Taxi Driver Charged With Drug Trafficking
Tonight, 30 year old Armando Vasquez, Belizean electrician of Diego Street, Corozal Town, is under police custody waiting to be charged for drug trafficking.
On Monday, officers of the Border Patrol Team were on official duty at the Northern Border check point when they searched a taxi car driven at the time by Vasquez and found 505 grams of suspected cannabis.
Today Officer Commanding the Corozal Police Formation, Andrew Ramirez, released the details of the incident.
Cane Farmers Are Not Permitted To Realease The Names Of Those Involved In Fruad
A few days ago the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association received the bad news that they were suspended by FLOCERT after receiving 8 non-compliances following an audit conducted a few weeks ago by the organization. Four of those non-compliances are considered major and include child labor at the cane fields and the fraud of $78,000.
As previously mentioned the audit revealed that during the period of 16th March 2012 to 15th May 2014 some employees of the association paid themselves increased salaries.
The audit also showed that payment for loans obtained by some employees had been entered in the registry when the reality was that monies for the loan had not been deducted from the employee’s salary.
New Assistant Commissioner Of Police Meets With Officers Of The North
Curbing crime is no easy feat and for members of the police department who endure copious amounts of scrutiny and criticism it can be a daunting daily process. While we are aware that crimes can happen at any moment, authorities are then tasked to work as diligently as they are required by standards that govern them.
This morning in Corozal, the top brass of the north including Corporals, inspectors and commanding officers met with the newly promoted Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett in a re-strategizing meeting. ACP Myvett says under his command, they are revisiting their crime strategy for the next 5 months in a proactive effort to fight crime in the northern part of the country.
Screen_Shot_2014-07-22_at_7.44.06_PMJoseph Myvett – ACP. Belize Police Force.
“This achievement is certainly going to assist the north in that it is a high requisition and therefore the decisions that are made will certainly have more impact both in receiving in receiving cooperation from Belmopan as well as in our crime fighting efforts, today we are just about to meet in revisiting our crime strategies in order to continue to plan for a further reduction in crime over the next five months and as I said before I really, really want to recognize both formation commanders superintendent Ramirez from Corozal and Superintendent Arnold in charge of Orange Walk for their dedication and effort who have brought us to this point and I am looking forward for their continuous cooperation in order for us to reach our set goal for this year.”
BSI/ASR Represented At Cane Farmers AGM
On Sunday the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association held their Annual General Meeting where the association’s Board of Directors discussed a number of issues with its membership. High on the agenda was the proposal of the Belize Sugar Industries Limited to pay cane farmers 51 cents per ton of bagasse. Proposal which cane farmers rejected resoundingly.
BSI is of the mind that cane farmers are not receiving the right information hence their rejection for the 51 cents payment. In order to disseminate their information to cane farmers, BSI met with members of six branches and even requested that they have representation in Sunday’s AGM. Sources told us that the company wrote a letter to the BSCFA requesting that they form part of the meeting’s agenda thus having an opportunity to address cane farmers. To date we are unaware if BSCF responded to BSI’s letter.
What we do know though, is that BSI had representation at the AGM, not as a company but as a cane farmer. As you may well be aware the company is a registered cane farmer under Research and C.G.P. So that gave them all rights to participate in Sunday’s meeting and opened a window to set the record straight.
O/W Town Council Addresses Abandoned Overgrown Lots In Town
The Orange Walk Town Council has embarked on a project that will see several over grown lots cleared. According to Mayor Kevin Bernard, the issue has been a major concern for residents and has been voiced repeatedly at neighborhood meetings.
In sight that is a huge concern for residents the council decided to take action and with the assistance of Councilor Ladrick Sheppard the work began this week.
“This over grown lots has been a hazard to everybody, in these overgrown lot there are roaches, rats, snakes and all different types of rodents that sometimes goes inside the house and we have been in the council going for the third year now that these over grown lot that no one have any knowledge of who are the owners of these overgrown lots and nobody really wants to chop it so it was an initiative that we took from the council by the Mayor that has decided to take advantage of the dry moment right now and see if we can chop these overgrown lots.”
Banquitas House Of Culture Holds Summer Program, Music and Production
Summer programs are abounding in Orange Walk but the next one we are about to hear of is perhaps the first of its kind for youth in Orange Walk. We are talking about music and production, a summer class being facilitated at the Banquitas House of Culture. Here is a look at what the participants are learning.
Dalila Ical – Reporting
Normando Esquilliano – Facilitator
“I came here and I am going to teach them the recording procedure to song writing and you know how to have a final production at the end of the day.”
Normando Esquiliano is facilitating a week of music and production lessons to at least ten interested teenagers from Orange Walk Town. While the number of participants seems low, their interest is genuine and serious as stated by Lucreshia Keyz.
Pregnant Woman And Common Law Husband Nearly Beaten To Death
Tonight there is disturbing news coming out from the village of Chunox in the Corozal District as reports indicate that a woman who is with-child was pushed to the ground and beaten by two men from the same village.
The incident played out on Sunday at around 10:00pm. According to 20 year old Mariacel Tun she was at home when she heard a loud noise coming from outside her residence.
As Tun, her mother and some friends stepped outside to see what was the matter, she noticed that four male person were beating her common law husband, 19 year old Jose Danilo Monzon, with what appeared to be a shotgun.
Customs Officers Accused Of Using Excessive Force
Oftentimes we hear of incidences involving custom officers and their random check points near the Rio Hondo, Santa Cruz and San Antonio Villages as they are an authorized governing body that monitors illicit contraband activities from Mexico into Belize.
While we know of rampant ‘contrabandistas’ making away with hundreds of dollars’ worth of uncustomed goods, this next story will make you think if the authorities who are tasked to defend our borders used excessive force.
According to the complainant, who choose to remain anonymous, around 9:30 last night whilst accompanied by his wife and another person to pick up relatives at a church in San Lorenzo Housing Site, he saw a vehicle hidden in the bushes and could not at the time make out who it was.
Harvest For Kids Conducts Belize Camping Experience
Viewers may recall the stories we have aired on the Harvest for Kids project. The initiative is a fund raiser for Belize Camping Experience, a program in which summer camps are designed and held for children primarily in underprivileged circumstances and at risk children in Belize City.
The program has been a success in the city and after much success with their fund raisers, this year organizers extended the program into Orange Walk Town. Here is a look at what that experience has been like.
DFC Gets Ten Million Dollar Boost From Caribbean Bank
The Caribbean Development Bank, CDB, has given Belize’s Development Finance Corporation, DFC, a US10 million boost. The loan will allow DFC to provide finances for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises as well as student loans, credit for low-income housing and also for energy efficiency/renewable energy projects. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises are crucial to Belize’s economy and are estimated to account for a significant share of economic activity and employment generation. However, these enterprises are usually faced with a number of obstacles including access to financing. With the loan DFC will be able to carry its objective which is to improvement of home ownership, human development and the development of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.
San Pedro Man killed during dispute with common law wife
28 year old Felix Eduardo Alamilla is dead after he and his common law wife got into an argument. Early this morning, Wednesday, Mr Alamilla was stabbed to his head, chest and leg, allegedly by his common-law wife. We spoke to the Officer in charge of the investigation, Sergeant...
CCJ to hear utilities nationalization cases
On Wednesday morning via video conference, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) granted special leave for the final hearing of the nationalizations of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). Citing precedence for direct application to the court for special leave, the CCJ struck out the sole...
GOB compensates teachers and public officers for 1995 to 1997 increment freeze
All public officers, teachers and open vote workers whose increments were frozen during the period 1995 to 1997 may now be entitled to benefits payable to them, even those who have since retired. That is because the Ministry of Finance announced that it has authorized the Accountant General to...
Minister Vega addresses fight over bagasse
The fight for a cut in bagasse continues with the ever looming possibility of the 2009 sugar crisis repeating. In the last meeting of farmers which took place in San Roman Village, Corozal on Sunday July 20th, the Farmers unanimously decided to reject BSI/ASR’s proposal of 51 cents per...
Brawl in Chunox leaves man critical at KHMH
A brawl in Chunox village has left one man critically injured at the KHMH. 20 year old Mariacel Tun of Chunox Village, Corozal District, reported that on Sunday 20th of July 2014 about 10:00pm, she was at home along with her mother and some friends when she heard a...
180 lots distributed in Yo Creek
180 lots were distributed in Yo Creek Village, Orange Walk District, a project headed by Juan De Dios, UDP Standard Bearer for Orange Walk South. We caught up with the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, who was in the Village of Yo Creek on...
Coalition of organizations say no to Puerto Azul
Puerto Azul is no where off the ground as yet; there is no government approval, and the developers have not even closed on the property as yet. However, opposition to the development of the mega resort on Northern and Sandbore Cayes has prompted loud opposition....
Plane crashes in Spanish Lookout
A plane crashed in Spanish lookout over the weekend but miraculously the pilot was able to walk from the wreck without major injury. The plane, a yellow crop duster, used in the agriculture industry to do spraying and inspections was piloted at the time by Johnny Braun. Photos of...
All Gay men should take antiretroviral says WHO
Men who have sex with men, whether they consider themselves healthy or not, are now being advised by the World Health Organization to take antiretroviral drugs.That is because HIV infection rates among gay men are exploding around the world, even in those places considered as more “open minded” and...
Nasley Somerville did not appear before PSC Hearing
It was scheduled that Nasley Sommerville was to appear before the Public Service Commission on Tuesday morning, to answer to allegations of misappropriation of hospital funds. At least Tuesday was the date that all media houses had written down for the Commission’s meeting with Ms Sommerville. But while the...
Belize welcomes Taiwanese youth volunteers
Members of a Taiwanese Rotary youth group are spending their summer vacation in Belize helping out with various projects in the country. They were welcomed on Tuesday by newly-arrived Ambassador Benjamin Ho. Benjamin Ho – Ambassador, Republic of China (Taiwan) “I welcome you here. I hope you...
U-20 footballers lose two games so far
It has been a long and dreary week for the Belize Under 20 selection which has suffered defeat after defeat at the U-20 UNCAF Qualifiers which is being held in Cuscantlan Stadium in San Salvador. As we told you on Monday night, since Friday the Belize team has played two...
FFB train coaches to work with young players
The FFB is doing more than training young players, they are also working on equipping coaches with necessary training and experience to work with young players and harvest their skills to a professional level. We saw the grassroots program, which aims to train coaches to work with kids six...
Minister of Agriculture comments on Harmonyville buffer zone
When we spoke to the Minister of Agriculture Hon. Gaspar Vega on Tuesday, we asked him to wade in on the controversial size of the buffer zone at Harmonyville. The story was that in the early stages, Harmonyville had been drafted by BGYEA representatives with a buffer zone not...
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Accused shooter of Stephen Buckley waits for trial
In April of 2010, Belize City resident and construction worker Stephen Buckley was shot in the face while he and his companions were stopped by police on Kraal Road. The resulting injuries put an end to his work career and led to a meager existence until Prime Minister […]
CCJ scheduled to hear utilities nationalization cases
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has granted special leave for the final hearing of the nationalizations of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). Citing precedence for direct application to the court for special leave, the CCJ struck down the sole objection of the Government, […]
Tourism Minister calls attacks on Puerto Azul premature
A joint statement from several of Belize’s environmental organizations espoused opposition to the Puerto Azul project, variously described as a proposed “citadel of luxury” by its developers, and a “Disneyesque city” by at least one of its opponents. With plans for underwater suites, golf course, amusement park, submarine […]
Emory Felix and Maurice Felix murder charges dropped
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Tuesday formally and quietly filed a notice of nolle prosequi against brothers Maurice and Emory Felix. Officially, it means the case is being dropped for lack of evidence but can be brought back at a later date if that […]
Eight, including a grandmother, charged for crack cocaine
A 72 year old woman and 7 other persons were charged with drug trafficking for 6.5 grams of crack cocaine when they appeared on Tuesday before Magistrate Herbert Panton. They are 72 year old Marion Plunkett, 25 year old Michael Plunkett, 24 year old Kathlee Reyes, 34 year […]
12 months for pawning stolen jewelry
Thirty-one year old Wilfred Stanley, a laborer of 173 B Neal Pen Road charged with 6 counts of handling stolen goods, was sentenced to 1 year for each count today by Magistrate Herbert Panton after he pleaded guilty to the charges. But Stanley will only serve 1 year […]
90 days for “dropped” drugs
Watchman Theodore Swazo was convicted of possession of controlled drugs today before Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith and sentenced to three months in prison. On February 17 of this year around 10:00 a.m., two officers of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) were on mobile patrol on Iguana Street when […]
Teacher further accused of carnal knowledge
In January of this year, 51 year old teacher Verden Blease was accused of carnal knowledge and aggravated assault of an indecent nature against a 12 year old student of Belize City. The minor says she was assaulted by Blease on a regular basis beginning from when she […]
Woman charged for theft of land payment
30 year old Meredith Bregal has been charged with theft in relation to a land sale dispute. She appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart and pleaded not guilty, going free on bail of $3,000. Bregal is not to contact the complainant, Everith Sedacy, or any other witnesses; she […]
Man caught red-handed in burglary jailed
54 year old Anthony “Campa” Mortis will spend the next seven years in jail after being convicted of burglary. On May 22, 2013, an officer on mobile patrol responded to a call of a burglary in progress at the Crown Cone Avenue, Coral Grove, Belize City home of […]
Rumble in the Jungle – The Eco Kids Are Here!
The Eco Kids summer educational adventure camp is now underway in the lush jungles of Belize, with Chaa Creek once again hosting twenty four budding environmentalists in a week long learning adventure that combines fun with hands-on education.
And, midway through the camp, fun is definitely the name of the game here, with the camp councillors and kids all enthusiastically reporting that a good time is being had by all.
The adventure kicked off last Sunday (20 July) at the Macal River Camp with lots of merriment and activity as everyone went over the rules, sorted out sleeping arrangement in the lovely rustic casitas (the camp’s pole house style bungalows) and settled into camp life with their first learning adventure – Chaa Creek’s popular Creatures of the Night guided nature tour. After checking out porcupines, wolf spiders and other nocturnal flora and fauna around their new home, the happy campers returned to enjoy their first night in the forest. As one of the guides remarked, “It’s amazing how quickly the kids bonded with one another and friendships are born.”
The Fairy Princess Barefoot Bride – Belize Wedding
If you read our blog regularly, you’ll know that we love shoes. The reason – well, not many people wear them here in Belize, the home of the barefoot bride. But along comes a dress, every so often, that takes our breath away – and this is one of them. We’ve never had one quite like it and we loved it! It flounced, it flew and it was fabulous. In fact, it made our bride look just like a fairy princess.
Therefore, this blog deserves a proper beginning. Once upon a time there was a very beautiful bride.
A commentary on Stasis in Belize
During my study of Belizean history at the University of Belize, we often talked about “why are things the way they are? And how can we make a change?
In our history sessions, Professor Iyo would often make reference to “stasis” as a way of understanding the Belizean status quo (i.e. the existing state of affairs). As his students, he would recommend that we read his co-authored paper with Michael Rosberg entitled: “Theoretical Perspectives on the Stasis of Class Relations in the Caribbean: the Belize Case Study”.
I recall that Prof. Iyo would employ two analogies to introduce us to the concept of stasis. He once drew a spiral on the board. A spiral he would remark is a gradually progressing curve which emanates from a central point. For the spiral to take shape, it encircles the path of its previous inscription. Therefore, the spiral has a directional flow but it is non-linear, gradual and apparently redundant.
The second analogy, he often used, was comparing stasis to the movement of the earth. The earth sits on an axis. It gradually spins, completing its axial rotation and revolution, only to do so again and again.
Like the earth and the spiral, the Belizean society has been moving (changing) but has been constrained by an axial positioning which is theorized as the economic mode/relations of production (e.g. slavery; relationship between ‘master and slave’ or capitalism; relationship between employer and employees).
Media, Politics, and Hegemony in Belize
In recent news, the People’s United Party (PUP) held a press conference in which they critiqued what has been called the ‘Mother’s Day Cheer’ program. The ‘cheer’ involves the distribution of about $800,000 to $1,000,000 to United Democratic Party (UDP) representatives for redistribution to mothers in their respective constituencies. No funds were given to the fourteen PUP representatives in parliament. The PUP referred to the program as an act of “blatant political corruption”.
In this reflection, I focus on the media’s coverage of the press conference. I analyze what is included and excluded in the various media reports. I also examine the comments of politicians in the media. I contend that the media as well as politicians are explicitly and implicitly contributing to the ‘normalization of party politics’ in Belize.
By way of this reflection, I am also attempting to improvise and develop a theoretical framework towards understanding and challenging the current political regimes in Belize. I hope to elaborate on this framework in future posts.
SALAD BAR – MEXICAN SALAD
1.In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and drain excess fat. Stir in the taco seasoning, chili beans and French-style dressing. Fill the dressing bottle 2/3 full of water and add to the skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
2.Crush the bag of chips, open the bag, and toss the broken chips into a large bowl with the lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. When the meat mixture is done, combine it with the lettuce, tomatoes, chips and mix well. Then, add salsa and sour cream.
“Splash Paint Party” is Thursday at 3:00 at Crazy Canucks!
Going to be a good one! Hope to see lots of smiling faces and beautiful art!
Sixth Grader's Science Fair Lionfish Project Rattles Ecologists
By showing that lionfish can live in fresh water, 12 year-old Lauren Arrington has alerted ecologists to the potential for these fish to migrate upstream in rivers where they would pose a threat to the ecosystem.
The invasive species, which can be found along the Florida coast, has only been studied in saline, ocean-like conditions.
Arrington's project was unique in that it asked the question: What is the lowest salinity lionfish can tolerate? The results blew away professional ecologists. NPR explains how she did it:
"It was just a small, sixth-grade project, and I really didn't have all the tools necessary," she says. Her dad, who has a Ph.D. in fish ecology, suggested that she put the fish in tanks instead.
Lauren then put six different lionfish in six different tanks where she could watch her subjects closely. Lauren was given a strict set of rules by the science fair organizers. The most important one: Her fish could not die.
Searching for Cynk: The $6 Billion Penny-Stock Debacle, From Belize to Las Vegas
The Matalon, a six-story glass building in Belize City, Belize, towers over a lot littered with old refrigerators and washing machines. Jagged rebar sticks out of unfinished cinderblock structures nearby, and the view, across Haulover Creek, is of a cluster of corrugated metal shacks. This is the listed address for Cynk Technology (CYNK), a company with no assets, no revenue, and one employee, that for one hour in July had a market value of more than $6 billion.
Until that inconceivable run, no one had ever heard of Cynk or the social network it claimed to operate—no one, that is, outside the murky, volatile market for penny stocks, where fraud is rampant and regulation scant. Cynk had begun trading in 2013, for a few cents a share. The price stayed there, hugging the bottom, until June 17, 2014, when shares that had last changed hands at 6¢ spiked to $2.25, a gain of 3,650 percent. The stock kept surging, drawing the attention first of penny stock gossips, then the sharper finance blogs, and finally—as Cynk’s gain topped 36,000 percent, giving it a greater worth on paper than companies such as Urban Outfitters (URBN)—all of Wall Street. On CNBC, in the New York Times, and all over Twitter (TWTR), the strangest story of the summer was the mystery listing from Belize.
Calls to Cynk go unreturned. In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cynk lists its offices as the Matalon’s Suite 400. There is no Suite 400. The building manager says the company has never had an office there. There are no $6 billion companies in all of Belize, a country where workers earn as little as $80 a week. What Belize does have is a reputation as a haven for offshore businesses with difficult-to-trace records and little oversight.
From Tikal to Belize
Tikal was a spectacular adventure into the jungles of northeast Guatemala. We woke to Howler Monkeys growling high in the trees above. After breakfast we met our driver and loaded the van. Within a few hours we would be in Belize.
Belize is just south of Mexico and east of Guatemala on the Caribbean. We wound our way through the Belizean jungle gently decreasing our elevation as we came into Belize City. The four hour ride went quickly and our driver easily found the pier in which we would grab a boat to one of the Cayes. A Caye is a low-elevation, small sandy island formed on the surface of a coral reef.
Because traveling to Belize was not part of my original itinerary I wasn’t quite sure where we would actually be going. The next boat leaving Belize City was heading to Ambergris Caye and to the town of San Pedro. Within minutes of arriving in the big city, our bags were thrown on the boat and we were zipping through the gentle Caribbean Sea.
Upon arriving in San Pedro, we grabbed our luggage and began heading to the tiny town. A woman asked if she could point us in the direction of our hotel. I explained that we had no reservations and would be looking for a hotel. She was beside herself as she exclaimed “you mean you came to San Pedro without reservations – you’re kidding, right.” I assured her we were not. A few short steps later I met Eric.
Caribbean 2014 Tourist Arrivals by Country of Origin
Following is a summary table of Caribbean tourist arrivals from the Caribbean Tourism Organization:
Glasgow 2014: Five names to inspire and follow at the Games
Kent Gabourel: "I hate to see young guys throwing away their lives"
Country: Belize Sport: Triathlon
Competition date: 24 July
Competition venue: Strathclyde Country Park
In the sixth most violent country in the world, there are plenty of opportunities to step on to the wrong side of the tracks.
Kent Gabourel, Belize's former football captain, hopes that becoming the first triathlete from the Central American country to compete at a Commonwealth Games can create a legacy that will help persuade youngsters in his homeland to ditch the gangs and the streets for a world of sport. But this 34-year-old is already a sporting social worker.
"When I get back, I want to carry on racing triathlon, into our neighbours Guatemala and Mexico, and drag some kids along with me," he says.
"Drugs and gangs are the main things I worry about. They deeply affect our community.
"I hate to see young guys throwing away their lives in such a manner, so I try and get them to come over onto the sports side."
Video: WE BELIZE IT, 6min.
Video: Sun & Clouds ~ Belize, 1min.
Video: CSM Missions To Belize 2014 Highlite Video, 9min.
WakyMC Youth Missions Trip To Belize Through Thirst Missions...Absolutely A Fantastic Trip...Can't Wait To Go Back :)
Video: Waterfall Rappelling in Belize, 1.5min.
Waterfall Rappelling (abseiling Adventure) in Belize - These guy at Belize Jungle Masters do waterfall rappelling as a hobby, and also do guided rappelling for those visiting Belize.
Video: Bannister Island Belize City, 4min.
Video: Sailing to Belize, 16min.
Video: Venezia del Caribe Resort and Spa Interior Fly-Through, 3min.
Video: Anderson Vacation in Belize June 2014, 45min.
Vacation at Hamanasi in Belize 2014
Video: Exploring Mysterious Bottom of Belize Blue Hole by Ramon Llaneza, 7min.
Video: Belize - Iguana Conservation Project, 3min.
Visiting the crazy iguana kids at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel in San Ignacio, Belize.
Big thanks to our guide Humberto for a great time! This tour was arranged by Belize Nature Travel. Thanks to Patrick for accompanying us on this adventure.
The Iguana Conservation Project is dedicated to education and conservation of the endangered green iguana species in Belize. They breed and release these wonderful animals to help replenish the local population. Their efforts will hopefully prevent future overhunting and keep this species thriving for years to come.
Video: Belize, 6min.
Just Clarissa Falls.
Video: The Hospitality Tour : Ka Ana Belize, 3min.
Florie voyage du Mexique à l'Argentine avec un projet: partager ses compétences en gestion hôtelière pour un lit et cela en collectant les meilleures pratiques des hôtels en matière de développement durable pour Hopineo.org.
Video: Diamante Beachfront Suites, Belize - Construction Update - July 2014, 1.5min.
Hello from beautiful Ambergris Caye, Belize! At 5-6 weeks per level of both buildings, final preparations are underway for casting of our final levels (Penthouse levels) in Buildings A and B of Diamante Beachfront Suites.
We're still ahead of schedule, even considering that we are constructing two buildings at the same, with the help of our amazing Developer, Lisa McCorkle Guerrero, and our site Foreman, Oscar Flores.
Video: Lucky - First Week at Wildtracks, 1min.
Lucky was stranded on an isolated beach near Belize City, and rescued by Jamal Galves, the manatee coordinator of the Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute. Brought to Wildtracks for rehabilitation and eventual release back into the waters of Belize, Lucky is the second calf to arrive at the Centre in the last two weeks - a sad indication of the increasing toll boat traffic is having on the manatee population in front of Belize City.
Video: Belize Cultural Foundation September Celebration 2014 - BCF, 3min.
Biggest Belizean 2 Day September Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 20th and Sunday, Sept. 21st 2014.
In June 2000, a few Belizean Americans organized a meeting intended to introduce the concept of a new charitable organization that was soon after formed as Belize Cultural Foundation (“BCF”).
Presently, the primary source of raising funds for the organization has been through the success of the “Belize Independence Day Celebration Dance” and “Fiesta At The Park” events. These annual events, as of date have been the largest “turn out” of Belizeans in Los Angeles, throughout the years.
BCF’s immediate goal is to extend the Youth Soccer League programs throughout the entire country of Belize and to incorporate a “girls” soccer league.