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The San Pedro Sun

Atlantic Bank Limited opens an account for baby suffering from Hydrocephalus
The branch of Atlantic Bank in Placencia has set up an account for Nelson Javier Tabora, a baby boy in Bella Vista Toledo District, suffering from a condition known as Hydrocephalus. This illness is causing his head to grow abnormally, and his family is in need of financial assistance for the baby to undergo a much-needed surgery. Anyone able to help the family can make a deposit to the account #211847938 from any Atlantic Bank branch countrywide. Baby Tabora, who is almost two-years-old underwent surgery about a year ago thanks to a good Samaritan when he was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus. But his parents Jenny and Jesus Tabora are poor and have not been able to come up with the funds for his second surgery. Now they are in desperate need of financial aid to try to save their son’s life.

San Pedro Christmas Day fire victims still need help
Juan Chi’s home was destroyed on December 25, 2018, and investigators have yet to determine the cause. Meanwhile, the Chi family is still in need of assistance to rebuild their home south of San Pedro Town. Around mid-day, while Chi was inside with his three grandchildren, ages 3, 4, and 5, the home caught fire. He and his grandchildren are staying with family members as he recovers from first degree burns to his back and left forearm suffered during the blaze. The family is glad that the children were not injured and that Chi’s injuries are not life-threatening. They simply want to get back on their feet and start rebuilding their home. Chi is an employee at The San Pedro Town Council, and Mayor Daniel Guerrero has indicated that they will be assisting him with some materials. Chi works in the sanitation department. In the meantime, if anyone would like to help the family, they can contact them by calling 631-5010. The primary items needed is material to build back their house, and school supplies for their grandchildren. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Criminal charges filed against San Pedro QRT officers following New Year’s Day altercation
San Pedro Police officers Tyrell Rowley and Samir Medina will face criminal charges after being involved in a case of police brutality on January 1st at Playa Bar and Grill in the Boca del Rio Area. The officers attached to the Quick Response Team (QRT) unit are accused of using unnecessary excessive force while detaining Jamir, Justin, and Mario Leal. Rowley was caught on camera beating on 20-year-old Jamir after he was subdued on the ground. Justin and Mario were also detained and allegedly beaten, but it was Jamir who suffered major injuries. Initially, the cops had received disciplinary charges, after no complaint was filed against them. But that changed on Tuesday, January 8th, when, after meeting with Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the Leal family decided to press charges against the two QRT officers for the use of excessive force against them.

Closing season of Copa San Pedro 2018-2019 starts January 10th
The San Pedro Sports Committee’s (SPSC) highly anticipated Copa San Pedro Football Tournament is back! The 2018-2019 Closing Season is scheduled to begin on Thursday, January 10th at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The tournament will see 11 male teams competing for the championship including Vince Assassins, Los Catrachos F.C., Island Sharks, G Strikers F.C., Legends F.C., Fambo Boys F.C., Ambergris Hope’s F.C., Captain G F.C., Caye Caulker Islanders F.C., Terror Squad, and Genesis F.C.

Four former PUP Foreign Ministers join PM Barrow in signing YES to ICJ declaration
Four former Peoples United Party (PUP) Foreign Ministers have issued a joint declaration along with Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow outlining seven bullet points on which they urged a Yes vote to take the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Ambassador Assad Shoman, former Senator Lisa Shoman, Fort George Area representative Hon. Said Musa and attorney Godfrey Smith all signed the joint declaration before PM Barrow at a press conference held at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on Wednesday morning, January 9.

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Police Officer shot and killed in San Pedro Town
A San Pedro police officer identified as Corporal Alfonso Guy, was shot multiple times while at his home in the San Juan Area. Unofficial reports are that he received gunshot wounds to the head and chest. He is listed in critical condition and was airlifted to Belize City for further medical attention.

SBDC Workshop: Introduction to Accounting & Bookkeeping - Accounting Series Part 1
The aim of the workshop is to provide tools that enhance participants' knowledge on basic accounting. Through this workshop participants better understand how to use their numeracy skills in and prior book keeping information, how to improve their businesses by using simple business management techniques and how to develop financial statements. Expected Outcome: The ultimate goal is to allow for the business to keep financial records of their activities so they will be able to use that information to make better decisions / increase profit for the business. Location: BTEC Training Room, ITVET Compound, Freetown Road. Workshop Date: January 17th, 2019. Time: 9am to 4pm, Cost: $60.00, Includes lunch and refreshments.

The Placencia Breeze, January 2019
Weh di goaan? Placencia Peninsula Happenings ... pg. 3 Art Fest Registration form ... pg. 7 From the Fire Hearth: Belizean Breakfast … pg. 9 Rotary Club of Placencia Updates … pg. 10 Front page story: A Boneyfide Reason to Party … pg. 11 Placencia BTIA Kicks Off 2019 with Board Shift Up and New Staff … pg 12 A "Herculean" Effort Made 2018 End of the World Marathon and Half Marathon a Massive Success … pg. 13 A Thank You Message from the Placencia BTIA to Mistletoe Ball Sponsors … pg. 14 Placencia BTIA Membership Directory ... pgs. 15 & 18 Placencia Peninsula Map ... pgs. 16-17 Afrodite Caffe and Big Titty Rum … pg. 19 Fragments of Hope Updates … pg. 20 Croc Corner: Sick Pelicans Raises Concerns for Placencia's Avian Community … pg. 21 Placencia Peninsula Guide ... pgs. 22-23 Two Riversdale Beach Women Receive Certificate in Culinary Arts and Hospitality at Georgetown Technical High School … pg. 24 Liquor License Ads … pg. 26, pgs. 30-31 Seine Bight Running Club Updates: … pg. 27

The Flying Pig Poker Run 2019
The 2019 Poker run will soon be upon us. I randomly selected five bars (Placed names in a hat and drew them out). The funds raised are going towards the CRC (Crocodile Research Coalition). Dr. Marisa Tellez and her team have been helping our community and wildlife here in belize for the past two years. In order to make this fundraiser successful, we need the help and support of our community. We understand that as businesses we are hounded daily for different fundraisers and charities. That is why we are asking for a different type of donation this year. Instead of just giving a free bottle of wine, bar tab, or a nights stay somewhere…We would rather ask for discounts. Example. Buy one bottle of wine, get the second one 1/2 off, or purchase a lunch, and receive a second lunch of lesser or equal value for free. Buy one tour at full price, have a friend join you for free… The Poker Run will be held on Sunday Jan. 27th. All donations are appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Belmopan Humane Society Fund Raiser of the Year!
Pre Valentines fun contact any Bmp Humane Society board member for tickets call 602 7947 (Lilly) to reserve your tickets

BELIZE NATIONWIDE MORELET’S CROCODILE POPULATION SURVEY
The CRC is excited to announce the completion of the Morelet's crocodile countrywide population survey! Two years of traveling around Belize, collaborating with various organizations to collect data to assist Belize Forest Department in creating the most appropriate conservation and management plan of the species. We look forward working with Forest Department in 2019 on this endeavor!

Crocodile Drive closed to large vehicles 1/12 - 1/15 in San Pedro
The San Pedro Town Council hereby advises the general public that Crocodile Drive (street leading to San Pedrito from Maya Island Air) will be prohibited to large vehicles from Saturday, January 12 to Tuesday, January 15, 2019 as Digi Belize will be upgrading its utility hole on that street. Small vehicles, such as golf carts, will be permitted. We kindly ask for your cooperation and understanding during this time. If this may be an inconvenience to you, kindly make arrangements to facilitate your commute to and from this area.

Corozal House of Culture Hosts Graffiti Fest 2019!
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Museum of Belize, invites you to the Corozal House of Culture's inaugural event of 2019. We are delighted to present Graffiti Fest ’19, a dynamic platform of artistic expression through cultural exchange featuring Belizean and neighbouring artists from Chetumal, Mexico. Join us at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Corozal House of Culture for a day of creativity as our Belizean and Mexican Graffiti artists create impactful images. We will also be showcasing various forms of “live art” including painting, sculpting, organic art, welding, barber designs, tattooing, piercing, make-up and more. DJ Wane will be supplying a multi-genre mix of music, while we have an “Open Mic” for our poets, rappers, singers and performers. The feature musical and cultural performance for this event will be a live performance by 'Cocono Bwai'.

Ear Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Screening at Corozal Community Hospital
January 25 & February 8.

Raptor Ambassador Youth Camp
The Belize Raptor Center had a very successful Raptor Ambassador Youth Camp. This was the first of many. Thanks, BRC, for all the educating of the youths! "Huge success for our first Raptor Ambassador Youth Camp. 28 kids came out and enjoyed a full day of games, crafts, painting and meeting our ambassadors. Big thanks to all the sponsors who made donations. Every kid won a prize to take home with them.

Monthly Weather Summary, December 2018
Monthly weather summaries are prepared by the climate section of the National Meteorological Service (NMS) of Belize. The NMS of Belize maintains a network of over 25 weather stations that are situated primarily in the agricultural regions of the country. Temperature and rainfall are read at 9 am each morning and the rainfall total read at this time represents the accumulated rainfall for the previous day. December marks the first month of the cool transition period between the rainy season and the dry season for Belize. This transition period typically lasts for about two to three months before the dry season sets in between mid February and early March. December is typically cool over the country with the main rainfall producers being cold fronts, prefrontal troughs and shear lines.

Sargasso boom installed at resort to our south on Ambergris Caye
El Pescador tried it. The booms broke apart and it made no difference, but this one looks quite serious.

Vacancy at BEL
A vacancy exists for the post of Programmer Analyst in the Information Systems Department (Belize City) of Belize Electricity Limited.

Manakin Maya Mountain Race 2019
The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic is having another fun run: the Manakin Maya Mountain Race. This is a 10/20k race, and will take place on Sunday, February 3rd, and goes from Cristo Rey to San Antonio. "Be in Cristo Rey at 6:30. Race starts when registration is complete, around 7. 10k from Cristo Rey to San Antonio, 20k with turnaround. $30 if you register BEFORE Feb. 3rd. $40 the day of the race. Just send proof of deposit and name, team name, gender, age to bzwildlifeclinic@gmail.com, and pay into Heritage 4141053. Walkers encouraged for 10K distance. 1st place in 20K wins free entrance to the 2019 Chiquibul Challenge Marathon. Join us for an early morning workout on one of the prettiest paved roads in Cayo. Enjoy nature, help BWRC raise funds for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and get fit at the same time."

Taiwanese Chorus of Greater Houston | Cultural Presentation

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Vice, White Boy Rick, The Hate U Give, Ralph Breaks The Internet. Christian Bale won a Golden Globe last sunday for Best Performance by an actor for his portrayal as Dick Cheney in Vice.

Maya people from the village of Cristo Rey in Corozal between 1960's-1970's
In Cristo Rey(Corozal) the Yucatec Maya language simply known as "Maya" by its speakers is still widely spoken in the village . Pictures by Nojoch Mak Faustino Yam

Channel 7

Minister's Father Kidnapped, Released Unharmed
This evening, shockwaves rippled through the north when it was confirmed that a prominent politician's father was kidnapped. Former UDP Minister, Elodio Aragon Sr., the father of current minister of state, Elodio Jr was taken from his home early this morning by a group of men.  7News has confirmed that more than one intruder went into his home, ransacked it, then blindfolded Aragon Sr. and tied his hands.  They then took the keys for his vehicle and put him inside.  The abductors then drove around for what we are told is less than half an hour - and then, surprisingly, released him unharmed.  They left with his vehicle, a Honda CR-V which has still not been recovered.  
A late evening police report says he was released about 2 miles on the Posito Road off the Phillip Goldson Highway.  We are told it was a feeder road and Aragon walked back to the town.  His son, Minister of state Aragon told us tonight by phone that his father is shaken up - and he added that it is a crime of opportunity.

Hon. Kareem Says To Rt. Hon. Said, Go Dad! But Go Alone
Switching now to politics, seems everyone has their own opinion of yesterday's grand press conference where 4 former PUP foreign ministers joined PM Barrow in support of going to the ICJ. Some have embraced and applauded the move, while many are skeptical and question the motive behind it, and some just flatly reject it and see it as just an amusing political show.  But what does PUP Caribbean Shores area representative Kareem Musa think?  His position is no to the ICJ - but now his father is a public proponent of a "yes" vote.  We met him in Belmopan today and he gave his conflicting positions as a son and as a politician. Hon. Kareem Musa - Area Rep, Caribbean Shores: "We must understand that we are all in the same boat. This is an important occasion where we must all be together and united. We may have different views but at the end of the day let us respect one another, I think that is the sentiment..."

Hon. J. Espat Unimpressed By Foreign Ministers' ICJ Compact
Julius Espat weighed in on the PM's joint press conference by saying he is also against going to the ICJ and that yesterday's event didn't impress him. Hon. Julius Espat - Area Rep, Cayo South: "Do they impress you because 5 people were on a stage, are you impressed? Has that changed your point of view? Have that changed the fact that you need to read some more or I need to read some more? That doesn't, they are giving their point of view and you have to understand, the PUP was voted out in 2008 too and this government will be voted out too because of the same reason I believe they are not listening to the people, we have to listen to what the people are saying, that is what we do as elected officials..."

Hon. Espat Tips Hat To Hon. Courtenay
But no one was as bold and abrasive as former PUP Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay. As we told you he was the only one missing in action from yesterday's lineup and he is quoted as saying  "This was a publicity stunt….the event should be seen for what it is: a cheap circus." We asked Espat for his reaction to this statement from the senior PUP senator, and he says there isn't much he can say or do, other than just respect Courtenay's view on it. Courtney Weatherburne: "Eamon Courtenay was the only one missing I believe and he called the press conference a cheap circus and that he would not be a part of it."

Peace Movement Says FM Forum A "Poppy Show"ť
And while Courtenay called it a cheap circus, today the Belize Peace Movement sent out a press release, calling the event a "poppy show".  Their statement says, quote, "Five Foreign Ministers signed a Declaration at the Prime Minister's Press Conference Wednesday… So What? The purpose of this poppy-show event was another desperate attempt to influence Belizeans to vote yes to the ICJ. With only 92 days left to the referendum date.. and with more Belizeans joining the No vote, Wednesday's soap opera is the latest in the recent string of desperate attempts by government after ten years of failure to conduct a proper and impartial public education efforts on the Guatemalan issue." End quote.

BTV Says Foreign Ministers Shameless
The Belize Territorial Volunteers also blasted the press conference event in a statement which says, quote, "Belize was invaded militarily by Guatemala on May 15th 2015…in the Sarstoon River and Guatemala's Armed Forces remain in Belize's sovereign territory. May 15 this year will make Four Years since this most unacceptable situation came into existence. In all the 159 years of Guatemala and British dispute over Belize, Guatemala never invaded or occupied our country… Guatemala carried out this blatant act of aggression in open view of the Belize Government. Yet, not one of the Five Former Foreign Ministers signed any  declaration demanding Guatemala's immediate withdrawal.

Man Jumped To Avoid Collision, Ended Up Crushed
A man is dead after he jumped out of a 10 wheeler truck and was crushed under it. It happened yesterday afternoon around 3:30 at the Steadfast Village bridge - which is at mile 17 on the Hummingbird Highway. Now this isn't like the usual accidents we report on because the victim, Chinese National 36 year old Jian Wu Yan jumped to his death because he thought the 10 wheeler truck he was in, was going to collide with another truck. Based on eyewitnesses, it was a costly misjudgment. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Jian Wu Yan lay in pain and shock on the Steadfast Village bridge as first responders tried to stabilize him. He had been run over by a 10 wheeler cargo truck. His colleague was driving the truck and he was the passenger. They were heading towards Dangriga.

Police Will Weigh Charges In Unusual Traffic Death
And while the driver of the cargo truck remains in police detention, one thing that police will have to decide is whether or not to charge him. After all, Wu Yan died in a very peculiar set of circumstances that are not entirely the driver's fault. In a press conference with police today, Head of NCIB gave us the official account of the accident.  ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "A Vehicle being driven by Hui Wan Tan, 36 years Chinese businessman. The vehicle was a cargo truck and it was south bound. And according to Tan, when being interviewed, whilst being south bound and approaching one of those narrow bridges a vehicle was coming from the opposite direction which had already been on the bridge travelling in his direction and he applied break and breaks failed..."

PUC Says No Review, No Electricity Rate In Effect
Today was the deadline for the Public Utilities Commission to make a final decision about whether or not to increase electricity rates. You'll remember that the Government and a few UDP supporters objected to the decision from the PUC to increase electricity rates from 39.2 cents per kilowatt hour to 42 cents per kilowatt hour. The Utilities regulator has considered their objections, but in the end, the PUC is deciding that this rate increase still has to happen. But, they've decided to give you, the consumers, a small relief. Instead of increasing your light bill by 6.9% to 42 cents per kilowatt hour, they're only increasing it by 5.5%. That means that the rates are going up to 41.38 cents per kilowatt hour instead, which is less than the 41.5 cents per kilowatt hour that BEL was requesting, and certainly lower than the 42 cents per kilowatt hour that the PUC decided on 2 weeks ago.

PAC Man Julius Scolds UDP Committee Members
Today, We met area representatives Kareem Musa and Julius Espat at the National Assembly building in Belmopan. They were there to have a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, but only they showed up - and that isn't enough for a quorum. PAC Chairman Julius Espat says this has become the norm where the UDP committee members don't bother to show up and he says they are way behind on the revision of several reports. Here is how Espat put it. Hon. Julius Espat - PAC Chairman: "We've been asking for meetings with the PAC since September. To give yo a little history, we finished our investigation and hearings of the report for the auditor general in mid year last year and the entire committee requested that our side prepare a report to be tabled to the house so that they could review. That was report was done and it's here in my hands..."

Getting Down To Details on Beatdown Investigation
Two nights ago we told you about how, now Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams broke the impasse that was holding back a criminal investigation into the San Pedro Beatdown of Jamir Leal.  Having met personally with the family of Leal, after two failed attempts from Professional Standards Branch, Williams convinced the family to cooperate in pressing criminal charges against the two cops, possibly saving the police department a costly law suit.  It has been two days since, so today we asked the commanding officer of the Criminal Investigations Branch if there has been any progress in that matter. He told us they are doing ground work at the moment to investigate all crimes that were committed that night, and he made extra emphasis on all.  

David Diaz Shooter Charged
32 year old Edgar Coronado of Black Water Creek, Orange Walk has been named as the gunman in the December 23rd shooting of 22 year old David Diaz. The shooting, which is suspected to be the product of gang rivalries in Orange Walk, happened near a barber shop on the Belize/Corozal road. The shooter, believed to be Coronado, drove up to Diaz on a motorcycle and fired several shots in his direction. Diaz received gunshot wounds to his left leg. Today police gave us some very brief comments about this new development.

Nugent and Son Accused of Cocaine Possession
A father and son duo from Corozal were busted with cocaine on Monday around midday. Police say a broad daylight operation in Corozal on the premises of one Michael Nugent Sr. led to the discovery of some 2.2 grams of cocaine. Present during the drug operation was Nugent and his son, Michael Nugent Jr. Now both father and son are facing charges related to drug trafficking. Police told us more.   ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Monday the 7th of January shortly after midday Corozal police visited the residence of one Michael Nugent within Corozal town where they conducted a search in the presence of Michael Nugent Sr. and Michael Nugent Jr..."

The "Drug Hunter's"ť Crusade
Last night, we showed you the comments from Police Commissioner Chester Williams and the Police Minister of State, Elodio Aragon Jr., discussing the allegations from self proclaimed "drug hunter" Edward Martinez.   2 nights ago, Martinez came forward as a fearless whistleblower claiming that he has evidence that high ranking politicians and police officers are playing accomplice to the drug cartels, and aiding them to illegally land drug planes on Belizean soil.   Since then, there have been discussions in the public, and depending on who you speak to, Martinez either has no credibility, mostly because of his past, and the fact that he has yet to produce any of this evidence; or, on the other hand, there are others who suspect that his claims might just be crazy enough to be true.

Espat and Musa Say The "Drug Hunter"ť Is Brave
PUP Area Representatives Julius Espat and Kareem Musa also gave their reaction to Edward Martinez's explosive press conference.   Now although  - like we said - Martinez hasn't presented any evidence, Espat and Musa said he is courageous: Hon. Julius Espat - Area Rep, Cayo South: "He's a brave guy, I'll leave it at that." Hon. Kareem Musa - Area Rep, Caribbean Shores: "Well I can't comment on it, I've only seen portions of it on the news and I think it was santized when it got to the news because of any possible liable risks but with no doubt..."

1859 - Breaking Down The Treaty
Turning back now to the ICJ referendum, we got a chance yesterday to speak with Assad Shoman about the Belize Peace Movement - which exists for the singular purpose of spreading the "No to the ICJ" message.
You'll remember that the Belizeans who make up this organization are all persons who are pushing for Belize to vote "no" to taking Guatemala's territorial Claim to the ICJ for resolution.  In their press conference last week, the Peace Movement accused the government officials of the present and the past of attempting to lure the general public into a false sense of security about the strength of Belize's case, should this matter ever go to the court.

Will Referendum Dictate Election Outcome
We also asked Espat and Musa about the perception that this ICJ referendum may be all wrapped up in politics and that the results of the referendum may predict how the public will vote in the next general elections. Musa and Espat gave different views on that. Hon. Kareem Musa - Area Rep, Caribbean Shores: "I don't believe it is a litmus test per say, I believe what it is, it is a litmus test on the way that the government of the day has been mishandling the matter. I think a lot of people, the significant portion of the no voters are going to be coming out and voting no not about the message but rather the messenger."

New COMPOL Will Shake Up Senior Command
There's a new sheriff in town, or at least a new COMPOL in Belmopan, and, as expected, Commissioner Chester plans to shake up the senior command.   Reports are that four Senior Superintendents, Alford Grinage, Alden Dawson, Marco Vidal and Howell Gillett, will all now be promoted to Assistant Commissioners. We're told that Deputy Commissioner Broaster will be in charge of National Operations.  Assistant Commissioner Vidal is rumoured to be designated for some kind of operaitonal command as well - and rpeorts suggest that Eastern Division South commander Howell Gillett could be headed back to Special Branch. We're told also that Southern Commander Alford Grinage will be put in charge of JIAC the Joint Operations and Intelligence Center - which tracks the movements of drug planes, while Superintendent Sandra Bodden will take over the command of the Southern Region.

Cops Clueless on Martinez Murder
23 year old Guatemalan of Buena Vista Jamie Martinez was discovered dead floating in the river of Black Man Eddy last week. And while police have been able to track down his last whereabouts they are still clueless as to how he went from socializing at a party in Buena Vista Village to floating dead on the River of Black Man Eddy. What is more bizarre about his death is that he was found bound and police believe he may have been strangled to death before being dumped in the river. Here is what police told us about that ongoing investigation.  ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB
"We know that he was last seen in Buena Vista village in the Cayo district on the 29th of December sometime around 11 PM was the last time he was seen alive. He was at a function in Buena Vista. Upon interviewing his family members, it is said that some time earlier in December he had left his mother's home in Libertad to visit friends in Buena Vista and that is the last they know of him. It is an ongoing investigation, the police is following several leads, we were just in the area yesterday and I believe the officers are back in the area today. A motive has not yet been established but we are following several leads."

No Clues on Motorbike Gunman
And while police continue to follow several leads on the Martinez case, they are completely empty handed as it relates to the shooting incident in Orange Walk last two weeks. As viewers may recall 28 year old Llemmont Wade and 21 year old Pablo Senon Reyes were shot at by a person on motorcycle while walking on Muffles Street. Both men were injured. Now although police had previously said that they were familiar with the parties at play their investigations have remained inconclusive and no one has been arrested and charged. Here is what they told us today. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "It is still an ongoing investigation, there are no new leads." Reporter
"When you reach a roadblock like this, does it mean that the investigation stalls until new information is gotten? What is the procedure following that?"

Mitchell Charged For Rear Ending Motorbike
Belmopan resident Andrew Mitchell was arrested and charged for the Western Highway accident that claimed the life of Salomon Ramirez. He was charged with with Manslaughter by Negligence, Causing Death by Careless Conduct and Drove Motor Vehicle Without Due Care and Attention. As we told you, 31 year old Andrew Mitchell was driving an SUV towards the capital but between miles 27 and 28 he crashed into the rear end of  Salomon Ramirez's Lifan motorcycle which had no rear lights.

Crime Front Quiets Down
And the reason you heard mostly updates today from police is simply because it has been a relatively quiet week as it relates to crime in the country; which is very good news considering we got off to a bad start at the beginning of the year. And as for all the older cases in the Belize District, police have yet to make a breakthrough in any of their cases. Apart from a few new clues in the disappearance of fisherman Greg Dillon last month there hasn't been anything much.

HIV Report Shows Belize Prevalence As High As Haiti
The Ministry of Health has released the HIV surveillance report for 2016.  The 18 page document seems hastily prepared and does not offer any historical analysis, but it does have a few useful facts.   Notably, a UNAIDS metric called Spectrum4 calculates the 2016 HIV prevalence in Belize as 1.9 in those between the ages of 15 to 49 years.  This is higher than the Caribbean Region average of 1.2 and Latin America's of 0.5.  When compared with countries like Jamaica, which is at 1.8, Belize is tied at the bottom with Haiti at 1.9.  Although Belize's reported HIV rates are decreasing Spectrum estimates that it is increasing and we are not identifying these new infections.

Channel 5

Father of Junior Minister in National Security is Kidnapped; He is Found in Good Health
The father of the Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security was abducted. A police report says that Elodio Aragon Senior, a former Minister of Government, was kidnapped [...]

Drug Kingpin “El Chapo” Spoke of Buying Cocaine in Belize
It is no secret that Belize’s location makes the country vulnerable to transnational organized criminal groups such as the drug cartels. In recent months, we have seen an alarming number [...]

Narco-Cattle Ranching: A Possibility in Belize
There is another worrisome report. A document published by Friends for Conservation and Development in March of 2017 speaks about an increase in cattle ranching along the western border. The [...]

Addressing Cattle Ranching Requires Efforts of Many Governmental Agencies
While some of the well known threats to the Chiquibul such as xaté and poaching have received attention, narco-cattle ranching has not been addressed by the government despite many reports. [...]

I.C.J. Referendum Should Be Postponed, Says Former Attorney General
Freetown Area Representative and former P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca took to social media on Wednesday to weigh in on G.O.B.’s move to join five former Foreign Affairs Ministers to sign [...]

How Will You Vote On April Tenth?
A national telephone poll on the I.C.J. Referendum conducted by www.pollBelize.org is showing a higher number of persons who would vote ‘no’ on April tenth. The poll was conducted in [...]

Despite Change of Government in ‘08, Musa is Unwavering on I.C.J. Position
Five former foreign ministers on Wednesday, however, gave the thumbs up to take the claim before the I.C.J.   Former Prime Minister Said Musa, during his second term in office, met [...]

Would Maritime Areas Act Impact Belize’s I.C.J. Case?
The integrity of Belize’s territorial sea, internal waters and its exclusive economic zone is also a matter of serious concern for the conservation community.  In the context of the pending [...]

Shake Up in the Belize Police Department
There are multiple reports of a big shakeup within the administration of the Belize Police Department. The reported changes come on the heels of the appointment of new Commissioner of [...]

Does Guatemala Have a Solid Legal Argument in Claim Against Belize?
There’s more from Wednesday’s press conference at the Biltmore. Guatemala’s legal argument, if one were to take the prime minister at his word, is shaky at best.  In fact, he [...]

Guatemala Inherited Belize from Spain? Rubbish, Says Assad Shoman
With all the talk of an age-old territorial dispute and a possible resolution at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the unfounded claim brought by Guatemala isn’t as clear-cut as [...]

Belize Peace Movement Upbraids Fantastic Five Foreign Ministers
On the heels of a historic show of support by five former foreign ministers on Wednesday, all in support of voting in favor of going to the I.C.J., the Belize [...]

Can You Help Baby Nelson Tabora?
On Wednesday night, we showed you the touching story of baby Nelson Tabora in Bella Vista. The twenty-three-month-old baby is suffering from a condition called Hydrocephalus where cerebrospinal fluid is [...]

Charges Pending for All Parties Involved in Bar Brawl and Beat Down in San Pedro
The Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize City will proceed with a criminal investigation against two of their own. Police confirmed on Tuesday that constables Tyrell Rowley and Samir Medina are [...]

Chinese National Leaps from Vehicle to his Death
Since Monday’s routine press briefing with the police, there has not been much coming out of the department in terms of crimes across the country. There were, however, several fatalities [...]

Belmopan Resident Charged for Manslaughter by Negligence
Meanwhile Belmopan resident, Andrew Mitchell, has been charged for causing the death of Solomon Ramirez. The fifty-four-year-old was rear-ended by Mitchell on Sunday night between miles twenty-seven and twenty-eight on [...]

Investigations Continue into Murder of Jaime Martinez
Investigations continue into the murder of Jaime Martinez. The twenty-three-year-old Guatemalan national was initially tagged as John Doe when his body was fished out of the Belize River on New [...]

Edgar Coronado Charged for Attempted Murder of David Diaz
ACP Joseph Myvett also gave an update on the investigation into the Christmas Day shooting of twenty-eight-year-old Llamont Wade and twenty-one-year-old Pablo Reyes. The duo was targeted as they exited [...]

Record Number of Tourists Visited Belize in 2018
The Belize Tourism Board has released its stats for the 2018 tourism arrivals. The number of visitors that came to the Jewel grew by sixty-two thousand, a huge increase from [...]

Operation Christmas Child Gives Away 8K in Gifts
Christmas has come and gone – but there a group is still spreading some cheer in southern Belize.  A group called the Operation Christmas Child was in Toledo today to [...]

Taiwanese Chorus from Houston, Texas Performs in Belize
Today inside the Fort Street Tourism Village, there was a flash mob. Taiwanese Americans from Houston, Texas arrived in the Jewel this morning on a cruise and performed cultural songs [...]

Healthy Living: Mindfulness Meets High Intensity Exercise
A mix of two very different fitness trends: mindfulness and high intensity workouts, is making a hit in Belize. That’s what we found in one gym.  Tonight in Healthy Living [...]

Elodio Aragon Sr. Kidnapped, Later Released
On 10th January 2019, Orange Walk Police received information that the home of the father of Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, was burglarized. Mr. Aragon Sr. was kidnapped and taken on the Phillip Goldson Highway where he was later released about (2) miles on the Posito Road off Phillip Goldson Highway. Mr. Aragon appears to be in good health and police are investigating.

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8,000 gifts for children in the Toledo District
Church leaders across the Toledo District have received a donation of children’s gifts from the Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to people in communities across the world. Under one of their programs, the Operation Christmas Child, thousands of children will be receiving a gift in …

Father says Yes but Son says NO to ICJ
Former Prime Minister and current Fort George Area Representative Said Musa sat shoulder to shoulder with current Prime Minister Dean Barrow on Wednesday in unison to make it clear that he supports the Government’s Pro-ICJ campaign. While the occasion was to show that 5 former Foreign Ministers agreed on the issue, Musa was the only …

Assad Shoman Delivers history lesson and BPM not credible
The Belize Peace Movement may be new to politics as an organization, and possibly former Foreign Minister Assad Shoman may not have heard of its members. But they have definitely heard of his books “Guatemala’s Claim to Belize, the Definitive History” and his 1994 publication “13 Chapters of Belize”. Though the astute historian and former …

Parliamentarians discuss Chief Justice’s delayed rulings
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin came into the crosshairs of the Belize Bar Association’s scope in 2017 when the Bar passed a resolution demanding that he deliver judgments for 32 delayed cased. That demand from the Bar Association came with a thinly veiled threat to file for his removal from office for misconduct. Since then the …

Government is a no show at Public Accounts (PAC) Committee
The Public Accounts (PAC) Committee had been reviewing the Auditor General’s report from as far back as 8 years ago. The report seeks clarity and accountability of Government spending. The PAC reviewed the 2012- 2013 Auditor General’s Report and conducted its investigation and hearings and that was concluded in May, 2018. The Committee requested the …

Still no motive for the New Year murder of Jamie Martinez
Meanwhile, Police investigators are no closer to closing the murder case of 23-year-old Jamie Martinez. His body was fished out of the Belize Old River on January one. ACP Myvett says investigators are still on the ground in Buena Vista Village. ACP Joseph Myvette: “We know that he was last seen in Buena Vista Village …

Man leaps to his death as he tries to escape harm in a traffic accident
A man is dead after he attempts to escape a traffic accident. It happened after three o’clock on Wednesday along the Hummingbird Highway in the Steadfast Village area in the Stann Creek District. Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch ACP Joseph Myvett provided details of the incident in the biweekly press briefing with the …

Man in critical condition after being stabbed
Tonight, 31-year-old Abraham Leslie of Ladyville is clinging to life after he was stabbed yesterday. According to police reports, Leslie got into an altercation with a known male person who inflicted the stab wounds to his stomach and back. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, KHMH, where he is listed in a …

Fisherman finds Greg Dillon’s icebox but Dillon remains missing at sea
Greg Dillon, a fisherman, has been missing since early December 2018. Dillon went fishing in the vicinity of the Turneffe area on December 8 and was expected to return home back on Monday the tenth. He never made it back. His family became concerned because Dillon would always return home as scheduled. Today Assistant Superintendent …

The criminal investigation into the Police beat down of Jamir Leal has commenced
The Crimes Investigation Branch (CIB) has launched its investigation into the January one incident where Police Constables Tyrell Rowley and Samir Medina beat Jamir Leal and his brothers on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo said in the biweekly press brief today that investigators are revisiting the island as they begin …

Belize diaspora contributes to street signs
In a press release, Mayor Bernard Wagner and the Belize City Council expressed gratitude to a group of patriotic Belizeans residing in New York City and Toronto, Canada who have generously contributed to the installation of forty street signs which are valued at over twelve hundred US dollars …

Five fishermen pleaded guilty to charges of possession of lobsters
Five fishermen of Chunox Village, Corozal District appeared before Magistrate Michelle Trapp where they pleaded guilty to charges of possession of eighteen lobsters with eggs and possession of five lobsters with soft shells. They are 34-year-old, Isidro Patt; 20-year-old, Dandy Patt; 21-year-old, Jair Patt; 22-year-old, Rodel Patt and 29-year-old, Christian Ramirez …

Elias Solozano and Sergio Rodriguez charged with immigration offences
25-year-old, Elias Solozano and 43- year-old, Sergio Rodriguez, were charged with immigration offences when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Solozano, a Salvadoran national, was charged with failure to comply with the conditions of his visitor’s permit since immigration officers found him working as a welder at Rodriguez Welding on January 9 without a work permit …

Police charge Edgar Coronado for the attempt murder of David Diaz
Orange Walk police have charged 32-year-old Edgar Coronado for the attempt murder of 22-year-old David Diaz. Coronado was formally arrested and charged today with Attempted Murder, Wounding and Use of deadly means of Harm …

Driver is charged with manslaughter following the death of Solomon Ramirez
Police have charged one man following the death of Solomon Ramirez, the victim of a traffic incident on Sunday, January 6 on the George Price Highway. 31-year-old Andrew Mitchell of Belmopan was charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention …

The Reporter

POLICE SAY- FATHER OF MINISTER ARAGON WAS KIDNAPPED & RELEASED?
Police have confirmed reports that the father of the Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Elodio Aragon Sr. was kidnapped sometime today. In a brief release moments ago, Police claim that “Orange Walk Police, received information that the home of the father of Elodio Aragon Jr.,Minister of State, in the Ministry of National Security was burglarized.

MAJOR SHAKE-UP IN POLICE DEPT. AFTER NEW COMPOL
The Reporter has received word of a major shakeup in the administration of the Belize Police Department, following the new Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, taking up his post on Wednesday. Some of the notable changes are that Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett is no longer Southside Commander. He takes over as the head of Special Branch and Supt. Daniel Arzu will take over as Southside Commander.

New ComPol & Aragon Respond To Martinez Press Statements
On Tuesday, whistle-blower Edward Vincent Martinez made serious allegations against politicians and top cops in the Police Department. He claims to have evidence that they are involved in the landing of drug planes in the country, and has promised to share that evidence in two weeks.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize City Council thanks patriotic Belizeans for street signs donation
A group of patriotic Belizeans living in New York City and Toronto, Canada have contributed (40) […]

Andrew Mitchell charged with death of Solomon Ramirez
Belmopan resident, Andrew Mitchell, has been charged in connection with the death of Solomon Ramirez. Mitchell […]

More charges to come in San Pedro beatdown
Police constables Samir Medina and Tyrell Rowley are again in hot water. The two are currently […]

Father of Police Minister kidnapped
The father of Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Elodio Aragon Jr., was […]

Chinese national jumps out moving vehicle and dies
A Chinese national is dead following a road trip to southern Belize. He has been identified […]

Father and son busted with cocaine in Corozal
A father and his son have found themselves at the opposite end of the law. They […]

Belize Police Department: No official announcement on reshuffling
A memo was leaked to the media today with an alleged list of changes in the […]

BTV condemn 5 Former Foreign Ministers for encouraging Belizeans to vote yes to ICJ
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) today issued a statement condemning the 5 former Foreign Ministers of Belize […]

Big changes in the hierarchy of the Belize Police Department
Just a day after taking over as Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams has made some significant […]

Man stabbed after argument over a phone
Police are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred last night in Ladyville Village in the […]

Belize Peace Movement questions purpose of joint declaration
The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) today issued a release questioning the purpose of the joint […]

A proud moment for Belize
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

International Sourcesizz

Bahamian Study: Conch fishery could disappear in 15 years
After measuring more than 3,000 conch at 42 survey sites throughout The Bahamas, scientists have found that this country could lose its conch industry in 10 to 15 years if pressure on the food source is not reduced, a press release on the matter revealed. The release came from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. The aquarium, along with a group called Community Conch, conducted the research in The Bahamas, and the findings were published in the scientific journal “Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture”. According to the release, surveys of queen conch were conducted between 2009 and 2017 to understand the fishing pressures on the ocean mollusk. It added that “scientists collected data on how many conch were present at a given survey site” and their age based on the thickness of their shell.

Consolidated Water sells Belize operations
The Cayman-based Consolidated Water has reached a deal to sell its Belize branch, CW-Belize, to Belize Water Services Ltd. for US$7 million, with the closing of the transaction expected to take place by Wednesday. The US$7 million sale price will be adjusted by the amount of all unpaid invoices payable by Belize Water Services Ltd. to CW-Belize for water sold through Dec. 31, by the amount of cash held by CW-Belize as of the closing of the transaction, and by the amount of CW-Belize’s consumables inventory at Dec. 31, according to the agreement. Further, before the closing of the transaction, CW-Belize will forgive approximately US$1.8 million of intercompany debt owed to CW-Belize by Consolidated Water and its other subsidiaries.

IMF says a “global bank” is returning to the Caribbean but will not say which one
In a post published last week by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on its website, the IMF’s general counsel, Rhoda Weeks-Brown, claimed that a global bank that had left the Caribbean due to correspondent banking concerns had recently decided to come back and re-engage the Caribbean but gave no details of the name of the bank, which Caribbean country it left, or any other particulars of the nature of business or anything that would substantiate the claims in the statement. The published piece, titled: “Cleaning Up: Countries are advancing efforts to stop criminals from laundering their trillions”, Weeks-Brown wrote: “And in the Caribbean, where the withdrawal of correspondent banking relationships is a critical concern, we convened international banks and their local counterparts to foster bilateral cooperation in addressing information gaps and meeting regulatory expectations. One global bank that had left the region has now decided to re-establish ties with some local banks.”

18 of the best snorkelling spots in the world
If there’s one thing we love about a tropical holiday (aside from siestas, beach hammocks and cocktails by the pool at sunset), it’s the opportunity to explore the underwater world via swimming and snorkelling. While deep sea diving is one thing, we love the casual appeal of floating in the ocean and gazing at life below the surface. It also doesn’t hurt that snorkelling is a skill that practically anyone can pick up pretty quickly. And once you’ve mastered the art, it’s remarkably easy to fall under the spell of such an immersive aquatic experience. Glovers Reef Atoll, Belize.

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  • How do dirty fish get clean?, 2min. By signaling to shrimp for help.

  • Boom Creek Toledo, Belize, 1min. An elementary school teaching vegetable garden

  • Chetumal - San Pedro Belize, 6min. After having hardly any reliable information about entering Belize over the waterway from Mexico, we captured our experience in a VLOG.

  • Style of Music Event, 23min. Kadence is the combination of artists Justin Castillo & Keanu Chaplin. They talked with us about their style of music and an upcoming event to showcase their musical talents.

  • K1 Fitness shared some low intensity workout regimes, 25min. Losing weight and getting fit is challenging for most. K'waun Samuels of K1 Fitness shared some low intensity workout regimes for persons who are obese and want to shed pounds.

  • Financial Advisor for Legacy Fund Limited, 48min. Ervin Perez, Financial Advisor for Legacy Fund Limited, shared some of his expertise on how you can build wealth and grow your net worth for 2019.

  • Mariposa Beach Suites in Placencia, Belize, 2min.

  • Cayo Baymen & Kings Park Scorpians Rugby Training Rugby Belize, 3min. Practice match at the Victor Galvez Stadium in San Ignacio Town, Cayo,Belize

  • 3 nights in San Pedro, Belize. 6 dives total including Deep Blue Hole 142ft!, 5.5min. Mouch gets certified. Eat an infinite number of tacos and red snapper. Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Golf cart main mode of transportation. Deepest dive yet. The best tacos in the world. The Blue Hole. Half Moon Caye.

  • Belize Lark Caye, 2.5min. Snorkeling Belize Lark Caye.