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The San Pedro Sun

Missing Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister are found dead
Honduran police have found the bodies 19-year-old Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister 23-year-old Sofia Trinidad who went missing on Thursday, November 13th. The women were reported missing by a family member on Saturday, November 15th after they could not be contacted. Police have since taken into custody two men believed to be involved in the murder: Plutarco Ruiz, Sofia’s boyfriend, and Aris Maldonado. Initial reports stated Alvarado and her sister were last seen leaving a birthday party in Santa Barbara, Honduras. On Sunday, November 16th police detained four persons in connection to the disappearance. “The missing women were last seen getting into a vehicle as they left the party. Four people are under arrest. They include the owner of the party venue and Sofia’s boyfriend. They are being investigated,” said Chief of Police Jose Coello during a press briefing.

Ambergris Today

Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado Found Dead
The Associated Press indicated that the head of criminal investigations in Honduras stated that they found the bodies of both women burried on the banks of the La Aguagua River in an abandoned lot. Due to the state of the decomposition of the bodies, it is assumed that they were murdered the day the two went missing, last week Thursday. During the arrest they also seized two cars and a gun. According to a UN report, Honduras has the world's highest homicide rate, with 90.4 people murdered per 100,000 of the population. Maria Jose Alvarado was set to represent Honduras at the Miss World Pageant 2014 to be held on December 14 in London, England.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Wheelchair donation Donated by Rotary Club of Belize wheel chair to Territo Allen student from La Inmaculada R.C School

ITS STARTING AGAIN .. FLOODING AT BARTON CREEK !
Lots and lots of water backing up..

CTV3

NRH Affected By Torrential Rains
The torrential rains from last night and early this morning caused some back yard and street flooding in the Orange Walk District, especially in the area of Trial Farm. These pictures show yards and houses covered by water forcing residents out of their homes. But the bad weather also spelt trouble for the Northern Regional Hospital. This morning our news room flooded with calls of concerned citizens who indicated that doctors and nurses at the NRH were not attending to patients since the hospital was flooded. We were informed that persons seeking medical attention were sent back home unless it was a serious case.

Hundreds Flock To Belmopan In Support Of Government
And while members from the House of Representatives filed in at the National Assembly building this morning, outside there was an energetic crowd awaiting the arrival of Prime Minister Dean Barrow. It was a huge wave of red that blanketed the footsteps at the assembly building. It was heavily policed and a rope was drawn to keep the order. The aim of the crowd was to show their support for GOB and the Petrocaribe loan while the aim of the United Democratic Party was to flex their muscle and show that they could assemble the largest crowd of supporters in Belmopan as the $228 million loan motion for financing under the PetroCaribe initiative with Venezuela, introduced last month, was submitted for second reading. Our news team was on hand to catch all the highlights, Maria Novelo has that story.

Vehicle Catches fire On Belize/Corozal Road
Traffic was disrupted for a while around 4:00pm this evening after a vehicle caught fire. On our way back from Belmopan, at the entrance of Orange Walk Town in front of Landy’s and Sons Hardware our news team came upon a vehicle that had recently been extinguished. From what we have been able to gather, the driver after making his purchase at the store, started his vehicle and immediately started to hear a crackling noise, shortly after the vehicle experienced a small explosion.

NTUCB Aligns with BSCFA
The recent move by BSI/ASR to sign a seven year contract with individual cane famers or reaping groups has been attracting quite an amount of negative criticism especially from the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association who says the contract is the worst they have ever seen in the history of the sugar industry. And there are those who describe BSI/ASR’s move as a form of dictatorship as the contract clearly states that company is only willing to pay cane farmers 51 cents per ton of bagasse and that they must be named the owners of the cane. One organization that has been keeping a close eye at the current impasse between both stakeholders is the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. Yesterday, via a press release the organization stated that they “unequivocally denounce the current stand, being taken by American Sugar Refinery (ASR), to seek out individual cane farmers to negotiate with; for purchase of sugar cane.”

Petro Caribe Loan Motion Debated Inside Parliament
In a special session of the House of Representatives today the Prime Minister of Belize tabled the Petrocaribe loan motion for a second reading. What the government is seeking is to gain approval from the national assembly for loans to the tune of about two hundred and forty million dollars from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The motion however has met the rebuff of the Opposition People’s United Party. Already, the PUP has filed a lawsuit against the government saying the loan motion is illegal and unconstitutional. That lawsuit was filed by PUP Deputy Leader Julius Espat who also doubles as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. Today, in the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister Dean Barrow first proceeded to explain what the entire Petrocaribe agreement is. It was first signed in 2005 at Jamaica by representatives of the then PUP administered government. The agreement allows for Belize to buy fuel from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on favorable terms, said the PM.

PUP Rejects Petro Caribe Loan Motion
The People’s United Party has rejected the loan motion as mentioned before because they sate it is not only unconstitutional but also illegal. The latter stems from government, says the PUP, failing to adhere to the requirements of the finance and audit act that was only recently amended by the very UDP government. That act mandates parliamentary approval for any government borrowing upwards of ten million dollars. Honorable Said Musa – Fort George Area Representative “The Prime Minister and his then paid Association of Concerned Belizeans accused me of not getting approval of the house for 20 million dollars of grant money and now he stand and you all on that side stand accused of not bringing to the 228 million dollars. PUP 20 million grant money in other words free money and we don’t have to pay back, you 228 million dollars that every man, women and child of Belize will have to pay back, that is right Mr. Speaker so it is not only illegal, in fact, this is the second irony that has happened, it is not only illegal and immoral what they are doing but it is criminal and you know why it is criminal because they made it so, that is right it is the UDP government in 2010 when they first start to get the Petro Caribe money amended the finance and audit act to make it a criminal offence for any violation of any of the regulations of the finance and audit act of 2005 so Mr. Speaker they have created a law to jail every single one of them.”

Opposition Says Petro Caribe Funds Used Inefficiently
Today the Opposition put up a fight at the House of Representatives as Government tabled the Petrocaribe loan motion for a second reading. The Opposition is saying that government has not only followed proper procedures in regards to the Petrocaribe funds but that they have spent money from the Petrocaribe fund inefficiently. Honorable Francis Fonseca – PUP Party Leader “We can’t support a loan motion where there so much waste and corruption, there is only a small circle of conies, hustlers feeding on this Petro Caribe funds, Mr. Speaker blotted contracts, poor quality work, and no value for money, it is a circle of family and friends, even UDP’s are angry. So no equity, Mr. Speaker, nothing for the PUP constituencies and yet you want to come and support this motion.” Honorable John Briceno – Orange Walk Central Area Representative “They just doing a cheap and hurry job and there is no accountability, now the Prime Minister will tell you he is no engineer and I would agree with him but he has a minister of works whose people supposed to be out there checking the work Mr. Speaker, whose people supposed to be out there certifying the work, so what is happening either he is not doing his job or somebody is doing something wrong Mr. Speaker because this is not good quality work this is not 5 million dollars’ worth of work Mr. Speaker, something wrong man the Prime Minister needs to fire the minister of works because he is the one that certifies all this work and if the Prime Minister doesn’t fire the minister of works the people of Cayo Central will fire the minister of works.”

PlusTV

UDP bus in supporters for PetroCaribe fund debate
A sea of red flooded the capital as thousands of people bearing UDP flags and wearing UDP shirts gathered at the foot of the Assembly building in Belmopan in support of the Prime Minister and the Alba Petrocaribe Belize Energy Limited Loan Motion, 2014. The loan motion authorizes US $114, 307, 356 which was loaned to GOB from the fiscal years of 2012, 2013 and 2014. The loan motion came under fire by the opposition after it was first introduced in the house on October 2nd of this year. The backwards loan motion, as some members in the opposition described it, has since been taken to the courts. So the Government, in response, rounded its troops today which resulted in the rally on Tuesday. The Prime Minister and the UDP representatives rolled into the house to the applause of the crowd, as the PM danced to the days theme song that went something like “Roll it Petro-Caribe Roll it!” Inside the house, as has become customary, fingers pointed at each other as the Belizean-Venezuelan Petro Caribe loan motion went under heated debate- a debate that took on the form of a Hugo Chavez love triangle.

The Reporter

Garifuna Settlement Day celebrated
The Garifuna community on Wednesday celebrated the arrival of their fore-fathers to Belizean shores. Throughout the country, Garinagu started their day with the symbolic re-enactment of their arrival, bearing coconut, plantains and other ground foods. Following the ‘Yurumei’ Garinagu assembled at various Catholic churches in their respective communities for their traditional Garifuna mass. After that, Garinagu gathered to celehrate the day with song, dance and their cultural foods.

Ms Honduras found murdered
Police in Honduras have arrested two men over the killing of beauty queen, Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister who vanished on a night out last week. The bodies of Ms Alvarado and her sister Sofia Trinidad, 23, were found buried beside a river near the northern city of Santa Barbara. Ms Trinidad’s boyfriend confessed in custody to shooting and burying them, police say. Police believe he shot her first in a fit of jealousy. Ms Alvarado, who was crowned Miss Honduras in April, was preparing to leave for London for the Miss World contest in December at the time of their disappearance last Thursday. The organisers of the contest joined in tributes to the dead women as the impoverished Central American state’s record of violent crime again came under scrutiny.

Patrick JonesPJ

Belize ~ PetroCaribe – Out of Chaos Must Come Order
Belize finds itself mired in political, social and economic chaos…most of the people have scarred themselves, growing a tough skin of cynicism and skepticism, to protect themselves against their loss of hope….while some have become blatantly violent, expressing their frustration outwardly with slanderous tongues….and the sword. The principal challenge for the people of Belize is their willingness and ability to identify and elect leaders with vision….who offer specific solution options to our challenges….and who have the political will to implement the chosen options that are in the best interest of all the people. Since Independence, our various governments have chosen instead to respond to a narrow range of special interests…resulting in a widening gap between the special interests who have… and those marginalized or victimized, who don’t….even though the economy has grown significantly since then.

TV Ramos bust unveiled in Dangriga town
The bust of Garifuna hero Thomas Vincent Ramos was officially unveiled this morning in Dangriga Town. During the Mass of Thanksgiving as part of Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations, the bust was unveiled and it was blessed by Father Larry Nicacio at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. grey TV Ramos bust unveiled in Dangriga town Sculpted by artist Steven Okeke, the bust was a source of much controversy earlier this year; but after a formal agreement, including a discounted price offered by the sculptor, the bust has now found a permanent home in Dangriga town.

Garifuna Settlement Day celebrated in Dangriga
This morning under overcast skies, hundreds of Belizeans gathered at the riverside in Dangriga town to officially welcome the reenactment of the first arrival of the Garinagu to Belize in 1802 on a day that has come to be known as Garifuna Settlement Day. Following the docking of the three boats on the North Stann Creek River, the Garinagu and Belizeans of other ethnicity proudly paraded to the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church for the official Mass of Thanksgiving which was celebrated in Garifuna.

Garifuna Settlement Day celebration starts early
At dawn today, Belizeans began gathering at the riverside in Dangriga Town to await the arrival of the Yurumein reenactment. This yearly event officially kicks off this Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations in the culture capital on November 19. The sound of drumming was heard all night long with entertainment at various night spots across this town.

Blogs

Garifuna Settlement Day, A Very Special National Holiday, In San Pedro, Belize
November 19th is a National Holiday in Belize – one that celebrates a beautiful culture that is unique in so many ways. Garifuna Settlement Day. The celebrated day when the Garifuna people traveled to the shores of Belize and Honduras (celebrated April 12) and Guatemala (November 26th) with provisional plants like cassava and plantain. And made this area their home. The Garifuna people have not only the best music in Belize but their own language, food and culture. Watch this amazing video for a really great description of their history and their language.

Affordable Caribbean Belize: A Land Of Leisure And Opportunity
I’ve never seen such blue water as the Caribbean in Belize. I couldn’t keep my eyes off it, whether I was cruising around by boat, watching tiny islets fade into the distance… swinging in a hammock strung between two palms on the beach…or beating that tropical heat with a cold Belikin beer in the shade of a palm frond-roofed beach bar. Belize has a lot to offer those seeking a new life abroad. The low cost of living means a couple can live well on $2,000 to $3,000 or less a month.

Escaping the Snow on a Tiny Island in Belize
Born in snowy but beautiful New Hampshire, as a child I spent many cold and unpleasant winters in northern New England. Like most other kids from the area, I spent a lot of time stuck indoors, watching TV during those long winters… Hardly surprising that, by the age of 18, the palm trees of Hollywood started looking good to me. But in reality, it wasn’t the place for me; the Pacific Ocean in Southern California and neighboring Baja was still a tad too cool for my tastes. Eventually the tropics beckoned me further south. After exploring the magnificent mountains of Colombia, and both coasts, I was hooked on Central and South America. So, as a young 1960s hippie, I started to split my time between summers up north and spending long winters anywhere south of Mexico. One year, while preparing for my annual migration down the Pan-American highway on the Pacific coast, a friend called me in distress from a place called Belize. Where again? “Used to be British Honduras,” he told me. “Now they call it Belize.” A storm had passed through and he had left his sailboat tied to a tiny island. It had been torn loose by the wind and run aground in the shallow sand behind the world’s second largest reef.

How to Make Churros Fried or Baked
Churros are a sweet treat that is very easy to make. These churros can be fried or baked with no change in the recipe. They can be served alone or with a touch of melted chocolate with coffee.

International Sourcesizz

A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned
More than 150 passengers on a California cruise ship came down with norovirus, continuing a trend that happens every year. From a medical standpoint, it’s time to call it quits on cruises. As an infectious-disease specialist, I still surprise friends and family with my unworried attitude regarding my risk of catching most infectious diseases. I have cared for patients with highly resistant TB without a pause; I have weathered anthrax and flu and Ebola-is-going-to-kill-us-all-within-the-hour panics with a bored shrug. As infants, my kids ate food right off the floor without washing or boiling. I don’t carry Purell and can’t imagine why any sane person would consider it. But there is one thing that scares me to death, a single place so threatening, so teeming with contagious organisms that I can’t believe that it is a $36 billion worldwide industry—a place people pay to spend time. Cruise ships. So it is with a degree of embarrassed schadenfreude that I read of this year’s first outbreak of the viral infection norovirus on a cruise ship. Norovirus, aka winter vomiting disease, aka 24-hour stomach flu, aka it makes you so sick you will wish you were dead, has a penchant for causing misery starting around this time of year and extending until spring approaches.

Miss Honduras, Sister Found Shot to Death Near Honduran Spa
Honduran police reportedly found the bodies of the reigning Miss Honduras and her sister on Wednesday, six days after the two women disappeared from a spa in Santa Barbara. Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister, Sofia, 23, were both shot to death. The Associated Press reports that women's bodies were discovered buried in a river near the spa, where they had been celebrating the birthday of Sofia's boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz. Ruiz and his friend, Aris Maldonado, were arrested after allegedly leading police to the bodies. "I can confirm that the Alvarado sisters were found," Leandro Osorio, the head of the criminal investigation unit, said, according to Sky News. "We also have the murder weapon and the vehicle in which they were transported to the site where they were buried." Maria Jose was crowned Miss Honduras in April and was scheduled to travel to London on Sunday to compete in next month's Miss World Pageant.

These Maps Show Which Countries Are the Happiest
Belize is number three, according to the Happy Planet Index... If you’re looking for a change of scenery and considering moving to a new country, you may want to consider Costa Rica. According to the Happy Planet Index (HPI), it’s the happiest country on Earth, followed by Vietnam, Colombia and Belize. These maps, created by MoveHub, show the happiness level of each country across the globe. The HPI is calculated using “global data on life expectancy, experienced well-being and Ecological Footprint.” It’s an “efficiency measure,” ranking countries on “how many long and happy lives they produce per unit of environmental input.” Check it out:

IMF monitoring impact of PetroCaribe on regional economies
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact any changes to PetroCaribe, Venezuela’s oil alliance with several Caribbean islands will have on regional economies. Analysts say the initiative, which allows countries to pay for part of their oil import from Caracas over a 20-year period at low interest rates, will have to be modified or discontinued amidst a worsening economic situation in the South American country. Several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries including Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), Guyana, and Suriname are members of PetroCaribe. St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that Caracas has invited PetroCaribe member countries to a meeting on Thursday about “reaffirmation” of the commitment to the initiative, the brainchild of the former Venezuelan President, the late Hugo Chavez.

Videos

Video: Garifuna Language, 6.5min.
a little something on the uniqueness of the garifuna language.

Video: ReefCI Trip Overview, Southern Belize, 4min.
Punta Gorda and Tom Owen's Caye, Belize. November 2014.

Video: Blowy in Belize, 1min.
Rainy morning at Sittee Point on Garifuna Settlement Day.

Video: Belize Rain When It Feels Like, 1min.
We were going to visit my relatives that passed away ,then it rained. That didnt stop us though!

Video: Little song about Belizean Potholes.. love it!, 2.5min.
END OF THE ROAD..... BELIZE'S POT HOLES.... PARODY...

Video: Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge featured on American Airlines flight to Belize!, 4min.
Welcome to an authentic Belize Jungle Lodge where you will experience the adventures of a lifetime in lush rain-forest surroundings. Rappel waterfalls, explore Mayan sacrificial caves, go cave tubing and much, much more.

Video: Luxurious El Secreto Belize, 2min.
Idyllically located on Belize’s majestic Ambergris Caye, El Secreto is a stunning collection of 13 thatched-roof villas nestled by the stunning shores of the western Caribbean Sea. With an emphasis on barefoot luxury, the resort combines tropical island flair with the comforts of modern living, providing guests with an unforgettable experience. Designed to encourage relaxation and gracious outdoor living, all accommodations are tastefully furnished in Belizean exotic woods and appointed with elegant marble bathrooms, state-of-the art technology, patios and alfresco Jacuzzis. The hotel’s spa comes with an extensive range of treatments and rituals, and the on-site restaurant offers Belizean and international dishes in a romantic waterfront setting.

Video: Belize 2014, 5min.
San Pedro, Turneffe, Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, Goff Caye, Caye Caulker. Lagoon 380

Video: BELIZE FINAL, 6min.
Vídeo breve sobre Belize apenas para uma apresentação na disciplina Destinos Internacionais. O Vídeo quase não tem edição e foi só uma prévia do que pode-se fazer neste paraíso na América Central.

Video: 2014 October Belize Part 1: Getting there, 2min.

Video: 2014 October Belize Part 2: Roberts Grove Resort, 5min.

Video: eerste duik in Belize, 1.5min.
De eerste dag in Belize begint goed met twee mooie duiken. Verpleegsterhaaien zijn hier erg nieuwsgierig. Leuk om mee te duiken.

Video: Macarena Rose talks with Belize Expats Jackie and Mark- Part I, 16min.
Today on Belize Talk Radio, the Host Macarena Rose sits with Jackie and Mark who have moved to Belize ! They share how Belize became a reality for them and Why Belize for them !

Video: Expats in Belize speak with Macarena Part II, 27min.
Belize Talk Radio host Macarena Rose speaks with Jackie and Mark in this part 2 interview. This adventurous couple has retired to Belize- find out Why Belize for them and nights on what to look for if you are thinking of moving to Belize !