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#490633 - 05/08/14 06:58 AM Today's Belize News: May 8, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

2014 Lobster Fest is a go!
With the opening of lobster season fast approaching, dates have been set for the highly anticipated 2014 San Pedro Lobster Fest. The San Pedro Lobster Festival Committee has officially announced that Lobster Fest will be held from June 14th to the 21st. This year the festival will be bigger and better the than ever before. The weeklong festival will see revelers enjoying the tasty treats of the sea- courtesy of the Spiny Lobster- at various establishments on the island. As an added bonus, visitors will also have the opportunity of winning a grand vacation package by using their 2014 Lobster Fest Passport.

San Pedro Fishing Teams do well at the Copa Gobernador 2014
Two Belizean teams took the second and third place spots at the 2014 Copa Gobernador held in Mahahual, Quintana Roo, Mexico on the weekend of May 2nd to the 4th. The 23rd edition of the fishing tournament saw 57 vessels from five Mexican states, Belize and the United States of America participating for the big prize. The fishing tournament brings significant economic benefits to the area, and is considered one of the largest tourist attractions for Mahahual. “Real Challenge” of Ambergris Caye took second place with 621,000 points. “Real Challenge” was captained by San Pedrano Enrique Marin, and its crew compromised of Giomar Marin, Jashua Marin, Enrique Marin Jr. and Joe Hemple. They caught two dorados, one white marlin and one wahoo, weighing in at 109.51 pounds. For their efforts, the team received a trophy and a compact car.

Ambergris Today

Princess Hotel and Casino Makes Improvements Under Ramada Brand
Since 2012, the Princess Hotel has done extensive renovations to all the guest rooms and public areas and continues to improve customer service to all our valued clients. Now in the year 2014, we are widening our vision and scope by joining the hotel chain Ramada and establishing the required International standards which brings with it. Ramada operates several brand hotels under the Wyndham Group. The group operates in 53 countries more than 1000 hotels worldwide. Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Travel Lodge, Planet Hollywood, Microtel, Wyndham Garden Hotels are few of them. Mr. Erol Olcan, Princess Hotel General Manager, unveiled the new Ramada Logo and announced the new name of the hotel as Ramada Belize City Princess at the Press Conference which held on the 30th April, 2014 at the hotel.

Mexican Footballer Pavel Pardo Visits San Pedro
Club America fans in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize were more than delighted to bump into Mexican international football player Pavel Pardo. A few local fans caught up with Pavel at Lily’s Treasure Chest and were able to get autographs and take pictures with the famous football player. Pável Pardo Segura is a retired Mexican international footballer who last played with Club América and is the second most capped player in Mexico national team history. Pardo participated in two World Cups (1998 and 2006), won two CONCACAF Gold Cups and won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Mexico in 1999.

Misc Belizean Sources

Corozal Fish Market
Salt Fish or corn fish, as locally known here, is fresh fish that has been salt-cured and dried until all the moisture has been extracted. In order to prepare salt fish for cooking, it needs to be rehydrated and most of the salt removed through a process of overnight soaking in hot water and subsequent boiling. The aim is never to remove all of the salt, enough salt should remain to taste, if not, you can end up with a bland piece of fish. Salt fish, also called dried/corn fish, has been a part of Corozal’s cuisine dating all the way back to the days of colonial rule. Salt fish was first introduced to this area in the 16th century. Vessels from North America - mainly Canada - would come bringing lumber, and pickled and salted cod, they would return with molasses, rum, sugar and salt. Today, most of the salt fish consumed in the Corozal can be bought at the local fish market. In addition to the ever popular barracuda, shad and mullet are also salt cured and dried. Salt fish is primarily made with meaty white fish. Ask your local resident for a recipe of boil up with this fish. Power to the people in the struggle.

Free concert Mothers Day, Corozal
This Saturday May 10th in celebration of Mother's Day, the Corozal Organization Leading Cultural Heritage and Art(COLCHA) will be hosting a free concert with Corozal's best, the Caribbean Roots Band!!! Bring mom out to enjoy and have fun!

Bailey Scholars Volunteer in Cayo
Michigan State University students are back in Cayo, and doing some community service work while enjoying their stay. They are working with Toucan Education Programs, who bring many student groups down to do voluntourism. Thanks, TEP, and MSU! "For several years, the Bailey Service Organization, a student organization of the Bailey Scholars Program, offered a service learning trip in San Ignacio, Belize. This opportunity allowed students to actively engage with members of San Ignacio and work by their side on a variety of projects, largely related to education and social service issues. BSP would like to expand the experience to a wider audience, including BSP alumni and other BSP community members... We will be working Toucan Education Programs, a locally owned, private business in San Ignacio, who not only helps plan trip logistics, but helps foster our relationship with the community partners with whom we work."

Book Week in the Twin Towns
The Institute for Social and Cultural Research got some great pictures from the BBIA Book Fair at the Cayo Welcome Center. "Book Week continued at the San Ignacio Welcome Center on Friday and Saturday with a cultural evening on Friday night and Literary Evening on Saturday night. Here are some shots of the events."

Bandits Host No Limit
The Belmopan Bandits will be hosting the Belize City No Limit today. The bandits are still in the running for 4th place, and the No Limit have 3rd place pretty much locked up. In related news, the Bandits lost to the Tiger Sharks last week 84 - 70. They uploaded some pictures from the event. The Western Ballaz are travelling to PG on Saturday to play the Toledo Diplomats.

Freedom Writers at Screen on the Green
This month's Screen on the Green will be today, Thursday, May 8th, at the Governor Generals Field. The movie will be Freedom Writers.

A little bit of intrigue
The mystery unveiled! A colonial clay pipe with the UK Royal Coat of Arms, silver Garifuna bangle, silver napkin holder, metal napkin holder, silver piece of eight, and a silver snuff box that dates 1852. Museum of Belize!

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Southern Regional Hospital Administrator, Nasley Sommervile to Appear Before Public Service Commission this Thursday
Nasley Sommerville, Administrator at Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga to appear before Public Service Commission tomorrow, Thursday, May 8th, 2014 to answer questions regarding Quarter Million Belize dollars siphoned from the Maternal Child Heallth (NHI) funds from the Southern Regional Hospital. According to details gleaned from an audit report, Sommerville loaned $15 Thousand Dollars to Dr. Francis Morey, with whom she was having an extra marital affair. Sources say that when Morey repaid the money, Sommerville told him to pay it into her personal account. Investigators have reportedly found accounts belonging to Sommerville at St. John’s Credit Union in Dangriga and another at Scotia Bank. The account at St. John’s was recently closed. Sommerville has been on suspension and on half salary since this story broke in early October of last year.

Channel 7

Cuban Fugitive Valdez Gone to America; Minister Didn't Know
Since last week we've been reporting on Cuban Raonel Valdez Valhuerdi. He's wanted in Miami for masterminding a gold heist. But he was caught in Belize in February – trying to cross over illegally from Guatemala. He pleaded guilty and paid his fine, but the Belize government said it would hold him until the Cuban government decided his fate. But, on Friday of last week, the Americans started pushing to get him back to Florida to stand trial. This morning at 11:15, Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse explained what he said is a very clear position: Hon. Godwin Hulse - Minister of Immigration "The law is very clear. You have to deport a person to his country of origin, or to where he wants to go. That is, you can't - the US may want him like they may want so many other people. We can't just pick him up and send him. We're in communication with the Cubans, to try to get a response from them in the first instance, and then in communication with him to get a response from him. After that, we go forward. The US Embassy understands that; they've always been wanting various people, and that is okay, but if it were an American citizen, we couldn't just pick him up and send him to Cuba, or send him somewhere else. We have to follow the law and the protocols."

Borderline Benquenos Say Trigger Happy Contraband Cops Traumatizing Children
Contraband passing through from Melchor to Benque is nothing new – in fact, in the west it is almost a way of life. But, as with any illicit movement, things can get dangerous very quickly and on Monday evening, the community's sense of peace was shattered when gunshots rang out. Benque police were chasing a suspected smuggler, right past a yard where children were playing, which put them right in the line of fire. Our news team went to the town today, to speak with residents about the shooting, and they told us that this latest incident is only a symptom of a bigger problem: Daniel Ortiz Reporting The Churchill Street in Benque Viejo Town is a stone's throw away from the Guatemalan border town of Melchor de Menchos. All you really have to do is walk down this hill - which takes about 5 minutes - cross the Mopan River, you're basically a few minutes away from cheap Guatemalan goods.

COLA Calls Out Auditor General, Ombudsman, Holds Out Hope For DPP
In March, the activist organization COLA brought criminal charges against UDP Cayo Northeast Representative Elvin Penner. Their next court date is May 29th. That's three weeks from today when the private prosecution is required to give disclosure of what evidence it has against Penner. Thing is, they don't have any! COLA and its attorney Kareem Musa launched the prosecution on a prayer in late March because if they waited any later it would be statute barred. Since then they've been trying to gather evidence from official sources: the police, the auditor general and the DPP. So far the results have been nil, while the prospects are mixed. The Police are just flat out ignoring them; the auditor General has said "no," while the DPP Cheryl Lynn Vidal is willing to assist. And so today at a press briefing, they didn't bash the DPP, but they did heap scorn on the office of the Auditor General and the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman Lionel Arzu comes in because COLA appealed to his office to intervene when the Auditor General Dorothy Bradley turned them down – but he upheld her decision. Musa says they asked her for her raw evidence, and she told them they couldn't have her report – two different things:

PM Has Auditor General's Preliminary Report
But before any talk of subpoena, right now the Prime Minister is in possession of the preliminary report from the Auditor General. That was confirmed in her letter to COLA – which she says qualifies it as a exempt document because presumably, he will share it with Cabinet. But, Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse today told us that it hasn't been shared yet: Hon. Godwin Hulse - Minister of Immigration "The preliminary report has been submitted to the Prime Minister and not to the Cabinet yet. And of course, the final report will come to the Cabinet before it gets to the House. Then, it will go to the House, then the Senate, and then it goes to the public." Jules Vasquez "Have you had a chance to look at it?" Hon. Godwin Hulse "No yet."

Preacher-Men Visit The PM
51 weeks ago, on May 16, 2013, the Revised National Gender Policy was launched. On the surface, it seemed harmless enough – but when the churches dug deep, let's just say (and you'll excuse the play on words) they found lots of devils in the details, mainly non-traditional references to sexual orientation. In the year since, the gender policy has become the subject of protests, debates and hours of dialogue between the prime minister and church leaders. That continued today – this time because the Evangelical Association says they came upon an interview Anne Marie Williams the National Women's Commission Director supposedly did at a UN sponsored meeting in New York, where they quote her as saying that Government would not be implementing the report from the Church on the revised Gender Policy. Williams says there's no way she gave any interview to anyone in New York – and we have not seen any news article from a credible source. But the Evangelical Church leaders remained convinced that she said it and concerned at the implications. And that's why they met with the Prime Minister at his Belize City office today – they wanted to hear the official position from his mouth. When they came emerged from a two hour meeting – we had to speak with them through a grilled gate – since the owners of the Withfield Tower have banned the media from the compound. Pastor Crawford was very cautious in his remarks:

Hon. Hulse Holds The Line: Says NCL In It For The Long Haul
Earlier this week we told you about BTIA's lawsuit against the government for approving the Norwegian Cruise Lines Environmental Impact Assessment. No date for hearing has been set yet, but it's one more hurdle for the controversial project. So how long will Norwegian stick around to tough it out? Fact is, the cruise line wants the project active like yesterday – and in the banana republic calculus often employed by wealthy transnationals – nothing should get in the way of it. But, plenty has been getting in the way of this project which made us wonder, how much more can they take? Today, Minister Godwin Hulse who chairs the cabinet subcommittee on investment – held the official line: all is well, and all will end well: Jules Vasquez "From your communication with NCL, are they at a point of frustration, exasperation, because I know that they have certainly become impatient, because they need a front in the Western Caribbean."

Why Stake Bank Hasn't Started
And what about that other mega project – at Stake Bank? That has gotten full environmental clearance, and it even got a bill passed in the house with bi partisan support. Nine months ago developer Mike Feinstein told the media he had the financing to get the project started…so why hasn't it started. Well, you hear all kinds of stories, but what we hear most is that Feinstein doesn't have the full financing and is looking for a strategic investor. Today, he told us that's just plain not true: he says he has a consortium of local banks willing to finance him – and is just waiting for government to stop dragging its feet and sing off on a commercial agreement covering head taxes and other items. Today we asked Investment Committee Chairman Hulse what's the status: Hon. Godwin Hulse – Head of Cabinet Sub-Committee for Investment "It's a straightforward project to develop a berth for 4 ships at a time, and a causeway from Drown Caye, and from there, to the City. There's been one little issue with respect to FSTV and Royal Caribbean Lines' investment therein, which Mr. Feinstein is, as we speak, clearing through. Once that's cleared through, we should be reaching a final agreement, and they should be ready to roll."

Cabanas Re-Arrested For Fratricide
19 year-old Edward Cabanas, who has been out of prison since March 25 when he was freed of a murder charge for killing his own brother, is back on remand after he was arraigned today for a second time. Cabanas reappeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart, where he was read his charge of murder for a second time, and he was remanded to prison once again. As we reported, 21 year-old Brandon Cabanas, who is believed to have been drinking, got into a fight with Edward Cabanas at their Sandhill home on December 29, 2012. That’s when he pulled a knife and stabbed Brandon in the legs, severing an artery causing him to bleed out before he could be rushed to the hospital.

Battery and Alrick Back to Court
2 other men who saw criminal charged brought back against them also are 28 year-old Brandon Smith, a.k.a. "Battery", and 28 year-old Alrick Smith. They were freed on Monday before the Chief Magistrate, who struck 4 attempted murder charges out of court for lack of prosecution, but on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions, they've been rearrested. They were arraigned before Magistrate Stuart for those 4 counts of attempted murder, and they were remanded to prison until June 6. Constables Mark Tzul, Wayne Trapp, Terry Reyes and Abner Pascual all reported that on March 16, 2013, they were processing the murder scene when a blue car, sped past them. They set chase and when they caught up, the car crashed into a drain. The officers said that when Brandon Smith exited the car, he had a gun in his hand, and opened fire on them. They were forced to return fire, and that's when Alrick Smith was shot in the abdomen. Alrick Smith had to be rushed to the KHMH for treatment, but during the shootout Brandon Smith escaped. He was detained a day later, and both were charged for the incident.

Princella To Jail
19 year-old Princella Edwards allegedly stole her friend's laptop, and is in jail tonight for it. According to police, the theft happened at Karema Sanchez's house in Ladyville on April 27. She reported to police that she went home and saw the door of her room opened. She found that her laptop was missing. Her grandmother explained that Edwards stopped by and asked to take the laptop saying that Sanchez supposedly gave her permission. Police tracked Edwards down and recovered the computer from the Fair Brothers Pawnshop in Belize City. They charged her with theft. Edwards was arraigned before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, where she pleaded not guilty and was granted bail of $5,000, which she was not able to meet. She will remain in police custody until she is able to make arrangements for bail, and she must return to court on July 2.

BEL Offers Debentures At Attractive Interest Rate
The fourth annual GIS conference was held today at the Biltmore Best Western in Belize City. GIS means global information systems and it has to do with how satellite imagery can be used for planning everything from disaster responses to housing project to retail strategies. The idea is problem solving with technology and the conference organizer explained how it works: It is a two day event.

Gaynair Gets His Goal: the Promised Land
But footballer Ian Gaynair won't need GIS to find his new titled land. That's because it's two lots away from his father's home. We've been following the story of Gaynair's land since August of last year: first, his lease was cancelled and then his area representative in Lake Independence intervened to get a new lease for a new lot for him. Today, he'll lease no more; King handed over title for the land and 7News was there: King says his land amnesty program will deliver 300 titles in total this year for leases converted to titles.

Alleged Belizean Child Kidnapper Released In Mexico
A week ago, we told you about a report coming out of a small Mexican community on the banks of the Rio Hondo in Quintana Roo, called Sabidos. Resident had taken custody of a 19 year-old Belizean, identified only as Ariel, who allegedly tried to kidnap two 8 year-old girls to smuggle them across Belize. Well, reports out of Quintana Roo say that the 19 year-old Belizean may not be criminally charged because of lack of evidence. Townspeople from Sabidos, Quintana Roo were up in arms denouncing the decision of the Mexican authorities to release the Belizean young man and his accomplice because of lack evidence. It turns out that the 2 young victims told the investigators that the persons detained were not the men who tried to kidnap them. The "Por Esto" newspaper reports that parents and residents of Sabidos were very angry, suggesting that this just one more time that the Mexican authorities dropped the ball on an important case.

A Fair For Finance
The First ever Community Fair, which was organized by the Ministry of Education, Peace Work and Price Waterhouse Coopers, was held at the ITVET Compound Today. It's become an annual occurrence that the international facilitators return to Belize to teach students from primary and High Schools around the country about the importance of business. The community fair gave those students trained in financial literacy an opportunity to show off what they learned, and 7News stopped by. Here's how the Deputy Chief Education Officer explained its importance: Dr. Carol Babb - Deputy Chief Education Officer "It's to build awareness. We have 3 components, a business showcase, where the primary schools were asked to submit a product that is original, that is creative. They must know how to brand it and promote it. Today, we also had that competition, and coming first was Queen Square Anglican School. Second was Ebenezer School, and third was All Saints School. We also have the vendors at the front, where we have organizations in finance health, and education sharing their resources, showcasing what they do on a daily basis. We have already expanded to 3 schools in each district, and for the past 3 days, we've training educators in financial literacy and entrepreneurship. So, we have officials from the Ministry of Education in every district; they were participating in training. So, it was a training of trainers, and they are expected to train teachers, principals, students and parents in their individual district."

Channel 5

Mother’s Day cheer for U.D.P. area reps.
News Five can confirm tonight that seventeen U.D.P. representatives have received fifty thousand Belize dollars each for Mother’s Day programs and activities in their respective constituencies. That’s a whopping eight [...]

Belmopan teacher accused of having sexual relations with 14 year old student
Stories of carnal knowledge and sexual abuse of children are among the hardest to report. But it’s a far too common occurrence in Belize – and far too often, it [...]

Auditor General’s report on immigration scandal submitted to PM and Minister Hulse
Can you say cover-up at the highest levels of government? Well that’s just how it’s looking tonight. Last year, the Auditor-General was brought in to investigate corruption in the Ministry [...]

COLA attempts to prosecute Elvin Penner have been frustrated
The existence of that preliminary report has been kept under wraps, so what’s contained in it is anybody’s guess. As we said, it only came up as a side note [...]

3 weeks before trial date, COLA’s hope is with the D.P.P.
It’s a frustrating development – or maybe we should say lack of development – for COLA. The small grass-roots organization has taken the lead in the Penner fiasco, even as [...]

Is a Cuban Gold fugitive in Belize?
After two months of negotiations between the US and Belize thirty-four year old Cuban national Raonel Valdez is locked down in a Miami jail. The fugitive wanted in connection to [...]

COLA offers reward for evidence in case against Penner
We told you earlier about the significant setbacks Cola is experiencing in the private prosecution of Elvin Penner. But despite the setbacks, COLA is unwilling to relent in the criminal [...]

ComPol comes under fire from COLA
In the latter months of the Elvin Penner debacle, the only man who has come under similar fire is Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie. That’s because widespread public opinion is [...]

Will the Prime Minister also be subpoenaed in Penner case?
And finally where COLA and Elvin Penner are concerned, today it is clear that all legal avenues are being pursued, or at least contemplated. It’s even possible, according to the [...]

SATIIM says G.O.B. is corrupt, inept, despotic and discriminatory
“It is the historical trademark of a corrupt, inept, despotic and discriminatory government.” Stern words coming from the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, in a letter written to Prime [...]

Sand Hill resident is arraigned for a second time for the murder of his brother
Twenty-one year old Edward Cabanas was set free on March twenty-fifth for the stabbing death of his brother, but tonight, is once again on remand at the Belize Central Prison [...]

Brandon ‘Battery’ Smith re-arraigned for attempted murder
Another man was also re-arraigned for charges today. No sooner had twenty-eight year old Brandon ‘Battery’ Smith been freed of attempted murder when he was brought back before the court [...]

Pharmacy Association goes public with a list of bad decisions in health system
The Pharmacy Association of Belize was outraged and went public when the post of Director of Drug Inspectorate was created and Danini Contreras, the daughter of Minister Contreras, was appointed [...]

Council of Churches meet with Prime Minister
The leadership of the Belize Association of Evangelical Churches met today with Prime Minister Dean Barrow at his Belize City office. It came on the heels of a report that [...]

Ladyville Tech wins High School Innovation Challenge
A High School Innovation Challenge was held today as part of activities of education Week. High school teams from throughout the country were challenged to come up with an innovative [...]

Annual financial literacy training culminates with community fair
As we reported earlier, the annual financial literacy training initiative of PricewaterhouseCoopers in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Peace Work culminated today at the ITVET Compound. It gave [...]

4th Annual Belize GIS User Conference
Geographic information systems or GIS, as it is called, is designed to process geographical data of all types.  The technology is driven by location, purpose or application requirements.  Today, the [...]


More Problems Brewing At Ranchito Government School
Yesterday we told you about the situation faced by students at the Ranchito Government School who have had to stay at home following the cancelation of classes for the week. This is due to the dilapidated condition of the largest school building at the school compound and the rodent and insect infestation in at least two buildings. The biggest and perhaps the oldest building at the compound has been deemed unsafe and unsanitary by the Belize Central Building Authority following an inspection sometime last week. Officials from the health and Education departments visited the school yesterday while students were out of classes. They were assessing the situation and finding appropriate spaces to relocate the now displaced students. Today, our News Room received a letter from one Mister Mendez who claims to be the president of the school committee at the Ranchito Government School. We attempted to get in contact with Mendez but to no avail. In his e-mail, Mendez says that parents have not heard from the health official. According to Mendez, they held a meeting on April thirtieth which the Health official informed she could not make but promised to meet at a later date. In that meeting, Mendez says 119 parents signed a letter stating that they will not be sending their children to school until the Ministry of Education finds a solution to the problem.

Child Predator And Sex Offender Lives In Belize, Says The U.S
The Department of Law Enforcement in Florida USA has released a picture of a 63 year old child predator and sex offender residing in Belize. According to the report, the predator is known to be Thomas Allen Bloom. In 1997 he was convicted for sexual battery and child coercion in Brevard Florida. He is now registered as a sexual predator in Florida and his given address on the flyer is Belize. When checks were made, indeed it only indicated to be Belize formerly British Honduras.

Residents Of Mexican Community Up In Arms
The Mexican community of Sabidos Quintana Roo located along the banks of the Rio Hondo is up in arms and is speaking out against the authorities of that municipality since they have released a 13 year old female minor and a 19 year old man allegedly of Belizean Nationality accused of trying to kidnap two 8 year old girls from the community. Reports coming out of the community indicate that authorities released both individuals due to lack of evidence. Reports are that the two victims were unable to identify the 13 year old and the 19 year old as the persons who tried to deprive them of their freedom and bring them over to Belize. Community members argue that it is not the first time that authorities arrest and later release alleged criminals in this case believed to belong to a human trafficking ring.

Weekly Crop Review
May 4th 2014 marked the end of week 15 of the 2013/2014 sugar cane crop season. The report, provided by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, shows that for week 15 the factory milled fifty thousand three hundred and forty tons of cane. To date, the factory has milled a total of seven hundred and sixty four thousand six hundred and forty two tons of cane. Last year the factory milled six hundred and thirteen thousand forty six tons cane during the same time frame. Taking a look at sugar production, five thousand four hundred and ninety one tons of the sweetener was produced for week 15. An overall of eighty two thousand six hundred and thirty five tons of the product has been produced so far. Last year, the factory produced sixty two thousand eight hundred and two tons of sugar during the 15 weeks of crop. This week the factory worked at a grinding rate of seven thousand one hundred and ninety one tons cane per day. Overall, for the 15 weeks of crop, the grinding rate per day stands at seven thousand five hundred and seventy one tons cane. Last crop it was at six thousand seventy tons cane per day.

Caribbean Rum To Be Exported To The U.S
This past weekend the Belize Embassy in Washington DC hosted their third annual open day where they featured and promoted a little of everything that is Belizean. This annual event, Passport DC, is organized by a non-profit organization called Cultural Tourism DC, and it counts with the participation of about seventy Embassies located in Washington, DC. Last year, the Embassy of Belize based its participation on the Belize rainforest with the theme “Special emphasis on the Chiquibul National Park” were over three thousand five hundred visitors came through the premises in one day. In 2012, the theme was the Maya World that attracted over three thousand five hundred visitors. Now this year, the Belize Embassy based there presentation on the Belize Barrier Reef. CTV3 News was made to understand that the Embassy of Belize in Washington DC features annually Belizean DJ’s, cultural presentations, Belizean food, drinks and more. When we talk about drinks, this year Cuello’s Distillery Limited was invited to promote one of Belize's most marketed products, Caribbean Rum.

P.M Meets With Leaders Of Evangelical Churches
The Alliance of Leaders and Ministers of Belize issued a release on Monday in which they gave the Government of Belize a deadline of 30 days (May 31st 2014) to completely retract the Gender Policy and all destructive laws associated with it. Today, the Belize Association of Evangelical Churches issued a release after they met for two hours with the Prime Minister at his Belize City Office. It was the Executive Team of the Association that met with the Prime Minister to discuss a way forward in reference to the Gender Policy. In that release, Reverend Eugene Crawford, President of the Evangelical Association states that the PM clarified remarks that the government was implementing the document without further consultations with the churches.

Project To Rehabilitate Guadalupe Street Moves Forward
Sometime last year a group of concerned residents and business owners saw the need of uplifting Guadalupe Street and based on the necessity a group of them came together and formed the Guadalupe Street Improvement Project Committee. After months of long hours of planning and discussion, the committee submitted a letter to the Ministry of Finance requesting that the General Sales Tax for the overall cost of the rehabilitation of Guadalupe Street be waived, which would ease the committee of an approximately$30,000.00. According to Osmany Salas, member of the GSIP committee, the letter was submitted after the decision was made that Rodla Construction Company Ltd from Ladyville would be awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the street. And today they received some good news.

Pharmacist Association Gives MOH An F In Their Report Card
Tensions continue to grow between the Pharmacists Association of Belize and the Ministry of Health. And root cause of the turmoil is the appointment of Danini Contreras as Director of Drug Inspectorate. The Pharmacists Association believes that Contreras, who is the daughter of Minister Erwin Contreras, is under qualified for the newly created post and the required procedure under the Public Service Act were not followed prior to her appointment. The association has asked that her appointment be withdrawn, but the Ministry of Health has stuck to its guns defending Contreras’ appointment. Contreras, who recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in science from Guatemala, is currently on a six-month contract. The association is also up in arms since Contreras is also authorized to approve the entry of pharmaceuticals through Customs. And that is where the dispute stands today, a dispute that won’t go away anytime soon. Today the Pharmacists Association of Belize sent out a release highlighting the actions taken by the Ministry of Health that have been continuously eroding the practices and profession of pharmacist and the consequences/impact on the Health of the people of Belize and the nation itself.

SATIM Lashes Out At GOB
The Government has waived the expiration date of US Capital’s permit that allows the company to conduct pre-drilling work in the Sarstoon Temash National Park. That was done on April thirtieth. That has not settled well with the Sarstoon Temash Institute of Indigenous Management, SATIIM, especially after the NGO has made numerous attempts to seek audience with the Government officials and after the court rulings that affirm the Maya traditional rights. Immediately following that decision, the representatives of thirty-eight communities gathered at an access point to the operation area of US Capital in Sunday Wood, one of the five buffer communities surrounding the National Park. For years, tensions have been escalating and it appears that this has reached an all-time new high as today, Executive Director of SATIIM, Gregorio Choc, sent a letter to the media. That letter is dated May first and was directed to the Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow.

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Marshalleck Defends the Cotton Tree Village Council
Last Friday, the Cotton Tree Village Council filed a suit against the Government of Belize reference a piece of land was subdivided into some two hundred and sixty five lots for the purpose of distributing to Belize City residents. Renee Trujillo has been following the story and brings you this update. RENEE TRUJILLO REPORTING “National land, under Belize’s law is described as being all lands and sea bed, other than reserved forest within the meaning of the Forests Act, including cayes and parts thereof not already located and granted, and excludes any land which has been, or may hereafter become, escheated to or otherwise acquired by the Government of Belize….now that is a definition that will come into play in Belize’s courts as the Cotton Tree Village Council has opt to take the Government to court over 265 lots that are being distributed to residents of Belize City. It is an issue that has been brewing for some time now as close to two months ago, a dispute had erupted outside the confines of the National Assembly building in Belmopan City between stalwarts of both the ruling party, the United Democratic Party and the main opposition, the People’s United Party based on these very same lots in the Cayo District that the current administration had begun surveying with the purpose of distributing to Belize City residents.

BEL Plans Schedules Meeting with PUC
Belize Electricity Limited’s management team will be meeting to review the Public Utilities Commission’s Initial Decision on its 2014 Annual Review Proceeding. It will also review the five schedules approved to determine the possible implications of the PUC’s decision on BEL’s five year investment plan. BEL says it is pleased that the PUC’s Initial Decision also proposes a reduction in electricity rates, which amounts to a one per cent difference from the company’s proposal. BEL says it will submit its written comment to the PUC by May 12.

CEO Jones Discusses Prison Rehabilitation in Jamaica
The Chief Executive Office for the Kolbe Foundation, Earl Jones, is being hosted in Jamaica for a 3-day workshop that will look at rehabilitation programs in prisons. Jones will be sitting in meetings with several government officials up until Thursday, May 8 with the purpose of sharing his experience with rehabilitation programs for Belize’s only prison as well as getting a first-hand look at programs being implemented in Jamaica’s primary penal facilities. Among those that Jones will be meeting with, are the Minister of national Security, Peter Bunting and Commissioner of Corrections, Jevene Bent. The CEO’s trip is being sponsored by the Delegation of the European Union in Jamaica, that has been working with Stand Up Jamaica, UNICEF and Rise Life Management for the last three years with a look at supporting programs in penal facilities including juvenile centres.

Cuban National Suspected of Gold Heist Repatriated to the USA
Belize’s immigration and police officials today repatriated Cuban national, Raonel Valdez Valhuerdi to the United States this morning where he was booked into the Miami Dade County Jail. Valdez was detained on Belizean soil back in February when he was caught at the Guatemala/Belize border. Valdez is being accused, with the assistance of two other men of robbing a Bolivian export company employee near a Coral Gables apartment building in October 2012. The gold that was taken away had an estimated value of two point eight million dollars. At the time of the robber y the gold was being transported to an Opa-Locka refinery. Valdez was arraigned and granted bail of seventy five thousand dollars in March 2013 but he eluded the authorities when they lost track of his GPS monitor.

Teenager Rearrested for the Murder of His Brother
Nineteen year old Edward Cabanas, who was charged with the murder of his brother, Brandon Cabanas and was freed of the charge on March 25, was rearrested last night and brought to court today. Cabanas was arraigned on the charge of murder before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart and he was remanded into custody until June 6. The incident occurred around 9:45 p.m. on Friday, December 29, at the home of the brothers, Located in Sandhill. According to police reports, 21 year old Brandon, who reportedly had been drinking, got into a fight with Edward and Edward pulled a knife and stabbed him in the legs. Apparently the knife severed an artery and Brandon bled to death before he could be taken to the hospital.

Duo Returns To Court After Shooting at Policemen
Two men 28 year old Brandon “Battery” Smith and 28 year old Alrick Smith, who were freed of four counts of attempted murder on Monday, May 5, were brought back to court today and charged with the same offences. The two appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart and they were remanded into custody until June 6. They were charged with the attempted murder of police constables Mark Tzul, Wayne Trapp, Terry Reyes and Abner Pasqual. The charges arose from an incident that occurred on March 16, 2013. The police reported that they were processing a murder scene when they saw a blue car speed past them. The police pursued the car until it crashed into a drain. According to the police, Brandon Smith exited the car with a gun in his hand and he began firing at the police. The police returned fire and that was when Alrick Smith, the alleged driver of the car, was shot in his abdomen. The police reported that Brandon Smith fled from the scene and escaped but he was apprehended later and charged. Alrick Smith was charged after he was released from the hospital.

Girl Steals Laptop From Friend’s Bedroom
Nineteen year old Princella Edwards, a.k.a. “Bella”, an unemployed who allegedly stole a laptop computer from her friend, was charged with theft when she appeared today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. Edwards pled not guilty to the charge. She was offered a bail of five thousand dollars and her case was adjourned until July 2 but Edwards was unable to meet bail and therefore was remanded to prison. The theft occurred on April 27. Edwards’ friend, Karema Sanchez, who resides with her grandmother in Ladyville, reported to the police that she went to her residence about 1 p.m. and noticed that the door of her room was opened. She said when she checked she discovered that her laptop computer and the bag for it were missing. She said her grandmother told her that Bella came to the house and said that Karema sent for her things. The police reported that they located Bella in Belize City on May 5 and detained her at Queen Street Police Station the following day. The police also reported that after they informed Bella of the report made against her they recovered the laptop from Fair Brothers Pawnshop.


Belmopan Comprehensive School Teacher is Remanded to Prison, Receives no Bail
Reports were that a male teacher of Belmopan Comprehensive High School allegedly had had an affair with a 14 year old female student of the same high school. Today the former teacher, now identified as Michael Angel Guzman, was arraigned at the Magistrate’s Court in Belmopan. He was charged...

14 Year Old Minor is Sexually Assaulted in Punta Gorda
In another carnal knowledge incident, a 14 year old female minor of Punto Gorda Town has reported to police that she was sexually assaulted by a grown man. According to Punta Gorda Police, the girl, accompanied by her grandmother, reported that on the afternoon of Holy Saturday, a man...

COLA Says, will not Give up on Elvin Penner Prosecution
Last week we showed you an interview with attorney for Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), Kareem Musa, detailing his frustration with the effort to privately prosecute Elvin Penner for breaches of the Passport and Nationality Acts committed while he was Minister of State, specifically with respect to...

Ministry of Health Holds Meeting with Drug Suppliers
Recently we have reported that Danini Contreras, Director of Drug Inspectorate, has been recommended, along with three others, to authorize pharmaceuticals coming into the country, following a rumor that the Chief Pharmacist was on strike. Now we must take this time to remind our viewers that the controversial post...

Sommerville Soon to Answer to PSC Regarding Missing Monies from Hospital
Plus News has been informed that the Administrator at the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga, Ms. Nasley Sommerville, will soon be appearing before the Public Service Commission. Sommerville will be answering questions regarding Hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from the Maternal and Child Health Bank account from the Southern Regional...

Evangelical Pastors Meet with Prime Minister
This morning, eight pastors, led by president of the Evangelical Association of Churches, Pastor Eugene Crawford, met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow in his Belize City office for an update on the churches’ recommendations for editing the Revised National Gender Policy. Around this time last year the Policy was...

Attempted Murder and Murder Cases Restarted
Separate charges of murder and attempted murder were re-instituted by Police against three young men today. In the first case, 28 year old Brandon Smith, a.k.a. “Battery”, and 28 year old Alrick Smith, were re-charged for attempted murder of four police constables who were shot at while processing a murder scene. They had been...

Belizean US Army Sergeant Dies During Training in New Mexico
27 year Sgt. Dwight Burn died this weekend in a helicopter crash at Fort Bliss, Texas. Dwight Burn, who lived in Barstow, California up to the time of his death, was a Belizean born national who left Belize years ago to pursue a career with the US Army. According...

Major Changes Expected for Belize City Schools
Wednesday April 31 a meeting was held in Belize city by Ministry of education personnel for teachers from Sadie Vernon High School, Maude Williams High School and Excelsior High; all government educational institutions. According to our sources MOE intends to merge all three schools by this coming August and...

Havana Bridge in Dangriga Town Upgraded
Residents of Dangriga Town can now enjoy a smoother and more comfortable ride when traversing the Havana Bridge which is one of the three main bridges crossing the North Stann Creek river which runs through the town. The Dangriga Town Council invested some $26,500.00 for a much needed upgrade...

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Approaches to Havana Bridge in Dangriga upgraded
The Dangriga Town Council this week announced the completion of repairs to the approached to the Havana Bridge. According to a press release from the Town Council, some $26,500 were invested in the upgrade to the north and south approaches to the bridge, making for a smoother and more comfortable crossing for motorists and pedestrians alike. The upgrade, according to the Town Council is part of its improvement plan to make the area of the Havan Bridge more user-friendly for residents and visitors and to make the area more aesthetically appealing.

Police detain Teakettle men following car-jacking
There was a car-jacking on Monday night in the Cayo district. Teakettle resident Ricardo Guzman was accosted by two men who forcible entered his vehicle at the junction of the George Price Highway and the Valley of Peace Road around 10:20 pm on Monday. Guzman told police that one of the men who had a firearm, sat next to him and ordered him to continue driving. Police say Guzman was later robbed of his wallet containing $30 and his personal documents.

COLA will not give up Elvin Penner prosecution
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) and their attorney, Kareem Musa, have detailed their frustration with the effort to privately prosecute Elvin Penner. The Cayo Northeast representative is on the hot seat for allegedly for breaching the Passport and Nationality Acts while he was Minister of State, specifically with respect to Citizen Kim Won-Hong. Today, the organization met with the press in Belize City to say that they have not given up. COLA President Giovanni Brackett compared their efforts here to previous usages of novel legislation to facilitate change, and warned that if this route were to fail, it would because the Government failed, because the country lives with an administration that is in his words, “conducive to failure.” Brackett also reported that they have secured financial resources for a small reward, of $500, to persons who come forward with material evidence that will help the case.

Evangelical pastors meet with Prime Minister on Gender Policy
This morning, the executive team of the Evangelical Association of Churches of Belize, led by president Eugene Crawford and pastor of Jubilee Ministries Scott Stirm, met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow in his Belize City office for an update on the churches’ recommendations for editing the Revised National Gender Policy. Around this time last year the Policy was released to uproar as it sought to enshrine teaching on multiple genders, abortion, homosexuality, prostitution and the like in public life from schools to businesses, and threatened harsh penalties for opponents. The Government committed to re-revising the Policy, but information suggests that this is being done without benefit of the churches’ recommendations. The meeting concluded around 1:00 pm and Pastor Crawford noted that the tone of the meeting was open and generally good, and the Prime Minister was being receptive to the churches’ position.

Teen girl charged for theft
An adult teenager is tonight behind bars at the Belize Central Prison, having been unable to meet bail on a theft charge. Princella Edwards, 19, aka Bella, is accused of stealing and pawning off her friend’s laptop computer on April 27. According to Karema Sanchez of Ladyville, she came home that day to find her room door open and upon searching the room found that her laptop computer and the bag containing it were missing. Sanchez said that her grandmother, with whom she resides, told her that Edwards had previously come to the house claiming that she, Sanchez, had sent her for the laptop, which of course she had not. Police were called in and located and detained Edwards in Belize City on Monday, and later recovered the item from a popular pawnshop in the Old Capital.

Attempted murder and murder cases restarted
Separate charges of murder and attempted murder were re-instituted by Police against three young men today. In the first case, 28 year old Brandon Smith, a.k.a. “Battery”, and 28 year old Alrick Smith, were re-charged for attempted murder of four police constables who were shot at while processing a murder scene. They had been freed on Monday for unspecified reasons but were brought back to court and charged again before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart and remanded until June 6. On March 16, 2013, Constables Mark Tzul, Wayne Trapp, Terry Reyes and Abner Pasqual were at the scene when a blue car sped past them. The officers pursued the car and caught up with it when it crashed into a drain.

Community fair recognizes thrifty students
The First Annual Community Fair organized by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports along with Peacework and Pricewaterhousecoopers took place at the ITVET grounds today. Students from around the City visited displays by vendors and businesses teaching the importance of business. It was also an opportunity to showcase the explosion of teaching about financial literacy, which according to Peacework’s Corporate Program Director Lia Flur, is about more than dollars and cents. She told us that it is more about managing one’s personal life and choices. This week, teachers from around the country were in Belize City to learn about financial literacy.

Belize prepares for its biggest international tourism trade fair
BETEX which is the largest tourism expo in the Belize and is organized by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) is scheduled to commence tomorrow May 8, 2014 at the Princess Hotel in Belize City. The Expo is a business-to-business event that showcases Belize’s travel destinations, hotels, tour operators, and other tourism service providers and attracts more than 350 local and international tourism professionals and press representatives. The event is an exclusive opportunity for international traveler resellers to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with local travel suppliers and to learn more about Belize and experience the destination first hand.

GIS conference looks at practical applications
The fourth annual GIS User Conference began in Belize City today at the Biltmore Plaza. While the Conference’s theme refers to enhancing business decisions, a wide variety of presenters over the next two days shows that geographic information systems are the new wave of tools for applications in all sectors. We spoke to Senator Godwin Hulse, who is Minister in charge of many departments that have use for GIS. The Minister says that Ministries from NEMO to Weather Bureau to others have uses for the technology, and it even trickles down to usage of cell phones and IPad’s without which, he told us, he would have been less informed about a recent flood in the Stann Creek District.

Vermin infestation forces cancellation of classes in Corozal
Classes have been cancelled for the Government Primary School in the village of Ranchito, Corozal district. The decision to cancel classes for the remainder of the week stems from what has been described as a vermin infestation. While the Ministry of Education has been tight-lipped about the situation, our Corozal correspondent says that parents say the problem has been persisting for some time now and their calls for help have gone unanswered until now. According to information received, the parents of the two hundred or so students of the school, met with the school’s administration and officials of the Ministry of Education to discuss the situation.


A Mayan Site, One Million Birds, Dolphins: A Trip All Around Ambergris Caye, Belize
Though the names San Pedro and Ambergris Caye are often used interchangeably when talking about the “island”, the town proper is actually just a tiny sliver… The caye is about 26 miles long, a few miles thick in parts and to the north? Pretty much jungle where deer and cats like pumas and ocelots live. Most of that area is the Bacalar Chico Reserve. And to the back side, the “lagoon”, there are pretty cayes and even one owned by Leonardo DiCaprio (the very thin – unlike the current Leo – Blackadore Caye west of the Ambergris.) Unless you travel far north and around, you really don’t get much of a sense of the size. Luckily a few tour companies do the trip. Take you all the way up to the northern tip, through the mangrove surrounded cut (some of which was dug by the Maya hundreds of years ago)…

Canoeing in Belize: Summer’s Here and the Time is Right!
OK, summer’s not officially here yet, but it’s always time for canoeing at Belize’s Chaa Creek. And why not? With the pristine Macal River gently flowing past the front door and a fleet of well-maintained canoes at your disposal, canoeing is one of the activities at Chaa Creek that consistently delights guests of all ages. Even people who have never been in a canoe before discover just how enjoyable this age-old pastime is. The Macal River was one of the major aquatic highways of the ancient Maya, passing through the rich agricultural and trade centres, linking ancient cities and ceremonial centres via the various tributaries flowing into it, and, as it joins the old Belize River, still takes people and goods down to the Caribbean Sea, joining up with the Maya sea trade routes that extended all the way from Mexico to Panama and perhaps beyond.

“Who’s Sorry Now” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
My ‘me time’ on the veranda in the early morning with the mug of black coffee and the iPad sometimes does the trick. I found myself racking my brain (OK that didn’t take long did it) but nothing. Or “nada” as they say here. A distinct absence of anything remotely close to stirring me in to action that is until I got demands (OK, a gentle hint) from my readers (OK, one reader -and thank you for that Kristina) that I put an edition out. Inspiration sometimes comes from the most unlikely of places, things or people ! So here goes but don’t blame me. Oh no, blame Kristina ! Had I known that I could be so easily persuaded (read a push-over) I would have got out there and taken some photos of the tried and trusted. You know, a photo of the Palapa Bar, a beach shot looking out at the Caribbean, breakfast on a plate at Estel’s Dine By the Sea (not surprisingly I’ve got loads of those but no recycling for me. Oh no, it’s got to be authentic) or a colourful sign. You know the kind of thing. But I didn’t because it’s normally my will that dictates when I publish an edition, it’s not something that is determined by the will of others. That is until today. The ego is an easily manipulated thing isn’t it!

Spicy Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Just in time for Mother's Day a sweet and spicy treat. This cake is easy to make and would be great for you to make for that special someone in life.

“A guaranteed bundle of fun!”
“I have just returned to reality after spending four months with Reef CI. The diving with Reef CI is hands down the best and most amazing thing I have ever done. With the most beautiful reef I have dived on, seeing Dolphins (that swam close by and played with us), Sting Rays, Nurse Sharks, Eagle Ray, Whale Sharks and much more. I completed my Rescue Diver and my Dive Master course during my stay and I can definitely say that Reef CI has the best instructors I have dived with. They are both knowledgeable about the reef and its eco-system and have such a passion for diving that they want to share their extensive experience and knowledge with everyone.

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La majestuosidad del Quetzal, captada por el ojo fotográfico de Rizzo
Diego Rizzo tiene 29 años y vive en la capital, donde junto a su esposa tiene una pequeña empresa de creatividad y diseño gráfico. Desde hace dos años empezó a aficionarse a la fotografía y su ilusión por este arte se fue transformando paulatinamente en la ilusión de dar a conocer Guatemala a través de imágenes. Este es el objetivo que hace apenas un mes le llevó a visitar el Refugio del Quetzal de San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta, en San Marcos, donde por primera vez pudo apreciar "en vivo y en directo" la majestuosidad del Ave Nacional. "Bajamos por un sendero, donde nos indicaron que había nidos y, pasados unos 10 minutos, vimos a una pareja de Quetzales. Si se puede expresar en palabras lo que sentí, diría que es una experiencia espectacular. Por eso quise dejar constancia de este momento a través de un video", comenta.

Regional Forum meeting warns of risks of climate change
San José, Costa Rica, Thursday 23 April 2014 - Climate change is now seen as “a truly comprehensive risk that affects a wide range of systems: agriculture, energy, infrastructure, water, workplace and many more”, today said the Administrative Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Luis Fernando Salazar. Minister Salazar recalled that last month, the second working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded years of efforts to summarize the state of knowledge on the impact of climate change and how to respond to its challenges. The report was surprising in the sense that climate change is now seen as a truly comprehensive risk that affects a wide range of systems. Overall, the impact of climate change presents a fundamental threat to our national development and an economic and social challenge to governments, said the Deputy Minister. His words came during the inauguration of the Regional Workshop on Climate Vulnerability in Marine Coastal Areas held in Costa Rica that brought together fifty government experts, academics and representatives of civil society in Central America and the Caribbean to address the main risks and impacts of climate change, especially in ecological and socio-economic terms, as well as opportunities for regional cooperation.

Over 1,000 Mayan Codices Discovered in Yucatan Ruins
Uxmal: Deep inside the jungle of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, near the pre-hispanic city of Uxmal, a team of archeologist from the university of Boston in collaboration with local archeologists from the University of Mexico, have uncovered yet another pyramidal structure estimated to be 1,100 years old. But even more surprisingly enough, satellite imagery confirmed the existence of a secret chamber where the team found thousands of mayan codices, a discovery that could shatter previous views and shed a new light on our understanding of mayan culture and the sudden and tragic destruction of their civilization. Professor Jenny Rothsgard from the research team from Boston was in for a huge surprise when she fell first hand on the codices, which only three copies remain in the world today. "Most copies were burned during the Spanish conquest" she concedes. "Most of them were destroyed by Bishop Diego de Landa in July of 1562. They were deemed diabolical at the time by the authorities, who burned all copies. For a long time, archeologists were hoping that a mayan ruler might have hid some from the spaniards. This might just be our luck!" she adds, very enthusiast.

Church Spring Extravaganza to support mission trip to Belize
It’s important to consider the needs of others. And, a mission group from the Powhatan Christian Church has been doing just that since it began traveling to Belize to provide much-needed help to inhabitants of that foreign country. The group’s desire to provide assistance abroad is the motivation behind the second annual Spring Extravaganza that will be held on Saturday, May 10. The celebration is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Powhatan Christian Church’s Powhatan Campus at 4480 Anderson Highway in Powhatan. Proceeds from the event will help to fund the Belize Mission Team’s upcoming excursion. Powhatan Christian Church has two other locations: one in Midlothian and one in Bremo Bluff. Members of each campus will participate in the mission trip.

10 Places We're Meh About And Where To Go Instead
6. We're meh about Costa Rica, but we're loving Belize. Costa Rica was once the "it" place for service trips in a beautiful, tropical place. But Costa Rica's been done and it's time to find another gorgeous Central America location, so we're going to visit Belize, which boasts lush jungle, beautiful beaches, the Belize Barrier Reef, ancient Mayan ruins and plenty of cultural activity. Belize also offers service trips and volunteer opportunities, if that's what you're looking for.


Video: Resplendent Quetzal, 1min.
The Resplendent Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala, its name is given because of its feathers resplendent the light from green to blue colours; its chest is red and its tail is longer than 90 centimetres. In the video it has a little Emerald beetle.

Video: Butterfly House- Belize, 3min.
Butterfly House- Near Sang Ignacio in Belize

Video: Dangriga From the Dock- Belize, 1min.
Trip to Belize

Video: Fly Boarding In Caye Caulker, Belize, 2min.
Fly Boarding is the water sport of the future! Check it out in action at "The Split" in Caye Caulker, Belize

Video: Interview with Horse Whisperer John Carr, 15min.
Jaguars, Birds, Monkeys and Horses join us with John Carr of Banana Bank in Belize- for this exclusive interview of this well renowned horse whisperer and expat in Belize. This is a show from Belize Teve Biography with our Host Macarena Rose. You do not want to miss Sarah ( Producer) up close with the jaguar- this is one of 4 parts.

Video: Aerial Video of Ambergris Caye, Belize, 5min.
Enjoy this video and aerial views of Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Video: DOLPHIN ATTACK!, .5min.
We decided to make a run out to Glovers’s Reef on a friend’s catamaran for a couple of days of SCUBA diving. There wasn’t a lot of planning involved. It was afternoon and the drinks were flowing in anticipation of one of those life-altering sunsets over the water. An idea started a conversation that quickly led to consensus: let’s do it. Gear was gathered; bathing suits and sunscreen were grabbed; an ice chest was filled; and we were off. Conversation on most dive trips centers on past underwater experiences and undersea adventures to come. We were under sail about an hour east of Royal Belize enjoying the sun and the conversation when this happened…

Video: Belize 2014, 7min.

Video: Belize Scuba Diving, 7min.
Scuba Diving at Lighthouse Reef in Belize, including Half Moon Caye Wall, The Aquarium, and Julia's Jungle.

Video: Dolphins in Manatee Sanctuary Belize, 2min.
Male and 2 females playing around

Video: Full Circle Belize, 7min.

Video: Belize Documentary, 10min.

Video: Gale force boat ride back to Ambergris Caye from the mainland Belize, 1min.

Video: Shark encounter snorkeling Lighthouse Reef Belize, 1min.
Whilst shooting a video of a coral head and some fish I swam around behind and what do you know - a shark!

Video: SEARIOUS ADVENTURES tour boat ride into Belize River, 2min.

Video: Blue Tang School Blue Hole Belize Snorkeling, 1min.

Video: Cessna takeoff from the cargo airport (Muni) in Belize, 2min.
Check out Erica's view - ah chooo!

Video: Cessna landing at the Belize cargo airport with dirt runway, 2min.

Video: Multiple Reef Dives - Placencia, Belize April 2014!!!, 4min.
Scuba Diving in Robert's Grove Placencia Belize this past Easter week 2014. Had some great dives with lots of Eels and different fish. Warm water and great Vis, always a great time.

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