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#500985 - 02/12/15 11:06 AM Today's Belize News: February 12, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Young girl shot late last night
The San Pedro Sun has received reports of a shooting in the San Pedrito Area tonight, Wednesday, February 11th. According to police a young girl was shot in the chest and was rushed to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II. Reports confirm that she is in stable condition and undergoing medical treatment. The shooting happened around 10:10pm. The girl was injured inside her home and residents say at least three shots were fired. Police are on the scene conducting their investigation.

21 candidates in the race for SPTC elections
PUP Mayoral Candidate Dr. Giovanni Solorzano was officially nominated by Jose Wilfredo Nuñez and Patricia Josefa Marin. Then followed the other candidates which includes Gualberto “Wally” Nuñez who was endorsed by Miguel Perez and Gonzalo Muñoz, Marina Kay who was nominated by Eulodia Cocom and Baldemar Graniel Sr., Alex Noralez who was nominated by Maria de Rosario Perez and Sheila Alexis Eiley, Conchita Flota who was nominated by Erlindo Flota and Yolanda Galvez, Reymundo “Mundo” Nunez who was nominated by Rablo Kumul and Romel Bardalez and Omar “Cansi” Guerrero nominated by Hector Salazar Sr. and Rigoberto Kumul. Following the nomination, PUP Mayoral Candidate Dr Solorzano addressed the crowd that had awaited the PUP 7 team to be nominated. “We want to take the opportunity to thank our supporters for coming out in full force. It is an indication that people truly want to see a change. This is the first step to victory because on March 4th we are going to take over the helm of the municipality,” explained Solorzano who was flanked by PUP Standard Bearer Elito Arceo.The PUP has lost the four past municipal elections and has been serving as municipal opposition for the past 12 years on the island.

VIP reveals remaining three councilor candidates
On Tuesday February 10th, Mayoral Candidate of the Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) Roberto “Bobby” Lopez introduced his remaining three council candidate. The fourth council candidate is Martin Dawson. He is a born and raised resident of San Pedro and known for his involvement in martial arts for the past 12 years as well as other sporting activities. The fifth candidate introduced was Mary Boiton who said that while she is not originally from San Pedro, she now considers the island her home. According to Boiton, she believes that the community involvement can bring about the change. The sixth candidate on the VIP ticket is Francisco Salguero. The young islander, who is born and raised on Ambergris Caye, says that the issues affecting San Pedro are many including the environment, education and lack of activities for youth of the island.

San Pedro pays tribute to Bob Marley
Reggae icon Bob Marley was remembered by island residents on Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 7th at the 6th annual Tribute to Bob Marley Concert. Organized by Irie Belize and hosted by Ras Milan, the event commemorates Bob Marley’s life and significant contributions to the music industry. 2015 marked Bob Marley’s 70th birthday (February 6, 1945) and 34 years since he passed away (May 11, 1981). The two day event saw a display of art and music. During the day on Friday, February 7th, local artists display their paintings at the San Pedro House of Culture. Residents and visitors were invited to come by and view the work. Each piece either highlighted the Rastafarian culture or honored Bob Marley. Later in the night the event moved to Central Park where local artists took to the stage performing some of Bob Marley’s iconic songs. The event continued on Saturday, February 7th with more musical performances at Central Park. Preforming artists included Coconut Leo, Melody Man, Blackheno and Ras Indio.

Barcelona wins Under-11 LAFALE Champions League
It seems like the football fever in San Pedro never dies down, as there are always tournaments going on. After three months of competition, the Under-11 LAFALE Champions League came to a close with team Barcelona taking first place. Held at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Arena, the tournament saw children between the ages of 5 to 11 competing in a series of matches since November 30, 2014. Six participating teams took on the names of some of the top European football clubs including Barcelona, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester City. The tournament was organized by Javier “Lalin” Calderon, Anthony Castillo, Fulli Hoare, Angie Olivarez, Luis Pant and Edgar Castillo with aims of providing a recreational activity for the island’s children.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Town Council Nominations Held for Election Day
Nomination Day was held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, in the heels of the upcoming Town Council Elections. All three political parties presented their candidates who were officially nominated to run for a seat at the Town Council elections on March 4, 2015. With the nominations taking place, the San Pedro Town Council has officially been dissolved, which means that no new transactions or projects can be taken by the councilors until after elections. The Town Council is only to work on the daily routines that keep the town running. Municipal elections are set for Wednesday, March 4, 2015 and the polling station will be #37 - the San Pedro High School.

United Democratic Party Marched on Nomination Day for upcoming elections 2015
Video, 1.5min.

People's United Party Marched on Nomination Day for upcoming elections 2015
Video, 2min.

Flashbacks: Carnaval Comparsa Mimicking Fidel Castro
During the three days of Carnaval there was a lot of street dancing called “comparsas” from which the village folks derived a lot of fun and entertainment. Here are a few popular ones: Las Cubanitas, Los Negritos, Los Africanos, Las Chinitas, Las Hawaiians, Los Indios, Las Americanas, and Las Estudiantes. At times the comparsas mimicked a village scandal like a theft, a mean teacher, an arrogant boss, a couple that eloped, or even a product that was not good. One year Belize produced a starch named Darara and it too darn stiff for the clothing, so the men danced and ridiculed that product called Darara. Well last year you had an example with Elvin Penner selling of Belize passports. That was the manner in which comparsas were composed. In this comparsa in the 1970’s you see the men of San Pedro mimicking Fidel Castro and his dominion over the people of Cuba. You see Cuban ladies dancing and you see a refugee with his life saver as he tried to make his way from Cuba to the free world. You see the plight of Cubans and their happiness after they land in San Pedro to dance the Carnaval.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Cornerstone's Free Classes
The Cornerstone Foundation is offering free classes on subjects like computers, English, sewing, and hammock making. The courses are on weekdays, with most being in the early afternoon, and will take place at their new building(which they painted recently), located at 27 Far West street. You can call them at 667-0210 for more information. Thanks, Cornerstone!

Painting at Carnaval
Painting has always been a part of the Carnaval Tradition in San Pedro. Come check out the Exhibition at the San Pedro House of Culture.

Carnaval Photographic Exhibition
There is a Carnaval Photographic Exhibition going on at the San Pedro House of Culture. You are invited to view the exhibition.

HAPPENING TONIGHT!!!!
Please remember to join us for Belize Screen on the Green in Belmopan at GG Field. Movie starts at dark! See you there!!!! Movie: Remember the Titans Rated: PG (for thematic elements) Theme: Social Inclusion, Youth and Sports, Civil Rights.

UDP in Corozal
United Democratic Party (UDP) Mayoral candidate and councilor candidates hold nomination day rally this afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m. in Corozal Town.

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Nomination Day Wednesday Feb 11th, Corozal
Mayoral candidate David "Dido" Vega and his fellow councilor candidates of the People’s United Party (PUP) and its supporters stood en masse this morning following a short rally from their headquarters on College Road to be officially nominated. Supporters were seemingly encouraged and are ready for the March 4th Corozal municipal elections. Immediately after nominations, supporters will move back to the PUP Grounds for a short rally. The People's United Party stated: "Let’s begin the march to victory and send a strong message by rallying shoulder to shoulder alongside our dynamic PUP 7 and Vote PUP on March 4th". This afternoon, the United Democratic Party will be holding its own nomination rally.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, February 11, 2015: 51

Corozal Bay Sailing Club: After the Race-from the Commodore
Greetings to all, First I would like to thank all our volunteers,too numerous to name . Without your help the regatta would not have been such a success. Thank you donors for the wonderful prizes for the raffle and to the donors that choice to help sponsor a child by paying the yearly youth membership fee. Big thanks to Jam Rock for being a great host and providing the venue and feeding the children. It was a sunny weekend even though the winds were light and delayed the start on both days. This was an invitational regatta so the number of boats were less, 30 boats. Corozal will be hosting the nationals in mid November. We hope all will be able to enjoy this big event. As for the results our Jazmine came in 5th place. If you wondered what the larger boats on the water were, they are laser pico's for the children who have aged out of the optimists......Our sailor Christopher finished in 2nd place for that race. We will update you soon on these lasers It is a great boat to learn sailing on. We hope to teach adults to sail these. Thank you all once more Gerard Cordts Commodore Final tallies 1st place Antionio Ricardez from SCSC 2nd place Blanca Velasquez from SPJSC 3rd place Nashira Ricadez from BCSC our Jazime Campos came in 5th place We are very proud of ALL the sailors no matter what team they sail for. Best part is they all are great friends and have fun.

Corozal Sailing Club Invitational Regatta Recap
The Second full regatta season for the Caye Caulker Sailing club kicked off this past weekend in Corozal Bay. The difference between this year and last year for our club was night and day. Of the six clubs and 24 sailors that attended, the Caye Caulker Sailing Club posted the most impressive results top to bottom. Our club sent 4 sailors posting overall finishes of: 6th Place – Glenford Barrera 9th Place – Anhel Moh 10th Place – Ronaldo Bo 12th Place – Harrison Cadle Jr. That’s 3 sailors in the top ten, the most of any club, and all 4 in the top 12, also the most of any club. Unlike last year, all of our sailors were sailing in the White Fleet, not the Green Fleet. The two-day event featured wonderful weather but with light winds, challenging the sailors’ skills.

New Kitchen for the OWC
The Octavia Waight Center has broken ground for their new kitchen, a much needed addition. In related news, they have teamed up with the Challenge Gobie Foundation so they can raise the rest of the funds for the kitchen, and are having a Valentine Dinner and Dance, which will be at the OWC auditorium. The Jade band will be there to provide entertainment. Tickets can be bought at the Shell station.

Belize History Association Logo Competition
The Belize History Association is having a Logo Design Competition. Anyone can enter, and you could win a Galaxy Tab 4. The deadline for submissions is February 27th. The application form is here: http://goo.gl/d1BJpS Good luck!

Call for Benque Women in Arts
The Benque House of Culture is calling on all female artists for submissions for the Women in Arts exhibit. Let them know by February 20th. You can call them at 823-2697. It's guarenteed to be another awesome exhibition. "Inviting all Women Artists to be a part of the Women in Art Exhibition 2015, inbox us for more detail. Please spread the word and prepare for a reflection of the Work of Women in the Arts..."

BTB Tour Guide Certification Awards
Sacred Heart Junior College was where more than 30 students were awarded their BTB Tour Guide Certificates. Andy Bahadur and Dean Fermin Magana proudly presented the certificates. Congratulations to all the brilliant minds, and future tour leaders!

Street Arts Fest time
Where will you be on Feb 28th? Its Street Arts Fest time..come paarty with us, downtown Belize City! Mark your calendars and get ready...

TRIBUTE TO ELJAI ROYAL: A REVIEW OF HIS MUSICAL WORK!
Belizean reggae artist Eljai Royal, better known as Junior Rankin', has rose to become Belize's most outstanding musical artist today. The expose features a review of his best musical project ever to date, the CD album, Da Rebirth. He is this month's Belizean Legends artist. Go deh Eljai!

Channel 7

Nomination Day: A Test of Strength, A Show of Muscle
Today was nomination day all across the country which meant that all those persons seeking municipal office went with two nominees to various government offices and town halls to pay their fee of fifty dollars in cities, and twenty five dollars in towns – to become a nominee, or candidate for any of the 67 municipal seats across the country. But, that’s the business end of it – for mass parties, nomination day is really about political muscle: who can flex enough to convince voters that they have the swing for election day. We start with the PUP in Belize City this morning – where they took the role of a determined underdog. Jules Vasquez was out there to gauge their strength:… Hon. Francis Fonseca - Opposition Leader - PUP "What ever the number is you come up with, we are proud of the fact that we brought out a lot of people here today to support our party and we're nominating good quality candidates. The people you see out here are not paid, they're not paid to be out here. They are people who have come out here to support the PUP."

Did Money Mike Chip In?
And so was that improved showing the product of increased campaign financing? That’s the question we had to ask after Michael Ashcroft’s widely reported visit to Belize last week. Widely reported except no report reached the Leader of The Opposition, apparently:… Jules Vasquez "We all know that Lord Ashcroft recently." Hon. Francis Fonseca - Opposition Leader - PUP "I didn't know." Jules Vasquez "I did know and it has been reported. A lot of people are speculating that perhaps he was here to inject some money into the PUP campaign machine as he has in the past. He has been a significant contributor to both parties in Belize. Did he give anything?" Hon. Francis Fonseca "I didn't know he was here."

UDP: "Moving Like A Tremendous Machine"
20 years ago – we referred to the PUP on this newscast as an unmatched political machine. Well two decades have passed and now the shoe is squarely on the other foot. It’s the UDP that has the formidable political machinery at its disposal – and today for nomination in Belize City – the ruling party wanted to prove that the engine is ready for municipal elections in three weeks. But, more than that, they also wanted to outmatch and overpower the PUP – with they city’s residents to bear witness. Did they manage to pull it off? 7News was there:… Hon. Dean Barrow - UDP, Party Leader “I’ve not had a chance to assess the numbers, but from what I can see, it’s huge and of course, it’s very colourful, very lively. People are clearly committed, I feel great.” Jules Vasquez “Perhaps people are coming out because the UDP is paying and the PUP is broke.”

PM Ready For The Ashcroft Effect
Today, the Prime Minister had his own thoughts on whether Lord Michael Ashcroft will factor into the municipal elections. You heard the PUP say he wasn’t giving them any campaign financing – and today the PM said it is only a matter of time:… Jules Vasquez "Are you concerned just from a strategic perspective that he was here to inject some campaign financing into the PUP." Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister "I wasn't concerned by his most recent visit because I know for a fact that he will inject a serious campaign monies into the PUP. Whether it happens now or did happen on this particular visit, whether it will happen a little later closer to the general elections, that's a certainty, that's a given.”

PM Says PUP Position On Hon. Marco Tulio "Outrageous"
The Prime Minister also spoke out on the case of Area Representative for Orange Walk East Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez. As has been widely reported, he has been accused of child molestation, and was charged for six counts of aggravated assault of an indecent nature. The PUP has suspended him from all party functions, but today the PM said it’s not enough for what he calls an outrage: Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister "It's outrageous and I feel that legal proceedings aside, he and his party should be called to account in an unambiguous fashion over what has happened and I don't see it taking place." Jules Vasquez "You think he should resign as a member of the house?" Hon. Dean Barrow "Absolutely."

Woman Died In Corozal Accident
2 nights ago on, our headline story was the fatal traffic accident, which claimed the lives of 2 men in Belmopan. Well, tonight, we report on an accident near the Corozal Border which claimed the life of a 23 year-old woman – and it could have been a mass casualty. It happened at miles 85 and 86 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. 23 year-old Iris Mabel Chicas, a resident of San Roman Village, was driving her 28 year-old boyfriend in a Ford Fusion. From what police have been able to establish, she made an attempt to overtake a van on a curve. A Toyota Tundra was coming in the opposite direction, with 6 persons inside. Today, Corozal Police told the media that Chicas lost control, hit the van, and then ended up being stuck in the lane of the oncoming, which caused a head on collision:

UDP Outnumbered PUP In Corozal
At the top, we showed you how both the PUP and the UDP looked in Belize City for Nomination Day. And while the UDP easily won the numbers game in Belize City, how did they do in the districts? Our news team went north to both Orange Walk and Corozal Town. In Corozal town, PUP Mayoral Candidate, David “Dido” Vega, told us that even though UDP Incumbent Hilberto Campos has won 3 consecutive elections in the past, he is confident that Corozal will go blue this time: David “Dido” Vega - PUP Mayoral Candidate "I think the people of Corozal town are ready for the change. We're tired of victimisation, we're tired of not getting quality for what we deserve. I think we need to en power the people. This thing about UDP being first, Belizeans second and PUP last has to stop. I have here my daughter Kelsey, she is one of my biggest inspirations for getting into politics. I want a Corozal town that will have less crime, better parks, better centres. I want the people to know we can do better. There's a time for politics, there's a time for flags but after the 4th of March we need to work for everyone. That is what inspires me the most. I am confident that on the 4th of March, the people will come out in numbers, the will come out strong and they will vote for Dido on the slate."

Southwest Airlines Ready For Belize
Belizeans now have another way to travel to Houston and other cities in the U.S. Southwest airlines, a major US carrier, is introducing a new daily non-stop service from Belize to Houston, Texas. Southwest airlines is known as a discount carrier and these direct flights are expected to come in at a lower price point for travellers. The spokesman for Southwest Airlines who’s visiting Belize discussed what this means for Belizean travelers. The service will be launched in October. Customers can connect to 40 to 50 cities in the US using this service.

Yolanda Schakron: Salary Proposal "Not Stupid"
PUP Mayoral Candidate Yolanda Schakron has gone on record to say that, if elected, she will donate her salary to charity. Two nights ago on this newscast – you heard Mayor Darrell Bradley call that “stupid.” Today Schakron fired back at him:…

Schakron: Mayor's Debate Proposal Debatable
Schakron also responded to the mayor’s call for a debate. She said that she was the first to invite him to a debate, and he didn’t respond. So now that he’s invited – what is she going to do about it? Here’s her response:…. The mayor today told us that he never received Schakron’s invitation to a debate. We told him she said it over the media – and he said it never reached his hearing.

PUP Had Swag In OW, But UDP Held Its Own
In our last segment we showed you how the PUP challenger is trying to unseat the UDP incumbent in Corozal. Well, it’s the opposite in Orange Walk – where the PUP is the incumbent and the UDP are trying to pull an upset. SO in Orange Walk, it’s the PUP that had the swagger – here’s how they looked:.. The Incumbent Orange Town Mayor and the rest of his team gathered in front of the BSCFA office on San Antonio Road. A few minutes later, the PUP Crowd moved to Victoria Avenue, attracting bystanders as they traveled. Eventually, the 7 aspirants arrived at the court house, where they quickly moved in to be nominated. Mayor Kevin Bernard - Incumbent PUP Candidate "Its the official, we declare ourselves officially as candidates, the 7 of us. We do have 2 registered voters that will nominate you from the community that votes in the town, so that's what we did there this morning. Symbolise the official name that will appear on the ballot paper and the people who will affair for the PUP come March 4. The icing is on the cake already, it's just to put the top layer. You say I'm a veteran but I'm still young. At the end of the day yes, we are experienced in this game but we are prepared and we're going to fight every single day. We're going to take out every single voter needs to come out. We are a team of capable individuals that will ensure victory for the PUP on March 4th.”

O. Walk In Red
So we’ve showed you how nomination looked for the PUP Town Council Slate, who are the incumbents. The person who wants Mayor Kevin Bernard’s job is the UDP Mayoral Candidate Yvette Torres. This afternoon, she and her team of 6 went in for their nomination, and 7News was there. Daniel Ortiz reports: Orange Walk UDP 7 focused its attention on the Parade through the streets, keeping the energy visible. They were there to show residents and the incumbent Council that the support they have is enough to truly challenge the PUP incumbent council: Yvette Torres - UDP Mayoral Candidate, Orange Walk Town I'm Yvette Torres as the mayoral candidate and I have our 6 councillor candidates who is Shartel Cassimiro, Luigi Gomez, Roberto Hoare, Pearla Pases De Leon, Aldo Vasquez and Heira Vega. What Orange Walk can expect is that under my leadership, progress and development will definitely be one of the top priorities that we as a team are committed to ensure that it happens in our community."

Audrey and Ashcroft, The Miniseries
On Monday we reported on the picture that has been circulating of Audrey Matura-Shepard and Michael Ashcroft having breakfast at the Radisson on Friday. Normally, a breakfast meeting wouldn't make the news but because of a swirl of speculation and mass hysteria on facebook, Audrey-Matura Shepherd held a press conference this afternoon to dispel all the assumptions. Here is what she had to say. And she did take that opportunity to ask Ashcroft 3 questions. Two were centered on the lawsuit against the Government of Belize regarding the nationalization of BTL and BEL. The other was regarding the falling out between Prime Minister Barrow and Ashcroft.

PM Meets With NTUCB: Proposes Way Forward For SSB Board
As we’ve been reporting, Social Security’s Board of Directors can’t meet: that’s because the National Trade Union Congress of Belize is boycotting the meetings. They do so in protest of Government’s rejection of their nominees to the Board. He is Floyd Neal, the General Secretary of the Christian Workers Union – which also happens to be the union which represents social security’s workers. The Prime Minister says it’s a conflict of interest:… Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister "I've had legal advise on the matter and that advice is, the appointment of Mr. Neal would constitute a conflict of interest. I have looked at the advice, I have looked at the circumstances, I've made up my own mind and I too am convinced that it would represent a conflict of interest. They NTUCB is clearly not so persuaded. I've suggested that they might want to take their own legal advice and once they do that, I would certainly be prepared to look at the opinion they procure - assuming that the opinion will take a position different from the one I have taken; And I will try to be open minded and if there is anything in that opinion that can persuade me to change my own mind, I would be happy to do so."

BSCFA "Limited"? Whodunnit?
You have heard the name Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association or BSCFA countless times in our newscast, especially in the months leading up to the anticipated opening of the sugar crop in late January. Well, a separate issue has sprung up but this time regarding the association itself. Reports are that a new private company –Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association Ltd – has been registered with the aim of replacing the existing association and assuming its assets. Audrey Matura-Shepard told us today that she did advise some of the farmers on this matter but that she has nothing to do with the removal of the original BSCFA. Audrey Maruta Sheppard "I did help some cane farmers with advise on the structure that they needed. You have to recall that when the act was removed, when section 32 to 56 was removed - that had set up the system to justify there being their committees, their visional areas, their branches. So my advice to them was simply that you then need to be able to take that same system and incorporate it in your articles of association which sets out your system of governance. You also need to make sure you have your memos. It's a normal thing to incorporate any entity, so it would be yes. That's just suspicion and speculation, that's impossible.

Mayor Bradley Calls PUP Criticism of Audit "Hogwash"
And, in our last news item tonight, the back and forth continues between the Mayor of Belize City and the PUP over 1.3 million dollars in legal fees which are listed on the city council’s books. Now the question has been asked and answered earlier this week – but the PUP has now written to the Mayor making a formal query. The mayor says it is elections hogwash:… PUP Mayoral candidate Yolanda Schakron today sent a signed Open two page letter to the mayor asking 5 extended questions about the audit.

Channel 5

P.U.P. Shows Muscle, but are they ready for Municipal Elections?
As far as municipal electoral politics go, today was about as important as it gets – well, with the exception of election-day…that is. Across the country, in every municipality, candidates [...]

U.D.P. Brings Out the Crowd –they say they are ready!
This afternoon at one, the United Democratic Party flexed its Nomination Day muscles, and answer to the P.U.P.’s respectable showing that morning. Mike Rudon was in front of U.D.P. headquarters [...]

Mayor Audit – Schakron say’s not so! Bradley says so!
One point three million dollars paid in legal and professional fees – that’s the claim in an audit done of the Belize City Council for the period 2013 to 2014. [...]

To Debate or Not to Debate?
Today, in the midst of the melee surrounding Nomination Day, the incumbent Mayor and the businesswoman, who wants to unseat him, also spoke on the issue of a mayoral debate. [...]

5 Mayoral Candidates in Belmopan
In the capital city of Belmopan, the field is crowded with as many as five mayoral candidates, who were nominated today for the upcoming elections. While the U.D.P. is the [...]

Deputy Party Leader says the P.U.P. is looking great in Belmopan
The political race in Belmopan is seeing the endorsement of mayoral candidates by powerhouses from both major parties.  The U.D.P.’s Khalid Belisle, as we mentioned, is supported by area representative [...]

One dead and several others injured in Corozal accident
A fatal traffic accident in between miles eighty-five and eighty-six on the Phillip Goldson Highway has claimed the life of a UB graduate. Around six-thirty on Tuesday, twenty-five year old [...]

PM weighs in on Marco Tulio Mendez
P.U.P. Orange Walk East Area Representative, Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez, was arrested and formally arraigned in Magistrate’s Court last week, on six charges of aggravated assault of an indecent nature. [...]

PM on B.S.C.F.A. madness
After the successful start of the 2015 crop season, the B.S.C.F.A. was mercifully out of the spotlight. But the reprieve did not last long. This week reports surfaced that a [...]

Audrey Matura-Shepherd on breakfast with Lord Michael Ashcroft
A casual breakfast at a very public place between attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd and Lord Michael Ashcroft has attracted attention in many sectors. Matura-Shepherd accepted an invitation to breakfast last Friday [...]

Ashcroft open to mediation?
Audrey Matura-Shepherd also says she spoke of the possibility of reaching an agreement through mediation, to which Lord Ashcroft was not opposed.   Audrey Matura-Shepherd, Attorney “The third question about [...]

Belize City man guilty of handling stolen goods
In court, Belize City resident, Vicente Vernon, was found guilty and sentenced in absentia for handling stolen goods. Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith imposed a fine of three thousand dollars [...]

Bernard versus Lui-Torres in Orange Walk
Our team also provides coverage of Nomination Day in Orange Walk Town. The P.U.P. controls that municipality and its slate was first to be officially nominated. There was hype, plenty [...]

Red and Blue say they are ready to lead the Twin Towns in the west
Both political parties said they were confident in the west. Now there has not been a P.U.P. town council for some time in San Ignacio, but that did not dissuade [...]

U.D.P., P.U.P. and V.I.P. for town council in San Pedro
In San Pedro, candidates for three political parties were nominated. While the municipal’s issues are pretty much the same, crime is a major headache for the U.D.P. town council.  A [...]


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BSCFA Focus On Child labor Program
In last night’s newscast we told you about the progress of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association into recovery. While the association is currently conducting an inventory of all its assets in Orange Walk and Corozal, the organization is also working towards making amends with Fairtrade following the disbarment of six point five million dollars of Fairtrade premiums. Ezequiel Cansino says they continue to work towards launching the Child Labor project and other in an effort to stay in good standings with Fairtrade. “We are planning on the child labor program and with the limited funds that we have we are trying to do other programs that we believe it will help us to convince the auditors that we are serious and that we are willing to keep with the standards of Fair-trade.”

Good Quality Sugar Cane Continues To Be Delivered
It is over two weeks since the new sugar crop commenced. We have reported favorable feedback from officials at the BSI factory who indicated that the sugar cane quality was very good from the onset of the crop. Reports today only reiterate this as Chair of the Committee of Management Ezequiel Cansino and Chair of the Sugar Industry Control Board Gabriel Martinez say all is looking well. “We are, I would say that the majority of the test groups are doing well, we have CGP that is first in quality and followed by Patchakan but we have a good TC/TS right now but some branches test group that are low we are thinking that it is because they are delivering a lot of stand over cane so that is why we think they are low in quality.”

Jermaine Sanker Hands Over Himself To Corozal Police
After being on the run from the law for more than two months, last night a fugitive sought by Corozal police handed himself over to authorities. According to the Officer Commanding the Corozal police formation, Superintendent Andrew Ramirez, Jermain Sanker was being sought to answer to several criminal charges filed against him. “From the 9th of December last year the name Jermaine Sanker of a Corozal town address was being sank by Corozal police on the base of a warrant on the first instance in relation to arm robbery or robbery committed with fire arms, we have the initial information where a 17 year old minor reported that he was accosted by three male individuals and he had identified one to be Jermaine Sanker as one of the assailants in relation to that matter, his name was also mentioned as a suspect in the Bel-quisine robbery recently occurred couple weeks ago, yesterday sometime in the morning the special operations team headed by Marvin Salam visited an area in the Ranchito area where the said Jermaine Sanker was spotted, was sought after however he eluded the police in relation to that, warning shots were indeed fired because Jermaine Sanker was considered armed and dangerous.”

Controversy Continues To Unfold At The BSCFA
Controversy continues to trail the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association. As we have reported, the association continues to battle differences within and the latest has been the registration of the association under the Companies Act. Yesterday Ezequiel Cansino, Chair of the Committee of Management spoke with the media and gave his side of the story. Today we spoke with Alfredo Ortega whose name was called out as being part of the group that registered the association without the knowledge or approval of the officials at the BSCFA. Here is his take on the issue. “Como mencionaron mi nombre por esa razón estoy aquí porque necesito dar ciertas aclaraciones es esta situación, no tengo porque correr y no se está haciendo nada que dañe la imagen de la BSFCA o que valla en contra del bienestar del canero, el movimiento que se ha hecho para registrar a la Asociación y que este legalmente registrado y que ese dentro del Company’s Act es para que legalmente BSFCA este registrado...”

SICB Legal Entity To Issue Registration Certifcate
At the top of the newscast we told you about the battle that is currently being fought within the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association. It all has to do with the latest move by five cane farmers, two who have retracted their decision to register the association under the Companies Act. This has caused quite a stir with the association as the Committee of Management claims they were not informed of the move. Alfredo Ortega, one of the cane farmers who support the registration of the association, says the move was made to fully protect the BCFA. Viewers might recall that the sugar act was recently amended to allow the Sugar Industry Control Board to be the legal body to register associations which was a court order handed down since 2010. In the wake of the latest confusions within the association, we spoke with Chair of the Sugar Industry Control Board, Gabriel Martinez to find out what a registration under the board covers. This is what he told us

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BSI/ASR Release Latest Statistics on Cane Production
The information bulletin from BSI/ASR in regards to the factory’s performance was release today and according to the latest statistics, in its second week, the factory ground fifty one thousand tons of cane producing five thousand six hundred and seventy five ton of sugar. Extracted from the amount of sugar cane was close to two thousand tons of mud. The factory ground a little over seven thousand tons every day. The tons cane per ton sugar, TC/TS stands at 9.0- considered as good cane quality. The factory’s efficiency was recorded at 97%. Truck drivers are reminded to loosen truck straps only when they are about to off load sugar cane on the ramp because spilled over cane cannot be milled.

Fatal Road Accident Claims Life Young Woman
A young woman lost her life after she was involved in a head on collision last night on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The accident happened at around 6:40 yesterday evening between miles 85 and 86 and claimed the life of 23 year old Iris Maribel Chicas of San Roman Village. The traffic accident also left seven other persons injured. According to police reports, Chicas was the driver of a Ford Fusion car and was accompanied by 28-year-old Ahmad Shah Amini of Cayo. The duo had left Crozoal Town and was on their way to the Belize/Mexico border. Travelling from the border to Corozal Town was a Toyota Tundra pick-up driven by 65-year-old Chawki Karam Eddin a business man of Corozal Town. The passengers in the pickup was business man 41-year-old Muhamade Ahmad Hijize while seated in the pan were 36-year-old Jorge Patt of Paraiso Village, 29-year-old Eucebio Campo of San Narciso Village, 35-year-old Carlos Elvir of San Antonio and 30-year-old Eleaser Gutierrez of Progresso Village.

Party Leaders Speak on Ascroft Presence in Belize
The presence of Lord Michael Ashcroft in Belize has been stirring speculations, particularly in the political sector. One of those speculations is that perhaps the Lord is in country to render financial aid to the People’s United Party in light of the upcoming elections. The Opposition Leader was asked if there is any truth to that speculation but according to Fonseca, he was not even aware that Ashcroft was in the country. HON. FRANCIS FONSECA “I didn’t know he was here.” JULES VASQUEZ “It was in the news, Amandala editorial.” HON. FRANCIS FONSECA “Did your national campaign manager know that Mr.Ashcroft was here. He has been out of the country for the last four days.” There you heard it from the Leader of the PUP – he was oblivious to Aschroft’s presence in the country … but according to the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, while he is not concerned about the mogul’s presence in Belize, he is pretty sure that Ashcroft’s monies will be injected into the People’s United Party.

Man Charged For Theft
Thirty-three-year-old Vincente Vernon Jr was charged with handling stolen good for a laptop computer. Vernon was charged in an ex-parte trial which was held today before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. In his absence, Vernon was fined $3,000 and was ordered to pay the fine forthwith; if he defaults to meet payment, he will serve three years. On 27 November, 2013, Peter Cuellar testified that his laptop computer, which has a value of $2,000, was stolen. According to Cuellar, around 3 a.m. he was socializing with some of his friends at Bucket Bar near the swing Bridge, where he left his laptop in his red Geo Prism car. Vernon testified that three hours when he went to his car, he saw the door on the driver’s side ajar and discovered that his computer was missing. On 7December, 2013, he stated that he saw his computer on Facebook and immediately contacted the individual who had it on sale. He also mentioned that he contacted the police.

Nomination Day 2015: Who Will Win The Seat?
Belize City, the biggest of the nine municipalities, saw the main opposition, the People’s United Party, rally from the Berger Field at around nine thirty this morning to the Charles Bartlett Building on Mahogany Street where election officials awaited the mayoral candidate and ten councilor candidates to be nominated. There was much blue and white hype and fanfare as the crowd, estimated to be anywhere between six hundred and a thousand, made its way down Vernon Street, onto Central American Boulevard and down the stretch of Mahogany Street. Once the candidates and supporters reached the complex building, the media met up with PUP’s Party Leader and of course, the first question posed to him was what his take was on the show of supporters. Here is how that went as the media flocked him.

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Woman dies in traffic accident
A 23 year old woman perished in a road traffic accident last night.The accident happened between miles 85 and 86 on the Phillip Goldson Highway just before 7 p.m. The victim, 25-year-old Iris Mabel Chicas of San Roman Village, was driving a grey car heading from Coroza Town towards the Northern Border. With Iris Chicas at the time was 28 year old Ahmad Shah Amini. Ms Chicas reportedly started to overtake a van which was travelling in front of her, but in the process of overtaking, she collided head on into a cream pickup. In the pickup at the time were the driver 65-year-old Chawki Karam Eddin, an Arab/Belizean businessman of Corozal Town. He was accompanied by 41-year-old Muhamade Ahmad Hijize, an Arab/Belizean businessman of Corozal Town, who was seated on the front passenger seat.

Roaring Creek Man Murdered Near His House
Belmopan police station’s unsolved murder cases are piling up and now there is another murder to solve. As we reported on Monday, there was a murder in the village of Roaring Creek around 6:30 pm., where it is believed that a lone gun man killed a 61 year old resident of Roaring Creek. Emanuel Pech followed up on the story and has this report. A 61 year old man was gunned down about 50 yards from his home in Roaring Creek Village on Monday February 9th. According to reports, John Smith, better known as Jatta, was walking home on Young Street after what appeared to be a normal day. But it was not a normal day for Smith as a lone gun man, dressed in camouflage and wearing a stockings over his face, approached Smith and fired a single gunshot which hit him on the left side of the face, fatally wounding him. The incident happened around news time and relatives say they heard the gun go off but mistook it for the sound of harmless pop-shots. Nothing could prepare them for what came next.”

Royal Canadian Legion President visits Belize
On Tuesday, Belize City hosted the Dominion President of Canada’s Royal Canadian Legion (RCL), an organization dedicated to supporting veterans of major world wars and conflicts such as World War I and II. In welcoming President Tom Eagles and representatives of the RCL, Mayor of Belize City Darrell Bradley reflected on the price of freedom and the burden the current generation has to never let that sacrifice go unremembered. “Many times in our generation we do not recognize how those who have come before us, many of those have paid the ultimate price in defending that freedom which we can now stand and sing about, and bask in the joys of having a land that does not have warfare or terror.

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Southwest Airlines ready to partner with Belize
Southwest Airlines, based in Dallas, Texas, USA, plans to enter the Belize market later this year with a non-stop daily flight from Houston, Texas, to Belize’s Philip Goldson International Airport. While that first flight is still some months away, preparation has already begun to make Southwest a serious contender among the international carriers visiting Belize. According to Brad Hawkins, Senior Advisor for Communication for the airline, Southwest has maintained its reputation as the largest low-cost carrier in the United States by doing things differently from its competitors. It has tried to ensure that passengers have the best experience from start to finish, from booking at the airline’s website, to boarding the plane, to arrival at the destination.

23 candidates nominated for municipal elections in Belize City
A total of 23 candidates were nominated for the March 4 municipal elections in Belize City – three Mayoral candidates and twenty councilor candidates. In addition to the major parties there was independent candidate for Mayor Ernesto Torres, making his second run after trying for office with both major political parties. Torres says Belize City residents are seeking good governance and accountability, not merely a switch from red to blue and vice versa. The taxi operator and driving school operator says the impetus for his run comes from ordinary Belizeans who have asked him to participate after hearing his contributions in local media.

PUP candidates nominated for Municipal Elections
This morning, the candidates for the People’s United Party (PUP) for the March 4 Municipal Elections along with hundreds of their supporters marched to the Charles Batlett Hyde building this morning to complete the process of nomination. Two years ago Yolanda Schakron was denied her nomination as Standard Bearer for the Lake Independence division for the PUP due to issues with her nationality. While in tears then, she was all smiles today after being successfully nominated as the party’s Mayoral candidate. She says she is looking forward to winning the Municipal Elections and serving the people of Belize City.

Blogs

Desert island dreams become real on a Monday afternoon
I’m flat on my back in water that is just deep enough to cover my ears and muffle the sounds of friends who are happily chatting just a few feet way. The water is a gloriously comfortable temperature. The sky above is a radiant blue with just enough fluffy bits of cloud to add interest but my eyes are closed, letting the gentle heat of the sun sink deep into the frontal lobe and warm it up like bacon. Two thoughts are floating through my brain: 1. This is a Monday afternoon. Incredible. 2. If I stay like this long enough, can I grow gills through my ears and never have to get up?

Popular TV Series Visits Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia to Highlight Family Travel
Travel With Kids is a family travel guide show produced by parents for families to get inspired and learn about destinations around the world. The program takes families on journies to exotic places around the globe to meet the locals, try new foods, discover history and have a genuine adventure. Travel With Kids shows what it’s like to travel with kids – from tantrums to sibling rivalry to actual family bonding and memories that last forever. Travel With Kids recently visited Chabil Mar Resort as part of their Belize series.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels & Plantain Chips
A sweet treat for Valentine's Day. Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Chocolate Covered Plantain Chips are both delicious and very simple to make.

No Woman,No Cry” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
My ‘me time’ out on the veranda (you know which one) with the mug of black coffee just didn’t feel the same this morning even though my routine was the same as most mornings. I was out there early – shortly after 05.00 hours- I had my iPad and Ziggy for company but it just felt different. A feeling of loneliness. The stark realisation that Rose had left us for a month finally truly hit me (and I think Ziggy too looking at his mournful eyes). Rose and I have never really spent that much time apart in the thirty-five years we’ve lived together. I used to have the occasional business trip that might take me away for a few days, maybe even a week. And in 1995 I did spend eight weeks on an assignment in Dublin but Rose we weren’t apart all that time because Rose used to fly over every weekend. So I don’t suppose I should be surprised that it feels strange.

FUN IN THE SUN!
Yesterday was the 4th Annual Barbecue Cook off hosted by Estel’s Dine by the Sea. This proved to be a wonderful way to raise money for a wonderful cause – The Sunshine Scholarship Foundation. This charity gives under privileged children of Belize the opportunity to receive quality schooling and proper training to be the best they can be! How great is that?! We were told to arrive early in order to get seats, however, we had ordered tickets to the event and weren’t aware that our seats were assigned so we were there about 2 hours early. The 6 barbecue aficionados in the competition were all outside doing what they do best so I left my post and took a couple of pictures. Here are the two local men that were competing. Kevin Urbina and Charles Worthington. Kevin is owner at Kevin’s Kitchen and also works at Crazy Canucks. Charles is the chef at Estel’s – and you all know how we feel about eating at Estel’s.

SouthWest Airlines Preparing For Houston-Belize Route & Marketing Belize…How Would You Do It?
Southwest Airlines is flying to Belize in October 2015. And the more I learn about the newest announced carrier to our country, the more impressed I am becoming. Not only do they allow FREE baggage on your flight (up to 2- 50lb bags) but there are no additional fees for changing your tickets. NO ADDITIONAL FEES. American and United, two of the bigger carriers flying daily into Belize charge for both bags and ticket adjustments. Both companies – $25 for the first checked bag, $40 for the second. Reservation change fee: $150 to $200. That ain’t cheap. Southwest also provides Wi-Fi in all of the planes, free live TV and now country specific music playlists with their partnership with Beats. A Southwest team is in Belize working on the logistics and the security but Brad, who is a Senior Advisor in Communications, is here to meet with the local media and tourism board to work on the launch. The first flight from Houston to Belize in October of 2015 and will be daily, 147 seat flights.

MOVING DAY!
It’s been a dream of ours for quite some time and the day has finally arrived. Our ride to the airport was promptly awaiting departure to the airport at 5:00 a.m., however, the driver (my dad) and his first mate (my mom) were not at all pleased with the 6 pieces of luggage needing perfect placement in the rear of their Chrysler Town & Country minivan. With every crack of my dad’s spine and knees, I silently thought “Do we really need ALL of this stuff?!” Of course we do!!!! Everything we usually missed while on our previous vacations was thoughtfully and carefully packed in these behemoth, archaic, thrift store suitcases. When all was said and done at check-in, it all weighed in at 428 lbs. of luggage costing us $450.00! That’s pretty cheap considering we brought housewares for the kitchen (because I love to cook) and a 28″ flat screen television. That alone would have cost us approximately $700 US, if we were to purchase it here.

4th Annual Estel’s BBQ Rib Cook-Off Is A Screaming Success For Diners & Charity
Six grill masters, 7 judges, 120 tickets sold, two charities, everyone’s favorite beachside breakfast spot, a full band and a plateful of delicious ribs. Screaming success is the only way to describe it. I mean…look at this pic someone snapped of me helping Kelly McGuire auction off some of his stuff for charity. No I didn’t win…I was just having a great time! AND THE WINNERS! Judges’ Choices: 1. Ali (Blue) 2. Charles (Green) and 3. Rick (Orange) and Kevin (Purple) Tie Peoples’ Choices: 1. Rick (Orange) 2. Charles (Green) and 3. Jim (Yellow) Congratulations everyone. What a super fun day and $10bzd of each ticket went to the Sunshine Foundation.

International Sourcesizz

Belize: Paradise Found
Tune in on Travel Chanel for the Booze Traveler, Belize: Paradise Found. As Jack explores the many drinks Belize has to offer, he finds that the rugged Central American paradise has attracted people from all over the world. But no matter where you come from or why you're there, Belize always welcomes you with a cocktail. FEB 16 Mon 10 | 9c. FEB 28 Sat 12 | 11c. MAR 25 Wed 9 | 8c. MAR 26 Thurs 12 | 11c.

La Ruta Maya -- One of the World's Toughest and Most Historic River Races
In the misty early morning light of March 6, 2015, dozens of athletes will gather with their canoes at the Hawkesworth Suspension Bridge on the banks of the Macal River in San Ignacio, Belize. More than 80 canoes are expected to participate in this year's annual La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge, oared by enthusiasts from around the world. Their objective? To be the first to reach the Belcan Bridge in Belize City, more than 180 miles downriver. The journey takes four days. La Ruta Maya is the biggest annual sporting event in Belize. Thousands of spectators line the banks of the Belize River to cheer on their favorite teams. The race has its origins in the 1995 Save Our Rivers Programme, a canoe race intended to promote cleaning up debris in and on the banks of the Old Belize River. This event has evolved to become the annual La Ruta Maya Challenge, a four-day event that follows an ancient Mayan route from San Ignacio to Belize City and is ranked 40th on Peak Races' 100 Toughest Races in the World. Anyone can participate.

The Caribbean Makes Its Luxurious Comeback
When airlines like Pan Am began flying nonstop from New York to tropical destinations like Martinique in the 1960s, the islands were a hotbed for celebrity sightings. Of course, not much has changed in that respect. Sun, sand and bottomless sangrias have a way of staying relevant. In the decades since, though, the region stretching east and west from Belize to Barbados, and north and south from Cuba to Colombia, has gone through a family-friendly phase, had more than a few romantic runs and even took a couple of eco-tourism jaunts. But through it all, the Caribbean has worn the same warm smile and carried the same jovial disposition it always has. Of course, the trend toward more luxurious, if-you-can-dream-it-you-can-have-it stays isn’t necessarily anything new; we’re almost certain Frank Sinatra had some unforgettable Caribbean jaunts back in his day. It’s just that things have gotten bigger and even more over-the-top these days. So, while other places around the globe can offer 75-degree forecasts, very few can do so from piercing blue shorelines in front of world-class accommodations.

Last Of The 'Lost Lads' Passes On
Seventy-six years ago, five Jamaica College (JC) students went missing in the forest of the Blue Mountains. The last surviving member, Don Soutar, passed away last month at his home in Florida, United States. His death completes the story of the lost lads; an event which captured the nation's attention in 1939, their return to civilisation a national celebration. The Other Boys: John Ennever was the youngest of the five. He was 15 years old during the time of the events and died of typhoid fever in 1946 at the age of 22. His brother, Vincent Harvey Ennever, later became headmaster at JC. Teddy Hastings was 17 when he and his friends went hiking in the Blue Mountains. He migrated to British Honduras, the country which is now known as Belize. Eric Gray became an executive of Jamaica Time Square in downtown Kingston, and died on October 10, 1998. He was 17 years old at the time of the hike.

Caribbean Reasserts Condition as Privileged Tourist Destination
The Caribbean reasserted its status as prime destination in 2014, considering the record figures in the influx of visitors and income earned by this concept, now considered experts in the field Records the Caribbean Tourism Office (OTC), based in Barbados, show that during the previous year, the region received 26.3 million tourists, who spent more than 29 billion dollars to more than a billion increase dollar relative to 2013. This is the fifth consecutive year that this area is placed at the forefront in the international list in terms of increasing the number of visitors, rate reached 5.3 percentage points area and left behind the 4.7 percent of the global rate Improvements in hotel management at airports, incorporating as much accommodation, seats on airlines and direct flights to the region's countries, conspired in favor of these results, added Radio 4G.

Fossil Fuel Pollution Drying out Central America
Fossil fuel pollution may have caused a southern shift in a vital rainfall belt across Central America, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience, potentially leading to drier conditions and droughts in some northern tropical countries. Using data from a single stalagmite in a Belizean cave, the researchers were able to create an accurate record of both rainfall and temperature for the last 450 years and show a likely change in the Intertropical Convergence Zone, a precipitation belt around the equator. “The research presents strong evidence that industrial sulfate emissions have shifted this important rainfall belt, particularly over the last 100 years,” said lead author, Harriet Ridley, from Durham University. According to the research, the shift began around the time of the Industrial Revolution in the northern hemisphere. The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), known to sailors as the doldrums, girdles the planet near the equator. However, it likes heat best. This is important, because when industry in the northern hemisphere ramped up in the mid 19th Century, it spewed tons of sulfate emissions into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. Sulfate emissions have a regional cooling effect by reflecting light back into the atmosphere and increasing cloud cover. Scientists believe that when the parts of the northern hemisphere cooled slightly from these emissions—at least compared to the southern hemisphere—the ITCZ migrated southward, repelled by the cooler north.

Videos

  • The Prisoner Belize pt 1, 9min. Documentary
  • The Prisoner Belize pt 2, 16min. Documentary
  • The Prisoner Belize pt 3, 15min. Documentary
  • The Prisoner Belize pt 4, 4min. Documentary
  • Kat's Story, 1min. Wildtracks has a new addition, a rescued howler monkey. Now that it's been rescued, it looks like it'll have a happy life, and it's definitely loving its stay at Wildtracks as they get it ready for release. Thanks, Wildtracks! "Kat is an endangered Yucatan black howler monkey, saved as part of the Belize Forest Department's zero tolerance campaign against illegal primate pets. She is now at Wildtracks, and has just met Finn, another young howler monkey – the start of a new troop! "
  • La Ruta Maya 2015 Promo, 1min. This year's La Ruta Maya is just over 3 weeks away. It starts on March 6th, and ends on National Heroes and Benefactor's Day. Thanks to Island Films(Ben Popik, Joanna Popik, & Marshall Rimmer) for the video. "All teams are advised that registration can be done at Yoli's Pizza located down town San Ignacio in the Welcome Center. Call 633-3138 for any queries regarding registration or 662-4577 for all other queries. Can also email your registration forms to rutamayabelizeriverchallenge@gmail.com"
  • Royal Canadian Legion president visits Belize, 3.5min. Belize City hosted the Dominion President of Canada’s Royal Canadian Legion (RCL), an organization dedicated to supporting veterans of major world wars and conflicts such as World War I and II.
  • Corozal Nomination Day, 3min.
  • Orange Walk PUP Nomination Day, 9min.
  • BSI SUGAR REPORT - WEEK 2, 3min.
  • My Grand-Daughter like her Grand-Father already singing enthusiastic, 1min. Today - 4 weeks before I'll be posting from Corsica again, I post a private video. Zahara Aveline - my Grand Daughter - on the way to sing for all of you :-)
  • Black Tip Reef Shark close pass and tail grab in Belize, 2min. Black Tip Reef Shark close pass and tail grab in Belize. Sorry about the camera bobble and even more sorry about the idiot who reached out and grabbed the tail. SHOW MORE
  • Guitar Jam at Caye Caulker, Belize, 3.5min. For some reason, the bar let this old guy get up and play with their band !

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