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#503388 - 04/16/15 11:49 AM Today's Belize News: April 16, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Island officers participate in Public Relations Training
Ten police officers from the Coastal Executive Unit participated in a one-day Public Relations Training. The workshop was held on Wednesday, April 8th at El Pescador Resort and was aimed at improving customer service skills at the San Pedro Police Department and Caye Caulker Police Department. Dennis “Deni” Sunderman from Tropic Air and Steve Spiro from El Pescador led the training session, targeting key skills to promote a better relationship between police officers and community members. Officers participating in the training learned proper greeting methods, how to deal with difficult persons and rapport, among other public relations topics. At the end of the training each officer received a certificate of completion. Those officers will now be tasked to share what they have learned with the other officers at their station. “I am proud of the officers that participated and took this training session as a learning experience. We are all about improving customer service for the people of San Pedro and Caye Caulker. We hope that these officers implement what was taught to them and share what they have learned with all their colleagues so as to eventually offer exceptional customer service to all that visit the police station,” said Jemmott.

Two Belizean rums receive top recognition
Belize’s Tiburon Rum and One Barrel Rum took top prizes at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) 72nd Annual Convention and Exposition. Held from Sunday, April 12th to Wednesday, April 15th, the event is the premier gathering for distributors to seek out new and exciting beverage products. Throughout the event, several competitions are held in search of the top wines and spirits from across the world. This year’s event was held in Grande Lakes Orlando, Florida, USA and saw a record attendance in industry and supplier participation. Among the attendees were Basil Destefano of Tiburon Rum and Amanda Perdomo of Traveller’s Liqours, who both entered their products in the Spirit Tasting Competition. Spirits from all parts of the world were entered in this category to be scrutinized and ranked by professional tasters. In the end, Tiburon Rum captured a Double Gold award for Best Dark/Gold Rum, Best Rum and Best Aged White Spirit in Show. But Tiburon was not the only Belizean rum to take home a grand prize, as One Barrel also took Gold.

SP Lions donate examination tables to the Polyclinic
The Dr Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II has been the recipient of a small but important donation courtesy of the San Pedro Lions Club. The clinic received three examination tables that will help with the efficient delivery of service. The donation was given on March 3rd and immediately after, the tables were put into good use. According to the Administrator of the Clinic Mr. Owen Vellos, the three beds will go a long way in improving service. “When we got additional doctors, there was the need for more examination beds. In the interim we were using regular tables to conduct examinations. The Lions heard of the need and decided to help with the three examination tables,” commented Vellos. The beds were acquired through the Maintenance and Supply Department of the Ministry of Health at a cost of $3,885.14, fully paid by the San Pedro Lions Club. The Administration also took the opportunity to thank the San Pedro Lions Club for their continuous support towards the clinic.

Ambergris Today

Belize Looks into Management of Lead Acid Batteries
The discussion of hazardous wastes is not a common one in Belize, and for the most part, warning signs such as “No Smoking” and “Toxic Risk” or a vision of the “skull and bones” sign are generally envisioned when the discussion arises. While this is the perception of hazardous wastes, the reality is far different. There are many useful items that only after being fully used are then classified as hazardous wastes, mostly due to their composition. One such item is Lead Acid Batteries. Used lead-acid batteries are considered a hazardous waste and have the potential to affect human health and the environment if not disposed of properly. Used lead-acid batteries have three major components, two of which are very peculiar and require special attention when handling and disposing. These components are “lead” and “sulphuric acid”, which are held intact by the plastic cover. In light of the above the Department of the Environment (DOE) has been having discussions with importers and retailers of lead-acid batteries, and with handlers and exporters of used lead-acid batteries, about the development of a Lead-acid Battery Recycling Program in Belize.

San Pedro House of Culture Appoints New Committee
The San Pedro House of Culture (SPHOC) is pleased to introduce its new committee for the year 2015-2016. Opened on November 19, 2014 under the able management and direction of Mr. Guillermo “Mito” Paz, this cultural institution has already made an impact in San Pedro with its many events held in its short time of existence. The committee has met and started preparation for the many upcoming events with the hopes of promoting all types of local culture (music, culinary art, visual art and the importance of reviving local traditions that have been slowly dying). The SPHOC is part of an umbrella organization, National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and as such is guided and follows its mission of being Belize’s premier cultural institution dedicated and creating an environment for the development, conservation, promotion, expression and accessibility of culture in all its diversity. SPHOC is a dynamic community center that is meant to inspire and uplift all through the various cultural areas.

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BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Week of April 5th – April 11th, 2015
Permit fishing was on fire this week (I don’t often get to say “on fire” and “permit fishing” in the same sentence!) Tarpon seemed a little more difficult than normal, and the fair weather meant lots of bonefish. We are getting ready for the influx of big tarpon over the next few weeks.

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SENIOR POLICE TRANSFERS 2015 for the Northern Regio
Published for general information is the following list of officers who are being transferred effective JULY 1st 2015 from/to Corozal and from Orange Walk:- Superintendent of Police Dennis Arnold currently serving as Officer in Charge of the Orange Walk formation will be transferred as Officer in Charge of the Corozal Police Department. Supt. Andrew Ramirez currently heading the Corozal Police formation since the latter part of 2012 will be transferred as Officer in Charge of the San Ignacio formation. Supt. Ramirez was instrumental in bridging the gap of confidence building measures between the police and the Corozal community at a time when senseless violent crimes were becoming prevalent in the Corozal District. One of the most sensational homicides in Corozal was the senseless shooting of a mother and daughter. Following that investigation, police recovered an empty safe. Clari Fredersdorf and her daughter 18 year old Shanny Fredersdorf were fatally shot at their residence, the Paradise Bay Villas Hotel in mid 2012 triggering a protest from the Corozal community. These two murders still remain unsolved.

BELPO PRESS RELEASE ON DOE MEETING
The Department of Environment scheduled an "Oil Pollution, Preparedness, Response and Cooperation Sensitization Workshop" for Wednesday, April 15. They claim the workshop’s objective “is to sensitize NGOs and the Media on oil pollution, oil spill preparedness, response and cooperation”. They plan this to be part of an “on-going revision and updating of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan presently being conducted by the DOE.“ The Belize Institute of Environmental Law & Policy (BELPO) has had an ongoing interest and involvement in the area of oil exploration/exploitation in Belize for many years. We started holding workshops on the Petroleum Act in 2003. Godsman Ellis was President of BELPO at the time. We invited the Department of Environment to that 2003 workshop and others that we held, as well as inviting the Geology and Petroleum Department.

The Inspiration Center Celebrates 1st Year
Happy anniversary to the Inspiration Center! One year of helping out the kids who really need it. Thank you so much for everything! "As we complete our first year of service to the country, the Management and Staff of The Inspiration Center takes this opportunity to thank all those who helped anyway in making our dream a reality. We would just like say a heart felt thank you"

10th Annual Wine & Cheese Fundraiser
The Rotary Club of Belmopan is having their annual Wine and Cheese Party to raise funds for the Belize Children's Project. They've been preparing for the fundraiser this week. It'll be happening on the 25th of April, starting at 7:00pm, at the George Price Centre. They'll have some great raffle prizes, and will have the silent auction, which always has some great items. "Preparing for the upcoming Wine and Cheese can be fun - especially when done with family and friends. A big effort is being made this year to do great decorations and that takes preparation. So a group of Rotarians and fantastic friends and family got together to make some special decoration. Much thanks goes out to everyone involved - your efforts will help make this a special event and help a group of kids receive medical help that will last a lifetime!!"

Roman Catholic Church Family Sunday
The San Pedro Roman Catholic Church is inviting the general public for a family Sunday on the 26th April 2015. Starting with the 10:00 a.m Mass and follow with free food for families, games for kids and live music till 5:00 p.m. Let's all come together as brothers and sisters and making our island SAFE. God Bless

Orange Walk Central Park inaugurated
This evening, the Government of Belize through its implementing arm, the Social Investment Fund (SIF), officially inaugurated the Orange Walk Central Park. Funds for the park were provided through the Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP).

Inauguration of the San Narciso-San Victor Road
This morning our team travelled to San Narciso Village for the inauguration of the San Narciso-San Victor Road. The road is funded under the Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) Road Rehabilitation Project 2010, a collaborative effort between the Government of Belize and the European Union to assist in poverty reduction and improving the standard of living for communities in northern Belize.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, April 15, 2015: 59

CLARIFICATION ON SPTC loaning equipment
The San Pedro Town Council recommends that anyone intending to use any public space kindly advise us a week or two prior to the event to avoid any double booking or if there is a need for the SPTC to make arrangements.

Belmopan Baptist Takes 3rd at WEE
Congratulations to the students from Belmopan Baptist high school for taking 3rd place at the World English Experience 2015! 12 lucky students travelled to London to participate in the event. Great job!

Belize Bank Scholarship Program
The Belize Bank Scholarship Program is accepting applications for 2015 high school and 6th form scholarships. Read more about it at their website. Submit by June 15th. Thanks, Belize Bank! "Applications are now available for the Belize Bank High School Scholarship Program. Applications can be obtained from any Belize Bank branch countrywide or use the link below to download."

Caribbean Spice
Cayo has another creator of quality jams, hot sauces, spices, and sea salts: Caribbean Spice. They have everything, even a michelada mix, and it's all made here in Mountain Pine Ridge. Belizean Sunshine, anyone? "We make spice blends, sea salts, cooking sauces and other gourmet food products. Everything is Caribbean inspired and made with fresh local products."

September Celebrations call for submissions
Are you planning an event for this upcoming September Celebrations and would like to have it included in the annual calendar...here is the call....

2015 Marine turtle surveys.
This marks the eighth year of In-water turtle surveys at Glover's Reef Atoll. The program, led by Virginia Burns of WCS, includes participants from a number of organizations (Belize Fisheries, UB-ERI, TIDE, Belize Audubon) and Reserves (Hol Chan, Caye Caulker, Sapodilla Cayes, Port Honduras, Southwater, Turneffe) as well as fishers from Hopkins and Sarteneja. It is hoped that the training in population assessment, individual measurements, and tagging received by all participants will facilitate improved understanding and conservation of marine turtles throughout Belize.

Channel 7

Keyren Tzib Gets Bail; Attorney Blames Coast Guard
Tonight, 8 days after she was remanded for allegedly shooting at a fellow Coast Guard Officer, Keyren Tzib, who holds the rank of Seaman, is at home with her family. Supreme Court Justice Herbert Lord granted her bail of 10,000 DOLLARS, which she was able to meet about 2 hours ago. As we told you last week Friday she applied to the Supreme Court for an expedited bail on the premise that before this incident, she was a person of good character with no criminal history. At the urging of Senior Crown Counsel Linbert Willis, Justice Lord adjourned that application because he wanted a psychiatric examination done on Tzib, and he also wanted to know the prognosis for the victim, Petty Officer Kurt Hyde. Well, after 3 days of consideration, and reviewing both reports, Justice Lord granted her bail, and allowed her to go home while she awaits trial on these criminal charges. It’s an important relief for Tzib, and her attorney, Audrey Matura Shepherd spoke with the press outside of court about its significance.

Woman Shot On Freedom Street
Tonight a 37 year old mother is lucky to be alive, after she became the latest victim of gun violence. The shooting happened around 9:30 last night on Freedom Street. According to police, Stephanie Bood was walking to her home on Justice Street when a vehicle pulled up beside her and someone from inside opened fire. Bood was shot to her right hand and buttocks and is currently hospitalized in a stable but critical condition. For her family, it is the worst kind of déjà vu since her common law Paul Rubio was murdered 7 months ago. But, fortunately she survived and today we spoke to a friend who told us he heard 4 shots rang out. Friend of Stephanie Bood "I hear the gunshots." Monica Bodden "How many shots?" Friend of Stephanie Bood "I hear 4 shots."

Former PSU President Jackie Willoughby Says Matura-Shepherd Out of Line
Last night we told you about the situation in the Trade Union Congress of Belize where Labour Senator Ray Davis was left in the lurch – after the Trade Union Congress failed to give him a position on the Petrocaribe Loans Bill – even though he had asked for guidance. He abstained from voting and, after that, all hell seemed to break loose – culminating in last week Friday’s interview when Trade Union congress Vice President Audrey Matura Shepherd said that he must resign or be removed. Well, former PSU President Jackie Willoughby – who is now studying law in Jamaica called 7News Director Jules Vasquez today to say that Matura had stepped out of line by publicly going after Senator Davis. Willoughby told us that Matura Shepherd was using, quote, “dishonesty to mar the reputation of Senator Davis.” End quote. She added quote, “Audrey knew full well that at no point has the trade union congress given (Senator Davis) any advice,” end quote. She said Matura’s comments are inappropriate and wrong and that, she, quote, “needs to learn her place,” end quote.

Matura-Shepherd Holds Hardline Against Hon. Ray Davis
But NTUCB Second Vice President Audrey Matura-Shepherd is not easing up - even when we confronted her with internal letters between NTUCB members making it clear that Davis asked for clarification. We’ve also shown you correspondence in which Davis asked for Matura-Shepherd herself to be part a subcommittee which would meet and discuss the position that he should take as senator. That never happened, and Davis clearly laid out what his line of reasoning was. He explained in his email to Matura and other Trade Union Congress members in November of 2014 that the NTUCB membership benefits from Petrocaribe funds through the National Bank of Belize. He stated, quote, “…I’m not going to play Pontius Pilate and pretend that we were not a party to receiving funds..” End Quote. When we spoke with Matura-Shepherd this evening, she dismissed this position as Davis trying to justify his abstention after the fact by putting forward this defence after he’s backed into a corner. Here’s how she explained it:

Gungulung: The List Revealed
For the past two nights, we’ve been reporting on the 12 squatters who are being evicted from a parcel of private property in the Gungulung area. They occupy six acres of riverfront property – which has belonged to private owners for more than five years. The government stepped in to try and offer them another piece of land in Cotton Tree – but many we spoke to didn’t want it. Instead they wanted government to acquire the land – parcel it off to them – and then compensate the private landowner – maybe even with land in Cotton Tree. Unfortunately – that’s not how it works; Government can only acquire land for a public purpose – and in this case, the eviction is already in motion. But, just say the word eviction in Gungulung where there are scores of squatters – and it causes hysteria: everyone fears they’re the ones being evicted. And that misinformation is what the attorney Steve Perrera has been trying to defuse. He’s the lawyer for the private landowner and today he spoke to us at his office about the eviction:…

Former PUP Candidate and Senator Montejo Lashes Out Against Party
In the 2012 general election, PUP Candidate for Cayo Central Collet Montejo came within 44 votes of beating UDP incumbent Rene Montero. That near upset was the greatest surprise coming out of the very close general election, and Montejo was rewarded with a PUP seat in the Senate for his valiant showing. But, shortly after, his fast rising political star seemed to burn out as quickly as it had ascended; internal PUP emails said that he had accrued many bills and needed help to pay them off. Montejo, the politician was last seen endorsing PUP Cayo Central aspirant Luke Espat who lost resoundingly in a convention to Dan Silva. That should have been his swan song – but the opera ain’t over, not quite yet at least. We say that because Montejo penned an open letter to the PUP in yesterday’s Amandala. It is a scathing attack on the PUP in its current configuration. He writes, quote, “the current leadership of the PUP can see that with names such as Fonseca, Musa and Julius Espat as its voice and face, the people of Belize will not vote PUP anytime soon…the party is headed for another resounding defeat at the polls…they are cursed to the point where they will not listen to reason.”

Police Man Charged For Wounding in Brutality Case
Last night we told you about Orange Walk resident 28 year old Andres Rodriguez. He was badly beaten by police at his home on Sunday night. The incident happened after a woman made a report to police that she was being followed by Rodriguez – an accusation he denied. Today we spoke with Superintendent Dennis Arnold in charge of the Orange Walk formation and he condemns the manner in which these officers handled the situation. Arnold told us that the officers tried to approach Rodriguez in the vehicle but as we told you last night, he drove off fearing that he would be robbed. The officers thought Rodriguez was resisting and trying to run away but Arnold says it still didn't warrant such excessive force. As a result of the incident Special Constable Edward Swift – the officer beating Rodriguez with the stick was charged with wounding yesterday. He was arraigned and granted bail of $1,000. As for the other officer in the video who was restraining Rodriguez on the ground, he will be sanctioned for neglect of duty – meaning that he should have intervened and stopped the other officer from using excessive force.

Albert Vaughan Back In Court
On last week Thursday, we told you about how PUP talk show host Albert Vaughan was fighting a loitering charge in the Magistrate’s Court. That charge, as we’ve told you, dates back to August of last year when the sanitation workers did their famous garbage strike when they were employed by Belize Maintenance Limited. Vaughan’s defence was that he was not loitering when the police arrested him along with the other 41 sanitation workers. He says that he was reporting for the Belize Times newspaper and Vibes Radio, but the police targeted him for this charge because he is one of the PUP media personalities who is critical of the UDP government. At last week’s adjournment, his attorney, Kareem Musa, made a no-case submission on his behalf that the evidence put forward by the prosecution has failed to show how he was breaking the laws and was loitering. Today, the police prosecutor was allowed to respond, and after that session, we spoke with Vaughan’s attorney about their chances of getting the charge struck out at this stage. Here’s what he told you:

Rottweilers Bit Tourist in OW
In early March we reported on a dog attack in Orange Walk involving a 6 year old boy. Well, there was another one last night but this time the victim was a tourist. The attack happened last night around 8:00 in San Estevan, Orange Walk. The owner of the 3 Rottweiler’s, Lorenzo Carrillo was at home when he heard screams from outside. When he went to check, he saw two of his Rottweiler’s attacking a man who was camping in the backyard of an old building near his yard. Carrillo then rushed over to get the dogs away from the tourist-traveller. Carrillo told our colleagues at CTV3 that the dogs must have gotten out of the yard from behind their pens and he does not know what triggered the attack because this is the first time his dogs attacked someone. The tourist was bitten to his right arm, under his arm and to his right leg. He was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital for treatment. The Chairman of San Estevan and other officials got involved and suggested Carrillo get rid of the dogs. Carrillo says he does not object to this suggestion.

Another Case Of Police Brutality Caught on Camera
We’ve shown you that police brutality video in Orange Walk, but another has gone viral which captures 2 officers detaining a man in San Pedro. A part of the video shows that the man is on the ground, and that he is submissive to the authority of 2 officers of the Eastern Division Strike Team. While he’s on the ground one officer can be heard cranking a gun and points it at the man, and later on, one of the officers gratuitously kicks the man on the ground. A few minutes ago, we spoke with Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster, who heads the Eastern Division Strike Team, and we asked about that video and the conduct of those officers. ACP Broaster told us that the officer who stamped the man on the leg is Special Constable Moralez. Based on the video evidence, this officer has already been reprimanded by the police high command, and he was pulled off the strike team. Broaster explained to us no further action can be taken against the officers unless the man in the video comes in and makes an internal complaint.

The Campaign To "Get Deon Home"
On Monday’s newscast, you heard the position of the Football Federation of Belize in trying to get the country’s premier striker, Deon McCaulay, back home to play for the National Team. The Jaguars are set to play the Dominican Republic in 10 weeks’ time, but according to FFB president Ruperto Vicente, if McCaulay wants to play on the National Team, he’ll have to pay for his own transportation to get back from the US. Vicente explained on Saturday that because McCaulay is not signed to any international football clubs, he is ineligible by FFB rules to be brought home using Federation money. But football fans are clamouring for McCaulay to be a part of the team, but he’s told persons that he can’t afford to come home. So, a group of fans, who call themselves the Associations of Belize Concerned with Getting Deon Home have started a dollar drive to raise the money required to get him on the national team. They want to put together $5,000 by Friday at least, which would pay for McCaulay’s ticket as well as the stipend paid to professional players weekly. We caught up with 2 of those fans taking on this initiative, and they explained how you can help.

Lead and Water Don't Mix
The Department of the Environment along with a couple of retailers are attempting to revitalize a Lead Acid Batteries Recycling Program in Belize. Now many of you may wonder why there needs to be a program for car batteries. Well, according to the main coordinators of the program, the mismanagement or mishandling of used lead acid batteries can have serious environmental and health risks. We spoke with the director of one of the main retailers involved in this initiative and she told us what role her business plays in ensuring that it is successful. Martha Pohl - Director, RENCO "The department I know has been working really hard in organising this. Due, I guess to the current price of lead, it is not feasible for us to do what we're doing which is basically - purchasing old batteries or encouraging people to leave their old batteries when they purchase a new battery. And the we package it off and ship it to the US to a supplier for recycling. We have been working on our own - this is something we had and when environment came then they figured out that our programme is exactly what they were trying to enforce. Or trying to get more people on board and they've had seminars, they've had people that sell batteries to discuss ways of recycling. Most of these people when they take it back home, what are they going to do? Put it on the side of the garage or put it in their yard and then that sand piles up or they make think that they will use it because it has a little bit of life - and they may put it in another vehicle. But once your vehicle is running, you don’t think about things like that."

Because Music Matters
The Music Industry in Belize needs to improve on business management. That’s Jamaican Music Consultant Lloyd Stanbury’s evaluation and he along with Belizean artists and other stakeholders plan on improving on this aspect of the industry among other issues. Stanbury along with NICH and the Institute of Creative Arts have launched a Belize Music and Entertainment Industry Development Initiative. This initiative will focus on providing solutions to these setbacks which will propel the industry forward. We caught up with Stanbury today at one of their consultation sessions at the Birds Isle this afternoon and he outlined some of the challenges Belizean artists face and what can be done to overcome them. Consultations continue tomorrow. The group will meet with artists such as Nello Player, Supa G and Melonie Gillett at Travelers at 2. Other artists are welcomed to attend. After this consultation phase an action plan will be devised.

The Troubles of 2005
You probably can’t remember it now but 10 years ago – Belize had fallen off the map, or at least the communications grid – you couldn’t make a phone call, send a text or an email or access the web: all communication domestic and international had been cut off. The entire national telecommunication system was down – a result of direct action by BTL employees who were in an uproar after a union employee had been fired. If the response of shutting down the whole communication grid seems a bit much – that is because it was the culmination of months of agitation against the Musa Administration – which was found out in 2004 for using public funds to pay private debts. And so, 2005 lurched from one crisis to another – but the biggest one was on March 15th when the phones went dead. Tonight, we dig into our archives to look back at that time when the government had to resort to special legislation to commandeer the phone company. This is a portion our story of the events on March 16th and 17 – nights that shook Belize:… Again, that was March 16 and 17th, 2005. Tomorrow, we’ll have one more look at the events of those tempestuous times – on this the ten year anniversary of the troubles of 2005.


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Channel 5

Coastguard Officer Keyren Tzib Out on Bail…
Last Friday, a bail hearing for Coastguard Seaman Keyren Tzib was deferred to today, following orders of Justice Herbert Lord that an evaluation be conducted to determine the psychological condition [...]

…Results of Psychiatric Evaluation Presented in Court
Tzib was returning from a twelve-day operation at sea with a team of Coast Guard, B.D.F., Police and Port Authority personnel. One hundred yards from shore, she allegedly turned her [...]

CWU President Wants Union Senator Ray Davis Removed
Ray Davis….he is the union senator, who, since the passing of the Petrocaribe Loans Act, has come under much fire for his abstention from vote in the senate. A document [...]

Matura-Shepherd Says She Doesn’t Want to Replace Davis as Senator
As to the criticism that Matura-Shepherd wants to replace Davis as the union senator, the second vice president had some choice words for those persons.   Audrey Matura-Shepherd, 2nd Vice [...]

Orange Walk Officers to Face Disciplinary Action for Excessive Use of Force
A weekend incident between an Orange Walk resident and three law enforcement officers, caught on candid camera, has gone viral. Actually it’s more than just an incident. A Police Constable [...]

EU Inaugurates Sugar Road in San Narciso/San Victor
Today, two completed sections of road were officially inaugurated – that section from San Narciso to San Victor in the Corozal District, and another section from the old Northern Highway [...]

B.S.C.F.A. Chairman Gives Update on Present Sugar Crop
The Road Rehabilitation done in the area of San Narciso and san Victor will benefit the farmers and residents in those communities and in the vicinity. But in the grand [...]

What Became of the Fairtrade Issue and B.S.C.F.A.?
When the crop got underway very late in January, the B.S.C.F.A. which controls a majority of growers, was in crisis mode. On two separate occasions, farmers at the general assembly [...]

Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez Faces Additional Charge for Sexual Assault
In February, P.U.P. Orange Walk East Area Representative, Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez, was formally arraigned on six counts of aggravated assault of an indecent nature and common assault in relation [...]

Belize City Security Guard Indicted for Carnal Knowledge
Twenty-seven-year-old Nikolai James, who has been on the lam since being accused of sexually assaulting a fifteen-year-old student a week ago, appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith this morning.  [...]

Devon Jones to Face Trial for Maim and Aggravated Assault
Thirty three year old electrician Devon Jones of Iguana Street will stand trial for maim and aggravated assault vehicle following the conclusion of a preliminary inquiry today. Attorney Bryan Neal [...]

World Health Day Observed in Belize, Food Safety is Key
How safe is your food?  That’s the focus of this year’s World Health Day.  While it was celebrated internationally a week ago, the Ministry of Health, the Belize Agricultural Health [...]

Damari’s Amazing Road to Recovery
Nine-year-old Katerin Michel Perez has been at the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Boston for one week, following a freak accident which left her severely burned over more than half of [...]

DOE Discusses Oil Spill Contingency
The discussion on offshore oil drilling and its risks continue to be ventilated in the media, and for some time now, N.G.O.s and government have bucked heads on this issue. [...]

PlusTV

Brutal police beating caught on camera
A brutal police beating incident was all caught on camera in Orange Walk by the wife of the victim. The video has made its rounds on face book and a police officer and 2 special  constables are now being investigated. 28 year old Andres Rodriguez was badly beaten on Sunday night at his house...

Shooting leaves Belize City man hospitalized
48 year old Mark Franklin Broaster is recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained when a gunman targeted him around 7:20Monday night in Belize City. The resident of the Pickstock Street area was standing in front of his house when his would-be killers came calling...

Man’s decomposing body found in Maxboro
Police are investigating yet another murder in the Belize District, this one in the residential subdivision of Maxboro. It is not yet clear to police who wanted 31 year old Leon Leslie Sr...

Clearing of Creek buffer in Belmopan
Last week Friday we told you about the squatting and land clearing that is taking place behind the East Piccini Extention Area Belmopan near a designated green buffer that runs along a creek called the mount pleasant buffer...

Family receives death certificate of loved one two years after his murder
In 2013, the family of KTV Latino Star Daniel Aguirre were mourning his untimely demise and were also facing the possibility of losing their home.  As it turns out , Aguirre had placed his home on mortgage for a 27 thousand dollar loan with Scotia Bank...

Coast Guard rescues fishermen near Stake Bank
The Belize National Coast Guard has acquired a reputation for fast acting to save lives on the sea in marine incidents. On Sunday evening a rescue boat went out on a call south of the Stake Bank area to save a group of fishermen. Petty Officer Class 3 Edwards tells us what happened...

Area representative re-states position on squatting
10 Belize City families who were told last week that they had a week to move will be moving to new properties in the area of Cotton Tree, Cayo District...

Belize City to host Business Improvement Areas
In conjunction with the Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED), the Belize City Council today hosted a volunteer under the auspices of the Canadian Technical Assistance Program to present the concept of a Business Improvement Area to businessmen and other residents of Belize City, pa...

BTB tightening its finances?
The Management of Belize Tourism Board held meetings today with the various departments to announce to its staff a decision to tighten BTB’s finances...

Santander workers protest unfair working conditions
Last month Plus TV along with other local media houses was invited on a tour of the Santander farms and facilities – a multimillion dollar sugarcane project situated on 20 thousand acres of land privately owned by Guatemalans behind the banana bank area, in Belmopan...

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Audrey Matura-Shepherd wants Ray Davis out over Senate vote
2nd Vice President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) Audrey Matura-Shepherd last week went on record to call for the removal of Senator Ray Davis as representative of the trade unions in the upper legislature, following his vote of abstention on the Petrocaribe Loan Act of […]

Final decision on Albert Vaughan loitering charge in May
This afternoon Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart heard final submissions from both parties in the case against 55 year old activist of the People’s United Party (PUP) Albert Vaughan, who faces a charge of loitering in a public place stemming from the events of August 4 when workers from Belize […]

Keyren Tzib meets bail on attempted murder charge
After a delay to consider the merits of her case, Supreme Court Justice Herbert Lord today set bail of $10,000 for Coast Guard seaman Keyren Tzib, 24, charged with the attempted murder by shooting of Petty Officer Kurt Hyde on Easter Monday, April 6, aboard a Coast Guard vessel […]

Security guard charged with carnal knowledge
A security guard of Belize City has been charged with having intercourse with a minor about half his age. 27 year old Nicoli James was charged with carnal knowledge of a female minor before Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith. The complainant, aged 15 years and 8 months, said to police […]

Belizeans organized to “bring Deon home”
The furore over the fate of superstar footballer Deon McCaulay continues to rage, but according to the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) it is out of their hands: unless Belize’s top goalscorer can pay his way home, he may not make it on to the national team to […]

Northern Two Cayes owner to discuss legal status
According to John Mills, the holder of a substantial encumbrance and mortgage against Northern Two Cayes in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the owners of the Puerto Azul project have not completed their purchase of the island. He plans to reveal more as to the legal status of the island […]

Custom vehicle overturns during chase in Orange Walk
A vehicle belonging to the Customs Department just overturned on San Lorenzo Road in Orange Walk District. According to reports, custom officers were chasing an unknown pick up truck when they lost control of their vehicle and overturned. The officer has been rushed to NRH for medical treatment. Police are currently […]

GOB and EU inaugurate newly rehabilitated San Victor – San Narciso Road
An inauguration ceremony for the San Narciso – San Victor Road was held this morning at Mother’s Park in the San Narciso Village of the Corozal District. The project is a collaborative effort of the Government of Belize and the European Union geared at improving the infrastructural development of the […]

UB Toledo hosts annual Education Fair
The University of Belize Toledo campus held its annual Faculty of Education and Arts showcase today. This day is set aside for the students of the faculty to display all the projects they have done over the course of the year. The event focused on topics surrounding Belizean History and […]

Drug bust at La Isla Bonita
A random search at an apartment in the San Pedrito Area of Ambergris Caye yielded successful for authorities on the island. According to the report, they conducted a search around 12:30pm on Tuesday where they were met by five male persons. Upon further inspection, authorities made the discovery of a […]

Senior Officers get notice of impending transfers
Reports are that seven (7) Senior Officers from municipalities across Belize have been given notice of their impending transfers. The memo confirms that Regional Commander for the North and Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvette will be transferred to the Garden City of Belmopan. Officer in Charge of the Corozal […]

Troubled Youths benefit from Southside Project
In Southside Belize City, where homicide rates have drastically increased in recent years and the drug trade has become so widespread, joining gangs is seen as the only way to survive for many deprived youths. Youths like 18 year old Rudolph Belisle to whom the idea of getting a high […]

No ‘Black Gold’ in Sarstoon Temash for US Capital Energy
After months of continuous drilling for oil in the Sarstoon Temash National Park, indications suggest that US Capital has been unsuccessful in finding “black gold” in that area. Reports are that their expectations and explorations were ceased after drilling more than 6000 feet. Reliable information reaching our news […]

Two men have been charged in connection with Aurelio’s murder
The murder of Aurelio Montero Jr. is the latest homicide to shock the usually peaceful town of San Ignacio. This 24 year old coastguard seaman from Bullet Tree Village left his home on Holy Thursday with intentions to report to work on Good Friday, but he never made it because he […]

Blogs

Mystery Fruit: Sapodilla – A Tree That Produce Both a Delicious Snack And Chicle
For some reason, when asking details on a new fruit, I am always conversing with someone who speaks mostly Spanish. And since I speak almost zero Spanish, I did get the name: Sapodilla. And she said, I believe, that it is like a kiwi. She helped me pick two – you want them soft to the touch – charged me $1bzd each for them. Not bad. The sapodilla are front and center. Roundish, with a grayish-brownish, dusty thin skin. Skin you don’t want to eat. Mameys – more football like and with very rough skin – sit towards the back near the mangoes.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK 200: BELIZE
Oh, Belize. Fifteen years ago, it was one of the first foreign countries I ever stepped foot in — and I’ve been itching to return ever since. This photos from this past week and the one before it should explain why pretty well. While our first week in the country was spent exploring the mainland jungles and beaches, for the second, my sister and cousin and I hit the cayes after waving goodbye to my mom at the airport. Our first stop was Caye Caulker, which immediately swept us away with its small island charm. Next, after both Kirsten and Olivia made their exits, I boated over to Ambergis Caye for a change of scenery. While Caye Caulker was my favorite by a mile, they’re both surrounded by miles of turquoise waters — so, really, you can’t lose. Next, I’m on my way back to Guatemala, though I must admit that I’m feeling a bit lost and struggling to get back in the solo traveler groove since the family departed. It doesn’t help that I’m buried under a pile of work, so my human interaction levels have dropped from near-constant to next-to-nothing as I’ve reunited with my old best friend my laptop. The one thing keeping my sane is breaking for a nightly jog or bike ride. Hopefully by the time I check in next week, I’ll have found my stride again.

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Belizean beauty
I had the pleasure of spending a few days on this blissful tropical getaway along the Belizean coast this February. The Caye (K) or island is located 21 miles off the coast of Belize City and can be reached by a 45 minute water taxi. It is actually a limestone reef covered by a maritime sand dune and only measures four miles in length. A hurricane back in the 60s initially divided the island into two and is divided by what the locals call The Split. The developed southern end is where you find the village of Caye Caulker while the northern tip has recently become under the scrutiny of international developers. There are currently efforts to dredge the mangrove swamps to try and build some large resorts and homes. Now those of you looking for 5* resorts and amenities would be better served to continue onwards to Caye Caulker’s big brother – Ambergris Caye. Caye Caulker has long been a favorite for the backpacker crowd however there have been recent additions of some lovely upscale accommodations. Everything from luxury condos and bed and breakfasts, mid-range accommodations, hostels and even beachfront camping is available all depending on your personal budget. The true draw to this place is its uniquely laid back ambiance. Brightly painted houses line the beach and sand streets. Coconut palms sway in the warm tropical breezes. Children laugh and play on their walk to and from the small elementary school. Bicycle bells, not car horns ring out as the locals call out greetings. This destination is all about breathing deep, slowing down and living in the present.

Bringing to Light Mysterious Maya Cave Rituals
Discover Magazine did a piece that shows a lot of Actun Tunichil Muknal, and talks about some of its 'subterranean secrets.' "Over the past 50 years, vestiges of religious rituals have turned up in hundreds of caves throughout the land of the ancient Maya, stretching from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula down through El Salvador. Some caves, like Actun Tunichil Muknal, or 'Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre,' contain human or animal remains, as well as ceramic pots, musical instruments, jewelry, small sculptures and stingray spines, which were used for bloodletting. Others contain mysterious stone structures: altars, plaster platforms, pathways and monuments. In some caves, every chamber is adorned with this architecture — an extraordinary feat of engineering in absolute darkness."

Belize’s Hamanasi Resort Completes Renovation Project
Belize’s Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort has completed its recent renovation project. The property’s updated Great House is slated for a grand opening on April 25. The boutique hotel had closed at the end of 2014 to add 10,000 square feet of additions and renovations at what is its main building onsite. The project included the addition of new furniture made onsite in the hotel’s carpentry shop, along with a new “Stargazer’s Deck,” which offers a high-altitude view of far off islands. “The Great House renovation came out of a need to expand the available public space to better accommodate the increase in guests as well as a desire to elevate comfort and design,” the property said in a release. “However, staying committed to sustainability and limiting the carbon footprint were fundamental parts of the process.”

Bakersfield native teaches Belizean children about mosquitos
Preventative Medicine Technician Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Luke Peet, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., attached to Boone Branch Health Clinic, teaches Belizean children about mosquitos at the Independence Polyclinic in Independence, Belize during Continuing Promise 2015. Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support and disaster response to partner nations and to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Directors' indemnities foolproof
In Arnold v Belize Telemedia Ltd the Belize Court of Appeal confirmed that indemnities given by a Belizean company to its directors deprived the company of a cause of action to pursue a claim against former directors for decisions taken during their term as company directors. Background. The government compulsorily acquired Belize Telemedia Limited in August 2009. The directors of the then privately held company were deposed by legislative instrument and replaced by a government-appointed board. In 2011 the government-appointed board decided that certain decisions made by the previous board of directors had caused the company to suffer loss and damage. Specifically, it was alleged that decisions of the former directors to make advances to a related company to write off certain related-party debts, make a distribution of shares in specie and pay dividends without making tax deductions had caused loss to Telemedia.

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. Fourth Fleet
Seventeen service members from the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) participated in a community relations event at King's Children Home (KCH) in Belmopan, Belize, April 10 in support of Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15). Continuing Promise is a collaborative effort between the United States, partner nations and non-governmental and support organizations to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian and civic assistance, as well as veterinary, medical, dental and civil engineering support to send a strong message of compassion, support and commitment to Central America, South America and the Caribbean. KCH, one of the very few orphanages in Belize, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to helping and providing care for children in difficult circumstances. The Christian-based orphanage, founded 1985, has expanded over the years, opening its doors to hundreds of children. "We are here today to do some paint restoration in the cafeteria, which is really the big project at hand," said COMREL coordinator Religious Program Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Coreson, a native of Soldonta, Alaska. "I think service members getting in uniform and coming out to help with projects is a great opportunity to work alongside our Belize partners."

The April 5, 2015 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Bernard Clings To Life:
    A San Ignacio resident is tonight clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was hit by a vehicle that did not stop. Fifty year old Bernard McLaren, known as the bread and bun man, is a self-employed father of three children. McLaren had just visited his kids and was heading home when he was hit by a white vehicle. The driver did not stop to render assistance. The incident happened a little before 9:00 Saturday night when San Ignacio police was called to the low lying bridge of an accident that occurred. Upon arrival police noticed a man lying face down on the side of the street. They recognize the male person to be Bernard McLaren, 50 Belizean Labourer of Branch mouth area. McLaren was unconscious and was bleeding from his head, apparently suffering from a cut wound to the right side of his forehead.
  • Link Up Bar Burglar:
    On Wednesday a Santa Elena business woman reported that her establishment was burglarized. Owner of Link Up Bar, Ruby Sabala, reported to the San Ignacio police that her said establishment was burglarized on Tuesday 24 March. She said that about 12:00 pm on that same day she received a call from the owner of the building that the back door of the establishment was opened. Knowing that she had properly secured her establishment, she quickly when to take a look. Upon arrival she noted that the lock was broken off the front door and they exited through the back door.
  • Launch Of My Body Is Precious Animations:
    The office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children has partnered with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to produce animated videos from the My Body is Precious “good touch, bad touch” book in the Garifuna, Maya and English languages. This initiative was born out of the belief that all children have the right to get information in a way that they understand and the realization that there are communities, primarily in southern Belize where Garifuna and Maya are the most commonly spoken languages. These are also languages that are rarely used in written form. Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow is proud to be able to extend her advocacy efforts for child abuse prevention to these communities where the children and their families may not speak or fully understand English.
  • Mmmm... Hot Cross Buns Recipe:
    love. Belizeans love their hot cross buns as much as the next person, and the favorite way to eat them is slathered with happy cow cheese, dripping in butter or simply dunked in a nice mug of coffee to start the Easter weekend right. Here is a recipe to test out your baking skills!! Hot Cross Bun Recipe Ingredients: Dry * 3lbs flour * 2 packs of yeast * Spice seeds * Raisins * ½ lb shortening * 1 cup brown sugar Wet * Lukewarm coconut milk * Vanilla (about 1 tablespoon) * Essence of your choice Preparation Method: Add flour, yeast, spice seeds, raisins into a mixing bowl Add in the ½ lb of shortening, followed by 1 cup of brown sugar. Mix everything together until incorporated.
  • Blazing Battle Of The Two Western Teams:
    Friday night, the clash of two of the power houses in the league, complemented by the in-district rivalry took center stage at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town on Friday 20 March, 2015, as the undefeated Cayo Western Ballaz (7-0) played host to the Belmopan Red Taigaz (5-2). The stage was set from the introduction of the players, as the visiting Belmopan fans came in full force, matching the noise, intensity and fan fare of the home team. The game's intensity peaked from tip off, and the biggest lead in the entire game was 6 points, as both teams demonstrated a high level of concentration, great defense and limited mistakes. With 19 seconds remaining in the game, Belmopan Red Taigaz had a 60 - 59 lead, when Richard Troyer missed a three point attempt, and Jarell Velasquez secured the rebound and was fouled.
  • Celebrating Easter In Belize:
    With more than 80 per cent of Belizeans professing Christianity, Easter is the single longest public and Bank Holiday – from Good Friday through Easter Monday. This is a 4 day holiday when residents flee to neighboring Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Chetumal in Mexico, or take to the local beaches, river or nearest bathing pool. Schools are closed for a full week starting from the Monday before the Easter weekend. Government, public utilities and banks shut down at midday on Holy Thursday, for four and a half days making this one of the slowest periods for commerce. The weather is usually very hot, but at times a straggling cold front moves in over the Yucatan Peninsula bringing in clouds and pleasant temperatures. The sale of alcohol is prohibited throughout the country on Good Friday, a day when solemn religious activities are held including all-day church services and processions re-enacting of the Passion of Christ. Regretfully, foreign tourism interests have managed to erode Easter traditions in certain areas such as Ambergris Caye by pressuring local authorities to look the other way to allow the sale of alcohol on Good Friday.
  • Where is the BC:
    A rather old fashioned lady was planning a couple of weeks vacation in The Mountain Pine Ridge. She also was quite delicate and elegant with her language. She wrote a letter to a particular campground and asked for reservations. She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped but didn't know quite how to ask about the "toilet" facilities. She just couldn't bring herself to write the word "toilet" in her letter. After much deliberation, she finally came up with the old fashioned term "Bathroom Commode," but when she wrote that down, she still thought she was being too forward. So she started all over again; rewrote the entire letter and referred to the "Bathroom Commode" simply as the "B.C.". Does the campground have its own "B.C.?" is what she actually wrote.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections:
    Sexually transmitted infections (STI), also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and venereal diseases (VD), are infections that are commonly spread by sex, especially vaginal intercourse, anal sex and oral sex. Most STIs initially do not cause symptoms. This results in a greater risk of passing the disease on to others. Symptoms and signs of disease may include: vaginal discharge, penile discharge, ulcers on or around the genitals, and pelvic pain. STIs acquired before or during birth may result in poor outcomes for the baby. Some STIs may cause problems with the ability to get pregnant. More than 30 different bacteria, viruses, and parasites can cause STIs. Bacterial STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis among others. Viral STIs include genital herpes, HIV/AIDS, and genital warts among others. Parasitic STIs include trichomoniasis among others. While usually spread by sex, some STIs can also be spread by non-sexual contact with contaminated blood and tissues, breastfeeding, or during childbirth. STI diagnostic tests are easily available in the developed world, but this is often not the case in the developing world.
  • GOB To Conduct In-Depth Review Of Local Rice Industry:
    The Government of Belize wishes to inform the public that it is fully aware of the request by a local importer to import rice from Guyana, and his claim that imported rice through that channel could be made available to the public at a price lower than the current market price. The Government is also aware that there is severe overproduction in Guyana and they have domestic pressure to market that product at any cost. The government, through the Ministries of Natural Resources and Agriculture, and the Ministry of Trade, Investment, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, is conducting an in-depth review of the rice industry with an aim to ensure the best action for Belize as it relates to the production and supply of rice to the Belizean public. The first stakeholder meeting including producers was held last week before this became a media story.
  • Decriminalization Of Marijuana community and from National:
    Earlier this month a committee authorized to discuss the removal of criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of cannabis released its report in which it recommends such removal for ten grams or less possessed. The report is now before Cabinet and today Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that the Government has given its support in principle. However, there are reservations, particularly from the church community and from National Security Minister John Saldivar with regard to the establishment of “decriminalization,” as it is officially termed. The Prime Minister said Government wished to have final consultation with the churches as to their position on decriminalization, though it is prepared to move forward without them if needed. Thousands of Belizeans are expected to benefit from this move, which will include formal rehabilitation and education as well as expunging of criminal records.
  • World Cup Qualifiers Belize Vs. Cayman:
    Earlier this month the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) presented the 30-member men’s National “A” Selection Team, dubbed, the Belize Jaguars who have been in training for last night’s game against the Cayman Islands in their first match of the World Cup 2018 Qualifiers. During that presentation, which included the unveiling of their logo, much confidence was expressed in Belize securing a victory despite the absence of the team’s star striker, Deon McCaulay. The forecast for that victory was made based on several factors including the fact that Belize ranks internationally at 41, outdoing the Grand Cayman National Team … but that victory didn’t come to pass last night as the game ended in a nil-nil score last night at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan.
  • Buenos Aires Streets Empty As Transport Strike:
    The streets of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, remained largely empty on Tuesday morning as a number of transport workers' unions went on a 24-hour strike. Many national and international flights were cancelled and train and underground stations looked deserted. Trade unionists, who complain about high inflation and high taxes, also blocked some roads. The government has defended its tax system as fair. Blockades Protesters blocking the Pueyrredon Bridge, one of the main access routes into the city, said they would keep the blockade going until at least midday. Strike leaders said buses would not run on Tuesday as drivers were heavily unionised
  • International Garifuna Summit:
    An International Garifuna Summit organized by the Garifuna Heritage Foundation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was held on 8th-15th March, 2015 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The theme of the Summit was “The Garifuna, a Nation Displaced-Cultural Rights, Economic Survival and Reparations." It consisted of several events including Workshops, Conference, Tours, Cultural Extravaganza, a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Garifuna Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer Monument on St. Vincent and Grenadines Heroes Day, March 14th. A pilgrimage to Balliceaux was done on Sunday March 15. Balliceaux is an inhospitable off-shore island where the Garinagu were sent in July 1796 before being exiled from their homeland. More than fifty percent of those sent to Balliceaux died before the exile.
  • Criminal On The Run - Caught:
    While on the run, police has finally caught Jose “Pelon” Quintanilla. The incident happened on Thursday, 19 March, 2015, when the San Ignacio police was conducting their mobile patrol; they noticed Jose “Pelon” Quintanilla, on 2nd Street walking with a pink school bag in his hand coming out of an opened lot. As soon as Quintanilla saw the mobile patrol he turned back and ran. Police immediately set chase after him as he ran to an unfinished building where police saw him threw the bag and jumped out the back side of the building. Police then retrieved the pink school bag and continued the chase however, Quintanilla make good his escape through the bushes.
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Videos

  • USNS Comfort Band Plays Calla Creek, 8min. The US Navy Band on the USNS Comfort played at Calla Creek's Holy Cross primary school on Monday. Great job playing those trumpets! They also brought some much appreciated school supplies. A big round of thanks to the US Navy! "Today Holy Cross RCSchool was visited by this US navy group. It was awesome. They left a small gift for each student.(school bags, notebooks , pencils,erasers,sharpeners,scissors,pens, two small towels ,toothpaste nd toothbrush,soap,deodorant,shampoo,nail clipper,). Thanks US navy!!!!"

  • The Threats of Offshore Drilling to Belize's Marine Biodiversity, 10min.

  • Buceo en Blue Hole Belice, Diving in Belize, 4min. Buceo en Belice, inmersiones en el Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, y el Aquarium

  • Shark in The Blue Hole Belize, 4min.

  • Chris & Gayle Cayo Espanto Belize Wedding /a>, 20min.

  • Diving with Whale Sharks in Belize, 2min. This is the Whale Shark our dive group saw when vacationing in Belize. We were staying at the Almond Beach Resort and dove with the Splash Dive Center. We had an early morning, meeting at 5:30 AM, and at the dive location (Gladden Spit) by 8:30. It was our first dive and approximately 40 minutes into a 45 minute dive when a school of Tuna swam by... followed by the Whale Shark. We started the dive at 80 feet. We saw the shark come out of a depth of around 100 ft, swim to just short of the surface and turn and come back down towards us again at about 60 ft. We estimated the Shark to be between 30 and 40 feet long. I was extremely lucky to see this and not to mention how lucky I was to get this video.

  • Belize Animated Logo, 8sec.


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