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#466368 - 06/11/13 11:50 AM Today's Belize News: June 11, 2013
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In her mind, Lisa felt the slight twinges of a conscience, but the food that was set before her smelled delicious, and had been made for her and her children. She wished this was her life every day. A woman could get used to this. Looking around at her children, she knew that it was for them, but for just one brief moment she decided it was also just for her. Her host sat across from her, also eating the food he had quickly prepared for the family that had chanced upon him in the night. He had an inscrutable face, especially as he attacked the food, but as if sensing her looking at him, he smiled that small smile again.

The San Pedro Sun

2nd Black Tiger Prawn found in Belizean waters
The management of Hol Chan Marine Reserve is reporting that a Black Tiger Prawn originally from Africa, Australia and Southeast Asia was fished outside of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve off Ambergris Caye. This is the second prawn that has been found in Belizean waters since May. The first was fished off Toledo’s coast sometime in May. The species of shrimp is considered to be invasive and there is concern about the effects it can have on the environment and shrimp farms in Belize. Speaking to The San Pedro Sun Miguel Alamilla, Marine Biologist and Manager of Hol Chan Marine Reserve shared his concerns relating to the prawn now being found in Belizean waters. “This species is huge in aquaculture, and in 1988, it was released from a research facility in North Carolina and it has been coming downstream since. In 1990 it was reported in South Florida, then the Caribbean and now Belize. It is an invasive species because it is not endemic to this region. Any rare species found in our water is cause for concern. We don’t really know the level of ecological impacts of the prawn to the marine environment. From previous studies and reports, we know that this species is a very aggressive feeder and it preys on many small shrimp and other species that live in our seas. It is also a carrier for 16 different known viruses that can negatively impact native shrimp and even wipe them out. So it is enough reason to be concerned,” outlined Alamilla. According to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, there was a similar finding in the Toledo District and reports from the Fishery Officer are that a prawn was seen for sale at the fish market in Punta Gorda Town.

Graduation for Participants of Squad Drill Course
On Friday, June 7, 2013, Graduation Ceremonies were held for close to Twenty Police Officers who completed a two-week long Squad Drill Course conducted at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan. The course was for non-commissioned officers, corporals and sergeants, attached to the various formations and sub-formations around the Country. Its purpose was to have the participating officers re-sharpen their drill-skills; something which keynote speaker at the Ceremony, Acting Director of Training Senior Superintendent, Chester Williams, reminded them is an integral part of their discipline as members of one of the Nation’s leading security forces. Also present for the graduation ceremony was Deputy Commissioner of Police, Elodio Aragon, who along with Senior Superintendent Williams, presented certificates to all the officers that completed the course. Master of Ceremonies was Commandant of the National Police Training Academy, Superintendent Linden Flowers. Other senior officers present for the ceremony included Director of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Russell Blackett and Deputy Commandant of the Police Training Academy, A. Richard Rosado. The training was conducted under the direct command of veteran Drill-Instructor at the National Police Training Academy, Inspector Daniel Cacho, who was presented with a Plaque of Appreciation.

One minor injured in shooting
San Pedro Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred around 4:30PM on June 10th. The incident took place on Sandpiper Street in the San Juan Area of San Pedro Town. The victim is a minor, thus his name cannot be released at this time. According to multiple eyewitnesses, they saw a man dressed in green pants and shirt and wearing a camouflage cap chasing another male person. Suddenly they heard two gunshots and saw a man fall to the ground. According to several students who were coming out from school at the time of the shooting, the man ran onto Cormorant Street with a gun in his hand and made good his escape. “We saw two men running. We saw one of them with a gun and he fired two shots. We jumped over a fence on the side of the road because we were afraid to get shot,” said one of two students that saw the shooting as it unfolded.

Ambergris Today

Break Away into Paradise with the New Wholesaler Agency in Belize!
Break Away Belize Travel is delighted to officially open its doors, providing the ultimate in luxury travel to Belize. Break Away is a wholesale travel company established with the sole purpose of offering highly customized and one-of-a-kind vacation packages at an exclusive portfolio of carefully selected hotels and resorts in Belize. The knowledgeable and talented team at Break Away Belize Travel will handle all logistics for clients traveling to Belize -- everything from a personal meet-and-greet at the airport to coordinating custom-made menus at top restaurants. Every element of your client’s dream holiday can be booked through Break Away Belize Travel, including transfers, accommodations, activities, excursions, and more. Mr. Efren Perez, CEO and Founder of Break Away Travel shared, “Our company’s focus is complete guest satisfaction and quality of service, we will embark not only in offering the ultimate travel experience to the traveler, but we will be working very closely with our travel agent partners preparing them with the necessary tools to capture the sale. Our hotel properties will also enjoy the benefits of training in areas of customer service and quality to ensure our end goal – a unique Belize travel experience.” Currently, there are 10 properties within the Break Away Travel portfolio in four of the most popular destinations within Belize – Ambergris Caye, Hopkins, Placencia, and Cayo.

It’s Mosquito Season in Belize!
It’s official that the rainy season is upon us and along with it comes showers of mosquitoes too! These annoying tiny blood suckers do not discriminate anyone as they bite anyone and everyone! Mosquitoes are everywhere! So how’s the situation here on the island? Well we contacted the Health Inspector Ms. Lisa Tillett who explained to use the situation here on the island is and what measures are being taken. Ms. Tillett explained that during the dry season the mosquito lay eggs on the sand and when the first rains of the season fall the soil absorbs the water and the eggs hatch; that is when we have an outburst of nuisance mosquitoes. She also stated that the normal schedule is to spray three times a day every seven days but they are currently conducting sprays every five days.

Long Before the Compactor Trucks
San Pedro’s Garbage Collection has always taken a priority in the list of duties of the Village Councils and Town Councils of our community. At first the garbage was deposited on the left side of the narrow streets leading from the back street towards the lagoon. When the heap was too high, volunteers would set it on fire and thereafter level it to the ground using some of it as land refill. At one point Village Council Chairman Fido Nuñez decided to modernize and make easier the beach collection of the seaweeds or sea grass. For this they bought as horse and a cart. Did it work? Only temporarily because try as hard as he could, Mr. Priciliano Gomez, who was hired to man the horse and cart, could not get the horse to move forward. The few times that they did get to the dump site, the horse had to be pulled instead of driven.

Vellie Williams crowned Miss St. Catherine's Academy 2013
On May 24, 2013 many gathered at the Princess Hotel in Belize City as seven lovely contestants took the stage to see who would be crowned Miss St. Catherine's Academy. The contestants entertained the crowd with four segments such as cultural costume, sports wear, talent and evening wear. Congratulations to proud Sanpedrana Vellie Williams for her truimphant win in taking home the title of Miss St. Catherine's Academy. Vellie is the daughter of Vellie and Javier Williams.

Misc Belizean Sources

Summer Art Institute
The Benque House of Culture is gearing up for their 2013 Summer Art Institute. They'll have workshops for candle and soap making, marimba lessons, dancing, and much more. Contact them at 823-2697 for more information. Thanks, NICH! "Summer Art Institute 2013, register & sign up .. more details will be posted soon... send your questions to our inbox, call 823-2697 or email us at benquehoc@nichbelize.org"

Xunantunich and the Hand Cranked Ferry
Here's a fan video of Xunantunich and the 'world famous' hand cranked ferry. There's some narration, along with well placed stills from the site. "Xunantunich Ruins are just north of San Ignacio on the northern highway as you approach Guatemala. a very beautiful set of ruins but the day was very hot, we stayed out as long as we could but in the end the sun won. When in the country these are a great set of ruins to visit especially because of the hand crank that is used to across the Mopan river. So pretty along side this lovely little place .. it might be the biggest ruins you will encounter but they are certainly challenging .. lets see you climb to the of El Castillo. more to come stayed for the next video of our adventures in Belize"

Computer Classes at the GPC
Morgan's Computer Services are offering computer classes at the George Price Centre. They'll teach Quickbooks, Excel, MS Project, Access, Powerpoint, and Word. Classes will be over the next month, with one starting tomorrow. "Computer classes are being offered during the course of June/July at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development!!!!!!"

International Leadership Camp
The Department of Youth Services is offering youth leaders an opportunity to attend their International Leadership Camp, which will be from July 21st through the 31st. Here in Cayo, you can contact Jimmy Leslie at 803-3027. "The Department of Youth Services is now accepting applications for its upcoming International Leadership Camp 2013. This is a 10 day residential camp full of fun and activities which caters for 150 youth leaders and will take place in the month of July from the 21st -31st at George Town Technical High School in the Stann Creek District... If you are an executive member in a student council or community based groups...apply today. Applications are available through any of the DYS district offices nation wide. VISIT OUR OFFICES TODAY. Get to know the service we provide and all about the National Youth Development Policy and the National Youth Development Council. In Benque Viejo contact Jimmy Leslie, Youth Empowerment Coordinator at 803-3027 or 633-5050."

Chantae Guy at Caribbean Fashion Week
Joris Hendrik captured Chantae Chanice Guy who is representing Belize in Jamaica, while walking the runway during Caribbean Fashion Week 2013. Looking good! Joris captured a short video too: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=675821592433644 "These photos were taken on my Instagram. Loved seeing Chantae representing Belize. She's in the likes of The international models here at CFW."

The Bare Pantry Show in Belize
This is part 1 of our 8 day whirlwind tour to my home country of Belize. I was received well by the media and family and loved ones. This vlog covers the first 6 days.

Channel 7

GOB Taking Over Ships, IBC Registry
Tonight, the government is on the verge of another pair of nationalizations – and this time, it’s Immarbe and the IBC Registry – both foreign owned entities that control and operate the entire offshore business sector in Belize. Let’s start with Immarbe – that’s the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize, which sells the Belizean Flag as a flag of convenience to international vessels. That’s the one that we’ve been reporting on as causing much distress for Belize with the European Union. It’s gotten to the point where Belize was blacklisted by the European Union and our fisheries product could face trade sanctions because of the activities of the international vessels that carry Belize’s flag. And then there’s the IBC Registry, or International Business Companies Registry. That’s the entity that registers so-called offshore companies which are given tax-free status and assured secrecy in their corporate affairs. Both entities are at least partially owned by a company called Belize international Services Limited – which is believed to be part of the Ashcroft Alliance.

Is Mayor Tempting Fate With Contempt Proceedings?
7 weeks ago, attorneys for Belize City Council, and Belize Waste Control went before Justice Michelle Arana, hoping that before the Supreme Court, an amicable resolution could be ironed out so that City Hall can pay BWC 2.3 million dollars. It is an outstanding debt owed to them due to an arbitration award which CitCo hasn’t paid since 2005. Viewers may remember that BWC started court proceedings to have Mayor Darrell Bradley cited for contempt in February, and since then the court has adjourned it twice. Neither side want to proceed with it because Mayor Bradley risks being sent to jail, but BWC has used the committal application to give teeth to their threat that City Hall must pay the money, or else. Well today, the matter was called up again before Justice Arana, and 7News found out that BWC may be giving Mayor Bradley one last chance before they press for committal: Michael Young - Attorney for Belize City Council "There was a report to the judge today, it was by the attorneys for the parties. Essentially the Belize City Council, through a letter which I wrote to their attorney to pass to their clients and to get instructions on it - we indicated what we think is a way forward, to settle the issue.

Wayne Samuels Caught Up In Civil Court
He’s a well-known operator, and a smooth one at that, but Wayne Samuels seems to have run out of schemes to run and strings to pull this weekend when he was arrested on the strength of a committal warrant. It seems Samuels – who is a business facilitator – has incurred fairly substantial debts all over the place. A few of his creditors have been after him for some time for failing to deliver on promised items – and on Friday evening police finally caught up to him. All the cases are civil matters, so he appeared in Belize City Municipal Court this morning – where as we understand it, he was ordered to pay half the debts – amounting to thousands of dollars by the end of the day – as part payment of his outstanding overall debt. We could not get confirmed word from the court and we could not reach Samuels whose number was out of service – but late reports tell us that he was having difficulty making that lump-sum payment up to late this evening. We have received credible reports that others are lining up to make similar claims against him.

Notorious Wanted Man In Corozal
Corozal Police have issued wanted posters for two men. They are, Robert Hill who is wanted for armed robbery and Austin Sutherland who is wanted for burglary. Hill is accused of robbing the Chang Li Game Room in Corozal Town on June 5th. He allegedly strode in and held the owner and his wife at gun point, while snatching up $300.00 dollars from the cash drawer. The businessman said he then rode off one one of the customer’s bicycles. A warrant for his arrest has been issued. Our records show that in 2005 Hill was part of a prison escape. At the time, police said he was serving a combined 27 years for a strong of robbery conviction. Hill was also once convicted of the murder of a young girl, Becky Gilharry, but got off that conviction on appeal.

Only 6 OAS Member Countries Signed Convention against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance.
Last week, one of the big news items coming out of the 43rd OAS General Assembly was the “Inter-American Convention against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance.” The OAS secretary general explained that it is the first legally binding instrument that condemns discrimination "by reason of nationality, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression”…and many other parameters. But Belize didn’t sign it and it abstained from the vote. Now, CARIFLAGS, which is a LBGT Rights advocacy organization in the Caribbean has criticized a number of Caribbean countries for with-holding support at the last minute. But, it wasn’t only Caribbean Countries holding out. A release from the OAS says that of the 35 member countries, only six. Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay signed unto it. They are described as the “first signatories” as other countries will be encouraged to sign on in coming years.

What Did Cayo Evergreen Do Right To Make Such High PSE Marks?
On Friday we told you about the PSE results and spoke to two of the top finishers in this year's test. And in reviewing that list, we couldn't help but notice that four of the finishers with the highest scores came from St. Andrews Anglican School in Cayo. That's very impressive - and it's usually the kind of performance we hear about coming from private schools like Bernice Yorke, Hummingbird Elementary or Belize Elementary. But St. Andrews is a church - managed public school, so we visited today to find out what they're doing right to get out so many top finishers: The Standard six classes at St. Andrews Anglican in San Ignacio have 59 students. From this pool of students, St. Andrews fielded two of the top three finishers and four of the top fourteen finishers in the PSE. How did they do it? Their teacher and principal explained that there were challenging circumstances.

Five Years After Moving In to Present Digs, BTB Needs New HQ
The Belize Tourism Board will soon be on the move. 7news has confirmed that the BTB is in the final stages of negotiations to buy a new building which will serve as its headquarters. It has outgrown its present location at the corner of South and Regent Streets only five years after it moved there in 2008. Presently, the BTB has been forced to rent space for as many as 20 staffers in an adjoining building on Regent Street. And, now for its new location, best information suggests it will purchase another adjoining structure, the Espat building which is three lots south on Regent Street. We are told negotiations are well underway – and the move is expected shortly. The BTB Board reportedly looked at 9 buildings before choosing the Espat structure.

A Programme To Make Girls Fly
It is called Girls Fly, an organization led by Gael Sylvia, an American businesswoman, media host, speaker, and philanthropist. The program seeks at empowering women worldwide to become better individuals while sharing experiences with each other. This week, Sylvia is in Belize to host sessions with Standard 4, 5 and six girls as well as women of all ages. She hopes to touch at least 10 thousand Belizean girls and women through the one-week program. A short press conference was held this morning and we were there. Gael Sylvia - Prolific Speaker "Girls Fly is a one day - multiple one day experiences for invited girls and women from the local community to have an experience that empowers them to believe in their dream, to understand the power of their dreams and to celebrate them. An example of the activities that these young girls and women will experience will be they will arrive at a local site (Belize Elementary Auditorium) and we'll actually celebrate their accomplishments because a part of believing in ourselves and believing instilling a sense of belief, the power of belief in others is to celebrate each road mark along that journey to accomplishing your dream.

Belize Turns Head At Caribbean Fashion Week
Last week was Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston Jamaica – and a number of notable Belizean ladies were turning heads. Prominent among them was the Prime Minister’s wife, Kim Barrow seen here on Friday night, wearing and posing with Belizean designer Joris Hendrik. Barrow told the Jamaica Gleaner she was there to foster the fashion industry in Belize and networking for a fashion show in Belize. Also there was singer Jackie Castillo, also seen in a Joris Hendrik design. And while they watched – Belizean model Chante Guy did her thing on the catwalk alongside supermodels from the Caribbean modeling agency, Pulse. She modeled on Friday, Saturday and Sunday wearing outfits form a number of designers. These images are from Glympze Magazine.

Football Team Gets Ready For Synthetic Field
The Belize National “A” Team is tonight in Antigua, Guatemala, where it will compete in a friendly match against the Guatemalan National Team. It’s part of the National Team Committee’s plan to prepare the players for competition at the Gold Cup Level. They left on Saturday, where they’ve been running practices on a synthetic track to simulate the conditions they will experience in Portland, where they will play the first match for the Gold Cup in July. That friendly match takes place tomorrow, and 7News will give you the results of that game in tomorrow’s newscast.

Belize Bested Guatemala In Amateur Boxing
On Friday night, Channel 7 brought you another card of live amateur boxing from the Biltmore Best Western in Belize City. There were a total of seven fights in which Guatemalan boxers, many of them champions faced Belizean Boxers. In the six fights contested by Belizean Boxers, Belize won four and lost two. It wasn’t a bad showing for the homeboys, and after the event we spoke to the winners. Vicente Sansores - 17 year old Boxer (Translated by Jules Vasquez) "From my point of view it was a very good fight, he was a respectable opponent. I believe he beat, that is how the judges saw it and I respect their decision." James Aderley Do you feel that you started to fight a little too late?

OCEANA Celebrates A Passion For Water
Saturday June 8th was World Oceans Day and to celebrate it, OCEANA mounted a photo exhibit at the Radisson and celebrated those who champion the wellbeing of the seas. The exhibit, titled “Sea People” set out to capture fisherfolk – and their life on the water. The image-maker was Alex Ellis – and he told us what he saw through his lens. E. Alex Ellis - Image-maker "It's a collection of photographs, various coastal communities around the country displaying Belizeans and their connection and how they interact with the marine environment. So you have images from Sarteneja, images from Mullins River, Hopkins, you name it, the length of the country" Daniel Ortiz "What is some of the striking stories you can recall?" E. Alex Ellis "One in particular, we went down far south, sarstoon south with Will Maheia and when we got to the community down there, what's shocking there is an image where you see a Guatemalan gillnet fisher, but it was amazing just to see the amount of gill nets"

Channel 5

Government appropriates shipping company
Late this evening, government announced a third round of nationalization. In a short and bare press release, the government announced it is taking over the management services agreement with Belize [...]

Woman claims abuse from lover and the cops
Tonight a twenty-six year old woman in Belize City is claiming abuse at the hands of her cousin, her cousin’s boyfriend and the Belize Police Department. Vivian Martinez says that [...]

Attorney goes after City Hall for years old debt to Waste Control
We last heard the words of Mayor Darrell Bradley and Belize Waste Control in the same sentence on April twenty-second, 2013. On that date, attorney for BWC, Fred Lumor, sought [...]

Kaibiles headed to Adjacency Zone?
In the wake of a recent shooting incident involving a Guatemalan national, who was found encroaching on Belizean soil, it has been reported that measures are being considered to install [...]

Meet the top scorers on the Primary School Examination
Last Friday, the Ministry of Education released the much anticipated results of the 2013 Primary School Examinations. This year’s results in respect of English and Math were dismal falling below [...]

Solicitor General Krusen saying goodbye to Belize
Government is looking for a new solicitor general and that’s because Cheryl Krusen is completing her appointment with the government and is not seeking renewal of her contact which started [...]

Day 1 of Cabana owner and GSU shooting incident in court
Mike Menjivar, the popular owner of La Cabana Bar in Belmopan, appeared in the Belmopan Supreme Court this morning. Two years ago, the full force of the Gang Suppression Unit [...]

Appeals Court hears case of men convicted of murder
The second session of the Court of Appeal for 2013 commenced today with the panel of judges, including President Manuel Sosa, considering the appeals of two convicted murderers.  Forty-one year [...]

Leon Gray charged for Attempted Murder
Twenty-four year old Leon Gray, a known affiliate of the PIV gang, was today arraigned on charges of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and wounding, following a [...]

Wanted man known as Steel Bob is captured
Last week, Belmopan Police were flying high when they arrested four men who they believe are part of a criminal ring operating in the capital. These men, three fourth form [...]

Girls Fly: Highlighting of Achievements of Women and Teens
The Special Envoy for Children, Kim Simplis Barrow has endorsed a program called Girls Fly.  After her first experience in Belize, the organizer of Girls Fly, Gael Sylvia made a [...]

Rowan Garel prepares to dive the Blue Hole
Fifteen year old Rowan Garel may be visually impaired, but his vision and passion more than compensate. He has claimed the heights of the Victoria Peak and has walked across [...]

Meet Forward, Harrison “Kafu” Roches, of the Jaguars
The Road to the Gold Cup: On Friday, we featured the story of Jaguar’s team captain Dalton Eiley, who has been on the football field for fourteen years. Any success [...]

Sports Monday highlights with James Adderley
Good evening, I am James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.   The Orange Walk 1st Division season quarter final round was filled with action yesterday as San Estevan F.C. [...]

LOVE FM

Police In Western Belize Investigate Robbery
A brutal aggravated assault has left a man injured. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports. FEM CRUZ “58-year-old, Sidney Reyes, a Belizean farmer Teakettle Village, told Love News that on Saturday night, June 8, sometime around 10:30 he was walking on an unnamed street in the said village....

UWI's Vice Chancellor On Working Visit to Belize
Vice Chancellor of the University of West Indies, Professor E. Nigel Harris is on a working visit to Belize. The visit of the Vice Chancellor, which is being coordinated by the University of Belize, will explore opportunities to improve UB’s academic and institutional development. Lov...

Photograph Exhibition Opens In Conjunction With World Oceans Day
An exhibit entitled “Sea People” is currently on display at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. It’s an exhibit of nineteen photographs put together by Oceana Belize photographer, Alexander Ellis. Throughout his travel across Belize, Ellis captured the daily lives of fishermen from ...

Toddler Hospitalized After Being Ran Over In Southern Belize
Tonight family members of two years old Zeana Flowers are by her side at the Karl Heusnor Memorial Hospital as she is recuperating after being run over by a car over the weekend. The accident occurred on Pollack Street in Dangriga Town at about 6:45pm last night. The driver of the vehicle twenty ...

Police In Western Belize Confiscates Cannabis During Mobile Patrol
27 year old Antonio Espat has been charged for drug trafficking. Police say on Friday at about 2:15am, Police Officers were conducting a mobile patrol in the Santa Cruz Area in Santa Elena Town in the Cayo District when they saw a male person of Hispanic descent dressed in a white t- shirt, walki...

Cayo Police Charges Resident For Cattle Theft
A man in the Cayo district has been charged for the crimes of theft of cattle and handling stolen goods. According to police reports, on Friday at about 4:50am, police were conducting mobile patrol on the George Price Highway, and upon reaching in the area of Snooty Fox Restaurant, they saw a mal...

Government of Belize Assumes Control of Registry of International Business and Companies Registry
Last Friday Love News got wind that the Government of Belize was looking to take control of the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize. Our sources were on point because effective tomorrow June 11th, the Government of Belize will assume control of the International Business Companies Re...

Guatemala Newspaper Contradicts Initial Reports On Shooting Incident On Belize's Soil
Last week Love News told you about the Guatemalan that was shot by a Belize Defense Soldier on patrol in the vicinity of the Caballo Area in Chiquibul. The Guatemala National is currently at the Western Regional Hospital recovering from abdominal injuries. The incident happened 2 miles within Bel...

Road Accident Leaves Family Mourning In Northern Belize
One man has died in a road traffic accident while the rest of his family survived with minor injuries. According to Corozal Police, around 6:55 on Saturday evening, they received a call and responded to the scene of an accident between miles 73 and 74 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, in the area o...

PSE Results Show Low Averages on Mandatory Subjects
Marion Ali, Reporting Today was just another ordinary day at the Bernice Yorke Institute of Learning for Siyun Ye, but this shy Asian girl is the top achiever in this year’s Primary School Examinations. It has earned her, the prestigious Jane and Michael Nembhard scholarship award...

Belize's Football Team Qualifies For Gold Cup Tournament But Team Is In Financial Straits
Everyone will remember how well Belize’s National Football Team represented us in the qualifier in Costa Rica in January. Now the team is scheduled to travel again to represent our country in round one of the games in the Gold Cup Tournament in the United States in July. But whi...

Monday, June 10 --------- Young Belizean Girls Empowered To Believe In Their Dreams
Over ten thousand girls in the country are expected to be reached through an initiative endorsed and supported by the Special Envoy for Women and Children and the Ministry of Education. This initiative is called “Girls Fly” and is spearheaded by businesswoman, media host, prolif...


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CTV3

One Killed, Several Others Injured As A Result Of Traffic Accident
The family of a senior citizen from the Village of Trail Farm is tonight mourning his death after he lost his life in a terrible traffic accident that occurred between miles 73 and 74 on the Philip Goldson Highway. At approximately 6:55pm yesterday, a family outing turned deadly as the red Isuzu Rodeo SUV the Uh family was travelling in overturned several times landing on the right hand side of the highway. Reports are that the family was travelling back to Orange Walk from Chetumal Quintana Roo when the upon reaching miles 73 and 74 of the Philip Goldson highway, the driver of the vehicle who police identify as 32 year old Josaiah Uh, Belizean watchman of Trial Farm Village, lost control of the vehicle. But while police say that 32 year old Josaiah Uh was driving the vehicle, Lucia Uh says her father, 61 year old Graciano Uh, was the one behind the wheel. According to Lucia, her father lost control of the vehicle after the driver of another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction, refused to lower his high beam. According to Lucia, who at the time of the accident was travelling ahead of her family in another vehicle, her father was flung out of the SUV while the other five passengers, three females and two males including a minor, were trapped inside.

UDP Suffers Great Loss As Carmelita Village Turns Blue
Village Council elections are winding down countrywide. So far districts such as Corozal, Stann Creek, and Toledo have concluded their selection of new village councils while Orange Walk, Belize, and Cayo still have one more round to go before village council elections conclude countrywide. This week 8 villages in the north held elections, Paraiso, Patchakan, Libertad, and Caledonia in the district of Corozal and San Jose, San Luis, Carmelita, and August Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk District. So who won the majority of seats? Reporter Irvin Aragon has the results. Irvin Aragon - Reporting Eight villages in the Northern part of the country held elections this past Sunday. This week our coverage began in the Corozal District where the villagers of Paraiso, Patchakan, Caledonia, and Libertad visited the different polling stations and exercised their right to vote. When we arrived in the Village of Patchakan elections were being carried out peacefully and we managed to speak with the Chairman candidates of both major political parties. Amador Tzib, Chairman Candidate UDP, Patchakan “Acá esta pacíficamente y la gente está respondiendo bien y todo está tranquilo y esperemos que la victoria este en los lados.” Irvin Aragon – Reporter “Cuáles son sus planes y su visión para esta aldea que lo va a llevar a la victoria?” Amador Tzib, Chairman Candidate UDP, Patchakan “Pues la visión es renovar los parques porque esta todo abandonado.” Irvin Aragon – Reporter “Usted está cien por ciento seguro que va a ganar.”

Traffic Accident and Stabbing Incident Goes Unreported
It did not make it on the police sitrep but CTV3 News understands that there was a stabbing incident in the Village of San Jose Nuevo Palmar on Saturday evening at around 5:15. While reports are that the victim was stabbed to the chest, his name is yet to be released by police and so are the particulars of the incident. What we do know is that the individual remains in a critical condition at the Northern Regional Hospital. We will follow this story and bring you some more details in tomorrow’s newscast. A traffic accident that occurred near the Come and Go Gas Station here in Orange Walk on Saturday night also went unmentioned in today’s police sitrep. What we can tell you is that when we arrived at the scene at around 7:00pm, police were in the area gathering information but when we called the Orange Walk Police Station today and inquired about the accident, we were told that there was no one available to answer our questions. At the scene we were informed that the driver of the red pickup, who was apparently under the influence of alcohol, was traveling from Orange Walk to Belize City when he lost control of the vehicle and drove off the highway. As you can observe, the pickup landed with its four wheels in the air and all indications are that it’s left front tire suffered a blowout. We do understand that the driver was taken to the NRH via ambulance.

Astrid Lopez Orange Walk's Top PSE Performer
As mentioned at the top of the story three students from the Northern part of the country were among the list of top 26 performers. Astrid Lopez from Louisiana Government School was the top performer for the Orange Walk District as she scored 378 out of 400 points. In all four proficiencies including Math Lopez scored an A. Today Lopez told CTV3 News she was able to achieve such high grades thanks to the support of her parent’s teachers. Astrid Lopez- Top PSE Performer Orange Walk District “I feel excited and speechless, I really didn’t expect this.” Irvin Aragon – Reporter “So, to whom would you say you owe this accomplishment?” Astrid Lopez- Top PSE Performer Orange Walk District “Well, first of all God and then my excellent teachers, my friends, my sister and my family.” Irvin Aragon – Reporter “In light that you have been named the top scorer of the PSE and this being indeed a great accomplishment, what do you plan to do when you go to high school?” Astrid Lopez- Top PSE Performer Orange Walk District “Well, I plan to do the same what I did in primary school and I would like to put all my education towards my country so to make it a better place.” Irvin Aragon – Reporter “What advice would you give to your classmates or those coming behind you?” Astrid Lopez- Top PSE Performer Orange Walk District “I would tell them to believe in themselves and it is true that if you dream it can come true but stop dream because you have to wake up some day and work for your dream.”

Meeting The Top PSE Performers Of Corozal
Moving to the Corozal District we are proud to note that two students made on the list of top performers. Kristen Medina from Corozal Methodist received a total of 379 points as she scored an A in all four subjects. She received 87% in English, 98% in Science, 96% in Math and 98% in Social Studies. Here is what she told reporter Victor Castillo as she was interviewed on her latest triumph. Kristen Medina- Top PSE Performer Corozal colored girl “Really extremely proud” Victor Castillo – Reporter “To what do you owe your accomplishment?” Kristen Medina- Top PSE Performer Corozal colored girl “To my teacher, Ms. Evelyn and my parents pushed me my brother but mostly my teachers.” Luis Rivas- STD Six Teacher Corozal Methodist “Of course, I feel good that one of our students excel and did well in the PSE, it is a lot of dedication of our part and on the part of the students who used to come during Easter break, Saturday classes so it is a lot of dedication, work and heart and soul in whatever we did throughout the three terms.” Silvino Chi- STD Six Teacher Corozal Methodist “We started the QCFSI initiative so that helped a lot in carrying out all the lessons that we did throughout the year and apart from that we did a lot of drill so that they could be accustomed on the PSE format.” Victor Castillo – Reporter “What was Leslie’s rank?” Silvino Chi- STD Six Teacher Corozal Methodist “She came second in the district and ninth in the entire country.”

Students Perform Poorly In English And Math Proficiency
Late Friday evening the Ministry of Education released the results of the 2013 Primary School Examination and while the good news for the north was that three students, one from Orange Walk and two from Corozal made it on the list of top 26 performers the overall picture of the results is not good. This year a total of seven thousand five hundred and thirty-three students sat the exams representing a five percent increase compared to the number of candidates registered in 2012. The results show that this year students scored poorly in both the English and Math proficiency. In the English paper, four percent of the students scored an A, 15 percent received a B or less, 27% received a C grade putting them in the satisfactory level as they scored from sixty to sixty nine percent while 28% preformed adequately as they scored a D which is anywhere between fifty to fifty nine percent. What is more alarming is that 25% of the students received an E grade or scored even less in their English paper. And when we talk about less, we mean 49 percent or lower. Those grades are only for the English proficiency. If we take a look at the Math paper the performance was poorer as 45% or three thousand three hundred of the students who sat the exam scored an E or even lower. The good news is that 15% of the students scored between eighty to one hundred percent in Math, meaning that they got an A. Fourteen percent scored a C placing them in the satisfactory level, 16% received a D and eleven percent scored between seventy to seventy nine percent. If we take a look at the overall performance in English over a period of ten years, you will notice that student’s performance has remained stable with 2010 seeing an upward trend. Taking a look at math, the chart shows that the mean score has remained more or less constant with an increase in performance recorded in 2004, 2008 and 2010.

Project Matthew 25 Assisting Those In Need
Project Matthew 25 is the name of an organization that was formed back in January by a group of individual’s hailing from Corozal. Inspired by the book of Matthew chapter 25 verses 35 and 36 the aim of the group is to lend a helping hand to those in need. On Friday the goodwill of the group touched the life of the Dominquez Family comprised of two brothers and one sister, Mario, Primitivo and Luch who have lived their entire life in deplorable conditions. The structure they lived in, located in the Village of San Andres Corozal, was about to collapse. We say lived in because thanks to MT 25, neighbors and other community members the family of three now has a new place to call home. Mishelli Gilharry- Vice President Project Matthew 25 “MT 25 started with Mr Rafael Cobb and Brother John, those are the ones that who actually started that along with other people that use to be with them and helped them. Around January we had a group from Chicago come to Corozal to help the schools, I don’t think we need a lot of money to help but we need some time and we need organization and a small group to help somebody that is need and Mathew 25 is about helping the people out there. Sometimes they don’t want a lot of material stuff but somebody there to listen to them, to talk to them, to have a Sunday to be with them and enjoy some food or whatever with them and Mathew 25 is about that. In the bible is say it when you were hungry you gave me to eat and when I was thirsty you gave me to drink, when I was in hospital you visited me, when I was in prison you also visited me and this is Mathew 25, is reaching to the people that are out there.”

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International Registries Now Under Government’s Control
Last Friday Love News got wind that the Government of Belize was looking to take control of the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize. Our sources were on point because effective tomorrow June 11th, the Government of Belize will assume control of the International Business Companies Registry and Shipping Registry. In a press release issued today, the Ministry of Finance announced that the Management Services Agreement between the Government of Belize and Belize International Services Limited to manage the International Business Companies Registry and the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize, IMMARBE, came to an end today. As a result, GOB will assume control of the two registries as of tomorrow. Love News understands that the owners of IMMARBE were in the country on Friday looking into closing down their offices. Prime Minister Dean Barrow has scheduled a press conference on Wednesday to answer the media’s queries about the matter.

Newspaper In Guatemala Contradicts Belize’s Report On Recent Shooting
Last week Love News told you about the Guatemalan that was shot by a Belize Defense Soldier on patrol in the vicinity of the Caballo Area in Chiquibul. The Guatemala National is currently at the Western Regional Hospital recovering from abdominal injuries. The incident happened 2 miles within Belize’s territory but the Guatemala Government doesn’t believe it to be so. The Prensa Libre is reporting that the shooting incident occurred in Rio Blanco near Tikalito on the Guatemala side in Chiquibul Flores, Dolores, Peten. In addition, the Prensa Libre is reporting that Guatemala’s Ministry of Defense is considering to station a Army Special Forces Team in Peten, Kaibiles, to patrol areas- specifically the areas close to the line adjacency with Belize.

Mobile Patrol In Western Belize Leads To Drug Arrest
27 year old Antonio Espat has been charged for drug trafficking. Police say on Friday at about 2:15am, Police Officers were conducting a mobile patrol in the Santa Cruz Area in Santa Elena Town in the Cayo District when they saw a male person of Hispanic descent dressed in a white t- shirt, walking on Santa Cruz Street. Upon seeing the Police vehicle, the man threw a black plastic bag off the side of the road and continued walking towards the Police vehicle. Espat was then escorted to the area where he threw the plastic bag approximately five feet away from a lighted lamp post where the black plastic bag was retrieved. The bag was opened in Espat’s presence where it contained green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis. He was informed of the offence committed, placed under arrest, cautioned and escorted along with the suspected cannabis to the San Ignacio Police Station. The suspected cannabis was weighed in his presence which amounted to 265 grams and on the same day police charged Espat for drug trafficking.

Over ten thousand girls in the country are expected to be reached through an initiative endorsed and supported by the Special Envoy for Women and Children and the Ministry of Education
This initiative is called “Girls Fly” and is spearheaded by businesswoman, media host, prolific speaker and philanthropist from the USA, Gael (GAYLE) Sylvia. The program will serve to have an experience which will empower them to believe in their dreams. Sylvia today spoke with the media at the office of the Special Envoy and explained more about the program. GAEL SYLVIA, Spearheading “Girls Fly” “We’ll actually celebrate their accomplishments because a part of believing in ourselves and instilling a sense of belief, a power of belief in others is to celebrate each road mark along that journey to accomplishing your dream. So, they will rise to a really high energy celebration of their graduation from 8th grade, for example. We will have opportunities to celebrate with song and dance and we then they will also spend some time with motivational and inspirational speakers. Quite an amazing number of activities will take place during the course of the week and we are doing this to really validate Belize’s greatest treasure and all the beautiful natural resources here but really the greatest treasure here are the people. This is not a onetime experience, this is actually the introduction, this also is my second trip to Belize and the reason I come back is to actually fulfill a commitment I made in my heart to bring to the world all of the best practices that I experience from men and women here in Belize. It is also to fulfill a commitment I made to the First Lady in 2011 because under her leadership she really reflects on every lever, what a girl and a woman can accomplish when they believe in themselves. So, we are going to start this first new cycle of generations of women and girls with 8th graders and that transition year from Junior High or to High School where they are often lost and become confused in terms of their own value and bring before them women of influence and other youth of influence that can reassure them and reaffirm them to keep going and not to give. So, we will start at 8th grade but then we have activities going on throughout the week that will include older women as well.

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Fatal traffic accident claims one life
There was a fatal road traffic accident on Sunday night in the north. It apparently was caused due to two tires being blown out. It happened between miles 73 and 74 on the Phillip Goldson highway where a Red Isuzu Rodeo SUV was being driven with 6 persons inside. ...

Leon Gray charged for attempted murder of Malcolm Wagner
24 year old Leon Gray was charged for the attempted murder of Malcolm Wagner who was shot at and grazed by a bullet last week Tuesday. Late this evening, alleged PIV member, Leon Gray, was arraigned in court. for the June 4, 2013 attempted murder of Malcolm Wagner. Allegations... Read More »

GOB taking control of business companies registry and IMMARBE
GOB says it will be taking control of the International Business Companies Registry and the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE). Management Services Agreement between the Government of Belize and Belize International Services Limited for the management of the two registries comes comes to an end, today, 10...

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Jamal Boiton wins essay contest!
Jamal Boiton, Form III student of Ocean Academy, won the Belize Income Tax Department’s national essay contest. Jamal’s essay is entitled “Let’s Be Responsible; Let’s Pay Our Taxes; Let’s Build Belize”. Well done!

If you have old photos of Caye Caulker…
Calling all folks who have old photographs of Caye Caulker … we need them! “Hi everyone, I am posting some of the photos I have for you to enjoy. I will need many others to complete the long version of the film. I need your help in finding more historical photos. Any photo used in the film will be scanned and a high quality retouch done. The original will never have to leave CC because it can be scanned there. I will provide the supplier of the original photo a retouched file and a quality print as thanks for the help. Just respond here and I will arrange for the photo to be scanned. Mike” http://www.facebook.com/RootsInTheSea This is for the Roots in the Sea documentary that is currently being produced. Roots in the Sea chronicles the history of several of the old-timers on the island, and a couple of not-so-old timers as well. It is a historical documentary of the island and its people.

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What I think is important about recycling and helping the earth!
I am Nia Beane, I like being Eco-friendly and I am sure I will enjoy going to this camp. I am very glad when I hear the word “Eco” or “Recycle” because those are words of two wonderful ideas. I have been recycling for quite a while with bottles, containers, and plastic items and dropping them off at the Radisson Recycling Center in Belize City . Now in my house they call me the ” Recycling Queen”. I like caring for plants, animals, trees, and things in the jungle because they provide us with lots of things and sometimes animals are in danger. When you are Eco-friendly you help the world and make it a better place to live and enjoy for people and animals. It is good when you help the environment because it makes Belize beautiful and helps lots of people. Pollution is another problem in Belize which damages the earth and the environment, so when we see trash on the ground we should pick it up. Lots of people don’t really care about being Eco and helping the earth, but they should care because the world needs our help and we need the world’s help. I try to be very kind to the earth because it provides me with resources and food that I use. I think you should recycle because it saves money and resources that you use every day.

Accreditation: Facilitating World Trade
The global celebration of World Accreditation Day (WAD) on 09 June commenced in 2008. Since then the initiators of WAD, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) have explored relevant and timely themes such as Accreditation: Supporting safe food and clean drinking waterin 2012 and Global Acceptance in 2010. This year the trend continues as the theme focuses on Accreditation: Facilitating World Trade. What exactly is accreditation? Accreditation involves the independent assessment of bodies performing activities such as testing, calibration, inspection and certification against internationally recognised standards to ensure their competence to perform these activities. These bodies are collectively referred to as Conformity Assessment Bodies(CABs). Accreditation bodies are the authoritative bodies that conduct the independent assessment of CABs.

Pro-Business Environment
As the Caribbean gateway to Central America, Belize shares the best of both worlds. With an English speaking, well-educated workforce, stable political economy, investor-friendly tax environment, and a location only two hours from the US, there are many advantages to investing in the beautiful country of Belize. Belize provides the three main elements sought by international investors: Stability: long-standing, democratic tradition; independent judiciary; fixed exchange rate since1978 Profitability: attractive Fiscal Incentives and concessions; Commercial Free Zones; Export Processing Zones; repatriation of profits and dividends. Liveability: subtropical climate, virgin rainforest, un-spoilt beaches, a spectacular barrier reef and friendly people

Expert on municipal markets meets mayors
The Church may be a hallmark of communities but no municipality can survive without a market. That is why the mayors from across the country were attending an important meeting at the El Rancho Bar and Restaurant in the Capital. A European Union (EU) Consultant had travelled the country and spent quality time at each market analyzing how they operate. The EU intends to invest three million Euros in local market development and the Minister of Labor and Local Government, Godwin Hulse says that it is necessary for vendors to have a comfortable place to sell their products.

“The Second Time Around” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Having not finished finished reviewing the draft contract for my ex-colleague in the UK on Sunday as I had planned I resumed the review at 4.30 am yesterday morning and completed the task by 7.30 am when, feeling that I deserved it, I showered, dressed and went to (yes, regular readers have guessed it) Estel’s for breakfast. When I finished at Estel’s I went to see the manager of the Post Office to see if he had come up with a solution so that he could issue me with a P.O Box. I knew as I approached his office that it was not my lucky day. He didn’t look at all pleased to see me. It wasn’t an expression of panic on his face but nor was it a look of welcome! As I approached his desk he shrugged, hunched his shoulders and pointed to the pile (a rather small pile I might add) of paper on his desk. Being the perceptive type I interpreted his reaction to my entrance in to his office as me being not at all welcome. Eventually he uttered the words ‘ I didn’t expect you this morning. I thought you would come here in the afternoon”. I amazed him ( and myself for that matter) when I replied that ” I would come back later. No, I will come back tomorrow”. The look on his face was a picture ( well it would have been had I had my camera with me) of happiness. Hopefully my reaction will be rewarded when I return to see him again. I will let you know the outcome of course.

Infinite’s Sung Yeol, Oh Jong Hyuk, and More Join “The Laws of the Jungle- Belize”
Infinite member Sung Yeol will be joining the “survival” variety show, “The Laws of the Jungle,” along with former Click-B member Oh Jong Hyuk, actors Kim Sung Soo and Joh Yeo Jung, comedian Ryu Dam, and regular cast members Noh Woo Jin and Kim Byung Man. The seven members will head off to the country of Belize for this new season of “The Laws of the Jungle.” The show has previously ventured to New Zealand and the Amazon, among many other places, taking its members into the wild to find their own food and shelter, bringing out survival instincts and never-before-seen aspects of celebrities.

June 2, 2013 - June 8, 2013 Fishing Report
Welcome back to our fishing family that continues to grace us with your return here to El Pescador. It really means a lot to all of us. As you know, there are 45 of us that live and work here. When you come back, it makes us all feel good, it’s that simple. Our relationships grow, and the guides and staff learn more about you. Thank you. We’ve been running 10 to 12 boats a day and at the end of the day I watch as our guests settle in and swap stories. Sometimes it is motivation to get out on the casting platform and practice! We cast and tied, and we came home with stories and lies! But big smiles prevailed. From the newbie landing his or her first bonefish, to those extended casts that filled dreams – we shared some cool stuff this week! Fish On!

53% Fail Public School Examination (PSE) Exams in Belize
But, first, to the good news: the students who excelled. The top finisher this year is Siyun Ye, from Bernice Yorke Institute of Learning in Belize City. She topped her peers easily with a overall total of 391 points, six more than the second place finishers. And that’s right, we said, “finishers”; that’s because there’s a three way tie for second between Vincent Hulse and Nelson Esteban from St Andrews Anglican in Cayo along with Jenessa Sierra from San Pedro RC. There’s a four way tie for third with Agatha Petkau, from United Evergreen in Cayo, Iani Adolphus from Hummingbird Elementary in Belize city along with Sherry Tan and Alana Rosado from Belize Elementary in Belize City. Miracle Mgeahburke from Solid Rock Christian in Stann Creek is alone in fourth and Alexandra Gibson from Hummingbird elementary is tied with Marlina Eck from Belize Elementary and Gordon Knowles from St, Joseph in Belize City for fifth. Monica Bodden “Tell me during the exam – what was the most challenging part for you?” Iani Adolphus “The story writing – I’m not a very good writer so the story writing was definitely more challenging for me. I was never really a student that studied everyday, I just basically listened in class. I had a really good teacher, Ms. Chavarria so I definitely have to thank her because she was so dedicated to us and she gave us all the information we needed and I went into the PSE room really confident because I had everything I needed so I just want to thank her. I just want to thank my family and all my friends for supporting me and they believed in me – they knew that I would do really well so I have to thank all of them.”

Guatemalan soldiers monitor the adjacency zone
The Ministry of Defense “rethinks” of mobilizing army special forces in Petén – kaibiles-, specifically to areas close to the line of adjacency with Belize, after military bullet injured a Guatemalan, a fact which is attached to a long history of incidents in that area. The Minister of Defense, Ulises Anzueto, explained that the attack took place early just last week, in Río Blanco, “near of Tikalito”, of the Guatemalan side, flowers Chiquibul, Dolores, Petén. “Unfortunately, a Guatemalan citizen who was in the adjacency zone had an incident with Belize Defense Forces, with a patrol, and we are a wounded Guatemalan who was on the Belizean side and evacuated to the hospital of the Cay”, said the official. Anzueto explained that the device of special forces, before June 30, will be “returning” to the Brigade of Poptún, Petén, to help provide security in the sector.

International Sources

Marine Biology Class Takes Students to Belize
Eighteen students at Hendrix explored marine environment in Belize. The trip was part of biology professor Dr. Jenn Dearolf’s Marine Biology (BIOL 335) course. “The only way to teach a marine biology class at Hendrix in Arkansas is to have a trip to the ocean linked to the class,” said Dearolf, adding that the trip was required field research for students in the spring semester class. Belize’s barrier reef is the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, offering ample hands-on research opportunities, she added. Prior to the trip, students learned about rocky intertidal zones, estuaries, the epipelagic, the deep ocean, coral reefs, and mangroves. They also learned about some of the organisms that they would see on the coral reefs of Belize and studied to which taxonomic groups the different organisms belonged, their scientific names, and distinctive features of the taxonomic groups.

Caye Caulker Belize: A Slice of Paradise
I had been looking forward to visiting Belize’s cayes for a long time. When I first started researching suitable locations to live overseas, Belize immediately caught my attention. Since I live in Guatemala, making the trek was both a necessity, and an opportunity. After our great stay in San Ignacio, we were ready to hit the beach. Guatemala is not particularly blessed with typical beaches, so I was looking forward to strolling through Belize’s white-sand beaches. Except Belize doesn’t have those either, a fact I learned after I was already in Belize. More on that later. Heading to Caye Caulker The ferry ride to Belize was pleasant and fast, taking only 45 minutes from Belize City to Caye Caulker. The weather was great and the ride afforded great views of Belize City, which admittedly looks way better from the water than the sketchy and rundown atmosphere one senses while driving in to the ferry’s dock.

Travel Update: The Return to Belize
In the early hours of Tuesday morning while most people are still in bed asleep Jessica and I will be boarding a plane with all the possessions we own. We’ve sold or given away our cars, furniture and everything that was unneeded. For the first time in my adult life I now have no debts, no monthly bills to pay and no worries except what I chose on any given day – it’s quite a great feeling! Belize Zoo 2011 The first destination of our new life living and working abroad is Belize! We’ll be staying in both higher end luxury and the least expensive budget accommodations I could find; to give you an accurate idea of how cheap or luxurious a trip here can be. The next 20 days will be spent on Belize’s most popular island Ambergris Caye, sailing South through the beautiful Caribbean coast for a few days of island camping, and finally landing on Placencia for whale shark diving and the very special Lobster Fest.


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