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The San Pedro Sun

LIV Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA)
The representatives of the heads of state and government of Central American countries assembled in San Salvador, El Salvador for the LIV Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA). Under the Presidency of El Salvador, the representatives of the heads of state and government discussed the progress made under the region’s integration agenda on areas including migration, sustainable development, regional security, social and economic development, and climate change.

U.S. Embassy Belmopan’s Toys for Tots Delivery to Marla’s House of Hope
The U.S. Embassy Belmopan hosted a Toys for Tots delivery to Marla’s House of Hope Children’s Home this afternoon to provide toys to children staying at the home, organized by the U.S. Embassy’s Marine Security Detachment. The toys were provided to Marla’s House of Hope, which provides safe and nurturing care to girls from infancy to 18 years who have been removed from abusive or unsafe home environments by the Department of Human Services.

BEL and Employees Gift Christmas Hampers to Families and Senior Citizens Countrywide
Employees of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) continued an annual tradition of delivering Christmas hampers to 90 deserving families and 60 senior citizens countrywide on December 19 and 20, 2019. The hampers are valued at over $300 each and contain ingredients for a traditional Christmas dinner, groceries and toiletries. Employees and the Company donate towards the hampers throughout the year.

Anke Doehm’s court trial remains unsettled; Court hearing adjourned to January 2020
Another year goes by, and the criminal court case against American National Anke Doehm, who is facing a charge of ‘Cruelty to a Child,’ remains pending after it was adjourned to January 16, 2020. Doehm was in court in October of this year, but no new developments came out from that hearing, and the case continues to be adjourned. She has been spotted in coffee shops in Belize City, where she moved in July 2017, following Faye’s suspicious death.

Ambergris Today

Castillo’s Hardware Grand Christmas Raffle
It’s the season of giving and that is exactly what many businesses have been doing this Holiday Season in San Pedro. Castillo’s Hardware held its grand Christmas Raffle on Monday, December 23, 2019, as a show of appreciation to their customers. The Lucky Winners of Castillo’s Grand Christmas Raffle are: First Prize : Caye Management (Headline Picture). Second Prize: Chris Gorosica. Third Prize: Ernesto Gomez. Fourth Prize : Jason & Hayke Caperton. Fifth Prize: Saul Nuñez.

Mexican Embassy Posts Travel Advisory For Visitors
This Advisory includes the following sections: A. IMMIGRATION B. CUSTOMS C. VEHICLE IMPORTATION D. VEHICLE INSURANCE E. DRIVING IN MEXICO F. PERSONAL SAFETY G. CONSULAR ASSISTANCE H. BELIZEAN DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS IN MEXICO This information is published by the EMBASSY OF BELIZE in Mexico as a service to Belizeans to inform travellers as to Mexican laws and regulations so that they can adequately prepare for their travel to Mexico and avoid unnecessary difficulties.

Various Belizean Sources

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Children's Day Initiative Christmas Day Get together
Great news for the kids! The San Pedro Town Council as part of the Child Friendly Initiative invites parents to bring their children on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, since we will be closing the entire length of Barrier Reef Drive (front street; Esmeralda Park to Polo’s Golf Cart Rentals) from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for all children to enjoy a traffic-free day to have fun with their Christmas gifts.

Northern Bus Schedule for December 25th and 26th
Merry Christmas and safe travels.

BTB Kiosks - Christmas Festivities

Channel 7

Esperanza Woman Fights off Would-Be Abductors
A 21 year old woman from Esperanza Village in the Cayo District has reported to San Ignacio Police that an abductor tried to take her today.   It allegedly happened in Esperanza village not far from her home.  She says she was walking to a nearby cousin's house when she saw a white Ford Econoline style van pulling up beside her.  She thought nothing of it because her uncle has a similar van. But then, suddenly, she says two brown skinned men, one of them about five feet ten inches tall hopped out of the van and grabbed her, trying to push her into the back of the van. 

Man Charged For Knocking Down And Killing Park Ranger
Christmas is anything but merry for the family of Manuel Ye tonight as they continue to mourn the father and husband lost last week to an alleged hit and run.  And today, the man who allegedly ran him over, Ernesto Urbina was arraigned in Benque Viejo Magistrate's Court on 5 charges including two counts of grievous harm, manslaughter, driving without due care and attention, failure to provide a specimen, and failure to render aid.  No plea was taken because it is an indictable offence.

Guinea Grass Robber Was Wanted For Murder
Viewers may remember the very senseless killing of 53-year-old Jose Hilario Diaz in July of this year. He was the clothes vendor who was shot and killed while he was at his business place in Belize City. Well, police have charged a second man with the offense of murder. The second defendant is Leroy Haulze, a 23-year-old food vendor of Gaulin Street in Ladyville, who was initially charged with conspiracy to commit murder. When he was brought to court today, that offense was withdrawn against him, and he was informed that he was now being prosecuted for the crime of murder instead. Due to the nature of the offenses, Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer didn't take any plea from him, and she remanded him to the Belize Central Prison to a later date.

A Deadly December
There still a week left in December and the last month of the year is turning out to be one of the deadliest.  So far we have reported on 17 murders this month - which is the highest number of murders recorded in any December going back to 2009.  For example, December 2016, 2017, and 2018 all reported fewer than 12 murders. And so far for 2019, only June recorded more murders in a month with 19.  

Bollywood Star Bringing Crocs to Belize
25,000 Belizean children are wearing brand new Crocs sandals courtesy UNICEF, Crocs, and Indian born American actress Priyanka Chopra. The actress took to Twitter to announce the good news. And Crocs vice president Heidi Cooley says that basic necessities like shoes, "will play a role in getting these kids to school."

PUC Says BEL Rates Remain At Status Quo
The Public Utilities Commission today announced that it has completed the final draft for the Belize Electricity Limited's 2019 Annual Review Proceeding. The Electricity company wants your electricity rates to remain as they currently are, and the PUC has agreed with them. In a press release from the PUC, the regulator notes that on December 10th, BEL made a submission to them that there should be no amendments to the currently-approved mean electricity rate of 41.51 cents per kilowatt-hour.

QPP Going Solar To Beat The High Bills
In 2019, electricity rates were pegged at the highest in years. And, one of the main complaints from the bill-paying public is that their bills showed that - especially during the long, hot drought.  And that's part of the reason, one poultry producer has taken energy costs into their own hands. Quality Poultry Products has staked out with a plan to not only provide their own energy but to hopefully feed some of it back into the community grid.  We learned more about the company's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and cue power costs.

Whale Sharks No Show
On Friday we told you about the first reading of the comprehensive fisheries reform law at the House meeting. It is the first significant revision to the 70 year old fisheries act that covers management of protected sites, illegal fishing among many other themes. Well, if only there was a bill or law that would summon all the whale sharks at the Gladden Spit Silk Cayes Marine Reserve during March and June – now that would certainly make tour guides happy. Tour guide Brian Young Sr. from Seahorse Dive Shop in Placencia says his whale shark tour is on the brink of shutting down because the whale sharks are not coming around anymore. And no whale sharks means no tourists. First Young talks about the good ole' days when he started the tour and the tourists would be surrounded by these gentle beasts. 

Will The British Gov't Apologize?
Back in September, a revealing article was published online at a site called Open Democracy.  The article was named "Death of a double agent: British torture and betrayal in 1980s Belize." It details how in 1983, the British military,  working secretly with the Guatemalan government — used the Belize police department to detain and interrogate an informant from the Belize side of Arenal named Pedro Barrera.  He was expected to lead the British forces to a hideout on the Belize side of the border border where the Guatemalan guerrillas were stashing weapons.  Those guerrillas were engaged in a civil war against the murderous Efrain Rios Montt regime which was decimating the indigenous population.

Imagine A 10k Shopping Spree On Christmas Eve
A family from Benque Viejo Town in the Cayo District got an early Christmas present this morning from both Courts, and the phone company, Smart. These two companies have decided to sponsor them with a ten-thousand-dollar shopping spree at courts for the holiday. This morning, Courts and Smart invited the press to observe that moment when they made the announcement to the family. So, we attended to find out what one buys when you suddenly have ten grand to spend as you please. Daniel Ortiz has that story: Benque resident Adita Albeño, and her family visited Courts' Belize City Headquarters today to go on a $10,000 Shopping spree. She won this opportunity in a raffle that Smart ran for its customers as a holiday promotion.

The Christmas Eve Vibe On the Alberts Is Like
The last shopping day before Christmas is almost at an end, and today shoppers scurried up and down Albert street trying to run those final errands and pick up that last great gift that will make Christmas for a loved one.  Our studio is at the end of the Albert Street main drag and Cherisse Halsall went jaywalking to find out what's going on, on the Alberts. 

"Windcuttaz" Kid Comes Up Again
And you can bet that the boy called "Windcuttaz" is gonna be making his rounds up until that time.   Last week we showed you the awesome week that Johnathan "Windcuttaz" Coleman was having after the Channel 7 interview that made him a national sensation.  Well, thing just keep looking up for the kid - and on Sunday, he secured at least one gift. He told a street camera how he came up once again. 

Brokdong For The Bram Mood
To get you in the traditional Bram mood, we leave you with some good ole brokdong songs from this weekend's festival in battlefield park.Enjoy, Be safe, and be blessed.join us back here on Friday night. Good night!

Channel 5

UB Lecturer Bound and Stabbed to Death in Eldridgeville
Fifty-seven-year-old Anthony Brown was found dead inside his home in Eldridgeville, Toledo District on Monday.  The lecturer of the University of Belize in Punta Gorda had been bound at the [...]

Leroy Haulze is Arraigned for Murder of Clothing Vendor
A second person has been arraigned for the July sixteenth, 2019 murder of clothing vendor, Jose Diaz. Leroy Haulze, who was initially charged for abetment to murder in this homicide, [...]

G.O.B. Says No Redistricting Before 2020 General Elections
The Government of Belize is the defendant in a constitutional challenge bought before the Supreme Court by the Belize Peace Movement.  The pending legal matter revolves around the need for [...]

Should Chamber Have Gone the Way of FOIA?
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has formally requested a copy of the contract signed by Imer Hernandez who recently signed on to an agreement to pave the Coastal [...]

No Beef with Chamber, Says AG Peyrefitte
The Attorney General, despite being rather snappy when it comes to the chamber of commerce, says that it’s not about purposely being confrontational but that the business organization tends to [...]

AG’s Ministry Awaits Chamber Feedback on Cyber Bullying Legislation
The recent online attack aimed at Plus TV’s news director Shasta Wade has once again brought into focus a need for regulations to govern the social media space.  Enacting legislation [...]

Claim Against J.L.S.C. is Before the Supreme Court
The Bar Association is challenging the suspension of President Cheryl-Lyn Vidal from meetings of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.  Vidal, who is also the Director of Public Prosecutions, had [...]

Cayo Northeast Area Rep., Says Bullet Tree Road Needs Upgrading
During Friday’s Sitting of the House of Representatives, Area representative for Cayo Northeast Orlando ‘Landy’ Habet brought up an issue regarding the Bullet Tree Road in his division. According to [...]

Works Minister Says Road Will Be Fixed
According to Habet, upgrading the portion of road leading to the San Ignacio Community Hospital should not cost local government a huge chunk of money. Minister of Works Rene Montero [...]

Ground Broken for Construction of Schools in Caye Caulker & San Pedro
In an effort to improve the quality of education in Belize, the Ministry of Education has embarked on constructing thirty-five schools across the country. Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker Village [...]

B.P.D.’s Crime Prevention Strategy during Christmas Holidays
Downtown Belize City and in all municipalities across the country, residents are out and about doing their last minute shopping in preparation for the Christmas holidays. As these shoppers go [...]

Safety Tips for Christmas Shoppers and Businesses
In the case of delivery trucks, ComPol Williams says that deliverymen can request assistance from police while doing deliveries in respective areas as an added security measure. Crime prevention, however, [...]

Christmas Messages from the PM and Opposition Leader
Annual Christmas messages from Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Leader of the Opposition John Briceño are currently being aired across the media but we take special time to focus on [...]

Belizeans on their Meaning of Xmas
A News Five crew was back on the streets of downtown Belize City to find out from shoppers just what Christmas means to them. While the holiday for some is [...]

Benque Viejo Housewife Wins $10,000 Shopping Spree
A family from Benque Viejo will be enjoying Christmas a little better this year because on Monday, Edita Albeno won a ten thousand-dollar shopping spree courtesy of Smart and Courts. [...]

The Reporter

Editorial December 29th 2019
While this newspaper welcomes the new Fisheries Reform Act approved last week by the National Assembly, we are disappointed that the government did not insist on a complete ban on the use of gill nets in all the waters of Belize.

How To Reduce Christmas Stress
By: Dr. Abigail Joseph - “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” – or at least that is what the song says. Christmas is often a very pleasant and memorable time for children, not so much for the adults that are busy making the time memorable for them.

Man Dies In Freak Accident
Benque Viejo resident William Orellana, 41, died over the weekend after he was involved in a freak accident at his workplace in Georgeville, Cayo. Cops say that around 9:00 p.m. on December 20th, they received a call that there had been an accident at a construction compound situated at mile 60 and 61 on the George Price Highway.

Redistricting Case to Resume in 2020
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin issued orders last week Friday regarding the filing of additional affidavits in the redistricting case brought by the Belize Peace Movement and Vision Inspired by the People, (VIP). There are 10 claimants who need to file affidavits to show the Court how the disparity in the number of voters in the various constituencies has breached their rights to equal representation.

Police Intervention Saves Man’s Life
A kidnapping operation with what sources say was murder as the intended result, was thwarted on Saturday by an anonymous tip and quick Police response which led to the successful apprehension of five suspects and the rescue of the victim near mile 3 1/2 on the George Price Highway.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Woman almost kidnapped on Christmas Eve
Two hours ago there was an attempted abduction in Esperanza, Cayo. A woman in her early […]

Attorney General: No redistricting of divisions before 2020 general elections
“As far as I know, the Government is not intent on doing any redistricting before […]

Police investigating Anthony Brown’s stabbing murder
Authorities are investigating the murder of 57-year-old Anthony Brown of Elridgeville, Toledo. According to police reports, […]

Five months later; Leroy Haulze charged for murder of Jose Diaz
On Monday, December 23, Leroy Haulze,23, was charged for the murder of Jose Hilario Diaz. […]

Christmas Cheer and Belize’s culture of handouts: Over $8 Million given away in 8 years
The Government has allocated a total of $1,000,000 in the annual Christmas Cheer assistance program […]

Blogs

Drink of the Bram Season – Rumpopo
Christmas is always one of the best holidays to get together with family and friends. When everyone is together, we are able to sit and reminisce of the years gone by. What better way to do this than with a Belizean holiday tradition, Rumpopo! Rumpopo or rumpope, is an eggnog like– creamy and milky– drink made with RUM. While Rumpope, as it is known in other Latin and Central American countries, is not only found in Belize, it is a welcomed drink in any household. Found in Mexico, El, Salvador, and Honduras, this tasty drink is bound to brighten up the grumpiest of Scrooge’s this Christmas. Check out a recipe below for your best Rumpopo this season!

Videos

  • Octopus Night Belize, 1min. An encounter with a brave little Common Reef Octopus (Octopus Vulgaris) on a night dive. Dive site; Permits Paradise, Turneffe Atoll, Belize.

  • Belize Day 10- Belize Zoo, 3min.

  • Holiday Message from San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero, 2.5min.

  • Snorkeling in San Pedro, Belize - Nov, 2019, 5min.

  • DEPUTY MAYOR IAN CAL AND MAYOR RIGO VELLOS WISH BELIZE A MERRY CHRISTMAS, 3min.

  • I want to Belize 4 The Glover Files/ Glover Atoll/, 6min. This video is about our journey to Glover Atoll.

  • Vacation continues with snorkeling, jet skies, sharks and sea turtles in Belize!, 22min.

  • Zip line, Xunantunich, and Cave Tubing! 2019 Belize Vacation Trip, 6min. From San Ignacio to San Pedro, we did zip line, cave tubing, Belize Zoo, Old Belize, ATV (All-terrain Vehicle), Xunantunich, and Secret Beach (San Pedro)! We played giant Jenga, saw the national bird of Belize, Toucan, the national animal, Tapir, the jaguar, and the scarlet macaw. Cave tubing was so relaxing on the crystal clear water and it was a beautiful view from the top of the Xunantunich!

  • Caye Caulker, Belize, 5min. Go slow on La Isla Cariñosa, for sure a vacation you will never forget.