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#501791 - 03/04/15 07:19 AM Today's Belize News: March 4, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

1 dead, 1 critically injured after shooting incident in San Pedrito
Police are at the scene of double shooting in San Pedrito that took place around 8PM. Eyewitnesses are claiming that at least six shots were fired at a shop belonging to one of the victims. One male has succumbed to his injuries, while the second male is in a stable, but critical condition. Arrangements are being made to fly him out for further treatment.

Island tertiary students receive tablets from government
Tertiary level students from across the country are now proud owners of a brand new ASUS tablet, including those from San Pedro Junior College (SPJC). Area Representative Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. along with the San Pedro Education Department distributed over a hundred tablets to SPJC students on Thursday, February 26th as part of the Year of Technology initiative by Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow. 9,000 tablets were purchased by the Government of Belize from Petro Caribe funds at a cost of $200 each. The distribution of the tablets to students is geared to promote education by giving students the resources needed to be successful in the advancing technological world. At the SPJC distribution, Heredia elaborated that this visionary approach towards education is needed to ensure that the future generation is receiving the best possible education. Tablet Giveaway Tertiary Level Students-5“Let me say that on behalf of the Ministry of Education, I present to you this gift. Our Prime Minister is a very visionary person, one that is committed to giving back to our community. This donation is allowing students to improve their educational experience. We give you this tablet with responsibility to care for it and use it wisely,” said Heredia. Tablet Giveaway Tertiary Level Students-1He continued to reiterate that this opportunity was provided with intentions to improve the quality of life for Belizean students. “This gives you access to the internet and all the useful knowledge that the internet can provide. So take care of the tablets. Use them for good use. I believe education is very important and we need to invest in our youth’s education,” said Heredia.

UDP and PUP host Pre-election rallies
The two major political parties on the island, The United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party (PUP) both held separate pre-election rallies over the weekend. The UDP held their rally on the night of Saturday February 28th, while the PUP held theirs during the day on Sunday March 1st. Each of the parties managed to flex their strength as they brought in some of their leaders for the event. For its part UDP brought in the Prime Minister of Belize Honorable Dean Barrow who was greeted by a large crowd of supporters who had assembled at Maya Island Air. While music blared, the crowd of supporters marched through the streets of San Pedro, jumping up to the beat of their political songs. The parade culminated at the San Pedro Central Park where the rally followed.

San Pedro Town Council donates vehicles to San Pedro Police
The San Pedro Police Department was the recipient of a brand new motorcycle, a pick-up truck and heavy-duty body bags to add to their vehicular fleet. The donation was made by the San Pedro Town Council in an effort to alleviate the police department’s lack of resources. The vehicles were handed over during a short ceremony held on Thursday, February 26th. The ceremony started shortly after 10AM and saw the presence of Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Area Representative Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., Office in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit Superintendent Luis Castellanos, Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez, Neighborhood Watch President Steve Spiro, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Ruselle Blacketh, Officer in Charge of the Eastern Division Desiree Phillips, among other invited guests.

Ambergris Today

Flashbacks- Nostalgic Downtown San Pedro
In this Flashback you are standing with your camera right in front of Fido’s in the middle of the street looking down south. A quick glance will tell you that this is the same Barrier Reef you have known all the time. However, take a close look and you will see major differences. First of all you, today you will not be able to stand in the middle of the street without being honked at or perhaps even harassed by some lousy driver. Then look again and ask where has all that beautiful sand gone to? Jenny’s Super Store has been replaced to a four story commercial building and the historic Blake House has been replaced by Heritage Bank.

San Pedro Police Reach out to San Pedrito Community
Frustrated and afraid with the crime situation that plagues their neighborhood, residents of the San Pedrito Area heeded to the call of a community meeting spearheaded by the San Pedro Police Department that decided to reach out to community members in the wake of the murder of a two year old boy. The San Pedro Police Department held a community outreach meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2015, with the main purpose of having residents working along with the police in fighting crime. The meeting was very well attended mainly by residents of the San Pedrito Area who today feel more afraid than ever living in an area with the highest crime on the island. Even though Police statistics show that downtown San Pedro is the area with the highest crime incidents (mostly theft and robbery), these same statistics indicate that the type of crime taking place in the San Pedrito area is more serious, involving gang activity, gun fire and homicide. Having lost the trust and faith in the Police Department, residents of the area decided to attend the meeting to hear what the police officers had to say.

Government Releases Details Surrounding Belizeans Held in Guatemala
The Government of Belize is very pleased and relieved that the group of 37 Belizeans who was held on Saturday, February 28th, 2015, was returned safely and promptly on Sunday March 1st, 2015 at 10:57am. At 3:40 pm. on Saturday 28th, February 2015, the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs was alerted of reports that Guatemalan Armed Forces had detained a group of Belizean citizens who were returning from an excursion to the boundary marker at Gracias A Dios and that they were being taken against their will to Livingston. The Foreign Minister and the Prime Minister were immediately informed and they gave their directions.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

San Pedro Town Council open tomorrow
We hereby inform the general public that the San Pedro Town Council offices will be open tomorrow, March 4th, election day, in its regular working hours from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Voters should realize that their pen is mightier than the sword! As free people in a free society, we have the right to elect our leaders. We also have the responsibility to use that right wisely. Please take the time to vote in the upcoming Corozal Town Council Election. Voting begins early at 7:00 A.M. tomorrow Wednesday MARCH 4th and polls will close at 6:00 P.M. With the clock ticking, Corozal Town Council elections is just hours away.

Belize Infrastructure Limited is transforming Punta Gorda Town
$5 million will be spent on upgrading and building sporting facilities in the town which will create employment and boost the local economy.

The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Department of Human Development and Education (DHDE) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), through the OAS Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), are offering scholarships to qualified candidates of the Americas to participate in its master’s degree programs.

The Government of China, through the Ministry of Education of China (MOE), in cooperation with the OAS Department of Human Development and Education, is offering partial scholarships to citizens of OAS member states to pursue studies in China, in any field of study available to international students, starting in September 2015. The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is responsible for the enrollment of international students and carries out the routine management of Chinese Government Scholarship Programs.

Happy Birthday Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow
To Our Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow, we say Happy Birthday! Thank you for continuing to champion causes for the women and children of Belize.

The Consulate of Belize in Florida’s News Letter

Wildtracks Link and long, long thought for today!
The theme for this World Wildlife Day is "getting serious about wildlife crime". I would like to pay tribute to the Belize Forest Department, who have been addressing the issue of illegal primates as pets over the last three years, and have significantly reduced the number of primates in illegal captivity. The Primate Rehabilitation Centre at Wildtracks has now been established for four years, and has partnered with the Forest Department towards two goals - to stop the illegal trade in primates, and to ensure that where feasible, confiscated monkeys are returned to the wild. We have had over 80 monkeys come through in that time - a reflection of the efforts put in by the Forest Department to respond to reports of monkeys being kept illegally, and their "no-tolerance" stand. Response time for reports has been fast, and their commitment is 100%. Many of these monkeys have been kept in poor conditions, are in poor health, and arrive with repetitive behaviours that need to be addressed. Spider monkeys kept in solitary confinement on chains for twenty years, rocking backwards and forwards; adult howler monkeys kept in tiny cages in dark spaces. The Forest Department hunts them out, confiscates them...and we work on restoring their social skills, forest skills and confidence, until they are ready to go back to the wild.

Please share with Primary and Secondary school students!

Boat Stolen from Roatan
Name: LEOPARD and its a 40 foot Robertson and Caine built in South Africa

Scam via VRBO/HomeAway
Seems like there is a new very sophisticated looking scam via VRBO/HomeAway. We have had three attempts since yesterday so beware. Incoming email enquiries are an exact replica of the vrbo or homeaway email template you receive -with pictures and links etc. Except when you click a link to access your dashboard it asks you to verify your account details DO NOT DO THIS. If you do they then have control of your vrbo/HomeAway page. They intercept your guests enquiries act as if they are you and take reservations and money as if you and then you will have a guest turn up thinking they have a paid for reservation and it's the first you know about it. I have already had one group stay with me last minute who have had this happen elsewhere on the Caye luckily they found out a week before so looked around and found us - BUT this means it is working here already with some owners. One added thing that confirms it's a scam when you receive it. It doesnt know your Property or Listing number so this will be an incorrect number in the email header/title so check that and if incorrect delete it or send it to security help at vrbo.

CAWS Spay and Neuter Clinics
The Cayo Animal Welfare Society had 2 spay and neuter clinics over the weekend. The first was in Santa Elena, and they saw 50 animals. The second was at the Cayo Family Clinic, where they saw 105! Big thanks to CAWS, Dr. Tesecum, HBHS, and all the others that made this possible. "Dr. Jess for the Hopkins Human Society, Dr. Tesecum, Dr. Roches and CAWS saw 105 animals today at our FREE clinic. A stunning 39 of them came to be spayed/neutered. A very long day for the vets! But think of all the puppies you will not see as a result of that!

Western Ballaz Host No Limit
The Western Ballaz will be hosting the Belize City No Limit this Friday, March 6th, starting at 9:00pm. Western Spirit Cycling Team is hosting the half time with a 3 point shoot out, where the first person who makes 9 points wins $100. Mistah Geeh will be mixing, and the after party is at Thirsty Thursdays. Go, Ballaz! In related news, the Red Taigaz will be hosting the Running Rebels on Thursday.

Corozal House of Culture (NICH)
In celebration of Women's Month we invite you to join us Friday March 13th as we present the 5th annual Arte con Voz de Mujer Exhibit.

Taiwanese Food Fair on March 7th
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has been promoting the cultural exchange between Belize and Taiwan. The Embassy will host “2015 Taiwan Cultural Festival Series 2” on March 7th featuring “Taiwanese Food Fair”. More than 30 kinds of traditional Taiwanese fine food will be presented at one time including spring roll, car wheel cake, honey sweet potato, pepper and salt chicken, roast chicken, sweet and sour chicken, pork strip, Taiwanese sausage, various kinds of dumplings, tea-flavored egg, glutinous oil rice. Besides, there are oden, vegetarian vermicelli, chilled noodle, sushi, fried tofu, indigenous Paiwan cuisine, and other well-known desserts such as mochi, sun cake, and taro cake. Of course “bubble milk tea” and various kinds of tea drinks are indispensable. There are also booths for face painting, twisted balloon and fun games. You will definitely enjoy plenty of pop music of Taiwan and the performance of Belize Pantempters Steel Orchestra. Don’t miss the feast! Welcome to the Food Fair with your family and please invite all your friends to join us! Time: 10 am-2 pm, Saturday March 7th, 2015 Venue: Memorial Park, Belize City Mangia Mangia!

1st Belize Barrier Reef Marine Megafauna Aerial Survey
We were extremely fortunate to count on Lighthawk's generous aerial support to conduct the first aerial survey for marine megafauna along the Belize Barrier Reef. We documented a range of species and hotspots, and identified a range of reef uses and impacts during the course of several flights. Our highlights? A rare great hammerhead near Ambergris Caye, a very elusive Manta Ray near the Sapodilla Cayes and several manatees. A hearty and huge thanks to Lighthawk with a special shout out to Armando Ubeda, Yendra Ruiz Tencza and Patient Pilot Extraordinaire Chuck Schroll for providing excellent support for Belize's first Barrier Reef and Atolls Marine Megafauna aerial survey. The MarAlliance Team: Hilmar Salazar, Cecilia Guerrero, Ivy Baremore, Vanessa Figueroa, Sam Owen, Cameron Rhodes and Rachel Graham.

We cannot afford to put the two political parties in power that has appeased to Guatemala starting with the Maritime Areas Act. An act that was jointly supported by the PUDP and birthed the NABR by our national hero, Phillip Goldson. Belizeans, please, we CANNOT AFFORD to continue having our leaders play games with our sovereignty. Only the PNP and VIP has stood strong for our sovereign borders and against corruption.

Annual Women in Art Exhibition
Thursday March 12, Bliss Center

This year's Woman of Culture
The National Institute of Culture and History is proud to present this year's Woman of Culture....She hails from Orange Walk is is non other than Mrs. Felicita Cantun! She will receiver her award on March 26th at an award ceremony hosted by the Women's Department. Congratulations Mrs. cantun!

Taiwanese Food Fair on March 7th
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has been promoting the cultural exchange between Belize and Taiwan. The Embassy will host “2015 Taiwan Cultural Festival Series 2” on March 7th featuring “Taiwanese Food Fair”. More than 30 kinds of traditional Taiwanese fine food will be presented at one time including spring roll, car wheel cake, honey sweet potato, pepper and salt chicken, roast chicken, sweet and sour chicken, pork strip, Taiwanese sausage, various kinds of dumplings, tea-flavored egg, glutinous oil rice. Besides, there are oden, vegetarian vermicelli, chilled noodle, sushi, fried tofu, indigenous Paiwan cuisine, and other well-known desserts such as mochi, sun cake, and taro cake. Of course “bubble milk tea” and various kinds of tea drinks are indispensable. There are also booths for face painting, twisted balloon and fun games.

Feb 21 - Feb 27 2015 Belize Fishing Report
Many thanks to the Orvis store in Bellevue, WA for bringing a great bunch from the Seattle area and to Chuck Hawkins a great guide and outfitter in Michigan who brought a great group of couples to the lodge.

Channel 7

People Get Ready"€¦.For Election!
Tomorrow 105 thousand 634 voters across the country will go to the polls in nine cities and towns. They will select 67 municipal leaders from a field of 163 candidates. And while the politicians are tonight oiling up their machinery - the election is really run by a government department backed up by a little over two thousand public officers. They will be deployed from early tomorrow morning to set things up, ensuring that the balloting and counting process runs smoothly - and that it results in a free and fair election. This evening, the media spoke with the chief elections officer who told us that everything is in its right place for the voter to have a glitch free experience:.. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer "In terms of logistics, tomorrow is the 4th March and tomorrow we have 9 municipalities going into municipal elections. I can say that the Election and Boundaries Department - we are ready for elections. All elections material has been distributed countrywide. Actually, we are just waiting for tomorrow. For tomorrow, we have the 9 municipalities; we have 2 cities and 7 towns going into the elections. The total number of registered voters for the entire country of Belize in terms of municipality is 105,634 registered voters."

Captain Makes His Case
Last night, we gave you extensive coverage of the 37 Belizeans who were taken into custody by the Guatemalan marines and then taken to the port town of Livingston. That action could have become an international incident - for the obvious reasons, and because there was a foreign ambassador on board. Fortunately, it was resolved within 15 hours. It all unfolded at the end of an expedition by the Northern Territorial Volunteers who went up the Sarstoon River which runs along the southernmost parts of the country from East to West, all the way to the border marker at Gracias A Dios for a mission to install a Belizean plaque on it. The man who has deal directly with the consequence of the encounter is boat captain, Guillermo "Memo" Avila. He had to sign a document prepared by the Guatemalan Harbour Master which says that he committed the maritime offence of crossing into Guatemalan territorial waters for about 100 yards, and about 5 to 10 minutes. He didn't have to face any penalties for it, because the Guatemalan authorities only gave him a warning for it.

The Narrative of The Capture, Revisited
So what did really happen that led to the capture of the boat? Last night with footage form PGTV we traced the slightly strange events that transpired on that Saturday evening. Tonight, now that we have the Captain's input we repeat that story: Daniel Ortiz reporting A group of 40 persons, which included Boat Captain, Guillermo Avila; his 2 crew members; a camera man from PGTV, and the remaining being men and women from the Orange Walk Districts, got into the vessel "Dore". After everyone and their belongings were inside, the vessel left the PG Pier. Out on the Sarstoon River appeared calm, and few miles more toward inland, the Belizeans encountered the Guatemalan military who were on a river patrol.

Territorial Volunteers Reject Government & OAS Account
We also showed you last night how the Government had a stern putdown for the Belize Territorial Volunteers. For accuracy, a press release addressing the "detention" of the 37 Belizeans said, quote, "Official reports furnished to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the OAS reveal that the same group which organized this weekend's excursion had exactly one year ago planted palms on the wrong side of the border." They are referring to the trip that the northern Volunteers, led by Orlando De La Fuente, organized to visit the Aguas Turbias Border marker. At that time, part of the cleaning efforts by the volunteers was to plant coconut palms to note that part of the clearing was for Belize. In response today, the founder of the Territorial Volunteers, Wil Maheia, sent out a scathing press release. It says quote, "The Belize Territorial Volunteers completely denies the lie told in the recent Government ...Press Release..."

Oscar Williams, Beaten Down For His Daughter
Last night we told you about 42 year old Oscar Williams - the father of 5 who was viciously beaten up on Saturday afternoon by 6 men. As we mentioned, Williams was walking on Southern Foreshore along with his 13-year-old daughter when the group of men in front of an abandoned building started shouting vulgarities at the young girl. Oscar Williams approached the six men and that's when they put a vicious beat down on him, knocking him unconscious. Today 7news spoke to his13 year old daughter off camera and his wife. They gave us an account of the incident - and of his condition. Yolanda Williams - Wife "At this moment he is doing a little bit better. He is calmer and he is remembering one and two people." Monica Bodden "Can you tell me what you remember happened? I understand you were at home when your daughter came to get you." Yolanda Williams - Wife "What I could recall is that my daughter and her dad went out to pick up some money and while coming back home, they met these young men who were hanging out at this white abandoned house on Foreshore and the young men started yelling obscene language and telling my daughter that he was her ex-boyfriend which she threw away the baby for.

When The Western Fiber Went Dark
Last night tens of thousands of Belizeans across some areas of the south and all of the west couldn't see 7News - or any news for that matter. That's because Central Cable Vision which carries signals to Belmopan, Santa Elena/San Ignacio, Benque Viejo, Dangriga, Placencia and Independence had a break it the fiber optic cable it leases from BTL. IT was BTL's problem to fix, but it hit home for the thousands who kept waiting for their local news and waited in vain. Some of you all thought we had gone off the air or something: we assure you we did not - we had a two hour newscast. Sad that you missed it - but glad that the problem has been resolved. Today we went to BTL Headquarters to find out what went wrong:.. Marsha Haylock, Acting Chief Customer Service Officer "We had customers that couldn't view local channels. We had one cable company that was affected, that feeds the south and the west of the country and so as you mentioned, they couldn't view local channels. We had our technicians dispatched to the area as soon as we got the news and they began working to rectify and to bring the service back up. We had service up back for the 2G service by 1:34pm yesterday afternoon and the cable company had service by midday this afternoon. So all our services are up back. We are functioning and we have resolved the issue for right now."

Man Died Of TB in Prison. Why Not At Hospital?
At around 7:20 last night, prison officers found 61 year old Albert Gordon lying dead inside his cell. According to the Belize Central Prison medical doctor, the elderly inmate has suffered with nutrition issues in the past and was being treated for tuberculosis. Before his death, he was vomiting and that later led to asphyxia. His family says, he shouldn't have been left to die in jail; if he was so sick, he should have been at a hospital. The prison doctor gave Monica Bodden his opinion:.. Javier Novel - Medical Doctor of the Prison "The inmate Albert Gordon, he is a 61 year old elderly guy who have had nutrition issues in the past and was being treated for a positive TB. Eventually he had some vomiting that later lead to an asphyxia that lead to his death. He was found by an officer first reported at 7:20PM. It is not a concern. You should be aware that whenever anyone both the inmates and the public enter the prison, they are exposed to the TB infection that they can attain. The Ministry of Health works hand in hand with us. They came and they evaluated the situation. We have patients that received treatment. He was one of the patient that has received treatment and was in a very stable condition. However, his age played more a role that lead to his death."

Jury Deliberates The Fate Of Brothers Accused of Rape
Right now, a jury of 5 women and 4 men is deliberating the fate of 2 brothers, Jermaine Stevens and Austin Stevens who are charged with rape and abetment to rape. The men stood trial before Adolph Lucas, in which the complainant, a young woman who was 18 years-old at the time, testified against them. She told the court that it happened around noon in March of 2012 at a residence on Jane Usher Boulevard. She said that she went to Austin's house and when she was coming out of the bathroom the two defendants and a red skinned man forced her unto a bed and Jermaine raped her.

.45 Ammunition Found In City
Eight persons, two of them minors, were charged with kept ammunition without a gun license and possession of controlled drugs when they appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. The adults are Dean Nembhard, Sherilee Ovado, Michael Saldano, Clifton Allen, Malik Ovado and Dowren Stuart. The pled not guilty to the charges and they were remanded into custody until April 9. The incident occurred yesterday. The police reported that they went to a yard in which there are three houses and when they searched an abandoned house and found 9 rounds of .45 calibre ammunition and 35 grams of cannabis. As results, they arrested and charged the eight persons.

Leon's Long Wait Is Over
22 year-old Leon Gomez, who was charged with murder but was found guilty of manslaughter, was yesterday finally handed his sentence after almost 11 months of waiting. Justice Adolph Lucas, after considering the all the elements in this case, heard mitigation please from 5 character witnesses, including his attorney, Alifa Elrington-Hyde. In the end, Justice Lucas sentenced him to 15 years in jail, but he subtracted 5 years for time spent on remand, and 1 year for his previous good character. So, that means he will only have to serve 9 more years in jail.

Lord Ashcroft Leaves (Nothing Behind For PUP)
Today the PUP Belize City slate held a motorcade through the city. The crowd was pumped up - and the 23 vehicles were riding low with supporters falling out the windows. It was a good enough show - and it probably didn't cost more than a few gallon of gas. And that's the way it has to be for the PUP because credible sources confirm that Lord Ashcroft left the country today and didn't leave anything behind for the PUP. Last week he stopped in at Spoonaz café to sip a beer and told us that he would be very surprised if he ended up making a campaign contribution to the opposition. Well, we are told he didn't - and the PUP is expected to be significantly outmatched in funding by the UDP tomorrow. Two city bosses for two separate southside UDP divisions have told us that they expect to employ as many as 500 election day workers in each division. For those not familiar with the lingo, election day workers are those paid to show up early on election day, put on a short, go to vote, and then, most likely, disappear…

The Street As Art Space
The city's two main streets, Albert and Regent were blocked off this weekend for the 5th Annual Street Art festival. There were about 28 artists at the festival showcasing their works at booths and literally 'on the streets'. Here a look at some of the displays of creativity in a public space: Courtney Weatherburne reporting At first glance, this might seem like a group of kids on an afternoon out at the Battlefield Park - engrossed in drawing and coloring their favorite fairy tale or cartoon characters. But it's more than just sketching or coloring on the pavement for fun. It's about celebrating art in all its dynamic forms. And these young artists got to tap into and unleash their creativity at the Street Art Festival. There was face painting, handmade fashion jewelry on sale and paintings.

Returning To Normal At La Immaculada
Last week Friday, hundreds of families were caught off guard when La Immaculada Primary School in Orange Walk could not open for classes because all the teachers called in sick. The reports were that they were unhappy with the local Catholic Management over the reinstatement of a student who was suspended. The administration refused to confirm that report, and refused to make any comments as to the reasons behind the dispute, but school returned to normal yesterday. Principal Manuel Polanco spoke with the press in Orange Walk to discuss the resumption of classes. Again, he refused to discuss the dispute when our colleague from CTV 3 News pressed for an answer: Manuel Polanco, principal - Immaculada Primary School "We had a very fruitful meeting. A very successful meeting. Sister Barbara, our general manager came in and she intervene, mediated between administration and management and yes we have found a way forward and there is no longer any friction, any disagreement between administration and management."

Get Eena It on WWW!
And that's 7News for tonight - thanks for watching with your news I am Indira Craig. Now, we won't have any regular newscast tomorrow on election day, but we will be on form early in the morning at 6:00 am when you can join me and Mose Hyde live with Daedra Haylock and India Camiel as we begin our "Eena it" election watch coverage. I'll be back here at channel 7 studios at 6:00 pm for the evening portion of the cover - so stay with channel 7 KREM TV and radio all day for all the updates you need to know what's happening in the election. It will also be streamed live and you can find a link to that at 7news belize.com. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/eena-it

Channel 5

Oscar Williams Clings to Life After Vicious Assault by Gang of City Youths
Over the weekend, Oscar Williams was brutally attacked by a group of men when he tried to defend his daughter from a group of young men hurling disrespectful remarks at [...]

Sedi Elrington Responds to Criticisms of G.O.B. ’s Lukewarm Response to Guatemala Incident
Following the incident, there was some expectation that the government would host an immediate press conference to at least express top-level outrage. That hasn’t happened. In fact, the only thing [...]

Foreign Affairs Minister Says Claims By BTV and Guatemalan Military Need to Be Verified
According to Minister Elrington, there is an allegation that Belizeans went across the Guatemalan side, and there is an allegation that Guatemalans came over on our side – and there [...]

Final Preparations for Elections 2015: Elections & Boundaries Tie Up Loose Ends
Voters across the country, in all nine municipalities, will take to the polls in their respective cities and towns on Wednesday, to cast ballots for their party or candidates of [...]

Chief Elections Officer Breaks Down Municipalities By the Numbers
Tamai also broke down the number of polling stations, as well as the deployment of public officers who will be working on Election Day.  Counting, she says, will be done [...]

Josephine Tamai Clarifies Assertions by P.U.P.
Last Wednesday, the People’s United Party issued a terse release criticizing the Elections and Boundaries Department for failing to consult with them on a number of issues, including the prompt [...]

The Pulse of the People On the Eve of Municipal Elections
With the polls scheduled to open in less than twelve hours, the countdown begins as to who will take the sixty-seven seats in the nine municipalities. Today, News Five took [...]

Channel 5 and Love FM Team Up for Comprehensive Countrywide Elections Coverage
In less than twelve hours, the polls will open across the country for residents to choose their municipal leaders. In good tradition, Channel Five is teaming up with Love FM [...]

P.M. Barrow on the Campaign Trail in Orange Walk
On Wednesday, Belizeans will go to the polls to elect representatives in sixty-seven seats up for grabs countrywide. In politics there’s no such thing as a sure thing, but political [...]

Petrocaribe to Roll if Orange Walk Goes Red
In the event that message was a little obscure, Prime Minister Barrow then threw out Petrocaribe for good measure. According to the PM, their political war chest, their golden treasure, [...]

Couple Busted for Drugs in San Pedro
This morning, a team of law enforcement officers in San Pedro busted a couple in possession of a substantial quantity of marijuana.  Acting on information received the team visited and [...]

Brothers Stand Trial for Rape of Belize City Woman
A jury of five women and four men will decide the fate of siblings, Jermaine and Austin Stevens, who are currently on trial for rape and abetment to rape, respectively. [...]

Biscayne Sculptor Escapes Jail Time After Discharging Firearm in Public
A Biscayne sculptor and farmer was today spared from going to jail after pleading guilty to discharging a firearm in public. Fifty-three-year-old Robert Westby today appeared before Magistrate Herbert Panton [...]

Lord Ashcroft Weighs in on Third Parties in Belize
On Tuesday night, you heard Lord Ashcroft speak on his lack of involvement in political financing for the municipal elections in Belize, but that he remains open to dialogue with [...]

…and Controversial Petrocaribe Funds
Moving from politics to the economy, we also took the opportunity to get Lord Ashcroft’s perspective on Belize and Petrocaribe.  He says that he doesn’t believe countries should be accumulating [...]

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Man shot at the riverside in Dangriga
Reports from Dangriga indicate that there was a shooting incident near the river side of the North Stann Creek River, in Dangriga Town...

Christobal Gilharry back at Court
34 year old Cristobal Gilharry, former member of the Belize National A team that participated in the Gold Cup tournament in 2012, was charged for Unlawful Carnal Knowledge in December 16th 2014. According to police, on December 10th, authorities received reports that Cristobal Gilharry, a resident o...

Burglar Caught on Video, Detained by Citizen
34-year-old Cleveland Barrington May Jr., of Far West Street, Belize City, was arrested for the crime of Burglary, after he was caught on camera robbing a Belize City business. The business manager of New Fortune Restaurant on East Collect Canal, Belize City, was inside his restaurant at 8 pm on Ma...

Armed, camouflaged men rob Corozal family of vehicle
49-year-old Amelia Correa of San Joaquin Village, Corozal District, reported that on February 27 she was returning from Ramonal Village, Mexico, with her husband Rudolfo and  another man...

Brothers await jury decision on rape charge
Brothers Jermaine and Austin Stevens are on trial in the Supreme Court on charges of rape and abetment to rape, respectively.On Tuesday evening a jury of five women and four men were deliberating their fate in the court of Justice Adolph Lucas.Around 12:30 p.m...

Eight persons charged for firearm, drugs offences
Eight persons, including two minors, were charged with keeping ammunition without a gun license and possession of controlled drugs when they appeared on Tuesday before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. The adults are Dean Nembhard, Sherilee Ovado, Michael Saldano, Clifton Allen,  Malik Ovado ...

Leon Gomez to serve 15 years for manslaughter
Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas was not working for a while due to illness, but he is now back on the job and on Tuesday he finished a long held-over matter involving sentencing 22 year old Leon Gomez for the crime of manslaughter. Leon Gomez, charged with the murder by stabbing of 27 year old Sa...

Gearing up for elections
Municipal elections are set for Wednesday March 4th,  and preparations are on the way across the nine municipalities as the various political parties and independent candidates set up their booths in front of the polling stations in the various municipalities. Candidates for the United Democratic P...

Belizeans receive Hero’s welcome in Orange Walk
In Orange Walk the group of 37 who travelled to Gracias A Dios were received by Orange Walk residents with nothing short of a Hero’s welcome with a motorcade that started at the Toll Bridge at the entrance of Orange Walk and made its way to town Hall...

Belize Government to raise “concerns” with Guatemala
As we told you earlier, the Belizeanss who were detained by Guatemalans have returned home safely. The discourse has been heated as Belizeans have expressed outrage at the detention. Also keeping an eye on events in the South was the Government of Belize. Ambassadors in both countries and the main e...

61 year old disabled man perishes in fire
61 year old Alvin Dale Lewis Sr, a resident of Dangriga who has been disabled for 25 years, perished in a fire ion Sunday afternoon while he was home alone. Our Correspondent Harry Arzu has the details of that story. The two story wooden house valued at approximately $17,000 was completely destroyed...

BGYEA comments on case settlement
On Friday we reported on the settlement by mediation of the case of the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) and the Government of Belize in which the Government assumes responsibility for cleaning the road reserve area adjoining the Harmonyville Agricultural Subdivision...

Pre-School Stimulation Month kicks off with a parade
Every year in the month of March, pre-schools all across the country celebrate child simulation month organized by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports through its Early Childhood Unit...

Team Selected for World Cup Qualifiers
The Football Federation of Belize has selected the team that will be representing Belize in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. In 2013 when the Belize Jaguars made it through the Gold Cup Qualifiers, a first for Belize, it set a new level of hype Belizean Football...

Two men shot in Belize city, one dead, other recovering
On Sunday March 1, more shots were fired in Belize City after 11 PM. The incident happened on Periwinkle Street, where 24-year-old Michael Welch of Maxboro Area Sand Hill Village and 24-year-old Kingsly Morrison, of Periwinkle Street were socializing when they were approached by two men who fired several shots in their direction...

Man shot in San Roman Village
There was also a shooting in the Corozal District on Saturday night. On February 28 at about 8:00 PM, shots were fired in San Roman Village. 32-year-old Lorenzo Patt was shot to the left hand. According to Mr Patt, while walking towards an outdoor bathroom, he saw a man standing behind his bathroom,...

Shooting on West Canal Belize City, man in critical condition
The shootings did not end there for this weekend. On Sunday March 1, shots were fired on West Canal, Belize City. The victim is 26-year-old Jamie Emmanuel Chavarria who received gunshot wounds to the left side of his chest and left hand. According to police, at about 12:05a.m...

Belize City man protecting his daughter, chopped to the head
42-year-old Oscar Williams, a Wood Carver of Belize City, was admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in an unconscious state with apparent cut wounds behind his head. Police say that on Saturday February 28  at about 3:30p.m...

Ernesto Vasquez 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 on Monday before Magistrate Herbert Panton and remanded into custody until April 17. Herbert Bodden was shot ...

Territorial Volunteers return unscathed from Livingston
There was almost a full-fledged international incident on the border between Belize and Guatemala 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 around 5:00 Saturday evening. They were on their way back from an expedition to the border marker at Gracias A Dios where they placed a plate marking Belize’s name. The trouble started on their return, as expressed by tour leader of the Northern Territorial Volunteers, Giovanni de la Fuente. He says that in planning the expedition, the group got no support from Belize’s authorities, though he notes that they never asked for it.

Was boat captain forced to lie to save passengers?
The other side of this weekend’s international incident is the machinations of the Guatemalan authorities, who by the accounts of those we spoke to in Punta Gorda, shadowed the vessel to and from the marker point and only picked the crew up when they were at the mouth of the Sarstoon. They tried to transfer the group to their ship, only to be thwarted by heavy seas and high winds. But the alleged violation occurred much earlier in the day, as explained by Giovanni de la Fuente. “The report says that at seven o’clock in the morning we accidently entered a creek for five minutes, and traversed a hundred yards. We were detained at approximately five o’clock in the evening. So we accidently entered that creek in the morning. Eight [or] nine hours afterwards, while we were exiting the Sarstoon Riverthe Guatemalan military pulled up upon us, [and] took over the vessel. But, of course, there is no presence of Belize in this area. The Guatemalans basically run this area, and fish out there all day long. We entered what they say is Guatemalan territory for a hundred yards.”

27 year old man dies after numerous gunshot wounds
There were a couple of murders and shootings over the weekend. We start with the murder in Belize City which occurred on Sunday March 1. 27-year-old Japhet Martinez of Belize City was shot multiple times. According to police reports, at about 6:55 p.m., Mr Martinez was riding his bicycle on Alicia Street heading towards Estel Street . He stopped in front of a shop located at the corner of Alicia Street and Estel Street. That is when a short man of light complexion with corn row hair style came from behind Mr Martinez on a bicycle and fired several gunshots towards him. Japhet Martinez ran into Estel Street followed by the short man, who continued firing. Mr Martinez was then rendered assistance, and escorted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital but within half hour, he succumbed to his injuries.

Mexican National found dead, chopped up in Corozal
After ominous odours were reportedly coming from a pimento bungalow in San Victor Village, villagers visited the house on Sunday March 1. The discovery was gruesome as inside was the body of a Hispanic descent man, with large cut wounds to the face and head. He also was seen with punctures to his neck and chest area. The man was known only as Sergio Martinez, a Mexican National. Police say that Sergio Martinez was last seen alive at around 8:30 p.m. on February 28, at a shop in the village. Police have since detained one man for questioning.


Bloody Sunday in the City: 4 shot, 2 killed, 1 critical, 1 recovering
Four people were shot in the seemingly never-ending violence in Belize City yesterday and as a result, two persons are dead, one man is in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and another victim is recovering at his home after he was treated for gunshot wounds, and released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The two gunshot victims who lost their lives are Michael Welch, 24, of Maxboro, Sandhill Village; and Japheth Martinez, 23, of Y and M Street, in the Lake Independence area, while Emmanuel Chavarria, 26, of West Canal Street is in a critical condition and Kingsley Morrison has been treated and is recovering at home.

Wednesday’s battle for 67 seats in 9 municipalities
A hundred and fifty-six (156) candidates from 4 political parties as well as 7 non-aligned independent candidates, will battle for 67 seats in the nation’s 9 municipalities this Wednesday; and some of the competing candidates we spoke with say that they will be ready when polls open at 7:00 a.m. to cast their votes in what they know will be a vigorously contested race. Speaking with Amandala today, Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca was spirited and optimistic. He told us that the PUP is fighting vigorously, in all municipalities they are maintaining a strong presence and putting up a valiant fight in all 9 of them. “I think we have three municipalities governed by the PUP at this time and my sense is that the UDP is spending and making every effort to try and win those municipalities, so those are very strong fighting grounds. Those will be hotly contested: Orange Walk, Punta Gorda and Dangriga,” Fonseca told us.

Sarstoon Bullies!
What started out as a patriotic excursion to demarcate Belize’s southernmost border point evolved into a disconcerting experience for forty Belizeans who were all detained by Guatemalan military officials between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. last Saturday, February 28. The unsettling encounter occurred after the group, who are part of the Northern Territorial Volunteers (NTV) from the Orange Walk District, had embarked on an expedition to place a brass plaque with the name “Belize” at the Gracias A Dios border marker, a site that is accessible via the Sarstoon River, which forms a natural southern boundary between Belize and Guatemala. The group of bold nationalists – including 37 Northern Territorial Volunteers (which is comprised of individuals, including women, ranging from 14 to 81 years of age, and included 4 students and several teachers), 2 crew members, and an employee of PGTV – was about midway through their return trip when they were intercepted by heavily armed Guatemalan military personnel who informed them that for about 5 to 10 minutes during their journey, they had made an incursion into Guatemalan territory.

Belize to decriminalize 10 grams of marijuana
Cabinet and Parliament are soon expected to put their stamp of approval on a set of recommendations presented by the committee for the decriminalization of marijuana installed back in 2012. This will mean that all persons who have a police record for the possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less will have their criminal record for that conviction expunged forthwith, as the law will no longer deem the possession of marijuana for “private, personal use” to be an offense prosecutable as a crime in Belize. However, the public possession of marijuana, even in small amounts of 10 grams or less, would remain illegal and persons found in possession of it could be issued a fine of up to $15 per gram of weed, of which two-thirds will be paid into the judiciary and a third will be paid into the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC).

Disabled man burned to death in house fire
Dale Lewis, 61, who was confined to a wheelchair, and who lived on the upper flat of his two-flat house on Isidoro Arana Street in the New Site area of Dangriga, was burned to death when his house was destroyed by fire at about 3:00 yesterday afternoon. A witness told Amandala that when the house began to burn, people in the area rushed upstairs to rescue Lewis, but the door was locked from inside, and the stairs, which provided the only access to the elevated house, were on fire, which made it very difficult to get into the house to save him. The witness reported hearing screams for help, but the intense heat of the burning lumber house forced them to retreat, and Lewis was burnt to death.

Bradley seeks re-election in Belize City
He is not worried about winning by a landslide margin; in fact, the incumbent mayor of Belize City, Darrell Bradley, a lawyer by profession, told us that even if he wins by one vote, it would mean that he would get to continue the work program he has led for the past three years in Belize’s commercial capital – Belize City, the municipality which is home to 41% of the voters who are eligible to participate in this Wednesday’s elections. However, Bradley will be facing two challengers – Yolanda Schakron, the mayoral candidate for the Opposition People’s United Party, and Eustaquio “Ernesto” Torres, who ran on separate occasions under the PUP and the UDP, but who is making a bid for the mayoral seat as an independent candidate, despite dismal support the last time he ran.

Playoff race heats up at end of Week 5
With the single round-robin regular season already past half-way in the Premier League of Belize Closing Season 2014-2015, the race to the 4-team playoffs is already hot. (See standings below.) Scoring details are still incomplete, but in the only game on Saturday, BDF travelled to Independence and came away with a 2-1 victory over home standing Placencia Texmar Assassins. On Sunday, the home squad had a field day at the Carl Ramos Stadium, where Wagiya shelled the visiting San Ignacio United by a 7-nil margin. Meanwhile, out west at the Norman Broaster Stadium, Jerome “Jarro” James (28’) scored the only goal of the game, as defending champions Belmopan Bandits dealt former league leaders Verdes FC their second loss by a 1-0 score. The Bandits are yet to give a goal so far after 4 games played in this regular season.

NEBL wraps up Week 4 with some key game match-ups
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) is one month into its second annual basketball season, as teams can now be better gauged by their performance on the court. Fans are reminded that all games have a live webcast, where the play-by-play, along with box scores are available for all games. Fans can follow every game live on the internet, as scores are in real time. The games can be accessed from our website at nebl.sportingpulse.net Belmopan Red Taigaz extends winning streak to 3 games. San Pedro Tiger Sharks rolls past Toledo Diplomats. Cayo Western Ballaz rolls in ‘Griga. FIBA rule changes. On Thursday night, Belmopan Red Taigaz (3-1) will host the Orange Walk Running Rebels (2-2) at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan City, as the home team will try to extend their winning streak to 4 games. On Friday night, Cayo Western Ballaz (4-0) will take their home court in an attempt to remain undefeated, as Belize City No Limit (1-3) will travel to San Ignacio to try and be the first team to hand them a loss. On Saturday night, Toledo Diplomats (0-4) will travel to Belize City to take on the Belize Hurricanes (1-3) at the Belize Elementary School Gym; while San Pedro Tiger Sharks (3-1) will host the Dangriga Warriors (2-2) at the San Pedro High School in San Pedro. Games on Thursdays and Saturdays tip off at 8:00 p.m., while all Friday night games start at 9:00 p.m.

Aggression and emergency
On Saturday, February 28, between 2 and 4 p.m., elements of the Guatemalan military stationed at the Sarstoon River border between Guatemala and Belize, committed an act of aggression upon a group of 40 Belizeans who had traveled up the Sarstoon to place a bronze marker at the Gracias a Dios border point. As the Belizeans were returning in their boat from Gracias a Dios to the Sarstoon River mouth, the Guatemalan military detachment intercepted the Belizean boat, forced it to stop, ordered the captain to shut down his two engines, and then began towing the Belizean boat. Reports are they towed the Belizeans about half a mile into open sea, where the apparent intention of the Guatemalans was to order them inside a large Guatemalan Coast Guard vessel. Unable to do this because of the rough condition of the seas, the Guatemalans then had the Belizean vessel start its engines and forced the Belizeans to go to Livingston, a Guatemalan town about ten miles from Punta Gorda. The Belizeans have said that the initial act of aggression took place in Belizean territory, on the Belizean side of the Sarstoon, after the Guatemalans had “shadowed” them all the way up the Sarstoon to Gracias a Dios.

From the Publisher
As I’m writing, this is pre-dawn Sunday morning, and the topic should be, of course, the abuse of 37 Belizeans by the Guatemalan military/navy yesterday evening after 4. When I went to bed last night, the Belizeans had been illegally taken by boat to Livingston, Guatemala, were later informed that they were “free” early last night, and would supposedly spend the night in Livingston before returning to The Jewel this morning. This matter, however, will be dealt with in other areas of this issue, besides which, there are things I would like to say about yesterday which are not fit to print. Instead of examining yesterday evening’s abduction of the Northern branch (mostly Orange Walkeños) of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), then, in this column I will discuss some of Toledo’s political history. Those patriotic Belizeans who were abducted had made a trip to Toledo’s (and Belize’s) southernmost point in the Sarstoon River in order to plant a marker at the Gracias a Dios border.

Guatemalan ambassador, Manuel Arturo Téllez Miralda, passes away in Belize at 54
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala announced on Sunday, March 1, 2015, that Guatemala’s Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Manuel Arturo Téllez Miralda, had passed away earlier that morning. Embassy sources here said that the ambassador, who had been hospitalized, passed away at the age of 54 due to natural causes. Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs lauded Ambassador Téllez Miralda for his service to the ministry as a diplomat since 1991 with deep love for his country and said that his passing represents “an irreparable loss.” Apart from serving as ambassador to Belize since 2004, Téllez Miralda also served as Guatemala’s ambassador to El Salvador and head of mission in Mexico.

Institute of Sustainable Livelihood launches youth entrepreneurship project
The Youth Apprenticeship Program, in collaboration with the Institute of Sustainable Livelihood and some local businesses, launched a new project this afternoon to assist young people by providing tools for various crafts that would enable them to become self-employed. Unamay Gordon, a Jamaican entrepreneur who founded the NGO Institute of Sustainable Livelihood, received a grant from the Australian government aid program to assist young people in Belize, and during the ceremony at the former Youth for the Future building on Youth for the Future Drive, Gordon explained that the program will provide 16 young persons in Belize with the basic tools and equipment they would need to engage in the mechanical, plumbing and electrical trades. Gordon explained that the objective of the project is the emergence in the future of a company or a cooperative that could service the construction industry – particularly the growing housing sector.

Patrick JonesPJ

Murder in San Pedro town
Officer Commanding San Pedro police Superintendent Luis Castellanos has confirmed that there was a murder tonight in the town. It happened in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town. Preliminary information says that one person is dead and another is listed in critical condition.

Brothers await jury decision on rape charge
Brothers Jermaine and Austin Stevens are on trial in the Supreme Court on charges of rape and abetment to rape, respectively. This evening a jury of five women and four men are deliberating their fate in the court of Justice Adolph Lucas. Around 12:30 p.m. on March 20, […]

Leon Gomez to serve 15 years for manslaughter
Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas was not working for a while due to illness but he is now back on the job and today he finished a long held-over matter involving sentencing 22 year old Leon Gomez for the crime of manslaughter. Gomez, charged with the murder by […]

Eight persons charged for firearm, drugs offences
Eight persons, including two minors, were charged with keeping ammunition without a gun license and possession of controlled drugs when they appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. The adults are Dean Nembhard, Sherilee Ovado, Michael Saldano, Clifton Allen, Malik Ovado and Dowren Stuart. The group […]

Guillermo Avila speaks, wants his name cleared
This afternoon Captain of the vessel “Dore”, Guillermo Avila, who quickly became the center of an international incident between Belize and Guatemala over the weekend, told his story for the first time to reporters in Belize City today. Flanked by attorney Audrey Matura Shepherd, Avila says that he […]

Businessman chases down/captures alleged burglar
A Belize City businessman who was the victim of a burglary was able to subdue the alleged thief and hand him over to police. Thirty four year old Cleveland May, Jr. has been arrested and charged for the crime of burglary, stemming from an incident on Sunday night. According to […]


Our Trip to Belize Pt. 1
Remember Tamera Mowry's visit to Belize? Well she is blogging about her 'babymoon' to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. She only has great things to say. Adam, Aden and I just got back from the trip of a lifetime, to Belize! I knew Adam had a babymoon planned but I never could have expected just how relaxing it would be. Believe me, there is nothing like travel to really put things in perspective for you. You get time to relax, reflect, immerse yourself in a different culture and distance yourself from whatever is going on at home. Having time away always leaves me feeling more refreshed (if not wanting to do it more often), but also ready to be home again – especially when I have photos to share! So here goes… The first part of the trip was all about the beaches. Those stunning, unforgettable waters… Ahh.

DayDreamin’ in Tres Cocos, Ambergris Caye: A Brand New Bed & Breakfast
Just this past weekend, I was invited to spend the night at a brand new bed and breakfast that just opened in the lovely neighborhood of Tres Cocos on North Ambergris Caye. Just close enough to town to walk or bike ride (just over a mile) for all the restaurants, bars & shops but far away enough for some evening peace and quiet. And maybe a walk just a few hundred feet down the lane to one of San Pedro’s most famous spots, The Palapa Bar. Four lovely little cabanas and an office. All clustered around a small pool… that are surprisingly luxe. Absolutely beautifully finished. From the gorgeous tile work in the washroom to the 800 to 1000 count sheets on the bed and the uber-comfy mattress and the fan…THE FAN! I could not stop obsessing over it. It’s like art.

Belize Mayan Ruins: 6 Impressive sites to visit!
Belize’s first and most enduring inhabitants, the Maya, left a rich legacy of art, science and mathematics that continues to unfold and astound us. Much of this ancient knowledge was lost when Spanish conquistadors laid waste to the extensive Maya libraries and administrative centres, but, fortunately, the Maya recorded parts of their history and predictions in stone inscriptions that can be seen today in stelae and the remains of elaborate cities, buildings and temples that survived centuries of jungle encroachment. We have listed 6 of the most impressive Mayan Ruins found in Belize: 1. Xunantuinch 2. Altun Ha 3. Lamanai 4. Caracol 5. Lubaantun 6. Cahal Pech

It's Always the Team
There's a grip of things to talk about - but man I'm having a hard time finding the motivation, and if I keep putting it off then it will be such old news no one will really care (I typed that a week ago...so now it is all REALLY old new. Also, the more I think about it, the more I think I want to go a completely different way. So - I think I'll just throw some pics up with very brief descriptions and hit topics largely unrelated to any of the weeks happenings. Grant got married - 10 minute ceremony and hours of party...perfect. Carnaval happened. That was a wikked cool experience! Bought clothes just to destroy them. Went to a party with Captain Jack Sparrow as an official rum taster for an world famous blogger. My official review - "the rum was...liquidy".

South of Town - "The Mosquito Coast"
Last year, around this time, we had our wedding ceremony in San Pedro. We rented out two beautiful homes 3-1/2 miles south of town (Casa Redonda) and had friends and family join us for a week long vacation. The grounds were absolutely gorgeous! The houses provided enough space to comfortably accommodate 22 people with a wonderful pool and a pier that provided several days of snorkeling fun. This was the first time our guests had been to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and, like most tourists, they felt like they MUST return home with unique souvenirs. Fortunately for our group, our caretaker, Elvis Palaco, could provide just that! Elvis makes beautiful items out of conch shells and sells them for very reasonable prices.

The Belize SUP expedition was born over a year ago when I was invited by Island Expeditions owner Tim Boys to come down to Belize to take part in their week long training program and to introduce standup paddle boarding to the company. It was my first time in Belize and I was impressed by the culture, people and beauty of this small Caribbean country. Island Expeditions runs an amazing operation down here and they have been the leaders in eco adventure travel in Belize since 1987. Tim started the company with a couple of kayaks and passion for adventure. Tim and I talked about the potential to run multi day lodge to lodge sup trips down here. Belize has numerous cayes, mangrove islands and a spectacular pristine reef system in relatively calm marine waters that make this trip ideally suited for sup travel and those just getting into the sport. So we created a seven day itinerary called Coral Island SUP. This was a historic trip as not only was it the first multi day sup trip for Island Expeditions but it would be the first in Belize and most likely in Central America.

International Sourcesizz

KFAED finances USD13.47m loan to Belize
Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) provided a USD 13.47 million loan to Belize to help in a road restoration project, a statement by the fund showed, KUNA reported. 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 USD29.64 million. The fund also provided two grants worth USD1.01 billion to the nation-state located in the eastern coast of Central America.

U. S. Increased Military Support to Belize, Says General
DIÁLOGO: How do Belize and the United States collaborate and work together? Brig. Gen. David Jones: Belize has been getting substantial support from the U.S. They are our greatest supporter and they are helping more than other countries around the world. They have seen the strategic importance of Belize’s role in the efforts to counter narcotrafficking and apart from pledging their support; they have proven that they are willing to assist us. So they have made substantial donations to us to improve our capacity building for military and for our police, and they have sent troops into Belize to conduct training and to do repairs and maintenance of some of our vehicles or aircraft and also on our boats; and they work closely with our Coast Guard. I have seen a significant increase of support from the U.S. government and U.S. Military last year, and that is expected to increase even more this year and beyond, which is promising news. We are glad to receive their support and we are willing to play our part to combat organized crime and narcotrafficking in this region.

Corpo de surfista morto ao praticar ioga em Belize chega ao ES
Após 11 dias da morte em Belize, o corpo do surfista capixaba Filipe Fairich chegou ao Espírito Santo, por volta de 8h, desta terça-feira (3). A irmã do atleta, Carhol Fairich, disse que o corpo seguiu para a funerária em Vila Velha, na Grande Vitória, e será liberado ao meio-dia para o velório no Cemitério Parque da Paz, na Ponta da Fruta, no mesmo município. O enterro está marcado para às 16h. A morte de Filipe Fairich aconteceu no dia 20 de fevereiro, segundo a irmã do surfista. Carhol disse que ele estava sozinho em casa, praticando ioga, enquanto a esposa trabalhava. Ao chegar, a mulher viu o marido morto e chamou a polícia. A família ainda informou que um exame mostrou que o atleta morreu por conta de uma lesão no pescoço, que pode ter sido provocada por alguma postura de ioga.

Survey Shows 2015 Will Be Busy Year For Travel Industry
It's March; have you started to plan a vacation yet? Nearly 90 percent of Americans will be hitting the road for at least four days during a time not associated with holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. That's according to the latest AAA Consumer Pulse Survey. The top three vacations named were visiting a city, visiting a beach and taking a cruise respectively.

Birding: Tropics are no vacation for birds
Q: Sitting on a tree branch in a tropical jungle sounds like a pretty good lifestyle right about now. Am I right to think that for migratory birds, the “livin’ is easy” in winter? A: You’re right to think that winter in the tropics is less stressful than dashing around the temperate zone in summer, catching insects and feeding them to nestlings from dawn to dusk. But what looks like lush jungle to us in places like Belize, Panama or Ecuador may simply be another work zone for songbirds. There’s a lot of competition between visiting and resident birds for the fruits and insects in the tropical forest. For this reason many migratory birds defend a feeding territory in winter, which causes stress and burns up calories. And there are many predators in tropical forests, so “our” migrants must find or relearn places where they can dash for safety or to roost without being seen.

Caribbean Health Officials Begin Regional Chikungunya Conference
The Caribbean Public Health Agency’s regional conference on the Chikungunya virus got under way on Tuesday in Port-of-Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago. The agency, known as CARPHA, said via Twitter account that health officials from St. Martin, Mexico, Canada, the Cayman Islands and Martinique, among other countries, made presentations on Chikungunya cases in their countries and offered recommendations for the region. “Our messages have not reached people as they should. We need to rethink our communications approach,” CARPHA executive director James Hospedales said. The meeting, funded by the European Union, will seek to examine possible public-private partnerships to address the epidemic.

Choosing the Commonwealth Secretary General
Despite periodic statements suggesting that the Commonwealth as an institution no longer has the relevance once attributed to it, clearly there is, in the Caribbean as elsewhere, still a fascination with obtaining the position of Secretary General on the part of Caribbean governments. No doubt many governments may feel that the holding of the position by a national of their countries, brings not only a certain positive notoriety, but also enhances access to a wider, and more politically variegated world and what it has to offer. In that context, by now we should not be surprised at the anxiety of this or that Caricom government to place one of their diplomatic or political stalwarts in the position, though it is probably the case, as demonstrated in the long tenure of Sir Shridath Ramphal, that what is to be gained more often than not really accrues to the Region as a whole, though the particular country from which the Secretary General derives, may feel it useful to bask in the diplomatic sunlight that the position casts.

Dominica hoping other countries join CCJ
Dominica is hoping that its decision to join the Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday will lead to other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries following suit. Attorney General Levi Peter, speaking on the state-owned DBS radio, said that the CCJ, which was established by regional governments in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the Caribbean’s final court, will allow for more people to have access to its rulings. He said the fact that the CCJ would be sitting in different Caribbean countries would result in substantial savings for litigants and others seeking to appear before the Court.


  • Lord Ashcroft's Millions (2010), 30min. Lord Ashcroft, the biggest political donor since records began, resigned as deputy chairman of the Conservative Party in September 2010. His millions helped bank-roll David Cameron into power, but where does Lord Ashcroft's money come from? Panorama travels to other countries he calls home, and hears allegations about secret deals and tax avoidance.

  • VOTE VIP | BELMOPAN CHAPTER | MARCH 4TH, 2015, 1/2min. It is time for real, substantive change in Belize. Vote VIP in San Pedro and Belmopan and PNP in Punta Gorda on March 4th, 2015 for Belize's Municipal Elections.

  • Aimee + Scott - Wedding Trailer, 1min. Video by Island Films Location: Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • Tender Bar Grill " Belize ", 3min.

  • Belize Snorkelling 2, 6min. Snorkelling in Belize off Cayo Caulker February 2015.

  • Swimming with wild dolphins in Belize, 1/2min. Watching the dolphins search the grass for fish, they weren't bothered by us at all.

  • 10 Belize Ambergis Caye youtube, 6min. Quelques instants de détente sur Ambergris Caye réputée pour sa barrière de Corail, l' île d'un pays, mitoyen au Guatemala, que nombre d'entre nous n'en connaissait même pas l'existence : Le BELIZE

  • Skydiving into the Blue Hole, Belize, 8.5min.

  • Belize spring near Punta Gorda, 5min. Walk to spring in back of house with orchids, pineapples, coco etc near Punta Gorda, Belize (near San Felipe Mayan villiage)

  • Alyssa + Dallas, 12min. Video by Island Films Location: Coco Beach Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • WITHIN THE SHADOWZ - Feature Documentary, 22min. Winner of: Best Belizean Film, Belize International Film Festival 2011 Inducted into UCLA's Charles E. Young Research Library, 2011

  • Documentary - Eco-Sanctuary Belize, 46min.

  • Belize zipline vision, 9min.

  • Belize - February 2015 - Under 30 Experiences, 8min. February 5th-9th 2015 // Caye Caulker, Belize.

  • Lord Ashcroft Weighs in on Third Parties in Belize, 1.5min.

  • A Day in San Pedro, Belize on "La Isla Bonita" (Ambergris Caye), 15min. Walking around the easygoing city of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize (featured in the Madonna song, "La Isla Bonita").

  • Be One With Belize Part1 Introduction To Belize, 3min. Beautiful Introduction movie from the board of tourism about one of my favorite country's in the World BELIZE.

  • Be One With Belize Part 2 The Sea of Belize, 3min. If You like Scubadiving this is the place to be ,the underwater world is just Amazing Belize is rightly considered one of the top scuba diving and snorkeling destinations on the planet. The Belize Barrier Reef, second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, runs the length of its coastline, and the country has three open-ocean atolls. Diving and snorkeling are superb all along the barrier reef; the following are just a few of the truly standout sites and dives.

  • Be One With Belize Part 3 The Jungles of Belize, 3min. When people think of Belize, they often think of tropical beaches and the country’s famous Blue Hole and coral reef — the second largest in the world after The Great Barrier. At least, that’s what I associated Belize with. But more than 65% of the country is forested and my Frommer’s Guide taught me that the region was once at the heart of the Maya empire. Archaeologists estimate that one to two million indigenous people lived in this area. Today, Belize is home to 178 plant species, 247 different marine flora, over 550 species of birds and who knows how many animals. Here, you’ll find five different kinds of wild cats; the jaguarondi, puma, margay, ocelot and the jaguar. Did you know that Belize has the highest concentration of jaguars than anywhere else in the world? There are also howler monkeys, green iguanas, boa constrictors and the list goes on and on. And just in case you’re curious, the national animal is the tapir. The best part of Belize is that more than half of its land and marine areas have been set aside as national parks, nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries. That’s why some call Belize nature’s best kept secret.

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