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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro’s Liga FC hosts Mexican team La Raza for international friendly football game
A friendly football match in the over 35 league between San Pedro’s Liga Football Club (F.C) and Mexican Team La Raza from Jose Maria Morelos, in the State of Quintana Roo, was held on Saturday, November 30th at the Ambergris Stadium. Both teams showcased years of football experience and discipline, but in the end, it was La Liga who prevailed with a 3-1 victory. The game started at 7:30PM sharp, with the singing of both the Belize and Mexico anthems. During the first half of the game, La Raza, La Raza was dominant, but could not open the score. Near the end of the first 45 minutes, La Liga managed to make the first goal.

William ‘Danny’ Mason along with four men found guilty of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas murder
On Tuesday, December 3rd, William ‘Danny’ Mason, Ernest Castillo, Ashton Vanegas, Terrence Fernandez, and Keiron Fernandez were found guilty of the kidnapping and beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas. The trial took place at the Supreme Court in the Capital City of Belmopan before Justice Antoinette Moore, who considered all evidence presented against the five men alleged to be involved in the heinous murder that occurred in July 2016. The trial lasted over an hour and Justice Moore found that such evidence as DNA, surveillance footage, and the head of Lucas found in Mason’s vehicle among other

San Pedro Town Christmas Tree lighting ushers in the holidays
San Pedro Town welcomed the Christmas Season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 1st. Held at the Central Park and organized by The San Pedro Town Council, the event included messages from local authorities, performances from different schools on the island, and a special appearance by the Pandemonium Steel Band from Belize City. Miss San Pedro Litzy Castillo Guillen opened the event by welcoming everyone gathered at the park. An invocation followed by Pastor Clive Welsh, with Mayor Daniel Guerrero delivering a few remarks. “This is a joyful time for all of us to come together and celebrate this special occasion of the year,” Guerrero said.

UK aid provides GBP 25 million to rehabilitate major highway in Belize
The UK government was pleased to witness the signing of the construction contract for the Coastal Highway Upgrading Project in Belize which forms part of the Ł330 million UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF) portfolio. This project will upgrade approximately 59 km of the road network, associated bridge and drainage works linking the George Price Highway to the Hummingbird Highway.

Caracol Road Upgrading Project — Sections 1A and 1B
This project, located in the Cayo District, was appraised by the OPEC Fund for International Development and presented to its board of directors who approved a loan to the Government of Belize. The Caracol Road Upgrading Project will be carried out in two sections, Sections 1A and 1B.

Ambergris Today

Belize Represented At Meeting Of Vice Presidents Of SICA In El Salvador
.The Deputy Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Patrick Faber represented Belize at the Meeting of Vice Presidents of Member States of the Central American Integration System (SICA) in El Salvador on Monday, December 2, 2019. Under the leadership and presidency of El Salvador, the meeting was part of the ongoing agenda of SICA member states to address issues of regional importance. The commitment of the leaders was underscored by the signing of a Declaration whereby member states recognized the importance of maintaining an open political dialogue that allows for consensus on issues such as the fight against poverty, the impact of climate change and natural disasters...

Nayobie Rivero Wins Minister’s Award At Belize Youth Awards Gala
The Department of Youth Services hosted its annual Belize Youth Awards Gala on Friday, November 29, 2019 at the Belize City Civic Center. The Youth Awards night celebrates amazing and talented young people who have shown leadership, innovation, and community service skills while empowering their peers and motivating their communities. Lovely Sanpedrana Nayobie Rivero was awarded with the Minister’s Award for Leadership and Advocacy.

Various Belizean Sources

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COROZAL ANIMAL PROGRAM (CAP) BINGO
Wednesday, December 11th a Tortuga Grill & Paddle Lounge. From 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cash Prizes.

Signature Travel Network Destination Showcase
BTB in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Celebrating Tourism Month
The Northern Border celebrated Tourism Month in November, greeting guests with snacks and Belize merchandise!

This Sunday El festival del Pueblo
“8.ş Festival del Pueblo” XMaya Ko’olel dedicado a nuestras mujeres Maya. Estrenos de documentales Xuunan Kaab y U Paax K Chíibal de nuestra cultura! Presentaciones culturales. Exhibiciones en historia y arte. Gastronomía. “8 Festival del Pueblo” XMaya Ko’olel dedicated to our Maya Women. Premiering documentaries on Xuunan Kaab and U Paax K Chíibal of our culture heritage. Cultural presentations. Exhibits in history and art. Food. Salvaguardando nuestra cultura tangible e intangible! Safeguarding our tangible and intangible cultural heritage. 8 DEC 2019 San Lazaro @ 1:00 p.m.

Miss Nayobie Rivero named Miss Teen Mundial Belize
Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council would like to congratulate Miss Nayobie Rivero on winning the Minister's Award at the Belize Youth Awards for Leadership and Advocacy and also on being crowned the first ever Miss Teen Mundial Belize which will take place in the year 2020 in El Salvador. The Community of San Pedro is proud of you and all of your accomplishments. We wish you the best and may you continue to excel!

Belize Participates in the XVIII SICA Japan Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation
Belize attended the XVIII SICA Japan Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation in San Salvador, El Salvador from December 2-3, 2019. The Forum welcomed the delegation of Japan headed by H.E. Tomoyuki Yoshida, Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Under the auspices of the Presidency Pro tempore of El Salvador, SICA Member States expressed appreciation to the Government of Japan for its kind regional cooperation through the SICA-Japan Regional Cooperation Action Plan 2015-2020 in areas such as the JICA Program, Regional Master Plan for Transportation and Logistics, the implementation of an emergency warning broadcasting system, empowering women and gender equality, citizens’ security, integral management of natural disasters and the effects of climate, among others.

Belize Participates in the 2019 UN Annual Coordination Meeting of the Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework
Belize was represented at the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework 2019 Annual Coordination Meeting held in Barbados by the Honourable Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting held from November 27-28, Minister Elrington took the lead in presenting the Caribbean views on the ongoing UN Reform and progress thus far. While acknowledging the importance of the UN support to the Caribbean, Minister Elrington highlighted the need for increased substantive support from the UN Development System in the Caribbean. He also expressed concerns about the down-sizing of UN funds, programs, and agencies within the region.

Belize Youth Awards 2019: Honoring Outstanding Belizean Youth
The Department of Youth Services, Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture, held its annual Belize Youth Awards on November 29th, 2019 at the Belize Civic Center under the theme “Youth Mental Health matter; Let’s erase the Stigma”. Young people aged between 14 and 29 years old, were honoured for their participation and contribution to the overall achievement of our very own National Youth Development Policy, Horizon 2030, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Statement by Minister of National Security on Guilty Verdict in the Mason Case
I want to first thank the Almighty for working through his instruments here on earth to secure this clear and resounding victory for the Lucas family and all the friends of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas. Justice has been served. I also want to thank the Director of Public Prosecution and her staff, the investigators of the Police Department, the Scenes of Crimes Technicians, the witnesses, and all who played a part in securing this guilty verdict. The perpetrators of this heinous crime have been brought to justice. Though the verdict cannot bring back Llewelyn, it is my hope that the family can find some solace in this triumph of our justice system. Let us now work on the way forward to making our country more secure and prosperous.

Mobile Outreach in Libertad Village, Corozal
Are you a resident of Libertad Village and need assistance with land administrative services? If yes, the Mobile Unit will be in Libertad Village for three (3) days from December 4th, 2019 to December 6th,2019 at the Libertad Polyclinic ( 2nd floor) providing several services. Come out and take advantage of this outreach!

DPM Faber Represents Belize at Meeting of Vice Presidents of SICA in El Salvador
The Deputy Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Patrick Faber represented Belize at the Meeting of Vice Presidents of Member States of the Central American Integration System (SICA) in El Salvador on December 2nd, 2019. Under the leadership and presidency of El Salvador, the meeting was part of the ongoing agenda of SICA member states to address issues of regional importance. The commitment of the leaders was underscored by the signing of a Declaration whereby member states recognized the importance of maintaining an open political dialogue that allows for consensus on issues such as the fight against poverty, the impact of climate change and natural disasters, sustainable development, security, education, culture, energy, tourism, gender equality, the rights of older persons and those with disabilities as well as the rights of indigenous peoples and people of Afro-descent.

"Saving Alligator High, " Jankunu Production in San Pedro
Looks like a great production by this very talented and entertaining group! San Pedro we’re coming to spread good cheer!!! Book your tickets early!! Call 610-4282 or visit Reef Radio and get your tickets today!

Better knowing Destinee Arnold - Miss Universe Belize 2019
Destinee Arnold is Miss Universe Belize 2019 and a whole lot more. She is one of a few international Belizean Beauty Ambassadors in 2019. She is no ordinary beauty queen and we love it that way. She is also Belize’s only hope for a 2019 Miss Universe crown – the most coveted title of all the “Big 4” international pageants for women. We have many reasons to be proud and hopeful. There is great confidence, determination and fire in Destinee. There is also a tremendous sense of destiny and calm in her, which I suspect are rooted in her strong faith in Christ. After I got to know more about her through words from her friends and family, mainly through her mom Marie-Arnold McDowell, I believe that a lot of it comes from a well-rounded, loving and happy upbringing.

St. Francis Xavier Feast Day
Teachers and students participating in the procession commemorating St. Francis Xavier Feast Day.

Power outage 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 5 to affect portion of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
entire Middle Street, Pescador Drive, portion of Tarpon Street, Almond Street; San Pedrito Area including Crocodile Street, Gluten Street, Tropic Wave Street and Water Lane; DFC Area including Mar Tumbo Drive, Sea Grape Drive, Villa Drive; Elliot Subdivision, Escalante Subdivision, San Pablo Area and San Marcus Area. BEL to install utility pole in the area.

EK CHUAH
Ek Chuaj, also known as Ek Chuah, Ekchuah, representation of the Cacao . As well as a patron of merchants .

Bean To Bar Chocolate Tasting Event
Mahogany Chocolate and Flight Cafe invite you to our Bean To Bar Chocolate Tasting this Wednesday December 11, 2019 at Flight Cafe from 2-4 PM. Sample the amazing chocolate made here in Belize and be one of the first to try Mahogany Chocolate's New Collection of Chocolate Bars and other chocolate treats!

Channel 7

Danny Mason Guilty!
The verdict is in and Justice Antoinette Moore has ruled. The accused murderers, William Danny Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo, are all guilty of the 2016 decapitating murder of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas. That was the judgment she handed down today after carefully reviewing all the evidence that DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal presented in what is surely the trial of this young century. It a victory by land-slide for the DPP, and our News team was in Belmopan for close examination of the verdict. Daniel Ortiz reports: Justice Antoinette Moore, a passenger in this SUV, was the first to leave the court after delivering today's big verdict. She has found William Danny Mason, and his fellow accused, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo guilty of the July 2016 Murder Pastor Lewellyn Lucas.

Saldivar Swoons At Mason Verdict
And in a surprising move, John Saldivar, the Minister of National Security has released a public statement on the guilty verdicts for murder against William Mason and his employees. Now, as viewers will remember, Mason's key defense witness was a US Federal Agent who put in a statement that Mason had told him that Saldivar was framing him. Saldivar denied this as baseless hearsay. But, Saldivar's former business connections to Mason caused him a major political headache when Pastor Lue's murder became headline news. Those connections caused Prime Minister Barrow to temporarily remove Saldivar as the Minister of National Security.

Cops Shot Him in The Face, Jordy Gives His Side Of The Story
25 year old Jordy Usher is in the Western Regional Hospital tonight, after police shot him in the face this weekend, allegedly after he ran from the cops. The bullet is lodged in in his face and has caused swelling of his lower brain. According to the cops, on Saturday night, they spotted a motorcycle in Santa Elena Town, and it was heading to Esperanza Village. The officers realized that the motorcycle did not have any lights, it had no license plates, and the driver and passenger were not wearing any helmets. The cops say that Usher was fleeing and resisting arrest and that the shot fired in his direction was merely a warning.

Belizean Boyfriend Charged For Killing American Nurse
Police have charged Wendi Dardano's boyfriend, 28 year old Leroy Lorenzo with her murder. As we reported, Lorenzo allegedly stabbed American nurse Wendi Dardano to death and then stuffed her inside a garbage bin in front of her Hopkins home. As you saw in the story, Dardano's friend said she knew of abuse Dardano suffered in the relationship but that Dardano did not want to speak out or make a police report.

Tommy Got Chanced
On Sunday afternoon, 49 year old Edwin Usher was hanging out his corner store on Vernon Street - when he was badly beaten - allegedly by a man from the same neighborhood. After being punched and kicked he still managed to walk home, but had to be rushed to the hospital after where he was admitted in critical condition. On Sunday morning, he succumbed to his injuries at the KHMH - and police know have a murder investigation on their hands.

"Yellowman"ť and Dr. Zabs Appear Before House Committee
Today, Mace-Bearer Brian Yellowman Audinett appeared before the House Staff Committee to answer to complaints that he threatened a senator within the walls of the House of Representatives. That Senator is the PUP's Dr. Louis Zabaneh. The meeting started at 2:00 pm and we saw Yellowman waiting around for about two Horus before he was called inside. Also waiting around was Dr. Zabaneh - in case the Chair of the committee, House Speaker Laura Longsworth called him.

DPM In Salvador For SICA
And committee member Patrick Faber wasn't at that meeting to consider the case of Yellowman - who publicly dissed him last week. That's because Faber is in El Salvador. Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber represented Belize at the Meeting of Vice Presidents of Member States of the Central American Integration System (SICA) in El Salvador.

JOSEPHINE TAMAI TO DOMINICA
While DPM Faber is wrapping up that visit in El Salvador, Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai is preparing for her trip to Dominica. According to an online article on Caricom Today, Tamai will head a mission to monitor the general elections in Dominica. The December 6th elections in that island nation will be hotly contested as Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit's DLP seeks a fourth term. The other members of the mission include experts in Electoral Management and Administration from Antigua and Barbuda; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Jamaica; Saint Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname.

PUP's Omni Protest In 'Pan
And, This morning as Belizeans waited with bated breath for the final verdict in what could be called the trial of the decade, PUP protestors were lining up in front of Belmopan supreme court. They held signs that said: Justice for Lue, Mia, and All affected and Stop the Nepotism, Cronyism, and Dishonesty. We spoke to PUP Standard for Belmopan Oscar Mira and he had several criticisms of the justice system to share.

Parolee Alleged Tried To Rob Police
He's already a parolee and now 31 year old Dillion Diamond allegedly tried to rob an off duty police officer. He was arraigned today and read a single charge of attempted robbery before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer. Diamond pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail, but Magistrate Palmer granted him bail in the sum of $5,000 plus one surety of the same amount.

Alleged Flasher Exposes Himself To Corporal
Indecent public exposure isn't the type of crime that regularly makes the news, but a Belize City man has pleaded guilty to the offense today. He's Eduel Haulze, a laborer of Fabers Road, and police say that he shook his private parts at 2 adults and some school children at 2 different locations yesterday morning. The first incident occurred when Hauze was at the corner of Curassow and Warrie Streets. A woman reported to the police that while she was at that location, Haulze shook his privates at her and some children who were on their way to school. The second incident occurred shortly thereafter

Do You Know Where Elito Puc Is?
A watchman from Succotz Village is missing. On November 28th 42 year old Elito Puc left his workplace at Silva's Bus parking lot in Benque Viejo Town to have the oil changed in his vehicle in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala. Puc was supposed to return that night but has yet to be seen or heard from.

The Future of Special Education
The Ministry of Education hosted a special education conference at the Radisson for educators. A number of themes were discussed such as inclusion and how to break that barrier between teacher and student to ensure a full academic experience for children with special needs. The conference is part of the National Disability Week celebrated under the theme: The Future is Accessible!

Building With Planning
Unless you are fascinated with buildings, architecture and the full process of getting a construction permit, you may not be all that ecstatic to hear about the launch of what's called a building unit awareness workshop series . But it is important and necessary since every other day a new Chinese store, motel or restaurant is being constructed.

Benny's Says Maintenance Worker Will Fully Recover
Last night we told you about the man that fell from the roof's at Benny's Homecenter on the northern highway. It happened just before 5:00, when a maintenance worker fell off the roof. He was taken to the KHMH in an ambulance.

Channel 5

Guilty as Charged – The Mason Five is Convicted of Beheading Pastor Lue
The sensational trial of William “Danny’’ Mason and four other accused men concluded today in the Belmopan Supreme Court.  As the nation waited with bated breath, the verdict from Justice [...]

Pastor Lue’s Family Reacts to Verdict
William “Danny” Mason and the four other convicted men exited the courtroom and entered a police vehicle parked immediately in front of the court. Police were on hand to avert [...]

Pastor Lucas’ Last Interview with News Five
As you heard, the family of the deceased pastor believes that justice has been served more than three years after his grisly murder. On the day in which his life [...]

P.U.P. Demonstrates in the Name of Justice for Pastor Lue and Other Victims
While the courtroom of Justice Antoinette Moore was at its capacity, outside near the parking lot, a handful of politicians and supporters of the People’s United Party gathered in protest.  [...]

Minister John Saldivar Issues Statement on Mason Trial Verdict
Following the verdict by Justice Moore, the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, issued a rare statement. During the trial, a US federal agent who was stationed at the US [...]

Edwin Usher Dies 1 Week after He was Brutally Beaten
An investigation has been launched into the death of a resident of Cedar Street in Belize City. Edwin Usher died over the weekend at the K.H.M.H. after he was beaten [...]

Leroy Lorenzo is Charged for the Murder of American Nurse in Hopkins
The common-law husband of an American national has been charged for her murder. Fifty-year-old Wendy Dardano, a nurse attached to the Hopkins Satellite Clinic was murdered over the weekend; stabbed [...]

Devon Nicholas is Guilty of Firearm Offences
In the Magistrate court in Belize City, Devon Nicholas was sentenced to two years behind bars after he was found guilty of firearm offences. Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford found him [...]

P.U.P. Senator takes on U.D.P. House Sergeant-at-Arms
The House Disciplinary Committee met today in Belmopan to discuss several items including a police report made P.U.P. Senator Doctor Louis Zabaneh against House Sergeant-at-Arms, macebearer Brian “Yellowman” Audinett. The allegation [...]

P.U.P. Senator Failed to Make Report against ‘Yellowman’ to House Disciplinary Committee
A member of the House Committee is Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte. According to Peyrefitte, Doctor Zabaneh failed to submit a written report to the committee and as such there was [...]

Can “Yellowman” and Zabaneh Hash It Out?
The People’s United Party was represented by Florencio Marin Junior who agreed that no report was submitted for the Committee to consider. Marin Junior, however, says that such issues should [...]

U.D.P. Chairman Says that Party Facing Challenging Times
The House Sergeant of Arms, Brian “Yellowman” Audinett and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber are at odds. Just recently, Audinett was fired from a position at the National Sports Council [...]

P.U.P. Protest Bloated Contracts
A few members of the People’ United Party demonstrated in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Belmopan. One of the issues under protest is what is described as bloated [...]

Disability Week Promotes Equal Opportunities for all Including Persons with Disabilities
Persons with diverse abilities can be and very often are contributing and valued members of society. This week activities are being held to highlight that they too should have access [...]

Taiwan Commits Monies to Support Belize’s External Representation
On Monday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a release to say that the Republic of China (Taiwan) has given Belize support to facilitate international representation.  According to the release, [...]

DPM Represents Belize at SICA’s VPs Meeting
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber represented Belize at a meeting of the Vice Presidents of the Central American Integration System. The meeting, which was held in El Salvador on Monday, [...]

Ministry of Housing Hosts “Building Unit Awareness Series”
The Ministry of Housing, along with its partners, is hosting workshops with municipal level building units and stakeholders in building and construction. The workshop is to discuss processes needed to [...]

Amandala

American nurse’s body found in trash
Wendi Jane Dardano, 50, an American nurse who was living in Hopkins and was a part of the medical team in the village, was fatally stabbed in the chest and her body was dumped in a trash can in her yard. Her body was found at about 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Her common-law husband has been detained as a person of interest in the murder investigation. Dardano’s friends who were supposed to meet her Saturday morning began calling her phone, but became concerned when she did not answer.

Anthony Crawford gets 4 years for shooting teenage gir
After deliberating for over three hours on Friday, November 22, a jury in the Supreme Court of Justice Colin Williams returned a unanimous guilty verdict on the indictment of Anthony Crawford for “use of deadly means of harm with intent to cause grievous harm.” Justice Williams had set Friday, November 29, as the mitigation and sentencing date for Crawford. Two relatives of Crawford appeared in court to ask the court to show leniency to him.

House of Representatives meeting on Wednesday
The House of Representatives will meet this Wednesday, December 4, in the National Assembly chamber in Belmopan. Among the topics that are listed on the House Order Paper is a new excise law that is aimed at strengthening the tax law to facilitate more efficient tax collection. In addition to the new excise law, there will also be a new Customs law aimed at making the importation of goods into Belize more secure.

5 persons missing
Five persons have been reported missing by their families. They are Densmore Bowman, Michael Cobo, Damion Clive Baizar, Reanna Espat and Elito Puc. At about 9:30 Friday morning, October 25, Damion Clive Baizar, 17, of Hillview, Santa Elena, Cayo District, left home with two friends to travel to Belize City, and he has since disappeared. Reanna Espat, 13, a student residing in Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo District, left home at about 7:30 Monday morning, November 25, to go to Mopan Technical High School in Benque Viejo, and has since disappeared.

Death row inmate Andrew Kelly wrote to the Queen!
This afternoon, there was a sentencing hearing for a former death row inmate who has spent half of his forty years on this earth behind bars after he was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to death. Shortly after 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, the Supreme Court of Justice Colin Williams began the resentencing hearing for convicted murderer Andrew Kelly, who was initially sentenced to death by hanging.

Shaquille Phillips, 25, shot dead on his home’s verandah
Shaquille Michael Phillips, 25, a laborer of Altamira, Corozal Town, was in a chair on his verandah at about 12:30 this morning when an unknown gunman fired about 8 times at him. Phillips was struck multiple times in his head and body, and died almost immediately, and the gunman escaped.

American tourist, 79, and 53-year-old man die in two road traffic accidents
Apart from the 7 persons who died in a terrible accident on Wednesday, November 26, there were two more deaths last week due to two other traffic accidents. A man, Esteban Arana, 53, was killed on the Southern Highway on Wednesday night in a hit-and-run accident, and Carolyn Moxley Gillis, 79, an American tourist, was killed at Mile 42 on the Philip Goldson Highway at about 3:30 Thursday afternoon. Gillis and six of her family members, who are all tourists from the USA, went on a tour in the Orange Walk District. They were returning to the city with their tour guide, in a tour van when on their arrival between Mile 42 and 41 on the Philip Goldson Highway.

Richard Smith, 26, shot dead in Hattieville
Richard Smith, 26, a laborer of Farmers Site, Hattieville, was ambushed and shot in the Mile 17 area of Hattieville as he was walking home via a shortcut route at about 6:30 Friday evening. Smith was going home after being at his friend’s house when an unknown gunman ambushed him and shot him in the head and body. Smith died almost immediately, and the gunman escaped.

Scratch and Win sales agent charged with theft
Christian Novelo, 25, a sales agent of Trial Farm, Orange Walk District, has been charged with theft. On Thursday, November 28, he was arraigned at the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Patty Arana, who read the single charge to him. Police said that Novelo stole $8,760 from his employer, Lucky Dalla Ltd., a scratch and win enterprise of Orange Walk Town. Novelo pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail of $4,000 and one surety for the same amount and was ordered to return to court on December 16.

editorial: The rot in the $34 million Link Road
Every five years or so we choose a party to govern based on a manifesto they present to the electorate before the election. The brain trust of the party that wins then sets about implementing the projects they promised. The way it should work, if we will tap into all our available talent, is that the party that wins would draw ideas from all over, not just from the party’s close affiliates. The public would be invited to weigh in on proposed projects. When the projects go to the House of Representatives for approval, what the Cabinet puts forward would be thoroughly debated. Decisions made by the House would also get the fine-tooth comb at the Senate. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, and that is why we end up with so many disappointing projects.

Mr. Belize, Clayton Greenidge crossing milestones for Belize Bodybuilding
Appearing on Krem’s Press Cadogan Sports Show yesterday, Sunday, was the reigning Mr. Belize, Clayton Greenidge, who updated listeners about his most recent accomplishments in the sport of Body Building, where he has made a couple great strides for Belize on the international scene. On October 11 – 14 of this year, Clayton represented the Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation (BBBFF) at the International Federation of Body Building (IFBB) Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Future FC U-10 & U-13 football semifinal results; finals on Saturday
The Future Football Club U-10 & U-13 Little League Football Tournament came down to its semifinals on Saturday at the ITVET (Old Technical) Football Field, where, after 4 semifinal games had been played, the stage was set for the 3rd place and championship games in both categories this coming Saturday. Six (6) U-10 teams and seven (7) U-13 teams participated in the competition. In game 1 (U-10), Tutbay Yabra FC crushed Caesar Ridge, 7-0, with 3 goals from Esmond “Bagga” Sanker, 1 each from Tyreque Frazier, Ali Thurton and Christon Linarez, along with an own goal by Caesar Ridge’s Deon Meighan.

Belize loses, 2-0, to Guatemala in International Female Football Friendly at FFB Stadium
Football Federation of Belize (FFB ) President, Sergio Chuc was in attendance at Saturday’s return leg of an International Friendly home-and-away series that his FFB had arranged with our Guatemalan counterparts. And it is just as well that the game was poorly promoted, with an apparent low budget restricting much of its advertisement to Facebook posts, as the result was not any sort of payback for the embarrassing 9-1 onslaught our women sustained in the first leg of the series in Guatemala about a month ago. Some FFB sources conceded that they are experiencing budgetary constraints near the year’s end, and that may explain rumors of a possible boycott by some former National Women Team members, who reportedly had issues with the “treatment” they have received from the FFB.

PLB semifinals over; Bandits vs Verdes for Opening Season Championship
The regular season was “down to the wire,” and so was the situation in the semifinals of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Opening Season, as no team had a commanding lead going into the decisive game 2 of the semifinal series. Regular season #1 seed Verdes FC had been held to a 1-1 draw with #4 seed Altitude FC last Saturday night in Mango Creek; and #2 seed Bandits Sport had managed a mere 2-1 victory over defending champion, #3 seed San Pedro Pirates FC on their home turf at Ambergris Stadium, also on Saturday night.

Miss Dolly’s bull whip revenge
A lot of water had passed under the bridge before Lucille and I had met again face to face, but in the interim I had heard from time to time how things were going with her. When we spoke she had confirmed that she had experienced some hard times with Neville Enright, but had survived and was stronger and had better sense. It was one of her characteristics that she never whined, was the sort of person who was unafraid to venture, willing to face consequences and just keep going. From day one with the Station Sergeant, there had been difficulties of one kind or another, right up to the end. The first disaster, right after the ceremony, had been the trip by sea down the coast, when she had been sea-sick from setting foot on board until she had landed at the wharf two days later.

From The Publisher
Some of the stories I’ve told you in this column over the years, it’s not as if I’m just taken up with myself. I’m entertaining you, making a living, with the writing gift the Lord blessed me with. The power structure here, the educators and the education system as such, which means the powerful Christian churches which control the schools, made it so that I could not make a living telling these stories under the cover of fiction. So, this was how this column evolved. Between 1969 and 1975, I was basically doing fiction, not this publisher’s column. In a small society like Belize, when you write fiction what happens is that many, many readers are looking to see if they can link a fictional character to some real life personality in Belize. Fiction is, of course, ultimately derived from life experiences which have been real events in the writer’s life.

Early warning system for drivers
Dear Editor, A crow flying over the accident scene last Wednesday caught the eye of a newsman as he was reporting from Mile 17. I immediately thought of what a powerful message it would have sent to drivers, approaching from both directions, if that bird had been a hovering BDF helicopter. Seen from miles away, this would have made a driver know immediately that there was a problem up ahead — a fire, a holdup, or as happened last week, an accident.

Name the Hummingbird Highway the Andy Palacio Highway – he deserves it!
Dear Editor, It’s good to know that efforts are being made to recognize the works and achievement of the greatest musical icon that ever lived in the history of Belize, the one and only Andy Palacio. For me, enough is not being done to honor this great musical legend, which is so unfortunate. A mere mass and a couple hours of Garifuna music do not justify the magnitude of achievement that this extraordinary Belizean musical artist has accomplished for his culture and his country.

Writer of the Popular “Day-O” and the Barbados National Anthem Dies at 95
A day before Barbados celebrated its 53rd anniversary of independence from British rule, the man who wrote the national anthem and also helped singer Harry Belafonte popularize calypso, died at the age of 95. US media reports say Irving Burgie died last Friday in Brooklyn as a result of complications from heart failure. Prime Minister Mia Mottley confirmed his passing at the start of her speech at the annual Independence parade on Saturday, and called for a moment of silence.

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Leroy Lorenzo, 28, Charged For Murder Of American National Wendy Dardano, 50
The circumstances that led to the murder of Wendy Dardano are still unknown, and the motive or reason for the crime is still under investigation. What we know so far is that 50 year old Wendy Dardano worked at the Hopkins satellite clinic for the past 5 months, prior to her employment at the Hopkins clinic she worked as a nurse at the Dangriga poly-clinic.

Ministry Of National Security: Statement After Mason 5 Verdict
The Ministry of National Security has issued a statement following the guilty verdict of William Danny Mason and his four co-accused. Here is that statement:

GUILTY ! Danny Mason And 4 Others Found Guilty: VIDEO BELOW
Following the guilty verdict of William “Danny” Mason and co-defendants, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Ernest Castillo and Terrence Fernandez this morning, the media spoke with Norman Rodriquez, the Defense Attorney for Ashton Vanegas, who said that he thought the verdict would have gone differently for at least a couple of the accused men.

Edwin Usher Beat-Down Upgraded To Murder Investigation
Belize City Police are seeking one known suspect for the fatal beat-down of Edwin Gilbert Usher, 49, which occurred over a week ago at a store on Vernon Street.

Danny Mason Verdict Will Be Heard Today In Belmopan
There is heavy security at the Belmopan court plaza today as Justice Antoinette Moore prepares to hand down her verdict. The five men accused of the murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas are being held in a room adjacent to the courtroom, waiting for the decision scheduled for 10:00am.

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Fourth Annual yoga festival held in Belize
The fourth annual Yoga Festival was held on Sunday at Harbor View Greens in Belize City. Love News Reporter Courtney Menzies attended the festival and told us more about this ancient practice.

LDN-TSP Validation Workshop
Through the Ministry of Natural resources, the Government of Belize has committed to start their Land Degradation Neutrality Target Programme. The validation workshop took place at the Belize Biltmore Plaza.

Vigil held for Mayra Alcoser
29-year-old Mayra Alcoser was killed in a tragic car accident that will go down as one of the worst Belize has ever seen. Alcoser was one of seven victims who died. She worked at Scotia Bank Belmopan branch and was well-liked by her colleagues.

Farmers in Cayo are being assisted by Ministry of Agriculture
Farmers in Cayo are receiving the attention they require. They were visited by the Minister of Agriculture who presented the current standing on two separate projects. Cayo Correspondent Elaine Berry, gave us more details.

UB to expand its medical programs
The University of Belize is expanding its programs to facilitate aspiring medical professionals. Cayo Correspondent Pauline Soberanis Tillett gave us more details.

Ahmadiyya basketball league places second in Copa Gatorade 2019
The Ahmadiyya Basketball League Belize brought home silver medals in both U18 and Open categories in the Copa Gatorade 2019 tournament. The tournament had participating teams from across Central America and the US.

Danny Mason trial over what’s the Verdict?
What was perhaps one of the most sensational murder cases in recent years in Belize, ended today. Security was tight and the media was stripped of their cell phones as they entered the courtroom of Justice Antoinette Moore in Belmopan. Renee Trujillo was on hand to hear the judgement and filed the following report.

Tribute to Andy Palacio held in Belize City
This year marks the eleventh anniversary of the passing of Musical Icon and Cultural Ambassador, Andy Palacio. In commemoration of his life, every December 2, on his birthday, a memorial mass is held in several communities to pay tribute.

Man dies one week after being brutally beaten
A laborer has passed away after succumbing to his injuries he received a week prior to his death. 42-year-old, Edwin Gilbert Usher, was at Li Zhen Store, Belize City, on November 23, when a male person approached and attacked him. Usher was left unconscious and on the floor with injuries to his head and mouth.

Deputy Prime Minister represents Belize in SICA meeting
Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber, is out of the country to participate in a regional workshop in El Salvador. The workshop is to address issues in the region.

Families Is Left Homeless After Fire Destroys Their House
A family of 6 is today without a home after theirs was completely destroyed by a fire. Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung, has the story.

Belize Launches Its National Investment Police And Strategy
Yesterday saw the launch of the National Investment Policy and Strategy (NIPS). This plan has been in the works for about three years, as it was approved by Cabinet back in 2016.

24 Year-Old Devon Nicholas Gets Two Year Sentence For Firearm Offenses
24-year-old Devon Nicholas will be spending two years away from his newborn baby after he was found guilty of firearm offenses. Nicholas was sentenced to two years imprisonment today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford after he...

Fruitful Young Persons Awarded
The Department of Youth Services in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Youth held its annual Belize Youth Awards on November 29 at the Belize Civic Centre. Young persons ranging from 14-29 years old...

Burglar gets more than he bargained for
A burglar caught red handed got more than he bargained for when he was accosted and chopped. 28-year-old Nassin Cantun burglarized a home in Orange Walk and was caught by the homeowner at around six o’clock on Saturday night.

Torch run for special Olympics
The Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics began yesterday in Punta Gorda. The torch is taken around the country by police and other law enforcement officers in an effort to garner special attention to children with disabilities. Here once again is our Toledo correspondent, Paul Mahung.

BAPDA launches disabilities ID
The Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA) commemorates Disability Awareness Week with the launch of their new National Disability ID cards. These cards are for people who have a physical or mental disability.

Man left unconscious on ebony Street Belize City
30-year-old Julio Del Cid was left hospitalized after he was chopped and left unconscious on Ebony Street near Public’s Supermarket. The incident occurred at around 8:45 pm.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize’s Garifuna community hosts first-ever regional congress
On the heels of Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations in November, Belize’s National Garifuna Council (NGC) […]

THE MASON VERDICT: Family “relieved” at court decision; pastor says it’s “a great day” for Belize
No one more anticipated today’s verdict than the victim’s family, who sought answers as to why […]

THE MASON VERDICT: Defense attorneys anticipate appeal
While none of the defendants in the Llewellyn Lucas murder case showed any reaction in court […]

#DestinationBelize – Countdown to Miss Universe 2019
Belizean beauty ambassador, Destinee Arnold, prepares to represent Belize at the world’s prestigious Miss Universe […]

THE MASON VERDICT: Analysis of Justice Moore’s decision
In the end, Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore ruled this morning, there was but […]

Belizean youths honored at Youth Awards 2019
The Department of Youth Services, Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture, held its annual […]

Is it safe to buy property in Belize?
Belize is becoming an increasingly popular destination for retirees and investors from the United States […]

Corozal resident charged for murder of American nurse
Corozal resident, Leroy Alexander Lorenzo, 28, was charged on Monday, December 2 for the murder […]

Belize represented at meeting of Vice Presidents of SICA in El Salvador
Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Patrick Faber represented Belize at the Meeting of Vice Presidents […]

John Saldivar on Mason verdict: “Justice has been served”
Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, has issued a statement saying that justice has been […]

Guilty verdict returned in murder of Llewellyn Lucas
Ernest Castillo, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez and William “Danny” Mason have been found […]

Police: No word on Elito Puc
The Belize Police Department says that it does not have any new information regarding the […]

Heavy security presence in Belmopan as Mason faces verdict
The murder trial for William “Danny” Mason; Ernest Castillo; the Fernandez brothers Terrence and Keiron; […]

Densmore Bowman of Belmopan still missing
Thirty-four-year-old Densmore Bowman remains missing today according to Police. Searches for the Belmopan resident by […]

International Sourcesizz

These students make maps for the Philippines and Belize. They never leave campus to do it
With Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” humming in the background, about two dozen students at George Washington University traced skinny lines and square-shaped landmarks on a satellite image of a rural chunk of Mindanao, the second-largest island in the Philippines. They are in the early stages of piecing together a map of the region where half of the country’s food is grown but where most people live in poverty. The students carefully scanned the photos to scope out buildings and roads tucked between thick trees. The task is painstaking but necessary to create an up-to-date map. This corner of the Philippines — like large swaths of the planet — does not have any recent digital maps.

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) hosted the first ever Regional Garifuna Congress
This past weekend, November 30 and December 1, 2019, National Garifuna Council (NGC) in partnership with International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) hosted the first ever Regional Garifuna Congress (Konguresu Hadamurigun Garinagu). During the opening ceremony, remarks were given by Francisca Sanchez, legal adviser ICJ; Sandra Miranda, NGC President; and Mayor Francis Humphreys. Day 1 continued with presentations which focused on Garifuna woman and human rights, Garifuna identity and education and the need for new international treaties about business and human rights, which were done by Carmen Lopez, from Guatemala, Venancia Caballero & Sebastian Cayetano, from National Garifuna Council and Carlos Lopez, from ICJ Geneva, respectively.

Olympian Simone Biles enjoys steamy beach vacation while brother awaits trial
Simone Biles is leaving her troubles behind and enjoying a romantic beach vacation with her boyfriend as her eldest brother sits behind bars. The record-breaking Olympic gymnast shared steamy Instagram snaps of her time in Belize, posing with her man, Stacey Ervin, and showing off her toned body in a variety of stylish swimsuits.

Videos

  • Tyra also known as bush dog getting a mamey apple around carpark at lamanai, 1/2min.

  • Lucky, Sandy and Twiggy are just three of the manatees who’ve been saved by charity workers in Belize, 3min.

  • Snapshots of the Benque Viejo House of Culture's Culture of Peace Music and Art Program Culmination., 1/2min. The OAS "Culture of Peace" 2019 showcased the work of all Belizean artists (Youths & Children) enrolled in the program, along with musical performances by the students. Here is a video snippet of the event's Culmination Ceremony held at the Benque Viejo House of Culture on November 27th, 2019.

  • The Ya’axché Show: Hunting Seasons in Belize, 10min. Many game species are hunted in Belize. However, the hunting of game species are regulated and each species has its own hunting season. The hunting seasons help to maintain healthy populations and ecosystems. Marchilio Ack (Protected Areas Manager) and Julio Chub (Community Liaison Manager) spoke to Sayuri Tzul about the hunting seasons – for gibnut, deer, iguana, game birds, peccary – on The Yaaxche Show.

  • Celebration of Life in the Garifuna Culture... RIP Manuel Jose Velasquez, 10min.

  • Mayan ruins in Belize, 5min.

  • Snorkeling in BELIZE!, 6.5min.

  • Fourth Annual yoga festival held in Belize, 4.5min. The fourth annual Yoga Festival was held on Sunday at Harbor View Greens in Belize City. Love News Reporter Courtney Menzies attended the festival and told us more about this ancient practice.

  • Belize Farming (Sorghum Harvest), 1min. Drone footage of Sorghum being harvested in Cayo Belize. DJI Spark.