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Founded in the early 1980's by Dr. Robert Horwich of Community Conservation and Fallet Young of Bermudian Landing to protect the Black Howler Monkey. Dr. Horwich returns to find the community conservation project continues to be a success.
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Ambergris Caye
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On Friday, January 11, 2019, the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency Remus Li-Kou Chen, made an official courtesy visit to San Pedro Town. In a gathering inside the Mayor’s office, the Ambassador met with Mayor Daniel Guerrero and all six councilors of the San Pedro Town Council, along with Town Administrator, Mrs. Patricia Verde Tillett and LED Officer, Mr. Jorge Aldana.

The meeting was very fruitful, as the Ambassador is delighted to work along with the Town Council in the future. The Ambassador and the Town Council shared various points of interests between each other such as: tourism and the economy, as well as ideas on how to overcome the traffic and garbage situation that the island is currently facing. Both parties were excited to work on a cultural exchange where interested individuals would have the opportunity to learn Mandarin, which is a very popular language and spoken in various countries. During his visit at the Town Council offices, the Ambassador presented Mayor Daniel Guerrero and each councilor with a token of appreciation.

After the official gathering, the Mayor, Councilors and the Ambassador walked over to the popular Elvi’s Kitchen, where they met with the Ambassador’s wife, Madam Joyce Chen and their daughter, Miss Grace Chen. For lunch, the table was set at the traditional and popular restaurant, Elvi’s Kitchen, where they experienced some of our local cuisine by San Pedro’s very own, Chef Jennie Staines, as they casually discussed their similarities and challenges that both municipalities are facing. The Ambassador and his wife had the opportunity to meet the Chef herself as she visited the table to ensure everything was in order. Before they left the restaurant,

Mayor Daniel Guerrero gave a few words of appreciation and presented the Ambassador, his wife and daughter with a little token for his visit. After their lunch, Mayor Daniel Guerrero gave the Ambassador a short tour of town and a visit to the Town Council Barracks, where the Mayor showed the Ambassador the two garbage compactors donated by then Ambassador of the R.O.C. (Taiwan), Mr. David Wu in 2003. Lastly, in the night, the Mayor, his wife, the Ambassador, his wife and daughter, were hosted at the Tsunami Sushi Restaurant inside Caribbean Villas with its serene ambience.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the Councilors of the San Pedro Town Council would like to extend its most sincere gratitude to the Ambassador of the Republic China (Taiwan), his wife, Madam Joyce Chen, and their daughter, Miss Grace Chen, for their visit to San Pedro Town. We hope you had en exceptional stay and we look forward to the many possibilities that may come out of this unison.



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2 hours ago

Belize's national referendum on April 10th. is inching closer, and, pretty soon, all of us who are registered to vote will have to decide YES OR NO to taking Guatemala's territorial claim to the ICJ.

Since last week, we know it's a "NO" for the PUP - but what about its leader, John Briceno? From late last year, he said publicly that he is in favour of going to the ICJ, but last week, under severe internal pressure from his party, he had to send out a statement declaring a hardline "no".

Briceno's press release went even further, making it clear that the former PUP Ministers, Lisa Shoman, Assad Shoman, Godfrey Smith, and former Prime Minister Said Musa do NOT speak for the PUP.

Briceno was quoted in the release as saying, "I am sufficiently convinced that an overwhelming majority of our Party members and supporters are going to say NO and as the leader of a mass party, that makes decisions in a democratic way, I have an obligation to accept the views of the majority. I am certain that in the final analysis our Party will say NO to the ICJ." End quote.

So how does the private Briceno - who is a "yes" square with the public, political one who is a "yes"? The press tried to question him about that, but we pick up the conversation first in which Briceno explained what has been revealed in this listening tour which leads him to declare that "an overwhelming majority" of PUP are not in support of the ICJ route:

Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition
"I have been all across this country. This week, I am going to finish the Orange Walk District. Today, I am going to be in Cayo South Belmopan, and on Friday, I am going to be in San Pedro, and that then will wrap up the entire listening tour that I've been on. And So far, wherever I go, I think that people have been expressing great concerns about the referendum. And there are different varying degrees of no. Some are saying outright no, we don't believe we should be going to ICJ, but a lot more people are saying, we don't have enough information. We don't think we're ready to hold a referendum, and because of that they believe that the Government should change. And if they don't change the date, they believe that they should vote no on the 10th of April."

So, did the views of his fellow party members around the country get him to change is mind? Or is he still privately in support of going to the ICJ? The press tried to get a straight answer out of him on that one, but Briceno was snappy:

Reporter
"We've heard your formal position. What is your personal position on it?"

Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition
"Well, I think that is on record. I think what is more important is that I am the leader of a party, and as leader, I should listen to the people, and to our supporters. And these are the things that they are bringing up, and these are the concerns that they have. As such, I think I'm supposed to reflect their concerns about the referendum on the 10th of April. Our party and many organizations are going to take a position of whether to go or not to go. But, when you go in that polling room, that is where then you will make a personal decision as to what you think is in the best interest of Belize."

Reporter
"So, if I were to ask you, Mr. Briceno, how will you vote?"

Hon John Briceno
"Well, I don't think it's any of your business. (chuckles) I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said that. But, more importantly, I think that I have Personal John Briceno and John Briceno party leader. Right now, I am speaking as the party leader, and the only reason you're speaking to me is because I am the party leader. If I was citizen John Briceno, you would not be speaking to me right now. My party believes as - the way it is going right now, they believe that going to have a referendum on April 10th is not right thing to do at this time."

Reporter
"Is it disheartening to you for one who believes in a yes vote, that Belize may very well say no out of emotion?"

Hon. John Briceno
"I think what is more important is that we need to decide what is it that we want. Do we want to just hold a referendum because you are the boss, and you say we're going to have a referendum? Or do we want to get it right? And to get it right includes many things. It includes a proper, balanced, extensive and intensive educational campaign, which has not taken place. It requires amendments of several laws that we have in Belize that has not taken place. It requires us to have a good understanding as to how much exactly it's going to cost us, and where that money is going to come to go to the ICJ. And these are just some of the issues that I think that we need to answer. So, to me, it is unfortunate that the Government has decided that come hell or high water, they're going to have a referendum on the 10th of April."

Finally on this topic, the media asked him for his take on last week's public declaration from the Prime Minister and the 4 other foreign Ministers that they think that the ICJ route is the best way to solve this territorial dispute with Guatemala. Eamon Courtenay, the only former foreign minister who did not participate, called it a "cheap circus". So, what's Briceno's take on it? Here's what he had to say about the event:

Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition
"I think what is more important is to point out - and they quickly mentioned it - that they are not speaking on behalf of the People's United Party. They're speaking as private citizens and former foreign ministers, and that is their right to do so. And that has been clearly articulated over and over. They were there as private citizens, and not as the party. The party speaks with 1 voice, and the press release that we sent out last week was just a preview as to what is going to come. I expect to wrap up the listening tour next week. Next week, I will meet - we're almost at 31 standard bearers - we're going to meet with them, and then, we go to the national executive for a declaration. And then after that, we will have a national party council."

Reporter
"Sir, do you agree with Eamon Courtenay's description of the event. He said it was a circus; it was a political stunt."

Hon. John Briceno
"Well, we know that it was a publicity stunt. The government is desperate in trying to turns of the Belizean people, and they felt that by having all the former foreign ministers come together, that it can help what they're doing. And that's fine. That is their decision. They decided to do so, and I have no quarrel with them over that."

Reporter
"But, these are senior people of your party, all senior counsels too. Has it divided the party any?"

Hon. John Briceno
"They would tell you that they do not speak for the party. Godfrey Smith, Assad Shoman, Lisa Shoman, they are no longer active in the PUP. The only one is yes, the former Prime Minister, who is a sitting member of the House of Representatives. But, they felt that they needed to make their position known, as former foreign ministers, not as members of the People's United Party."

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marie's beloved husband, Gerry Sharp.

Gerry Sharp retired from the Citrus Company of Belize before working with Marie at the factory. The Sharp family has a long, rich history in Belize and they were instrumental in the development of the countries Citrus Industry. Multiple generations of Sharp's managed the fundamental citrus operations and the history goes back to H.R. Sharp and G.G.R. Sharp of Jamaica, before Gerry's father, Frank Sharp, took over.

As, Denzel F. Jenkins once said, "the Sharp's must be credited for transforming the Belize Citrus Industry, metaphorically speaking, from a way-side fruit shop to a supermarket. Those brave, bull-headed Jamaicans who the Sharps influenced to come to Belize - names like Ritchie, Holness, Wright, Jones, Bailey, Levy, Burrell, Dickson, Willacy, Cooke, James, Finlayson - became the backbone of what came to be known as the Citrus Growers Association." (Signed) Denzil F. Jenkins, Citrus Grower, Mile 7, Stann Creek Valley Road

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Ambergris Caye
3 hours ago
On New Year’s night, Jamir Leal and his two brothers were at the Playa Bar and Grill in San Pedro when Leal assaulted his ex-girlfriend. When he began to choke her, his brothers and other patrons at the bar tried to get him to stop. When PC Tyrell Rowley and PC Samir Medina arrived on the scene, it became more chaotic as Leal was clubbed and hit on the head while defenseless on the ground. Typically, when bars are open late, there should be security, or even police officers working on special duty assignment. Love News asked the officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Formation Superintendent Reymundo Reyes what conditions would determine when security is required and as well as when officers can conduct special duties on Ambergris Caye.

Sup Raymundo Reyes OC San Pedro Police: “Police Officer were conducting motorcycle patrol, what we call beach patrol on the beachfront when they were stopped and they were informed that there was a fight inside of the establishment. When the Police Officer allegedly went inside of the establishment and tried to part the fight that is when one of the young men assaulted the officer and that is how he was manly or even if somebody attempts to pull out his weapon and he managed to at least grab this individual and take him out doing that and subduing the person. This establishments they only operate up to midnight, they don’t ask for extension. Jaguars, Body Rock they do ask for that three hours extension and instead of closing off midnight they close 4 o’clock in the morning so for that period of time they are required to have security officers performing duties for that because they ask on weekly basis for an extension as we call it. They have to pay a fee to the town board for extension. If we have persons on day off these are the officers that are allowed to work what we call the Special Duty. An officer who is on actual duty cannot leave his post to perform that Special Duty because you have special assignments and that is how we have the island divided in that whenever a relief or a shift come in we Police officers assigned to hotspots: San Pedrito, San Juan, San Mateo and that is a go go everyday. You have to have Police officers in those areas.

In regards to the incident with the Leal brothers, they have pressed charges against the two officers.

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Living in Belize
3 hours ago
The national referral hospital is not the only institution that has a problem with a dwindling supply of blood. According to the Director of Health Services, Marvin Manzanero it is a situation that is facing all healthcare facilities. He told us that there is a year-round blood drive for Belizeans to donate blood.

Marvin Manzanero Director of Health Services: “We noticed the low blood supply towards the end of last year and the blood bank has always been pushing for blood supplies to be routinely kept and so we had sent out a memo even before the Christmas and the New Years Holidays were upon us to tell regional Hospital to exercise caution in terms of how they were going to go about their blood supply and that means that you are probably going to have less elective surgeries if you don’t have adequate blood supply. I know the Western Regional Hospital has made an appeal earlier this year and I believe a Blood Bank in Belize on January 19th is having a blood drive and so that is part of the ongoing process. Unfortunately we are one of the countries that have one of the lowest voluntary blood donations happening, one of the lower ratios in the region if not the lowest ratio in the region so people would only routinely donate blood once they know a family members is going to be having surgery so it is not that you have routine blood donors going in to keep the demand of blood products in the country and then when you have road traffic accident and gun violence those are the ones that are most going to be using blood supply so any blood that you may have in stock can be depleted rather quickly . The call is always going to be there, we are trying to do blood drives not only in Belize City but at the regional Hospitals and we are going to try to see if we can expand the hours that people can donate and maybe have that on weekends because sometimes people will say well I work 8 to 5 to I can’t donate then. We will look at different incentives to try to bring people on board. That’s part of the plans that we have for this year.”

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Nature
Yesterday at 07:12 PM

Awesome simulation showing the path of the eclipse, along with the time...

This total lunar eclipse is fully visible in Belize City. The total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon, as the Moon turns red.

CLICK HERE for more information and the simulation.

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Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of The Right Honourable George Cadle Price.


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The San Pedro Sun

Danillo Villatoro to be arraigned in Belize City for the murder of Corporal Alfonso Guy
Island resident, 25-year-old Danilo Villatoro was arraigned for the murder of 51-year-old police corporal Alfonso Guy on Monday, January 14th at the Belize City Magistrate Court. During his court hearing, Magistrate Tricia Anderson informed Villatoro that because of the nature of the offense, no plea could be taken and neither could the court offer him bail. He was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until his next court date on March 16, 2019.

Ambergris Today

$20 Million For Caracol Maya Site Road
Government of Belize Signs Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development for the Caracol Road Project On Monday, January 14, 2019, the Government of Belize signed a Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development in the sum of Kuwait Dinars 6 million (approximately US$20 million) for the financing of the Caracol Road Project. The loan terms include an interest rate of two percent (2.0%) per annum and a repayment term of 20 years with a grace period of five years.

Pic Of The Week - Caribbean Boulevard
Did you know there is a “Caribbean Boulevard” in San Pedro? The island’s friendly loiterers known as “The Red Tap Crew” have taken the liberty to rename Buccaneer Street in down town San Pedro to “Caribbean Boulevard”. They have 'decorated' the wall with Caribbean Rum stickers from bottles of rum that they have consumed. The Red Tap crew members can be seen from day to day sitting down on the side of the street or fixing their friend’s bike to make some cash.

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Caye Caulker Liquor License Board General Meeting
Tuesday, January 22, starting at 10am

Government of Belize Signs Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development for the Caracol Road Project
Today, January 14th, the Government of Belize signed a Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development in the sum of Kuwait Dinars 6 million (approximately US$20 million) for the financing of the Caracol Road Project. The loan terms include an interest rate of two percent (2.0%) per annum and a repayment term of 20 years with a grace period of five years. Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was the Hon. Patrick Faber, Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, while H.E. Mr. Marwan Al-Ghanem, Deputy Director-General for Operations, signed on behalf of the Kuwait Fund.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint part 2/3 of “The Mighty Jungle”.

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Prime Minister Departs the Country
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, 14th January, 2019 en-route to Havana, Cuba for an official visit at the invitation of the Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel. Prime Minister Barrow is expected to return to the country on Saturday, January 19, 2019. During Prime Minister Barrow’s absence the Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, will act as Prime Minister.

Marriott Alaia Resort Development on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Here is an on-site visit to the Marriott Alaia Resort Development on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. This 56 condo units development is scheduled to be completed by December 2020. Surrounded in breathtaking Caribbean Sea views and designed with private cabaňas, beach condo sales, cozy seating clusters, and a fire pit. This autograph collection hotel will contain a rooftop Pool Terrace, so you can bask in the Caribbean soft breezes. The dining pavilion will offer casual fare and a private room will be available for events. Other amenities that will be available at the resort is their signature Beach Club, Belize Pro Dive Center Dive Shop, on-site San Pedro Sailing and Watersports Club, Live Art Gallery, Wedding and Event Venue and Adventure Concierge. This media blog would like to WELCOME our Marriott Alaia Resort to Belize and the best of success.

2019 San Pedro Lobster Fest
Date set for annual San Pedro Lobster Fest. Let's get ready to Party like a Lobsta!

Birds of Belize Exhibit Rotation
The SISE Hoc will be having a farewell event for their Birds of Belize exhibit. It'll be thinned out, as the exhibit moves to another location. The event is this Friday, January 18th. Dr. Zitzer will present about the birds in the display.

Countrywide Blood Shortage
Businesses and travelers. Please take extra caution. we are in a countrywide Blood shortage. Those wishing to donate can call the following places and make arrangements. Belize City Blood Bank 224-5010 Belmopan Blood Bank at the Western Regional Hospital Belmopan - Hospital 802-2537 San Ignacio Hospital 824-2066 or 824-2761 Punta Gorda Hospital - 722-2026 or 722-2161

Channel 7

Teenager Survives Shot To Head
Teenager Jahmeel Reyes is in an induced coma tonight and his family is anxious to find out if doctors can remove a bullet from his head. The 15 year old Roaring Creek resident was shot on Saturday evening around 4:00. If that wasn't enough, his attacker then put a brutal beating on him and buried him alive. But, he made it out alive - even if just barely. Courtney Weatherburne has this remarkable tale of survival in the face of ruthless violence: With a bullet to the head and his body severely bruised and buried, 15 year old Jamil Reyes dug through dirt, pulled himself out of a shallow grave and ran for help. The family is shocked he survived. Deshawn Card, Aunt: "It's a miracle, God knows, he has his reason."

18 Year Old Charged For Trying to Kill 15 Year Old
Quick police work on this case has led to a teen being charged. He is 18 year old Aaron Hyde. The head of National Crimes Investigation told us more. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch "Quick police investigation led to the detention of Hyde and the recovery of .22 pistol. He has since been charged today with the crimes of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm." Reporter: "Is there anything that could have motivated this particular shooting?" ACP Joseph Myvett: "There is some information that this may have been over a pervious misunderstanding that the two had."

Four Year Old Mauled By Landlord's Dog
A 4 year old boy is in the hospital tonight after he was mauled by a dog in his own back yard. It happened in the Lake I area shortly after 2 yesterday afternoon. Ellis Ortiz was in the yard at his parent's apartment, when the landlord's dog attacked him. Fortunately, neighbors were able to wrest the child away in time and rush him to the hospital. He is now in a stable condition but parents are worried that the dog may have done permanent damage to the child's eye. Emanuel Pech reports:... 4 year old Ellis Ortiz is currently undergoing treatment at KHMH for injuries he sustained during a vicious canine attack. The culprit is the landlord's watchdog, a very protective potlicker mix. Baby Ortiz and his parents rent a room at an apartment complex in Lake I.

Home Invasion Turns Into Standoff With Police
It's a home-slash-business invasion that turned into a southside hostage situation, and, tonight, police are preparing charges for 3 men. It all unfolded around 9:00 last night at '7 Days Store' on Mahogany Street. Business owners, 58 year old Rong Bin Liang, and his wife, 57 year old Hefu Rong Liang, were closing shop when the 3 men jumped over the wall and held them up. They pushed the couple inside the building where the men tied them up and beat them up, while the men prepared to ransack their home. But the crime in progress was foiled by police - which led to a standoff. And it was the new Commissioner himself who stepped onto the front line to negotiate with the armed burglars. Here's more:...

Were Shots Fired Inside?
And while Compol Williams defused that situation, one thing that is left uncertain is the reports that shots were fired inside the building after police had detained the three suspects. In a Facebook live coverage of the event Marisol Amaya for Krem News witnessed what sounds like the discharge for ammunition inside the establishment. Some people from the area said they distinguished the sound as that of rubber bullets. However, when asked today Compol Chester Williams refuted those claims. Reporter: "We understand that fires was shot inside the building. Is that true?' Chester Williams - Police Commissioner: "No."

Driver Killed When Ambulance Crashes
A 26 year old Southern Emergency Services ambulance driver was killed in an accident early this morning. It happened before dawn this morning between miles 10 and 11 on the Southern Highway - near Silk Grass village. The victim is Belmopan resident Khalil Reyes - and he flew out of an ambulance which plunged into a drain. Another man - his co worker - was in the ambulance with him but police say they have not established who was driving at the time of the accident. Here is what they know so far. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: "This morning sometime shortly before 5 am, Dangriga police was called to an area between miles 10 and 11 on the Southern highway where they observed a red and white ambulance being operated by Southern Emergency Services on the right hand side of the road when traveling north.."

Cotton Tree Motorbike Rider Badly Injured
And there's also news of another accident - this one wasn't fatal, but…. A Cotton Tree man is on life support tonight after he was flung from his motorcycle. 49 year old Ezekiel Ortega was rear-ended in a hit and run. It happened on Friday night around 9:30 on the Western Highway. He received major injuries to his head. Fortunately his 18 year old daughter who was with him is recovering at home. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Scraps of metal litter the western highway near mile 44. On Friday night, Father and daughter Ezekiel Ortega and Lilian Sanabria were on a motorcycle heading to their Cotton Tree home when a vehicle rear-ended them.

Gang Related Execution is Gruesome
And, now to the weekend's murders. There are two of them to report - and both sprang from underworld dealings: one is gang related, and the other drug related. We start early on Saturday morning at mile 3 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. At 1:45 police were called out o the area by passersby who saw a Chevy Trailblazer which looked like it had crashed. But when they looked inside, they saw a dead man. Jose Manuel Ayala was on the passenger side of his own vehicle with five gunshot wounds to the head. It's a merciless execution, meant to send a message, and Police told us it's related to gang rivalries in the Jane Usher Area:...

Island Worker Found Executed, Cops Say Drug Related
And while that murder is gang related, police believe the other drug related. It involves another of those workers on a small, isolated island - the kind where drug packages sometimes float past - which, inevitably, leads to a trail of death. Over the years, we've covered too many such murders - and tonight there is one more to report. This time it's on Mapp Caye - which is off the coast of Belize City - not too far from St. George's Caye - - where a John Doe was found dead, and two other men, including the island's owner, are missing. Police say they went out there at 7:00 this morning: ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "Police visited Mapp Caye which is located about three miles northeast of Belize City. Upon arrival, they observed the motionless body of a male person in an advanced state of decomposition inside of a latrine..."

Man Who Killed Cops Says It was Accident, Police Say Murder
Police have charged a man accused of murdering one of their own. Early on Friday morning, 51 year old Corporal Alfonso Guy was killed inside the police barracks - with his own weapon. His only companion at the time, 25 year old waiter Danilo Villatoro Amador has confessed, but said it was an accident - that he was playing with the 9MM pistol when it went off, hitting him once to the chest, a fatal shot. And while he says it was an accident, police say it's murder. The head of CIB told us more today:

Big Money For Caracol Road From The Kuwait Fund
The Caracol Road is closer to becoming a reality with a very generous financial contribution today from the Kuwait Fund. It's $20 million US dollar loan on concessionary terms of two percent per annum and a repayment term of 20 years with a grace period of five years. The loan agreement was signed today between Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber Marwan Al-Ghanem, the deputy director general of operations for the Kuwait Fund. After a few formalities and some brief words of gratitude both parties signed on the dotted line:

PM Goes To Pay Respects To Cuba
And Deputy Prime Minister Faber presided because the Prime Minister left the country today. He's off to Cuba again, but not for another back surgery. This time, he's going to pay respects and say thanks with an official state visit. PM Barrow left today and is expected to arrive in Cuba tomorrow, where he will be the guest of Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel.

Court Opens, CJ Recounts Achievements, And Challenges
Today is the second Monday of the new year, and as per the tradition that goes back decades, the Judiciary hosted the ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court. It is one of the very few events where the cloistered judges of the Supreme Court account publicly for the state of affairs in this branch of the Government. Our new team attended, and Daniel Ortiz reports: This year's ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court began at the Holy Redeemer Church in Belize City, where the Supreme Court judges, the magistrates, the court's staff, and the bar all gathered for a morning mass.

Hon. Wilfred On Why
As soon as Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington exited the Supreme Court today, the press asked him why he wasn't among the Foreign Ministers who signed the public declaration on last week Wednesday in support of going to the International Court of Justice. These 5 foreign ministers have all collectively agreed that given their experience on Belize-Guatemala bilateral relations, and the history of Guatemala's territorial claim, going to the ICJ is the best attempt at resolution that Belize has been given so far.

Nephew Chops Off Uncle's Fingers
Police are looking for a man who chopped his uncle and severed his fingers. The victim is Valley of Peace resident Angel Cerritos. It is a strange case because Cerritos says he has no beef with his nephew and has no idea why he would attack him. Police told us more. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch "Police were called to Valley of peace where they observed one Angel Cerritos, 33 years with several chop wounds to the back, as well as three fingers from his left hand was severed.

Fire Erupts After Inquiry About Woman
Multiple wooden structures burned in a Ladyville fire on Friday night. It happened on Ground Dove Street where the fire started mysteriously after a man went to the house inquiring about a female who used to live there. Resident Levi Bahadur told us more:

No Charges For Female Minor Accused of Setting Up Ambush
And, on our last bit of police news tonight, police cannot the charge the 16 year old female neighbor - who was thought to have lured 43 year old Stephen Leiva into an ambush where he was stabbed multiple times. Leiva is recovering in the hospital, but police released the teenager, saying they have no evidence that she conspired:...

Seafront Woes In Seashore Drive Area
And, finally, tonight, some sea-frontage reclamation is causing alarm in the Seashore Drive area of Buttonwood Bay. Residents have been calling us since Friday complaining that they are are about to lose their sea view because a developer is pushing dozens of loads of sand unto the sea in front of their homes. This is the area at the end of seashore drive, near the street that goes to Brodies northside. Now it strikes a chord because we first covered this story more than 12 years ago when Dion Zabaneh said that his mother owns the plot of land, which happens to be in the sea.

Channel 5

Asian Family Held Hostage by Trio of Armed Robbers on Mahogany Street
A robbery on Sunday night turned into a dangerous hostage situation on Sunday night.  Three armed thieves broke into a store on Mahogany Street in Belize City.  Seven Days Shop [...]

GSU Mandate to be Expanded Following Hostage Situation on the Mahogany
The lengthy standoff between three armed bandits and officers from the Belize Police Department has prompted ComPol Chester Williams to carefully consider the leadership, as well as the role of [...]

Belize City Man Shot 5 Times in the Face
A Belize City man was brutally murdered over the weekend. The body of twenty-nine-year-old Jose Manuel Ayala was found with five gunshot wounds to the face in the wee hours [...]

Watchman Murdered on Mapp Caye; 2 Others Missing
The eighth murder for the New Year was recorded today. Police say a watchman is dead and two others are missing from Mapp Caye. While his name has not been [...]

15-Year-Old Roaring Creek Resident Survives Attack; Aaron Hyde Charged
A fifteen-year-old youth is in a coma tonight after surviving a horrible ordeal. The teenager, Jamil Reyes, was socializing with friends in Roaring Creek when he came under a vicious [...]

Former Foreign Affairs Ministers Did Not Want ‘Sedi’ in on I.C.J. Declaration Event
Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington on Wednesday sat front row and center, observing five former Foreign Affairs Ministers sign a declaration expressing their firm support to take Guatemala’s claim to [...]

The Supreme Court Rings in the 2019 Legal Year
The 2019 sitting of the Supreme Court opened this morning with the fanfare that traditionally accompanies the event.  The address on the administration of justice was delivered by Foreign Minister [...]

Honduran National Charged for Police Corporal’s Murder
Twenty-five-year-old Honduran national Josue Danilo Villatoro Amado was transported from San Pedro to Belize City and arraigned for the murder of Corporal Alfonso Guy.  This afternoon, Villatoro, who is a [...]

Belize City Stabbing Victim Recovering at K.H.M.H.
Last Friday, we reported on the stabbing that left forty-three-year-old cab driver Stephen Leiva hospitalized. He was stabbed outside of his room near the Bel China Bridge in the early [...]

Fire Guts House in Ladyville; was it Arson?
A fire has left one man without a house in Ladyville Village. The thirty by thirty wooden structure and all its contents were wiped out by the time fire officials [...]

Wilfred Elrington Finds Comfort among Former Foreign Affairs Ministers
The I.C.J. remains a hot-button issue. On Wednesday, the only ex-Foreign Affairs Minister who did not sign the I.C.J. Declaration was Senator Eamon Courtenay. That’s because he chose not to [...]

Elrington: I.C.J. Referendum is for Belizeans Living in the Country
According to Eamon Courtenay, certain conditions must and should have been fulfilled before Belizeans go to the polls on April tenth. He says that the legal opinion on the I.C.J. [...]

Minister Elrington Says “The poll is not really relevant”
The media also asked Minister Wilfred Elrington about a recent telephone poll conducted by pollBelize.org regarding the I.C.J. Referendum. According to the poll, there is an increasing number of voters [...]

EMT Loses Life in RTA on Southern Highway
An emergency medical technician is dead following an accident between miles ten and eleven on the Southern Highway sometime early this morning. Police say Khalil Reyes was along with his [...]

Father and Daughter Knocked Down in Cotton Tree Hit & Run
There was a near fatal traffic accident on the George Price Highway in Cotton Tree Village, Cayo District. Ezekial Ortega was travelling on a motorcycle with his eighteen-year-old step-daughter, Lillian [...]

Man Chops Up Uncle in Valley of Peace
A chopping in Valley of Peace last Friday night has left one man without three of his fingers and with chop wounds to the back.  Police were called out to [...]

4-Year-Old Boy Bitten by Dog is Hospitalized
A four-year-old baby boy is hospitalized after he was bitten by a dog in the Lake Independence area.  Police say that on Sunday around three in the afternoon, Ellis Ortiz [...]

Foreign Affairs Minister Comments on ‘Narco-Cattle Ranching’
Friends for Conservation and Development has been documenting threats within the Chiquibul Forest for eleven years. Those threats include illegal logging, poaching, and gold panning, which was the biggest threat [...]

Sportscaster James Adderley and the Weekend Stats
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The Reporter

‘SUSPECT’ IN SHOOTING OF MINOR DETAINED
Aaron Allan Hyde, 18, has been charged for the shooting of Jamil Reyes, 15. Reyes was socializing with friends in the Hattieville area of Roaring Creek when he was shot in the back of the head.

WATCHMAN MURDERED ON MAPP-CAYE ISLAND
The Reporter has been able to confirm the murder of a watchman at a camp on Mapp Caye. We are told that just moments ago the body was brought into Belize City. Police sources say the already decomposing body was found at around 9:00am.

‘UPDATE’ HOSTAGE SITUATION AT MAHOGANY STREET SHOP (VIDEO)
The owner of 7 Days Store on Mahogany Street is currently being held hostage inside his establishment. It is reported that around 9:45 tonight, shots were fired from inside the shop at the police. We will report more information as it becomes available.

4YR. OLD TODDLER SERIOUSLY INJURED BY DOG
A child, 4, is at the KHMH with serious wounds to his head and face. According to reports, on Sunday at around 3:00pm Carlton Pitts left his step-son Ellis Ortiz playing in the yard...

HOSTAGE SITUATION AT MAHOGANY STREET SHOP
The owner of 7 Days Store on Mahogany Street is currently being held hostage inside his establishment. It is reported that around 9:45 tonight, shots were fired from inside the shop at the police.

‘SUSPECT’ IN SHOOTING OF MINOR DETAINED
One man has been detained and is being questioned for the shooting of a minor. Roaring Creek resident, Jamil Reyes, 15, is in a critical but stable condition at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan where he is recovering from a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Commemoration of 100th Birthday of Father of the Nation, George Price
George Cadle Price, Belize’s first Prime Minister and ‘Father of the Nation’ was born on […]

Mobile health team visiting villages in Cayo
A mobile health team along with community leaders have joined efforts in the western health […]

Ministry of Health, UNICEF speak national adolescent health strategy priorities
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and partner agencies […]

3 years later, Anne Swaney’s murder still unsolved
Three years ago, on January 16, 2016, ABC 7 News Producer, Anne Swaney was strangled […]

Rainy weather to continue
A gradual increase in moisture is expected to continue over the next couple of days. […]

Prime Minister departs country to meet Cuban President
Prime Minister Dean Barrow departed the country today en-route to Havana, Cuba for an official […]

Government signs Loan Agreement with Kuwait Fund for Caracol Road Project
Today, the Government of Belize signed a Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic […]

3 young men arrested for home invasion in Belize City
Police have arrested three young men for the crime of home invasion in Belize City. According […]

Ambulance driver killed, passenger injured in crash on Southern Highway
Khalil Reyes, 26, lost his life this morning on the Southern Highway. Reyes was driving an […]

Belizean turmeric finds place on international market
A new product made from Belizean-grown turmeric, a ginger-like root, has started hitting grocery store […]

Blogs

Bonefishing from a SUP is as Great as it Sounds
In between host weeks here in Belize my time has been spent largely behind a computer screen, but today I took a little work break and explored some of the backcountry lagoons behind Cayo Frances Farm & Fly on a SUP board. I went searching for juvenile Tarpon that reside just behind the lodge’s property, but with the sun still quite high I decided to do a bit of exploring. Paddling into the wind can be a bit of a task, but as I came across a nice flat something caught my eye. I was so concentrated on keeping the board moving steadily into the wind that I didn’t even realize I had just spooked a school of 50 or so Bonefish. I put down my stake to anchor the board on the flat, and hoped they would circle back to where they had just been feeding.

Ain't Nothin but a Chicken Wing
The number one source of protein in Belize is the local dish of chicken. The most NUMMY chicken wings I have found on the Caye is a Pirate’s Secret Beach! The outdoor hearth is manned by one of the local guys, just waiting for you to put in your order. If you are hanging out in the water on a floaty or just lounging on the beach or sitting at the bar, you must order their chicken wings. The barbecue sauce is just spicy enough and their aioli dip melts in your mouth. Grab a Landshark or Belikin and order some Pirates Chicken Wings, you won't be disappointed!

#UnBELIZEable! Ambergis Caye, San Pedro, Belize
Get ready to embark on your first adventure with the Bacon Crew! Let's get something straight...the crew has champagne taste and a beer budget. We love to travel as much as possible, which means we like to vacation on the #CHEAP! My goal is adventuresofbaconbits.com will get more of YOU adventurers out there #exploring! HOW TO GET THERE: You "BELIZE" that you want to vacation on Ambergris Caye. How to you get there? We opted for the puddle jumper. The plane was very clean, well kept and the pilots had great take-offs and landings. (I grew up in one of these things so I know what its like when it's not so great.) Taking the plane vs. the boat also meant a 15 minute flight vs. a 1.5 hour boat ride. After flying commercial all day....I'm down for the #quicky.

Belize in January
If you are looking for a warm, tropical escape from gray, cold winter climate, look no further than Belize. In January, Belize offer travelers perfect weather: warm, sunny days, light breezes, and mild nights. There are plenty of adventure tours and luxury resorts and lodges available to make your trip unforgettable. Unlike other popular destinations like Mexico and Costa Rica, Belize is busy enough to provide plentiful entertainment at this time of year but is not unpleasantly packed with crowds. In January, visitors enjoy perfect sunshine coupled with all of the amazing sights, activities, and cuisine that Belize has to offer. On the coast and the islands, you can relax on the beautiful beaches, nap in a hammock, and just be ‘one with nature’.

The Secret Beach in Ambergris Caye, Belize
San Pedro, the island’s sole town is a hub of activity with unique eateries and restaurants and lots of nightlife. The quieter side of Ambergris Caye is ironically called the Secret Beach, which isn’t a secret at all. The Secret Beach is a must-see destination on your Ambergris Caye holiday for a variety of reasons. The most popular way to get to the Secret Beach is via a golf cart. It’s a fun ride that takes about 45 minutes through mangrove swamps, but it’s well worth the trip. If you think you will get lost, don’t worry. English is the official language of Belize and the locals are always willing to help out. In addition, there are plenty of signs along the way. Once you get to the Secret Beach, you won’t be alone, but neither will be it overly crowded. Wading out into the turquoise waters is a must-do as you can walk 200 feet from the shore and the water will still only be at waist-level. The great thing about the Secret Beach is that it’s not overly commercialized, but there is something for everyone. Indulge in water sports, have a drink and a bite of Belizean food or just simply relax on the beach itself.

The 9 Most Popular Foods in Belize
Many visitors arrive in Belize unsure about what to expect when it comes to food. But the delicious mix of different cultural influences means that Belize is home to a sumptuous medley of seafood, fresh fruit, Caribbean classics, and savory treats that are sure to please even the pickiest eater. When you are in Belize, here are the 9 foods you definitely need to try:

Lonely Planet Joins National Geographic In Listing Belize As One Of The World’s Top Ten Travel Destinations
What a nice way to start the year! After earlier expressing our appreciation of Belize being named as one of National Geographic’s Top Ten Travel destinations for 2019, we’re very happy to be doing it again – this time for accolades from that other great travel authority, Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet’s annual top destinations picks become a coveted list from which worldwide wanders select new and exciting places to visit. Let’s face it – if those savvy globetrotters at Lonely Planet (or LP, to those in the know) find that a place is worth visiting, chances are you will, too.

International Sourcesizz

Darmasiswa Scholarship Program
The Government of Indonesia is offering a one year non degree scholarship programme to Belizeans who wish to study Indonesian language (Bahasa), art and culture. Deadline for application - 1 March 2019.

Why Mangroves must be protected
Mangroves are often depicted as uninviting and unfriendly environments, not pleasing to the eye, a little bit smelly and a haven for mosquitos and sand flies. Yet within this narrow piece of real estate between terrestrial forests and marine ecosystems, mangrove forests are lush with marine, estuarine and terrestrial life and, when protected and managed well, rich in biodiversity. Mangrove forests are inshore coastal communities, where they can occur in salt, estuarine or fresh water conditions. They prefer calm waters that allow the mangroves to effectively root themselves into the substrate of the water column without being swept away. Even though mangroves may prefer freshwater conditions - they occur in areas with heavy rainfall - they actually thrive in saltwater environments as they tolerate higher salinities better than the other plants.

Travelers Are Flocking to Belize Right Now
Belize is one of the hottest destinations in the region right now, according to the latest data from the country’s tourism board. The country on the Caribbean coast of Central America reported 14.6 percent growth in stayover arrivals last year, one of the fastest growth rates of any destination in the region in 2018 — lifting arrivals to a new record for the country. That translated to 62,000 more overnight visitors to the country, and a total of 489,261 stayover visitors in the calendar year. In the last 10 years, Belize’s stayover visitor numbers have doubled, starting at 232, 249 in 2009.

What Language is Spoken in Belize?
Belize is a small country about the size of Massachusetts, with less than 400,000 people. Despite being one of the least densely populated countries in the world, Belize’s vibrant history has led to a diversity of culture, ethnicities, and language that is fascinating to experience. Belize was once the home of the Maya Indians. Historians believe these Maya disappeared around 1,000 years ago but some of their ancestors remain. The Kekchi and Mopan Mayas in the south, and the Northern Maya who have a Yucatec heritage. Belize also has a strong history of British and African cultures dating from the colonial period. This has led to a Belizean Creole culture.

Cuba's President to Welcome Belize's Prime Minister
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel announced Monday he will host Belize''s Prime Minister Dean Oliver Barrow as part of his official visit to Cuba. Diaz-Canel, highlighted in his Twitter account the historical ties between Cuba and Belize, based on solidarity and friendship. We will welcome Tuesday Dean Oliver Barrow, Belize's PM, as part of his official visit. The historical ties binding Cuba and Belize are based on solidarity, friendship, gratitude and full support for the Caribbean', he wrote in his twitter @DiazCanelB. For its part, the Foreign Ministry also referred to the Belizean Prime Minister's arrival in Cuba the West.

Videos

  • Great Belize Cooking, 7.5min. Demo of "Great Belize Cooking" shot in San Jose Nuevo Palmar, Orange Walk, Belize. 00:30 Making of Recado 2:07 Making Corn Tortillas 4:30 Outdoor cooking segment

  • UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL - DEAN BARROW, 67min.

  • DOWN DA WAY TO BELIZE, 4min. WILLIAM BANNER AUGUST.BELIZE ROOTS.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries = Juanita Mak Chee, 2.5min.

  • The Declaration of the Foreign Ministers on ICJ, 56min. Lisa Shoman was our guest to talk about the recently signed declaration of Former Foreign Ministers. She explained that her position has changed and that she now supports a YES vote to the ICJ.

  • International Organization for Migration (IOM), 19min. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will be conducting a series of sensitization workshops for journalists and communications persons to be trained in reporting on issues relating to migration and migrants. We spoke with Eric Sanchez, Program Coordinator with the IOM, about how persons can participate in the sessions.

  • Top Things To Do In Belize City, 6min. Top Things to Do in Belize City covers the main attractions while your cruise ship is in port of Belize City, Belize, a port of call on most Western Caribbean cruises offering some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world, plus several fascinating Mayan ruins.

  • 14 Days in Belize -Highlight Reel, 21min. Highlight reel of our vacation to Belize. Tours in the jungle, snorkeling, fishing, Jet skiing, swimming, eating, and more. The first couple days had rain, but the rest was just fun in the sun at 80-85 degrees

  • Punta Contest at Barefoot Beach n Placencia Belize, 12min. Punta Contest. Belize. Placencia. Easter.

  • Zip Line in Belize, 3min.

  • San Ignacio, the heart of Belize, 10min. There is more to this Central American outlier than vast beaches and the clear Carribean sea. But to find it, you have to "go deep..."

  • Deer Dance in Pueblo Viejo Village Toledo District. Belize C.A., 5min. Traditional Mayan Dance which was invented many many Years ago.

  • Belize Night Dive, 5min.

  • Terry Di Brukdong Gial, 3min. Terry Di Brukdong Gial came out of an initiative of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project conducted in 2016 called the Belize Creole Bruckdong Project. Terry works through the Belize Music Agency and is available for performances.
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    Court Opens, CJ Recounts Achievements, And Challenges

    Today is the second Monday of the new year, and as per the tradition that goes back decades, the Judiciary hosted the ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court.

    It is one of the very few events where the cloistered judges of the Supreme Court account publicly for the state of affairs in this branch of the Government. Our new team attended, and Daniel Ortiz reports:

    Daniel Ortiz reporting
    This year's ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court began at the Holy Redeemer Church in Belize City, where the Supreme Court judges, the magistrates, the court's staff, and the bar all gathered for a morning mass.

    At its conclusion, the judges lined up and led a march through the downtown area, giving the public an opportunity to get a glimpse these mysterious personalities who dispense judgments from the Bench. The Chief Justice was joined by the newly appointed Police Commissioner, and behind them was a procession of attorneys: both newcomers and veterans.

    And once the parade of black robes arrived at the Court House, the usual police honor guard was there to greet judges for completeness of the ceremony.

    From there, everyone joined the Chief Justice in his courtroom for the only session of the entire year in which the Supreme Court allows cameras and recording equipment inside the courtroom.

    The Chief Justice focused his main address on the court's continued effort to stay ahead of the large number of criminal cases, especially for defendants charged with murder, that keeps stacking up on a monthly basis, every year.

    Hon. Kenneth Benjamin - Chief Justice of Belize
    "In 2018, there are an aggregate of 818 civil claims, inclusive of petitions for bail filed."

    "As of December 31st, 2018, the statistics made available from the Kolbe Foundation revealed that there are 260 persons remanded by the Magistrate's Court and Family Court. 182 are remanded by order of the Supreme Court, of which 9 persons are awaiting sentence, decision after trial, and extradition. 1 person is detained at the pleasure of the Supreme Court. Of the remaining 172 cases awaiting trial before the Supreme Court, 74 remandees have been have in custody prior to the end of 2016. The overwhelming majority are cases of murder, and these matters will be prioritized for disposal in 2019."

    The Chief Justice was also pleased to report that the judiciary has been able to clear a significant portion of its backlog of criminal cases

    Hon. Kenneth Benjamin - Chief Justice of Belize
    "In 2018, it was announced that 2 temporary judges would be engaged to specifically address backlog reduction efforts for a period of 1 year. That process was mobilized in Belize City, and in the Southern Session of the criminal division. Hon. Mr. Colin Williams commenced sitting in the central district in Belize City from March 5th, 2018. His excellency the Governor General was pleased to appoint the Hon. Mr. Justice Francis Cumberbatch as a Justice of the Supreme Court from February 2nd, 2018."

    "His Lordship was assigned to the Central District sitting along with the Hon. Madam Justice Antoinette Moore in the City of Belmopan, and thereafter in the Southern Sessions in Punta Gorda in the Toledo District, and Dangriga in the Stann Creek District."

    "With a full complement of judges to serve the criminal division, supplemented by 2 additional justices devoted to backlog cases, the results were extremely encouraging. In January 2018, Madam Justice Williams inherited a dormant list of 131 cases formerly before retired Justice Gonzalez. Over the year, an additional 24 cases were added. Approximately 40 of the older cases from the original list were reassigned to Mr. Justice Colin Williams, and as of November 15th, 2018, with both Justices Williams sitting in Belize City, they have disposed of a total of 62 cases, respectively. Over the period of January to December 2018, also sitting in Belize City, Mr. Justice Lucas disposed of 21 cases. At the end of 2018, Justice Lucas' list stands at a 112 cases."

    "I'm pleased to report that all murder cases up to 2016 have been heard or otherwise disposed of."

    And even more work that the Supreme Court judges have to include into their packed schedule of criminal cases, is the re-sentencing of 23 prison inmates who are serving mandatory life sentences for murder conviction. As viewers are aware, the Court of Appeal and the Caribbean Court of Justice have both scrapped mandatory life sentences for persons convicted of murder.

    Hon. Kenneth Benjamin - Chief Justice of Belize
    "In the consolidated appeals of Gregory August and Alwin Gabb, delivered on the 29th of March, 2018, the Caribbean Court of Justice, in its judgement, ordered that sentences of all persons serving mandatory life imprisonment for murder be vacated, and that all such convicted inmates be brought before the Supreme Court to be re-sentenced."

    "The process affects 23 inmates, and to date, 4 have been re-sentenced. The exercise is being shared between myself as Chief Justice and the 5 justices of the criminal division."

    At the conclusion of the Chief Justice's remarks, the President of the Bar Association, DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, was invited to address the gathering. To our knowledge, it was her first opportunity to do so.

    DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal - President, Bar Association
    "This address, using all 5 minutes afforded to me, will be an undecorated account of the work that the Bar Association has done in the past year, the work it is doing now, and the work it will do before the present executive's term comes to an end."

    "The executive highlighted 3 main areas that it should focus on, continuing legal education of its members, and being at the forefront of addressing matters of concern to the profession, providing legal representation in a matter that promotes the interests of justice, and doing its part to protect the civil liberties of the citizenry."

    The Bar held 3 fora over the course of last year to educate its membership on the implications of important judgements that have come from the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Caribbean Court of Justice. Among them were discussions on the Gregory August case, that you heard the Chief Justice discuss earlier.

    Other matters of interest that caught our attention from the President's address were the legal issues surrounding last Year September's State of emergency which was declared for Belize City's Southside to get control of crime, and the Bar's interest in educating the public on the upcoming ICJ vote.

    DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal
    "One of the issues for the Bar Association was the State of Emergency that was declared in September of 2018, and which saw over a 100 persons detained. And so, in our third legal forum, Mr. Leeroy Banner, who was the attorney for some of the persons detained, addressed us on the legal and social issues surrounding their detention. Nuri Muhammad also joined us, along with 5 affected persons, who gave us first-hand accounts of what they say are the challenges to the enjoyment of their civil rights even beyond the State of Emergency. The final phase of this continuing legal education will be the Bar Association's Annual Law Conference during the week of February 4th."

    "One of the major activities in that week will also be a public forum in relation to the upcoming ICJ referendum. The aim of the Association is to assist in public awareness and education, so that voters can make a properly informed decision."

    At the conclusion of the DPP's address as President, the normal course would have been that the Attorney General would give brief comments on the adjournment of this special sitting. Today, AG Michael Peyrefitte - who could not attend due to health reasons - was represented by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, a former Attorney General

    Justices Adolph Lucas and Denis Hanomansingh have reached the mandatory age of retirement from the bench, and so, the Supreme Court is on the look-out for judges who will be selected to replace them.

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    The Supreme Court Rings in the 2019 Legal Year

    The 2019 sitting of the Supreme Court opened this morning with the fanfare that traditionally accompanies the event.  The address on the administration of justice was delivered by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington on behalf of the Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte.  The Chief Justice reviewed and reflected on the work of the court. He noted that the budget was small, but there is progress on the prickly issue of backlog of cases. Criminal cases remained a challenge in the calendar of the courts. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

    Isani Cayetano, Reporting

    A new legal calendar was ushered in by the judiciary today, fourteen days after the start of 2019.  As per tradition, the new year was rang in with all the pomp and circumstance that accompanies such a grand affair.  At the foot of the Supreme Court, the sharply dressed rank and file of the Belize Police Department stood in neatly formed rows, as they were carefully inspected by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.  The inspection, part of the official ceremony, succeeds an inter-faith service at Holy Redeemer Cathedral.

    Those formalities having been taken care of, the presiding judge of the Supreme Court addressed a gathering of judicial officers, including members of the bar association and the Attorney General’s ministry.  His presentation touched on the successes and failures of the legal system over the last twelve months.

    Kenneth Benjamin, Chief Justice

    “For the fiscal year 2018/2019 which terminates at the end of March 2019, the sum of ten million and sixty-one thousand, seven hundred and fifty-four dollars has been allocated to the judiciary.  This represents a percentage of zero point nine-five-seven of the national budget which is a decrease from the period 2017/2018.”

    With a much smaller allotment to manage its administrative affairs, the judiciary is faced with many challenges.  Those include the timely settlement of cases that go before the high court, in civil and criminal matters.

    Kenneth Benjamin

    “In 2018, there were an aggregate of eight hundred and eighteen civil claims inclusive of petitions for bail filed.  In the criminal division, with a full compliment of judges to serve the criminal division, supplemented by two additional judges devoted to backlogged cases, the results were extremely encouraging.  In January 2018, Madam Justice Williams inherited a dormant list of one hundred and thirty-one cases formerly before retired Justice Gonzalez.  Over the year, an additional twenty-four cases were added.  Approximately forty of the older cases from the original list were reassigned to Mr. Justice Collin Williams and as of November fifteenth 2018, with both Justice Williamses sitting in Belize City, they have disposed of a total of sixty-two cases, respectively.”

    Those numbers are whittling down persistently, however, crime and violence remain  crippling social issues that weigh heavily on the criminal justice system.  Senior Counsel Wilfred Elrington, who has held the post of chief legal officer, deputized for Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte.

    Wilfred Elrington, Former Attorney General

    “I must start by addressing this grave situation in our country, the crime situation.  I must say from the outset that my ministry will do all in its power to assist with the fight against crime and we call on the judiciary and the bar association to partner with us in similar vein.  I further go out on a limb to call on the social bodies, the churches and citizens to assist with our combating crime endeavors.  We need you.  The spillage of the blood of young Belizean youth must stop.”

    While former Attorney General Elrington stood in for the sitting AG, what are his views on the present state of affairs in the court system?

    Wilfred Elrington

    “I was exceedingly pleased to see that or to hear and see that we have about twelve judges on the Supreme Court.  That’s a lot of judges, to my mind, for a population of under half a million.  So in terms of the quantum of senior Supreme Court judges that we have is exceedingly commendable and also too, I notice that steps are being taken to make our system more equitable, especially for people who are serving sentences of death.  I’m also very pleased with the report by the president of the bar.  She seemed to be very active and getting the support certainly of the younger people, if not the older people, in actually doing something for the Belizean populace in actually giving back.”

    President of the Bar Association of Belize Cheryl-Lyn Vidal, also the Director of Public Prosecutions, spoke on the mandate of the legal fraternity in contributing to the development of the country.

    Cheryl-Lyn Vidal, President, Bar Association

    “The present executive was elected on February 21st, 2018 and one of its first acts in office was to develop an action plan based on its mandate, as set out in the Legal Profession Act and its constitution and based on an evaluation of the association done by its membership that was both honest and brutal.  The executive highlighted three main areas that it should focus on: continuing legal education of its members and being in the forefront of addressing matters of concern, providing legal representation in a manner that promotes interests of justice and doing its part to protect the civil liberties of the citizenry.”

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    Belizean Renee Woods promoted to oversee American’s ticket sales centers in Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean
    American Airlines today announced Renee Woods as its new Manager for the airline’s Ticket Sales Centers (TSC) throughout Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role she will oversee revenue generation and performance for American’s 42 Ticket Sales Centers in the region. Woods began her career at American in 1990 in her native Belize City (BZE) as a Gate Agent and held a number of roles of increasing responsibility at BZE. In 2012 she moved to Miami for an opportunity in the Business Planning department and most recently served as Senior Analyst for Sales Planning.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Show Business
    I was sipping my morning coffee at a deck table of the Holiday Hotel when someone walked up to my table and said, “Hi, Dennis. Remember me?” I searched my memory and came up with, “Johnny Dent? Oh, my! I haven’t seen you in fifteen years. Are you still working with the circus?” “Yes,” he said, “but the circuses all closed in the U.S. I’m working out of Munich, Germany, for an outfit called Zirkus Krone. I’m back in Belize for a family reunion.” “Oh, that’s right,” I said. “You’re married to one of the Garcia sisters. Join me for a cup of coffee.”

    What’s New: Brooklyn Brothers Bagel Shop at the new Maya Island Air terminal
    Brooklyn Brothers Bagel Shop has a new location in downtown San Pedro, on the second floor of Maya Island Air’s recently inaugurated terminal. The popular bagel shop has expanded to offer a fully stocked liquor and coffee bar, complete with a flat-screen TV to watch your favorite shows. It continues to offer not only the best in bagel sandwiches but also baked goods, shrimp ceviche and weekend specials like lasagna. Not only do they welcome travelers awaiting flights but are thrilled to serve the general public Monday through Sunday from 6:30AM to 6PM.

    Doctor Love: Not Free
    Dear Doctor Love, I’m sixteen years old and I used to babysit my younger brothers and sister without any pay. They are old enough to stay alone now but my mother’s two younger sisters have four young children. My mom always tells them that I’ll baby sit while they go shopping or socializing for the evening. She doesn’t ask me if I have something planned and they don’t want to pay me. I do babysit for other parents and sometimes I have to give up money to look after my cousins. I would like my mother to ask me first and I would like to be paid. My mother says family doesn’t pay for babysitting. She reads your column every Sunday and she will listen to you because you are fair.

    Ambergris Today

    Josue Villatoro Amador Charged For Murder Of Corporal Alfonso Guy
    The Belize Police Department today announced the arrest and murder charges laid upon Josue Danilo Villatoro Amador 25-year-old, Honduran Waiter of San Pedro Town Belize District in the shooting incident that caused the death of San Pedro Police Officer, Corporal Alfonso Guy. Based on official police reports, 51-year-old Corporal Alfonso Guy was fatally shot with his police-issued weapon sometime after midnight on Friday, January 11, inside his apartment. The police visited the San Pedro Poly Clinic where they observed, Alfonso Guy undergoing medical treatment for one apparent gunshot wound to his abdomen. Alfonso Guy was transported to the KHMH where he later succumbed to his injuries.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    By Bobby Lopez, Belize Peace Movement. Five foreign ministers signed a declaration at the prime minister’s press conference Wednesday morning, January 9, 2019. So what? The purpose of this poppy-show event was another desperate attempt to influence Belizeans to vote yes to the ICJ. With only 92 days left to referendum date on April 10, and with more Belizeans joining the No vote, Wednesday’s soap opera is the latest in the recent string of desperate attempts by government after ten years of failure to conduct a proper and impartial public education efforts on the Guatemalan issue. The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) recalls the heads of the army, police and coast guard were paraded to all media outlets singing the government’s propaganda. It fooled no one.

    2019 Graffiti Fest
    Here is the finishing touch of the 2019 Graffiti Fest that was held on January 12, 2019. It was held in front of the Corozal House of Culture. Mexican and Belizean's Grafitti Came to showcase their talented Art in Corozal. Many Jewelry, Art paints, food, Auction sale, Tattoo fest, Diabetes booth, Corozal Sailing Club, and many other booths where out promoting their information booth.

    Corozal Women’s Forum Membership Drive
    Corozal Women’s Forum will hold its annual membership drive and birthday meeting at the Red Cross Building in Corozal, Thursday, January 17th at 10am. All women are invited to come

    Corozal Bay in Belize
    Learn about and visualize the protected area of Corozal Bay

    First canoe race of the New Year...Boom to Manatee Lookout
    Congrats to Team NICH on the win!!!

    KUKULKAN: THE MESOAMERICAN MESSIAH,BOOKS OF CHILAM BALAM AND THE PROPHECIES OF THE RETURN OF KUKULKAN
    K'uk'ulkan was born in May 18,895 Under the name of Ce Acatl Topiltzin in MesoAmerica. His birth was full of tradegy because his parents where murder but also full miracle as he survive various attempts of murder whike he was a baby. He assumed lordship over the Toltecs and migrated his people to Tollan. Reigning in peace and prosperity he contributed much to the lifestyle of the Toltecs with basic ideas such as civilization. He was generally considered a god upon earth by his followers with similar powers to those of his namesake. Kukulkan dispelled the traditions of the past and ended all human sacrifice during his reign. Kukulkan reach Mayab or Maya which was the name of Yucatan peninsula before the conquest. Kukulkan wisdom impress the lords and they respected him. Kukulkan convince the lords to build a new city and he named it Mayapan, meaning "Standard of the Maya people". According to the Books of Chilam Balam (The holy books of the Yucatec Maya) when the city of Mayapan was build the people became known as Maya. The word Mayab or Maya can mean "Few ,Not many" or also "The choosen people."

    Belize Ma'alob K'iin
    Due to many factors today many Maya in northern and western Belize speak mostly spanish(mostly elders are the Maya speakers) but even speaking Spanish they use alot of Yucatec Maya words creating a Mayanized Spanish(Yucatec Spanish). The " X" sounds as "Sh" in Maya . Nearly a 100 words we used every day .

    The Reporter

    I LOVE THE TAPIR!
    By: Mike Rudon Jr. My column this week, the first for 2019, has absolutely nothing to do with a tapir. But since everybody and their granny now suddenly loves the tapir and would lay down their lives for that wonderful creature, I wanted to start the year off on a good foot. So if anybody asks, let them know that Mike Rudon loves the damned tapir. That tapir is the last thing I think about at night, and the first thing I think about in the morning. Check my profile pic on Facebook – it’s a tapir.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Honduran man charged for murder of police man
    Police have charged one man in connection with the shooting death of police officer, Alfonso Guy. The accused is Honduran waiter, Josue Danilo Villatoro Amador, 25.

    Police issue official report on minor shot yesterday
    According to police reports, yesterday at around 4 p.m. investigators visited the Western Regional Hospital. There, they observed a person with a single gunshot wound behind the head. He was identified as, Jamil Reyes, 15.

    Blogs

    Muffins And More at Uber-Cute Sol Cafe & More
    I’ve been dreaming of breakfast muffins on Ambergris Caye. They are not typical Belizean fare – in fact, they are SO American that in the UK, they are referred to as “American muffins” at Starbucks. And man…I love them. But now I can take my pretend-business-planning hat off (I spent about 6 months on the previous faux-enterprise, “Potlickers Potstickers” – dumplings from around the world) – because a super cute shop has opened just a few miles from me. On my drive home every single day. The Sol Cafe. Located JUST where the paved road ends – across the street from Belizean Shores and Coco Beach Resort – in a small “food court” that has been going up over the last few months. There are two small eateries – one is the Tipsy Lobster, I must try that one. But just two buildings up is SOL CAFE. And I’ve watched them decorate it with SUCH care over the last few months. It’s absolutely darling. I see Instagram photos galore on this seating deck.

    International Sourcesizz

    Ghana Offers African-Americans & Caribbean people the Right of Return & the Right of Abode in 2019
    The concept of right of abode under Immigration Law is that person having the right of abode” shall be free to live and to come and go into and from the country without let or hindrance” Section 17(1) of the Immigration Act 2000, Act 573 provides that subject to this section the Minister may on an application and with the approval of the president grant the status of right of abode to any of the following persons

    Belize signs and Monaco ratifies BEPS mulitlateral tax treaty
    The OECD on January 11 announced that Belize has signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MIL) becoming the 86th jurisdiction to sign. Also, Monaco on January 10 deposited its instrument of ratification for the MLI with the OECD, becoming the 18th jurisdiction to do so. The following countries have now deposited instruments of ratification for the MLI: Australia, Austria, France, Isle of Man, Isreal, Japan, Jersey, Lituania, Malta, Malta New Zealand, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom.

    Ancient Mayan city FOUND: How 80ft temple was revealed to cameras 'for very first time'
    The Mayans were a civilisation known for their architecture, mathematics and astronomical beliefs, who date back to as far as 2000BC. Many of their impressive constructions can still be seen in the jungles of southeast Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and western parts of Honduras. Even to this day, archaeologists are constantly battling against local looters to get their hands on some of the most exquisite finds to learn more about this advanced society. However, Amazon Prime’s “Mayan Treasure Hunters” takes viewers closer than ever before to unseen territory. The film crew, accompanied by local looters, visited an entire hidden city in the Guatemalan jungle, unknown to the government or historians. The 1990 documentary revealed: “You won’t have seen this happen before on television, it’s the first time it has ever been allowed to be filmed.

    Videos

  • An ocelot investigates one of our motion-triggered video cameras, .5min. at Mayflower Bocawina National Park

  • Sea hare of some sort, 1/2min.

  • Actun Chapat Cave Tour, 6min. Belizing.com teamed up with St. Leonard's Tours in Belize for an exciting cave tour of the Actun Chapat and Actun Halal caves in Western Belize. Actun Chapat refers to the “Cave of the Centipede”. Experience this amazing cave tour with us as we are guided by master cave explorer Mr. Rodolfo Juan of St. Leonard's Tours as he takes us on a journey to Xibalba, the Maya Underworld. This is one of the most amazing experiences in Belize. Mr. Juan is a treasure trove of knowledge about these caves. You will have the time of your life on this adventure. Nestled within the private property of Cave World Adventure, the cave is one of many activities in the area near the village of San Jose Succotz. Actun Chapat is host to the famous curtain room which are folds of limestone sheets coming off the roof of the cave and making the shape of falling curtains.

  • Welcome to BoneTown, 2min. During some freetime while in Basil Jones Cut, Belize for a university travel course, my friend Flynn and I were able to track down some charismatic saltwater species including the elusive "Ghost of the Flats"...

  • San Ignacio, Belize, 8min. This is the second half to my Belize trip. San Ignacio is about a 2hr drive from Belize City. Here I went on adventures to several Maya Ruins.

  • Rio Blanco National Park Toledo, Belize, 1.5min.

  • Motorcycle on Southern Highway, Belize, 16min. On the way down South I saw the famous Sleeping Giant which is a few mountains depicting a giant sleeping. Beautiful Scene!

  • A discussion about bees at a farm in San Miguel Farm Belize, 4min.

  • Birds of Belize, best of..., 1.5min. Top 25 (or so) bird pics from our recent trip to Belize

  • HOPKINS, BELIZE 2019, 5min.

  • Belize-Punta Gorda, 43min. Yurumein 2018.

  • Birds of Belize Movie 90 species, 6.5min. Pics of all species of birds that we took pictures of in Belize (over 90...)

  • PLB Closing Season 2018-2019 || Verdes FC vs San Pedro Pirates FC, 2.5hr.
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    Daily news prior to today
    01/13/19 11:59 AM


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    Specials and Events, Sports

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Beach Restaurant operating without permits in San Pedro Town
    A beach restaurant called London Eye Grill on the Boca del Rio beach is operating without a trade or liquor license. The establishment lacks the required bathrooms but counts with a dining space and serves alcoholic drinks. According to the San Pedro Liquor Licencing Board, London Eye Grill has not applied for a liquor license and will be closed. The restaurant was apparently shut down in December 2018 by The San Pedro Town Council, with police assistance, as it did not have the required permits. However, it is alleged that after the intervention of Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia Jr., the business was re-opened. The San Pedro Sun was unable to reach Heredia for comment.

    Caye International Bank named Best Private Bank in Belize, 2019
    Caye International Bank, based in San Pedro Town, was recently named as the ‘Best Private Bank in Belize, 2019’ by the Global Finance Magazine. This is the second consecutive year that the financial institution has been named the Best Private Bank in Belize. The title is awarded based on a range of factors that include recommendations from top analysts, public filings, company documents, and sources within the financial industry. Caye International Bank initially began as a mortgage company in 1996, started by Attorney Joel Nagel and Mike Cobb. Due to its continued success over the years, the decision was made for it to become an international bank. On September 30, 2003, Caye International Bank officially received their International Banking License from The Central Bank of Belize. It is the only international bank headquartered on Ambergris Caye, which conducts financial services with both individuals and corporations inside and outside of Belize.

    Ian ‘Lion’ Gordon continues to make his mark at international marathons
    Island athlete Ian ‘Lion’ Gordon continues to proudly represent San Pedro Town and Belize in international marathons. Gordon recently placed 30th out 160 competitors in the 40-49 age category at the XX Gran Marathon Pacifico Mexico race held in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico on December 1, 2018. The race saw the participation of approximately 10,000 runners competing in four different categories. It is rated as one of the top 10 marathons in the world, as it sees the participation of some of the world’s best. Gordon told The San Pedro Sun that the race was a great experience, helping him to grow as a professional. “It is always an honor to participate and represent Belize in these international marathons. Nevertheless, the most important part of it is that it prepares me for future races as it motivates me always to push myself to continue doing better,” he said. One of Gordon’s main goals is to compete in the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris, France and be an inspiration to those people who believe that they are too old to accomplish their dreams.

    Caye Caulker visitor not charged for apparently discharging a firearm in public
    Caye Caulker residents are questioning the basis under which police released a former resident accused of discharging his licensed gun in public. Identified as a David Isaiah Bonner, or commonly known as Brah to Hicaqueńos, the alleged shooter is apparently from Hawaii, United States of America, and used to live on the island a few years ago. According to witnesses, Bonner discharged his gun in the old cemetery on Friday, January 4th, and after being reported, police detained him the following day. His detention was not for long, and he was released without any charges, pending an investigation.

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks ready for 2019 NEBL tournament
    The island’s basketball team, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, has officially introduced its team for the 2019 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tournament, which starts on Friday, January 18th. The two-time NEBL champions will be playing their first game of the season away from home, facing the Orange Walk Running Rebels on Saturday, January 19th in Orange Walk Town. The team is once again being coached by basketball veteran Rico Black, alongside assistant coaches Darren Bovell and Travis Santos. Rico told The San Pedro Sun that they are coming with a solid team this year, and he asks the entire basketball community on the island to come out and support the Tiger Sharks this season. The 2019 San Pedro Tiger Sharks are Doug Penland, Douglas Valley, Raheem Baptist, Kyle Young, Kurt Burgess, Jihad Wright, Ashton Edwards, Winston Pratt, Francis Arana, Gene Myvett, Tyrone Edwards, Martavious Adams, Louis Pitterson, Keith Pollard, and Brandon Rogers.

    Misc Belizean Sources

    mzz

    Danilo Villatoro Amador Arrested for Murder of Alfonso Guy
    On Saturday, January 12th, San Pedro Police formally arrested and charged 25-year-old Honduran waiter Danilo Villatoro Amador, for the crime of murder after the death of Police Corporal Alfonso Guy. Guy was fatally shot in his barrack room in the San Juan Area during the early hours of Friday, January 11th. He was initially treated at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II and then airlifted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. He succumbed to his injuries while being transported to the KHMH.

    San Pedro Chapter cleanup continues
    We spent our morning assisting Ms. Sheria Parham to remove two trailer loads of trash from her yard and street. Sheria wants to create a safer environment for the neighborhood children and also provide a clean path for their neighbors to reach their home, as her neighbors have been using a frequently flooded path, created by old pallets across a trash-filled pond to get to their home. Sheria is graciously allowing them to cross through her yard via the new path she is creating so the family can feel safer walking to their home. Akeem, her neighbor’s child, even helped us by picking up small pieces of trash he found laying along the road! But that’s not all, on our way to the Transfer Station, we were stopped by a man who took a piece of garbage off our hands. He saw a way to repurpose an old metal sink as a flower pot! What is trash to one, may be a treasure to another!

    Corozal House of Culture Graffiti Fest '19
    There was lots to drink, booth information, paintings, snacks, and lots more to see on display. It is a fun event to witness in Corozal.

    Service Providers Needed: BEL is interested in doing business with you
    Send your info to procurement@bel.com.bz or contact our Purchasing Department at +501-227-0954.

    BEL Vacancy for Computer Technician
    A vacancy exists for the post of Computer Technician II in the Information Systems Department (Belize City) of Belize Electricity Limited.

    BEL Vacancy for Apprentice Lineman
    A vacancy exists for the post of Apprentice Lineman I in the Distribution Department (Independence) of Belize Electricity Limited.

    No Free Lunch at Falcon Field
    The No Free Lunch event will be next Saturday, January 19th, at Falcon Field. They'll have many local artists perform throughout the evening. The fun starts at 4:00pm. "At least 12 ARTISTS prepare to take the stage at what we plan to make a regular event here in San Ignacio! Starting the year off right with a step in the right direction of positive artistic expression. This time we have artists from Benque, Belmopan, & local studios coming together to make this fire blaze!"

    Waight Award Nomination Call 2019
    The Belize Audubon Society is accepting nominations for the 2019 James A. Waight Award. The award is for those outstanding in conservation. "Do you know an outstanding Belizean individual or organization in conservation? Nominate them for our James A. Waight Conservation Award today! Submit nominations to membersbas@belizeaudubon.org by the deadline of 5:00 pm on February 1st, 2019. Read more about the history of the James A. Waight Award here.

    BTB Contingency Planning Workshop
    The Belize Tourism Board is having a Contingency Planning workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, January 16th and 17th, at CET. The workshop focus on emergency planning and response and global weirding adaptation measures. "Contingency Planning Workshop for accommodations in the Cayo area."

    The Reporter

    FIRE DESTROYS LADYVILLE HOME
    A wooden structure with zinc roofing located at #78 Dove Street in Ladyville was completely destroyed by fire last night. Preliminary details released by Police indicate that sometime around 11:20 p.m. on January 11th, a man visited the residence and was heard calling out for a female. Shortly after, flames were observed coming from out of the structure.

    ANOTHER MURDER IN THE CITY
    Jose Manuel Ayala, 29, a resident of Freedom Street in Belize City, was found dead early this morning, with what appeared to be five gunshot wounds to his face. Ayala was discovered by Police just after 1:45 a.m., on the front passenger seat of a parked vehicle near mile three on the George Price Highway.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    House completely destroyed by fire in Ladyville, Belize
    A house was completely destroyed by fire last night in Ladyville, Belize. Around 11:30 last night, police were called to Dove Street in Ladyville where they saw a wooden structure with zinc roof engulfed in flames.

    San Pedro Police investigating murder of Corporal Alfonso Guy
    Authorities are investigating the murder of Corporal Alfonso Guy, 55, that occurred on Friday morning in San Pedro Town. Around 1:17 AM on Friday, police went to the San Pedro Polyclinic where they saw Guy suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

    Man found shot dead in parked car
    A man was found dead in the Belize District this morning. He has been identified as Belize City resident, Manuel Ayala. According to initial reports, he was found riddled with gunshots inside a vehicle parked near mile 3 of the George Price Highway.

    Blogs

    The Best of San Ignacio
    Great article about Cayo from the Full Passport. But, to have two days is 2 weeks too little. She has a decent itinerary with Cayo for the nature and jungle, and Hopkins for the beach. "Located about fifteen kilometers by road from the Guatemalan border, San Ignacio is a popular base for exploring the mountainous, jungle-covered Cayo District of Belize. There’s something for everyone in San Ignacio: backpackers will love the plethora of inexpensive accommodations and the lively bars along Burns Avenue; adventure seekers will revel in opportunities to trek through mysterious, sacred caves and explore the countryside by horseback; history nuts will delight in the abundance of important Mayan ruin sites nearby; and chocoholics will enjoy the chance to learn about the chocolate-making process from the descendants of the people who created it – and sample the goods, of course!

    Affordable Place to Stay in Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize - Kāne Villas
    Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve, locally referred to as “Pine Ridge,” is a beautiful destination in Belize where you can experience majestic waterfalls, explore ancient cave systems and completely disconnect from civilization. Mountain Pine Ridge is one of Belize’s top destinations to visit where you can experience some of the top attractions in Belize such as Big Rock Falls, Rio Frio Caves and Caracol Maya Ruin. Kāne Villas is a self-catering vacation rental property located in Mountain Pine Ridge. While it lacks typical resort amenities and services such as a restaurant, room service, and a lobby, Kāne Villas offers guests a gateway to endless adventures in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Guests have the options of visit Caracol Archaeological Site, Rio Frio Cave, Rio On Pools, Thousand Foot Falls, and other must-visit sites in the area.

    International Sourcesizz

    Israeli-led group buys endangered coral reef in Belize
    This is My Earth has crowdfunded $30k – much of it from Israelis – toward the purchase and protection of a strategic parcel of the Turneffe Atoll. Destructive and unsustainable development have damaged or destroyed Turneffe’s coral reef, backreef flats, sea grasses and mangrove forests, according to the Turneffe Atoll Trust (TAT). But hope is on the horizon, thanks to a $30,000 crowdfunding campaign by the Israeli-led international nonprofit organization This is My Earth (TiME). According to TiME founder and CEO Prof. Uri Shanas, a conservation biologist at the University of Haifa-Oranim, the funds will enable TAT to buy and protect a five-acre strategic parcel of the Turneffe Atoll and ensure there will be no development on what Shanas calls “an amazingly beautiful spot.”

    Archaeologists discovered INTACT human skeleton COVERED in crystals in Mayan temple
    ARCHAEOLOGISTS uncovered an entire human skeleton covered in jade crystals during a Mayan temple excavation, it was revealed during a bombshell documentary. Even to this day, archaeologists are constantly battling against local looters to get their hands on some of the most exquisite finds to learn more about this advanced society. However, there is one discovery that has topped them all over the years, it was revealed during Amazon Prime’s “Mayan treasure hunters” series. The 1990 documentary featured an interview with a Guatemala criminal who told a tale of a “priceless find.” The man, who did not reveal his name, detailed: “Picking sapodilla leaves [to make chewing gum] is the only job that pays money out here – at least eight or nine dollars a day.

    Videos

  • Great view on the bay of Corozal, 5min.

  • Dot and Lee’s Adventures in Belize, 8min. We spent our 30th anniversary in Belize and enjoyed a week of jungle and reef adventures.

  • San Pedro Belize - Haie, Rochen und Golfcarts (sharks, rays and golf carts), 17min. San Pedro in Belize is far from being hyped like Caye Caulker, a good reason to take a closer look at the peninsula. We were on the island, looking for good and cheap restaurants, snorkeling at the Belize Reef on a day trip and not being run over by golf carts. San Pedro in Belize wird noch lange nicht so gehypt wie Caye Caulker, ein guter Grund um sich die Halbinsel einmal genauer ...

  • RICHARD "CHARO" RAMIREZ: A HISTORIC CHAPTER ON BELIZEAN HORSE RACING!, 50min. The skillful and legendary Belizean jockey, horse trainer, and musician, Richard Ramirez, aka "Charro", comes to us here at "Belizean Legends" with much fanfare, and to bring you the audience; Belize horse racing history through an exclusive interview he did with yours truly recently in a first and most appreciative visit to the studio. First of all we want to thank another Belizean horse trainer and groomer, Kenny Stuart, who prompted me to speak as soon as possible with, "Charro", who became one of Belize's most outstanding Belizean jockeys in the 1960s, and later the horse trainer for one of Belize's most legendary racehorses of all times, the "Godfather". Ramirez rode many racehorses in his time as a jockey since his father who was an astute racehorse lover, use to import racehorses into Belize from Jamaica.

  • Belize 2019, 4min. I had the chance to go to Belize and snorkel with classmates from the University of New England in Biddeford, ME for 8 days and absolutely loved it. Here is a short video of some of the footage I got. SHOUTOUT BELIZE.

  • Placencia Belize 2018, 9min.

  • Belize 2019, 8.5min. This video is about 4 gals living their best life!

  • Belize 2019, 3min. Belize, San Pedro, Hol Chan, Blue Hole, Shark Ray Alley, Bob Marley

  • Belize Dec 2018!!, 47min. The collection of Instastories from my trip to Belize in Dec 2018!

  • Lonely Planet Belize: Round trip 2018 Ambergis Caye San Pedro Caye Caulker, 7.5min. Round trip through Belze sea side in the winter of 2018.

  • PLB Closing Season || Bandits SC vs Wagiya FC, 2hr.
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    Sports
    01/13/19 11:11 AM

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks ready for 2019 NEBL

    The island’s basketball team, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, has officially introduced its team for the 2019 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tournament, which starts on Friday, January 18th. The two-time NEBL champions will be playing their first game of the season away from home, facing the Orange Walk Running Rebels on Saturday, January 19th in Orange Walk Town.

    The team is once again being coached by basketball veteran Rico Black, alongside assistant coaches Darren Bovell and Travis Santos. Rico told The San Pedro Sun that they are coming with a solid team this year, and he asks the entire basketball community on the island to come out and support the Tiger Sharks this season. The 2019 San Pedro Tiger Sharks are Doug Penland, Douglas Valley, Raheem Baptist, Kyle Young, Kurt Burgess, Jihad Wright, Ashton Edwards, Winston Pratt, Francis Arana, Gene Myvett, Tyrone Edwards, Martavious Adams, Louis Pitterson, Keith Pollard, and Brandon Rogers. The Tiger Sharks have been practicing Belize City and have been playing games in Mexico before the beginning of the season.

    Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

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    01/12/19 12:38 PM


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Ministry of National Security briefly comments on allegations of Belize ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel
    Belizean authorities have been cautious when commenting on the allegations by imprisoned drug dealer Vicente Zambada, a former member of the Mexican Sinaloa Drug cartel, who named Belize as part of the drug network. This allegation was first published on Thursday, January 3rd by the New York Times Newspaper, where Zambada, who is incarcerated in the United States of America (USA) testified against the cartel providing details of their drug-trafficking operations. Vicente Zambada is the son of Ismael Zambada Garcia, one of the cartel’s leaders, who work jointly with drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera. He groomed Vicente to take control of the group, but he was arrested in 2009 and extradited to the USA, where he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in 2013.

    Two persons detained in shooting death of San Pedro Police Corporal Alfonso Guy
    San Pedro Police have detained two persons following the shooting death of one of its own, 51-year-old Corporal Alfonso Guy. The officer was fatally shot with his police-issued weapon in the mid-section and back of the head sometime after midnight on Thursday, January 10h, inside his apartment. Guy was rushed to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, where he was stabilized and later airlifted to Belize City. Guy succumbed to his injuries around 2:30AM while undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).

    San Pedro 5-A-Side Football Tournament underway!
    Many island residents from both San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village made their way to the Angel Nuńez Auditorium in San Pedro Town this weekend to enjoy some great football action during the 5-A-Side Football Tournament. The first set of matches were played on Friday, January 4th starting at 6:30PM, with Young Pirates winning 7-1 against San Pedro High School (SPHS) Boys U-17, followed by Boca Jrs defeating Valley of Peace with a 8-1 score. Boca Bombers then won 3-0 over San Pedrito Boys, and the last match of the night saw Rough & Tough coming out victorious with a 5-6 score over Pro Divers. 5-A-Side Football Tournament continues this weekend with games on Saturday, January 12th. The football tournament continues Sunday, January 13th starting at 11AM.

    Boca Del Rio Park beach reclamation project close to completion

    One person detained for the death of San Pedro police officer Alfonso Guy
    San Pedro Police have one person in custody following the death of an officer attached to the San Pedro Police Formation, Corporal Alfonso Guy. The police officer was fatally shot with his own police-issued weapon to the mid-section of his body and the back of his head after midnight on Friday, January 11th inside his room. Guy was rushed to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, where he was stabilized and later airlifted to Belize City. Guy succumbed to his injuries around 2:30AM while undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).

    SPTC admits to issues within the Sanitation Department and garbage collection
    The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has admitted that they are having difficulties with the collection of garbage due to the need for new and better equipment for their sanitation department. The island administration says that they are trying to secure funds to update their equipment and zoning the main areas of town for a more organized trash collection. Mayor Daniel Guerrero told The San Pedro Sun that they are working on this most serious situation. It was clear, however, that some of the plans discussed to tackle the issue were the same as last year’s resolutions; house to house educational campaigns, hiring additional staff to engage the community, and consequences if SPTC rules are not met.

    Ambergris Today

    San Pedro Police Officer Found Shot In His Room
    San Pedro Police are investigating the death of one of their own. At about 2:00 a.m. this morning police officer identified as Corporal Alfonso Guy was found in his room in the police barracks in the San Juan area with gunshot wounds to the back of his head and his abdomen. According to reports Cpl. Guy was taken for medical treatment at the Dr. Otto Polyclinic and was then airlifted to Belize City for further medical treatment. Cpl. Guy later succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

    Misc Belizean Sources

    mzz

    Professional Travel Agents of North America | Belize Presentation | BTB

    Belize Ma'alob K'iin
    Let's learn Yucatec Maya the language of our Tatito and Chiich of Northern and western Belize with words we see every day. 1. Belikin - Road to the sun/route to the east a)Beel - Road b)K'iin - Sun 2.Lamanai(Lama'anayin) - Submerged Crocodile a)laam - Submerged b)Áayain - Crocodile 3. Noh Mul - Great mound a) Noh - Great b) Múul - mound 4. Xunantunich(Stone lady ) a) Xunáan - Lady b)Tuunich- Stone Note: This are Maya temples . NOT "Ruins"

    BEL Vacancy for Apprentice Lineman
    A vacancy exists for the post of Apprentice Lineman I in the Distribution Department (Independence) of Belize Electricity Limited.

    PUC Accepts BEL’s Further Explanation

    BELIZE FISHING REPORT: DECEMBER 29, 2018 THROUGH JANUARY 5, 2019
    Windy weather reduced the amount of available open water to start the week, but lots of options were open by the end. Lots of anglers took home pins for landing snook on the fly. Matson scored the first Grand Slam of the year with Capt. Junior!

    Channel 7

    Hon. Aragon Answers Press On His Father's Kidnapping
    Tonight, more is known about the kidnapping of Orange Walk Resident Elodio Aragon Sr., a former UDP Minister, and the father of the current Police Minister of State, Elodio Aragon Jr. As we reported last night, 70 year old Elodio Sr. was abducted early yesterday morning by men who broke into his home in Orange Walk Town. They tied him up, blindfolded him, and ransacked the home for whatever valuables they could steal. They then placed him inside his Honda CR-V, drove him several miles out of the town, and surprisingly, they released him unharmed and drove away in his vehicle, which is still missing tonight.

    Corporal Killed in Police Barracks With His Own Weapon
    A 51 year old police corporal posted in San Pedro Town was killed early this morning in what can only be described as bizarre circumstances. He was killed with his service weapon inside the police barracks in San Pedro while he was socializing with a 25 year old Honduran waiter - whose name police have released, he is Josue Danillo Villatoro. And, he is also the only witness to the fatal shooting in which he is the main suspect. He says it was an accident, but police are treating it as a murder investigation. Emanuel Pech travelled to San Pedro this morning - and he has this report:

    Man Set Up By Female Minor, Then Stabbed Up In Yard
    A friendly visit turned into a bloody scene at the foot of Bel china bridge. A city taximan was stabbed early this morning around 1:00. The victim is Stephen Leiva also known as Champagne and he is recovering at the KHMH tonight. I went to find out what's behind this calculated attack. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: Tenants say they had no idea their neighbor Stephen Leiva had been stabbed outside his room door. They just woke up to the news. Edwardo Avila, Friend: "The neighbor next door said if I heard what happened last night. I said no I don't know what happened, he say police is in the yard searching and all kind of thing so I didn't know what happened."

    After Rate Hike, BEL Promises To Bring Them Back Down By 2020
    You may be frowning because your light bill will be going up at the end of this month - but BEL says that it hopes to bring rates back down to 37 cents per kilowatt hour by 2020 - which, we'll note, sounds like great political timing. And BEL hopes to do this by accessing cheaper power - whether it be from Mexico, renewable energy plants, or a new dam. But, while that is the commitment going forward, for right now it seems the PUC was pretty much powerless to deny BEL a rate increase - which you'll see on your bill at the end of this month.

    Alleged Human Trafficker On High Priced Bail
    An alleged human trafficker is out on a high priced bail tonight. Thirty-six year old Honduran Lourdes Guerrero Moreno is accused by a 30 year old - also a Honduran - of using her as a prostitute in the Stann Creek District. Moreno said the complainant falsified the report because they had a fight at a bar in Hope Creek Village. Moreno who was remanded in November was today offered Supreme Court bail of $20,000 after 6 weeks in jail. The bail was granted on strict conditions, including reporting weekly to police.

    Guat. Woman Pleads Guilty To Security Card Shadiness
    And while that was a Honduran woman in the Supreme Court, there was also a woman of Guatemalan origin in the Magistrate's Court. Wendy Diaz Perez who is a naturalized Belizean, was charged with falsifying a statement to get her social security card. In August 2013, Perez used the name Wendy Marisol Tut to get her social security card. Then, last year she went back to Social Security Board and applied for another social security card, using her real name. That was when it was discovered that she had falsified the statement she gave to Social Security Board in 2013. As a result, she was arrested and charged.

    Curlan Committed to Supreme Court
    The Magistrate's Court has found that 29 year-old Curlan Phillips, a Belize City stevedore must stand trial for 8 criminal offenses including attempted murder and grievous harm. In March of 2017, he allegedly did a drive-by and shot Inmar and Aspinal Welch on Jones Street in the Martin's area. Police charged Phillips with 2 counts of attempted murder, 2 of counts of dangerous harm, 3 counts of use of deadly means of harm, and one count of grievous harm.

    Make Way For The Manatee
    Brand new manatee signs have been put down the Belize River and in the Placencia lagoon. It is part of the Sea to Shore Alliance Program's effort to continue raising awareness on the safety and preservation of manatees. We met Program Coordinator Jamal Galvez on the Northern Highway and he told us more about the importance of respecting these signs. Jamal Galvez, Program Coord., Sea to Shore Alliance: "This is a part of our efforts to try and bring Manatee more in the public eyes. The more people see it, the more people are going to be aware of the issues these animals are facing. It's a big part of our MAR FUND project..."

    Lobster Fishers Fined
    And while hopefully manatee lives are saved by awareness, it's too late for a few dozen undersized lobster that some Chunox fishermen caught. Yesterday, 34 year old Isidro Patt, 20 year old Dandy Patt, 21 year old Jair Patt, 22 year old Rodel Patt and 29 year old Christian Ramirez were accused of being in possession of 18 lobsters with eggs and 5 undersized lobsters with soft shells at the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. All five pleaded guilty to the offence. Their attorney Douglas Carr made a plea of mitigation on the grounds that the five men expressed remorse and that they are young fishermen trying to make a living. As a result all five were fined with $100 each, due February 15th.

    Dredging Up That Old Chester-Broaster Beef
    The changes in command accompanying the ascent of new Commissioner of Police Chester Williams will start to take effect on Monday. While we have to wait and see how all the pieces will fit into place - one area we'll watch with interest is the number 2 spot. That's Deputy Compol Edward Broaster. He will reportedly be in charge of operations while a new Deputy, Robert Mariano will be in charge of administration. But, Deputy Broaster is the one to watch because he and Compol Chester have a long and sordid history of personal enmity and feverish disputes.

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    A Well-known Cop is Shot and Killed on La Isla Bonita
    A police officer was killed on after one o’clock this morning on San Pedro. Corporal Alfonso Guy had been stationed on the island for years and had been socializing with [...]

    Eamon Courtenay says Former Foreign Affairs Ministers’ I.C.J. Declaration Was a Publicity Stunt
    Former Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Courtenay has made it quite clear what he thinks about the Government’s latest move to push a ‘yes’ vote for the upcoming April tenth ICJ [...]

    Former Foreign Affairs Ministers says I.C.J. Declaration in Misleading
    According to Courtenay, one of the fundamental reasons why he decided not to be part of the collaborative work of the five former Foreign Affairs Ministers is because the declaration [...]

    Courtenay Proposes ‘Deep Freeze’ as I.C.J. Alternative
    During the discussion this morning, Courtenay proposed an alternative to holding a referendum and taking Guatemala’s claim to the I.C.J.  Courtenay is proposing a ‘deep freeze’ scenario in which both [...]

    Eamon Courtenay: “We Must Know Who Our Lawyers Are”
    Courtenay says that if Belizeans go to the polls on April tenth, he will not attempt to convince them to vote ‘yes’ unless certain conditions are achieved by the government. [...]

    Elodio Aragon Senior – Robbed, Kidnapped and then Released
    There are new details tonight about the home invasion and kidnapping of former minister Elodio Aragon Senior, the father of the junior minister of police. Aragon Senior was abducted from [...]

    Belize City Cabbie Stabbed Multiple Times; Woman in Custody
    A Belize City man was stabbed multiple times this morning and left for dead. Forty-three-year-old taxi driver Stephen Leiva was set up by a woman he knows.  The woman went [...]

    Squatters Are Served Eviction Notice in Belama Phase Four
    Several families in the Belama Phase Four community are facing eviction tonight after being served with a letter two weeks ago informing them that they are illegally occupying property belonging [...]

    Kareem Musa Disagrees with Father, Rt. Hon. Said Musa
    Earlier you heard former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay saying he won’t support going to the I.C.J. if certain conditions are not met.  Another P.U.P. colleague shares similar views.  Caribbean Shores [...]

    Julius Espat Not Impressed With Former Foreign Ministers’ I.C.J. Declaration
    P.U.P.’s Cayo South Area Representative, Julius Espat, says that he was not impressed with the five former foreign ministers who signed the I.C.J. declaration in support of a ‘yes’ vote. [...]

    Changes in Police Department is Commonplace
    Junior Minister for National Security, Elodio Aragon Junior today spoke about the shakeup at the Belize Police Department. As we reported on Thursday, an initial list surfaced on social media [...]

    P.U.C. Accepts B.E.L.’s Explanation for Increase in Electricity Rate
    Another increase in the electricity rate came into effect on January first, ahead of a meeting between Belize Electricity Limited and the Public Utilities Commission to rationalize its request for [...]

    223 New Cases of HIV in Belize Reported for 2017
    The latest HIV statistics have been released and according to the Ministry of Health report; in 2017, there were a higher number of infections among males than in females. Of [...]

    A Consultation on the Sexual Crimes Legislation Reform Project
    The Belize Women Against Violence Movement in Collaboration with the Building People Movement is holding a series of consultations on sexual crimes legislation reform. The first of the six-part consultations [...]

    Sexual Offences Model Bill is to Address Deficiencies in Existing Laws
    Attorney-at-law Leslie Mendez is working with the Building People Movement on the drafting of the bill. Today, she says they are looking to strengthen existing laws and legislation in other [...]

    Look Out for the Manatees! New Signage Cautions Boaters
    Manatee advocate Jamal Galvez is advising boaters to exercise caution when passing through the Belize River. Galvez, with the assistance of the MAR Fund, has installed several signs along the [...]

    Mayor Wagner Says Property Tax Discount Will Remain at 8%
    In November 2018, the Belize City Council announced that it would discontinue the twenty percent discount initiative that property owners took advantage of by paying their property tax before the [...]

    Rehabilitation of Krooman Lagoon Still in the Works
    The Belize City Council still has plans to restore the natural habitat of Krooman Lagoon. But before that is done, the residents living on the water reserve will need to [...]

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    A case of police brutality
    41-year-old, Darrell Ramclam, was shot in his face for no apparent reason when he went to visit the police substation on Mahogany Street in Belize City. Ramclam had gone to inquire why police picked up his brother. Ramclam told Love News that he and his brother went to buy food Monday night when police pulled …

    Squatters being evicted
    Tonight, there is a property in Belama Phase four that is in dispute. Fen Lan Company has bought the property in that area, part of the land is owned by Belize Workers Union of Belize Electricity Limited while the other portion is being occupied by an estimated twenty families who are squatters. Love News spoke …

    Breast milk is the best
    Jayelle Williams was the first new baby to be born this year and only one of many babies that will be born to many mothers in Belize. Research has shown that what transpires in a child’s early childhood has the possibility of influencing that child for the rest of his or her life. As a …

    Assad Shoman explains why the UN Security Council is not an Option for Belize
    The United Nations Security Council has often been the hope of the groups that say we should not go to the ICJ. They say the Security Council can protect us. Earlier in the week Former Foreign Minister Assad Shoman explained why the UN Security Council is not an option to determine Belize’s territorial integrity. Shoman …

    Police Officer killed with his Service Weapon
    A career police officer Corporal Alfonso Guy was killed early this morning on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. He was socializing with friends and one of those friends accompanied him back to his apartment in a building whose residents are mostly officers. Love News travelled to the island and found out that the officer, who was …

    Parliamentarian and Attorney Explains why it’s NO to ICJ
    Kareem Musa, son of former Prime Minister Said Musa had told us that he does not agree with his father’s pro-ICJ position. While in front of Parliament, the Caribbean Shores Area Representative also an astute attorney gave us his reasons for saying no and they included current Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington as well as the …

    Sexual Crimes Legislation Reform Project
    The Belize Women Against Violence Movement, in collaboration with Building People Movement, is working to put together a Sexual Assault Act which will seek to repeal and replace existing laws relating to sexual crimes. The first of a series of forums under the Sexual Crimes Legislation Reform Project was held today. Dorla Bowman, the President …

    US shutdown affects Belize
    We have been following the shutdown in the United States that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the Miami International Airport, workers not being paid and businesses being closed due to the stalemate currently taking place between the Democrats and the Republicans. Today, Belize has seen a direct impact of this shutdown as several …

    Man lured outside his room to be stabbed
    A taxi-driver was stabbed just after one o’clock this morning after being lured out of his room by two women. 43-year-old, Stephen Leiva was inside his room on Douglas Jones Street in Belize City when he heard a knock on his door; upon making checks he saw two women; one of them known to him …

    San Pedro OC gives update on accused rapist
    24 year Adan Cantun, a resident of San Pedro was arraigned and charged with rape after he allegedly raped a woman early Sunday morning. The 26-year-old waitress was walking on Sea Star Street in San Pedro when she was attacked by Cantun. Superintendent Reymundo Reyes, the OC of the San Police Formation told us that …

    PAC MEMBERS say Boots’ Brother is Brave
    Edward Vincent Martinez, the brother of Parliamentarian and UDP Port Loyola area representative Anthony Martinez had cause some major upset in the party this week when he called out names of police, politicians, planes and cartels in corruption and narco-trafficking of drugs to the USA...

    PUC decide to up the rates for BEL by five-point five percent
    The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) handed down its final decision regarding the tariff review for the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). The Belize Electricity Limited had requested an increase in rates which would have seen consumers billed almost forty-one point five cents per kilowatt hour...

    Belize signs International Tax Treaty
    Belize has signed a landmark agreement to strengthen its tax treaties. Businesses, as well as employees, now have the option of arbitration to resolve double-taxation disputes with at least 85 countries under a multilateral tax treaty of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)...

    Amandala

    Elodio Aragon, Sr., kidnapped and released
    Late this afternoon, the word out of Orange Walk was that Elodio Aragon, Sr. had been kidnapped and released after his house was burglarized. Aragon, Sr. is the father of Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Elodio Aragon, Jr. Initially, when we called Orange Walk police, we were told that there had been no report of any such incident. Pressing the officer who answered the phone did not reveal anything further, but only confirmed that indeed something had happened, because he informed us that the police press office would issue a press release.

    Alleged whistleblower threatened with death
    At an unusual press conference today, a brother of Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Edward Martinez, laid out the ground rules to the city’s media corps, making clear that what he would disclose had nothing to do with politics and nothing to do with his brother. “He is my brother and I can’t change that,” Martinez, who turned whistleblower, said. Martinez said his disclosure has to do with “corruption.” Martinez then proceeded to detail what he claims to know about the landing of drug planes in Belize and listed a cast of players from Belize who are involved in the drug transshipment business.

    Chester Williams new Commissioner of Police
    On Tuesday, a government press release announced that Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, LLB, CLE, was appointed to the post of Commissioner of Police with effect from January 9. It is the first time in the history of the Belize Police Department that a trained attorney will serve as the country’s top cop. Commissioner Williams, a 27-year veteran of the Belize Police Department, replaces Allen Whylie, who has been serving in the post since 2013, and has had one of the longest runs as Commissioner of Police. Reporters caught up with Commissioner Williams today and he said that he was humbled and honored by the appointment.

    Darrell Ramclam, 41, shot in the face with rubber bullet by police
    Darrell Ramclam, 41, of Morning Glory Street in Lake I, told us this afternoon that police shot him in the face with a rubber bullet while he was at the Mahogany Street Police Station. Ramclam said that he is now suffering from pain in his face and his eyes are swollen because of what the police did to him. Ramclam explained that at about 10:00 Monday night, he and his brother went to the Bar Be Q Shop on Mahogany Street to buy food when police came and took his brother to the nearby police station.

    PUP leader’s statement suggests party inching toward no ICJ vote
    he Leader of the Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP), Hon. John Briceńo, area representative for the Orange Walk Central constituency, issued a statement via a press release on Tuesday, January 8, regarding the party’s recent consultation on the International Court of Justice referendum. The tone of Hon. Briceńo’s statement seems to suggest that the PUP appears to be ready to follow the lead set by its Southern Caucus, which rejected going to the ICJ last August. “After several months of meeting and consulting with leaders and supporters of the People’s United Party, it is obvious that a majority of the Party’s supporters, for various reasons, are not in favor of submitting the unfounded claim of Belizean territory by Guatemala to the ICJ for final adjudication,’ Briceńo’s press release opened by saying.

    14 lives lost in motorcycle accidents in 2018
    According to our reports, fourteen persons lost their lives in motorcycle collisions in 2018. The toll of deaths due to motorcycle collisions began on January 15, 2018. The first person to die in a motorcycle accident in 2018 was Francisco Polanco, 24, who died on the spot in a head-on collision with another motorcycle in Camalote on the George Price Highway. In that accident, two others were seriously hurt. Leonits Ampie, 64, of Unitedville, Cayo District, who was one of the persons seriously injured in the accident that took Polanco’s life, became the second person to lose his life in a motorcycle collision in 2018 when he succumbed four days later, on January 19.

    NEBL tips off its sixth season next week Friday, January 18, at the Civic Center
    The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be tipping off its sixth season next week Friday, January 18, with a huge game at the Belize City Center. Defending champions, Belize Hurricanes, will be hosting their southern rivals, Griga Dream Ballers. Last year’s semi-final matchup between these two teams went to a decisive game 3, creating a monstrous season opener. On Saturday, January 19, Belize City Defenders will travel out west to take on Verdes at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town, while the rejuvenated Orange Walk Running Rebels will host the formidable San Pedro Tiger Sharks at the Orange Walk Sporting Complex.

    Belize to host 2nd round tournament in FIBA World Cup Americas, 22nd to 24th February, 2019
    The Belize Men’s National Basketball Team began play in the first round of the FIBA World Cup Americas tournament in July, 2018. In the Central American qualifier tournament hosted here in Belize, Belize achieved a silver medal against tough competition from our Central American rivals. We are excited to advise that we now move on to the next round of play for a chance to secure one of four available spots, and advance to the final rounds of the FIBA World Cup Americas which will begin in November, 2019. The four qualifying teams would join the remaining twelve teams which have already qualified for the final round. These 12 teams feature basketball powerhouses such as the USA, Canada, Argentina and Brazil.

    Misfits are U-13 Champs while Galen girls advances to BECOL/DIGINET finals
    On Saturday night, Misfits defeated St. Andrews to sweep the series in two games and are the Under 13 champions. Last night, Galen girls defeated Mt. Carmel to sweep their semi-finals series, 2 – 0, bouncing them into the finals versus Western Queens. For the Galen girls Jada Brown topped all scores with 12 pts; Tina Herrera and Jasmin Armstrong added 8 pts each and Nel Usher contributed 7 pts. Angela Kendrick had 7 and Christine Rice 6 for Mount Carmel.

    Pedal by Pedal of Weekend Warriors New Year’s Race of January 6, 2019
    A little after 9 a.m., close to 50 Category A Weekend Warrior Riders took off from Orange Walk on their way to Old Belize via the Northern Highway and connecting to the Boom Road for a total of 61 Miles. Meanwhile, some 15 B Riders started in Carmelita and rode the same course for about 55 miles. In the B Category it was the youngster, Matthew Castellanos of Big Blade, taking the victory, while Martin Esquilliano got 2nd, and female newcomer, Nicole Gallego, was 3rd. Much kudos to Nicole. Rounding out the top 5 were Richard Gabourel and Ingemar Perrera.

    Editorial: Tourism, BPO, Loans
    The first industry of Belize, the history books say, was piracy. Way back in the 1600s, pirates established a base at the mouth of the Belize River, and from that safe haven they sailed out to sea to raid Spanish ships and take the plunder those vessels flying the “red and gold” had robbed from areas farther south in the Americas. The next great industry for Belize was logwood, which was prized for dyes to color clothing. Logwood lost its luster after synthetic dyes were developed, and that industry died naturally. Belize had the finest quality mahogany in the world and that soon became the mainstay of the Belizean economy. For a couple hundred years Belize’s economy depended on mahogany, with a little support from chicle. Incredibly, Belize did not replant the priceless mahogany and other forest woods it harvested, and by the early 1900s exports of forest products had begun to dwindle.

    From The Publisher
    Last week an older man was murdered in Lucky Strike who made his living carving artistic pieces in wood for the tourist market. From the brief look I got on the television news at a couple of the deceased’s pieces, they seemed pretty nice to me. The murder was a most disturbing one. All the vibes surrounding the deceased seemed mellow and cool. It appeared that the accused was very, very drunk, and the fuss was about a young lady who was, it appeared, merely requesting lodging at the deceased’s home. As a writer who spent some years in the 1970s trying, unsuccessfully, to make a living creatively, I felt some kinship with the murdered artist. In the days following that tragedy, and for some time before that, I’d been looking at the channels available on cable in Belize, and my feeling has been for a long time that the creative content on television has no relevance to our native lives in Belize.

    Dr. David Austin writes US Embassy
    Dear Consular Officer Boshard, Some thoughts after our brief meeting today. I started the petition process for my wife, Margaret Martinez, well over 1 year ago. As you know, the process to obtain an immigrant visa is long and can be arduous, as it was in our case. As I mentioned to you, my wife and I met with your predecessor before starting the process, and he laid out for us what to expect. He stated his belief that we had a 90% chance of success. Unfortunately, your assessment has put us, for the present, in the 10% group.

    Mariana Verde questions Sidley Leslie
    Dear Mr. Sidley Leslie, I refer to your article in the Amandala of January 5, 2019. You say that on four occasions the Belize government has agreed with Guatemala that the present location of our boundaries is not legally valid and is therefore liable to be changed: in the 1992 Joint Statement, in the 2005 CBMs and twice in the Special Agreement. You could actually add two more: the 2000 and 2003 CBMs. You state selected words of those documents and interpret them to conclude that our governments have agreed with Guatemala that the 1859 boundaries are invalid and that they can be changed to suit Guatemala.

    Gwen Liz student shares how field-based learning about conservation changed his life
    Dear Editor, As a student of Gwen Lizarraga High School and president of the GLHS Environmental Club, I want to share a great learning experience that I had with Ecology Project International (EPI Belize) last year. It began with our field course that members of my class and I took with EPI at UB field station at Calabash Caye last May. In the four days that we spent there, we learned to monitor the movements of dolphins, observe their dorsal fins and the way they interact as marine mammals.

    Resetting national rhetoric and behavior: A MUST for resolving Guatemala’s unfounded claim
    Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.” – Franz Fanon Beyond the mix of public congratulatory or disparaging remarks and argumentative nit-picking of statements made by various government and opposition leaders in the recent national discourse, all in response to the recent patriotic excursion of Belize Territorial Volunteers to Belize’s Sarstoon River border last Sunday, there still remains a harsh reality.

    Musings by the Curious Non-Conformist
    These words read with background music of Damian Marley’s ‘Gunman World’ actually make me anxious, angry, and heartbroken because I know this is true for many of US who walk in brown bodies. The basketball court for us, whether made of red clay or gray concrete, is where we are oftentimes socialized. We see conflicts start and resolved, we celebrate when men like “Bynum” dunk and have hang time on these metal rims, and we see humanity shared when there are just enough coins with the Queen’s head to buy water for those at play. It’s a place where some of our first lessons are learned, even for those like me who aren’t that athletic.

    Not everyone likes D Trump in America
    My younger brother, Ronald, and my cousin, Mike Lindo, are Belizean/American Facebook friends of mine who are very anti-Donald Trump as president of the USA. They write and post some of the toughest things about the present leader of their new home. I almost never acknowledge their posts. Much of what goes on in the USA directly affects us in Belize. The worst of it is their fight to prevent cocaine from reaching their country. American citizens have an appetite for cocaine, and American leaders go all out to stop them from getting it. America is a country that loves to fight wars, always on other people’s turfs. That’s the way they do it. They always fight their wars in other countries. All over the world there are wars with the USA stamped all over them.

    Gut Reaction
    Nothing stirs us up like the unfounded “claim” of Guatemala to our jewel. It’s a question of nationalism, of patriotism; a call to arms. Once the “claim” enters the public debate a tsunami of sorts begins to affect the body politic. In the midst of this storm emotions begin to rise, pushing rationality, its first victim, out the window. We need only to look back at the events surrounding the 17 Proposals of 1968, the Heads of Agreement of 1981, and the Maritime Areas Act of 1991 to know that Belizeans become alarmed whenever the “claim” raises its head. When it comes to the “claim,” we vote gut, not party. So emotional is this issue in today’s debate that there are those who are calling into question the integrity and even patriotism of those Belizeans involved in the negotiation process and by extension the governments of both parties.

    Belize Peace Movement flogs ex-Foreign Ministers for signing declaration
    Five former Foreign Ministers signed a declaration at the Prime Minister’s press conference on Wednesday morning, January 9, 2019. So What? The purpose of this “poppy-show” event was another desperate attempt to influence Belizeans to vote Yes to the ICJ. With only 92 days left to referendum date on April 10, and with more Belizeans joining the No vote, Wednesday’s soap opera is the latest in the recent string of desperate attempts by government after ten years of failure to conduct a proper and impartial public education efforts on the Guatemalan issue.

    Jian Wu Yan jumped to his death out of moving vehicle
    Jian Wu Yan, 36, a Chinese national of Constitution Drive, Belmopan, died when he jumped out of a moving vehicle at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon at a bridge at Mile 18, Steadfast Village, on the Hummingbird Highway. Wu Yan, who was seated in the cab of the truck, slammed his head on the side of the bridge when he jumped out, and when he hit the pavement, a back wheel of the truck rolled over him. He was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

    CitCo receives 24 new vehicles
    Today, the Belize City Council unveiled 24 new vehicles — 12 pickup trucks and 12 motorcycles, which it received from Caribbean Motors. The council will be paying for the vehicles over a period of 5 years, at $10,000 a month, which, according to Mayor Bernard Wagner, is not too much of a burden on the public budget. Allan Pollard, the councilor responsible for traffic, said that 2018 brought many challenges for the council, which they overcame despite lack of resources. He said that managing 20,000 commuters was a difficult task, which they inherited, but it should not be one they are stuck with.

    Hospitals countrywide in need of blood donors
    On January 4, Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, announced through the media that there were blood shortages around the country. He attributed this shortage to a flood of emergencies and a decline in donors. According to Dr. Manzanero, the Ministry of Health (MoH) always tries to ensure that they have blood products available, but with the Christmas season and the New Year, there was an added strain on the blood banks, since the few Belizeans who donate blood don’t normally do so during that time. He said the blood that the banks had in storage was needed as a result of all the traffic accidents and gun violence which occurred.

    The Reporter

    COPS CHARGE SUSPECTED SHOOTER
    Orange Walk Police have been able to secure an arrest for the December 23rd, 2018 shooting of David Diaz, 22. Late Thursday evening authorities announced charges brought against Black Water Creek resident Edgar Coronado, 32.

    EDITORIAL – January 11th. 2019
    By Mr. Harry Lawrence. This week in Washington, Senator Patrick Leahy, (Dem. of Vermont) severely criticized President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala for his actions in barring a U.N. backed special prosecutor from re-entering the country.

    DRUGS, PLANES & BIG NAMES
    Edward Vincent Martinez, the brother of a sitting minister of Government and the man who calls himself the “Drug Hunter,” has rattled the cages of the Government, Police Department and BDF with explosive allegations.

    EL CHAPO BOUGHT COCAINE IN BELIZE, – INVESTIGATORS SAY
    Cartel prince turned US federal informant, Vicente Zambada Niebla, gave a dramatic testimony in New York federal court last week disclosing sensitive cartel information including testimony that “El Chapo”, Joaquin Guzman Loera, carried out business in Belize.

    CORRUPT COPS DISMISSED FOR DISAPPEARING COCAINE
    Three officers who were attached to the Special Patrol Unit (SPU) have been terminated at the end of an investigation involving twenty-seven parcels of cocaine which allegedly went missing while in their custody on April 26th, 2017.

    MORE STREET WORKS PRECEDE HEAVY RAINS
    The skies swelled and broke on Monday morning in Belize City, dumping heavy rains that lasted for well over an hour in the midst of street works being carried out by the Belize City Council.

    POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN SAN PEDRO
    The Police Officer killed this morning in San Pedro has been officially identified as Cpl. Alfonso Guy, 51.

    TRICK AND STABBING IN BELIZE CITY LAST NIGHT
    A man identified as Stephen Leiva is at the KHMH after he was stabbed multiple times this morning.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Holistic Analysis of a Yes vote and No vote on the ICJ
    The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

    Belize City Police investigating stabbing incident that left man critically injured
    olice are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred this morning in Belize City. Stephen Leiva,43, […]

    Belize abstains as OAS votes against Venezuela’s President
    Nicholas Maduro, has been sworn in for his second term as President of Venezuela. However, […]

    Belize signs BEPS multilateral instrument
    Today, the Government of Belize became the 86th country to sign the Multilateral Convention to […]

    Suspect detained in police officer’s murder
    Alfonso Guy, a police officer attached to San Pedro Police Formation was found dead in […]

    Belize City man stabbed by two women at his home
    A man was stabbed multiple times in Belize City this morning. He has been identified […]

    San Pedro police found dead with gunshot injuries
    A police officer was shot to death early this morning in San Pedro Town. He […]

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    Bye Bye Boy
    Living in Ambergris Caye, which we call paradise, has so many benefits. The beach, the reef, the food, the weather, the people, the diving, and much much more. But when you have to say goodbye to someone you love who comes to visit you, it is not without feeling a bit melancholy. As we sit and wait at Maya Air for our little boy to head back to Minnesota, we are reminded about the weather back “home”, and we are, once again, so grateful for our move to San Pedro. We know we will see our loved one again and we look forward to our next guests. But, for a moment in time, my happy heart is saying “see you later” to our 19 year old!

    Travel guide: All you need to know about Caye Caulker in Belize
    So basically there are two kind of people: the people who love Caye Caulker and people who really do not like this island. Before visiting Caye Caulker in Belize we heard those two different opinions very often. A little bit hesitant we decided to visit this place, and what turns out, we are clearly of the first kind: We found Caye Caulker amazing !! In this blog you will find everything you need to know for an nice visit to Caye Caulker! Just off the Belize coast are several islands located, so called caye’s. One of the most famous ones is Caye Caulker, a tiny island less than eight kilometers long. In the middle it is split in two by a narrow water channel. Therefore there are actually two islands. The southernmost island is the place to be, but according to the rumors, elektricien is being installed on the northern island. After that has happened, probably there will be more tourism on the northern part as well.

    Making 2019 the year of food experiences!
    A while back, I asked friends online to share their favorite ‘unique’ Belizean meals with me. I hadn’t thought much beyond wanting to hear about new foods and possibly try them out myself. As I face a new year ahead, and seeing our first issue’s cover, I’m now tempted to make a food bucket list for 2019! There is NO better way to get to know people and a place than through its cuisine. Even if it’s just to taste and decide it’s not for you I really, TRULY, recommend that you give it a try. I’m obviously also giving myself a swift kick in the rear to finally do this. I need to step out of my comfort zone of the Mestizo foods I love so much, and maybe try out something different. For 2019, I really want to try out the following:

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    Royal Kahal in San Pedro
    One of the newest real estate destinations on the scene is the Royal Kahal, the first new-build real estate project in the ultra-popular enclave of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye. What makes Royal Kahal unique? Location. It is the first project under construction in or near San Pedro in more than 10 years, offering walking and biking distance to the downtown core, and more than 30 restaurants, from pizza places to fine dining. In addition, dozens of beach bars are within easy walking distance.

    Mapping the world's 'blue carbon' hot spots in coastal mangrove forests
    Human actions have boosted carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere to levels higher than any measured over the last 160,000 years. Rising concern over the risk of severe impacts from climate change is spurring research into ways in which ecosystems may mitigate global warming by storing excess carbon in plants and soil. Our research group has studied the ecology of mangroves for over 40 years. Mangroves are tropical forests that thrive in salt water, forming a canopy with the atmosphere and extensive roots in the sediment of the intertidal zone – the area that is above water at low tide and underwater at high tide. Scientists refer to them as “blue” carbon ecosystems, in contrast to “green” carbon ecosystems on land, such as forests and grasslands.

    The Mayans And Their Historical Periods… From Apogee To Downfall
    The Mayans created a civilization that through the centuries, experienced a series of changes, formed groups differentiated by their economic position, by their work or main activity and by their membership of certain families within the religious and political structure. They built wonderful architectural works; they made excellent pieces of jewelry, sculpture and pottery. On the other hand, they made astronomical observations to this day many undisputed and invented and designed a highly precise calendrical system. Although they did not have animals of load nor rolling vehicles and metallic instruments for the intensive practice of the commerce, they combined multiple possibilities of transport through rivers, coasts, trails and even built wide and long roads of stone.

    How to Take Your Next Trip Without Single-Use Plastics by Marie MCgregory
    Marie took this challenge on in Belize. It is of interest to travelers as we are gearing up to phase out the single use of plastic by April 22, 2019. This includes bags, Styrofoam and plastic food utensils including containers, flat plates, and cups.

    Videos

  • Butch’s Dance, 18min. Our group on Glover's Reef, Belize having fun dancing to the Garifuna's rhythms.

  • Thank you for your donations - From Red Bank kids (Belize), 1.5min. Red Bank playground fundraise have reached 40% through 24 donations from all around the world. The kids from Red Bank would like to say: THANK YOU! They are looking forward to their first ever playground. Let´s go for the 100%

  • Belize 2018, 4min. In May of 2018, I went on a study abroad trip to Belize and Guatemala. I met some amazing people and made some of my favorite memories. Here are some moments I was able to get on video.

  • Placencia Village, Belize, 18min. December 2018.

  • ACC Urban Garden, 1min. Here is a review in pictures of our ACC Urban Garden from start to first Harvest.

  • Gill net found floating offshore, 1/2min. This video was sent to us yesterday of a gill net found floating offshore. Once they break loose from where they are originally set, these gill nets become 'ghost nets' and will float through the ocean continuing to catch whatever swims into them. Although this one was only a very small net, it still contained a number of fish and three juvenile sharks!

  • Eamon Courtenay views ICJ FM Document Signing, 54min. Eamon Courtenay shared his stance on the recently signed Declaration of Former Foreign Ministers on the ICJ. He explained why he chose not to participate.

  • Grace Flava with a Beat - whole wheat tuns enchiladas, 20min. Grace Flava with a Beat made some tasty whole wheat tuns enchiladas for those focusing on eating healthier for 2019. On set: Duane Lizama - Resident Chef, Alex Gordon - Brand Assistant, Grace Kennedy Belize Ltd.

  • Ms. Universe Belize look back at pageant in Thailand, 28min. Jenelli Fraser represented the jewel at the Ms. Universe pageant in Thailand. She spoke with us about the experience. She says she will continue her reign supporting mental health and domestic violence awareness and advocacy.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Errol Ashley Brooks, 2.5min.

  • Girl I NEVER expected Belize to be like this..., 12min. The adventures in Belize continue as we explore Mountain Pine ridge and learn all about the Maya culture within the cave systems and try our hands at some cave tubing!

  • Flying into Placencia, Belize (2019), 1.5min.

  • Howler Monkeys roar in Belize Jungle, 1min. Overlooking the lush landscape along the Belize River in the TeaKettle area in Cayo, Belize, Howler Monkeys roar day & night

  • Paddleboarding San Pedro, Belize - Christmas Day 2018, 1.5min.

  • Saiing Belize in catamaran - South Water and Carrie Bow caye - the Reef, 3min. Sailing family cruise in Belize - Episode 9 South Water Caye and Carrie Bow Caye are great place for snorkelling on the reef
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    Go Green
    01/12/19 12:37 PM
    Article in National Geographic: On a recent trip to Belize, travel producer Marie McGrory attempted to complete the week without using any single-use plastics.


    AVOIDING SINGLE-USE PLASTICS like bottles and bags is hard enough at home, and can be especially difficult while traveling. When you’re on the go and trying to pack light, it’s easy to grab a plastic-wrapped sandwich and bottle of water. But eliminating single-use plastics on a trip might be easier than you think—even in a foreign country without potable water.

    I took on this challenge in Belize, a country that is no stranger to ecotourism. Its government recently announced a ban on major single-use plastics like bags and straws to go into effect by Earth Day 2019. And UNESCO has removed the Belize Barrier Reef from its list of World Heritage in Danger, after years of efforts to restore the reef’s long-term health.

    The green mindset reaches local scales, too: I loved visiting smaller cities like Punta Gorda, where a glass soda bottle is cheaper than a plastic one, because the glass bottles can be sanitized and reused.

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    Food & Recipes
    01/12/19 12:26 PM
    Finally stopped into this SUPER cute - almost cuter inside than out and that’s tough to do - and had a muffin. 6bzd Struesel muffin...so good. This is a dangerous spot On my ride to and from town!Sol Cafe across from Belizean Shores - right where the paved road ends heading north.

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    Nation
    01/12/19 12:17 PM
    Amandala Editorial

    The first industry of Belize, the history books say, was piracy. Way back in the 1600s, pirates established a base at the mouth of the Belize River, and from that safe haven they sailed out to sea to raid Spanish ships and take the plunder those vessels flying the “red and gold” had robbed from areas farther south in the Americas.

    The next great industry for Belize was logwood, which was prized for dyes to color clothing. Logwood lost its luster after synthetic dyes were developed, and that industry died naturally. Belize had the finest quality mahogany in the world and that soon became the mainstay of the Belizean economy.

    For a couple hundred years Belize’s economy depended on mahogany, with a little support from chicle. Incredibly, Belize did not replant the priceless mahogany and other forest woods it harvested, and by the early 1900s exports of forest products had begun to dwindle.

    In the first part of the 1900s banana became king in the Caribbean and Central America, and Belize invested in the crop, but the industry was wiped out by a disease in the 1920s. Belize struggled to survive during the two world wars and the world depression in 1929, and after the devaluation of the Belize dollar in 1949.

    In the 1960s, Belize’s leaders turned the country’s focus away from forestry, and into agriculture. Sugar soon became the country’s dominant export, followed by citrus products. Marine products became an export earner with the organization of fishing cooperatives. Beginning in the 1970s, Belize invested to revive its banana industry. In the 1980s, Belize began making investments in tourism and farmed shrimps.

    Our agricultural industries led the way in Belize through the last quarter of the 1900s and well into the present century, until the ravages of diseases, and depressed prices for our agricultural products on the world markets, sent most of these industries into a downward spiral.

    At this time the banana industry is just about the only one in agriculture that is holding its head above water. Banana production is fragile because the banana is susceptible to strong winds and cold weather, but it has a quick bounce back because it only takes one year for a sucker to produce a mature bunch of bananas.

    Citrus is going through the worst of times, and it is all to do with a disease called “citrus greening” which was first detected in the industry around 2009. Citrus greening has just about halved the production of citrus fruits since, and all the forecasts say it will take some years before the industry is healthy again. In the meantime, while the industry waits for young groves to come into production, and for researchers to develop programs, and plants that are tolerant to greening, this industry is dependent on loans and the resilience of farmers who have weathered big storms before.

    Farmed shrimp actually rose to become a top export earner for the country, but the industry has been down a number of years now. It is unfortunate that when the Prime Minister said in his New Year’s Day address that “shrimp began its rebound, leading a third quarter marine exports increase of 43.6%”, he wasn’t contemplating one of our fabulous years, 2004, when fisheries exports were valued at Bz$106.8 million, with lobster contributing $15.1 million, conch $5.2 million, and farmed shrimp $84.3 million (according to an FAO report drawn from Belize Fisheries Department data).

    The 2017 Central Bank report said farmed shrimp was down for the fourth consecutive year, plummeting by “26.6% to 1.1 mn pounds, as farmers reduced production further, while struggling to control the EMS bacterial disease. Receipts declined by 28.2% to $9.9mn…” But, any increase is a light in the dark, and we all know the inspiration that can be drawn from a lit candle after nightfall. Hopefully it’s not just a firefly passing through. Shrimp producers and shrimp workers, like those in the citrus industry, have endured too many long days and nights because of serious diseases.

    Sugar remains the top export earner in agriculture ($148.1 million in 2017 (Central Bank)), but the industry isn’t earning enough for most farmers to make a profit. The volume of sugar produced has increased, with Santander production added, but improvements in processing and harvesting have not translated to more pay per ton of sugarcane produced for farmers because of very depressed prices for our product. At this time our farmers are just holding on, hoping that things will turn around.

    Government hasn’t stopped investing in agriculture, but what is clear is that we are in need of an infusion of new ideas. The sugar factory is investing in the production of “plantation white sugar” for the Caribbean market, and citrus and shrimp are talking about survival. Belize is stuck in the primary production phase, with little to no investment in light manufacturing/processing for export and to increase shelf life of our products for consumption at home. It is argued in some quarters that we are constrained by a too small population, but there are quarters which see opportunity if there was serious government support for their initiatives/innovation.

    With all the old staples down, Belize is chugging along on receipts from tourism, new jobs in BPO, and borrowing.

    In the 1980s, the industry that Hon. George Price had denied (okay, not encouraged), began its journey to the top. Tourism has grown almost every year, and 2017 was regular fare, with the Central Bank informing of “increases of 9.1% and 0.9% in overnight and cruise ship visitors” which “lifted net travel receipts up by 10.8% to $752.4mn.” That’s a fantastic figure, but it is difficult to figure out how much tourism actually contributes to national coffers.

    The Central Bank report for 2017 says “Net outflows from the primary income account rose by 40.3% to $310.8mn, mostly as a result of increased profit repatriation by foreign-owned entities in the tourism, electricity and banking industries.” Much of our eggs are in this tourism basket, but we really don’t know how much it contributes to our economy because the bulk of its earnings don’t circulate in our country.

    A new employer, BPO (business process outsourcing), has contributed greatly to ease the pressure in the labor market. It can be said that without BPO, there would be riots in Belize. Mr. Mike Singh, a CEO in the Ministry of Trade, talking about BPOs in a BELTRAIDE report, said BPOs started from one center in 2005 and had expanded to 18 centers employing over 2,200 agents with projections to employ “3,000 agents by 2015.”

    A July 2018 report, Belize in the Offshore Services Global Value Chain, by Vivian Couto and Karina Fernandez-Stark (prepared for Duke Global Value Chains Center), said information gathered from BELTRAIDE showed that there were 21 BPO centers employing 2,764 agents in 2016. It is possible that BPO has plateaued, but absorbing 3,000 workers is considerable.

    The only other big player in Belize’s economy at this time is borrowing, and the bulk of it is going toward road infrastructure. The “works” will employ many people. This is good. But two of the roads are questionable.

    A lot of investment has gone into improving the highway between the Philip Goldson Airport and Belize City, and no one complains about that, but there is a lot of head-scratching over the decision to make a link road from the airport to Mile 8 on the George Price Highway. Government has not yet explained the need for that road.

    The road to Caracol has raised eyebrows to maximum stretching point. Originally, the government had mentioned that it was borrowing BZ$80 million for works on this road, but in his New Year’s Day address the Prime Minister announced that thanks to Kuwait and OFID, the road to Caracol is fully funded “to the tune of almost 90 million US dollars.”

    Belizeans have asked questions about these investments. The Prime Minister said, in his New Year’s Day address, that he didn’t “quite understand how building out the country’s critical infrastructure is not an investment in people.” A number of people don’t consider those two roads to be “critical infrastructure.”

    What some of us don’t quite understand is why the borrowing isn’t being done to invest in building small factories to can our excess/waste farm and marine produce, make breakfast cereals, and produce garments. We want to know why there are no investments to produce ethanol for fuel. Those are also investments in people.
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    Laws & Taxes
    01/12/19 11:42 AM
    Belize has signed a landmark agreement to strengthen its tax treaties. Businesses, as well as employees, now have the option of arbitration to resolve double-taxation disputes with at least 85 countries under a multilateral tax treaty of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Known as the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), the super-treaty is the first multilateral agreement to amend multiple tax treaties with changes intended to reduce double taxation and also non-taxation through tax evasion or avoidance by multinational enterprises. Mandatory and binding dispute resolution mechanisms are to be extended to employers and individuals in signatory countries under the treaty. Employers may present double-taxation disputes to applicable authorities through a mutual agreement procedure within three years from the first notification of the action resulting in taxation irrespective of the remedies provided by domestic law. Belize adoption of the Treaty makes it the 86th jurisdiction to join the Convention, which now covers almost 1,500 bilateral tax treaties.

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    Living in Belize
    01/11/19 08:17 PM

    ... and garbage collection

    The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has admitted that they are having difficulties with the collection of garbage due to the need for new and better equipment for their sanitation department. The island administration says that they are trying to secure funds to update their equipment and zoning the main areas of town for a more organized trash collection. Mayor Daniel Guerrero told The San Pedro Sun that they are working on this most serious situation. It was clear, however, that some of the plans discussed to tackle the issue were the same as last year’s resolutions; house to house educational campaigns, hiring additional staff to engage the community, and consequences if SPTC rules are not met.

    The initial plan is to divide the town into three zones instead of the current two assigned for trash collection. “The first zone will be San Mateo Sub-division and north of San Pedro Town, the other section will be from the bridge to San Pedrito and then from the airstrip to the south of town,” said Guerrero. “At the moment we have two persons supervising the collection, but eventually we will have a third for when we split the current areas into three sections.” Guerrero stated that they are also looking to hire a person to visit homes and educate them about the collection of garbage and which days they should set out their trash for pick up. This was a plan for 2018, but the Mayor expects it to take place this year.

    Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

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    Daily news prior to today
    01/11/19 12:44 PM


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Atlantic Bank Limited opens an account for baby suffering from Hydrocephalus
    The branch of Atlantic Bank in Placencia has set up an account for Nelson Javier Tabora, a baby boy in Bella Vista Toledo District, suffering from a condition known as Hydrocephalus. This illness is causing his head to grow abnormally, and his family is in need of financial assistance for the baby to undergo a much-needed surgery. Anyone able to help the family can make a deposit to the account #211847938 from any Atlantic Bank branch countrywide. Baby Tabora, who is almost two-years-old underwent surgery about a year ago thanks to a good Samaritan when he was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus. But his parents Jenny and Jesus Tabora are poor and have not been able to come up with the funds for his second surgery. Now they are in desperate need of financial aid to try to save their son’s life.

    San Pedro Christmas Day fire victims still need help
    Juan Chi’s home was destroyed on December 25, 2018, and investigators have yet to determine the cause. Meanwhile, the Chi family is still in need of assistance to rebuild their home south of San Pedro Town. Around mid-day, while Chi was inside with his three grandchildren, ages 3, 4, and 5, the home caught fire. He and his grandchildren are staying with family members as he recovers from first degree burns to his back and left forearm suffered during the blaze. The family is glad that the children were not injured and that Chi’s injuries are not life-threatening. They simply want to get back on their feet and start rebuilding their home. Chi is an employee at The San Pedro Town Council, and Mayor Daniel Guerrero has indicated that they will be assisting him with some materials. Chi works in the sanitation department. In the meantime, if anyone would like to help the family, they can contact them by calling 631-5010. The primary items needed is material to build back their house, and school supplies for their grandchildren. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Criminal charges filed against San Pedro QRT officers following New Year’s Day altercation
    San Pedro Police officers Tyrell Rowley and Samir Medina will face criminal charges after being involved in a case of police brutality on January 1st at Playa Bar and Grill in the Boca del Rio Area. The officers attached to the Quick Response Team (QRT) unit are accused of using unnecessary excessive force while detaining Jamir, Justin, and Mario Leal. Rowley was caught on camera beating on 20-year-old Jamir after he was subdued on the ground. Justin and Mario were also detained and allegedly beaten, but it was Jamir who suffered major injuries. Initially, the cops had received disciplinary charges, after no complaint was filed against them. But that changed on Tuesday, January 8th, when, after meeting with Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the Leal family decided to press charges against the two QRT officers for the use of excessive force against them.

    Closing season of Copa San Pedro 2018-2019 starts January 10th
    The San Pedro Sports Committee’s (SPSC) highly anticipated Copa San Pedro Football Tournament is back! The 2018-2019 Closing Season is scheduled to begin on Thursday, January 10th at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The tournament will see 11 male teams competing for the championship including Vince Assassins, Los Catrachos F.C., Island Sharks, G Strikers F.C., Legends F.C., Fambo Boys F.C., Ambergris Hope’s F.C., Captain G F.C., Caye Caulker Islanders F.C., Terror Squad, and Genesis F.C.

    Four former PUP Foreign Ministers join PM Barrow in signing YES to ICJ declaration
    Four former Peoples United Party (PUP) Foreign Ministers have issued a joint declaration along with Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow outlining seven bullet points on which they urged a Yes vote to take the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Ambassador Assad Shoman, former Senator Lisa Shoman, Fort George Area representative Hon. Said Musa and attorney Godfrey Smith all signed the joint declaration before PM Barrow at a press conference held at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on Wednesday morning, January 9.

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    Police Officer shot and killed in San Pedro Town
    A San Pedro police officer identified as Corporal Alfonso Guy, was shot multiple times while at his home in the San Juan Area. Unofficial reports are that he received gunshot wounds to the head and chest. He is listed in critical condition and was airlifted to Belize City for further medical attention.

    SBDC Workshop: Introduction to Accounting & Bookkeeping - Accounting Series Part 1
    The aim of the workshop is to provide tools that enhance participants' knowledge on basic accounting. Through this workshop participants better understand how to use their numeracy skills in and prior book keeping information, how to improve their businesses by using simple business management techniques and how to develop financial statements. Expected Outcome: The ultimate goal is to allow for the business to keep financial records of their activities so they will be able to use that information to make better decisions / increase profit for the business. Location: BTEC Training Room, ITVET Compound, Freetown Road. Workshop Date: January 17th, 2019. Time: 9am to 4pm, Cost: $60.00, Includes lunch and refreshments.

    The Placencia Breeze, January 2019
    Weh di goaan? Placencia Peninsula Happenings ... pg. 3 Art Fest Registration form ... pg. 7 From the Fire Hearth: Belizean Breakfast … pg. 9 Rotary Club of Placencia Updates … pg. 10 Front page story: A Boneyfide Reason to Party … pg. 11 Placencia BTIA Kicks Off 2019 with Board Shift Up and New Staff … pg 12 A "Herculean" Effort Made 2018 End of the World Marathon and Half Marathon a Massive Success … pg. 13 A Thank You Message from the Placencia BTIA to Mistletoe Ball Sponsors … pg. 14 Placencia BTIA Membership Directory ... pgs. 15 & 18 Placencia Peninsula Map ... pgs. 16-17 Afrodite Caffe and Big Titty Rum … pg. 19 Fragments of Hope Updates … pg. 20 Croc Corner: Sick Pelicans Raises Concerns for Placencia's Avian Community … pg. 21 Placencia Peninsula Guide ... pgs. 22-23 Two Riversdale Beach Women Receive Certificate in Culinary Arts and Hospitality at Georgetown Technical High School … pg. 24 Liquor License Ads … pg. 26, pgs. 30-31 Seine Bight Running Club Updates: … pg. 27

    The Flying Pig Poker Run 2019
    The 2019 Poker run will soon be upon us. I randomly selected five bars (Placed names in a hat and drew them out). The funds raised are going towards the CRC (Crocodile Research Coalition). Dr. Marisa Tellez and her team have been helping our community and wildlife here in belize for the past two years. In order to make this fundraiser successful, we need the help and support of our community. We understand that as businesses we are hounded daily for different fundraisers and charities. That is why we are asking for a different type of donation this year. Instead of just giving a free bottle of wine, bar tab, or a nights stay somewhere…We would rather ask for discounts. Example. Buy one bottle of wine, get the second one 1/2 off, or purchase a lunch, and receive a second lunch of lesser or equal value for free. Buy one tour at full price, have a friend join you for free… The Poker Run will be held on Sunday Jan. 27th. All donations are appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    Belmopan Humane Society Fund Raiser of the Year!
    Pre Valentines fun contact any Bmp Humane Society board member for tickets call 602 7947 (Lilly) to reserve your tickets

    BELIZE NATIONWIDE MORELET’S CROCODILE POPULATION SURVEY
    The CRC is excited to announce the completion of the Morelet's crocodile countrywide population survey! Two years of traveling around Belize, collaborating with various organizations to collect data to assist Belize Forest Department in creating the most appropriate conservation and management plan of the species. We look forward working with Forest Department in 2019 on this endeavor!

    Crocodile Drive closed to large vehicles 1/12 - 1/15 in San Pedro
    The San Pedro Town Council hereby advises the general public that Crocodile Drive (street leading to San Pedrito from Maya Island Air) will be prohibited to large vehicles from Saturday, January 12 to Tuesday, January 15, 2019 as Digi Belize will be upgrading its utility hole on that street. Small vehicles, such as golf carts, will be permitted. We kindly ask for your cooperation and understanding during this time. If this may be an inconvenience to you, kindly make arrangements to facilitate your commute to and from this area.

    Corozal House of Culture Hosts Graffiti Fest 2019!
    The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Museum of Belize, invites you to the Corozal House of Culture's inaugural event of 2019. We are delighted to present Graffiti Fest ’19, a dynamic platform of artistic expression through cultural exchange featuring Belizean and neighbouring artists from Chetumal, Mexico. Join us at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Corozal House of Culture for a day of creativity as our Belizean and Mexican Graffiti artists create impactful images. We will also be showcasing various forms of “live art” including painting, sculpting, organic art, welding, barber designs, tattooing, piercing, make-up and more. DJ Wane will be supplying a multi-genre mix of music, while we have an “Open Mic” for our poets, rappers, singers and performers. The feature musical and cultural performance for this event will be a live performance by 'Cocono Bwai'.

    Ear Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Screening at Corozal Community Hospital
    January 25 & February 8.

    Raptor Ambassador Youth Camp
    The Belize Raptor Center had a very successful Raptor Ambassador Youth Camp. This was the first of many. Thanks, BRC, for all the educating of the youths! "Huge success for our first Raptor Ambassador Youth Camp. 28 kids came out and enjoyed a full day of games, crafts, painting and meeting our ambassadors. Big thanks to all the sponsors who made donations. Every kid won a prize to take home with them.

    Monthly Weather Summary, December 2018
    Monthly weather summaries are prepared by the climate section of the National Meteorological Service (NMS) of Belize. The NMS of Belize maintains a network of over 25 weather stations that are situated primarily in the agricultural regions of the country. Temperature and rainfall are read at 9 am each morning and the rainfall total read at this time represents the accumulated rainfall for the previous day. December marks the first month of the cool transition period between the rainy season and the dry season for Belize. This transition period typically lasts for about two to three months before the dry season sets in between mid February and early March. December is typically cool over the country with the main rainfall producers being cold fronts, prefrontal troughs and shear lines.

    Sargasso boom installed at resort to our south on Ambergris Caye
    El Pescador tried it. The booms broke apart and it made no difference, but this one looks quite serious.

    Vacancy at BEL
    A vacancy exists for the post of Programmer Analyst in the Information Systems Department (Belize City) of Belize Electricity Limited.

    Manakin Maya Mountain Race 2019
    The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic is having another fun run: the Manakin Maya Mountain Race. This is a 10/20k race, and will take place on Sunday, February 3rd, and goes from Cristo Rey to San Antonio. "Be in Cristo Rey at 6:30. Race starts when registration is complete, around 7. 10k from Cristo Rey to San Antonio, 20k with turnaround. $30 if you register BEFORE Feb. 3rd. $40 the day of the race. Just send proof of deposit and name, team name, gender, age to bzwildlifeclinic@gmail.com, and pay into Heritage 4141053. Walkers encouraged for 10K distance. 1st place in 20K wins free entrance to the 2019 Chiquibul Challenge Marathon. Join us for an early morning workout on one of the prettiest paved roads in Cayo. Enjoy nature, help BWRC raise funds for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and get fit at the same time."

    Taiwanese Chorus of Greater Houston | Cultural Presentation

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
    Vice, White Boy Rick, The Hate U Give, Ralph Breaks The Internet. Christian Bale won a Golden Globe last sunday for Best Performance by an actor for his portrayal as Dick Cheney in Vice.

    Maya people from the village of Cristo Rey in Corozal between 1960's-1970's
    In Cristo Rey(Corozal) the Yucatec Maya language simply known as "Maya" by its speakers is still widely spoken in the village . Pictures by Nojoch Mak Faustino Yam

    Channel 7

    Minister's Father Kidnapped, Released Unharmed
    This evening, shockwaves rippled through the north when it was confirmed that a prominent politician's father was kidnapped. Former UDP Minister, Elodio Aragon Sr., the father of current minister of state, Elodio Jr was taken from his home early this morning by a group of men.  7News has confirmed that more than one intruder went into his home, ransacked it, then blindfolded Aragon Sr. and tied his hands.  They then took the keys for his vehicle and put him inside.  The abductors then drove around for what we are told is less than half an hour - and then, surprisingly, released him unharmed.  They left with his vehicle, a Honda CR-V which has still not been recovered.  
    A late evening police report says he was released about 2 miles on the Posito Road off the Phillip Goldson Highway.  We are told it was a feeder road and Aragon walked back to the town.  His son, Minister of state Aragon told us tonight by phone that his father is shaken up - and he added that it is a crime of opportunity.

    Hon. Kareem Says To Rt. Hon. Said, Go Dad! But Go Alone
    Switching now to politics, seems everyone has their own opinion of yesterday's grand press conference where 4 former PUP foreign ministers joined PM Barrow in support of going to the ICJ. Some have embraced and applauded the move, while many are skeptical and question the motive behind it, and some just flatly reject it and see it as just an amusing political show.  But what does PUP Caribbean Shores area representative Kareem Musa think?  His position is no to the ICJ - but now his father is a public proponent of a "yes" vote.  We met him in Belmopan today and he gave his conflicting positions as a son and as a politician. Hon. Kareem Musa - Area Rep, Caribbean Shores: "We must understand that we are all in the same boat. This is an important occasion where we must all be together and united. We may have different views but at the end of the day let us respect one another, I think that is the sentiment..."

    Hon. J. Espat Unimpressed By Foreign Ministers' ICJ Compact
    Julius Espat weighed in on the PM's joint press conference by saying he is also against going to the ICJ and that yesterday's event didn't impress him. Hon. Julius Espat - Area Rep, Cayo South: "Do they impress you because 5 people were on a stage, are you impressed? Has that changed your point of view? Have that changed the fact that you need to read some more or I need to read some more? That doesn't, they are giving their point of view and you have to understand, the PUP was voted out in 2008 too and this government will be voted out too because of the same reason I believe they are not listening to the people, we have to listen to what the people are saying, that is what we do as elected officials..."

    Hon. Espat Tips Hat To Hon. Courtenay
    But no one was as bold and abrasive as former PUP Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay. As we told you he was the only one missing in action from yesterday's lineup and he is quoted as saying  "This was a publicity stunt….the event should be seen for what it is: a cheap circus." We asked Espat for his reaction to this statement from the senior PUP senator, and he says there isn't much he can say or do, other than just respect Courtenay's view on it. Courtney Weatherburne: "Eamon Courtenay was the only one missing I believe and he called the press conference a cheap circus and that he would not be a part of it."

    Peace Movement Says FM Forum A "Poppy Show"ť
    And while Courtenay called it a cheap circus, today the Belize Peace Movement sent out a press release, calling the event a "poppy show".  Their statement says, quote, "Five Foreign Ministers signed a Declaration at the Prime Minister's Press Conference Wednesday… So What? The purpose of this poppy-show event was another desperate attempt to influence Belizeans to vote yes to the ICJ. With only 92 days left to the referendum date.. and with more Belizeans joining the No vote, Wednesday's soap opera is the latest in the recent string of desperate attempts by government after ten years of failure to conduct a proper and impartial public education efforts on the Guatemalan issue." End quote.

    BTV Says Foreign Ministers Shameless
    The Belize Territorial Volunteers also blasted the press conference event in a statement which says, quote, "Belize was invaded militarily by Guatemala on May 15th 2015…in the Sarstoon River and Guatemala's Armed Forces remain in Belize's sovereign territory. May 15 this year will make Four Years since this most unacceptable situation came into existence. In all the 159 years of Guatemala and British dispute over Belize, Guatemala never invaded or occupied our country… Guatemala carried out this blatant act of aggression in open view of the Belize Government. Yet, not one of the Five Former Foreign Ministers signed any  declaration demanding Guatemala's immediate withdrawal.

    Man Jumped To Avoid Collision, Ended Up Crushed
    A man is dead after he jumped out of a 10 wheeler truck and was crushed under it. It happened yesterday afternoon around 3:30 at the Steadfast Village bridge - which is at mile 17 on the Hummingbird Highway. Now this isn't like the usual accidents we report on because the victim, Chinese National 36 year old Jian Wu Yan jumped to his death because he thought the 10 wheeler truck he was in, was going to collide with another truck. Based on eyewitnesses, it was a costly misjudgment. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Jian Wu Yan lay in pain and shock on the Steadfast Village bridge as first responders tried to stabilize him. He had been run over by a 10 wheeler cargo truck. His colleague was driving the truck and he was the passenger. They were heading towards Dangriga.

    Police Will Weigh Charges In Unusual Traffic Death
    And while the driver of the cargo truck remains in police detention, one thing that police will have to decide is whether or not to charge him. After all, Wu Yan died in a very peculiar set of circumstances that are not entirely the driver's fault. In a press conference with police today, Head of NCIB gave us the official account of the accident.  ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "A Vehicle being driven by Hui Wan Tan, 36 years Chinese businessman. The vehicle was a cargo truck and it was south bound. And according to Tan, when being interviewed, whilst being south bound and approaching one of those narrow bridges a vehicle was coming from the opposite direction which had already been on the bridge travelling in his direction and he applied break and breaks failed..."

    PUC Says No Review, No Electricity Rate In Effect
    Today was the deadline for the Public Utilities Commission to make a final decision about whether or not to increase electricity rates. You'll remember that the Government and a few UDP supporters objected to the decision from the PUC to increase electricity rates from 39.2 cents per kilowatt hour to 42 cents per kilowatt hour. The Utilities regulator has considered their objections, but in the end, the PUC is deciding that this rate increase still has to happen. But, they've decided to give you, the consumers, a small relief. Instead of increasing your light bill by 6.9% to 42 cents per kilowatt hour, they're only increasing it by 5.5%. That means that the rates are going up to 41.38 cents per kilowatt hour instead, which is less than the 41.5 cents per kilowatt hour that BEL was requesting, and certainly lower than the 42 cents per kilowatt hour that the PUC decided on 2 weeks ago.

    PAC Man Julius Scolds UDP Committee Members
    Today, We met area representatives Kareem Musa and Julius Espat at the National Assembly building in Belmopan. They were there to have a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, but only they showed up - and that isn't enough for a quorum. PAC Chairman Julius Espat says this has become the norm where the UDP committee members don't bother to show up and he says they are way behind on the revision of several reports. Here is how Espat put it. Hon. Julius Espat - PAC Chairman: "We've been asking for meetings with the PAC since September. To give yo a little history, we finished our investigation and hearings of the report for the auditor general in mid year last year and the entire committee requested that our side prepare a report to be tabled to the house so that they could review. That was report was done and it's here in my hands..."

    Getting Down To Details on Beatdown Investigation
    Two nights ago we told you about how, now Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams broke the impasse that was holding back a criminal investigation into the San Pedro Beatdown of Jamir Leal.  Having met personally with the family of Leal, after two failed attempts from Professional Standards Branch, Williams convinced the family to cooperate in pressing criminal charges against the two cops, possibly saving the police department a costly law suit.  It has been two days since, so today we asked the commanding officer of the Criminal Investigations Branch if there has been any progress in that matter. He told us they are doing ground work at the moment to investigate all crimes that were committed that night, and he made extra emphasis on all.  

    David Diaz Shooter Charged
    32 year old Edgar Coronado of Black Water Creek, Orange Walk has been named as the gunman in the December 23rd shooting of 22 year old David Diaz. The shooting, which is suspected to be the product of gang rivalries in Orange Walk, happened near a barber shop on the Belize/Corozal road. The shooter, believed to be Coronado, drove up to Diaz on a motorcycle and fired several shots in his direction. Diaz received gunshot wounds to his left leg. Today police gave us some very brief comments about this new development.

    Nugent and Son Accused of Cocaine Possession
    A father and son duo from Corozal were busted with cocaine on Monday around midday. Police say a broad daylight operation in Corozal on the premises of one Michael Nugent Sr. led to the discovery of some 2.2 grams of cocaine. Present during the drug operation was Nugent and his son, Michael Nugent Jr. Now both father and son are facing charges related to drug trafficking. Police told us more.   ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Monday the 7th of January shortly after midday Corozal police visited the residence of one Michael Nugent within Corozal town where they conducted a search in the presence of Michael Nugent Sr. and Michael Nugent Jr..."

    The "Drug Hunter's"ť Crusade
    Last night, we showed you the comments from Police Commissioner Chester Williams and the Police Minister of State, Elodio Aragon Jr., discussing the allegations from self proclaimed "drug hunter" Edward Martinez.   2 nights ago, Martinez came forward as a fearless whistleblower claiming that he has evidence that high ranking politicians and police officers are playing accomplice to the drug cartels, and aiding them to illegally land drug planes on Belizean soil.   Since then, there have been discussions in the public, and depending on who you speak to, Martinez either has no credibility, mostly because of his past, and the fact that he has yet to produce any of this evidence; or, on the other hand, there are others who suspect that his claims might just be crazy enough to be true.

    Espat and Musa Say The "Drug Hunter"ť Is Brave
    PUP Area Representatives Julius Espat and Kareem Musa also gave their reaction to Edward Martinez's explosive press conference.   Now although  - like we said - Martinez hasn't presented any evidence, Espat and Musa said he is courageous: Hon. Julius Espat - Area Rep, Cayo South: "He's a brave guy, I'll leave it at that." Hon. Kareem Musa - Area Rep, Caribbean Shores: "Well I can't comment on it, I've only seen portions of it on the news and I think it was santized when it got to the news because of any possible liable risks but with no doubt..."

    1859 - Breaking Down The Treaty
    Turning back now to the ICJ referendum, we got a chance yesterday to speak with Assad Shoman about the Belize Peace Movement - which exists for the singular purpose of spreading the "No to the ICJ" message.
    You'll remember that the Belizeans who make up this organization are all persons who are pushing for Belize to vote "no" to taking Guatemala's territorial Claim to the ICJ for resolution.  In their press conference last week, the Peace Movement accused the government officials of the present and the past of attempting to lure the general public into a false sense of security about the strength of Belize's case, should this matter ever go to the court.

    Will Referendum Dictate Election Outcome
    We also asked Espat and Musa about the perception that this ICJ referendum may be all wrapped up in politics and that the results of the referendum may predict how the public will vote in the next general elections. Musa and Espat gave different views on that. Hon. Kareem Musa - Area Rep, Caribbean Shores: "I don't believe it is a litmus test per say, I believe what it is, it is a litmus test on the way that the government of the day has been mishandling the matter. I think a lot of people, the significant portion of the no voters are going to be coming out and voting no not about the message but rather the messenger."

    New COMPOL Will Shake Up Senior Command
    There's a new sheriff in town, or at least a new COMPOL in Belmopan, and, as expected, Commissioner Chester plans to shake up the senior command.   Reports are that four Senior Superintendents, Alford Grinage, Alden Dawson, Marco Vidal and Howell Gillett, will all now be promoted to Assistant Commissioners. We're told that Deputy Commissioner Broaster will be in charge of National Operations.  Assistant Commissioner Vidal is rumoured to be designated for some kind of operaitonal command as well - and rpeorts suggest that Eastern Division South commander Howell Gillett could be headed back to Special Branch. We're told also that Southern Commander Alford Grinage will be put in charge of JIAC the Joint Operations and Intelligence Center - which tracks the movements of drug planes, while Superintendent Sandra Bodden will take over the command of the Southern Region.

    Cops Clueless on Martinez Murder
    23 year old Guatemalan of Buena Vista Jamie Martinez was discovered dead floating in the river of Black Man Eddy last week. And while police have been able to track down his last whereabouts they are still clueless as to how he went from socializing at a party in Buena Vista Village to floating dead on the River of Black Man Eddy. What is more bizarre about his death is that he was found bound and police believe he may have been strangled to death before being dumped in the river. Here is what police told us about that ongoing investigation.  ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB
    "We know that he was last seen in Buena Vista village in the Cayo district on the 29th of December sometime around 11 PM was the last time he was seen alive. He was at a function in Buena Vista. Upon interviewing his family members, it is said that some time earlier in December he had left his mother's home in Libertad to visit friends in Buena Vista and that is the last they know of him. It is an ongoing investigation, the police is following several leads, we were just in the area yesterday and I believe the officers are back in the area today. A motive has not yet been established but we are following several leads."

    No Clues on Motorbike Gunman
    And while police continue to follow several leads on the Martinez case, they are completely empty handed as it relates to the shooting incident in Orange Walk last two weeks. As viewers may recall 28 year old Llemmont Wade and 21 year old Pablo Senon Reyes were shot at by a person on motorcycle while walking on Muffles Street. Both men were injured. Now although police had previously said that they were familiar with the parties at play their investigations have remained inconclusive and no one has been arrested and charged. Here is what they told us today. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "It is still an ongoing investigation, there are no new leads." Reporter
    "When you reach a roadblock like this, does it mean that the investigation stalls until new information is gotten? What is the procedure following that?"

    Mitchell Charged For Rear Ending Motorbike
    Belmopan resident Andrew Mitchell was arrested and charged for the Western Highway accident that claimed the life of Salomon Ramirez. He was charged with with Manslaughter by Negligence, Causing Death by Careless Conduct and Drove Motor Vehicle Without Due Care and Attention. As we told you, 31 year old Andrew Mitchell was driving an SUV towards the capital but between miles 27 and 28 he crashed into the rear end of  Salomon Ramirez's Lifan motorcycle which had no rear lights.

    Crime Front Quiets Down
    And the reason you heard mostly updates today from police is simply because it has been a relatively quiet week as it relates to crime in the country; which is very good news considering we got off to a bad start at the beginning of the year. And as for all the older cases in the Belize District, police have yet to make a breakthrough in any of their cases. Apart from a few new clues in the disappearance of fisherman Greg Dillon last month there hasn't been anything much.

    HIV Report Shows Belize Prevalence As High As Haiti
    The Ministry of Health has released the HIV surveillance report for 2016.  The 18 page document seems hastily prepared and does not offer any historical analysis, but it does have a few useful facts.   Notably, a UNAIDS metric called Spectrum4 calculates the 2016 HIV prevalence in Belize as 1.9 in those between the ages of 15 to 49 years.  This is higher than the Caribbean Region average of 1.2 and Latin America's of 0.5.  When compared with countries like Jamaica, which is at 1.8, Belize is tied at the bottom with Haiti at 1.9.  Although Belize's reported HIV rates are decreasing Spectrum estimates that it is increasing and we are not identifying these new infections.

    Channel 5

    Father of Junior Minister in National Security is Kidnapped; He is Found in Good Health
    The father of the Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security was abducted. A police report says that Elodio Aragon Senior, a former Minister of Government, was kidnapped [...]

    Drug Kingpin “El Chapo” Spoke of Buying Cocaine in Belize
    It is no secret that Belize’s location makes the country vulnerable to transnational organized criminal groups such as the drug cartels. In recent months, we have seen an alarming number [...]

    Narco-Cattle Ranching: A Possibility in Belize
    There is another worrisome report. A document published by Friends for Conservation and Development in March of 2017 speaks about an increase in cattle ranching along the western border. The [...]

    Addressing Cattle Ranching Requires Efforts of Many Governmental Agencies
    While some of the well known threats to the Chiquibul such as xaté and poaching have received attention, narco-cattle ranching has not been addressed by the government despite many reports. [...]

    I.C.J. Referendum Should Be Postponed, Says Former Attorney General
    Freetown Area Representative and former P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca took to social media on Wednesday to weigh in on G.O.B.’s move to join five former Foreign Affairs Ministers to sign [...]

    How Will You Vote On April Tenth?
    A national telephone poll on the I.C.J. Referendum conducted by www.pollBelize.org is showing a higher number of persons who would vote ‘no’ on April tenth. The poll was conducted in [...]

    Despite Change of Government in ‘08, Musa is Unwavering on I.C.J. Position
    Five former foreign ministers on Wednesday, however, gave the thumbs up to take the claim before the I.C.J.   Former Prime Minister Said Musa, during his second term in office, met [...]

    Would Maritime Areas Act Impact Belize’s I.C.J. Case?
    The integrity of Belize’s territorial sea, internal waters and its exclusive economic zone is also a matter of serious concern for the conservation community.  In the context of the pending [...]

    Shake Up in the Belize Police Department
    There are multiple reports of a big shakeup within the administration of the Belize Police Department. The reported changes come on the heels of the appointment of new Commissioner of [...]

    Does Guatemala Have a Solid Legal Argument in Claim Against Belize?
    There’s more from Wednesday’s press conference at the Biltmore. Guatemala’s legal argument, if one were to take the prime minister at his word, is shaky at best.  In fact, he [...]

    Guatemala Inherited Belize from Spain? Rubbish, Says Assad Shoman
    With all the talk of an age-old territorial dispute and a possible resolution at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the unfounded claim brought by Guatemala isn’t as clear-cut as [...]

    Belize Peace Movement Upbraids Fantastic Five Foreign Ministers
    On the heels of a historic show of support by five former foreign ministers on Wednesday, all in support of voting in favor of going to the I.C.J., the Belize [...]

    Can You Help Baby Nelson Tabora?
    On Wednesday night, we showed you the touching story of baby Nelson Tabora in Bella Vista. The twenty-three-month-old baby is suffering from a condition called Hydrocephalus where cerebrospinal fluid is [...]

    Charges Pending for All Parties Involved in Bar Brawl and Beat Down in San Pedro
    The Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize City will proceed with a criminal investigation against two of their own. Police confirmed on Tuesday that constables Tyrell Rowley and Samir Medina are [...]

    Chinese National Leaps from Vehicle to his Death
    Since Monday’s routine press briefing with the police, there has not been much coming out of the department in terms of crimes across the country. There were, however, several fatalities [...]

    Belmopan Resident Charged for Manslaughter by Negligence
    Meanwhile Belmopan resident, Andrew Mitchell, has been charged for causing the death of Solomon Ramirez. The fifty-four-year-old was rear-ended by Mitchell on Sunday night between miles twenty-seven and twenty-eight on [...]

    Investigations Continue into Murder of Jaime Martinez
    Investigations continue into the murder of Jaime Martinez. The twenty-three-year-old Guatemalan national was initially tagged as John Doe when his body was fished out of the Belize River on New [...]

    Edgar Coronado Charged for Attempted Murder of David Diaz
    ACP Joseph Myvett also gave an update on the investigation into the Christmas Day shooting of twenty-eight-year-old Llamont Wade and twenty-one-year-old Pablo Reyes. The duo was targeted as they exited [...]

    Record Number of Tourists Visited Belize in 2018
    The Belize Tourism Board has released its stats for the 2018 tourism arrivals. The number of visitors that came to the Jewel grew by sixty-two thousand, a huge increase from [...]

    Operation Christmas Child Gives Away 8K in Gifts
    Christmas has come and gone – but there a group is still spreading some cheer in southern Belize.  A group called the Operation Christmas Child was in Toledo today to [...]

    Taiwanese Chorus from Houston, Texas Performs in Belize
    Today inside the Fort Street Tourism Village, there was a flash mob. Taiwanese Americans from Houston, Texas arrived in the Jewel this morning on a cruise and performed cultural songs [...]

    Healthy Living: Mindfulness Meets High Intensity Exercise
    A mix of two very different fitness trends: mindfulness and high intensity workouts, is making a hit in Belize. That’s what we found in one gym.  Tonight in Healthy Living [...]

    Elodio Aragon Sr. Kidnapped, Later Released
    On 10th January 2019, Orange Walk Police received information that the home of the father of Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, was burglarized. Mr. Aragon Sr. was kidnapped and taken on the Phillip Goldson Highway where he was later released about (2) miles on the Posito Road off Phillip Goldson Highway. Mr. Aragon appears to be in good health and police are investigating.

    LOVE FM

    8,000 gifts for children in the Toledo District
    Church leaders across the Toledo District have received a donation of children’s gifts from the Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to people in communities across the world. Under one of their programs, the Operation Christmas Child, thousands of children will be receiving a gift in …

    Father says Yes but Son says NO to ICJ
    Former Prime Minister and current Fort George Area Representative Said Musa sat shoulder to shoulder with current Prime Minister Dean Barrow on Wednesday in unison to make it clear that he supports the Government’s Pro-ICJ campaign. While the occasion was to show that 5 former Foreign Ministers agreed on the issue, Musa was the only …

    Assad Shoman Delivers history lesson and BPM not credible
    The Belize Peace Movement may be new to politics as an organization, and possibly former Foreign Minister Assad Shoman may not have heard of its members. But they have definitely heard of his books “Guatemala’s Claim to Belize, the Definitive History” and his 1994 publication “13 Chapters of Belize”. Though the astute historian and former …

    Parliamentarians discuss Chief Justice’s delayed rulings
    Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin came into the crosshairs of the Belize Bar Association’s scope in 2017 when the Bar passed a resolution demanding that he deliver judgments for 32 delayed cased. That demand from the Bar Association came with a thinly veiled threat to file for his removal from office for misconduct. Since then the …

    Government is a no show at Public Accounts (PAC) Committee
    The Public Accounts (PAC) Committee had been reviewing the Auditor General’s report from as far back as 8 years ago. The report seeks clarity and accountability of Government spending. The PAC reviewed the 2012- 2013 Auditor General’s Report and conducted its investigation and hearings and that was concluded in May, 2018. The Committee requested the …

    Still no motive for the New Year murder of Jamie Martinez
    Meanwhile, Police investigators are no closer to closing the murder case of 23-year-old Jamie Martinez. His body was fished out of the Belize Old River on January one. ACP Myvett says investigators are still on the ground in Buena Vista Village. ACP Joseph Myvette: “We know that he was last seen in Buena Vista Village …

    Man leaps to his death as he tries to escape harm in a traffic accident
    A man is dead after he attempts to escape a traffic accident. It happened after three o’clock on Wednesday along the Hummingbird Highway in the Steadfast Village area in the Stann Creek District. Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch ACP Joseph Myvett provided details of the incident in the biweekly press briefing with the …

    Man in critical condition after being stabbed
    Tonight, 31-year-old Abraham Leslie of Ladyville is clinging to life after he was stabbed yesterday. According to police reports, Leslie got into an altercation with a known male person who inflicted the stab wounds to his stomach and back. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, KHMH, where he is listed in a …

    Fisherman finds Greg Dillon’s icebox but Dillon remains missing at sea
    Greg Dillon, a fisherman, has been missing since early December 2018. Dillon went fishing in the vicinity of the Turneffe area on December 8 and was expected to return home back on Monday the tenth. He never made it back. His family became concerned because Dillon would always return home as scheduled. Today Assistant Superintendent …

    The criminal investigation into the Police beat down of Jamir Leal has commenced
    The Crimes Investigation Branch (CIB) has launched its investigation into the January one incident where Police Constables Tyrell Rowley and Samir Medina beat Jamir Leal and his brothers on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo said in the biweekly press brief today that investigators are revisiting the island as they begin …

    Belize diaspora contributes to street signs
    In a press release, Mayor Bernard Wagner and the Belize City Council expressed gratitude to a group of patriotic Belizeans residing in New York City and Toronto, Canada who have generously contributed to the installation of forty street signs which are valued at over twelve hundred US dollars …

    Five fishermen pleaded guilty to charges of possession of lobsters
    Five fishermen of Chunox Village, Corozal District appeared before Magistrate Michelle Trapp where they pleaded guilty to charges of possession of eighteen lobsters with eggs and possession of five lobsters with soft shells. They are 34-year-old, Isidro Patt; 20-year-old, Dandy Patt; 21-year-old, Jair Patt; 22-year-old, Rodel Patt and 29-year-old, Christian Ramirez …

    Elias Solozano and Sergio Rodriguez charged with immigration offences
    25-year-old, Elias Solozano and 43- year-old, Sergio Rodriguez, were charged with immigration offences when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Solozano, a Salvadoran national, was charged with failure to comply with the conditions of his visitor’s permit since immigration officers found him working as a welder at Rodriguez Welding on January 9 without a work permit …

    Police charge Edgar Coronado for the attempt murder of David Diaz
    Orange Walk police have charged 32-year-old Edgar Coronado for the attempt murder of 22-year-old David Diaz. Coronado was formally arrested and charged today with Attempted Murder, Wounding and Use of deadly means of Harm …

    Driver is charged with manslaughter following the death of Solomon Ramirez
    Police have charged one man following the death of Solomon Ramirez, the victim of a traffic incident on Sunday, January 6 on the George Price Highway. 31-year-old Andrew Mitchell of Belmopan was charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention …

    The Reporter

    POLICE SAY- FATHER OF MINISTER ARAGON WAS KIDNAPPED & RELEASED?
    Police have confirmed reports that the father of the Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Elodio Aragon Sr. was kidnapped sometime today. In a brief release moments ago, Police claim that “Orange Walk Police, received information that the home of the father of Elodio Aragon Jr.,Minister of State, in the Ministry of National Security was burglarized.

    MAJOR SHAKE-UP IN POLICE DEPT. AFTER NEW COMPOL
    The Reporter has received word of a major shakeup in the administration of the Belize Police Department, following the new Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, taking up his post on Wednesday. Some of the notable changes are that Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett is no longer Southside Commander. He takes over as the head of Special Branch and Supt. Daniel Arzu will take over as Southside Commander.

    New ComPol & Aragon Respond To Martinez Press Statements
    On Tuesday, whistle-blower Edward Vincent Martinez made serious allegations against politicians and top cops in the Police Department. He claims to have evidence that they are involved in the landing of drug planes in the country, and has promised to share that evidence in two weeks.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belize City Council thanks patriotic Belizeans for street signs donation
    A group of patriotic Belizeans living in New York City and Toronto, Canada have contributed (40) […]

    Andrew Mitchell charged with death of Solomon Ramirez
    Belmopan resident, Andrew Mitchell, has been charged in connection with the death of Solomon Ramirez. Mitchell […]

    More charges to come in San Pedro beatdown
    Police constables Samir Medina and Tyrell Rowley are again in hot water. The two are currently […]

    Father of Police Minister kidnapped
    The father of Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Elodio Aragon Jr., was […]

    Chinese national jumps out moving vehicle and dies
    A Chinese national is dead following a road trip to southern Belize. He has been identified […]

    Father and son busted with cocaine in Corozal
    A father and his son have found themselves at the opposite end of the law. They […]

    Belize Police Department: No official announcement on reshuffling
    A memo was leaked to the media today with an alleged list of changes in the […]

    BTV condemn 5 Former Foreign Ministers for encouraging Belizeans to vote yes to ICJ
    The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) today issued a statement condemning the 5 former Foreign Ministers of Belize […]

    Big changes in the hierarchy of the Belize Police Department
    Just a day after taking over as Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams has made some significant […]

    Man stabbed after argument over a phone
    Police are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred last night in Ladyville Village in the […]

    Belize Peace Movement questions purpose of joint declaration
    The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) today issued a release questioning the purpose of the joint […]

    A proud moment for Belize
    The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

    International Sourcesizz

    Bahamian Study: Conch fishery could disappear in 15 years
    After measuring more than 3,000 conch at 42 survey sites throughout The Bahamas, scientists have found that this country could lose its conch industry in 10 to 15 years if pressure on the food source is not reduced, a press release on the matter revealed. The release came from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. The aquarium, along with a group called Community Conch, conducted the research in The Bahamas, and the findings were published in the scientific journal “Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture”. According to the release, surveys of queen conch were conducted between 2009 and 2017 to understand the fishing pressures on the ocean mollusk. It added that “scientists collected data on how many conch were present at a given survey site” and their age based on the thickness of their shell.

    Consolidated Water sells Belize operations
    The Cayman-based Consolidated Water has reached a deal to sell its Belize branch, CW-Belize, to Belize Water Services Ltd. for US$7 million, with the closing of the transaction expected to take place by Wednesday. The US$7 million sale price will be adjusted by the amount of all unpaid invoices payable by Belize Water Services Ltd. to CW-Belize for water sold through Dec. 31, by the amount of cash held by CW-Belize as of the closing of the transaction, and by the amount of CW-Belize’s consumables inventory at Dec. 31, according to the agreement. Further, before the closing of the transaction, CW-Belize will forgive approximately US$1.8 million of intercompany debt owed to CW-Belize by Consolidated Water and its other subsidiaries.

    IMF says a “global bank” is returning to the Caribbean but will not say which one
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    01/11/19 12:13 PM

    Turning back now to the ICJ referendum, we got a chance yesterday to speak with Assad Shoman about the Belize Peace Movement - which exists for the singular purpose of spreading the "No to the ICJ" message.

    You'll remember that the Belizeans who make up this organization are all persons who are pushing for Belize to vote "no" to taking Guatemala's territorial Claim to the ICJ for resolution. 

    In their press conference last week, the Peace Movement accused the government officials of the present and the past of attempting to lure the general public into a false sense of security about the strength of Belize's case, should this matter ever go to the court.

    We put this allegation to the panelist of 5 former Foreign Ministers at yesterday's big event, and Assad Shoman was the one who gave a response. We'll show you what he had to say, but first, for context, we re-air what the Patrick Rogers of the Peace Movement had to say about the disputed 1859 Treaty, and what it could mean for the territorial claim:

    Patrick Rogers - Member, Belize Peace Movement
    "Everyone that I've listened to claim that this boundary treaty is iron-clad, there remains only 1 article to be fulfilled in this boundary treaty, that of Article 7, which they claim was just a little cart road was to be built. When you read this 1931 Exchange of Notes, you will find in here that the British got with the Guatemalans in 1929 to effectively complete this treaty, by fulfilling Articles 2, 3, and 4. It was the second such attempt that the British made, unsuccessfully, as I will show. Because, in effect for our case to have been iron-clad, this boundary's treaty would have needed a supplementary compensatory treaty, as was attempted by the British in 1863, when they offered 50,000 pounds to settle Article 7, no less. You see, had that treaty been, we would have had, immediately after that, Guatemala would have gotten paid, Article 7 fulfilled. Immediately after that, Guatemala would have went ahead and fulfilled 2, 3 and 4, which is to say, get with us and mark the boundary all the way to the Mexican frontier. That has not happened up to today. You see, up to today, what the British did, after 1929 started, they only went up Gracias a Dios, Garbutts Falls. The Guatemalans say let's effect Article 7, pay me before I go through with you to effect 2, 3, and 4. The British didn't want to pay, and so, the Guatemalans pulled out. So, from 1929, the British waited 2 years to see if the Guatemalans would come back to the table, which they didn't, and so, the British prepared an Exchange of Notes that the figured would get them to claim that this treaty has been fully effected. What did the Guatemalan reply look like? See it here, 1 paragraph. And what did they respond saying? These monuments thus determined, form part of the boundary between British Honduras and the Republic of Guatemala. So, they did not accept the British letter, of Exchange of Note, stating that the joint boundaries report, which is attached here, was in fulfilment of Articles 2, 3, and 4. They just said that it represents part of the boundaries between our respective territories. Our case is not as iron-clad as they made us out to believe. A lot of people got these documents and don't read and reason. Because, had they done that, they would have realized a long time ago what we're heading up to. We're heading up to the fact that we couldn't get Guatemala to the table, to demarcate jointly from Garbutt's Falls to the Mexican Frontier, now a 160 years later, this treaty will finally effected by the ICJ judges, playing the role of arbitrator, since we couldn't do it together."

    Here's now is Shoman, who is widely recognized as the most knowledgeable Belizean on the territorial claim:

    Assad Shoman - Former Foreign Minister
    "This thing has been studied over many many years. The fact is that we have had for ourselves, Belize for example, we've had 2 legal opinions that we commissioned, 1 in 1978, and one in 2001. Both of them, incidentally, included Sir Elihu Lauterpacht. The second one also included a recent president of the ICJ. It included one of the highest recognized experts on treaty law from Israel, actually, called Shabtai Rosenne. And it included a very distinguished Latin American jurist from Chile. Guatemala also, itself, commissioned, at the time, probably the most renown judge of the United States of America called Manley Hopkins. And since then, [they] have commissioned other lawyers to give on this case. And they - all of these that I've mentioned - have unanimously said that the 1859 treaty is a solid treaty. It's a boundary treaty. The issue about article 7 not having been complied [with] or not has nothing to do with the resolution of the questions as to the boundaries so defined in the treaty. And they've all concluded that those boundaries cannot be changed by anything that Guatemala is (inaudible). So, now we have a group of Belizeans saying that they have found more deficiencies in that treaty than Guatemala itself found, because of course, Guatemala had to submit all the evidence, and all the issues it had to these lawyers that advised them. I don't think its credible, that's all. I mean, we're not gonna spend hours pick on legal issues. I'm just saying look at that fact, those that I've stated, and tell me who you believe."

    The Peace Movement says that they will hold a press conference on the ICJ next week. We'll tell you what they have to say then.

    Channel 7


    Guatemala Inherited Belize from Spain? Rubbish, Says Assad Shoman

    With all the talk of an age-old territorial dispute and a possible resolution at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the unfounded claim brought by Guatemala isn’t as clear-cut as one would think.  According to Assad Shoman, the nature of Guatemala’s demand is conflicted, since it has argued in the past that the territory which Belize occupies was inherited from Spain prior to the 1859 Treaty.  Ironically, Guatemala’s independence was not recognized until four years later.  Likewise, he says that Guatemala itself recognizes Belize as a sovereign state.

    Assad Shoman, Former Foreign Minister

    “There was a problem about getting Guatemala to be precise, what are you claiming, because obviously it would be nice to know that.  They were in a very difficult position because, first of all, remember that historically they have claimed the entire country, saying “Oh, we inherited that from Spain.”  Which is rubbish and I could tell you why very quickly, because, for example, Spain did not recognize Guatemala at all until 1863, years after the 1859 Treaty.  So how could they inherit anything from a country that didn’t even recognize them?  But anyhow, that was their problem.  That was their position that they inherited all that territory.  So how are they going to say anything less than that?  Well, they got into a worse problem when Belize became independent and the whole world recognized Belize.  How are you not going to say that it has any territory?  But even worse, when Guatemala itself recognized Belize.  How can they say that a state has no territory and they have recognized that state?”

    Channel 5

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    Ambergris Caye
    01/11/19 04:17 AM
    COMING SOON – to the Tres Cocos area – not just another bar – but a juice bar.

    The Moringa Tree Juice Joint welcomes friends and neighbors to come into the Treasure
    Island Trading Spot (located 1.1 miles north of the bridge) on Sunday, January 13, 2018 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
    Stop in and sample a non- alcoholic raw or iced juice, fruit or vegetable smoothie or shake, hot or cold herbal tea, or plain or fancy coffee.
    Of course the focus is on Moringa which is grown next door, but many other locally grown herbs and vegetables will be available. Papaya will be the featured fruit for February. Carrots and beets will be mainstays.
    The official grand opening of this new center is schedule for February 1st. Between this Sunday and then, the Moringa Tree Juice Joint will be open on a limited bases while getting their unit orginized, staff trained and stocking customer preferences.
    Miss Mariana Bodan, manager, looks forward to serving you and welcomes your feedback.
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    01/10/19 08:56 PM

    By signaling to shrimp for help. Car washes are done a little different under water.

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