Today's Belize News: January 2, 2017 - 01/02/17 06:19 AM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials
Misc Belizean Sources
Does anyone know what's going on here near the old NOVA shrimp farm in Toledo District?
The southern margin of these ponds shows someone recently added a dike around mangrove habitat...and that's not ok.
Vivian's Anniversary Celebration
Happy 1st anniversary, Vivian's Cafe! They are celebrating today, and have some fun activities for the kids. "Come and celebrate with us our 1st ANNIVERSARY at our current location! This year we've expanded our menu to include latte's, on-the-rocks drinks, hot coffees, pastries & more blended drinks and we're thankful for the support we've received from all our customers nation-wide! Join us for an evening of good family fun where we'll have the following & other surprises: Face Painting with Abi from 2:30pm - 6:30pm Photo Booth corner with professional photographer Amir Lozano Combo deals on a new product we're launching: Caramel Popcorn"
Teen dies in Cayo RTA
Two people, one of them a minor, are dead following a road traffic accident involving motorcycles on the George Price Highway last night. According to police, a 24-year-old Honduran construction worker crashed into 16-year-old Belizean, Devon Reyes, around 6:30 p.m., on the George Price Highway between miles 53 and 54. Both riders, who live in Teakettle Village, received severe head and body injuries and died on the spot. Their collision marks the last RTA of 2016, but the continuation of a spike in accidents on the major highways within the past few weeks. At the start of the holiday season the Police Department had asked drivers to be cautious on the highway; however, for the month of December, there have been RTA’s in San Ignacio, Orange Walk, Belmopan, Hattieville, and Belize City, among other locations.
2016 ends with murder!
While many Belizeans were enjoying New Year’s Eve festivities, a Sandhill Resident lost his life to gun violence. Police say that shortly after 9 p.m., Dilon Grinage was socializing in Ladyville, when a lone gunman approached him. The gunman fired approximately six shots at Grinage, three of which found their target. Grinage received one gunshot wound to the head and two more to the chest. Grinage fought for his life, and he was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), but died at around 10:10 p.m. Police say that they don’t have anyone detained in connection with this latest homicide, and that they do not have any suspects. Grinage’s death marks the last murder for 2016. Police are expected to release the full Crimes Comparative Statistics for 2016 later this week. Unofficial reports are that murders were slightly above the figure for 2015. The Department has ongoing preventative measures within Belize City, including increased stop and search for known gang affiliates, and mediation to avoid retaliation, to try and curb the recent spike in violent crime, particularly with the use of firearms.
Conch Shell Bay man 2017’s first murder victim
The year 2017 has already recorded its first murder in southside Belize City. The incident happened a short while ago on Youth for the Future Drive near the BelChina bridge. Collin Sutherland, a resident of nearby Conch Shell Bay was shot and reportedly died […]
Last murder of 2016 happened last night in Ladyville
The last murder of 2016 occurred sometime after 9:00 last night in Ladyville. According to police reports, at around 9:10 p.m. Dilon Grinage, a 26-year-old Belizean laborer of Sandhill was socializing when a lone gunman fired 5 to 6 shots at him. He received one […]
Two dead in motorcycle collision
Two men died in a fatal motorcycle collision last night. According to police reports, at around 6:30 p.m. between mile 53 and 54 on the George Price Highway, Byron Reyes, 24, a Honduran Construction Worker of Teakettle village and Devon Reyes, 16, a Belizean Laborer […]
A Drive in the Country to Chat & Chill, North Ambergris Caye
2016 was a big change for me. I dropped my title of “townie” or resident of the south-side and moved north. WAY north. 7 miles to be exact. If you are like I was less than one year ago, that would mean nothing. Here are my estimations of where the mile markers are. North Ambergris Caye Mile 3: Belizean Shores Resort (end of paved road), Mile 4: Turn to Secret Beach, Mile 5: Rojo/Mata Chica, Mile 6: Canary Cove, Mile 7: Xtan Ha Resort, Mile 8: La Beliza Resort (old Blue Reef), Mile 11: El Secreto, Mile 14: Tranquility Bay So…we drove north. The hard packed road from Miles 3 to 7 has been getting worse with rain, wear and tear and the HEAVY truck traffic but once you pass Mile 7, the resorts and the traffic thin out. And the road becomes smoother and you are surrounded, mostly, with nature. It’s really quite beautiful. Yup…that’s corn.
Enjoy Affordable Island Living in Belize
The seafront widens into an expansive, soft-sand beach lined with lime green, yellow, orange, and plum-colored kiosks. They tempt you with margaritas, beers, and sweet treats. Occasionally a golf cart drives by, but most people get around on bicycles, or on foot. The island of Caye Caulker is classic Caribbean—a rare find these days. Life is simple, laidback, and close to nature. It’s a perfect spot if you enjoy swimming, diving, fishing, and snorkeling. A growing arts scene is attracting painters and other artisans who appreciate the quiet lifestyle and draw inspiration from the unspoiled, natural beauty. And right now, Caye Caulker is sitting in a “sweet spot.” It still feels old school, with its palm-lined beach and two-story clapboard homes (no high-rises here). With fewer than 2,000 residents, there’s room to move, and barely any traffic. Yet the island has reliable electric power, water, and internet service. There’s a rich mix of restaurants, bars, and coffee houses. And it’s English-speaking, which makes it easy to adjust to life here. Best of all, it offers great value compared to most other Caribbean islands. A long-term rental here typically goes for $1,000 to $1,200 a month. By contrast, a similar rental in the Bahamas or the British Virgin Islands would run closer to $3,000 a month. And from what I hear from expats on the ground, it’s much more difficult to get residence and/or start up a business in many of the more saturated Caribbean spots.
Looking Ahead to 2017: What to Watch For, Weather- and Climate-Wise
Between a record-strong El Niño and catastrophic floods, fires, and drought, 2016 was a memorable year for weather and climate in North America as well as globally. What can we expect as we roll into 2017? A precise weather forecast is asking too much, but there is already a lot we can say about some key factors. Here are six developments to watch for in 2017. They’re presented in rough order of increasing confidence, followed by details on each prediction.