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National Bank of Belize is unveiled and reveals a super low interest rate
The National Bank of Belize Limited, which is seeking to revolutionize banking in Belize, opened its doors on Monday in the Capital City of Belmopan. The bank intends to provide an affordable credit system to lower and middle income Belizeans – particularly public officers, teachers and...
PM says PAC can and will work
While the inauguration of the National Bank was at the top of the list Monday morning, the PM accommodated the press’ questions on a couple of other pressing national matters; one being the Public Accounts Committee. The committee, which has been lying dormant since its inception was thrust under...
Greg Choc will not be leaving SATIIM right away
Greg Ch’oc is not leaving SATIIM; at least not yet. There has been widespread speculation that executive director Gregory Ch’oc of the NGO Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) was leaving his post to study law. Last week a four-page letter from an unnamed source titled “Concerned Maya...
PlusTV tours the Sarstoon Temash National Park with SATIIM
The two-day media tour of the Sarstoon Temash National Park and surrounding buffer communities got off to a late start on Friday due to unforeseen circumstances, but in the afternoon the group set off for the Temash River and the entrance to the Temash 2 drill...
Not all Maya communities support the SATIIM
Earlier we told you of the Media trip to Rural Toledo District organized by SATIIM. And while there are many Maya communities that support the efforts of SATIIM, there are also exceptions. During the media’s tour of communities surrounding the Sarstoon Temash National Park, we observed clear problems of...
Five star hotel planned for Caye Chapel
On Monday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that an agreement for the selling of Caye Chapel is inching toward completion. Yumi Limited, a British Virgin Islands Company is seeking to purchase the island from BCB Holdings Limited for $30 million US dollars to reportedly establish a five star hotel....
One person detained for Brodie’s robbery
In Police News, Police have detained one person for questioning in relation to the robbery of a huge bank deposit belonging to popular downtown supermarket James Brodie and Company Limited. The security guard who was in charge of depositing a total of $46,064.42, at First Caribbean Bank was robbed...
Large amount of cannabis found in San Ignacio
Cayo Police have found a large amount of suspected cannabis but no one was around at the time of the find. Acting upon information received the San Ignacio Police Officers visited an open lot on Back Street , San Ignacio Town where the following findings were made: one black...
Burglary in Corozal and firearm search in Belize City
On Monday September 1st, at around 2:50 a.m. Corozal Police received the report of a burglary in progress at Alpha Lodge Hall situated on College Road, in Corozal Town. Corozal Police acted quickly and apprehended Rosendo Guy, a man who fit the description given to them. Upon searching Guy,...
September celebrations begin
The Battle of St. George’s Caye turns 215 years old this year and for the fifth consecutive year the official launch took place on the little island where Belize was born, St George’s Caye. Belize’s first Capital lies eight miles east of Belize City and guests had to travel...
Annual Battle Regatta at St George’s Caye
While on land there was commemoration of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, on the waters surrounding the island there was a different sort of battle between crews of young sailors, at the annual Battle Regatta. Now in its third year, the event seeks to promote the continued development...
Solani Graniel is Miss San Pedro 2013-2014
This Saturday San Pedro hosted their annual beauty pageant. Six lovely delegates competed for the crown of Miss San Pedro and though all six delegates wowed the crowd with their beauty and charm, only one could come out victorious. It was a magical...
Belize City Mayor gives update on garbage payment situation
The Belize City Council and Belize Waste Control signed an initial agreement in July to address the matter of a million-dollar debt ordered to be paid by the court. As part of the agreement the Council agreed to enforce the existing contract particularly with regard to exclusivity of garbage...
Preliminary hearing on James Norales murder postponed again
Orel Leslie, Tyrone Meighan and Brandon Baptist are on remand charged with the November 2012 murder of James Norales, a BDF officer alleged to be involved in gang activity. On Monday their preliminary inquiry was set to take place but it was postponed yet again. Attorney for Mr Meighan,...
Caye Caulker Chronicles
Island gearing up for celebrations!
The Caye Caulker Village Council is out and about decorating the island for the annual September Celebrations.
Hats off to this hard-working crew!
BRODIES JACKED $46,000!
A male security guard and a female supervisor of Brodies Superstore on Albert Street were jacked at about 4:30 Saturday evening in front of the FirstCaribbean Bank on Albert Street, as the two employees were taking over $46,000 to deposit in the bank, which is almost directly across the street from Brodies.
The security guard and the supervisor told police that as they reached the bank after crossing Albert Street from Brodies, a gunman approached them from behind, pointed a gun at the security guard and demanded the money bag, which was a black plastic bag that contained four cash bags containing a total of $46,064.42.
The security guard, whose name police did not release, told police that he became fearful and handed over the money bag. He said that the thief quickly grabbed the bag and ran into Church Street, where an unknown person gave him a bicycle at the corner of Duck Lane and Church Street. The thief then rode away across the Church Street bridge and disappeared into the George Street area.
BERTIE CHIMILIO, 55, HAS TO PAY UNPAID INCOME TAX OF $33,310
Chimilio told the court that he is unemployed and only gets a monthly allowance of $500 to $600 from his wife.
Yesterday, Bertie Chimilio, former president of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), was summoned to appear in court due to claims by the Income Tax Department that he owes them for taxes that went unpaid during his period as FFB president — a whopping $33,310. The matter was adjourned until today, allowing the department to call Ann Castillo, of the department, to testify about the interviews that she had conducted with Chimilio before the department decided to turn the matter over to the court.
This morning when Castillo appeared before the court, she testified about the difficulty she experienced while trying to create an assessment of Chimilio’s salaries, since there were few records available that could provide an accurate picture of his total revenue.
SHANTEL ROBINSON, 29, CHARGED WITH CHILD ABANDONMENT
She went out after locking her two children in the house, which caught fire.
This afternoon, Shantel Robinson, 25, a resident of #1946 Cannondale Drive, Apt. # 7, was taken to court, where she appeared before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton and was charged with two counts of child abandonment.
According to police, reports indicate that at 11:00 Thursday morning, Robinson left her house, locking her daughter Shaniqua, 4, and her son Shevonne, 3, inside the house by securing the front door from outside.
At 11:25 that same morning, other tenants of the apartment complex observed flames coming from out a window of her apartment, and heard the children screaming for help.
The children were unable to come out of the room on their own because the door had been locked from the outside.
FRANCES WILSON, 39, CHARGED WITH ABETMENT TO MURDER
Ayala Wilson is accused of making arrangements to kill her estranged husband.
This morning, a timid-looking Frances Eve Ayala Wilson, 39, a resident of #197 Guanacaste Street, San Ignacio Layout, San Ignacio, Cayo, was taken before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton and charged with abetment to murder.
Ayala Wilson is accused of liaising with one Natisha Usher and offering her $10,000 to kill her estranged husband, Glencoe Wilson. Allegations were that she made that proposal on April 24, this year.
Glencove Wilson was informed of the attempt being made to kill him and reported the matter to police, who were able to corroborate the story with Usher. After that report was made in May by Glencoe Wilson, Ayala Wilson allegedly went into hiding and was not located until after Glencoe Wilson, against the advice of the police, posted some flyers offering a reward for her capture. Ayala Wilson was located in San Ignacio, where she was living with her father.
Ayala Wilson was represented by attorney Simeon Sampson this morning when the charge was read to her. No plea was taken from her, and that was when the prosecutor made two objections to bail.
CAYE CHAPEL CONSIDERED FOR BELIZE’S FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL
Our last headline announced an agreement by BCB Holdings to sell the resort island property of Caye Chapel to Yumi Limited of the British Virgin Islands—a US$30 million deal for the purchase of the 265-acre property described as “a true trophy property.”
Today, Amandala asked Prime Minister Dean Barrow to comment on the reported sale of the island, and he indicated his support for plans by the investors “to put the first five-star hotel in Belize on Caye Chapel.”
Barrow said that while he does not know who Yumi is, the person who bought the island is the same person who sold Harvest Caye to Norwegian Cruise Line: Cyril Dennis.
He said that he had met Dennis and had spoken with him about the project. Dennis, said Barrow, had also brought representatives of Six Senses to Belize, just before he did the purchase agreement with BCB Holdings.
TRIPLE B AND LADYVILLE JAGUARS, NIL-NIL IN GAME 1 OF WOMEN FOOTBALL FINALS
It had been postponed for a week due to some players performing with the National Team in Honduras at the UNCAF Women U-20 Championship, and on Saturday, August 31, at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, Game 1 of the Atlantic Bank National Women Football Finals finally got under way, ending in a nil-nil stalemate between Ladyville Jaguars and Triple B of Belmopan.
The decisive Game 2 will reportedly be this coming Saturday, September 7, at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan. And Ladyville will be without the services of their two biggest stars. Captain Shanell Gentle was red-carded at the 73rd minute of Saturday’s Game 1; and their outstanding sweeper Sarah Arzu is scheduled to report for training duty with the Coast Guard, and might therefore also be unavailable for Game 2 this coming Saturday.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Editorial
In Third World countries like Belize, the politicians always say they are for the poor. They say this because the poor are more, and in order to win elections you need to get a majority of the votes. In parliamentary democracies like Belize’s, the poor should have a lot of power. Theoretically, all they have to do is unite, and then the poor can elect leaders who will work for the poor.
The reality in Belize is, however, that the poor do not have much power, and that is because our democracy has been subverted by something called campaign financing. Recently, in a poor constituency in Cayo, a multimillionaire PUP crony offered himself as a political candidate. It would have been humorous except that the gentleman took himself very seriously, and he took himself seriously because he knows he will have adequate campaign financing.
The rich have taken over Belize’s political parties and parliamentary democracy because they provide the campaign financing. Poor Belizeans have generally given up on the possibilities for change and progress through party politics, so all they are looking for at campaign/election time is a handout.
BUTTONWOOD BAY TARPON Letters
— by Nick Pollard, Jr.
These pictures were taken in front of my home on Seashore Drive, Buttonwood Bay. It is the largest tarpon I have seen in many years! It measured 6 feet and I believe could very well have been over 200 pounds.
The fish had no injuries, but lay dead near the stone wall on the grass. It looks to me like the tarpon was feeding on sprats or shrimps and was attacked either by a shark or crocodile and when it jumped to escape, it jumped straight on shore and could not get back into the sea ….so unfortunate.
Nick Pollard, Jr.
BELIZE NEVER SENDS THEIR CROOKS-IN-SUITS TO PRISON … Letters
— by Russell Czarnecki
The story, “Arrests of 3 mayors reinforce Florida’s notoriety as a hothouse for corruption,” certainly reminds me of Belize…and as I say in my letters to Amandala, Belize NEVER sends their crooks-in-suits to prison…but America does, and increasingly so.
Best luck and strength in the struggle!
“NO!!” BARROW TELLS TRADE UNION CONGRESS!
Barrow adamant: “…there will be no restructuring of PAC!”
Last week, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) issued a statement insisting that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) must be reformed in order to serve the purpose it needs to, in acting as an oversight body to review public spending; however, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow told journalists today that “there will be no restructuring to the Public Accounts Committee.”
Barrow went further to say that the agenda put forth by Cabinet will be “forced” by the ruling party members – who, he insists, hold the majority of seats on the six-member Committee.
“We will press on and there will be no restructuring of the Public Accounts Committee, so as to make it unwieldy and so as to violate, not just the standing orders but the core principles of democracy,” said Barrow.
A meeting of the Public Accounts Committee is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
We asked the Prime Minister what he anticipates will happen, since PAC Chairman, Julius Espat, has proposed an agenda to look only at the 2010-2011 Audit Report.
BARROW’S BANK, TAEGAR’S DREAM
$100,000 maximum for first-time owners, PM Barrow says.
The National Bank of Belize—which plans to offer mortgage financing at a concessionary rate of 5.5% for a maximum of $100,000—was launched in Belmopan Monday morning, and according to Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow, who inaugurated the facility by announcing the new rate, the bank would be open for business as early as Monday afternoon.
“Our lending rates will be unbeatable, because our bottom line is people and not profit. That is why our introductory offer to the Belizean people is an unbelievably low 5.5%,” Barrow announced to the gathering.
He said that the competition the national bank would give the commercial banks redounds to the advantage of the Belizean public. Barrow said that it is no coincidence that as soon as Government made the announcement that it would open the new bank, the commercial banks—which have maintained what he characterizes as an “unacceptable” spread between borrowing and lending rates—moved immediately to lower their lending rates.
TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT IMPOUNDS 5 CITY BUSES
Councilor unapologetic; says the bus drivers knew about the changes over a year ago.
Traffic in Belize City has become increasingly hectic, largely due to the re-opening of schools this morning. This causes commuters who use the city buses to have to wait for long periods before they are able to catch a bus. The situation was made even more time-consuming for some commuters in the city today, as five city buses were reportedly taken off their regular runs and impounded by the Traffic Department.
Bus driver, Dexter Hemmans, told KREM News that this morning, traffic officers came and told them that they needed to go to Mr. Jenkins’ office (Jenkins is the head of the Traffic Department).
Hemmans said that when he went there, he was told by Jenkins that his bus could not run because it is a 48-seater, and only 30-seaters and smaller buses were permitted to run.
Hemmans said that he explained to Jenkins that he (Hemmans) has obligations he has to deal with, like loan payments. He said Jenkins then told him that that was not the concern of the Traffic Department and that the bottom line was that his bus couldn’t run.
SEPTEMBER CELEBRATIONS 2013 OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED
Ceremonies to mark the official opening of the September Celebrations in Belize commenced at St. George’s Caye today.
Scores of people ventured out to the island for the opening ceremonies, which began at approximately 11:30 a.m., and included a welcome address from the president of the St. George’s Caye Committee, John Searle, Jr. In his speech, Searle mentioned that St. George’s Caye was the first British settlement and its original name was “Cayo Cocina”, which when translated, means Cooking Caye.
Chairman of the National Celebrations Commission, Hon. Manuel Heredia, Jr., also gave an address that included a short history of the island.
Heredia said that it struck him that whenever Belizeans think of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, they often think that it was a battle that was fought primarily between the British and the Spaniards. He noted however, that historical records and archeological research on the national landmark have established that this was certainly not the case. He said that the settlement included Africans, free Creoles, the British and various people of diverse European origin, including Spanish and Portuguese in the year 1798. Heredia also said that the captain of one of the British Honduran boats was also an American, who got shipwrecked on the reef.
MAN DISCHARGED HIMSELF FROM HOSPITAL, BUT LATER DIES
A man from San Narciso, Corozal, who was a victim of a traffic accident but prematurely discharged himself from the hospital, has died. Oscar Gustavo Carrillo Castaneda, 45, a farmer, was found near the Philip Goldson Highway suffering from massive head and body injuries at about 10:00 Wednesday night. He had been knocked down while walking along the highway that night.
Castaneda was taken to the Corozal Town Hospital by a teacher of the same village, to receive medical attention, but he later discharged himself.
On arrival at his home, however, he began to complain of pain in his head and body, and on Thursday he returned to the Orange Walk Hospital. He then was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but died there about 9:00 Sunday morning.
PRAYERS OF BCVI ORANGE WALK ANSWERED – STOLEN COMPUTERS FOUND IN BUSHES
Police have found two computers which had been stolen from the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired’s Orange Walk Branch office, which had been burglarized last weekend. The computers, which are essential to the work of the BCVI Orange Walk Branch, were found along with their accessories wrapped in plastic bags in some bushes in the Louisiana Area of Orange Walk Town around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 31, but no one was found in the area at the time.
BCVI said that the office, located on Jabiru Street, was broken into sometime over the weekend of Friday, August 23, to Monday, August 26, but they believe that the burglary occurred at some point during the night of Friday, August 23, when a tropical storm battered the country.
GOLF CART DRIVER HAD 3 ACCIDENTS ON LA ISLA BONITA
Two people hurt in the collisions, one seriously.
Two people who were riding in a golf cart in San Pedro escaped with their lives after the cart they were in collided with the side of another golf cart, then ran into a fence, before crashing into the side of a building, knocking off a portion of the building’s exterior.
The two occupants of the cart — Julia Maheia, 19, a waitress of San Pedro, and Giovanni Guerra, 25, a tour guide and also a resident of San Pedro — were injured. Maheia was thrown out of the cart and landed on the pavement, unconscious. Guerra was also thrown out of the cart, and was injured as a result.
Maheia was rushed in an unconscious state to the San Pedro Poly Clinic II, and later taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. She suffered injuries to her face, mouth, teeth and left leg, and her left ear was severed. Doctors said that reconstructive surgery will be needed for Maheia’s face.
Guerra suffered a broken left hand and complained of pain in the chest.
The incident occurred at about 2:30 Friday morning on Barrier Reef Drive and Caribeña Street.
MEDIA TOURS US CAPITAL’S DRILL SITE IN SARSTOON TEMASH NATIONAL PARK
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” – quoted by Greg Ch’oc, Executive Director of SATIIM from southern Belize who relentlessly fights for the rights of the indigenous Mayan communities of the Toledo district.
US Capital’s rep could not explain exactly how a spill in the Temash River would be contained
By now, most Belizeans are aware of the ongoing impasse between the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) and US Capital Energy Ltd. over the oil exploration activities that were permitted by Government to take place at the Sarstoon Temash National Park in the deep south of Belize.
A few weeks ago, on August 7, SATIIM’s Executive Director, Greg Ch’oc, promised to take the major media outlets from Belize City to the site where the oil drilling is scheduled to be conducted. The reason for this, as Ch’oc explained, was so that the wider public could get an actual view of US Capital’s proposed drill site, which happens to be located 600 meters inside the Sarstoon Temash National Park.
NO FOUL PLAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICAN WHO DIED IN COROZAL
Retired American Mary Stivers, 62, a resident of Corozal who was originally from Ohio, United States, died after she was rushed to the Corozal Hospital at about 5:00 Saturday morning.
Edward Stivers, 61, also a retired American, who was staying with his wife at Copa Banana Guest House in Corozal, told police that he was awakened from his sleep early Saturday morning by sounds coming from Mary’s room, and he went to see what was happening.
He said he saw her grasping for breath, and quickly rushed her to the Corozal Hospital, but she died shortly after.
Doctors reported that Mary suffered from high cholesterol and hypertension. Police do not suspect foul play in the death, and the death has been declared as having been caused by a massive seizure.
TYRONE MEIGHAN, OREL LESLIE, AND BRANDON BAPTIST BACK ON REMAND
The court prosecutor asked for another adjournment and it was granted.
Tyrone Meighan, Orel Leslie, and Brandon Baptist arrived at court today with hopes of going home after the last adjournment of their murder case on August 21, 2013.
The three men were accused of killing James Norales, 28, on November 23 last year. Norales was gunned down at the intersection of Fabers Road and the George Price Highway. Police arrived on the scene to find Norales with multiple gunshots to his head, neck and body – left for dead in the middle of the road.
The families of Meighan, Leslie, and Baptist were “beside themselves” on the scheduled date of the hearing, which was August 21, after learning that no removal orders were sent for the trio to appear, which is something they believed to be a deliberate act on the prison’s or court’s part. According to what was relayed in court, there was a mix-up in the dates, in which the figure “1” was mistaken for the figure “7”.
BARBARA OGALDEZ, 38, CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING OF 106 GRAMS OF CANNABIS
Police found the suspected cannabis inside a pillowcase.
Barbara Ogaldez, 38, a resident of #22 Allan Pitts Crescent, was charged with drug trafficking when she appeared before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton this afternoon.
According to police, earlier that morning they visited Ogaldez’s home to conduct a search for illegal firearms, but no illegal firearms were found on her premises, inside her house, or on her person.
However, as police were conducting the search, inside a pillowcase they found what they suspected to be cannabis, which when weighed, amounted to 106 grams.
POLICE FIND DRUGS IN PRECINCTS 1 AND 2
Police on anti-drug operations in the city between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Friday conducted searches within Precincts I and 2, and were focused on searching possible drug bases and uncovering concealed firearms and ammunition. They primarily targeted those with a criminal profile.
Police said that they searched 10 houses, and as a result 4 persons were arrested — 3 of whom were charged with possession of controlled drugs and one of whom was charged for drug trafficking.
Two of the persons charged are sisters who were busted with drugs when their house on Allan Pitts Crescent was searched. One was found with 29.4 grams of cannabis and was charged with possession of a controlled drug, while the other was found with 103.6 grams of cannabis. She was charged with drug trafficking.
Astrum Helicopters and The Best of Belize on the cover of Southern Boating Magazine
It is always exciting to see when Belize gets in media and magazines, especially a cover shot. Congratulations to Gustavo Giron Jr and Astrum Helicopters for landing the cover shot for the September issue of Southern Boating Magazine.
Here is an exerpt from the Best of Belize article that was published in the magazine: There is a lengthy list of sensible reasons why Belize belongs on the must-do list when it comes to Caribbean cruising. First, a two-hour flight from the United States to Belize City makes it easy to travel to, English is the official language and it is one of the most affordable destinations in the Caribbean—the U.S. dollar is widely accepted and is worth twice the Belizean dollar.
National Bank of Belize Opens
The National Bank of Belize opened in Belmopan yesterday, just in time for the September Celebrations. It is being celebrated as the people's bank, and will give loans at terrific rates.
"The National Bank of Belize - Of the PEOPLE, for the PEOPLE!"
In related news, the Belize Bank in San Ignacio will no longer be opening on Saturdays starting September 14th.
Special Constables Receive Flashlights
The special constables received flashlights recently, which will help them perform their duties better and safer.
"On the 2nd September 2013 the Cayo Special Constables Association handed over flashlights the the special constables present. Mr Alberto Palma the chair man of the association did the handing over. This was made possible thru fundraising the SC did. Mr Palma would like to thank all those persons who supported them. Several of the flashlights where donated by the Cayo Neighbourhood Watch Association. The flashlights will be used by the SC's while performing duties along with the San Ignacio Police."
Melonie Gillett Pop the Bottle
Melonie uploaded 8 songs to Soundcloud today. They are from The Dreamer cd, which can be purchased on CD Baby. Thanks Melonie, and great work.
"Melonie’s trajectory as a singer/songwriter reached a new plateau with the launch of 'The Dreamer'. She has shared the stage with well-established international talent including Jamaica’s Konshens and Etana, as well as many top Belizean stars. Melonie has dedicated her time and talent to causes such as HIV awareness, improving youth and education services, as well as the fight to eradicate cancer, for which she wrote the stunning single 'Be Her Breath'. Melonie’s versatility and innovative spirit have definitely made her one to watch. She is an award-winning artist whose music and videos shine with a level of creativity that makes her a true original, a star!"
Crested Caracara Reserve
One of the most amazing views of Cayo can be seen from the Crested Caracara Reserve, which is in Central Farm. Definitely a great spot for a small party or meeting. You can see for miles and miles, and even beyond Spanish Lookout from the deck of the palapa. The San Ignacio Resort Hotel does bird watching tours there too.
"The Crested Caracara Reserve, behind Running W on the George Price highway, has some spectacular views. They have trails up the mountain if you want to get some exercise while seeing a variety of wildlife."
One of Astrum Helicopters's pictures made the cover of Southern Boating Magazine.
One of the Caribbean’s best, best-kept secrets
There is a lengthy list of sensible reasons why Belize belongs on the must-do list when it comes to Caribbean cruising. First, a two-hour flight from the United States to Belize City makes it easy to travel to, English is the official language and it is one of the most affordable destinations in the Caribbean—the U.S. dollar is widely accepted and is worth twice the Belizean dollar. Second (or fourth, depending on how you count), electricity is the same as in the U.S., and you can drink the water. (Visit travelbelize.org for details.) But most of all, besides all of the sensible reasons to visit Belize, the country’s overwhelming draw is the natural beauty of its islands, waters and rainforests, along with its intriguing Mayan culture, all of which are wrapped up in an intoxicatingly relaxed way of life.
Belize is the pioneer of sustainable tourism and, proud of its abundance of natural wonders, it pampers them and shows them off well. Boating on ancient Mayan waterways brings one close to water birds and crocodiles. The country is chock-full of limestone caves and sinkholes to hike and swim in, some of which even contain Mayan treasures. Belize has a baboon sanctuary and one of the only jaguar preserves in the world. Howler monkeys and toucans peer out of its verdant rainforests. With hundreds of offshore islands, beachcombing, diving, snorkeling, and boating are superb.
Today in Latin American History
Today in Latin American history, the Treaty of Paris was signed permitting British settlers to cut logwood in Belize in 1783.
While Spain first allowed by the British to engage in the logwood industry during the 1763 Treaty of Paris, the British introduced slavery to Belize. They imported thousands of slaves from Africa to cut logwood.
The Treaty of Versailles in 1783 affirmed the boundaries set by the 1783 Treaty of Paris to cut logwood and later extended by the Convention of London in 1786.
Later, British Honduras was formally declared a British Colony in 1871.