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Ambergris Today

Guerrero & Zaldivar Nuptials
Congratulations to Vanessa Guerrero and Ian Zaldivar Jr. on their nuptials that took place on Saturday, December 26, 2015. The loving couple exchanged vows at the Living Word Church and celebrated with family and friends at the San Pedro Lions Den. Maid of Honor was Marisela Marin and Best Man was Alan Hite. Ambergris Today wishes Vanessa and Ian a happy union as Mr. and Mrs. Zaldivar.

New Dog Registration & Restraining Laws Set to Control Stray Dog Population
Commencing Monday, January 4, 2016, all dog owners are being required to vaccinate dogs four (4) months and older against Rabies and licensed with the San Pedro Town Council. This new initiative is being carried out by the San Pedro Town Council and Saga Humane Society in order to reduce the number of stay dogs on the streets of Ambergris Caye. The stray dog population has been a problem on the island and drastic and inhumane measures such as poison eradications had been conducted in the past, something Saga has shunned upon. Irresponsible dog ownership can be pointed out as a main factor for the stray dog problem and with this new initiative, it is expected to turn around the situation. Saga Humane Society indicates that Rabies vaccinations are a prerequisite for licensing dogs, and are available at the Society for $30. No cost vaccinations are available to those in need.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Can't believe it's already the end of the year! Hope to see my Paint Ladies there! Come join us to paint "Xunantunich" this Thursday at Crazy Canucks. Everything you need is provided step by step direction, paint, brushes, smocks, canvas and maybe even a stencilled canvas if you need it (shhhh). $25u.s for first time artists and visitors. $20u.s for our members.

The Ministry of Finance hereby informs the general public that, with the arrival of another shipment of fuel over the weekend, the Pump Prices for Regular Gasoline and Kerosene will fall substantially as a result of lower CIF Prices. This shipment was comprised of Regular Gasoline and Kerosene only. Effective on midnight 29th December, 2015 the new Pump Prices in Belize City are as follows: Regular Gasoline - $8.30 per US Gallon – a decrease of 32 cents per gallon Kerosene - $4.48 per US Gallon - a decrease of 10 cent per gallon Import Duties and other taxes on both products remain unchanged. The Ministry of Finance further advises the general public that all future reductions in the CIF Prices of these fuel products will be passed on directly to the price at the pump and that it also intends to maintain the current level of duties and taxes without change on these products.

26th Annual KREM Radio New Year's Day Cycling Classic 2016.

The Farm House Deli Opens
The Farm House Deli had their grand opening this month. They are located in Belmopan, at the corner of Rio Grande and Nim Li Punit streets. They offer fresh produce, pastries and bread, and artisan cheeses from Caves Branch(which can be found in Cayo at the Wine House). Delicious! "As close to organic as we can provide right now .. freshly garden picked daily .. a variety of over 20 fresh vegetables."

The U.S. Embassy Belmopan has an opening for a Purchasing Agent position.
Responsible for the procurement/purchasing of commodities, supplies and services (including off-the-shelf purchases) for State and other serviced agencies. This includes conducting market research, preparing purchase orders or other procurement actions such as blanket purchase agreements, purchase card orders or contracts, and placing orders for requested goods and services and ensuring that these are received and delivered in a timely fashion; Reviews and processes invoices/billings, obtaining necessary approvals and documentation and submitting these to the Finance Office for payment requests. As cardholder of a Government SMARTPAY Purchase Card, is responsible for its proper use, maintenance, record keeping, statement reconciliation and following through on orders until they are received; Arranges for the repair and maintenance of copiers; replenishes office supply stock, maintains filing system including electronic filing of all orders and prepares reports as necessary.

For all you pizza lovers in Corozal and surrounding areas, you can now enjoy hot-and-ready pizzas at Little Caesars Pizza, located at the corner of Avenida Insurgentes and Calle C. Polimar. No. 514, Chetumal MX ( just across the new ADO bus station). Open everyday now during normal working hours. Current exchange rate at the border $1.00BZ = 7.30MXP

Nelson Fuller: Legendary Belizean Musical Artist & Drummer!
The 1970s Belize's Lord Rhaburn Combo outstanding drummer, Nelson Fuller, could be dubbed as Belize's most rhythmic drummer of all times throughout the years of Belize's professional entertainment scene of the 1970's and 1980's. Not only was he a class act within his own musical spectrum, but he taught many upcoming Belizean drummers how to play all different genres of music----from R&B to the Funk, and from reggae to calypso. Fuller who was versed in all forms of music, was also respected by American as well as Caribbean musicians who had come to play music in Belize in the 1970's and 80's. The legendary Belizean drummer who now has been living in Los Angeles for many years now, spoke with Belizean Legends about his brilliant career as a Belizean musician, and his life as a drummer for Belize's most populist band, the Lord Rhaburn Combo. His revealing and interesting interview with Bilal Morris of Belizean Legends comes at a timely moment since Fuller has fell ill for many years now, and has been absent from the Belize music scene. The acclaimed Belizean drummer and artist reveals many interesting events in Belize's music history, and alerts many of us Belizean music enthusiasts that we may have seen the best and the last of Belizean music and musicianship that exploded in the 1950's and eclipsed in the late 1980's.

Same Old Me: Belizean Artist Harrington Trapp!
The legendary Belizean musical artist, Harrington Trapp, musical career span from his time as as a vocalist in the 1960's with bands in Belize like The Promoters and Glenn Bood & The Telegrams, to his work as a musical artist and vocalist in the United States in the 1970's and 80's with Belizean bands like the legendary, The Webb, to the reggae band called the Babylon Warriors. Since making his mark as an outstanding vocalist and trombone player with the Webb, Trapp later went on to carve out a career for himself as a solo artist and vocal stylist in the 1990's and beyond. His incredible body of work has warranted much respect and admiration from new and younger Belizean artists of today who credited the veteran Belizean artist, producer, and musician, with a model to emulate in their careers. Influenced by the 1960's R&B African-American musical renaissance of the 1960's of artists like Sly & The Family Stone, and other soulful troubadours of that era, Trapp began developing his authentic Belizean soulful style as a vocalist since his early musical debut as a teenager in the 1960's classic Belizean musical spectrum.

It was a pleasure to have had the privilege of interviewing for Belizean Legends, the Belizean twin brothers sensation, Michael and Mark Wagner who performed on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the Bombay Lounge at Little Belize in Inglewood, California. Graced by incredible humility, love and entertainment brilliance, the two brothers shared their entire entertainment life from their youth performances in Belize, to the empowerment of their father, the legendary Joe Wagner, and how they continued down separate paths in the entertainment industry in the United States after their migration from Belize. This long awaiting comeback and performance together has brought both Belizean artists to reflect on how much has changed for them, and how they were able to refine their brands once again. A long awaited feature, and delivered as promised to Belizean Legends fans and audience. Enjoy!

Belize's Legendary bredda David: The Real Story!
No other Belizean artist in the entire scope of Belizean music history has done what the legendary Belizean musical icon, bredda David has done for music in Belize. bredda David has become the quintessential Belizean artist whose migration out of Belize in the 1960's to the United States to established a credible musical accomplishment, and later returned to Belize after many years to developed a pulsating Afro-Belizean style of music called Cungo. In this Belizean Legend expose, the talented Belizean artist explores the realms of Cungo music with Belizean Legends host, Bilal Morris, and takes his viewers through memory lane of the Afro-Belizean struggle to survive slavery and colonialism into the British Mahogany Camps in the former British Honduras where the music of Sambai created by runaway slaves were established in a village called Gales Point Manatee. bredda David makes a striking distinction between the music of Belize's other Afro-Belizean people, the Garinagu, and that of the Afro-Belizean people the Creoles whom have become the originators of the Sambai that later merged into the Brukdong. He credits the renowned Belizean Brukdong artist, Mr. Peters, whom he worked with on his repatriation back to Belize, for assisting him in the development of the Cungo sound, and being the Father of Afro-Belizean (Creoles) music.

Channel 7

Cops Confirm 93 Year Old Was Not Sexually Assaulted
For the past two nights – we’ve been reporting on the condition of Patrick Grant, the 93 year old victim of a home invasion. The Fern Lane resident was very badly beaten – but what’s even more disturbing is the suggestion that he may have also been sexually assaulted. Today, Commander of the Eastern Division Southside Chester Williams answered that question definitively – when he told us the nature of the attack incensed him:.. Sr. Supt. Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division Southside "When I was briefed about the incident, I think Monday morning; it brought cold seed to me. To see that some living being have the courage to inflict such injuries on such an elderly person; I don't understand or I do not see what Mr. Grant could do to somebody, a young man for him to be able to conflict the level of injuries that was inflicted on him. I must first and foremost say my sympathy to the family of Mr. Grant. From what our investigation has been showing, we know that there has been a lot in the media to suggest that Mr. Grant may have been sexually molested but I can categorically state that we had requested the doctor to conduct an examination to verify whether or not that in fact happened. The doctor has certified and informed us that there is no evidence of the fact of him being sexually molested. So I am happy to know that has been dispelled from medical examination. I believe that the only reason why the perpetrators of that crime could have injured Mr. Grant the way they did, I think they would have wanted to kill him to silence him."

National Animal Knocked Down By A Jet
A bizarre accident happened at the Phillip Goldson International yesterday night when a jet collided with a tapir at the end of the main runway. At about 7:30, an Amerijet 727 Cargo jet was taking off when it hit the tapir just before it was about to take flight. The tapir was killed and the jet’s front wheel was badly damaged. It had to taxi back to the apron for repairs – which caused a delay of a few hours. Now you might ask, what’s a tapir doing on the runway? But, the Belize District – especially this area – is well known for Tapirs – and they are often seen crossing the Boom road which is a just a few miles from the airport. Celso Poot – who’s been doing community education about tapir’s for 20 years – says there must be greater awareness of the tapirs which are all around us:… "The whole Burrell Boom, Ladyville area has high incidents of tapir vehicles collisions; this is tapir being knocked down by cars in the area. We know that in the airport area there is a family of about 3 or 4 tapirs living there. It's not the first time we've had tapirs on the runway at the airport; actually this is the 3rd time I know of it that it has been reported. However it is the first time I have heard of a fatality of tapir on the runway. I have been monitoring tapirs in the central Belize area since 2008. I started monitoring with cameras in 2012. What the data is showing is that there is high level of tapir presence in the area..."

Three For Murder In PG
Last night, we told you about 55 year-old Luciano Evaristo Bul, the farmer from the village of San Pedro Colombia in the Toledo District who was chopped and then shot to death. Well, Punta Gorda Police are reporting tonight that they have charged 4 men for his murder, and those accused, are waiting to be transported to Belize Central Prison. They are 21 year-old Pedro Cus Jr. 20 year-old Seferino Cho, 18 year-old Robert Chen, and a 16 year-old minor, who are all residents of San Pedro Colombia, where the deceased lived as well. This evening, the Commander of the Punta Gorda Police Station told us that the 4 accused persons cooperated with police, and led them to find a .410 shotgun which is believed to be the weapon used to shoot and kill Bul after he was chopped. The men also led them to another prohibited weapon a 223 semi-automatic rifle, which had a magazine containing 5 live rounds of 5.56 ammunition. He told via telephone that as a result, they’ve all been charged with murder, and Pedro Cus has been charged for illegal firearm:

Suspects For Suspected Heroin Charged
Two men have been charged for the suspected heroin found in Belize City on Monday night. They are Giovannie Requena and Richard Macdonald and they have both been charged for drug trafficking. But, police aren’t completely sure what drug they were trafficking. The 11 kilos wrapped in brown paper is suspected to be heroin, but tests have not confirmed that yet. As we told you, the Anti-Drug Unit stopped a vehicle at the Bel China Bridge, and found the heroine concealed.

While The Rice Matter Is Pending, Charles' Port Bills Mounting
On Monday, there will be a heated battle in court over whether or not Belize City Importer Jack Charles should be allowed to import Guyanese Rice. And while he waits for the court, the holdup is costing Jack Charles. He told us today that as far as he is aware, he’s being charged by the Port of Big $100 a day per container for the storage space on in his compound. That means that he owes the Port $300 daily for the containers, and then he must also pay the shipping line $150 for the use of the containers. So, in total, that’s $450 per day. He’s been incurring these costs since Friday, and so as of this evening, he owes $2,700 in rental fees, which will continue to increase by $450 every day that his rice is stuck at the Big Creek Port. By Monday, when the case is set to start, he’ll owe $4,950, and so his legal team will press the court to expedite the case. By that time, there could be further delays due to the court process, and the rental fees could sky rocket – which might suit BAHA and the government just fine.

Breaking Down GOB's Tax Take On Fuel: How Much Is Too Much?
World oil prices are plummeting, but the pump prices in Belize actually went up with the last fuel shipment. And that’s because while the acquisition cost went down, government’s tax bite was bigger. A press release from the Ministry of Finance says it’s all about belt-tightening, and making up for revenues lost from the nearly depleted Spanish Lookout Oil Field. And the effect of that is passed unto you, with pump prices that were more than 10% higher – and all of the increase is tax. Today we took a deep dig into the numbers to see how today’s prices compare to previous years when the landed price of fuel was comparable: We start first with diesel, which went up by 81 cents on Monday. That is 13% more than the price of the previous fuel shipment which arrived on the 16 th. Now for a little bit of clarity, you must keep in mind that the total cost you pay at your local gas station is determined by a few things. Two of the most important factors are the landed cost and the Government’s overall tax take. In the case of diesel the pump price is at a flat $7.00 per gallon as of midnight Monday. Out of this, $3.11 will be used to cover landing costs and $2.86 will go into government coffers as tax.

No Murder in Belize City For December (So Far)
December is about to end – and there hasn’t been a murder recorded in Belize City for the whole month. Now, cross your fingers, knock on wood and all that good stuff – but if the peace holds, it will be the second month for this year that the Southside has seen no murders. That’s pretty darn amazing considering how the year started with 30 murders for the first half of the year. Today we discussed the numbers with the architect of the downturn, southside commander Chester Williams:… Sr. Supt. Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division Southside "I must say that for the first half of the year, January to July before I came, the murder count for Southside Belize City was at 30. Since I came from July to present, the murder count for Southside Belize City is 8. So we see a reduction of almost 300% in murders on Southside Belize City when you compare the second half of this to the first half of this year. We are seeing significant reduction in almost every category of crime when we compare the latter part of 2015 to the earlier part; or the same period last year. The figure likewise look good but I always say to people, that sometime when you tell people about figures it does not give them a level of comfort that they want. Because if you are the victim of a crime in this second half of the year and you were not the victim in earlier part of the year; to you crime went up in the second part. So what normally counts for me is the perception. How do people feel about crime on Southside Belize City?"

Chester Is Amandala's MOFTY
And those kinds of numbers, which truly are remarkable – is what led to Chester Williams receiving the honour of Amandala’s man of the year for 2015. It’s very unusual for such an honour to go to a police officer – who typically embodies the values of the status quo. But Williams completely changed business as usual for police on the Southside – and has the results to show for it. Today he told us he is humbled by the honour: Sr. Supt. Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division Southside "I was thrilled this morning when I read the article and I must say that I am humbled by the recognition but I must say that I cannot carry the recognition alone because after all, I work with a team. I could have not been recognised without my team by my side. The media houses, Channel 5, Channel 7, Love FM, Krem again they have always tried their utmost best to; despite the fact that sensationalism sells more than good news, I can see where the media houses have been doing their best to try and sell the positive image of the police as well. That has helped us to market ourselves more in a more positive way to the public and the public has become more receptive to the work that the police on Southside Belize City have been doing. I must say that the recognition that I got from Amandala is as a result of those factors." But probably the biggest factor is not the cooperation he got from his team, or from the media, it’s the stamp of approval he’s gotten from the community. The service orientation, accountability, and rejection of brutal tactics – all combined to win the community’s consent for his brand of policing. Today, Williams discussed his policing cornerstones:…

Cops Catch Fleeing Gunman
And while he may have elevated policing to a somewhat cerebral pursuit, Williams isn’t above playing cops and robbers, or as the case may be, cops and shooters. That’s what happened on Monday night when Williams ran right into a hot police pursuit of a car that had just been involved in a shooting on Curassow Street. At around 8:20, 19-year-old Stanley Alexander Flowers of a Belize City address was shot to the right arm while he stood at the corner of Gibnut and Curassow Streets. Williams told us how cops got the car, the driver, and the vehicle:.. "On Monday night sometime after 9 pm, police responded to an information of shots being fired on Currosow street. Police were in the immediate vicinity and the end up pursuing a vehicle, a Mitsubishi Endeavour. The vehicle was pursued through the streets of Southside Belize City; I must say I was a part of that pursue as well, I was in my assigned government vehicle and I heard the shots fired and the strike team were in immediate pursuit and I went in aid of them..."

Path Still Not Clear For Cubans In Prison
What’s going to happen the 30+ Cubans stuck at the Belize Central Prison? That’s the question the Government of Belize will have to answer at some point because they are very much like the 4,000 Cubans stranded between Costa Rica Nicaragua. They all want to make it to the United States, and according to the Guatemalan Government a resolution may be forthcoming in the near future. As we told you, the Guats say that a decision has been made to airlift the stranded Cubans to El Salvador, where they will be put on buses to cross from Guatemala into Mexico, and then finally into the US. So, will these Cubans incarcerated in the Belizean prison be a part of the group allowed to pass? Well, when we spoke with Acting Prison CEO Virgilio Murrillo today, he told us that he has heard the very same reports we had, but nothing officially has come to him or the Prison on instructions for these Cubans. He told us that the Magistracy or the Supreme Court would have to issue a removal order for these jailed Cuban migrants to be released.

Calling Out To Claudio
The family of 34 year-old San Pedro Resident Claudio Gongora is worried about his whereabouts tonight, and they’re hoping that you can help them to find him. His sister Marisol Amoa, reported to Ladyville police that she visited him in San Pedro for a few days and hasn’t been able to reach him since. He is of slim build, 5 feet 2 inches tall, with brown Complexion. He has a scar on the left cheek, brown eyes, and black low-cut hair. If you’ve seen him anywhere, you are asked to contact the nearest police station.

Man Dies Nine Days After Freak Accident
A freak accident in the Spanish Lookout community that occurred some two weeks ago has led to the death of one man. Around 5 pm on Saturday December 19th , 29 year old Eddy Alberto Sanchez, of Buena Vista Village, was riding his motor cycle in the compound of Belize Concrete located on the outskirts of Spanish lookout off the Iguana Creek Road. That’s when he got clotheslined on a cable strung across the entrance as a barrier to the compound. As a result Sanchez sustained head and body injuries – this photo was taken as he lay unconscious on the scene. He was taken to the Western Regional Hospital in a critical condition and was later transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he underwent treatment for 8 days. But on Monday December 28th, 29 year old Sanchez succumbed to his injuries. His family is not satisfied that it was an accident and suspect that foul play may have been involved.

Lucilo Teck Has Major Legal Bills
You may remember Lucilo Teck. He’s the veteran cane farmer from Corozal who got attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd to sue the administrators of the Sugar Cane Industry. He was trying to force The Sugar Industry Control Board to open the 2014-2015 sugar season. Well, he lost that case, and he’s now 30 thousand dollars in the hole for it. As you will remember, there was a standoff in the industry which changed drastically when the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association fractured. The dissenters formed 2 other associations and the along with what was left of the BSCFA, they all signed a new agreement with the millers and the stand-off ended. So, that basically rendered Lucilo Teck’s lawsuit inconsequential, but he and his attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd decided to go forward with the case anyway. He lost it, and the SICB attorney, Rodwell Williams claimed for $60,000 in legal fees. The court finally resolved the legal cost issue, and it mandated that Teck actually owes $30,000. Well, he says that he can’t pay for it, and yesterday, he went on the WUB Morning Show to ask for help from the general public. Here’s what he had to say on that issue:

A Couple For 1.5 Kilos
37 year-old Ernest Foreman and 28 year-old Samantha Garbutt were taken to court for over 1 and half kilos of marijuana. Police and the K9-Unit conducted a raid on the couple’s house at #4 Casuarina Street in Belize City. That’s where they found a small bit of loose cannabis, and under the flooring of one of the bedrooms, they found 15 plastic bags containing other amounts of weed. When the officers weighed all the drugs, it totaled 1.637 kilos - or 3.6 pounds - of marijuana. They were both arrested and charged with drug trafficking and possession of a controlled drugs, and they were arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. They pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on bail of $5,000. They must return to court on February 26.

Urban Peace Through Eastern Yoga?
Can the meditative art of yoga offer the Southside a remedy for violence? That’s what Yogi Charu thinks. He’s an international yoga master who grew up about a block from our studio on Prince Street. Now, he wants to share his knowledge by offering yoga training and certification for Southside youths between the ages of 14 and 18. He told us more today:.. The programme runs from this month to August of 2016.

Five Years For A Firearm
26 year-old Brian Davis, a labourer of Sandhill Village, is spending his first night of a 5 year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to being in possession of a unlicensed shotgun. According to Eastern Division Rural Police, they conducted a search of his residence at mile 19 and a half on the Northern Highway just before 8 this morning. Davis and his 26 year-old common-law wife, Luise Meneses, were present at the time of the search, and that’s when police found a 16 gauge shotgun and five16 gauge cartridges. Police charged both of them keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keep unlicensed ammunition, and they were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court today. Davis took the rap and pleaded guilty claiming ownership of the unlicensed shotgun. That allowed his common-law wife to go free after the charges were withdrawn against her, but he got a stiff mandatory minimum sentence. He was handed 5 years for the gun, and 5 years for ammunition, but since both sentences will run concurrently, he will only spend 5 years in jail.

Knowledge Is Safety Say Cops
So far on the news tonight, you’ve seen a lot of southside supercop Chester Williams. And while we asked him about a whole lot of things – the reason we even managed to catch up with him is because he was doing a Southside meet and greet in downtown Belize City. He told us it’s a means of public awareness and crime prevention:… This was the last meet and greet for this year.

Baby Gismael Aban Making Progress
Two days ago, we told you about Baby Gismael Aban, the infant from Corozal who was born without the tube connecting his mouth to his stomach. If it wasn’t fixed with highly specialized surgery not available in Belize, his life would have been short and very painful. Well, World Pediatric Project in Belize made contact with the Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital – which came through big time. They immediately decided to take on his case, and on Boxing Day, they sent a private Jet to fly him from Belize to Virginia. We’re told tonight that as soon as he arrived he underwent his first surgery to ensure that he can get the proper nutrients. Since he has been stabilized, the doctors at VCU Hospital will wait until January 11, to perform a second reconstructive surgery, where they will build him an esophagus that will work in the place of the one he was born without.

Channel 5

Police Say Patrick Grant Was Not Sexually Assaulted
On Sunday, a ninety-three-year-old man was brutally beaten at his home on Fern Lane in Belize City. The vicious attack had the earmarks of a burglary, since Patrick Grant’s twenty-one [...]

3 Men Charged for Murder of Evaristo Bul
In Toledo, charges have been brought against a trio of men, as well as a sixteen-year-old minor, in connection with the murder of fifty-five-year-old Luciano Evaristo Bul.  The farmer was [...]

High Speed Chase in the City Leads to Apprehension of Shooting Suspect
There were shots fired on Curassow Street in Belize City on Monday night, and quick response from Belize City police has led to the arrest of a man who is [...]

Record Low Murders in Southside Belize City in 2015
But don’t take Williams’ word for it, or be impressed by a title bestowed by a random media house. He says that the statistics don’t lie, across the board, and [...]

Are Fuel Providers Gouging Consumers?
At midnight on Sunday, the pump prices of fuel spiked, thanks largely to G.O.B. increasing import duties on Premium, Regular and Diesel. That import duty increase, tacked on to an [...]

Fire Leaves Single Mother and Kids Homeless
A fire on Antelope Street Extension has left a single mother and her two children without a roof over their heads. On Monday night in Belize City, a pair of [...]

Rural Rapid Response Team Makes Firearm Bust
The Rural Eastern Division’s Rapid Response Team has been maintaining operations in the two thousand square miles of the Belize District, targeting narcotics and illegal firearms. They got lucky this [...]

2 Minors Missing from Ladyville Area
At end of day Tuesday, three persons were missing in the Belize District – a sixteen-year-old female from Los Lagos, a sixteen-year-old female from Ladyville and a twenty-two-year old Guatemalan [...]

Fish Cleaner Fined, But Not Confined for Drug Offence
Twenty-three-year-old Michelle Reynard narrowly escaped jail today after appearing before Magistrate Deborah Rogers on a fourth conviction for drug-related offenses.  The fish cleaner who works out of the Conch Shell [...]

Police Take Over Downtown Area in Final 2015 Meet & Greet Exercise
Today, the officers of the Eastern Division South conducted their final meet and greet exercise for 2015. We’ve followed the Police through some of the notorious hotspots in the city [...]

Chester Williams Named ‘Man of the Year’
It isn’t exactly mainstream news or a riveting item, but Chester Williams has been named the man of the year by the Amandala Newspaper. Williams returned from law school earlier [...]

Prison Inmates Clean Up Roaring Creek
An overgrown area of Roaring Creek Village, often used by criminals to escape the reach of local authorities, has been cleared by Belmopan police.  After a recent shooting incident during [...]

International Yoga Teacher in Belize
International Yoga Teacher Yogi Charu is in Belize to schedule trainings for Belize City youths to become yoga teachers in their communities in 2016. Charu, who’s based out of New [...]

Days of Healing Will Provide Youths for Yoga Course
So how will the initiative get the youth to participate? Well that’s where Days of Healing and its Executive Director, Perry “Sticks” Smith comes in. With the organization’s assistance, a [...]


19 year old shot to the arm on Belize City street
A 19 year old was shot in Belize City last night, Monday December 28. 19-year-old Stanley Alexander Flowers of a Belize City address was standing at the corner of Gibnut and Curassow Streets, Belize City along with a friend when two armed male persons fired several shots at him. Flowers was shot ...

15 year old shot in the back on Belize City street
In our evening newscast yesterday, we told you about a late evening shooting that happened in Belize city leaving a 15 year old injured. We did not reveal the name of the victim at the time to give the family time to be informed by the proper authorities. Today, we can report that the victim of yest...

Teenager charged for Lennox Flowers murder
Police have arrested 19-year-old Cecil Ramirez for the Boxing Day murder of 18-year-old Lennox Flowers in Burrell Boom Village. The student at St. John’s Junior College, was formally charged with the murder of Lennox Flowers when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. She ex...

Man arrested for burglary in brutal beating of senior citizen
Yesterday, we also told you about the savage beating of 93-year-old Patrick Grant when someone entered his Belize City home to steal his television set. Grant was at home sleeping at the time when he was awakened by a loud bang and his front door opened. Upon making checks, he was confronted by a ma...

Organizations speak up about crimes against senior citizens
And in relation to that burglary and aggravated assault of a senior citizen, National Council on Ageing has issued a press release condemning the latest criminal attacks on senior citizens reported, and so has Helpage Belize. NCA says that this latest incident “highlights the vulnerability of older ...

Franklin Graham visits Belize for Samaritan’s Purse
The Son of Dr. Billy Graham, Rev. Franklin Graham was in Belize today; on the island of Caye Caulker to be specific. Franklin is the president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian humanitarian ministry dedicated to ministering to the needy. Operation Christmas Child, specifically, is a mi...

Police foil major planned robbery in Ladyville
Intelligence and timely intervention by Ladyville Police stopped plans for a major robbery expected to have taken place in the next two days in the village. The operation involved a hot pursuit by the Rural Rapid Response team of a dark Hyundai Santa Fe vehicle with no license plates. The Highway Pa...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

ADO bus involved in fatal traffic accident in Orange Walk
There has been a traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway involving an ADO bus traveling to Mexico. Information is still sketchy as officers are still processing the scene but BMG understands that the incident occurred around9:30 tonight along the highway before reaching Carmelita as it […]

Brian Davis of Sandhill sentenced for firearm
Twenty-six year old Brian Davis, a laborer of Sandhill, was sentenced to 10 years today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after he pled guilty to kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. Davis was sentenced to 5 years each for the firearm and the […]

Chester Williams is Amandala “Man of the Year”; pays tribute
The Amandala newspaper has named Senior Superintendent of Police Chester Williams as its Man of the Year for his work in reducing crime, especially murder, on the Southside of Belize City in the second half of 2015. Since he took office in July in a triumvirate with […]

David Nanes Schnitzer’s bail is revoked
The bail for international fugitive David Nanes Schnitzer tonight stands revoked, over a month after he was granted bail. Justice Herbert Lord this afternoon upheld an application to that effect made by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution. The Crown, led by prosecutor Kileru Awich […]

KREM prepares for New Years’ Day Cycling Classic
On Friday our colleagues at KREM Radio and Television will host the 26th New Year’s Day Cycling Classic from Belize’s Northern Border to the Central American Boulevard at its Junction with Mahogany Street in Belize City. So far, 65 Elite riders have registered for the 90-mile race. The […]

Missing Guatemalan woman resurfaces in Belmopan
Yesterday we brought you the appeal of 68-year-old American businessman David Edgar of Vista del Mar over his missing 22-year-old fiancée Mindy Jordan Espino. He said she left home on December 11th to visit her grandmother in Belmopan and would also make a trip to her native Rio […]

People’s United Party race toward National Convention
The People’s United Party (PUP) is moving toward its National Convention scheduled for Belmopan on January 31, 2016. Yesterday, Tuesday, the final list of voting delegates for the Convention was produced. Party Chairman, Henry Charles Usher, says that all thirty-one constituencies and the various party […]

Motorcyclist dies in bizarre accident
It was reported by Anna Lizette Sanchez that her brother, 29-year-old Eddy Alberto Sanchez of Buena Vista village, was involved in a traffic accident and had to be rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) on Saturday, December 19th around 5:00 p.m. Police then investigated the matter and found out that Eddy was riding his Meilun 125cc Motorcycle into the compound of Belize Concrete Ltd, when upon turning off the highway into the compound, located on the outskirts of Spanish Lookout, Cayo District, he collided into a cable wire used as a barrier for the compound, which was hung across the road. […]

Belmopan man charged for 21 grams of weed
While conducting an anti-drug operation in Belmopan City on December 19th, the police’s Special Branch Tactical Response Squad executed a search at the residence of 30-year-old Alden Forte on the strength of a warrant for illegal drugs and firearms. Upon arrival at the Baboon […]

Fuel prices drop
Fuel prices have dipped but only for regular gasoline and Kerosene. As of midnight on December 29th the prices in Belize City for Regular Gasoline dropped by 32 cents to $8.30 per gallon. Kerosene decreased 10 cents to $4.48 per gallon. In a release issued today, government […]

Fair weather to continue
The National Meteorological service of Belize calls for a relatively moist and gusty south-easterly air flow to prevail. The 24-hour forecast is for cloudy spells at times with a few showers mainly along the coast and over the northern and central areas of the country. Winds blow […]


Seven Steps to Sustainable Community Capacity Building
Community development participants often find themselves engaged in relatively short-term work, focused on particular issues such as improving housing conditions, advancing road safety at school crossings, or protecting aspects of the environment such as campaigns around river, air pollution or greenhouse gas inventories. Community groups which form around these kinds of issues may be quite short-lived and fade away again after a campaign has been successful. These constitute communities of interest or issue-based communities which are usually focused upon a particular issue and look for a particular kind of expert practitioner to resolve the issue of concern. These kinds of community development activities are not usually designed to engage a large number of community members – the stakeholders for the particular concern are generally small in number compared to the size of the entire community – and there is not much thought given to the development of community capacity at the conclusion of the particular project. Thus, if another similar problem is encountered by the community down-the-road the process of expert consultant involvement is repeated and the project design turns out to be about the same as before.

Is Your Belize Resort Located in Placencia Village or on the Placencia Peninsula?
If you’re looking at a detailed map of Belize, you will spot a finger of land that–depending upon whose distance numbers you believe–runs between 14 and 16 miles due south of a town called Riversdale. That’s approximately where the Peninsula of Placencia veers away from the mainland. Once a thriving fishing paradise, it’s now awash in villages, resorts and attractions, some facing the Caribbean Sea and others facing the lagoon that separates the cape from the mainland. If you drive the length of the peninsula and reach the southern-most point, you’ll wind up at the Village of Placencia. Since Placencia Village is at the tip of the peninsula, you must pass Maya Beach and Seine Bight Village to reach it. You may only have to follow the crowd! This area is starting to compete with Ambergris Caye for the affections of repeat visitors. On your drive to the village, you’ll pass some of the most luxurious accommodations Belize has to offer, so when you book your lodgings before you leave home, show your resort host how smart you are by double checking to confirm that it’s located in Placencia Village rather than “on the peninsula.” Thanks to a paved 16-mile-long road that passes primary tourism centers that link peninsula villages, you can stay on Maya Beach, Seine Bight or Placencia Village. With the Placencia Lagoon on your right (yup, there’s that name again), pass groves of mangroves edging blue waters beginning at Riversdale as you travel south. Spot the Maya mountains, Cockscomb Range where protected wildlife roam free and you can’t miss a string of offshore islands in varying sizes. Most are uninhabited, but they make for lush scenery as you travel to your resort. Maya Beach, a once sleepy community now home to condominiums being snapped up by ex-pats seeking the good life may be your destination, but more likely, the next community is. In Seine Bight, award-winning resort properties like Laru Beya and Roberts Grove are heavily booked year-round and since this village is home to Belize’s colorful Garifuna population, in addition to luxury digs, get your culture fix here, too. If you’ve booked in Placencia Village, top choices are Turtle Inn or the Turtle Inn (the Francis Ford Coppola Resort). Expect to be spoiled by the staff, resort food and the amenities at either of these resorts.

How to Make Baked Beans from Scratch
How to make baked beans from scratch. No canned pork and beans. Spicy, sweet and comforting.

Christmas on La Isla Bonita
Last year I went to New York for Christmas and it was a lot different than what I’m used to in Belize. It was really cold, there was so much traffic, huge buildings and so many pretty lights at night. I was hoping to see snow while I was there, but maybe next time. It was a really fun trip, but today I want to talk to you about Christmas in Belize. This Christmas I stayed home and we started the day with presents and family brunch, pretty much like many families do. The fun started when it was time to leave the house. Instead of putting on boots and a bunch of other clothes, we just put on our flip-flops, grabbed the beach towels, got on the boat and head to the beach. There is no snow on our little island, but we didn’t let that stop us, we built a little man out of sand instead. My favorite part about our family picnic was making s’mores and of course eating them. I guess it doesn’t matter where you spend Christmas as long as you’re with people you love. That is how we spend Christmas on my little island.

How Belizeans celebrate New Years
Most families bring in the New Year together counting down the clock while enjoying family dinners. New Year’s being an extended part of the end-of-year holiday season calls for delicious plates and while there are many to choose from, in Belize, turkey dinners and relleno are two of the favorites. In many cases the family prepares the food together as a bonding experience, passing tradition from one generation to the next. During this time of the year huge pots of rice and beans, or relleno soup bubble on the stove and the succulent aroma fills the air. What would a New Year’s celebration be without fireworks? Every year there is a firework show to bring in the New Year and many come out to the parks near the seaside to view the spectacle. Fire works can also be seen from many homes so there is no need to travel far to see the celebration in the sky. Of course, many children and adults celebrate the New Year with their own fireworks, dynamites and sparkles. It is a tradition that around this time of year there are constant non-stop bursts of “cuetes” as they are called. New Year’s Day in Belize is celebrated as a day of recreation throughout the country. Some people spend the day socializing with family and friends while others flock the horse racing fields; one popular area for this is in Burrel Boom. Another popular recreational activity is the Krem’s New Year ’s Day Cycling Classic. This cycling race starts in Corozal and ends in Belize City.

International Sourcesizz

OAS calls deal on Cuban migrants “a giant step forward”
The Organization of American States (OAS) has welcomed an agreement that will allow Cuban migrants who have been stranded in Costa Rica to continue their journey into the United States. Secretary General Luis Almagro, who said he has followed the process closely, described it as “a giant step forward”. Under an agreement reached on Monday in Guatemala by Mexico and six Central American countries, from next month the Cubans will be airlifted to El Salvador and put on buses to cross Guatemala into Mexico and cross the border into the US to take advantage of America’s ‘wet foot dry foot policy’ which allows Cuban migrants who arrive on land to enter the country and apply for residency. About 7,000 Cuban migrants had travelled to Ecuador through Colombia and Panama and into Costa Rica but had been blocked from entering Nicaragua.

Caribbean ocean governance capacity to be boosted
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the International Ocean Institute (IOI) this month signed a new five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to extend their longstanding cooperation towards building the capacity of Caribbean fisheries and marine resource management professionals in ocean governance. The partnership between the CRFM and IOI started in 2004 and it has provided nearly 40 Caribbean nationals access to high-level, specialized training and capacity-building support at IOI-Dalhousie University every year since then. The renewed cooperation agreement, signed for the CRFM by executive director Milton Haughton and for IOI by managing director of its Malta headquarters, Antonella Vassallo, ensures that Caribbean nationals will continue to receive expert training on ocean governance: policy, law and management at the Canada-based institute.

Add adrenaline to a beach vacation and save the Belize Barrier Reef by hunting lionfish
A school of shimmering silver jack had just glided by overhead as I crested the reef, where a trio of tall orange sponges rose toward an outcropping of coral and a pair of purple sea fans framed the opening of a dark nook. My heart raced and my breath quickened, a rush of bubbles streaming upward as I caught sight of my prey. The billowy fins, the showy spikes shooting from its spine, the majestic stripes flowing into the distinctive mane. The lionfish. It hovered carelessly in the pristine, bath-warm waters, this sea creature of local legend. I raised an arm, stretched a small piece of elastic cord, and sent a spear through the back of its head. Success! Death at 60 feet below the surface. I was now more than just a scuba diver. I was a trained killer. On a recent visit to a stunning atoll about 35 miles east of Belize City, the divemasters — and the national government — all but implored us to kill this magnificent monster. Although the lionfish is a beauty, they’ll tell you, it is an invader to the Caribbean Sea, a scourge on the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world.

Suffolk’s Katy Sealy not giving up on representing Belize at Olympic Games in Rio
The 25-year-old heptathlete and ex-Farlingaye High School pupil, who qualifies for Belize through her father, remains hopeful of competing in Rio next August, but admits she remains in the dark over her destiny. In the meantime, Bawdsey-based Sealy finds herself in a rich vein of form and is desperate to make it as difficult as possible for the Belizean Olympic hierarchy to overlook her achievements. After three months of winter training, Sealy recently competed in the high jump and long jump at Brunel University, securing a personal best in the latter, and also won the South of England Senior Women’s Indoor pentathlon on Sunday, landing pb’s in both the 60m hurdles and high jump. Her high jump score also saw her set a new Belizean record. “I don’t know what the situation is (regarding the Olympics), but I am keeping in touch with the people in Belize and letting them know what I am doing,” said Sealy,

Belize tilapia farm gains ASC certification
A tilapia farm in Belize, run by Fein Catch, is the first farm of its kind the country to gain ASC certification. The ASC programme has certified nearly 2000 farms across 23 countries in the past year, with almost 100 more currently in assessment. Chris Ninnes, CEO of ASC, said: “I would like to congratulate Fein Catch on their certification. This is a great example of the diversity of the farms engaged in our programme.” He continued: “This year, we have seen the ASC programme grow rapidly and we look forward to more producers in Central America and beyond coming on board and making a commitment to responsible aquaculture."

Teacher’s holiday travels go awry
A Kennewick, Wash., substitute teacher’s backpacking trip to Central America went smoothly until she tried to leave Belize City on Dec. 23 with visions of spending Christmas at home dancing in her head. What happened next sent the 28-year-old solo traveler back into the night in a Third World city and then on a roundabout journey that delayed her return by a couple days. Krista Williams, a Washington State University Tri-Cities grad student who substitute teaches in Kennewick middle and high schools, said the trouble began when she used her debit card to pay for her round-trip ticket on Delta Airlines for her winter break adventure. She chose Central America largely based on low air fares to and from Belize. She knew nothing about her destination but trusted her own experience trekking through out-of-the-way spots to carry her through. She left the Tri-Cities on Dec. 15, toting a credit card and passport, but not her debit card. She spent more than a week trekking through Belize and Guatemala, an experience she called “awesome.” When it was time to head home, she arrived at the Belize airport well in advance of her Dec. 23 return flight. Expecting a routine flight, she was startled when an airline worker demanded she produce the debit card she had used to pay for the ticket. When she couldn’t, the official said she couldn’t board her flight and moved on to the next customer in line. “They blew me off,” she said. After four hours and one missed flight, the airline told her she could buy a new ticket for the equivalent of $600, twice the cost of her original ticket. Figuring that she would be out “only” $300 when her original airfare was refunded, she reluctantly took the deal and arranged to fly home Christmas Eve. Nervous about venturing out into the night in Belize City alone, she shelled out more money for a hotel that offered shuttle service to the airport.

14 stunning places where you can sleep in a treehouse
If we've learned anything from our travels around the world, it is to expect the unexpected. Hotels are no longer just hotels, where you book a generic room with a crummy view and spend the night. Many have begun catering to guests craving adventure by offering experience stays that are just as much about helping to create a unique memory as they are about providing a roof over your head. One such trend in this category that has really taken off is treehouse stays. Whether the property offers exclusively treehouse accommodations, or instead it features one or two treehouse-inspired retreats, hotels in the trees are a real thing these days — and many travelers seek them out. So to make this search a bit easier, we found 14 stunning treehouse hotels that you'll definitely want to visit in 2016. Portofino Beach Resort, Belize: Owners Jan and Sandra opened this romantic hideaway in 2001, and today it has 16 rooms (many cabana-style units with thatched roofs, including the aptly named Treetop Suite) and one massive option for families and groups. The room decor is a mix of Belizean and Guatemalan textiles and furnishings, and the ambiance is unpretentious (the owners call the vibe "barefoot elegance").

Caribbean states build capacity in ocean governance
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the International Ocean Institute (IOI) this month signed a new 5-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to extend their longstanding cooperation towards building the capacity of Caribbean fisheries and marine resource management professionals in ocean governance. The partnership between the CRFM and IOI started in 2004 and it has provided nearly 40 Caribbean nationals access to high-level, specialized training and capacity-building support at IOI-Dalhousie University every year since then. The renewed cooperation agreement, signed for the CRFM by Executive Director Milton Haughton and for IOI by Managing Director of its Malta headquarters, Antonella Vassallo, ensures that Caribbean nationals will continue to receive expert training on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management at the Canada-based institute.


  • Patrick Jones Ailment, 8min. TNC Executive Director takes leave of absence for medical reasons.

  • Belize 2015 video, 13min. St. Johns, Bill Schaefer House

  • Belize Air Boat Ride,1.5 min. Belize City, Belize 12/2/2015 Airboat ride and lunch on the docks.

  • Belize 2015 Part 2 of 5: Caye Caulker Scuba Diving, 4.5min. Scuba Diving in Caye Caulker Channel, Black Corral Wall and Mini Elbow. Thanks to Frenchie's Diving for the good Time!

  • Mein Erster Eindruck von San Pedro, Belize, 2.5min. Das ist mein erster Eindruck von San Pedro, Belize in der Karibik...

  • Franklin Graham in Belize, 2.5min.

  • Belize, 19min.

  • Belize city travel video guide., 4.5min.

  • Belize Aggressor III, 13.5min. Diving in Belize

  • Honeymoon 2015 - Honduras, Belize, Mexico, 3min. Some clips of my Honeymoon to Honduras, Belize and Mexico, all filmed with a GoPro Hero 4 Silver.

  • Jon & Liz 's Adventure through Belize, 20min.

  • Franklin Graham visits Belize for Samaritan’s Purse, 2.5min.

  • Cozumel and Belize 2015, 10min. Royal Caribbean: Independence of the Seas.

  • Snorkling in Belize 2015, 2.5min. Shark Ray Alley, Ambergris Caye

  • Fly Fishing Belize, 4.5min. Fly Fishing Footage from our first Belize trip.

  • Diving in Belize, 4min. Footage from my time spent diving in various places around Belize including the Great Blue Hole.

  • Belize July 2015, 8min.

  • Belize, la splendeur des Mayas, 45min. N'oubliez pas de vous abonnez pour ne pas rater les nouvelles documentaires.

  • Podziemne miasta Belize Podziemie Majów [Lektor PL][Film Dokumentalny], 80min.

    December 30, 2015


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Crocodile Safety and ACES Updates
    With Christmas comes the full on breeding season for the American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, in Belize. For this reason the larger crocs are on the move. Males are seeking out females while females are searching for suitable nesting habitat. Just since this past October, the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), Belize’s leading crocodile research and rescue organization, has received 41 calls from concerned residents about crocodiles in their area. After hundreds of volunteered hours to investigate each croc call, only nine crocodiles were deemed problematic and relocated for human, and croc, safety. Please keep in mind that crocodiles are primarily a shy, timid species; and, while the females are territorial over nesting grounds (March through August), large males are for the most part continually on the move, especially this time of the year. However, crocodiles will congregate in areas where there is an easy food source; so PLEASE… Do not directly feed crocodiles. It is illegal, extremely dangerous, and fed crocodiles start to look for people for food. Do not toss food scraps into the water or at the waters’ edge. This means all food waste, not just fish and chicken. While one may think that last night’s rice and beans will not attract a crocodile, it does attract fish and raccoons which are the crocodiles’ main sources of food. This also leads to pets being attacked by accident.

    Ambergris Today

    Have a Pineapple Boat at Pineapples Restaurant
    You could say that Pineapples is somewhat of a themed restaurant, but it’s not tacky, by far. It blends very well with the earthy feel at Ramon’s Village, the resort in which it is located. It can be very elegant, upscale and at the same time very casual as it caters to both the resort’s guests and anybody who desires to indulge in sweet decadence. I say sweet because a lot of the restaurant’s dishes are centered around one main ingredient; you guessed it – the pineapple. The restaurant has established itself as one of the leading restaurants on the island, yet I still don’t think the local residents are aware of the goodness they are missing out on not having dined at Pinapples Restaurant. Take for example the Pineapple Boat and Pineapple Explosion on the menu. They scream originality and sweet goodness. The Pineapple Boat is the restaurants signature dish - scrumptious oriental fried rice loaded with chunks of sweet and delicious fresh pineapple and succulent grilled shrimp served in an authentic pineapple boat, topped with crispy fried rice noodles.

    Belize Stands Up for Violence Against The Elderly After Recent Violent Attacks
    Helpage Belize along with its sister organizations under the National Council on Ageing have sent out press releases expressing their condemnation of the recent home invasion and brutal assault inflicted on 93-year-old senior citizen of Belize City, Mr. Patrick Grant. Since October of this year there have been reports of violent crimes against older persons in different parts of the country. In each incident these heinous crimes have caused shock and disbelief among Belizeans. Last night’s coverage of the brutal and senseless attack of a 93-year-old man in his home in Belize City once again highlights the vulnerability of older persons across the country. Belize’s population of older persons continues to grow every year and with it challenges of care, security and safety remains an issue for many and their family. “Over the past months we have observed the growing trend of violence against the elderly in Belize,” stated Helpage Belize in their press release. “Those abuses range from what might clearly constitute a criminal offence, e.g. sexual or physical abuse, theft, etc., to acts that cause grievous harm. In 2014, brutal assaults perpetuated against senior citizens have resulted in deaths of Mrs. Coc of Colombia Village, Toledo District and Mrs. Augustine of Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District. In addition, the husband of Mrs. Augustine (Dudley Augustine) was grievously assaulted and left almost lifeless.”

    Gas Prices Go Up as Belize Increases Import Duties on Fuel Products
    World fuel prices are at an 11-year low, but why is it that fuel pump prices in Belize went up at midnight on Monday, December 28, 2015? Well it is not because Belize is purchasing fuel at higher prices, but government says it has increased on import duties on fuel products. In a press release issued at the beginning of the week, the Government said that it needs to increase taxes on fuel products in order to pay its bills. Premium went up by 8% - 72 cents per gallon. Regular went up by 13% - 97 cents. Diesel went up by 13% - 81 cents. A government release says "the Import Duties on Premium Gasoline and Diesel Oil increased by 65 cents Belize per U.S. Gallon while the Import Duty on Regular Gasoline increased by 57 cents Belize per U.S. Gallon."

    25 Years Ago - The Coming of Radio in Belize
    Long before the coming of television to Belize we had the radio. There was one national radio all the way back into the 1950's and it was the B H B C, the British Honduras Broadcasting Corporation of Belize. As you might already know, British Honduras was the name of our country because it was a British Colony. B H B C was a national radio station that transmitted to all parts of the country. Obviously there were favorite personalities and favorite programs. One of the favorite male personalities was Edison Seferino Coleman whose artistic name was Sefe. Coleman was a comedian and did El Retorno de Seferino. He was also a powerful news Anchor. A favorite female personality was Lidia Ramirez, who hosted a children's program, Rincon Infantil. She played the guitar, sang, did stories and riddles and also enabled children and parents to send their requests and greetings.

    A Christmas Miracle for Baby Shamir Born with Incomplete Esophagus
    “I would never have believed that this would be our Christmas miracle,” commented Milagro Garel, Belize representative for the World Pediatric Project. “This could never have happened without the support and collaboration of Immigration dept - officers complete with CEO on the ground, the U.S. Embassy and KHMH who all came together to ensure that Shamir's life could be saved! World pediatric project has been working in Belize for the past 10 years and this is the 8th case of this exact condition that we have had in our hands! It is important for our story to be shared because those in need NEED to know that we are here in Belize and that our assign is saving our children!” There was never a guarantee that a specialized medical center would take up baby Shamir, especially since it is on a charity basis and, in this case, during the busy Holiday season. But that is now a thing of the past with baby Shamir now in Virginia where he is getting special nutrition to gain weight in order for him to undergo the major surgery needed to save his life.

    Belize Fisheries Department Announces Fisher Folk License Renewal Dates 2016
    The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs the Public that it will commence the renewal of fisher folk licenses on January 4th, 2016. A grace period for renewals will be in place until January 31st, 2016. Starting January 2016, fishers will have access to their two main fishing areas. This process seeks to formalize the current fishing patterns and give fishers the opportunity to collaborate in the management of the resources in their respective areas. Fishers are advised to bring along all pertinent documents upon renewal to facilitate the process. Licensing will be carried out for the following communities at the Belize Fisheries Department Office in Belize City on the dates specified below:

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Bullet Tree Animal Health Clinic
    CELA is doing another FREE vet clinic in Bullet Tree Falls, on January 2nd. Keep that feral animal population down, and neuter. "Our Large Animal Vet Practices class will be supporting a community animal health clinic in Bullet Tree Falls on Saturday, 2 January. The clinic will open at 9 am. Come early if your animal needs a spay or neuter. See flier for more details."

    Saga Night Fever!
    January 16th, Saga Night Fever at the Casa. 7PM until 11Pm, $70BZ includes, 3 hours of passed apps, cash bar, 70's DJ, prizes for best 70's dressup, dance competition, instructional hustle dancing, raffles and even a mirrored ball. Come support Saga Humane Society and have a Groovy Time....Can You Dig It? For tickets, please call Sandie at 620-1124 or purchase tickets at Casa Picasso or Pampered Paws. Limited to 80 persons.

    Wildtracks Twelve Days of Christmas
    Still counting down the twelve days of Christmas, and our milk pile is growing. With each manatee calf drinking between a litre and two litres of milk a day, we are extremely grateful to all those who have already either bought milk formula directly, or have donated towards milk purchase through the Wildtracks web page. There is still a long way to go, please donate and / or share the appeal, and encourage others to contribute!!

    Channel 7

    Cayo Cop Accused Of Rape Criminally Arraigned
    In last night's newscast you heard Vanessa Evans' chilling story. She alleges that while she was detained at the San Ignacio police station - a police officer took her out of her cell, guided her to a dark room, handcuffed her and raped her. It's rare that a rape victim speaks out publicly, but Evans told us she went through too much to be silent any longer. And she told us she is so happy she did because not the officer she claims raped her has been charged. Today we traveled to Cayo to find out more about the police investigation and also to capture Evan's reaction to the rape charges. Here is that story. Calm, respectful and committed. Those are just a few words used to describe Constable Luke Moriera. He was officer of the month for November of this year and his picture was among the other model officers on this wall. But today, instead of proudly walking out of the police station as he usually does, he walked out with his head hung low to court for his bail hearing. Moriera was charged for the rape of female detainee Vanessa Evans -and it happened right inside the police station. Insp. Reymundo Reyes, Deputy OC, San Ignacio Police: "It was shocking news, especially when the officer who was being accused named was called. Because he is a person that we do not have any sorts of irregularities - a calm person." But regardless of how surprising the news was, an investigation was done and statements from other police officers and prisoners were documented and surveillance footage was reviewed. Inspector Reyes told us this case was no different from any other.

    Jailed For Allegedly Assaulting A 93 Year-old
    93-year-old beating victim Patrick Grant is showing signs of recovery today. The Fern Lane resident was attacked in his home at dawn on Sunday, December 27th. The culprit was a robber who took his 21 inch TV. Grant's daughter Gilda Diaz told us today that he began to mumble today - and the first thing he did was pray:... Gilda Diaz, daughter "You know what is the condition from Sunday to now. Today with everybody's prayers he actually - I was pinching him and twisting his skin so he would respond. I know that hurts, but I had to do something for him to feel and open his eyes. I open his eyes with my fingers. I did him all sorts of stuff and then he started to groan and starting saying a couple little things and I told him and I said lets pray and he started to pray. But instead of praying for himself, he was praying for me and I told him we were praying for him. But anyway he said his prayers, which made me feel good because he likes to pray." Reporter: "Have the doctors indicated any need for a surgery or something like that?" Gilda Diaz, daughter: "That is what they are looking at. Does he need a surgery at this time? I hope not. I hope he is strong enough to heal himself. But I hope not, because people his age don't do very well I think with surgeries. Because there would be too many complications. But at least he wasn't talking very clearly, but he was mumbling and what eased my pain today was him saying his prayers. And that made a lot of difference to me."

    Alleged Drunk Driver Arraigned For Killing Baby Genesis
    Yesterday we told you about the tragic incident involving 1 year old Genesis Medina, who was knocked down and killed in the village of San Estevan in Orange Walk. It happened on Sunday night and today Orange Walk Police formally arraigned the man responsible for her death. He is 28th year old Eliseo Israel Larios. Larios was slapped with six traffic related charges when he appeared before the Magistrate's court in Orange Walk. His charges include: manslaughter by negligence, driving a vehicle with an alcohol concentration above prescribed limit, failure to report an accident, failure to stop and render aid, causing death by careless conduct and driving without due care and attention. In Court Larios was granted $5,000 dollars bail which he met. He has to surrender all his travel documents and was ordered to return to court on February 4th 2016.

    Accused Child Molester Arraigned And Remanded
    Today Orange Walk Police also made another arrest. On Monday we told you about the case of a 5 year old boy who was allegedly sexually molested by a man who was known to the family. It turns out it was the boy's uncle. For the protection of the child we will not broadcast neither the name nor photograph of the alleged perpetrator. What we can say however is that the man was today charged with sexual assault. Original reports were that sometime around 2 pm on December 26th, the mother was alerted by the screams of her mother in law who had just caught a man in the process of sexually assaulting the 5-year-old boy. The perpetrator was remanded to prison and is to return to court at a later date.

    ADU Made A Huge Bust, Could Be Millions of Dollars In Heroine
    The Police Anti-Drug Unit made what is believed to be a major drug bust last night in Belize City. Acting on intelligence, they stopped a vehicle at the Bel China Bridge, and when they searched it, they found 11 kilos of suspected heroine. They detained the driver, and transported the drugs to the police station. This driver remains in custody, and he may be criminally charged with drug trafficking. We say "may" because sources tell us that police have still not verified that it is heroin. Heroin busts are rare in Belize, and in all cases that we've reported on, it was found in the north, presumably on the way to Mexico. If verified, this would be the first major find in the city. Heroin has a far greater street value than cocaine, so 11 kilos could be worth more than a million US dollars. Again, though, they still have to determine whether it is heroine.

    Rural Cops Caught A Big Gun, Says Criminals Were Going Equipped
    For most of this month, Eastern Police Rural have been on the news giving updates on the eight armed thieves who burglarized the home of Lebanese Diplomat Sarkis Abou Nehra in Burrell Boom. A part of that narrative, was the attempt by police to prevent this crime, but the criminals were one step ahead. Well tonight, police are reporting that they are the ones who were a step ahead - and it allowed them foil a major robbery which was planned for a business place in Ladyville. Daniel Ortiz reports: This rusty looking gun looks like its definitely seen better days but the metal bar sitting on top of it, which also appears worse for wear, is an extended magazine clip, which was loaded with 30 bullets. It's a submachine gun, and police research says that it's most likely, a CZ 25 model, which are originate from Czechoslovakia. It's capable of rapid bursts of fire for a barrage of bullets at a chosen target.

    Teenager Charged For Allegedly Stabbing Lennox To Death
    Last night, we told you about 18 year-old Lennox Flowers, who was stabbed to death on Boxing Day at an after party at the Castleton Horse Racing Track in Burrell Boom. Well, police have charged one of the men who they believe was his attacker. He's 19 year-old Cecil Ramirez, a 6th Form Student who lives on Jasmine Street in Belize City. Today, Ladyville Police outlined what evidence and what motive they have so far: Insp. Juanito Cocom, OC - Ladyville Police "I want to update you in respect to the murder that occurred in Burrell Boom. We will be laying charges of murder to Cecil Ramirez this morning. He will be charged for murder." Reporter "We understand that they may have been 3 individuals involved." Insp. Juanito Cocom, OC - Ladyville Police "The evidence we have is pinpointing to only one person doing the stab wounds." Reporter "Yesterday I had asked no charges contemplated or conspiracy to commit murder?"

    15 Year-old Kurk Still Hospitalized
    Last night, we told you about 15 year-old Kurk Broaster. He was the young man who was shot yesterday near the Pickstock jungle area. Well, he remains at the KHMH tonight, recovering from gunshot injuries the chest. We approached his family today for comment but they declined. They did tell us that his status has improved since yesterday when he was first rushed to the hospital. They say that he is in a "critical but stable condition". As we told you he was standing at the corner of Pickstock Street and New Road when shooters passed by and fired at him. Street sources tell us that he was targeted as part of an ongoing gang rivalry.

    Evaristo's Accused Murder Will Be Charged Soon
    Punta Gorda Police continue to investigate the murder of 55 year-old Evaristo Bul, the Toledo Resident who was chopped and shot death on Boxing Day just outside his home village of San Pedro Colombia. The investigating officer from Punta Gorda expects to lay charges against one of the suspects tomorrow. As we had reported, police found Bul's lifeless body on the Jalacte Road between the San Pedro Colombia and San Miguel. His killer, police believe, chopped Bull several times to the head and face, and then shot him in the chest. Police say that his life was taken from him over a land dispute, while others suggest that there could be another motive.

    Truck Driver Shot By Mexican Robbers Recuperating In Belize
    On our Christmas Eve Newscast, we told you about Belizean Albert Gentle, a truck driver from Georgeville Village in Cayo. He was shot in the head on December 24 during a robbery while he was at a gas station in Villahermosa, Mexico. Well, we have confirmed that he's at home recuperating from that gunshot to the head. We spoke with him very briefly via telephone this evening, and he told us that his doctors say that he suffering from swelling in the brain caused by the bullet. He told us that as part of the bed rest regiment, he's not allowed to talk very much because it is taxing on his health at this time. Gentle was driving an 18-wheeler truck which was towing a container, and he was part of a convoy of 10 vehicles traveling to Belize. He briefly separated from the rest of the convoy, and stopped at a gas station in Villahermosa, the largest City in the Mexican State of Tabasco.

    10 Years For Stabbing A Man 14 Times
    3 weeks ago, we told you about Rafael Mencias, the Corozal resident who was convicted of manslaughter. That's after he stood trial before a jury who heard evidence that he stabbed a man 14 times. Well, Justice Herbert Lord heard his mitigation plea today, and after taking all factors in to consideration, he handed Mencias a Prison sentence of 10 years. But, because he had been on remand for 5 years while he awaited trial, the judge subtracted that from his sentence, and so, he will only, spend 5 more years in jail. As we reported, Mencias stood trial where the crown counsel called 11 witnesses to testify against him. The evidence outlined for the jury that on July 26, 2010, he stabbed Phillip Moses Hall 14 times while they were inside his apartment in Carolina Village, Corozal. In his defence, he told the court that he had just finished taking a bath when he heard his front door slam. He said that he panicked and started calling out and asking who was there.

    The Power Jostling Before PUP's Big Convention
    The PUP National Convention to elect a new executive is set for January 31st in Belmopan - and the race is expected to get a lot more interesting in the next four and a half weeks. That's because today was the deadline for each constituent and each unit of the party to submit the names of their delegates. It's a total of over 2,700 delegates - the most that have ever voted for an executive in either the UDP or the PUP. And that large number, in a three way race is what sets the stage for all kinds of craziness in the next few weeks. And here's why. Each constituency chairman is trying to deliver his block of delegates for one of the leadership candidates: Cordel Hyde, Francis Fonseca or John Briceno. So, that constituency chair only includes on his delegates list the most loyal party supporters he can find. But, it's virtually impossible to assure that these delegates do just what they are told to do - and there's the rub. Each candidate for leader has his constituency pledged, but holding together, say, a hundred delegates is no small task.

    Cuban Humanitarian Crisis Resolution?
    Earlier this month the Belize Government got a call of distress from the Costa Rican Government who asked if Belize would take in the 4 thousand Cuban migrants who found themselves stranded at the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The Belize Cabinet turned the request down on the basis that they did not have sufficient evidence to make a proper decision. Today the Guatemalan Government issued a statement saying that after a successful meeting with parties including officials from the Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and Guatemala, they got a commitment that the parties will work together on to see through this humanitarian crisis. Reports coming out of the meeting held in Guatemala were that a decision was made to airlift the stranded Cubans to El Salvador and put them on buses to cross from Guatemala into Mexico and ultimately cross the border in the US. When we spoke to personnel from Belize's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this matter, we were told that the Cabinet position to not accept the migrants has not changed. [END]

    Single Mother's Home Goes Up In A Blaze
    A fire last night in the antelope street extension in Belize City destroyed the belongings of a single mother and her two children. 24 year old Geneve Armstrong lived in a one bedroom apartment with her two children. Armstong says that the raging fire burnt down the little she had. Now she is appealing to the public for financial assistant to help her send her kids to school on Monday, when classes resume. "I just want help with a little finance so I can buy back some of my things at least and for when school opens on Monday, so I can send my children to school the correct way. Right now they don't know what is happening. They are still happy. But it's me who is feeling everything when it's time to send them to school. I don't like to burden myself on people and that is what I am doing right now and I don't want to do that. So I am asking for a little help, so maybe I can rent a room because I don't really have a family that I can go to. It's just this sister that I am close to. I really can't to anyone. You can't burden people with your stress. So I just want to ask for help so that my children can feel like nothing didn't happen - rent a room and continue with my life. I really don't want a lot of things, just to buy back my bed and a fan for my children and the little of clothes that we lost."

    Venezuelan Opposition Party Wants To Shut Down Petrocaribe
    Three weeks ago we asked what will happen to Petrocaribe. That's after the opposition was elected in the Venezuelan parliament. They have a commanding supermajority - and plan to shake up the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Well, tonight we have the first indication that they are looking at Petrocaribe. Fox News Latino ran a story today headlined, quote, "Reckless giveaway of Venezuela's oil needs to stop, opposition says." The article says, quotes congressman Henrique Marquez, whos aid quote, "[State-owned oil company] P(e)d(e)v(e)sa, its whole operations, and those oil agreements with Cuba and Petrocaribe, that we should really look into." The article adds, quote, "the newly elected majority is threatening to cut the flow of cheap oil - especially given the current oil prices." It continues, "Fox News Latino spoke to several members of the upcoming supermajority opposition, all of whom said they wanted the oil agreements reviewed, if not altogether annulled."

    Channel 5

    Police Foil Planned Robbery in Ladyville, Find Powerful Firearm
    A conspiracy to rob a business in Ladyville, Belize District has been thwarted and a very powerful submachine gun was recovered in the process. Police pursued fugitives in a high [...]

    San Ignacio Police Charge One of Their Own for Rape
    Twenty-one year old Police Constable Luke Moreira was charged late Monday evening with two counts of rape, and formally arraigned this afternoon at the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court. Moreira is [...]

    PC Luke Moreira Denied Bail, Remanded to Belize Central Prison
    While there was no question that Moreira would be charged today, there was some question as to whether he would be granted bail. This afternoon, the young police constable appeared [...]

    Noralez Charged For Brutal Attack on Elderly Man
    Ninety-three-year-old Patrick Grant is recovering tonight, following a brutal attack over the weekend in which he was badly beaten by his neighbor during a home invasion.  The elderly man regained [...]

    Student Remanded for Boxing Day Murder
    A sixth form student is on remand tonight at the Belize Central Prison, following an arraignment for the weekend murder of eighteen-year-old Lennox Pierez Flowers.  The fatal stabbing incident occurred [...]

    Flowers Family Says His Murder Not Gang Related
    The issue of gang involvement was raised yet again, despite Flowers’ mother vehemently denying any affiliation between her son and any of the various rival groups in Belize City.   [...]

    Should G.O.B. Allow Consumers to Benefit from Low Fuel Prices Worldwide?
    And our question for tonight is: Do you think G.O.B. should have allowed consumers to benefit from low fuel prices worldwide? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones [...]

    A Major Heroin Bust by the ADU on the BelChina Bridge
    While police foiled a robbery in Ladyville on Monday night, the Anti Drug Unit also made a major bust in the city. There is a report tonight that around ten [...]

    Minor Remains in Critical Condition after Shooting
    A fifteen year old youth was shot on Monday afternoon on Pickstock Street in the City by two men who rode up to him and opened fire. The student remains [...]

    Eliseo Larios Charged for Death of Baby Genesis in Fatal RTA
    In San Estevan Village, Orange Walk, one year old Genesis Teresa Medina was killed in a fatal hit and run on Sunday afternoon. The alleged driver who knocked down the [...]

    Uncle Accused in Sexual Assault of 5 Year Old Boy
    Also on Monday, we reported that a five year old boy from Trial Farm Village, Orange Walk Town had been sexually abused over the weekend at his home. While we [...]

    Mencias Gets 10 Years for Manslaughter
    On December tenth, 2015, a jury of twelve deliberated for over five hours, found Rafael Mencias not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of Phillip Hall which occurred [...]

    Council of Ageing Condemns Violence Against Elderly Persons
    The vicious attack of ninety-three year old Patrick Grant over the Christmas holiday weekend has sparked outrage. Several organizations including HelpAge Belize along with its sister N.G.O.s under the National [...]

    HelpAge Executive Director Says Elderly Person Must Be Protected
    According to Bulwer, only a small percentage of the elderly population in Belize currently receives direct support services from organizations such as HelpAge; the others, in most cases, have been [...]

    Deal Brokered In Cuban Migrant Crisis
    There is tentatively good news for Cuban migrants stuck in Costa Rica following a SICA meeting held in Guatemala on Monday. According to reports, an agreement has been reached for [...]

    6th Annual Habinahan Wanaragua Held in Dangriga
    For years, there have been efforts to preserve all aspects of the Garifuna culture. In 2010, a trio of Garifuna activists, including Roy Cayetano, Canon Jerris Valentine and Cassian Nuñez, [...]


    Candidates For PUP Leadership Submit Delegate List
    The race for PUP leadership is on and there are three confirmed candidates for party leader namely Cordel Hyde, Francis Fonseca and John Briceno for the convention scheduled to be held in Belmopan on January 31st, 2016.The deadline to submit the delegate list to Chairman of the PUP was today. According to Myrtle Palacio, Secretary General of the party, each division will get to have one out of every 25 votes that each candidate received in the last general election. From all indications John Briceno has the support of eight constituency chairmen in the Northern Caucus. The breakdown is as follows: In his constituency Briceno received a total of 2710 votes. He will be sending a total of 108 delegates to the convention. Orange Walk South’s Jose Abelardo Mai, who received a total of 2,920, has 117 delegates to vote at the convention. Orange Walk North, Ramon Cervantes Jr., who received 3062 votes, will send a total of 123 delegates.

    Trial Farm Resident Charge For Sexual Assault Of Five Year Old Boy
    On last night’s newscast, we reported about a case of an alleged sexual assault involving a five year old boy. On Saturday December 26th, police received reports from the child’s mother who told them that at about 2:00 p.m. she was awaken by the screams of her mother-in-law, who alerted that she had caught a male person in the process of sexually harassing the five year old. Today police have arrested and charged a resident of Trial Farm Village who is responsible for this assault. However, we are unable to air the person’s name or picture in order to protect the identity of the child. The individual was remanded to prison until the next court hearing in January.

    Alleged Arson Committed In Corozal
    On the 24th of December while many families were carrying out last minute preparations to welcome the 25th, a resident of Concepcion Village lost her home. According to Wendy Mendez, a mother of two, she was out with family and friends when at around 11:30pm she got a call that her room was on fire. Today she believes her jealous ex-boyfriend committed the act. “Lo que paso es que el 24 en la noche Daniel Esperanza Cano vino aquí en mi casa en Concepción, domicilio de don Celestino Méndez y yo soy Wendy Méndez y el agarro y se metió y quebró las persianas y se metió y saco todo las cosas de mi gaveta sin saber que era lo que estaba buscando talvez dinero y se llevó trescientos dólares de mi gaveta, saco todo mi ropa y lo quemo las cortinas y el colchón y la cama, acá estaba mi mama y mi papa y claro que si ya lo reporte y ayer fui a dar todos los detalles y vinieron a tomar fotos de todo lo que paso y lo vinieron a restar y corrió porque sabe lo que hizo y ya se fue a Chetumal de por Ramonal y ay me llamo y me mando text de lado Mexicano y dice que si acá no le pudieron agarran haya menos dice y que cuando regrese va hacer venganza porque él no sabe lo que yo estoy haciendo dice y si me da un poco de miedo por mis niños porque yo no quiero que nada les pase a ellos por eso ya lo reporte a la policía y espero que lo agarren pronto y muchas gracias a las policías que me vinieron a asistir pero corrió y eso paso el 24 en la noche como las once y media y vino hacerle bulla a mi mama y le tiro un block a mi mama solo que mi mama se lo quito porque si no mi mama no estuviera viva, mis danos son como cuatro mil dólares.”

    Man Charged For Manslaughter Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison But Will Serve Only Five
    Rafael Mencias, the Corozal resident who was convicted of manslaughter instead of murder three weeks ago, after he was accused of stabbing Phillip Moses Hall 14 times back on July 26th 2010 in Carolina Village, Corozal, was sentenced today to ten years in prison. Today, Justice Herbert Lord heard Mencias’ mitigation plea and after taking all factors into consideration, he handed Mencias a Prison sentence of 10 years, but since Mencias had been on remand for 5 years while he awaited trial, he will only spend 5 more years in jail.

    Driver Accused Of Fatally Knocking Down 1 Year Old Baby Released On Bail
    Yesterday we told you about the tragic traffic accident that claimed the life of one year old Genesis Teresa Medina from the Village of San Estevan in Orange Walk. Today, 28 year old Eliseo Israel Larios, the man who was behind the steering wheel of the vehicle that knocked down baby Genesis was dragged into court to answer to the charges of: manslaughter by negligence, driving a vehicle with an alcohol concentration above prescribed limit, failure to report an accident, failure to stop and render aid, causing death by careless conduct and driving without due care and attention. He was offered bail to the sum of $5,000 which he met and then ordered to render all his travel documents. Larios is due back in court on February 4th 2016.


    Ladyville Police Foils Robbery Attempt in Rural Belize
    Last night Ladyville Police was able to foil a robbery thanks to its Rural Rapid Response Team and community participation. Hipolito Novelo has the story. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING “At around ten o’clock last night, Ladyville’s Highway Patrol Rural Rapid Response Team was set to intercept a vehicle coming from the Burrell Boom junction. However, when […]

    Police Officer Charged for Rape
    It has been a week since a 25-year-old woman from San Ignacio Town, Cayo District, reported to police that she was raped whilst in custody at the police station in that municipality on December 20. Ordinarily charges would have been levied almost immediately against the accused, but in this case it took over one week […]

    15-Month-Old Child Knocked Down in Northern Belize
    A 15-month-old little girl, Genesis Medina, was knocked down in San Estevan Village, Orange Walk District on Sunday evening, December 27 at around five o’clock. According to Superintendent Selvin Tillett commanding the Orange Walk Police Station, the man driving the Mazda pickup truck, Eliseo Larios, has been slapped with several charges. SELVIN TILLETT “Orange Walk […]

    Helpage and NCA Condemn Assault of Older Persons
    In our evening news yesterday we told you of the 93-year-old man that was brutally assaulted in his home in the early hours of Sunday morning. As a result of that violent attack, Patrick Grant remains hospitalized with severe head injuries. Also over the Christmas weekend holiday, there was the report of a senior citizen […]

    Voters Named for Upcoming PUP Convention
    A list of delegates that will be on the voting list for the upcoming National Convention for the People’s United Party has been finalized today as various groups of the party including the thirty one constituencies, the Belize Youth Movement, the United Women’s Group submitted their lists of delegates along with alternative voters. According to […]

    ADU Sweeps In and Finds 10+ Kilos Heroin
    Last night the Anti Drug Unit made a big bust in Belize City. We are told that about ten pounds of heroin was confiscated after ADU officers successfully intercepted a vehicle on the Bel-China Bridge. We are not certain how many people were in the vehicle when it was intercepted but we understand that authorities […]

    Neighbour Gets Charged for Assaulting Elderly Man
    35-year-old, Chester Noralez, a resident of Fern Lane who allegedly beat his 93-year-old neighbour and stole his television, was charged with dangerous harm and burglary when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Noralez admitted that he had the television at his house but he claimed that he bought it from a young man […]

    61-Year-Old Man Assaulted by Son
    Belmopan police are investigating an incident in which a 20-year-old man chopped his 61-year-old father. Reports are that just before six o’clock on Sunday evening police responded to a call from Armenia Village, Cayo District where they found the father, Pedro Cruz Orellano with a cut to his left hand. The elderly man was taken […]


    Belize City teenager fatally stabbed in Burrell Boom
    Lennox Flowers, just 18-years-old, was targeted for murder at an entertainment event at Castleton Park just after the annual Boxing Day horse racing meet, in Burrell Boom. Here is Officer Commanding Eastern Division Rural, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster speaking about the progress of their in...

    Man chopped up then shot up
    There was another murder; this one in the south of the country. 55-year-old Evaristo Bul of San Pedro Columbia Village was chopped multiple times and then shot multiple times. It happened sometime on Saturday night, December 26. According to police, Bul was involved in a land dispute case at the Al...

    Stabbing in front of Punta Gorda Sports Bar
    There was another incident in the south of the country that has left one man in critical condition. 23 year old Robert Foreman of Punta Gorda was stabbed twice; once to abdomen and another to his back. According to police, the incident happened sometime around 2 o’clock on Christmas morning o...

    Around 4:30 this evening in Belize City a teenager was shot.
    The 15 year old, whose name we will withhold for the time being, was injured while standing at the corner of Pickstock Street and New Road. Eyewitnesses and residents of the area say his attackers were two young men coming from the direction of the Pink Jungle area, who made no attempt to cover thei...

    Fatal Traffic Accident in Stann Creek District
    A traffic accident on the Southern Highway claimed the life of one man over the weekend. On Thursday the 24th of December at around 8:40 a.m, near the outskirts of Bella Vista Village, in the Stann Creek District, a traffic accident claimed the life of on Mynor Cruz, a Belizean revenue collector. Cr...

    93 year old badly beaten in home invasion
    There was a home invasion in Belize City which has left an elderly man in critical condition at the KHMH. Early Sunday morning, 2 men entered the home of 93 year old Patrick Grant. The elderly man lived alone at his Lake Independence home and was reportedly sleeping when the men broke in. Before le...

    Roaring Creek teen escapes barrage of bullets
    A Roaring Creek teenager escaped a barrage of bullets aimed at him on Sunday night around 8 pm.. According to reports, as many as ten shots were fired at the 19 year old who was riding his bicycle on Progress Avenue in Hatieville area of Roaring Ceek village. Two armed masked men dressed in full bla...

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    Guatemalan woman goes missing while visiting family
    A 22 year old Guatemalan student residing in Ladyville has had no contact with her fiancé since December 11 after arriving in her native Guatemala to visit family. Mindy Jordan Espino, also known as Miley Jordan, has been living with American businessman 68 year old David […]

    Police foil major planned robbery in Ladyville
    Intelligence and timely intervention by Ladyville Police stopped plans for a major robbery expected to have taken place in the next two days in the village. The operation involved a hot pursuit by the Rural Rapid Response team of a dark Hyundai Santa Fe vehicle with no license […]

    Teenager charged for Lennox Flowers murder
    Police have arrested 19-year-old Cecil Ramirez for the Boxing Day murder of 18-year-old Lennox Flowers in Burrell Boom Village. The student at St. John’s Junior College was formally charged with the murder of Lennox Flowers when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. She […]

    10 years for Rafael Mencias who was found guilty of manslaughter in stabbing death of Phillip Hall
    Supreme Court Justice Herbert Lord has sentenced convicted prisoner, Rafael Mencias, who was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter in the stabbing death of Phillip Hall, a man who he claim crept up on him in his bedroom to ten years’ imprisonment. […]

    Police have hands full with string of sexual crimes
    A 28-year-old man from Trial Farm Village in Orange Walk has been remanded after being accused of sexually assaulting a five year old boy. The 28-year-old was arrested and charged for the crime after a woman reported that her mother-in-law caught him in the act […]

    Man who knocked down and killed a one year old baby out on bail
    28-year-old Eliseo Israel Larios was given bail in court today which he has met. Larios was arrested and charged for ‘manslaughter by negligence’, ‘causing death by careless conduct’, ‘driving without due care and attention’, ‘driving under the influence of alcohol’, ‘failure to stop and render […]

    Police try to contain gun violence in Belize City
    Two separate shooting incidents in the old capital yesterday has left two teenagers hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), one of them in a critical but stable condition. The first teen, 15-year-old Kirk Broaster, was walking on Pickstock Street around 4:09 p.m. […]

    Four arrested in Corozal for two pounds of weed
    The search of a Kia Sportage vehicle on the San Andres Road in the Corozal District yesterday, resulted in the arrest of four persons for more than two pounds of weed namely: 38-year-old Emily Howard and 36-year-old George Denfield Young of Iguana Street, Belize […]

    One arrested for burglary and brutal assault of 93-year-old man
    On Sunday around 5:52 a.m., as 93-year-old Patrick Grant slept in his Fern Lane, Belize City home, he was awakened by a loud bang on his front door and then beaten before a lone intruder stole his television. Upon arrival at the scene, police […]

    National Council of Ageing address violence against older citizens
    Recent aggression towards older persons in Belize has prompted the National Council of Aging to issue a press release condemning the issue. The most recent is the attack of a 93-year-old man in Belize City and the release notes that since October reports of […]


    Holiday downtime and finding an Apartment on Ambergris Caye
    I have been fortunate enough to enjoy some downtime over the Holidays but for many businesses, high season is keeping everyone sliding full speed into the New Year. I know a few Cart rental companies and some hotels are fully booked. There has also been a recent restaurant demand to open on a day off due to a high request in bookings. Sadly for some, the wind is playing havoc with work and there are many tour cancellations right now due to wind and choppy waters. Strong winds are not only blowing on Ambergris Caye, they blowing in my life on a personal level. It is odd, but for about two weeks now I have been typing 2016 by accident. Usually I (like many) go through a short period of not remembering to put the new year instead of the old. I take the fact that my brain is jumping ahead as a sign it is going to be a good new year.

    The Best Fried Fish EVER In San Pedro, Belize…Oh and A Gorgeous Day
    The wind died down slightly yesterday and doesn’t seem to be ending until the strike of midnight 2016. TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For this Generation X’er (Which Generation are you?) – that date sounds insane. Yesterday, December 28th, winter in Belize, was a beauty. A great day to go sit beachside at Lily’s and enjoy two of the tastiest, deceivingly simplest dishes this island has to offer. We ordered conch ceviche, fried fish with french fries and coleslaw and soda water. Despite the crowd…the wait wasn’t long. And the lovely manager came out to see if we’d mind getting out ceviche first. MIND?!?!? And then the fried fish. Grouper. So fresh and just slightly SLIGHTLY undercooked when it arrives…perfectly seasoned battered. It is just so ridiculously tasty. I’ve had it 4 or 5 times at Lily’s for lunch and it is never cooked differently. I don’t know how they do it.

    A Couple of Maya Making Magic
    There’s a tiny little room “a bean-throw away from downtown San Ignacio”, in the Cayo district, where you smell the magic walking in. Ok, for those of you that don’t know I’m a chocoholic that sounded strange. No, I am not talking puffs of smoke and incantations; I’m talking the transformation of the artfully roasted cacao bean into the rich velvety goodness that is authentic Mayan chocolate. That’s right, I know the People On Our Map making it! Adrian and Elida Choco, believe their family name marked their destiny on this chocolate making journey. He was a bartender at Chaa Creek when he met Elida who was the receptionist at the same resort at the time. The bartender in him still believes it was his cocktails that won her over. They are now married with three children, a couple of six-year-old twins and a three-year-old, all girls! They are on a mission to share their culture’s traditional chocolate making techniques with their visitors. The respect for their culture is evident and starts with the first crop of the Cacao tree being buried as an offering to Earth, Rain and Sun in thanksgiving for the crop. It is with the second crop that they begin using the pods, roasting the seeds and making the widely desired masterpiece. I was not fortunate enough to visit the farm where the cacao is grown, harvested and roasted, but it is now at the top of my bucket list.

    A Humble Home with a Million Dollar View
    There are some People On Our Map outside of the public eye, tucked away in what would seem to be forgotten little corners of our country. You meet them by chance and exchange a wave or a smile and if you’re lucky, you get a little more. Luck was on our side the day we walked by the Maldonado home. The iTravel Belize team and I admired it’s rustic charm and immediately took our cameras out to capture the little wooden house. Mr. Maldonado appeared greeting us cheerfully and hurried to get his granddaughter Vanessa who invited us in to see something bigger than the home itself. As we walked through their home we were greeted by beautiful tiny faces, probably wondering what a trio of strangers was doing walking through their home. Avianie and her sister stayed cautious, but curious enough to follow and peek at us as we made our way to the back veranda where Vanessa insisted we step out to see the view. What a view it was indeed! Suddenly all of San Ignacio was visible from the little deck hanging off the side of a hill. It was fascinating and perhaps made even more so by the warmth of the people sharing it with us.

    Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM Cave)
    Even to the untrained eye, a peek inside a cave that was once home to an ancient civilization holds plenty of fascination. Rock walls. Strange ceiling and floor projectiles formed as water and minerals dripped and solidified for centuries. Spiders, bats and even fish coexist nicely, yet for the purist, no cavern is created equal—especially if that cave happens to be Belize’s Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, otherwise known as the ATM Cave. This stronghold of ancient Mayan secrets and rituals will keep you spellbound from the moment you arrive. Once your eyes are accustomed to varying shades of black to grey that fill the ATM’s interior and you turn on your helmet light, you’ll spot the interiors of chamber after chamber until you arrive at The Cathedral. The cave’s most dramatic finds are here, including calcified skeletal remains of “The Crystal Maiden” whose bones sparkle like jewels due to centuries of mineral buildup. She’s not alone. Scan shelves and nooks to discover bones, relics, pottery and other ancient treasures in the dark silence of this inner chamber. Your journey begins in the Cayo District—specifically, the town of San Ignacio. You’ll need a guide to find your way, so check with the concierge at your resort or seek help in town. Once you’ve secured a guide, you’ll be driven to the banks of the Tapir Mountain Reserve, at which point, expect to hike about 45-minutes through jungle and streams to reach the entrance. It’s a tight fit and not for the claustrophobic, but once you reach your goal, the ATM Cave will reward you with sights and ambiance that has no equal.

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize: doppio riconoscimento al World travel awards 2015
    La Grande Barriera Corallina, considerata “Destinazione leader del Messico e Centroamerica”, e Placencia, riconosciuta come “Spiaggia leader in Messico e in Centroamerica”, hanno trionfato al World Travel Awards, consolidando il Belize come una delle mete turistiche più attraenti al mondo. La cerimonia di premiazione della 22esima edizione della manifestazione si è tenuta quest’anno a Bogotà, in Colombia. Einer Gómez, Vice Presidente del CDA del Belize Tourism Board, è stato incaricato di ritirare il premio e ha ringraziato il popolo del Belize e «tutti coloro che giorno dopo giorno si impegnano per offrire qualità del servizio e accogliere i viaggiatori nel nostro Paese a braccia aperte». Lucy Fleming, co-proprietaria e direttrice del Lodge at Chaa Creek, uno dei primi eco-resort in Belize, ha detto che questa è la prima volta che il Belize è apparso nella lista dei vincitori, «e il fatto che hanno vinto ben 2 attrazioni della regione è un risultato significativo di cui tutto il Paese può essere orgoglioso».

    A Taste Test of Chocolate Bars Made From Scratch
    In a blind tasting of 14 bean-to-bar chocolates made in the United States, these were the most impressive. The list was arbitrarily capped at eight. Given how different these bars are, comparisons are difficult and the order is approximate. Sampled on another day, any item might rise or fall a notch or more. Prices were paid in New York stores for two-ounce bars unless otherwise noted. 4. Dick Taylor: 72 percent Toledo from Belize ($9.50). A crisp bar that flexes into toffee and green bananas, with a hint of lemon on the long, bright finish.

    Uncertain external economic outlook for Caribbean
    Developing countries, including those in the Caribbean, will face an uncertain global economic situation in 2016, based on the weakening of the global economy during this year. A new study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has identified the critical explanatory factor as being the substantial decline in commodity prices during the past 18 months. A very important development which has had both negative and positive implications has been the drop in the price of oil. Oil-importing economies have benefited from lower import bills but oil-exporting countries have been adversely affected. Commodity-dependent exporting countries, many of which are least developed countries, have also suffered from the declines in commodity demand and prices. Only the more diversified economies have continued to experience robust growth.

    CRFM and IOI sign 5-year MoU to build the Caribbean’s capacity in Ocean Governance
    The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the International Ocean Institute (IOI) this month signed a new 5-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to extend their longstanding cooperation towards building the capacity of Caribbean fisheries and marine resource management professionals in ocean governance. The partnership between the CRFM and IOI started in 2004 and it has provided nearly 40 Caribbean nationals access to high-level, specialized training and capacity-building support at IOI-Dalhousie University every year since then. The renewed cooperation agreement, signed for the CRFM by Executive Director Milton Haughton and for IOI by Managing Director of its Malta headquarters, Antonella Vassallo, ensures that Caribbean nationals will continue to receive expert training on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management at the Canada-based institute. Commenting on the agreement, the CRFM’s Executive Director, said: “We are very pleased to have concluded this new MoU with IOI, one of our key international development partners. The specialized training provided by IOI in marine policy, law and marine management is very important for the Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean that depend heavily on the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean for economic development.


  • Lydia De Ramirez-El Indito, 4min. Rincon Infantil, Radio Belize, 1965

  • Drone chasing speed boats in Belize, .5min.

  • Belize 2015 Part 1 of 5: Caye Caulker, 3min. Belize 2015, between sea and jungle. Part 1 of 5 : Caye Caulker, the island, the reggae and big fish ;-)

  • Carnival Magic Cruise To Honduras, Belize, Cozumel 2015 Day 1 720p, 25min.

  • Noakes Family Cruise Belize Destination, 6min. Cruising around Belize with my wife, siblings and mom. Had a great time on the tube ride, hiking around, and learning about an amazing culture.

  • Belize - Vacation & Mountain Equestrian Trails, 8min.

  • Belize Snorkeling 2015, 3min.

  • WHEN NELSON FULLER PLAYED THE MUSIC BEFORE IT STOPPED: A BELIZEAN LEGEND REFLECTS!, 45min. The 1970's Lord Rhaburn Combo's outstanding drummer, Nelson Fuller, could be dubbed as Belize's most rhythmic drummer of all times throughout the years of Belize's professional entertainment scene of the 1970's and 1980's. Not only was he a class act within his own musical spectrum, but he taught many upcoming Belizean drummers how to play all different genres of music----from R&B to the Funk, and from reggae to calypso. Fuller who was versed in all forms of music, was also respected by American as well as Caribbean musicians who had come to play music in Belize in the 1970's and 80's. The legendary Belizean drummer who now has been living in Los Angeles for many years now, spoke with Belizean Legends about his brilliant career as a Belizean musician, and his life as a drummer for Belize's most populist band, the Lord Rhaburn Combo.

  • Coral snake, 15sec. Here is a beautiful coral snake that was in the garden in Sarteneja. Gillian Kirkwood an I was taking a close look on it.

  • iTravel Belize Invited into Family Home in Cayo, 1min. "Luck was on our side the day we walked by the Maldonado home. The iTravel Belize team and I admired it’s rustic charm and immediately took our cameras out to capture the little wooden house. Mr. Maldonado appeared greeting us cheerfully and hurried to get his granddaughter Vanessa who invited us in to see something bigger than the home itself." - Amber Edwards, People on Our Map

  • Cacao, You Better Belize It, 3min. Eladio's Chocolate Adventure

  • Belize 2015 - Day 1, 3min.

  • Belize 2015 - Day 5, 3.5min.

  • Belize 2015 - Day 6, 2.5min.

  • Belize 2015-Day 7, 5min.

  • You Better Belize IT!, 3min. My first three months living in Belize.

  • CAMP OAKLEY - PHANTOM 3 Shots, 3min. Welcome to Camp Oakley - Belize National Scout Camp Grounds.

  • Belize Navidad 2015, 4min. Feliz Navidad Christmas Trip to Belize and Roatan, Honduras for Christmas 2015 with The Machuca Jrs

    December 29, 2015


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

    The San Pedro Sun

    Venezuelan opposition is controlling government: What does this mean for Belize?
    On December 6th, Venezuela’s Opposition Democratic Alliance won an overwhelming mid-term congressional victory during the country’s elections. This victory gave the opposition party about two-thirds control in Venezuela’s National Assembly. The opposition claimed the majority of the 167 seats in the National Assembly which would allow them to free political prisoners, enact basic laws, and approve the budget and government debt. The results are a major blow to current president Nicolas Maduro of the ruling Socialist Party, which has been in power for the past 16 years when the late president Hugo Chavez brought it to power. The big question concerning Belizeans is, what does this mean for Belize and the future of the PetroCaribe Loan Program?

    Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch report a successful year
    The Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch (BRCSP) would like to thank everyone for their support over the course of 2015. The branch has been working hard in the community to make Ambergris Caye a safer place. 2015 saw several milestones for BRCSP and as such they would like to share them with the community. 2015 brought the First Aid/ Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (FA/CPR) training to a new level, with the certification of an instructor who lives on the island. Ashty Dennison is currently the only FA/CPR instructor certified by Belize Red Cross on San Pedro, while Martin Dawson is our certified assistant. In addition, this year, 64 people were trained in six sessions of FA/CPR workshops; six businesses, two schools, three private citizens and two new Red Cross volunteers. Since BRCSP re-inception in 2013, 263 have been trained from 46 businesses and two lives have been saved thanks to FA/CPR, both were children. In the coming year, BRCSP plans to continue the growth of FA/CPR training in the island and will even be partnering with the Washington University of Health and Science (WUHS) in Belize. “After monitoring Dennison teaching a class, the school President of WUHS) was impressed with her professionalism. He has indicated a desire to have training done at the beginning of each semester. Negotiations for that will be scheduled in January,” said BRCSP. “Further, anyone that is interested in joining the 46 businesses that are sending staff for training or taking First Aid training as an individual should contact the branch’s new FA/CPR Coordinator Aimee Fearneyhough via [email protected] Courses run monthly at a cost of $50BZ.”

    WUHS medical students becoming island First Aid responders
    The Washington University of Health and Science (WUHS) San Pedro Campus, recently held a ‘First Aid Responders’ training in partnership with the Belize Red Cross. The activity was held in order to certify students to become first aid responders and be a valuable asset to the community, providing qualified individuals who may be able to provide medical assistance at any given time and anywhere on the island. According to the Medical Student Association President at WUHS, Sujatha Chetty, they want to get more involved in the community and become a point of medical reference for the residents. “A lot of locals don’t know about our medical school here in San Pedro Town, and whenever we are out there and people see us in our uniforms, they really don’t know where we are from or what we are here to do. We are not just here to get an education, but to give back to the community which we have become a part of,” said Chetty. She added that whenever people spot one of the students in their red or blue uniforms, they can feel free to ask them questions and even advice on any possible illness they might be experiencing.

    Dog Registration Law to be implemented in 2016
    2016 is fast approaching, and the New Year is scheduled to bring much change for pet owner and pets alike. Saga Humane Society and the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) have announced that effective Monday, January 4th, all dogs must be registered and licensed at the Town Board. This program has been in the pipeline since 2012 and is expected to reduce the number of strays and unwanted dogs on the streets of Ambergris Caye. According to Saga, pet owners will be required to license all dogs four months and older. In order to license your pet, the dog must be properly vaccinated for rabies. “Rabies vaccinations are a prerequisite for licensing dogs, and are available at Saga Humane Society for $30. No cost vaccinations are available to those in need,” says Saga.

    Ambergris Today

    A Year in Review Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch
    The Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch (BRCSP) would like to thank everyone for their support over the course of 2015. The Branch is working hard for the community to make Ambergris Caye a safer place. Special thanks to Mayor Daniel Guerrero for coming to the Red Cross Christmas party and bringing an oversized check from the San Pedro Town Council to help us continue our work. In Review; First Aid/CPR Training: 2015 brought our First Aid/CPR training to a new level, with the certification of an instructor who lives on the island. Ashty Dennison is currently the only FA/CPR instructor certified by Belize Red Cross on the island. Martin Dawson is our certified assistant. This year – 64 people were trained in 6 sessions; 6 businesses, 2 schools, 3 private citizens and 2 new Red Cross volunteers were represented. Since our re-inception in 2013, 263 have been trained from 46 businesses and 2 lives have been saved; both were children.

    Belize Appoints Ambassador to Cuba - Discuss Trade, Culture, Tourism
    On Tuesday, December 22, 2015, Belize’s Ambassador to Cuba, H.E. Annie Burns Martinez, participated in a ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana where she presented her credentials to Vice President and Comptroller General of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Mrs. Gladys Bejerano Portela and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Marcelino Medina González. Both parties discussed new areas for cooperation in trade, culture, and tourism. Ambassador Burns Martinez also recognized the contribution of the Cuban Medical Brigade and the general medicine and specialization scholarships that have helped to further develop Belize’s public health sector. Additionally, the representatives spoke about the current Cuban migrant crisis and the role of human traffickers; in particular, the call by Hon. Wilfred Elrington for SICA states to coordinate a regional response that fits within a clear and legal framework and one in which all the parties affected were participating in the discussion, was appreciated. Both parties await the outcome of a follow-up meeting in Mexico with hope to move closer to a resolution.

    Fire Destroys Family Home Over Christmas Weekend
    An early morning blaze completely destroyed a home and garage/storage on Sunday, December 27, 2015 in the Escalante/DFV Subdivision leaving a family homeless and without a place of work. The San Pedro Fire Department reported that about 5:00a.m. on Sunday, Ricardo Valladarez, 34-year-old mechanic of Escalante subdivision, indicated that he woke up to the smell of smoke, immediately noticing the inside of the house on fire. The house was a 24’ x 26’ plycem and wooden building with a garage and a storage room 10’ x10’ to the back, both were completely destroyed and three vehicles that were in the shop for repairs were damaged by the fire. The Fire Department reports arriving on location at 5:45a.m.and running out of water. The house and contents were not insured.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    The Ministry of Finance hereby informs the general public that with the arrival of the latest shipment of fuel which is due to take effect at the pump on December 28, 2015, the Import Duties on Premium Gasoline and Diesel Oil increased by 65 cents Belize per U.S. Gallon while the Import Duty on Regular Gasoline increased by 57 cents Belize per U.S. Gallon. Consequently the new Import Duties applied to these products are as follows: Premium Gasoline - $2.96 per US Gallon Regular Gasoline - $2.73 per US Gallon Diesel Oil - $1.92 per US Gallon

    The 12 Best Bird Books of 2015
    Are you a birder and a reader? Can't be the first without the last. Read a few of these next year.... Our favorite reads of the year include a guide to the world of gonzo birds, a best-selling falconry memoir, field handbooks, and more.

    Live Music with Valentino
    Live Music with Valentino at the Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill from 6pm-9pm! December 29, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Channel 7

    Rape Victim Speaks Up, Tells Story Of Outrageous Police Abuse
    Tonight, a rape victim is speaking out. 25-year-old mother of two, Vanessa Evans is accusing a police officer of handcuffing and raping her in the San Ignacio police station - while she was detained. Evans says she was removed from her cell early on the morning of December 20th and taken into a dark room where a police officer raped her. Now, we don't usually broadcast the names of rape victims, but Vanessa and her husband contacted us, and said they want to go public because they believe the police are deliberately dragging their feet. That's because, one week after the report was made, they still haven't charged one of their own. And so today at her home in Bullet Tree, Vanessa told me about the rape, and the traumatic aftermath:... Vanessa Evans, "A police officer raped me" "He opened the cell and tell me to come. And I told him I said come? Come for what? And he goes like, come lets go back that way and he hand me a roll of toilet paper and I begin to walk because he had a gun and he had the gun showing it to me. I came out and I started walking towards the back like he said, that's what he said." Courtney Weatherburne "Okay, so he had the gun in his hand or he was just showing you his gun by his side?" Vanessa Evans, "A police officer raped me" "He was just showing me his gun by his side." Courtney Weatherburne "When he took you to the back, did he say anything before or....?" Vanessa Evans, "A police officer raped me" "He said you are going to get what you deserved, why you keep beating your men? So I said, it not your business, whatever me and my man have, we've been having it for 8 years and that doesn't give you the right to take me out of my cell to try and assault me.

    Drunk Driver Killed One Year Old
    The life of one year old Genesis Medina was cut short when a man, suspected to have been under the influence at the time, knocked her down last night. The incident happened in the village of San Estevan in front of the child's home. So, what was Baby Genesis doing out on the street unattended, and why was the driver of the vehicle speeding in the middle of the village? Emanuel Pech travelled North today to find out. Three months ago, baby Genesis Medina celebrated her first birthday. But the joy that this innocent smile brought to her family has been replaced by lingering grief. On Sunday around 4:40 pm Baby Genesis, (show vehicle) was knocked down and killed by this speeding gold Mazda pickup driven by a 28th year old resident of Trial Farm Village. The vehicle hit the child and dragged her small body about 100 yards from the house. Assistant Superintendent Selwyn Tillett described the tragic scene police witnessed. ASP Selwyn Tillette- O. C. Orange Walk Police "On yesterday's date, 27th December at about 5pm police visited Calle del Sol Street in San Estevan Village, Orange Walk District where they observed the body of a female infant lying motionless faced up on the right hand side of the street. She was wearing a pink floral dress. The body had a large open fractured skull at the right side of the forehead with about 4 inches in length and also she had scrapes on her chest. A large piece of her brain tissue was seen about 5 feet away from the body."

    Senior Citizen Still Unconscious After Home Invasion (By Neighbor!)
    93-Year-old resident of Fern Lane, Patrick Grant is a man known to cut his own yard, and even mend his neighbor's fence if he has a hammer and a nail. The senior citizen lives by himself and likes it that way - but tonight he's clinging to life after a home invasion left him badly beaten. Grant was at home sleeping on Sunday morning before 6:00, when a man police believe to be his neighbor stormed in to steal a TV, and in the process, he almost robbed the old man of his life. I found out more today when I visited the area:.. Courtney Weatherburne reporting 93 year old Patrick Grant usually spends the entire day sitting on this white plastic chair. This is where he relaxes and enjoys his time alone. And yesterday was no different - after his long rest in his favorite spot, he went inside his house. But everything changed when he got an unexpected visit from his neighbor. Grant was asleep when his neighbor stormed in, viciously assaulted him and stole his TV. When Grant's family finally arrived at the house - he was slumped on this same chair - almost beaten to death.

    Teenager Knifed To Death After Boom Horse Races
    There were two murders on Boxing Day, one in the Belize River Valley, and other in the Toledo District. We start with the killing of Belize City resident, 18 year-old Lennox Flowers. He left his family's home on Partridge Street to go with one of his bosses for a horse race and an after-party at the race-track in Burrell Boom Village. That's where he reportedly got dragged into a street fight, and he was stabbed and killed. Today, our team went to Burrell Boom, and we found out that police and his family have very different theories about why this young man was killed. Daniel Ortiz has that story: Daniel Ortiz reporting 18 year-old Lennox Pierreze Flowers was attacked and stabbed here on the grounds of the Charleston Horse Racing Track on Boxing Day. He had come here to socialize with one of his employers. Later in the night, he ended up in a fight with several persons believed to be from the George Street Gang. By the time the police officers arrived at the location, the attackers had already knifed him several times Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster - OC, Eastern Division Rural "Our officers from Ladyville Police Precinct were alerted to a fight in progress. Upon arriving at the scene, they encounter one male person who had multiple stab wounds to his body. An ambulance was called for him. Nevertheless it appeared that all the ambulance was occupied at the time, so he was then rushed to the KHMH where he was pronounced dead on arrival."

    Toledo Man Shot/Chopped To Death
    20 minutes after Ladyville Police responded to that crime scene in Burrell Boom, Punta Gorda Police were called out to an area of the Jalacte Road between the Toledo Villages of San Pedro Colombia and San Miguel. That's where they found the body of 55 year-old Evaristo Bul, a resident of San Pedro Colombia. He had been chopped and shot to death. Today, the Commander of the Punta Gorda Police Station told us via telephone that the investigators suspect that he was murdered over a land dispute in San Pedro Colombia. Here's what he told us: Supt. Simeon Alvarez, OC - Punta Gorda Police "Some time around 9:21pm on the 26th December 2015, Punta Gorda police received information of a dead body situated in the Colombia/San Miguel Road. As a result of that the police visited the area and upon arrival there, they saw the lifeless body of a Maya decent person who was later identified to be one Evaristo Bul, 55 years old of a Colombia Village address. Police investigation revealed that on that same particular day, the alcalde for the Colombia Village had a court hearing, because of a long dispute between the deceased and a family from the said village. And it was shortly after that this lifeless body of Evaristo Bul was found with multiple chop wounds to the head and neck and shoulder. Also observed was some bullet wound to the left side of the chest. At this time police have 4 persons in custody and I believe that within the next 48 hours, somebody will be arrested and charged for murder."

    Gang Warfare: Teenager Shot In City
    A teenager was shot in Belize City today. Kirk Broaster who is just 15 years old was shot on Pickstock Street at around 3:45 this afternoon. Area residents say that the youth who is from the Jungle area was shot by a gang affiliate from the southside. He survived, but we spoke to his cousin at the hospital today and she told us that his injuries are serious:... Voice of: Nikisha Williams - Cousin of shooting victim "My cousin was on the railing with us and I ask him to go buy a soft drink for us at the end of the lane. When he arrived at the end of the lane, a white car and two other car was behind the car and let out shots. I was at the end of the court and I saw when the gunshots were fired. It wasn't anything nice. He took about 8 shots." Reporter "Where did he got shot exactly?" Voice of: Nikisha Williams - Cousin of shooting victim "I am not sure, because I am not God, but I heard about 8 shots in the background and I saw his neck swollen up. When I went into the emergency he was stiff as a dog. I don't know where he got the licks, but I know that it was not a good lick. He dropped instantly on the ground and he was stiff as a dog. I don't know right now where my cousin stands."

    Fuel Prices Spike; Cash-Strapped GOB Takes Bigger Tax Bite
    World Fuel prices are at an 11 year low, but in Belize pump prices went up at midnight Premium went up by 72 cents per gallon or 8%, Regular went up by 97 cents or 13%, and Diesel went up by 81 cents, or 13% as well. And the reasons the local prices have spiked when world prices are declining is that Government says it needs a bigger tax bite to pay its bills. A government release says "the Import Duties on Premium Gasoline and Diesel Oil increased by 65 cents Belize per U.S. Gallon while the Import Duty on Regular Gasoline increased by 57 cents Belize per U.S. Gallon." And in a release today, the Ministry of Finance makes no bones about it, they need the money. The release says, quote, "this is a fiscal consolidation measure to strengthen public finances at the start of the new 2016 calendar year and also to compensate for the decline in revenues linked to the decline in domestic crude oil production." That's because BNE's Spanish Lookout oil field is almost depleted and has significantly reduced output.

    OW: A Series Of Sex Crimes Involving Minors
    Orange Walk police are investigating a number of sex crimes against minors. We start first with one that involves the molestation of a 5 year old boy. At 2:00 in the afternoon on boxing day, the boy's mother a House Wife of Trial Farm Village, woke up to the screams of her mother in law who alerted her that she had just caught a man sexually assaulting her 5 year old son. Quick police response has led to the detention of one suspect. Police were unable to say if the person is known to the family but we understand that authorities are preparing to levy charges against him. And, today, a 15 year old female minor of Orange Walk Town visited the Police station with her mother and reported to authorities that she had sexual intercourse with two individuals, on two separate occasions, over the course of two months. Assistant Superintendent Selwyn Tillett explained to us how they are moving forward in this delicate investigation. ASP Selwyn Tillette- O. C. Orange Walk Police "She reported that in the month of November this year, she had sexual intercourse with the male person. On the 24th December, this same year, she had sexual intercourse with another male person who kissed her and vamped her breast. The police are investigating this issue and people will be arrested and charge for this offence. Let me tell you, the girl is under the age of 16, whether she consent or not, she according to law she cannot consent. The law says that once she in under the age of 16 she cannot give consent."

    Police Say "Angel" Is No Angel
    Angel Ruiz will turn 24 on New Years Eve, but unfortunately, he'll be in jail for his birthday. That's because police have accused him of being in possession an unlicensed weapon. According to police, at around 2:45 p.m. on Christmas Day, they were on foot patrol at the corner of Orange and West Streets, and that's when they encountered Ruiz. According to the officers, he saw them coming, and threw away an object in front of him. The officers detained him, retrieved the item, and found out that it was .22 revolver with no serial number. They arrested and charged him with keeping an unlicensed firearm. He was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. He could not be granted bail, and so he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until February 29, 2016.

    A Legend In His Time, BQ Pitts Passes
    A noted Belizean, Bernard Quentin Pitts - known as "BQ" - passed today. According to his son, Bernard Juniour, the 80 year old died of heart failure in Belize City after suffering a stroke last week, and then, a cardiac arrest on Saturday. Pitts - who was an attorney by training - held a long list of senior public posts under various UDP administrations - but most notably was an elected city councilor in the early 80's, and served as Speaker of the House from 1993 - to 1998, and Attorney General from 2010 to 2012. His son tells us that BQ worked his way up from a clerk of court to a magistrate and then an attorney. He practiced for almost 40 years, after going into semi retirement earlier this year. He earned multiple honours, most notably Commander of the British Empire, and fathered 9 children. No plans have yet been made for his funeral.

    Motorbike Man Dies In Accident
    A man on a motorbike was killed as the result of an accident on Christmas Eve. It happened at mile 43 on the southern highway before 9:00 in the morning. 58-year-old farmer Celestino Coc, was driving his Mazda pickup truck, and rounding the curve at mile 43, he collided with 27 year old Mynor Cruz who was coming from the opposite direction. Cruz crashed into the door of the pickup and his motorbike was found 108 feet from the pickup truck. Cruz survived the initial impact, but died at the KHMH on Christmas morning.

    Newborn Gets A Christmas Miracle Of Life
    On our Christmas Eve Newscast, we told you about the child from Corozal Town who was born with the birth defect called "esophageal atresia". That's an incomplete esophagus which does not connect to the stomach. If left untreated, it's a fatal disease because the baby will be unable to eat, swallow, or ingest nutrients. Infants afflicted by the condition to either starve to death or die from pneumonia brought on by saliva that they can't swallow. But baby Gismael will be spared from all of that because for his first Christmas, he was given the Gift of life. On Boxing Day, our news team was at the KHMH when the child was transported from the KHMH to the PGIA to be flown out by private jet to the US. Daniel Ortiz reports: Daniel Ortiz reporting Meet Baby Gismael Aban. He was born just a few days ago to first time parents who had been planning for his entry into their lives for months. Shamir Aban - Father "We are so happy. We love him so much." But, the parents are worried because he was born with a birth defect which is ordinarily fatal.

    Channel 5

    Police Constable Accused of Rape Positively Identified
    Following an identification parade at midday today, Cayo Police are preparing the charge sheet for one of their own accused of a terrible and disturbing crime. Police Constable Luke Moreira [...]

    Elderly Man Brutally Beaten in Home Invasion
    In a sickening home invasion a Belize City elderly man is left in a coma and hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. Patrick Grant was violently attacked over the weekend and robbed [...]

    OW Police Investigate Disturbing Incidents of Sexual Assault
    There are other reports of sexual assaults coming out of the Orange Walk District tonight. A fifteen year old minor claims that on two occasions, Christmas Eve and on November [...]

    Teenager Murdered at Boxing Day Horse Race
    In Burrell Boom in the Belize District, a teenager was stabbed multiple times as many persons watched. Eighteen year old Lennox Pierez Flowers, a Belize City resident, travelled to the [...]

    Police Investigate Vicious Killing of PG Resident
    In the Toledo District…Was a bitter land dispute in San Pedro, Columbia the motive behind a grisly weekend murder?  The lifeless body of fifty-five-year-old Evaristo Bul was discovered by Punta [...]

    Minor Clings to Life After City Shooting
    Back to the city where a late afternoon shooting took place. A fifteen year old boy of a Pickstock Street address is tonight in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital [...]

    G.O.B. Increases Import Duties on Fuel…Pump Prices Spike
    At midnight on Sunday, officially, pump prices for diesel, regular and premium fuel increased – diesel by eighty-one cents a gallon, regular by ninety-seven cents a gallon and premium by [...]

    What Are Belizeans Saying About Fuel Increase
    The release from government states that acquisition costs are expected to decline significantly in the coming weeks, in line with declining world oil prices. Pump prices are, consequently, expected to [...]

    The Future of Petrocaribe is Uncertain
    According to G.O.B.’s Financial Secretary, the increase in import duties has become necessary to stabilize government’s fiscal position which suddenly seems distinctly shaky. But why are consumers taking the hit? [...]

    San Estevan Toddler Killed in Hit & Run Accident
    There were several road traffic accidents over the weekend and there was loss of life in at least two instances.  The life of one-year-old Genesis Teresa Medina was cut short [...]

    Alleged Drunken Driver Has License Revoked
    Today in court, a B.T.L. employee, who pleaded guilty to crashing his SUV, had his license revoked for one year. The traffic accident happened within city limits on Sunday, December [...]

    Elderly Statesman B.Q. Pitts Passes Away
    Tonight, we record the death of a notable personality. Former Attorney General, Bernard Quentin Augustus Pitts, popularly known as B.Q. Pitts passed away over the holidays from complications due to cardiac [...]

    Only U.D.P. Ministers Got Christmas Cheer
    If you needed another indication that things are distinctly dread…Fin-Sec Joseph Waight confirmed that the much lauded Christmas Cheer program was handled very sparingly. In years past, U.D.P. Area Representatives [...]

    San Pedro Mechanic Loses Everything in Fire
    A San Pedro mechanic is tonight homeless after the wooden structure he once called home was gutted by fire. At about five o’clock on Sunday morning, thirty-four year old Ricardo [...]

    Police United wins PLB Championship
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and here’s our closing show for the year 2015.   It was 2 days after Christmas and football was at its peak. The best 2 [...]


    Mexico Agree To Allow Cubans Passage To The US
    Tonight it seems as if there is a solution for the 4,000 Cubans that have been stranded at the Costa Rica/ Nicaragua border since mid-November. International reports indicate that representatives of Central American nations, plus Ecuador, Cuba, Colombia and the US, addressed at a meeting in Mexico the situation of the thousands of stranded Cubans in Costa Rica in their effort to make it to US territory. And after over six weeks of waiting in anticipation, the Cubans have finally received good news from the Mexican government. According to Costa Rican Minister, Manuel Gonzalez, Mexico has agreed to allow the Cubans to enter Mexican territory to travel across to the US. Gonzalez also said that the US authorities have decided to accept the Cubans who make it to their borders based on the dry-feet, wet-feet policy.

    Fuel Price Increase In Belize And Declines In Mexico
    And while fuel prices increase in Belize, in neighboring countries including Mexico prices are declining. In January the price for gasoline and diesel will decline in Mexico as a result of energy reform scheme and fuel prices approved by the Congress The price of Magna gasoline will be down 41 cents per liter, while the premium will see a decrease of 40 cents, and diesel will see a 43 cents decrease in accordance with market conditions. In addition, the tax on automotive fuels (STPS) will be a fixed amount per liter of fuel, which is the way it is set in most countries and serves to promote competition and avoid the creation subsidies relapsing. The approval scheme applied in the cities of the northern border, which prevents there is a sustained difference in fuel prices between Mexico and the United States.

    5 Year Old Allegedly Sexually Assaulted
    And why police have charged the person responsible for baby Genesis death, police are also looking into a case of alleged sexual assault that occurred over the weekend involving a five year old boy. Selvin Tillett – Assistant Superintendent of Police “On Saturday December 26th at about 4:15pm, a Belizean housewife of Trial Farm village, Orange Walk reported that sometime around 2pm the same date she was awaken by a shout of her mother-in-law who told her that she has a caught a man in the process of sexually assaulting her 5 year old son, police are investigating the issue and a male person has been in question pending charges .” Reporter “Is the all edge perpetrator known to police as maybe a trouble person that goes around and trying to perpetuate this crime against minors?” Selvin Tillett – Assistant Superintendent of Police “Well, not at this moment and no we don’t have a report against him and he is from Orange Walk.”

    Former Sepaker Of The House Of Representatives Passes
    As a result of suffering from a stroke last week, Bernard Quentin Augustus Pitts Sr passed away today at about 10:40 this morning. Mr Pitts was a well-known criminal attorney by training, and had been involved in politics under the UDP administration. During the 1990’s, he became a speaker of the House of Representatives and was the first person to be appointed for the post of Attorney General despite not being an elected representative. Pitts received multiple honours during his lifetime and was the senior partner in the law firm of Pitts and Elrington along with the current Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington. Pitts has left behind his wife Valda, law partner Sharon Pitts-Robateau, son Bernard Quentin its Jr and several other children to mourn his death. No plans have been arranged as yet for Mr. Pitts’ funeral.

    PUC Rejects BEL's Request For Increase In Electricity Rates
    On Friday December 11th, 2015, the Belize Electricity Limited made a submission to the Public Utilities Commission, requesting that the Mean Electricity Rate be raised from $0.35 per KWh to $0.3885 per kWh in order to recover the variance in the Cost of Power by the end of the 2012-2016 Full Tariff Period. BEL claimed that the cost of Power had been underestimated due to lower rates from the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in Mexico. News tonight is that PUC, however, has denied the request by making no approval of an increase. In a release issued by the commission it states and we quote “The Commission hereby approves no adjustments to the Mean Electricity Rate and Tariffs previously approved for the period January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 and hereby orders the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) to levy the currently approved Tariffs in respect of the relevant services it is licensed to provide.” End quote.


    Elderly Man Assaulted in His Home
    Two persons entered the home of an elderly man on Sunday morning and savagely assaulted him. Renee Trujillo has the story. RENEE TRUJILLO REPORTING “This is the home of an elderly man whose home was burglarized early Sunday morning just after two o’clock. The robber or robbers got into the home and reportedly assaulted the […]

    Bernard Q.A. Pitts Sr Passes
    Bernard Quentin Pitts Senior passed away early this morning. Pitts served Belize in many different professions. Pitts was born in 1935 and was from Mullins River. Pitts went to school and studied law at University of the West Indies at the age of thirty five. In January of 1977 he started his own law firm. […]

    Murder in Castleton Park Claims Teenager’s Life
    Ladyville Police believe that the fatal stabbing of eighteen year old Lennox Piereze Flowers is gang related. However, his family believes otherwise, saying that Flowers was a well behaved young man who worked two jobs and was not involved in any gang activity. Flowers was stabbed by three men at an after party in Burrell […]

    Elderly Man Shot on Christmas Night
    At about nine thirty on Christmas night, police were called out to Croton Lane in the Saint Martin’s de Porres area in Belize City where a shooting occurred. Love News understands that, 56-year-old, Harrison Crawford of a Flamboyant Street address was walking down the street when he was approached by two males on bicycle. One […]

    Teenager Escapes Death in Roaring Creek Village
    A shooting incident in Roaring Creek Village, Cayo District has left a community concerned. We hear more in this report from correspondent Fem Cruz. FEM CRUZ “A 19 year old man of Roaring Creek village escaped by the skin of his teeth after he was shot at ten times. According to an eyewitness on Sunday, […]

    Fire Consumes Structures and Vehicles on Ambergris Caye
    Fire fighters on Ambergris Caye were at the scene of a fire just before six o’clock on Sunday, December 27 in the Escalante sub-division area on the island. Reports reaching Love News are that a 34-year-old mechanic, Ricardo Valladarez was awoken at around five on Sunday morning by the smell of smoke. Further inspection led […]

    Woman Fabricates Story of Sexual Assault
    Yesterday we told you of a case of rape that was being investigated by Belmopan police after a woman went in to make a statement. After investigations, however, the investigators found that the woman fabricated her story and there was no case of rape or sexual assault. As a result, the woman was charged with […]

    Belizean Farmer and Belgian National Go Missing
    Local authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in the cases of two missing persons. The first missing person is a 44-year-old Belizean farmer of Saint Margaret’s Village in the Cayo District. Nedy Arnuldo Aldana was reported missing by his wife, 46-year-old, Martha Odelia Aldana who told investigators that her husband was last seen on […]

    Finance Ministry Explains Hike in Pump Prices
    Over the weekend we told you of the gas prices at the pump taking an increase at midnight on Sunday. It is an announcement that has many questioning the reasons behind the raise considering that world prices are at an all-time low. An explanation was forthcoming from the Government of Belize today, via a press […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    City man pleads guilty to traffic offences
    23 year old Rasheed Pollard, a customer care service representative for Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), has pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention and failure to provide specimen. Pollard was responsible for a traffic mishap in the city limits on […]

    Purse theft lands woman in court
    A Belize City domestic is out on bail after she was accused of stealing $80 from inside another woman’s purse as the woman was socializing at a shop in the city. 45 year old Jacqueline Williams of Dean Street, Belize City, is accused of stealing $80 […]

    Angel Ruiz charged for firearm offences
    Twenty-three year old Angel Ruiz, a construction worker of the corner of Seagull Street and Raccoon Street, will be 24 on December 31, and it is more than likely that he will spend his birthday behind bars. Ruiz was remanded into custody until February 29, 2016 when […]

    Man charged for attempted burglary
    Thirty-five year old Mark Brown, a laborer who allegedly tried to burglarize the dwelling house of Elizabeth Williams yesterday, was denied bail and was remanded into custody when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted […]

    Teenager shot in Belize City
    Around 4:30 this evening in Belize City a teenager was shot. The 15 year old, whose name we will withhold for the time being, was injured while standing at the corner of Pickstock Street and New Road. Eyewitnesses and residents of the area say his attackers were […]

    Motorcyclist dies on Christmas morning after tragic accident
    A traffic accident on the outskirts of Bella Vista village early Thursday morning, seriously injured and ultimately ended the life of 27-year-old revenue collector, Mynor Cruz of Belmopan City, who died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) on Christmas morning. Police responded to […]

    Woman arrested and charged for false rape report
    Belmopan Police launched an investigation into the report of a rape by a 24-year-old Honduran woman, which ironically ended in her being arrested and charged. Authorities say the report turned out to be false and she was consequently arrested and charged for committing mischievous act. […]

    Roaring Creek police investigate attempted murder of local teen
    Police are investigating a shooting incident that happened last night in Roaring Creek village, Cayo District, which could have easily taken the life of 19-year-old farmer, Ari Vanzie as he rode through the village. The teenager told police that around 8:30 p.m., he was […]

    One to be charged for discharging firearm after refusing to pay restaurant tab
    Rafael Jacob is currently at the Western Regional Hospital under police guard while receiving treatment for injuries sustained during a fight at Rivera Restaurant and Bar in Belmopan City last night. Police were called to the establishment sometime after 9:30 p.m. and were told […]

    B.Q. Pitts, attorney and politician, dies at 89
    Bernard Quentin Augustus Pitts, Sr., has died at the age of 89, after suffering a reported stroke last week. Pitts was a noted criminal attorney in private practice but his greater contribution to Belize has been in politics. He was a Speaker of the […]

    Punta Gorda murder leaves police clueless
    A murder in the Toledo District last night has left Punta Gorda (PG) Police with no suspects in the chopping death of a Columbia Village resident. That village, located approximately 20 miles outside of PG Town, was the center of national news late last year […]

    Fair weather expected to continue
    The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies with little or no rainfall today, becoming cloudy at times tonight with a few showers mostly over northern and some coastal areas. Winds will be blowing from the East-Southeast at 10-20 knots with […]

    The future of the UDP
    The United Democratic Party (UDP) is still riding a wave of unprecedented political success in Belize. It made history in November winning three consecutive general elections with its leader Prime Minister Dean Barrow at the helm, who also made history by becoming the first three-consecutive […]

    Belmopan police investigate possible sexual assault
    A 29-year-old man is detained pending an investigation after a 24-year-old Honduran woman from Belmopan reported to police that she may have been sexually assaulted. According to police report, the 24-year-old was fast asleep after socializing with friends the night before when sometime around 1:00 a.m. she woke to […]


    2015: What a Year To Be in Belize! Part Two
    I had a great year…and saw lots of changes. The road north is changing San Pedro for sure…Placencia is seeing development galore AND a cruise ship terminal just a few miles off their shores. Caye Caulker…new bar ownership at the Split and lots of construction. Change! I ended Part One barely into the month of March. And I still haven’t hit the two HUGE bucket list items that I finally ticked off this year – the ATM Cave and the Blue Hole. Let’s get moving. I started March with a super cool visit to the northern tip of Caye Caulker – where HL Dole is building, what he calls, the Estuary. Beautiful wooden walk-ways over mangroves and lagoons and…crocs. You can visit – just check the link above. There was drama over the Palapa Bar – the new owner (who seems somewhat devilish) and Scott and Jodie. Usually a discussion works better… But then…what do I know.

    San Ignacio Police Department Fund Raising a Huge Success!
    We reported earlier this month that Chaa Creek Cares Program joined hands with the San Ignacio Police Department fund raising efforts for well needed funds to aid police operations in the Cayo District. Today we are very excited to inform our readers and followers that all 100 raffle tickets were sold at $20.00 each. The raffle draw took place at St Andrews School on December 22nd, students of the school had the privilege of selecting the lucky winner of this exceptional Eco-lux prize.

    Coconut Mango Crisp
    Place mango slices in a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with white sugar and cinnamon. Cream brown sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla, coconut milk and coconut. Stir in flour and oats. Spread batter over mangos. Bake at 375 degrees for 55 minutes or until golden brown. Serves 4 to 6.

    International Sourcesizz

    Bird photo wins top picture in RSPCA award
    WILL Jenkins, a 13-year-old photographer from Highbury, north London, has won the RSPCA’s prestigious Young Photographer of the Year award with Beak, a close-up shot of a Brown Pelican. The stunning image beat off stiff competition from thousands of entries. The panel of judges – made up of wildlife photographers and industry experts led by Chris Packham – said they picked the star photo because of the detail and skill that was shown in the image and because the focus was on the bird’s beak, it’s most iconic feature. Will commented: “I am really shocked to win this award. It is a lovely feeling and I am really proud of my picture. I wasn’t expecting to win as all the photos are great. I am really, really pleased. “My picture is a close-up of a pelican hanging out on a wooden pier in Belize, showing his brightly coloured beak tip and feathers. It took me half an hour to stalk this pelican and build up his trust so I could get close enough to see the detail.”

    Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (CWCO) Trading 3% Higher
    Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ:CWCO) shares traded up 3% on Monday , AnalystRatings.Net reports. The stock traded as high as $12.99 and last traded at $12.99, with a volume of 58,970 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $12.61. Several brokerages have recently commented on CWCO. Roth Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Consolidated Water Co. in a report on Sunday, December 20th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Consolidated Water Co. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, November 12th. The company has a 50-day moving average of $11.56 and a 200 day moving average of $11.79. The firm has a market cap of $193.52 million and a P/E ratio of 28.52.


  • Belize San Antonio Women’s Group Tour - Chaa Creek, 4min. The San Antonio Women's Group in San Antonio Village Belize still make ceramic pottery by hand. They demonstrate how this is done using the "coil method", and guests will be able to try their hands at creating something of their own. Following this, help to prepare your lunch by learning to make corn tortillas on a traditional fire hearth. Learn about the process of grinding the fresh corn and transforming it into the “masa” or dough that you will use to make the tortillas.

  • Doctor Gabourel—Gastroenterology/Endoscopy and Ambulatory Center, 1min. The center is located in Belize City where top doctors and surgeons from Belize and all over world practice their speciality. There is a certified international operating theatre that can do a wide range of procedures. They perform Laparoscopic surgeries , such as hernias, removal of gall bladder, tumors,etc...Also do, knee and hip operation and much more. watch video and see.

  • Peace Corps Village Holiday 2015, 5min. I am so excited to share this little holiday video I made compiled of Snapchat videos and other photos from Christmas Eve celebrations in my village in rural Belize with my host family. As this year of my Peace Corps service closes out I am so blessed to be able to say that there is still nowhere else I'd rather be than exactly where I am- living with and learning from what has truly become my second family. Happy Holidays from Belize!

  • Christmas In Belize, 3.5min.

  • DAS VERMÄCHTNIS DER MAYA / Trailer / Live-Reportage von Martin Engelmann, 2min. Sieben Reisen führten den Fotografen Martin Engelmann auf den Spuren der Maya quer durch Mexiko, Guatemala, Belize und Honduras. Er berichtet von mystischen Prophezeiungen alter Schamanen und zeigt die Schönheiten des einstigen Maya-Reichs. Die Maya waren hervorragende Astronomen und entwickelten vor mehr als zwei Jahrtausenden den genauesten Kalender der Menschheit. Dieser Kalender endet am 21.12. 2012. Die abenteuerliche Reise beginnt in Mexiko City und führt durch entlegene Urwaldgebiete in Chiapas bis zu den Traumstränden nach Yucatan. Durch Sondergenehmigungen gelingt es dem Fotografen, einzigartige Maya-Tempel im undurchdringlichen Urwald von Belize zu erkunden und eine der heiligsten Stätten der Maya-Welt - die Höhlen von „Actun Tunichil Muknal“ zu fotografieren. In Guatemala locken die farbenprächtigen Märkte der Maya mit ihren bunten Trachten. Berauschend, das satte Grün im „Peten“, der größten Regenwaldreserve Zentralamerikas. Im Hochland wird die Besteigung des aktiven Vulkans Pacaya zum atemberaubenden Naturschauspiel

  • Unusual River Bonefish in Belize, 2min.

  • 2015, 12-26, Diving the Great Blue Hole, Belize, 2.5min.

  • Belize Eel, 1.5min.

  • Honduras, Belize, and Mexico Trip, 3.5min.

  • Hol Chan Belize, 11min.

  • ZIP LINING OVER BELIZE, 3min. Zip Line excursion at Jaguar Paw Jungle Zip Line in Belize: Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas December 2015.

  • Belize 12/2015, 4.5min. 10 dives and 1 snorkel...including the blue hole.

  • San Pedro Belize Nov 2015, 3.5min.

    December 28, 2015


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Letter to the Editor: DentaVac responds to Barbara Madden
    Dear Editor: Dr. Hall was not a clinical dentist in Costa Rica or DentaVac but was at the clinic and only spoke with patients and answering emails and phone calls. He has 20+ years in dentistry and very knowledgeable. He was completely in a communication position with patients. Dr. Hall and DentaVac mutually agreed to part amicably without any hard feelings. He was not fired as this troubled patient suggested. As it relates to Barbara Madden (she provided her name), Dr. Hall did not do any of the clinic work. She agreed with the design prior to fabrication and signed the chart that she accepted the veneers before cementing. She complained in her blog about her posterior bite and trigeminal nerve damage….we did not perform ANY posterior dental work on her….only anterior teeth. She went to a dentist in Colorado and the report was sent to us. The report said the veneers looked great and were not involved in her posterior problem that needed calibrated.

    Officers from the Belize Forest Department and San Pedro Police Formation receive hands-on training from ACES
    On December 1st thru the 3rd, 2015, four Belize Forest Department (BFD) Wildlife Officers, Edgar Correa, Minerva Gonzalez, Mercedes Valdez and Erwin Gillette, spent three days addressing wildlife concerns and laws in Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. The evening of Dec. 1st, the four Wildlife Officers, along with two police officers from the San Pedro Police Department joined the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) on one of their evening crocodile research excursions. Belize’s Crocodile Expert and ACES’s Co-Founder, Vince Rose, and ACES’s crocodile conservationist Chris Summers shared pertinent crocodile biology and behavior facts with the enthusiastic officers. ACES has been humanely tagging crocodiles with Pro-ID microchips for an ongoing population distribution study since 2008. To date, over 500 crocodiles in Belize have been tagged providing pertinent scientific data and enabling the identification of problematic crocodiles for relocation, or captivity, to ensure human safety. On December 2nd, the BFD and ACES visited the Estuary of Caye Caulker, a culture interpretive center with nature trails through a mangrove lagoon. The BFD had received reports that there was possibly illegal crocodile feedings taking place. However, along the beautiful nature trail over the lagoon there were clearly signs warning the public against this activity. ACES looks forward to working with the Estuary at Caye Caulker and assisting in training their guides about Belize’s crocodiles under the direction of the Belize Forest Department.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Why Shoot?
    “Mr. Dennis, will you go to court with me?” Mario asked. “I need you for a witness about my character.” “I suppose I could be a character witness for you,” I told him. “Why do you need a character witness?” “The resort where I been working says I stole some tools from them. I didn’t steal any tools. I just borrowed them and somebody stole them from me. I don’t think that’s stealing, do you?” “It sounds a lot like it,” I said. Mario asked, “When I used to work for you did I ever steal anything?” “I’m not sure,” I said. “You borrowed a lot of money and tools that I never got back.”

    Police Report
    Drug Trafficking: On Sunday, December 20th at 9:40AM, police visited a water taxi located on the beach front, San Pedro Town where they intercepted 18-year-old Saul Rodas carrying a white box containing 428.5 grams of Cannabis. Police have since arrested and charged Saul Rodas of San Mateo Area for the offence of “Drug Trafficking.”
    Theft: On Thursday, December 17th at around 10:13AAM, 23-year-old Sheila Alexis Eiley reported to the San Pedro Police Station that on Friday, November 27th she went to pick up her 4-year-old daughter from school, when she noticed that her gold chain with a red ruby stone medal, valued at $1,000BZ was missing. Eiley mentioned she questioned the teacher about it, but the teacher told her she didn’t notice when the child dropped it or where she misplaced it, and that she would search to see if it fell in the classroom. On Thursday, December 7th, Eiley went to pick up her daughter at school, when again, she noticed another gold chain with a gold frog medal valued at $1,500BZ was missing from around her daughter’s neck.

    Doctor Love: Relationships
    Dear Doctor Love, I met a man in a chat room on the internet. He comes down to Belize on business on the weekdays and stays in the U.S. weekends and holidays. We got together six months ago. At first we were seeing each other two or three nights every week. Then, because of the pressures of his job we started averaging two days a week and then one day. Last month all of a sudden he disappeared. No phone calls, texts or chatting. I know he is still here every week because a friend of mine works at the same company where he works. She believes that he has found another woman. When I asked her why she thinks that is true she said it is just a feeling she has. I finally got an email last night from him saying that he just can’t handle a relationship at this time. He wished me the best of luck and boom, that was it. I was just devastated. Is this the normal way men get out of a relationship? /s/ Feeling Stupid,

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Help send Rebecca (SanPedroScoop) to India!
    Rebecca is trying to get an invite for a writer trip/tour to Kerala India. It would be AWESOME. It's the third year it's being held... an event called the "Kerala Blog Express" where they invite 20-30 writers for a two week trip. Selection is based on a review of one's work, social media following and also... votes. What Rebecca does with her blog is truly great. She works tirelessly at it and with a great voice and perspective, manages to capture a lot of what is really unique and special about this country. I'd love to read about Kerala through her eyes. This is the link people can go to for voting... takes but a second. Voting ends the 31st!!!!

    At about 5:00am Sunday December 27th Ricardo Valladarez, 34yrs mechanic of Escalante sub division same street as W & W Supermarket woke up by the smell of smoke when he noticed the inside of the house was on fire. The house is a plycem and wooden building 24X 26 with a garage and a store room 10X10 to the back also three vehicles that was on repair was damage . The house and store room was totally destroyed by fire department responded at 5:45am to location and ran out of water, the house and contents were not insured.

    Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic Newsletter
    Happy Holidays and All the Best for 2016 with our first BWRC Newsletter. Enjoy the annual report for 2015 and let us know what you think.

    Buffalo Wing Monday
    Buffalo Monday... $1 wings at the Lazy Lizard, all day, every Monday. Chef Rey says come and get messy at the Split!!!Location : Lazy Lizard at the Split. Date: December 28, 2015. Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

    Rotaract Christmas Food Drive
    The Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo did their 2nd annual Christmas Food Drive, and it was a huge success. They've delivered 61 baskets of much needed groceries to families in need. Thanks, Rotaract! "This is our 2nd Annual Christmas Food. Families with financial need from Benque Viejo Town and San Jose Succotz Village were given food baskets on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Among the recipients were single mothers, elderly, disabled persons, and families going through illness. Approximately 40 baskets were distributed on Sunday. In total, we have 61 food baskets which are being distributed this week to assist families during the Christmas season."

    The Reporter

    Fuel prices going up!
    Belizeans can expect higher fuel prices for the new year, following confirmed reports that the price of all three types of fuel will be going up this week. Sources have informed The Reporter that the price for a gallon of premium gasoline will increase from $8.58 to $9.30, an increase of 72 cents. Regular goes up by 97 cents from $8.51 to $9.23, and diesel increases by 81 cents, from $6.41 to$7.22. The new prices are scheduled to be introduced at 12 a.m. on Tuesday December 29. The price increase notably corresponds with falling prices of oil on the world market, which should translate into eventually lower prices at the pumps for consumers. The Telegraph in the United Kingdom reported last week that the price per barrel for oil on the international market ranged between US$34.04 and US$36.35 per barrel; a considerable fall from the US$115 in years prior. Earlier this year, Belize made the list of the top five Caribbean countries where fuel is most expensive, ranking at fifth place on a list of 15 countries. The list, compiled with data from the Caribbean Statistics and Data Services institute, said that Belize has one of the highest per capita gasoline consumption rates in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and fuel imports equalled 15.22 percent of its merchandise imports in 2013.

    CARICOM reducing hunger and undernourishment, says FAO
    A new report issued by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are making good strides in their global targets in reducing hunger and under-nutrition. The FAO’s “The State of Food Insecurity in the CARICOM Caribbean 2015" report, released this week, showed that the number of undernourished persons in the Caribbean declined from 8.1 million in 1990-92, to 7.5 million in 2014-16. The reduction represents a 7.2 percent decrease, from 27 percent to 19.2 percent. The report also said that three Caribbean Community countries: Barbados, Guyana and St Vincent and the Grenadines, had met both the World Food Summit (WFS) hunger reduction goal set in 1996 and the hunger reduction target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed upon in 2000. Four countries were also shown to have undernourishment levels of less than ten percent; they are Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Bahamas, Belize, and Jamaica. In contrast, the remaining CARICOM nations registered undernourishment levels of between 10-20 percent, and Haiti was found to be the furthest behind, with undernourishment levels of almost 50 percent.

    Police detain man for raping ex-girlfriend in her sleep
    Belmopan police have detained a 29 year-old man pending charges after his ex-girlfriend reported that he raped her in her sleep. The 24 year-old Honduran wan who resides in Belmopan reported to police that sometime after 1:00 a.m. on Boxing Day (December 26th) while she was at home sleeping, she woke up to someone touching her and she noticed that her pants and underwear were removed. The woman said that just prior to that she had heard her roommate shouting her ex-boyfriend’s name, and that she realized he was at her house as well. Confused by the fact of what was happening, coupled with her inebriated state from drinking prior to that, the woman said she got up and ran outside for help, but a medical exam at the Western Regional Hospital determined that she had already been raped.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Christmas morning brawl in Punta Gorda leaves one hospitalized
    Amidst the celebration on Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning, violence erupted outside a nightclub in Punta Gorda (PG) when a man was stabbed multiple times and had to be transported to the PG Hospital emergency room for treatment. Reports are that sometime around […]

    Fatal stabbing at dance following Boxing Day horse racing
    Teenager Lennox Flowers of Belize City was the victim of a fatal stabbing incident just after 9 p.m. in Burrell Boom Village, Belize District. He was attending a paid and organized entertainment event at the Castleton Park, near the race track in Burrell Boom. The […]


    A WINDY Boxing Day Walk North: From Costa Blu to X’tan Ha Resort on North Ambergris Caye
    I am worried about the beaches! The winds have been up to 30 mph for the past 4 or 5 days…and will continue a bit. While the weather has been clear and sunny, THE WIND! Great for sailing, bar hopping, pool lounging, kite boarding but tough for other activities. Small craft advisories (boats) and warnings are in effect. I took a drive…and then a walk northward. Miles 6 and 7 on Ambergris Caye. Boxing Day. Here’s what I saw. Costa Blu Resort – the old Costa Maya Resort (that closed maybe 4 years ago) – is looking fantastic. How you all had a fabulous Christmas and Boxing Day and are weathering the winds. I was headed back down the Mata Grande Grocery Store for an iced cold Coke Light.

    The Best Place for Cave Swimming in Toledo Belize
    Blue Creek in Toledo Belize is a popular adventure place for many tourists. Get to know some of the sights and activities that await you in this adventure vacation in Belize. The lush forest of the preserve is home to huge orchids, bromeliads, heliconias and cohune palms, with numerous vines weaving their way through the jungle and a guided hike to reveal numerous medicinal plants. This place is home to so many birds, including the keel-billed toucan, and you can hear the distinct roar of howler monkeys a short distance away. These monkeys are popular in the country, and are named because of the loud howls that they make. Blue Creek is also home to the Hokeb Ha Cave. This cave features a large entrance from the summit of a hill where the creek gurgles up right from underground. Many Late Classic Maya ceramics have been found inside the cave and an altar. Archaeologists believe that the cave was specifically used for ceremonial purposes. Continuing upstream from the Center’s dock, you clamber on the rocks of a dry creek bed to reach the river emerging from the cave. The limestone caves are teeming with pristine crystal-clear mineral pools and lagoons, with a constant water temperature of 75 degrees. With headlights and life jackets, you can swim into the cave and visit a couple more waterfalls, and enjoy the view of the stunning stalagmites and stalactites. Although not recommended, it is possible to visit the cave all on your own, and although the calm water at the main entrance is great for swimming for most of the year, heavy rains can cause a sudden rise in water levels. You have to be accompanied by a guide if you want to explore the inside of the cave system. You can arrange this either at the Research Center or in the village.

    Split Peas Dhal With Salted Pigtail
    You can soak the split peas overnight in cool water for faster cooking time. Traditionally at the end of cooking toasted geera (cumin) seeds are added to the dhal for an enhanced flavor. I’m not a fan of geera, so you’ll notice that I didn’t add any to my pot of dhal. The salted pigtial should be enough to ‘salt’ this dish, but do taste near the end of cooking and adjust accordingly. The first thing we’ve got to do is to remove some of the salt from the pieces of pig tail (trust me, salted pig tails are very salty). BTW I cut the pieces of pig tail into 1-1.5 inch pieces, then placed them in a pot with water. As it came to a boil I reduced the heat and allowed it to go on a rolling boil for about 20-25 minutes. The idea is to get the pieces a bit tender and remove some of the salt it’s been cured with. Drain, rinse under cool water a couple times and get ready to add to the main pot with the other ingredients.

    Pay or Die: The Crisis facing the Medical Industry in Belize By: Aria Lightfoot
    Like a recurring nightmare, almost every week in the media, victims of serious medical problems are asking for donations from the Belizean population to assist with medical care. Many need long term life saving surgeries, cancer treatments, kidney treatments, or some major medical intervention. Treatments can cost upward in hundreds of thousands of dollars to a million dollars for effective lifesaving measures to take effect. It plays out as a desperate last ditch attempt from victims to save their lives; and in reality, the public could never realistically sponsor these cases unless of course there is some major overhaul in how we administer medical care to the public. I recall my mother’s own plight with the Belize medical system. She initially received medical treatment in Houston and Canada because of help of her sisters but when she returned to Belize, I recall Dr. Pott telling my aunt that he would not “waste his time” to treat her (as he had promised the Canadian doctor he would) because she was going to die anyway. My aunt was devastated and in tears desperate for some medical intervention. It was the Belmopan community, her family, friends, church members and nurse Johnson, who helped my mother transition into the next world. A few years later, my aunt lost her healthy baby boy at the Belize City Hospital, because she did not use the private hospital system. Her baby had a healthy heart beat at the doctors office however, he did not practice at the public hospital and when she went into labor, neglectful nurses were not around when her baby began to crown and the doctor who was expected to be there, was absent. It was a series of unfortunate events. The baby was perfectly formed except he was blue. When I was pregnant, my aunt gave me money so that I did not have my son at the public hospital. She did not want a similar fate and treatment for me…my medical care was excellent.

    International Sourcesizz

    Jomo and his trombone
    DON’T LET JOMO SLUSHER’S SMALL SIZE fool you, he plays one of the baddest horns in the land – the trombone. Why is it the baddest? According to music writer Nick Coleman: “Trombones are difficult, awkward even. In a world that prizes compactness, speed and flexibility, trombones are slow, cumbersome and not awfully flexible. Trombonists need to be fit. They need good joints, jaws, strength, stamina. Trombones do power, they do grandeur, they do riffs, they do brooding, they do tearing calico.” Jomo was born in Belize and raised in Barbados with an older brother (“my father is from Belize and my mother is from Trinidad so I did not grow up in a typical Bajan household”). Past student of Louis Lynch Secondary and Combermere, he has an assosicate degree from the Barbados Community College’s music programme. Jomo grew up with parents who were big music enthusiasts, exposing him to many different genres, but jazz was what he heard the most.

    Trinidad and Tobago Central Bank Governor fired
    Embattled Governor of the Central Bank Jwala Rambarran has been fired after weeks of controversy surrounding his announcement that the twin-island republic is officially in a recession and disclosing the names of companies that are the biggest foreign exchange buyers. Former bank deputy governor Alvin Hilaire has been named as his replacement. Rambarran was sent home on a recommendation from Cabinet, Minister of Finance Colm Imbert said. Acting president Christine Kangaloo signed off on the dismissal in the absence of President Anthony Carmona who is overseas. “Cabinet took the decision after very careful deliberations,” Imbert said. The minister was among those who harshly criticized Rambarran for the statements he made as he addressed the Fifth Monetary Policy Forum on December 4. He said the Governor was “discourteous” for making the announcement before communicating the situation to government first, in keeping with the Central Bank Act.

    CARICOM countries show progress in meeting global hunger targets
    The State of Food Insecurity in the CARICOM Caribbean 2015 Report, published yesterday by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), shows progress in the Caribbean region in reducing undernourishment and towards meeting global targets. The number of undernourished persons in the Caribbean declined from 8.1 million in 1990-92, to 7.5 million in 2014-16. The proportion of undernourished persons declined from 27 per cent to 19.8 per cent during the same period. Three Caribbean Community countries – Barbados, Guyana and St Vincent and the Grenadines – met both the World Food Summit (WFS) hunger reduction goal set in 1996 and the hunger reduction target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed upon in 2000. Additionally, Dominica, Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago all have undernourishment levels less than 10 per cent of their population. Despite this encouraging progress, the FAO said, the remaining countries in the region register undernourishment levels between 10 and 20 per cent, with the exception of Haiti, which has extremely high levels of undernourishment that affect close to 50 per cent of the population.

    Zika virus confirmed in Martinique, PAHO reports
    Martinique has become the latest Caribbean island to report the Zika virus (ZIKV), according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). In its latest epidemiological report, for the week of December 20 to 26, PAHO added Martinique as well as the French overseas territory of Guiana to the list of countries where there have been confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus. It did not give any details about the number of cases or status of the patients. Suriname remains the only Caribbean Community (CARICOM) territory on the list.


  • A fiery compelling Marcus Garvey speech, 5.5min.

  • Visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to Belize, 1985, 50min. Here is a recording for those of us who love royalty. This video recording however, is more than just royalty, it recalls an historic event just 4 years after Belize attained it's Political Independence from Great Britain. Those of us who were 10 years old at the time are now fully grown adults. those of us who were 30 years old are now senior citizens. Amazing and interesting to see once again, so many faces at time when Belize was in it's infancy and those people and faces who were a part of that historic chapter in the existence of our beloved Belize. Chances are you might just happen to see yourself here...

  • Almens in Belize, 4min.

  • KTM Adventure Tours Belize Dec. 2015, 64min. Short trip around Teakettle.

  • Cruisin' to Mexico, Honduras, and Belize, 3min. Cruisin' to Mexico, Honduras, and Belize with my girlfriend! We explored the Caribbean, made a lot of friends, and created great memories!

  • Taxi ride in Caye Caulker, Belize, 1min. December 2015.

  • KTM Adventure Tours Belize Nov 2015, 40min. Short trip around Belmopan.

  • Diving in Belize! The Blue Hole, 34min. The Blue Hole, one of the worlds' greatest dive stops. A natural sink hole, 407 ft. deep...filled with natural architecture once you hit 100+ feet. A must dive!

  • Belize Documentary, 20min.

  • Arielle & Dan's Honeymoon Collaboration - Belize, 55min. Highlights from our amazing week in Belize! December 14th-December 22nd Matachica Resort & Spa Ambergris Caye.

    December 27, 2015


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Fisheries Department to implement Managed Access Program
    Belize’s marine resources are some of the country’s best assets, but they have faced several challenges over the years. An income-producing activity that uses marine resources is fishing, and while many Belizean fishermen practice sustainable fishing methods, there are still concerns regarding the practice. As such, the Belize Fisheries Department has taken on the Fishing Managed Access Program which aims at ending open access to resources across Belize’s marine ecosystems by licensed commercial fishermen. Open access fishing allows licensed fishermen to harvest marine species (that are not protected by law) unrestrictedly, and this has resulted in overfishing, causing populations of certain species to decline over the years.

    SHINE Graduates seven empowered young ladies
    A second group of young ladies have completed the SHINE (Shaping Healthy Identities through Nurturing and Empowerment) youth enrichment program and are now equipped to face the world with confidence, strength and morale. They are Aaliyah Pilgrim, Nicole Dunn, Charity Palacio, Jayda Gongora, Samara Ayuso, Lorena Baustillo, and Alexandria Deshield who were honored on Sunday, December 20th during a short graduation ceremony. The girls had started the program led by founder Michelle Nuñez on Saturday, October 10th. The SHINE program consisted of the participants partaking in six lessons with the topics being self-esteem/ self-confidence, body image, sexual risk behavior, drugs and alcohol, decision making and communication skills and future goals and ambitions. As part of the program, the participants also took part in several extracurricular activities such as a photoshoot with Karen Brodie, Capoeira class with Marisa Tellez-Kohlman, Cardio Dance Club session with Gerry Badillo and a dinner banquet with On Eagles Wings Ministries. “It was a fantastic three months for the girls. I would like to extend a big thank you to Miss San Pedro Iris Salguero as she was an amazing help throughout the program. Finally, once again, I congratulate the girls and wish them the very best,” said Nuñez.

    The ICJ rules in favor of Costa Rica in border dispute with Nicaragua. How this does reflect on Belize?
    For five long years Costa Rica and Nicaragua have been engaged in negotiations regarding a territorial dispute along their borders. The case was taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), where its final ruling was heard on Wednesday, December 16th, with the verdict in favor of Costa Rica. The ruling is binding and final, and even though the ICJ cannot enforce its decision, both countries had previously agreed to respect the court’s ruling. It is certainly a subject of interest, as Belize and Guatemala have a long standing territorial dispute, two neighboring Central American countries as well. Both countries’ leaders have expressed a desire to take the territorial dispute to the ICJ for a solution. After the result between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, is Belize ready to gamble? In the case of our Central American neighbors, the dispute was centered on Costa Rica’s free navigation and Nicaragua’s sovereign control over the San Juan River. The dispute also extended to the area known as Calero Island as referred to by Costa Rica, or Harbor Head as known to Nicaraguans, which the ICJ officially declared belonging to Costa Rica.

    Top Shatta are the champs of the Christmas 8-ball Pool Tournament
    The first ever Christmas 8-ball Pool tournament on the island, held its finals on Sunday, December 20th at Average Joe’s Sports Bar. Four of the eight registered teams made it to the third round of games, competing for the coveted championship of the tournament. SandBar Ballers, Un-expected, AJ Shootaz, and Top Shatta gave their all in the last round of the competition. After a series of heated games, team Top Shatta emerged as the champion of the tournament, claiming the grand prize of $1,000 plus five cases of beer. The teams were challenged to win the best out of seven games in order to claim their prizes. Each team consisted of three players, and shortly after 3PM the first matches for the third place between SandBar Ballers and AJ’s Shootaz tipped off. SandBar Ballers began taking the lead in the first game and at some point, it looked like they were going to win the first four games required to win. However, AJ’s Shootaz rallied and walked away with the third place title, $300 and a case of beer. Following the third place championship, it was time for the first place title match, which was between Team Un-expected and Team Top Shatta! Fans for both teams cheered loudly for their players. Un-expected was no match for Top Shatta, however, as Top Shatta quickly won the best of out of seven games and was crowned as the champion for the Christmas 8-ball Pool Tournament for 2015. Team Un-expected graciously accepted their second place title with a prize of $500 and three cases of beer.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Patrick E. Jones diagnosed with Acute Pancreatitis
    Ok I just spoke to Patrick's Daughter Kimberly Locke she says Patrick E. Jones has been diagnosed with Acute Pancreatitis and needs surgey ASAP. He checked himself out of loma Luz hospital today! Not Good! Please Please help with Donations if you can. Patrick E. Jones needs all the help he can get. We all know Patrick gives everything he has for his fellow man. -- #650-2-2-301597 Belize Bank. I just spoke to Patrick he is very weak! He is at home on a special diet awaiting SURGERY. The doctors say he needs to build up his strength before he has surgery. Jesus I hate our medical system and our basic lack of knowledge of our bodies. This man needs some proper care and fast!

    **Second** Friday of January Tres Cocos Trash Pick Up
    Friday, January 8, 2016at 9 AM - 11 AM. This January ONLY, we'll be doing our monthly roadside and beach clean up on the 2nd Friday of the month. Please join us at the Paradise Theatre (just north of the bridge) as we start the new year off by cleaning up our neighborhood! Locals, expats and tourists are all invited to help out and show some Isla Love! Please be there by 9:00 am :-)

    Trivia Night!
    Come join the fun every Sunday and Wednesday! Test your knowledge of useless facts, have a laugh, and win money towards your bar bill! Always a great time - Fun,…Location : Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill, Date: December 27, 2015, Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Dec. 13th – Dec. 19th, 2015 Belize Fishing Report
    While the weather was all over the place with winds sometimes challenging the anglers, the fish were there and showed. Bonefish in good numbers, some nice permit and even a duo for a father and son team, and some smaller tarpon that put on airial acrobatic shows and challenge you to do everything right. With a nice slam to top it off. What fun!

    The Reporter

    Inflation down, says SIB
    The latest data from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) shows that the average prices for goods and services in Belize had decreased for the month of November. The SIB’s Consumer Price Index, released this past week, showed that prices were 1.2 percent, or an average or $1.20 cheaper than they were last year. The All-Items Consumer Price Index fell to 102.6 in November 2015 from 103.9. The “Transport” category, contributed the most to the overall of the price drops, showing a decrease of almost 10 percent. The costs per gallon of premium and regular gasoline were down by 25 percent and 27 percent, respectively, while diesel declined by 24 percent in comparison to 2014. International airfares were 37 percent lower than during the same month last year. The SIB attributed the decrease to falling world oil prices coupled with the recent increase in the number of carriers and flights travelling to and from Belize.

    “Lifestyle choices, not bad luck, greatest cause of cancer”, new study says
    A new study suggests that lifestyle choices are more responsible for people developing cancer than random genetic mutation. The study, done by researchers at the Stony Brook Cancer Center in New York, U.S.A., was released this month in the online journal Nature. Researchers employed several techniques to gather data including: computer modelling, population data and genetic approaches, to conclude that between 70-90 percent of the risk was due to external factors. Dr Yusuf Hannun, the director of Stony Brook explained to the international media that the research results put greater responsibility in the hands of people to mitigate their risk factors by making necessary lifestyle changes. “They can’t smoke and say its bad luck if they have cancer. It is like a revolver, intrinsic risk is one bullet. And if playing Russian roulette, then maybe one in six will get cancer – that’s the intrinsic bad luck.“Now, what a smoker does is add two or three more bullets to that revolver. And now, they pull the trigger”, Hannun said.

    Veteran journalist needs public’s assistance
    The family and friends of veteran journalist, Patrick E. Jones are asking the public to help him with financial donations, in order that he may be able to undergo an urgent surgery for Acute Pancreatitis. A fellow media colleague, Kent Pandy wrote on his Facebook page over the Christmas holidays that Jones, known for keeping Facebook members updated with the latest news, has been ill and was hospitalized for five days in the La Loma Luz hospital in Santa Elena, Cayo, awaiting operation. Pandy informed that the hospital required $1,500 in advance so that Jones can undergo the surgery. While Jones had received some help, he needs more money to cover the entire medical expense. “Today is Patrick Jones, tomorrow it could be one of us”, Pandy wrote. Jones has spent over 30 years in the media, and has worked at the now defunct Radio Belize and Friends FM, before moving on to Love FM and Channel 5. He shares news via his Facebook page called “Breaking News – News at the Speed of Live”.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Author, playwright John Alexander Watler dies in United States
    Belizean author and playwright John Alexander Watler passed this week in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 75. Watler, author of “Cry Among the Rain Clouds”, “Sea Lotto”, “The Bomba Codex” and most recently “Weggy’s Rumour,” was a prolific writer of short stories and […]

    14 Years for robbery of tortilla factory
    23 year-old Joseph O’Brien began a 14 year prison sentence for robbery and aggravated assault after being found guilty of robbing the Golden Corn Tortilla Factory on Central American Boulevard in September of this year. Three men, one of them armed with a .38 […]

    Belizean car dealer shot in Mexico
    A car dealer from Georgeville, Cayo, is reportedly recovering in hospital after being shot in the head by a group of robbers in the state of Tabasco in Mexico. The dealer, who was said to be in an 18-wheeler truck towing a container that […]

    Fuel prices shooting up
    There was a reported increase in the price of regular gasoline a few weeks ago. Now, we understand that prices for all types of gasoline are shooting up as of Monday morning at midnight. Diesel rises by 81 cents, from six dollars 41 cents to seven dollars 22 cents; […]

    Belize City man shot on Christmas night
    One Harrison Crawford was shot around 10 Christmas night at the corner of Jasmine Street and Croton Lane in Belize City. Reports to us say that Crawford was walking down Croton Lane and met two men on bicycles. One of them produced a firearm and […]

    Gusty airflow will dominate weather next few days
    The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting sunny skies with a few cloudy spells during the day and partly cloudy skies tonight. Showers, if any, will be isolated. Winds will be blowing from the East – Southeast at 10-25 knots with occasional higher […]


    Rose's Famous Caramel Cake
    Heat oven to 350°. Making sure all ingredients are at room temperature, grease two 9" round cake pans with 1 tbsp. unsalted butter; dust with 1½ tbsp. flour, tap out excess, and set aside. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together; set aside. Beat remaining unsalted butter and 2½ cups sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add flour mixture and milk alternately in 3 batches, beating smooth after each addition. Divide batter between pans. Bake until golden, 30–35 minutes. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes; remove cakes; let cool completely. Slice tops off cakes to level them.

    The Best Places for Snorkeling and Diving in Belize
    Snorkeling and diving in Belize is one of the best experiences in this country. Know the best sites to head to and make your Belize scuba diving vacations worth your while. Going on a Belize trip exposes you to lush jungles, interesting Mayan ruins and diverse wildlife. Yet, this Central American gem is best known for its snorkeling and diving sites along hundreds of atolls and cayes, including a 185-mile reef, which is second in size to that of Australia’s. Abundant sea life and stunning corals fill its clear waters, and are easily accessible to snorkelers and divers of any experience level. From the busy north of Belize to the sleepy south, below are out top choices for the best snorkeling and diving in Belize sites.

    International Sourcesizz

    Survey Reveals It's Cheaper to Live in Central America
    We're often told that it is cheaper to live in places such as Panama, Nicaragua or Belize than in North America, but is it true? And if so, how much cheaper? A survey titled "Expat Report: Is It Cheaper to Live Abroad?" recently released by Best Places in the World to Retire provides the answers from nearly 400 expatriate respondents. (The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 5%.) Participants (mostly from the U.S. and Canada) were asked to compare the cost of living in Central America with the cost of living in their home country. Among them, 43.1% reported that the cost of living in Central America was 25% to 50% less than in their home country, and 34% said that for every $100 they would have to spend in their home country, they would have to spend only $50 or less in their new expat home.

    Amid the ancient ruins
    Lamanai is the Mayan word for “submerged crocodile,” a pretty apt description of the ruins site. Most of the city, dating back to 4 B.C., still is underground and covered in jungle, save for a few temples and a ball court. A two-hour bus ride from Belize City and a 45-minute boat ride down the New River Lagoon will take you right to Lamanai. There is nothing around but ruins and jungle, which creates a beautiful canopy of vines, and tropical birds and monkeys chatter endlessly overhead.


  • Jankunu Dance, 1/2min. This very artistic dance, the Jankunu Dance, is a Christmas tradition in some Belizean communities.

  • FILM GUATEMALA BELIZE, 25min. Voyage au Guatemala et au Belize Novembre 2015.

  • Caye Caulker Belize 2015, 3min.

  • Belize Christmas 2015 McWhorter, 5min.

  • Belize by Amateur Tourist, 4min. Trip to Belize November 2015, locations visited include Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, Belize City, Hopkins, and Tikal(Guatemala)

  • The Solo Traveller Lifestyle PT.2 (Belize-Guatemala), 5min. ee what its like to Travel around Central America SOLO. Only me myself, and I. But of course, the beauty of Travel is you always meet people along the way.

  • Belize and Cozumel, Mexico Cruise Trip, 8min. I went on a cruise trip for Zaireen's 18th birthday.

  • Belize 2015, 2.5min. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

  • accom alias, 6min.

  • Diving Belize! The Blue Hole (AVI), 34min. The Blue Hole in, Belize...a wonder of nature. A sinkhole out in the ocean that has allowed us to experience the wonders of floating in space without ever leaving this planet! A must-dive!

    December 26, 2015


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Memories and New Beginnings, San Pedro Dance Academy host end of year show
    The San Pedro Dance Academy hosted their annual end of year Christmas show on Sunday, December 20th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. Titled “Memories and New Beginnings”, the show had attendees enjoying dance routines demonstrating much creativity and talent. Each member of the group shone as skilled dancers in their own unique way. With admission fees at $10 for reserved seating, and $5 for general seating, the show kicked off shortly after 7PM. The beautifully decorated stage complimented the Christmas atmosphere of the show. After everyone had taken their seats, everything was set for the show to commence. The program consisted of several numbers showcasing the different skill levels of the dancers: beginners, beginners-advanced, juniors and seniors. Dressed in elaborately themed costumes, the dancers certainly gave an excellent performance. Routines were choreographed to all types of rhythms from classical ballet tunes to upbeat dance music. A roar of applause followed each dance number as attendees certainly enjoyed the show.

    PUP National Convention to be held in Belmopan in January 2016
    The National Executive of the People’s United Party (PUP) held an executive meeting on Thursday, December 17th, ahead of the upcoming special national convention set for January 31st in Belmopan. At this national convention, a new party leader will be selected among the aspiring candidates which include John Briceño, Francis Fonseca, and Cordel Hyde. At the executive meeting, details were determined regarding the upcoming national convention, and, Secretary General Myrtle Palacio explained the procedures. “We will be voting for several posts including the post of Party Leader. We have a Party Leader right now until a new party Leader is elected. He is Francis Fonseca. He is also the leader of the Opposition. I have been charged today to start the process of preparing for election. We expect that the delegate list will come to this office to the Chairman, Henry Usher and myself. The deadline is December twenty-ninth at five o’clock. The convention will take place in Belmopan at a venue to be decided on at a later date.

    Santa Claus pays surprise visit to island children
    Santa Claus paid a special visit to Ambergris Caye on Sunday, December 20th during the San Pedro Lions Club annual Children Christmas Party. Children from across the island made their way to the Lions Den as early as 4PM to meet the jolly man who presented them with fabulous Christmas gifts. The event brought much joy and laughter to both the children and parents in attendance. After meeting Santa, San Pedro Lions members handed goody bags filled with candies, an apple and other delicious treats to the children. Over a hundred children participated in the fun, eager for their chance to sit on Santa’s lap and receive a special gift. One by one, the children made their way to the stage and even had their photos taken with Santa. Of course some of the younger children weren’t so thrilled to meet Santa, but quickly warmed up to him at the sight of their present in hand.

    Greetings from The San Pedro Sun
    They say the older you get the faster time travels, and I have to say 2015 flew at warp speed! There were plenty of highs with quality time spent with the ones I love the most, and some heartbreaking times over the year, notably losing two family dogs; RIP Lucky Dog and Pepita. Both were rescued pot lickers, and although their lives weren’t the longest I’m happy that I could give them a happy and healthy home. As always it is a pleasure to work with my awesome co-workers at The San Pedro Sun and I’m excited about a promising 2016. We are one heck of a team and together we are a force to be reckoned with! We’re proud of the positive changes we have made in our beloved community and I thank our loyal supporters from the bottom of my heart! With the New Year I hope to maintain the practice of random acts of kindness. It’s those little gestures that can make (or break) someone’s day, and I know firsthand what a difference this can make, be it from the giving or the receiving end. I recently adopted a homeless dog from Saga and it does my heart good knowing how happy WE BOTH are now! Here’s to the best year yet, full of health, happiness, prosperity and puppies!

    Ambergris Today

    San Pedro Demands More Power Supply Over Current Tourist Season
    Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has commenced works to increase its power supply capacity for San Pedro, Town, Ambergris Caye, as the island seems to be experiencing exceptional power requirements during the current tourist season. Customers on the island experienced an unscheduled interruption in power supply ranging from one to over two hours on Thursday, December 24 when the demand for electricity exceeded the installed capacity at the substation which supplies the island via a submarine cable from mainland Belize. BEL is currently concentrating efforts on transporting and installing its mobile substation to provide the additional capacity required for San Pedro Town. Brief power interruptions will be necessary tonight for the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts and San Pedro Town to allow for connection of the mobile substation.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Happy Boxing Day!
    Did you know that the term “boxing day” can be traced to the 1830’s in England? It has its origins as 'the first week-day after Christmas Day, observed as a holiday on which post-men, errand-boys, and servants of various kinds expect to receive a “Christmas-box” from their employers!

    Brief power interruptions in San Pedro
    BEL advises customers in San Pedro Town, Corozal District and Orange Walk District that brief power interruptions will be necessary during the night on December 25 to facilitate connection of a mobile substation, needed to supply to San Pedro Town.

    26th Annual KREM New Years Day Cycling Classic 2016
    Corozal to Belize City, Orange Walk to Belize City

    Roots Reggae with Julian Melodyman Escobar
    Saturday Night is Roots Reggae at the Sports Bar with Julian Melodyman Escobar from 6 - 9 pm! Come listen and dance to the beats of Roots reggae -- Belizan…Location : Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill, Front Street December 26, 2015, Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Belizean Junior Soccer Stars Tyler & Tylin Gill!
    It has been a while since Belizean Legends update its audience on the progress of Belizean-Americans junior soccer stars, Tyler and Tylin Gill and their rapid rise into the Los Angeles soccer world. Well, these two young soccer stars have just recently completed a very successful football tour overseas playing in various tournaments where they have done well, and also had just finished playing some important games in Arizona. Tyler and Tylin are now heading to Mexico where they will also represent their team in tournaments there. In following the success of these two aspiring Belizean-Americans in sports, we wish them the best as they grow up into teenage soccer champions in the representation of Belize in the diaspora. Surge on Tyler and Tylin!

    Dive Team visited Caye Caulker GIANT CAVE!
    Giant Cave : about 300 meters off the hotel dock. In about 3 feet of water. You can either walk or surface swim out to the cave where it drops down into a bowl about 30ft deep surrounded by big tarpon. Inside the cave you won't wonder why it was named GIANT CAVE by Paul Heinerth back in the 70's. It's truly massive passageways with massive decorations that stand 20+ feet tall. Depths range from 60-100ft average depth about 70ft. It's saltwater and generally pretty warm inside.


    My Christmas Eve in San Pedro, Belize: From High Winds to a Blackout
    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! And I’ll admit, that title of this blog post doesn’t get you excited about Christmas in Belize, but it was much more beautiful than it sounds… Here was my Christmas Eve. The weather is absolutely beautiful but wildly windy for this time of year. Gusts of up to 30 mph are making diving and snorkeling trips tough…but sailing and kite boarding, bar & restaurant hopping and pool sunning marvelous. I ran into a guy that I met in Placencia a few years ago…he is now on Ambergris Caye and weaves some AMAZING stuff out of palm fronds. I took some pictures as we waited for our Pork Meatball Banh Mi at Two Tree Bahn Mi…the ladies were hard at work. I am SO hooked on these right now. My very favorite lunch.

    The darkness draws us close: Merry Christmas
    Some people say it is a holiday tradition, but for whatever reason, the power went out all over Ambergris Caye on Christmas Eve, around 6:30 p.m. I say it was that one last set of lights added to that one last house somewhere on the island that blew the circuits. Anyhow, the island was blacked out. Mostly. Generators are very popular accessories. Even San Pedro Town has two giant trailer generators that kick in and keep the downtown lit. Rose and I were up at Marbucks Coffee House which has its own generator. It kicked in quickly and the holiday cheer and goodwill went on undiminished. I broke away from our gathering of friends and took a walk down to the old Palapa Bar, now dark and forlorn even when there is electricity. A walk out to the end of the pier confirmed that we were living on one dark island for the moment, save for that gloriously bright and round moon.

    Corozal 2015 parade
    Every year the Town of Corozal host their annual Parade. On Sunday December 20, 2015 the parade was supposed to be held. Due to the weather, on Wednesday December 23 the parade started in front of the Central Park at 7pm. As every group lined up by number it was long wait before it moved. The colorful trailers were decorated. Adults and children enjoyed watching the parade. Wishing a safe and secure Christmas and Happy new year.

    Belize Photo Contest!
    You tagged us and we saw! We love what we are seeing and want to show our thanks! Continue tagging your Instagram photos of Belize, Belizeans and the Belizean Culture with #itravelbelize. We will post a monthly pictorial blog with our favorite tagged photos of travels in Belize. Show off our amazing country, get featured and WIN WIN WIN! Lets make 2016 the year of Boasting Belize! Show us why you love Belize in pictures and iTravelBelize will be giving a prize for our favorite every month starting this January! Don’t forget #iTavelBelize. The more photos you tag the better your chances of winning! Here are some of our favorites so far…

    Mexico Dive Club Enjoys Belizean Waters
    We are a 30-year-old dive club from Michuacan, Mexcio, called Chapos Dive Club and we were recently in your beautiful country of Belize diving at Halfmoon Caye, Long Caye and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. We have to say that our diving experience has been unbelievable. Thirteen members of our group came in June 2014 and now we are back with 23 because of the conservation efforts your country has in place to keep your reef and waters so beautiful and pristine. Plus!! The people in Belize are so hospitable; we feel very welcomed here and have had an amazing time. Our group is a non-profit club comprised of members who are of different professions, but who have a passion for diving. This time around we traveled from Mexico City to Chetumal and then hopped to San Pedro. We have been diving in Cuba, Baja California and Cabo, mostly in the Pacific Ocean, but we have to say that we are really happy here in Belize. Your country is amazing, keep it safe, clean and protected and we will be coming back for as long as possible.

    A Mini Blogger in Belize
    How cool is it that I can Blog and you can too? It’s kind of weird to think someone in Europe or something could be reading about my adventures in Belize. Ok, let me get going. Road trips in Belize are the coolest. I have this awesome aunt that let us borrow “Big Mac” (that’s what she named her car) and we took off for a day to explore Belize. The iTravel Bloggers and I went to the zoo and of course it turned out to be all about me. Kids are just cute like that:) My mom wrote a story about it on iTravel Belize with so many pictures and Gerry made a cool video. I had been to the Zoo a few times with my mom so I knew what was up before we got there. We got to see so many animals and Ms. Sharon even made me her assistant. She’s the lady that started the zoo and the animals love her so getting to see the zoo with her is so cool. You get to be really close to the animals and of course, take selfies with them.

    Belizean Coconut Jerk Chicken Wings By Miss Daisy
    Cut the wings in 3 pieces, do not use the tips. Remove bone without disfiguring the shape of the wing. Chop spring onions and mix with soy sauce, jerk seasoning, coconut milk, and rum. Marinate wings for at least 30 minutes but overnight would be even better. Drain and dry the wings, dust them with flour, bathe them in the beaten eggs. Coat the wings with a mixture of coconut flakes, salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven, drizzle with a mixture of honey and coconut oil while baking.

    International Sourcesizz

    Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas Message: 'Light Shines In The Darkness'
    The Queen used her Christmas Day message to highlight the 'moments of darkness' the world has confronted - stressing the Christian message that light always triumphs over the dark. A series of terrorist atrocities have shocked the world during 2015, from the mass shootings and bombings in Paris last month to the gun attack at a Tunisia resort during the summer. But the Queen, whose address contained a traditionally strong religious framework, reflecting her own faith, sounded optimistic in quoting a verse from the Bible - insisting ISIS, or any other terror network, will not ever succeed in their twisted extremist agenda. Reflecting on the past 12 months, the monarch told the nation: 'It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it".'

    Belize: Trading Butter for Bathing Suits in San Pedro, Island girls have more fun (part 1)
    It’s the holiday season and one of the country’s most revered pie-making debutantes is feeling the heat. No, she’s not slaving away in the kitchen waiting for the dough to rise. She’s on a tropical island in the Caribbean basking in sunshine on a pristine beach. It’s a life swap that Debbie Klauber makes six months out of the year. But, living in San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye is a mixed bag for Klauber. On one hand, she loves frolicking like a mermaid in the warm waters, on the other, she’s tortured by the lack of her favorite baking essentials. “Oh, sure, they have butter in San Pedro but it costs seven dollars for a half pound!” exclaims the curly-haired castaway. Conch and ceviche are within her budget but not eggs and milk. The endearing Capital Region personality declares Belize home six months a year, not exactly a full-fledged expat but close enough. For a quarter of a century Klauber ran the beloved sandwich, soup and pastry shop known as Debbie’s Kitchen on Madison Avenue in Albany, NY. The eatery sat a few doors shy from George Dunbrook’s car repair business. When the city temps fell to a miserable minus zero last winter, George suggested that we escape to Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” to visit his favorite donut dame.

    Group from Redlands Adventist Academy, Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church takes mission trip to Belize
    For Thanksgiving this year, a group of 53 adults and youth from the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church and Redlands Adventist Academy went on a mission trip to Orange Walk Town, Belize. “At the core of Thanksgiving is gratitude and service,” said Todd Rosspencer, youth pastor of the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church and leader of the mission trip. “I’ve found no more transcendent way to experience this holiday than to be on a mission trip, giving for the benefit of others,” Rosspencer said. On the group’s first night in Belize, a Central American country on the Caribbean Sea, their hosts put on an event featuring Belizean cuisine, cultural dances, an exhibition of their national game and gifts. Some of the mission trip participants put on a health fair in Orange Walk Town, with interactive stations on diet, dental care, hygiene, exercise and mental health. There was also an eye clinic where more than 350 pairs of glasses were given.

    How cats conquered the earth
    They’re the superheroes of the animal kingdom, the most powerful predators on the planet whose extraordinary skills have given them valuable advantages over other animals. Humans aside, they’re the most successful survivors on Earth, having adapted to almost every conceivable environment from the harsh Siberian wilds to Africa’s scorched savannah. They are, of course, cats. And while big cats have long been a wildlife TV subject, you’ll never have seen a show quite like biologist Patrick Aryee’s before. Yes, he gets up close and personal with lions and tigers and talks about their hunting prowess. During the Ice Age cats travelled from Asia to America. Patrick meets the Canada lynx, which has the thickest fur of any cat and huge paws that act like snow shoes. As the lynx moved on it adapted to each landscape. In tropical Belize in Central America it became the margay, a treetop hunter that leaps up to 13ft between branches.

    Honduras Follows Guatemala’s Path to Fight Corruption
    An unusual partnership between local prosecutors and international law enforcement experts brought down President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala in September, as a large corruption investigation reached the highest levels of the country’s political elite. In neighboring Honduras, civic leaders have been pressing the government for months to adopt a similar model to start chipping away at the country’s corruption and culture of impunity. That may soon come to pass. President Juan Orlando Hernández’s government and the Organization of American States, a regional organization, are in the final stages of negotiating the scope of an anticorruption team led by foreign investigators and judges who would train Honduran officials so they would be better able to prosecute complex public corruption cases. As currently envisioned, the O.A.S. team would have a weaker mandate than the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, which was established by the United Nations in 2006. It is nonetheless a promising initiative that the United States and others in the international community should support and fund.


  • BPP Christmas & New Year Message, 6min. Paco Smith, Chairman of the BPP, presents to you, the BPP's Christmas & New Year Message.

  • Snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef, 8min.

    Got amazing footage from a snorkeling trip to the Belize barrier reef, 20 miles off the coast of the Placencia peninsula, December 2015. See various coral fish including Dory (couldn't find Nemo unfortunately), jellyfish, a barracuda, nursing sharks, the spotted eagle ray, the green sea turtle and more. Filmed with the iPhone 6, contained in a $15 BeachBuoy case (yes, it survived). Edited with iMovie.
  • Belize 2015, 2.5min.

  • Belize, 2min.

  • Shopping mall in Belize City before x-mas - Karácsony elotti pláza szitu Belize Cityben, 3min.

  • high street of Belize City - Belize City foutcája, 4min.

  • Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. - Hopkins Bay Belize 2015, 4min.

  • Why Visit Caye Caulker Belize, 2min. Check out this great little island. It is a great place to travel to for a vacation or as a back packer.

  • Diving Belize, Blackbird Resort, 6min.

  • Belize Fishing Catching Bait, 1.5min.

  • Belize 2015, min. Just a fraction of our amazing experience in Belize

  • Belize 2015, 8.5min. Scuba diving in Belize - 2015.

  • Jen and Andy Straus - Tres Cocos and Esmeralda, Belize Diving Nov. 2015, 5min.

  • The Solo Traveller Lifestyle PT.1 (Mexico-Belize), 5min. See what its like to Travel around Central America SOLO. Only me myself, and I. But of course, the beauty of Travel is you always meet people along the way.

  • Belize it YT, Scuba diving andmore!, 5.5min.

  • Scenes from Christmas celebrations in Dangriga!, .5min.

    December 25, 2015


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

    The San Pedro Sun

    SP Lions share the Christmas season with the island’s senior citizens!
    The San Pedro Lions Club hosted its annual Christmas Party for the senior citizens of the island on Saturday, December 19th. The event is part of their calendar of activities for the Christmas season, and treated over sixty senior citizens of Ambergris Caye to a night of holiday festivities. This year, the Christmas Party included an appetizer, turkey dinner with all the trimmings, desserts, a large array of cocktails, gifts, music and lots of dancing. The Leos were in full force helping along as they tended to the happy crowd. They are usually assisted by the staff of the Belize Bank, however this year they were unable to join in the event but sent their best wishes to the attendees. At the end of the event, each senior citizen was presented with a gift provided by the Belize Bank Staff and members of the San Pedro Lions Club. Music for the party was provided by San Pedro’s number one band, Rompe Raja! The band took the guests of honor back in time with melodic ballads of the 70’s and 80’s.

    US Embassy donates new equipment to the Belize National Coast Guard
    On Thursday, December 17th, Belize’s military partners in the United States donated more than a million US dollars in equipment for the Belize National Coast Guard (BNCG). The valuable assistance given to the Belizean maritime law enforcement will bolster their operations of national security in the fight against transnational crime. The hefty donation came through the US Embassy in Belize and was officially handed over a BNCG headquarters near Mile Four on the George Price Highway.

    Male Senior Teams face off in second week of 5-a-side Football Tournament
    The second round of games for the Island Citizens Sporting Club (ICSC) and the San Pedro High School (SPHS) 5-a-side Football Tournament took place on Saturday, December 19th. Island football fans definitely enjoyed a fun night of football action. 12 of the senior teams faced off in six intense matches at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium starting at 5PM. Playing for the night were Green Hornets FC, Real Jr. FC, Island Boys FC, SPHS Boys, United FC, Harmouch FC, Mata Chica FC, Los Dorados FC, Victoria’s House FC, We Them Boys, Pro Divers FC and reigning 5-a-side champs, Los Catrachos FC. The next round of games will be played on Sunday, December 27th starting at 11AM. For more information on the tournament, contact head organizer Alex Noralez directly at 631-0711.

    Costa Rica breaks political ties with SICA over Cuban Refugees Crisis
    Costa Rica has broken ties with the Central American Integration System (SICA) following the lack of support from other member countries in regards to the recent issue with Cuban refugees. The announcement was made on Friday, December 18th, when Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister, Manuel Gonzalez, citing a lack of support and failure to include the Cuban migrant crisis on the agenda for discussion at the SICA Summit in El Salvador. Costa Rica has been dealing with over a thousand stranded Cubans hoping to reach the United States of America (USA) through Central America and Mexico since mid-November, 2015. After Nicaragua closed their border to the refugees, Costa Rica reached out to Guatemala and Belize for assistance in the transit of the refugees, but neither of the countries agreed to help.

    Ambergris Today

    Letters To The Editor: Yakarelis Recaps Experience as Miss Belize Centroamerica
    Being able to present my little jewel abroad was a rewarding experience. Through mutual friends, I was contacted by pageant organizer, Saul Benitez, in search of candidates to represent Belize. Ever since my days as Miss San Pedro 2011-12, I have been involved in pageantry as dance choreographer of the Miss San Pedro Pageant for the past 3 years, something I look forward to every year, likewise coaching and volunteering with the San Pedro Dance Academy. Since then, I have been behind the scenes and after putting a lot of thought into it, I decided to participate and represent Belize in the Miss y Mister Centroamerica 2015 in Leon, Nicaragua last month. It was not an easy task, since I had to balance my schoolwork and job and other activities in order to prepare myself for this event. When social media announced my participation in this pageant, it struck me that I’m actually doing this and I felt the support and love from my community since day one. A lot of hard work was involved into this. The pageant was more exhausting and a lot more work than I have expected. Most people think we just walk around and look pretty, but it is more tiring than you think.

    Adopt a Bear Toy Drive Delivers HUGE Smiles for Christmas
    One hundred and seventy seven lucky island children of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, wore even BIGGER smiles on their faces for the holiday season as their Christmas just got better with the generosity of the community. The Adopt A Bear toy drive was an immense success on its first year that the organizers is already excited for next year’s project. Adopt A Bear is happy to report the collection of $27,000 in presents that were handed out to 177 children at the San Pedro Lions Den on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Fifteen of those lucky children even received brand new bicycles. They asked for it, the community delivered.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Christmas is founded on the premise of the Christian ideology and in that regard we express Merry Christmas wishes to all who celebrate this holiday. Given our acknowledgement of the plurality of the Belizean society, for those who do not subscribe to Christianity, in the spirit of community, we trust that you too shall embrace the season and celebrate the core values of: Faith, Hope, Love and Joy during this festive season and beyond. It is within this context, your Belize Progressive Party (BPP) Extends heartfelt well wishes to one and all. Yet amid the merriment, as stewards who are committed to the preservation of our natural heritage and the sustainable development of the nation, the BPP takes this opportunity to break from the prevailing notion of commercialism which normally dominates this time of year and wishes to remind you of not only the reason for the season, but also the true reality of our national situation and how it impacts you.

    Harmouch Center Christmas Raffle
    Harmouch Center extends Season's Greetings to their customers and congratulates the winners of their Christmas Raffle held today December 24: 1st - TV - Veronica Caseres 2nd - Stove - Elga Padillo 3rd - Microwave - Karina Palma 4th - Tablet - Venezia 5th - Tablet - Erick Blender - Gilberto Rivero; Iron - Erik Martinez; Toaster - Jose Lopez; Electric Kettle - Raquel Gomez; Cake Mixer - Einer Gomez

    San Pedro Town Council says Merry Christmas
    My fellow residents and visitors of San Pedro, It is with grateful spirit that I greet you during the Christmas season, a time of generosity and gift giving. Christmas is a time to renew our commitment to peace. We must ensure to have peace in our personal lives, in our communities, and in the world. Christmas is also a time of hope; we hope for new beginnings, hope for a better way of life and hope for a brighter future. As I reflect throughout the year, we must be thankful to the Great Lord, for sparing us from any great hardships and blessing us with yet another great year. We might have faced a few small challenges along the way, like the Sargasso invasion and the heavy rains, but we over came it by working together and being patient.

    Christmas Dunk on Caye Caulker
    Come join in on the second annual Christmas Dunk Christmas morning at 9AM! SECOND bridge south of the mini reserve. Jump in with a whoop or swim for a couple of hours, it's up to you. Just come get wet and say Merry Christmas! All welcome!

    Woodrow West comes back home for Christmas
    Welcome back home to Corozal! Star athlete, Woodrow West comes back home for Christmas. West is considered one of Belize's Top athletes and star goalkeeper. He took a contract earlier this year with a Honduran professional soccer league -Honduras Progreso. West was their #1 goalkeeper and against very tough opposition mananaged to win the National Championship in that country.Congratulations! Corozal welcomes Woodrow West, who is from Libertad, Corozal and wishes him and his family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    New fuel/gas station in Ranchito Village
    Ground breaking has taken place for a new fuel/gas station in Ranchito Village, Corozal at the corner of Ferry Road and the Philip Goldson Highway just about a mile out of our town center. Plans are underway for the first phase of the project which consists of building a fuel depot and other building plans include a supermarket, hotel & casino. The entire development project is scheduled to be completed within a span of five years with the fuel depot being the first part of the project to be done. We will bring you more information as we obtain it from the developer. We welcome this project to our Corozal District in hopes that it will employ people from this area.

    Christmas is a special time of the year
    ….and for our Cruise passengers is a time to enjoy their holidays/break in Belize! Our BTB FSTV Office gave them all a warm welcomed yesterday!

    Cayo Welcome Center Holiday
    Hoping your holiday season is fun and festive, here is a recap of yesterday's Cayo Welcome Center Holiday Fun!

    Neighborhood Watch Benque
    A community policing initiative; by the Benque Viejo Sub-Formation & Neighborhood Watch Zone 4 Captain Samuel Bruce began today. Listed police officers Cpl. Joshua McKoy community policing commander, other police which assisted; Wsgt. Thadine Martinez, Wpc. Cheyel Lanza, Pc Silas Lopez, Pc Sydney Agustine. All of Benque Viejo Sub Formation. Zone Captain Sam Bruce; visited various families in his zone to locate some of the most needy families, communicated this with Cpl. Joshua McKoy community Policing coordinator for the Sub-Formation. Police provided and delivered 3-packaged food baskets, Captain Sam Bruce on his own initiative provided boxes of Toys for the children, clothing, Rice, Beans, snacks, and Whole Chicken.

    Blackout on Christmas Eve!!! Aye!!!
    BEL working to identify the cause of a power interruption affecting entire San Pedro, Ambergris Caye since 5:57pm Thursday, December 24. BEL apologizes for the inconvenience caused.
    Power supply restored to all areas from Boca del Rio to the South end of the island by 7:00pm. Power supply restored at 8:20pm to the Northern portion of San Pedro.

    How do you finish a birding tour on a high note, without birds?
    Take them for lunch to The Farmhouse Deli. Then take them to Caye Caulker to watch the sunset from the split while sipping a stout, then an awesome ceviche for dinner. Oh yes, and get them a few libe birds, i almost forgot

    Channel 7

    The First Day At Court For The Rice Fight
    Last night, we told you that importer Jack Charles finally sued the Government of Belize because BAHA continues to hold his shipment of Guyanese Rice at the Big Port. Well, Justice Sonya Young granted him an audience today on Christmas Eve. Since it was an urgent application for leave to bring judicial review, all parties showed up to court. Those included Charles and his attorney, Leroy Banner, Deputy Solicitor General Nigel Hawke on behalf of BAHA, and Eamon Courtenay who is representing the local rice producers. Justice Young heard them privately in chambers, and after the very short session this morning we spoke with both sides over what is to happen next in what could be a prolonged legal battle. Here's what the attorneys had to say: Leroy Banner, Attorney for Jack Charles "The AG Ministry is saying that that need more time to prepare fully for the case. Having received the affidavit at about 3pm in the afternoon. So they made an application for it to be adjourned until they are properly appraise of the information. So they needed more time to look at it."

    PUC Rejects BEL Request For Rate Increase
    Two weeks ago we told you that BEL was applying for an increase in electricity rates - taking the average up from 35 cents per kilowatt hour, to 38 cents per kilowatt hour. The power company's position was that the cost of power from the GAS turbine was underestimated. Well the PUC answered them today with the equivalent of a corporate slapdown. The order made by the PUCS today says it, quote, "approves no adjustments to the Mean Electricity Rate and Tariffs previously approved for the period January 1, 2016, toJune 30, 2016, and hereby orders the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) to levy the currently approved Tariffs in respect of the relevant services it is licensed to provide;"

    Prison Brawl Between Two Accused Murderers?
    Right now, 33 year-old Prison Inmate Sherlock Myvett, a Cayo resident who is awaiting trial for murder, is recuperating at the Prison's medic bay after being stabbed 11 times by a fellow inmate. 7News has learnt that it happened yesterday when Myvett was cornered by a group of fellow prisoners. He was attacked by one of them who stabbed him several times all over his body with a shank. He had to be transferred to the KHMH for treatment, and he's since been returned to the prison since none of his injuries were life-threatening. The police were called in, and Myvett's alleged attacker has been identified as 21 year-old Rigoberto Garcia, from Orange Walk who has been on remand while he awaits trial for murder.

    Belizean Shot In The Head During Robbery In Mexico
    Reports reaching our newsroom tonight is that Albert Gentle, a car dealer from Georgeville Village in Cayo, is tonight at a hospital in Villahermosa, the largest City in the Mexican State of Tabasco. That's after being shot in the head by a group of 5 robbers believed to be Mexican criminals. We're told that Gentle was part of a convoy of more than 10 vehicles traveling to Belize. He was in an 18 wheeler truck which was towing a container. Our information says that he temporarily separated from the rest of the convoy, and he stopped for gas at a gas station in Villahermosa. That's reportedly when a group 5 armed robbers pulled up in a vehicle and attacked Gentle and his friend who was traveling in the truck.

    Thieves Made Off With A Boat Engine
    A $21,000 boat engine was stolen from the Alfonso Young Boat Yard on North Front Street. The 72 year old security guard Delvie Gavilan reported to police that yesterday morning at around 1:00, 2 men with shirts covering their faces held him up at gunpoint, and told him to stay seated, as one of the men stole a 75 horsepower Yamaha outboard engine which was mounted on a 25 foot skiff in the yard. The engine is valued at $21,890. Police have one man detained for this robbery. The engine belongs to the Belize Audubon Society.

    Police Investigating Fatal, Pint Bottle, Stabbing
    Police are still investigating yesterday's stabbing death in the city. As we told you, 45 year old Lindbert Brown was stabbed with a pint yesterday on Far West Street. Brown was hanging out with two friends, a male and a female when a fight broke out. Brown attacked the female with a broken pint bottle - and that's when his male friend intervened, wrested the bottle away from him and then stabbed Brown in the head and neck. Police say all 3 persons are mentally challenged and they are not treating the case as murder. The case file has been sent to the DPP's office for review.

    Fuel Prices Are Increasing After X-Mas Weekend
    So, here's our Christmas gift to you - it's a tip: if you own a car and have some cash, go and gas up before Sunday night. That's because at 12:01 am on Monday morning fuel prices are going up - and by more than a few pennies. Diesel is going up by 81 cents, regular by 97 cents, and premium by 72 cents. That's a sharp and surprising increase. Surprising because world oil prices are at a 14 year low - and also because prices have been trending down since November. The year's lowest price for regular was recorded on November 28th at seven dollars 38 cents a gallon, and the year's lowest price for diesel was recorded just a few days ago on December 16th.

    MIT Finds Weed Being Transported A Bus
    The public and politicians may complain about those traffic checkpoints that slow down traffic, but they have a knack of producing good sized weed busts. Yesterday morning, the Mobile Interdiction Team set up a checkpoint at mile 37 on the Hummingbird. They searched a James Bus and found a big bag stuffed with many smaller bags of weed. All totaled, it weighed in at almost ten pounds of weed. No one claimed the bag and it had no name, so it was labeled as fund property.

    14 Years For Trying To Rob A Tortilla Factory
    23 year-old Joseph O'brien tried to rob the Golden Corn Tortilla Factory on Central American Boulevard in September of 2015. Tonight, he's spending the first few days of a 14-year prison sentence for it. As we reported at the time, three men, one of them armed with a .38 pistol, stormed into the business and snatched the money from the cash pan. But that wasn't enough, one of the robbers then grabbed a cell phone from a worker, and that's when the owner tackled the man with the gun. His two accomplices ran off, but the employees and the owner subdued the gunman until police arrived and arrested him. That armed robber was later identified as Joseph O'brien, and he was charged with robbery, 5 counts of aggravated assault, and keeping an unlicensed firearm. He ended up standing trial for the robbery and firearm charges, and the prosecution called the owners, the employees and the police investigators to testify against him.

    BTB Email Discusses 2 Million Dollar Insurance Hike At FSTV
    Two days ago, the BTB's Director of Destination Planning and Cruise, Valdemar Andrade told us he didn't know anything about the 2 million dollar insurance requirement that the FSTV was imposing on independent tour operators. But 7News has obtained an email which shows that early that morning, before he gave us the denial, Andrade sent out an email to the independent operators talking very specifically about that same two million dollar insurance requirement. He tells the operators, quote, "we are not in support of the requirement for the 2 million dollar insurance being required of the operators." Again, this is the same insurance requirement which a few hours later he claimed to know nothing about. The only good news coming out of that is that it puts Andrade on the record as saying BTB opposes the insurance requirements. And so do the operators. It's come to a head today because all 6 of them were required to sign their new leases. Those new leases will allow them to remain inside the village for another year - but the lease now also comes with the requirement to have the 2 million dollar insurance per passenger.

    Food Vendor Killed In Accident Near Camalote
    A food vendor is dead after he was flung from his motorcycle in an accident. It happened yesterday in Camalote Village between miles 50 and 51. 36-year-old Belmopan resident Marina Christina Vasquez was heading to Belmopan in her SUV while 61 year old Israel Romero was traveling ahead of her on his motorcycle. Vasquez started to overtake Romero but that's when Romero swerved to the left - right into Vasquez's vehicle. Romero was then launched off his motorcycle. He received major head and body injuries and was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital. But he didn't make it. Vasquez has been served with a notice of intended prosecution.

    The Marley Tradition For Christmas
    Apart from your Christmas trees, your turkeys and your Christmas hams, there is one other Christmas essential that can't be overlooked - and that's Marley! Not Bob, or Damian…nope, it's the kind of Marley you put on your floor. It's a central part of the traditional Christmas housecleaning, but what is it about marley really? These inexpensive, decorative floor coverings come in many splendored colours, but what makes a marley good enough to take into your house? Emanuel Pech took to the streets to find the answer to that question. Bright, colorful, and decorative patterns- these are the marks of a good marley. When we stopped at Vin Fa's Shopping center yesterday, the sale of marley was still at its peak. Costumers rushed in to make that last minute purchase of Marley for that final Christmas touch. Marlon Grey has worked a long time with the sale of marley. He described this year's marley rush as more hectic that last year's. Marlon Grey - Shop keeper "This year I think it's a little even more hectic than last year. It's a trend - it normal procedure. Every year around Christmas time people crowd up in here buying marley. That's the number one item they keep buying; marley, paints - a number of items." Reporter "What do you prices look like?" Marlon Grey - Shop keeper "I think we have the best prices around town. The marley 72 inch, the regular grade is $5.50 per yard and we have a new quality here. It a foam material with backing and it's thicker than the regular marley and its $.7.95 per yard. Very good quality. People buy it a lot."

    Million Dollar Baby's Christmas Miracle
    He's only a few days old, but Baby Shamir from Corozal town is getting a miracle for his first Christmas gift. He was born four days ago with a birth defect called "esophageal atresia", or an incomplete esophagus which does not connect to the stomach. That means he can't swallow, can't eat, can't ingest nutrients - basically, he can't survive. After a post natal gastrostomy was performed at the KHMH, the newborn was immediately referred to World Pediatric Project. Now, it's a million dollar emergency surgery that can only be performed abroad - which is complicated. There's never any guarantee that a specialized medical center will take the child - since it is on a charity basis. And if they do take him, working out all the details just a few days before Christmas - including the very prohibitive cost of an air ambulance to a medical center is time consuming. But, the Virginia Commonwealth University is coming through big time - so big, and so quick that it would make even Santa feel shame.

    The Passing Of A Celebrated Belizean Writer
    And while Shamir is moving up, one of Belize's greatest authors and playwrights, John Alexander Watler has moved on. We are informed that Watler - who celebrated his 75th birthday on December the fifth - passed away in Baltimore, Maryland sometime between yesterday and today. Friends tell us that Walter had been in good health and had been travelling between the east and west coast. He had just published his latest work a few weeks ago; it is titled "Weggy's Rumour." Watler is possibly the most prolific published Belizean writer - and is certainly among the most imaginative and humorous. He has countless works including standouts, "Cry Among the Rain Clouds", "Sea Lotto" and "The Bomba Codex." He is also the writer of many short stories - which is what he started out writing in 1956 - and plays.

    Tropigas Customer Will Live Free For An Entire Year
    The cost of living - how do you manage it? That's a question that daily confronts all of us - and it bedevils those who live on the margins. But one lucky person doesn't have to worry about that anymore; at least not for another year. That is because today she was the winner of Tropigas' "Live Free For a Year Christmas raffle." Keisha Torres spent about a thousand dollars at Tropigas this Christmas season and now she holds a $12 thousand dollar check in her hands. We were there when she picked dup her prize this morning: Reporter "When you found out that you were the winner for the free for a year raffle?" Keisha Torres, Winner of Tropigas Raffle "On Tuesday when the lady call me." Reporter "What was your first reaction when you heard you won?" Keisha Torres, Winner of Tropigas Raffle "I was surprised." Reporter "Tell me how will this assist you in your daily expenses?" Keisha Torres, Winner of Tropigas Raffle "It cover all after the big shopping for Christmas."

    How Di Christmas Di Cohn?
    It's Christmas Eve! And for us here at channel 7, that means it's time for a good old 7 news tradition. Today like all other Christmas Eves our news cameras took to the streets of down town Belize City to ask one question, "How Christmas di cohn?" Like always, it was a mixed bag opinions, however most people seemed to be doing ok. They offered season's greetings to their family and said they looked forward to an even brighter 2016. Emanuel Pech did the questioning this year.

    Channel 5

    Mennonite Communities Join G.O.B. in Rice Litigation
    On Christmas Eve, businessman Jack Charles was before the Supreme Court in a case he is bringing against the Government of Belize. The importer is seeking permission for a judicial [...]

    Jack Charles Says Cost of Storage will be Recovered in Damages
    While the shipment of seventy-five tons of prepackaged grain remains grounded in Big Creek, as of Christmas Day the importer will have to start covering the cost of storage.  That [...]

    Sergio Garcia Asks C.E.O. Alpuche a Tough Question
    Former Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Sergio Garcia is presently a technical advisor to Jack Charles.  As a regional trade specialist, Garcia is familiar with the provisions [...]

    A Dangriga Fugitive is Recaptured in Lakeland
    On December second a man considered a dangerous criminal escaped from Police custody while he and two others were being transported to the Belize Central Prison from Dangriga. According to [...]

    Mum’s the Word on San Ignacio Police Station Rape Incident
    As we get set to close up shop and head into the Christmas holidays, there is no significant update in the alleged rape at the San Ignacio Police Station. Four [...]

    What’s the Pulse of the People this Christmas?
    It’s Christmas Eve and around the city today, residents from across the country were hustling and bustling in the downtown Albert Street area doing last minute grocery and gift shopping. [...]

    Post Office Cashier Embezzles $10,000
    A report remains on the desk of the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Transport and NEMO today on the misappropriation of approximately ten thousand dollars from the Post Office in [...]

    No Increase in Electricity Rates Says PUC
    There’s good news tonight for consumers. The Public Utilities Commission has issued a statement in respect of a proposal for a rate increase in electricity. Following the submission from Belize [...]

    Fatal RTA Claims Life of Elderly Motorist
    A sixty-one year old vendor from the village of Armenia died yesterday afternoon from injuries sustained when the motorcycle he was riding was hit by an SUV. It happened between [...]

    Rural Eastern Division Retooled for Policing in Belize District
    There will be peace in the twenty-two thousand square miles of the Rural Eastern Division’s jurisdiction this Christmas, at least if the officers in that division have anything to do [...]

    A Christmas Message from Father Matt
    Every year we get the traditional messages of Christmas happy tidings and goodwill, of peace and all things holy and joyful. And that’s a good thing because Christmas is a [...]

    Christ is the Reason for the Season
    With the Christmas holiday weekend just a few hours away, downtown Belize City is alive with activity. While it is easy to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas, [...]

    Keisha Torres Wins Tropigas Raffle
    Christmas will be a lot brighter this year for a Belize City resident. Tropigas officially handed over twelve thousand dollars cash to Keisha Torres this morning at its Belize City [...]

    B.E.L.’s Annual Hamper Drive
    The PUC has put the brakes on electricity rate increase, but the employees of Belize Electricity Limited are in the spirit of giving. The annual hamper drive where residents from [...]

    Healthy Tips as 2015 Comes to an End
    In this, our last Healthy Living segment for 2015, we compile some of the top health tips offered by our medical, mental health and fitness experts during the outgoing year. [...]


    Cop detained on rape allegation
    A San Ignacio cop has been detained pending investigation into an allegation that he raped a woman while she was detained at the San Ignacio Police Station, at about 5:30 Sunday morning. The woman, 25, of Bullet Tree, Cayo District, told police that early that morning, while she was in custody at the police station, a police constable came to her cell, took her out and took her to a room in the station, and raped her. After he had finished, the officer took her back to her cell, the woman told police. The alleged crime became known when the victim told another police officer what had happened, and the accused cop was detained, pending investigation.

    Death row inmate gets 25-year prison sentence
    The longest serving death row inmate at the Belize Central Prison was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment this morning by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin after he heard mitigation pleas from character witnesses who testified on Friday on behalf of Glenford Baptist, 40, a convicted murderer. Baptist was convicted of murder in November 2001 for the shooting death of Azrin White, who was gunned down on the night of July 24, 2000, as he was walking with his girlfriend on Iguana Street Extension. Three men rode up on a bicycle and shot him dead, then, as he fell in the drain, the men rode off. Baptist was convicted along with his other two co-defendants, Gilroy Wade, Jr., and Oscar Mendez. The court had found that they had acted in a joint enterprise, and all three were sentenced to death by then Supreme Court Justice Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington. Since his sentence, Baptist has been languishing behind bars, unsure of his fate.

    Cashier steals $10,000 from Post Office
    On December 10, the supervisor of the Express Mail Section (EMS) of the Post Office had informed the Postmaster General Elston Wade that something was not right in her section. That same day, the supervisor made further checks into the matter and confirmed that her suspicions were correct, James Gabriel, Deputy Postmaster General of the Post Office, told Amandala. Gabriel said that the supervisor discovered that the cashier was responsible for the disappearance of funds amounting to over $10,000 in the months of October and November. Gabriel explained what went wrong: When a customer pays for his/her express mail to be sent, a receipt is to be issued to the customer, filed, and entered into the computer, and thereafter, the package is mailed.

    Steve Harvey invited to host Costa Maya on San Pedro
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) managed to create a buzz in international media this week when it tweeted a public invitation to Steve Harvey, suggesting that he should host next year’s Costa Maya pageant, organized out of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize next summer. Harvey, a world-famous comedian loved by many Belizeans, hosted the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant this weekend, but made a major blunder by announcing the wrong winner.

    Despite gridlock, FirstCaribbean confirms departure next month
    It’s official! CIBC FirstCaribbean announced via a press release on Monday, December 21, 2015, that after having received approval from the Central Bank of Belize, it plans to close its doors in Belize at the end of January 2016, but the Christian Workers Union (CWU), which represents the bank’s staff, says that the announcement was made “in a mad rush” amid an impasse between management and the union over an exit package—a salary increase, adjusted severance pay and debt forgiveness for roughly 50 workers, most of whom are uncertain about their professional future. “The workers are frustrated,” CWU president, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, told journalists today. She noted that the gridlock over the terms of an exit package for union members has been ongoing since October, when workers went on strike and picketed the bank’s offices.

    Three illegal dwellings recently reported inside Chiquibul
    Belize Defence Force Commander David Jones confirmed to Amandala today that an illegal dwelling set up by a Guatemalan at Valentin has been detected and Belize authorities are currently working with officials of the Organization of American States (OAS) to remove two buildings which have been illegally placed on the Belize side of the border. Jones said that the two buildings are located near Valentin, in western Belize, very close to the Belize-Guatemala border. Derric Chan, Park Manager for Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) said in a press conference on Wednesday that Guatemalans have continued to farm and even set up dwellings inside Belize, and it appears that they are staking claim to certain lands, identified by survey lines, pegs and markings. There is apparently land speculation in the area, and it appears that in some cases, some illegal farmers “rent” from another more influential farmer.

    Two time defending champs, San Pedro Tiger Sharks, wins
    The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) hosted its opening marathon this past Saturday at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan. Five of the eight teams that will participate in the upcoming season attended the marathon. In game 1, Cayo Western Ballaz defeated Independence Thunderbolts, 36-33. Elvert Ariola was the top scorer for Cayo Western Ballaz with 11 points, while Lloyd Coe sank 8 points in a losing effort. In game 2, San Pedro Tiger Sharks came out victorious over Belmopan Bandits, 48-37. San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by sharp shooters, Caleb Sutton and Ashton Edwards, who scored 16 and 11 points, respectively, with a lot of their points coming from behind the arc. Jevan McKenzie was the top scorer for Belmopan with 10 points. With Dangriga obtaining the bye, they played game 3, where they defeated Independence Thunderbolts, 47-42. With the loss, Independence was eliminated from the competition.

    Belize Assembly for Persons With Diverse Abilities (BAPDA)
    In November 2015, the Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA) had a recent election of officers. Pictured above: (back l-r) Wayne Usher advisor; Francis Gill, assistant secretary; Leigh Flowers, advisor; and Chaplin. Rose Armstrong, advisor (front l-r); Noreen Martinez, treasurer; Roxanne Marin, president; Berndina Eck, secretary; Rasha Dawson, vice president; and Kent Young, assistant treasurer. BAPDA continues to promote optimism in the lives of persons living with diverse abilities, advocate and protect members, and lobby with the government and society. We uphold the rights of persons living with diverse abilities, discourage discrimination, and promote inclusion of everyone in society.

    Big Up Belize’s Woodrow West!
    –Belize’s national team goalkeeper, Woodrow West, who was also the star goalkeeper for the Belmopan Bandits FC, took up a contract earlier this year with a low ranked club, Honduras Progreso, in the Honduran top professional league; and, with West their #1 goalkeeper, they have just won the Honduran national championship, a remarkable feat against very tough opposition. Congratulations, Woodrow!

    Leechi strikes again, Police 1-nil over Verdes in PLB finals game 1
    Just like he did in game 2 of the semifinals last Sunday against Placencia Assassins at the FFB Stadium, veteran Police United midfielder Orlando “Leechi” Jimenez, himself a former captain of a championship Verdes team, made a halftime entrance into game 1 of the finals against Verdes FC in their home turf at the Norman Broaster Stadium yesterday, and again Leechi delivered the game winning goal, just 5 minutes after action resumed in second half of a hotly contested match. Like the previous Sunday, when his veteran teammate Norman “Tilliman” Pipersburgh/Nunez had lobbed a free kick into that uniquely vulnerable space between the defence line and the goalkeeper, this week it was his brother Danny Jimenez, off a fast run on the right side, who centered perfectly into that soft spot of indecisiveness between defence and goalie, and like a shark smelling blood, Leechi’s accelerating long strides from midfield saw him overtake the bouncing ball and pounce with precision and guile, stroking it past a bewildered Yusef Guerra in goal for Verdes, as dumbstruck Verdes defenders , intent on marking the Police frontline attackers, were one step too slow for the goal scoring instincts of the wily veteran.

    Editorial: Season’s greetings
    With Christmas just a couple of days away, we know that there are millions of human beings in refugee camps all over the world, most notably in various countries of the Middle East, but also in Africa and Asia, even Europe. Over the years, Belizeans have often spent Christmas in various Mexican jails, because of immigration, narcotics, and other charges. These have been private, family pains. In Belize, we have accepted refugees from Guatemala, Salvador, and Nicaragua because of the wars in those Central American republics and harsh economic conditions at their socio-economic bases. This acceptance of refugees process in Belize began more than four decades ago in an informal way, then it became formalized through the United Nations in the late 1970s and early 1980s. But, the present reality of thousands of Cubans spending Christmas in refugee camps in Costa Rica is a new consciousness for us in Belize, and even in the region. Christmas is, of course, a very special time of the year. We refer to it as a “season,” a season of peace and goodwill to all men. The traditions that we have in Belize with respect to Christmas, began with the Christian religious beliefs brought here by the European Baymen, and then those beliefs were affected by Belizeans’ mahogany camp experiences, which were secular in nature.

    From the Publisher
    Last week the United Democratic Party (UDP) Government of Belize struck a devastating blow against the waterfront workers when they signed a statutory instrument which now includes the waterfront amongst what are called “essential services.” This means that the power of the waterfront workers to take industrial action against their employers, the Port of Belize, is now severely restricted. The journalists have to do research so that the Belizean people can find out exactly what “essential services” are, and also when and why the law was introduced. I know that the police and the public hospital were declared “essential services” decades ago, and I believe this law was signed in order to prevent any workers’ union from being able to cripple the elected government. I believe it was because of some socio-political emergency, such as the Heads of Agreement in 1981, that the ruling politicians took measures to control the unions and protect their administration.

    US$40 mil and no oil – US Capital contract to explore southern Belize nears its end
    US Capital representative in Belize, Alistair King, told Amandala today that the company’s US-based shareholders have still not decided whether they will continue on their mission to explore for oil in southern Belize, particularly with the price of oil dropping to US$37 a barrel. King said that he would be waiting to hear from the investors within the next couple weeks. The company’s current contract to explore for oil in Toledo expires on January 21, 2016, but King said that seeking an extension on that contract is a possibility. The contract—which was first issued to US Capital 15 years ago, on January 22, 2001—has already been amended twice: back in 2004 and again in 2007, for a second contract period to begin January 2008. Under the contract, the company has 8 years to explore for oil, and those 8 years expire in 4 weeks. It would have gotten an additional 25 years to produce from the oil field had it declared a commercial find before the end of the 8-year exploration period.

    Belize Bank parent company, BCB Holdings, to change name
    Notifications have been published via the Bermuda Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange of the intent of BCB Holdings Limited—the parent company of the Belize Bank, the country’s largest commercial bank, and Belize Bank International—to change its name to Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited. “The Board believes that the new name is better suited to the company’s strategic focus and aspirations,” said the notice published via the Bermuda Stock Exchange. In August 2005, the Belize Bank and affiliated Belize assets became subsidiaries of BB Holdings, created after the de-merger of Carlisle Holdings, while its European assets continued to be held under the Carlisle Group. In May 2009, BB Holdings changed its name to BCB Holdings. Now, BCB Holdings is announcing its plan to change its name to Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited.

    Police Department is over 2,000 strong
    The pass-out of Squad 92, after three months of training, brings the total number of officers in Belize’s police force to 2,067, John Saldivar, Minister of National Security, said today at the National Police Training Academy in Belmopan. A hundred and sixty-seven recruits graduated today, Friday, and were joined by family and friends who came to celebrate with them and wish them well on reaching this milestone in their lives. “The success of our law enforcement system depends on the willingness of all to participate and contribute to public safety”, Saldivar said. He recalled a few years ago that Belize was listed as one of the countries in the world with the highest homicide rate per thousand of the population, and as a result, citizens were losing confidence in the Police Department. Saldivar pointed out, “A police precinct concept that was introduced in 2013 has proven to be highly effective and was further advanced with the division of Eastern Division into three precincts, with senior officers in command.” Also, he said, the infusions of community-oriented policing resulted in more focus on the elements of the population responsible for crime and have brought the police closer to the community.

    Last two offshore oil contracts expire, as Belize looks to onshore oil
    The Director of the Geology and Petroleum Department, Andre Cho, confirmed to Amandala this evening that the last two offshore oil contracts, which had been held by Princess Petroleum and Providence Energy, were not extended beyond their expiration date of October 11, 2015, freeing Belize’s marine space from any immediate prospect of oil exploration. Amandala has been receiving multiple inquiries about the status of the offshore oil contracts, which had been challenged by Oceana a few years ago. In a Supreme Court suit, Oceana challenged the legality of contracts that had been given to these two companies, as well as Sol Oil, Island Oil, Miles Tropical Energy and PetroBelize Limited. Five of the six contracts had been granted on the same date, October 12, 2007. The contract for Island Oil, granted back in 2004, was the only exception. Cho told Amandala today that currently, there is no company with an offshore exploration license for drilling in Belize.

    Cuban migrants in crisis: Costa Rica closes doors and withdraws from SICA’s political bodies
    Costa Rica’s Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed via a statement issued online on Friday night, December 18, 2015, that it had earlier today suspended its political participation in the regional integration body – Central American Integration System (SICA, Spanish acronym) – and had withdrawn from high-level regional meetings that were being held in El Salvador over the decision by Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua to not allow Cuban migrants stranded in that country to transit through their borders. Costa Rica president Luis Guillermo Solís urged the countries within SICA to work together to reach a humanitarian agreement for the thousands of Cubans who remain in Costa Rica but who want to migrate to the USA. The Cubans have been using a Central American corridor to seek special migrant status under the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy, which provides special privileges for Cubans to legitimize their status in the US, even if they arrive without papers, but which turns them back to Cuba if they are detained at sea.

    Number of BDF boots on the border, top secret!
    The question of how many Belize Defence Force (BDF) soldiers are currently manning the Chiquibul National Park – the area where incursions by Guatemalans is the most problematic – was raised today when our newspaper spoke with BDF Commander David Jones about the proposition that more BDF officers should be deployed to protect the country’s borders. Jones told us that he could not disclose the information to us, since we would, in turn, make it public. We asked him if he could at least indicate what percentage of the force is deployed to the border, since he could not tell us exactly how many, but he also declined to provide that information. We asked how many soldiers are deployed to man a conservation post, but he also refused to disclose that information. “We have soldiers in there,” he asserted, adamant that he won’t tell us how many. According to Commander Jones, “We have arrested the situation quite a bit.”

    Parties react to law making stevedores an essential service
    Two weeks ago stevedores, employed by the Port of Belize Limited, went on a three-day strike over the failure of the port management to come to an agreement with them over retroactive pay and retirement packages. The stevedores, most of whom are members of the Christian Workers Union, struck without warning, causing one ship to turn back without off-loading its cargo, while another ship waited outside the Belize City harbor until the stevedores’ industrial action was settled, before it was off-loaded. That was the last time stevedores were able to resort to industrial action without serving notice to the port management, because the government moved swiftly to rein them in by signing into law on Friday, December 18, a Statutory Instrument (SI) regulating stevedores under the Essential Services Act. Minister of State with responsibility for the labor portfolio, Hon. Hugo Patt, signed the SI, which amended Section 2 (a): Settlement of Disputes in Essential Services Act Chapter 298 of the Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2011.

    The road ahead: Belize joins 194 nations in landmark climate change accord
    In Paris earlier this month, 195 countries, including Belize, reached a historic climate change accord intended to scale back the dire effects that are possibly being felt in Belize in the form of accelerated erosion of beaches along the country’s coast, drought in central and northern Belize, bleaching on the country’s world renowned barrier reef and unusual flood events. At the 21st Annual Conference of Parties held recently in France, Belize was represented by a 10-member delegation led by Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “We have entered a new era of global cooperation on one of the most complex issues ever to confront humanity. For the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and join in common cause to take common climate action. This is a resounding success for multilateralism.”

    Bus conductor, 33, remanded for allegedly having sex with girl, 12
    A bus conductor was arraigned and remanded to prison on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse this morning when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Fraser explained to Dalton Longsworth, 33,that he does not have to enter a plea, because the offense for which he has been charged is indictable, and will be heard in the Supreme Court, after a preliminary inquiry that will determine if there is sufficient evidence against him to commit his case to the Supreme Court for trial. Police have alleged that Longsworth, on November 11, 2015, had unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is 12 years and 8 months old. Longsworth asked Fraser if he could explain something to the court. He then told the court, “I had nothing to do with that young lady. The date when they said that I had sex with her, I was at home sick.” After Longsworth had presented his explanation, Fraser told him that the matter for which he has been charged falls in the category of crimes for which her court cannot offer him bail for three months.

    11 injured in road traffic accident
    Eleven people received varying degrees of injuries after the vehicle they were travelling in overturned between Miles 34 and 35 on the Philip Goldson Highway at about 4:30 this afternoon. Six of the injured persons were taken to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk, and five were brought down to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The driver of the vehicle reported that he was travelling to Orange Walk Town from Belmopan and upon his arrival in the area, the vehicle suffered a tire blowout, causing him to lose control, and the vehicle ran off the road and overturned. An ambulance and police went to the scene, and the injured were taken for medical attention.

    The Reporter

    Kidney Association sounds Christmas alarm
    The Kidney Association of Belize is calling on Belizeans who are at risk for kidney disease to be mindful of their diet during the Christmas celebrations. KAB President, Ruby Nicholas explained that in Belize the majority of kidney disease patients are those who ended up with kidney failure due to either diabetes or hypertension. These groups are especially vulnerable during the Christmas season because of all the festivities. “For the hypertensive patients we’re asking them to be careful with the ham, and for the diabetic patients to keep away from the carbonated beverages and cakes which are common around Christmas time,” Nicholas said. She added that in the event anyone in the at-risk groups decides to eat foods that will likely worsen their condition, that they do so in utmost moderation. She also advised all groups, including those already with kidney disease, to be adherent to medication guidelines, drink eight glasses of water daily, and include fruits and vegetables and fruits in every meal throughout this holiday.

    Imports go up, but so do exports
    Belize’s exports have risen while exports have declined, according to the latest data released from the Statistical Institute of Belize. The SIB this week released its External Trade Bulletin for the month of November, which showed that imports had increased by 3.8 percent or $6.9 million, from $183.3 million imported in November 2014, to $190.2 million. Exports were recorded at $38.1 million, a $5.7 million or 17.8 increase from 2014’s $32.4 million. Merchandise imports from January to November totaled $1.9 billion dollars, showing a 3.2 percent or $58.3 million increase over the same period last year. Merchandise exports for the eleven months (January to November) amounted to $515.3 million, down by 11.5 percent or $66.7 million from the same period last year.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Multiple people hospitalized after bus and car collide
    Reports of a bus accident a short while ago, just outside of Punta Gorda (PG) Town, have surfaced and suggest that multiple persons were injured and some have been transported to the PG Hospital for X-Rays and treatment. The accident was reportedly caused when […]

    Punta Gorda minor detained for murder
    Confirmed reports from Punta Gorda (PG) police, indicate that a male minor of that municipality was detained and released yesterday after intensive questioning in connection to last week’s early morning murder of popular taxi driver, 64-year-old Antonio Mendia Rodriguez. Rodriguez was stabbed multiple times […]

    Orange Walk Police identify body found early Thursday morning
    Orange Walk Police do not suspect foul play in the death of a man who was found in the wee hours of this morning. Officers were called out to the corner of Baker’s and Main Street where they found the body of a Hispanic man […]

    Is the People’s United Party moving forward?
    The People’s United Party’s (PUP) leadership convention is scheduled for January 31st. For the PUP, the convention should serve as a catalyst to unite the divided factions of the party; to rejuvenate and invigorate its grass roots people-centered ideologies; to create a new path […]

    Prices down
    The Statistical Institute of Belize has released its latest figures and they show prices trending down in November, led mainly by the falling price of fuel. The costs per gallon of premium and regular gasoline were down by 25 percent and 27 percent, respectively, […]

    Belize Bank donates $6,500 to Christmas programs
    The Belize Bank, as part of its annual Christmas activities with the community, donated $6,500 worth of aid to the Salvation Army and Mercy Kitchen for programs to support needy families during this time of the year. Last Thursday Belize Bank Santa Helpers were at the […]

    Jack Charles takes rice dispute to Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court is holding an in-chamber hearing on leave to apply for judicial review by Xtra House owner Jack Charles against the Belize Agricultural Health Authority’s (BAHA) refusal to release Guyanese rice from Big Creek Port. Circle R Products, representing producers from Blue Creek and […]

    Orange Walk Police find body on Christmas Eve
    Orange Walk police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was found dead in the wee hours of Christmas Eve. The body was seen lying on the corner of Bakers Street and Main Street in Orange Walk Town. Officials […]


    We accomplished a lot and enjoyed a great celebration
    We may not have a building yet but that did not stop the San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross from working hard in our community throughout 2015. In the coming year we hope to have a big space to call our own so we can continue our work in first aid and have a place to run community programs for youth and seniors.

    2015: What A Year To Be in Belize! Part One
    I had a great year. Plain and simple. Ups and downs for sure…but great. Ambergris Caye, the area most visited by overnight guests, also had a big year. Since I first visited in 2006, it was the year of the most changes – and most of those changes came by the way of the newly paved road north – which really broadened the area we consider easily accessible – and for me, the number of vehicles on this island. But let me get back to me :) and show you a bit of what I did this year in Belize. 2014 was the year of TRAVEL but I did get myself around a bit this year. And next year? I want to pick it up again…way up.


  • Merry Christmas Ms Cynthia! Belize, 3min. from Chaa Creek

  • Belize San Antonio Women’s Group Tour - Chaa Creek, 4min. The San Antonio Women's Group in San Antonio Village Belize still make ceramic pottery by hand. They demonstrate how this is done using the "coil method", and guests will be able to try their hands at creating something of their own. Following this, help to prepare your lunch by learning to make corn tortillas on a traditional fire hearth. Learn about the process of grinding the fresh corn and transforming it into the “masa” or dough that you will use to make the tortillas.

  • Belize 2015, 53min. Exploring Belize for the first time. We spend time checking out the Cayes and the mainland. We found great snorkeling at both Hol Chan and shark ray alley. On the mainland we really enjoyed hiking to Xunatunich. It was an excellent peak into the past.

  • Belize Mission Trip, 2.5min. Built School- Visited Orphanages- Hosted Multiple Health Fairs (Church- Redlands Seventh Day Adventist)

  • River Crossing to Barton Creek Cave, Cayo, Belize, 6min. In late December 2015, rains prevented us from visiting to the ATM Caves (google it), so our guide Israel took us to Barton Creek Cave to canoe into a cave used by the Mayans. Those same rains, resulted in a water swollen river crossing where he expertly steered the 1999 Toyota 4Runner (2WD, Propane powered!) across the river. By the time we left the cave, the continuing rain made the river crossing impossible for others. By the next morning the rising water level closed Barton Creek.

  • Leaving Barton Creek Cave (Cayo, Belize), 19min. As the rain had continued, while we were exploring, it was best to leave the Barton Creek Cave via "Mike's road". And again, local knowledge and experience, got us up a wet, slippery, gravel/rock-lined hill in a RWD vehicle with an open differential (1999 Toyota 4Runner). This unmarked road was especially treacherous as it wound its way through a Salvadoran refuge town on the landowner's property (Mike) and access was only granted to registered guides taking visitors to/from the Cave.

  • Royal Palm Villas - San Pedro, Belize 7B, 3min.

  • Empowerment Show Dec 17th 2015 True Meaning of Christmas, 25min.

  • Princess Cruise | 2015 Belize, Honduras, Mexico, 5min. We sailed on the Caribbean Princess Cruise Line and it was such a blast! We visited Belize, Honduras, and Mexico! We swam with fish, climbed the Mayan Ruins, and held (and almost took home) exotic animals!

  • Belize Dollar Banknotes

  • Rain at the Blue Hole, Belize, 1/2min.

  • Belize with uncle Rams 2015, 8min.


    December 24, 2015


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

    The San Pedro Sun

    Images of Belize by Tony Rath
    Tony Rath, for as long as I can remember has been sharing his art with the world through photography. While I’ve never gotten the opportunity to meet the acclaimed nature photographer, I wake up every morning looking forward to seeing the gorgeous images that appear on my Facebook Newsfeed. This artist is truly one of Belize’s finest, and has re-kindled the love and appreciation for our gem of nation in the hearts of many Belizeans through his GORGEOUS shots. From rainforest to savanas, rivers and seas, wildlife and our beautiful people and culture Mr. Rath truly has an eye for it, led of course, by what can only be passion. If you enjoy seeing his gorgeous images on your newsfeed and in the various magazines of Belize, you can have a collection of your very own when you purchase “Images of Belize” by Tony Rath. It’s 100 breath taking photographs that are captured in true Rath fashion. If you love photography and you love Belize this book is just right for you. Might I add, it truly makes the perfect holiday gift!

    Holiday Dangers for your Dogs
    During these holidays, please ensure that your pet is safe. According to Saga Humane Society, food poisoning is more likely to occur between Christmas and New Year’s than any other week. Accidental poisoning from items such as alcohol, cold medicines and rodenticides are elevated during the holiday season. So here is some useful information to ensure your pet has a safe holiday: - Don’t allow your pet to eat chocolate or products that contain chocolate. - Turkey bones, if ingested, can splinter or become lodged in the digestive tract. - Food containing grapes, raisins and currants (such as fruit cakes) can result in kidney failure in dogs. - Anything that’s rich, fatty or spicy ca

    Winners of the annual Caribbean Christmas Colors Contest illuminate San Pedro
    It was another joyful ride for The San Pedro Sun staff and judges as they rode around San Pedro Town on Friday, December 18th, for their 10th Caribbean Christmas Colors Contest. Joining the merry ride and having the great honor to choose their favorite brightly lit homes were esteemed judges Rene Guzman, Cindy Guerrero and Diane Lawrence. Children were delighted to see the golf carts adorned with Christmas decorations driving past their streets, as the mini parade went along judging the festively decorated houses while handing out sweet treats in the spirit of holiday sharing. Although the rain and challenging roads tried to dampen their holiday spirit, the gang still managed to tour through town core, neighboring areas and even ventured over the Boca del Rio Bridge for a short distance. The procession then ventured south, all the way to Escalante and through DFC. Unfortunately some areas were impossible to reach due to street conditions due to the rain.

    Caribbean Villas host fundraising luncheon to benefit SHINE
    On Saturday December 19th, Caribbean Villas hosted a ladies holiday charity lunch under the theme “Little Black Dress.” Despite the rainy weather conditions, the ladies showed up to support the event which benefitted SHINE Girls Club, an island program established to empower, motivate and build the self-esteem of girls ages 13-16. The event kicked off a bit late, due to rain but nevertheless saw the group of ladies enjoying great conversation over assorted beverages. For the cost of $85BZ, attendees were treated to a complimentary drink, appetizers, meal options including Caribbean seafood bacalao, grilled jerk style chicken, and a cashew pesto salad. Dessert options included decadent chocolate brownies and key lime pie.

    ‘The Future is Gold’ fashion show raises funds for Boxes of Joy
    On Friday, December 18th, Boxes of Joy hosted their third annual Kids Fashion Show benefit at the Angel Nunez Auditorium. The Future is Gold-themed show, organized by Shantelle Pascasio and Francisco Mendez; saw the participation of 52 young models who all delighted the audience as they graced the runway in benefit of the annual Christmas fundraising event. The show began with a short act depicting a child looking to accomplish her dreams. She wanted to be an archeologist and while she was in her search, a model dressed as an archeologist showed her the way to the golden future she was looking for. After the performance, everything rolled smoothly into the seven segments of the night which were as follows: Casual Wear, Carriers, Glitz and Glam, Christmas Night, Formal Wear, Boys to Men, My Closet and the fabulous Divas and Dudes. The cheerful models impressed onlookers as they displayed their modeling talents with great confidence and poise. The different clothes they modeled came from boutiques and stores such as Love Belize, Wings, Man O War, and Top Notch.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Castillo's Hardware Christmas Raffle
    Congratulation to the lucky winners of Castillo's Hardware Christmas Raffle that was drawn December 22nd.


    Poets Corner: Garvey's Legacy
    By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Garvey’s legacy was that his organizational structure was legendary He had both leadership and organizational quality He influenced organizations globally From religious, political or militarily Everyone tried to duplicate Garvey It’s well known that Elijah Muhmmad studied Ahmadi Farah Muhammad was a Pakistani We learned this from Warith Muhammad’s testimony Nation of Islam was structured from the UNIA started by Garvey Elijah Poole was also Reverend Divine’s understudy So what is the relationship with Ahmadi and Garvey? Since Garvey had a branch in every country The same thing is being done by Ahmadi

    BEL Employees Distribute Hampers to 120 Families Countrywide
    Employees of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) are, for the 17th consecutive year, continuing the tradition of distributing hampers to deserving families across the country. The hampers contain the main ingredients for a traditional Christmas dinner; some also include toys for families with children and care packages with toiletries for the elderly. During yesterday and today, BEL employees have been making deliveries of one hundred and twenty (120) hampers valued at approximately $150 each, which were made possible through monetary contributions from employees and the Company.

    Ghetto X- Mas
    By: Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Wave Radio, Love TV call in I found demeaning, Competing for the best turkey impersonating Minister’s street soldier came around the next morning Ham, a party bag and toy in hand Boy oh boy! The tactic they employ unu understand Is this all our people are worth to these politicians? Poor people borrowing loans for Xmas Flanking courts to get things pan trust Retailer gauging price to trick us Political figures spend monies they have in trust Giving the impression they care about us Even the Vatican has made a confession That they were wrong about this X-mas celebration Using Jesus as the center of attraction It’s even came out that St Nick was a black man What a fantastic theatrics of impersonation

    San Pedro House of Culture Holiday hours
    Kindly take note of our closing dates for this holiday season (we will also be closed December 24th, 2015 at midday)

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    Sicario, The Intern, The Peanuts Movie, The Martian

    Splashers on Thursday
    Alrighty have been getting messages about people wanting to paint Thursday so let's see who's in I want to paint the Grinch so whoever wants to paint him can and others can choose a painting they missed. That's my Christmas gift.. everybody gets to paint what they want but they have to let me know by 11a.m today so I can prep their canvas.

    WestBay Beach Club on Caye Caulker
    Old School Dance Part 1: December 24th.

    A snippet of our Corozal 2015 Christmas Parade
    Certainly bringing in the Christmas spirit to our town. Proud of our town and all the smiles on our children. May you and your families be blessed with an abundance of joy and health. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Keep Corozal Safe and Clean during the Christmas Holiday.

    by Bilal Morris. He wrote the same way he spoke so expressively, and he was the epitome of the Belizean theater of the mind. He was the Belizean grio, and could tell any story from any part of Belize that you can think about. He was John Alexander Watler, who is one of Belize's most acclaimed writers of all times. Belizean Creole folklore, as those told by John Watler, is embedded in the text of classical African experiences brought to the Caribbean and Central America by the narratives of the slave, and passed down through tradition and storytelling by those like George Mckessey, Gertude Stewart, Johnny Kwaku, and many others whom had come to grace Belizean shores as descendants of their African ancestors.

    Channel 7

    Rice Case Going to Court on Christmas Eve
    After 6 days of silence from BAHA, importer Jack Charles has decided that he will take the Government to court. That’s the decision that the Belize City based businessman made today on the advice of his attorneys. As has been widely reported, he’s trying to get his 75 tonnes of Guyanese Rice released from the Big Creek Port in Independence Village. The Government officials have already explained publicly why they aren’t allowing him to freely import Guyanese Rice, but BAHA hasn’t put it down in writing. So, this morning, Charles’ attorney, Leroy Banner, showed up the Supreme Court to file the lawsuit. Shortly after he delivered the documents to the Registrar, he told the awaiting press what they’re asking the court for: Leroy Banner - Attorney for Jack Charles "From last week we were trying to get in touch with BAHA to find out exactly what they reason why they have retained our client's container. We have given them ample time, we wrote them, we called them and no on responded to our request to please put in writing the reason as to why the containers are being held. We realize that it's almost been a week now and we decided that they will not give us anything in writing so we file a motion of judicial review to seek the court's permission as to whether or not; so that they can review and look at what BAHA did to see if they were justified in holding Mr. Charles' containers."

    Keyren Tzib, Home For Christmas
    After spending 5 months on remand for manslaughter, Coast Guard Officer Keyren Tzib will spend the Christmas holidays at home. For the last two months, she’s been trying to get bail from the Supreme Court, and, finally, today, Justice Troadio Gonzalez granted her application. He set the bail at $10,000 dollars and set strict conditions: she must surrender all her travel documents, she must report to the Ladyville Police Station every Tuesday and Friday until the case is resolved, and she must not contact or interfere with any of the witnesses. She’s accused of fatally stabbing her 30 year-old common-law husband, Thytis Blancaneaux. The court was very reluctant to grant her bail until the state was sure that she was not a danger to herself or to society. Her application was denied back on October 20, and since then, her attorney, Mayor Darrell Bradley, has been trying to convince the court that she deserves bail.

    Hon. Finnegan Says The UDP Fears No Stevedore Backlash
    All week, the Port of Belize and the new law concerning stevedores has been in the news. The law makes their ship loading and unloading an essential service – meaning they can no longer spontaneously strike; first they have to give 21 days’ notice. Now, as the CWU pointed out in its release on Monday, most of these stevedores are UDP supporters – in fact the union says it’s about 90% of them. So then why the UDP government make a move against the interests of heir own constituents in their base – which is the Southside of Belize City. That’s what we asked Mesopotamia Representative Michael Finnegan today. He’s got plenty stevedores in his division and in an extended and outspoken interview he told us that the law will actually help the stevedores. Now if he sounds like his political calculus doesn’t quite add up – here’s how he explained it: Jules Vasquez: "It has been controversial because some say the government is siding with the big man over the small man." Hon. Michael Finnegan - Mesopotamia Area Representative: "There is nothing controversial about it and the government is not siding with no big man over no small man. My government is here to protect the interest of the small and at the same time to protect the interest of this economy. So anybody weh di talk nonsense about this UDP government the pass the SI in order to protect any big man, big man my hell, this government noh interested in no big man."

    Car Wash Man Stabbed To Death
    A man was stabbed to death early this morning on Far West Street. The police do not have much details on it but the report is that 45 year old Lindbert Brown was with a female and another male friend around 2:23 this morning. They were hanging out at the end of Far West Street when Brown allegedly attacked the female with a broken pint bottle but his other friend intervened, took the broken bottle away from Brown and stabbed him with it. Brown and the woman were rushed to KHMH where Brown died and the woman was treated and released. Police say they will have more information tomorrow. Residents in the area say Brown was car wash man.

    Deondre Acquitted
    23 year-old Deondre McKoy was acquitted of attempted murder today before Justice Troadio Gonzalez in a trial without jury. IN the end, the testimony of his accuser was not enough to convince the judge. 23 year-old Alexis Cu told the court that in September of 2012 he was walking on William Street at around 8 p.m. when McKoy rode up and shot him several times in the abdomen, lower back, and left hand. After considering all the evidence, Justice Gonzalez ruled that he was innocent, and acquitted him of attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm. He still has another attempted murder case for which trial is pending.

    FSTV Puts Down The Screws Independent Operators
    For the past two nights we’ve been telling you about the plight of the independent operators inside the Fort Street Tourism Village. They say the foreign management of the FSTV is trying to push them out of the village – and proof of that came today. Despite pretensions to the opposite by the Belize Tourism Board – the operators inside the village have been presented with a lease renewal, which includes a requirement for the 2 million dollar per passenger insurance. Bottom line? If they sign the lease to hold their spot inside the village – they also have to agree to purchase the 2 million dollar per passenger coverage – which comes at a steep price which many of the small operators say they can hardly afford – and especially not right after 7 months of low season. But that’s the hard line being laid down by the village management – while the tourism board keeps up its routine of whistling past the graveyard. We are told the lease has to be signed before Christmas.

    GSU Deflects Meighan Blame
    On Friday’s newscast, you heard Ellis Meighan talk about a brutal GSU led search of his house. Meighan claimed that the GSU has something personal against him and his family. Today we caught up with the GSU commander Mark Flowers at the Biltmore where we asked him about the incident. Flowers accused us of being desperate for news. Here is what he said. Supt. Mark Flowers - Commander, GSU "It's more like Channel 7 desperation for news. I've spoken to these people but I didn't hear the complaint. What was told to me was that one person said that another person said something." Emanuel Pech "We spoke specifically to Mr. Ellis Meighan." Supt. Mark Flowers - Commander, GSU "Ellis Meighan was saying that his brother said that something happened and he was not there. So I still don't get the point except the sensationalism that is not news. But how we do and discharge our function is consistent with the rule of law and try to keep it as consistent as possible with the rule of law. There is no need for any strong arming or no bullying of anybody, we just want to do what we are charted to do and we want to do it as often as we have to and without; we are not a strong armed unit. We are more committed to doing what we need to do and get it done and get out of there."

    GSU Strategy And Southside Approach Can Find Common Ground
    The Meighan encounter goes down as one of several other complaints received against GSU this year. The unit’s hard charging style stands in stark contrast to that of the community friendly approach taken by South Side police and their Commander Sr. Superintendent Chester Williams. Since being appointed as the Commander of Eastern South Division earlier this year Williams has embarked on a full fledged campaign of peace making and non aggression – which has been met by a sharp downturn in the city’s murder rate. But is the GSU’s confrontational approach, unspooling the delicate threads of peace woven by the South Side commander and his community policing initiatives? Here’s what Commander Flowers had to say about that. "I regret that you weren't here earlier today when some speeches were made. I think I refer to that and cited that we were very grateful for the intervention of Senior Superintendent Mr. Williams on the Southside and now much easier he has made life for all of us..."

    Is There Christmas Cheer This Year?
    Is there any Christmas Cheer this year? That’s what some have been wondering since the Petrocaribe fund has just about wound down – and the millions that are left in there has already been committed to other projects – plus, there’s no election on the horizon – so no need to curry favour with the electorate. It’s a cynical but ineluctable conclusion – but according to Michael Finnegan – it’s also a false one – since he says cheer is ongoing in Mesop:… Hon. Michael Finnegan - Mesopotamia Area Representative "So fi tell you that no Christmas cheers, I don't know where Christmas cheers no deh but I the tell you Christmas cheers they inna Mesopotamia and I know Christmas cheers is in Albert division because Albert borders Mesopotamia and the people in both Albert and Mesopotamia are all jumping for joy." Jules Vasquez "I wouldn't quite go that far. I hear the people in Albert the get a lee 75 dollars." Hon. Michael Finnegan - Mesopotamia Area Representative "But what wrong with 75 dollars’ worth of Christmas cheers? Nothing wrong with 75 dollars’ worth of Christmas cheers. That is wonderful Jules that is wonderful Christmas cheers; it's a token, a gift of appreciation. A gift of appreciation to share, share the good season, share the season, share the love with others; that is what Christmas is all about. Christmas cheers da no fi mine yo."

    Belize Gets New Cuba Ambassador
    Belize has a new Ambassador to Cuba. Annie Burns Martinez will take the over from Efrain Novelo who has been acting as head of mission for a few years. She was accredited in Havana, Cuba at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana where she presented her credentials to Cuban Vice President Gladys Bejerano Portela. According to a government release, they discussed new areas for cooperation in trade, culture, and tourism. Ambassador Burns Martinez also thanked the Cubans for the Medical Brigade and the medical scholarships given to Belize. They also spoke about the current Cuban migrant crisis in Central America and the role of human traffickers. The release says that Both parties await the outcome of a follow-up meeting in Mexico to move closer to a resolution.

    Fatal Benque
    A traffic collision in Benque Viejo Yesterday could have ended very badly, fortunately everyone escaped from the wreckage with minor injuries. Around 4:15 yesterday afternoon, 25 year old Ri Fu Feng of Santa Elena Town was driving a white Isuzu cargo truck between miles 71 and 72 on the George Price Highway towards Benque Viejo Town. That’s when Florencio Perez, driving a yellow and black blue bird bus in the opposite direction, lost control of the bus and collided head on into the left portion of the cargo truck. 25 year old Feng sustained minor cut wounds above his right eye. The bus had extensive damage to its front portion. The driver Florencio Perez became trapped between the steering wheel and his seat but authorities managed to free him in time. As a result however, Perez sustained abrasions to his face, fractured his right hand and legs and complained of pain to the abdomen. He was rushed to the San Ignacio Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. Authorities have not been able to determine what caused Perez to lose control of the passenger bus in the first place

    Donald Trump's Daughter In Belize
    Ivanka Trump, the Daughter of US Republican presidential Candidate Donald Trump, is in Belize. So what is she doing here when her father is leading a vigorous campaign in the US? On Tuesday the 35 year old soon-to-be mother updated her Instagram followers about her tropical get away sharing that she and her husband Jared Kushnar, quote, “Snuck away together to enjoy a few days of R&R.” She added that she was staying at Cayo Espanto, located about three miles off the coast of Ambergris Caye. In one picture Trump posed on a porch with an enticing Belize beach scenery in the background. Her recent activities were picked up by an American tabloid “celebritybabies.people” who published an article describing the getaway as a, quote, “Enviable Tropical Babymoon.” News of Trump’s visit to Belize came just one day after the Belize Tourism Board pulled a successful publicity stunt by inviting Steve Harvey to host next year’s Costa Maya Pageant in San Pedro. This, after his international mega-blunder at the Miss Universe pageant.

    FCCA, The Party For The South
    In most cases, we hear about Christmas parties hosted for the City kids. Well, yesterday it was all about the young ones in the south. A Christmas party was held at the Independence High School Auditorium and 20 kids from 10 different schools in Stann Creek were invited. After the fun activities, the kids told us this was more than just a party for them. Packed goody bags; a clown with magic powers, prizes and gifts. These were the highlights of the Christmas party in Stann Creek today. Over 200 children attended. But while this line up is standard for any kid’s party, it’s a totally new experience for these young ones. Janay Wade - St. Alphonsus R.C School: "It’s the first time we came to something." And that’s one of the reasons why the Belize Tourism Board decided to bring Christmas to them. Courtney Weatherburne: "I know you all usually, or we always report or hear about parties in the city. It's refreshing to know that you guys came down south. Tell us the idea about choosing the south and the kids here."

    Regional Wingle
    More Wingles for the police: today the Eastern Rural Division got a 2016 Great Wall Wingle for highway patrol. A short handing over ceremony was held at the Matalon building where the keys to the new ride were given to Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster. Broaster told us how this vehicle will be used to significantly reduce drug and firearm offenses. Amanda Arguelles - PR, National Aggregates Limited "We at National Aggregates saw a need for the police being back and forth between the highway for transportation. So we approached Senior Superintendent Broaster and asked him if there is anyway the company was able to help them with anything that they may need and he said transportation was the major problem there, they needed additional. With that in mind we decided nothing was more fitting that to help them in that department. So we decided to donate a new police truck." Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster - OC, Eastern Division Rural "Well first of all today is our day for receiving and we want to thank Belize National Aggregate for their kind gesture of donating this truck. This truck is going to be utilized for highway patrol from mile 8 to mile 21 on the George Price Highway. And I'm sure that it's going to do a lot of prevention especially in the smuggling of firearms and drugs into and out of the Belize district."

    Cops Get Props For Cash Giveaway
    Last night we told you about Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster’s crafty cash scheme. 20 commuters were given $100 dollars each for their Christmas treat and it was all about giving back to the community. While a few of the commuters were anxious and even agitated when the police took them off the bus – Broaster and his team have been getting great reviews on this operation and people are already asking when he plans on giving out more money. Today, Broaster told us more about the public’s feedback and also about the other programs that they will be rolling out next year.

    New Cops For Rural Areas
    In addition to those community programs, the Rural Eastern Division has 15 new police officers to help with patrols especially in Sandhill. Broaster told us how these new officers will enhance police operations and community outreach The new policing programs will start mid 2016.

    GSU, Out For Lunch
    At midday today, personnel from the Gang Suppression Unit put down their heavy guns and picked up another type of implement - knives and forks. About two thirds of the GSU unit were treated to a buffet style lunch at the Biltmore Plaza this afternoon as a show of appreciation. Commander of the GSU Superintendent Mark Flowers was joined at the head table by Commanders of the Eastern South and Eastern North Division. He spoke to us about the importance of having his men take time off from the daily grind to unwind at an event like this. Flowers says that he hopes to have another event like this.

    Prices Down
    The Statistical Institute of Belize has released its latest figures and they show prices trending down in November, led mainly by the falling price of fuel. The costs per gallon of premium and regular gasoline were down by 25 percent and 27 percent, respectively, while diesel declined by 24 percent in comparison to November 2014. And along that line, International airfares were 37 percent lower than during the same month last year – which has to do with the falling price of oil and an increase in the number of carriers and flights to and from Belize. LPG or Butane declined by almost 30 percent, as the average price of a 100-pound cylinder fell to $84 in November 2015 from $117 in the same month last year. Food prices were also down from last year. Despite higher prices for beef, pork, eggs, the price went down for red kidney beans, cooking oil, shortening and fresh vegetables,.

    Channel 5

    Jack Charles Takes Rice Dispute to Court!
    The ongoing logjam between the Belize Agricultural Health Authority, BAHA, and businessman Jack Charles, proprietor of R.C. Imports, over the importation of Guyanese rice will be settled in court.  With [...]

    Will Containers of Guyanese Rice be Released by BAHA for Christmas Season?
    If granted, a judicial remedy in the form of an order from the superior court will succeed.  While Attorney Banner is optimistic that the matter will be heard in the [...]

    Still No Charges in San Ignacio Police Station Rape Case
    Three days after an outrageous allegation by a twenty-five year old woman that she was raped by a Police Constable while detained at the San Ignacio Police Station, an investigation [...]

    Embattled Coast Guard Officer Keyren Tzib is Out on Bail
    Keyren Tzib will be home for the holidays. After walking up and down the steps of the Supreme Court many times, the court today granted the coastguard officer bail. She [...]

    A Belize City Man is Stabbed to Death on Amara Avenue
    Forty-five-year-old Lindbert Brown lost his life this morning, following a predawn assault during which he was stabbed multiple times inside a residence on Amara Avenue in Belize City.  It is [...]

    A New Ambassador to Cuba is Appointed
    Belize has appointed a new Ambassador to Cuba. Annie Burns Martinez, presented credentials to the government ofCubaat the Palacio de la Revolucion inHavanaaccrediting her as ambassador toCuba.  Vice President and [...]

    Cuban Migrants in Limbo at Costa Rica to Spend Holidays in Detention
    And in an update to the crisis of the Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica, they will be spending the holidays in that country. That is because negotiators have failed [...]

    More Details on RTA in Cayo District
    On Tuesday night we reported on two separate traffic accidents involving buses and fortunately there were no fatalities.  Tonight we have more details on the accident that happened between miles [...]

    An Orange Walk Cashier is Arraigned for Hit and Run Incident
    There is an arrest in a hit and run accident that occurred up north over the weekend. Cashier Madelyn Gongora, a resident of Orange Walk has been charged for ‘driving [...]

    Police Meet and Greet Residents of Lake-I
    A team of uniformed police officers, led by Senior Superintendent Chester Williams descended, on Mahogany Street in Belize City this afternoon where the men and women of law enforcement met [...]

    A Great Wall for Ladyville Police
    The Rural Eastern Division of the Belize Police Department today received a very generous and much needed donation from a corporate entity within their jurisdiction, National Aggregates Limited. Like with [...]

    New Vehicle to Assist in Covering Expansive Rural Jurisdiction
    The Rural Eastern Division covers about twenty-two thousand square miles and thirty-two communities. So it’s a given this truck is going to be a workhorse for the department which has [...]

    Christmas Cheer from Ladyville Police
    On Tuesday night we aired a story about the Rural Eastern Division giving back to the community, in cash. It was an unprecedented operation that has certainly received very positive [...]

    Transparent Gives Generously to Salvation Army Cause
    The Salvation Army is the recipient of a generous donation from Transparent BPO today.  The customer service company handed over a check for five thousand dollars to Regional Commander Major [...]

    A Christmas Parade in Ladyville
    If you’re from the Ladyville community and are watching this story, then it’s likely you’re missing out on the first every Christmas Parade organized by the victory Assembly of God [...]

    What’s Ivanka Trump Doing in Belize?
    In the United States, Donald Trump is the front runner for the Republican Party in the U.S. elections. But inBelize, it is his daughter making the news. Ivanka Trump and [...]


    Transparent BPO Gifts Salvation Army with 5K
    The Christmas season has always proven to be a time of giving and sharing and 2015 has proven no different. The Salvation Army was given a cheque of five thousand dollars from the company, Transparent BPO. The handing over took place this morning at the headquarters of Transparent BPO on Coney Drive in Belize City […]

    Aggregates Business Gives Vehicle to Rural Police
    A brand new pickup truck was handed over to the Ladyville Police Station this morning in front of the Matalon Building on Coney Drive in Belize City. On hand to receive the vehicle for the police was Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster who spoke to the media on how the vehicle will be used as well […]

    Jack Charles’ Attorney Files for Judicial Review on Guyanese Rice
    The legal battle over Guyanese rice has begun. Today Leeroy Banner who is representing Importer Jack Charles, filed an application in the court to have the rice released. Hipolito Novelo reports. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING “In another major development in the Guyanese rice saga, Attorney Leeroy Banner filed an application requesting for judicial review in order […]

    Belize’s Ambassador to Cuba Installed
    Belize’s Ambassador to Cuba, Her Excellency Annie Burns Martinez has presented her credentials to Vice President and Comptroller General of the Republic of Cuba, Her Excellency Gladys Bejerano Portela and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Marcelino Medina González. Both parties reportedly discussed new areas for cooperation in trade, culture, and tourism. Ambassador […]

    Stabbing Inside Prison Walls Turns Deadly
    Thirty two year old Sherlock Myvette was stabbed several times today at the Belize Central Prison. He is at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital under police guard while receiving treatment. Myvette who is on remand for the 2009 murder of Belmopan taxi-driver, James Young was stabbed after he was involved in an altercation with twenty […]

    James Stalling Claims Seneca Plane
    About two weeks ago we brought you an interview with Brigadier General David Jones of the Belize Defense Force where we were told that the plane that landed mysteriously at Belize City’s Municipal Airstrip in October 2015 has been claimed. At the time of that interview, a letter of ownership had been sent to the […]

    Early Morning Stabbing Proves Fatal
    Sometime around 2:30 this morning, forty five year old Lindbert Brown of Amara Avenue in Belize City was fatally stabbed. It happened in an area the neighborhood calls far west street during an altercation. According to reports, Brown had gone to visit a female friend when he and his attacker met. A relative of Brown […]

    Coast Guard Tzib Gets Conditional Bail
    Twenty-four year old Coast Guard officer Keyren Tzib, remanded on a charge of manslaughter, was granted bail of ten thousand dollars and two sureties of the same amount by Justice John Gonzalez. Her attorney, Darrell Bradley, told Love News that the bail application was successful because during the previous court session Justice Gonzalez had ordered […]

    November Figures In from SIB
    Before the year is up, the Statistical Institute of Belize issued its latest release and this one has to do with the month of November in regards to consumer price index, CPI and trade. According to the SIB, the prices of goods and services purchased by Belizean households were, on average, one point two percent […]

    Belizean Poet/Storyteller Passes
    Well known Belizean author, storyteller, and poet John Alexander Watler died this morning. Watler was born in 1938 in Monkey River Village in the Toledo District but was residing in Maryland Baltimore. Walter was in the writing business for over four decades of his life. In this timeframe Watler was one of the first writers […]

    The Guardian

    Another police intake passes out
    There are now just over 2,067 police officers who are currently serving the country at this moment. That was after recruit Intake number 92 passed out at the Belmopan Police Training Academy on Friday, December 18. 167 new recruits made it to the end of training after 172 showed up on the first day. Among the top performers included Recruit Henry Lopez, who received the Baton of Honor, for being the most consistent of the recruits in all the different assessments over the past 6 months. Diyan Barrera, received the highest marks and obtained First place, while Cynthia Turner received first place in human rights. Christian Cawich was first place in physical training. Female recruit Eleanor Ayala got first place in the marksmanship assessments. The commandant’s prize went to Allan Domingo.

    Looking for a quarrel
    Audrey is quarrelling again. It seems like this lady is just itching for a fight. The way this lady acts it reminds us of the old phrase “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. We don’t know why she has this hate for the government. It is as if though somebody in this administration did something to her. We don’t know if it was an act of commission or omissions that she is angry about. It seems as if though she just wants to make an issue out every single matter facing the government. This time it is over the fact that the government saw it fit to protect its citizens from abuse by declaring port services as an essential service. That move by government became necessary after all activities at the port were closed down when the waterfront workers went on a Wildcat strike 4 days causing no goods to be moved in or out the port . For a country like Belize that uses the ports to get the products out of this country in order to reach the buyers of these products abroad in a timely manner it was excessively disruptive.

    Hon. Elodio Aragon’s Christmas and New Year’s Message
    It is the advent of Christmas once again, and as we prepare to celebrate we must be reminded that what we truly celebrate is the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. Christmas is a time not only to make merry but to reflect and be thankful for all we have. To look at our fellow man and to impart that which satisfies more than the greatest riches in the world – LOVE. I therefor say to All Belizeans and especially to my people of Orange Walk East who have placed their confidence and trust in me to serve them, let us make the Love flow this Christmas, let us be respectful and kind to one another just as Jesus was. For it is only by caring and loving one another that we will achieve that much sought after peace that we all long for.

    BDF Officer Called to the Bar
    A group of proud relatives, Belize Defense Force soldiers, friends across the country and admirers throughout the reach of social media shared a collective smile after Liutenant Lionel Olivera was called to the Bar Association of Belize on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Lt. Olivera is the first active soldier of the Belize Defense Force to be called to the Bar. He was driven to study law after a comrade was charged and prosecuted for manslaughter in a matter he believes the force should have been in a better position to provide legal assistance. This motivated the Jesuit educated soldier to apply for enrollment in the law program at the University of the West Indies. Olivera graduated from UWI, Bridgetown Barbados in 2012 and was later accepted into the prestigious Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica. Throughout his legal studies he was a unifying force among the Belizean student population, admired by observers and loved by friends. “Juniah”, as he is affectionately called, worked diligently to be successful in his studies. He and the other Belizeans in his program made a pact that they would all make it to the finish line. That group is well on its way and Olivera’s Call is one that is celebrated by the entire brotherhood.

    Benque Cadets hold their annual Christmas Party
    The Benque Viejo Belize Police Youth Cadet Corp held their annual cadet party on Saturday of this past weekend. A total of 48 cadets attended this special event in Benque. All work and no play would leave the cadets dull, so a party is held for them at the end of each year. This year was very special for the cadets in Benque, since they were able to share their happiness with 12 underprivileged kids from the neighborhood, who were given food, drinks, party bags and gifts. They also participated in several games. The Benque Cadets would like to thank the Benque Viejo Community Policing Unit Corporal Joshua Mckoy, WPC Cheryl Lanza, PC Marco Ayala, Benque Police Department and civilians, who assisted throughout the year. They would also like for you to stay safe for the holidays and not to drink and drive.

    Orange Walk East’s Christmas Cheer
    This is only the third time that the people of Orange Walk East are truly feeling the love by way of Christmas Cheer. For years they had a representative that did not give a damn about them. Although government had been disbursing money to that area representative, the needs of the people of Orange Walk East were disregarded and ignored. Elodio Aragon Jr, like his father before him, then stepped up to the plate and filled the void left by the PUP Area Representative. From the moment he announced his candidacy for the area he has been a tireless proponent for the advancement of his people in the East where he was born and grown. His love for his constituents is genuine and their needs are taken into consideration and given attention. For the past three years he has spread the limited resources with the people of Louisiana and the five villages which comprise Orange Walk East. On Sunday December 20 he visited Santa Martha and after a brief ceremony to inaugurate their community center distributed toys to the kids and food hampers to the adults. There were also raffles where people won assorted articles such as stoves, irons, pots and even mattresses. This activity was repeated for Tower Hill, Carmelita, San Jose Nuevo Palmar and Chan Pine Ridge villages.

    The PUP’s - Let’s make a deal!
    When we found out 2 Fridays ago that once again that Francis Fonseca was again instructed by the PUP old guard to run for the vacant PARTY LEADERSHIP position , the first thing that came to mind was déjà vu all over again . We found the following story from the Channel 7 News Archives “ “Francis Will Lead The PUP”, that was posted on October 20, 2011. This story almost mirrors the one from 2 Fridays ago, the only difference is that 2 of the persons: Julius and Mike Espat who would have been his competitors back then are now his handlers and Arthur is not in the frame anymore. Johnny Briceno who stepped down as leader in October 2011 citing that he was too ill to continue, is now trying to make a comeback and is being supported by seven of the eight Northern constituencies, which nominated him. Since Jose Mai is supporting Johnny, we figure it is hand wash hand that Johnny would likewise support Mai in his bid for Deputy Leader in a crowded field of 6 aspirants. And likewise he and Mai would support Anthony Mahler in his bid to become National Communication Director, being that Mahler works for Johnny. This time it looks like there is no backing down.

    New Community Center for Santa Martha
    Santa Martha village is a small village of about 250 families located on the Old Northern Highway about fifteen miles in from Carmelita Village on the Phillip Goldson Highway. It was formed in the early 1900’s predominantly by immigrants. The residents are mostly cane farmers but there are also those who grow other crops such as vegetables. It has the necessary utilities such as electricity and potable water. They also have a primary school, church and community grounds. What they lacked however was a community center. For years they had been without such a center and had been clamoring for one until they got a representative who cares and listened to their plight. On Sunday December 20, Honorable Elodio Aragon Jr. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture and Area Representative of Orange Walk East, (in whose constituency Santa Martha falls) officially inaugurated a spanking new community center for the residents of Santa Martha Village.

    Shyning in Mesopotamia
    Area representative to be, Shyne Barrow, has been very active spreading the Christmas cheer with his uncle, the Hon. Michael Finnegan, in the division. The two have been giving out turkeys, hams, and toys over the past week for the people of Mesopotamia. That spirit of gift giving and merry making will continue up to Christmas Eve. When the Guardian asked Shyne about his commitment to the Christmas Season, his reply was curt but simple: “we are trying to get to everyone in the division, we do not want to leave anyone out.” Shyne has been in the Mesopotamia offices everyday along with Minister Finnegan distributing the turkeys, hams and toys and they have also been able to also give gifts to 1,000 deserving children in the division. The relationship of gift-giving that the two are now sharing is nothing new. As a matter of fact, Shyne has always been very close to his uncle Michael Finnegan.

    Supreme Court dismisses union busting claims of former BSI employee
    Justice Michelle Arana ruled in favour of the Belize Sugar Industry Limited on Thursday, December 17, in a labour dispute brought forward by Julio Ramon Gongora Jr. Gongora was terminated from Belize Sugar Industry Limited after 31 years of service as an Electrical & Instrumental Technician in March of 2012. Gongora claims that he was terminated by BSI because of his efforts in the union during disagreements with the factory. He took his claim of “union busting” to court in hope that he be reinstated to his post or compensated for wrongful dismissal. The company’s position is that Gongora was dismissed for breaking the company’s substance abuse policy. Justice Arana said the questions relevant to the case were: “Was Mr. Gongora intoxicated at the time he entered the BSI compound on March 2, 2012? And if so, did he breach BSI's policy on substance abuse? Did that breach entitle BSI to terminate Gongora’s employment summarily under the Labour Act? Is Mr Gongora entitled to relief (reinstatement or damages)?”

    Greg Lovell captures Pre-Christmas Cycling Race
    The Cycling Federation of Belize in collaboration with the Belize City Council and Leslies’ Imports sponsored the Annual Pre-Christmas Cycling Race on Sunday 20 December, 2015. In the Elite and Masters category, the riders started the event from in front of the Police Station in San Ignacio Town to Leslie’s Imports at Mile 1 ½ on the George Price Highway for the conclusion. The 72 miles event was captured by Greg Lovell of Digicell 4G. He was followed by team-mates Richard Santiago in the second place position, Leroy Cassasola in the third position and Giovanni Lovell in the forth position. The fifth position went to Brandon Morgan of Westrac Alliance Cycling Club.

    Elite Basketball Competition to commence on 16 January, 2016
    The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will commence its third, annual basketball competition on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The opening game will feature the newly added franchise the Independence Thunderbolt verses the back-to-back defending champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks out in San Pedro. The season tipped off on Saturday 19 December, 2015, with a Marathon at the University of Belize Gymnasium in Belmopan. The marathon saw the participation of five teams which included the San Pedro Tiger sharks, Belmopan Red Tiggaz, Western Ballaz, Independence Thunderbolt and the Dangriga Warriors.

    Police United FC a game away from the National Football Title
    The Premier League of Belize Championship round started on Sunday 20 December, 2015, with game one played at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town between the national defending champions Verdes FC and the Police United FC. In game one, the visiting Police United FC blanked the national defending champions and the host team Verdes FC by the score of 1-0. The first half of the game ended 0-0 as both teams failed to get unto the scoreboard. It was not until the second half of the game that the visiting Police United FC was able to get unto the scoreboard when Orlando Jimenez scored his team’s winning goal in the 50th minute of play to give his team the victory.

    Blue Christmas
    When I look back on this year I think about my PUP friends, wondering what the next year is going to be like for the grand old party. You see this was maybe one of the worst years for them. Having lost 4 elections during a 10 month span for 6th January to 4th November. As a part of the carnage they also lost their Captain, who had jumped overboard. Since then though it seems that he was about to drown and was rescued and wants to become the Captain again. With a leadership battle coming up at the end of January and knowing the blood trail that's usually left from these PUP insider battles, those wounds will be fresh and remain open for quite a long time. And with Village Council Elections due to start in March one does not expect for PUP to do very well in those elections. Already conventional wisdom is on the side of the UDP being that it is a new government and voters would prefer to support slates that are friendly with the government in power. Plus PUP may not be able to fill slates in many instances because people may want to stay as far away from the dying PUP also.

    Caribbean Climate Change Centre at Historic Paris Conference
    The Executive Director, Dr. Kenrick Leslie led a team of delegates from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Paris, France from 30 November to 11 December 2015. Although the delegates were unable to conclude an agreement by the time the meeting was scheduled to end on Friday, the French Presidency of the COP persisted, sent the talks into overtime and by late Saturday night had crafted an agreement that all Parties were able to adopt unanimously. The Paris Agreement commits all counties to limit global warming to as far below 2 degrees Celsius as possible striving to stave it off at 1.5 degrees. This will require all countries to undertake ambitious efforts to limit their emissions of greenhouse gases which are produced primarily by the use of fossil fuels and deforestation. The Agreement also acknowledges that counties are already experiencing the adverse impacts of climate change, that those impacts will continue to increase and that urgent action is required to undertake measures to enable communities to adapt to extreme and slow onset events precipitated by climate change.

    Achievements and Challenges of Community Policing in Benque Viejo
    The Community Policing Unit, CPU in Benque Viejo del Carmen is very vibrant with all its member officers working at the centrally located station; however they are facing a few challenges. This unit is hopeful that 2016 will bring positive impacts to Benque Police and community relations. The ‘Du The Rait Ting’ Program is working, but at this time only the Mopan High School is submitting candidates; although they are frequently late with them. Renewed efforts by the CPU will be made to get more schools to participate and to do so in a timely manner. The People’s Coalition Committee PCC is dormant at this time in Benque. Several efforts have been made to reignite the PCC, but at the same time not making it political as it formerly was. At this time the best candidate for the chairperson for the PCC is Mr. Alfredo Kuylen.

    Games they play
    Older readers will recall former boxer who was called XYZ he was a bit eccentric and used to walk around always in a sparing motion as if though he were still in a boxing match . This gentleman used to talk about when he used to go across the northern border to fight and he was made to fight a new opponent every round. According to him the Mexicans dimmed the lights and in the confusion switch boxers on him. It was known that the gentleman was not playing with a full deck of cards but he was not the only boxer or athlete to make such a claim. Footballers and Cyclist used to also make that claim also. And no this article is not about sports or folktales . It is drawing a contrast of what could happen during the PUP Convention . There are people who have a vested interest in the conversation because the are either a contestant for a position or they are affiliated with a candidate or a specific camp and we all know how self interest takes precedence over democracy and fair play in the PUP . So how can those 67,000 strong Belizeans PUP claims they represent, have any trust that the upcoming convention will be conducted fairly if either Myrtle or Henry-Charles is in charge of the administration of the electoral process at the conversation.

    Shyning in Mesopotamia
    Area representative to be, Shyne Barrow, has been very active spreading the Christmas cheer with his uncle, the Hon. Michael Finnegan, in the division. The two have been giving out turkeys, hams, and toys over the past week for the people of Mesopotamia. That spirit of gift giving and merry making will continue up to Christmas Eve. When the Guardian asked Shyne about his commitment to the Christmas Season, his reply was curt but simple: “we are trying to get to everyone in the division, we do not want to leave anyone out.” Shyne has been in the Mesopotamia offices everyday along with Minister Finnegan distributing the turkeys, hams and toys and they have also been able to also give gifts to 1,000 deserving children in the division. The relationship of gift-giving that the two are now sharing is nothing new. As a matter of fact, Shyne has always been very close to his uncle Michael Finnegan. Since he was a child he grew up under the care of Minister Finnegan. He had adopted the kind and caring nature of the Area Representative and is now in the process of showing that he too has the qualities of his uncle.

    Supreme Court dismisses union busting claims of former BSI employee
    Justice Michelle Arana ruled in favour of the Belize Sugar Industry Limited on Thursday, December 17, in a labour dispute brought forward by Julio Ramon Gongora Jr. Gongora was terminated from Belize Sugar Industry Limited after 31 years of service as an Electrical & Instrumental Technician in March of 2012. Gongora claims that he was terminated by BSI because of his efforts in the union during disagreements with the factory. He took his claim of “union busting” to court in hope that he be reinstated to his post or compensated for wrongful dismissal. The company’s position is that Gongora was dismissed for breaking the company’s substance abuse policy. Justice Arana said the questions relevant to the case were: “Was Mr. Gongora intoxicated at the time he entered the BSI compound on March 2, 2012? And if so, did he breach BSI's policy on substance abuse? Did that breach entitle BSI to terminate Gongora’s employment summarily under the Labour Act? Is Mr Gongora entitled to relief (reinstatement or damages)?”

    Dalton Longsworth, accused of sexual relations with 12 year old girl
    Dalton Longsworth, 32, is at the Belize Central Prison on remand after a 12-year-old girl claims that he engaged in sexual activities with her on November 11, 2015. Longsworth, a Belize City shuttle assistant from Victoria Street, appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Monday, December 21, to answer to a single charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 14. The girl is 12 years and 8 months old. No plea was taken from Longsworth due to the nature of the offense and bail could not be granted. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until February 29, 2016.

    No Guayanese rice to be imported... for now
    The Belize Agriculture and Health Authority (BAHA) has seized 3 containers of Guyanese Rice belonging to Importer Jack Charles (Vinod Chawla), and his Belize City business outfit Xtra House. Those 75 tonnes of rice, which Charles says is Premium Grade “A”, are sitting on the compound of the Port of Big Creek just a few miles east of Independence Village (Mango Creek). That rice arrived on Friday, December 18, in the early hours from the port in Santo Tomas, Guatemala. It landed by barge at one of the berths at the Big Creek Port, and it was offloaded unto the compound. Physically, the rice is in Belize, but until the Government Agency the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and the Customs Department clears it, the port’s management and staff cannot release it to Charles. He needs permits to import the rice, and he claims that he applied for all the necessary documentation from all the Government agencies involved in importation of goods and services into the country. As has been widely publicized, BAHA has refused to grant him that permit, and no reason has been given in writing to Charles as to why there is such a refusal. He showed up in Independence Village on Friday, December 18, in the afternoon, where the Senior Quarantine Inspector from BAHA refused to allow him the permit from BAHA to clear the containers. That officer informed Charles and the General public, via the media houses who went down, that the rice cargo was being seized. As you would expect, Charles is not the least bit pleased by this decision, and he is pressing BAHA to give him the written grounds on which they have chosen to detain his shipment of rice.

    Death row inmate Glenford Baptist has sentence changed
    Glenford Baptist, the last man on deathrow in Belize, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin on Monday, December 21, for the murder of Azrin White on July 24, 2000. Baptist was found guilty of murder by a jury of 12 in November of 2001 and sentenced to death by then Supreme Court Justice Wilfred Elrington. In July of 2015, his attorney Priscilla Banner challenged the sentence. Banner submitted that it was a breach of Baptist’s constitutional rights to be on death row for over 13 years. She said that the long period on death row breached his right not to be subjected to inhumane treatment or punishment. She also submitted that Baptist should not have been subject of an automatic sentence to death because that too is a breach of his constitutional rights. Baptist was charged with Gilroy Wade Jr. and Oscar Mendez for the murder of Azrin White. The jury found them guilty acting in a joint enterprise to kill Azrin White on the night of July 24, 2000. Justice Elrington sentenced them to death by hanging. In June of 2002, the Court of Appeals overturned Mendez’s conviction because of faulty identification in the investigation. He was released and died a few years later. Wade was killed in prison in November of 2007. Baptist is the last man standing of the three and the longest serving death row inmate.

    Waterfront workers now Under Essential Services Act
    The stevedores at the Port of Belize Limited laid a significant blow on the business community this Christmas season when they launched an abrupt and unannounced strike outside the compound of the Port of Belize on Monday, December 7. This strike was the stevedores’ response to a claim that management of the Port of Belize had changed its position on a promise made in the negotiation process. Arturo Vasquez, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Belize Limited, disputed the claim made by the stevedores and their union, Christian Workers Union, but while the two entities quarrelled the business community suffered. In order to ensure that the entire business community will no longer be a casualty of differing positions in the Port of Belize Limited’s Collective Bargaining Agreement process, the Ministry of Labour passed a Statutory Instrument that establishes stevedores and other waterfront workers as essential services employees. According to a release from the Ministry of Labour, a Statutory Instrument has been signed amending the Essential Services Act to add one more field of work on the list, “Port Services involving the loading or unloading of ship’s cargo”. Now that port services will fall within the provisions of the Essential Services Act, the union or management is required to give 21 days notice before any industrial action can be taken.

    Traffic accident before Christmas
    The family 37 year-old Ladyville Resident Robert Simplis, is preparing to bury when they would have ordinarily have been preparing for the Christmas holidays. That’s because he was knocked down and killed on Saturday, December 19. According to Ladyville police, it happened during a downpour sometime after 10 p.m. Simplis was trying to cross the Northern Highway between Miles 8 and 9, near the Blue House Bar area. That’s the time when 28 year-old Reginald James Gill was driving past in his red Mazda Tribute. Simplis was hit by the vehicle, and the force of the impact threw him a short distance away. He suffered massive head and body injuries, and he died on the spot. Police have since investigated the incident, and they have charged Reginald Gill with manslaughter, causing death by careless conduct, driving without due care and attention, and failure to provide a specimen to police.

    Good and bad news for Tevin Abraham and Jarrett Usher
    In August of 2010, Tevin Abraham, Jamaal Tablada and Jarreth Usher were arrested by police and charged with going equipped to kidnap, keeping prohibited firearm and keeping prohibited ammunition. On Friday, December 18, 2015 the charge of going equipped was thrown out against the men. Justice Adolph Lucas directed the nine member jury to acquit the trio of the offense of being in preparation for a crime. Abraham and Usher; however, must answer to the charges of keeping prohibited firearm and ammunition. Tablada was told he was free to go. Police intercepted the taxi man Floyd Davis in Ladyville on August 2, 2010 and found Tablada, Usher and Abraham inside. The men were busted with a glock .40 mm pistol, 27 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, a Taurus .40 mm pistol, 42 rounds of .40 mm ammunition, a black cap, a black mask, 3 black BDF battle dress uniforms, 1 roll of duct tape, a black rag, a blue and black E-Trex GPS, a black SL underwater flashlight, 11 cable ties, 1 compass and eight transparent gloves. Police say they later found an HK-91 rifle.

    Sherlock Herrera Charged for Drug Trafficking
    A construction worker of Belize City, Sherlock Herrera, 30, is out on bail of $3,500 after he was allegedly busted with 108 grams of cannabis on Wednesday, December 16. According to the Gang Suppression Unit, officers visited and searched Herrera’s home at #2426 Saint Jude’s Street, behind the Civic Center, and busted him with the cannabis. Herrera was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. Herrera was unrepresented when he appeared in court before Magistrate Deborah Rogers on Thursday, December 17. He was read a single charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another person or persons for the purpose of drug trafficking. Herrera pleaded not guilty to the charge and since there was no objection, Magistrate Rogers granted him bail in the sum of $3,500 plus two sureties of $1,750 each. Herrera was able to post bail and is due back in court on February 16, 2016. He has no previous charge for drug related offenses.

    Woman raped Inside San Ignacio Police Station
    San Ignacio Police have arrested one of their own officers after a 25-year-old woman of Bullet Tree Village reported that she was raped whilst in police custody. The woman reported that while she was detained at the San Ignacio Police Station on Sunday, December 20, a male police officer took her out of her cell at about 5:30 a.m. He took her into a dark room and had sexual intercourse with her against her will. Police have since detained the police officer pending investigation. There is both an internal and criminal investigation taking place simultaneously. While it is required by law that accusations be proved without the shadow of doubt for convictions, this is not the case for police’s internal investigation. If there is enough circumstantial evidence to suggest guilt, that is enough for disciplinary action to be taken against officers of the Belize Police Department. No name or photo has been released of the police officer at print time. The victim’s name will be withheld for protection from public scrutiny.

    The Reporter

    Belize gets ambassador to Cuba
    The Government of Belize, in furthering its relationship with Cuba, has announced its new Ambassador to Cuba. Ambassador Annie Burns Martinez presented her credentials to Vice President and Comptroller General of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Mrs. Gladys Bejerano Portela and First Deputy Minister of […]

    Costa Rica walks out of SICA meetings
    The Government of Costa Rica has withdrawn from the Central American Integration System (SICA for its acronym in Spanish) meetings and refuses to return, unless members agree to discuss the Cuba immigration crisis in solidarity. Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solis and Foreign Minister, Manuel […]

    Caribbean and Latin American women face serious workplace inequalities, says UNDP
    A recent United Nations (UN) report reveals that many women still face staggering inequalities in the workplace and it is slowing down progress in the Caribbean. The UN is concerned that work opportunities are spreading unequally in Latin America and the Caribbean. The UN’s 2015 […]

    CRFM looks at establishing value chain for fisheries
    The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is preparing to hold a regional workshop on establishing a value chain for fisheries products to address regional food security. Regional experts met this month to begin the preparatory work for the workshop, which will be held in 2016. […]

    Belize Assembly for Persons with Disabilities elects new officers
    The Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA), this week, elected new officials to steer the organization for the next two years. The organization’s new team consists of Roxanne Marin as president, Rasha Dawson as vice president, Noreen Martinez as treasurer, Kent Young as […]

    Accused home invader attempts suicide in police lockdown
    Lane Grinage, 25, one of the 19 persons charged in connection with the December 3rd home invasion of Lebanon’s Consul General, Sarkis Abou Nehra, remains hospitalized after he attempted suicide while in police custody over the weekend. Police say what prevented Grinage from succeeding […]

    Guyanese rice does not represent fair trade; will remain in storage for Christmas, says GOB official
    Three container loads of imported ‘Grade A’ rice from Guyana will remain locked up in storage at the Big Creek port in Stann Creek for Christmas, despite earnest efforts by the importer, businessman Jack Charles (Jitendra Chawla) to gain access to unload and start […]

    A look at movable assets and secured transaction reforms (Pt. 1)
    It is certainly no secret that one of the most talked about constraint to small business growth in Belize, as well as in several other countries, is the limited access to credit. This limitation is often linked to the nature of collateral requirements, which is more often than not based […]

    Decomposed body found hung on tree
    Mauricio Merino’s cause of death, this week, could not be determined by forensic investigations or a post-mortem examination after his badly decomposed body was found hanging from a tree in Orange Walk. Police pathologist Mario Estradabran conducted a post-mortem examination on Merino’s body on Sunday […]

    Controversy over the importation of cheap rice from the Republic of Guyana, has hit Belize like a ton of bricks. Opinion over whether to buy or not to buy the cheaper rice is sharply divided. Most of the people who support Belizean rice say the cheaper rice will destroy or […]

    Mystery owner wants plane back!
    The owner of the mystery plane that landed at the Belize Municipal Airport in October with no passengers or known cargo has come forward and is petitioning Belizean authorites to have his aircraft returned to him. The small Piper Seneca aircraft landed at the Municipal Airstrip in Belize City on […]

    BTB invites Steve Harvey to host Costa Maya Festival despite flubb
    Capitalizing on popular social media trends, as they have done before, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), is inviting comedian Steve Harvey to host the 2016 Costa Maya Festival in August. The BTB extended the invitation to Harvey posting on his Twitter account: “We all make […]

    Post office clerk steals $10,000 from express mail service
    For the second time in less than 12 months, the Belize Postal Service is recovering from a scandal in which two of its employees are involved in missing money collected from people who send express mail abroad. The latest incident was discovered on Thursday, December […]

    Inmate escapes hangman’s noose
    A man formerly sentenced to die by the hangman’s noose, escaped death this week, when the Supreme Court of Belize reversed the sentence and ordered him to serve 25 years for murder. Glenford Baptist, 44, has served 13 years in jail and is still […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Keyren Tzib makes bail on manslaughter charge
    After waiting two months and two days, 24-year-old Coast Guard seaman Keyren Tzib, accused of manslaughter in the July 18, 2015 killing of her common-law-husband, is tonight out on bail, two days before Christmas. At the time of her arrest, she was actually out on […]

    Jack Charles wants court order to compel Belize Agricultural Health Authority to act
    Importer Jack Charles is taking a case to court to compel the Belize Agricultural Health Authority to state its case against him in relation to his importation of three containers of cheaper Guyanese rice from the Big Creek port, which remain there at present. […]

    New truck for Rural Eastern Division
    We told you yesterday about the Police Department’s Eastern Rural Division Christmas initiative, in which they gave out $2,000 in hundred-dollar bills to area residents along the Philip Goldson Highway, travelling in buses. We will have reaction on that later, but first, today it […]

    Police plan new community initiatives after “Silent Santa” success
    Yesterday’s story about the Rural Eastern Division’s “Silent Santa” giveaway on the Philip Goldson Highway struck a chord with Belizeans, some of whom were disappointed they did not get a blue note from Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster and his officers. Unfortunately, that is the […]

    How new police officers will be deployed in Eastern Rural
    167 police officers graduated last week in Belmopan and most have already been assigned new postings. 15 of them will be headed to Eastern Division (Rural), where Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster says they are at work in Sandhill and Maskall villages. Sandhill will serve […]

    Ladyville churchgoers host Christmas Parade
    This evening residents of Ladyville and Lord’s Bank will be treated to a first-of-its kind Christmas parade organized by the various Christian churches in the area. Musician and member of Victory Assembly of God Church, Shane Henry, says his church’s men’s ministry practices caroling in […]

    Prisoner stabbed in Hattieville
    Meanwhile, there was a stabbing this afternoon at the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville but fortunately, that one was not fatal. Officer Commanding Hattieville Police, Inspector Rochelle Chan identified the victim as Sherlock Myvette, on remand for murder and kidnapping. His attacker has also been […]

    Brothers Grinage granted bail
    . Two brothers, Sheldon Grinage and John Grinage, who were remanded into custody on charges which included aggravated burglary of the residence of Lebanon Honorary Consul Sarkis Abou Nehra, were released on bails of $8,000 each that was offered to them today by Justice Herbert Lord. […]

    Deondray McKoy beats attempted murder charge
    Twenty-three year Deondre Mckoy, charged with the attempted murder of Alexis Ku, was acquitted of the charge by Justice John Gonzalez. Mckoy was also acquitted of charges of dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Mckoy was not represented by any attorney. Crown Counsel Kileru Awich represented […]

    Fatal accident reported in Camalote
    There was a fatal traffic accident reported this evening in the village of Camalote. It involved two vehicles, a motorcycle and a grey Mazda Tribute driven by a woman with two male passengers. Both vehicles were coming from the direction of Spanish Lookout, headed to Belmopan. […]

    New Burrel Boom transfer station officially open
    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Immigration, along with the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWMA), issued a press release earlier today, announcing to the general public that the Burrell Boom Transfer Station at Mile 7 on the Burrell Boom/Hattieville Road is now in operation. […]

    San Ignacio Rotaract Club hand toys to 200 children
    The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio held another successful toy drive over the weekend. Rotaract Public Relations Director, Brendon Godoy says this is the third year the drive was held and they were able to reach out to 200 children in the San Ignacio/Santa Elena […]

    Police investigate stabbing death of Linbert Brown
    Belize City police are currently investigating the details surrounding the murder of 45-year-old Linbert Brown from Amara Street. Initial investigation has revealed that Brown allegedly attack a female with a broken bottle. According to reports, a by passer saw Brown attacking the female who intervened […]

    Belize City cops seize 63 grams of weed
    On December 22nd, around 6:00 p.m., members of the Special Branch Tactical Response Squad seized 63 grams of suspected cannabis on Vernon Street in Belize City while on patrol. Officers discovered a black plastic bag with the suspected substance which was taken to base and labelled […]

    9-millimeter taken off Belize City streets
    Belize City Police have labelled a fire arm with 14 live rounds as “found property” after discovering it on Red Bell Street in the Old Capital. According to the police report, on December 22nd around 6:15 a.m., while on foot patrol, officers spotted the 9 millimeter […]

    Donald Trump’s Daughter Vacations in Belize
    Ivanka Trump, the pregnant 34-year-old daughter of US Republican presidential candidate and billionaire investor Donald Trump, is currently vacationing in Belize with her husband. Trump posted the update to her followers via Instagram and shared that she is staying at Cayo Espanto, located three miles […]

    Placencia police thanks community for support in 2015
    A release from the Placencia Police Sub-Formation expressed its gratitude to the communities of Riversdale, Maya Beach, Seine Bight and Placencia for their support in the collective effort of maintaining law and order, as community involvement is important in the battle against crime. It […]

    Fair weather conditions predicted
    The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies today and partly cloudy skies tonight with showers, if any, being isolated and brief. Winds will be blowing from the East-Southeast at 10-20 knots with occasional higher gusts and the sea state will be […]

    26-year-old woman charged for hit and run
    A woman has been arrested for fleeing the scene after an accident she caused this past weekend. Madelyn Gongora, a Belizean cashier of Palotti High School who resides on Macal Street in Orange Walk Town, is being accused of hitting 45-year-old Marco Cuellar of […]

    Owner of mystery plane comes forward
    From October 27th, when a Piper PA 34 Seneca airplane landed at the Municipal Airstrip in Belize City, no owner had come forth to claim it nor could the pilot be located until the Ministry of National Security was contacted by an American who […]


    Integrating the Caribbean and Central America
    In continuing with what I’ve been talking about for several years now as to how things are being integrated into districts and all that. Earlier posts talk about the over all picture, others talk about the regional CARICOM and SICA stuff and some other angle. This one speaks more into that. Time to wake up Belizeans.

    The True Meaning of Christmas – AIBL’s Cheer
    What’s your meaning of Christmas? Every year around the month of December, I would wonder about the true meaning of Christmas. Growing up, I was taught that Christmas is a time to be with your loved ones, a time to go to church, have a nice Christmas dinner and best of all, receive colorful gifts from family and friends. However, I often question how many people are as fortunate as I am? Most of the time, we become so busy getting ready for Christmas, buying ham, turkey, decorations, Christmas tree and gifts for a long list of names that we often don’t stop to realize the true meaning of Christmas. For me, the true meaning of Christmas is about making others feel happy and putting a smile on people’s faces. I believe that at this point in my life, I have come to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas. I have learnt to appreciate others but most importantly I have realized that I like making others feel happy. Its the best feeling ever!

    Why Ex-Pats Love Living in Belize
    We’ve gathered opinions from new residents and those who have been around for many years to find out why they love it here and why so many of them say that the longer they live here, the more they understand the meaning of the word paradise. It’s not hard to fathom why ex-pats feel this way, but why speak for them when we can pass along their enthusiasm directly? You can navigate this small nation effortlessly Because Belize is such a diverse nation, pockets of ex-pat developments are springing up from east to west and north to south. Some people immigrate here because they want to be in close proximity to the sea and others are equally thrilled to make their new homes inland. Since Belize is only the size of Vermont, getting around takes no time at all, which is another reason Belize is so popular with new residents.

    Blend or shake all ingredients together. Garnish with pineapple, slice of coconut, & cherry. Blue Hole Rum can be substituted with Blue Curacao.

    Mix honey, lime juice, banana, rum, and mango pieces in a kitchen blender. Blend until you get a smooth thick sauce. Transfer to a mixing bowl, and add the green peppercorns, onion, jalapeno pepper and salt.

    PINEAPPLE-MANGO RUM CHICKEN (Daisy Style) by Miss Daisy
    Grill chicken breast and simmer in pineapple saute for 2 minutes. Serve over your favorite rice. Saute onion, green pepper, garlic, salt, pepper, and soy sauce in vegetable oil. Flambe rum (take saute pan away from flame). Add diced pineapple, mango, and pineapple juice. Makes enough to serve 4.

    What to Know About the New Paris Climate Deal
    Over the past three weeks, leaders and delegates from 195 world nations have been formulating a global agreement on the reduction of climate change at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. They’ve now reached this agreement, and governments are expected to follow through with their various commitments to make it happen. A key part of this agreement would be the pledges made by individual countries to reduce their emissions. The final draft of the agreement was recently released to the public and outlines the various measures that need to be made to limit the rise in average global temperature to well below 2°C, with 1.5°C being the ideal benchmark. The attendees called the agreement, “The single most important collective action for addressing climate change ever agreed upon.” The most important thing for the global community to do is to keep things below that 2-degree mark, the conference delegates agreed, to ward off the most severe effect of global warming. As Justin Gillis reports for The New York Times, while we don’t know the exact temperature at which the entire Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets will melt, staying below 2°C to avoid this is a good bet. And 1.5°C is an even better bet.

    International Sourcesizz

    Marvel At Some Of National Geographic’s Best Photos From 2015
    Committed to showcasing amazing photography, National Geographic Magazine publishes stunning images shot around the world each day on its website. Taken in locations as varied as the ice of Antarctica or the shores of the island of Larak in the Persian Gulf, the images serve as a daily reminder of the beauty and wonder of planet Earth. To mark the impending start of the new year, the site chose some of its favorite images of 2015 taken by both the publication's staff photographers and its Your Shot community. Take a look at part of the selection below, and head over to National Geographic's site to see more.

    Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner ‘Snuck Away’ For an (Enviable) Tropical Babymoon
    U.S. Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka recently posted pictures from a secret hideaway in Belize. Any guesses where exactly she might be? Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner have found a solution to the winter blues: a tropical escape. The couple, who are expecting their third child next year, ‘snuck away’ to a enviable Belizean beach destination for their very own babymoon. Trump, 34, shared photos from their vacation on Instagram Tuesday, writing, “Jared and I snuck away together to enjoy a few days of R&R.”

    17 of the world's weirdest water features
    Liquid marvels: The ultimate shape-shifter, water exhibits its fair share of weirdness. Here are some of Earth's more unusual water features. An underwater sinkhole about 40 miles off the coast of mainland Belize, the Great Blue Hole is considered one of the world's best diving spots. More than 400 feet deep, the collapsed cave is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    14 Adventures to Add to Your 2016 Bucket List
    Hike the Rainforests of Belize: Yoga teacher Natalie Magee hiked through lush jungle vegetation to reach an overlook above the Macal River and Black Rock Lodge. She shared the trails with snakes, toucans, and tapirs, the national animal of Belize.

    United States approves $750 million aid package for Central America
    The United States Congress has approved a new budget which will see $750 million allocated to Central America. The money is to help the countries in the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) – Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador – tackle poverty and gang violence, improve security, and reform their government. A statement by the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden underscores the growing issue of migrants, including unaccompanied minors, who are risking their lives to enter the U.S. to escape violence, poverty, and crime in Central America. “The security and prosperity of Central America are inextricably linked with our own,” says Biden, adding that “this decision by Congress to invest $750 million in Central America demonstrates that we honor our commitments and believe in a future where the Western Hemisphere is middle class, democratic, and secure”.


  • Diving the Blue Hole with Amigos del Mar Dive Shop, 6min.

  • Belize Police Money Operation aka Silent Santa, 8min.

  • al sur del mundo - LA RESERVA MARINA DE HOL-CHAN (BELIZE), 29min. Una fascinante exploración por el mundo submarino de los arrecifes de coral en las antiguas aguas costeras del caribe. Miles de turistas, llegados desde Europa y Norteamérica recorren sus cálidas y transparentes aguas para conocer la increíble fauna de los ambientes coralinos.

  • BELIZE CITY November 2015, 4min. Driving with tour buss around BELIZE CITY and LADYVILLE village on the way to AL TUN HA old MAYAN CITY (aprox. 2 h)... The tour guide gave excellent explanations and was overall great at her job !!!......everything was good.

  • FRENCH LOUIE CAYE - SOUTHERN BELIZE - by Sean Sullivan, 1.5min.

  • Steve B, Texas... Big Snook in Manatee River, Belize, 1min. Recent big snook catch by Steve B. of Texas... Manatee River Belize with Action Belize famous guide Richard Young, Jr.

  • Dolphins Merry Christmas Wishes, 1min. Merry Christmas From Belize. Short clip from yesterday's journey back from the Blue Hole with Dolphins leading us back to San Pedro. Peace on Earth!

  • Santa on Caye Caulker, in a golf cart!, 1min.

  • BEL Employees Distribute Hampers to 120 Families Countrywide, 1min. Employees of Belize Electricity Limited, for the 17th consecutive year, continued the tradition of distributing hampers to deserving families across the country on December 22 and 23, 2015. The hampers contain the main ingredients for a traditional Christmas dinner; some also include toys for families with children and care packages with toiletries for the elderly.

  • Belize 2008, 3min.

  • Zip Lining in Belize 2015, 3.5min. Our little girls on their first cruise and first zip lining experience in the jungle.


  • Christmas message from Manuel Heredia Jr., 8min.

    December 23, 2015


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

    The San Pedro Sun

    Belize’s Hyperbaric Chamber: Providing International standards of treatment on Ambergris Caye
    Belize tourism industry continues to flourish, with most visitors engaged in recreational diving and snorkeling activities in our tropical waters. In San Pedro Ambergris Caye, the Sub-aquatics of Belize Limited has been offering hyperbaric medical treatment to the country’s visiting and diving community for over 25 years. At an appreciation Christmas dinner held at Elvis Kitchen restaurant on Monday, December 14th, the San Pedro Hyperbaric Chamber’s CEO Mauricio Moreno spoke to The San Pedro Sun about the origins and services of the ‘Recompression Chamber Network’ on the island, as well as praised the works of his invaluable staff. The chamber is a member of the 12 Sub-Aquatic Safety Service (SSS) Network which has similar facilities in every continent. Some of these places include Mexico, Africa, Ecuador, USA, Bahamas and even Thailand. This attests to the facility’s high standards and experience in hyperbaric medicine. The idea of having a Hyperbaric Chamber Clinic on the island came after Belize became a potential diving destination.

    Belize shaken after an earthquake in Chiapas, Mexico
    Here in Belize, residents from the Belize and Cayo districts report to have felt the strongest tremor. In an interview with Channel 5 News, Belize National Metrological Service Forecaster, Francisca Wellington explained more on the occurrence. “We have a program here at the met service that as soon as there is an earthquake, it’s registered. It pops up on our screen and it’s able to tell us the exact location of the epicenter, the magnitude of the earthquake and how far it was from Belize,” said Wellington. She also explained why these distant tremors are felt in Belize. ““What we feel are the tremors from the epicenters of earthquakes that happen close to us; for example in regions such as Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and in the Caribbean as well. So we wouldn’t feel the direct impact of an earthquake, but we will feel the tremors. If the epicenter is close enough to Belize, it will feel very strong, intimidating and even frightening.”

    2015 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Decorates our Caribbean Coast
    Taking the first place prize was Captain Rick Sutherland of ‘Miss Zetti’, sponsored by Ramon’s Village Resort. Taking second place was Captain Wayne McRae of ‘Way-Lin-Eh sponsored by Coco Loco’s and Caye Coffee, while third place went to Captain Ben Popik of ‘Mojo Rising’ sponsored by Palapa Tours and Truck Stop. An award was also given to Best Small Boat which went to Captain Erik Henkis of ‘Uprising’ sponsored by The Phoenix. Honorable mentions also went out to ACES Charity Boat ‘Miss Ness’ sponsored by 12 Belize and Belize Diving Adventures, Captain Ben Robinson of ‘Baby Boy’ sponsored by Marbucks and Palapa Tours, Captain Jose Luis Zapata of ‘Gaven’ sponsored by Jose Luis Zapata Studios and Captain Kevin Smith of ‘YOLO’ sponsored by Kevin and Heather Smith.

    BAHA not allowing Guyanese Rice into Belizean Market
    In early December 2015, business man Jack Charles (Jitendra Chawla) announced that he would be importing Guyanese rice into the Belizean market. This imported rice would be relatively cheaper than the local rice grown in Belize and as such cause much controversy with industry partners. While the Government of Belize (GOB) and Belizean rice growers expressed disapproval on the importation of rice, Charles still proceeded with the process. On Thursday, December 17th, 75 tons of Guyanese rice belonging to Charles arrived at the Big Creek Port in Independence Village, Stann Creek District. However, Charles was unable to receive it as the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) denied clearance for the release of the three containers of rice. With his product on hold and no confirmation whether GOB will the allow importation of the Guyanese rice, Charles is anything but happy. He claims that he understands GOB’s concerns on the importation, but his intentions are not to damage the rice growers. “My objective is to import only 20% of the total rice consumed in the country… [I] certainly don’t have any interest in creating an import monopoly… This will give consumers a choice on the shelf and easier access for this basic grain and will also serve as a check and balance on the price of rice in the local market,” said Charles in a release. His intentions are to offer consumers Grade A (premium quality rice) rice at around $0.69 per pound.

    Adopt a bear brings Christmas joy to island children
    176 children of San Pedro Ambergris Caye will have their wish list come true on this festive Christmas season. This will be possible thanks to the ‘Adopt a Bear’ project created by a group of individuals on the island set to ensure that the island’s less fortunate children receive a gift from Santa! The project gives the opportunity to anyone to give a Christmas present to one child who may otherwise not receive one. The project was a tremendous success, and well over a hundred children represented by the adopted bears received their gifts on the morning of Wednesday, December 23rd from 9AM to 1PM at the Lions Den. Following the distribution of gifts, the children were treated to a hearty lunch.

    Ambergris Today

    Christmas Lights at Sea Brighten San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
    Ramon’s Village brought it’s A-Game to the 9th Annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade with an brilliant show of lights that had Santa Claus riding his sleigh filled with Christmas Trees, a parrot, shark, dive flag and two giant pineapples being pulled by sea turtles. The top boat of the evening dazzled onlookers with its show of color and cheer. After being picked up by a new committee of volunteers headed by Dee Regis Vasquez of Wayo’s Beach Bar & Aqua Vista Beachfront Suites and Britney O’Daniel of Sandbar Beachfront Hostel & Restaurant the Holiday Boat Parade was back in action after it was cancelled for 2015. The new team rushed to find sponsors and made a great effort in gathering participants for the parade. On parade day, Monday, December 21, 2015, fifteen boats lined up for the fun and hundreds of residents and visitors crammed onto piers, beach areas and viewing stations to enjoy the spectacle of lights on the water. There was a crab chasing an angel, Santa riding a train, Christmas trees, a giant truck and plenty hundreds more lights that decorated the evening shoreline. The San Pedro Holiday boat parade was deemed an even bigger success this year.

    Ambergris Caye Boasts Unique Holiday Boat Parade
    It has become a yearly attraction in Ambergris Caye, Belize, the San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade, now in its ninth year is an impressive show of talent, lights, creativity and holiday cheer! Visitors from abroad are now booking their vacations around the lighted boat parade celebrations that highlight the season’s celebrations in Belize. Businesses, private boats and charity/non-profit organizations run wild with their imaginations and strings of lights to create masterpieces that shine bright and cheerful at sea. The Holiday Boat Parade is one of its kind in the region and is promising to attract even more participants from neighboring countries. A panel of judges set up their viewing station at the end of a dock and prepare for the parade of lights that brighten up the town. Spectators gather along the docks, Central Park and various viewing stations at establishments who prepare for the grand event.

    Another Successful Fashion Show for Boxes of Joy
    It was a full house at the Angel Nuñez Auditorim on Friday, December 18, 2015 for the annual Boxes of Joy fashion show; themed "The Future is Gold". The show kicked off with a beautiful christmas introduction skit by Vellie Del Valle leading to the commencement of the cutest children strutting down the runway wearing the latest trends for the holidays. Founder of Boxes of Joy Shantel Pascasio and Francisco Mendez mentioned that this was indeed another successful show and are even happier because they have broken their record of 800 gifts and can now provide many more toys to the children this christmas. Mrs. Pascasio also mentioned that she had some extra gifts which she gave to the Cornerstone Foundation in San Ignacio. Huge Thanks to thank Leo's for helping out during the show and Salinas Family for donating $800 worth of toys.

    No Foul Play Suspected in Discovery of Dead Body in San Pedro
    The San Pedro Police Department does not suspect any foul play in the discovery of a dead body found at the south entrance of the San Pablo Area about 1.5 miles south of San Pedro Town, today Tuesday, December 22, 2015. The body of 72-year-old Elijio Lino, was discovered today after a foul smell was noticed coming from a property just behind Ambergris Lake Villas. Police suspect that Lino died of natural causes and the body will be inspected by medical officers on the island before it will be buried, due to the advanced state of decomposition. Passersby and residents of the area immediately expressed their sympathy for the senior citizen who could be seen sitting by the side of the road daily.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Passing of Mrs. Manuela Guerrero
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Guerrero family & friends on the passing of Mrs. Manuela Guerrero. There was a wake, Tuesday, December 22, at her residence in the evening. Funeral services will be today, December 23 - time is yet to be confirmed.

    Holiday hours for San Pedro Town Council
    The San Pedro Town Council offices will be closing on: -Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 12:00 noon, and resuming to regular working hours on Monday, December 28, 2015. -Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:00 noon, and resuming to regular working hours on Monday, January 4, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

    New years eve Caye Caulker (West Bay Beach club)

    A Politically Correct Christmas Poem..
    Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck... How to live in a world that's politically correct? His workers no longer would answer to "Elves", "Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves. And labor conditions at the North Pole, were alleged by the union, to stifle the soul. Four reindeer had vanished without much propriety, released to the wilds, by the Humane Society. And equal employment had made it quite clear, that Santa had better not use just reindeer. So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid, were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

    Safeguarding the Living Heritage of Belize, Jamaica and T&T
    This booklet was prepared by the UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean, and provides the highlights of a three year project for safeguarding living heritage realised in Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago through the support of the UNESCO/JAPAN Funds-in-Trust.

    11 year old Aidan Peterson fundraises for FCD
    FCD is honoured and grateful to 11 year old Aidan Peterson of Seven Arrows Elementary School of Los Angeles who conducted a fundraising drive to help protect wildlife of Chiquibul. At your young age, Aidan – you are already a Champion of the Chiquibul. We are proud of You!!!

    VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Communications Coordinator, WCS Belize Program
    Position Title: Communications Coordinator Status: Full-time Reports To: WCS Belize Program, Assistant Country Director Office: WCS Belize Program, Belize City, Belize The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a non-profit organization, saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. The WCS Belize Program is seeking to recruit a suitable individual to fill the position of Communications Coordinator. The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the communications component of this program. S/he will serve as the primary communications focal point for collaboration with NGO, creative teams, and government agency partners. The communications component aims to raise awareness about key conservation issues and inspire target audiences to engage in conservation action in Belize and the region. In particular, this position will support the implementation of a Belize Replenishment Zones Expansion Communications and Outreach Strategy, which includes the design, production, and distribution of an Entertainment-Education radio drama, and community engagement activities and campaigns.

    The Museum of Belize (NICH) donates to the Krem Christmas Toy Drive 2015!
    Yesterday the Museum of Belize (NICH) was able to spread some Christmas Cheer with a donation of a box of toys to the KREM FM 96.5, 91.1, 101.1, Krem Television Christmas Toy Drive 2015. We were proud to be a part of this eight (8) year strong initiative in giving back to the kids within the community.

    Wanted. Full time cook. Habaneros on Caye Caulker
    Some experience is a plus but we train in house. Preference given to applicants from Caye Caulker. Non-Legal Residents will not even be considered. Start date this week. Wage dependent on previous experience but will be a live able wage regardless. Call Darren at 626-4911 between noon and midnight or stop by the restaurant before 6:00pm and after 9:00pm.

    International Costa Maya Festival sets dates for 2016
    August 4.5.6 2016

    By: Abdulmajeed K. Nunez. What is a Belizean artist worth? Who is ensuring that they are getting what they are worth? Imagine NICH does not even have pension fund! What about a Sagicore pay in plan? What is stopping a Quasi Government Organization to set an employee trust found? Imagine the premier arts institution without a pension found Is this is the faith or our artisans? Will they all die like paupers like Mr. Peters and the Boom and Shine Band? In case an artist wants to premier their work? Yes there is the option of the Belisle Gallery How will NICH promote feature stage opportunities for youth to perform? How do they promote new writers without having the platform? Youth have access to the Youth Department to record a song They will still need physical personnel to help turn it into a production Where will they get the jump start capital to do their personal project? To tell artist all the need to have is the drive Is clearly not enough in this business for them to thrive? They are handicapped from the get go, it’s just a feel good

    Education USA Reference Center
    Come visit the Education USA Reference Center at the Leo Bradley Library Princess Margaret Drive, Belize City. With out book collection that can help you prepare for your SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GRE etc. Practice makes perfect and the Education USA Reference Center in Belize City has all the study resources you need to get into the school of your choice in the United States!!!

    Channel 7

    Port CEO Says Stevedores Not The "Small Man", Not Moneywise At Least
    On Friday, government amended the labour law making it so that stevedoring is now an essential service. That means that under the law they can no longer spontaneously strike like they did a few weeks ago - crippling the Port of Belize in the process. Yesterday, the Christian Workers Union lashed out at GOB - saying it had sided with the big money interests against the small stevedores - especially notable since many of those stevedores are UDP supporters from their southside strongholds. President of the CWU Audrey Matura Shepherd said her members had gotten, quote, "a royal Christmas bukkut." Well, not surprisingly, the Port of Belize had a very different take on that today. Port CEO Arturo Tux Vasquez said Matura went too far, and he responded today by going further than he's ever gone before: he told us how much stevedores make annually - and suggested that there's no reason they should be complaining:... "To be honest I actually had to sit and take notes, looking at the news to make sure that I cover everything because I think that perhaps this time the interviews have gone too far. I go to a quotation she said about poor workers with less benefits. On an average a stevedore works around 40-70 days for the year and earns approximately an average of $35,000 per annum.

    CWU President Says First Caribbean Showing (More) Bad Faith
    Yesterday the CIBC First Caribbean International Bank sent out a release announcing that as of January 29th , 2016, it would be "hasta la vista, Belize!" As of that date, Heritage Bank would take control of all their assets - but there's no such guarantee for staff. And so, the Christian Worker's Union, who represents over 60 of the employees of First Caribbean is not at all pleased. Months of back and forth between both sides could not settle their labour differences, principally for an exit package deal for the 60-odd workers. That matter is still pending but FCIB is already singing sayonara. Today, CWU President Audrey Matura Shepherd told us that this is yet another show of bad faith on the part of the bank. "What happened is that strangely despite the bank not having any dialogue with us, they were insisting to have a meeting and we were unable to attend that meeting before, because we are completing negotiations with other entities. So the Mr. Smith from the bank insisted that if he could only visit the office to talk to Mr. Neal which he did yesterday. The reason that was important for them to have done is because the legislation and the CBA clearly said that whatever decision that will affect the workers, they had to first inform the bank, then they could implement it.

    Two Ladyville buses collided head on at the southern foot of the Haulover Bridge this morning. It happened at around 7:30 am - the height of the rush hour - causing a major traffic jam stretching for miles. Sometime after 8:00 this morning a Haylock Bus rammed into the back of a Ramos Bus. The always forthcoming Bert Ramos, the owner of Ramos Bus Company, told us what happened. Bert Ramos, Owner - Ramos Bus Company "Actually what happened I was coming from Belize City and I had 4 passengers in my bus going up and while on the approach of the bridge one of those big trucks that have a long trailer was coming from the opposite side of the bridge, but it give the space. So I already see that it wasn't giving the space. So I just stop to let it pass because I didn't want it to break my mirror because my bus is new. I just got this bus about a month and change ago. I decide to stop to give the truck way to pass and couple seconds I feel bang in back of my bus. That is all what went on."

    Can There Be a Dual Rice Price Regime?
    Right now is day number 6 for Belize City importer Jack Charles. He continues to wait for the Government authorities to give him written reasons as to why it has seized 3 containers of Guyanese rice at the Port of Big Creek. The Government has stated clearly that it will not allow him to sell his Guyanese Rice in Belize because it will threaten the local rice producing industry. But, Charles is undeterred. He says this is just a setback and continues to advertise his 69 cent rice as "coming soon". He's asking for a dual price regime: one for his Guaynese Rice which will only take up 20% of the local market - and keep the producers honets, and another regime for locally produced rice. Here's what Jack Charles and the CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture both had to say on that issue: Jose Alpuche, CEO - Ministry of Agriculture "What will happen right now is that we have an importer who is saying that he will voluntarily restrict his imports to 20% and I have yet to see one operating that way - that fashion in Belize. And secondly that he can only guarantee the price for two years. Now that says to me that what we may very well have here in addition to the subsidies issue is a question of dumping."

    Bill Collector Claims Robbery, Cops Say Scam
    A woman claiming she was the victim of an aggravated robbery is today facing charges for theft and allegedly deceiving authorities. According to Police, 45 year old Sharon Burgess of Neal's Pen Road Belize City, a collector for Channel Broadcasting Cable, reported that she was robbed of almost four thousand dollars by two dark skinned young men. She claimed that one of the men showed her an ice pick and demanded money, which she claims she handed over. But, there were inconsistencies in her story, and police didn't buy it. CIB personnel concluded that the report was false. As a result Sharon Burgess was today arrested and charged for theft and mischievous act. Burgess has reported being robbed before.

    A Soldier and A Lawyer
    This morning, the court room of Justice Courtney Abel was crowded with Belize Defence Force Soldiers. They were there with their commander, General David Jones, to see one of their own, Lt. Lionel Olivera, take the oath of a practicing attorney in Belize. Olivera is the first soldier in the BDF's history to become a trained attorney at law, and after the ceremony, we spoke to him about this important milestone in his carrier: Lt. Lionel Olivera, Esq. First Soldier Called to the Bar "In the practice of law as an attorney at law and according to the best of my knowledge, skill and ability in accordance with the laws of Belize so help me God." "Today for me is an overwhelming experience. A very prideful day of course. I am humbled by it. It's a 5 year journey that has finally ended. I've seen the light at the end of the tunnel. Initially the reason why I actually decide to go and study law was because we had an incident in the Belize Defence Force where one of our soldiers had shot someone and he ended up was charged by the court by manslaughter. And I believe that the BDF could have done more in terms of assisting him. So that struck a chord in me and I said why we didn't do much more. So I decided I will send in my application and I was successful at that and here I am now."

    Can BDF Keep Up With Cops?
    So, while the BDF gets its first trained attorney, does it have enough frontline soldiers? The police recently passed the two thousand mark - so what about the BDF. The commander told us that a strategic defense review is being conducted which will determine how many more personnel and assets will be needed for the next 10 years: Brig. Gen. David Jones, Commander - BDF "We are currently working on a strategic defense review for the force. Which means that we are looking at the BDF in the next 10 years ahead. We are discussing all the issues that the force is required to conduct which includes the retention and security and control of what is happening along the border, which means we going to have to look at the man power, the strength, the resources, the equipment and the size that the force needs to grow. So all that is being taken into consideration and it is being done now, should conclude before the middle of next year and that document will entailed all the necessary resources, equipment and the size that the BDF will grow. It is intended for the BDF to grow and that final number will be decided after the review is done."

    Are Independent Operators Being Crowded Out At FSTV?
    Last night we told you about the concerns of the independent tour operators at Fort Street Tourism Village. Now, this is certainly not the first time we've heard discontent around and about the Fort Street Tourism Village. Earlier this year the freelance tour operators outside the gates were complaining that they are not getting a fair share of the business and that the system is set up to deliberately cut them out of the picture. Well, the independent tour operators on the inside - are the ones now saying that management is trying to run them out of business through various strategies, including increasing their passenger insurance requirement. Our reports say that now the FSTV Management is requiring a major increase in insurance coverage for passengers; from two hundred thousand per guest, to 2 million! That would send insurance premiums through the roof - and that kind of insurance police would have to be purchased from international vendors in US dollars - it's not available locally. Today, the BTB's Director of Cruise and Regional Initiatives Valdemar Andrade told us he is not aware of any insurance increase and that the BTB wouldn't implement of approve any regulation that would alienate these operators.

    Harvest Caye: Not Gonn' Be Ready
    February 16th 2016: That was when the 100 million dollar Harvest Caye Project was to be completed, but today Andrade told us that they are off schedule and he isn't sure when it will be completed. Still, Andrade gave us an update as to where the project is right now and how the operations will be set up when it is finished. Valdemar Andrade - Director, Destination Planning & Cruise, BTB "The southern cruise port at Harvest Caye basically at this time from my knowledge is that it will be delayed. I don't know the exact timing of it. What I do know is that they have informed me that they will have a press release soon to know the exact timing of what that will be. It was scheduled to officially be opened on February 2016. But it will be delayed." Reporter "Did they give you reasons as to why the delay?" Valdemar Andrade - Director, Destination Planning & Cruise, BTB "Not as yet. I don't have any reasons as to why the delay. Basically as soon as we know that, we will inform you. The tour that we had was to look at where it was in terms of timing, in terms of what's on there, especially and from what we see they are following the guidelines to what we know. In terms of the environmental guidelines, you would have to ask the department of the environment to speak with respect to those. But from our perspective it is coming along well and we are now expecting what that date will be so that when the southern cruise port will be open."

    Stake That To The Bank
    The Stake Bank Project: as we reported in October, the legal battle between the Feinstein Group, the Government, and the Fort Street Tourism Village is over - and Feinstein won - which should put Stake Bank on the fast track. Except we haven't heard much new about the project and so we asked Andrade about it today and he told us they are in dire need of this docking facility - which is somewhere on the event horizon: Valdemar Andrade - Director, Destination Planning & Cruise, BTB "As far as I know there is no closure and I don't know the exact state of play of Stake Bank until all the relevant documents and everything are in place then I will be able to say where Stake Bank is going. That docking facility is needed as I've always say and I continue to say. There is definitely a need for a docking facility, because of the size of the ships that are coming in the future. The way the cruise industry is moving, we do have a need for Belize to have a docking facility to be able to go to oasis class ships or beyond oasis class ships and so I would say that there is a need and even an urgency at this time to ensure that we have a port in place."

    City Teenager Caught Coming From Benque With Gun
    Last night we told you about the prohibited firearm that was confiscated at the Belize-Guatemala border. It's a .45 handgun, banned in several countries including Belize, because it is so deadly. Police in Benque Viejo have since arrested and charged 19 year old Kyle Carter for the possession of this illegal weapon. We spoke to Superintendent Daniel Arzu via telephone today who gave us the full story. "Sometime around 3pm on Sunday 20th December, officers who were assigned at the Belize Western Border observed 3 male persons entering the entry point for the customs area from Guatemala. Those were 3 dark male persons. They seemed to be acting quite suspiciously and one of them took out an object and threw it out a window. Police went to the immediate area where the item was thrown and while going around the building, a male person also from the 3 was also going to the exact area and upon seeing the police the person remained at where he was and the officer retrieved the items thrown which revealed to be a .45 pistol."

    Another Blow For Faith Nazarene
    It's been a tough year for Faith Nazarene Primary School in San Ignacio. The school year started late because teachers and parents were in open rebellion against the Principals - and now, someone made it even worse by raiding the school and stealing all their high tech gadgets. On Monday night, someone burglarized Faith Nazarene by breaking in through the door of the principal's office. That's where they scooped up 27 Galaxy tablets and 2 speakers. It's a terrible loss to the school according to General Manager Raymond Shepherd. The tablets, which were donated by the rotary club from Tabasco Canada a few years ago, were used by the students daily during computer classes. No one has been arrested for the burglary but we understand that one suspect is being sought. And it's not the first time; earlier this year, around the summer break, the school was burglarized and that's when the first set of tablets were stolen. Then, not more than two months ago they broke into the principal's office again and stole her laptop. These successive cases of theft, have led the school management to conclude that the perpetrators know the school very well.

    Unexpected Christmas Come-Up For Commuters
    If you had a hundred dollars extra this Christmas week - what would you do with it? That's what 20 bus commuters heading past Airport Junction have the luxury of thinking about tonight - after Ladyville police gave them a blue note. But they had to earn it! Not by doing hard labour - but by getting "punked" by the Commander of Eastern Division Rural, Edward Broaster. In the media, we know well enough that Senior Superintendent Broaster has a flair for the dramatic, but today he gave it a comical twist . We'll let Daniel Ortiz describe what happened: In total, Ladyville police gave away $2,000 dollars cash.

    Diverse Christmas Party
    The young, the old, and the differently abled, were hosted at a two hour Christmas party held today at the Mental Health Welcome Center in Belize City. The event was hosted by the Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Abilities and it catered to 150 people. This event is one of the many initiatives being headed by the new board of BAPDA since being elected into office in November earlier this year. Eva Middleton one of the volunteer managers spoke to us about the importance of hosting such an event. One of the primary projects on their agenda for next year according to Marin is to increase their lobbying efforts to get the government to pass more stringent laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

    Capital Cops Caught Sensaemilla Santa
    Today Belmopan Police took 55 pounds of weed off the street. This morning at around 8;30 police stopped Santa Elena resident Walter Hans Rodriguez in Belmopan near the new roundabout. He was in a white Toyota Corolla car and as soon as he saw the police approaching his car he tried to make a run for it but, police quickly caught him. Police suspect Rodriguez got the drugs from Arenal and was heading to Belize City. Rodriguez was charged with drug trafficking and his case was adjourned until January 29th.

    Belize's First 4g LTE
    4g LTE is here - that's what SMART announced today. The phone company says it has rolled out the Service in Belize City today. Over the next few days it will be activated in the other districts, then San Pedro and Caye Caulker. According to a SMART Press Release, the Company has invested over $9 million Belize dollars in the service.

    Woodrow West Is Home
    Last night we told you about Woodrow West - whose Honduran team El Progreso won the top league championship in that country on Saturday. The team was established in 1965 and it's the first time they've won it - and Woodrow was their only international player - so, it's not far fetched to say that as the main man in the goal - West was a big part of the success. He came home today - fresh off a victory party last night in Progreso, Honduras. He told us he's happy to be home for Christmas: Woodrow West: "Thank God that I am back home for the Christmas and I am safe, healthy and strong. It has been a hard challenge for me. The good part about it is that I was crown champion and that's a lot of pressure off me. The fans in Progresso expected that and they are so happy and that made me contended that I know I did a good over there and my team, my coach, everybody is contented and my fans here in Belize as well. That makes me feel good with all the sacrifices that I've made and with all the years that I have been playing here, I have achieved something internationality now." Reporter: "From the ideas that you had, at that moment that you were leaving. How did they compare to what you saw on the real grounds?" Woodrow West: "Like I said it's a challenge, because the training especially is different. For couple of months I took a lot of licks physically. I actually almost gave up and come back home, but I stood it out and as the days went by I eventually got stronger and stronger and I enjoyed the training and stuff and I got to know my teammates more, I get to talk to them more and after that I got settled with the team and from there I took off."

    BTB Says IT's OK Steve
    He made one of the biggest mistakes in…the universe, but, today, the Belize Tourism Board sent out a tweet inviting him to come and host Costa Maya 2015. The BTB' tweet says "Dear @IAMSteveHarvey, we all make mistakes. You handled yours with class. Would you host our next pageant? @costamayafest?" The cleaver tweet has picked up traction in the real media and has been picked up by many news outlets in the US and England. As host of the Miss Universe on Sunday night, Harvey now famously flubbed the winner's name - and gave the crown instead to the first runner up.

    Channel 5

    Owner of Mystery Plane at Municipal Airstrip Comes Forward
    An American has come forward to claim the mystery plane which landed at the Municipal Airstrip on October twenty-seventh and was abandoned there. The plane is a US registered Piper [...]

    …But Where is the Pilot, Mr. Clapman?
    Police had reported, based on the findings of a very preliminary investigation right after the aircraft landed, a flight plan had been filed. That plan had the Piper Seneca routed [...]

    Belize’s First Military Attorney Joins the Bar
    The courtroom of Justice Courtenay Abel was overflowing this morning for a special ceremony. The occasion marked the admission to the bar of the first B.D.F. soldier. The proud moment [...]

    Strategic Review of B.D.F. Recruitment Underway
    Is there a growing disparity in the recent number of police and B.D.F. intakes?  It would seem as though there are presently more recruits enlisting in the police department than [...]

    Are You Better Off This Christmas Than Last Year?
    And tonight’s question is: Are you better off this Christmas than you were last year? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote [...]

    Tux Fires Back at Audrey about Stevedores Benefits
    On Monday, CWU President Audrey Matura-Shepherd came out swinging in the wake of an amendment to the Essential Services Act.  The revised legislation now includes stevedoring as part of services [...]

    CIBC to Close Doors in January, No Word of Exit Package for Staffers
    Negotiations between the Christian Workers Union and the country management of CIBC FirstCaribbean are once again at a standstill.  On Monday, CIBC issued a release stating that it is officially [...]

    Importer Jack Charles Responds to Government Officials on Guyanese Rice
    While a consignment of imported rice from Guyana languishes at the port in Big Creek, the back and forth between businessman Jack Charles and the Government of Belize continues.  On [...]

    Buses Collide in Separate Road Traffic Accidents
    Today seemed to have been a day for accidents involving buses and the resulting traffic jam which made already congested roads unbearable. Early this morning it was a collision just [...]

    Is Missing Canadian Toddler in Belize?
    News Five has received correspondence from an organization called the Missing Children Society of Canada seeking the help of the public in locating a child. According to investigator Lori Mantle, [...]

    Harvest Caye Tourism Project Meets Bumps in the Road
    The last we heard about the Norwegian Cruise Line’s cruise ship port at Harvest Caye in southern Belize was earlier this year when environmentalists expressed concerns that boulders were being [...]

    Tour Operators Prepare for Influx of Visitors to Harvest Caye
    Supporters of the project cited job opportunities and economic benefits to residents and villages in the immediate area as sound reasons to support the mega tourism project.  Director Andrade says [...]

    What’s the Future of Stake Bank?
    There is another proposed docking facility which has gone under the radar. It is at Stake Bank located just seven miles off the coast of Belize City.   For over a [...]

    Ladyville Police Kick Off Operation REDSS
    Call it Community Policing, Christmas spirit or a combination of both – but whatever it is, it brought smiles to the faces of commuters pulled at random off rural buses [...]

    Comedian Steve Harvey, He’s Hosting 2016 Costa Maya Pageant
    If you thought that after Sunday’s blunder at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, Steve Harvey won’t get to emcee another beauty pageant, well think again. Millions watched as [...]

    A Christmas Party for Kids in Placencia
    For the first time, the children in the peninsula have been hosted to a grand Christmas party. As you know, Norwegian Cruise Lines is investing heavily in a tourism port [...]


    Traffic Accident Leaves Orange Walkeno In Critical Conditions
    Another traffic accident has left a forty five year old man in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. At around 3:20 Saturday morning, Marcus Cuellar, a resident of Belize Corozal Road Orange Walk Town, was out socializing with some friends when he was knocked down by a grey Toyota Ford Runner right in front of Butchys Lounge. To make matters worse, instead of stopping to render aid, the driver of the vehicle immediately fled the scene. Solany Cuellar - niece of the victim: “Early morning of Saturday we were called that he suffered an accident and we went to the hospital and enquire about it and indeed he was at the hospital and he was in a very bad state ad at this point he is at Belize City because he is in a very critical condition, the doctors are not giving good news about him and he has already lost a lot of blood and then we are trying to get more blood for him.”

    Castillo Alley Neighborhood Watch Group Makes Wonderful Donation To Society
    The Christmas season is officially here and since it is a special time for giving, the Castillo Alley Neighborhood Watch Group gathered this morning to give out gifts and provisions to the needy families within their community. The event took place around 8 a.m. and it was the second Christmas activity that the group has organized to give back to the public. Lourdes Zaldivar: “We got some provisions from Belize City Precisely Belize Aggressor Three where my husband works and where we got two hundred dollars’ worth, the group has a little more than a year that we have organized and last year we went to a family at Black Water Creek and we donated different items. The purpose of the group is to offer families an opportunity to celebrate the true meaning of the season.

    Contraband Into Mexico A Critical Problem And On The Rise
    The contraband of goods from the Corozal Free Zone into Chetumal has become a serious problem for Mexican authorities. According to a report from Mexican news, La Palabra, the federal police have reported that dozens of boxes filled with contraband from the Free Zone is being introduced into Mexico through a big hole in the fence that extends over the perimeter fence of the Chetumal Bridge. This big hole, measuring about 2 meters wide and 40 centimeters high, is used by smugglers to introduce goods, including perfumes, alcohol, cigarettes, clothing, and footwear, among many other products into Chetumal. According to Mexican officials, this is only one of many methods used to smuggle goods through the vast boarder that Belize and Chetumal share. Mexican authorities say that although they are aware of the problem and working on stopping it has become a hard task.


    BDF Lieutenant Gets Called to the Bar
    For the first time in the history of the Belize Defense Force, a serving officer has been called to the Bar. Reporter Hipolito Novelo was in the courtroom of Justice Courtney Abel and has the story. LT. LIONEL OLIVERA “Well today for me is an overwhelming experience. I’m humbled by it, it’s a five year […]

    Jack Charles Says Legal Recourse, Last Resort
    It is expected that the attorney for importer Jack Charles, Leeroy Banner, will file a claim in the courts that will engage the government of Belize in a legal war over seventy five tons of Guyanese rice. That rice is still in three twenty foot containers sitting at the Port of Big Creek in Independence […]

    Woman Says She Was Raped In Police Custody
    A police officer attached to the San Ignacio Police Station has been detained after an allegation was made against him by a Cayo resident who was detained at the station. Reports are that the 25-year-old woman who was in police custody has made a statement saying that on Sunday, December 20 whilst in one of […]

    Audrey Laments Approval from Central Bank for CIBC Sale
    Yesterday CIBC First Caribbean International Bank sent out a release advising its customers that formal approval has been received from the Central Bank of Belize for the sale of CIBC First Caribbean’s assets in Belize to Heritage Bank Limited. The date for completion of the transition to Heritage Bank is January 31, 2016. This means […]

    Bus Accident Causes Traffic Congestion on the PG Hwy
    At around seven thirty this morning, motorists traveling on the Philip Goldson Highway just beyond the Haulover Bridge on both sides were caught in traffic congestion following an accident involving two passenger buses. In the incident, the both the Haylock and the Ramos bus were traveling north when the Haylock bus rear-ended the Ramos bus […]

    School Bus and Cargo Truck Collide on Western Road
    Another accident was reported, this time on the Benque Viejo Road. According to reports, the incident occurred around four thirty this evening and involved a school bus and a cargo truck that was loaded with goods. The school bus was empty heading to San Ignacio and the truck was heading to Benque Viejo. Reports are […]

    Canadian Authorities Believe Abducted Child May be in Belize
    A child is missing and Missing Children Society of Canada believes he was brought to Belize by his mother. According to the organization, Treyson Trockstad Greenway has been missing since January 5, 2014 and was taken out of Canada by his mother, Robin Leanne Trockstad Greenway during a custody dispute. According to the report, the […]

    Stop and Search Yields 50+ Pounds of Marijuana
    A stop and search this morning resulted in the discovery of over 55 pounds of Marijuana. Our Belmopan correspondent Fem Cruz reports. FEM CRUZ “Belmopan Police continue their Christmas anti crime patrols within Belmopan and surrounding villages. As a result this morning December 22 some time around 8:30 they conducted a stop and search at […]

    West Comes Home for the Holidays
    30-year-old, Woodrow West began making a name for himself here in Belize as he had become known as a top goalkeeper in the football arena along with Shane Moody-Orio. In July 2015, West was faced with a decision to quit playing in the local leagues and move out to Honduras to play with the Honduras […]

    Legislation for Medical Tourism – A Priority for 2016
    For some time now the Belize Coalition of Service Providers has been promoting medical tourism as well as the Spa and Wellness sector in Belize. They have been to several trade and expo shows around the country and after all that effort they today informed the media that this sector has been placed on the […]


    CWU slams GOB on change to essential services law
    The Christian Workers Union, as expected, is not in agreement that stevedores provide an essential service to the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) with their unloading and loading of cargo.The move to make them so, primarily to require 21 days’ notice of industrial action – which to be fair ...

    Why have marketing board not paid rice farmers in Toledo?
    Belize Marketing and Development Corporation, BMDC is the statutory body responsible for the regulation and distribution of rice countrywide. The staple for the Belizean consumer is purchased from local rice growers up north and in Toledo. Today, among the rice debate on whether an importer should b...

    Belize is not in trade with Guyana, says Government (AUDIO)
    As part of his argument for the importation of cheaper Guyanese rice to Belize, importer Jack Charles and his advisors argue that their venture is buttressed by the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the document establishing the Caribbean Community. However, Government disagrees, as explained by Dr. Le...

    Prisoner on the run
    A prisoner is on the run and Benque Police are on the lookout for him. He is Rudy Torres. According to police oOn Thursday 17th December atabout 11:15 a.m. Rudy Torres was on remand for Burglary but made good his escape from the Benque Viejo Magistrate court. Police are asking the public’s assistan...

    Glenford Baptist to serve additional time in prison for murder
    Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin today told prisoner Glenford Baptist that he will continue to spend time in prison for the 2000 murder of Azrin White in Belize City. However, he no longer faces either death or life in prison. The Chief Justice decided on a term of 25 years’ imprisonment to beg...

    Man knocked down and killed in Ladyville
    A Ladyville resident lost his life on Saturday night while trying to cross the busy Philip Goldson Highway near the Shell Gas Station. With more on what happened to 37 year old Robert Stephen Simplis, here is Officer Commanding Eastern Division (Rural), Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster. ...

    Prisoner accused of Abou-Nehra home invasion involvement attempts to kill self
    Police in the Eastern Division (Rural) were kept quite busy over the weekend following their arrest and capture of 25 year old Lane Grinage, facing multiple charges in the home invasion of Lebanese diplomat Sarkis Abou-Nehra. Sometime on Saturday after he was brought to Ladyville from Seine Bight wh...

    Cordel, Francis & Johnny vie for PUP Leadership – National Convention to be held on January 31st, 2016
    Three well-known, highly-respected and formidable leaders will be contesting the convention for leadership of the People’s United Party on January 31st, 2016. Former leader Hon. John Briceño, a six-time area representative for the Orange Walk Central constituency; Hon. Cordel Hyde, a three-time area representative for the Lake Independence constituency; and Hon. Francis Fonseca, the incumbent leader and four-time area representative for the Freetown Division, were nominated by various units of the Party by the close of the nomination on Tuesday, December 15th. The leader will be elected through a democratic process which will see over 2,790 delegates gather and cast their votes. A venue for the convention had not been announced previously since the National Executive is of the view that it must be a location that is neutral to all parties, and the candidates were not known until this week.

    BEL wants 11% rate increase
    The Government of Belize’s Christmas gift to Belizeans is the announcement that their electricity bills could go up by 11% in a few weeks. Belize Electricity Limited, which is Government-owned, has asked the regulatory body, the Public Utilities Commission, whose Chairman is appointed by the Government, to grant them an 11% raise. BEL, who several months ago, was boasting of $30 million profits, and who in May of this year agreed to a 10% cut in its rates, is now claiming that they need to increase rates to sustain operations. It appears that all the company’s chest-beating earlier this year was purely election gimmick and manipulation by the Government of Belize.

    Rice War! – How the UDP is destroying the local industry
    The future of Belize’s rice industry is bleak. Yes, the same can be said about the citrus, fishing and sugar industries, which are facing tough challenges ahead, but the state of affairs with the common staple that can be found on almost every Belizean kitchen table daily is grimmer. The difference is that for several years, political agents in the Barrow Administration have been disrupting the agriculture industries for their own gain, and rice just seems to be the easier kill. Today, a shipment of 75 tonnes of rice from Guyana in South America was imported by rich businessman Jitendra “Jack Charles” Chawla. Chawla is no ordinary businessman. He is a known financier of the UDP, who uses his connections in Government whenever he needs to get what he wants. Most of the cases have been very controversial. For example, in 2009 Chawla acquired 9 acres of land in a reserve (protected area) in the outskirts of Belize City known as Krooman Lagoon. Chawla, the ever wily businessman, always disguises his actions with some kind of “conscientious” agenda. In the case of the land grab, he claimed he would open a chips factory and create employment.

    Man Charged for Fatal Stabbing in Corozal
    Corozal Police have arrested and charged 29 year old Adan Meza for the murder of 22 year old Alberto Briceno. Briceno, a resident of Paraiso Village in Corozal, was at a dance in the village of Paraiso on Saturday, December 12th, night when he was attacked and stabbed multiple times. According to witnesses, Meza approached Briceno and stabbed him to the chest and abdomen. Reports are that the assault could have been avoided, had Meza not misread Briceno’s physical interaction with Raul Meza, the accused’s younger brother. Witnesses say that Briceno had given Meza a friendly push, but when the accused saw this, he believed his brother was being aggressed.

    Think About It
    We are all so very proud of Nisa Sanchez, the top student in the country based on her CXC performance. Nisa is the daughter of humble parents who are immigrants from Honduras. Nisa achieved the extraordinary results of passing SIXTEEN subjects. Fifteen of those at grade one and one at grade two. This is awesome. She is awesome. And she is only 16 years old. Nisa told Plus TV that she prepared physically, mentally and spiritually. She says she and her family believe in Jehovah God and “I pray and read my Bible because it would always make me feel a whole lot better before and after doing my work”. Nisa gets a full scholarship to pursue Sixth Form at St. John’s College where she will pursue Maths and Physics. She is planning on a career as a civil engineer but says her first love is the arts and one if her dreams is to open an art school.

    An Exercise in Futility
    In 1963, the British Honduras Constitution was established and what was then a Legislative Assembly gave way to our current National Assembly. With the change came the birth to our bicameral system where the legislative branch of government is divided into two houses; the Senate supposedly being the Upper House and the House of Representatives being the lower. This is obviously a misnomer because as it stands, the Senate is for all intents and purposes way below and effectively, toothless. The biggest joke is that in the United States, from whence we derived the labels, there is no de facto “upper” or “lower” Houses per se. The term is simply colloquial and refers to location in a two-story building that houses the two chambers; one on the upper and the other on the lower flat. The idea on which bicameralism is based can be traced as far back as ancient Greece and the Roman Empire but our system is based on institutions first used in Medieval Europe. This system was handed down to our colonial masters who had their own reasons for implementing such. In England, the two Houses were to represent the nobles in one and the commoners in the other; hence, the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

    Christmas could not come any sooner to Belize. The disturbing reality that out country is facing looming crisis after crisis needed the message that Christmas brings. The message of Christmas is always one of hope and love. It is a message of peace and a message of joy. The Christmas story is a message of fascination and meaning. A child born out of wedlock to a young virgin. The father had to be visited by an extra-terrestrial being to explain the great mystery. This child, the angel told Joseph, is no ordinary child. The Creator of the entire universe, with all things in it, is the father. There is a purpose for bringing the child into the world. The child will grow to be a man and will save us from our sinful selves. That child, that very special and unique child was not born in a maternity ward in a hospital. He did not enter the world in the comfort of a home or on a bed. He was born in a barn. In a stable, a manger. A place of shelter for animals. This was as God wanted it to be. This too is a message, as would be so any other matters surrounding the life and work of the child turned man.

    City Boys rule BDFA U-15 football
    Undefeated City Boys posted their 5th win in the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) Under-15 tournament at the MCC garden on Sunday, where Face of Belize, Hattieville Riverside Boys and Ladyville Rising Stars also enjoyed wins. The City Boys drilled the Collet Strikers 3-1 when they took the field with only 9 players. Denroy “Bobo” Lopez scored City Boys’ 1st goal, Kenny Linares score a 2nd goal and Jalen Babb a 3rd goal. Collet’s Wayne Ford scored a consolation goal before the half time break, and so it went to the final whistle. The Ladyville Rising Stars won 2-1 against Carlston United, with Glensdale Nunez scoring 2 goals, while only Alex Estelle scored for Carlston.

    Julian Cho Tech boys are basketball champs
    The Julian Cho Technical High School boys trampled over the Northern Zone champs, the Muffles College boys 59-44 to win the high school basketball national championship, at the Andres Campos Civic Center in Corozal Town over the weekend. The Julian Cho boys were led by Arick Nicholas with 25 points while Muffles’ Dwayne Avila top-scored with 18pts. For 3rd place, the Western Zone champs, the Sacred Heart College boys won 69-59 against Central Regional champions, Gwen Liz. SHC were led by Afrie Black and Kyron Molina with 14pts apiece.

    Verdes & Police United clash in Premier League finals
    Verdes FC of Benque Viejo and Police United will clash in the Premier League of Belize football finals Game 1 of the finals kicks off at 4pm at Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio on Sunday, December 20. Verdes FC is leading the League with 4pts, while Police are No.2 with 3pts from a 2-0 win against the Placencia Assassins at the FFB Stadium on Sunday. Orlando “Leechy” Jimenez came off the Police bench in the 2nd half to head in 2 goals in the 73rd and 88th minutes for Police United’s 2-0 win over the Assassins. This allowed the Police to advance by a 3-2 aggregate score; despite their 2-1 loss to Placencia Assassins in Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Police Christmas Season’s Safety Tips
    If you have a vehicle, always try to park in well-lit area, especially in night times. Immediately change all locks when house keys are lost or stolen. Never leave your personal belongings un-attended, especially in crowed places like bus terminals, markets and shopping centers. Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you especially if you are alone or in the dark. Never carry large amount of monies in your wallet or shoulder bags when going shopping or to a party. It’s best to take only what you will need and secure it in a trouser pocket where possible. When you are out for the evening, leave a light/radio on in a room with closed curtains. Always inform a trusted neighbour when you are out. Do not leave your children at home without a trusted adult. Always leave a phone number or address where they can get contact with you.

    2015 Christmas Message by Mayor Kevin Bernard & Orange Walk Town Council
    The months have flown past and here we are again, preparing to celebrate another Christmas. Then that too will be gone and a New Year of hope, opportunities and yes, challenges will be upon us. Where has the time gone? It seems that only yesterday we were all getting ready for 2015 and in the blink of an eye it passed us by. But it didn’t pass by without impact. We are different. Our families are different. Our community is different. We welcomed new life to many of our homes, and many of us lost loved ones. As individuals perhaps we can boast of personal achievements – new relationships, new jobs or a promotion, goals set and reached. Or maybe we lost ground and for some reason did not accomplish what we set out to do. In this past year alone we have seen two significant elections – municipal and general – which have shaken up things. For some of us the results are just what we hoped. For others maybe not!

    MY PERSPECTIVE – Election Observation
    My thoughts recently turned to the process of observing elections. Various Election Observation Missions from different world and regional organizations have observed election processes on being invited to do so by the country or countries involved. Most recently the Organization of American States sent an Observer Mission for our general elections in November, and the Commonwealth had a two-person observer team, among other missions, present in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for their December poll only a few days ago. I learned a great deal from my participation in Election Observation Missions with the Commonwealth in two African countries in 2005 and 2008, first in Tanzania and later in Sierra Leone. I have to point out that Election Observation is just that. Observer Missions and their members cannot involve themselves or interfere in any way with the election processes. They may only meet with all stakeholders, visit with officials who conduct the polls, do their research, listen to concerns, complaints, etc. and generally be present at as many polling stations as possible during the elections. They then meet to compile observations and recommendations about the full experience before, during and after the holding of the election. In both African countries it was patently clear the huge advantage enjoyed by incumbents.

    More Questions than Answers
    There’s been no arrest in the shooting in Belmopan on election night…the one where a personal friend of Minister of National Security John Saldivar shot a weapon into the air in front of hundreds of witnesses including Police Officers. Suddenly the Police can’t detain the guy or even question him because they somehow can’t get anybody to give a statement. That’s disappointing, but hardly surprising, since we know there are a different set of laws for different people depending on your level of political connection. The Police say they have written the shooter a letter scolding him though, and we are supposed to be happy with that. Any normal Belizean who did the exact same would be locked down promptly. Hell, normal Belizeans are locked down on mere suspicion of doing wrongdoing. But you know…this thing goes beyond the Ministers. We tend to blame Ministers for everything because they give the instructions. But what do we expect? As Ministers they are unapologetically political, unapologetically arrogant and so very many of them are blatantly corrupt. The problem is this, though, so many of our public officers in high positions are also corrupt…or spineless and have no moral strength, integrity or principle. And that is why Ministers are able to get away with so much.

    Thinking Out Loud
    As I write this it’s less than two weeks to Christmas and nobody’s heard anything about that wonderful thing called Christmas Cheer. Mr. Barrow says that things are a little dread with all sorts of payments due all over the place, so those few UDPs who usually benefit from this program can expect less this year. But you know what – you’re getting nothing for Christmas, because Santa Barrow and the UDP have practically bankrupted the country. If you didn’t know that the economy is in shambles, now you know. The UDP spent so much money in the short term buying elections and giving hand outs that they didn’t look at the bigger picture. There was no medium-term or long-term plan. It was all about politicking, all about glitter and no substance, all about ensuring Mr. Barrow’s success. But at what cost to the country? The UDP literally paid millions and millions of dollars to select ‘family’ attorneys in costly litigation over BTL and BEL. And in the end Mr. Barrow still had to pay almost $200M for his stupid, wrongheaded decision to nationalize those companies. Of course, he doesn’t care because it’s not his money. He didn’t lose a cent, and in the process his brother, ex-wife and best friend got millions.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Women battle in bar; one charged with wounding
    Marlenie Gavarette, 29, a Honduran national, has been charged with wounding another female whom she says started it. Gavarette, who has Belizean residency, appeared before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer in Court #2 to answer to a charge of wounding to Leanna Caceres on Wednesday, December […]

    Teen spared jail after beating up girlfriend
    18 year old construction worker Ezmir Garrido can consider himself lucky to avoid jail time after pleading guilty to attacking his girlfriend, who is also mother of his child. The West Collet Canal resident during an argument hit the woman in the face, then grabbed […]

    Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) unable to agree on First Caribbean International Bank exit as time running out
    CIBC First Caribbean International Bank is leaving Belize at the end of January, 2016. It has sold its assets to the locally owned Heritage Bank. 60 unionized employees belonging to the Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) were not a part of the deal and would therefore […]

    BDF plans strategic review of forces
    Belize’s uniformed services, particularly the Belize Police Department, have been growing by leaps and bounds for the last several years, especially due to a commitment of the Government to increase manpower. The Belize Defence Force has seen its share of that growth, and there is […]

    Bus collides with truck on George Price Highway
    A little after 5 p.m., BMG’s newsroom was informed of a traffic accident on the George Price Highway. We were made to understand that a bus and a truck were involved in a collision near Benque Viejo Town. According to our sources, police are currently […]

    Cahal Pech Village Resort offers to host Steve Harvey if he accepts BTB offer
    The Cahal Pech Village Resort, following up on the Belize Tourism Board’s (BTB) offer for Steve Harvey to host the 2016 Costa Maya pageant, has welcomed the famous comedian and offered to host him if he decides to accept the offer. “If Steve Harvey […]

    Belize Tourism Board invites Steve Harvey to host Costa Maya
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has invited popular host Steve Harvey to host the 2016 Costa Maya pageant. “Dear @IAMSteveHarvey, we all make mistakes. You handled yours with class. Would you host our next pageant? @CostaMayaFest #MissUniverse2015,” the BTB tweeted. BTB made the pitch to […]

    Ladyville police play “Silent Santa”
    This afternoon police from Eastern Division (Rural) were out on the Philip Goldson Highway conducting random stops of buses travelling to Belize City, but not for the usual reason. They were handing out 100 dollar bills to passengers from the Rural area as part of […]

    Bus passenger found with over a pound of weed
    While conducting a vehicular checkpoint at mile 69 on the George Price highway yesterday afternoon, police searched a passenger bus traveling towards San Ignacio, in which a large amount of cannabis was found. Officers opened a black school bag that was in the possession […]

    Belmopan resident’s cycle stolen
    A resident of the Maya Mopan area in Belmopan, 19-year-old Limner Odanis, reported to police that his 200cc Meilun motorcycle, valued at $3,200, was stolen from his mother’s house sometime during Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Odanis told police that he parked and […]

    Lionel Olivera is called to the Bar; first Belize Defense Force soldier admitted
    With his fellows cheering him on, Lionel Olivera today became the first serving member of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) to join the Bar of Belize after completing legal studies at the University of the West Indies and Norman Manley Law School. He will […]

    Rains causing some losses for sugar cane farmers
    Rains over the last days have triggered several challenges for sugar cane farmers and the factory. Dampened, some saturated, fields and sugar roads have made if difficult and for some farmers impossible to harvest their crop. These challenges have translated into delays in deliveries to […]

    Costa Rica withdraws from SICA over Cuban migrants
    The government of Costa Rica has withdrawn from the Central American Integration System (SICA) and refuses to participate in any further discussion with the body until the Cuban immigrant crisis is resolved. Honduran Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales, confirmed to the SICA body that Costa Rica’s […]


    San Pedro’s Christmas Lighted Boat Parade Rises Again – BIGGER AND BETTER!
    After an official cancellation in late November, a new group taking the reins and a Saturday night weather postponement, San Pedro’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade lined up last night and was…freaking awesome. I arrived early…as always and stopped by Sandbar Hostel/Bar & Restaurant first to add my gift to the growing pile and to admire 176 boxes, bags, bikes and presents, all going to Ambergris kids in need.

    Belize in January
    When the cold winter winds blow, dumping snow and ice on North America, the best place to be in January is Belize. With clear skies, and lovely balmy temperatures, you can swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean or simply sun yourself on one of the sugar sand beaches. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, you can explore the tropical rain forests, cruise up jungle rivers to spot birds, or go snorkeling off the biggest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere. Belize is also a great place to ring in the New Year, giving your soul, mind, and body a chance to rejuvenate and start off fresh. Belize Events and Festivals in January New Year’s Day – Every country celebrates the first day of the year, but Belizeans do it in style, with dancing, parties, parades, and plenty of live music. Krem New Year’s Cycling Classic – The largest bicycle race in the country kicks off with in Corozal Town, heading south towards the finish line in Belize about 4 hours later. Hundreds of participants, including cyclists from Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, and elsewhere eagerly follow the action, with a huge party in Belize City afterwards. January 18 – The country honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Junior.

    Christmas Traditions in Belize
    You can shop, cook and wrap like crazy and enjoy two days of festivities at the end of December, or come to Belize where the entire month of December is one long holiday. We suggest finding one place to lodge during your visit—a festive destination like Cahal Pech Village Resort where Christmas spirit is reflected in the resort’s décor, enthusiasm and holiday cheer, exemplifying all that is splendid about a tropical yuletide. Your choice. A few days or weeks of celebrating? Here’s what you’ll miss if you stay home. The Christmas Bram consists of celebrants singing, dancing and playing instruments as revelers snake through neighborhoods. The Christmas Bram harkens back to Belize’s Kriol culture, so part of the nation’s holiday tradition is a style of caroling that’s unique. Sing along if you’re familiar with Brukdong music, or just dance to the energetic beat. If you can’t get to Belize City, Gales Point Manatee stages a Christmas Bram, too.

    Mix coffee granules into the rum until they are dissolved, set aside. Beat yolks with the condensed milk until light and fluffy. Stir in the icing sugar and the rum and coffee mixture. Pour into the pie crust and put into a preheated oven, 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites, adding the cream of tartar, beat about 20 seconds. When the egg whites are starting to form soft peaks, gradually add the 1/2 cup of caster or granulated sugar. Continue beating until the mixture forms stiff peaks. When your pie has had 30 minutes in the oven, take it out, turn up the temperature to 400 degrees. Spread or pipe the egg white mixture over the top, bake for five minutes. Allow to cool, then place in the refrigerator for three to four hours.

    Heat olive oil in a wok or deep frying pan. Add ginger, garlic, cayenne pepper, and salt. Cook for about one minute over medium heat until ginger and garlic brown slightly. Add shrimp, rum, fish sauce, and honey and turn heat to high. Stir and toss constantly until liquid has almost gone and ginger and garlic stick to shrimp; be careful not to overcook shrimp. Serve with coconut rice and fresh garden salad.

    Rum Mango Chicken
    2 grilled chicken breasts, salted to taste MANGO GLAZE 1 c. mango juice concentrate (squash) 1-1/2 shots One Barrel Rum 1 Tbsp. corn starch, dissolved in very little water Put mango squash to boil. Add One Barrel, and add corn starch to get a thick glaze. Pour over grilled chicken breast. Garnish with cilantro and sliced mangos.

    1. Wash hands 2. Cut up chicken and clean with lime or vinegar . Season with salt and pepper . 3. Put chicken in water and add garlic, oregano , spice seeds , cloves and jalapeno 4. Boil then simmer chicken until tender 5. Remove chicken from water 6.Place chicken on bakin sheet and Bake in oven to make crisp and brown

    Habanero Pepper and Onion Sauce
    Ingredients 2 cups onion minced 8 habanero peppers,sliced 10-12 all spice seeds 1 1/2 cups vinegar 1/2 cup water 1 teaspoon salt Method Combine all ingredients and marinate for 2 hours or overnight . Will keep for several weeks in refrigerator

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize invites Steve Harvey to host beauty pageant after Miss Universe blunder
    Steve Harvey flubbed hosting Miss Universe in Vegas, but he can redeem himself in Belize. The Central American hot spot’s tourism board was so impressed with how the embarrassed emcee took responsibility after announcing the wrong winner during Sunday night’s live broadcast that it is inviting him to host their biggest beauty pageant next summer. “Dear @IAMSteveHarvey, we all make mistakes. You handled yours with class. Would you host our next pageant?” the board tweeted on Tuesday.

    The World’s Top Retirement Havens for 2016
    Retiring abroad is easier and more affordable than ever before. These days it really is possible to spend your days relaxing beneath palm fronds on a Caribbean beach, enjoying farm-fresh produce in a mountain haven with year-round spring weather, or wandering the storied streets of a historic and cultured European city…or all of the above. But with so many choices available, finding the right one can seem daunting.

    Enrich Your Life Abroad Through Volunteering
    How do you see yourself spending your ideal retirement? Does it involve strolling the cobbled streets of an historic city in Europe? Or maybe you’d rather lounge, cocktail in hand, on a lounge chair by a tropical beach. If you’re like me, you’d prefer the abundant clean air and farm-fresh produce in an Ecuadorian mountain town, relaxing in the local expat hangout when you’re not exploring awe-inspiring valleys and colorful local markets.

    A “Do Nothing” Lifestyle on the Caribbean
    Feeling burned out by their busy careers, Clive and Janet Brewster made the big decision to leave the working world behind in October 2014. That’s when they embarked on a new life on the Belizean island of Ambergris Caye. Today you’ll find them living a life of leisure and luxury on this laidback Caribbean island.

    Belize tilapia farm nabs ASC stamp
    It is the first tilapia farm in the country to obtain certification.

    Belize - 2016 crush underway
    The 2015/16 crushing season commenced on December 7, according to local press reports. The season is projected to run for 27 weeks with the BSI factory forecast to mill 1.316 mln tonnes of cane during this time - its maximum capacity.

    Archaeological Finds in El Salvador Tell a Whole Different Tale about Maya Society
    Artifacts uncovered by the Cerén dig suggest Maya citizens enjoyed certain freedoms when trading and making societal decisions. For decades scientists thought that, in order to maintain a prosperous and powerful empire along the territories which make up what today is El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and the southwest of Mexico, the Mayan elite must have exerted strict control over the nation’s people, customs and economy. But new signs found at Cerén, an archaeological park located barely 35 kilometers west of San Salvador, tell a very different story of this civilization that emerged near 1,000 B.C. and developed until it collapsed in the sixteenth century. Nicknamed “The Pompeii of the Americas”, Cerén’s archaeological remains were discovered in 1976 by Payson Sheets, an anthropologist with Colorado University at Boulder. The ruins existed under a five-meter thick layer of ash, generated by an eruption of the Loma Caldera volcano approximately 1,400 years ago. Almost four decades after the find, a team of US and El Salvador archaeologists and anthropologists led by Sheets excavated the citadel and found hundreds of daily life objects preserved in excellent condition thanks to the protective ash cover. Scientists believe the volcano eruption was so strong that people were forced to abandon the city, leaving their belongings behind. “This makes Cerén one of the richest archaeological sites in the region,” Sheets says.

    Top 10 Jaw-Dropping Celebrity Private Islands
    The idea of owning tropical, private islands you can run off to at any given moment is something that appeals to almost everyone. Private islands are not just a status symbol of major wealth, but they can also be a secluded area where one can escape to in order to take a break from the mundane taste of normal life. Many of the world’s most famous actors, singers, entrepreneurs and celebrities have purchased private islands for these reasons. If you are looking for some inspiration, you have come to the right place. Here are the most beautiful private islands owned by celebrities. Number Ten: Blackadore Caye, Belize – Leonardo DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio surely is one of the greatest actors of his generation. Since he is one of Hollywood’s top A-list actors, he’s got the big bucks to show for it. DiCaprio is a well-known environmental activist and purchased Blackadore Caye: 104 acres of isolated land off the coast of Belize, a country on the eastern coast of Central America. But he won’t be sipping drinks and getting massages when he visits; Leonardo is going to build an eco-conscious resort there. Officially open to guests in 2018, “Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island” will have many of the amenities of luxury resorts, with lavish villas, infinity pools and gorgeous views of the sunset.

    Caribbean countries warned to look for alternative sources of oil post-PetroCaribe
    Caribbean countries are being warned about the possibility of having to look to alternative sources of oil, after the recently elected opposition coalition in Venezuela announced it will review agreements under the PetroCaribe energy agreement. These countries include the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) states, which obtain Venezuelan oil on concessionary terms. Prior to the recent parliamentary elections in Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro during a trip to St Vincent and the Grenadines stressed that PetroCaribe was more than just an energy pact. "There should be no doubt in our minds that PetroCaribe today is the backbone of the energy, social and economic development of our region," he said. The Venezuelan president now has to contend with a parliamentary majority in Caracas intent on taking a critical look at PetroCaribe.


  • Belize is full of animators!!!!, 5min. The U.S. Ambassador's wife Christine Moreno recently used her skills as an artist and expert animator to create an animated work featuring the artwork of students in Belize. The animation uses over 7,200 images and sound, and took a month create. After reading to three groups of children of different age groups, each group created an original drawing. The drawings have been animated.

  • UNTOLD STORIES DECEMBER 17, 2015, 26min.

  • Royal Belize 2015, 3min.

  • Belize likes Christmas too, 1min. Youth band at Orange Gallery holiday sale.

  • Can You BELIZE IT - ROAD TOUR, 17min. This Road Tour was sponsored by Red Foxx and his family as we took a 3-day trip through Orange Walk to Belize City, and parts of Belmopan and the Cayo District. The occasion was his family reunion... ENJOY!

  • Biking in the Outskirts of Belmopan,Belize., 2min.

  • Goff's Caye Island - Belize, 9.5min.

  • Belize + Guatemala + Honduras, 6min.

  • San Pedro, Belize Holiday Boat Parade, 5min. Ramon’s Village brought it’s A-Game to the 9th Annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade with an brilliant show of lights that had Santa Claus riding his sleigh filled with Christmas Trees, a parrot, shark, dive flag and two giant pineapples being pulled by sea turtles. The top boat of the evening dazzled onlookers with its show of color and cheer.

  • BELIZEAN TWIN BROTHERS SENSATION: MICHAEL & MARK WAGNER!, 28min. It was a pleasure to have had the privilege of interviewing for Belizean Legends, the Belizean twin brothers sensation, Michael and Mark Wagner who performed on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the Bombay Lounge at Little Belize in Inglewood, California. Graced by incredible humility, love and entertainment brilliance, the two brothers shared their entire entertainment life from their youth performances in Belize, to the empowerment of their father, the legendary Joe Wagner, and how they continued down separate paths in the entertainment industry in the United States after their migration from Belize. This long awaiting comeback and performance together has brought both Belizean artists to reflect on how much has changed for them, and how they were able to refine their brands once again. A long awaited feature, and delivered as promised to Belizean Legends fans and audience. Enjoy!

  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow and familiy!, 1.5min.

  • Snorkeling in Belize, 2.5min.

  • MEXICO - BELIZE - GUATEMALA - MEXICO : DEEL 2, 17min. Dag 4: Flores – Tikal – Flores (ca. 130 km). Dag 5: Flores – We rijden naar het grootste meer in Guatemala, Lago Izabel.

  • Ziplining at CHUKKA in Belize, 5.5min.

  • Belize - 9 days in 9 minutes, 9.5min.

  • Belize 2015, 7min. Some shots from our downtime while we were working in Belize last summer.

    December 22, 2015


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Island Academy presents “The most wonderful time of the Year”
    Teachers Cherita and Siena then pumped up the show with a set of performances onstage, which where all about wanting lots of happiness for the Christmas Season. Students joyfully made their way to the stage while performing ‘I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’ and a ‘Holly Jolly Christmas.’ The cheers were loud and plentiful for the talented students. The grand finale saw the entire student body coming on stage to perform “A Party in a Pear Tree.” The audience truly enjoyed the comical number, as it featured the story of a bird that could not get down from a pear tree. Through song and dance, costumed students tried to come up with ideas on how to solve the problem of birdie in the tree. At the end, it was the bird himself that came down from the tree, sending out the message that we can overcome our own obstacles. With song after song, the well-put together presentations proved to be another amazing Christmas show. Applause was loud for the grand performance, with proud parents, siblings and friends cheering for the little darlings on an excellent performance.

    The Mayor and Minister Cup kicks off!
    The San Pedro Sports Council in collaboration with The San Pedro Town Council and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation held the first games of the first 11-a-side Mayor and Minister Cup on the island. After a fun marathon which featured the talents of the 12 participating teams, the Football Tournament officially started on Friday, December 18th with two thrilling matches. The tournament is divided into three numbered groups, with four teams in each group. Matches will be held on the weekends at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex at 7PM sharp starting on Fridays. The games for the Saturday and Sunday were postponed due to the inclement weather. Therefore, the second round of games will be played on Friday, January 8th.

    12 days of Christmas Red Cross Remix
    The San Pedro Belize Red Cross (SPBRC) are feeling the jolly holidays, even going as far as creating their own remix to the popular Christmas carol, 12 Days of Christmas. Written by photographer Karen Brodie and sung by members of the SPBRC and friends, the 12 Day’s of Christmas Red Cross Remix reminisces on the work done by the non-profit. Lending their melodious voices for the jingle were Brittney O’Daniel, Shirlee Arnould, Jane West, Melody Wolfe and Sean Connors. After a few rehearsal sessions, the group was even able to professionally record the remix with the help of Ralf West from Reef TV/Radio. SPBRC officially debuted the song during the 2015 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade.

    Ambergris Today

    The Really Cool Museum of Belize
    I had one of the most pleasant experiences visiting the Museum of Belize, a gem in hiding at the old capital of Belize City. Yes, sometimes history can be boring, but Belize’s museum wraps history, culture and heritage in one unique package that the visit is definitely worth your time. The Museum of Belize is a very wonderful surprise, a tour that a lot of locals and tourists overlook. I like to get to know even a little bit of the history of a country that I’m visiting; it makes me appreciate and understand more about the people’s lifestyles, culture and language. The museum in a wonderful experience taking you back to old country Belize, or British Honduras as it was called before obtaining independence in 1981.

    Major Crimes Down as Belize Police Force Doubles Strength in Under 3 Years
    National Security Minister John Saldivar says major crimes are down for 2015 as Belize hopes for a reduction in murders for the year. Hon. Saldivar says that the Belize Police Department has taken hold of the crime situation in the country and is hopeful that by year’s end the statistics will show a decline in the number of people murdered in Belize. Comparative statistics show that as of November all major crimes, with the exception of murder are below last year’s figures. In 2014, the total major crimes were 2, 287 as at the end of November compared to 2, 027 for 2015. This shows a dead decline in major crimes since 2008. As of last week, the murder count in Belize stood at 116 for 2015, quite possibly making it the second best year for his department since 2008. With only two weeks remaining this year, Hon. Saldivar says the department is confident that it will be below last year’s figures.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Poets Corner: City Centre
    By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. 32 million fi wah city centre Holy smokes we must all be in a drunken stooper! I wonder how they will share the cutbacks? Will GoB come up again off the people’s backs? Isn’t this the horse before the cart? Is it that our priorities are warped? Truth is that centre could be built for a few million But half the money will be spend on consultation How was this bid given to Medina Construction? Are there any relations between Medina and the big man? Is he being rewarded for his helping UDP win the elections? I did not see any bid out on this one Did anyone? Belize has no sporting programs There is no single event that would draw 5,000 Except for a PUDP rally or convention So why the building before the programs? Belize does everything in reverse If the PM declares everyone would take a bath before putting on undies When the PM declares all cronies become zombies

    Caye Caulker New Year's Eve Bash
    KOKO King & MANDINGO Entertainment presents, New Year's Eve Bash at Ragga Castle in Caye experience to rival any other. Your new memory awaits!

    Live Music with Valentino
    Live Music with Valentino at the Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill from 6pm-9pm! Location : Barrier Reef Sports Bar, Front Street Start Date: December 22, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Emergency power interruptions entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts
    5:30am to 5:45am & 4:15pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday, December 22: BEL to facilitate testing of equipment by Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).

    It was a pleasure to have had the privilege of interviewing for Belizean Legends, the Belizean twin brothers sensation, Michael and Mark Wagner who performed on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the Bombay Lounge at Little Belize in Inglewood, California. Graced by incredible humility, love and entertainment brilliance, the two brothers shared their entire entertainment life from their youth performances in Belize, to the empowerment of their father, the legendary Joe Wagner, and how they continued down separate paths in the entertainment industry in the United States after their migration from Belize. This long awaiting comeback and performance together has brought both Belizean artists to reflect on how much has changed for them, and how they were able to refine their brands once again. A long awaited feature, and delivered as promised to Belizean Legends fans and audience. Enjoy!

    Belize Bird Rescue: The rain finally stopped long enough for us to break ground on the pond for the new water-bird enclosure
    Unfortunately that's all we managed to do before it returned. We have an ongoing fish crisis and our water-birds occupy every spare suitable room: the pelican in the bathroom, the heron in the nursery and the lazy tern day-tripping between a barn and the hobbit room. When this enclosure is finally up and running, there will be a little party at BBR!

    Art Show & Sale
    Katrina Samuels Ancona has lived in San Pedro, Belize for 22 years. She is originally from Greenwich Village New York where she grew up in a family of artist. She has been in specialized art schools from The High School of Music and Arts to School of Visual Arts where she attended collage in New York City. Katrina has worked in the art field most of her life from jewelry design to owning her own artists gallery and a woodworking business where she has designed furniture and done decorating for many of the higher end resorts on San Pedro. The beauty of Belize has influenced Katrina’s work along with her Christian life that she reflects in her work often. Her work varies in form, from; acrylic on canvas, murals, furniture, as well as works on three-dimensional objects. Katrina’s work is thought provoking and serves to relate the many sentiments and challenges of life …

    Channel 7

    GOB No-Go On Guyanese Rice
    It's been 5 days now since 3 containers containing 75 tonnes of Guyanese Rice landed in Independence Village at the Port of Big Creek. The owner of that rice, Importer Jack Charles, is still waiting for the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) to explain in writing why they have seized his cargo and refused to release it to him. He was hoping that would have released it by now so that he could start selling you his Grade A Premium rice at 69 cents a pound for the Christmas holidays. But, that is not going to happen. The Government is not budging, and today 2 senior officials, namely the CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Director General of Foreign Trade, were dispatched on the Morning Talk Shows to explain why GOB is refusing to allow Jack Charles to sell Guyanese Rice in Belize. We met them after their appearance on the WUB Morning Show, and they discussed why BAHA and the Customs Department will not release the Guyanese rice from the Port of Big Creek. Here's what they had to say: Jose Alpuche, CEO - Ministry of Agriculture "The question is not even about Mr. Chawla importing rice, the question is whether what is being produced in Guyana Represent fair competition on the Belize market place. The reality is that rice is Guyana is heavily subsidized and we don't offer subsidies to our large scale commercial producers here. So what would come in from Guyana would represent an unfair trading advantage."

    FCIB, The Long Goodbye
    It's official - First Caribbean International Bank is closing its doors in Belize on Friday, January 29th, 2016. The bank sent out a press release today announcing that the Central Bank of Belize has formally approved the sale of assets to Heritage Bank. The release states that the date for the completion of the transition to Heritage Bank is January 31st., 2016. CIBC says, quote, "the two parties have made excellent progress in planning for this transition and executing a plan of orderly and detailed transition activities to ensure a smooth transition of CIBC First Caribbean customer accounts, loans and services to "Heritage Bank," end quote. It adds, "CIBC FirstCaribbean can therefore confirm that there will be continuity of service to customers and a seamless transition to Heritage Bank." The release ends by thanking it's in Belize for their years of service, saying, quote, "The bank continues to give them all possible support as we work through this period of transition." As has been widely reported, the Bank's 60+ employees will lose their jobs when it closes, and there is no assurance of how many will be take on by Herniate Bank. This has been the subject of a still ongoing labour dispute.

    Stevedores Say GOB Gave Them A Raw Deal
    As we told you on Friday, the Minister of Labour signed a statutory instrument making port workers a part of the Essential Services who cannot strike without notice. Well, today the Christian Workers Union came out swinging; it says the new Statutory Instrument is unfair. The law makes it so that stevedores are required to give 21 days notice before taking any industrial action. Government says this allows for a more productive and peaceful approach to disputes between the stevedores and management. But while the government believes this decision will be more effective in settling grievances, president of the CWU Audrey Matura Shepherd says it undermines their negotiation, and will only further infuriate stevedores and force them to rebel. A release issued this morning says quote, "once again government has decided to take the side of big people against working Belizeans." It adds that the Port of Belize has shown utmost bad faith and is now joined by the Government of Belize. Today at a press conference Shepherd asked the government to reconsider this decision very carefully.

    Cops Try To Figure Out Who Shot Walter
    24 year old Walter Juarez is still in bad shape at the KHMH after he was shot 3 times on Magazine Road on Friday morning. Juarez was waiting for a bus near the Matron Roberts Polyclinic when he was shot for no known reason. Today when we spoke to his uncle and neighbor off camera, they told us they are hoping that he recuperates soon so he can come back home. Voice of: Neighbour "Well they say he already come out from theater, so he cannot move his hands." Courtney Weatherburne "His wife was saying that he cannot sit up well." Voice of: Neighbor "Yes. He hands is messed up. He does not mess with anybody around here." Voice of Father "The family is devastated. He is my son."

    Gun Coming Across From Melchor?
    7News has received multiple reports, which say that police picked up a prohibited firearm at the western border with Guatemala yesterday. Benque Police would not release any details, but we have learned that a 19-year-old Belize City man was seen tossing a weapon out a window in the arrival hall. When police went to check, it was a .45 pistol - one of the most powerful handguns made - so deadly that it cannot be licensed in Belize. Our information says that yesterday at 3:00, a large crowd was coming across from Melchor - and usually, in the Christmas rush - there are only random searches. But police and customs were searching a number of travellers - and it seems the young man got nervous - so he reached out to a window in the arrival area and tossed an object outside. Police picked it up immediately and found a firearm, plus a bag with two dozen live rounds. He has been detained, but, like we said, Benque police have not provided any further details.

    Post Office Pilferer Transferred
    An internal probe at the Post Office has concluded that a clerk is believed to have pilfered ten thousand dollars from the express mail service between October and November of this year - but today that clerk was still at work. Deputy Postmaster General James Gabriel told us that they do not have to power to suspend or terminate him - so all they could do was transfer him to the parcel post department, where he is quote, "sitting down". He says the report has been forwarded to the CEO in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Errol Gentle who will decide whether to ask the public service commission to suspend or terminate the clerk and whether to make a police report. This clerk took over in May or June after his predecessor, a female staffer misappropriated about twenty thousand dollars in five months. Gabriel told us that additional controls were put in place after that debacle - but, apparently, it wasn't enough.

    Suspect Tries To Commit Suicide
    On Thursday's newscast, we told you about 25 year-old Lane Grinage. He was the 19th person to be charged in connection with the aggravated burglary at the estate of the Lebanese Diplomat, Sarkis Abou Nehra. Well according to police, he's at the KHMH tonight after he allegedly tried to take his life while on lockdown at the Ladyville Police station over the weekend. Now, the last time a suspect was found dead in the Ladyville holding cell area, police said that he hung himself. His family vehemently disputed that, suggesting that police were involved. Well, the commander of the Eastern Division Rural is taking no chances, and today, he held a press briefing to discuss Lane Grinage's alleged attempt to take his own life. According to police, their newly installed surveillance equipment in the holding cell allowed police to catch the incident just in time before Grinage was successful at taking his own life.

    Man Knocked Down In Ladyville Downpour
    39 year old Robert Simplis Jr. was knocked down and killed this weekend as he was walking across the highway in Ladyville. The accident happened around 10:25 pm on Saturday in the midst of a heavy downpour between miles 8 and 9. Police say that poor visibility might have played role in this fatal traffic accident. Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster tells us more. Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster - OC, Eastern Division Rural "I think that we will be lobbying the chairman of Ladyville to try and get some lighting along this stretch of the highway. I think it's too dark and a little lighting would definitely help the residents of the community in this area." "We requested blood and urine sample from Mr. Gill and he refused. So he will also be charged for failing to provide specimen." Daniel Ortiz "Will he charged for the traffic accident as well?" Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster - OC, Eastern Division Rural "Yes, he will be charged for the fatal accident."

    Small Turkeys, Here One Minute, Gone The Next
    Last week we told you about the supersized Butterball turkeys that were giving shoppers sticker stock because of the price, and scale shock because of the weight! Well, Quality Poultry which is the main importer of turkeys this year told us that they brought in a large shipment of small turkeys on Friday and in one day all of them sold out! Today when we spoke to the manager of Quality Poultry in Belize City Albert Hoy, he told us people were actually fighting over the turkeys. "Approximately we received 200 cases of turkey last week Friday - small turkey and everything sold out in day. It was very chaotic in the store. Actually people were grabbing turkey from each other hands. It was almost like a fight in the store to get small turkeys. We have been getting a few more small turkeys over the past few days, but it's a limited amount and I don't think we will have much more left. We should be getting another shipment of small turkeys. But they won't be arriving until the 28th December, in time for the New Year. I don't think it will be as hectic now as it was last week Friday and Saturday. But when we do get in a small amount, we try to inform people. But I am sure that we will not have enough. Some place have been buying big turkey from us and cutting it in half and it has been working. Some people have been buying half turkey. We still have turkey, but large ones only same Butterball."

    OUTRAGEOUS: Woman Detainee Raped In Cayo Police Station
    A San Ignacio Police Officer allegedly raped a woman who was in custody. The 25 year old Bullet Tree resident reported that a police officer took her out of her cell yesterday morning around 5;30, took her a dark room and raped her. When we spoke to police today they told us they won't comment at this point because they are still investigating. The police officer has been detained. And there is another case of sexual assault to report, this time of a 9 year old girl. The young girl along with her mother told police that she was at her Bella Vista Home in Toledo when a man - the family knows - entered the house. He went into the room where the 9-year-old girl was resting with her sisters and sexually assaulted her. This incident happened on Wednesday October 28th. Police have since charged 58-year-old Honduran, Gumercindo Garcia of Bella Vista Village for "UNLAWFUL SEXUAL ASSAULT."

    Jail For Man accused of Sex With Child
    32 year-old Dalton Longsworth, a bus conductor from Belize City, is in jail tonight after he was accused of sexually molesting a 12 year-old child. The female minor told police that on November 11, she and Longsworth had intercourse, with her consent. Now, any minor under the age of 16 cannot legally give consent for sex, and so, after investigating the child's complaint, Longsworth was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual intercourse. He was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, and due to the nature of the offence, the Magistrate could not take any plea from him. He did ask to address the court, and that's when he said that the minor is an obsessed young lady who has been telling lies to people that he is her boyfriend. Longsworth claims that the 12 year-old threatened her that if she cannot have him, then no one will. He also claims to have been suffering from a hernia at home during the time of this alleged sexual encounter.

    Crowding Out The Small Man At The Tourism Village?
    The Independent Local Operators at the tourism village fear that they are being crowded out at the Belize Tourism Village. According to reports, Carnival has told the Fort Street Tourism Village Management that it doesn't want the independent operators approaching guests when they are coming off the tenders. Our reports say that the Independent Operators have been told basically that they'll have to make themselves scarce when the pre-booked Carnival passengers are coming off the tenders. Director of Cruise and Regional Initiatives Valdemar Andrade told us today that, quote, "There is a need for some cleanup…there are some discussions in terms of positioning." But he added, quote, "we are clear that we want the independents to remain a part of the business." And while that is the Tourism Board's policy position, on the ground, it's not quite that simple and the five or 6 inpdendent operators who are in the village say there are systematic maneuvers afoot by the Toursim Village Management to move them form the frontline. This, they says, is because their tours get better reviews than the Chukka Tours which are bought aboard the Carnival Cruise Line.

    What COP 21 Means For Belize
    The 21st Conference of the Parties, Cop21 for short, finished last week in Paris. While reviews are mixed, for the first time in the history of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change the parties were able to craft an agreement that all were able to adopt. Carlos Fuller, who represented Belize as a member of the Caribbean delegation, spoke to us about how we contributed to the discussions on climate change. Carlos Fuller, International Liaison Officer - CCCCC "The area we really have to address is our rates of deforestation. Because that is where most of our emissions are coming from and so we have the policies in place already. It's now a matter of putting the resources to police it, to ensure that there is not illegal logging that we don't have illegal farming and so on. That is the areas we need to address and fortunately the government of Belize has already gotten some resources. There are additional coming from the World Bank in what we called Red Plus. That is reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Again, that's an area that we have to address and that is the big area now we are working towards." But some would say that the damage has already been done. In light of this a great portion of the debate focused on adapting to the effects of climate change. This is also a major concern for Belize says Fuller.

    Police Identify San Estevan Body
    On Friday we told you about the body of a man that was found hanging from a rope off the San Estevan Road. Police have since identified the man as 65 year old Mauricio Merino, a Salvadorian Mechanic of Bautista Lane in Orange Walk Town. At the conclusion of an onsite postmortem authorities were still unable to certify the cause of death due to the advanced state of decomposition. The body was only identified with help from Gilberto Arnold the Landlord of the deceased and a cellphone that was found near the decomposing body. The landlord said that Merino had not been seen for over 3 weeks. Police have still not established how he ended up hanging from a tree branch near the San Estevan Bridge - but they have no indication that foul play was involved.

    West West Won In Honduras
    Woodrow West's team El Progresso won the Honduras League Championship in their hometown on Saturday. In a thrilling game that went down to penalty kicks, Progresso beat out Motagua to take the championship in dramatic fashion. It is the very first Championship for the El Progreso Club - and much of the credit has to go to West, their new star goalkeeper and the only foreigner on the team who has emerged as the darling of the Honduran Press. West is expected home this week. His father and some friends went to see the game in El Progreso and were interviewed by media there.

    Costa Rica Says Saynara At SICA Meeting
    In other regional news, Costa Rica has withdrawn from a regional Summit of Central American Countries because none of them want to help with the Cuban refugee crisis. Nearly 6 thousand Cubans are stuck in Costa Rica trying to get to the United States, but Honduras, Belize and Guatemala have declined requests to get them through to Mexico. So, at the regional SICA summit in El Slavador, Costa Rica walked out because the Cuban issue was not put on the agenda.

    Hug Santa Style
    Today, it was all about spreading the Christmas love at the BTL Park in Belize City. Group Hug is the name of the group that hosted 150 underprivileged children at an afternoon Christmas party. President and founder of the Group Hug Project Andre Pitts told us it's about the true spirit of Christmas. According Pitts, the organization hopes to make this Children's Christmas party an annual event.

    Channel 5

    Prisoner at Ladyville Police Station Tries to Commit Suicide in Cell
    The home invasion at the house of Lebanese Honorary Consul in Burrel Boom is back in the news tonight.  A total of eighteen persons have been charged but the last [...]

    Woman Detained at San Ignacio Station Says Policeman Raped Her
    There is a serious allegation tonight coming out of San Ignacio but details are sketchy. A twenty-five year old woman from the village of Bullet Tree was in police custody [...]

    FM Elrington Says Cuban Migrant Situation Regretful
    As many as six thousand Cubans are stuck in Costa Rica since November, unable to make their way to the United States. Once they set foot on American soil they [...]

    Elrington Says Costa Rican President Trying to Shame Countries Into Allowing Transit
    According to Elrington, there has been some indication that Mexico would be prepared to facilitate the passage of the Cubans, but nothing in writing. Belize is not prepared to budge [...]

    Costa Rica Suspends Political Participation in SICA
    There is now some action by Mexico. This Tuesday, technical teams will be meeting in Mexico City, to discuss a way forward for the Cuban crisis. The meeting was set [...]

    Ladyville Resident Knocked Down
    The number of deaths on the highways continues to be a cause for concern. The latest victim is a construction worker from Ladyville who died Saturday night when he allegedly [...]

    Foreign Trade Director Says RC Imports Didn’t Follow Proper Protocol
    At news time tonight, there is no movement on the three containers of Guyanese rice at the Big Creek Port in the south and likely there will not be any [...]

    Guyana Rice Still Confiscated at Big Creek Port
    With three more days before the Christmas, the containers with three million pounds of rice will not be discharged. Jose Alpuche, the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Agriculture maintains that [...]

    Hunting Caye F.O.B. on Indefinite Standstill
    Fourteen months ago construction of a Coast Guard Forward Operating Base was abruptly halted after public outcry. The base, funded by the US, was contracted out to a Guatemalan firm [...]

    Convicted Murderer Receives Sentence After 13 Years on Death Row
    Sentencing for Glenford Baptist took place this morning in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Baptist is the inmate who languished in prison for thirteen years on death row [...]

    32-year-old Remanded for Sexual Abuse of 12-year-old
    A Belize City man who is almost three times the age of his alleged victim was arraigned today on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.  The accused is thirty-two year [...]

    3 Persons busted With Weed at OW Checkpoint
    Three men were busted at a checkpoint in the area of the toll bridge on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Just before midnight on Friday, a vehicle with license plates BZ-C-34105 [...]

    Thieves Net 145 Cases of Beer from Warehouse Heist
    Thieves burglarized a warehouse on the Philip Goldson Highway and made away with a sizeable amount of beers sometime in the past week. Forty-two year old businessman Jignesh Paintar of [...]

    Stevedores given a Christmas Bukut, Says CWU President
    On Friday, in the wake of a four-day strike by stevedores at the Port of Belize in the Old Capital which brought operations at a standstill, the Ministry of Labor [...]

    Matura-Shepherd Says Stevedores Backs Are Against the Wall
    Matura-Shepherd says that the government’s action is on the side of big people and against working Belizeans. Furthermore, it strips stevedores from a fundamental pool to bargain for better terms [...]

    What’s Next for Stevedores at the Port of Belize?
    With the signing of the SI, stevedores will only be able to strike after a twenty-one day notice to the government. So what is the next step for the CBA? [...]

    Investigation Into Missing Monies at Post Office
    An internal investigation is taking place at the Post Office following a report of missing monies. As many as ten thousand dollars was allegedly misappropriated by a second grade clerk [...]

    Pickstock Area Rep Says There Was Christmas Cheer This Year
    In recent years the Government’s Christmas Cheer program has become a staple of the season – as welcome in some political quarters as ham and turkey. How it’s worked in [...]

    Group Hug Hosts Christmas Party for Disadvantaged Kids
    Group Hug – it’s a newly established organization dedicated to assisting disenfranchised youths and families. Today, they hosted one hundred and fifty primary school children from the city and Hattieville [...]

    Football News in Sports Monday
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The pressure filled home and away series for the 2015 PLB Tournament title kicked off inside the Norman Broaster  [...]


    Rehabilitation On O/W Central Park Continues
    The rehabilitation project for the Orange Walk Central Park carried out by the BMDP is currently under its second stage with the upgrade and paving of South Park Street, North Park St and Lovers Lane. But while many are pleased with the upgrading of these streets, as the old saying goes, progress brings problems as today merchants from North Park Street were not too happy when works began in front of their establishments right before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays. Mayor Bernard assured that the problem was resolved in a peaceful and effective manner and he asks both residents and merchants to be patient and cooperative with upcoming works to uplift our town.

    Police Identifies The Decomposed Body To Be One Salvadorian National
    On Friday’s newscast, we told you about the body of a male person that was discovered by police about 100 yards from the San Estevan Bridge on the San Estevan Road. The individual has been identified as sixty five year old Mauricio Humberto Merino, a native of El Salvador, who was residing on Guadalupe Street here in Orange Walk Town. Merino, who was working as a mechanic, was last seen by his land lord, Gilbert Arnold, about three weeks ago. Arnold claims that Merino had left to get a job done but did not return. Merino’s body was found hanging from a rope measuring about five feet in length on a tree located about ten yards from the road. Only half of Merino’s body hung from the tree and was partly decomposed as well as the rest of his body that lay on the ground. He was wearing a dark brown long sleeve shirt and a pair of brown shoes was found about one foot away from his body. Police also found some of Merino’s belongings near the tree including a white hand bag containing a grey cell phone and a black T-Shirt.


    Belize Represented in Paris at Climate Change Conference
    Belizean National Carlos Fuller took part in the negotiations at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Paris, France from November 30 to December 11. He was lead negotiator for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and for Belize. Although the delegates were unable to conclude an agreement by the time the meeting was scheduled to end on Friday, the French Presidency of the COP persisted, which sent the talks into overtime and by late Saturday night they had crafted an agreement that all Parties were able to adopt unanimously. Fuller tells us what the Paris Agreement is all about.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Bus conductor charged with underage sex
    32 year old Dalton Longsworth, a city bus conductor accused of having sex with a girl 12 years and 8 months old, was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. She explained to him that she cannot […]

    Prisoner accused of Abou-Nehra home invasion involvement attempts to kill self
    Police in the Eastern Division (Rural) were kept quite busy over the weekend following their arrest and capture of 25 year old Lane Grinage, facing multiple charges in the home invasion of Lebanese diplomat Sarkis Abou-Nehra. Sometime on Saturday after he was brought to […]

    Man knocked down and killed in Ladyville
    A Ladyville resident lost his life on Saturday night while trying to cross the busy Philip Goldson Highway near the Shell Gas Station. 37 year old Robert Stephen Simplis, according to Officer Commanding Eastern Division (Rural), Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster, suffered a broken neck and […]

    Christian Workers Union slams Government of Belize on change to essential services law
    The Christian Workers Union, as expected, is not in agreement that stevedores provide an essential service to the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) with their unloading and loading of cargo. The move to make them so, primarily to require 21 days’ notice of industrial […]

    Belize bodybuilders in regional and world championships
    The Belize Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBBFF) welcomed back a trio of bodybuilders who participated in the recent World Juniors and Masters Championships and Central American Championships in Bodybuilding over two weekends in El Salvador. From December 11 to 14 at the world championship, […]

    12 more years behind bars for Glenford Baptist
    Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin today told prisoner Glenford Baptist that he will continue to spend time in prison for the 2000 murder of Azrin White in Belize City. However, he no longer faces either death or life in prison. The Chief Justice decided on […]

    Dangriga man charged for shotgun theft
    21-year-old Adrian Corey Bermudez of Ramos Road, Dangriga Town, has been arrested and charged for the offenses of “theft of firearm” and “kept prohibited firearm”, after 75-year-old Paulino Cal of Red Bank village reported to police that a male person stole his sack containing […]

    Santa Elena woman shot while sleeping
    A housewife of Santa Elena Town, 46-year-old Jacinta Ayala, was shot to her hand while she slept on Saturday morning around 2:10 and was visited by police at the San Ignacio Hospital where she was being treated. Ayala told officers that she was awaken […]

    Orange Walk police investigate hit and run
    In the wee hours of Saturday morning, police visited the Northern Regional Hospital after receiving reports of a hit and run traffic accident and saw 45-year-old Marco Cuellar of Orange Walk, suffering from multiple injuries. Cuellar had injuries to the right side of his […]

    Toledo man charged for raping 9-year-old girl
    Honduran national and resident of Bella Vista village in the Toledo District, 58-year-old Gumercindo Garcia was arrested and charged for the offense of “unlawful sexual assault”, after it was reported by a 9-year-old female and her mother, that he raped the child on Wednesday, […]

    Belize’s Crime and Economy: a tumultuous relationship
    Violence and crime, in any form: assault, robbery, or murder, costs money. The greater or more frequent the crime, the greater and more frequent the expense. Large economic powers invest millions on weapons and arms and spend millions more going to war. Watch any […]

    Emergency meeting called
    Delays in deliveries of sugar cane to the sugar factory have prompted an emergency meeting among stakeholders of the sugar industry this morning. Showers over the past days have made it difficult for farmers to harvest their cane and deliver it on time to […]

    Generally fair weather prevails
    The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy spells today and partly cloudy skies tonight. A few showers and periods of rain will affect mainly coastal areas this morning, decreasing and becoming generally isolated this afternoon and tonight. Winds will be blowing from […]

    Benque police seize 20 pounds of weed but traffickers escape
    After receiving tips of drug movement, officers from Benque Viejo Police’s Special Branch visited a farm on Friday morning around 10:00 and saw two male persons carrying bags. Upon seeing the officers, the men dropped the bags and managed to escape from the area […]

    Cayo police discover unlicensed gun buried
    Working on information received, San Ignacio police visited and searched an open lot on Chaa Creek Road in the Corozalito area in that municipality yesterday morning, where they discovered a firearm buried in the ground. Officers began the search around 1:15 a.m. and were able to quickly […]


    Sail in Belize with the new catamaran 404
    Sunsail has teamed up with wind- and water-sports company Mauri Pro and the international shark and ray research initiative Global FinPrint to host a whale shark migration flotilla in Belize from April 21 to 30, 2016. Diving and snorkeling along Belize’s barrier reef, the secondlargest coral reef system on Earth, are key activities of the flotilla, which will be conducted aboard a maximum of eight Sunsail catamarans that set out from the company’s base in Placencia. A lead boat including a divemaster and marine scientist Demian Chapman, from Stony Brook University, is part of the adventure; families and groups are welcome to bareboat or hire a skipper. The trip is set during the full moon, the ideal window for observing whale sharks. One of the largest fish species, whale sharks can grow to the size of whales and feed primarily on plankton, making them harmless to humans.

    Your Belize Vacation Activities Checklist
    If you’re seeking a little adventure on your next vacation, why not take a trip to Belize! This Caribbean destination has become a popular vacation hotspot, for travelers seeking the perfect combination of tranquility and thrills, while holding on to its cultural identity. Not sure where to visit or what to experience? Here’s a list of “must visit” destinations and “must try” activities to mark off your Belizean Vacation Checklist:

    Belizean Stew Chicken
    Wash chicken and rub in the vinegar or lemon juice. Season with salt and set aside. Heat the oil in a heavy pan or deep skillet and sprinkle flour, stirring to dissolve (like a thin roux) before adding chicken pieces. Brown chicken. Add onion and garlic, stirring until onion softens, being careful not to burn. Add remaining spices, stir, and begin adding water until chicken is almost covered. If you have the recado, mix with water until just runny and add with spices. Reduce heat and cook slowly to stew, about 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally and adding water as necessary.

    Christmas in Belize
    Belize is a veritable melting pot of different races and cultures. At no time of the year is this more visible than at Christmas. Whilst the decorating of Christmas trees, lights and giving of presents is a countrywide occurrence, other traditions handed down from one culture and generation to another have been adopted, diluted and adapted over the years. Amongst all Belizeans, Christmas is a time to clean house. In preparation for expected or unexpected family and friends, the house is tidied, new curtains hung and often new flooring laid. Albert Street in Belize City was traditionally the place to shop for new material, decorations and tiles. Today most towns stock these products. In most major towns of each area the season kicks off with the lighting of the town Christmas tree in the town square, an event often accompanied by carol singing and other celebrations. Already by this stage most shops have already put up their Christmas decorations and Christmas music in both Spanish,English and reggae versions can be heard belting merrily through the streets.

    Here Comes Santa Claus…My Week in Review Plus Amazing Pictures from Around Belize
    Christmas in Belize is good times, warm weather and MANY days off rather than just one. Technically just Christmas Eve, Day and Boxing Day…but all schools closed last week and most businesses are on holiday slow down. But rather than getting out your winter coat, hat, mittens, sweater, boots, ear muffs (today IS the first official day of Winter), this is the attire.

    International Sourcesizz

    The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), working in partnership with the Brunei Darussalam Government, wishes to announce Master's Degree scholarships for five people from Commonwealth countries, preferably working in Higher Education Institutions or Departments of Higher Education, to study on a full-time basis in Brunei Darussalam for one or two years. The scholarships are available for programmes commencing in July/August 2016 in three participating institutions in Brunei Darussalam.


  • Blue Marlin Belize 2015, 4min. Blue Marlin caught aboard "Marintime" by Ryan Marin in front of Caye Caulker 20/12/2015.

  • Night Dive Ambergris Caye, Belize, 22min. November 2015.

  • Delta MD88 landing in Belize, 9min. Interesting Flight to the Phillip Goldson International.

  • Stars From The Golden Age Dance To "Uptown Funk", 5min. Feeling low? no holiday spirit...lack of energy...THEN WATCH THIS AND GET HAPPY! and Get those feet movin' What happens when some of the best dancers of yesteryear are combined with one of the greatest hits this year? A completely fun mash up that will have you wanting to dance along with them! Clips from nearly 66 movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood were mashed together to the wildly popular hit "Uptown Funk." Featuring dancers such as Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Shirley Temple among others, there moves coincide perfectly with the beat of the music. Michael Binder has scanned through hundreds of movies from 1953 and earlier and edited them perfectly without speeding up or slowing down any of the original footage. The hours he spent are incredible – but the result is so fun to watch it was worth every second!

  • Belize Guate Movie 2, 8min.

  • Cozumel, Belize, Honduras Journey 2015, 6min.

  • December 2015 Belize air boat, 2min.

  • Hello Fishies Ambergris Caye Belize, 4min. Video taken July 2015 Belize Island of Ambergris Caye. Nurse Sharks, Rays, Blue Fish and Silver Fish.

  • Jaguar Paw - Cave Tubing and Zip Line in Belize, 3min. We travel deep into the ancient caves of the mayans, drift down the gentle river and glide through the tree tops.

  • Maya Mountain Cacao: Building a Demonstration Farm in Belize, 4min. Maya Mountain Cacao is planting an organic agroforestry cocoa farm with the indigenous Maya. Local solutions, global change.

  • World Famous Botanical Gardens 20: Belize Botanic Gardens (Belize), 2min.

  • Mexico Belize 2015 diving video gopro, 28min. bull sharks, reef sharks, nurse sharks ...

  • The Uninhabited Paradise in Belize, 5min.

    December 21, 2015


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Letter to the Editor: Dr. Hall is a Fraud
    Dear Editor: “Dr.” Robert Hall aka John Roberts Hall, is not only a pervert (thank you so much for your story) but a crook who worked many years as the contact dentist for Americans going to an outfit known as Dentavac operating in Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica, Dr. Baez (aka Luis Baez) and Dr. Arturo Acosta. This is no small office. It takes up a huge building and has armed guards. I work for United Airlines and went to have minor dental veneers placed by Dentavac in March of 2013. This is a common practice in the airline industry. Nips, tucks, teeth whitening, bio identicals, etc. at a reduced price overseas. “Dr.” Robert Hall was the “dental designer” while a Dr. Monterserat Chacon did the actual dentistry (overseen by this Baez). Robert Hall, who was supervised by Dr. Acosta, put himself out as an NYU teaching fellow and expert in cosmetic dentistry, stating that he was “retired” enjoying surfing and downsizing from the hustle bustle of American life. He was the consummate salesman, 100 percent backed by these Escazu dental frauds.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Telephone Call
    “Mr. Dennis, you’re coming over for dinner tonight aren’t you?” Mario asked. “Sure,” I said. “I’ll be there by 6:30.” “Good. Maria will start the escabeche around noon so it should be about ready between 6 and 7.” “O.K.” My friend Mario is very poor but he specifically wanted me to come over and try his wife’s escabeche. I have done some favors for him over the years and I know that’s his way of paying them back. Besides, I love that Mayan onion based soup called escabeche and I hate to pass up the chance to eat it. “Hello, Mr. Dennis,” Maria said, when I knocked on the door. “Mario went to get some bread. Have a seat and he’ll be right back.”

    Police Report
    Rape: A 34-year-old housewife currently residing in the Boca Del Rio area, visited the San Pedro Police Station on Saturday, December 12th and reported that around 9AM on Friday, December 11th while seeking employment, she was taken on a red motorcycle by a Hispanic male to a remote area where he had sexual intercourse with her against her will.
    Burglary: On Thursday, December 10th at 5:18AM, 43-year-old Efrain Bardalez reported that between the hours of 7:10PM on the Tuesday, December 8th and 7AM on Wednesday, December 9th his warehouse situated in the DFC area was burglarized.
    Theft: On Saturday, December 12th at around 4PM, 35-year-old Kenny Brakeman reported that on Thursday, December 10th at around 1PM he left his grey Yamaha 15 horse power 4-stroke boat engine valued at $4,000 inside his bodega in the DFC area.
    Found Drugs: On Sunday, December 13th at around 11:30AM, Caye Caulker Police intercepted a parcel from Belize City to Caye Caulker Village which led to the discovery of two wrapped parcels containing 365 grams of suspected cannabis. The items was labeled as Found Property and deposited.
    Drug Trafficking: On Tuesday, December 15th at about 11:30AM, police conducted a search at the residence of 37-year-old Deon Faber located on Laguna Drive, Boca del Rio Area where they found several plastic bags amounting to 208.9 grams of cannabis.
    Attempted Murder: On Sunday, December 13th at about 4:45AM, Caye Caulker Police responded to a stabbing incident in Bahia Area of Caye Caulker Village. There, they intercepted a green golf cart transporting 27-year-old Eldon Evans heading to the Caye Caulker Village Health Centre.

    Doctor Love: Bad Decisions and Concerned Moms
    Dear Doctor Love, The holiday season is here and it has me worried. When we first met two years ago I made an agreement with my girlfriend that I do not do Christmas because it is too commercial. To me, Christmas is not about honoring the birth of Jesus. Instead, it is an excuse to buy cheap gifts and put money in the pockets of people who own stores. She agreed with me completely. We tried to put the money that we would have spent into our savings for our marriage. Then I made what turned out to be a huge mistake. I didn’t buy a Valentine’s Day gift and I could tell she was upset. She gave me a card and some chocolates and I didn’t get her anything. I explained to her that I felt that Valentine’s Day is also too commercial. We talked about it and she said she understood. Last year I didn’t buy a gift for her and this time I knew she was upset. She said that it is too commercial but it is showing love for a living person that you supposedly care for. We smoothed things over but Valentine’s Day is only about seven weeks away. I don’t want to make the same mistake but I do truly feel that the holiday is too commercial. How can I keep her happy and not make myself unhappy?

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    FCD's Executive Director met with Mexican Ambassador to Belize, Mr. Carlos Quesnel Melendez
    Discussing efforts to protect the Maya Forest.

    The Reporter

    Police Department graduates 176 new police recruits
    The Belize Police Department added 176 new police men and women to its enrolment as it tries to make 2015 the second best year since 2008 in murder statistics. This year there were 116 murders and Minister of National Security John Saldivar, says he believes that the Department has the crime situation under control. Major crimes have reduced from 2287 at the end of November 2014 to 2027 in 2015. The Department has recorded that since 2008, crimes have been declining from 3126 to what is recorded up to now for this year. The Department recorded that most deaths took place in the first six months of the year, that was the first 76 murders. He stated that the amount of murders was significantly reduced, to 40, during the second half of the year. As the Department records the significant decrease in murders, 167 new police officers join the ranks of the Department, after six months of arduous training at the Belize Police Academy (BPA).

    Historical representation of 5Cs at Paris Climate Change Talks
    The Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (5Cs) attended the 21st Conference of the Parties held in Paris, France this week. The team of delegates was led by the executive director of 5Cs, Dr. Kenrick Leslie. Deputy Director and Science Advisor of 5Cs, Carlos Fuller represented Belize at the convention. The convention finished on Saturday night after overtime deliberations by the French Presidency of the COP, where they crafted an agreement compatible with all parties involved. One of the key interests of 5Cs is that the convention will be directed by scientific research. 5Cs was instrumental to ensure that the Caribbean region was well represented at the convention and prepared to engage in negotiations regarding what climate change issues mean to the region. With assistance from various partners, the center formatted a Declaration on Climate Change which was adopted by the CARICOM Heads of Government and was the blueprint for the region’s position for COP 21.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Minister Saldivar says major crimes are down for 2015
    With roughly two weeks remaining until the end of this year, Minister John Saldivar responsible for National Security, says authorities are hoping to wrap up the year with less murders than were recorded at 2014’s end and stated that with the count at 116 murders thus far, it is possible that this will be the second best year for his department since 2008. Saldivar further stated that the crime situation is now under control as the number of major crimes has also been reduced from 2,287 at the end of November, 2014, to 2,027 this year and since 2008, has been constantly declining from 3,126, all the way down to this year’s statistics.

    Cold front brings wet start to Christmas week
    The National Meteorological Service of Belize calls for mostly cloudy skies today with some showers, periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms mainly over central and northern areas. Skies will be partly cloudy tonight with a few showers mainly along the coast. Winds will blow from the Northeast at 10-20 knots, becoming gusty near heavier showers and thunderstorms. The sea state is moderate to rough. High temperatures today are expected around 82 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast; 84 degrees Fahrenheit inland and a comfortable 74 degrees.


    Tamalitos (Ducunu)
    Cut ends of corn. Peel off husk and silk. Leave the large husk to wrap ducunu. Grate or grind corn. Melt margarine (low heat). Add melted margarine, salt and baking powder to corn. Add milk. Mix well. Put two or three corn cobs in pot to balance ducunu. Add water. Bring to a boil. Put one large tblsp corn mixture in each corn husk. Fold over and set between cobs in boiling water. Boil for 20-30 minutes. Serve with stew chicken or meat of choice

    Clean both sides of banana leaves with a damp cloth. Set aside. Season chicken pieces with salt, Season All, black pepper and sugar. Heat oil in a deep saucepot. Add chicken and cook until light brown. Add 1½ cups water. Dilute recado in approximately 1/3 cup warm water and add to chicken. Let simmer for half an hour, then remove chicken and set aside. Strain chicken broth for col and return to saucepot, reducing to a low heat.

    Wildlife concerns on Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker
    December 1st thru the 3rd, 2015, four Belize Forest Department (BFD) Wildlife Officers, Edgar Correa, Minerva Gonzalez, Mercedes Valdez, and Erwin Gillette, spent three days addressing wildlife concerns and laws in Ambergris Caye and Cay Caulker. The evening of Dec. 1st, the four Wildlife Officers, along with two police officers from the S.P. Police Dept., joined the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) on one of their evening crocodile research excursions. Belize’s Crocodile Expert and ACES’s Co-Founder, Vince Rose, and ACES’s crocodile conservationist Chris Summers shared pertinent crocodile biology and behavior facts with the enthusiastic officers. ACES has been humanely tagging crocodiles with Pro-ID microchips for an ongoing population distribution study since 2008. To date, over 500 crocodiles in Belize have been tagged providing pertinent scientific data and enabling the identification of problematic crocodiles for relocation, or captivity, to ensure human safety. Then, on December 2nd, the BFD and ACES visited the Estuary of Caye Caulker, a culture interpretive center with nature trails through a mangrove lagoon. The BFD had received reports that there was possibly illegal crocodile feedings taking place. However, along the beautiful nature trail over the lagoon there were clearly signs warning the public against this activity. ACES looks forward to working with the Estuary at Caye Caulker and assisting in training their guides about Belize’s crocodiles under the direction of the Belize Forest Department.

    International Sourcesizz

    CRFM and partners to unlock the full potential of Caribbean fisheries through value chain approach
    Some fear that climate change and global economic pressures will create a toxic mix that would cripple the potential of the Caribbean fisheries and aquaculture sector, but a new initiative being implemented by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is looking for that “golden key” that would, instead, unlock the industry’s hidden potential for all concerned; thus improving the contribution of fisheries to the region’s economic development. This should ensure that both suppliers and buyers have more money in their pockets, as they keep the resource base on a healthy and sustainable footing. A newly launched project will over the next year bring together key public and private actors in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, to optimize the benefits across the value chain – from the fishers who set their traps to reap the ocean’s bounty to the buyers who search for the most economical catch to serve up an impressive meal.


  • Belize - 2015, 7.5min. Our visit to beautiful Belize in December 2015.

  • Belize, 6min.

  • 2014.11- Caye Caulker, Belize, 9.3min. Caye Caulker in Belize was another location that I added to my itinerary last second, hearing about it from other travelers. The only thing I wanted to do was the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, based from San Pedro. Turns out that this place is packed with hotels though, whereas Caye Caulker has more of a backpacking vibe for it, making my decision to go there instead very easy. I stayed in the Bella’s Hostal just next to the Dirty McNasty’s, which seems to be the place-to-go for all those party hungry backpackers. I was glad I did not stay there.

  • Moments 2015, 2.5min. Food & Photos RTW 2015: Mexico, Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, Costa Rica

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise - Belize / Cozumel, 8min. Our 2015 Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean's Independence of The Seas. Ports of call at Belize and Cozumel.

  • Belize Tarpon Fly Fishing 2015, 5.5min. Landing my First Tarpon with El Pescador guide Sinoe and Wing December 2015!

  • ABbundance Belize 2015, 4min. A yoga and pilates retreat hosted by Elizabeth Sullivan. The retreat is held in the country of Belize on a private island called Royal Belize.

  • Belize, 9min.

  • Best of Belize With Singles in Paradise, 9min. Our group spent 4-days in San Ignacio and did the cave tubing and had a whole day in Mountain Pine Ridge. Then we flew out to Ambergris Caye where we snorkeled with sharks and sting rays and had a great BBQ picnic on Goff's Caye.

  • Manatee in Belize, 18sec.

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