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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament plays last games of 2018
San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament continued this weekend on Sunday, December 16th at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro Town with three intense games. Many softball fanatics enjoyed the matches. The current standings have Extreme at the top of the chart with 8 wins one loss, followed by Quality Reef with six wins and three losses and RCGO with six wins and three losses. Rusties has 3 wins six losses, Beer League has two wins and seven losses, and at the bottom of the chart is SPHS with two win and seven losses. Due to the upcoming holidays, San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament will be on hiatus until Sunday, January 6th. The first match will see RCGO vs. SPHS at 10AM. Beer League will take on Rusties, and the last match of the day will feature Extreme going against Quality Reef.

Moorings buoys replaced inside Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Hol Chan Marine Reserve team installed new moorings buoys at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Channel, Shark Ray Alley and Mexico Rocks Reserve on Monday, December 17th. The team was assisted by the San Pedro Tour guide Association (SPTGA) in splicing ropes and preparing the buoys. Mooring buoys are a management tool to reduce damage to coral reef and seagrass beds. Within Hol Chan Marine Reserve, boats are not allowed to anchor at the recreational sites, hence, the buoys are in place for visiting vessels to use. “Part of managing the Reserve is to ensure that the moorings are maintained and replaced when they break or go missing,” stated Hol Chan Marine Reserve Marine Biologist Kirah Forman-Castillo.

Adopt a Bear brings joy to hundreds of island children
For the fourth consecutive year, ‘Adopt a Bear’ project brought happiness to hundreds of children on Ambergris Caye. Five hundred children who wouldn’t otherwise receive a Christmas present were gifted on Thursday, December 20th. As of 9AM, island children gathered at Hope Haven Center to receive their gifts from Santa Claus, complete with hugs and even candy. Several wanted their picture with the jolly man in red too. One island mother told The San Pedro Sun that her children have been receiving gifts from ‘Adopt a Bear’ project since 2015 and she is beyond grateful. “I’m a single mother with four kids, so sometimes it’s hard to purchase Christmas presents for all of them. I appreciate the help I have been getting with the ‘Adopt a Bear’ project for the past four years,” she said.

San Pedro Pirates Football Club leave the Premier League of Belize
Ambergris Caye’s football club, the San Pedro Pirates F.C. informed their fans on Thursday, December 13th via their Facebook page that they will not participate in next year’s season of the Premier League of Belize (PLB). The announcement was made after the team fell short against Verdes F.C., and did not advance to PLB’s finals this year. The team’s management indicated that due to the lack of sponsorship and support in San Pedro, they cannot afford to continue existing as a body and thus, will not participate in the upcoming PLB season. It is uncertain at the moment when and if the San Pedro Pirates will go back to the PLB. The San Pedro Sun will continue keeping the sporting community informed on this matter.

95-room hotel development puts Turneffe Atoll at risk
Belize reaps an estimated $540 Million annual economic benefit from the Turneffe Atoll, which has now been put at risk by a huge 95-room hotel development without so much as an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the Turneffe Atoll Trust warned in a report presented to the media at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City on Tuesday morning, December 18. There are about 25 fisherman camps on the atoll, but no residences or urban communities, but there are three high-end eco-tourism resorts: Turneffe Flats, Turneffe Island Resort and the Blackbird Caye Resort. A new player is the 95-room Belize Dive Haven. Consultant Valentino Shal prepared a new report on how unsustainable and unregulated development is threatening the existing benefits. He cited a litany of rules which are being violated or ignored: the Turneffe Atoll Coastal Zone Management Guidelines (ICZMP), the Fisheries Act, Sport Fishing Regulations, Environmental Protection Act, EIA Regulations, Forest (Protection of Mangrove – Updated), Wildlife Protection Act, Mines and Minerals Act, Belize Port Authority Act, the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve Order and the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve Regulations. The hotel development also flies in the face of several development plans prepared by the Ministries of Natural Resources and Economic Development.

Ambergris Today

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Christmas time is here and with out fail the San Pedro Lions Club is once more hosting its annual children's Christmas party with Santa. The fun filled event is taking place this Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. For more information on this event kindly contact Pamela Zetina at 604-6630.

Misc Belizean Sources


The Market Hosted by Banyan Bay Suites Today
Join us Saturday from 10am to 1pm for your end of year shopping at The Market! It's fun, fresh and local! See you all there!

Congratulations to Team Eagles on winning the 2018 Belmopan Christmas Cup Futsal Tournament!

December 21,1866 our Maya Grandparents defeated the British Troops in the village of San Pedro Siris in the Yalbac area(Northwestern Belize). The Maya leaders on that battle were Asuncion Ek ,Marcos Canul,Santiago Pech and Rafael Chan . El Poder de los Machetes !!! Viva los liberadores Mayas !!! Viva el Pueblo Maya !!! Viva Belize !!! Note : The Picture are Maya people of Northern Belize at Orange Walk 2018 for El Festival del Pueblo,San Lazaro . They are the children of those brave Maya who fought during that period .

H.E. Shyne Barrow, Ambassador of Music, welcomes Grammy award-winning singer Joss Stone to Belize
Joss Stone is in Belize to perform live and unplugged at the Belize City Civic Center for the Office of the Music Ambassador’s holiday concert. While in Belize, Stone will also collaborate with Garifuna musician C Wills and will assist Ambassador Shyne Barrow with the distribution of toys.

Ascenthium Playing Benque on NYE
Ascenthium has changed their venue for their concert on New Year's Eve: Picadilly Lounge in Benque. It's going to be a block party. "Hey Guys we're closing out the Year in the Gonzalez brothers' home town. Piccadilly Night Club and Lounge Benque Viejo is closing off a street for a massive Block Party and we headline. Come light sparklers and popshots Benque style and rock out to an amazing show!"

Five Star Jankunu Dancers
Kindly Join us as we celebrate Christmas Belizean style at the San Pedro House of Culture on Saturday, December 22nd at 5 PM.

Crazy Canucks Beach Bar Hermit Crab Races on Christmas Day
Going to be in San Pedro for Christmas? We will open at 2pm and will also have our Hermit Crab Races that night. Santa will host race #1!

Channel 7

Another Drug Plane Lands, This One on Mennonite Farm In Toledo
Tonight, yet another plane has been added to the long list of suspicious aircraft that have landed or attempted to land in Belize.   Recently though, reports have started to place those planes in the south.  Two weeks ago, one landed on the Guatemalan side of the Sarstoon - and last night it was on a mennonite farm near Barranco, Toledo .  Our Emanuel Pech and Angel Noble were the first media to get there and here's what they saw: Emanuel Pech: "I am on the outskirts of the quiet village of Barranco near what is presumed to be  a drug plane landing. This goes on the list of a series of drug plane landings in Belize over the last couple of years. Just behind me over that shed is small white aircraft heavily guarded by a platoon of officers."

Who Was PC Cucul's Killer?
Tonight there is still very little official information about the point blank murder of 35 year old Modesto Cucul, a police constable attached to the Belmopan formation. He died around midday yesterday after his car was ambushed on a village road in Toledo. What motivated the ambush is anyone's guess. However, as we told you yesterday, Cucul had a certain history that may have garnered him some enemies in the town.  This may have led to someone putting out a hit on him.  When we looked at his S-10 pickup today it showed how serious the killers were.   Three bullet holes shattered the glass window of the passenger's side. Blood stains still lingered on the bottom edge of the passenger's door; this was where the onslaught began.

A Grim Scene On Morning Glory
It was anything but a glorious morning on Morning Glory Street in the Martins area. 36 year Ernie Miranda was killed before dawn and his body left sprawled in a ditch.  Now Miranda has had  many run-ins with the law and according to his brother, he was just released from prison two months ago. So is it a case where Miranda's bad deeds caught up with him? His brother says that may have been the case. I found out more. Voice of Cecil Miranda - Stepfather: "I just get it this morning that they find him dead in a drain." It is the worst news a parent can wake up to. Ernie Miranda's body was found thrown in the gutter on Morning Glory Street. According to residents, the garbage men alerted them of his body around 6:00 this morning. Miranda's brother says he doesn't know what happened after he went to sleep.

Anisha's Family confident New Leader Will Take Them To Her Body
Tonight Anisha Young's family is preparing for another search on Sunday. As we told you, activist Jose Uk Espat is now leading the search and doing his own private investigation.  Well, he claims he has made major headway. Although he doesn't want to get into too much detail at this time, he says he has established the motive and has evidence to back it up. The family also has high hopes that they will find her body on Sunday. Espat and the family called us over to meet them at Princess to give an update. Here is more Jose Espat - Search Party Leader: "At the beginning, we had two possible motives. We had been doing the initial investigation based on what the family has investigated and myself. We have gotten very very serious leads; at this point we have gotten enough information to narrow it down, and when I say information, I mean with evidence as well..."

Iverson's Family Angry At Misrepresentations Of Missing Brother/Son
Another of those missing persons cases that recently caught the attention of the general public is 23 year-old Iverson Neal. As we told you, he's been missing since last Wednesday, and according to police the last confirmed sighting of him was in the Cayo District. His family is desperate, and worried about his wellbeing.   Their frustration is amplified by what they say is a public misrepresentation of his personality. Earlier this week, we spoke with his girlfriend, who was one of the last persons who communicated with him. She alleged that he was having a series of mental problems, and when we contacted his family that same day, they strongly refuted that as baseless allegations.  Then, there was the comment from police at the press conference yesterday. Assistant Police Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, said that police have reason to suspect that he may be alive, but that he is hiding from his family because he does not want to be confronted about an internal family dispute.

11 Homeless After City Fire
11 Belize City residents are homeless tonight, only days before Christmas, after their apartment on Cleghorn Street was destroyed this morning. The fire happened at around 9:00 when this 2-storey apartment was gutted by a fire which started in a bedroom in the upstairs flat. Before the tenants, and the landlord could do anything, the flames spread and destroyed everything upstairs. The firefighters managed to put the fire out, but in the process, the downstairs flat received water damage. It's a disaster for these persons who lost everything in the fire, but investigators say that that this was a case of arson. We'll get to their comment, but we start first with our interview with one of the neighbors, who is relative of the landlord. She was inside her home when she was enveloped by the choking smell of smoke:

BEL CEO Ready to Roll
With almost a quarter billion dollars in gross revenue - BEL is the most money making company in Belize.  And its 17.8 million dollars in profits put it right behind BTL as the second most profitable company in the country.  And a large part of that success has been owing to CEO Jeffrey Locke's leadership.  He took the helm of the utility in 2011 when government was forced to take it over from the private majority shareholder, Fortis - which was in a cash flow crisis.   And while Locke's tenure has been stellar, he's told the company that he won't renew his contract when it expires in June of 2019. 

Wilfred Against The World
Last night you saw our interview with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington.  He was splitting hairs with the media - accusing us of misquoting him because he said there is a "possibility" that the Guatemalans could invade, and when we asked Carlos Raul Morales about his question, we  used the word "risk".  Most folks would tell you that they're interchangeable in this context - but Elrington maintains that we distorted his words.   In another section of our 52 minute interview, he said there are influential people who have been attempting to publicly undermine him ever since he took up the Foreign Affairs portfolio, and he's ready to leave it behind, if called upon to do so:

Kerosene and Regular Gas Go Down, Diesel Stays Stubbornly High
Gas prices will go down just in time for Christmas - at least on regular gas and kerosene. At midnight tonight, Regular gas is going down by 45 cents per gallon; taking the price from $9.76 to $9.31. While kerosene's price is reducing by $1.17 cents; taking it from $8.51 to $7.34 per gallon.  And much to the dismay of the productive sector, diesel will remain at a very high $10.75 per gallon, while premium remains at $11.32 per gallon.

Schools Managements May Dock Salaries of BNTU Protestors
6 weeks ago, we took you to Belmopan for the protest from the Belize National Teachers Union. Over 1300 teachers, their fellow unions, and allied members of civil society took to the streets of the capital to demonstrate against the Ministry of Education. The teachers were voicing their discontent about the way the Government was handling their concerns such as teacher hardship allowances, time off to collect their salaries and pay their bills. They forced the Ministry to come back to the table on their terms, but, for some, at a dear cost.

Grammy Winner Joss Stone in Belize For Unplugged Show (UPDATE)
Grammy award winning Singer Joss Stone landed in Belize yesterday and this morning we met her giving out toys with Music Ambassador and politician Shyne Barrow.  Now there aren't a whole lot of world famous international performers who pass through here - and seeing her in a tiny constituency office giving out toys to kids made it even more disorientating.
And that's why, even though you may not know Joss Stone - or be familiar with her music - you may want to check this free spirit out in concert tonight after you hear what she's about: And that easy going approach landed her today in the Mesopotamia division at Standard Bearer Shyne Barrow's political office giving out two thousand toys to constituency kids.  She told us why:

Cultural Christmas at Museum of Belize
This week, the Museum of Belize held a Cultural Christmas Program for children ranging from ages 6 to 14. This program was made possible by a partnership between The Museum of Belize and BEL, and it taught the children about the different Belizean Christmas traditions. The children were also taught how to make various Belizean Christmas ornaments like corn husk angels. Here's more on that event. Alexis Salazar - Director of the Museum of Belize: "What it is is a partnership, a continued partnership between Belize Electricity Limited as a corporate sponsor, and the Museum of Belize. What we did was, it's an extension of our summer program. Our summer program was so successful this year that BEL approached us and said that we would like to do something for Christmas also.

Welcome Center Taking Care of The Needy at Christmas
The Welcome Resource Center in Belize City is an important point of service for those persons who live on the margins of society. The Centre offers clients a hot lunch, shower and a change of clothing. but, they're closing for Christmas so today they held their annual party to give those clients enough food items to last them through the holiday.

Channel 5

Another Drug Plane Lands in Barranco; 1 Officer Detained
The most recent suspected drug plane landing was in southern Belize. Previous landings were occurring frequently up north where the narco-traffickers were generally outsmarting police in their modus operandi. The [...]

Ernie Miranda is Stabbed and Killed Behind Sadie Vernon
There have been two more murder victims this week, which brings the murder count so far in 2018 to one hundred and forty-two. That is dead even with the total [...]

A Suicide Attempt Ends with a House Fire on Cleghorn Street
Eleven persons who occupied a two storey building on Cleghorn Street, Belize City, are left to pick up the pieces just before the Christmas. This morning one of the tenants [...]

Fire Department Says Cleghorn Street Blaze was Deliberately Set
Station Manager Orin Smith provided details of the firefighting effort to extinguish the blaze, however, he was not able to confirm the suggestion that the tenant who started the fire [...]

Police Provide Details on the Slaying of One of Their Own
Police Constable Modesto Cucul lost his life on Thursday morning when he was ambushed by a pair of gunmen who opened fire on him and his common-law while they were [...]

Belizeans Prepare for Christmas 2018
Its four days until Christmas and people are busy with their preparations for their own version of a Christmas dinner. Downtown Belize City was extra busy today with shoppers from [...]

Golden Tree Reopens
Golden Tree, the newly renovated hotel here on Coney Drive, is back in business. Earlier this week, the Belize Tourism Board closed it down for infractions to hotel regulations contained [...]

B.N.T.U. Calls Managements the Grinch who Stole Christmas
The Belize National Teachers Union is calling some school managements the “Grinch who stole Christmas.”  The powerful union fired off a press statement this evening in which it expresses its [...]

Price for Regular Gasoline Reduces
There is good news for motorists tonight. The price per gallon of regular fuel is expected to decrease at midnight tonight. The price will go down by thirty-five cents, from [...]

Iverson Neal’s Family Appeals to the Public to Help Find Him
The family of missing man Iverson Neal says that, contrary to police reports, they fear he is dead. Today family members told the media that they don’t believe the twenty-three-year-old [...]

A Guided Search for Anisha Young
As Christmas Day approaches, the family of Anisha Young grows more resolute in locating her. The young woman has been missing for almost two weeks now and there has been [...]

Rum Popo – a Recipe Tested by Generations for 55 Years
The Christmas holiday in Belize is synonymous with family get-togethers. And at the heart of the celebrations are the delicacies like the ham, Christmas cakes and the rum popo. To [...]

President Jimmy Morales Orders CICIG Agents to Leave Guatemala
On Tuesday, Guatemala announced that they have withdrawn diplomatic immunity from eleven officials who have investigated alleged corruption, including cases involving the son and brother of President Jimmy Morales. Morales [...]

U.S. Senator Says Moscow Exerting Pressure in Latin American
President Morales is accusing the CICIG of violating the presumption of innocence of those it has investigated. By refusing to renew its mandate earlier this year, the president effectively gave [...]

$13,000 in Shopping Spree at Courts
The Christmas season for the family of Marjorie Carter just got a lot better. This morning, the Belize City resident cheerfully picked up ten thousand dollars worth of prizes from [...]

A Christmas Party for the Mentally Ill
This morning, Welcome Resource Center held its annual Christmas party for its many guests.  The partygoers included the homeless, the mentally ill, as well as the elderly.  This year, the [...]

Belizean-American Kendis Gibson Says Goodbye to ABC World News Now
Kendis Gibson is one of the Belizeans who have moved up the ranks in U.S. networks. This morning, the forty-year-old announced to his viewers that he is leaving ABC World [...]


Family Not Divided as their Loved one Remains Missing
Iver Neal is the 23 year old Belize City youth that went missing after he left his home on North Front Street in Belize City, last week Wednesday. The family believed his life was in danger and that was the reason they think he wanted to get on a bus to Punta Gorda to go …

Another suspected Drug Plane Lands in Belize
A police officer is in police custody as Police in Toledo investigate the landing of a plane in that district. According to police, the plane landed about three miles outside Barranco Village. Police report that personnel of the Anti-Narcotics Unit and the Belize Special Assignment Group intercepted the plane but not until after the contents …

600 children in the south were treated to a Christmas party
Children are usually on the receiving end of all the giving which takes place at Christmas. In this regard, over 600 children in the south were treated to a Christmas party where they were given gifts amongst other things. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung filed this report. Paul Mahung Toledo Correspondent: “Over six hundred ninety six …

Youth Cadets from Hopkins were treated to a Christmas party
Youths from Hopkins were treated to a Christmas party which was made possible by the Police Department. Southern Correspondent Harry Arzu filed this report. Harry Arzu Stann Creek Correspondent: “The Belize Police Department hosted a Christmas party for all members of the Police Youth Cadets from Hopkins Village who were also awarded certificates for their …

OJ Elrington hosts Christmas party in Freetown Area
Orson “OJ” Elrington and his merry helpers are hosting a Christmas party for the residents of the Freetown Area. It happens on Saturday afternoon. One of his organizers, Wendy Hulse tells us what they have prepared for the residents. Wendy Hulse Organizer: “We are having this Christmas event not only for the kids but also …

Fire leaves eleven persons homeless
It is the Christmas season and while many are wishing for all sorts of goodies to make their Christmas merry and bright. Eleven person who lost their home in an early morning fire, are only wishing for a roof over their head this Christmas. We get more in this report from Johnelle McKenzie. Johnelle Mckenzie: …

Police investigate shooting in Benque
Benque Police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting. It happened at the Churchill Street at the residence of Roberto Galvez. By the time police responded, Galvez had been rushed to the San Ignacio Community hospital after sustaining gunshot injuries. ACP Joseph Myvett told the media what investigators have gathered. ACP Joseph Myvette Head, National Crime …

Men hold up gas distribution center in the Corozal District
Up in the northern part of the Country, Corozal police investigate an armed robbery that happened on Wednesday. Police report that around 6:45 that night, two men robbed Tomza Gas’ distribution center in Ranchito Village, Corozal District. The Watchman, 20-year-old Ricardo Neal gave police his account of what happened. ACP Joseph Myvette Head, National Crime …

Body Found in Seine Bight
Police do not suspect foul play after a man was found dead in Seine Bight Village. Southern Correspondent Harry Arzu filed this report. Harry Arzu Stann Creek Correspondent: “The body of a male person was found this morning in a house in Seine Bight Village in the Stann Creek District. The individual who reportedly was …

Gas prices will be rolled back
The next time you take a trip to the gas station, you may notice a change in gas prices which may not be by much, but at this time of year every penny counts. At midnight tonight, new gas prices will come into effect; however, premium and diesel will remain the same. Regular gas will …

Police release details on murder of PC Modesto Cucul
Police say two men ambushed officer Modesto Cucul and his common-law wife on Thursday morning, killing him. An official police report indicates that Cucul and his common-law-wife, 35-year-old Anlavidia Cal, were traveling in a pick-up truck on the Crique Jute Village Road …


Cop shot dead in ambush
It appears that an ambush had been set up for a police constable by two men, who shot both the constable and his common-law wife. The cop has died as a result of the shooting. This morning, around 10: 00 a.m. PC Modesto Cucul and his wife were fired upon as he drove his personal vehicle about a ¼ mile from the junction of the Crique Jute and San Antonio roads in the Toledo District. Police this evening said that they received a report of a shooting and went to the scene of the incident, where they saw a beige Chevy S10 pickup truck, without license plates, parked on the left side of the road when viewed from the perspective of someone traveling west from Crique Jute Village.

Bert Vasquez gets 4 years for attempted rape
Prison inmate Bert Vasquez, 35, who is serving a sentence of 10 years for forcible abduction and aggravated assault of an indecent nature, had 4 years more added on to his sentence on Monday, December 17, when Justice Colin Williams imposed a sentence on him of 4 years for attempted rape in relation to another incident. Justice Williams stipulated that the sentence should run consecutively to any other sentence Vasquez is serving. So Vasquez will be serving a total prison sentence of 14 years.

Golden Tree Hotel shut down less than a year after massive renovations
All Belize City residents no doubt witnessed Golden Tree Hotel’s grand transformation. The hotel got a total makeover and now has 9 floors, a pool, and a state-of-the-art gym, along with fully air-conditioned rooms, among other amenities. That makeover was no cheap investment, and less than a year after the fully completed renovations, Golden Tree has been shut down by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB). The impressive hotel which sits on Coney Drive was significantly behind on paying their taxes, and according to News5, BTB officials, along with members of the Police Department, went over to the hotel to close its doors today.

Over 50 persons reported missing so far, for 2018
Another person has been added to the ever-growing list of missing persons. 53-year-old Benson Jerry Butler was reported missing by his nephew, Marlon Kisling, 39. Kisling, a truck driver, told police that on Sunday, December 2, sometime after 8 a.m., Butler left their home at #28 West Lake Area en route to Belize City and since then he has not heard from him. Butler, who is also known as Jerry, has a slim build, a brown complexion, black hair that is worn in an afro and dark brown eyes. He walks with a limp on his right foot. He was last seen wearing a white, button-down shirt with long sleeves; plain, black dress pants and a pair of black shoes. Kisling noted that Butler does not suffer from mental illness.

Imports up 7.2% in November, and up 5.9% for January-November
Latest reports from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) are that Belize’s imports for the month of November are up 7.2% over November last year, and the overall figures for the first eleven months of this year show that Belize’s imports are up 5.9% when compared to the period January-November 2017. Statistics showed that total imports for November 2018 were valued at $165.6 million, an increase of $11.1 million over the $154.5 million worth of goods imported in November 2017. The SIB said that purchases of minerals, fuels and lubricants contributed the most to the increase, and this was “mainly due to the fact that there was a sizeable purchase of diesel fuel made during the month, while there was none imported in November of last year.”

Amidst GAF control of the Sarstoon River, Belize still in search of Sarstoon protocol
In May 2015, Belize entered a new reality at the Sarstoon River, where it shares its southern border with Guatemala. The Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) began exercising complete control over the entire Sarstoon River, and they have been insisting that Belizeans traveling on the river first get their permission before venturing onto it, at times telling Belizeans “to respect the protocol.” There is, however, no formal protocol between Guatemala and Belize when it comes to navigating the Sarstoon River, long regarded as the border between the two countries. Then on May 28, 2015, the GAF demanded that a group of Belize National Coast Guard officers move from an area on Sarstoon Island, where they had gone to scout out an area to build a forward operating base. Ever since then, Belize has been trying to get Guatemala to agree to a Sarstoon protocol that would normalize movement on the river which divides both countries.

Buck-it is a star, from Hostel Field to MCC
It was interesting to note in the quarterfinal 1st leg encounter between Caesar Ridge and City Boys in the ongoing CYDP Peace Cup, that one Sydney Bradley, Jr., a.k.a. “Buck-it” was not inserted into the ball game until second half. His presence was instrumental in creating the go-ahead goal for Caesar Ridge, who ended up in a 1-1 draw, after another super-talent, Orlando “Bredda” Velasquez converted a penalty late in the game for City Boys. Caesar Ridge ended up winning that series in over-time, 5-3, this past weekend; and it was Buck-it who scored both the tying goal in regulation and the go-ahead goal in overtime for Caesar Ridge.

Queens Restaurant & Bar and Chino’s Bar 8-Ball Tournament – Belmopan concluded – Shattaz champs
The Queens Restaurant & Bar & Chino’s Bar 8-Ball Tournament concluded on Sunday, December 16. Here’s how it ended. Match #1 of best-of-two finals between Mike’s Shooters and Shattaz took place at Chino’s Bar. In this match, it was all about Shattaz, who shattered the minds of Mike’s Shooters, 3-0. For Shattaz, Orlando Cassanova defeated Erwin Woodye,Jr., 4-1; Elder Paredes won Ernest Borland, 4-2; and Salvador Orellana won Edmund Guy, 4-1. So, Shattaz was in the driver’s seat cruising; and in Match #2, Mike’s Shooters needed a 3-0 victory to force a tie-breaker.

CYDP Peace Cup quarterfinals completed; semifinals kick off on Saturday at MCC
Based on information gleaned from reporter William Ysaguirre’s report (endorsed by CYDP officials) on the 2nd leg of the CYDP Peace Cup 2018 quarterfinals on Saturday, December 15, at the MCC Grounds, the tournament has now reached its semifinals stage, with the surviving four teams scheduled to take the field this coming Saturday in the 1st leg of the semifinals. Those 4 quarterfinal winners are Barrack Road FC, Caesar Ridge FC, Lucky Strike FC, and Ladyville FC. The CYDP (Conscious Youth Development Program) Peace Cup has been sanctioned by the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) as its 1st Division Amateur Tournament for a couple years now.

In the Gap Institute kicks off “Football for Life” at Marion Jones Sports Complex
On Friday, December 14, an international, friendly football match was played at the Marion Jones Sports Complex between Belize Baby Jaguars (National Under 17 team) and Atleticos Arriga, an under 17 team from Guatemala City. The Belize Baby Jaguars won the match by a score of two-nil with the goals scored by Jahlin Pelayo and Elton Reneau. This was the first of a planned three-match series between Belize and Guatemala that comes through an organization known as the “In the Gap Institute,” which kicked off its program called “Football for Life Peace Match” with its first friendly match.

Editorial: April 10 – better than bread and circus
Bread and circuses — It means distracting people with food and entertainment (bread and circuses/popcorn and movies) so they won’t notice the things that are really wrong… The term comes from the work of the Roman satirist Juvenal (ca. A.D. 60-140), who wrote: Duas tantum res anxius optat/Panem et circenses. (The people) long eagerly for two things: bread and circuses.” (From Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions by Elizabeth Webber and Mike Feinsilber) The Statistics Institute of Belize (SIB) is to be commended for their consistency in producing data related to the state of our economy. The data they produce sometimes needs explanatory notes, but that doesn’t negate the effort. Every month, and quarterly, and yearly, we are informed about the performances of our primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors. The SIB is far and away the most consistent institution in Belize reporting on the activities in their area of work. Other organizations in our country should recognize their responsibility to Belizeans and follow the lead of the SIB.

Brian Plummer on representative democracy and direct democracy
Dear Editor, It is the Christmas season and my favorite time, New Year, is approaching. It is a time of reflection and improvement. Some improve their home by repairs, painting and decorations. Some improve themselves by being generous and making New Year’s resolutions. In this vein I suggest an improvement for the Belize political system which is a representative democracy. The next level of democracy is direct democracy, in which all people make the decisions as a group, without intermediate representation.

Philistinic Americans murdered black blowup Santa
Some white people carry real hate for us. You can’t fault anyone for loving their color and their tribe. And really, you can’t fault people if they don’t like you. But if someone hates you, you’d want them to hate you for the “right” reason/s. Ignorance is a deplorable reason to hate. I can’t say that the people who slashed a black inflatable Santa are ignorant, but the odds are that they’re in the category. The despicable act occurred in America, USA. I read it on Yahoo. Megan Johnson, in a December 15 Yahoo post titled, “Vandals destroy family’s inflatable black Santa Claus: Trump is really changing this country!”, wrote: “An Oregon family was shocked to discover that an inflatable black Santa Claus on their front lawn had been slashed by vandals just 24 hours after they put it on display.

Christmas is a number
Doña Helena edged forward in her chair. She felt the tension tightening around her gut and wished once more that her husband Edgardo had changed his mind and accompanied her to the ceremonia. He would have shared the excitement boiling over in her and hugged her understandingly. The family lived in Cotton Tree village, a ten-minute drive away, but Edgardo (or Eddie) had to stay behind to watch the house. It was early December in 2016, and already they had begun their Christmas preparations, having strung some lights, bought a few gifts, and started on the painting.

Hitchhiker arrested for killing Marcos Ack, 48
On Monday, December 17, 48-year-old Marcos Ack was viciously stabbed after picking up a hitchhiker. Yesterday, December 19, police formally arrested and charged this hitchhiker, Hubert Junior Taylor, 26, for the crime of murder. Ack had picked up Taylor somewhere in the Red Bank area while he was on his way to Independence Village.

Turley family terrorized in San Pedro
In the Tuesday edition of the Amandala, we reported that a gunman or gunmen had fired shots at the home of the Turley family in San Pedro at about 1:30 last Saturday morning while the family was sleeping. About 10 shots were fired at the house and the bullets had damaged a wall of the house and shattered some windows. Luckily, no one was hit. Police who inspected the shooting scene said that 7 expended 9mm shells were found in the area. On September 9, a motorcycle belonging to a Turley family member, 21-year-old Trent Turley, was set on fire and completely destroyed. Police who investigated the arson did not report any arrests. Police said they don’t know whether the incidents are connected.

Ernest Thurton, Jr., gets 29 years for double murder
A sentence of 29 years in prison was imposed today by Justice Adolph Lucas on Ernest Thurton, Jr., aka “Dangalang”, who was convicted on September 12 of the murders of Frank James, 41, and Robert Young, 50. Justice Lucas said that the sentence was life imprisonment for the murders of James and Young, and the sentences are to run concurrently. He explained, however, that since the court could no longer give a sentence of life imprisonment without parole and it must give a fixed sentence, he would be imposing a sentence of 35 years and was deducting 6 years from the sentence, which was the time Thurton spent on remand.

Roger Wallis, British “man in the mask”, 63, charged with attempted kidnapping, denied bail again
Roger Robert Wallis, 63, a British national remanded for 2 counts of attempted kidnapping of an 8-year-old boy, was denied bail when he appeared yesterday before Madam Justice Marilyn Williams. Wallis, a resident of Belmopan, was arrested and charged on September 26, following a report that he tried to kidnap the boy in Belmopan. According to the allegation against Wallis, the boy and his two sisters were walking on the street, on their return from school, when Wallis, who was driving a white van, offered to give them a ride.

Amidst GAF control of the Sarstoon River, Belize still in search of Sarstoon protocol
In May 2015, Belize entered a new reality at the Sarstoon River, where it shares its southern border with Guatemala. The Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) began exercising complete control over the entire Sarstoon River, and they have been insisting that Belizeans traveling on the river first get their permission before venturing onto it, at times telling Belizeans “to respect the protocol.” There is, however, no formal protocol between Guatemala and Belize when it comes to navigating the Sarstoon River, long regarded as the border between the two countries. Then on May 28, 2015, the GAF demanded that a group of Belize National Coast Guard officers move from an area on Sarstoon Island, where they had gone to scout out an area to build a forward operating base. Ever since then, Belize has been trying to get Guatemala to agree to a Sarstoon protocol that would normalize movement on the river which divides both countries.

The Reporter

About five persons from Punta Gorda including a Police Officer working out of that municipality are detained pending investigation into a suspected drug plane landing on Thursday night. The Reporter was made to understand that the Police Officer has been identified as Peter Graham who in the company of another male person was found in an SUV near the vicinity of the landing site on Plett’s Farm outside of Barranco Village. Reports say that inside the SUV investigators found a drum of aviation fuel and seats that resembled those from inside an airplane.

Police sources tell the Reporter that investigators believe that the murder of PC Modesto Cucul on Thursday morning at 10:00am was a planned ambush and execution. Cucul, who is stationed at the Belmopan Police Station, was shot at close range with a shotgun on the Crique Jute road about a quarter mile from its junction with the Southern Highway in the Toledo District. His wife, Anavida Cal, was also shot and is in critical condition.

One week after a traffic accident almost took his life, two-year-old Tevin Cacho is showing signs of improvement as he receives treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. A police mobile driven by an officer in the Gang Suppression Unit ran over Cacho on the night of December 13 on Iguana Street Extension. Shereema Moody, Cacho’s mother, told the Reporter that his last CT Scan showed that the swelling in his brain was going down. His recovery is such that doctors have taken him off of the medication that kept him in an induced coma, and they are waiting to see what happens when he wakes up.

The Police and family members are currently conducting searches for Daly Street resident and student, Javier Foreman, 11. Foreman was officially reported missing by his grandmother Margarita Cabral on December 19th. Cabral reported to authorities that she last saw her grandson around 2:30- 3:00 p.m. on December 19th, in the vicinity of Pou’s meatpie shop on New Road in Belize City.

Sanitation work is often times looked upon with scorn or as a demeaning chore and the people who do the job are regarded in no better fashion; but one remarkable woman who has taken to cleaning up Belize City’s streets has not only been praised for doing her job well but for earning the kind of respect from fellow citizens for her cheerful, mannerly personality, treating her job as much more than an unpleasant chore.

THE REPORTER: News Staff - Dec. 21st. The Reporter has been informed by credible sources from within the Department of Civil Aviation and from experienced pilots that the recently constructed

EDITORIAL – December 21st. 2018
By: Mr. Harry Lawrence. Christmas is a season of joy and generosity, of thanksgiving for what we have, and remembering that what we have has been given to us from on high. It was gratifying therefore to hear Prime Minister Dean Barrow address his colleagues from across the floor of the House to wish them a Merry Christmas and to say that political exchanges in the House may at times become heated, but they are without malice.

There are reports that a plane believed to have been carrying drugs landed three miles from Barranco in the Toledo District before dawn this morning. Sources say a Police Officer was seen fleeing the scene and was later caught with aviation fuel in his vehicle. The plane has been secured and we are told Police are currently conducting a search for the cargo.

The body of a man identified as Belize City resident Ernie Miranda was found in a drain on Morning Glory Street this morning. Police are on the scene and multiple stab wounds have been observed on the body.

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Music Ambassador welcomes Joss Stone to Belize
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BNTU Call School Managements ‘the Grinch that Stole Christmas’
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Golden Tree and BTB reach agreement
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Police issue report on suspected drug plane
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11 year old reported missing
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Gas prices plunge as Christmas approaches
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Belizean police and Guatemalan detained after landing of suspected drug plane
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Is ‘Belice es nuestro’ outdated?
‘Belice es nuestro’ is a popular slogan used by Guatemalans to firmly express their sentiments […]

Guatemalans make up 5% of Belize’s population
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Suspected drug plane lands in southern Belize; Police officer detained with aviation fuel in the area
Reports to Breaking Belize News indicate that a suspected drug plane landed this morning about three […]

Belize City man stabbed to death
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Senators write to Fisheries Department requesting moratorium on gillnets
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Police officer ambushed, killed in Punta Gorda
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Travel Guide: Sailing in Belize with Raggamuffin
It is the year 2013, we are on the beach in Nice (France) and talk about the beautiful trips we want to make in the future. Ries says that he would like to go sailing in the tropics and I would like to go to the Caribbean. As we walk to the sea, we promise each other that within the next five years, we will make a sailing trip in the Caribbean. Flash forward to the year 2018. We have just booked our tickets to Guatemala and Belize when we see that the company Raggamuffin* offers sailing trip along the many islands around the Caribbean Sea. Wauw, this feels meant to be and so we decide to join them on one of their famous adventures! In this blog I will tell you everything about our sailing trip with Raggamuffin! After first having spend a few nice days on Caye Caulker, we sail out from this nice island at 08.00 in the morning. The evening before we have had a briefing, where we got to know the crew and of course our fellow passengers. We have a nice and versatile group with people from Australia, Canada, Austria, Germany, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. In total we are with eleven passengers and three crew members.

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Mars: Pictures reveal 'winter wonderland' on the red planet
Earth's North Pole is famous for its snowy climes - and for hosting Santa's workshop, of course. But as these pictures reveal, it's not the only planet with snow scenes this holiday season. This is the Korolev crater, near the north pole of Mars, as captured by the European Space Agency (ESA)'s Mars Express mission. The crater is 82km (50 miles) across, and filled with ice 1.8km thick. It was named after rocket engineer and spacecraft designer Sergei Korolev, the architect of the Soviet Union's space programme.

Explore these pristine, little-known Maya ruins
Dozens of swallowtail butterflies are dancing in the air, and we pull the car over to watch. We’ve been on the road in Belize for nearly three hours with no shortage of sightseeing along the way. The drive from San Ignacio winds through San Antonio, a Maya town that is also the home of my tour guide, Israel Canto. We drive through the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and the deserted sustainable logging town next door. We take a pit stop to stretch our legs in a massive tunnel system–the Rio Frío Cave. Alas, we are on the final stretch, a few miles of dirt road leading to the largest Maya site in Belize–larger than its famous neighbor, Tikal in Guatemala. We are arriving at Caracol. The site is like nothing I’ve seen before. We are four of only a handful of people exploring the area. There is no gift shop, no restaurant, not even water for sale. It’s the beauty and challenge of going so far off the beaten path.

Why You Should Go to Belize Now
The film Casablanca is what first got me traveling, searching the world for Rick’s Café. That near-mythical place where idealists, romantics, and wanderers wash up, drifting in and dropping out, a sense of it glimpsed in Palermo, Antananarivo, Brazzaville. You know a Rick’s Café when you walk into one. But why would Rick choose Belize, an Adam’s apple of a country on the neck of the Central American isthmus? Because south of Mexico, north of Guatemala, the former colony of British Honduras is an outpost of low taxes, high idiosyncrasy, tremendous skies, and torpid stability, still sufficiently uncrowded that visitors and settlers feel they have happened on somewhere everyone else has overlooked. The peninsula of Placencia—“pleasant place,” the Spanish called it—is a straggle of beaches, mangroves, and lagoons caught between the coastal plain of Belize and a Caribbean sea as blue as a Dutch policeman’s shirt. Just over the horizon, the second-largest living coral reef in the world holds the swells at bay. The shallows seem too warm and sleepy to bother raising a wave.

US donates equipment to help fight climate change in Caribbean
The United States Government recently handed over an approximately US $2 million Light Detection and Ranging System (LIDAR) and US $500,000 in other equipment, including a state-of-art server, computer workstations, and relevant software to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, known as the 5Cs, based in Belize. A statement issued by the US Embassy on Friday, notes that the information systems store and process climate-related data and will be used by decision makers and key stakeholders in the Caribbean region to develop more effective responses to natural disasters and extreme weather events.

A wind of digital change blows through Concacaf Member Associations
From 11 to 12 December representatives of FIFA and the FIFA Connect team presented the digital platform to a range of selected Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) Spanish-speaking Member Association (MA) representatives who will be using the new system to register their football stakeholders in the future. Representatives from the Canadian and Belize Member Associations were also attending the training to learn how to use the new innovative tool. Martin Sam, the project manager leading the development of the platform, was delivering the workshop along with his colleagues from the FIFA regional office in Panama. He expressed how he firmly believes that new technologies can significantly improve football development and bring more efficient use of digital data in the region.

In the second half of Uncovering Archaeology, I tell about several trips I have made to explore the Maya Coast of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. After returning from these trips, I carefully examined photographs I had taken and made some interesting interpretations of things I had seen. As you may know, I have always been interested in American Indians and the Mayans. I found the Mayans had developed a written language and had a calendar accurate even by modern standards. At Copan in Honduras, I visited an ancient ball field that had stone statues of elephants around the perimeter. We have always been told that elephants did not exist in the Western Hemisphere. How then did the Mayans know how to carve statues of elephants? We do know that elephants were once hauled by ship across the Mediterranean Sea, to invade Rome from the north by crossing the Alps. Could they have also been hauled across the Atlantic and brought to Central America?

Kendis Gibson Leaving ABC “World News Now”: Where Is He Going?
Kendis Gibson gave ABC World News Now viewers a bit of a rude awakening on Monday (December 17), when he announced he’s leaving his broadcast home of more than three years. While his colleagues are seemingly rejoicing about having him out of their hair, the early morning news hours won’t be the same for WNN viewers. Why Is Kendis Gibson Leaving ABC World News Now? Kendis Gibson announced his departure from ABC World News Now live on Monday’s broadcast. While his colleagues are ecstatic, the show’s viewers are going to miss him. The 40-year-old’s final show with WNN is on Friday, and he’s reportedly going to reveal what’s next for him in the future. If you’re wondering why Kendis Gibson is leaving WNN, he said during his Monday announcement that he’s going to join the “daywalkers.” He’s been a mainstay on ABC’s early morning time slot since 2014, and his quirky liveliness has earned him loyal fans.


  • Mary Did You Know (Reggae Version) by MD, 4.5min. Mervin Budram has a new video out for his Raggae version of Mary Did You Know. Alex Deeds adds some great electric guitar work to the song. Another amazing performance from MD and his crew. Merry Christmas!

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  • A golf cart ride up the east coast of Ambergris Caye, 5min.

  • KENDIS GETS BACK TO HIS ROOTS:, 3min. After 3 long years of sleepless nights on World News Now Kendis Gibson takes some time to catch up on some R&R in his native country of Belize.

  • Bruk it down Jenny - spot and manage the holiday blues, 30min. "Bruk it down Jenny" shared with us show tips and clues on how to spot and manage the holiday blues. Jenny Lovell - Mental Health Therapist.

  • Pink Boutique & IT Sore Christmas Specials, 36min. Pink Boutique not only has clothing, but you can also find gift items for her as well. Gifts vary from make-up pallets and nail polish to accessories, etc. The Lovely models form Pink Boutique showcasing a sample of what the store has to offer for the holiday! You can also visit the It store to find a variety for all members of the family. Reps. we had today: Cindy Trapp - Marketing Rep., Pink Boutique. Junell Sanker - Marketing Rep., It store.

  • 12 Days of Christmas Continues, Once upon a Christmas, 3hr.

  • The Morning Stew, 2.5hr..

  • Gran Slam Bone Fishing Tarpon Hunting by the keys in Calderitas Mayan Caribbean Belize, 13min.

  • Black Hole Drop Belize, 8.5min. This was an awesome experience! This is just the rappel portion of this excursion. There is a pretty rigorous hike to get to this point then back out. It was even better since we were the only 2 on this tour!

  • Fun with sharks - Action Scuba Belize trip 2018, 4min. Some highlights of a few dives with sharks during our week on the Belize Aggressor IV in November 2018

  • Waterfall Hike, Belize, 9min.

  • Belize trip Dec 2018, 9min.

  • Belize trip Dec 2018, 1.5hr.

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