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#504052 - 05/07/15 12:13 PM Today's Belize News: May 7, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Pablo Diaz found dead in San Pedro
Sgt. Lenencio Bol confirms 50-year-old Guatemalan National, Pablo Diaz of a Swan Street address has succumbed to sudden death. Police are on the scene at the entrance of San Pedrito Area and are confirming cause of death: natural causes. SPSUN will report as info becomes available.

2015 National Agricultural and Trade Show is Great Fun!
The annual National Agricultural and Trade Show kicked off in fine fashion on Friday, May 1st. From shopping at the many booths, to carnival rides, concerts, great food and rodeos, the National Agricultural and Trade Show was certainly a success!

US Embassy Celebrates Earth with Reusable Bags program in San Pedro
Convenience store shopping often yields a large amount of plastic bags. It does not matter if it is just one item being purchased, it will be bagged. While most people do not pay much attention, the reality is that plastic bags are some of the culprits of Mother Nature’s deterioration. A single plastic bag will take up to a thousand years to degrade, and it is commonly found worldwide, especially in coastal regions such as Belize. Recently the US Embassy celebrated Earth Day in San Pedro by introducing the Reusable Bag program. This program was launched last year in November in the city of Belmopan with the main purpose of reducing the excessive use of plastic bags and contributing to the welfare of the environment. After its tremendous success in the capital City, the program has now been expanded to San Pedro. According to public affairs personnel from the US Embassy the program’s main goal is reduce the use of plastic bags and while getting everyone involved in this valuable initiative that will benefit the environment. At some point the idea is to have everybody utilizing their reusable bags and plastic bags be obsolete.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks make it to the NEBL Playoffs
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks claimed their seventh win in the regular season of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) on Saturday, May 2nd. The defending champions, were able to get an 81-91 victory against the Dangriga Warriors at the Ecumenical College Auditorium in Dangriga Town, which earned them a coveted spot in the playoffs. Also securing a spot in the playoffs this past weekend were the Cayo Western Ballaz and the Belmopan Red Taigaz. The Tiger Sharks had a great start from the beginning of the game, extending their lead to 21 points in the third quarter. Even after gaining a two point lead in the fourth quarter, The Warriors still fell short by two points at the end of the match. San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Milton James who finished with a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Darwin “Puppy” Leslie scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. Ashton Edwards and Raul Roches scored 14 and 10 points respectively.

Labour Department hosts open day
On Thursday April 30th, the Labour Department held a countrywide employment fair aimed to educate the general public in terms of the laws and any new amendments to labour laws. For the fourth year the San Pedro Labour Department branch held its employment fair highlighting child labor, HIV/AIDS, occupational safety and health, the employment unit, work permits and other aspects of the Labour Department. Even though the turnout was not as expected (due to the weather), pamphlets and book marks were still handed out to those who attended. There were games for children wherein they would answer questions and get prizes. There were snacks and drinks for everyone who stopped by. According to the Head Labour Officer of the San Pedro Labour branch, Rissela Dominguez, there has been some reactions concerning the new amendments in the labour law. “These new amendments occurred in 2011. To date there are some employers and some workers who don’t understand them and they would normally call to get clarification. We also take every opportunity to educate them on the new amendment. So yes there are complaints in regards to the old law and the new law, but not much,” said Dominguez. She indicated that these types of events help to sensitize people with the amendments, and is the main reason why they do such fairs.

Belize It Yourself Comes Through Again For Education
Belize It Yourself.com (BIY), San Pedro’s only Personal Concierge, travel-related business, has again shown its intention to establish itself as a supporter of education and the future of island students with a focus on Science. As such, the company donated an assortment of scientific equipment to the San Pedro High School (SPHS). The donation was handed over to Vice Principal, Conchita Flota on Wednesday, April 29th. Partner of BYI, Scott Deutsch hopes that the donation helps improve the level of education students receive at SPHS. “As a Global Warming scientist, and former Middle School teacher, I admire the efforts of every student I have met here in San Pedro. Their hunger to learn, as proven at their Science Fair, including the use of the Robotics Kits, inspires us at BIY to do all we can to help. No matter what field these students choose to enter for their careers, a business background is always important. Perhaps in the future, some of these students may choose to work as interns for Belize It Yourself,” said Deutsch.

Ambergris Today

Letters To The Editor: No Charges Filed Against Palapa Bar Owners, Police Actions Unjustified
Please allow me space in your newspaper to ensure that the good and clean reputation of my clients is maintained as it should: There were no charges filed against Mr. or Mrs. Harnish by any of the Government Departments, including the Police Department in Belize and with the assistance of their attorney Estevan Perera, their assets were returned to them. Once the funds were returned it was deposited immediately. Furthermore both Mr. Harnish and his wife are known throughout San Pedro as upstanding, successful, friendly and hard working business persons in Belize and are greatly respected by the locals in San Pedro. The actions of the police were unjustified and that we hope as a community that other business owners and investors in Belize are not treated the same by police in San Pedro in the future.

Pic of the Week - The Cutest Fruit Vendor Ever
How could you say no to this beautiful girl selling fruits and vegetables through the streets of downtown San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize? She is all smiles for the camera and her mother's customers as she relaxes under her umbrella while 'mom' stops to sell her produce. A common scene in La Isla Bonita.

Flavors of Belize & Chef Sean Kuylen Represent Belizean Cuisine at Passport D.C.
On May 2, 2015, over 50 embassies participated in the “Around the World Embassy Tour”, one of the events that is a part of the annual Passport D.C. event. Passport D.C. is a month-long celebration of International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington that is filled with festivals, open houses, exhibitions and workshops highlighting the state’s thriving international diplomatic communities and cultures. Belize was one of the embassies that opened its doors and participated in showcasing their country and welcoming over 7,000 D.C. residents to experience its food, art, dance, fashion and music. Other participating countries included Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Fiji, Iraq and Kenya.

Mapping Town Core with Surveillance Cameras to Fight Crime
"I have met with owners of Boaz Golf Cart Rental, Tropic Air and Cellular World and they have all agreed to join the program and will give police access to their cameras," commented Perera. "We have also discussed the program with Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police, Henry Jemmott, and his department is on board with this initiative. Enough businesses on Barrier Reef Drive have agreed to share their security camera footage that all of the street is being monitored already. Mayor Guerrero is now asking other island residents to install security cameras on the outside of their homes and businesses to capture activity on the street. The San Pedro Town Council will provide signs for each home/business to indicate that the area is being monitored for criminal activity. “Most businesses already have cameras installed inside their buildings, but we are asking them to install one on the outside of their property,” commented Mayor Guerrero to Ambergris Today. “This way we can come together to assist the San Pedro Police in capturing and convicting criminals. It’s one way that everybody can easily help and it has proven to be useful and successful in past incidents where criminals have been caught and convicted.”

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

9th Chocolate Festival of Belize
coming up soon, here is a schedule of events...

Rotary & Rotaract Career Expo this Friday 8th May at the Corozal Central Park
Look out for Department of Youth Services Booth out there! Great opportunity for you to see what the businesses and other Departments have to offer towards your career!

National Festival of Arts Showcase exhibit 2015
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Institute of Creative Arts is looking for art pieces from young vibrant artists from each district to become a part of this year's National Festival of Arts Showcase exhibit 2015. This year's theme is "Intelligent Art" (Art with a purpose).

Captain Romi Badillo. passes away
It is with tearful sympathy that we offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Captain Romi Badillo. No words can express the sense of loss. Romi meant so very much to so many people for so many different reasons. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anna, children Romito and Roanne and grandchild Chloe as well as all his immediate and extended family and friends. Rest in peace Romi. We carry you in our hearts now.

Belize Cruise Ship Arrivals Surge, Land-Based Arrivals Remain Flat
One year after posting increases of more than eight percent in both overnight, land-based and cruise-ship visitor arrivals, land travel to Belize was virtually flat in the first three months of 2015. Cruise ship visitors for the quarter, however, continue to surge ahead compared with 2014 totals. Belize recorded 101,747 overnight tourist arrivals between January and March, a slight 1.1 percent increase over 2014, or a total of 424 additional visitors, according to Belize Tourism Board (BTB) statistics issued last week. BTB officials also said overnight visitors arrival numbers were slightly down in January and February. BTB officials cited “weather conditions resulting in [the] cancellation of flights from Canada,” for the decreased overnight arrivals. This winter’s “severe snow storms” in U.S. destinations including Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York resulted in flight cancellations in those cities, all considered “originating destinations for visitors to Belize,” said officials. Last year Belize recorded 321,217 land-based, overnight visitors, a 9.2 percent increase over 2013.

Awareness walk May 7
Footprints For Peace Belize is rallying once again, uniting as a peaceful movement to help bring awareness and an end to the violence that has taken over our island home. We will be organizing an awareness walk at the Central Park on thursday May 07th, 2015 at 6pm. Walk alongside with us, for Peace!

Congratulations for a job well done BYLI participants!!!!
We have been telling about the Belize Youth Leadership Youth Initiative (BYLI). Through the BYLI U.S. State Department Exchange Program Alumni from Belize were partnered with four youth groups across Belize: Youth Advocacy Movement (BFLA), Pathlight International, FCD Environmental Youth Group and Dangriga Youth Advocacy Movement (BFLA). The Alumni met with the youth groups mentioned above from January to April this year and mentored the youth groups demonstrating their leadership skills and the youth groups in turn identified issues in their local communities and came up with solutions to the problems. The U.S. Embassy gave each group a small grant to carry out their projects and make them a reality. The BYLI teams have completed their projects and they were all great successes! These projects took place in the communities of Dangriga, Armenia, San Jose Succotz and Belize City. In honor of their hard work and dedication, the U.S. Embassy held a Recognition Ceremony yesterday where the Youth Groups exhibited their achievements and their future goals. The media was present to cover this milestone of the Youth Groups. Once again, Kudos to YAM, DYA, FCD and Pathlight International for their success and we hope that they continue embedding positive changes in their communities and Belize!

"Find A Way Award"
The Government of Belize received the "Find A Way Award" at the 4th International Road Federation Caribbean Regional Congress today, May 6, 2015 at the Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Ms. Yvonne S. Hyde, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, received the award on behalf of the Government of Belize. Mr. Errol Gentle, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Works and Transport, was present at the ceremony along with other representatives. Belize delegation was financed by the Caribbean Development Bank.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, May 6, 2015: 49

Primary School Art Skills Training Project (PSAST) children
These amazing art works are done by Primary School Art Skills Training Project (PSAST) children. A NICH initiative co-funded by the embassy of the Republic of China, Taiwan!

DELBERT 'DELLY' McGREGOR! ONE OF BELIZE'S MOST CLASSY DRUMMERS, VOCALIST & MUSICIANS OF ALL TIMES!
Belizean Legends will bring its viewers soon on here, a special musical expose on one of Belize's most outstanding musicians in the Belizean diaspora today, Delbert McGregor. His music and passion to go beyond the band Bamiki Bandula has cross over into different shores. COMING SOON!

THE HORSE SIR JUDE & THE MAN CALLED STAMA!
Through the courtesy of the legendary Belizean athlete, Evondale 'Coby' Coburn, has come this picture of the legendary Belizean athlete, Sir Jude, who to many was one of the fastest horses ever to have blazed around Belize's National Stadium (Horse Track) making the extensive furlong races look like a piece of cake. Not only was Sir Jude a horse that could rival the best in appearance of those of the famous Kentucky Derby, but he was a horse of a black shiny beauty that was a spectacular scene to watch in Belize popular golden years of horse racing in the 1970's. Sir Jude was ridden by a jockey they called Stama, and along with the horse Lady Alice, he dominated Belize's horse racing in grand style. Belizean Legends remember this awesome thorobbred in Belizean horse racing.

NOEL 'MUSCELES' GORDON, BELIZE'S CYCLING SPRINTER!
Belizean Ruler of Mexico's 90 Miles Ciudad del Carmen Cycling Classic. by Bilal Morris The first Belizean cycling sprinter to first win Mexico's renowned 90 miles Ciudad del Carmen Cycling Classic was the legendary Belizean cycling machine, Noel Gordon in 1969. Gordon later went to win the race two consecutive times before Rudy Miguel won his Mexico's Merida Cycling Classic in 1972. In the Annual Belize Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classics of 1969, 1970, and 71, Gordon placed in the top five of riders entering the National Stadium but had never won the grueling 144 miles cycling classic. However, he has gone down in Belize's cycling history as one of Belize's best cycling sprinters to date, and the first Belizean cyclist to had ever won the top prize for Belize in Mexico's Ciudad del Carmen Cycling Classic. Belizean Legends honor this Belizean cyclist who brought excellence to the sport of cycling in Belize, and hails him as Belize's best cycling sprinter of all times.

FROM UNDER THE SHADOWS: BELIZE'S WOMEN OF CYCLING!
Hidden under the shadows of the male dominated sport of cycling in Belize is Belize's women of cycling. Since male names in Belize's cycling like Kerr, O'brien, Vernon, Miguel, Halliday, and others, you did not have female cyclists competing at all in the 1960's and 1970's, until the late 1980's, 1990's and 2000's when along came names like Morrison, Zabaneh, Lovell, Cattouse, Thompson, Cruz, Eiley and Martinez. These are the major women in Belize female cycling today, and their oustanding performances in the last few years sends a clear message that just like the men, they are a force to be reckoned with in a global sport where female cyclists are representing big time. When Shalini Zabeneh began to dominate the Annual Women Belize Cross Country, and also sweeping the victories in Mexico, the Caribbean, and races in Belize, there were those right behind her wheel like Gabrille Lovell, Kaya Cattouse, Alicia Thompson, Estephany Cruz, Derlene Martinez, and Keray Eiley. From time to time, it was one of the latter who would come and win these classics in surprisingly rare form. Within these caliber of Belizean female cycling athletes, is a serious competition to dominate and win by any means necessary. And they keep beating the other's challenges and records while at the same time becoming better in terms of riding the race itself.

Channel 7

Romy Badillo Passes Four Weeks After Boating Explosion
After fighting for his life at the Centro Medico Hospital in Guatemala for 33 days, well-known Boat Captain Romy Badillo died this morning at 2:45. The family is in Guatemala right now making arrangements for his body to be brought back home for burial. When we spoke to his son, Romy Badillo Jr. this evening he told us that his father was not on life support and that he died a natural death as a result of his severe injuries and second degree burns which he received to 50% of his body. About 5 days after the family took Badillo to Guatemala in April, they had posted on facebook that the skin surgery to remove the burnt skin was successful and that he was recovering, but things took a sudden turn for the worse. He reportedly got an infection on his leg which had to be amputated and went downhill after that.

PUP Takes GOB To Court For 13th Senator
In March of 2010 – the Barrow Administration passed the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution into law – but five years later, they have not brought sections 7 and 9 into force. Those sections deal with the 13th. Senator – to be selected by civil society. That 13th Senator would give majority control of what’s known as the upper house to a combination to the opposition and the social partners – taking away the majority from government. That shift is why, in 2010, Prime Minister Dean Barrow – who had promised it in his manifesto - publicly reneged on that commitment to a reformed senate in an interview with Jules Vasquez. Here’s the interview from August of 2010:… Jules Vasquez (August 6, 2010) "This recall bill, we know that it's one of the reform platforms you were elected upon and it's a very progressive one. But at the same time we don't see anything about the reformed senate.” Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister (August 6, 2010) "It ain't going to happen! I've made the point, perhaps this is the first time I am able to do so to you, but I have not been shy at all of saying this, giving the way the opposition fought against all the reform measures. Given the way the opposition has demonstrated - and I am not faulting them - its determination to be a completely non-cooperative, Restore Belize being a case in point, I do not see at this stage giving over control of the senate to the opposition even if it would have to be in conjunction with the social partners, I am not going to do it.”

PUP Tells Voters: No to The ICJ, No To The UDP
And the PUP has also wants an expedited referendum on the International Court of Justice – which may decide on the Belize – Guatemala territorial dispute. The Opposition says say they want Belizeans to vote no to the ICJ, and to the UDP: Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition "We are in support of holding the referendum on this matter and we will respect the decision of the Belizean people. The consensus within our party and we are preparing a proper policy statement on this matter. The consensus within our party is very clear today. I have travelled across the country, I have discussed this matter with all 31 constituencies - and it is very, very clear that the consensus is that at this time, the PUP is not in support of Belize going to the ICJ." Eamon Courtney - PUP Foreign Affairs Advisor "We cannot got to the ICJ being led by Wilfred Sedi Elrington. We cannot go to the ICJ to fight for our territorial integrity an territorial sovereignty by a person who believes our border is artificial. We have seen consistent, continual invasions of our territory by Guatemalan nationals with the government of Guatemala turning a blind eye - and what is worst, when security forces of Belize insist on our sovereignty being respected and have to act in their defence; our government act in singular weakness and end up paying and compensating Guatemalans. We believe that if the government of Guatemala wants to go forward to the ICJ they must show good faith. They must stop their nationals from coming across and raping the Chiquibul.

Another Teenager Killed In Orange Walk
An 18 year old was murdered in Orange Walk Town this morning. Derrick Romero was killed next to the apartment complex where he lives. It happened just after 10 this morning on Sittee River Street. The 18 year-old Orange Walk resident was socialising with several persons when a gunman snuck up on the group and fired 5 or more shots in his direction. None of the other young men were injured, but Romero suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital, but he died while undergoing treatment. This afternoon, Deputy Commander of the Orange Walk formation briefed the press about the information they have so far: Inspector Selvin Tillet - Deputy Commander of the Orange Walk formation "At 10:45 A.M, acting upon information, police visited the Northern Region hospital where they say one Derrick Romero - 18 years Belizean unemployed of #5 Sittee River street in Orange Walk town suffer from gunshot wounds to the upper left shoulder, to his abdomen, centre of back as well as back of his neck. At 11:17 this morning, Derrick Romero passed away.

American Man Who Stalked B'zean Girls on Facebook Gets 15
The name David Wendel Thompson first appeared on the news in March of 2014. That’s when the American teacher was caught by US Authorities on his way to Belize. They say he had used facebook to seduce two Belizean girls aged 13 and 15. Well, Thompson pleaded guilty to online enticement of a minor, which carries a penalty of up to life in prison – but the Florida District Judge imposed a lesser sentence of 15 years. After he is released from prison, he will serve 10 years of probation. Evidence produced in the case disclosed that the standard four teacher led a double life – where he was “Big Dave” to under-aged Belizean girls, plying them with gifts and fantastical stories about his life in the US. To snare the minors, he invented and assumed the facebook identity of a teenaged girl named Iris Levy – who introduced the other girls, via facebook to this “Big Dave” – who she claimed spent a lot of money. He plied the impoverished girls with stories of his air conditioned life, cars and a restaurant called Golden Corral, where they had fountains of chocolate for dipping marshmallows and strawberries.

Education Minister on Alleged Pedophile-Predator-Pedagogue Puc
And continuing on the very disturbing revelations of teacher pedophiles prowling on Facebook, we turn to Mopan Technical teacher, Elito Puc. Last night we showed you the very explicit and disturbing facebook messages that he sent to a male student. Well, as we said Puc has been dismissed from the school and his license has been revoked. Today we spoke with the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber and he told us about what further action will be taken to ensure that Puc does not teach again in Belize. Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education "What has happened is that he of course has been dismissed as a teacher from his school and also his teaching license has been revoked. This will mean of course as well that he will be placed on a register of offenders - so that all those in the education system; and I think maybe a similar type services in government are aware of this kind of practice on his part. So that he can not seek employment in another school. This is something that long been a desire of our ministry - we have seen where predators prey on our young people and of course they move from one school to another school.”

PUP Media Mouthpiece Gets Free And Clear
PUP Talk Show Host Albert Vaughan has been fighting a loitering charge since August of last year when he was arrested along with the former BML workers for their famous garbage protest. Well, he was finally able to beat that charge in the Magistrate’s Court today. At the last adjournment a month ago, his attorney argued before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart that he had no case to answer. His position has always been that he was not loitering when the BML workers were protesting against City Hall. He says that he was covering the event as a journalist for Vibes Radio and Belize Times. After considering his attorney’s submissions, and the response from the police prosecutor, Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart agreed with Vaughan’s attorney and threw the case out of court. That was a relief for Vaughan and outside of court he and his attorney spoke with us about the acquittal:

PUP Can't Support Petrocaribe-Superbond Carve Out
So the PUP and UDP can’t agree on very much these days: certainly not the PetroCaribe Loan Motion, definitely not the 13th Senator, and not even Mother’s day cheer. But, surely, you might say, there couldn’t be much disagreement on putting aside half of the PetroCaribe proceeds to buy back the super bond debt, and pay compensation for BTL and BEL. That sounds palatable even to the PUP – but the party leader says he’s not at all convinced that the Prime Minister has any good intentions: Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition “In my view, it is just like his rhetoric on this issue we're discussing here today, the 13th senator. A lot of empty political rhetoric. I want to see the meat of it. He talks about the super bond - but Mr. Barrow has borrowed more than the super bond over the past few years. But he was very careful, everything now is to go get him pass an election, all his rhetoric is about getting pass an election now - which we expect in the next 8 to 10 months at the very latest. So he talked about the monies for the bond or nationalisation being set aside 2016 to 2017 and then monies from 2017 going forward being set aside for the nationalisation. I view it as all empty rhetoric. We're prepared to sit down, discuss it, hear more from the government on it - but until then, I view it with extreme skepticism and cynicism. “

PUP Says Barrow Dissed Churches' Senator
And while the leader of the opposition takes a dim view of that Prime Ministerial proposal – he also chastised the PM for calling out Senator Father Noel Leslie. At his press conference last week, the PM said that Father Leslie had acted on his own when he voted against the Petro Caribe loan motion – meaning he had acted without consulting the wider body of church leaders. Today the leader of the opposition defended Father Leslie’s vote – and cautiously embraced the government initiative to co-sponsor and ecumenical chapel at the KHMH with Petrocaribe funds:.. Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition "My understanding is quite the contrary that in fact, Father Leslie did have a discussion on this matter at the council of churches - and that he voted no on the basis of that discussion. I don't know whether specific individuals voiced their views. I can't go into the specifics of that discussion. But my understanding is that he voted no on the basis of that discussion. I can say that this very morning I heard cannon Leroy Flowers confirm his support for the vote taken by Father Noel Leslie on behalf of the council of churches. So, I think it's disgraceful when our prime minister seeks to attack individuals and even attack the church - when they are not toeing his line and doing what he wants him to be doing. In terms of spending money on ecumenical centre on the grounds of the KHMH - our position has been very clear. We're not against the PetroCaribe projects, what we are against is the manner in which is being spent, the lack of accountability.”

Trouble At La Immaculada
For weeks we’ve been receiving reports of internal troubles The La Immaculada Credit Union in Orange Walk. But the Board of Directors has kept it mum – leaving members and depositors to figure it out for themselves. Well 7News has confirmed that the General Manager of the Credit Union Yolanda Gomez has been placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation is conducted. Reports reaching us say that the credit union’s accounts are stable, but the investigation centres on her personal conduct as GM- and transactions of a personal nature, which she approved. She will remain on leave while the investigation is conducted so that she is not a hindrance to it. We do not know the quantum of those transactions – but we are told that the credit union, which has assets of 50 million dollars remains stable. The Board of Directors is reported to have met with the governor of the central Bank yesterday. The Central Bank will send its own team to investigate.

Students Solve Youth Unemployment
The Belize Community Fair was held today at the ITVET and over 15 primary schools and high schools participated. But this wasn't just a recreational fair, the students presented real world solutions to tackle the thorny issue of youth unemployment. Today we spoke to some of the students and they told us what some of those solutions are Courtney Weatherburne Reporting… Youth and Innovation: that was the overarching theme of today’s community fair. And to show just how innovative they are, these high schools students presented their solutions to an issue that directly affects them: unemployment. The ideas ranged from constructing a new cafeteria at their schools to providing training services for job seekers. This is all in the hope of securing a successful future for themselves and the next generation. Vashdy Tuelcy - Belize Rural High School "We decided to have a cafeteria at our school because we only have 4 vendors at our school and we decided they are selling only unhealthy food, like greasy food. So we decided to start a cafeteria and start selling healthy food and we will be preparing these food in a way that students will want to come and buy it."

Talking Tablets
Remember the 500 tablets that were distributed to UB students in mid-February? Well, while most of those students have gotten used to their new gadget and have personalized it, some haven’t gotten theirs as yet. Today we asked Education minister Patrick Faber about this and he says those students must be mistaken. The ministry has launched a 2nd round of distribution for those who qualify to get a tablet. Over 9,000 tablets will be distributed to tertiary level students overall.

Petrocaribe Funding Summer Sports
And while Petrocaribe is funding those tablets, Faber – as the minister of sports and youth – says that this summer, it will also be paying for an ambitious summer sports programme. He explained:…


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Channel 5

OW Youth Gunned Down
A mid-morning murder in Sugar City has left family and friends stunned and Orange Walk police none the wiser as to a motive for the fatal shooting.  Shortly before eleven [...]

Romy Badillo Passes Away in Guatemala
At about three o’clock today veteran seaman and well-known Belizean Romaldo “Romy” Badillo passed away in Guatemala. It is tragic news for his family and many friends who have been [...]

Attorney Says Police Beat Up San Pedro Murder Suspect
The murder of a cab driver in San Pedro last week has brought the police department under intense public scrutiny yet again for alleged use of excessive force.  Twenty-three-year-old Luis [...]

Claims Statement Was Obtained Under Duress
According to Selgado, information included in the statement taken from Campos was tendered while his client was under extreme duress.  The statement, Selgado further adds, will be dismissed in court [...]

Francis Fonseca Takes PM to Court
P.U.P. leader, Francis Fonseca is taking Prime Minister Dean Barrow to court. He says the Prime Minister is acting illegally by not allowing the thirteenth Senator to be appointed. Five [...]

P.U.P. Says U.D.P. Lied About 13th Senator
The thirteenth senator was actually a campaign promise of the Barrow administration, and the legislation contrived and passed by this government. So why hasn’t it happened yet? The Prime Minister [...]

13th Senator Would Have Allowed Senate Investigations
Those sections, seventy-eight and eighty of the Constitution, state that even if the Senate does not pass a Money Bill, or non-Money Bill, respectively, the House can still within thirty [...]

Social Partners Invited to Join Lawsuit
So the claim is filed and the P.U.P. seems ready to take it all the way. But where are the social partners? The thirteenth Senator is an issue which was [...]

P.U.P. Releases Official Position on ICJ
As we told you on Tuesday’s newscast, the P.U.P. has come to a consensus where the ICJ is concerned, and is currently preparing a policy paper which it will present [...]

Did PM Barrow Lie About Churches’ Vote on Petrocaribe Bill?
The Churches voted NO in the Senate when the Petrocaribe Bill was presented at the end of March. But at a press conference recently, the Prime Minister claimed that Senator [...]

Alleged Child Predator Cannot Teach In Belize Again
A Mopan Technical high school teacher, who was accused of sending sexually explicit messages to a male student, has been dismissed from his job. Today, Minister of Education, Patrick Faber [...]

MoE Says Sexual Misconduct Will Not Be Tolerated
The minister of education drove home the point that the ministry will not tolerate predators within the system and that the action taken again Puc will serve as an example [...]

American Facebook Predator Jailed
In the U.S., former middle school teacher, forty-nine-year-old David Wendel Thompson has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison after being found guilty of attempting to lure Belizean teens for [...]

Ocean Academy Wins Innovation Challenge
High school students from throughout the Belize District were challenged to come up with innovative concepts to address youth and employment issues. It came down to the wire among fifteen [...]

A Look at Murder Statistics 2015
The first four months of 2015 have been particularly violent with the number of murders exceeding the 2014 homicides. So far, there are fifteen more murders than last year according [...]

Albert Vaughan Acquitted
In August of 2014 then workers of Belize Maintenance Limited (BML) caused great disturbance outside of City Hall on North Front Street. They were protesting against Mayor Darrell Bradley and [...]

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General Manager Of LICU Placed On Administrative Leave
The General Manager of La Inmaculada Credit Union with its main office in Orange Walk and branch office in Belmopan has been placed on Administrative Leave. The rumors that Yolanda Gomez was placed on Administrative Leave by the institutions board of directors began last week but confirmation was hard to come by. That is until today. CTV3 News understands that Gomez was placed on Administrative Leave by the board of directors last week Wednesday. Reports are that yesterday, the board, chaired by Ena Martinez, met with the Governor of the Central Bank where a recommendation was made for Gomez to be placed on administrative leave by the bank in order for investigations to be carried out. But what exactly does the investigation have to do with? While there are many theories to that question, we can’t give you a concrete one tonight since the board of directors is being tight lipped about the entire situation. What we can tell you is that, according to our sources, the investigation is being carried out by Central Bank, which the credit union falls under because the bank has what is being described as some concerns.

American National Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison
Facebook, it seems everyone has an account open on the social network, including minors thus resulting in easy targets for child predators. Tonight one of those men has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to online enticement of a minor. The intended victims of 49 year old David Wendel Thompson lived in Belize. The incident was discovered back in 2014 in the month of October when the victims were of the age of 13 and 15. Thompson, according to reports used Facebook to try to coax the girls to have sex with him, promising money. Thompson left Tampa for Belize City on March 14 2014 but was denied entry and arrested in Miami upon his return home. He admitted to federal authorities that he knew the girls were underage.

OWTC Continues With Infrastructural Project Within Town
The Orange Walk Town Council has completed the pavement of Trinidad Street in town and will deliver on several more said Councilor in charge of infrastructure, Ian Cal. The pavement of Trinidad Street and two others that will follow were part of the first part of the street rehabilitation plans in the previous term said Cal. Ian Cal – Councilor Orange Walk Town Council “We decided to start the infrastructure work once again, Trinidad Street is the first one to be paved as you guys can see this is done manually and I must give kudos to the Street Works crew because this is hard work that these guys are doing here and so we should see this completed today and right after this we are moving into Mahogany and Sapodilla Street by the end of this week.” The work is being done manually for now since the Council’s contractor is currently unavailable to finish the work. Cal says that the work done in this manner is solid.

Foreign Minister Attends 7th Meeting Of CELAC
Foreign Minister the Hon. Wilfred Elrington was among the delegation of Foreign Ministers that participated in the 7th meeting for the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Quita Ecuador this week. A total of thirty-three member states met to continue their quest to enhance dialogue and coordination amongst themselves and to discuss cooperation initiatives with countries and regions outside the Americas. Chaired by the rotating presidency of Ecuador, the Minister's discussed a proposal for the region to develop cooperation "Agenda 2020" that seeks to establish a platform of strategic priorities and objectives common to all its members. Areas identified were the reduction of poverty and inequality; education, science, technology and innovation; environment and climate change; infrastructure and connectivity; and financing for development. The initial proposal was well received but requires further analysis and discussion by the membership before it can be finalized. Minister Elrington was accompanied by Belize's National Coordinator to CELAC, CEO Lawrence Sylvester and H.E. Ambassador Alexis Rosado.

Business Leadder Of Guatemala Ask for Resignation Of Vice President
Will Vice President of Guatemala Roxana Baldetti resign? That is the question that Guatemalans are asking after Guatemalan business leaders on Wednesday added their voices to growing calls for the vice president to step down because of a customs corruption scandal in which her former private secretary is implicated. While Baldetti has not been implicated in the scandal and denies any involvement, business leaders of Guatemala that her resignation would be good for the country. Baldetti though, has stated she does not intend to step down, and President Otto Perez Molina has declined to ask for her resignation even though the demands for her resignation have mounted in recent weeks, including a protest last Saturday when thousands of people marched in the capital. As for the scandal, authorities have indicated that last month more than a dozen people had been detained in connection with the Incident, in which officials allegedly took bribes in exchange for charging lower import tariffs. The scheme is believed to have duped the state out of millions of dollars.

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PUC plans significant rate cut for electricity
There is good news coming for electricity consumers. State-run power provider Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has applied for a reduction of about 10% in current rates to a value of 37 cents per kilowatthour (KwH) – easily the lowest it has been ever...

Waist Deep in Water Board Problems
The villagers of Georgeville, Cayo reached a boiling point today when the newly appointed waterboard disconnected their water supply due to “nonpayment...

6 year old shooting victim dies after being taken off life support
Six year old Travis Polanco of Valley Community, Stann Creek District, died today at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City after being taken life support around ten thirty this morning...

Belize’s territorial borders not clearly defined?
In a recent meeting held in Punta Gorda with the local fisher folk, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington , made a comment that has been causing quite a stir in the general populace. The meeting was to address the ongoing encroachment of Guatemalans on Belize’s waters...

Minister insists on proper content in BRC books
On Thursday we reported that the Ministry of Education had settled its case in the Supreme Court via mediation with BRC Printing Limited...

Police charge Rudolph Ramsey over murder
Kenroy Parham, a father of three, was shot three times in the head last December in Mahogany Heights and had his body dumped on the road side across from his family residence, to be discovered by his aunt. Five months later, police have zeroed in on the man they say killed him.  He is Rudolph Ramsey...

BDF private accused of stealing weapon
Police have recovered a Beretta pistol alleged to have been stolen from the headquarters of the Belize Special Assignment Group (BSAG) located on the compound of the Belize Defence Force at Price Barracks, Ladyville on April 30...

Raymond Myers acquitted of murder of Francis Figueroa
After a delay of a few weeks to select a new jury  31 year old Raymond Myers was on Monday evening acquitted of murder charges in the death of 27 year old Francis Figueroa...

Three arrested for San Pedro Murder
On April 28th, 42 year old Jose Rigoberto Beltran, a Belizean Taxi Driver of San Pedro Town, was found dead inside his taxi with a single gunshot wound to the head...

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District Education Team in Cayo is empowered for Training
The Officers of the Cayo District Education Centre are engaged in Training of Trainers Sessions in preparation for the Summer Continuous Professional Development Training. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports is embarking on its aim of providing quality education at all levels through various initiatives of the […]

Body of a Man Found in San Pedro Town
Reports reaching our news room is that the body of a man has been found in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. The body was discovered near the airstrip area and police are currently at the scene. Unconfirmed report indicate that the man is a Guatemalan and died from natural causes. […]

PUP says no to ICJ
The original date for the referendum on settling the unfounded Guatemalan claim to Belize at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, has come and gone and the Referendum Commission practically moribund. At the time of the launch of the referendum campaign the People’s United […]

Should churches benefit from Petrocaribe?
It caught many by surprise when at his press conference on Wednesday last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that some $150,000 would be granted from Petrocaribe funds for the building of an ecumenical chapel on the grounds of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). While the Opposition […]

PUP tries to court civil society
As it launched its challenge on the 13th Senator today, the People’s United Party (PUP) reflected on the political parties’ relationships with civil society since the massive national protests of 2005. It seemed then that civil society organizations were clearly in lockstep with the United Democratic Party (UDP) […]

What did Education Ministry get from Petrocaribe?
The Petrocaribe program has been a chief source of Government finance for several years now and many have questioned the spending undertaken by the Government of Belize from it. Some believe that priorities such as the education system should be addressed. But with a budget of over $100 […]

Business fair held in Belize City
The annual Community Business Fair took place in Belize City today as part of the now month-long Education Showcase. This year the topic that students worked on was solutions for youth employment in the Old Capital. Organizer of the event and partner with the international firm Price Water […]

PUP challenges PM over 13th Senator
Leader of the Opposition and of the People’s United Party (PUP) Francis Fonseca has filed a claim in the Supreme Court which asks the Court to declare unlawful Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s refusal to bring into force the sections of the Sixth Amendment Constitution Act that deal with […]

Belize receives Find A Way award at 4th International Road Federation Congress in Jamaica
A Belize delegation participated in the 4th International Road Federation Caribbean Congress which began on Monday and ended today in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The congress was officially opened by Jamaica’s Minister Designate and Director of Latin America and Caribbean Affairs for the International Road Federation (IRF), Esteban Salinas. Today, Ms. […]

Police Officer Faces Disciplinary Charges For Excessive Use of Force
Deputy Commander at the Orange Walk Police Station, Inspector Selvin Tillett says that the department has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to police using excessive, unnecessary force upon any person in the community. And following an unjustified shooting incident that occurred in the Louisiana Area on Monday night, […]

Shooting in Orange Walk Town
We have received reports about a shooting incident that took place just minutes ago on Sittee River Street in Orange Walk District. According to reports, a man was shot near his apartment complex and Police are currently at the scene investigating. This is a developing story and will be updated […]

FLESH to FORM – TEETH to TOKEN ELECTED, EXPANDED or EMPOWERED SENATE
By Delroy Cuthkelvin The declaration this week by the Opposition that it is headed to Court to force the Government’s implementation of legislation to expand the Senate for majority control by non-government members, is interesting, to say the least. Litigation aside, how sincere the PUP is about its call for installation of the Thirteenth Senator […]

Boat Captain Romaldo Badillo Sr. Succumbs to burn injuries
Boat Captain Romaldo ‘Romi’ Badillo Sr. who was involved in a boat explosion on April 2nd 2015 in the area near the municipal airport in Belize City has succumbed to his burn injuries. According to reports, there was not much that the doctors could do as he was battling sever […]

PUP to take legal action against GOB for 13th Senator
The People’s United Party are currently having a meeting in Belize City where they are discussing to bring legal action against GOB for the 13th Senator Amendment. According to Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, the PUP will go to court to force the Barrow Administration to bring into effect […

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(San Pedro Animal Hospital) “Please Don’t Go” from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye,Belize.
Hi Ziggy here. Managed to grab hold of the iPad while John’s taking a shower so I thought I’d let you know how things have been for me lately. Those of you that have been reading John’s blog for a while will probably recall that last October I was diagnosed as having an infection in my left ear and medication was prescribed to cure the problem. John applied the drops religiously (well actually John isn’t that religious but you probably understand what I mean) and we thought the problem had been eradicated. Much to my chagrin though we were wrong. We (( Rose (have I mentioned that I really like her), John (he’s OK) and me)) went to the San Pedro Animal Hospital (‘S.P.A.H.’) a few weeks ago for me to get a shampoo, pedicure and a general ‘once-over’. All was going swimmingly until Doctor Patricia (Tricia to her friends like me) took a look at my left ear. Uh, oh – a problem. There were still traces of bacteria. So it was back on the medication for me. We went back to the surgery last week and … problem solved. Goodbye nasty bacteria! I thought that was it as far as visits to the ‘S.P.A.H.’ was concerned until it’s time for my next bit of beauty treatment (I know, I know – I don’t need it). But boy did I get that wrong.

Volunteering in the village of Patchakan Belize
Lauren Mitnik from Annette Merlino DMD, Gentle Family Dentistry contacted me about a group volunteer vacation that provided much needed dental treatment at the Presbyterian Medical Clinic in the village of Patchakan Belize. Four of them came to volunteer in Belize from Pennsylvania. Dentist Dr. Annette Merlino, a hygienist Matthew Banichar, two assistants – Jessica Rice and Lauren Mitnik. Dr. Merlino goes on several mission trips yearly and has traveled all over the world. Most of the rest of the team have been to Belize before and worked at the Presbyterian Medical Clinic previoulsy as well. Along with giving people brighter smiles and good health through dental hygene, hairstylist Lisa Rickus was also a part of the volunteer group. Lisa taught interested local individuals how to cut hair. Lauren‘s thoughts on volunteering in the village of Patchakan Belize The people were warm and inviting. We had the opportunity to help some people get out of pain they were in and evangelize with the local communities over the Easter holiday. I feel these were the most rewarding aspects of the trip. The staff that we worked with were genuine and caring. The experience was amazing and of course the land and water is beautiful! We were also able to see old friends from previous trips and make many new friends with whom we hope to be able to visit again soon. Overall, we LOVE LOVE LOVE coming to Belize and we look forward to arranging our next trip! Lauren Mitnik

Belize: English-speaking Caribbean With a Tiny Price Tag
Belize is the quintessential Caribbean, but with Mayan and Latin American roots. Over 200 pristine cayes (islands) are scattered to the east, along Belize’s coastline. Each is surrounded by crystal clear, turquoise seawater that teams with brilliant fish, coral and sponges. An idyllic pastime on the cayes is to relax in a hammock, under a gently swaying coconut palm, while sipping an icy Belikin beer, or a pina colada… It’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy watching the frothy white waves, visible from the shore, perpetually colliding with the Mesoamerican barrier reef… For those who live on a caye the living reef is so close it’s a visible touchstone, a reminder of its many wonders. Diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, sailing and surf boarding are pleasant activities in the shallow waters inside the protection of the reef… The Caribbean seascape enjoyed on the mainland is equally stunning, although without the presence of the distant reef. Placencia’s 17 miles of golden sand beaches are perfect for long, leisurely strolls and days spent sunning or picnicking near the sea. Sailboats, cruisers, and catamarans come and go from the deeper water docks, or into the calm, protected waters at the tip of Placencia Village. From Placencia it’s an easy drive to partake of other mainland activities such as hiking, birding, zip lining, or exploring ancient Mayan ruins.

How a destination beach wedding in Placencia, Belize looks!!
We just finished what has been the most busy and fun 6 weeks I think I have ever had! We have had a large group of friends from Cleveland come to Placencia, one for a "babymoon", one got engaged on our beach (see beach wedding below), another was going to get engaged here but the ring wasn't ready (!!!), capped off by me having a visit with family in friends in Florida, only to return home and have the nearly newlyweds waiting for an awesome wedding week! It was our first attempt at a beach wedding. I have to admit, it almost felt too easy to plan! Granted, there were only 4 of us. Some of the highlights.....the rehearsal dinner at Turtle Inn, where for an extra $25us, they provide you with a private table on the sea, with tiki torches and your own server! It was incredible! Some pics of that...

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Ex-teacher gets 15 years over attempt to lure Belize teens for sex
David Wendel Thompson says he led a double life. There was “Big Dave,” the free-spending American who wove tales with impoverished girls in Belize about the riches his country had to offer: the air conditioning, the cars and a magical restaurant called Golden Corral, where they had fountains of chocolate for dipping marshmallows and strawberries. And there’s David, scared David begging for mercy, petrified about going to prison, worried about never seeing his mother again. “I’m scared of jail,” Thompson told a federal judge. “I’m scared I’ll never see freedom again.” A former sixth-grade teacher at Centennial Middle School in Dade City, Thompson was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for trying to persuade two Belizean girls, ages 13 and 15, to have sex with him through Facebook chats in which he said he wanted to take their virginity and promised them gifts and help toward a better life. Thompson, 49, swore Wednesday that he never acted inappropriately toward any child when he was a teacher. And he claimed he never would have acted on his chats with the girls in Belize. “I thought everybody lied on Facebook,” Thompson said. “I didn’t believe it was real.”

Avalon Partners Announces The First Uber-luxury Caribbean Basin Real Estate Auction
Avalon Partners, Ltd., in cooperation with Premiere Estates Auction Company, announces a June 18 auction date for two prime luxury development projects, one located in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and the other in Belize. This event is especially important because the TCI and Belize have just been rated the Number One and Number Two Caribbean Destinations for Growth and Tourism by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO, April 2015). “There has never before been a super-luxury, multi-destination real estate auction held in the Caribbean” stated Grace Lappin, Avalon’s Managing Director, “commercial developers and investors have an unprecedented opportunity here. These properties are going to sell very quickly.” About the Belize Project: Bolton Bank is a 4,000+ acre river and sea-front mixed-use resort hotel, residential and commercial development site located at the edge of Belize City with access to the Northern Highway. This site has the potential to become the city’s catalyst and center for urban growth and re-development. The land is flat, developable grassland making it particularly suitable for a city/airport/eco-hotel conference complex, world-class casino, and championship golf course. Bolton Bank includes a historic 1 – acre site – the only Jewish cemetery in all of Belize. Belize City is the largest city in Belize. The City is the country’s hub and home to its only international airport. All international commercial airlines and all private planes land in Belize City. In addition, all international cruise ships dock at the Port of Belize in Belize City.

Archaeologists offer special deal to dig at ancient Maya sit
Archaeologists of the Maya Research Program (MRP) plan to field a crew beginning in June 1, 2015, to excavate an ancient Maya elite residential complex and other sites in northwestern Belize. Though less than a month away, the team leadership still has some available positions in the opening session to fill with willing students and volunteers to help them investigate large residential structures and a large shrine north of the site core of Xnoha, a medium-sized Maya center in Belize not far from the border with Mexico. “We will begin a new excavation of large elite residences north of the site core called the MJ Courtyards,” said Colleen Hanratty, a senior member of the MRP excavation team. “We will also be returning to the large shrine northeast of the site core and will penetrate the floors of this structure, and we’ll also excavate a feature known as "rejollado" just south of the Blue Creek site core. (Blue Creek is another Maya site southeast of Xnoha.).” The 6.5-meter deep rejollado structure measures 350m2 and previous testing and radiocarbon dating indicated that its lowest stratum dates to about 2550 BC.

16 Popular Seafood Choices You Should Avoid Eating
Luckily, there are organizations working hard to change that. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has been providing consumers with information on “ocean-friendly choices” for 15 years through its printable guides, website and recently revamped mobile app. The app is a user-friendly guide for choosing the most environmentally responsible seafood to eat. It tells you best options, good alternatives and ones you should avoid. Here are 16 popular seafood options that you should avoid eating, according to Seafood Watch: Lobster: American (Maine) lobster from the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank is a “good alternative,” but “avoid” lobster from southern New England. Avoid spiny lobsters from Belize, Brazil, Honduras and Nicaragua, which have poor management, declining populations of lobsters and high levels of illegal fishing.

Fortis Inc. Announces Third Quarter Dividends-2015
The Board of Directors of Fortis Inc. ("Fortis" or the "Corporation") (TSX:FTS) has declared the following dividends: $0.3063 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series "E" of the Corporation, payable on 1 September 2015 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on 19 August 2015; $0.3063 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series "F" of the Corporation, payable on 1 September 2015 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on 19 August 2015; $0.2427 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series "G" of the Corporation, payable on 1 September 2015 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on 19 August 2015;

Student Story: Vet Science major finds different perspectives in Belize
Emily Spadaro spent her summer caring for jaguars at a zoo, castrating pigs and a horse, and swimming in a waterfall. A senior majoring in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Spadaro completed a four-week study-abroad program in Belize that consisted of a course in large-animal and tropical veterinary practices for the first two weeks, and a wildlife conservation and ecology course for the last two weeks. During the large-animal course, when not in the classroom, she was "right in the middle of the action" on farm calls. She learned how to conduct full examinations on horses and how to perform castrations, and spent a day in a diagnostics lab. Spadaro and other students also helped at a free spay-and-neuter clinic where they conducted check-ups, assisted with surgeries and performed surgery aftercare. "It was really cool to interact with the people of Belize and have them ask us for help," she said. During this course, the students stayed at a resort in the city and hiked, swam in a waterfall and explored Mayan ruins. "We were going, going, going every single day, all day," she said.

Videos

  • UWRF Spring Break Belize 2015, 3.5min. This is a very quick summary of what we did in Belize.

  • Pickled Parrot Placencia Belize, 2min.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio's Island in Belize Blackadore Caye, 58min.

  • Chuck & Robbies Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley Trip, 2min. It might be the most visited marine park in Belize and the busiest, but that does not deter the thousands of visitors to the country to take a memorable tour of Hol Chan Marine and Shark Ray Alley. The marine park is huge and there is space for everybody to take a dip and explore in the crystal clear waters off the coast of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Encounter nurse sharks, sting rays, abundance in tropical fish, moray eels and sea turtles, amongst others, in their natural habitat of the Great Barrier Reef of Belize.

  • H.E. Ambassador Carlos R. Moreno | Rule of Law, 19min. The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry held our 95th Annual General Meeting on April 30th, 2015. Our esteemed guest speaker was His Excellency, Ambassador Carlos R. Moreno, US Ambassador to Belize, who gave a talk on Rule of Law.

  • South Water Caye, Belize - House Reef, 6min.

  • Belize Cave Tubing, 3min.

  • Night Snorkel, Belize, 1.5min.

  • The Scuba Shop - Belize trip 4/2015 - The Great Blue Hole, 12min. This was the first of two trips I made 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. Lots of sharks on this one!

  • Humans Of San Pedro, Belize, 8min.

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