River Hills Christian Church Empowers Women In Corozal District
A group of professional health care providers and missionaries are in Belize providing much needed assistance to Belizeans in the north. The missionary group from River Hills Christian Church from Ohio, USA are offering medical assistance and empowering women from the village of San Pedro in the Corozal District.
Nancy Brokamp – Missionary Leader
“Our mission trip is from River Hills Christian Church, Cincinnati Ohio, and we come down every year as a medical mission trip basically, the sowing was an off shoot of that trip, we started here about three or four years ago with one women and now we have a group of fifteen and we invited women from Louisville to come in and also learn how to sow, so they are here with us today we have a group of about twenty three.”
Belize Met Service Conducts National Climate Outlook Forum
Variation in climate influence directly or indirectly affects human activities in either experiencing losses or benefits. Understanding and making effective use available of climate information is therefore critical to ensure efficiency and sustainability.
Without a doubt Climate Change is an important topic and with that in mind, today the Belize National Meteorological Service, in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization and Environment Canada, hosted the Second National Climate Outlook Forum at the ITVET conference room in Corozal Town.
Dennis Gonguez, Chief Meteorological Officer at the Belize Met. Service, spoke today on the status of the service and its five components of the Global Framework for Climate Services and how the National Meteorological Service is fostering the developments and advancements of these components locally.
Strange Formation Observed In Orange Walk
There was a report made on one of the Belize City media last night about an icicle like formation on a tree branch in Ladyville Village which probably sent many Belizeans looking up their trees. Today, we report another strange looking formation on a tree in a family’s backyard that resembles the one featured in the media last night.
This time though, that was found in Orange Walk. The family did not want to comment on camera but they did say that they came across this white substance by accident. Someone was pinning some clothes out and felt water drops on her forehead and looked up. Upon closer inspection of the branches on this very tall fig tree, the woman spotted the limb which was dripping. Below, on the lawn, the drips have dampened bricks.
Shell Conducts Annual End Of Year Give Away
Today, four winners selected in the grand end of the year fuel promotion held at Shell One Stop Service Station walked into the service office to collect their prizes.
The promotion which is an annual event was kicked off on December of last year and closed on February of this year.
For every 30 dollars spent on Shell Fuel purchased at any shell gas station countrywide, customers received a coupon to fill out. This year, all winners hail from the Orange Walk District and we got to speak to the Sales Executive and some of the winners.
Post Mortem REveals Cause Of Death To Be Due To A Fracture Skull
Yesterday we told you about a hit and run incident that left one Orange Walk teen dead and tonight, police are no closer to solving the puzzle of “who did it”.
As we reported, sometime around 6:45am police visited mile marker 61 where they saw 19-year-old Christian Javier Villalobos, Belizean of Narajal Street Louisiana Area, lying face up with head and body injuries apparently dead. Police have concluded that Villalobos was walking on the Highway when he was hit from behind by a vehicle traveling in the same direction which did not top to rendered aid.
Belize City men arrested and charged for unlicensed ammunition
Two Belize City men were arrested and charged for possession of unlicensed ammunition.
According to police reports, on February 14 at 11:30 a.m., police were on mobile patrol on East Collet Canal, where they conducted a search on a blue Ford 4-Door Pick-Up truck, and searched the occupants of the vehicle.
They are 23-year-old Oliver Anthony Sutherland of an East Collet Canal address, and 24-year-old Oscar Avilez of an Albert St address.
Arson suspected in Roaring Creek Fire
On Monday we reported about a fire incident that gutted a single bedroom apartment at noon time in the San Martin Area Belmopan.
Well just before our news time on Monday, we received reports of another fire this one in the Village of Roaring Creek.
According to reports at around 5:30 Monday evening, neighbours saw a fire rising from a wooden bungalow house in the Another World Area, Roaring Creek Village. Neighbours also reported seeing a person running away from the house. The authorities were alerted of the fire; however when they arrived at the scene the house was completely burnt down.
Fatal Hit and Run Accident in Orange Walk
There was a fatal traffic accident early Monday morning on the Phillip Goldson Highway.
It happened between Miles 61 and 62 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, Orange Walk District, where 19-year-old Christian Javier Villalobos was the victim.
Christian, a Belizean of Orange Walk Town, was found on the highway lying face up with head and body injuries apparently dead.
Initial investigation revealed that while Mr Villalobos was walking on the Highway, he was hit from behind by a vehicle traveling in the same direction which did not stop to rendered aid.
American National perishes on George Price Highway
Belmopan police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal traffic accident at the Jaguar Paw Junction on the George Price Highway, that caused the death of American citizen 56 year old Teresa Lin Neuer.
At around midday, hundreds of oranges littered the road in front of the Jaguar Paw Junction, about 36 miles on the George Price Highway. This Western Star brand 18 wheeler truck transporting an estimated 675 bags of oranges belonging to HAL 2 flipped on its side spilling all its contents.
Inside the truck were Miguel Angel Arriaza Jr, the driver of the 18 wheeler, and Emil Lisbie, who was on the passenger’s side. He received a large cut wound to the head. But the worst part of the accident was found behind this large 18 wheeler cargo truck.
Robbers in Corozal make off with thousands of dollars
Robbers in Corozal made off with thousands of dollars.
The robbery happened on Friday February 13.
29-year-old Mahesh Balani, a businessman of Corozal Town, reported that while standing in front of a store on 4th Avenue, Corozal Town, speaking to a friend, he was approached from behind by two men who placed an object to his back and robbed him of $240,000.00 Pesos (Mexican Currency). That is over $40,000 Belize dollars. The two men made good their escape.
Police investigation continues.
Mayor Darrell Bradley dismisses opponents
Of course the press went to City Hall seeking a response from the incumbent Mayor Darrell Bradley.
First, Mayor Bradley noted that the Council converted from a manual system to an electronic system, which has been helpful in addressing some of the auditors’ questions, but he says that any incompletion in previous audits is no indication of mismanagement to him.
“When I took over office at that City Hall, every single transaction in City Council was a manual transaction. When we did our first audit, it was nightmare to have to locate all the documents and all the information. But we wanted to bring in auditors, so that the auditors could assure members of the public that those things were done in a consonant way.
Man Demands money and threatens murder
Police are investigating a case of extortion, where it is believed a man is attempting to solicit $15,000 through the use of threats.
On Thursday February 12th, a 37 year old Honduran supervisor of Bella Vista village, Stann Creek District, reported to police that on January 29th at around 9:00 pm, he received a call from an unknown number, where a man’s voice spoke and demanded $15 thousand dollars or else one of his family members would die.
Policeman found guilty of manslaughter of detainee given jail time
Police Constable Alpheus Parham, who was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter on Friday in the court of Justice John Gonzalez, was sentenced to 10 years today. But PC Parham will only serve 5 years, because 5 years was deducted from his sentence because of the of the time he spent as a prisoner on remand and the plea for mitigation by his attorney, Simeon Sampson.
A jury of six men and six women deliberated for four hours to reach unanimous verdicts on both charges before Justice Gonzalez.
Hammerhead Shark caught near Hopkins
A Hammerhead shark was caught by a fisherman’s net in the shallow waters of Hopkins over the weekend. The one caught was a Scalloped Hammerhead shark a breed rarely seen. At one point in time hammer heads were a common sight in Belizean waters, however the Scalloped Hammerhead is today considered an endangered species.
According to reports the 8 feet long hammer head shark was found entangled inside a net in the shallow waters of Hopkins Village at around 4:00 pm on Sunday February 15th.
PUP Mayoral Candidate questions independent audit
On Monday morning the People’s United Party invited members of the press to hear their conclusions as to the independent audit for the 2013-14 fiscal year of the Belize City Council.
It is two weeks before the municipal elections and the PUP are trying to unseat a Mayor, thought in some circles to be popular and effective at City government. But clearly not in the PUP’s circles, as the Opposition led by candidate Yolanda Schakron leveled multiple charges at the credibility of the Pannell Kerr Forster report, including that previous reports done by Castillo Sanchez and Burrell showed an adverse opinion of the Council’s fiscal management in one instance, and in another, none at all.
Police shoots Dangriga man in both legs
A man is at the Southern Regional Hospital recovering from gunshot wounds to his legs, after he allegedly refused to relent his advancement on a Dangriga man with the intent to harm.
According to police reports, at around 12:40 pm on Friday February 13th, 27 year old Elroy Quinonez of New Site, Area, Dangriga, was sitting on a bench outside a bike shop located on George Price Drive, Dangriga, when 43 year old Gregory Williams passed by on a bicycle cursing at Mr Quinonez and making a lot of noise. Williams allegedly had a machete in hand.
Apartment in Belmopan gutted by fire
A fire in the San Martin Area of Belmopan gutted a single bedroom apartment on Monday morning. The fire started on the upper flat of this two story building that is surrounded by an intricate web of houses.
One eye witness reports that at around 11:40, upon going to bathe, she saw smoke coming through the zinc roof of the upper building, belonging to 46 year old Eva Sanec. 46 year old Eva Sanec and her husband were not at home, and their son who lives with them in the apartment is believed to have been playing outside when the fire started.
Family, neighbours and friends who were there at the time, laboured to put out the flames as soon as they realized the house was on fire, but by that time it was already out of their control. The authorities were immediately alerted and due to their quick response time the flames were brought under control before it could spread to the adjoining buildings.
Hattieville resident, 29, executed in Ladyville
Investigators are still trying to pinpoint the motive behind the appalling execution of Denver Owen Jones, 29, of Hattieville, an ex-BDF soldier who was found shot to death on a dirt road in a remote area of Ladyville two days ago, the police press office reported today.
Authorities said that around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, they visited a road which connects Marage Road with Lake Gardens in the Ladyville area, where they found Jones on the ground with a single gunshot wound in his left cheek.
According to Superintendent Hilberto Romero, the head of the Crimes Investigation Branch (CIB) in the Belize District, Jones went to the area in his car with the intention of dropping off some money for an unknown individual at the time that he met his death.
Cop sentenced to 10 years for manslaughter
A jury deliberated for more than four hours on Friday in the murder trial of Police Special Constable Alpheus Parham, who has been charged with the 2010 murder of Alex Goff, before returning to the courtroom of Supreme Court Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez to announce their unanimous not guilty of murder verdict.
The jury, however, reached a unanimous guilty of manslaughter verdict.
This afternoon, Monday, Justice Gonzalez heard a mitigation plea from Parham’s attorney, Simeon Sampson, S.C., who suggested that Parham should only be sentenced to the time he had already spent in prison, and sent home.
Parham gave an expression of regret along with an apology to the family of the deceased.
Justice Gonzalez then sentenced Parham to 10 years in prison. He stipulated that Parham, who has been on remand since 2010, will have 5 years deducted from his sentence, the time he spent in prison; he will, therefore, only serve 5 more years in prison.
Yolanda Schakron attacks Darrell Bradley
The recently concluded audit of the Belize City Council was the subject of a press briefing this morning by the opposition People’s United Party (PUP) and its mayoral candidate, businesswoman Yolanda Schakron.
During the press briefing, the Opposition described the audit report as “an indictment” of Mayor Darrell Bradley’s performance, but minutes later, reporters heard from the Mayor, who called the PUP’s categorization “baseless allegations …a red herring and political mischief two weeks before an election.”
Apart from its mayoral candidate Schakron, the PUP head table featured Jose Coye, a former Minister of Health during the past two Said Musa administrations, who is also a former mayor of Belize City. Coye spoke at the press briefing in his capacity as a chartered public accountant.
Motorcyclist’s legs “broken up” after accident in Gungulung
Earl Pitts, 23, an employee of the Ministry of Works, who resides in the Gungulung area of Belize City, was knocked down by a Mazda Tribute while travelling on his motorcycle on Holy Emmanuel Street in the Gungulung area and as a result, suffered severe injuries to both legs and his arm. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a critical but stable condition.
According to Pitts, he was travelling on his motorcycle when the vehicle, which was traveling towards him in his lane (on the wrong side of the road), slammed into him. The impact hurled him off his motorbike and he landed on the windshield of the vehicle, rolled onto the bonnet and landed on the pavement.
The incident occurred at about 12:30 this afternoon.
Municipal Elections 2015 round-up
In the last municipal elections held in 2012, there were 170 candidates; for the upcoming municipals, to be held on March 4, 2015, there are a total of 163 candidates: 26 mayoral candidates (down from 28 in 2012) and 137 councilor candidates (down from 142).
The race will be strictly between the two dominant parties – the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) – in the northernmost municipalities of Corozal and Orange Walk as well as in the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena; however, third parties and independent candidates have thrown their hats into the electoral ring for the remaining 6 municipalities.
Punta Gorda is the municipality with the most candidates (24). In that town, the People’s National Party (PNP) has nominated a full slate led by PNP leader Wil Maheia, and there are three independent councilor candidates who will compete alongside the mass parties. PG mayor Anthony Fuentes, the incumbent PUP candidate, is making a bid to retain his seat, but he is being challenged by Fern Gutierrez, the female councilor who landed the only seat on that council for the UDP in 2012, after having garnered the most votes for her slate.
“Somebody has to bell that cat!”
Last Thursday morning, the Supreme Court of Belize declined—just as the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) had done in 2013—to enforce a mega multi-million-dollar award won in foreign arbitration by British billionaire Michael Ashcroft against the Government of Belize, on the grounds that the award could simply not be enforced because it would be contrary to public policy, since the agreements from which the award had emanated had not been approved by Parliament.
Later that evening, at around 3:00 p.m., Ashcroft sought a breakfast meeting via Channel 5 CEO Amalia Mai, with Audrey Matura-Shepherd, a prominent Belizean attorney and activist – a request which Matura-Shepherd said surprised her, given the sour note on which things had ended when she first met with Ashcroft 15 years prior as a senator of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP).
BDF on top, Police registers first win, Verdes first loss in Week 3 of PLB Closing Season
With defending champions Belmopan Bandits resting, 4 games were scheduled for yesterday, Sunday, in Week 3 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) Closing Season 2014-2015, but only 3 games were actually played, as a sudden downpour in P.G. forced the cancellation of the game between home standing King Energy/Freedom Fighters and Placencia Texmar Assassins.
At the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, home team Belize Defence Force (BDF) bombed San Ignacio United, 5-nil, with goals from Ricky Ricketts (14’), James Flores (15’), Andrew Allen (57’) and Adgar Adderley (67’), who was reportedly just signed up with BDF last week. BDF are now at the top of the standings. ( See standings below.)
After Week 2, NEBL has two undefeated teams remaining
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) saw record crowds in basketball arenas country wide, as fan support increased while basketball passion dripped off the faces of game attendees.
Belize Hurricanes (1-1) had their first home game on Friday night at the Belize Elementary Gym in Belize City, where they were able to record their first victory of the season, handily defeating Belize City No Limit (0-2) by the score of 86-62. Belize Hurricanes was led by newcomer Ty Bradley who made a splash in his first NEBL game, tallying a double-double, with 19 points and 10 caroms, while dishing out 3 assists. Rookie Tariq Middleton finished with 17 points, behind a 58% shooting night, with three 3 pointers. Brian White was also huge in the paint, with a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds; while Winston Pratt finished the night with 10 points and 3 assists. In a losing effort, Belize City No Limit was led by Brandon Rogers who scored 16 points and pulled 8 rebounds, and Lennox Bowman tallied 11 points and 5 boards. Gregory “Chippy” Rudon scored 8 points with 9 rebounds and 3 assists, as his team is only one of two teams to yet record a win in this season.
Editorial: Uphill battle
An incredible amount of data and knowledge is available on the Internet these days for serious seekers of the truth. The story of the island of Diego Garcia, for instance, is very interesting, and may be relevant where understanding Belize’s situation is concerned. Diego Garcia was/is an island which was strategically located in the Indian Ocean. The United States Defence Department wanted the island for a military base, because its strategic location would enhance their ability to monitor and menace China and Russia, their two greatest rivals for world hegemony.
Diego Garcia was a British possession with two or three thousand native residents, primarily of African and Indian ancestry. The natives needed to be gotten out of the way, by any means necessary. The natives were, of course, considered expendable by the British and the Americans, and the story of what happened has been told by the internationally famous journalist, John Pilger.
From the Publisher
The sexuality of children, especially girl children, is an economic factor in homes where there is extreme poverty. Society has made laws which declare a specific age to be the age of consent. Before such an age, a girl child cannot legally consent to sex. So that, any male who engages in sex with a girl child who is legally underage is guilty of what they refer to in America as “statutory rape.” But, in homes where there is extreme poverty, starvation in fact, an underage girl child has a financial value out there in the street world where people bend and break the law in order to survive.
What the previous sentence is really saying is that there are adults – parents and guardians, who become desperate enough to make their underage children available to predatory males who can pay the price. (It should be noted that there are also predatory females.) We’re absolutely not talking about situations like the Maya cultures which have a tradition of having girl children marry years before the colonial law said they were of age to do so. We are talking about this urban situation which is around us in Belize City.
FCD pioneers wildlife conservation ties with Taiwan
Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), met this morning in Belize City with Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, Benjamin Ho, who reiterated his support for FCD’s patriotic conservation work in helping to protect Belize’s resources inside the Chiquibul Forest.
Manzanero, whom Ho sees as Belize’s wildlife ambassador, recently returned from a mission in Taiwan, where he had a chance to promote the Chiquibul, as well as to forge new alliances with related NGOs in that Asian country.
“It was really a very wonderful experience. Even though I had taken trips before, this one was [exceptional]. I was able to visit national parks and protected areas and meet other institutions in Taiwan,” Manzanero told us.
He said that Ho has encouraged him to strengthen any potential partnerships with Taiwan’s environmental institutions and he will be pursuing that over the next few weeks.
Authorities must remain vigilant on Chiquibul
With the murder of Special Police Constable Danny Conorquie at Caracol in September 2014, there has been a strengthening of police and military presence in the Caracol zone of western Belize, and Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends of Conservation and Development (FCD), the organization which co-manages the Chiquibul National Park, said that this has dissuaded a lot of “incursionists” along that zone. However, he stresses that Belizean authorities still have to remain attentive.
“We have to maintain our boldness. We have to maintain our strength out there. We have to be as tactical and strategic, and we have to always be vigilant and demonstrate that we, as a country, are serious about our stability in that area,” Manzanero said.
“With all the eyes being put towards the border, the Chiquibul and Caracol zone, we feel that there was much more attention [paid] to [the] zone, and the public became much more responsive and wanted to become more aware of what is happening there,” he pointed out.
Death of rare shark highlights need for gill net ban
The death of a rarely seen scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) in the waters off Hopkins village after it became entangled in a gill net, highlights the need to transition away from this destructive fishing gear.
According to Oceana Belize’s investigations into the incident, the approximately 8’ hammerhead swam into a gill net placed in the shallow waters on the north end of the village. By the time the fisherman pulled up his net on Sunday, February 15, the shark had already drowned.
Once a common sight in Belizean waters, the scalloped hammerhead is today classified as a species endangered by extinction. Globally, it is estimated that in the last 30 years, the population of scalloped hammerhead sharks have declined by more than 95%.
Supreme Court Appeal of Penner private prosecution decision
On September 20, 2013, the Office of the Prime Minister issued a press release that shook the country by announcing that the Hon. Elvin Penner, Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, had been fired from Cabinet due to his apparent connection to the illegal issuance of a Belize passport.
The Barrow administration, however, seemed to impede the levying of criminal charges against the disgraced area representative for the Cayo North East constituency—and not even a Supreme Court-issued writ of mandamus to the Commissioner of Police was able to move the process forward.
Last year, two members of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) — Giovannie Brackett, the organization’s president, and Nidal McLaren — filed a criminal complaint against Penner in a private lawsuit in Belmopan.
Tourist dies, another injured in road traffic accident
There was a serious road traffic accident this morning on the George Price Highway in St. Matthew’s village. It happened around eleven thirty this morning and as this video footage show, involved a tow-head truck that was hauling oranges and a small SUV. One of two American tourists traveling in […]
Court to consider no-case submission in Titan currency case
Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today heard a submission of no case to answer from the attorney for Rohn Knowles and Kelvin Leach. They are the Bahamian executives of Titan International Securities accused of failing to declare separate sums of U.S. currency in their possession totaling $12,300 on attempting […]
Senior attorney avoids contempt charge but must pay debt
Ernest Staine, a senior member of Belize’s legal fraternity, appeared in the Supreme Court this morning as the defendant in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Forward in Faith Ministries and Rita McField. Staine had handled sale of a plot of land on Douglas Jones Street for the […]
Marijuana found in shipment of vegetables
A box of vegetables arrived at the Placencia airstrip today. It is not an unusual occurrence; but when Special Branch officers searched the box, they found that in addition to the tomatoes, cucumber and onions, someone had included a hearty helping of marijuana. It appears that much care was taken […]
Truck and SUV crash on the George Price Highway
A traffic accident this morning on the George Price Highway left several people injured. The incident happened just before midday near the Jaguar Paw road junction with the George Price Highway in St. Matthews village, Cayo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCTcUb66q0E
Monday on Ambergris Caye, Belize – What’s New?
Yesterday was a holiday in the states – President’s Day – many kids are off from school and families on vacation. In San Pedro, it was day two outta three of our unique Carnaval. (Read lots more about the holiday here.) And the island feels super busy.
Sunday afternoon kids were out on the beach and the front street painting each other and jumping in the water. Adult joined in yesterday and today, Tuesday, is the finale…
I ran into two of the comparsas groups. This one dressed as hippies and dancing…super cute.
This morning, the town clock was wrapped and didn’t have too much paint on it yet.
Southwest Airlines Prepares For Houston-Belize Route
According to Southwest’s Senior Communications Advisor, Brad Hawkins, the airline will allow passengers to and from Belize to carry two bags of up to 50 pounds each for free, which, last time we checked, can tack up to a couple hundred dollars on the price of a flight with competing airlines.
Southwest is apparently also scrapping additional fees for changing your tickets. Nice!
Combined with free Wi-Fi and live TV, it sounds like Southwest is going the distance to attract Belizean business, meaning that they see this increasingly popular little country as a valuable destination.
And that’s music to our ears…
Oh yeah, speaking of music, it sounds as if Southwest will also be adding Belizean music to the inflight playlists.
CARIBBEAN EXPORTER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
THE AIM OF THE CARIBBEAN EXPORTER OF THE YEAR AWARDS IS TO CREATE AN EXPORT CULTURE ACROSS THE REGION BY ENCOURAGING CARIFORUM FIRMS TO BEGIN EXPORTING OR TO EXPAND
their exports through a programme that acknowledges and rewards exporters.
The specific objectives are:
To give recognition to exporters (SMEs) that have demonstrated an ability to achieve exporting success as demonstrated primarily through export volumes, diversity of export markets and sound export strategies and action plans;
To give recognition to youth and female exporters across the CARIFORUM region;
To give recognition to exporters that have integrated green technologies into their operations;
To encourage exporters to innovate by investing in R & D to improve product development and;
To encourage exporters to engage in corporate social responsibility.
Commentary: Nomination Day in Belize and its accompanying hysteria
By Frank Edward Paco Smith, Jr. (JP)
Alas, as much as I searched Belize’s two major news channels’ websites, I was unable to find a news story concerning the Belize City Nomination Day "festivities" that wasn't segmented. In so saying, I mean that I was unable to find one concerning the Belize City event that featured both of the two major political parties' goings-on. On one hand, I could chalk it up to the formatting, because it certainly makes sense from a technical standpoint to post them on their respective websites as separate stories. Yet, from another perspective, I could very well deduce that the manner in which both Channel 5 and Channel 7 posted the relevant coverage is indicative of the 'red' and 'blue' stranglehold the PUP and the UDP (also known as the PUPD) have on the collective Belizean psyche. That, of course, might not be fair... given what I explained beforehand.
Icy Valentines at the Sandbar Hostel
For some myself included, Valentines 2015 will go down as the longest Valentines day celebration in San Pedro history. It was a 3 day affair and the gold medal endurance winner goes to Best man Joe Chung. He planned and attended the bachelor crawl Thurs night, crashed the bachelorette Fri evening, showed up reasonably fresh faced, all partying considered and still faintly marketed for the Saturday afternoon wedding.
After we arrived I asked Kendall if he would not mind taking a few pics for me on his awesome 41 megapixel camera phone and as the day went on, I decided to increase picture selection few more of the many cell phone photographers attending the event. I wanted to just enjoy my time and not loose the moment behind a camera which happens all too often as a blogger.
Lemon Herb Chicken
The flavor of this chicken is similar to that of Pollo Loco. It's not cooked on a grill, but I cook it just below broil so that the meat remains juicy and the flavor pops. You can put more spice and more color to suit your own needs.
Cookbook of the Week: 'Caribbean Potluck'
Yahoo Food’s Cookbook of the Week: Caribbean Potluck: Modern Recipes From Our Family Kitchen (Kyle Books) by Suzanne and Michelle Rousseau, the Kingston, Jamaica-based sisters from cooking show Two Sisters and a Meal. The two women, who write that their friends refer to as “balls of fire,” are proud of their Jamaican heritage, and celebrate its cuisine and way of life in this book. They write, “We have always believed in promoting the best of Caribbean living, in spite of the many challenges faced by what many consider a ‘Third World lifestyle.’”
Noteworthy: You’ll learn some Caribbean lingo in this book! “Fetin’”, for example, means gathering around together, usually for a meal. As the Rousseaus write: “Our time living in Trinidad in the 1970s was defined by what the Trinis call ‘fetin’ and limin’ (that’s Trini speak for partying and socializing).” Another one is “mix-up and blenda.” “Our family is a perfect example of what we call the ‘mix-up and blenda’ (a Jamaican patois expression meaning ‘a diverse mixture and blend of things’) that is Caribbean history; complete with our own unique blend of African, French, German, Indian, Scottish, Haitian, Cuban, and British heritage.”
Avon to Cease Operations in 16 Caribbean Territories
Cosmetics giant Avon has decided to cease operations in 16 Caribbean territories as it works to restore its core business in the United States, a spokeswoman confirmed to Efe on Tuesday.
“Avon has announced its decision to cease operations in the Islands markets that fall under U.S. distribution,” said the firm’s manager of external communications, Lindsay Fox.
She added that the New York-based company “remains committed to focusing its resources on restoring the health of the U.S. business to deliver future growth.”
Fox said Avon will no longer accept orders from 16 Caribbean territories after Feb. 20.
Avon will cease operations in Antigua, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curaçao, Dominica, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
UNICEF Tap Project Challenges Americans to Stop Using Their Phones to Provide 14 Million Days of Clean Water to Children
The UNICEF Tap Project today announced its challenge to the American public: put down your phones and help save children's lives. The unique mobile experience aims to unlock 14 million days of clean, safe water for children around the world by encouraging Americans to stop texting, calling, emailing, tweeting and posting -- and challenging their friends to do the same.
748 million people around the globe do not have safe, clean water to drink, and more than 2.5 billion people live without a proper toilet. The lack of these basic necessities is not merely inconvenient -- it can be lethal. By simply logging onto UNICEFTapProject.org beginning March 1, Americans can work to change that and help to put children first.
Belize House Build, 8min. This is a video about a mission project several churches took part in, in Belize. Enjoy!
Flight Over The Great Blue Hole, Belize, 1min.
san pedro carnival 2015 Belize, 2.5min.
san pedro carnival 2015 Belize 2, 2min.
Belize Snorkeling Ho Chan Shark and Ray Alley and Coral garden, 2min.
Better Belize It, 1min. Deze video gaat over Better Belize It
San Pedro Carnaval, 2min. The always energetic Flora Ancona's Comparsa Group in their last night of Carnaval!!!
Giant Lobster: Biologist Discovers 70-Year-Old Crustacean, 2min. A biologist caught a huge 70-year-old lobster that could be one of the biggest catches of the year. Forrest Galante was free-diving when he found the huge crustacean that weighed close to 12 pounds. Due to over fishing and general ocean conditions, the Pacific Spiny lobster rarely exceeds three pounds in weight. After debating whether to toss him back or eat him Forrest decided he had to take the lobster back to his home in Santa Barbara to show his family. The family quickly decided there was no way they could eat the lobster so took it to a marine reserve off the coast of California where it was released.
Here is the video of San Pedro Carnaval Fun Day 2, 9min. Only three groups of comparsas (Street Dancers) made it out to the streets of San Pedro for Carnaval this year February 2015. Day two of Carnaval in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, was heightened by the dance presentations of these three amazing groups.
AMERICA MIA VISITA ALDEA MAYA EN BELIZE, 4min.
1st official Whale Shark sighting for 2015 at Hatchet Caye Belize!, 1min. A Fishing Tour group, with Hatchet Caye (a private island resort) in Belize, got an extra treat today as they spotted one of the giant Whale Sharks migrating through our waters! They frantically handed the camera to the guide who dove under the waves for a closer look. Enjoy!
San Pedro Carnival 2015 Belize 3, 2min. SanPedrañas know how to keep life interesting and fun :) [also checkout the follow up video as San Pedro Carnival 2015 Belize
San Pedro Carnival 2015 Belize 4, 2min. Carnaval time! viva la alegria SanPedrañas.
El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro, Belize - Pablo y sus Barbies, 2min.
El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro, Belize - Pablo y sus Barbies, 2min. One of the most anticipated island traditions in San Pedro, Belize. Celebrates three days before Ash Wednesday.
Belize Dance Marathon Video 2, 4min.
At Ramon's resort in Belize, 1min. Walking down Pier.
Exquisite Drummer Boombay in San Ignacio Belize Part 1, 8min.
Boombay drumming on Belize Talk Radio, 11min. I have had the honor of knowing Boombay, who has been a friend for 12 years now. He is a magnificent drum maker and exceptional drummer. This video shows Boombay teaching how to play the drums to a couple visiting Belize. Part II-
Three Sheets Season 1 Episode 8 Belize, min. Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee (as Grub Street Productions) in association with Grammnet (2004) and Paramount Network Television.