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Today's Belize News: December 19, 2018 #533868
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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro High girls win 2018 NSSSA basketball championship
The San Pedro High School girls won the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) basketball in the championship, hosted by Sadie Vernon Technical High School at the Belize City Center and SCA Mercy Center last Friday and Saturday, December 14-15. SPHS’ Normalee Gomez won the Most Valuable Player award, as well as awards for Most Points; 27pts per game and Most Rebounds: 8.5 per game. Sophie Guan won the Most Assists award: 4 assists per game. Delille Academy’s Taryn Arnold won Most Blocks and SHC’s Beyonce Villafranco won Most Steals – 3ppg.

Bill Amendments aimed to standardize offshore banking regulations pass through the House of Representatives
On Wednesday, December 12th, the House of Representatives passed three bills to standardize offshore banking regulations to meet European Standards. The bills tabled at the sitting included the Income and Business tax Amendment Bill, the International Business Companies Amendment Bill and the Stamp Duties Amendment Bill. “We don’t have much of a choice. The blacklisting with which we are threatened is not just a matter of imposing punitive measures concerning our exports to Europe and in various other ways. As the Central Bank tells us, that blacklisting if it were to happen, will make correspondent banking relations or continued correspondent banking relations difficult, if not impossible.”

8th Annual Love FM Christmas Parade brightens island streets
It’s starting to feel a lot like the holidays in San Pedro Town as Love FM delighted islanders with their 8th Annual Christmas Parade. Starting shortly after 7PM from the Boca del Rio Park, festively decorated floats sponsored by local businesses and organizations spread much cheer across the main streets of the island. Even the Disney Princesses and Santa Claus made a special appearance to the delight of families that flocked the sidewalks as the parade passed by. This year’s Love FM parade was led by members of the San Pedro Town Council along with Area Representative, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., and Miss San Pedro Chelsea Muńoz. Both Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Heredia commented on the significance of the parade to usher in the Christmas spirit as well as its contribution towards the tourism industry. The sounds of beating drums from the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School Marching Band signaled the passing of the parade.

Digi Belize officially hands over fire truck to San Pedro Fire Department
Digi Belize officially handed over a fire truck to the San Pedro Fire Department on Monday, December 17th at the fire department’s grounds in San Pedro Town. Present at the handing over ceremony was Digi Belize Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rochus Schreiber, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Digi Belize Chairman Nestor Vasquez, The Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Honourable Edmond Castro, San Pedro Fire Department Chief Buckner Gladstone and guests.

ACES celebrates the Christmas season with a spectacular show
A spectacular and joyful Christmas show delighted parents and guests on Thursday, December 13th by students of Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES). Held at the school grounds, the show delivered an array of different presentations featuring the students’ talents in singing, dancing, and drama as they portrayed the Christmas spirit. Principal Amanda Burgos welcomed the audience shortly after 6:30PM, thanking them for their support that keeps the celebratory tradition alive. “We have prepared a special show for you all as we head into the Christmas holidays,” said Burgos.

Ambergris Today

Pic Of The Week - The Nativity
Christmas is almost here and everyone has decorated their home with beautiful Christmas Trees and colorful lights. This year to add more to the beautification of our Central Park, a beautiful Nativity set was placed between the Central Park and the San Pedro RC Church. The nativity set was officially blessed on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 after the procession of the Virgen de Guadalupe.

Unregulated Development Threatens Belize's Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve
The Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve (TAMR) has sustained multiple damages and is threatened by harmful and improperly unregulated development activities, according to a new Turneffe Atoll Trust (TAT) report. The TAMR provides vital goods and services to people and the environment but is at risk from unsustainable activities. Thousands of Belizeans benefit from the current stream of ecosystem services of the TAMR and they stand to lose the most from the degradation of this important marine resource.

Misc Belizean Sources


A Christmas gift to Nayla
Raggamuffin Tour mechanic needs help.... Nylah, who is a 7 year old, the daughter of Pancho and Miriam. She has been hospitalized at Centro Merida Penciones, in Merida Mexico. She had 2 brain surgeries for the build up of fluids in her brain (hydrocephalus). The parents presently has an outstanding bill of $130,000 Belize as of December 16. Nylah is in intensive care and doctors are carefullg monitoring her. Any assistance you can grant us will be greatly appreciated.

Caye Caulker Village Council Christmas Holiday Hours
Caye Caulker Village Council informs the general public that the office will close on Monday, December 24th 2018 at 2:00 p.m. and reopen on Thursday, December 27th 2018 and on Monday, December 31st 2018 at 2:00 p.m. and re open on Wednesday, January 2nd 2019. The Chairlady, Councillors and Staff of the Caye Caulker Village Council wish you all a Merry and Blessed Christmas and a Happy and Joyous New Year 2019.

BWS Christmas Holiday Hours
BWS Shortened Office Hours for December 24, December 28, and December 31, 2018

Corozal Town Council Christmas Holiday Hours
Public announcement from Corozal Town Council.

BEL Christmas Holiday Hours

FCD staff retreat
FCD's staff retreat held at Jaguar Creek had the objective of informing staff of the 2018 highlights, and plans for 2019. It was a time also to thank all staff for their efforts.

What is the 1859 Treaty?
In 1859 Britain and Guatemala signed and ratified the Convention establishing our boundaries. After 87 years of fully respecting the treaty, Guatemala declared that it would no longer recognize it. We know we have good title to our land, but Guatemala disagrees. If we go to Court, under Article 38 (1), the Court MUST look at treaties. We could show them the original 1859 Treaty, as seen below, which defines our boundary and which Guatemala signed and ratified.

San Pedro House of Culture to host Belizean and Mexican Art Show
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Museum of Belize and the San Pedro House of Culture has the pleasure of inviting you to the opening of the Belize/Mexico Art Exhibition on Thursday, December 20th at 7 PM. Live Music will be provided by Man @ Work and the Mariachi group. We look forward to your joining us and supporting the talented Belizean and Mexican artists who's works will be on display. The Art Show will run until December 31st.

Guatemalan representatives from the business and judiciary sector weighs in on the Belize-Guatemala dispute
Today, the Belizean Media, currently in Guatemala City, Guatemala, spoke with Carlos Amador, head of Guatemala's Agricultural Commercial Industrial Committee (CACIF), and Attorney-at-law and former congressman Cesar August del Águila about the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute. Amador told us that his country considers Belize a very important business partner and that solving the territorial dispute at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) with benefit both countries significantly in terms of trade. He stated that Guatemalans are not seeking to obtain Belizean territory, but define the borders so both countries can have certainty of their territories.

Street Sweeping this week in San Pedro
The San Pedro Town Council will be sweeping the TOWN CORE streets, from Tuesday, December 18 to Friday, December 21, 2018, from 12 Midnight to 6:00 p.m., and is asking every one that leaves their vehicles parked outside on the street at night to kindly park elsewhere to allow our employees to sweep all the streets thoroughly and properly. We ask for your cooperation and understanding in this matter. Thank you.

Corozal Christmas Bram 2018
Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 5 PM – 10 PM, Central Park, Corozal. Hosted by Colcha - Corozal Organization Leading Culture, Heritage and Art. You all can't miss this wonderful event. COLCHA presents Corozal's Signature Christmas Bram 2018! A great opportunity to come out and enjoy a fun family friendly evening. The event will feature local talents, dances, music and food to to fill your senses with joy and happiness! A feature of the event will be local black cake, rumpopo and the famous chicken foot ceviche tasting competition. See you there! Here is wishing everyone a merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

NICH Offers Condolences on the Passing of Ms. Jane Usher
Rest in Peace "Ma Jane" - May your soul rise in glory and rest in eternal peace. Will forever be remembered. One Love. The Board and Staff of the National Institute of Culture and History extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Jane Usher, who passed away at age 101. Ms. Jane's contributions to Belize's development and national identity are richly engrained in our history books - and rightfully so. Her legacy will live on through everyone that she had inspired, and the thousands of lives she impacted through Credit Unionism. May she rest in peace.

Corozal Rotary Donates stove to Casa Chaan Kan
It is all about "Service Above Self". Today four members of the Rotary Club delivered a donated stove to Casa Chaan Kan, a shelter for elderly that have no home, and no family. The managers and workers at the shelter are now their families. These sweet people are fed, bathed, loved and housed at no charge to them. We heard that the center could use a new stove and through "word of mouth" one was donated. Our job was simply to deliver. We did that and spent some time visiting with the staff and people that live there. Stop in and meet these wonderful folks and if you can take them a donation of food, money or your time. You will be rewarded with a great feeling in your heart. The Rotary Club of Corozal wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Experience Belize Unique Wildlife in Chiquibul Challenge Marathon
The Chiquibul Challenge Marathon has a page on World's Marathons page, and a countdown clock. It happens on March 16th. "Belize has a rich variety of wildlife because of its unique position between North and South America and a wide range of climates and habitats for plant and animal life. The Chiquibul Challenge Marathon is a charity event to support Scarlet Macaw Conservation work for two very special organizations; The Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic and Friends for Conservation and Development.

Book Launch of Tony Rath's "Images of Ambergris Caye
Today, 10AM at Parham Plaza Hotel...

Channel 7

Farewell Miss Jane
National icon, Jane Usher was laid to rest today and it was a full day of celebration in her memory. It began at 6:30 this morning where members of the family said their farewells, then at 7:00 the BDF escorted Usher to the Holy Redeemer Credit Union where she was lying in state until 12:00. When we got there at 12:30, the BDF were escorting her to the Holy Redeemer Cathedral where the funeral service was held. Here are a few speeches from the mass. Hally D. Haynes, Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions: "Her passing is undoubtedly and immeasurable and irreplaceable loss to HRCU and Belize. We are the Caribbean confederation of credit unions would like to record our sincere appreciation for her sterling contribution to the development of the Belize Credit Union Movement..."

Cop dies in San Antonio Road Accident
The police department has lost one of their own in a terrible accident on the San Antonio Road. It happened about 14 miles outside of Punta Gorda shortly after 4:00. PC Kenyon Pandy was killed in the accident and a WPC is critical at the PG hospital. We don't have the official police report at this time but we will surely update you as soon as we get more details.

Guatemalans Oblivious but Content with Referendum
Tonight our coverage from Guatemala City continues. Jules Vasquez is there as part of a media tour - which is there to gauge sentiment in advance of Belize's referendum in April 2019. Jules Vasquez reports that the Guatemalans are very content with their referendum - even if they don't know what claim they'll be taking to the ICJ:

Uncle Sam Keeping an Eye on Outcome of Belize Referendum
So, as you heard, the Guatemalans don't want to say where their boundary is. And neither did former Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales yesterday. What he did say is that the US is watching Belize closely to see what will come out of Belize's referendum: Carlos Raul Morales, Former Foreign Minister, Guatemala: "We really hope that Belize will vote yes. Because it is going to be more easy. If Belize vote no, we cannot live like this forever. It's not possible to still live with this situation between both countries, because we do not have border..."

Neal Family Keeping the Hope Alive but Suspects Foul Play
Yesterday we told you about 23 year old Iverson Neal who has been missing since last Wednesday. Well, today family members reached out to us hoping it would help in locating their missing loved one. We spoke with Iverson's younger brother Anelka Rivero who recounted the curious circumstances in which Neal was last seen alive near the Rancho area on the George Price Highway. We spoke via phone with the girlfriend of Iverson Neal, one of the last persons to make contact with him before he went missing. She told us that Neal had been suffering from a series of mental problems. But she seemed optimistic that he might turn up eventually.

Benson Jerry Butler: Another Man Gone Missing
And another man to add to the long list of missing persons is Benson Jerry Butler. He is a 53 year old man from Western Paradise Village. Family relatives say he was last seen on Sunday sometime around 8 am. According to his nephew, 39 year old Marlon Kisling, who reported him missing, Butler left home on Sunday enroute to Belize City and has not been seen or heard of since. Kisling also mentioned that his uncle does not suffer from any known mental illness. Butler is of a slim built and brown complexion. He has black hair- styled in an afro- dark brown eyes and walks with a limp on the right foot.

No Bail for Alleged Child Abductor
Roger Wallis, the 63 year-old British National who police charged for allegedly attempting to kidnap and 8 year-old boy, has been refused Supreme Court bail for a second time. Tonight, he's at the Belize Central Prison, awaiting his trial for the crimes he is charged with. As viewers are aware, he's facing 2 counts of attempted kidnapping, and in October 2018 he applied for Supreme Court Bail in front of Justice Adolph Lucas. Due to him being deemed a deemed a flight risk, the judge was not willing to grant him bail then. However, the judge did impose very strict timelines on police and the DPP's Office, that they were expected to follow, or else, Wallis would be allowed to re-apply for bail. They needed to be prepared to proceed with his preliminary inquiry yesterday, and the court also gave an order that he must be indicted by April 3rd of next year, so that his trial could be expedited.

New Sentence for Convicted Killer Ernest Dangalang
Ernest "Dangalang" Thurton Jr, the 26 year-old man who was convicted of the double murders of Frank James and Robert Young, will spend 29 years in prison for those crimes. That's the sentence that Justice Adolph Lucas handed him this morning in the Supreme Court. You'll remember that the judge allowed him to make a mitigation plea a week ago, in which he begged for leniency, and expressed remorse for gunning both men down and killing them in October 2012. The judge took that into consideration, as well as the fact that, up until the outcome of this trial, he had no prior criminal record. He was, however, convicted of killing 2 men, and so the court was obliged to ensure that the punishment fit the crimes.

More Time in Jail for Bert Vasquez
35 year-old Bert Vasquez is already serving 10 years in jail for a conviction of forceable abduction and aggravated assault of an indecent nature. Today, he learned that he will have to serve an additional 4 years in jail. That second sentence is due to his latest conviction in front of Justice Collin Williams for attempted rape of another woman. The victim, who was 20 years-old at the time, testified against Vasquez and told the court that on January 25, 2011, Vasquez offered her a ride home, but instead of taking her there, he took her against her will to an area in Belama Phase 4. The victim said that this was where he attempted to have sex with her against her will. She testified and told the court that he pulled a knife on her and forced her to take her clothing off. A jury of 9 listened to the evidence and found him not guilty of forcible abduction, but guilty of attempted rape.

Thieves Car Jack City Accountant
Police are investigating a case of grand theft auto, which happened in Belize City sometime during the weekend. The owner is 36 year-old accountant Daniel Castillo. He told police that between the hours of 6:30 pm on Friday, and 8:00 yesterday morning, he left his white Ford Everest 4-door SUV in front of his workplace, which is located at #4 Taiwan Street.

Cops Bust Four Men with Guns
Police are reporting tonight that they have 2 illegal weapons in their possession after they busted 4 people with them on Monday. The cops say that they were on patrol, and they encountered 26 year-old Messach Forst and 35 year-old Curtis Ramirez at the corner of Mex Avenue and East Collet Canal. The officers decided to search both men, and that led to the discovery of a 9 mm pistol, which was loaded with 14 live rounds of ammunition. Both men were arrested and charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition.

Police Confiscate Four Pounds of Weed in Orange Walk
Up north in the Orange Walk District, the cops say that they found a bag full of marijuana at the side of the road in San Jose Village. At around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, the officers were conducting a checkpoint at the entrance of the village. They spotted a bag on the side of the road, which they believe was thrown out the window of a vehicle they were following.

Guatemalan Millennials don't Care about Claim
And, finally, tonight from Guatemala we have the perspective of a younger person - a 25 year old who would be described as a millennial. Maria Fernanda Galan is a Research assistant at "Asi Es" - the Guatemalan "Think Tank" that we introduced you to yesterday. Her perspective is refreshing because we've been hearing mostly from older Guatemalan males. But, her take is completely different. For her generation the Guatemalan claim to Belize is almost an irrelevancy:..

PC Pandy Killed in Accident, WPC and Kid Recovering at Hospital
We have more details in the fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of PC Kenyon Pandy. Well, WPC Chyneque Zuniga as well as a 4 year old boy were in the vehicle as well and are receiving treatment at the Southern Regional Hospital. The report states that at around 3:40, PC Pandy was driving from the direction of Punta Gorda to the Jalacte Border when Pandy lost control of the vehicle. It flipped several times until it landed in the bushes on the side of road. When police got on the scene they found Pandy bleeding from his mouth and gasping for air. He got serious head injuries. He died during treatment. Zuniga dislocated her shoulder and has pain to her chest and right leg. Fortunately, the little boy only had a swollen lip.

"Turneffe doesn't need us, We need Turneffe"ť: Protecting the Atoll
Risking the Atoll: Analysis of the Environmental and Economic effects of improperly regulated development at Turneffe Atoll. That's the main report that was launched today at the Radisson. It is a wordy title but the Turneffe Atoll Trust team says that every word is important in highlighting the message of protection and sustainability. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Turneffe Atoll stands out as one of the most popular sport fishing and scuba diving destinations in Belize. But apart from that, it is the largest and most biologically diverse atoll in the Caribbean - contributing significantly to economic, social and environmental sustainability.

The Great Atoll
The Turneffe Atoll team also launched two other reports entitled Storm Mitigation Value and Blue Carbon Value. Shal told us more about those reports. Valentino Shal, Consultant, Turnoffe Atoll Trust: "So we have a Blue Carbon Value report which this the carbon sequestration value of Turneffe and it is in the millions. The Blue carbon value report is what is the carbon sequestration value of Turneffe in terms of the reef and the mangroves and then we put a dollar figure because it is an economic valuation and it is in the millions of dollars. That means that it helps to stabilize the climate and help to absorb the carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The other report has to do with the storm mitigation value of the Turneffe Atoll..."

Belize and UNHCR to Combat Refugee Crisis
Yesterday Belize and other UN General Assembly member states agreed on a new international framework called The Global Compact on Refugees. This collective decision aims to decrease the effects of the mass displacement of refugees in order to benefit both the refugees and the host countries through investment for education and health services. This is to help refuges to lead productive lives while in exile. The compact will also address the environmental impact of hosting refugees and promote the use alternative energy.

Senators All for Domestic Violence Legislation Reform
And finally from the Senate meeting, PUP Senator Valerie Woods took the opportunity to shed light on the issue of domestic violence and highlight the concerning case of missing woman Anisha Young. Woods calls for more legislation to be passed on these issues. Hon. Valerie Woods, PUP Senator: "We also have a choice to bring domestic legislation that reaches a wider audience, and I close, Mr. President inciting the reasons, or names of persons, [showing] why we should have had more than just this legalization in these last final months of 2018..."

Channel 5

Farewell to Miss Jane
Final farewells were bid today to the late Jane Usher. The day started with her last trip to the Holy Redeemer Credit Union where her credit union family paid their [...]

F.B.I., Police Investigate Shooting and Extortion in San Pedro
A family in the island of San Pedro came under attack over the weekend. Their home in the San Pablo area was shot multiple times and police have recovered numerous [...]

Life in Prison for Dangalang
In the Supreme Court this morning, two men were sentenced in high profile cases. Justice Adolph Lucas sentenced Ernest Thurton Junior, known as “Dangalang,” to life imprisonment, but the twenty-six-year-old [...]

Bert Vasquez Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Attempted Rape
Also in the Supreme Court….thirty-five-year-old Bert Vasquez learnt his fate today for a second sexual assault case.  Justice Colin Williams imposed the sentence ordering that it run consecutively with his [...]

Police Constable Perishes in Fatal RTA Down South
A police officer lost his life in a road traffic accident in Punta Gorda late this evening. Sometime between four and five o’clock, Police Constable Kenyon Pandy and WPC Zuniga [...]

Former Guat FM’s Perspective on the 1859 Treaty
The education campaign in Belize has attempted to cover the extensive history of the Belize/Guatemala dispute. The over two hundred-year-old dispute hinges on a few pivotal moments in the history [...]

What is Guatemala Really Claiming?
For Belizeans, a decision to vote “YES” or “NO” to the I.C.J. depends on understanding what exactly is Guatemala claiming. During the education campaign in Guatemala earlier this year, some [...]

Carlos Raul Morales Explains Why Belize is Included as Part of Guatemala’s Official Maps
What about those disconcerting maps of Guatemala that include Belize? We asked Morales to explain why – if Guatemala is seeking a resolution – that it is still being used [...]

New Developments in the Vanishing of Annie Young
Despite the offer of a hefty reward on information of her whereabouts, Anisha Young remains missing. Her family has now turned to Jose Luis Espat, who has previously assisted families [...]

Ivor ‘Iverson’ Neal is Reported Missing
There’s another missing person’s report. Tonight, the family of twenty-three-year-old Ivor Neal is concerned about his whereabouts after he was reported missing on Sunday afternoon.  According to relatives, the Belize [...]

ComPol on a Tour; What are the Challenges in San Pedro?
Annually, the Commissioner of Police would carry out a tour to the various jurisdictions. Today, he headed to the cayes where he met with the rank and file of the [...]

Safety Tips for Business Owners This Xmas
As part of its efforts to mitigate crime and violence during the Christmas Season, the Belize Police Department is offering a free escort service to business owners wishing to deposit [...]

The Turneffe Atoll is Under Threat
The Turneffe Atoll Trust today released the findings of a report it conducted on the Turneffe Atoll. That report shows that the marine reserve has sustained multiple damages and is [...]

A Breakdown of the Results of the Referendum in Guatemala
The second leg of a tour on the International Court of Justice organized by the United States Embassy for the local media puts them in Guatemala City tonight. Aside from [...]

Christmas Will Be 25K Bigger and Brighter in Belize Rural North
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and that means there’s bound to be Christmas cheer in your neighborhood; at least if you are from the Belize Rural [...]


Mrs. Jane Usher receives state funeral
In respect of the late Honorable Dr. Jane Usher all Belize Flags were flown at half- mast for the past few days until Usher was laid to rest. Jane Usher, the credit union icon was laid to rest at the Price-Usher home on the highway. Before the body was laid to rest, she was escorted …

Neal’s family say he was being threatened before his disappearance
The grandmother of Iverson Neal is very worried. We found Yvonne Rivero and family members posting missing posters of him near their home on North Front Street in Belize City. Yvonne Rivero Grandmother: “Iver Neal yes and he is 23 years old. I last spoke to him last week Tuesday around four when he came …

Two more men are reported missing
While the family of Annie Young hope for the best, there are two more missing cases to report. One man has vanished on land without a trace while the police say another is missing at sea. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “A family member of Iverson Neal made a missing person’s report. Family members reported that the …

Hitchhiker stabs good Samaritan
On Friday a Guatemalan National was murdered in southern Belize. At 4:30 pm, Marcos Chen was stoned while heading to a fishing area in Bladen Village. Chen fell down and then got into a fight with the man who stoned him. Shortly after the man’s brothers attacked Chen and chopped him to death. The police …

Turneffe Atoll Trust launches “Risking the Atoll” study on the analysis of Environmental and Economic Effects of Improperly regulated Development at the Turneffe Atoll
The Turneffe Atoll Trust today launched the “Risking the Atoll” report. It looks at the unsustainable activities, particularly unregulated development, at the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve that continues to threaten that ecosystem, highlighting past failures to protect the reserve and the damages it has sustained. The report also shows how it contributes to economic and …

Anisha Young remains missing, family offers a $30,000 reward
A reward of thirty thousand dollars has been offered for the return of twenty three year old Anisha Young. Young went missing a week ago after a Christmas party and a social outing along Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City. Her boyfriend had been detained for questioning but that has not yet lead to her …

Police Constable dies in traffic incident in Toledo
A late afternoon traffic incident on Tuesday claimed the life of one police officers in the Toledo District. He has been identified as Police Constable Kenyon Pandy. The incident is reported to have happened around 3:30 pm some fourteen miles out of Punta Gorda Town at the junction of the San Antonio Road along the …


Extortionists demand US$550,000
The Turley family of San Pablo, in San Pedro, was terrorized by a gunman at about 1:30 last Saturday morning while they were sleeping. The family said that about 10 shots were fired at their house, then the shooter escaped. Luckily, no one was hurt, but the glass windows of the family’s home were shattered and there were bullet holes in the side of the house. Police said that an investigation has been launched and statements recorded. Trent Turley, 21, told us today that extortion money of US$550,000 is being demanded from them by the gunmen, or else they would be killed, and pictures of coffins were sent to him on social media.

GSU vehicle runs over 2-year-old
2-year-old Tevin Cacho, Jr., is currently in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being injured in a tragic car accident involving a member of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) that occurred last night, December 13. The incident occurred around 8:20 p.m., while the child’s mother, Shereema Moody was celebrating her birthday with some friends on Iguana Street Extension. Baby Tevin had asked her to take him to a nearby park, which she did. Moody then went just across the street to buy a bag of chips, leaving Tevin in the care of her friend. While Moody was at the store, Kim’s Shop, a white police pickup truck stopped in front of them and three GSU officers exited the truck. They then began ordering the people in front of the shop to disperse so as to discourage loitering and public drinking.

Fisherman, Greg Dillon, 32, missing at sea for a week
A fisherman has been missing for a week after he went on a fishing trip for a few days. Greg Dillon, 32, of #18 Landivar Street, was last seen by his wife, Genay Dillon, on Saturday, December 8, at around 3 p.m. when she dropped him off at Northern Fishermen Cooperative on North Front Street in Belize City. Genay said that she spoke to him on Saturday after he had safely arrived at his fishing camp in Turneffe. He spoke to his wife again on Sunday, December 9. On Monday, December 10, the watchman at the camp reported to have seen him leave the camp alone, en route to Belize City in his blue and white, 23-foot-long fiberglass boat, WHYVETTE, which had on a Suzuki 40 HP engine, at 6:30 a.m.

Belize City Council lights up downtown with 60-foot Christmas tree
A Christmas tree lighting ceremony took place last Saturday night in Battlefield Park, in downtown Belize City, where Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner and his team of councilors gathered for the lighting of a first-of- its-kind—a mega Christmas tree towering 60 feet in the open space with thousands of multicolored lights—witnessed by a large crowd of city residents who came out to be a part of the ceremony. Tonight, Mayor Wagner told us that the tree is a part of a larger plan that is geared to enhancing the area. “The Council and I decided that we want to put up a tree. But I didn’t want just any tree,” Mayor Wagner explained, “I wanted something huge, something special.”

Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte ices Solicitor General Nigel Hawke
The word has been circulating around judicial circles for several weeks now that Solicitor General Nigel Hawke has been let go by Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte, with only a short time remaining on his contract. As we understand it, Hawke’s contract was scheduled to expire at the end of December, but Peyrefitte has opted not to renew it, thus putting Hawke out to pasture. In a media interview today, Friday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that Hawke was let go by AG Peyrefitte, who did not renew his employment contract.

Around 40,000 Belizeans have Guatemalan lineage – Carlos Raúl Morales
Let me tell you something, there are probably more than 40,000 Guatemalan people living in Belize…Yes. Since long time ago.” That is a statement made (and figure shared) by Carlos Raúl Morales, Former Foreign Minister of Guatemala (2014-2017) now vying for the vice presidency of Guatemala under the UNE (National Unity of Hope) banner. He added, “I was Guatemalan consul in Belize and I know a lot. I can tell, probably some of you are coming from a Guatemalan too – great grandmother, great grandfather.”

Youngest Belizean cyclist of the KREM New Year’s Day Classic to receive the Matilda Usher Trophy
The youngest Belizean rider who participates and completes the annual New Year’s Day KREM Cycling Classic, which will be held on New Year’s Day 2019, will receive the Matilda Usher Trophy. A trophy will be presented by the Usher family in memory of their mother, Matilda, who was a cycling enthusiast, to an outstanding Belizean cyclist. This year, the trophy will be presented by her son Anthony Usher, who himself is a sport enthusiast and was a pioneer of the Tumblers Organization that participates in events like Carnival Road March and other events. The trophy will be presented to the rider at the conclusion of the race on the Central American Boulevard. Every year, The Matilda Usher Trophy is presented to an outstanding Belizean rider in various categories, and this year the category is the youngest rider.

Milpros teammates visit the sports desk
On a visit from New York is my former Milpros teammate Egbert “Chana” Kisling who attended a surprise birthday celebration on Saturday for another Milrpos teammate, Kenneth “Cap” Hoare, whose birthday is actually on Wednesday of this week. The two chatted with yours truly for about an hour about old times with the Milpros team. Cap was the last captain of the Milpros Club, which folded early in the 1990s. The captaincy badge had passed from Coro (Gilroy Usher) to Reesho (Maurice Jones), to Chana (Egbert Kisling), and finally to Cap (Kenneth Hoare).

Bandits, 4-2, over Verdes in 1st leg of PLB Championship Finals
ome standing Verdes FC were shocked, 4-2, by visiting Belmopan Bandits SC at the Norman Broaster Stadium yesterday in the first leg of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season championship series. After a convincing 4-1 semifinal game-1 win against San Pedro Pirates FC at the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday night, Verdes had barely survived a San Pedro offensive in the return match on Verdes’ home turf in a mid-week clash on Wednesday night, when San Pedro jumped to a 2-nil lead with Verdes a man short from an ejection. All roads lead to the Isidoro Beaton Stadium for the 2nd leg of the championship and awards ceremony following the game on Saturday night.

Stann Creek FA 1st Division Amateur semifinal playoff results; finals this Sunday
The best-of-two games semifinal playoffs in the Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) 1st Division Amateur September Season were completed over the past weekend, with the 1stt leg games being played on Friday night, and the 2nd leg on Sunday at the Carl Ramos Stadium. The Finals are now set for this Sunday at the Carl Ramos Stadium:

Editorial: Putt Putt to Pier One; end of an era
The passing of the iconic figure, Miss Jane, last week, and her burial on Tuesday of this week, after lying in state at Holy Redeemer Credit Union, where her personality dominated that institution for more than half a century, marks the end of an era in the social and political life of the young nation of Belize. Her fame and popularity crossed all barriers. She was the face of HRCU to Belizeans from all walks of life and all political persuasions. Our sincere condolences to all her family, even as the grateful nation celebrates the gift of her long and fruitful life among us. Miss Jane will be aptly eulogized in services and by various media this week, but this editorial is focusing more on the changing times that her passing signifies, even as the old year nears its end, and a new one is about to begin. A new generation is slowly taking over, and us old folks are gradually moving on; and the passing of Miss Jane, who has been with some of us for all, and with many of us for most, of our lives, is a reminder to us that time is marching on, and the days of our lives are numbered.

Bilal Morris explains article review of book, To Educate A Nation: Autobiography of Andres P. & Jane V. Enriquez
Dear Editor, As Salam Alaikum, and that means, peace be unto you. My Mayan brother Delmar Tzib: Throughout my entire life as a Muslim representing the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), I have never disrespected anyone’s culture, for the sole reason that I would not want anyone to disrespect mine. If in a way I disrespected the Mayan culture of Belize in my article review of the book, To Educate A Nation: Autobiography of Andres P. & Jane V. Enriquez, by my Belizean Garifuna brother and author, Jeremy Enriquez, it is my humble Islamic duty to express my deepest apology to you and those among your people who may have felt hurt by it.

All we need fu Krismos
All we need fu Krismos is for the modern disrespected prophet, Sedi Elrington, to swear that he will not make a peep next year about the ICJ. The media might have been a little harsh with him about his latest pronouncements – he did seem to be trying to back away from his inflammatory past – but if Sedi talks long enough he is bound to expose his weaker side. The less said from this gentleman, the better. He said he is a disrespected prophet. I would remind him that sometimes a prophet can’t save himself. It’s hard, but just about the best thing he can do for us, and himself, is to step back, and wait.

The man who wore KHAKI (a book commentary)
The book, The man who wore KHAKI, is written by an adoring daughter to make sure her father’s contributions and place in Belize are not passed over. It could have been a biased book. It is not. The man who wore KHAKI, Sir Alexander Albert “Sandy” Hunter (or AA Hunter), is deserving of the recognition, and now he will be remembered and revered by all for his outstanding work for our country. The man who wore KHAKI is a rather concise sketch of AA Hunter’s life, and the outstanding people and events of his time. There is no waste of words — the book is only 128 pages — but it is packed from beginning to end with stories, anecdotes, citations that help explain about AA Hunter in those formative years, when our country was just starting on the road to nationhood. His is a fascinating, highly encouraging story.

Belize hands over SICA Presidency Pro-Témpore to Guatemala
After holding the Presidency Pro Témpore (PPT) of the Central American Integrated System, SICA, for the last six months, Belize formally handed it over to Guatemala this afternoon. Guatemala was represented at the SICA Heads of Government Summit in Belize City by its president, Jimmy Morales. Apart from the Guatemalan president, three other Central American presidents attended the SICA Summit. They are the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela; the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez; and the president of El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Ceren. Nicaragua and Costa Rica were represented by their foreign ministers.

Guinea Grass store owner leaves village after home invasion and robbery
Veronica Quetzal, 43, a businesswoman of Guinea Grass, is traumatized and has closed her store and left the village after she and her sister were held up and robbed by three armed, masked men at about 1:30 Wednesday morning while they were sleeping in her house in the village. The thieves stole an undisclosed amount of cash, jewelry and other items from her home. The robbers have not yet been found.

Post-mortem exam shows Dimas Choc, accused of affair, was chopped to death
A post-mortem exam conducted yesterday at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on the body of Dimas Gregorio Choc, 49, a farmer of Cristo Rey, certified the cause of his death to be “acute craneo-encephalic traumatic injuries due to multiple chop wounds to the head.” Police say that Choc was chopped in the head and body by his irate neighbor, Filiberto Itche, a Guatemalan who is a farmer of the village, after he accused Choc of having an affair with his common-law wife. The tragedy occurred at about 11:30 Saturday night, in Itche’s home on a farm in Cristo Rey.

Del Monte corn products recalled from shelves
On December 13, the Ministry of Health (MoH), Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), and the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) sent out a press release in which they said that Del Monte Inc., which is based in California, announced that they were recalling their product, Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red and Green Peppers. The release said that, so far, Del Monte has not been notified of any illnesses associated with the product, but 62,242 cases of the product carrying a specific code and date are being recalled due to under-processing which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.

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Funeral of Dr. Jane Usher
Today, as Belizean flags everywhere flew at half mast, Dr. Jane Usher, CBE, was laid to rest in Belize City. Her body lay in state at her beloved Holy Redeemer Credit Union before the service in her honor, and many Belizeans came out to pay their last respects to this amazing woman.

The Reporter has been able to confirm that there was a fatal traffic accident a short while ago near the dump outside of Punta Gorda Town. We are told that the victim is a Police Constable who is currently stationed at Roaring Creek. The Officer who died has been identified as PC Kenyon Pandy. We are told a WPC was in the vehicle at the time and is in critical condition.

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NICH extends condolences on passing of Dr. Jane Usher
The Board and Staff of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) extend condolences […]

Two Belize City men charged for unlicensed gun and ammo
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SUV stolen in Belize City
Police are investigating a report of a stolen SUV in Belize City. Daniel Castillo reported […]

BTL donates new Fire truck to San Pedro Town
Yesterday, Belize Telemedia Limited ( BTL) donated a new fire truck to Belize’s National Fire Service […]

Stateswoman, Jane Usher, to be laid to rest today
Today centenarian, former politician and trailblazer in the credit union movement, Jane Usher, will be […]

Guatemalan government was neutral on referendum campaign
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Police investigate shooting in Armenia Village
Armenia resident, Roni Cano, visited police on Sunday afternoon to lodge an official report. According to […]

Guatemala’s Former Foreign Affairs Minister: Guatemala will not invade Belize
In a recent interview with the media, Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington said that if Belizeans […]

Attempted child kidnapper denied bail (again)
British National,Roger Wallis, 63, appeared in court yesterday for another bail application. His counsel, Curl […]

Caribbean Development Bank approves US $36.6 million loan for Belize’s Coastal Highway
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a loan of US$36.6 million and a grant of […]

Digicell donates new Fire truck to San Pedro
Yesterday, Belize Telemedia Limited ( Digicell) handed over a new fire truck for Belize’s National fire […]

Guatemalan government was neutral on referendum campaign
Yesterday, Belizean journalists met with Gerardo Ortiz, Public Relations Director at the Tribunal Supremo Electoral […]

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

Guatemala’s Former Foreign Affairs Minister: Guatemala will not invade Belize
In a recent interview with the media, Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington said that if Belizeans […]

Attempted child kidnapper denied bail (again)
British National,Roger Wallis, 63, appeared in court yesterday for another bail application. His counsel, Curl […]

Caribbean Development Bank approves US $36.6 million loan for Belize’s Coastal Highway
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a loan of US$36.6 million and a grant of […]


Budget tips: What did we spend in Belize?
How expensive is traveling through Belize? The answer to this question depends on the type of traveler you are, the activities you do and how long you will be traveling for. However in this blog I will tell you what we spend during our trip through Belize. Belize is certainly not cheap for a country in Central America. The price level is about the same as that of the United States and especially on the islands things like food and drink are quite expensive. During our time in Belize we did a number of relatively expensive activities (diving, sailing) and this did not make our trip very cheap. But these activities are worth it and we had a wonderful time at this place!

The Complete Guide to Corozal, Belize
Earlier this month I spent a weekend in Belize and absolutely loved it! I visited the quiet little town of Corozal right across from the Mexico border and was fascinated by the little details that make this town so quaint. Corozal was the perfect place to get a first look at Belizean culture without having to venture further south into the country, although I’d sure love to see more next time I go! A visit to Corozal won’t be packed with activities and planned itineraries. It’s best to go with the intention to leisurely explore the town, try some family-owned restaurants and bars, and relax. Since there are no chain hotels in town, visitors will need to book lodging at one of the many guesthouses. I loved the one I chose because it was a great opportunity to meet a local family and stay in a beautiful home right on the water.

A Whole lot of Holiday Celebrations
This year is no exception in regards to December on Ambergris Caye. We have been experiencing intermittent cold fronts and a whole lot of holiday celebrations. So many that I could not possibly attend them all without super strength vitamin injections ha ha. Thankfully as the Beatles once said ” I get by with a little help from my friends” There are some great photography contributions from other people that help show you the many sides of the early to mid-December Holiday Celebrations in Belize.

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Florida Severe Weather Likely On Thursday Afternoon & Thursday Evening
An area of low pressure is expected to develop along a frontal boundary in the central Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. In addition, a significant squall line of strong to severe thunderstorms is likely to form along this front across the central and eastern Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday night. It appears that this squall line of strong to severe thunderstorms will cross the Florida Peninsula from west to east during Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening before pushing offshore towards midnight Thursday night. The west coast of Florida could have severe weather as early as late morning into the midday hours of Thursday with the severe weather pushing into central and eastern Florida during the early and mid-afternoon hours. By late Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening, the severe weather risk may shift into south and southwestern Florida and the Florida Keys. All severe weather should be done by midnight Thursday night.

Advancing Disaster Risk Finance in Belize
The objective of this report is to make recommendations for the Government of Belize (GoB) for the formulation of a country-specific comprehensive disaster risk finance (DRF) strategy, based on the assessment of the legislative, financial management, fiscal, and insurance market environment in Belize. This report is envisioned to be used as a planning tool for the potential development of a comprehensive DRF strategy that would equip the Ministry of Finance (MoF) with information and instruments to manage contingent liabilities posed by disasters.

CDB Approves US$5.9 Million to Help Address High Road Fatality Rate in Belize
Road traffic accidents are the seventh leading cause of death in Belize, with approximately 21 deaths per 100,000 persons – the highest fatality rate among the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB’s) 19 borrowing member countries. In response to this challenge, the Board of Directors of the Barbados-based CDB yesterday approved funding of US$5.9 million to the Government of Belize, to support critical efforts to improve road safety. The project will focus on the Philip S. W. Goldson Highway, which joins Belize City through Ladyville, Orange Walk Town and Corozal Town to the Mexican border.


  • Andre Perez PUP Happy Holidays, 1min.

  • KREM Morning Stew, 2.5hr.

  • Belize's Black Hole Drop, 1.5min. Are you daring enough to attempt this descent into a Belizean sinkhole?

  • Referendum Unit - history of diplomatic efforts to resolve the claim, 87min. One of the questions frequently asked when people debate about taking the territorial claim to the ICJ is whether we have exhausted all diplomatic and other attempts to settle the dispute. Representatives of the Referendum Unit discussed this and shared the history of the various diplomatic efforts to resolve the claim. On set: Ambassador Annie Burns - Referendum Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ardelle Sabido - Referendum Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Legacy Fund Limited - Risks of payday loans, 34min. Ervin Perez is a financial adviser with the Legacy Fund Limited. He was our guests to share his expertise and discuss the potential risks of payday loans. These loans are very popular at this time of year and so he spoke about how to protect yourself from exorbitant interests rates. He advises that it's prudent to develop saving habits to create a buffer for times of need.

  • Grace Flava with a Beat - Benjamins' Red Velvet Chocolate Drink recipe, 35min. Grace Flava with a Beat returned with a Benjamins' Red Velvet Chocolate Drink recipe. Hano Lin joined the crew in the Grace kitchen to share in the making of this festive drink that can be made hot or cold. On set: Chef Duane Lizama - Resident Chef. Yolany Cocom - Brand Manger, Benjamins. Hano Lin - Hano Coffee.

  • Mega Bonanza gives you 100 chances to win for the cost of $2.00 a ticket, 19min. There's a new game on the scene. Mega Bonanza gives you 100 chances to win for the cost of $2.00 a ticket. Jermaine August. Mega Bonanza Representatives, shared the details of how you can play to win!

  • MMA Events Inc. - "Battle in Belize" on January 19th, 2019., 27min. MMA Events Inc. will be hosting "Battle in Belize" on January 19th, 2019. The event will take place at the Belize City Civic Center and will see international MMA fighters in country to fight matches. Our guests explained that they are hoping to develop the sport locally by building the fan base and engaging local youths. On set: Alan Soran - MMA Events Inc. Ron Nunez - MMA Events Inc. Clifford Cadle - MMA Events Inc.

  • Miss Jane Laid to Rest, 5min.

  • Love FM 12 Days Of Christmas, 18th December,2018, 2hr42min.

  • Morning Matters at Down Town Plaza, 61min.

  • Caye Caulker Children Fun Drive, 2hr. Children's fun evening...

  • Kuvera in Belize, 1.5min. The model used in this video is my girlfriend. This video was shot for a financial fitness company located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Location: Belize on the Mayan Ruins

  • Masterful Snorkeling and Jammin' with the Hillbilly Orchestra in Belize, 2.5min.

  • San Pedro, Belize and Mayan Ruins, 6min.

  • Police Check Point, 60min.

  • Have you seen a Blue Morpho in wild?, 1/2min. A Blue Morpho (Morpho menelaus) appearing in the forests always brings joy! Photographing them in the wild is always a challenge – but, that is ok.

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