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The San Pedro Sun

Fondation Brigitte Bardot Donates Vehicle for Conservation
American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), a wildlife conservation organization located on Ambergris Caye, received a new Club Car Utility Vehicle thanks to funds granted by Fondation Brigitte Bardot. The much-needed vehicle was quickly put to work, as not ten minutes after completing the vehicle registration; it was being used for an emergency relocation of a 10.5-foot American Crocodile named Eeyore, who had situated himself under a residential home and refused to move. Once the animal was safely and humanely secured, it was transported in ACES new vehicle to a location north of town and full of mangrove channels. But the vehicle’s first day on the job wasn’t over yet! Fifteen minutes after the release of Eeyore, ACES received yet another call about a 9-foot American Crocodile named Parta, who had crawled underneath someone else’s home in a different neighborhood and stubbornly refused to vacate the premises. So once again, ACES brand new (but now very dirty) vehicle moved the heavy animal away to a more suitable croc habitat.

San Pedro Academy Girls win FFB U-17 Interdistrict sub-champions
The San Pedro Academy Girls claimed the national Interdistrict female Under-17 sub-champions’ trophy in the finals of the tournament organized by the Football Federation of Belize; despite their 2-0 loss to the Blackman Eddy Royals at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan on Sunday afternoon, December 16. Tanya Teul and Myranie Hyde led the Academy Girls’ offensive, supported by Aaliyah Pilgrim and Samira Sorto on the wing and Ducel Leiva and Anaceily Gilharry at midfield. But they made little impression on the Royals defenders: Keonda Kayaba, Shantel “Rice” Robinson, Nyesha Jones and Chamique Haylock who held them scoreless the entire game.

Oceana in Belize commemorates banning of offshore oil explorations with BZE SAID NO human sign
In honor of Belize’s passing of the law banning oil exploration in its territorial waters, Oceana Belize organized a human ‘BZE SAID NO’ sign activity on Saturday, December 15th in San Pedro Town. The event was held in front of the Central Park and commemorates the historic legislation that was signed into law on December 29, 2017, ending any potential oil activity in Belizean waters. The activity saw the participation of students, tourists and environmental activists on the island. Oceana Belize Field Representative on the island, Angel Briceńo, guided the many volunteers on the beach to form the human sign at 11:30AM. They all held their hands as they formed each of the letters and with the assistance of a drone, pictures were taken of the memorable sign that sends a strong message across Belize and the world.

San Pedro R.C School entertains islanders with Christmas Show 2018
Island parents and guests were delighted with San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) Christmas Show on Thursday, December 14th. Held at the school grounds the show featured various Christmas presentations that saw the students singing, dancing, and performing dramas. Shortly after 6PM, after the singing of the National Anthem and a short prayer, the show began. Mistress of Ceremony, SPRCS Principal Roxani Kay, officially welcomed everyone and thanked them for their attendance. “We are here to enjoy the great Christmas Show that the talented students of SPRCS have put together for us.”

Belize officially hands over the Presidency Pro Tempore of SICA to Guatemala
Belize officially handed over the Presidency Pro Tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA) to Guatemala on Friday, December 14th during the LII Summit of the Heads of State and Government. Held at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City, the meeting was chaired by the outgoing President Pro Tempore of SICA, Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow.

Ambergris Today

Images Of Ambergris Caye Photo Book Launch By Tony Rath
On Wednesday, 19 December 2018, Cubola Publishers along with professional photographer, Tony Rath and NICH, held an official book launch of “Images of Ambergris Caye” Photo Book by Tony Rath at Parham Plaza Hotel on San Pedro Ambergris Caye. Mr. Milo Paz of NICH San Pedro was the master of ceremony of the short event, he officially introduced the Author and Publisher of the book. Mayor Daniel Guerrero had the honor of delivering the welcome address and several island students had the privilege of reading brief history of San Pedro to those in attendance.

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November 2018 External Trade & Consumer Price Index
Consumer Prices Down Slightly by 0.02% in November 2018. For the month of November 2018, the Statistical Institute of Belize reported that the All-Items Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 105.13, an almost imperceptible decrease of 0.02 percent from 105.15 in November 2017.
IMPORTS UP 7.2%, DOMESTIC EXPORTS UP 26.2% IN NOVEMBER 2018. During the month of November 2018, Belize’s imported goods were valued at $165.6 million, up 7.2 percent or $11.1 million from the $154.5 million imported in November of 2017. A substantial growth in the ‘Mineral Fuels and Lubricants’ category was the primary contributor to increased imports for the month. The total value of Belize’s domestic exports for the month of November 2018 was $21.3 million, up 26.2 percent or $4.4 million from the $16.9 million recorded for November of 2017.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday.

Banyan Bay’s Farmer's Market on Saturday
Come join us THIS SATURDAY, December 22nd, 2018 for our last Market of the Year! Find great deals on fresh produce, local arts, organic products, spa essentials, top of the line make-up and much more. It’s the perfect occasion for your last minute Christmas Shopping! Meet us at the Banyan Bay Suites Conference Center from 10am to 1pm!

Raptor Ambassador Youth Camp
Looking for something for your child to do during the Winter break? We are having our first Raptor Ambassador Kid Camp at the center. Ages 6-10 are welcome to join. $15 per child. This includes all activities, a t-shirt, snacks and lunch(provided by The Bluffs) 20 children max, so sign up early and do not miss out!

Realize Belize Christmas Breakfast 2018
Realize Belize had their Christmas Breakfast at Hode's. Santa stopped by with some gifts for the kids. Thanks, Realize Belize!

Joss Stone Concert
Belize City Civic Center, December 21st,2018

Hitting Hard in the West | Fight Night
Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 7 PM – 10 PM, Sacred Heart Junior College, San Ignacio, Belize. Hosted by The National Channel.

Bandits vs Verdes | PLB 2018-2019 Opening Season Finals
Premiere League of Belize 2018-2019 Opening Season Championship Game. Bandits vs Verdes, Final Round, at Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City. Live Coverage by The National Channel

Hurricanes vs Dream Ballers (NEBL 2019)
Belize City Civic Center. Tip-Off 9:00 PM. Live Coverage by The National Channel.

Drive safely this Holiday Season
The San Pedro Traffic Department and San Pedro Town Council would like to ask everyone to drive safely this Holiday Season. •Do not drink and drive • Do not text and drive •No Speeding The SPTD also reminds everyone to have all documentations in order as our department will be conducting various check points. •Valid Driver’s License •Up to date Insurance •ACTCC stickers We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. May you and your family have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Five Star Jankunu Dancers in San Pedro
The Wanaragua is a masked dance popularly known as the “Jankunu” in Belize. Historically this dance was performed from house to house around Christmas time. The Jankunu dancers are still a part of Christmas celebrations today. The Jankunu is very much reminiscent of the “Masquerade” dance performed in Nigeria. The major similarity is the masks that are worn in these dances, resembling European Colonial Slave Masters and aimed at mimicking and ridiculing them. Kindly Join us as we celebrate Christmas Belizean style at the San Pedro House of Culture on Saturday, December 22nd at 5 PM.

The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project Update
As we draw closer to Christmas Day, the two Downtown Rejuvenation Project's buildings are making progress. Here are the latest pictures of the two buildings being constructed. The first map shows where the first building is located and the second map shows the location of the second building.

Channel 7

Ambush, Gunshots in Benque
A gunman ambushed a Benque Viejo taxi-man outside his house but fortunately he survived. It happened last night around 9:40 on a street near the riverside. The victim is 42 year old Robert Jack Galvez. Galvez was just arriving home on his motorcycle when a gunman fired at him - hitting him to his stomach and left arm. We spoke with his son about the incident. Guianne Galvez, Son: "Actually I wasn't here but they commented to me that he was reaching and my little sister just went inside and they shot like." "They said they heard 10 shots but they say only 4 touch him." Jules Vasquez, reporter: "So why would anyone want to shoot your father?" Guianne Galvez, Son: "Actually I don't really know about that problem."

Dangriga Man Charged For Stabbing Murder
On Monday we told you about the early morning murder of 48 year-old Red Bank Villager Marcos Ack. Police are reporting tonight that they have charged the man who they caught on the scene. He's 26 year-old Herbert Junior Taylor, a labourer from Dangriga Town; police formally arrested and charged him today with murder. It is expected that police will take him to the Magistrate's Court at the earliest convenience, where he will be arraigned and remanded to the Belize Central Prison.

Pandy Speaks On Son's Tragic Accident
Today popular talk show host Kent Pandy spoke to the media about losing his son, PC Kenyon Pandy. As we told you, PC Pandy was driving from the direction of Punta Gorda to the Jalacte Border when he lost control of the vehicle. It flipped several times until it landed in the bushes on the side of road. His 4 year old son was also in the vehicle as we all WPC Chyneque Zuniga - they both survived. We met Kent Pandy this morning and he told us how he got the terrible news. Kent Pandy, Father: "Well, last night I was going on the Love Fm show, Twelve Days of Christmas and before going on, I got a call saying…straight to point, they said that my son is dead. The person didn't even say, "did you hear what happened?" Straight to the point, and you know, I felt a way, but I was trying to be strong. I said, "you know what? I have to go and do this show"."

Anisha Young Search Intensifies
Activist Jose Luis Espat is now leading the search for Anisha Young. It has been 10 days since she went missing and the family hasn't had any luck in finding her. So they turned to Espat to help them figure out the next step. Young's cousin, Sheree Salgado gave us an update and also expressed how difficult Christmas will be without her. Sheree Salgado, Cousin: "Well we saw many cases that Mr. Espat worked on previously, so, we decided as family to bring him on board. So, Mr. Espat is working diligently with us right now help investigating anything, anything on the grounds, that people are willing to share." Courtney Weatherburne, reporter: "Has he gotten any leads so far, anything he's observed so far, or can say concretely at this time about your case?"

Hope For Tevin Cacho
While Young's family continue to be in distress, little Tevin Cacho's mom is optimistic. We called her for an update today and she said the doctors did a cat scan on little Tevin yesterday and the swelling in his brain has gone down. He is still sedated but he is responding well to treatment. The doctors say he has a better chance of surviving. As we reported, little Tevin was knocked down by a GSU truck on Iguana Street Extension.

Guat Consul Says Bze-Guat Border Relationship is Personal, not Political
Ten members of the press returned from Guatemala today - but not before stopping off in Benque Viejo - where they spoke with Edgar Chan, the Guatemalan Consul General in Belize. He's Guatemala's man on the ground in western Belize - and deals with day to day border issues between the neighboring countries. He spoke on the issue of renunciation of citizenship by those Guatemalans who want to become naturalized Belizeans. He said the documents come automatically from Belize's ministry of foreign affairs:.. Reporter: "But in the case of renunciation, does the embassy deal with those cases?"

There Was Only A "Yes"ť Campaign in Guatemalan Referendum
And going back now to Guatemala City - on Monday, the press spoke with Luis Gerardo Ortiz, the spokesperson for the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. That's the Guatemalan version of the Election and Boundaries office and they ran the Guatemalan referendum earlier this year. They also managed the public awareness campaign - which - at the official level - did not tell voters to day yes or no to the ICJ, it just told them to go and vote. Indeed, Belize has that campaign, plus it has a strong "no to the ICJ" campaign, and it also has those campaigning for a yes vote. Interestingly though, in Guatemala there was no push for a "no" vote. He also added that the political parties were not involved:

Carlos Raul Says The ICJ's Decision on 1859 Treaty Has The World Watching
One of those political actors who did not get involved is former Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales. He's the Vice Presidential candidate for the National Unity of Hope Party, or U-N-E. He's running along with presidential candidate, Sandra Torres Cassanova - who is Narda Garcia's sister. It's an interesting pairing because Torres has Belizean roots, and Morales has a Belizean wife and children. Because of strict campaigning rules - he couldn't talk at all about his candidacy or his political aspirations. But he did speak broadly on the issue of Guatemala - Belize relations - where he says 40 thousand Guatemalans live in Belize:...

Climate Change Response in Real Time
Time for talk is over according to the 5C's. The latest round of global climate negotiations concluded on a positive note on Monday at the 24th Conference of Parties (COP 24). It was held in Katowice, Poland. These talks are the latest of a series of negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which was established in 1992. This has been the most important round of discussions since the COP 21 meeting which birthed the Paris Agreement in 2015. The meeting was convened at a time of growing uncertainty in the international community regarding the fight against global warming.

Lord'a Bank Jacking
A mother and son from Lords Bank Village were robbed at gunpoint last night. Sophia Lamb, a 36 year-old resident of Old Well Road in the village, reported to police that she was walking on a street when she was approached by a fair complexioned man. That person pulled out a firearm, pointed it at them, and demanded that they hand over all their money to him. Fearing for her and her son's life, Lamb complied, and she handed over her purse, which contained her cellular phone, an undisclosed quantity of cash, and other personal belongings.

He Allegedly Fondled Child
30 year-old Lucky Strike Villager Santiago Carrillo is at the Belize Central Prison after he was taken to Magistrate's Court for allegedly fondling a 12 year-old child. The victim, accompanied by a social worker, reported to police that on the night of December 2nd, she was asleep, when she was awaked by someone touching her privates. She was unable to see who it was, and so, she waited until the next morning, when she questioned her relative. She inquired of that relative if he was the one who did it, and that relative said no.

Another Alleged Abuser Arraigned
Carrillo is also joined by 39 year-old John Henry, fellow resident of Lucky Strike Village who's also being accused of inappropriately touching an 11 year-old girl. It is alleged that the incident happened on November 30th, and the victim told police that Henry grabbed hold her right breast. Police arrested and charged him with 1 count of sexual assault. He was arraigned today before Magistrate Emerson Banner, and he pleaded not guilty to the offense.

Lord's Bank Resident Stole Tools
45 year-old Leopold Stevens, a resident of Lords Bank Village, is at the Belize Central Prison after being accused of breaking into a man's office and stealing tools that he was storing inside. Hugh Kennedy Crawford reported to police that on October 30th, someone broke into his office at the Ladyville BWS branch. The thief then helped himself to a skill saw, a measuring tape, 2 saw blades, 1 Lasko fan and 4 pairs of goggles, all to a total value of several hundred dollars.

Another Missing Teen
There is another missing teen to report tonight. 17 year old Magdaleno Cal from Canaan Street in Belmopan was last seen 24 hours ago. At the time, he told his family he was going to a park - but the minor hasn't returned since. Anyone who knows his whereabouts us asked to call 911, 922 or any Police Station across the country.

Agric Exports Show Improvement in November
The agricultural sector has witnessed a downturn in the last couple of years due to crop diseases and depressed sugar prices in the European market. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, exports in the agricultural sector saw a modest improvement in November $2.1 million dollars in sugar was exported, compared to almost none in November of last year. Bananas also showed a notable increase from $5 million in November 2017 to $6.1 million in November 2018. Red kidney beans also showed notable increase, while citrus had a slight decrease from $3.2 million in November 2017 to $3 million in November 2018.

Guatemalan Millennials Never Learned About Claim
Last night on the news you heard from one young Guatemalan researcher on the territorial dispute. She told us that the claim is very alien to her generation - which did not grow up with it as a very live issue. Same for Cindy Espian. She's a Guatemalan journalist and told us she did not grow up with a very strong awareness of the territorial dispute:...

PM Cheerful This Year
Christmas is 6 days away - and the Prime Minister today put in his part to add to the cheer with his annual Christmas message. Here's a small snippet of his season's greetings for all Belizeans: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "Each year the Christmas season inspires a sense of fellowship and humanity, which also transcends religion. In other words, the life and work and message of Jesus have long since become Universalist and they produce among people all across the globe of every faith and even of no faith this most precious Christmas upsurge of love for one another..."

Library Loud With Christmas Party
And keeping it in the Christmas spirit….Usually a library is a quiet zone but today, the Leo Bradley Library erupted in excitement when 250 kids gathered for their annual Christmas party. Coordinator Sarah Castillo says it is more than just a Christmas bash, it's a space to promote literacy. Sarah Castillo, Senior Library Assistant, Leo Bradley Library: "It is our Christmas party for the library, we invited the children who have been to the program from the four different libraries in Belize, we have the Leo Bradley library, the Thurton Library, the Lake I Library and the Port Loyola Library, we call it our whole year read in being that for the entire year we had them reading an partaking in different activities so this is just a close off for those programs."

Channel 5

The Number of Murders is Slightly Up So Far this Year
In twelve days, 2018 will come to a close. Today, we went through the archives to see how the country has fared off as it relates to the crippling issue [...]

Hubert Taylor is Charged for Marco Ack’s Murder
Twenty-six-year-old Hubert Taylor, a resident of Dangriga, has been charged for murder.  His arrest and arraignment follows a deadly attack on the Southern Highway on Monday morning when he reportedly [...]

Benque Viejo Resident Ambushed as He Arrives Home
There was an attempt made on the life of a Benque Viejo resident on Tuesday night. Just before ten p.m. as forty-three-year-old Roberto Galvez arrived at his Church Hill Street [...]

PC Pandy Dies in Road Traffic Accident; 2 Others are Injured
Police Constable Kenyon Pandy is dead following a fatal traffic accident in southern Belize. Just after three-thirty on Tuesday evening, Pandy was driving a vehicle when he lost control at [...]

65 Deaths by Road Traffic Accidents in Belize
Earlier this month, the Global Status Report on Road Safety for 2018 was released.  The report shows that the burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, particularly those living [...]

Iverson Neal Is Missing; His Family is Deeply Concerned
The family of twenty-three-year-old Ivor “Iverson” Neal has scoured the outer limits of Belmopan, near El Rancho, in search of him.  He was last seen at that location a week [...]

A Family’s Desperate Public Appeal to Help Find Their Loved One
As with the case of Anisha Young, who is also missing, the family says it has reached out to the police department for assistance, but the response thus far has [...]

Santiago Carrillo Jr. Remanded for Sexual Assault of Minor
A thirty-year-old man is on remand tonight for sexually assaulting a twelve-year-old girl. Allegations are that this is the second time he committed the offense, but the most recent was [...]

John Henry Accused of Sexually Assaulting an 11-Year-Old Girl
Another man was arraigned for sexual assault upon a minor and denied bail. Thirty-nine-year-old John Henry is accused of touching the breast of an eleven-year-old girl on November thirtieth. Henry pleaded [...]

Lord’s Bank Resident Caught Stealing; Leopold Stevens is Remanded
Magistrate Emerson Banner also dealt with the case of seasoned criminal, forty-five-year-old Leopold Stevens of Lord’s Bank, Ladyville. Stevens was charged for a burglary committed on October thirtieth. He is [...]

A Look Back at Guatemala’s Referendum Campaign
In April of this year, we covered extensively the referendum in Guatemala. And one year later Belize will be making its own historic decision on whether Guatemala’s territorial claim will [...]

150 Guat Families Living within the Adjacency Zone
There are currently one hundred and fifty Guatemalan families living within the adjacency zone in the west. Many may not know, but Guatemala has a consular office in Benque Viejo [...]

Guatemalans Make Up 5% of Belize’s Population
Thousands of Guatemalans are known to reside in Belize; and most of them have acquired citizenship. Today, we also took the opportunity to ask the Consul General about the population [...]

White-lipped Peccary on Verge of Extinction
They are foul-smelling, noisy, and move in groups of up to three hundred. They are an important species to the environment, but are on the verge of extinction. A recently [...]

A Lakers-style Christmas for the Kids of Lake-I
In the Lake Independence area of the city, businessman James Young and Glenda Trapp Johnston today hosted their annual Christmas party for the children of the area. Johnston has been [...]

‘Tis the Season to be Reading
‘tis the season to be reading and today, children from across Belize City flocked to the Leo Bradley Library to participate in an annual Christmas party hosted by four Belize [...]

LOVE FM

The Belize Defense Force honors soldiers and partners
The Belize Defense Force honored its personnel today in its annual Christmas Luncheon. Major Rogelio Ramirez, Force Adjutant said the event is a time to thank the BDF soldiers and all other partners for their work and assistance to the force. Major Rogelio Ramirez, Force Adjutant: “We acknowledged that they were working extremely hard throughout …

BDF Private Erin Escobar and his partner Taylor recognized for their service
BDF Private Erin Escobar and his partner Taylor were recognized by the Belize Police Department for their service and dedication to the department. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke to Escobar after he received his commendation. Fem Cruz: “To show appreciation and building moral of the Police a short ceremony was held this afternoon at the …

Belize Defense Force held its First Battalion Award Ceremony
The Belize Defense Force held its First Battalion Award Ceremony and Christmas dinner. The soldiers were encouraged to be on their best behavior when they return home for the holidays. Toledo correspondent Paul Mahung reports. Paul Mahung, Love FM: “The BDFs first battalion award ceremony and Christmas lunch was held yesterday in the Toledo District. …

Leo Bradley Library closes off the year with a children’s party
The library service in Belize offers several programs which caters to children. Today, the Leo Bradley Library, in collaboration with other libraries, held a Christmas party to close off the year. Love news spoke with Sarah Castillo, Senior Library Assistant, about today’s event. Sarah Castillo – Senior Library Assistant: “We have different activities throughout the …

Senator Valerie Woods calls for legislation to address domestic violence
Belize has only just observed the annual 16 Days of Activism to end gender based violence against women and children. And while the activities ended on December 10th, the reports on violent acts upon women and children and domestic abuse continue to make the news on a weekly basis. The number of cases continues to …

Eat in moderation this Christmas
Christmas is a favorite time of the year all over the world, when families get together and celebrate the birth of Christ the Saviour. Wherever there is a party, there is food, and many find it hard to resist that Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and those scrumptious desserts. Persons who overindulge may end …

Parent speaks about the loss of son in Accident
About 3:40 p.m. yesterday there was a traffic accident reported at the junction of the Southern Highway with the San Antonio Road involving a man, woman and a child. The man was identified as Police Constable Kenyon Pandy who was attached to the Belmopan Police Station. He passed away due to his head injuries. The …

Newborn has tumor and mom needs help
A family from southern Belize is hoping for positive results in a medical case that started also as an issue with an eye. It was clear to a young mother from San Roman Village that her toddler’s eyes were not the same size. She gave birth two months ago and has recently found out her …

26-year-old is accused of killing Marcos Ack
Police have arrested and charged the man accused of having stabbed Marcos Ack on Monday. He is 26-year-old Hubert Taylor who was charged with Ack’s murder today. According to police, 41-year-old Ack, a farmer from Red Bank Village in the Stann Creek District was headed to Independence in his pickup sometime before nine o’clock on …

Private who lost an eye on the job is promoted to Lance Corporal
While the police mourn the loss of Pandy, their sister organization, the Belize Defense Force is celebrating the life of a soldier who came within inches of losing his life. Private Fidel Williams was today promoted to Lance Corporal. He is the soldier who was injured and lost an eye in mid-November while on duty …

SIB records very small decrease in the prices of household goods
There was a mere minimal decrease in the prices of goods and services for the month of November, according to the Statistical Institute of Belize. Belizean households experienced a 0.02 percent decrease, as higher prices for home rentals, doctor consultations, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) were balanced out by lower transport costs when compared to last November …

Domestic exports see increase
Meanwhile in External Trade, the SIB reports increases in both imports and exports during the month of November. Belize’s imported goods were valued at over $165 million, up 7.2 percent or a little over $11 million for the same period last year. This was due primarily to fuel imports. Merchandise imports for the period January to November 2018 totaled $1.8 billion …

THE MISSING and the murdered
A sixteen year old minor was reported missing on Friday. Keron Requeńa, a resident of 11 Lakeview Street in Belize City was reported missing on Friday, 14th December, at 2:00 p.m. Love News has been informed that the youth has been found safe. It’s is a great burden lifted off the family …

2 Lucky Strike Villagers accused of abusing minors
Thirty-year old Santiago Carrillo, a resident of Lucky Strike Village, was denied bail when he appeared today before Magistrate Emerson Banner and was arraigned for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. Carrillo pleaded not guilty to the charge and he was remanded into custody until January 29, 2019 …

Taiwan Finances Hill View Park in Santa Elena
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) continues to show their generosity to Belize, this time, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated a substantial amount of money to be used towards the financing of the new Hill View Park in Santa Elena, Cayo District. Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo offered his blessing to …

More years in Prison for Bert Vasquez
Thirty-five year old Bert Vasquez was initially found not guilty of forcible abduction but guilty of attempted rape on the 7th of November. A jury of 5 women and 4 men found him not guilty of forcible abduction by a majority verdict but guilty of attempted rape by a unanimous decision. However, he was sentenced …

The Reporter

MAN SHOT IN BENQUE SEVERAL TIMES LAST NIGHT
A man from Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo, is being hospitalized at the Western Regional Hospital after he was shot two times shortly before 10 last night (December 18th.) in front of his house. The Reporter spoke a short while ago with Guianne Galvez, the son of the victim, Jack Galvez, 42.

HITCHHIKER CHARGED FOR THE MURDER OF MARCUS ACK
On Monday, farmer Marcos Ack was stabbed to death on the road to Independence by a man to whom he gave a ride. Today, Police formally arrested and charged Hubert Taylor, 26, for the crime of Murder.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Guatemalan government withdraws accreditation of 11 CICIG workers
The Guatemalan government withdrew accreditation credentials that grant immunity to 11 workers of the Anti Corruption […]

Belize and Guatemala agree on Arenal entrance?
After three days in Guatemala city getting insights from Guatemalans officials and experts on the issue of taking […]

Guatemalan business sector interested to solve dispute for ‘certainty’ and trade
Former President of the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial, and Financial (CACIF) Associations in Guatemala, Carlos […]

Police officer dies in traffic accident
A police officer lost his life yesterday evening in a traffic accident on the Southern highway. […]

Benque Viejo man shot in front of his home
A man from Benque Viejo town was shot last night in front of his home on […]

Guatemalan business expert says country only wishes to ‘define’ borders
Today, Belizean media met with Carlos Amador, the former President of the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, […]

Woman and child robbed in Lords Bank
Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred last night in Lords Bank village, Belize. Sophia […]

Police man dies in fatal road traffic accident
Information to BBN is that minutes ago, a police officer lost his life in a […]

Blogs

A new look personifies the global heartbeat of Matachica
I’m not sure how you can improve on perfection, and when I heard Matachica Resort was undergoing a facelift last October I thought, ‘But I love you just the way you are!” After a recent visit to this gorgeous beachside resort north of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye to check out its new look, there is no doubt Matachica stands alone in style and reputation. Adorned with countless accolades from the likes of Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and the New York Times, Matachica is luxurious without the sterile pretense of a high-end resort. On the contrary, the landscapes and décor couldn’t be more inviting. Comfort is a high priority at this island gem, and no detail has been overlooked when it comes to intimate surroundings, warm colors, eclectic art, and subtle lighting. Music in the common area is soft with an ethno-euro pulse, and no blaring TV sounds assault the solitude.

International Sourcesizz

A Significant Storm System Will Impact The Florida Peninsula Bringing A Combination Of Severe Weather & Heavy Rainfall Thursday & Strong Winds & Coastal Flooding On Thursday Afternoon, Thursday Night & Friday
A significant multi-hazard storm system will impact a large part of the Florida Peninsula starting on Thursday and continuing through Friday. Severe weather, including tornadoes, heavy rainfall, strong winds and coastal flooding are all expected. Severe Weather & Heavy Rainfall: A significant squall line is expected to form over the central and eastern Gulf of Mexico late tonight into Thursday morning. This squall line is expected to reach Florida’s West Coast by late Thursday morning and early Thursday afternoon. From there, this squall line which will contain strong to severe thunderstorms will cross the Florida Peninsula from west to east during Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening impacting central and eastern Florida during the early and mid afternoon hours of Thursday and then south and southwest Florida and the Keys during Thursday evening. The squall line is likely to push offshore by midnight Thursday night.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Belize Credit Union League, IDB Partner on Green Microfinance as Part of Caribbean EcoMicro Program
The US-based multilateral Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently signed a four-year deal with the 11-member Belize Credit Union League (BCUL) to provide 380 farmers and fishermen with access to “climate-smart” technologies intended to increase food productivity and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The partners will also “implement a risk modeling framework to evaluate the impacts of climate change on the…loan portfolio” of three BCUL members, Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union, Saint Martin’s Credit Union and Toledo Teachers Credit Union. The program includes gender analysis, risk modeling, business training for entrepreneurs to prepare for climate change, and a total of USD 850,000 in green financing.

Danny Michel returns for third sold-out show this year in London
Danny Michel keeps coming back and Londoners can’t seem to get enough. The Kitchener-Waterloo native and three-time Juno Award nominee performs to a sold-out audience Thursday at London Music Club. He sold out a show at the same club in June, less than four months after performing with London Symphonia. In 2012, Michel relocated to Belize where he recorded with The Garifuna Collective, an Afro-Amerindian group, on the album Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me. The album was also longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. Michel’s philanthropy includes the creation of the Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund to raise scholarships for the Caye Caulker Community School, a small non-profit community high school in Belize.

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