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#503798 - 04/29/15 07:13 AM Today's Belize News: April 29, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Taxi driver murdered in broad daylight, his van was to be used in a robbery
The San Pedro Sun understands that police have reviewed surveillance footage from a financial institution that shows when the taxi cab was boarded, which pointed investigators to a quick lead. Broaster would not discuss if indeed they have reviewed surveillance footage, but explained that their investigation has seen some early but positive results. “We’ve determined that there were three main suspects involved in the shooting…we are looking for two more. As part of our investigation, we have detained a total of three people, one of whom is our main suspect,” indicated Broaster. While police would not go into details regarding the motive for the murder, Broaster indicated that the perpetrators were planning a robbery. “The investigation that we are carrying out will reveal what transpired between the time the culprits went and got the cab, to the point where they got to the location where the van was found. We know for sure that there was a boat, which we have in our custody that was utilized to flee from the area. The information we are receiving is that the taxi would have been used to commit a robbery. We are investigating the information as to where the robbery would have taken place.”

Successful Awareness Walk/Run for Special Needs Children held by ACES
Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) dedicated Sunday, April 26th to raising awareness for children living with special needs on the island. Along with the support of over a hundred island residents, ACES organized the first even 5K walk/run for awareness to coincide with Autism Awareness Month. Being the only school on the island to have a separate classroom for special needs students, the ACES event was a way to raise much needed funds for the initiative. ACES prides themselves in providing a quality and individualized education for special needs children and hoped to raise awareness on the issue for all islanders. According to Sarah Freudenberg (Master of Education Teacher), who has been leading the ACES’s special education program, this walk/run was important to sensitize the island community to the particular education requirements of special needs children. “This project is close to my heart and I am so thankful for all the support we have received from the residents and even the business community. I am very happy with the special needs program at ACES and with everyone’s support, it will only continue to grow,” said Freudenberg.

Ambergris Today

Flashbacks: When San Pedro Transitioned from a Fishing Village to Tourism Hot Spot
This Flashback has so much to comment on but the bottom line is that it depicts the last days of the fishing era just about to change into a tourism community. We see the last of the lobster fishing boats hauled up on the beach for renovation and a touch of fresh paint during the off season. The boats still carried masts for sails but were equipped with a bracket at the stern where an outboard engine was installed. Notice the 20 horsepower Evinrude motor on the ground. We also see a few hobby cats, a sign that tourism had commenced in San Pedro. Oh there is a Land Rover Jeep, one of four vehicles on the island. Occasionally it was used to haul the boat up on land. Notice the police station on the side of Central Park. The little building with the glass window was the office and the side with the single small window was the jail. Do take a look at the wood circular water tank called a “curbato”.

25 Years Ago - International Radio Stations were Entertainment for Island Villagers
The biggest name in radio today in Belize is Love F M. (98.1 FM) but did you know that back in the 1950's there was a whole lot of international radio in San Pedro? And what's more, a lot of villagers had their private antennas in their own yards. First let me take you through the International radio stations. There was first and foremost Radio Harlengin Texas. Yes all the way from Texas we got to enjoy musical programs in the days when Country and Western was very popular. Then there was Radio Havana, bringing us salsa, merengue, and hot Latino music all the way from Cuba. Radio Havana also had fine comical programs. Added to this was radio La Ceiba from Honduras. In this radio station San Pedranos enjoyed several radio novelas of love and romance as well as good family comedy and adventure.

Murdered Taximan Found Dead Inside His Own Vehicle
Residents in the area recall hearing a single gunshot and did not expect to hear the grim news of the body of 42-year-old San Pedro Taximan, Jose Rigoberto Beltran, found inside his own vehicle with one gunshot wound to the back of his head. After experiencing a decrease in criminal activity due to an increace in patrolling, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was shaken up once again on Tuesday, April 27, 2015. But as police conducted its investigations, the body of Beltran lay inside the taxi van well after 1p.m. parked lagoon-side, into some shrubberly off the road in the San Juan Area. The body of Beltran was discovered by a Coast Guard unit that was patrolling the lagoon, who were flagged down by a man who spotted the taxi van. The crime scene was just around the corner of the San Pedro Police Department and police believe that it is likely that Beltran was subdued, taken to that spot and killed. Police gained knowledge that the criminals needed his vehicle to conduct a robbery.

San Pedro: Dead Taxi man discovered this morning
With crime being down for sometime now, it's sad to report the discovery of a taxi man found dead inside his vehicle in the San Juan Area this morning. More information to come as it becomes available.

Weather Forecast Calls for Heavy Rains After Heat Spell
It has been HOT and DRY the past few months but according to weather forecasts this week and an obvious spike in humidity – rain is on its way, and lots of it. According to AccuWeather.com, big changes are on the way for parts of Mexico and Central America and that includes possible rain and thunderstorms that could bring flooding to the region. Red sunsets, like the one pictured above, taken yesterday are one indication of possible rain. What was a long stretch of dry weather and record heat, a cold front will be pushing down its way into the Gulf of Mexico bringing rain to southeast Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Belize’s National Meteorological Service’s forecast calls for seasonably hot and dry weather today with the approach of a late season cold front that will support a break in these conditions. Neighboring city of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico experienced a sizzling high of 110 degrees F. the last couple of days, while in Belize temperatures reached in the high 90’s in the mainland.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead
At 1:00pm, the body of 42 year old San Pedro taximan Jose Rigoberto Beltran is still inside his van, parked off the road near the San Juan Layout. He was allegedly shot once to the back of the head. Residents say they heard one shot at approximately 9:45am. and the body was found at around 10:00am. Police allegedly have two men detained, and are awaiting Scenes of Crime personnel to process the area.

Cayo Citizens on Patrol Program
Congratulations to all those that aced the training for the Citizens on Patrol program! Great to see. Thanks go out to the SI police for organizing the training. Best of luck to all. "On Sunday 26th April 2015 San Ignacio Police concluded the first training for the citizens on patrol program. We would like to congratulate the newest members of the COP."

Thinking of applying for the ESF Grant? Time is running out….
Political/Economic Chief J. Nathan Bland recently appeared on Open Your Eyes to discuss the 2015 Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) Economic Support Fund (ESF) grant opportunities. The U.S. Embassy intends to issue three to five awards in amounts between US $100,000 and $400,000 for projects that aim to strengthen citizen security by focusing on job creation and providing alternative activities and better education for youth at higher risk of gang affiliation and/or engaging in criminal activity.

Vaca Forest Reserve Fires
The Vaca Forest Reserve located north of the Chiquibul National Park has been under constant wild fires, that have created large gusts of smoke into Benque and Succotz. Without any fire lines, farmers have caused the destruction of large areas of the reserve. The fires still continue.

CSKC Wins at Copa Poptun
Congratulations to all the CSKC students that won at the Copa Poptun Karate tournament! They took home 28 medals. " The Cayo Shotokan‬ Karate Club in conjunction with the Belize Karate Federation participated in the 3rd Copa Poptun in Guatemala on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The delegation led by Sensei Herman Pastor Jr. and David Diego was comprised of 13 Junior athletes ranging from ages 6 to 16. The team was awarded the 2nd Place trophy for winning 8 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals.

Channel 7

Reggae Street Slaughter
At the end of last night's news, we told you about the fatal shooting on Reggae Street. The victim was 29 year-old Wayne Rocke, who became the Belize District's 6th murder victim in 48 hours. Courtney Weatherburne was at the scene in the "Yabra" area last night - and she has this report:... Courtney Weatherburne reporting Those flashing blue and red lights and this flapping barricade tape are all too familiar to city residents. And residents of the Yabra area were faced with that scene last night on Reggae Street after 29 year old Wayne Rock was shot and killed near this house. Like the ending of most of these tragic murder stories, the family was escorted to see their loved one's lifeless body. Before it was wrapped in a blood stained sheet and driven away. The family admits to Rock's street reputation but says that was his past.

Second Victim From Medina Shooting Succumbs
Adding to the frightening spate of murders is 55 year-old taxi-man Egbert Hemmans. He was the driver who took 31 year-old Mark Medina to Iguana Street on Sunday morning. He walked right into a trap, and a gunman was waiting for him. He killed Medina and shot Hemmans in the chest and abdomen - the bullet exited his back - damaging his liver. Hemmans sped off and drove himself to the KHMH - arriving there in a critical state. Doctors did what they could for him, but he passed away last night at around 8:00 from complications due to his injuries. According to his sister, the doctors called her telling her that he went into shock and about an hour later he died. Today police said that he was the victim of an unfortunate circumstance: Supt. Hiberto Romero - OC, CIB Eastern Division "Mr. Hemmans was pronounced dead yesterday around 8:20PM. That post mortem will be conducted sometime today."

San Pedro Cabbie Killed For His Golf Cart
42 year-old Jose Beltran, a San Pedro Taximan better known as Mr. Rigo, became the 7th murder victim in two and a half days. Police found him dead inside his vehicle in the San Juan Area of San Pedro this morning at 10:00. He had been tied up and shot in the head. The senior command of the Police Eastern Division has been on the island for weeks trying to root out the crime problem, and this evening, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster briefed the media about what they've been able to find out. He told us just over an hour ago that it appears that his killers targeted this law abiding resident for his taxi, which they planned to use in the commission of a crime: Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster "We responded, we found the male person with one gunshot wound to the head and our response to the incident, we managed to apprehend one of the main suspects. We've confiscated a boat with a 75 horse power engine that was use as the getaway vessel. We have one main suspect in custody and we are searching for two others."

60 Hours, 7 Murders In Bze District
So, that San Pedro murder brings the toll between Saturday night and Monday night to seven murders in the Belize District in a little more than 60 hours. It's a staggering number, and that's why everyone was on high alert this afternoon when shots rang out in Munoz Alley in the Fort George area. No one was hurt - but a number of shot rang out in the alley which adjoins the notorious Pink's Alley. Police maintain active patrols in the area.

Security Guard Arrested For One Murder
Police have made an arrest for one of the killings over the weekend. Diarron "Percy" Hamilton, the security guard who fatally stabbed 41 year-old Wilmer Cisneros, was charged for murder this morning and tonight, he's at the Belize Central Prison. Hamilton was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, and due to the nature of the offence, no plea was taken. He was denied bail and remanded to prison until his next court date, which was scheduled for July 22. As we reported, the incident happened at around 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Cisneros and a friend were patrons at the Blue House Bar in Ladyville. They were having a drink, when Hamilton and another security guard allegedly approached them and asked that they pay the entrance fee. According to his family, this fee only becomes a requirement after 9 p.m., and so they intended to leave. They somehow got into an altercation which escalated to a fight. Cisneros and Jimenez were stabbed during the fight, and Cisneros' injuries to the chest and abdomen were fatal.

PM Back From Talking To Bank of America and Carnival Cruise
Taking a break now from all that crime....Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned to the country today after a quick trip to Miami to meet with senior officials from the Bank of America and Carnival Cruise Lines. He's having a press conference tomorrow to discuss the outcome and what it means for the banking sector and the cruise tourism industry, but the media wanted a preview and met him at the airport today. Here's what he told us:... Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Well in respect to Bank of America, I think that the way forward is clear. What is going to be permitted and not permitted in terms of the government's hand-holding with the Belize Bank. It was useful, we know exactly how we are to proceed and that's been extremely helpful. In terms of Carnival, again, my mind is certainly clear as to Carnival's position re-Stake Bank and that again alone was worth the trip. I can't suggest that there is all of a sudden now a very bright well-define yellow brick road."

First Quarter Tourism Figures Show Stagnation
2014 was very strong for both cruise and overnight tourism when record numbers were realised. But, the first quarter of 2015 shows numbers for the overnight tourism sector going down ever so slightly - a very worrying start to the year for the BTB and tourism interests. Now, we stress, it is down very marginally, less than half of one percentage point - but it is worrying because the quarterly figure comes after a succession of years in which growth was shown consistently in every quarter. So, what's causing it? Well, according to a BTB release, you should blame it on the weather. The release says, quote, "There were severe snow storms that took place frequently during this period, resulting in cancellation of flights that affected travel from Canada, as well as the Central and Eastern United States, including Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York City." End quote. And while that is perhaps plausible, the other side of that coin is that there are now more flights from more destinations to Belize than ever before - and the cost of air fares is trending down due to lower fuel costs - which should attract more travellers.

Opposition Leader Will Give PM Ultimatum
Leader of the opposition Francis Fonseca says he is writing a letter to the Prime Minister which will give him 21 days to repeal the Petrocaribe Loans Act. What happens after that? That's what we asked Fonseca after he appeared on the KREM WUB show this morning:... Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "We have drafted a letter which we are sending to the Prime Minister of Belize. Which our objective is to have all of these partners, even if it's the third parties, if they want to join in - to be signatories to this letter, demanding that this PetroCaribe act be repealed and if is not repealed within 21 days of that letter, then we will have to mobilize and take to the streets and get the support of the Belizean people on this issue. Because we believe it is a fundamentally important issue, that goes to the heart of governance and goes to the heart of democracy." Jules Vasquez "This complicated by the fact that in 2005, the PUP signed the first PetroCaribe agreement. Two months after it had passed the Finance and Audit Act, which the former president of the PSU Mr. Dylan Reneau, wrote is in fact doing the same thing which the PUP now criticizes - undertaking a loan of infinite amount without the approval of national assembly."

PM Will Not Be Moved on Petrocaribe
Of course, the UDP says you can't be in favour of Petrocaribe spending and against the Petrocaribe Loans Act - because the ruling party maintains that Petrocaribe is such a strange instrument of credit that it cannot fit within the confines of the Finance and Audit Act. And that's why the Prime Minister said he wasn't fazed when we asked him about the Leader of the Opposition's 21 day ultimatum:.. Jules Vasquez "He will give you 21 days. Then after that he will take it to the streets." Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Well, I am certainly prepared to make a statement on PetroCaribe tomorrow. It's not escape my attention that there has been an unrelenting campaign over the last week and I am now learning that it continues into this week. So, I will make a statement. Prepare for a long press conference, because there are so very many issues to address. But I can say from now, that there is not a chance in hell that there will be any repeal of the PetroCaribe loans act." Jules Vasquez "Even if the social partners and the Opposition galvanized?"

86 Year Old Trapped In Fire
There was a fire in the city this afternoon. It happened at #17 Neal Pen Road around 3:30 this afternoon. But, it wasn't just the structure that was at risk, an 86-year-old woman was at home all alone - luckily neighbors were able to save her. The fire department was quick to the scene - and a neighbor told us off camera how she saved the octogenarian - we also spoke to the tenant downstairs about their damages:.. Voice of Neighbour "I saw the smoke and I heard the lady crying. I went upstairs and tried to carry her down but I couldn't succeed so I called for someone and a young man came to help me, and that's how we brought her downstairs." Courtney Weatherburne "Was she the only one in the house at the time?" Voice of Neighbour "She was the only one at the time and she cannot move." Nicholas Mogual, Tenant, downstairs "The downstairs is supposed to be wet right now because when I went in there it was getting wet and there was a lot of smoke so I couldn't stay in there. But it's just getting wet for right now."

DPP Says Ellis Meighan No Charge To Answer For "Zimbab" Shooting
It made big news last year when George Street General, Carlos Abraham known as Zimbab was shot on Lakeview Street. Ellis Meighan Jr -who lives around the corner from the crime scene - was one of the accused persons, but today he walked from attempted murder charges. The DPP directed that the charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm should be withdrawn. With that, Meighan Junior walked out the court a freeman. Now, only a 17 year old minor stands accused of the crime. A preliminary inquiry will be held in early June.

Gang Rape Allegation From Southern Tertiary School
There is a troubling allegation of gang rape coming out of one of the Tertiary Education Institutions in the South. It involves a case where a female student is accusing as many as five of her male counterparts of raping her on a class trip. For the protection of the victim's identity police have asked us not to release certain sensitive information - like the name of the school. But we have confirmed that this tertiary level class trip was taken from the school in the south to San Ignacio on Thursday April 16. We understand that an 18 year-old female special needs student was on the trip with 75 other students and 2 teachers We understand the student was returning from the restroom, when she was pulled into a room and forced into having sexual relations with several of her male peers. We've confirmed with San Ignacio police that a report was made last week, and police have visited the school in the south to investigate the allegations.

Minister's Nephew Being Protected From Gun Charge
Earlier this month we reported on the boat accident near the municipal airstrip which left boat captain Romy Badillo critical. We also told you about the fundraising event that was organized by his family and friends to cover medical expenses. While the family advertised the event as being a fun filled one, there was one confrontation that changed the entire mood. Edison Usher better known as DJ Vintage came to our studios to tell us about a frightening encounter he had with another man at the fundraising event. Usher told us that he was setting up the sound system at the Hour Bar Field for the event when a man drove over his speakers wires twice. Usher told us he was only trying to dissuade him from driving over the wire by waving or signaling him to go another way but the young man in the vehicle took it to another level by pulling a gun. Here is Usher's account of what happened next. Edison Usher, Had a gun pointed at him in public "The reason why we're trying to divert things is because there's wires on the ground that damage the equipment and it's very expensive. He mumbled something, I didn't hear it too well because the breeze was blowing a little bit.

Teenaged Girl Missing For Two Weeks
A 16-year-old girl has been missing for about 2 weeks now and her family came to our studios yesterday to ask for help in finding her. Shania Bain's sister, Kemiesha Perry, told us today that she has run off before with friends but in the past she always came back. This time though concerns are mounting for the family because she has never been gone this long. Her sister told us more: Kemiesha Perry "No one said anything like having her or condoning her at their house, but the only thing that I heard was that she's in the complex and PIV area. That's the only thing that I heard but I didn't...." Courtney Weatherburne "Someone saw her in that area?" Kemiesha Perry "Yes, because a couple people to whom I spoke to, like people who are in her class and different things. They said how they saw her in the area and if they would see her again, I gave them my number so if they see her just let them contact me and just let me go for her. When she use to go, she use to go two days and return. Sometimes nearly a week and then she comes back but then it wasn't such a big deal. Yes, we would go look for her even if it were two days but, now she hasn't returned so I can't say. Well I know she's alive there but I just don't know exactly where she is. I just hope wherever she is, she's safe and I hope she comes back home so she can go back to school."

Deputy PM Vega Wants To Sue, Doesn't Want To Appear In Court
Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega's defamation lawsuit against his PUP political opponent, Ramon Cervantes Jr. went back to the Supreme Court today. We're referring to the decision by the DPM to sue Cervantes because he released an explosive phone call recording on the evening news and on national radio. In that phone call, the man claiming to be Manuel Castillo, the wanted murder mastermind, named Vega as the person who orchestrated Cervantez father's murder last year. Today was a case management conference which focused mostly on an application to amend the claim, made by Vega's attorney, Rodwell Wiliams. We waited outside of court and spoke with Cervantes and his attorney who claims that in this application, Vega wants the lawsuit to continue against Cervantez, he just doesn't want to be obliged to appear in court regularly for it:

26 Year Old Man Raped Child
Last night we told you about a 38 year old who was remanded for sexually assaulting a 10 year old girl, and tonight the story is about a 26 year-old accused of doing the same to a nine year old girl. Salvadoran National Daniel Rios, a taxi driver of Starfish Crescent, was arraigned on the charge of unlawful sexual intercourse and harm against of a female child 9 years and 5 months old when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Due to the nature of the offences, he was remanded into custody until August 5. The child reported to the police that Rios had sex with her at his home on April 24. The child was taken to the hospital where she was examined by a doctor who classified her injuries as wounding.

Rats At Western Regional
The Western Regional hospital has an infestation of rats and health authorities are trying to eradicate these rodents as quickly as possible. On Friday afternoon around 11:30 staff members were cleaning the storage room when they found drawers, cupboards and other areas over-run with rats. We spoke to the Regional Manager of the Hospital, Melinda Guerra and she says that pest control as well the infection control unit are working together to get rid of the rats in the storage room and in any other room in the hospital where these rodents may be lurking. Guerra told us that she met with CEO Peter Allen today and he approved the budget of $18,000 to thoroughly clean and renovate the storage room and works should begin as early as Friday. All foods items and supplies that were contaminated and unfit for consumption were discarded. All the other food items that are safe for consumption have been moved to another area in the hospital; the storage room is not in use at this time. Guerra says public health inspectors are conducting an overall assessment of the hospital.

PUP Taking GOB To Court for 13th Senator
Earlier in the news we told you how the PUP will be issuing the government of Belize with a 21 day ultimatum to repeal the Petrocaribe Loans Act. Well, the opposition will also go to court to force the UDP to bring into effect the constitutional amendment to add a 13th. Senator to the Upper House. This amendment was passed years ago, but the Barrow Administration simply refused to bring it into effect - because they say their very own amendment would paralyze the legislature. Well now the PUP is taking it to court. The Leader of the opposition explained: Attorney Eamon Courtenay who has been an outspoken public critic of the non-adoption of the constitutional amendment will be bringing the action.

PUP Says No Cozying Up To Ashcroft
And while the PUP tries to generate momentum for a general election which is coming sooner rather than later, the truth of politics is that you can't get momentum without money. And for that, many seasoned political observers feel that the PUP will turn to Michael Ashcroft - who is the biggest single financier in Belize's post independent history. But, recently Ashcroft has been changing his strategy - both in Belize and in the UK where he no longer gives to parties as much as he focuses on what are called marginal seats - basically constituencies that could win with just the right infusion of campaign financing. But today the PUP would not admit to even that; they say Ashcroft has shown no interest in them - and the feeling is mutual:.. Reporter "The last time you were asked, you were dismissive about the presence of Lord Ashcroft in Belize. Since then, has the PUP met with him? And will the PUP be accepting campaign financing from him?" Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "We just discussed that on the KREMANDALA Show. No, we have not, Jules did not invite me to his meeting with him so I couldn't go. So we haven't heard anything from Lord Ashcroft at all and for me it's a moot question. We are not accepting money from someone who is not offering us money. I don't know if Jules told the man a lot of bad things about me, I don't know. So in any case for us, we are committed to raising money from the Belizean people. That's how we ran our election in 2012. From the Belizean people, the Belizean business community, that's how we're going to do it again whenever the elections are called."

PUP Will Present Public Plan For Convention
38 year-old Haitian National David Modest arrived at the PGIA with a fake Belizean permanent residency permit, and so tonight he's at the prison for it. We have not been able to confirm which flight he arrived on, but the Immigration Officers flagged the immigration document he presented to them when he arrived. When they did a background check, the realized that the permanent residency permit was fake. He was questioned, and he later revealed he bought the document online. He was then charged with using a document he wasn't entitled today, and when he was arraigned today before Magistrate Ladonna John, he pleaded guilty. He was fined $1,000 to be paid forthwith, and because he couldn't pay, he was sent to prison to serve 6 month. After that, he will be deported at the earliest convenience.

Channel 5

Murder on Reggae Street – Mechanic Slain While Repairing Vehicle
The murder count went up by three in the past twenty four hours. In San Pedro a taxi man was killed in his van, while in the city another cabbie [...]

Taxi Driver Succumbs to Gunshot Injuries in Wake of Weekend Carnage
At eight-twelve on Monday night when the medical officers would pronounce Wayne Rocke dead, they were called to the bedside of fifty-five year old Egbert Hemmans to record his death. [...]

Popular Cab Driver Found Dead Inside His Van in San Pedro
The forty-third murder of the year happened in broad daylight this morning in the San Juan Layout of San Pedro. At around ten this morning, popular taxi-man, forty-two year old [...]

Should the Government Repeal the Petrocaribe Loan Act?
And our question for tonight is: Do you believe that the government should repeal the Petrocaribe Loan Act? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or [...]

PM Returns from Meeting with Bank of America and Carnival Reps in Miami
Prime Minister Barrow has been away on official business in Miami where he met with representatives from the Bank of America and Carnival Cruise Lines to discuss separate issues pertaining [...]

Will Petrocaribe Loans Act be Repealed Within 21 Days?
Will the controversial Petrocaribe Loans Act be repealed by May nineteenth?  That’s what Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca and P.U.P. Deputy Party Leader Julius Espat are anticipating, following an [...]

PM Says Leader of Opposition’s Statements are Outrageous
During an appearance in the media earlier today, Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca said that the stipulations within the Petrocaribe Loans Act were made by PM Barrow in order [...]

Petrocaribe Loans Act Won’t be Struck Out, PM Open to Tweak Law
While the prime minister has made it abundantly clear that there will be no repeal of the Petrocaribe Loans Act, he is open to the idea of fine-tuning the legislation [...]

Elderly Woman Escapes Mid-afternoon Fire on Neal Pen Road
An eighty-six year old lady had to be rescued from her house today after it caught fire. A neighbor and friends heard her crying out and they ran in to [...]

Administrator Comments on Rodent Infestation at Western Regional Hospital
In Monday’s newscast we showed you the food storage area at the Western Regional Hospital. The condition of that room, complete with rat infestation and just generally nastiness, came to [...]

Tourist Arrivals Remain Steady in First Quarter of 2015
The new tourism figures for the first three months of this year are in. According to the stats from the Belize Tourism Board, overnight arrivals remained steady while cruise arrivals [...]

Pre-Trial Review Commences in Libel Case Between Gapi and Monchie
Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega speedily brought a lawsuit against his political rival of Orange Walk North standard bearer Ramon “Monchie” Cervantes Junior, last November charging libel because of a [...]

Ramon ‘Monchie’ Cervantes Shares Perspective on the Case
The DPM has steadfastly denied the charges, but his attorney, Senior Counsel Rodwell Williams, today applied to amend the statement of claim form, with a decision by the Chief Justice [...]

Security Guard Arraigned for Murder of Patron Inside Blue House Bar
Security Guard Darion Hamilton was slapped with a single charge of murder when he appeared in court today. Hamilton, a guard at the Blue House Bar in Ladyville, was charged [...]

Still No Motive for the Mahogany Heights Murder of Kevin Flowers
Earlier we told you about three murders over the course of Monday night and this morning. But the bloody Monday killings were preceded by an early morning shooting in Mahogany [...]

Who is John Doe? Body Still Unidentified Five Days Later
Last Thursday, the badly decomposed body of a John Doe was discovered floated near mile five on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The discovery was made when a caretaker of a [...]

Ellis Meighan Jr. Acquitted of Attempted Murder of Zimbab Abraham
Tonight, Ellis Meighan Junior is free of charges of Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm and Use of Deadly Means of Harm with a Deadly Weapon. He was charged along with a [...]

Commissioner of Lands on Hopkins Beach Erosion
On Monday’s newscast, we showed you the images of the massive erosion in the southern village of Hopkins. It started about a week ago and since then, some residents and [...]

Is There Any Way to Reclaim Worn Beachfront?
As to residents and resorts who have lost their beachfronts to the erosion and whose property values have gone down, is there any way that they can reclaim their lands [...]

FCD to Receive Assistance from Kentucky University
On Monday, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center and the Western Kentucky University. The agreement seeks to help the region with its climate [...]

#503799 - 04/29/15 07:13 AM Re: Today's Belize News: April 29, 2015 [Re: Marty]
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Case Of Vega Versus Cervantes Goes Back To The Supreme Court
Viewers may recall in July of last year when businessman Ramon Cervantes Sr. was brutally murdered and his body dumped and found in a shallow grave in an area off the Honey Camp Road in Orange Walk. And while there has been an arrest made of the three persons accused for his death, an explosive allegation emerged that Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega somehow had a hand in the murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr., father of PUP Standard Bearer for Orange Walk North Ramon Monchie Cervantes. That phone call, in Spanish, was played on Love FM during a live broadcast of the family's memorial ceremony for the patriarch. Since the recording was released, Vega has categorically denied that claim, and in November, filed a suit to sue Monchie Cervantes Jr. for libel in the Supreme Court. Today, that case was heard in the Supreme Court in Belize City and from all indications, Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega does not appear interested in personally appearing in the Supreme Court to clear his name. Today’s agenda in court should have been a pre-trial review for the case before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Today Cervantes ’attorney Senior Counsel Said Musa reported that Vega’s attorney, Senior Counsel Rodwell Williams, applied to amend the statement of claim form.

Taxi Man Murdered In Island Of San Pedro Town
The crime wave has trickled into the premier tourist destination of San Pedro Town as today a taxi man on duty was killed execution style inside his taxi cab. San Pedro police say they are investigating the murder of 42 year Jose Rigoberto Beltran after they were alerted by neighbours in the San Juan Area of a gunshot heard in that vicinity shortly after 9:00am. Police responded to the area around 10:15am and saw a grey taxi cab parked in a feeder road in the San Juan Area. Upon further checks, Beltran was seen with his hands tied between the two front seats of the vehicle with a single gunshot wound to the back of the head. Beltran was a taxi driver of the San Pedro Airstrip Taxi Union and was a resident of the DFC area. Island cops say at this point, they have not ascertained a motive but are looking at robbery and a drug related angle. Five people have been detained and statements are being taken. So far, no arrests have been made. Residents say Beltran was a cordial, friendly and reliable taxi operator of the island.

Elodio Aragon Jr. Come To His Own Defence
On Saturday night some residents of Chan Pine Ridge Village in Orange Walk attended a meeting held by the People’s United Party committee in the village and expressed a number of concerns. Among these are accusations against United Democratic Party Standard Bearer for Orange Walk East Elodio Aragon Junior. In an interview with Chan Pine Ridge resident Damian Tzul, he told us what these allegations are. Damian Tzul “Also other issues that were being brought at the Agric Show that was not being held this year, the Chairman of the village after having a meeting with ourselves, members of the committee and with Josue Carballo, the PUP standard bearer, because of Mr. Aragon who is the UDP Standard Bearer wanted him to give him the fair and all funds of that to be channeled to his UDP Committee for his political campaign or whatever, so he refused to give him the fair and that is one of the reasons that the fair was not being held this year, also we discussed about a very sensitive issue here in the village also where Mr. Aragon has made a convenient meeting last week and has stated that he is appointing Mr. Mateo Tzul as acting Chairman of the village and the villagers did not acknowledge what the has done because in the village council act there is nothing that states that as acting Chairman to be appointed we either have to go to a by-lection and then the people then decide a chairman of the village so at no time the villagers will permit that this fake acting chairman will be acknowledge in the village.”

Bus Shed In San Lorenzo Road Vandalized
The San Lorenzo Bus Shed, a project instituted by the Orange Walk Town Council has seen its fair share of vandalism, as other public spaces around town. But the vandalism continues says officials at the Town Council and it is becoming a concern. The bus shed which serves as a bus stop for students and residents in that community, was once again vandalized only that this time it had markings of gang insignia, particularly the Trial Farm Bloods. The Council will see to it that the illegal graffiti is removed and has partnered with the officials at the ITVET to try and catch the culprits. The public is reminded that vandalism of property is liable for a fine and an offense punishable by law.

Africanize Killer Bees Removed From San Pablo School Compound
Yesterday we told you about a swarm of Africanized bees that had made their home on a Mahogany tree at the San Pablo RC School which were the cause of classes being cancelled in the afternoon. Today we checked with the school administration and were informed that the hive was successfully removed and the children were back in class today. The school officials were not aware that the swarm of bees had nested on the tree until they had a very close encounter with the insects on Monday morning. As a result of the incident, the school administration decided to let the children out for the rest of the day and arrangements were made to get rid of the bees. The school received assistance from villagers and successfully removed the animals from the tree. No one is reported to have been injured or hurt by the animals.

Infrastructure Project To Commence In Free Zone
The main road in the Corozal Free Zone is scheduled for expansion and the work should start soon reports the Mexican press. The report indicates that by the end of this month or in early May, work should commence on the project which is expected to serve the customers that visit the free zone on a daily basis. The following is a full report aired by the news agency Notivision in Chetumal Quintana Roo, Mexico. We attempted to get official word from the Free Zone Management today but when we contacted the chairman David Ackerman he told us he was in an all-day meeting.

San Narciso Villager Charges For Robbery
A San Narciso Villager was arrested and charged for robbery over the weekend. According to the report made by 23 year old Sabrina Martinez, on Friday around 9:00pm, she was heading to her house walking on the main road in San Narciso and while crossing over the main road pedestrian ramps, she was approached by a male person known to her as Nelson Claros alias ‘WICHO” from the same village. Claros asked her for money for him to go and buy marijuana and she replied she had none. At that point she kept walking and suddenly she felt someone pushed her violently on the chest causing her to drop flat on the ground. According to Martinez she felt scared and when she looked up she noticed that it was Claros that had pushed her. Martinez reported to authorities that Claros snatched her cell phone valued at $270.00 Belize dollars and ran away. Subsequently, police were called and apprehended and charged 31 year old Nelson Claros for the crime of Robbery. Authorities have not been able to recover the stolen cellular phone.

BYM Calls On GOB To Address Crime Rate
For Belize City, a city that has struggled with one of the nation's most alarming murder rates, the surge in killings so far this year has provided a jarring, blood-spattered reminder of the problem's endurance. And while the shooting sprees may seem rampant, questions are raised about the police department's ability to effectively handle the murder caseload. And today, the Belize Youth Movement issued a release on the devastating spate of gun violence in our country. BYM is calling on the Ministry of National Security to demonstrate appropriate concern and proper leadership and response at what have been extremely violent weeks in the country. Statistics show that there have been 44 cold-blooded murders and dozens more near fatal shootings in the four early months of 2015. Almost half (20 killings) of those homicides have occurred in Belize City and the majority of them involve gun violence and gang violence. April has been the bloodiest month with 16 murders so far. While our communities, in particular Belize City neighbourhoods are terrorized by gun violence, our society is fast losing precious lives, says BYM.

BTB Releases Latest Tourism Statistics
Cruise arrivals in Belize have grown significantly in the first quarter of the New Year, reports the Belize Tourism Board. Cruise arrivals in 2015 have seen major increases in January and March, with 16.6% and 15.8% increase, respectively. The BTB details that for the first quarter of 2015, overnight arrivals remained steady. There was a 1.1% increase in overnight arrivals in March 2015, representing an increase of 424 tourists over March 2014. This though was followed by two months of decreases that were similarly small in magnitude, being 1.0% and 1.1% in January and February, respectively. According to the BTB’s first quarterly report, the major factor influencing the results in the overnight sector was weather. “There were severe snow storms that took place frequently during this period, resulting in cancellation of flights that affected travel from Canada, as well as the Central and Eastern United States, including Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York City – some originating destinations for visitors to Belize”, the report stated. The BTB projects that in 2015 it will see an increase in arrival numbers over last year. It will also keep a close watch on the global conditions in the months ahead as they keep playing a role in the number of tourist arrivals to the country.


Two held for deadly Ladyville bar fight
A night out for two laborers in Ladyville ended tragically when both of them were stabbed during a fight, one fatally...

Mark Medina killed in Belize City
There were two murders in Belize City on Sunday afternoon, happening no more than three hours apart from each other in the heat of the day...

Tyrone Neal shot dead two hours after Medina murder
Three hours later around one in the afternoon, the heretofore quiet area of Kraal Road was shaken by gunfire. When it had all settled Fabers Road resident 34 year old Tyrone Neal lay dead of multiple gunshot wounds in a yard at the corner of Kraal Road and Haynes Street. Supt...

Murder victim’s body dumped in Mahogany Heights
The peace of Mahogany Heights at the extreme western edge of the Belize District was shaken this Monday morning by gunfire around 7:00 a.m. Later in the day the body of 40 year old Kevin Flowers was found on the roadside showing a single gunshot to the head...

Green Belize Clean Up Initiative
From Students, to softball clubs, to private organizations; hundreds of individuals came out on Saturday to clean up garbage along the entire 77 miles of the George Price Highway...

Road Traffic Accident leaves Motorcycle Driver in the Hospital
A man from the village of Valley of Peace is today recovering at the Western Regional hospital following a traffic accident that caused him injuries to the left arm and left knee...

Burglary at Elections And Boundaries Department Belmopan
The elections and boundaries office in Belmopan was broken into over the weekend and burglarized...

BDF truck and civilian car in crash
This morning on the Philip Goldson Highway near Mile 13 at the junction with the entrance to the Los Lagos Subdivision there was a crash of two motor vehicles – one a jeep vehicle used by the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and a civilian vehicle. There were no serious injuries reported...

Gun Found in Well Known Pastor’s House
Police arrested and charged 5 persons today including a 15 year old minor all from the Village of Roaring Creek, Belmopan for the possession of guns and ammunition. According to reports, based on information police visited the house of a well known pastor in Roaring Creek this morning...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Illegal immigrant from Haiti charged
38 year old Haitian national David Modeste, who arrived in Belize today via Phillip Goldson International Airport with Belizean residency permit which he said he bought online, was fined $1,000 by Magistrate Ladonna John after he pleaded guilty to attempting to use a permit not being issued by […]

Taxi driver charged for unlawful sex with nine year old
26 year old Salvadoran national Daniel Rios, a taxi driver of Starfish Crescent, was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse of a female child 9 years and 5 months old when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Ann-Marie Smith. Rios was also charged with wounding. He was remanded […]

Ladyville dead body not identified
Reports reaching us over the weekend were that a dead male body found in the vicinity of the Haulover Bridge had been identified as one Anival Alvarado. The body was decomposed and showed no signs of violence on it making it difficult for authorities to determine the cause […]

Police update recent murder cases
The murder carnage in Belize City continues as gunshots were heard again in the Southside. This time it took place on Reggae Street around 7:20 Monday night and the target was a resident of Jane Usher Boulevard. Superintendent of Police Hilberto Romero says the death of Wayne Rock, […]

Prime Minister plans press conference after Miami trip
On Friday afternoon Prime Minister Dean Barrow left Belize for Miami, Florida, where he met with representatives of Carnival Cruise Lines to discuss a way forward regarding the Stake Bank Port, and with officials of the Bank of America concerning its recently severed relations with corresponding banks and […]

Political parties spar over Petrocaribe
Elements of the opposition to the Petrocaribe Loan Act 2015 are now prepared to take their frustration to the streets, a favorite tactic of dissent. The complaint is that the Act, which concerns some $286 million borrowed by the Dean Barrow administration since 2012, effectively legitimizes acts seen […]

Darrell Bradley “disappointed” City residents, says PUP
After dithering for several months and very nearly losing the opportunity, Mayor of Belize City Darrell Bradley held on to that title comfortably in the March municipal elections. But he is all set to potentially abandon that post after being recently confirmed as the UDP candidate for Caribbean […]

PUP discusses internal issues
Today leader of the parliamentary Opposition and of the People’s United Party (PUP) Francis Fonseca made his first appearance for some time on the KREM Wake Up Belize Morning Vibes program along with deputy leader Julius Espat this morning. Fonseca’s leadership has been rocked by back to back […]

Belize Bank’s Branch Offices continue physical transformation plans
In its ongoing commitment to service excellence, the Belize Bank Limited under-took the initiative a few years ago to improve and transform its human resource structure, business process and physical infrastructure. The first step was marked with the opening of the flagship North-side Branch at the Matalon Business Center on […]

Well Known Bullet Tree Man Succumbs to Injuries at KHMH
Belize Media Group received a report this afternoon from our San Ignacio reporter that Antonio Teck Sr, a well known farmer from Bullet Tree Falls Village, Cayo District has died at the KHMH. According to reports, Teck was chopping the limbs of a Tamarind tree yesterday morning about 10:00 am […]

Taxi Driver Shot on Sunday Morning Has Died
The Sunday morning shooting that happened in Belize City has claimed the life, not only of thirty one years old Mark Medina but also fifty five years old Egbert Hemmans. Hemmans had taken Medina to a house on Iguana Street on Sunday, when he was ambushed by a gunman. After […]

Gaspar Vega begs out of testimony in libel case
After speedily bringing a lawsuit against his political rival charging libel on a radio broadcast in which allegations were made that he ordered a hit on that rival that claimed his father’s life instead, Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega does not appear interested in personally appearing in the […]

Rodent infestation at Western Regional Hospital
According to reports, the pictures were taken on Friday from the supplies room, which houses food items prepared for patients, doctors and nurses. Authorities have been alerted of the problem and are taking every effort to rid of the problem, but it seems like a problem that will not go […]

PUP to install Major Lloyd Jones as Standard Bearer for Belize Rural North
Tomorrow, April 29th, the People’s United Party will hold a press conference in Belize City to announce that Major Lloyd Jones will be the new standard bearer for Belize Rural North. The meeting will be held at Independence Hall at 10am. More information will be posted shortly.

Man Snatches Woman’s Phone in San Narcisco, Corozal
One man from the village of San Narciso in the Corozal District is facing the long arms of the law. According to 23 years old, Sabrina Martinez, on Friday, April 24th, she was on her way home on the main road of the village when she was approached by a […]

The Caribbean Court Ruling on The Maya Land Case in Belize Will Have an Impact on The Garifuna People as Well
Long before the Europeans came to the Caribbean, Americas and other parts of the world, people and nations were living in peace in their respective territories on this planet earth. History tells us that it was not only the Europeans that were roaming this planet committing atrocities against other […]


It’s A Scorcher out There! Heat, Beach Erosion, Signs, Chocolate and a bit More
This April has been a HOT ONE for sure and with very little rain. These past few days, I woke up thinking someone must be burning something…the air is that thick with haze. Luckily for us on the coast, we have been cooled by the “Easter winds” but temperatures on the mainland this week… OH NELLY. Here are the mainland highs. Tomorrow a cold front is supposed to move through bringing, potentially, some heavy rains (woo hoo!), cooler temperatures (woo hoo x 2) and thunderstorms (not so woo hoo!) Here’s what I’ve been doing with my week…other than a bit of sweating and plenty of work. Hot weather happens to be quite beautiful…and we also happen to be on the Caribbean Sea so things could be SO much worse.

A new specie of bug has been discovered in Belize!
And it’s so beautiful it deserves to be named after Belize’s Cayo District After our post of 20 March 2015, The Beautiful Bugs of Belize, it should be no secret how enamoured we are of those little friends of ours who are so important to the Belize’s biosphere and the natural order of things. So imagine our excitement at hearing that a new species of insect has been discovered in Belize. And to add to the good news, the little critter has been named after our favourite Belizean district – Cayo! That’s right, recently added to the over 900,000 species already identified as sharing the planet with us is Ambrysus cayo, a cute little (OK, we’re already prejudiced) saucer bug, which Entomology Today lyrically describes as one of those; “True bugs in the suborder Heteroptera in the family Naucoridae in the subfamily Cryphocricinae – the saucer bugs (also called creeping water bugs) so called because of their round, flat shape.”

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Liquid Mercury Discovered Under Ancient Temple May Shed New Light On Teotihuacan
More than 10 years after it was discovered, a mysterious tunnel hidden under an ancient pyramid in central Mexico is giving up new secrets. Archaeologists say they've found "large quantities" of mercury at the end of the 340-foot tunnel, which lies under the legendary Temple of the Feathered Serpent pyramid in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, some 30 miles northeast of Mexico City. "It's something that completely surprised us," Sergio Gomez, the tunnel's excavation director, told Reuters, adding that his team does not yet know why the liquid metal was put there. Mercury has been found at three archaeological sites in Central America, the Guardian reported. Archaeologists believe it may have had ritual significance, perhaps symbolizing some sort of river to the underworld. "A few examples have been found in the Maya area, but it is very rare in ancient Mesoamerica," Dr. George Cowgill, an Arizona State University anthropologist and one of the world's leading experts on Teotihuacan, who was not involved in the discovery, told The Huffington Post in an email.

Two new creeping water bug species found in Belize, Peru
Two new insect species have been added to the 900,000+ species that have previously been described: Ambrysus cayo, which was found in streams in western Belize, and Procryphocricos pilcopata, which was found in streams in southeastern Peru. Both are true bugs in the suborder Heteroptera in the family Naucoridae and the subfamily Cryphocricinae -- the saucer bugs (also called the creeping water bugs), so called because of their round, flat shape. The discoverers are Dr. Robert W. Sites of the University of Missouri's Enns Entomology Museum, Dr. William Shepard of the University of California-Berkeley's Essig Museum of Entomology, and Dr. Shepard's wife, Cheryl Barr. Dr. Sites and Dr. Shepard have collaborated on many insect-collecting expeditions around the world. Dr. Sites is a specialist in aquatic hemipterans, and Shepard specializes in aquatic beetles. Descriptions of the new species appear in an article called "Neotropical genera of Naucoridae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Nepomorpha): New species of Ambrysus and Procryphocricos from Belize and Peru," which was published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

Plains resident to study Maya archaelogy in Belize
A Plains resident has received a scholarship to study Maya archaeology in Belize. The dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Univeristy of Texas at Tyler, Martin Slann, announced that senior Natalie Haynes will be given a scholarship from The Explorer’s Club for $1,500. The club offers scholarships to high school, collegiate and post-graduate students in support of exploration and field research. With the award, Haynes will travel to Belize this summer where she will assist excavation teams and collect data through the Maya Research Program. The program offers UT-Tyler students and other student scholars worldwide the opportunity to participate in real-world research and study of the Mayan Indian culture through the Blue Creek Archaeological Project at the Blue Creek Research Station in Tulix Mul, Belize.

A leader on and off the field, Carlos plans to return for a fifth rugby season at Trent
When talking with Gwynne Carlos, it takes only a few seconds to realize she is young woman who is sure of herself and knows what she wants. The 22-year-old from Barrie exudes confidence in every facet of her life, whether it be pursuing an education at Trent University, playing rugby for her Trent Excalibur team or helping others. She is committed, dedicated and believes in giving nothing less than 100% in whatever endeavour she is undertaking. Academically, Carlos maintained a 75% average for her four years and made the Dean's List this year. She is heading to Belize soon for seven weeks of field work. She would like to work in a museum as a curator. On the playing surface, she has been a player and leader. She has been rewarded for her accomplishments.

Coral Reefs May Not be Doomed After All
A wealth of research has warned that corals reefs, true reservoirs of biodiversity, are seriously threatened by human activities and climate change. But now researchers are offering a glimmer of hope, finding that corals may not be doomed to disappear after all. According to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the planet's reefs will still be around in the future, but they just may look different from the ones we know now. Meaning, new coral fauna will emerge, coming from the species that are most resistant to temperature increases. Currently, corals reefs are under a lot of stress due to the intensification of cyclones, warming ocean temperatures that are causing extensive bleaching events, outbreaks of a coral-eating starfish, ocean acidification and coral diseases. These factors, combined with threats of overfishing, pollution and coastal development, had led the majority of scientists to believe that the world's corals would disappear by 2100. But now a team at the French Institute of Research for the Development (IRD) in Marseille, France is painting a less gloomy picture. In fact, while numerous coral species have indeed been declining for more than 30 years, others are remaining stable and even increasing in abundance. Consequently, some reefs have recently managed to recover.

Woman's work: Birthing new Caribbean entrepreneurs
You really don’t know what to expect when you put a dozen-plus Caribbean entrepreneurs in one room for a week. But when 15 entrepreneurs from 12 Caribbean countries came together in Port of Spain in April to share experiences and build strategies for future collaboration, it just felt like the start of something good. Besides their Caribbean heritage and passion for productivity, these go-getters—all women—had something else in common. Each had been competitively selected to take part in the first-ever facilitators training for the Women's Innovation Network of the Caribbean (WINC) program, a World Bank project funded via the Canada Development Bank that specifically supports woman entrepreneurs in the region.

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. Fourth Fleet
U.S. Navy Surgeon General and Chief of U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan embarked the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) April 19-23, which is currently deployed in support of Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15). Continuing Promise is a collaborative effort with partner nations to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support and disaster response within the region, demonstrating the U.S. support and commitment to Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Prior to embarking the ship, Nathan visited the CP-15 Belize medical and engineering sites as well as attended a reception and closing ceremony. While embarked, Nathan toured the ship, met with senior leadership and non-governmental organization volunteers and took a turn serving lunch to the junior personnel. Before departing, he attended the opening ceremony for the start of CP-15 operations in Guatemala. During an all-hands call onboard Comfort, Nathan emphasized the responsibility those Sailors have been given, to care and medically provide for people during humanitarian missions and disaster relief efforts.

January Jones Asks Belize to #SayNoToOffshoreOil
Did you know January Jones is an outspoken ocean advocate? Not only has the actress worked with Oceana to win support for the oceans, in 2013 she even swam with sharks to make a powerful PSA about why we should be scared FOR sharks, not scared OF them. This Thursday, she took to Instagram to lend her voice to another cause. Offshore drilling is a dangerous practice and can have extreme negative consequences for wildlife and economies. Props to January Jones for lending her voice to the protection of the Belizean reefs and for asking her enormous fan base to help.


  • Birdwatching at Cockscomb and Sittee River | Bocawina Adventures Belize, 2.5min. Venture to Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve to explore the trails in the world’s first Jaguar Preserve. Known for its spectacular waterfalls, mountain views, nature trails, and rich diversity of Neotropical birds, this is a perfect place for a bird watching adventure. The preserve is currently operated by the Belize Audubon Society. Our Mayan naturalist guide will take you to the Sittee River where you will go on a birdwatching boat trip along the river. The mangroves located at the mouth of this river are the tallest ever reported for the Caribbean region and among the tallest anywhere in the entire Neotropics. Large marine and freshwater crocodiles inhabit the banks and waters of the river and sightings are very common. Iguanas can be seen sunbathing on the branches of trees hanging over the river. Bird watchers will be thrilled by the variety of airborne wildlife like flycatchers, egrets, kingfisher, toucans, parrots and herons.

  • Belize 2015 - UHMS Travels The World, 4.5min. Nice video from Andrew Malbin on scuba diving. Nice labeling of fish

  • Diving in Guatemala-Belize-Mexico, 5min.

  • The Scuba Shop - Belize trip 4/2015 - The Great Blue Hole, 12min. Made a couple trips to the Blue Hole on an incredible trip to Belize with The Scuba Shop. Total dive time from descent to surface was around a half hour.

  • Belize Groove, 2min. Get your groove on. Caribbean drummers playing it well in Belize City.

  • 2015 - Navigator of the Seas - Royal Caribbean - Roatan - Belize City - Cozumel - Cruise, 20min.

  • Missionaries life inspiring experiences and Waqf-e-Arzi in Belize, 62min.

  • Autorizan ampliación en la Av. principal de zona libre de Belice, 1.5min. La Ampliación de la avenida principal de la zona libre de Belice está autorizada para realizarse a finales de este mes o a inicio de mayo, con esto se dará una mejor atención a los compradores que visiten este recinto fiscal , reveló Carlos Parra Jiménez Empresario de la zona libre de Belice.

  • Island Expeditions Belize - Light House Reef (UNESCO World Heritage Site), 5min. Video production for Island Expeditions marine basecamp at Light House Reef. "Leading the Way in Belize Since 1987, Island Expeditions leads sea kayak, snorkel, natural history, and dive expeditions to beautiful Lighthouse Reef, Belize. Based on Half moon Caye, at Lighthouse Reef in Belize, the group stay in Safari style tent accommodations, and are fully guided and fully catered to for multi day vacation to the most beautiful place in Belize"

  • Justin Williams: 2015 Belize Cross Country Cycling Champion!, 23min. The incredible cycling athlete, Justin Williams, who became the first Belizean-American to have won the globally popular cycling classic, Belize Cross Country Cycling Classic, comes from Belizean parents in Los Angeles, and a family of cycling champions, the Miguel brothers, who dominated Belize's Cross Country for many years. While this has been William's third attempt at competing in the race, placing fourth in the previous ones, the self-motivated 25-year old Belizean cycling phenom rides professionally also in Los Angeles, and has his eyes on the internationally acclaimed, Tour de France, that he says has been his greatest dream to one day ride the race with the Belizean flag on his back. Williams and his brother, Corey Williams, who also placed fifth in this years race, executed a strategy from the onset of staying up front in the race from the onset, and worked hard as a team to beat the best of the foreign riders from around the world that had come yearly to win the internationally acclaimed cycling classic. His incredible story told here on Belizean Legends to host Bilal Morris has been an inspiration for many a Belizean cycling enthusiast at home in Belize, and abroad in the Belizean diaspora, who may one day want to attempt the grueling and iron man like 144 miles cycling classic that was held in the scorching Central American heat on April 5, 2015. The race has been won before by many American, Mexican, and Guatemalan cyclists since Mexican Pablo Calderon became the first rider outside of Belize to win in 1971, and American Ward Zauner became the first American to win in 1987. Williams is the nephew of the Belizean cycling champions of the 1950's, 60's and 70's, Edward, Arthur, John 'Johnito', and Rudy Miguel, a long line of cycling champions who had achieved the highest level of cycling athletic accolades for Belize in the history of the sport.

  • Snorkeling in Laughing Bird Caye, Placencia Belize, 1.5min.

  • Fan worms in a mangrove off the coast of Belize, 1min.

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