belize Kolcha Grand Ball (Part 1), 18min. Belize KOLCHa #6 - Grand Ball - Dec 2013

  • Belize Kolcha Grand Ball (Part 2), 12min. Belize KOLCHa #6 - Grand Ball - Dec 2013

  • , 42min. We take you into Placencia, Belize to meet Terrell Taylor of Blue Water Sailing. Terrell is a Certified Tour Guide, Boat Captain, and Visionary. Learn more about Placencia Village, The Belize Tourism Industry, Life of A Belizean, and what it is like to live in a place that Condé Nast Traveller voted as the top Destination of 2019 in their annual Gold List.

  • Maya teens from San Jose (Orange walk), 2min. 2 youths of Yucatec Maya descent from San Jose , Orange Walk .

  • Catching a big boa constrictor, 6.5min. On of my favourite videos of our Nov 2018 trip

  • Love FM 12 Days Of Christmas, Day4 December 17th,2018, 3hr.

  • Former Guatemalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Raul Morales, weighs in on the Sarstoon Protocol that is yet to be established, 1min.

  • Ghost Hunters International, Sacrificed Mayan Spirits Belize, 43min.

  • Heaven on Earth Caye Caulker, Belize, 3min.

  • Flight to Belize City from Punta Gorda (landing in BZE), 4min. Flight to Belize City from Punta Gorda landing at Belize International Airport.

  • Belize Christmas Caroling - St Andrews School Choir in collaboration with Chaa Creek Resort, 2min. Christmas Came Early For Some Deserving Families And Individuals, Thanks To St Andrews School And The Lodge At Chaa Creek in San Ignacio, Belize.

  • Flyfishing for permit in Belize, 3min. In memory of Sammy Dawson, great Guide with Lincoln Westby in Blue Horizon Lodge.

  • Scenes from Friday's Creole Brukdown Bram, 1min.