December 14, 2018
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Increase in electricity cost proposed for 2019
Belizeans could start the new year with an increase in their electricity bill. On Monday, December 10th Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) wrote to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to notify them that due to significant increases in the cost of power as of May 2018, the company is proposing an increase to the Mean Electricity Rate to $0.4150 per kilowatt per hour (KWH) for the remainder of the Annual Tariff Period from January 1st to June 30, 2019.
According to BEL, higher prices from Mexico and below average production by local hydro plants increased the cost of power purchased from suppliers. They were able to use its strong financial position to temporarily absorb this $18.9 million increase in the cost of power. As per PUC regulations, BEL is required to apply to recover this increase through an adjustment to the tariff.
Belize’s credit union movement pioneer, Jane Usher, passes away at 101
On Wednesday, December 12th, Belize lost a hard-working daughter, when Dr. Jane Ellen Usher passed away at the age of 101. Affectionately known nationwide as Miss Jane, she was the longest running Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Belize and the region. Usher, who was the older sister of Belize’s first Prime Minister, Right Honourable George Price, was the founder of the credit union movement in the country, and before December 2017, she worked daily at the Holy Redeemer Credit Union (HRCU) in Belize City as its CEO. Her dedication to serving the community and the development of the credit union era in Belize saw her earning numerous awards and accolades, such as the Golden Eagle Award from the Belize Credit Union League.
Mercury Detected in Fish
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL), has completed another assessment of mercury levels in fishes from the New River, Macal River, Mopan River and Belize River, including Big Falls.
This advisory is being issued to guide the public on the amount of fish that can be safely eaten to avoid ill effects due to mercury exposure.
Team Extreme leads San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament 2019
Taking the lead in the current San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament is Team Extreme with a total of seven wins against one loss. Extreme topped Quality Reef, who is second in the competition, during the games on Sunday, December 9th, at the Honourable Sylvestre Sporting Complex. Games continue this weekend on Sunday, December 16th, starting at 9AM with SPHS versus Quality Reef. The second game will be between RCGO and Rusties, and the third match will see Extreme taking on Beer League.
Softball fans and the public, in general, are invited to come out and enjoy another softball Sunday.
Island taxi driver Noel Wiltshire remanded to prison after attacking ex-wife
Island taxi driver 59-year-old Noel Wiltshire has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after being charged for Attempted Murder, Use of Deadly Means of Harm and Grievous Harm against his ex-common-law wife. Wiltshire appeared on Friday, December 7th before Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams in Belize City, where his bail application was denied and remanded until an unknown court date in 2019. Although no official police report has been made available, Wiltshire is accused of trying to run over his ex-common-law wife with his taxi van in late September. He denied the allegations, while his attorney, Leslie Hamilton, appealed for bail on the basis that the incident was an accident.
ABC Pre-School Christmas Show
Christmas Season is here and schools around the island are busy with Christmas shows and Christmas parties, spreading cheer with students, teachers and parents. Family and friends gathered at ABC Pre-school on Thursday, December 13, 2018 to see a specatucal show put on by three and four year olds. The children danced and sang along with teachers as they performed energetic and fun dances. Here are a few pictures of the event for your enjoyment! - Merry Christmas from ABC Pre-School!
Island Academy Christmas Pageant Presents The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker came to life at The Island Academy’s annual Christmas Pageant that took place on Wednesday, December 13, 2018, at the school compound. The main character Marie was whisked away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. An evil Mouse King was defeated; magical characters came to life; dances were performed and sung as the student body put on a spectacular show once again. Congratulations to Teacher Catie Miller and her crew for a job well done. Here’s a look at The Island Academy's Christmas Pageant 2018:
Misc Belizean Sources
Corozal - WELCOME TO TORTUGA GRILL & PADDLE LOUNGE
Opening to the general public Thursday, December 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Our location is Rainbow Beach & Park. We can't wait to serve you. We extend our warmest season greetings to you and your family.
Recall of Del Monte FIESTA CORN Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) and the Belize Bureau of Standards has been advised on a recall announcement from Del Monte Food Inc. of Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red and Green Peppers.
Although Del Monte Foods Inc. has not been notified of any reports of illness associated with the product, 62, 242 cases of this product carrying a specific code and date are being recalled due to under-processing which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.
Mercury Detected in Fish
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL), has completed another assessment of mercury levels in fishes from the New River, Macal River, Mopan River and Belize River, including Big Falls.
This advisory is being issued to guide the public on the amount of fish that can be safely eaten to avoid ill effects due to mercury exposure. In this fish mercury testing, a total of 22 fish species were captured with a total of 705 fishes coming from 13 locations. Analysis of fish samples for this mercury testing indicated that all fish had levels of mercury under the recommended safety level. The highest level of mercury was 0.38 mg/kg in the basa and the lowest 0.06 in the green swordtail. This is the first time the results had fallen below the recommended safe levels of 0.5mg/kg. The Ministry, however, cautions on the recommended fish to be eaten since the fish are not totally free of mercury.
CAB'S 3RD ANNUAL BOARD PRESENTATION
On Friday, December 7, 2018, the Children's Advisory Body (CAB) Board held its Annual presentation. This year the host of the presentation was the municipality of San Pedro Town, which hosted all the CABs from each municipality where they had to decorate a booth and present their year's accomplishments. Before the booths were available for display, there was a ceremony where Mayor Daniel Guerrero offered the welcome address and each CAB gave a presentation. Other speakers at the event was Hon. Carla Barnett, Senator and Minister of State for the Government of Belize, as well as the UNICEF Coordinator in Belize, Dr. Susan Kasedde. At the end of the ceremony, CAB Project Coordinator, Kay-de Vaughn, have the closing remarks and surprised each CAB with three (3) tablets which then the officials handed over. After the ceremony was over, schools from San Pedro Town were invited to witness the different CAB booths. All CAB booths were very informative and interactive offering games and you win a prize if you guessed correctly. Thank you all CABs for participating and we hope you enjoyed your time in San Pedro, it was our honor hosting you all. See you soon!
The Sustainable Energy Sector! 2018 Outlook and Opportunities
In the ongoing global quest to mitigating climate change and seeking energy independence, Belize remains an active supporter joining the chorus of fostering renewable energy developments. With a history of development in Green Economy, Belize has been powered by primarily renewable sources, namely Hydro and Biomass Energy with growing opportunities in Solar Energy. An example of the benefits under renewable energy can be seen in the utility rates in Belize, which have a mean electricity rate of approximately USD $0.17 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
Pro Solar Engineering Limited: Pioneers in the Renewable Energy sector in Belize
Founded in 2011 by electrical engineer, Marco Valle, Pro Solar Engineering Ltd. has set out to provide Belize with reliable renewable energy. Since then, the company has grown and transitioned into a modern and innovative clean energy company providing tailored systems and services to our clients. Pro Solar Engineering specializes in solar, wind and hydro energy systems, and have recently expanded to offer modernized and highly efficient renewable energy equipment that uses advanced digital solutions and monitoring features through a world renowned brand, Tesla, Inc. All projects to date have been conducted in Belize, a thriving developing nation nestled in the Central American and Caribbean region bordered to the North by Mexico, West and South by Guatemala and East by the pristine Caribbean Sea. Belize has long sunlight days, is filled with many networks of rivers with good wind power potential along the coast and in elevated areas.
Christmas Edition of ArT In ThE ParK
This Saturday, December 15th. Christmas Edition of ArT In ThE ParK. You don't want to miss it. Come out and view art work by Depiction Paintings making their debut in Corozal.
Grants Notice: Belize Travel and Logistics Program for Training Support
The Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) announces an open competition for assistance awards in Belize. Organizations may submit grant proposals for a program to facilitate the implementation of law enforcement and rule of law assistance programs. The activities under this award shall take place within Belize, the United States, and other countries as training opportunities arise. The applicant shall be responsible for working with the INL office in Belize in planning and scheduling all events, including but not limited to travel and logistic services for trainings, meetings, conferences, site visits and workshops in support of INL programs carried out by the INL Office in Belize.
Celebrating Young Belizean Entrepreneurs!
For the month of December, we are excited to feature Kevin Moralez as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur!
Kevin Moralez is self-thought local artist and owner of Moralez Art in Bella Vista Village in the Toledo District. He has had a profound passion for drawing since the young age of 8 years. Being an entrepreneur since his early high school days, Kevin would draw class banners and commission portrait drawings for classmates.
With much dedication and practice he became really good in crafting stunning pieces of art. After graduating from the Independence High School they offered him a job to paint all the signs and murals of the school building. This propelled his early career, as many visitors where impressed by the quality and detail of his art work. Having gained publicity, he focused on building his professional career and met other prominent Belizean artists who aided him in building his own brand name and starting up his art business.
Renewing Accommodation Licensing Advisory
Please take note of the 11 requirements to renew Accommodation License with BTB. Please be advised that all Accommodation Licenses expire on December 31, 2018. Applications for renewal are now being accepted at BTB's Belize City and San Pedro Offices.
Signing of the Chiquibul and Vaca Forests Joint Enforcement Protocol
Today, December 13th, the Ministry of National Security (MNS), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI), and Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) signed the Chiquibul and Vaca Forests Joint Enforcement Protocol.
Signing the protocol were the Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar; Chief Forest Officer, Mr. Wilber Sabido (MAFFESDI); and Executive Director of FCD, Mr. Raphael Manzanero.
The protocol sets out a formalized Chiquibul and Vaca Forests Joint Enforcement Program to address illegal activities occurring within the forest which put the integrity of the forest ecosystem at risk and threaten the national security and territorial integrity of Belize.
San Pedro Town Council Holiday Hours
We take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy and Blessed Holiday Season!
Former Corozal Town Council Burned Records
Documents unearthed recently at the Corozal Town Council reveal that the previous Council was carrying out the burning of financial records only weeks before the March municipal elections. The present Town Council under Mayor Rigo Vellos has said that the lack of records and information was the primary reason for the delay in presenting a financial report.
Paradise Theater playing this weekend
A Simple Favor.
19 people. One hour. 150 trash bags.
Super happy to see the clean-up campaign alive and well! Thanks for keeping up the great work! For the Love of San Pedro, let's all do our part in keeping La Isla Bonita...bonita!
A HUGE thank you to Victoria House, Aces, San Pedro Town Council, Peter Mc Peake, Crissy Guerra, Bill Henkis and crew.
Trash was not only placed in bags but it was separated into recyclable plastic, wood and other.
Guatemalan President in Belize
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in in Belize tonight - in advance of a SICA Presidential summit tomorrow. Now, just the thought of his presence is sure to inflame many red-blooded Belizeans, after all his country is claiming at least half of Belize's territory.
But, tonight he is here as a guest of the state. Belize currently holds the presidency of SICA - which is the Central American Integration System - and tomorrow Prime Minister Dean Barrow will hand over the rotating presidency to Morales.
7News was at the airport for Morales's first visit as President:
President Jimmy Morales's Presidential plane touched down at 3:15 PM. This is his first visit to Belize flying as the president in this twin engine Beechcraft King Air 300.
A BDF Guard of Honour stood by to greet him. While officials form his Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stood by to welcome him.
Salvadoran President Arrives, Two More Expected
And, the president of El Salvador arrived at the PGIA a few minutes after Morales. He is Salvador SÃƒ¡nchez CerÃƒ©n - and he arrived on an Avianca airplane. Sanchez - Ceren received the same freeting as Morales - and was taken by motorcade - also to the Biltmore.
Two more Presidents are expected tomorrow: Panama's and Honduras's.
Elrington Chairs Meeting Of SICA Foreign Ministers
And while all these presidents will meet tomorrow, today it was the SICA Ministers of Foreign Affairs who met at the Biltmore. The meeting was chaired by Wilfred Elrington and he told us what is at the top of the agenda:..
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
"I think first of all the climate change, climate change is an existential issue, secondly the migration issue and then of course the question of security, that's a matter that transcends borders. Climate change transcend borders, migration transcends borders, security transcends borders and I like to think Jules - you know the United States sis having tremendous fire all over, what happens if we start having tremendous fires in the Chiquibul area? Given the very limited capacities we have to fight fires we would be in trouble unless we get help from outside. If a serious disease were to take place in this region, we will have to work together. There are so many ways in which we have to work together you know."
Still No Answers for Anisha, Family Offers Reward
Anisha Young's boyfriend has been re-detained but he isn't providing any useful information. He maintains his story that he went to bed and when he woke up, Anisha was gone. Today at the bi-weekly press briefing, police told us that her boyfriend was re-detained because of rumors that Young's body was dumped out there somewhere. But at this point, police still can't provide any concrete information in her case. Police also say they have been assisting the family with searches.
La Zafra Opens To An Uncertain Future
This morning, the new sugar season - known in the north as "La Zafra" - opened with its usual pomp and ceremony at the BSI's Tower Hill Factory in the Orange Walk. You probably know that last year's season was particularly rough for the cane farmers due to the very low world market prices for sugar that persisted for all of last season.
But the farmers and the millers are deeply invested into the future of the industry, and all involved must hope for a better financial outlook in the near future.
Our news team travelled north for the opening of the season, and Daniel Ortiz has that story:
These VIP's of the sugar industry threw the first sugar cane stalks on one of the dumping tables at BSI's Tower Hill Factory.
Finally A Protocol For Long-Standing Practice
The Ministries of National Security and Forestry along with the Friends for Conservation and Development signed the first ever Chiquibul And Vaca Forests protocol today. The document outlines key details on how to operate in these areas. Now, obviously, operations and patrols have been conducted in these areas that is nothing new, but according to the team, this protocol officially presents a more organized and collaborative approach to protecting these areas. Courtney Weatherburne has more:
Finally, after about a decade, the Chiquibul and Vaca Forests Joint Enforcement Protocol was drafted and signed today.
The Looming Threats In The Wilds of Vaca
FCD Executive Director Rafael Manzanero also gave us an update on what trends they have been noticing recently in the Chiquibul and some of the improvements they have seen. Manzaenro also discussed the illegal activities in the Vaca Forest reserve that haven't been properly addressed.
Rafael Manzanero - Executive Director, FCD:
"The Chiquibul is always a dynamic situation. Chateros, illegal logging is no longer a problem in the Chiquibul, the terminology of chater is just remaining on the minds of Belizeans now and in the vocab of Belizeans but in reality we do not really have any major significant problems with chateros today..."
Pvt Fidel Williams Back Home
Private Fidel Williams - the soldier who lost his eye in an on-duty accident - has returned from Merida but the doctors could not operate on him as yet. CEO of Defense Felix Enriquez told us more.
Felix Enriquez - CEO, Defence:
"I actually met with him earlier this week, he's simply in very good spirit. He has returned from his initial visit to the doctors in Merida. They couldn't perform surgery on him because he's still healing, so he's schedule to return at some point. So for right now he's on sick leave and on recovery."
Businessman's Murder Still a Mystery
No one has been arrested for Michael Arnold's murder. The Corozal businessman was killed on Monday night on a dark and deserted road on the outskirts of Corozal. Police today confirmed a few details, like the fact that he had just bought food, and that he was in the passenger seat when he was shot twice to the head:..
ACP Joseph Myvett - Head, NCIB:
"On Monday the 10th of December sometime around 10:40 PM Corozal police were on patrol in the Baizer layout area where they came across a white van. Upon making inspection of the van the apparent lifeless body of a male person later identified to be Michael Arnold 58 years business of a 4th avenue address was seen inside the vehicle on the passenger side.
Police Weigh Charges In Death of Child
Police also gave their report on the drowning of baby Marianne.
The 11 month old drowned on Wednesday night when she slipped into a bucket of water at home. Police say they have not decided how they will proceed in regards to possible charges against the parents.
ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB - Eastern Division:
"On Tuesday just before midnight police were called out to the KHMH where they observed a 11 month baby apparently dead. The information the police have gathered so far is that just sometime after 8:30 the baby was along with family members on Albert Hoye street whilst..."
Alleged Armed Robber Remanded
Tonight, 26 year-old Jeremy Mushlar, a labourer of Raccoon Street in Belize City, is at the Belize Central Prison after he was taken to court for robbing a water truck, and then shooting at the cops who responded to the robbery.
Police say that on Tuesday, December 11th, Mushlar and another man attempted to rob the employees of Energy Purified Water and Ice company from Orange Walk.
Today, at the police press briefing, ASP Cowo shared more details on the case - including the multiple gunshots fired:
FM: Say No To The ICJ, Say Yes to Possibility of Guat Invasion
Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington has been pilloried many times in the press and the public for what are seen to be outlandish, even insulting statements. He's previously said that those who don't vote yes to the ICJ must be crazy, and today he took it one step further by saying that if you vote "no" - you could be courting a Guatemalan invasion. Yup, he went there. We pick up the interview where he's being asked to qualify his statement about the possibility of an invasion:..
The SICA Foreign Ministers Meeting ended today.
Youth B-Ball Team Boasts Stellar Record
8 months ago, we introduced you to the Future Shock Basketball Team. It's an initiative by Clinton "Pulu" Lightburn. You'll know him a local basketball legend who now coaches young men, in an effort to provide them with positive activities to counteract the influence of the gang life-style that's all around them on Belize City's Southside.
The team has been together for 3 years now, and in all of their 69 games on the court, they remain undefeated. Last weekend, they went back to Mexico to defend their Championship in the Gatorade Bacalar Cup, and after a nail-biting game in the finals the Future Shock ballers to defeat the Mexican team from Distrito Federal by a single point.
One May Be Charged For Machete Maim
Police have one person in custody for the merciless case of machete maim in Armenia. Here's more from the Head of National Crimes Investigations.
ACP Joseph Myvett - Head, NCIB:
"Tuesday sometime around 2 AM police were called to the residence of Luis Hernandez in Armenia Village where upon arrival they observed a male hispanic person in an unconscious state with multiple chop wounds to the body and head. His name was later learnt to be Lucio Ruiz. So far, police have one person in custody pending this investigation. No charges have yet been preferred as the police investigation is still ongoing."
Bar Brawl turns Into Nose Biter
Usually when we report on bar brawls, someone is either badly busted up, stabbed or shot.. but bitten? That's a new one. It happened at a bar in Corozal. Two men got into it and one bit the other on the nose, ripping off a piece of it a real Class A Mike Tyson move. Here's more from police.
Home Invaders in Guinea Grass
A Guinea Grass woman's home was burglarized this morning. She was asleep when 3 men entered her home and raided it. Fortunately she wasn't harmed. Police told us more.
Staine Gets 16
For about 5 weeks now, we've been following the Supreme Court Trial of the 3 brothers, 46 year-old Phil Staine, 37 year-old Kareem Staine, and 41 year-old Orlando Staine, who were charged with murder. After a trial without jury, Justice Adolph Lucas acquitted
Kareem and Orlando Staine of both murder and manslaughter, but he found their other eldest brother, Phil Staine, guilty of manslaughter for the stabbing death of the 23 year-old BDF volunteer Denver Villafranco.
Well, Justice Lucas decided today that Phil Staine will spend 16 years and 5 months in jail. The judge sentenced him to spend 20 years in jail, but he subtracted 3 years and 7 months, because that's how long Staine spent on remand awaiting trial.
Toys For Over 300 Kids Form Police and Embassies
Over 350 city kids got early Christmas gifts today - but the sponsors weren't local businesses, they were diplomats. Various embassies including the Taiwanese, the US and Mexico collaborated with the police give each child one toy. It's Christmas community policing and the excited kids gathered at the Raccoon Street police station to get their gifts.
Howell Gillett - Senior Superintendent and Regional Commander:
"It's the coming together off five different embassies and a high commission. It's the Mexicans, the Americans, the Guatemalans, the Brazilians, the Taiwanese, and the British High Commission.
An Urban Garden Rejuvenates City
The Anglican Cathedral College has an urban garden. It is part of the multi million dollar downtown rejuvenation project which seeks to uplift and beautify public spaces. We spoke to school principal Ismael Requena about this initiative.
Ismael Requena - Principal of ACC:
"This project is a collaboration between ACC, the Taiwanese embassy, the BTB and the ministry of agriculture. It is part of the downtown rejuvenation project and we here at ACC are very elated and in fact, thankful for this project; because it does bring a multifaceted approach in that it involves our students, our community and even our church..."
Guatemalan President in Belize for SICA Summit
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is in Belize. President Morales touched down at the P.G.I.A. at twenty minutes passed three o’clock this afternoon and is here for the 2018 SICA Summit [...]
Foreign Minister Says Vote “NO” and Guatemala Might Invade
There have been ongoing lectures in different parts of the country and from what has been detected, there seems to be an anti-I.C.J. sentiment. Minister Wilfred Elrington is known to [...]
Wilfred Elrington Responds to Dickie Bradley and Assad Shoman
Two point five million dollars have been budgeted by the government for the I.C.J. Referendum campaign. An education campaign, apart from but similar to the government-sponsored I.C.J. campaign, concluded on [...]
What Happened to the Sarstoon Protocol?
There is another protocol to report about tonight. It is the Sarstoon Protocol, which is still up in the air. In June 2016, the foreign ministers of both Belize and [...]
SICA Heads in Belize for Summit
The leaders of all seven Central American countries are in Belize for the 2018 SICA Summit. For the past six months, Belize was at the helm of the Central American [...]
A New Set of Rules for Joint Operations in the Chiquibul Forest
While Guatemalan president and foreign minister are at the Biltmore, in Belmopan, a protocol was signed to deal with encroachments in the Chiquibul and Vaca Forests by persons from Guatemala [...]
Chiquibul Protocol Long in the Making, But Finally Here
The newly established guidelines, according to Minister John Saldivar, who holds the national security portfolio, sets out the means by which the respective agencies, including the Forestry Department, will conduct [...]
Boyfriend Re-Detained, but Still No Signs of Anisha Young
Hopes are dimming tonight for the family of Anisha Young; they are offering a reward of ten thousand dollars for concrete information on her whereabouts. The twenty-three-year-old disappeared on Sunday [...]
Shootout between Police and Armed Robber
On Tuesday around two p.m., a Belizean truck driver from Orange Walk was shot inside a water truck he was driving in the Gungulung area of Belize City. Two men [...]
Who Wanted Michael Arnold Dead & Why?
On Monday night, Corozal police came across an abandoned white van in an isolated area of Baeza Layout of the town. On the passenger side of the vehicle was the [...]
1 Person Detained for Asher Saunders’ Murder
While police have no leads in the murder of Michael Arnold, they say that they have one person detained in connection with the murder of Asher Saunders in Belize City. [...]
Official Details on Rudy Morales Drowning
Two persons drowned in separate incidents earlier this week in Belize City and Corozal. On Monday evening, a boat incident in the vicinity of the Cerros Maya Monument ended fatally [...]
Will Parents of Marianne Vasquez be Charged for her Death?
The other victim was an eleven-month-old baby who drowned in a bucket of water inside her family home in Belama phase two. Marianne Vasquez is believed to have tried to [...]
2018/2019 Sugar Cane Crop Opens While World Sugar Prices Continue Declining
The mills at the A.S.R./B.S.I. factory at Tower Hill cranked up this morning to give way to the 2018-2018 sugar cane crop. Production is expected to be in the range [...]
Home Invasion in Guinea Grass
There was a home invasion this morning in Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk. Three masked men broke into the house of Veronica Quetzal and stole an assortment of jewellery; the [...]
Vicious Chopping in Armenia
An Armenia villager is in critical, but stable condition at the Western Regional Hospital after he was chopped multiple times to the head and body as he slept in a [...]
Missing Dangriga Teen Found in Steadfast
There are also two missing person reports from the national crimes investigation branch. A Mexican national was reported missing on Monday. Teresa Gomez says that her farm caretaker, seventy-two-year-old Arturo [...]
SIDS Finance Negotiators: “Are Developed Countries Delivering on Commitment?”
Tonight we have another report on COP 24 in Poland where negotiations are expected to go into the weekend since not much progress has been made in creating the rules [...]
Jenelli Fraser Rocks Stage at Miss Universe 2018
Millions across the world tuned in this morning for the preliminary competition at the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand. Here, Belizeans woke up early to view the pageant that [...]
200 Jingle Boxes for Needy Families this Christmas
The Jingle Boxes are ready for distribution to deserving families courtesy of Bowen and Bowen Limited. Each box of goodies contains treats to make Christmas for the families a happy [...]
Police Christmas Toys for Needy Children
As many as four hundred children from communities across Belize City received Christmas toys today through an initiative led by the Belize Police Department. The gift-giving effort is a partnership [...]
Healthy Living: Health Gifts
For many of us Christmas feels like a time of indulgence. There’s lots of food, lots of drinks and lots spending. We’re sure many of you are still struggling to [...]
Police trace last movements of Slain Businessman
Prominent Corozal businessman Michael Arnold was one of the founders of the Corozal Free Zone was murdered on Monday night in the Baeza Layout area. The investigating officers have traced his movements on that night. ASP Alejandro Cowo, the Officer in Charge of C.I.B. says he was found in the passenger seat of his van …
Will police charge parents for toddler that drowned?
Assistant Superintendent Cowo also spoke about the investigation into the death of the 11 month old toddler, Marianne Vasquez who drowned in a bucket of water in the Belama area of Belize City. Cowo says no charges have been made against the parents Daren Vasquez and Marina Torres. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “On Tuesday just before …
Private Williams continues to recover from injury
A month ago, Private Fidel Williams of the Belize Defence Force, stationed at the Forward Operating Base located at the Sarstoon had a freak accident while on duty that left him in a critical condition. As a result, one of Williams’ eye was extensively damaged and was removed during a surgery at the Karl Heusner …
The Search for Anisha Young Continues
The search for Anisha Young continues. The police say that Young in the company of friends and her boyfriend went from a Christmas party at the Princess Hotel to the Sit and Sip bar. She then accompanied her boyfriend to Nargosta Street and that’s when, the police say she disappeared without a trace. ASP, Alejandro …
PM dampens chances of Belizean Citizens Abroad in ICJ Vote
Earlier this year, the long-awaited re-registration process commenced and one of the requirement was that persons had to be living at their present address for at least two-months. This automatically disqualified the thousands of Belizeans living abroad. A group of Belizeans in the diaspora organized themselves into Belizean Citizens Abroad, an association which is hoping …
Sugar Crop officially opened
The 2018/2019 Sugar Crop was officially opened this morning. Stakeholders in the sugar market gathered at the Belize Sugar Industry factory for the ceremonial opening. The sugar crop opens when sugar prices are at an all-time low. But already farmers and the BSI have felt the impact of lowered global prices and the shift in …
Staff of Company Share with NGO’s for Xmas
Across the country, corporate partners are investing in communities and families that are truly deserving of Christmas cheer and a helping hand. The staff of Bowen and Bowen partnered with a few NGO’s and government institutions to share the Christmas joy in this following report. Jose Sanchez: “The staff of Bowen and Bowen has decided …
Global Warming: a race against time
It is a race against time to put in place measures that will combat global warming in order to avoid catastrophic weather pattern. In this regard, countries have agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emission in an effort to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees under the Paris Agreement. Love news spoke with Dr. Ulric Trotz, …
One Year Anniversary of the Blast that Shook Santa Elena
December 12th was the one year anniversary of the detonation of explosives at a quarry in a residential section of Santa Elena Town. Seventy-year-old Ronald Sutherland, the general manager of Tiger Aggregates lost his life while many homes were damaged. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz spoke to some residents whose home were damaged and inquired how …
UNICEF Belize and Local Government attend Conference on Rights of Youths
The United Nations Children’s Fund is a United Nations program that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. A team from UNICEF Belize travelled to Chile for the first regional dialogue convened to kick off preparations on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Next year will make …
Toledo Police and Community Meet and Greet
But that wasn’t the only initiative taking place in tight-knit community in Punta Gorda Town. The police must step up their patrols and also canvas the neighborhoods not to give gifts but advice to establishments and individuals who become targets for criminals …
Justified Force was used in barrage of shots against thief
We told you earlier in the week about the daring robbery in the Gungulung area of Belize City. Two men on a motorcycle robbed an Orange Walk Ice Delivery truck. One of them shot Carlos Triminio on the leg. The police chased one of the suspects and there was tremendous gunfire …
Patrols in Chiquibul will operate under a protocol
The Chiquibul Forest Reserve is the largest forest reserve in Belize with 459,000 acres; however, it has become quite a challenge to protect from illegal incursion such as poaching, gold panning, illegal logging and illegal farming by Guatemalans …
Taiwan gives funds to Belmopan City Council for a vehicle
The Taiwan government has assisted the Belmopan City Council in its project to equip the Transport Department with a new vehicle to address the dispatching issue of traffic wardens to heavy traffic junctions during rush hours …
Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales in Belize for SICA
Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport today. Guatemala takes over the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Central American Integration System (SICA). Morales was greeted by officials of Guatemala’s Embassy in Belize along with representative …
Breaking Belize News
Police provide update on disappearance of Anisha Young
On Monday family members of Anisha Young reported topolice that she had not been seen since […]
3 masked men sought in armed burglary in Guinea Grass
This morning there was a case of aggravated burglary reported in Guinea Grass, Orange Walk. Veronica Quetzal […]
Missing Teen Found Safe With 21-Year-Old Man
A teen reported missing has been found in Steadfast, Stann Creek by police. But instead of […]
Belize Police in communication with Guatemalan authorities about suspected murder who fled to Guatemala
The Belize Police Department has contacted their counterparts in Guatemala in connection with the murder of […]
Elias Lopez, 21, charged for aggravated assault
Early this week, we reported that Jose Ical, 42, hadhis left arm amputated. That was after he […]
Man chopped while sleeping in a hammock in stable condition at hospital
In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, police were called to the residence of Luis Hernandez […]
400 Children attend 8th Annual Spirit of Christmas Concert
The Bliss Center for Performing Arts in Belize City was once again packed with over 400 children […]
Police provide update on murder of Corozal businessman
On Monday night Corozal police were on patrol in the Baizar Layout area when they […]
Guatemalan President arrives in Belize for SICA meeting
President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales has just arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize. […]
Bouncer’s nose bitten off while escorting disorderly patron out of bar
A bouncer at a bar was maimed by an uncontrollable patron. Yesterday Julio Gomez visited […]
Del Monte FIESTA CORN Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers recalled
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) and the […]
Ministry of Health advises that Mercury detected in Fish
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company […]
Wesley Primary School targeted by thieves
Wesley Primary School on Albert Street in Belize City was targeted by thieves early this week. […]
GOB refuses to honor another court judgment
The Government of Belize (GoB) is on track to defy yet another court-ordered judgment. In October […]
$10,000 reward offered to find Anny Young
The family of Anisha “ Anny” Young is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to […]
Brrrr….Belize Cold Front Ends, Next One on Its Way
Each December and January…sometimes into February, we get a few cold fronts in Belize. The wind shifts – blowing in from the north – and the humidity plummets (from the usual 90+%). It feels legitimately cold though the temperature rarely goes below the high 60s.
Belize hasn’t embraced the dramatic language of our northern AccuWeather neighbors – Arctic Blast, Polar Vortex…yet.
The cold front blew in Monday with grey skies and 20mph winds and even the street dogs were cold – all curled up in potlicker balls. This cutie, who always hangs out in front of the Hol Chan Office, was actually wearing a t-shirt.
Enjoy the Cold Front
Cold Front in Belize is one of the time in Belize where most of us are still not comfortable as yet. Jakets has to be worn at upper 65' degrees. But, for some, this type of weather in Belize is warm for them since they live in colder towns like below 0.
Every year in Corozal in month of December and January, Or, sometimes into February, cold fronts approaches with a strong wing gusts in Belize. The water dries up several feet as far as people can walk. Either, they're lucky enough to find something or not this quite an adventourous. The water gets cleared for sometime.
Guatemala: An indigenous community rejects, then accepts, a protected area
Riding in a small motorboat along the Atlantic coast of Guatemala, Francisco Cuz Acal looked over his left shoulder at the lush forest cover whizzing by. To his right lay nothing but open water. Straight ahead, far off in the distance, he could just barely make out the Belizean coastline behind a misty haze.
Cuz Acal was cruising along the eastern edge of the Río Sarstún Multiple Use Area, 350 square kilometers (135 square miles)of land home to more than 300 species of tropical birds and other animalsthat the Guatemalan government declared a protected area in 2005.
The 41-year-old has always lived off the land in La Guaira Cocolí, a community along the Río Sarstún, providing for his family through fishing, agriculture and selling wood when necessary. The local indigenous Q’eqchi’ community, 78 percent of the population in the 21 communities along the Río Sarstún, has always felt an affinity and respect for its land. But as the population has grown, the community has not always considered how its practices could impact the environment.
7 top travel destinations in 2019 for the luxury traveller
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With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, pint-sized Belize is packed with islands, adventure and culture. Exploring the caves, snorkelling, fishing, scuba diving, exploring the Caribbean sea and islands, seeing the Maya temples, are just some of the things you can do on this coastal country.
Miss Universe Belize swimsuit performance during the preliminary competition, 1/2min.
Sailing Decisions that Risk EVERYTHING | Sailing to Northeast Sapodilla Caye Belize | S03E15, 27min. Before leaving Placencia and sailing to Northeast Sapodilla Caye Belize we get busy checking out of Belize and get the boat ready for a short day sail. When the planned departure date arrives a large thunderstorm forms over our proposed path and we are forced to make the decision whether we want to take the risk or be conservative. Once underway we decide to motor sail in the calm squally weather and end up having a beautiful trip and a gorgeous afternoon to explore the island.
Pounding plantains in Belize, 1min.
5 DIAS NO BELIZE | COMO É O PAÍS, 7min. Chegamos ao Caribe !!!
De bicicleta, cruzamos a fronteira entre o México e o Belize e entramos no novo país.
Embora os países sejam colados parece que ao cruzar a fronteira entramos em outro mundo. Cultura, língua e povo completamente diferentes.
Ter conhecido o Belize foi mágico demais e esse video mostra um pouco mais dos 5 dias que passamos lá.
Belize Cultural Celebrations Vol. 3: Christmas Bram - A Kriol Christmas, 16min. Learn about the origins of the 'Bram', in the traditional custom of how Christmas was originally celebrated in the settlement of British Honduras (Belize).
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in Belize, 1min. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is in Belize. President Morales touched down at the PGIA at twenty minutes passed three o’clock this afternoon in a private jet and is here for the 2018 SICA Summit which Belize is hosting. This is the second time, as far as we know, that Morales has been on Belizean soil since he was elected President in 2015. His first official visit was in December 2015 when he met with Prime Minister in his office on Coney Drive.
Southern Environmental Association (SEA) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, 21min. Southern Environmental Association (SEA) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Our guests talked about their major accomplishments and the activities planned for the week-long celebration. On our couch:
Arreini Palacio Morgan - Executive Director, SEA.
Deidra Mahler - Education and Outreach Manager, SEA.
The Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Centre, 19min. The Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Centre specialize in unique personalized gifts that convey thoughtfulness and appreciation for your recipient. Our guests shared a few interesting gift ideas now available for your purchase. On set:
Alex Dueckert - Sales Representative, The Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Centre.
Tiffany Jacobs - Sales Representative, The Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Centre.
Belize Marketing & Development Corporation, 25min. The Belize Marketing & Development Corporation (BMDC) is talking about the sweet opportunity in honey! BMDC is hosting a National Bi-Annual Beekeeping Symposium & Expo on Friday in Orange Walk. The intention is to discuss how to expand the local beekeeping industry and tap into the potential to export internationally. Our guests shared the details of the events. On our couch:
Silverio Marin - Interim Administrator, Belize Marketing & Development Corporation.
Mario Howe - Extension Officer, Ministry of Agriculture.
Ricardo Thompson - Principal Agriculture Officer, Ministry of Agriculture.
The Pandemonium Steel Band Christmas Concert 2018, 12min. The Pandemonium Steel Band Christmas Concert 2018 takes place on December 13th at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. We caught up with members of the Band in our final segment. They shared that event is a fundraiser to support the musical education of their members. On our couch:
Josef Ward - Pandemonium Steel Band.
Candice Escalera - Pandemonium Steel Band.
Alicia Craig - Pandemonium Steel Band.
St. Catherine Academy - national conversation about the ICJ Referendum, 41min. St. Catherine Academy is spearheading an initiative to provide students an opportunity to be a part of the national conversation about the ICJ Referendum. They have held presentations to inform their students and will be preparing a group of them to present their case at an upcoming debate in January. At the end of the debate students will be asked to vote in the mock referendum to register their informed opinion on whether we should take the case to the ICJ. We spoke with representatives from the school about the initiative and how they are preparing to engage the youth demographic on this important issue.
CENTRAL AMERICA BACKPACKING TRIP | Ep1: Mexico & Belize, 50min. I went solo backpacking around Central America for 6 weeks, travelling through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
3 Nights in San Pedro Belize _ 6 Dives_Blue Hole Dive, 7min. Mouch gets certified,
Eat an infinite number of tacos and red snapper,
Hol Chan Marine Reserve,
Golf cart main mode of transportation,
Deepest dive yet.
The best tacos in the world,
The Blue Hole,
Half Moon Caye.
The Island Academy Christmas Pagent 2018, 7min. Tonight we are at the annual Island Academy Christmas Pageant. Island Academy is a private school on the island of Ambergris Caye. This annual event brings together students, faculty, and families to celebrate the Holiday season and also mark the beginning of Winter Break.
Belize Vacation, 3.5min.
Snorkeling trip to Belize December 2018, 11min. This video was taken December 6th 2018 while cruising on the Carnival Dream to Belize. We took a tour through Splash Wave tours to an amazing area that allowed us to snorkel to see a huge coral reef with so many fish, turtles, rays, and sharks. Our tour guide and captain gave us a once in a lifetime view of the Caribbean that we have always wanted to see in person. I can't say enough good things about this excursion. It was one of the best experiences of my life.
BELIZE Trip, 6.5min.
Semi Finals Game Two!
Bandits SC vs Police United FC, 2.5hr.
December 13, 2018
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Belizean Delegation hosted by Ministry of Culture of El Salvador for Seminar and Bilateral Talks
On Thursday, December 6th, representatives of Belize’s National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) participated in a seminar titled, “Rediscovering our Afro-descendent Origins in Central America: The Case of Belize and El Salvador”. The seminar was organized by the Embassy of Belize in El Salvador with support from the Central American Integration System, the World Bank and the Ministry of Culture of El Salvador.
Academics from both Belize and El Salvador presented papers on topics related to Garifuna Culture and Heritage, Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Violence in Belize City, and Afro-descendants in the Salvadoran context.
SPHS Girls advance U-17 Inter-District Football Tournament Finals!
During the semifinals round of Belize’s Under-17 (U-17) Female Inter-District Football Tournament, San Pedro High School (SPHS) Girls managed to claim victory against Orange Walk Town’s Vibe Alive International in San Pedro Town on Sunday, December 9th. With this 2-0 victory, the island team advanced directly to the finals of the tournament. After halftime, both teams came back fierce and determined to take the victory. With the island team already on a 2-0 lead, Vibe Alive International made many attempts to score, but SPHS Girls’ goalkeeper, Dennisa Mairena managed to block them all. The long whistle blew, signaling SPHS Girls that with their 2-0 win, they are advancing to the finals of Belize’s U-17 Inter-District Football Tournament.
The U-17 Female finals will be held on Sunday, December 16th at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City. The SPHS Girls will face Blackman Eddy Royals for the championship. The game is scheduled to start at t 10AM.
Inauguration of the Gian C. Gandhi Building
An official ceremony was held on Thursday, December 6th, to inaugurate the Gian C. Gandhi Building in Belmopan.
The building will serve as the headquarters for the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) in Belize. The IFSC was previously housed in the Sir Edney Cain Building in Belmopan. The newly renovated building was named in honour of the late attorney Mr. Gandhi, who was the first Director General of IFSC. Late Attorney Mr. Gian Chand Gandhi, S.C. was a career public officer who devotedly served Belize for over 30 years in various capacities, including Crown Counsel and Solicitor General.
The San Pedro Dance Academy presents Alice in Wonderland during their annual Christmas show
The ‘Adventures of Alice in Wonderland’ was performed by the San Pedro Dance Academy during their annual end-of-year Christmas show on Saturday, December 8th. The show is based on an 1865 novel written by Lewis Carroll, about a girl named Alice, who falls into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures. Held at the San Pedro Lions Den, the show saw a full house of proud parents and family who were delighted with a performance that included Steel Pan music and several dance performances. For an entry fee of $10, attendees enjoyed a variety of entertainment, beginning with the dramatization of Alice in Wonderland. Alice, interpreted by Karissa Vasquez and Lilian Rivero, took the audience through a wonderful, magical world, where Alice was met with talking flowers, butterflies, the Cheshire Cat, and Caterpillar.
3rd Annual Child Advisory Board (CAB) Presidents Meet in San Pedro
Many island students were educated during the 3rd Annual Child Advisory Board (CAB) President’s Meeting 2018 held at the San Pedro Town Central Park on Friday, December 7th. CAB is a youth organization under the Sustainable Child-Friendly Municipalities (SCMF) that advocates for children and adolescents in the community through the development of the city by its Town Council. The CAB aims to use the National Children’s Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals to promote equality, greater social inclusion, diversity of children’s, experiences, abilities, and acknowledgment of cultures by promoting the education of health, justice, and social protection of children.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Pedro
Took place Wednesday. It started early with mańanitas at 4am, prayers, mass and breakfast.
Many residents and Catholic faithfuls are paying tribute in their own way at home. The R.C School also held story telling of our Lady of Guadalupe.
The San Pedro Roman Catholic Church also had an evening program prepared for the feast.
Pic Of The Week - Miss Universe Belize National Costume
Miss Universe Belize Janelle Frazer debuted her National Costume at the Miss Universe national costume competition and it depicted the Mayan God Kinich Ahau and the jade head. She graced the stage with her stunning outfit made by the ever talented designers David A. Matus and Roberto Pasos Dominguez. All the best to Miss Universe Belize and she proudly represents out lovely Jewel – Belize.
Electricity Rate Increase Pending Approval
BEL Proposes Adjustment to Approved Rates On Monday, December 10, 2018, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) notified the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that due to significant increase in cost of power since May 20018, the company is proposing to increase the Mean Electricity Rate (MER) to $0.4150 per kWh for the remainder of the Annual Tariff Period January 1 to June 30, 2018.
Misc Belizean Sources
Banyan Bay Market
The Market is designed to bring business entities, local vendors and artisans under one roof, offering their goods and services to the San Pedro Community, at bargain prices. Shop for organic items, fresh baked breads, meats, scrumptious pizzas, local fine art, exotic sushi specials and many more... Held twice a month or every two weeks, the Market is seeing a rising trend in its visitors and vendors wanting to participate. We look forward to seeing you all for our high season Market Days!
GOB Statement on the death of Hon. Dr. Jane Usher
The Government of Belize wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of Hon. Dr. Jane Usher.
Dr. Jane Usher served Belize as a politician and area representative of the Pickstock constituency for two consecutive terms. She also served as a Cabinet minister and as President of the Senate. Dr. Usher has been recorded in Belize political history as embroidering the first Belizean flag.
She spearheaded a strong wave of women political consciousness in Belize during her tenure as President of the National Women’s Commission, as CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women) was adopted into policies and legislation in Belize.
NOTICE TO ALL MOTORISTS
Global Status Report on Road Safety from World Health Organization (WHO) 2018 indicates that 1.35 million persons die annually as a result of Road Traffic Crashes. The Department of Transport takes this opportunity to wish all drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians a safe Christmas and New Year 2019. Remember the true meaning of Christmas. Peace and love to all!
Statement by Hon. John Briceńo Leader of the People’s United Party On the passing of Mrs. Jane Usher S. JP Former Member of the House of Representatives
All of us in the People’s United Party are grateful for the life of Mrs. Jane Usher. Her contribution to the development of this nation is unmatched. Miss Jane, as everyone fondly knows her, spent her life in the service of others. As a PUP Minister of Housing or as the head of her beloved Holy Redeemer Credit Union, Miss Jane was about the people. She worked in the service of regular Belizeans who, through their small contributions, were able to build their homes, educate their children, or bury their parents. I am proud to be the leader of a Party that was beloved by Miss Jane. In the PUP, we celebrate her contributions, we give thanks for her years of guidance and sensible counsel and we stand here in solidarity with her children and grandchildren because we know that through all her years of service, Miss Jane was first and foremost a matriarch, a mother and grandmother who loved all her children and grandchildren. So from all of us in the PUP, to the Price and Usher Families, we say thank you and we are with you at this time. Miss Jane joins her husband Henry and her brother, our beloved Mr. Price and the rest of her family members who have gone before her to that eternal reward which our Lord has prepared for those who love Him.
Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Important day Wednesday for Catholics in northern Belize as they celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the St. Francis Xavier Parish mass in Corozal.
U.S. Embassy Belize statement on the death of Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher
The U.S. Embassy expresses our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher.
Remembering the life of a remarkable woman who tirelessly gave her time and resources to others as a role model and mentor. In 2017, the Embassy chose Dr. Usher as Belize Woman of the Year for her life-long contributions to economic empowerment and dedicated public service.
Rest in Peace Dr. Usher.
This Sunday el Festival del Pueblo
Homenaje a los liberadores Mayas. Ko'one'ex !!! Ko'one'ex !!! U Xamanai Masewalo'ob tu Belize . Kux'ano'on !!!
Every one is invited to VII Festival del Pueblo in San Lazaro (Orange walk) . Come,enjoy and celebrate our Maya identity .
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 2018
On Saturday, December 1st, 2018, the San Pedro Town Council held its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Central Park. Opening the ceremony was Mayor Daniel Guerrero where he welcomed everyone to the event and was grateful for everyone's presence. At the end of his speech, he shouted, "Let there be light!" and the Christmas tree was lit in all its glory. Sharing some Christmas cheer as well was the Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, where he thanked the Bowen Family for the donation of the tree that brings the town together every year for Christmas.
Take Note:- San Joaquin dog owners!
Spay & Neuter Clinic January 11 & 12.
SonicBrew, Leon Banks, and many more artists will be performing at the Boulevard in Benque on Saturday, December 22nd. It's the last Metal Haven show of the year. Tickets are $10, and prizes will be raffled off through the night.
"Come out and support the our last show for 2018 at Boulevard Bar & Grill this December 22nd. As you may know Boulevard will soon be closing its doors so come out and rock one last time here!"
Environmental Police from Guatemala Visit
Members of the Environmental Police from Guatemala, DIPRONA, conducted an exchange visit with members of the Police Department. Aim was to share and learn about environmental regulations and the Chiquibul. FCD facilitated this event with support from the British High Commission in Belize.
Popol Vuh : Lords of Xibalba
The head of the pantheon is Hun-Came (“One Death”) followed by Vucub-Came (“Seven Death). The remaining ten Lords rule over a particular form of human suffering. According to the Maya legend, these death lords often worked together in pairs. There was Xiquiripat ("Flying Scab") and Cuchumaquic ("Gathered Blood") who worked to poison people’s blood. There was Ahalpuh ("Pus ") and Ahalgana ("Jaundice ") who made bodies swell and rot. There was Chamiabac ("Bone Staff") and Chamiaholom ("Skull Staff"), who slowly striped the flesh from the dead to turn them into skeletons. There was Ahalmez ("Sweepings ") and Ahaltocob ("Stabbing "), who were believed to hide in the unswept areas of a person’s home and stab them to death. And finally there was Xic ("Wing") and Patan ("Packstrap"), who made people cough up blood and suffer while walking on a road.
Jane Usher, Titan of Credit Union Movement, Dead At 101
Tonight, Belize has lost a national icon, and a pioneering legend of the Credit Union movement. Jane Ellen Usher, known to all as "Ms. Jane" from the Holy Redeemer Credit Union died at 5:00 this morning. She passed at home surrounded by family at the age of 101.
She had been working in the Credit Union up to last year November when she had a fall and broke her pelvis. From there, her health slowly deteriorated, leading to this morning's passing from symptoms associated with old age.
Her legacy is among the most celebrated and enduring in Belize's history - but to the everyday person, "Ms. Jane" wasn't up in the political stratosphere like politicians or big-time bankers - she was down to earth, right there in her office on Hyde's Lane, a daily presence - and almost like a family member to the almost 60 thousand members of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union...
House Members Take a Moment For "Ms. Jane"ť
Today at the House of Representatives in Belmopan, both sides of the floor recognized the contribution and the legend of their former parliamentary colleague. The Prime Minister even donned his best blue shirt:..
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
"I chose the closest thing I could find to the PUP blue to wear this morning in honor of Ms. Jane."
"...in asking if you would permit this house, or indeed call upon the house, to stand in a moment of silence with respect to the passing of Ms. Jane, who was, of course, not just a parliamentarian and a minister of government, but indeed an institution. We talk about Holy Redeemer Credit Union, but she was synonymous with that credit union."
"But HRCU continues to endure, and it is due principally to the outstanding leadership of that outstanding Belizean woman. We know that she is the sister of our national hero, but in her own right, she was a Belizean heroine."
PUP Claims "Ms. Jane"ť
And while both sides of the House honoured Jane Usher - to the PUP, she was family: George Price's big sister and a former representative in Pickstock.
Today at Independence Hall, PUP Secretary General Linsford Castillo read a statement on behalf of the PUP which highlighted Usher's political life and her service to the PUP and the people.
Linsford Castillo, PUP Secretary General:
"I will now read a statement from our party leader which was issued to the media earlier today; "All of us in the people's United Party are grateful for the life of Mrs. Jane Usher. Her contribution to the development of this nation is unmatched. Miss Jane, as everyone fondly knows her spent her life in the service of others. As a PUP minister of housing or as the head of her beloved Holy Redeemer Credit Union, Miss Jane was about the people..."
11 Year Old Drowns in Bucket in Belama
An 11 month old drowned last night at her parents' Albert Hoy Street home in Belama Phase 3. Baby Marianne slipped into a bucket of water and drowned. Courtney Weatherburne found out more about this terrible tragedy and how one oversight cost the baby her life. Here is that story.
The Vasquez's of Belama Phase 3 had the most terrible night.
Their 11 month old baby girl Marianne drowned in this wash room inside a bucket just like this one.
According to the father, Daren Vasquez, his wife was cooking dinner, and he was outside talking to a guest. Their 8 year old son was playing with Marianne in the room until he ran to the store. That's when baby Marianne slipped away.
Family Desperate For Answers About Anisha
It's been 4 days now since 23 year-old Anisha Young went missing, and her family is gravely concerned about her wellbeing tonight. They're hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.
As we've reported, she attended her staff Christmas Party on Saturday night, and after that, she went to Sit and Sip with her boyfriend and other friends. Several hours later, they all left in a taxi which dropped off her friends first, and then, the driver took her and her boyfriend home. Since then, nobody has seen or heard from her, and due to an ominous call that her family received, they began organizing search parties to look for her. Every day since, they've been going out for most of the daylight hours in the hopes of finding her alive. And with no kind of luck, their hope is starting to dwindle.
No Charges Yet In Delivery Truck Jacking
Last night we told you about the armed robbery of a water truck, leading to a wild police chase and apprehension of a suspect.
Tonight, police have the details. Two men pulled up to the Orange Walk delivery truck on a motorbike and one shot Carlos Triminio to the leg, while the other hit Jimel Coye to the head.
They snatched the bag from the truck with an undisclosed amount of money. Police pursued the culprits, who abandoned the motorcycle, fled and fired shots at the police. The man in possession of the cash bag was caught and detained, while the other escaped. No one has been charged yet.
Rats At Vital Stats?
And going back to Belmopan now for today's house meeting - it was a relatively short session - lasting for only four hours. Most of the legislative business had to do with emergency legislation pushed through to quickly bring Belize's EPZ and IBC regulations in line with European Trade standards.
You'll hear all about that later on, but first to the most controversial bit from today's meeting. The PUP's senior member Said Musa spoke on the adjournment about the woeful state of affairs at the Vital Statistics Unit which is now affecting the voters' re-registration process. As many as five thousand names are in limbo because vital stats cannot find their stats. Musa said it needs urgent attention - and the UDP's Michael Finnegan agreed:...
Opposition Leader Calls For Lower Prices on Diesel
So, to clarify what the Minister of Health said, hospitals cannot deny newborns the registration of their newborns if their medical bills are not fully paid. It is not permitted by policy or law. If it happens to you, call the Ministry of Health, or call us.
Speaking on another matter of urgent public interest, Opposition Leader John Briceno discussed the crushing price of diesel fuel. It remains at over ten dollars - and at the height of the tourist season and the start of the cane crop - it's a hold-back on economic activity. He said the taxes on fuel are too high.
Hon. John Briceno- Leader of the Opposition:
"Today our farmers and the people in the productive sector have to struggle with the cost of diesel at $10.75 per gallon. This administration got elected to office on the promise to bring down the cost of living no matter what. Guess what? When they came into office in 2008, the cost of diesel at the pump was $8.10. Today it is $2.65 more than it was than when they were just elected back in 2008..."
Caledonia Cane Roads In Crisis
And those high costs - especially of fuel - directly affect cane farmers - who are getting very low prices for the sugar they sell on the world market.
Today the member for Corozal Southeast said the government has to urgently do something:..
Hon. Florencio Marin- PUP Corozal Southeast:
"Just today some of the cane farmers from the Village of Caledonia, a village that I represent, a village that is UDP, that stands alone by itself with solid UDP support, the farmers have not had one upgrading of their road, not one preparation of that road for this cane season that will be starting tomorrow. Today, they protested, madam speaker, from that particular area. I would like to ask the Prime Minister to please get some repairs to these cane roads because it is quite critical; the safra starts tomorrow. Prime Minister, the price is really low. Believe you me, we are all feeling it. Any help the farms can get, they need it."
The Caledonia Close-Up
And while the government is committing funds - the cane seasons opens tomorrow - and that money is too late for the cane farmers of Caledonia village in the Corozal district. They say they can't even get four wheel drive pickups into their fields to cut cane because of the awful state of the cane roads. Today they held a protest and led TV-3 on a tour of those roads - where the chairman explained the log-standing urgency:..
Fabian Andy Westby- Branch Chairman, Caledonia:
"The tour that we have done today is the main road that we use to take out the production, the main movement right now but we can't even pass with the pickup to carry workers, much less to cut it. And if we manage to cut it and we manage to take it out of the fields and we will bag on a road like this with a low price, it will even make it worse for us..."
CARICOM Resisting Direct Consumption Sugars
And while those roads can't be fixed fast enough - that's not the only urgency in the cane industry. As we've been reporting, the sugar cane is at a crisis crossroads. Global prices for sugar have crashed - and it has resulted in a major cut in earnings for Belize's cane farmers. Their only hope now is that ASR/BSI can market what are called direct consumption sugars to CARICOM. This sugar would be traded under beneficial CSME tariff provisions. But there is a problem; many CARICOM producers want the European sugar. Belize has been to COTED to lobby for the introduction of this DC sugar to local Caribbean markets but there is that native resistance:..
Pier One's Preferential Agreement With Former Council
In last night's newscast, we showed you the press briefing that Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner hosted to discuss their concerns about the murder of Asher Saunders, which happened at the Pier 1 night club.
As we told you, Saunders was shot and killed following a confrontation between 2 gangs. Even with the police providing security, the shooter was still able to gun down Saunders.
There have been other violent incidents at Pier 1, and following last Friday's fatal shooting, the public began bringing pressure on the City Council to take action. The Mayor told the press yesterday, that they are taking a serious look at the Pier 1 business model, since it's a nightclub that sits on the BTL Park property. The public concern is that its presence there is causing the park to become unsafe for families and children.
Anger From Anisha's Family
As we told you earlier, the family and friends of Anisha Young assembled in front of the Queen Street police station from around 5:30 this evening. They were awaiting the release of Young's boyfriend who they believe has all the answers to Young's disappearance. Emotions are high and the family's patience is running thin. We went over to speak to the group a little about an hour ago, and here is what they had to say.
Sheree Salgado, Cousin:
"He is expected to be release tonight. We need answers. We want to know what the police have on him, if there is any lead. What is he saying to the police, because he was the last one seen with her. If we have to sleep out here because we need justice - we need for him to speak up. Reality is that Annie never goes this long without contacting her family and so we know that something is wrong."
EPZ/IBC Legislation Pushed Through Before Dec 31 Deadline
We already showed you a lot of the back and forth from today's house meeting. But, all those matters of public interest came up on the adjournment. The business of today's house meeting had everything to do with bringing Belize's Export Processing Zone and Offshore banking regulations in line with European standards for transparent tax regimes which meet the OCED code of conduct.
It's highly technical stuff, and government's technocrats have been working for weeks, right up to today's House Sitting to bring the revised legislation in line to meet those European standards. The new laws have to be in place by the end of this month or Belize will face sanctions.
The Prime Minister apologized for the undue haste - but said there is no other choice:...
Kareem's Wheel & Come Again
And, while the Designated Processing Areas Bill, the Income and Business Tax Amendment Bill, the Stamp Duties Amendment Bill, and the International Business companies Amendment Bill were all passed today, one piece of legislation that was not introduced was Kareem Musa's diaspora voters legislation, the proposed amendment to the representation of people act. He explains why it was not introduced at today's special sitting:..
Hon. Kareem Musa:
"I just wanted to give an update, madam speaker that it will be presented at the next ordinary sitting of the House as directed by your ladyship. In addition to that, madam speaker, a bit of good news on that point; I had the opportunity to consult with the Prime Minister in chambers at the back and I don't know if it is the seasoned Prime Minister or if maybe it is the blue shirt. I don't think it is none of the two..."
House Meeting "Hug-Up"ť
And, if the Prime Minister's handling of that seemed a little more delicate than usual, it may have been in the spirit of the day. This is the last house meeting for the calendar year - and there's always a little Christmas collegiality in the air at the House. This was evidenced in the PM's goodwill to all members Christmas greeting:...
The Police & Public's
Over the past several months, we've been telling you about the initiatives that the Eastern Division Region 1's Commander, Howell Gillett, has been engaging in to boost morale amongst Southside cops.
The business community has been partnering with him to set up police booths at different stationary checkpoints, and Gillett has also been working out arrangements with different businesses to get discounts for his police officers. And, just in time for the Christmas season, he and the management of Public Supermarket came to an arrangement where officers from Region 1 are being given a 4% discount on purchases made at the stores.
Auto Rental Company Uses Stroke of Good Luck To Help Out A Deserving NGO
And while Public's Supermarket is spreading a little Christmas cheer to police, Crystal Auto Rental wants to give one an NGO a brand new ride.
As we told you on Friday, the company won a pickup truck in a giveaway raffle from the Caribbean Tires and Motors. Since they're an auto rental company with a vast fleet, they don't exactly need a new vehicle, so they want to give it way to an NGO who can get more use out of it.
The General Manager of the company told us more about the initiative today:
Mayor Bernard On Ms. Jane
And, finally tonight, we have more reflections on Jane Usher, that giant of the Credit Union movement in Belize.
She passed away at 5:00 this morning, but her legacy and imprint will live on for a very long time. Belize City Mayor and former banker, Bernard Wagner also spoke on what was most significant about Ms. Jane:
Bernard Wagner - Mayor, Belize City Council:
"The Belize City Council joins the family of Dr. Jane Usher in mourning her passing. Miss Jane as she was affectionally known was a trailblazer. Certainly she was one of our most prominent and accomplished citizens. While the Belize City Council joins you in mourning, we also join in celebrating the extraordinary life of this remarkable woman.."
Jane Usher's Impact on Financial Sector
Financial analyst from Legacy Fund Ervin Perez also gave us an insight into Ms. Jane's Holy Redeemer empire. He shared his most recent interaction with her and emphasized how her work at the HRCU impacted Belize's financial sector.
Ervin Perez, Managing Director - Legacy Fund:
"I think for the entire its like losing a grandmother, but for us in the financial industry its like losing a pioneer in terms of the financial market and what she was able to do within the credit union sector..."
The Iconic Miss Jane Usher Passes
Belizeans woke up this morning to the sad news that the iconic Miss Jane Usher had passed away peacefully at her house on the Philip Goldson surrounded by her loved [...]
Parliament Observes a Moment of Silence for Miss Jane
The beloved credit union pioneer was also a politician and former parliamentarian. She had represented the Pickstock Division under the People’s United Party from 1989 to 1993. Today, the House [...]
11-Month-Old Baby Girl Drowns In Bucket
Tragedy struck a Belize City family on Tuesday night. Eleven-month-old Marianne Vasquez fell and drowned in a bucket of water at her home in Belama. According to the family, baby [...]
Michael Arnold’s Murder Investigation Continues
Tonight police in Corozal are trying to figure out who killed Michael Arnold and why. Arnold, a very popular businessman in the community, was found with two gunshot wounds to [...]
Anisha Young’s Family Getting Desperate
Just before News Five, the family and friends of missing woman, Anisha Young, congregated at the Queen Street Police Station when word spread that her boyfriend was being released from [...]
Wesley Lower School Targeted by Thieves
Wesley Primary School on Albert Street was broken into on Tuesday morning by two thieves who arrived at the school well armed to carry out the crime. Surveillance footage shows [...]
Gas Gone Up, Will Electricity Bill Go Up Too?
The last sitting of the House of Representatives for 2018 took place in Belmopan and generally, the members were in good form. A number of issues came up, but we [...]
PM Says Fuel Increase is Due to World Market Prices
In responding to Briceńo’s concerns, PM Barrow attributed the fluctuating cost of fuel acquisition to prices on the international market, anticipating that the next shipment of fuel to Belize may [...]
Said Musa Pans Vital Stats Unit
The Vital Statistics Unit remains under intense public scrutiny, following the termination of four employees last week who were found to have aided in the falsification of a birth certificate [...]
Amendments to IBC Act ahead of December Deadline
The special sitting of the House of Representatives earlier today focused primarily on the passage of two bills: the Income and Business Tax Amendment Bill, as well as the International [...]
Income and Business Tax Amendment Bill Passes Third Reading
After a lengthy adjournment to discuss the matter in committee, the House resumed the session at which time PM Barrow rose to move a third reading of the Income and [...]
The Talanoa Dialogue: What Does it Mean for Belize and the Other SIDS?
COP 24 is just a few days away from wrapping up and one of its big events that culminated today in Poland is the Talanoa Dialogue. It is a mechanism [...]
Belize Accepts Chairmanship of AOSIS
Belize has accepted the chairmanship of the Alliance of Small Island States. This week, during the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, Ambassador Lois Young accepted the leadership from the Maldives during [...]
I.C.J. Lecture Series Concludes With Heated Debate
Sponsored by the University of Belize and the Social Sector Senators, the I.C.J. Lecture Series concluded on Tuesday night at Saint Catherine’s Academy Auditorium. Well known and respected historian and [...]
An Update on Proposed Diaspora Bill
Caribbean Shores Area Rep Kareem Musa has been busy drafting a piece of legislation that if passed will see Diaspora Belizeans participating in the April 2019 I.C.J. referendum. He was [...]
Miss Universe Belize Ready for the Prelims
Ninety-four representatives from countries around the world are in Bankok, Thailand, for the Miss Universe Pageant. They have been there for about a week, preparing for the final competition which [...]
Party Politics and Water Bill Collection in Seine Bight
Is party politics being played with the collection of water bills in Seine Bight Village? According to Stann Creek West Area Representative Rodwell Ferguson, he had approached Junior Minister of [...]
Cayo South Experiencing Water Woes
In Cayo South, residents of Armenia, St. Margaret’s and Unitedville are also experiencing a water crisis. They are having difficulty accessing potable water. According to Area Representative Julius Espat, despite [...]
Jane Usher Passes Away
And now from a soul who barely had a chance to live, to a woman who lived well for over a century. Jane Ellen Usher was born on the fifth of September, 1917 and she passed away at 5:05 this morning at age 101. She served the PUP as a Cabinet member of Health and …
Belize Cancer Society to open Satellite Treatment Center
The Belize Cancer Society was formed twenty-years ago to support those diagnosed with cancer and spread awareness about the debilitating disease. Yesterday, the Belize Cancer Society held it 19th Annual General Meeting where they discussed pertinent issues and elected a new executive board. Love news spoke with Heather Reneau, the Senior Administrator of the Belize …
Government amends Income and Business Tax Act
Following that moment of silence, it was back to regular parliamentary session at the House. The Government introduced four bills, three of which it pushed through all stages for approval. The bills centered on taxes, particularly as it pertains to amendments to laws to comply with pressures brought upon the Government by the European Union …
Government seeks to amend law governing International Business Companies
A third bill, the International Business Companies (Amendment) Bill was also tabled. Last year, Belize joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD’s) “inclusive framework” on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The Prime Minister said a review of Belize’s international business companies’ tax regime under this framework found quote, “tremendous fault”. The Prime …
Family desperate to find loved one
As each day goes by, the family of 23-year-old Anisha Young fears the worst. Young has been missing since Sunday morning following a staff party which she attended. Today, the family continued their search not in homes, but in desolate areas off the highway. Late this evening, they heard the police would have released Young’s …
International Business Companies to be exempted from paying stamp duties
The second, shorter, bill tabled was the Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill which seeks to exempt International Business Companies from paying stamp duties if they do no own property in the country. Rt.Hon.Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: “What it does, the objective of it it’s indeed to be read in conjunction with the IBC amendment bill to …
MARINE PROTECTED AREAS WORKSHOP BRINGS STAKEHOLDERS TOGETHER
An important workshop that brought together managers and stakeholders of various marine protected areas from the region took place in Toledo. The organizers said that their communication has led to collaborative efforts in Honduras, Belize and Mexico. Toledo correspondent Paul Mahung reports. Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: “Managers from Marine Protected Areas Network Gulf and Caribbean …
Will Belizeans Abroad be allowed to Vote in the Referendum?
Earlier this year, the long-awaited re-registration process commenced and one of the requirement was that persons had to be living at their present address for at least two-months. This was met with much disdain since it automatically disqualify those living in the diaspora. However, there is a plan to table a bill in the National …
Leaders of the Nation mourn the passing of Jane Usher
At today’s Special Sitting of the House, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Leader of the Opposition John Briceno opened the session with a moment of silence and spoke of Usher’s passing. Rt.Hon.Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: “Ms.Jane who was of course not just a parliamentarian and a minister of government but indeed an institution. We talk …
City Mayor speaks about the Passing of Jane Usher
The official funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18th. On behalf of the PUP, a speech was conveyed by Linsford Castillo, the Party’s Secretary General. Another heartfelt speech was delivered on behalf of the City by Mayor Bernard Wagner. Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “The Belize City Council joins the family of Dr.Jane …
Toddler drowns in Bucket
Tragedy has occurred for a family as a toddler drowned in a bucket. 11 month old Marianne Vasquez did not live to see her second birthday as her mother, 24 year old Marina Torres told police she found the child unresponsive...
Mrs. Jane Usher passes away
Love News has received word of the passing of a Belizean icon Mrs. Jane Usher, Senior JP, CBE at the age of 101. Mrs. Jane as she is affectionately known passed away at 5:05 this morning.
Dr. Usher who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Galen University played a significant role in the development of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union (HRCU). In March 2017, the US Embassy recognized Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher as the Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2017 for her life-long contributions to economic empowerment and dedicated public service. The award, recognizing, quote “the achievements of remarkable Belizean women and celebrates the honorable causes to which the awardees devote their lives” The Management and Staff of RSV Ltd. extend condolences to the family and friends of the late Mrs. Jane Usher.
Ms. JANE USHER DIED
The Reporter has confirmed that Jane Usher, CBE passed away this morning. The founder of the credit union movement in Belize and former Minister of Government was 101 years old...
BABY FOUND DEAD IN BUCKET
An 11 month old baby allegedly drowned in a pigtail bucket on Tuesday night. According to reports, just before 9:00pm Marina Torres, a resident of Belama, was in her kitchen ...
BODY OF RUDY MORALES FOUND
The Reporter has been able to confirm that the body of Rudy Morales has been found by Coast Guard divers near Cerros. Authorities are currently recovering it and will then ...
Breaking Belize News
Anny Young still missing
The family of twenty-three-year-old Anisha “ Anny” Young is hoping for her safe return home. Young […]
Mayor Wagner urges Pier One to re-adjust its model
On Friday night Asher Saunders, 20, was murdered at Pier One Bar and Grill in Belize […]
Two men plead guilty to manslaughter
On Monday, Roberto Rodriguez, 21, and Clive Geban, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter before Justice Collin […]
Adam Meighan remanded for rape
Ladyville resident, Adam Meighan, has been accused of the rape of a forty-nine-year-old American woman. Yesterday […]
Electricity rates to increase by January
Earlier this week, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) dropped a bombshell by signaling an increase in rates. […]
Police report: Rudy Morales drowns at sea
Earlier this week we reported that five Corozal men were lost at sea after their boat […]
Bullet Tree residents concerned over abandoned vehicle
Bullet Tree residents are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the owner or person responsible for abandoning […]
Caneros protest for better sugar roads
The sugar crop season is scheduled for opening tomorrow. However, all is not well for some […]
Police detain one man after robbery and shootout in Belize city
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday in Belize city. Two employees of Nazir Cuello reported […]
Eleventh-month-old baby drowns in bucket
Police are investigating a report of an infant who drowned in a bucket of water. Last night […]
PUP extends condolences to Jane Usher family
The People’s United Party (PUP) today extended their condolences to the family and friends of Jane Usher […]
Dickie Bradley: “PUP and UDP are the biggest gangs in this country.”
Last night, a debate on the pros and cons of going to the International Court of […]
Baby, 11 months, drowns in Belize City
Belize City police are investigating the death of an11-month-old infant. Information to BBN is that […]
Jane Usher, Founder of the Credit Union Movement in Belize passes away
This morning, the founder of the credit union movement in Belize, Jane Usher passed away. At […]
The Only Book You’ll Ever Need on Belize
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Leading Belize Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Status, Trends, Segmentation and Analysis Report Forecast -2022
Belize government pays final instalment to secure BTLOne the smaller countries in Central America, Belize in many respects has closer affinities with English speaking countries of the Caribbean than with its immediate neighbours.
Belize’s fixed-line teledensity and mobile penetration remain lower than in neighbouring countries. This is a legacy of insufficient market competition and underinvestment telecoms services, exacerbated by lax managerial standards within the incumbent telco Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL). However, BTL has recently adopted a reforming strategy under the moniker of ‘New BTL’, aiming to transform itself at all levels into an effectively competitive operator more commercially minded and focussed on cheaper pricing and customer retention. The company has undertaken significant investment in infrastructure, launching an LTE-A service at the end of 2016 and in mid-2017 completing a submarine cable to Ambergris Caye, enabling it to launch an FttP service in San Pedro.
The endurance of the Mayan people
The Maya civilizations of Central America have long fascinated Westerners, especially those intrigued by esoteric and mystical ideas. Mayan prophecies about the end of the world circulated widely in North America back in 2012. Popular interest is often whetted by reports that this great civilization, with mighty cities and temples, vanished suddenly and mysteriously. Speculative television documentaries regularly explore that mystery.
But the resolution of the mystery is quite plain: far from disappearing, the Maya people are still very much present, living where they did in those days of ancient glory, and the vast majority of them practice Christianity, if sometimes in controversial forms.
Del Monte Fiesta Corn recalled due to under-processing
Del Monte Foods has announced a recall of 64,242 cases of Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red and Green Peppers due to under-processing. These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed. There have been no reports of illness associated with these products to date. No other production codes or products are affected by this recall.
The products subject to recall are 15.25-ounce (432g) cans with the following UPC number printed on the label: 24000 02770. The product was distributed to multiple distributors and retail locations in 25 US states and 12 international locations, including Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Haiti, Guyana, Aruba, Panama, Saint Lucia and Suriname.
Belize Police Department - Update, 34min. Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South gave us reminders to stay safe in this busy shopping season. He talked about how the police department is planning to increase patrols and other precautions to reduce the instances of robbery and burglary
Krismus Eena Di Paak Night 2 LIVE, 2hr.
Sitting of The House of Representatives from The National Assembly Chamber, Belmopan, 65min.
Spotted eagle ray, 1min. The spotted eagle rays speckle the sands of Northern Bogue, Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. Some spend their afternoons swimming in hypnotic spirals. Look deeply and they emerge as some magic carpet painted in stars and space .
Embassy of Belize to the Holy See Season Greetings, 1/4min.
Double Waterfalls in Belize, 1/2min. An amazing afternoon paddling on the Macal River to a gorgeous double waterfall! Incredible scenery all the way, and the water was FINE! A fun and unforgettable adventure!
Jankunu Productionz - Belize Rewind Dinner & Show, 23min. Jankunu Productionz is presenting its first Belize Rewind Dinner & Show. The event takes place on December 26th at the Old Belize Jungle Pavilion. The intent is to use theater to entertain and educate about the important moments in the history of Belize. Our guests explained that it's the epic Belizean experience taking a tour through the twists and turns of our Belizean journey to present day. On our couch:
Julie Ann Ellis Bradley - Member, Jankunu Productionz.
Sandra Mckay - Member, Jankunu Productionz.
RF&G Life - Mek the Christmas Catch You in A Good Mood, 17min. RF&G Life is inviting you to their signature event: Mek the Christmas Catch You in A Good Mood. The fourth annual celebration takes place on Friday December 7th at Gordon House on Coney Drive. We spoke with organizers about this year's features and got a preview performance from the RF&G Life Insurance Choir. On our couch:
Jamin Castillo - Analyst, RF&G Life.
Rhonda Lecky - Managing Director, RF&G Life.
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DON JORGE ELIAS SERRANO, THE GUATEMALA PRESIDENT WHO DECLARED HIS SUPPORT FOR AN INDEPENDENT BELIZE, 2.5min. HIS LOGIC WAS NOT IN CONSONANT WITH HIS OWN COUNTRY'S CLAIM OVER BELIZE.
SO, CHARGES OF CORRUPTION, MIXED INSIDE HIS STATEMENT FAVORING BELIZE, CAUSED HIM TO SEEK ASYLUM IN PANAMA.
(This gives credence to the fact that Guatemala will not respect any ICJ RULING. They are not playing marbles for GAME, but for TAKE.)
(SEE translation inserted in the video .)
Digital technology impacts on the developing brain of children and adolescents, 34min. Tablets and video games are sure to be at the top of most Christmas lists. Before you go out to purchase one for your child you should be interested in these expert advice. Our guests shared information on how digital technology impacts on the developing brain of children and adolescents. They spoke with us about the latest research on the effects of overexposure and talked about how to find the balance between introducing new technologies without causing adverse effects on children's development. On our couch:
Dr. Kent Novelo - Pediatrician.
Dr. Marco Mendez - Neuro-pediatrician.
70th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on Human Rights, 32min. Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on Human Rights. Our guests shared their views on how Belize has fared in protecting and promoting the human rights of its citizens. On our couch:
Anita Zetina - Social Sector Professional.
Deanne Peyrefitte - Secretary General, YWCA.
"The Man Who Wore Khaki." - Book Launch, 32min. Lita Hunter Krohn recently launched her book, "The Man Who Wore Khaki." The book chronicles the life of her father, politician Alexander "Sandy" Hunter. She shared that the intention is to use the life of her father to inspire young people to participate in the making of Belize in an honest way. You can purchase the book at the Image Factory.
The Belize Citrus Industry Growers Association - ngoing replanting program, 44min. The Belize Citrus Industry Growers Association spoke with us about the latest developments to advance the citrus and juice industry. There is an ongoing replanting program with the aim to increase production by planting 5 million trees in the next 5 years. Our guests spoke to us about the program structure and how Belizeans can be a part of this initiative. On our couch:
Dr. Eugene Cleland - Acting Chief Executive Officer, Belize Citrus Growers Association.
Ervin Perez - Managing Director, Legacy Fund Limited.
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, MORE FM NIGHT., 2hr25min.
Morning Matters with Marie Sharp, 56min.
Island Academy Christmas Pageant 2018, 50min. The Nutcracker
A walk through the Central Park in Corozal, Belize, 2min. The weather is very nice to enjoy. Most people are preparing for Christmas and buying materials.
Belize Honeymoon @ Yok-Ha Resort, 34min.
Cave Tubing at Jaguar Paw in Belize, 5min. On our recent Western Caribbean Cruise we stopped in Belize City, Belize. The shore excursion my family chose was to go cave tubing.
Hidden among the tropical rainforest in western Belize is the Jaguar Paw Adventure Outdoor post. The facility is outfitted with bathrooms, changing rooms, locker rentals, bar, cafe, and gift shop. We took about an hour and fifteen-minute bus ride from the port to the outpost. Our onboard guides were very informative as they discussed what it was like to live in Belize along with the history.
Drone video, Great Blue Hole, 2min.
Semi Finals Game Two!
Verdes FC vs San Pedro Pirates FC, Pirates win 2-1, 2.5hr.
December 12, 2018
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Specials and Events
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials
The San Pedro Sun
Belize Hosts Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and Dominican Republic
Belize is hosting the 49th Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic (COMISCA) December 6th and 7th, at The Placencia Hotel and Resort, in Placencia village.
Topics to be discussed include Executive Report of the Secretariat for COMISCA for second Semester 2018; advancements in the process of Health Regulations within the framework of SICA; proposed Health Agenda for Central America and Dominican Republic; presentation of Regional Strategic Plan for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy in the region; Strategic Plan for Health Promotion, 2019-2025, among other important topics.
PLB semifinals begin: San Pedro Pirates lose 4-1 against Verdes F.C
The San Pedro Pirates hosted Verdes F.C at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town for the first round of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) semifinals 2018 on Saturday, December 8th. The island team fought hard to win their first semifinal match against Verdes F.C but fell short to the visitors. For the San Pedro Pirates to advance to the finals, they will have to shut-out the Verdes F.C at least 4-0. For the second round of the semifinals, the San Pedro Pirates F.C will be traveling to San Ignacio Town to face Verdes F.C on Wednesday, December 12th. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30PM at the Norman Broaster Stadium. For more information on how to accompany the Pirates as a fan, you can contact 623-0772.
Belize Cultural Wedding Listed On Belief Awards: Best Wedding Of 2018
The ones who already got married can confirm this: having a good wedding planner makes all the difference when it comes to reliving your stress and managing tasks for the "big day". Luckily, there are countless professionals who can help you with that around the world– but what if you could hire an awarded and certified wedding planner? That is not only possible but also pretty easy to find – the Belief Wedding Planners, an international community for top professionals in the industry, selects twice a year the best weddings around the world. And the results are utterly inspiring!
The Belief Awards unveils a carefully-chosen collection of top-class wedding around the world. On the 10th edition, more than 500 entries, from 26 counties, were received – it was the biggest edition so far. 27 wedding planners, from 19 countries (5 continents - Asia, Europe, South America, North America and Africa), made to the final cut.
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Book Launch of Mr. Tony Rath's "Images of Ambergris Caye"
You are invited to attend the official book launch and presentation at the Parham Plaza Hotel in San Pedro Town. Join us at 10:00 AM on Wednesday December 19, 2018, Mr. Tony Rath shall be releasing his latest work “Images of Ambergris Caye”. A new series by Cubola Productions.
Get your signed copy at a discounted price.
Hunab Ku is a Colonial period Yucatec Maya reduce term meaning "The One God". The earliest known publicly available written reference to the term "Hunab Ku" (which translates as "Sole God" or "Only God") appears in the 16th century Diccionario de Motul, where "Hunab-ku" is identified as "the only living and true god, also the greatest of the gods of the people of Yucatan. He had no form because they said that he could not be represented as he was incorporeal". The term also appears in the Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel .
The term Hunab Ku is unknown in any pre-Conquest inscriptions in Maya writing. Hunab Ku was closely associated with an indigenous creator Itzamna, in an effort to make use of religious syncretism. Hunab Ku is believed to be a reduce term and Christian concept of "One God" .
And its a wrap... BHA Biannual Meeting 2018!
The Belize Hotel Association held its Biannual Meeting on Friday, December 7, from 1:00PM- 5:00PM at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. Almost one hundred persons attended this prestigious event including members of the BHA Board , BHA Members and other Tourism Stakeholders. Also in attendance were Mrs. Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism, Ms. Karen Pike, Director of Marketing, of the BTB and Mr. John Burgos, Executive Director of the BTIA.
Keynote speaker at the event was Mrs. Stacy Cox, the CEO of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA). Mrs. Cox is also the President of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives, (CSHAE), comprised of over 32 Caribbean Hotel Associations and serves on the Executive Board of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association ( CHTA).
On TreeTuesday, we highlight the Soursop tree (Annona muricata)!
Soursoup is native of tropical America and the Caribbean. The genus name Annona is from the Latin word anon, signifying “yearly harvest”, which refers to the fruit production habits of the various species in this genus. Other Annona species known in Belize are custard apple and cherimoya.
This tree is small and evergreen, averaging 3-10 m in height. Mature trees have a spherical crown roughly 3.5 m in diameter. Trunks are straight with smooth, grey bark that becomes rougher with age. The tree can be further distinguished by its leathery leaves with a glossy top surface; large, yellow-green flowers with 6 fleshy, heart-shaped petals; and heart-shaped fruit covered with 6 mm long soft spines. Ripe fruits can weigh up to 7 kg.
Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “A Navidad Sunset”.
KISS New Year's Eve Party
Are you making plans for New Years? You know it has to start with a kiss! At the Holiday Hotel. The biggest New Years Eve Party of Belize is here!
Join us for our annual New Years Eve Party starting at 9PM.
*Music by Caribbean Kings and DeeJay Dev and DJ Kad from Belize City!
You can’t miss this the first 200 women to enter get a free Light House!
*Party favors will be provided
SAN PEDRO TOWN HOSTS MAYOR'S MEETING
On Monday, December 10, 2018, The San Pedro Town Council hosted the monthly Mayor's meeting.
All mayors from the different municipalities gathered at the conference room of the San Pedro Town Hall as they discussed their pending matters from their agenda.
Guest appearance at the meeting was Hon. Carla Barnett, Senator and Minister of State of Government of Belize.
At the end of the gathering, Mayor Daniel Guerrero presented each guest with a little gift for the holiday seasone
Launch of INVESTBelize Magazine Volume 6
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) launched its Volume 6 of the Invest Belize Magazine, a signature piece which encapsulates business opportunities in Belize; under the theme, “Our Green Economy, Your Trade Opportunity”. In the continued quest to promoting long-term development, the Volume 6 magazine was printed on sustainably grown paper, with the intent to resonate sustainable and eco-friendly practices in the public and private sector.
The Sixth Edition of INVEST Belize
Commercial Fisher Folk License Renewal 2019
Reminder to all Fishers and users of the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Dates for Sarteneja, Copper Bank, Chunox & all other fishers from Corozal & Orange Walk - January 7th - Janaury 11th at the the Belize Fisheries Department Office in Belize City. A grace period for renewals will be in place until January 31st, 2019.
BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Dec 10, 2018
The week started with windy conditions and then we had good weather for the second half. Snook fishing around the Mangroves remains good. At the age of 84, Clare caught her first fish ever: and it was a nice sized Permit on a spinning rod! Congrats to Clare!
Recycled Christmas Tree Competition
With the help of our Toledo Field Representative, Analee Chuc, we held Oceana Belize's first Recycled Christmas Tree Competition this week. The 1st place winner was Julian Cho Technical High School and in 2nd place was Toledo Community College!
We would like to thank all our participants and our many sponsors - Belize Bank, PGTV, the Belize territorial volunteers, Stacy Martin/ Asha's Culture Kitchen, BTIA PG, the Department of Environment, JICA, and the Punta Gorda Town Council.
Here's a look at the creative ways they showed us that recycled materials can be beautiful too!
LOVE FM Christmas parade in San Pedro
Captain Conch and the SP BTIA will join the fun this Sunday, December 16th for the LOVE FM Christmas parade. We have secured a vehicle to carry our lighted frame from the Boat Parade (we WON second place!), and the Captain is ready to dance through the streets spreading his message, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A CLEAN SAN PEDRO!
Bus Owner Drowns On Ill-Fated Fishing Trip
He owns one of the largest bus lines in the north, but, yesterday evening, Rudy Morales was on the sea when he lost his life. The 41 year old bus owner's boat went under at the mouth of the New River - at the entrance to Corozal Bay. He and four friends and relatives were on a fishing trip. And tonight, we can confirm that his body was found this evening near Cerros - about a mile away from where the boat capsized.
Our 7News team was in the area all day and Jules Vasquez has this report from when the search was ongoing - and his body had not yet been found:..
Corozal Businessman's Mysterious Murder
And, also in the Corozal District, a prominent businessman was murdered last night under very odd circumstances. Michael Arnold was shot to the head on a desolate road. Jules Vasquez has more:..
58 year old Michael Arnold's Chrysler minivan was found here in the Baeza Layout last night at 10:40. This shattered glass - presumably from the vehicle window - marks the spot where his van was parked.
He was reportedly in the passenger seat with two apparent gunshot wounds to the left side of his temple and one exit wound to the right side of the temple.
A third shot is believed to have shattered the window.
Still No Sign Of Anisha, Family Fears Worst
The search continues tonight for 23 year old Anisha Young. The family says at this point it seems there is no hope in finding her alive. As we told you, she went missing early Sunday morning. She went to her staff Christmas party on Saturday night and then went to Sit and Sip with her boyfriend and three friends. They all left Sit and Sip in a taxi. The taxi dropped her friends off first and then took Young and her boyfriend home. No one has seen or heard from Young since then. This morning we caught up with her family and friends who were getting ready to search for Young. Here is more from Young's cousin.
Sheree Salgado, Cousin:
"According to her friends, three of her girlfriends were with her, they were dropped off first and then Anisha and her boyfriend, the taxi claims he dropped them home, yes they were the last to go home."
Mayor Tackles Pier One Problem
Last night, we told you about 20 year-old Asher Saunders who was murdered at Pier 1 Bar and Grill on Friday night.
Best reports say that his murder resulted from a confrontation between two rival gangs. Police officers provide security at Pier 1, but, that still did not prevent a gunman from shooting Saunders in the head, in the middle of the club. It sent club patrons and BTL park-goers scrambling in a wave of panic.
This incident has brought public heat on the management of Pier 1 with many in the public demanding that action be taken against the Club for the sake of public safety.
Of course, that's because the night club adjoins BTL Park, and critics say its presence in this public space is making the park unsafe for families and children.
Robber Shoots Truck Driver, Comes Under Police Fire
This afternoon there was a commotion in the city when a water truck was robbed on Holy Emmanuel Street in the Gungulung area. Two people were in the truck, the driver and a sideman. The sideman got out to deliver ice - and the driver got jacked. But the suspect wasn't content with just that and he shot the driver in the leg - shattering the window on the passenger side. Fortunately, the sideman wasn't sitting there - he was making a delivery.
Police set chase after the gunman with a vengeance and much firepower - and tracked him down all the way to Pen Road extension - where there was an explosive exchange of gunfire. This video captures the frightening report of gunshots - from the GSU:
Light Bill Gwen Up? If BEL Has Its Way
Your power company, BEL has asked the Public Utilities Commission to increase electricity rates.
The company notified the PUC yesterday, that there has been significant increases in the cost of power since May 2018. They are proposing that the mean electricity rates be increased from 39.3 cents per kilowatt hour to 41.5 cents per kilowatt hour from January 1st, 2019 to June 30th, 2019.
The company notes that since May higher prices from Mexico and below average production of the local hydro plans resulted in an increase in the cost of power purchased from suppliers. BEL says that it was able to use its strong financial position to temporarily absorb the 18.9 million dollar increase in costs. They note that as per PUC regulations, BEL is required to recover this increase through a rate adjustment.
Lady Justice & Man Justice
Addressing gender based violence in the social sphere through campaigns, policies and workshops is only one part of the process, dealing with such cases at court is also very important. And the Belize Judiciary along with UN Women and the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers want to ensure that when such cases go to court that magistrates and judges fairly and justly arbitrate the matter regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, or economic status. Today the team launched what's called Justice through a Gender Lens: Gender Equality Protocol for Judicial Officers. There will be a series of training's for these judicial officers to promote this protocol. Here is more from the launch.
Hon. Kenneth Benjamin, Belize's Chief Justiceâ€
"A good starting point is a discussion on gender equality. We should turn to the first preamble that appears in our constitution and it affirms the dignity of the human person and the equal and unalienable rights with which all persons of the human family are endowed by their creator."
Opposition Diaspora Bill Goes To House
Tomorrow will see the last House Meeting of the year.
But It's going to be the first sitting at which PUP Area Rep. Kareem Musa is going to push for his private member's bill. As we've told you, he is hoping to get bi-partisan support to amend the Representation of the People's Act, which would allow for Belizeans living abroad to vote in the Referendum on the ICJ, which is scheduled for April 10th, 2019.
He's already done all the necessary preparations for the bill, and he formally submitted it yesterday to National Assembly Clerk Eddie Webster. But, there is a potential hurdle that it must pass, for it to even be tabled tomorrow in the House of Representatives. He explained it to the press today, and he appealed to the Government at least allow the conversation to take place on the national stage:
AG Doubtful About Diaspora Bill
We also got a chance to ask the Attorney General about Musa's Private Members Bill. He's the former Speaker of the House, with knowledge of the parliamentary procedure required. And, if Parliament were to pass the bill, he would play an integral role in its implementation.
He told us that from his brief look at Musa's proposed amendment, there appears to be some logistics which he thinks aren't well thought out. Here's how he explained why:
Cops Say Kyle Came At Them
Tonight, 27 year-old Kyle Chaplin, a resident of Mayflower Street in Belize City, is at the Belize Central Prison after he was taken to court for firing a weapon at police officers.
4 officers, a corporal and 3 constables, say that on Sunday, December 9th, they went through an alley near Mayflower Street, responding to reports of shots being fired. The cops say that they saw a man running away from them, and they pursued him. He temporarily gave them the slip, but according to the cops, this same man emerged a short while later, and he had a weapon in his hand. The cops say that this man fired 4 shots at them. All missed. They returned fire, and again, this assailant was able to evade them.
Alleged Ladyville Rapist To Court
Last night, we told you about 31 year-old Adam Meighan, the resident of Ladyville who police charged for raping a 49 year-old American woman in the village. Tonight, he's at the Belize Central Prison after being taken to Magistrate's Court today.
He was arraigned before Magistrate Albert Hoare on 1 count of rape, and 1 count of theft. Since rape is an indictable offense, no plea was taken, and he was remanded to Prison until February 12th, 2019.
The victim reported to police that she left her home in her pick-up truck when she saw Meighan walking toward her with a rusty machete in his hand. She said that she stopped her vehicle, and got out leaving the driver's side open. She wanted to ensure that the vehicle could get pass a muddy part of the road she was driving on.
Mercy! Another Machete Maim
Last night we told you about the man from St. Margaret's Village who was maimed after a bar brawl. His hand was severed from the forearm down. Well, last night in the neighboring village of Armenia, 37 year old Lucio Ruiz got it even worse, his entire arm was severed by a machete, and he got chopped all over the body. Investigations revealed that a male person attacked him while he was asleep in a hammock under his house. Police have a suspect who they are seeking.
Double Murderer "Dangalang"ť Begs Court For Mercy
25 year-old Ernest "Dangalang" Thurton Jr has been on remand for 3 months awaiting a sentence for a double murder conviction. Tonight, he's back at the Belize Central Prison while he waits for Justice Adolph Lucas to decide what that sentence will be.
On September 12th, Justice Lucas found him guilty in a trial without jury of the murders of Frank James and Robert Young.
At today's mitigation hearing, Crown Counsel Portia Ferguson read the statement of the common-law wife of Frank James. She said that he was a hardworking man, and a good husband. She said that her health has deteriorated since her loss. The prosecutor also read the statement of Robert Young's sister, who said that his death has severely affected her and her family, and they are now robbed of their peace of mind.
Brackett Talking About The ICJ
Students from St. Catherine's Academy had their own ICJ referendum education forum today. The school invited activist Geovanni Brackett and his team to talk about why Belize should not go to the ICJ. The students seemed quite engaged in the presentation.
Kalima Enriquez, Head of Humanities Dept. SCA:
"What we are doing is that we are trying to present enough information about the ICJ whether the Guatemala dispute referendum to students and what we did is we presented an objective view last week so we invited members of the ICJ referendum unit and today we had a no argument and we are planning for a strong yes argument in the future, then on January 18th we are going to have student doing a debate about whether they should go to ICJ or not and we are going to have a mock election where we will try to model it exactly how the adults will be voting."
Fired For Bogus Birth Certificate
Back in July 2016, the beheading murder of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas made headline news, and William Danny Mason was later charged as the supposed murder mastermind in this heinous crime. You may also remember that part of the scandal of his connection with persons in high places was a fraudulent birth certificate.
He had several assumed identities, but the authorities uncovered a fake Belizean Birth Certificate which claimed that Mason was born in Crooked Tree Village to parents James Mason, a farmer from Cooked Tree, and his common-law wife.
From as far back as that time, the Prime Minister was alluding to internal investigations which indicated that 4 public officers from the Vital Statistics Unit aided in the production of this fraudulent document.
The UNCAC Audit Is In
Peyrefitte was far more expansive on the latest developments in the Government's push to implement the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
For the past few months, we've been closely following the step-by-step process that AG Peyrefitte has been following to ensure that Belize is compliant with all the mechanisms necessary to bring the anti-corruption convention into effect.
Well, the international experts have inspected the country's current legislation, and in a 5,000 word executive summary, they've outlined all the gaps, and amendments they think are necessary for effective implementation.
We asked the AG about that report, and he says while significant progress has been made, there still a ways to go:
The Punto Final On A Woman's Period
Period: we aren't talking about the punctuation mark, we are talking about Aunt Flo, Crimson Tide, The Big Red - Yup, that time of the month. It is not a topic openly spoken about especially around men but UNICEF along with it's partners want to bring everyone into the discussion thorough the first ever Menstrual Hygiene Management Initiative. The coordinating team conducted a year-long survey at various schools to find out how girls are dealing with their periods and also to see if boys are also learning about the cycle. It was an interesting study and the results show that there is need for more education and awareness among adolescents and increased access to basic sanitary products for girls such as pads and tampons. Here is more from the launch.
PUP Blasts BEL
Earlier on we told you about BEL's request for an increase in electricity rates. Well, the PUP says it is a dose of Christmas Cheer, UDP style.
Somehow already concluding that this rate increase is already a done deal, the PUP notes, quote, "months ago, BEL had requested an increase of 7.1% in the cost per kilowatt hour, and the PUC approved a 6.24% increase which should have been in effect for 2 years. Now, just five months after, BEL is requesting another increase." End quote.
Missing & Presumed Dead; Where is Anisha “Annie” Young?
The family of Anisha Young continues to hope for the best, but is bracing for the worse. Today, a search party was organized by her family and went looking for [...]
Popular Corozal Businessman Found Murdered
Corozal police are tonight investigating the callous murder of Michael Arnold, a beloved figure in the community. Arnold was found with two gunshots wounds to the head on Monday night. [...]
24 Hours Later Body of Rudy Morales Found at Sea
After being missing for more than twenty-four hours, the body of prominent Corozal businessman, forty-one-year-old Rudy Morales of Morales Bus Company was found late this evening. His body was floating [...]
Will the Cost of Electricity Increase in 2019?
Brace up, because the first order of business in the New Year is an increase in the cost of electricity beginning, January first, 2019. If approved, it will be the [...]
P.U.P. Says B.E.L.’s Proposed Hike is Shameful Act of Duplicity by G.O.B.
The People’s United Party calls the hike a shameful act of duplicity on the part of both the Government of Belize and the state-owned B.E.L. A release states that just [...]
What’s the Future of Pier One Bar?
Pier One Bar is under the radar once more; the bar is located within the B.T.L. Park, a popular venue for recreation by families. For some time, we have reported [...]
CitCo’s Part Payment for Damages to Pier One Facility
The ten-year lease to principal shareholder of Pier One, Joseph Kee, speaks to the payment of three hundred and fifty dollars monthly for rent of the overwater structure. Mayor Bernard [...]
CitCo Assisting the Young Family
Back in early November, City Council employee Samuel August Senior stole the council’s backhoe and used it to kill his mother-in-law and son when he mowed down the house they [...]
A Bill to Allow Belizeans in the Diaspora to Vote on Referendum Day
Caribbean Shores Area Representative Kareem Musa had lodged a bill which, if passed, will allow Belizeans living in the diaspora to be able to vote in the upcoming referendum on [...]
Will the Bill Be Tabled in the House on Wednesday?
Musa hopes that the bill would be tabled for first reading as soon as possible in order to allow for the necessary preparations to take place before the referendum on [...]
Adam Meighan is Arraigned for Rape of U.S. National
A Ladyville resident was taken to court this morning and arraigned for the rape and robbery of a U.S. national. The heinous crime occurred in broad daylight in the Vista [...]
Kyle Chaplin is Arraigned for Shooting at Cops
Tonight, Ghost Town area resident, twenty-seven-old Kyle Chaplin, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm upon four [...]
Gender Day at COP 24
The severity of storms in the last two years in the region has displaced and disenfranchised thousands. But did you know that women are the ones most affected by these [...]
When is the Next Super Sale Zone in Downtown Belize City?
This coming Saturday, the Belize City Council will be launching its first ever tree lighting ceremony at the Battlefield Park in downtown Belize City. A forty-foot Christmas tree will be [...]
Marvin Mora is New N.T.U.C.B. President
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has a new president. Established unionist Marvin Mora succeeds Floyd Neal at the helm of the umbrella organization where he will be steering [...]
N.T.U.C.B. to Take on In-house Changes
According to Mora, a number of items were on the agenda at the AGM and among the organizations priorities is a restructuring exercise. Marvin Mora, President, N.T.U.C.B. “There were [...]
Gender Equality Protocol Introduced in Belize’s Court System
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin addressed the judiciary this morning at the Radisson Hotel. The CJ was among several notable speakers at the gathering on gender equality protocol which is part [...]
Menstrual Hygiene Management and You!
Many girls and women face difficulties with managing their menstruation safely. Aside from existing taboos, the ability for women and girls to manage their periods is affected by several factors [...]
American National Killed in RTA
An American National was killed in an accident on December first. The victim, 85-year-old John Thomas was driving a van in Louisville Village in the Corozal District when a Dodge Calibre driven by 44-year-old Martin Carillo mowed down Thomas inside his vehicle. The police say that they were unable to take blood samples from Carillo …
Cacao Growers Association Meet to get to the chocolate of the matter
Gifting chocolates may be one way people show affection and also another way to add more calories to your diet, but before they become sugary treats, the fruit that bears them must be grown. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung reports on the twenty-second Cacao Growers Annual General Meeting. Paul Mahung: “The 22nd annual General meeting of …
Mora speaks about future plans of the NTUCB
Marvin Mora is the new president of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB). Mora was elected as President at the 52nd Annual General Meeting of NTUCB held over the weekend in Corozal Town, where delegates from all ten Member Unions attended. Today, Love news caught up with the new president and learned about …
Where is Anisha Young? Three days after she goes missing her family is hoping for her safe return
23-year-old Anisha Young has been described as a very friendly and outgoing person and it has been three days since she has gone missing. Today, we found the family frantically searching for her body on the George Price Highway. Shortly, after we arrived on the scene, the families got back into their vehicles and followed …
Menstrual Hygiene Management
Menstruation occurs naturally in females; however, it has been a very taboo subject which may have hindered female effectively managing their menstrual cycle. UNICEF is hoping to change all that and as such conducted a study on menstrual hygiene management last year. Today, UNICEF launched the findings of the study at the Radisson Fort George …
Shots fired in the Mayflower area
Mayflower is one of those special neighborhoods in Belize City that has its own permanent police checkpoint. Shootings incidents had occurred in the area before. The area off Vernon Street has been the source of tension over the years with police. Over the weekend, a man escaped shortly after exchanging gunfire with the cops. CIB …
Ben the Builder Jacked at Gunpoint
Thieves are getting more brazen. Bennys, one of the larger businesses in the City was targeted by thieves late Friday evening. The police say that an armed man held up an employee at Bennys Bargain Center and stole thousands of dollars. The officer commanding CIB, Alejandro Cowo said the employee had no choice but to …
Belizean Citizens Abroad want to vote in the Referendum
PUP Caribbean Shores Area Representative and Attorney Kareem Musa launched a private members bill which he hopes will be read at the Special Sitting of the House of Representatives on Wednesday in Belmopan. He had launched the concept to assist the Belizeans Citizens Abroad association to assist them in their goal to vote in the …
Bus owner Rudy Morales’ body found 24 hours after disappearing under water at the mouth of the New River
The body of Rudy Morales has been found late this evening. Morales, the proprietor of Morales Bus Line had joined his cousin Miguel Rubio on a fishing trip on Monday afternoon as they do on a regular basis. This time they were joined for the first time by three others, including a fifteen year old …
Mayor looking for Legal ways to address Pier One Bar violence
A Friday night murder in Belize City did not occur in a gang affiliated area, but on the entertainment strip. It was only a matter of time until someone lost their life at the BTL Park at a bar which sells alcohol. Violent incidents had occurred at the Pier One bar, but none had resulted …
Belize City Mayor Plans to erect a Christmas Tree to Improve the Xmas Spirit
On the other side of the political divide, another politician is trying to spruce up the former capital for the season. Mayor Bernard Wagner told us this morning that he intends to put up a huge tree in the main area of downtown Belize City …
A cycling Criterium for the Albert Division
The UDP Area Representative for the Albert Division in Belize City is riding the all the way into the Christmas holiday. Over the weekend Tracy Taegar Panton sponsored a cycling criterium. She told Love News that it was quite successful …
Accused Murderer ‘Dangalang’ back in court
Today, Justice Adolph Lucas heard pleas for mitigation from Attorney Anthony Sylvestre and, the accused, Ernest Thurton Jr. aka “Dangalang”. On September 12, Thurton was found guilty of the murders of Frank James and Robert Young by Justice Lucas in a trial without a jury. James and Young were shot and killed on the night of October 25, 2012, in a dock yard on North Front Street …
Two more persons disappear without a trace
In the south, a 17-year-old minor from Middle Sex Village has also disappeared without a trace. The last time family members saw 17-year-old Amanda Naeli Sho was on the 9th of December. On Monday, her mother Jacoba Sho told the police that she received a call from her son Lorenzo Sho at 6 a.m. on Sunday telling her she was missing …
BEL Desires a jolt in Electricity Prices
The price of electricity may go up because on Monday, the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) notified the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that due to significant increases in cost of power since May 2018, the Company is proposing to increase the Mean Electricity Rate (MER) to $0.4150 per kWh for the remainder of the Annual Tariff Period January 1 to June 30, 2019 …
Cops and Robber in the Gungulung
Residents of the Gungulung area which is between the Complex building on Mahogany Street Extension and the Chetumal Bridge had some excitement this afternoon. Sometime after 1:30 p.m. shots rang out like pop shots when the police foiled a robbery. A truck was targeted and robbed …
Corozal Businessman Murdered
Police in Corozal has found the body of a prominent businessman who had ties to the free zone when it first opened. On Monday night at 10:40 p.m., officers were on a mobile patrol in the Baeza Layout Area of Corozal Town when they spotted a white Chrysler van that was parked on the left side of the road …
Jealousy leads to chopping death of Guatemalan
Dimas Gregorio Choc, 49, a Guatemalan caretaker living on a farm in Cristo Rey, died early Saturday morning after he was reportedly chopped in his head, hands and back by Filiberto Itche, another Guatemalan living on the same farm. Both Guatemalan men were living with their wives.
Police believe that Itche got into a jealous rage and inflicted the fatal wounds to his friend, after he accused him of having an affair with his wife. Both couples were hanging out, talking and drinking when the incident occurred.
Welder, 20, executed in BTL Park’s Pier 1 Bar
Asher Saunders, 20, a welder of Baghdad Street, Belize City, died after he was shot in the side of his head at about 11:30 Friday night while he was socializing with friends in the Pier 1 Bar, located at the BTL Park.
A witness who doesn’t wish to be identified told Amandala that at about that time, Saunders and others were sitting at the counter in the bar when a sound like that of a firecracker erupted. Seconds later, however, the patrons in the bar realized that it was not a firecracker when those near Saunders became splattered with blood.
Woman, 23, missing after attending Christmas party
Aneshia “Anny” Young, 23, has been reported missing after she attended a workplace Christmas party on Saturday, December 8. She was reportedly last seen at 3 a.m. on the following morning, December 9, at Sit n’ Sip club, located in Newtown Barracks. Some reports over social media say that she was seen getting into a taxi with a man.
Young, who is a resident of Nargusta Street, was last seen wearing a long, blue dress, as pictured. She has a brown complexion and is slim-built with a narrow face and straight, black hair. She is about 5 feet 1 inch in height.
2 plead guilty to manslaughter
Two men, Roberto Rodriguez, 21, and Clive Geban, 25, who have been accused of the grisly murder of a 60-year-old man, Ervin Moralez, in Maskall Village, Belize District, in January 2013, appeared in the Supreme Court of Justice Colin Williams this morning with their attorneys, and both men pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
This afternoon, the two were brought back to court so that the Crown, represented by Crown Counsels Janelle Thomas-Shorter and Riis Cattouse, could read the Crown’s evidence into the court record.
Candice Miller versus Belize City Council goes into case management
Attorneys representing former Belize City Administrator, Candice Miller, and Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner were called into the chambers of Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel this morning, shortly after 10:00 a.m. for a case management hearing.
When the parties emerged from Justice Abel’s chamber, it was disclosed that each party can file up to eight witness statements by February 1, after which there will be a another case management hearing on February 4.
Fin Sec says government will not pay CCJ-ordered refund of GST to Gegg companies
Cruise Solution and Discovery Expedition, tour companies owned by Belizean David Gegg, have had a protracted legal battle with the General Sales Tax (GST) Department that ended up at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). On Friday, October 12, 2018, a panel of CCJ justices ruled that the GST Department must refund Cruise Solution and Discovery Expedition the GST taxes those companies paid, because the services they provided to cruise passengers were categorized, for tax purposes, as zero-rated.
The CCJ thus ordered that the GST Department refund over $400,000 that the companies had paid in taxes.
FFB Inter-District Youth knockout semifinals completed; finals in Belmopan on Saturday
The first Football Federation of Belize (FFB) sponsored National Inter-District Youth Club Championships, which got under way on November 10 with the 10 football district champions in 3 categories – U-15 Male, U-17 Male and U-17 Female – completed its knockout semifinal games this past weekend at various venues. All the semifinal games were played on Sunday, December 9; and the championship finals in all 3 categories are now scheduled to take place this Saturday at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan.
FFB hosting international U-17 friendly vs Guatemala on Friday at Marion Jones Complex
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is calling the following U-17 players to camp on Thursday, December 13. The players are to report at the FFB by 4:00 p.m., where they will prepare for the In The GAP INSTITUTE friendly match against Athletico Ariga FC of Guatemala. The game will be played on Friday, December 14, at the Marion Jones Sports Complex at 3:00 p.m.
Ahmadiyyah Basketball League wins 2 Gold Medals at tournament in Chetumal
Over this past weekend, December 7-9, the Ahmadiyyah Basketball League competed in the COPA International Gatorade Tournament in Chetumal, Mexico. They took two teams, U18 and an Open team, and won Gold for both categories.
According to Umar Akbar, one of the team’s organizers and their photographer, they started preparing for this tournament well in advance by first choosing the team from a pool of players that were interested in travelling abroad. They held an audition from them, and chose the best players to be a part of the team.
Peace Cup games cancelled due to weather
The sun came out brightly on Saturday morning, but reports are that from midday on Friday the National Sports Council had already cancelled all football games for Saturday at the MCC Grounds following heavy rains on successive days. The field was in good shape for the Sunday afternoon Inter-District U-15 semifinal; but CYDP Peace Cup fans will have to wait until this coming Saturday for their much anticipated quarterfinals 2nd leg matches.
Editorial: Did our leaders blink in 1981? Will Belizeans in 2019?
As the discussions and debates pick up more momentum towards the referendum date of April 10, 2019, it has been remarked by some vocal advocates of the “No” position that they are not being given equal status in the publicly sponsored presentations, so that the “Yes” advocates are having more prominence and opportunity to address the citizenry. It has been mentioned that on one occasion the “No” person was sandwiched between two individuals promoting the “Yes” argument.
In court, both sides are given equal opportunity to present their case – the prosecution and the defence. In the House of Representatives, both the government and the “Queen’s Loyal Opposition” are given their say; although the majority side always gets its way. But the people can listen and make up their own minds; and eventually they get their chance to have THEIR WAY on the next election date.
Clear cut YES to ICJ victory in PG
Richard Bradley, who represented the NO side in Punta Gorda on Saturday night, said that Ambassador Rosado lied (a very hostile word) when he said, in response to a question about our not keeping the border line between us and Guatemala clean, that it isn’t done because Guatemala doesn’t recognize our western border. Ambassador Rosado said that created a little difficulty because it should be a joint thing.
Bradley said that Rosado lied. Bradley said that the British used to keep the border line clean. What Richard Bradley said was the truth, but he was talking apples and Rosado was talking oranges.
Miss Afro 1973, Dorla Lewis, on a visit 45 years later
During the black consciousness awakening period that swept through the colonial society of British Honduras in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, when the cultural group the United Black Association for Development (UBAD) was promoting its “black is beautiful” cultural revolution, there were no difficulties finding beautiful sisters to participate in UBAD’s “Miss Afro Honduras” beauty pageant, which was the organization’s answer to the Queen of the Bay and the Miss Belize pageants, which were usually held. The first winner of the first Miss Afro Honduras pageant was Sheldon Vasquez.
In absence of his body, Milo Paz’s family unable to find closure
Six days after he left his home on San Pedro, on October 9, word came out of Panama that Milo Paz, a veteran pilot of Tropic Air, had died in a plane crash in that country. His family in San Pedro then made arrangements to retrieve his body from Panama.
It has been exactly two months now, but the closure that Paz’s family would have had if his body had been returned to Belize for burial has been eluding them.
2 women shot; 1 dies
Two women tragically became victims of gun violence last night, December 6, with one of them losing her life.
Jennis August, 35, is currently in a stable condition at the Western Regional Hospital (WRH), while the body of her friend, Brenda Castellanos, 25, lies in the morgue.
The incident occurred around 7:16 p.m. while August and Castellanos were socializing in their yard on Bishop Martin Street. The two shared a home on the property, with Castellanos living in the lower flat and August in the upper flat.
Benny’s on Freetown robbed of almost $5,000
A cashier was held up at gunpoint and robbed at about 4:30 Saturday evening at the Benny’s Bargain Center on Freetown Road, Belize City, and the bandit got away with over $4,765 in cash.
Police said that Nathaniel Perera, 22, was at the store with a bank deposit bag containing money to be deposited when an armed bandit held him up. Perera became fearful for his life, and the bandit stole the money bag and ran.
American woman robbed of $8,000 after being raped
An American woman was raped and robbed while she was about to leave her home in Ladyville on Thursday, December 6, at about 9 a.m.
The woman, 49, told police that as she was getting into her car, a dark-skinned man armed with a machete approached her. The man, she told police, knocked her to the ground and then raped her before stealing an envelope containing $8,200 in different denominations, which was in the vehicle.
Fin Sec says government will not pay CCJ-ordered refund of GST to Gegg companies
Cruise Solution and Discovery Expedition, tour companies owned by Belizean David Gegg, have had a protracted legal battle with the General Sales Tax (GST) Department that ended up at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). On Friday, October 12, 2018, a panel of CCJ justices ruled that the GST Department must refund Cruise Solution and Discovery Expedition the GST taxes those companies paid, because the services they provided to cruise passengers were categorized, for tax purposes, as zero-rated.
Another Suspected Drug Plane
Two Guatemalans found near Graham Creek in the Toledo District were today charged for illegal entry. The men, identified as Jorge Humberto Vasquez Reyes and Wilson Wilfred Vasquez Reyes, were picked up by a BDF patrol stationed at the Sarstoon Forward Operating Base on Friday...
MAJOR SHOOTOUT IN GUNGULUNG
The Reporter has received this footage of a shootout between elements of the Police and what we are told are persons who tried to rob a chicken delivery truck in the Gungulung area of Belize City. There is confirmation that Police have detained one person. We’re trying to get more information.
GUAT’S WITH UZI MACHINE GUN ‘CHARGED & FINED’
In October 2 Guatemalan Police Officers Jose Juan Garcia Palma and Armando Hub Pop were arrested at the Western Border after Police searched their vehicle and found an UZI. The men were charged for Keeping a Prohibited Firearm and for ammunition without a license.
Anisha Young Missing – UPDATE
The family of Anisha ‘Anny’ Young, missing since early Sunday morning, today organized a search for her, starting near the home on Nargusta Street where she lived with her boyfriend. Sources tell the Reporter that Anny last posted on Facebook at 4:16am Sunday morning, but something in her post alarmed family members.
PAST GOVERNMENTS STOLE OPPORTUNITIES
BY: Nefreterry Marin. The blatant corruption Belize has suffered since Independence has put our economic development, ethical values and justice at very high risk and has undermined our entire democratic process.
The poor and the working class are the ones at the bottom of the destabilized, crumbling pyramid economy, created by corrupt politicians. It is they who suffer the harmful daily effects of political corruption. It is they who we must now protect.
RUDY MORALES MISSING AFTER BOAT CAPSIZES
The Belize Coast Guard is searching for a man missing at sea. On Monday night at 8:30 Coast Guard personnel were called to the Corozal Bay near the entrance to the mouth of the New River.
COROZAL BUSINESSMAN MICHAEL ARNOLD MURDERED
Well known Corozal businessman Michael Arnold has been murdered. On Monday night just before 11:00 Police on patrol in the Santiago Baeza Layout found a white van parked on the side of the road.
Breaking Belize News
Man charged for shooting at police in Ghost Town
Belize City police today charged Kyle Chaplin, 27, with four counts of aggravated assault. This is […]
Two Guatemalan charged for illegal entry
Confirmed reports are that two Guatemalan men were charged with illegal entry into Belize. They have […]
PUP blasts GOB for proposed hike in electricity rates!
The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) today issued a statement condemning a proposed hike in electricity […]
Suspected robber nabbed by police in Lake I
Quick police response has led to the apprehension of a suspected robber. Sometime this afternoon, an […]
Belize accepts chairmanship of AOSIS
Caribbean Climate today reported that Belize has accepted the chairmanship of the Alliance of Small Island […]
Man chopped multiple times while sleeping; In a critical condition at the hospital
Belmopan police are investigating a chopping incident that occurred this morning. Around 2:15 am, police went […]
Police issue official report on boat accident in Corozal
Police have issued an official report on a boat accident that happened last night in Corozal. […]
Guatemalan man busted with uzi pleads guilty
Two Guatemalan policemen who were jailed for entering Belizean territory with one of their service weapons […]
Man found murdered inside vehicle in Corozal; Police are investigating
Corozal police are investigating a murder that occurred lastnight in that vicinity. According to reports, yesterday […]
Caretaker missing in Orange Walk
Teresa Obrien, 71, of Trial Farm Village reported to authorities that since December 7th, 2018, her […]
NTUCB holds executive election
This National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) elected a new executive over the weekend. […]
Stolen vehicle found burnt!
A vehicle that was reported stolen was found burnt near Hattieville on Saturday. Lisa Stanford, […]
More Education – Less Vilification To ICJ or NOT to ICJ
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]
Kyle Chaplin detained for shooting at police in “GhostTown”
Last night police responded to shots being fired on Mayflower street in Belize city in the […]
Benny’s Bargain Center robbed
On Friday around 4:35 p.m. there was an armed robbery inBelize city. Nathaniel Perera, an […]
Police: No confirmation that Milo Paz died in plane crash
On Friday, Mrs. Ermijines Paz of San Pedro town reported that her husband, Jose “Milo” Paz […]
Police issue missing person report for Anny Young
Authorities have issued a missing person report for Aneshia ‘Anny’ Young, 23, of Belize City. Young […]
Mental health patient dies in traffic mishap
On Friday night there was a fatal road traffic accident reported in the west. Belize City […]
Kareem Musa proposes bill to allow Belizeans abroad to vote in ICJ referendum
Yesterday, the People’s United Party (PUP) Area Representative for Caribbean Shores Constituency, Kareem Musa, made a […]
Man loses arm after dispute at bar in St. Margaret
Sometime around 1:00 yesterday morning, Belmopan police visited the Western Regional Hospital. There they met, Jose […]
Behind the scenes of an island icon: PepperOni’s
We got to live our dream when we went behind the scenes and into the hallowed kitchen of an island icon: PepperOni’s Pizza.
Established in 2001, PepperOni’s has been the island’s go-to pizza place ever since, offering amazing cheesy, meaty, saucy, bready goodness to the masses. From its humble beginnings inside a trailer to its expanded location featuring outdoor seating (both covered and uncovered), and a nice big kitchen, PepperOni’s has evolved, but one thing that has not changed is its delicious recipe!
Stuff that Washes Up on the Beaches of Ambergris Caye
Take a walk up the beach on Ambergris Caye and you are bound to find a few things. A tiny shell, a piece of drift wood, a plastic bottle or…maybe a cool looking piece of coral.
But here are some of the more regular visitors on your shores.
Pumice – You can almost always find a scrap or two of this floating rock – but there are certain times when it is all over the beach. Since pumice is a volcanic rock – and there are no volcanoes in Belize – where is it coming from?
The short answer is…a volcano. And since it floats, it could be coming from anywhere around the world – probably volcanoes deep below the sea. But here is a picture of the volcanic islands/active volcanoes of the Caribbean…
Also called drift seeds. These are my new sea-obsession. They are seeds from around the world that can float short or long distances. The most famous is the coconut. Here is a website devoted to all things seabean.
A Brief History About Corozal's Past
The Central Plaza of Corozal Town has been used for various activities and events since the town was founded in 1849. Social, cultural, sporting events and even a brief occupation in 1870 by Marcus Canul, General of the Ecaiche Maya, have made space a gathering place for Corozalenos'. In 1955 Hurricane Janet dramatically transformed the Central Plaza. Longboard buildings called "barracks" were built to house the homeless while Mayor Felipe Santiago Ricalde had the daunting task of rebuilding the town.
In 1965 Honourable Santiago Ricalde inaugurated the Corozal Town Central Park; he honored the fallen doctors and nurses with a plaque inside the park's fountain. The fountain was originally donated by the Mexican Government to the people of Belize City just before Hurricane Hattie.
Belize on Travel Pulse's 25 Places to Travel in December
Belize has made quite a few must see lists this year, the latest being on Travel Pulse's 25 Places to Travel in December. While they forget to mention Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Barton Creek, and scores of other sites around Cayo, they specifically mention the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, and praise it for its wildlife and rainforest feel.
"From exploring the ancient Maya Ruins; cave tubing and diving amidst lush rainforests and majestic waterfalls; touring the Great Blue Hole, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and snorkeling in crystal clear waters Dec. is a great time to visit this country. Other adventurous activities offered include zip lining, hiking, canoeing and more, making it an ideal destination for those who like to stay active during a vacation. Also good to know is this country is home to incredible diversity, perfect for lovers of nature and wildlife.
BELIZE TO CHAIR AOSIS
Belize has taken over the chairmanship of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a coalition of small island and low-lying coastal countries that share similar development challenges and concerns.
Belize Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lois Young, who accepted the chairmanship during the AOSIS Ministerial meeting on the side-lines of the 24th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24) said her country was taking over the leadership “with a profound recognition of the challenges ahead.
Belize will officially assume the post in January 2019 from the Maldives. Belize will hold the chairmanship for two years to be followed by Antigua and Barbuda in 2021.
Caribbean News Roundup For Wednesday Dec. 12, 2018
Here are the top headlines making news from across the Caribbean for today, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.
Bruk It Down Miss Jenny, 35min.
Harvest Caye Belize, 18min. Harvest Caye Belize , a small private island destination for Norwegian Cruise lines ships. Footage taken on the island early morning.
With afternoon views of Norwegian Getaway alongside, plus reef snorkeling near another island.
End of the World Marathon 2018 - Placencia Belize, 2min. Having fun at the End of the World Marathon 2018 , Naia won best water station.
Scorpion Fish, 15sec. almost missed him. Absolutly breath taking.
Beautiful corals and french angle fish1.5, min.
Channel 5 Obituaries, 1.5min.
LECTURE SERIES ON THE ICJ AND THE REFERENDUM, LIVE FROM SCA AUDITORIUM, 3hr.
Plaza Diner Food Review, 3.5min. Plaza Diner is a Restaurant located at Downtown Plaza Belize City on Albert Street. This restaurant thrives to build a family based ambiance with superb tasting food.
360 Video, heading To Caye Caulker, Belize, 2.5min.
BELIZE, BIRTHDAYS, CARNIVAL, ATVS AND STUCK UNDER A BRIDGE???, 22min. My birthday trip to Belize in September with friends and family.
Jungle Trek, Cave Exploration and Blue Hole Swim Belize Mainland, 8min. Today we are going on an epic excursion on the mainland of Belize. We will explore the Crystal Cave, St. Herman's Cave, and the famous Blue Hole. Come watch as we navigate the jungle, exlore the caves, and cool off in the crystal blue waters afterwards.
Sailing Belize in catamaran - Lagoon Caye, 4min. Great sailing from Ranguana Caye to Lagoon Caye, dolphins on the way. Excellent mooring in Lagoon Caye. Drone View. Paddle and snorkelling in the lagoon
Volunteering projects in Red Bank - Belize, 5min. In our first three months of service period with Humana People to People, we have been working at Red Bank Village in 8 of the 10 lines developed as a guide to work with different communities in Belize.
Police Check Point Talk Show, 60min.
This is the Maya Golden Landscape, 5min. The Maya Golden Landscape – Ya’axché’s area of work stretching from the Maya Mountains to the Caribbean coast – has one of the world's richest assemblages of biodiversity, but hunting and illegal logging are major threats to the landscape.
Equipped with new technology, Ya’axché’s rangers monitor wildlife populations, assess the quality of streams and rivers, and carry out patrols across 770,000 acres of forests. Ya'axché is working tirelessly to safeguard this incredible landscape.
December 11, 2018
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The San Pedro Sun
International law experts, diplomats, and foreign press encourage Belize to head to the ICJ
In April of 2019, Belizeans will have the opportunity to decide if the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will settle the Guatemalan territorial claim by voting in a nationwide referendum. Taking the dispute to the ICJ is strongly supported by international law experts, diplomats and even members of the international press. To better inform the Belizean public on the process, The San Pedro Sun was part of a delegation of Belizean media houses who traveled to the ICJ located at The Hague, Netherlands from November 25th to the 30th. After a week of discussions with scholars of the ICJ process, they all encouraged Belizeans to take advantage of this opportunity and to trust the ICJ.
‘Belize Navidad!’- Ramon’s Village wins 2018 San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
The ‘Belize Navidad’ vessel, sponsored by Ramon’s Village Resort, was the top prize winner at this year’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. The festive event was held on Saturday, December 8th, with 12 boats lighting the windward coast of San Pedro Town. Hundreds of spectators came out to the beach to admire the lighted boats between the parade route from Wayo’s Beach Bar to Crazy Canucks Beach Bar. The event ended at Sandbar, where an award ceremony handed out over $10,000 in giveaways.
U.S. Presidential Determination with Respect to Foreign Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons
President Trump on November 29 granted a partial waiver to Belize from U.S. foreign assistance restrictions for those countries rated as Tier 3 in the U.S. 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report.
Per the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended, the Department of State reports on and ranks the efforts of foreign governments to combat human trafficking in an annual Trafficking in Persons Report. Those nations rated as Tier 3 are subject to specific foreign assistance restrictions unless the President waives those restrictions. Of the 22 countries ranked Tier 3 in the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, five countries, including Belize, received either full or partial waivers.
Belizean Selected For Top Position On The Commonwealth Youth Council
It looked like the participants of this year's Holiday Boat Parade bought out all the Christmas lights in town. The boats were all lit up with colorful lights and cheerful with music, song and dance! The Holiday Boat Parade boasted 11 boat entries, double that of last year. That meant double the light, double the fun, double the Christmas cheer at this year's annual event.
Ramon's Village pulled out all the stops once again and secured the big win with two boat entries. Their Belize Navidad with Santa Claus, Christmas trees, snowmen and reindeers took first place and their second boat took fourth place with a Nativity Scene. Fun Boats like ACES's 'Merry Crocmas' won Best Charity Boat while Kids in Action boat entertained with Sponge Bob Square Pants and Patrick Star. They took the prize for Best Small Boat.
More Christmas Lights Than Ever At Holiday Boat Parade
Young Belizean – Jordan Craig – now serves on the prestigious Commonwealth Youth Council for the period 2018 to 2020. The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is the official voice of the young people across all Commonwealth Nations. The Council’s ail is to further advance the your development agenda by integrating young people into the development work of the Commonwealth at national, regional and Pan-commonwealth levels. It also provides a sustainable platform for unified engagement with decision makers and youth-led development initiatives.
Misc Belizean Sources
Speaker of the House of Representatives of Belize attends
the 36th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
Cotonou, Benin. December 10, 2018. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Laura Tucker- Longsworth led Belize’s delegation to the 36th Session of the Africa Caribbean Pacific – European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly, following the 52nd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly.
From 28th to 30th November 2018, the Honourable Madam Speaker participated in the 52nd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly. During the meeting of the Committee on Political Affairs, Madam Speaker relayed an update on the Belize-Guatemala process and the latest developments on Belize’s preparations towards its referendum in April 2019.
Corozal Tree Lighting
Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town Council extend their most sincere gratitude to all those persons who made the Tree Lighting a great success. Thank you Corozal!!! Together we make things happen!!!!
Sacred Heart Interact Club Delivers Toys
The Sacred Heart College Interact Club delivered the toys they collected to the kids in Calla Creek yesterday. There were a lot of smiles. Thanks, Interact, for making their Christmas a little brighter!
Help 200 children of Toledo attend Bioblitz
Since 2015, Ya'axche Conservation Trust has held its annual BioBlitz event for students and teachers of the Toledo district. This event focuses on raising conservation awareness through participation in biodiversity monitoring techniques. Events in the past have included teaching students to identify birds, mammals, and fresh water invertebrates, tree identification, camera trapping, and distinguishing features by microscope. Ya'axche hopes to reach 200 students at this year's Bioblitz event.
'Executive Summary' of the first cycle of review of the existing anti-corruption legal framework of Belize
iew of the legal and institutional framework of Belize in the context of implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption Belize is a sovereign parliamentary constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as its titular head, represented by the Governor General. Belize became an independent State on 21 September 1981. The legal system is derived from English common law and statutes. The Belize Constitution (Constitution) is the supreme law of Belize and any law that is inconsistent with the Constitution shall be void to the extent of the inconsistency (art. 2). The Caribbean Court of Justice serves as Belize’s final appellate court for civil and criminal matters.Belize acceded to the United Nations Convention against Corruption on 12 December 2016. With regard to the incorporation of international law into domestic law, Belize follows a strictly dualist approach. All of the provisions of the Convention have not yet been incorporated into municipal law.
POSTPONED FOR THE 2ND TIME: Lecture Series on the ICJ Referendum & ICJ in Corozal
Lecture Series on the ICJ Referendum & ICJ scheduled for Monday, December 10th at St. Francis Xavier R.C. School Auditorium in Corozal has been postponed for the second time.
Panelists were a no show and the audience at around 8:00 p.m. were around 14 people.
Our questions to the ICJ panelists would have been:- "Who are the Spanish to English/English to Spanish translators in this entire ICJ process? What are their qualifications and what are their nationalities?"
The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for Supervisory Human Resources Specialist
his position is being advertised with the experience for education substitution option. Based on qualifications, applicants need only apply for one of the two available vacancies, Belmopan-2018-18 or Belmopan-2018-18-S. Please review the qualifications requirements for each vacancy before applying.
2018 is a very special year for us at Ya'axché Conservation Trust and our partners in conservation – celebrating 20 years!
In 1998, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) started working with the Ya’axché Conservation Trust (Ya’axché) – then a small, newly formed community organisation – to protect this important area. Our partnership began with the purchase of two vital parcels of land at the heart of the Maya Golden Landscape. These sites were connected to areas already under protection, but were threatened with conversion to citrus and shrimp farms.
Purchasing these plots laid the foundations of our conservation efforts across the landscape, none of which would have been possible without the generosity and foresight of the Arcadia Fund – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing & Peter Baldwin – who partnered with FFI in 1998 to establish the Halcyon Land & Sea Fund to protect places of exceptional conservation value in perpetuity.
AH BOLON TZACAB
Ah Bolon Tzacab means "The leaf-Nose" it represents agriculture,Vegetation and regeneration . Also spelled as Ah Bolon Dz'acab .
A MAYA CROSS IN A VILLAGE IN ORANGE WALK AND LOS ELEGIDOS DE DIOS BY ALFONSO ROJAS
LOS ELEGIDOS DE DIOS(Etnografia de los Mayas de Quintana Roo) by Alfonso Rojas. A very interesting reading from the Yucatec Maya rebels in Quintana Roo(Mex). When the Maya where losing the Maya Social War(Caste War) against the Hispanics . A miracle happen , Crosses appeared and spoke to the Maya giving them hope to continue figthing . These crosses come from the "divine" voice of "hahal ku," the true Maya god of the Masewal . God chose the Masewal and the followers of the cross became known as Cruzoob Maya . After they form the Maya state of Chan Santa Cruz which lasted until the 1901.
Local Belizean Artistic talents at their best at our Annual Cayo Art Festival
Lots of photos!
Working Woman Missing After Fight With Boyfriend, Family Desperate For Answers
Tonight there are serious concerns for a 23 year old working woman from Belize City - who's gone missing without a trace.
Anisha Young went to her staff Christmas party on Saturday - and hasn't been seen or heard from since: she hasn't come home, and she didn't show up for work today. She's never done anything like that before - and her cousin told us why the family is so terribly concerned tonight:
Sheree Salgado, Anisha's cousin:
"The last we have heard about Anisha was Saturday when she went to her work Christmas party. After she left the Christmas party around 1am, she went to Sit and Sip. She had an argument with her boyfriend and people claimed that she went in a taxi and that was the last and around 9pm last night..."
Jealousy and Drinking Led To Vicious Chopping Death
A Guatemalan farm caretaker was hacked to death in Cristo Rey Village in Cayo. Dima Gregorio was at the farm when his brother in law, Filiberto Itche and his wife got into argument. Gregorio stepped in as peacemaker and Itche chopped him to his hands, head and back. Courtney Weatherburne has the story.
Courtney Weatherburne reporting:
A blot of Dimas Gregorio's dark dried blood marks the spot where he took his final breaths.
Gregorio was chopped to death on Friday night at the San Pablo farm in Cristo Rey, Cayo.
One Dead At Pier One
Pier One Bar and Grill, the popular night club inside the BTL Park, was the scene of a murder on Friday night.
The victim is 20 year-old Asher Saunders, a resident of Bagdad Street in Belize City, and he's no stranger to police. Reports to 7News are that sometime just before midnight, Saunders was socializing at the bar with others when a fight broke out. The police officers working at the bar attempted to break up the fight between 2 rival gang groups. While the officers were doing that, someone from the crowd pulled out a handgun and shot Saunders to the head.
This caused widespread panic in the club and in the park, as everyone fled the area looking for cover. Police rushed Saunders to the KHMH where he died about 15 minutes later.
Man Knocked Down Near Home
A man was knocked down and killed near his St. Matthews home. It happened on Saturday morning after 8:00. The victim is 26 year old Wilford Robinson. He was heading to a friend's house when he was hit. We spoke to his sister about the accident and she says contrary to reports, Wilford was not mentally challenged and he did not deliberately walk unto the heavily trafficked road to get run over.
Shanel Robinson, Sister:
"My brother was crossing our gate going across the street when the vehicle overtook the bus and hit him. What we want to put out there is that nothing was wrong with my brother, nothing doesn't go like that where they said that he mentally challenged, nothing like that happened. He was already across the road when the vehicle hit him."
Police Not Sure On Charges For St, Matthews Fatal
Now as you heard, the family wants the driver, Ian Rhaburn to be charged but the police are still gathering information on this case to decide if they will press charges. Here's more:
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC-CIB:
"On Friday the 7th of December 2018 at about 9:41 am, Mr. Ian Rhaburn, a Belizean business man of Belize City, reported that he was driving from the direction of Roaring Creek towards Belize City driving a rental SUV when approaching St. Matthews Village, a male person ran from the left hand side of the road ran towards his direction causing him to hit the male person..."
Border Activists Push The Envelope on Illegal Border Crossings
There's a group of Belizean border activists in Orange Walk who are challenging Belize's most basic immigration laws. They don't believe that they should have to stamp in and stamp out at Immigration when they're leaving or entering the country. And, also apparently, they don't believe that their movements in and out of the country should be confined to approved border crossings.
They put their resolve on the line this weekend when they decided to cross from Santa Cruz Village in Orange Walk to Botes, Mexico - which is not an approved border crossing. In fact, right now it is an area of intensive patrols by the Coast Guard, police, and Customs to cut down on Christmas contraband.
Pilot Reported Dead, Family Reports Him Dead Two Months Later
Two months ago, the media received credible information that Tropic Air pilot Milo Paz had died in Panama while doing private charter work. His boss at Tropic John Greif confirmed that he had heard the same and that Paz was on leave at the time.
But, we never found any news or police reports from Panama to confirm that - and, now, there's a new wrinkle in the story: his wife reported him missing on Friday in San Pedro. AND SHE TOO TOLD POLICE THAT SHE'd heard he was dead, but had no confirmation.
Now, how do you report an allegedly dead man missing? And is it all just for insurance? That's what we asked police today:...
Police Finding It Hard To Bring Charges In Woman's Murder
A 25 year old woman was killed in Santa Elena on Thursday night. Brenda Castellanos was hanging out with her friend 35 year old Jennis August when two gunmen fired indiscriminately on the yard. August was shot to the chest and the mother of a two year old died on the way to the hospital. Today, police told us that they know who did it but cannot get statements to make an arrest..
ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB - Eastern Division:
"Police have detained several persons who they have questioned, however, because of a lack of evidence. They had to be released. What we understand from the investigator is that several persons have been interviewed, however, they are very reluctant to cooperate with the investigators."
One Man Charged For Raping American Woman
Ladyville Police have arrested a man for raping a 49 year old American woman in that village. ASP Cowo went over the details of the report - and disclosed the name of the alleged rapist:..
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"She reported that about 9am, she was leaving her house on board of her Wingle pickup when she noticed a male person of dark complexion with a machete, standing beside her. A struggle ensued between them where the male person knocked her down and allegedly had sexual intercourse against her will and thereafter made away with eight thousand two hundred dollars Belize currency that she had in her possession."
No Blood Sample Extracted in Head-On Collision
And while that American woman's alleged rapist has been arrested - 85 year old American John Thomas died before he could see charges for the man that rammed head on into his van.
The accident happened in Louisville Village, Corozal on Saturday 1st December when 44 year old Martin Carillo was driving a Dodge Calibre that rammed into Thomas's van. The elderly man died 5 days later. Drunk driving was suspected to be the culprit, but today police told us they will never know:...
Two Killers Plead Down To Manslaughter
Tonight, 25 year-old Clive Geban, and 21 year-old Roberto Rodriguez are at the Belize Central Prison awaiting sentencing, after they pleaded guilty to manslaughter. They were charged with murder for the January 2013 killing of 61 year-old Ervin Morales, which happened at his home in Maskall Village.
On January 19th, 2013, both Geban and Rodriguez went to Morales' house to rob him. When they didn't find him there, they hid under his bed and waited for him to come home. As soon as he entered, they attacked him with a machete and a knife. He suffered 19 separate wounds, including those to the back of the head, the left shoulder, the hand and both elbows.
More Mora for NTUCB
This weekend, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize held its 52nd Annual General Meeting at the ITVET in Corozal Town.
Delegates from all 10 member unions participated in the AGM, where a new Executive Council was elected for the NTUCB for a 2-year term. Marvin Mora, from the Belize Energy Workers Union has been re-elected as the President..."
Madam Speaker In Benin
Speaker of the house, Laura Tucker- Longsworth, recently attended the 36th Session of the African Caribbean Pacific - European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Cotonou, Benin.
According to an official release, during the November 28th to 30th meeting, she updated the Assmebly on the Belize-Guatemala process along with the latest developments on Belize's preparations for its referendum in April 2019.
The Belize Pitch, in A Glossy
Invest Belize: it's the Ministry of Trade and Investment Promotion's premier magazine which they use to court foreign investors. The magazine is produced annually, and today, BELTRAIDE and the Ministry launched the 6th volume under the theme, "Our Green Economy, Your Trade Opportunity".
We stopped by the unveiling ceremony today, and spoke with the Minister and the new Executive Director about this particular theme, and about the companies they highlighted in this edition as examples of the green economy at work:
Gung Ho For Galen
Today's launch of Invest Belize also gave the Small Business Development Center, an arm of BELTRAIDE, an opportunity to officially hand over a $30,000 Galen University scholarship to a raffle winner.
The raffle was held 10 days ago at the SBDC's Entrepreneurship Convention, and today, we spoke with the scholarship donors as well as the recipients:
Illegal Logger Gets Big Fine
30 year-old Walter Salazar, a farmer of Armenia Village, is facing an eleven thousand-dollar fine after he pleaded guilty to illegally harvesting mahogany Trees for timber.
Last week Thursday, police intercepted a white truck at the junction of Fabers Road and the George Price Highway. Salazar was driving, and when the cops searched the truck, they found 153 pieces of Mahogany lumber, which amounted to just over 1700 board feet.
Maimed In Margaret's
A man lost a part of his hand in a chopping that happened in St, Margaret's Village. 42 YEAR OLD FARMER JOSE ICAL was ambushed by three men after leaving a villager bar on Sunday night. Police told us more:.
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"Jose Ical was socializing at Cynthia's Bar when he had a dispute whilst leaving the bar with three male persons; one of them attacked him and chopped him causing that injury to him..."
Ghost Town Cop Shooter
Mayflower Street is a gang controlled area and one famous for skirmishes and exchanges of gunfire with police. There was one more this weekend. The CIB Officer Commanding says police responded to the sound of shots being fired and ended up being fired upon:
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"Last night police responded to shot being fired in the Mayflower area. As a result they have a patrol that is located there. They went into the alley on foot and while they were canvassing the area where an alley is located, police observed a male person running away from them..."
Robber Grabbed Deposit Bag
There was a robbery at Benny's around closing time on Friday. Police told us how a gunman got off with nearly five thousand dollars in a deposit bag:...
ASP Alejandro Cowo :
"On Friday, the 7th of December at about 4:35 pm, Mr. Nathaniel Perera, a Belizean cashier of Benny's Bargain Center, located at No. 54 Freetown Road; he reported that he was standing in front of the business place when he was approached by a male person who came from the direction of Freetown riding a bicycle, who questioned him if the business place was still open..."
No Answers For Burnt Vehicle
And, finally in police news tonight, the cops have no clue as to who burned manager Lisa Stanford's vehicle and why. As we reported on Friday, her vehicle was stolen from in front of the former Chateau restaurant on Thursday night. It turned up the next morning burned near Hattieivlle. We asked the police why:...
ASP Alejandro Cowo
"The vehicle was found about 8 in the morning at the Butcher Burns Road between Hattieville area extensively damaged by fire. The vehicle is valued at $45,000 Belize currency."
"Any suspects or suspected motive?"
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC-CIB:
"No suspects we have at this moment."
Miss World and Ms. Jalyssa
And, finally, tonightâ€¦The 2018 Miss World Pageant was held in Sanya, China this weekend. It was the 68th edition of the pageant, and at end, Vanessa Ponce De Leon, the Mexican delegate, was chosen as the winner.
Belize's own Jalyssa Arthurs was also a contestant in the pageant, and she made a great showing on behalf of the country. Here's how she introduced herself to the world's populations which were tuned in:
8 Belizeans Arrested for ‘Illegal Entry,’ but Later Released
Things got chaotic on Sunday evening in Santa Cruz Village in the Orange Walk District. Santa Cruz is an illegal port of entry which leads to the popular Mexican village [...]
Murder at Pier One; Asher Saunders is Executed
Police are tonight looking for the gunman responsible for the murder of Asher Saunders. The twenty-year-old Bagdad Street resident was sitting at the bar of the Pier One night club [...]
Guatemalan Man Chopped to Death by “Friend”
A Guatemalan man was viciously chopped to death on Friday night in a western village. Police believe that Guatemalan Filiberto Itche attacked and killed Dimas Choc in a fit of [...]
Still No Charges for Brenda Castellanos Murder
Police have been unable to charge any suspects for the murder of Brenda Castellanos. The twenty-five-year-old mother was mortally wounded last Thursday as she stood inside a yard on Bishop [...]
Where is Anisha Young?
The family of Anisha “Annie” Young is desperately looking for her. The young woman, who is an employee of Voyse International went missing on Saturday night. She attended her staff [...]
St. Mathews Villager Knocked Down and Killed
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John Thomas Perishes 4 Days after Accident in Louisville
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2 Months Later, Milo Paz is Reported Missing
Two months after the Paz family in San Pedro Town received information that forty-nine-year-old Jose Milo Paz had perished, on Friday; his wife Ermijines Paz filed a missing person’s report [...]
A Shootout in Mayflower
There was a shootout between police and a man in the Mayflower area, Belize City on Sunday night. According to reports, a barrage of bullets echoed in the distance and [...]
Adam Meighan Charged for Rape of U.S. National
There are a few more details about the rape and robbery of a forty-nine-year old U.S. national in Ladyville. The victim, who is a student, reported to police that on [...]
The Caribbean Must be Counted at COP24
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Maim in Saint Margaret’s Village; Jose Ical Loses Left Hand
Also on the crime blotter…There was a chopping incident in Saint Margaret’s Village on the Hummingbird Highway. Jose Ical was maimed and his left hand amputated above the wrist following [...]
Robber Escapes with Almost $5000 from Benny’s Bargain Center
Twenty-two-year-old Nathaniel Perera, the cashier at Benny’s Bargain Center on Freetown Road reported to police that he was robbed of over four thousand seven hundred dollars on Friday. Around four-thirty [...]
Meet Gimme 5’s Grand Prize Winner
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Belize Bank Spreads Xmas Cheer with Stella Maris Students
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Choc Chopped and Killed During Domestic Dispute
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Belize Bank hosts tenth annual Christmas Party for children
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Murder in BTL Park
Another murder for 2018 was recorded in Belize City on Friday night. The incident did not occur in a gang affiliated area, but on the entertainment strip. It was only a matter of time until someone lost their life at the BTL Park at a bar which sells alcohol. Violent incidents had occurred at the …
16 Days of Activism ends with pledge-a-thon
There were several activities held in commemoration of the 16-days of activism and today being the final day Ret International held a pledge-a-thon at the Battlefield Park. Love news spoke with Malenie Barnes, Country Director for Ret International, who said that the pledge-a-thon was to invite person to become responders to end gender-based violence and …
Woman raped and robbed weeks after previous assault
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Man loses an arm while socializing
One man was maimed while socializing in Saint Margaret’s Village, Cayo District. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports. Fem Cruz: “Based on a telephone call received Sunday morning of a chopping incident Love News visited the Western Regional Hospital General Ward in Belmopan and saw 42 year old Jose Ical Belizean farmer of St. Margarett Village with …
Police say suspect targeted a man but killed and shot two women
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UDP hosts Convention in Toledo
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Pilot Milo Paz Reported Missing Two Months After Last Seen
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Ahmadiyya Basketball League captures gold in Copa Gatorade Bacalar Tournament
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When a Croc Attacks
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Sugar Crop Season Opening While World Market Prices Crawl
The opening of sugar cane crop 2018/19 is set for Thursday. American Sugar Refineries, the owner of Belize Sugar Industries is monitoring the crop as the world price per ton continues to drop and some preferential markets begin to dry up. Love News spoke to William Neal, ASR/BSI’s Government Affairs and Communications Officer...
Group of Belizeans held by police on Bellizean soil for illegal entry
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6th Volume of INVEST BELIZE
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IN THE COURTS: Men plead guilty to manslaughter, while villager busted for mahogany
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Jordan Craig appointed to Commonwealth Youth Council
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MISSING YOUNG WOMAN, FAMILY SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP
Family and friends of Anisha ‘Anny’ Young are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to please call 602-7154. Young was last seen at a private function on Saturday night and hasn’t been seen since.
Man’s Hand Chopped Off in Machete Altercation
A man’s hand was chopped off by one of three men while he was heading home from a bar Saturday night.
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‘Rock the Boat’ in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
On our first day back from our trip to New Orleans Rose and I received a really lovely invitation to be part of an event that we have been watchers of since its inception. The San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Only one answer. ” Yes please”.
So yesterday evening Rose, our friend Frank and myself got to the dock at Ramon’s Village Resort by 16.50 hours to meet the crew and our fellow seafarers.
From our great vantage point we able to quite close to the rest of the boats.
‘The World is My Oyster’ away from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
I know, I know. It’s been a while since I last produced an edition. A long while.
I’ve actually sat down to write something a few times. In fact each time we’ve been on holiday this year – London, Nashville and Cartagena- or family or friends have come to stay with us I’ve knocked a few paragraphs out but then lost the drive to finish what I started.
Well, Rose and I have just got back from a trip to New Orleans and I think the virtually exclusive diet of omega 3 ( more later) has had a substantial effect upon my energy levels. And appears – how long this may last I have no idea – to have instilled a degree of discipline into me again.
Anyway, back to our little trip away from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
“Tell It Like It Is “ when away from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Now where were we ? Oh yes, I left you all after Rose and I had enjoyed a shucking good day two in New Orleans.
Day three proved to be just as enjoyable. No, that’s not true. It was more enjoyable.
I’d already made arrangements for our Thanksgiving Day evening entertainment so we decided that during the daytime we’d have a leisurely walk around and take in the sights, sounds and smells.
What Is Glover’s Reef Atoll? And Why Is It So Special?
Across all of the world’s oceans ranging from the storm-tossed waters of the Southern Ocean to the frigid northern regions of the Atlantic Ocean, you will not find a single atoll outside of the Pacific Ocean. Yet just a few miles offshore from Belize lie three atolls, the only true exceptions to the rule. And the crown jewel of these three iconoclastic atolls is Glover’s Reef.
What is an atoll? In regions where coral grows, it sometimes grows in a ring shape around a seamount or volcano. If the volcano or seamount begins to erode and slips beneath the surface of the water, a lagoon forms in the interior, the definition of a true atoll.
Glover’s Reef is one such atoll located approximately 22 miles (35 km) offshore from mainland Belize. Glover’s Atoll is part of a protected marine reserve called the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve (GSSCMR), one of the most beautiful and eco-diverse regions of the reef.
Gladden Spit & Silk Caye Marine Reserve
Just a few miles offshore of the Belizean mainland lies the vast archipelago of the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest coral barrier reef system in the Western Hemisphere. Located on the outer edge of this reef is the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes MarineReserve (GSSCMR), a protected conservation area that is ideal for enjoying snorkeling and scuba diving.
The GSSCMR measures over 25,000 acres (10,500 ha) in size and is located approximately 22 miles (36 km) due east of the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Managed by the Southern Environmental Association, a local NGO, this area is one of the healthiest and vibrant marine ecosystems on the Belize Barrier Reef.
Belize’s Great Blue Hole Is Mysterious and Thrilling
When Jacques Cousteau arrived at the Great Blue Hole in Belize in 1971, he declared it to be one of the top five most interesting dive sites in the world. The Great Blue Hole is a circle of dark blue water located inside Lighthouse Reef just a few miles offshore from mainland Belize. Underneath the water lies a huge cave formation complete with stalactites, stalagmites, and tunnels.
Unlike most dive sites in Belize where the main attraction is the colorful fish and delicate coral, the Great Blue Hole is sparsely inhabited by just a few marauding sharks. The attraction of the diving the Great Blue Hole is the chance to explore a mysterious and gothic underworld. The Great Blue Hole was originally a limestone cave that formed on dry land millions of years ago. But when the glaciers began to melt some 150,000 years ago, the cave became submerged.
The Beers of Belize
Something about the hot sun and balmy weather in Belize makes this jewel of a country the perfect place to enjoy a cold brew.
And yes, while imported beers from around the region are available, no visit to the country should be considered complete without sampling some of the beers of Belize.
There is only one domestic brewery in Belize: Belikin Beer, which is based in Belize City and uses the iconic Temple of the Masonry Altars from the ancient Maya site of Altun Ha as its logo. Indeed, “Belikin” is the Maya term for the Belize River which provides all of the water for the brewery.
Altun Ha – An Iconic Ancient Maya City in Belize
There are plenty of much larger ancient Maya sites in Belize, but there’s no more iconic display of that advanced civilization’s prowess than Altun Ha. Despite being located just 31 miles (49 km) outside of Belize City, Altun Ha was only rediscovered in the 1950s.
During its heyday over 1,000 years ago, Altun Ha was home to more than 10,000 people and covered approximately 25 square miles (65 square km). Only a fraction of the city has been excavated, but visitors today can explore the ceremonial center which includes two big squares (plazas) containing 13 impressive temples and buildings.
Belize: Best Places to Travel in January
January is not often thought of as a popular month for traveling. Many folks are recovering from the holidays, and it can be difficult to bring children without having them miss any school.
But if you do have some free time in January, it is the perfect month to visit Belize. The big Christmas crowds have all faded away, airlines are offering competitive prices, and Belize will be enjoying long, sunny days with delightfully warm temperatures.
Daytime temperatures average around 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) in January, and the month falls during the height of the dry season, meaning that you’re nearly guaranteed to enjoy fantastic weather when you visit Belize in January.
The great weather makes it easy to enjoy popular activities.
Cave Tubing at Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve
Nohoch Che’en, which is also commonly known as Caves Branch or Jaguar Paw Outpost. This experience is hands down one of the top things to do in Belize. Why?
Because this caving adventure is truly amazing – it’s a relaxing and exciting experience where you can enjoy drifting down the Caves Branch River and learn about the historical value of the cave system to the ancient Maya. You get the best of both adventure and education whilst tubing! It was actually my first time cave tubing at Nohoch Che’en Cave and, to be honest, I had a great time! The drive to the site took us approximately 1 hour from San Ignacio Town. Our guide parked the vehicle and led us to the information center where we were given our river tubes, life jackets, helmets, and headlamps. After getting our geared, we set off for our twenty-minute hike to the entrance of our first cave.
Guatemala’s Uphill Battle Against Corruption
Guatemala’s history over the last century has been one of the most troubled, as well as most heavily influenced by foreign interventions, in all of Central America. During the first half of the 20th century, two revolutions over the span of a decade ended the military dictatorship of Jorge Ubico and Federico Ponce in 1944, and, in 1954, the presidency of Jacobo Arbenz. Later on, between 1960 and 1996, the country underwent a violent internal conflict, marked by a succession of military coups. The most notable dictator during this period was General Efrain Rios Montt, whose year in power was particularly violent for the country’s indigenous communities.
Over these troubled decades, multinational companies, particularly the United Fruit Company, played a determinant role in Guatemala’s national economic and political sectors. Today, Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America, Mexico’s southern doorstep and one of the region’s most important export economies, yet it still struggles with a government that is plagued by graft, corruption and impunity.
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Trip to Belize (2018), 5min. Travelling through Belize, visiting Caye Caulker, San Ignacio and the ATM cave.
Ya’axché's BioBlitz, 1.25min. Yearly, Ya’axché hosts over 100 primary school students from the communities within the Maya Golden Landscape, southern Belize. Ya’axché’s BioBlitz event focuses on a number of trees, birds, mammals and freshwater bugs that are found easily in the surroundings of the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve. Students, teachers and parents participating in learning activities value the rare opportunity.
Water Buffalo Meat, 20min.
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Shark Feeding Belize 2018, 2min.
Catch and Cook Trigger Fish, 10min. The best way to enjoy a Sunday, going fishing and eating fresh fish you can't beat that.
Holiday Boat Parade, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 20min.
Sun Kissed by Paradise, 26min. Follow Sean and Ger on another adventure as they fly to Punta Gorda with Tropic Air for some fishing and snorkeling.
The Western Heat Dance company displaying their Artistic Dancing Talents at the Cayo Art Festival, 10min.
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