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#498818 - 12/09/14 10:50 AM Today's Belize News: December 9, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

Where do you Read? Bob reads in Cuenca Ecuador
On his most recent trip to Cuenca, Ecuador, Bob was sure to keep The San Pedro Sun Newspaper in mind! While attending the Confederación Americana de Triatlón (CAMTRI) Triathlon training camp, Gabourel snapped pics of The Sun in destinations all around Cuenca. Such places included the Velladome Stadium where he took pictures with fellow cyclists, Basilica de la Santisima Trinidad, Cuenca Community Park, and the Nueva Catedral. We are excited to hear all about Bob’s experiences and training.

Captain Morgan’s: You don’t have to stay there…to PLAY there!
For those who want the full beach-side resort experience, without having to stay there, Captain Morgan’s is happy to allow you pool and beach access while enjoying their water toys (kayaks, paddle boards etc.) as long as you are a bar and/or restaurant patron. That sounds easy enough! Let’s play! Located just 3.5 miles north of San Pedro Town, Captain Morgan’s is an easy golf cart drive (especially now that the road north of the Boca del Rio Bridge is being paved) or a short water taxi ride. If you have a party of six or more you can even arrange for a Captain Morgan’s boat to come and pick you up! How’s that for accommodating?

Miss San Pedro Michelle Nuñez establishes SHINE Girls Club
Since winning the Miss San Pedro Pageant on August 30, 2014, Michelle Nuñez has taken the role of representing the island with pride, and aiding in the growth and development of her home town. With aims of making La Isla Bonita a better place, Nuñez has created SHINE Girls Club, a youth enrichment program for young girls. SHINE stands for Shaping Healthy Identities through Nurturing and Empowerment and will officially launch the club on January 24, 2015. According to Michelle, her sister Savanna inspired her to create a group that assists young girls on the island. “It all started with a conversation with my sister, Savanna. She motivates me in every single way. I knew as her sibling, I wanted her to become a better person; to give her that extra push and let her know that she too is a princess and beautiful. One day, she saw me getting ready for the Miss San Pedro event, and she also wanted to shine! She would watch me put on my makeup and I just thought about this crazy idea to help motivate a group of girls who really need guidance, self-esteem and those that need help making healthy decisions. My sister said ‘do it’, and she got me all excited! I told her this will be a great opportunity to make friends and also help me make a difference by setting an example.” said Nuñez.

Belizean Marine Scientist Dr. Isani Chan joins Oceana
Dr Isani Chan, Belizean Marine Scientist has relocated from Taiwan to join the staff of Oceana in Belize. The well established and qualified scientist will complement the efforts of the organization in ocean conservation in Belize. Originally from Punta Gorda in southern Belize, Dr Chan is no stranger to Ambergris Caye, as he served as Bacalar Chico Marine Biologist before leaving to pursue higher education. According to Oceana in Belize, Dr. Chan’s experience will bolster the organization in an effort to protect the country’s precious marine resources, which have been facing many challenges. “It is my honor to return to Belize after eight years of being overseas to continue my personal commitment to protecting the world’s oceans,” says Dr. Chan. He added that, “Being a part of a dynamic team that is dedicated to both protecting and restoring the world’s oceans has always been one of my utmost goals. Our marine environment continues to be negatively impacted by an increase in anthropogenic activities including overfishing and carbon dioxide emission. In my new role as Oceana in Belize’s marine scientist, I will work to enhance the policies governing Belize’s unique and economically important marine ecosystems.”

Environment around Ambergris Caye is contaminated
“We are hitting the tipping point and if we don’t all take action soon in the community, Isla Bonita is not going to last much longer.” Those were the words of Dr. Marisa Tellez, a Scientific Researcher conducting research on various parts of Belize, including Ambergris Caye. Her strong statements come while sharing initial findings on her research of parasite samples collected on the island back in September. Tellez has been contracted by United States Government through the National Science Foundation, to collect data and study American Salt Water Crocodilians in an effort to look at ways humans and environmental impact are affecting disease and the health of the animals in crocodilian habitat. The samples were collected by flushing crocodiles’ stomachs, as well as dissecting small crabs and fish, known to be the crocs’ basic diet. Tellez and her team collected parasites, which are a good indicator of the health of an animal and the environment. They also studied the spleen of the dissected animals to look at the animal’s health. According to Tellez, fish and crabs from around the populated parts of San Pedro Town actually showed signs of illness. “With the fish, their spleens were white and covered with cysts … their spleens need to be very pink or red and very plump. A spleen can tell you right away the health of an animal. Upon our initial observation, we could have said right away there is something going on in the environment.”

Ambergris Today

Foreva Fancy Christmas Fashion Show
Saturday December 6, 2014 was a night of fashion as many gathered at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium for Foreva Fancy’s “once upon a time forever frozen” fashion show. Models strut down the runway showcasing the latest trends for this holiday season. Highlight of the night was the Victoria Secret Angels inspired intro to the show which spread the Christmas joy.

Technology in Every Corner of the World
As her young sister helps her mother fold clothing to sell at their stall on the beach, this girl hides underneath the table and keeps busy with her electronic device. Technology has a way of making it to every corner of the world, rich or poor, young and old and sometimes to even the most indigenous of cultures. It's definitely a sign of the times.

San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Shines Bright
Santa Claus riding a GIANT Shark floating across the moonlit sea caught the eyes of everyone who went out to watch the eight annual San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade that took place on Saturday, December 6, 2014. That, plus a handful of boat entries, lit up the dark horizon and delighted spectators of all ages on a magical evening. After a hiatus last year, the Lighted Boat Parade was organized once again this year, and solidified its ranking as a top tourist (and local) event in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. The event attracted hundreds to gather at various viewing hot spots, with local restaurants and bars offering special menus and cocktails to their customers.

Belize Tourism Industry Association Elects New President & Sets Goals for 2015
The Belize Tourism Industry Association held its 29th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 5, 2014, at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina. The event was well attended by BTIA members, dignitaries, industry partners and invited guests. The AGM provided the audience with the Association's annual report on activities, issues undertaken in 2014 and the elections of new board members. Mr. Herbert Haylock completed a successful two year term, which culminated at the AGM and now assumes the post of the Immediate Past President of the Association.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

COURTS EXTENDED HOURS

SUICIDE
Official Police Reports affirm on December 5 at about 9:00 p.m, Maria Rosaria Caal of Bella Vista Village, Stann Creek reportedly hung herself after a misunderstanding with her husband 22-year-old Jenaro Caal also of Bella Vista. Police were also alerted this morning that Jenaro attempted to take his own life. He was transported to the Southern Regional where he is listed in a stable condition. At about 9:25 p.m. also this morning, Lydia Pop a 13-year-old student of Red Bank hung herself after a misunderstanding with her mother.

POLICE REPORTS FROM THE CAYO DISTRICT
On Saturday at about 11:30p.m., police visited the San Ignacio Hospital where they saw a Hispanic male person suffering from a stab wound to the left side of his chest. He was identified as 50-year-old Joseph August Sr of Esperanza Village, who was in a semi-conscious state. Investigations revealed that Joseph August and his family, including his 20-year-old son Joshua August of Esperanza Village, Cayo were socializing and consuming alcohol when they both got into an argument. The son reportedly left but returned a short while later with a knife and reportedly inflicted a stab wound to his father's chest. Joseph was transported to the San Ignacio Hospital, where he was later transported to the Western Regional Hospital in a stable condition. His son Joshua was detained pending investigations.

Are you interested in studying in the US, but not sure how to pay for it?
On December 9 at 8:00 am join Dorothy Mora from the Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau at State Department and Evelyn Levinson, International Admissions Director at American University as they discuss how students can finance their studies. What kind of costs should you expect? What are the different kinds of loans, scholarships, and fellowships available for international students? What are some creative ways students can fund their studies and save money? The US Embassy will cover these topics and more, while answering your live questions! So come prepared with questions and learn how to finance your studies in the United States!

JOB VACANCY for Field Foreman – SIRDI
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the European Union (EU) has entered into an agreement to implement a three year project for the provision of Institutional Support to Strengthen the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI). The project seeks to promote and support sustainable livelihoods, particularly in the rural communities of the "sugar belt", thus contributing to the reduction of poverty in Belize. IICA will require the services of an individual with a background in field supervision of sugarcane management practices to serve as a Field Foreman at SIRDI. The Field Foreman will be based at the SIRDI facility in Buena Vista, Corozal and will report to the Coordinator of Research.

MISSING 13 YEAR OLD
29-year-old Martha Lopez of Duck Run 3 Village, visited the station on the 07.12.14 and reported that on the 06.12.14 at about 6:00p.m. her daughter 13-year-old Hilda Lopez, Belizean student of Billy White Village, left her house without her permission and up the time of making this report she has not yet been seen nor heard from. She was last seen wearing a blue skirt and a black blouse. She is 5 feet in height, weighs 100 pounds, has black long hair with curls, of Hispanic descent, fair complexion, oval face, has a scar below her left knee, she was wearing a blue slippers and is believed to be in the company of a male person. If seen kindly inform the nearest police station.

Basketball News - Results for the 2014 Corozal Basketball League
Kings 58 - H & A 63 Jah Soliders 74 - Libertad 56 Belize Bulldogs 72 - Predators 69 Here are some pictures of your home team Predators who battled Belize Bulldogs with 7 players unfortunately lost by 3 points.

Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow Returned to the Country Today
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the general public that the Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow returned to the country today December 7th, 2014 to address pressing ongoing issues in the sugar cane industry.

Condor & Tropic Air Announce New Partnership
The leisure airline Condor now includes the Belize airline Tropic Air as one of its partners with immediate effect. Flights from Tropic Air can be booked via the existing destination Cancun (CUN) as an enhancement to the network of flights offered by Condor. As set out in its current 2014/15 winter flights schedule, Condor regularly flies to Cancun (CUN), Mexico from Frankfurt (FRA) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and from Munich (MUC) on Mondays and Fridays. Onward flights to Belize (BZE) with Tropic Air are available on a weekly basis on Saturdays. A return flight from Belize can be selected on a flexible basis as the connection via Cancun to Frankfurt or Munich and on to destinations throughout Europe is available daily.

Encouraging Creativity: Colour Me Belize- Book Launch
BELTRAIDE, in partnership with the Centre for the Promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises (CENPROYMPE) and the Embassy of Taiwan (China), has completed the project, “Integral Development of Entrepreneurship for Central America and Dominican Republic” in Belize. Round II of EMPRENDE Belize was held from April – August, 2014 and saw the training of over thirty entrepreneurs. Culture Connection was a successful recipient of seed capital under this project. Culture Connection prides itself in being the first authentic Belizean, educational coloring book created to impart knowledge of our rich ancestral heritage to the new generation. After much research, hard work, and finally receiving the endorsement from key stakeholders Colour Me Belize was created and printed. Colour Me Belize has received endorsement from Ministry of Education, Belize Tourism Board and the National Institute of Culture and History. Additionally, the foreword has been written by Mrs.Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize.

Municipal Elections 2015
The General Public is informed that Municipal Elections will be held on Wednesday, 4th March 2015.

Cayo North By-election
A By-election for the Cayo North Electoral Division will take place on Monday, 5th January 2015. Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Nominations for persons wishing to contest the election will be received on Monday, 15th December, 2014 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Administration Building in San Ignacio Town.

National Oil Spill Training
Belize's marine environment and the Belize Barrier Reef is one of the country's most precious natural heritage, which many families rely on as a source of income. The Department of the Environment (DOE) believes that with the risk of oil spills imposed from the importation and exportation of petroleum products, it is of utmost importance for Belize to have First Responders and On-Scene Commanders who are properly trained to respond to national oil spill incidents. As a result, a National IMO Level II Oil Spill Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation (OPRC) Training is being held from 9th December 2014 to 11th December 2014 at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City, and is geared towards building capacity of First Responders and OnScene Commanders in the event of an oil spill.

Channel 7

Deadlines For Start Of Season Passes: No Crop Still
December eighth - that's the date that had been set for the starts of the 2014 - 2015 sugar crop season. But that day came and went and nothing happened: the industry remains at a standstill and with 1.4 million tonnes of sugarcane in the field - the losses now begin to mount. It's a dire situation, and the Prime Minister cancelled a trip to a Caricom-Cuba summit to return home yesterday for crisis meetings today. The first was held with the executive and branch chairmen of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association. That took place at 10:00 am at the Biltmore - and by 11:30 - it was over. We spoke to both sides:.. Ezequiel Cansino - Chair, Com of Mgmt, BSCFA "The issue was on the bagasse that they didn't agree on the proposal. So we present to the Prime Minister the proposal that we had presented to them."

Petrocaribe Pulls Back
As Minister of Finance, The PM is also closely monitoring the Petrocaribe situation. International financial news reports say that Venezuela is being forced to securitize the 3.5 billion dollar a year Petrocaribe debt. This basically means that they would sell the debt to Wall Street investment banks - and those countries that owe Venezuela would then have their debt transferred to various international investment banks like Goldman Sachs. It is a dramatic realignment of the pro-poor programme, but Venezuela is being forced into it because plummeting world oil prices have cut sharply into Venezuela's domestic earnings. So, it basically has to sell the debt - at deep discounts - to raise money. Initial reports are that the debts to be securitized are the ones owing by Jamaica and the Dominican Republic - which are in the billions of dollars, compared to Belize's far smaller debt which so far is at a few hundred million dollars.

PM Still Pulling For Mayor Bradley
And while Petrocaribe is cutting back on fuel, is the mayor cutting back on his time at City Hall - and cutting off his commitment to run a second term for the UDP? Last week he told us that he was not resigning - but didn't quite say that he would run for mayor. Reliable reports tell us that indeed he has cleared out and locked up his office at city hall, packed it all into a box and said a sort of sayonara. If true, it's outrageous behavior for an elected and salaried official - but today the Prime Minister said that he didn't know about it - and expects that nothing has changed on planet Darrell:.. Jules Vasquez "Sir, are you able to say anything about the vicissitudes your mayor Mr. Bradley? We don't know if he is coming or going. He told us he is staying around, but then I heard he has since left the building with boxes and that he may not run for mayor." Prime Minister Dean Barrow "I haven't heard that and I would think that he is going to run." Jules Vasquez "He will run for the UDP as the mayoral candidate?" Prime Minister Dean Barrow "I am pretty sure, yes."

Strange And Sudden Death In The Valley Of Peace: Is It Murder?
Tonight, the village of Valley of Peace in the Cayo District continues to monitor closely how the police are handling the case of 54 year-old Donatilo Canales who was shot to death early Saturday morning. Canales, who was shot by police last year, was found dead in his back yard with multiple gunshot injuries. The Police Press Office is calling it a shooting incident, but his family believes that he was murdered. It's a complex situation because a gun and 4 expended shells were found on the scene, so police aren't labelling it directly as a homicide. That leaves it open to the interpretation that the injuries could have been self-inflicted. On the other hand, the family suspects a police officer of being involved in Canales' death.

Tourists Injured In Accident On Northern
There was a non-fatal traffic accident over the weekend between mile 6 and 7 on the Northern Highway. On Saturday evening at around 5:30 a Jeep Cherokee was traveling from Ladyville to Belize City when it collided with a Ford Escalade. Apparently, as a result of the rain, the driver of the Jeep transporting two tourists lost control of the vehicle and hit the Ford Escalade. There were no fatalities just minor injuries. One of the tourists complained of pain to the neck while the other complained of pain to the chest.

Man Killed When Van Flips
There was another road traffic accident but this one was fatal. It claimed the life of 25 year old Belizean Bus Driver Jexcel Redondo. On Sunday evening at about 3:00, Redondo was driving a van from Bella Vista to Punta Gorda when it overturned near miles 48 and 49 on the Southern Highway. As a result Redondo died while his passenger 20-year-old Lester Enriquez Urthia suffered head and body injuries and was transported to the Southern Regional hospital.

PUP Accepting Christmas Cheer - Political Hypocrisy?
Christmas cheer - it's straight up political handouts - just in time for Christmas - a policy manifestation at the state level of the political patronage system invented by George Price - and still alive and well in Dean Barrow. Here's how it works, courtesy of Petrocaribe funds, each UDP Representative gets one hundred and ten thousand dollars, and each PUP gets thirty five thousand dollars, courtesy of Petrocaribe to spend on their constituents. UDP standard bearers also get an allotment. Now, no one gets cash money; they get an allotment from the government treasury, which they then distribute amongst their constituents as they see fit. It's ticklish for the PUP this year because they're in court challenging the spending of Petrocaribe money; in fact they asked the court to stop the government for spending the petr-bucks. And now, they're feeding from that same public trough.

No Cash For Christmas Cheer
And while the Leader of the Opposition did his best to gloss over a programme that, bottom line, uses taxpayer dollars to sponsor political patronage - the Prime Minister couldn't contain himself when we asked him about the PUP's political acrobatics:.. Jules Vasquez "Sir and then the PUP has accepted Christmas Cheer. The Leader of the Opposition accepted that in deed it may indicate hypocrisy on their part, but he was willing to take that because he says he is convinced that the program has a sufficient level of transparency." Prime Minister Dean Barrow "Well, Amen." Jules Vasquez "But at the same time does this in your opinion weaken your case strategically or in any substantial way legally?"

PUP's Political Newcomer In Albert Is Familiar Face
In the Albert division that means Area Rep Herman Longsworth will be distributing it. He took over in 2012 when Mark Espat decided not to run for the PUP again. It was the first time in 14 years that the UDP had control of a seat that it had dominated for the better part of three decades under Phillip Goldson in the 70's, 80's and 90's. And now the PUP are hoping that they can re-take the seat - with a new candidate who the party endorsed yesterday. As we found out this newcomer is not so new to the division - and the PUP is banking on this familiarity - even if it means invoking the name of a former friend turned enemy:.. Jules Vasquez reporting An all-star cast of city based and national PUP personalities were on the stage for the Thompson convention. And while the political brass was there, at about 200, the crowd wasn't what you'd call buff. And while the up and coming PUP's took the front seats, Albert voters shadowed the edges.

No Clues On ID of Maskall Bones
A month ago we reported on the human remains that were found outside of Maskall Village. A post mortem was done on the site but it was inconclusive. Today the police are no closer to finding whose remains they are. Inspector Frederick Gordon, Rural Executive Officer, Police Department "We have no further update at this time. At this time we know that the bones are at the lab and the doctor is doing his checkup. As soon as he is finish I guess he will pass on the report to us, then we fo further from there."

Getting Serious About Agriculture In Jalacte
Jalacte is at the southwestern tip of Belize bordering Guatemala - and it is a robust trading post for informal, unregulated trade with their neighboring village Santa Cruz, Guatemala. But as we reported in 2011 the condition of the Southern Highway from the Dump at the PG junction to Jalacte presented a challenge for traders. Now, with the 47 million dollar road project almost completed, residents and traders will be able to access the road freely. Apart from the road project, efforts are also being made to enhance the agricultural sector in southern communities like Jalacte and San Vicente. The initial stages of an agricultural outreach program started in these areas with the erection of outposts where- when the road project is completed- will implement regular agricultural health and safety checks. Agriculture Minister Gaspar Vega told us more about the impact this initiative will have on these communities.

Mystery Man Murdered in San Ignacio Savagery
A man was found desperately holding on to life in his home in San Ignacio over the weekend. Initial investigations revealed that on Saturday night between 9:30. and 11:30, a Salvadoran man identified only as Alexander was socializing with friends on Awe Street. After the gathering, he left and was not seen until 4 on Sunday morning at his home. 22-year-old Dennis Guzman who lives with Alexander on Coyoc Street found him lying face up and bleeding profusely from a large cut wound to the right side of his head. He also had abrasions to the left foot and a bruised right eye. Alexander was taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital for treatment but died at about 8:00 Sunday morning while being transported to the K.H.M.H.

"Drive" Walks
25 year-old Edwin "Drive" Flowers, 34 year-old Michael Coleman, 23 year-old Emmerson Skyers, 24 year-old Albert Clother, and a 17 year-old minor, all believed to members of the PIV Gang, were among the first men to be arrested and remanded for the gang crackdown after those multiple gang-related shootings which left 4 men dead and 4 injured in September. Well, tonight all 5 men are at home after being freed of the charge today. All 4 were picked up by police 2 months ago at Clother's home on Jasmine Street in Belize City. The officers searched for illegal substances, but found nothing. The officers claim that while under caution, all 5 men confessed to being members of the PIV gang.

A Woman For Home Invasion
Often in our newscast, we tell you about men who have either been accused or convicted of home invasions. But tonight, we report the rare occurrence of a woman, 21 year-old Kenisha Humes, who is being accused of the crime. According to police, at around 8 on last week Wednesday, she broke into Corrine Copius's house on Partridge Street while armed with a Machete. Police believe that she was there to try to hurt Coleen Lewis, but she retreated when Lewis reportedly threw acid at her. Humes was unharmed, but police quickly arrested and charged her with aggravated burglary. She was arraigned today before the Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer, and on the strength of the objections from the police prosecutor, she was remanded until February 12.

Son Stabs Father, Dad Says No To Charges
An argument between father and son turned into a stabbing in Esperanza. 20 year old Joshua August stabbed his father to the chest on Saturday night. He, his father 50 year old Joseph August Sr. and other family members were hanging out when Joseph and Joshua got into an argument. The son reportedly left but returned a short while later with a knife and stabbed his father in the chest. Joseph August Sr. was transported to the San Ignacio Hospital, where he was later transported to the Western Regional Hospital in a stable condition. His son Joshua was detained pending investigations. Joseph August has given a statement to police saying that he doesn't court action against his son, Joshua, and so police will not continue with the case.

The Importance OF Being Diligent
A young man who calls himself the voice of the youth is here in Belize again. This morning 12 year old motivational speaker Anthony Gill spoke to students from the Hummingbird Elementary School. His message centered on the importance of education and believing in oneself to achieve greatness. And yes, he is only 12 years old but he has traveled all over America to inspire others his age. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. Courtney Weatherburne reporting At first glance, this student gathering might seem like a talent competition or even a class presentation. But it was more than a presentation. 12 year old motivational speaker Anthony Gill was delivering his empowering message. Anthony Gill, Motivational Speaker "I wanted to leave with them that first of all education is the most important thing when it comes to them and they have to hold on to their morals and values of what is right and what is wrong. I was trying to get out to the adults also to start believing is us as children so that we can one day be the positive force in charge."

Colouring With A Cause
'Color me Belize' is the name of the coloring book that was launched today under Beltraide's EMPRENDE seed capital program. According to entrepreneur Sapna Budhrani, her coloring book is unique in that it is educational and entertaining for children but also therapeutic for adults. Color me Belize is available at Angelus Press.

Caught On Camera
21 year-old Carlos Echeverria, a university student from Pickstock Street, is out on bail for theft because he was allegedly caught on camera while stealing from a business place. It happened on last week Wednesday, when he showed up at the Central Cable Vision office. A sales rep reported that he and another young man asked to an internet account. She told him it would cost $192 dollars. He paid with two hundred dollar notes, and she elft her work station to get him change. At the end of the day, she was balancing her books, and realized that she was $192 dollars short. Surveillance footage was reviewed, and according to police the camera caught the moment when Echeverria shoved his hand into the cash pan and stole the money.

PUP Hoping Mayor Bradley "Bavs"
As you saw earlier in the newscast - UDP Party Leader Dean Barrow is still saying publicly that he expects Mayor Darrell Bradley to seek re-election as the head of a UDP City Council slate. The mayor has avoided pronouncing on it but sources within the council tell us that he won't do it. It's a subject of intense interest for the opposition. With Bradley's unmatched track record, the party would have to be considered a decided underdog in the upcoming Belize City Council elections. Their mayoral candidate Yolanda Schakron continues to avoid us - and their councilor candidates have still not been introduced to the media. Politically, it's a series of weak moves, but right now the PUP's attention is focused on Darrell Bradley - the opposition leader told us why:..

Muscle On The Move
3 Belizean bodybuilders went to San Salvador, El Salvador this weekend to compete in the 2014 Central American bodybuilding Championships. Its a competition where all the top body builders from Central America take each other on, and at this event Belize returned with 5 medals. Newcomer, Oyinkro Akpobodor, who prefers to be referred to as "The African" won first place in the U-23 category. He also competed in the highest weight category of the competition, known as the 80-85 KG Class, and he also placed second.This is only his second entrance into the competition as a bodybuilder, and his achievements have the veterans referring to him as the future of bodybuilding in Belize. The better known Mr. Belize, Rigo Vellos, competed in the second highest weight-class of the competition, known as the 80-85 KG category, and he placed 2nd.


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Channel 5

Fate of Sugar Crop Season Hangs In the Balance
On Friday, A.S.R./B.S.I. rejected the B.S.C.F.A.’s proposals on the three points which sit on the negotiating table like ten thousand pound gorillas. One is the timeframe of the agreement which [...]

No More Premium Fuel from Venezuela
The Petrocaribe program was started in 2005 under President Hugo Chavez, and since then has provided countries in the region with invaluable social assistance. But that donor nation is now [...]

P.M. on Christmas Cheer
So when that good thing comes to an end, G.O.B. will deal with it. But for now, the coffers are chock full of the green stuff…overflowing even. And some of [...]

P.U.P. Says It Will Participate in Christmas Cheer Program
The People’s United Party will participate in Government’s Christmas Cheer program, funded with Petrocaribe monies. That announcement by the Party’s Secretariat has been met with raised eyebrows in some quarters, [...]

Midnight Murder in Valley of Peace: Donatilo Canales Fatally Shot
A well known resident was murdered in the Valley of Peace area, Cayo, just after midnight on Saturday. The wife of Donatilo Canales and a neighbor found him dead in [...]

Caretaker Shot and Killed on Farm Near St. Margaret’s Village
Forty-three-year-old Jose Miguel Abrego, a caretaker on a citrus farm near St. Margaret’s Village was shot and killed sometime after eleven o’clock on Sunday night.  According to his wife, Abrego [...]

Rodwell Williams Says Smart is On It’s Own after December Twenty-Eight
The case of Speednet Communications Limited and Belize Telemedia Limited returned to the courtroom of Justice Shona Griffith this morning. Speednet, parent company of SMART, had sought an interim injunction [...]

Passengers Escape Near Fatal Collision on Phillip Goldson Highway
Four persons, including two tourists are lucky to be alive following an accident on Saturday evening between miles six and seven on the Phillip Goldson Highway. A Jeep Cherokee taxi [...]

Richard Harrison Launches Campaign for Cayo North Bye-election
Less than a month from today, two untried and untested politicians will go up against each other in Cayo North. The seat up for grabs is Cayo North, which was [...]

P.M. Barrow Says G.O.B. is Clear on Employment of B.M.L. Workers
What’s going on with Mayor Darrell Bradley? There’ve been reports that he’s been threatening resignation and all sorts of calamitous political stuff. Then there’ve been reports of him packing up [...]

Tyrell Hyde Agrees to Settle Out of Court with Cops Who Robbed Him
Last September, twenty-two year old Tyrell Hyde was robbed by cops; it was all caught on tape by surveillance camera at a bank’s ATM machine. Hyde took his case to [...]

Lionel Quiroz Charged After Minor Alleges Sexual Assault
A nine year old child has made a report of sexual assault allegedly committed by a man she knows well.  The incident occurred in the Lord’s Bank area, Ladyville, when [...]

Belize Bank Hosts Sixth Annual Xmas Party for Stella Maris School
Over at the Radisson today, a group of special kids were treated to Christmas goodies courtesy of the Belize Bank. It’s the sixth party the bank has been hosting for [...]

Belize Wins Big in Regional Bodybuilding Competition
Belizean bodybuilders made their mark in the Central American Championships held in El Salvador over the weekend.  Mister Belize, Rigo Vellos, Veteran Bodybuilder, Clayton Greenidge and promising Novice Bodybuilder, Oyinkro [...]

Gimme Five’s 2014 Grand Prize Winner
Throughout last week, Channel Five celebrated its twenty-second anniversary with the annual Gimme Five Giveaway Show. Thousands of Belizeans from across the country participated and many walked away with fabulous [...]

Highlight of Weekend Sporting Activities with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday   The struggle for the lead in the PBL football season intensified in week 8 as 5 ball clubs went [...]

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New Call Center Built In Belize City
A newly built call center was officially declared open today in Belize City. Renee Trujillo has the story. RENEE TRUJILLO “We have Sai Info Tech set just now. Sai Info tech is mainly a training and consulting business in which we do the corporate trainings and we do consultancies and as we see the call centers are emerging now a days in Belize and the government of Belize is promoting the call centers and it can create more employment in the country and with our technical background they decided that we should go ahead with this business as it is prospering now in Belize and also with the proximity of having this country is close to the US so the minimum time difference and that is the advantage Belize has over the other countries and it’s an English speaking country. Looking at all the different advantages and of course to generate more employment in the country and so that is what we decided to go ahead with having a call center which is Sai Info.

Man Brutalized By Police Officers; Gordon Addresses Issue
In November, we told you about Lional Bregal, the man accused of stealing more than three hundred thousand dollars worth of jewelry from a family home in Ladyville. He was detained and taken to Ladyville Police Station; however, Brigal claimed that two officers attached to the Ladyville Police Formation brutalized him on Wednesday November 26. We asked the Officer Commanding Ladyville, Inspector Fredrick Gordon about it. FREDRICK GORDON “What happens is that I have assigned an investigator to deal with that matter . The matter is under investigation.” HIPOLITO NOVELO “An investigator from where?” FREDRICK GORDON “Right from this precinct we have somebody investigating the matter . I have assigned a senior NCO to deal with the investigation.”

Indian Merchants Donations To Love Fm Christmas Treats
The group of Indian merchants in northern Belize presented a check to the Love Foundation today towards Christmas treats for the children. Here is Renee Trujillo with the story. KENNY VANJANI “Belize Indian Merchant Association.” RENEE TRUJILLO “and they are donating how much?” KENNY VANJANI “$700 to the Love Foundation. We are all merchants and all business people.” RENEE TRUJILLO “So they contribute to this fund?” KENNY VANJANI “That is what we are going to contribute to the Love Foundation for whatever they do and whatever program with that amount of money.”

CISCO Commence Dismantling Of Toledo Sports Complex
Work began this morning on the dismantling of the old Toledo Sports Complex. We get the details from correspondent Paul Mahung. PAUL MAHUNG “The commencement of the dismantling of the old Toledo sports complex was confirmed by CISCO construction company CFO and contract manager Arsenio Burgos.” ARSENIO BURGOS “We are dismantling and we are then going to be able to reuse what is available. The government has planned as to what it will do with the good components. This is one of the Prime Minister’s initiatives, as you’ve seen they have done one or two streets in Punta Gorda and they will continue to do so in small segments. This is a continuation of that program where preparing the grounds my understanding for a new sports complex/ civic center that will be done in Punta Gorda. I am not clear on the details on that, contract we have now is to dismantle so we use.”

UB Student Charged With Theft
Twenty-one year old Carlos Echeverria, a student of the University of Belize who resides at 34 Pickstock Street, was charged with theft when he appeared today before magistrate Dale Cayetano. Echeverria plead not guilty to the charge. He was released on a bail of $1,000 and his case was adjourned until February 6, 2015. The incident occurred on December 3. Thirty year old Claudia Gallego, a sales representative for Central Cable Vision, reported to the police that while she was at her office two Hispanic males went there and one of them requested to open an internet account.

Father Of Two Charged With Sexual Assault
Twenty year old Lionel Quiroz, a resident of Lord’s bank who is the father of 2 children, was charged with sexual assault on a 9 year old girl when he appeared today before Magistrate Herbert Panton. Quiroz plead not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the offense has become prevalent and the complainant is a minor. In response, Quiroz said that he is the father and mother of his children whose ages are 4 and 6 years old. Magistrate Panton told him that he is offering bail because of his children. Panton offered Quiroz a bail of$1,500 on the condition that he don’t go within 100 yards of the complainant. Quiroz next court date is February 5, 2015.

Fisherman Charged With Drug Trafficking
Twenty-seven year old Kareem Gillett, a fisherman of 111 Vernon Street, was charged with drug trafficking when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Gillett pled not guilty to the charge. He was offered a bail of $5,000 and his case was adjourned until February 18. The incident occurred around7 p.m. on December 6. The police reported that they were on mobile patrol on Vernon street when they saw Gillett walking and when they approached him he threw a black plastic bag in the drain. The police said that when they retrieved the bag and searched it they found that it contained 100.7 grams of cannabis.

Cisco Construction Employee Charged With Aggravated Burglary
Twenty-one year old Kenisha Humes, an employee of Cisco Construction who resides at 4542 Vernon Street, was charged with aggravated burglary when she appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Humes plead not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the offense is of a serious nature. But Humes’ attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, submitted that she is the mother of a young baby who has to be breast fed and Senior Mag8istrate Fraser offered her bail in the sum of $6,000 plus to sureties and adjourned her case until February 12. The police reported that at around 8 p.m. on December 3, Humes entered as a trespasser the residence of Corrine Copius, located at 1011 partridge Street, whilst armed with a machete with intention to cause grievous harm to Coleen Lewis. According to reports, Humes retreated when Lewis threw acid at her. Humes was unharmed.

PIV Members Charged For Want Of Prosecution
A charge of professed to be a member of a criminal gang against 5 persons was stuck out today by senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser for want of prosecution. The case was set for trial and the case file was not available and the arresting officer was not present. The five are Edwin “Drive” Flowers, 34 year old Michael Coleman, 23 year old Emmerson Skyers, 24 year old Albert Clother and a 17 year old boy. They were charged with the offense on October 8. According to the allegation, they were members of PIV, Peace in the Village. The police had reported that when they went to Clother’s residence on Jasmine Street, they met the five and whilst under caution the five professed to be members of PIV.

Deptartment of Civil Aviation Celebrates World Intentional Civil Aviation Day
On December 7, the world will celebrate Intentional Civil Aviation Day but because it falls on Sunday, the Department of Civil Aviation here in Belize, decided to celebrate the day today at its head quarters. It was established in 1994 by the International Civil Aviation Organization. We spoke to Lindsay Garbutt, Director of the Department about why is it important to take a day every ear to celebrate the Department’s accomplishments. LINDSAY GARBUTT “We did an audit in February and the previous audit we got a score of 64, in this last audit we got a score of 83 which makes us the number one in CARICOM second only to Nicaragua in Central America and among the top 5 in Latin America. So I think that speaks to the level that we are maintaining as a country.”

Police And BDF Joint Operations; Guatemalan Nationals Arrested
Joint operations between the Belize Police Department and the Belize Defense Force resulted in Guatemalan nationals being arrested. Paul Mahung has the story. PAUL MAHUNG “Two Guatemalans were charged and imprisoned due to weapon offenses in the Toledo district. A joint police and Belize Defense Force operation in Toledo resulted in the weapon and ammunition charges as explained by deputy commander of the Toledo Police Formation, Inspector Ernel Dominguez.” ERNEL DOMINGUEZ “BDF personnel along with police personnel from the special patrol unit were conducting routine patrols in the Michiquel Ha area where they came across two male persons who were later identified to be Guatemalan namely Orasmo Vasquez Ramirez, 34 years and Emilio Chub, 35 years both Guatemalan farmers from Clarisal Village Guatemala.

Body Builders Departs For Central America Body Building Championship
The Belize Body Building Federation is the largest body building and fitness organization in Belize whose champions are constantly featured in regional competitions in neighboring countries in Central America.Today three Belizean body builders boarded the 5pm Avianca flight at the Philip Goldson International Airport en-route to El Salvador where they will be taking part in the upcoming Central America Body Building Championship 2014. The four men traveling include the President of the Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation, Stanley Moody, who spoke with Love News some minutes prior to their departure. STANLEY MOODY “We are going to compete in a Central American championship in El Salvador which will be commencing tomorrow night, the championship starts at 6PM but tonight we have to be there for the weigh in.

BTB Elects New Marketing Director
Love News confirmed today that Clive Myers, the Planning Destination and Coordinator for the Belize Tourism Board, will be taking up Alyssa Carnegie’s post. As we reported, in November the BTB sent out a release, stating that Carnegie has decided to resign as the Director of Marketing. Her last day is on Friday, December 5 and we understand that is when BTB will official announce the reporting of Myers. Myers has been working at the BTB since April 2011 and in February 2012 he promoted as the Planning and Development Coordinator.

Carter Speaks On Plane Incident
FRANK VERNON “I was there when the plane came down from the airstrip and I noticed it hit in the middle then it came down the machine was not working because the propeller had stopped and when he go there he started to make a turn in order to brake and therefore the plan hit. As you notice one of the wheels were bent. No passengers were injured so..” Frank Vernon was at the Belize Municipal Airport when he saw Tropic Air flight #281 plunged into the sea, a few feet away from the runway. The plane was attempting to land, coming in from San Pedro to Belize. It happened about 2:20 in the afternoon and inside the plane were 4 passengers and the pilot. No one was seriously injured. It was minutes before six o’clock that the Cessna plane, with the help of a crane and the maneuvering of staff, was pulled out of the waters unto a trailer. The plane’s right wing and wheel were extensively damage. Manuel Heredia Jr., the Minister of Civil Aviation, arrived on the scene. He declined comment because he did not know much about the incident. An investigation has been launched and today we spoke to the Chief Operations officer in the department, Nigel Carter, more about it.

BTIA Annual General Meeting; New President Elected
Love News confirmed today that Clive Myers, the Planning Destination and Coordinator for the Belize Tourism Board, will be taking up Alyssa Carnegie’s post. As we reported, in November the BTB sent out a release, stating that Carnegie has decided to resign as the Director of Marketing. Her last day is on Friday, December 5 and we understand that is when BTB will official announce the reporting of Myers. Myers has been working at the BTB since April 2011 and in February 2012 he promoted as the Planning and Development Coordinator.

HelpAge Annual General Meeting
HelpAge Belize is a Facility that facilitates the elderly in Belize by which ever means possible through providing a home/shelter for them or by providing a meal for the day. They held their 30th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 29 November, 2014 in the Village of Hopkins in the Stann Creek District. The theme for this year’s AGM is “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for all.” Love News spoke to the Executive Director, Ivorine Bulwer, who told us that this theme was fitted for the 2013-2014 time period because it marked the transformation and renewed commitment from the HelpAge Board Members and Staff to promote National awareness of the needs of the elderly persons in Belize. Here’s what she has to say: IVORINE BULWER “The annual general meeting session was a very encouraging one because members were able to report on the activities that occurred in their branches and the outcome from the session, you recognize that these volunteers from our eleven branches, nine of those branches are managed by volunteers with a very small stipend that we receive from the Government of Belize but these volunteers displayed their level of dedication and commitment to serve those older persons in their respective communities for that year and they renewed that level of dedication.

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PetroCaribe roll back on oil?
Last week we reported on the decision of OPEC to keep production levels of petroleum constant despite falling market prices, which reportedly hurts the generous program of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with Caribbean and Central American countries, including Belize. On the heels of reports of securitization of ALBA/Petrocaribe debts, there is news hitting closer to home. According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Venezuela has said it will no longer sell premium oil to Belize as of the end of the month. He discussed the news with reporters today. Prime Minister Dean Barrow “What I am concerned about is that, I don’t know if you’d been told, but Poderosa has indicated that they will not any longer be able to supply us with premium, I think starting either now [or] certainly at the end of the year. So in effect that is a cut back of the program. I believe that the amount of premium is only like 15% of the total volumes that we get. But it clearly represents a roll back, and I have indicated on the last occasion, I utterly and completely understand. What we will do, to try and make up some of that 13% or 15% loss, whatever it is, is to have, certainly, government vehicles only use regular. People who know say to me that that’s marketing, premium being better that regular.”

Government and cane farmers hold out hope for sugar crop
On Monday morning, a key meeting between executives of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and Prime Minister Dean Barrow was held in Belize City. Farmers are anxiously awaiting this latest attempt at mediation by the Government of Belize, after producers Belize Sugar Industries (BSI)/ASR appeared unwilling to budge to satisfy the BSCFA’s attempts at conciliation. BSCFA Chairman Ezequiel Cansino stated that the farmers have been as accomodating as they can, but if they need to go to the streets, they will. Ezequiel Cansino – Chairman BSCFA “We believe that it’s more flexible and that’s where we as cane-farmers we are feeling that indeed we are going too far being flexible. We are trying our best to get to an agreement. We hope that at this time we get through this impasse, and if not we will be seeking other options.” Reporter “Have you communicated to the Prime Minister that it is reaching that point where farmers are becoming increasingly incline to protest?”

One dead and one injured in Road Traffic Accident
On Saturday December 7th at about 3:00 p.m., there was a fatal road traffic accident on the Southern highway. The accident happened in the vicinity of miles 48 and 49 when a van travelling from Bella Vista to Punta Gorda overturned. 25-year-old Belizean bus driver Jexcel Redondo died on the spot, while 20-year-old Lester Enriquez Urrthia was transported to the Southern Regional hospital, suffering from head and body injuries. Police investigations continue.

Son stabs father to the chest
Alcohol consumption is believed to be the cause of the attempted murder of a father by his own son. On the night of Saturday December 6th, 50 year old Joseph August was rushed to the hospital as he had been stabbed to the left side of his chest. Joseph August and his family, including his 20-year-old son of Esperanza Village, Cayo, were socializing and consuming alcohol when they both got into an argument. The son reportedly left but returned a short while later with a knife and reportedly inflicted a stab wound to his father’s chest. Joseph August was transported to the San Ignacio Hospital, where he was later transported to the Western Regional Hospital in a stable condition.

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“Pisshouse Protest” in front of Queen Street continues
Six Mondays ago, activist and talk show host YaYa Marin Coleman began a one-woman protest against the filthy conditions of the holding cell at Queen Street Police Station, known as “Pisshouse,” and similar places of detention nationwide. While the Police Department has yet to respond, Marin-Coleman continues to build community support. She was at it again this morning along with a newcomer, Anthony Reid, son of G. Michael Reid and Audrey Matura-Shepherd. She told us that she is working with the Human Rights Commission of Belize to make a strong stand for work to be done in the cell.

Christmas cheer di come!
The Petrocaribe Loan Program has become a major part of the national consciousness in recent weeks, with the Government seeking to justify its spending and the Opposition slamming what it calls fiscal irresponsibility. But the Opposition representatives have had to dial back some of that rhetoric with the announcement that the PUP will accept the significantly smaller sums – through line Ministries – offered to them. With a rare smile on his face, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to do a little gloating today, remarking that the PUP will face internal problems because their acceptance of the money leaves them open to accusations of hypocrisy and threatens the viability of their suit in the Supreme Court.

Government and cane farmers still hopeful for sugar crop
Executives of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and Prime Minister Dean Barrow met at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in the latest attempt at indirect mediation by the Government of Belize after producers Belize Sugar Industries (BSI)/ASR appeared unwilling to budge to satisfy the BSCFA’s attempts at conciliation. BSCFA Chairman Ezequiel Cansino stated that the farmers have been as accommodating as they can, but if they need to go to the streets, they will. They are determined to get the matter settled as quickly as possible.

Another suicide reported in Stann Creek
Another incident of suicide as well as an attempted suicide have been reported in the Stann Creek district. As we had reported previously 13 year old Lydia Pop took her life on Saturday night in Red Bank village. Her body was found hanging by the girl’s mother. Police say the suicide followed a misunderstanding between the girl and her mother. The other suicide happened on Friday night in Bella Vista village, Stann Creek. Police say 20 year old Maria Rosaria Caal hung herself after a

Fatal road traffic accident on the Southern Highway
Monday, December 8, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: Police in Independence village have identified the victim of Sunday afternoon’s road traffic accident as 25 year old Jexcel Redondo. Redondo, a resident of Bella Vista village was reportedly on the return leg of a charter trip in a minivan when the vehicle overturned near the junction of Trio village and the Southern Highway between miles 48 and 49.

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New partnership between Condor and Tropic Air
Extension of Condor route network to include Belize via Cancun The leisure airline Condor now includes the Belize airline Tropic Air as one of its partners with immediate effect. Flights from Tropic Air can be booked via the existing destination Cancun (CUN) as an enhancement to the network of flights offered by Condor. As set out in its current 2014/15 winter flights schedule, Condor regularly flies to Cancun (CUN), Mexico from Frankfurt (FRA) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and from Munich (MUC) on Mondays and Fridays. Onward flights to Belize (BZE) with Tropic Air are available on a weekly basis on Saturdays. A return flight from Belize can be selected on a flexible basis as the connection via Cancun to Frankfurt or Munich and on to destinations throughout Europe is available daily.

Belize With Kids
If you’re considering a family vacation in Belize, hear me out. I have a niece and nephew and the first thing I realized when traveling with kids is that picking the right destination is key. You need to take them somewhere that has the wow factor, somewhere that will keep them entertained and you sane. Of course, part of making a family trip a success is making sure that adults also have a great time, and Belize has plenty to keep kids and parents happy (and in my case, the uncle, happy). Best family friendly activities 1. Horseback riding 2. Visit Butterfly farms 3. Spot a Jaguar 4. Beach time 5. Snorkelling 6. Go boating 7. Learn about the Maya 8. Hiking trips 9. Take in the culture 10. Zip-lining and Cave-tubing. Best time to go to Belize with kids? If you live in North America, you’re lucky to have four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Belize only has two seasons, the dry season (December – May), which is also known as the high tourism season and the rainy season (June – November), which is also known as the low season. I personally prefer the dry season, since its always sunny and skies are blue but the off season has its advantages of cheaper prices and contrary to what is expected, plenty of times the weather is great. How safe is Belize for kids? Safety shouldn’t be a concern but some common sense should always be used.

Belizean Curried Fish
Joe shows us how to make Curried Fish. He used Snapper and some awesome Yellow Ginger sent all the way from Belize for me. This dish is spicy and very satisfying for a nice cold day.

The Reasons to Make Belize Your Home
Have you ever dreamed of living in a country where you can languish in the warm waters of the Caribbean? Visit ancient wonders, view wildlife in their natural habitat at your own pace, and enjoy unique cuisine throughout the day? If the answer is yes, it is time for you to make a trip to the beautiful, lush country of Belize. Belize is located on the western coast of Central America. The land of Belize offers you a range of landscapes to enjoy. From the pristine beaches and warm waters of the Caribbean, to the hills of the Maya Mountains, to the dense and lush rain forest reserves. The average temperature of Belize ranges from a comfortable 84 degrees along the coast to a cooler 69 degrees in the hill regions. Do you love scuba diving? Imagine doing what you love every day of the week. Belize is a scuba divers paradise. Divers can swim with the various marine-life among the 185-mile long barrier reef, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Do you enjoy reflecting on history or visiting ancient sites?

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Condor und Tropic Air unterzeichnen Partnerschaft
Der Ferienflieger Condor zählt ab sofort die belizische Fluggesellschaft Tropic Air zu seinen Partnern. Die Flüge von Tropic Air können als Erweiterung des Condor Flugnetzes über das bereits bestehende Ziel Cancún (CUN) gebucht werden. Condor fliegt im aktuellen Winterflugplan 2014/15 immer dienstags, mittwochs, donnerstags, samstags und sonntags ab Frankfurt (FRA) und immer montags und freitags ab München (MUC) nach Cancún (CUN), Mexiko. Weiterflüge nach Belize (BZE) mit Tropic Air werden einmal wöchentlich, immer samstags, angeboten. Ein Rückflug von Belize kann flexibel gewählt werden, die Anbindung besteht täglich über Cancún nach Frankfurt oder München und weiter nach ganz Europa.

Faith in Action: Heritage Baptist Church has a mission to serve
With the holidays here, people often feel the urge to donate time or money to the less fortunate. However, there are organizations that center their time around giving - well beyond the holidays. One of those is Heritage Baptist Church in Hiltons, Va. Heritage Baptist Church also helps globally, as they have taken an annual mission trip since 2006 to Belize to conduct Vacation Bible School, participate in construction projects, help to provide medical assistance and help with food and other crusades. There are also holiday-driven projects during Christmas in which they help five to 10 families with food boxes to have the warm meals they need through the holidays. Another Christmas mission is to provide Christmas shoeboxes for children in Belize and through Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse shoebox program.

WHAT DO JAGUARS AND PUMAS EAT IN BELIZE?
By analysing almost 500 jaguar and puma scats, we found that jaguars commonly eat armadillos and white-lipped peccaries (waris); while pumas commonly eat pacas (gibnut) and red brocket deer (antelope).

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Video: Belize (November 2014), 8min. Belize City - Ziplining - Cave Tubing - Spelunking - Crystal Cave Adventure - New River Safari - Lamani Ruins - San Pedro - Ambergris Caye - Snorkeling - Hol Chan Marine Reserve - Shark Ray Alley - Palapa Bar & Grill

Video: Julfest Belize, 7.5min. ja vad händer egentligen här hos oss…. här får du se!!

Video: San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, 3min. Santa Claus riding a GIANT Shark floating across the moonlit sea caught the eyes of everyone who went out to watch the eight annual San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade that took place on Saturday, December 6, 2014. That, plus a handful of boat entries, lit up the dark horizon and delighted spectators of all ages on a magical evening.

Video: Chaa Creek Belize Resort - Introduction, 6min. Our resort offers customised eco tours and adventure activities including horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, birding, visits to the onsite Butterfly Farm, Natural History Museum, and rainforest tours including a traditional Maya medicinal plant trail. We also boast one of best health spas in Belize and Central America! The accent is on comfortable adventure, and as a family owned and operated jungle lodge we cater to all ages and interests with vacations designed to get everyone involved in an once-in-a-lifetime adventure. And it's an adventure you can feel good about. At Chaa Creek, we actively promote sustainable, socially responsible tourism practices in the belief that visitors and host countries should benefit from our cultural exchange. For example, you'll rest easy knowing that 10% of all room revenue goes directly into environmental, educational and community programs, and in supporting worthy groups and causes. This and other initiatives under our long running Chaa Creek Cares program ensure that your stay provides tangible benefits to Belize and Belizeans.

Video: The Lodge at Chaa Creek - Belize Accommodations, 2.5min. We realize that any rewarding adventure is enhanced by comfortable accommodations and excellent food. Our 23 palm thatched cottage rooms ensure a good night’s sleep and delightful mornings accompanied by the sing song of a rainforest waking up, and guests can choose a Complete Garden Suite, an Orchard and Spa Villa, Macal Cottage or Tree Top Suite, all equipped with a Jacuzzi for even extra comfort. We are proud to have one of the best restaurants in Belize, and our hilltop spa and airy jungle bar ensure complete relaxation after a day filled with discovery and adventure. And you can rest assured that a stay at Chaa Creek contributes towards sustainable and culturally responsible tourism – we’ll be happy to point out our award winning approach towards creating a green experience.

Video: Belize Bird Watching at The Lodge at Chaa Creek, 1min. With 308 species of resident and migratory birds, the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve offers some of the best bird watching in Belize. Our Early Morning Bird Watching tour will take you around our 365 private acre nature reserve where professional naturalist guides, who are trained and knowledgeable birders, will assist you in spotting many of the tropical avian species that abound in western Belize.

Video: Belize Maya Organic Farming - Chaa Creek, 1.5min. The 33 acre Maya Organic Farm is an integral part of the Chaa Creek Reserve. It provides freshly harvested produce for The Lodge at Chaa Creek and the Macal River Camp. The farm integrates traditional Maya farming with more advanced systems of irrigated raised beds of composted soil fed with nutrients derived from natures store house. Few people, including our native Belizeans, understand the complexity of the Mayas organic farming techniques. The indigenous Maya have survived for over 2000 years on subsistence farming for home use, barter, and sale as the backbone of their existence. They have used resources supplied by nature to nourish the soil and protect their crops from insect devastation. Costly chemicals were simply not an option and their continuing methodology has clearly stood the test of time..

Video: Belize Mountain Bike Trails - Chaa Creek Lodge, 1min. Our team of experienced and specially trained Belize naturalist guides will lead the way and share their extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna that you will encounter as you experience the sights and sounds of the tropical jungle. The trail system was designed to provide enjoyable cycling for riders of all experience levels. The designated routes will provide an exciting opportunity for beginners and adventurous thrills for the seasoned biker.

Video: Staff of The Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize, 1.5min.

Video: Chaa Creek Eco Lodge - Sustainable Tourism, 1.5min. Chaa Creek developed organically, growing out of the exuberance and idealism of two young adventurers who started a small farm in the 1970s, and then began taking in guests to earn necessary extra income. It’s been an amazing journey, and along the way we learned some valuable lessons that continue to define Chaa Creek today. Environment - It’s a give and- take-relationship, and you take more than you give at your own peril. We learned what the Maya did millennia ago – the environment isn’t an endless resource that you can continually exploit without any sense of responsibility or stewardship. Humans and nature share a dynamic relationship. Look after the environment, and it will look after you. People – As Chaa Creek developed, so did our sense of community. We received so much assistance from our neighbours we felt blessed to be able to give something back when our first tractor, an old beat up Massey Ferguson arrived from England and became a shared resource. Belize has one of the most culturally diverse populations on the planet, and we learned much about patience, tolerance, that coexistence doesn’t necessarily lead to conformity, and about appreciating diversity while sharing the positive attributes one’s own cultural background.

Video: Belize Maya Civilization - Chaa Creek Tours, 2min. The Maya civilization flourished from 2000 B.C. to about 900 A.D. During the classic period from 250 to 900 A.D., the Maya built impressive temples, created beautiful art from stone and jade, made astonishing discoveries in mathematics and astronomy, and devised the most sophisticated writing system in the Western Hemisphere. They also established a 1500-mile-long trade route running the length of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, and continuing through Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.

Video: Belize Natural History Center - Chaa Creek, 1.5min. The Chaa Creek Natural History Centre, situated at the top of the hill behind the cottages, takes students and visitors along a fascinating time line, which begins with prehistoric land formation through to the shifting of the continents. Visitors are able to see the movement of life in Belize through the ages; from Mayan temples in the steaming jungle to modern day traditional healers. On one hand we provide a comprehensive introduction to the history and geography of Belize while on the other we provide visual displays of archaeological artifacts, butterflies, moths, insects and amphibians that capture the curiosity of young children, students and scientists alike. The forested area surrounding the Centre has become an educational destination which, combined with the Rainforest Medicine Trail, this offers an excellent opportunity to study medicinal and useful plants.

Video: Scuba Belize Full part 1 and 2 HD, 22min. Scuba Diving with Huracan Diving Long Caye, Belize

Video: Mayan Ruins and Chocolate Factory Tour, 2min. This tour is all about Maya culture. Take a trip to two different Mayan sites, "Nim Li Punit" (translates to "Big Hat") and "Lubaantun" ("Place of the Fallen Stones") where the crystal skull was unearthed! Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy a chocolatey dessert at the Mayan Chocolate Factory, Ixcacao where you get to make your own chocolate the way that the Mayas did!


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