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The San Pedro Sun

The Belize Academy of the Performing Arts to offer its first concert in San Pedro Town
The mission of the recently organized Belize Academy of the Performing Arts (BAPA) is to create a high-caliber, professional national symphony in Belize to strengthen and expand music education throughout the country. BAPA’s creation was announced in April 2019 by Belize’s Governor General Sir Colville Young and Attorney Joel Nagel, resident of San Pedro Town and chairman of Caye International Bank Ltd.

New direct international flights announced for Belize
In his New Year’s address, Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow declared that Belize will see three new direct international flights between the Philip S.W Goldson International Airport and Washington D.C., New York City, and as far as London, England. The new air routes are to start in 2020, however, further details have not been provided. These routes were added due to the reported increase in tourism over recent years in Belize. According to the Ministry of Tourism, overnight tourism arrivals kept increasing in 2019 and of those figures represented 12.2% Europeans.

Ambergris Today

Caye Caulker Now With Stable Electricity And Water Supply
Island residents of Caye Caulker are now connected to the locally sourced generation unit that is successfully operational and connected to the island’s power system. Belize Electricity Limited took teams of workers to monitor and asses the generator unit that was sourced from Independence Village to provide additional generation capacity in Caye Caulker arrived on the island on Saturday, January 4, 2020. This is a fairly used generation unit but was the only one of sufficient capacity that was readily available in-country.

Various Belizean Sources

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Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry's 2020 Training Calendar
We look forward to seeing you at our many workshops this year.

Belize Clinic Care now open in Corozal
Belize Clinic Care is located at Lydia's Plaza, Santa Rita Road, Corozal Town. It’s Open from Monday To Sunday. From 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2020 Belize Birding Festival
Save the date (October 24 &25)! The 3rd Annual Belize Birding Festival is coming. Stay tuned for more details!

Belize Archaeology Symposium 2020 date set!
All interested persons, students, tour operators, hoteliers, be sure to SAVE THE DATE , BAS 2020 is just around the corner. See you there!!!

SBDC Workshop: Goal Setting and Vision Board
Presented by: Ms. Monique Usher, Post/Teaching Description: Business Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: BTEC Building, ITVET Campus, Belize City. Workshop Date: January 9th, 2020. Time: 9am to 3pm. Cost: $50.00. Includes snacks and refreshments. Have you thought about what you want to be doing in five years' time? Are you clear about what your main objective at work is at the moment? Do you know what you want to have achieved by the end of today?

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday. $50bz/$25us per person includes everything you need! PM us to let us know you are coming!

Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Effective January 8, 2020
The Ministry of Finance announces that on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, the pump price of two fuel products will change. The price for kerosene and diesel will register increased as follows: Kerosene will increase by 26 cents from $7.51 to $7.77 per gallon; Diesel will increase by 23 cents from $ 10.06 to $ 10.29 per gallon. The prices for regular gasoline and premium gasoline will remain unchanged at $10.72 and $10.06 per gallon, respectively.

NEW YEAR’S CONCERTO
Belize Virtuosi and BAPA in partnership with The Mexican Cultural Institute – Belize, cordially invite the general public of Belize to the event: NEW YEAR’S CONCERTO, to be held on January 10th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Mexican Cultural Institute – Belize located at the corner Newtown Barracks and Wilson Streets, Belize City. Pieces by renowned composers will be performed, such as Federico Fiorillo, Akos Banlaky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacchino Rossini, Anton Kummer, Colville Young Jr., Sir Colville Young Sr., Francis Reneau. Also, we are honoured to count with the presence of international artists, such as Jacqueline Kopacinski, Peter Illavsky, and Lois Robinson. The Mexican Embassy invites you to enjoy this concert to celebrate the beginning of a promising 2020 year. Free Admission!

Cab Driver Shot in the North
On Monday, January 6th, 2020, about 6:43 p.m., Police responded to a report of a shooting in San Jose Palmar Village, Orange Walk District. At 6:20 p.m., 46 year old Ricardo Uk was driving his white Outlander Mitsubishi Taxi and was accompanied by a customer within San Jose Palmar Village. They were about 50 feet away from the village Football Field,when a black SUV blocked their path. A masked and armed man exited the vehicle, walked towards the taxi and demanded that Uk get out. They both had a struggle during which the gunman shot Uk. Uk was transported to the hospital where he remains hospitalized in a stable condition.

Bobby Sabido Fundraiser
My dad Bobby Sabido has been admitted to the ICU for Pneumonia and Septic Shock with multiple organs failing. He is intubated and on a ventilator and receiving dialysis. Daddy this is not how we planned to start the new year! :( We all have hope that he can recover and any help will be appreciated!

Fundraiser: BBQ sale is set for January 25th for Ian Skeen
Thank you Michelle and Sandra for this great Initiative and help. Guys, a bbq sale is set for January 25th for Ian Skeen. We are kindly asking for your support in this worthy cause. Please place your orders as soon as possible. Thanks a bunch!! team Ian Skeen

Job Opportunity. Social Security Board of Belize

Hawk Watch 2019 Season Summary!
This count season, our 7th season, was another great one with great birds and people. We had 14 dedicated and eager to learn participants in the 2019 Raptor Certification Program that all excelled in the program and assisted us with collecting scientific data to better understand the Neotropical migration through Belize. In 511 hours of counting, 18,644 raptors of 33 species were counted, which included both migrants and residents. Of those, 9,931 were migrants representing 14 species.

BTB at the Family Travel Forum — in Jamaica

Channel 7

Sup. Court Says Prison Liable For Inmate's Rape
In early December we told you about the civil lawsuit that the Belize Central Prison was facing. A former inmate alleged that due to the prison authority's negligence, he was raped by another male inmate on 2 separate occasions in 2017. Well, this morning in the Supreme Court, the judge presiding over the case, Justice Shona Griffith, delivered her judgment, and she found in favor of the victim. The judge's agreed that prison authorities failed to properly protect him from this sexual assault. She found that they were indeed negligent. Since he's a rape victim, we cannot reveal the claimant's identity, but as we told you, he was 20 years old at the time when he suffered an unnatural crime twice.

Mexican Property Manager Savagely Tortured and Slain In Seine Byte
A Mexican property manager was tortured and killed today on the Placencia Peninsula. The body of Gabriel Guzman Cruz was found at the bottom of the stairs at a private residence on the outskirts of Seine Byte. Initial reports is that he had been tied up, badly beaten and tortured. And then they tried without success to set him on fire.

Cabbie Shot During Carjacking in Quiet Village
San Jose Palmar is a quiet village in the Orange Walk district, but last night, a masked gunman shattered that peace when he attacked a cab driver. 46-year-old Ricardo Uk was shot to the chest while driving in Palmar. The attack unfolded just after 6:20 pm when when a black SUV overtook his Mitsubishi Outlander and abruptly stopped in front of them.

Polyclinic's Improper Disposal of Medical Waste Outrages Area Rep.
On December 4th, the area representative for Toledo West, Oscar Requena stood up in the house of representatives where he spoke on the adjournment about a matter of public interest. In this case, it was about what he says is the improper disposal of medical waste at the Polyclinic in San Antonio village. Requena named and shamed the ministry of health, the regional management, and the clinic management, butthey did nothing. One month later, the partake continues. And, this week, residents who live nearby staged a protest. This morning, we spoke to the area representative via telephone and his outrage was palpable:

Evangelicals Criticize Courts
Last week Monday, we took you to the Court of Appeal where a panel of judges handed down a decision re-affirming that consensual same-sex acts between adults are legal. They were disposing of an appeal that the Government brought against the 2016 judgment that Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin delivered in the favor of the local gay rights activist, Caleb Orozco. Now, that they've had time to digest the ruling, the evangelical churches which make up the National Evangelical Association of Belize, they are of the opinion that this judgment is nothing more than, quote, "judicial activism", end quote. The executives of the association hosted a press conference this evening, and here's what the President had to say in his opening remarks about the judgment:

Evangelicals Fear Hate Speech
Another topic that the Evangelical Association brought up today was the information they've received that the government is in the process of crafting legislation against hate speech and discrimination. From these Evangelists' perspective, this is another cause for alarm. According to them, in other countries where this type of legislation was enacted, the term "hate speech" has been used by the LGBT community as means of censuring any sort of disagreeing sentiments against their lifestyle.

The Evangelical Manifesto
So, the association has partnered with 133 churches countrywide to create a list of public issues they want their opinions heard on. They call it "Raising Standards in Belize, a Nonpartisan Evangelical Manifesto", and they have 7 areas of focus, namely, abortion, traditional marriage and family, gender policy, drug decriminalization, and legalization, political corruption, Belize Guatemala relations, and the Belize school curriculum. This evening, the secretary discussed their thoughts on the topic of marriage and family:

Alleged Armed Robber Gets Off
He was accused of a major armed robbery, stealing 5 thousand dollars at gunpoint - but, tonight, 23 year old Malique Humes is a free man. And it's all because the witness got scared; reports say she was threatened. The charge goes back to June of 2018, when a lone gunman walked up to the Midway cashier inside Sky City Supermarket in Ladyville. The cashier was going to make a deposit next door at the Atlantic Bank, when the gunman appeared and took almost $5,000 in cash. But, today in court, Corporal Christopher Smith informed the court that police could not locate the cashier - who quit her job after the traumatic robbery.

Alleged Dollar Store Robber Goes To Jail
29-year-old Glenford Diego made the news last month when he was charged with the armed robbery of "Dollar Store" - in downtown Belize City. While he awaits trial for that, tonight, Diego is in jail serving out a 6-year sentence for an unrelated offence. That's after he was found guilty of keeping a prohibited firearm and keeping ammunition without a gun license in a judgment that was read to him by Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson on Friday.

Austrians Celebrate Beethoven in Belize
On Thursday night, the Bliss Institute will host a homage to the 250th anniversary of Ludwig Van Beethoven's birth. This homage is unique because it is being led by a group of musicians from the country Beethoven came to call home: Austria. They have travelled to Belize to share their musical techniques while gaining inspiration from Belize's rich and distinct styles of musical expression.

Big Banquitas Exhibition for Yaoling
Last year we introduced you to Yaoling Lee, an artist blazing the trail of bringing art to public spaces in Belize. Yaoling is continuing a series of exhibitions throughout the country in 2020. But the artist is looking to inspire in more profound ways than simply exhibiting.

Diesel and Kerosene Prices Surge
If you have a vehicle that uses diesel fuel, try to buy your gas tonight. That's because the price is going up by 23 cents at midnight, from $10.06 to $ 10.29 per gallon. Kerosene will also increase sharply, bu 26 cents per gallon. For the time being, regular and premium will remain unchanged.

Channel 5

Murder in Seine Bight!
A man was killed late this afternoon in Seine Bight. Details are sketchy at this time, but News Five understands that the victim is Mexican national, Alejandro Guzman, who worked [...]

Orange Walk Taxi Man is Injured in Shooting in San Jose Nuevo Palmar
A popular taxi man escaped with his life on Monday evening when he was targeted by someone who was trailing him in the San Jose Nuevo Palmar area of Orange [...]

Five Judges to Step Down from Supreme Court Bench in 2020
The 2020 legal calendar gets underway on January thirteenth and the Attorney General’s ministry is already looking at possibly replacing as many as five judges, including Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, [...]

Will the Chief Justice Stay On or Proceed to Retirement?
Offering the Chief Justice a contract extension means that government would be prepared to negotiate new terms of agreement to include pay scale and salary, as well as other benefits.  [...]

Millions of Dollars in Losses as Sugar Cane Production to Drop by 30%
January fifteenth – that’s the date when the mills at the A.S.R./B.S.I. factory in Tower Hill, Orange Walk will crank up.  This afternoon, a meeting was held between representatives from [...]

How Does the Sugar Industry Bounce Back?
So how does the industry bounce back? Since there is no insurance for the cane farmers, the government had promised the disbursement of drought relief funds. While there are reports [...]

Fuel Prices Go Up!
Seven days into the start of 2020 consumers are bracing for a significant jump in the prices of fuel as of midnight tonight. And it is expected that further surges [...]

Will 2017 Case Backlog Affect CJ’s Contract Extension Offer?
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin succeeded Abdulai Conteh as the presiding judge of the Supreme Court back in 2011.  During his tenure on the bench, CJ Benjamin came under fire from [...]

Chief Justice to go Before the Court for Benching Bar President from JLSC Meetings
Notwithstanding the Chief Justice’s pending retirement, there is a matter that has been lodged before the Supreme Court in which he is being challenged as chair of the Judicial and [...]

Evangelical Church Concerned about Section 53 Ruling
The Evangelical Churches today offered their interpretation of the recent ruling relating to Section fifty-three.  On December thirtieth, 2019, the Court of Appeal handed down a judgment, upholding the Chief [...]

“The sky will fall” says NEAB
There is no certainty that there will be an appeal that would take the case to the Caribbean Court of Justice but it is under consideration by the association.  Vice [...]

Trouble in Football Paradise?
Is trouble brewing once again in the football world?  News Five is in receipt of a correspondence in which the chairman of the Belize District Football Association, William Moguel, is [...]

AG Says Chamber Didn’t Properly Invoke FOIA for Imer Hernandez Contract
The Freedom of Information Act remains at the centre of a failed request by the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry to get its hands on a copy of Imer [...]

AG Demands Public Apology from John Briceno for Drug Plane Comment
So while Government is yet to provide a copy of the Hernandez contract to the Chamber, Government’s chief legal officer Michael Peyrefitte is demanding that Opposition Leader John Briceño apologizes [...]

Section 53 Ruling Will Lead to Higher Numbers of HIV Cases says NEAB
N.E.A.B. today made claims on a number of issues in regards to the decision by the Court of Appeal to uphold the CJ’s ruling on Section Fifty-three. The Association is [...]

Evangelical Church Comments on Sexual Orientation, Pedophilia and Bestiality
The National Evangelical Association of Belize is also of the view that the extension of the meaning of the word sex to include sexual orientations opens the door to many [...]

San Antonio Resident Claims that Medical Waste is Making Them Sick
Some residents in San Antonio, Toledo are alleging that burning of medical waste is making them sick. According to them, particularly those who reside near the San Antonio Polyclinic, the [...]

Area Rep. Oscar Requeña Calls on G.O.B. to Address the Waste Issue
The Toledo West Area Representative, Oscar Requeña is also taking on the issue. According to Requeña, some twelve families are being severely affected by the burning of medical waste in [...]

B.P.D. Tightens Up on Ammo Control
Back in November, we reported about the meeting held by the Belize Police Department with twenty-five or so gun dealers. In that meeting they discussed a number of proposed gun [...]

Amandala

Opposition leader says AG could “Bring it on!”
Early in his New Year’s Day address, the Leader of the Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) Hon. John Briceño, the Orange Walk Central area representative, focused on crime and the failure of the Dean Barrow-led United Democratic Party (UDP) to address the issue. Hon. Briceño also stated: “There was also a complete failure to seriously address drug-related crimes with an unprecedented number of drug planes landing. We have credible information which confirms that these illegal landings were being facilitated by corruption in the highest level of the UDP government.”

Samantha Conorquie murdered in Lake I
The first murder of 2020 occurred at about 10:30 Friday night, January 3, and the victim is a young student of Lords Bank, Ladyville, Belize District. Samantha Conorquie, 16, was spending time with a friend of hers on Ordonez Avenue in Lake Independence, Belize City, and she was inside the house with her friend when she got a phone call. Conorquie walked out of the house onto the street while still talking on the phone and a man, yet unknown, came from a dark area on the street toward her and fired at her at close range. Conorquie was shot multiple times in the head and body and was declared dead at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

BNTU Ready for Battle
The members of BNTU have begun the New Year asserting their readiness for action in light of the new Education Rule amendments being levied by the Ministry of Education. BNTU’s national president, Elena Smith, had addressed the matter in her end-of-year address, and during a number of media rounds that took place last week in which the stipulations of said amendments were addressed. According to Smith the Ministry is seeking to amend rule 132 (4), (5) and (6), which addresses the teachers’ Christmas, Easter and summer vacations.

Albert Reid, shot by police, pleads guilty to 6 charges
In May 2018, Albert “Cat” Reid, 29, a construction worker of Hattieville, was acquitted of murder. Today Reid, hopping on one leg because of a gunshot injury to his left leg, was back in court facing charges, none of them as serious as murder, but nonetheless a threat to his freedom. Reid was charged with 6 offences when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson. The offences included 2 counts of aggravated assault, 2 counts of threat of death, damage to property and using threatening words.

BNTU & MOE’s Land Dispute Continues
In December, a dispute arose between the National Teachers Union and the Ministry of Education over a piece of land in Corozal which has been used as a part of the teachers’ housing co-op for years. The Education Ministry asserted that they acquired a portion of the land to build a pre-school as a part of the ministry’s EQIP project (Education Quality Improvement Program). However, upon becoming aware of the intended groundbreaking for the pre-school, the president of the union, Elena Smith, as well as the union’s first vice president, Luke Palacio, reported to the media that the land had been leased to the teachers for the co-op project for years and that the union was still paying taxes on it up to 2017.

Four men charged for chopping PC Teul
Four men of Maya Mopan have been charged for attacking and chopping police constable Edgar Teul, 33, of Maya Mopan, on New Year’s Day near the Maya Mopan football field. At the time of the incident, about 2:30 in the afternoon, PC Teul, who is attached to the Benque Viejo police, was off duty, socializing with friends and family. The police officer was chopped in his head, back and arms and he was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan. He was later transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he remains, in a condition that is considered critical but stable.

Caledonia mason charged with theft of items valued at over $30,000
Ismael Patt, 40, a mason of Caledonia Village, Corozal District, was charged with the theft of 50 dozen Ray Ban sunglasses, valued at $50 each, when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson. Patt is also alleged to have stolen 19 small bottles of Panty Ripper (rum), one bottle of Gold Rum and 4 hammocks. The total value of the sunglasses and other items was $30,626. Patt pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was released on a bail of $6,000 with two sureties of $3,000 each and his case was adjourned until February 27.

Ryan Hob charged for chopping two men in Bullet Tree
Ryan Hob, 28, of Bullet Tree, has been charged with 3 counts of grievous harm and wounding for chopping Genaro Martinez, 32, and Patricio Kuylen, 36, at a bar in Bullet Tree Village at about 9:00 Sunday night, December 29. Hob was arraigned at the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court today. He pled not guilty and was offered bail of $3,000 and ordered to return to court on Wednesday, March 25. He has not yet met bail, so he remains detained.

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.

Flamboyant Street fire leaves nine homeless and woman with severe burns
Nine people are homeless after a fire that erupted on Thursday afternoon in a house on Flamboyant Street destroyed two houses in the same yard. The houses were owned by the Moralez family, and the tenants of the two houses that were destroyed lost all their household furnishings and other belongings. Both houses contained two apartments, which means that a total of four apartments were destroyed. There were minor damages to another house in the yard, occupied by Edilberto Garcia.

Editorial: Government leaders responsible for utility companies’ failures on Caye Caulker
The recent disaster at Caye Caulker – it is a disaster to attract tourists to your country and you can’t provide the basic services that they expect to receive – exposes a deficiency in management skills at the political level. Our utility companies are managed at the ground level by engineers and other people with technical skills, but it isn’t there that we had a massive failure on the island. The failure took place at the board level, which is the people appointed by our political leaders to oversee the utility companies, and the failure came from the political leaders themselves. The managers at the ground level admitted that they were aware that their different capacities to provide electricity and water were strained because businesses on the island were growing rapidly. It is hard to believe that they would have failed to communicate to their bosses what was happening on the ground. The fact is that Caye Caulker had experienced problems before (not on the scale it did recently), so there is no excuse for anyone involved at any of the management levels to not have known.

C-Ray D. Banner Thursday Race Results
C-Ray D. Banner Cycling Club started the New Year with our weekly Thursday race the day after the 30th annual KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic. Most of the elite riders were taking a rest, however our club caters for riders of all categories so without a second thought, the race was on. The race started in front of Data Pro on the Boom Hattieville Road and went to the Hattieville roundabout and back. In first place from team Kulture was Vallan Symms, 2nd went to Riis Cattouse of C-Ray D. Banner, 3rd was Steven Robinson of Future Innovations, 4th Ray Cattouse of C-Ray D. Banner and rounding out the top 5 was Warren Coye of Team Santino’s.

PREMIER LEAGUE OF BELIZE 2019-2020 OPENING SEASON AWARDEES
Golden Glove – Shane Orio (Bandits Sport); Best Defender – Elroy Smith (Verdes FC); Best mid-Fielder – Jordy Polanco (Verdes FC); Best Young Player – Jesse August (BDF FC); Most Goal Scorer- Mariano Landero (Verdes FC); Fair Play – Placencia Assassins FC & Bandits Sport; Best Manager – Lorin Frazer (Verdes FC);...

Weekend Warriors Race Results January 5, 2020
CLASS A Results: 1 Eddie Usher, Digicel 4G; 2 Preston Martinez, M & M Engineering; 3 Vallan Symns, Kulture; 4 Barney Brown, Digicel 4G; 5 Dwight Lopez, Belcal; 6 Roque Matus, M & M Engineering; 7 Anthony Tun, Valvoline; 8 Warren Coye, Santinos; 9 Sean Duncan, Smart; 10 Nicole Gallego, Digicel 4G; 11 Windell Williams, M & M Engineering; 12 Derrick Smith, BFSC; 13 John Olivera, Unattached; 14 Fred Sutherland, Belcal...

Master of Games II
You don’t have to be a pundit to figure out why Dean Barrow worked so hard to get Attorney General Peyrefitte into the UDP leadership race with Faber and Saldivar. The story there is that PM Barrow is desperate for one with the mastery of communication to deflect from all the terrible failures of his party, and neither Faber nor Saldivar have the gab. He, Barrow, might look at Pere and see himself in the mirror, as he was 40, 50 years ago, and as he is now, Master of Games still, and, as Hubert E said, All Glitter and no Substance, still.

Jerome – a medical continuation of Matron!
It had been a time of great hope and excitement when, at thirty-two, Jerome had returned home to join the staff of the government hospital in 1960. The head of the now two-member professional staff of the surgery was completing the final few months of his contract before departing to greener pastures when Jerome had reported for duty, full of enthusiasm and plans to introduce a new era of “local”-flavoured service.

Amandala’s front page headlines in review for 2019 – April-June
• D-Day for Belize: On Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., submissions were made for an interim injunction to stop ICJ referendum on April 10. Opposition claimants who had filed a constitutional challenge to the Special Agreement, signed by Belize Foreign Minister, Hon. Wilfred Elrington in 2008, were in attendance at the Supreme Court of Hon. Chief. Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, as attorneys from their side and the government’s side made submissions.

My Take on the Caye Caulker Crisis
Firstly, I would like to establish that the observations and opinions presented in this letter are strictly personal and do not in any way represent any position of, or conclusions by, the Caye Caulker Business Association (CCBA), an organization for which I am the interim president. I am moved to write this letter after witnessing the incredible ironies that unfolded at the press conference last Friday, the 3rd of January, with a panel of representatives from the Belize Electricity Ltd. (BEL), Belize Water Services Ltd. (BWSL), the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Hon. Minister Manuel Heredia.

VIP General Secretary, Paul Morgan, comments on Paul Rodriguez’s article: “We Need an Elected Senate”
The article referenced, “We Need an Elected Senate”, by Paul Rodriguez, appeared in last Friday’s Amandala. Mr. Rodriguez’s article followed the stream established by the VIP Direction, that was published in 2006. His article was clearly written in an effort to express how far away Belize has drifted from the ideals of a fair, safe and progressive Belize. I share Mr. Rodriguez’s general sentiments especially as I recall VIP’s 2006 commitment, to give Belize an elected, mixed member, proportional representation Senate, with half the members elected at mid-term.

U. S. slavery began in Florida, not Virginia
For David Nolan, watching the nation commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the first arrival of slaves from his home here in the United States’ oldest city is frustrating. Nolan, a local historian, author and civil rights activist, insists it only advances a false, racist belief that Englishmen founded America and created the system of slavery that defined this country. “It makes me want to scream,” says Nolan. “You’re robbing black history.” The truth is Spaniards settled in St. Augustine with enslaved blacks more than a half-century before any arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619 aboard a ship captured by English pirates.

The Reporter

Kerosene & Diesel Up Again
The Ministry of Finance announces that on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, the pump price for kerosene and diesel will increase as follows:

Caye Caulker Businesses Tally Up The Losses
While water and electricity on the small island of Caye Caulker seems to have been normalized, business owners are still in the process of tallying their revenue loss, which the Reporter was told exceeds over two million dollars in losses, and continues to multiply as more visitors cancel their vacation packages to the island.

Puerto Rico Hit By Powerful 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake
In the past 12 hours the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico has been rocked by several earthquakes. The most recent and most powerful happened this morning at 4.25am Puerto Rico time.

LOVE FM

Water found in Harmonyville
Tonight, there is water in Harmonyville as a church group due and dug until water was found. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.

First case of police brutality in 2020
While the Belize Police Department is reporting progress in their strategies, there is the flip side to that where some police officers are being accused of abusing their powers. It is the first allegation of police brutality for this year and it is against the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU).

Police officers in court for drug plane conspiracy
Police Superintendent David Chi and Constable Norman Anthony were in court alongside two Mexicans yesterday in Orange Walk Town. The men appeared in court in connection with a case of a drug plane in the Blue Creek area, back in September 2018.

2020 Public and Bank holidays
The Belize Press Office issued a press release with the layout of the 2020 Public and Bank Holidays . There are thirteen holidays in the holiday Act, Chapter 289 of the Law of Belize.

Sugar Crop Season commences Jan 15
January 15, 2020 has been confirmed as the start of the 2020 sugar cane crop season. Ordinarily, the season begins in the second week of December. It was delayed, however, due to the drought that affected many sectors in mid-2019, including sugar cane.

9-year-old boy dies after being burnt in southern Belize
Hernando Ack, a standard three student, passed away on New Year’s Day at his home in rural Toledo. The 9-year-old boy suffered varying degrees of burns on Wednesday, November 6 when he ignited a lighter inside an outdoor latrine.

Where are you?
A family in the Toledo District are concerned over the whereabouts of their relative who has been missing for a few days. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung reports.

NEAB concerned over Section 53 ruling
At the end of 2019, the Court of Appeal upheld the ruling by the Chief Justice that Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code is unconstitutional. Section 53 disallows same-sex couples to engage in sexual acts which Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin found as an infringement upon the rights of gay people.

Compol satisfied with the police work being done in San Pedro
As we reported last Friday, Ambergris Caye is one of the areas that have seen a tremendous decrease in crimes. Police Commissioner commended the Commanding Officer, Superintendent Christopher Noble and his team on their vigilance.

Police Commissioner says they will clamp down on liquor and guns
An official report on the 2019 crime statistics is expected to be released tomorrow by the Belize Police Department. While majority of the homicides were by gun violence, Commissioner Williams noted that there were two major contributing factors to the murders, including the consumption of alcohol; an issue he plans to target.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Plane carrying 180 passengers crashes shortly after takeoff in Iran
Reports indicate that a Boeing 737 plane carrying 180 passengers crashed minutes ago in Tehran, […]

US President Donald Trump: All is well!
Following the launching of missiles targeted at three US airbases in Iraq, United States President, […]

Iran launches attack on Iraqi bases housing US forces
Iran launched over a dozen missiles at two Iraqi bases that hold US troops in […]

King Sugar returns January 15
After a two and a half-hour meeting this afternoon in Orange Walk Town, American […]

Body found in Southern Belize
Reports to Breaking Belize News are that a body was found near Placencia Village this […]

Kerosene and diesel prices hiked
The Ministry of Finance today announced that effective midnight, the pump price of two fuel […]

Are we getting quality highways and roads for Belizean taxpayers money?
The rehabilitation of the portion from Roaring Creek to Iguana Creek junction entering Spanish Lookout […]

Authorities investigate shooting incident in San Jose Palmar
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in San Jose Palmar, Orange […]

Police find 2 pounds of weed in empty lot
Belize City police conducting mobile patrol this morning on Holy Emmanuel Street searched an empty […]

Belize’s ranking falls on passport index
In the Henley and Partners Passport Index, a tool that measures how many territories passport […]

National Evangelical Association of Belize concerned about Appeals court ruling
The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) issued a statement expressing their concern at the […]

“Protected areas must be expanded to protect jaguars,” says new research
A new study, published in the journal BMC Genetics, says that protected areas in Belize […]

Nominations open for James A. Waight conservation award
The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) has opened nominations for deserving Belizeans (individual or organization) for […]

Alcohol played “dominant” role in murders, ComPol makes appeal to liquor licensing boards
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that alcohol consumption played a major role in the […]

Police charged youths for threatening officers
Police have arrested and charged some young men from Seine Bight village for threatening officers. […]

Powerful earthquake shakes Puerto Rico again
Puerto Rico was shaken again by another powerful tremor this morning. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake […]

Security guard reportedly shoots self at Princess Hotel
BBN has received unconfirmed reports that a security guard on duty at the Princess Hotel […]

Blogs

Proposed Changes in Standards For Water Sports Activities Could Lead to Big Changes
A few weeks ago, the Bureau of Standards of the Belize Tourism Board held a meeting at the Sunbreeze conference room. My #1 issue leaving the meeting is that though this was a “Public Consultation”, I saw little representation from some of the largest stakeholders in this industry – the hotels and lodging of Ambergris Caye. And since almost all hotels and resorts, big and small, have amenities like kayaks and/or Stand Up Paddle Boards, sailboats and/or snorkel equipment – I thought I’d highlight some of the proposed new regulations here. Note: Amenities count as rentals – I asked at the meeting.

Saving the Silk Cayes in Belize
The Silk Cayes are some of the most scenic, stunning islands in the Caribbean. They are also important sources of income from fishing and tourism for Belize. A new conservation partnership is rushing to protect these islands before they lose ground to erosion and other types of damage. The Silk Cayes are about 20 miles from the Placencia Peninsula in the Caribbean. “Caye” is the Belizean word for island. The Silk Cayes are part of a network of uninhabited, undeveloped islands that form the Gladden Spit/Silk Cayes Marine Reserve. The cayes are a conch restoration zone and a shelter for spawning whale sharks, lobsters, and reef fish.

CAVES and the UNDERWORLD
Imagine yourself in a world where time seems to stand still, and you will hold your breath at the otherworldly landscapes that make up the network of caves in Belize. As your eyes adjust to the absence of sunlight you will be amazed at the wild shapes of the porous rock, the sounds that seem to echo from the past, the smells and the cool air on your warm skin. Belize’s geological structure is mostly porous karst limestone, which is ideal for the formation of underground caves and rivers. We have known for years of the existence of mythic caves, but everyday spelunkers are still discovering new ones. Expert cave divers sponsored by the National Geographic Society have found Central America’s longest cave system on the Chiquibul River in the Maya Mountains. There is also evidence that these underground worlds were used for religious ceremonies.

Conquer Victoria Peak in 2020!
The odyssey begins within the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary’s park headquarters, where hikers are recommended to wake up within for an early start at dawn. The innocent Victoria Peak Trail signage gives way to a mostly flat old lagging track that twists northwest towards the Peak itself. A quick rest stop at the 13km helipad includes a refreshing respite at the provided picnic tables along the banks of the Sittee River. ATV transportation is available until this point. Most groups are able to push through to 19km on Day 1; the ascending and descending undulations quickly change to up, up, up. Living up to its name, “Heartbreak Hill” gives way to 19km, or “Dead Man’s Camp”, which will be home for the next 2 nights.

Videos

  • Foodie Tour - Fuzed Bistro & Lounge Ltd (San Ignacio), 24min.

  • 2020 Vision - Book, 31min. Norman Rodriguez - Self Publisher Poet & Short Stories

  • Ministry of Health - Health Data, 37min. Lorna Perez - Surveillance Officer, Ministry of Health

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - ONESIMO PECH, 1.5min.

  • Belize 2019 Part 1, 9min. These are highlights of my first five days in Belize on and around Caye Caulker, a small island a modest water taxi ride north east of Belize City.

  • Belize 2019, 12min.

  • Belize: The Blue Hole Dives, 11min. This clip includes the 3 regular dives when going to the Blue Hole.

  • Ziplining with Grandma in Belize, 1.5min.

  • A trip to Belize City, 14min. I finally got to Belize City where i show you the busy streets, commercial area, Belize City market and remembrance park.

  • Caye Caulker, Belize | Evening Bike Ride | Gopro Hero 7 Black | Hyperlapse, 1.5min.

  • Snorkeling in Belize - 2020, 4min.

  • Tubing in a Cave in Belize, 1.5min.