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#503155 - 04/09/15 07:05 AM Today's Belize News: April 9, 2015
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Crashing through the waves on a Jet Ski from Castaway
We all like watersports, after all San Pedro is an island paradise perfect for fun in the sun and sea. And what better watersport than driving a high speed motors vehicle across the azure waters of the Caribbean? Nothing! I have always had a passion for driving “Fast and Furious”- I’m in love with that movie series- and jet skiing comes close to giving me that experience. So on a hot Friday afternoon, Dennis and I hop on over to Castaway Caye Watersports for some adrenaline pumping jet skiing. Castaway offers a variety of watersports including parasailing, Jet Ski rentals and banana boat rides. While all the activities sound extremely fun, we were there for one thing only and we were eager to crank that engine. We were each equipped with Sea Doo Sparks Jet Skis (personal watercraft that are both playful and compact) and given a short briefing on how to operate it.

The U.S. Naval Hospital Ship, USNS COMFORT visits Belize
The U.S. Naval Hospital Ship, USNS COMFORT, will visit Belize from April 9-18, 2015 and other ports in Central and South America and the Caribbean this spring. The USNS COMFORT works hand in hand with a variety of governmental and nongovernmental agencies to train personnel in conducting civil-military operations, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, while providing medical, dental and veterinary care, and engineering support to local populations. While in Belize, the USNS COMFORT will partner with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Belize Defence Force, and the Belize Coast Guard to share and build capability through medical, dental, engineering, and veterinary events and exchanges. As part of the events scheduled for Belize, USNS Comfort personnel will partner with Hattieville Government School and Independence High school to provide a variety of outpatient medical, dental, preventive medicine, and health education services. These locations will be open to the general public for one free medical or dental service each day.

La Isla Bonita rocks Easter Weekend
Hundreds of local and international tourists flocked San Pedro Town to enjoy some fun in paradise for the long 2015 Easter Weekend. As early as Thursday, April 2nd, visitors arrived via water taxi and airline services. Throughout the weekend, the beaches were crowded with sunbathers and those enjoying the bounty of the Caribbean Sea. Of course, San Pedro Town did not disappoint, as visitors also had an array of events to attend throughout the weekend. Easter fun kicked off on Thursday, April 2nd with Lola’s Pub and Grill’s Birthday Party. An island favorite, Lola’s has been in operation for four years and celebrated the event in grand fashion. Guests enjoy a night of music, eats and cold drinks. The party continued on Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th at Fido’s Courtyard. For the fourth consecutive year, Kind of the Island Promotions brought the party atmosphere with their signature Island Invasion Easter Bach. For two night, revelers danced under the Fido’s palapa. With general admission of $15 and VIP at $30, guests partied to the sounds of DJ Gilla, Air Invasion Sounds, DJ Odyssey, Evolution Sounds and Fyah Startah Sounds. The bartenders at Fido’s kept the crowd well hydrated with cold beers and cocktails till 4AM.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Holy Saturday Cycling Classic 2015
The Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic came through Cayo on Saturday. Emerging photographer Kenny Lamb got some great shots of the event. Congratulations, Justin Williams from Team BelCal, for winning the race! "Belize's biggest cycling event in the country and the oldest race in Central America. Everyone along the Highway stops to see the race, its fast and filled with exciment! (Share pics, tag friends & cyclist who are in these photos)." Will Moreno got some shots of the race too, and there are over 400 on the Cycling Federation of Belize's page.

ART! Exhibit Opening at SISE HoC
April is looking to be the month for art here in Cayo. The SISE House of Culture is launching the new exhibit, entitled ART!, this Friday at 5:30pm. The exhibit has works by Miriam Antoinette and Nehanda, both well known local artists.

Paint Up A Storm
Tthis year's Paint Up A Storm will be held Saturday at the Cayo Welcome Center, starting at 9:00am, and Feel the Heartbeat will be at the Soul Project Saturday night at 7:00pm.

BzSA Youth to attend a World Class Laser Sailing Clinic on Antigua, West Indies
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) will hold a 5-day Laser Sailing Clinic at the National Sailing Academy on Antigua, West Indies - 14 to 21 July. This clinic and four others like it in other regions of the world launch the 2015 Youth Worlds Emerging Nations Programme. Belize has been invited to attend. The ease and the joy with which the Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) is able to accept the stunning and quite unexpected invitation are made possible in no small part by ISAF's generosity. ISAF (See note below) is underwriting virtually all significant expenses of those who participate. BzSA is now among the Member Nation Authorities (MNAs) that ISAF recognizes. The goal of ISAF's Emerging Nation Youth World Clinics is to give skills and knowledge that both the sailors and their coaches will take home and use to build and further develop sailing training and racing in their home countries, all for the benefit of future generations. To this end, part 1 of the ISAF programme provides funds for BzSA to send one coach and up to three sailors to the 5-day clinic, as long as one of them is female. BzSA's share of the costs is limited to funding one half of the airfare, wihich is estimated to be $400.00 US per person. BzSa will be seeking financial support to meet this expense

So who knows or wants to guess what he is?
Aside several car accident trauma patients today, and what looks like a snake in our currently non-functional air conditioner, the day ended with cuteness! The story is not cute... Kids had this baby and when they saw Mr Bedran approaching they dropped it on the ground and ran. Many thanks to Assad Bedran for picking this baby up and bringing him to us. Unfortunately with that history we can't return him to his mom, but will do our best to raise and release him in the reserve (since he came from here it is a perfect location for him).

Fundraiser for Captain Romi Badillo
On Thursday, April 2, 2015, Captain Romi Badillo, a well-known boat captain in Belize for over 40 years, was in a terrible boat accident. He suffered both 2nd and 3rd degree burns and severe inhalation of toxic fumes. He was flown to the US for immediate medical attention. His family now needs at least $200,000USD to get Romi the urgent care he needs. Any help anyone can give would be greatly appreciate. Romi's wife, two children and family want nothing more than to have him healthy and safe. Please help us to make this possible. Thank You! Donate to Captain Romi Badillo in GoFundMe account: http://www.gofundme.com/qtgm4m5n.

Standard for Public Comments: Specification for Tourist Accommodation Part 3 – Particular Requirements for Guest Houses
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) wishes to notify the relevant stakeholders and the general public that the draft standard “Specification for Tourist Accommodation Part 3 – Particular Requirements for Guest Houses”, being developed by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) is out for public comments. Stakeholders are asked to note, on approval of the standard by COTED, the Bureau is obliged to adopt the same as a national standard. The deadline for submission of comments to the Bureau of Standards is May 4th, 2015.The standard is also available on request from the BBS office and website at www.bbs.gov.bz. Comments can also be mailed to the BBS Office or email at bbs@btl.netor stds.officer@bbs.gov.bz using the specified form given. To view the Standard kindly click the link below: Specification for Tourist Accommodation Part 3 – Particular Requirements for GuestHouses

Congratulations to Senator Lisa M. Shoman on being chosen as head of the EOM. The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the permanent representative of Guyana to the Organization, Bayney Karran, on Wednesday signed the agreement by which the institution will send an electoral observation mission to the general elections of May 11 in the Caribbean Community country. In addition, the secretary general recalled that this will be the fifth electoral observation mission that the OAS has deployed in Guyana, and announced that he has designated as chief of mission the former foreign minister and ambassador of Belize to the OAS, Lisa Shoman. Finally, the leader of the hemispheric institution thanked the countries that have expressed their commitment to support the mission, and urged other member and observer countries to follow their example.

The Embassy of Mexico and The Banquitas House of Culture invites the general public to the Tour of the Folkloric Ballet Mixcóatl and Omawa from Chihuahua, México on Thursday, 9th April 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Multipurpose Complex in Orange Walk Town. These Ballet Groups come to Belize after performing in Carrillo Puerto, Cancun, Bacalar and Chetumal in the State of Quintana Roo. Both groups have a good reputation in Mexico. The Folkloric Ballet "Mixcóatl" was formed in 1993 and has performed at important festivals in the states of Tabasco, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosí, Durango, México and Baja California. They have also represented México at International Festivals in Spain, France, Portugal, Bulgaria, Italy, South Korea and the United States.

from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday April 10th. Areas to be affected are Vivas Layout, Santa Rita Area, San Antonio, Paraiso, Chula Vista, Altamira, (all areas along Consejo Road) and Consejo Village. BEL is to replace pin insulators and conduct development works on power distribution system in these areas.

Santander Sugar Mill in Cayo
A sugar mill will soon come online here in Cayo. Santander, who currently employs close to 600 Belizeans, is building a state of the art mill. They also plan to use bagasse to create energy for the area. Ambergris Today did a great job on this story. "Santander began working on their investment to construct and operate a new sugar mill in Belize back in 2008. The investment group has brought with them over 50 years of experience in the sugar industry that includes sustainable and efficient methods. Today the construction of the mill, located on a 20,000 acre property in the Cayo District, is well underway with less than a year away from their first milling season. "

Live Theater at Soul Project
They'll be having Live Theater at the Soul Project on Friday night! OmniRootZ and TC2 will be performing some short plays. There will be a repeat performance in Esperanza on Sunday, starting at 3:15pm. Check out the Wildfire Gallery, located in the old mall for more information.

Benque's Semana Santa
The Benque Viejo Town Council posted lots of great pictures of the sawdust tapestries and the Passion of the Christ re-enactment. They have a nice webpage where they post pictures and information.

Launch of the House of Culture and Downtown Belize City Rejuvenation Project!
This is a project in collaboration with NICH, Belize City Council, The Republic of China, Taiwan and the Ministry of Tourism,Culture and Civil Aviation.

(They came, they saw, they conquered!) History was made in the Belizean Diaspora when the two man team of Belizean-Americans Justin and Corey Williams, rode as a team to defeat the threatening foreign invasion of cyclists that had come to steal the honor of the Garland in Belize’s most celebrated cycling classic, the National Holy Saturday Cross Country Race. The 140- mile cycling classic from Belize City to the western district of Cayo, is the Central American version of Europe’s Tour de France, with its grueling pace and sweltering heat in relatively high humidity. The 87th. Annual Belize Cross Country attracted riders from the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean, and was held on April 4, 2015. On the eve of the National Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic, Adrenaline was running high inside the veins of Belizean cyclists and people alike like water runs in a river. Anticipation of its beginning early Saturday morning on April 4, 2015, brought back nostalgia as Belizeans rose from their sleeping beds in the wee hours of the morning to go see off the race of all races. It has become almost a ritual for many of Belizeans, who since children, did this most passionate thing, and then go back to sleep to be awaken again, and hear updates via radio and television, on the race that continues to haunt the Belizean soul.

A classic piece of Belizean sports history that connects Muhammad Ali to the Belizean experience. This classic documentary is a must for all to see when it is debut soon.

Channel 7

Late Evening Murder In City: They Shot "Judas"
There was a murder in Belize City just a few minutes ago. It happened right down the street form our studio in front of Southside Meats. At five minutes to 6:00, 24 year old Mark Ramdas known as Judas was walking in an alley near his home when he was shot. Reports say he ran out of the alley unto Albert Street west holding his stomach and shouted that he had been shot. He collapsed right there and was rushed to the KHMH where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Residents say they hard at least five gunshots. Reports say his girlfriend was also shot in the foot. We’ll have more on this story tomorrow.

The (Real) Rawell Deal
Well known Orange walk resident and FFB Executive member Rawell Pelayo came home yesterday after 21 months in US custody. He was deported and his sudden return caused much speculation as to how he got out from under narcotics charges brought by the US Federal government. Well, it turns out, Rawell Pelayo made a plea bargain. Court documents obtained by 7News show that in June of 2014 he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the narcotics laws of the United States. In his hearing before SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK judge, Andrew Carter, oon the afternoon of June 30th., Pelayo told the court, quote, “between October 2010 and May 2011, I played a role in (a) conspiracy…My role was to attend a meeting to introduce a drug buyer to a potential dealer. My motivation was this: I was having a very significant difficulty, losing my home, with my kids, the only home I have, so I was hoping to get some money out of this, out of this brokering between these two people.” End quote.

Witness To Murder is Murdered
Tonight, the Maskall family based in Belize City, Rockville and Dangriga Town are mourning the death of a loved-one, 18 year-old George Richard Maskall Jr. That’s after police found his body floating in the lagoon behind Seine Bight Village yesterday, just before midday. There were signs of violence on his body, which caused officers from Placencia to suspect foul-play. This evening, we spoke with the commanding officer of the Placencia Police Station, Inspector Dennis Myles, and he explained that a post-mortem has confirmed that Maskall was stabbed to death: Inspector Dennis Myles - OC, Placencia Police "Around 11:30 yesterday morning we received information of a body being floating in the lagoon behind Seine Beight village. As a result the police visited the area and saw a male person who was later identified to us as a George Richard Maskall - originally of Belize City but he was staying in Seine Beight village. We observed that the body was in an advance state of decomposition but signs of violence was observed on the body. The body was then fished out of the river and taken to an area where we do a post mortem and medical officer certified that he died as a result of multiple stab wounds to the abdomen area. Because the murder is a recent murder and the investigation just commenced - we don't have any lead at this present moment."

Keyren Tzib Had A Troubling Past
Tonight the Coast Guard is trying to recover from one of the most shocking incidents in its young history. But 7News has information tonight, which says that there were so many warning signs – that went unheeded by the Military Services Commission in Belmopan. As we reported, the24 year old Keyren Tzib who has the rank of “Sea-Man” shot her Coast Guard colleague, boat captain Kurt Hyde. She shot him in the back of the head with an M4 Carbine – a coast guard issued weapon. Somehow he survived the shot at close range – which exited though his cheek. He is in a critical but stable condition. This happened on a Coast Guard vessel on Easter Monday at 9:45 in the morning. They were 100 yards from the Coast Guard Headquarters with officers from police, port authority, BDF and Coast Guard when she shot him from behind. Keyren Tzib was charged for attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm. But, could the shocking incident have been avoided? And was it foretold? 7News has confirmed that it was not the first time she drew a weapon on a fellow officer. We have credible reports that say twice she tried to stab two different members of the coast guard – and she did eventually stab one colleague – but that happened off base. She went twice before a medical board for mental illness and they found that she is mentally and physically fit for work – once she is not exposed to stressful situations.

Romy Recovering, Needs Help
Well known boat captain Romaldo Badillo remains in a hospital in Guatemala being treated for severe burn injuries. As we reported, that boat explosion happened just after 1 p.m. last week Thursday, and 4 very experienced boat operators, including Badillo, but he ended up with the worst injuries. So, how did it happen? Well, that’s what the owner of the boat, Stephen Bradley, explained to us today. He explained that there were two – not one – explosions that happened to the boat: Stephen Bradley - Survived Boat Explosion "For the entire morning of Holy Thursday, which was last week Thursday, I had the boat in the boat yard and we were preparing the boat to take a provision to St. Georges Caye with the family - where we would normally spend the easter weekend. We packed drinks, ice, the boat was refuelled. It was checked out and everything and we left here about just about quarter to 1 the afternoon to launch the boat by the launch ramp - commonly known as the hanger launch ramp, which is by the airstrip. I reverse the boat off the trailer and started it easy with no problem.

Downtown Rejuvenation Project Launched
Several strategic areas in the city will be transformed into cultural and historical landmarks. That’s the plan embodied in the Downtown Rejuvenation Project. It was officially launched at the House of Culture today and it covers the reconstruction of the House of Culture, upgrading of streets and parks in downtown Belize City and the creation of a more vibrant and flourishing commercial center. The outline of the project was unveiled today and Courtney Weatherburne has the details. Courtney Weatherburne Reporting…. Diane Haylock - President, NICH "Why did we think that such project was necessary? Well first of all, this house is history, this house is heritage, this house is an important part of Belize. And there was a feeling that perhaps the way it was being used, the way it was presented was not befitting it's status in that history, it’s place in that history."

Hon. Shoman Will Head Second Observer Mission
Senior Senator for the Opposition, Lisa Shoman has been called on by the Organisation of American States to head an election observer mission to Guyana. The elections are set for May 11th and today in Panama, the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, and the Permanent Representative of Guyana to the OAS, Bayney Karran, signed the agreement. Shoman is the Chief of Mission for this fifth Electoral Observation Mission that the OAS has deployed in Guyana. Guyana has a population of eight hundred thousand people, and voters will elect 65 representatives of the National Assembly, members of the ten Regional Democratic Councils, and the President of the country. The Mission will arrive in Guyana one week before the elections. This is not Senator Shoman’s first rodeo – so to speak – because in 2011 she headed an electoral mission to observe general elections in Jamaica.

Hope For Badly Burnt Child
A family from San Pedro is currently in Boston, Massachusetts, after their daughter, 9 year-old Katerin Michel Perez got badly burned over the Easter holiday. She ended up with burns to 53% of her body. It happened on Good Friday, when according to the San Pedro Sun, Perez’s mother, was treating her hair for lice by applying gasoline to her scalp. The child somehow passed by a lit stove, and the fumes from the gasoline spontaneously ignited her hair and upper body. The fire was not easily put out, and the child was severely injured.

Getting The Message on Cervical Cancer Across
1 thousand pairs of women’s underwear, that’s what the Belize Cancer Society of California intends to give out to Belize City women and girls. It’s a part of the organization’s newest mission to educate women about the dangers of cervical cancer, and the importance of feminine health. Arlette Pilgrim, the organisation’s founder and president explained to us today that this panty donation should leave the same kind of message about the seriousness of cervical cancer: Arlette Pilgrim - Founder, Belize Cancer Society of California "What we're doing is we purchased 1,000 underwear. I brought one with me and each underwear comes with a panty liner and it has an informational flyer that talks about the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer - what you need to do, when you should get checked and what the causes are for cervical cancer. This campaign has to do with women checking themselves, checking for discharge and that's why we have a panty liner because each discharge has a different reason for each colour that you might see on your panty. So we want women to be aware of what the different discharges mean.I'm really inviting them to come out to BTL park on Saturday from 3 o’clock until 5 o’clock. Spend the day with us, we're going to be talking about cervical cancer, we're going to be giving them information - if they want to ask questions. We will also be giving out the panties for every woman. Like I said, it's 1,000 women that I plan to reach this year."

"Salud" To Good Health
Salud Mesoamerica Project 2015 is transitioning into its 2nd phase of operations. The main focus of the project in Belize is to improve access and quality of maternal, infant and neonatal health care services in Corozal, Orange Walk and Cayo. According to the coordinators, the 1st phase which dealt with training community health workers and donating equipment to hospitals in the North and west, was successful. We spoke with Project Technical Official, Jennifer Nelson about the goals of the 2nd phase of the project and how it will enhance the services for women and children. Martha Woodye - Project Coordinator, Salud Mesoamerica Belize "in the first operation for the Mesoamerica Belize project we actually started implementation July 2012 and have been executing for 24 months. And during that 24 months we have made significant improvement. This addressing the project in terms of maternal, infant and child - focusing on adolescent care. When we look at the community health care workers one of the things was doing trainings, make sure the manuals are in place and aside from doing their manuals; conducting trainings, competencies and then from there they did both a theory and practical. So in the first operation we had 105 graduated community health care workers."

Channel 5

Fire Victim Fighting for Life
On Tuesday, we reported on seven fires, three which were arsons. But there is a more tragic case in which a young student from San Pedro was severely burnt. Tonight, [...]

Belize City Youth Murdered in Seine Bight
Eighteen year old Belize City youth, George Maskall was murdered down south and his body thrown into the lagoon behind the village of Seine Bight. Maskall’s decomposed body was spotted [...]

Minister Heredia Preparing for General Elections
In political news….Prime Minister Dean Barrow has two years to call general elections, but very few, if any, political observers are betting that he’ll wait that long. In fact, political [...]

Who Will Heredia Support for Caribbean Shores?
One convention which everyone will be watching in a couple months is the fight for the Caribbean Shores seat, currently held by Santiago “Santino” Castillo. Castillo has the Prime Minister [...]

Mayor Bradley Confident of Victory in Caribbean Shores
And since Mayor Darrell Bradley conveniently attended the same event, we asked him for an update on his run to convention. He admitted that it’s hectic balancing City Hall and [...]

Details Revealed on Rawell Pelayo’s Indictment
As we reported on Tuesday, Orange Walk businessman Rawell Pelayo has been deported to Belize, following twenty-one months of detention inside a U.S. holding cell after entering a plea bargain [...]

Community Grieves Destruction of Ceremonial Temple
The deliberate setting on fire of a temple in the remote village of Barranco has brought grief to the community. Over the years the temple had become the heart of [...]

San Pedro Police Still Investigating Death Threats
Three weeks ago, Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia Junior and San Pedro Mayor, Daniel Guerrero got police security after both received death threats. Not much has been said about it, [...]

Cabinet Hasn’t Seen Plans for Blackadore Caye
Blackadore Caye – it’s what everybody’s talking about in the past few days after international news reports revealed mega-million dollar plans for an eco-resort. The private island is owned by [...]

What’s the Latest on Puerto Azul?
And from Blackadore Caye to Puerto Azul, that massive so-called citadel of luxury in the Lighthouse Atoll complete with launching party in Cannes last year. That launch, attended by U.D.P. [...]

Big Plans for Downtown Belize City
Today, the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project was officially launched. The fifteen million dollar development was made possible through a loan from Taiwan and counterpart funding [...]

Electoral Mission Heads to Guyana
An Electoral Observation Mission, led by Senator Lisa Shoman, Chief of Mission and erstwhile foreign minister, is headed to Guyana for the May eleventh general elections.  Earlier today, the Organization [...]

Bodybuilding Federation Elects New Committee
The Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation is under new leadership. An election was recently held and resulted in a new committee. The nine person team is led by Mirna [...]

New Stamps Launched
The Salvation Army is celebrating one hundred years in Belize and to commemorate this milestone they partnered with the Belize Postal Service to launch a set of commemorative stamps. While [...]

Badillo Family Seeks Assistance With Medical Expenses
Four men were injured when a boat exploded near the hanger area of Belize City on Holy Thursday. Two of them had to be hospitalized. The captain, Romaldo “Romi” Badillo, [...]

Belize City Mother Needs Your Help
There is another family that is seeking financial assistance. A young Belize City mother is asking for help to cover medical expenses overseas. Two weeks ago, after she gave birth, [...]

Activist Promotes Awareness of Cervical Cancer
Cancer Awareness Month is just around the corner and while the Belize Cancer Society prepares for its annual pilgrimage from Ladyville to the Old Capital, one woman is busy preparing [...]

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Search For Missing 15 Year Old Continues
The search continues for fifteen year old Marisol Patt from Orange Walk. Police and family members continue their search for the teen that has been missing for several days. Family members say that fifteen year old Marisol Patt was last seen two Sundays back when she left her house around midday. She has not returned and the family is concerned for her safety. The mother of the teen, Fernanda Copo says that she believes her daughter has run away with someone they know and have shared that information with the police. Marisol Patt is described as being five feet five inches in height, has brown hair, brown eyes and weights about one hundred and forty pounds. Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Patt is asked to call 627-9605 or the nearest police station.

Ministry Of Natural Resources Meets With Local Rice Producers
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture makes headway in the rice crisis. As we have been reporting, a business man has proposed to import rice from Guyana at a much cheaper price and which in turn would be sold at a far more comfortable price to the consumer. This has become a threat to the survival of the local rice producers across the country. In an effort to address the situation, the ministry has been meeting with rice producers to find the best solution to the problem since March 17th. Today the ministry issued a release in which it states that they have made some progress. Ministry officials met with rice producers today and agreed on three things. The first is that a draft revised standards for rice will be finalized in a month’s time. Second, government is requesting that producers now pre-pack all rice sold on the domestic market indicating origin, quantity and quality among other basic packaging requirements. This will be fully implemented within two months. Third, producers and the government officials have begun discussion on reducing the price of rice to consumers with particular emphasis on a reduced price for a more affordable grade of rice to the public. In addition to this, the release states that the necessary cost of production survey and other studies will be completed and a revised price structure will be finalized within one month.


Coast Guard officer charged with attempted murder of colleague
26 year old officer of the Belize National Coast Guard Keyren Tzib has been charged with the attempted murder of fellow officer Kurt Hyde, 37, of Ontario, Cayo District...

Belizean-American Justin Williams wins Cross Country Cycling Classic
For the first time ever, a Belizean residing in the United States has claimed Belize’s most prestigious sporting title – winner of the 87th Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic...

Homeowner loses house to fire
The home of 57 year old Robert Austin Tracey at Hibiscus Street in the Lake Independence area burned down by fire over the weekend. But the homeowner, whose son Robert Austin Jr. was shot dead near downtown Belize City in December, believes it was deliberate. He explains why. Robert Tracey – Lost ho...

Traffic accident reported on Holy Thursday] ar
On Thursday night around 11:05 near the Edge Water Night Club in Sandhill at Mile 21, Phillip Goldson Highway, police observed a black Ford Ranger pickup truck with license plates BC-C-39795 on the right side of the road facing north and 27 year old Victor Underwood of Biscayne, Belize District, lyi...

Youth Convention ends in tragic drowning
A youth convention in Cayo over the weekend ended in tragedy when one of the youths who attended the three day event drowned in the Belize River near Banana Bank in the village of Camalote on Easter Sunday...

Teenage girl drowns on Easter Sunday
There were two drowning incidents in the Belize River in Cayo over the weekend on Easter Sunday, a day when many people tend to go swimming. The first one occurred some minutes after four on Sunday April 5th...

17 year old shot in Belmopan
There was a shooting incident in Belmopan and a 17 year old was shot. At 8:30 p.m. on Holy Thursday, 17-year-old Alfred Castellanos of Belmopan was shot to the upper left side of his chest.  Castellanos was reportedly in the  Las Flores area of Belmopan when  three male persons began chasing him...

Winston Baptist shot twice; lives to tell the tale
Another man was shot in Belize City on Holy Thursday night. 22-year-old Winston Baptist of Belize City was shot to the left ankle and lower left leg.  According to police, at 11:45 p.m...

Patrick Castillo charged with stepson’s murder
Last week 20 year old Guatemalan national Jose Jonathan Maderos was chopped to death at his Kut Avenue home following an argument with his stepfather, 42 year old Patrick Castillo Sr, a security guard...

Rawell Pelayo deported
Rawell Pelayo former vice president of the football Federation of Belize was detained in Houston Texas in 2012 while on his way to a game that the Belize Jaguars were playing...

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Tourism Minister unafraid of death threats
Several weeks ago it was reported that Minister Manuel Heredia Jr and Mayor of San Pedro Town Daniel Guerrero were threatened with their lives after making a public call for greater law enforcement presence on the island after a rash of murders and other criminal activity. Increased police […]

Government warm to Blackadore Caye development; Puerto Azul project at “standstill”
Over the Easter weekend the New York Times broke the story of plans by award-winning actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio to investment in a mega-development on his privately-held island, Blackadore Caye. DiCaprio has joined with a New York City-based firm Delos and a top architect in Jason McLennan […]

Downtown Rejuvenation project opens in Belize City
The ambitious project intended to revitalize and open up the major cultural centers in the downtown area of Belize City was officially launched today at one of its focal points, the former Government House, now House of Culture. The House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is co-sponsored […]

Valvoline partners with Caribbean Tire in Belize
Representatives of the American motor oil company Valvoline Motor Oil of Lexington, Kentucky, today conducted a training seminar in Belize City with representatives of the petroleum sales and mechanic sector of Belize. Established in 1866 the company has attained a lasting recognition worldwide but has only been sold […]

Shooting in the Old Capital
Belize Media Group has been inform of a shooting incident in the Old Capital near the area of Berkley Street. This is a developing story and we will be updating it as soon as we receive more information.

The Colonial Bomb
By Yasser Musa This morning the Government and NICH announced their plan for a national COLONIAL MUSEUM in Belize City. They proudly announced that $15 million dollars would be blown away on it. They even had the nerve to print a document saying that such a project will: (a) increase people’s knowledge and appreciation of […]

Murder in Seine Bight
On April 7th 2015 around 11:30am, Placencia Police discovered a body floating in a lagoon behind Seine Bight Village in Stann Creek District. Police retrieved the body and found out that it was of a male person who was shirtless and wearing a green short cargo pants. Police identified the […]

Placencia Easter Weekend: A Post-Mortem
By Charles Leslie Jr. Every year, after the famous Easter weekend in Placencia, you would hear about the many issues that affected the peninsula – parking issues, restroom issues leading to public urination and even defecation, trash issues, security and safety issues, trash issues, private property damage issues and the list goes on. Not too long ago many of these issues went unheard of, however, since the advent of Facebook, it is generally easy to make an assessment, and my personal observation says the mainstay issues still exists and new ones are being identified. In 2013 I predicted that the Placencia peninsula – a community that is 99% tourism-oriented – has 5 years to function properly under the Village Council Act, at which time the entire peninsula will start to see an escalation and a loss of control of many of the issues that currently exists. These issues are manifesting mainly due to the lack of certain structure and infrastructure such as adequate parking and traffic control, trash collection, public facilities such as restrooms, health/trauma facilities, insufficient police officers, inadequate police infrastructure and equipment etc… Why? Both Village Councils on the peninsula simply do not have access to adequate financial resources to address and keep up with mitigating the issues that are manifesting due to the booming tourism-industry growth on the peninsula.


Bronx Zoo Sends Lucky Selfie Snappers to Belize!
You know a place is cool when it’s used as a high profile prize, and you know that the place has environmental credibility when said prize is issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Bronx Zoo. So we were happy to see Belize picked as the destination for the WCS’s 120th anniversary’s “120 Ways to Be Wild in NY” photo competition. Described as a “trip of a lifetime”, the grand prize five-day excursion for two to Belize can be won by visiting the competition website (www.nyiswild.com), signing up, and taking and posting 10 selfies that celebrate New York City’s wild side. Not, we imagine, in the Lou Reed “Take a Walk on the Wildside” sense, but by snapping pictures of yourself in front of some iconic or lesser known NYC locations or items that celebrate nature. It’s amazing that of all the places in the world that the Wildlife Conservation Society could pick for a prize destination, it chose Belize. Then again, upon reflection, it does make perfect sense, as Belize probably ticked all the boxes when the WCS prize committee was looking for a winning destination.

Easter in San Pedro, Belize: Party Kardashian Style
Hello World, Finn K here… Easter just finished and guess who had an epic WEEKEND? I did! It all Started on Holy Thursday at Lola’s Pub… …then it went to drinking champagne at the new upgraded Isla Bonita Yacht Club (formerly the Belize Yacht Club) for the rest of the weekend. Thanks to Tia Betty Ann and Beth Hart for hosting me. So nothing better than packing Grey Goose, Moet and more VODKA on the LV bag, I was set for the weekend. I mean some of us go to Church – that’s the whole point of Passover – time to meditate, reflect, pray and ask God for forgiveness. Living in a Catholic town, lots of religious reenactment and processions happen early over the weekend especially Good Friday. Sorry no photos of any church on the blog.

Jicama Salad: Vegan Style
This salad is so refreshing and healthy. You can eat tons of this all day long. The colors are so beautiful and the oranges just adds a pop of sweet to it.

Dig in to the Top 10 Belize Foods and Beverages
Don’t read this article on an empty stomach. There’s a chance you will head for a local eatery after ingesting the last tidbit. Cuisine in Belize is hearty, unique and delicious and Belize beers and wines are two of Central America’s biggest secrets, so go ahead, tuck in your napkin, grab a fork and dive in. 1. Craboo and Cashew Wines. 2. Belikin Beer. 3. Johnny Cakes. 4. Belize Rice and Beans. 5. Ceviche. 6. Cochinita Pibil. 7. Chicken Escabeche. 8. Tamales. 9. Belize Fruit Cake. 10. Soups and puddings.

When to visit Belize
Is there really a best time to visit Belize? Anytime is a good time to visit, but it really does depend on what your interests are to determine the best time for you. Are you more interested in water sports, festivals, peak tourist time or weather? Belize Water Sports: The warm Caribbean water welcomes visitors throughout the year. However, the water tends to be slightly calmer in the summer months. For diving this can be a factor or if you prefer to dive with the Whale Sharks, they are only available from March to June. Fishing is also excellent year round, especially for tarpon, bone, and permit. Belize Festivals: Belizeans love festivals and celebrations. The favorite for locals and tourists has to be the Lobster Festival held in Caye Caulker, Placencia, and San Pedro. The annual festival is held right after the beginning of lobster season in mid-June. San Pedro, the only town on Ambergris Caye, hosts the annual International Costa Maya Festival with a full week of parties and beauty pageants. In September, Belizeans celebrate St. George’s Caye Day, Carnival, and Independence Day.

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CARICOM Leaders Prepare for Meeting with Obama in Jamaica
Representatives from Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will make presentations during a meeting this week in Kingston between Caribbean Community leaders and U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama is scheduled to arrive Wednesday and will be received by Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller before they both proceed to a CARICOM-U.S. conference focused on trade and energy security, among other issues, the St. Kitts and Nevis government said in a statement. “This is an important summit. President Obama, by coming to us, is signaling the continuing interest of the USA in constructive engagement in the Caribbean,” St. Kitts Prime Minister Timothy Harris said.

Ceramic objects yield ancient narratives of Central America's first peoples
The National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center in New York and the Smithsonian Latino Center present "Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed," a major bilingual exhibition making its New York debut after a first run in Washington, DC. The exhibition opens Saturday, April 18, and runs through January 2017 in the museum's West Gallery. "Cerámica de los Ancestros" provides intimate access to select pieces from rarely seen collections of nearly 12,000 ancient ceramic objects from Central America. Over several years of research, 155 pieces were chosen to illuminate the intricacies of ancient Central America's first peoples and the societies they developed. Dating as far back as 1000 B.C., the ceramics these diverse communities left behind over the millennia, combined with recent archaeological discoveries, help tell the stories of their ancient cultures and innumerable achievements. The exhibition examines seven regions (Ulúa River, Maya, Lempa River, Greater Nicoya, Central Caribbean, Greater Chiriquí and Greater Coclé) representing distinct Central American cultural areas that are today part of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

U.S. Deports Former VP of Belize’s Soccer Federation
Rawell Pelayo, former vice president of the Soccer Federation of Belize, has been deported back to his homeland from the United States after spending almost two years in custody on suspicion of drug trafficking. Pelayo returned to his home in Orange Walk late Tuesday night, hours after U.S. marshals escorted him off an airplane and handed him over to the Belize Police Department, media outlets said. Pelayo was arrested in July 2013 in Houston while traveling with the Belizean national team to compete in the Gold Cup soccer tournament in the United States. He spent 21 months in a U.S. prison, but was apparently never charged, Belize’s Channel News 5 reported.

Inside Belize: British Army soldiers put through their paces
In the second of our special reports from the jungle in Belize, we join young soldiers as they enter the intense firing range. Static targets are shot as part of rifle-training in 30 degree heat. ITV cameras capture the point of view of young men and women who head into battle on the front line. As part of their training they're also required to cross a crocodile infested river:

Pregnant Austin mermaid swims with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef of Belize
Mermaids swimming alongside sharks in pristine, exotic waters sounds like something out of a children’s book, but an Austin couple has made it a reality. Jason Darling and Maria Russo of Sirenalia, an Austin-based mermaid production company that promotes their “mermaids are real” mantra through silicone tail production and event performances, took their whimsical talents to reefs in Belize. Darling said he and Russo have traveled to the exotic country often. Their most recent trip earlier this year was a change from the norm since Russo was eight-months pregnant with the couple’s child. While in Caye Caulker, the couple decided to produce a photo project that would benefit the place they love by showcasing Sirenalia’s talents.

Leonardo DiCaprio plant Öko-Hotelprojekt in Belize
Der Schauspieler kaufte vor kurzem die Insel Blackadore Caye für ein Hotelprojekt. Die Errichtung der Anlage in Belize soll vor allem dazu dienen, das Ökosystem auf der Insel wiederherzustellen. Der "Wolf of Wall Street" ist seit kurzem Insel-Inhaber und geht demnächst unter die Immobilien-Haie. Allerdings scheint Leonardo DiCaprio, der zuletzt in der Filmbiografie von Martin Scorsese zu sehen war, bei seinem Hotelprojekt durchaus hehre Absichten zu haben. Der als Umweltaktivist bekannte Schauspieler erwarb vor kurzem Blackadore Caye in Belize, um aus dieser 58 Hektar großen unbewohnten Insel im Belize Barrier Reef ein bewohnbares Öko-Paradies zu machen. Wie die New York Times berichtet, soll durch das Projekt und die Einnahmen aus dem Luxushotelprojekt das ökologische Gleichgewicht auf dem Eiland wiederhergestellt werden. Blackadore Caye litt zuletzt unter Überfischung, starker Erosion und Abholzung. Fischer auf dem Weg nach Mexiko hätten die Insel als Zwischenstopp genutzt und Raubbau an der Natur betrieben.

Leonardo DiCaprio está planear constuir um resort ecológico em Blackadore Caye, uma ilha não povoada do Belize. O ator, que é Mensageiro da Paz da ONU para as Alterações Climáticas, quer aliar a construção da unidade hoteleira à recuperação da natureza local. “O principal objectivo é fazer algo que mude o mundo. Esta ilha é o céu na terra”, contou durante uma entrevista ao jornal New York Times. DiCaprio associou-se ao empresário norte-americano Paul Sciall para concretizar o projeto, que prevê que esteja pronto em 2018. “A minha meta sempre foi o facto de que queria criar algo não só ecológico, mas restaurador. Uma demonstração do que é possível”, acrescentou. Recorde-se que Leonardo DiCaprio comprou a ilha há dez anos por 1,75 milhões de dólares (1,61 milhões de euros).

Why More Airports Are Luring International Flights
To glimpse the revolution happening in international flying to and from the U.S., come to Houston. The city of Houston views high fares as such a serious disadvantage that it is spending extensively on its two airports to attract more international competition. The Houston Airport System is building a $156 million, five-gate international terminal at Hobby Airport and is investing $100 million to create additional parking space. That’s at an airport known as a secondary, short-hop terminal with no international flights. At the bigger Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston is spending $2.7 billion to rebuild the international terminal and expand parking and Customs facilities, plus do runway and taxiway work. The city is also aggressively going after airlines with incentives of up to $4 million over two years in waived landing fees and terminal expenses and $500,000 in cash for marketing.

Gruelling challenge for soldiers in the jungle
Soldiers from the South East's Princess of Wales Royal Regiment have been put through their paces in a gruelling programme in the jungles of Central America. Last night we joined them as they battled through thick foliage and sweltering heat. In our second special report from Belize, the troops have been left to fend for themselves. That means searching for food, building shelters and starting fires. But did it all go to plan? Matt Price reports.

Planning To Buy Homes in Foreign Countries? Here are 4 Tips You Should Consider
Planning to buy your dream homes in foreign countries is getting more exciting with the dollar getting even stronger compared to euros and other currencies, says Huffington Post. But before you dream of living happily in your beachfront home and basking lazily in the sun, here are four tips you should consider: Be knowledgeable of the country's laws regarding ownership of properties. Ask what type of properties may be owned by a foreigner like you. For instance, in the Philippines, foreigners may buy condominium units as long as not more than 40% of the units in a project are acquired by foreigners, according to Republic Act No. 4726, "Condominium Act," says BC Philippines Lawyers.


  • Belize Flight Over Beautiful Blue Waters, 8min. Helicopter flight over amazing blue waters, islands, and reefs.

  • SM 2015 Belize Mission Workshop, 8min. from GOB Press Office

  • Natural History of the Neotropics in Belize - Winterm 2015, 3min. This is a student video documenting the experiences she had on the Natural History of the Neotropics faculty-led program in Belize.

  • Feeding a Tapir at Belize Zoo, 2min.

  • Our day in Belize! 3/25/15, 7.5min.

  • Paddling the Paradise Islands of Belize, 10min. A weeklong Kayak trip through the southern Islands of Belize with Island Expeditions.

  • Flying in Belize, 3min. Just Another day flying in Belize. Sun, sand, and sea everywhere! Aircraft: Cessna 208B Location: Placencia - Belize City Date: March 2015

  • Central America, 8min. Travelling through Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico and New York.

  • Belize & Tikal Adventure, 4.5min.

  • Spring 2015 Long Highlight Video of Belize, 9min.

  • Fly Fishing in Belize, 7min.

  • Cave Tubing in Belize, 10min. Cave tubing in Belize was a lot of fun. We saw a lot of bats, but what was even more neat was the beautiful island of Belize.

  • Belize 2015, 7min.

  • Belize 3-15, 5min. Great week in Belize with my parents and my brothers family. 7 dives including a night dive. Also the monkey river tour, ruins, tubing and the zoo.

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