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#493044 - 07/04/14 11:38 AM Today's Belize News: July 4, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

Backyard Beauties
It sounds like a problem no one would empathize with…but the sad truth is that over time one can become immune to the tropical beauty that surrounds them when living in paradise. Every day we idly pass blooms that would merit exclamations of joy from a tourist who’s never seen an orchid or a bougainvillea growing like a weed while shamelessly showing off colors that have yet to be named.

More Island Graduations
Commencement ceremonies for preschools and primary schools on the island continued on Wednesday, June 25th and Thursday, June 26th at the Lions Den. Holding commencement exercises on Wednesday was Holy Cross Preschool. The 15 cuties received their diplomas in the presence of family and friends, and are now ready to advance to primary school. On […]

San Pedro Traffic Department receives donation
On Monday, June 23rd the San Pedro Traffic Department (SPTD) received a donation from Wolfgang Wind. The generous gift came in the form of a STOP sign equipped with LED lights, a Bushnell Speed Screen and a Bushnell Velocity Speed Gun equipped with a tripod stand. The donation was presented to Mayor Daniel Guerrero and […]

Additional Flights and Routes to Belize
Belize City, Belize – June 27th, 2014 – There is exciting news to report on the international flights to/from Belize. As the tourism numbers continue to grow, the international airlines operating in Belize have recognized the demand for increased airlifts to Belize. Delta has responded by implementing additional flights through the Atlanta route to Belize. […]

Summer Bush Fire Alerts residents of Dry Season Threats
On Monday, June 30th residents became alarmed when a small bush fire in the San Pablo Area gained momentum and grew. The fire started around 7:30PM on an empty lot next to the Ambergris Stadium. Nearby residents contacted the San Pedro Fire Department who responded to the call and extinguished the fire. According to Chief […]

Fundraiser being held for Captain Nisani “Biggs” Zuniga
A fundraiser is taking place for local boat captain Nisani “Biggs” Zuniga after his vessel capsized while trying to rescue two tourists who were in distress at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The incident occurred on Tuesday, June 24th while Biggs was out snorkeling with family. When he noticed that two people were drifting further […]

Celebrating our Patron Saint on Dia de San Pedro
The week-long Dia de San Pedro Celebrations peaked on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28thwith a main tribute to the island’s Patron Saint, Peter. The celebrations begun on Friday, June 20thand were aimed to promote unity as well as history, culture and tradition. The celebrations embraced the island’s beginnings as a small fishing village […]

Britany Ysaguirreis crowned Miss Caye Caulker Lobster Fest
On Friday night, June 27th the tiny island of Caye Caulker personified all the glamour and glitz of a Hollywood fashion show when the CC Lobster Fest Committee hosted their annual Miss Lobster Fest Pageant. BritanyYsagurirre, Jessica Tzalam, Jolene Williams, Veida Gomez and Gleselie Chan, each as lovely as a movie star, competed for the […]

Ambergris Today

BTL Provides Solution to Countrywide Internet Problems
BTL informs our DSL and 4G customers that some changes have been made to our DNS servers. In order to activate the new settings on your computer, customers are asked to change the Primary DNS to 190.197.37.154 and Secondary DNS to 200.32.248.1. 4G customers are asked to Airplane mode or power off your handset so as to allow the changes to take effect for improved internet service. Customers are assured that our Technical Teams continue to work to find a permanent solution that will alleviate the ongoing external attacks to our servers. We remain committed to providing the quality service our customers expect and deserve.

Delta Announces Additional Flights and Route to Belize
There is exciting news to report on the international flights to/from Belize. As the tourism numbers continue to grow, the international airlines operating in Belize have recognized the demand for increased airlifts to Belize. Delta has responded by implementing additional flights through the Atlanta route to Belize. Starting mid-December, 2014, Delta will increase its Atlanta-Belize frequencies from 8 flights a week to 12. These additions will represent 596 seats more per week for the high season from this key gateway. The airline will also resume its Saturday non-stop Los Angeles – Belize flight on November 7, which is seven weeks earlier than last year and represents an additional 160 seats per week from the west coast of the USA for November and December.

Miss Costa Rica Contestant Announced for Costa Maya Festival
Raquel Guevara Avila has been chosen to represent her country as Miss Costa Rica Costa Maya at the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant that will be taking place during the International Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize on Thursday, August 7, 2014. At 18 years of age and standing 5’ 6” tall, Raquel Guevara has black eyes and black hair. She is a Systems Engineer Student at La Universidad Latina de Costa Rics; she loves cooking running and spending time with friends and family. Raquel participated in the 2014 Reinas de Costa Rica Pageant was 4th Runner Up winning her the title of Miss Costa Rica Costa Maya.

Filming Starts for Local La Isla Bonita Soap Opera
After some delays, setbacks and basic preparation time, filming of the long anticipated La Isla Bonita Telenovela (Soap Opera) has commenced on Ambergris Caye and the producers and director are eager to present the first pilot episode to the public. Work commenced on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, on location at Victoria House Resort as local actors, who were cast back in September 2013, were called to duty for the first ever locally produced and funded soap opera (telenovela). The project is a continuation of Make-Belize Films and director/producer Matthiew Klinck who brought the popular movie “2012: Kurse A Di Xtabai”, also entirely produced and filmed in Belize.

Free Summer Sailing Camp by San Pedro Sailing Club
Free Summer Sailing Camp Offered At Caribbean Villas Hotel - KIDS-Summer is here, school is out – Would you like to learn how to sail? Eight free “mini” sailing camps for beginning sailors between the ages of 9 and 15 are being offered 14 July to 24 July at the Caribbean Villas Hotel. Students will learn the basics of sailing including two hours of private “in the boat” sailing lessons under the supervision of a nationally recognized and BzSA (Belize Sailing Association) certified sailing instructor and two hours of “on-land” lessons where students will learn knot-tying skills, parts of the boat and general principals of sailing. A certificate will be awarded at the completion of the camp.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

NEW COFFEE SHOP IN SAN PEDRO
There is a new coffee shop in town! It is called the “Rum n Bean”. South of town, just South of Victoria House on the opposite side of the road. Go into the Giant Enterance of Southwater Caye and follow the signs. It is definately worth the trip!

SALAD BAR – ROASTED GARLIC, SWEET POTATO, BROILED EGGPLANT WITH MOZZARELLA
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 2 tbsp olive oil pepper 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 large eggplant, sliced 2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced 7 oz mixed salad greens 2 x 5 1/2 oz mozzarella cheese, drained and sliced

Freedom of Speech Run
The Legacy Youth Movement is having their Freedom of Speech Run today. It starts here in Cayo, at the Hawksworth Bridge, at 8:00am, and goes to YWAM Banana Bank. Run free!

Benque HoC Summer Art Institute
The Benque House of Culture is having another great Summer Art Institute, and they'll be offering lessons throughout the Summer in the following 4 subjects: Marimba Music, Basketry and Weaving, Marimba Dance, and the Mayan Language and Culture. Thanks, Benque HoC!

Green Iguana Conservation Project Tops Trip Advisor
The Green Iguana Conservation Project is ranked number 1 in San Ignacio for activities on Trip Advisor. They recently received another Certificate of Excellence too. They have a new brochure out, and it really was done well. It's a fantastic educational experience, and is being enjoyed by all ages.

SIPL Summer Camp
The San Ignacio Public Library is having their annual Summer camp, and it starts next Monday, July 7th. Call them at 804-0459 for more information. This year's theme is 'Water = Life.'

Channel 7

Cervantes Sr. Still Missing, Police Not Saying Kidnapped
At news time tonight, 71 year-old Orange Walk business man, Ramon Cervantes is still missing. He was officially reported missing on Tuesday at around 3:30 p.m., and so the official count is at 51 hours since he was last accounted for by his family. Today, police units from both Orange Walk and Belmopan continued combing the town and its surrounding villages, and a number of persons were detained for questioning. It has all been to no avail because there are still no leads as to where the well-known businessman may be. 7News understands that at this time the investigators are considering upgrading their inquiry from a missing person to kidnapping, but no official word has been released on that as yet.

Former Mayor Moya's Brother Killed By Fiber Glass Spike In Chest
Tonight former Mayor Zenaida Moya and her family are mourning the loss of their son and brother. 50-year-old Michael Richard Ysaguirre, a well-known fisherman based at the Conch Shell Bay Market died on Saturday from injuries he sustained a week ago. That's when he was involved in an altercation with a store vendor, who struck him across the chest. A Post mortem found that he died from a heart injury due to Chest Trauma, Blunt Instrument Type. Today Moya told us what her brother relayed to their mother about the violent encounter:... Zenaida Moya - Sister of Deceased "This guy beat my brother. They said about 4 times to the chest with a piece of fiberglass and apparently that's what stick him - a part of it was lodge in his heart actually according to the forensics that was done by Dr. Mario Estradabran. That happened on the Thursday. He manages to get home. My mother tried to do what she could for him. I am not aware if he went to the hospital. I know that my mother was taking care of him and early Saturday morning he passed away and that's pretty much it."

Mother Of Three Says It Wasn't Her for Miguel's Death
Police are also trying to make an arrest in last Saturday's murder of 22-year-old Samuel Steven Miguel. The young man was found dead at dawn on Saturday morning in an open lot across from the former Extra House on Cemetery Road. His head had been smashed with a cement block and he appeared to have been stabbed in the face. The West street resident was found wearing only boxers - and there was evidence on the scene that he may have been having a tryst with a female when he was killed. One female from that area who was held for 48 hours as a suspect came to us today raving mad saying it wasn't her. Aloma Pike told Monica Bodden why she was wrongfully detained:...

Vanessa Champagne Gets Bail
Tonight, 19 year-old transgender Vanessa Champagne Paris, legally known as Perfilio Rodriguez, is out of prison after spending 2 nights on remand because she couldn't meet bail. On Tuesday, she was arraigned on the criminal charge of aggravated assault before Magistrate Herbert Panton, and she was granted bail of $300. The problem is nobody wanted to bail her out, so she spent the 2 nights in a gender neutral holding cell area of the Belize Central Prison. That was done for security reasons, and because this was the first time that the prison had to house somebody like Paris. But, her father came to her rescue today and signed bail for her, and she was released from police custody this morning. The freelance court journalists got an opportunity to speak with her outside of court, and she explained her experience in the prison:

KHMH Says It Is Not A Psychiatric Hospital In Wake Of 22 Year Old's Death
Last night we told you about the drowning of 22-year-old Andrea Herbert. She was found in the Belize River under the Belchina Bridge at 9:00 on Wednesday morning. Police say there are no signs of foul play on her body. But, it's not as cut and dry as that: Andrea Herbert was struggling with mental illness; her family says she suffered from an anxiety disorder and her mother had taken her to the KHMH to be medicated for it. After waiting in the emergency for two hours, she got impatient and walked out of the hospital, never to be seen alive by her family again. Today, the KHMH sent out a less than sympathetic release saying, quote, "Ms. Herbert along with her mother came to our Accident and Emergency Department…and was triaged in a timely manner. The A and E staff were later informed by the patient's mother that she had left…at which point we asked her mother to bring her back." End quote.

Tropic Air Vs. Brett Feinstein to Court
Two weeks ago, we told you about the property dispute on San Pedro - pitting leaseholder Tropic Air Limited against property owner Construction Depot Ltd, specifically Brett Feinstein. Feinstein has the title but Tropic Air had already started work on a multi-million-dollar project on their leased land. Now, that has been halted by an injunction. There is room for compromise, but it won't be easy - as there is very valuable property and quite a bit of money already in the ground, not to mention the corporate egos involved. So, today both sides ended up in court. Tropic Air had no less than three attorneys on its side: Godfrey Smith, Agnes Segura, and Steve Perera while Construction Depot had one: Eamon Courtenay. The Solicitor General representing the Ministry of Natural Resources was also there. They went to discuss the matter in Justice Michelle Arana's Chambers and when they were done - there was no compromise. Here's what they told us starting with Tropic Air owner John Greif:..

Rod Of Correction Movement Getting Its House In Order
Today the Rod Of Correction movement held its second meeting at the Belize National Teacher Union Headquarters. This is one month after their inaugural meeting, and not much has happened to lash the Barrow administration as they had planned to do. And so, today's meeting was lengthy - it went right through lunch and when they came out news spokesperson Mose Hyde addressed the media:... Mose Hyde, Spokesperson, Rod of Correction "A lot of discussions, lots of work, lots of planning, basically trying to sort out our leadership structure and trying to set an agenda. So it was really a lot of discussion - lots of argument, shouting - sorting out stuff is a lot different organizations - trying to figure out how to be effective essentially."

Acquitted In Trial Without Jury
21 year-old Terry Munnings was acquitted today before Justice Troadio Gonzalez of attempted murder in a trial without jury. He was accused of stabbing 25 year-old Donovan Pratt under the armpit. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on April 30, 2011, at a basketball court in the Japan area of Ladyville. The Crown Counsel, Leroy Banner, prosecuted the case against Munnings, and he called the victim as his chief witness. The prosecution's case started to fall apart when Pratt testified that he was not certain who stabbed him.

Hon. Hulse Defends Against Auditor's Allegations
Last week COLA released the leaked auditor general's preliminary report on irregularities at the Immigration Department. On page two, the Auditor General notes that she had to go over Director Maria Marin's head and ask Minister Godwin Hulse to release records and registers. The Auditor General laments that up to March 20th, she still hasn't gotten it. Today we asked Hulse if this lack of disclosure is not indicative of an attempt to cover up - he said it's not, it's just that the office was overwhelmed with four simultaneous investigations:.. Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration "At the time they were in there auditing the ministry was in there, the police was in there, FIU was in there - it's a hell of a situation in the department." Jules Vasquez "It says also that there was communications with you in which you gave an undertaking that any lag in sharing of documents you would personally see to it that it was resolved."

Puerto Azul Project Takes On New Profile
We also asked Minister Hulse to comment on the controversial Puerto Azul project - proposed for northern 2 and Sandbore Cayes - both on the lighthouse reef atoll - home to the famous Blue Hole. The principals behind the project were in Belize two weeks ago - but they never sat down with the media as promised. But they did sit down with the Cabinet subcommittee on investment and Chairman Hulse told us what they had to say:.. Hon. Godwin Hulse, Chair - Cabinet Investment Sbcmte "We have met for 3 hours and it was the full team, the full invest committee that met with them. We had about 20 people in the room and it was an interesting presentation. Where they are - they have pitched to the government what they intend to do. And as I understand it from them they want to create an event facility…one of those facilities which will bring the Emmy Awards and those kinds of fancy things that happen around the world where people have no problem paying fifty thousand or one hundred thousand dollars to come.

Norwegian Won't Be Injuncted, Hulse says
And the final major tourism project that's on deck is the Stake Bank Development off Belize City. It's a major development which would see as many as four cruise ships pull up at an Island berthing facility just off Belize City. That would be connected to the city with a causeway. It's been approved by parliament, but the project hasn't gotten the full green light yet. It's still being held on yellow because it could expose the government to liability by taking the business away from the Fort Street Tourism Village. Hulse says they'll be meeting to discuss it tomorrow:.. Hon. Godwin Hulse, Chair - Cabinet Investment Sbcmte "The meeting tomorrow at 10am with the committee to discuss all of them including Stake Bank. The Stake Bank issue s very simple though, Mr. Feinstein project is a good one and should move ahead but there is an agreement government signed with FSTV which included to a certain extent the Stake Bank project which government is saying to please ask FSTV to indemnify the government against any claims etc., because as you know they make money. The tenders docked there, there is the fee."

Stake Bank Project Stalled By Indemnity Issue
And the final major tourism project that's on deck is the Stake Bank Development off Belize City. It's a major development which would see as many as four cruise ships pull up at an Island berthing facility just off Belize City. That would be connected to the city with a causeway. It's been approved by parliament, but the project hasn't gotten the full green light yet. It's still being held on yellow because it could expose the government to liability by taking the business away from the Fort Street Tourism Village. Hulse says they'll be meeting to discuss it tomorrow:.. Hon. Godwin Hulse, Chair - Cabinet Investment Sbcmte "The meeting tomorrow at 10am with the committee to discuss all of them including Stake Bank. The Stake Bank issue s very simple though, Mr. Feinstein project is a good one and should move ahead but there is an agreement government signed with FSTV which included to a certain extent the Stake Bank project which government is saying to please ask FSTV to indemnify the government against any claims etc., because as you know they make money. The tenders docked there, there is the fee."

Supreme court Says No To Gary Sewell
Today in Supreme Court Justice's Michelle Arana's courtroom, Gary Sewell's most recent challenge of his extradition was dashed. Justice Arana ruled against his attorney Arthur Saldivar who had contended that the documents provided by the US authorities were insufficient to force an extradition. Justice Arana did not agree, but Outside the court, Saldivar said he will still soldier on and seek an appeal:.. Jules Vasquez "Sir, you must be disappointed at the outcome, but are you surprised?" Arthur Saldivar, Attorney for Gary Sewell "No, I'm not really surprised, in the sense that it's a fifty-fifty proposition in every instance and I expect at a certain point our position will be vindicated and it's just a part of the process."

US Fugitive Caught In Belize
Press reports of the US say that a fugitive wanted for murder in New York was caught earlier this week in Belize after being on the run for 9 years. 39 year-old US National Michael Young was extradited to the US after he was caught hiding out in Belize. Reports say that the authorities caught up to him after he tried to apply for a passport at the US Embassy in Belmopan. When his name came up, he was flagged, and then arrested by Belizean authorities who deported him to Atlanta for a parole violation. They notified the US Marshals who picked him up and escorted him to New York, where he was criminally charged with murder in the second degree today. He's accused of killing a 47 year-old female in Staten Island on December 14, 2005. NYPD investigators say that he strangled her to death. He then wrapped her naked body in blankets and sheets before stuffing her in a shipping barrel and dumping her.

Hon. Hulse Will Settle Libel Suit With Belize Times
Today, the media interviewed Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse for 40 minutes outside the Chief Justice's Courtroom at the Supreme Court. Most of the questions were about Immigration matters, but he was there was for a libel suit he's pursuing against the Belize Times. The defendant is Times Editor Alberto Vellos and his attorney Kareem Musa while Hulse has retained Michael Young. Today in the Chief Justice's Chambers, both sides agreed to an undisclosed settlement:.. Hon. Godwin Hulse "We are working on trying to have a settlement, but on the 10th July at 10am there will be an open court statement. In the hurly burly of politics we respect the fact that there is going to be this mudslinging back and forth. I don't necessarily agree with it, but I understand it. It comes a point where you have to be careful and I think in this case that point was crossed and so I personally need to make sure that despite what the opposition or anybody may say that the reputation I have work so hard to maintain, which to this point is impeccable."

Ras Pitta For Re-election
In December of last year the Christian Workers Union had a long delayed election for a new executive. The stevedores are the ones who put public pressure to force that election - but when the executive was assembled they didn't have a place on it. Deon Pitta who ran as a trustee was not elected because of a tied vote. So another election must now be held this Saturday and he discussed it with us:.. Deon "Ras" Pitta, CWU Trustee Nominee "Well it's just me and my opponent, we were tie on the 14th of December. But the position is beautiful and my position is that only me and the trustee so we will see how serious the stevedores about putting me there. It's there testament now; it is not a crowd and they have to pay attention more to their business. So putting me there and encouraging the rest of members to putting me there, we will run CWU the right way."

14 For Commonwealth Games
The 2014 Commonwealth Games is a little over 3 weeks away, and today, the National Olympic Committee announced the athletes who will represent Belize in Glasgow, Scotland. Belize will compete in 5 of the events at the games, and will be represented by Katy Sealy in the Heptathlon. Kaina Martinez will run the 100-meter and 200-meter races in the female category. In the male category of the sprints, Mark Anderson will be the representative. Brandon Jones In the male triple and long jumps, while Kenneth Medwood compete in the 400-meter hurdle. In Cycling, Giovanni Lovell and Joel Borland will participate in the road and time trial events, while Gregory Lovell and Ron Vasquez will compete in the road discipline.

Channel 5

2 days since the mysterious disappearance of Ramon Cervantes Sr.
Orange Walk businessman Ramon Cervantes Sr. has been missing for over forty-eight hours. Cervantes was last seen as he headed to his farm on the San Roman Road early Tuesday [...]

Andrea Herbert’s suicide – could it have been prevented?
On Wednesday morning, the lifeless body of Andrea Herbert was retrieved from the Haulover Creek near the BelChina Bridge, amid speculation that she may have been killed and dumped into [...]

Tropic Air seeks settlement in land dispute
Tropic Air and the Construction Depot, one of the Benny’s Group of Companies, will seek a settlement after a multi-million dollar land dispute. That dispute arises from a human error [...]

Puerto Azul developers meet with government to chart the way forward
This morning, Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse was in court for a libel suit he brought against the Belize Times. That matter will not go to full hearing as attorneys [...]

Work started on Harvest Caye for Norwegian Cruise Line Project
The Puerto Azul project is still months away from serious consideration, according to Hulse. But the Norwegian Cruise Line Project is a definite go. In fact, work has already started [...]

Gary Seawell returns to court and loses his fight for stay of execution
Gary Sewell has been fighting extradition to the US since 2010, and after a decision handed down by Justice Michelle Arana today, he will need to take that fight to [...]

Hulse maintains that Auditor General simply had to ask for help in investigation
The interim Auditor-General’s report was submitted almost four months ago and there is no sign of the final report which, hopefully, will be made privy to the public. Now we [...]

Hulse says he has confidence in Director of Immigration, Maria Marin
Minister Hulse also totally disregards some very serious criticism levied at his Director of Immigration Maria Marin. And even more than just criticism, the Auditor-General says that Marin can actually [...]

Zenaida Moya says her brother was murdered
Former Belize City Mayor Zenaida Moya and her family are grieving the death of her brother whom she believes was viciously attacked a week ago near the Conch Shell Bay [...]

Travis Navarro to stand trial for the murder of Dennis Gonguez Jr.
Dennis Rajiv Gonguez Junior, the son of the Chief Meteorologist met his untimely death on April twenty-ninth 2013 when he was executed in front of Brown Sugar Marketplace on North [...]

Derrick Munnings acquitted of the 2011 attempted murder of Donovan Pratt
While Navarro has been committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court, Derrick Munnings has been acquitted of an attempted murder charge. The twenty-one year old was accused of the [...]

Transgender woman, Vanessa Champagne, bailed
After two nights in lock down at the Belize Central Prison, transgender woman, Vanessa Champagne Paris is finally out on bail. Today, Vanessa, who’s birth name is Perfilio Rodriquez, was [...]

Rod of Correction meets to tackle national issues
The Rod of Correction met at the offices of the Belize National Teachers Union today to determine the leadership structure of the organization and to take a position on three [...]

CWU to hold elections for 3rd trustee of the Executive
It’s been seven and a half months since the executive of the Christian Workers Union has been reconstituted with Audrey Matura-Shepherd as its President. Former president, Antonio Gonzalez and his [...]

Belize Camping Experience 2014
Almost twenty acres of rice have been cultivated in the north by children from Belize City who are participating in the annual Harvest for Kids initiative.  In collaboration with Circle [...]


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From Champagne to Perfilio
When 19 year old Perfilio Rodriguez, aka “Champagne Paris”, was brought from prison to court today to sign for his bail it was as if he was a different person. Rodriguez was without the wig he wore when he was arraigned on Monday. And all those padding that made it appear as if he had breasts, big buttocks and wide hips were gone. He said that while he was at Belize Central Prison the officers made fun of him and he was put in a cell by himself. He revealed that he has not had a sex change but plans to get one soon. On Tuesday Rodriguez was charged with aggravated assault after it was alleged he put a knife to the throat of a woman. The incident occurred June 29. According to the complainant, she and Rodriguez had a misunderstanding and he put a knife to her throat. Today Rodriguez said he cannot go back to the house he was staying because if he does he will violate one of the conditions of his bail. His next court date is August 29.

Victim’s Testimony Blurred; Accused Walks
Twenty-one year old Terry Munnings, charged with the attempted murder of 25 year old Donovan Pratt, was acquitted of the charge today by Justice John Gonzalez in a trial without jury. Pratt was stabbed under his left armpit during a basketball game at a basketball court in the Japan area of Ladyville. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on April 30, 2011. The Crown, represented by Crown Counsel Leroy Banner, “threw in the towel” and offered no further evidence after the complainant, Pratt, testified that he is not certain who stabbed him. Pratt said that he believes that the person who stabbed was the person who was standing in front of him.

Herbert’s Death: Hospital Says It Doesn’t Have Psychiatric Services
In our newscast on Wednesday we reported the story of 22-year-old Andrea Herbert whose body was retrieved from the Haulover Creek. In speaking with the media, members of Herbert’s family said the young woman who had mental issues, had gone to the KHMH for treatment however because the matter was not dealt with in a timely fashion, she left. Today the KHMH issued a release in which it says it is saddened by Herbert’s death. It goes on to say Herbert and her mother did seek attention at the institution and were dealt with in a timely manner. It goes on to say that while awaiting further attention, Herbert’s mother informed the staff that her daughter had left and was advised to bring her back. The KHMH says it does not have a psychiatric service and normally only manages acute psychiatric emergencies which are then referred to the Cleopatra White and Port Loyola Clinics.

Cordel’s Endorsement For Lake-I Planned For July
Today PUP Leader Francis Fonseca also spoke of the party’s position on Lake Independence and the Albert Divisions. HON. FRANCIS FONSECA “Today our Lake Independence endorsement of Cordel Hyde has simply been put off for personal reasons. We were to have it around the same time that there was the family tragedy involving Cordel’s nephew and so they asked for some time to put it off. I think my last discussion with him indicated that he wanted to have it sometime in July so I expect that to be done by the end of this month. Albert, we are taking our time with Albert. We still have not vetted all the candidates that have applied and concluded that process so our goal is to have everything in place, all 31 candidates by the end of August. I think Albert will likely be in August rather than July.”

Opposition Leader Speaks On The Cal Brothers
Apart from Won Hong Kim, the Interim Auditor General’s Report points out that Elvin Penner signed nationality certificates for five other different persons who are believed not to have been in the country at the time. The report goes on to name several recommenders who signed alleging to know the person. One of the recommenders was Martin Cal. The report states that Cal signed a recommendation for one Simon Troung stating that he knew Troung for one year. The Auditor General found that Martin Cal committed a prosecutable offense by signing the recommender form. PUP Leader Francis Fonseca said that it was his opinion to remove Cal from running in the next municipal elections on behalf of the PUP for the Belmopan City Slate.

Policeman Imprisoned Following Domestic Disturbance
Twenty-nine year old Police Constable Ronald Sutherland, was given custodial sentences after he was found guilty of three offences today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Sutherland was sentenced to two years for aggravated assault, two years for wounding and two months for using threatening words. Chief Magistrate Smith stipulated that the sentences are to run concurrently, so Sutherland will only serve two years. Sutherland was charged on September 20, 2013 after his ex-common-law wife reported that he attacked her with a machete, threatened her and caused a wound to her.

‘Big Cover Up at Immigration’ – Says Opposition Leader
The interim Auditor General Report was leaked to COLA earlier in June and two weeks after, it was leaked to the media. The reports note that interviews were done with high ranking officers at the Immigration and Nationality Department including Director of Immigration Maria Marin. One of the key information shared in the Auditor General’s Report was that the auditing team quote, “team encountered challenges regarding lack of cooperation….the Director Immigration, Mrs Maria Marin, has demonstrated blatant disrespect for my office” end of quote. Opposition Leader, Francis Fonseca, says that it’s all a cover up. FRANCIS FONSECA “At the heart of the report is a very clear allegation, in my view, that there is an ongoing cover up that is taking place at the Department of Immigration; that there is obstruction taking place at the Department of Immigration. I think that that is what is most important in the report. The report, as you know, states at the very onset that the Auditor General states that the Director of Immigration herself, Mrs. Maria Marin, has not been cooperative and uses stronger language than that.

Usher Charged With Theft, Saying He Mistakenly Took Bicycle
23-year-old, Michael Usher, a construction worker of a Pinks Alley address was charged with the theft of a bicycle and handling stolen goods when he appeared today before Magistrate Herbert Panton. Usher pled not guilty to the charge. He was offered a bail of $200 and his case was adjourned until August 28. Usher said that he did not steal the bicycle. According to him, on Monday, June 30, he went to Holy Redeemer Credit Union to withdraw money to fix his teeth and he parked a beach cruiser bicycle he borrowed from a friend, by the security booth. He said when he came out of the credit union he jumped on the wrong bicycle and rode off. He said when he went to his friend to return the bicycle he realized that it was the wrong bicycle. He said that when he was taking the bicycle back to the credit union, he was stopped by the police and taken into custody and charged.

Taxi Driver Remanded For Murder
37-year-old, Frank Brown, a taxi driver, was charged with attempted murder when he appeared today before Magistrate Herbert Panton. Brown was also charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. The charges are in connection with an incident that occurred on Monday, June 30, in which 31 year old Albert Castro was shot 6 times in his head while he was on Watermelon Street. According to reports, Castro is currently on life support at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Brown was remanded into custody until August 19.

Utilities Commission Approves Rate Decrease
On April 1, 2014 the Belize Electricity Limited had submitted a proposed decrease in rates to the Public Utilities Commission. As per procedure, the PUC reviewed various factors to ensure that such a proposal submitted by the utility company would prove feasible including the company’s overhead expenses, its returns, cost of power, depreciation, taxes and license fees. Initially what BEL had proposed was a decrease from forty four point six-five cents (44.65 cents) per kilowatt hour to forty-three cents (43 cents) per kilowatt hour. However, in a press conference held in early May, the Chairman of the PUC, John Avery told the media that the commission’s decision was to have the rate decreased to forty three point four–seven cents (43.47 cents) per kilowatt hour which is a tad bit higher than what BEL had proposed.

Body of Mentally Challenged Woman Pulled From Creek
At exactly 9:45am, the body of 22 year old Andrea Herbert was pulled out of the Haulover Creek. A throng of spectators gathered on the Belchina Bridge looking at the grisly discovery which was made by a pair of elderly men who were crossing the bridge. “ PASSER-BY “My wife brought my attention to two old men passing the bridge. She and I saw them constantly pointing at the river and that alarmed us. When I got to the scene, I saw a dead body floating in the river.” HIPOLITO NOVELO “Herbert, who is said to suffer mental problems and General Anxiety Disorder, was at the KHMH last night seeking assistance. The nurses there took too long to attend to her and so she left the hospital. Upon noticing her disappearance, her family assembled a search party and went looking for her. The family also attempted to make a missing person report at the Mahogany Police Sub Precinct but they were told that they had to wait 24 hours for police to act.”

Archaeology in 3D
‘3D Underwater Maya’ is the name of a project being carried out by archaeologists in southern Belize. Here are the details of that project presented by our correspondent, Paul Mahung. PAUL MAHUNG REPORTING “Two archaeologists were engaged in work in connection with an archeological project entitled ”3D underwater Maya in the Toledo District”. One of the archaeologists is from Louisiana State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Heather Makilow.” DR. HEATHER MAKILOW “We are really excited; we have been doing archaeology under water at Payne’s Creek National Park since our 2004 discovery of the one and only ancient Maya wooden paddle now on display at the Museum of Belize with the replica here in Punta Gorda. What we’re doing and what we just finished doing is three weeks of intensive scanning using 3-D scanners to image the artifacts so that we can present them as three dimensional objects and we can print them back at LSU and we can put on more exhibits. What we are trying to do is change archaeology and change the way we view things. The Maya lived in the 3-D world like we do but archaeologists present things in two dimensions and we want to preserve things in three dimensions whether that be on a computer screen or as a 3-D project. One of my former PhD students, now a graduate, Doctor Corey Sill is now Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler and she is part of the ongoing project.”

Prominent Businessman Goes Missing; Family Says Abduction
Late Tuesday evening, Love News began receiving reports of a possible kidnapping that occurred in Orange Walk Town earlier in the day. Today, police from that municipality has confirmed that well known businessman has gone missing. We join Arturo Cantun for more on this story. ARTURO CANTUN REPORTING “An intense investigation is being carried out by police along with the Cervantes family of Orange Walk as they try to piece together clues that might lead them to locate well known businessman, 71-year-old, Ramon Cervantes Sr. Cervantes was reported missing by his relatives yesterday after he failed to come home for lunch from his farm. We spoke with his son Ramon Cervantes Jr., who told us his dad goes to his cane field on a daily basis but on this occasion he did not come back; one of his sisters called him and detected that something was wrong.”

Suspected Murderer Found in Belize
In 2005, a Polish woman was murdered in an alley on Coney Island Avenue on Staten Island, USA…..now, you may be wondering how that is related to a small country like ours but authorities in that area now have in their custody the suspect…..a 39-year-old man of Brooklyn, New York, who was found in Belize last week. According to US authorities, the suspect, Michael Young was busted when he went into the US Embassy in Belmopan to apply for a passport.

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The Rod of Correction reloads
Today there was a strategy meeting of the Rod of Correction (ROC), the recently formed umbrella pressure group consisting of the trade unions, COLA, BGYEA, SATIIM, the Pharmacists’ Association, the Council of Churches and Evangelical Association, among others. It is its infancy as a movement and already has […]

San Pedro landowners try to settle dispute
The San Pedro-based airline Tropic Air, has had to halt a $6 million project for an airplane maintenance complex near the municipal airstrip because of a dispute over who owns the land on which the unfinished building is located. Tropic Air has a lease issued since 2008 for […]

Gary Seawell faces extradition again
Earlier this year Justice Michelle Arana heard arguments from attorney Arthur Saldivar on behalf of Gary Seawell, who is wanted by U.S. authorities in the state of Ohio, USA. Allegations are that Gary and brothers Mark and Duane Seawell, masterminded a large-scale cocaine moving operation between Belize and […]

Porfilio Rodriguez meets bail
Today 19 year old Porfilio Rodriguez, a self-identified transgender accused of aggravated assault, met bail of $300 arranged by his father after spending the last two days at the Central Prison. Rodriguez, who also goes by the name Vanessa Champagne Paris, is accused of putting a knife to […]

Ladyville man beats attempted murder charge
Justice Troadio Gonzalez this afternoon set free 21 year old Terry Munnings of Ladyville, Belize District, after finding that he did not have a case to answer on a charge of attempted murder. Munnings was accused of the April 2011 stabbing of 25 year old Donovan Pratt at […]

Helicopter brought in to help in search for Ramon Cervantes, Sr.
The search for Orange walk businessman Ramon Cervantes, Sr has intensified and the case has now been upgraded from missing person to kidnapping. The search has now broadened to include air reconnaissance with the addition of a helicopter. The search for Cervantes has now been expanded to […]

Hundreds of boys and girls ready for elementary school in Toledo
When school reopens for the new academic year at the end of next month, nineteen boys and girls from San Marcos village, Toledo will be transitioning to elementary school. Graduation exercise was held in the village recently marking the completion of a year of PreSchool learning for the […]

Armed robbery in Unitedville village
Police in Cayo are investigating an armed robbery in Unitedville village. According to authorities the proprietor, his wife and an employee were held up by two men of Creole decent on Wednesday morning. Police say that just after 11 am, the two men, one of them brandishing […]

Punta Gorda market under renovation
The Punta Gorda market is undergoing major renovations. The upgrading of the facility is being undertaken with funding from the European Union in collaboration with the PG Town Council. Mayor Anthony Fuentes says the renovation and upgrading is expected to take about a year to complete, and in […]

Search underway for Orange Walk businessman
There is a search underway in Orange Walk for businessman Ramon Cervantes, Senior. Cervantes, who was at one time a member of the Senate, reportedly went to his cane field around 2 pm on Tuesday and has not returned and his family has not heard from him […]

Good weather continues into the weekend
The spate of good weather we have been experiencing will continue into the second half of the week. The general forecast for Belize and her coastal waters is for mosty sunny skies today. Tonight will be partly cloudy. Winds over the open sea and along the coast […]

Blogs

Corozal to Caye Caulker
I traveled from Corozal to Caye Caulker for the annual Lobster Fest on Saturday, June 28. Maya Air was running a special so we hopped aboard. The plane was full of folks who were also going via plane to San Pedro…the to the water taxi to Caye Caulker. Headed out in search of lobster and we weren’t disappointed! We found grilled lobster, steamed lobster, lobster chowder, lobster omelets , lobster kebobs. There were signs for lobster sandwiches, lobster tacos, lobster pizza and many other culinary delights!

A One Night Stay in Placencia, At the Beautiful Laru Beya Resort
A beautiful night’s stay at Laru Beya (which means “on the beach” in the Garifuna language) – a lovely spot to explore Placencia. Set just far enough away from the Lobster-bustling village on a beautiful open beach, Laru Beya was a lazy 20 minute bike ride away from all the action (or an even shorter taxi ride or golf cart put away). A bike ride (from Laru Beya’s fleet) where you can stop at lots of gorgeous resorts like like my buddy, Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn for a cocktail…

Surf and Turf Vacations: Why Belize is in the News!
This week the online editions of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Huffington Post featured articles singing praises about Belizean Surf and Turf holidays. And no wonder. As the Huff Post pointed out in “Why Belize Is The Perfect Surf-And-Turf Vacation”, and the Star Tribune in “Belize serves up surf and turf vacation of Maya Ruins and mind-boggling sea life”, Belize is unique in being able to offer discriminating travellers the chance to explore ancient Maya temples and cities one day and enjoy some of the world’s best diving, snorkelling and swimming in pristine Caribbean waters the next.

Belize Love Is In The Air: Belize’s First Telenovela and Frisky Land Crabs
Yesterday was Day 3 of the filming of “Isla Bonita Telenovela” – the very first Belizean made TV series filmed in San Pedro. (You can check out one of the casting calls I attended last September when the soap opera was announced.) And as the word telenovela suggests, there seems to be lots of drama, lots of red lipstick, broken hearts and tears and plenty of screaming of “Ay Dios Mio”. Day Three was the wedding scene and here’s what I saw at the Roman Catholic church.

Fourth of July Celebrations: Independence Cheers from Belize!
All of us here at Chaa Creek are wishing our many friends to the north a very happy Independence Day. As we’ve mentioned several times here, Belize and the United States have enjoyed a long and friendly relationship based on mutual respect. Having both started out as British colonies (and both enjoying excellent relations with Great Britain), we share a common language, as well as having Spanish as a second language. And ties between our two countries have become closer than ever in recent years. The US is home to the largest Belizean population outside of Belize, and each year more Americans are investing in and moving to Belize to enjoy the tranquil lifestyle, wonderful climate and generous retirement incentives. With a currency pegged to the US dollar, close proximity and an increasing number of direct flights from major US airports, it’s no wonder that Belize is becoming a favoured vacation and lifestyle destination for so many Americans.

LICENSED VETERINARIANS
Here is a list of the LICENSED veterinarians for Belize. Please take your pets where there is a licensed veterinarian. Laws are in place for a reason Jane Crawford Ludwig Palacio Bertie Chimilio Miguel Depaz Ruperto Gongora Sheila Schmeling Ivor Burns Miguel Figueroa Francis Castillo Jorge Orozco Marta Mena Homero Novelo Henry Canton Edwardo Tesecum Jose Hernandez Floyd Bennett Isabelle Durand Orlando Baptist Laurie Droke Alfric Charles Robert Zwerner Mia Canton

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World Court To Settle Guatemala, Belize 200-year-old Boundary Dispute
Guatemala and Belize signed an accord agreeing to let their territorial dispute, which is nearly two centuries old, be settled in the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Foreign Ministers Roger Rodas of Guatemala and Wilfred Elrington of Belize signed the pact at the Washington headquarters of the Organization of American States. The signing of the accord comes after the recommendation made last year by OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza that the parties turn to the United Nation's top judicial entity after the negotiations the two countries restarted in 2005 failed to bear fruit. The OAS has monitored the dialogue process between the two countries since 2000, when they began making efforts to work out the controversy, which dates from 1821 when Guatemala gained independence from Spain and Britain was occupying what is today Belize.

Hit by slime, Caribbean corals could vanish in two decades
Most coral reefs in the Caribbean could vanish in the next two decades, hit by the loss of fish and sea urchins that eat a slime of coral-smothering algae, a U.N.-backed study said on Wednesday. The review, the most comprehensive to date of Caribbean reefs that are vital tourist attractions for many island nations, said climate change had played only a minor role in the reefs' demise, despite past speculation it was a main cause. "With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region," according to the study by 90 coral experts. Bright-colored parrotfish and sea urchins are the two main grazers on algae - microscopic plants that can choke polyps, the tiny animals that build reefs with their stony skeletons.

From despair to repair: Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed
With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, is the most detailed and comprehensive study of its kind published to date – the result of the work of 90 experts over the course of three years. It contains the analysis of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970, including studies of corals, seaweeds, grazing sea urchins and fish. The results show that the Caribbean corals have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s. But according to the authors, restoring parrotfish populations and improving other management strategies, such as protection from overfishing and excessive coastal pollution, could help the reefs recover and make them more resilient to future climate change impacts.

Cousteau grandson breaks underwater record
The grandson of the French oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, has broken the world record for time spent living underwater. Fabien Cousteau lasted 31 days in an underwater laboratory.

Creating An Income On A Beach In Belize
Chicago natives Brad and Christine Schofield have always loved the beach and the water. As their children were growing up, family vacations always seemed to be centered on the sand and sea. As time marched on, their dream to own an inn on the beach headed toward reality. Brad (56) was a manager in the restaurant industry, and most recently general manager of a Chicago environmental company that processes waste cooking oil for the restaurant and hotel industries. Chris (53) owned her own interior design and room renovation business. Growing tired of the brutal Chicago weather and the high cost of living, they started searching the Internet for properties that met their criteria—great weather year around…affordable cost of living…friendly people…and, of course, an attractive destination market for tourists.

Jungle ruins and sea life await in tiny Belize
The same turquoise waters that lure tourists to Caribbean destinations slosh around Belize's island chain. But tiny Belize has a major advantage in reeling in vacationers — spectacular Mayan ruins tucked away in lush jungle. The nation is home to more prehistoric buildings than modern-day ones, according to its Institute of Archaeology. That ancient appeal draws in backpackers eager for adventure, as well as divers ready to gawk at its bustling reefs or plunge into its famed Blue Hole. Belize has all the ingredients for a surf-and-turf vacation — at least for those who don't mind the odd giant cockroach or neon green frog that may invade their jungle dwell-ings.

Favorite Belize shop ‘similar to Lowe’s grocery’
Bill and Ginny Davenport recently moved from Clovis to Belize in Central America in search of better health. They’ve written a letter about their new lives and asked it be shared with their old hometown. This is part three of four: Belmopan is the capital of Belize and we have 11 of the 45 embassies here. The capital has only about 15,000 residents out of the 350,000 population in the country. Most of the employed are working in the embassies or for the government offices, which most are just small buildings, not large elaborate ones. Quite a shock to us. There is no downtown but just a bunch of buildings with little shops that carry most anything you want. In fact, we have a large store called “The Mall.” It is our favorite to shop in as it is similar to Lowe’s grocery but also carries packaged flour, rice, beans of all kinds, linens, hardware, appliances, home furnishings (lamps, knickknacks, etc.) makeup, shoes for all the family and a liquor store. It’s a one-stop store.

A Caribbean Caper in beautiful Belize
“Hey man, be happy,” the locals are likely to call out when you first arrive on Caye Caulker, a tiny island in the Belize Caribbean. Situated on a reef of some 200 cayes, and blessed with a fascinating mix of Rastafarian, Garifuna and Creole culture, Caye Caulker offers a Caribbean experience at its most laid-back and affordable best. Only seven kilometres long and 600 metres at its widest point, you can stroll the town in under ten minutes, walking the sandy lanes where hibiscus and bougainvillea bloom. Once the hangout of pirates, Caye Caulker’s main industries today are lobster-fishing and its own special brand of locally-run tourism. It’s a typical Monday morning on Caye Caulker. Frigate birds wheel in lazy circles above a shore lined with coconut palms. Down the colourful main street of pink, blue and white clapboard shop fronts, strides a bare-chested Jimmy Brown, dreads hanging to his waist, carrying a milk crate of vegetables and lobster tails. He turns right on to a weathered jetty that juts out into the bluest of seas. Casually striding across to his boat ‘Faith’, he greets his waiting group of travellers exclaiming, “It’s going to be heaven out on the reef today.” Excitement and anticipation is on everyone’s face. We are off for a day’s sailing and snorkelling on a reef only second in size to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Gas, cemetery both high in Belize
Bill and Ginny Davenport recently moved from Clovis to Belize in Central America in search of better health. They’ve written a letter about their new lives and asked it be shared with their old hometown. This is part four of four: Almost every household owns a machete. They use them for cutting trees and brush to clear land to their farms. If needed, they can also be used for protection. Even small children know how to use them. As for gas, well that is different. They have a person at every pump and they pump it for you. They do not have the pay-at-pump option and it is a safeguard so no one drives off without paying. You order a fillup, $50 or $100 worth of gas. It cost $11.49 a gallon, which is approximately $5.74 a gallon in American dollars. Regarding security, they have a security person at every facility, no matter how small. If a larger one, a security guard is at every door and the banks always have two persons.

Jimmie & Sook’s expands to Central America
Popular Cambridge restaurant now operating new second location on an island off the coast of Belize. The story of how a popular Eastern Shore restaurant ended up opening a second location on a far-off island in Central America starts in nearby Seaford and Easton. That’s where the husband-and-wife team of Amanda Bramble and Tim Wright first started looking for a place to launch a second Jimmie & Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill. Ms. Bramble opened the initial restaurant five years ago in downtown Cambridge, and it was a rousing success right out of the gate. Ms. Bramble even landed on national television in 2010, being hailed by NBC newsman Tom Brokaw as a model for a new breed of entrepreneurs in the 21st century. The game-changer came when a friend of a friend who suggested they take a look at San Pedro, Belize. With a population of 13,000, it’s the biggest town on Ambergris Caye (pronounced am-BUR-gris KEY), an island in the Caribbean that’s 2.5 miles long and one mile wide. “The clincher for me came when Tim and I were in a kayak out over the reef, and there were all these blue crabs swimming right under the kayak,” Ms. Bramble says. “They looked almost exactly like our crabs, and that to me was just a sign from the crab gods.” As she got to know San Pedro, Ms. Bramble noted that the town was about the same size as Cambridge and had a similar mix of “come here” ex-pats and “from here” locals. Tourism is the top industry on Ambergris Caye today, but there are still plenty of local families who follow the age-old fishing traditions of the island.

Videos

Video: From despair to repair, 9min.
With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). But according to the authors, restoring parrotfish populations and improving other management strategies, such as protection from overfishing and excessive coastal pollution, could help the reefs recover and make them more resilient to future climate change impacts. This video, featuring the report's lead author Jeremy Jackson explains the implications of the report

Video: Don't Stop Belize'n, 4min.
"Don't Stop Belize'n" music video. Inspired by "Don't Sop Believin'" by Journey and our experience in Belize. This video shows many of the wonderful times we had in this great country. Through this video, we hope to show others what we saw and inspire them to give to a place called the Good Shepherd Clinic. Located in Succotz, Belize, this clinic is run by Nurse Juan who is a true inspiration and works very hard every day to see every patient, regardless of if the patient is able to pay for the service. All proceeds that are donated will go to this clinic and help Nurse Juan continue her great work for the people of Belize. Please consider donating. Donations can be made online at this website: http://www.gofundme.com/avfxwo. Any amount helps and will support a wonderful place.

Video: Harmonyville, 2min.
Developing People, Developing Belize: A GOVERNMENT FOR ALL!

Video: Consulate of Belize Sends Greetings to US Ambassador to Belize, 3min.
Consulate of Belize Roland Yorke shout out to US Ambassador

Video: 2,334 Photographs from Central and South America, 5min.
Just over a year ago my girlfriend and I set off on what was to be an amazing three months of travelling throughout Central and South America. Together we created a film to ensure that we never forget the fantastic places we visited, the wonderful friends we made and the great times we had. Every frame in our film is a photograph taken on a 550D Canon camera and then (painstakingly) edited together on to an 8 frame per second timeline. The music bed is 'Milky Chance - Down by the River (FlicFlac Edit)' Hope you enjoy.

Video: Black Hole Drop Rappelling Adventure, Caves Branch, Belize, 4min.
The Black Hole Drop adventure tour of Belize has you hiking, rappelling down the mouth of a sink hole, climbing boulders, ladders and more hiking in one of the most thrilling tours in the country.

Video: Belize, 8min.
Hosszú naplemente Tobacco Caye kis szigeten.

Video: Hair Braiding in Belize, 8min.

Video: Belize 2014 - YASM, 4min.

Video: Lions of Southern Belize: Bro. Leonides Sanchez & The Special Truth!, 10min.
The documentary features the work of the Southern Belizean Garifuna activist Brother Leonides Sanchez and his struggle for food security in his hometown of Punta Gorda in the southern district of Toledo in Belize. Sanchez, a passionate farmer has worked relentlessly to bring forth agricultural consciousness to black Belizeans in Belize, and has fostered years of activism for the implementation of a sense of consciousness among grassroots Beliizeans and the Garinagu people in Belize he calls The Special Truth.


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