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Hot Mama’s Belize Ltd. continues to garner International Recognition
Hot Mama’s Belize Ltd, Belize’s premier producer of the world renowned Manganero Sauce, continues to rack up points on the international foods scene, when the Company recently took First Place honors in this year’s World Hot Sauce, BBQ and Extreme Foods competition in Louisiana. The Company gained the premier recognition in the category for Best Fruit Based Hot Sauce, with the same Manganero Sauce, which had won 1st Place in the Scovie Awards of 2008. The World Hot Sauce, BBQ and Extreme Foods competition is designed to award the very best in Hot Sauces, BBQ Sauces, Wing Sauces, Bloody Mary Mixes and other Extreme Foods like salsas, jams, jellies and pickles from around the world, and this year Hot Mama’s won top honors from amongst over 400 products from more than 11 different countries which competed.

NEMO island committee train members
Of all recorded hurricanes that have impacted Belize, 40% have done so in the month of October. For that reason, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) remains on high alert with their Emergency Operation Committee (EOC) and subcommittee members and volunteers. As such, the Belize Rural South NEMO office conducted an EOC training on October 8th at the NEMO office in San Pedro Town. Historically the month of October for is one of the worst for Belize when it comes to hurricane threats and impacts: Hattie – 31st October 1931; Mitch – 25th October 1998; Keith – 24th October 2000; Iris – 22nd October 2001; Richard – 24th October 2010. Most of the storms have been known to develop not too far away from the warning areas for the country of Belize. During the training, participants discuss what is a main event log, what is a status/state board, how to draw and use a status/state board, the importance of a status/state board for the EOC and use the standard operational procedure to activate an Emergency Operation Committee.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Oct 5 - Oct 11 2014 Fishing Report
A decent week despite rather average to poor weather. Permit, tarpon and bonefish were available each and every day.


BSI/ASR Wants In On Cane Farmers Meeting
And since the BSCFA will meet with cane farmers to further discuss the bagasse issue, BSI/ASR wants to form part of the meeting in order to address cane farmers. While that was made public today, there is no telling whether the BSCFA will even consider the request which has already been denied once.Mac McLachlan – Vice President of International Relations“We have been asking the BSCFA leadership for a long period of time for the opportunity to talk to the membership and to explain our position and to explain the formula and really explain all clearly what it is and that request has always been denied and I understand now that BSCFA will be going back to the membership for a new agreement on this issue and I am openly asking here for an invitation to attend that meeting so that BSI can attend that meeting to explain our position in the proposal on bagasse and any other issues within the agreement.

Celebrating World Mental Health Day By Bringing Awareness
This week was observed as Mental Health Week by medical professionals at the Northern Regional Hospital and its partners. To close off the week, a special ceremony was held with a few of their patients today October tenth, which is observed as Mental Health Day to reemphasize the importance of obtaining proper medical care for mental health. The week has been observed under the theme, “Living with schizophrenia”. Dalila Ical reports.

Belize's Tourism Sector Looking Good
There is good news to report on tonight when it comes to the Tourism sector of the country. The Belize Tourism Board is reporting that with increases of over forty percent for each month this quarter, it marks one of the best years for cruise visitor arrivals in Belize's tourism history. The third quarter of 2014 has registered increases in tourist arrivals across the board. The outstanding growth in arrivals for both overnight and cruise have exceeded forecasted numbers for this quarter. Overall for the first nine months of this year, overnight arrivals are up by 11 %; airport arrivals are up by 9.2% and cruise arrivals are up by almost 45%. Historically, the third quarter is the slowest period for visitor traffic into the international airport of Belize. Mental health problems affect the way you think, feel and behave. Professional medical practitioners insist that these are problems that can be diagnosed by a doctor, and should not be viewed as personal weaknesses.In this week they focus on Schizophrenia, a severe form of mental illness. This does not however, spell doom for anyone, says Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the Northern Regional Hosptial, Becky Tillett.

BMHS Carries Out Service Learning Project
Students of Bishop Martin High School have embarked on a project to give back to the community they say have contributed much to them as students and to the Institution they attend. A group of students stopped in at Louisiana Government School this afternoon to hold an afternoon of fun activities with the students as part of their initiative. Student Kevin Trejo told us more about the event.Kevin Trejo – Student“This is a service learning project we are just giving back to the community a little of what they have given to us.” Dalila Ical – Reporter “When you give back, what exactly, what are your guys bringing to these school children?”

Making The Road Safe For Students
There is a newly constructed pedestrian ramp and bus stop along the Phillip Goldson Highway in Trial Farm Village near the junction with the road that leads to the Trial Farm Government School. The project was carried by the Belize Red Cross under the Resilience in the Americas program. Frederick Hunter, Project Field Coordinator with the Belize Red Cross, says that they normally do risk assessments in communities but since they began collaboration with the American Red Cross, they have expanded to integrate participatory assessments with the communities to measure not only the risks within these communities, but develop the resilience of the communities as well.Frederick Hunter – Project Field Coordinator“So we go into the community but we just don’t look at what is flood risk, hurricane risk, fire risk, accident risk, we also look at other things that also help the community to develop and become stronger so that they can be more resilient that they survive hazards or the impact or shocks and to bounce back on their own as much as possible.”

Corozal Youths Take Part In Informative Forum
Yesterday afternoon, students from the Corozal Methodist, St. Francis Javier, and Our lady of Guadalupe schools gathered at the Civic Center in Corozal Town to participate in a forum organized by Youth for the Future Corozal Branch. We attended the event and spoke with a few of the representatives to find out more. Nekisha Lima – youth Ambassador for Youth for the Future“Today’s event we are doing a Youth Forum for young people, for students mostly from primary school mostly standard V and standard VI students that the Youth Forum is to enhance their minds and to have them gain more knowledge on topic of teenage pregnancy, alcohol and marijuana usage and HIV and aids.”

BSI/ASR Says Cane Farmers Are Being Misinformed
The opening of the 2014/2015 crop season is only weeks away and all indications are that the crop will commence without a commercial agreement between the miller and the producer. The negotiation on the new agreement has been taking place for more than a year now. But while BSI/ASR and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association seem to agree on most of the elements proposed on the new agreement presented by BSI on September 8th, they just can’t seem to settle on the revenue sharing for bagasse. To date, the situation is no different from what it was more than a year ago because while BSI’s newly proposed agreement holds some new elements, the company is not budging when it comes to the payment of bagasse to cane farmers which is 51 cents per ton. A proposed payment that BSCFA is saying no to. Yesterday both entities met to resume negotiations but at the end, the ink ran dry and there was no agreement. And while the BSCFA came out swinging at BSI/ASR last night, Mac McLachlan, the company’s Vice President of International Relations, says they are disappointed with the outcome of yesterday’s meeting.

Teen Goes Missing
Orange Walk Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a San Lazaro Village teen that is believed to have runaway. According to authorities, 43 year old Rosita Novelo reported to police that on Tuesday October 7th, at around 4:30pm, when checks were made inside the house for 15 year old Martha Novelo, she could not be located. On the day of her disappearance, sometime after midnight, her mother received a text message from Martha informing her that she was okay and in Cayo. Martha Novelo is about 5ft tall, weighs about 120 pounds, has long black straight hair, is of dark complexion and of mestizo descent, has light brown eyes, thin lips and a round face. Martha was last seen wearing a black sleeveless blouse, short blue jeans pants and black sandals. Anyone knowing of her whereabouts is asked to call the nearest police station.

The Reporter

Brazilian presidential candidate backs out
Brazilian environmentalist Marina Silva, who came third in last Sunday’s presidential election, has backed opposition centrist candidate Aecio Neves in the second round. Neves won 33.5 percent of the votes in the first round to 41.5 percent for President Dilma Rousseff, who is running for a second four-year term. Silva failed to qualify for the 26 October run-off, with 21 percent. She cited Neves’s “commitments” as the reason for supporting him. On Saturday, Neves announced in an open letter to the nation that he would incorporate into his manifesto issues such as land reform, the demarcation of indigenous lands and environmental concerns.

Bolivia’s Evo Morales claims third victory
Bolivian President, Evo Morales has claimed victory and a third term in office after presidential elections held on Sunday. Exit polls show him on 60 percent, well ahead of his closest rival’s 25 percent of the vote. To avoid a run-off, he must win 50 percent of valid votes, or 40 percent if that includes a 10-point lead over his nearest rival. President Morales told cheering supporters at the presidential palace in La Paz that “this win is a triumph for anti-imperialists and anti-colonialists”. He dedicated “this triumph” to the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and Venezuela’s late president, Hugo Chavez.

Hot Mama’s wins first place in World’s Hot Sauce awards
Hot Mama’s peppersauce, a fruit-based company that specialises in pepper sauces and located at mile 60 on the George Price Highway, won first place in the World’s Hot Sauce awards held in Louisiana, USA. The annual awards competition distributes awards in various categories such as: salsas, jams, jellies, barbeque sauces and other condiments in the best, most extreme and most intense categories. This is the second time that Hot Mama’s has captured first place in the show, with several mentions in other years. In 2008 it won the same award with the same product – its manganero hot sauce – a carefully balanced blend of mango and habanero pepper. Hot Mama’s co-owners, Howard and Wilana Oldham, are investors from Texas, where Wilana’ hot sauce recipes originates.

Police identify shooting victim
Police have identified Saturday night’s shooting victim who was killed on New Road. He is Luis Umana, 33, a Salvadoran. Umana was shot in the centre of the forehead shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday at the corner of New Road and Hyde’s Lane. He died about an hour later at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Man stabbed to death in Ladyville
A fight in Ladyville early Sunday morning ended in the fatal stabbing of a resident of Falcon Street in that village. Police say that sometime after 3 a.m. they responded to a report of the fight on Stork Street where they discovered Lyndon Flowers, 21, of Falcon Street lying in the drain. Flowers, who had been stabbed in the chest, died about three hours later at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

PNP presents full slate for next municipal elections
The People’s National Party (PNP) of Toledo has announced a full slate of seven candidates for the next town council elections. Punta Gorda activist, Wil Maheia is the mayoral candidate with councilor candidates being Deborah Borland, Anthony Westby, Aaron Ciego Valerio, Linston McKenzie, Placida Leonora Requena and Belizario Coc. Maheia has already promised to include more women on his team and in the decision-making process. The party introduced the slate during a public meeting in Punta Gorda on Friday night.

Murder victims found in mass grave in Mexico not all missing students
Some bodies found in shallow graves near the Mexican town of Iguala are not those of students missing after clashes with police. The 43 students were last seen being pushed into police vans after a protest in Guerrero state on September 26. Prosecutors believe police turned over the students to a drug gang linked to the family of Iguala’s Mayor, Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez. He, his wife and his head of security went on leave after the clashes and have not reappeared. A formal search has been launched for them. The clandestine graves were located in the outskirts of Iguala following an anonymous tip off. Twenty-eight burnt bodies were retrieved from the pits. Forensic experts are still working to identify all of them. The students all attended a local teacher training college with a history of left-wing activism.

7.3 magnitude quake strikes off coast of El Salvador
El Salvador felt a magnitude 7.3 earthquake late on Monday off its coast with Nicaragua. The temblor was felt across Central America, killing at least one person, but there were no immediate reports of major damage. El Salvador’s emergency services said a dozen homes in the department of Usulutan had been slightly damaged but that coastal areas appeared calm and the country’s international airport was unaffected. The only known victim, a Salvadoran man was killed when an electricity post fell on him. The quake struck 42 miles west-southwest of Jiquilillo in Nicaragua at a depth of about 25 miles.

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PUP chooses municipal candidates in San Ignacio/Santa Elena
The People’s United Party (PUP) has chosen its slate of candidates to contest the Municipal Elections on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. A convention was held on Sunday, October 12 at the Octavia Waight Convention Center in San Ignacio town. After the votes were counted, Ramon Quiroz emerged […]

San Pedro teen raped
Police have launched a search for a man known as “Miguel” after a 14 year old girl from San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, accompanied by her mother reported to police that she was held and forced into sexual intercourse by a man known to her by that name. Police […]

Youth stabbed to death in Ladyville
21 year old Brandon Lynden Flowers of Heron Street, Ladyville, Belize District, was stabbed to death early Sunday morning. His father, football coach Michael “Wataplat” Flowers, has told our colleagues at KREM News that his son had gone out socializing and he learned of his son’s death from […]

The October 12, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Two On A Handling Stolen Goods Charge:
    As we go to press this Thursday night, a Santa Elena youth, on a handling stolen goods charge, is in police custody awaiting appearance in court on Friday morning being the second of two persons charged for the same crime. The accused is Rasheed Hyde, 24, Belizean laborer residing on Higher Street in Santa Elena Town. Hyde is facing a joint handling stolen goods charge with Luis Castellanos, 37, of a Bradley’s Bank address who was previously arrested and similarly charged. The charge against Castellanos and Hyde stems from a report made by Castellanos’ Bradley’s Bank neighbor, Nataniel Arriola, who told the police that sometime during the nighttime hours on Monday, September 29 and the early morning hours on Tuesday, September 30, someone entered his yard as a trespasser and stole his 2007 blue Meilun brand motorcycle valued at $3,000 which was parked in front of his house.
  • Three Years For Unitedville Drug Trafficker:
    A man from the village of Unitedville was convicted on a drug trafficking charge and sentenced to three years behind bars. Armed with a warrant to conduct a search for drugs, almost ten months ago, on December 15, 2013, police visited the Unitedville residence of 35 year old, Belizean laborer, Luis Loague. It did not take much searching when, immediately upon entering the house, the police spotted what appeared to be marijuana spread out on the floor near a small bed. Loague, who was home alone at the time was instantly and, with the suspected marijuana, transported to the police station in San Ignacio. The suspected weed was recorded at exactly 900 grams.
  • Editorial: Policing The Police:
    It is indeed refreshing to note that the police high command is taking affirmative action to swiftly deal with cases of alleged police brutality as nothing can erode citizens’ confidence in law enforcement faster than brutality committed by those who are sworn and paid to serve and protect. Police abuse however comes in several other forms some less subtle than inflicting pain and bodily harm upon an individual. Police abuse also comes in the form of the policeman who unlawfully detains a citizen in the absence of evidence resulting in depriving citizens of their constitutional right to freedom solely for the purpose of getting back at a citizen. Much for example like the recent case of the father who, when the police, in detaining his son, slapped the son repeatedly in the face and when the father made a report against the offending policeman, the father is detained on the threat of being held for forty eight hours all because the police can hold him for forty eight hours without charge.
  • Columbus Day:
    October 12th is the day in which the Americas observe Columbus Day, otherwise known as the Day of the Americas or Pan American Day. Belize celebrates this day with a national and bank holiday. This holiday commemorates the voyage taken by the Italian, Christopher Columbus about 500 years ago on behalf of Spain. Columbus made four voyages to the “New World”- in 1492 to San Salvador Island, Cuba and Haiti; in 1493-96 to Guadaloupe, Montserrat, Antigua, Puerto Rico and Jamaica; in 1498 to Trinidad and the mainland of South America and in 1502-04 to Honduras and Nicaragua. The discovery of the “New World” allowed European countries like Portugal, Spain, France and Britain to have empires around the world. These nations expanded their political control, their economic systems and their cultural influences in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas and eventually worldleading countries such as Mexico, Canada and the United States.
  • US Embassy Clarifies:
    The goal of the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) is to support the Belizean military and people so that the United States and Belize can continue to work closely together in strengthening maritime security interests that affect both countries. In consideration of our strong U.S.- Belize partnership, USSOUTHCOM and the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan are currently examining the contracting procedures and construction efforts underway to address Government of Belize concerns.
  • GOB Response:
    The Ministry of National Security hereby announces that the United States Army Corp of Engineers, the US agency responsible for the construction of the Hunting Caye Forward Operating Base, has issued a letter to the Guatemalan company BINARQ which has had the effect of causing all construction at the Base to cease. This action came about after consultations between the Ministry of National Security, the Belize Coast Guard and the United States agencies in Belize. The Ministry of National Security is insisting that this remains in effect until a satisfactory policy decision can be arrived at among all parties that takes into consideration the sensitivities expressed by sections of the Belizean population.
  • Mexico Missing Students: New Mass Graves Found in Iguala:
    Four more mass graves have been found near the southern Mexican town of Iguala, where 43 students went missing last month, officials say. There is no word on the number of the bodies discovered in pits on Thursday. The discovery came during a huge operation to find the students, who disappeared after clashing with police. They were last seen being bundled into vehicles. Last week 28 burnt bodies were found in six shallow graves, but have yet not been identified. Forensic tests are expected to take weeks. Federal Attorney General Jesus Murillo Kara said the new graves also contained burnt bodies and are in the same area as the first set of graves.
  • It's Not My Job:
    As I was reading John 7 recently, I saw again how God is not impressed with the same things that impress us. In this chapter, the Pharisees were trying to get rid of Jesus. So, they sent the temple guards to arrest him. But instead of arresting Jesus, the guards started listening to him. They'd never heard anyone like Jesus before, and they were captivated. Later when they went back to the chief priests and Pharisees without Jesus, they were confronted. "Why didn't you bring him in?" asked the Pharisees. They answered, "No one ever spoke the way this man does." "You mean he has deceived you also?" the Pharisees retorted. "Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law-there is a curse on them."
  • Success Fundraiser in London:
    The Special Envoy for Women and Children and wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, held the 2nd annual Fundraising Gala Dinner in aid of the Belize Children’s Trust on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at Old Down Manor in Bristol, United Kingdom, raising approximately BZD $300,000. Mrs. Simplis Barrow formed the Trust in 2013 to facilitate international fundraising efforts in support of a dedicated Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Belize. Funds raised from the first Gala Dinner in June 2013 in London went toward the first phase of construction of the PICU at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
  • International Credit Union Day:
    members around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day®, an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements. In honor of this special day, Saint Martin’s Credit Union invites its members and the entire community to an Open Day on Thursday 16 October from 8:00am to 3:00pm at our offices on corner Eve and Church Streets, San Ignacio Town.
  • Ebola Virus:
    Ebola virus disease, (EVD), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates caused by an ebolavirus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. Typically, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash follow, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, affected people may begin to bleed both within the body and externally. The virus may be acquired upon contact with blood or other bodily fluids of an infected human or other animal. Spreading through the air has not been documented in the natural environment. Fruit bats are believed to be a carrier and may spread the virus without being affected. Once human infection occurs, the disease may spread between people, as well. Male survivors may be able to transmit the disease via semen for nearly two months. To diagnose EVD, other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fevers are first excluded. Blood samples are tested for viral antibodies, viral RNA, or the virus itself to confirm the diagnosis.
  • Two Bullet Tree Men Jailed For Two Months:
    A Bullet Tree man and youth are cooling their heels in prison after being sentenced to two months jail time on a joint wounding charge. The case against the convicts, Melvin Quischan, 21, who told the court that he is employed as a security guard, and Sergio Cocom, 34, laborer, both Belizeans residing in Bullet Tree falls village, stems from a report made against them at around 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 4, by fellow villager, Omar Cruz, 40, Belizean farmer.
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Belize: Are We in a State of Insecurity or are We an Insecure State?
Following a series of recent, unfortunate occurrences in our beloved nation, I am compelled to put for the above-listed query. Where do I begin? As in all things, I guess it is best to lay the foundation and then build from there. To those who have kept tabs on what appears that only a few seem to recognise as Belize’s greatest existential threat, the nation of Guatemala’s unfounded claim to our sovereign territory, the first portion of my contribution will come as no surprise. In essence, successive administrations have taken a submissive and minimalist approach to dealing with our misguided and calculating neighbour to the west. This has been manifest in a policy (or lack thereof), which can only be characterised as being indicative of: acquiescence, accommodation, adherence and appeasement. I say this, categorically, because on 21st September 1981 Belize was recognised as a sovereign nation (by all who mattered), with its territory intact. For those who may not be abreast of what is attributed to the term, “with its territory intact” means, in layman’s terms, it connotes that our nation’s border was both identified and acknowledged.

International Sourcesizz

How bad is the lionfish invasion? We're now trying to train sharks to eat them
Back in 1985, a lone lionfish was first spotted off the Florida coast, possibly dumped into the ocean by a dissatisfied aquarium owner. At the time, it seemed harmless enough: a bright, colorful fish native to Indonesia that had somehow made its way over here. No one could have imagined the disaster that would follow. Thirty years later, the venomous lionfish has conquered the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico wreaking havoc on ecosystems up and down the coast. Unlike in its native Pacific habitats, there are few natural predators here to keep this invasive species in check. So the lionfish has expanded voraciously, gobbling up other reef fish and mollusks and attacking commercially important species like grouper and snapper. By 2014, lionfish were everywhere, from North Carolina and even Rhode Island down to the coasts of Panama and Venezuela:

EU zufrieden mit Aktion gegen illegale Fischerei in Belize
Die Europäische Union sieht infolge ihres Drucks Fortschritte im Kampf gegen illegale Fischerei in Belize und vier weiteren Staaten. Außer Belize seien auch Fidschi, Panama, Togo und Vanuatu mit "konkreten Maßnahmen" gegen illegale Fischerei in ihren Gewässern und durch ihre Flotten vorgegangen, sagte EU-Fischereikommissarin Maria Damanaki am Dienstag in Brüssel. Im Fall von Belize will die EU daher ein Exportverbot gegen den zentralamerikanischen Staat aufheben.

Mérida, Mexico to see intercontinental flights again next year
Blue Panorama Airlines (BV, Rome Fiumicino) is set to offer a weekly Milan Malpensa to Mérida, Mexico, flight with effect from April next year. The route will mark the Yucatan airport's first international long haul flight though this is not the first time the airport has seen seasonal flights from Italy. At present, Mérida sees services to destinations throughout Mexico, the United States, Cuba, Belize and Brazil.

Gonzalo Lashes Caribbean Islands
Tropical Storm Gonzalo hit Antigua with 65 mph winds and was expected to strengthen into a hurricane late Monday or Tuesday as it threatened Anguilla, St. Martin, Puerto Rico and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. The storm damaged resorts as the Antigua government ordered schools and businesses to close. In addition, several cruise ships altered itineraries to avoid the storm. The Weather Channel reported that visitors at the Hermitage Bay resort on Antigua’s southwest coast were not expecting such a severe storm. “The walls blew off. A tree landed on our room. We were shaking hiding in our closet,” Alexis Sherry of New York City, told The Weather Channel. “I thought we were going to die.”

CARICOM Begins 2nd Conference on Slavery Reparations from Europe
The Caribbean Community’s second round of internal discussions on seeking reparations from European countries for slavery got under way on Monday in Antigua and Barbuda. The CARICOM Reparations Commission will debate the 10-point plan proposed in September 2013 at its first conference, held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The plan outlines a structure on reparations that includes asking former colonial powers for an official apology and debt forgiveness, among other demands. “The CARICOM 10-point program for reparative justice is an excellent document, well-written and thoroughly thought out. It provides a framework for anticipated negotiations with the former European slave-trading countries,” Don Rojas, communications director of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, told Efe.

A Look at the History and Lifestyle of the Mennonites of Belize
As well as the traditionalist Mennonites who speak a guttural form of German within their community there are around 2,000 Belizeans of Mestizo and Creole origins that have converted to this faith. The Belizean Mennonites are the most conservative and traditional of all the Mennonites to be found across Central America. The religious values and traditions of this dedicated group of people have had to avoid several forms of persecution throughout history as they sought peaceful methods to continue with the beliefs and values they have maintained throughout their existence. The Mennonites began in 16th century in what is now the Netherlands, they moved on to Prussia to avoid having to pay taxes they deemed unnecessary as they worked hard to maintain a religious and self supporting lifestyle while taking nothing from which the taxes would provide them with.


Video: Anna Löfgren catches amberjack off Reef's End Lodge, Belize, 7min.

Video: Upper Room Belize Mission 2014, 15min.
A special thanks to everyone who help make mission possible, be it through prayers, donations, or service!! Thank you!

Video: Guatemelize, 7min.
Following Mike in Guatemala and Belize.

Video: Belize Fly Fishing, 2.5min.
Epic Fly Fishing for Bone Fish, Tarpon, and Massive Barracuda. Enjoy in HD.

Video: Belize Land Rover 2014, 4.5min.

Video: Belize Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Park Snorkel Excursion by Air -- shot with GoPro Hero 3+, 10min.
Video shot on GoPro Hero3+. Edited with IMovie. New to both so please be kind with your comments. Enjoy.