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The San Pedro Sun

The new top dog in town: Ray’s Big Dog
Ray’s Big Dog opened its doors on Saturday, January 10th and my taste buds could not be happier. These guys are cooking up some serious dogs! As if good food isn’t enough, Ray’s also has a fabulous location- I mean eating a dog while lounging under a palapa over the Caribbean Sea? Only in San Pedro! They are located on the Tackle Box Dock, beach front of Black Coral Street. The relaxed ambiance adds to the dining experience. They started us off with a Belizean favorite: crispy fried plantain chips served with a house aioli. We were off to a good start! Next up was peel n’ eat shrimp: jumbo shrimp steamed in herbs, garlic and Ray’s secret spices. They were served with two side-sauces: Ray’s sunset sauce (a sweet cocktail sauce) and chef’s Diana’s signature Bubba sauce. We definitely had some fun peeling those shrimps.

Young Honduran mother of three violently murdered on Ambergris Caye
Police have no solid lead at this time but are following some information including reviewing surveillance camera footages. First police are trying to establish who the person was that Benitez was last seen with. Police say that while there are reasons to believe Benitez was sexually assaulted because of the restraining marks, doctors were unable to ascertain that theory. Police did confirm that she was found partially nude with all her valuable items on her, which suggests that the motive for her murder was not robbery. Benitez worked as an exotic dancer and according to her friend Alvarenga, she ran away from her home country following a violent past. Alvarenga explained that the father of two of her three kids was murdered in Honduras at the hands of gang members affiliated to the MS-13. When asked if police are looking at that angle, OC Castellanos said that while they will leave no stones unturned, he doesn’t want to speculate. “Her friend, who led the search for her, told me that her kids’ dad had been murdered in Honduras, however I don’t want to speculate at this time if there is any connection. We want to find out what happened and so we are asking for the public’s assistance to help us solve this crime. We are encouraging anyone that may have seen or know something to come and speak to one of our detectives.”

Sea Cucumber Season to Open April 1st to May 31st , 2015
In accordance with the Fisheries (Sea Cucumber) Regulations under Statutory Instrument number 67 of 2009 (Regulation 11), the Fisheries Administrator hereby informs fishermen and the general public that the Sea Cucumber season will open from April 01st to May 31st, 2015. The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) quota / limit has been set at 300,000 pounds. If the quota is realized before May 31, 2015 the fishing season will be officially declared closed.

CONCACAF Qualifying Draw Determines Pairings for First Two Rounds of Preliminary Competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) held in Miami last night the draw for the initial phases of the CONCACAF Preliminary Competition for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. The event was held at the W Hotel South Beach, with the assistance of World Cup veterans from the region including Trinidad and Tobago’s Shaka Hislop, Mexico’s Pavel Pardo, Carlos Pavon from Honduras, and Tony Sanneh of the United States, as well as Brazilian all-time great Ronaldo. The draw involved 27 of the 35 CONCACAF Member Associations seeking to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and determined the match-ups for the first two rounds of the five-round regional qualifying tournament in CONCACAF, which begins in March and runs through 2017. Round one, which will be played in two legs on dates from March 23-31 of this year, features seven home-and-away series, among the CONCACAF Member Associations ranked 22-35 in the region in the FIFA rankings from August 2014 – the first ranking after the completion of the 2014 World Cup and thus the first of the 2018 World Cup cycle.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Social Service Office Renovated by On Eagles Wings Ministries
On January 13, 2015, the Ministry of Human Development Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation office in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize had a visit from the organization On Eagles Wings Ministries and Belize board member for OEWM Miss San Pedro Michelle Nuñez, who surprised the staff by giving the office a needed makeover. “Before the renovations the office was just four plain walls,” commented Emily. “But now they have a private office for the head social worker Mr. Adan Kay, a comfortable section for the head counselor Mrs. Pamela Killen and a fun children’s corner.

Saga Humane Society Celebrates 15 Years of Community Service
Saga Humane Society recently celebrated its 15th year as a not-for-profit humane organization on Ambergris Caye. Saga member, Eileen Jamison, submitted this piece to Ambergris Today as a way to look back at the work of Saga throughout the years and a glimpse towards future goals. “In order to know where you are going, it is often said you need to know where you have been... Although the organization was named after one of the founder's dogs, it is an appropriate name as Saga is a seemingly endless story of a community's tireless dedication to its animals.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Caneros protest outside House of Representatives in Belmopan

Eric Vellos passes away
The Corozal Daily joins in extending its deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of the late Eric Vellos. May his soul rest in Peace and Rise in Glory!

Remembering Andy Vivian Palacio (December 2, 1960 – January 19, 2008)
Seven Years Ago.. Belize lost a Musical Icon, V. Andy Palacio. Rest in Peace ... Your work and legacy lives on......

Belize Sailing Association Elects New Board
The Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) is the popular NGO that developed the country's Optimist dinghy sailing programme and promotes all recreational sailing. BzSA held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday January 10, 2015, at St. Catherine Academy in Belize City. In attendance to fill by election all13 board positions for 2015 were 44 of the 150 association members. After thanking the outgoing board members for the accomplishments they achieved in 2014 and for their devotion of time, effort, and ingenuity, Mr Joel Wade, 1st Vice Chairman of the National Sports Council, dissolved the 2014 board and officiated the election process to install the 2015 board. The results are as follows:

Boys sifting garbage for food
I live in a failed community in Ladyville where people from within and outside dump residential and commercial garbage. Its unsightly, unhealthy and a good analogy for general deterioration we see around Belize. If that's not bad enough, I was bowled over at the sight of 1/2 a dozen young boys sifting thru the garbage heap for bottles and other refuse they can monetize. Children. Digging thru garbage. Near my home. And yours. Best to assume they need food. I could easily have fed 6 boys. But we eat 3 meals a day. 7 days a week. And they r not the only people who cant afford basic meals. Ill do something.

Working on roads in the airstrip area
Our workers and trucks hard at work fixing the streets in the Airstrip Area.

Sir Denis Byron visits Xunantunich
Sir Denis Byron, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, visited the ‪Maya‬ archaeological site of Xunantunich in ‪Belize‬.

Channel 7

Sugar Standoff Finally Over
The sugar standoff is officially over - this morning at 11:00 am at BSI Headquarters in Orange Walk - the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association became the third and last association to sign a commercial contract with BSI. So, deliveries of cane to the mill can start possibly as early as next Monday January 26th. At the signing this morning in the BSI boardroom - the mood was cordial, considering how tense and acrimonious it had become over the past two months. There was also relief because the largest growers group which is the still the BSCFA signed on, bringing with it three thousand plus farmers - more than half of the 5,500 farmers in the north. After the signatures were affixed to the documents, the press from the north got an opportunity to speak with the cane farmers from BSCFA and factory owners. Mac McLachlan, ASR's Vice President of International Relations, conceded to the media that both sides have conceded quite a lot in the past few weeks to get to today's signing:

Cane Farmers Meeting to Accept Contract Historically Short
Today's signing was made possible by a breakthrough meeting yesterday at the Esecuela Secundaria Technica Mexico in San Roman Village, Corozal District. After going back and forth on the commercial agreement - the cane farmers finally, resolutely, and swiftly agreed to sign the agreement - the same one they had emphatically rejected two weeks earlier. What changed? Well, almost everything - and the farmers made it clear they had no time to waste. 7News was there:.. Daniel Ortiz reporting Once again, the between 600-800 members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmer Association gathered at la Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico for the 3rd Special General Meeting in a row. Knowing that the press would be there, some farmers brought Posters in Spanish, which translated, say "Long Live The BSCFA, Out with the Radicals".

Government Amends Sugar Act - Opposition Rails
And so with everything in place up north - things also had to be put in place in Belmopan. Government went to the House of Representatives today to pass, in one sitting, the bill for an act to amend the Sugar Industry Act. It's a necessary step that should have been made almost 5 years ago when government gave an undertaking to change the Act to make it reflect the constitutional reality - that farmers are free to associate or form any group they wish: they don't have to be members of the Belize Sugar Cane Producers Association. But, before the bill could be tabled, the leader of the opposition lashed out against the government for bringing it to the House too late:... Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "How can we come here today, how can this government come here today to this honorable house, placed before us a bill of such importance, affecting a vital national industry, the sugar industry - placed that bill on our table at 10am, when the meeting is scheduled to start?"

A Radical Remedy?
But first, we go back to yesterday's cane farmers meeting. In today's House Meeting, we heard the Prime Minister talk about sidelining the radicals from within the association like Fred Ortega and Javier Keme. Well, yesterday, we heard much the same at the cane famers special meeting. It happened at about 17 minutes into yesterday's meeting when one of the cane farmers, who was protesting at the meeting, proceeded to name Ortega; Keme; their CEO, Oscar Alonzo; Diody Novelo, a member of the BSCFA's negotiating team; and Lucilo Teck as persons not working for the best interest of the farmers. It did not get any kind of support from the assembly, but here's that moment when the farmer harshly criticized these members, despite Chairman Cansino's attempt to shut him down:

Keme's Cane Fields Were Burnt
So, while democracy failed to get sanctions against these members, did someone decide to take the law into their own hands and burn Javier Keme's cane fields? That's what he and others want to know after Keme learned on Friday the vast acreages had been burnt. For those not familiar with cane politics, burning someone's field is the ultimate act of sabotage, since once the cane is burnt it has to be harvested immediately - and if it is not ready for harvest then the field goes to waste, a complete write-off. That's just what happened to Keme and he told us about it today:.. Javier Keme, Fields Were burnt "The whole parcel is 16 acres, but I managed to harvest half of it last crop, at the end of the crop. About 7-8 acres remained there and that was what was set on fire. More or less about 180-200 tonnes. That's my calculation."

Who Burnt Alonzo's Home?
While Keme continues to get to to investigate that fire, Police continue to investigate the one which destroyed the apartment belonging to BSCFA CEO, Oscar Alonzo. As we told you it happened early on January 2, in the San Lorenzo Housing area of Orange Walk Town. Alonzo was out of the country on his holiday, but it happened only 2 days before the second general meeting of the association, which as viewers may know, ended with the farmers refusing the cane compromise, which was facilitated by Government. Alonzo was one member of the association's negotiating team, who did not believe that the cane compromise was in the best interest of the farmers, and he voiced his at the table. Now, police believe that a crime was committed, but they are still investigating if the fire which destroyed Alonzo's house was caused by arson, or resulted from a burglary where thieves broken and stole his possessions.

BDF Reservist Murdered In City
There were 2 murders over the weekend which left a 23 year-old man and 22 year-old woman dead. The first one happened at about 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, on Complex Avenue in Belize City. 23 year-old Denver Villafranco, a volunteer for the Belize Defence Force, was walking in the direction of Mahogany Street when he was attacked by 3 men. One of the men stabbed him in the right side of the abdomen. He was rushed to the hospital, but he died within 10 minutes. By all accounts we've heard, Villafranco kept out of trouble, and was a model volunteer at the BDF from since the age of 16. So, today, we asked the police what their investigation reveals so far as to why he was violently killed in this manner:

22 Year Old Mother of 3 Brutally Murdered in San Pedro
San Pedro Police also made a disturbing discovery early on Saturday morning, January 17. They found the partially nude body of a 22 year-old mother of three. She is Honduran waitress Sylvia Carmen Benitez. She had been missing for 5 days. The San Pedro Sun Newspaper reports that her body was found about 15 feet off the Mata Grande Road, some 3 and a half miles north of the town. She was in an advanced state of decomposition, and multiple blunt force injuries were discovered on the right side of her face, neck and back, and there were signs that someone tried to hold her against her will. The last time she was seen alive was on Monday, January 12, where persons say that appeared to be intoxicated. Today, we asked the Eastern Division's head of CIB about what their investigation has revealed about the days after that last sighting:

Mayor Darrell Dispossesses Dion
The Belize City Council only has a few weeks to go before its term is over, and while the Council should be holding the status quo, instead it is managing the largest transition in memory as it takes on 150 workers from Belize Maintenance Limited and the responsibility to keep the city clean. And it seems the mayor doesn't want councilor Dion Leslie to be part of it. Leslie had responsibility for the Council's Sanitation Department - but on Friday, we are told the city administrator sent out a text saying that the Mayor had transferred that responsibility to BQ Pitts Jr. And what did Leslie get in exchange? Nothing at all - not even a phone call to give him the news. Today we asked the Prime Minister about it:... Jules Vasquez "We have learnt reliably, that a text was sent out by the city administrator on Friday, saying that BQ Pitts would be in charge of the sanitation portfolio, which was formerly held by Dion Leslie and that other changes would be made. The effect of it was that Dion Leslie, who you had handpicked to send to Houston to facilitate the transition, is now completely a councilor without a portfolio."

PUP Selects New Candidate For OW East
On Sunday, The PUP held a convention in the Orange Walk East constituency to choose a candidate to replace Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez - who is stepping down at the end of his term due to medical reasons. The men who would replace him are political newcomer Josue Carballo, and former two term area rep., David Burgos who was elected in Orange Walk East from 1998 to 2008. 7News stopped in yesterday at the convention and spoke to both aspirants. Here's what they had to say: Josue Carballo - PUP, Aspirant, Orange Walk East "Since we started you can sense that movement, that energy, that enthusiasm, that our camp has brought to this convention. You see the people from all ages coming and definitely support this change that my camp that Josue Carballo brings to Orange Walk East and so we see that energy, that momentum just growing as the hours go by. We expect a big turnout, we expect this shows that the PUP is alive and it's working and it's keeping close to its people here in Orange Walk East. That's what we expect, a big turnout and a victory at the end of the day."

Barrow: Briceno Will Be New PUP Leader
IT's seen as a big win for Orange Walk Central incumbent John Briceno - who backed Carballo against Burgos. IT was critical for Briceno - who is has rivalries from other PUP factions in the north - to hold ground in the division right next to his. It's a part of the power balance within the PUP - which is often in a fluid state - mainly because the party has not won a major election since 2003. Today the Prime Minister tried to play up the perceived rivalry between former leader Briceno and current leader Fonseca - when he said that since there won't be another house meeting before the municipal elections in March - today was Fonseca's last stand as leader. That's because Barrow is predicting victory for the UDP in the Municipals which he thinks could be a death blow for Fonseca's leadership:

Fair Trade Fail?
And going back to sugar now…the crop crisis has been set aside, but the other issue facing the Belize Sugar cane Farmers Association is a possible decertification from Fair Trade. Last week, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association finished giving out 4 million dollars of Fair Trade Premiums, bringing the grand total of monies improperly disbursed by to 6.5 million dollars in one month. Yesterday, CEO Oscar Alonzo was asked for his opinion on the state of those affairs, and he told us that he hopes that Fair Trade doesn't look at the disbursements as isolated incident. Alonzo said that the auditors need to look at the overall improvements and attempts at compliance, as well as the circumstances surrounding why they asked for the premiums to be given out the way they were:

Another Allegation of Medical Malpractice
Last week Tuesday on this newscast, you heard the first-time mother, 19 year-old Lucila Martinez, accuse medical staff at the KHMH of negligence when they reportedly left cotton swabs inside her body after she gave birth. Well tonight, there are reports of another possible medical malpractice case coming out of Western Belize. 24 year-old Arson Moh, a resident of Billy White Village, reported to San Ignacio Police that on last week Monday, he took his common-law wife Norma Marroquin to the San Ignacio Community Hospital because a piece of placenta was left in her when she gave birth the week before at the Spanish Lookout Clinic.

GSU Sent Requena and Mas To Jail for Gun
Tonight, 21 year-old Akeem Requena, and 19 year-old David Mas are at the Belize Central Prison after a gun was reportedly seized from them last night by members of the Gang Suppression Unit. According to the Gang Suppression Unit, a team of officers were on patrol on Gibnut Street when they saw Requena and Mas walking and acting suspicious when they saw that police were in the area. The officers decided to search both men, and that's when the officers found parts of a rusty shotgun was found on both of them.

YOUNGSTERS STEAL IN SAN PEDRO
Two young men who ought to be in school, are under threat of a theft conviction after they were charged with stealing from a business place in San Pedro. a 36 year-old store clerk reported that on Saturday, January 17, she was at her workplace. That's a boutique on Barrier Reef Drive, and that's also where a 2 boys, a 12 year-old and a 14 year-old, decided to shop lift from. They pocketed a chan and a pair of gold earrings to a total value of 48 dollars, but they were caught in the act and charged with theft.

Matura Protest: Small But Spirited, And They Had Stamina
As we told you at the top of the newscast, today in Belmopan - Government went to the House of Representatives to pass the amendments to the Sugar Act. These will make legal provisions for new farmers associations - thus breaking the Belize sugar Cane Farmers 55 year monopoly on membership. And also today, that same cane farmers associations, somewhat splintered, but still three thousand strong, signed a commercial agreement with BSI. Now, the efforts of those who've opposed the signing have been very well documents - and today they made one last stand. Today, Audrey Matura Shepherd, Alfred Ortega, Lucilo Teck, and a few handfuls of cane farmers were joined by members of the NTUCB executive, and members of the public to march n Belmopan. The crowd was small, only 65 at its peak, which isn't very much when one considers that there are 5500 cane farmers. But what they lacked in numbers they made up for in spirit. The group put on hearty show with singing, marching and symbolic cane stalks. We asked Ortega why so few came out:..

Police Big Up Kids Who Did "Rite"
The Mahogany Police Station, which comes under Police Precinct 2, has chosen Kimala Roches, a second former from Sadie Vernon High School as their choice for the Do the Right Thing Program. Even though she's only 16 years old Roches is a veteran cadet of the police department's youth cadet corps, and today, we got a chance to meet her when the Precinct 2 Community Policing commander handed over their tokens of appreciation for her continued aspiration to excellence. She told us that these officers, who are also her Cadet leaders, surprised her with the honor: She will get an opportunity to attend a ceremony later in the year where her accomplishments will be judged in comparison to other promising youths her age.

Violence and Broken Lives
"Broken Images": That's the title of the Women's Issues Network's report on violence against youth. Researchers focused on 160 people from ages 14 to 64 from across the country to analyze this issue from their perspective. The report was officially launched today at the ITVET conference room and Executive Director of WIN Belize discussed the reality of violence in Belize and how it affects the development of youth. There are 16 recommendations, 8 of which will be implemented in the first 6 months and the remaining 8 will be achieved over a span of 3 years. Counselling sessions are also on the recommendation list.

PM Uses Premium, Even if it's not from Petrocaribe
World oil prices continue to tumble - and OPEC nations say it's not going up again anytime soon. As consumers we are all loving it at the pump - but government is feeling it in a reduced revenue flow form Petrocaribe. That's because the Petrocaribe proceeds are a percentage of the purchase price of fuel - and the lower the price, the lower the figure that goes back to government. Today we discussed it with the PM - and got to asking him about what kind of fuel his SUV uses:..

Channel 5

House of Representative Passes Amendments to the Sugar Act
The sugar crisis is a volatile one and has occupied the public conscious for months. On Sunday, the crisis came closer to resolution when the B.S.C.F.A. agreed to sign on [...]

DPM Says Government’s Hand Was Forced by B.S.C.F.A.
As justification, Prime Minister Barrow indicated that it was essential that the bill be pushed through all stages because of the new associations in play, and the complexities involved in [...]

Francis Fonseca Says Treachery and Betrayal Forced Caneros to their Knees
That justification didn’t impress P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca, who then declared open season on the government, and on those he called their moles and cronies within the B.S.C.F.A.  Fonseca says [...]

“Why You Gotta Be So Rude…to Audrey Matura-Shepherd?”
Fonseca also reserved special attention for Prime Minister Dean Barrow, asking him why he has to be so rude…to attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd, that is. The P.M. recently referred to her [...]

Caneros Protest House Meeting
Even as the debate raged inside the House, outside cane farmers and supporters were gathered in protest. There weren’t many of them – at peak probably fifty – but there [...]

John Briceño Speaks on What P.U.P. Has Done for Farmers…
Inside the House today, Orange Walk Central Area Representative today handed out his share of licks to his colleagues on the government’s side of the House. He started by making [...]

…And Chastises G.O.B. for Playing Politics
Briceño, after outlining what the P.U.P. has done for the industry, chastised the government for what he calls playing politics with an industry which affects the lives of fifty thousand [...]

PM Blames P.U.P. for Destruction of the B.S.C.F.A. and the Industry
As we’ve heard, government took its licks today over an issue which is serious business. The government has come under serious and sustained fire during the weeks of impasse. Government [...]

B.S.C.F.A. Signs on to ASR/B.S.I.
Like it or not, protest or not, duress or not…the general assembly of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association passed on Sunday a resolution to sign onto the agreement with [...]

Honduran Woman Murdered in San Pedro
According to the murder stats for 2014, San Pedro has quickly become a most dangerous town. The island accounted for the second highest amount of murders last year. On Saturday [...]

B.D.F. Volunteer Stabbed to Death in the City
In Belize City, the grieving family of Denver Villafranco says various persons watched as the B.D.F. volunteer was cold-bloodedly murdered by a group of three men believed to be persons [...]

Fatal Traffic Accident in Corozal
There was a fatal traffic accident in Ranchito Village, just outside of Corozal town on Saturday night. Twenty-four year old Eric Vellos was traveling home when he lost control of [...]

Mark Vega Acquitted of 2002 Murder
On Friday night in the Orange Walk Supreme Court, the murder re-trial of well known street figure, Mark Vega ended in his acquittal. A jury of twelve found thirty-one year [...]

Said Musa Calls House Meeting Crap!
Usually the Prime Minister closes the session in the House, but today Area Representative of Fort George, Said Musa, felt inspired. He pulled no punches, claiming that the government’s entire [...]

PM Ridicules Fonseca in the House
Now there was a senior amount of mud-slinging at government today – as we’ve pointed out, it was open season. But if there’s one man who can give as good [...]

Newest Member in the House Takes the Oath
We end tonight’s coverage of the events on Independence Hill with the event which actually started the House meeting. Recently elected Cayo North Area representative Omar Figueroa was sworn in [...]

“Broken Images” – a Report on Gender Based Violence on Belizean Youth
Today, Women’s Issues Network WIN-Belize launched “Broken Images,” a report on Gender Based Violence with a focus on Belizean Youth. The research, which was done in collaboration with the Women’s [...]

Belmopan Bandits win the PLB Championship
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The road to the PLB 2014 title reached money time Saturday night at the Isidoro Beaton stadium inside Belmopan [...]


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CTV3

PM Prediction Is To Have A New Leader Coming Next House Meeting
Today there was much back and forth at the house as the debate for the amendment of Sugar Act went on for quite some hours. But when it was time to make his presentation, Prime Minister Dean Barrow strayed away from, the topic a bit as he touted and taunted at the leader of the opposition, Francis Fonseca citing that he predicts that the next house sitting will see a new leader for the PUP. Barrow cited that whilst Fonseca gave a “valedictory speech” on the debate, stating that they live in a bizarre world, he is predicting a “political death foretold” for Fonseca. Here is that clip… “It is my expectation indeed firm conviction that at that time we will have a new leader of the opposition today then was the sort of valedictory speech of the current leader of the opposition, and Mr speaker, if you will allow me to get into it just a little more, ...

BSCFA Signs Agreement With BSI, But What Happens With Fair Trade?
The signing of the agreement between BSCFA and BSI this morning should bring the end to a rather tumultuous and dragged out negotiation, but the association is still not in the clear in that aspect, as some still oppose the commercial agreement presented by BSI. That continues to be one matter of concern for the association. Another, and perhaps even greater, is its ultimate survival as an organization. BSCFA faces decertification in its next audit for this year. CEO Oscar Alonzo told the press after Sunday’s meeting that as an organization they will see how they can best make amends with Fairtrade. Oscar Alonzo- CEO, BSCFA “It’s true that certain the decision that are made that are not, that do not comply with the criteria but I think we, these are made sometimes due to the economic hardships and the economic situations that the cane farmers are faced in, we will be conducting a process of reeducation with the farmers regarding with the Fair Trade criteria and we hope that through this process they can make sure they can stick closer to the criteria and we hope that when FLOCERT makes the audit that they can understand the economic reality that made the farmers make decision regarding the use of the Fair Trade funds and do not deal with them too harshly.”

Police Involve In Minor Traffic Mishap
Over the weekend the Corozal District witnessed a fatal traffic accident which claimed the life of 24 year old Eric Nelson Vellos who was laid to rest today. But that was not the only traffic accident the district recorded luckily though, the second was not fatal. On Saturday evening Officer Commanding of the Corozal Police Department, Andrew Ramirez, and members of the Quick Respond Team were conducting patrols in the rural areas, when they were involved in a traffic mishap. According to Superintendent Ramirez they were on their way back to Corozal Town when the incident played out.

55 Year Old Man Charged for Failure To Provide Specimen For Analysis
A 55 year old man from Santa Elena Road, Corozal Town is tonight facing charges for failing to provide specimen for analysis. According to police, on January 18th 2015 around 2:00am, officers were on mobile patrol on College Road when their attention was drawn to a suburban vehicle which was parked facing an east to west direction with the engine running and lights on parked in the middle of the road. As officers approached the vehicle they noticed that the driver was apparently sleeping behind the steering wheel with a beer bottle in his hand.

Cane Farmer Should Be Allowed In Sugar Marketing Committee, Says O/W Central Area Rep.
When it comes to the Sugar Industry, much was said in the House today. While both sides defend their position on the Sugar sag as the debate on the amendment of the sugar act took place, one member of the opposition that stood up for the farmers at the same time offering recommendations for the betterment of the Sugar Industry was member for Orange Walk Central Honourable John Briceno. “I think that the government needs to pass legislation to allow the cane farmers to be represented on a sugar marketing committee, why do I say that, for so long, the cane farmers have been saying that when they deliver their cane and BSI process that cane into sugar they take it to their own and give it to their parent company which was Tate & Lyle and now ASR to sale the sugar and we don’t know if it is the best price, we don’t know if that is the price or they could get a better price or a lower price, we don’t know that but a to avoid the suspicion that have been growing up in the industry, I think it is important that we have legislation where a cane farmer represents the cane farmer on that board so that they could be assure that whatever price BSI/ASR five the farmer for their sugar it is the best price that they can get, so that is my first recommendation Mr Speaker.

CEO Oscar Alonzo Speaks About Removal Of Membership
As we mentioned before, the BSCFA continues to be riddled with problems of its own outside the negotiations with BSI, some of which were perhaps born from these negotiations. Even with the negotiations concluded, the process has left some farmers bitter and who have publicly called for the removal of several officials in the association. Some of these include Alfredo Ortega, Javier Keme, Oscar Alonzo and Ezequiel Cansino even. At Sunday’s meeting, at least one farmer called for the removal of some of these individuals although the matter was not pursued further in at the meeting. It is not the first time however and when asked about this, Alonzo and Cansino this is what they responded. Oscar Alonzo “We are an association that respects the views and the decisions of all members, if that is his view I respect it and I think the membership know what type of person I am and the work I do and the response I bring to them and I do not have anything against that resolution that is his right and it is the farmers that decide and I will respect whatever decision I make and I am confident with what farmers have seen what I have been trying to do and they will interpreted it in their own way.”

Who Burnt Down CEO's Rented House?
On the morning of January second this year, the house rented by BSCFA CEO Oscar Alonzo was set on fire. Most of Alonzo’s property was destroyed, and police have still not closed that case which was believed to be arson or burglary. At the time of the blaze, Alonzo was on vacation and was informed of the fire by his colleagues. On Sunday, he shared his sentiments of the incident stating he hopes it was merely coincidental that the fire occurred at a critical and tense time for the association. Oscar Alonzo- CEO, BSCFA “It’s so strange that it happens two days before the last but I wouldn’t like to speculate, I think it is in the hands of the police to see what occurred, nothing intentional means of trying to intimidate myself or the farmers and we hope that it is not that and I hope we are not moving in that direction, I think we are still a democratic and free country that we can express our views and sentiments and take position without being having to look our shoulder and expect some sort of violence would occur.”

Sugar Act Amended After Much Debated
The Sugar Industry Amendment Bill was the main debate in today’s fiery meeting in the House of Representatives and from the onset it triggered much scrutiny from the members of the opposition. But before divulging into that segment of the news, we start off with a debut appearance of newly elected and appointed Minister of State to the National Assembly, Dr. Omar Figueroa. And while the dust has settled since his victory over Richard Harrison in Cayo North, he took his opening remarks to thank his supporters and campaign members for their victory. Also gracing the chambers with his presence was disgraced Minister and former house member, Elvin Penner who sat adjacent to the pews of his party’s parliamentarians. But back to the substance of the matter, the Sugar Industry Amendments to the Bill was presented and it was met with much objection from the Opposition, People’s United Party. The Bill presented today was to enact legislation for freedom of associations, a move that was to be acted upon four years ago. And in just one day, the Government moved to have the bill pass all its stages and for it be amended so as to jump start the sugar cane crop season. Here are the highlights of todays ‘historic’ motion.

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Boat Accident in The Barrier Reef
The Belize Barrier Reef is the World’s Second Largest Barrier Reef consisting of a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize. Being one of the Country’s most natural beauties, the coral reef is constantly at risk of being damaged or becoming extinct. Last two weeks, a concerned Caye Caulker resident made reports of a boat that had crashed in the reef. Today Love News spoke to Vice President of OCEANA, Janelle Chanona, who spoke to use further more on this incident. JANELLE CHANONA “Well this is a situation we are monitoring closely we were advised of this officially via a concerned citizen from a resident from Caye Caulker saying that there had been this incident as long as two weeks ago where there had been a stranding of a vessel at sea and there had been some visit by regulatory authorities but then the boat has just been sitting there so we are obviously very concerned that even though there has been official notice of this vessel being there that it still has the potential to be causing further damage.

Belize Defense Force Volunteer Stabbed to Death
A young woman and a toddler just under two years old are grieving after 23-year-old, Denver Villafranco was stabbed to death on Saturday, January 17 around seven o’clock. Villafranco had just left home and was enroute to visit his spouse of six years, Keisha Thompson on Flamboyant Street when it is believed he was attacked from behind and stabbed multiple times. When we met up with Thompson this morning, she was still uncertain as to how to tell their daughter that Denver is dead. KEISHA THOMPSON “All I know is that they stabbed him near the lane and it hurts really bad because he has a baby that he has left behind. People don’t know the pain that they inflict on people. He just came back from the bush and not even a month he’s spent with me and they just took him like that. He was going to my house when this whole thing happened. They attacked him from back on and then after they attacked him they knocked him out and then they put him near the drain, which we live near and as you walk out on the veranda you can see the spot where he died. When my mother in law got there his gut was in his hand and they transported him to the hospital.”

Sadie Vernon Student Awarded By Police Department
The December Award for the Do the Right Thing Program under the umbrella of the Belize Police Department was presented today to a second form student from Sadie Vernon High School in Belize City. 16-year-old, Kimala Roches received her certificate and award this morning during a brief ceremony held on the school’s compound. Roches was selected from a number of nominees from other secondary schools and institutions and was recommended by the school counsellor, Solomon Jacobs. SOLOMON JACOBS “The criteria came directly from the Belize Police Department and I know Kimala met some of the criteria in terms of her academic performance. She is a good role model for her peers at school. Kimala is very outgoing she is friendly, she is smart and she assist the school in terms of extracurricular activities and she is very talented as well.”

Prime Minister Says Cane Farmers Will Reap on Future Production Increases
In wrapping up the debate Prime Minister Dean Barrow assured cane farmers that they will benefit from any future increase in production. PRIME MINISTER DEAN BARROW “We do say to Mr. Cansino, Aban, Patt, Navaro and the others of good will please do not ever let us have a repeat scenario. The extremists those that in fact are for whatever reasons, I don’t know if it is in addition to politics, those that are against the partnership which is an absolute essential if we are to take this industry forward must be isolated, they cannot ever again be allowed to take center stage. Mr. Speaker we like the once and future king put on record one more time that we believe in foreign investment, we believe in the need for an equal partnership in sugar between the miller, the manufacturer and the cane farmer.

Non-Profit Organization Caters For Homeless and Unfortunate
“Together We Can Solve Hunger”, a non- profit organization, is a charity that feeds the homeless, and provides help for families that cannot afford some of the basic needs. Today Love News spoke to the Vice-president of TWCSH, Geraldine Mai. GERALDINE MAI “We have a Sunday lunch every Sunday that we look forward to preparing for the homeless. We usually cater for 50 homeless and we have also had three different families now who have joined and come up to us telling us that they are not homeless but they simply don’t have that day, so we have 50 plus the three additional families that we are catering for. The organization stems from a lot of our own personal challenge and wanting to give back with any NGO we rely heavily on donation. In terms of the finance we have been getting some donations from home and a little from abroad and we are thankful for those but most of our donation comes from my husband Mr.Mai he has been so supportive of this organization and he allows us to use a portion of his pension at the end of the month. Every Sunday we are at battle field park with our Sunday dinner for the homeless we also have another project that we have adapted into this organization it’s called the ‘Food Basket’ whereby we give out food baskets to single mothers every Friday at 2 pm but as I have mentioned before we rely on donations so it is how we get the donations that we try to give back for the food baskets.”

GSU Weekend Operations Yield Several Arrests
The Gang Suppression Unit held operations throughout the weekend. At around seven o’clock on Friday night they conducted a search on a house located on Rivero Street in Belize City which led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 174 grams of cannabis found hidden inside a container next to a concrete wall. Since no one was in the immediate area, the drug was labeled as “Found Property”. Later that night the GSU officers were in the area known as Dykes on Fabers Road. They conducted a search of an open lot which resulted in the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 143 grams of cannabis which was hidden under some dry leaves.

Burnt Cane Field; Chair of BSCFA Being Targeted
Over the weekend, the Chair of the Finance Committee of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, Javier Keme, got a phone call informing him that his cane had been burnt. Keme told the media today that he believes that he was target because of the position he has taken on the sugar situation. He said that the culprit burnt about eight acres of cane costing him more than ten thousand dollars. JAVIER KEME “I normally give my tour in my cane fields every evening and I did that on Thursday evening and everything was okay up to 5:30 or 6:00 in the evening but on Friday at about 9:30 I received this call and I went to check and the whole parcel is 16 acres but I managed to harvest half of it at the end of the crop. So about 7-8 acres remained there and that was what was set on fire and it was new planted cane, 16 months because it supposed to be harvested at the end of the crop but because of the crop ending there is always production that stays so that stayed on the field and more or less 180 to 100 tons, that is my calculation.”

PUP Needed More Time to Consider Sugar Amendments
The House of Representatives met today in Belmopan. The first order of business was the swearing in of the newest member of the House of Representatives. Dr. Omar Figueroa who won the recent bi-election in Cayo North was sworn in. The special meeting was called to make amendments to the Sugar Industry Act. The amendment seeks to amend chapter 324 of the ACT to quote “bring the act into conformity with the Belize Constitution; to secure to all cane farmers the freedom to belong to an association of their own choice; to facilitate the commencement of the grinding seasons in a fair and equitable manner” end of quote. Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca appealed to the Prime Minister to withdraw the bill but that request was strongly rejected. GASPAR VEGA “In accordance with standing order number 49, I move that the bill be taken through all its stages forthwith.” FRANCIS FONSECA “We object to this in the strongest possible terms. How can we come here today, how can this government come here today to this honorable house, place before us a bill of such importance affecting a vital national industry, the sugar industry.

BSCFA Remains a Robust Association
Members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association met yesterday in San Roman to approve the signing of the commercial agreement with BSI/ASR. BSCFA saw it very important to convene its members to pass this crucial resolution as three farmers associations have gone ahead and signed contract with BSI and are ready to start the sugar cane crop. Until Friday last week, BSCFA had not received a positive response from BSI/ASR as to when to sign an agreement even though the Prime Minister told us he has been lobbying with BSI to go ahead and sign an agreement with the BSCFA without the need of approval from its general assembly. Chairman of the BSCFA Ezequiel Cansino spoke with the media after the meeting. EZEQUIEL CANSINO “As you can see we just came to get an approval from the membership to go ahead and sign the agreement with BSI and well we came straight to the point and the cane farmers responded positively.”

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Man dies in fatal road accident
A traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway between miles 81 and 82 in Ranchito village, Corozal,  has left one man dead. The incident happened sometime after 11  o’clock on Saturday night. Eric Vellos was northbound in a Nissan Altima car, when it received a tire blowout...

Man crashes into police vehicle
On Saturday in Corozal, a man crashed into the back of a police vehicle. Sometime after 6 pm,  Corozal Police were conducting village patrol along with OC Corozal and Corozal QRT in a Police marked vehicle, travelling from Copper Bank Village...

Police investigate sudden death of young mother after childbirth
A woman from Billy White Village in the Cayo district is dead, after a piece of placenta was left in her after childbirth. On January 5th, 25-year-old Norma Noemi Marroquin was taken to the Spanish Lookout clinic where she gave birth...

Men charged for components of firearms
A firearm does not have to be whole to be considered a firearm under the laws of Belize.  That is the reason why two young men are in Central Prison at Hattieville. 21 year old Akeem Requena and 19 year old David Mas are accused of keeping component parts of a firearm, a charge to which they pleade...

Kimala Roche awarded for “Doing the Rite Ting”
The Mahogany Police Cadet Corp has acknowledged 16-year-old Kimala Roche, a Second Form student of Sadie Vernon High School and an active member of the Precinct II Cadet Corp, with a do the right thing award. Kimala holds the rank of Acting Cadet Junior Instructor, whose duties is to assist the Poli...

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Demonstrators picket National Assembly Building
While the House of Representatives was meeting today inside the National Assembly building, outside, a handful of people were holding a protest. About five dozen caneros and their supporters marched around the National Assembly Building carrying placards and pieces of sugar cane. They also carried placards and banners denouncing the way government handled the whole sugar impasse. At a general membership meeting on Sunday, the members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association voted to authorized the BSCFA to proceed with signing the commercial agreement with BSI/ASR, which, as was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister was done this morning.

A BDF volunteer is stabbed to death
Did an attempt to settle a fight lead to the death of 23 year old Denver Villafranco on Saturday night in Belize City? That is what residents of Police Street believe, and they are puzzled as to why attackers targeted Villafranco, who was found lying motionless on Complex Avenue with a stab wound to the right side of the abdomen, from which he died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital while undergoing treatment minutes later. He had been walking on Complex Avenue about 20 minutes earlier headed in the direction of Mahogany Street, when three men attacked him and caused his fatal injury.

Men charged for components of firearms
A firearm does not have to be whole to be considered a firearm under the laws of Belize. And that is the reason why two young men are in Belize Central Prison at Hattieville tonight. 21 year old Akeem Requena and 19 year old 21 year old Akeem Requena and 19 year old David Mas are accused of keeping component parts of a firearm, a charge to which they pleaded not guilty before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer in court today.

Bill introduced to amend the Belize Sugar Industry Act
The Honorable the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Mr. Gaspar Vega has introduced a Bill to parliament to amend the Belize Sugar Industry Act. The amendment will bring the law into conformity with a Supreme Court order to give all cane farmers the freedom to belong to an association of their own choice. The amendment will also facilitate the commencement of the grinding season and takes into account the legitimate interests of all stakeholders.

Blogs

Hot Donuts at San Pedro’s New Ice N’ Beans – At The Sandbar Hostel: Love This Place
For those who have NOT heard the news, Caye Caulker’s Ice N Beans now has an outpost in San Pedro. I spent quite a few blog posts – particularly this one – GUSHING about the hot donuts that were a heart breaking 25 minute water taxi ride away… But now we have our own in San Pedro. Hello 200 pounds! Located at the new Sandbar Hostel (know many hostels with this kind of beach?)… …starting just this past Monday, they are now pumping out three things and three things only. Hot donuts with cinnamon sugar or chocolate sauce (or probably both if you ask nicely), yummy coffee drinks and shaved ices with tons of different flavors.

Drifting along the Ambergrise Caye shore
This morning I learned about the day the red apples drifted up on the shore of Ambergris Caye. It was in the days before island people had the ability to can and preserve food. They were fresh, red, sweet and juicy apples and they came in like a red tide. There were so many of them that people grew sick of eating them and fed them to their dogs, recalls Angel Nunez. In time there were red apples rotting everywhere, probably smelling much like the sargassum does today. Another time, recalls Mr. Nunez, green apples drifted on to shore but people did not care for them as much. Drift is such a beautiful word. It can convey aimlessness or randomness — or a Zen-like oneness with a certain flow. You can drift through life and end up very successful. You can drift through life and end up in a cardboard box. Chance plays a certain role when you drift.

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Scuba diving in the Yucatán Peninsula's spectacular cenotes, Caribbean
Our scuba group plopped into the cenote and slipped below the surface into a spectacular light show of wavering, laser-like sunbeams that sliced through the crystal clear water. They reminded me of the northern lights and were just the beginning of the visual treats my family and I would experience in the Yucatán Peninsula. Many of these cenotes — limestone sinkholes — are connected to huge, freshwater caverns filled with stalagmites and icicle-like stalactites created tens of thousands of years ago when the seas were significantly lower and the caves well above water. Though not for everyone, a guided scuba trip in a cenote is something I would recommend for gutsy and experienced divers who won't be intimidated by swimming through chambers with overhead enclosures. I first dived in a cenote here 20 years ago and was eager to return, this time as part of a family scuba trip.

Cayman to tackle Belize on road to Russia
The Cayman Islands national football team has been paired with Belize in the first round of the regional qualifiers for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia. The first match will be an away game for Cayman followed by a home leg. This is a very tough draw for the Cayman Islands which is seeded 33rd in the region while Belize is ranked 23rd. Cayman has not played on the international stage for some four years and is currently at the bottom of the world rankings and the team is likely to struggle to gain any points in the match-up. But if the national squad does comes out on top the team will go on to play Dominica in the second round or its world cup hopes for 2018 will be over pretty quickly.

Belize it or not, we’re diving the Great Blue Hole
Like a massive pupil in a sea of turquoise, the Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is easily considered the most amazing underwater sinkhole in the world. There are others that are deeper and larger in diameter but none can compete with the splendor of this natural depression. The Great Blue Hole formed as a limestone cave system during the last ice age when sea levels were lower, and the caves flooded as the planet warmed and sea levels rose. Jacques-Yves Cousteau made the site famous in 1972 when he explored the area with his research ship, the Calypso. It was quickly declared one of the top 10 scuba diving sites in the world. At nearly 1000 feet wide and 480 feet deep, it’s a feature attraction for gutsy divers looking for the adventure of a lifetime. Diving guides Maverick, Michael, Jorge and Captain Edgar briefed our group of eight divers before we headed east for about 60 miles or 2.5 hours, bobbing up and down on moderate waves. My boyfriend George became PADI-certified in June 2014. Other than taking his dive exams in the waters of Lake George last summer, he had zero dive experience. Would this first dive prove too risky or scary? The dive exceeds the depth limit of an Open Water Certified Diver by a few feet.

Hacking John McAfee: Truth behind the guns, aliens and fake heart attacks
Heard the story about what Mark Zuckerberg got up to in LA at the weekend? Or the bizarre exploits of Larry Ellison at the Oracle Christmas party? And what about the scrapes Kevin Systrom got into when he went on holiday last year? Well actually, you've probably not heard about any of this. We haven't either. Because these multi-millionaire tech moguls don't want to let us into their lives. Yes, they're happy to publicise their companies' latest product roll-outs, but as individuals they are, understandably, fiercely protective of their privacy. Anyone who wants to find out about their private lives has to rely on stolen snippets of information, gleaned from a paparazzi lens or a particularly ballsy gossip reporter. John McAfee though, takes a rather different approach. In fact, it seems no aspect of his private life is off-limits. We know he went to live in Belize and fled the country after his neighbour died in mysterious circumstances. We know he faked a heart attack to avoid going back there. We know he lives a nomadic existence, carries 10 guns, and thinks the American government is after him. We know he was almost murdered by an ex-lover, driven mad by lust and jealousy, in Poland last year. We know all this because McAfee talks freely about all these things.

Witness: Bain's axing put everyone on tenterhooks
A medical doctor testified yesterday that Professor Brendan Bain's sacking by the University of the West Indies (UWI) left the academic staff worried that others among them might also be fired if their expert evidence wasn't in keeping with the ideology espoused by the university or its donors. Dr William Aiken, who is based at UWI, made the statement while being redirected by Bain's attorney Georgia Gibson-Henlin after his cross-examination by Queen's Counsel Hugh Small. "What happened to Professor Bain put everyone on tenterhooks that if your expert report is not the ideological position of the university or others that it will create an anxious environment in which one works," Williams said. Asked by Justice Lennox Campbell who are the "others" to which he referred, Aiken said the donors of the university.

The Caribbean Glass Ceiling
Women Less than 5% of CEOs & 50 to 100 years for parity In its Jan. 2015 report, the International Labour Organization (ILO) announces a gaining momentum of women in business and management across the globe. As I prepared for a lightning read through, my first stop was the ‘Contents’ pages. The ‘Introduction’ was sobering. Headings such as, “Glass ceiling still intact”, “Still lonely at the top”, “Making corporate culture more inclusive” and “Women in the “pipeline”’ did not make it appear that substantial progress was being made. And, the ILO report emphasizes this point. Under “Still lonely at the top”, and citing from the 2010 World Economic Forum’s Gender Corporate Gap, the ILO report highlights that on average, women account for less than 5 per cent of CEOs in the largest companies in OECD countries. Whether in the 34 OECD countries or outside of that grouping, in highly populated countries like China and India, or in places like South Africa and Mexico, the situation for women at the top in companies is still ‘lonely’ as the percentages remain pretty fixed at 5 percent or less.

Norwegian Escape welcomes Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant
Cruisers should get their Fins Up and shakers of salt ready, as the first-ever floating Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will soon set sail onboard the all-new Norwegian Escape. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings chief executive officer Kevin Sheehan announced the news at a company-wide event, with the help of a very special guest the legendary Jimmy Buffett who performed for the crowd. Norwegian’s exclusive partnership with Margaritaville Holdings extends to Norwegian’s island destinations including the new Harvest Caye in Belize and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, as well as other ships in the fleet.

Videos


TRAILER IMAGINE: CAMINOS,2.5 min. Imagine 2012 is a very human, mystical, historical and beautifully shot documentary about what really happened on December 21st 2012. It was mostly shot in Mayan territory (Mexico, Guatemala and Belize) during December 2012. We are a group of independent filmmakers from Mexico, Australia, United States and Chile.
Interview with a Mayan Shaman in Belize, 4min. An interview with Martinez, an ancient Mayan shaman who lives in San Ignacio, Belize.
Sunbreeze Hotel, San Pedro, Belize, 4min.
The Orion Classic Bikini & Body Building Competition in Placencia Belize!! :D, 2min.
Belize ZipLine, 4min.
Belize 2nd dive, 13min.
The Crocodile Hunter: Steve's Greatest Crocodile Captures, 10min. Steve talks about his adventures with crocodiles and about how he captured them...
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association back, to its general assembly on Sunday January 18th 2015, 2.5min.
Mirna's Baby Shower in Belize,29 min. Mirna and Miguel soon are expecting the arrival of little Asher- and today we gather to celebrate her Baby Shower !!
Takeoff and Ascent from Philip Goldson International, Belize, 9min. AAL 1419 - Boeing 737 from Belize City to Miami on 3-15-2014 Tail Number N877NN
Great Blue Hole Dive, Belize January 2014, 6.5min. Deep and quick dive (130 ft., 8 mins) to see the stalactite formations.
Underwater Belize GO PRO 3, 3.5min. Ambergris Caye, Belize
Diving San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize Pro Dive Center., 4.5min. There are many reasons why Belize is one of mother nature's best kept secrets, and these are just a few. All these shots were taken from December 2014 - January 2015 here on San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Chukka Crocodile Encounter and Shrimp Farm Tour Belize, 3min. It’s an unlikely combination, a shrimp farm and a crocodile sanctuary, but Chukka Belize makes it happen in one exciting and educational tour. It’s the latest package that the tour company has come up with to bring you more of the Belizean experience. Chukka’s Crocodile Encounter and Shrimp Farm package is both thrilling and delectable.

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