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The San Pedro Sun

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. 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,

Filmmaker Matthiew Klinck’s alleged killers set free
22-year-old Brandon Anderson and a minor, who were charged for the murder of Canadian Filmmaker Matthiew Klinck were acquitted of the charges of November 27th and set free. The duo appeared before Justice Antoinette Moore at the Belmopan City Supreme Court where it was determined there was insufficient evidence to convict the pair for murder. Attorney Leroy Banner represented the case challenging the validity of a statement against the accused, in which the Crown (prosecution) said that a caution statement given to the police by Anderson proved that he incriminated himself.

San Pedro Pirates’ 2019 PLB Opening Season journey comes to an end
San Pedro Pirates F.C fell short during the semifinal round of the Premiere League of Belize 2019 Opening Season against Belmopan Bandits and have been eliminated. For the second match of the PLB semifinals, the island team traveled to Belmopan City to go against Belmopan Bandits at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday, November 30th. The San Pedro Pirates gave their best and won the match 1-0, taking the accumulative score to a 2-2 draw. However, the Belmopan Bandits advanced to the finals due to scoring two goals in an away match versus Pirates’ one goal.

Ambergris Caye welcomes the Special Olympics Torch
The Special Olympics Belize Torch was hosted in San Pedro Town by the island’s police formation after arriving on Tuesday, December 3rd. The following day it was paraded through the main streets of town by members of the police department, the San Pedro Town Council and students from different schools. The torch is brought to San Pedro every year as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) prior to the Special Olympic Games, which are set for Friday, December 6th in Belize City.

SPHS female team are back-to-back Northern Regional Basketball Champions
The San Pedro High School (SPHS) female basketball team emerged victorious at the National Secondary School Association (NSSA) Northern Regional Basketball competition on Saturday, November 30th in Orange Walk Town. The competition saw teams from seven different high schools trying to best each other for the top prize. At the end of the games, the winner in the male division was New Hope High School (NHHS), who joined SPHS’ girls in their journey towards the National Championship set for the 13th and 14th of December in Orange Walk Town.

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week: Over The Caribbean Sea
One of the senior fishermen and original founders of the Caribeña Cooperative on Ambergris Caye, Mr. Wilfredo Alamilla Sr. poses at his fishing camp just offshore San Pedro. Today he is still an active fisherman.

Various Belizean Sources

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December 14: San Pedro RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Saturday, December 14, the San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross will hold its quarterly blood drive at the Polyclinic from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Be someone’s hero! Give the Gift of Life during this Christmas season. Tourists and San Pedranos are welcome! Donors should be be 18-65 years of age and should eat breakfast or lunch before donating.

Photos from the BTIA 34th Annual General Meeting

Community Outreach in Columbia River Forest Reserve Communities
With endorsement from the Ministry of Education, Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association, FCD’s Environmental Educator is conducting outreach in 8 communities adjacent to the Columbia River Forest Reserve. The intent is to raise awareness for best use practices and promote stewardship, as well as sharing the outreach methodology among the leadership of the MLA for a more continuous community outreach effort. This is made possible through CICA/Sotz’il.

2019 Special Olympics
The 2019 Special Olympics will be held on Friday, December 6, to close off Disabilities Week. The BTB is pleased to contribute to this event which provides the athletes an opportunity tо ѕhоwсаѕе their tаlеntѕ while dесrеаѕing ѕtіgmа аnd dіѕсrіmіnаtіоn.

Placencia consultation session on the Water Sports Standards
The Placencia consultation session on the Water Sports Standards draft is set for December 10, 2019. See you there!

Measures to Control and Eventually Phase Out Gill Nets
At its meeting held on Tuesday, December 3rd, Cabinet approved a series of measures from the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development to control gill net use in Belize’s seas. The measures were developed using a balanced, objective, and informed approach to the issue. Taken into account were concerns about livelihood from fishermen, citizens and experts surrounding the impact of gill nets on marine life and the economic cost of continued use in contrast to a proposed ban. Recommendations from fishermen, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and concerned citizens were also considered. These concerns and recommendations were deliberated at length by members of the gill net taskforce.

Ministry of Education Moves to Expand Inquiry Based Pedagogy and STEAM
The Government of Belize has secured assistance through the Inter-American Development Bank to execute Education Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) II. The program comes at a cost of US$10,000,000. The EQIP II is designed mainly to improve the quality and gender equity of education at the primary and secondary levels, with a special focus on innovation in Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education at the secondary level. Honorable Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, has clearly signaled the need to foster innovation and creativity in education.

GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE TURNS DOWN 2 MILLION FINANCIAL AID TO LICENSED FISHERS
Illegal users to benefit from lack of political will to take decisive action on indiscriminate and destructive fishing gear. Oceana assures the public that we will continue to advocate for the integrity of our marine resources and just as importantly, all those who depend on it.

San Pedro “Saving Alligator High” postponed!

BELIZE CRUZO'OB MAYA: THE CHILDREN OF REBELLION
"General May sold out to the Mexicans." - The Indian Christ,The Indian King(The Historical Substrate of Maya Myth and Ritual) by Victoria Reiflel Briicker interview to Ex-Yucatec Maya rebels who belong to the Cruzoob Maya living in Patchakan Belize in 1972 The Yucatec Maya group known as the Cruzo'ob Maya were one of the main protagonist of the Maya social War wrongly called the Caste war . The Cruzo'ob Maya mantained a good relationship with the British since they bought weapons from them . The Cruzo'ob Maya kept the Mexicans and white yucatecans away of the territory. The British even recognized the Maya nation of Noh Kah Santa Cruz as independent but all this ended when the British Government assigned Sir Spenser St. John to disentangle Her Royal Majesty's Government from the Maya free state.

Channel 7

Cheryl's Victory
For the past 2 days, we've been taking a close look at the implications of Tuesday's guilty verdict against the accused murderers, William Danny Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo. Justice Antoinette Moore has found all 5 of these men guilty of the 2016 beheading murder Pastor Lewellyn Lucas. Pastor Lue's killing is one of the most gruesome crimes that we've reported on, and Mason, the man believed to be the mastermind behind the murder, has a very interesting backstory. Before coming to Belize, he lived in Guyana as Rajesh Ouellet. A few years later, he turned up in Canada as the allegedly shady businessman known as Ted Oulette. And then several years after that, he came to Belize and became the man we know today as William Danny Mason.

Missing Man Found Decapitated at Border
Missing teacher from San Jose Succotz Elito Puc has been found decapitated body in an area about 60 meters from the Belize - Guatemala border.  It was found  on property belonging to Jorge Espat - the same property that's been in the news because Guatemalans are encroaching on it.   And now, it is a crime scene.  Puc's body was found there today decapitated, and in an advanced state of decomposition. A police report says, quote "The body was observed with various injuries."

18 Year Old's Floating Corpse was Bound with Barbed Wire
Last night we told you about the 18-year-old whose body was found floating in the Belize city port. His mother said she knew it was her son's body immediately and police confirmed it after a formal identification at a post mortem.  Today CIB Chief Superintendent Alejandro Cowo told us that the body was cruelly and deliberately disposed of.  Supt. Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "Police were called to the Belize Port Authority which is located on Cesar Ridge and almost halfway off the pier and about 50ft away from the pier police saw the body of a male person floating faced down..."

High-speed Shootout Ends with Headshot
A man was shot multiple times last night, at a stone's throw from his home in the Belize Rural area.  28 year old Gerald Lamb's family believes that he was targeted due to a case of mistaken identity. Cherisse Halsall spoke with his mother earlier today: This is the road Gerald Lamb was driving down when he was ambushed and shot at. Voice of Janet Dominguez - Mother of Gerald Lamb: "The vehicle that hurt Gerald was parked right over there, he didn't know what they were up to. Gerald and a friend passed on a cycle because he went to buy phone card and when they reach there, is by the time they pass, the vehicle take from there behind them and by the time they stop to swing, the vehicle was right there and the vehicle just shove that full load in my son."

GOB Says Yes to Gill Nets, OCEANA Says Shame
Government has finally taken a compromise decision on gill nets -  proposing measures to quote, "control gill net use in Belize's seas."  And, bottom line, "controlling" it means saying yes to the nets.   But, it's a yes with a few restrictions. A press release says there will be an immediate moratorium on the issuance of gill net licenses to new persons and importation of gill nets will be restricted based on licenses.  All existing gill nets will have to be re-registered and licenses will now be for a seasonal duration. 

Mayor on Bill the Builder
By now you've probably seen the interview with Bill Lindo, the contractor - who says he's not the contractor - who's repairing the Swing Bridge for the City Council.  When we caught him last week, Lindo refused to discuss how much he's getting paid. Today, we caught the mayor - and asked him about Bill's bill:.. Bernard Wagner - Mayor, Belize City Council: "What I'll say Jules, the repairs for that bridge, first of all pains in comparison to the 49 million dollar bridge that is being constructed as we speak. It represents 0.00 percent, not even 1 percent of that. We know the quantum and listen to me, this bridge ya was a tragedy waiting to happen."

Mayor on Candice's Crowfoot Claim
But the Mayor knows exactly how much the court has ordered the city council to pay former City Administrator Candice Miller.  That's 378 thousand 175 dollars and thirty five cents, plus another 69 thousand 817 dollars in costs.  That's almost half a million dollars - and today the Mayor didn't want to say a whole lot about it: Reporter: "Has the council adhered to the payment plan that Candice Miller had asked through her attorney?"

Mayor Says Bond Oversold
And the mayor may think he can afford to have a big laugh about that, after all - he has two law firms and another attorney pursuing the appeal.  They are Courtney & Coye LLP, Glenn D. Godfrey & Co, and Anthony Sylvestre.   And the Mayor also seemed pleased with his claim that the council's bond offering is oversubscribed and it hasn't even been launched yet.  He says that because they are taking their time:

City Hall Says No Discount on Property Tax
But, before they get that bond infusion, the city council is in its "mawga" season - the time when it has big bills, and a small revenue stream.  In these dry days, this is the time when the previous council would turn to large traders and property owners and offer lavish discounts for pre-payment of property tax and trade licenses.   The Mayor says his council won't give in to the discount temptation:

New Traffic Lights for Busy Intersection
Today's press powwow with the Mayor happened at an opening ceremony for a set of newly installed traffic lights at the corner of Neal Penn Road and the Central American Boulevard.  It's one of the cities busiest - and most dangerous intersections,.  Now, the council hopes the lights will establish some order for both drivers and pedestrians.  With some help from the Taiwanese Embassy in Belize, the lights - with pedestrian signals are now fully functional.   Here's what the Mayor had to say about this important development for this part of the City:

BTIA Members Meet
The Belize Tourism Industry Association today held its 34th Annual General Meeting at the Radisson. The main objective is for all members such as hoteliers, resort and restaurant owners among others  to gather and evaluate how the year has been for their businesses and the overall tourism sector. We dropped by and first, we found out more about the association and what are the benefits to members. John Burgos - Executive Director, BTIA: "This is one of the main events that we host for our membership which basically we provide a report on what has transpired over the last 12 months in terms of our finances and our projects and various works and benefits we offer to our membership and at the same time we tell them what they can look forward to for the next year..."

Burgos Says Bus Ban Could Cripple Tourism Industry
Burgos also spoke about the situation with the Bus Operators. They effectively lobbied for a ban on tourist busses coming in from Guatemala. They say they can and should transport these travellers within Belize.   But, the European companies who run these tours out of Guatemala can't work with that formula.  Burgos says that the bus ban threatens to severely impact the tourism industry: John Burgos - Executive Director, BTIA: "The main thing that led that decision, was that they made a misinformed decision, they did not understand the entire tourism sector to see how that's going to negatively impact. With regards to the phenomenon we cannot control, sargassum we cannot control it, we can only manage it but this is something we can control, so what we're doing is we are cutting our wings, shooting ourselves in the foot..."

Hulse Knew Not Mason
Last night, we took you back to Tuesday's guilty verdict against the accused murderers, William Danny Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo. The biggest story of this news week is they have been convicted of the 2016 murder of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas. Our story last night was to demonstrate how Mason, the man who the DPP prosecuted in this trial as the mastermind behind Pastor Lue's gruesome end, made a lot of friends in high places, including elected politicians and senior police officers. Well, in that story, you saw Minister Godwin Hulse, who famously visited Mason's Intelco Hill home only once in June 2016.

Fundraiser for Jordy's Surgery
On Tuesday we told you that 25-Year-old Jordy Usher was shot to the face by police after he allegedly ran from the cops. You may remember that he and his mother gave impassioned accounts of the night he was shot by an officer who until this past weekend was also a close family friend. Due to the severity of his injuries, Jordy remains listed in a critical condition.

Police Have Suspect for Edwin Usher Beatdown
49-year-old Edwin Usher was attacked at Li Zhen Store on November 23rd.  Usher was punched multiple times before falling to the floor. The attacker then stamped on Usher's head.  He died from his head injuries a few days later.  Today, Police told us that they were not aware that the fight had occurred until after Usher ‘s death.  Supt. Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "On Sunday the first of December about 9:00 in the morning a family friend of Mr. Edwin Usher visited the police station and gave the police certain information and as a result, the police visited the hospital where they observed Mr. Edwin Gilbert Usher apparently dead..."

Special Day for Special Needs Kids
As part of National Disability Week, the activities continued today with a mini Memorial Park concert for kids as well as a march. We stopped by this morning to find out more about the event. Roxanne Marin - President, BAPDA (Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Abilities): "Today hype day for kids, we always look forward to today because there is music because today we have parade so everyone will have their posters and we have schools definitely Stella Maris is a member of BAPDA, we have BAPDA members, we have the Inspiration Centre with us, we have NARCIE here with us, Wesley College, ACC, Holy Redeemer and Canaan High School so there are different schools we invited this year they are on the route we will be passing..."

The Dominican Situation
As we reported earlier this week Chief elections officer Josephine Tamai is heading the elections observer mission to Dominica. Ambassador Assad Shoman is also there as part of a Commonwealth Observer Team. The general elections are tomorrow and they are already observing' some real tension. According to a Washington Post article, supporters of the opposition party United Workers Party blocked the road leading to the Douglas- Charles Airport. It was chaos and many travelers had to walk over a mile to get to the airport.

Belize Camping Experience Launches 'Apple for Kids'
Like many others in the drought affected Agricultural community, Belize Camping Experience had a major setback this year with its Harvest for Kids, their main fundraising project. As such, the organization was inspired to launch "Apples for Kids." But all is not lost because BCE got Mexican Farmers to advance a container of its best apples, fresh from the Mexican orchard. They are now seeking the community's assistance in buying the apples. 

Julius Espat Declaims Vega's Absence from house
And, finally, tonight, we have one more bit from yesterday's house sitting. Speaking on the adjournment, the PUP's Cayo South Rep Julius Espat lamented the long absence of Gaspar Vega, the UDP's Rep for Orange Walk North.  Vega hasn't been to a house meeting in years.  Espat said, do your job!:

Channel 5

Gerald Lamb is Executed in Biscayne Village
There have been six murders in the past seven days. Over the weekend four persons were killed, another was found dead on Wednesday and by today, there was one more [...]

Headless Body of Elito Puc is Found near Benque/Melchor Border
There is another murder, a retired teacher went missing a week ago; this afternoon his decapitated body was found at a bushy area on this side of the border near [...]

Result of Post-mortem on Michael Cobo Inconclusive, but Who Killed Him?
The family of eighteen-year-old Michael Cobo from San Pedro is still reeling from his recent gruesome murder.  Late on Wednesday, Cobo’s mother identified his body after he had been missing [...]

1 Person Detained for Deadly Beat Down of Edwin Usher
In respect of recent killing, one person is detained pending investigations into the fatal beat-down of Edwin Usher. The forty-nine-year-old handyman of Cedar Street died on November thirtieth; one week [...]

Who Shot Curassow Resident, Godwin Flowers?
Who shot Curassow resident Godwin Flowers and why? Police are investigating an attempt made on Flowers’ life on the evening of December third, just a stone’s throw from where he [...]

Mennonite Couple is Victim of Armed Robbery by Fake Cops
Criminal activity is heightening as the Christmas Season gets underway. In the Barton Creek area in Cayo today, a Mennonite couple was attacked by two men dressed in police uniforms. [...]

Belize City Council Installs Set of Traffic Lights on C.A. Blvd and Neal Penn Road
If part of your routine involves commuting by foot or by vehicle, private or public, there is something to look forward to.  Traversing the Central American Boulevard can be a [...]

The Latest on Candice Miller’s $378,000 Judgment Win Against CitCo
One of the issues haunting City Hall is the huge payment ordered by the Supreme Court to former City Administrator Candice Miller.  As you know, the court awarded Miller a [...]

CitCo’s Swing Bridge Contract to Bill Lindo is $120,000
During the traffic light unveiling, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner came under fire for recent decisions that have a semblance of nepotism. Now, the City Administrator is Stephanie Lindo, her [...]

Gaspar Vega Absent from House Sitting Yet Again!
There was a Special Sitting of the House of Representatives on Wednesday and absent for the umpteenth time was U.D.P. Area Representative for Orange Walk North Gaspar Vega.  Vega has [...]

Firearms Amendment Bill 2019 Taken to the House
On Wednesday, the Government introduced the Firearms Amendment Bill 2019. The bill provides for new licensing fees which will be lowered tremendously to appease gun license holders since the cost [...]

Belize City Council Biting the Bullet to Make Ends Meet
The end of the year is quickly approaching and so is crunch time. At City Hall, Mayor Bernard Wagner says he is biting the bullet and will not be offering [...]

Belize City Mayor Provides Update on Municipal Bond
One way by which the Council plans to become fluid, is by selling bonds through the municipal bond. Now, the bond received the support of the House and Senate in [...]

Caribbean S.B.D.C.s Network is Launched
Belize, along with other CARICOM member states, has signed a memorandum, launching the Caribbean Small Business Development network.  Penning the memo on behalf of the government was Minister of State [...]

House Debate Hydro Maya Power Project Bill
The House sitting on Wednesday was chock full of pressing matters. The House passed the Hydro Maya Power Project Bill, 2019 which seeks to give effect to certain undertakings and [...]

Prime Minister Dean Barrow Misspoke
After the house adjourned for committee meeting, PM Barrow consulted with Financial Secretary Joseph Waight and returned, apologizing for having misspoken.   Prime Minister Dean Barrow “Accept that I misspoke. [...]

The Annual Disability Awareness Parade
Today, a Disability Awareness parade was organized by the Stella Maris School under the theme, “the Future is Accessible.” As we found out, the purpose of the initiative is to [...]

Stella Maris School – the Future is Accessible
Earlier this week, the Ministry of Education held a workshop with teachers and other stakeholders about the roles they play in the education system and working with students with diverse [...]

Healthy Living: Special Olympics National Games
“Let me win! And if I cannot win, let me brave in my attempt.” That is the motto of Special Olympics Belize. This Friday is a big day for the [...]

The Reporter

Elito Puc’s Body Found Near Belize-Guat. Border
The Reporter has confirmed that the body of retired teacher Elito Puc, 42, was found moments ago near the Belize/Guatemala Border.

Roadway Shooting Leaves Man Near Death
A man is listed in extremely critical condition after he was reportedly shot three times to the head and once to the chest last night.

LOVE FM

Tackling the stinky sargassum problem
Sargassum is one of the major problems affecting tourism in multiple countries in this region. In Belize, many beaches have been impacted by Sargassum, causing hotels, residents and other organizations to put extra efforts in disposing of the seaweed.

BTIA hosts 34th Annual General Meeting
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) has recorded another successful year as 2019 comes to a close. Today, they held their 34th annual general meeting to discuss with their members the plans they have for 2020.

Children invited to Garifuna exhibit
The Chaya with the Maya exhibit has been at the Mexican Institute in Belize City since October. While it focuses on Mayan farmers, it also showcases other Belizean cultures as well.

Caribbean SBDC Network
Today saw the launch of the Caribbean Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) network at the Belize Biltmore Plaza. The newly formalized network of Caribbean SBDC programs will be linked with each other and existing partners located throughout the Western Hemisphere to, not only share successful practices but also to connect their clients with multilateral international trade opportunities.

Man beaten to death
We have reported on the death of 42-year-old Edwin Gilbert Usher. Usher was at a store on November 23 on Vernon Street, Belize City, when he was attacked. He passed away a week later.

Shooting on Currasow Street Belize City
A Belize City man was shot Tuesday night just after six o’clock as he stopped at a food stall to make a purchase. 30-year-old Godwin Flowers was on Curassow Street, near his home, buying food when the shooter came from the direction of Supal Street and fired a shot in his direction.

Belize Pilot flips over in Car Incident
A Belizean pilot was involved in a road traffic incident last night in the south. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung has the story.

James Bus robbed in Punta Gorda
A James Bus was robbed in Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District last night. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung has the details.

Man charged for theft
David Darrell Smith , a former employee of Karl H. Menzies Company Limited, is accused of stealing $270.07 from the establishment after holding over as cashier for half-day. Today, the case came up for trial before Magistrate Emmerson Banner.

Police take on Cobo’s murder
Cobo’s body was found in the Caribbean Sea in a state of advanced decomposition just after ten o’clock yesterday morning. The teenager’s body was found wrapped in a sheet and some barbed wire and anchored with four cement blocks.

San Pedro Family In Mourning
A San Pedro family is distraught after their missing family member was discovered floating in the sea in a state of decomposition. Today 18-year-old Michael Cobo was buried in San Pedro Town.

Triple Funeral Held For Wade/Alcoser Family
A triple funeral was held today at the University of Belize’s Gym in Belmopan. The funeral was for retired police officer Eduardo Wade, his daughter Lourdes Wade, and his daughter-in-law, Mayra Alcoser.

Elito Puc Found
The body of a retired teacher from Benque Viejo del Carmen Town, Cayo District has been found. 42-year-old Elito Puc left home seven days ago to go to Melchor De Mencos, in Guatemala to run...

Swing Bridge Repairs Seem Like Nepotism, Mayor Wagner Says
Otherwise The repairs being conducted on the historic Swing Bridge, by William Bill Lindo, who has publicly declared that he is not an engineer and is merely going by trial and error, is costing the Belize...

Belize City Council Inaugurates New Traffic Lights
The Belize City Council hosted an official unveiling this morning of traffic lights erected at the junction of Central American Boulevard and Neal’s Pen Road in Belize City. Mayor Bernard Wagner boasted that the lights...

Bowman Remains Missing
A father of four, Densmore Bowman is still missing after six days. Bowman left his home around three o’clock on November 29 to pick up money from a Western Union office. Relatives became concerned and...

No Contract Yet For Haulover Bridge
Among the infrastructural works that have been occurring about the country, GOB has also promised to rehabilitate the Haulover Bridge, which connects Belize City to the Philip Goldson Highway. At the Sitting of the House...

Man Shot By Police Soon To Undergo Surgery To Remove Bullet
The family of 25-year-old Jordy Usher are raising funds for their son’s surgery to remove the bullet that is lodged behind his nose. According to the family Usher is currently admitted at the Medical Associates...

Town Councilor Robbed
Love News has received reports of an armed robbery that took place on the Hydro Road in Benque Viejo del Carmen Town, Cayo District. According to these reports, a town councilor of that municipality was...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

GOB takes limited action against gill nets, Oceana not impressed
Today, the Government of Belize (GOB) issued a statement detailing its latest actions against the […]

Decapitated body of missing retired teacher was found in contentious Barrio de Juda area
The name of the area, Barrio de Juda may sound familiar, this is because it […]

Ministry of Education moves to expand Inquiry-Based Pedagogy and STEAM
The Government of Belize informed today that it has secured assistance through the Inter-American Development […]

Belize eliminated from UNCAF U-15 tournament after loss to El Salvador
Photo Courtesy: Football Federation of Belize The Under-15 boys’ football team played their hearts out over […]

Hopkins village inaugurates rehabilitation and expansion of water system
Over 700 Belizeans, including residents and visitors, will benefit from the rehabilitation and expansion of the […]

Inspiration Calendar 2020 and agenda launched
On December 4, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children, in partnership with […]

Jordy Usher’s family seeks assistance for surgeries
The family of Georgeville resident, Jordy Usher, is seeking public assistance for monetary donations to […]

Body of missing retired teacher found
Relatives of missing retired teacher, Elito Puc confirmed to BBN today that the remains found […]

Aeromexico flights to Belize on “pause,” BTB expects minimal impact to visitor numbers
Aeromexico’s season direct flight from Mexico City to Belize is “on pause” at the moment,” […]

Fake cops assault couple and kill their horse in Cayo
Authorities are investigating a report of an armed robbery that occurred this morning on the […]

US Embassy partners with community for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence project
On December 4, the United States Embassy in Belize launched a campaign to assist victims […]

World recognizes first Water Loss Day 2019
The Belize Water Services (BWS) issued a statement yesterday informing that December 4, 2019, marks […]

Edwardo, Lourdes Wade and Mayra Alcoser to be laid to rest today
Edwardo, his daughter Lourdes Wade and his daughter-in-law, Mayra Alcoser lost their lives on November […]

Blogs

Grateful for Belize in December
As I come closer to my anniversary of moving to Ambergris Caye (Jan 2006) I always practice feeling extra grateful to be experiencing Belize in December and ringing in a New Year. Snowless warm and sunny. I saw the scary alternative’s this week on tacogirl.com Facebook page and in Fb messenger with the USA and Canada. While it was pretty in pictures the thought of getting around in the snow for six months or so made my insides tense. There is something special about a tropical Christmas. I love it just as much now as I did when I was a kid. Hawaii, US Virgin Islands, and Florida are all places I have been lucky enough to spend holiday time when I was young. They helped shape my desire as an adult to live in a snow-free world.

Belizean Rum Cake
Christmas is not complete without… A Belizean Rum Cake! If you’ve ever traveled to the Caribbean, chances are you’ve had the amazing rum cakes. Besides a black or white fruit cake, one of the most significant desserts you can find on a Belizean’s kitchen table for Christmas is a Rum Cake. It is a delicious treat that is soaked in rum. The cakes are moist in texture and consist of a rich flavor that is deeply satisfying. Soft, fluffy and supremely moist, it is bursting with rum and yellow cake flavor. Rum cake is easy to prepare, and perfect for any special occasion.

Belize as a Yogi Destination 2020
For a while now the art of yoga has been finding its way into Belizean society; so much so that Belize is becoming a top yogi destination. This jewel offers everything you are looking for in a yoga retreat. You expect perfect lighting and calming music to set the tone, so what better than the natural environment around you to offer just that? From Northern to Southern Belize, you can find a yoga retreat that is tailor-made for you.

The old Palapa Bar Location Re-Opens Quietly as Rum Dog Bar
The original Palapa Bar owners have moved to a new spot – much closer to town – and have a bigger bar that is very very popular. And there are new owners. So now…after at least one year of being closed…maybe two…the beloved old building has been spruced up and has opened quietly. Ready for the busy season. And I stopped in to take a look around. There used to be a large back deck so the building is a bit smaller. But there is now LOTS more seating and a pretty cool new tree house-y loft area.

International Sourcesizz

Belize Power Market Next Big Thing - SWOT analysis Outlook to 2030
The Exploration study offers deep assessment of the Belize Power Market and helps market participants to gain a solid base in the industry. The Research report presents a complete assessment of the market and contains Future trend, Current Growth Factors, attentive opinions, historical data, facts and statistically supported and industry certified market data. It delivers regional exploration of the Belize Power market to expose key prospects presented in different parts of the world. The study is segmented by products type, application/end-users. The competitive scenery is generally appraised along with company profiling of leading players operating in the Belize Power market. Some of the Most Important Key Players Involved in the Study are Belize Electricity Limited.

Belize, a worldwide vacation destination, assesses disaster preparedness and sustainability
Belize is home to an abundance of wildlife and scenic landscapes and draws thousands of visitors each year to its marine sanctuaries, tropical rain forests, and archeological sites. While the nation has taken significant steps to protect these resources from disaster risk—adopting both the United Nations’ Hyogo and Sendai Frameworks and undertaking protections through UNESCO—it remains highly vulnerable to the destructive forces of natural disasters. Facing hurricanes, flooding, coastal erosion, sea level rise, coral bleaching, and extended droughts, experts predict these challenges will only intensify as the age of climate change advances. With an eye on sustainability and the need for reliable, scientific methods upon which to form future decisions, Belize has partnered with the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) to help advance its resilience-building and sustainability initiatives.

Videos

  • Airport Link Road Nears Completion, 1min. The airport link road is near completion and features 5 miles of climate resilient road, a world class high-rise bridge, and two 3-leg roundabouts. Convenient access to the airport will save commuters time and money. The road will create a reliable detour in the event of an emergency at either entrance to Belize City and alleviate traffic congestion.

  • Snorkeling Dophin Encounter Belize 2019, 1/2min. This was our very last snorkel on Glover's Atoll and just before we were going to be picked up. The pod swam by and decided to check out the new creatures in their pool.

  • Confetti Belize about the 2019 trends in Christmas tree decorations, 15min. It's the first Monday in December and so we've got the OYE set dressed for the Christmas season. We spoke with Jaime Correa of Confetti Belize about the 2019 trends in Christmas tree decorations.

  • Belize Hotel Association (BHA) - Bi Annual Meeting Seminar, 23min. Belize Hotel Association (BHA) is hosting its Bi Annual Meeting Seminar. The focus is on "Being in the Micro-moment." Key experts will be sharing on how to enhance your digital and marketing strategies to improve business. We spoke with representatives of BHA about the seminar and how it will improve marketing for local hoteliers.

  • World AIDS Day 2019, 27min. December 1st is commemorated as World AIDS Day. We had a conversation with our guests about the situation in country and how stigma and discrimination can be reduced.

  • CARIBEMAN 2019 Triathlon Race, 17min. Jody Williams is organizing the very first CARIBEMAN 2019 Triathlon Race. He spoke with us about the race and how interested persons can register to participate. He says his intention is to create a world class event that draws international competitors and improves the level of triatheletes locally. The event takes place on Saturday 7th December in Hopkins village.

  • The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) - Population and Housing Census 2020, 28min. The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) is continuing its preparation to conduct the Population and Housing Census 2020. They are currently recruiting for over 900 positions. In the month of December they will also be conducting a pilot in three districts to test the system for the official census. We spoke with representatives of SIB about the preparation for this national process.

  • Belize Road Safety Initiative Project - safety on the road, 43min. The recent road traffic accidents have brought safety on the road to the forefront of the national conversation. We invited Tirso Galvez, Chief Transport Officer, to update us on work of the Belize Road Safety Initiative to promote and advocate for safer roads. He shared that the project is acquiring new highway patrol vehicles and will begin a second phase working on the Coastal Road and the Philip Goldson Highway.

  • Crime Stoppers Belize representatives - launch of the new software called P3 Tips, 24min. Crime Stoppers Belize representatives were our guests to talk about the program and the launch of the new software called P3 Tips. The software allows users to report information from their mobile and web devices. They shared how the software improves the collection of information to support the local authorities in tackling crime and violence.

  • Council for Trade and Economic Development approved re-entry of sugar from Belize into CARICOM, 34min. A recent meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) approved the re-entry of sugar from Belize into the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Our guests talked with us about the implications of this decision.

  • NAPA Auto Parts - Grand Reopening, 26min. John Key - Manager - NAPA Trucks & Automotive

  • BNTU End of Year Update, 43min. Elena Smith - President, BNTU and Keisha Flowers Secretary, BNTU

  • Brothers Habet Ltd.- how to choose the correct paint and color for your Christmas decor, 22min. This the season for paint and more paint! Brothers Habet Ltd. got the expertise and tools to make your painting jobs a success this season. We invited their representatives to share tips on how to choose the correct paint and color for your Christmas decor.

  • Richard Hyman on Journeys with Cousteau, 62min. Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau was once one of the most recognized names in the world. With colorful photos, Richard Hyman will discuss his expeditions as a diver, navigator and photographer aboard Cousteau’s ship, Calypso. He will share exciting experiences, including camping on an uninhabited island in Mexico to study and film The Incredible Migration of the Spiny Lobster ;sailing the 180-mile Belize Barrier Reef and filming The Fish That Swallowed Jonah about grouper...

  • DREAMY BEACH WEDDING IN BELIZE, 8.5min.

  • Archaeological Site of Caracol - Belize, 13min. In this second and final part of our San Ignacio, Belize video segment we go through the Saturday marketplace and purchase fresh-made pastries, do some rum tasting at Travellers Liquor, get a lesson in authentic Mayan chocolate making at Ajaw, and more!

  • Shark Bait in Belize!, 13min. Shark dive in San Pedro Belize, Flew to San Pedro on Fy Maya Air Belize. Took a boat on Blue Haven adventures for some great snorkeling with SHARKS.

  • Snorkelling in Belize, 4min.