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All set for 10th annual Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge
The 10th annual Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge has been set for Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th, and as the days wind down, anticipation is growing for the kayakers who will undertake the 42-mile journey across the waters of Ambergris Caye. The Eco-Challenge was created to raise awareness on the importance of conserving Ambergris Caye marine ecosystem. The challenge takes kayakers in a two day race through the mangrove studded lagoons west of the island, up to Basil Jones in the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve. Kayakers will then camp out for the night at the reserve returning along the eastern coast of Ambergris Caye on the second day.

3rd Annual Easter Monday Cycling Race
San Pedro can always count on a group of cyclists pioneering the way for the sports with various activities throughout the year. On Monday April 21st, the San Pedro Cycling Club organized its 3rd annual Easter Monday Cycling Race. There were two sets of races, one in the juvenile division that consisted of cyclists 13 years and under, and the other, a combined race for the junior and senior cyclists. The 12 riders sprinted along the allotted path to the roundabout and at the end of the third lap, it was Andrew Vasquez who would claim victory at Calvio’s finish line for the senior division, while Keian Ancona took the win for the juniors. Placing second in the senior division was Keith Moralez, and third was Perry Staine.

Ambergris Today

Gang Suppression Unit Back on Ambergris Caye Over Easter Break
During a meeting with the heads of Neighborhood Watches on the island, Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Department, Luis Castellanos, indicated that the southern end of Ambergris Caye is the safest area on the island with Town Core, San Juan Area and Boca del Rio Area having the highest incidents of crime. Last month’s crime report indicated an increase in criminal activity on the island, particularly in these three areas. Although the crimes taking place in downtown San Pedro (concentrated on Barrier Reef Drive/Front Street) were mostly theft of gasoline from golf carts, OIC Castellanos is concerned that the crimes could escalate to more serious one. The reports indicate that they are occurring mostly during the weekend and that there are no neighborhood watch groups in the three most crime prone areas in town to assist the Police. Castellanos indicated that he has increased patrols in these areas.

Letters To The Editor: Again Wally Nunez Sets The Good Example
I will appreciate it very much if you could publish with proof the fact that I have made my required submission of my Declaration Form to the Integrity Commission of Belize. I have enclosed my bank statements as well as my income tax receipts, proof of my financial status and the payment of my income tax. I wish to categorically state that my purpose is twofold: First of all to prove that I will be transparent during my term of office as councilor as well as now that I am, once again, a candidate for municipal elections. Secondly I wish to invite all my colleagues in the San Pedro Town Council to show the good example of their honesty and integrity. Thank you, Mr. Editor, for providing space and time in this important procedure in my political life.

Misc Belizean Sources

Ministry of Labour Open Day
The Ministry of Labour will be hosting it's annual Labour Day Open Day on April 30th 2014 at all of our 10 Labour Offices Country-wide. We are hereby inviting the general public, schools, Public Officers and the different Media Houses to come out and come join us in gaining further knowledge about our different Labour laws and other important information that we have to offer. See you there.

Ya’axché Conservation Trust promotes fire safety
The Ya’axche Conservation Trust this past weekend held their annual Ride Against Fire in Silver Creek village, Toledo. The objective of the event, according to the Executive Director of Ya’axché Conservation Trust, Christina Garcia, was to raise awareness of the destructive force of fire and to provide residents of communities at the foot of the Maya Mountains with key information needed to help them use and control forest fires especially during the dry season. Oganizers of the event used the opportunity through displays and short presentations, to dialogue with farmers on how they can go about using fire without causing destruction.

Teen injured in Dangriga shooting incident
A shooting incident on Wednesday night in Dangriga town has left a teenager injured. Hansel Garcia, 17, was hit multiple times when a lone gunman opened fire on him around 8:15 pm on Wednesday. According to police, the shooting happened on Castillo Alley in Dangriga. Garcia, police say, was walking in the direction of Ecumenical Drive when a gunman opened fire on him.

University of Belize main campus evacuated due to bomb threat
Classes were interrupted this morning at the main campus of the University of Belize in Belmopan, reportedly due to a bomb threat. The University of Belize management is being tight-lipped about the incident; but the entire campus was evacuated after the alleged bomb threat was received just after 9 am. By 9:30 am, the “bomb squad” arrived and a complete sweep of the campus was carried out, revealing no explosive device.

Placencia police nab Dangriga man with unlicensed firearm
Quick response by police in Placencia village early this morning averted a possible armed robbery or even worse. Around 12:25 this morning, police responded to reports of an armed man near a business establishment in Seine Bight village. As the police officers were arriving in the area, the gunman reportedly ran away. Police, investigating went to a swampy area west of Seine Bight village where on top of a building, they found a man hiding. He was subsequently apprehended and a search of the top of the building uncovered a .22 brand pistol with serial number 1335597 and a magazine with 4-live rounds of ammunition.

BNTU National Convention held in Belize City
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) met this week at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City. President Luke Palacio says the Union has been reviewing its activities, particularly with regard to maintaining the fight against perceived government corruption and quality of life issues for teachers and public servants. He cites the status of non-teaching staff at certain schools and instructors at the ITVET as examples. After reports from executive members of the union on Wednesday during the business session, the union turned to its members for input on internal management and how the BNTU can be more effective and responsive for its members in addressing their grievances and concerns to time.

OSH Bill consultations continue
The Occupational Safety and Health Bill has caused disquiet for employers who believe its measures are too punitive and do harm to all businesses and employees. But consultations as part of the process to make it law continue, and today members of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) listened to a presentation from a member of the committee that drafted the bill, engineer Philip Waight. Waight told us that the bill contains important commitments for both employers and employees. He says employers have a responsibility to ensure that working conditions for their employees are safe and healthy, where it is needed those employees should take a hand in addressing issues themselves or bringing them to the attention of management.

BDF Commander stands by soldiers
Brigadier General David Jones, Commander of the Belize Defence Force, says he supports his men and women on the ground near the Belize-Guatemala border following two recent incidents in Belizean territory. Guatemalan farmer Tomas Ramirez was shot and killed by BDF soldiers on March 29, the fourth such casualty in two years. This time, the two countries agreed to bring in an independent investigator, American national James Hamdi, for an enquiry in the interest of full transparency. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, General Jones said he welcomed the enquiry as he believes it will show that our soldiers acted in self-defense. Jones added that local police have already concluded their own investigation, and based on the testimony of a local officer that accompanied the patrol, it was established that the incident took place at least a mile into Belizean territory, as all the others have.

Cop must pay reporter for cell phone
On Tuesday, Special Constable Joslyn Gill pleaded guilty to damaging the property of Channel 7 reporter Daniel Ortiz last December as he was trying to avoid having his picture taken. Gill is one of three police officials accused of participating in theft and robbery of Belmopan resident Thyrell Hyde in September of 2013. Hyde says he was robbed of thousands of dollars in cash and other property by the officers, including money he was forced to withdraw from his ATM account at a local bank. Gill was being brought to court for arraignment last December when he brazenly slapped Ortiz’s Samsung Galaxy S4 cell phone, valued at $2,000, out of his hands to the concrete floor, causing it to break its screen.

Ministry of Health warns of fast-spreading mosquito-borne disease
The disease known as chikungunya has been spreading rapidly in the Eastern Caribbean, with cases confirmed just today in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in addition to cases seen in ten other Caribbean nations from the Dominican Republic to French Guiana. It is spread by the bite of mosquitoes like Aedes aegypti which also spreads dengue fever. More than 23,000 cases have been reported since the end of 2013, but only 6 have been fatal. On Wednesday, Belize’s Ministry of Health hosted the press at a briefing to discuss the disease and what steps are being taken to retard its spread here. Director of Health Services Dr. Michael Pitts notes that it is just a matter of time before “Chik-V,” as its name is shortened to, arrives in Belize as conditions are similar to those in the Caribbean – high numbers of mosquitoes and levels of human interaction like person-to-person contact.

Tropic Air announced today the arrival of its Beechcraft King Air A100 aircraft to Belize.
On a press relesase, Tropic Air announced today the arrival of its Beechcraft King Air A100 aircraft to Belize. The King Air is a pressurised, air-conditioned, high-speed, twin-engine, jet prop aircraft. Its pressurised cabin is designed for high altitude and high-speed (250 mph) flights. “Its two abreast seating in a 12 passenger configuration will also allow for the higher level of executive seating that our passengers are asking for” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “We were pleased to introduce the modern glass cockpit Cessna Caravan to Belize, and now we are pleased to once again raise the bar of air comfort for our passengers with the King Air”. After a period of crew and support service familiarization, the King Air will be used on routes to Roatan, Merida and daily flights to Cancun. It will also appear on other international routes, such as San Pedro Sula and Flores, Peten from time to time.

Medic, part-time construction worker, student: Deployed Airman does it all
She stands on top of scaffolding at a school addition construction site in Belize, profusely sweating from spending more than 12 hours per day out in the sun, fatigued from laying block after cement block and covered from head to toe in dust and debris. You might think that she has spent every day of her adult life doing construction work because she just fits in, but you’d be wrong. Senior Airman Alyssa Reno, a Lewiston, Idaho, native, is no engineer. In fact, until about 23 days ago she had never spent a day in her life working on a construction site. So, what is this 5-foot-tall young Airman doing in Belize? She’s a medic from the 366th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, assigned to the U.S. Southern Command-sponsored New Horizons exercise in Belize. She spends her days rotating amongst four different school construction site projects, providing medical treatment to injured engineers and making sure the military members stay properly hydrated to avoid heat-related injuries.

Cayo Classifieds 22-Apr
The new issue of Buy and Sell Weekly is out. They have an article about the Belize Botanic Gardens, and their Professional Gardeners' Programme. They next class starts on May 26th, and goes for 10 weeks. It is free to the 12 students that get accepted. Email natalie@belizebotanic.org for more information.

Flor de la Feria Pageant Call
The 47th annual Seniorita Flor de la Feria Pageant is in July, and they are calling for participants. If you are interested, go to the Benque town hall.

Cornerstone Health Fair
The Cornerstone Foundation is having a health fair tomorrow, Friday, April 25th, starting at 9:00am, at the Cayo Welcome Center. They'll be taking blood pressure, doing weight calculations, and will have a lot of information about all their community service projects. They'll also have activities throughout the day, including dancing and singing.

Earth Day Centennial Park Beautification
The Benque HoC teamed up with the Benque Marimba Academy on Earth Day to clean and paint Centennial Park. Great way to spend Earth Day. "Cleaning and beautifying the Centennial Park, as an act of our green initiative in celebration of Earth day in Benque Viejo Del Carmen by the Benque House of Culture (NICH) and the Benque Marimba Academy. "

Channel 7

Guatemalan Soldier Sent Home
Yesterday, we told you about the Guatemalan Armed Forces Soldier who was caught in Belizean territory in the Chiquibul National Park. Well, we've confirmed with Belizean authorities, that he has since been handed over to his commander by the BDF, with an understanding that he will face disciplinary charges for it. As we told you, the soldier, 20 year-old Oscar Caal Coc was found armed on Belizean soil. On Monday, Coc was discovered in the Rio Blanco area along with 2 minors and an elderly man by a joint enforcement team of BDF Soldiers, police officers, and Rangers from the Friends for Conservation and Development which. The Belizean authorities found him with a .22 rifle which was loaded with 11 rounds of live .22 ammunition. The decision was taken that he should be detained because though he may have the proper permits in his country, in Belize the weapon and ammunition as unlicensed. The other 3 Guatemalan nationals were released, and Belizean authorities believe that when they returned to their side of the border, they immediately complained that the Belizean armed forces took the soldier into custody unlawfully because he was in Guatemala.

Budna Back In Jail
The Prensa Libre Newspaper in Guatemala is reporting that fugitive and convicted kidnapper Joseph Budna has been recaptured by the Guatemalan Civil Police. The 38 year-old Budna, who escaped from the Jocotes Town Hospital, was detained by Guatemalan authorities yesterday near to the Guatemala/Honduras border in the Las Flores Jocotán village. It is believed the he stopped there to receive help from his contacts, who would have assisted him to flee into Honduras. It is expected that he will now face charges of escaping from lawful authority when he managed to evade the prison officers who were placed at the hospital to guard him. The Prensa Libre reports that the officers were asleep at the time of his escape from the hospital.

14 Shots Aimed At Hansel, But He Survived!
The last time 17 year-old Hansel Garcia made our newscast, his mother was worried sick that he hadn't contacted her for 3 weeks. Well, tonight his family is once again hoping that he's ok, after he survived an apparent execution attempt last night. It happened at around 8:00 in Dangriga. Garcia, also known as "Mission", was walking on Castillo Alley when a lone gunman approached him, fired a barrage of gunshots and ran off. Garcia suffered injuries to the left forearm, the right leg, and the lower left side of his back, and he was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital, where he continues to receive treatment. The police officers found 14 expended 9mm shells at the scene, and they are seeking one person for questioning.

Bevans Murder Still Unsolved
No one is detained for Wednesday morning's murder of 22 year old Belize City resident Patrick Bevans. Police say they are still interviewing people from the area. Bevans was the third murder in the area in three weeks – and residents say it is because of escalating tensions initiated by affiliates of a notorious city gang which is trying to make inroads into Jane Usher. To try and curtail further violence, police have installed a mobile command center in the heart of the area.

No Clues In Corozal Murder Mystery
Tonight, Corozal Police are no closer to identifying the body of a woman which was found off the road which connects the Chan Chen and Patchakan Villages. Investigators believe that she was killed sometime over the Easter Holiday. They also suspect that the assailants disposed of her body in the area because it is secluded, and because it is also known to be crocodile-infested. It was discovered on Tuesday afternoon at around 2:35 p.m., where it had been dumped off the main road in the swamp area known as the Savannah. The woman's body was completely nude, and her head was missing its hair. It was in advanced state of decomposition, and it showed signs that wild animals had been feeding on it. An on-sight post-mortem by Dr. Mario Estradabran certified that she had been chopped to death. He also believes that the woman is in her early 20's, with brown skin. Other notable characteristics about the woman is that she had silver caps on her front teeth, and her toenails were painted orange.

Post Mortem Concluded on 68 Year Old, But No Answers Yet
Ladyville police are having a bit more success with the case of 68 year-old Myra Evadney Miller who was found barely alive inside her house in Boston Village on Good Friday, and who ended up dying on Easter Sunday. Dr. Mario Estradabran, who had to travel to Corozal to deal with the body of the unidentified woman, has finally managed to complete the autopsy on Miller's body. Police have not released that information, and as soon as they do, we'll tell you if Miller died of natural causes, or if she was killed.

Accident Victim Rachel Chan Returning Home
On Tuesday we told you about Rachel Chan, the two year old who was knocked down on Holy Thursday in Trial Farm Village. She was hit by a large pickup truck and received significant head and body injuries. But the doctors at KHMH fixed her up well, and today she left the hospital in the arms of her mother. She was in good spirits, and didn't appear too camera shy. As we have reported, a 14 year old was driving the pickup that knocked her down. He has been charged and Orange Walk police say the truck's owner, Chris Hendricks will also receive a summons. Hendricks, who is the driver for the Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, allegedly permitted the underage driver to take some firewood to the boy's home.

Special Constable Arraigned For Alleged Bad Deeds
Last night we told you about Special Constable Eldo Itza who was finally charged for assaulting a Chinese business man last week Thursday in San Jose Village. Well tonight, he's out on bail after he was arraigned in the Orange Walk Magistrate's Court today. Itza was charged with burglary, wounding, and harm, and he pleaded not guilty to all charges, he was released on bail of $500 dollars. He must return to court on July 1. We can't show you his photograph tonight. That's because, as with the usual cop culture of shielding a fellow officer who is criminally charged, Itza was afforded assistance to avoid the media. As we told you, he also enjoyed his Easter vacation at home after he was arrested on the scene for assaulting Ben Wong, a store owner in San Jose Village. The arresting officers released him afterwards and allowed him to come in at his convenience to get his charges.

37 years Later, Gift Of Life Keeps Giving
The Gift of Life Programme has provided live saving medical procedures for hundreds of Belizean children over the past 36 years. That's right, Gift of Live has been active in Belize since 1977! And there are many twenty something, thirty something and forty something adults who can tell you that it works, because without the programme, they might not be here. Today, the founder of Gift of Life International Robbie Donno arrived in Belize on a drive to continue the good work and hopefully grow the programme. He told us about his mission: Robbie Donno - Founder, Gift of Life "The reason that we're down here, in part, is to try and make connections with the business community, in particular, the tourist industry, where we can develop new sources of revenue for the Belize Rotary Gift of Life, so that they can operate on more children. They started, when this program started here in Belize, they were doing 2 or 3 children a year, and now this year, they've done over 17 children already, and in their history, have done about almost 300 since they started, children here in Belize. So, their pus - and our push in coordination with them, is to try and help develop better ways of raising the funds that are going to reach the children that are still waiting for their second chance at life."

Henry Holding On At The Board Level
He may be going, but he's not gone yet. Henry Canton is still CEO of Citrus Products of Belize Limited, and while the new Board of Directors tries to negotiate an exit strategy for the long entrenched and embattled CEO, the news tonight is that Canton may be leaving the CEO's office, but not CPBL. Banks Holdings will keep Canton as one of its two Directors on the Board, ensuring that he continues to wield influence at the highest level of corporate governance. For the Citrus Growers Association – which also sits on the board; that means he'll continue to be a stone in their shoe, or more likely a thorn in their side.

Nurse Faces Weed and Ammo Charges, But She "Stay Sick"
On Monday, April 14, 7News told you about the search at #10 Far West Street where the police found bullets and a small quantity of weed. Well tonight, the suspicion is that one of the accused persons is working the system to try to avoid being remanded for those illegal items. As we told you on Sunday, April 13, police searched the house and found 2 bullets and 1.2 grams of weed. Present at the time were 23 year old Nicoli Rhys, 27 year old Shane McKoy, 18 year old Rheonna Rivero, 18 year old Godwin Neal Jr. a 17 year old male student of Wesley High School and Bernadette Samuels, a nurse at KHMH. All 6 persons were charged with keeping unlicensed ammunition and drug possession, but only 5 of them could be arraigned and remanded. At the time of the arraignment, Nurse Samuels collapsed from high blood pressure, and she had to be hospitalized at the KHMH, where she works.

High Powered Ammunition Found
Police from Precinct 2 in Belize City are under pressure – with three murders in as many weeks. But on Tuesday, acting on intelligence, their Quick Response Team came up with 31 live rounds of ammunition. At around 8 that night, the team searched an abandoned house on Croton Lane in the Lake Independence Area, and found a black plastic bag inside an old refrigerator. 15 live rounds .223 SD brand ammunition, 3 blank 5.56 Libai rounds, 2 live round of 5.56 ammo, 10 live 7.62 rounds, and 1 M16 rifle magazine were inside the bag. Most of this ammunition is used in high-powered assault rifles. No one was in the area, so the items were deposited as found property.

Cave Tubers Go to Court And Magistrate Is Not Impressed
In February, we told you about the most recent criminal charge that Yhony Rosado was fighting in court against his competitor, Vitalino Reyes Sr. Reyes claims that Rosado assaulted him, but yesterday, the Chief Magistrate didn't believe the story and threw the case out. The trial began yesterday before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, where the prosecution called one witness against Rosado. A police officer, who was on duty at the Fort Street Tourism Village, said that on December 26, he witnessed a fist fight between Rosado and Reyes. He said that he had to part the fight, where he pulled Reyes off Rosado. Rosado took the stand gave his version of the story under oath that he argued with Reyes. He said that at the height of the confrontation, all he did was fire a punch at Reyes to fake him, and afterwards, he walked away without actually touching him. Reyes also gave his version to the court, explaining the same story he told us, that the two of them got into an argument over tourists who had already booked his tour company. Rosado allegedly tried to poach Reyes' guests and, that's when they got into a quarrel. That's supposedly when Rosado shoved a clipboard at him, punched him in the face, kicked him the leg, and walked away.

BTB's New Chairman is Former Fin. Sec.
The Belize Tourism Board, has a new high profile chairman. She is Dr Carla Barnett who's returning from a post as Vice President of the Caribbean Development Bank. She will lead an almost fully re-constituted board which had an introductory meeting yesterday. The board includes new members Rosendo Chendo Urbina, representing the north, Glenn Eiley representing the south, Doug Thompson who represents the Hotel Association, Herbert Haylock form the Belize Tourism Industry Association, Christy Mastry who directed the sustainable tourism project, Jamael Babb who has a law degree, CEO Tracy Taegar Panton, and long time members from Belize Rural South, Gach Guerrero who represents the airline sector, Neil Bradley who represents the Cayes and outer islands, and Acting Chairman Einer Gomez who will remain as Vice Chairman.

BDF to GAF: How Things Change In 14 Years
For the past two nights, we've been telling you about the Guatemalan Armed Forces soldier, 20 year-old Oscar Caal Coc who was captured in Belizean territory on Monday. He's back at home in Guatemala now, supposedly facing internal disciplinary charges for crossing the line he shouldn't have. But, he got off easy: he had a weapon and was illegally in Belize – which meant – based on those objective facts alone – that he should have faced criminal charges. But, these are the days of confidence building and joint patrols, so he was released into the custody of his commander, after being held by the BDF for three days. Perhaps it is in the best interest of peace keeping and neighbourly relations that it ended that way, but it brings to mind the incident which happened in February of 2000 when a 25 man G-A-F patrol captured a 4 man BDF and Police patrol and accused them of crossing into Guatemala. Second Lieutenant Romaldo Herrera, Lance Corporal Lucio Arana, Private Luciano Tzub and Police Constable Macedonio Sanchez were captured on February 24th, and put in a Guatemalan holding facility. As a study in how far military to military relations have come in the 14 years since, tonight, for contrast, we look back at the seismic event:

UDP Brother VS PUP Brother In OW Land Dispute
We have an unusual story to report on tonight involving a family dispute over land, which according to one of 2 brothers, crosses the political party divide. Jose Novelo, a resident of Orange Walk Town says that he had a prime piece of farm land in Indian Church Village. He says that from 2000 to 2008, he was paying all the fees for land, but suddenly, the Lands Department stopped accepting payment for the land. Novelo kept pressing, and he finally found out that his younger brother, Evaristo Novelo, got the Lands Department to accept his payment for the land from 2008 until this year. A few months ago, Jose Novelo found out that the Land's Department granted the lease to his brother, and so, now his lease is voided. He tried to fight against his brother's claim to the land, and with nowhere else to turn, he came to the media with his issue. Here's how he explained the political angle:

A Classic Concert
Tonight, there are 3 classically trained Mexican musicians in Belize here to stage a world class performance. They've perfected the performance of an impressive repertoire of music from celebrated classical composers, and they gave us a preview today: The first concert takes place at the San Ignacio Welcome Center tomorrow at 6 p.m., and the second takes place at the Mexican Institute at the same time on Saturday. Admission is free, and everyone is welcomed.

Siarsha Recovering
And as we close tonight, we have an update on Siarsha Alvarez – the 3 year old with that rare skin disorder. Well, her father confirms that the surgery at Clinica Merida went well and she is back with her family at the hotel. She will take ten days to heal, but the problem with her eyelash has been repaired and it is no longer irritating her cornea.

Channel 5

Franks Eddy resident missing; he was last seen in police custody
A resident of Franks Eddy Village remains missing tonight and friends and family are concerned about his whereabouts since he was last seen in police custody four days ago. It [...]

Galen University President, Louis Zabaneh, steps down
Tonight, News Five has confirmed that Dr. Louis Zabaneh, President of Galen University, has demitted office effective immediately.  Zabaneh’s abrupt departure comes on the heels of a recent decision taken [...]

GST officers shakedown business owners in an extortion scam
Tonight, there is credible information surfacing which indicates an emerging scandal in another government department. News Five has been able to confirm that there are multiple allegations of corruption being [...]

Cabanas family threatened with their lives for million-dollar ransom
There is another case of extortion to report on in Orange Walk, and this one is really frightening. News Five understands that the Cabanas family, which owns a large thrift [...]

Land grab in Orange Walk Town has an uncle and nephew at odds
Imagine working on a piece of land for almost forty years – backbreaking labour to clear and keep clean. You plant every fruit and vegetable you can get your hands [...]

Shooting on Freedom Street in Belize City
Today, police presence has been boosted significantly in the area of Jane Usher Boulevard, following a shooting incident just before noon. It happened on Freedom Street which runs parallel to [...]

17 year old shot in Dangriga
There was another shooting in Dangriga which has left one youth recovering from three gunshot wounds. Just after eight pm on Wednesday night gunshots were heard in the vicinity of [...]

Investments soon to be made in Harmonyville
The Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) is in its fourth year of existence and has been fighting for months to get titles and even leases to parcels of land [...]

Grassroots organization remains at odds with government
There is also valuable lumber in Harmonyville that Petillo says is being pillaged by villagers living along the George Price Highway. He says that a businessman is offering to build [...]

Belize City man charged for San Ignacio rape
On March eighth at about one p.m. a sixteen-year-old female of San Ignacio Town visited the San Ignacio Town Police Station in the company of a guardian and reported that [...]

Drug busts at checkpoints on the George Price Highway
Drug seizures are often the result of intelligence-led operations conducted by personnel from the police department or, in some cases, a collaborative interagency effort utilizing such information.  Whether police at [...]

Man sentenced to 7 years in prison for burglary conviction
Forty-three year old Rueben Cox, a resident of Biscayne Village, has been sentenced to seven years in prison effective today, after being found guilty of burglarizing a building at Croc [...]

Shakeem Humes acquitted of attempted murder
Meanwhile a Belize City youth was spared jail time when his attempted murder case was thrown out of court. Forty-eight year old Marco Obdulio Valle was shot once in the [...]

Post mortem result says Boston village woman was not murder
On Tuesday, we reported on the tragic death of a sixty-eight-year-old woman in the village of Boston.  It is believed that someone broke into her home during the Easter weekend [...]

Investigation continues into the drowning of Escuela students
On April fourth, two students of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico—Anahi Zepeda and Edgar Puck—drowned on a school trip. They were part of a group which had visited the Che Chem [...]

Mexican Institute to host classical concert
“Un viaje de Ida y Vuelta” a gala concert featuring Mexican piano, guitar and solo talents will be held on Saturday at the Mexican Institute.  It will showcase the talents [...]


14 Year Old Who Knocked Down Toddler Will Be Charged, So Will Owner Of The Vehicle
Yesterday we reported on the road traffic accident that left two year old Rachel Chan suffering from several injuries. The two year old girl was knocked down on Holy Thursday around midday as she was crossing Sapodilla Street in Trial Farm Village, by a Ford pickup truck belonging to Christopher Hendricks, the driver of Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. Driving the vehicle at the time was a 14 year old minor. And while the toddler received serious injuries and had to be rushed first to the Northern Regional Hospital and then to the KHMH for emergency surgery, she has shown steady progress and is now in a stable condition and eating. Today, investigating officer and Police Constable Roger Briceno of the traffic unit gave us an official report on the incident which revealed that both the minor driving the truck and the vehicle owner will be summons to court.

Figures For Week 13 Of 2013/2014 Crop Season
April 20th 2014 marked the end of week 13 of the 2013/2014 sugar cane crop season. The report, provided by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, shows that for week 13 the factory milled forty thousand eight hundred and sixty tons of cane. To date, the factory has milled a total of six hundred and fifty five thousand two hundred and forty five tons of cane. This is one hundred and thirty four thousand seven hundred and sixty four tons cane more than what was milled last year during the same 13 week period. Taking a look at sugar production, four thousand five hundred and ninety nine tons of the sweetener was produced for week 13. An overall of seventy thousand five hundred and twenty seven tons of the product has been produced so far. Last year the factory produced fifty two thousand three hundred and fifteen tons of sugar during the 13 weeks of crop. This week the factory worked at a grinding rate of six thousand eight hundred and three tons cane per day. Overall, for the 13 weeks of crop, the grinding rate per day stands at seven thousand five hundred and thirty two tons cane. Last crop it was at five thousand nine hundred and eighty three tons cane per day.

O/W Implements Benque's Tradition For Good Friday
It may not be a common scene in Belize for Holy week but the art of sawdust carpets is slowly making its presence in the country. It first started in Benque Veijo Del Carmen in the Cayo District and for the first time this year, on Good Friday, the tradition was adopted in Orange Walk Town. Sawdust carpets are layers of colored sawdust and or other materials laid on the ground, usually the street, that is traditionally done to meet a religious procession. It is most common during the Holy week and practices mostly in Central and South America and in some parts of the United States of America. In Benque Viejo Del Carmen, the tradition has been to decorate major streets with the carpets on Holy Thursday. Assistant Coordinator at the Banquitas House of Culture is Cindy Rivero and she tells us more about their decision to adopt the tradition here in celebration of the “Santo Entiero” or holy burial. Cindy Rivero– Assistant Coordinator “We decided her at the house of culture that we want to do something similar in honour of that celebration so we brought the lady over to show us how to colour the sawdust and also how to make the carpets for that day, we did it here at Church Street at the La Inmaculada for the procession of the stations of the cross so coming out of the church we created carpets that had images related to the stations of the cross for example we had the different crosses, we had the face of Jesus and we also included others like the Virgin and all images relates or gives a story about Jesus Christ so we did it here so that when they do the stations cross then that procession will walk over the carpets so it was our first year so we decided to do only in front of the church but then next year we want to do it to include with different organizations and make it bigger.”

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From Pinks Alley to Central Prison
Twenty year old Michael Whylie, an unemployed of Pinks Alley, became an inmate of Belize Central prison today when he appeared before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith and was arraigned on charges of kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. Whylie pled not guilty to the charges. Because of the Firearm Act the court could not offer him bail. He was remanded into custody until June 3.The incident occurred around 5:10 p.m. on April 21. The police, acting on information received, went to Whylie’s residence. They searched Whylie but they did not find anything incriminating. They searched his house and they did not find anything illegal. But when they searched the yard they reported that they found one black nine millimeter pistol with five rounds of ammunition in its magazine. Whylie did not have a license for the firearm so he was taken into custody and charged. The firearm and ammunition were labeled as exhibit.

Belize Joins the Americas for Vaccination and Immunization Weeks
Vaccination Week in the Americas is observed annually by health sectors around the globe. This year, the Ministry of Health is observing the 12th year starting on Saturday, April 26 and ending on May 3. In addition to the observance of Vaccination Week, Belize is also marking the 3rd observance of World Immunization Week starting today and ending at the end of the month. The two events are celebrated with international partners with a focus on creating awareness on the importance of immunization and vaccination. According to a release from the Government of Belize, immunization is widely recognized as one of the most successful and cost effective health interventions with the World Health Organization estimating that it prevents anywhere between two to three million deaths worldwide each year.

Easter Heist Leaves Store Almost 12K Short
More than eleven thousand dollars was stolen from A&R Belize City Branch over the Easter Holidays. According to reports, the Manager of the store reported to police that she was informed that the money balance for Wednesday and Thursday of last week along with money for Money Gram services which was secured inside a metal safe in the main office of the store was missing .Upon making checkse she observed that the metal safe was open and monies amounting to eleven thousand seven hundred and six dollars was missing. Police are investigating.

Minor Detained For Wednesday’s Murder
Belize City police have detained a 15 year old in connection to the murder of 22 year old Patrick Bevans. Bevans was shot multiple times to the head and body on Tuesday morning as he was making his way home after buying from a nearby store in the Jane Usher Boulevard Area. Police at Precinct two say they have noticed a spike in crime in that area and have boosted up both foot and mobile patrol. A police peace caravan has also been station in the area with an effort to control and reduce crime in the area.

Marketing Manager Accuses of Rape in Western Belize
A 31-year-old, Belize City resident of a Cran Street address who is employed as a Marketing Manager, was arrested and charged for rape. The arrest of Garth Longsworth came as the result of an investigation conducted by the authorities following the report of a 16-year-old young woman. According to the minor, she was walking on Bullet Tree Road in San Ignacio Town, Cayo District on Friday, March 7 at around ten o’clock in the night and upon reaching the corner with Joseph Andrews Drive, near a pharmacy, she was approached from behind and dragged to the rear of the pharmacy building where a red-skinned man had sexual intercourse with her against her will. The young woman, who was heading home from Maxim’s Restaurant, reported the incident to the San Ignacio Police the following day which led to the arrest of Longsworth.

Orange Walk Family Reports Case of Extortion
Police is closely and carefully investigating a case of extortion of a well-known family in Orange Walk. LOVE NEWS understands that for the past three weeks, police has been reviewing a ten minute tape where a masked man, speaking in Spanish, requests that the Cabanas Family of Asuncion Street Orange Walk, hand over one million dollars or else members of the Cabanas family will be executed. We understand that the video was delivered to the family via mail in an envelope without a return address. Police has not reported anything on the matter but LOVE NEWS understands that a formal report has been made by Sara Cabanas, who received the video. The video is ten minutes long and shows a masked man speaking on camera. It also shows a woman and a man being decapitated, video which is believed was downloaded from the internet and edited in the video.

Buses Searched: Marijuana Uncovered
A check point on the George Price Highway led Cayo police to discover more than three thousand grams of marijuana in separate incidents. At about 10:30 yesterday morning Cayo Police pulled over a green BBOC bus in order to conduct a search. The search led police to discover a black sling purse on the seat inside the bus containing 1,800 grams of suspected cannabis. The drug was labelled and deposited as Found Property. A few minutes later, a Shaw Bus was stopped and a search was conducted. Police found a pink and black school bag under a seat inside the bus which contained 2,025 grams of suspected cannabis. The Drug was labelled and deposited as found property.


Galen University President and Chair Removed
Only last week, Galen University band released its new album of gospel music titled, “I am the Alpha and the Omega”, but is there a move to shift the focus of Galen in a completely different direction? This morning, Plus News was called to the Galen University Belmopan campus...

15 year old Believed to Patrick Bevan’s Murderer
Police say they have detained a 15 year old for the shooting death of Patrick Bevans. 22 year old Patrick Bevans was gunned down on Wednesday morning in Belize City on a side street not far from his home on Louise Bevans Street. Bevans was the third murder in...

Teacher’s Union Annual Meeting Discusses OSH Bill
The Occupational Safety and Health Bill has caused disquiet for employers who believe its measures are too punitive and do harm to all businesses and employees. But consultations as part of the process to make it law continue, and today members of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) listened...

New Squatters in Harmonyville Causing Disharmony
Yesterday we told you that BGYEA is moving forward with the development of Harmonyville even without assistance from the Government. However, lack of funding is the least of their problems. In last night’s newscast, president of BGYEA Nigel Petillo spoke of investment in the Buffer zone of the community....

UB Bomb Threat; Exams are Near
The University of Belize is less than three weeks before final examinations and for some student’s the stakes are high. Around this time of the school year, police always get reports of bomb threats that would momentarily freeze the entire school system. This year was no different. Some minutes...

Firearm Charges after Motorcycle Chase
Belize City police on motor cycle patrol yesterday morning set chase after a male person on a motorcycle who sped off and drove into Faber’s Road into a yard. Police say they saw the man hand over an object that appeared to be a handgun to a man in...

A&R Robbed of Thousands of Dollars
Over $11,000 was stolen from A & R store in Belize City. The Manager of the store told police that the day after the Easter weekend, she arrived at work and was informed by one of her store supervisors that the money balance for Wednesday and Thursday along with...

Fire in Belmopan
There was afire in Belmopan today. No structures were damaged but the fire service was called to put out the blaze that was apparently lit after a plot of land in a residential area was cleared. The lot is right between the Love Fm building in Belmopan and a...

Weed on the Bus; Lots of It
Thousands of grams of weed were discovered on different busses searched at police check points. Yesterday, police conducted a vehicle check point on the George Price Highway and searched a BBOC bus. They found a black sling purse on the seat inside the bus containing 1,800 grams of suspected...

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New Vector Borne Virus Threatening Belize
There is a new vector borne Virus posing a threat to Belize. It is called Chikunguya and according Dr. Michael Pitts, the Director of Health Services, “It is not a question of if it will reach Belize but when”. Chikunguya was first discovered after an outbreak in 1952 on the Makonde Plateau which is located along the border between Mozambique and Tanganyika (the mainland part of modern day Tanzania). The name is derived from a description in the Makonde language meaning "that which bends up" and according to Dr. Pitts, “the name says it all”. The disease shares similarity with Dengue. Symptoms include a fever up to 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The fever typically last for two days and ends abruptly. However, the duration of the signature symptom, arthritis like joint pain, varies by patient. The severe joint pain may last 5 to 15 days, a few months or, in some cases, a few years. There is no cure for the virus. Dr. Pitts says, “What we do is treat the symptoms.” Fortunately for those who may be infected, the fatality rate for Chikunguya is extremely low.

Joseph Budna escapes Guatemalan Prison
Convicted Kidnapper, Joseph Budna, who was serving a 25 year sentence in a Guatemalan Prison, remains on the run after he escaped from the authorities on Monday, April 21. According to Guatemalan press reports, Budna was admitted to a hospital in Zacapa Guatemala since April 11 for an illness which causes bleeding all over the body. He seized an opportunity on Monday and managed to get away from 3 prison guards who were posted to monitor him. Budna had been serving a prison sentence in los Jocotes Prison since October 26, 2012 after he was convicted in Guatemala’s High Court of kidnapping. Guatemalan authorities said that he was the mastermind in a transnational kidnapping ring which targeted the children of wealthy persons. He also told the media that he was working on appealing his conviction.

Canton Canned from CPBL
Henry Canton has been officially fired as the General Manager of the Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL). In the past few months, Canton had emerged as perhaps the most divisive figure in the Belizean citrus industry as he represented Banks Holdings limited and was in fact the moving hand behind decisions which were taken by Banks holdings. Those decisions led the industry into near brink of extinction with farmers delivering citrus products but not being paid. The impasse hinged on Banks Holdings executing their veto powers, through CEO Henry Canton, refusing to hire a new auditor to look into the accounts of the company. Without audited financials, First Caribbean Bank, which financed the operations of the industry refused to forward any financing to CPBL to pay farmers forcing the industry into uncertainty.

Old toys from the lord
If ever you were to read the writings by Godfrey Smith you would have thought that his days as a politician were over. He has freely maligned through his writings just about everyone in the upper echelons of the People's United Party. Everyone has gotten the bitter taste of his ink on paper. No one could have ever suspected that Smith would have been reformatted and reborn once again back into the PUP as its National Campaign Manager. That however is exactly what took place a couple of weeks ago when the PUP's executive met and decided to bring back the old viper into the folds of the grand old party. And we can refer to Smith as a viper as we do know his history within the PUP, he was known as a social climber who was willing to do just about anything to rise to the top; biting heels and necks on his way up. We can remember the infamous G-7 movement within the PUP which he was an integral part of and which he was also the first to abandon at the mere shaking of the carrot ministry of tourism that gave him that much more within the 2003-2008 Musa administration.

BELTRAIDE Partners with University of Belize
On Thursday, April 17th, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Belize as part of its efforts to promote entrepreneurship in the minds of young Belizeans. Mike Singh, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, signed on behalf of BELTRAIDE. During a short briefing with the press, Singh spoke of many ideas he has for the partnership with the University. He told Dr. Vincent Palacio, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, that he sees the department as a very important one for the development of Belize. Singh says with the help of BELTRAIDE the University of Belize will be seen as a business center – the place to train for anyone with business aspirations. There is a long term plan for business development in the partnership between BELTRAIDE and UB but the immediate focus is solely on entrepreneurship. Singh says, “If I get one young entrepreneur to develop a small business and he hires 10 people; 5 might be other graduates so the good thing about it is it's really an exponential increase in being able to not only give them an opportunity but to expand the employment opportunities throughout.”

Mayor Darrell Bradley welcomes Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to Belize
The Mayor of Los Angeles was on vacation in Belize over the Easter weekend. Mayor Garcetti arrived in Belize City on Holy Thursday and was greeted at the airport by his local counterpart Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley. Mayor Bradley hosted a dinner reception in honor of Mayor Garcetti in Belize City. Mayor Bradley said that Belize and Los Angeles share many common ties, and Los Angeles is an important partner to Belize, especially since the majority of Belizeans in the Diaspora live in the greater Los Angeles Area. Mayor Garcetti left Belize on Easter Monday. The Queen’s Baton arrives in Belize City The Queen’s Baton arrived in Belize yesterday 21 April, 2014. The Queen’s Baton Relay is a tradition started in 1958, where the Queen’s Baton carrying a message from Queen Elizabeth II, travels around the world to usher in the start of the then Empire Games in Cardiff, Wales. The games have evolved into the Commonwealth Games, now the second largest multi-sports event in the world aside from the Olympic Games.

A new church building for the BDF
Bishop of the Anglican Church, Philip Wright, Reverend Roosevelt Papauloute, the Salvation Army's Major Errol Robateau and other religious denomination representatives were present on Wednesday April 23, as the Belize Defence Force dedicated and consecrated the St. George's church at Price Barracks in Ladyville. According to CEO in the Ministry of National Security, (Ret.) Colonel George Lovell, there was once a St. George's Church on the BDF compound but it had become termite infested and there was long a need for a new one. He said that the BDF recognized that there was a need for the soldiers to have a place to worship no matter what denomination they were from and the BDF had to accommodate that need. He added that the new retrofitted building which was once a store room now makes life easier for the soldiers since they now have a place to praise within the compound.

Easter in Orange Walk Central
On April 16, 2014, Denny Grijalva and the Orange Walk UDP Central committee held an Easter Egg Hunt for all kids up to the age of 12yrs at the Peoples Stadium. Even though we experienced inclement weather (showers of Blessings) the function went on, and the egg hunt was a great success. About 400 kids were treated to lots of Easter eggs & sweets; they played games and then were served snacks. The event was planned and executed by the Orange Walk UDP Central Committee and Mr. Denny Grijalva, with the support of the Orange Walk business community, who contributed very generously. We would like to say a big “Thank You “ to Denny and his committee, all supporters who helped and the Orange Walk Business Community, who made this function the great success that it was. Thanks also to all parents and kids who assisted and are very happy to know that Denny Cares.

Special Envoy Shedding Light on Trailblazing Women of Belize
Since Tuesday, April 8, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children has featured a special lady on its Facebook page each week. The initiative is being called “Trailblazer Tuesday” and according to the Special Envoy it is an extension of the Women's Empowerment Campaign started by the office with the 20,000 Strong Rally on March 6. The Facebook page is Special Envoy Belize and three women have been featured since the launch of Trailblazer Tuesdays. Those women are Mrs. Marie Sharp, Mrs. Sandra Bedran and Mrs. Rossana Briceño. They are featured on the page along with their photo and information about the accomplishments that make them worthy of recognition as trailblazers. A new trailblazer will be featured every Tuesday and the general public is encouraged to nominate female trailblazers from their community. Nominations can be made by emailing the Office of the Special Envoy at specialenvoybelize@gmail.com or messaging the Facebook page at Special Envoy Belize. A trailblazer according to the Office of the Special Envoy is a woman who has “defied great odds to excel in her professional career or in politics; given selflessly as community activists; overcome the hardships of parenthood to provide the best for their children or led the way in non-traditional roles and set great examples for our girls”.

Yhony Rosado Ordered to Keep the Peace
On Wednesday, April 23, Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith ordered Yhony Rosado, owner of a popular cave tubing operation, to stay out of trouble or he will be imprisoned. Rosado appeared in the Belize City Magistrates Court to face a charge for fighting in the Fort Street Tourism Zone. Vitalino Reyes Sr. reported to police that he was attacked by Rosado on Boxing Day, December 26th, 2013 while on Fort Street in Belize City. In court, Rosado told Chief Magistrate Smith that he and Reyes did argue that day. Rosado claims he faked Reyes and then walked away. In Reyes’ testimony he said Yhony Rosado beat him up that day. Reyes told the court that Rosado placed a clip board in his face and told him that the price he had was cheaper. Rosado then kicked him in the left leg and punched him in the face causing him to fall to the ground. Reyes said it was then that Rosado walked away. Reyes said, “I never touched, punched or kicked Yhony. I just step back.”

Two baby girls knocked down, one died
There were two separate accidents involving two little girls which happened over the Easter weekend, and unfortunately, one of them lost her life. The first one happened on Holy Thursday in Trial Farm Village. 2-year-old Rachel Chan was walking across a street to meet her father when a Ford F-150, being driven by a 14 year-old minor, knocked her down. The toddler had to be rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital, and then to the KHMH to receive medical treatment. She received serious injuries, and had to get emergency medical surgery to save her life. The 14 year-old minor will be charged with driving without due care and attention, negligent grievous harm, driving without a driver’s license and failing to report an accident. Police also intend to serve the owner of the vehicle with a summons for allowing the minor to unlawfully drive his vehicle.

Burglary turns to murder in Boston Village
Myra Evadney Miller, a 68 year-old resident of Boston Village on the Maskall Road, died at the KHMH on Easter Sunday, April 20, after she was found inside her house, which showed signs of forced entry. On Friday, April 18, in the evening, the Village Council Chairman and his family got concerned that they had not seen Miller for at least 1 day and half, and so they went investigating. They found one of the side windows on her house which looked like it was forced open. They used that to get inside and opened the front door. Inside one of the rooms they found the elderly woman on the ground with abrasions on her face and head, and a gash on her shoulder. They immediately called in police who realized that she was still alive, and so she was rushed to the KHMH, where she fought for survival until Sunday.

Belizean killed in Melchor
Benque Viejo Resident, Edwin Javier Chan, was violently killed in Melchor de Menchos, Guatemala, on Friday night, April 18, or early Saturday morning. His body was discovered near the Auto Hotel in the Barrio Campito area of Melchor at around 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 19. He had suffered a gunshot to the left side of the head, from a weapon believed to be a handgun. He also had wounds which suggested that he was beaten up before he was killed. Robbery was probably not the motive because his jewellery and passport were found on him; only his phone was missing. His body was returned to Belize on Saturday night, and he was buried on Monday, April 21.

Four men busted with Firearm
Police report that at around 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday April 22, police intercepted 4 men inside a 4-Runner SUV on Prince Street in Belize City. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle where they found 21-year-old Kashief Gallego, 20-year-old Akeem Garcia, and 22-year-old Paris Williams, all of the Maxboro Area. Also in the vehicle was George Street associate, 19-year-old Ijaman Young, of Belize City. At the time of the search Parris Williams was the driver. While nothing incriminating was found on the men, a further search was conducted inside the vehicle where police found a 9 mm pistol and 14 live rounds.

Guatemalan Soldier Captured in Belize
Officers of the Belize Defence Force detained a Guatemalan soldier in Belize on Monday, though he entered into the country illegally, he will not be charged for it. Instead, he will be escorted to the Belize/Guatemala border, where he will be allowed to leave freely because of a cooperation agreement between the BDF and the Guatemalan Armed Forces. A BDF patrol in operation in the Rio Blanco area at the Belize Guatemala Border caught the soldier and 3 other civilians about 250 meters, or about 1 tenth of a mile, in Belizean territory. The 3 civilians were released and allowed to leave, but the soldier was escorted out of the Rio Blanco area, where he was in detention at Camp Belizario in the Cayo District.

Man shot in Cayo
At about 3:00 am on Sunday of this past weekend, a man known very well to the law was shot on Second Street in San Ignacio Town. Trevor Lamb was on his way home in the accompany of a female when a male person emerged from the darkness and fired a shot at him. Trevor Lamb received an injury to the left arm. As a result Lamb was transported to the San Ignacio Hospital where he received treatment before being taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. After the incident, Trevor Lamb was listed in critical but stable condition. As of this hour, Police have been unable to speak to the him about the threat to his life in an effort to further pursue this case.

Police withdraw murder charges
On Thursday April 10 police charged George Mckenzie Jr. for the killing of 57 year old Rhaburn’s alley resident Alfonso Cruz who was shot and later died as he was seated on an old refrigerator inside his yard. The shooting had occurred on Saturday April 12th. Police would shortly thereafter arrest Mckenzie for the crime but on Tuesday April 22 based on a directive from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions the charges had to be withdrawn. The directive explained that McKenzie was caught on camera elsewhere, at the time of the shooting so he could not have committed the offense. Mckenzie was in fact at the Chon Sing restaurant at the time of the shooting and there was video evidence to support this.

Nude decomposing body of woman found in Corozal
Investigators from the Corozal Police need the help of members of the public in identifying the body of a woman which was found off the road which connects the Chan Chen and Patchakan Villages. Police believe that she was killed sometime over the Easter Holidays either Sunday, April 20, or Monday, April 21. The body was discovered on Tuesday at around 2:35 p.m., where it had been dumped off the main road in the swamp area known as the Savannahs. The woman’s body was completely nude, and her head was missing its hair. It was in advanced state of decomposition, and it showed signs that wild animals had been feeding on it. An on-sight post-mortem by Dr. Mario Estradabran certified that she had been chopped to death, and because of the secluded location, and the absence of clues, it is believed that she was killed in another area, and her assailant or assailants disposed of her body in the swamp knowing that it is a deserted location with very limited traffic.

Cop pleads guilty to damaging reporter’s Cellphone
A cop who back in December 2013 slapped a phone out of a reporter’s hands must now pay the court $100 and compensation to the owner in the sum of $2,000. Police Constable, Joslyn Gill, 31, who is one of 3 cops who were allegedly involved in the shakedown of Belmopan resident, Thyrel Hyde in December 2013 was charged with damage to property on Tuesday April 22. On the day he was arraigned on a charge of theft, Gill slapped a Galaxy S4 phone out of the hands of reporter, Daniel Ortiz of Channel 7 causing it to fall to the ground and break its screen. Gill reappeared in court on Tuesday where he was charged with a single count of damage to property for the Samsung Galaxy S4 cellphone valued at $2,000, property of Daniel Ortiz of Channel 7.

Prison officer caught smuggling weed into prison
Prison officer, 27-year-old, Ryan Rowland, appeared in Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday April 22 where he was charged with a single count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply another person or persons for drug trafficking. Allegations are that on April 17, 2014, the prison officer was busted whilst trying to smuggle 55 grams of weed into the Kolbe Foundation. In court Rowland appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. There was no objection to bail which was offered to him in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same. His next court date is set for June 26, 2014.

Michael Shawn Whylie Busted with 9 mm Pistol
Majestic Alley resident, 20-year-old Michael Shawn Whylie, was busted with a 9 mm pistol on Easter Monday, April 21. Police say that at about 5:10 p.m. that evening they acted upon information received and conducted a search upon Whylie through Majestic Alley but nothing incriminating was found on him. Police then accompanied Whylie to his home in the alley where he opened the door and a search was conducted inside the house. Nothing was found inside the house. Police then took their search into his yard and that’s was when they found a black 9 mm handgun hidden under the house behind a piece of zinc. The gun was loaded with five live rounds of ammunition. Whylie was detained after he could not produce a license for the gun and ammunition.

Juan Pablo Magallanes 86th Cross Country Champion
The 86th Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is now history and the final outcome has also been recorded into the annals of our sport pages. The Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic took place on April 19, 2014, where some 109 riders participated in this historic event. The race was dominated by the foreign riders and in the end the first Belizean rider to cross the finish line was in 8th place. The event lasted some 5:45:03 and at the end it was Mexican Juan Pablo Magallanes of Benny’s Megabytes that captured the coveted title. The second rider to cross the finish line was Alejandro Miranda of Team Smart in a time of 5:45:06; third place went to Florencio Ramos Torres of Predators, fourth place went to Hector Hugo Rangel of Benny’s Megabytes, and fifth place went to David Santos of BelCal Cycling Team to round off the top five finishers in the event.

Queen’s Baton in Belize
The Queen’s Baton Relay, which is the singular event leading up to the opening of the XX Commonwealth Games scheduled for July 23-August 4, 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland, arrived in Belize on Monday April 21, 2014. The Queen’s Baton Relay arrived into the country on the day Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrated he 88th birthday. The Queen’s Baton Relay was received at the Philip Goldson International Airport by Mr. Hilly Martinez President of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, Mr. Sonny Meighan Vice President and Public Relations Officer of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, His Excellency Mr. Peter Hughes British High Commissioner to Belize, Patrick Henry Chef-De-Mission to the XX Commonwealth Games, other members of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, the Hon. Dolores Garcia Area Representative for Belize Rural Central and Mr. Peter Magadlano Chairman of Ladyville Village Council and the media. The Queen’s Baton was then relayed into Belize City by cyclists of the Cycle Federation of Belize to the Memorial Park where a tree planting ceremony took place in honour of the Queen’s Baton Relay to Belize.

San Pedro Tigersharks and Cayo Ballaz maintain lead in Elite Basketball League competition
The Elite Basketball League competition continued over the last week with four games on the schedule. On Friday April 11, at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Orange Walk Town, the visiting Belmopan Point Bandits defeated the Orange Walk Running Rebels by the score of 95-77. The top scorers for the Belmopan Point Bandits were Adam Carswell with 20 points, and 10 rebounds, Dorian Jones with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals, and Christian Rodriguez with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Meanwhile, the top scorers for the Orange Walk Running Rebels were Ian Carcamo with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 steals, and Randy Usher with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. The competition then continued on Saturday April 12 with three more games on the schedule. At the Punta Gorda Sports Complex, the Dangriga Warriors defeated the Toledo Diplomats by the score of 81-53.

Belizean athletes to XX Commonwealth Games
It was announced on Monday April 21, 2014, during the Official Ceremony for the Queen’s Baton Relay, by Mr. Hilly Martinez, President of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association that Belize will participate in the XX Commonwealth Games scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 – August 4, 2014. Belizean athletes will participate in Athletics (Track&Field), Cycling, Shooting, Table Tennis and Triathlon. The XX Commonwealth Games will be declared open by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on July 23, 2014, when she will read her message that is stored in the Queen’s Baton to the athletes at the games and youths of the Commonwealth.

Police United opens lead in Belikin Cup Closing Season Tourney
The Premier League of Belize Belikin Cup Closing Tournament continued over the last weekend with a number of games played across the country. On Saturday April 19, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the home team the Belmopan Bandits blanked the visiting FC Belize by the score of 4-0. The goals for the Belmopan Bandits were scored by Denmark Casey Jr. in the 44th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The lead was further increased when Elroy Kuylen scored his team 2nd goal of the game in the 47th minute of play for a 2-0 lead. Jerome James then scored his team 3rd goal of the game in the 49th minute of play while the last goal of the game was scored by Jerome James in the 82nd minute of play for the big 4-0 victory. At the Marhsalleck Stadium in Benque Viejo Del Carmen, the league’s leading Police United shut out the host team Verdes FC by the score of 1-0. The only goal of the games was scored by Danny Jimenez in the 37th minute of play for the victory and a commanding lead in the Belikin Cup Closing Season.

Good Friday popularly observed in Benque Viejo del Carmen
Observations of Good Friday in Benque Viejo del Carmen is normally a family event but this last Friday it took a special fervor with the solemn recollection of what happened to Jesus some 2000 years ago. Benque Viejo del Carmen gives at every turn of its streets and bye-ways expression that it is a tightly knit Town where the Roman Catholic Church traditions are popularly upheld. The early morning of last Friday started in earnest with numerous volunteers from the community and members of the ‘Via Real Sangre de Cristo’ Group spraying water on the main asphalt tributaries in Benque in preparation of a form of art that requires dedication and patience. With numerous sacks of sawdust and a variety of paints at the ready, the groups gather to form complex designs of colored sawdust on the main ways; with no sign of vehicular traffic for miles around.

Horseracing returns to Cayo
After horse racing had gone to basically non-existent in the Cayo district, the Easter weekend proved that the efforts by Hon. Rene Montero to refurbish and retrofit the Santa Elena Peter August Memorial Horse Stadium is paying off dividends. Since it was re-opened a few months ago, the stadium is slowly returning to its former glory and the Easter weekend saw one of the most successful horserace events held. There were 5 heats featured: the 2 furlong event was won by the horse Nightshift with its jockey Stephan out of the John Carr Stable. The 3 furlong event was taken by Westar and its jockey Manuel Rodriguez out of the Backa Ranch Stable. The 4 furlong was taken by Sangre and its jockey Chicken out of the Georgeville stable. In the race for the best cattle horse it was Thunder and its jockey Chicken out of the Georgeville Stable who took the prize. In the Main Event of a 5 1/2 furlong race it was Eclipse with its Jockey Manuel Rodriguez out of the Rodriguez Stable who captured the first place prize.

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A Walk Into San Pedro Town – New Crossfit Gym, Lunch & Chocolate
Up in the Boca Del Rio area (north of town), my Crossfit gym is building a new box. (Box = gym in CrossTalk.) Right on the beach…larger open space. This is going to be good. The cement slab has been poured and set and yesterday, the walls started going up. Later, around lunchtime, I took the beach back into town for errands galore (including dreaded trips to not just one BUT two local banks). Not a bad day for a stroll. And then on to lunch…but I need to report back on that later since I’m also heading here for breakfast in a few hours. Already deciding whether to have Coconut French Toast or Choco-Churro hot cakes.

Letter to the Editor: Norwegian Cruise Line
I viewed with interest the hosting of a press tour by Norwegian Cruise Line and the explanation by NCL executive Colin Murphy of why the establishment of a cruise port at Harvest Caye would be such a wonderful blessing for Belize. What particularly prompts me to write is his astonishingly candid – and frightening – statement that “Really, what we are doing is locking ourselves into Belize”. Remember that word, “locked”. Although no longer a member of the Belizean media I could not help but think of a few questions for Mr. Murphy had I been present. Specifically could he explain: why Belizean taxpayers should pay NCL over a hundred million Belize dollars in direct cash subsidy over the course of its exclusive concession, thus allowing NCL to recoup its entire capital investment at Harvest Caye? why Belizeans should be thrilled with the creation of 200 low paying part-time seasonal jobs? why NCL needs to reserve 25% of the jobs on Harvest Caye (no doubt the best paying jobs) for foreigners?

Tropic Air Announces addition of King Arcraft to it’s Fleet
After a period of crew and support service familiarization, the King Air will be used on routes to Roatan, Merida and daily flights to Cancun. It will also appear on other international routes, such as San Pedro Sula and Flores, Peten from time to time. Tropic Air operates a fleet of 12 aircraft to 16 destinations in Belize, Honduras, Mexico and Guatemala. With over 270 employees, Tropic Air launched flights to Merida, Mexico in March of this year.

The sign says it all. Belize’s Caye Caulker is quite possibly one of the most laid-back places I have been to. A 45 minute ferry ride away from Belize City (or 2.5 hours from Chetumal, Mexico), this tiny island is a place to truly go slow. In fact, it’s their motto. There are no cars; you can get everywhere you need to go to by foot, golf cart or bike. Things to do on Caye Caulker: 1. Turn off all electronic devices and hide them in the bottom of your suitcase. 2. Eat lobster (especially if you are there near the end of June for the annual Lobster Festival) 3. Find a place that makes banana coladas. Think piña colada but with bananas instead of pineapple. They just might be the best drink IN THE WORLD. (The Tropical Paradise Restaurant has them).

By speaking with various locals, I’ve learned that there are many rumours that go around during this season. For instance, it is bad luck to travel during Lent, and you shouldn’t swim on Good Friday for fear of becoming a mermaid. Of course, some of these are not followed by travellers or even locals. Just in case, I won’t be found in the water today as I HAVE travelled during Lent. Also on Good Friday, as is the case at home, meat shouldn’t be eaten. Unsurprisingly, the special in most restaurants in the village today is rice and beans with fish (rather than the usual stewed chicken or beef). One thing I was surprised by was that no restaurants or shops are allowed to sell alcohol until 6pm today.

Tripping Back into Belize
Though I had been just once before last month, Belize had always held a very, very special place in my heart. Why, you ask? Well, it happens to be the place where I bought the engagement ring for Colleen. She was there to pick it out herself, actually. This was on our second cruise. We sailed on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas with a bunch of friends to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of our cruisemates. It seems like so long ago. It has been nine years or more, as I recall. The memories of our stop came rushing back a few weeks ago when I cruised to the Central American nation again – this time on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. This time, it was for a freelance writing assignment. And this time, my brother Bart joined. This marks our first cruise together. This time, I cave tubed again. But this time, the vehicle didn’t blow a tire and risk flipping over in a ditch.

Lionfish Jewellery update!
Lionfish jewellery!!!! Fancy wearing a pair of these beauties? Not only will you look stunning but you will also be part of a very important conservation movement. Helping to eradicate the invasive lionfish from our waters whilst raising awareness!! ReefCI need your help!! We are taking our lionfish jewellery, and lovely local jewellers, to the next level and need a catchy slogan to accompany the product! Send through your thoughts and the winner will receive a pair of specially commissioned lionfish earrings!

Bad Men Visit Penner and Offer Him Big Money to Roll Out
Former Immigration minister Elvin Penner is reportedly facing a different heat other than the contempt of Belizeans who have been outraged by his egregious act of issuing Belizean citizenship and passport to South Korean, Won Hong Kim who was jailed in Taiwan. NBZLIVE has credible information that Penner might be facing consequences for unfinished business due to his sudden dismissal from office last September. A source has confirmed to NBZLive that Penner was recently visited by persons of Asian descent who offered him BZD $1Million in order to get him to resign the UDP and leave the country. Penner, we were told refused the offer for fear of his life. There have been rumors that Penner has been receiving threats since the scandal broke on September 19, 2013 – the day he was kicked out of cabinet by Prime Minister Barrow. Those rumors have so far proven baseless since Penner has been able to freely exit and re-enter the country since the scandal broke. Even after he was criminally charged a few weeks ago, he was not ordered to surrender his travel documents.

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Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don't Believe Us Here's Proof
A marketing stunt for the upcoming Ubisoft game "Watch Dogs" is inadvertently allowing users to check how well they've set up their Facebook privacy settings. The campaign called "Digital Shadow", which currently is available only in the US, requests permission to access a user's account and then pulls information to build a comprehensive dossier of the user as if he or she were an assassin's target. And we do mean comprehensive. Digital Shadow first shows users the photos they've tagged as public, then it moves on to examine their friends. It shows users which of their Facebook friends they interact with most, which interact with them the most, which they don't interact with at all, and (gulp) which friends they've been stalking that haven't been stalking them back. (Those who've been keeping tabs on their exes should avoid this section at all costs.) Head over to the Digital Shadow tool to see your own horrifyingly detailed breakdown, then update your privacy settings ASAP. This campaign is available for those in the US only.

Jamaica Strong Investor In Agricultural R&D
Belize is at the bottom of the list. It spends nothing on R&D. However, Jamaica trails Dominican Republic, whose spend is equivalent to 60 per cent of GDP. Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia and Honduras are also ahead of Jamaica. "In the LAC region, for every US$100 in goods produced by the agricultural sector, there is only US$1.10 invested in agricultural research, which historically pays an enormous return on such investments over the medium and longer terms," said the IDB report. "In more developed economies, this investment tends to be more than three times that amount." The greatest proportion of Jamaica's spend, about a third, is invested in infrastructure. A quarter is funnelled to agricultural schools, a tenth on inspection service, and a sliver of about two per cent goes toward marketing and promotion.

Students Impacted After Powerful Baylor Mission Trip Experiences
Baylor Missions was busy living out its purpose over spring break 2014. At the beginning of what most students utilize as a much-needed week off, 90 dedicated Baylor faculty, students, and staff boarded planes to take helping hands to five global destinations: El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, the Dominican Republic and Eagle Pass, Texas. Staying true to the Baylor Missions principle of focusing on discipline-specific missions, each group concentrated on how the students could use their academic strengths and passions in service of Christ and the world. Holly Widick, assistant director of missions for Baylor Spiritual Life, headed to Esperanza, Dominican Republic, with a men’s leadership team of Baylor business students.

Studying the delicate balance of coral reefs
For the past two years Elizabeth McKenna has been keenly aware — and concerned — that many of the world's coral reefs are in trouble. So when it came time to choose a senior thesis project, the Princeton University ecology and evolutionary biology major decided she was going to help play a role in figuring out solutions to this pressing problem. "Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, and maintaining those ecosystems is extremely important," McKenna said. "Not only is their biodiversity critical to aquatic ecosystems, but they're also important in terms of what they provide for humans, which includes everything from tourism and recreation to shoreline wave protection, fishing and even the discovery of new medicines."

Dan Riskin explores wonders, weirdness of Mother Nature
The Edmonton-raised biologist, and current co-host of Discovery Canada’s TV show Daily Planet, opens his first book with the story of the time a botfly egg hatched inside the top of his head, where it quickly grew into a maggot. This happened in Belize, where Riskin was doing research on bats. He didn’t even realize the egg was there until he got home and starting feeling, every once in a while, “like someone was pressing the edge of a spoon” into his head from the inside. Usually, the maggot will spend the next month and a half or so eating its way out of its host’s body, until it emerges from the host’s skin, moults into an adult fly, and takes off. But Riskin couldn’t wait that long. Mostly because he found it annoying. He convinced a doctor in the ER to take a scalpel to his head, where eventually, Riskin writes, the doctor actually gasped when he saw the maggot that was hiding inside. So begins Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You (Touchstone), a chatty and frequently infectious riff on the ways in which the natural world behaves very badly indeed — at least according to our human moral code.

The Ancient Maya and Virtual Worlds: Different Perspectives on Material Meanings
A UC researcher explores the Maya perspective on the material world and begins to uncover parallels with today's online culture. If Facebook were around 1,400 years ago, the ancient Maya might have been big fans of the virtual self. The Maya believed that part of your identity could inhabit material objects, like a courtier's mirror or sculptor's carving tool. Maya might even name these objects, talk to them or take them to special events. They considered these items to be alive. The practice of sharing your identity with material possessions might seem unusual in a modern context. But is it that different from today's selfie-snapping, candy-crushing online culture, where social media profiles can be as important to a person's identity as his or her real-world interactions? Even money is virtual now, as digital currency such as Bitcoin gains popularity.

Lobster And Shellfish Fishing Under Threat In Caribbean
The future of the Caribbean's conch (shellfish) and lobster fisheries remains under threat despite regional efforts to protect it. This issue is at the top of the agenda of the 12th meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, the main technical and scientific decision-making body of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) being held here. The Belize-based agency coordinates the management of fisheries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Acting Permanent Secretary in Dominica's fisheries ministry, Harold Guiste, speaking a the the three day meeting, highlighted efforts by the United States to declare conch an endangered species. "It appears some countries are bent on wanting to exercise control over all the resources in the world," despite regional systems in place to monitor the harvesting of the delicacies," Guiste told delegates.

Increase of Sugar Production in the Caribbean
After a slow start to the 2013/2014 sugar crop due to heavy rains, the production of sugar in the region is gaining momentum, said Karl James Chairman of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC). According to the SAC, Jamaica led the way in regional sugar production in March with 37,990 tonnes, followed closely by Guyana with 37,794 tonnes, Caribbean News Agency reported today. Belize recorded production of 23,767 tonnes and Barbados totaled 1,788 tonnes. The SAC says for the current crop, the region has supplied 151,527 tonnes of sugar to the European Union; 5,570 tonnes to the Caribbean market and 2,552 tonnes to other markets. However, he also warned that evidence suggest this will be a difficult year for sugar producers in the Caribbean.

37 Incredible Wreck Dives That Will Give You Goosebumps
You’ll either be mesmerized or haunted — or both — by these 37 images of shipwrecks and aircraft wrecks found in the depths of the sea. These wrecks create an otherworldly atmosphere under the sea for curious divers, but they are also home to different kinds of marine life. Scroll down and dive in!


Video: The Untold Story Of The World's Most Famous Photo, 7min.
The incredible story of the world's most FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH... EARTHRISE and how it was captured by chance. A re-creation, with the astronaut's voices. the first part is explanatory, the last half is photographers under pressure... with a killer shot disappearing if they don't get their stuff together ... fast....

In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth.

Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8's historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. Narrator Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon, sets the scene for a three-minute visualization of the view from both inside and outside the spacecraft accompanied by the onboard audio of the astronauts.

Downloadable images and video (public domain) from the above Earthrise Video
You can also download the video itself.

In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth.

Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8's historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. Narrator Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon, sets the scene for a three-minute visualization of the view from both inside and outside the spacecraft accompanied by the onboard audio of the astronauts.

The visualization draws on numerous historical sources, including the actual cloud pattern on Earth from the ESSA-7 satellite and dozens of photographs taken by Apollo 8, and it reveals new, historically significant information about the Earthrise photographs. It has not been widely known, for example, that the spacecraft was rolling when the photos were taken, and that it was this roll that brought the Earth into view. The visualization establishes the precise timing of the roll and, for the first time ever, identifies which window each photograph was taken from.

More video and images from the Earthrise video

The famous color photograph known as Earthrise, as well as a black-and-white image taken a minute earlier, document the moment when Earth was seen for the first time by human eyes from behind the Moon. They were taken on December 24, 1968 by the crew of Apollo 8, the first humans to leave low Earth orbit.

The sight of a small, intensely blue Earth rising above the barren, gray horizon of the Moon was one of the few things that NASA and the crew of Apollo 8 had not thoroughly planned and rehearsed beforehand. As historian Robert Poole noted, this lack of preparation meant that the sight of Earth came with the force of a revelation, not just for the astronauts but for everyone on the ground. We came all this way to explore the Moon, Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders said, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.

Using the latest elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, this visualization attempts to recreate what the astronauts saw. The virtual camera of the rendering software is put in the position of the Apollo 8 spacecraft at the time of the photographs, as the spacecraft emerged from its fourth pass behind the Moon. It shows a two-minute interval centered on 16:39:06 UT (10:39 a.m. Houston time) on December 24, 1968. This is around the time of AOS (acquisition of signal), the moment when radio contact is re-established after being lost on the far side of the Moon.

Video: Easter Fair from Ferris Wheel, min.
The Cayo Easter Fair was a huge event, yet again. They had lots of great stalls, with everything from food to drinks to information. Here are some shots from the ferris wheel...and of the ferris wheel.

Video: CWS Belize Trip 2014, 34min.
Belize Missions Trip 2014, Machaca Outreach Center near the city of Punta Gorda, Belize. April 10-23, 2014

Video: Belize - (24 Dec 2013 to 11 Jan 2014), min.
Belize!! Caye Caulker, San Pedro, Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, Raggamuffin tours, Rendezvous Caye, Tobacco Caye, Placencia, Hopkins, San Ignacio, Tikal Guatamala, RTB

Video: Sailing in Belize 2014 MBT, 3min.

Video: Go Pro Belize Trip 2014 - Mers4, 4min.
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Video: 4/24/14 Wildlife Tracking in Belize: A UVM CDE Program on Across The Fence, 16min.
Across the Fence is the longest-running locally-produced program in the US. We have been on-air on WCAX-TV since 1955! Across the Fence is produced by the University of Vermont Extension.

Video: Belize and Guatemala Multisport video, 5min.
This is a video of the Belize Guatemala Multisport program featuring hiking, cave exploration, rappelling and snorkeling.

Video: Tourism Eco Camp | Cayo Tour Guide Association | Teaser, 1min.
The Cayo Tour Guide Association present Tourism Eco Camp

Video: Zeilen in Belize 2014, 5min.

Video: Belize, 8min.
Charlie's project on Belize

Video: Belize Spring Break 2014 - by Ben, age 11, 8min.
Open Water Scuba Certification dives, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Video: Belize Vacation, 6min.
Vacation in Belize

Video: Scuba 003 : Blue Hole Belize, 14min.
Plongée sous-marine à Blue Hole au Belize Scuba diving at the Blue Hole in Belize

Video: Nurse shark (tiburón gato) -Belize, 2min.

Video: Sandbar BBQ Easter Saturday 2014, 5min.
A group of neighbors from South San Pedro took a little trip to St. Georges Caye, Belize, South of us and East of Belize City. On this little sandbar we had a great time BBQing, swimming and enjoying the Spotted Eagle Rays and the Southern Stingrays that we checking us out. On the way back we stopped at Caye Caulker and enjoyed the gorgeous sunset.

Video: PARANDA : Identité du peuple Garifunas. TRACKS ARTE, 8min.
Au Belize, l'ancien Honduras Britannique, les Garifunas sont un peuple en voie d'extinction, pour beaucoup leur musique, la Paranda, reste leur seule planche de salut.


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