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#502408 - 03/19/15 06:49 AM Today's Belize News: March 19, 2015
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“Dateline: The Real Blacklist” will feature Gregory Faull’s unsolved murder
John McAfee, the man who Belize police say is still a person of interest in the murder of Gregory Faull, is still making news. A crew of three from Dateline NBC was in Belize filming segments for a follow up on Faull’s unsolved murder. The Dateline NBC team arrived in Belize on Saturday March 14th and re-visited the area where both Faull and McAfee lived and other parts of the country. The material will be used as part of Dateline NBC’s new series called “Dateline: The Real Blacklist” and it will be hosted by NBC’s Richard Engel. The mini-series focuses on conspiracy-themed investigations and crimes that involve larger-than-life perpetrators and circumstances surrounding unsolved crimes. The former computer antivirus pioneer McAfee has remained a “person of interest” to Belize police in their investigation into the murder of Gregory Faull. Faull, an American national was found murdered on November 11, 2012 inside his home on north Ambergris Caye. While McAfee was never accused of the murder, the millionaire ran from Belize after he learned that Belizean authorities wanted him for questioning as a person of interest. Faull and McAfee were bitter neighbors because of McAfee’s ferocious dogs which he would allow to roam on the beach to drive people away from his nearby property.

Comedy Movie Night at the Paradise Theater
It’s March. Oscar season has come and gone, and it feels like we’ve all spent the past six months watching nothing but movies about Stephen Hawking. Thankfully, that time is over. Now it’s time for something really funny and really stupid. This Thursday at the Paradise Theater, we’ll be showing IDIOCRACY. Written and directed by Mike Judge (creator of “Office Space” and “Silicon Valley”), “Idiocracy” is the story of a man (Luke Wilson) who is frozen for 500 years, only to wake up and find society so incredibly dumbed down that he’s now the smartest man alive. The movie is really funny and sophomoric (in the vein of “Dumb and Dumber”), but it also offers an all-too-likely depiction of America’s consumer-driven future. I think you’ll enjoy this movie — and I’m positive you’ll leave feeling thankful you live in Belize.

Inspector Henry Jemmott takes over Coastal Executive Unit
As of Tuesday, March 17th, the helm of the Coastal Executive Unit has been taken over by Inspector Henry Jemmott. Previous Officer in Charge, Superintendent Luis Castellanos handed over control of the San Pedro Police Station and will now be holding a management position at the Belize Police Department headquarters in Belmopan City. Jemmott previously held the position of Deputy of the Coastal Executive Unit. Since his arrival to San Pedro in June 2014, Jemmott has been instrumental in the operations and community relations building of the San Pedro Police Department. These are the two key factors that qualified him to take over as OC. “We will continue to work on improving the San Pedro Police Department and making the island safe for residents and visitors. As OC, I will continue to enforce community oriented policing in both San Pedro and Caye Caulker. I also plan to increase our operations to target crime across both islands,” said Jemmott.

CrossFit San Pedro members inspired by dedication
She was on holiday in mainland Belize, but 57-year-old AnnElise Bennett had to find a certified CrossFit box (gym) in the country to take part in the current worldwide challenge known as the CrossFit Open. The Open leads to the official 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games set to take place July 21-26, and will see the world’s top CrossFit Athletes compete for the title of ‘World’s Fittest’. As an official (active) affiliate in Belize, CrossFit San Pedro’s family was happy to welcome AnnElise to the island. Members dropped by to observe and cheer her on as she completed the 14-minute workout. The scaled version of the official 15.3 Open workout consisted of 50 wall ball squats and 200 jump ropes, aiming for as many rounds as possible in 14 minutes.

MOE to show no tolerance on the sale of fake diplomas
Over the past few weeks, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has been investigating reports of the sale of fake diplomas by a person identified only as the “Diploma Guy”. The evidence of the fraudulent act surfaced on the popular social media network, Facebook, where a conversation between the “Diploma Guy” and a potential buyer stated that a fake diploma can be bought for $4,000. The conversation continued to state that fake diplomas can be bought from any secondary or tertiary institution in Belize, the United States of America and Europe. Upon learning of these activities, MOE quickly launched an investigation and released a statement on the matter. According to the press release “The MOE informs the general public that any person found in possession of any such documents under the Belize criminal Code will be liable to imprisonment for two years and those found guilty of being a common forger is liable to life imprisonment.” The release also urged all establishments and educational institution to scrutinize any diploma presented to them, and if suspicions arise on the legitimacy of the document, they are to contact the MOE.

2015/2018 Mayor and San Pedro Town Councilors officially sworn in
The Mayor of San Pedro Town Daniel Guerrero and his six councilmen have officially taken the oath of office. The public event took place on Monday March 16th at the San Pedro Central Park, in which the portfolios of each of the council members were announced. The members of the San Pedro Town Council were elected under the banner of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in the March 4th municipal election. First to take the oath of office was two-term Mayor Daniel Guerrero. In his remarks, Guerrero called for unity amongst the residents of the island and took the opportunity to invite the opposition to work along with the council. “Elections are over and we are a council that was elected to serve everyone. For that reason, I am inviting the opposition members to join us and bring their ideas to the table so that together, we can move this island forward. I say this because I sincerely believe that they had some good ideas that we believe can help us bring more prosperity to the island.”

Ambergris Today

Death Threats Received by San Pedro Mayor and Area Representative
It is not something that is very much heard of in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, but reliable sources have indicated that both San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Area Representative/Minister of Tourism Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. have received death threats this week. Although there has been no official police report or has the San Pedro Police Department released any information about the serious matter, but word is that criminal elements have threatened the lives of both island officials. Hon. Heredia, who freely walks around San Pedro Town very casually and bare-footed can be seen with a full military/police escort and his home on the island is being heavily guarded. At his recent speech during the official swearing in of the San Pedro Town Council, that took place on Monday, March 16, 2015, Hon. Heredia indicated that both him and the members of the Town Council were prepared to protect and keep the safety of the community even if it compromised their lives. This caught some of the people in attendance off guard and wondering why he would say that. “If we have to die for you all, we will do so,” commented Hon. Heredia on Monday.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Island Invasion:Easter Bash Vol 4
Look out for Island Invasion Easter Bash Vol. 4 taking over San Pedro Nightlife April 3,4

On Wednesday, March 18th, the Pre Schools in San Pedro were all dressed up in their cultural attires from the diverse ethnic groups that exist in Belize. The kids also had to prepare a presentation where they briefly explained their culture...and the best part was that they had exquisite food from each culture! Culture Day is part of the Child Stimulation Month activities.

Kids Self Defense at Calla Creek
A big thanks to 4 the World, who put together self defense training classes for kids, which took place in Calla Creek. Looks like they had some fun, and learned some good techniques too. They also had their Yoga Workshop at the Benque HoC. "Self Defense Training for kids in Cayo was a lot of fun thanks to Katie Myers and crew. Our volunteers were eager to work with these great kids in Benque Viejo and Calla Creek Village."

Cayo Leadership Seminar
The Management and Leadership seminar for the Tourism and Hospitality Industry will take place at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel from Tuesday, March 31st through Thursday, April 2nd. Registration is through this week, just contact the SIRH. The long flier can be found here. "Course will be lead by Philip Queen from California who is the founder and CEO of FMC. Mr. Queen has an extensive background in leadership and management training in addition to Military honors."

A Walk Through El Cayo Book Launch 2015
We are proud to present A Walk Through El Cayo book, now available at our office in Belmopan.

Go Maya Belize Adventures
Go Maya Belize Adventures is a new tour operator based in Cayo. They have a pretty smooth looking website. They are based out of Rumors Resort(which is coincidentally the featured hotel on the website), yet are catering to tours all around Belize. They have only perfect reviews on Trip Advisor. "Go-Maya Belize Adventures is a professional Destination Management Company & Tour Operator. We are dedicated to helping you plan your Belize Vacation with the most successful and memorable outcome. Our dependable transfers will get you to your lodging destination in a timely & safe manner."

Channel 7

PUP Stands By Francis Fonseca, Status Quo Preserved
The PUP’s National Party Council held an extended meeting today at Independence Hall. Most of the business of the day was to prepare for next week’s budget debate. But, while that was like political house-keeping – the hot button item that was on everyone’s mind was the balance of power in the PUP after the leaked John Briceno recording – and whether in the wake of the municipal elections trouncing, Francis Fonseca remains viable as leader. 4 hours into the meeting, the Party Council decided to break for a few minutes so that the National Campaign Manager could speak with the waiting press about Fonseca’s standing as leader. Here’s what he had to say: Godfrey Smith - National Campaign Manager, PUP "In the first half of the meeting, the party leader, the Hon. Francis Fonseca; in essence, laid on the table the question of his leadership and the question of a leadership convention. Expressed his commitment and dedication in continuing forward - to lead the PUP to the next general election. But would do so only if all members of the national executive, all standard bearers and the parliamentary cacaos freely expressed their views on this position. The floor was then open and every person in the room essentially some 38 persons, comprising those 3 bodies spoke and gave unanimous support for the leadership of Francis Fonseca moving forward. With some of the views being expressed that they perhaps should be an endorsement convention, which will he held at some point in the future - to be determined by the PUP. “

Belizean Diplomat Wins OAs Asst. SG
Belize’s Ambassador to the US, Nestor Mendez, is Ambassador no more – tonight he is the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States. That is the result after he won an election this afternoon in Washington D.C., comfortably outdoing his Guyanese opponent Ambassador Bayney Karran by a margin of 24 to 10. It is a breakthrough accomplishment because the post of Assistant Secretary General carries hemispheric responsibilities and it is the second highest post in the OAS. More than that, it is one of only two elected posts within the OAS – and this year, it was the only elected since the new Secretary General Foreign Minister of Uruguay Luis Almagro ran unopposed. Almagro and Mendez will make up the new leadership tandem in the OAS – and today, Mendez – who becomes the first Belizean to hold the senior post – was gracious in acceptance:…

Cabinet Leaning Towards De-criminalization of Weed - Wants To Consult Churches
Belize’s weed laws could be in for a radical change as there are credible reports tonight that Cabinet has decided in principle to support the de-criminalisation of possession of less than ten grammes of marijuana. 7news has confirmed that the subject was discussed at Cabinet yesterday with a majority of the ministers supporting – again, in principle - the recommendations of the Decriminalization of Marijuana Committee. Their final report which was tabled three weeks ago recommended that possession of up to ten grammes of marijuana should not be a criminal offence. The committee recommended that 10 grams or less be listed for private, personal use, and persons found with that quantity should get a ticket with fines and no possibility of incarceration or any offence on their criminal record. Ten grams of weed is a third of an ounce as much as you see in this bag – and can make up about ten average sized marijuana joints.

Santander Welcomes The Media, Lays Out 150+ Million US Dollar Sugar Cane Investment
Green Tropics – since the company came on the scene in 2012 – they’ve been mostly bad news. First they trenched a canal right through the Labouring Creek Jaguar Corridor Wildlife Sanctuary for which they landed a record environmental fine. And then, they sprayed the crops of 30 Valley of Peace farmers laying waste to about 150 to 200 acres of vegetable crops. And maybe that’s why the brand Green Tropics has been taken out of the public equation. Now the company has been re-branded as Santander – which is fair enough because it’s the name of their Spanish parent’s company. But, Santander is not only taking on a new name – they’ve got a new welcoming approach to the media. Today, the entire press crop was shuttled out to their development site behind Valley of Peace. IT’S twenty thousand acres of land which will be used for sugar cane production, harvesting, milling and bagasse co-generation. IT’S a formidable investment – said to be the Santander group’s largest agricultural development in this region – and we found out more today:… Julez Vasquez reporting…. A tractor like this costs two hundred thousand dollars – but they let me hop into it and take a turn behind the very big wheels – not because I know how to drive a tractor – but because it’s all computer controlled – and not even a novice like me can mess it up.

Gay Man Maurice Tomlinson Goes To The CCJ About Belize's Discriminatory Immigration Law
Remember Jamaican Maurice Tomlinson? He’s the well-known gay rights activist from that country who started to sue the governments of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago over the immigration laws which he claims is discriminatory to him and other LGBT persons living in the Caribbean Community. He decided to take his case to the highest court in the land for both countries, the Caribbean Court of Justice. For the past 2 days, officials from both countries have been at the CCJ headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad arguing against his claim in an attempt to convince the judges that the discriminatory interpretation that Tomlinson has chosen to take is wrong since neither of these two countries has ever prevented gay persons from entering before. Tomlinson’s case is novel because it seeks to invoke the original jurisdiction of the Court, and he to get to this appeal case, he had to seek to be heard as an individual because his country, Jamaica, refused to get involved on his behalf via the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

Blue Bell Recall - What About Belize?
Blue Bell ice cream products – which are sold in Belize - may be linked to the death of 3 Americans. According to The Guardian online, 5 patients at a hospital in Kansas contracted a bacterial infection called listeriosis after eating Blue Bell ice cream products – 3 of the patients died. As a result of this, several Blue Bell Products have been recalled. Those include the Chocolate Chip Country Cookie Sandwich, Great Divide Bar, Cotton Candy Bar, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars and Sour Pop Green Apple Bar. Now how does this recall affect us? Arctic Cold imports these products to Belize from the US and you can go to almost any grocery store in Belize and find Blue Bell products. We contacted Arctic Cold but the managers were not available. We also contacted the Bureau of Standards and they said they weren't aware of the recall but will follow up on it. According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration website “Consumers should not eat any of the products listed above. If these ice cream products are in your freezer, they should be thrown away, even if some of them have been eaten without anyone becoming ill".

City Fire Guts Home, 7News Saw It Start
Tonight a Belize City family is homeless after their house burned down this evening in the city. 7News happened on the scene just as the fire was starting and Monica Bodden saw flames overtake the house in just a few minutes. Here’s her report starting when only smoke was visible:… Monica Bodden reporting… Around 4:30 this afternoon, smoke was seen coming from the upper flat of this two story building located at the corner of Allemby Street and East Collet Canal. Next door neighbours went into panic mode and even began removing items from their own homes. As the smoke grew thicker and darker, the entire neighbourhood flooded unto the street side – many on their cell phones calling the fire department- while some ran up the block to the nearby Fire Station to get urgent help.

OAS ASG Designate Nestor Mendez Thanks Belize
At the top of the newscast we told you about Ambassador Nestor Mendez who has become the first Belizean to be elected Assistant Secretary General of the OAS. It is a major accomplishment for the career diplomat – who bested his Guyanese opponent 24 to 10. And while you have heard his remarks to the assembly – what about the folks back home? We spoke to him by telephone a few minutes ago and he said he was grateful for the support:… H.E. Nestor Mendez – Newly Elected Assistant Sec. Gen., OAS “You know, I have been touched and humbled by all the expressions of support that have been forthcoming and really, I am very very grateful. I wasn't aware there was such a tremendous interest in these issues and I do have a lot of friends and I really appreciate so much messages of best wishes and prayers that I have received. In the last week, and today has especially been even more so. I am eternally grateful to everybody who has expressed some sort of best wishes. And i'm very happy and very pleased. We have several young officers in the ministry of foreign affairs and other ministries in the government of Belize who can see what we are doing and what can be done with the proper support. I'm hoping that will open some doors really."

British Paper Makes Sensational Claims About Mayan Cave
A British newspaper is sensationalizing an archeological discovery in Belize. The Daily Mail online calls it “evidence of child trafficking in the Mayan Midnight Terror Cave in Cayo.” The article refers to a 3 year study of the cave by Belizean researchers and Archaeologists from California State University which ended in 2010. The article speaks of human remains of adults and children between the ages of 6 and 14 along with the remnants of sacrificial altars dating back to between 700 and 900 AD. And then it says, foreign scientists and researchers believe that the “underworld network of caves in Belize may have been used to traffic Mayan children as young as six for sacrifice.”

A Book About The Twin Towns
A new book that captures the historical development of the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena was launched today at the Welcome Center in San Ignacio. The book is entitled “A Walk through El Cayo”. The 56 page text is a compilation of interviews done with community elders along with archival information about the historical and cultural richness of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. You can get a copy of the book at bookstores in both towns. In a release sent out today by NICH it states " It is hoped that students, educators, tour guides, tourists and the general public will appreciate the narratives and re-discover the secrets and beauty of the Twin Towns".

Channel 5

Late Afternoon Inferno Destroys Home on Allenby Street
Just before four-thirty this evening, fire destroyed a home at number one forty four Allenby Street in Belize City.  There were three structures in the corner lot, including the two-storey [...]

Ambassador Nestor Mendez is New Assistant Secretary General to O.A.S.
A historic vote took place at the Organization of American States in Washington. Belize’s Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, Ambassador Nestor Mendez, who is also accredited to [...]

P.U.P. Executive Unanimously Endorses Francis Fonseca’s Leadership
Following a massive loss in municipal elections, the executive and key players in the P.U.P. have been circling the wagons around embattled leader Francis Fonseca. And today, in culmination of [...]

Johnny Briceño’s Noticeable Absence from Fonseca Endorsement
Executive members, parliamentarians and standard bearers today, but former Party Leader John Briceño was conspicuously absent. Briceño, last Friday, very publicly, supported the call for a national convention of the [...]

P.U.P. Campaign Manager Comments on Old Guard
There has been some criticism of the party for its refusal to let go of certain persons considered the old guard. But if you expected any mass jettisoning or serious [...]

Ladyville Police Explain Charge Against Raul Magaña
The driver of vehicle involved in a traffic accident that occurred last year was taken to court on Tuesday. Raul Magana Junior was behind the wheel of his SUV that [...]

Jaguar Officer Heads to Crooked Tree to Assess Livestock Predation
Belize has a healthy jaguar population in the region with an estimated five hundred jaguars; however, they are considered to be threatened and are on the decline internationally. But in [...]

Errol Belisle to be Charged for Knocking Down Stella Maris Student
Eleven year old Austin Olivera Junior remains comatose at the K.H.M.H. after he was knocked down by a tour van around eight a.m. on Tuesday morning at mile eight and [...]

Business Senator Dissects 2015/2016 Budget
Tonight, as we promised, we take another look at the 2015/2016 budget, scheduled to be debated on the twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh. In the preface to his presentation, Prime Minister Barrow [...]

Senator Mark Lizarraga Criticizes Spending as Short-sighted and Irresponsible
Lizarraga also lashed out at what he says is irresponsible and short-sighted spending, rather than any attempt at prudent fiscal management. He says that it’s not sustainable, and in the [...]

Is Short Term Job Creation Sustainable?
In the budget, there is much focus on infrastructure, and it goes hand in hand with an unprecedented infrastructure spurt in all municipalities, with the promise of more to come. [...]

Arguments in Tomlinson Versus Belize and Trinidad & Tobago Conclude in CCJ
Attorneys concluded arguments today at the Caribbean Court of Justice on behalf of the governments of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. Jamaican gay rights activist, Maurice Tomlinson, is challenging the [...]

Shanice Waller Arraigned for Stabbing Aex-boyfriend in Mahogany Heights
In the local courts, an alleged domestic dispute between a woman and her ex-boyfriend has resulted in charges against the woman. It comes on the heels of the arraignment of [...]

Santander Poised to Commence Sugar Milling in Belize
If you heard about the Santander Group before, the parent company of Green Tropics, it may have had to do with dredging within the Labouring Creek Jaguar Corridor Wildlife Sanctuary [...]

President Obama to Meet with CARICOM Heads of Government in Jamaica
And this piece of regional news….The Summit of the Americas will be held this year in Panama on the eleventh and twelfth of April. It is deemed a historic meeting [...]

Cancer Patient Needs Your Financial Helping Hand
Tonight, we bring you the plight of Carlton Nicholas, who is in dire need of financial assistance to defray the cost of his medical treatment. He is afflicted with skin [...]

#502409 - 03/19/15 06:49 AM Re: Today's Belize News: March 19, 2015 [Re: Marty]
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Cane Farmers To Receive First Payment For Baggase
Sugar Cane Farmers will be receiving their first payment for bagasse from BSI on Friday. The payment for bagasse is based on the formula set out in the agreement. Financial Officer at BSI Belizario Carballo spoke about the payment which will be a little over half a million Belize dollars. “As part of the long term agreement that we have signed with the different Associations there was a provision for a payment for bagasse and the provision provides for a first payment on that to be made retroactive for the 2014 crop and for it to be made ten weeks after they signed the agreement and that payment will therefore be made this Friday the 20th of March as per the agreement and as per the calculation of the amount to be paid is set out on the agreement and that calculation has workout to a total figure of $597,000 when divided by the amount of cane that was delivered was close to 1.2 million tons of cane last crop on a per ton basis it averages out about fifty cents per ton but that amount will be paid on the basis of the relative cane quality of the respective test groups and so each test group will be paid a different amount ranging from forty seven cents to fifty four cents per ton of cane for the deliveries for the 2013/2014 crop.”

Womens Department Recognizes List Of Women From The North
In keeping with the recognition, in lieu of Women’s Month being celebrated countrywide in Belize for the Month of March, we would like to give recognition to some deserving women who made the Outstanding Women list for 2015 in the north. These outstanding women include: Amparo Majil of Corozal Town, Criselda Beatrize Fuentes of San Andres Village in Corozal, Cindey Rivero of Orange Walk Town and Felecita Cantun of Yo Creek Village. According to the Women’s Department in Belize, these ladies (among others), have demonstrated that they are willing to be the change they wanted to see in Belize and each candidate deserves the admiration and respect because they have served their communities well.

Maya Cement Workers To Sign New Contract
Yesterday we told you about the friction between Belizean importers of Maya Cement from the Mexican side and their Mexican employer. As we reported, shippers were complaining that they have been buying Maya Cement from their Mexican Counterparts to sell in Belize but a sharp increase in price and method of loading implemented recently have caused a major decrease in profits. This morning we got an update from the drivers and we are happy to report that a compromise has been reached. We spoke via telephone to one of the shipping agents, who wished to. “Quedamos de acuerdo que nos van ajustar el sueldo otra vez el flete y van a componer los puestos adónde vamos a trabajar y el contrato se va a firmar nuevamente con nuevos beneficios, el Sábado van a ir unos miembros de nosotros para que se firmen los papeles en Chetumal, si desde ayer fueron cinco camiones y hoy fueron quince camiones y muchísimas gracias por su ayuda.”

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Recalls Product
It’s a favourite quick meal for many Belizeans looking to save time and money on food items but according to a release from the Kraft Foods Group, approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the Original flavour of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner is being voluntarily recalled. Why is this being done you may ask? We’ll, according to North America's largest consumer packaged food and beverage company, it is possible that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The release says and we quote, “The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the "Best When Used By" dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, with the code "C2" directly below the date on each individual box. The "C2" refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made”, end quote.

Ambassador Nestor Mendez Elected As Assistant Secretary General Of The OAS
Tonight there is great news for Belize as Ambassador Nestor Mendez made history today as he became the first Belizean to be elected as the new Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of the American States. The election took place today in Washington during the 49th ordinary session of the OAS meeting in the United States of America and Mendez garnered 24 out of the 34 voters casted. Also vying for the position was His Excellency Bayney R. Karran of Guyana who received ten votes. After his election Ambassador Mendez addressed his fellow diplomats. Here is what he had to say.

BWU Signs Collective Bargaining Agreement With BSI/ASR
Today the Belize Workers Union and the Belize Sugar Industry finally signed the long negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement. To be more specific, both parties signed two collective bargaining agreements this morning. One was for tower hill hourly paid workers which is a longstanding agreement that had expired on June 30th 2014 and had been subject to negotiations. Those negotiations were completed in February and the final agreement was signed today. BSI Financial Officer Belizario Carballo says they are pleased that the agreement has been signed. “That agreement is retroactive to the 1st of July 2014 and goes for four years up to the 30th of June 2018 and as part of the negotiations we had agreed with the BWU increases in wages over that four year period and also other adjustments in other parts of the CBA but that is a mature CBA that we all collectively agreed that it is a progressive CBA and it is one that both side feel good about it and so we signed that agreement today along with a new CBA for the contract field workers before this they came under individual contracts, they now cone under a CBA and the BWU represents that group of workers as well and so that is the first one and we have been disusing that for some time and today we signed that collective bargaining agreement and that agreement is for two years and so it is a bit less than two years now because we had a little delay in the signing of it but it expires on the 30th of September 2016.”

Mother of Eight Year Old Child Asks For Assistance
A mother of four is pleading to the community to help her finance an operation to enable her seven year old son regain his vision. Jovita Tillett of Guinea Grass Village is struggling with her son who became visually impaired shortly after he was born. Tillett says his vision can be restored but he needs a series of eye surgeries. He has undergone one surgery and is in need of a second. “Tengo mi bebe siete y va para ocho años y yo anduve pidiendo ayuda para mi nene y me ayudaron pero los cheque que tenia se lo agarre a mi mama y lo lleve en BCVI y perdieron los cheque y n lo pudieron operar en BCVI pero fui en Corozal y una señora de iglesia y una gringa pago su operación de mi nene y Doctor Hoy lo opero y salió bien pero una semana después empezó a salir como materia en sus ojitos porque le pusieron el contact lense y estaba como infectado y fui a que se lo cambien y se lo limpiaron y gracias a dios está bien y lo único que quiero es a ver si me pueden ayudarme para operar el otro ojo de mi nene.”

Officials From The Embassy Of Honduras In Belize Visit Prisoners At The Central Prison
As part of the new work plan prepared by the team of the Embassy of Honduras in Belize headed by Ambassador Sandra Rosales, officials from the Consular Section of the Embassy of Honduras in Belize paid a visit to the Belize Central Prison where they held a private meeting with Honduran Nationals currently serving time at the prison. During the meeting the prisoners were given the opportunity to talk about the processes they face in the country in order for the officials to provide personalized attention to each case.

Fisherman Reports Stolen Skiff
There has been a spate of boat thefts reported in the Corozal District and San Pedro Town and tonight there is another to report. Yesterday morning, 68 year old Shamil Espat, fisherman of San Juan Area of San Pedro Town reported to police that sometime between 6:00p.m on Sunday March 15th and 7:30 on Monday morning his white 25-foot fibre glass skiff named “Eagle Eye which had a 60 horse power Yamaha outboard engine attached to it valued at $27,625.00 was stolen. He further reported that on Thursday March 12th at about 3:30p.m while securing his skiff on the dock, a man he knows pulled out what appeared to be a hand gun and pointed it towards him and his son and threatened them and then left. Police are seeking this man for questioning.

Orange Walkenos Lodge Complain Against Vehicle Vendors
And while on the topic of the vehicle vendors at the parking area by Central Park, today Mayor Kevin Bernard added that there have been additional problems. Over the years there have been complaints about some of their behavior and according to the Mayor; even the police have had to be involved. “These people have been informed and we have said these things before, the problem that we are having with these vehicle vendors is that they think they own the space around the park and they are totally wrong and I have one message for them is that you will be moved whether by choice of by force and that we are saying to them is that the park area is not going to be allowed for vending, the people of Orange Walk have said that to us while campaigning we want our park and the park is now renovated and there are other amenities that will be coming to the park shortly with the playing ground and other things these are for the kids, the park is for our family...”


Businessman Charged for Illegal Possession of Lobster
Sixty-one year old Godfrey Cooper Smith, the owner of Popeye’s Resort in Caye Caulker, who is an American citizen originally from Belize, was fined a total of $445 today by Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart after he pled guilty to possession of lobster during closed season. Smith was ordered to pay $305 for the offence and in addition, he was ordered to pay $20 for each of the 7 lobster tails he had. Smith was busted with the lobster tails on February 19 when a fishery officer went to Godfrey’s Seaside Grill and found him with the tails. Smith paid the money forthwith.

Caye Caulker Resident Caught Smuggling Cannabis
Thirty-five year old Walter Jimenez, a construction worker of Caye Caulker who allegedly tried to smuggle 517 grams of cannabis into Belize City, was charged with drug trafficking when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Jimenez pled not guilty to the charge. He was offered a bail of $5,000 and his case was adjourned until May 14. The bust occurred yesterday at Port of Belize. According to reports, Jimenez was handed over to the police by a Port of Belize employee when it was discovered that he had a black bag which contained the drug.

Five on Remand For Murder Arraigned for Drug Trafficking
Five inmates who are on remand for charges of murder, were charged with drug trafficking when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. They are 31-year-old, Kenrick Parham, 20-year-old, Khalil Ponce, 20-year-old, Micah Tillett, 22-year-old, Devon Goodger and 21-year-old, Jermaine Moody. They pled not guilty to the charge. Their case was adjourned until May 15. They were charged yesterday after a search was executed in their cell and 78 grams of weed was found.

Teenager Says He Was Abducted and Beaten
A teenager of a Jane Usher Boulevard address in Belize has told Police that on Monday, March 16, he was taken from Faber’s Road at around nine o’clock by persons in a minivan. The complainant, 19-year-old, Abel Lara Junior says after being taken, he was beaten then taken to an area at mile eight on the Philip Goldson Highway where he was threatened. Lara says he was able to escape at around midday. Police are seeking the men as investigations continue.

Police Seeks William For Having Sex With Minor
A minor of Silk Grass Village in the Stann Creek District was in the company of her mother when they went to the police station to make a report of sexual misconduct. According to the minor, she was at a nearby shop on Sunday, March 15 when she received a call just before eight o’clock from a man known to her as William Daniel ‘Danny’. A few minutes later the man came to pick her up and had sexual intercourse with her. A medical examination was conducted and it was certified that the female was carnally known. Police are now seeking William Daniel of a Belmopan address.

Santander: Sugar Production on The Horizon in Western Belize
The media was granted a tour of the Santander Facility in Cayo. The Santandar group of Companies has been in Belize since 2008 when it first acquired land. Since then it has been developing in to a sugar producing factory. Hipolito Novelo was part of the tour and here is his story. HIPOLITO NOVELO “Jose Rafael Rodriguez is the Chief Executive officer of the Santander Group- the parent company of Santander Farms, SS Energy and Santander Sugar. The operation of the company is located on a twenty thousand acre of land in the Cayo District. The facilities of the company are currently under construction and its primary goal is to grow sugar cane and produce sugar for export. Rodriguez says it all started with a childhood dream.” JOSE RODRIGUEZ “Since we were little my dad emigrated from Spain to Guatemala in 1954. He started a warehouse store and then he also loved to do farming. He started to plant sugar cane in 1967, the year I was born, and we as a family grew up in the sugarcane fields and we grew up thinking of doing a project like this all our lives. So we went to high school, university preparing for a project like this but we didn’t know it would be in Belize. We went to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, we even went to the States. We looked at an operation that is the only place that produces sugar cane in Spain, in the South, but in the end God brought us here and we found a place that we love the day we stepped here.”

Bagasse Payment Forthcoming to Cane Farmers
There is also the matter of dividends owed to the workers of BSI, who possess just under seventeen percent of shares in the company. Dividends for the workers are still unpaid for the period, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. Love News understands from a union member that the workers have decided to forego those pending payments and look forward to payments for the period 2014/2015. When Love News asked Carballo why the financial statements were not shared with the workers who are also shareholders he told us that the matter is a company issue and not one that they are willing to discuss. As it pertains to payment on bagasse, those monies will be forthcoming soon, according to Carballo. “As part of the agreement that we signed with the cane farmers associations there was provision for the payment of bagasse which starts and actually that agreement provides for retroactive payments for the 2014 crop and it provided for it to be paid 10 weeks after the signing of that agreement.

BSI Says Presence of Labour Commissioner Wasn’t Necessary
Carballo assured Love News that despite the absence of the Labour Commissioner, Ivan Williams, the four year agreement will be adhered to and the company workers have no need to fear. BELIZARIO CARBALLO “There is provision under the labor law that governs collective bargaining agreements, there are a number of unions across the country that signs collective bargaining agreements with managements and the same applies to this one, it is no different. Like I said our collective bargaining agreement with the BWU is a mature agreement we have had it in place for some years now and I think it is one of the very progressive CBAs that exist across the country and so the same provisions and protections that are afforded to any worker particularly under CBA arrangements apply in this case.”

Collective Bargaining Agreement In Effect for Tower Hill Workers
In early November 2014, a meeting was held between BSI/ASR and the Belize Workers’ Union to begin negotiations for a salary increase for the permanent workers at the Belize Sugar Industries. The Belize Workers’ Union began negotiations asking for a fifteen percent salary increment and that an agreement be signed for one year with the option of further negotiations from there as the years progress … but BSI/ASR had delayed further meetings following the initial request in November and had not met with the Orange Walk Branch of the Belize Workers’ Union again until February 2015. In that February 24, 2015 meeting, all-day discussion led to BSI agreeing to increase the factory workers’ salary by twelve point five percent and not the fifteen percent as was originally requested. In addition, rather than signing for a one year period, BSI insist that the agreement be signed for a four year period. In an interview conducted some weeks back with the BWU’s Orange Walk Branch Representative, Ramiro Gongora, the union was able to reach further points of agreement as it pertains to certain incentives for employees who work in different stressful environments and shifts. Today, less than a month after the agreement was reached, Gongora and representatives of BSI/ASR met to sign the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the terms agreed upon. Love News spoke with the Chief Finance Officer for BSI/ASR, Belizario Carballo, who explained today’s signing, how it came about and what was agreed upon.

PUP: Party of Inclusion – Including the Old Guards
But while the party is looking to move forward and getting over the embarrassment of the recording with John Briceno that was unleashed recently, Love News presented some of the comments coming in via social media, where supporters were suggesting and commenting that the party be rid of the old guards and that the party is taking a broken house and giving it a paint job instead of doing reconstruction work. Smith says he was not sure what was meant by ‘old heads’ and that everyone will have a chance to voice their concerns. “There is a thing called fact check. If you actually do a fact check of the People’s United Party you will find that the percentage of young persons in the People’s United Party, new faces is greater than that exists in the United Democratic Party. So the fact of the matter is that this is a party, if you do the actual check, that has gone through its various conventions and have appointed a lot of new people and they’re vigorous, they are young and they are ready to work and I don’t know what you mean by old heads but this is a party of inclusion. There are many of those among us who have been with the party for longer than some of you all have been alive and they have made a great contribution to the People’s United Party.

PUP Goes Into Robust and Frank Self-Examination
Smith went on to tell the media that there is a lot of work set out for the party to do and they will be wasting no time in getting it done. “The People’s United Party is wasting no time in going into its self-examination and having its robust internal frank discussion within itself in order to ready itself for the General Elections. So, discussions will continue and I don’t believe I am speaking out of turn if I say the body also agreed that we should proceed forthwith before the Easter break to a retreat with an even wider body to continue the discussion to ready ourselves to move forward.”

Opposition Says Leadership Should Not Be Contested
As we mentioned, Fonseca, according to his National Campaign Manager, Godfrey Smith, had the support of all members present and with that, the party will move forward with Fonseca at the head for the next general elections. “The leadership of the party comprised of the National Executive, Standard Bearers and Parliamentary Caucus discussed, debated the issue and while the view was expressed that there should be a going back to the people in a robust convention to get them ready for the General Election, to a man and woman, none of the leaders felt that there should be a leadership contest. So, it was put squarely to those people and that is the response that they gave.” Yesterday, one of the reports we were getting was that the meeting would include the revision of the resolution passed some time ago stating that the elected Area Representatives or the Party Leader cannot be challenged in a convention. One of the questions brought to the National Executive by the media was the matter of the resolutions and its constitutionality as it pertains to the PUP’s Constitution.

PUP Holds Meeting Cementing Fonseca As Leader
Last night we told you of the National Executive meeting for the People’s United Party that was slated for today at Independence Hall. Well, tonight, we can tell you that there are no major changes as was anticipated as the Opposition Leader, Francis Fonseca did manage to hold on to his seat. We will get further into that issue but first we hear from Godfrey Smith, the party’s National Communications Director, who explained the purpose of today’s meeting. “This morning around 10am we convened a joint meeting of the Standard Bearers of the People’s United Party, the National Executive of the People’s United Party as well as the Parliamentary Caucus of the People’s United Party. The primary purpose of the meeting was to prepare for the budget debates scheduled to begin next week Thursday and Friday, as you know. We have taken a brief break in the working session which will continue in the session afterwards to give a brief report on what transpired this morning. In the first half of the meeting the Party Leader, the Honorable Francis Fonseca, in essence laid on the table the question of his leadership and the question of a leadership convention; expressed his commitment and dedication to continuing forward to lead the PUP to the next General Election but would do so only if all members of the National Executive, all Standard Bearers and the Parliamentary Caucus freely express their view on this position. The floor was then opened and every person in the room, essentially some 38 persons, comprising those three bodies spoke and gave unanimous support for the leadership of Francis Fonseca moving forward.”

Ambassador Nestor Mendez Elected as OAS Assistant Secretary General
Earlier this week we told you about Ambassador Nestor Mendez and his candidacy in the election for the Assistant Secretary General for the OAS. The election was held today in Washington, USA and concluded in favor of Ambassador Mendez who garnered twenty four of the thirty four votes from the OAS Member countries. Mendez went up against Guyana’s Ambassador Bayney Karran who currently serves as the Permanent Representative of Guyana to the OAS. Mendez’ victory at the OAS is a milestone for Belize, as this is the first time that a Belizean has been elected to such a senior office in the Organization of American States. Mendez’ term is for five years and he will serve with the Foreign Minister of Uruguay, Luis Almagro, who was today voted in by acclamation as the Secretary General of the OAS.


Traffic Accident in within San Joaquin Village
Police in the north are also investigating a traffic accident which involved 27 year old Aquilino Moh of Calcutta Village...

Salvador Hit Salvadoran, didn’t survive
According authorities at about 9:26 pm on Friday March 13th, Independence Police responded to a traffic accident on the Southern Highway in the Bella Vista Village, Stann Creek District...

Fonseca Will Not Be Challenged
In a PUP press conference on March 5th, the day after the blow out defeat in the municipal elections, the PUP party leader had stated that there needs to be a lot of self examination within the party but maintained that he is not ready to step down as the leader and that he enjoys the confidence of ...

Proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-2016.
As we told you earlier in our news cast the House of Representatives met today in Belmopan where the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dean Barrow, presented government’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 titled “Continuing the Transformation...

Julius: Briceño Should be Disciplined
The People’s United party discussed and are dealing with the matter internally; that is what Party Leader Francis Fonseca told the media on Wednesday earlier this week regarding statements made by Hon John Briceno in a recording that has seen much air time...

Will Musa Sue Briceño?
Today the parliamentarians met at the House of Representatives to present a draft of the financial budget for this upcoming fiscal year and approve several write offs and loan motions- one of which was for US $28 million of Alba Petrocaribe aided monies...

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Businessman charged for family’s death in accident
Nearly a year on from the fatal accident that cost the lives of his common-law wife Lissa Li and their 3-year old son, Raul III, businessman Raul Magana II was read charges of two counts of manslaughter by negligence and two counts of causing death by careless conduct. […]

Supreme Court rules for BISL, Belize Bank
In separate rulings issued recently, the Supreme Court advanced the case of Belize International Services Limited (BISL) against the Government of Belize over the takeover of the International Business Companies Registry (IBC) and International Merchant Marine Registry (IMMARBE) in June of 2013 and released the Belize Bank Limited […]

CCJ hearings end in the case of Maurice Tomlinson
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has reserved its decision in the original jurisdiction case of Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican homosexual activist, who is suing Belize and Trinidad and Tobago over his right to free movement which he contends is being violated under the Treaty of Chaguaramas which […]

PUP leaders reaffirm faith in Francis Fonseca
The troubles of the nation’s oldest political movement have been grist for the public mill for several weeks, if not months now, as is to be expected after thumping back-to-back defeats in a by-election in a seat which it held comfortably and municipal elections which were theoretically expected […]

Boy, 11, critical in hospital after knockdown
11 year old Austin Olivera, Jr., of Ladyville, Belize District, is reported in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being knocked down by a vehicle while trying to catch the bus to school in Belize City. Olivera, a student of Stella Maris School, sustained head […]

Inmates charged for drug trafficking
Prison officials generally do a good job of keeping cannabis out of the prison, but it does occasionally get in and today five inmates on remand for murder are being accused of possession of marijuana for distribution. 31 year old Kenrick Parham; 20 year old Khalil Ponce; 20 […]

Tried to smuggle marijuana into Belize City
A construction worker has been accused of attempting to bring marijuana into Belize City through the Port of Belize on Caesar Ridge Road. 35 year old Walter Jimenez of Caye Caulker, Belize District, was caught with a black bag containing 517 grams of suspected cannabis at the Port’s […]

Resort owner charged for illegal lobster
Lobster season is closed but authorities busted the owner of Popeye’s Resort in Caye Caulker, Belize District with lobster tails caught out of season on February 19. The case was brought to court today before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart and 61 year old Belizean-American Godfrey Cooper Smith pleaded […]

Belizean diplomat elected to the second highest office at the OAS
Belize’s ambassador to the United States Nestor Mendez has been elected as the next Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of American States, OAS. Ambassador Mendez was elected today to a five year term starting on May 26, 2015, replacing Albert Ramdin of Suriname. Ambassador Mendez and Guyana’s Bayney Karran […]

History book details public spaces in San Ignacio and Santa Elena
The Institute for Social and Cultural Research today launched a publication titled “A Walk Through El Cayo.” The 48-page paperback book gives a concise history of many of the public spaces around San Ignacio and Santa Elena or what was known in the early days of the settlement as El […]


Our Trip to Belize Pt. 2
I can’t believe it has already been two weeks since Adam, Aden and I were in Belize. The landscape was so beautiful, and the relaxation, much needed. Plus, any way I can spend more time with the family is welcome. During the first part of our trip we relaxed on the beach to truly unwind, but the country’s rich history grabbed us during a visit to the jungle. A few days into the trip we explored the Mayan ruins of Belize. The ruins have been around since about 2000 BCE and were stunning. The air was crisp, there was a waterfall, and the ruins were well preserved. We spent the entire day climbing stairs and showing Aden the faces and designs carved into the stones. It was a pretty incredible experience. Here are a few pictures from the day.

Ambassador Moreno met with Sharon Matola at the Belize Zoo and a two-month old baby jaguar named Hero
Hero was rescued by the Belize Zoo. Isn’t he the cutest baby jaguar ever? The Jaguar is the largest and most powerful cat in the Western Hemisphere, and the third largest of the roaring cats (Panthera). They are found throughout Belize in the lowland forests and along the coasts. Adult jaguars are solitary and only come together for a short time to breed. The size of a jaguars territory depends on food availability. In a forest such as the Cockscomb Basin, a jaguar will roam over a territory of about 20 square kilometers. Jaguars hunt mainly on the ground and mainly at night. Its food consists of everything from mice to birds to tapir. Across it's range in the Americas, the Jaguar has been known to hunt 87 species of prey, sometimes including tapirs and crocodiles! Its favorite prey items in Belize include armadillos, pacas, and peccaries. Unlike other wildcats, the Jaguars prefer to kill prey with a single bite to the skull; they posses the most powerful jaws of all the big cats.

Pat the Cat's 17th birthday!
TBZ sends warm, tropical well-wishes to Pat the Cat on his 17th birthday! Pat is one of the greatest success stories of our Problem Jaguar Rehabilitation Program. After repeatedly attacking cattle, Pat was saved by the Zoo for his own safety and for the safety of the community he was hunting in. After receiving much needed care and attention, the Milwaukee County Zoo "adopted" our beloved Pat. Many years later, Pat is still happy, healthy, and a proud father of 3 cubs! His story has inspired an incredible book written by children of Belize and Wisconsin USA, called "Pat the Great Cat" that was made available to Standard 4 and 4th Grade classrooms in Belize and Wisconsin respectively. Pat truly is living proof of how deep the connections between people and wildlife can go, even thousands of miles away. Happy Birthday, Pat!!

Great things happen when we work together!
The exciting events organized as a part of Reef Week 2015 are a perfect example of this. Reef Week 2015 was organized under the theme: "Celebrate our heritage! Protect our Future. Belief in the Reef!"

Want To Move To Belize? 10 Things To Know
Belize is one of the most popular getaway spot for vacationers but it makes an even more picturesque oasis to live. Before moving to Belize, you have to make sure that you do your research. Listed below are 10 things you should be aware of before you move to Belize. 1. Why Settle in Belize? 2. Decide Where You Want To Live 3. Decide Your Price Limit 4. Know Your Benefits 5. Understand The Population Of The Country Is Like A Big City 6. Be Ready To Shop Somewhere Other Than Wal-Mart 7. There is No language barriers 8. Know The Rules For Bringing Items Into The Country 9. The Currency is Very Easy 10. Friendly, welcoming people

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The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season: A Below Average Number Of Storms, But An Above Average Threat For Significant In-Close Development & Impact
The latest data, including sea surface temperatures, the long, long range forecast guidance and overall instability indicates that a below average number of tropical storms/hurricanes can be expected. Now, with that said, I have significant concerns that the warmer than average ocean water temperatures in the central Gulf of Mexico could lead to a significant to even major hurricane impact on the US Gulf Coast. Now, let’s take a closer look. The latest sea surface temperature and surface pressure forecasts from the European model reveals a pattern that supports a low amount of activity in the deep tropics and the most amount of activity in-close to the United States. The European model surface pressure map for July, August and September shows a forecast of lower than average pressures over the Pacific and northwestern South America and higher than average pressures across much of the Atlantic from the Caribbean eastward to the coast of Africa. This look of the model tells me to expect a lower than average amount of activity across much of the Main Development Region from the coast of Africa to the eastern Caribbean.

Inside the Mayans' bone-ridden 'Midnight Terror Cave' where scientists believe children were trafficked from hundreds of miles away to be sacrificed to the gods
An underworld network of caves in Belize may have been used to traffic Mayan children as young as six for sacrifice. Teeth discovered among the thousands of human bones lying in the so-called Midnight Terror Cave have been found to all belong to children aged between six and 14. And chemical analysis suggests they were not originally from the Cayo District, where the cave is located, meaning they may have been brought to the area en masse. Midnight Terror Cave is located to the south of Belmopan near the Mennonite Community of Springfield in the Cayo District of Belize. It was discovered in 2006 and reported to the Institute of Anthropology due to the large number of human remains found in the cave. The California State University then completed a three-year survey of the cave, which ended in 2010. Student Samantha Lorenz is part of a team of experts studying the chemical composition of these remains, including the teeth, in an attempt to learn more about who they belonged to. She told Ben Marks at Collector’s Weekly: 'No one’s from Belize, so that means we have this population of children that was brought in from somewhere else for the purpose of sacrifice.

CHECK the label before you serve that Mac & Cheese for lunch!
On Tuesday Kraft Foods Group announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of it's Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner due to "the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal." The release states: "The recalled product was shipped by Kraft to customers nationwide in the U.S. The product was also distributed to Puerto Rico and some Caribbean and South American countries -- but not to Canada." More information here.

EXPEDITION BELIZE: Search for Botanical Treasure, Descent into the Unknown
An historic expedition of a 425’ sinkhole located in the Chiquibul National Park of Belize may prove to reveal rare and possibly never-before-seen plants from the heart of the ancient Mayan civilization. The area’s scientific, historic, and cultural significance makes it a likely candidate for a UNESCO World Heritage site designation. Selby Gardens’ Director of Botany Bruce Holst joined an international team for the first of several planned descents into the Nohoch Ch’en Sinkhole, one of the most biologically diverse and difficult to access natural environments in Belize. The 10-day expedition marked the first step in a year-long process to gather and document botanical and ecological specimens. The sinkhole sits atop the estimated 540,000 square-foot Chiquibul Cave System, the largest in Belize and the longest in Central America. The entire region is a veritable treasure chest of botanical, geological, and archeological wonders. The area has been a recent source of political tensions and conflict with neighboring Guatemala due to trespassing activity that threatens the region - specifically habitat degradation, fire damage, illegal logging, hunting, and gold extraction.

IMF official examines drop in oil price on PetroCaribe and the Caribbean
A senior official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the impact of the drop in oil prices globally will affect member countries of the PetroCaribe grouping differently even though Haiti could be among those most affected. Adrienne Cheasty, the Deputy Director in the Western Hemisphere Department of the IMF, said if PetroCaribe were to cease, the impact would differ across member countries. “Governments receiving large flows and without alternative financing sources, like in Nicaragua and Haiti, would be most affected, although less so than they would have been in a world of higher oil prices.” She said governments that have built buffers, like Guyana, or that have alternative financing sources, like the Dominican Republic and Jamaica should be affected less. “Belize would be particularly affected as the lower oil prices negatively impact the value of its exports of crude oil,” Cheasty said, noting that so far, Venezuela has assured PetroCaribe members that the aid will continue.


  • Scouting Belize for an Off-Road event, 5min.

  • 2011 Belize Altun Ha, 5min.

  • 2011 Belize Hairbreading, 1.5min.

  • Belize!, 3.5min.

  • A visit from the Hon. Patrick Faber - School Children's Promise for a Violence Free Belize, 3min.




  • Snorkeling in Belize - 2015, 4min. Some footage I shot while snorkeling the reefs off the coast of Belize this March (2015). I went down as part of a research trip/field course with the University of New Brunswick, and had the time of my life. Sorry for the shakiness of some of the shots, it was harder to keep it steady while swimming than I anticipated. Some of the species shown in the video: french grunt, blue striped grunt, black hamlet, southern stingray, lionfish, upside-down jellyfish, bottlenose dolphin, nurse shark, blue tang, stoplight parrotfish, queen parrotfish, cowfish, slippery dick, sergeant major, grey angelfish, four eyed butterfly fish, and triggerfish (they are in no chronological order here, and I'm sure I missed a few).

  • belize city 300, 2.5min. A short tour of Belize city

  • Belize Mission Trip, 7min.

  • Belize Fishing, 2min.

  • Playing in the Jungle in Belize, 3min. We went on the DTOURZ Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve Tour AGAIN! Just as good as the first time, if not better! Definitely a must for anyone travelling to Placencia. Hiking, eating, tubing, sliding and chilling in a waterfall? Sounds like the perfect day for the Tejanis.

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