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The San Pedro Sun

Ministry of National Security briefly comments on allegations of Belize ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel
Belizean authorities have been cautious when commenting on the allegations by imprisoned drug dealer Vicente Zambada, a former member of the Mexican Sinaloa Drug cartel, who named Belize as part of the drug network. This allegation was first published on Thursday, January 3rd by the New York Times Newspaper, where Zambada, who is incarcerated in the United States of America (USA) testified against the cartel providing details of their drug-trafficking operations. Vicente Zambada is the son of Ismael Zambada Garcia, one of the cartel’s leaders, who work jointly with drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera. He groomed Vicente to take control of the group, but he was arrested in 2009 and extradited to the USA, where he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in 2013.

Two persons detained in shooting death of San Pedro Police Corporal Alfonso Guy
San Pedro Police have detained two persons following the shooting death of one of its own, 51-year-old Corporal Alfonso Guy. The officer was fatally shot with his police-issued weapon in the mid-section and back of the head sometime after midnight on Thursday, January 10h, inside his apartment. Guy was rushed to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, where he was stabilized and later airlifted to Belize City. Guy succumbed to his injuries around 2:30AM while undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).

San Pedro 5-A-Side Football Tournament underway!
Many island residents from both San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village made their way to the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town this weekend to enjoy some great football action during the 5-A-Side Football Tournament. The first set of matches were played on Friday, January 4th starting at 6:30PM, with Young Pirates winning 7-1 against San Pedro High School (SPHS) Boys U-17, followed by Boca Jrs defeating Valley of Peace with a 8-1 score. Boca Bombers then won 3-0 over San Pedrito Boys, and the last match of the night saw Rough & Tough coming out victorious with a 5-6 score over Pro Divers. 5-A-Side Football Tournament continues this weekend with games on Saturday, January 12th. The football tournament continues Sunday, January 13th starting at 11AM.

Boca Del Rio Park beach reclamation project close to completion

One person detained for the death of San Pedro police officer Alfonso Guy
San Pedro Police have one person in custody following the death of an officer attached to the San Pedro Police Formation, Corporal Alfonso Guy. The police officer was fatally shot with his own police-issued weapon to the mid-section of his body and the back of his head after midnight on Friday, January 11th inside his room. Guy was rushed to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, where he was stabilized and later airlifted to Belize City. Guy succumbed to his injuries around 2:30AM while undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).

SPTC admits to issues within the Sanitation Department and garbage collection
The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has admitted that they are having difficulties with the collection of garbage due to the need for new and better equipment for their sanitation department. The island administration says that they are trying to secure funds to update their equipment and zoning the main areas of town for a more organized trash collection. Mayor Daniel Guerrero told The San Pedro Sun that they are working on this most serious situation. It was clear, however, that some of the plans discussed to tackle the issue were the same as last year’s resolutions; house to house educational campaigns, hiring additional staff to engage the community, and consequences if SPTC rules are not met.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Police Officer Found Shot In His Room
San Pedro Police are investigating the death of one of their own. At about 2:00 a.m. this morning police officer identified as Corporal Alfonso Guy was found in his room in the police barracks in the San Juan area with gunshot wounds to the back of his head and his abdomen. According to reports Cpl. Guy was taken for medical treatment at the Dr. Otto Polyclinic and was then airlifted to Belize City for further medical treatment. Cpl. Guy later succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Professional Travel Agents of North America | Belize Presentation | BTB

Belize Ma'alob K'iin
Let's learn Yucatec Maya the language of our Tatito and Chiich of Northern and western Belize with words we see every day. 1. Belikin - Road to the sun/route to the east a)Beel - Road b)K'iin - Sun 2.Lamanai(Lama'anayin) - Submerged Crocodile a)laam - Submerged b)Áayain - Crocodile 3. Noh Mul - Great mound a) Noh - Great b) Múul - mound 4. Xunantunich(Stone lady ) a) Xunáan - Lady b)Tuunich- Stone Note: This are Maya temples . NOT "Ruins"

BEL Vacancy for Apprentice Lineman
A vacancy exists for the post of Apprentice Lineman I in the Distribution Department (Independence) of Belize Electricity Limited.

PUC Accepts BEL’s Further Explanation

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: DECEMBER 29, 2018 THROUGH JANUARY 5, 2019
Windy weather reduced the amount of available open water to start the week, but lots of options were open by the end. Lots of anglers took home pins for landing snook on the fly. Matson scored the first Grand Slam of the year with Capt. Junior!

Channel 7

Hon. Aragon Answers Press On His Father's Kidnapping
Tonight, more is known about the kidnapping of Orange Walk Resident Elodio Aragon Sr., a former UDP Minister, and the father of the current Police Minister of State, Elodio Aragon Jr. As we reported last night, 70 year old Elodio Sr. was abducted early yesterday morning by men who broke into his home in Orange Walk Town. They tied him up, blindfolded him, and ransacked the home for whatever valuables they could steal. They then placed him inside his Honda CR-V, drove him several miles out of the town, and surprisingly, they released him unharmed and drove away in his vehicle, which is still missing tonight.

Corporal Killed in Police Barracks With His Own Weapon
A 51 year old police corporal posted in San Pedro Town was killed early this morning in what can only be described as bizarre circumstances. He was killed with his service weapon inside the police barracks in San Pedro while he was socializing with a 25 year old Honduran waiter - whose name police have released, he is Josue Danillo Villatoro. And, he is also the only witness to the fatal shooting in which he is the main suspect. He says it was an accident, but police are treating it as a murder investigation. Emanuel Pech travelled to San Pedro this morning - and he has this report:

Man Set Up By Female Minor, Then Stabbed Up In Yard
A friendly visit turned into a bloody scene at the foot of Bel china bridge. A city taximan was stabbed early this morning around 1:00. The victim is Stephen Leiva also known as Champagne and he is recovering at the KHMH tonight. I went to find out what's behind this calculated attack. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: Tenants say they had no idea their neighbor Stephen Leiva had been stabbed outside his room door. They just woke up to the news. Edwardo Avila, Friend: "The neighbor next door said if I heard what happened last night. I said no I don't know what happened, he say police is in the yard searching and all kind of thing so I didn't know what happened."

After Rate Hike, BEL Promises To Bring Them Back Down By 2020
You may be frowning because your light bill will be going up at the end of this month - but BEL says that it hopes to bring rates back down to 37 cents per kilowatt hour by 2020 - which, we'll note, sounds like great political timing. And BEL hopes to do this by accessing cheaper power - whether it be from Mexico, renewable energy plants, or a new dam. But, while that is the commitment going forward, for right now it seems the PUC was pretty much powerless to deny BEL a rate increase - which you'll see on your bill at the end of this month.

Alleged Human Trafficker On High Priced Bail
An alleged human trafficker is out on a high priced bail tonight. Thirty-six year old Honduran Lourdes Guerrero Moreno is accused by a 30 year old - also a Honduran - of using her as a prostitute in the Stann Creek District. Moreno said the complainant falsified the report because they had a fight at a bar in Hope Creek Village. Moreno who was remanded in November was today offered Supreme Court bail of $20,000 after 6 weeks in jail. The bail was granted on strict conditions, including reporting weekly to police.

Guat. Woman Pleads Guilty To Security Card Shadiness
And while that was a Honduran woman in the Supreme Court, there was also a woman of Guatemalan origin in the Magistrate's Court. Wendy Diaz Perez who is a naturalized Belizean, was charged with falsifying a statement to get her social security card. In August 2013, Perez used the name Wendy Marisol Tut to get her social security card. Then, last year she went back to Social Security Board and applied for another social security card, using her real name. That was when it was discovered that she had falsified the statement she gave to Social Security Board in 2013. As a result, she was arrested and charged.

Curlan Committed to Supreme Court
The Magistrate's Court has found that 29 year-old Curlan Phillips, a Belize City stevedore must stand trial for 8 criminal offenses including attempted murder and grievous harm. In March of 2017, he allegedly did a drive-by and shot Inmar and Aspinal Welch on Jones Street in the Martin's area. Police charged Phillips with 2 counts of attempted murder, 2 of counts of dangerous harm, 3 counts of use of deadly means of harm, and one count of grievous harm.

Make Way For The Manatee
Brand new manatee signs have been put down the Belize River and in the Placencia lagoon. It is part of the Sea to Shore Alliance Program's effort to continue raising awareness on the safety and preservation of manatees. We met Program Coordinator Jamal Galvez on the Northern Highway and he told us more about the importance of respecting these signs. Jamal Galvez, Program Coord., Sea to Shore Alliance: "This is a part of our efforts to try and bring Manatee more in the public eyes. The more people see it, the more people are going to be aware of the issues these animals are facing. It's a big part of our MAR FUND project..."

Lobster Fishers Fined
And while hopefully manatee lives are saved by awareness, it's too late for a few dozen undersized lobster that some Chunox fishermen caught. Yesterday, 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 were accused of being in possession of 18 lobsters with eggs and 5 undersized lobsters with soft shells at the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. All five pleaded guilty to the offence. Their attorney Douglas Carr made a plea of mitigation on the grounds that the five men expressed remorse and that they are young fishermen trying to make a living. As a result all five were fined with $100 each, due February 15th.

Dredging Up That Old Chester-Broaster Beef
The changes in command accompanying the ascent of new Commissioner of Police Chester Williams will start to take effect on Monday. While we have to wait and see how all the pieces will fit into place - one area we'll watch with interest is the number 2 spot. That's Deputy Compol Edward Broaster. He will reportedly be in charge of operations while a new Deputy, Robert Mariano will be in charge of administration. But, Deputy Broaster is the one to watch because he and Compol Chester have a long and sordid history of personal enmity and feverish disputes.

Channel 5

A Well-known Cop is Shot and Killed on La Isla Bonita
A police officer was killed on after one o’clock this morning on San Pedro. Corporal Alfonso Guy had been stationed on the island for years and had been socializing with [...]

Eamon Courtenay says Former Foreign Affairs Ministers’ I.C.J. Declaration Was a Publicity Stunt
Former Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Courtenay has made it quite clear what he thinks about the Government’s latest move to push a ‘yes’ vote for the upcoming April tenth ICJ [...]

Former Foreign Affairs Ministers says I.C.J. Declaration in Misleading
According to Courtenay, one of the fundamental reasons why he decided not to be part of the collaborative work of the five former Foreign Affairs Ministers is because the declaration [...]

Courtenay Proposes ‘Deep Freeze’ as I.C.J. Alternative
During the discussion this morning, Courtenay proposed an alternative to holding a referendum and taking Guatemala’s claim to the I.C.J.  Courtenay is proposing a ‘deep freeze’ scenario in which both [...]

Eamon Courtenay: “We Must Know Who Our Lawyers Are”
Courtenay says that if Belizeans go to the polls on April tenth, he will not attempt to convince them to vote ‘yes’ unless certain conditions are achieved by the government. [...]

Elodio Aragon Senior – Robbed, Kidnapped and then Released
There are new details tonight about the home invasion and kidnapping of former minister Elodio Aragon Senior, the father of the junior minister of police. Aragon Senior was abducted from [...]

Belize City Cabbie Stabbed Multiple Times; Woman in Custody
A Belize City man was stabbed multiple times this morning and left for dead. Forty-three-year-old taxi driver Stephen Leiva was set up by a woman he knows.  The woman went [...]

Squatters Are Served Eviction Notice in Belama Phase Four
Several families in the Belama Phase Four community are facing eviction tonight after being served with a letter two weeks ago informing them that they are illegally occupying property belonging [...]

Kareem Musa Disagrees with Father, Rt. Hon. Said Musa
Earlier you heard former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay saying he won’t support going to the I.C.J. if certain conditions are not met.  Another P.U.P. colleague shares similar views.  Caribbean Shores [...]

Julius Espat Not Impressed With Former Foreign Ministers’ I.C.J. Declaration
P.U.P.’s Cayo South Area Representative, Julius Espat, says that he was not impressed with the five former foreign ministers who signed the I.C.J. declaration in support of a ‘yes’ vote. [...]

Changes in Police Department is Commonplace
Junior Minister for National Security, Elodio Aragon Junior today spoke about the shakeup at the Belize Police Department. As we reported on Thursday, an initial list surfaced on social media [...]

P.U.C. Accepts B.E.L.’s Explanation for Increase in Electricity Rate
Another increase in the electricity rate came into effect on January first, ahead of a meeting between Belize Electricity Limited and the Public Utilities Commission to rationalize its request for [...]

223 New Cases of HIV in Belize Reported for 2017
The latest HIV statistics have been released and according to the Ministry of Health report; in 2017, there were a higher number of infections among males than in females. Of [...]

A Consultation on the Sexual Crimes Legislation Reform Project
The Belize Women Against Violence Movement in Collaboration with the Building People Movement is holding a series of consultations on sexual crimes legislation reform. The first of the six-part consultations [...]

Sexual Offences Model Bill is to Address Deficiencies in Existing Laws
Attorney-at-law Leslie Mendez is working with the Building People Movement on the drafting of the bill. Today, she says they are looking to strengthen existing laws and legislation in other [...]

Look Out for the Manatees! New Signage Cautions Boaters
Manatee advocate Jamal Galvez is advising boaters to exercise caution when passing through the Belize River. Galvez, with the assistance of the MAR Fund, has installed several signs along the [...]

Mayor Wagner Says Property Tax Discount Will Remain at 8%
In November 2018, the Belize City Council announced that it would discontinue the twenty percent discount initiative that property owners took advantage of by paying their property tax before the [...]

Rehabilitation of Krooman Lagoon Still in the Works
The Belize City Council still has plans to restore the natural habitat of Krooman Lagoon. But before that is done, the residents living on the water reserve will need to [...]

LOVE FM

A case of police brutality
41-year-old, Darrell Ramclam, was shot in his face for no apparent reason when he went to visit the police substation on Mahogany Street in Belize City. Ramclam had gone to inquire why police picked up his brother. Ramclam told Love News that he and his brother went to buy food Monday night when police pulled …

Squatters being evicted
Tonight, there is a property in Belama Phase four that is in dispute. Fen Lan Company has bought the property in that area, part of the land is owned by Belize Workers Union of Belize Electricity Limited while the other portion is being occupied by an estimated twenty families who are squatters. Love News spoke …

Breast milk is the best
Jayelle Williams was the first new baby to be born this year and only one of many babies that will be born to many mothers in Belize. Research has shown that what transpires in a child’s early childhood has the possibility of influencing that child for the rest of his or her life. As a …

Assad Shoman explains why the UN Security Council is not an Option for Belize
The United Nations Security Council has often been the hope of the groups that say we should not go to the ICJ. They say the Security Council can protect us. Earlier in the week Former Foreign Minister Assad Shoman explained why the UN Security Council is not an option to determine Belize’s territorial integrity. Shoman …

Police Officer killed with his Service Weapon
A career police officer Corporal Alfonso Guy was killed early this morning on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. He was socializing with friends and one of those friends accompanied him back to his apartment in a building whose residents are mostly officers. Love News travelled to the island and found out that the officer, who was …

Parliamentarian and Attorney Explains why it’s NO to ICJ
Kareem Musa, son of former Prime Minister Said Musa had told us that he does not agree with his father’s pro-ICJ position. While in front of Parliament, the Caribbean Shores Area Representative also an astute attorney gave us his reasons for saying no and they included current Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington as well as the …

Sexual Crimes Legislation Reform Project
The Belize Women Against Violence Movement, in collaboration with Building People Movement, is working to put together a Sexual Assault Act which will seek to repeal and replace existing laws relating to sexual crimes. The first of a series of forums under the Sexual Crimes Legislation Reform Project was held today. Dorla Bowman, the President …

US shutdown affects Belize
We have been following the shutdown in the United States that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the Miami International Airport, workers not being paid and businesses being closed due to the stalemate currently taking place between the Democrats and the Republicans. Today, Belize has seen a direct impact of this shutdown as several …

Man lured outside his room to be stabbed
A taxi-driver was stabbed just after one o’clock this morning after being lured out of his room by two women. 43-year-old, Stephen Leiva was inside his room on Douglas Jones Street in Belize City when he heard a knock on his door; upon making checks he saw two women; one of them known to him …

San Pedro OC gives update on accused rapist
24 year Adan Cantun, a resident of San Pedro was arraigned and charged with rape after he allegedly raped a woman early Sunday morning. The 26-year-old waitress was walking on Sea Star Street in San Pedro when she was attacked by Cantun. Superintendent Reymundo Reyes, the OC of the San Police Formation told us that …

PAC MEMBERS say Boots’ Brother is Brave
Edward Vincent Martinez, the brother of Parliamentarian and UDP Port Loyola area representative Anthony Martinez had cause some major upset in the party this week when he called out names of police, politicians, planes and cartels in corruption and narco-trafficking of drugs to the USA...

PUC decide to up the rates for BEL by five-point five percent
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) handed down its final decision regarding the tariff review for the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). The Belize Electricity Limited had requested an increase in rates which would have seen consumers billed almost forty-one point five cents per kilowatt hour...

Belize signs International Tax Treaty
Belize has signed a landmark agreement to strengthen its tax treaties. Businesses, as well as employees, now have the option of arbitration to resolve double-taxation disputes with at least 85 countries under a multilateral tax treaty of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)...

Amandala

Elodio Aragon, Sr., kidnapped and released
Late this afternoon, the word out of Orange Walk was that Elodio Aragon, Sr. had been kidnapped and released after his house was burglarized. Aragon, Sr. is the father of Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Elodio Aragon, Jr. Initially, when we called Orange Walk police, we were told that there had been no report of any such incident. Pressing the officer who answered the phone did not reveal anything further, but only confirmed that indeed something had happened, because he informed us that the police press office would issue a press release.

Alleged whistleblower threatened with death
At an unusual press conference today, a brother of Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Edward Martinez, laid out the ground rules to the city’s media corps, making clear that what he would disclose had nothing to do with politics and nothing to do with his brother. “He is my brother and I can’t change that,” Martinez, who turned whistleblower, said. Martinez said his disclosure has to do with “corruption.” Martinez then proceeded to detail what he claims to know about the landing of drug planes in Belize and listed a cast of players from Belize who are involved in the drug transshipment business.

Chester Williams new Commissioner of Police
On Tuesday, a government press release announced that Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, LLB, CLE, was appointed to the post of Commissioner of Police with effect from January 9. It is the first time in the history of the Belize Police Department that a trained attorney will serve as the country’s top cop. Commissioner Williams, a 27-year veteran of the Belize Police Department, replaces Allen Whylie, who has been serving in the post since 2013, and has had one of the longest runs as Commissioner of Police. Reporters caught up with Commissioner Williams today and he said that he was humbled and honored by the appointment.

Darrell Ramclam, 41, shot in the face with rubber bullet by police
Darrell Ramclam, 41, of Morning Glory Street in Lake I, told us this afternoon that police shot him in the face with a rubber bullet while he was at the Mahogany Street Police Station. Ramclam said that he is now suffering from pain in his face and his eyes are swollen because of what the police did to him. Ramclam explained that at about 10:00 Monday night, he and his brother went to the Bar Be Q Shop on Mahogany Street to buy food when police came and took his brother to the nearby police station.

PUP leader’s statement suggests party inching toward no ICJ vote
he Leader of the Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP), Hon. John Briceño, area representative for the Orange Walk Central constituency, issued a statement via a press release on Tuesday, January 8, regarding the party’s recent consultation on the International Court of Justice referendum. The tone of Hon. Briceño’s statement seems to suggest that the PUP appears to be ready to follow the lead set by its Southern Caucus, which rejected going to the ICJ last August. “After several months of meeting and consulting with leaders and supporters of the People’s United Party, it is obvious that a majority of the Party’s supporters, for various reasons, are not in favor of submitting the unfounded claim of Belizean territory by Guatemala to the ICJ for final adjudication,’ Briceño’s press release opened by saying.

14 lives lost in motorcycle accidents in 2018
According to our reports, fourteen persons lost their lives in motorcycle collisions in 2018. The toll of deaths due to motorcycle collisions began on January 15, 2018. The first person to die in a motorcycle accident in 2018 was Francisco Polanco, 24, who died on the spot in a head-on collision with another motorcycle in Camalote on the George Price Highway. In that accident, two others were seriously hurt. Leonits Ampie, 64, of Unitedville, Cayo District, who was one of the persons seriously injured in the accident that took Polanco’s life, became the second person to lose his life in a motorcycle collision in 2018 when he succumbed four days later, on January 19.

NEBL tips off its sixth season next week Friday, January 18, at the Civic Center
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be tipping off its sixth season next week Friday, January 18, with a huge game at the Belize City Center. Defending champions, Belize Hurricanes, will be hosting their southern rivals, Griga Dream Ballers. Last year’s semi-final matchup between these two teams went to a decisive game 3, creating a monstrous season opener. On Saturday, January 19, Belize City Defenders will travel out west to take on Verdes at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town, while the rejuvenated Orange Walk Running Rebels will host the formidable San Pedro Tiger Sharks at the Orange Walk Sporting Complex.

Belize to host 2nd round tournament in FIBA World Cup Americas, 22nd to 24th February, 2019
The Belize Men’s National Basketball Team began play in the first round of the FIBA World Cup Americas tournament in July, 2018. In the Central American qualifier tournament hosted here in Belize, Belize achieved a silver medal against tough competition from our Central American rivals. We are excited to advise that we now move on to the next round of play for a chance to secure one of four available spots, and advance to the final rounds of the FIBA World Cup Americas which will begin in November, 2019. The four qualifying teams would join the remaining twelve teams which have already qualified for the final round. These 12 teams feature basketball powerhouses such as the USA, Canada, Argentina and Brazil.

Misfits are U-13 Champs while Galen girls advances to BECOL/DIGINET finals
On Saturday night, Misfits defeated St. Andrews to sweep the series in two games and are the Under 13 champions. Last night, Galen girls defeated Mt. Carmel to sweep their semi-finals series, 2 – 0, bouncing them into the finals versus Western Queens. For the Galen girls Jada Brown topped all scores with 12 pts; Tina Herrera and Jasmin Armstrong added 8 pts each and Nel Usher contributed 7 pts. Angela Kendrick had 7 and Christine Rice 6 for Mount Carmel.

Pedal by Pedal of Weekend Warriors New Year’s Race of January 6, 2019
A little after 9 a.m., close to 50 Category A Weekend Warrior Riders took off from Orange Walk on their way to Old Belize via the Northern Highway and connecting to the Boom Road for a total of 61 Miles. Meanwhile, some 15 B Riders started in Carmelita and rode the same course for about 55 miles. In the B Category it was the youngster, Matthew Castellanos of Big Blade, taking the victory, while Martin Esquilliano got 2nd, and female newcomer, Nicole Gallego, was 3rd. Much kudos to Nicole. Rounding out the top 5 were Richard Gabourel and Ingemar Perrera.

Editorial: Tourism, BPO, Loans
The first industry of Belize, the history books say, was piracy. Way back in the 1600s, pirates established a base at the mouth of the Belize River, and from that safe haven they sailed out to sea to raid Spanish ships and take the plunder those vessels flying the “red and gold” had robbed from areas farther south in the Americas. The next great industry for Belize was logwood, which was prized for dyes to color clothing. Logwood lost its luster after synthetic dyes were developed, and that industry died naturally. Belize had the finest quality mahogany in the world and that soon became the mainstay of the Belizean economy. For a couple hundred years Belize’s economy depended on mahogany, with a little support from chicle. Incredibly, Belize did not replant the priceless mahogany and other forest woods it harvested, and by the early 1900s exports of forest products had begun to dwindle.

From The Publisher
Last week an older man was murdered in Lucky Strike who made his living carving artistic pieces in wood for the tourist market. From the brief look I got on the television news at a couple of the deceased’s pieces, they seemed pretty nice to me. The murder was a most disturbing one. All the vibes surrounding the deceased seemed mellow and cool. It appeared that the accused was very, very drunk, and the fuss was about a young lady who was, it appeared, merely requesting lodging at the deceased’s home. As a writer who spent some years in the 1970s trying, unsuccessfully, to make a living creatively, I felt some kinship with the murdered artist. In the days following that tragedy, and for some time before that, I’d been looking at the channels available on cable in Belize, and my feeling has been for a long time that the creative content on television has no relevance to our native lives in Belize.

Dr. David Austin writes US Embassy
Dear Consular Officer Boshard, Some thoughts after our brief meeting today. I started the petition process for my wife, Margaret Martinez, well over 1 year ago. As you know, the process to obtain an immigrant visa is long and can be arduous, as it was in our case. As I mentioned to you, my wife and I met with your predecessor before starting the process, and he laid out for us what to expect. He stated his belief that we had a 90% chance of success. Unfortunately, your assessment has put us, for the present, in the 10% group.

Mariana Verde questions Sidley Leslie
Dear Mr. Sidley Leslie, I refer to your article in the Amandala of January 5, 2019. You say that on four occasions the Belize government has agreed with Guatemala that the present location of our boundaries is not legally valid and is therefore liable to be changed: in the 1992 Joint Statement, in the 2005 CBMs and twice in the Special Agreement. You could actually add two more: the 2000 and 2003 CBMs. You state selected words of those documents and interpret them to conclude that our governments have agreed with Guatemala that the 1859 boundaries are invalid and that they can be changed to suit Guatemala.

Gwen Liz student shares how field-based learning about conservation changed his life
Dear Editor, As a student of Gwen Lizarraga High School and president of the GLHS Environmental Club, I want to share a great learning experience that I had with Ecology Project International (EPI Belize) last year. It began with our field course that members of my class and I took with EPI at UB field station at Calabash Caye last May. In the four days that we spent there, we learned to monitor the movements of dolphins, observe their dorsal fins and the way they interact as marine mammals.

Resetting national rhetoric and behavior: A MUST for resolving Guatemala’s unfounded claim
Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.” – Franz Fanon Beyond the mix of public congratulatory or disparaging remarks and argumentative nit-picking of statements made by various government and opposition leaders in the recent national discourse, all in response to the recent patriotic excursion of Belize Territorial Volunteers to Belize’s Sarstoon River border last Sunday, there still remains a harsh reality.

Musings by the Curious Non-Conformist
These words read with background music of Damian Marley’s ‘Gunman World’ actually make me anxious, angry, and heartbroken because I know this is true for many of US who walk in brown bodies. The basketball court for us, whether made of red clay or gray concrete, is where we are oftentimes socialized. We see conflicts start and resolved, we celebrate when men like “Bynum” dunk and have hang time on these metal rims, and we see humanity shared when there are just enough coins with the Queen’s head to buy water for those at play. It’s a place where some of our first lessons are learned, even for those like me who aren’t that athletic.

Not everyone likes D Trump in America
My younger brother, Ronald, and my cousin, Mike Lindo, are Belizean/American Facebook friends of mine who are very anti-Donald Trump as president of the USA. They write and post some of the toughest things about the present leader of their new home. I almost never acknowledge their posts. Much of what goes on in the USA directly affects us in Belize. The worst of it is their fight to prevent cocaine from reaching their country. American citizens have an appetite for cocaine, and American leaders go all out to stop them from getting it. America is a country that loves to fight wars, always on other people’s turfs. That’s the way they do it. They always fight their wars in other countries. All over the world there are wars with the USA stamped all over them.

Gut Reaction
Nothing stirs us up like the unfounded “claim” of Guatemala to our jewel. It’s a question of nationalism, of patriotism; a call to arms. Once the “claim” enters the public debate a tsunami of sorts begins to affect the body politic. In the midst of this storm emotions begin to rise, pushing rationality, its first victim, out the window. We need only to look back at the events surrounding the 17 Proposals of 1968, the Heads of Agreement of 1981, and the Maritime Areas Act of 1991 to know that Belizeans become alarmed whenever the “claim” raises its head. When it comes to the “claim,” we vote gut, not party. So emotional is this issue in today’s debate that there are those who are calling into question the integrity and even patriotism of those Belizeans involved in the negotiation process and by extension the governments of both parties.

Belize Peace Movement flogs ex-Foreign Ministers for signing declaration
Five former Foreign Ministers signed a declaration at the Prime Minister’s press conference on Wednesday morning, January 9, 2019. 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 referendum date on April 10, 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.

Jian Wu Yan jumped to his death out of moving vehicle
Jian Wu Yan, 36, a Chinese national of Constitution Drive, Belmopan, died when he jumped out of a moving vehicle at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon at a bridge at Mile 18, Steadfast Village, on the Hummingbird Highway. Wu Yan, who was seated in the cab of the truck, slammed his head on the side of the bridge when he jumped out, and when he hit the pavement, a back wheel of the truck rolled over him. He was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

CitCo receives 24 new vehicles
Today, the Belize City Council unveiled 24 new vehicles — 12 pickup trucks and 12 motorcycles, which it received from Caribbean Motors. The council will be paying for the vehicles over a period of 5 years, at $10,000 a month, which, according to Mayor Bernard Wagner, is not too much of a burden on the public budget. Allan Pollard, the councilor responsible for traffic, said that 2018 brought many challenges for the council, which they overcame despite lack of resources. He said that managing 20,000 commuters was a difficult task, which they inherited, but it should not be one they are stuck with.

Hospitals countrywide in need of blood donors
On January 4, Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, announced through the media that there were blood shortages around the country. He attributed this shortage to a flood of emergencies and a decline in donors. According to Dr. Manzanero, the Ministry of Health (MoH) always tries to ensure that they have blood products available, but with the Christmas season and the New Year, there was an added strain on the blood banks, since the few Belizeans who donate blood don’t normally do so during that time. He said the blood that the banks had in storage was needed as a result of all the traffic accidents and gun violence which occurred.

The Reporter

COPS CHARGE SUSPECTED SHOOTER
Orange Walk Police have been able to secure an arrest for the December 23rd, 2018 shooting of David Diaz, 22. Late Thursday evening authorities announced charges brought against Black Water Creek resident Edgar Coronado, 32.

EDITORIAL – January 11th. 2019
By Mr. Harry Lawrence. This week in Washington, Senator Patrick Leahy, (Dem. of Vermont) severely criticized President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala for his actions in barring a U.N. backed special prosecutor from re-entering the country.

DRUGS, PLANES & BIG NAMES
Edward Vincent Martinez, the brother of a sitting minister of Government and the man who calls himself the “Drug Hunter,” has rattled the cages of the Government, Police Department and BDF with explosive allegations.

EL CHAPO BOUGHT COCAINE IN BELIZE, – INVESTIGATORS SAY
Cartel prince turned US federal informant, Vicente Zambada Niebla, gave a dramatic testimony in New York federal court last week disclosing sensitive cartel information including testimony that “El Chapo”, Joaquin Guzman Loera, carried out business in Belize.

CORRUPT COPS DISMISSED FOR DISAPPEARING COCAINE
Three officers who were attached to the Special Patrol Unit (SPU) have been terminated at the end of an investigation involving twenty-seven parcels of cocaine which allegedly went missing while in their custody on April 26th, 2017.

MORE STREET WORKS PRECEDE HEAVY RAINS
The skies swelled and broke on Monday morning in Belize City, dumping heavy rains that lasted for well over an hour in the midst of street works being carried out by the Belize City Council.

POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN SAN PEDRO
The Police Officer killed this morning in San Pedro has been officially identified as Cpl. Alfonso Guy, 51.

TRICK AND STABBING IN BELIZE CITY LAST NIGHT
A man identified as Stephen Leiva is at the KHMH after he was stabbed multiple times this morning.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Holistic Analysis of a Yes vote and No vote on the ICJ
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Belize City Police investigating stabbing incident that left man critically injured
olice are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred this morning in Belize City. Stephen Leiva,43, […]

Belize abstains as OAS votes against Venezuela’s President
Nicholas Maduro, has been sworn in for his second term as President of Venezuela. However, […]

Belize signs BEPS multilateral instrument
Today, the Government of Belize became the 86th country to sign the Multilateral Convention to […]

Suspect detained in police officer’s murder
Alfonso Guy, a police officer attached to San Pedro Police Formation was found dead in […]

Belize City man stabbed by two women at his home
A man was stabbed multiple times in Belize City this morning. He has been identified […]

San Pedro police found dead with gunshot injuries
A police officer was shot to death early this morning in San Pedro Town. He […]

Blogs

Bye Bye Boy
Living in Ambergris Caye, which we call paradise, has so many benefits. The beach, the reef, the food, the weather, the people, the diving, and much much more. But when you have to say goodbye to someone you love who comes to visit you, it is not without feeling a bit melancholy. As we sit and wait at Maya Air for our little boy to head back to Minnesota, we are reminded about the weather back “home”, and we are, once again, so grateful for our move to San Pedro. We know we will see our loved one again and we look forward to our next guests. But, for a moment in time, my happy heart is saying “see you later” to our 19 year old!

Travel guide: All you need to know about Caye Caulker in Belize
So basically there are two kind of people: the people who love Caye Caulker and people who really do not like this island. Before visiting Caye Caulker in Belize we heard those two different opinions very often. A little bit hesitant we decided to visit this place, and what turns out, we are clearly of the first kind: We found Caye Caulker amazing !! In this blog you will find everything you need to know for an nice visit to Caye Caulker! Just off the Belize coast are several islands located, so called caye’s. One of the most famous ones is Caye Caulker, a tiny island less than eight kilometers long. In the middle it is split in two by a narrow water channel. Therefore there are actually two islands. The southernmost island is the place to be, but according to the rumors, elektricien is being installed on the northern island. After that has happened, probably there will be more tourism on the northern part as well.

Making 2019 the year of food experiences!
A while back, I asked friends online to share their favorite ‘unique’ Belizean meals with me. I hadn’t thought much beyond wanting to hear about new foods and possibly try them out myself. As I face a new year ahead, and seeing our first issue’s cover, I’m now tempted to make a food bucket list for 2019! There is NO better way to get to know people and a place than through its cuisine. Even if it’s just to taste and decide it’s not for you I really, TRULY, recommend that you give it a try. I’m obviously also giving myself a swift kick in the rear to finally do this. I need to step out of my comfort zone of the Mestizo foods I love so much, and maybe try out something different. For 2019, I really want to try out the following:

International Sourcesizz

Royal Kahal in San Pedro
One of the newest real estate destinations on the scene is the Royal Kahal, the first new-build real estate project in the ultra-popular enclave of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye. What makes Royal Kahal unique? Location. It is the first project under construction in or near San Pedro in more than 10 years, offering walking and biking distance to the downtown core, and more than 30 restaurants, from pizza places to fine dining. In addition, dozens of beach bars are within easy walking distance.

Mapping the world's 'blue carbon' hot spots in coastal mangrove forests
Human actions have boosted carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere to levels higher than any measured over the last 160,000 years. Rising concern over the risk of severe impacts from climate change is spurring research into ways in which ecosystems may mitigate global warming by storing excess carbon in plants and soil. Our research group has studied the ecology of mangroves for over 40 years. Mangroves are tropical forests that thrive in salt water, forming a canopy with the atmosphere and extensive roots in the sediment of the intertidal zone – the area that is above water at low tide and underwater at high tide. Scientists refer to them as “blue” carbon ecosystems, in contrast to “green” carbon ecosystems on land, such as forests and grasslands.

The Mayans And Their Historical Periods… From Apogee To Downfall
The Mayans created a civilization that through the centuries, experienced a series of changes, formed groups differentiated by their economic position, by their work or main activity and by their membership of certain families within the religious and political structure. They built wonderful architectural works; they made excellent pieces of jewelry, sculpture and pottery. On the other hand, they made astronomical observations to this day many undisputed and invented and designed a highly precise calendrical system. Although they did not have animals of load nor rolling vehicles and metallic instruments for the intensive practice of the commerce, they combined multiple possibilities of transport through rivers, coasts, trails and even built wide and long roads of stone.

How to Take Your Next Trip Without Single-Use Plastics by Marie MCgregory
Marie took this challenge on in Belize. It is of interest to travelers as we are gearing up to phase out the single use of plastic by April 22, 2019. This includes bags, Styrofoam and plastic food utensils including containers, flat plates, and cups.

Videos

  • Butch’s Dance, 18min. Our group on Glover's Reef, Belize having fun dancing to the Garifuna's rhythms.

  • Thank you for your donations - From Red Bank kids (Belize), 1.5min. Red Bank playground fundraise have reached 40% through 24 donations from all around the world. The kids from Red Bank would like to say: THANK YOU! They are looking forward to their first ever playground. Let´s go for the 100%

  • Belize 2018, 4min. In May of 2018, I went on a study abroad trip to Belize and Guatemala. I met some amazing people and made some of my favorite memories. Here are some moments I was able to get on video.

  • Placencia Village, Belize, 18min. December 2018.

  • ACC Urban Garden, 1min. Here is a review in pictures of our ACC Urban Garden from start to first Harvest.

  • Gill net found floating offshore, 1/2min. This video was sent to us yesterday of a gill net found floating offshore. Once they break loose from where they are originally set, these gill nets become 'ghost nets' and will float through the ocean continuing to catch whatever swims into them. Although this one was only a very small net, it still contained a number of fish and three juvenile sharks!

  • Eamon Courtenay views ICJ FM Document Signing, 54min. Eamon Courtenay shared his stance on the recently signed Declaration of Former Foreign Ministers on the ICJ. He explained why he chose not to participate.

  • Grace Flava with a Beat - whole wheat tuns enchiladas, 20min. Grace Flava with a Beat made some tasty whole wheat tuns enchiladas for those focusing on eating healthier for 2019. On set: Duane Lizama - Resident Chef, Alex Gordon - Brand Assistant, Grace Kennedy Belize Ltd.

  • Ms. Universe Belize look back at pageant in Thailand, 28min. Jenelli Fraser represented the jewel at the Ms. Universe pageant in Thailand. She spoke with us about the experience. She says she will continue her reign supporting mental health and domestic violence awareness and advocacy.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Errol Ashley Brooks, 2.5min.

  • Girl I NEVER expected Belize to be like this..., 12min. The adventures in Belize continue as we explore Mountain Pine ridge and learn all about the Maya culture within the cave systems and try our hands at some cave tubing!

  • Flying into Placencia, Belize (2019), 1.5min.

  • Howler Monkeys roar in Belize Jungle, 1min. Overlooking the lush landscape along the Belize River in the TeaKettle area in Cayo, Belize, Howler Monkeys roar day & night

  • Paddleboarding San Pedro, Belize - Christmas Day 2018, 1.5min.

  • Saiing Belize in catamaran - South Water and Carrie Bow caye - the Reef, 3min. Sailing family cruise in Belize - Episode 9 South Water Caye and Carrie Bow Caye are great place for snorkelling on the reef