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Today's Belize News: December 7, 2019 #539507
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.

The San Pedro Sun

Living Word Church to host annual Christmas Toy Drive
As Christmas Day is fast approaching, Living Word Church is seeking financial support to host their annual Christmas Toy Drive. The church plans to raise $US35,000 to donate gifts to 1,500 children in need on Ambergris Caye on Monday, December 23rd. Living Word Church Pastor Ian Zaldivar shared with The San Pedro Sun that this is time for people to donate towards a good cause. “As a pastor, my heart cries out for the less fortunate children in my community. Would you kindly help us to meet the needs of these poor children?

Team Trolling Passion wins annual Wahoo fishing tournament in Mahaual Mexico
After landing some of the heaviest Wahoo, Team Trolling Passion, Captained by Hilberto ‘Hillyboo’ Lara from San Pedro Town, was the winner of this year’s Pesca Wahoo de Plata fishing tournament in Mahaual, Mexico. The two-day competition took place on November 30th and December 1st off the Mexican Caribbean coast and saw a total of 17 teams both from Mexico and Belize participating. The teams with the heaviest catch captured the top three prizes. Mexican team Soma took second place, while San Pedro’s Reel Challenge came in third place.

Michael Cobo found dead in Belize City waters
After missing for over five days, the lifeless body of 18-year-old Michael Reyes Cobo of San Mateo Area in San Pedro Town was found floating off the coast of Belize City. The gruesome discovery was made on Wednesday, December 4th near Port of Belize Ltd, when police were alerted about a floating body wrapped in a sheet-like material, with his hands tied behind his back. Cobo’s family travelled to the mainland, where later in the day, their worst fears were confirmed as they identified the badly decomposed body.

Simone Biles meets former gymnast champion Alexandra Nicholson
On her last day on Ambergris Caye, Sunday, December 1st, world-renowned gymnast and Olympic champion Simone Biles visited the Maruba Beach Klub at Secret Beach where she met with proprietor Alexandra Nicholson, a former gymnast champion who was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in August 2002. Biles, currently the most decorated artistic gymnast of all time, was on a holiday break in Belize as she prepares to compete in the upcoming summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan in 2020. While on the island, Biles received a symbolic key to San Pedro Town and met with local Belizean athletes at a reception held at Ramon’s Village Resort.

SAGA Humane Society conducts mobile clinics and educational presentations in primary schools
During the month of November, the SAGA Humane Society of San Pedro Town welcomed a couple of volunteer veterinarians who helped the local staff treat dozens of pets (cats and dogs). SAGA conducted free spay/neuter services and operated a mobile clinic in areas like San Pedrito and San Juan, where dozens of these animals benefited from their services. On Thursday, November 26th, SAGA set a mobile clinic outside of La Isla Bonita Elementary School in the San Juan Area, where they treated several pets. Three days later, the team moved to San Pedrito where they treated 100 dogs and cats.

Ambergris Today

SPHS Celebrates Founder’s Day With Awesome Talent Show
Founder’s Day was once more celebrated at San Pedro High School. The faculty, staff and students of San Pedro High pulled off another great celebration as tradition has it, San Pedro High School is always up for a celebration in commemoration of (now retired) Principal Angel Nuńez’s birthday every year on December 5. Now that Mr. Nuńez has retired and now only a member of the board of directors of San Pedro High, the school has designated his birthday celebrations as Founder’s Day and have included celebrating the founding members of the school including, Mrs. Martha Guerrero, Mrs. Celi McCorkel, Mr. Allan Forman (deceased) and Mr. Al Felly (deceased).

Government Of Belize Turns Down 2 Million Financial Aid To Licensed Fishers
The Government of Belize announced that the use of gillnets in Belizean waters will continue. In doing so, the Government has turned down a two-million-dollar financial aid package that would have been disbursed to licensed Belizean fishers as part of their agreement to transition away from this indiscriminate and destructive gear. - Click Here to Read

Various Belizean Sources


CARICOM-Cuba Day - December 8
Forty-seven years ago, the then four independent member states of CARICOM established diplomatic relations with Cuba. That was a courageous and consequential decision in global and regional affairs. In this light, Belize is pleased to join in the commemoration of CARICOM-Cuba Day. The CARICOM-Cuba friendship has grown multifold since 1972. It is a testament to the common history and shared vision for a Caribbean that is self-reliant, cooperative and united.

Corozal Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Today Saturday, 7th December at 7:00 p.m. at Central Park. The colorful Corozal Town’s tradition Christmas tree lightning, is Scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 7th starting from 7PM. The Traditional Christmas Tree lightning, beautifies the park, with colorful lights after the Central Park is lightened after the Ceremony. During the Christmas Tree lightning Show, there will be having entertainment for Kids and Adults. All are welcome to this spectacular Christmas Tree lightning show at the Corozal Central Park. So, save the date, start making plans, and usher in the Christmas season in our beautiful Corozal Town!

Road and Directional Signs Spring up In Coroza
It is great to see road signs and directional signs being currently installed in Corozal, including the entrance and exit highway. This helps tremendously.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Rambo, Ad Astra, AboMinable, Hustlers

Institute of Archaeology Wash Day
A glimpse of some of the cool things that were cleaned at yesterday’s wash day. It’s always a blast when figurine fragments are involved .

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB), in collaboration with Color Blind Multimedia Productions and the National Institute for Culture and History (NICH), today officially launched the See Belize Channel, Belize’s first dedicated television travel channel, during a press conference held at the North Park Hotel in Belize City. The See Belize Channel has been created to take viewers on journeys through the veins of Belize’s cultural, social and ecological beauty, enabling them to immerse into the heart and soul of our Jewel. Through original, authentic and high-quality video content, viewers will be able to truly hear, feel and See Belize.

Contractor Workshop in San Pedro
On Wednesday, November 3rd, 2019, the Central Building Authority held a workshop with local contractors to inform them on the protocols and procedures that need to be carried out with departments such as: Public Utilities Commission, Central Building Authority, Department of the Environment and Local Government, prior to visiting the San Pedro Building Unit, with construction plans.

Crocodile relocated from Corozal Bay
Big thanks to Mr Ivan and Kristan Puerto and also Salustiano for capturing the crocodile that was in our bay and safely bringing it to shore kaz as u guys may know that if it was anyone else that would have gotten a hold of it it would have more than likely been killed and sold by the pound. Also, Ryan Rivera who is Corozal's Oceana Rep for contacting the right authorities that would be able to safely treat and relocate this amazing creature and to Jonathan Triminio from CRC (Crocodile Research Coalition) for coming to pick it up and take it to where it will be taken care of and hopefully later released back into the wild.

Photographic exhibition that brings together the recent work of Mexican photographer Esdras Castillo which reproduce emblematic sites of the state of Yucatan THURSDAY DECEMBER 12TH 2019 - 6:00 P.M. MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE – BELIZE

San Pedro San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
A big thank you to everyone for making tonight possible! We look forward to seeing the coast light up tonight night starting at Hurricane's Ceviche Bar! Then join us for the awards ceremony at Sandbar where we’ll poll the audience to award a viewers choice prize! Please be sure to watch the parade from any of our official viewing stations and support the businesses that support the holiday boat parade!

Amendment of Fisheries Regulations to Remove Eligibility of Permanent Residents for Fishing Licenses
The public is advised that via Gazette of Statutory Instrument 81 of 2019, permanent residents are no longer eligible for fishing licenses. Only applicants who are Belizean, at least 18 years of age, and who provide evidence of residing in Belize for a continuous period of at least six months are eligible. Applicants must present a valid Belizean Passport, or a valid Belizean voter’s identification card or Social Security card accompanied by proof of address or a valid Belizean driver’s license accompanied by a Belizean birth certificate or Belizean nationality certificate.

MFFESD Comments on Measures to Control and Eventually Phase-Out Gill Nets
The issue of gill nets can be readily classified as a resource use challenge. In resource use challenges, one user advocates to secure the resource they think the other user is over-utilizing. Any action taken to resolve these situations must ensure that livelihoods security is a priority, especially for dependent communities. Today, this is referred to as social safeguards. An international NGO has proposed to fund a gill nets buy-back programme if a ban on gill nets is first instituted. From a social safeguard standpoint, a better approach is to ensure livelihoods are secured first before a ban is instituted.

The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Continues to Contribute to the Infrastructure Development of Belize
Today in Belize City, H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, presented a bilateral cooperation grant to the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Belize. The grant from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize is for the year 2019 under the Bilateral Cooperation Program between the two countries. The purpose of the grant is to help the overall development of Belize, particularly in the development of its transportation infrastructure.

An inauguration Ceremony was held to formally hand over the newly upgraded water system to the Water Board and community of Hopkins Village. This water system is designed to benefit more than seven hundred (700) households. This project was funded under the Banana Accompanying Measures Program 2013 (BAM 2013) with co-financing from the Government of Belize. The BAM Programme was designed to alleviate poverty and to focus on workers, families and communities in the banana belt area. As a result, Hopkins Village water system was selected as one of the BAM projects.

Caye Caulker Village Council Public Meeting
General Meeting is set for December 18th, 2019, please make an effort to attend.

D’ Chill Out Restaurant Grand opening in Corozal
D’ Chill Out Restaurant held their Grand opening in Corozal today Friday. It is located on Fourth Avenue in Corozal town, Next to the bakery PANADERIA DON CHAPARRO. They sell Frappes, Smoothies, food and more. D’ Chill out Restaurant will be opening from 10A.M. until 9P.M Monday to Sunday, except Wednesday’s are closed. Today, they will be closing at 9P.M.

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has launched the first ever Tourism Job Portal catering to Belize’s growing tourism industry. What can the Job Portal do? Employers can create and post tourism related vacancies and can easily make edits to any job submissions. Job seekers can upload their resumes and search for jobs by using key words. Job seekers can also remain in the loop by creating job alerts, this feature sends new jobs straight to their email.

See Belize Channel Launch
The BTB, in collaboration with Color Blind Multimedia Productions and the NICH, officially launched the See Belize Channel, Belize’s first dedicated television travel channel, during a press conference held at the North Park Hotel in Belize City today!

Story of Tzukan and Chaak
The ancient legend tells that of all the snakes that inhabited the Earth, Tzukán , protector of grottos and cenotes , was unique for its large size and mysticism. During the first drought of the Maya empire, thousands of years ago, Chaac , Lord of the Rain , was entrusted to collect the water from the subsoil and take it to the rest of the Maya empire. Chaac mounted a winged beast and looked for the precious liquid everywhere, but the lakes , rivers and cenotes were dry. Where was the water ? Tired of the search, the Rain Lord decided to rest a little and sat on a log, but it began to move. The deity and her animal were frightened to see that it was not a piece of wood, but the body of a huge snake. Hungry, the reptile opened the jaws and devoured the winged beast of Chaac in a single bite before he could fly.

El Pájaro Dziú y Chaac
Cuentan por ahí, que una mańana, Chaac, el Seńor de la Lluvia, sintió deseos de pasear y quiso recorrer los campos de El Mayab. Chaac salió muy contento, seguro de que encontraría los cultivos fuertes y crecidos, pero apenas llegó a verlos, su sorpresa fue muy grande, pues se encontró con que las plantas estaban débiles y la tierra seca y gastada. Al darse cuenta de que las cosechas serían muy pobres, Chaac se preocupó mucho. Luego de pensar un rato, en...

Channel 7

Another Burnt Drug Plane In The North
Early this morning, a drug plane landed in northern Belize. It was found burned and abandoned in Chan Chen - which is the northernmost village in the Corozal district. Police found this on an unpaved landing strip a quarter of a mile north west of Chan Chen Village - which is very close to Mexico. It appears to be another Hawker Sidley 125 - just like the one abandoned in Blue Creek in October. No cargo or passengers were found, but the drug runners did leave behind either a clue or a message for police. It's this, an extended banana clip, the kind that is used in assault rifles. This one was found with 34 live rounds. Police also found 11 small aluminum buckets, and 4 portable rechargeable led lights. These are commonly used lighting gear in illicit nighttime landings.

Elito Puc Met A Terrible End
Last night we told you that the decapitated body of a missing man had been found in the Adjacency zone on property belonging to Jorge Espat - the same property that's been in the news because Guatemalans are encroaching on it. Elito had been missing since Thursday the 28th of November when he left his workplace at Silva's bus yard shortly before 7:00 in the evening reportedly to run errands in Melchor. And while the Puc family say they want justice for their brother and son. The people of Benque may be hard-pressed to share that sentiment because Elito had a very troubled past.

Densmore's Family Finds Troubling Clues
And while the Puc family has a very terrible sort of closure for their loved one, tonight, the family of Densmore Bowman remains desperate. The 34 year old Belmopan resident has been missing for one week and counting, after he went out last Friday afternoon to pick up money from Western Union. Bowman was reportedly seen thereafter socializing at a bar in the market square area until about 8:00 that night. Today, police responded to a report that a pair of trousers which could be his was seen at mile 24, across from the Solid Waste Transfer Station.

Shooting Victim Gerald Lamb On Life Support
Last night we told you that 28-year-old Gerald Lamb had been shot four times, three times to the head and once to the abdomen. His family believes that he was targeted due to a case of mistaken identity. Tonight we can report that Gerald Lamb remains on life support and is breathing only with the help of a machine. Lamb is currently in a coma and remains very critical.

Lottery Contract Put Out To Tender
After months of clamouring, the contract to run Belize's Boledo is going out to tender. A notice went out from Belmopan today saying that Government, quote, "invites tenders to administer the distribution, sale and marketing of lottery tickets of the Belize Government Lottery (Boledo, Jackpot Lottery and Ordinary Lottery)." So, here's how it works. There are two rounds, first the applications will be reviewed for technical details, and the best ones will be short listed. In the second round, the selection committee will review the financial proposals of the shortlisted bids, and a winner will be selected.

Senate's Robust Debate On Butane Price Control
There was a Senate Meeting in Belmopan today to follow up on the government business that was tabled in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. But, the most polarizing draft legislation of the day was the Supplies Control Amendment Bill of 2019. As we told you, this is the Government's fix for the pricing issues within the LPG industry, which we call butane. The problem started with the passage of the National Liquified Petroleum Gas Project law several months ago. That law tried to break up the monopoly that the 3 LPG companies, all owned by 1 Mexican family, held on the importation of butane in Belize. So, according to the Government, these companies retaliated by engaging in what is known as predatory pricing. While they can't control the importation of butane anymore, they still have major influence over the retail market.

The Battle Over IDB Education Funding
Another piece of legislation that attracted opposing views is a 20-million-dollar loan from the Inter-American Development Bank. The money is for their Education Quality Improvement Program or EQIP 2. It focuses on developing strong fundamentals in subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, which is commonly referred to as STEAM. They want to equip the next generation of Belizeans to be innovators and specialists in these different fields of study, instead of having to import outside talent.

Widespread Bashing of GOB on Gillnets
Tonight, there is widespread condemnation for government's position on gill nets - which was announced yesterday. It is not the ban that conservationists were hoping for, instead there are measures to, quote, "Control and Eventually Phase Out Gill Nets." Today, at the Senate meeting, the NGO Senator Osmany Salas said it's a disappointment and one they will fight against: Osmany Salas, Senator for N.G.O.s: "Its certainly not a gillnet ban. We were waiting with bated breath after all the work that the N.G.O.s and the coalition had done..."

OCEANA Laments Loss of An Opportunity
Yesterday OCEANA struck out at the decision, and lamented that in saying yes to gillnets, government had basically walked away from "a two-million-dollar financial aid package that would have been disbursed to licensed Belizean fishers as part of their agreement to transition away from gillnets." Today, Janelle Chanona who is away held a phone press conference with the media and said that it's a loss for Belize's fishers and natural resources: "This is obviously not the gillnet ban that so many people have been working hard toward." "This decision will have far reaching implications for both fisheries and tourism, and therefore to our national economy."

Territorial Volunteers Blast GOB
Government's release on gill nets does note that the use of gill nets will be forbidden in the southernmost waters, south of Punta Gorda. Today, the Belize Territorial Volunteers' Will Maheia called that a joke - and a very bad one:.. The BTIA says it will also condemn government's position. This evening, feeling the heat from the widespread rejection, Government went on a mini counter offensive, sending two releases at newstime.

A New Way To See Belize
Those of you who love browsing TV channels can now check out Belize's first channel, it's called See Belize Travel Channel. The Belize Tourism Board, Color Blind Multimedia Productions and NICH launched the channel today. I found out about the content and why this channel is going to be a game changer for tourists and Belizeans alike. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: These are just a few of the breathtaking shots that will be featured on the See Belize Channel. There will also be several TV series and different programs that locals and tourists can follow that highlight everything Belize.

Min Heredia Cool about Tourist Downturn
And, right now, Belize tourism may need more than just that shot in the arm. For the first time in many years, overnight tourism arrivals were down for an entire quarter. That was the third quarter of this year when tourist arrivals were down resulting in a 6.2 percent fall in hotel as well as 13 fewer cruise ship calls during this period. Could be a worrying trend, but today the Minister said it's not that bad in the regional context:

DPP Discusses Prosecutorial Challenges
Last night, we showed you our one-on-one interview with DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal. She was sort of taking a victory lap after the successful prosecution which resulted in the conviction of William Danny Mason, and his 4 employees for the 2016 murder of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas. We also asked about other less successful prosecutions which have ended with accused murderers getting off by evading justice almost entirely. We asked about those cases where main witnesses go rogue, or when her office is forced to withdraw charges against accused murderers in the very early stages of prosecution.

Suicide Behind Bars
An inmate has apparently committed suicide at the Belize Central Prison. Last night 26 year old Byron Alarcon was found hanging from a prison window by a piece of fabric. 7News has learnt that he was placed alone in a cell at the special care unit at the prison - which is reserved for psychiatric cases. He was supposed to the see the psychiatrist today, but he was found dead at 9:00 last night. Alarcon had been in jail since June 2018, convicted for burglary, theft and damage to property.

Benque Deputy Mayor Caught In Western Carjacking
The Deputy Mayor of Benque was carjacked yesterday morning. It happened at about 10:00 in the remote reached of the Mountain Pine Ridge Area. 56-year-old Alvaro Gongora along with his employees were working on a farm located 20 yards off of main Hydro Road when they were approached by three masked men who were armed with 2 handguns.

Special Kind of Athletes
Over 250 kids from all over the country participated in the Special Olympics games today. It was a fun filled day with various sporting activities and even booths for dental checkups and health information. Here is more. Today there were cheers of encouragement for the Special Olympics athletes at the Marion Jones Stadium as they showcased their talent in track and field, 7 a side football and Bocce (baa-chee). The Special Olympics is the final event in a series of activities in celebration of national disability week where the kids from all over the country participate.

Hopkins Gets New Water System
The tourist friendly village of Hopkins has a high tech new water system. The system has been rehabilitated and expanded with funds from the Banana Accompanying Measures Program 2013 to the tune of 2 million dollars.

Man Says Soldier Tried To Drown Him in Hondo
There was some cross-river confusion in the area of Santa Cruz Belize and Botes Mexico today. It's a very popular illegal crossing - and one that law enforcement has been trying to shut down because of the traffic in contraband. Today, we received reports that the BDF had lost a drone in the rio Hondo which passes through the two villages.

The Media's "In Da House"ť
This week, we've twice taken you to the National Assembly Building to cover House and Senate Meetings. Tonight though, we'll have a little fun and show you what happens with the media behind the scenes of those meetings. Here's what our team captured on just another day at the House on Wednesday: While you are used to seeing these guys take center stage at house meetings, behind the curtain are these guys, US, the media trying to compress hours of house floor hyperbole, grandstanding and effrontery into digestible sound bytes, all while sitting on the floor. It's a day of physical and mental stress, interspersed with boredom and blown deadlines:

Hope For Destinee
The Miss Universe pageant takes place on Sunday, and Belizeans have been showing their love for 26-year-old Destinee Arnold since the day she was crowned. She's received massive support from her fans, as they actively solicited votes in a poll that could have guaranteed her a top 20 spot. Destinee is an American Born Belize Beauty Queen who has participated in several pageants on the world stage including Miss International, and her fans feel that she is the most professional candidate Belize has ever presented at Miss Universe. Next is Dance X And that's 7news on this Friday night. We leave you this evening with highlites of last weekend's Dance X. Enjoy, have a great weekend and join us back here on Monday

Channel 5

Suspected Drug Plane Found Burnt near Chan Chen, Corozal
As earlier as eight a.m. today, reports reaching our newsroom were that the remnants of suspected plane were discovered somewhere in the village of Chan Chen in Corozal District, which [...]

Senators Spar of Barrow’s War Bill against Butane Importers
The government’s war bill against the three major importers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas went to the Senate floor today. Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his government are at war with Belize [...]

The Debate over LPG Price Formula
In October, representatives of Belize Western Energy Limited, Gas Tomza, and Southern Choice Butane (Zeta Gas) met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow to discuss the National Gas Company which in [...]

Elito Puc Beheaded and Dumped near the Border
Former teacher Elito Puc was found dead a week after his disappearance. His headless body turned up along the Belize-Guatemala border on Thursday evening. The family says that they don’t [...]

Customs Officials Say Allegations of an Incident in Santa Cruz Village are an Exaggeration of a Minor Incident
There are serious allegations coming out of Santa Cruz Village in the Orange Walk District. The village is a hotspot for contraband and other illegal activities. The reports speak of [...]

OCEANA Responds to G.O.B.’s Decision on Gillnet
Late on Thursday, Government announced that it had taken a decision to control and eventually phase out gill nets. Government says that the measures are to be carried out over [...]

2-Million-Dollar Fund is Off the Table for Gill Net Users
And so in the government’s decision to control and eventually phase out the use of gill nets in Belize, they turned down a two million dollar fund that the Coalition [...]

Belize Network of N.G.O.s React to G.O.B. Decision on Gillnet
The Belize Network of N.G.O.s also reacted to the government’s decision to retain the use of gillnets.  Senator for the N.G.O.s Osmany Salas says that the N.G.O. community will not [...]

Senate Debates $20M Education Loan Motion
The Senate debated a ten-million-dollar loan motion geared at improving the quality of education. The Inter-American Development Bank-Education Quality Improvement Program is designed to mainly improve the quality and gender [...]

Revisiting Mason’s Political and Business Connects
There was a collective sigh this week, when William Danny Mason and four other men, were found guilty of the beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas in June 2016.  Mason, as [...]

Gerald Lamb is on Life Support following Attempt on his Life
In an on camera interview with News Five on December fifth, Vanessa Neal, the first cousin of Gerald Lamb, said that he had died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. [...]

Murder Trial Continues for Valentine Baptist
A murder trial without jury is taking place in the Supreme Court. The accused is Valentine Baptist, who allegedly murdered nineteen-year-old Devin Parham three years ago. Today, Senior Crown Counsel [...]

Inmate Discovered Dead Behind Bars
Prison authorities at the Hattieville Prison have confirmed that an inmate was discovered dead. The Guatemalan inmate was behind bars since June 2018 for Burglary, Theft and Damage to Property. [...]

Hydro Maya Power Project Bill Gives Private Company Extended Tax Concessions
The Hydro Maya Power Project Bill, 2019 was brought before the Senate today. It is strictly a financial bill that seeks to extend the concession agreement that was signed in 1998 [...]

How Will Belizeans Benefit from Hydro Maya Tax Concessions Extension?
Senator for the N.G.O.s Osmany Salas and Private Sector Senator Mark Lizarraga questioned what are the benefits that Belizeans are receiving through the concessionary agreement given to the private company. [...]

Annual Special Olympics Held at Marion Jones
Young athletes from across the country gathered at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex today where they participated in the annual Special Olympics.  Children with diverse abilities were given an opportunity [...]

See Belize is Launched as Belize’s First Travel Channel
The C.E.O. in the office of the Prime Minister, Audrey Wallace, in her role as the owner of Colorblind Productions, a private company, has partnered with B.T.B. and NICH to [...]

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Guilty as charged!
Today, 266 days after the trial on indictment started on March 12 for William “Danny” Mason, 49; Ernest Castillo, 23; Keiron Fernandez, 32; Terrence Fernandez, 34; and Ashton Vanegas, 27, for the murder of Llewellyn Lucas, Belmopan Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore told a packed courtroom that was so silent you could have heard a pin drop, that all five accused men were guilty of the crime for which they had been charged. Justice Moore has reserved sentencing for a date to be announced. The verdict phase of the trial began right after Justice Moore made the unprecedented decision from the bench to announce that all media representatives were required to turn in their cell phones, to the court police.

Inmate, raped in prison, sues for damages
A twenty-year-old man, who was on remand at the Kolbe Foundation-managed Belize Central Prison and was put in a section of the prison that authorities at the facility call the “Administrative Segregation,” a place of isolation for violators of the prison rules, has sued the prison. On two occasions in November, on the 25th and 29th , 2016, the inmate, whom we will only refer to as the Claimant, became the victim of an unnatural crime and battery when he allegedly was overpowered and sexually assaulted by another prisoner.

Gerald Lamb, 28, critical in KHMH
Gerald Lamb, better known as “Boma”, 28, a handyman of Biscayne, is in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was shot several times in the head and chest by an unknown gunman who fired at him from within a vehicle that was heading towards him from the opposite direction. Lamb, who was the passenger on a motorcycle at about 9:30 last night between Mile 24 and 25 on the Philip Goldson Highway, fell onto the pavement after being shot and the vehicle sped away towards Belize City.

Search for missing Elito Puc, 42, ends sadly
The search for Elito Puc, 42, a teacher of Arenal, Cayo District, who went to Melchor De Mencos Guatemala last Thursday and disappeared, came to a sad end today. His headless corpse was found in a state of decomposition near the Belize/Guatemala border, about 60 meters inside Belize. Police said that various other injuries were seen on the body. Police could not identify the body, and since no form of identification was found on the corpse, Puc’s family was called to the area where the corpse was found, to determine whether it was the body of Elito Puc, their loved one.

GOB passes new law to control Liquid Petroleum Gas (butane) price
At a special sitting of the House of Representatives yesterday, Wednesday, government introduced and passed through the House a new piece of legislation called the Supplies Control Amendment Bill that the government says has been crafted to control the predatory pricing of butane gas ahead of the National Gas Company, which will come on-stream next year. The importation of butane is controlled by a handful of companies that are reportedly owned by one Mexican family. The Supplies Control Amendment Bill is a strange law that members of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) roundly criticized when the bill was debated.

Opposition leader criticizes GOB over Imer Hernandez’s contracts
The governing United Democratic Party (UDP) has placed heavy reliance on their claim that they are building the country’s infrastructure. The building of infrastructure, however, inevitably involves the awarding of large contracts. One contractor who has gotten several multi-million dollar contracts from the Dean Barrow-led government, has been Imer Hernandez, a close relative of former Lands Minister and former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. Hernandez’s company has built several roads, of which the integrity of the construction work has been called into question. That, however, has not deterred the government from awarding him more multi-million-dollar contracts.

EDITORIAL: A bright spot in one of too many tragic stories
The nation of Belize breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday morning when Justice Antoinette Moore handed down guilty verdicts on five men who had been charged with the savage murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas in July, 2016. The accused person who was at the center of the case, William Danny Mason, a foreign-born man who might have acquired Belizean nationality through suspect documentation, was acquainted with a number of high-ranking persons in the UDP Cabinet and government, and this added to the sensational nature of the case. Mason, aka Ted Oullette, of Guyana or Canada, was a business partner of Hon. John Saldivar, the present Minister of National Security, who is also one of two Cabinet Ministers of the United Democratic Party (UDP) who are contesting for the post of leader of that party in a convention scheduled for February 2020. The winner of that race could become Belize’s next prime minister.

Belmopan’s Densmore Bowman, 23, missing
The family of Densmore Bowman, 23, of Belmopan said that at about 3:00 Friday afternoon, he left home to pick up some money from Western Union after which he was seen socializing at a bar in the market square area up until 8:00 p.m. that Friday night, after which he disappeared. Callers to Bowman’s cell phone have been receiving an immediate voice mail response after dialing his number.

Body of missing Michael Cobo, 18, found floating in Yabra area
A search for Michael Cobo, 18, a fisherman of San Pedro, came to a sad conclusion at about 10:30 this morning. His body was found floating about 50 feet from the Belize Port Authority pier by some men who were working in the area, who then called police. Cobo came to the city on Friday, November 29, and was last seen in the Yarborough (Yabra) area of Belize City on Friday night, after which he disappeared. The best efforts of his family to find him were not successful. His body was found floating in the sea in the Brighton Beach section of the Yarborough area.

Leeroy Lorenzo, 28, arraigned for murder of American nurse
At about 3:30 Saturday afternoon, police went looking for Wendi Dardano, 51, an American national who had been reported missing by her friends. On arrival at her house, they were met by her boyfriend, Leeroy Alexander Lorenzo, 28, an unemployed man from Corozal Town. Police spoke to him briefly and took him to the Hopkins Police Station for questioning. ACP Joseph Myvett of the Police Department said that while Lorenzo was detained at the station, police went back to Dardano’s house, where they conducted a search for her, and during the search, they opened a blue 55-gallon trash bin, and after taking out some of the trash, they made the horrific discovery of her body.

Ewart Sutherland, 45, gets 3 years in jail and $10,000 fine for 30 lbs. of weed
Ewart Sutherland, 45, of Levy Street, Belize City, was busted with 30.2 pounds of compressed cannabis at a roadblock on Sunday in Carmelita, near the Toll Bridge. He was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. He was taken to the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court today, Tuesday, where he appeared before Magistrate Patty Arana. In court, Sutherland pleaded guilty, and his plea was accepted by the magistrate, who gave him a punishment that consisted of both a fine and confinement. He was fined $10,000 and given a 3-year prison sentence.

Palas, “The Black Rocket” sweeps weekend races in Merida
Belizean cyclist, Fitzgerald “Palas”Joseph, a.k.a. “The Black Rocket”, reported to us that he just won 3 races in Merida over the weekend. The 53 year-old Palas, who recently returned with a Silver medal from Dominican Republic, said he participated in 3 “Master B” races in the 3-stage “Vuelta a Yucatan” in Merida – a 10.5-mile Individual Time Trial on Saturday morning, a 50-mile Road Race on Saturday afternoon, and another 50-mile Road Race on Sunday morning; and he won all 3. “I’m at a different level,” said Palas. “Those guys already told me, I’m above my age group; so I need to start riding with the lower age groups. I’m too much for my age in sports. Imagine that!?”

Host Belize loses, 2-0, to El Salvador; bows out of UNCAF U-15 Tournament
Playing at home proved no advantage to our Belize National U-15 Jaguars, whose 3 outings resulted in two 1-1 draws, against Nicaragua and Guatemala, and a 2-0 loss yesterday against El Salvador. (A win over El Salvador would have put us into second place and a spot in the semifinals.) This puts Belize at last place in our group; but at least we were competitive, with no lopsided losses. And we did draw against Guatemala. Congrats, youths!! “Belize in the Process!” We’ll do better next time.

Orange Walk F.A. Youth Tournaments Week 8 scores, standings
The Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) Youth Tournaments continued with Week 8 games this past Sunday, December 1, at People’s Stadium. Below are the results and standings by category. U-10 Co-ed: Game 1– Rising Stars FC, 2-0, over Orange Walk Central Stars, with goals from Diego Mencias and Jafet Herrera. Game 2 – Minions FC won, 4-2, over Trinidad FC. Minions goals were by Tamron Baptist, Yaser Hernandez (2) and Kerth Guzman; while Luke Mai and Jayden Hall scored for Trinidad. Game 3 – San Estevan FC won, 1-0, over Yo Creek La Ceiba FC with a goal by Kaydraun Cadle.

Errol Anthony Belisle: A Life
One of the last acts of kindness Errol showed his mother not long before he died on Wednesday 27th November, 2019, was to bring her food at home. During his time in Chicago as a young man, living with his stepmother and the family there, she often lent him her car, with the only proviso that he should bring it back “in time”. And, he always did. But then that was Errol Belisle – considerate, disciplined and respectful. His colleagues in Belize’s tour industry where he worked as a tour operator until he died, describe him as: “a man of discipline”, “a hard worker” and “honest”. He was also a committed Christian and a church-going member of Wesley Methodist Church, Belize City. People usually refrain from speaking ill of the dead, but all who lived and interacted closely with Errol Belisle speak in sincerity with one voice when analysing his character. He was respected and liked.

George Gabb – Master Sculptor
George Gabb is 51 years, a poet, playwright, sports enthusiast, member of the British Empire and of course Belize’s most famous sculptor. To use some words from the British Empire’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, some men were born great, some had greatness thrust upon them others had to achieve greatness. George Gabb certainly wasn’t born great, nor was greatness thrust upon him, but he achieved greatness. Throughout Belize the name George Gabb is synonymous with wood-carving and zericote, a special wood he calls black gold.

I pray GoB has some money set aside for Krismos cheer
When I heard the GoB was going to the House for a meeting on Wednesday this week, my first thought went to the good old days of Krismos cheer. I know the self-proclaimed “caring” UDP were plenty much their old bad-minded selves on the sharing, in the way they distributed the funds. They gave to the children of families that voted Red more than they gave to the children of families that voted Blue, but half an aapl is better than no aapl at all. Sometimes you wish you were a mind doctor and they gave you Red heads to open and work on. Ai, in a world where there are men who like men, and women who want to take men down a peg, I guess every kind of mind is possible.

Neville’s male chauvinism: a tragic miscarriage
Lucille once told me that it was a pity she and Neville had not met before their respective parents had warped his attitude and personality with their outlook on life, as she was sure that they could have been friends if the circumstances of their acquaintance had been different, as, with his athletic and social graces, appealing personality and self-confident style he could be very charming. On arrival at his new post of responsibility he had organized cricket, soccer football and other sports events among his subordinates and the other males in the community, was an excellent dancer when free of the constraints of making an impression on the society of the capital and, cultivating the goodwill of the business community, had gained their financial sponsorship and support for both sporting and social activities.

Befo’ time, when lumber was King in the settlement of Belize at the mouth of the Old River, there lived some of the richest, wildest, bregginest black men you could find anywhere. It seemed as if lumber could never “finish,” and all the community life was built around it. There were those skillful and hardly enough to “fall” the large trees, load them on to the tractor-drawn truck-wagons which took them down to the water-side, ride the logs down to the mouth of the river, operate the tug-boats that hauled the logs to the “bogues” from which they were loaded on to ships that took Belize mahogany, pine and other types of lumber across the seas.

I borrow from Bob Marley: “It’s war!”
Dear Editor, As I look at the news and see murder continuously occurring, it supports my hypothesis that social structure change is needed. If you only treat the symptoms of societal ills, you have to keep medicating indefinitely, as is Belize’s present trajectory. Neither the UDP nor the PUP intend to do anything but magic shows like strong police presence or miniscule social intervention. It is no surprise that homicides are prevalent and endemic throughout the Caribbean.

The Reporter

Pantempters Wow Japanese audiences!
The Pantempters Steel Orchestra has been making a big name for itself and for Belize from almost the time of its inception around the mid-1990s under the now Governor General, Sir Colville Young, and two weeks ago was no different when it played to the amazement and delight of audiences in the town of Yokoshiba Hirachi, which is the host town for the Belize delegation for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Plane Found Was Reported Drug Plane – MAP BELOW
Police sources have confirmed that a suspected burnt drug plane was discovered on an airstrip near Chan Chen Village, Corozal this morning.

A Visual Eye-Candy-Channel For Tourists In Belize
The launching of Belize’s own “See Belize Channel”, which is a cable travel channel that will be available on all local television stations, promoting Belize’s cultures, history, people and events for the benefit of tourists visiting Belize.

Armed Robbery Of James Bus In Punta Gorda
A James bus was held up and the conductor robbed of the company’s proceeds while the bus was on its last run in Punta Gorda on Wednesday night, Dec. 4th.


Business Senator questions LPG enforcement
Business Senator Mark Lizarraga had some issues of his own in regard to the Supplies Control Bill. One of them was that the department in charge of enforcing the rules and penalties has never been strict in doing just so.

Belizean dismissed from British Army and sentenced to 9 months
Belizean, 32-year-old Audrey Urbina has been dismissed from the British Military and ordered to serve nine months in detention after being found guilty in the UK of fraud. We first reported the story at the start of October 2019 when it was uncovered that Urbina, who was attached to the United Kingdom Army, had misused seventeen thousand pounds from the army funds; equivalent to about forty-two thousand Belize dollars.

Senator debate loan to improve education quality
Belize’s Senators were in session today in Belmopan debating various Bills brought forward from Wednesday’s Sitting of the House of Representatives. The session began at ten o’clock this morning and the primary focus for about two hours was the Education Bill.

Fine or jail time
A Caye Caulker resident pleaded guilty to possession of controlled drugs. 24-year-old Rodney Moody was ordered to pay one thousand dollars or face ten months behind bars by January 31, 2020. This morning Moody appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he pleaded guilty. For his guilty plea, he was ordered to pay one thousand dollars plus five dollars cost of court.

Special Olympics 2019
The proverbial fire within the hearts of disabled youths around the country was lit this morning as the Special Olympics concluded the week long torch run that started on December 1 in southern Belize. This is the 15th celebration of the event and it falls in line with Disabilities Awareness Week 2019.

Supplies Control Bill discussed in the Senate
The Supplies Control Bill stirred a fiery debate in the House of Representatives this past Wednesday. The bill seeks to establish a floor for the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and to enforce stiffer penalties for companies that do not comply.

Government declines 2 million dollar financial assistance against gill nets
The Government of Belize has rejected a two million dollar offer that was to be used in the fight against gill nets. In a release issued yesterday by the Belize Press Office, it noted that Cabinet decided that there would be a series of measures put into place to control the use of gill net in Belize’s waters.

Suspected drug plan completely burnt
Another burnt plane was discovered earlier today in northern Belize. Police in Corozal was alerted and responded to an area about a quarter of a mile north west of Chan Chen Village. In the area they found a twin-engine aircraft with markings N5461.

Minister of Tourism says decline of tourist visits is a regional problem
It is no surprise that tourist arrivals and overnight stays have been on a steady decline over the past few months. This has been reported by the Belize Hotel Association and Statistical Institute of Belize. According to the BHA one of the reasons for this was due to the closing of the borders after an agreement was made between bus owners and the Government.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ Universe Belize – Destinee Arnold’s stellar performance at Miss Universe Preliminaries 2019
Miss Universe Belize, Destinee Arnold tonight participated in the Miss Universe 2019 preliminaries. Raising her […]

Another suspected narco plane found burnt in northern Belize
Reports to Breaking Belize News is that another suspected narco plane was found burnt this […]

Bus bandit gets away with $400
A brazen bandit got away with little more than $400 from a James bus on […]

Three armed culprits hijack Benque Viejo resident at his farm
Benque Viejo resident, fifty-six-year-old Alvaro Gongora told police that on Thursday, December 5, he and […]

Reward offered for lost passport
Kristian Jaheed Tennyson is seeking the public’s assistance in recovering his lost passport. Tennyson believes […]

Simone Biles’ Belize vacation with boyfriend goes viral
Belize is trending on the internet once again as tons of international media outlets continue […]

National Gas Company “being protected” from butane importers, charges Opposition
Leader of Opposition Business, Senator Michel Chebat, opened the debate on the Supplies Control (Amendment) […]

Belize High School gets award for Outstanding Student Government
The Belize Youth Awards 2019 were held at the Belize City Civic Center in Belize […]

Belize joins in commemorating CARICOM-Cuba Day
Forty-seven years ago, the four independent member states of CARICOM at the time established diplomatic […]

“The Future is Accessible” – Santa Elena Primary celebrates National Disability Week
This week is National Disability Week and Belize is celebrating under the theme: “The Future […]

Senate meets to discuss bills brought from House
The Upper House follows on from Wednesday’s meeting of the House of Representatives, discussing bills […]

Candlelight vigil to be held for Nurse Wendi
Jane Dardano or “ Nurse Wendi” as she was affectionately known, was tragically and shockingly […]


A Merry Holiday and a Party, or two, in Belize!
While spending the holidays close to family and friends is still the top option for many, holiday vacations are more enticing than ever – especially for our friends up north who’d much rather be on a sunny beach rather than chilled on a frosty evening. We are all looking for that “best trip possible,” and Belize has much to offer during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday; we are a country brimming with old and new holiday traditions. As the streets come alight with twinkling lights and jolly decorations, the merry season offers a variety of cultural and social events to ensure everyone (visitors included) have a memorable Christmas and end of year celebration.

Travel on a Budget
Do you sometimes find yourself scrolling through social media, and seeing your friend’s vacation pictures? Do you watch many travel vlogs? Do you wonder and wish you could go on such a vacation when everything seems so expensive? Well, I’m here to answer a common question, “How do I travel without spending a lot of money?” – Here are some tips to help you plan your next vacation on a budget. When travelling on a budget it’s more feasible to travel during these times because rates tend to be lower. Low season/off-peak time means that there aren’t many people travelling to a certain country – each country has its own time of year, for Belize, this is from May to November. Rates for hotels, resorts, adventure tours, and certain flights to Belize will be at a discounted price.

Hats off to the chef!
Jennie Staines is one of the top chefs in Belize. Her dedication, passion, and devotion to food makes her one of the best chefs. Growing up in Belize, Jennie’s favorite food was always tamales, but these days it’s che-chac or fish soup. She trained as a chef in Florida and Mexico, but Belize called her back home. She’s fascinated with the effect our many cultures have had on our food, especially as it relates to the wide variety of seasonings. Jenine’s favorite dish from another chef is stewed gibnut. When you visit us in Belize, be sure to try it.

The Gift of a Lifetime from the Bucket List Family
The Gee family, famously known as The Bucket List Family on Instagram, is kicking off their annual 12 Days of Bucket List Christmas! What is it you may ask? Well, this annual tradition is a dream vacation gifting spree for twelve lucky families as a way for the Gee family to give back to their devoted fans. The tradition started back in 2015 after Snapchat bought dad Garrett’s mobile scanning app for $54 million. It was then he and his wife, Jessica, decided to sell all their possessions and use the income to travel the world with their two kids.

Sail Belize
In the 1950’s and 60’s, when Belize was still an undiscovered paradise, it was customary for families to spend the long school holidays at the cayes. This was an adventure because the islands were mainly sparsely populated, and services were basic. This made it an exciting adventure. There were no water taxis or small airlines. So how did we get there? There were many fishing vessels like the ones that can be seen today at the swing bridge. One would simply hire one of these kind fishermen, load up the sailing vessel with provisions, and relax topside. As a child, I remember the excitement of leaving the city in the late afternoon to avoid the heat of the day and enjoy the flapping of sails and the lap-lap of the waves. We’d bring Johnny Cake sandwiches, sing songs and watch the sunset in the evening breeze and watch the moon and stars come out. It is a precious memory.

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Tourism In Belize: Ensuring Sustained Growth
Belize’s tourism sector has witnessed impressive growth in recent years with overnight tourist arrivals registering double digit annual growth rates since 2016. To guide the development of the tourism sector from 2012 to 2030, the government endorsed a National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan in 2011, setting various initiatives and targets for the immediate and medium terms. Using a panel regression analysis on twelve Caribbean countries, this paper finds that accelerating structural reforms, fortifying governance frameworks, reducing crime, and mitigating the impact of natural disasters will help sustain tourism growth in Belize and contribute to economic well-being. This is in addition to tackling infrastructure bottlenecks and mitigating concerns relating to the “shared economy”.

CCJ allows appeal in Belize case: No fraud by Caye Bank and Nagel
The Caribbean Court of Appeal has granted an appeal in the matter of Caye International Bank Limited (CIB) and Joel M Nagel v Tommy Lynn Haugen. The matter started in the Supreme Court of Belize when Tommy Haugen filed a claim against CIB and Mr Nagel for breach of contract and fraud. The Honourable Mr Justice Courtney Abel found CIB and Mr Nagel liable for breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation and ordered CIB and Mr Nagel to pay damages in the sum of USD$200,655. After the Supreme Court judgment was given, CIB and Mr Nagel filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal in Belize. That court originally dismissed the appeal, but substituted the Supreme Court order for an order that the contract be rescinded on the grounds of fraudulent misrepresentation and that CIB and Mr Nagel pay the sum of USD$200,655 to Mr Haugen as a consequence of the rescission.

Family of slain Gatineau filmmaker devastated by not guilty verdict
The family of a Gatineau, Que., filmmaker killed in Belize say they're devastated to learn the two men accused in his homicide have been found not guilty. "There's no justice there," Klinck's mother, Louise Dallaire, told Radio-Canada in French. "It brought me back to the same place I was in four years ago. All the emotions came back." Banner told CBC the judge threw out several pieces of key evidence, including a confession from Anderson. Banner said the defence argued police had obtained the confession illegally.


  • Official launch of See Belize Channel, 30min.

  • Destinee Arnold Fan Video, 2min. Marianne Darenjr Vasquez and her family made this video for Destinee Arnold Miss Universe Belize.

  • Senate Meeting | In the House Representatives, Belmopan, 3hr30min.

  • Precision 'N' Style Dance Group, 18min. Precision 'N' Style Dance Group closed off our show with a performance of Silent Night. Crysel Gabourel talked about their upcoming show - The Grinch Stole Christmas. She says the play will include dance and drama to entertain and appeal to your Christmas spirit. The show takes place on the 13th December at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Bruk it down Jenny - how to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, 24min. Today's "Bruk it Down with Jenny" focused on how to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Jenny Lovell, Mental Health Therapist, talked about how being grateful will help you handle the expectations of this season.

  • The Belikin Sorrel Stout is back for the Christmas season, 44min. The Belikin Sorrel Stout is back for the Christmas season. We tried a few Belikin inspired recipes and a Flor de Cańa Rum Popo blend. Chef Sean Kuylen led us through his creative culinary experience. On set: Sean Kuylen - Chef. Ian Young - J Young's Rum Popo. Carlos Guerra - Sales Manager, BIG Limited.


  • The Belize Swim Team Skit, 2min. Here is a fun video clip of one of the fun skits presented at SPHS Founder's Day

  • Around the world(episode 15) - Belize., 17min.

  • Snorkeling at Rendezvous Caye in Belize,3min. Excursion from Carnival Vista to Rendezvous Caye for snorkeling.

  • Wahoo fishing in Belize, 2min. Winning a tournament with Blue Reef Adventures in Belize.

  • Belize, novembre 2019, 5min. Plongée sous-marine au Belize.

  • The Garden Show | Belize Botanic Gardens | Season 2 (2018) Episode 1, 18min.

  • Christmas In Town 2019 | Live at The Falcon Field, San Ignacio, 90min.

  • The Ya’axché Show, 13min. Since 2014, Ya’axché has been supporting 31 farmers to implement climate-smart farming in a 936 acre agroforestry concession within Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve. We have been having incredible successes! On set to give updates on our ongoing in Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve are Christina Garcia (Executive Director) and Gustavo Requena (Community Outreach & Livelihoods Director).

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