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December 20, 2017


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The San Pedro Sun

Caye Caulker airstrip renovations have yet to begin
The work to upgrade the airstrip on the island of Caye Caulker, a very popular tourism destination in Belize, remains in limbo. The island’s airstrip was one of the busiest in the country until the local airlines, Tropic and Maya Island Air, suspended flights on October 1st due to the dangerous condition of the runway. This prompted the Belize Airports Authority (BAA) to attempt to acquire funding through a multi-million dollar loan from the Social Security Board (SSB). However, after the loan was apparently turned down, the fate of the project now hinges on the outcome of a meeting between SSB’s Board of Directors scheduled on Thursday, December 21st. Meanwhile, the tourism sector on La Isla Cariñosa continues to suffer the consequences.

San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament Holds Second Week of Games
A single softball match was played at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex on Sunday, December 17th, during the second week of the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament. The game saw San Pedro High School (SPHS) taking on RCGO. The tight match had both teams giving their best, but at the end, it was a clear victory for the SPHS with eight home points against RCGO with four home points. The current standings have SPHS and Quality Reef with one win. RCGO and Xtreme yet to make it on the charts. Due to the holidays, games will resume on Sunday, January 7th. In the first match, SPHS will take on Quality Reef, followed by RCGO going against Xtreme. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a softball Sunday.

Air Canada begins direct flights to Belize
Air Canada, Canada’s flagship airline, has joined Westjet as the second Canadian carrier providing direct service from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada to Belize. Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia, Canada’s Honorary Consul to Belize Lynn Young, Belize Airports Concession Co. manager Jorge Espat and Air Canada’s regional manager Reina Nieto were on hand to welcome the inaugural flight from Toronto, which landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport around 1PM Friday afternoon, December 15th.

Caye Da Di Sea wins Annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
For the second year in a row, Caye Da Di Sea, sponsored by Dooley Bear Adventures claimed the top prize at this year’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Held on Saturday, December 16th, hundreds of spectators came out to the beach along the eastern coast of San Pedro Town to witness the traditional Christmas event. Eight colorful and creatively decorated vessels lit the parade route between Wayo’s Beach Bar and Crazy Canucks Beach Bar for a night of spectacular lights, food and $10,000 cash in giveaways. Shortly after sunset, the boats participating in this year’s parade lined up in front of Wayo’s Beach Bar. At 6PM, onlookers flocked to the beach and docks to get a good look as the lighted boats slowly sailing across the Caribbean Sea. The creativity this year surpassed all expectations, from a Santa octopus to a Christmas themed crocodile and an angel with lit wings in honor of the late Felix Ayuso, a well-known activist on the island and the face of the San Pedro AIDS Commission.

Ambergris Today

AirCanada Makes Inaugural Flight To Belize
Air Canada made its inaugural flight to Belize on Friday, December 15, 2017, just in time for the Holidays. Visitors can now enjoy another direct flight from Toronto, Canada directly to the Jewel twice a week. Canada is the third largest consumer of Belize’s tourism product, representing seven percent of all visitors; however, tourism stakeholders in both countries have been aiming increase that figure. The new flights to Belize, form a part of an increasing push of both countries to connect with each other.

Town Council Has Plan To Make Ambergris Caye The Number One Island In The World
During his speech at the opening of Mahogany Bay Village on December 6, 2017, San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero made mention of a new local Economic Development Strategic Plan for Ambergris Caye. It’s the San Pedro Town Council’s plan with aims to transform Ambergris Caye into the number one island in the world. Our ultimate goal is for our island to eventually become the number one island in the world. Our strategic plan calls for very bold initiatives that require Central Government support in passing legislation, specifically as it relates to vulnerable communities like Ambergris Caye. But our strategic plan also makes provision for investors to do their share in executing their development plan.

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Bonnie From Across the Ocean
My Grandmas book got published & is available now... about her life growing up in Belize... Bacalar Chico days... island living... & being sent to d UK to marry! ...she has a SUPER interesting life!!
Bonnie lives with her parents and brothers on a coconut plantation, situated on a remote tropical island with no schools, shops or electricity. Home-schooled until they move to the city, Bonnie settles in at a convent school only to be expelled after the first year of high school. She commences her working life at the age of 14 and eventually embarks on a journey to England to the man she is to marry. Welcomed at first but then left alone in a foreign country after an argument escalates, Bonnie luckily finds refuge with strangers. With their help, she begins to take control of her life. She studies to become a nurse, making friends with her colleagues, then falls in love and marries a sailor in the Royal Navy. Six children later, their marriage crumbles and Bonnie's struggles commence again. Will she be able to overcome all these trials and tribulations and emerge stronger than ever or will she fold?

Elections and Boundaries Department Announcement: Voting in the upcoming Municipal Elections
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that all registration offices countrywide will be opened on Saturday, 6th January 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is to facilitate persons who are eighteen (18) years of age and over who have not yet registered and wish to vote in the upcoming Municipal Elections. Please be reminded that 10th January 2018 is the cutoff date for the registration of persons who have not yet registered and wish to vote in the 2018 Municipal Elections. Those persons are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Applicants must bring along the original of either: - Belizean Birth Certificate, or - Belizean Passport, or - Belize Nationality Certificate A Belizean Birth Certificate must be accompanied by a valid picture identification card. A Belize Nationality Certificate without the affixed or scanned photograph of the applicant must be accompanied by a valid picture identification card.

Grand Opening – Gladden Private Island Resort
As Belize continues to emerge as a prime tourist destination, developers seeking niche investment opportunities are able to capitalize on Belize’s low density high value proposition. On December 1st, 2017, “the world’s most private island”, Gladden Private Island Resort, opened its doors with an inaugural visit to the island. This authentic luxurious masterpiece emerged from a partnership between Chris Krolow, Host of HGTV’s Island Hunters, and Mr. David Keener, renowned Tourism Developer. The island located 20 miles northeast of Placencia, harbors a single villa ideally designed to accommodate a couple, with the all-inclusive service of a luxury resort. Additionally, it also includes a second master suite to accommodate friends or family.

METHODIST EYE DOCTORS IN COROZAL
METHODIST EYE DOCTORS WILL BE AT THE METHODIST EYE CLINIC, COROZAL TOWN SUNDAY, JANUARY 7th – THURSDAY, JANUARY 11th, 2018 THIS IS FOR PERSONS WHO ALREADY MADE THEIR APPOINTMENTS IN ADVANCE. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 422-2887

Christmas Public and Bank Holidays
Monday, December 25th, 2017 will be observed as Christmas Day and Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 will be Boxing Day! This will be quite the long weekend, extended with Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th as public and bank holidays. Here is wishing you and your family a Merry and Safe Christmas Holiday Season.

The Bluffs Club Opens
Cayo has a new club, and it opened yesterday. The Bluffs is located in the Cedar Bluffs layout, on the way to Cristo Rey. They'll be having live music on a regular basis. Ascenthium will be playing there on New Year's Eve.

Screen on the Green in Belmopan
Come out and enjoy the movie "The Polar Express" and FREE POPCORN on Thursday, December 21 at the Governor General Field in Belmopan. Movie starts at dark. Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for "The Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.

"FARMING IS NOT A "BUSH BOY" THING BUT DOING THE RIGHT THING!" (A story celebrating the life of a farmer in Belize)
Amir Kalifa returned back from his hometown Belize to Los Angeles, California in the states very excited. L.A. is where he has been living for the last two decades, and his trip back to Belize after so many years was personal as well as reavealing. Kalifa who is a city boy from Belize City, and who has become a leader of a Belizean social group called, "Teach A Man To Fish", in L.A., broke the news to his social group that he met a very serious and dynamic young Belizean brother, farmer and activist name Pappy Palacio far away in a southern town called Punta Gorda in the Toledo District of Belize that will put many a Belizean youth in the city to shame.

"THE MORE TOMORROW VILLAGE LAND REFORM & FOOD SECURITY INITIATIVE IN BELIZE!"
The 1980s and 1990s Belize Rural Economic Development of Agriculture through Alliance (BREDAA) work in the More Tomorrow Village of Belize Cayo District was aimed to implement youth agricultural development programs as a means of establishing a food security program for Belize's marginalized and disenfranchised young people across the country particularly Belize City's black young men who were being displaced by a insidious so-called war on drugs and an expansive Central American refugee land grab that had made them second class citizens in their own country; that had no land and therefore no birthright to the country as natural born Belizean citizens. The BREDAA land program that was a brainchild of the legendary Belizean sociopolitical activist of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD) movement in Belize, Brother Ishmael Omar Shabazz, identified the pressing need that Belizeans, especially black Belizeans, needed to hold on to their land and developed food security programs that would have made them self-sufficient in food. He also propagated through BREDAA that Belize needed to undergo urgent land reform initiatives starting with amendments in the Belize constitution and the land laws that made so much land in Belize being owned by absentee landlords most of them living in Britain and the United States. That an urgent land reform program needed to be implemented by any government in Belize to relinquish these lands from foreigners that were just sitting idly while natural born Belizean starved because they had no access to land for farming in their own country.

Renowned Belizean Artist Visits San Pedro
- During the opening preview of Diamond Lodge Belize, Local Belizean Artist Pen Cayetano was invited to the island to feature some of his most recent work. With assistance from Lindsey Hackston of Belizean Arts San Pedro he was also joined by his wife Ingrid and both played live music for the event. Cayetano's art was on sale during the event and his work can also be seen at Belizean Art located at Fido's Courtyard.

Santa at the basketball court on Caye Caulker

Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economic Development Clarify Statements on EU Funds Allocated to the Government of Belize for the Health Sector
The Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development (MOED) would like to clarify statements on European Union (EU) funds allocated to the Government of Belize for the Health Sector. The public may recall that the Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow signed an agreement with the EU for a total value of 27 million euros for the Health and Energy sectors under the 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020) in October 2014. It should be pointed out that these funds are earmarked by the EU to Belize. These development funds are granted to Belize and other African, Caribbean and Pacific States to assist in the social and economic development of member states in particular with respect to poverty alleviation.

PACT LAUNCHES NEW CONSERVATION INVESTMENT STRATEGY
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) introduced its Conservation Investment Strategy and the process utilized for its development to several Co-Management Organizations and Conservation stakeholders. This initiative was led by PACT through the support of a Working Group consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, and Immigration (MAFFESDI), the National Protected Areas System Secretariat (NPASS), the Forest Department (FD), the Fisheries Department (FiD) and the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO).

Corozal Bus Terminal Holiday Schedule

Placencia Holiday Boat Parade
This Saturday at the Placencia Municipal Pier starting at 5pm! Christmas Eve Parade starting 6pm December 24th at the Water Tower ending at the point.

Share the Joy/ Crowning Miss MnM’s
Join us @ Our Event. Share the Joy on the day of Our Crowning of Miss MnM’s 23rd December, Saturday @ MnM’s Bowtique 9:00 am onwards to experience the real joy of this Season. Free food, drinks, raffles , games , prizes and giveaways. Welcome all the Businesses teaming up with MnM Shimmers this Christmas just to give and share the joy. This is our gesture of saying Thank you for choosing all of us. MnM Shimmers Corozal

I will take aim at Angel Nunez’s Ambergris Today
We all know Angel is doing everything he can to badmouth what the Mayor, the Council employees and council does. He has low graded himself, dabbing himself like a pig in the mud with his political morning show. But let me get to business. NOT ONCE did ANGEL, Dorian or the AMBERGRIS Today or the blogging staff attended any of 25 consultations the council held in 2016/2017 to draft out our local economic development plan. You wanted to know more, give your input, share ideas, be a part of history, then you or any of your staff should have attended those consultations. I documented that invitations (8 to be exact) were sent to you and Ambergris Today on countless occasions. Andre Perez and several members of the PUP executive attended those consultations, gave their input, share ideas and it was taken into account when the plan was drafted, reviewed in public consultation and ratified by independent consultants. Angel Nunez and his newspaper were conveniently asleep or HUGGING up free food for their “reviews.”

VI Festival del Pueblo
On December 17th, 2017 we travelled to the beautiful village of San Lazaro for the VI Festival del Pueblo held at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Carrillo. This Festival del Pueblo is a cultural event showcasing and promoting both tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Maya Mestizo culture. The event highlights included educational, traditional and folklore presentations; such as dances, music, and story telling. Here are a few pictures of that memorable day.

Christmas In Town Grand Finale
Dec. 22, 7pm, live at the Welcome Center in San Ignacio

Christmas Bird Count in Mountain Pine Ridge
And the next big CBC happens in the Mountain Pine Ridge this Saturday! We will be meeting at Hode's Place in San Ignacio this Friday at 7.00pm for the pre count meeting to discuss the CBC logistics for the following day. Stripe-tailed Hummingbird? Solitary Eagle? Orange-breasted Falcon, Stygian Owl? This is the CBC for you to join...

Jaime Awe giving his Discovery Award presentation
At the Shanghai Archaeology Forum last week. A well-deserved award! Lord Colin Renfrew is in the front row

Channel 7

Alleged Cocaine Cowboys Sent To Jail
Two men who were caught in the city with 5 kilos, or 11 pounds of cocaine went to court today. 37 year old Peter Schmidt from Caye Caulker and 33 year old Carlos Lopez from Lord's Bank, were charged with trafficking 5.07 kilos of cocaine when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The cocaine was in a knapsack on the back seat of the SUV they were driving in. And, under the backseat, police found a 9 millimeter pistol with 11 live rounds. So, they were also charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. With all that, they were remanded into custody until March 8. Schmidt was represented by attorney Ellis Arnold.

Arraignment For Robber Shot At Monica's
There was big excitement last week Thursday afternoon when four men attempted rob Monica's Pawn Shop in Belize City - and one of them got shot. Today he was taken to court still recovering from the injury to his left arm. Dean Nembhard was charged with robbery. He pled not guilty and was remanded into custody until January 31st. His three alleged accomplices are still at large, and police continue to look for them. The story of how he was shot is quite an unusual one. According to reports, Dorian Usher - who is part of the family ownership of the business - was in the store with employees when he saw four suspicious men enter.

Foreign Minister Talks About Bilateral Meeting
Last week, we told you how Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and the Belize Delegation held their first bilateral meeting with the new Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel. She's the Guatemalan diplomat who has been appointed to replace Carlos Raul Morales, and last week, she and the Guatemalan delegation sat down to have lengthy conversations about the start of the process to restore cordial relations between the two countries. You'll remember that in April of last year, tensions rose after a Belizean joint law enforcement team shot and killed 13 year-old Guatemalan Julio Alvarado Ruano. Less than 5 months later, in August 2016, an OAS Independent Investigation Team presented their report which vindicated the Belizean law enforcement, but the Guatemalan Government rejected it completely.

Guatemalans Re-state Commitment to Referendum
One of the big topics of last week's bilateral talks was the ICJ referendums, and when they will take place in both countries. The date chosen for the Guatemalan ICJ referendum was March 18, 2018, but the Guatemalans have pushed it back a month to April 15. Elrington told us that Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel explained why that was necessary, and how the ICJ education campaign has been going in her country: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "She indicated to me, yes, that they want to have it April, I think it's the 15th of April. I think the earlier date they had set was too close to the Easter time, I think she said, but that they thought they would be able to do it the 15th of April."

The Map And The Dividing Line In Negotiations
We also asked Foreign Minister Elrington about the outcome of Belize's protest note to Guatemala about the maps that they intend to use in their ICJ education campaign. You'll remember it as the one where Belize is included as a part of Guatemala, with the two countries separated with only a dotted line to represent Belize's western border. Elrington told us that the new Guatemalan Foreign Minister is holding the line that they communicated in response. Here's how he explained Guatemala's justification for the map: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "There was issues raised because Guatemala was including in their education campaign, and on their maps, they had Belize separated only by jagged lines, and we had protested that. They, of course, had protested a program which he had had, whereby we showed the BDF patrolling our borders. They don't like the use of the word borders - adjacency line."

Belize Referendum May Be In 2019
So, while Belize wanted information on Guatemala's intention to hold their ICJ referendum, the Guatemalan delegation was expecting to be similarly updated about Belize's plans for an ICJ referendum here. Foreign Minister Elrington told us that he explained to the Guatemalan Foreign Minister and her delegation that Belize has Municipal Elections and a re-registration exercise that must be done before the ICJ referendum can take place. He said that Belize is looking at the end of 2018, or the beginning of 2019 as a possible time-frame: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "She inquired about the time table for our own referendum. I explained to her that we are constitutionally required to have re-registration, next year. And of course, we had given an undertaking to the Opposition that we would do that."

Elrington Rejoices In Senate Defeat For Courtenay
But the most memorable part of the interview happened when Elrington took off the tender gloves reserved for Guatemalan diplomacy and got into political hard talk against his PUP predecessor Eamon Courtenay. We asked Elrington about the senate motion that Courtenay brought before the Senate, in a push to amend the Maritime Areas Act. This law relaxes Belize's claim to it's full territorial waters between the Sarstoon River and the Ranguana Cayes. Under international Law, Belize is entitled to 12 miles of territorial waters, but when the law was passed, Belize only claimed 3 - to make room for a negotiated settlement. All hops of that were officially abandoned when Belize and Guatemala committed to take the dispute to the ICJ in 2008.

Wilfred Says Eamon Wants His Job
So, as you heard, Foreign Minister Elrington took a swing at former PUP Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay , and he didn't stop there. Later on in the interview on the Maritime Areas Act, he went on to accuse Courtenay of gunning for his job, which is why he claims Courtenay, took up this cause. Here's how that went: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "The establishment of the Maritime Areas Act, the passage of that act was done in 1993, I think it was. And it broke up the UDP because there were those who thought that it should never have been done. But, nonetheless, the Peoples United Party, at the time, along with the Opposition - leaders in the Opposition Party, agreed that they would go along with the measure. In my view, any damage done to the Belize's claim, if any damage has been done to the Belize claim, in consequence of the Maritime Areas Act..."

Badman Bus' Shot On BBOC Bus
Last night BBOC commuters got a scare when an armed passenger fired a shot on the bus. They were on their usual run after 6:15 when they stopped for two men at a dark curve on the highway in Camalote. The two men hopped on and instead of finding a seat, one of them pulled out a gun, snatched the female conductor's purse with money and then fired a shot at the roof of the bus. They then scrambled off the bus. BBOC Chairman Albert Pinkard says they will have to take more precaution on the road. Albert Pinkard, Chairman, BBOC: "Well, unfortunately we had a robbery of the bus where a gunshot was fired, luckily no one got hurt and I think they went off with the fortune of the day."

Sharing A Slice Turned Into Stabbing
Two friends were at a pizza parlor to share a slice - but it almost ended in one of them slicing the other up! Yesterday at around 6:30 pm at Moe's Pizza Grill on the Phillip Goldson Highway, 43-year-old Sherman Sanker and and 22-year-old Genevevo Chiac were socializing at the pizza joint and they got into a misunderstanding. It ended with Chiac allegedly stabbed Sanker in the chest. Sanker was rushed to KHMH where he remains in stable condition. Chiac was today charged with wounding.

Hon. Wilfred Wanted To Play Santa, Residents Say He "Scrooged" Them
Oleander Street residents are furious because they say they were jilted out of a new home. Today we spoke to one of 4 families who have been living on that street for years, in an old, dilapidated structure. Well, they say, their Pickstock area representative, Wilfred Elrington had promised to build them a new house. So the new structure was built in the same compound. But, turns out that none of them will be enjoying the comfort of that new home this Christmas. Here is what one of the residents had to say. Natalie Carlene Adulphus, Resident: "When I came back in August, I came back in August he told me I had to move the 28th of August so within 3 days before that is what he tell me, within 3 days, and alright so we start to pack up, yes he said he will pay the rent for 1 month and he never did come back and follow up that movement thing."

No Arrest For Weekend Murders
Last night we reported on three murders: one in Belmopan, one in Belize City and the third in Independence. So far, no arrests have been made for any of them. In the first Belize City murder of 53 yea rold car dealer Mark Vasquez - the main suspect remains hospitalized. He is Osbaldo Nieto - and he was found running from the scene of Vasquez's murder with his own injuries. Vasquez was fatally stabbed, while Nieto received stab wounds. Police say that the two of them struggled, which led to Vasquez's death.

Man Electrocuted While Trimming Trees
In other news coming out of Independence - a man was electrocuted this evening. It happened at about 5:30. He was working to trim trees adjacent to the power lines - but his machete came in contact with a high voltage wire - and he was killed instantly.

Pair of Glocks Stolen From UB In PG
This Christmas PG police have to worry about guns on the street after thieves made off with a pair of pistols and plenty of ammunition. And, they stole it from the University. Administrator Roy Polonio reported to police that sometime between Thursday night and Monday morning, thieves broke into his UB Toledo campus office and stole his metal safe with 2 Glock 9 millimeter pistols and 200 rounds of ammunition. Police haven't recovered the stolen items.

That 90 Million Dollar Question
Mark those new 2018 calendars down for January fifth - because it's going to be the political equivalent of a pay per view event. That's the day when the 90 million dollar question is expected to go to the House of Representatives. Government yesterday announced a House Sitting for that date - meaning that the Prime Minister will most likely take the appropriations bill to the house seeking approval for 90.6 million dollars to pay the arbitration award plus interest owing to the Belize Bank. Nine UDP parliamentarians have gone on record to say they will vote against it, while one PUP has gone on record to say he will vote for it. The ruling UDP has said it will be a vote of conscience. The PUP has not taken a formal public position on the vote.

Airport Deal Under Sustained Scrutiny
We also wanted to ask him about that Memorandum of Understanding for the purported one hundred million dollar US dollar investment on an airport for northern Ambergris Caye. The project has been drawing negative comments after the frontman, Jorge Jaen's credibility, absence of a track record in airport development, and personal history of alleged wrongdoing were brought into question. A statement issued by International Airport Alliance says the company, quote, "was aware of this personal issue Mr. Jorge Jaen had in the past and still elected to allow him to join the Company. Our decision was based on factual documents the Company obtained showing that the allegations mentioned in the OIG's memorandum were unfounded and therefore, Mr. Jaen was never prosecuted." end quote.

Ministry of Health/Econ Dev. Push Back Against Bad Press
The EU funded health project is still a go - just not for new wing at the Western Regional Hospital - which was the original plan. At the House meeting 11 days ago, Health Minister Pablo Marin had said that there were problems getting the funds from the EU and that the project would not materialize. When it was suggested that those problems arose from foot dragging in officialdom, the the Ministries of Economic Development and Health bristled.

Secret Santa Had Hams
Christmas is less than a week away and if you're a head of household, you could surely use a Secret Santa. Between the food, the drinks, gifts for the kids, and all the other stuff, Christmas has a dear cost. And while many can say that, yes, it "brings its own money" - for those who are down and out, it doesn't bring much. That's why a "Secret Santa" was very welcomed today in the Lake Independence area - where police turned philanthropist and gave away hams. Sahar Vasquez was there:... Sahar Vasquez reporting This morning several homes received a visit from ACP Edward Broaster. Doors were opened with some trepidation, which then turned into curiosity and, finally, surprise, when he got to the last question: "Do you have a Christmas ham?" Before they could even answer they were handed a black bag with a big juicy ham. Emotions ran high as for those in need, they will this have a Christmas.

Turkeys Not In Short Supply
For the past few years, we've been reporting on turkey shortages caused by Avian influenza in Belize. That has meant successive years of importing turkeys - which delighted some but disenfranchised others who prefer the cost and quality of the local bird. This year, though, there's no need for imports. We visited Quality Poultry Products to find out more about the big demand for the Christmas Bird:... Jules Vasquez reporting: It's Christmas and right now, Turkey's the thing. Quality Poultry's stocks have fully rebounded from Avian Influenza and the company expects to sell as many as sixty thousand of these big birds this Christmas.

Brokdong In San Ignacio
We close tonight with MORE highlites of the Mr. Peetaz Brokdong Bram - but this time it's from the Falcon Field in San Ignacio on Friday night.

Channel 5

M.A.A. Wrangle Continues; Sedi Says Negotiations Failed with Passage of Act in 1993
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington is back from the recent SICA summit in Panama where he met with his new Guatemalan counterpart, Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, appointed in August [...]

Sedi Accuses Eamon: Disingenuous and Wants My Job
Foreign Minister Elrington made note that the Cabinet is reviewing the amendment to the M.A.A.  But he went on the offensive against Courtenay, accusing him of all sorts of things [...]

Still No Sarstool Protocol, But Guatemala Relaxes
It is closing in on two years since the government was forced to temporarily close access to the Sarstoon River after Guatemalan military personnel started enforcing its claim to the [...]

Agree to Disagree on Offensive Map
Belize and Guatemala traded protest notes earlier this year over two inter-linked issues: Guatemala employing offensive maps of the countries linked together except for a jagged line, and Belize using [...]

Referendum April 15th, International Partners Asked to Pay
Guatemala is planning its referendum on the International Court of Justice question for next April fifteenth.  If a simple majority is achieved the ball moves to Belize’s court to vote [...]

Pair in Cocaine Moved Charged and Jailed
A duo was arraigned today in the Magistrate Court for a cocaine bust made in the City over the weekend. The men are from Caye Caulker and Lords Bank, Belize [...]

Old Beef, Ideal Pouch Led to Vicious Chopping
Fifty-three-year-old Dennis Bodden, a sanitation worker with the Belize City Council, is yet to appear before the magistrate’s court where he will face charges in connection with a near-fatal assault [...]

Mark Vasquez’s Accused Killer Still Under Guard, Not Charged
Charges, if any, are yet to be preferred on a suspect who is presently in police custody after being released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital earlier today.  According to [...]

Thieves Hold Up, Shoot Inside BBOC Bus
A B.B.O.C. bus run out west was held up a by a pair of thieves on Monday night in the vicinity of Camalote Village.  According to forty-two-year-old Betty Torres, a [...]

UB in P.G. Hit for Guns, Ammo
Two pistols and a trove of ammunition were stolen from the University of Belize Punta Gorda Campus. Police say that burglars broke into an office sometime between seven on Monday [...]

1 Charged in Stabbing inside Moe’s Pizza Grill
A Belize City mason from the Gungulung area remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for stab injuries to the chest and back. On Monday night, Sherman Sanker had [...]

Dean Nembhard Jr. Reeled in for Monica’s Robbery
Twenty-one-year-old Nutmeg Street resident, Dean Nembhard Junior is spending his first night behind bars at the Central Prison after he was arraigned today for the robbery at Monica’s Pawn Shop.  [...]

Holding Company for Developer Formed Just 1 Year Ago
The criminal past of Jorge Abraham Jaen, the Miami investor behind the multi-million dollar investment in the Basil Jones Airstrip to convert it into a full-scale international airport, continues to [...]

P.U.P. Says Its Shades of Puerto Azul
There’s more on the proposed international airport. The People’s United Party today reacted to the announcement of a proposed multimillion dollar international airport on San Pedro. Calling it ‘Déjà Vu [...]

Area Rep, Long Barracks Residents at War over a Home for the Holidays
A new home for the holidays is a wish for many at this time of the year. With space a scarce commodity in the Old Capital, any initiative to provide [...]

New Guatemalan Lady F.M. Makes Impression on Wilfred Elrington
Earlier we made mention of the first meeting between Foreign Minister Elrington and his Guatemalan counterpart, Sandra Jovel Polanco who succeeded Carlos Raul Morales in August. Polanco is the first [...]

Roaring Creek to Get 11-Million-Dollar Bridge
It’s arguably one of the most trafficked bridges in the country of Belize, but also one of the more poorly maintained. The Government of Belize and M and M Engineering [...]

Secret Santa Returns to North Side; Hams Given Away
Santa is in town! He is here to bring some cheer to needy families and so today he was out in full force giving away hams around the city. This [...]

LOVE FM

Residents Disappointed after not Receiving New Homes
Residents at a long barracks on Oleander Street in Belize City are up in arms. They claim they were promised new homes by Minister Wilfred Elrington; however, when the new houses which were built right in front of their dilapidated houses, they were given to other persons. One disgruntled resident spoke with Love News. Alexander …

Man sentenced to 25 years for Murder
In November 2011, 45-year-old taxi driver Domiciano Quixchan was murdered. Today, the man charged with the crime, Hernan Manzanero was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison. Quixchan’s body was found by police on a feeder road in San Antonio Village in the Cayo District. His body had stab wounds to the face and throat. Initially, …

Bus Held Up and Robbed
On Monday evening a bus conductress was robbed while on the George Price Highway. Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke to the driver of the bus who recounted how the incident unfolded. Fem Cruz, Love FM “Roaring Creek Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on a BBOC bus late yesterday evening. Love News understands that …

Two Weapons Missing after UB was Burglarized
Two weapons are missing as a result of a burglary in Punta Gorda. Correspondent Paul Mahung reports. Paul Mahung, Love FM “The burglar reportedly was at the main building which accommodates UB Toledo’s administrative office as explained by Officer in Command of the Toledo Police Formation Assistant Superintendent of Police Clement Cacho.” ASP Clement Cacho, …

M & M Engineering to Construction new Roaring Creek Bridge
Work will begin on the construction of the new Roaring Creek Bridge. The construction contract was awarded to M & M Engineering Consultants Ltd. for just over eleven million dollars. Yesterday a signing ceremony took place where Minister of Works, Rene Montero explained the scope of work to be carried out. Rene Montero – …

WWF Honduras donates drone to UB to assist in Research
The Belize River watershed is one of the largest watersheds in Belize, measuring nine thousand, four hundred and thirty-two point two square kilometers. The Belize Water Services Limited accesses the Belize River watershed as well as other watersheds in order to provide that water you get to enjoy in your home. The University of Belize …

Secret Santa Strikes
The Secret Santa strikes in Belize City once again this year. This morning, Operations Commander ACP Edward Broaster and other members of the Belize Police Department went from one house to another handing out hams. It is all part of a program where an anonymous sponsor partners with the Police Department to spread a little …

UB conducts Research on Watershed
Water is one of our most precious resources, which is used to sustain all forms of life and to replenish the earth. There are twelve major watersheds in Belize and it is important for us to protect these watersheds in order that it can serve us well for years to come. The University of Belize …

CITCO surprises patients in neonatal unit
The Belize City Council was engaged in a number of activities as they held their annual 12 days of Charity to bring Christmas cheer to those in the community. It kicked off on December 1, with the Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley taking a group of senior citizens from the Sister Cecilia Home on a …

Amandala

Stampede on Albert Street disrupts Love FM Christmas Parade
The lively, colorful, well-lighted Love FM Christmas Parade, 2017, which was being viewed by hundreds of people on Albert Street, was disrupted Saturday evening when an altercation broke out between some participants in the parade and some bystanders. The parade — which commenced on Coney Drive, continued along Central American Boulevard and Cemetery Road, and was well on its way to its culmination point near Wesley College, in the Yarborough area — was thrown into disarray when people raced for cover on Albert Street, in front of Scotiabank. This reporter was standing at the corner of Bishop Street and Albert Street, near the bank, viewing the parade, when the stampede started. Some people claimed they heard gunshots, and some reported seeing a man with a gun, running in the direction of the Bliss Institute on the seaside in Southern Foreshore. About fifteen police officers set chase after the alleged gunman, but they found no one. A short while after this incident, a man came up and informed the crowd that the parade was being brought to a premature end.

Court order freezes Public Sector Workers Trust, mediation to commence next year
Millions of dollars that have been accumulating in the Public Workers Trust Fund was placed on hold by a Supreme Court order last month, when two of the workers sued the trust. The court ordered a freeze in the activities of the trust, with mediation to take place between the parties within 45 days of the court order. The monies that accumulated in the trust fund came about as a result of 450,000 shares in BTL that former Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel had granted to public sector workers, when government placed a wage and increment freeze on public officers and teachers from 1995 to 1997. The BTL shares have grown into a very tidy 7.8 million dollars.

Suspect investor in San Pedro?
Last Tuesday, the Government of Belize (GoB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with International Airport Alliance Belize Limited to construct the Efrain Guerrero International Airport on Northern San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The total cost of this project, according to a statement issued by the Government Press Office, is USD$100 million. The MOU was signed on behalf of GoB by Erwin Contreras, Minister of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, while Jorge Abraham Jaen signed on behalf of International Airport Alliance Belize Limited. Amandala has not been able to trace the origins of International Airport Alliance Belize Limited, however we have been able to scoop up background information on Jorge Jaen from the Miami Dade County Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

“Elvis” Lopez killed in Belmopan
Police say they have a person of interest in their investigation into the death of Oswald “Elvis ” Lopez, 69, who was killed over the weekend. He was stabbed 19 times in the face and across the body. According to police reports, just before 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, cops visited an area opposite the Hector Silva Airstrip. There, officers saw a gold taxi with its engine still running, and beside it they saw a motionless Lopez, apparently dead with many stab wounds to his upper body. It is believed that he was lured to his death by a murderer posing as a fare. In an interview with the media today, Luke Ramos, the son-in-law of the deceased, revealed that the last time he saw Lopez was about midday, when he stopped by for lunch. Lopez had indicated that he was heading home to get some rest because business had been slow. The two joked and parted ways.

Mark Anthony Vasquez stabbed to death on Marine Parade
Police are investigating the death of Mark Anthony Vasquez, 53, a car dealer of Kings Park, Belize City, who was stabbed to death during a fight at about 11:00 Sunday night on Marine Parade. Police said that after stabbing Vasquez, his assailant then ran away, along the sea wall, towards Memorial Park. Vasquez was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. During a police press brief held this morning at the Racoon Street Police Station, ASP Alejandro Cowo, Commander of Crimes Investigation, said that when police went to the area, along with Scene of Crimes officers, they found a man with multiple stab wounds.

RB, a centenarian
Roy Jeremy Belisle, “RB” to his numerous nephews and nieces, celebrated his 100th birthday today, December 18, 2017. His children, and his numerous relatives, will agree that he has lived a full life. The man has aged like fine wine. If you ask him his secret, he’ll tell you that he says his prayers every night. He’ll also tell you that he has a loving heart. RB is a man who loves taking a little whiskey with his friends. He loves the females, but he tells his nephews that he is accused of many crimes he did not commit. RB’s great love is the sea. He was a great sailor, and fisherman. Like all the really good ones, he can tell a story, with flavor.

Editorial: Self-preservation as motivation
To understand where we are at this newspaper in December of 2017, you have to go back to what happened in late July of 2004. The ruling People’s United Party (PUP), which this newspaper had basically supported in its 1998 and 2003 general election campaigns, was hit by a major Social Security Board (SSB) financial scandal, which caused a massive public outcry. The SSB scandal was quickly followed by a Development Finance Corporation (DFC) scandal. Separate inquiries into both the SSB and DFC essentially established that Belize’s public finances had run into unprecedented problems, to put it very, very mildly. Now one of the reasons why Kremandala has never sought to include itself in the administrations of ruling political parties which we had supported in their relevant campaigns, is precisely so that when serious problems arise in that administration, we do not have to endorse incompetence, irregularities, or outright corruption, because endorsing such would lead to our losing our precious credibility as a newspaper and media house. It is because of our credibility that we have survived and grown over our 48-year history. We treasure that credibility.

Happy Battle of San Pedro Yalbac Belize
The Guerra Social Maya, more commonly known as the Caste War, is one of the most important historical events in Belizean history. Even so, the Caste War is ignored in Belizean schools. How can this historical event so important, which lasted over 80 years of armed conflict (1847-1930’s), saw over 50,000 die, many villages burnt down and people displaced, be forgotten? Today in Corozal and Orange Walk you can still find people who can tell you stories from the Caste War which were told to them by their grandparents. During this war, borders were created, the Maya gained their freedom and the face of northern Belize was changed forever. The British and people of colonial mentality tried their best to bury this part of history or make us feel that the Caste War happened just in Mexico. It was not the first time the Maya of northern Belize had to fight and defend their homes. The war started since the Spanish came. Lord Nachan Can of Chactemal (today Corozal) and the Maya defended our people.

Grandmother loses social security benefits
Dear Editor Amandala, Again, thank you for your newspaper as it not only shows that you try to inform the citizens of this country of what is happening here and in the world, but most importantly you sincerely have a HEART. It seems that your paper is the only one that is truly concerned about those who are struggling to survive in this brutal world. I recently read in your paper about a one hundred and four year old grandmother from whom social security had robbed of her one hundred dollar stipend. I waited and waited, but nothing. Not one person did I hear address this monstrosity. Not one person even questioned it in the open about this sinister act.

Why citrus growers are wary
In Micah Goodin’s story about the citrus industry on page four of last Friday’s Amandala, former senator, Anthony Chanona, spoke of a lack of energy in the industry. In the same story, Stann Creek West area representative, Rodwell Ferguson, is quoted as saying that production is down 50%. This is consistent with industry trends throughout the world, and it is near all “citrus greening” related. The citrus industry is indeed going through a rough period right now. This citrus greening is tough. We are not the only nation facing this problem. According to www.freshplaza.com, Citrus greening disease is widespread in the key centers of orange cultivation and is one of the main factors contributing to a crisis in the global orange market. Average annual growth rates over the last 2 years have been at -7.0% (that’s minus 7%). A reduction of the global orange market volume is expected once again in 2016, with continuous adjustments corresponding to the nature of the product consumption.

From UBAD supporter to head of government department: Part Two of the Clinton Gardiner story
Back in 1975 when Clinton Gardiner returned from studies in Canada, he was one of the first Land Inspectors to return to the department. Inevitably, his studies paid off with a new appointment as Lands Officer. Apart from his acquiring seniority in the department, the department itself was being restructured and prepared to face the challenges of the emerging nation-state of Belize. Amandala asked Gardiner to explain the new realities that were being created in the Ministry of Natural Resources that would see a section created to deal with geology, under the leadership of the late James V. Hyde, who was still the Commissioner of Lands, before the Lands Department was merged with the Survey Department.

St. John’s e-Reader is dynamite
Are all our young people reading this story? Is this story an exclusive for St. John’s College students? Fortunately, if this e-Reader is only being used at St. John’s College, it being on the internet allows every person in this country the opportunity to read, to enjoy, to learn. (If your youth doesn’t have a computer, take them to the library.) Congratulations to the authors, Delmar Tzib and Yasser Musa, on this splendid production. I chanced upon the St. John’s College 2nd Form e-Reader (2015-2016) while researching a matter about Belize on the internet, and what a refreshing surprise. Okay, I’m way late, this book being a 2015-16 publication, two years ago. But, it is just possible that there are other people out there, adults and youth, who are not aware that so much knowledge is out there about our wonderful country, excitingly presented, at our fingertips.

Efrain Alfaro, 64, knocked down and killed on Philip Goldson Highway
An early morning road traffic accident has claimed the life of an elderly man who was residing in Ladyville. According to police reports, at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, they received information that an accident had occurred between Miles 12 and 13 on the Philip Goldson Highway. When officers arrived on the scene they observed the body of a Hispanic man with cut wounds to his head and lower back, on the right side of the road. He was later identified as Honduran national, Efrain Alfaro, 64. Initial police investigations revealed that Orange Walk resident, Sergio Paredez, 49, was driving his red 2007 Ford Explorer in the direction of Ladyville toward Orange Walk, when he knocked down Alfaro, who had been walking a bicycle on the highway. Paredez has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution (NIP).

Christmas heartache for Pelayo family in Orange Walk Town
This year’s Christmas season brought devastation and heartache for Jaime Pelayo, Sr., a retired warrant officer from the Belize Defence Force, and his family. Pelayo’s eldest son, Jaime “James” Pelayo, Jr., 35, of Orange Walk Town, was shot and killed at about 4:00 Friday morning, while standing in front of D GYM Cool Spot on the Belize-Corozal Road (Philip Goldson Highway) in the town, after attending a social gathering with his friends. James Pelayo, who received gunshot wounds in the chest, was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Father and Son Remanded For Shooting of Russell Hyde, Jr., Released On Bail
Two men, Rasheed Hyde, 24, and his father, Michael Mendoza, who were remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until April 14, 2018, were released on bail of $10,000 each that was offered to them today by Justice Adolph Lucas. Hyde was charged with the attempted murder of his cousin, Russell Hyde, Jr., who was shot at a meat shop in San Ignacio on December 4. Rasheed Hyde was also charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Mendoza was charged with abetment to commit murder. They both appeared in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court on December 11. Their bail was offered on the condition that they present themselves at the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court on April 14.

Belize Roadway Construction Company to face $5,000 fine
n the aftermath of an explosion that claimed the life of Canadian national, Ronald Sutherland, 71, the Belize Police Department and other governmental agencies continue to investigate what went wrong, and who is to be held accountable. On Friday, KREM News confirmed that a fine will be imposed for illegal mining, an offence under the Mines and Minerals Act Chapter 226 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000-2003. The fine will be imposed on the Belize Roadway Construction Company, which is owned by the Banman Brothers. They had contracted Tiger Aggregates Limited, owned by the deceased, which had dynamited the side of a white marl hill in the Santa Cruz area of Santa Elena on Tuesday evening.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ministry of Health and Economic Development Clarify Statements on EU Funds Allocated to the Government of Belize for the Health Sector
The Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development (MOED) issued a […]

Belize City man charged for drug trafficking
Yesterday evening around 5, police were conducting a mobile patrol in the Conch Shell Bay […]

Gungulun man stabbed last night
Last night around 7:11, police visited Moe’s Pizza Grill located on 3 1/2 miles Phillip Goldson Highway, Belize […]

Armed robbery on bus in Camalote Village
Last night around 7, Betty Torres, 42, a Belizean conductress of Unitedville Village, Cayo District […]

Ladyville teen missing
Around 8:20 last night, Alicia Skeen, 34, a Belizean School Warden of Ladyville Village reported to authorities […]

Caribbean boosts trade to US and China
A new report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), released on Monday, indicates that exports […]

Belmopan police offer swimming lessons to 40 kids
This week, 40 boys and girls from Belmopan are being offered swimming lessons courtesy Belmopan […]

Two men busted for cocaine and guns
Two men were busted in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize city by police yesterday […]

Voter registration cut off date announced
The Elections and Boundaries Department issued a notice to the public that all registration offices […]

FFB issues portfolios to executive members
The executive members of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) have all been assigned individual […]

Sanitation workers fight on CitCo bus, one critical after being chopped
Yesterday around 12:00 p.m., Michael Tesucum, 40 , and Dennis Bowen, 53 , both sanitation […]

Blogs

Latest news out of Belize! New airport, arena, top 10 lists, and more!
Once in a while I like to round up all the happenings in this country, as I follow these like a hawk, and it might be helpful to have a summary of what's been going on that you may have missed! As always, this tiny country somehow always ends up in world wide news pretty frequently. Here is the latest stuff!! (and enjoy some totally unrelated-to-the-news-stories pics of Belize sprinkled throughout) ---In arguably the biggest news for Belize, the government just signed a deal to start building a $100 million international airport on Ambergris Caye!

Ka’ana in 2017: A Photographic Recap
It’s been an amazing year for us here at Ka’ana, and we’ve loved sharing it with you. From epic visits to the Xunantunich ruins to quiet afternoons spent poolside, the Ka’ana experience has found its way from the jungles of Belize to screens around the world. Here, we take a look back at just a few of the year’s highlights on Instagram. This August, lifestyle expert Essie paid a visit to Ka’ana, where she discovered the charms of jungle life: “The private villas at Ka'ana are a dream,” she posted. “Gorgeous decor, private pool, plus staff that feel like family...good vibes only.” In the underground caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal, near our resort, travelers can step back in time. The Maya site is home to skeletons, ceramics and stoneware, as well as beautiful cave pools. In his TripAdvisor review of his stay at Ka’ana, recent guest Eric described the excursion as a “life-changing morning journey into the depths of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave...complete with a picnic lunch on return (we highly recommend you have the staff arrange a visit with Aaron from Mayawalk as your guide). Lush rainforests, hiking, and kayaking opportunities abound in the area.”

5 UnBelizeable Activities To Do in Belize in 2018!
Although Belize is a tiny country located just a short flight away from the United States and Canada, it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, a natural wonderland of exotic animals, flowering plants, and spectacular landscapes. Here are 5 UnBelizeable Activities you can enjoy in Belize: You might think of caving as crawling around in a muddy hole, but that's not what caving is like in Belize. The landscape is riddled with vast underground complexes, many of which were used by the ancient Maya for their most solemn religious ceremonies. Some of these sacred caves still have ceramics, weapons, and even human remains still in place more than 1,000 years after the ancient Maya civilization collapsed.

Belize in December - What to do?
December is a great time to be in Belize: it’s the start of the high tourism season, the weather is perfect and the vibe is amazing. You’ll be able to enjoy cool breeze, sunshine and clear blue skies, and witness the festive mood around you as Belizeans prepare to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

How we put a 22 foot long octopus on a 20 foot long boat for the 2017 San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
How do you design, build and install a 22-foot long octopus on a 20-foot long boat? Read on and all of your (ok, most of your) questions will be answered! The San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade is such a fun event. And of course, we had to put our best creative feet forward again when designing and constructing our float for the 2017 parade!

Culture comes alive in Belize City at Mr. Peetaz Brukdong Bram
Brukddong music is a classic Kriol Belizean sound, and legendary musician Mr. Wilfred Peters (of Mr. Peetaz and the Boom & Chime band) was an icon of the genre. In his honor, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) puts together a proper ‘bram’ to honor the music and bring in the Christmas Spirit. On Saturday, December 16th, the Courthouse Wharf in Belize City was the venue for music, local food and much fun, starting just after noon and lasting into the night. Brukddong music is a classic Kriol Belizean sound, and legendary musician Mr. Wilfred Peters (of Mr. Peetaz and the Boom & Chime band) was an icon of the genre. In his honor, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) puts together a proper ‘bram’ to honor the music and bring in the Christmas Spirit. On Saturday, December 16th, the Courthouse Wharf in Belize City was the venue for music, local food and much fun, starting just after noon and lasting into the night.

International Sourcesizz

5 reasons to stay at The Phoenix Resort in San Pedro, Belize
The lively town of San Pedro in Ambergris Caye is one of the most visited spots in all of Belize, luring travellers with its sparkling blue water, sun-soaked streets and palm-fringed stretches of white sand. Those looking to unwind have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to accommodation, and there’s one special spot in particular that truly ticks all the boxes: The Phoenix Resort, which is consistently rated as one of the island’s best. Here are five reasons you’ll want to book into this fantastic all-suite hotel during your next visit.

Top 5 Sites For Mangrove Diving
Mangroves are the unsung heroes of the ocean and a diver’s best friend. They are biodiversity hotspots and nurseries where up to three-quarters of all tropical fish species are born; ensuring plentiful life at dive sites around the world. They provide shelter for critically endangered animals, contribute to the health of commercial fisheries, and provide products for international trade. They also ensure coastal protection from wind and wave action, such as tsunamis. The list is almost endless and the combined value of mangroves’ goods and services is estimated to be worth US$186 million per year. The news isn’t all good though, with a report released on 1st December 2017, and tweeted by Mangrove Conservation, confirming mangroves may not be able to adapt to climate change. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of Belize’s most popular dive areas and contains coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves. This reserve has over 160 species of fish, 40 types of coral, dolphins and the West Indian manatee. Hol Chan Cut is great for night diving and Shark Ray Alley is renowned for snorkeling with nurse sharks and stingrays. Diving is possible year-round.

Videos

  • See and Taste Belize 2017, 4min.

  • The Birds of Belize, Version 13, Full DVD, 60min. The Birds of Belize, Version 13, is a DVD presenting video of 336 species found in Belize. It was filmed entirely in Belize over the course of thirteen years, from 2005 to 2017. Filming was accomplished at locations throughout Belize. The species are presented in the order of the illustration plates in the field guide “Birds of Belize” by F. Lee Jones, illustrated by Dana Gardner. I provide DVD copies at no cost to NGOs in Belize and to Belize lodges to sell or use for training. Any proceeds from sales must be for the benefit of Belize NGOs or education in Belize. Wayne Hall

  • Arise And Go Now World Tour: Belize, 7min.

  • Pioneer route in Belize 2003, 1.5min. Mexican pioneers in Belize

  • Benque House of Culture (NICH) traditional Posadas ceremony 2017!, 16min.

  • Gillnet video clips, 15min.

  • Morning Matters with Ronald Stuart, 60min.

  • Morning Matters at Jungle Splash Eco Tours, 60min.

  • Mirab showcase provided plenty of options for your last minute shopping needs, 32min.

  • Pointers to show you how to protect yourself from perpetrators Self Defense Lessons, 31min.

  • BakeD (Snowball Cookies), 14min.

  • Brokdong In San Ignacio, 7min.

  • Merry Christmas to Belizeans, home and abroad, from the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and family!, 1min.

  • Belize Water Services Year in Review, 3.5min. Our staff has been very busy during this past year and we're sharing it with you! Enjoy!

  • Miller’s Landing Bed and Breakfast, Placencia Belize, 3min. Miller’s Landing is a Caribbean seaside ecological bed and breakfast. It is the only Placencia hotel built with no heavy equipment ensuring that all the natural vegetation remains intact. Beautiful sandy beach and lush jungle meet at Miller’s Landing. Swim safely right off the beach, awake to multitudes of amazing bird calls, and fall asleep to gentle waves and sea breezes.

  • Follow Me Around : Belize | Mayaruin, 3min. This tour was also great. we went to and saw the maya ruins. It was all worth it! Diese Tour war ebenso ganz toll gewesen! Wir haben die Mayastätte in besucht.

  • San Pedro, Belize - Summer 2017, 6min.

  • Belize - tarpon fly fishing, 2.5min.

  • Little Shark Ray Alley down south Belize, 3min. Nurse sharks, nurse sharks en nog eens.... Oh ja, en ook nog een karetschildpad!

  • Christmas in Town Live from San Ignacio, 2h4.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show Dec 19, 60min.

    December 19, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    ACES entertains islanders with Christmas show
    Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) held their annual Christmas Show on Thursday, December 14th. A large crowd gathered at the school to delight in the entertaining program and enjoy the season’s most popular food and drinks. At 6:30PM, host for the night, ACES Principal Amanda Burgos welcomed everyone and shared a couple words. “Thanks to everyone who supports us annually for our Christmas Show and I hope that you enjoy what the students of ACES have put together for you all,” said Burgos. The show began with a skit illustrating the birth of Jesus performed by various students of the school. The skit was followed by a dance number by the Infant One and Two classes, who were dressed up as Santa Clauses.

    Ambergris Today

    SP Police Holds GREAT Essay Competition
    The San Pedro Police Department held an essay competition as part of life skill program that is being taught at different schools on the island in collaboration with the San Pedro Police Department. GREAT (Gang Resistance Education Training) is a school-based program that includes classroom instruction and various learning activities. The course’s goal is to combat gang related crime and violence, and prevent vulnerable youth from falling victim to gangs. Police celebrated GREAT Awareness week on October 15 to the 21 and held an essay completion. In the essay students had to include what the program was about and why they choose the GREAT Program.

    Tropic Air Unveils Its Frequent Flyer Program
    On Friday, December 15, 2017, Tropic Air unveiled its Frequent Flyer Program, TropicMiles, which will officially launch on January 1, 2018. This loyalty program will reward customers for flying with Tropic Air, and provide them with unique benefits for being a member. Once registered and enrolled, members can redeem their miles for seats every day. Members will earn miles for every dollar spent on Tropic Air flights, and miles won’t expire as long as there is earning activity within a 12-month time period.

    Holiday Boat Parade Shines Bright With Christmas Cheer
    It might have been the smallest parade with only seven participating boats, but it was the year with the biggest prizes!! The parade committee, with assiatance from Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Tourism Board, accumulated $10,000 in prizes to share with this year's participants. This means that there were prizes for everyone, that included a $3,000 first place prize, which went to last year's champion Caye Da Di Sea - Dooley Bear Adventures (Lisa and Ronnie Cyrier).

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Contract Signed for Construction of New Roaring Creek Bridge
    This morning, a contract was signed for the Construction of the new Roaring Creek Bridge located at Mile 48 on the George Price Highway. The scope of the works includes the construction of the new bridge along with the approaches and drainage works to a total length of 485 meters. Also included is roadway clearance, the removal of any remnant structures, obstructions, fencing and the like within the road reserve; earthworks; construction of a reinforced concrete bridge, approaches, roadside barriers and runoff channels; the installation of road center and edge line markings.

    Parrothead Beach Bash
    Best Party and Music Event of 2018 happening in Paradise. Placencia, May 17-20. Tres Amigos with Mark Mulligan, Kelly McGuire & Sunny Jim. Also Bill Cockrell with John Beck.

    Museum of Belize donates to the Salvation Army
    The Museum of Belize keeps giving back to their community positively. On Friday, we donated a box of assorted toys to the Salvation Army, in an effort to make this Christmas a joyful one for kids.

    Santa Claus visits the Lions Den Dec. 23
    Also with the $5 they provide a small treat for the kids. I went when I was small and now my daughter goes it is something most Sanpedranos wait for. As parents we take the gifts and have a great time with our kids and have a great time with Santa. They do a great job.

    Splashers
    With the holidays approaching fast who doesn’t need a Quiet Beach to relax on??!! Come paint this “Tranquil Beach” with us at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar on Thursday from 2-4pm! Remember to sign up to save your spot!

    New Year's Eve Countdown at Central Park in San Pedro
    Who's ready to end the year with a bang! Come dance the night away with Island Fayah, Dj Debbie, Dajah, DJ Jago and Caribbean Roots band! Don't miss out the spectacular fireworks display and fun party favors! You definitely won't want to miss out on this event!

    San Pedro Town Council closed Dec 22-Dec. 27

    Thunderbolt Water Taxi Christmas Holiday Schedule
    Merry Christmas from the management and staff of Thunderbolt Water Taxi. See our Christmas Holiday Schedule below!

    Maya Island Great Santa Fare Sale
    Take advantage of Maya's Great Santa Fare Sale on one-way flights from Belize City (TZA) to Dangriga (DGA), Placencia (PLJ) and San Pedro (SPR)! Valid December thru January. Certain restrictions apply.

    The Sustainable Tourism Program II
    Take note: Sarteneja, Chunox, Progresso, Copper Bank and other surrounding Villages. The Sustainable Tourism Program II is coming your way from January 8th -11th, 2018. Sign up now. It is FREE! See E-flyer below for more info.

    Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative
    We are proud of Hernan Urbina, Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI 2016 participant! Last week, Hernan proudly represented #Belize at the Central American Integration System (SICA) Forum 2017 in Panama along with Youth Officers Darby Reyes and Ricky Cunil. The three Belizeans participated in several sessions on how youth can be more involved in politics and how Belize can play a greater role in the region. SICA's fundamental objective is to integrate Central America and to create a region of peace, freedom, democracy, and development, which is firmly based on respect, protection, and promotion of human rights.

    A glimpse of the beautiful Central Park in Corozal Town.
    I'm not sure what the parks in the other Districts look like, but this is Corozal - looks like a little Winter Wonderland, without the snow! Enjoy....

    Channel 7

    They Killed The Cabbie Called "Elvis"
    A 69 year old taxi-man was murdered in Belmopan over the weekend. Oswald Lopez also known as Elvis was found dead yesterday afternoon near the Baptist High School at the entrance of Belmopan. His killing has shaken the family and the Belmopan community as he was well known as a friendly and jovial person - not the type to have problems with anyone. Courtney Weatherburne was in Belmopan today to find out more. Hanging out at The Elvis Taxi Stand in Belmopan will never be the same again without Oswald Lopez also known as Elvis. The shed was named after him and today, his longtime friends found peace and joy in the fond memories they had of Lopez at their favorite spot.

    Well Known Car Dealer Slain In Strange Attack
    And from that killing in Belmopan, we turn now to the fatal stabbing of 53 Mark Anthony Vasquez in Belize City. It happened on Saturday night, around 11:00 - when the well known car dealer was attacked. Police were responding to reports of a fight near the Radisson Pier when they saw a young Hispanic man fleeing the area. He had blood on his shirt, and injuries of his own, and so the cops detained him. The officers found Vasquez on the ground in a pool of his blood; he had multiple stab wounds to the neck. He was rushed to the KHMH, but he was pronounced dead by when he got there. At today's police press briefing, the Head of CIB in Belize City shared what details they have been able to establish so far:

    21 Year Old Robbed and Murdered In Independence Village
    The weekend's third murder happened in Independence Village on Saturday night. The victim is 21 year old Victor Pou - who, was killed - apparently a group of men tried to rob him. It was a vicious end, as the young man was stabbed and chopped to death, robbed and then left for dead. Police were not alerted to the Boyd until six the following morning: ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "On Sunday 17th December, sometime around 6am, police were called to an area in Independence Village in the area of the BTL tower where they observed the lifeless body of Victor Pou with multiple stab wounds. Initial investigation revealed that sometime around 10pm Pou was on his way to work when it is alleged that he was attacked by several persons." "Police have since detained 3 persons pending this investigation."

    One City Council Sanitation Workers Viciously Chops Another While Co-Workers Look On
    There was a crazy chopping incident on the work bus that Belize City Council employees use to move around as they perform their sanitation duties. That bus, which was parked at the corner of Cairo Street and Euphrates Avenue, was crowded with many eyewitnesses. But, that didn't stop 53 year-old sanitation worker Dennis Bodden from chopping his co-worker, 40 year-old Michael Tesecum, twice in the head. When we arrived, we found the employees hysterical and frightened by what had unfolded right before their eyes. In fact, a few of them didn't know how they were spared, since they were right there when Bodden started swinging the machete. We spoke to one co-worker who told us that he narrowly escaped being chopped in a dispute that he had nothing to do with:

    Cops Catch "Keys Of Coke" Moving Through The City
    Police still have not made any arrests for those five kilos of cocaine found hidden in a Lincoln Navigator up north last week. But, yesterday, what is being described as a "sophisticated operation" managed to track down kilos of cocaine on the move in Belize City. It happened yesterday afternoon when police pulled over 2 men in an SUV: ACP Edward Broaster, Commander - Operations: "Yesterday at about 2:30 p.m., we conducted an operation in Belize City where police intercepted one white 4Runner with license plate BC-C48344 and a search was conducted on the vehicle where five plus kilos of cocaine was discovered. One nine millimeter pistol, along with eleven rounds of ammunition. Two persons were arrested and they will be charged and taken to court today."

    Five Years Later, Deon Bruce Still Fighting Extradition
    For about 5 and a half years now, Belizean Deon Bruce has been at the Belize Central Prison awaiting his fate while he continues to fight his extradition to the United States. He is wanted in Chicago on grand jury charges of murder and attempted murder. US law enforcement has accused him of the July 2010 shooting of Americans Aaron Carter and Bryan Rodgers. So far, he has lost at the Magistrate's Court, after the former Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith, ruled that he should be extradited. He also lost at the Supreme Court when Justice Courtney Abel refused to allow a judicial review of the Chief Magistrate's decision. At this moment, he has a pending appeal at the Court of Appeal that hasn't taken place as yet, and so today, his attorneys made another attempt at the Supreme Court level to get him freed, via a habeas corpus application.

    OW Police Have/Had Jaime's Killer
    Tonight Orange Walk police know who they plan to charge for the murder of 35 year old Jaime Pelayo. Matter of fact, he should have been charged today - but reports are that he escaped from police custody yesterday. Today, police wouldn't admit to that though, the head of national crimes investigation pretended like nothing happened when he said they know who their suspect is:.. ACP Joseph Myvette, Commander - NCIB: "In respect to the Orange Walk murder of James Pelayo, the police is looking for one suspect, who has been positively identified, and as soon as he is found he will be charged for murder."

    Man On Motorbike Dies In Collision With Pickup
    A Unitedville resident was killed in an accident on Saturday. 39 year old Leo Ampie Flores was heading to UNitedville on his motorcycle and he collided into a Wingle Truck that was traveling in the opposite direction. The accident happened at mile 50 in Camalote. Now the family just wants answers. Courtney Weatherburne has more. After finishing off from work at the Santander Sugar Factory, Leo Ampie comes here to help his common law wife run her Unitedville restaurant. It has been their routine for 5 years. But that routine has been broken forever. As captured in this amateur video, Ampie was killed in a head on collision. On Saturday evening after 4:00, Ampie was heading to his wife's spot on his Skygo motorcycle when San Ignacio Lab Technician, Winston Gordon was in his Wingle with his kids heading to Belmopan.

    An Early Morning Traffic Fatality
    And there was another fatal accident. This one happened on the Phillip Goldson Highway at mile 12 early on Saturday morning. The Commander of Operations told us more:... ACP Edward Broaster, Commander - Operations: "On Saturday, 16th December 2017, about 2:30 a.m., Ladyville Police responded to a Road Traffic Accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway between miles 12 and 13. Upon arrival on the scene, Police observed the motionless body of an elderly Hispanic male on the right side of the highway with cut wounds to the head and lower back."

    Wave Of Terror Causes City Stampede As Parade-Goers Run Away From Bogus Reports of Shots Fired
    Love FM's Christmas Parade in the City is a major event - especially for families. But on Saturday - terror was unleashed as word spread along the route that shots had been fired. That caused a wave of panic to ripple from the corner of Bishop and Albert streets, all the way down Cemetery road where throngs were lined up to see the parade. As word spread, folks just started to run, and It created a literal stampede where parents had to rush to pull their children out of the way - as adults were dashing for cover. But, all in vain, because no shots were fired. Police confirmed today that bottles were thrown between a group of young men:... ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City: "We can confirm that during the parade there was no shots fired. No where in the immediate [area] nor in the city at the time of the parade on that evening. Yes there was a dispute among two male persons which resulted in one of them receiving an injury and he was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released on the following day for a minor stab wound to the right shoulder. But there was no shots fired during the parade."

    Developer's Spotty Background Raises Questions About 100 Million Dollar Airport Project
    Last week we showed you the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the Efrain Guerrero International Airport - on northern Ambergris Caye. It's pitched as a hundred million US dollar project and the front-man is Miami native, Jorge Abraham Jaen who signed on behalf of International Airport Alliance Belize Limited. Well, a lot has emerged since then to undermine Jaen's credibility as a developer, and bring into question the legitimacy of the entire project - with some speculating whether it is another "dead raise" like Puerto Azul. It all started with Jaen's Facebook page which shows that he's a real estate developer with no background in airport development. And then that led to the unearthing of documents from the Miami-Dade county Office of the Inspector General - where he was accused of major fraud back in 2006. Add to that allegations of Conspiracy to Commit Extortion and voter fraud, and, by weekend, the social media wheels were rolling all over Mr. Jaen's name.

    Judge: Keyron Didn't Kill Christopher
    12 days ago, we told you about 26 year-old Keyron Johnson, who stood trial for the April 2012 murder of Christopher Jorgenson. Well, after his deliberations, Justice Adolph Lucas ruled that he is not guilty of the crime. As we told you, it happened at around 7:45 p.m. on April 15, 2016, and Jorgenson, who was shot in the lower abdomen, died 3 days later at the KHMH. The crown counsel's main witness was Jorgenson's sister, who said that she heard the gunshots, and when she looked out from her verandah, she saw her brother frantically running away from the nearby basketball court. She said that he was being pursued by a gunman she identified as Keyron Johnson.

    Police On The Permeability of A Blasting Permit
    Tonight, there still isn't any certainty on what permits were had, and which were needed for Tiger Aggregates to try and blow up a boulder in Cayo on Tuesday evening. Our information says that the Blaster's Permit issued by the Commissioner of Police has to be site-specific, but police maintain that it can be for any site:.. Jules Vasquez, reporter: "What is the proper protocol on blasters license and was it observed?" ACP Joseph Myvett, NCIB: "As far as we know, yes, the Commissioner does issue the blaster's license, but where the blasting is going to take place has nothing to do with the Police Department. And yes, the officer in command in San Ignacio was informed of the blasting, and hence police were on the scene at the time when the incident occurred."

    Well Know City Figure Stabbed In Nightclub
    There was a stabbing inside a Belize City club on Sunday morning. 26 year old Tariq Tzul was approached by a man familiar to him who stabbed him in the stomach. Police told us more:... Police say Tzul is listed in a stable condition.

    A New Bridge Over Roaring Waters
    The flood prone Roaring Creek bridge will have an 11 million dollar replacement. The contract was signed today between the Ministry of Works and M & M Engineering Consultants. Minister of Works Rene Montero gave the overview:... Funding comes through a loan from the IDB with grant funding from the European Union - Caribbean Investment Facility (CIF). A press release reports that an open tendering exercise took place; the contractor's offer was consistent with the engineer's estimate and current construction rates. The supervision responsibility lies with IMC Worldwide, supervising for the Ministry of Works.

    FFB Gets Busy With Business
    16 days ago, the Congress of the Football Federation of Belize finally elected Sergio Chuc as the new President of the Football Federation of Belize after a year and a half of uncertainty and unsettled affairs. Well, the new executive is moving to regularize the management of football, and they've separated the duties into different portfolios. Earl Jones has been appointed as the General Secretary, and he carries on as he has for months now. President Sergio Chuc has been appointed the portfolio of Finance, Local and International Relations and the Premier League. Senior Vice President Marlon Kuylen has been appointed the portfolio of Marketing, Communication, the Elite National Team Programs, and Referees.

    The Boys Are Home After a Job Well Done In Dominica
    The tiny island nation of Dominica was almost completely obliterated by Hurricane Maria. Months after the storm, though, the island is coming back together - with a lot of outside help. Many countries pitched in and Belize was one of them. 6 weeks ago we sent 35 soldiers from the Belize Defense Force to help with the re-construction effort. After doing a great deal of light engineering work they have returned with a lot to share from their productive mission. We spoke to two of the soldiers this afternoon. Captain Miguel Tuyub, Belize Defense Force: "We did refurbishing of two buildings at the Grammer School and we did some actual repairment at the museum. We fully refurbished the building at the Vacas. That is the Village Council Building. We did the Court House and The Police Station. We also did work at the Cathedral. The Catholic Cathedral. We did repairs there and then we did additional tasking when it came to RSS. Transporting things from one point to another."

    A Dozen Days of Christmas, Then...
    After 12 days of giving back to the community, the City Council's 12 days of Christmas has come to an end. They made sure to end the giving spree with a bang by bringing cheer to children of the KHMH pediatric ward. We caught up Counsellor Dion Leslie and his helpers at the event this morning. Dion Leslie, City Counsellor: "They decided to come to the pediatric ward to have some music, have gifts for all the children here, and you know to bring joy to them while they are in the hospital. Some may stay past Christmas some may come out before but we are still here to spread joy." "We have food. We have Mr. Lawrence who is a City Council employee as well playing music and singing. We are going to be mingling with them and talking to them and bringing that joy to them. Of course, we will have gifts at the end."

    Kriol Style Krismus Bram
    And that's 7news tonight, thanks for watching. With your news I am Indira Craig. And we close tonight with highlites of the Mr. Peetaz Brokdong Bram which was held on Saturday in Belize City at the Courthouse Wharf. IT was an event steeped in the Christmas tradition but rich in culture - here are some highlites, enjoy - and join me back here tomorrow.

    Channel 5

    Suspect held as Mark Vasquez, 53, stabbed dead in knife fight
    As we head to the end of the year, the murder count keeps going up. The bloodbath started on Friday morning with the murder of Jaime Pelayo in Orange Walk.  [...]

    Eighth cabbie dead in eight years in Belmopan; was Elvis Lopez, 69, lured by customer?
    The capital city, Belmopan, according to our archives, has seen no less than eight cab drivers murdered between 2009 and 2017. While each circumstance is different, the coincidence is too [...]

    Family devastated as student Victor Pau, 21, stabbed dead on roadside
    In southern Belize, a twenty-one-year-old student was stabbed and killed in Independence Village. Several men attacked Victor Pau and stabbed him several times on Saturday night. His body was found [...]

    Police know who killed O.W.’s Jaime Pelayo; his past did not come back to haunt him
    As we reported, thirty-five-year-old Jaime Pelayo was gunned down in Orange Walk Town on Friday morning, as he stood outside of a nightclub conversing with two women. The shooting incident [...]

    Developer’s past questioned; IAA stands by Jorge Jaen
    Is the government in bed with a conman in the case of the multi-million dollar Basil Jones airstrip development project? The project is being spearheaded by the International Airport Alliance [...]

    Fine coming in quarry blast; but who screwed up?
    The Ministry of Natural Resources has been investigating procedures as it relates to the mining of aggregate for road works at the Santa Cruz quarry outside of Santa Elena Town, [...]

    Nightclub stabbing leaves police on alert for hidden rivalries
    There was further violence in the city aside from the murder and cocaine bust. A scuffle inside a popular nightclub in Belize City ended with stab wounds being inflicted on [...]

    Sanitation worker turns on colleague in vicious chopping
    A sanitation worker is another victim of violence. This morning forty-year-old Michael Tesecum was inside a parked bus when another worker chopped him twice to the head with a machete. [...]

    Police ‘sting’ two in Buttonwood Bay coke bust
    A carefully orchestrated sting operation has proven successful for the Belize Police Department as they were able to arrest a pair of Belize City men who were in possession of [...]

    Dion Bruce sent back to Court of Appeal in extradition hearing
    Dion Bruce is accused of shooting Aaron Carter to death in July of 2010 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.  In 2014, then-Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith ordered his extradition to face a [...]

    Attorney says accused murderer may be moving closer to freedom
    After the extradition was ordered and the direct appeal to the Supreme Court by means of habeas corpus was denied as well as an application for judicial review of the [...]

    Witness turns murder case on its head; Keyron Johnson free after six years
    In the courts, Keyron Johnson was freed of the murder of eighteen-year-old Christopher Jorgensen that happened back in April 2012.  Johnson was the main suspect and was first charged with [...]

    Elderly bicyclist struck down in Ladyville
    There were two traffic fatalities over the weekend; first, sixty-four-year-old Efrain Alfaro was knocked down and killed around two-thirty on Saturday morning. The Honduran national of  Franks Eddy Village was [...]

    Unitedville motorcyclist crushed by Wingle in Camalote
    Another road traffic accident happened later that Saturday but this time on the George Price Highway.  Thirty-nine-year-old  Leonte Flores of Unitedville lost his life  around six o’clock in the evening [...]

    Bottles and words thrown, but hysteria marred ending of Christmas parade
    Love FM’s annual Christmas parade ended in mayhem on Saturday evening when the procession of lights and revelers rounded the corner into Albert Street in the Old Capital. That’s because [...]

    Citco’s 12 Days of Christmas Wraps Up at KHMH
    We have been reporting on the Belize City Council’s twelve days of Christmas. The Mayor, Councilors and staff have been going across the city spreading cheer – giving gifts, sharing [...]

    Hardwood and football pitch heroes shine on Sports Monday
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]

    PlusTV

    Santiago Padila freed of theft
    Santiago Padilla has been freed of all his charges of theft. Back in April of this year, Padilla was accused of stealing over 3,000 light meters from BEL, valued around $170,000 dollars. The electricity company accused him of stealing 3,033 meters which they placed in his care. He pleaded not guilty...

    MOU signing with new San Pedro International Airport
    Earlier this week, the Government of Belize signed an MOU with the International Airport Alliance Belize Limited. The MOU was signed in order to seek to develop and manage a full-service International Airport on Northern San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, to be named the Efrain Guerrero International Airpor...

    New Town Hall for Twin Towns
    On Wednesday, 13th of December, Mayor Earl Trapp and the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council inaugurated their new Town Hall building. The building stands three stories high, and is located adjacent to Falcon Field in San Ignacio town. It comes at a cost of $1.7 million and boasts elevators and...

    Youth apprenticeship Program graduates 30
    Thirty more students have graduated from the Youth Apprenticeship Program. On Wednesday, December 13th, The Youth Apprenticeship Program held another graduation where more than thirty apprentices of the tenth intake graduated. In all the years of the program, more than 100 graduates were able to fin...

    National Council of Ageing book launching
    On Wednesday, December 13th, the National Council on Ageing launched a book of short stories. These short stories have been in editing since 2009, and are finally ready to be read by an audience. The book is called StoryTime, and its objective is to give senior citizens an opportunity to interact wi...

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    GOB calls Special House sitting, UHS motion expected
    The government of Belize (GOB), via press release this afternoon, announced a special sitting of […]

    Governor General hosts annual Christmas party
    One hundred eighty children were invited to the annual Christmas Party for the Children of […]

    Roaring Creek to get new bridge
    This morning, a contract was signed for the construction of the new Roaring Creek Bridge […]

    Motorcyclist killed in highway accident
    On Saturday evening around 5:55, police responded to a report of a traffic accident on […]

    Belmopan taxi man found dead
    Yesterday around 2:55 p.m., police visited an area opposite the Hector Silva airstrip where cops […]

    Motorcyclist killed in highway accident
    On Saturday evening around 5:55, police responded to a report of a traffic accident on […]

    Belmopan taxi man found dead
    Yesterday around 2:55 p.m., police visited an area opposite the Hector Silva airstrip where cops […]

    Blogs

    Small and Mighty Christmas Boat Parade
    It is always a crap shoot taking night shots of decorated boats, in the annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade. As I edit what I got with my great zoom on my Nikon Coolpix B500, I am pleased with what I managed to catch. Unfortunately, not all boats got a good picture. I would, however, like to congratulate everyone that entered – all of you did a great job. Thank you for the creative effort in decorating your boats so well and to the event organizers and sponsors for all your work to keep the annual San Pedro Boat Parade Christmas tradition alive. This year I was back to watching the parade from a dock. I got to the Palapa Bar when the parade had just started so I moved fast to start snapping pics. After the boats were out of sight, I sat on the dock steps peacefully watching tarpon and eagle rays in the water. Eventually, my friends, Rosemary and Emily turned up. We managed to score some Landshark Adirondacks and enjoyed drinks and chatting while waiting for the parade to pass by again on its way to the finish line near the afterparty location.

    Gorgeous Artwork by Pen Cayetano & A Lavish Opening Party for Diamond Lodge
    But one of my favorites in the entire country is Pen Cayetano. His gallery is in Dangriga in Southern Belize – he is a talented musician, the creator of Punta Rock music, he and his wife own a beautiful gallery and his paintings, based on local cultures – especially the Garifuna culture – knock my socks off. I was invited to a RARE show, perhaps his first ever, in San Pedro. I’ve been dreaming of one piece in particular since that night. It was the opening of a new resort – Diamond Lodge. A lavishly appointed new B&B just south of town – a building that has been around for years but has gone thru many many transformations. Many have wondered…what is behind that HUGE wall?

    2017 Christmas Parade was held in Corozal
    It was the Annual Christmas Parade that was held in Corozal Central Park on Sunday December 17, 2017. Everyone lined up at Central Park to witness the Christmas Parade. It commenced at 6pm but, there was a delay and it began at 6:30pm. This was made to organize the different groups by names. As I heard the sirrens from the distance I saw the kids and the Adults got excited. I heard the bitting of the drums from the distances and I was happy once again to be part of this event. I couldn't count a number of floats that came out to celebrate the Christmas Tradition Parade in Corozal. Excitingly, I took as many pictures as I can. I saw the the different colorful floats when they past infront of me. It became more fun when I showed it live on my page. In one float I saw children very excited when Mayor Pablo Marin was giving free toys.

    International Sourcesizz

    Paradis caché : 5 raisons d'aller au Belize cet hiver
    Destination d'Amérique centrale encore confidentielle, le Belize se niche entre le Mexique et le Guatemala. Il jouit d'une magnifique côte sur la mer des Caraïbes et de nombreux atouts pour des vacances au soleil. Doté d'un climat subtropical, chaud et humide, le Belize se découvre de préférence entre décembre et mai. Et quelle découverte ! Forêts tropicales, vestiges archéologiques, plages de sable blanc, paradis des plongeurs... : ce petit pays anglophone de 23.000 km² concentre le meilleur de l'Amérique centrale. Parmi beaucoup d'autres, voici 5 bonnes raisons de partir au Belize cet hiver.

    In the footsteps of Jacques Cousteau: Researchers unveil the secret of the Blue Hole stalactite
    In 1970, Jacques Cousteau and his team recovered an unusual stalactite from the depths of the Caribbean Sea. Now a geoscientist explains what it reveals about our climate since the last ice age. In 1970, a team led by French ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau recovered an unusual stalactite from the depths of the famous Blue Hole in the Caribbean Sea. In the current issue of the Journal of Sedimentary Research, geoscientist Eberhard Gischler of Goethe University Frankfurt explains what it reveals about our climate since the last ice age. At the time, Jacques Cousteau's divers did not find any visible traces of living organisms in the mysterious Blue Hole. They did, however, find a large number of stalactites such as are known from karst caves. These are formed through the dissolution of limestone. Today the 125-metre-deep Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is flooded by the sea.

    Videos

  • Christmas Cheer at Holiday Boat Parade San Pedro, Belize, 1.5min. It was another fun and fantastic annual Holiday Boat Parade held in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. A giant Octopus and Crocodile shined bright over the water as participants spread Christmas cheer with colorful lights over the water.

  • The Twin Towns get a new Town Hall, 4min. On Wednesday, December 13th, a new Town Hall was inaugurated for the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Our Belize Now Team was there to witness the event.

  • A New Civic for the City, 8min. The Belize Infrastructure Limited hosted an Open Day at the newly-constructed Belize City Civic Center, opening up its doors for Belizeans to have a sneak peek of the new multipurpose center before it officially opens later this year. Our Belize Now Team was among the day’s visitors on Wednesday, December 13th.

  • Love FM's Coverage of Corozal's Christmas Parade 2017, 13min.

  • The Long Caye Aquarium - Belize, 3min. There is a dive site often overshadowed by the Great Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye, but it is seldom lacking in beauty or adventure. The Long Caye Aquarium is sometimes lost in all the hype that surrounds the Blue Hole, but I’ve been on many excursions where it was the highlight of the trip, the last stop, that has occasionally picked up the slack when the previous two were disappointing. An excursion to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, aka the Blue Hole trip, almost always includes a final stop at the Aquarium.

  • Half Moon Caye - Belize, 1.5min. Half Moon Caye is an island and natural monument of Belize located at the southeast corner of Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

  • Belize 2017, 3.5min.

  • Riding JET Powered Surf Boards in Belize! - Secret Beach, 3.5min. Enjoying the Christmas season in Belize has its advantages. Today we went out to Secret beach and took a ride on the latest business over there, Jet Surf.

  • Christmas Message 2017 - Embassy of Belize in Washington, D.C., 1min.

  • BERNE VELASQUEZ LIFE AFTER DEPORTATION TO BELIZE. 2007 - 2017, 32min. He was born in Belize and grew up in South Central Los Angeles, but after 23 years in the USA he was deported.He has landed minor and major roles in four international movies, filmed in Belize. Music, however, remains Berne’s passion and he has released a steady stream of works since his first album that propelled him into the consciousness of Belizean music lovers. 9 years ago, -Its a documentary he began filming before he actually knew he'd be deported.

  • The Great Blue Hole - Belize, 2min. The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, 318 m across and 124 m deep.

  • MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING JAMES PELAYO ESCAPES FROM ORANGE WALK POLICE CUSTODY, 3min. On Friday morning the Orange Walk District recorded its ninth murder for 2017 after thirty-five-year-old Jamie Pelayo better known as “Dawgy” was shot and killed as he socialized at a popular Pub in Town. On Friday we told you that police had one person in connection with Pelayo’s murder, who was expected to be charged over the weekend, today however we understand that, that individual escaped from police custody on Sunday.

  • SANTA BRINGS SWEETS AND TREATS FOR THE CHILDREN OF SAN ESTEVAN VILLAGE, 5min. Christmas is just six days away but here in Orange Walk, Santa Clause has already started making his rounds visiting well-behaved children in Orange Walk Central. Last weekend old Saint Nick made his annual stops in San Lorenzo Housing Site and Phillip Alvarez Park and over the weekend the man in the red suit along with the Honorable John Briceño and the Orange Walk Central Executive Committee took a bit of Christmas cheer to the children in San Estevan Village. Nora Ruiz reports.

  • Everything you need to know about the Kolbe Foundation, 27min.

  • Belize National Fire Service (Christmas Fire Tips), 18min.

  • The Official Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation (Central American Games in Managua), 20min.

  • Two minutes of traffic in 28seconds in downtown San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 1/2min.

  • Poseidon Rex: Movie featuring Caye Caulker, 1hr18min. FULL MOVIE IN HD ... FREE... Poseidon Rex----- A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet's distant past.

  • Belize Trip, 7min.

  • December 17, 2017 - ODBC Young People’s Play - A Christmas Plunder, 1.5hr. Selfishness, Malice and Greed under the leadership of Lucia Satan-a, do there best to rid a church on Belize's south-side of Repentance. However they under estimate the faith of Pastor Jevon, and together with the repentant heart of his wife and the prayers of the saints, Lucia and her minions are banished.

  • Destination: Maya Underworld Belize, 5min. Voor de eerste keer de Paralenz mee en we beginnen gelijk spectaculair: ondergronds in het eindeloze grottenstelsel van Belize...

  • Backpacking around Belize, 3.5min. Here is an overview of San Ignacio, the mayan ruins of Cahal Pech and Xunantunich, Belize City, Caye Caulker and the Belize Barrier Reef !

  • San Pedro, Belize - Summer 2017, 6min.

  • Belize River Kayaking, 4min.

  • Belize Mission Trip 2017, 13min. My church went to Belize over the summer and I created this video to share the experience I had with people and to show how other people live in other countries.

  • Shenseea Live in Belize Dec. 2017, 23min.

  • Boston University Marine Program Belize November 2017, 3min. Turneffe Atoll, Belize Calabash Caye Field Research Station.

  • You Make Me Feel (Live at the 2nd Belize International Yoga Festival), 2.5min.

    December 18, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Eat Healthy
    “Here, Mr. Dennis,” Mario said. “You get the tamale and Juan gets the tacos. I got panadas for me and the fried chicken and fries is for Mr. Tom.” Tom Vidrine was visiting so instead of taking the work crew out to the taco place for lunch I had sent Mario to pick up something for us. “Mr. Tom,that fried chicken, and fries ain’t healthy for you,” Juan said. “You need to be eating something like the rest of us is eating.”

    Doctor Love: Excited Grandma and Tired
    Dear Doctor Love, Our son and his teenage daughter are making their first trip to San Pedro for Christmas and we have planned numerous site-seeing tours and fishing trips. I still want to get my grand-daughter something for Christmas but I have no idea about what she would like or need. Giving money is easy but it seems so thoughtless. Do you have any suggestions? /s/ Excited Grandma

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade 2017
    Everyone looks forward to the annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade. Community groups and boat owners work together to create stunning lighted displays on the water. Sometimes funny and sometimes meaningful they are always delightful and glorious and get everyone into the holiday spirit.


    Your Ambergris Caye Dreams Are All Right Here! Saga Humane Society asks you this: Are you Dreaming of Sunny Skies and Sandy Beaches? Are you looking for that perfect holiday gift for someone special? Do you want to help save lives in San Pedro? We have the answer to all your dreams and gift needs this holiday season. And you can help save lives! Starting today and ending on New Years Eve, Saga Humane Society's 4th Annual Bidding Owl Bonanza is live and ready for you to bid on some amazing gifts from our San Pedro business owners and supporters. Needing a break from the cold? Need that once in a lifetime gift for the hard to shop for. Bid now and earn a chance to win a great prize, or "Buy Now" in time to place that gift at your holiday table or under the tree.

    Here kitty!
    After months of seeing signs of this big cat, and hearing it calling at night, we finally captured it on our trail camera. This is the resident jaguar at one of our field sites, and an ocelot that we did not know was in the area. Hopefully we capture more pictures and maybe some video in the next few weeks!

    Jaguars at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
    Wildtracks Update: Belize is an amazing country - for its people, its culture, its wild places....and for its wildlife. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary has long been considered home of the jaguar, but even knowing that they are around, it is always amazing to see these elusive cats in the wild. Takuto Kurosawa, part of the Wildtracks volunteer team, spent his days off exploring Cockscomb and encountered these two magnificent jaguars on the access road - thank you, Tak, for sharing the photos!

    Motorcycle did not have light at time or fatal collision
    On Saturday 16th December, 2017 an accident occurred about 5:50 p.m. on the George Price Highway. Police found an extensively damaged black, Skygo motorcycle in the middle of the highway and about 20 feet away, off the right shoulder of the road, was a grey Wingle pickup truck with L/P number SI-C04320 with extensive damage to the left, front end and windshield. The body of a man wearing a helmet was on the ground also in the middle of the road.

    Man killed along the seaside in BZ City
    On Saturday 16th December 2017 about 11 p.m. two men were fighting near a white, color four door Toyota Fortuner L/P C-29584 that was parked near the sea wall. Shortly thereafter a man about 5ft 5inches in height, with braided hair wearing a white t- shirt with what appeared to be blood on it, and a 3/4 black in color pants was seen running along the sea wall on Marine Parade going in direction of Memorial Park. The other man was on the ground an injury to his neck. This person was later assisted and taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

    Central TV & Internet Belize: New rates are out!
    Our existing customers will be automatically upgraded before the end of the year.

    Audubon’s Belize City Christmas Bird Count
    Addiction.... Birds..... Audubon’s Belize City Christmas Bird Count, to Boom and beyond. Roni Martinez, you’ll be happy, I was the recorder for the group, took one look at the paper list and ebirded instead, 10 separate lists.... ten places and compiled it on the paper at the end.

    The Reporter

    Man found stabbed to death in southern Belize
    A man was found stabbed and chopped to death in southern Belize early this morning. Police say they went to an area on the Big Creek road in Independence village, Stann Creek around 6:00 this morning and found the man, Victor Pou, 21, a shop attendant of New Site area, Independence, with multiple stab and chop wounds, to his body lying on the road. Police say their investigations have revealed that sometime after 10:00 p.m., Saturday night, Pou was walking on the road when two men attacked him. Police say the motive of the attack has not yet been determined as investigations continue.

    Taxi driver stabbed to death near Belmopan
    A taxi driver was found stabbed to death today near Belmopan. Based on information conveyed, police went to an area near the Hector Silva Airstrip on the George Price highway where they found a gold taxi car. Beside the vehicle they found the body of taxi driver, Elvis Oswald Lopez, of Belmopan. He had stab wounds to the upper body. Police are investigating.

    Police issue details of incident during parade
    Police have issued information about an incident that occurred during the Love FM Christmas parade last night. Police say that the incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. and involved the hurling of bottles, not a shooting as previously reported. The incident occurred while the parade was passing in front of Bishop and Albert streets as it headed towards its culmination point. According to police, a group of persons that were in the parade itself uttered words to a group of men that were standing at the corner of the two streets mentioned. The exchange of words resulted in bottles been thrown and as a result, Peter Craig, 19, of Belize City suffered minor injuries to the right upper shoulder. Craig is receiving medical treatment and police are investigating.

    Two separate stabbings, one fatal
    Police are investigating two stabbing incidents in Belize City, one of which was fatal. Police say that sometime around 11:00 Saturday night, they responded to a report of a stabbing on Marine Parade in Belize City where two men were reportedly fighting near a white Toyota Fortuner that was parked near the sea wall. When they arrived at the area, they saw a man lying on the ground in a pool of blood and a deep gash on his neck. Other stab wounds were also observed on the victim’s neck. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, and was later identified as Mark Anthony Vasquez, 53, a car dealer of St. James Street, King’s Park area, Belize City. Vasquez was pronounced dead at 11:15pm.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Mark Vasquez stabbed to death on Marine Parade
    According to police reports, last night around 11:00 police in Belize City responded to a stabbing incident on Marine Parade. Police investigations reveal that two men were fighting near a white four door Toyota Fortuner that was parked near the sea wall.

    Man stabbed in club
    A 26-year-old Belize city man reported to police that sometime around 3:00 this morning, he was socializing inside a night club in Belize City when he was approached by another man who stabbed him. Tariq Tzul told police that the man, who is known to him, stabbed him in his stomach.

    Is Belize less corrupt than a year ago?
    Politicians and public workers in Belize engage in corruption. This is a fact. Is there anyone who would disagree? Perhaps the bottom-feeding political sycophants who depend on handouts to survive would, but generally speaking, this is accepted as common public knowledge. But on December 9, the world celebrated global Anti-Corruption Day and Belize celebrated its one-year anniversary since signing on to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), but in sincere honesty, is Belize less corrupt than it was a year ago?

    NGO’s celebrate offshore oil moratorium
    Non- governmental organizations, which promote environmental sustainability, are celebrating that both the Government of Belize and the opposition have supported the legislation which puts a ban on offshore oil drilling in Belize. The Senate debated and passed the the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Bill 2017 this week, effectively making it an offense to conduct oil exploration or extraction activities in Belize’s territorial waters.

    One last international shout out for 2017
    Belize is rounding out 2017 with one of the biggest tourism highlights of the year, taking a place on the list for Best Winter Trips in 2018 by National Geographic’s travel site. Belize landed the sixth slot on a list of nine entries, and was the only Caribbean country to be featured by name as an individual entry. Belize beat out Antartica and Baja, California on the list, solidifying the popularity of the country’s unique tourism product in the international community.

    Belize/Guatemalas relation still a political football
    Despite agreeing on two parliamentary motions in 2017, the Senate meeting this week proved that both the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party (PUP), still have not made any strides in workable cooperation for solving the territorial dispute with Guatemala.

    Fatal traffic accident claims one life
    Last night around 7, a traffic accident in Camalote Village claimed the life of one person. It occurred near Mile 51 on the George Price Highway.

    Fair weather to continue
    The 24-hour forecast is for mainly fair conditions to continue. Sunny skies with a few cloudy spells are expected today. Showers will be isolated except for a few over Northern Belize today.

    What happened during the parade last night?
    Police have released details about an incident on Belize City’s down town which broke up the Love FM Christmas parade last night. Police say that about 6:45 pm, while the parade was passing in-front of Bishop and Albert streets heading towards its culmination point, a group of persons that were in the parade uttered words to a group of men that were standing at the said corner.

    Man chopped to death in southern Belize
    A man was chopped to death last night in southern Belize. Police say that at about 6:00 this morning, acting upon information received of a man apparently dead on the Big Creek Road, Independence Village, they visited the location.

    Blogs

    Not a Slow Car, It's A Fast House: Belize, Week 1
    We received an email telling us that the animal import permit was ready, so we packed up and headed for the border. As soon as we arrived a “border helper” met us and walked us through the steps. He also led the dogs, on their leashes, into the administration building and no one seemed to mind! The paperwork was fairly simple and the inspections were quick. We had arrived in Belize. Our first stop would be Corozal. We would buy groceries, get some Belizean currency and purchase a SIM card and data plan for our phone. This town had one camping area with electricity, so we settled in under a giant almond tree.

    The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Brings Even MORE Christmas to San Pedro
    Last night, 9 or 10 boats lined up just north of town, switched on their generators and to the delight of the residents of San Pedro, puttered along the shoreline playing carols and throwing candy, shooting fire (!) and trying to stay in formation. It’s the cutest. One of my favorite FAVORITE ways to get ready for the holidays anywhere in the world. …Mama in her flip flops and I in my shorts had just settled down on a long dock north of town to watch… Okay….I’m reaching. But I need to jazz this post up a bit – my night-time, action, bright-lights-everywhere photography has taken a turn for the worse with this year’s event. I don’t know what happened! Here are my photos from last night.

    Last Art in The Park for 2017
    Art in the Park is an Once a month event that is held every month in Corozal Central Park. It commence at 5pm where locals and tourists join the event to enjoy this monthly Art in The Park. On December 16, 2017 Entrepreneurs from the Surrounding villages in Corozal and from Corozal and Orange Walk came out to sell their local products. Live Christmas Music was performing at the event. Even the people came to dance and sang along with the musics they knew. Art in the Park first took place on 12 September, 2009. During this ground breaking event, 10 local artists were hosted and live musical entertainment was featured.

    International Sourcesizz

    48 Hours in Cayo - DRIFT Magazine
    Cayo is the heart of the culture of Belize! Drift Magazine has an expansive article about Cayo, and they did their research. They really cover a good deal of the Cayo experience. Xunantunich and the Green Iguana Conservation Project were some of their favorites, as was their stay at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Worth a read.

    Drug Company Under Fire After Revealing Dengue Vaccine May Harm Some
    The first promising vaccine for dengue — a disease that afflicts hundreds of millions of people around the world — is in jeopardy after the Philippines suspended it, amid widespread fears about its safety and growing public anger over its use in 830,000 schoolchildren. The Philippines government has begun investigations into the rollout of the immunization program by the French drugmaker Sanofi, which has come under fire for discounting early warnings that its vaccine could put some people at heightened risk of a severe form of the disease. The newly revealed evidence, confirmed recently by Sanofi’s review of study data, found that in rare cases, Dengvaxia can backfire: If people who never had dengue are vaccinated and later become infected, the vaccine may provoke a much more severe form of the illness.

    Videos

  • Here's a look at last night's Holiday Boat Parade, 1.5min. The Smallest, but Happiest Holiday Boat Parade in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

  • The Wanaragua dancers are ready to thrill you. Are you ready for this treat?, 2min. Last year Junior Champions Gulisi Community Primary School dance their way to an unprecedented four – peat championship. Will their championship rein come to end? Last year Senior Champions Ligemeri Wanaragua retain their title and repeated as champions. Sub – champion Habarinu Wayunagu three – peated as sub – champion. Will this be the year that Habarinu Wayuna finally rise to fame and glory or will former three times champion Houn Gurigia regain their former glory or will we see new team win the sword? The best of best Wanaragua from in Belize City, from Seine Bight, Pienei, Punta Gorda, The defending champion and other teams from Culture Capital Dangriga are ready to dazzle you with their fancy footworks here in the Culture Capital, Dangriga, at the Ecumenical College Auditorium.

  • San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade, 1min. Every year, island residents gather to decorate their boats to compete in an annual tradition and put on an amazing display of festive lights. Here’s a teaser of the boats from the 2017 San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade, presented by Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Belize Tourism Board. $10,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the participants, and proceeds from the event raised an additional $9,200 towards local charity Raise Me Up

  • Corozal Christmas Parade 2017, 4min.

  • Corozal Christmas Parade 2017, 34min.

  • Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART_ - Belize Rangers on the Move, 2min. Well edited video showing how the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool can be used to protect the natural resources of Belize. "This 2 minute film highlights how the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) is revolutionizing Belize's approach to protecting its globally important natural resources. From the Maya Mountains to Belize's World Heritage Reef rangers are working hard to ensure that our water, timber, fish, wildlife and natural beauty can continue to support the economy."

  • Loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta, at Silk Caye, Belize, 1min. We saw this turtle while snorkeling at Silk Caye, Belize. She seemed content to go on her way and was not too curious about us.

  • Belize City Christmas Parade 2017, 1.5min. View from Cemetery Road. The first Entry for the parade.

  • Nov 24 2017 Dive in Belize, 4min. The dive I did from the Belize Aggressor 4 on November 24th, 2017.

  • You Betta Belize It ~ Honeymoon in Belize! HD 1080p, 10.5min. Our unBELIZEable honeymoon in Ambergris Caye, Belize at Costa Blu! December 3-13, 2017.

  • Diving with Blacktip's at Half Moon Caye Belize Pt 2, 8.5min.

  • Mista Peetaz Brukdong Bram, 2min. Sam Harris last night at the Belize City House of Culture and the Downtown Rejuvenatuon Project and NICH"s second annual Mista Peetaz Brukdong Bram.

    December 17, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Island Academy hosts its 22nd Christmas show
    The Island Academy held its 22nd Christmas Show on Wednesday, December 13th. Parents, teachers, students and invited guests gathered at the school to view the spectacular show. The program began at 7PM, with all the students marching in pairs to the stage. The first performance of the night saw a combination of the lower division classes singing the most popular songs of the season. The last performance of the night was performed by the upper division classes. Their presentation started as a skit and ended as a musical. When the show was over, attendees got to enjoy tasty food and drinks while listening to Christmas songs.

    Stanford Eye Clinic hosts final clinic for the year
    Stanford Eye Clinic held its last clinic for the year from Sunday, December 10th to the 14th at the San Pedro Lions Club Eye Clinic located at the Lion’s Den in San Pedro. Many islanders benefited from the free examinations and checkups. The clinic was offered by ophthalmologists Dr. Deborah Alcon and Dr. Steve Binder from Stanford University in California, USA. Five clinic sessions have been offered since the clinic was inaugurated in May of this year. The clinic is equipped with all the equipment necessary to provide an array of services. The ophthalmologists not only provide examinations to inform patients about their need for glasses but can also detect health conditions in the eye such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathy, and diabetic complications among others. In the case that further treatment or surgery is required, the doctors then recommend patients to the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) in Belize City where such services are available.

    Custody case on Cannon children adjourned
    The custody case involving the Cannon children has once again been delayed, after the case was adjourned on Tuesday, December 12th at a Family Court in Belize City. The scheduled custody hearing between Anke Doehm and David Cannon, the adoptive mother, and father of Faye Lin Cannon’s three siblings could not be concluded because the Court is waiting for the completion of a Social Inquiry Report on behalf of Doehm. As a result of this missing report, the case was rescheduled to a later date next week, which the Court is yet to reveal. Cannon briefly told The Sun that he is hopeful that by next week the report is completed and there can be a positive solution in his custody case. He hopes that the case runs with no more delays. “I think it will be very sad for my children to spend Christmas in a foster care institution,” said Cannon.

    SPTC settles thousands in arrears with SSB
    The revealing allegations that The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) had not been making monthly payments to the Social Security Board (SSB) on behalf of their employees prompted Mayor Daniel Guerrero to act on the situation. Guerrero has confirmed that all pending arrears with the SSB have been paid in full without any issues. However, the SPTC and the SSB refrain from offering details on the arrears and the amount paid. But according to different sources, it is speculated that the bill was around $62,000, which was immediately paid in order to avoid a lawsuit from the governmental institution. The SSB did explain what the consequences are for both employers and employees when contributions are withheld. According to SSB, if a person is working at a particular company and for a year or two his contributions are not being paid, that employee will not be entitled to any benefits. They encouraged any employee who suspects this is happening to visit any social security office countrywide with their valid Social Security Card. Once it is verified that the employer is not making payments, an investigation will follow.

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    Air Canada Inaugural Flight - Belize
    Welcome Canadian snowbirds...

    Caye Caulker Mobile Pet Clinic
    The CC Humane Society had a really productive mobile pet clinic this morning! We were not able to get to every part of the island and some people weren't home. If we missed you or you missed us, please remember that we have an open clinic every Saturday morning from 9 - 11 across the street from Wish Willie Restaurant. Stop by if your pet is sick or in need of flea and tick or heart worm prevention or an annual vaccine. Bring puppies in for worming, vaccine and puppy wellness check!

    Belize Network of NGOs Newsletter 2017 Update
    We are pleased to share with you our very first Newsletter, which highlights the major achievements of the Belize Network of NGOs over the past year. We hope that you find it informative and useful. If you have questions on any of the items in the Newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us at Belize13thSenator@gmail.com. The Belize Network of NGOs wishes you and yours a Happy Holiday Season.

    Happy Holidays from the Corozal Animal Program
    I wanted to give everyone an updated of what we have accomplished to help the animals in Corozal in 2017. The vets donate their time, as do our volunteers, but we need to raise money for vaccines and supplies. If you are able to, please make a donation. Even $5 helps!

    ZAARA'S BOUTIQUE 4TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SALE!!
    Zaara's Boutique in Corozal joins with Nouveau Model Management, Bowen and Bowen and other food vendors for its Grand 4th Anniversary Celebration, where its customers benefit with tons of sales, discounts, raffles, music and much more.

    My Problems Faced As a Mixed Race Kid
    Contributed by Yvette Sanker Riverol - "17 year old Jomarie Lanza of Corozal started following Clover Letter, a newsletter on Instagram which explores various issues young girls may encounter in life. She noticed that the newsletter was searching for writers, so she took the initiative and emailed them and shared her ideas of writings for the newsletter. Jomarie was pleased that her ideas were well-received and excited as she was asked to write an essay, which she did. About 3 months later Clover Letter’s editors approved her writing and informed her that her essay would be published in its weekly edition.

    Celeste from Orange County, San Diego, California, U.S.A., visited us and gave a MOTIVATIONAL TALK to our children, and distributed educational materials
    Corozal - Great efforts by Community Restore bring cheers to our youth. She is the daughter of Adela Pederson one of Community Restore's active volunteers. Our Corozal community would like to thank Celeste for this kind gesture. Enjoy your stay in Belize. May God continue to bless you.

    SHC Hawks Take 2nd at Nationals
    Congratulations, SHC Hawks! They came in 2nd place in the national high school basketball competition, which was hosted by SHC yesterday and today. Pictures from yesterday. More pictures. "Congrats to our female basketball team for placing second at the National Basketball Tournament held this weekend. We are very proud of our girls. Go Hawks!!!!"

    Realize Belize Santa Run
    Realize Belize had their Santa Run this morning at Galvez Stadium. The Benque DYS office was there. "REALIZE BELIZE held their Santa Run today at Victor Galvez Stadium, San Ignacio at 7am. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness and money to support the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in Belize. People with disabilities were part of the Santa Run and the Department of Youth Services Benque is proudly supporting such initiatives which goals are to develop a fully inclusive environment for people with disabilities. Keep up the good work REALIZE BELIZE!"

    Jazz with a Caribbean Breeze
    The Orange Gallery is having a Jazz night on Wednesday. Caesar and the Panatics will be there, so if you liked the old Mango Jam sessions they used to have, you'll love this.

    Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count
    Can life get any better. Firstly to have discovered a new passion I wish I had discovered years ago!!!! Bird Watching. Then to have spent an entire day in Cockscomb, with Roni Martinez, one of Belize’s best birders, on the first day of Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count.

    Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count 2
    Wow and Wow. _Scarlet Macaws _Golden Hooded Tanager _ Rufous Breasted Spine-tail _White Collared Manakin . _ Barred Forest Falcon This trip to Cockscomb has been very worth it to me . Once again thanks Mista Roni Martinez for the invitation . Honestly we the girls enjoyed birding along with you. Girls we got 4 Scarlet macaws

    The Reporter

    Another man killed in road accident; shooting takes place during parade
    Police are investigating a fatal traffic accident and a shooting incident that happened about an hour ago. The fatal accident happened in Camalote village near mile 51 on the George Price highway and the victim was reportedly driving a motorcycle. The shooting, meanwhile, occurred during the Love FM Christmas parade on Albert Street in Belize City. Police have nof released any details of the incident as yet. The Reporter understands that some people were injured when the crowd started a stampede to get out of harm’s way.

    Elderly man killed in road traffic accident
    An elderly man lost his life in a traffic accident early this morning on the Philip Goldson. Police say that around 2:30 a.m., they responded to a report of the accident between miles 12 and 13 and that upon arrival, they saw the elderly man’s body on the right hand side of the highway with cut wounds to the head and lower back. Investigations have revealed that around 2:17 a.m., Sergio Paredez, 49, a businessman of Orange Walk town, was driving a red Ford Explorer pick-up truck on the Phillip Goldson Highway in the direction from Ladyville towards Orange Walk, and that upon reaching between miles 12 and 13, he allegedly knocked down Efrain Alfaro, 64, a Honduran who lived in Franks Eddy village. Alfaro was reportedly walking a bicycle on the highway when he was struck.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Runaway minor reported
    Lucia Choc, 47, of Independence village, Stann Creek district reported that last night around 7:00, she went to church and upon returning home she noticed that her daughter, Rosaria Choc was not at home. Rosaria is 15 years old and is about 4 feet 5 inches tall.

    Elderly man killed in traffic accident
    This morning aroubd 2:30, Ladyville police responded to a road traffic accident on the Philip Goldson highway between miles 12 and 13. On the scene, police saw the motionless body of an elderly Hispanic man on the right side of the highway with cut wounds to the head and lower back.

    Man busted with cocaine in Mexico is from Ranchito Village, Corozal
    Belize police have not arrested the man that was busted with 6 kilos of cocaine earlier this week in Chetumal, Mexico even though authorities have a copy of his driver’s license and they know that he is from Ranchito Village, Corozal District. On Wednesday, the man was inside a Lincoln Navigator heading from Belize to Mexico.

    BDF soldiers return home from Dominica
    A month and a half ago, thirty five soldiers from the Belize Defense Force (BDF) went to Dominica to assist with the rebuilding of infrastructure, after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Today, the platoon returns back to Belize.

    PM Barrow departs country on personal leave
    The Office of Prime Minister Dean Barrow informs the public that he left the country today on personal leave. PM Barrow returns to Belize on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

    International Sourcesizz

    National Geographic reveals the ultimate places to visit for a winter getaway
    For some people a winter getaway means grabbing their passport and heading off to sunnier climes to escape the cold temperatures. But for others its about finding the perfect winter wonderland complete with snow and festive cheer. So National Geographic Traveller have come up with a list of the top nine places to jet off to for the perfect winter holiday. The country of Belize makes the list thanks to its lush landscape and being described as a diver's paradise. Pictured are the jungles located near Belcampo Lodge.

    Videos

  • San Pedro's Annual Holiday Boat Parade!, 1/2min.

  • This is a Mexican hairy Porcupine in its defensive posture and display, 1/2min. Important note: Porcupines can NOT shoot quills!! In fact the quills are firmly attached and it hurts them to loose them (like a giant big hair being ripped out). But quills sure make for a good defense and this guy seems to know it too as he is standing his ground. This fascinating species is arboreal and nocturnal and therefor rarely seen. They eat leaves and fruits (and flowers) and mean us no harm. Usually they just want to be left alone and get away, but if an overly zealous dog tries to take a bite... he will cry (we have seen several of those as well). The best thing to do if you see a porcupine? Keep your dogs inside or away from it and let it find its way. If you find an injured porcupine? Towels or sheets will get stuck on their quills and injure them further and they can not be handled like other wildlife patients... So do not try to pick it up but give BWRC a call first (615 5159).

  • Zaara's Boutique Corozal Anniversary, 4min. In front of Atlantic Bank in Corozal models are out here taking photos with everyone.

  • Diving with Blacktip's at Half Moon Caye Belize Pt 1, 16min.

  • Belize 2017, 2min.

  • Tradiciones de Benque Viejo del Carmen BELIZE, 3min. Durante el mes de diciembre, todos los distritos en Belize celebran la Navidad en una serie de tradiciones que le son propias. Consecuencia del sincretismos y la diversidad cultural. El presente video es el registro de Las Posadas en Casa de la Cultura de Benque Viejo del Carmen, Distrito El Cayo.

  • Belize Seahorses, 6min. Caye Caulker, Belize

  • Zip Lining in Belize, 8min. 2014 Cruise to Belize - Zip Lining Shore Excursion

  • OPEN YOUR EYES - Interview with the Belize Bahai's, 30min. Representatives of the Baha'i Faith discussing the "200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah"

  • Bear Grylls - FLORESTAS DE BELIZE!, 44min.

    December 16, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Fundraiser to benefit the island’s Polyclinic held in San Pedro Town
    An effort to raise much-needed funds for the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic was held via a fundraiser on Sunday, December 10th at Caribbean Villas Hotel. The aim was to raise $60,000 for the acquisition of an incinerator, and to provide bonuses for the Polyclinic staff, with remaining funds would go to the San Pedro Animal Foundation. However, at the end of the event, the fundraiser was only able to raise a minimum amount of the targeted total and as a result, the little raised will now be only used towards the acquisition of the incinerator. The fundraiser was organized by Melanie Paz, Rebecca Arceo, Peter Lawrence, and Ti Southwell after noticing the good work the staff at the Polyclinic do despite struggling with huge lack of resources at the medical institution. It was expected that island residents would come out in large numbers to support such worthy cause.

    The Belize Tourism Industry Association celebrates its 32nd Annual General Meeting
    The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) celebrated its 32nd Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 7th December 2017 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. Master of Ceremonies, Jamil Loskot welcomed members and invited guests in attendance and BTIA Treasures Pedro Perez led the Invocation, followed by the singing of the National Anthem. Vice-Chairman of the BTIA Belmopan Chapter Clive Myers presented the Welcome Address, highlighting tourism accomplishments and future challenges. Outgoing President, Mr. Osmany Salas, announced his decision to step-down as President to focus more on his duties and responsibilities as the Senator representing the NGO Community of Belize. He also announced that, as allowed under the BTIA Articles of Association, the BTIA Board appointed 1st Vice President Mr. Raineldo Guerrero to serve as interim President for 2018.

    Senate clears path for moratorium on offshore oil in Belize to become law
    Belize is just a few steps away from making a historical and exemplary move to turn an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil explorations in Belizean waters into law. The Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Bill 2017 motion was formally introduced as a legislation at a sitting of the House of Representatives in October of this year. In the next step to turn the motion into law, it was passed by the House on Friday, December 8th with rare bipartisan support. On Wednesday, December 13th, the Bill was read and discussed at the Senate meeting where it received a unanimous support and was passed as well.

    Authorities weigh in on artisan suspected of selling products made from manatee remains
    Environmental authorities on the island are following reports of an artisan who is allegedly selling products made from the remains of manatees. The artisan is reportedly telling people that the products are made from cow bones. Among his assortment of products, there are also wallets and wristbands that he claims are made from snake and shark skin. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve has indicated that due to the fact that manatees are protected species in Belize it is illegal to have in possession any part of the mammal, regardless of how it died. Anyone caught with body parts of a manatee commits a felony and can be fined with a minimal fee of $500 or in some ocassions fined and jailed for six months. The management at Hol Chan was unaware of the ongoing situation, but have since begun to look into the situation. Miguel Alamilla, manager at the Reserve stated that it is a big offense to handle any remains of manatees, especially if it is for commercial purposes.

    Ambergris Today

    Belize Celebrates Support For Law Against Offshore Oil
    Both the Government of Belize and the Opposition have supported the legislation with puts a ban on offshore drilling in Belize and Environmental NGOs and the people of Belize in general can celebrated this grandiose act. Below is a press release on the Offshore Oil Moratorium Passes with Rare Bi-partisan and Unanimous Support issued by Ocean Belize.

    Belize Fisheries Department Informs Of Renewal Of Fisherfolk Licenses 2018
    The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs the PUBLIC that it will commence the renewal of fisherfolk licenses on January 3rd 2018. A grace period for renewals will be in place until January 31st, 2018. Fishers are advised to bring along all pertinent documents upon renewal to facilitate the process.

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    Gifts to San Martin Government School children
    Christmas is a time of sharing. We share not just gifts and food, but also happiness and smiles. This is just what the employees of the Embassy did. With the donation from the Embassy’s staff, we were able to give out over 55 gifts, goodies bag, and cupcakes to some very humble and respectful kids at San Martin Government School in the Salvapan area of Belmopan. The pictures say it all. The faces of these kids just shined with joy. We are proud and excited that we were able to help make their holidays brighter! Thank you to the school, its teachers and the students, and a huge thanks to the Embassy’s employee association!!!

    Prime Minister Departs the Country on Personal Leave
    The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow left the country today on personal leave. The Prime Minister returns to Belize on Tuesday, 19th December 2017. In his absence, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber will act as Prime Minister.

    NEMO Joins Area Representative and Mayor in Assisting Victims of Cayo Quarry Explosion
    Personnel from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) have been on the ground assessing the human impact on residents of a quarry explosion that occurred in the Santa Elena/Santa Cruz area of Cayo on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. NEMO has been providing humanitarian assistance in the form of immediate relief supplies to those affected, in coordination with Cayo Central Area Representative Hon. Rene Montero and Mayor of San Ignacio/Santa Elena Earl Trapp. Mattresses, stoves, butane tanks and food supplies, among other items, have been distributed to around 20 families that were impacted by the explosion.

    Paved portion of Northern Road on AmbergrisCaye now has LIGHTS!
    Let there be LIGHT! The paved section on the northern road of Ambergris Caye is now lit! Work on the installation of these LED lights began on Thursday by the Belize Electricity Limited and have covered majority of the paved road. Looks great so far!

    Awards presented to Policemen
    On 15th December, 2017 (25) Police officers attach to different specialize operational units with in the Belize Police Department were awarded for their exemplary and outstanding performance in carrying out his or her dutys . The recognized officers went above and beyond the call of duty and was recognized and awarded for their exemplary performance whilst conducting their dutys in the newly launched operation A.C.T Addressing Crime Together . Officers were presented with their awards by Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Desiree Phillips Magdaleno and Commander Operation, ACP, Edward Broster. Congrats to all officers.

    The Rotary Club of Corozal and the Special Ed class of the Mary Hill RC School coming together and having a small party for the children

    Chiquïbul Challenge Marathon 2018
    Join the race for conservation and participate or sponsor the second Chiquibul Challenge Marathon - CCM 2018! Location: Las Cuevas Research Station, Chiquibul Park, Cayo, Belize. Date: February 17th-18th, 2018. This event is requires registration for all attendees and is not open to the public. National participants email bzwildlifeclinic@gmail.com or call 615-5159. International participants email: jford@belizewildlifeclinic.org or call JFord: (501) 610-1460. Run or walk a half marathon (21km), or go for the full distance (42km) in one of the most beautiful and pristine places on Earth. Learn more about the challenges for Chiquibul and contribute to its conservation.

    Second annual Diplomatic Security Jungle Run
    On Thursday, December 14, 2017, one of the most beautiful days we have experienced this year in Belize, the Regional Security Office hosted its second annual Diplomatic Security Jungle Run in Belmopan. Members of the Belize Police Department participated as well as members of the Embassy community. Thanks to everyone who came out to show their support and get some exercise!

    Air Canada Inaugural Flight - Belize

    EUPHORIA21 - NO FEAR DJs - CO2 and Snow Blasters
    To all party lovers. This is where you want to be tomorrow. EUPHORIA21 - NO FEAR DJs - CO2 and Snow Blasters in Full Effect! It's all happening Saturday, December 16th, 2017

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    Man Killed In OW - Father Speaks Frankly About The Hope and Heartbreak of A Wayward Son
    There was a murder in Orange Walk Town early this morning in front of a popular night spot. The victim is 35 year-old Jaime Pelayo, better known as "James" or "Doggy", and his own father agrees that he was notorious figure in the Town. So, he may have had more than his fair share of enemies, but his family believes that it was not his troubled past that finally caught up with him. They say it was a random shooting. Our news team travelled north today and found his father remarkably lucid, plainspoken and heartbroken about his son's troubled past: Just before 35 year-old Jaime Pelayo Jr. killed this morning, he and a friend were having a few drinks at D's Gym Sports Bar & Grill, formerly known as Butchy's. Police say that Pelayo was standing on the street in front of the business place, but his family's information is that he was on this wooden verandah when he was blasted in the chest by a man armed with a shotgun.

    The Explosion, the Aftermath, The Lack Of A Proper Permit
    NEMO is on the ground in Santa Elena delivering relief to the 20 families that were impacted by Tuesday evening's explosion. NEMO says it has delivered Mattresses, stoves, butane tanks and food supplies, among other items to those families. And while that is helping in the short term, Belize Roadway Construction - which had contracted Tiger Aggregates to do the blast - has been taking repair estimates from all the affected persons and is now preparing to make disbursements. The company will be working through the weekend, and some checks may be issued as soon as tomorrow. We are told two of the affected persons are making claims for new houses since their homes were completely undermined by the pommeling of huge rocks.

    No Arrests Yet In Runaway Cocaine SUV
    Police have still not found the driver or the owner of the Lincoln Navigator which was found with 6 kilos of cocaine at the northern border on Wednesday. As we reported, at about 2:30, the Navigator driven by a Ranchito resident was driving across the Mexican border- when customs officials there called him over for a secondary inspection. That's because the Mexican's did an X-Ray of the Navigator and saw something unusual in the dashboard area. That turned out to be a secret compartment - with a hydraulic door - which only opens when a certain key combination is pressed. Once customs figured out how to open it, they found 6 zilocked kilos of cocaine neatly stacked inside

    Rasheed Hyde And His Accomplice/Dad Get Bail
    A week ago, we told you how Rasheed Hyde was charged with attempted murder for the shooting of his cousin, Russell Hyde Jr. Well tonight, Rasheed Hyde and his alleged accomplice and father, Michael Mendoza are out on bail. You heard right, Michael Mendoza, formerly Hyde is not only the alleged accomplice, but also the father of the accused. Their attorneys, Herbert Panton and Leeroy Banner, applied for Supreme Court bail before Justice Adolph Lucas today. After hearing their arguments, as well as the input from Senior Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith, Justice Lucas granted them both bail of $10,000. It comes with the conditions that they have to attend all adjournments; they must report to the San Ignacio Police every Friday; and that they are not to interfere with the prosecution's witnesses, particularly, the victim, Rasheed's cousin. In fact, they are not to go within 100 yards of him.

    Judge Says No Bail For Armed Robbers
    2 other men, Leon Weir and Louquan Flowers, also applied for Supreme Court bail today before Justice Adolph Lucas. They are the ones accused of the armed robbery of 45 year old businesswoman Zeneida Allen. She was at an apartment building at 4 Fullers Lane last week when a group of men barged in and snatched a bag with $8,800 in cash. The pair were remanded on charges of aggravated burglary and wounding, and although Senior Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith did not object, the judge refused to grant them bail. Court reports are that police have video surveillance which captures the men committing the crime.

    Air Canada, Come Een
    Travelers can now enjoy another direct flight from Canada to Belize. Air Canada's inaugural flight from Toronto landed at the PGIA this afternoon. We found out how significant this new carrier will be in increasing airlift from the North American market - which is the breadbasket of the Belize tourism industry. Jorge Espat, Belize Airport Concession Company: "The introduction of Canada's flagship carrier and the world's eighth largest airline, Air Canada is both remarkable and incredible. Thrill we are to welcome Air Canada to Belize. Today's new weekly non-stop service by Air Canada from Toronto Pierson's International Airport justifies the Belize Airport Concession Company's strategic investment and aims to meet and exceed both domestic and international passenger's expectations."

    Long Lines At Airport Arrivals
    And while the ever increasing tourists are welcomed, can they be accommodated? Belize's airport has been steadily expanding to accommodate increased visitor, but this amateur video which we saw today shows us that something's still very wrong! The video shows visitors lined up for hundreds of feet outside the arrival hall. No word on how long it took them to get processed - and we could not get a comment from the Director of Immigration. It's troubling because this footage was taken today, Friday, and there are significantly more flights arriving and departing on Saturday.

    Caye Caulker Airstrip, Somehow, It'll Happen
    But they're not lining up like that in Caye Caulker - and that's because that airstrip is closed for urgent repairs. But what money are they going to use to repair it? Last night we told you that the Social Security Board rejected a Belize Airports Authority loan application for the second time. That's after they trimmed down the requested amount from 7 million to 3.5 million. Well, today the Minister of Tourism told the media that they're going to find the funding one way or the other:... Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism "My final word is it will be a 3.5 million either Social Security or somebody else we have 2 backup plan should in case. It will be a 3.5 million dollars hot mix airport wide and lights also on the runway."

    PM Takes Leave
    And he cannot ask the Prime Minister to reach into the public purse for the money - at least not until next week. That's because Prime Minister Barrow today left the country on personal leave. He returns next Tuesday - and Deputy PM Patrick Faber will be acting PM in his absence.

    Lots Or Action At Police Auction
    A bike for $10. Sounds unbelievable right? Well, today the Belize City Police Force made it believable. Over this year they have collected hundreds of bikes from perpetrators, crime scenes and as unclaimed evidence. And today they put them all on auction. The bike prices run so low because the majority of the them are extremely old and worn out. But that did not stop deal-seekers from coming out in numbers, hoping for a rusty Christmas come-up. Here are what some happy customers had to say. Sahar Vasquez, reporter: "So you bought this bike what was the price?" Omar Martinez, Construction Worker: "$15."

    Making Manatees Safer In the Sea
    For years, manatees have been tormented by boats, whose motor blades often injure them in passing. But, determined groups are working together to make a change for the manatees - and they're doing that by creating awareness in the people who use boats most: commercial boat captains and tour guides. Today the fourth annual workshop was held for these vessels operators. Lead Presenter Jamal Galvez told us more. Jamal Galvez, Sea to Shore Alliance Program Coordinator/Research Biologist: "We are providing them with information that they can actually use on their tours to their tourists. Data that they can present. The knowledge we will share between the results of the research that we are collecting. We are sharing with them so that they can know what their implications are and how they can contribute positively to a manatee conservation in Belize. It has mutual benefits here because they depend on these animals for tourism that goes hand in hand with conservation."

    Jackpot Winner Lucked Out Just In Time For Christmas
    What would you do with half a million dollars with 10 days to go before Christmas? That's the happy dilemma facing one lucky Belize City resident Jose Sosa, who beat the odds and won the jackpot of $486,000 dollars. It's one of the biggest jackpots ever, and Sosa becomes only the second winner for 2017. But he didn't want to advertise his new wealth, and asked to appear off camera. Fantasy Five PR Karil Wallace told us that they knew a winner was out there, and were waiting for him to appear: Karil Wallace, Public Relations Officer: "After the draw had taken place at 8:00 we ran our tables and realized that someone had won. We realized after a little while after that the ticket was from Belize City."

    Cops and K-9 Honored For Good Work
    25 police officers were awarded for their exemplary work today. A ceremony was held today at the Queen Street police station to award the officers - just in time for the Christmas. Among the officers was K-9 Amigo. He was recognized for sniffing out about 23 pounds of weed this year. Here is more from the ceremony. ACP Edward Broaster, Commander of Operations: "We decided that we would award the hard working officers who have been putting in some serious work in the City to enhance citizen's security. Based on data that we have available to us through our analysis team, they selected the top 5 from each specialized unit to be awarded today. The officer commanding the K-9 Unit who work closely with the Humane Society have decided to have an award for the top dog of the year who has been "Amigo." Amigo has done a lot of great work in detecting drugs as well as firearm throughout the city, throughout the country on a whole and he is been the dog chosen for this year's award because of the significant number of seizures that he has made."

    Hurricane Recovery Soldiers Returning From Dominica
    A platoon of 35 BDF soldiers left for Dominica 6 weeks ago - and tomorrow, they are coming home. The BDF today informed the press that after assisting with the rebuilding of infrastructure on the island - the boys are coming home. They put in major work for the Dominicans - refurbishing two school buildings, and repairing the Catholic Cathedral of Dominica - among other tasks. A 7News team will be there to greet them tomorrow and you can see the story on Monday night's news.

    A House With History On A Hill, for Culture
    A building that was once a hospital and home to a graveyard has been transformed into the new NICH San Ignacio and Santa Elena House of Culture. After one year of renovation, the building was officially inaugurated on Wednesday. Now, it got overshadowed by two events: the explosion in Cayo, and the opening of the adjacent 1.7 million dollar town hall. That new building has all the bells and shwitlhes while this renovated one has history. The house of Culture Coordinator told us more about it today via phone. Lupita Ferguson, San Ignacio/Santa Elena House of Culture: "It is a building that is over 100 years old, it was known as the Cayo Hospital and it is situated on Hospital Street. It was the second cemetery for the El Cayo as it was known then...."

    Remembering The Legends
    And to get you in the mood for that all day Bram - we dug into our archives for footage of the 2005 Brokdong Festival when the now dearly departed giants Mr. Peetaz himself and Leila Vernon held sway over the stage. They did so with Kenny Morgan in an unforgettable show of kriol culture and folk music. We leave you with that tonight, I'm Courtney Weatherburne, enjoy and join us back here on Monday.

    Channel 5

    Random violence takes life of Jaime Pelayo in Orange Walk
    An Orange Walk resident is dead, following an early morning attack that left him mortally injured and a pair of women he was socializing with grazed by bullets.  Jaime Pelayo [...]

    Accused shooter of Russell Hyde Jr. and alleged accomplice out on bail
    Santa Elena Town resident and taxi driver Rasheed Hyde, accused of attempting to murder his relative Russell Hyde Junior on December third, is out on bail of ten thousand dollars [...]

    Bail denied for one of two accused in home burglary
    Despite no objection from prosecutors, Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas denied bail to one of two men accused of a home invasion in Belize City, who were previously denied in [...]

    B.A.A. waits for funding for Caye Caulker airstrip; S.S.B. skeptical
    The Caye Caulker Airstrip project, an initiative that was, to an extent, prompted by Tropic and Maya Island Air’s decision to suspend flights to the island because of a faulty [...]

    Authority wants to get moving to minimize losses
    The delay in commencing work on the Caye Caulker airstrip is having an impact on tourism on the island.  As the fifth most trafficked runway in the country, it is [...]

    New airport in Ambergris will not upstage P.G.I.A.
    Earlier this week, the Government of Belize signed a memorandum of understanding with developer International Airport Alliance Belize Limited to develop and manage a hundred-million U.S. dollar full service international [...]

    NEMO races to help victims of Cayo quarry explosion
    What may have been a rough Christmas for twenty families who suddenly lost or suffered damages to their homes, thanks to the quarry explosion in the Santa Cruz section of [...]

    Top policemen, women and dog honored
    It’s been a while since the Belize Police Department has issued certificates of recognition for high school students who do the right thing.  But while that program may be on [...]

    Tips to stay safe this Christmas
    This Yuletide season, Belizeans are taking to the streets en masse to complete their seasonal shopping ahead of Christmas Day.  While you will be out in the hustle and bustle [...]

    Christmas from Canada; new flight touches down at P.G.I.A.
    A landing as much as five years in the making happened this afternoon at the Philip Goldson International Airport. Canada’s flag-carrier, Air Canada, made the first of its twice-weekly flights [...]

    Keep our manatees safe!
    Safety for the manatees – that is what Sea to Shore Alliance and partners are asking for. The organization, along with the Forestry Department and the Port Authority, hosted the [...]

    City Games takes over Central American Boulevard
    If you don’t have plans for Sunday, the Belize City Council wants to spend the day with you. The Council has teamed up with the Gateway Youth Center, Youth Apprenticeship [...]

    At Central American Games, hit and miss in karate, cycling
    As the Central American Games wind down, Belize has another medal added to its tally while missing out on another in cycling. In karate, Leon Guild secured the bronze medal [...]

    CitCo brings Christmas breakfast to Stella Maris
    The Belize City Council is aiming for Santa’s job this year – they have been giving gifts and treats all across the city for their edition of ‘Twelve Days of [...]

    Leonora Patnett, celebrating 104 years
    Leonora Patnett is one hundred and four years old! The Wagner’s Lane resident celebrated her birthday on Wednesday. Over the years we’ve shared with you Patnett’s century worth of wisdom [...]

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    The Morning Show
    The Morning Show is one of Belize’s longest running Morning Shows on radio and television. The show aims at being fair and open to constructive and just input on issues affecting all sectors of living in Belize. The show is hosted by Ernesto Vasquez, Ava Diaz, Dr. Rene Villanueva Sr. ,Deborah Sewell and Armin Arana …

    Last House Meeting for 2017
    Today the House of Representatives met in Belmopan, but, not to vote on the ninety million dollar UHS debt. That sitting has yet to be called and the Belize Bank Limited is determined to collect what is owed. Courtenay Coye LLP Law firm has written to the Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte, on behalf of the …

    PM reveals the Reason Behind Parke’s Resignation
    Four days ago, Franz Parke resigned from the post of Justice of the Court of Appeal. His resignation came unexpected for many, but for a few in the PUP it was no surprise. A week before the announcement was made, the PUP through its attorneys sent a letter to Solicitor General Nigel Hawke. The letter …

    Is Chief Justice unable to Handle his Case Load?
    Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin was supposed to hand down the ruling in the Gaspar Vega versus Ramon Cervantes case today. This is according to a projected schedule for delivery of outstanding judgments by the Chief Justice published earlier this year. That did not happen, as we have noticed with other judgments scheduled for delivery. As …

    PM on Leader of Opposition buck heads on Oil Moratorium
    At the sitting of the House of Representatives today, the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Bill went through its final reading. The bill seeks to impose a moratorium on oil exploration and other petroleum operations in the maritime zone of Belize. While the bill received bi-partisan support Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Opposition Leader …

    Taiwan continues to Financial support Belize
    A loan motion of forty million US dollars from the Republic of China, Taiwan, was read today at the Sitting of the House of Representatives in Belmopan. The Government of Belize through its bi-lateral program of economic cooperation and development with the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has received an offer of further …

    Mexico to hand over Vildo Westby to Belize
    Reports are that Vildo Westby is in custody of Mexican authorities and is expected to be handed over to law enforcement officers in Belize. Westby is wanted by Police in connection with the murder of 44-year-old Felix Ayuso who was murdered in early February in San Pedro. His body was found with multiple stab wounds. …

    Rasheed Hyde surrenders to Police
    On Thursday the police department issued a wanted poster for 26-year-old Rasheed Hyde. He was being sought by police for the attempt on Russell Hyde Junior’s life on Monday of this week. Today police confirmed that Rasheed Hyde, who is a cousin to Russell Hyde, handed himself into police on Thursday. San Ignacio Police have …

    Family loses Everything in House Fire
    Two years ago a family managed to save their home from being destroyed by fire; unfortunately, this time around the house was completely gutted by fire. The fire broke-out sometime before noon this morning at #3 Allenby Street and now the family is left homeless. Lovenews spoke with the neighbor who witnessed the fire. Neighbour

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    Rocke blocks motion to amend MAA
    Opposition Senator, Eamon Courtenay, today tabled a motion to amend the Maritime Areas Act, to allow for Belize to claim its 12 miles of territorial sea under international law. Courtenay explained that when the Maritime Areas Act (MAA) was passed into law, in the 1990s, Belize did not claim all of its territorial sea. This was done in an effort to reach a negotiated settlement with the Republic of Guatemala, which has maintained a claim over Belizean territory. Courtenay said that in 2008, the Belizean and Guatemalan governments signed the Special Agreement to take the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), if the citizens of both countries vote in referenda to have the ICJ adjudicate on the matter, the result of which would be binding to both countries.

    Dynamite blast in Santa Cruz leaves one dead
    An explosion at a quarry in Santa Cruz (a section of Santa Elena, Cayo) earlier this week has left one man dead, five persons injured, and several homes flattened. The deceased has been officially identified as Canadian national, Ronald Sutherland, 71, who operated Tiger Aggregates Ltd. According to reports, shortly after 5 o’clock on Tuesday evening, Sutherland blasted the hillside of a white marl quarry while mining for material to be used by the Belize Roadway Construction Limited, which had recently been awarded a $7 million contract for a road rehabilitation project in Santa Elena Town. Interestingly, the Belize Roadway Construction Limited had their original mining site in Benque Viejo, but abandoned it to get materials from Santa Cruz. This was done presumably because the material from the Benque quarry was inferior and, additionally, to cut cost.

    SUV crashed and abandoned with 6,328 grams of cocaine at the Northern Border
    The driver of a Lincoln Navigator SUV that crashed into the gate of the Customs cargo area at the Northern Border, at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon, absconded before authorities could catch up with him. Police who searched the vehicle found 6,328 grams of cocaine (almost 14 pounds), hidden in a compartment in the dashboard. Police took charge of the drugs, impounded the vehicle, and are conducting a search for the driver. During a police press brief held this morning at the Racoon Street Police Station, ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation, told us that the Navigator was traveling to Mexico, from Belize. Mexican police scanned the vehicle at the Mexico-Belize border and, detecting something suspicious, they told the driver that they would carry out a secondary inspection on the vehicle.

    Cruel Social Security stopped a 100-year-old woman’s benefits four years ago
    Miss Leah Patnett from Wagner’s Lane celebrated her 104th birthday today. While most people would view reaching 100 years of age as an exceptional milestone worthy of recognition and honor, the Belize Social Security Board (SSB) appears to not share that sentiment. Four years ago, when Miss Leah became 100-years-old, the Belize Social Security Board sent her a letter, in which they explained that the $100 that they had been paying her monthly, would no longer be issued to her. What did Miss Leah do to receive such shabby treatment from the Belize Social Security Board? Nothing! She was only blessed to reach the golden age most people on the planet will never live to attain. Did she deserve to be cut off like that? Isn’t this discrimination against a person based on age?

    Businessman shoots robber
    Three robbers would have probably made a clean getaway if their victim, Dorian Usher, 36, did not open fire, injuring one of them. Sometime around 2 p.m. today, Usher was about to exit his family business, Monica’s Pawn Shop, situated at the corner of Cemetery Road and Elston Kerr Street, when a van pulled up and three men exited, one of them armed with a hand gun. The robbers relieved Usher of his gold chain, and were attempting to rob him of more jewelry, when he pulled out his licensed firearm and fired several shots, one of which hit one of the robbers in his hand.

    NTUCB and PM Barrow agree to hold Commission of Inquiry into UHS loan guarantee
    Following a meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow this morning, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) announced this evening, via a press release, that an agreement has been reached to hold a Commission of Inquiry into the arrangement which led to the provision of a loan guarantee for the Universal Health Services (UHS) facility. The NTUCB announcement that the Prime Minister has given the green light for the Commission of Inquiry comes just one week after a Senate Select Committee wrapped up 13 months of public hearing on the Auditor General’s report on the Immigration Department, for which its report is still pending.

    Verdes FC are the new PLB 2017-2018 Opening Season champions
    Although they lost, 2-1, to Belmopan Bandits SC at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in game 2 of the finals on Saturday night, Verdes FC were still declared champions of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season, by virtue of the “away goal rule,” since they had won game 1 the previous week on their home turf at the Norman Broaster Stadium by a 1-nil score. It was a highly anticipated game 2 for the PLB championship, and the game lived up to expectations, as fans were treated to some real exciting football action, both teams demonstrating the qualities that made them finalists in the competition. From the opening whistle on Saturday, Verdes was on the offensive, and it was only 5 minutes into the game when Bandits keeper Shane Moody Orio had to make a spectacular save, when Gilroy “Bredda”Thurton’s center from the left goal line found the head of Verdes striker Alcides “Paco” Thomas, who re-directed the ball toward goal from the edge of the six-yard box; but somehow Shane “got there” to stop the first serious Verdes attempt.

    Marin 8-Ball Tournament 2017 in Corozal – San Narciso Eagles and Haneen Shattaz in the finals!!!
    The fantastic finals for the Hon. Pablo Marin 8-Ball Tournament in Corozal will be this weekend, and it promises to be extremely exciting. Billiards fans are asked to come out and enjoy the games. On Friday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m., San Narciso Eagles plays at home vs Haneen Shattaz at Eagles Cool Spot in San Narciso Village. This is game one of a best-of-two series for the championship. On Saturday, December 16, at 1:00 p.m., K.C. Shooters will play Rookies for 3rd place at Haneen Shattaz Cool Spot in San Narciso Village. Then, at the same venue, it’s the grand finale at 4:30 p.m. to determine who will be the winner, as Haneen Shattaz plays at home vs San Narciso Eagles.

    PLB Opening Season Awards
    At the end of the PLB Opening Season, which culminated on Saturday, 9 December 2017 with Verdes FC triumphing over Bandits FC in the finals, awards were given out to players who excelled during the tournament. Awards were also given out to coaches, managers, and media. MVP playoffs – Roberto Silva De Lima (Verdes FC) MVP regular season – George Welcome (Bandits SC) Most Goals golden boot – George Welcome (Bandits SC) Best midfielder – Denmark Casey, Jr. (Verdes FC) Best defense – Elroy Smith (Bandits SC) Best goalkeeper – Zeron Sagastume (Verdes FC)

    Bandits win game 2; Verdes win PLB championship on “away-goal rule”
    It was a game “for all the marbles” indeed, as the two top-ranked regular season teams clashed in game 2 of the finals for the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season championship on Saturday night; and when referee Irfan Basdemir blew the long whistle to end regulation play, home standing Belmopan Bandits SC were the 2-1 winners, but Verdes players and fans erupted in celebration, as they were declared champions of the tournament. “Win da win,” and both Verdes and Bandits players and fans knew the “rules of engagement” going into the finals Game 2 on Saturday night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. Verdes had taken game 1 by a 1-nil score on their home field at the Norman Broaster Stadium last week Sunday; and the PLB competition rules dictated that, in case of an aggregate tie in goals at the end of regulation play in game 2, the “away-goal rule” would be in effect.

    Editorial: The wreckage of decolonization
    A few days ago, the murder statistics for the nation-state of Belize stood at 133 murders for 2017 so far, with 81 of these taking place in the Belize District. 81 out of 133 is something like 60 percent, but the population of the Belize District is only about 30 percent of the national population. In fact, the vast majority of the 81 Belize District murders occurred on the Southside of Belize City, which also happens to be the political stronghold of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP). The UDP has been in national power for almost ten years consecutively, but has been unwilling or unable to do anything about the unacceptable socio-economic conditions on the Southside, apart from a couple food handout programs and token attempts at special education upliftment. It is important to note that during the latter part of the heyday of the People’s United Party (PUP), specifically the 1965 and 1969 general elections, the Southside was where, compared to the rest of the country, dissatisfaction with the PUP was being expressed. Hon. Philip Goldson, Leader of the National Independence Party (NIP), won the Albert seat in both those general elections, while the PUP’s C. L. B. Rogers won the Mesopotamia seat for the PUP in both 1965 and 1969.

    From The Publisher
    There is a phenomenon in electoral politics which is called the “swing,” and it excites political analysts in much the same way major hurricanes appear to excite meteorologists. The first significant swing in Belize’s modern electoral politics, which began after World War II, took place in the October 1974 general election, but the first massive swing occurred in the December 1984 general election. The 1974 swing is almost never discussed in Belize, because it was of no real consequence, in the sense that the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) remained in power. But, the 1974 swing was of some consequence, because basically the same Opposition group, which, organized as the NIPDM for the December 1969 general election had then won only one out of the eighteen House seats, came back as the United Democratic Party (UDP) in 1974 and won six of the eighteen seats, while coming within a mere seventeen votes of winning three more seats, which would have thrown the House into a stunning 9-9 deadlock. One of the reasons the 1974 swing is almost never discussed is because the swing had something to do with the UBAD Party, and the UDP leaders have historically always avoided the subject of UBAD.

    Imprisoning Mexican for illegal entry is senseless, says Romel Cuello
    Dear Editor, It gives me great sadness to read in the news that a Mexican national has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for not being able to pay a $1,000.00 fine for entering the country from Botes, Mexico to Santa Cruz, Belize, illegally. Belize and Mexico have a brotherly relationship, and freedom of movement should be one of our main attractions. All of the trade movement goes towards Mexico, so when a few Mexicans wish to come to visit Belize, we should welcome them, not incarcerate them. If this person had criminal intentions when coming to our country, then we should punish him. We do not like when our people are locked up abroad for innocent reasons, especially if we are just offending immigration laws.

    Are we broke yet?
    Dear Editor: Humans are influenced by genetics and environment, and the same can be said about nations. The genetics of Belize is made up by the people who inhabit it and the characteristics of the families, communities and, to some extent, the race and customs that mold them. Countries, however, are also influenced by the geographic location in which they are. In Belize’s case that would be the nations of Latin America, more so than the nations of the Caribbean. It must be noted that the group of nations that make up Latin America have been forged by violence and today still face huge national challenges to secure peace, law and order. An additional modern influence that cannot be underestimated in 2017 is that of social media, and I am pooling television along with that. Social media, which was a key ingredient in the Arab Spring revolts, makes the dissemination of ideas and messages literally at the tip of your finger. Every nation in Latin America and as far as South America has been forged at some point by some type of revolution or mass unrest. These have been created mainly by three things; a quest for independence from some imperial power, a difference in ideology, and the depletion of the middle class. Belize, after only 36 years of independence, is heading in that direction. In other words, our nation is surrounded by those who were created with violence, unrest, revolution and strikes and, like a growing child, we will be influenced by our surroundings.

    Mexico is Belize’s best neighbour
    In 1859, Belize (British Honduras) signed a treaty with Guatemala, establishing our borders to the south and to the west. Guatemala has renounced that treaty because, it says, Belize reneged on an article in the agreement. The British had agreed to construct, “jointly” with Guatemala, a road that would serve the “mutual” interests of the two countries. Guatemala would have had “more” access to the Caribbean/Atlantic for their goods, and British Honduras (Belize) would have access “for the first time” to the Pacific for her goods. It has been argued that Guatemala agreed to the “borders” because it was worried about British expansion in Central America. There are many historical documents that support this argument. It must be noted that the territory in question, land that Guatemala said was legally hers, had never, not at any point in time, been occupied by that country. Notwithstanding these facts, Guatemala has been a thorn in the side of Belize ever since it decided that the British not helping them to build the road, was a breach.

    BELIZEAN STANISLAUS – DECEMBER 17, 2017
    The judgement of the highest court of our nation that we must now discharge a debt with accumulated interest has moved our people to the conviction that something dramatic and meaningful must be done to improve our love of country. What we decide to do must be an expression of caring and loving the whole society of Belize and not just a section or special group within it. It must be an act or deed that shows that our affection cuts across all barriers of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, and politics. It should focus on an ideal, a goal, a public virtue that would practically, morally and spiritually enhance the behavior of our nation and all its people and convert Belize to a state of being more evidently civilized. Our national goal, or ideal, must be one that visibly, obviously affects the daily living of everyone, telling him or her that we care for his wellbeing and that of his family.

    Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin will not conclude backlog of cases by end of legal year
    Belize’s Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, came under the scrutiny of the Belize Bar Association in September, when the Bar passed a resolution calling on him to deliver delayed judgments for 32 cases that he has heard but on which he has not yet issued a ruling. The Bar had threatened to file for his removal from office for misconduct. Shortly after the Bar voted on its resolution, Prime Minister Dean Barrow had announced that two retired judges from the Caribbean would be hired to assist the Chief Justice in writing the delayed judgments. That was a mistake on the part of the Prime Minister, and something that is impractical because, as legal sources pointed out to Amandala, judges cannot write judgments for cases that they have not heard. Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte had confirmed that indeed no judges would be hired to assist the Chief Justice with his backlog.

    Inmate of Belize Central Prison arraigned on 2 counts of unnatural crime
    An inmate of the Belize Central Prison who is serving time for multiple offences, including burglary and damage to property, ran afoul of the law again. Forty-three-year-old Kenroy Cooke appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford in the Magistrate’s Court this morning, to answer to two counts of an unnatural crime and one count of harm, after a fellow prisoner made a report to police last month that he sodomized him twice in the cell they were made to share, which led to charges being brought against Cooke by the police. No plea was taken from Cooke because the offence of an unnatural crime is indictable, and will be heard in the Supreme Court. Since Cooke is a prisoner serving time, the question of bail never arose, and Magistrate Ford adjourned his matter to March 14, 2018.

    BEL meter man case crashes; prosecution failed to provide disclosure after 8 months
    he prosecution case against a man who was charged with the theft of 3,033 Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) meters crashed in the Magistrate’s Court this week, after the prosecution failed to deliver disclosure, eight months after the accused man was first arraigned on the charge. Santiago Padillo, a Burrell Boom resident, appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford yesterday, Wednesday, for the continuation of the theft case against him. Padillo was first arraigned on the charge that he stole 3,033 of BEL’s meters in April and was denied bail when he appeared before the then Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. He pleaded not guilty to the theft of the meters, valued at $170,000.

    Twenty-three-year-old man accused of attempted murder committed to the Supreme Court for trial
    Marcus Garcia, 23, who was charged with the attempted murder of taxi driver Emmeth Baptist, 30, was today committed to stand trial in the April session of the Supreme Court by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford after a preliminary inquiry. Garcia is also charged with robbery, wounding, and use of deadly means of harm. Garcia had objected to the case being sent up to the Supreme Court because he said that after he read his disclosure he was of the opinion that it was a fabrication. The prosecutor responded by submitting that there is nothing to support Garcia’s claim of fabrication because there was no previous matter of contention between Garcia and Baptist to suggest that Baptist had reason to make up the story.

    The Reporter

    Post mortem results prompts homicide investigation in San Ignacio
    San Ignacio police have launched a murder investigatin after a post-mortem examination on Israel Chuc’s body revealed he had been strangled to death. Chuch, 34, was found lying on the side of a road by police in that San Ignacio early on Sunday morning. On Tuesday, the […]

    Three-year-old dies in accident, father to be served with NIP
    A three-year-old baby boy, Darren Jose Sanchez, died in a road traffic accident on the Southern Highway near Bladen village, Toledo district early on Tuesday morning. Police say a notice of intended prosecution will be issued against his father, 34-year-old Jose Oscar Sanchez Jr., while a file […]

    No leads in Buca Shell gas station murder
    Belize City police are trying to identify two suspects by examining surveillance footage from the Buca Shell gas station at mile 2 1/2 on the Philip Goldson highway where an unarmed security guard was killed early on Saturday morning. While the surveillance cameras captured the two men […]

    Businesswoman robbed inside her King’s Park home
    A businesswoman living in the King’s Park area was robbed inside her home by two males who gained entry on December 6th. Police escorted both suspects and a teen to court on December 11, 2017 to be charged. Luquan Flowers, 18 and 33-year-old Leon Ware/Blease were charged […]

    Accused meter thief walks free
    by Anita Nembhard/Flowers Santiago Padillo, the man trusted by Belize Electricity Limited to safe-guard meters, stole them, causing the company to accuse him of theft. Padilla, a Burrell Boom resident appeared in court 2 this morning before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford for an adjournment in the case. In court the […]

    Million dollar airport coming to San Pedro
    The residents of San Pedro can expect a new full-service international airport coming to the island, after the Government of Belize signed a signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with International Airport Alliance Belize Limited this week. The MOU, which establishes the general framework that guides the […]

    Belize’s first Hilton opens for business
    The long-awaited Mahogany Bay Resort and Beach Club – Hilton’s first property in Belize – is now open for business in Ambergris Caye, some two miles from San Pedro. The high-end hotel, which includes 5-cottage and villa-style rooms, sits on a 60-acre waterfront site with […]

    Police warn against toy guns for Christmas gifts
    The Belize Police Department, citing a potential public safety risk, is calling on parents to reconsider buying toy guns for their children this Christmas. During the police/media briefing this week, Senior Superintendent of Police, Bart Jones, explained that there is an increasing concern about persons, particularly youths, […]

    Tribute to Rangers, Our Local Heroes!
    by Lee, Wildlife Conservation Society When was the last time you said “thank you” to a ranger? We know them as fisheries officers, forest officers, park guards or wardens. They work for governments, NGO’s and community groups, often for little reward and/or recognition, risking their lives to protect our wildlife […]

    Civil society in favor of paying UHS debt
    The Government of Belize is facing mounting pressure to pay the $90 million owed to the Belize Bank over the Universal Health Services (UHS) guarantee, as the Belize Network of Non-Governmental Organizations has called on GOB to pay up. The BNN issued a release last Thursday pointing […]

    Belize gets $10 million IDB loan to fight climate change
    Over 103,000 people are expected to directly benefit from a new $20 million project between the Government of Belize and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) aimed at battling the effects of climate change The IDB announced this week that it is giving Belize a loan of US […]

    Belize’s Foreign Minister meets with new Guatemalan counterpart
    Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales has named Sandra Jovel as his country’s new Foreign Minister. She took part in her first bilateral meeting with Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington and OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro in Panama this week. The two foreign ministers were attending the […]

    Reforming the system to prevent $90 million repeat
    In last week’s Business Perspective we engaged in a discussion on the Rule of Law, and how it factors into the current discourse regarding the $90 million that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ordered the Government of Belize (GoB) to pay the Belize Bank Limited (“The Bank”). Naturally, […]

    A $90 million lesson Part I
    The November 22nd decision by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has, yet again, sent Belizeans into an emotional, political and economic tailspin. An order to a cash-strapped economy to pay $ 90 million certainly would have that sort of effect, especially when one considers that the People of Belize […]

    Exploitation: Who’s to Blame? 2
    By Neri Briceno Lost litigations as a result of the nationalization of Belize Telemedia and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the then United Health Services, places the nation is in crisis. The status quo will only destroy a nation that is relatively young in the international community. Belizeans are of the […]

    Editorial
    The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry is seriously delusional when it suggests that the Government of Belize can raise $90 million to honour a judgement of the Caribbean Court of Justice to pay the Belize Bank by simply plugging leaks in the tax system. Government’s chief vehicles of taxation […]

    Inmate accused of sodomy
    Kenroy Cooke, the inmate accused of savagely raping his cellmate not once but twice in November, was arraigned in court this week after the victim and his father spoke out publicly, clamoring for justice. Cooke, a criminal known to have served time for burglary, theft, […]

    Company responsible for Santa Cruz explosion had no permits
    The Reporter has been able to confirm, through sources in the Ministry of Natural Resources, that Tiger Aggregates, the company responsible for the massive explosion in Santa Cruz village, Santa Elena on Tuesday evening, did not have the requisite permit or license to mine. Sources […]

    $33 million and 2 years later – Civic Centre complete!
    The long-awaited multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art Belize City Civic Centre is complete, minus a few finishing touches. After 24 months of construction and a $32.9 million investment from PetroCaribe funds, the facility was open for tours this week, awaiting new contract bids from private entities for […]

    Thief shot by robbed business owner
    A robber turned into a gunshot victim when he and two others tried to rob a business man at Monica’s Pawn on Thursday. Reports are that three men entered the establishment, located at #128 Cemetery Road on Thursday afternoon and demanded that the businessman hand […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Air Canada flights to Belize commence today
    Today, Air Canada had its first flight from Canada to Belize. The new route was […]

    San Pedro airport developer is convicted fraudster, court documents show
    Jorge Abraham Jaen, the businessman who the government of Belize signed a memorandum of understanding […]

    Tropic Air unveils TropicMiles frequent flyer program
    Tropic Air has unveiled its new frequent flyer program, TropicMiles, which will officially launch on […]

    Zabaneh family to sue Fyffes
    Meridian Enterprises, the company owned by the mother of former banana farming giant, John Zabaneh, […]

    NEMO assists victims of Cayo quarry explosion
    Personnel from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) have been on the ground assessing the […]

    Police investigating unlawful sex
    On Wednesday, around 3:00 p.m. a 32 year old Belizean housekeeper of San Ignacio reported […]

    Orange Walk man killed
    This morning around 4:30, police responded to a report of a shooting incident on Belize Corozal […]

    Did Tiger Aggregates have license for Santa Cruz explosion?
    Tiger Aggregates, the company that set off the deadly Santa Cruz explosion which resulted in […]

    Belize and Guatemala hold bilateral meeting in Panama
    Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington; the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Sandra Jovel and the Secretary-General of the […]

    Renewal of Fisherfolk Licenses 2018
    Commercial Fisherfolk License Renewal The Belize Fisheries Department yesterday informed that it will commence the […]

    Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities launches Bulb Exchange Program
    The Energy Unit within the Ministry of the Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities in […]

    PSU slams Auditor General
    The Public Service Union (PSU), in a statement released yesterday, took aim at the Auditor […]

    Social Security disapproved loan for Caye Caulker airstrip
    According to a report from 7News, the Social Security Board (SSB) did not approve a […]

    Blogs

    Question Answered: Where is the Mahogany Bay Beach Club?
    Early in the week, I wrote about the opening of what will be the largest resort on Ambergris Caye. The full name is Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton. A mouthful, I know. But where is the Beach Club? The townlet is set on a lagoon and there are canals made for boat traffic but I wanted to step foot on this spot where Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue was just shooting. Last Friday, a GORGEOUS day, I was invited to the Mahogany Bay Beach Club. I met a visiting couple and the head of sales at MBV. Here is an image from Google Earth of San Pedro town and the surrounding area. You can see the reef on the right running along the island and then I labeled The Bridge, San Pedrito, Cayo Espanto, MBVillage (you can see many of the canals in the area) and the Beach Club. Hopefully this provides some clarity. For those who know the area, Secret Beach is a few miles north (up) from the beach club.

    The Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro, located in Belize’s Placencia
    It’s a very sweet journey to Belize. The Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro, located on Belize’s Placencia Peninsula, is offering an immersive package that allows travelers to interact with local Mayan families and learn first hand how they’ve lived off the land in the “cradle of chocolate.” Guests experience a culinary learning education as they enjoy a tour of a local organic chocolate farm, taking in the cacao trees, meeting the family that works the land and tasting the chocolate itself. In addition, guests can explore a spice farm, and get a first-hand look at where black pepper and vanilla is grown, while tasting their way through acres of locally-grown fruit trees.

    Belize to held its Internet conference in 2018
    Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum, known as CarPIF, on June 6 and 7, 2018. The 2018 meeting is expected to be the largest to date, according to organizer Bevil Wooding, an Internet strategist with Packet Clearing House and executive director of the Caribbean Network Operators Group. He described the annual event as “a truly unique opportunity for players in the Caribbean’s Internet community to connect with peers and industry colleagues.” CarPIF is an initiative of the Internet Society, Packet Clearing House and the Caribbean Network Operators Group. Since its inception in 2015, the forum has brought together regional and international technology experts and telecommunications industry execs to discuss a range of topics related to Internet peering and interconnection trends, and their relevance to the Caribbean region.

    Stayover visitors to Belize totaled 319,119
    Belize is continuing to show seriously strong growth in its tourism sector so far in 2017, according to the latest data from the country’s tourist board. Stayover visitors to Belize totaled 319,119 through the end of September, an 8.6 percent increase that’s among the fastest growth rates in the Caribbean. That follows a boom in 2016 that saw Belize post a 13 percent increase in stayover arrivals over 2015.

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize signs MoU to develop $100m airport in Ambergris Caye
    The Government of Belize and International Airport Alliance Belize have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop an international airport in Ambergris Caye. Set to be named the Efrain Guerrero International Airport, it will be Belize’s second international airport. During the one-year period of the MoU, International Airport Alliance Belize will finalise logistics in terms of land, finances and environmental assessments. The scope of the proposed project includes a terminal building, a runway, a taxiway and an apron. Once operational, the airport is expected to create approximately 181 jobs. As well as providing long-term socio-economic benefits to Belize, the airport is expected to boost direct tourism arrivals to San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye.

    Murray State’s education abroad program in Belize celebrates 10th anniversary
    In 2017, the College of Education and Human Services at Murray State University celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Belize International Teaching Experience, a three-week education abroad program that allows students to broaden their worldviews by spending a portion of their student-teaching requirement in Belizean schools. “It’s an opportunity to see a part of Central America that is challenged economically yet recognizes the value of its youth,” said Dr. David Whaley, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “Our student teachers get to experience this firsthand by living it 24/7 for three weeks.”

    Your next wildlife vacation should be in Central America
    Turtle Inn: Japanese baths and hand-carved Balinese doors add a touch of luxury to the 25 thatch-roofed cottages and villas that sit on a white-sand beach. Jump into the warm, clear waters that house the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and spot multicoloured fish and spectacular coral gardens that look like entire cities.(Visit between late March and June to swim with graceful whale sharks.) If you’d rather stay dry, opt for a boat cruise in search of the shy West Indian manatee or hike in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jaguar Preserve. And spend a night or two on Coral Caye, Turtle Inn’s private island, where you can channel Robinson Crusoe. (Website; doubles from BZ$640 or Rs20,600)

    Videos

  • Top O The World Belize, 1/2min. Panorama of the Maya Mountains and Caribbean Sea from Alta Vista, Belize

  • The Belize Road Safety Initiative, 34min.

  • Bezkresne, dzikie gbiny - Wybrzee Belize, 46min.

  • Cyril Thomas Briceno AKA Tom (Papas) passes away, 2.5min.

  • Belikin Christmas Cooking Treat, 41min.

  • Standard 1 class Jingle Bell dance on Caye Caulker, 1.5min. if ya’ll know Kieran he is not a camera & performer person!! This kid totally surprised me! La Isla Carinosa Academy

  • Vijji Discovery Scuba Lesson - Belize, 3.5min. Vijji's Discovery Scuba Lesson in the shallow waters of Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize - December 3rd, 2017.

  • Scuba Diving in Belize, 4min. I enjoyed a great time scuba diving in Belize and was glad to see the coral.

  • ORANGE WALK RECORDS ITS NINTH MURDER AS A 35 YEAR OLD IS SHOT TO DEATH, 7.5min. We are only a few weeks away from the end of 2017, and today the Orange Walk District recorded its ninth murder for the year after thirty-five-year-old Jamie Pelayo better known as “Doggy” was shot and killed as he socialized at a popular Pub in the early hours of this morning. Police have one person detained in connection with this latest murder. The individual who we understand is a known affiliate of Pelayo, is expected to be charged sometime tomorrow.

  • Dian Songs was today's musical guest, 19min.

  • Grace & You Rum Popo (features El Dorado White Rum), 22min.

  • A Krismus Tale. The Precision 'n' Style Dance Group, 24min.

  • Remembering The Legends, 4.5min.

  • Belize Now | December 15, 2017, 27min. In tonight’s headlines: We take a look inside the brand new Belize City Civic Center, The twin towns get a new town hall, and an MOU is signed for a new international airport. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now.

  • Mervin Budram's The Little Drummer Boy, 6min. Mervin Budram's version of the Little Drummer Boy will quickly become your favorite. It's his Christmas Garifuna version, and it's beautiful. You can order it on itunes. "I teared up performing 'Little Drummer Boy' at the Belizean Christmas Concert. This song is real to me!"

  • James & Kristin Belize Beach Wedding Film, 12min. by Jose Luis Zapata

  • BELIZE 2017, 3.5min.

  • Belize 2017, 7.5min. The Marks' visit the Kestner's 2017!

  • Danny Michel ~ Ocean Academy, Belize 2017 Gala update, 11.5min. Danny Michel visits the Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker, Belize to film an update, help out with the Christmas gala & meet some new students.

  • Blacktip's at Half Moon Caye Belize Pt 1, 26min. Young Blacktip's. Beginning is slow, skip to 9:40 then they come, and keep coming.

  • Blacktip's at Half Moon Caye Belize Pt 2, 19min.

  • BELIZE: First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow speaks on genesis of SCLAN and UNFPA partnership, 3.5min. First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow speaks of the UNFPA partnership and shares the genesis of the Spouses of the CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) and the focus on four main areas: GBV, HIV/Aids, Adolescent pregnancy and Cevical cancer. She was addressing a UNFPA Caribbean media team on the 12th of December 2017 at her office in Belize City. The team was led by Advocacy & Communications Consultant, Vilma Gregory.

  • From Rockford to Orange Walk, Belize - HSM (2017), 3.5min. A quick overview of Harvest Rockford's student mission trip to Orange Walk, Belize.

  • Belize Fun Day, 2min. At the end of our mission trip to Belize, some of us chose to go scuba diving and snorkeling with the sharks! Was an unforgettable experience!!

  • Babymoon to Belize in 2012 - Coco Plum, Black Orchid Resort, exploring !, 4.5min. Kristin and I decided to get away to spend time picking a name for our daughter. We ended up in Belize because it wasn't that far of a flight, but in due fashion we decided to put her pregnant self on a really bumpy boat just to get to our accommodations. We had fun kayaking and checking out some uninhabited islands in the area. Later we stayed at a jungle lodge and spent some time exploring little rivers and looking for monkeys in the jungle. We stayed at the Coco Plum Resort and the Black Orchid Resort and I'd recommend both for a good value.

  • Belize Eco Friendly Beach Resort - Xanadu Island Resort, 2min. Take a virtual tour of our Belize eco-friendly beach resort located in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Xanadu is the first and only monolithic dome resort in the world!

  • Christmas in Town Live from San Ignacio, 3hr.

    December 15, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Foreva Fancy Showcases the Latest Trends at Christmas Fashion Show
    The Foreva Fancy Fashion Boutique held its annual Christmas Fashion Show on Sunday, December 10th at the Central Park. Spectators gathered to view the spectacular fashions on display as models strutted the runway. At 10PM, host for the night, Philip Ramsey welcomed everyone to the event and thank them for their continued support. The Christmas fashion show began with the first segment, titled “Victoria Secret”, which was inspired by the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. Models showcased the boutique’s latest clothing, while adorned with angel wings. In the second segment, the runway turned “Colorful” with the models displaying vibrant clothing such as jumpsuits, evening gowns, floral dresses and trendy items that are available at the boutique.

    Belize’s Rowan Garel wins Caribbean Adventure Ambassador 2017 Award
    On, Tuesday, December 5th, the Caribbean Tourism Organization announced Belize’s Rowan Garel as the winner of the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador 2017 Award. He came out victorious after receiving the majority votes tallying 1,975 over his other four competitors which included: Jake Kelsick from Antigua & Barbuda (1,471 votes), Jeremie Tronte from St. Vincent & Grenadines (896 votes), Courtenay Bushman Rooks from Trinidad & Tobago (542 votes), and Mario Rigby from Turks & Caicos Islands (387 votes).

    Tropic Air to launch Tropic Miles Program
    Tropic Air will be launching its first Frequent Flyer Program (Tropic Miles) on January 1, 2018. The reward program enables customers to earn valuable miles from all future travels with Tropic Air. Miles can be earned on every flight based on the monetary value of each ticket, and can then be redeemed for free travel. The program’s primary target market is local Belizean travelers; residents and business people. However, it will be available to vacation travelers as well, especially repeat visitors.

    MarAlliance Debuts New Kids Marine Club
    The non-profit conservation organization MarAlliance has introduced a new and fun club designed for students who are passionate about the marine environment. The recently created club, which was founded by San Pedrana Cynthia Xiu, is made up of senior students from several of the island primary schools. The MarAlliance Lil’ Mako’s Marine Club aims to teach its members about the balance of the marine ecosystem, how to care for it and identify the species that live in it. Xiu told The San Pedro Sun that the initiative to form the club had been lingering in her mind for quite some time. “Growing up on the island I learned to love the sea and noticed that not all children are into sports, but like environmental activities such as being out at sea,” she said. “Since announcing the creation of the club, we now count with 12 students that are excited and committed to the group. We also hope this number can increase to at least 20 members in the future.”

    San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament Kicks Off
    The San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament regular season commenced this past weekend on Sunday, December 10th at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. The tournament is seeing the participation of five teams aiming to win the championship. The current standings have SPHS and Quality Reef with one win. While RCGO, Xtreme, and Rusties have yet to make it on the chart. Games continue this weekend on Sunday, December 17th, starting at 9:30AM, with RCGO taking on SPHS, followed by Xtreme going against Rusties at 11:30AM. Softball enthusiast and islanders are invited to come out and enjoy a softball day.

    Ambergris Today

    Nominations Open for San Pedro Person of the Year 2017
    It's that time of year the again! We need your help choosing Ambergris Today's Person of the Year. Do you know someone on Ambergris Caye who has gone out of his or her way to contribute to our community? Let us know by filling out this form.

    New Study To Reconstruct Tropical Cyclone History Of Belize
    The University of Belize through the Natural Resource Management Program from the Faculty of Science and Technology will collaborate with Auburn University, Alabama USA, in a study to reconstruct the precipitation and tropical cyclone history of Belize. This will be done by obtaining stalagmite oxygen isotope ratio (?18O) records. These records offer a unique opportunity to reconstruct the long-term history of precipitation variability and tropical cyclone (TC) activity in Belize, extending beyond the instrumental record and over glacial to interglacial time scales. Belize represents an ideal location within the Caribbean for investigating the history of TCs and precipitation variability affecting the western tropical Atlantic. In the 152-year period from 1864 to 2016, Belize was hit by over 61 TCs. Belize, furthermore, has extensive cave systems with hundreds of potentially suitable stalagmite specimens for paleoclimate research.

    Ministry Of Health Notes Increase In Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Cases
    The Ministry of Health informs the public that over the past few weeks there has been an increase in cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI). The Ministry has been informed by officials from Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA) that they are seeing this increase at that hospital.

    Island Academy Dazzles With Christmas Pageant 2017
    A talking magical juke box takes the students of The Island Academy on musical history of Christmas Music. With song, dance and music the students of The Island Academy once again put on a spectabular Christmas Pageant that this year was open to the public. Music from the ages filled the air and Christmas cheer was spread to all who attended. Here's a look at The Island Academy's Christmas Pageant 2017:

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Island Takeover Weekend
    r Dec 15th - Daddyrock nightclub San Pedro. Dec 16th - Westbay Beach club Caye Caulker. Dec 17th - Anchorage Beach party Caye Caulker.

    Caye Caulker: Available for adoption: super sweet pup!
    Lucky is about 6 months old and looking for his family. He’s pretty mellow for a puppy, though he loves to play and wrestle with other dogs. He's extremely gentle and cuddly and would be happiest being right in the mix with a family so he should go to a home where he can live indoors. He loves other dogs and is protective but not human aggressive. He's not cat tested but can be if needed. He doesn’t seem to have a strong prey drive because lizards don’t interest him.

    Marisol Melhado passes away
    It is with a heavy heart and tears that I share the news of our dear Lions Sister and a dear friend to San Pedro - Past Zone Chair of Belize Lions District B-57 and past Belize City Lion Club President Marisol Melhado. She died last night . I only have fun memories of Marisol as a Lion member. We danced, hugged each other, pick food out of each other’s plate and quarrel over heated Lions stuff - but always made up back after the debates. And the sudden calls I would do at her work place as a pharmacist at KHMH... Her comments - Jorgito what you want with me now... I would just randomly called to check on my friend. This hits home... gone so unexpectedly... God! RIP Marisol, RIP my dear friend!

    Last Day of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation's Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP) training
    In Corozal Town on Business Development, Marketing and Branding facilitated by the Small Business Development Centre, Beltraide.

    St. Francis Xavier Primary School Christmas performance
    Corozal - It was very cheerful last night as the St. Francis Xavier Primary School students delighted their parents, guardians, teachers and faculty to a dozen Christmas performances. These kids never disappoint and every year they keep getting better and smarter. On behalf of this news shack, we extend a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the students, parents and faculty of our St. Francis Xavier Primary School. One Love to All.

    BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Dec. 4th - Dec. 10th, 2017
    We had a great week of permit fishing with eight being landed in a single day. Mark caught a twenty five pound permit on his way to his Grand Slam. Bill caught two and Paul caught three during their stay. Collin also had a great day and landed three in a single day.

    U.S.-grantee Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) holds job training in Punta Gorda!
    On December 8th, TIDE graduated 19 individuals from its Food & Beverage training course and 24 from its Bartending course. Since 2016, a total of 193 youths have graduated from various skill development courses offered in Punta Gorda as part of a collaborative effort between TIDE and the Department of Youth Services (DYS) with funding provided by the U.S. Embassy, Belmopan. Look out for upcoming trainings that will be offered by TIDE within the next couple of months. Kudos to TIDE, DYS and the new trainees as they continue their journey.

    A construction team at work on Cerro Maya development

    A construction team at work on Santa Rita development ...

    New HGTV garden in San Pedro
    Stop by and see the new HGTV garden makeover at the Artisans Market on Back St. across from the old football field.

    Dog & Cat food stolen from SAGA, please help!
    As many of you know we had a break in and our dog and cat food was stolen :( we now find ourselves very low in supplies and are worried for our resident dogs and cats.We are almost out of dog and cat food:( Dogs like zeke who is pictured in this post rely on us to give them the best nutrition we can as many of our residents come to us emaciated and many have mange and other skin ailments.Our little charges won't get fancy treats or toys for the holidays.....so their daily meals that we provide are everything to them. can you please help us to stock up so their little bellies will be full this holiday season? All donations are tax deductible. please donate a little something if you can and please share for help.Our potlickers and kitty potlickers want you to know how very grateful they are for each and every one of you. without you, they would be in the same horrid situation they were in before they came to us...out on the streets, fending for themselves snores and meows and many kisses

    Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities Launches Bulb Exchange Program
    The Energy Unit within the Ministry of the Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities in collaboration with the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) is launching Phase 3 of its Energy Efficiency Awareness Project. This project entails the exchange of energy-inefficient lights, such as incandescent and fluorescent bulbs and tubes, with energy-efficient LED bulbs and tubes. The project seeks to target the indigent families in Dangriga Town and Hope Creek and Sarawee Villages. These persons include all those social rate customers of the Belize Electricity Limited. Persons must bring their electricity bill, dating no later than 6 months, along with their bulbs and tubes for exchange, to the distribution locations at the Belize Water Services and Havana Pharmacy in Dangriga. The project is scheduled to commence on Monday, December 18th and will end on Friday, December 22nd. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday.

    Meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA)
    The Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington led a delegation to the L Meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA) held in Panama. The Heads of State and Government welcomed the continued institutional strengthening of SICA and applauded the work in advancing a Regional Priority Strategic Plan for the various organs and institutions of the system, the development of a Regional Protocol for the Swift and Safe Movement of Persons for Large Scale Events within the Region, a Regional Policy on Logistics and Movement, which will allow for efficient and faster transfer of goods within the region and a revised Central American Policy for the Management of Natural Disasters.

    Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala Hold Bilateral Meeting in Panama
    Foreign Minister Hon. Wilfred Elrington, the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Sandra Jovel and the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro met in Panama on December 13th in the margins of the L Meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA). In this first bilateral meeting since Minister Jovel took office, both Ministers took the opportunity to reiterate commitments made under the Special Agreement of 2008 on the possibility of going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and appraised each other on their preparations for a referendum and the promotion of public awareness on the subject.

    MOBILE PET CLINIC ON SATURDAY ON CAYE CAULKER!
    In order to accommodate residents south of the airport we will be parked there from 8:45 to 9. Come by to get flea and tick prevention or have something looked at. People south of the airstrip only, please! We will be moving north from Bahia.

    Don’t mess with Monica’s unless you want to get shot
    On the 14.12.2017 police responded to a robbery at the corner of Cemetery Road and Elston Kerr Street. Upon arrival, Dorian Usher reported that about 2:30 p.m. while exiting Monica's Pawn Shop three persons entered the establishment and held him up with a firearm and stole assorted Jewelry. Usher pulled out his licensed firearm and fired shot at the culprits hitting one of them to the arm. One person is hospitalized and police are investigating.

    San Ignacio and Santa Elena new Town Hall
    Heartfelt congratulations to all the residents and authorities of San Ignacio and Santa Elena on the new Town Hall and the House of Culture. We were honored to share this special day with you!

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    Flatliners, It, Ninjago, The Mountain Between Us

    Channel 7

    Man Hunt For Suspected Cocaine Smuggler
    Police are looking for the Lincoln Navigator driver who crashed into a gate at the Belize customs area yesterday afternoon. As we told you, the driver sped out of the Mexican customs area because the x-ray showed something unusual in the cab of the vehicle. As soon as the Mexicans told the driver that his vehicle was selected for a secondary search, he raced over to the Belize side. The driver bolted into the nearby bushes after he crashed into the gate. Now, the something 'unusual' in the vehicle was cocaine - 13 pounds of it. Today police didn't have much details relating to this case but they told us they are searching for the runaway driver.

    Belize Authorities Discuss Deadly Cayo Quarry Blast
    A team has been on the ground assessing the damage in the Santa Cruz area of Santa Elena - this is after Tuesday evening's massive quarry blast. The explosion killed Tiger Aggregates Ltd owner Ronald Sutherland, injured 5 persons and wrecked homes and vehicles. At this point, Belize Road Construction Ltd - who contracted Tiger Aggregates to do the blast, is focused on getting the residents back in the comfort of their homes before Christmas. But there are still many questions as to who granted the company permission to blast in this residential area. Well, very important to note, Inspector of Mines from the Mining Unit, Michelle Alvarez says the unit did not grant any license to blast in this area.

    No Answers Yet In Israel Chuc's Murder
    The family of Israel Chuc is desperate for answers after Chuc was killed and thrown in the Branch Mouth area. Police found his body on Sunday morning. Well, at this point police don't have any answers for the family, just that they are investigating the matter. ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "The police is seeking one person for questioning in regards to this incident." Reporter: "There are reports that there was an attempt on his life before, about two months ago. Do you have information on that?" ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "None. The police is following up on certain information which was gotten in regards to this investigation."

    Police Still Looking For Suspects In Gas Station Murder
    The Buca Shell Gas Station surveillance footage hasn't really helped police in solving the Baltazar Sarmiento murder case. He was the 61 year old security guard who was shot to the head while on duty at the gas station. The incident happened early Sunday morning. Today police told us more. Reporter: "Baltazar Sarmiento, the security guard from the Buca Shell Gas Station, any update on that?" ACP Joseph Myvette, NCIB: "That investigation remains ongoing."

    Suspected Robber Shot In Front Of Monica's Pawnshop
    Tonight, Belize City police are guarding this man, who's name we cannot release as yet, while he is receiving medical treatment at the KHMH. It is believed that he and 3 others tried to rob Monica's Pawn Shop, which is located at the corner of Cemetery Road and Elston Kerr Street. We've just managed to get in touch with relatives of Gilroy Usher Sr., who owns the business place. And here's what they told us about the incident. At around 2:30 this afternoon, Usher's daughter and another employee were inside conducting normal business operations. Another of Usher's son's showed up to the pawnshop, and he was talking to the ladies when he saw 4 men approaching. One of them had on a hat and another a hood.

    FM Elrington Met His New Guatemalan Counterpart
    Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington has participated in the first bilateral talks with the New Guatemalan Foreign Minister. Viewers will remember that at the end of August, Almost 4 months ago, we told you how Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales fired his former foreign Minister, Carlos Raul Morales. That happened after Carlos Raul Morales refused to follow his order to kick the foreign head of the CICIG out of the country. You are aware that CICIG is the UN backed anti-corruption body which led the investigation into the former President, Otto Perez Molina, and his Vice President, Roxanna Baldetti landing them both in jail, where they remain while awaiting criminal trial.

    SSB Didn't Approve A Loan For Caye Caulker Airstrip
    The Social Security Board has not approved a loan for the urgent repair of the Caye Caulker Airstrip. Chairman Douglas Singh today confirmed that a loan for a little more than 3 million dollars was recommended by the Investment Committee, but was declined by the Board of Directors. He says the board issued a carefully worded response suggesting that - if certain conditions are met - Belize Airports Authority could re-submit the application - for a third time. The loan application started at 7 million dollars - which was rejected by the Investment Committee. The project has now been pared down to half that and the relevant Minister and Are Rep says he hopes work can finish by Easter.

    An Spike in Respiratory Infections?
    Right now, it's flu season, and both the Ministry of Health and the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has noticed that there has been an increase in the number of cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI). Tracking it, the medical professionals at KHMH say that children currently make up 70 percent of the patients afflicted by such respiratory infections. They've partnered with the Ministry of Health to investigate the increase, and they are awaiting laboratory results to assist them in establishing the specific type of virus that has been spreading about. This morning, we got a chance to speak with the Ministry of Health's Head of Epidemiology via phone about the spike, and what it means for public health. Here's what he told us:

    Meridian Enterprises Will Sue Fyffes
    You may remember the name Meridian Enterprises - that's the company which took over Maya King's banana farms after owner John Zabaneh was commercially blacklisted by a Kingpin designation. Meridian was a management company run by Zabaneh's mother - so that the Kingpin designation would not affect Maya King farms, Belize's largest banana producer at the time. Well, that was going along well enough until an October 2015 7News article quoted Zabaneh speaking on behalf of Meridian. After that, Fyffes - which is an Irish company - immediately cut all ties with Meridian - because of the Kingpin taint.

    A few Christmas Safety Tips From Police
    The last thing you want to hear for the Christmas is a lecture on safety tips. Besides, all people care about is celebrating with family and friends and eating turkey and black cake. But the police warn not to get too caught up in the merriment. Today the police outlined some safety tips that many people might take for granted. Sr. Supt. Bart Jones, Police PR: "Police across the country have start their anti-crime efforts. That's means there will be more boots on the ground across the country particularly in the major towns and the two cities. As well we want to send out some preventative tips. We know that at this time many persons would be shopping or looking to do their shopping, so when you go out there to the stores we implore on person, although there are police officers out there, you go to the stores don't be taking out large bundles of cash, because you never know who will be watching. If you go to the ATMs ensure that you check your surroundings, particularly when exiting the ATMs, because we believe that criminals takes the opportunity to for the weak vulnerable victims."

    A Lesson In Energy Efficiency For Dangriga & Surrounding Communities.
    The Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities is reporting that they are teaming up with the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) to launch phase 3 of its energy efficiency Awareness Project. The idea behind the project is to get Belizeans thinking about energy efficiency, and so they've launched a light bulb drive. The way it will work is that they will be providing poor families living in Dangriga Town, and the villages of Hope Creek and Sarawee, with new light bulbs to replace their old ones. So, those old incandescent and fluorescent bulbs and tubes that are in use will be changed out for energy efficient LED light bulbs and tubes.

    HELPAGE Gives A Little Christmas Cheer
    Today HelpAge granted the first Caregivers award to 89 year old Gwendolyn Sanchez. She has been a caregiver for about 60 years, taking care of her 6 kids - 3 of them with special needs. We dropped by her house on Benbo Street to capture the award ceremony. Sanchez is 89 years old and is still taking care of one of her daughters with special needs.

    Leonora Is Now 104!
    Every year around this time, we usually stop by to join in the celebration of the birthday of the Belize City resident, Leonora Patnett. And yesterday, she turned 104. Now, from our perspective, as she celebrates these new milestones, she somehow manages to maintain the same vitality she's had, as though the passage of time has very little effect on her. This evening, just before her birthday party, she spoke with us about what she considers her blessing to still be around to watch her great grand children grow up. Here's our conversation with this remarkable woman:

    Channel 5

    Explosive Expert Says Quarry Blast Result of Human Error or Negligence
    Within forty-eight hours of a deadly explosion at a quarry at the Santa Cruz Layout, Santa Elena, Cayo District, experts have put together a preliminary assessment of what possible went [...]

    Residents Begin Picking Up the Pieces
    While details are being provided as to what may have caused the deadly explosion at the quarry in Santa Elena, residents in the nearby area are attempting to get back [...]

    Cross-Border Cocaine Chaos: one Sought for Questioning after Parcels Found in Crashed SUV
    Local authorities are trying to locate the driver of a full-size luxury SUV which was abandoned on Wednesday evening at the northern border with Mexico.  Corozal police were summoned to [...]

    No Cover-Up of Prison Rape, C.E.O. Claims
    We’ve been reporting on a case of alleged sodomy inside the Belize Central Prison. An inmate, who is now out on bail, claims he was sodomized twice last month while [...]

    Guard is Terminated, Prison Policies Outlined
    What about claims that the guard on duty ignored the plea for help after the first incident happened?  We asked him if there was negligence on the part of the [...]

    Murderers of Baltazar Sarmiento Remain At Large
    Baltazar Sarmiento, an elderly watchman, was killed at his place of work last Saturday by a pair of thieves who broke onto the Buca Shell compound on the Phillip Goldson [...]

    Attempted Robbery at Monica’s Pawn Shop
    A pawn shop manager had to employ his licensed weapon to defend himself against a robbery of his establishment today. Tonight, one of the three men who tried to rob [...]

    P.S.U. Comes Out Swinging Against ‘Dastardly’ Auditor General
    The Public Service Union has come out strongly against Auditor General Dorothy Bradley and what it calls her “dastardly administrative practices.” On Friday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that he [...]

    Plumbing at Civic ‘Most Engineered’
    The spanking new Belize City Center is yet to officially open its doors to the Belizean public.  Amid controversy over the cost of the colossal structure is its plumbing.  Over [...]

    Warning Over Rise in Respiratory Infections
    The Ministry of Health says that its epidemiology unit is carrying out an investigation into a reported increase of severe acute respiratory infections cases at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. [...]

    A Review of the B.T.L. and U.H.S. Saga
    2017 has been a case of the chickens coming home to roost for the Barrow government in two particular cases. In the span of two weeks in November, the Caribbean [...]

    Coalition Applauds Moratorium Passage
    The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage is leading the congratulations for the National Assembly, whose members have adopted the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Bill 2017. It now [...]

    Coalition Says New Law Impervious to Court Challenge
    As noted on Wednesday, both Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte and Leader of Government Business and former Natural Resources Minister Godwin Hulse indicate that no offshore oil licenses exist, and the [...]

    Gwendolyn Sanchez Recognized as HelpAge Career Caregiver
    HelpAge Belize, in partnership with B.E.L., recognized eighty-nine-year-old Gwendolyn Sanchez of Benbow Street with the first ever “Caregiver Achievement Award.”  The senior citizen and her husband raised her children, including [...]

    CitCo Xmas Cheer Moves to St. John’s Vianney
    The Belize City Council was out and about the City spreading some more Christmas cheer. The twelve days of Christmas continued at Saint John Vianney Primary School. The Public Relations [...]

    Healthy Living: Avoiding the Stomach Flu
    No one wants to be sick during the holidays. Unfortunately, influenzas and stomach viruses are especially typical around this time of year. Tonight in Healthy Living, we look at why [...]

    The Guardian

    Explosion in Santa Cruz killed one man and injured several
    A massive dynamite explosion rocked the residential neighborhood of Santa Cruz at about 5:30 pm on Tuesday leaving one man dead and several others injured. Tremors rippled from the epicenter of the blast at the Quarry after which there was a loud explosion. Videos emerging from the incident shows tons of rock and rubble spewing at tremendous speeds, which also resulted in the damage to nearby buildings and vehicles. Dona Dougall a resident of Santa Elena was prompted by the incident in expressing, “Who in their right mind, would set dynamite to blow up a quarry, in a residential area? A tragedy beyond comprehension!”

    Public Sector Workers Trust and Beneficiaries face off over Trust money
    The Public Sector Worker’s Trust, which was established in 2013 to figure out a way in which public officers who were affected by a increment freeze between 1995 and 1997 should be compensated; held a press conference where they sought to ‘clear the air’ on a recent ruling given against them. The matter has become one with protracted problems after a March, 2017 ruling by the Supreme Court. In the ruling of the court it was ordered that there must be accounting of the money which was held by the trust. It additionally ordered that a new trust deed is to be established with input from the Government and beneficiaries with the government to be named as protector of the trust.

    Unions want a Commission of inquiry into UHS
    The Senate Hearings on Immigration finished just last week, and reports from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize are that the Government has given an undertaking that a Commission of Inquiry on Universal Health Services will take place. Those public hearings will be held to examine the history of events which has led to the present, where Belize owes an over 90 million US dollar judgment debt from the Caribbean Court of Justice. The NTUCB released a statement saying that this Commission of inquiry will look “into all the transactions and circumstances of the acquisition of the Universal Health Services (UHS) facility from inception to present, including questions of ownership and payments made to the Belize Bank Ltd will be established.”

    Who will manage the New Civic Center?
    By now everyone is acquainted with the major features of the new Civic Center. After 24 months of construction the 32.9 million dollar sporting facility is now complete. And it is a marvel to look at but the question now is, who will manage it. On Wednesday December 13th, the facility was opened for the public to have a look and for the media to take in the cameras and the question of value for money was never raised. With a seating capacity of 3,500 persons and an additional 2 thousand for standing room, along with a professional basketball court with all amenities like locker rooms, professional audio system, HD lighting system, concession areas, office areas, parking facilities and air conditioning it is worth it. Manager of Belize Infrastructure Limited, Christy Mastry says that the structure was constructed at $225 per square foot with all the equipment and systems in place.

    New high tech equipment for department of Civil Aviation
    The Belize Department of Civil Aviation celebrated International Civil Aviation Day with a very special opening of their new second floor facilities of their headquarters in Ladyville. They are now better able to manage Belize’s airspace, thanks to a 13 million dollar donation from the Central American Corporation of Air Navigation Services (COCESNA). COCESNA has paid for the infrastructure cost to construct the office, and they have also purchased a modern, state of the art, radar control center that makes up majority of the 13 million dollar price tag. The aviation experts say that it is well worth it because it brings Belize’s monitoring and control of our airspace to the standards as those in the most developed nations in the world.

    New town hall and House of Culture for San Ignacio and Santa
    The former birth-place and burial ground for many residents from the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena was the venue for two major building openings on Wednesday. In the first instance, the second to the highest building in the entire Cayo District (after Xunantunich) and the only building with an elevator, the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Hall, was opened on Wednesday morning to positive reviews by officials in Government, Public and the Private Sector. In the official opening of the Town Hall, a re-located House of Culture was also part of the ceremony since both building share the spacious grounds, which in ages gone by was also a Maya Settlement Area.

    New International airport at Ambergris Caye
    In 2015, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced the transformation of the Basil Jones’s Airstrip, located on Northern Ambergris Caye, to Belize’s second international airport. On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, the Memorandum of Understanding to see the realization of this project was signed in Belmopan by the Government of Belize and the South Florida investors, which were contacted thanks to the Belize Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. The Memorandum of Understanding, set for 12 months, will allow the team to finalize the logistics as it pertains to land, finances, and environmental assessments. According to Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton, Minister of State in the area on Trade, there is still much to do in terms of commitments and other arrangements, the 12 months for which the MOU was signed will allow for those to be made.

    Group in Cayo donates to police
    Our Belize Police Force now has additional cutting edge tools to fight crime thanks to the community. The More Force Neighborhood Watch Group donated a computer and printer to the Georgeville Police Station last week. This new computer will enable the San Ignacio Rural West Police Precinct to connect to the Police Department Crimes Information Management System (CIMS). The San Ignacio Police formation is continuing in its quest to decentralize the services offered to the community. “As the largest Police Formation in the entire Country, we will continue to decentralize the service we offer to the Twin Towns and 38 surrounding communities, all in an effort to improve the services we offer to the community,” writes Anthony Richard Rosado, Officer in Charge of the San Ignacio Police Formation.

    San Ignacio Police conducting anti drug operations
    San Ignacio Police are conducting anti-drug operations in ‘hot spot’ areas within its jurisdiction. On Saturday between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. a number of divisions within the police such as K9 and MIT personnel conducted anti-drug operations within Santa Elena Town. A total of four houses were searched in Santa Elena. A search was conducted on the premises of Patrick Gordon, 38 year old Belizean laborer residing at number 50 George Price Highway in Santa Elena Town; however nothing incriminating was found inside the premises. A further search to the rear of the premises resulted in the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 105.3 grams of cannabis, which was labeled as found property.

    New fire truck for Caye Caulker
    The Village of Caye Caulker has received a new fire truck which is now part of the fire-fighting fleet of the National Fire Service. The truck is a donation from US citizen James York of Beechwood Christian Church, Columbus, Ohio and was shipped to Belize through the assistance of the United States Air Force. It has a 1,000-gallon capacity tank and is capable of discharging water at 150 pounds per square inch. The handover ceremony took place on the island on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Speakers included Hon. Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management with responsibility for the National Fire Service, Enelda Rosado, Chairlady, Miguel Neal, Village Councillor, Miguel Matus, Officer in Charge for the National Fire Service, Caye Caulker, and James York. Also present was Fire Chief, Ted Smith. The speeches were followed by an official handover of the keys for the fire truck and a demonstration.

    PSWT, the trust than can’t be trusted
    This past Thursday, the Defacto Trustees of the Public Sector Workers’ Trust called a Press Conference, the intention was perhaps to do some sort of spin and to try and counter all the negative press that they have been receiving over their handling of the funds belonging to the Trust. Well if that was their intention, they failed and failed miserably at that. One of the panelists at the head table was Attorney Anthony Sylvester. He did not come off good at all. We don’t know if his performance should be attributed to him being disingenuous, confused or inept, but what we do know is that he appeared to be out tune with reality. He and all those who spoke on behalf of the trustees appeared to be utilizing the same flawed script. The thing they appeared not to understand is that when a court makes an adverse ruling against a certain party, the court in making that ruling, would not turn around and give that same party permission to operate using the same conditions that caused the court to make the adverse ruling.

    Hon Rene Montero Responds to Santa Cruz explosion
    I have decided to wait to comment on the unfortunate event which played out yesterday in the quiet community of Santa Cruz Area of Santa Elena Town, until all the facts were in and until we have a concrete plan on how to get our people back to their normal lives. Belize Roadway Construction Ltd, a company contracted by the Government of Belize to build several roads in Santa Elena, subcontracted a crew from Tiger Aggregates to blast a solid portion of stone at the white marl quarry in Santa Cruz. A human error allegedly occurred where a large explosion set off a chain of unfortunate events causing damages to about 10 nearby homes, 8 cars and caused the untimely death of a friend of Santa Elena.

    Department of Youth Services on the move in Benque
    The Department of Youth Services recently held a workshop for members of the DYS Youth Group in Benque Viejo del Carmen. The workshop was conducted by officer Ricky Cunil and Amram Lemoth from the Department of Youth Services in the Old BRC Conference Room. Spanning over the entire day, the workshop was divided into key sessions. These sessions included icebreakers for members of the Youth Group to get to know more about their peers and also to build the energy for them to motivate other young people in the community of Benque and surrounding villages.

    Ruling for trial for the murder of Christopher Jorgenson pushed back
    The trial of Keyron Johnson, who has been on remand for more than five years after he was accused of the April 2012 murder of 18 year-old Christopher Jorgenson, concluded before Judge Adolph Lucas who has reserved his ruling in the matter for December 18, 2017. Christopher Jorgensen was gunned down on Curl Thompson’s Street in Belize City and according to Thompson’s sister, the crown’s main witness, he was shot twice by Johnson. A number of factors arose in the matter including Johnson’s alibi as well as the poor lighting conditions in the area at the time.

    Aggravated robbery lands 2 on remand and one on bail
    A businesswoman in the King’s Park area was robbed inside her home by three persons who managed to gain entry into her home despite the presence of her husband at the time. The culprits managed to escape with her purse containing almost $9,000 in cash along with her vehicle key and other items. The three suspects, identified as 18-year-old ITVET student Elroy Saldano, 18-year-old Luquan Flowers, and 33-year-old Leon Ware/Blease, were escorted to court on Monday, December 11, 2017. The trio appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.

    Bail for Elroy Grinage following discovery of human head
    Elroy Grinage, a 36-year-old driver with the Forestry Department in Belmopan and a part-time vehicle salesman, charged with the offenses of abetment and conspiracy to murder in connection to the beheading of Cotton Tree Villager, 56-year-old Hilton Wade, was granted Supreme Court bail in the sum of $10,000 with conditions. He was ordered to attend all his court adjournments and to make sure he appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court on the next court adjournment set for March 2, 2018.

    Man and Woman from Valley of Peace charged for drug offenses
    The possession of over ten grams of marijuana, a potentially psychoactive drug is still a crime. Both Juan Pablo Valle Portillo and Concepcion Larios Del Valle from Valley of Peace have been charged with drug offenses. Juan Portillo of 34 years of age has been charged with the possession of 46 grams of cannabis and driving motor vehicle without license and insurance. Both Portillo and Del Valle have been charged with drug trafficking of 150.8 grams of cannabis. Both persons will also be charged with illegal entry.

    Man steals money from his wife
    Cecil Archbold Tillett, a fisherman of Hattieville, was sentenced to five months imprisonment on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court after he pleaded guilty to stealing $750 from his common-law wife, 52-year-old Dana King. According to King, she left home on October 12, 2017 for work and upon returning home, she noticed that a purse which she had hidden under a mattress had been removed and from it, $750 was taken. When King reported the event to the police, she said that she suspected that it was her common-law husband since there was no sign of forced entry and Tillett had access to a key to her home.

    Not guilty of attempted murder
    On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Justice Adolph Lucas of the Supreme Court concluded the attempted murder trial of former Canaan Student, 20-year-old Inmas Alexander Espinal. Espinal was accused of trying to kill Jose Antonio Sarabia on March 15, 2012 during a stabbing incident in Belize City. The not guilty verdict was handed down on Thursday, December 7, 2017 setting the accused free of the charge of attempted murder. In the case of Espinal who was only indicted on attempted murder, Judge Lucas said that while he did not believe he, Espinal acted in self-defence when he injured the victim, there were difficulties with the charge of attempted murder.

    Robbery leaves 2 men on remand and 3rd still at large
    A former murder suspect and two other men are said to have been involved in the armed robbery in La Democracia Village where a 23-year-old tilapia farm worker was robbed at gun point. Police in that jurisdiction have since arrested and charged 2 of 3 suspects. They have been identified as Mike Neal, a 19-year-old construction worker and Ronald Bradley, a 26-year-old logger, both of La Democracia Village. On Monday, December 11, 2017, Bradley appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where they were read a single charge of robbery with a shotgun. The allegations are that on Friday, December 8, 2017 at La Democracia, the duo and another person, not yet arrested and charged, robbed 23-year-old Mandini Martinez of his $346 dollar cell phone while armed.

    Security guard killed at his work site
    Balthazar Sarmiento, a 61 year-old security guard, was shot and killed while he was on duty at his work place, the Buca Shel Gas Station on the Philip Goldson Highway. Police suspect that he was killed in a burglary attempt, but Sarmiento’s family believe that he was targeted by a gunmen who wanted him dead. Police say that at around 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, they visited the gas station, which is located at mile 2 and a half on the Philip Goldson Highway. There they found Sarmiento’s body with a gunshot wound to the left side of the head.

    Security guard and bus conductor charged for separate cases of sexual assault
    On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, a female minor along with her mother visited the Dangriga Police Station and reported that while at a store in Dangriga earlier that day, a male person sexually assaulted her. In connection to this incident, police arrested and charged 27-year-old Alrick Augustine, a Belizean security guard of a Dangriga Town address. He was arrested and charged for the crime of sexual assault. On the following day, Thursday, December 7, 2017, a female minor along with a social worker visited the Ladyville Police Station and reported that on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 while on a public bus, she was sexually assaulted by the conductor and the driver of said bus.

    Ex-BDF and Gwen Liz student remanded for Gas Tomza robbery
    An Ex-BDF and a 19-year-old student were arraigned on Monday, December 11, 2017 in connection with the robbery of Gas Tomza on the George Price Highway. The duo has been identified as 19-year-old Clent Geban, a student at Gwen Lizarraga Night Division School, and Leeroy Brown, an ex- BDF. The duo appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where they were read a single charge of robbery by, a charge to which they pleaded not guilty. The allegations are that on Thursday, December 7, 2017, they stole $1,480 in cash from Gas Tomza whilst armed with a knife.

    Woman charged for escape
    Tianney Lamb, a 19-year-old student originally from Cayo who gave her address as #9 Lavender Street, Belize City, was charged with a single offense of escaping from lawful custody on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The allegations made by the police against her is that on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, she intentionally and unlawfully prevented WPC Vickilee Matura from executing her duties by escaping from lawful custody while detained for the offense of aggravated burglary.

    Belize’s volleyball teams competing in the indoor competition at the XI Central American Games
    On Sunday December 10, 2017, Belize’s National Women’s Volleyball Team commenced play at the XI Central American Games at the Alexis Arguello Sports Complex in Managua, Nicaragua. Belize played its first game of the tournament against the host country Nicaragua and fell to the host team in three sets by the score of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-17. The home team held a 7-2 margin in blocking and 6-2 in aces. However, both countries scored on 26 kills. Nicaragua scored on 36 opponent errors while committing 23 unforced errors of their own. Nicaragua distributed their attack between Elizabeth Traña with 9 points, Valeska Hernandez and Lolette Rodriguez with 8 points apiece. Nelissa Ramirez of Belize tallied 10 points and Shantell Arnold contributed 6 points.

    Athletics won seven medals so far at Central American Games
    The Belize Athletics Association has so far pick up seven medals at the XI Central American Games currently taking place in Managua, Nicaragua. On Tuesday 12th December, Belize’s Samantha Dirks picked up a Silver Medal in the 200m event. Katy Sealy who competed in the Hepthalon competition picked up a Silver Medal, while setting a personal best in Javelin, throwing a distance of 39m 20. Sealy also had a personal best in the 100m hurdles at 15.20. Tricia Flores picked up a bronze medal in the Long Jump Competition. Brandon Jones picked up a Silver Medal in the Triple Jump competition, with a jump of 15.47m.

    Belize Men’s National Basketball Team wins Bronze Medal at Central American Games
    The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) extends hearty congratulations to the players and coaches of the National Basketball Team for their stellar play which led to bronze medals for Belize in the XI Central American Games being held in Nicaragua. These represent the first medals for Belize at the Games. In a hard-fought battle, Team Belize played their hearts out and held on to close out a 63-58 victory over Honduras to secure bronze. While the team was shooting for gold, this achievement against tough competition is encouraging for the BBF’s National Team Programme. Head Coach Milton Palacio, former NBA, Euroleague and Team Belize standout player, has pledged his commitment to continue the process of rebuilding the National Team Programme in developing young players and coaches going forward, and in preparation for the upcoming international basketball competition cycle.

    Belize Premier League names individual awards winners
    The Premier League of Belize 2017 Opening Season competition is now lodged in the history books. On Monday 11th December, 2017, the Premier League of Belize released the name of the individual award winners for the Opening Season’s Individual Trophies. The Golden Glove Award went to Selvin Sagastume of Verdes FC. The Best Defender Award went to Elroy Smith of the Belmopan Bandits SC. Best Mid-Fielder Award went to Denmark Casey of Verdes FC. Best Young Player went to Krisean Lopez of Wagiya FC.

    Verdes FC is the National Football Champions of Belize
    The Premier League of Belize 2017 Opening Season competition came to an end on Saturday 9th December, with the second and final game of the championship series played at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, between the budding champions Verdes FC and the defending champions the Belmopan Bandits. In the opening minutes of the game Kervin Johnson scored an own goal in the 5th minute of play that gave Verdes FC a 1-0 lead. However, the Belmopan Bandits playing with much confidence as the defending champions, was able to put that own goal behind and penetrated the Verdes FC defence that allowed Darwin Bermudez to scored the equalizing goal in the 22nd minute of play to tie the score at 1-1.

    Israel Chuc was strangled to death
    At about 6:30 pm on Sunday, San Ignacio Police visited the Branch Mouth Area where they observed the motionless body of a hispanic male. He was lying face down on the right hand side of the road. The body was observed to have a drop of blood on his nose and his throat appeared swollen. He was later identified as habitual drinker Israel Chuc, a 34 year old Belizean unemployed, whose last know address was the Santiago Juan Layout in San Ignacio Town. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the San Ignacio Community Hospital by Dr. Ramon Pacheco.

    2018 TAIWAN 4-Year Medical School Scholarship Application Starts in the Coming January
    The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce the release of the I-Shou University School of Medicine for International Students Scholarship Program, offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF), in order to cultivate international medical talents and address the issue of insufficient medical resources. This is a four-year Full Scholarship MD Program for bachelor degree and applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree to apply. All courses offered by this Program are taught in English.

    Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
    One of the most important things we must do when we suffer is to give thanks. For many believers who have endured unimaginable pain and tragedy, giving thanks in the midst of agony and affliction is certainly not easy to do. However, Ephesians 5:20 tells us we should give thanks “always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” and 1 Thess 5:18 says to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Giving thanks helps us focus on God in our affliction, steers us away from complaining, strengthens our faith, and brings glory to Jesus.

    Sustainable Development Goal 6 - The Challenge MOBILIZE ACTION TO MAKE SDG 6 MEANINGFUL AND TANGIBLE TO LIFE
    At the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals the United Nations agreed to transition to a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity; the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda. Through a complicated and tortuous process most nations signed on to seventeen development goals agenda that will culminate in 2030 in sustainable outcomes. In adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders resolved to free humanity from poverty, secure a healthy planet for future generations, and build peaceful, inclusive societies as a foundation for ensuring lives of dignity for all. According to the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres’, statements in the 2017 SDGs Report, the rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030. He calls on Governments and stakeholders to recognize the gaps that have been identified in implementation, financing and political will and to now join hands to fulfil the vision and keep the promises of the SDGs.

    How to make 2018 the best year of your life
    Time really does fly! In just a couple weeks it will be bye-bye 2017 and hello to 2018! Now is the time to take a couple of hours to sit down and think about the upcoming year. It’s a new year and a new chance to follow your path wherever you want to go. Here’s how to make 2018 your best year ever: Just DO it. Don’t think about making the coming year your best year ever. Just do it. You might not even notice that it is your best year yet until the end of the year.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    NGOs celebrate offshore oil moratorium
    Environmental NGOs in Belize are celebrating that both the Government of Belize and the Opposition […]

    Prosecution has no case on Padillo the “meter man”
    A man walked free from a case of theft amounting to over $100,000 this week […]

    IDB helps Belize with a BZ$20 million loan for tourism sustainability
    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Belize are working together to increase […]

    Robber shot at Monica’s pawn shop in Belize City
    An attempted robbery at Monica’s pawn shop in Belize City has left an associate of […]

    Corozal police bust cocaine at border; driver escapes
    Yesterday evening around 4, police visited the Northern Border where they made checks at the […]

    San Ignacio and Santa Elena get new Town Hall
    Yesterday, Mayor Earl Trapp and the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council inaugurated their […]

    Residents to be compensated for damage caused by quarry explosion
    On Tuesday, a fatal explosion shook residents in Santa Cruz, Santa Elena. Residents have been […]

    Belize~ The need for a Political Coalition Victory
    By Richard Harrison: Coalition – An alliance of political groups formed to oppose a common foe or pursue […]

    Blogs

    Ramming speed: One way to barge in on Ambergris Caye, Belize
    The early morning stillness crumbled beneath the blatting, wheezing, rumbling, cries of frustration from diesel engines as the tug helplessly shouldered the sand-banked barge laden with building supplies. It wouldn’t budge, not one inch toward the Tabony lot landing. Shallow waters and low tide conspired to thwart the mission. This was no storybook “I think I can” tale. This big muscular engine couldn’t. Let’s face it, rail traction is so much better than water. The sound of grunting, frustrated diesel engines is such a sad one. These things are meant to push tonnage effortlessly across the seas. But to be tripped up by a pile of sand? Embarrassing. What’s a barge captain to do? Back her up to deeper, bluer water. Set the throttle to ramming speed. And full-tilt forward, God save the queen.

    International Sourcesizz

    Making the financial case for protecting Belize’s barrier reef
    The Belize barrier reef is one of the most magnificent, diverse ecosystems on Earth. But it’s nearly 1,400 species—including sharks, vibrant corals and mangroves—are threatened by coastal destruction and a lack of strong regulations. A first-of-its-kind report, released in collaboration with our partners in the region, warns that Belize stands to lose millions in revenue generated by one sector alone if protections aren’t put in place and enforced. Natural Heritage, Natural Wealth quantified the tourism benefits the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site provides to the country. The report assessed four of the region’s seven marine protected areas—Blue Hole & Half Moon Caye Natural Monuments, Glover’s Reef Atoll Marine Reserve, and Laughing Bird Caye National Park. The analysis found that these protected areas provide up to $19 million per year in economic benefits from tourism recreation, which is a fragment of the total socio-economic value to Belize.

    Canada Is Warning Nationals About This Caribbean Central American Nation
    The Canadian government is warning its nationals to exercise a high degree of caution when traveling to the CARICOM, Central American nation of Belize. The warning on Belize was updated this week because of crime there, including armed robbery, mugging and sexual assault, which the Canadian government said “is a significant problem throughout Belize.” The advisory says robberies and assaults have been reported in resort areas in the country and there has been a noted increase in violent crime targeting tourists since the end of 2013.

    Caribbean sugar is close to a sticky end
    IN ITS 18th-century heyday cane grown in the Caribbean and cut by African slaves provided Britain with nearly all its sugar. The masters of this brutal trade made enormous fortunes. But it has seen 200 years of decline, accelerating after slavery ended in 1838. Now the region is wondering how it will cope after a policy change by the European Union which could finally bring down the curtain. Today, the English-speaking Caribbean produces under 0.3% of the world’s sugar; Brazil grows nearly a quarter. Many islands have abandoned cane for more profitable activities. Trinidad closed its last sugar factory in 2007, and a gas-related boom took up the slack. St Kitts shut its last factory two years earlier, after the debts of its state-owned managers approached a third of GDP. A railway that trundled cane now carries tourists. St Kitts’s new staple is passports for foreigners, sales of which finance an opaque development agency, the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation.

    Videos

  • Talk Ah Di Town December 14, 2017, 27min.

  • Implementing the UNCAC., 33min.

  • The Rotary Club of Belize is at it again! They are raffling a 2017 4x4 Ford Ranger XL, 29min.

  • Island Academy Dazzles With Christmas Pageant 2017, 63min.

  • Monkeys have Families Too - addressing the illegal pet trade in Belize, 3min. Monkeys have Families too - this Wildtracks video highlights the issues of the illegal wildlife trade in primates in Belize. Everyone in Belize can play a role in standing against the illegal wildlife trade by reporting wildlife crime. A huge thank you to our partners - the Forest Department, Belize Zoo, to the Wildtracks Primate Post-release Monitoring Team, to Lincoln Sealey and Esmiraldo Cowo, and to LUSH Hand Made Cosmetics Charity Pot

  • Indigenous Community Media Youth Fellowship Project Call for Proposals, 2min. Cultural Survival is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Community Media Indigenous Youth Fellowship Project that will support young Indigenous individuals in their efforts to build their capacity as radio broadcasters and journalists through specific trainings, community radio visits or exchanges, radio production, conference attendance, and other identified education and training opportunities. Eligible applicants must reside in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, South Africa, and Nepal.

  • Section 53, Belize's sodomy decision There is so much history in these images, 2min. UniBAM: Covering Section 53 in Belize with historic images!

  • Snorkeling and Diving Shark Ray Alley Belize 2015, 2min. Diving with nurse sharks, barracudas, turtles, groupers, morey eels, and more, Caye Caulker, Belize.

  • Belize Police Department has been conducting its annual anti-crime, 5min. Since the beginning of this month, the Belize Police Department has been conducting its annual anti-crime operations to ensure that there is safety among citizens across the entire country… particularly during the Christmas season which is considered as one of the busiest seasons. Today Senior Superintendent, Bart Jones, took the opportunity during a press briefing to address the public on key tips regarding crime prevention and security measures that should be taken into consideration during the festive season… especially while shopping at local stores or visiting the ATM.

  • Cup Cakes on Open Your Eyes, 21min.

  • SHC Students Win Energy Video Competition, 1min. Congratulations go out to the Sacred Heart College team that won the Energy in 90 Seconds Video Competition. Much of the video is shot around Cayo, so it's worth the 90 seconds. Well done! In related news, the winning photo was of the solar farm at the University of Belize. "Energy in 90 Seconds 1st Place Winner Vanessa Williams and her crew, from Sacred Heart College in Cayo, highlights the importance of Energy in our day to day living."

  • Cocono Bwai Prince of Brukdown in Belize, 2min. Cocono Bwai Prince of Brukdown in Belize performing at the Second Annual Seashore Drive Holiday Laser Lightshow.

    December 14, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    GOB signs Memorandum for International Airport on Ambergris Caye
    The first step to the building of a full-service international airport on northern Ambergris Caye took place with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, December 12th in the city of Belmopan. The MOU was signed between the Government of Belize and International Airport Alliance Belize Limited who seek to develop and manage the international airport to be called the Efrain Guerrero International Airport. The MOU is set for 12 months before any construction works begin on an ambitious project that is expected to cost over $100 million US dollars. During that time the team will be finalizing logistics in terms of land, finances and environmental assessments. The proposed project plans to employ approximately 181 Belizeans during its operational phase. The magnitude of the airport, which will include a terminal building, runway, taxiway, apron and other ancillary facilities is expected to significantly increase tourist arrivals to Belize, particularly Ambergris Caye. The plan is to make it a state of the art facility that will not just accommodate private charters but commercial airlines such as United and American Airlines, including European carriers as well.

    PUP municipal slate meets with San Pedro’s Taxi Associations
    In an effort to reach out to the island community and find out the troubles affecting them, the San Pedro People’s United Party (PUP) municipal slate met with some of the Taxi Associations on the island on Wednesday, December 6th. The meeting was held at the Sunbreeze Hotel where PUP Mayoral candidate Andre Perez and his team discussed some of the issues the taxi operators are experiencing on Ambergris Caye. During the gathering, Perez on behalf of his team (Ian Pou, Ruben Navidad, Undina Graniel, Dianelie Aranda, Johnia Duarte, and Marina Kay) committed to addressing the many challenges the taxi drivers experience on a daily basis on the island. “You are very important for our tourism industry,” said Perez. “You are the first persons most of the visitors to the island see upon their arrival, thus, it is very important to work along with you all.” Perez stressed on the road conditions in San Pedro Town and reiterated that if elected as the next Mayor of San Pedro, fixing all the streets will be a top priority.

    Dawson’s Pit Fighters host a self-defense seminar for children
    Dawson’s Pit Fighters held a self-defense seminar for children on Thursday, December 7th, at the Central Park in San Pedro Town. The self-defense seminar focused on Limalama and Brazilian Jujitsu and was facilitated by Dawson’s Pit Fighters founder Martin Dawson and Limalama instructor, Marian Navarro along with the assistance of Gerardo Chable from Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The seminar began at 5:30Pm, with some warm-ups and stretching’s such as jumping, sit-ups, and crunches. Thereafter, the instructors went on to show the participants how to defend themselves in various ways if they are caught in any one of the situations. The seminar continued with the children trying out the different techniques with the assistance of the instructors.

    Love FM Christmas Parade Fills the Streets of San Pedro with Holiday Happiness
    Love FM held its annual Christmas Parade in San Pedro Town on Sunday, December 10th. The parade filled the main streets of San Pedro with colorful floats, amazing dance numbers, entertainment, and music. The parade started shortly after 7PM, from the Boca del Rio Area heading to Central Park. Many islanders gathered along the street sides of the parade route to get a good view. Leading the parade was the San Pedro Town Council and staff, along with Miss San Pedro Virginia Vasquez and Area Representative and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr. happily giving out sweets to the spectators

    ABC Preschool Christmas Extravaganza Entertains the Children of San Pedro
    On Saturday, December 9th ABC Preschool hosted their eighth annual Christmas Show at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The extravaganza brought much joy and laughter to island children as members of the popular Mexican group ‘Star Shows,’ imitated some of today’s favorite animated characters. The performances included characters such as PJ Masks, Moana, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus and of course Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club House! The show started at 7:30PM with members of Stars Show greeting the children gathered in front of the stage with fun balloons. The performers encouraged the audience to join them singing and dancing to their musical presentations while some of the children were invited to meet their favorite characters on stage. During each segment of the show, children were treated with gifts by the performers.

    Ambergris Today

    San Pedro First Boutique Bed And Breakfast Holds Special Preview
    It had been under construction for some time now and everyone passing by kept wondering what was behind those giant walls. This past weekend Ambergris Today and invited guests were invited to a special pre-opening preview of what is behind those walls. It’s an oasis along the busy streets of Coconut Drive - Diamond Lodge is the island’s first Boutique Lifestyle Bed & Breakfast located on island of Ambergris Caye in Belize. Situated just moments away from the hustle and bustle of San Pedro Town and the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Diamond Lodge features nine thought-fully furnished, luxurious rooms and one incredible penthouse. With a private pool, mini spa, fitness center and an in-house chef, it is a perfectly intimate escape for couples looking for a sunshine-filled vacation and larger groups looking for a place to call home for a special event, retreat or celebration.

    Memorandum Of Understanding Signed For International Airport On Ambergris Caye
    On September 2015 the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow, mentioned on his Independence Day Message to Belize that government had plans for improving infrastructure designed to boost tourism in the country. One major project was the construction of an international airport for the island of Ambergris Caye and on Thursday, December 12, 2017, the project was put in motion and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Nation’s Capital, Belmopan. This project is expected to significantly increase direct tourism arrivals in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and will be Belize’s Second International Airport. The airport will be named The Efrain Guerrero International Airport and the plans are to make a state of the art international airport to accommodate flights from major airlines such as United Airlines and American Airlines as well as European and Canadian Airlines.

    Pic of the Week: Brrrrr! Cold Front
    This image of Elsie made us laugh, but it's a true depiction of how pretty much every single Belizean feels during these cold days. Nobody wants to get out of bed during a cold front, especially as cold as it is right now!! Belize's temperature hardly drops into the 60's so it's COLD right now. BRRRRR!!!! - photo by Elsie's owner Jeff Spiegel

    San Pedro Celebrates The Virgin Of Guadalupe
    The San Pedro Catholic Church rendered tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe on Thursday, December 12, 2017. The Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe saw reverence by Catholics and Guadalupanos paying tribute her as is done in thousands of churches through Mexico and now a grand celebration here in San Pedro Town. The Mañanitas took place at 4am at the Catholic Church with San Pedro’s very own Mariachi Mr. Javier Castillo followed by an hour of singing and a Holy Rosary in her honor. Mass commenced at 5:30 am and was officiated by Father David Mumba. In the evening a processing around town took place followed by church fair with the sale of food and refreshments at Friendship Park. Entertainment and homage to the Virgin Saint was quiet a success and included poems by church groups, dances by the San Pedro Dance Academy, Songs by Elina Palma, Vatranny Perez and Marthalicia Vasquez, performances by the Arts and Crafts group of the San Pedro RC Church and musical performances by Gaven, Vivian and Diego to name a few.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    BELIZE WINS FIRST TWO GOLD MEDALS AT CA GAMES!
    Mr Belize Clayton Greenidge won 2 gold medals last night at the Central American Games! Greenidge competed in two categories in bodybuilding; masters and up to 80 Kilograms.

    Belize at the Central American Games

    Gasoline Lollipops in San Pedro
    GASPOPS RETURN TO BELIZE If you missed out last year or want to dive into another Caribbean adventure, join Gasoline Lollipops for THREE shows in Belize - Friday, Jan 19, Saturday, Jan 20 and Sunday, Jan 21, 2018. At The Dive Bar At SeaStar - Just North of Tres Cocos Resort 1/2 mile North of Bridge.

    Special Apperance at Sandy Toes!
    Thu Dec 14 2017 at 5:00 pm. Sandy Toes Beach Bar & Grill, BOCA DEL RIO BEACH FRONT, San Pedro, Belize SPECIAL APPERANCE AT SANDY TOES! Come on in for a memorbale evening of music and dancing at the Palapa Bar and Grill. Fresh from the studio in Nashville, you’ll find John Stanley's music intoxicating, fresh, insightful, and moving. He will also play plenty of your favorites that will have you tapping your feet, singing along, and jumping on to the dance floor. Show starts at 5:00 and admisison is free.

    Power outages scheduled for Stann Creek & Toledo Districts
    On Thursday, December 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to affect entire Placencia Peninsula including Plantation, Maya Beach, Forest Lagoon Estate, Seine Bight and Placencia; Red Bank, Maya Mopan, Santa Rosa, San Roman, San Pablo, Georgetown, Santa Cruz, Maya King, Cowpen, San Juan, Independence, Savannah Road and Big Creek Road; and entire Toledo District. BEL to replace transmission poles and conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at Dangriga Substation.

    8th Annual Habinahan Wanaragua Competition
    It's that time of the year again, mark the dates for the 8th Annual Habinahan Wanaragua Competition 2017!

    Fisher Folk License Renewal Dates 2018
    The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs the PUBLIC that it commence the renewal of fisher folk licenses on January 3. 2018 A grace period for renewals will be in place until January 31, 2018. Fishers are advised to bring along all pertinent documents upon renewal of fisher folk licenses on January 3, 2018. Fishers are advised to bring along alpertinent documents upon renewal to facilitate the process. Licensing will be carried out for the following communities at the Belize Fisheries Office in Belize City on the dates specified below.

    Belize Manatee Tour-Guide & Boat Captains Certificate Workshop
    Dec 15, 9am, at the Coastal Zone Training Room.

    Government of Belize Signs Memorandum of Understanding with International Airport Alliance Belize Limited
    The Government of Belize on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with International Airport Alliance Belize Limited (the “Developer”), seeking to develop and manage a full-service International Airport on Northern San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, namely the Efrain Guerrero International Airport (the “Project”). The proposed Project, inclusive of a terminal building, runway, taxiway, apron and other ancillary facilities, is valued at about USD$100 million, with plans to employ approximately 181 Belizeans during the operational phase. The Project expects to bring long-term socio-economic benefits to Belize and add further value to its thriving tourism industry.

    Ministry of Health Notes Increase in Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Cases
    The Ministry of Health informs the public that over the past few weeks there has been an increase in cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI). The Ministry has been informed by officials from Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA) that they are seeing this increase at that hospital. The KHMHA noted that children make up over 70 percent of the cases. The Ministry of Health, however, has not seen any increase in reported data through the Belize Health Information System (BHIS). The Ministry has partnered with KHMHA to further investigate this increase and awaits laboratory results to assist in establishing the specific type of virus.

    We got 2 goal medals in the Central American Games held in Managua, Nicaragua
    It's the first time in history that Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation one person wins 2 gold medals at these games. Team Manager Guy Neal, Clayton Greenidge Mr. Belize 2017 is the Gold medalist & Oyinkro Akpobodor captured a bronze.

    Presentation on HIV and Aids
    On December 1st, PCV Ivette and her Community Health Worker held a presentation on HIV and Aids at the community's school. They spoke about why we should not stigmatize people with HIV or AIDS, How HIV spreads and eventually turns into AIDS and how to prevent HIV. "It is important to spread awareness this time of the month, and always, because it not only honors the lives lost but it is an ongoing commitment to assist those living with or at risk of contracting HIV." - PCV Ivette

    Central American Games Medal Count

    San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
    To say that I love the San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade is a sad understatement. Looking thru my pics from previous years...I can only get more excited. Sunset, Dec 16th, be there or be sad.

    Manhole repair starts today in San Pedro
    Work will be starting today (Thursday the 14th) on Coconut Drive by Ramon's Village to repair the manholes, Be advised that traffic traveling south from town will use Manta Ray street (Tropic Air cargo) Traffic traveling North will still use Coconut Drive with caution. Please follow any diversions posted. Thank you.

    Mista Peetaz Brukdong Bram
    Here is the performance schedule for the Mista Peetaz Brukdong Bram happening this Saturday behind the Court House starting from noon until 12:00 midnight! Lots of food and drinks on sale.

    Channel 7

    The Explosion, The Aftermath
    Cayo residents are still in shock after yesterday's freak blast. The explosion killed 71 year old Ronald Sutherland. He was the owner of Tiger Aggregates Ltd. the company carrying out the operations on the Santa Elena site. Sutherland is known as an expert blaster but he made a costly error. The residents in the area also got hit hard as the boulders were flung great distances and crashed into their homes, destroying everything even vehicles. Some residents also got injured. It was huge eruption one that Cayo residents have never seen or experienced before. Courtney Weatherburne went to Cayo to see the aftermath including riveting amateur footage of the explosion in real time.

    Comatose Man's Home Caught in The Explosion
    Area rep. Montero says that overall there were about 10 homes and 8 vehicles that were destroyed and as you heard the company will pay for all the damages caused by the blast. We now have more interviews from other residents whose houses were destroyed and who were hurt in the explosion. We also spoke to a woman who had to rush her comatose brother to the hospital. Marlin Guerra - Resident: "I was coming from 5 o'clock from down yonder and I see they had some boys right there and they told me that I can't go to my house and then when I see the explosion come and when I see a lot of stones I start to run and a stone caught me on my back and then a next one caught me on my head."

    Contracting Company Tells Homeowners To Send In Their Bills
    So, as you've seen, the unprecedented event has left Cayo residents shaken. Tonight, Belize Roadway Company, which is the company that contracted Tiger Aggregates to do the explosion, estimates that there are an estimated 14 houses with significant damages and 20 other houses with minor damages. Their attorney Rachel Montejo told us via phone that the company will immediately assist affected residents with funds to undertake repairs:

    Crazy Scene At Border As Drug Running Vehicle Makes Dramatic U Turn At Mex. Border
    A very crazy scene played out at the northern border this afternoon - when a drug running SUV with Belize City plates - raced back into Belize after he felt the Mexicans were going to catch him with the drugs. At around 2:30 - the Navigator was approaching Mexican customs who did an X-Ray scan. The Mexicans saw something unusual in the cab of the vehicle and selected it for a secondary search. When the driver heard that, he did a high speed about turn. He sped out of the Mexican customs area and raced back over to the Belize side. The Mexican customs police pursued - and it seems in the rush, the Navigator's rear tyre was damaged. That caused him to crash into the gate of the cargo section on the Belize side. From there the driver dashed out on foot, and escaped either into the bushes or through the customs compound.

    PM and NTUCB Agree to Public Hearings For Universal Health Services
    The Senate Hearings on Immigration ended only just last week after 13 months of public sessions, but tonight, there are reports that another set of public hearings are in the works. That's what the National Trade Union Congress of Belize is reporting tonight. They say that the Prime Minister has given an undertaking to set up a Commission of Inquiry, quote, "into all the transactions and circumstances of the acquisition of the Universal Health Services (UHS) facility from inception to present, including questions of ownership and payments made to the Belize Bank Ltd" will be established.

    Israel Chuc's Family Wants Justice
    As we told you last night, Cayo resident 34 year old Israel Chuc was murdered – he was strangled to death. Chuc's body was found near what is known as the "Hammock" bridge leading to Branch Mouth on Sunday morning. Today we spoke to Chuc's brother as they were getting ready for his funeral service. He told us all he and his family wants is justice. Andres Chuc - Brother of Deceased: "I never expected this in my family. It's the first time we are experiencing this in my family. I never expected that they would kill my brother like this. When police told me that he was killed I wasn't satisfied so I did the best for my brother and went to Belize City yesterday for the post-mortem and I saw he was murdered; that's what the doctor told me."

    Alleged Prisoner Who Forcibly Sodomised Another Prisoner Goes To Court
    For the past week we've been reporting on the 21 year old male prison inmate who alleged that he had been forcibly sodomised in jail. Today, the 43 year old accused was charged with 2 counts of an unnatural crime when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. We won't release his name or photo because it could lead to the identity of the victim - who was raped. No plea was taken because the offences are indictable. The case was adjourned until March 14, 2018.

    The "Meter Man" Walks
    He was accused of stealing over 3,000 light meters from BEL, valued around $170,000 dollars, but tonight Burrell Boom Resident Santiago Padillo has been freed of that charge of theft. Padillo was first arraigned on the offense of theft in April of this year before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer. The electricity company accused him of stealing 3,033 meters which they placed in his care. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded. Well, today, when he reappeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, the prosecution was not able to provide him or the court with disclosure on the case. The failure to deliver on time was consequential because even though the prosecutor was asking to for a further adjournment, Senior Magistrate Ford took into consideration that the case first ended up before the Magistrate's Court 8 months ago.

    Senate Debates, Defeats Maritime Areas Amendment Bill
    The Senate met today in Belmopan - and the biggest business on the agenda was the Private Motion brought by Opposition member Eamon Courtenay. It's called the "MARITIME AREAS AMENDMENT BILL 2017", and he wants to re-instate Belize's full Maritime Areas - which were relaxed in 1992 - to open the way for a possible compromise with Guatemala in Belize's southern waters. But, the hopes for a negotiated settlement were officially abandoned when Belize and Guatemala committed to take the dispute to the ICJ in 2008. Now, Courtenay brought the motion to say that those full maritime areas must be completely re-instated to enhance Belize's standing and bargaining position.

    Civic Center Is Ready And Open For Viewing
    In July, we took you inside the Belize Civic Center for a look at how far the contractors had progressed in constructing the new multi-million dollar facility. Well, 5 months later, and they're just about finished with the construction the CIVIC. The construction team has a few finishing touches that they have to put on the building, and after that they will hand it over to the public. Now, as you are aware, the construction of this - the most expensive public building in Belize's history - has been a political hot button issue.

    Corporal Usher and Sr. Supt. Vidal
    Last night on the news - we had an unusual interview with a man who admitted that police caught him with contraband - but says that cops also took five hundred dollars from him. Now, that's one matter - but another is that he showed that the police were straight up lying when they claimed they found 25 cases of Mexican beer in an abandoned house. But, it wasn't an abandoned house, it was his house - and he told us how the police used a movie reference to suggest that he had to hand over some cash with the contraband:..

    High Powered Ammo Found
    Police found some high powered ammunition when they searched an abandoned house on Plues Street yesterday evening. These twenty .223 rifle cartridges were deposited as found property because no one was in the area. These types of cartridges are typically used in combat or high powered hunting rifles.

    San Ignacio and Santa Elena Get New Town Hall
    Belize City has been promising for months that it will begin work on a new administrative building at the commercial center, but their counterparts in Cayo have zoomed ahead - with a new three story Town Hall. It's called the San Ignacio, Santa Elena Town Hall and today Mayor Earl Trapp beamed with pride at today's opening.

    A Gateway To The Future
    After 6 months of training, 38 students graduated today from the Youth Apprenticeship Program. This is the 10th group to have been given life skills and technical training from Director Dianne Finnegan and her team, and today, they stood among the participants who have successfully completed the curriculum. We stopped by to speak with a few of those graduates who stuck with the program since the end of May. Here's what they told us:

    A New Book On Ageing
    Today, the National Council on Ageing launched a book of short stories which they have been working on since 2009. It's called StoryTime, and its objective was give senior citizens an opportunity to interact with children between the ages of 6-11. Since then, the project has evolved to the point where a group of children from those age ranges have been filmed dramatizing the stories, along with live reading sessions of older persons sharing these stories with their young audiences. The NCA says that this was "an effort to encourage inter-generational activities, and re-establish the older person's role as a source of knowledge.

    Bowen's Jungle Boxes
    And while the council was launching their new book, Bowen and Bowen was teaming up with the World Pediatric Project's Belize Office to bring a little Christmas cheer to 30 needy families from Belize City this morning. The Belize Representative of the World Pediatric Project told us that they chose families who they interact with regularly, and could definitely use one of Bowen and Bowen's Jingle Boxes: Bowen and Bowen still have 170 more of their Jingle Boxes which they will give out in collaborating with other NGO's.

    Channel 5

    Quarry Explosion Kills Mining Manager; Destroys Houses in Santa Cruz Neighborhood
    There are serious questions being asked tonight about a deadly explosion which caused the loss of one life, injured many others and left properties extensively damaged. A dynamite was exploded [...]

    Residents Were Warned, Contractor Says; Damages to be Assessed
    While Belize Roadway Construction is not accepting liability for damages caused by the explosion, the company is reaching out to residents of the Santa Cruz community in an effort to [...]

    Family Says Murdered Israel Chuc Had Been Attacked Before
    This morning, the Chuc family from San Ignacio spoke out about the murder of Israel Chuc. The thirty-four-year-old was discovered dead in the Branch Mouth area of San Ignacio and [...]

    Prison Lifer Back to Jail for Alleged Rape
    Forty-three-year-old Kenroy Cooke was arraigned today in court on two counts of unnatural act and one count of harm which occurred on the twenty-fifth and twenty-ninth of November of this [...]

    Senate Government Caucus Skeptical on Maritime Areas Amendment
    The Senate met for its final session for 2017 this morning in Belmopan. On the agenda were four bills and two motions brought from the House of Representatives along with [...]

    Ashley Rocke Swings Vote Despite Plea from P.U.P.’s Courtenay
    From the inception of its plan to present the Bill, the P.U.P. went on the move to lobby the social partner senators, who often prove to be the deciding factor [...]

    Eamon Blames ‘Politics’ for Defeat; U.D.P. Asks Who’s Really in Charge?
    After the Senate meeting, a disappointed Eamon Courtenay lamented the chance wasted by what he called ‘petty politics.’ Meanwhile, Michael Peyrefitte expanded on the suggested ‘incompetence’ of his former House [...]

    The Civic is Back – Who Will Manage Spanking New Arena
    A new state of the art Civic Center on Central American Boulevard was opened today for the first tour by the public. The impressive facility is said to cost the [...]

    Time’s Up! Belize Bank, G.O.B. Prepare for U.H.S. Showdown
    Has the time come for repayment of ninety million-plus Belize dollars to the Belize Bank Limited in respect of the Government’s sovereign guarantee of a defaulted loan by Universal Health [...]

    Aldo Salazar Says Chamber Was Out of Line
    The House of Representatives is on recess as of Friday, so even if the certificate is obtained in the coming days, its enforcement cannot be pursued until the House next [...]

    Government Plans U.H.S. Commission of Inquiry But What Will It Accomplish?
    There will be a Commission of Inquiry into the Universal Health Services fiasco, as agreed between the National Trade Union Congress of Belize’s executive and Prime Minister Dean Barrow during [...]

    Senate Turns Down Contractor General for Re-Appointment
    Godwin Arzu has been in the role of Contractor General since 2009 and his current two-year term expires at the end of 2017. The government has been seeking to renew [...]

    A Christmas Gift to Belize: No Oil on Our Shores!
    There was rare bipartisan agreement on the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Bill, 2017, which establishes a moratorium on exploration, exploitation and other operations within the Belize Barrier Reef system, [...]

    New Hall Towers over Twin Towns
    San Ignacio and Santa Elena Towns have a brand new town hall. The one point seven million dollar spanking new building was inaugurated today and replaces the old town hall [...]

    Giving out the Jingle Box
    Some needy families were all smiles today in anticipation of the Christmas holidays. Inside a Jingle Box, the families found an assortment of groceries that will make their Christmas happier. [...]

    Bodybuilders Strike Gold in Managua
    Belize has finally gotten on the golden side in the Central American Games in bodybuilding. On Tuesday night, Clayton Greenidge secured the masters’ title and light-heavyweight eighty-kilogram category. Oyinkro Akpobodor [...]

    Young and Old Unite for ‘Story Time’
    Still looking for a Christmas gift for your children? Why not give the gift of reading and contribute to a good cause by gifting a copy of “Story Time”?The National [...]

    38 Grads from Youth Apprenticeship Program
    The Youth Apprenticeship Program held another graduation today where more than thirty apprentices of the tenth intake graduated. According to the coordinators of the program, over one hundred of the [...]

    Amandala

    VERDES FC IS THE NEW PLB 2017-2018 OPENING SEASON CHAMPION
    Although they lost, 2-1, to Belmopan Bandits SC at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in game 2 of the finals on Saturday night, Verdes FC was still declared champion of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season, by virtue of the “away goal rule,” since they had won game 1 the previous week on their home turf at the Norman Broaster Stadium by a 1-nil score. It was a highly anticipated game 2 for the PLB championship, and the game lived up to expectations, as fans were treated to some real exciting football action, both teams demonstrating the qualities that made them finalists in the competition. Top striker, Honduran Georgie Welcome, who left game 1 injured in first half of game 1 and was questionable for game 2, was in the Bandits lineup on Saturday, and played the full ninety, though obviously handicapped by a sore knee. As important for the defending champions was the return to their lineup of captain Elroy Smith and midfielder Khalil Velasquez, both missing from game 1 of the finals because of red card suspensions in the semifinals.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Government signs memorandum of understanding with International Airport Alliance Belize Limited
    The Government of Belize (GOB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with International Airport Alliance […]

    Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Cases reported by MOH
    The Ministry of Health today informed the public that over the past few weeks there […]

    Rifle cartridges found in “Gaza territory”
    Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017. 1:41 p.m. CST. Belize City cops have taken several rifle cartridges off the streets but have not found […]

    Man arraigned for sodomizing cell mate half his age
    Today, Kenroy Cooke, 43, appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was arraigned for […]

    Police issues official report on explosion at quarry in Santa Elena, Cayo
    According to police reports, yesterday around 5:30 PM, San Ignacio police visited La Loma Luz Hospital […]

    Vehicle stolen in Belize City
    Belize City cops are investigating a case of vehicle theft.According to police reports, Abner Patt, […]

    BEL plans to retain electricity rates
    Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) issued a press release yesterday stating that it is not planning […]

    Israel Chuc was murdered
    Over the weekend, BBN reported that a man was found dead, lying face-down on the […]

    Cool conditions to continue
    The 24-hour forecast is for fair, cool and dry conditions to prevail with mostly cloudy […]

    Driver who crashed into new Civic Center fence charged for drunk driving
    The driver who crashed into and destroyed a portion of the newly constructed Civic Center […]

    Blogs

    More December Events
    There are so many things to do in the month of December on Ambergris Caye that I thought it warranted another post. If you are planning for next year already, you can see all the previously listed ones in the earlier post; December Events in Belize. Each event name or location below has a link (in blue) directly to their Facebook page (some are event pages), so you can see full details.

    Housesitting: 5 Places I Stayed for Free Around the World: Tropical Belize
    You might be thinking by now that we travel like this in Europe only, but that’s not the case at all. In Belize we had a home deep in the jungle. We were often visited by howler monkeys during the daytime. They would swing from tree to tree, close enough to our shady porch that we could identify the alpha male, the teenagers, and the moms with babies clinging tightly to their chests as they passed. Our evening visitors were mostly bats, attracted to the bananas we had put out, but if we were really lucky we would have a more elusive visitor. Sitting on a moonlit night watching an extraordinarily cute, big-eyed kinkajou munching away is one of life’s special moments.

    The Sport of Kings
    Horse racing was introduced to Belize in the 1920s. At that time there were 2 major horse races. The Dewars Cup, named because of its sponsor, took place on Boxing Day, December 26th. The other race took place on 1st January. Some horses were imported from Jamaica, others were the Belizean bred family pony. People gathered for a bit of fun, to race their horse and of course to drink, bet and hopefully make a bit of cash. Today there are several stables in Belize that breed horses but horse racing hasn’t changed much. Unlike the rest of the world it is relatively small scale and Horse breeders and owners come from all walks of life. There are now 3 race courses, Castleton Race Track in Burrell Boom, The Benny Padron Race track in San Felipe Village, Orange Walk and the Peoples Stadium in Orange Walk, which also acts as a football pitch and sports stadium. The terrain is grass, the type of race for those who know their horse racing terms, flat.

    Growing Tourist Arrivals to Belize Continues
    Tourism in Belize has grown considerably recently, and it is now the second largest industry in the nation. The Belize Tourism Board says this shows the country is more of a year-round destination. The growth in tourism has positively affected the agricultural, commercial, and finance industries, as well as the construction industry. Important tourist attractions in Belize include the natural attractions of land and sea, making the areas important in Ecotourism, as well as the historic ruins of Belize’s Pre-Columbian Maya civilization. The tourist arrivals in the first 9 months of 2017 continue to show a positive output. In October, statistics show that there was a 7.9% increase in Overnight arrivals in the month of September, which has an increase of over 1,400 tourists. The increase in the arrival of visitors was thru the land borders in Northern and Western Belize since incoming flights through the International Airport were affected by the threat of storms. Despite this, the total overnight arrival increase was 8.6% for the first 9 months of the year, registered a small but steady increase.

    10 Amazing Facts About Actun Tunichil Muknal
    Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave was once used by the ancient Maya but was abandoned in the years before the arrival of the Spanish. Over 1,000 years later, it was rediscovered deep in the jungles of Belize. Here are 10 amazing facts about the ATM Cave: 1 - Discovery Channel: The Discovery Channel rated ATM Cave as the number one Sacred Cave in the world. 2 - The Crystal Maiden: The cave is sometimes called the "Cave of the Crystal Maiden" because the remains of a young adult around 20 years old were found in the cave. Its bones have fused with the crystals in the cave and now shines with an unearthly, glittery sheen. 3 - Incredible Documentaries: The History Channel, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel have all filmed documentaries about this amazing cave.

    Belize Whale Shark Diving & Snorkeling
    Whale sharks are truly amazing animals. Weighing in around 10 tons and measuring as long as 40 feet (12 meters), whale sharks are the largest non-mammalian animals in the world. Whale sharks are sharks, not whales, but they got their name for their enormous size. Like many giant creatures in the oceans, whale sharks feed exclusively on tiny plankton and krill, and they have no teeth as such, just a complex filter organism that strains out their food from the water. Because of this, they pose little danger to humans. Whale sharks circumnavigate the planet every year, traveling more than 30,000 miles (48,000 kilometers) as they follow the tides and currents. Whale sharks often cruise a deep depths, sometimes more than 5,000 feet (1.5 km) below the surface AND can filter over 1,500 gallons (5,600 liters) of water per hour when they feed. Once a year, in the springtime, whale sharks enter the waters of Belize near the area of Glover's Reef in the outer part of the Belize Barrier Reef. In synch with the phases of the moon, whale sharks rise to the surface of the ocean in search of tiny fish spawn, making this the best time for people to snorkel or scuba dive with these incredible animals.

    Beachfront Bargain: A Look at Caribbean Villas Hotel on Ambergris Caye
    I get quite a few questions. Often I’m asked for an opinion on a specific hotel. Is the pool good for kids? Is it a convenient location? So this week, I visited two different resorts. First…Caribbean Villas Hotel. A large property just south of town — an easy 15 minute walk to the center. Lots of beachfront and LOTS to do. The front desk gave me my key. I was on the 4th floor – yes! there is an elevator – and room B. There are two sections of the hotel – one part, the villas. Larger suites. And then the new building. It’s BIG…

    Turtle Inn and Coral Caye in Belize
    We spent four days at Blancaneaux Lodge on our own before meeting up with the Coppola Winery team and other press outlets at Turtle Inn, a little less than four hours away. What I loved is that even though we were moving properties, we knew the same management team was overseeing each location. This meant we knew the quality and service that was waiting for us. Each property also had tons of books and board games to borrow and play, which I found so family-friendly and charming. So while we were sad to leave the gorgeous tropical jungle of Blancaneaux, we looked forward to swimming in the Caribbean at Turtle Inn! I knew I was in good hands when I was greeted with a dog upon my arrival. Ocho is a part of the security team of the resort, which means she sleeps during the day and walks around the property at night. A four-legged friend (no offense Lula, we love your three legs too) is my kind of greeting!

    International Sourcesizz

    This Conservationist Turns Animal Sounds Into Music—And It's Weirdly Beautiful
    Ben Mirin is probably the only person in the world who can put "sound artist and explorer" on his LinkedIn page. Mirin, who has harbored a deep love for both music and bird-watching from a young age, recently found a way to combine the two into a profession all his own. Now, you can find him recording animal noises around the world and mixing them into conservation art that shares Mother Earth's symphony with the masses. Mirin was first inspired to blend his two seemingly disparate passions when he was living abroad in Japan after college. Once he moved back to the states and landed a job in New York City, he was further inspired to blend the two, first making his own bird soundtracks as a way to reconnect with the creatures he loved so much. He turned some woodpecker taps into a bass, chirping calls into a chorus, and the resulting wild orchestra caught the attention of National Geographic. Since this first mix, his career as a nature DJ has sent him on expeditions to India and Belize, across the mountains of California and the coasts of Belize. Along the way, he's isolated and recorded the calls of certain animals, searching for a rich, layered story that only nature can tell.

    Caribbean leaders launch plan to make region a climate-smart zone, with IDB support
    The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group) announced its support for the newly formed Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition, a public-private initiative aimed at funding an $8 billion investment plan to transform the region into the world’s first “climate-smart” zone and benefit an estimated 3.2 million households in the region. The Coalition’s work will focus on coordinated action on four initial critical priorities: scaling renewable energy and energy efficiency; building low-carbon, resilient infrastructure; creating innovative financing models in exchange for progress on policy reforms to promote climate-smart growth; and strengthening the capacity of Caribbean countries to plan for long-term resilience strategies.

    Videos

  • Chaa Creek Belize Resort Teams Up With Realize Non-Profit, 2min. The Lodge at Chaa Creek teamed up with REALIZE, a non-profit NGO that exists to support individuals with disabilities in Belize to lead healthy, safe and fulfilled lives. They work with individuals, their families and circles of support and the professionals, institutions and community around them. We were very happy to provide a horseback riding experience for these kids and their families, it was a Sunday full of fun, joy, laughter, therapy and happiness!

  • BELIZE: Ann-Marie Williams of Women’s Commission – “SDG 5 on Gender Equality drives all other SDGs”, 5min. Executive Director of the National Women’s Commission in Belize, Ms. Ann-Marie Williams discusses the important cross-cutting role of gender in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She welcomes the support of the UNFPA Caribbean Office and shares some of the more impactful collaborations with us over the years. She was speaking on the 11th December at her office in Belize City during a media visit by our Advocacy & Communications Consultant, Vilma Gregory and her team.

  • Bones, 1/2min. If you come to Southeastern Belize, make sure to pack your dancing shoes. Or for that matter, your dancing everything

  • Strange Thoughts, 1/2min. When you travel to a curious place, you might find yourself acting … curiously.

  • Ugly Fish, 1/2min. They say there’s sunken treasure off the coast of Belize—we call it the Belize Barrier Reef.

  • Immersed, 1/2min. With Maya temples, dense jungles and mysterious caves, Western Belize feels like an adventure movie. Or at least an adventure movie with really nice hotels.

  • Coach Raymond Lashley: The Unorthodox One!, 1min. The twelfth episode of a video documentary series called Belizean Legends that will profile the legendary Belizean softball coach and gold medalist, Raymond Lashley, who coached the Belize national selection that won the gold medal in the 1974 Central American & Caribbean Games in Santa Domingo. Coach Lashley discusses his softball coaching career in Belize with Belizean Legends host Bilal Morris and revisits highlights of the game where Belize won its first gold medal in an international sports competition.

  • Parrots mimic other birds, 1/2min. We are often asked if wild parrots mimic other birds in the same way that captive parrots will mimic people. In our experience parrots that are raised in captivity with another species will mimic them but the ones we hand raise from babies tend to use only natural vocalisations. This released white front is actually making a red lored call, albeit a little higher pitched than the original.

  • THE BUSINESS COMMUNITTY IS CONCERNED ABOUT RECENT ARMED ROBBERIES IN ORANGE WALk, 6.5min. Over the past few months Orange Walk has seen an upsurge in random armed robberies with businesses being the targets. The first of these incidents viewers may remember occurred on October 14th when Mini Super Harvies Shop located in the village of Carmelita was robbed of more than $4,000 in cash and items by three armed robbers.

  • Hermit Crab Races at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar, 1min. Every Tuesday, you can head on down to Crazy Canucks to find a family-friendly fun-packed event: the hermit crab races! Benefitting Daryl's Kids of Belize and Colleen's Kitchen at San Pedro Food Bank, Canucks has successfully paid for many many many tuitions (primary school, high school, and college), built dozens of school desks, provided many meals... Donations of over $50,000 to the charities, all while continually giving rewards to crab racers week in and week out! If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the crab Races at Crazy Canucks on Tuesdays!

  • Un-Belize-Able! Charm School International in Belize!, 5min. Two years ago, I started a nonprofit to mentor young ladies and also use culture as a means of teaching the practical skills I've acquired while traveling. Charm School International was designed to utilize cultural immersion experiences and etiquette to teach lifeskills to young ladies in high school.

  • Primicias between the Yucatec Maya in Belize, 15min. The Primicias is one of the most important rituals among the Maya Masewal(Yucatec Maya) in Belize. There are different types of Primicias like the Wahil kol the offering for the first harvest and the Cha Chaac to ask for rain . The Yucatec Maya in Belize are mainly found in Corozal,Orange Walk and Cayo. This documentary was made by NMSU Creative Media Insittute & Scarlet Studio documenting Belizean Yucatec Maya Silverio Canto from the Cayo District . Deep in the mountains of Belize's San Antonio, Cayo District lives Silverio Canto: a family man, priest, retired teacher, herbalist, and maya shaman. Through compassion, faith, and ancient knowledge of the jungle around him, Silverio Canto is hailed as one of the greatest medicine men in Belize.

  • Belize Missionary Trip 2017, 9.5min. July 2017, Missionary Trip to Belize, Kids Camp at GWP Orphanage

  • Yucatec Maya from Xaibe Corozal playing music, 2.5min. Today most Yucatec Maya in Belize are Roman catholic . This is in the church of Xaibe in Corozal the Mayas playing las mananitas to Virgin Mary . Today the Yucatec Maya belong to different religious faiths some are Roman Catholic ,evanelics etc . Many continue the faith of their Maya ancestors while others mix with Christianity.

    December 13, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    San Pedro Lions Club Receives Donation from DFC
    The San Pedro Lions Club received a check for $1, 500 from the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) on Thursday, December 7th. The donation was received by San Pedro Lions Club President Nigel Belisle and will be used towards their annual Christmas Dinner that the Club hosts for the elderly citizens of the island. The Christmas Dinner is a way to give senior citizens the opportunity to come out for some entertainment, good food and socialize with friends. “We are thankful for the kind donation we received from DFC because it is very costly to organize this special Christmas Dinner. It is an honor to host a holiday dinner for those who have given so much to our community over the years,” said Belisle. This year’s Christmas Dinner for invited senior citizens will be held on Wednesday, December 20th, at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town.

    The Truck Stop hosts Festive Holiday Craft Fair
    The Truck Stop, a multi-cuisine restaurant, and bar located north of San Pedro Town hosted their second annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 9th. The event saw the participation of different businesses offering an assortment gift items and products ranging from wood carved pieces of art, to local wines, jewelry, and homemade chocolate desserts. The fair ended with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa Claus. The event attracted many locals and visitors who began arriving at The Truck Stop from 4PM to join the celebration. Many visited the different booths for a chance to buy ornaments, treats, sample local wine, or purchase hand-crafted items. While patrons mingled at the bar or ate from the different food options The Truck Stop has to offer, some people took the opportunity to take family pictures in a Christmas home setting. The pictures were taken free of charge, however, printed copies were available for $10. All proceeds were destined to the San Pedro Food Bank. There was also a craft area where children put to the test their creative abilities and for a fee/donation, patrons could take home their finished products.

    Legends F.C Wins Copa San Pedro 2017 Football Tournament
    After 13 weeks, Legends Football Club claimed the championship of the Copa San Pedro 2017 Football Tournament last weekend on Saturday, December 9th. The finals were held on Saturday, December 9th, starting at 7PM, with Sandy Point facing Jokers F.C battling for third place in the tournament. In the end, Sandy Point won 4-1 against Jokers F.C. During the championship game at 9PM, Legends F.C took on Terror Squad in a tight match that ended in a 1-1 draw. A 30-minute over-time was given as a team had to claim the win. Legends F.C made use of the extra minutes by scoring two more goals, ending the game with a 3-1 win over Terror Squad, becoming the Champions of the tournament. Terror Squad had to settle for second place following the end of the game.

    Ambergris Today

    University Of Belize Launches MBA Program
    The University of Belize through the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences (FMSS), launched its Master of Business Administration (MBA), the first Graduate Program for the 17 years old institution. The Tapir Room at the Best Western Plus, Belize Biltmore Plaza was packed to capacity with invited guests from the Business Community and support of members of Faculty and Staff of UB. The Director of Ceremonies, Kevin Geban, Senior Lecturer of FMSS, started the program right on time and kept things flowing in respect for those present and keeping with the aim of the Transformation Plan of UB. Dr. Bernard Watler, Dean of FMSS offered warm welcome and an introduction to what would be a very informative, upbeat event, with different perspectives of why the MBA is a great and necessary addition to the programme offering at UB.

    Two New Cruise Ships Calls To Belize
    Belize welcomed Marella Discovery 2 in its first call to Belize on December 7, 2017. The ship had its maiden call ceremony on board at 11:00 a.m., participating was the ships local agent Eurocaribe Shipping Services, Ministry of Health, the Customs Department, BAHA, Immigration and the Belize Tourism Board. In the summer of 2017, Marella Discovery 2, with approximately 1,836 passengers and 771 crew members, joined the fleet of TUI Cruises. Marella Discovery 2 is the sister ship to Marella Discovery – and this is why their names are so similar. Having two ships means you’re able to pair a wider choice of itineraries with the exciting features offered by this larger, more contemporary style of vessel. This ships boasts an outdoor cinema, a rock climbing wall, a mini golf course, an indoor pool and a glossy atrium. Not to mention a range of bars, excellent dining scene and nighttime shows enhanced by up-to-the-minute technology.

    Foreva Fancy's Christmas Fashion Show
    Rounding up the fun-filled evening that was Love FM's Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 10, 2017, was Foreva Fancy's annual Christmas Fahion Show that took place at Central Park immediately following the parade. Central Park was flooded with spectators who gathered around the giant Christmas Tree as Foreva Fancy models showcased the latest clothing at the boutique. Additional entertainment was provided with musical numbers by the San Pedro Dance Academy and songs by Elina Palma.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Government of Belize Press Office looking for a Video Production Specialist
    We're looking for a Video Production Specialist to join our team at the Government Press Office. Are you that person? If so, click the link for details. Deadline for applications is Friday, January 5th, 2018.

    Congratulations to Brigadier General (R'td) Earl Arthurs Sr.
    Brigadier General (R'td) Earl Arthurs Sr. has been at the frontier of disaster response operations in every major regional event for over 20 years. The entire CDEMA and CDM family congratulate General Arthurs for being the recipient of the #CDM10 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Prestigious CDEMA Council of Ministers Award 2017. Congratulations "General"!

    Belize Bureau of Standards Office Hours
    The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce hereby informs the public that its offices will be closed for business on December 14th, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and during the entire day of December 15th, 2017.

    Mrs. Luisa Graniel Passes
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Graniel family and friends on the passing of Mrs. Luisa Graniel. May her soul rest in peace.

    Butane tank explosion cause Fire on Iguana Street in Belize City
    On 12.12. 2017, a fire occurred at 16 Iguana Street. At 9:50 a.m., 37 year old John Amos, the caretaker of the residence went to the kitchen and was about to light the stove when the butane tank in the kitchen exploded. The fire was extinguished by personnel from the Fire Department.The house was completely destroyed.

    Who let the car out?
    Enthusiastic driver makes an early entrance to the launch of the Belize City Center. One person said the place looked too good not to destroy at least the fence.

    MISTA PEETAZ BRUKDONG BRAM 2017
    The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation project in collaboration with NICH and Love FM will bring to you the Mr. Peetaz Brukdong Bram on December 16th - 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. - 12 hours of fantastic music and food. All happening behind the historic Court House next to wharf. This event will combine some of the best traditional Creole cultural foods, drinks and music. Bring your friends and family and get into the Christmas spirit the old fashion way! What is the history behind the Bram? “It is the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the Christmas season. The mahogany workers are coming home from camp to families they have not seen for months. The women and children are looking forward to the festivities ahead. What made those festivities in the Christmas season so exciting? The Bram, of course. And what, might you ask, is the Bram? The Bram is a spree traditionally done during the Christmas season. It is like an exodus of people dancing in the streets from one house to the next, the goal of which is to spread the merrymaking by singing, dancing and playing music at each house as a sign of good cheer. Traditionally, bramming occurred in Belize City (old Belize Town) and in the villages along the Belize River Valley; and later in most other Kriol (Creole) communities in Belize. As urban Belize City embraced less traditional Christmas celebrations, the Bram became relegated to the countryside where it still relishes a critical presence…….”

    Corozal Annual Christmas parade
    It is that time of the year when everyone are enjoying Christmas. Come celebrate this Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 P.M Corozal Annual Christmas parade. It will be held at our Corozal Central Park. Come out with all the family and bring out any item or gadget that lights up. Let us light and brighten up our town this Sunday.

    Corozal - Art in The Park Christmas Edition
    The Art in The Park Christmas Edition is to be held this Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at Central Park. You do want to be in Corozal this weekend to be part of this event and our Christmas parade this Sunday. If you are visting us as a tourist, please come by and take advantage of those that will be selling their souvenirs on Saturday starting around 5:00 a.m.

    BEL Proposes to Maintain Electricity Rates
    On Friday, December 8, 2017 Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) made a submission to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), proposing to maintain the Mean Electricity Rate (MER) at S0.3692 per kWh for the remainder of the Annual Tariff Period: January 1 to June 30, 2018. BEL was able to overcome a challenging year, as cost of power was higher than the PLICs projection. However, the Company is forecasting that cost of power for the first half of 2018 will be lower than the PUCs projection and that there will be continued growth in the tourism sector to drive demand. BEL is confident that it can continue to manage the variances in cost of power and sales in order to maintain the lowest sustainable rates.

    A few birds from today's MOSI banding station at Black Rock Lodge

    BWSL Working near South end of bridge today
    We hereby advise the general public that on Wednesday, December 13, ALL DAY, the Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) will be conducting works in the middle of the street at the southern end of the bridge as part of their last phase of their sewage expansion project. Due to this, big trucks/large vehicles will not be able to access the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge. Access will only be allowed to pedestrians, bicycles and golf carts. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

    Belize receives bronze medal for 4x400m female relay at the Central American Games

    Approximately 24 neighbours from 10 households file petition against Bar establishment for noise pollution, loud music after hours and other issues
    The self-explanatory petition has been hand delivered by affected neighbours to the Chairman of the Corozal Liquor Licensing Board, The Officer in Charge of the Corozal Police Department, The Officer in Charge of Corozal Traffic Department, His Lordship Mayor, Hilberto Campos, Department of the Environment, Ministry of the Environment - Department of Health, Ministry of Health, and the Belize Tourist Board, Ministry of Tourism. The Petition reads and we quote: "We, the undersigned residents and neighbours of Corozal Town, hereby petition against the granting of further liquor license extensions to the bar establishment known as “Scotty’s Bar and Grill’ located on 1st Avenue, Corozal Town from the hours of 12:00 midnight to 3:00 a.m. in the morning, and that no further permits be given to the said establishment to continue holding open air concerts on the street in front of their business establishment.

    Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico 2017 Christmas Concert
    Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico Invites all Parents and Guardians to our 2017 Christmas Concert to be held on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 commencing at 6:00 p.m. Please come along and support your child and join us in this festive season. Students will be dismissed at 1:30 P.M. on Thursday, instead of 2:00 p.m. The Corozal Daily would like to wish the students, faculty and staff of ESTM a Happy and Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

    Realize Belize Horseback Riding Day
    The Realize Belize Team took several kids with disabilities horse back riding at Chaa Creek. Their goal is to make Belize more inclusive for those with disabilities. Thanks, Realize Belize, and Chaa Creek! "A fantastic morning horse riding for children with disabilities at The Lodge at Chaa Creek! Thanks to our volunteers and everyone at Chaa Creek for your support in making this happen!"

    Ranger training program for Chiquibul park rangers
    FCD instructors have successfully completed another ranger training program for Chiquibul park rangers. Finance for this project was made possible through the Government supported program: Chiquibul Forest Investment Initiative.

    Channel 7

    Explosion At Quarry In Cayo Leaves One Dead
    Santa Elena residents were quite literally shaken up this evening when this happened within town limits this evening. It was an explosion at a quarry on a white mall hill in the Santa Cruz area. According to reports, the quarry owners were trying to break up a boulder - but things went very wrong. Sketchy reports say that nearby residents had their windows shattered as a result of the explosion. Unconfirmed reports say that a man may have also been killed - which we are tying to confirm at this hour. We do know there were injuries from huge flying rocks. The San Ignacio Police and Fire Departments are in the area at this time. This news just broke - and we'll be working on getting more information during tonight's newscast.

    Butane Tank Explodes In City Fire
    A fire in Belize City has put yet another family in distress, just weeks before the Christmas Holidays. This one happened on Iguana Street this morning just before 10 o'clock, and a family of 5, along with the entire neighborhood had a terrible scare when their kitchen caught fire and their gas tank blew up. Daniel Ortiz has the story: When the fire fighters put out the blaze inside the kitchen of the Amos family apartment, they found almost everything devoured by the flames. Ted Smith - Fire Chief: "At approximately 5 minutes after 10, or 1005 hours this morning, we received and responded to a structural fire on Iguana Street. On arrival, we found #16, at the northeastern portion of #16 on Iguana Street on fire. The Department immediately went into operation, contained and extinguished the fire."

    MOU Signed For Int'l Airport At Basil Jones
    In 2015, the Prime Minister announced that the Basil Jones airstrip on Northern Ambergris Caye will be transformed into Belize's second international airport. It will be called the Efrain Guerrero International Airport - it is an ambitious project that is expected to significantly increase tourist arrivals in Belize, specifically on San Pedro. Now the plan is to make it a state of the art airport that will accommodate flights from major carriers like United and American Airlines among others, including those from Europe and Canada. Well, the project was put into motion today - at least the preliminary stages. The government and the strategic investor from South Florida signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Belmopan today. 7news was there to find out more about this major project.

    Strong Cold Front Fading
    The past few days, Belizean all across the country have been digging deep into their closets or barrells, shaking out those camphor balls, and bringing out their thickest sweaters. That's because of the cold front which has blanketed Belize since the weekend. The temperatures took their farthest dip on Sunday, reaching to temperatures of 49 degrees Fahrenheit in higher areas inland, to about 63 or 64 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast. Now, if you're one who enjoys cooler weather, you better make the most of it, because the Belize Met Service says that this cold front is about to finish passing over the country. We caught up with meteorologist Derrick Rudon who shared some details about that cold front. Here's what he had to say:

    More Disturbing Explosion Images Flooding In
    There are more very disturbing images coming out of Senate Elena Cayo right now - in the wake of that major explosion this evening around 5:30. We have received images which show how large stones punctured the roofs of various homes - and in some cases, completely destroyed the zinc roofing. Indeed, some of the images look like a tornado or a hurricane passed through. And we can say with certainty that there is major residential damage. These are homes in the area of the explosion. We also saw a huge stone deposited in the back of an SUV - whose glass is completely shattered. A very devastating fallout tonight in Santa Elena town and, again, there are solid reports which say one man has died. UDP Chairman Alberto August reports that "Tiger Aggregate a road construction company blasted the hillside of a white marl quarry in the Santa Cruz area in the process of mining for material." August adds that the explosives technician increased the explosive to a heavier load. He reports that the blast resulted in the death of, a 70 year old Canadian who Manages Tiger Aggregate Company Ltd.

    Young Child Dies When Dad Crashes
    A 3 year old boy died in a traffic accident on the Southern Highway early this morning. It happened before dawn when 34 year old Tourist Police Officer Jose Oscar Sanchez Jr. had his whole family in his Isuzu Rodeo. They were heading from San Pedro Colombia to his work station at Hopkins Village. But, something went very wrong near Bladen Village where he ran off the road and flipped in a ditch. The Officer Commanding Toledo told us that's where his young son was killed: ASP Clement Cacho, OC - Punta Gorda: "We have found a red Isuzu Rodeo turned upside down on the left hand side of the road, was travelling towards Bella Vista Village. Initial police investigation revealed that the driver who is Jose Sanchez, 34 years old police officer was traveling towards Hopkins Village along with his family, his wife and 3 kids and apparently he dozed off, lost control of the vehicle and went into a ditch. Apparently the vehicle overturned. As a result a 3 year old minor lost his life. The other 2 minors, both girls complained of pain to the back."

    Chun's Case Is Now A Murder
    34 year old Israel Chuc was found lying face down on the right side of the road in San Ignacio on Sunday morning. Yesterday Police told us they saw no signs of violence, but today the report that a post mortem found otherwise. The medical officer certified cause of Death as Traumatic Asphyxiation - meaning he was stranded to death. So it is now being investigated as a homicide.

    Caye Caulker Airstrip Coming When?
    Earlier on in the news, we told you about the new international airport planned for northern Ambergris Caye in the Basil Jones area. But, while that developer has grand ambitions, how about the repairs to the Caye Caulker airstrip which still needs a lot of work and attention? Now in terms of cost, the initial $ 7 million dollars for renovations had to be downsized to $3.5 million for Social Security to consider the loan. Area Rep and the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia gave us an update today:

    Gang Boss Roger Anthony Takes The Rap For Cowo
    Since the police department resumed granting bi-weekly interviews, you've been seeing a lot of Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo. But in the background, he and another officer had been pressing assault charges against the notorious Roger Anthony for almost 2 years now. Well today, that case came to a close when Anthony pleaded guilty in the Magistrate's Court. The incident reportedly happened on January 18, 2016 at the Queen Street Police Station. Cowo reported that he heard a noise outside of the main office, and when he went to check on it, he saw Anthony shouting and using obscene language. He said that he tried to calm Anthony down, and that escalated into a pushing match between both men. Corporal Myvette came to Cowo's aid, and that's when Anthony reportedly threatened that he will kill the officer.

    Prisoner Will Be Charged For Sodomy
    A 43 year old prisoner has been charged for raping his male cell mate. On Friday Hattieville police formally arrested and charged the convict with (2) two counts of Unnatural Crime and (1) one count of Harm. He is set for arraignment in court tomorrow because a removal order is being prepare to send to prison to have him be brought to court.

    BEL Wants To Keep Your Electricity Rate Steady
    BEL is taking one for the team, by not increasing your electricity rate. Last week Friday, BEL made a submission to the Public Utilities Commission proposing to maintain the Mean Electricity Rate at $0.3692, or just about 37 cents per kilowatt hour up until June 30, 2018. The utility does this at some cost since the cost of power has been higher than projections over the past year. But the power Company expects that the cost of power for the first half of 2018 will be lower than the PUC's projection - and that things should event out. One of the big growth assumptions is that there will be continued growth in the tourism sector to drive demand for electricity. The Final decision will be made by the PUC.

    A Controversy Overs Cops And Contraband
    Today, the police sent out a press release saying that it had nabbed 25 cases of assorted canned Mexican beers, quote, "in an abandoned building on Aloe Vera Street." NOW, CONTRABAND beers are not usually left in abandoned buildings and tonight the man who said he was holding those beers are calling the cops corrupt and deceitful. He asked to appear off camera: Jules Vasquez, reporter: "You're saying that story that we got from police, bogus?" Victim: "Yes." Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Explain to me what really happened?" Victim: "They went to my house and opened the door, went in there, mix some contraband beer which was actually 35 cases."

    Ten Million For Climate Change From The IDB
    The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a loan to Belize for 10 million US dollars to help reduce the effects of climate change in Belize City and Caye Caulker. A press release from the IDB says that the money will be used by the Government for climate resilience measures in the tourism sector, and to assist in the improvement of disaster risk management governance. Their research says that between 1930 and 2016, Belize has been one of the countries in Latin American and the Caribbean that has been most afflicted by extreme meteorological events such as hurricanes and tropical storms. It has been hit by 16 major tropical storms, at least 1 every 5 years, affecting over 287 thousand Belizeans, and causing about 635 million US dollars in damages and losses.

    Christmas Caring
    Many of you are already getting your share or turkey dinner's way before Christmas but for many, their only warm meal for the season will be from St John's Soup kitchen. About 500 needy people gathered at the soup kitchen this afternoon for a plate of food and clothes. Bishop Phillip Wright, Anglican Bishop: "This is an annual event but the soup kitchen is a weekly event where we of course try to serve a meal to some of the homeless and others we see around the parks and so at Christmas time we up it a bit and make it into what I will assure you is a delicious turkey dinner so that is what you are seeing there with the soup kitchen."

    A Calvary Christmas Caring
    And up the street at Calvary Temple Primary School, the students also got a taste of Christmas today. The City Council provided lunch and a gift for 145 students. We dropped by this afternoon. Phillip Singh, Councilor: "This came about 3 months ago I decided that last year we did Bethel school so I said we needed to go to another school, one of the schools that needed a little support from anyone and as a part of Mesopotamia division I realize that there was a school in this little corner that it seems everyone has forgotten so I decided we would do Calvary Temple this year."

    More Stunning Explosion Video
    There is now new footage emerging which shows that dramatic explosion in San Ignacio this evening. Again, it happened at about 5:30pm this evening, when Tiger Aggregate a road construction company blasted the hillside of a white marl quarry in the Santa Cruz area in the process of mining for material. The blast was overdone and it reportedly resulted in the death of a 70 year old Canadian Manager of Tiger Aggregate Company Ltd. Several houses in the area were badly damaged with food shattered and windows blown.

    Channel 5

    Twin Towns Rocked by Huge Blast Explosion at Quarry this Evening
    There were two explosions today in Belize City and in the Cayo District. We go first to Santa Elena where this afternoon dynamites were set off to break a boulder [...]

    In the City, Family Surprised by Early Morning Gas Tank Blowout
    In the city…a fire, this morning at an apartment complex on Iguana Street gave way to an explosion that rocked the community. As a loud bang was heard and plumes [...]

    Former Remanded Prisoner Tells Story of Double Sodomy to News Five
    Last week we told you the story of an inmate allegedly sodomized inside a cell at the Belize Central Prison. The young man was reportedly twice raped on separate occasions [...]

    As Charges Come, Accuser Seeks Justice
    The alleged perpetrator is expected to be taken to court on Wednesday where he will be charged with two counts of an unnatural act. The alleged victim says that he [...]

    Family Cries Foul; Accuser ‘Locked Down’ with Abuser
    And as you heard, the young man was not allowed to see his family. His father also spoke with us off camera today to say that it was until after [...]

    Israel Chuc Death Now a Murder; He Was Fatally Strangled
    Thirty-four-year-old Israel Chuc, a resident of Santiago Juan Layout in San Ignacio was discovered dead on Sunday morning in the vicinity of Branch Mouth Road. There was a trace of [...]

    Father’s Lapse at Wheel Leads to Son’s Accident Death in Bladen
    A three-year-old boy perished in a fatal road traffic accident along the Southern Highway this morning, while his father was driving a sports utility vehicle towards Hopkins Village.  The incident [...]

    The Year 2017 in Crime
    The following story is about the 2017 murder count. Soon after it was calculated at one hundred and thirty-three, the count went up this afternoon by one with the murder [...]

    Police Snatch Contraband Beer
    Just before midday today, the Special Assignment Team attached to ACT made a significant bust. The initiative, ‘Addressing Crime Together,’ seeks to tackle the spiraling urban violence related to gang [...]

    Separate ACTs Lead to Coke, Weed in Old Capital
    Operation ACT was in full operation on Monday in the city and turned up cocaine and weed. Around eleven in the morning, the Special Assignment Team searched an abandoned barrack [...]

    B.E.L. Says No Change to Electricity Rates
    Belize Electricity Limited has managed to keep electricity rates steady for the past few years, and consumers can go into 2018 expecting no changes in the base cost of electricity. [...]

    Wall Crash Won’t Stop Civic Show
    The new Civic Center on Central American Boulevard is scheduled to be launched this Wednesday, two years and three months after the old facility was broken down to make way [...]

    E.U. Grant for Western Regional ‘Drap Da Wata’
    One of the exchanges in Friday’s meeting of the House of Representatives came on the adjournment between Minister of Health Pablo Marin and Cayo Northeast area representative Orlando Habet. Habet [...]

    Who Will Stand Up for retired PSWT Beneficiaries?
    The saga of the Public Sector Workers Trust continues, following a claim filed by retired public officers Sheila Genitty, Ruth White and Darrel Gardiner as beneficiaries and representatives of the [...]

    How Unions Can Find 5,000-Plus Beneficiaries
    According to Genitty, the trustees have been saying all along that they cannot ascertain the names of all the beneficiaries.  She says that one call placed in the media has [...]

    Athletes Pile Up Medals at C.A. Games
    Team Belize is still on the hunt for its first gold medal in the Central American Games taking place in Managua, Nicaragua. But the athletics team has been carrying the [...]

    Calvary Temple Parties with CitCo
    The Belize City Council was sharing the Christmas spirit in the city this morning. The holiday cheer took them over to Regent Street West at the Calvary Temple Primary School [...]

    The Joy of Christmas at St. John’s Soup Kitchen
    The Belize City Council’s twelve days of charity continues across the Old Capital. Today the municipal body’s workers focused on two overlooked sectors of society – children and the homeless [...]

    CTV3

    Belizean Athletes Represents At Central American Games
    Over the past two weeks, Belizean athletes from different sporting denominations, including basketball, volleyball, football and athletics among others have been in Managua, Nicaragua representing Belize at the eleventh edition of the Central American Games. Over the past few days our Belizean players have managed to get on to the medal board. The national basketball team was the first to receive a medal last week after they defeated El Salvador for the Bronze. Over the weekend veteran athlete Trecia Flores also took a bronze in long jump – and was joined by Katy Sealy who received the silver in Heptathlon.

    Customs Confiscates 25 Cases Of Contraband Beers
    During the Christmas season, contraband activities are heightened as majority of individuals from across the country prepare to welcome the festive season by purchasing alcoholic beverages. While the north is considered as the area where contraband activity is most intense due to identified contraband hotspots located near the Mexican border, it is believed that majority of such illegal goods are transported from here to different parts of the country. And tonight we can tell you that contraband has made its way into Belize City. However, with special operations conducted by law enforcement officers, it has not been quite easy to get away with.

    Main suspect In Murder Of Felix Ayuso Caught In Mexico
    The family of murder victim Felix Ayuso have confirmed that the main suspect in the February murder of their loved has been finally caught in Mexico. Vildo Lorenzo Westby’s WANTED poster advertising a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest had been circulating among regional authorities for various months. The Ayuso family, however, got information that Westby had been hiding in Chiapas, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, so they travelled there themselves.

    Amandala

    Unarmed Honduran security guard murdered in Belize City
    An unarmed Honduran national who was doing guard duty is dead — a victim of gun violence after weeks of calm in the old capital. According to police reports, shortly after 3 o’clock on Saturday morning, investigators visited the scene of the crime, Buca Shell gas station situated at 2 ½ Miles on the Philip Goldson Highway. There, officers saw the motionless body of Baltazar Sarmiento, 61. He was lying face-down on the compound with an apparent gunshot wound to the left side of his head. Amandala understands that shortly after midnight, Sarmiento was eating some food when two men pulled up in a boat from behind the gas station.

    Marilyn Williams appointed as Supreme Court judge
    The rumors have been circulating in legal and judicial circles for several months, but when Amandala called attorney Marilyn Williams several weeks ago, she denied having any knowledge about the matter of her appointment as a Supreme Court judge. Today, however, the appointment of Williams to the Supreme Court was confirmed by no less than Prime Minister Dean Barrow, when he spoke to reporters following a House of Representatives meeting. Williams first came into the public spotlight when she sought electoral office as a United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate for the Albert Division in the general elections of 2003.

    Accused killer from San Pedro captured in Veracruz, Mexico
    After being on the run for about 10 months, Vildo Westby, 35, of San Pedro, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the brutal murder of popular San Pedro activist, Felix Ayuso Jr., 44, has been captured. The long arm of the law caught up with him on Thursday, December 7, in Veracruz, Mexico, where he has been living. The fugitive is now in the custody of Mexican police and arrangements are being made to hand him over to the Belize police. The family of Felix Ayuso, Jr. had raised funds and offered a reward of $13,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspected killer. Today, the sister of Felix told us that the reward has been paid to the man who gave the information that led the Mexican police to the arrest of Westby in Veracruz.

    Final House of Representatives meeting for 2017; US$40 million loan motion introduced
    The House of Representatives held its final meeting for this year today to debate a motion for a US $40 million loan from the Republic of China (Taiwan), and to carry out the second reading of several bills. The loan from Taiwan is to be disbursed in four parts of US$10 million each, and is for budgetary support. It is a low-interest loan with a grace period of three years. Prime Minister Barrow, in outlining the motion, explained, “This is simply another installment in the continuing economic cooperation program with Taiwan. Their loan and grant program is done in cycles of four years; the last four-year program has come to an end—this is the new four-year program. Unfortunately, there is nothing additional in the proposed disbursements, the proposed mix of loans and grants. But just to be clear, that it is what happens every four years in the Republic of China (Taiwan).”

    If the 90 million isn’t paid, the debt will simply continue increasing, says Senator Mark Lizarraga
    The recent ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has pitted several social partners against the United Democratic Party (UDP)-led government, several of whose Cabinet Ministers have declared publicly that they have no intentions of honoring the CCJ-ordered payout of more than $90 million to the Belize Bank Limited. Nikita Usher, the president of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), and his predecessor, Kay Menzies, have both said that the Government of Belize (GoB) should respect the rule of law and honor the payment of the debt, which was originally $33.5 million, but which ballooned to today’s figures, and to which interest is being added with each passing day.

    From The Publisher
    If you examine the period in British Honduras between 1964 and 1979 carefully, you may come to understand why an old timer like myself would be so intrigued by the recently revealed FBI files of January 1968 concerning the Hon. Philip Goldson. These papers bring the British intelligence group, MI-6, into play where the British Honduras Governor in 1968, Sir John Paul, is being quoted. When British Honduras became a self-governing colony in 1964, there were people in the leadership of the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) who believed that we would be moving forward to political independence in a few years time. The PUP, led by Hon. George Price, was very, very popular and powerful in 1964, but the Belize Estate and Produce Company (BEC), the British mahogany/chicle/real estate conglomerate which had controlled the settlement/colony for more than a century, was still a major player here. It was believed that BEC had financed the pro-colonial National Party (NP) in 1951, and that it was supporting the National Independence Party (NIP), established in 1958, which was Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, led by Hon. Goldson, when self-government was introduced.

    BCCI’s response to PM Barrow’s letter
    Dear Prime Minister, We note that your letter, dated November 30, 2017, in which you responded to our Wednesday, November 29, press release titled “90 Million for Nothing”, focused almost exclusively on the fact of our holding both the previous and current administrations responsible for the current state of affairs regarding the debt that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has deemed valid and enforceable. Naturally, we expect that the Government would seek to defend its continued efforts in this matter, and the now-standard tactic of insulting the messenger in order to destroy the message is not unexpected. However, unleashing such invective upon the BCCI specifically for its unwavering support for the Rule of Law as an essential part of our democracy is disappointing coming both from yourself as one of our nation’s most experienced lawyers, and from one of our past presidents who was once a champion of Rule of Law, good governance and political reform.

    Wanaragua
    To Whom It May Concern: With the holiday season approaching, I recently saw a Wanaragua (John Canoe) video on Facebook and decided to repost along with commentary of why I love Wanaragua and why Christmas Day is my most joyous day of all. My commentary resonated with a few people and I was encouraged to contact your press department. My name is Byron Martinez. I currently reside in Los Angeles, CA, but was born and raised in Dangriga Town. Wanaragua is a time-honored tradition that we as Belizeans should all be proud of. Here in Los Angeles we still honor this tradition by driving around the city performing from house to house in a caravan of vehicles, but it doesn’t come close to that youthful feeling of waking up to Wanaragua in Dangriga.

    Abraham Lincoln and British Honduras/Belize
    Amandala supporter, Evondale Coburn, came across these Abraham Lincoln Papers on British Honduras (Belize) in the United States Library of Congress, and thought they might be very interesting for Amandala readers. It’s just fascinating, how much interest there has been in “little” Belize over all these years. Our Mayan ancestors absolutely knew what “wealth untold” lay under their feet when they lived here. Then, the Europeans came. The first to come were from Spain and Portugal, beginning in 1492. Then the buccaneers came, seeking a place to hide in 1638. The British made Belize a full “colony” in 1862. That same year, a lady named Anna Ella Carroll wrote of the wonderful country called British Honduras, suggesting it was an ideal place for the Americans to found an “infant colony.”

    House bohgaz didn’t earn right to share abrazos
    It’s a darn good thing I didn’t schedule my life around the sitting of the House on Friday, or I would be cussing no end right now, like those who did. What the heck, this is what our political leaders meet up for in these trying times? There are pressing issues, real pressures on the people. A powerful wind is blowing, dead on from the direction the passengers need to go, and our sails and riggings are weak from the strain of years of struggle. This is no time for the captain and crew to be sharing rum popo and wishing each other Merry Krismos. But there they were, in the most anticipated meeting of the year, passing around good cheer. Couldn’t they just send their good wishes over the phone, or by email, like everybody else? No, those bohgaz had to go to the House. It sucks even more that we pay for it!

    http://amandala.com.bz/news/ex-bdf-soldier-night-school-student-remanded-robbery/
    Leroy Brown, 20 a former BDF soldier, and Clent Geban, 19, a night school student, a duo who allegedly stole $1,480 from Tomza Butane Gas, located at Mile 1 on the George Price Highway, were charged with robbery when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. They pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the offence has become prevalent; that it is of a serious nature; that the evidence of the prosecution is strong because the two accused persons were seen on surveillance camera; and that if granted bail they might interfere with prosecution witnesses. Senior Magistrate Ford upheld the objection and she remanded them into custody until January 31.

    Elroy Johnson: I am a Belizean
    I am a Belizean. But I am absolutely unique. My life is unique. Out of my unique experience, there is something that has never been, and can never be, experienced by anyone else. It is my donation to mankind. It is my privilege to be here on the planet. My donation cannot be copied, replaced, repeated, nor duplicated. It is distinctively unique. It is one of a kind. So are my tasks and my opportunities to implement them. I must, therefore, treasure the things that make me uniquely different. So should you with yours. Now, let me expound a little, ‘cause it’s getting a little deep. Out of the 6 billion+ people on this planet, there’s only one “me.” There’s no one out there to fit my mold perfectly, to occupy my space and my time perfectly. There’s nobody out there to do the task I was destined to do, to tell a story, sing a song, or write a book. It may be quirky and different, but that makes me, me. It makes me special and unique. Whether I am a Creole, a Garinagu, an East Indian, a Hispanic, a Mestizo, a Maya, or Ketchi; flat nose, pointed nose, light skin, dark skin, straight hair, kinky or natty dread, I am the sum-total of all my ancestral traits of the people who came before me. So I ought to be damn proud of who I am. And at no time must I allow anyone who isn’t me, to define me, confine me, control me, direct me, or “…lize” me with their “isms” and “skisms.” I am who I am.

    Arson suspected in fire at Finnegan’s Market
    Pearl “Pauline” Usher, 52, a mother of 12, could only helplessly watch as her source of income went up in flames on Saturday afternoon. Just before 1 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, police visited #1 Corner of Hicattee Street and West Collet Canal, where they observed stall # 6 of the Hyde’s Building in flames. Initial police investigations revealed that at 12:45 p.m., Alvin Oswald Coleman, 62, a Belizean businessman of Hyde’s Building, was alerted of a fire and upon making checks he observed the said stall swallowed in flames. The stall was occupied by Usher, who used it to sell apparel. In an interview with Amandala today, Usher revealed that all the items inside the stall, stock valued in the vicinity of $600, had been destroyed in the blaze.

    Teakettle tire-burning protestors arraigned
    The strange death of Edwin Antonio Baires “Jose” Hernandez, 20, has caused some villagers of Teakettle to express their contempt for certain members of the police department. Today, three villagers — Pilnes Gutierres, 55; Marvin Corea, 23; and Guadalupe Guerra, 22 — were arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court for charges relating to a protest they staged against the circumstances in which their fellow villager was killed. They were all charged with “Illegal Assembly,” while Gutierres was additionally charged with “Illegal Entry.” When they appeared before Magistrate Ladonna John, Gutierres pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for each offence.

    The Reporter

    Butane tank explodes; household appliances destroyed
    A pastor and his family members are homeless after the butane gas tank at their house exploded on Tuesday morning, destroying their household appliances and completely scorching the interior of the building they once called home. The fire happened sometime around 10:00 a.m. at #16 Iguana street, where John Amos, 37, a pastor and his family lived. Amos, who was also the caretaker of the residence, reportedly went to the kitchen and was in the process of lighting the stove when the fire started. The butane tank that was in the kitchen exploded and the fire quickly spread.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belize City Civic center to host open day tomorrow
    Tomorrow, the Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) will be hosting an open day at the Belize […]

    One person dead; several more injured in explosion
    This evening, BBN reported of a dynamite explosion that occurred in a quarry hill in […]

    Dynamite explodes in Santa Elena, Cayo; Police at the scene
    BBN has received reliable reports about a dynamite explosion in an area of Santa Elena […]

    FBI seeks suspect in the US in connection with Corozal double murder
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking a person of interest in the United […]

    British authorities contact Belize police over British woman’s murder in Ladyville
    The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office is in contact with Belize police regarding the […]

    Fifteen-year-old minor missing in San Ignacio Town
    A 15 year old minor from San Ignacio Town is missing. According to relatives, Kimberly […]

    GSU find weed in Lindos Alley
    Yesterday at about 9:30 p.m., the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) conducted searches in the Lindos Alley […]

    Police find 25 cases of contraband beers
    Just before midday today the police Special Assignment Team conducted searches in an abandoned building […]

    Police say butane tank exploded and caused fire
    Police have released an official report on the early morning blaze on Belize City’s south […]

    One dead in early morning vehicle mishap
    Today at about 5:10 a.m., police responded to a report of a road traffic accident in […]

    Police warn against toy guns for Christmas
    The Belize Police Department is asking the public to reconsider purchasing toy guns for children […]

    43 year old man charged for sodomizing cell mate, 21
    A 43 year old inmate at the Kolbe foundation has been charged with (2) two […]

    Special Envoy launches 2018 Inspiration Calendar and Agenda
    On Friday, December 8, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children (SEWC), […]

    Fire on Iguana Street
    There was a fire a short time ago at an apartment building on Iguana street […]

    Conman running wild in Belize City
    Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, revealed to the press that there is a conman […]

    Ministry of Health advisory: get your flu vaccine
    Today, the Ministry of Health issued an advisory informing the public that during the cool […]

    Ministry of Health drops ball on EU funds for Western Regional
    The Government of Belize will not be making the much-needed upgrades to the Western Regional […]

    Car crashes into new Civic Center fence
    The newly renovated Belize City Civic Center hasn’t even officially been opened to the public […]

    Blogs

    Pen Cayetano presents music and art at Diamond Lodge Boutique B&B
    There is little doubt that he is multi-talented, and as such, has earned the title of Belizean icon. Delvin ‘Pen’ Cayetano MBE is a musician, painter and all-around artist, one to whom the invention of Punta Rock is accredited. After 13 years, the artist returned to the island to join Belizean Arts in hosting an art exhibit at the new Diamond Lodge Boutique Bed & Breakfast. His signature pieces were displayed throughout the newest addition to the hospitality industry on the island, and highlighting the evening was some excellent drumming by the man himself. Accompanied by his wife Ingrid, Pen beat on the primero drum, the rhythmic, primal sound of the drumbeats filling the air. Guests took in the sight of Cayetano’s pieces, many of which highlight his rich Garifuna culture. From the Charikanari dancers, to idyllic scenes in Hopkins, and even self-portraits of the man himself through various stages of life, each piece is uniquely Belizean. The more one looks at the artwork, the richer the story becomes.

    Air Miles Come to Belize
    Exciting news for those that love to fly! On January 1st, Tropic Air will be launching its Air Miles Frequent Flyer Program – TropicMiles. A soft launch will take place soon to fine tune everything, before the official one. I know a couple of people who are already in the program and are accumulating miles. The miles program’s primary target market is local Belize travelers, the residents and business frequent flyers, however, it will be available to vacation travelers as well. So many folks are repeat visitors and this is a great ongoing reward for putting in the time to plan your trip.

    International Sourcesizz

    A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity
    Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses. William Ruiz Sánchez spends his days grilling burgers and slathering fried hot dogs with pepperoni and cheese at his family’s restaurant. Refrigerators and fire-engine red tables provided by Coca-Cola feature the company’s logo in exchange for exclusive sale of its drinks. Though members of the Ruiz family sometimes eat here, they more often grab dinner at Domino’s or McDonald’s. For midday snacks, they buy Doritos or Cheetos at Oxxo, a convenience store chain so ubiquitous here that nutritionists and health care advocates mockingly refer to the city as San Cristóbal de las Oxxos. The family’s experience in food service began in the 1960s, when Mr. Ruiz’s grandmother sold tamales and home-cooked food made with produce from a nearby farm; those same ingredients sustained her boys with vegetable stews, beans, tortillas and eggs. Meat was a luxury. Since then, the Ruizes have become both consumers and participants in an extraordinary transformation of the country’s food system, one that has saddled them and millions of other Mexicans with diet-related illnesses. It is a seismic shift that some nutritionists say has an underappreciated cause: free trade.

    Belize – Beyond The Blue Hole
    Belize, to divers the mere mention of the name, brings forth an iconic image of the Belize Blue Hole. Even non-divers often recognize aerial photographs of the blue hole thanks to Jacques Yves Cousteau’s television series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau”. His episode “Secrets of the Sunken Caves” back in March 1971 featured the blue hole and brought it to the worlds attention. That sparked the interest that remains today. While the Belize Blue Hole is a key draw for divers, there are many other aspects of diving to attract the dedicated scuba diver. Atolls are generally found in the Indo-Pacific. There are four atolls outside of that region often called the Western Hemisphere Atolls. Of these four atolls, three are located in Belize. Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Glover’s Reef Atoll, and Turneffe Atoll each offer something unique. At one time, an atoll was an island with a fringing reef. Rising seawater caused the islands to flood, while the fringing reef continued to grow. Eventually, the fringing reef becomes higher than the island and the atoll is formed with an internal lagoon. Patches of reef start forming on that were once the island. The atolls are outside of the barrier reef, beyond the fringing reef around the atolls is deep water.

    Monkey business: Building a global database of primate conservation studies
    Primates are our family. From tiny, delicate golden lion tamarins to impressively muscular gorillas, we are part of the same evolutionary lineage; a tree of life stretching back about 65 million years. But while one primate — Homo sapiens — has flourished and spread across the planet, about 60 percent of non-human primate species are threatened with extinction. Conservation of these intelligent, complex creatures can be challenging on many levels. We must work wisely towards finding the best solutions to the multi-faceted problems threatening their survival. Fortunately, there are some tantalizing hints at solutions: black lion tamarins and capuchins in Brazil have been seen using custom-built pole bridges to cross roads, and six species of lemurs in Madagascar used canopy bridges to cross roads and mining areas rather than walk on the roads below. Even better, a thirteen-year study in Belize found that black howler monkey numbers increased after the construction of pole bridges over man-made gaps, as one part of a wider conservation plan.

    Caribbean Leaders Launch Plan to Make Region World’s First Climate-Smart Zone
    The Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition, an ambitious public-private initiative aimed at funding a US$8 billion investment plan to transform the region into the world’s first “climate-smart” zone and benefit 3.2 million Caribbean households, was launched today. The coalition’s work will focus on coordinated action on four initial critical priorities: scaling renewable energy as rapidly as possible to help free Caribbean countries from the high cost of imported fossil fuels and the high vulnerability of centralised distribution systems; building low-carbon and resilient infrastructure including nature-based approaches, to better withstand future extreme weather events; creating innovative financing models such as a debt-for-resilience swap initiative in exchange for demonstrated progress on policy reforms and investments to strengthen resilience and promote climate-smart growth pathways; and strengthening the capacity of Caribbean countries and key regional institutions to plan for long-term resilience and climate smart growth strategies.

    Videos

  • Belize Silver Medal Performance at the Central American Games in the Male 4X100 Relay, 1.5min.

  • Belize Dry Sea, 2min. Every year when the cold fronts enter Belize we tend to sea getting dry. Very amazing to capture since all year around the water is high. We are use to tropics weather so feeling the cold fronts are no joke and I'm talking about 50 degrees fahrenheit. LOL

  • Tragic... A Youth's Rap on Violence in Belize affecting Youth, 2.5min. Joel Coc with UNICEF Belize at Punta Gorda, Toledo District, Belize.

  • OCEANA Belize, Columbia Christmas Tree, 3min.

  • National Council on Aging - Story Time Collection, 12min.

  • Senate Select Hearing Review, 42min.

  • Tarpon fishing Belize, 5min.

  • My Belize, 4.5min.

  • BELIZE - Shark Ray Alley Snorkel, 3min.

  • Glover atoll teaser/ Belize/, 4min. I made some edits and only included clips from our one week stay in Glover Atoll

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 54min.

  • Crocodile's Eye View, 1/2min. Feels like you are really there.

    December 12, 2017


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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, and other specials


    The San Pedro Sun

    IDB and Government officials discuss improved sustainability for tourism
    Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Chief for the Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management Division, Mr. Pedro Martel visited Belize this past week to discuss with top government officials and private sector representatives, ways of improving sustainability of tourism investments in addition to coastal resilience and adaptation measures. Accompanied by IDB Country Representative, Cassandra T. Rogers, Mr. Martel met with officials from the Ministry of Economic Development; the Ministry of Finance; the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation; the Belize Tourism Board; the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute and, the Belize Tourism Industry Association during a three-day visit, December 6-8. Additionally, the IDB delegation, together with officials of relevant ministries and the Belize Tourism Board, visited key tourism investments, financed by the IDB, including the Belize City Memorial Park, the San Pedro Water Taxi Terminal and Municipal Pier, and the Cayo Welcome Center. Mr. Martel was also the keynote speaker at the Belize Tourism Industry Association’s (BTIA) 32nd Annual General Meeting.

    Little Angels Preschool delights audience with annual Christmas Show
    The students from Little Angels Preschool delighted dozens of parents and guests at their annual Christmas show on Thursday, December 7th. Held at the Lions Den, the energetic toddlers presented various well-organized dance routines that brought out the holiday spirit. According to little angels’ principal, Marina Kay, the annual event serves as a fundraiser for the preschool. As such, food, snacks and refreshments were on sale during the event. At 7PM, the first number jump-started the event with students taking the stage to perform ‘I’m a little snowman.’ This performance was followed by Rudolph and the Hokey Pokey Ranger.

    Ambergris Today

    Alberto Nunez Laid To Rest After Island’s First State Funeral
    A state funeral is a public funeral ceremony, observing the strict rules of protocol, held to honor people of national significance. This honor was bestowed to Don Alberto "Beto" Nuñez, who was the fifth Mayor of San Pedro Town and who served for two terms. Don Beto, as he was popularly called, died on December 8, 2017, at the age of 83. Members of the San Pedro Police force provided the Guard of Honor and Pall Bearers were members of the San Pedro PUP Marshals. The Belize flag covered and decorated the coffin and a PUP flag led the procession from the Seventh Day Adventist Church to St. Peter's Cemetery.

    Love FM's Christmas Parade Spreads Christmas Cheer
    It's Christmas time and San Pedro knows how to celebrate during this festive season. Without a doubt one of the biggest parades that the island has seen this year took place on Sunday, December 10, 2017, as hundreds of island residents and tourists lined up the streets of San Pedro to witness Love FM's Christmas Parade. Love FM gathers groups, organizations and businesses that wish to participate in the fun and puts together a fun-filled parade full of lights, music and entertainment. This year saw the participation of the San Pedro Town Council with Santa Claus joining them in the fun and leading the parade. They were followed by the San Pedro RC School Marching Band and Majorettes and ABC Pre School with their fun mascots such Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Donald - absolute highlight for the children.

    One Step Closer For Law On Moratorium On Offshore Oil In Belize
    On Friday, December8, 2017, Belizean parliamentarians gave bi-partisan support for the legislation that places an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil in Belize’s marine territory, including territorial seas and Exclusive Economic Zone. The Petroleum Operations (Offshore Zone Moratorium) Bill, 2017 has now been referred to the Senate which is scheduled to meet next Wednesday, December 13. Once passed by that legislative body, the Bill will be signed into law by the Governor General of Belize.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Christmas Parade - with Happy Sharks!
    What a fabulous San Pedro Christmas Parade we had this year! Huge turnout on the streets of San Pedro. This is a big event put on annually by radio and TV station Love FM - News and Music Power. During this parade, we were proud to introduce our amazing Marine MARCLub members (kids from several local schools) who helped design and create the HammerCart with our research and outreach assistant Cynthia Xiu (who created the marine club). The students also insisted (and occasionally fought) to become our mascots. And in fact this was our mascots' first big presentation to the broader San Pedro - and through TV - to the Belizean public. We could not get over HOW MANY people - kids especially - wanted to hug our mascots Betto/Betty the Bull Shark and Hammy the Hammerhead and wanted to take pictures with them.

    Get ur delicious Rumpopo from my daddy, Captain Rob!!
    He has all day everyday! $20, $30 and $50 bottles!! Treat ur tastebuds. Every year, daddy makes his famous, delicious, mouth watering Rumpopo. This year is no different! Taking orders for Satuday 11th November...$20 per quart, $30 per liter and $50 for elephant foot!! Captain Rob's Rumpopo, bringing the love of the Christmas season to your home!!! Comment below or inbox to place orders, thanks!

    Pics from a whirlwind trip to Belize
    Only a week left for the Belize Hawk Watch! Over 13,000 raptors counted and nearly 3500 Hook-billed Kites.

    Welcome home our CTO Caribbean Adventure Ambassador - Rowan Garel!
    At W. Goldson International Airport

    A view from Children's Park Corozal

    CSAM member Carlos Carrillo working on his mural at the Market in Corozal
    These murals are a welcomed addition to our Corozal landscape and character. Well done Carlitos!!

    Belmopan Water Outage Tuesday
    Belize Water Services hereby informs customers in Belmopan that there will be an interruption in the water supply, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, starting at 10:00pm. The area to be affected is the entire Belmopan City. This interruption is necessary to conduct electrical maintenance. Customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents in these areas are being advised that water supply should return to normal by Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 2:00 am. If they experience water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call BWS' hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS (0-800-225-5297) to report it.

    Christmas Bird Count 2017
    We start off with a bang this Friday! Cockscomb CBC pre-count meeting is Thursday at 7.30pm at Cockscomb Basin. It is fine if you did not start your birding year right, here's your chance to end it right!

    Official inauguration of the New San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture
    Look out for the official inauguration of the New San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture (NICH), this Wednesday Dec.13th, 2017 at 9:30am in San Ignacio Town, Cayo!

    Caye Caulker Airport Progress
    They have done several test holes and placed survey markets all the way down both sides with measurements written on them. No activity since they finished the surveying a week ago. CCBTIA and National BTIA has both requested update and you can imagine no update.

    BELIZE HOTEL ASSOCIATION HOSTS 2017 BIANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
    The Belize Hotel Association held its Biannual General Meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 1:00PM- 4:00PM at Mahogany Bay Village in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Present were members and Board of Directors of the BHA , other Tourism Stakeholders, partners and guests. Also in attendance was Ms. Karen Pike, Director of Marketing, of the BTB and Mr. John Burgos, Executive Director of the BTIA.

    Belize Bureau of Standards Office Hours
    The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce hereby informs the public that its offices will be closed for business on December 14th, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and during the entire day of December 15th, 2017. The Bureau apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause. For further information please call our office at 822-0446 or 822-0447.

    Pediatric Bracing Mission 2017
    Special Thanks to the San Ignacio Welcome Center and Faye of the Inspiration Center for hosting our Pediatric Bracing Mission 2017. There are so many children in this area that would otherwise have to travel to the city to receive these services .We look forward to our continued partnership in 2018.

    TTSI PRESENTS “ BULLIE QUEEN TANYA CARTER LIVE”
    Saturday, December 16th 2017 inside Thirsty Thursday’s live singing her hit MILLION Tanya Carter!

    Perdomo passes on in San Pedro
    He was always smiling very happy person. Rest In Peace Perdomo..

    "JOSE DE LA CRUZ" LA VOZ DE PAPEL at the PRINCESS CASINO FREEZONE
    Everyone is cordially invited for another Laugh Out Loud weekend with the live musical comedy show of "JOSE DE LA CRUZ" LA VOZ DE PAPEL at the PRINCESS CASINO FREEZONE, Corozal this Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th from 10:00 p.m. Come out! Laugh and have a wonderful time and get a chance to win. No cover!!!

    Corozal Christmas Parade
    Our annual Christmas Parade will be better and brighter. Come out this Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 P.M. at our Corozal Central Park to enjoy a colourful night of Christmas cheers. Come out with all the family and bring out any item or gadget that lights up. Let us light and brighten up our town this Sunday. Please tell your friends to bring any item or gadget that either glows or lights up so we can brighten up our town this Sunday.

    Benque 2017 Posadas Empiezan
    The 2017 Benque Posadas will be starting this Friday, December 15th, at 8:00pm. There will be marimba music. "You are cordially invited to join us for the first night as we host the Benque Posadas, December 15th, 2017. Join the Street Procession/ Pilgrimage after Mass at 8:00 p.m. leading to the House of Culture with live marimba music, Mary, Joseph and the pilgrims!

    Photos of the Verdes FC vs Bandits SC Finals Game
    2nd leg of the Verdes FC vs Bandits SC Finals Game, The game ended in favor of Verdes FC winning by Aggregate at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City Saturday December 9th 2017.

    FCD’s Environmental Youth members meet with Guatemalan youth
    With support from the British High Commission Office in Belize a two day binational youth exchange activity was conducted. FCD’s Environmental Youth members and youth from four Guatemalan communities met in Chiquibul to discuss an environmental coordination mechanism.

    Channel 7

    Security Guard Murdered - Family Says He Was Targeted
    A 61 year old man was killed at his workplace over the weekend. Security guard Baltazar Sarmiento was on duty at the Buca Shell Gas Station on the Phillip Goldson Highway - when he was attacked and shot in the head. Police believe it was burglary, but Sarmiento's son says his dad was targeted. Courtney Weatherburne has more. For Maikor Sarmiento, having his dad with him for his high school graduation is one of the most precious moments in his life. Now, Maikor has to constantly revisit that memory to try and block out the horrid reality of his father's murder.

    Con-Man Has Hit Eight Businesses
    Police say that a con-man is making the rounds to local merchants and duping with a smooth game. He's hit 7 or 8 businesses in Belize City - and that's after doing the same in San Ignacio and Orange Walk. Here's what he does: he tells business owners that he's come to collect on behalf of one of the large wholesalers - and he presents them with bogus paperwork to that effect. The business pays, but it doesn't go to their supplier, because he pockets the money. Tonight, police are warning business owners to check with their suppliers before issuing that cheque:

    Fire Touched Finnegan Market Area Unexpectedly
    A clothes vendor at the Hyde's mini market is asking for help after her stall and all her belongings were destroyed by fire. It started on Saturday afternoon - right after the busiest time at the adjacent Michael Finnegan market. As amateur video shows, the fire started right at the edge of the street: Courtney Weatherburne reporting: In a matter of minutes, this small market stall was gutted by flames. Helpless passersby just looked on. The tenant, Pearl Usher was standing nearby as all her clothes turned to brittle blackened rubble. Pearl Usher, Clothes Vendor: "One of my friends tell me Pauline your place is on fire, but then I didn't believe because she lies to run joke. So I came and check and see the place was on fire for true."

    Cops Make Arrests For Big Money Jacking
    Police have charged two men who they say were responsible for a 12 thousand dollar robbery last week. 28 year old Leon Weir and 18 year old Louquan Flowers were caught on camera last week Wednesday when they robbed 45 year old businesswoman Zeneida Allen. She was at an apartment building at 4 Fullers Lane when a group of men barged in and one of them struck her on the face with a stone. Another man then snatched a bag containing $8,800 in cash that she was sitting on. They also grabbed an I-phone, a Tory Burch designer wallet and a Jeep Compass vehicle key. Police were nearby and set chase after the men - leading to a shootout on Euphrates Avenue.

    Tomza Thieves Caught In A Hurry
    The Gas Tomza mini depot at mile one and a half on the Western Highway sits in an isolated area, and for that reason, it has been targeted by thieves more than twice. And it happened again last week Thursday. Two men lured the female clerk outside and held her up with a knife. They then dragged her inside and ransacked the office to find money. They made off with almost $1,500 dollars in cash. But, this time police were quick to catch the robbers. Today the head of CIB, ASP Cowo told us it's because of the use of those new "Cat" phones that police were able to get the word out quickly and catch one of the suspects a mile away near the Lord Ridge Cemetery:..

    War Of Words Over Workers Trust Continues
    Last week Thursday, we showed you the press conference that the Public Sector Workers Trust, the Public Service Union and the BNTU held. They wanted to answer questions about the state of affairs with the Trust. That's after the 600 retired public officers sued them over management and control of just under 8 million dollars in back pay and won. Well, just a few hours before the start of tonight's news, the claimants, who brought the lawsuit against the Unions and the Trust on behalf of the retired public officers, called a press conference to respond. They want to clear up some areas they feel the other side has deliberately clouded up. One issue is their interpretation of the judgment. We pick up the conversation where their attorney detailed the exact orders of the judgement:

    Police Cautious In Exploring Sexual Assault Case
    Last week, a 25 year old Orange Walk woman came forward to say that in April, her manager had forced her to perform indecent acts on him. Police today said it is an investigation they are proceeding with cautiously:... ASP Alejandro Como, OC - CIB: "No arrest has been made. I know that the matter is still being investigated. It is something that we have to investigate in-depth. It is not something that you just go with what is one person is saying, so we have to really in all angles that everything is covered before any arrest is made."

    Police Plan To Charge "Cellie" For Sodomy
    In another uncommon report of a sex crime, Police say they are getting ready to charge a prison inmate for sodomising his cellmate. As we reported, the 21 year old prisoner told police that on November 24th and 29th his cellmate forcefully sodomised him. He told police that on the first occasion his cellmate chocked him and he went unconscious - and woke up to find he had been raped. The same thing happened five days later - but this time it ended in a fight. A medical examination confirmed that the rape had caused an injury which was classified as harm. Today, police said they will charge the cellmate:..

    Family Says Wanted Westby Captured In Mexico, Cops Clueless
    Last week Friday, news broke in Belize that a man wanted for a San Pedro murder had been found in Mexico. Vildo Westby - who is wanted for killing 44 year old Islander Felix Ayuso in February, was reportedly captured in Mexico on the strength of an Interpol Alert from Belize. The San Pedro Sun quotes Ayuso's family as saying that they got a tip from someone in Las Choapas, Mexico near Veracruz to say that he was hiding out. Family members tell the Sun they travelled there "which led to the successful apprehension of Westby," and that a $13,000 reward had been given to the person that tipped them off. So far, so good - meaning the only question left is when he would be deported to Belize. But today the police told us they have had no official confirmation that he has been caught:..

    Chuc Found Dead On Road - Not Foul Play Police Say
    A man was found dead in Cayo yesterday morning - but police do not suspect foul play. At 6:30 in the morning, 34 year old Israel Chuc was found lying face down on the right side of the road. Police say they saw no signs of violence - and added that he had just been to the hospital:.. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB: "Police visited the Branch Mouth where they found him lying apparently dead. He was observed with some injuries to the neck; however, we understand that he had previously visited the hospital complaining about some injuries on himself. We believe that no foul play is suspected in his death. At present the post mortem will be conducted today so we are awaiting the post mortem results. But there are no other injuries on the body that we can observe that can lead to any other believed to be any homicide or any murder."

    LOO Laments Loan Timing
    Turning now to politics, we couldn't get everything from Friday's house meeting unto the news. One of them was a loan motion from the Government of Taiwan for 40 Million US dollars. We've been reporting on that for weeks now - it's the usual program of assistance - and that 40 million US is for four years. But the Leader of the Opposition questioned the timing:..

    No Funding For Western Region Expansion
    And while some sparks flew on that one, there was hardly an eyebrow raised when the Health Minister casually mentioned that major funding to rehabilitate the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan had fallen through. In 2015 when the rat in the incubator story burst out - the media was told that the old hospital would soon get an upgrade through a 30 million dollar European Union project. Well, that won't happen again. It seems the Ministry let the money slip away:... Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health: "Talking about the hospital that we wanted to do in Belmopan. Yes, the funds were there with the EU, but it was EU funds. It happened that there was some kind of problems from the EU that we couldn't get the funds anymore. So that hospital is not going to be done right now. We had some funds we have already approved through SIF - 1.4 million for us to do an extension to the hospital here in Belmopan."

    Coast Guard SEA Cadets Called Up
    You've heard about Police and BDF cadets, and now another arm of law enforcement, the Belize Coast Guard, has launched its new cadet program. It's called the SEA Cadet & Mentorship Program, and they invited us today to find out how it will work, and what positive influences they hope to have on the children who sign up. Here's what they had to say about the benefits of this program: The program was inaugurated today, but it will actually start on January 9. That's when the first mentorship sessions will begin. Participating children are between the ages of 9 and 12.

    Capital Kids and Cops Cattle Ranching
    In other news about positive engagement between law enforcement and youths, Belmopan Police had kids playing cowboy over the weekend. The cops took a group of capital kids to the Cayo farm of Joseph Friezen for day's outing. They got to experience farm life, and learned a bit about cattle rearing. The children participated in activities such as roping a calf, and branding it. They also learned how to administer bovine injections, and they were given a lesson on how to recognize the different breeds of calf.

    Cops Say No To Toy Guns
    And keeping it on kids and cops, today police sent out a public caution to parents: be very careful when buying toy guns this Christmas. Those can include airguns, or imitation guns. Senior Superintendent Bart Jones said that play guns can cause real trouble:...

    No Gold Yet For Belize
    When we left you on Friday, Belize had only gotten one bronze medal a the Central American games, but the count as of this morning shows that it has now gotten two silver medals and two bronze - and during the course of today there were more. The latest figures show that Belize has now gotten three silver and three bronze for a total of 6 medals - which is way at the back of the pack. Guatemala leads with 173. But, hope springs eternal and, today the Table Tennis delegation left to Nicaragua for the games. The team comprises Taye Parkinson, Deveah Hukmani, Terry Su and Kelly Liu. Competition starts on Wednesday in Nicaragua.

    Weighty Weed In Cayo
    San Ignacio police conducted a pre-dawn operation on Saturday and caught a 17 year old minor with 70 grams of weed. Police also found 6 pounds, or 2.7 kilos of weed. The drugs were labeled as found property.

    "Mex" For Crack
    And on Caye Caulker a fisherman was arrested and charged for drug trafficking - but this time it was crack cocaine. Police searched 56 year old Walter August, known as Mexican and found 15 grams of crack cocaine on him.

    Honoring Civil Aviation Greats
    On last week Friday's news, we showed you how The Civil Aviation Department opened up their fancy new second floor for the viewing of their multimillion-dollar radar system. We got to show you the highlight, but because of the length of the news, we didn't get a a chance to show you how the International Civil Aviation Day ceremonies went.

    Channel 5

    Security Guard Murdered; 2-Week Break in City Snapped
    For a period of two weeks since November twenty-fourth, there were no murders recorded in the city, but shortly after midnight on Friday, the lifeless body of Baltazar Sarmeinto Ponce [...]

    In San Ignacio, Israel Chuc Dies Suddenly
    In the case of the lifeless body of thirty-four-year-old Israel Chuc, a resident of Santiago Juan Layout in San Ignacio, police do not suspect foul play. Chuc’s body was discovered [...]

    Inmate to be Charged with Raping Another
    The sexual assault of an inmate, an alleged rape that occurred at the Belize Central Prison, is being investigated by police and it is expected that the perpetrator of that [...]

    Accused in Gas Tomza Robbery Deny Involvement in Court
    An Ex-B.D.F. soldier, along with a night division student at Gwen Lizarraga High School, were arraigned this morning in connection with the robbery of Gas Tomza on the George Price [...]

    Fire Hits Market Stall
    The Michael Finnegan Market, formerly known as Queen’s Square Market, was the scene of a fire over the weekend.  On Saturday afternoon, a stall that was being occupied by fifty-two-year-old [...]

    C.J. Needs More Time for Court Judgments
    The overwhelming backlog of cases that have inundated Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin continues to weigh down on his ability to mete out justice in a timely manner.  When the Bar [...]

    Retired Public Officers Say: Where Are Our Increments?
    On Thursday, representatives of the Public Sector Workers Trust, along with attorney Anthony Sylvester, came forward claiming a legal victory against a trio of former public officers who filed a [...]

    Court Restrained P.S.W.T.’s Loan Scheme, But No Challenges to Trustees
    Senior Counsel Magali Marin-Young refuted the claims made by trustees at Thursday’s press conference, laying the facts of the case before the media this evening.  She says that the claims [...]

    Accounting for Hundreds of Thousands in ‘Investments’
    In the lawsuit filed by the three pensioners, the question of loans amounting to four hundred and thirty-one thousand, two hundred and fifty dollars disbursed to various unions and associations [...]

    Cops Close in on Fake ‘Money Collector’
    With Christmas fast approaching, Police say that business owners must be on the lookout for a fake money collector. That’s because there is a person going around targeting shops in [...]

    Has Vildo Westby Been Captured? Police Await Confirmation
    On Friday, we reported that an arrest had been made by Mexican authorities in connection with the brutal slaying of San Pedro resident Felix Ayuso back in February.  While Vildo [...]

    Fuller’s Alley Home Invaders Captured
    A trio of men, including thirty-three-year-old Leon Earl Weir, Luwan Flowers and Edward Saldano, has been charged for a daring aggravated burglary in Fuller’s Alley in Belize City last week.  [...]

    Coast Guard Introduces Sea Cadets
    The Sea Cadets – they are the young new faces on whom the Coast Guard hopes to make an impression. After years of planning, the Coast Guard is taking fifty [...]

    1 Year Later, UNCAC Process Up to Date; Everyone Needs to be Involved
    On December ninth, 2016, Belize took a historic step by signing its accession to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC.  By doing so, it became the hundred and eighty-second [...]

    A Final Look Back at Senate Special Select Committee’s Wild Ride
    After more than three hundred thousand dollars spent in the course of twelve months and forty-plus sessions, the Senate Special Select Committee’s work, at least publicly, is done. It has [...]

    Why is Yok Balum Cave Closed?
    Friday’s final meeting of the House of Representatives for 2017 passed by with not excessive fanfare and fuss, as the parliamentarians got through a relatively light schedule around the stroke [...]

    Finally, Medals for Athletes, ‘Ballers at Central American Games
    Over the past two weeks, we have been showing you the teams representing Belize at the Central American Games in Nicaragua. It took Belize a few days to get on [...]

    Gimme 5 – Daughter Accepts Mom’s Grand Prize
    Channel Five’s twenty-fifth anniversary as a television station came last year. But last week our longest-running program other than this newscast marked a similar anniversary too. That’s right; it has [...]

    Christmas at Stella Maris
    It is the season for giving and the children at Stella Maris Primary School had a day of fun-filled activities complete with gifts from Santa Claus at the Radisson. The [...]

    PLB Champions Verdes Rules Sports Monday
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]

    LOVE FM

    Orange Walk Police Investigate Armed Robbery
    Yesterday afternoon Orange Walk Police responded to a robbery in progress at a store on San Antonio Road. The robbers fled before police arrived on the scene. According to the owner, 45-year-old Jianbo Wu, two men disguised in green safety vests and other clothing barged into the store, pointed a black handgun at him and […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Armed robbery in Orange Walk town
    Orange Walk police are faced with a case of armed robbery in that jurisdiction. Yesterday […]

    Police cannot confirm accused Belizean killer detained in Mexico
    It has been widely rumored that Mexican authorities nabbed the man wanted in connection with […]

    Man who allegedly raped cell mate to be charged
    Last week we reported that a 21 year old prisoner at the central prison in […]

    Clint Geban and Leroy Brown charged for robbery
    Last Thursday there was a report of an armed robbery at a butane gas depot […]

    Police have no suspects in weekend murder
    We had previously reported on the murder of a watchman on duty over the weekend. […]

    Cool and dry conditions to prevail
    The 24-hour forecast is for fair, cool and dry conditions to prevail with cloudy skies […]

    Blogs

    Never Seen so Many Walkaholics at Once – Start of Love FM Christmas Parade
    I messaged my friend Jack and told him if he had any cart worthy errands over the next 2 days to let me know. He answered back a while later and mentioned the start of the Love FM Parade at Wayos beach bar. So in spite of having just settled down with my smart TV, I told him I would be chauffeur but not likely stay. So I got my warm gear on, drove south of town to pick him up and deliver him to Wayos to catch the parade line-up and of course, I stayed. Thankfully it was noticeably warmer on the beachside than the lagoon side of town. There were so many people to catch up with and a few new ones to meet. We mingled and watched decorated carts lining up. Soon it was time for the group shot, which was Jacks reason to go.

    LoveFM’s Christmas Parade Floods the Streets of San Pedro with Kids, Candy and Holiday Cheer
    I’m in disbelief. Disbelief that Christmas is 2 weeks away. Where did 2017 go? And more disbelief that last night was LoveFM radio’s SEVENTH annual lighted parade through the streets of San Pedro. I think I have written about and photographed each and every parade. Seven years – and yet I’m haven’t aged a day. A Christmas miracle! Here are the better pics from this year. Movement and flashing lights and darkness? It’s this amateur photogs worst nightmare. But hopefully you can get a sense of how magical this event is – and how happy happy happy it makes the kids on this island.

    International Sourcesizz

    Murder investigation after British woman dies in Belize
    A British woman is feared to have been murdered in Belize where she had been volunteering at a children’s home. The body of Michele Anison, 46, of North Staffordshire, was discovered in her apartment with multiple stab wounds. She had been living in the village of Ladyville for about two years. Police investigating the death said that there were no signs of forced entry to the flat, and that her car and personal documents, including her passport, were missing. She was last seen alive five days earlier, and was found with stab wounds to her neck and chest.

    FUERTE MOVILIZACIÓN CAUSÓ EN CHETUMAL LA FUGA DE UN TIGRE DE BENGALA
    Incredulidad y más tarde terror causó la mañana de este lunes la presencia de un tigre de bengala que merodeaba la zona baja de la ciudad de Chetumal. El avistamiento del tigre reportado en las redes sociales generó gran movilización de autoridades policiacas y protección civil que constataron y verificaron que sí, que el felino andaba libre. La fiera fue ubicada en un domicilio de la calle Guadalupe Victoria, a espalda de la iglesia Perpetuo Socorro, en la colonia Barrio Bravo de esta capital. Según datos preliminares el tigre de bengala de aproximadamente 200 kilos había burlado su cautiverio, liberando las cadenas que lo sometían, saltó al predio contiguo, ocultándose entre la maleza y unas matas de plátano.

    Videos

  • Wildtracks Update, 1/2min. Whilst we normally post about the Wildtracks rehabilitation programmes on Facebook, we don't often post about the wider Wildtracks activities. As we launch the National Primate Conservation Planning initiative, however, we are very enthusiastic in wanting to share the steps in this exciting strategic planning process with you! With two endangered primate species in Belize - the Yucatan black howler monkey and the Yucatan black-handed spider monkey (we've now standardised these names across our activities based on regional and scientific acceptance), and with decreasing available forest habitat and increasing forest fragmentation, it is time to look at what needs to be put in place across Belize to ensure the long term viability of both these species.

  • Belize Now | Friday, December 8, 2017, 32min. Belize celebrates Anti-Corruption Week, Corozal Town gets a new farmer’s market, Police receive new fingerprinting system, and Belmopan students are growing their own food. 1. Belize celebrates Anti-Corruption Week 2. Corozal Town gets new farmer's market 3. Belmopan Police Department heads Small-Scale Farming in Schools Project 4. US Embassy in Belize donates Afix Trackers System to the Belize Police Department 5. Office of the Music Ambassador and Beltraide launch online site for Belizean musicians 6. Ministry of Energy host stakeholder consultation on EU grant for energy sector development

  • Afix Tracker Systems Gifted, 3min. On Monday, December 4th, the Belize Police Department was officially gifted fourteen (14) Afix Tracker Systems from the United States Embassy in Belize. The United States Embassy has also provided the training for over 30 Police and Scenes of Crime Officers from all the districts, on how to use and operate these systems.

  • Opening of new Corozal Market, 4.5min. Officials, residents, and vendors gathered in the Finca Solana area in Corozal Town on Friday, December 1st to celebrate the opening of a new market. The market was financed by the European Union under its Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) 2013 Programme. An objective of the AMS 2013 is to foster diversification of the agricultural base in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts and to minimize the overall macroeconomic impacts on the communities.

  • Small Scale Farming in Schools Project, 5min. Back in October of this year, we reported that the Taiwan Embassy in Belize donated $5000 to the Small Scale Farming in Schools Project, headed by the Belmopan Police Department. Well, that project is underway and Belize Now visited a couple of the participating schools. According to the Belmopan Police Department, it is expected that around twelve hundred students will be impacted by the project.

  • Bruk it Down Jenny - Family Dynamics at Christmas, 28min.

  • Travel the World - Belize,54 min. Today, Londonman11 takes us through the exotic landscape and major tourist destination Belize, located in Central America.

  • The Great Blue Hole of Belize Underwater Video Unedited, 52min. Full unedited video of great blue hole dive in belize. check out minutes 12 through 17 for the best of it. Huge shark at 19:00.

  • This is how a pig is killed in Belize, 2min.

  • Lionfish hunting in Belize, .5min.

  • Conversation with the UNICEF Belize Representative Dr. Susan Kasedde, 13min. UNICEF Headquarters speaks with Susan Kasedde, UNICEF Representative in Belize, about UNICEF's work in the country,

  • Belize Trip December 2017, 2min. Our trip which included Mountain Pine Ridge, 1000 Foot Falls, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, San Ignacio Market, Black Rock Lodge, Nina's Place, Blue Hole, and St. Herman Cave

  • Smart Christmas Promotions 2017, 24min.

  • Caribbean Adventure Ambassador 2017, 34min.

  • LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DISCUSSION IS THE AMENDMENT TO THE MISUSE OF DRUGS ACT, 9min. the Governor General signed the amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act into law, decriminalizing the possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less. Since the amendment was made after more than four years, there have been many outburst from Belizean citizens both affirmative and negative. However, there is also a great misconception when it comes to the term 'decriminalization' as it is being confused with that of 'legalization'.

  • ROBBERS TARGET CHINESE STORE IN ORANGE WALK…, 5min. Tonight there is another armed robbery to report on here in Orange Walk Town, the fifth in just a few months. This time it was Andson Supermarket located on San Antonio Road who fell victim to armed assailants who made off with close to five hundred dollars in cash over the weekend. Norma Ruiz reports.

  • THE HONORABLE JOHN BRICENO SPREADS SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER, 5min. Christmas Day is only two weeks away, however, the spirit of the season is up and in full swing here in Orange Walk Town, where Santa Clause is already making his yearly rounds by sorting out children who belong to his ‘nice or naughty’ list. Over the weekend, Santa paid a visit to the children from the Orange Walk Central as Honourable John Briceño in collaboration with the Orange Walk Central Executive Committee hosted their annual Children’s Christmas party.

  • WCB at Rock the Reef, 3.5min. The World Culture Band represented Cayo at the Rock the Reef concert on Saturday. There are many videos from the event, including another of the WCB.

  • Traveling To San Pedro, Ambergris Caye From San Ignacio In Western Belize Nov 2017, 18min.

  • Coconut water in Belize!!!!, 1/2min. First coconut water ever!!!

  • Christmas Celebrations with Santa in San Pedro Town Belize 2017, 3min. Tonight we celebrated the Christmas spirit with friends, kids, and of course Santa. This fun event was held at The Truck Stop and was fun for all. I hope you enjoy the video and that I get to meet you when you come to Belize. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

  • Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel Hopkins Village Belize 2017/8, 2min. A short tour of the Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel in Hopkins Belize

  • Christmas in Town Live from San Ignacio, 125min.

  • John Legend performs Redemption Song by Bob Marley at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, 4min.

    December 11, 2017


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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, and other specials


    The San Pedro Sun

    Letter to the Editor: The San Pedro Police Department
    Good Morning, I wanted to praise San Pedro Police Department for arresting the thief that broke into two condos at Residences at Barrier Reef at night on Nov 25th and stole everything from laptop to wallet and cash to scuba dive equipment. The thief was arrested within hours from reporting of the incident to the police department. All the residents at Residences at Barrier Reef extend their thanks and appreciations to the San Pedro Police department for the job well done.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Disagreement
    “What are you having today, Mr. Wolfe?” “Make it a Lighthouse beer.” When Gabby brought my drink to the bar he said, “I see you drink a lot of coffee but I don’t usually see you drink beer. Are you celebrating something?” “No. It’s just hot today,” I said. “Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a cold beer on a really hot day.” Raul came in and took a barstool next to mine and said, “Hey, Mr. Dennis. Gabby, let me have a rum and soda.” Gabby brought Raul’s drink and asked, “Where is Harry today?” “I don’t know.”

    Letter to the Editor: Sandwich Boards
    Dear Editor, One only has to take a walk along the beach in town for a short time to realize that the ban on sandwich boards on the beach is not being enforced. As a matter of fact, since the ban was put into effect, it appears that the sign problem is more prolific than ever. Is this really the image the town wants to project to our visitors? It’s time to clean up the beach Town Council. You enacted the ban, enforce it. Might be a good idea to place some trash barrels on the beach and around town while you’re at it.

    Doctor Love: Referee Mom
    Dear Doctor Love, I am the mother of two girls, age seven and thirteen. The older has disliked her younger sister from the day she was born and over the years it has gotten worse. Fights are more dramatic with tears, name-calling and rude remarks. I have tried separating them, making them be together, time-outs for bad behavior, rewarding for good behavior and nothing makes it any better. My oldest daughter will take any opportunity to argue with or say something mean to her little sister. The younger one says she does not care and has her own friends and hobbies but I cannot take them anywhere together and mealtime is a constant battle field. How can I get them to be friends? /s/ Referee Mom

    Misc Belizean Sources

    mzz

    BTIA Cayo Hold First Clean-Up Campaign
    The Cayo BTIA, supporting their cause of sustainable tourism, held their first clean-up campaign last weekend, and, wow, they picked up a lot of trash between Cayo and Benque. Thanks to all the people that made this happen, including Chaa Creek, Black Rock Lodge, and Ka'ana! "A typical conversation with a Belizean about what they think makes Belize so great will eventually lead to the point being made that it’s Mother Nature’s best-kept secret and a haven for sustainable tourism. Further investigate why and you’ll hear about the historic Mayan Ruins, the miles of untouched jungle, the birds, the great barrier reef and practically every other highlight there is to know about Belize. In addition to all the talk of natural resources, we’re sure you’ve heard us speak of the commitment from Belizeans to be as green as can possibly be...

    Bruk Dong Bram 2017
    Mr. Peetaz Bruk Dong Bram is coming back to Cayo on Friday, December 15h, to celebrate the new SISE House of Culture's opening week. There will be many performances, including the World Culture Band.

    Belize Cancer Society Christmas Luncheon
    he BCS had their Christmas Luncheon for its patients at the lovely Aguada. Thanks, BCS! "This past Sunday, December 3rd, the Belize Cancer Society - San Ignacio Branch hosted a Christmas Luncheon for its patients at the The Aguada Hotel in Santa Elena Town. The beautifully decorated space was provided courtesy of The Aguada Hotel and the food, drinks and gifts for the patients were provided by the branch and branch members. It was a beautiful occasion to welcome the month of December and to share moments of laughter, gratitude and strength. The stories shared and the courage and beauty of the patients and survivors present reminded everyone that despite the daunting struggle cancer brings, the human spirit can rise to the challenge with faith, courage and love.

    The 16Days of Activism against GBV campaign culminated today in Placencia with the End of the World marathon!
    Who says you can’t? These people all believed in themselves and THEY DID! When anyone tells you that you are incapable of something, NEVER SETTLE. DARE TO BREAK FREE and go for what you want! Be unstoppable! Special thanks to Tipsy Tuna in Placencia for hosting this photo op!

    Meet Ms. Dorla Bowman, an activist against #GenderBasedViolence in the Toledo District
    Ms. Bowman is a social justice activist who has worked throughout Belize promoting, gender equality, economic development, and peace. She has been actively addressing the issue of the full participation of women in the development of Belize and GBV since 1981. In her pursuit to end discrimination against woman, she lobbied for the ratification of the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the formulation of the first National Policy Statement on Women. Ms. Bowman was formerly the Public/Educator Trainer and Director of the Women’s Bureau (now known as the Women’s Department), President of the National Women’s Commission, the founding President of Women Against Violence, and co-founder of the Belize Women’s Political Caucus.

    GBV resources in San Pedro
    Women’s Department, Department of Human Services Telephone: (501) 227-7397 Women’s Department officer: Deann Buckley rdo.wd@humandev.gov.bz Women’s Department Officer: Lodawn Jones wdobze@humandev.gov.bz Domestic Violence Unit, San Pedro Police Station DFC area, San Pedro DVU: Arillee Young arilleyoung@yahoo.com

    Punta Gorda GBV resources
    Women’s Department, Department of Human Services #1 Pampana St., Punta Gorda Telephone: (501) 702-2021 Women’s Department officer: Lorine Johnson wdopg@humandev.gov.bz Domestic Violence Unit, Police Department Front St., Punta Gorda Telephone: (501) 722-2022 WPC: Alva McDonald puntagorda@police.net.bz

    OCEANA Family Fun Day
    Saturday, Dec. 16th, at the PG Central Park

    The Reporter

    Police identify murdered watchman
    Belize City police have identified the Buca Shell gas station watchman who was killed early Saturday morning as 61-year-old Baltazar Sarmeinto. Sarmeinto, a Honduran national, was found dead around 2:00 on Saturday morning lying in a pool of his own blood at the gas station compound located at mile 1 1/2 on the Philip Goldson Highway. According to police, Sarmeinto was fatally shot once to the left side of his head by one of two intruders who entered the compound and made attempts to break into the convenience store. Police say the investigation continues.

    Three men charged in two sexual assault cases
    Three men have been charged for sexual assault in separate cases involving two minors. In the first instance, Set Guity, 21, a bus driver and his conductor, 27-year-old Jarel Haylock, both residents of Lord’s Bank village, were charged by Ladyville police for sexual assault. The men were detained after a female minor, along with her mother, reported to police that on December 6th, while on their bus, she was sexually assaulted by both men. In another instance, Alrick Augustine, 27, a Dangriga security guard was charged by police after a minor reported that on December 6th while she was at a store in Dangriga, she was sexually assaulted by Augustine.

    Man found dead in San Ignacio
    Israel Chuc, 34, was found dead at the entrance of Branch Mouth road in San Ignacio town early this morning by police in that jurisdiction. Authorities say that around 6:30 a.m., cops found Chuc lying on the right hand side of the road in a face down position with slight blood on his nose and what appeared to be a bloated throat. Chuc’s body was transported to the San Ignacio hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 9:00 a.m. by medics. Police are treating the incident as a death investigation since they do not suspect foul play, however the results of a post-mortem will determine the outcome of their investigation.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Police find weed on Prince Street
    Today at 9.30 a.m. as a result of operation ACT, officers conducted searches in an abandoned lot located on Prince street in Belize City, which led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 164 grams of cannabis.

    Fire at Michael Finnegan Market
    Yesterday around 12:50 p.m., Belize city police visited the corner of Hicattee Street and West Collet Canal, where cops saw stall #6 of the Hyde building engulfed in flames. Alvin Oswald Coleman, 62, a businessman of the Hyde buildings was alerted of the fire and reported it.

    Man found dead on roadside
    Around 6:30 this morning, acting on information received, San Ignacio police visited Branch Mouth Road in San Ignacio Town where cops found the motionless body of a Hispanic man, lying face down on the right side of the road. The body was observed with slight blood on the nose and his throat appeared to have been bloated, according to police.

    Marilyn Williams to swear in as Supreme Court Judge; Barrow says its legit
    Former United Democratic Party Standard Bearer Marilyn Williams is to be sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court next year, a decision that Prime Minister Dean Barrow says he didn’t make. Barrow explained on Friday that Williams was selected through a democratic process, led by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

    Guinea Grass teen missing
    Irma Lopez, 31, of Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk District reported that on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at about 7:00 p.m., her daughter Briannie Bull ran away from home. Bull is 13 years old.

    Belize City house completely destroyed by fire
    According to police reports, yesterday around 12:30, police visited Allenby Street in Belize City where an upper flat of a two story wooden house was engulfed in flames. The structure measuring 40×24 feet was completely destroyed by fire.

    Minor arrested in San Ignacio for drug trafficking
    Yesterday morning, San Ignacio Police were conducting a pre dawn operation in San Ignacio and Santa Elena Towns and they busted a total of 2,761.3 grams of weed.

    Police issues official report on murder of Honduran national
    According to police reports, yesterday at 2 am, police officers found the lifeless body of a man on the compound of Buca Shell Gas station on the Philip Goldson Highway. The victim was identified as Baltazar Sarmiento, a Honduran watchman of Belize City.

    Caye Caulker fisherman busted with crack
    Yesterday, around 2:30 pm, Caye Caulker police were on patrol and they conducted a search on Walter August, 56, a fisherman of Caye Caulker Village, Belize District.

    Blogs

    Every Who Down in Who-Ville was at Ambergris Caye’s Truck Stop Last Night
    San Pedro’s Truck Stop hit another one out of the park last night. The Holiday Craft fair, Christmas tree lighting and visit from Santa was jam packed with locals and visitors, kids and adults and quite a few dogs. They outdid themselves with decorations this year…lights and Santas everywhere. The stage looked PERFECT for holiday photos – not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. My heart really DID grow three sizes when parents brought their tentative kids up to Santa Claus. The adoration (or terror) in their eyes… Reminds me of my favorite childhood photo – I never miss a chance to share it. Here are my photos from last night’s party. Such good times. And before you ask…YES! Everyone is wearing hoodies and flannels and scarves at the event. Belize is seeing her first cold front – and the wind was BLOWING from the NW. Temperatures dipped into the 60s last night and for islanders? That is FRIGID.

    Oceana helds its Rock The Concert at Memorial Park Belize City
    Rock the reef is an event that was held in Fort George Memorial Park in Belize City on Saturday December 9, 2017. It commenced at 2pm and concluded at 7pm. This was held to stop oil spilling in Belize and to send a message to the Government of Belize that we don't want black water. We want to protect our marine life that Belize has. Belizeans are sending a message to the government of Belize that we don't want our Marine Life dead. Oceana from around the country travelled to the Rock The Reef event that was held in Belize City. Oceana Press Release earlier this year: Belize made history today by introducing legislation to enshrine an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil in its marine territory, including territorial seas and Exclusive Economic Zone. Given Belize’s economic dependence on its natural resources, particularly on globally significant marine assets such as the second longest barrier reef in the world, the legislative move to safeguard these invaluable environments from the inherent dangers of offshore oil is fundamental to the country’s future.

    International Sourcesizz

    In pictures: Royal Society photo award winners
    An aerial photo of an Antarctic ice sheet looking like giant sugar cubes has been revealed as the overall winner of this year's Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition. The science photography competition received more than 1,100 entries across its categories for Astronomy, Behaviour, Earth Science and Climatology, Ecology and Environmental Science, and Micro-imaging.

    Belize Now Has its First Hilton Property
    Mahogany Bay Resort and Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton – Hilton’s first property in Belize and – and one of the first global brands in Belize – is officially open. Sitting on 325,000 square feet in Ambergris Caye, the elegant resort features 205 cottage and villa-style rooms across a 60-acre waterfront site with 10 distinct dining outlets, bay and beach clubs, and meeting and event spaces. It will soon grow to 300 units. Accommodations range from garden cottage, garden cottage with loft, lower and upper keeping suites and family cottages.

    Videos

  • Love FM’s Annual Christmas Parade Part 1, 17min.

  • Love FM’s Annual Christmas Parade Part 2, 32min.

  • Love FM's Annual Christmas Parade in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, 4min.

  • At the Potters House, 2min. At the potters house was Filmed on location in San Ignacio Belize.

  • Nurse Shark at Silk Caye, Belize, 2min. We saw this nurse shark swimming by with her remora friend while scuba diving in Belize. There were a few nurse sharks on this dive and they appeared curious, maybe hopeful for a handout?

  • Cessna 208B Landing in Belize City, Belize, 3min. Landing of a Tropic Air flight from Placencia to Belize City, Belize with some footage of the plane on the tarmac.

  • Termite path, Nasusitermes sp, Belize, 2min. These are the same termites from the previous Belize video which I believe are Nasutitermes sp. They form tunnels which lead from their nests to their foraging sites in order to protect them from predators (ants, mammals, etc.). Here, I broke off a piece of their tunnel in order to see the termites walking by. Guards have already lined up to protect the damaged area of the tunnel. You can see the different casts of insect walking by. This damaged area will be repaired within the hour.

  • Cessna 208B Taking off from Placencia, Belize with short landing strip, 2min. Take off of a Tropic Air flight from Placencia to Belize City, Belize. You can appreciate the short landing strip which ends just before the sea. If you look carefully at about 00:36, you can see a road which just skirts the end of the runway. Three weeks prior to this video, one of these planes clipped a car traveling on this road and was forced to make an emergency landing in the water.

  • Large Female Iguana, Belize City, 1/2min. We found this female Iguana eating a banana just outside of Belize City. It is mating season for the iguanas and they could be found throughout the country walking about. I approach this one and we all end up flinching. I was hoping to wipe the rest of the banana off of her mouth.

  • Almost Got Bit!, 13min. We are in Belize!! We have spent the week diving with some incredible wildlife - including manatees, sharks and stingrays!! What a way to celebrate visiting our 50th country!! Thanks again for all your support you guys!! We wouldn't have made it here without all of you :) thank you!

  • Scuba Diving with Sharks in Belize, 10min. This is scuba diving footage from two dives I went on in San Pedro, Belize on November 22, 2017 where we swam with sharks (camera date is incorrect). This was my first time filming underwater and using a action camera, so I hope you like it! The dives were spectacular and super fun to do with family. :)

  • Belize 2017, 33min. Our holiday in Belize 03/2017 In this video : Belize Zoo, Gales Point (& Kajak on the inside lagoon), Bocawina rainforest (& Ziplining), Cave Tubing, San Ignacio (& Iguana project), Barton Creek Caves, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Caracol, Rio Frio Cave, Rio On Pools, Lamanai, Crooked Tree Wild Reserve, Bermudian Landing.

  • Make Cities and Communities SAFE for WOMEN and GIRLS!, 1min. As we are at the end of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign, please check out this video, created by Keisha Rodriguez, participant of the One Minute Video Academy workshop hosted by the Embassy!

  • Gender Based Violence affects men as well. It affects everybody, 1min. Check out this powerful video created by Andrew Munnings -- one of the participants of the One Minute Video Academy workshop hosted by the Embassy!


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