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The San Pedro Sun

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:

BNTU and Ministry of Education at odds over proposed Education Act Amendment
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) is voicing its opinion against the proposed amendment of the Education Act by the Ministry of Education. If approved, the amendment would give the Chief Education Officer the authority to dictate the school calendar including teacher’s vacation periods. As such, BNTU President, Senator Elena Smith encouraged teachers countrywide to show their dissatisfaction by wearing their ‘Teechaz Gat Yu Bak” t-shirts on the first day of classes following the Christmas break. According to reports, this move is the first motion as BNTU prepares to stand against the Education Act amendment.

Superintendent Christopher Noble and his team commended for great work on the islands
Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker experienced a significant decrease in major crime activities during the last six months of 2019. On Ambergris Caye, one of the highlights was the lack of murders and the removal of several firearms from the streets, 11 of them in December alone. This positive change on the Cayes has been attributed to the work of Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit, Superintendent Christopher Noble and his team. His efforts are said to soon be rewarded with this year’s ‘Crime Fighter Award’ later this month.

Caye Caulker Electrical Power and Water Supply restored
Utility issues in Caye Caulker Village seem to finally be stabilizing after over a week of electrical and water shortages. The issue peaked on New Year’s Day, when for several hours, the island was without electrical power after days without running water. Community members and the business community led a protest, claiming these shortages were affecting Caye Caulker’s tourism product.

Ambergris Today

PUP BRS Representative Andre Perez Donates Rotoplas Tanks To Caye Caulker
Last week the village of Caye Caulker was in the midst of a water and electricity crisis and even though things are back to normal the People’s United Party – Belize Rural South Representative – Mr. Andre Perez presented a donation of 20 Rotoplas Tanks to the community. On Wednesday, January 8, 2019, Mr. Andre Perez officially handed over his donation to Village Council Chairperson Ms. Seleni Patt. These twenty Rotoplas tanks of various sizes will be strategically placed in various locations in Caye Caulker with the guidance of the Caye Caulker Village Council so that all residents can have access to water.

Various Belizean Sources

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Island Fight Championship 1 in San Pedro
January 11th, 2020 @ The Angel Nunez Auditorium. Event starts @ 8PM, First fight starts @ 8:30PM Sharp.

Tiger Sharks vs Defenders Jan. 18th
January 18th | 9:00 PM | San Pedro High School. NEBL 2020 only on The National Channel!

Caye Caulker Liquor License Board General Meeting
Caye Caulker Liquor License Board advises all business owners that the CCLLB general meeting will be held, Monday, January 13th, 2020 starting at 9:00 a.m at the Caye Caulker Community Center. Please be advised the CCLLB general meeting for the Chinese: Community who holds a liquor license will starts at 1:00 p.m.

PUP Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South, Andre Perez, donates water tanks to the community of Caye Caulker
Mr. Andre Perez has returned to Caye Caulker with twenty water tanks for the community in light of the recent water and power outage. The tanks will be placed strategically within the community to act as an alternative source for water should the island experience another crisis.

BEL Meeting on Caye Caulker today
Belize Electricity Limited invites customers in Caye Caulker to a meeting on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Island Magic Beach Resort. The Company will update customers on the status of power supply and generation, the community's energy conservation efforts, and BEL's commitment to maintaining reliable power supply. This meeting is a follow-up to the meeting held on January 2.

Fraudulent Social Media Profile for Minister Elodio Aragon, Jr.
It has come to the attention of Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, that there is a fraudulent Facebook account with his name being used to contact persons. Friend requests are being sent out using this fake account under the name Elodio Aragon Jr. This account also shows that it uses a number from the United States. The public is informed that Minister Aragon has one Facebook account in his name, but it does not use foreign phone numbers.

BWS Notice for customers in San Pedro
Emergency interruption for today, Thursday, January 9, 2020. Duration: 5:50 AM - 8:00 AM Areas being affected: DFC area and Marina Drive

Channel 7

The Cruel Killing of A Property Manager
Last night we showed you the mangled body of a 46-year-old Mexican national, Gabriel Alejandro Guzman. Guzman, a property manager at Hannah's Paradise located on the outskirts of Seine Bight was brutally killed yesterday afternoon. Cherisse Halsall travelled to Seine Bight today to find out more. Here's her story. The Villages of Seine Bight and neighbouring Placencia are breathtakingly beautiful, even on a cloudy day, but yesterday a callous and cruel murder shocked residents and visitors to this idyllic peninsula.

Chester To Media: Get Your Priorities Straight
22-year-old Giovanni Lambey made the news earlier this week when his uncle spoke about the brutality he claimed police had inflicted on his innocent nephew. He said his nephew had never been charged for any crime and it was an outright abuse. Well, today Lambey contradicted any notion of his innocence when he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a firearm. The charge arises from the January 6th attempted shooting of a 16-year-old boy.

Scarcity In The Sea Of Love
For most people, when they cook or order fish at a restaurant, they only think of how fresh and tasty it is and..dig in. But how much thought is really put into the fisher who caught it, or what area of Belize's waters it was caught in? Maybe we should start considering it. Fisheries is a crucial sector for Belize's economy and for livelihoods of fishers on the ground. But like everything else, there must be a balance and proper management. Spawning aggregation sites provide that balance and, more importantly, these sites replenish fish stocks.

Hondurans Overfishing Gladden Spit
So as you heard from the story, 95 percent of illegal fishers who fish at night at Gladden Spit are Hondurans. But how about our very own Belizean fishers? Are they among the illegal foreign fishers too? Well, Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade says she doesn't believe that our fishers are the problem, that's why only licensed Belizean traditional fishers who are allowed to fish in Gladden Spit during a set time of the year. Wade told us more about the requirements needed to become a licensed traditional fisher and the new study the Southern Environmental Association and the Fisheries department are working on to better manage the catch of traditional fishers.

BTIA, Destination Green
Sustainability seems to be on-trend, so says the BTIA as they launched the theme for the 20th Edition of Destination Belize Magazine today: "Reef to Rainforest, People to People, Our Green Belize." And, Executive Director John Burgos today told us that his team focused on highlighting the ways in which Belize, as a destination appeals to the core values of the conscious traveller: John Burgos, Executive Director, BTIA: "Well as you know once you are publishing a material for people to be able to understand what you are trying to portray..." The Official Magazine and Cover launches for the 21st edition of Destination Belize will take place in October.

Carla B & Boss P Step Aside
The UDP National convention is weeks away, and tonight we can report that the field of candidates for executive posts is narrowing. Two notable party personalities announced today that they are stepping aside. Senator Dr. Carla Barnett who was one of three persons vying for National Chairman this evening announced that she is withdrawing her candidacy. She would only say she withdrew for personal reasons. That leaves Mike Peyrefitte and John Castillo in that race.

A Prado As A Going Away Present?
CEO of the Social Security Board, Dr. Colin Young left SSB on December 20th and has pivoted to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center. But, there are grumblings after his departure, because he left with the CEO's ride, a 2012 Toyota Prado. The Chairman Doug Singh told us that Young had a clause in his contract that gave him the option to purchase the vehicle when he left the post. Singh says that independent valuations were gotten and the Board agreed to sell him the Prado for $20,000.

Gang Violence Was Down and Belize City Safer in 2019
On Monday's news, we showed you the brief analysis that Police Commissioner Chester Williams shared with the press about last year's crime statistics. Well, since then, the Department has finished compiling all the figures for all crimes countrywide. They've promised to share that data with us, but up until news time tonight, we haven't received them. The police high command and the Ministry of National Security did hold a COMSTAT conference this morning at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan to discuss last year's crime picture. The Police Commissioner invited the press for a briefing to discuss some of the trends that he and his advisors have identified.

What About The Many Still Missing?
And while the official murder count is at 134, there are still three fishermen missing at sea since November, and a few others still on the missing persons list. So, how do police account for all those missing Belizeans? Well, the ComPol says that those cases remain open and that his officers are always prepared to pursue any new leads: Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police: "Those persons who remain missing, we continue to maintain an open mind as to their whereabouts..."

Cops Involved In Equal Ops
Yesterday, we showed you the press conference held by the National Evangelical Association of Belize. They came forward to express their outrage against last week's Appeal Court judgment, which confirms that gay sex is legal. They came out swinging against the local gay community, and they were predicting that plans are already being hatched to challenge for the right to same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court. Well, we've since been informed that the Evangelicals aren't the only ones making early chess moves in relation to the wider implications of the judgment.

Hon. Aragon Keeps It Real About Fake Facebook Page
A fraudulent Facebook account has been made for another Belizean parliamentarian. This time, it is Elodio Aragon Jr., the National Security Minister of State. A government press release says the fake page is being used to contact persons. "Friend requests are being sent out using this fake account under the name Elodio Aragon Jr."

A Thoroughly Confused Phone Pilferer
A man who stole a cell phone while drunk will have to pay the court more than three times the cost of the phone after he pleaded guilty in court today. 29-year-old Jamie Sheldon Cadle was arraigned late this evening in the Belize City Magistrate's Court on a single charge of theft. Still apparently disoriented from a long night out drinking, Cadle initially pleaded not guilty to theft.

Channel 5

Mexican Caretaker is Fatally Mauled by Thieves in Placencia
One person is in custody tonight following a horrific murder in Seine Bight village on Tuesday afternoon. Police are looking for a minor and have recovered some items stolen in [...]

Opposition Leader says Attorney General Can Sue if He So Wishes
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte has threatened to sue the Leader of the Opposition John Briceño over comments Briceño made in his New Year’s Day message.  In his address, Briceño did [...]

John Briceño Will Not Apologize for Comments Made
Aside from proof, the Attorney General is demanding that Briceño apologizes to the Government, the United Democratic Party and the country for the comments made.  But that is not about [...]

Opposition Leader says G.O.B. Should Have Addressed Judges’ Retirement in 2019
In 2020, five justices of the Supreme Court will step down including Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. These justices will be reaching retirement age and vacancies are being advertised for these [...]

“El Que No Debe No Teme”, says John Briceño
In early December 2019, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry sent a letter to the government in which it requested documents related to the multimillion dollars infrastructure contract worth [...]

B.P.D. Releases Official Crime Stats for 2019
The final numbers are in for the crimes committed in 2019 and the Belize Police Department says that major crimes were down this year. In the murder category, there were [...]

Murders up in South and West; Major Crimes Down
As you heard in the story, there were more murders committed in the rural parts of the country than in the urban settings for 2019. While the murders were down [...]

ComPol Shares Stats for Other Crimes Committed in 2019
And other crimes, such as unlawful sexual intercourse were up while robberies, burglaries and theft decreased in 2019 when compared to 2018. Commissioner Chester Williams told the press today that [...]

Police to Enforce Edge Tools Legislation
Earlier you heard the Commissioner of Police share that the three most commonly used weapons to commit murders in 2019 were firearms, knives and machetes. Well, going into 2020, ComPol [...]

Former Inmate Wins Case Against Belize Central Prison
A former inmate of the Belize Central Prison successfully sued the prison for negligence after he was violently raped twice while behind bars.  Forty-three-year-old Kenroy Cooke was arraigned and charged [...]

Rape Victim to be Financially Compensated for Damages
According to Sylvester, there is still the matter of compensation. He must now, within weeks, make submissions detailing personal injuries on behalf of his client after which the justice will [...]

F.F.B. Responds to Recall of B.F.D.A. Election
The Football Federation of Belize has responded to concerns raised by teams and clubs in the Belize District, following a letter that went into circulation on Monday.  The F.F.B. is [...]

Opposition Leader Waiting for Senate Report on Immigration Inquiry
Like the rest of the nation, Opposition Leader John Briceño is patiently waiting for U.D.P. Senator Aldo Salazar to present his report regarding the Senate Special Select Committee’s findings of the [...]

John Briceño says P.U.P. is Ready for General Elections
On the topic of elections, the United Democratic Party will be holding its leadership convention in February. Patrick Faber and John Saldivar are going head to head to replace Prime [...]

John Briceño Closely Monitoring Redistricting Court Case
With general elections expected to be called at any time, Opposition Leader John Briceño is carefully monitoring a constitutional challenge bought before the Supreme Court by the Belize Peace Movement. The [...]

More Money Needed for Judiciary to Function Optimally
Every year at the ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court, the judiciary has always criticized the lack of resources set aside to carry out its functions.  The perennial complaint is [...]

Who Will be Awarded New Boledo Contract?
The Belize Gaming Company took a serious hit last Sunday when the four-digit jackpot, and the winning single numbers, 2020, saw Belizeans from across the country claiming their prizes.  It [...]

Another Acting Principal for Julian Cho Technical
Julian Cho Technical High School in Toledo District is still without a principal, several weeks after the interim period during which Doctor Kent Arzu acted in that capacity.  Following a [...]

B.T.I.A. Launches Theme for 21st Edition of Destination Belize
Destination Belize, the go-to magazine for potential visitors to Belize, will be launched later this year.  But today, the Belize Tourism Industry Association released a theme that intends to attract [...]

A Caye Caulker Resident Needs O-negative Blood
There is a public plea that can make a difference in the quality of life of a thirty-three-year-old man. Damian Alamina is suffering from a condition that causes haemorrhaging. He [...]

The Reporter

Home Invasion In Seine-Bight Leads To Murder
The Reporter has confirmed that Police have detained one suspect and are seeking another for the brutal murder of a man identified as Alejandro Guzman in Seine Bight this evening.

BEL Making Customers Smile!
Electricity rates will not increase – at least for now – but another rate review (known as Tariff Review Proceeding) will be done mid-year, when the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will decide whether the rates will change.

LOVE FM

Get your priorities straight: Says ComPol
As the Police Commissioner rejoiced over the reduction in major crimes for 2019, he got somewhat riled up with the media today when he was asked about the allegations of police brutality against Giovanni Lambey. Earlier this week we told you of Lambey’s case where it is alleged that he was beaten up by members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU).

Belizean Deported from the US for illegally entering the country twice
A Belizean man residing in the United States is facing an additional ten years in prison for illegally entering the US after being deported twice. 37-year-old Akeem Garnett was first deported from the United States in September 2016 and again in November 16, 2017.

Cal brothers charges, Sister protest
The Cal family of Maya Mopan in Belmopan is protesting the arrests of their relatives, 21-year-old Abelino Cal, 23-year-old Irvin Cal and 18-year-old Magdaleno Cal. The Cal brothers were charged following the assault and attempted murder of Police Constable Edgar Teul on New Year’s Day.

Major crimes have shifted to the rural areas says ComPol
One aspect of today’s report that saw a major shift was the crime statistics for Belize City. For the last four years the old capital has been known to be the centre of criminal acts.

Crimes looming in Southern Belize
On the heels of this murder in Seine Bight Village, the Secretary of the Village Council, Akeem Palacio, expressed concerns over the dangers looming in the area.

Crime Statistics for 2019 released
Reports from the Police Commissioner, Chester Williams, have indicated that the major crimes committed in 2019 occurred primarily in the rural areas with minimal participation from gang affiliates.

Julian Cho High School, Interim principal
Unconfirmed reports reaching our newsroom indicate that the Board of Directors for the Julian Cho Technical High School has appointed an interim school principal. We brought this story to the forefront in November 2019 when we were informed that the Board is dragging their feet in appointing a principal and the vice principal whose term had expired was obligated to remain at the school to hold over.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Reward being offered for info on murder of Mexican national
Роlісе аrе offering a reward for information regarding the murdеr оf Аlејаndrо Guzmаn, а Мехісаn […]

Dr. Carla Barnett drops out of race for UDP Chairman
Today, the United Democratic Party (UDP), announced that Dr. Carla Barnett will no longer be […]

Government warns of fake social media profile for Minister Elodio Aragon Jr.
Today, the Ministry of National Security (MONS) issued a warning that there is a fake […]

Government has not sanctioned “anti-discrimination/hate speech legislation”, A.G. responds to NEAB
Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte, has rebutted the vice president of the National Evangelical Association of Belize […]

Belize Tourism Industry Association launches theme for 2020 Destination Belize Magazine
BBN Staff: Today, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) unveiled the theme chosen for the 2020 edition of the […]

Evangelicals “eternally opposed” to pro-LGBT court decision, will Government appeal?
The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) has been staunchly opposed to the August 2016 […]

Commissioner hosts national Computer Statistics meeting
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams this morning hosted the Belize Police Department’s first national Computer […]

Countrywide consultations being held for Anti-Discrimination Bill
The National AIDS Commission (NAC), in collaboration with the Office of the Special Envoy for […]

MSN: “Belize should be on your 2020 travel bucket list”
MSN Lifestyle lists many reasons why Belize should be on everyone’s 2020 travel bucket list […]

Animal cruelty in Belize: The Problem
Whether they are kept indoors and treated like family, or tied outside to watch over […]

Twice deported Belizean national indicted for illegally re-entering US
A Belizean national, Akeem Garnett, 37, who has already been deported from the United States […]

Mexican national murdered in Seine Bight
Police are investigating the murder of Alejandro Guzman, a Mexican national that happened yesterday in […]

Blogs

Creole Arts, Crafts and Utensils
Creole artisans are known for a rich tradition of arts and crafts like basket works, straw platting (used in wicker furniture and baskets), earthenware pots and jars, as well as carving. Basketry was brought to this part of the world by the Africans, and the skill of Basketry is still practiced by many indigenous people of the Americas. In Belize, there are two types of weaving, the style practiced by the Garinagu, and those woven by the Creole and the Ke’tchi. Palmetto leaves are also commonly used in rural areas to make baskets hats and other useful items.

Be A Reef-Safe Traveller In 2020
Stretching the length of the country, the Belize Barrier Reef has been and will continue to be, a very integral part of our collective national identity. First inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1996, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2009 due to the destruction of mangroves, marine ecosystem, offshore oil exploration prospects, and non-sustainable building projects. On June 26, 2018, was officially delisted from being ‘In Danger’ however, we must collectively work to ensure its health and future is not compromised again. With threats like climate change and pollution threatening the world’s oceans and its coral reefs, you can practice reef-friendly habits to leave a ‘greener’ footprint.

Why Choose Belize for 2020?
2020 is the beginning of an entirely new era. So what does this mean? This means it can be a time for a fresh start or for you to try new things. And with all the new technological advancements happening in the new year; it would be a great time for you to take a step back and unwind in a natural paradise. Belize is the perfect destination for you to rejuvenate, reconnect, and try new things.

International Sourcesizz

Southwest Airlines' Big New Year's Sale Includes Belize
From now through January 9 at 11:59pm PT, you can score the cheap one-way fares -- from just about every airport Southwest Airlines flies out of across the United States and some nearby international hubs.

Belize’s Escape from the Jungle: Q & A with the Race Director
At first, Escape from the Jungle, which will take place in the deep jungle of Belize during February 24–March 7, appeared to be an insanely dangerous event. And then I looked into it. The first week is called “Jungle Survival Training,” and local guides will follow each runner during the actual race, making sure participants will not…die. It helped me realize that Shirley Thompson, the ex-Jungle Marathon race director, is always more about preparation, mental strength and hardcore fitness, than about playing Russian roulette with pit vipers. Still, Escape from the Jungle looks like a very extreme, hot and humid event. The question is, should you do this 200k ultra survival race? Here is a brief conversation with race director, Shirley Thompson to find out.

Beguiling Belize: unique adventures in Central America
Mayan ruins, mountainous jungles and marine escapades abound in this fascinating Anglophone corner of the Yucatan Peninsula I am soaring above the sun-drenched lagoons of northeastern Belize in a prop plane so small that when the pilot reclines his seat, my knees are crushed behind him. I didn’t think it could be, but this is one of the most melancholy moments of my time in this job. As the waters pass below, punctuated only by the occasional shrubby sandbank or wooden fishing boat, my mood falls further, because, with each passing landmark, our plane gets closer to Belize International Airport. There, I will board a connecting flight back to the UK.

Why beautiful Belize should be on your 2020 travel bucket list
Standing at the very top of an ancient Mayan ruin, surveying the sweeping views of dense jungle stretching all the way to the Guatemalan border on the hazy horizon, I was struck by the sound of silence. Apart from the sporadic squawking of tropical birds and the odd rustling of monkeys swinging between branches, there was nothing but peace. Where else in the world could you experience such an awe-inspiring historical site, with not a single other tourist in sight? For me, it summed up the very essence of Belize; a beautiful, beguiling and off-the-beaten-track country boasting some of the world’s best diving, lush rain forests, and deserted remains of the Mayan dynasty I’ve ever experienced.

Videos

  • House home delivery in Corozal, 11sec. No. it is not a divorce settlement where she got the house. It is a normal home delivery in Corozal. This home delivery by our Belizean Mennonites slowed down traffic as it paased through 7th Avenue just a few minutes ago.

  • Belize - In volo sul Blue Hole, 4min. In volo sul Blue Hole. Con prova da pilota inclusa!

  • Drinks from Madisco Belize, 24min. Our foodie tour continued with drinks from Madisco Belize. Today they shared their latest products which includes flavored vitamin water and a new line of wine available at the Oasis. On our couch: Delvin Jacobs - Senior Sales Supervisor, Maria Gonzalez - Beverage Supervisor, Jaimala Vasquez - Beverage & Hospitality Consultant.

  • SBDC Belize, 20min. So you want to be an entrepreneur? If opening a business was on your 2020 vision board then SBDCBelize has got guidelines on how to pursue that goal. Lorraine Herrera, Business Advisor at SBDCBelize, shared the start-up process that every entrepreneur should follow.

  • Chamberlain Consulting, 38min. This is the month many make plans to work on their personal development for 2020. Our guests talked with us about how to keep this resolve when the motivation wanes. She shared pointers on how to stay focus and committed to your goals. On our couch: Dr. Dionne Chamberlain - Managing Director, Chamberlain Consulting. Trudy Joseph - Chief Consultant Coordinator, Chamberlain Consulting.

  • INTERVIEW WITH MR.ANDRE PEREZ, 10min. Standard Bearer of the Peoples United Party donating water tanks to the community.

  • Introducing the Destination Belkize 2020 Theme, 1min. 21st Edition of Destination Belize Theme: Reef to Rainforest, People to People, Our Green Belize.

  • Live from theme launch for the 21st edition of Destination Belize, 22min.

  • San Ignacio Market, Cayo, Belize, 3min. The weekly Saturday market in San Ignacio, Cayo, is not only the source of groceries, but also the source of much social life in this small town. Despite its small size, (20,000 including neighboring sister city Santa Elena), San Ignacio is nonetheless the second largest town in Belize and home to its largest market. The fruits and vegetables of this rich agricultural region are on display in abundance and freshness.

  • RAYMOND "SIXTEEN" THOMPSON WAS 1970S BELIZE'S BOXING TRUTH!, 61min. It finally came to this as Raymond "Sixteen" Thompson walked straight into the "Belizean Legends" studios this weekend and gave one of the most historic interviews of his boxing career in Belize. Though he had just come off the working road and was kind of exhausted, he kept his word and closed the door to years of anticipation on whether he would have given us the stories that we are all waiting to hear about his thrilling boxing career.

  • Trip To Belize Final Part 3, 14min.

  • 2019 Vista - Belize Rendezvous Snorkeling, 4min. Carnival Vista - April 2019 Excursion to Rendezvous island for snorkeling and lunch.

  • Sports Talk Show, 60min.

  • IFC | Island Fight Championship | Angel Nunez Auditorium | San Pedro, 3min.

  • Family Travel Forum in Jamaica, 1min. Check out what the agents and organizers of the Family Travel Forum 2019 had to say about the event!