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Today's Belize News: December 13, 2018 - 12/13/18 12:52 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

Belizean Delegation hosted by Ministry of Culture of El Salvador for Seminar and Bilateral Talks
On Thursday, December 6th, representatives of Belize’s National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) participated in a seminar titled, “Rediscovering our Afro-descendent Origins in Central America: The Case of Belize and El Salvador”. The seminar was organized by the Embassy of Belize in El Salvador with support from the Central American Integration System, the World Bank and the Ministry of Culture of El Salvador. Academics from both Belize and El Salvador presented papers on topics related to Garifuna Culture and Heritage, Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Violence in Belize City, and Afro-descendants in the Salvadoran context.

SPHS Girls advance U-17 Inter-District Football Tournament Finals!
During the semifinals round of Belize’s Under-17 (U-17) Female Inter-District Football Tournament, San Pedro High School (SPHS) Girls managed to claim victory against Orange Walk Town’s Vibe Alive International in San Pedro Town on Sunday, December 9th. With this 2-0 victory, the island team advanced directly to the finals of the tournament. After halftime, both teams came back fierce and determined to take the victory. With the island team already on a 2-0 lead, Vibe Alive International made many attempts to score, but SPHS Girls’ goalkeeper, Dennisa Mairena managed to block them all. The long whistle blew, signaling SPHS Girls that with their 2-0 win, they are advancing to the finals of Belize’s U-17 Inter-District Football Tournament. The U-17 Female finals will be held on Sunday, December 16th at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City. The SPHS Girls will face Blackman Eddy Royals for the championship. The game is scheduled to start at t 10AM.

Inauguration of the Gian C. Gandhi Building
An official ceremony was held on Thursday, December 6th, to inaugurate the Gian C. Gandhi Building in Belmopan. The building will serve as the headquarters for the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) in Belize. The IFSC was previously housed in the Sir Edney Cain Building in Belmopan. The newly renovated building was named in honour of the late attorney Mr. Gandhi, who was the first Director General of IFSC. Late Attorney Mr. Gian Chand Gandhi, S.C. was a career public officer who devotedly served Belize for over 30 years in various capacities, including Crown Counsel and Solicitor General.

The San Pedro Dance Academy presents Alice in Wonderland during their annual Christmas show
The ‘Adventures of Alice in Wonderland’ was performed by the San Pedro Dance Academy during their annual end-of-year Christmas show on Saturday, December 8th. The show is based on an 1865 novel written by Lewis Carroll, about a girl named Alice, who falls into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures. Held at the San Pedro Lions Den, the show saw a full house of proud parents and family who were delighted with a performance that included Steel Pan music and several dance performances. For an entry fee of $10, attendees enjoyed a variety of entertainment, beginning with the dramatization of Alice in Wonderland. Alice, interpreted by Karissa Vasquez and Lilian Rivero, took the audience through a wonderful, magical world, where Alice was met with talking flowers, butterflies, the Cheshire Cat, and Caterpillar.

3rd Annual Child Advisory Board (CAB) Presidents Meet in San Pedro
Many island students were educated during the 3rd Annual Child Advisory Board (CAB) President’s Meeting 2018 held at the San Pedro Town Central Park on Friday, December 7th. CAB is a youth organization under the Sustainable Child-Friendly Municipalities (SCMF) that advocates for children and adolescents in the community through the development of the city by its Town Council. The CAB aims to use the National Children’s Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals to promote equality, greater social inclusion, diversity of children’s, experiences, abilities, and acknowledgment of cultures by promoting the education of health, justice, and social protection of children.

Ambergris Today

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Pedro
Took place Wednesday. It started early with mańanitas at 4am, prayers, mass and breakfast. Many residents and Catholic faithfuls are paying tribute in their own way at home. The R.C School also held story telling of our Lady of Guadalupe. The San Pedro Roman Catholic Church also had an evening program prepared for the feast.

Pic Of The Week - Miss Universe Belize National Costume
Miss Universe Belize Janelle Frazer debuted her National Costume at the Miss Universe national costume competition and it depicted the Mayan God Kinich Ahau and the jade head. She graced the stage with her stunning outfit made by the ever talented designers David A. Matus and Roberto Pasos Dominguez. All the best to Miss Universe Belize and she proudly represents out lovely Jewel – Belize.

Electricity Rate Increase Pending Approval
BEL Proposes Adjustment to Approved Rates On Monday, December 10, 2018, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) notified the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that due to significant increase in cost of power since May 20018, the company is proposing to increase the Mean Electricity Rate (MER) to $0.4150 per kWh for the remainder of the Annual Tariff Period January 1 to June 30, 2018.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Banyan Bay Market
The Market is designed to bring business entities, local vendors and artisans under one roof, offering their goods and services to the San Pedro Community, at bargain prices. Shop for organic items, fresh baked breads, meats, scrumptious pizzas, local fine art, exotic sushi specials and many more... Held twice a month or every two weeks, the Market is seeing a rising trend in its visitors and vendors wanting to participate. We look forward to seeing you all for our high season Market Days!

GOB Statement on the death of Hon. Dr. Jane Usher
The Government of Belize wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of Hon. Dr. Jane Usher. Dr. Jane Usher served Belize as a politician and area representative of the Pickstock constituency for two consecutive terms. She also served as a Cabinet minister and as President of the Senate. Dr. Usher has been recorded in Belize political history as embroidering the first Belizean flag. She spearheaded a strong wave of women political consciousness in Belize during her tenure as President of the National Women’s Commission, as CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women) was adopted into policies and legislation in Belize.

NOTICE TO ALL MOTORISTS
Global Status Report on Road Safety from World Health Organization (WHO) 2018 indicates that 1.35 million persons die annually as a result of Road Traffic Crashes. The Department of Transport takes this opportunity to wish all drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians a safe Christmas and New Year 2019. Remember the true meaning of Christmas. Peace and love to all!

Statement by Hon. John Briceńo Leader of the People’s United Party On the passing of Mrs. Jane Usher S. JP Former Member of the House of Representatives
All of us in the People’s United Party are grateful for the life of Mrs. Jane Usher. Her contribution to the development of this nation is unmatched. Miss Jane, as everyone fondly knows her, spent her life in the service of others. As a PUP Minister of Housing or as the head of her beloved Holy Redeemer Credit Union, Miss Jane was about the people. She worked in the service of regular Belizeans who, through their small contributions, were able to build their homes, educate their children, or bury their parents. I am proud to be the leader of a Party that was beloved by Miss Jane. In the PUP, we celebrate her contributions, we give thanks for her years of guidance and sensible counsel and we stand here in solidarity with her children and grandchildren because we know that through all her years of service, Miss Jane was first and foremost a matriarch, a mother and grandmother who loved all her children and grandchildren. So from all of us in the PUP, to the Price and Usher Families, we say thank you and we are with you at this time. Miss Jane joins her husband Henry and her brother, our beloved Mr. Price and the rest of her family members who have gone before her to that eternal reward which our Lord has prepared for those who love Him.

Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Important day Wednesday for Catholics in northern Belize as they celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the St. Francis Xavier Parish mass in Corozal.

U.S. Embassy Belize statement on the death of Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher
The U.S. Embassy expresses our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher. Remembering the life of a remarkable woman who tirelessly gave her time and resources to others as a role model and mentor. In 2017, the Embassy chose Dr. Usher as Belize Woman of the Year for her life-long contributions to economic empowerment and dedicated public service. Rest in Peace Dr. Usher.

This Sunday el Festival del Pueblo
Homenaje a los liberadores Mayas. Ko'one'ex !!! Ko'one'ex !!! U Xamanai Masewalo'ob tu Belize . Kux'ano'on !!! Every one is invited to VII Festival del Pueblo in San Lazaro (Orange walk) . Come,enjoy and celebrate our Maya identity .

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 2018
On Saturday, December 1st, 2018, the San Pedro Town Council held its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Central Park. Opening the ceremony was Mayor Daniel Guerrero where he welcomed everyone to the event and was grateful for everyone's presence. At the end of his speech, he shouted, "Let there be light!" and the Christmas tree was lit in all its glory. Sharing some Christmas cheer as well was the Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, where he thanked the Bowen Family for the donation of the tree that brings the town together every year for Christmas.

Take Note:- San Joaquin dog owners!
Spay & Neuter Clinic January 11 & 12.

Xmas Rock
SonicBrew, Leon Banks, and many more artists will be performing at the Boulevard in Benque on Saturday, December 22nd. It's the last Metal Haven show of the year. Tickets are $10, and prizes will be raffled off through the night. "Come out and support the our last show for 2018 at Boulevard Bar & Grill this December 22nd. As you may know Boulevard will soon be closing its doors so come out and rock one last time here!"

Environmental Police from Guatemala Visit
Members of the Environmental Police from Guatemala, DIPRONA, conducted an exchange visit with members of the Police Department. Aim was to share and learn about environmental regulations and the Chiquibul. FCD facilitated this event with support from the British High Commission in Belize.

Popol Vuh : Lords of Xibalba
The head of the pantheon is Hun-Came (“One Death”) followed by Vucub-Came (“Seven Death). The remaining ten Lords rule over a particular form of human suffering. According to the Maya legend, these death lords often worked together in pairs. There was Xiquiripat ("Flying Scab") and Cuchumaquic ("Gathered Blood") who worked to poison people’s blood. There was Ahalpuh ("Pus ") and Ahalgana ("Jaundice ") who made bodies swell and rot. There was Chamiabac ("Bone Staff") and Chamiaholom ("Skull Staff"), who slowly striped the flesh from the dead to turn them into skeletons. There was Ahalmez ("Sweepings ") and Ahaltocob ("Stabbing "), who were believed to hide in the unswept areas of a person’s home and stab them to death. And finally there was Xic ("Wing") and Patan ("Packstrap"), who made people cough up blood and suffer while walking on a road.

Channel 7

Jane Usher, Titan of Credit Union Movement, Dead At 101
Tonight, Belize has lost a national icon, and a pioneering legend of the Credit Union movement. Jane Ellen Usher, known to all as "Ms. Jane" from the Holy Redeemer Credit Union died at 5:00 this morning. She passed at home surrounded by family at the age of 101. She had been working in the Credit Union up to last year November when she had a fall and broke her pelvis. From there, her health slowly deteriorated, leading to this morning's passing from symptoms associated with old age. Her legacy is among the most celebrated and enduring in Belize's history - but to the everyday person, "Ms. Jane" wasn't up in the political stratosphere like politicians or big-time bankers - she was down to earth, right there in her office on Hyde's Lane, a daily presence - and almost like a family member to the almost 60 thousand members of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union...

House Members Take a Moment For "Ms. Jane"ť
Today at the House of Representatives in Belmopan, both sides of the floor recognized the contribution and the legend of their former parliamentary colleague. The Prime Minister even donned his best blue shirt:.. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "I chose the closest thing I could find to the PUP blue to wear this morning in honor of Ms. Jane." "...in asking if you would permit this house, or indeed call upon the house, to stand in a moment of silence with respect to the passing of Ms. Jane, who was, of course, not just a parliamentarian and a minister of government, but indeed an institution. We talk about Holy Redeemer Credit Union, but she was synonymous with that credit union." "But HRCU continues to endure, and it is due principally to the outstanding leadership of that outstanding Belizean woman. We know that she is the sister of our national hero, but in her own right, she was a Belizean heroine."

PUP Claims "Ms. Jane"ť
And while both sides of the House honoured Jane Usher - to the PUP, she was family: George Price's big sister and a former representative in Pickstock. Today at Independence Hall, PUP Secretary General Linsford Castillo read a statement on behalf of the PUP which highlighted Usher's political life and her service to the PUP and the people. Linsford Castillo, PUP Secretary General: "I will now read a statement from our party leader which was issued to the media earlier today; "All of us in the people's United Party are grateful for the life of Mrs. Jane Usher. Her contribution to the development of this nation is unmatched. Miss Jane, as everyone fondly knows her spent her life in the service of others. As a PUP minister of housing or as the head of her beloved Holy Redeemer Credit Union, Miss Jane was about the people..."

11 Year Old Drowns in Bucket in Belama
An 11 month old drowned last night at her parents' Albert Hoy Street home in Belama Phase 3. Baby Marianne slipped into a bucket of water and drowned. Courtney Weatherburne found out more about this terrible tragedy and how one oversight cost the baby her life. Here is that story. The Vasquez's of Belama Phase 3 had the most terrible night. Their 11 month old baby girl Marianne drowned in this wash room inside a bucket just like this one. According to the father, Daren Vasquez, his wife was cooking dinner, and he was outside talking to a guest. Their 8 year old son was playing with Marianne in the room until he ran to the store. That's when baby Marianne slipped away.

Family Desperate For Answers About Anisha
It's been 4 days now since 23 year-old Anisha Young went missing, and her family is gravely concerned about her wellbeing tonight. They're hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. As we've reported, she attended her staff Christmas Party on Saturday night, and after that, she went to Sit and Sip with her boyfriend and other friends. Several hours later, they all left in a taxi which dropped off her friends first, and then, the driver took her and her boyfriend home. Since then, nobody has seen or heard from her, and due to an ominous call that her family received, they began organizing search parties to look for her. Every day since, they've been going out for most of the daylight hours in the hopes of finding her alive. And with no kind of luck, their hope is starting to dwindle.

No Charges Yet In Delivery Truck Jacking
Last night we told you about the armed robbery of a water truck, leading to a wild police chase and apprehension of a suspect. Tonight, police have the details. Two men pulled up to the Orange Walk delivery truck on a motorbike and one shot Carlos Triminio to the leg, while the other hit Jimel Coye to the head. They snatched the bag from the truck with an undisclosed amount of money. Police pursued the culprits, who abandoned the motorcycle, fled and fired shots at the police. The man in possession of the cash bag was caught and detained, while the other escaped. No one has been charged yet.

Rats At Vital Stats?
And going back to Belmopan now for today's house meeting - it was a relatively short session - lasting for only four hours. Most of the legislative business had to do with emergency legislation pushed through to quickly bring Belize's EPZ and IBC regulations in line with European Trade standards. You'll hear all about that later on, but first to the most controversial bit from today's meeting. The PUP's senior member Said Musa spoke on the adjournment about the woeful state of affairs at the Vital Statistics Unit which is now affecting the voters' re-registration process. As many as five thousand names are in limbo because vital stats cannot find their stats. Musa said it needs urgent attention - and the UDP's Michael Finnegan agreed:...

Opposition Leader Calls For Lower Prices on Diesel
So, to clarify what the Minister of Health said, hospitals cannot deny newborns the registration of their newborns if their medical bills are not fully paid. It is not permitted by policy or law. If it happens to you, call the Ministry of Health, or call us. Speaking on another matter of urgent public interest, Opposition Leader John Briceno discussed the crushing price of diesel fuel. It remains at over ten dollars - and at the height of the tourist season and the start of the cane crop - it's a hold-back on economic activity. He said the taxes on fuel are too high. Hon. John Briceno- Leader of the Opposition: "Today our farmers and the people in the productive sector have to struggle with the cost of diesel at $10.75 per gallon. This administration got elected to office on the promise to bring down the cost of living no matter what. Guess what? When they came into office in 2008, the cost of diesel at the pump was $8.10. Today it is $2.65 more than it was than when they were just elected back in 2008..."

Caledonia Cane Roads In Crisis
And those high costs - especially of fuel - directly affect cane farmers - who are getting very low prices for the sugar they sell on the world market. Today the member for Corozal Southeast said the government has to urgently do something:.. Hon. Florencio Marin- PUP Corozal Southeast: "Just today some of the cane farmers from the Village of Caledonia, a village that I represent, a village that is UDP, that stands alone by itself with solid UDP support, the farmers have not had one upgrading of their road, not one preparation of that road for this cane season that will be starting tomorrow. Today, they protested, madam speaker, from that particular area. I would like to ask the Prime Minister to please get some repairs to these cane roads because it is quite critical; the safra starts tomorrow. Prime Minister, the price is really low. Believe you me, we are all feeling it. Any help the farms can get, they need it."

The Caledonia Close-Up
And while the government is committing funds - the cane seasons opens tomorrow - and that money is too late for the cane farmers of Caledonia village in the Corozal district. They say they can't even get four wheel drive pickups into their fields to cut cane because of the awful state of the cane roads. Today they held a protest and led TV-3 on a tour of those roads - where the chairman explained the log-standing urgency:.. Fabian Andy Westby- Branch Chairman, Caledonia: "The tour that we have done today is the main road that we use to take out the production, the main movement right now but we can't even pass with the pickup to carry workers, much less to cut it. And if we manage to cut it and we manage to take it out of the fields and we will bag on a road like this with a low price, it will even make it worse for us..."

CARICOM Resisting Direct Consumption Sugars
And while those roads can't be fixed fast enough - that's not the only urgency in the cane industry. As we've been reporting, the sugar cane is at a crisis crossroads. Global prices for sugar have crashed - and it has resulted in a major cut in earnings for Belize's cane farmers. Their only hope now is that ASR/BSI can market what are called direct consumption sugars to CARICOM. This sugar would be traded under beneficial CSME tariff provisions. But there is a problem; many CARICOM producers want the European sugar. Belize has been to COTED to lobby for the introduction of this DC sugar to local Caribbean markets but there is that native resistance:..

Pier One's Preferential Agreement With Former Council
In last night's newscast, we showed you the press briefing that Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner hosted to discuss their concerns about the murder of Asher Saunders, which happened at the Pier 1 night club. As we told you, Saunders was shot and killed following a confrontation between 2 gangs. Even with the police providing security, the shooter was still able to gun down Saunders. There have been other violent incidents at Pier 1, and following last Friday's fatal shooting, the public began bringing pressure on the City Council to take action. The Mayor told the press yesterday, that they are taking a serious look at the Pier 1 business model, since it's a nightclub that sits on the BTL Park property. The public concern is that its presence there is causing the park to become unsafe for families and children.

Anger From Anisha's Family
As we told you earlier, the family and friends of Anisha Young assembled in front of the Queen Street police station from around 5:30 this evening. They were awaiting the release of Young's boyfriend who they believe has all the answers to Young's disappearance. Emotions are high and the family's patience is running thin. We went over to speak to the group a little about an hour ago, and here is what they had to say. Sheree Salgado, Cousin: "He is expected to be release tonight. We need answers. We want to know what the police have on him, if there is any lead. What is he saying to the police, because he was the last one seen with her. If we have to sleep out here because we need justice - we need for him to speak up. Reality is that Annie never goes this long without contacting her family and so we know that something is wrong."

EPZ/IBC Legislation Pushed Through Before Dec 31 Deadline
We already showed you a lot of the back and forth from today's house meeting. But, all those matters of public interest came up on the adjournment. The business of today's house meeting had everything to do with bringing Belize's Export Processing Zone and Offshore banking regulations in line with European standards for transparent tax regimes which meet the OCED code of conduct. It's highly technical stuff, and government's technocrats have been working for weeks, right up to today's House Sitting to bring the revised legislation in line to meet those European standards. The new laws have to be in place by the end of this month or Belize will face sanctions. The Prime Minister apologized for the undue haste - but said there is no other choice:...

Kareem's Wheel & Come Again
And, while the Designated Processing Areas Bill, the Income and Business Tax Amendment Bill, the Stamp Duties Amendment Bill, and the International Business companies Amendment Bill were all passed today, one piece of legislation that was not introduced was Kareem Musa's diaspora voters legislation, the proposed amendment to the representation of people act. He explains why it was not introduced at today's special sitting:.. Hon. Kareem Musa: "I just wanted to give an update, madam speaker that it will be presented at the next ordinary sitting of the House as directed by your ladyship. In addition to that, madam speaker, a bit of good news on that point; I had the opportunity to consult with the Prime Minister in chambers at the back and I don't know if it is the seasoned Prime Minister or if maybe it is the blue shirt. I don't think it is none of the two..."

House Meeting "Hug-Up"ť
And, if the Prime Minister's handling of that seemed a little more delicate than usual, it may have been in the spirit of the day. This is the last house meeting for the calendar year - and there's always a little Christmas collegiality in the air at the House. This was evidenced in the PM's goodwill to all members Christmas greeting:...

The Police & Public's
Over the past several months, we've been telling you about the initiatives that the Eastern Division Region 1's Commander, Howell Gillett, has been engaging in to boost morale amongst Southside cops. The business community has been partnering with him to set up police booths at different stationary checkpoints, and Gillett has also been working out arrangements with different businesses to get discounts for his police officers. And, just in time for the Christmas season, he and the management of Public Supermarket came to an arrangement where officers from Region 1 are being given a 4% discount on purchases made at the stores.

Auto Rental Company Uses Stroke of Good Luck To Help Out A Deserving NGO
And while Public's Supermarket is spreading a little Christmas cheer to police, Crystal Auto Rental wants to give one an NGO a brand new ride. As we told you on Friday, the company won a pickup truck in a giveaway raffle from the Caribbean Tires and Motors. Since they're an auto rental company with a vast fleet, they don't exactly need a new vehicle, so they want to give it way to an NGO who can get more use out of it. The General Manager of the company told us more about the initiative today:

Mayor Bernard On Ms. Jane
And, finally tonight, we have more reflections on Jane Usher, that giant of the Credit Union movement in Belize. She passed away at 5:00 this morning, but her legacy and imprint will live on for a very long time. Belize City Mayor and former banker, Bernard Wagner also spoke on what was most significant about Ms. Jane: Bernard Wagner - Mayor, Belize City Council: "The Belize City Council joins the family of Dr. Jane Usher in mourning her passing. Miss Jane as she was affectionally known was a trailblazer. Certainly she was one of our most prominent and accomplished citizens. While the Belize City Council joins you in mourning, we also join in celebrating the extraordinary life of this remarkable woman.."

Jane Usher's Impact on Financial Sector
Financial analyst from Legacy Fund Ervin Perez also gave us an insight into Ms. Jane's Holy Redeemer empire. He shared his most recent interaction with her and emphasized how her work at the HRCU impacted Belize's financial sector. Ervin Perez, Managing Director - Legacy Fund: "I think for the entire its like losing a grandmother, but for us in the financial industry its like losing a pioneer in terms of the financial market and what she was able to do within the credit union sector..."

Channel 5

The Iconic Miss Jane Usher Passes
Belizeans woke up this morning to the sad news that the iconic Miss Jane Usher had passed away peacefully at her house on the Philip Goldson surrounded by her loved [...]

Parliament Observes a Moment of Silence for Miss Jane
The beloved credit union pioneer was also a politician and former parliamentarian.  She had represented the Pickstock Division under the People’s United Party from 1989 to 1993.  Today, the House [...]

11-Month-Old Baby Girl Drowns In Bucket
Tragedy struck a Belize City family on Tuesday night. Eleven-month-old Marianne Vasquez fell and drowned in a bucket of water at her home in Belama. According to the family, baby [...]

Michael Arnold’s Murder Investigation Continues
Tonight police in Corozal are trying to figure out who killed Michael Arnold and why. Arnold, a very popular businessman in the community, was found with two gunshot wounds to [...]

Anisha Young’s Family Getting Desperate
Just before News Five, the family and friends of missing woman, Anisha Young, congregated at the Queen Street Police Station when word spread that her boyfriend was being released from [...]

Wesley Lower School Targeted by Thieves
Wesley Primary School on Albert Street was broken into on Tuesday morning by two thieves who arrived at the school well armed to carry out the crime. Surveillance footage shows [...]

Gas Gone Up, Will Electricity Bill Go Up Too?
The last sitting of the House of Representatives for 2018 took place in Belmopan and generally, the members were in good form. A number of issues came up, but we [...]

PM Says Fuel Increase is Due to World Market Prices
In responding to Briceńo’s concerns, PM Barrow attributed the fluctuating cost of fuel acquisition to prices on the international market, anticipating that the next shipment of fuel to Belize may [...]

Said Musa Pans Vital Stats Unit
The Vital Statistics Unit remains under intense public scrutiny, following the termination of four employees last week who were found to have aided in the falsification of a birth certificate [...]

Amendments to IBC Act ahead of December Deadline
The special sitting of the House of Representatives earlier today focused primarily on the passage of two bills: the Income and Business Tax Amendment Bill, as well as the International [...]

Income and Business Tax Amendment Bill Passes Third Reading
After a lengthy adjournment to discuss the matter in committee, the House resumed the session at which time PM Barrow rose to move a third reading of the Income and [...]

The Talanoa Dialogue: What Does it Mean for Belize and the Other SIDS?
COP 24 is just a few days away from wrapping up and one of its big events that culminated today in Poland is the Talanoa Dialogue. It is a mechanism [...]

Belize Accepts Chairmanship of AOSIS
Belize has accepted the chairmanship of the Alliance of Small Island States. This week, during the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, Ambassador Lois Young accepted the leadership from the Maldives during [...]

I.C.J. Lecture Series Concludes With Heated Debate
Sponsored by the University of Belize and the Social Sector Senators, the I.C.J. Lecture Series concluded on Tuesday night at Saint Catherine’s Academy Auditorium. Well known and respected historian and [...]

An Update on Proposed Diaspora Bill
Caribbean Shores Area Rep Kareem Musa has been busy drafting a piece of legislation that if passed will see Diaspora Belizeans participating in the April 2019 I.C.J. referendum.  He was [...]

Miss Universe Belize Ready for the Prelims
Ninety-four representatives from countries around the world are in Bankok, Thailand, for the Miss Universe Pageant.  They have been there for about a week, preparing for the final competition which [...]

Party Politics and Water Bill Collection in Seine Bight
Is party politics being played with the collection of water bills in Seine Bight Village?  According to Stann Creek West Area Representative Rodwell Ferguson, he had approached Junior Minister of [...]

Cayo South Experiencing Water Woes
In Cayo South, residents of Armenia, St. Margaret’s and Unitedville are also experiencing a water crisis.  They are having difficulty accessing potable water.  According to Area Representative Julius Espat, despite [...]

LOVE FM

Jane Usher Passes Away
And now from a soul who barely had a chance to live, to a woman who lived well for over a century. Jane Ellen Usher was born on the fifth of September, 1917 and she passed away at 5:05 this morning at age 101. She served the PUP as a Cabinet member of Health and …

Belize Cancer Society to open Satellite Treatment Center
The Belize Cancer Society was formed twenty-years ago to support those diagnosed with cancer and spread awareness about the debilitating disease. Yesterday, the Belize Cancer Society held it 19th Annual General Meeting where they discussed pertinent issues and elected a new executive board. Love news spoke with Heather Reneau, the Senior Administrator of the Belize …

Government amends Income and Business Tax Act
Following that moment of silence, it was back to regular parliamentary session at the House. The Government introduced four bills, three of which it pushed through all stages for approval. The bills centered on taxes, particularly as it pertains to amendments to laws to comply with pressures brought upon the Government by the European Union …

Government seeks to amend law governing International Business Companies
A third bill, the International Business Companies (Amendment) Bill was also tabled. Last year, Belize joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD’s) “inclusive framework” on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The Prime Minister said a review of Belize’s international business companies’ tax regime under this framework found quote, “tremendous fault”. The Prime …

Family desperate to find loved one
As each day goes by, the family of 23-year-old Anisha Young fears the worst. Young has been missing since Sunday morning following a staff party which she attended. Today, the family continued their search not in homes, but in desolate areas off the highway. Late this evening, they heard the police would have released Young’s …

International Business Companies to be exempted from paying stamp duties
The second, shorter, bill tabled was the Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill which seeks to exempt International Business Companies from paying stamp duties if they do no own property in the country. Rt.Hon.Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: “What it does, the objective of it it’s indeed to be read in conjunction with the IBC amendment bill to …

MARINE PROTECTED AREAS WORKSHOP BRINGS STAKEHOLDERS TOGETHER
An important workshop that brought together managers and stakeholders of various marine protected areas from the region took place in Toledo. The organizers said that their communication has led to collaborative efforts in Honduras, Belize and Mexico. Toledo correspondent Paul Mahung reports. Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: “Managers from Marine Protected Areas Network Gulf and Caribbean …

Will Belizeans Abroad be allowed to Vote in the Referendum?
Earlier this year, the long-awaited re-registration process commenced and one of the requirement was that persons had to be living at their present address for at least two-months. This was met with much disdain since it automatically disqualify those living in the diaspora. However, there is a plan to table a bill in the National …

Leaders of the Nation mourn the passing of Jane Usher
At today’s Special Sitting of the House, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Leader of the Opposition John Briceno opened the session with a moment of silence and spoke of Usher’s passing. Rt.Hon.Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: “Ms.Jane who was of course not just a parliamentarian and a minister of government but indeed an institution. We talk …

City Mayor speaks about the Passing of Jane Usher
The official funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18th. On behalf of the PUP, a speech was conveyed by Linsford Castillo, the Party’s Secretary General. Another heartfelt speech was delivered on behalf of the City by Mayor Bernard Wagner. Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “The Belize City Council joins the family of Dr.Jane …

Toddler drowns in Bucket
Tragedy has occurred for a family as a toddler drowned in a bucket. 11 month old Marianne Vasquez did not live to see her second birthday as her mother, 24 year old Marina Torres told police she found the child unresponsive...

Mrs. Jane Usher passes away
Love News has received word of the passing of a Belizean icon Mrs. Jane Usher, Senior JP, CBE at the age of 101. Mrs. Jane as she is affectionately known passed away at 5:05 this morning. Dr. Usher who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Galen University played a significant role in the development of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union (HRCU). In March 2017, the US Embassy recognized Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher as the Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2017 for her life-long contributions to economic empowerment and dedicated public service. The award, recognizing, quote “the achievements of remarkable Belizean women and celebrates the honorable causes to which the awardees devote their lives” The Management and Staff of RSV Ltd. extend condolences to the family and friends of the late Mrs. Jane Usher.

The Reporter

Ms. JANE USHER DIED
The Reporter has confirmed that Jane Usher, CBE passed away this morning. The founder of the credit union movement in Belize and former Minister of Government was 101 years old...

BABY FOUND DEAD IN BUCKET
An 11 month old baby allegedly drowned in a pigtail bucket on Tuesday night. According to reports, just before 9:00pm Marina Torres, a resident of Belama, was in her kitchen ...

BODY OF RUDY MORALES FOUND
The Reporter has been able to confirm that the body of Rudy Morales has been found by Coast Guard divers near Cerros. Authorities are currently recovering it and will then ...

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Anny Young still missing
The family of twenty-three-year-old Anisha “ Anny” Young is hoping for her safe return home. Young […]

Mayor Wagner urges Pier One to re-adjust its model
On Friday night Asher Saunders, 20, was murdered at Pier One Bar and Grill in Belize […]

Two men plead guilty to manslaughter
On Monday, Roberto Rodriguez, 21, and Clive Geban, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter before Justice Collin […]

Adam Meighan remanded for rape
Ladyville resident, Adam Meighan, has been accused of the rape of a forty-nine-year-old American woman. Yesterday […]

Electricity rates to increase by January
Earlier this week, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) dropped a bombshell by signaling an increase in rates. […]

Police report: Rudy Morales drowns at sea
Earlier this week we reported that five Corozal men were lost at sea after their boat […]

Bullet Tree residents concerned over abandoned vehicle
Bullet Tree residents are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the owner or person responsible for abandoning […]

Caneros protest for better sugar roads
The sugar crop season is scheduled for opening tomorrow. However, all is not well for some […]

Police detain one man after robbery and shootout in Belize city
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday in Belize city. Two employees of Nazir Cuello reported […]

Eleventh-month-old baby drowns in bucket
Police are investigating a report of an infant who drowned in a bucket of water. Last night […]

PUP extends condolences to Jane Usher family
The People’s United Party (PUP) today extended their condolences to the family and friends of Jane Usher […]

Dickie Bradley: “PUP and UDP are the biggest gangs in this country.”
Last night, a debate on the pros and cons of going to the International Court of […]

Baby, 11 months, drowns in Belize City
Belize City police are investigating the death of an11-month-old infant. Information to BBN is that […]

Jane Usher, Founder of the Credit Union Movement in Belize passes away
This morning, the founder of the credit union movement in Belize, Jane Usher passed away. At […]

The Only Book You’ll Ever Need on Belize
Launched to rave reviews and already a bestseller, The Ultimate Belize Bucket List is available from FriesenPress, Amazon, Barnes and […]

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Leading Belize Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Status, Trends, Segmentation and Analysis Report Forecast -2022
Belize government pays final instalment to secure BTLOne the smaller countries in Central America, Belize in many respects has closer affinities with English speaking countries of the Caribbean than with its immediate neighbours. Belize’s fixed-line teledensity and mobile penetration remain lower than in neighbouring countries. This is a legacy of insufficient market competition and underinvestment telecoms services, exacerbated by lax managerial standards within the incumbent telco Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL). However, BTL has recently adopted a reforming strategy under the moniker of ‘New BTL’, aiming to transform itself at all levels into an effectively competitive operator more commercially minded and focussed on cheaper pricing and customer retention. The company has undertaken significant investment in infrastructure, launching an LTE-A service at the end of 2016 and in mid-2017 completing a submarine cable to Ambergris Caye, enabling it to launch an FttP service in San Pedro.

The endurance of the Mayan people
The Maya civilizations of Central America have long fascinated Westerners, especially those intrigued by esoteric and mystical ideas. Mayan prophecies about the end of the world circulated widely in North Amer­ica back in 2012. Popular interest is often whetted by reports that this great civilization, with mighty cities and temples, vanished suddenly and mysteriously. Speculative television documentaries regularly explore that mystery. But the resolution of the mystery is quite plain: far from disappearing, the Maya people are still very much present, living where they did in those days of ancient glory, and the vast majority of them practice Christianity, if sometimes in controversial forms.

Del Monte Fiesta Corn recalled due to under-processing
Del Monte Foods has announced a recall of 64,242 cases of Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red and Green Peppers due to under-processing. These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed. There have been no reports of illness associated with these products to date. No other production codes or products are affected by this recall. The products subject to recall are 15.25-ounce (432g) cans with the following UPC number printed on the label: 24000 02770. The product was distributed to multiple distributors and retail locations in 25 US states and 12 international locations, including Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Haiti, Guyana, Aruba, Panama, Saint Lucia and Suriname.

Videos

  • Belize Police Department - Update, 34min. Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South gave us reminders to stay safe in this busy shopping season. He talked about how the police department is planning to increase patrols and other precautions to reduce the instances of robbery and burglary

  • Krismus Eena Di Paak Night 2 LIVE, 2hr.

  • Sitting of The House of Representatives from The National Assembly Chamber, Belmopan, 65min.

  • Spotted eagle ray, 1min. The spotted eagle rays speckle the sands of Northern Bogue, Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. Some spend their afternoons swimming in hypnotic spirals. Look deeply and they emerge as some magic carpet painted in stars and space .

  • Embassy of Belize to the Holy See Season Greetings, 1/4min.

  • Double Waterfalls in Belize, 1/2min. An amazing afternoon paddling on the Macal River to a gorgeous double waterfall! Incredible scenery all the way, and the water was FINE! A fun and unforgettable adventure!

  • Jankunu Productionz - Belize Rewind Dinner & Show, 23min. Jankunu Productionz is presenting its first Belize Rewind Dinner & Show. The event takes place on December 26th at the Old Belize Jungle Pavilion. The intent is to use theater to entertain and educate about the important moments in the history of Belize. Our guests explained that it's the epic Belizean experience taking a tour through the twists and turns of our Belizean journey to present day. On our couch: Julie Ann Ellis Bradley - Member, Jankunu Productionz. Sandra Mckay - Member, Jankunu Productionz.

  • RF&G Life - Mek the Christmas Catch You in A Good Mood, 17min. RF&G Life is inviting you to their signature event: Mek the Christmas Catch You in A Good Mood. The fourth annual celebration takes place on Friday December 7th at Gordon House on Coney Drive. We spoke with organizers about this year's features and got a preview performance from the RF&G Life Insurance Choir. On our couch: Jamin Castillo - Analyst, RF&G Life. Rhonda Lecky - Managing Director, RF&G Life.

  • The new DiBo3 is here!, 1min. TNC viewers, you can now view our programming at your convenience with Central TV & Internet's new DiBo3. This powerful all-in-one device offers TNC on Demand just for you. Hundreds of movies and series on demand, 24 hour playback on your favorite channels, AND browse the web or your favorite apps, like YouTube, Facebook and even Pinterest, right from your TV. Call your nearest office to get yours TODAY!

  • DON JORGE ELIAS SERRANO, THE GUATEMALA PRESIDENT WHO DECLARED HIS SUPPORT FOR AN INDEPENDENT BELIZE, 2.5min. HIS LOGIC WAS NOT IN CONSONANT WITH HIS OWN COUNTRY'S CLAIM OVER BELIZE. SO, CHARGES OF CORRUPTION, MIXED INSIDE HIS STATEMENT FAVORING BELIZE, CAUSED HIM TO SEEK ASYLUM IN PANAMA. (This gives credence to the fact that Guatemala will not respect any ICJ RULING. They are not playing marbles for GAME, but for TAKE.) (SEE translation inserted in the video .)

  • Digital technology impacts on the developing brain of children and adolescents, 34min. Tablets and video games are sure to be at the top of most Christmas lists. Before you go out to purchase one for your child you should be interested in these expert advice. Our guests shared information on how digital technology impacts on the developing brain of children and adolescents. They spoke with us about the latest research on the effects of overexposure and talked about how to find the balance between introducing new technologies without causing adverse effects on children's development. On our couch: Dr. Kent Novelo - Pediatrician. Dr. Marco Mendez - Neuro-pediatrician.

  • 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on Human Rights, 32min. Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on Human Rights. Our guests shared their views on how Belize has fared in protecting and promoting the human rights of its citizens. On our couch: Anita Zetina - Social Sector Professional. Deanne Peyrefitte - Secretary General, YWCA.

  • "The Man Who Wore Khaki." - Book Launch, 32min. Lita Hunter Krohn recently launched her book, "The Man Who Wore Khaki." The book chronicles the life of her father, politician Alexander "Sandy" Hunter. She shared that the intention is to use the life of her father to inspire young people to participate in the making of Belize in an honest way. You can purchase the book at the Image Factory.

  • The Belize Citrus Industry Growers Association - ngoing replanting program, 44min. The Belize Citrus Industry Growers Association spoke with us about the latest developments to advance the citrus and juice industry. There is an ongoing replanting program with the aim to increase production by planting 5 million trees in the next 5 years. Our guests spoke to us about the program structure and how Belizeans can be a part of this initiative. On our couch: Dr. Eugene Cleland - Acting Chief Executive Officer, Belize Citrus Growers Association. Ervin Perez - Managing Director, Legacy Fund Limited.

  • 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, MORE FM NIGHT., 2hr25min.

  • Morning Matters with Marie Sharp, 56min.

  • Island Academy Christmas Pageant 2018, 50min. The Nutcracker

  • A walk through the Central Park in Corozal, Belize, 2min. The weather is very nice to enjoy. Most people are preparing for Christmas and buying materials.

  • Belize Honeymoon @ Yok-Ha Resort, 34min.

  • Cave Tubing at Jaguar Paw in Belize, 5min. On our recent Western Caribbean Cruise we stopped in Belize City, Belize. The shore excursion my family chose was to go cave tubing. Hidden among the tropical rainforest in western Belize is the Jaguar Paw Adventure Outdoor post. The facility is outfitted with bathrooms, changing rooms, locker rentals, bar, cafe, and gift shop. We took about an hour and fifteen-minute bus ride from the port to the outpost. Our onboard guides were very informative as they discussed what it was like to live in Belize along with the history.

  • Drone video, Great Blue Hole, 2min.

  • Semi Finals Game Two! Verdes FC vs San Pedro Pirates FC, Pirates win 2-1, 2.5hr.
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