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The San Pedro Sun

Get your drink on with Tiburon Rum!
The newest Belizean rum on the market is Tiburon Rum, and it’s definitely a party starter! The brain child of Basil Destefano and Traveller’s Rums Limited, Tiburon is a molasses-based “special” rum which has been aged and blended from a variety of barrels of varying age and character. It’s aged in old oak bourbon barrels and together with the help of the warm climate of Belize its gently matures into a smooth and quite delectable drink. Dubbed the “Spirit of Belize”, this rum is one that you can either sip on the rocks or mix with whatever pleases your taste buds. I in particular am a big fan of rum and cranberry. The subtle hints of vanilla in the Tiburon Rum mixed with sweet but tangy cranberry juice are just perfection. I forgot to keep tabs on my drinking count at the party and well, it was not pretty the next day! But that’s over indulgence for you! In moderation, as with all things, Tiburon is a fabulous drink!

San Pedro High boys win 3rd place at NSSSA football tournament
The San Pedro High School boys won the 3rd place at the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) football championships hosted by St. Ignatius High School at the Norman Broaster Stadium over the weekend. In Game 3 the consolation game for 3rd place on Saturday morning, the Isla Bonita boys won 2-1 against Gwen Liz. San Pedro’s Edley Godoy scored the 1st goal in the 22nd minute, but Clinton Dawson equalized for Gwen Liz in the 52nd minute. San Pedro’s team captain Jose Chimal scored the 2nd winning goal in injury time.

Game Licenses
The Belize Forest Department hereby reminds the general public that, as per the Wildlife Protection Act (CAP 220), a license is needed hunt and sell the following game species: • Deer • Gibnut • Armadillo • Peccary • Iguana • Chachalaca, Black-throated Bobwhite A valid Dealer’s License issued by the Forest Department is also needed for the sale of these game species.

An Underwater Classroom for the Day
It is only when we look through the eyes of the next generation that we understand the importance of protecting what we have today. The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage transported 35 students of Grace Primary Anglican School from the concrete classroom to the underwater classroom of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System on Wednesday, February 25. A glass bottom boat opened up the underwater world of the Belize Barrier Reef to the awe-filled students, whom for many the trip was the first to Belize’s offshore.

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week- Just Married in Paradise
Just married in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize! We caught this couple (in flip flops) riding around "Island Style". The closest thing to a stretch limo on the island is a stretched, 6-seater golf cart. But what more do you need in an island paradise, right? Congratulations to the happy couple who had their Destination Wedding in San Pedro!

Caye Caulker Resident Launches “Caye Boy” Children’s Book
Caye Boy children’s books are available at www.cayeboy.com (visit site for retail locations in Belize) and at www.amazon .com for world-wide shipping. Caye Boy: Barefoot Adventures of an Island Child: The sun comes up and the island children start their day! There are hermit crab races to be won, trees to climb, and an entire island to explore. Follow the barefoot adventures of a "caye boy" and his little brother as they explore the sand streets of their little island from sunup till sundown. Caye Boy and Kite Day: All the island children are super excited for Kite Day...but when a kite gets stuck in "Kite Tree", what is a Caye Boy to do? With the help of their fellow villagers, Gilford and Alvis just MIGHT get a new kite in time!

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Consejo Village Library March 2015 Morning Coffee Cafe
Enjoy a hearty slice of homemade pie or cake with a bottomless cup of brewed coffee or tea for only $5 BZD. The New Door Is Installed! Installation of the new front entry door is completed and the front walls have been repaired. Work is underway on repainting and repairing the screened entry. To celebrate, we are offering some extra special desserts in addition to the standard fare. Again, come chat with friends and learn more about CVL, its services, and resources. This is an informal, friendly gathering in a cafe style atmosphere with a “come and leave when you want” style of service. No meeting nor solicitation will be surprised upon you. Place: Consejo Village Library, Lot #492, Consejo Village, Corozal (Red “brick style” building across from Casablanca, diagonally from the customs compound and pier) Time: Sunday, March 8th, 8:30-12:00 p.m.

Sale of liquor prohibited on Election Day
The sale of liquor is completely prohibited on election day, March 4, 2015 starting at 7 AM and ending on March 5, 2015 at 10 AM

Municipal Election Notice:
Employers to allow employees reasonable time for voting

Commentary: Air traffic controllers in Belize need to be dealt with
By Wellington C. Ramos According to the Minister of Civil Aviation Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. from the Government of Belize, 19 flights that were scheduled to depart and a few that were to arrive on Saturday 21st February 2015 experienced problems. This occurred because the air traffic controllers who were supposed to report to work on that day failed to show up. The people and the government of Belize had no idea that these controllers were not going to report to work. Neither did the employees state any issue to the ministry that was of major concern to them prior to this day. Mr Coye, who is the manager at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, immediately called the air traffic controllers who were to report for duty but none of them answered their cellphones. People who had flights scheduled for that day to leave the airport were waiting to hear what was going to be the government’s solution to this major problem. The government authorities brought in some retired air traffic controllers and two from abroad who were trained in Belize to come in an assist them with the problem. They were able to process 17 of the 19 flights to proceed to their destinations, leaving two flights left to be sent to their destinations.

Rock the Vote!
Cayo was represented well at Oceana's Rock the Vote yesterday at Memorial Park in Belize City. It was a fantastic concert, and most of the well known Belizean artists came out and performed to support the cause of 'No Offshore Drilling.' The Garifuna Collective, World Culture Band, Melonie Gillett, Jackie Castillo, Tanya Carter, TR Shine, and many others really rocked the house. Nello Player, who won the Belize theme competition a few years back, has a new band, and they are incredible. Thanks to all the amazing artists that took the time to play for this noble cause!

La Ruta Maya Cultural Night
The SISE House of Culture is having their annual LRM Cultural Night this Thursday at the Cayo Welcome Center. They'll have a special cultural presentation for the event. The Galen Eagles Band will be performing, as will the Bullet Tree Cultural Dance Group. It all starts at 7:00pm.

Choto Wins Cayo Circuit Race
Congratulations, Geovanni Choto, for winning the Cayo Circuit Race, which was held in Santa Elena on Saturday. "The field comprised predominantly of riders from western Belize, would have to navigate the slanted boulevard for 20 laps to complete 40 miles. The finish line on a slight incline does not tell the tale of the sharp climb at the opposite turning point. The 25 man starting list featured strong contenders from DigiCell 4G, Western Spirit and C-Ray Road Addikzx; the only teams with more than three riders each."

Carnaval exhibition
The San Pedro House of Culture invites you to come view the carnaval exhibition. You are cordially invited to our exhibition, as we continue to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of San Pedro.

ABTEC school info Orange Walk
Free technical education and a stipend: This is from ABTEC American/Belizean Technical Educational Services in Orange walk. All courses are free. Please give this info to anyone you think could benefit. Weekly Stipend of $30 to cover bus fare.

BCVI
Please note that the BCVI (Belize Council for the Visually Impaired) will be holding their monthly free clinic at the San Pedro Lions Den tomorrow morning March 3rd from 8:30AM until 2PM.

Up Close with the Belize Manatees
As part of this year’s Reef Week activities, The Belize Manatee Project is providing a unique manatee experience for 10 selected Belizean children. In order to be selected for this unique manatee experience, children must write a short paragraph (max 200 words) stating why they would like to be a part of this experience, and why it is important to protect our manatees. Entries must be posted on the Protect Our Manatees Belize Facebook page. The top 10 entries with the most likes by Friday March 6th, 2015 at 12:00 noon will be the winners. The winners will get to spend the day with our very own Belizean manatee expert, Jamal Galves, who will share his knowledge and experiences with the children, and a presentation on the importance of manatees to the marine ecosystem and the threats these animals face. After the presentation, children will then go on an exciting boat ride to observe these animals in their natural habitat. Criteria:

1859 Boundary Treaty gave Belizeans right of passage
Guillermo Avila, the captain of the boat that took Belizeans to Gracias Adios was forced to sign a document saying he went into a wrong channel in the Sarstoon that belonged to Guatemala. The captain admitted he went 100 yards into the channel and then altered the course. That happened early Saturday morning. However, late Saturday evening, the Guatemala Coastguard went into Belize water to detain the captain and the Northern Territorial Volunteers. The following document is extracted the from the 1859 treaty which was ratificatied and exchanged in Guatemala, September 12, 1859. It gave everyone free movement on the Sarstoon. "Her majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Charles Lennox Wylie, Esquire, Her Britannic Majesty’s Chargé d’Affaires to the Republic of Guatemala; And his Excellency the President of the Republic of Guatemala, Don Pedro de Aycinena, Councillor of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs;

DETAILS SURROUNDING THE INCIDENT ON 28TH FEBRUARY, 2015, AT SARSTOON RIVER, BELIZE
The Government of Belize is very pleased and relieved that the group of 37 Belizeans who were held on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 were returned safely and promptly on Sunday March 1st, 2015 at 10:57am.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Monday, March 2, 2015: 08

Rotary Starting Duck Run Bathroom
The Rotary Club of San Ignacio is really taking this Rotary Week seriously. They have quite a few projects going on around Cayo, including building school bathrooms in Benque, Duck Run, and refurbishing Rotary Park in Santa Elena. Thanks, Rotary, and happy 110th.

NL's New Location
NL's Tortilla Factory has that new building at the turn before the turn to the wooden bridge. Best corn tortillas around. Looks like they'll be doing well there.

Channel 7

Belizeans Held In Guatemala?
On Saturday evening at 4:30, all of Belize was gripped by the report that 40 Belizeans had been taken prisoner by the Guatemalan Coast Guard. That has never happened before - and it sent a collective shiver across the nation. Happily, though, within hours, what was first presented as a hostile situation appeared to have softened somewhat: the Belizean "detainees" suddenly became guests of the Guatemalans in Livingston. But, the entire narrative of what led up that and what followed it is a first for Belize. And it shows two things: how tricky it can be toeing the southern borderline, and how even uneasy neighbors can find ways to work things out.

The Gracias A Dios Timeline
So, we've showed you the detention and eventual release, but why were these Belizeans at that location to have been taken into custody? Well, viewers may remember back in 2013 when Toledo border activist and politician, Wil Maheia, started the "Clearing the Border Initiative". He and the organization called the Belize Territorial Volunteers started clear strategic border locations along the border, including Aguas Turbias in the north, Garbutts Falls in the west, Gracias A Dios as the southernmost point of the country, and the unregulated border point of Jalacte.

A Heroes' Welcome in OW
Of the 37 volunteers, all except one are residents of Orange Walk. That person is from Corozal, and late into Sunday night, the 36 arrived in Orange Walk Town to a hero's welcome, complete with motorcade and homecoming ceremony. The media was also there, and Leader of this expedition Giovanni De La Fuente, said that even if they knew beforehand that they would have been taken into custody by the Guatemalan military, they would have still had to courage to go: Giovanni De La Fuente - Leader, Northern Territorial Volunteers "This reception is great. I wasn't expecting and the people of Orange Walk, they really make you feel good. We still have people that loves Belize."

The De-Brief Test
As you heard in our story, a part of the welcome back in Punta Gorda Town involved the a meeting with the Chief Executive Officers of the Foreign Affairs and National Security Ministry, along with Belizean Ambassador to Guatemala Alexis Rosado, and other Foreign Affairs staffers. In that meeting, 5 key persons from the group were asked to debrief the Government officials, so that their version of events could be compared to the version which Guatemala relayed through diplomatic and military channels. National Security CEO George Lovell told the media that from what the Belizeans have reported, a diplomatic note will more than likely be sent: Ret. Col. George Lovell - CEO, Ministry of National Security "The reason why we had these interviews, was basically for us to establish precisely what the facts are from the people who were out there and who had firsthand experience of what transpired on the ground. As you may have heard, we have been talking to our OAS officials, our BDF and foreign affairs officials and they themselves were relaying to the Ministry of National Security secondhand information.

Two Murders in Four Hours In Lake-I(Raq)
It was a very violent weekend in the city: there were two murders - and two shootings, in addition to at least two vicious beat downs. The weekend murders are the most troubling; they both happened on Sunday night and come on top of two murders last week. And, just like the ones last week, they are believed to be gang related. The violence started at around 6:00 pm near the complex building - and 6 hours later, two young men would be dead, with another injured. More than that, the entire large neighborhood was traumatized. Monica Bodden reports on what police and relatives are saying:..

Mother Of Accused Man Rejects Murder Charge
And while police have two more murders to solve, they've made an arrest for the killing of 29 year-old Hubert Bodden. He's 19 year Ernesto Vasquez, aka "Neto", who was arraigned on the charge of murder when he appeared today before Magistrate Herbert Panton. Vasquez was remanded into custody until April 17. Bodden was shot and killed around 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, while he was on Cedar Street, located behind Habet and Habet Hardware Store. According to reports, Bodden was mistakenly shot by a bullet that was intended for a man who had fled from the scene.

Jamie Chavaria Shot (Again)
And there was another shooting of note in the city. This one happened on Saturday night on West Canal between Berkley Street and Rocky Road. Just before midnight, 26 year old Jamie Emmanuel Chavarria got out of his vehicle and was crossing the street when a gunman ran out from through an alleyway and opened fire on him. Chavarria was shot in his left arm and left side of his chest. He managed to crawl towards his vehicle and escape. He is listed in a stable but critical condition. Chavarria told 7news today that he could not recognize his attacker and he is still puzzled as to why he was shot. Chavarria was shot in Ladyville in December of 2012 - the man he was with was murdered.

A Mexican Murder In San Victor
And turning now to the north, a Mexican was killed in the village of San Victor in the Corozal District. Yesterday afternoon at around 1:00 pm, villagers found a dead man in a pimento bungalow house. He had been viciously chopped to the face and head, and had puncture wounds on the neck and chest. Police say he was with another Mexican who is a suspect, but outside of that there are very few other known details. Here's Officer Commanding Corozal, Superintendent Andrew Ramirez: Supt. Andrew Ramirez, OC - Corozal "We have no other information except that the person was known as Sergio Martinez and he also indicated to the persons that he had been communicating with, that he was a Mexican national. As part of the investigation we have another individual in custody presently being interview in relation to this scenario. That person also identity has not been confirmed. Initial information is that are both partners, because he had been interviewed by the consulate as well Ms. Espat here in Corozal and also myself. Most of the information that he has indicated is basically that they are friends, as if to indicate that there is no need for him to be injuring his partner or companion."

The Egg Hurling Culprit?
Egg on the face - that's what UDP Cayo Northeast Representative Elvin Penner ended up with last week Friday when he went to the Supreme court in Belize City. Police caught the man who stoned him immediately - and today he went to court. He is 33 year old Allen Valencio, 33, a construction worker of Belama Phase 4. He was charged with common assault and throwing missiles. But he isn't charged for stoning Penner; Valencio was read charges of common assault upon and throwing missiles at Sylvester Maldonado, who is reportedly Penner's driver. Valencio pleaded not guilty to both charges and the court prosecutor had no objection to bail since Valencio got $500 dollars station bail when he was first detained on Friday. Valencio is due back in Court #3 until April 23, 2015.

The Harmonyville Compromise
Last week, Friday, we told you about the settlement between the Government of Belize and the grassroots organization, BGYEA about the use of the buffer area in Harmonyville. The bottom line is that BGYEA will plant their corn in other reserve lands within the community - areas that are not road reserve. It appears to be an amicable resolution, but BGYEA's president, Nigel Petillo, says that Government caused them to lose $30,000 in preparation of the buffer zone, which they would seek help to recover: "To be honest with you I still feel as if though we are still being held back to a certain extent. First of all this whole thing about no trespassing. You need to keep that in mind. This wasn't about us trespassing. The government was actually looking for a way to hold back BGYEA - to halt all explorations and all our initiatives. Dragging us back and forth in court for almost a year, without actually sitting down and say let us really address the idea or the reason why you wanted to plant corn and I'll have you know, one of the main reasons we needed to plant corn was we need roads. We need road in Harmonyville. You can't expect much from a community without infrastructures and so the government decided to then to negotiate with us - to say that they are willing to drop all charges if you will do this and that. It was a bogus charge, to come up with the idea of trespassing when we are actually partners with the government when it comes to managing this land. We have a stake there and to say well. Not allow us from cultivating something such as corn in this buffer space, then it says a lot."

Man Viciously Beat Up For Defending Daughter
A man was viciously beaten up on Saturday afternoon in Belize City. 42-year-old Wood Carver Oscar Williams, was walking on Southern Foreshore along with his 13-year-old daughter when a group of men in front of an abandoned concrete started throwing cat calls at his daughter. Oscar Williams approached the six men and that's when they put a vicious beat down on him, knocking him unconscious and bursting his head in various places. Police say he is in a Stable condition. Police have not arrested the men.

Man Perishes In Southern Blaze
A senior citizen perished in a fire in Dangriga on Sunday afternoon. 65 year old Telma Lewis left her house on errands while her disabled 61 year old husband Alvin Dale Lewis stayed home. But shortly after she left - she had to run back home because the 14x20 two storey wooden house had caught on fire. It burned rapidly and by the time fire teams arrived, Lewis had already perished. Initial investigations revealed that the fire started from downstairs. The house was valued at $17,000.00 and was not insured.

Get "Eeena It" For Election Day
This year for the 2105 municipal elections Chanel 7 and KREM are teaming up once again. We’ve been doing this since 2003 – which we called the moment. Then in 2006, it was “turn it up,” “08 Now” in 2008, the big test in 2009, the verdict in 2012, and for 2015, we are going to be eena it. The team of more than two dozen national correspondents had a preparatory session at the ITVET building in Belize city on Saturday and Mose Hyde and Jules Vasquez told us what the coverage intends to do:..

Gilroy Shuts Up The Press
Gilroy Usher - he's the PUP's Standard bearer for Port Loyola - and when he called a press conference for this morning two days before election we were very suspicious. But, bia text message, he told the media, it was non political - there wouldn't even be a political shirt of flag in sight - he was appearing as a regular citizen. Now, when a politician tells you a story like this two days before a major election, you know that he's trying to run a game on you. And we were right - Jules Vasquez got to the bottom of it:

Hon. Boots Goes Off On Gilroy
And what did his opponent Anthony Boots Martinez have to say about the press conference? Well for starters - he criticized Usher on his lack of experience in politics and ridiculed him for having the press conference in the Queens Square area instead of the constituency he is running in- Port Loyola. Here is how Martinez put it: Boots Martinez predicts that he will beat Usher by a margin of over 800 votes.

The Street Sweeping Stunt
While Martinez says Usher was completely lost, he, on the other hand, says he was exactly where he was supposed to be today - visiting residents in Port Loyola. Now, usually, politicians would blatantly deny any attempts at pulling off political stunts - two days before an election. But when we caught up with Martinez and his supporters on Jane Usher Boulevard, he told us quite candidly, that he has no shame in admitting that it is one of those stunts but that it comes with the territory. There were about 50 supporters accompanying Martinez today. Usher had 30 people at his press conference, but he told us those were just good citizens, not supporters.

Who Will Be PG's Mayor?
In two days, residents of Punta Gorda Town, like the 8 other municipalities, will pick their municipal leaders for the next 3 years.

PG Mayor Defends Record
One of the things which may come to the minds of the PG voters on Wednesday is the fact that their town hall was having so much financial difficulties that The Ministry of Local Government had to send in a financial controller to manage their affairs and allow the Town Council to keep functioning. The mayor maintains that he did the best that he could with the financial resources he had:

They Hurt The House Of Culture
On Sunday February 22nd, the San Pedro House of Culture was burglarized. About 20 artifacts were stolen and none have been recovered. Some of those artifacts include a range of Conch shell jewelry and ceramic pieces. According to the Director of the Museum, Sherilyne Jones, this burglary is a harsh blow to the House of Culture and more importantly to Belizean heritage. The House of Culture was recently opened in November of last year.

Making Education Count
Hundreds of preschool students poured into the city streets this morning. The students along with their parents and teachers marched with banners and posters celebrating Child Stimulation Month. They began at the Constitution Park, moved along Cemetery Road right up to the memorial park. While it might seem that these students, parents and teachers are simply taking a free day to march under the sun - they say it goes beyond that. This movement is really about evoking a passion for learning from an early age. There will be a host of educational and recreational activities for kids throughout the month.

Oscar Williams Revisited
And in an update to a story we ran earlier, we didn't get to air the file footage we have of Oscar Williams - who was badly beaten by 6 men while trying to defend his teenaged daughter. This is from our archives in 2005. We'll have more on the story tomorrow.

Channel 5

Guatemalan Military Detains Thirty- Seven Belize Territorial Volunteers Overnight
On Saturday news spread like a toxic cloud over the nation…thirty-seven Belizeans, part of an expedition headed to the southern-most border marker, had been detained by Guatemalan military and taken [...]

Expedition Leader Details Frightening Experience at Sea
But with the emotional homecoming out of the way, the question remains – how could the unthinkable have happened? How is it that a Belizean vessel carrying Belizeans could have [...]

Attorney for Boat Captain Says Document to Release Delegation Was Signed Under Duress
We’ll get to that government response in a few, but first the Captain of the Dore – Guillermo “Memo” Avila. He is the man who took the expedition to Gracias [...]

National Security and Foreign Affairs Officials Debrief Boat Captain and Passengers
As we told you, officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Security conducted a debriefing exercise with certain members of the expedition right after arrival on Belizean land. [...]

Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala Expresses Disappointment
While it was probably a little too early to expect an official comment from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we approached Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado. He took part [...]

Weekend Violence Ends in Murder of Michael Welch
There were three murders over the weekend; two in Belize City and one in Corozal. In the city, we start with the most recent murder that occurred just after eleven [...]

Gunshots Near Gungulung Leaves Japhet Martinez Dead
Four hours before the cold-blooded murder of Michael Welch, shots rang out behind the Charles Bartlett Hyde building, better known as the Complex. Just before seven p.m. on Sunday, twenty-seven-year-old [...]

Mexican Murdered in Corozal
A Mexican national was hacked to death in the Corozal District over the weekend.  On Sunday night in San Victor Village, the mutilated body of Sergio Martinez was discovered inside [...]

Jaime Chavarria Shot on West Canal
At around midnight on Saturday, an attempt was made on the life of twenty-six-year-old Jaime Emmanuel Chavarria.  Just outside his house on West Canal, Chavarria had just exited his vehicle, [...]

19 Year Old Arraigned for Murder of Herbert Bowden
Nineteen-year-old Ernesto Vasquez of Antelope Street Extension was remanded to the Belize Central Prison for the killing of Herbert Bowden.  Vasquez was unrepresented in Magistrate’s Court today when he was [...]

Man Charged for Egging Elvin Penner
Allen Valencia was immediately detained on Friday after a group of protesters threw eggs and water at former Immigration Minister Elvin Penner when he exited the Supreme Court that day [...]

Elderly Man Perishes in Fire in Dangriga
Sixty-one-year-old Alvin Lewis Senior perished in an inferno which consumed his residence in Dangriga on Sunday afternoon.  According to his wife, Thelma Lewis, sometime after one o’clock she left their [...]

Ambassador Manuel Tellez Passes
It is with deep sadness that tonight we report on the death of Guatemala’s Ambassador to Belize, His Excellency Manuel Tellez.  He passed away on Sunday morning in Guatemala City [...]

Lord Ashcroft Weighs In On Belize’s Political Climate
Two weeks ago, a picture of Lord Michael Ashcroft and Audrey Matura Shepherd at breakfast went viral. It was all over social media, so much so that it made the [...]

…And His Involvement in Telemedia Prior to Nationalization
In our interview, Ashcroft also spoke about his level of financial involvement, or, as we learnt, his lack of financial involvement, in Telemedia at the time of nationalization. He categorically [...]

Gilroy Usher’s Press Conference Falls Apart in Port Loyola
Election Day 2015 is less than forty-eight hours away and the two major political parties, together with their mayoral and councilor candidates, are fueling their respective machineries.  On Wednesday, both [...]

Meet PG’s Third Party Mayoral Candidate
In the past weeks, News Five has travelled across the country, bringing you interviews from candidates vying for the sixty-seven seats up for grabs in the 2015 municipal elections. Over [...]

Wil Maheia Says He’s the Man for PG’s Mayorship
The People’s United Party has been at the helm of the Punta Gorda Town Council for the past three years, under a U.D.P. Central Government. According to Maheia, that hasn’t [...]


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Audrey Matura Shepherd: Vessel Violation vs Territorial Violation
For people living in southern Belize, especially near the coastal border, seeing Guatemalan armed forces cross over to Belize’s side of the border without hesitation is something common. That is exactly what happened says Audrey Matura Shepherd. “The Guatemalan vessels came into Belizean territory, followed them throughout; that is Belizean waters that they were in; went to Gracias A Dios with them, had coffee and Johnny cakes with them which he gave them. Then he realized that he would have needed some fuel and they then took them on their vessel to some village to get fuel brought them back. You would say they socialized a bit they left coming back at all times in Belizean water. They were almost at the mouth of the river approaching to go to the mouth of the river where they locked them in then claimed that the Port Master wanted to see them, not the coast guard or whomever was in charge; the Port Master which means it is a vessel violation not a territorial violation and that has to be clear.”

Ramirez Reports on Corozal First Murder for 2015
A man was killed in the Corozal District. Police say that yesterday afternoon at around 1 o’clock, they were called out to San Victor Village. They were subsequently led into a pimento bungalow house where they saw the body of Sergio Martinez, a Mexican national. Martinez had punctures to his neck and chest. Initial investigations revealed that Martinez was last seen alive at around 8:30 pm two days prior at a shop in the village. Superintendent of Police, and officer Commanding Corozal police Station Andrew Ramirez spoke to Love News about their first murder investigation for this year. SUPERINTENDENT, ANDREW RAMIREZ “We have a male person in custody who we believe is also a Mexican national, that information has been passed on to the Mexican Consulate here Ms. Espat for her assistance in confirming those identities. Corozal police is asking for the support and cooperation of the villagers of San Victor is solving the first murder for Corozal district for 2015. We found a piece of stick and that is what we have right now. We must be aware that the cane season just began and the entire San Victor is a border village to Mexico, these guys will come over during the cane season and initial information is that about three weeks ago both of these individuals with other Mexican nationals had come into the area of San Victor to partake in relation to the cane season.”

Ambassador Says Quick Release of Belizeans Is a Good Indication of Good Relations
When word got out that Belizeans were detained and being taken to Livingston, Guatemala, Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado was quickly notified. Rosado came to Belize along with the group of Belizeans, yesterday. Ambassador Rosado was also part of the meeting that took place between four of the volunteers and the captain of the boat, Guillermo Avila. After the debriefing, Ambassador shared his sentiments on the situation. “Well we are very disappointed by what happened and we are still trying to clear up the full picture but what it tells me is that we need to implement those agreements and do more to keep that level of communication. I think the fact that we managed to get out Belizeans back home so quickly, in fact they could have come home last night but because of the choppy waters and so they decided to overnight but the fact that we managed to get them back so quickly I think is a good indication of the communication and the links that exist between the militaries and also between the foreign ministries, that, of course, without prejudice to establishing all the facts surrounding the whole situation.

Father Injured in Weekend Altercation
A wood carver and father of two teenage girls was severely injured over the weekend after he stood up to some men who were hurling obscene and disrespectful remarks at his 13-year-old daughter as they walked along the Southern Foreshore. Love News spoke to the mother, Yolanda Williams, who told us that while she is separated from her husband, 42-year-old, Oscar Williams, he is always spending time with his daughters and on Saturday, he was taking the girls to the Street Arts Festival but had gone to pick up monies owed to him on prior to going to the festival. YOLANDA WILLIAMS “They went to collect some money and while coming back there were around six young men in the upstairs of an abandoned white house and the six of them started yelling and telling them things but they didn’t pay mind they just continued walking. After that one of the young men told my daughter ‘hey I’m your ex-boyfriend the one whose baby you got rid of’ and that is when I think he got upset.

Government of Belize Discourages Further Trips to Southern Belize
The Government of Belize issued a release a few minutes ago in which it states that the Governments’ deep concern about the ongoing incident was raised with senior authorities of the Guatemalan Government and of the Organization of American States. As for the question on whether or not, Captain Guillermo Avila, ventured into Guatemalan territory has been answered by government officials. GOB’s release states quote, “Initial reports suggest that by an error of navigation the Belizean vessel may have unintentionally entered into Guatemalan waters.

Guatemalan Military Detains Belizeans in Southern Belize
Social media was all ablaze on Saturday evening after it was reported that a group of Belizeans had been detained by Guatemalan military personnel while making their way back from placing a marker at the border point at Gracias a Dios in Southern Belize. Reporter Hipolito Novelo has been following the story and filed this report. “A group of 40 Belizeans, mostly from the Orange Walk District, arrived back at the Custom’s wharf in Punta Gorda. They had stayed the night in Livingston, Guatemala, not by choice but by necessity- one would say while others would say, they stayed there by force. But whatever the case may be, they were back in the country by 11 o’clock on Sunday morning accompanied by the Belize Coast Guard and Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado.

Two Dead From This Weekends Shooting Incidents
There was a surge in gun violence yesterday in the old capital as two men were murdered while two more are left nursing gunshot injuries. The first incident occurred a few minutes past midnight on Sunday morning on West Canal. In that incident 26-year-old, Jamie Emmanuel Chavarria was shot to the left side of his chest and in his left hand after exiting his vehicle in front of his home. Reports are that Chavarria was standing in front of his home on West Canal when a man of dark complexion emerged from Rocky Road and fired several shots in Chavarria’s direction. Chavarria remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City and is listed as critical. Later on Sunday night at around seven o’clock investigators had a homicide case on their hands as 27-year-old, Japheth Martinez was shot and killed whilst at a shop near the Charles Bartlett Building in Belize City purchasing a phone card. Love News spoke to a relative on Martinez’ demise.

PlusTV

Penner egged by opponents at conclusion of appeal case
Police are said to have detained at least one person after missiles were thrown at Cayo North East area representative Elvin Penner, as he was hounded by a group of protestors while he was leaving court Friday morning just after 10:30...

Two Belize City men die and another is injured by gunfire
In the span of nearly 72 hours, two Belize City men died as a result of gunfire and a third lies wounded in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. When we left you on Wednesday night 21 year old Ian Adolphus, who had sustained injuries to the chest, shoulder and elbow after being shot while walking on ...

BGYEA reaches mediation agreement with Government over Harmonyville
After two mediation sessions at the order of the Supreme Court, the Government of Belize and the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) have reached agreement on a majority of issues to settle their case at the Supreme Court over use and enjoyment of the road reserve running adjacen...

“Get a bat and deal with the fool” – Hon. Mark King’s statement about PlusTV’s Louis Wade Jr.
Two committees were birthed from the negotiations between the Government and the Unions for a Salary Adjustment: The committee for Revenue Enhancement and the committee for cost saving measures, both aimed at making proposals to the Government to widen the public purse. On February 19th Plus TV’s Lo...

Road Traffic Accident Victim dies
On Monday we reported on a traffic Accident that occurred somewhere between miles 36 and 37 on the George Price Highway, where 55 year old Pablo Martinez was run over by an 18 wheeler truck driven by 38 year old Levi Figueroa, who told the media that he was coming from the direction of Spanish Looko...

Debate: 5 Mayoral Candidates Minus 1
We are less than a week away from the Country wide municipal elections , and the Evangelical Association Belmopan Branch in collaboration with PlusTV decided to   give  all residents of Belmopan the opportunity to listen to all 5 Belmopan Mayoral hopefuls on a common platform  so as to hear the visi...

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Political aspirant warns against vote-buying for elections
This morning in Belize City, political aspirant Gilroy Usher Sr. was speaking to area residents in Port Loyola ahead of Wednesday’s municipal elections. His mind is already made up – he is supporting the People’s United Party’s team led by Yolanda Schakron. But many others are not – […]

Teenager charged with Herbert Bodden murder
A teenager has been charged with the murder of 29 year old Herbert Bodden which took place on Thursday afternoon. 19 year old Ernesto Vasquez, aka “Neto”, was charged when he appeared today before Magistrate Herbert Panton and remanded into custody until April 17. Bodden was shot and […]

Two charges for Ladyville man
Thirty-four year old Shawn Vargas, a resident of Mile 9 1/2 on the Phillip Goldson Highway in Ladyville, was fined a total of $10,300 today by Magistrate Herbert Panton after he pleaded guilty to cultivation of cannabis and harm. The fine of $10,000 was for a cannabis plant […]

Man fined for discharging licensed firearm
53 year old Robert Westby was fined $300 for a charge of discharging a firearm in public. The Biscayne resident, a farmer and sculptor, pleaded guilty despite saying he was only testing the firearm when he fired once in the air as it was not working properly. On […]

GOB makes statement on Guatemala’s detention of Belizeans
Late this evening, the Government of Belize issued a statement on the detention of a group of Belizeans on an expedition to the Gracias a Dios border marker in southern Belize on Saturday. The official statement says that the Ministry of Foreign affairs was alerted of the detention by the […]

Territorial Volunteers return unscathed from Livingston
Belize and Guatemala appear to have avoided a full-fledged international incident this past weekend, after a 36-member party and the captain of their boat was detained by Guatemalan military authorities near the mouth of the Sarstoon River on Saturday evening around 5:00 p.m. The group, ages ranging from […]

Blogs

H.L. Dole, Owner of a Good Chunk of North Caye Caulker, Prepares to Open A Nature Park Called “The Estuary”
I had been to the Caye Colony website and in an earlier post declared it “depressing”. Maybe a bit unfair and judgemental on my part since I’d never met the owner nor had I been to North Caye Caulker. I focused on this statement: “Welcome to Caye Caulker’s only master-planned, guarded community!” His property goes all the way out to the tip of the caye. The top 100 acres will be almost all private reserve, the bottom 50 acres are lots for sale.

Battle of the Best Beaches Ambergris, Placencia and Roatan
Recently, West Bay Beach on the island of Roatan, Honduras, was rated one of the best beaches in the world by tripadvisor congrats!! Having been on this beach, as well as the beaches of Ambergris Caye and Placencia, I wanted to do a comparison of the three. Many travelers looking for great snorkeling, beaches, and the Caribbean/Central American vibe will no doubt be looking at all three places. All three have their own fantastic reasons for a visit!

RumChata
This is a spin on Horchata and Rum Popo. This was served at a wedding Joe and I attended recently for the toast drink.

The March 1st, 2015 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • BDF CORPRAL AND WIFE SENTENCED:
    A couple from Billy White village was separately sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. The incident happened on Thursday, 22 December, 2011, when personnel from the Special Branch department conducted a house search at the residence of Gerald August, 34 year old Belizean BDF Corporal. Present at the time along with August was his wife, Loida August, 24 year old Belizean Domestic of the same address. During the search police found a black Pietro Beretta .9 pistol with the serial number tampered with, which was found inside a box with clothes. Upon further checks of the house, police led to the discovery of six Sellier and Bellot 12 gauge cartridges under the sewerage bowl behind the kitchen area along with one 5.56 magazine with twentyseven (27) 5.56 rounds of ammunition and 3 metal clips each containing ten live 5.56 rounds in a black plastic bag that was buried 6 inches and covered with two pieces of board.
  • Mckoy Five Years Behind Bars:
    Today the trial for a 17 year old San Ignacio man concluded as he was found guilty inside the San Ignacio Magistrates court.The magistrate at the time, Narda Morgan, sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment. The incident occured on Friday, 13 December, 2013 at about 11:30 when police was conducting their mobile patrol on Flamingo Street in San Ignacio. Police notice a dark male person who they identified as Carlton Mckoy, 17 year old Belizean laborer of San Ignacio. Police then exited the mobile patrol and approached Mckoy who was walking towards a shop and upon entering the shop he throw something behind the counter.
  • Public Health Notice: Measles Advisory:
    The Ministry of Health has been advised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of an outbreak of Measles at the Disneyland Resort in air droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Although Measles remains prevalent in many parts of the world, Belize has been free from the disease since 1991. In order to maintain our Measles free status, the recommended and most cost-effective public health approach is to advise persons to get vaccinated with the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
  • La Ruta Maya Belize Canoe Race:
    The annual Ruta Maya Canoe Race brings together professional and amateur paddlers from Central and North America and Europe every March. Picture Above, government telephone company team at 2012 race. The annual La Ruta Maya Belize Endurance Canoe race is the longest race of its kind in Central America. One hundred and seventy miles of paddling on the Belize River over the course of 4 days. The race gets underway in San Ignacio Town Cayo District just under the Hawksworth Bridge. Between 90 and 100 teams from Belize, U.S.A., Canada, Japan, the U. K. and other countries participate. Starting at 7 in the morning, the paddlers are challenged by rapids, low areas that require them to physically carry their canoes for short distances as well as winds as they near the Caribbean Sea.
  • History Of The Cross Country Cycling Race:
    The idea for the race originated with Belizean Monrad Metzgen, who on a trip to one of the villages on the Northern Highway in 1928 was struck by the number of bicycles Belizeans used to attend weekly cricket games in the Belize Rural area. He pitched an idea for a sort of cycling "expedition" to San Ignacio, testing the cyclists' ability to cope with a then-badly built Western Road (now George Price Highway), to the Governor, who immediately pledged support and offered a cup as a prize to the winner of the race. Other prominent Belizeans Monrad Metzgen spoke to, including medical officer Lieutenant Colonel James Cran, Matron L.M. Roberts of the Public Hospital, Royal Bank of Canada local manager Charles Beattie and Frans Dragten all donated money and trophies to the cause.
  • Western Ballaz Rolls to Remain As The Only Undefeated Team:
    On Saturday night, the Cayo Western Ballaz (3 - 0) took the league's only undefeated record way down south to take on the winless Toledo Diplomats (0 - 3) at the Julian Cho Technical High School. Despite some delays, the game commenced at 10:15 p.m., with the visiting team claiming the spoils, securing a 96 - 80 victory in Toledo. Cayo Western Ballaz was led by Richard Troyer, who set the NEBL scoring record with 43 points on 71% shooting from the field, and 5 - 5 from the charity stripe, while also setting an NEBL record with 8 three pointers in the game. He finished the game with a double-double, adding 13 boards to his stat line, while dishing out 2 assists and tallying 2 steals.
  • Guatemala Ex-President Alfonso Portillo Freed From US Jail:
    Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo has been released from a U.S. prison after serving a nearly six-year sentence for taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan and laundering funds through U.S. banks, a prison official confirmed Wednesday. Portillo was sentenced to five years, 10 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson in New York last May. At the time, he had already served more than four years in jail since his arrest in 2010.
  • Grace Primary Anglican School Students explore Belize’s Barrier Reef System on a visit to Hol Chan Marine Reserve:
    It is only when we look through the eyes of the next generation that we understand the importance of protecting what we have today. The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage transported 35 students of Grace Primary Anglican School from the concrete classroom to the underwater classroom of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System on Wednesday, February 25. A glass bottom boat opened up the underwater world of the Belize Barrier Reef to the awe-filled students, whom for many the trip was the first to Belize’s offshore.
  • Communal Livestock Holding Facility Handed Over To Cattle Producers In The Belize District:
    A Communal Livestock Holding Facility in Willows Bank was officially handed over to cattle producers in the Belize River Valley area at a ceremony held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Through the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), the European Union in collaboration with the Government of Belize and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) financed a three-year project “Enhancing Belize’s Resilience to Adapt to the Effects of Climate Change”.
  • Principal-Hate At Arms Of Love School:
    At the Arms of Love Primary School in San Ignacio Town - the charge is of maladministration not sexual misconduct. The parents say the Principal is deliberately difficult and they want her removed. A month ago, parents kept their kids home in protest. Since then, the ministry has gotten involved and the District Education officer. Luis Carballo, thePrincipal Education Officer of the Cayo District said that the allegations against her was the way that she treated the parents and teachers. And, parents are concern because of the way the principal has been treating their children, that she shouts at them, sometimes pull them or argues with them or in a way that they feel it's not necessary.
  • Bipolar Disorder:
    Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder (and originally called manicdepressive illness), is a mental disorder characterized by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania depending on the severity or whether there is psychosis. During mania an individual feels or acts abnormally happy, energetic, or irritable. They often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced. During periods of depression there may be crying, poor eye contact with others, and a negative outlook on life. The risk of suicide among those with the disorder is high at greater than 6% over 20 years, while self harm occurs in 30–40%. Other mental health issues such as anxiety disorder and drug misuse are commonly associated.
  • Central American Karate Championships:
    The Belize Karate Federation, the national organization of Sport Karate Clubs, today began welcoming member nations of Central America to the Twentieth “CARMELA DIAZ” Central American Karate Championships CCONDEKA which kicks off tomorrow in San Ignacio, Cayo District. Arriving this morning from Venezuela is global Karate Advocate and Karateca Mrs. Carmela Diaz who, along with Central America’s top female Karateca Selenia Campos, will conduct a workshop tomorrow morning on the evolving role and opportunities for Women in Sport. Carmela Diaz has made her mark over the decades for lobbying to get Karate as an Olympic sport which it will be as of the 2020 Olympics.
  • Lin-Wood Rotary Interact Club of New Hampshire, U.S.A partners with the Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo to renovate the Pedro Guerra Mena Park:
    The Lin-Wood Rotary Interact Club from New Hampshire, U.S.A. visited Belize this week to conduct their International Service Project at the Pedro Guerra Mena Park in Benque Viejo del Carmen Town, and Mary Open Doors in San Ignacio Town. On Sunday, February 22, 2015, the Lin-Wood Rotary Interact Club partnered with the Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo to renovate the Pedro Guerra Mena Park in the New Area of Benque Viejo del Carmen. The Interact Club provided the materials needed to restore the park while the Rotaractors of the Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo volunteered their time to assist with the park’s restoration. The children’s playground was restored to its original state, the installations in the park were painted, and the grass was mowed. In the coming weeks, new swings (seats) will be installed so that the children can once more enjoy the swings.
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ADFD Receives Government Delegation From Belize
His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), received a delegation from the Government of Belize headed by His Excellency Audrey Joy Grant, Minister of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities of Belize. The delegation’s visit aimed to examine ways of strengthening mutual cooperation between the two countries and supporting renewable projects in Belize in line with the development priorities of the Belizean Government. Welcoming the Belizean Minister and the accompanying delegation, His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi stressed that the Belizean delegation’s visit to ADFD provided both sides with an important opportunity to exchange views on development issues and enhance bilateral relations.

KFAED loans KD four mln to Belize -- statement
Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) provided a KD four million loan to Belize to help in a road restoration project, said a statement by the fund Tuesday. The statement indicated that the money will be used to restore an 87-kilometer road which will help in facilitating land transportation in Belize. With the signing of the loan agreement, KFAED had provided five loans to Belize worth USD 8.8 million. The fund also provided two grants worth KD 302 million to the nation-state located in the eastern coast of Central America. (end) smr.gta

New Marine task force for Central America will use JHSV
A new Marine task force set to become active in Central America in time for hurricane season will use a new seabasing platform — the joint high-speed vessel — to transport troops around the region. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-South, a unit comprising about 250 Marines to be headquartered at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, will answer a range of needs ranging from partner nation training to humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. It's set to become active in June. According to current planning, the task force will be active between June and November before redeploying to the States until the following spring. Its work will augment that of small Marine detachments already in the region, including a civil affairs team in Belize, and security cooperation teams in Honduras, El Salvador, Belize and Guatemala.

How scientists are finding lost cities: Is this the 'City of the Monkey God'?
The alleged discovery of the legendary "White City" or "City of the Monkey God" in Honduras, may be disputed by some archaeologists, but none will argue that new technologies are making this a platinum age of new findings. “It seems that every two years somebody comes out saying they’ve found the White City, says Shanti Morell-Hart, an assistant professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.. “Many archeologists believe that The ‘White City,’ by its very nature, must never be found. It’s more of a legend that covers a region of many cities that were considered ‘Lost Cities,’ that depopulated due to the epidemics that swept through when the Europeans arrived, many of them large.”

New CEO to run Coppola’s wine, resort and food business
Steven Spadarotto has been named co-CEO of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s wine, resort and food business as the Geyserville company prepares for the retirement of chairman and CEO Jay Shoemaker. Spadarotto will succeed Shoemaker as CEO of Francis Ford Coppola Presents when the executive retires at year’s end. Most recently, Spadarotto served as vice president and general manager of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in the Napa Valley. Previously, he served as senior vice president of wine operations for Diageo Chateau and Estate Wines and chief operating officer of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates/Jackson Family Farms. In his new role, Spadarotto will oversee Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville and the former Geyser Peak production facility, which the company acquired in 2013 and has yet to rename. He also will spearhead efforts for Coppola Resorts, a collection of boutique hotels in Belize, Guatemala and Italy. Café Zoetrope in San Francisco and Mammarella’s Foods, which produces premium organic pastas and sauces, will also fall under Spadarotto’s responsibilities. Inglenook remains a separate and independent company.

CARICOM looks to strengthen regional banks
Leaders of the Caribbean Community member-states have agreed to establish a Committee of Finance Ministers to strengthen the region's financial services sector. "Because in many cases our indigenous banks cannot provide a high level of reward, correspondent banks (in North America and Europe) are closing their relationships with them because of the claim that the Caribbean is a high-risk area for financial services," the current CARICOM chairman, Bahamian Prime Minister Christie said in a statement released Monday. CARICOM said the Committee will work with the Caribbean Association of Banks on a plan to deal with the region's image.

Seven Caribbean Private Islands to Visit Right Now
It’s the ultimate Caribbean dream: your own sun-drenched, private island. So we’ve rounded up seven sandy spits where yours will be two of only a select few footprints on the sand. Your Caribbean kingdom is calling; go now. Cayo Espanto Paradise lies just three miles from San Pedro, Belize at this secluded four-acre enclave. A clutch of just six villas are located beachfront, each with a private dock. But it’s Casa Ventanas, the dreamy over-water bungalow, that we’re eyeing for our next romantic retreat.

Strengthening Caribbean Agriculture, Supporting Small Farmers Necessary To Protect and Grow Caribbean Economies
The head of the United Nations agriculture agency underlined yesterday the huge importance of agriculture and farming to countries of the Caribbean during an address to heads of government at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit in The Bahamas. “Strengthening agriculture and increasing support to small-scale and family farming will help ensure greater sufficiency in local food production, protecting your economies from external price shock,” the FAO director-general, José Graziano da Silva, told the audience, noting the need to meet challenges like climate change and to create jobs, particularly for youth. Graziano da Silva described agriculture and family farming as “drivers of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development,” and noted how they can create new employment opportunities and be linked to the tourism industry, an important source of revenue for many Caribbean countries.

US companies reject Honduran lobster caught by diving
Five US food companies notified the Government of Honduras that they will no longer import spiny lobsters caught by scuba diving because they believe that this type of fishing activity affects the divers’ well-being. The companies, Chicken of the Sea, Netuno USA Inc., Harbor Seafood, Inter-American Trading Product and Red Lobster, argue that the use of this technique is detrimental to fishermen for the high incidence of dives performed, which generates accidents that cause permanent paralysis and in some cases even their death, the newspaper El Heraldo reported. "We will not have the spiny lobster as a resource that has had contact with fishermen who have used the scuba diving technique," the executives of US firms pointed out.

Five Top Retirement Havens With The Lowest Cost Of Living
In International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2015, we ranked and rated the 25 best retirement havens in the world. You can stretch your dollars in any of them and live better than you can back home—for less. But the five below offer the lowest cost of living and come out on top in the Cost of Living category in the Index. Belize is recognized for its stunning natural beauty, Caribbean coastline, Mesoamerican reef, ecotourism offerings and Maya archaeological ruins. But this small country also offers diverse options for expats looking to retire in a comfortable English speaking country. Expats who plan to rely primarily on their Social Security income can consider the towns of Corozal, San Ignacio and Punta Gorda. For those who can afford a step up financially, it’s possible to live an enviable Caribbean lifestyle at a fraction of the cost of other Caribbean islands such as the Caymans, Turks & Caicos, and the Virgin Islands.

Videos

  • Je visite Belize, 3min.

  • Central America 2014, 5min. Some of the clips from my trip to Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

  • Belize Street Art Festival featuring Benque Marimba Youths, 14min. The Benque Marimba Youth Academy is a Youth drive to promote the richness of the Maya Mestizo Cultural Heritage with the fusion and dynamics of the unique Belizean rhythms & sounds.

  • “Get a bat and deal with the fool” – Hon Mark King’s statement about PlusTV’s Louis Wade Jr, 5min. Plus TV’s Louis Wade Jr. released some of the findings on a report called the “Report on Proposed cost saving Strategy for the Government of Belize” jointly commissioned by the Government of Belize and the Unions.

  • Belize Missions Trips Past, 5min. A montage of past mission trips to Holy Cross Anglican School in San Mateo, San Pedro, Belize. St. Simon's has been on mission trips in 2009, 2011, 2013, and will be going on their fourth one in June/July 2015

  • Belize Dive Trip!, 2min. with Ecologic divers

  • Lil Dude's High Speed Airboat thru Belize Marsh, 1min. Taking lil dude thru the marshes of Belize in search of crocodiles.

  • Belize 2014 with Family, 14min. Introducing our parents to the beachy and mix pot of people we feel like is our future home in Placencia Belize. A lot of years and work has gotten us so much closer to our dream and we were so happy to share it with Kenn and Marry. We love you both!

  • Belize onder water, 6min. Een paar beelden van koraal, haaien, roggen en op het eind een zeeschildpadje voor de kust van Belize (San Pedro)

  • Loggerneck Turtle Rummaging Near Silk Caye Belize, 1.5min.

  • Belize beach fashion show, 2.5min. Last day in Belize. before group photo taken, I shoot this video and seems everyone was natural fashionable!

  • Going from Mexico to the Belize Islands by Boat, 18min. Taking the fast boat from the town of Chetumal on the Yucatan, Mexico to beautiful Ambergris Caye (island) in Belize.

  • Great restaurant in San Pedro, Ambergris Island, Belize, 2.5min. If you ever visit San Pedro on Ambergris Caye (Island), check out Elvi's Kitchen! Great vibes and delicious food.

  • Belize Dive Video 2014, 4min.

  • Kopie van Belize onder water, 4min. Een paar beelden van koraal, haaien, roggen en op het eind een zeeschildpadje voor de kust van Belize (San Pedro)

  • Under the Sea in Belize, 2.5min. January 2015


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