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The San Pedro Sun

Caye Caulker slowly recovering from electricity and water outages
Caye Caulker Village continues to struggle with shortages of water and electricity, which worsened on Monday, December 30th, when island residents experienced a long period with no running water and hours without electricity. Both utility companies, Belize Water Services (BWS) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) have tried to address the issue as it is affecting the tourism sector on Caye Caulker. By Tuesday, December 31st, a slight improvement had taken place, with a low pressure of water restored, and fluctuations in power supply.

San Pedro Police remove illegal weapon and ammunition from the streets
The San Pedro Police formation has been busy enhancing their strategies on the island to curve criminal activities, and in doing so, continue to remove illegal weapons from the streets. According to a police report, on Saturday, December 28th, about 2:55PM, police were conducting a mobile patrol on Barrier Reef Drive, when their attention was drawn to a male person identified as 21-year-old Justin Shamir Vasquez riding a red beach cruiser bicycle. Vasquez, who is unemployed and from the San Mateo Area, was allegedly acting suspiciously and as a result, the officers conducted a search on him.

Living Word Church Ushers in the Christmas Spirit with their Annual Family Outreach Event
On Monday, December 23rd, 2019, Living Word Church (LWC) held its 9th Annual Christmas Family Outreach Event at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro. With generous donations from many sponsors, 1,500 toys were purchased for the event. Most of the toys were distributed at the event to the children in attendance while they and their parents were also treated to refreshments. The remaining toys were delivered to families unable to attend.

San Pedro’s Jerry Vasquez becomes a Commission Officer for the Belize Coast Guard
Over a year ago, islander 21-year-old Jerry Vasquez formally joined the ranks of the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) after graduating from the military institution, along with 78 other proud Belizeans. Months later, in May of this year, he had the opportunity to take part in an Initial Naval Training for Officers at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, United Kingdom. Vasquez completed the seven-month course and returned to Belize with the rank of an Ensign, officially giving him the title of a commission officer at the BCG.

Ambergris Today

Caye Caulker Experiencing Water And Electricity Crisis
Caye Caulker is in a total state of crisis as they have been experiencing both water and electricity problems. The water supply plant could take days for water to be fully restored to the island and Belize Electricity Limited is working arduously to replace a faulty generator. In light of all this the Caye Caulker Branch of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) is calling for immediate actions to be taken by the Government of Belize to have the matter addressed.

Various Belizean Sources

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Update on Water Interruption for Cave Caulker
Belize Water Services is pleased to inform customers in Caye Caulker that water has been restored in the distribution system but for, the next few days, water will be supplied at lower than normal pressure. BWS crews worked into the night on Monday to restore functionality to the Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant. However, there are some additional works that will require shutdown of the plant. During this period,BWS will continue to barge in water to help maintain supply to customers on the island through the distribution system. BWS takes this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to all those who continue to assist during this challenge.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint ‘The Tarpon’.

Shameful killing of one of our protected species in Belize
Last night we got the tragic call of another protected American crocodile poached for the tail meat on Ambergris Caye. Sadly, we have lost another breeding female, which we see less and less of every year. She was found floating in WASA lagoon, her skull bashed in, a stab wound through the belly, and a clean slice through the base of the tail. This mutilation of our native wildlife cannot go unpunished. If you have any information about the death of this crocodile, or info, photos, videos of people feeding crocodiles, whether at WASA lagoon, the lagoon opposite Coco Beach Resort and behind the restaurants next door, or anywhere else, please forward them on to ACES or Belize Forest Department.

BEL Update to Caye Caulker customers
Belize Electricity limited (BEL) advises that power supply was restored to customers in Caye Caulker following an emergency outage at 5:11 p.m. on Monday. December 30. The outage affected a portion of Southern Caye Caulker between 8:45 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. The outage was necessary to compensate for a loss in generation capacity, when one of the units that supplies electricity to customers on the island failed, requiring repairs. BEL teams completed repairs to one unit last night. and normal service has resumed to Caye Caulker. Repairs to the second unit are scheduled for completion later today.

Xmas Rocks 2 Concert
Jenko Veli got some amazing pictures at the Xmas Rocks 2 concert at The Bluffs. What a night! "First off, we would like to start by saying a Huge Thank You to Court Roberson and his family for hosting us and letting us use the space at The Bluff so that we could set up for X-Mas Rock 2...

The day Quetzalcoatl (Kukulkan) took Christmas
What a cool idea sadly it didn't took off In 1930, Mexico's President Pascual Ortiz Rubio had the intention of creating a love for national symbols and traditions an answer to a new kind of invasion through culture by our northern neighbors. On December 23, 1930, the stage to give toys to poor children from Mexico’s government that Christmas, was a pyramid in honor of Quetzalcóatl inside the National Stadium, located in the Roma borough and built in 1924 by José Villagrán. That year, President Pascual Ortiz Rubio decreed the adoption of the figure of the Mesoamerican god Quetzalcóatl as the highest representative of Christmas holidays with the objective of leaving behind the figure of Santa Claus, that had recently arrived at Mexico in the 1920s and that was still not rooted in Mexican culture.

Official press release from the CCBA addressing the water and power situation on Caye Caulker
The Caye Caulker Business Association (CCBA) is appealing to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), as the statutory body charged with regulating and oversight of the Belize utility compani., to get involved in the ongoing substandard services on Caye Caulker. The unacceptable situation involves both the electrical company (BEL) and the water company (BWS). It has reached the point that it cannot be ignored and beyond the point of acceptance by the people of Cayc Caulker. The management at the PUC should be well aware of the catastrophe that occurred when BEL's infrastructure on the island could not handle the crowd for Lobster Fest 2019 weekend. Equally as devastating to the island was the near complete lack of water during the 2019 Easter Holiday period. Unfortunately, we are in that same situation again on the island due to BEL and BWS reporting mechanical failures for the past two days.

The water from B&B has arrived on the island and ready for distribution
Be reminded to pick up your tickets from the Chairlady or Councilor Lilia Marin Wednesday morning. Remember to take your gallons or buckets. Each ticket value 5-5 gallons. Distribution starts at 8am.

AŃO VIEJO
The tradition of "El Viejito" or the old man is a characteristic that distinguishes Corozal and our northern people for their joy of saying goodbye to the Old Year and Welcoming the New Year in costumes, with music and songs, fire crackers, fireworks and simply seeking a renewal of changes. The tradition of El Viejito is said to have been adopted from our neighbours in Mexico. Although the tradition has been modified over the years, it involves stuffing a dressed dummy four days before the year ends, and placing it in-front of houses around our town and villages. The dummy is stuffed with grass, paper, rockets, fire crackers and old rags to represent the ending of the old year.

Channel 7

Cancellations on Caye Caulker Caused By Utility Failures
Last night, we told you about the water emergency that residents of Caye Caulker had yesterday when the BWS water plant broke down - leaving the island without water for over a day! And, this at the hight of the tourism peak season! And that's after customers all across the island were experiencing intermittent water outages since Christmas Eve. And if the water outage wasn't enough, residents and visitors also had to cope with power outages. Belize Electricity Limited supplies the island with electricity through diesel generation, and since Boxing Day, 2 of their diesel generating units have gone down. Since then, the power company has had to ration power through load shedding.

BWS: A New Back-Up Water Plant Already On Island
So, you've heard the long list of complaints from the village chairlady and hotel owners, but what do the utilities have to say? Well, they've both gotten their systems back up and running - but in BWSL's case, that's not at a hundred percent. The company put out a release this afternoon saying that for the next few days water will be supplied, but at a slightly lower pressure. That's because the company's 150,000 gallon reservoir has been depleted. And, there are some works on the plant that have to continue - so the company will continue to transport water to the island on barges. As we told you last night all this happened because a drive shaft in the plant broke after 8 years of service. The replacement only lasted a few days before it also broke.

BEL Says Power Stable On "La Isla Carinosa"ť
So, what does the other utility company have to say about the power outages that have been plaguing Caye Caulker? This afternoon, we spoke with BEL's Corporate Communications Manager, and we asked her: Will there be a reliable power supply for the rest of the island's tourism high season? Here's what she had to say: Vonetta Burrell - Manager, Corporate Communications, BEL: "Since the evening of December 26th, we had a failure to two of our generating units on Caye Caulker. Caye Caulker, as you know, is the only municipality that's not connected to the national grid, and they're supplied by diesel generation..."

Man Charged For Christmas Day Shooting
On Thursday we told you about the Christmas day shooting that left 23-year-old Daniel Bennett unable to speak. It happened at about 12:25 p.m. on Christmas Day, December 25. And today, Clifford Baptist, the man who allegedly shot Bennet to the mouth was charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm in the court of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.

Leaders, Diverging Views on 2019
If you have 24 minutes of your life to give away, or if you're really, really into politics - you can sit through the New Year's Messages from our political leaders, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Leader of the John Opposition Briceno. If not, here's the most important bits. Barrow noted the downturn in tourism for the latter half of the year - which he attributed to sargassum and not crime - and added that airlift will increase next year with a flight from Europe:

Sam's Club In Chet Reportedly Robbed
And if you took a New Year's Eve jaunt across the border you might be alarmed to hear that there was a midnight armed robbery at a place well known to Belizeans, Chetumal's Sam's Club. According to online reports from Mexican news blog, at midnight last night, armed men in military dress entered the membership store and threatened the staff, managing to take money from the cashiers.

Construction Worker Falls To Death In North
A man in the north is dead after he allegedly fell from a construction site where he was working. It happened last week and the family of Godfrey Petillo claims that he was failed by his workplace and the Northern Regional Hospital

Roger Accused of Road Rage
We all are guilty of saying things in anger that we don't mean, but Roger Alexander Ventura Chamel is facing a court fine tonight for his harsh words. That's after he allegedly uttered a death threat at a man and pulled a pellet gun on him for added effect. The complainant, 55-year-old Maurice Kelly, reported to police that on December 20th, he parked his truck in front of Peppers Pizza, which is located on St. Thomas Street in Belize City. He said that he went inside to purchase food, and when he exited, Chamel engaged him in an angry confrontation. According to Kelly, Chamel accused him of crashing into his car. Both men argued back and forth until Chamel pulled out an object that appeared to be a firearm, and pointed it at Kelly.

The Jackpot Science
Last night we told you about the massive Boledo winnings that many regular buyers came up on after 2020 was the first prize in the Sunday Jackpot. That's the ultimate rake - the four digits of the new year playing days before the numbers on the new year turn. It doesn't get any easier than that.

What's Your New Year's Resolution
Tomorrow is New Year's Day and though it falls in the middle of the week, the day holds promise and symbolism for all of us. Whether you're the type that makes bold resolutions or just privately hopes that the odds go in your favour - the idea of a fresh start, a clean page, appeals to the optimist in all of us. And today Cherisse Halsall took to the street to get a sampling of public opinion on the year gone by and the merits of new year's resolutions:..

Stories From The First Half of 2019
And, finally, tonight we look back at some of the stories that made news in 2019. From the ICJ referendum to the San Pedro tourist murder that threatened an entire industry. Here they are, a look back at the biggest stores from first six months of 2019:

Channel 5

La Isla Carinosa Sin Agua on New Year’s Eve
Tonight, residents and visitors on Caye Caulker are doing their best to distribute a limited supply of potable water, amid a crisis situation where there is a severe shortage of [...]

Power Outage Exacerbates Situation in Caye Caulker
To make matters worse on La Isla Carińosa, there have also been intermittent power outages on the island.  On Monday, sometime after five p.m., there was an emergency outage which [...]

Water Continues to be Ferried to Caye Caulker
While work is underway to refill a hundred fifty thousand gallon water reservoir in Caye Caulker, Belize Water Services Limited is still sending out water trucks via barges to the [...]

A New Shaft Ordered for Caye Caulker
The effect that the shortage is having on local tourism on the island cannot be understated.  While BWS is aware of that issue, Operations Manager Dave Pascascio explains the process [...]

Hildebrandt Codd is Arraigned for Densmore Bowman’s Murder
A Belize City resident was arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court today for the murder of Densmore Bowman. Bowman, a thirty-four-year-old Belmopan resident had been reported missing back in November. [...]

Brothers Charged for Machete Attack in Bullet Tree
Two brothers have been charged for attacking and chopping Genaro Martinez and Patricio Kuylen on Sunday morning in Bullet Tree Village, Cayo. Police say that eighteen-year-old B.D.F. soldier Rony Hob and [...]

What Will the Murder Count for 2019 Be?
We are in the last few hours of 2019, and about to enter the New Year. So far, there have been more than one hundred and thirty homicides across the [...]

2019’s Main Causes for Murders
In 2019, we saw heinous and unbelievable murders. The official number of murders has yet to be determined and will be released in 2020 but by our count, it is [...]

Police Department Out in Full Force for New Year’s Celebrations
And with a few hours to go before 2019 comes to an end, the police department will be out in full force with an objective to keep the murder count [...]

Baptist Family Claims Police Harassment
The Baptist family from the Police Street area in Belize City is up in arms tonight after police officers barged into their houses just after six this morning. The officers [...]

Police Street Family Asks for Intervention by ComPol
In her interview, Denise Flowers says as a law abiding citizen, she is asking for Commissioner of Police Chester Williams to intervene in what she says may have an adverse [...]

What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?
For some, 2019 was filled with laughter, joy and success, for others it was tainted with sadness, deaths, and failures. But as the year starts anew, Belizeans across the country [...]

Bowen and Bowen is donating water to Caye Caulker village
B&B|Beverages, a Bowen & Bowen Company, is responding to the needs of the Caye Caulker Village during this holiday season, by donating water to the island. Due to a mechanical failure, which BWS is addressing and will have resolved shortly, Caye Caulker is experiencing a shortage of water. An emergency Bowen Barge is being routed to Caye Caulker containing a donation of Crystal Water; 3720 Bottles 5-Gallon and 7680 Bottles 1.75 Litre PET, which scheduled to arrive in Caye Caulker today, Tuesday, December 31st, 2019.

Amandala

2020!
For those Belizeans buying the weekly Sunday Lottery, a second Christmas came on Sunday, December 29, the last Sunday for 2019, before the new decade of 2020 strolls in. Most Lottery buyers believe in dreams, and many like to take things such as dates and events as the rake, so it was no surprise that many bought the four numbers of the coming year, in sequence. No it’s not hard to figure out why a large number of Lottery buyers decided to base the number on their Lottery ticket on the coming New Year: 2020. The numbers that pop out of the lottery machine at the old Treasury Building are oftentimes greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Who will win the 2020 Krem Cycling Classic?
The 30th edition of the KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic takes off at 9:00 a.m. from in front of the Customs checkpoint less than half-a mile-from the Mexico-Belize Border and there’s growing intrigue and tension in the air. From its inception 30 years ago, the race has always been unpredictable and exciting since it is a long sprint on one of the nation’s longest, straightest, flattest roads, coming at the tail end of the festive season of drinking and dining. Grizzled veterans, heretofore unheard-of youths and unknown foreigners have swooped in to win and in the past decade a growing list of large cash station prizes have increased the pace and the excitement. That list numbers seven $1,000 prizes and a $2,000 prize at the One Stop Service Station in Orange Walk, about one every 10-12 miles or so on average.

Belize Court of Appeal affirms LGBT freedom of expression
The Belize Court of Appeal handed down its decision in an appeal brought by the Government of Belize against the August 2016 ruling of the Supreme Court in which Chief Justice, Hon. Kenneth Benjamin had ruled that Section 53 of the Criminal Code which criminalizes same-sex intercourse is unconstitutional and a violation of the freedom of expression guaranteed under the Constitution of Belize. In its decision, which was summarized by Appeal justice Samuel Awich, the Court of Appeal dismissed the government’s appeal and affirmed the Chief Justice’s ruling that Section 53 is discriminatory against sexual orientation. The Court of Appeal ruled that Section 53 of the Criminal Code was in violation of Sections 3, 6, 12, 14 and 16 of the Belize Constitution. These are the sections which refer to freedom of expression and the dignity and equality of all persons before the law.

Water and electricity woes on Caye Caulker
Thousands of residents on the island of Caye Caulker are without water and electricity, and as a consequence of the twin woes on the island many tourists have interrupted their vacation and are leaving the island in droves, according to a report in the San Pedro Sun. According to a press release issued by Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) the problem has to do with the failure of a generator. The company dispatched technicians to the island to repair the generator which should be completed by tonight, Monday, according to a press release from BEL. The problem generator resulted in BEL having to shed load during peak hours. BEL said that the demand for power on Caye Caulker has increased.

Mathilda Usher Scott and Family Trophy for first Belizean female rider to cross finish line in KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic
Jacklyn Usher, a cycling enthusiast of Belize City, presented a trophy for the KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic 2020 at the Kremandala compound on Partridge Street today, at about 1:30 this afternoon. Usher said that the trophy will be presented to the first Belizean female rider that crosses the finish line in the upcoming Krem Cycling Classic that will be held this Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Usher said the trophy is called the Mathilda Usher Scott and Family Trophy. She said that she, her mother Mathilda, and family, have always been cycling enthusiasts, and they were at every race that was held in the city. She said it was her honor to make the donation in memory of her mother, who died five years ago.

Former House member, Hon. Onesimo Pech, passes
Honorable Onesimo Pech, 72, who was one of the victorious candidates in the first UDP government (1984 to 1989), passed away on December 26. For most of his life Mr. Pech, a son of Guinea Grass Village, was a school teacher, serving in a number of districts, but in 1984 he made a successful bid into electoral politics, winning the seat in Orange Walk South. He served as a member of the House of Representatives, and as Deputy Speaker.

GOB says it awaits Chamber response before proceeding with cyberbullying law
Social media is a global phenomenon and many governments around the world have had to pass new laws to regulate how it is used as a result of privacy concerns in the wake of its growth. Belize is a country which inherited a criminal justice system with no privacy laws, and the government has been slow in passing legislation to regulate social media. In a recent libel case, the Supreme Court awarded a hefty sum to a claimant who had sued for defamation of character based on a social media post. The more urgent issue in social media, however, has been cyberbullying, for which Belize has not yet passed legislation.

Government not considering redistricting ahead of 2020 general election
The Government of Belize was recently taken to court in a constitutional claim filed by the Belize Peace Movement (BPM), the Belize Progressive Party (BPP), and Vision Inspired by the People (VIP), for the Elections and Boundaries Commission’s failure to implement redistricting of the electoral constituencies in accordance with the requirement of the Belize Constitution. The case is before the Honorable Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, and the claimants are being represented by attorney Arthur Saldivar.

What’s going on, BDFA? Foundation members can’t vote?
A couple weeks ago, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) published the schedule for upcoming branch association elections in the New Year, as well as the date for the FFB Ordinary Congress and Elections. But a press release from the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) dated December 27, has raised eyebrows amongst some long time and foundation members of the football family. In a December 20 letter circulated to affiliate members of the FFB and branch associations, BDFA Chairman William Moguel announced the date for the “BDFA Election & Ordinary Congress 2020,” which is slated to be held on February 9, 2020.

Editorial: Heaven help us to improve leadership across this land
There is no dearth of candidates to vie for the hundreds of leadership positions in the village councils, the town and city councils, and the House of Representatives in our country, and there is no shortage of charisma in those who succeed in the elections, but oh, if all it took to make good leaders was popularity! If popularity was all that was demanded of leaders, Belize would not be in the chaos it is in today. Belize needs a lot of investment in leadership. It is a fact that we were a better run country when we were a colony, and we can say that because there were few reports of corruption in our political leaders and partisanship in our top public servants, and we were a tranquil haven.

Godfrey Petillo’s family blames his death on hospital negligence
Godfrey Petillo, 35, a construction worker of Orange Walk Town, was working on top of an unfinished building at about 11:30 Saturday morning at a worksite in Orange Walk Town, when he reportedly made a wrong step and fell to the floor below and suffered major bodily injuries. Petillo later died of severe internal injuries, which included broken ribs. After falling from the building, Petillo had gone to his family and informed them of what had happened and told them he was in great pain. His sister, Janine Petillo, said she took him to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he was told that his injury was not an emergency and so he had to wait his turn to see the doctor.

Oscar Cornel, Trial Farm village councilor, dies in sea collision
Oscar Cornel, 30, a member of the Trial Farm village council in the Orange Walk District, was found floating face-down in the sea near Hicks Caye (about 3 miles away from Caye Caulker) on Friday, after he was involved in a boat collision at about 7:30 on Thursday night, December 26. Cornel’s brother-in-law, Mario Rosales, 36, the boat’s captain, fell overboard due to the impact of the collision and was found at about 11:00 Friday night on an island about 8 miles from Caye Caulker. Rosales was taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic, where he is recovering.

Girl, 16, dies after “wild” shooting
On the night of Sunday, November 24, 2019, violence came to the door of an Antelope Street family when a gunman walked up to their wooden house on Antelope Street Extension and fired a barrage of gunshots. The seemingly indiscriminate shooting resulted in injuries to three persons, who were rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. The shooting victims were identified as a one-year-old toddler, who was inside the house at the time of the shooting; a 16-year-old minor, Chanteuse Martinez, and Chanteuse’s boyfriend, Marvin Martin, 23. Both Martin and the toddler were treated and released from the hospital.

Family homeless after fire destroys house in Orange Walk Town
A fire on Christmas night completely destroyed the 20’ x 20’ timber house of Daniel Novelo, 41, a laborer of Orange Walk Town. All the personal possessions and household furnishings of Novelo’s family were lost, and three members of the family are now homeless. Novelo told police that no one was at home at the time of the fire. He said they were all at the home of his in-laws at about 8:30 Christmas evening, enjoying a BBQ meal, when he was informed that his house was burning. When he rushed to his home he saw the back of the house in flames, which quickly engulfed the entire structure.

UB lecturer, Anthony Brown, murdered in his home
Anthony Brown, 54, a lecturer at the Toledo campus of the University of Belize, was found dead in his house on the outskirts of Elridgeville on Monday morning, two days before Christmas. Brown, who lived alone, was found with his hands and feet tied, and there were multiple stab wounds to his chest, neck, and back. His house was also ransacked. Neighbors of Brown became concerned when they did not see him on Monday morning, and they called police, who went to the house. Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero said that their investigations revealed that Brown was at home on Sunday when two men went to the house and attacked and subdued him. They then killed him.

Escaped prisoner, Christian Neal, recaptured after 7 months on the run
Christian Neal, 28, an inmate of the Belize Central Prison who escaped from the facility at about 11:00 on the morning of May 7, was recaptured yesterday, December 26, in Benque Viejo, where he was hiding. He is now back in his cell after being 7 months at large. He has been charged with escaping and will be sentenced to additional jail time. Neal, who was serving 15 years in prison for robbery and rape, was captured by plain clothes policemen in Benque Viejo, who saw him in the town and recognized him, based on the image on the wanted poster that was circulated countrywide for his arrest. Police said that he was arrested without incident and that he cooperated.

From the Publisher
As we enter the New Year, which will be an exciting one in the politics of Belize, what with a ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) leadership convention in February and general elections later in the year, I will conclude my series on Creole political leadership with a look at developments in the People’s United Party (PUP) in the post-Lindy Rogers/Harry Courtenay era. (I ended my analysis of UDP Creole leadership in the post-1950 period with my column in the last issue of the newspaper.) Carlos Diaz, in retrospect, should have emerged as the Creole powerhouse in the PUP after C. L. B. Rogers lost Mesopotamia in 1979 and after Carlos replaced Harry Courtenay in Lake Independence for the 1984 general elections. But Carlos lost Lake I in both the 1984 and 1993 general elections (he won it in 1989).

C-Ray D. Banner Ham & Turkey Race 2019
The C-Ray Cycling Club hosted their annual Ham & Turkey pre-Christmas Race on Sunday, December 22. A total of 67 cyclists across 6 different categories came out to participate. All races started and finished in front of Data Pro on the Boom/Hattieville Road. Race #1 was in the Elite Category. This race made a left at the Hattieville roundabout and headed to the Mile 8 roundabout, where they turned around and headed back to Data Pro, for a total of 37.3 miles. Taking the first station prize of $20.00 at Fresh Pond was Ernest Bradley of Clear the Land Cycling Team.

Jewel Fury crowned as back-to-back National Women Football Champions
At the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan on Saturday night, December 21, home standing Jewel Fury repeated as national women football champions when they emerged 2-1 winners over a game Rumberas from Mango Creek, Independence, in the final of the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) 2019-2020 Opening Tournament. Game 1 of the final had been a 1-1 draw the previous week in Cowpen Village; and it looked like another draw in regulation, after both teams scored early in first half, but went scoreless the rest of the way until injury time.

CYDP Peace Cup concludes at MCC – FC Elite are champions
The CYDP Peace Cup 2019-2020 Opening Season 1st Division tournament concluded yesterday at the MCC Grounds, where FC Elite emerged as champions. In the opener for 3rd place, Lake-I FC defeated Starz Academy, 2-1, with goals from Francis “Frys” Arana (12’) and Wilfred Fisher (23’), while Starz’ goal was by Jovaun Ramos (57’).

Paul of Belize says: Time for Reform
Belize it is time for REFORM. Whether the Blue or the Red bring it to realization is inconsequential to me. It must come to pass, if we are to become the real jewel that we can be. It will begin with truth and honesty – not deceit and trickery. On 10th November, 2019, an aspiring prime minister declared in a REPORTER article that there is “plenty corruption.” Was he being naďve, disingenuous or both? Was this his opening salvo to commence a campaign of demonization that will end with the damnable conclusion that he represents the lesser of the evils? No! No! No!

Jerome begins medical studies in Canada
At Easter every year, all schools gave two weeks of vacation, closing the Friday before Palm Sunday and reopening the Monday following Easter Monday. Our family usually spent this time at a small caye a few miles east of the capital, where one of Mama’s half-sisters on her father’s side lived with her husband, who was the caretaker. The owner had built a spacious, comfortable house for his family, and four small ones which he rented to friends. Because of our connection to the caretaker, we were allowed to rent one of these houses and spent our Easter holidays there most years. If we spoke early enough and the demand was not too great, we were able to obtain it to spend the May holidays there as well, but this had not happened as often as we would have wished, so we made the most of those two weeks, cramming our days with enjoyment — sailing, fishing, bathing in the sea, playing games and sleeping under the stars.

Black and brown people must be careful they aren’t working for white supremacists
How a person feels is important when we consider their words and actions, but how the person feels does not mean that what they say or do translates to the advancement of the agenda(s) they support. Let me put it bareŻwhen the day is done the question is: have I forwarded the cause of the downtrodden, or have I unwittingly, stupidly, helped an enemy of mankind? I’m on the subject because my daughter was giving the arm’s length to her 10-year-old daughter because she, my daughter, was watching Black Panther with her 4-year-old young son, and she didn’t want her daughter near because her daughter likes to talk during movies. My daughter said that she and her son didn’t want any interruptions while they were trying to figure out the plot.

Some drivers “plain stupid”
Dear Editor, I never owned a car when living in Belize; didn’t need one and used public transportation when I went out of town. Now and then I might catch a ride from a local friend who was going my way, but usually I got around via the bus. Time and again, when riding in a car with local drivers, I noticed some peculiarities they exhibited when behind the wheel. Foremost among these was the cavalier attitude displayed as they passed on a curve, the deadliest driving habit of them all. To do so is irrational and just plain stupid.

Keep an eye on Europe
Dear Editor, The world is safer with a European Union, but there is a small possibility it could unwind. The two world wars were European-centered. World War 2 is responsible for the most deaths in human conflict, with estimates ranging from 60 million to over 118 million. Besides all the European religious and political conflicts responsible for the deaths of millions, we in the Caribbean had the colonization of the Americas, which had an estimated death toll of 8.4 million to 138 million — one of the bloodiest human conflicts in history.

What an Audit of the British Empire’s Deadly Toll in Southern Africa Would Reveal
The colonial powers have never been called to account for the human cost of their centuries of global rampage. “It’s high time to examine the empire’s deadly toll.” In its 2019 election manifesto, the Labour Party pledged to conduct an “audit of the impact of Britain’s colonial legacy,” with the goal of understanding “our contribution to the dynamics of violence and insecurity across regions previously under British colonial rule.” Such a move would be welcome. A narrowly focused school history curriculum means that most Britons grow up with a limited knowledge of the history of the British Empire and about the consequences for indigenous peoples in foreign lands.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Fisherman spared jail for found bullet
Marcus Cruz, 21, a fisherman of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, was fortunate not to get […]

Bowen and Bowen donating water to Caye Caulker residents during water crisis
Today, B&B Beverages, a Bowen & Bowen Company, announced that it would be donating water […]

Condé Nast Traveller names Caracol Archaeological Site in Belize as one of 7 wonders of the world
Condé Nast Traveller, a luxury travel magazines based in England has named an archaeological site […]

BEL restores power to Caye Caulker
Earlier today, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) issued a statement informing that power supply was restored […]

“Men dying the most from sickness but less likely to visit the doctor” says Ministry of Health
Platforming off of the release of its cause of death statistics this week, the Ministry […]

The Orozco Appeal: Future challenges and the ins-and-outs of “common-law marriages”
On Monday evening, a special meeting is being held at the Our Circle conference office […]

Selfless fisherman Herman Williams is BBN ‘Person of the Year’
Most superheroes wear capes and have special powers. But Herman Williams, a fisherman, possessed neither […]

Blogs

Gorgeous Belize Weather & Lunch at Blue Water Grill
This last week on Ambergris Caye has really been beautiful. And the island is HOPPING with all the visitors. Give yourself a bit of extra time if you have errands or plans in town – traffic is moving slowly. But what’s the rush anyway? I find, as the passenger in our golf cart, that it’s the perfect time to enjoy the sights of the town. Like one of my favorite dogs lounging just inches away from traffic…minding his business. Yesterday, we treated ourselves to a delicious lunch at Blue Water Grill.

Belize Bucket List 2020
Belize, approximately 9,000 square miles, is a small country packed with countless adventures. Let us be your guide to the wonder that is this amazing little country with our top adventure picks that will take you on a journey of timeless memories. Here’s our bucket list of 90 things to do while in Belize. Our list has must-visit vacation destinations, and something for every interest – food, shopping, culture, history, and nature. Join the adventure and discover a destination unlike any other in 2020.

New Year Parties and Tropical Christmas Holidays in Belize
Christmas Holidays in Belize Thankfully today we are getting our showers out of the way early so we can hopefully have a dry New Year’s Eve. Tonight the view in the picture will be alive with people. If you are in town head to Nook (on the left, above) for some pre-party dinner. Make it a unique holiday experience, when the road becomes foot traffic only they put tables out front. Tonight will be lots of fun at Nook as well as the other venues listed below. First off, what’s Christmas without a few Reindeer. I was invited to a small dinner by my friend Cindy being held on our friend Diana’s Veranda. So I decided to make Cindy’s daughter Tinker (Océane) a reindeer frisbee.

Plan your Belize Fishing Charter
At 200-miles long, Belize has been blessed with the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world that’s put us on the global radar for sea-loving visitors alike, including fishing anglers. Sport-fishing in Belize provides nearly 3,000 jobs and generates more than $100 million dollars annually for Belize’s economy. With a unique seascape of deep-sea drops to mixed flats and lagoons, here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your 2020 Belize fishing charter!

International Sourcesizz

7 Caribbean countries to ban plastic in 2020
Seven Caribbean countries will introduce some form of single-use plastic and polystyrene ban in the New Year, but the Cayman Islands is not one of them. Although government here has been hinting that it is thinking about imposing some form of restriction, plastic use is currently entirely unrestricted, even though the Caribbean region is now ranked as one of the worst plastic polluted areas of the world. The main objective of the various bans in the regions is to address ocean pollution and the degradation of this region’s marine habitat.

Videos

  • News 5 2019 in Review, 33min.

  • BTIA on the Caye Caulker Water Situation/a>, 30min. The BTIA press conference addressing the situation regarding the power and water interruption.

  • Prime Minister Barrow's New Year's Address, 12min.

  • El Primer Ministro Mensaje de Ańo Nuevo, 12min.

  • Garifuna Collective KEXP Concert, 3min. he Garifuna Collective played at the KEXP studio. "The Garifuna Collective performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded September 27, 2019.

  • Shark feed Belize 2019, 2.5min.

  • Adventure Tours in San Pedro, Belize, 9min. his year's birthday trip was in San Pedro, Belize. We had such a great time and can't wait to go back! This vlog covers our trip to Shark Ray Alley (my fav) and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. We also got to spend time on Mahogany Bay Resort's private island and drive around downtown on a golf cart.

  • Xmas Day Garifuna Jankunu Dance - Belmopan, Belize, 7min. The Jankunu is a satirical dance where individuals dress like English colonial slave masters with a pink face mask, and dance off-beat to a fast tempo drum 4/4 beat.

  • Christmas Bram, Belize, 5min. Did you know about Christmas Bram in Belize. Ms. Ann-Marie Williams of the CARICOM Secretariat tells us all about this Christmas tradition and its roots.

  • Belize Off The Wall Trip Highlight,6 min. Belize Scuba Dive

  • Belize Scuba Diving 2018, 3.5min. Diving off Ambergris Caye.

  • Ak’bol Resort San Pedro, Belize Nice views and nice people, 4min. Very beautiful down in Belize

  • I went to Belize 4 The Glover files, 5min. This video is about an amazing journey to Glover Atoll.

  • Shark & Friend Belize, 1min. This Reef Shark came out of nowhere and took me by surprise! :) Then I noticed he was just following his little friend so it was OK.

  • Cristo Rey Youth Group Video Cayo, Belize, 8min. We envision the Cristo Rey Youth Center to be the center of the community and a tool for creating a stronger community through access to education, sports and counselling.

  • Belize 2017 - 9 Days, 14min.

  • EPIC TWO WEEKS IN BELIZE!!, 20min. We spent a whirlwind two weeks in Belize in the jungle, chasing waterfalls, snorkeling with sharks, paddleboarding, exploring underwater rivers and caves and MORE!!

  • Belize Scouts "Better than girl scouts", 3min. Scouting out Maya Beach & Placencia!

  • La Fiesta De San Joaquin, 17min. Do you know about La Fiesta De San Joaquin? The Fiesta honours the village's patron saint, San Joaquin, with novenas, a mass, and culminates in a grand fair! The fair has even evolved over the years and now features elements from other cultures in Belize. The documentary includes interviews with community members and local experts who share the fiesta's history and meaning.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - DAVID MONTGOMERY MCDOUGAL JR., 3min.

  • San Pedro New Year's Eve Celebration, 6min.

  • San Pedro New Year's Eve Celebration2, 7min.

  • San Pedro New Year's Eve Celebration3, 6min.

  • San Pedro New Year's Eve Celebration4, 9min.

  • San Pedro New Year's Eve Celebration Encore - Grupo Montana, 13min.

  • POSH Hair Studio - New Year's Eve Treats, 28min. POSH Hair Studio is helping you to get ready for your New Year's Eve celebration. The shared the latest trends in hair and showed us how to properly install and repair a wig. On set: Kimolyn Vernon - Owner, POSH Hair Studio. Moneifa Sulph - Beauty Consultant, POSH Hair Studio.

  • The Executives of the Belize National Teachers' Union (BNTU) Part 1, 20min. The Executives of the Belize National Teachers' Union (BNTU) were invited to recent meeting where they were consulted about the latest amendments proposed by the Ministry of Education. Today we spoke with them about the nature of the proposals and their position on them. On set: Elena Smith - President, Belize National Teachers' Union. Luke Palacio - First Vice President, Belize National Teachers' Union.

  • The Executives of the Belize National Teachers' Union (BNTU) Part 2, 27min.

  • LoveFM's NYE Countdown to 2020 p1, 2hr6min.

  • INTERVIEW WITH MR ANDRE PEREZ, 5.5min. Speaking with Standard Bearer of the People's United Party on the water and power situation.

  • San Pedro welcomes 2020 with spectacular fireworks!, 3min.

  • Rafi and Avram Travel to Belize Part 1 - Tikal, 7min.

  • Rafi and Avram Travel to Belize Part 2 San Ignacio ATM Caves Placencia, 8min.

  • Rafi and Avram Travel to Belize Part 3 San Pedro, 9min.

  • Rafi and Avram Travel to Belize Part 4 Caye Caulker, 9min.

  • Whistle-stop tour of Belize City, 3.5min.

  • New Year’s Eve 2019/2020 Placencia, Belize fireworks, 5min.

  • Caye Caulker Belize 2017, 8.5min.

  • Fireworks in Belize City, .5min.

  • La Cascada más grande de belize /tienes que ver y conoser este lugar - Hendry Geovanni Vasquez, 15min.