Today's Belize News: December 8, 2019

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Today's Belize News: December 8, 2019 - 12/08/19 12:28 PM


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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.

The San Pedro Sun

Belize Participates in the 2019 UN Annual Coordination Meeting of the Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework
Belize was represented at the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework 2019 Annual Coordination Meeting held in Barbados by the Honourable Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting held from November 27-28, Minister Elrington took the lead in presenting the Caribbean views on the ongoing UN Reform and progress thus far. While acknowledging the importance of the UN support to the Caribbean, Minister Elrington highlighted the need for increased substantive support from the UN Development System in the Caribbean.

Seaweed Mariculture Project to be Launched in Belize
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) supported by The Nature Conservancy Belize (TNC) has secured a grant through the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility, Phase 2 of Compete Caribbean, within the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the development of the Belize Seaweed Mariculture Project. The overall objective of this project is to: i. support increased fisheries productivity for traditional fisherfolks in Belize through the development of sustainably farmed seaweed...

Caye International Bank selected as the Best Private Bank in Belize for 2020
For the third consecutive year, Caye International Bank (CIB) located in San Pedro Town, has achieved the distinction of being named the Best Private Bank in Belize by Global Finance Magazine. The 2020 awards ceremony will take place in March of next year in New York City, New York, USA, and will honor Caye International Bank as one of the best banks in the global marketplace.

Building Unit Awareness workshop held in San Pedro Town

Various Belizean Sources


All is invited to this Public Consultation. Vulnerability and Risk Management, and Crisis and Disaster Management- Climate Resilient plans for emerging destination. Monday December 9, 2018 at 6:30pm At the Caye Caulker Community Center

Corozal Tree Lighting Ceremony
May the Festivities Begin!

A car overturned earlier tonight in front of the Corozal Courtyard in Corozal
Opposite of the Central Park. The owner of the car was reversing, and, the car overturned.

Belize Audubon Society 50th Anniversary
Congratulations Belize Audubon Society on reaching this great milestone of protecting some of Belize’s most treasured natural resources for the past 50 years. It’s an honor to always partner with you.

The Hopkins consultation session on the Water Sports Standards draft is set for December 11, 2019

Story of Tzukan and Chaak
The ancient legend tells that of all the snakes that inhabited the Earth, Tzukán , protector of grottos and cenotes , was unique for its large size and mysticism. During the first drought of the Maya empire, thousands of years ago, Chaac , Lord of the Rain , was entrusted to collect the water from the subsoil and take it to the rest of the Maya empire. Chaac mounted a winged beast and looked for the precious liquid everywhere, but the lakes , rivers and cenotes were dry. Where was the water ? Tired of the search, the Rain Lord decided to rest a little and sat on a log, but it began to move. The deity and her animal were frightened to see that it was not a piece of wood, but the body of a huge snake. Hungry, the reptile opened the jaws and devoured the winged beast of Chaac in a single bite before he could fly.

The Reporter

The Butane Price War & G.O.B’s New Legislation
On Wednesday, at a Special Sitting of the House of Representatives, the Government introduced legislation to institute a floor on the price that importers can charge for Liquid Petroleum Gas, and explained that there will be an addition SI to allow for penalties for butane importers to be penalized if they do not abide by Government’s controlled prices which will be in effect if and when the law is passed.

Monuments Men
‘International asset recovery is any effort by governments to repatriate the proceeds of corruption hidden in foreign jurisdictions. Such assets may include monies in bank accounts, real estate, vehicles, arts and artifacts and precious metals.

Christmas Holiday Health Risks
Tis’ the season where any and everything is permissible; the only time of the year we allow ourselves to indulge, splurge and engage in all things jolly. Indeed the holiday season is a time for travelling, meeting up with family, socializing with friends and is supposed to be a relaxing time for most.

Editorial – Sunday Dec. 8th. 2019
The Caribbean Court of Justice has just jolted the justice system of Trinidad and Tobago by ruling that a land-owner cannot now recover legal rights to his land because he allowed a squatter to occupy this land for more than 12 years.

GOB Taken to Court Over Re-Districting
The Government has less than a year within which it is expected to call general elections, but two political organizations want the Elections and Boundaries Department to hold a boundary redistricting exercise before polling day.

Man Shot 3 Day Ago Dies From Gunshot Wounds
The Reporter has confirmed with Police sources that Gerald Lamb, who was shot around 8:30 on Wednesday night, has died of the gunshot wounds.

Police Charge Man for Edwin Usher’s Murder
Police have arrested and charged Shane Roman Jones for the murder of Edwin Gilbert Usher, a handyman of Cedar Street who was beaten into a coma on November 23rd and died on November 30th in Belize City.

Accident Near Haulover Bridge
There are reports of a traffic accident involving a pickup truck and a bus near the Haulover Bridge on the Philip Goldson Highway. We understand that the pickup lost a wheel in the impact, but there is no word yet if anyone was hurt.


Belmopan CitCo gearing up for Christmas
The Christmas season is upon us and the Belmopan City Council has begun its activities and celebrations. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story on a n upcoming weekend event.

San Pedro Christmas parade
The San Pedro Holiday Boat parade has been an annual event on Ambergris Caye for 13 years, having been started in 2006. It attracts thousands of tourists and locals to the beach annually.

After three years, trail begins
Valentine Baptist, who was accused of the murder of 19-year-old Devin Parham, is finally on trial. The murder was committed over three years ago.

Jordy Usher undergoes surgery
25-year-old Jordy Usher underwent a four-hour surgery to remove a bullet lodged behind his nose. He went into the surgery just after 2 o'clock today and is admitted at the Belize Medical Associates in Belize City.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Toyota tacoma stolen tonight from Succotz, second vehicle stolen this week in the area
BBN Staff: BBN has confirmed that a vehicle was stolen around 9:30 p.m. tonight in Western Belize. The […]

Vehicle overturns inside courtyard opposite Central Park in Corozal town
A vehicle overturned earlier tonight in the courtyard opposite the Central Park in Corozal. The […]

Another fatal traffic accident on Belize’s highways
Our newsroom has just received a reliable report from an eyewitness of a fatal traffic […]

BTV disappointed with GOB over passing up $2 million in aid for fishermen
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) says that it is extremely disappointed in the Government of Belize’s […]

BDF soldier bitten by venomous snake at Cadenas Observation post
Reports to Breaking Belize News (BBN) is that a soldier of the Belize Defense Force […]

Police charge one for beatdown-turned-murder
Police announced today that they have officially charged Shane Roman Jones for the murder of […]

Man reported missing in Belize City
The family of Belize City resident Devon Tariq Lopez, 22, is concerned about his whereabouts. […]

GOB: Taiwan grant to be used on infrastructural projects
On December 6, H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize, presented a bilateral […]

Permanent residents no longer eligible for fishing licenses
On December 6, the Government of Belize informed of the amendment of Fisheries Regulations to […]

Lights and ammunition found near burnt aircraft in Chan Chen
Authorities have issued an official report regarding the discovery of a suspected narco plane found […]

GOB turns down $2 Million for fishers to move away from gillnet fishing
The Government of Belize recently issued a statement detailing its latest actions against the use of gillnets, a destructive fishing practice; however, ...

Matthiew Klinck family “devastated, not surprised” by murder acquittal
“When my cousin was murdered, my uncle and aunt went [to Belize]. When they came back it was obvious that corruption is a big problem over there. The police ...

Their time to shine: Special Olympics held in Belize City
Kandice Morrison, national director of Special Olympics Belize, said that this year's event is possibly the largest one ever held, noting an overwhelming amount ...

Miss Universe Belize - Destinee Arnold counts down to Miss Universe 2019
Miss Universe Belize, Destinee Arnold and Belizeans are counting down to the prestigious Miss Universe pageant, which is now just a day away.

Belize Camping Experience introduces 'Apples for Kids'
In the aftermath of the drought that ravaged the agricultural sector, Belize Camping Experience (BCE), the organization that holds the annual ...

Nicaraguan national caught drinking in public now faces Immigration trouble
But in the course of the investigation, it was discovered that he has no legal immigration status in Belize. Because of his immigration status, he was handed over ...


A Festive Month for Travellers Liquors Ltd.
It’s that time of the year again, and it is quite an exciting month for Travellers Liquors Ltd, the most iconic distillery in Belize! Travellers Liquors Ltd. has a month filled with surprises and exciting news to share with the public. Firstly, they announced their yearly Holiday expo dates and raffle dates. Their expo and raffles consists of a chance to win up to $500 BZD and gift boxes filled with Traveller’s special Christmas products and souvenirs. The first expo was held on November 30th at the Travellers Headquarters in Belize City where three people won $500 (first place), $300 (second place), and $200 (third place).

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean forecasters warn of expected decline in rainfall in several parts of the region
The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says as the region enters the new dry season, rainfall is expected to decline, with parts of the Caribbean already suffering drought conditions in recent months, feeling effects from long term drought by the end of the dry season. “These would include Barbados, Belize and Cayman Islands. This is despite the eastern parts of the region likely having above normal rainfall during the first half of the season,” the CIMH said in its latest Caribbean Drought Bulletin released here. It said that much of the region should monitor conditions “as there is some chance that long term drought impacts can be felt in other parts of the region”.

Simone Biles & Her BF Just Vacationed In Belize & Now We Have To Go, Too
You did it, sis. You made it to Q4 of the year, securing your bag without sacrificing your sanity, and if nobody told you today, I'm proud of you, damn it. As we gear up to prepare for the new year—setting our intentions, charting out our goals and sh*t—one date you can't forget to put on your calendar is the baecation of your dreams, and Simone Biles says you better Belize it. Last month, the professional gymnast broke yet another world record by winning her 21st world championship medal but recently, sis chose to press pause on the hustle in lieu of a little R&R. After one helluva year, Simone is trading in her leotard for some quality time with bae in Belize and now we want to go, too.


  • BOAT PARADE, 3min. The San Pedro Holiday Boat parade has been an annual event on Ambergris Caye for 13 years, having been started in 2006. It attracts thousands of tourists and locals to the beach annually. But this year, the event may be the last year that it will be done. Our correspondent Jorge Aldana spoke to one of the organizers and filed the following report.

  • San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade!, 7.5min.

  • Pretty much the cutest jaguar sneeze ever!, 10sec. From the Gallon Jug area.

  • A walk through Belize City, 4min. A quick walk around the neighborhood we stayed in while in Belize City, several locals told us we were in a good neighborhood with little to no danger. Definitely felt safe while out

  • Belize 2019 Our Adventure on Coco Plum Island, 30min. In this part we venture inland for some Zip lining and Cave Tubing and spend some time exploring the Belize Barrier Reef !

  • Milka&Franko in Belize, 6min. We are cycling around the world!

  • Fishing Adventure in San Pedro Ambergris Caye, 14min. This was an amazing fishing trip like no other.
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