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#499186 - 12/20/14 04:36 AM Today's Belize News: December 20, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

Lions Senior Citizen's Party
Belize Bank staff has been partners of this annual event.

A Holiday Soup Kitchen for islanders
‘Tis the season of giving, and several residents of Ambergris Caye are doing just that. While many reserve the holiday season for showering their family with love and presents, islanders such as Finley Halliday and friends are reaching out beyond the household to bring a little joy to those less fortunate. Halliday has been busy at work organizing a Soup Kitchen for Christmas Day lunch. After putting a call out on Facebook, stating his attempts to organize the kitchen, Halliday says he has received a tremendous outpouring of support from several businesses and people willing to donate to the cause. “What we want to do is make a lunch and have a traditional turkey dinner, and treats for the people that are less fortunate and people that won’t have a Christmas meal this year,” says Halliday. Because the soup kitchen is intended to provide meals for as many families as possible, the call remains open for more support. People are welcome to contribute either cash or food items such as flour, stuffing, rice, beans vegetables or canned foods, as they aim to also distribute goodie bags to the families after the Christmas Day lunch. The lunch will take place on December 25th from noon to 3PM at Raise Me Up on Black Coral Street. Invitations will be sent out to several households to attend.

Candyland Fashion Show raises funds for Boxes of Joy
On Thursday December 11th, Boxes of Joy hosted their second annual Kids Fashion Show benefit at Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar. The Candyland- themed show, organized by Shantelle Pascasio and Francisco Mendez, saw the participation of 45 young models who all graced the runway to benefit the 3rd annual Christmas toy drive. The venue quickly filled with parents, guardians and friends who came out to support their little models. The bar and snack stations remained packed as attendees enjoyed cold drinks and food throughout the night. As the show opened, hostess for the night Miss San Pedro Michelle Nuñez, accompanied by junior emcees Nayobie Rivero and Gaven Zapata , welcomed all present and got the event underway.

Top Notch showcases the latest in Christmas Fashion
Top Notch Boutique brought Christmas magic to Central Park on Sunday, December 14th with their second annual fashion show. The free show was titled “A Magical Christmas Fashion Show” and was held on Barrier Reef Drive, in front of the town clock. The starry night and chilly weather complimented the show which started shortly after 8PM. A large crowd gathered around the runway to view the beautiful models strutting the catwalk and dressed in the latest women’s fashion. The lovely ladies showcased stunning seasonal dresses as well as more casual looks. From sparkling gold fitted dresses to long flowing gowns, all the models looked amazing in Top Notch’s apparel. Those in attendance also enjoyed musical performances by Juliaine Ferguson, Elina Palma and a duet by Guillermo and Neslen Rivero. Also performing was the Isla Bonita Rockets, who delivered a dynamic dance presentation.

‘Let there be Light’ in San Mateo
In order for residents to be connected, they will be required to have their houses wired by a licensed electrician and each household must install a service entrance which includes meter and switch box, said Burrell as is required by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). “Residents who have already installed a service entrance, which is necessary for safe and proper connection to power supply from BEL, now need to acquire a PUC Electrical Installation Form, signed by a certified electrician. The service entrance must be ready for inspection by BEL. In addition, residents will now have to apply, as normal, to get connected at the standard connection rate of approximately $200,” explained Burrell. Such connection is estimated to cost between $1,200 and $1,500 and is the responsibility of each customer. Currently, BEL has been promoting a program called “Connecting homes, improving lives” which seeks to connect underprivileged families free of charge to the national grid. The project is partly funded from unused sums of monies left over that were originally secured for rural electrification projects around various parts of the country. According to Burrell, residents in the San Mateo Area will be able to participate in such program.

Ambergris Today

Around The World Christmas Pageant by Island Academy
Christmas Around the World! was this year's theme for the Island Academy annual Christmas Pageant that was held on Wednesday, October 17, 2014, at the school grounds. The event is getting bigger every year as this time around a couple more tents were set up to make more space for the large audience that makes it to the show. Teacher Barbara Ancona Cook took the reigns in organizing and directing the show this year which depicted unique Christmas/New Year celebrations in different parts of the world that included Mexico, Peru, Japan, Germany and Africa, among others. Through song, dance and costumes, the students of Island Academy brought in the Christmas spirit through various cultures around the world, but in the end the entire student body sang how "There is no place like December in San Pedro".

Belize’s High Seas Fisheries Get A Boost
The European Council yesterday adopted a decision to remove Belize from the list of ‘non-cooperating third countries’ in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. This decision was taken pursuant to a recommendation by the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG-MARE) to remove Belize from this list in consideration of the concrete measures taken by Belize to rectify the deficiencies pointed out by the European Commission earlier this year.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Arbitration Tribunal Issues Telemedia Loan Decision
A three member panel of international arbitrators today, 19th December 2014, issued its decision in a dispute between the British Caribbean Bank Ltd (BCB) and the Government of Belize (GOB), declaring that GOB must pay to BCB the money that Belize Telemedia Ltd (Telemedia) had borrowed from BCB back in 2007, together with interest and costs. The total award in favour of BCB is US$41,773,096.04.

GOB Clarifies Current State of Negotiations within the Sugar Industry
GOB derides as paternalistic and arrogant in the extreme, the NTUCB release regarding the agreement reached between the BSCFA and ASR/BSI. The NTUCB release characterizes the agreement as oppressive and something foisted on cane farmers with the connivance of GOB. This is notwithstanding the fact that the agreement was openly debated and approved by BSCFA Directors, its Negotiating Committee, and Its General Assembly. It is therefore incredibly patronizing and just plain wrong for the NTUCB to think and say that it knows better than the farmers; and to protest sorrow at, and in effect condemn, a decision of the BSCFA taken in the full exercise of their judgment and democratic determination as to what was in their best interest.

San Pedro: Liberty Children's Hom Holiday Pig Roast & Bake Sale Fundraiser
Please join us Sunday, December 21 at Kama Lounge and Coco Loco's Beach Bar, as we celebrate the holiday season with a pig roast and bake sale fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will benefit Liberty Children's Home. Doors open at 11:00am, and there will be live entertainment provided by Valentino. A bake sale will be available all day, and tickets can be purchased for just $1 each, which can be used to exchange for baked goods. Please feel free to bring baked goods; proceeds will benefit the children's home! The pig will be roasted by none other than Cubano, and will be available at noon. Drink specials include $3 Coco Locos, where all proceeds will benefit the children's home. $1 from all other drink purchases will be donated towards the charity, as well. 50/50 raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each or 3 for $10. The drawing will be at 6PM, and the winner will receive 50% of the pot, while the remaining 50% will benefit the charity. This is a family-friendly event, so feel free to bring the kids! See you Sunday!

Environmental Agreement signed by Belize‬ and Guatemala‬ at SICA meeting

80 Families Countrywide Receive Christmas Hampers from Belize Electricity Limited
Eighty (80) deserving families across the country were today presented with hampers filled with the main ingredients for a traditional Christmas meal, as well as toys for families with small children. These hampers were personally delivered by employees of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) who have sustained this tradition for the 16th consecutive year. The hampers, which are valued at approximately $160.00 each, were made possible through monetary contributions from employees and the Company. BEL continues to be inspired by its Mission “To provide reliable electricity at the lowest sustainable cost, stimulate national development and improve the quality of life in Belize” by spearheading initiatives such as these, which are aimed at alleviating the effects of poverty in communities throughout Belize.

North American expats in Belize reveal its draws
North American expats living in Belize have revealed the reasons why they chose the picturesque Caribbean nation as their new home. In addition to the pristine beaches and rolling mountains, they say they only need between US$2,000 and US$3,000 a month to give them a comfortable lifestyle. Another reason is that it is closer to home than many of the other countries and islands in the Central American/Caribbean region. Located beneath Mexico’s Tucatan peninsula, Belize has a population of 330,000 and boasts a rich heritage such as Maya temples, colonial mansions, dense jungle and a scenic coastline. One of the main towns for expats, San Pedro, is a bustling colonial town popular among holidaymakers. Another popular settlement among those relocating from North America are Ambergris Caye.

Rare Belize Manatee Sighting Caught on Video at Blackbird Resort
Seeing and filming one of these intriguing creatures is a rare treat and our very own Divemaster Cardinal, who has been with us for over 5 years, has never spotted one. Many thanks to our guest Dave Runnalls who was able to capture this amazing footage last week during a dive trip to the Great Blue Hole! Please enjoy our video and be sure to learn more about the Belizean manatee by visiting Wildtracks, a non-profit organization formed in 1996 dedicated to “Conservation, Education & Research.”

Channel 7

Will He? Won't He? Mayor Bradley Makes It Official
For three weeks now - we've been after Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, asking whether he will or won't run for mayor in the March municipal elections. Well tonight after much stonewalling and less than artful evasion: we have a solid, clear and firm answer. We're sure that after all these weeks - you don't want anymore hemming and hawing…so without any further delay, here it is: the question and the answer: Jules Vasquez "For those people who are going to vote in municipals in March, they should expect to see your name heading the UDP slate." Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City "Let me just say this, yes. Our position is that we have work very at the municipality, at Belize City Council and I am satisfied that one good term deserves another - that we need to move forward with the team that we have. I have always been here. I saw this thing on the news that you are moving things out of your office. Jules, you are in my office. We were working on this very late two days ago into getting these regulations. We were here like 10-11 at night trying to finish that document. Where do you think I work from?

Sugar Crop In Peril, No Final Agreement, NTUCB Urges Farmers Not To Sign
When we left you last night, the signing of the final agreement between BSI and the Cane Farmers had been delayed by confusion over controversial clause the ASR/BSI seemed to have slipped in there. It involves a body called the Sugar Cane Production Committee which the factory wants to replace with a new entity called the Harvest and Delivery Control Unit. The Production committee is a Government entity which oversees which cane is accepted and which isn't. But according to the farmers, BSI's proposed Harvest and Delivery Control Unit would have more influence from the factory owners and not enough oversight from the Government to protect the farmers from being victims and their cane unfairly rejected. So, it was rejected at the negotiation stage. And the farmers say that BSI then slipped it back in. But BSI says it was always there, it was never taken out, and it's just that no one was paying proper attention to it.

GOB Loses Int'l 41.7 Million USD Arbitration To Ashcroft Alliance, Says It Will Appeal
Government today suffered a major setback when it lost a 41.7 million US dollar international arbitration case to the Ashcroft Alliance. The arbitration was heard in Costa Rica between Ashcroft's British Caribbean Bank and the Government of Belize. The case centers over a loan that the then Ashcroft controlled BTL made from the bank in 2007, together with interest and costs. The government owned BTL has maintained that the loan was illegally entered into and the company should pay it back. But, the bank is still out tens of millions of US dollars - so they went to ask an arbitration panel to compel Government to pay. The arbitrators agreed that the debt stands and the bank must be compensated - but only for the face value of the loan, not for any additional amounts, which the Bank was claiming.

Christmas "Pop Shot" Can Be Dangerous
It's Christmas and - like it or loathe it - one of the traditions of the season are those dynamites, pop shots, cherry bombs and sparkles. Many adults find them to be a nuisance, but the combustion and noise are the highlight of the season for kids. Yes, these explosives should not be in the hands of children but they are easy to get off the streets and the kids sure do love them. It's not always fun though; they can cause serious injuries. A young West Street Resident told us how a fun night out with friends and what the streets call "pop-shat" caused her a lot of pain. Courtney Weatherburne reporting What you just heard is a homemade explosive. It's dangerous and destructive. But at Xmas time, it's seen as child's play, it's an explosive similar to that one that exploded in 11 year old Kelize Garcia's left hand on Sunday night. She can barely move her fingers and it hurts when she puts her hand to her side. It's an experience she says she has definitely learned from.

The Dense Web Of Poverty And Power
Tonight, deep in the uncharted hinterlands of the area known as Gungulung in Lake Independence, lots of folks are watching the news on electricity stolen from lamp-posts. It's dangerous and illegal, but for those who have no electricity, and now way to get it legally, it's the only way they can survive. Monica Bodden visited the area and found out how perilous existence in the margins can be:.. Monica Bodden reporting It's often an invisible crime - someone illegally hooks into a power supply, hooks up a line or tampers with a meter to avoid recording electricity usage. Quite a number of city residents are culprits - but the impact of electricity theft -including the danger - is often unrecognized. While power theft carries deadly risks - and in some cases thieves pay for the power they steal with their lives - many are willing to take the chance -in instances where there is no other way out.

CITCO Releases Audit Three Months Before Municipals
At the top of the news you heard Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley say that he will run for another term as mayor. But just three months before the election he did something that you wouldn't quite expect: he released the just completed audit for the fiscal year ending 31st March. That's got all the council's financial affairs rolled up into one document - and things being what they are, you might not expect to find accounts that are rosy or robust. But the mayor says he had no reservation about releasing it even on the verge of an election:.. Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City "We want members of the public to criticize us. We want members of the public to be able to review analytically what's going on at the city council. We want members of the public to say Mayor, are you paying your bills? Are you able to meet the municipal bond obligations?

The Magic Of Christmas: Is It In The Lights?
A major part of the Christmas season is decorating the house with lights. You can find them draped across humble abodes and high powered mansions. IT's a kind of community work - brightening up the place to get everyone into that festive mood. But while some of us will buy a few light sets and string them up outside some folks take it to whole different level! Cameraman Codie Noralez and I visited 4 families in the city last night to find out what drives folks to hyper-illuminate their homes:.. Courtney Weatherburne reporting Reindeers, snowmen, even polar bears, you name it, you can find it right in this yard. This elaborate and grandiose display may seem a bit too much for many but According to Albert Vasquez there is no such thing as too much during his favorite time of year.

Guat President Speaks
On Wednesday, Belize's Prime Minister Dean Barrow handed over the pro-tem presidency of SICA to Guatemalan President, Otto Perez Molina. But, most significant development coming out of that meeting was the historic signing of the 13 bi-lateral agreements between Belize and Guatemala. Those agreements were released today - and as expected, they are voluminous, covering Prisoner Exchange, Operating Hours At land borders; Seasonal Workers; Items of Cultural And Natural Patrimony, Visa Waiver for Students, Deportation, Electric Power Connectivity; Mutual Recognition of Driver's Licenses; Movement of Students via land entry points; Protection Of the Environment and the Sustainable Use of Resources; Degree Equivalence; Sustainable Tourism; and Stolen Vehicles. We're still going through them and we'll have a fuller profile next week - but the signing gave the Belizean media an opportunity to question the Guatemalan President on those burning at the Belize Guatemala border.

Bel Caribe Cares
It's the season of giving and that's exactly what the staff of Bel Caribe Communication did today. It's the 8th year for the company's "Food Hampers to Needy Families" initiative and today the staff visited the homes of 16 needy families around the city to donate Christmas hampers, groceries and toys. They told the media why the company finds it important to give back. In addition to the Christmas basics, each of the 16 families received one thousand dollars' worth of groceries.

Old Fashioned Bram
The Belize Music Agency will be hosting an old-fashioned Belize Christmas show, dinner and bram at Travellers Signature Lounge tomorrow night. It's an evening of live entertainment, fire-hearth cooking and a good show that they hope will evoke memories of Belize's Christmas tradition. Today producer, Glenn Tillett stopped by our studios to tell us more. The show starts at 9 tomorrow night at Travellers Signature Lounge.

Tonight's I AM Belize Profile features the inspirational teacher Carmen Jane Lopez Avila. She is today the manager of the Toledo District Education Center, and the holder of a Masters and a Doctoral Degree in Education. But in her teenage years, she almost became a statistic - a pregnant teen mother who dropped out of school. She tells the profile how with the support of her very strict mother, she rebounded to become a leader and an example in her community:

National Team Footballer Charged
He's a member of Belize's National A Football Team, but tonight, Cristobal Gilharry continues to deal with an allegation of unlawful sexual intercourse. The 34 year old Verdes football player, an office assistant at Mclean Insurance Brokers was remanded into custody on Tuesday on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse. But, with the help of his attorney, Dickey Bradley, he was released today on bail. Bradley applied to the Supreme Court for bail, and after hearing the application Madam Justice Antoinette Moore offered him bail of $6,000.

Channel 5

Arbitrators Says G.O.B. Owes BCB US $45 Million
The Government of Belize will have to cough up the huge sum of nearly one hundred million dollars following the long awaited decision of an international Treaty Tribunal. Today, the Treaty [...]

BCB Attorney Says G.O.B. Must Pay Up
The government today issued a lengthy release attempting to explain the significant award to the BCB. While the government is admitting that it has responsibility to pay, the release goes [...]

B.S.C.F.A. Refuses to Sign Cane Purchase Agreement
Tonight, the sugar industry is in a serious state of limbo, and tensions in the north are rising. The B.S.C.F.A. has refused to sign onto the purchasing agreement, the N.T.U.C.B. [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Supports Cane-farmers
As we showed you, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize has put its considerable weight behind the cane-farmers of the north. That will without a doubt enhance the B.S.C.F.A.’s [...]

Farmers to Receive Fairtrade Monies
The N.T.U.C.B. says one of its biggest concerns is the hardship to farmers who, Matura-Shepherd claims have been negotiating under economic duress. She’s said that Prime Minister Dean Barrow should [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Says ASR Can’t Be Trusted
ASR/B.S.I. cannot be trusted! That’s the principal message coming from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize to the sugar cane farmers up north in respect of the ongoing crisis. [...]

G.O.B. Condemns N.T.U.C.B….Scolds ASR/B.S.I.
The government was quick to respond to the N.T.U.C.B. While the G.O.B. reprimands ASR/B.S.I. for acting in bad faith in trying to undermine the Sugar Cane Production Committee, it says [...]

Well-known street figure, Ellis Meighan, who was charged with the attempted murder of Carlos “Zimbab” Abraham, a George Street boss, appeared before Justice Antoinette Moore today. Meighan went to the [...]

Salvadoran Remanded for Double Murder in Paraiso
Sixty-seven year old Jose Antonio Santos, a Salvadoran national living in the village of Paraiso, Corozal was arraigned on Thursday in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court for the double murder of [...]

A Look at the Bi-lateral Agreements
As you know, thirteen agreements have been signed between Belize and Guatemala. The historic signing was done by the Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala and has been described as [...]

Agreements Include Prisoner Exchange
Of equal concern is the matter of Belizeans being locked up in Guatemala.  Viewers would recall the case of Joseph Budna, a Belizean who is serving a lengthy sentence in [...]

2 Agreements Didn’t Make it to the Table
For context, Leslie told News Five that the agreements signed fulfilled a mandate that was established through a joint commission between Belize and Guatemala.  Initially, there was a total of [...]

Christmas goodies for Kids at K.H.M.H….
Tis the season to bring joy…Christmas parties are taking place at many places to bring joy to persons who would otherwise not be able to enjoy the celebrations. Earlier today [...]

…And for Adults at the Welcome Resource Centre
Over at the welcome resource center in Belize City, a party for underprivileged adults was in full swing. We found them dancing and having an enjoyable time. Our intern Frank [...]


Sugar Cane Crop 2014/2015 Delayed
What should have been a start to the 2014-2015 Sugar Cane Crop season tomorrow, is now being prolonged a few more days as both entities have been unable to finalize the signing of the Agreement. A reliable source to our newsroom is that the draft agreement sent to the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association is still being reviewed by the Associations’ lawyer. After thorough revision of that draft, it will be sent back to BSI/ASR for restructuring since a clause that was not agreed upon by the BSCFA was placed or sneaked in the final document. Officials at BSI/ASR have gone on record to state that once the agreement is signed, it only takes 3 days to get the crop started; meaning that the crop season should see a start on Monday that is if both parties can agree and finalize the agreement. We’ll keep our eyes on this developing story.

PUP Says There Was No Consultation On Signing Of Bilateral Agreement With Gautemala
Yesterday we told you about 13 Bilateral Agreements which was signed by Belize's Foreign Minister and Attorney General Wilfred Elrington and his Guatemalan counter-part Carlos Raul Morales signaling a partnership with both nations. And while that move was met with some opposition from the People’s United Party citing that they should have consulted with the Belizean people before signing, today we had a unique opportunity to visit with Ambassador of Belize, Stuart Leslie who weighed in on the facts of the matter. Leslie says that while the agreements have nothing to do with the unsettled dispute between Belize and Guatemala, the “Framework Agreements” signed are historic. “Belize and Guatemala, Belize is the 5th largest trading partners, millions and millions of dollars in trade every single day from the selling of cow to the buying of products we sale them corn, we sale them beans so businesswise we have an agreement is called a partial scope agreement and we are trying to expand that so that we can trade, look geography puts us next to each other it is not like we can pack up and want to leave so if you happen to be a Belizean living in Benque Viejo del Carmen that shares a border like Arenal where the two people intermingle every day, this is real for you, for example the agreement on education that we signed, three separate agreements on education, every day 800 children come across from Guatemala to go to school in Belize, every day they have to go across the border and they cross the border morning, afternoon, evening and night and we have to put something in place to deal with that issue, hundreds of Belizeans are currently studying at the Universities in Guatemala and they need to have their status recognized, we need to get visas for them and so this is what we are trying to do to enhance the contact between the two people.”

Head Of Agriculture Department Undergo Training
The basic grains corn and beans constitute almost 90% of the diet of the population in Belize and almost 95% of the income generated by the sale of these grains is by small producers in the rural communities of Toledo. And in an effort to track and monitor the grains movement, district coordinators within the Ministry of Agriculture attended a much needed training in central farm, Cayo District on Monday. The aim is to teach coordinators how to enter and use data that is collected from a database that has accessible information from not only Belize but 7 other Central American countries. Corozal Coordinator in the Ministry of Agriculture, Barry Palacio says the data will help with the development and movement of both corn and beans within the country. “We all gathered in Central Farm to receive training on what we call a regional observatory, which in effect is a depository or repository of information like a library in which a lot of work being done on corn and beans in term of research is being posted so that people from across Central American region have free access to information that is there like I mentioned earlier so that whatever we want to find out as it relates to corn and bean then we go to the Web page of that institution and if you could focus on the webpage we could see the website that we could all go to and access information at it relates to these two basic grains.”

American Photographer Targetted By Thieves In San Pedro
And in Ambergris Caye, an American Photographer is crying foul after thieves targeted him and stole all of his equipment from out of his resort room. 50-year-old Benedict Kim, American Photographer of Maya Beach, Placencia Area, Stann Creek District visited the San Pedro Police Station and reported that he arrived in San Pedro Town on Monday December 15th and went to stay at a Resort. Two days later on Wednesday at around 11:30 a.m. he left his room and returned at around 12:15 p.m. to get his computer, however, he noticed that it was missing. He made further checks and observed that the following items were missing: a silver colored HP lap top valued at $850.00 USD, a black CANON brand digital camera valued at $2,000.00 USD, a black in colour with black leather case, ACES brand Tablet NEXUS model, valued at $200.00 USD, a white with black case NOKIA cell phone with calling number 629- 9067 valued at $150.00 USD, and (4) $100.00 and some small change in different denominations. Altogether, the total value of the items amounted to $3,400 USD. Again, police have no concrete leads or persons detained.

PM Leaves To Florida
Prime Minister Dean Barrow departed the country enroute to Florida on personal leave, a release from his office stated today. Barrow is scheduled to return on Monday December 22nd. As is customary, during the Prime Minister’s absence, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture Gaspar Vega will act as Prime Minister.

Student Charged For Possession Of Controlled Drug
Four people including a student from Orange Walk Town have been arrested and charged for possession of a controlled drug. On Wednesday at about 3:15 p.m., police searched the residence of David Reynards located in San Juan Alley, Orange Walk Town where they found a small transparent plastic packet containing green leafy vegetable substance suspected to be cannabis. All occupants were informed of the offence and escorted to the Orange Walk Police Station where the suspected drug was weighed in their presence which amounted to 48 grams. Police then arrested and charged 39-year-old David Reynard Belizean mechanic of Chetumal City, Mexico, 37-year-old Yvette FLOWERS, a 17-year-old student, and 20-year-old Jerry Vasquez all of San Juan Alley, Orange Walk Town for the offense of Possession of Controlled Drugs to wit 48 grams cannabis.

Thieves On The Loose In Corozal Town
The robbery reports are a common place in this festive season as opportunistic thieves keep on wreaking havoc among its targeted victims. In this case, 46-year-old Gareth Murillo reported that on the Tuesday December he left his residence situated at # 22 San Andres Road, Corozal and on his return the same day around 1:00 p.m., he discovered that his home had been burglarized and stolen were an assortment of electronic devices all to a total of $5,300.00. Police have no leads or persons detained so far.

Proposed New Building For Ministry Of Foreign Affiars
On Friday, ground was broken at the newly proposed site where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office building will be built. For a while now, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been borrowing space at different Government headquarters, without having a building assigned solely for Foreign affairs duties. Recently it has been housing at the NEMO Headquarters in Belmopan. The new proposed plan seeks to build a state of the art building, sponsored by the Taiwan Government, in a three plus acre parcel of land located behind the Governor Generals Office and the Ministry of Finance Office.


Guatemalan Nationals Charged With Firearm Offenses
Two men have been arrested and charged with firearm offenses. Punta Gorda Police say they went to Dolores Village where BDF personnel handed over a brown homemade hand gun, a rifle, seven point twenty two live rounds and one point twenty two expanded shell along with Guatemalan national, 28-year-old Jacinto Tzir Cruz and 22-year-old Roni Pop. Both men were charged with kept ammunition without gun licence and kept prohibited firearm.

Minor Charged With Drug Trafficking
A Mexican minor has between charged with drug trafficking. Corozal Police say they were on mobile patrol on Wednesday evening when they saw the minor with a school bag. When they conducted a search in the bag they found two hundred and twenty six grams of cannabis. As a result the minor was arrested and charged.

BELTRAIDE Employee Involved In RTA
A traffic accident occurred on mile 29 of the George Price Highway. The accident involved a female employee of BELTRAIDE. According to reports, the female was driving a white IZUSU D-Max in the direction of Belmopan to Belize City when she attempted to overtake a eighteen wheeler truck. We spoke to the driver of the truck. TRUCK DRIVER “I was coming around 45 mph and at mile 29 and then this vehicle was trying to overtake me and there was another vehicle coming from the opposite direction so this young lady was looking like she got scared and she ran off the road and she started to drift and the Prado that was coming from the front did not know what to do so he was zig zagging. So he managed to run off the road and then the girl after she was drifting she came back on the road caught traction and she ran into the trailer right on the front tire that is basically it. She didn’t have any big injuries only her chest hurts and that is basically it.”

Department of Youth Services Hosted Christmas Party
Christmas Cheers were spread through the Youth Services in southern Belize. We join Harry Arzu for the story. HARRY ARZU “The Department of Youth Services hosted a Christmas party for a number of underprivileged young people last evening at the Red Cross building here in Dangriga. Since this is the season for giving some of the attendees received presents. Martha Longsworth who is the senior youth development officer for this region spoke with Love News.” MARTHA LONGSWORTH “This event was designed to honor underprivileged young people who despite life’s challenges are doing exceptionally well in school or are just being productive citizens. We targeted young people between the ages 15-20 years. We catered for 100 youth and some were awarded with gifts.


Builders’ Hardware Celebrates Christmas With Special Deals
On Saturday December 20th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, there will be super deals and discounts at Builders’ Hardware on Constitution Drive in Belmopan. Builders’ will be raffling $2000 dollars worth of gift certificates for power tools, weed wackers, fans, and tons of giveaways. There will also be live performances at the store. So we encourage you to shop at Builders’ Hardware on Saturday, for Builders’ Hardware Christmas deals, discounts, and giveaways. The event will be aired live on PlusTV from 10 to 12 pm.

Missing Ladyville youth’s remains found
Police in Ladyville are sure that someone killed 23 year old Marvin Bul, originally from Orange Street in Belize City but living in Ladyville, likely last month. But a post-mortem examination of remains identified to be his conducted on Thursday, could not conclusively find the cause of death. Police found the skull and bones of a human male in some bushes 150 feet from a feeder road to the Old Northern Road near Mile 12 1/2 on the Philip Goldson Highway around 9:00 a.m. Thursday. Officer Commanding Rural Police Formation Inspector Frederick Gordon gave the details. “This morning, sometime before 9 a.m., on today the 18th of December, Police recieved information of human remains some twelve miles on the Philip Goldson Highway, just about a hundred tards or so off the main highway. Police visited the area where we found some remains of what appears to be a human.

14 year old boy shot in Belize City
There was a shooting in Belize City on Thursday December 18th, and the victim is a 14 year old boy. According to police, the 14-year-old male student of Mayflower Street, Belize City, was shot to the left upper leg. Initial investigation revealed that at about 5:30a.m., he along with four others, were walking on Partridge Street, and upon reaching the corner of Partridge Street and Banak Street, they were approached by a red van with two occupants. The driver of the van reportedly fired a single shot causing the injury to the minor. The van then sped off on Partridge Street, heading towards Mahogany Street Extension, and disappeared.

GOB continues to fight Telemedia/Sunshine arbitration
The Government of Belize says it will mount a challenge to a decision issued on Friday by the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), which ruled that it owes the British Caribbean Bank Limited (BCB) of Turks and Caicos Islands some US$41.773 million, the sum borrowed by Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) in 2007 under its prior owners to enable a subsidiary to purchase Telemedia’s own shares, which the new ownership led by the Government maintains is illegal. The shares were later distributed to the Ashcroft-related companies. In a press release issued on Friday, the Government said it is willing to pay BCB compensation, but the new ownership of Telemedia objects to the illegal purpose of the original loan although they were overruled in today’s decision. A separate matter pursuing the same set of circumstances is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court of Belize.

Footballer out on bail for carnal knowledge charge
Verdes FC and national football team player, Cristobal Gilharry, has been accused of intercourse with a 15 year old female minor. The 34 year old was remanded earlier this week after arraignment at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court. On Friday, attorney Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley successfully applied for bail at the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore set bail at $6,000 with conditions. Mr Gilharry, whose day job is as an office assistant at McLean Insurance Brokers, is barred from interfering with the complainant or any other witnesses for the prosecution. He must report to Caribbean Shores Police Station beginning on this and every Friday until the matter is disposed of, and he must be sure to attend his next court date on January 30, 2015 and every one thereafter until the matter is clear.

Burglary from Corozal Town residence under investigation
There are reports of another burglary coming from the Northern District of Corozal. According to police, sometime between the hours of 2:30 pm on Monday December 15th and 1:00 pm on Tuesday December 16th, the residence of Gareth Murrillo,located on San Andres Road Corozal Town, was broken into. Stolen from the house were : one Panasonic Brand Home theatre system valued at $1500 bc; one Son Playstation 3 valued at $900 bcy; one Lenovo brand ideacentre computer valued at $700 bcy; one silver 32 inch Television valued at $500 bcy; one CD radio valued at $150 bcy; one black model DKAIK valued at $500 bcy; one white Proctor Silex toaster valued at $50 dollars; and one white Crock Pot valued at $100 bcy. All to an estimated total value of about $5,300 bcy.

One person detained after burglary from a San Pedro Hotel
An American photographer of Maya Beach, Placencia, Stann Creek was burglarized while staying at a resort in San Pedro. On Wednesday afternoon, 50 year old Benedict Kim of Esotoric Vision, reported to police that on Monday December 15th he arrived in San Pedro Town and stayed at a resort. On Wednesday December 17th at around 11:30 am he left his room and returned 45 minutes after to get his computer but it was missing. Upon making further checks he noticed that the following items were also missing: a silver coloured HP lap top valued at $850 USD, a black Canon brand digital camera valued at $2,000 USD, a black in colour with black leather case, Aces brand Tablet Nexus model, valued at $200 USD, a white with black case Nokia cell phone valued at $150 USD and four 100 dollar bills and some small change in different denominations. His total loss was estimated at a total value of about $3,400 USD.

PUP comments on Clive Myers resignation
On Wednesday the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) announced that their Clive Myers Director of Marketing and Industry Relations had resigned effective immediately...

Two plead guilty to robbery attack outside bar
21 year old Iran Jones began a five-year sentence for robbery and wounding on Thursday, pleading guilty before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer in the No. 2 Magistrate’s Court...

Pickwoad case pushed back to February
After a short session before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin on Thursday morning,  the principals in the case of Bernadette Pickwoad vs Ministry of Natural Resources had little new to tell PLUS News. The trial is concluded but the two sides are still trying to work out a settlement over the plot of...

Bail for accused gang member
It is a charge increasingly thrown at Belize City residents, as police attack the gang structure at its roots, but there was a dispute in Magistrate’s Court on Thursday over exactly what it means to display gang membership. 19 year old Jason Philip Briceno was one of two persons who police said were...

Spared jail time for drug trafficking
His house was searched while was not home, but 33 year old Wallace Rubio, an unemployed man of Hattieville, Belize District, admitted to possession of 10 pounds of cannabis with the intent to distribute, which is drug trafficking. On Thursday, Wallace Rubio pleaded guilty before Senior Magistrate Sh...

Drugs found in Orange Walk Town residence
Three persons and a minor are behind bars after police discovered drugs inside a residence in San Juan Alley, Orange Walk Town. According to police, on Wednesday December 17th, police personnel from Orange Walk searched the residence of David Reynard in the said location, where they found a small tr...

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Jose Santos, 67, charged for Paraiso double murder
A Salvadoran national who stands accused of the horrific double murder of his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend was arraigned and remanded to the Belize Central Prison today. At around 11:00 a.m., Corozal police marched Jose Antonio Santos, 67, to the courtroom of Magistrate Hurl Hamilton at the Corozal Magistrate’s Court, where he was arraigned for two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Heidi Teresita Chable, 22, and Fernando Rivas, 49, a Salvadoran cane cutter, who were both chopped to death in at a farmhouse in Paraiso, Corozal District, in what is believed to be a cruel crime of passion. In court today, no plea was taken, since the matter is scheduled to be heard before the Supreme Court. Santos was remanded to prison until March 24, 2015 when he is due to reappear in court.

Skeletal remains found in Ladyville
Six days before Christmas, a mother’s worst nightmare was confirmed — the skeletal remains of her son were found in the Mile 12 area of Ladyville and she was taken there to officially identify him. A Social Security card found in the pocket of the clothes the man was wearing identified him as Marvin Rafael Bol, 23, of Aracari Street, Ladyville. Police went to pick up Bol’s mother at her workplace at the Philip Goldson International Airport and took her to the area in Ladyville, where she identified the clothes her son was wearing and positively identified the deceased person as her son, Marvin Rafael Bol. The bones were then placed in a bag and take to the National Forensic Unit for an autopsy to be performed on the remains to possibly certify the cause of Bol’s death.

Belize and Guatemala sign 13 agreements
Thirteen new bilateral accords between Belize and Guatemala were inked on the Placencia Peninsula on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – accords which have stirred controversy amid assertions from the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) that the Barrow administration proceeded with finalizing those undisclosed agreements before consulting with the Belizean people, as had been promised. As we go to press, the texts of those agreements have not been made public by the Government, and the Opposition is calling for consultations to at least ensure that two more pending agreements which Belize plans to sign with Guatemala are disclosed before signing.

Did wrong diagnosis cause death of 19-year-old?
A 19-year-old 4th form student of Gwen Lizarraga High School, Flory Palacio, died in September, allegedly after her medical condition was misdiagnosed as tuberculosis. Juanita Paulino, Flory’s mother, said that after Flory died, they received a death certificate which indicated that she had actually died from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – which is a rare type of cancer which originates from the white blood cells, or lymphocytes. We met Paulino and a very dear friend and supporter of hers, Nzinga Barkley-Waite, protesting in front of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) for a second day today, because the hospital has still not met the family’s demand for her medical records. The family told us that when the hospital produced the girl’s medical file, all her records since July 2014 were missing from the file.

An “oily” story that has no answers, yet!
Inquiring minds have been questioning why there has been no official statement on the visit of a delegation of officials from a Mexican fuel powerhouse–Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), a state-owned company—to Belize over the weekend, amid reports that the executives came to Belize to assist with the search for crude oil in northern Belize. A report carried by Por Esto (Quintana Roo) on Monday, December 15, 2014, said that 6 private Pemex helicopters had landed at the Chetumal International Airport with 25 persons, including company engineers, most of whom made their way by road to Belize, since they had no permit to enter Belize’s airspace. However, there have been claims by Belizeans that the Pemex choppers had been spotted at the Philip Goldson International Airport.

Burglary on the rise during Christmas season
Over $90,000 in cash and properties have been stolen by thieves from property owners since the beginning of the police response to the anticipated crimes of the Christmas season. The expected crimes are burglaries robberies and theft, with burglaries being the most frequent. Despite the efforts of police, burglary, theft and robberies have increased. Thieves have gotten away with over $90,000 in 10 reported burglaries. The most recent burglary occurred at about 3:50 yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, in Maya Beach on the Placencia Peninsula in the Stann Creek District:

4 thieves escape after police high-speed chase
A Mazda 4-door car has been impounded by Orange Walk police after it was abandoned by four robbers during a high-speed chase by police. They got out of the car, ran into the surrounding area and escaped. Police contend that the car was the getaway vehicle that had been used by the thieves after they robbed a store on San Lorenzo Road in Orange Walk Town and got away with an undisclosed amount of money from the store’s cash drawer. After police were alerted of the robbery about 1:00 this afternoon, they responded quickly and intercepted the vehicle, and the chase began. The chase came to an end on Oak Street in the Louisiana area of Orange Walk Town when the thieves exited the car and escaped, and police have since launched a manhunt to capture the robbers.

Epileptic charged with attempted murder for Mahogany Heights shooting
A Mahogany Heights man who suffers from epilepsy was remanded to the Belize Central Prison when he was arraigned on charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm upon Joel Winston Seawell, another Mahogany Heights man who sustained gunshot wounds on Thursday, December 11. The police charge against Erwin Ramsey, however, did not sit well with Magistrate Herbert Panton, who said in open court, “This is totally unjust. What is here is not enough to deprive this man of his freedom.” Panton added: “Police recovered one blue hoodie. This is ridiculous. I don’t feel proper to be compliant in something like this. If the police want to do their ‘hanky-panky’, don’t involve magistrates in that.”

Boy, 4, killed while running across the highway after getting off bus
Kiwan Awardo, 4, of Sittee River, was killed on the Southern Highway at about 4:45 Saturday evening as he was crossing the road. He was knocked down by a cargo truck that was travelling from Independence to Dangriga. Awardo was taken to the Southern Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the truck, Ronald Heron, 22, of Independence, was detained, after which he was issued with a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP). Police said that on their arrival at the junction of the Southern Highway and Sittee River Road, at about 5:30 Saturday, they saw the lifeless body of the boy lying on the road, with a large wound to the right side of the head.

Man busted with .38 Special revolver on Sibun Street
Jose David Funez, 33, of a Sibun Street address, has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison until February 12, 2015, on charges of keeping an unlicensed firearm and keeping ammunition without a gun license. Police reported that that at about 9:00 Wednesday night, they were on mobile patrol on Sibun Street when they saw a man throw a shiny object in the bushes when he saw them coming. They immediately stopped, detained the man and recovered the object, which was a .38 Special revolver, loaded with 4 live rounds. When the gun was recovered and shown to Funez, he objected strongly, saying that the gun was not his, and that he did not know anything about it.

SMART Test Race results
On Sunday, December 14, the Cycling Federation of Belize, in collaboration with SMART, held an Open Elite Test race from the Smart building near Mile 2 on the Philip Goldson (Northern) Highway to Carmelita Village and back to Smart. Most of the big name cyclists and teams participated, as they prepare for the start of the new season. Below are the top 10 finishers and station prize winners. Station prizes going were won by Mark Staine at Ladyville ($50.00 gift card); Mark Staine at Sandhill (1 Dongle); Delawn Abraham at Crooked Tree junction ($50.00 gift card); and Philip Leslie at Green House at the beginning of Carmelita (1 cell phone). And coming back, station prizes were taken by Philip Leslie at Crooked Tree junction (1 Dongle); Gregory Lovell at Biscayne ($50.00 gift card); Giovanni Lovell at Boom Junction ($50.00 gift card); and Giovanni Lovell at the Jane Usher residence (1 cell phone).

Wally Usher returns from New York’s Ted Corbitt 15K
He has been a marathon champion from his Wesley College high school days back in the early seventies, and Ezekiel “Wally” Usher remains the most active veteran Belizean distance runner on the international scene, making regular trips to some of the prestigious marathons and half-marathons on the American circuit. In his most recent endeavor, Wally left Belize last Wednesday, December 10, and returned on Monday, December 15, after participating in the New York Road Runners (NYRR) Ted Corbitt 15K (9.3 miles), which started at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 13, in Manhattan, New York, under a blistering cold 36 degrees temperature. This particular race is named after Ted Corbitt, who died in 2007 at age 88, and, according to the NYRR web site, is “the first African American to run the Olympic marathon (Helsinki, 1952)” and “won countless awards during his lifetime. He was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame earlier this month.”

Top goals scorers will see action in PLB playoffs, starting this weekend
As the Premier League of Belize (PLB) Top 4 playoffs get under way this weekend, football fans in Belmopan will be lucky to see half the games, since two of the playoff teams, Police United and Belmopan Bandits, use the Isidoro Beaton Stadium as their home field. Fans will also be on the lookout for the goal scoring stars who will see action with their playoff teams. Of course, they will have to wait till next season to see those from teams that failed to make the playoffs. In the table below, we have listed the names of the top goal scorers in regular season, their team, and the number of games in which they scored. We think the number of goal scoring games is an important statistic, because it shows the level of consistency of a striker. Sometimes it takes 1 goal to win a game, and it is noteworthy when a player can register his name in the scoring column on a regular basis.

History in Washington; history in Placencia
History was made in Washington, D.C., late Wednesday morning, to be followed within hours early the Wednesday afternoon by history being made in Placencia, a seacoast fishing village turned modern resort in South Stann Creek. In Washington Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama announced executive measures to change the relationship between the United States and Cuba, which freed and exchanged some high-profile prisoners as a gesture of goodwill towards each other. The United States will open an embassy in Havana after 53 years of diplomatic disengagement. In Placencia Wednesday afternoon, Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina signed a 13-point agreement with Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow for cooperation in important areas such as security, mineral exploration, tourism, trade, business, and the environment. With Jose Insulza, the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) in prominent presence, it did appear that what took place in Placencia at the executive level was, ultimately, a rebirth of the practically forgotten International Court of Justice (ICJ) initiative.

Citrus industry sees brighter days
While the local cañeros and the sugar millers, Belize Sugar Industries (BSI)/American Sugar Refineries (ASR), are presently trying to stabilize the northern-based sugar industry, the stakeholders within the southern citrus sector, which had its own share of difficulties amongst its shareholders up until February of this year when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was penned between the principals, have been able to further progress in moving that particular industry forward when they decided to formally bury the proverbial hatchet earlier this month. The Belize Citrus Growers Association Investment Company Limited (BCGAICL), which is owned by the well-established Citrus Growers Association (CGA) – a company that represents 90% of the citrus farmers – and which had been the majority shareholder in Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL), the company which buys citrus products from the farms, was embroiled in a protracted legal battle with Banks Holdings Limited (BHL), a Barbados-based multinational beverage giant and minority shareholder, over past due audit reports, among other things, but according to what we understand, all that is history now because BHL, which owns 46% of CPBL, has reached an out-of-court settlement with BCGAICL.

PUP, UDP say they are confident of Cayo North by-election seat
The ruling United Democratic Party and the Opposition People’s United Party led throngs of jubilant political supporters today to the Administration Building in San Ignacio to nominate their candidates for the Cayo North by-election, which was forced by the sudden resignation of the PUP’s Joseph Mahmud and is set to take place in exactly three weeks, on Monday, January 5, paving the way for the 2015 municipal elections. Both parties are hoping for good political tides which they hope would give a foretaste of positive outcomes in the municipals. “This is the first domino that will fall and we will deliver this seat of January 5th,” said the PUP’s man, Richard Harrison, who was nominated this morning. Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca said the PUP will be ready on January 5.

Dr. Errol Elrington’s license suspended by Michigan authorities
he allegation that Dr. Errol G. Elrington—US “fugitive at large” who is the brother of Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington and former minister of government, Hubert Elrington—hired an unlicensed African doctor to operate out of his clinic, Elrington Medical Center, in Redford, Michigan, has triggered the suspension of Elrington’s medical license by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), according to an announcement made via press release today. LARA said that on December 5, 2014, LARA executed an order summarily suspending Elrington’s license pursuant to the Public Health Code, which provides for the summary suspension of a health professional’s license when it is found that the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.

Supreme Court grants Gary Seawell leave to appeal extradition order
Gary Seawell, a Belizean who has been indicted by the U.S. and for whom an extradition order was granted by Belize’s Chief Magistrate and was subsequently upheld by the Supreme Court, was granted a stay of execution and leave to appeal his extradition order. Supreme Court Justice, Michelle Arana, who had ruled against Seawell’s appeal of the Chief Magistrate’s decision to extradite him to the United States to stand trial on narcotics and money laundering charges, granted him leave to take his case to the Court of Appeal. Seawell’s attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, successfully steered the application for leave to appeal the extradition order yesterday, Wednesday, when the parties appeared before Justice Arana. Sylvestre told Amandala today, Thursday, that in order for the application for leave to appeal, to succeed, the court had to be satisfied that perhaps an error of law was made.

Cañeros to BSCFA: “Roll the Fairtrade money!”
Although there might have been a breakthrough resolution in an effort to get the sugar industry back on its feet during a crucial meeting between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and a fraction of its general membership last Sunday, December 14, there is still some cause for concern for members of the association because a majority of the farmers approved a motion to extract $2.5 million worth of Fairtrade funds to share equally amongst themselves. After the meeting, the BSCFA executives expressed dire misgivings about the move, not only because the regulations of the Fairtrade program do not permit that kind of wanton spending, but more importantly, because the association only recently received the news that they are being reinstated by Fairtrade after a six-month suspension.

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GOB must pay over $40 million for old BTL loan
The government of Belize, according to a decision by arbitrators in the case between GOB and British Caribbean Bank (BCB), must pay US$41,773,096.04 for a loan Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) took out in 2007. The decision was made by a three member panel of international arbitrators on Friday. GOB, meanwhile, has since sought legal advice and has decided to mount a challenge to the decision. According to GOB, when they acquired the shares in BTL owned by various Lord Ashcroft-related companies in 2009, BCB demanded payment of the loan and threatened to wind up Telemedia. In reaction, GOB acquired the loan from BCB, which meant that GOB now owned the loan, preventing BCB from undermining the acquisition and winding up Telemedia. In turn, it meant that GOB now became liable to pay BCB, and that Telemedia now became liable to pay GOB.

Go Wireless – pioneers in local technological gadgets!
It has been around since 2002, initially in the business of wholesaling imports and distribution of Samsung, LG, Motorolla and Nokia phones, with accompanying growing pains, but Go Wireless Direct has redirected its efforts to produce its own gadgets and dares anyone shopping for cellular […]

Did salacious letters about forbidden sex lead to dismissal of six BWS workers? Supreme Court will decide
Supreme Court Justice, Michelle Arana is to decide on the claim of Mark Menzies, Don Gillett, Michael Novelo, Journett McKoy, Charlette Barnett and Colin Morrison sometime next year after receiving written submissions from their attorneys, Senior Counsel, Said Musa for Menzies and Tricia Pitts-Anderson for […]

BEL wants to cut power rates from 43.47 to 42 cents a KwH
Belize Electricity Limited has announced that it wants to cut electricity rates to consumers in Belize by about 1 1/2 cents a kilowatt hour. But first the company needs the approval of the regulatory body, the Public Utiities Commission. . Derek Davis, director of the […]

Village effort provides new house for fire victims
A family of five will spend this Christmas in a spanking new home that has come courtesy the Hattieville Resource Centre (HRC) after a fire destroyed their dwelling place in July. Eloise Hyde, a Justice of the Peace of Hattieville Village, received the key […]

5 cents a pound dip in butane prices
There is another dip in the price of butane gas in Belize and the Bureau of Standards says it is caused by the high volume of production recently. As of Saturday, prices fell by roughly 5 cents per pound. If you buy butane from […]

“No thank you”, Espat says to GOB We’ll do this on our own!
PUP Cayo South area representative Julius Espat revealed Monday that he has declined the UDP government’s offer of $35,000 for Christmas cheer from the Petro Caribe funds for his constituency of Cayo South. Espat, who is leading the charge for more transparency in the […]

Pleased with Belize: Foreign Minister David Lin
The Hon. David L.Lin, Foreign Minister of the Republic of China on Taiwan, in Belize this week to attend a regional meeting of SICA, said he was very much satisfied with the support Taiwan was receiving from Belize in international forums. He expressed the view that this friendship between Belize […]

Canefarmers want Fair Trade funds for Christmas while wiser counsels are shot down!
Cane farmers of the Belize Sugarcane Farmers Association have passed a resolution instructing that the association withdraw $2.5 million from its FairTrade fund for distribution to canefarmers for Christmas spending. The motion, which received widespread support from the canefarmers present at Sunday’s meeting, stipulates that […]

Opposition says GOB should have consulted the public before making any agreement with Guatemala
The opposition People’s United Party, criticized the government this week for entering into as many as 13 agreements with the Government of Guatemala without consulting the Belizean public. Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca, said that the agreements, signed at the 44th summit of the heads of […]

Jealous rage leads to brutal double homicide in Paraiso!
Corozal police today arrested and charged Salvadoran, Jose Santos, 67, for the vicious murders of Heidi Teresita Chable, 21, and Fernando Rivas, 49, which occurred early Sunday morning in Paraiso Village, Corozal. Neighbours discovered the bodies of Chable and Rivas, who lived together in a small cement house, around 6:00 […]

Human remains found near mile 11 on Philip Goldson Highway
Police say that the remains of a man found on Thursday morning are those of 23 year-old Marvin Rafael Bol, a resident of Ladyville who was the prime suspect of a series of burglaries that had been occurring in the community. The remains were discovered around 9:00 a.m., scattered in […]

Two remarkably good things happened in Belize this week. Thanks to the timely intervention of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the canefarmers of Orange Walk and Corozal decided to end their standoff with the sugar factory by accepting a payment of 51 cents a ton for their bagasse by-product and ending […]

Hachet buried? SICA produces monumental pledge: “Guatemala will never be a threat to Belize!”
SICA’S meeting in Placencia, where Belize formally handed over the presidency to Guatemala, produced a monumental moment in history when the Prime Minister of Belize and the President of Guatemala embraced like old friends. Although it was the first time that the two men met formally as heads of government […]

Police warn public to be vigilant during the holidays
The Belize Police Department has cautioned citizens to be vigilant and remain aware of their surroundings while getting around the City during the holiday season, as thieves are opportunistic during this time of the year. Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster, deputy OC Easter Division said […]

COLA demonstrates to push for Stake Bank
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), along with the Federation of Cruise Tourism Association of Belize (FECTAB), held a demonstration on Fort Street Wednesday morning to protest the Tourism Village’s exclusive contract and to push for the Stake Bank project to be completed. COLA […]

Last minute hiccup delays BSCFA signing But general agreement is on track
Despite the much heralded agreement between the Belize Cane Farmers Association and Belize Sugar Industries, the apparent breakthrough is not a done deal and will not become a done deal until the agreement has been signed and a firm date set for start-up. In a […]

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CHANGE BEGINS NOW!! – Yolanda Schakron & PUP Belize CitCo Team Launched
Before a packed hall of supporters, the People’s United Party launched its winning Belize City Council team on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014. The team made up of young, dynamic and experienced community activists and professionals, is led by businesswoman/outspoken activist Yolanda Schakron. Schakron’s slate includes Micah Goodin, a firebrand youth leader who is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice; Lennox Young, a businessman for over ten years; educator Sharette Yearwood; entrepreneur Michael Novelo; community activist Delroy Herrera; businessman and IT professional David Gonzalez; businesswoman and educator-in-training Delthrude Hylton; sports leader and community organiser Sanja Pitts; young businessman Jermyn Galvez and professional Natasha Pipersburgh. The news that the PUP slate would be launched this week was received early by the Darrell Bradley-led City Council. The Mayor, we are told, began to pack up his belongings in preparation for the hard boot that the residents of Belize City will be giving him and his failed Councillors on March 4th 2015.

A Man with No Plan! – Omar Figueroa says “a Plan” for Cayo North makes “No Sense”
UDP candidate Omar Figueroa has shown little regard or respect for the people of Cayo North. So low is his view of the constituents that he apparently believes that he can campaign simply on the coat tails of his Party and not on addressing the real issues. Figueroa has implicitly rejected the idea of a debate of the issues in Cayo North. The PUP’s impressive candidate Richard Harrison, who by comparison outmatches and out-performs the UDP’s pawn, challenged Figueroa to a debate two weeks ago. Figueroa has pretended not to have heard this challenge, but individuals in his campaign team have reported that he has no interest in a debate because he doesn’t want to be put to shame.

Where Petro-Caribe is NOT Rolling!!
The Barrow Administration was hugely embarrassed by PUP supporters on Monday, December 15, 2014 when it was revealed that while the Government is rolling in “millions and millions” as boasted many times by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, San Ignacio lacks simple and basic needs like a Belizean flag for its Police Station or functioning ambulance for emergency response for its residents. The San Ignacio Police Station has been lacking, of all things, a Belizean flag. For over two months, the Police precinct has been requesting from the Government a flag to fly outside the building. There has been no response, even though the Government has been spending millions on political gimmicks.

Karen’s Circus at BTB
“Tourism is a business” – these were the words that Director Karen Bevans said in her speech at BTIA’s recent Annual General Meeting. Well what it has turned out to be under the UDP is a real circus. We just don’t know who is the circus clown as it seems to change on a weekly basis. The UDP unceremoniously kicked out the former PM’s daughter, Laura Esquivel, who, at least, had a tourism background, and replaced her with their very loyal BTL stalwart, Karen Bevans who is totally green to tourism but very much in tuned with travelling, cocktails and the glitz and glamour of the job. Just like her mentor Dean Barrow, Ms. Bevans is all glitter, but no substance. This, of course, after the BTB paid handsomely for a full page self-promoting piece of the Prime Minister’s wife (a dear friend of the Director of Tourism) which had less to do with Belize as the tourism destination but more with Mrs. Barrow as a wanna-be fashion model. In the 6 years of government, the UDP has not improved tourism – not for the hoteliers, not for tour operators, not for the guides, the artisans nor the tourism destinations.

Think About It
GIVING AWAY MONEY For the past two weeks, the National Bank in Belmopan has seen a huge increase in the number of persons lining up to collect money. The so-called National Bank is a UDP political gimmick. There is nothing nationalistic about it. Everyone who gets money from the so-called National Bank knows that they don’t have to repay those monies and there is nothing nationalistic about it. CANE FARMERS DEFEATED The cane farmers of Orange Walk are facing defeat. Their noble stand for fairness and justice has been crushed by A.S.R./B.S.I. The cane delivery and factory grinding season was to start on 8th December. It didn’t happen because ASR used the desperation of the cañeros to grind them to the ground. To teach them a lesson and to hurt and humiliate them in the process. These strong men and women of Orange Walk had resisted the blandishments of the ASR which had sought to go around the Cane Farmers Association and sign up individual cañeros to deliver cane and to undermine the Association. Unity and moral courage kept the cañeros together.

Playing “Chicken” in the Sugar Industry
The game of chicken is played with two different sides in an activity that will result in serious harm unless one or the other backs down. The original version of this game was played with motor vehicles whereby both participants drive a vehicle of some sort in a straight line towards each other. The first to swerve loses the game and is considered a “chicken,” or a coward. While that version of the game was played primarily amongst adolescents or aggressive young men, there have been instances where this same game has been played at very high levels by very big people with major consequences at stake. It was welcome a relief to hear earlier this week that some sort of compromise had been reached and that the cane trucks of our northern districts would once again be rolling. Had the cane farmers not decided to be “chicken” and give in to the demands of those bullies from ASR, it would have devastated that industry. Politically speaking, that would have, without a doubt, accelerated the demise of this current UDP administration. As it is, many farmers are proceeding reluctantly and when the pain of the “bukut” finally sinks in, there will be hell to pay. Right now the farmers are only concerned about getting their cane harvested before they lose their investment. After all, the real investors in this industry are the farmers who spend the entire season expending resources for fertilizers, pesticides and caring for their crops. Cane farming is hard work and requires long hours of tedious labor.

The UDP is insulting the people of San Ignacio, Santa Elena and El Cayo. This insult is open, up in their faces, typical arrogance of the leader of that party. The insult is straightforward: we have millions of dollars and we will bribing every voter who is desperate for money. These days desperation is everywhere and growing. For the month of December, the desperation has doubled and tripled. In addition to the usual stress and pressures of fighting the cost of living, there is the pressures of Christmas and the re-opening of school in early January. The Prime Minister has set the bye-election for Cayo North for 5th January 2015. This early date allows him to use the Christmas give-aways as part of his election bribery tactics. This way he does not have to give voters anything as he will be forced to do if the bye-elections were held in February. So while he is pretending to be generous he is as means and heartless as ever. The idea that Mr. Barrow can reappear in Cayo and ignore what his protégé Penner had done and what Castro, King and a string of his inner circle colleagues are accused of smacks of disdain for the people of Cayo.

Yasmin Shoman – Delivering for the People of Collet
PUP Standard Bearer for the Collet Division Yasmin Shoman is delivering hardwork and real care to the people of the constituency. Shoman has demonstrated much needed leadership in the area where residents have been suffered neglect for too long under the UDP elected representative who has abandoned the people. On Sunday December 14, 2014, the young people participated in the All About Sports Basketball Bash held at the ABS Collet Community Park on Iguana St. Finals included ABS and Penn Road with Penn Road emerging as the champions with a score of 39-32. The basketball competition was sponsored by Collet Standard Bearer, Yasmin Shoman, and Planned by “Hard Rock”.

UDP/Barrow signs secret documents with Guatemala PUP demands responsible governance
The People’s United Party (PUP) advises Belizeans that on behalf of the Nation, the Government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow has signed 13 Bilateral Agreements with Guatemala, today in Placentia in the presence of the Secretary General of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza. The Agreements are on Prisoner Exchange and the Serving of Penal Sentence, Operating Hours At Legal Terrestrial Entry Points; Program on Seasonal Workers; Protection, the Recovery And Return of Items of Cultural And Natural Patrimony, Visa Waiver for Students, Deportation, Electric Power Trade, Transmission Interconnection And Grid Connectivity; Mutual Recognition of Driver’s Licenses; Movement of Students via land entry points; Protection Of the Environment and the Sustainable Use of Resources; Degree Equivalence and Recognition of Education documents; Sustainable Tourism; and Stolen Vehicles. The Representative of the Leader of the Opposition, participated in the bilateral discussion and negotiation of these Agreements in early November of 2014, on the clear basis that any Agreement signed by Belize with Guatemala, first needed to be consulted with the people of Belize, prior to any such Agreement being signed.

Christmas Message 2014 by Hon. Francis W. Fonseca
My fellow Belizeans, Christmas offers us the opportunity to come together as friends, neighbors, families, and communities. The spirit and energy of Christmas invites us to re-kindle our hope and faith in humanity and in each other. This Christmas let us extend our hands and hearts to those in need, the poor, the sick, those with special needs, those who have lost a loved one, those out of work, those who have lost hope and faith. Christmas is a time for Love! As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we shout and proclaim the words of 1ST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 13: “LOVE IS PATIENT, LOVE IS KIND. IT DOES NOT ENVY. IT DOES NOT BOAST. IT IS NOT PROUD. IT IS NOT RUDE. IT IS NOT SELF-SEEKING. IT IS NOT EASILY ANGERED. IT KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS. LOVE DOES NOT DELIGHT IN EVIL BUT REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH. IT ALWAYS PROTECTS, ALWAYS TRUSTS, ALWAYS HOPES, ALWAYS PERSEVERES. LOVE NEVER FAILS!!”

Christmas message by Bishop Christopher Glancy, CSV
Dear Friends in Christ, We have come once again to the joyful season of Christmas. It is a time for families to gather and for the Church to celebrate the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Son of God became human in humble circumstances to bring the Good News of God’s love for all humanity. Jesus was not born in a palace or any other sort of elegant home. He came into the world in the humblest of places, in a manger, a home for animals, because there was no room at the inn. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Holy Family were pilgrims, away from home. According to Matthew’s Gospel, they could not even stay in their own country of Israel, as King Herod wanted to kill the child, so they fled into Egypt. They spent a number of years there until they heard of Herod’s death, and returned to Israel. The Holy Family’s journey to Bethlehem then to Egypt, seeking safety, unites them with refugees around the world who have to flee their homes to seek safety or employment.

2014 Christmas Message By Bishop Philip Wright M.A., OBE
This chosen passage of scripture might not readily sound like one that belongs to the Season of Christmas given the almost romantic attachment we have to the scene of the manger, the shepherds in the field, the choral angels, and the star in the East, thanks to popular Christmas card covers. However, in actual fact, this passage contains the very essence of the Christmas Message; the Good News – the Gospel. In much of the Christian world, what is commemorated every December 25th is a decisive moment in earth’s history when God entered that history like never before; to usher in, like never before, His act of redemption. The birth of the Christ Child, the Incarnation of the God-man, was to ultimately lead to that awesome scene on Calvary’s Hill when it appeared that heaven and earth had violently met, and the forces of evil staged their greatest attempt to undermine the purposes of God.

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BelCaribe Communications shares Christmas spirit
Media content provider Bel-Caribe Communications today found another way to make Belize City residents lives sunny, just in time for Christmas. Staff members were in action all over Belize City’s Southside, handing out thousands of dollars in groceries and toys, even ham and turkey, to neediest families pre-selected […]

Traffic accident injures BELTRAIDE worker
A traffic accident near Mile 29 on the George Price Highway this morning around 9:30, not far from the RF&G Insurance sign marking the site of another infamous accident, narrowly avoided fatalities. We were informed at the scene that an Isuzu D-Max traveling east toward Belize City, property […]

Mental Health Resource Center hosts Christmas party
Christmas is for everyone, even those suffering from mental disabilities. That is the message of the Mental Health Resource Center in Belize City, which hosted 59 clients to a Christmas celebration today. We spoke with the Center’s Administrator, Joyce Ellis who says the Center held the activity to […]

Footballer out on bail for carnal knowledge charge
Verdes FC and national football team player Cristobal Gilharry has been accused of sexual intercourse with a 15 year old girl. The 34 year old was remanded to the Belize Central Prison earlier this week after arraignment at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court. Today, attorney Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley successfully […]

Arbitration Tribunal decides in favor of British Caribbean Bank, Ltd
The government of Belize has vowed to put up a challenged to a decision handed down today by a panel of international arbitrators in the ongoing dispute between the Barrow administration and the British Caribbean Bank Limited. The tribunal’s declaration is that government must BCB the sum of US$41,773,096.04. […]

Professional Gardeners graduate
The last group of professional gardeners to train under the European Union funded Professional Gardeners’ Training Program graduated this morning in Cayo. With family, friends and invited guests in attendance at the Belize Botanic Gardens, sixteen young men and women received their certification as professional gardeners after […]


Visiting a Dream House on An Absolutely Dreamy Day On Ambergris Caye
A few minutes later I was at Wataview. A sprawling 5 bedroom home on the most beautiful stretch of beach. And here’s the Wataview – or Water View. But I do like that the creole sounds more like What A View! It just comes out of your mouth when you are standing on the gorgeous back pool deck. The huge amazing kitchen…and this house comes with a chef, kitchen assistant, housekeepers…you don’t need to do a thing! Well…other than pay your bill.

Belize Recipes: Carne asada al Chimichurri
Belizean cuisine is influenced by so many ethnicities and their respective foods that it is one of the more misunderstood and underappreciated cuisines. With influences including Maya and Mestizo, Creole (Kriol), Garifuna, Mexican, and more, Belizean cuisine is varied and pays homage to a variety of historical favorites. Unlike some places, many Belizean specialties can be found throughout the entire country. As a unique departure from some other popular destinations, many recommended “tourist restaurants” are frequented by locals, often times proving to be some of the best spots to sample Belizean cuisine. Our Head Chef, Mario Mendez, shares with us a scrumptious CARNE ASADA AL CHIMICHURRI Recipe, which is a mix Maya, Mestizo & Mexican flavors. We trust you will enjoy this as much as we do!

“Cruel to Be Kind” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Now where was I? Oh yes, telling you how cold (cold is relative you know) it has been recently. Well the weather has shown a general improvement and there’s been no rain to speak of. The temperature though – and,more saliently, it’s affect on me – has been subject to the occasional chill. Some early mornings out on the veranda (c’mon you know which one by now) even with my mug of black, unsweetened, instant coffee I’ve been cold. Not freezing, but not comfortable. Wearing of the windcheater (windbreaker for you Wes) has been a more than necessary, and very welcome, addition to my normal attire of T shirt and shorts. This feeling a drop in temperature might be the result of me finally becoming acclimatised. Or -perish the thought- another sign of the effects of advancing age. They (whoever they are?) do say, don’t they, that as you get older you feel the cold more. Me? I’m firmly of the opinion that it’s the mercury falling in the thermometer. Well I would, wouldn’t I!

The archaeology works that have been ongoing from the middle of the 19th century in mesoamerica has offered the world a kaleidoscope of beautiful rituals, wars, agriculture, art and peoples lives in prehistory. The ancient Maya for example, like many other ancient cultures from around the world were not creating their culture in isolation in America. The Nahuatl speaking people of Teotihuacan organised their culture in the Mexican valley and they grew from a group of cultures such as the Tarrasacans and even the Oaxacans of Monte Alban (who archaeologists believed were even earlier than the Teotihuacans to building a city state. It is a beautiful story of humans creating spaces on our planet that suited their world views. For the Mexicans Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent was a deity in their pantheon who reigned supreme, and for the ancient Maya, Hunab Ku was corporeal. The sun remained a constant god as was the rain, lightning and the moon. They organised agricultural cycles based on the elements who were offered to them by the gods and the rulers used their science to embolden their religion and certainly to empower their political management of a people.

Basking in Retirement on Belize’s Southern Coast
Eighteen years ago Penny Sue Leonard visited Belize for the first time, on an assignment to teach nursing practices at hospitals. She was so impressed that a year later she left Orlando, Florida, and permanently moved to Punta Gorda in the south of Belize. “Something drew me in. The fact that it is so far off the beaten path. I fell for this part of Belize. I already loved the whole country, but Punta Gorda just pulled at me.” While she was initially attracted by Belize’s beauty and the warm waters of the Caribbean, another big draw for Penny was that English is the primary language. And the lifestyle in Punta Gorda is affordable. “It is so much less expensive to live here than in the U.S.,” she says.

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Why Your Next Vacation or Retirement Haven Will Be in Belize
The Daily Beast has compiled a list of the world’s top places to visit in 2015 and Belize comes highly recommended. With a little bit of everything rolled into a country the size of Massachusetts, Belize is Central America’s darling destination. While the beaches and atolls are an undeniable draw of holidaymakers, it’s the interior that’s next year’s main attraction. Dramatic Mayan ruins dot the western rainforest between rambling coffee plantations that are stepping up their distribution and giving Costa Rica’s beans a run for their money.

Deep Ancestry: A source of inspiration by Michael Harris
In 2010, I was selected to work on a field course in conservation genetics in Belize. Not quite human population genetics, but I wasn’t going to turn down this opportunity! And while I was up to my chest in a rainforest pond at two in the morning gathering data, I just had to think to myself with a smile, “Well, this is what you wanted…” To me this is the embodiment of science; it’s about discovery and adventure, and that constant desire for knowledge and understanding, something that I think Deep Ancestry captures beautifully. Wells enthusiastically recounts stories of accomplishments in the Genographic Project and conveys the true spirit of scientific research. This is something that I continue to strive for, whether I’m in the field studying 100-year-old mahogany trees or at the microscope watching fluorescent proteins being tracked through the cytoplasm of a cell. I can’t help but feel a constant sense of awe and wonder at the natural world in everything that I do.

Alptekin Baloğlu has been photographing the mysterious depths of the ocean since 1994. For 20 years, the expert diver/photographer has been diving into oceans and seas all over the World and capturing the mesmerizing moments with his camera. He has received over 60 prizes in both national and international contests and published many books about his expeditions. He has taken over 80.000 photographs in Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sudan, Egypt, The Maldives, The Galapagos Islands, Indonesia, Philippines, France, Spain, Papua New Guinea, Burma, Belize and Turkey. Alptekin's works have received great recognition all over the world.

Bahamas Is Caribbean's Top Tourist Market Share Loser
The Bahamas has lost the greatest tourism market share of any Caribbean nation in the post-recession years, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) report has revealed, with this nation ranked as the region’s most expensive. #An IMF working paper, ‘Revisiting tourism flows to the Caribbean: What is driving arrivals’, discloses that the Bahamas’ share of the tourism market declined by 3 per cent between 2007 and 2013 - the biggest drop in the Caribbean. “However, within the Caribbean there are some notable exceptions, namely Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, where performance has been resilient. As a result, there has been a shift in market share within the Caribbean.”

Belize participe à la conférence sur le changement climatique à Lima
Belize a coordonné la participation des pays du SICA (Système d'intégration d'Amérique centrale) à la Conférence des parties de cette année (COP20) qui a eu lieu à Lima du 1er au 12 décembre. La Conférence des Parties est l'organe suprême de la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC) et elle vise à réduire les concentrations de gaz à effet de serre dans l'atmosphère. La Convention est entrée en vigueur en 1994 avec 195 pays layant ratifiée. Ces pays se rencontrent une fois par an, pendant deux semaines, afin d'évaluer l'application de la Convention et de développer le processus de négociation entre les parties face à des nouveaux engagements.

Crossing The Digital Divide To Protect The Environment
A growing suite of digital tools is emerging to better manage the world’s natural resources. Development Alert! maps where new infrastructure projects overlap with environmentally sensitive areas in Jamaica. Global Forest Watch uses satellite and crowd-sourced data to track deforestation around the world in near-real time. The Sarawak Geoportal collects geographic as well as deforestation, infrastructure, land use, and other data on the Malaysian state of Sarawak to increase transparency around environmental and policy issues in the area. And the EIA Resource and Response Centre monitors environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes in India and serves as an independent resource and database for EIA reports. In southern Belize, the Toledo Maya Cultural Council and the Toledo Alcades Association worked closely with indigenous Maya communities to document their lands in a Maya Atlas. Forty-one communities participated in mapping their lands, boundaries, vegetation, rivers, land use, and more through drawings overlaid on geographical maps. The 1997 Maya Atlas not only serves as documentation of Maya land, but incorporates histories, stories, photos, and artwork from village leaders and community members. By uniting geographical maps with cultural detail from village members, the atlas is a powerful way of asserting Maya life and heritage.


BELIZE, MOTHER NATURES BEST KEPT SECRET, 3min. Belize is an amazing country with amazing people. It is Thirst Missions pleasure and passion to try to make a difference throughout the country by bringing amazing groups from around North America to serve, encourage, and share Jesus Christ's message and love. We pray that as you experience Belize for yourselves you'll fall in love with the people, the land, and the beauty of this incredible Central American country for yourself. Here is short video clip on Belize and its Beauty.

Snorkeling in Belize, 1min. Footage from Wildland Adventures Marketing Director Jonathan Burnham's recent trip to Belize. Snorkeling in Belize is an absolute MUST DO! Jonathan only got to snorkel for about an hour and even in that short amount of time he experienced an incredible amount of marine life. From barracuda to green sea turtles, the diversity of aquatic life is extremely impressive in Belize. Not to mention everyone loves swimming in warm crystal clear water!

Blue Ventures Bird & Manatee Conservation, 2hr31min. Blue Ventures Bird & Manatee Conservation Blue Ventures are an award winning marine conservation organisation running expeditions in Belize and Madagascar.

Belize Beach & Jungle Adventure, 28min. Explore Belize's beaches featuring Chabil Mar Resort and jungles with trips into the Mayan underworld via cabe tubing with Cave Tubing R Us, trips up Monkey River, meet Carl the local Garifuna drummer from Seine Bight, try local foods, explore Placencia, scuba dive the barrier reef and more in Travel With Kids Belize!


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