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Today's Belize News: June 6, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun
San Pedro Town receives 100 Garbage Containers
On Monday, May 2nd the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) received 100 garbage containers from an anonymous donor. The garbage containers were painted and bear the slogan “Keep La Isla Bonita Clean”. The containers will be placed in areas throughout the island to promote proper garbage disposal and sanitation. The much needed containers are very welcomed as unsightly garbage has long been one of the major issues on the island.According to councilor in charge of Solid Waste Management Kenrick Bracket, the containers donated will be used primarily in the town core and beach areas. “We have seen that people are littering our beaches and parks, so we are going to be putting some of the new garbage containers along the beach approximately 25 meters apart. We are also going to be placing garbage containers in all the parks, schools, the Sunset Boardwalk and the Honorable Louis Sylvester Arena,” said Bracket.
Favorite Belize treats – the Fry Jack!
One particularly delicious combination to break one’s fast is what we call Maya eggs, with re-fried beans, and, when in season, avocados. To scoop up all that goodness, nothing better than a few puffed and crispy fry jacks. It’s really one of life’s little pleasures to sit down and enjoy such a treat. Made of the same dough as a flour tortilla, instead of baking the flattened disc, we fry it up. Because, of course we would! (We didn’t promise you fat-free anything – and you know you don’t want that anyway! Save the granola and non-fat Greek yogurt for later; fry jacks are worth it…)
Celi’s stuffed tortillas also get major love from us. The fabulous ladies at the deli will make thick tortillas that they then slice in half, filling it with a spread of re-fried beans, meats (our favorite is bacon) and cheese. We go so far as to ask for some Marie Sharp’s pepper sauce sprinkled on there too, and when they toast everything up, the cheese melts and the morning can start. If you’re too late for these deliciousities (yes, it’s a word!), have no fear. There’s an alternative: meat pies!
Stakeholders declare Puerto Azul project “preposterous”
According to some of the dive companies in San Pedro Town that offer trips to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll as a tourism attraction, the development will impact nursery and breeding sites for 2/3 of the marine ecosystem, thus impacting the entire atoll. “Northern Two Caye is the largest juvenile habitat for the ecosystem that eventually makes it way out to the rest of the atoll. If we kill Northern Two Caye, we will kill the Blue Hole and we will kill the entire atoll,” said the owner of a San Pedro based tour company that has been operating in the area for over 20 years. According to the tour operator, the area is highly sensitive, and more should be done to ensure the protection instead of the degradation of the atoll. But beside the tour operators, traditional fishermen who are members of the two fishing cooperatives in northern Belize also find their livelihood is at stake. That is because SandboreCaye and Northern Two Caye have been used by traditional fishermen for almost a century as shelter from sudden extreme weather condition. In addition, the two cayes in question are the only place within the atoll they are allowed to shelter and stock up on fresh water while on long fishing trips. More importantly, traditional fishermen also claim that mangrove clearance and dredging will have a direct effect on their usual fishing grounds since it will affect fish, conch and lobster stocks.
Participate in San Pedro’s Lobster Fest Lobster Crawl Event!
The San Pedro Lobster Festival Committee is pleased to welcome the public to the San Pedro Lobster Festival 2014 featuring the popular Lobster Crawl Passport Event! This year the Festival will kick off on Saturday, June 14, 2014, with the pre-season opening party. There will be daytime and night time events leading up to the Lobster Fest Central Park Block Party on Saturday, June 21, featuring the musical talents of Supa G and the Pannerifix Steel Band!
Each guest attending the Lobster Crawl is given a Lobster Festival “Passport”. In the passport there is a page for each Lobster Festival event; for each page that guests get stamped by the participating venue they are entitled to a raffle ticket. Then on June 21, they bring the “Passport” to Central Park to the Lobster Festival’s official sponsor’s booth. One lucky participant will win a vacation package for 2 to attend the San Pedro Lobster Festival 2015!!
Adrenaline Rush Adventures with San Pedro Water Sports
A vacation in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, is not a complete one without some adrenaline in your body. Yes, most vacationers tend to only want to relax and lay out on the beach working on their tan. But there are also those who seek adventure and a rush that they cannot find in their hometown.
Besides the adventures found underneath the water at the various marine parks there is also much fun to be had above the crystal clear waters of San Pedro Ambergris Caye. San Pedro Water Sports is just the place you need to check out on your next visit to San Pedro. Providing water sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking and jet ski services, there is surely some type of fun for everybody at any level of adventure.
Misc Belizean Sources
San Pedro Town power outage Friday
Belize Electricity Limited advises its customers in San Pedro Town that the supply of electricity will be temporarily interrupted from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Areas to be affected: North San Pedro from Journey’s End to Tranquillity Bay.
BEL apologizes for the inconvenience caused but this scheduled power interruption is necessary for the Company to install intermediate arms to support regulators on the power distribution system in the area.
2014 Dia de San Pedro Fishing Rodeo
IT'S BACK! The Dia de San Pedro Fishing Rodeo will take place on June 29 at the Central Park! ARE YOU READY?
International Costa Maya Festival
Belize will be hosting the annual International Costa Maya Festival from August 7th – 9th, 2014 on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye. Pageant night is on Thursday, August 7th. Ramon's Village is the host resort for all of the Costa Maya participants! Make plans now to join us for this spectacular event!
Corozal Police News
Stolen GUN from Immigration Officer – 44 year old Antonio Tech, immigration officer of Corozal Town, reported to Corozal Police that on June 3rd, 2014 about 9:15 p.m. he arrived at his house from the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino along with his son Jian Teck, as he was not feeling well and asked his son if he could assist him by taking out his bag out of his vehicle and his firearm which is a black 9mm CZ brand - compact with serial numbers AD2421 with a magazine containing (14) live rounds value $3000.00bcy. His son took out his firearm and placed it under his pillow and told him to secure his house and then left.
Superintendent Alden Dawson from the Belize City Police Department was in San Pedro Town
On Wednesday, June 4, Superintendent Alden Dawson from the Belize City Police Department was in San Pedro Town where he visited the San Pedro Police Department, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez and Councilor Kenrick Brackett where they discussed the crime outbreak happening in San Pedro and how they can tackle the situation.
Corozal featured in Belize Travel Magazine
The beautiful Corozal Bay - Corozal Town - Belize Travel Magazine
THE CIRCUS IS HERE!
"Circo Hermanos Ponce" from Guatemala to perform in Corozal beginning this Saturday Jun 7th at the Civic Center grounds. Bring out the entire family to enjoy two weeks of great fun and entertainment
Senior Computer Technician
A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited for the post of Senior Computer Technician in the Information & Communication Systems Department.
Electrical Technician I
A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited for the post of Electrical Technician I in the Substation Department, Belize City.
Healthy Active Life 5K Run
The 1st ever Healthy Active Life 5K Run will be happening this Sunday morning in Belmopan. The proceeds will go towards Marla's House of Hope.
"5K run for everybody but mostly for beginners who want to have a healthy life and they see in this kind of races the best way to start with this new challenge, in Belmopan."
Belmopan Comprehensive Graduation
Congratulations to the Belmopan Comprehensive graduates! Continue on to the next phase.
Journey Exhibit at SISE HoC
The SISE House of Culture is currently displaying the 'Journey' exhibit. It's an insightful collection of art created by Cayo's Stacy Ann Rodriguez. This is one you don't want to miss. Most of the pieces are for sale too, and they are priced right. Picture album on fb.
Western Ballaz Host No Limit in Playoff Game 3
The Western Ballaz triumphed over the No Limit in playoff game 2, and Adma Chuc Photography was there to snap some great pictures of the game. She also got a video of the Ballaz fans after the win. The Ballaz will be hosting the No Limit tonight in what will be their last game together this year. The winner goes to San Pedro to play on Sunday. Head to the game early to see the Benque Viejo Marching Band. Go Ballaz!
Cayo Classifieds - Issue 19
This week's Buy and Sell Classifieds. They have some good deals in there. The feature is about Midas Resort.
The Impressionist of Belize
Art, culture, history; all easily found here in Cayo. Been to Handprint Cave yet? Nat Geo has a great picture of it. Joe Awe wrote an entertaining article about it. He's also written about the Maya in regards to rain water and corn. Keep up the great articles, Joe.
"In Belize, one of the most amazing pieces was not on canvas. It was on the walls of a cave. Interestingly, the Hand Print Cave, which gets its name from the tremendous pieces an artist with no name etched on a wall of the cave. By all means, this was a masterpiece! The nerve-wrecking imagination within this person to even conceptualise an image which he or she would take out of his or her imagination to put somewhere else deserves a standing ovation."
Unions, Activist Groups From "Rod Of Correction" Movement; Will They Lash Barrow
In August of 2004, large public protests against the Musa Administration rolled out led by a cluster of social groups. That was 17 months into the administration's second term and it came after both the G7 fissure and the revelations that Government was using Social security money to pay Glenn Godfrey's private debts.
27 months into its second term, the Barrow Administration has not had to face anything close to those kind of internal and external shocks. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of hot issues out there, even if they aren't as seismic as G7 or Glenn Godfrey.
Many see it as a gathering storm, and today the BNTU called all the agitators for various causes together to try and harness their collective energy, and muster a united front against the Barrow Administration. 7News was at BNTU Headquarters in Belize City to see how it all came together:..
Conservation Groups Come Out Against Puerto Azul, Ask Pointed Questions
One activist group that was not represented at BNTU headquarters today is the conservation community. Right now, they have a lot on their minds with Puerto Azul - and today those groups issued a strong unified position on the controversial project.
A statement endorsed by OCEANA Belize, Healthy Reefs For Healthy People Initiative, World Wildlife Fund, MarAlliance, APAMO, Belize Audubon Society, and the Belize Tourism Industry Association are demanding that Government state clearly at what stage this project is. The release listed 7 pointed questions which they want answered. Those questions ask generally about the project, but include queries about those now famous photo bombs from France where Ministers Erwin Contreras and Manuel Herredia are seen profiling with A - List celebrities at the Puerto Azul Launch Party.
They ask, "Does the presence of the Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia and Minister of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection Erwin Contreras at the project's unveiling in Cannes, France indicate an official endorsement of the project by the Dean Barrow administration?"
Ch'oc Calls Justice Arana's Perfected Order "A Travesty"
But unlike the conservationists, SATIIM's Executive Director Greg Ch'oc is through with asking questions. That's because in its fight against the oil company US Capital, his organization has come to the conclusion that might makes right. Today we got him to comment on the perfected judgment from Justice Michelle Arana. As we've reported, that document significantly weakens SATIIM's legal position because it says that Government must "seek to obtain free, prior, and informed consent." The insertion of the words "seek to obtain" basically means "try your best", but move on if you fail - it does not irrevocably compel the oil company. Ch'oc says it is a travesty:..
Greg Ch'oc, Executive Director, SATIIM
"The court going back on its original order is rather unfortunate and a travesty of justice in this country. It is neither here nor there for us because we have concluded that there is absolutely no rule of law in this country. So we could have gotten a case where or an order where US Capital permit was quash, I know that they still would be there now, so it doesn't really matter."
Deon Bruce, Still Fighting Extradition
Belizean Deon Bruce, who is wanted by the US Government for murder and attempted murder, went back to the Supreme Court today after 2 and a half months.
Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith has already ruled that he should be sent back to the US to face trial for the 2010 shooting of Americans Aaron Carter and Bryan Rodgers, which happened in Chicago on July 28, 2010. Normally, the next stage would have been to take the matter to the Supreme Court where a Habeas Corpus application would have been made. That's in the works, but Bruce's new attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, is challenging it by a second means. She wants Justice Courtney Abel to grant a judicial review of the Chief Magistrate's ruling.
As far as we know, that legal avenue has not been explored before, and today, Matura-Shepherd explained it to us outside of court:
Audrey Matura Shepherd, attorney
"When you are brought before the magistrate court for an extradition matter, once that decision is made there is no appeal, but you can get a writ of habeas corpus saying that you are being wrongly held, but that s very difficult barrier to cross.
Audrey Claims Cops Sweating Yohnny's Employees
And while we had the opportunity, we asked Matura-Shepherd about one of her other clients, Yhony Rosado, and his employees, who are being investigated for the coma inducing assault inflicted upon Vitalino Reyes Jr.
She says police are misusing the 48 hour detention limit stipulated by law. She says that for her clients to be held for the entire period police must show justified cause, which, in her opinion, they haven't done at this time:
Audrey Matura Shepherd, attorney
"The situation and his cave tubing workers is really a tragic situation and I say tragic because there is tragedy on both sides. There is a person who clearly suffers some kind of injury that has left him in a coma for a while and I am told that he is out and there are people on the other side who are being wrongly accused and who are seeking to cooperate with the police.
Drones Over Belize's Seas
This year, the Fisheries Department has been making news with some high profile busts of illegal product, form lobster and conch to sea cucumber. Policing the country's coastline, however, is not an easy task, and it is also very expensive because of fuel costs.
In their effort to become more efficient, and the Department is now employing high-tech aerial drones to help with maritime enforcement. The media was invited to the unveiling of these state of the art aircraft which will now be their eyes over the water.
Daniel Ortiz reports:
Daniel Ortiz reporting
It might look like just a remote controlled plane, but this sophisticated new toy for the Fisheries Department is a drone.
It is supposed to be the Department's new means of policing Belize's waters in trying to detect illicit activities.
PSU's Contentions Against Contreras
Last night we told you about the controversy that was caused when the Chief Pharmacist Sharon Anderson was snubbed for a training session at PAHO, and the Director of the Drug Inspectorate Danini Contreras was sent in her place. Emails obtained by 7News show that in mid May when PAHO started the conversation about the training the conversation was between Dr. Carlos Ayala and chief Pharmacist Anderson. One email we saw refers to upgrading the technical procedure to ensure the quality of pharmaceuticals and medial supplies. This conversation continued until the 21st. May when it abruptly ended - and that's because higher-ups at the Ministry of Health gave Dr. Ayala the memo - that the training would be for Contreras not for Anderson.
That's what has the Public Service Union upset and their Industrial Relations Officer Ray Davis expanded on it today:..
Hon. Ray Davis, PSU Industrial Relations Officer
"At the end of the day when the meeting was scheduled she naturally was expecting to be a part of that meeting. She was approached at the level of PAHO. Instructions were given that they should not have communications with her. At the union we found that peculiar because I know of the type of protocol that exists at PAHO and from the information that we got it was a verbal request or directive or however you want to interpret it and that really forced the personnel at PAHO to prevail on the chief pharmacist not to go to the meeting."
Alleged Drivers License Forger Freed
It made big news in April 2011, when Rayford Benguche was caught by the Gang Suppression Unit with materials to mass produce fake driver's licenses. Well, Benguche got to walk out of court a free man today when he was acquitted before Justice Troadio Gonzalez. The allegation against Benguche was that on April 3, 2011, police went to his apartment at 4 Neal Pen Road and found a laminating machine, laminating plastic and a driver's license in the name of Henry Velasquez. He was also allegedly caught with a stamp which said City of Belize Department of Transport. The officers suspected that he intended to commit mass forgery, and so he was charged with preparation for a crime.
He stood trial before Justice Gonzalez in which 5 witnesses were called to testify against him, but after those witnesses finished, Benguche's attorney, Simeon Sampson made a no-case submission that the evidence tendered wasn't enough to prove his guilt.
Administrative Tremor At SBB: Senior Staffer Dismissed
There was an administrative tremor at the Social Security Board on Tuesday. Ana Gonzalez, the General Manager in Belmopan and a staffer with some 30 years experience was summarily dismissed, reportedly after a dispute with CEO Richard Flowers. Gonzalez we are told was basically driven out of the Institution's Belmopan Headquarters; sources tell us she was given until 11:00 am to pack up and leave.
What's behind the sudden dismissal? Well, we could not reach her for comment but we have learned that she was opposed to certain features of the ongoing Strategic Business Transformation Project. The project is in its second incarnation - and the cost already accrued is expected to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. When it was first embarked upon in 2007, the proposed budget was four hundred thousand dollars.
No One Hurt In Downtown robbery
No one was hurt in a robbery this evening in downtown Belize City. It happened at around 5:15 at the Party Center on North Front Street. An armed man reportedly went into the business, held up the female cashier, and took her to the back to get into the cash pan. He left with an undisclosed amount of money. Police have made no arrests.
BIFF is Back!
The Belize International Film Festival is back for the 9th time, with its opening night gala scheduled for Thursday July 17 at Robert's Grove Resort in Placencia. They've got films from across the globe, including 5 from Belize. Organizer Suzette Zayden told us what to expect at this year's film festival.
The Corn Planting Controversy
As we told you at the top of tonight's news, B(i)GYEA now has major backative for its Plant The Corn Protest on Saturday in Belize City. The collective unions and activist groups have joined with them to form a group they call the R-O-C, a sin the Rod Of Correction - and Saturday is the first time we'll see that rod unveiled.
But while the protest is one thing; the deeper issue is what BGYEA plans to do with the 29 acre buffer zone that runs between Harmonyville and the Western Highway. Government has said it must remain untouched as a buffer, but BGYEA is determined to use it to plant corn:..
"Are you all still determine to plant corn on the road buffer?"
Nigel Petillo, President - BGYEA
"The corn has to get plant. Roads have to get build, the buffer has to be maintain, people need to eat, plant has to grow in the ground."
Giovannie Brackett, reporter
"Concerning the fact that they want to plant corn in the buffer zone area, does the ministry of agriculture have a position on that?"
Jose Alpuche, CEO - Ministry of Agriculture
"I don't think the issue of the buffer zone is one of agriculture production. As it relates to the development of the land held by the individuals on Harmonyville, of course we would be more than happy to assist them in any way to put the land into productive use. Quite frankly a tricky situation where assets not own by a particular party have been contracted out to others - that's at the end of the day the long and short of the problem at this time."
Stirm On The Christian Way, The activists' Way and Meeting In the Middle
And while Petillo now has the Rod Of Correction Collective behind him, one group we saw today, which we don't usually see amongst activists is the Belize Evangelical Association. And that's because, one, they aren't as focused on worldly matters, and, two, they seem to have a very open door with the Prime Minister - in fact, Church Leaders have even addressed Cabinet this year. So today we asked Evangelical Association representative Stirm how they fit in with this movement:..
"The church has it own way of approaching dialogue leaders - that sort of thing, but is it prepared to stand with these social agitators and activists?"
Pastor Scott Stirm, Belize Action
"Well again, I came representing Belize Action. Pastor Crawford was unable to make it so I was deputizing for him. I think because it affects people the church is very concern and then obviously the issue of good governance. I think that's concern for all of us everybody involved."
Tourist Blues for Sailboating US Couple
American Couple David & Michelle Freund, say that a vacation to Belize has turned into a nightmare after they ran aground on the reef in Southern Belize.
On May 16, they chartered a sailboat from a rental company in Placencia, and took a trip out to Ranguana Caye. The next day, while on open waters, they ran aground on the reef. They claim that company reps negligently towed the vessel off the reef breaking off several pieces and doing mass damage.
Freund posts on the internet that that it went all downhill from there when the company blamed them for the damages, and which the Port Authority agreed.
They were subsequently charged with criminal offences for the damage to the reef, and they were arraigned in magistrate's court. Freund says that he is appalled that his ignorance to Belizean laws was allegedly being exploited by the authorities, and he claims that he has had to ask the US Embassy to intervene on his behalf.
Seven NGO’s Brace GOB on Puerto Azul Project
While controversy has subsided in the respect of the Norwegian Cruise Lines Project on Harvest Caye, opposition is mounting on the Puerto Azul project. Since its over-the-top unveiling a few [...]
Fisheries Administrator Concerned About Project
Concern about Puerto Azul is growing because there is little known about the proposed project. The only information out there is what Belizeans saw and heard in news reports from [...]
ROC Formed to Tackle Injustice
In its second term in office, an organization called ACB, the Association of Concerned Belizeans brought pressure on the Musa administration. ACB dismantled soon after the government changed in 2008 [...]
Deon Bruce Extradition Case Continues in Supreme Court
A judicial review of a decision handed down by Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith in the extradition case of Deon Bruce commenced inside the chamber of Justice Courtney Abel today. [...]
Belize City Man Injured in Motorcycle Accident
Earlier today, a Belize City man riding on a motorcycle collided with a Nissan pathfinder. Emmett Fortune was returning to work when the accident occurred. He fell off his motorbike [...]
Greg Ch’oc Speaks on Perfected Order
On April third, Justice Michelle Arana handed down her judgment in the case of SATIIM et al versus the Government of Belize and U.S. Capital Energy. SATIIM sought an injunction [...]
PSU Waiting on Labour Response in Danini Contreras Dispute
On April thirtieth the Public Service Union sent a letter to the Ministry of Labour asking for intervention in the appointment of Danini Contreras as Director of Drug Inspectorate. Now [...]
CEO Allen is interfering in technical decisions, says PSU
On Wednesday, Danini Contreras attended a teleconference session at PAHO. That in itself is no cause for cause for controversy, but in the current atmosphere at the Ministry of Health, [...]
Matura-Shepherd Says Police Disrespected her Clients
On Wednesday afternoon, five employees of Yhony Rosado’s Cave-tubing.com were arrested as they returned tourists to the Fort Street Tourism Village. The men were detained pending an ongoing investigation into [...]
Fisheries Use Drones for Monitoring
The Fisheries Department is modernizing; today it received technology to monitor the waters and to better fight illegal activities at sea. After receiving training from Conservation Drones, the officers attached [...]
Sixty videos features at Film Festival
The annual Belize International Film Festival will not open until July, but today, a preview of what you can expect was revealed. The National Institute of Culture of History announced [...]
Talented Students take to the stage
Day Two of the Golden Showcase of the National Festival of Arts was staged today at the Institute of Creative Arts. Taking the spotlight were the best performers from the [...]
Getting Fit At Home…Online!
Getting healthy and staying motivated is difficult. Many of us struggle finding a workout routine that we can stick to. Belizean fitness coach, Joel McD, has embarked on a brand [...]
Elroy Bastarachea Scams Another Land Owner
In November of 2011 we reported on the land scam where then 29 year old Elroy Bastarachera, a resident of Patchakan Village in the Corozal District was accused of scamming approximately $113,370.00 from 52 year old U.S National Victoria Jackson and 74 year old U.S. National Sharon Boniek in two different incidents. At that time the women paid Bastarachea the huge sum for the purchasing of several parcels of prime land which they never received their papers for.
Well, actually, Boniek did receive land documents but they were not genuine. In fact even the signature of Commissioner of Lands Wilbert Vallejos had been forged. The women made a report to police and Bastarachea was levied several charges and offered bail which he met. And that is the last we heard from him, that is until he once again made the news last night.
Bastarachea Is A Scam, Says Commissioner Of Lands
While you heard Elroy Bastarachea make reference in that video that Commissioner of Lands, Wilbert Vallejos is his cousin, that’s utterly false says Vallejos, whom we placed a call to this afternoon. Vallejos says in numerous occasions they have warned the public about scam artists, specifically Bastarachea.
Wilbert Vallejos– Commissioner of Lands
“I don’t understand why people are still allowing themselves to this scam because we issue Press releases over and over warning people about this guy because look like this guy lies at immigration and a lot of things, as a matter of fact he wrote my name of documents but he had to written my name because the documents had the Commissioner of Lands and I am the Commissioner of Lands.”
Elroy Bastarachea Arraigned And Charged In Court
And today Bastarachera was arraigned in court where he pleaded not guilty to 13 charges of obtaining property by deception. He was offered bail to the sum of $10,000.00 plus a surety of the same amount.
When we spoke with Grisel Botes, the victim of the land scam she gave us her reactions on the outcome of charges.
Grisel Botes – victim
“First of all, I don’t want him to get another bail because if he will come out and do the same thing and I just hope that if he cannot give me my money back I rather see him in jail and I want him in jail.”
Victor Castillo – Reporter
“So what is police saying, what is the outcome of that?”
Grisel Botes – victim
“Well, I think that we will be having court in August so I have to take all what I have and I just hope that there is justice.”
Visiting American tourists, David and Michelle Freund have found themselves in quite a predicament
Visiting American tourists, David and Michelle Freund have found themselves in quite a predicament while vacationing in Belize. The couple have been detained in Belize for the last two weeks indefinitely. David is faced with “Civil Charges” related to a coral-damaging incident, while sailing, which occurred only two days into their vacation in Belize in May.
A blog dedicated as a platform to tell their story alleges that ‘most of the damage was done by Moorings (the boat rental company) when they were improperly towing them off the coral in an aggressive manner in order to conceal their unethical practices of renting to uncertified tourists, failing to provide the renters with proper navigational information and additional safety equipment, and their failure to report the initial incident to the Belize Port Authorities.
The Importance Of Bees As Pollinators
We have reported on the various challenges being faced by bee keepers in Belize including the Small Hive Beetle and flooding. But these tiny insects have a lot more threats and over the last year, concerns have been mounting across the world surrounding their survival and ultimately, the survival of the human species. That is because bees are key pollinators of the food we consume on a daily basis, but they are fast disappearing leaving a trail of worry in all corners of the world. Given that situation, we spoke to key officials in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture to find out more about that situation in Belize.
Dalila Ical – Reporting
There are a total of 1, 800 colonies in all six districts with Belize, Orange Walk and Cayo having the largest concentrations. Bee keepers are facing difficulties, but there is no record of bees simply disappearing as reported in Southern France, England, India and china.
In the US alone, about six hundred thousand of 2.6 million colonies have vanished. But reports are being made in Italy, Poland Portugal, Central and South America and some reports indicate that these disappearances are happening in a matter of hours. Experts call it the colony collapse disorder.
Tough Weather Challenges For Farmers To Deliver Crop To Mill
Stake holders in the sugar industry continue to monitor the weather as they try to push in as much crop into the mill before the season is closed. The rains have begun and already many farmers are facing difficulties. Alfredo Ortega, Vice Chair of the Committee of Management at the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association says it has been very challenging for farmers to harvest their crop since the rains started.
“Esta lluvia que experimentamos este fin de semana, bastante difícil para poder cosechar per sin embargo la mayoría de caneros están luchando ver como ellos pueden sacar su cana que tienen maduro. En estos momentos hasta el lunes ya habíamos entregado 159 mil toneladas de caña la cual ha producido 101 mil toneladas de azúcar cual es muy bueno sin embargo tenemos una estimación alrededor de 300 a 350 mil toneladas de caña que está en el campo, sabemos de qué no se va poder cosechar todo pero estamos pidiendo a los líderes de grupo que le una oportunidad a todos los miembros de su grupo cosechándole un porcentaje de esa cana para que hacía el peso no quede sobre unos caneros nada más y se pueda extender sobra la mayoría de caneros para que así juntos podamos absorber esta situación del porcentaje de cana que nos va a quedar a nivel de campo.”
Three Orange Walkeno Receives Annual CITI-CMFA Caribbean Micro-Entrepreneurs Award 2014
Three young microentrepreneurs from Orange Walk are currently in Montegobay, Jamaica tonight, receiving awards at the Annual CITI-CMFA Caribbean MicroEntrepreneurs Award 2014. The winners include; Eider Romero who was named- Best Young Microentrepreneur for his Icy Treats mobile business….. Eliel Reynoso - 2nd Best Young Microentrepreneur with his ‘Hawaianas’ shaved ice business and Eved Corado won for Best Technology Microentrepreneur.
The candidates were selected by the board at the La Inmaculada Credit Union and they are expected to return to Belize, tomorrow.
Last year to add to their successes, LICU was recognised for its dedication to informing clients of the terms and details of their financial services and actively educating and training them on how best to utilise the Credit Union's services. We will have more on this story inn tomorrows newscast as we will be at the airport to greet these young microentrepreneurs.
International Mexican Artist Passes Away
Internationally renowned Mexican Artist from Chetumal Quintana Roo Elio Carmichael Jiménez the author of the book Los Murales De Congresso, died early this morning after battling cancer for a number of years.
We report his death because Jimenez was a promoter of history and culture, including the Mayan Culture from the rise of the Maya, the conquest to the present day highlighting memorable episodes. We also report Jimenez’s death because he has ties to Orange Walk. His mother Valentina Jimenez is originally from Orange Walk and his family lived here for quite some years. In fact Jimenez studied at Saint John’s College in Belize City.
More Irregularities In The Lands Department
Land issues continue to surface and the latest report was made to the Corozal Police Station. Thirty-one year old Grisel Botes, a cosmetologist of Libertad Village in the Corozal District reported to authorities that between April third and June third 2014, she paid Elroy Bastarachea of Patchakan Village for lands located in the San Pedro Island, Belize District and Cayo District.
Botes says she paid a total of $23, 875 Belize dollars to Bastarachea whom she also claims is a friend she has known for the last ten years. Botes adds that she made the transactions after Bastarachea told her he worked at the Lands Department and was told that she would have her papers in order within one month from the first payment was made. t
That was on April third but up to date she says she has not received anything. An investigation was launched and authorities found out that Elroy Bastarachea has not been working on any papers and even worse, he cannot give account of the money he received. Police have in their possession several vouchers he signed for receiving the money. The thirty-two year old Belizean accountant has been detained for the crime of obtained property by deception and Corozal police continue to investigate the case.
Corozal Police Investigates Hit And Run Incident
A mother and her four year old daughter are lucky to be alive tonight after they were knocked down this morning while they were on their way to school. While information is sketchy reports are that 21 year old Evalicia Tzul was hit from behind while riding her bicycle on 7th Avenue Corozal Town by what is believed to be a grey pickup truck that failed to stop and render aid.
When we visited the home of the victim this afternoon, we were informed that she was assisting Corozal Police with her statement. We were made to understand that police are currently looking for one person of interest. Luckily both victims only received minor scrapes on the body.
Sugar Cane Crop Weekly Review
Despite the incessant rains the 2013/2014 crop season continues full speed ahead. Here is a look at the weekly crop review.
Carmelita Perez – Reporting
June 1st 2014 marked the end of week 19 of the 2013/2014 sugar cane crop season. The report, provided by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, shows that for week 19 the factory milled forty two thousand one hundred and fifteen tons of cane. To date, the factory has milled a total of nine hundred and fifty nine thousand four hundred and fifty five tons of cane. Last year the factory milled seven hundred and ninety three thousand three hundred and ninety four tons cane during the same time frame.
Taking a look at sugar production, three thousand eight hundred and seventy five tons of the sweetener was produced for week 19. An overall of one hundred and one thousand seven hundred and forty six tons of the product has been produced so far. Last year, the factory produced eighty three thousand seven hundred and twenty four tons of sugar during the 19 weeks of crop.
This week the factory worked at a grinding rate of six thousand sixteen tons cane per day. Overall, for the 19 weeks of crop, the grinding rate per day stands at seven thousand four hundred and thirty eight tons cane. Last crop it was at six thousand one hundred and fifty tons cane per day.
ESTM Recommends Suspention of Four Teachers for Drowning Incident
Exactly two months ago on today’s date, two teenaged high school students of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico, fifteen year old Anahi Zepeda and sixteen year old Edgar Puck drowned in the Macal River. The forth formers were on a class trip to the Che Chem Ha Maya Ruin in Benque Viejo del Carmen and upon their return that Friday evening, the bus made an unscheduled stop near the low-lying bridge in San Ignacio. Reports say that Anahi, Edgar and other students were in the water when Anahi was swept away by the current. Edgar, who could not swim, went to her aid and they both drowned.
Since then, an intensive investigation into the matter was launched by the Board of Management of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico and today the results of that investigation was released to the media.
The release states and we quote “An intensive investigation was conducted, and the Board has unanimously agreed that the four teachers who accompanied the students erred in modifying the itinerary during the educational trip.” End of quote.
Greg Choc: “….there is absolutely no rule of law in this country.”
Since April, attorneys for the Government of Belize, US Capital and SATIIM, were sharing their own interpretation of the judgment that Justice Michelle Arana handed down on April 3 in regards to the drilling operations inside the Sarstoon Temash National Park. The April 3 judgment demanded that GOB obtain free, prior and informed consent from the Mayan Villagers. But the May 9 perfected judgment, says that Government should “seek” and make good faith attempt to obtain consent from the villagers. Executive Director of SATIIM, Greg Choc, reacted to the perfected order.
“The court going back to on its original order is rather unfortunate and a travesty of justice in this country. That’s not what article 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People says. So while the court has discretion in perfecting an order, what I have been told is that it only supports to clarify. So the order of Justice Arana has been globally circulated and that order is what it was when it was handed to us on April 3, 2014. It is neither here or there for us because we have concluded that there is absolutely no rule of law in this country. So we could have gotten an order where the US Capital permit has been quashed. I know that they would still be there now. So it doesn’t really matter; I think It emphasizes the process rather than the result, it’s unfortunate.”
Police Detains Yhony’s Employees
Yesterday five employees of CAVETUBING.COM were detained by police in connection with the brutal attack on Vitalino Reyes Jr. Reyes Jr. is currently at the KHMH in a coma on life support. Vitalino Reyes Sr. is blaming Yhony Rosado and his employees for the attack. Rosado and his employees have strongly denied any involvement in the incident. However, two days ago, police detained and charged Rosado’s employee, Leon Gentle for the attempted murder of Vitalino Reyes Jr. Rosado has retained the legal services of Audrey Matura Shepherd who gave us an update.
“What was tragic was that when I went to the police station, five of the employees were detained. I mean just because we were caught between the two entities we are being punished and dragged in here. Police have their statements that they were not there but that doesn’t matter.
City Resident Says King Broke His Promise to Her
Lake I resident, Lolita Smith is claiming that her representative Mark King has turned his back on her and her entire family. Smith who has lived all her life in Lake I says that King promised to help her out. But since Election Day, King has not returned to her home much less make good on his promise.
LAKE INDEPENDENCE RESIDENT
“My problem is my house; i need to fix my house and the Area Representative, Mark King promised me that he will fix my house. He came at my gate before the elections with a paper and a pen, asking me a lot of questions like how many sheets of plywood I need for the house. I gave him how many I needed and also zinc and everything else. All I saw him did was write on that piece of paper. He told me Ms. Smith, there’s no need to worry I will see to it that your house is fixed. So far up to now up to today going to 2 years now, I still cannot see anyone coming to check the house or to see what is happening to the house at all. “
Municipalities Scheduled to Present Development Plans
Next week the municipalities involved in the Belize Municipal Development Project will meet in Belmopan to present their development plans. The project is being implemented by the Social Investment Fund at a cost of 30 million dollars and is being financed by the Government through a loan from the World Bank. Urban Planning Officer Keisha Rodriguez told Love News since May of last year they have been working with the planning committees in each of the municipalities to prepare municipal development plans.
URBAN PLANNING OFFICER
BELIZE MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
“We have worked with them in capacity building in five modules; the first one being assessment of the conditions of the town; the second one being their visioning and development of strategies and scenarios; the third one being their land use proposal and the fourth was the infrastructure planning and investment and the 5th module was the implementation strategies. So these 5 modules that the local planning group has gone through have allowed them to prepare a municipal plan that consists of 5 chapters. So at present we all have 7 municipalities: the city of Belmopan, Benque Viejo Del Carmen, San Ignacio Santa/Elena, Orange Walk Town, Corozal Town, Dangriga, and Punta Gorda having completed the draft and next week they will be making presentations to two stakeholders including government agencies, the Land Department, Department of the Environment and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development as well as potential funding agencies on their development plans, the infrastructure and investments that they want to have in their town with potential projects. In particular one of the key aspects of the plan are catalyst projects that each municipalities, which are small scale projects in which they can do in a short term and these are just some of the ways in which they can start implementing the plan and the ultimate goal of the plan is to have a guide for future development within these towns and to improve the quality of life for the citizens.”
Injured Manatee Recuperates
Last month we told you of the four manatees that died as a result of boat collision. There was a fifth manatee that was hit by a boat, an adult female, but she survived and is recuperating. Jamal Galvez of the Belize Manatee Conservation Program gave us an update of on how the manatee is doing.
BELIZE MANATEE CONSERVATION PROGRAM
The animal is in open water; it’s not confined to any area. So, there’s not any attention given to the animal. We’re monitoring it, the guys are throwing water hysen in the area in case the animal doesn’t want to leave because normally when animals get hit by a boat or they are sick, they tend to go in these quiet areas to try and recuperate but what they tend to do is not eat and normally these animals die because of not eating rather than from the injury. These animals are resilient, they’re tough they tend to do well healing but during the healing process they tend to not eat and so, we’re just having the guys throwing water hysen. So, food is available if the animal chooses to eat at any point in time. So it’s just basically attention but we’re monitoring from a distance because remember this is a wild animal, it’s a huge animal, we don’t want to impact its behavior and you don’t want to get wild behavior to be able to say that the animal is actually being like a manatee.”
Soft Launch for Belize Film Festival 2014
They may not be featured on the major television networks and they may not make it to the Oscar Awards but sixty low budget films and music videos will be featured in this year’s Belize International Film Festival in Belize which kicks off on July 16, 2014. It is the 9th film festival that will feature an average of six Belize films as Director, Suzette Zayden explained.
BELIZE FILM FESTIVAL
“Out of the 45, there are 6 films that are either by Belizean filmmakers, Belizean filmmakers in the diaspora or by filmmakers who came and did a film about Belize. So that’s what we classify as Belizean films for the festival. There are only 6; that’s pretty much the average of what we’ve been getting; we’ve had less but we have 15 music videos and we had 35 submissions. Some years we’ve had just exactly 15 submissions and all 15 went in, this year we had to turn back. We bring in an international jury of 3 persons to judge the film section. They decide the criteria amongst themselves. For this year, the president is a British-Italian producer, Donald Runveau. He was here in 2005 when he brought a film, Children of God – a movie that was nominated for the Oscars. He’s going to be the President of the jury.
Transition for Students Explained by Secondary Schools Unit
The third form students of Sadie Vernon, Maud Williams and Excelsior High School will go through a transition of sorts as the Ministry of Education announced yesterday that there will be a combining of some classes for the students from the three schools. It was an idea brewing since January 2014 and yesterday, via a press conference, the players in the initiative announced how the synergy came about, the reasons for the concerted efforts and what can be expected for the coming school year.
SISTER CARITAS LAWRENCE RSM
SECONDARY SCHOOLS UNIT
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
“We had meetings with the administrators of three schools and those three administrators agreed that one way to help with the problem would be to come up with one plan for the three schools because the areas of difficulties and challenges were the same. So, we started working on the program and it is not a program that came out of our heads; when we started the Quality Child Friendly School Initiative, I didn’t even dream that three schools would agree to say let us make a plan together, let our staff work together, let us plan together and let us find a way to work our children out of poverty, lack of education and prison.”
Midday Accident Injures Cyclist
A traffic accident occurred around midday today on Mapp Street in Belize City when an Office Assistant received severe ankle injuries after being knocked down off his motorcycle. Reports are that 44-year-old, Emmet Fortune of a North Creek Road address was riding his motorcycle on Mapp Street when he was hit by a Nissan Pathfinder SUV being driven at the time by 36-year-old, Roberto Carrillo of University Heights in Belize City. The extent of the damages caused to Fortune in yet to be ascertained but we can tell you that a notice of intended prosecution has been served on Carrillo. Investigations into the incident continue.
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Social Partners Join Forces to Act as “Rod of Correction”
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Deon Bruce Challenges Extradition Decision in Judicial Review
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Identification Parade of Accused Police Officers in San Ignacio
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Disc Jockey Charged for Sex with Runaway Teen
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Two Teenagers Apprehended After Foiled Robbery Attempt
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City Man Acquitted of Preparing to Commit Crime
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The Prosecution of David Taylor Given One Final Adjournment
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SATIIM Displeased with Perfected Court Order
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BGYEA Previews Saturday Rally
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Cavetubing Workers Detained as Police Continue Investigations Into Reyes’ Beating
Police are continuing their investigations into the brutal beating of Vitalino Reyes Jr. Yesterday we showed you Yohnny Rosado at the Queen Street Police Station where he had gone to see to five of his workers who were detained by police in connection with their investigation into the attack...
Conservation Community Gravely Concerned Over Puerto Azul Project
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Better Secondary Education taking Shape
“We can succeed only by concert. It is not can any of us imagine better? but, can we all do better? The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise - with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”- President Abraham Lincoln
Hon. Patrick Faber referred to this quote from President Lincoln when the Ministry of Education launched the Belize Education Sector Reform on January 16th, 2013. He has said numerous times, “We all know the problems that exist in the education sector; the question is do we have the guts to fix them.” Minister Faber has taken hits from critics for every reform he has championed; including, introduction of the Teaching Services Commission, ban on corporal punishment and the reform of secondary school financing. Now the Minister’s critics are accusing him of attempting to amalgamate three high schools on the Southside of Belize City.
Ensuring Energy Security
The Public Utilities Commission along with the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Belize Electricity Limited began a request for proposals for electricity generation in October of last year. BEL is looking for a provider or providers to supply 60 megawatts of firm capacity and 15 megawatts of renewable energy from intermittent sources. Investments in these power sources will run anywhere between 200 and 400 million Belize dollars.
After 8 months since the start of the exercise, the PUC publicly opened bids which have been received so far. The exercise took place at BEL’s corporate headquarters and was witnessed by representatives of bidding companies, representatives of the ministry, BEL, the PUC and the media. At the end there were 20 submissions each with its distinct type of energy source, company who will supply, cost of installation and cost of kilowatt hour to BEL.
Public Utilities Commission Chairman, John Avery, explained that there were bids for hydro electric projects, biomass projects that will use sugar cane bagasse, ethanol, and cuhune; there were also thermal projects that would burn natural gas, diesel or heavy fuels. There was one wind power proposal as well as multiple solar energy projects.
Boldness Solidarity Determination: UDP Women Celebrate 25
On May 27, 1989, thirty-eight bold women joined together and formed the United Democratic Party’s National Organization of Women (UDP-NOW). Their goal was to place women issues on the forefront of the party’s national agenda. These bold women would lobby for equal treatment, greater educational opportunities, pathway to decent work and positions at the highest decision making tables of the country. 25 years later, there is still much work to be done in the area of women empowerment. However, whether it is Hon. Faith Babb at the national political level or women like Kathy Esquivel in civil society, the efforts of the great 38 have paved the way for women of today to shatter any glass ceiling that stubbornly continues to exist. It is for that reason that the United Democratic Party honoured the Great 38 on the 25th Anniversary of UDP-NOW on Saturday, May 31.
Hundreds of women from across the country gathered on the House of Culture grounds on Saturday to celebrate the UDP-NOW’s 25th Anniversary. Anne Marie Williams hosted the event and speeches were delivered by Diane Haylock, President of UDP-NOW, and Alberto August, Chairman of the UDP. Jackie Castillo pumped up the ladies in attendance with her motivational song ‘We are Women In Charge’. August then handed out certificates of appreciation to the Great 38.
Joseph Roland Bermudez Accused of Hitting Ex-wife with a Vehicle
On Friday, May 30, a 39-year-old Contractor of Santa Elena Town, Joseph Roland Bermudez, was before the court to answer to four criminal charges after he allegedly knocked down his ex-wife with his vehicle.
Allegations are that on Thursday, May 29, Bermudez hit his ex-commom-law-wife with a vehicle in front of her work place at Courts Belize Ltd. Bermudez, who already had a restraining order taken out against him says he went to Courts Belize to get his vehicle from his ex-common-law wife as his visitation rights entitles him to get his son from her at work. He says that when he went to do so, as he was driving off, the ex ran to the vehicle and started to break the windows. It was then that he allegedly hit her with the vehicle causing injuries to her left elbow, chin and left leg.
Dwayne Bradley an Accused Ganja Farmer
Dwayne Bradley of Biscayne Village is out on bail after he was charged with cultivation of marijuana and drug trafficking.
According to reports, police officers from the Anti Drug Unit busted the 24-year-old Bradley with 101 marijuana trees and 73.6 grams of marijuana. Police say that on May 29 at about 2:30 p.m. between Miles 29 and 30 in Biscayne Village they discovered a small marijuana plantation with mature plants ranging from 2 to 7 feet in height. There they found a black beach cruiser bicycle near a green tent. Inside the tent police found a carton box and a camouflage jacket which contained six $100 bills and eight $50 bills. Bradley, who is linked to the tent, was detained and charged.
In court on Friday, May 30, Bradley was read two drug related charges: one count of drug trafficking for having 73.6 grams of marijuana in his possession and one count of cultivation of controlled drugs for 101 Class B trees ranging from 2 to 7 feet in height. Bradley told Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart that he had the drugs to sell but the Magistrate was not convinced he understood the nature of the charges and entered an equivocal plea of not guilty on Bradley’s behalf. There was no objection to bail which was offered in the sum of $3,000 plus one surety of the same amount.
Dwayne Bradley’s next court date is set for July 31.
Cayo Man in Serious Condition after traffic accident
A man from the Cayo District is now in serious condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after being involved in a traffic accident. Eighteen year old Byron Estevan Marcina ran his motorcycle into a lamp post on George Price Avenue in Santa Elena Town at about 10:20 pm on Saturday of this past weekend.
The impact of Byron Estevan Marcina with the lamp post caused him to be thrown violently and as a result he went into an unconscious state. He was discovered by San Ignacio Police on that night bleeding from the face. He was immediately transported to the San Ignacio Town Hospital and then to the KHMH. His passenger Jevone Guerra was apparently unhurt in this accident.
Byron Marcina was a laborer, who resided in the Hillview Area in Santa Elena Town.
Mark Gentle, 25 on remand for use of deadly means of harm
Belize City Stevedore, Mark Gentle, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison for one count of deadly means of harm and one count of wounding upon Radman Welch whom he allegedly shot on May 12.
Gentle appeared before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, where the charges were read. He was represented by attorney Alifah Elrington-Hyde who made a submission asking for the charge to be withdrawn since the virtual complainant had retracted his statement and requested that no further court action be taken. Elrington-Hyde said she had a memorandum in her possession but Chief Magistrate Smith said her office had received no such directive from the DPP’s office; therefore, the case would proceed. Due to the nature of the offense, bail was not granted to Gentle and he will be on remand at the Belize Central Prison until his next court appearance on June 27.
Honduran National killed in Cayo
A Honduran national has died after being hit on the head in the Cayo District. Oscar Armando Gomez Alvarez, 28 years old, died of injuries he sustained about three weeks ago at the hands of an unknown person. From that time, Oscar Alvarez had received two large chop wounds to the left side of his face and four on the left shoulder area where he had received treatment at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan and then released.
The Honduran National, who was illegally in the Country, was discovered by a ten year old male child, dead on Wednesday of last week at about 4:00 PM in Los Tambos Village. He was found on a bed foaming from his nose and mouth. Beside his shirtless body was a large piece of board. The body was located on a farm on the outskirts of Los Tambos.
Jerson Grinage Charged with Drug Trafficking
Jerson Grinage, 21, of the Mahogany Heights community has been arraigned on a single count of drug trafficking. Allegations are that police busted him with 100.1 grams of cannabis in Mahogany Heights on Saturday, May 31.
Grinage appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on Monday, June 2, and pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled drug with the intent to supply (drug trafficking). There was no objection to bail which was offered by the Chief Magistrate in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount. Grinage was also ordered by the court to surrender his travelling documents to the Clerk of Court and report to the Mahogany Heights Police Station every Monday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. He must not apply for any other travelling documents and he is not to leave the country without the court’s permission. Grinage’s case has been adjourned to July 31.
Another San Pedro Man Murdered
Alfred Kelvin, a 49 year-old San Pedro resident who is originally from Corozal, was killed on the island on Saturday, May 31, in the early morning hours.
Just before 2 a.m., San Pedro police officers were on patrol in the San Juan area, and they spotted Kelvin standing in front of Richie’s Supermarket on Pescador Drive. The business place had long since closed for the night, and so he was loitering. The officers kindly requested that he move from the location and go home, and he complied.
Lloyd Alexander King to Stand Trial for Murder of Ronald Rivers
Lloyd Alexander King was charged for the March 4, 2013 murder of Belize City Tour Guide and popular basketball player, Ronald Rivers. Rivers was ambushed while fixing his car near the BelChina gas station. He was shot and rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he underwent a number of surgeries to remove a bullet that was lodged in his body. However, after three weeks of treatment and numerous blood transfusions he succumbed to his injuries.
On Tuesday, June 3, a preliminary case for murder against King was concluded before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. During the preliminary inquiry, King was unrepresented and did not challenge any of the prosecution’s evidence. King was asked if he has any alibi witness and he said no. Senior Magistrate Fraser gave him up until June 10 to provide the court with an alibi witness should he have any at the time.
Elvin Penner back in court
The PUP backed organization, Citizens Organized For Liberty Through Action (COLA), has 4 weeks to come up with evidence against Cayo Northeast Area Representative Elvin Penner, or else the case draws closer to being struck out of court. He’s currently facing 2 criminal charges under the Belize Passport Act, and the Belize Nationality Act, in a private prosecution brought by Geovannie Brackett and Nedal McLaren of COLA.
On Thursday, May 29, Penner went back before Magistrate Aretha Ford in the Belmopan Court for an adjournment, when COLA and their attorney, Kareem Musa, was supposed to have provided disclosure. Readers may be aware that when disclosure is promised, that is usually when the prosecutor is able to provide a copy of all the evidence against an accused person. It usually comes in the form of witness statements, exhibits and other materials that the prosecutor intends to use to convince the court that a defendant is guilty of a crime.
South Side constituencies benefit from Municipal Development Project
The United Democratic Party keeps blazing a trail of development in the South Side Constituencies of Lake Independence, Port Loyola, Collett and Pickstock. Over the past couple of weeks, workers and materials have been mobilized in over a dozen streets in these constituencies. Under the Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow's 10 million dollar pledge to the Belize City Council for infrastructure works, 2 million dollars has been air marked for earthen streets.
The project is such that area representatives from the 4 named South Side constituencies put in the name of the streets that they would like to take priority and resources are invested in them. Finances are secured from central government and the Belize City Council provides labor, expertise and heavy equipment.
Untrained Redundant Teachers to Receive Pension for Life?
In an effort to improve quality of education and maximize resources, Maud Williams, Sadie Vernon and Excelsior High Schools are merging their curricula. This school year the three schools combined to enroll a little more than 500 students. To educate those 500 students the schools had 61 teachers. That is about eight students per teacher when the minimal acceptable ratio is 15 students per teacher. Now that secondary school financing is no longer based on teacher salaries but instead on student enrollment, schools are forced to discontinue such obvious exercise of inefficiency.
The curricula merger has resulted in some teachers being redundant. The schools have not yet finalized how many teachers will be needed for the upcoming school year but it certainly will not be 61. Included in the teachers that will be declared redundant are those who are not trained in pedagogical methods and have not attempted to do so. Minister Faber says those are the teachers he is most disappointed in because the Ministry urged them numerous times and provided ample opportunities for them to get pedagogical training.
Massive Turnout for Cancer Walk 2014
“Facts Can Save Lives… Power Up!!!!”
The Belize Cancer Society held its annual Cancer Walk on Saturday, May 31, and a record number of participants showed up to help raise awareness on the indiscriminate disease. Despite a bleak weather forecast, Belizeans got out of bed early on Saturday to show their resilience against the disease or support for loved ones who are and have battled cancer. The symbolic walk has done a lot to raise awareness on all types of cancer. The event has grown significantly every year; going from a small crowd of Cancer Society reps and community organizers in 1996 to a national assembling event.
Men, women and children of all ages, races and social backgrounds lined up in front of Celina’s in Ladyville Village for a 5 a.m. start time. Some were driven to the commencement site but most boarded buses to reach. The Belize Cancer Society had pick up spots in front of the Belize Water Services Limited, Pallotti High School, Channel 5 building, Friendship Restaurant and Brodies Supermarket on the highway. Participants had various reasons for taking on the nine-mile journey from Ladyville to the Belize Cancer Society headquarters on Mercy Lane in Belize City. Most participants came out in support of a relative or friend who had been diagnosed with cancer. There were also a number of cancer survivors who continue to support others engaged in their battles. A number of participants also walked in memory of loved ones who had lost their fight. Quite a huge number of people participated who say they have no personal experience with the disease or no recollection of it affecting any relative but they want to walk in solidarity with other Belizeans affected. Corporate sponsors offered their support in financial or organizational assistance. Bowen and Bowen and San Cas handed out water and juices.
Placencia Mangrove Planting Project Organized in Memory of Environmentalist Adrian Vernon
On Friday morning more than forty volunteers gathered in the Crimson Development community area of Placencia Village to participate in a mangrove planting activity organized in memory of environmentalist Adrian Vernon.
Approximately four hundred seedlings were planted by members of the Vernon family, the World Wildlife Fund, the Southern Environmental Association, Oceana, the Placencia Village Council, Placencia Citizens for Sustainable Development, the Placencia Fishermen’s Cooperative, Friends of the Placencia Lagoon and the Coco Plum Resort and Residential Development. The mangroves now line the canal adjacent to the Placencia airstrip and will serve as a buffer for the residential plots of the Crimson Development community area.
Saint Ignatius Evening High School in Cayo - The school of a second chance
For the first time in the history of the Saint Ignatius High School in Santa Elena Town, in the Cayo District, a joint graduation will be held this coming June 7, 2014 at the Octavia Waight Center Convention Hall, bringing together both the day and night divisions. Those 42 graduates from the evening and night time classes had an opportunity to celebrate their achievement on Friday night of last week at the Saint Ignatius High School.
Present for the celebratory occasion last Friday were members of the Board of Directors, Manager of Schools as well as prominent members of the Cayo Community. Director of the comprehensive programs of the evening school time at Saint Ignatius, Cynthia Ellis, described it as “…a time of appreciation and achievement, we can be proud and confident that we have strong visionaries and leaders for Belize.”
Past students at the evening division at Saint Ignatius, such as talented singer Carolina Bonilla, who is now taking international business and environmental science at Galen University, encouraged the students to surpass their obstacles, saying “I am proud of you, because I was here with you.”
Belizean athletes medalled at Central American Junior Championship
The Belize Athletics Association participated in the Central American Junior Athletics Championship that held in Managua, Nicaragua from the 23rd to the 25th May, 2014.
Belize had representation in the following events and by the following athletes in the Jr. B Female category: Shanicka Augustine in the 100m, Long Jump and Triple Jump; Ashanti Carr in Shot-put, Long Jump and Triple Jump; Ashonti Carr in 400m, Shot-put, and Long Jump; Deannia Cooke in 100m and 200m; Zhanea Jex in 100m, 200m and 400m; Julia Puerto in the 1500m and 3000m and Catherine Tan in the Shot-put, Discus and Javelin.
The Belize Athletics Association would like to take this opportunity to thank the National Olympic Committee, Atlantic Bank Limited, RF&G Insurance, Atlantic Insurance Co. Ltd., Belize Bank Limited, Atlantic International Bank Limited, the Minister of Sports Hon. Herman Longsworth, the various high schools and parents for their support.
Conservation groups want government’s position on Puerto Azul project
The proposed Puerto Azul development project within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll has raised “substantial alarm” within Belize’s conservation community.
An alliance of conservation groups including Oceana-Belize, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People and the Belize Audubon Society today issued a statement calling on government to make an official statement on the exact status of the proposed resort development project.
The conservation community statement also lists 7 of what it says is a long list of questions that needs answers, including whether or not the terms of reference for the project or the EIA has been finalized, whether the presence of Ministers Heredia and Contreras at the project’s unveiling in Cannes, France indicates an official endorsement of the project by government and whether the large amount of money being spent to promote Puerto Azul is not just an attempt to legitimize a “highly speculative venture.”
Attorney asks: is it right for the police hold Cavetubing workers?
On Wednesday evening, five employees of Cavetubing.com, owned by Yohnny Rosado were detained by police in connection with their investigation into the attack on competitor Vitalino Reyes Sr.’s son, Vitalino Jr.
Vitalino Reyes, Jr is recovering from being kicked and hit in the head with a pint bottle at the Long Island Bar one week ago today.
According to attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd, who has been advising Rosado legally, police have stonewalled her attempts to find out whether the workers are being charged for anything, despite voluntarily giving their statements and cooperating with the investigation.
Police have even refused, according to Matura-Shepherd, to accept her cooperation to bring the workers in to talk if they are not charged.
They hold to the line that the detentions are part of their investigation into the incident.
Deon Bruce challenges extradition decision in judicial review
There was some legal history today in Belize City, as for the first time in a case involving extradition, there has been a challenge mounted to the lower court’s actual decision in addition to the standard habeas corpus application filed in such cases.
28 year old Deon Bruce is accused of murder and related charges in the United States and Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith ordered him to be extradited to stand trial in Chicago, Illinois earlier this year.
But Bruce’s attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd is challenging how she arrived at the decision via judicial review.
She told reporters that there is precedent for simultaneous cases such as this in UK law and that the case against the extradition decision is solid.
Hicatee hatchling unveiled in Toledo
he Toledo Institute for Development and the Environment, TIDE is reporting success in incubating a set off Hicatee eggs rescued late last year. A posting on TIDE’s Facebook page today reported that the first hatchling was recorded on Wednesday by the organization’s Private Protected Lands project.
According to the social media post “during the first week of December 2013, the rangers came across an eroding bank with a set of Hicatee eggs. The team decided to incubate the set of eggs to learn more about this data-deficient species.”
SATIIM displeased with perfected Supreme Court order
The victory thought to have been won by Sarstoon Temash Institute of Indigenous Management (SATIIM) in April of this year, appears to have been watered down.
At least that is the perspective of SATIIM and its executive director Gregory Choc.
In the April ruling, Justice Michelle Arana ordered the Government to enter into good faith negotiations with the Maya communities in the buffer zone of the Sarstoon Temash National Park before allowing U.S. Capital Energy to continue work in the area.
But a perfected version of the court order released last week shows that Justice Arana made a very important edit, in which Government is now asked to “seek to obtain free, prior, and informed consent.”
The normally mild-mannered executive director of SATIIM, Gregory Ch’oc, let loose with a tightly controlled display of frustration at what he says is a stacked deck.
Social partners unite as “Rod of Correction”
In unity there is strength, goes the old saying, and social partners from across the spectrum of issues – land, governance, democracy, society, labour and many more – have joined forces to form a new organization that puts all these issues on a level playing field.
President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, Dylan Reneau, says they have been frustrated with their approach to Government and find it necessary to cooperate, beginning with Saturday’s Plant Di Corn Rally in support of BGYEA in Belize City.
The new Rod of Correction will employ dialogue with Government among its strategies, but things seem to be building up to a national demonstration like the one in 2005, which also featured union leadership.
Reneau says that though he is tired of the same formula, he is prepared to use it if need be.
What’s new and upcoming on La Isla Bonita
The reason I was out and about taking San Pablo pictures is Cowboy had wanted to take Maria up on her rein check for more gravy after their weekly Tuesday closure at Georges Kitchen. He texted around 12:30 and told me he could go for late breakfast as soon as Wachee got back in 20 min. So I finished up my work was about to walk east to go meet him, I got as far as locking our gate before I was offered a ride. It was hot so I gladly accepted, so much for increasing my daily steps lol.
Thanks to a bank line up, 20 min turned into Belize time fast and it took us about 2h to be ready to leave turning our late breakfast into a late lunch – we barely made it before 3:00pm closing time. By that time I was so hungry I managed one pic of Cowboy’s breakfast and got sidetracked as soon as my steak and eggs showed up.
Did you know that they do not usually give change out in rolls at Belize banks? It will often come in envelopes or clear plastic bags like the dollars below.
A Recent Traveler Answers the Question: WHY BELIZE?
One of the things I heard most after telling people that Mike (my husband) and I vacationed in Belize this past March was, “Belize? Where is that?” To be fair, I didn’t know where it was before Mike suggested we go. Now that we’re back, though, with 9 days in paradise under our belts, I tell everyone who will listen to go to Belize. And here’s why.
Well, let’s start with the best reason. This water.
Such as plain and simple logistics. To many, Belize sounds exotic and half a world away, but our flight to Belize was a non-stop, 2.5 hour flight. (We live in Texas.) We left at noon and arrived before dinner. It takes longer (for us) to fly to California than to Belize. When we honeymooned in St. John, we left before the sunrise, stopped in Miami, stopped in Puerto Rico, landed in St. Thomas, rented a car, took the ferry to St. John, drove across the island, and finally got to our rental house twelve hours after our early morning flight. That’s an entire day lost to travel.
San Ignacio Belize: The Top 7 Cultural Attractions
San Ignacio, Belize is a small lovely town located on the Cayo region of the country and mere minutes away from the border with Guatemala.
Considered as the heartland of the Belizean Mayan World, San Ignacio has its fair share of cultural and adventure attractions, even for those who travel with a tight budget.
Here’s some of my favorite ones: 1. Discover the Cave of the Crystal Maiden (Actun Tunichil Muknal or ATM) 2. Explore the charm of the downtown
3. Climb the ancient Mayan Pyramids:
4. Enjoy horseback riding
5. Learn about the unique history of Belize
6. Go tubing down the river
7. Visit the Iguana Conservation Center
Sotheby's International Realty Brand Enters Belize
Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced its luxury real estate services are now available in Belize with the opening of Belize Sotheby's International Realty, owned and operated by McCann & Fisher Ltd.
The firm, which is managed by Shane and Brittany McCann, serves the luxury residential real estate market throughout Belize and is located at Barrier Reef Drive in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
"Ambergris Caye is considered one of the most desirable islands in the world," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. "The lifestyle offered there is coveted by people everywhere. Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, ancient Mayan Ruins, water falls, caves and the well-known Great Blue Hole. We are proud to be able to offer our services in this beautiful and unique market."
According to Brittany McCann the affiliation with the Sotheby's International Realty(R) brand will help achieve their goal of raising the bar in Belize's real estate market. "We also want to help promote the economic growth of our country, and we believe the Sotheby's International Realty brand will help change the dynamics of the real estate market in Belize," she said. "Our company has raised the standards of service and ethics here in the property and rental management field, and this has set us apart from other real estate groups in the country. It is our mission to be the best in the industry and build a team of knowledgeable professionals, and we will continue this as we grow with the brand."
Houstonians behind Sotheby's deal to enter Belize luxe home market
Two Houstonians are behind New York-based Sotheby’s International Realty Inc.'s latest venture — this time into Belize.
The real estate subsidiary of Sotheby’s auction house has opened Belize Sotheby's International Realty after inking a deal with McCann & Fisher Ltd., which will own and operate the brokerage.
The McCann part of that namesake comes from Shane and Brittany McCann, both native Houstonians who studied marketing at the University of Houston's Bauer College of Business.
The husband and wife business team have lived in Belize since 2010 and have worked in the vacation rental and property management businesses.
Belize Sotheby's will serve the luxury residential real estate market on Belize's mainland and islands and has set up shop in San Pedro, which is on the island of Ambergris Caye.
Bird migration contains down-to-earth lessons
It’s a spring tradition now, more than 25 years in the making.
Slices of juicy, fragrant oranges impaled on wooden pegs send an invitation skyward.
Two small bowls of grape jelly and strawberry jam await visitors beneath a small cedar shelter hanging from a clothesline post.
The feeders are filled with black birdseed.
On a table near the windows in the family room rest a pair of binoculars and my time-honored Peterson Field Guide.
Two key points in the link that brings bursts of color and song to our part of the world are Belize and the Osa Peninsula of southwestern Costa Rica.
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin points out that 55 species of Wisconsin birds spend the winter in the Osa Peninsula.
Belize, located just west of Guatemala and north of Honduras in Central America, provides welcoming habitat for about 80 species of birds that make their way to Wisconsin.
It’s apparent that the habitat of those faraway places as well as the habitat here will have a say in the future of bird species we call our own.
Importing Food Is Damaging The Caribbean: Why No Action?
It is shameful that golden opportunities to produce more food in the Caribbean and significantly reduce the astronomically high annual food import bill of US$4.75 billion are being woefully neglected. If this misguided trend continues, the economies of many of the countries of the region will be increasingly imperilled.
At a time of very low or no economic growth, extremely high ratios of debt-to-Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and declining foreign exchange earnings in many of the 14 independent nations that comprise the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the majority of them continue to spend huge sums on buying food outside the Caribbean.
In 2013, only four countries were exceptions to those with unsustainably high debt to GDP ratios. They were: Haiti 21.3%, Suriname 29.2%, Trinidad and Tobago 30.6%, and Bahamas 56.3%. Of the others, Jamaica 138.9 %, Grenada 115%, St Kitts-Nevis 104.9% and Antigua and Barbuda 92.9% have the highest debt-to-GDP ratio. At the lower end of the unsustainable high debt-to-GDP ratio are Guyana 63.9%, Dominica 74.95, Belize 75.5%, and St Vincent and the Grenadines 76.4% (source IMF and World Bank). It should be noted that in the case of Haiti, while its debt-to-GDP ratio is low, it has the highest rate of poverty at 77% of its population. Other countries with high levels of poverty are: Belize 41.3%, Grenada 37.7%, Guyana 36.1%, and St Vincent and the Grenadines 30.2%.
Tropical Depression may form this weekend
An area of disturbed weather over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is being monitored closely for tropical development over the next few days.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Miller, “While conditions are somewhat favorable for development in the low levels of the atmosphere, conditions are hostile for development aloft.”
Miller is referring to disruptive winds at middle and upper levels of the atmosphere known as wind shear. These westerly winds often cause a developing or established tropical system to lean to the right and can cause dry air to invade the storm’s circulation. “Because of the wind shear, we may see a low-level circulation move westward toward the coast of Mexico and the upper part of the system driven off to the east over time,” Miller said.
It is possible that some of that moisture in the form of drenching showers and thunderstorms could be steered over part of Florida and the Bahamas next week.
“Should the system develop a low-level circulation we will be likely be only dealing with a minimal tropical system, such as tropical depression or tropical storm,” Miller said.
Best Caribbean resorts for anniversary trips
Whichever anniversary you're celebrating, gold — as in sunshine and sandy beaches — is always appreciated and the right Caribbean resort can help you make that milestone memorable. While there are honeymoon resorts that are also great choices for the more experienced, without the distraction of a recent marriage you may be just as interested in great food, a spa and outdoor activities as in the indoor amenities. The key to getting the trip that will rock your romantic Richter scale is to pinpoint what you both want and, when you find it, say "I do" — quickly.
If you were casting a location for a movie about a forest hideaway, Blancaneaux Lodge would be perfect. It should be — it was built by film director Francis Ford Coppola. It's not simple to get to — a couple of hours over sketchy roads from Belize City — on purpose. Perched on the edge of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in western Belize, the Lodge has just 20 rooms along Privassion Creek. The hilly grounds are punctuated by waterfalls and festooned with wild orchids. It seems less like a hotel and more like your fabulously rich uncle invited you to enjoy his mountain estate — an estate that happens to have a pair of restaurants, a spa with a natural hot spring and a nice wine list featuring (surprise) Coppola's own wines. There's no beachfront stocked with windsurfers and kayaks but there are swimming holes in the pristine river and day trips to the Maya ruins at Caracol and Tikal, horseback riding, mountain biking and just taking in some of the hemisphere's most peaceful scenery from the deck of your thatch-roofed cabana. That should inspire some Oscar-worthy moments.
US, Partners Begin Military Exercises In Caribbean
Members of 11 Caribbean partner nations joined the U.S. and Canadian militaries in Antigua to kick off Phase I of Tradewinds 2014.
The exercise, hosted in Antigua and Barbuda, is designed to enhance defense force abilities in maritime security and disaster response training, American Forces Press Service reported.
The Caribbean partner nations, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, deployed maritime, national police, and coast guard units to take part in multiple training events.
"Tradewinds is all about ensuring interoperability among Caribbean forces and advancing cooperation and coordination in various security and disaster-related scenarios," said Lt. Cmdr. Auden Nicholas, commanding officer of the Antigua Barbuda Defense Force's Coast Guard, and Antiguan co-director for Tradewinds 2014.
The U.S. military plays an important maritime security role in the region and worked closely with Nicholas and his staff in setting up the Tradewinds exercise.
Entry to Latin America complicated by patchwork regulatory quilt
The regulatory picture for dietary supplements in Latin America is still very much a patchwork quilt, according to an expert who has studied the markets. But harmonization is on the horizon, and companies that are up to speed stand to reap the benefits.
The first Belizean Hurricane!
Sources from TPSL say The Houston Hurricanes FC signed `#Belize International player Evan Evimar Mariano a player that can play Midfield, winger or forward. Head Coach of the Hurricanes Coach Brendan Keyes said the team is very excited about bringing Evan to HOuston Texas, United States, he will definitely bring another level of play to the already strong team. He said "I believe with Evan and three or four more quality players we are bringing in we can challenge for the title this year. He brings the experience of playing at International level to the team, he has speed and he is a danger to any defenders when running at them. I like his character, he is a pillar in his community back home and helps out with the kids whenever he can. We ideally would like Evan to stay with the Hurricanes for the whole season" said Coach Keyes but it will be hard to hold on to him when the big teams see what he's got. Player fact-file played in Gold Cup all games including against the USA and Honduras, has ten National caps, he is 26 years old has over 100 appearances in Premier league in Belize and played Vs the Houston Hurricanes recently for the Belmopan Bandits who are in the Champions League in Concacaf. The Hurricanes Fc welcome Evan Evan Mariano to the Canes family. Here is Evan in Action in Gold Cup Vs Honduras taking the shot.
BELIZE PRESENTATION, 11min.
from Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
Video: Belize Mission Trip (Spring 2014) - SFBC, 6min.
from Sunnyvale First Baptist Church
Video: San Pedro Water Sports Kayak and Jet Ski Adventure Belize, 3min.
A vacation in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, is not a complete one without some adrenaline in your body. Yes, most vacationers tend to only want to relax and lay out on the beach working on their tan. But there are also those who seek adventure and a rush that they cannot find in their hometown.
Video: The History and Tranquil Serenity of Belize, 1.5min.
Presented by Belize Sotheby's International Realty. The history of Belize dates back thousands of years. The Mayan civilization spread into the area of Belize between 1500 BCE to CE 1200 and flourished until about CE 1200. Several major archaeological sites—notably Cahal Pech, Caracol, Lamanai, Lubaantunn, Altun Ha, and Xunantunich—reflect the advanced civilization and much denser population of that period. The first recorded European settlement was established by shipwrecked English seamen in 1638. Over the next 150 years, more English settlements were established.
Subsequently, several constitutional changes were enacted to expand representative government. Full internal self-government under a ministerial system was granted in January 1964. The official name of the territory was changed from British Honduras to Belize in June 1973, and full independence was granted on September 21, 1981.
Video: Limbitless, 28min.
A documentary short about the prosthetic industry and Prosthetic Project Hope International, a non profit organization, who provides prosthetic and orthotic devices for the mobility challenged in Orange Walk, Belize.
Video: BELIZE CAMALOTE WITH MY CUZ, 5min.
Video: 2014 Belize International Film Festival, 3min.
The Belize International Film Festival is back for the 9th time, with its opening night gala scheduled for Thursday July 17 at Robert's Grove Resort in Placencia. They've got films from across the globe, including 5 from Belize. Organizer Suzette Zayden told us what to expect at this year's film festival.
The Festival will begin on July 16th and ends on July 20th with a closing awards banquet. There will also be a number of seminars during this period.
21st Century Parenting - The Belize Context, 12min.
A video focusing on the skills and services required to help Belizeans become better parents. Produced for UNICEF Belize.
Video: Belize International Film Festival 2014 Trailer, 1min.
We hope you'll join us at the 2014 Belize International Film Festival! This year's festival selection is more exciting than ever before, with films from around the globe. See you at the movies!
July 16 - 21, 2014
See the full line up at: belizefilmfestival.com
Video: Punta Gorda Slideshow, 9min.
Video: Bonner's Belize Trip Part 1 May 2014, 14min.
Niki & Terry's Belize Dive Trip
Video: Bonner's Belize Trip Part 2 May 2014, 13min.
Terry & Niki's Belize Dive Trip.
Video: Bonner's Belize Trip Part 3 May 2014, 8min.
Terry & Niki's Belize Dive Trip.
Video: Belize Ecotourism Trip 2014, 14min.
A documentary of the HEM214 Ecotourism class's service learning trip to Belize.
Video: Diving The Great Blue Hole, Belize., 12min.
Incredible, unique dive. The Blue Hole formed as a result of an ancient sink hole years ago. The stalactites found at 130' suggest they were formed before the sea level rose. Sharks looming in the shadows who come in for a closer look add an eerie feel to the amazing dive.
Divemaster: Cardinal. Boat: Big Bird (Blackbird Caye Resort)
Video: Zeniah's Dance #2 Belize, 4min.
Miss San Pedro High School Pageant
Video: Abrar Fishing in Belize/San Pedro, Permit (fish) catch #3,3 min.
this is fish #3 (out of 6 total permit catch of the day)
Video: Fishing in Belize/San Pedro, Permit (fish) catch #5, 2min.
this is fish #5 (out of 6 total permit catch of the day)
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