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Election celebrations: Video
Official - UDP retains control of the San Pedro Town Council

Caye Boy: bringing island life to readers across the globe!
For those lucky to live in the coastal shores of Belize you know that the best adventures happen during childhood. Running around barefoot, both looking for and causing excitement and trouble, Belizean children live one day at a time. Now thanks to Jessica Retseck Wigh, everyone can enjoy the simple life of growing up in the Caribbean shore just by reading! Jessica, who has been coming to Belize since 2002, compiled all her memories and experiences of Caye Caulker Village into a series of children’s book. Titled “Caye Boy” readers join the everyday life of Gilford and Alvis as they race around their little island. “I just want to make children happy. When they read this I just want them to smile and want to read it over and over again. At the same time I want the books to celebrate the culture of living and growing up in Belize. I want to share that experience with people, whether they are here or abroad,” said Jessica.

Caye Note: 9th of March Beach Cruiser Race
The San Pedro Cycling Club and Calvio Bike Shop and Rentals are pleased to announce a 9th of March Beach Cruiser Race. The race will commence at the Boca del Rio Park on Monday, March 9th at 10AM (route of laps will be announced on the race day). The race will include three categories: Under 14, Under 17 and Open. The Under 14 category will see of cyclists racing one lap, while the Under 17 will be three laps, and the Open category consists of five laps. Registration fees range from $10 to $15, depending on the category. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top three winners of each category. Those wishing to register can contact Kent “Bob” Gabourel at 604-9013 for more info.

Sunshine Scholarship Foundation hosts successful fundraiser
The Sunshine Scholarship Foundation held its 2nd annual Beach Party fundraiser at Corona Del Mar Hotel’s Seahorse Bar on Saturday, February 28th. Community members and businesses came together to support the organization that has been providing tuition funds for deserving students of Isla Bonita Elementary School for about two years now. The event saw guests enjoying live music and lots to eat and drink, all while contributing to the worthy cause. The fundraiser was organized by founder of Sunshine Scholarship Foundation, Eve Dirnback with the assistance of the Isla Bonita Elementary’s faculty and staff.

Shooting in San Pedrito Area leaves 1 dead, 1 injured
The two were rushed to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II where Barbosa was pronounced dead on arrival. Police say that Barbosa was executed, as he appeared to have had four gunshots wound to the chest and one to the center of his forehead. Meanwhile Alcoser, received a gunshot wound to the neck. Police say that a patrol had just left the San Pedrito area to respond to what they now believe was a prank call when the shooting occurred. While police have no lead, they have established that a male, believed to be of Hispanic descent, entered into the store with a bandanna across his face, fired the shots and fled the area, possibly in a waiting vessel. Nothing was stolen and as such, investigators believe the shooter was sent to execute Barbosa. Police believe that the shooting was drug related, as Barbosa is known to police and has an outstanding charge for Drug Trafficking.

Child Stimulation Month kicks off with Preschool Parade
Children are our future and as such, an entire month is dedicated each year to the celebration of our littlest Belizeans. The month long celebration, called Child Stimulation Month, kicked off on Monday, March 2nd with a preschoolers’ parade through the streets. This year’s celebrations are being held under the theme “Learn Early- Learn for Life”.

SPJC Female Football team is the 2015 ATLIB Northern Regional Champion
San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) participated in the Association of Tertiary Level Institution of Belize (ATLIB) Northern Football Regionals on Sunday, March 1st. The tournament was held in the Corozal District and hosted by the Belize Adventist Junior College (BAJC). The tournament saw the participation of female and male teams from SPJC, BAJC, and Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College (CEMJC), and a male team from Saint John’s College Junior College (SJCJC). At the end of the tournament, the SPJC female team and CEMJC male team rose as champions.

Belizeans in 7 municipalities and 2 cities go to the election polls
Thousands of Belizeans across seven towns and two cities in the country are going to the polls today to select a new municipal government. In San Pedro, the polls were declared opened at 7AM and will remain open until 6PM. A total of 7588 registered voters are legible to go to the polls at polling station Number 37, located at the San Pedro High School. In San Pedro, electorates can vote for only one mayoral candidate and up to a maximum of six councilor candidates. This year, a total of 21 candidates are on the ballot; three mayoral candidates and 18 councilor candidates. Throughout Belize, there are 67 seats up for grabs; in seven towns and Belmopan City there are seven seats each and in Belize City there are 11 seats.

Ambergris Today

Election celebrations: Video
It is a United Democratic Party (UDP) win for San Pedro.

Belizeans Head to Polling Stations on Election Day
The democratic wheel is in full process this morning as Belizeans head to the voting polls for Municipal Elections 2015. It is Elections Day, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, and seven towns and two cities around the country are geared up to exercise their rights to elect a new Town Council to run their communities for the period 2015 to 2018. In San Pedro, the polling stations located at the San Pedro High School, opened at 7a.m. and movement was pretty slow up to 9a.m. with very short lines, but the voting process was steadily on its way. Party supporters are definitely busy recruiting supporters and mobilizing their groups to scour the island for strong supporters and potential voters.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

BBIA Literary Prize 2015
The Belize Book Industry Association has announced this year's Literary Prize. 1st prize is $1000, so feel free to submit your short fictional story to them by August 15th. Good luck!

Rotary Blood Drive at UB
The Rotary Club of Belmopan had another blood drive at UB, and they hit a new record of38 pints. Thanks, Rotary! "Another blood drive ('Your Gift of Life') was held at UB working along wth several members of the blood donation team at the Western Hospital. It was wonderful working with them and it was great to have several club members (and in one case a daugher) involved in donating and helping the donation process. It was a record day with 38 pints of blood donated!! The record was obtained in part because several athletes helped recruit students - we could not have done this without them. Thanks! Also, thanks to everyone willing to donate - your willing to donate will certainly help dozens of people with health issues here in Belize!!"

The U.S. Embassy Belmopan has an opening for an Economic/Commercial Assistant position
JOB DESCRIPTION: Promotes U.S. commercial opportunities/activities and trade objectives in Belize and facilitates marketing of U.S. exports, including proposing, promoting and organizing official commercial events, trade show exhibits, trade missions, etc., Assists U.S. private sector by responding to business and trade information inquiries, and dealing with trade and business complaints. Obtains and analyzes economic, trade, and demographic data and drafts substantive annual economic reports on commercial, investment and economic issues. Gathers information and drafts reports, cables and correspondence on economic, commercial, energy, and ESTH (Environmental, Scientific, Technology, and Health) issues and developments in Belize. Drafts BCL (Briefing Checklists) and other background materials for Front Office and Political/Economic Officers as needed on economic, commercial, or ESTH issues.

U.S. Embassy staff attended the presentation of the Central Belize Corridor (CBC) Conservation Action Plan
Last Thursday, U.S. Embassy staff attended the presentation of the Central Belize Corridor (CBC) Conservation Action Plan at an event hosted by the University of Belize's Environmental Research Institute. The CBC will provide biological connectivity to the Belize National Protected Areas System, by connecting Belize’s largest forest blocks in the north (Rio Bravo, Ylabac, Laguna Seca, and Gallon Jug) and the south (Maya Mountain Massif). Pictured from left to right: Deputy Chief of Mission Bruce Matthews, Lisa Matthews, ERI Science Director (Terrestrial) Elma Kay, U.S. Embassy Intern Chang Chia-Wei, and U.S. Embassy Political/Economic Section Chief J. Nathan Bland

World Wildlife Day at The Belize Zoo
TBZ spent World Wildlife Day in the best way possible: educating about our country's amazing wildlife! Over 80 British soldiers from BATSUB came to the Zoo to receive an interactive program on the snakes of Belize from reptile expert, Tony Garel. Tony has provided this critical training for BATSUB for many years in preparation for their jungle training sessions in Belize. Following Tony's session, the soldiers were treated to up-close encounters and valuable info on other species of interest they may encounter out in "the bush." Our military guests will now enter the forest with a better understanding and respect for the creatures that they will be sharing habitat with for the duration of their training. TBZ wishes BATSUB best of luck, and wishes all a happy World Wildlife Day!

BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, March 4, 2015: 12

The United Democratic Party secures 4th term in the municipal elections in Coroza Town
The margin was a landslide victory for the incumbents. Congratulations to everyone who took the challenge for the leadership to govern.

Election analysis by Aria Lightfoot
My initial analysis of the elections are as follows: As I predicted UDP would win most of the seats as it was obvious - what the election tells me is that the party supporters went out and voted but the independents stayed out of it..PUP has a major crisis which was evident two elections ago. PUP refuses to Reform. PUP may love their dinasours but they are a constant reminder of the wanton corruption that spiraled out of control during their terms. Their strategy seem to be win by default and that strategy is failing. They are not serious about reform by failure to reform themselves ...They also seem to be extremely sensitive to constructive criticism and respond with propaganda and vitroil which only serves to remind people about their sordid past. The voting population has evolved. Social media is a real watch dog phenomenon.


Man murdered, other critical after shots fired in San Pedro
There was a murder on the island of Ambergris Caye, on Tuesday March 3. The victim is 38-year-old Pablito Barboza of San Pedrito Area, San Pedro Town, who was shot to the head and the chest area. He was not the only one shot, however, as 36-year-old Humberto Alcoser Jr. was also shot to the neck. The incident happened at around 7:45p.m. Pablo Barboza was inside his shop attending to Humberto Alcoser Jr. who was inside the shop purchasing some items. That’s when a lone gun man wearing a black cap with a blue rag tied around his face entered the shop and fired 3 shots hitting Pablito to his head and chest. Upon seeing this, Humberto tried to disarm the man, where he was shot to his neck. The gun man then fled the area.

More shots fired in San Pedro
More gunshots were fired in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, on Tuesday March 3 at about 11:30 PM. A 26-year-old woman of San Juan Area, San Pedro Town, visited the San Pedro Police Station and reported that about 11:30 p.m. she was walking from a store towards her home in the San Juan Area when she observed two men following her. She quickly went home and headed straight upstairs when the same two men passed and one of the men fired a single gunshot in the air. Police have detained two men pending charges.

14 year old fights off would be rapist
On Tuesday March 3 at about 1:25p.m., a 14-year-old female of Dangriga, accompanied by her neighbour and a social worker, visited the Dangriga Police Station and reported that on Monday March 2 at about 11:45p.m., while at home sleeping, a dark complexion man entered her room and attacked her with a knife, and then dragged her out of the room and attempted to have sexual intercourse with her. She fought with him and during the struggle received cuts on her hand and neck. She managed to bite the attacker on his right thumb. Her brother heard the commotion ran into her room and the male person escaped.

Jury acquits brothers on rape charge
A jury of five women and four men have found 27 year old Jermaine Stevens not guilty of a charge of rape, and his brother, 31 year old Austin Stevens, not guilty of abetment to rape. However, after two hours and 40 minutes of deliberations the verdict was a majority of 7 to 2 and not unanimous. The incident allegedly occurred round 12:30 p.m. on March 20, 2012, at a house on Jane Usher Boulevard, Belize City. The acomplainant, who was 18 at the time, had alleged that Austin held her feet while Jermaine and a red skin man held her hands and put her on a bed. She testified that Jermaine got on top of her and had sex with her against her will for about 15 minutes.

San Pedro couple charged with drug trafficking
On Tuesday March 3 at about 11:45 a.m. police conducted anti-drug operations in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, and visited the one bedroom apartment of 27-year-old Jaime Jeffrey Navarrette who was in the company of 24-year-old Delfina Danielle Romero, and found Crack Cocaine and Cannabis. Police then arrested and charged Jaime Jeffrey Navarrette for possession of controlled drugs to wit: 4.9 grams cannabis. Jaime Jeffrey Navarrette and Delfina Danielle Romero were also jointly charged for the offence of Drug trafficking to wit: 22.3 grams Crack Cocaine and Drug trafficking to wit:1,392.8 grams of Cannabis.

Orange Walk man jailed for attack on woman police officer
In December of 2013, Woman Police Corporal Marilyn Pate went to investigate a report of a domestic dispute in the village of Trial Farm, Orange Walk District, at the residence of 45 year old Oscar Perez Hernandez. She wound up in the hospital, being treated for serious chop wounds to the head and arms, after Mr Hernandez allegedly attacked her with a machete On Tuesday in the Supreme Court session in Orange Walk Town, Perez Hernandez pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted murder, and was immediately sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. Mr Hernandez has served 11 months on remand and this was deducted from his sentence, meaning he has another 11 years and a month to serve.

Corozal Woman Busted With Weed
44 year old Melodia Moh, a Belizean domestic of Caledonia Village, was arrested and charged on Tuesday March 3rd for kept ammunition without gun license and possession of controlled drugs. According to authorities at around 10:45, Corozal police conducted a special operation in Caledonia Village, Corozal, where they conducted a search at the residence of Moh on the strength of a search warrant. The search lead to the discovery of a transparent plastic bag underneath a bed, containing 51 parcels of aluminium foil with green leafy vegetable suspected to be weed. A further search inside one of the rooms of the residence lead to the discovery of one transparent plastic bag containing 6 16 gauge shotgun cartridges of ammunition. Authorities say they asked Moh for her license to which she replied she had none. The drugs were weighed in her presence which amounted to 36 grams.

Boat captain says Guatemalans mistreated him over error
An error in navigation is at the center of this past weekend’s showdown between a group of 37 passengers and crew on board the vessel Dore, headed by Guillermo Avila of Punta Gorda Town, and military authorities of the Guatemalan Army and Coast Guard who under orders detained them for more than ten hours between Saturday and Sunday. Now safely back home, Mr Avila is telling his story publicly for the first time, intent on clearing his name and establishing what transpired. He says that the left turn he took into a tributary off the Sarstoon River was due to the advice of Belize Territorial Volunteers leader Giovanni de la Fuente, because he personally had no knowledge of the area. “When I got to the Sarstoon bar, I told the leader of the expedition who is Mr. De La Fuente, that I’ve come as far as here and he said that he knows the way anyways. I just want to clear that point one time, because it wasn’t my decision to make this left turn, because he said that he knew where they were going, so that’s why I took this turn here by his order, because I told him that I only know as far as the bar, but further up I didn’t know. We came up this way and about right here we should have gone this way to Gracias A Dios, and I made a left turn here instead of going straight or staying on my right. Immediately, I went about 100 yards and I spin right back.”

BTV responds to statements that they planted trees in Guatemala
In the 1st of March 2014, Belizean patriots from Punta Gorda went an expedition to edge of the border with Guatemala to plant a row of coconut trees on our side of the border to demarcate the border line with Guatemala. It was a patriotic event organized by Wil Maheia and the Belize Territorial Volunteers, and though it received strong public support, authorities had strongly discouraged the event saying it was a dangerous expedition. In the Aftermath of the expedition to the Gracias a Dios Monument over the weekend, the Ministry of Foreign affairs sent out a press release to clarify the matter and reiterate their position on these types of excursions. The press release also mentioned last year’s expedition to plant trees on Belize’s side of the border saying that, “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.” BTV released a statement on Thursday saying, quote, “that is completely untrue.” BTV’s Wil Maheia spoke to Plus News.

Save The Tree Petition
The construction of a much anticipated roundabout at the Guanacaste Park Junction in Belmopan is slated to start this month. The project, which is a part of the Belize Road Safety project, is being co-funded by the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Development Bank ,and in January 29th earlier this year the contract for that project was signed with 3A recent post on social media made by Belmopan resident John Pinelo has caught the attention of many residents of Belmopan. According to Mr Pinelo, he got wind on Monday from a reliable inside source that indicates that the Guanacaste tree that sits at the corner of the Hummingbird Highway and the George Price Highway is slated to be removed to accommodate the roundabout. John Pinelo spoke to Plus News on Tuesday as he expressed his genuine concern.

Patrick JonesPJ

Fifty seven percent of registered voters cast ballots today
Final figures published by the Election and Boundaries Department show that 57% of the total registered voters cast a ballot in today’s Municipal Elections in Belize. That is 60,533 out of 105, 634 registered voters. A breakdown of the total amount of votes cast is as follows: Belize City: 20,540 [48%] Belmopan: 5,713 [63%] Benque Viejo del Carmen: 3,037 [66%] ...

Shooting incident in San Pedro town
Preparations are being made to airlift the victim of a shooting incident from San Pedro town. Police have confirmed that a man was shot earlier tonight. More details later.

Woman reportedly shot in Corozal
Information received say a woman was injured in a shooting incident in Corozal tonight. Details are still emerging but we have been able to confirm that the shooting happened in the Santa Rita area of Corozal We’re following up on this information and will have an update as soon as […]

Early results in Belize City put the UDP ahead
Early indications are that in Belize City, the People’s United Party (PUP) is leading in Freetown and Fort George Divisions. The United Democratic Party (UDP), however, is leading in the Caribbean Shores, Albert, Queen’s Square and Mesopotamia Divisions.

Municipal Elections 2015 – Orange Walk
Statistics from the Election and Boundaries Department shows that as of 5 pm today, just under 60% of total registered voters in Orange Walk had voted in today’s Municipal Elections. The figures published on the EB website shows that as at 5 pm, 6,690 voters had cast a ballot. That […]

Municipal Elections 2015 – Belize City
Polls have closed in today’s Municipal Elections, although voting is still taking place to accommodate persons who were in line at 6 o’clock. It appears that an overall low voter turn out will mark this year’s poll to choose municipal leaders across the country. Midway into the afternoon […]

Orange Walk man jailed for attack on woman police officer
In December of 2013, Woman Police Corporal Marilyn Pate went to investigate a report of a domestic dispute in the village of Trial Farm, Orange Walk District at the residence of 45 year old Oscar Perez Hernandez. She wound up in hospital, being treated for serious chop wounds […]

Orange Walk sees low voter turn out so far
Thirty one percent of registered voters have cast their ballots so far in Orange Walk town. That percentage is expected to change significantly in the coming hours as more people come out to vote before the close of the polls at 6 pm. There are 11,777 registered voters for Orange […]

Voters slowly coming out in Punta Gorda
Voters in Punta Gorda town continue to come out slowly to cast their ballots on today’s Municipal elections. According to the Election and Boundaries Department statistics, as of 3 pm, a total of 1,312 persons have voted so far. That is 36% of the 3.601 registered voters who […]

Brothers acquitted of rape charges
A jury of five women and four men have found 27 year old Jermaine Stevens not guilty of a charge of rape and his brother, 31 year old Austin Stevens, not guilty of abetment to rape. However, after two hours and 40 minutes of deliberations the verdict was […]

Police look for man who impregnated a minor
Police in Orange Walk are looking for a man following a report that he impregnated a 14 year old girl. On Tuesday morning, the 14 year old girl, accompanied by her grandmother, went to the police station to report that during the months of January and February, Walter Mejia, whom […]

San Pedro businessman murdered; another man injured
A San Pedro businessman was shot and killed last night and a customer seriously injured in the shooting incident. Thirty eight year old Pablo Barbosa was pronounced dead just after 8 pm on Tuesday, following the shooting incident inside his shop in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro town. […]

Just over 18,000 ballots cast so far in Municipal Election
The Election and Boundaries Department is reporting that as of 11 am 17% of the registered voters for the Municipal Elections have cast their ballots so far. Published statistics indicate that there are 105,634 registered voters and of that amount, 18,189 persons have voted so far.

Municipal Elections: Corozal town voting
BMG: Official statistics put out by the Election and Boundaries Department via its website show that voting in Corozal is the second highest as of 11 am, behind Benque Viejo del Carmen. The published statistics show that 1,707 persons had voted as of 11 am. That represents 21% of the total […]

Decision 2015: Municipal Elections
Belizeans are today voting in Municipal Elections. 105,634 registered voters are eligible to cast a ballot in today’s poll to select a Mayor and Councilors in 9 municipalities nationwide. The polls opened at 7 o’clock this morning and will close at 6 o’clock this evening. We will have coverage of […]


I had already dipped in and out of Honduras before I visited Belize so this was my second time to enter the country. After a great week in Belize (including touring ATM caves, staying in San Pedro and Belmopan) we decided to get the boat to Honduras which only leaves once a week. So you need to get your timing spot on with this one and here’s an overview of the crossing to ensure your journey runs smooth. These days you can make the reservation online and in advance and you don’t have to pay anything to do this. We made the reservation just to be sure. Head to this page for the D- Express and reserve the boat. But to be completely honest, unless it’s really busy you can just turn up on the day, board the boat and off you go. The only slight risk is that if there is say a bunch of 12 backpackers that day, you may well not get on, and as they are only once a week, this would mean an entire one more week in Belize, or do the overland route! We were there in September time.

9 Of The Most Colorful Places in Belize
We just thought you should know about these 9 beautiful and gorgeous places in Belize, and see a photo from each place. Laughing Bird Caye, Belize Blue Hole, Ambergris Caye Belize, Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Caracol Maya Ruins, Mountain Pine Ridge, Southern Belize, Water Foot Caye, Barton Creek Cave.

Coconut Curry Shrimp - Cooking with Flavors of Belize & Chef Sean Kuylen ft. Chef Jennie Staines
Flavors of Belize has a new video out, and this time Chef Sean is joined by Chef Jennie Staines from San Pedro. They make some good looking shrimp curry, and have fun doing it. Flavors of Belize has a new, good looking website out at "Our Chef Sean Kuylen is joined by the incomparably talented Chef Jennie Staines of Elvi's Kitchen in San Pedro Town. Join in as they prepare one of her most famous dishes together - Coconut Curried Shrimp. There's as much laughter as there was flavor in this episode; follow along & enjoy!"

Fish Tea
Fish Tea or Fish Escabeche is an easy soup to make. This is a very savory soup, but the onions add a pop of sweetness. Just about 40 minutes from start to finish.

The Caye Boy Books: Raising Barefoot Kids on A Small Island in Belize…Could You Do It?
SUPER cute books. Ones that I have seen in a few resorts around Belize but never picked up. Now I have my very own copies. Books about island life, spending the day barefoot and the independence and ingenuity of kids when they are living in a safe environment. Makes me think back fondly of summer days in suburban NJ when you were sent outside after lunch and told to come home for dinner…and then it was straight outside again. The books talk about island life…tour guides, snorkeling with the fish, teasing about tourists – they “smell like sunscreen and ALWAYS ask a million questions” and will make you wish you were here. I’m not sure why I haven’t brought these books home to my nephews already. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. And kids would so love identifying the crab that is hidden on each page.

International Sourcesizz

China's big chess move against the U.S.: Latin America
China is making friends right under America's nose. Latin America is China's latest business buddy. Chinese banks increased investments in Latin America by 71% last year, and the country plans to double its trade volume with the Central and South American region over the next decade. This comes as U.S. power in the Americas is starting to erode. U.S. cash is actually fleeing the region as investors see better deals at home or elsewhere. China doesn't appear as worried about the short-term. "What we're looking at is not simply an economic play. It's an economic play that also has political and strategic undertones," says Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington. Outside of economic ties, Berman points out that China has helped fund Argentina's nuclear power plant, launched Bolivia's first satellite and is rumored to be helping Venezuela start its own drone program.

The 10 Best Cities to Live Rich on a Dime (So You Can Bring Your Dreams to Life)
Admit it. You’ve wondered more than once… Is there a better life out there? You work your butt off every day, but just paying for the essentials becomes more difficult with every passing month. And what about your dreams? Will you be able to start your own business, send your children to college, or live the life you always wanted? And you can’t help thinking … Is there a smarter way of doing things? A way to achieve a lower cost of living – and a higher quality of life? Maybe it’s finally time to accept the fact… Your city is way too expensive. So why not do what so many others have done before you and move to a place that is more affordable and offers a better quality of life? Perhaps somewhere with less crime and pollution – and more time to enjoy life. Let’s see if such a place truly exists. 6) Corozal, Belize – if your dream is to simply “kick back” Tropical paradise Corozal is all about the slow pace of life — yoga and meditation on the beach, a stroll through beach waters, a cocktail enjoying the sunset, or uninterrupted quiet time to concentrate on your business. Whatever your dreams are, here you can afford them. Rent: One-bedroom apartment, city center $190/month. Buy: Two-bedroom apartment, brand new, city center for $115,000. Dinner: Three courses for two, mid-range restaurant, $19. Wine: Supermarket, good quality $12 Beer: ½ liter bottle, domestic $1.50

Should tourism be limited at 'lost' cities?
The discovery of new 'lost city' in the jungle of Honduras will capture the imagination of many, but are ancient sites better left to the attention of historians? The news that an archaeological site of enormous significance has been uncovered in a suitably exotic corner of the planet always triggers a familiar and yet conflicted scenario. On one hand, such talk of jungle-shrouded ruins – particularly ruins which have been hidden for several centuries – can make people want to grab their passports and hop onto a plane for a closer look. On the other, there is always that nagging concern that while the discovery of a crucial slice of the past is a good development for our understanding of the world we inhabit, this nugget of yesteryear might be better left to the attention of expert historians, and not trodden into disrepair by the footsteps of tourists.

Jamaica remains largest producer, exporter of marijuana in Caribbean — report
A report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has found that Jamaica remains the largest illicit producer and exporter of cannabis herb in Central America and the Caribbean. The INCB 2014 report released here, showed that the island accounted for approximately one third of cannabis herb produced in the Caribbean. It said that increased production of the drug has been noted in other countries, in particular Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The report notes that Belize is a trans-shipment country for cocaine and precursor chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, including synthetic drugs. In 2012, Belizean authorities seized and destroyed 19.1 tons of cannabis, 156 tons of precursor chemicals, 114.9 kg of cocaine, 1.4 kg of "crack" cocaine and 4.9 kg of crystalline methamphetamine.

Dangers of Solo Female Travel - A Response
Last week, I was contacted by a journalist from Huffington Post UK to contribute to this article on solo female travel. There was a big report in the Daily Mail about the most dangerous places for women to travel to solo, with problems including violence, rape and even murder. Both articles questioned whether travelling solo something was something we should stop doing. I can't imagine my life without solo travel. I know I would be a very different person if I hadn't had those experiences. While friends returned from holidays where they lay by a pool in Spain for a week, I came back with amazing stories of exploring favelas and hang gliding in Rio, seeing sloths and monkeys in the Costa Rican jungle, volcano boarding in Nicaragua, staying with a family in Guatemala, and meeting the 'happiest people in the world' in Panama.

Central America focuses on tourists from Europe
The upsurge in tourism to the seven small countries of Central America continues. The intention is that visitors from Europe will be playing a more important role in this process in the future. “We are making progress on the European source market, which still retains a great potential for us," stated Carolina Briones, Director General of the Central America Tourism Agency (CATA) at ITB Berlin. This is due to the fact that these travellers, “as a rule, have longer vacations, they stay longer and generally spend more than visitors from other regions.” Briones also emphasized that Germany is an “especially important market”. The largest number of European visitors come from Spain, followed by Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.According to figures released by CATA, in 2014 over 9.6 million tourists from all over the world visited Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous year. Approximately one in ten of all visitors are from Europe. Among these seven small countries Costa Rica remains the leading destination.They are home to no fewer than 17 UNESCO world heritage sites. The main attractions are the historic palaces of the Maya, the colonial cities, the volcanoes, some of them active, the palm-fringed beaches on the Atlantic and the Pacific, as well as exotic flora and fauna in the jungle and on the many nature reserves.

Are French bananas more sustainable than others?
Eric de Lucy, President of UGPBAN (Union grouping banana producers in Guadeloupe and Martinique) states that “we have the world’s cleanest and most environmentally friendly banana." He says that "they are at -50% in pesticides” between 2008-2013 and socially, when they pay a €15 salary, an Ecuadorian pays €1. To keep up with the trend of economic patriotism, the French sector has decided to add a red, white and blue label to some of the fruits as of October. These labels are signs of origin, alongside the ‘banana of Guadeloupe and Martinique’ sticker. This should allow employment of 160 personnel in Dunkerque Port. French producers are keen to differentiate from Chiquita and other South American or African bananas. Recognising that their pesticide usage was extremely high, they halved it in 5 years. To do this they dropped the monoculture system and opted for crop rotation. They added habitats for certain organisms. No insecticide is sprayed on French bananas and the use of weed killer has drastically decreased. According to figures supplied by the producers, 6 kilos of herbicide is used per hectare per year in the French West Indies. Meanwhile Belize or Costa Rica use 70 kilos over the same surface and time span.

Bahamas wins Miss Spicy Caribbean
Miss Spicy Caribbean 2015 took place last weekend in Barbados and University of West Indies student Emma Tulletta represented The Bahamas and won! She also took Best Swimsuit and Miss Photogenic. Other contestants were Miss Antigua & Barbuda: Ashley Forde; Miss Barbados: Leann Paris; Miss Belize: Chinyere Wade; Miss Grenada: Reann Edwards; and Miss St. Lucia: Chenic Smith. Twenty-year old Tulleta is an honour roll student and majoring in psychology. “When the Association of Bahamian Students on campus approached me explaining that I would be an amazing candidate for the event, I was instantly excited, and with that I accepted the offer,” Emma told Tribune Woman." “Managing my studies and preparing for the pageant was challenging. On some nights I had three practices back to back, but I had to stay organised and complete my assignments in order of priority." She hopes to serve as a role model to other young women.

CCSA - Belize Geography Summer 2015
Belize: an English-speaking country in the heart of Central America, dotted with magnificent archaeological remnants of the Mayan people and populated by their descendants, and is home to one of the greatest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet. Join us as we explore the physical/historical geography and cultural landscapes of Belize through visits to cayes, islands, reefs, mountains, rainforests and ruins. A special feature of this program is the opportunity to snorkel at a World Heritage site. The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad is a consortium of American colleges and universities, which jointly offers study abroad programs and internships in English-speaking regions. A not-for-profit organization, CCSA is headquartered at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Students from any accredited institution are welcome to apply.


  • Be One With Belize Part 4 The Ancient Maya, 3min. The Country Of Belize is dotted with Mayan ruins to name a Few Altun Ha (Northern Belize): One of the most easily accessible Mayan ruins from Belize City then you have Lamanai (Northern Belize): One of the more interesting and picturesque Mayan ruins in Belize, Lamanai features three large pyramids and is accessable by boat Xunantunich (Cayo District and Western Belize): Xunantunich is an impressive, well-excavated, and easily accessible Mayan site, close to San Ignacio El Pilar (Cayo District and Western Belize): El Pilar just may be the most underappreciated major Mayan city in Mesoamerica. The site is huge, with over 25 known plazas, covering some 40 hectares

  • Video Belize Vacation Travel Retirement, 3min. Belize is the best destination for travel or retirement.

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

  • Sports in Belize☺, 5min.

  • GoPro Belize Guatemala 2015, 3min. 2 weeks with a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition in: Antigua - Tikal - San Ignacio - San Pedro - Caye Caukler - Guatemala City

  • San Pedro, Belize Sunrise, 1min.

  • Town's Elections 2015, min.Exciting post on the pulse of the electorate in Cayo in the municipals by the Pandy Show. She is very optimistic and hopeful for her city. That's the spirit.

  • Belize 2015, 5.5min. Scuba diving and more!

  • Black Pearl Motorcycle Club in Belize City, 3min. The Black Pearl Motorcycle Club makes a stop at Ramada in Belize City.

  • You Better Believe It (You Better Belize It) Live at the Sports Bar, Caye Caulker 3/3/15, 3min. Debut performance of "You Better Believe it (You Better Belize It)" at the Barrier Reef Bar & Grill (The Sports Bar). Wrote this in the first few days of my vacation in Caye Caulker, March 2015

  • An Excellent Adventure in Belize: Ambergris Island, 13min. Exploring around Ambergris Caye (Ambergris Island), Belize, nicknamed "La Isla Bonita" (after the Madonna song which is believed to be about the island).

  • Belize Blue Hole, 12min.

  • A short video of the fast speedboat tour to Lamanai Mayan Ruins in Belize., 2min. A short video of the fast speedboat tour to Lamanai Mayan Ruins in Belize. Highlights - the wildlife and the Mayan temple...

  • Belize is Beautiful, 1min. Nature has always had a strong connection to our culture and our daily lives. Nature provides us with healthy food, clean air, precious water, affordable electricity and respectful jobs. Development is necessary to create jobs and reduce poverty but it is important to ensure that our natural resources continue to provide these benefits. The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development (MFFSD) and its many departments are working with partners throughout Belize to ensure that we use our natural resources sustainably so that we can continue to have them well into the future.