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The San Pedro Sun

2016 Ruling on Section 53 upheld by Court of Appeals
In a momentous ruling on Monday, December 30th, 2019, the Belize Court of Appeal upheld Chief Justice Honorable Kenneth Benjamin’s ruling which de-criminalized same sex intercourse under consent. The appeal case stemmed from Section 53 of the Belize Constitution, which stated that “Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.” Both the decisions by the Appeal Court and Honorable Benjamin’s original ruling from August 2016 state that Section 53 violates the constitutional rights of a person and as such “this section shall not apply to consensual sexual acts between adults in private."

Despite conservation efforts, another American Crocodile is butchered on Ambergris Caye
According to ACES, the remains of the mature female animal was found floating in the Sewage Waste Treatment lagoons (WASA ponds) with a fractured skull, stab wound through the belly, and a clean slice through the base of the tail. This latest poaching incident brings to light the continued increase of illegal activities committed against the natural environment and the lack of enforcement by local authorities.

Water and electricity crisis has Caye Caulker Village tourism industry and livelihoods in jeopardy
Caye Caulker Village began its New Year 2020 by struggling with shortages of water and electricity, which worsened on Monday, December 30th. With their tourism season in jeopardy due to water and electricity issues, islanders took to the streets to protest on Thursday, January 2nd, after days without a proper supply of either utilities. Both utility companies, Belize Water Services (BWS) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), continue to address the situation as best as they can, but power and water supply on the island is yet to be fully restored.

San Pedro Town welcomes 2020 in grand style with international entertainment
The island tradition of welcoming a new year with grand fanfare drew hundreds of islanders and visitors to the Central Park on Tuesday, December 31st for the big countdown. The annual celebration organized by The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) included formalities, a spectacular fireworks display, lots to eat and drink, and the performance of Grupo Montana from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. As the clock ticked towards midnight, the Central Park began swelling with people ready to ring in 2020. Shortly after 11PM, the official ceremonies began with a heartfelt invocation by Pastor Clive Welsh, who asked for a blessed new decade.

Various Belizean Sources

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New Facility and Café for the San Antonio Women’s Group
After years of hard work and dedication, yet another dream was about to come through for the San Antonio Women’s Group. In a relatively cool night, excitement grew in the compound as the women prepared to launch their new gift shop facility and café. Special invited guests, family and village officials were present to witness what is a major step forward for the women’s group. It is worth mentioning that previously the women’s group held its gift shop in a small facility that needed some upgrading. They are starting the year with a new structure that is located directly across (south) of their main compound. The new structure boasts of having a modern-built and decorated structure, improved shelving, and a small kitchenette area that will serve as a café.

San Pedro Liquor License renewal or new applicants
Liquor License Holders please be reminded that the Liquor License renewal or for new applicants commence next week Monday at the San Pero Lions Den starting at 9:00 a.m. Monday, January 6, 2020. Night Club License, Publican’s General, Publican’s Special Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Hotel License, Restaurant License, Shop License, Malt License, Convenience Store License, Beer License and New Applications.

Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar Offers Condolences to Taiwan in the wake of a Tragic Military Accident
On behalf of the Ministry of National Security, the Minister of National Security the Hon. John Saldivar and the Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Jo. Borland, wishes to express our deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Taiwan Military Chief of Defense General Shen Yi-ming.

Acting Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber Offers Condolences to Taiwan
Your Excellency.. On behalf of the govemment and people of Belize, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to the govemment and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the wake of the Black Hawk helicopter accident in which the Chief of the General Staff of the Ministry of National Defense and several high-ranking military officers lost their lives.

Corozal International Friendly Soccer Match
Corozal - Regional Football Match between Cancun Mexico and Corozal Belize at the Carolina Football Field this Sunday, January 5th at 3:30 p.m.

BEL to Caye Caulker Residents: Conserve!
Belize Electricity Limited thanks customers in Caye Caulker for your continued support in using energy sparingly during the peak hours that has resulted in the power supply being continuous for all customers on the island, particularly during the peak hours of 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. We ask that you continue to: • Use less or no air conditioners • Turn off lights and fans when not in the room • Limit use of electric appliances • Do not leave hot water running • Turn thermostat in refrigerators and freezers on medium Let’s work together to keep the lights on!

Arts for Animals
Art for Animals is the latest Wine & Paint idea, and it's a fundraiser for the Cayo Animal Welfare Society. It'll be next Saturday, January 11th, on Burns avenue. Contact Linda Luna at 664-7175 for more information.

TARRUS RILEY PERFORMING AT BELIZE CITY CIVIC CENTER FEBRUARY 14

JUNGLE WINS U18 MESOPOTAMIA NEW YEAR’s DAY FOOTBALL YOUTH CUP!!! CITY BOYS WIN U12!!!
The weather was the picture perfect setting for the 1st annual Mesopotamia New Year’s Day Football Youth Cup held at the Albert Hoy Football field. Four U18 & four U12 teams played their hearts out for a 5ft trophy, fifa replica trophy, gold medals and cash. Legendary Footballers such as Dubu Thomas refereed the games that came down to the wire in both U12 & U18. Jungle walked away with the Championship trophy, gold medals and cash for the U18 and City boys took home the same for the U12.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Jexi, Frozen II, Zombieland Double Tap, Maleficient Mistress of Evil.

Tecuani and the Duende in Orange Walk
Come bring the family for the Orange Walk Premiere of Belize's first animated movie short 'Tecuani and the Duende - The Voice of the Jaguar'. For the first time we will be screening both our English and Spanish language versions of the movie!! But it doesn't end there! Join us for enthralling storytelling from Carmen Carrillo and Dońa Libertad Cal who will share their experiences of seeing Tata Duende and a taster of the amazing Yucatecan history of Tata Duende/Nukuch Tat from Andy Chuc and Faustino Yam. We will even be graced with an amazing Mestizo dancing performance from the Yo Creek Yo' Sayab group.

Channel 7

8 Homeless, One Critical After Fire
8 people are homeless tonight and one woman is critical with burns to 40% of her body. It happened yesterday afternoon in a double house fire in a yard on Flamboyant Street - where, amidst the chaos, there was heroism to save a burning woman's life. We were at the scene today:... Jules Vasquez reporting: Every time Fallon Gamboa walks through her house, it's like reliving the memory again, of all she lost in a few raging minutes of a fire in free burn. At 4:30 yesterday on Flamboyant Street, the fire devoured two small structures and damaged a third - all of them in the same yard - home to 8 people.

Fire's Genesis is a Mystery
Today we asked the Belize City Fire Station Supervisor, Kenneth Mortis about the first hand accounts which tell of a fire breaking out in three places inside the house, all at once. He said it is puzzling to them also: Reporter: "Have you guys been able to establish what caused that fire?" Kenneth Mortis, Station Supervisor, National Fire Service "The investigation isn't concluded as yet. It is a bit out of the norm so to speak..."

Cotton Tree Fire Caused By Electrical Fault
Mortis also discussed a New Year's Day fire in Cotton Tree village where two families comprising 11 lost everything. It happened on Wednesday afternoon, when the fire consumed a cement bungalow. Mortis says this one was definitely electrical: Kenneth Mortis: "We have investigated and concluded that that fire was as a result of an electrical fault which stems from faulty extension cords which damaged and exposed the electrical wires..."

Cal Brothers Accused of Chopping Cop
Last night we told you about 33 year old PC Edgar Teul - who was viciously chopped in a New Year's Day neighborhood dispute. The off duty cop's skull was cracked by a machete by a group of men who had. been fighting with his siblings. Police were in the area and responded immediately; they detained the men on the spot and, today, four of them were arraigned for the attack. They are brothers 21 year old Abelino Cal 21, and 18 year old Magdalo Cal, who are both charged for attempted murder and use of deadly means of harm, while their older brother, 23 year old Irvin Cal and 21 year old Migdael Gonzalez were both charged with aggravated assault.

Utility Exec's Say Sorry to La Isla Carinosa
For the past 2 nights, we've been showing you the backlash from the Caye Caulker community in response to the critical failures in public utilities on the island. The island village's all important tourism high season was ruined at its peak because the utility companies couldn't keep the island reliably supplied with light and water. There have been mass cancelations by visitors, and the hoteliers have had to grapple with demands for full refunds. That's only part of the negative effect. The stakeholders are worried that these failures will cause the disgruntled guests to start spreading a bad name for Caye Caulker, which is rated as Belize's top emerging destination.

BEL's Medium Term Plans For Stable Power On Island
From there, each utility company offered the residents of Caye Caulker an explanation of what they're doing to keep the light and water on during the rest of this tourism high season. And what sort of redundancy measures they're putting in place to address any future failures in their systems. BEL's Chief Executive Officer was up first: John Mencias - CEO, BEL: "You all would know by now, because we've been saying it over and over, that we plan to connect Caye Caulker to the national grid, via a submarine cable that loops through San Pedro..."

Keeping Water Running On Caye Caulker
Belize Water Service's Limited was up next, and the company's CEO, Alvin Haynes, briefly discussed their plans to restore their reverse osmosis plant's full capacity. Here's what he had to say about that and the water company's plan to try and keep pace with Caye Caulker's rapid growth: Alvan Haynes - CEO, BWSL: "Belize Water Services has been serving Caye Caulker for the last 10 years or so. The plant that we put in place was sized to meet the capacity and the estimated growth for the next 20 years. Obviously, the growth in Caye Caulker has been phenomenal, and we have observed over the last 5 years that the growth in connections and consumption in Caye Caulker has been the highest growth in all the service areas that BWS serves."

Big Sewage Problem Looms Over Caye Caulker
You'll notice that at the end of his comments, the BWS CEO briefly brought up the concerns about a proper sewage system for the island. As we showed you last night, residents are worried that sewage is a growing problem for Caye Caulker. They have sounded the alarm that if something is not done urgently, that's another crisis waiting to happen. Well, the CEO told residents that the BWS is acutely aware of the problem, and is currently exploring possible solutions: Alvan Haynes - CEO, BWSL: "The unfortunate thing is that sewage collection and treatment is required urgently for environmental reasons, health reasons, and business reasons. But sewage is expensive..."

Regulator and Utility Boss Clash
You'll also remember that at the height of Caye Caulker's frustration about the utility failures, the Caye Caulker Business Association, made a public call for intervention from the Public Utilities Commission. This Association demanded that the utilities regulator step in, investigate the problem, and penalize the providers. Well, the PUC Chairman addressed that demand today.

Neglect?: 9 Year Old dies One Month After Being Burned In Toledo
It hasn't made the news, but a 9-year-old boy in the Toledo District died on New Years Day after suffering severe burn injuries. It happened at his home in San Miguel Village. The family's ordeal goes back to early November when the boy, named Hernando Ack was playing with a cigarette lighter while he was sitting on what is believed to be a pit latrine. It is unclear what happened, but there may have been some combustion of the methane gas in the latrine, and that caused Hernando to get badly burned to his leg and stomach area.

AG Mike P Tells PUP John B to Show Proof or Be Called "Liar"ť
By now, you should have seen the lengthy New Year's messages from Belize's mass party leaders, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Leader of the Opposition John John Briceno. As the incumbent, Barrow's statement is a golden serving of sunshine, while, as the challenger, Briceno's message is like a catalogue of misdeeds, mishaps and wrongdoings by the ruling UDP. But, he goes even further; the PUP leader accuses unnamed persons, quote, "at the highest level of the UDP government" of facilitating the landing of drug planes.

Peyrefitte Vies For UDP Chairmanship
We also asked Peyrefitte about his bid for the post of UDP Chairman. The UDP's big national convention is only weeks away - and the lists of divisional delegates have now been sent in and finalized. Peyrefitte says he feels confident he can campaign to the 569 delegates in the limited time. Now the party Chairman has to remain independent, but we asked him if he is secretly with either Saldivar or Faber: John Castillo and Dr. Carla Barnett are also vying for Chairman.

Pech Sent To Jail for 6th Conviction
Tonight, 52-year-old Elias Pech, a resident of the Hattieville/Boom Road, is at the Belize Central Prison serving out a 6-month prison sentence. That's after he pleaded guilty to stealing a bicycle, making this his 6th conviction for crimes of dishonesty. The incident happened on December 21st in Burrell Boom Village. Edison Dawson reported to police that his silver and black beach cruiser bicycle, valued at $100, was stolen from his yard. When he reviewed surveillance footage from his home cameras, he saw Pech riding off on it.

Channel 5

B.T.B. Brings B.W.S. and B.E.L. to the Table in Caye Caulker
Five days of water and electricity outages on the island of Caye Caulker, have resulted in massive financial losses. While the two utilities have been restored, the economic impact is [...]

“B.E.L. is not mollycoddled at all” – John Mencias
During this morning’s stakeholders’ forum, P.U.C. Chairman John Avery commented on the inconsequential effect of imposing a fine on either of the two utility companies.  Given the fact that government [...]

Burn Victim Critical at K.H.M.H. after Flamboyant Street Fire
The New Year did not start well for two Belize City families. Their houses on Flamboyant Street were destroyed by a fire that spread quickly gutting the two wooden structures.  [...]

New Year’s Day Fire Destroys Home in Cotton Tree
New Year’s Day is usually a time for celebration and a day to look forward to exciting things in the year ahead.  But for one family in Cotton Tree Village, [...]

Fire Department Warns about Faulty Electrical
As you heard just now, the Samoza family lost all their belongings in a blaze that damaged their family home. They are now in need of roofing materials and other [...]

Teachers Encourage to Wear Green t-shirts in Response to MOE’s Proposed Amendments to Education Rules
The militant Belize National Teachers Union is starting the New Year with a bang calling on its membership to wear their ‘Teechaz Gat Yu Bak” t-shirts on Monday when classes [...]

24 Hours for Opposition Leader to Present Proof in Drug Plane Allegations
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte has responded to bold assertions made by Opposition Leader John Briceńo in his New Year’s address during which he states that the endless landings of drug [...]

Harsh Words from the AG to P.U.P. Party Leader
According to the Attorney General, the fact that Briceńo stopped short of naming names does not exempt him from libel and slander.  He goes on to say that if the [...]

Major Movements in the Judiciary?
The Supreme Court’s January session is set to begin later this month on January thirteenth, but in the year ahead, the bench is facing a void.  At next week’s sitting, [...]

Cop Attackers Go before the Court
Today, four persons were arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate Court for the New Year’s Day attack on Police Constable Edgar Teul.  The foursome includes Guatemalan national Migdael Gonzalez, as well [...]

Was Young Boy Abandoned in San Pedro? Police Looking for his Family
Police needs your assistance in locating the family of this young boy; he is Joviel Zetina. He was found early this morning in the DFC area of San Pedro and [...]

Mike Peyrefitte Pursues U.D.P. Chairmanship Ambition
The leadership race for the United Democratic Party continues to intensify as the date for the national convention draws nearer.  Contesting the post for chairman is Michael Peyrefitte.  The attorney [...]

Faber and Saldivar Issue Prime Ministerial Messages to Taiwanese Government
Two letters were dispatched today to the government and people of Taiwan. One was from the acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber to the President of Taiwan and the other was [...]

Will G.O.B. Challenge Section 53 Ruling at the C.C.J.?
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte has also weighed in on a recent decision by the Court of Appeal to uphold the ruling of the Supreme Court in respect of the Section [...]

B.N.T.U. and M.O.E. Meet Over Disputed Land in Corozal
Members of B.N.T.U.’s Corozal Brach and National President Senator Elena Smith met with the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Education this afternoon in Belize City. The meeting revolved [...]

Where is the Senate Report?
It’s the start of the New Year and U.D.P. Senator Aldo Salazar has yet to present his draft report relating to the passport scandal.  Senator Salazar chaired the year-long hearings [...]

B.N.T.U. President Questions G.O.B.’s Sluggish Process of UNCAC Implementation
In 2016, the government signed the United Nations Convention Against Corruption after tremendous pressure was placed by the powerful Belize National Teachers Union and the private sector.  It has been more [...]

Over 2000 Births at the K.H.M.H. in 2019; 55% by C-Section
On Thursday, we introduced you to a set of babies born on the first at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for 2020; five to be exact, which included a pair [...]

K.H.M.H.—a Certified Mother-Baby Friendly Medical Facility
Still of the matter of babies, at the maternity ward of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, there are posters and signs promoting the importance of breastfeeding. So much so that [...]

Amandala

Utility companies fail Caye Caulker
The eyes of the nation have been focused on Caye Caulker for several days now, since the failure of Belize Water Services Limited’s (BWSL) reverse osmosis system led to mass inconvenience on Belize’s “Destination of the Year.” Then, to make matters worse, the island was plunged into powerlessness and darkness when the generators of the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) experienced mechanical failure after more than two decades of use. Caye Caulker has been without water for the last 5 days. 3,720 (5-Gallon) bottles and 7,680 (1.75 Litre PET) bottles were donated to the island by Bowen and Bowen two days ago, and in addition to that, two water trucks were taken to the island to distribute water to hotels. BWSL, in their press release last week, explained that it has ordered a shaft from overseas to replace the one that was broken on its reverse osmosis water treatment plant. It could take several days before the shaft arrives in the country.

Supt. Chi and 3 others go on trial for landing drug plane
In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 9, 2018, a blue and white single-engine Cessna airplane touched down on a road in the Blue Creek area of the Orange Walk District. The plane was loaded with 655 kilos of cocaine which Belize law enforcement authorities seized after a shootout with the traffickers. That successful interception of a drug plane would soon result in a black eye for the Belize Police Department, when the officer in charge of the Orange Walk police formation, Senior Superintendent David Chi, was arrested and charged in connection with the landing of the plane.

Oscar Quiroz Wins 30th Edition of KREM’s New Year’s Cycling Classic
It was a swift start to the 30th annual KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic elite race from the Corozal border to Central American Boulevard in Belize City. Some three miles in there was a breakaway of eleven riders who got a lead of 30 seconds and turned it to over 2 minutes. They included Gregory Lovell, Joslyn Chavarria, Jr., Henry Moreira, Shawn Armstrong, Jr., David Henderson, Ernest Bradley, Tarique Flowers, Angel Tzib, Herman Requeńa, Devin Azueta and Keion Robateau.

Fire destroys four houses on Flamboyant Street
A fire at about 2:30 this afternoon destroyed four houses in a yard on Flamboyant Street in Belize City, leaving a number of persons homeless. On our arrival on the scene the firemen of the Belize National Fire Service were already in action, putting out the flames. The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained, but a senior fire officer at the scene pointed out an illegal connection for electrical power on a lamp post, and noted that the house to which it was connected did not have a meter.

Amandala’s front page headlines in review for 2019
When 2018 closed, Belize had recorded 148 murders and instead of a tranquil beginning to the New Year, 2019 began with a grim record of 5 murders, which we reported in our newspaper’s first edition for the New Year, dated January 4, 2019. The New Year’s murders began in the northern Belize District, in Lucky Strike, when a woodcarver, Howard Coleman, 58, was attacked and stabbed to death in his house. A 24-year-old man, Giovanni Jones, allegedly stabbed Coleman to death in a dispute involving a woman who was staying at Coleman’s house.

First three babies born this year at the KHMH receive gifts
Three lucky babies, the first babies to be born at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for the New Year, received hampers that contained baby products such as baby wipes, baby clothes, baby food, and other necessities. The hampers were donated by James Brodie and Co. Ltd., and Santiago Castillo Ltd.

“Big Baby” Miller says he has sights on heavyweight title later this year
Heavyweight boxing contender, Belizean Jarrel “Big Baby” Miller, came to Belize from the United States where he resides to tell Belizeans not to lose hope in him because he has rebounded after his fall from grace and he is aiming to take the title later this year. Miller, a top ten heavyweight who has never been beaten, hopes to fight in Las Vegas in February, a fight he needs to help him commence his climb back into contention for the biggest prize in boxing.

Police to set up permanent checkpoints to curb crime
Days before the New Year, a leaked memorandum from the Belize Police Department caused an uproar on social media when the public got wind of the methods that the police have planned to utilize at their checkpoints. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams eventually admitted that there were “mistakes” in the original document and that it had been revised. The gist of the matter, however, is that the Belize Police Department will be embarking on a new policing strategy to combat violent crimes.

Congratulations to Brando and Melita Vasquez on their Wedding!
Mr. Martin Vasquez and family takes this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Brando and Mrs. Melita Vasquez on their wedding vows that took place on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the San Lazaro Catholic Church.

Thumbs up for Senator Mark Lizarraga and Thumbs down for Senator Aldo Salazar
Our disappointing Belizean of 2019 is Senator Aldo Salazar. Senator Aldo receives a monthly salary from the people’s purse and is tasked with compiling and presenting a report on the Senate’s investigation into wrongdoing by government ministers in the disgraceful, dangerous passport scandal, but he is behaving in a manner that suggests he is maybe being paid by another purse to drag his feet on the report so it doesn’t see the light of day.

Hildebrandt Codd, 32, charged for the death of Densmore Bowman
After an extensive search for Densmore Bowman, 34, a laborer of Belmopan, who went missing on November 30 after he left home that morning to go to Western Union to collect money sent to him by his mother (about $212), his body was found by relatives of his on the morning of December 16 in a shallow grave in bushes between Miles 25 and 26 on the George Price Highway near the Garbage Transfer Station. His hacked body was in an advanced state of decomposition.

Insurance Sales Agent fined $500 for firearm offence
Roger Alexander Ventura Chamel, a sales agent for an insurance company, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a firearm when he appeared on Tuesday, December 30, 2019, before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. He was fined $500 and was given until February 28 to pay. If he defaults on payment he will serve 5 months. Before she decided on the sentence Senior Magistrate Ford heard a plea for mitigation from Chamel’s attorney, Hurl Hamilton, and Chamel himself. Hamilton said that it was Chamel’s first offence and he had saved the court time by pleading guilty at the first opportunity. Chamel said that he was sorry for what he did and he asked for leniency.

Genaro Martinez and Patricio Kuylen chopped in Bullet Tree
Genaro Martinez, 32, and Patricio Kuylen, 36, both laborers of Bullet Tree, were both chopped in a bar in the village Sunday night by two men known to them. They are in a serious but stable condition at the Western Regional Hospital. An investigation into the chopping of the men led to Ryan Hob, 23, also of Bullet Tree. He has been detained pending a number of charges, and the search for the second man involved in the chopping continues.

Farmer, 88, drowns in creek in San Antonio, Toledo
Ponciano Coy, 88, a farmer of San Antonio, was walking across a stream in the village at about 10:00 Friday night, when he missed his step and fell. Coy suffered injuries when he fell, and drowned. He was seen lying face-down in the stream Saturday morning by some children who were walking on the road, and they went to alert his family. His granddaughter went to the scene and he was taken to the San Antonio Polyclinic, where he was officially declared dead. Coy’s body was then taken to the Punta Gorda Community Hospital, where a postmortem exam was to be conducted. Police said that foul play is not suspected.

Luke Barrow shot in Gungulung
uke Barrow, 23, a laborer of the Gungulung area in Lake Independence, Belize City, was standing by the lane which leads to his house at about 9:00 last night when a man came up and fired at him, and the gunman then ran out of the area. Sheryl Barrow, Luke’s mother, said that he suffered gunshot wounds in his chest and in his arm. He was in the area near his house selling marijuana, but the motive for the shooting is not yet known.

GoB extension of gill net use is cheap revenge on Oceana
It is possible that it hasn’t sunk into the heads of some leaders of this country, the ones who sit in Cabinet every Tuesday morning, that the Nassau Grouper, a fish of exceptional quality, a fish that is a part of Belizean lore, is now considered a critically endangered species, and for this reason fisher folk of our country are not allowed to fish in any of the 13 spawning areas in our country from December 1 to March 31 each year. The experts say that we are guilty of overfishing this prized species. That means that our leaders sat by, and either didn’t make appropriate laws or, if they did, they failed to effectively enforce them.

CYCLING FEDERATION OF BELIZE OFFICIAL RESULTS
Race Category: Elites & Under 23 & Masters 1 QUIROS, Oscar Jr. 2 CHAVARRIA, Josyln Jr. 3 SANTIAGO, Richard 4 DELONG, John 5 TZIB, Angel 6 LOVELL, Giovanni 7 ROBATEAU, Keion 8 POPE, Byron 9 TAYLOR, Anthony

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.

We Need an Elected Senate
Belize Election 2020 should be historically significant if our electors (voters) insist that the candidates present themselves as committed, irrevocably, to a program of REFORM. What must this include? Reform must include the curtailment of the power of the Prime Minister, for under the present constitutional arrangements he has legally dictatorial control of all the checks and balances, even of the most basic one —the Supreme Court. He controls the Judiciary through the appointment of the Chief Justice.

Stella walks out on Uncle Lito!
When Lloyd was ten years old the Civil Service Credit Union, to which both Nigel and I belonged, had started a self-help project for members who had been able to save consistently over a period of time, to assist with loans to acquire housing. Having enjoyed rent-free accommodation in the family home for so many years, we considered it was time to look ahead to provide for our little family, and decided to take advantage of what was being offered.

What? Lisa to marry Caleb Orosco?
Colin: (on cell phone) Hey, Bro, I still have my column and I’m thinking about what to write for Friday. What’s the big news back home? Bro: You still in America? I thought you’d be home for New Year’s. Colin: I came to this Godforsaken place on a jet plane and I’m trying to get out, but I want to go home through the back. Bah, there’s so much going on at the border. Thanks to Obama and Trump, it’s hard to get out of this sinful land without going through all their scrutiny. It’s like they don’t want me to leave.

Brian Plummer and the Nash Equilibrium
Belize and the Caribbean have been plagued with a high murder rate. The problem has never been addressed adequately and current methods are more of the same by trying to cure the high homicide rate with increased policing. The use of strong policing is an extension of business as usual. The murder rate has escalated and so has the method of policing.

Bolivar in Haiti
Colombia and Haiti have both been ignited by protests, as part of what looks like a global uprising against austerity, corruption, and unaccountable politicians. In the case of Colombia, African descendent and indigenous communities have been particularly vocal, inserting their unique demands into broader narratives for systemic change. The link that binds these resistance movements dates back to the turn of the nineteenth century, when Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar sought help from the newly founded republic of Haiti, the first country in Latin America to gain independence, and the first republic to be born out of a slave revolt. It was out of this often unacknowledged rendezvous that the struggle for Latin American independence began to take off.

The Reporter

Child Found By Police In San Pedro Wondering The Streets
It is a rare occurrence in Belize, and we cannot recall the last time that such an incident occurred. but today an unusual request from police has highlighted the plight of a young boy on the tourist haven of San Pedro Ambergris Caye.

What Caused Fast-Moving-Fire: Thursday Evening
A woman identified as Elena Reina was seriously injured on Thursday evening during a house fire on Flambouyant Street in Belize City.

UTILITY CRISIS: Tourism in Caye Caulker Suffers
A water and electricity crisis in Caye Caulker over the past week has led to a mass cancellation of tours and an exodus of tourists from the island, a disaster that tourism stakeholders say will surely create an economic dent on the island, and will also be reflected in the BTB’s annual statistics for overnight arrivals.

Elderly Man Found Dead In Creek
When Ponciano Coy, 88, left home in San Antonio Village (Toledo District) last week Friday night, his children did not know that would be the last time they would have seen him alive.

Every Dream Starts Somewhere
In an environment crippled by the rising cost of living, scarcity of jobs and a lack of opportunities, one must do what it takes to survive and for Alex Gordon, 25, if that means setting up a taco stand, putting on an apron and selling tacos on the street side to ensure that he is able to provide a better future for his son, then so be it.

Rum & Resolutions
Rum & Resolutions By: Mike Rudon Jr. – I’ve never written this column to get pity, or even attention. I think, maybe at the very beginning, I wrote as a plea for understanding. I’m a decent writer, and I thought that if I could put my struggle on paper, people would get it.

Editorial- January 5th. 2020
The big story of interest for the year just ended, apart from the referendum debate to take our land dispute with Guatemala to the International Court of Justice, was without a doubt, the economy.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Reynaldo Verde requests bail, house arrest in US extortion trial
Reynaldo Verde, the former Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Services who awaits trial through […]

NEMO assists victims of New Year’s fire in Cotton Tree Village
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has provided humanitarian assistance to victims of a fire […]

Belize one of the “cheapest places to visit in 2020,” says online publication
Radio.com, an online news and travel site has listed Belize as one of the 12 […]

Mesopotamia New Year’s Day football youth cup! Jungle win U18! City boys win U12!
The weather was the picture-perfect setting for the 1st annual Mesopotamia New Year’s Day Football […]

Infant child reportedly abandoned with bag of clothes in San Pedro
Reports to BBN is that an infant child was reportedly left abandoned near the DFC […]

Minister of National Security extends condolences to Taiwan in wake of tragic military accident
Picture: Taiwan News Minister of National Security, John Saldivar issued a statement extending sympathies to […]

Taiwan’s Top Military Official and 7 Others Die in Helicopter Crash; Belize extends its deepest sympathies
Picture: Taiwan News Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Patrick Faber issued a statement just now […]

One Guatemalan and three Belizeans charged for assault of PC Teul
A Guatemalan national and three Belizeans were arraigned today at the Belmopan Magistrate’s court for […]

Cayo Animal Welfare Society hosting clinics
Pet owners in San Ignacio, Santa Elena, and the surrounding villages can get low-cost spay […]

Fire destroys two homes, badly burns woman
Two homes are destroyed and a woman critically injured after a fire yesterday. It occurred […]

New Year’s addresses from Government leaders
2020 will be a year of destiny for Belize’s major political parties as they gear […]

Commander of Iranian forces killed in US ordered strike
Commander of Iranian forces, Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a US ordered drone strike in […]

Blogs

Flying to and around Belize
When the New Year hits, we often find ourselves making plans and promises – resolutions if you will. It seems the biggest one is to ‘Travel More,’ and we agree! Even here in Belize, we promise to get out and explore more of what the jewel has to offer. We can only imagine how our friends feel as they brave snow, frigid temperatures and generally gray days, plotting their next getaway to our sunny islands, warm rainforests and chill jungle getaways. Thankfully, we are easily accessible through various airlines from 19 cities and seven countries.

Belize Hosts Diplomats From All Around the World
There are twelve official embassies in Belize, and they represent some of the most meaningful powers in the world. Unlike most of Central America, English is the official language in Belize. Despite the presence of wide variety of different cultures like the German speaking Menonites and Mestizos who blend together native and Spanish cultures, English speakers can navigate their way through Belize more or less freely. The official embassies in Belize reflect this linguistic allegiance while still remaining cognizant to their geographic role in the region. Both the United States and the United Kingdom have official embassies in Belize, as do major international players like Mexico and Taiwan.

Ikooma – A Beauty Brand To Know In 2020
Ikooma’s creator, Jolie Pollard, is herself a “curly girl” living in a humid beach community (Placencia). Everyone knows that fighting frizz is a constant struggle in this climate. The name Ikooma is derived from the scientific name for seaweed: Echeuma Isiforme, which is the seaweed variety expertly farmed near her home. Ikooma is her way of “Kriolizing” the name to make it easier to remember. This talented young entrepreneur began her journey during a results-driven quest to find the right products for her own naturally curly hair.

Be Conscious – Keep the Ocean Clean
Belize has miles after miles of the most beautiful, sugar like, white sandy beaches. These are surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and protected by the intriguing barrier reef. But with all this protecting our little country, what are we doing to protect it in return? The ocean benefits us in many ways, on a personal level as well on an economic and recreational level. Here are a few reasons to safeguard our sea:

International Sourcesizz

Latin America & the Caribbean - Monthly Situation Snapshot - As of 01 January 2020
The most recent regional food security report from FAO, PAHO/WHO, UNICEF and WFP reveals an 18.1 per cent prevalance of undernutrition in the Caribbean, well above the global rate of 10.7 per cent. Agencies are concerned with hunger in the region growing by 4.5 million people since 2014 to reach its highest point in the last decade. The regional undernourishment rate of 6.5 per cent is lower than the global rate of 10.8 per cent. 2018 marks the fourth consecutive year with rising hunger figures. Moderate-to-severe food insecurity is also on the rise, increasing by 32 million people between the 2014-2016 period and the 2016-2018 period.

Why this man is lingering over his winter bike ride through Atlantic Canada
Arie Hoogerbrugge was never one for spending time outside in the cold, but he says he is enjoying a winter bike ride through Atlantic Canada so much he is taking his time. Hoogerbrugge's ride will eventually take him to Tuktoyaktuk, before he turns south for the long ride down the Americas to the southern tip of Argentina. But it started on Nov. 12 in St. John's. Biking across Canada is a challenge at the best of times. Hoogerbrugge chose to do it in the winter specifically to add an extra edge. He was not even a big biker, or a winter sports enthusiast. He makes his home in Belize. "I'm all about the jungle. All about the jungle the tropics," he said.

Videos

  • Tourism Stakeholders Briefing on Caye Caulker, 2hr.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - SISTER MARY CHRISTINE ESCALANTE, 2min.

  • Glover’s Reef - Belize, 1.5min.

  • Swedish gringo in Belize, 7min. One week in Central American paradise Belize!

  • 4K Drone Footage - Caye Caulker Belize, 5min.

  • 4K drone footage Caye Caulker Belize, 3min.

  • 4K drone footage of Ladyville Belize, min.

  • 3 January 2020 Howler Monkeys Belize, 3min. Burrell Boom Andrew Baptist homecoming.

  • Belize Decembre 2019 Underwater Snorkeling, 3min.

  • Jellyfish, 8sec.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Clement Cecil Usher Sr., 2.5min.

  • Karl H. Menzies - wine to ring in 2020, 16min. Karl H. Menzies is offering you a deal on your wine to ring in 2020. We talked with Amalia Quiroz, Manager of The Beverage Division at Karl H. Menzies, about the selection available for every palate. You have to be quick as the deal ends at midday today!

  • The Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina annual New Year's Eve Party, 17min. The Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina is hosting their annual New Year's Eve Party to mark the ending of this decade. We got all the details from the crew. on our couch: Demmy Williams - Sales Manager, Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. Josephine Waller - Bartender, Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. DJ Emperor - Performer.

  • Highlights and low points of the last decade, min. Our panel joined us to recount the highlights and low points of the last decade. They talked about everything from social media and technology to the resurgence of African culture and activism, the growth of music and the rise in mental health awareness. They shared their perspectives on how these things reflected locally and the impact to our industries.

  • Fly Fishing For Permit In Belize, 5min. April 2019, fly fishing for Permit in San Pedro, Belize. 5 Permit in 3 Days with a double header ending! Outstanding guide Darrel Smith AKA: The Permit Whisperer!

  • Believe in Belize (feat. Alida Sharp, Kudzae & Boy & His Drum), 4min.

  • First International Hipball Tournament Belize Video_AJUPEME USA, CA Delegation, & Team Itzpapalotl, 11min. AJUPEME - California Delegation is super excited to announce that AJUPEME - Turtle Island - USA placed 3rd place at their 1st International Tournament in Orange Walk, Belize

  • SAN PEDRO BELIZE !! golf cart road trip, 3min.

  • Drone footage of the 2019 Krismus Bram Festival on 21st December, 1min.

  • Whale shark, 1min.

  • Feeding Manta Ray, 1min.