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#504357 - 05/19/15 11:41 AM Today's Belize News: May 19, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Joining together to say NO to offshore oil drilling
On Saturday, May 16th close to a hundred San Pedro Town residents joined in the global Hands Across the Sand initiative. This momentous event is held in destinations across the planet Earth to “draw a line in the sand,” and say “NO” to dirty fossil fuel projects, as well as call for a shift to clean, renewable energy like offshore wind and solar power.

Next Stop: V-bar!
Nestled on the beach at Sandy Point’s newest resort, Venecia Del Caribe, is a fun get-away bar serving up some unique cocktails and delectable eats. V-bar is one of the islands’ newer establishment, having only opened their doors a few months ago. Its outdoor setting takes advantage of all the gorgeous views of the Belize Barrier Reef and the refreshing blues of the Caribbean Sea. Located about 3.5 miles up north, V-bar is a great place to escape to with friends, away from the bustling epicenter that is San Pedro Town. Chicken quesadillas, a pulled pork panini, a bacon cheese burger, a whole veggie pizza, an order of honey siracha wings, nachos and as if that wasn’t enough, an order of crispy golden fried onion rings! Yum!!! Everything looked amazing and tasted even better- I mean, at one point, I thought I had died and went to food heaven.

Southwest Airlines Reveals Date for Houston-Belize Flight
On Wednesday, May 13th, Southwest Airlines held a press conference in Houston, at the Houston City Hall, where the CEO of the airlines, Garry Kelly, announced that the daily, direct flights to Belize, Mexico and Costa Rica will begin on October 15th, as well as Jamaica and Liberia beginning November 1st. He was joined by the Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, at a beach theme setting, where future Southwest destinations were present. A Belize delegation was present for the announcement and “Beach Bash,” which was held after the press conference. In attendance were the Director of Tourism – Mrs. Karen Bevans, Chairman of the Board – Dr. Carla Barnett, Director of Marketing – Ms. Karen Pike, along with representatives of Tropic Air and the Belize Airport Concession.

SPTC addresses ways to tackle garbage issues
For quite some time now, island residents have been complaining about the unsightly garbage across the island of Ambergris Caye. Despite the complaints, garbage still continues to be an issue. To date, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has addressed and cleaned up three main problem areas: Alta Mar Area, the area between the beach and airstrip in town core, and Boca del Rio. A system has been placed in order to address the garbage situation on the island, but SPTC needs the collaboration of the public. According to Deputy Mayor, Gary Greif, the council is trying its best to attack the issues from all fronts. “There are agreements with people from the resorts up north who can take their garbage to the Marina, which is collected by private companies. From the Marina Area, Town Council employee Samuel Gonzalez takes the garbage to the dump. This is only for people that have arrangements with us. Everybody else needing to dispose of their trash has to go to the garbage dump. Greif also explained the schedule for garbage disposal. “There is the normal residential garbage pickup which is done by the large compactors, then you have the yard garbage pickup which is done on a schedule basis, two days for Escalante, Boca del Rio, DFC and it rotates”. He also mentioned that they have agreements with trucks identified with a black plate, which can be hired for private garbage disposal. These operators know the procedure of taking the trash all the way to the garbage dump.

Ambergris Today

Miss San Pedro and On Eagle’s Wings Ministries Host Successful Fundraiser
Miss San Pedro, Michelle Nunez, along with members of the non-profit organization On Eagle’s Wings Ministries (OEWM) hosted a successful fundraising banquet dinner at Ramon’s Village on Saturday, May 16, 2015 under a Maya-themed event. Michelle Nunez has been successful in joining efforts with OEWM to establish her S.H.I.N.E foundation that is a youth enrichment program for girls 13 to 16 years old with the goal to empower and motivate them to reach their full potential. On the other hand OEWM, based out of the USA, has expanded its reach to San Pedro in hopes to empower and bring a brighter future to females that have been sexually exploited and to those at risk of exploitation. The banquet dinner was held to raise funds for a S.H.I.N.E. Center that will be built in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, which will serve as a community center for girls. During the gala dinner, a preliminary architectural concept design for the proposed center was presented to those in attendance; the land for the center has been purchased by On Eagles Wings Ministries.

Flashbacks - Al Felley San Pedro High School's Greatest Banefactor
Anybody who was familiar with San Pedro High School in its early stages, 1971 and onwards, is bound to have known Al Felly. He was a renowned florist of Madison, Wisconsin, USA. During one of his first visits to San Pedro, he fell in love with the children and people of San Pedro and he commenced providing invaluable assistance to San Pedro High, so much that he became San Pedro High’s most valuable benefactor. Perhaps mention of some of the items he provided would give you an idea of his work: Student desks, office furniture, typewriters, books of all kinds, calculators, carpentry tools, sewing machines, stenograph and printing machines, stationery, and supplies for the new building like cement mixer, paint, electrical wire, lights, architectural plans, and more. Got the idea? He also single handedly did the school yearbook, and shipped tons of prizes and gifts that were used in our annual school fairs to raise money for our new building. Al Felly eventually became known to San Pedro as Uncle Felly and is arrival every year warranted a student delegation with a banner at the airstrip. His departure brought a sense of sadness which he counteracted with a hot dog party for the entire school at his official hotel, Holiday Hotel.

Celebrity Spotting – Univision Journalist Jorge Ramos and Chiquis Delgado in San Pedro
Ambergris Today caught up with two powerhouse TV personalities from the Univision network who were vacationing in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Mexican-American journalist and author based in Miami, Jorge Ramos and his girlfriend Maria Chiquinquira Delgado left San Pedro today, May 18, 2015, after spending a vacation at Cayo Espanto celebrity resort. Jorge Ramos is a seasoned journalist and anchors the Univision News television program, Noticiero Univision; hosts the Univision Sunday-morning, political news program, Al Punto; and hosts the Fusion TV English-language program, America with Jorge Ramos. His girlfriend Chiquis Delgado is a Venezuelan TV host, model, and actress. She is currently a co-host of Mira Quien Baila on the Univision; prior to that, she was the host of ¡Despierta América! Delgado was first runner-up in the 1990 Miss Venezuela beauty pageant.

San Pedro Joins Hands Across the Sand in Support Against Offshore Oil Drilling
Oceana was in charge of organizing the Hands Across the Sand event in Belize and it was successfully held in all the districts around the country including San Pedro, Dangriga, Corozal, Punta Gorda, Belmopan, Orange Walk, San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, Belize City and Placencia. The event had participants holding hands by the shore for 15 minutes as a show of solidarity against offshore oil drilling and sending the message to government that they do not support any of it. Two years ago, the Belize Supreme Court ruled in favor an Oceana suit to stop offshore oil exploration. Subsequently, though, the injunction was suspended, and two companies, including Princess Petroleum, continue to have exploration rights. According to documents submitted by Belize to UNESCO, the original concession included exploration rights at Great Blue Hole, a renowned underwater sinkhole, but Princess Petroleum voluntarily gave rights to that area up. If oil is not found, the current rights will expire in October 2015, which may be why the government is pursuing a new path to concessions.

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Ten-day Weather Outlook
Model projections are indicating an intensifying ENSO (Warm Event) in the eastern Pacific through the autumn of 2015. This is alarming as it could spell high variability in the rainy season rainfall pattern for Belize, similar to 1997. The GFS-mnsprd and GFS Climate Model Outlooks initiated at noon on Friday, May 15, 2015 for the western Caribbean and Belize were favoring the seasonal dry conditions to persist for the next eight to nine days. Both models resolve a disturbed area of moisture and instability (low pressure) to move off the coast of Panama and Costa Rica after the next 48 to 72 hours. This instability center will intensify and increase in coverage as it drifts NNE towards eastern Jamaica. By the weekend of 23-24 May, this feature will weaken, but the broad area of moisture and instability will drift westwards towards the coast of Belize. The instability will reach Belize by late 24 May, resulting in moderate to heavy outbreaks of showers especially over the northern half of the country at first; then spreading over the rest of the country by 25 May. This could mark the start of the rains as the models have the instability and a low pressure system persisting over the region for several days.

EXPORTBelize, unveils the Belize Trade Finance Access Guide
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) has as its mission the enhancement of Belize’s Prosperity by fostering investor confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation. In accomplishing this mission, all technical units are constantly engaged in activities aimed at improving the enabling environment for enterprises. Access to financing is a key component in doing business and is vital for the development of Belize’s export sector. EXPORTBelize embarked on an exercise to determine the nature of the trade financed landscape in Belize. This entailed surveying key financial institutions and private sector contacts on the availability and accessibility of trade finance instruments. EXPORTBelize took the findings of this exercise and produced “The Belize Trade Finance Guide”, a tool that provides the export sector with valuable information on the type of trade finance instruments and their availability at major financial institutions across Belize. The Trade Finance Guide is available to all private sector and can be found on BELTRAIDE”s website at www.belizeinvest.org.

Inspiring women entrepreneurs through the BA1 Project
Training commenced today, concurrently at San Pedro, Bermudian Landing and in Belize City for the BA1 Project.The BA1 Project includes an initiative to provide seed funds (small grants) to improve the lives of women who are at risk of and/or are victims of gender based violence and trafficking of women to help them improve their economic status. The consultancy shall provide support to strengthen women’s capacities, both in employment skills and self-esteem, to support the identification and elaboration of productive business concepts for entrepreneurship, self-employment or cooperatives.

Drone technology on Caye Caulker
Professors and students from Georgia State University returned to Ocean Academy for a marine debris mapping project using drone footage, and data collection gathered during a morning beach cleanup. Students in Form 2 then learned to use ArcGIS software to create story maps.

Free Loida
The family of Loida August came out this Monday morning to protest her incarceration in front of the San Ignacio Police Station and Magistrate Court. Her mother, sisters, brother, her 4 young children and other family members chanted "Free Loida", Justice for Loida", "Repeal the Gun Law" and "Loida's children need their Mother, Loida needs her children". Both Loida and her husband were convicted of keeping firearms found on their property. The husband is an ex BDF. She has 4 young children. The grand parents are 74 and 87 years of age. they have no jobs and no income. The protesters shared the opinion that only one of the parents could have been imprisoned.

Saga Humane Society May TAPAS Cook Off Fundraiser
Join friends and Saga supporters for a night of TAPAS at Luna Loca for the Saga Humane Society May Cook Off Fundraiser. Raffle Prizes include Tanqueray Gin, a Red Ginger Gift Card, an overflowing gift basket from Belizean Breezes Soap Co, Gift certificates to Ray's Big Dog, Pampered Paws, DandE's and more! VIP Tables and tickets are on sale now at Saga@btl.net. Don't miss this one! It's going to be great, and the proceeds will go to fund the much needed safety repairs at Saga's Fort Dog facility that houses our healthy dogs who are available for adoption.

DOE's Recycled Art Competition!
Great opportunity for youths! Department of the Environment

BOLEDO DRAWING for Monday, May 18, 2015: 73. FANTASY 5: 18 12 7 3 26 Y

San Pedro: SPTD conducting Removal of tinted windows begins 5/26
VEHICLE OWNERS, PLEASE TAKE NOTE!

Belize National Festival of Arts Opening Ceremony and Jamboree
held today at the Big Bird's Isle...here are some of the highlights...remember tomorrow is the primary school showcase from 10:00 a.m -noon check your local channels for a live broadcast!

Channel 7

Sniper Kills Woman In Front Of Husband, Children
This weekend was very violent: between Friday and Sunday evening, a mere 48 hours, four persons were killed. The most disturbing event in this panorama of violence occurred just outside Belmopan yesterday evening when a woman was shot and killed in front of her common law husband and kids. Rosalie Galvez along with her family were returning from a trip when she was shot in the head as they were entering Belmopan around 6 in the evening. It's a terrifying and almost unthinkable assault - but police do not believe it was random - in fact they say her husband, the notorious Russell Hyde was the target. Courtney Weatherburne spoke to Hyde today in Belmopan: Courtney Weatherburne Reporting 44 year old Rosalie Galvez and her family were returning from their Sunday trip in this truck yesterday evening. Her common-law husband was driving while she was in the passenger seat. 6 people including their 2 kids were riding in the pan of the truck.?

Two Americans Killed In Teakettle Home Invasion
But that murder was only the culmination of a violent weekend in the Belmopan area. It started on Friday evening, where there was a double murder in Teakettle Village. The victims are 2 American men who were killed in a home invasion. It happened at the Estate of American Julian Christopher Jones in the Pineapple Hill area of the village. On Friday at around 5:30, his ex-wife, Laura Jo Lambert, found him dead in one of the buildings on the ground. He had suffered multiple chop wounds to the head. She looked around and found their associate, 61 year-old American retiree Paul David Signorino, who lives on the Valley of Peace Road, also killed. Someone had shot him twice in the left side of the head. Yesterday, our news team travelled to Teakettle, and we spoke with one the neighbors, who told us that the two men may have been killed as a result of an armed robbery at the estate: Neighbor "I don't know much. I just got home on Friday. A little before 7 my little brother was telling me that my neighbor Ms. Laura was looking for me and she look nervous and everything and it was just minutes after that I got a call from my wife's phone and she informed me that her husband and a friend had been brutally murdered at the back there and so it was at the same time I saw Brother Fem and the police just going at the back there and I just went to see what was happening and to comfort Ms. Laura.

Guatemalan Foreign Minister in Belize
On Sunday morning at 9:00, Guatemala's Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales had breakfast with his Belizean counterpart Wilfred Elrington at the Radisson. It was an informal breakfast, which was held in the private Board Room at the Radisson. The meeting lasted an hour and a half and when it was done, Elrington told us what they discussed:.. Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs "Actually he wanted to give me an update as to what is happening in Guatemala at this time. Going through some turbulent times, and so he wanted to give me an update on that. And he also wanted us to kind of form-up the procedure that we are going to adapt when we go to sign the amended special agreement next week Monday. And then he also wanted us to look at the 13 agreements which we had signed in Placencia and to see how we could start trying to implement those." Belize police acted on their own orders and would not allow us to get close to the Guatemalan Foreign Minister to get an interview. Minister Morales - whose wife is Belizean - was accompanied at the breakfast meeting by the new Guatemalan ambassador to Belize who is expected to present his credential this week.

Wilfred On Why There Wasn't A Press Release
But the public reaction to the announcement has been anything but harmonious and pleasant. It may be a vocal minority - but the public sentiment expressed on the change in the special agreement has been full of misgivings. That's because instead of public announcement - the disclosure came through the media - in an Amandala article and then a Channel 5 interview. The Prime Minister told us last week that has told Elrington to send out a press release first - a release that the opposition would have gotten to see first. But none of that happened; Elrington told us yesterday that he thought it did!:.. Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs "When Isani asked me about it, I responded on the assumption that in fact the press release had gone out." Jules Vasquez "Okay." Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs "I was not aware that the press release had not gone out."

Elrington Says the (Pickstock) Public Could Hardly Care
And while no press release went out - Elringon says he doesn't really feel one is necessary because the vibe he gets from his constituents is that they care every little:.. Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs "As I have pointed out to people who don't understand the way I proceed with these matters, we are not at a stage where we are negotiating anything."

Another Killing In Ladyville, This One at A Wake
At the top of the segment we told you that Cayo saw those 3 murders, the Belize district also witnessed violence in the early morning hours of Sunday in Ladyville. Almost unthinkably - a murder happened at a wake - a wake for a man who had just been murdered! 30 Year-old Kenroy Arnold was socializing with the family and friends Sylvin "Cruz" Encalada, the watchman who was killed at his worksite on Friday morning. Our News team has been following the story and Daniel Ortiz reports: Daniel Ortiz reporting 30 year-old Kenroy Arnold, aka, "Bouncer" was killed here at this house on Perez Road sometime before 1:00 a.m. on Sunday. He was socializing with his friend when gunmen waylaid him by hiding in some bushes behind the house. They seized the right moment to open fire. Raphael Martinez - Police Press Officer "Police went to residence in Perez Road in Ladyville, where they saw 29 year old Kenroy Arnold suffering from multiple gunshots wounds to the body. Initial investigations reveal that Kenroy was at that residence along a few members of that residence, when somebody or reportedly 3 men came from behind the building and fired several shots at him causing his fatal injuries."

Cop Caught Smuggling Weed
Another policeman has been caught trying to smuggle marijuana across the northern border. This time, Constable Geian Ya - who is attached to the Corozal Quick Response Team was intercepted on Sunday afternoon at 1:55 by the Customs Enforcement Unit coming across the Santa Elena crossing from the Mexico side to Belize. Ya was wearing his police camouflage trousers and a police t-shirt - but that didn't stop the Customs inspectors from checking his Hyundai Sonata which carried Texas license plates. The examining officer picked up the strong smell of marijuana and asked him to open the trunk. Inside he found a black plastic bag with three parcels of marijuana. Each compressed brick weighed just over a kilo to the total bust was about 7 pounds.

Fields Of Fire In North, Political Motive Involved?
There's a huge story coming out of the north tonight - and it involves high stakes politics and the always-volatile sugar industry. The backdrop to all of it is the adjustments in sugar quotas that we told you about on Friday - where certain branches are having their cane quotas cut substantially - and that is based on a survey of the North's cane fields. There is discontent in some quarters because one of the groups whose quota is going up is ASR/BSI. And this evening, we received news of the deliberate burning of one of BSI's cane fields in the San Lorenzo area - which is a standard act of retaliation in the north. But, from there the story takes a radical twist. BSI Security guards who responded to the fire say they found two men in the area - they claim one of them is Efrain Alpuche - who is the personal security guard to PUP politician Ramon Monchie Cervantez. The BSI security says the two men opened fire on them - and then raced off. The security guards called police who reportedly set chase after a light Blue pickup truck. They caught it by Yo Creek and detained the two men including Alpuche.

Not Guilty For Man Accused of Grenade Murder
When we left you on Friday night, a jury of 12 was deliberating the fate of Lusby Martinez who was charged with murder for the grenade attack which killed 14 year-old Rudolph Flowers. On December 28, 2009, someone threw a grenade at the corner of Kraal Road and Haynes Street at around 7 p.m. Rudolph Flowers was standing in the blast range, and shrapnel from the grenade penetrated his heart and ended up killing him. A written statement from a deceased prosecution witness was the main piece of evidence against Lusby Martinez in the case, and after 5 hours of deliberation, the jury emerged with a verdict of not guilty. Martinez, who was in jail for 5 years awaiting trial, finally exited court a free man. We spoke with his attorney outside about his acquittal:

Garbutt's Falls, A Slight Return
The last time the Belize Territorial Volunteers visited the country's southernmost border marker at Gracias A Dios, they were detained by Guatemalan Authorities for allegedly straying into Guatemalan waters. Well, the leaders of this activist group were determined that this setback wouldn't stop them from going to other markers, and they organized a trip yesterday. This one was to the Garbutt's Falls marker in Western Belize, which separates Benque Viejo Town from Guatemala's Melchor De Menchos. Did this one cause any agitation at the western frontier? Well, our news team was there to capture the entire event on camera, and Daniel Ortiz Reports: Daniel Ortiz reporting At around 6 a.m. yesterday, 4 chartered buses, started taking on passengers at the Orange Walk Bus Terminal. These residents, intended to take a trip to the Garbutt's falls Border Marker to support the Northern Territorial Volunteers. Each bus then made the trip all the way from Orange Walk Town to the Western Border. About 4 hours later, the bus arrived at the beginning of the foot trail to the marker, and the passengers disembarked.

Truck Flips With 5 In Pan, A Miracle That No One Died
It's a miracle no one got seriously hurt yesterday evening when a small pickup truck flipped near the Boom Road junction on the Northern Highway. Around 5:30, 36-year-old Cedric Avilez was southbound in a Toyota pickup when he had a rear wheel blowout. The pan of the vehicle was filled with five passengers, and the vehicle quickly became very unstable, spun and then tumbled down the embankment, ending up pinned against a fence pointing in the opposite direction. 23-year-old Elsyrth Hendy, 34-year-old Roy Cox, 23-year-old Marshal Nunez, Aaron Jones and 43-year-old George James were all flung from the pickup unto the roadside. They all experienced varying degrees of injury but none of those were life threatening. They were coming from a football tournament.

Barrier Saves Truck From Plunging Into River
And at 7:30 pm there was another accident - this one by mile 7 on the northern highway. Again, lives could have been lost - and if it weren't for a concrete barrier, a ford ranger would surely have plunged into the Belize river. Two men were southbound in the pickup when suddenly a Jeep Cherokee which was going in the opposite direction, spun into their lane. They swerved off the road and headed right for the river. They crashed into the concrete barrier and one of the pickups wheels were left hanging over the river. A very close call and one of the passengers in the Jeep told us what they experienced: Sharlette Bainton, Accident Victim "When we were coming down from Belize, a vehicle just passed by, slammed into the rear-view mirror and went away. He lost control of his vehicle and so when he was driving this way, he ended up in the middle of the road. A white truck was passing by and he just knocked into that." Jules Vasquez "When the driver knocked into the mirror, he ended up into the other lane?" Sharlette Bainton, Accident Victim "Yes, he ended up in the middle because the vehicle just flew past and bam. We just heard the rear-view mirror knocked. It splattered the glass. When that happened, he lost control of the vehicle. And when he was going towards the middle, he started to turn on the other side and that's why he knocked into this white truck."

Teakettle Victim Was Fish Vendor
As we told you earlier, little is known about the two Americans who were killed in a home in Teakettle Village on Friday night. When we spoke to some neighbors today, they told us that the two men were friends and that one of them, believed to be 61 year old Paul David Signorino from Valley of Peace came over to Julian Christopher Jones' home in Teakettle. But after 6 on Friday night a woman 59 year old American teacher Laura Lambert, who is apparently Jones' ex-wife found them dead at this house. Laura Jo Lambert's house, as well as two vehicles in the yard ere ransacked. Two licensed weapons belonging to the deceased, Julian Jones -namely, a 9mm Beretta pistol, and a .22 rifle were missing, and most likely stolen. Today Courtney Wetaherburne found out more about the public life or Julian Jones - an American who retired to sell fish in Belize two years ago.: We tried to contact any friends or close neighbors who would be able to disclose more information about these men but the only contact we got through to is a vendor in Belmopan who is stationed right beside Jones's food shack. She told us about the very cordial relationship she had with him over the 9 months she has known him.

Beaten By A Lady Cop
On Friday night we catalogued a long history of abuse made by Southside residents against police. And, as if on cue, during the news, one woman came to our studio to make one more allegation of police abuse. Pamela Estrada went to report a domestic dispute on Thursday night - and says she ended up being beaten by a woman police officer - after she sent her ten year old daughter to stay with a relative:... Pamela Estrada "If my baby knew that they would beat me, my daughter wouldn't have left the vehicle. She would have stayed with me, but they promise my baby that they wouldn't do me anything. They told her that they would just take me and drop me home to, because it's a domestic problem and I didn't do anything and no one came and make any report about me. She (the officer) just start to punch me in the face and then the male officer handcuffed me.

Rhys Back Behind Bars
24 year-old Nicoli Rhys, a resident of Tigris Street, is behind bars once again after he was taken to Magistrate's Court for a gun. Police allegedly busted him with a loaded firearm. The incident occurred on May 7. The police reported that they were on mobile patrol when they saw Rhys. They said that when they approached him, he ran. They set chase, and that's when a gun allegedly fell from his hand when he tripped over a concrete block at the corner of Euphrates Avenue and Dean Street. Police said Rhys managed to escape, so they backtracked and retrieve the firearm. They discovered thatit was a Smith and Wesson 9 millimeter pistol with 9 rounds of ammunition in its magazine. Rhys was apprehended yesterday and charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition. He was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, where he pleaded not guilty to the offences. Due to the nature of the offences, he couldn't be granted bail at today's arraignment, and he was remanded to prison until July 3.

Male Coach Accused of Indecent Kiss With Boy
23 year-old Patrick Swasey, a deliveryman and basketball coach, is out on bail today after being taken to court today for an incident assault charge. He's being accused of kissing a 13 year-old boy on the lips. The incident allegedly occurred in December of 2014, where the child reported that he and Swasey was sleeping under a Christmas Tree. He claims that this was when Swasey kissed him on the lips. Well, police investigated the report and charged Swasey with the offence of aggravated assault of an indecent nature. He was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, and he pleaded not guilty to the charge. He explained that he only kissed the boy on his cheek. He was released on bail of $1,500, and his case was adjourned until July 16.

Hand Take A Stand
On Saturday at noon, opponents of offshore oil drilling held hands in public spaces to protest offshore exploration. In Belize City, it happened on the seawall near the baron Bliss grave where about a hundred persons took a stand, hand in hand. We found out more form the city organizer:.. The event is timed to mark the anniversary of BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Alicia Made Solo Ride To Victory
The women's cross country was held on Sunday. Only eight riders lined up, and at the end of 68 miles Alicia Thompson claimed her first victory in the prestigious race. Here she is crossing the finish line:.. Thompson rode sol into a headwind for most of the race. She was about an hour off the record. Six of the eight riders finished.

A Test Of Muscle And Will
And while she proved herself as Belize's strongest female rider- who is the strongest man? On Saturday a field of eight competitors engaged in 7 hours of grueling competition that pushed the limits of their muscle and their will. Here's how it went, and here's who came out on top:.. The first place finisher got a thousand dollars, the second place got 600 hundred and the third place got four hundred.

Channel 5

“Bouncer” Gunned Down At Wake In Ladyville
Early on Friday morning, the body of a watchman was found at his workplace in Ladyville, Belize District. He had been strangled to death but neither family members nor the [...]

Double Homicide in Teakettle: One Shot, Another Hacked to Death
The peace and quiet of Teakettle Village was shattered by the news of a double murder. Two American nationals were killed in what seems a senseless act of violence. A [...]

Roaring Creek Family Waylaid, Wife Killed in Fatal Attack
The other murder victim is a Camalote resident who was killed after a lone-gunman fired several bullets at the vehicle she was travelling in around five thirty on Sunday evening. [...]

Unknown Assailant Opens Fire on Vehicle Near Monkey River
And one more story on the weekend’s gun violence. A vehicle carrying several men returning to Monkey River Village on Sunday, after an evening of socializing at a football game [...]

Near-Fatal Traffic Mishap on Phillip Goldson Results in Multiple Injuries
A near-fatal road traffic accident on Sunday evening, has left several persons critically injured.  The men were traveling along the Phillip Goldson Highway in a grey Toyota pickup in the [...]

Lusby Martinez Acquitted of 2009 Murder
When we closed our newscast on Friday, a jury was still deliberating in the murder trial of Lusby Martinez who was facing charges for the grenade attack in which fourteen [...]

Deliveryman Arraigned for Kissing Male Minor
A young boy under the age of sixteen years claims that he was sexually molested back in December 2014 by a man well known to him and his family.   Today, [...]

Chamber of Commerce on Petrocaribe Loans Act
The Belize Chamber of Commerce has taken a position in respect of the Petrocaribe Loans Act which is in line with the pronouncement of the unions and the P.U.P. as [...]

More on the Special Agreement Amendment with Foreign Minister Elrington
This past Sunday, the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Carlos Raul Moralez was in Belize.  The visit coincides with the signing of an amendment to the 2008 compris, which is now [...]

What Happens Should Guatemala Vote Yes to ICJ Resolution?
As it stands, the political situation in Guatemala remains unstable. This past Saturday, thousands protested against acts of corruption, demanding jail time for those who are guilty.  The masses are [...]

Territorial Volunteers Treks West to Garbutt Falls
On Sunday the Belize Territorial Volunteers made one of its regular treks to Belize’s border monuments, this time at Garbutt Falls in Benque Viejo del Carmen. It was the largest [...]

SICB Suspends Restructuring of Quotas, Sugar Crisis Averted
A potential crisis in the sugar industry was narrowly averted when late this evening the Sugar Industry Control Board voted to suspend the decision to restructure quotas. That decision, made [...]

Was Munchie Cervantes’s Vehicle Used By Caneros in Arson of Cane Fields?
Also up north two men are in custody tonight because police suspect they burned cane fields belonging to American Sugar Refinery, and fired at ASR Security personnel who caught them [...]

Sports Monday with James Adderley
Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. The long awaited Game two in the PLB Championship teaser was staged inside the Norman Broaster Stadium as the host [...]


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SIRDI Suspense SCPC Decision In Best Interest Of Sugar Industry
So farmers received the good news, the decision taken by the SCPC last week is suspended. The suspension follows the meeting with representatives of the Sugar Industry Control Board, BSI, SIRDI and the three associations. Chair of the SICB, Gabriel Martinez says the meeting was held since the best interest of the sugar industry is a priority and under the circumstances the SCPC’s initial decision was suspended. “It’s suspended until the Board gets a complete finding of the Productivity Survey being taken by SIRDI which have been promised to be finished by this week Friday and a week after this the Board will sit again to review again the final report.” Martinez says they will eventually decide whether the production estimates will be reduced for this crop. We have heard the opposing and supporting arguments to the decision, but we asked Martinez once more to clarify the rationale behind the adjustments to sugar productions estimates.

Cervantes' Driver Detained For Allegedly Committing Arson
Amidst the rejection of some cane farmers when It comes to the restructuring of delivery quotas to the mill, SIRDI and SICB being in the hot seat and the sugar industry navigating in turbulent waters once again, two men from Orange Walk Town are locked up tonight for allegedly setting fire on cane fields belonging to BSI/ASR. The incident occurred around five this evening on the San Lorenzo Road. Reports are that upon making their usual rounds to the area, BSI/ASR watchmen caught the two individuals burning the cane fields. When the men noticed they were caught red handed, one of them fired shots at the watchmen who immediately retrieved from the area and called the police. By the time authorities arrived in the area along with fire personnel the men had already fled the area allegedly in a blue four door Mazda pickup truck that is tonight impounded at the station. Police set chase after the vehicle which was intercepted on the Yo Creek Road. The vehicle is said to belong to Ramon Monchie Cervantes Junior and driving it at the time was his personal driver and body guard.

OWTC Almost Free Of Inherited Depth
In 2012 when the People’s United Party won the Municipal Elections under the stewardship of Kevin Bernard, the council inherited old debts from the previous administration that amounted to almost $300 thousand dollars. Fast forward to today, the Council reports that it has been making strides to clear those inherited debts with banks and lending institutions. Today, the council issued a press release stating that it has maintained a commitment of transparency and accountability in managing the affairs of the town. In the release the council states and we quote, “The OWTC has also implemented a policy of positive partnership and interaction with the residents we serve. Guided by that, Mayor Kevin Bernard and the Council are pleased and proud to provide an update on the results of prudential, responsible financial management by a team with integrity”, end quote.

Scotia Bank Announces The Appoinment Of New Vice President
Today, Scotiabank announced that Michael Shaw has been appointment as the new Vice President and Managing Director of the lending institution. With 30 year of experience, as the former District Vice President of Scotiabank Metro North in Jamaica, Shaw successfully led the Sales and Service management team for the district comprising of 10 bank branches. A release from the institution revealed that Shaw’s new role at Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd will be to look over the bank’s development, communication and implementation of the bank’s local business strategy, business goals and core values for Belize’s operations in alignment with International Banking and Corporate strategies. The arrival of Shaw, as the departure of former Managing Director Patrick Andrews, marks a milestone in local operations as the bank embraces the formal change of guard in the leadership of this financial institution. Andrews has been with the bank for over 41 years. The Bank has more than 15,000 employees in the region, including affiliates, serving more than two million customers, with 450 branches, kiosks, other offices and more than 1,000 ABMs.

Hands Across The Sand Across The Land
On Saturday, OCEANA Belize staged a countrywide event called ‘Hands across the sand” where those opposed to offshore drilling lined up at their respective communities to hold hands in solidarity. It’s a symbolic gesture and for those at OCEANA, the images of thousands of people around the globe joining hands sent a powerful message to world leaders. Viewers may recall in 2013, the Belize Supreme Court ruled in favour of OCEANA’s suit to stop offshore oil exploration. Subsequently, though, the injunction was suspended, and two companies, including Princess Petroleum, continue to have exploration rights. According to documents submitted by Belize to UNESCO, the original concession included exploration rights at Great Blue Hole, a renowned underwater sinkhole, but Princess Petroleum voluntarily gave rights to that area up. Last week after his visit from Miami, the Prime Minister of Belize told the media that all offshore concessions have expired and none will be renewed, at least not right now.

Cop Caught Trafficking Drugs Across Northern Border
A police constable from Corozal Town is tonight facing the long arms of the law following a drug bust at the Northern Border yesterday afternoon. According to the report, about 1:15pm on Sunday, the enforcement team of the Customs Department in Corozal Town, at the Northern Border intercepted a silver Hyundai Sunata four door car bearing Texas Plate BG1Z478 with one occupant. He was later identified as Geian Yah, a police constable working at the Corozal formation. A search conducted in the trunk revealed 3 packages that contained a substance consistent to Cannabis. After the parcels were discovered, Yah was detained by customs whereby officials then called the police. At the station, the situation was processed and the drugs weighed in his presence; each parcel contained 1043, 1062, 1034 grams, respectively to bring the total to 3139 grams or a little less than 7 pounds. Yah appeared at the Corozal Magistrate’s Court this morning where he pled not guilty to drug trafficking and was offered bail of $3,000 dollars plus one surety of the same amount by Magistrate Hamilton. Yah was able to meet bail and his next court date was set for August 21st. Officials at the Corozal formation told us that an interim report has been drafted and submitted to the Police Headquarters where Yah’s letter of interdiction is awaiting approval. Officials say they continue to investigate where Yah had originally left from and the destination into which the drugs were being transported. Additionally, Police say they are investigating whether Yah acted alone or more persons were involved. The vehicle remains in custody at the Corozal Police compound.

Helpage Celebrates The Elderly
Senior Citizens were entertained on Sunday in celebration of Mothers and Fathers’ Day. The event was hosted by the Orange Walk Help Age Center at its Help Age building on Stadium Street. The elderly, some eighty-five men and women, were entertained with games and other fun activities. Arcelia Leiva – President Helpage Orange Walk “Today we served Food, dirty rice and chicken and salad, ice cream, lemonade and coconut tarts and we will be having some raffles and today we are offering a prize to the person who has the most children living.” The event has been made possible by several sponsors, says Leiva, including Jaime and John Briceno.

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President Says Chamber of Commerce Doesn’t Play Politics
Earlier we brought you the interview with the President of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arturo Vasquez who spoke specifically on the Chamber’s concerns surrounding the recent amendments to the PetroCaribe Bill as announced by the Prime Minister. In that same interview, Vasquez told Love News that the BCCI is committed to, quote […]

Belize Chamber of Commerce Speaks on Amendments to PetroCaribe Bill
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has written to the Prime Minister. The letter, dates May 14 and is in response to Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s letter he sent to the past President of the BCCI, Kay Menzies in regards to the PetroCaribe Loans Act. In the letter President, Arturo Vasquez, points out that […]

Weekend Starts with Double Homicide in Western Belize
On Friday night, the disturbing news of a double homicide was reported in Teakettle Village that left two men dead. It was a gruesome discovery made by the wife of one of the murder victims, as we hear in this report from Angelica Cruz. ANGELICA CRUZ “Based on a phone call received on Friday evening, […]

Kenroy Arnold Murdered in Ladyville, Belize District
On Tuesday, March 17, an attempt to take the life of 29-year-old, Kenroy Arnold was made in Ladyville Village, Belize District. As fate would have it, Arnold did not die and only received gunshot injuries to his back and right hand. In that investigation, two men were charged, namely, 30-year-old, Alrick Smith and 23-year-old, Ronald […]

Brother of Home-Owner Lives to Tell His Ordeal of Home Invasion
Today, at around 1pm, a home was invaded on Marage Road in Ladyille Village, Belize District. The invasion was done by four masked men who entered into the residence equipped with cutting tools which they used to enter the premises through the back fence. 47-year-old, Nick Hendy, was visiting his sister and found work chopping […]

Police Constable Nabbed with Drugs at Customs Checkpoint
On Sunday, May 17 Customs officers from the Custom Enforcement Unit were conducting duties at the Northern Border custom check point where they searched a vehicle driven by PC Giean Yah who is attached to the quick response team in Corozal. Upon inspection of the vehicle tree parcels of Marijuana were found in his possession. […]

Woman Gets Killed Following Fun Day with Family
33-year-old, Rosalie Galvez was murdered on Sunday evening near the junction of the George Price and the Hummingbird Highway near the Guanacaste Park. Correspondent Angelica Cruz reports. ANGELICA CRUZ REPORTING “On Sunday evening, May 17 sometime around 5:30pm, 44-year-old, Russell Hyde, a Belizean farmer and businessman of Camalote Village, Cayo District, told Love News that […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Shooting at BSI Cane Fields
Belize Media Group has received reports that a shooting incident occurred this evening between ASR BSI Security Guards and occupants of a blue Mazda pickup truck in Orange Walk Town. According to reports, the ASR BSI security guards were watching over the BSI cane fields when they noticed that a […]

BEL workers skip work over pay increase
Reports to Belize Media Group are that many workers for Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) – members of the Belize Energy Workers’ Union (BEWU) – did not report to work today. We are told that the Union had asked for a 10% pay increase as part of its collective […]

Victor Valencia is Belize’s Strongest Man again
Victor Valencia, aka “Brown Sugar” or “The Sugar Man”, has reigned as Belize’s Strongest Man for the last two years. Entering Saturday’s Strong Man Competition at the BTL Park he faced a distinguished field of competitors including a few well known bodybuilders aiming to knock him off his […]

Festival of Arts Golden Night in Punta Gorda
Tonight, the stage inside the Francis J. Ring Parish Hall in Punta Gorda Town is set for the Primary School Festival of Arts & Culture Golden. During the course of last week, primary schools from all across the Toledo District took their performances to the stage in hopes […]

Man repays stolen money in court
A real estate agent who admitted to not following through on a deal for a land transfer pleaded guilty to a charge of obtaining property by deception and paid back his victim. 34 year old Anthony Waters of Caesar Ridge Road was given $810 in June of 2014 […]

Coach charged for inappropriate kiss
A basketball coach and delivery man of Belize City has been charged for aggravated assault of an indecent nature for kissing a teenage boy on the lips. 23 year old Patrick Swasey is alleged to have done so in December of 2014 while he was sleeping with the […]

Former murder accused caught with firearm
Nicoli Rhys, 24, was acquitted of the murder of Andre Trapp near the Magistrate’s Court in February of 2013, but he has been unable to stay out of trouble since then. Today the Tigris Street resident was charged with keeping firearm and ammunition without a gun license before […]

A Parable: Why Belize’s Howler Monkeys are Having the Last Scream
Deep within the Black Howler Monkey Sanctuary located northwest of Belize City, an enormous gathering of these black “baboons” came together to figure out why the fruits from the trees they worked so assiduously to pick, gather and store were disappearing faster than honest politicians. One particularly paranoid monkey named Antoine […]

Cayo Residents Protest to free Loida August
This morning residents of the Cayo District participated in an organized picket, the bond for the protest was signed by Mr. Orlando Habet and Mrs. Ursula Gurerra to have a peaceful demonstration for two hours in front of the administration building from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. On December 21st, 2011 […]

Traffic Mishap over the weekend sends four to the ER
Paramedics and police officials were immediately dispatched to an area between miles 13 and 14 on the Philip Goldson Highway, yesterday evening where a traffic mishap occurred. Upon arrival authorities observed a grey Toyota pickup truck on the left hand side of the highway overturned. Further checks led police to […]

Demonstration in San Ignacio, Cayo
Reports are that an on-going demonstration has been staged in front of the San Ignacio Police Station. Our reporter Flora Pereira has been dispatched to the area. We’ll keep updating you as the information becomes available.

Pataki Full to be translated in Mandarin and published in Republic of China
‘Pataki Full’ is a book written by Belize’s Governor General, Sir Colville Young and contains a collection of seven Belizean short stories drawn from folklore and down-home wisdom of the country. This book, written in Creole and English, has gained recognition in many countries around the world and its latest […]

GO Joven conducts selection process in Punta Gorda
Motivated by its mantra “Inspiring Youth Leaders with the Power of Change,” Go Joven promotes and supports the development of young leaders to act as catalysts for social change who will vastly expand Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health choices, services, policies, and programs at the community, national and […]

More sunny and hot weather in the next few days
The general situation is for sunny weather with cloudy spells today and partly cloudy skies tonight. Showers will be isolated with a chance of an isolated thunderstorm over inland areas this afternoon and over the extreme south tonight. Winds will blow to the East at 10 to 20 knots and […]

Blogs

It Feels Great To Be Home in Belize
I arrived back in San Pedro at about 11am on Friday morning – after two flights, an overnight bus from Cancun and the water taxi out of Belize City. It felt great to be home…but I was feeling a bit weary. And by a bit weary, I was feeling like 100lbs of manure packed in a 50lb bag. But I had the weekend to rest up and I’m ready to get back to it. The grind of living in a beautiful place, doing fun/interesting things and telling you about it. Like Saturday’s Hands Across the Sand stand against off-shore oil drilling…

US guns for Belize
Actually gangs are a tremendous problem there. There is a lot of dope and illegal aliens that move through Belize. Belize was my constituent post, and back in the mid 1990’s when I was stationed in Guatemala City and I used to travel there quarterly. Starting in the early 1990’s they had the Crips and Bloods moving in to Belize City and it created a huge issue for the Gvt. Jamaican gangsta posses were also operating there along with Chinese triads. The gun violence/gangsta culture had been unknown in Belize which had a British style police force with unarmed cops. They had to create special constables who could carry guns to offset the gangstas.

Coming to Terms With the American Empire
“Empire” is a dirty word. Considering the behavior of many empires, that is not unreasonable. But empire is also simply a description of a condition, many times unplanned and rarely intended. It is a condition that arises from a massive imbalance of power. Indeed, the empires created on purpose, such as Napoleonic France and Nazi Germany, have rarely lasted. Most empires do not plan to become one. They become one and then realize what they are. Sometimes they do not realize what they are for a long time, and that failure to see reality can have massive consequences. World War II and the Birth of an Empire The United States became an empire in 1945. It is true that in the Spanish-American War, the United States intentionally took control of the Philippines and Cuba. It is also true that it began thinking of itself as an empire, but it really was not. Cuba and the Philippines were the fantasy of empire, and this illusion dissolved during World War I, the subsequent period of isolationism and the Great Depression. The genuine American empire that emerged thereafter was a byproduct of other events. There was no great conspiracy. In some ways, the circumstances of its creation made it more powerful. The dynamic of World War II led to the collapse of the European Peninsula and its occupation by the Soviets and the Americans. The same dynamic led to the occupation of Japan and its direct governance by the United States as a de facto colony, with Gen. Douglas MacArthur as viceroy.

The failures of Gang Prevention
This is an interesting report, seeing that Belize is trying to suppress gang activity and so far have been failing miserably at it. I have spoken on this before in discussions noting that the plans rolled out have done nothing more than quite things down for a short period only to make gang activity and crime return with more vengeance. Please take the time to read this report as it is vital to our strategic planning going forward, I will highlight the main points and link to the full report at the bottom of the page; hope the Government of Belize reads this one. Gang Wars The Failure of Enforcement Tactics and the Need for Effective Public Safety Strategies A Justice Policy Institute Report Published: July 17, 2007 by Judith Greene and Kevin Pranis Youth crime in the United States remains near the lowest levels seen in the past three decades, yet public concern and media coverage of gang activity has skyrocketed since 2000. Fear has spread from neighborhoods with longstanding gang problems to communities with historically low levels of crime, and some policy makers have declared the arrival of a national gang “crisis.” Yet many questions remain unanswered.

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Health Sciences students use service-learning to help people of Belize
Belize is a country in Central America with a population of more than 340,000. It also has the 89th highest ranked infant mortality rate in the world, less than one physician per 1,000 people and is rated the 15th highest in the world based on the adult prevalence of obesity, according to the CIA’s World Factbook. Now, through a study abroad experience, a group of Georgia College students are trying to change those numbers. Eighteen students are traveling from Milledgeville to San Ignacio, Belize to help educate on healthcare. “I had always hoped to study abroad and this opportunity is going to be a perfect fit for what I want to do after college,” said Heather Prochaska, senior exercise science major and health education minor. “Everything we’ve learned up to this point in our classes has given us the knowledge to prepare to serve the people there.”

When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen
What will the noise from ATVs at Red Bank do to the Scarlet Macaw population there? ""Noise alone, they found, had harmful effects on many of the birds. “What we found was that they had lower overall body condition and they gained significantly less weight when the road was ‘on,’ ” Dr. Barber said. The findings are under review for publication." "His related 2013 study also found more than a one-quarter decline in bird abundance when the artificial road noise was turned on; some avoided the area almost entirely."

The B&B owner who accidentally became an oil company owner just sold part of her stake
New World Oil and Gas, the Jersey based exploration and development company with projects in Belize and Denmark, just revealed that a British B&B owner who's son accidentally bought out half the group's shares, sold part of her stake. She now owns just 25.94% of the company, compared with 48.7% previously. On May 14, New World called an emergency meeting with its shareholders after the company's stock rocketed then plunged because a Judith Williams, the owner of Wyche Keep Country House, accidentally became the leading shareholder of the oil and gas group. She was the subject of a Takeover Panel discussion because her son Christopher bought 342 million shares believing that he was snapping up only a 10% stake in the group for £1.5 million ($2.4 million).

New World reveals ‘Chris Oil’ is off the hook; his mum now owns 25.94%
New World Oil & Gas (LON:NEW) will not now be bought out by British pensioner Judith Williams. Williams, mother of private investor and ‘bulletin board’ celebrity Chris Williams (better known as ‘Chris Oil’), has had her stake in the Denmark and Belize focussed oil explorer reduced to 25.94%. It means that Chris Oil’s purported trading error will no longer force his mother to make an offer for the whole company. A bizarre series of events has played out in recent weeks after Chris Oil claimed to have accidently bought nearly half the company on his mother’s behalf as he prematurely factored in dilution created by a proposed issue of 2.7bn new shares.

Civilizations That Withered in Drought
With California in its fourth year of a historic drought, its worst in 1,200 years, signs of a strengthening El Nino suggest at least some relief may be in sight. In fact, the promise of the rains El Nino might bring have already led some to describe the weather pattern as "the great wet hope." Even if El Nino proves to be a benefit, California will still face a severe deficit to its water resources and will need to change its archaic and wasteful water management practices. No matter how innovative a society, a drought can push it to its breaking point or even past that. In this slideshow, take a look at civilizations that were pushed to the brink and beyond as a result of major droughts. The Maya civilization had its roots in the eighth century B.C., and at its height, during what is known as the Classic period between 300 A.D. and 700 A.D., spanned an area the size of Texas in Central America. The Mayans built great cities, created the only known, complete writing system in the New World, and developed an astronomical system advanced enough as to convince a handful of 21st century kooks that these pre-Colombian people could predict doomsday. Beginning around the eighth century A.D., the Mayans began to fall in decline. Cities were abandoned. Population levels crashed. Political turmoil took hold. All that remained of the civilization were the ruins they left behind. The leading theory behind the downfall of the Mayans is that long periods of drought, with dramatic reductions in rainfall -- up to 40 percent annually -- over decades at a time, according to a study published in the journal Science in 2012. Such long periods of severe drought would have affected food supplies, furthered the spread of disease and sparked social unrest that brought down the civilization.

Everything Mesoamerican
This year the Verde Valley Archaeology Center will mark Archaeology Day with "Everything Mesoamerican" activities. These films, lectures and demonstrations are all FREE. The Center will open earlier at 9:00 am on October 17 with activities until 5:00 pm. Each venue has limited seating so they will be filled on a first-come basis. The activities include: Master artist Oralia López will demonstrate her finely executed Mata Ortiz geometric pottery designs. John Bezy will present a program entitled: "The Prehistoric Roots of the Modern Mata Ortiz Ceramics" Dr. Jaime Awe, former Director of the Archaeological Institute of Belize now with Northern Arizona University, will present a program entitled "My Recent Archaeological Investigations in Belize" Two National Geographic films will be shown: ""Nasca Lines: The Buried Secrets" and "Quest for the Lost Maya"

Why Fly in Mesoamerica?
L.S. Lighthawk is a group of volunteer pilots, some 220 volunteer pilots living across the United States, who fly their own airplanes in volunteer service to the goals and objectives of Lighthawk, which is to help conservation and wildlife organizations, primarily NGOs, in support of their conservation initiatives. These volunteer pilots provide their own airplane, pay their own fuel, give of their own professional time and services in support of these initiatives. In addition to these pilots flying their own airplanes, there is a unique program within Lighthawk called the Mesoamerica Program. Lighthawk itself owns two airplanes and from this group of 220 pilots there is a small, select group of aviators who each year, from January through May, will volunteer to fly the Lighthawk airplanes in the Mesoamerica region, supporting the conservation and wildlife initiatives going on throughout the region, primarily Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and Mexico in the Yucatan and in Baja.

Videos

  • Opportunity Coalition Event featuring Susan Morrice, Chairwoman of Belize Natural Energy, 58min.

  • Trace licked by a jaguar in Belize, 15sec.

  • Hunting In Belize Part II, 3min.

  • Belize Puma's Meowsing about Human Race, 6min. Short video about kayaking trip in Belize 2015.

  • Dolphins off Ambergris Caye, 2min. One of these divers just got certified.

  • Dolphins: two males are showing off to a female, 5min. If you watch you'll be able to tell that there is a female and these males are courting her. especially two particular males. I think the divers just happened upon some mating dance.

  • Hands Across the Sand, 3min. San Pedro Residents join hands in saying NO to off shore oil exploration and drilling.

  • Driving around Punta Gorda, Belize, 15min. this year we drove through Punta Gorda which is the southern most major city in Belize. More local flavors and people, great experiences here

  • Scuba Diving Belize, 1.5min.

  • MUSEUM DAY 2015 CELEBRATED IN BELIZE, 5min. Today, May 18th, was observed as Museum Day in Belize and around the world. This year’s theme is “Museums for a Sustainable Society”. On its website, the International Council for Museums says that this year the aim is to highlight the role of museums, quote, “in raising public awareness about the need for a society that is less wasteful, more cooperative and that uses resources in a way that respects living systems,” end of quote. In Orange Walk, hundreds of children visited the Banquitas House of Culture to get a view of how that has been working out in our community. br>
  • belize cozumel and honduras, 50min.

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