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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.

Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project Hosts Fashion Fundraiser; Rivero crowned Miss Teen Mundial Belize
The Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project held its fourth annual fashion show on Saturday, November 30th at the Diamond Lodge south of San Pedro Town. Several junior and senior models graced the stage outfitted in a variety of colors that resembled the theme ‘Painting of Hope.’ The event raised funds to purchase Christmas gifts for less fortunate island children on December 25th. The project is spearheaded by islander Nayobie Rivero who was recognized at this year’s Belize Youth Awards (BYA) Gala on Friday, November 29th, where she received the Minister’s Award for Leadership and Advocacy. Rivero was also chosen to represent Belize in El Salvador at the international pageant, Miss Teen Mundial 2020. All in all, it was quite the busy weekend for Nayobie.

San Pedro celebrates 35th Township Anniversary with public fair
To commemorate San Pedro’s 35th Township Anniversary, and the 30th anniversary of Belize signing to the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC), a public fair was held at the Central Park on Friday, November 29th. The fair saw the attendance of the Department of Youth Services, UNICEF Belize, the National Committee for Families and Children, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, National AIDs Commission San Pedro Branch, San Pedro Town Council and Projects Abroad.

Belize spared once again during 2019 Hurricane season
On Saturday, November 30th, the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially came to an end with no major storms affecting Belize. The season, which began on June 1st, called for up to 15 named storms, with eight of these becoming hurricanes, including major cyclones ranging from category three and up.

Completion Ceremony of the Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project
Belmopan. December 2, 2019. The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of Belize jointly announce the successful completion of “The Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project” (The Sheep Project).

Miss Belize Destinee Arnold shines at Miss Universe 2019
Beautiful Destinee Arnold is making her mark in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as she prepares to compete in the 68th edition of the Miss Universe pageant to be held at the Tyler Perry Studios. The pageant, held on Sunday, December 8th, will air live at 7PM on FOX (Channel 15 on Coral Cable Vision in San Pedro).

Ambergris Today

Missing San Pedro Resident Found Dead In Belize City
Island resident, 18-year-old, Michael Cobo reportedly was last heard of on Friday, November 29, 2019 and was reported missing on Monday, December 2, 2019. The Cobo’s family worst fear came true as they headed to Belize to identify the body of a male person that was found floating near the Port Authority pier. According to Police Reports, on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, about 10:10 a.m., Police responded to a report at the Belize Port Authority pier, at Ceaser Ridge Road, Belize City. Upon arrival, and about halfway on the pier and about 50ft off the pier in the sea, they observed the decomposed body of a male person wrapped in a blanket, weighted down with what seemed to be a cement block and had his hand bound together.

Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics
On Sunday, December 1st, 2019. The Law enforcement Tourch Run for Special Olympics began in Punta Gorda and has made its way to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. This torch is paraded around the country by the police and other law enforcement officers including the Belize Police Department, National Fire Service, Customs Department, Belize Defense Force and The Kolbe Foundation in an effort to garner special attention to children with disabilities and the Belize Special Olympics, raising funds for the same organization.

Nayobie Rivero Is Miss Teen Mundial Belize
On Saturday, November 30, 2019, 16-year-old, Nayobie Rivero was crowned Miss Teen Mundial Belize 2020. Nayobie is a junior student at San Pedro High School majoring in Business. She is no stranger to pageantry as she has held the title of Miss Chiquitita 2010 and Little Miss SPHS 2010. Nayobie Rivero will represent the Jewel - Belize at the Miss Teen Mundial to be held in El Salvador from July 18 - 26, 2020.

Various Belizean Sources

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BELIZE FISHING REPORT: NOVEMBER 24, 2019 THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2019
Anglers continued to have plenty of shots this week with a lot of good eats and tarpon coming unbuttoned on the first or second jump. El Pescador advises anglers to practice strip setting and putting away the trout set before venturing out. In all, it was a great week for permit and the tarpon seem to be more willing to be fed flies!

Establishing an Integrated CARICOM Market for Regionally Produced Sugar
The 49th Regular Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), convened in Georgetown, Guyana from November 17-18, 2019. On its agenda was the discussion and decision for the establishment of an Integrated Sugar Market that would seek to balance the interests of both regional producers and manufacturers. Robust discussions between sugar-producing states and manufacturers from other CARICOM states were informed by the recently completed regional study on the Substitutability of Plantation White Sugar for Refined Sugar. The conclusion of that study firmly validated that:

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Launch of the Honey Production Redevelopment Support Project and Covered Structures – Support to Small Disadvantaged Farmers
On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) hosted the official launch of the Honey Production Redevelopment Support Project and Covered Structures – Support to Small Disadvantaged Farmers. The Ministry of Agriculture has identified beekeeping and vegetable production under protected covered structures as priority areas for development due to their high potential for enterprise development, economic opportunities for rural communities, and their eco-friendly nature.

FCD Research Unit Technicians Get Training
FCD’s Research Unit technicians were trained on wildlife care and regulations that protect wild animals by the Belize Forest Department and Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic. This training was made possible by Adventure Travel Conservation Fund and World Nomads.

Delmer Tzib a Yucatec Maya of San Antonio Cayo we are so proud of you for your hard work
In 2013 he led the team effort to develop and write a teacher driven curriculum for SJC’s African and Maya history program. From 2014-2018 he has collaborated on a number of eBOOKs and eResources that formed part of the ePortal or online classroom developed by the History Department of SJC. In May 2019 he collaborated with 2nd form students to research and write the educational book Black Cross Nurses in Belize. This past June he was the lead researcher and writer for the book RIGHTS about the 1919 Black uprising and rebellion in Belize Town, what we call the 1919 Revolution.

Torch Run for Special Olympics in San Pedro
On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Law enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics arrived in San Pedro as it made its travel from Punta Gorda Town. The Torch was carried by Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuńez and escorted by a parade through the streets in town by the Isla Bonita Elementary School Band, Holy Cross Anglican School and Ambergris Caye Elementary School.

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

Free photography workshop at the Mexican Cultural Institute
Dec. 13, 1-5pm, frree admission.

Tropic Air is Changing it's Schedule to Orange Walk
Those frequently flying to Orange Walk, please take note of Tropic Air's new schedule! Effective, December 4th, 2019, Tropic Air will be amending its flight schedule between San Pedro and Orange Walk (Tower Hill – ORZ). Twice daily, scheduled service will now operate five days a week with passenger, Lamanai tour and cargo service from Mondays to Fridays. Please note the Orange Walk Station will now be open 7:00am through 4:00pm on weekdays.

Handing-Over and Official Pilot Launch Ceremony of the PSIP MIS Project
Strengthening the Capacity of the Ministry of Economic Development to Implement the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP MIS Project). The Ministry of Economic Development (MED) and the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) held an official ceremony on December 4, 2019 to mark the inception of the pilot phase of the Public Sector Investment Programme Management Information System (PSIP MIS) and officially handed over equipment purchased under the project to pilot ministries. The equipment will enable them to better assist the MED in monitoring and reporting on the PSIP. The Government of Belize received grant funding of US $338,750.00 from the CDF to finance consultancy services for the design, construction, pilot and installation of the MIS.

Rose Chan Passes Away
It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our beloved Mother, Wife, Grandmother and Aunt, Rose Chan. Sunrise: 5th December, 1945 to Sunset: 2nd December, 2019. The funeral will be on Thursday December 5th, 2019 at Corozal Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Thank you for your endless support and love!

Cayo Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is this Saturday, December 7th, at the Cayo Welcome Center, at 6:00pm. This year, there will also be a parade and multiple concerts. Ernestine Carballo will be performing at the CWC, and MD will be at the Santa Elena Sports Complex. Per Mark O'Brien: "A twist for the Season. Christ is the Reason. A time to care and share. Just a little something for the family. Come out at the Victor Galvez Stadium for a family fun day, followed by a Christmas Christian Parade, Christmas tree lighting at Welcome Center, Blessing of the Twin Towns for a safe Christmas Season and ends with a Christian Concert at Santa Elena Complex. Cayo peeps something for the Family. One LOVE!!! SATURDAY, Dec. 7th."

Channel 7

Teen Bound, Bludgeoned And Sunken With Cement Blocks
A body was found floating near the Belize City Port just before midday today - and, tonight we can confirm another murder, apparently a very cruel one. When police retrieved the body, they found that it had been bound up and weighed down with cement blocks. Tonight we can tell you that while police are still referring to the body as a John Doe, but the Cobo-Chi family is saying it's their son and brother, 18 year old Micheal Cobo who has been missing since Friday. Cherisse Halsall spoke to his mother:

GOB Passes Law Against Predatory Pricing of Butane
There was a special sitting of the House Of Representatives today in Belmopan - and one of the main pieces of business was the passage of a Supplies Control Amendment Bill to put a hard ceiling and floor on the price of butane, or LPG gas. As we told you a few weeks ago, the price was firmly fixed to deter a practice which is known as predatory pricing. That's where the Mexican companies who are the major retailers - and also the country's sole suppliers and importers lowered the price to consumers - so low that the Belizean butane vendors like Brown's Butane could not compete with the lower price. That's called predatory pricing, and government introduced a law today to make it illegal. As expected, the PUP said Belizean would rather lower prices to price controls.

The Rise, Fall and Ruin of Danny Mason
Last night, our headline story was the guilty verdict that Justice Antoinette Moore handed to William Danny Mason, and his 4 workers, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo. The judge has convicted all 5 defendants of the 2016 beheading murder of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas. At a date to be announced, she will hand each of them a sentence for the guilty verdict. Back in July 2016, when Pastor Lue's killing became national headlines, and Mason was first charged, details started emerging about just how politically connected he was. Some of the big-name personalities from both the Barrow Government and the Opposition had crossed paths with Mason.

No Contract For Haulover
In the past few weeks Contractor Imer Hernadez has become major grist for political gossip, and PUP advertising. And today his name echoed in the House of Representatives, where the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister spent almost a full hour debating the whether this contractor had received special consideration for a mother lode of special contracts. Hernandez was also the subject of a statement from the Minister of Works right at the start of the House Meeting. He addressed the widely circulated political gossip that Hernandez had been approved got build the 49 million dollar replacement for the Haulover bridge.

Briceno Goes After Contractor Imer
But when he spoke on the adjournment, PUP Leader John Briceno still added that 50 million dollars to Imer's total contractual haul - which the Leader of the Opposition says is 259 million dollars. Bricneo spoke for half an hour about all things Imer:

Barrow to Briceno: "You Da Lone Mouth"ť
And while the leader of the opposition spoke for half an hour, the Prime Minister took 23 minutes to reply, scolding the PUP leader for suggesting he would cancel a contract signed by the British government:

Seen a Crime? There's An App for That
Crime Stoppers Belize was established in 2004. The program provides the public with an easy, safe and anonymous way to give tips that could help police solve crime. Most, if not all of us are very familiar with their 922 hotline, but the board members want you to get comfortable with their new app. It is called P3 Tips. It was officially launched last night at the Biltmore. We spoke with a crime stoppers board member today about how the app works and why everyone should download it. Lauren Reardon Smith, Chairperson, Crime stoppers Board: "Now that technology is moving forward and apps are everywhere it is now even easier to submit a tip from you mobile phone, you can go on the computer..."

Male Inmate Sues Prison, Says they Enabled His Rapist
Since June of last year, we've been telling you about the lawsuit that Orel Leslie brought against the Belize Central Prison. In that case, he is claiming that the prison treated him inhumanely while he was on remand awaiting a re-trial for murder. Well, 7News has learned that another prisoner is suing the prison, and the complainant says that due to the prison's negligence he was raped by another male inmate on two separate occasions. He's now urging the Supreme Court to order the Prison authorities to pay him damages for the ordeal he suffered.

Elito Puc Missing, False Alarm In Melchor Rattles Family
A human skull was unearthed in Melchor de Mencos and media reports out of that border town say it could be a Belizean. A media report says residents of the Suchitan neighborhood of Melchor, are alarmed after a skull in an advanced state of decomposition was found in a public pool. Earlier today questions had been raised as to whether the skull might be part of the remains of 42 year old Succotz resident Elito Puc who has been missing since the 28th of November.

$20 Million For STEAM Lab in Belize
The House of Representatives today approved a 10 million US dollar loan from the Inter American Development Bank for the Education Quality Improvement program called EQIP. The side is to build a lab for Science, Technology engineering Arts and Mathematics in Belize. Put together, those subjects are called STEAM - and the PUP felt that at 20 million dollars, it had a little too much hot air:

Gun License Fees For Security Companies Reduced
A Firearms Amendment Bill was also introduced at the House Meeting today. It will lower the fees on gun licenses for security companies. A 300% increase in those fees earlier this year had the unintended effect of making security more expensive:

2020's Inspiraitonal Agenda
Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Barrow today launched the 2020 Inspiration Calendar and Agenda. The launch was held at the Inspiration Center, where Taiwan's Ambassador to Belize Remus Li-Kuo Chen spoke about the calendar's central intention.

UB Will Open Medical School
The University of Belize and the Autonomous University of Nicaragua - Managua have teamed up to develop Belize's First National Medical School. It is quite an ambitious goal and representatives from both schools put it in writing and signed a cooperation agreement on Monday at the UB Belmopan Campus. Now, the next step since the agreement has been signed is to train UB faculty and medical practitioners to be able to teach the students when the Medical school is operational.

UB's First Rhodes Scholar
And in advance of that medical school, a UB student has made her university very proud. She has spent her youth advocating for families, children, and social justice in Belize and pretty soon 20 year old Abbie Godoy will be pursuing a Masters at the University of Oxford. Godoy is the second Belizean to be selected as a prestigious Rhodes scholar -- and is believed to be the University of Belize's first. Godoy sat down with Cherisse Halsall to reflect on her academic and activist careers thus far and how they prepared her for what will be her entry into one of the leading universities in the world.

Heightening Honey Production
Honey Production Redevelopment Support and Cover Structures: those are the names for two projects that the Ministry of Agriculture along with its partners launched yesterday in Central Farm. The projects seek increase Belize's honey production and construct more green houses for famers. Here is more from the launch.

The Other Side of OSH Urgency
On Friday's news, we told you about the Social Security Board's Employment Injury Forum. It was a frank discussion between the SSB officials and employers and employees about how costly their coverage of workplace injuries have been. SSB is encouraging all parties to work together and urge the government to pass the OSH, or the Occupational Safety and Health Bill. This is a draft piece of legislation that was tabled all the back in 2014 to legally establish minimum standards for a safer work environment for all Belizean workers. In principle, it is a great idea, but in its original draft form, the nation's employers complained that the legislation placed too great a financial burden on them to ensure occupational safety for their employees.

Channel 5

Michael Cobo’s Lifeless Body is Found Floating near Port
A San Pedro family travelled to Belize City today for the difficult task of identifying a body. Reports spread quickly this morning that a badly decomposed body had been located [...]

The L.P.G. Price War is On!
Today’s house sitting in Belmopan was fiery and spirited as the LPG price war wages.  Prime Minister Dean Barrow is loading the government’s arsenal, expecting some sort of retaliatory effort [...]

G.O.B. Armed and Ready for Push Back by LPG Importers
The Government introduced and passed the Supplies Control (Amendment) Bill which increases penalties that may be imposed on these three companies if they continue to sell LPG below the fixed [...]

Is Imer Hernandez G.O.B.’s Favorite Constructor?
Contractor Imer Hernandez and the many multi-million dollar infrastructural contracts that he has been awarded under this U.D.P. government was the subject of a heated debated between Prime Minister Dean [...]

Opposition Writes Lending Institutions over Imer Hernandez’s Contracts
In response to the statement made by Briceńo, Prime Minister Dean Barrow defended Hernandez saying that these contracts are awarded by international entities which carry out their due diligence.   [...]

Works Minister Explains How Imer Hernandez Got Coast Road Contract
Before the Imer Hernandez debated unfolded, during the Sitting of the House Minster of Works Rene Montero made a statement related to multimillion dollars Coastal Road contract that Hernandez’s firm [...]

Works Minister Says No Contract for Replacement of Haulover Bridge Signed
Works Minister Rene Montero also spoke of government’s plans for the Haulover Bridge which his rapidly deteriorating. The Barrow Administration, in mid-October 2017 secured a twelve-million U.S. dollar loan from [...]

An Integrated Sugar Market for CARICOM
A significant decision was taken at a recent regional meeting which is sweet news for sugar producers in Belize, A.S.R./B.S.I. and Santander.  After years of lobbying, the locally produced sugar [...]

A Benque Family is Displaced by Fire
The family of thirty-two-year-old Silvia Maas lost her house and belongings in a fire on Tuesday afternoon. Maas was not at home when the blaze erupted and only rubbles remain [...]

Where is Retired Teacher Elito Puc?
The Puc family from Succotz Village in the west remain on edge tonight since their loved one has not been seen or heard from for six days. Elito Puc, a [...]

5 Days Later and Densmore Bowman is Still Missing!
Earlier you heard that the family of Michael Cobo has identified his body. But have you seen Densmore Bowman? The Belmopan resident was last seen on Friday night in the [...]

Former Inmate Sues the Prison
A former inmate is claiming that he was raped while serving time at the prison and is seeking compensation. The alleged victim is seeking aggravated and exemplary damages, for the [...]

Mark Waight Awaits His Fate for an Attempted Murder Charge
Justice Colin Williams is expected to hand down a decision on December eighteenth 2019 in the case of twenty-one-year-old Mark Waight, who was charged with the attempted murder of Jamelia [...]

$20 Million for Loan to Improve Quality of Education
In the House today, the government today passed and approved a loan motion for ten million US dollars to improve the quality of education in the country. The Inter-American Development [...]

Opposition Party Criticizes G.O.B. Loan to Improve Quality of Education
Members of the Opposition questioned the purpose of the loan, pointing out that there is a lot left to be desired for Belize’s education system. While the education system isn’t [...]

A Family in the West is Gifted a House
Christmas will be a happy time for a family in San Ignacio. That’s because Mirna Cuellar and her children today received the keys to a new house, which will bring [...]

When She Speaks, Listen – a G.B.V. Awareness Campaign
As a part of its contribution to the Sixteen Days of Activism, the U.S. Embassy launched its gender-based violence information campaign. The message is being shared through one hundred and [...]

The Value of Gender Based Violence Awareness
The Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow was also present at today’s event. Barrow spoke about the value of gender based violence awareness and the impact the [...]

Lowland Tropical Forest and its Productivity
The Programme for Belize, through a project with the Food and Agriculture Organization, carried out extensive research to determine what it would take to ensure the long term productivity of [...]

Taiwanese Embassy Issues Another Public Caution
For the second time in recent months, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Belize has issued a public caution. This time it is about an article circulating [...]

Lands Minister Says Land Amnesty Bill Has a Mistake
One more item from the House…a motion to extend the land amnesty tax programme was tabled today.  The Partial Remission of Land Tax Arrears Programme which was originally scheduled to [...]

Special Olympics Torch Run Aims to Raise $10K
Since 2012, the Belize Police Department has been hosting a torch run to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics Belize. This year the department is backed up by [...]

2020 Inspiration Calendar is Rolled Out in Style
The 2020 Inspiration Calendar was unveiled this morning to much fanfare.  In attendance at today’s launch were twelve young artists, each of whom is differently abled.  Their work is showcased [...]

The Reporter

Belize Traumatized & Terrorized, Another Body Found
The people of Belize are traumatized and terrorized by yet another body found near the coastline. The victims of all of the recent bodies found this year, which has been approximately 12 people so far are local fishermen and or seamen.

LOVE FM

Missing Teenager’s body discovered floating in the sea
The family of missing teenager, Michael Cobo, is currently at the Belize Medical College preparing to confirm if a body found floating in the Caribbean Sea this morning is their missing son. The 18-year-old young man had gone missing on Friday, November 29 when he came to Belize City for a party that never happened.

Alcaldes in Punta Gorda Town complete capacity building training
Alcaldes in Punta Gorda Town were engaged in a training session aimed at building capacity. Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung has the story.

Family lives changes after receiving a home from Hand in Hand Ministries
The Belize Bank Limited and Hands in Hands Ministries teamed up to give a family a home for the Christmas. Cayo Correspondent Elaine Berry has the story.

Love Foundation helping people find jobs
24 participants of the Love Foundation’s One Stop Job center programme have graduated today. These participants are from the Caribbean Shores constituency and the collaboration was made by Area Representative, Kareem Musa.

Politicians debate loan to improve education
In today’s special sitting of the House of Representatives, the members of both the UDP and PUP debated on a US ten-million-dollar loan as part of the Education Quality Improvement Program.

Setting a floor for LPG prices
Earlier this week, the Minister responsible for Trade, Investment and Commerce, Tracy Taeger-Panton, explained the rationale for the recent fixed prices for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Book launch for 16 days of activism
A book launch took place today in the capital city, Belmopan. The book was launched as part of the activities under the 16 Days of Activism. Correspondent Pauline Soberanis Tillett has the story.

Creating a Marine Economy Strategy Plan for Belize
Stakeholders in the fisheries department meet in Belize City to discuss a strategy plan to help strengthen the maritime economy in Belize. Today a draft of an Oceans Economy and Trade Strategy (OETS) is being presented to the stakeholders.

Embassy of Taiwan addresses fake Taiwan article
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) issued a release today warning Belizeans against believing a fake article that has been circulating on social media. The article is entitled “Taiwanese Government warns investors, caution with Belize,” and is posted on a fabricated Taiwan News Facebook page.

2020 Inspiration Calender
Special Envoy for Women and Children in collaboration with McNab Visual Strategies launched the twenty-twenty Inspiration Calendar and agenda at the Inspiration Centre today. Twelve children with special needs were chosen to draw a picture to insert in the Calendar.

John Briceno Voices Concerns Over Imer Hernandez Contract
At the start of the week we told you of the contracts for infrastructural works that were signed at the Ministry of Works in Belmopan on Monday, December 2. There were three contracts. One went to Belize Roadway Construction Company Limited for thirty-eight million dollars to rehabilitate sixteen miles of road from San Ignacio to the Caracol Archaeological Centre via the villages of Cristo Rey and San Antonio.

Mark Waight Acquitted Of Murder
21-year-old Mark Waight, who was charged with the attempted murder of Jamelia Neal, will know his fate on December 18, 2019, when Justice Colin Williams is expected to hand down his decision. Today, Waight called two witnesses in his defense, including his sister, Desiree Waight, who testified that he was with her at the time of the incident.

Caribbean SBDC Network
The signing of a memorandum for the Network of Caribbean Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) is scheduled to take place at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza, Belize City, on December 5 at 9 am.

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Family confirms body found is missing San Pedro teen
This morning, authorities were called to the Belize Port Authority pier at Ceasar ridge road […]

Ministry of Economic Development launches public sector investment program
The Ministry of Economic Development (MED) and the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) held an official […]

Works Minister denies any contract for Haulover Bridge
At the House of Representatives, this morning, Minister of Works and area representative for Cayo […]

Ministry of Agriculture launches Honey Production support project
On Tuesday, December 3rd the Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the CARICOM Development Fund […]

Taiwanese Embassy cautions public regarding fake news announcement
The Taiwanese Embassy in Belize issued a statement today cautioning the public regarding a fake […]

Puc family says picture of head circulating on the internet is not their loved one
Earlier today a news outlet in Melchor de Mencos published a story about the discovery […]

Family loses home to fire; pleads for assistance
A family of four lost their home last night in Benque Viejo when it was completely […]

Government takes fight with gas “monopoly” to National Assembly
There was an animated and spirited debate in the House of Representatives on the amendment […]

Police investigating Currasow Street shooting
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Belize City. Around 6:10 […]

House debates EQIP II loan motion
A second Education Quality Improvement Program (EQIP II) will be funded to the tune of […]

Conservationists concerned about the endangerment of crocs in Belize
Conservationists are concerned about the constant harassment of crocodiles by humans in Belize. Reports to […]

Dead body found floating near Port of Belize
Our newsroom has confirmed that a badly decomposed body has been found floating in the […]

Order in House extends land tax amnesty
The Ministry of Natural Resources has agreed on an extension of the land tax amnesty […]

Body found in Belize City
Our newsroom has confirmed that a dead body has been found near the pier at […]

Special Olympics to be held on Friday
Rounding out this year’s celebration of Disabilities Week, the 2019 Special Olympics is set to […]

San Ignacio/ Santa Elena Christmas tree lighting ceremony to be held on Saturday
The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony for San Ignacio and Santa Elena will be held […]

Christian Christmas parade to be held this weekend
On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council in collaboration […]

Tropic Air changes schedule to Orange Walk
Effective today, Tropic Air will be amending its flight schedule between San Pedro and Orange […]

P.U.P. rural-based representatives march in Belmopan
Ahead of today’s meeting of the House of Representatives and coinciding with Tuesday’s decision in […]

Blogs

Cassava Bread
We all know the adage, “Bread is the Staff of Life”. In Garifuna culture, this bread is called “areba” and is made from a tuber, the cassava root. Its preparation is time-consuming and laborious. Usually, women work in small groups, sharing equipment and singing to relieve the monotony. Despite the hard work, “areba” is prepared with good humor and playfulness. Beginning before dawn, one or more women and children go to the farm to dig up the bitter cassava roots, and transport 40 0r 50 pounds back to a house yard in head baskets, sacks, or more rarely gadouri (tump-line backpacks.) The roots are peeled, washed and grated on hip-high rectangular wooden graters fitted with stone teeth.

Top 3 Places to Snorkel in Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker is a small island that is full of life and personality, with friendly locals and a variety of beachside bars. It’s a hotspot for tourists and locals alike because they all enjoy the comfortable accommodations and relaxing vibe of the entire island. Caye Caulker is also a port from which guests can take snorkeling tours to the Belize Barrier Reef; there are reserves, atolls, sandbars, and smaller cayes scattered along the reef. Most of the tours offered go to three very popular areas: Coral Gardens, Shark Ray Alley, and Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Fishing in Placencia
Placencia is a beautiful beachside village in Stann Creek, with 16 miles of golden sand beaches lining its shores. Every resort in Placencia offers fishing for both experienced and inexperienced fishers. Available are various types of fishing tours for you, including reef fishing, fly fishing, or catch and release. You are sure to have a great fishing experience as all the guides are experienced and know the waters inside and out.

The Belize Travelcast
The Belize Travelcast is a new audio and video podcast series created by Belizing.com, a brand that is passionate about telling authentic stories, promoting sustainable tourism, and traveling in Belize. Each episode is an engaging conversation that delivers authentic travel experiences, useful travel tips and advice, as well as relevant updates on the Belize tourism industry and important issues affecting the environment, culture, and economy of Belize.

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They Belize in love! Gymnast Simone Biles puts on a VERY passionate display with boyfriend Stacey Ervin Jr. as the bikini-clad Olympian enjoys a romantic Thanksgiving getaway
Simone Biles has put on a steamy display with her boyfriend of over two years, as the couple took a break from the real world over Thanksgiving week to travel to Belize with family and friends. The Olympic gold medalist, 22, took time off from training to go on a tropical vacation with her boyfriend, former gymnast Stacey Ervin Jr. During the vacation, Simone shared a sweet snap of herself and Stacey, 26, enjoying the beaches of Belize in swimsuits while wrapped in an intimate embrace.

Simone Biles Passionately Kisses Her Muscle-Bound Boyfriend Stacey Ervin Jr. In Belize
Discuss a PDA alert! Simone Biles, 22, regarded head over heels in love when she gave her muscle-bound beau Stacey Ervin Jr., 25, a giant kiss throughout their time in Belize on Dec. 3. The shirtless hunk held her in his arms as the 2 of them went in for the kill, smooch sensible. Simone wrote “grownup swim” as a intelligent but brief caption to her personal publish of the photograph whereas Stacey went a lot deeper in his. “To say I’m grateful for you’ll be an understatement,” he started earlier than taking about their time within the Central American nation.

Simone Biles Is Having The Time Of Her Life In Belize
US Olympian Simone Biles is having the time of her life in Belize with her boyfriend Stacey Ervin, Jr. and the top gymnast is not shy about sharing her Caye Caulker vacay with the world. Biles is taking a deserved break from training and competition ahead of next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan and has been showing off her toned body in a variety of stylish swimsuits on Instagram and even sharing a steamy pic with Ervin with her fans. “I can’t belize you’re mine,” Biles, 22, captioned a shot of her sitting on Ervin’s shoulders. “Adult swim,” she captioned another of the two making out in their bathing suits.

Seven Caribbean countries will ban the use of plastics in the year 2020
Starting January 1st, 2020, single-use plastics and polystyrene will be banned in seven Caribbean countries, with the main objective of preventing ocean pollution which directly affects different marine species. Unfortunately, the Caribbean has been highlighted as one of the most polluted regions in the world, so this measure is intended to prevent the degradation of their marine habitat that would cause a health and food security risk for some 40 million people living in coastal areas.

2019 Future Of Belize Telecommunications Market- Trends, Outlook and Growth Opportunities of Mobile, Fixed Landline and Broadband Markets
The report details the future value proposition for Belize’s telecommunications market by 2025. It is also an imperative to gain market share in a highly competitive telecommunications sector. It offers unparalleled depth and breadth in factors, challenges, pricing, competition, subscriber behavior, infrastructure, regulatory support, and more. The report provides detailed information on the mobile, fixed-line and fixed broadband markets in Belize. The number of subscribers and penetration rates are forecast for each subsector, including the cellular, fixed and broadband segments, from 2005 to 2018 and from 2019 to 2025.

Videos

  • Skydiving Into the Blue Hole in Belize, 3min.

  • Sitting of The House of Representatives | The National Assembly , Belmopan City, min.

  • Short video inside Benny's in Belize City, 3.5min.

  • WE | Sail Belize | Part 3, 20min. On this episode of WE|Sail, we finally check in to Belize. Our much anticipated arrival into the beautiful Central American Caribbean country nearly took us all day to check in, running around the entire island of Ambergris Caye of San Pedro into order to be sorted and legal! Once checked in we were again on the run heading south to spend a couple of weeks exploring the second largest barrier reef in the world before settling down in the Rio Dulce for the following three months. We sailed in shallow waters, around 1 foot below our keel for the majority of our time in Belize to a popular laid back Caribbean island called Caye Caulker where we ended up taking some backpackers along with us to Guatemala.

  • Sports Talk Show, 60min.

  • Christmas In Town, 1/2min. Christmas In Town starts this Friday! 7:30 PM at the Falcon Field, San Ignacio. Hosted by Kimberly Santos and Noe Rivas. Live music by Jade Band, lots of Giveaways, and entertainment! Only on The National Channel!

  • Live from the U.S. Embassy's participation in Belize's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, 12min. Today, we launched our campaign to help victims of domestic violence and human trafficking by placing 160 signs across Belize providing information to victims about where they can find help. The signs will be placed at Belize’s Ports of Entries and other high-traffic areas -- including bus stops, businesses and public buildings -- safe spaces where victims can feel secure reaching out for help.