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December 13, 2017


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The San Pedro Sun

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

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

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

Ambergris Today

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

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

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

Misc Belizean Sources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Channel 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Channel 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CTV3

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

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

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

Amandala

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Reporter

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

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blogs

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

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

International Sourcesizz

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

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

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

Caribbean Leaders Launch Plan to Make Region World’s First Climate-Smart Zone
The Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition, an ambitious public-private initiative aimed at funding a US$8 billion investment plan to transform the region into the world’s first “climate-smart” zone and benefit 3.2 million Caribbean households, was launched today.

Videos

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

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

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

  • OCEANA Belize, Columbia Christmas Tree, 3min.

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

  • Senate Select Hearing Review, 42min.

  • Tarpon fishing Belize, 5min.

  • My Belize, 4.5min.

  • BELIZE - Shark Ray Alley Snorkel, 3min.

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

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 54min.

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

    December 12, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

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

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

    Ambergris Today

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

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

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

    Misc Belizean Sources

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

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

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

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

    A view from Children's Park Corozal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Channel 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Channel 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LOVE FM

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

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

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

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

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

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

    Police have no suspects in weekend murder
    We had previously reported on the murder of a watchman on duty over the weekend. […]

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

    Blogs

    Never Seen so Many Walkaholics at Once – Start of Love FM Christmas Parade
    I messaged my friend Jack and told him if he had any cart worthy errands over the next 2 days to let me know. He answered back a while later and mentioned the start of the Love FM Parade at Wayos beach bar. So in spite of having just settled down with my smart TV, I told him I would be chauffeur but not likely stay. So I got my warm gear on, drove south of town to pick him up and deliver him to Wayos to catch the parade line-up and of course, I stayed. Thankfully it was noticeably warmer on the beachside than the lagoon side of town. There were so many people to catch up with and a few new ones to meet. We mingled and watched decorated carts lining up. Soon it was time for the group shot, which was Jacks reason to go.

    LoveFM’s Christmas Parade Floods the Streets of San Pedro with Kids, Candy and Holiday Cheer
    I’m in disbelief. Disbelief that Christmas is 2 weeks away. Where did 2017 go? And more disbelief that last night was LoveFM radio’s SEVENTH annual lighted parade through the streets of San Pedro. I think I have written about and photographed each and every parade. Seven years – and yet I’m haven’t aged a day. A Christmas miracle! Here are the better pics from this year. Movement and flashing lights and darkness? It’s this amateur photogs worst nightmare. But hopefully you can get a sense of how magical this event is – and how happy happy happy it makes the kids on this island.

    International Sourcesizz

    Murder investigation after British woman dies in Belize
    A British woman is feared to have been murdered in Belize where she had been volunteering at a children’s home. The body of Michele Anison, 46, of North Staffordshire, was discovered in her apartment with multiple stab wounds. She had been living in the village of Ladyville for about two years. Police investigating the death said that there were no signs of forced entry to the flat, and that her car and personal documents, including her passport, were missing. She was last seen alive five days earlier, and was found with stab wounds to her neck and chest.

    FUERTE MOVILIZACIÓN CAUSÓ EN CHETUMAL LA FUGA DE UN TIGRE DE BENGALA
    Incredulidad y más tarde terror causó la mañana de este lunes la presencia de un tigre de bengala que merodeaba la zona baja de la ciudad de Chetumal. El avistamiento del tigre reportado en las redes sociales generó gran movilización de autoridades policiacas y protección civil que constataron y verificaron que sí, que el felino andaba libre. La fiera fue ubicada en un domicilio de la calle Guadalupe Victoria, a espalda de la iglesia Perpetuo Socorro, en la colonia Barrio Bravo de esta capital. Según datos preliminares el tigre de bengala de aproximadamente 200 kilos había burlado su cautiverio, liberando las cadenas que lo sometían, saltó al predio contiguo, ocultándose entre la maleza y unas matas de plátano.

    Videos

  • Wildtracks Update, 1/2min. Whilst we normally post about the Wildtracks rehabilitation programmes on Facebook, we don't often post about the wider Wildtracks activities. As we launch the National Primate Conservation Planning initiative, however, we are very enthusiastic in wanting to share the steps in this exciting strategic planning process with you! With two endangered primate species in Belize - the Yucatan black howler monkey and the Yucatan black-handed spider monkey (we've now standardised these names across our activities based on regional and scientific acceptance), and with decreasing available forest habitat and increasing forest fragmentation, it is time to look at what needs to be put in place across Belize to ensure the long term viability of both these species.

  • Belize Now | Friday, December 8, 2017, 32min. Belize celebrates Anti-Corruption Week, Corozal Town gets a new farmer’s market, Police receive new fingerprinting system, and Belmopan students are growing their own food. 1. Belize celebrates Anti-Corruption Week 2. Corozal Town gets new farmer's market 3. Belmopan Police Department heads Small-Scale Farming in Schools Project 4. US Embassy in Belize donates Afix Trackers System to the Belize Police Department 5. Office of the Music Ambassador and Beltraide launch online site for Belizean musicians 6. Ministry of Energy host stakeholder consultation on EU grant for energy sector development

  • Afix Tracker Systems Gifted, 3min. On Monday, December 4th, the Belize Police Department was officially gifted fourteen (14) Afix Tracker Systems from the United States Embassy in Belize. The United States Embassy has also provided the training for over 30 Police and Scenes of Crime Officers from all the districts, on how to use and operate these systems.

  • Opening of new Corozal Market, 4.5min. Officials, residents, and vendors gathered in the Finca Solana area in Corozal Town on Friday, December 1st to celebrate the opening of a new market. The market was financed by the European Union under its Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) 2013 Programme. An objective of the AMS 2013 is to foster diversification of the agricultural base in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts and to minimize the overall macroeconomic impacts on the communities.

  • Small Scale Farming in Schools Project, 5min. Back in October of this year, we reported that the Taiwan Embassy in Belize donated $5000 to the Small Scale Farming in Schools Project, headed by the Belmopan Police Department. Well, that project is underway and Belize Now visited a couple of the participating schools. According to the Belmopan Police Department, it is expected that around twelve hundred students will be impacted by the project.

  • Bruk it Down Jenny - Family Dynamics at Christmas, 28min.

  • Travel the World - Belize,54 min. Today, Londonman11 takes us through the exotic landscape and major tourist destination Belize, located in Central America.

  • The Great Blue Hole of Belize Underwater Video Unedited, 52min. Full unedited video of great blue hole dive in belize. check out minutes 12 through 17 for the best of it. Huge shark at 19:00.

  • This is how a pig is killed in Belize, 2min.

  • Lionfish hunting in Belize, .5min.

  • Conversation with the UNICEF Belize Representative Dr. Susan Kasedde, 13min. UNICEF Headquarters speaks with Susan Kasedde, UNICEF Representative in Belize, about UNICEF's work in the country,

  • Belize Trip December 2017, 2min. Our trip which included Mountain Pine Ridge, 1000 Foot Falls, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, San Ignacio Market, Black Rock Lodge, Nina's Place, Blue Hole, and St. Herman Cave

  • Smart Christmas Promotions 2017, 24min.

  • Caribbean Adventure Ambassador 2017, 34min.

  • LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DISCUSSION IS THE AMENDMENT TO THE MISUSE OF DRUGS ACT, 9min. the Governor General signed the amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act into law, decriminalizing the possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less. Since the amendment was made after more than four years, there have been many outburst from Belizean citizens both affirmative and negative. However, there is also a great misconception when it comes to the term 'decriminalization' as it is being confused with that of 'legalization'.

  • ROBBERS TARGET CHINESE STORE IN ORANGE WALK…, 5min. Tonight there is another armed robbery to report on here in Orange Walk Town, the fifth in just a few months. This time it was Andson Supermarket located on San Antonio Road who fell victim to armed assailants who made off with close to five hundred dollars in cash over the weekend. Norma Ruiz reports.

  • THE HONORABLE JOHN BRICENO SPREADS SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER, 5min. Christmas Day is only two weeks away, however, the spirit of the season is up and in full swing here in Orange Walk Town, where Santa Clause is already making his yearly rounds by sorting out children who belong to his ‘nice or naughty’ list. Over the weekend, Santa paid a visit to the children from the Orange Walk Central as Honourable John Briceño in collaboration with the Orange Walk Central Executive Committee hosted their annual Children’s Christmas party.

  • WCB at Rock the Reef, 3.5min. The World Culture Band represented Cayo at the Rock the Reef concert on Saturday. There are many videos from the event, including another of the WCB.

  • Traveling To San Pedro, Ambergris Caye From San Ignacio In Western Belize Nov 2017, 18min.

  • Coconut water in Belize!!!!, 1/2min. First coconut water ever!!!

  • Christmas Celebrations with Santa in San Pedro Town Belize 2017, 3min. Tonight we celebrated the Christmas spirit with friends, kids, and of course Santa. This fun event was held at The Truck Stop and was fun for all. I hope you enjoy the video and that I get to meet you when you come to Belize. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

  • Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel Hopkins Village Belize 2017/8, 2min. A short tour of the Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel in Hopkins Belize

  • Christmas in Town Live from San Ignacio, 125min.

  • John Legend performs Redemption Song by Bob Marley at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, 4min.

    December 11, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Letter to the Editor: The San Pedro Police Department
    Good Morning, I wanted to praise San Pedro Police Department for arresting the thief that broke into two condos at Residences at Barrier Reef at night on Nov 25th and stole everything from laptop to wallet and cash to scuba dive equipment. The thief was arrested within hours from reporting of the incident to the police department. All the residents at Residences at Barrier Reef extend their thanks and appreciations to the San Pedro Police department for the job well done.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Disagreement
    “What are you having today, Mr. Wolfe?” “Make it a Lighthouse beer.” When Gabby brought my drink to the bar he said, “I see you drink a lot of coffee but I don’t usually see you drink beer. Are you celebrating something?” “No. It’s just hot today,” I said. “Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a cold beer on a really hot day.” Raul came in and took a barstool next to mine and said, “Hey, Mr. Dennis. Gabby, let me have a rum and soda.” Gabby brought Raul’s drink and asked, “Where is Harry today?” “I don’t know.”

    Letter to the Editor: Sandwich Boards
    Dear Editor, One only has to take a walk along the beach in town for a short time to realize that the ban on sandwich boards on the beach is not being enforced. As a matter of fact, since the ban was put into effect, it appears that the sign problem is more prolific than ever. Is this really the image the town wants to project to our visitors? It’s time to clean up the beach Town Council. You enacted the ban, enforce it. Might be a good idea to place some trash barrels on the beach and around town while you’re at it.

    Doctor Love: Referee Mom
    Dear Doctor Love, I am the mother of two girls, age seven and thirteen. The older has disliked her younger sister from the day she was born and over the years it has gotten worse. Fights are more dramatic with tears, name-calling and rude remarks. I have tried separating them, making them be together, time-outs for bad behavior, rewarding for good behavior and nothing makes it any better. My oldest daughter will take any opportunity to argue with or say something mean to her little sister. The younger one says she does not care and has her own friends and hobbies but I cannot take them anywhere together and mealtime is a constant battle field. How can I get them to be friends? /s/ Referee Mom

    Misc Belizean Sources

    mzz

    BTIA Cayo Hold First Clean-Up Campaign
    The Cayo BTIA, supporting their cause of sustainable tourism, held their first clean-up campaign last weekend, and, wow, they picked up a lot of trash between Cayo and Benque. Thanks to all the people that made this happen, including Chaa Creek, Black Rock Lodge, and Ka'ana! "A typical conversation with a Belizean about what they think makes Belize so great will eventually lead to the point being made that it’s Mother Nature’s best-kept secret and a haven for sustainable tourism. Further investigate why and you’ll hear about the historic Mayan Ruins, the miles of untouched jungle, the birds, the great barrier reef and practically every other highlight there is to know about Belize. In addition to all the talk of natural resources, we’re sure you’ve heard us speak of the commitment from Belizeans to be as green as can possibly be...

    Bruk Dong Bram 2017
    Mr. Peetaz Bruk Dong Bram is coming back to Cayo on Friday, December 15h, to celebrate the new SISE House of Culture's opening week. There will be many performances, including the World Culture Band.

    Belize Cancer Society Christmas Luncheon
    he BCS had their Christmas Luncheon for its patients at the lovely Aguada. Thanks, BCS! "This past Sunday, December 3rd, the Belize Cancer Society - San Ignacio Branch hosted a Christmas Luncheon for its patients at the The Aguada Hotel in Santa Elena Town. The beautifully decorated space was provided courtesy of The Aguada Hotel and the food, drinks and gifts for the patients were provided by the branch and branch members. It was a beautiful occasion to welcome the month of December and to share moments of laughter, gratitude and strength. The stories shared and the courage and beauty of the patients and survivors present reminded everyone that despite the daunting struggle cancer brings, the human spirit can rise to the challenge with faith, courage and love.

    The 16Days of Activism against GBV campaign culminated today in Placencia with the End of the World marathon!
    Who says you can’t? These people all believed in themselves and THEY DID! When anyone tells you that you are incapable of something, NEVER SETTLE. DARE TO BREAK FREE and go for what you want! Be unstoppable! Special thanks to Tipsy Tuna in Placencia for hosting this photo op!

    Meet Ms. Dorla Bowman, an activist against #GenderBasedViolence in the Toledo District
    Ms. Bowman is a social justice activist who has worked throughout Belize promoting, gender equality, economic development, and peace. She has been actively addressing the issue of the full participation of women in the development of Belize and GBV since 1981. In her pursuit to end discrimination against woman, she lobbied for the ratification of the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the formulation of the first National Policy Statement on Women. Ms. Bowman was formerly the Public/Educator Trainer and Director of the Women’s Bureau (now known as the Women’s Department), President of the National Women’s Commission, the founding President of Women Against Violence, and co-founder of the Belize Women’s Political Caucus.

    GBV resources in San Pedro
    Women’s Department, Department of Human Services Telephone: (501) 227-7397 Women’s Department officer: Deann Buckley rdo.wd@humandev.gov.bz Women’s Department Officer: Lodawn Jones wdobze@humandev.gov.bz Domestic Violence Unit, San Pedro Police Station DFC area, San Pedro DVU: Arillee Young arilleyoung@yahoo.com

    Punta Gorda GBV resources
    Women’s Department, Department of Human Services #1 Pampana St., Punta Gorda Telephone: (501) 702-2021 Women’s Department officer: Lorine Johnson wdopg@humandev.gov.bz Domestic Violence Unit, Police Department Front St., Punta Gorda Telephone: (501) 722-2022 WPC: Alva McDonald puntagorda@police.net.bz

    OCEANA Family Fun Day
    Saturday, Dec. 16th, at the PG Central Park

    The Reporter

    Police identify murdered watchman
    Belize City police have identified the Buca Shell gas station watchman who was killed early Saturday morning as 61-year-old Baltazar Sarmeinto. Sarmeinto, a Honduran national, was found dead around 2:00 on Saturday morning lying in a pool of his own blood at the gas station compound located at mile 1 1/2 on the Philip Goldson Highway. According to police, Sarmeinto was fatally shot once to the left side of his head by one of two intruders who entered the compound and made attempts to break into the convenience store. Police say the investigation continues.

    Three men charged in two sexual assault cases
    Three men have been charged for sexual assault in separate cases involving two minors. In the first instance, Set Guity, 21, a bus driver and his conductor, 27-year-old Jarel Haylock, both residents of Lord’s Bank village, were charged by Ladyville police for sexual assault. The men were detained after a female minor, along with her mother, reported to police that on December 6th, while on their bus, she was sexually assaulted by both men. In another instance, Alrick Augustine, 27, a Dangriga security guard was charged by police after a minor reported that on December 6th while she was at a store in Dangriga, she was sexually assaulted by Augustine.

    Man found dead in San Ignacio
    Israel Chuc, 34, was found dead at the entrance of Branch Mouth road in San Ignacio town early this morning by police in that jurisdiction. Authorities say that around 6:30 a.m., cops found Chuc lying on the right hand side of the road in a face down position with slight blood on his nose and what appeared to be a bloated throat. Chuc’s body was transported to the San Ignacio hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 9:00 a.m. by medics. Police are treating the incident as a death investigation since they do not suspect foul play, however the results of a post-mortem will determine the outcome of their investigation.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Police find weed on Prince Street
    Today at 9.30 a.m. as a result of operation ACT, officers conducted searches in an abandoned lot located on Prince street in Belize City, which led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 164 grams of cannabis.

    Fire at Michael Finnegan Market
    Yesterday around 12:50 p.m., Belize city police visited the corner of Hicattee Street and West Collet Canal, where cops saw stall #6 of the Hyde building engulfed in flames. Alvin Oswald Coleman, 62, a businessman of the Hyde buildings was alerted of the fire and reported it.

    Man found dead on roadside
    Around 6:30 this morning, acting on information received, San Ignacio police visited Branch Mouth Road in San Ignacio Town where cops found the motionless body of a Hispanic man, lying face down on the right side of the road. The body was observed with slight blood on the nose and his throat appeared to have been bloated, according to police.

    Marilyn Williams to swear in as Supreme Court Judge; Barrow says its legit
    Former United Democratic Party Standard Bearer Marilyn Williams is to be sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court next year, a decision that Prime Minister Dean Barrow says he didn’t make. Barrow explained on Friday that Williams was selected through a democratic process, led by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

    Guinea Grass teen missing
    Irma Lopez, 31, of Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk District reported that on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at about 7:00 p.m., her daughter Briannie Bull ran away from home. Bull is 13 years old.

    Belize City house completely destroyed by fire
    According to police reports, yesterday around 12:30, police visited Allenby Street in Belize City where an upper flat of a two story wooden house was engulfed in flames. The structure measuring 40×24 feet was completely destroyed by fire.

    Minor arrested in San Ignacio for drug trafficking
    Yesterday morning, San Ignacio Police were conducting a pre dawn operation in San Ignacio and Santa Elena Towns and they busted a total of 2,761.3 grams of weed.

    Police issues official report on murder of Honduran national
    According to police reports, yesterday at 2 am, police officers found the lifeless body of a man on the compound of Buca Shell Gas station on the Philip Goldson Highway. The victim was identified as Baltazar Sarmiento, a Honduran watchman of Belize City.

    Caye Caulker fisherman busted with crack
    Yesterday, around 2:30 pm, Caye Caulker police were on patrol and they conducted a search on Walter August, 56, a fisherman of Caye Caulker Village, Belize District.

    Blogs

    Every Who Down in Who-Ville was at Ambergris Caye’s Truck Stop Last Night
    San Pedro’s Truck Stop hit another one out of the park last night. The Holiday Craft fair, Christmas tree lighting and visit from Santa was jam packed with locals and visitors, kids and adults and quite a few dogs. They outdid themselves with decorations this year…lights and Santas everywhere. The stage looked PERFECT for holiday photos – not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. My heart really DID grow three sizes when parents brought their tentative kids up to Santa Claus. The adoration (or terror) in their eyes… Reminds me of my favorite childhood photo – I never miss a chance to share it. Here are my photos from last night’s party. Such good times. And before you ask…YES! Everyone is wearing hoodies and flannels and scarves at the event. Belize is seeing her first cold front – and the wind was BLOWING from the NW. Temperatures dipped into the 60s last night and for islanders? That is FRIGID.

    Oceana helds its Rock The Concert at Memorial Park Belize City
    Rock the reef is an event that was held in Fort George Memorial Park in Belize City on Saturday December 9, 2017. It commenced at 2pm and concluded at 7pm. This was held to stop oil spilling in Belize and to send a message to the Government of Belize that we don't want black water. We want to protect our marine life that Belize has. Belizeans are sending a message to the government of Belize that we don't want our Marine Life dead. Oceana from around the country travelled to the Rock The Reef event that was held in Belize City. Oceana Press Release earlier this year: Belize made history today by introducing legislation to enshrine an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil in its marine territory, including territorial seas and Exclusive Economic Zone. Given Belize’s economic dependence on its natural resources, particularly on globally significant marine assets such as the second longest barrier reef in the world, the legislative move to safeguard these invaluable environments from the inherent dangers of offshore oil is fundamental to the country’s future.

    International Sourcesizz

    In pictures: Royal Society photo award winners
    An aerial photo of an Antarctic ice sheet looking like giant sugar cubes has been revealed as the overall winner of this year's Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition. The science photography competition received more than 1,100 entries across its categories for Astronomy, Behaviour, Earth Science and Climatology, Ecology and Environmental Science, and Micro-imaging.

    Belize Now Has its First Hilton Property
    Mahogany Bay Resort and Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton – Hilton’s first property in Belize and – and one of the first global brands in Belize – is officially open. Sitting on 325,000 square feet in Ambergris Caye, the elegant resort features 205 cottage and villa-style rooms across a 60-acre waterfront site with 10 distinct dining outlets, bay and beach clubs, and meeting and event spaces. It will soon grow to 300 units. Accommodations range from garden cottage, garden cottage with loft, lower and upper keeping suites and family cottages.

    Videos

  • Love FM’s Annual Christmas Parade Part 1, 17min.

  • Love FM’s Annual Christmas Parade Part 2, 32min.

  • Love FM's Annual Christmas Parade in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, 4min.

  • At the Potters House, 2min. At the potters house was Filmed on location in San Ignacio Belize.

  • Nurse Shark at Silk Caye, Belize, 2min. We saw this nurse shark swimming by with her remora friend while scuba diving in Belize. There were a few nurse sharks on this dive and they appeared curious, maybe hopeful for a handout?

  • Cessna 208B Landing in Belize City, Belize, 3min. Landing of a Tropic Air flight from Placencia to Belize City, Belize with some footage of the plane on the tarmac.

  • Termite path, Nasusitermes sp, Belize, 2min. These are the same termites from the previous Belize video which I believe are Nasutitermes sp. They form tunnels which lead from their nests to their foraging sites in order to protect them from predators (ants, mammals, etc.). Here, I broke off a piece of their tunnel in order to see the termites walking by. Guards have already lined up to protect the damaged area of the tunnel. You can see the different casts of insect walking by. This damaged area will be repaired within the hour.

  • Cessna 208B Taking off from Placencia, Belize with short landing strip, 2min. Take off of a Tropic Air flight from Placencia to Belize City, Belize. You can appreciate the short landing strip which ends just before the sea. If you look carefully at about 00:36, you can see a road which just skirts the end of the runway. Three weeks prior to this video, one of these planes clipped a car traveling on this road and was forced to make an emergency landing in the water.

  • Large Female Iguana, Belize City, 1/2min. We found this female Iguana eating a banana just outside of Belize City. It is mating season for the iguanas and they could be found throughout the country walking about. I approach this one and we all end up flinching. I was hoping to wipe the rest of the banana off of her mouth.

  • Almost Got Bit!, 13min. We are in Belize!! We have spent the week diving with some incredible wildlife - including manatees, sharks and stingrays!! What a way to celebrate visiting our 50th country!! Thanks again for all your support you guys!! We wouldn't have made it here without all of you :) thank you!

  • Scuba Diving with Sharks in Belize, 10min. This is scuba diving footage from two dives I went on in San Pedro, Belize on November 22, 2017 where we swam with sharks (camera date is incorrect). This was my first time filming underwater and using a action camera, so I hope you like it! The dives were spectacular and super fun to do with family. :)

  • Belize 2017, 33min. Our holiday in Belize 03/2017 In this video : Belize Zoo, Gales Point (& Kajak on the inside lagoon), Bocawina rainforest (& Ziplining), Cave Tubing, San Ignacio (& Iguana project), Barton Creek Caves, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Caracol, Rio Frio Cave, Rio On Pools, Lamanai, Crooked Tree Wild Reserve, Bermudian Landing.

  • Make Cities and Communities SAFE for WOMEN and GIRLS!, 1min. As we are at the end of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign, please check out this video, created by Keisha Rodriguez, participant of the One Minute Video Academy workshop hosted by the Embassy!

  • Gender Based Violence affects men as well. It affects everybody, 1min. Check out this powerful video created by Andrew Munnings -- one of the participants of the One Minute Video Academy workshop hosted by the Embassy!


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