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#507727 - 09/24/15 06:44 AM Today's Belize News: September 24, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Belize Independence Day Celebrations Across the Globe
High spirits filled the air in districts across the nation as Belize celebrated it’s 34th Independence over this past weekend! While the weather did not grace us with sunny skies here in Belize on Independence Day, not even the rain was able to stop the shows of patriotism! In San Pedro, islanders brought in Independence with an official Town Ceremony complete with a line up of local talent and a headlining performance by Carribean soca artist, Ricardo Drue. The night also featured a 30 minute firework display – talk about the ultimate birthday bash! Orange Walk Town, held a massive showcase of celebration with their annual Independence Day Carnival. Complete with bright costumes, soca music and dancing revelers and plenty to drink!

PM Barrow announces international airport to come to North Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye continues to grow as the top tourism destination in Belize and with that comes continued investment in infrastructure. Currently, the Government of Belize (GOB) is investing in Northern Ambergris Caye with the construction of 11 miles of paved road. GOB has also confirmed that once the road is complete, they will venture into a new project which will see the construction of an international airport on Ambergris Caye. The airport will serve to continue promoting the island as Belize’s top tourism destination as it will provide easier access to the international tourism market. Prime Minister Barrow first announced the possibility of an international airport in San Pedro during the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) pre-election rally on February 28, 2015. During Barrow’s Independence Day Speech delivered on Monday, September 21st at the Belmopan City ceremonies, he further elaborated on the project. “A while ago I spoke of the economy and was pleased to emphasize its basic soundness. What I wish now to do, is to underscore that tourism remains our single largest driver, and talk a little about our plans to continue encouraging its star turn.

San Pedro Lions Pay Tribute to the Late Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price
September Celebrations kicked into full gear over the weekend as the Nation celebrated its 34th year of Independence with parties and parades at every corner of the country, despite the weather setbacks. The Lions Clubs of Belize joined in the festivities by paying tribute to the man who made it all possible, the Father of the Nation, the late Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price. On Saturday September 19th Lion members around the country participated in the 2nd Annual Flag Raising Ceremony in honour of Belize’s first Prime Minister. Ceremonies were held at held at respective clubs across the country and in San Pedro Town, under the organization of new president Fatima Graniel.

Ground Breaking ceremony officially held for Ambergris Stadium
The long awaited groundbreaking ceremony of the Ambergris Stadium Renovation Project took place in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Friday, September 18th. The event marks the official commencement for the construction of a new sporting facility which will replace the old one. Estimated to cost around 2.3 million dollars, the project is being funded by the Government of Belize in its commitment with youth and sports. Upon completion, this new stadium will meet the needs of the sporting population on the island and will be equipped with a FIFA international standard pitch in order to host international games. The completion of the sport complex is expected to take between eight to ten months at the most. The project is being coordinated by Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) in collaboration with the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), and executed by AM Construction Company from the Orange Walk District.

Island students show patriotism during 2015 Children’s Rally
The various schools of San Pedro Town gathered on Friday, September 18th for the yearly Children’s Rally organized by the Ministry of Education. Hundreds of students marched through the major streets of the island dressed in patriotic colours. The rally is part of the September Celebrations events which takes place countywide. The Rally ended at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, where students convened for a series of presentations, celebrating Belize’s Independence. The San Pedro High School (SPHS) band delivered an instrumental rendition of the National Anthem. Giving the welcome address was Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES). Each school had prepared presentations to entertain the crowd. The San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) delivered a poem entitled “Our National Outlook” while the New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School Choir sang a patriotic song. Holy Cross Anglican School also recited a poem entitled “Forever Our Belize.”

Ambergris Today

Belize Carnival Road Show Makes Strong Presence in Orange Walk Town
Belize turned 34 on September 21, 2015, drawing thousands of Belizeans out of their homes to celebrate all month long. Activities are aplenty, but one destination getting lots of attention during Independence Day is the northern district of Orange Walk. The popularity of the Belize City Carnival Parade moves on to Orange Walk Town the following weekend. Growing in number of participants from all over the country, the Orange Walk Carnival parade is another true patriotic experience in the up-and-coming destination in Belize. Orange Walk Town comes to life as Belizeans unite to celebrate our Independence Day from the villages in the south, Belize City, Cayo, Corozal and as far off as the coral isles. The streets are filled with on-lookers dancing and enjoying the marching bands, decorated floats and carnival dancers. The patriotic spirit was definitely on point and the vibes were flowing all through the town as many waved their flags and sported their best patriotic outfits.

Government of Korea Donates Equipment to The Inspiration Center
Visiting Ambassador of Korea His Excellency KIM Byong-seop, handed over equipment & vehicles totaling US $100,000 to Chairperson of The Inspiration Center Board of Directors, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow. The donation comes three years after Mrs. Simplis Barrow made a presentation to a gathering of ambassadors to garner support for the Inspiration Center. Today, she expressed her deep appreciation and gratitude to the Ambassador and his Government for keeping her dream in mind over the years and coming up with such a generous donation. According to Acting Executive Director of The Inspiration Center, Joycelyn Lopez, the equipment donated will benefit the center and the population it serves in several ways including an increase in client coverage and improving the services currently being offered by the medical staff as well as the physical therapist and speech therapist. This gift will also help to strengthen the Community Base Rehabilitation Program. Among the donated items are mounted projectors and a wireless PA system which will contribute to the sustainability of the center by turning the conference and multipurpose rooms into an income generating avenue. These spaces are now equipped to be rented for workshops, seminars and conferences.

Pic of the Week - Is There Such a Thing as a Diving Belizean Cowboy?
If there weren't any before, there is one now - a Diving Belizean Cowboy! - Scuba Dive Instructor Venancio Tillett pays tribute to Belize the way he knows best! He shared two things he loves in one picture that speaks for itself - Diving and Belize! #HappyIndependeceDayBelize #SeptemberCelebrations #DiveBelize

Flashbacks - San Pedro Aired on Sabado Gigante by Don Francisco
This gentleman driving the golf cart in San Pedro has a strange name indeed. Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld (born December 28, 1940), better known by his stage name, Don Francisco, is a Chilean television host, and a popular personality on the Univision network reaching Spanish-speaking viewers in the United States and all over the world. He is best known for hosting the former variety shows Sábado Gigante and Don Francisco Presenta. Now Don Francisco used to produce a segment in his show called “La Camera Viajera” or The Travelling Camera, sort of like our “My Travelling Feet”. In the 1980’s when Sabado Gigante had a high rating in San Pedro, Belize, Don Francisco visited La Isla Bonita to present San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to the world. It was the biggest welcome ever to San Pedro for any celebrity. All the schools lined the airstrip and streets to greet him and there were our local celebrities welcoming him like Wil and The Tequila Trio with music, Chico Flores with ceviche, and of course, Celi McCorkle with a tour of San Pedro and a good dose of San Pedro hospitality. This visit was of course recorded and played on television when the entire world got to know of San Pedro, La Isla Bonita. Today Sabado Gigante has been retired and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is proud to have been featured in this very popular show of Univision.

Angie and Gustavo Ellis Celebrate Silver Anniversary
Angie Ellis and Gustavo Ellis originally of Corozal Town and now full fledged San Pedranos celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary along with their son Gustavito Ellis Jr., family and friends on Saturday September 19, 2015. The very warm and splendid exchange of vows and exchange of wedding rings as well, took place on the beach in front of Mayan Princes as Angie Ellis had always dreamt of. Justice of Peace and Commissioner of the Supreme Court as well as Catholic Lay Minister Abel Guerrero Sr. presided over the ceremony which was followed with a reception at the Lions Den.

Local San Pedro Realtor Daniel Hartin Opens Sandy Point Real Estate Ltd.
Daniel Hartin, award winning Broker/Owner, is pleased and excited to announce the opening of Sandy Point Real Estate Ltd. Sandy Point Real Estate will be dedicated to representing and selling Belizean Cove, Coco Beach, Belizean Shores, Coral Bay Villas, Xtan Ha, as well as pre-construction projects underway such as Venezia del Caribe and Isla Tesoro. Daniel Hartin, with his continued success, saw the need to open up a real estate company to focus exclusively on Sandy Point Real Estate. Hartin, formerly with RE/MAX Southwind LLP, is now focusing his experience on building and growing Sandy Point Real Estate. His team of nine is dedicated exclusively to Sandy Point Resorts and welcomes all brokerages on the island to show Sandy Point Resorts real estate to potential clients.

Plans for International Airport in Ambergris Caye, Belize Announced
In his Independence Day message to Belize, Prime Minister Dean Barrow made mention of government’s plans for improving infrastructure that will be designed to boost tourism in the country. One major project will be the construction of an international airport for the island of Ambergris Caye. The Prime Minister’s plan to move forward is with infrastructure being planned around the tourism industry that is one of the largest revenue earners for Belize. “Tourism remains our single largest driver, I’ll talk a little about our plans to continue encouraging its star turn,” stated PM Barrow. “These include additional marketing and quality improvement efforts but they also include destination infrastructure improvement and there are three projects in that connection that I wish to highlight. First, there is the continuation of the North Ambergris Caye Road Project; we have just signed a contract for the construction of another 4 miles of the road providing land access to the premier resorts on North Ambergris, making for a total of 11 miles that we have already funded.”

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

June, July, Aug Rainfall:
June ended up being Average, July only about 50%, Aug only about 25% The open triangles are the Normal, maid readable by the dotted line Blue filled in triangles are what Belmopan actually had, highlighted by the dashed line. Light Blue line is water in the top soil. . . . . Green line water deeper in the ground.

Jamal Galves, Friend of the Manatee
A big, big PAWS UP to our colleague and friend, Jamal Galves, on his recognition as a Belizean Patriot during this year's September Celebrations. Jamal was given the Meritorious Service Award for his contributions to conservation in Belize. He also has the distinction of being the youngest recipient of this prestigious award. A distinction well-earned! "Manatee Jamal," has worked tirelessly for many years on behalf of the endangered West Indian Manatee. His efforts range from public education, to manatee rescues and research, to lobbying for stronger regulations and official presence in "no-wake zones" near Belize City.

San Pedro Independence Day parde rescheduled
The San Pedro Town Council hereby informs everyone that after much consideration and receiving numerous calls and messages, The San Pedro Town Council has rescheduled the parade to SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2015, instead of Saturday, since Sunday is a resting day for many. We apologize for any inconveniences caused and hope everyone can join us on Sunday to make it bigger and better! Happy September Celebrations! ROUTE: STARTING AT BOCA DEL RIO PARK ONTO LAGUNA DRIVE,PASSING THE SAN JUAN ROUNDABOUT ONTO PESCADOR DRIVE,LEFT ONTO TARPON STREET, LEFT ONTO BARRIER REEF DRIVE AND ENDING AT THE CENTRAL PARK. NOTE: BARRIER REEF DRIVE & PESCADOR DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC FROM 8:00 A.M.

Corozal Independence Day Parade 2015
Corozal celebrated Independence Day 2015 with the traditional patriotic program and Independence Day Parade. This year it for the first time in over two decades it was under the imminent threat of rain.

Prime Minister of Belize Independence Day Speech 2015
September 21 this year arrives to the accompaniment of an even greater than usual celebratory chorus. And the multiple positive developments occurring during the first three quarters of 2015, have appeared to reach a flood just in time for Independence Day. Thus it is that we have now procured vindication in what was an ongoing battle to win final acceptance of our decision to take back the Belizean patrimony constituted by our nation’s essential public utilities. For my Administration, It is almost impossible to overstate the significance of the BEL and BTL settlements. After all, this has been for us a kind of second sovereignty campaign. Now, after six years of struggle, those two fundamental Belizean assets are ours to have and hold forevermore. And to further concretize this achievement, let me announce right away that Government will be offering an additional 10% of the shareholding in both companies to the Belizean-and I stress Belizean-public, including the two companies’ employees.

Boa constrictor trapped in a plastic container
This morning we discovered a boa constrictor trapped in a plastic container. Fortunately we found it early enough before any harm was done. It was gently restrained, rescued, and then released into the forest. Plastic products can be incredibly dangerous for wildlife so please try and reduce your consumption, reuse it if possible, and recycle it as a last resort.

Paint N Splash: Lil bird
Thursday, September 24at 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Join us this Thursday to paint this cute little bird. We will provide a stencil for the bird and step by step instructions! Order your favorite drink enjoy good company and master the Art of having fun!

Full Moon Concert happening this weekend
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26th for this GRAND Full Moon Concert featuring local musicians and dancers on the beach at The Sandbar. It will be a night full of "sabor latino". See you there. Presented by the San Pedro House of Culture

Little Free Library at Rotary Park
Rotary Park has a Little Free Library now. They made a cool little video about the project. More to come! Thanks, Rotary! "The first 'Little Free Library' in Belize, joins the 30,000 + from around the world. It's a book exchange program to promote literacy amongst communities and neighborhoods. The Little Free Library is a 'Take a Book, Return a Book' free book exchange in its most basic form. Rotaract San Ignacio in collaboration with HL's Furniture began and executed the project in the month of August. The Little Free Library is located in Santa Elena Rotary-Rotaract Park."

Why are all the Ocean Academy students on the beach?
he annual Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup! Tomorrow (Thursday Sept. 24th) starting at 1:00pm students and teachers will act as "citizen scientists" by removing trash from the island and recording their findings on data collection sheets that will then be tallied for the global report on marine and land debris. The Belize Scouts are the key organizers, and Ocean Academy is working in partnership with Oceana and the Village Council as well. Everyone welcome to join in! Also we still have our free reusable shopping bags to give out, in order to reduce single-use plastic bags on the island .

Channel 7

Police Probe Pedophile
Last night 7News blew the lid off a shocking allegation of a convicted US sex offender living in Lake Independence who has been plying neighborhood boys with Ramen noodles in exchange for sex acts. Tonight, following our lead, police are actively investigating a case, which they more or less walked away from on Saturday night. That’s when a concerned resident of the area – which we will very generally refer to as Police street – saw a boy in a disoriented state – and asked him what was the matter. The child explained that he had been forced to perform oral sex with a man from the neighborhood in exchange for two packs of noodles. The concerned resident called the police – who picked up the man, but released him hours later – because the child’s mother did not want to make a complaint. The case might have died there, but we heard of the story and followed up. Turns out the man in question is a convicted sex offender in the state of California – and has been living in that area of Belize for more than two years. Our reporting on the case caught the attention of the southside commander and today he told us that he has sent his officers into the area to search out possible victims:… Jules Vasquez "The fundamental allegation by a member of the public is that the police failed to act responsibly, they fail to act competently and they failed to protect a child who had allegedly been the victim of a very gross act of molestation."

A Peep At Harvest Caye
The Harvest Caye Cruise Port – it’s one of the few mega projects ever staged in Southern Belize – but up until now, it’s been shrouded in mystery and controversy. And as it enters the final stages of construction, in preparation for a February 2016 opening, the mystery persists. 6 weeks ago, we tried to dispel all that by asking Norwegian’s Senior Vice President Colin Murphy to give us a tour of the place, but he just ignored us. So today we teamed up with some of our friends in the conservation community to go see for ourselves what it looks like. Of course, the island is private so we couldn’t go there, but we went near – near enough to get a clear sense of the scale and size of the project. Daniel Ortiz reports: The Harvest Caye Cruise Port - sometimes embattled, sometimes controversial, but now very close to becoming a reality - was bustling with activity today, as it had been for months now.

Ministry of Education Urges Restraint At Faith Nazarene
Last night we told you how all attempts at a compromise have crumbled at Faith Nazarene after the Teachers Services Commission rejected both proposals from Prinicpal Policarpia Pech. Pech had applied for long leave and a transfer – if finalized that would have solved the problem at the school but the Teaching Services Commission said “no – go” so they are back at square 1. In response to that, the Ministry of Education sent out a 2 page press release outlining the rights and responsibilities of the management, teachers and parents in this situation. But it also highlights the importance of following protocol and due process. It states, quote, “We recognize and fully support the rights of parents to quality education for their children in a safe supportive learning environment" but also adds “Such rights however are not gained by resorting to measures that do not recognize the rights of others.

BDF Burns Major Marijuana Plantation
70 thousand! That’s how many mature marijuana plants the BDF destroyed in a plantation last week Friday. Working along with the police, BDF found the plantation 11 kilometers south of Arenal Village – which straddles the western border near Benque Viejo. The BDF says the plants varied in length from one foot to four feet tall, and they also found forty pounds of marijuana seeds. The seeds and all the plants were uprooted, and destroyed by fire.

Convicts Convicted
Last night, we told you about the 2 prison trustees who were caught trying to smuggle weed inside the jail. Well tonight, both men, are back in lockdown, and they will serve additional time in jail for it. They are 27 year-old inmate Devon Slusher and 33 year-old Ernest Bilary, and according to prison officers, Both men tried to smuggle about 4 and a half ounces of marijuana, which was stuffed in their booths. Since they are prison trustees, they thought that they would not be checked as thoroughly as other ordinary prisoners, but, they ended up being caught. Both men pleaded guilty to the offences when they were arraigned before Magistrate Ladonna John today. Since they are already serving time, the Magistrate sentenced them to 3 years to be added to their prison sentences that they are now serving. Slusher is serving 5 years, while Bilary is 10 years, both for firearm offences.

The Sewage Situation In Placencia
Earlier in our newscast, we showed you how the Harvest Caye Cruise Terminal is shaping up with all the ongoing construction work. That opportunity to see it came up because the two conservation groups, the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, and the Southern Environmental Association, invited us out talk about issue very important to them. We’re referring to a centralized sewage system for the Placencia community, which had been planned but delayed for years. According to the experts, a recent environmental report says that the increase in microbes of the the waters of the peninsula’s lagoon is most likely caused by the community’s lack of proper sewage disposal. That could have devastating effects on the country’s coral reef systems and the shrimp industry taking place on the peninsula. So, today, Roberto Pott, of the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative explained what’s happening while this centralized sewage system continues to be delayed:

Falling Home Put Family Of Four Out Doors
Tonight a family of four is homeless after their wooden bungalow house collapsed with them inside. The family who resides on Western Avenue told 7news that around 5 this morning they were awaken by the sudden fall. No one was injured during the incident but most of their household items were destroyed. Tonight they are asking for the public’s assistance to help build back a house. If you would like to assist the Smith family, they can be reached at telephone number 6-3-1-6-5-5-2.

Otis Got Shot
On Monday night a 22 year old man was shot while riding his bicycle on West Canal. Around 9:00, 22 year old Otis Gladden of a Racecourse Street address was riding his bicycle when a light complexion man fired a shot at him. This area has seen chronic gun violence between rival groups – who live just a few yards from each other. Today, we asked the Southside commander if this indicates a resurgence of that violence:.. Sr. Supt Chester Williams - Commander, Eastern Division Southside "In terms of the incident with Otis Gladden, it is a situation that the police are still investigating. Like you rightly said, he was walking on the canal side and he was shot. He has not been able to say to us who shot him. But nonetheless, we have done and again as a part of our strategy; whenever there is a shooting what we normally do is to move in the area and get the intervention team, the mediation team to talk to people to ensure there is no retaliation. I must say that since we began this process that everything that we've had, there has been no retaliation because we have been very effective in moving immediately after a shooting and see how best would could talk to parties to neutralize an possibility of retaliation between the different groups."

Labour Commissioner Slightly Circumspect
Last night, we told you about the apparent break in the deadlock between the Christian Workers Union and the managers of First Caribbean Bank on how to negotiate the exit packages for the 60 bank employees who will lose their job when First Caribbean leaves Belize. That interview happened only moments before news time, and so tonight we have a bit more from it for you. The Labour Commissioner was very careful to point out that his office was instrumental in trying to start the dialog on how they would meet, and not about the actual negotiations that need to take place: Ivan Williams - Labour Commissioner "I was not able to look at the proposal because the purpose of this meeting was merely to get them to agree to a date when they are going to negotiate. The labour department does not participate in negotiations; that is for the parties. So we are just to help them arrive at a date and the agenda of the matters to be discussed; which there were at odds in terms of where do they start, which matter to be discussed first and so on. Also there were some issue in relation to the collective bargaining agreement. Whether there should be a discussion for a full CBA or whether there would be certain articles within the CBA that needs to be discussed. So they have also agreed that there will be article 18 and article 22; which has to do with the salary and the redundancy of employees, which I believe will help in the process of arriving at a package, if and when the transaction takes place between the two banks."

Labour Commissioner Says Heritage Accountable
So, what will happen if First Caribbean’s Management and the Christian Workers Union cannot reach an agreement before the bank’s exit becomes final? Well, the Labour Commissioner says that according to the Labour Laws, they or the bank purchasing the assets, Heritage, are legally obligated to look after the interests of these employees. Here’s how he explains it: Ivan Williams - Labour Commissioner "I was also able to raise the relevant legal framework governing that type of relationship and I mentioned that in the event an employer seeks to terminate the services of its employees; then adequate notice must be given. For those employees who are there for more than 5 years, the law required a 8 week notice. Clearly the bank would have given its employees 8 weeks’ notice of their intention to terminate their contracts. In addition to that, in 2011, the labour amendment act #3 of 2011; provisions were made in there for a 30 day notice with a full detail of those employees who will be affected. The proposed benefits of those persons and it also makes provisions for the labour department to intervene to try and mitigate the adverse effects that they redundancy would have on employees.

CWU With the BCWU
One other issue which Matura-Shepherd chose to comment on is the position that the Belize Communication Workers Union has taken in relation to the BTL settlement between the Barrow Administration and Lord Michael Ashcroft. As we told you, that bill has been passed into law, and so, the Government and BTL will have to pay at least 162 million dollars to Ashcroft related companies and trusts as payment in compensation for their appropriation the telecoms company back in 2009. Last night, Matura-Shepherd said that as fellow trade unionists, they side with the Communication Workers Union: Audrey Matura Shepherd, President - CWU "We stand in solidarity with the workers at BTL. It is not only because of the wrong that has happened to them but also because as a nation, it is an issue that has not properly been ventilated. It is clear cut from day one; you cannot take someone's property and not have to pay for it. So we knew there were would have been a payment. In fairness, this was something that affected not only government who took and the former owner who said they own; but also the small shareholders and the employees who for ions we have been hearing there is an employee trust. But an employee trust that employees have never elected who are their representatives on board, have never gotten an accounting as to their money, have never known what is really theirs; although their names are being used as employee trust. It has been controlled by Mr. Ashcroft for who appointed Mr. Dean Boyce.

A Heavyweight's Hype
Fast Fres Oquendo: If you watch boxing you might have seen a few of his matches on the international stage – fighting one of Boxing’s legends like Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield among others. Well, now you will be able to see him fight right at the Victor Galvez Stadium in Cayo on Friday night. He will go up against our very own Pablo “El Ruso” Gibran. Oquendo arrived today and we met him at the airport. He told us this match is for the young Belizean boxers. Autographing and weigh in night is tomorrow at 7 at Midas Resort in Cayo. Fight night is on Friday at Victor Galvez Stadium at 7. There will be 11 bouts in total on Friday night.

Cops Keeping "Gaza" At Bay
Already on the news tonight, you’ve seen a lot of Southside Commander Chester Williams – and that’s probably as it should be; after all, he’s in charge of one of the most crime saturated areas per square mile on earth. But, while Williams is contending with crimes, what he’s really trying to build is community consensus – because for many years, due to police excesses – the police department’s authority has been viewed by many as forceful but illegitimate. So, Williams and his northside counterparts have been touring to build up community support. Today we found him on central American Boulevard near Freedom Street – which is a hotspot unto itself. He told us what it’s about:…

What Are Police Powers Of Search
And earlier this week, Commander Williams had to do some special community intervention at the home of a southside resident who say police stormed into her home un announced and without justification. Williams apologized to her and spoke to the officers as well, but it raises the deeper question of what are the limits of the police in home searches. We followed up on that:… Reporter "What are the entry and search procedures? What are police allowed and not allowed?" Sr. Supt Chester Williams - Commander, Eastern Division Southside "The police do have a right to enter the premises of people to conduct search. There are times when the police are in hot pursuit, they may see somebody running and in the process of running they go into a house; the law allows the police to go in immediately after that person to apprehend. Now in terms of just ordinarily going to a person home, then it would require the police to take along a search warrant. And even thought under the firearms act, the police do not need to carry a search warrant. I will still emphasize with my officers to be on the safe side, to take along a search warrant."

Verdes Victory
Belize’s Verdes FC scored a major upset in the Scotiabank Champions League last night when they beat the Sab Francisco club out of Panama two one in a trilling game at the FFB Stadium. Many thought Verdes would be deflated after an 8 to nil thrashing in the thin air of Querretaro last week – but they rebounded like champions. San Francisco scored in the 12th minute but Super Striker Deon McCauley scored a header into the left corner of the net in 18th minute past Panama's goalie Alex Rodriguez. McCaulay had a chance to take his team into the lead with a penalty in 39th minute, but his ball hit the crossbar and rebounded back into play. Nearing the end of regulation, in the 88th minute MCCauley got his revenge when two San Francisco players were in fornt of the goal, but the ball reached Deon, whose immediate right foot shot put it into the empty net to put Verdes up for good 2-1 in the 88th minute.

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Channel 5


Police Investigations Are Ongoing into Case Surrounding A US Registered Sex Offender
Yesterday we told you of the registered sex offender residing on Police Street in Belize City. The 42-year-old man has been convicted in the USA for the offense of copulating with a minor under the age of 14 by force or fear. He is a registered sex offender in California and residents want him out of the area. He has been detained and released without any charge. Neighbors are accusing him of sodomizing one of the boys in the neighborhood. But it goes deeper and while police are yet to establish when this alleged child predator entered the country, residents suspect that he has been abusing several children in the neighborhood for quite some time. Today the media asked Senior Superintendent Chester Williams how Police are handling the matter. “The allegation, if it is true, is a very very serious one and I will tell you that the police will not side idly by and see that being swept under the rug; that will not happen, if the allegations are true. Hence the reason why there must be an investigative process and I have directed my investigators along with the person in charge of Domestic Violence Unit; they have now teamed up with human development officers in the area canvasing to see if we could find any children or child who may had been victim of this alleged child molester. We have interviewed one child that child had given us certain information which again we are still probing....”

Labor Commissioner Says Provisions in the Law Will Protect FCIB Employees
Labour Commissioner, Ivan Williams, shared the different provisions within he law that protects employees who find themselves in a situation like this. “In the event an employer seeks to terminate the services of its employees then adequate notices must be given and for those employees who are there for more than five years the law requires an eight week notice so clearly the bank would have had to give its employees eight weeks’ notice of their intention to terminate the contract. In addition to that in 2011 the Labor Amendment Act No. 3 of 2011, provisions were made in there for a thirty day notice with full data of those employees who will be affected, the proposed benefits of those persons and it also makes provisions for the Labor Department to intervene to try and mitigate the adverse effects that the redundancy would have on employees and so clearly that is the legal framework. So there are laws governing that the bank, and the bank, just in the event and I don’t think that bank has any desire, because it wouldn’t serve the bank any good to pack up and leave; they have a reputation and they have everything to lose, but I had to remind them of those legal provisions which in any event they have to follow and the legislation goes further to say in a transaction where there is buying and selling, if the seller doesn’t ensure that their obligations are taken care of in regards to the employees then the buyer steps in and assumes those liabilities. We have provisions in the labor law for that.”

CIBC First Caribbean and Christian Workers Union to Negotiate Exit Packages
After a three hour meeting, representatives from the Christian Workers’ Union and First Caribbean Development Bank decided to finally enter into negotiations. The meeting was held at the Labour Department and was mediated by the Labour Commissioner, Ivan Williams at the invitation of both parties. As you may already know, FCIB struck a deal to sell its assets to Heritage Bank but the problem is that the employees were being left in limbo as they were uncertain as to what their exit package would be and if they would be collecting their outstanding salary increase. What compounded the fears of the workers was that there was no Collective Bargaining Agreement. While Prime Minister Dean Barrow has passed the Vesting Act into law, paving way for the sale, no date has been set as to when it will take effect until certain situations have been resolved, one of which is the one with the employees. But by what Audrey Matura Shepherd and Labor Commissioner told us last night, the bank is willing to give the employees an exit package seeing that they have decided to enter in negotiations to do so.


Verdes Makes Historical Win
Belize Verdes FC made history last night by defeating Panama’s San Francisco 2 to 1 in the 2015 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. It was an exhilarating game that had fans on the edge of their seats. It wasn’t broadcast locally, but our reporter Emanuel Pech was there and has a revie...

Labour Department breaks CWU/FCIB deadlock
Late on Monday evening there was a briefing of the press regarding the latest in the ongoing dispute between First Caribbean International Bank (FCIB) and the Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) on behalf of the bank’s soon-to-be former workers, who are agitating for their exit package after ...

Body and Soul Clinic in Roaring Creek
A missionary group is here in Belize having medical clinic at Body and Soul Ministries in Roaring Creek Village. The team has been in the country for about a week now, sharing their skills and offering free services. Tomorrow is their last day, but after this team leaves, another one will take its ...

VIP NOT a part of new third party amalgamation
Yesterday it was announced that a new “third” party is to be formed as part of the amalgamation of existing third parties, including the Vision Inspired by the People. However, we must make a correction to that story. Vision Inspired by the People is NOT a part of the new venture. Rather, according...

Teaching Services Commission denies Faith Nazarene Principal transfer
The Belize Teaching Services Commission’s (BTSC) has denied the Nazarene Management’s submission to have the principal of Faith Nazarene Primary School be given long leave and thereafter transferred out of the school. As has been reported, there have been tensions between parents and the management ...

Conman stole over $10,300.00 from lady
A conman robbed a lady of over $10,300.00 Belize Dollars. 50-year-old Dalila Osorio reported that on the 25th of February 2015, she gave a man by the name of Mark Anthony a cheque for $5000.00, and also $2000.00 in cash to purchase a vehicle in the U.S.A. The vehicle was to be delivered in the time...

Vehicle stolen in Orange Walk Town
A vehicle was stolen in Orange Walk Town. Alfonso Cho of Libertad Village, Corozal District reported that on Tuesday the 22nd of September at around 5:00 p.m., he visited Orange Walk Town and left his red 1990 Toyota Corolla car parked on Stadium Street. When he returned at 9:00 p.m. to get his veh...

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Ambergris Stadium to be renovated
The San Pedro Sun reports that a $2.3 million project to replace the old Ambergris Stadium broke ground on September 18. The Government of Belize plans a FIFA-approved international-level stadium. The completion of the sport complex is expected to take between eight to ten months at the most. The […]

Heavyweight boxer Fres Oquendo to fight in Belize
He has fought many boxing champions and legends, but has never held a world title; however, contender Fres Oquendo is recognized as a durable and experienced challenger. The 42 year old from Chicago by way of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is in Belize for a tune-up fight to […]

CWU says first meeting with Port amicable
The dispute at First Caribbean Bank is one of two major labour issues being dealt with by the Christian Workers’ Union. The other, especially difficult issue is the plight of the stevedores working for Port of Belize Limited. Despite their internal might at the Union stevedores have been […]

CWU says GOB “unfair” to BTL employees in settlement
There was an outpouring of support from sister unions for the Belize Communications Workers Union (BCWU) after their stinging press release attacking Government last week for failing to consult employees of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) before reaching a settlement with the former owners including the BTL Employees Trust […]

Labour Department breaks CWU/FCIB deadlock
Late on Monday evening there was a briefing of the press regarding the latest in the ongoing dispute between First Caribbean International Bank (FCIB) and the Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) on behalf of the bank’s soon-to-be former workers, who are agitating for their exit package after being told […]

Public invited to attend ‘Perspective of Our Past’ lecture
‘The Perspectives of Our Past’ is an annual lecture series in which teaches students and the general public learn about northern Belize’s history through the words of elderly citizens. This event is organized by the Corozal House of Culture, which has partnered with the Corozal Junior College to host this […]

Why Belmopan vendors had to leave Western Regional Hospital
The Ministry of Health’s Public Health Department says it has gone “to the limit” by forcing vendors off the compound of the Western Regional Hospital in order to attend to its many problems. Forgoing a requested meeting on Friday, the vendors were served with notices of eviction signed […]

Bankers’ Association denies impropriety
There is a Bankers’ Association of Belize and they have issued a statement on the permission granted in the U.S. courts for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to seek information on Americans with accounts in Belize who have not complied with home regulations to report on their income. […]

Fisherman and minor caught with firearm at sea
A Belize City man and a minor from Orange Walk are charged with keeping firearm and ammunition without a license. Marcelino Kal and the minor, 17, have pleaded not guilty to charges that they kept a 9mm pistol with ten live rounds of ammunition off the island of […]

Forward Operating Base to be built; politicians split on civilian defense role
In his Independence Day address Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that a Forward Operating Base will be built on the north bank of the Sarstoon River, but gave no other details. This comes on the heels of the Belize Territorial Volunteers and other civil society supporters forcing the […]

Mother seeking public help to find missing daughter
A desperate mother is seeking the assistance of the public in locating her missing 15-year-old daughter. Thirty-two-year-old Regina Bowen of Rivas Estate area in the Dangriga District visited the police station on September 22nd, and reported to police that her daughter Nezlie Shemar Alvarez left home on September 20th and […]

Police on the lookout for stolen car
A resident from Libertad village in the Corozal District and Orange Walk Police are currently looking for a red 1990 Toyota Corolla Car. According to 45-year-old Alfonso Cho, on September 22nd he parked his vehicle on Stadium Street around 5p.m. and upon his return around 9 p.m. his vehicle was […]

Disturbing allegations against US sex offender living in Belize
A man registered as a sex offender in the state of California is under suspicion of sodomizing young boys at his Lake Independence home in Belize City and was allegedly detained by police but released without charges, after an account of a disturbing incident by a young boy. One concerned […]

BEL explains weekend blackouts
After two Independence weekend blackouts, one on Sunday night and the other on Monday, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) released a statement explaining what is causing the recent string of power outages across the country. According to BEL, an “unidentified fault” is the cause of the Sunday night outage at 11:30 […]


Mimicking Nature for a Sustainable Economic Future
Having reached the limits of nature’s tolerance, we are finally shopping for answers to the question: “How can we live on this home planet without destroying it?” Just as we are beginning to recognize all there is to learn from the natural world, our models are starting to blink out – not just a few scattered organisms, but entire ecosystems. A new survey by the National Biological Service found that one-half of all native ecosystems in the United States are degraded to the point of endangerment. That makes biomimicry more than just a new way of viewing and valuing nature. It’s also a race to the rescue. Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is an evolving discipline that studies nature’s “best ideas” and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example. Think of it as “innovation inspired by nature.” The goal is to create products, processes, and policies – new ways of living – that are well-adapted to life on Earth over the long haul. The core idea is that nature, “imaginative” by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. By natural selection, they have found what works, what is appropriate, and most important, what lasts here on Earth. Like the viceroy butterfly imitating the monarch, we humans are imitating the best adapted organisms in our habitat.

The Sun Was Out But Things are Far from Dry in San Pedro
Yesterday started cool and a little bit overcast but by mid-morning, the sun was out and things were heating up. The weather map has been looking a bit more…September. And this rain we have (almost all of it on September 21st – Independence Day) has made the plants extremely happy. Just a street or two back from the beach, my friend’s house has become lake front property! And gorgeous birds are flocking in to enjoy.

What a difference a day makes on Ambergris Caye
Here is the view from our deck on Sunday morning as we were about to receive our first significant rain in months. It mostly poured on Monday, Belize’s Independence Day, which was supposed to be celebrated here with a big, colorful, joyous parade. The Jump Up Parade been postponed until Saturday. This is around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. The sky was gray-black until this little light hole opened ever so briefly. It has been overcast and raining since then, until Tuesday afternoon. This is the same sky this morning, Sept. 23, 2015, the first day of Fall on Ambergris Caye. It is true that our trees don’t change color but our skies certainly do!

Last week a story about two men arrested in Guatemala for smuggling cigarettes caught my eye so to speak, especially the name of one of the men whom I believe is also a Belizean. It brought back memories …. In 2011 I went to Melchor de Mencos to see for myself the phenomenon of cigarette trafficking across the Belize-Guatemalan border which my reports had said was creating an entirely new class of noveau riche there. I visited three businesses, two of which were operated by women, and spoke to the managers who showed me their beers and cigarettes mostly. The variety and price was incredible. The cigarettes were all knock-offs but that was hardly discernible to anyone who may not have had the experience of buying and smoking the genuine American-made article. In my conversations at the border I had learned that cigarettes were crossing the border by the container full, as was gasoline, trucked all the way apparently from the Corozal Free Zone.

The coming Pupusa war: A tongue in cheek story by Bill McMichael
Pupusas in San Pedro are prepared on gas fires, flat-top griddles located in front of the restaurants by expert pupusa chefs at two very similar restaurants directly across the street from each other. Waruguma and Pupusaria El Salvador have very similar ambiance, menus and pricing. When we started going to San Pedro, Waruguma was the one that was praised on Tripadvisor.com so on the trip when we finally ventured off the beach, we dined there. The food was fabulous at a price point that was so low it almost made us uncomfortable. This past visit, we noticed that something had changed along that stretch of Middle Street. Whatever it was, it was not obvious. Even though we were welcomed back with literally opened arms at Pupusaria Salvadoreño, I could tell there was tension in the air. There seemed to be a flash of aggression in the eyes of the formerly cheerful dueling pupusa makers. They stared over their flat tops in silence at each other like the gunfighters at the OK Corral waiting for someone to make a move. Nothing was overt, but a certain passive-aggressiveness could be sensed. We did not realize what was going on. Both restaurants had always seemed symbiotic in the past in drawing Salvadoran food enthusiasts to their stretch of Middle Street. We returned to our condo puzzled.

A Day of Sailing??? “I Do!”
So, when our friends David and Linda (the owners of Coral Tours, aka Catamaran Belize) invited us to take part in a day of sailing for David’s last day before leaving the island, we quickly replied with a great big “YES”! You see, David and Linda would soon be getting married in Colombia – David’s home – and this would be his last day with us in San Pedro for approximately 5 weeks. Linda wouldn’t be heading out for a few more days, although, it was also her last day to fully enjoy their time together in San Pedro before reuniting with him in Colombia. Our journey started dockside at 11:00 am with all of us anticipating the day’s festivities and what was in store. With David and Linda, you know it will be exciting and anything but dull! The voyage began and we were slowly advancing north of San Pedro Town to Mexico Rocks. There will be snorkeling in our near futures! I can feel it! As we lounge on the comfy cushions on the bow of the boat, the rum punches and beers are being served by the attentive crew with quick haste! We could get used to this!

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How Belize celebrated its Independence day
Although a tourist off-season, September is a great time to be in Belize when they celebrate their Independence Day with absolute fervor and zeal. A British Crown Colony since 1862, Belize was declared an independent nation from on September 21, 1981. On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, John Kerry, Secretary of State congratulated the people of Belize as they celebrated the 34th anniversary of independence this year. In early Belize history, the country was under Spanish rule, but Spain did not actually control the area due to a belief that it did not have sufficient resources to gain the country’s full attention. However, the Independence Day celebrations are certainly testament to the Belizeans’ love of a good party, with flags proudly flying, vibrant parades, lively dancing, and a multitude of food stalls serving up delicious local foods.

Belize taps local lawyer as its ambassador to Austria
US developer, has Grand Baymen on Ambergris. Fron Pittsburgh. But he must love those Sacher torts.... The Belize Foreign Ministry has appointed a Sewickley-based lawyer and developer as its official ambassador to the Republic of Austria, as well as permanent representative to its United Nations offices in Vienna. Joel Nagel, of the firm Nagel & Associates, was formally appointed in a ceremony at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna earlier in September, where he was received by Austrian President Heinz Fischer. Nagel expects to focus on his activities in Vienna on trade investment, development assistance and culture and tourism promotion of Belize. Nagel & Associates launched in 1992 and focuses on international commercial transactions and immigration. Nagel is also co-founder of ECI Development Ltd., a beachfront resort developer with properties in Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.

International exchange: Jacksonville partnership model expands to Belize
Some techniques used to prepare education majors for life in Duval County Public Schools will soon cross international borders. A $90,000 grant awarded to professors at University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services will allow it to expand its long-standing university-school partnership program into Belize in Central America. A delegation of six teachers and administrators from the country visited Woodland Acres Elementary, one of the four Duval schools involved in the program, titled the Urban Professional Development School. In the classrooms of the poor, low-performing elementary school, teams of UNF education students work in small groups and one on one with students on the areas they struggle with most. “These are schools that have high needs,” said UNF’s John Kemppainen, who heads the initiative. “For instance, this school has a very high transient population with students who come in and out, but the kids still need an education. It’s working with the kids where they’re at.”

IRS Targets Secret Offshore Bank Accounts
US taxpayers with secret bank accounts in Belize are about to feel the full force of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A federal court in Miami has issued summonses against Belize Bank International and Belize Bank aiming to identify accounts controlled by US taxpayers from 2006 until 2014. Belize banks are subject to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) from 2015, but the US tax authorities want to uncover accounts where they believed millions of undeclared dollars were stashed away in secret during the previous decade. In the lead up to FATCA, one Belize Bank lost correspondent status with the Bank of America, although this is now restored and another bank closed. The closed bank suffered from allegations of laundering cash used to buy counterfeit goods such as alcohol, cigarettes, designer clothing and jewellery.

McCaulay brace powers Verdes FC past San Francisco
Deon McCaulay scored both goals to power Verdes FC (1W-1D-1L, 4 points, -7 GD) to a 2-1 win over San Francisco (1W-0D-2L, 3 points) in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night at FFB Stadium. The result eliminated the Panamanian visitor from Group C contention, but revitalized Verdes’ very slim hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals. In order to overcome first-place Queretaro (2W-1D-1L, 7 points, +9GD), the Belizean power must close out group play with an 17-goal win at San Francisco on October 22. Things appeared to be going the Monjes’ way, when Daniel Moran gave them a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute with a curling right-footed effort from the upper-left edge of the 18-yard box. Five minutes later, though, the Central American rivals were on level terms. A right-sided cross by Yoras Silva found McCaulay unmarked 10 yards from the net. The Belize international did well to direct his header past outstretched goalkeeper Alex Rodriguez and inside the left post. It was Verdes’ first-ever SCCL goal after being shutout in its previous four matches, all losses. In the 39th minute, Verdes was awarded a penalty, when Jesus Patiño was taken down from behind in the box by Erick Rodriguez. McCaulay missed an opportunity to get on the scoresheet again, firing the subsequent kick from the spot off the crossbar.

Flats wading shoes: how to choose
Arriving in Mexico's Yucatan on my first ever tropical saltwater fly fishing trip, I was loaded with newly minted gear. Lightweight, sun-protective wading shirts, quick-dry pants with zip off legs, buffs, gloves, flats boots and a host of other gear that I'd just ripped the tags off before packing. Even though my getup clearly hadn't seen any time on the water, I must have chosen relatively wisely, given the lack of stares and giggles our first morning as I hopped into our Palometa Club panga which headed off across Ascension Bay in search of a welcoming permit flat. Having learned my lesson in Mexico, I stashed my Simms Flats Sneakers and tossed a pair of flats booties into my bag the morning before I headed out on my next flats trip — this time to Belize's Turneffe Atoll. We arrived at the dock on our first morning and after introductions were advised to ditch our flip flops and put on our wading boots even before our skiff had left its slip. Feeling more seasoned in my gear selection, I confidently pulled my booties from my bag only to be greeted with Fabian's same puzzled inquiry, this time from my Belizean guide Daniel. "Those the only shoes you brought?" Daniel asked. Dejected and confused, I informed him that they were. Daniel suggested that we head back up to the small fly shop at the Turneffe Flats lodge and grab me a pair of loaners but I decided to soldier on with my choice of the booties.

Mt. Pleasant Township native studies in Central, South America
Mt. Pleasant Township native Ashley Funk recently expanded her horizons far into the Earth's Southern Hemisphere. A senior enrolled at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., Funk was one of 50 American college students to earn a Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship for undergraduate environmental study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The two-year fellowship program provides up to $50,000 to recipients to finance travel to conferences and academic expenses, money Funk used earlier this year to study in the Central American countries of Costa Rica and Belize, along with the Republic of Peru in western South America.


  • San Pedro High School Principal on Ambergris Caye Belize, 5min. Macarena visits with the Belize San Pedro High School Principal on the island of Ambergris Caye

  • Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, 40sec. Filmed at Chan Chich Lodge, Belize, April, 2015.

  • San Pedro Town to Caye Caulker Belize, 17min.

  • Belize: Broken Paradise & The Change Makers Who Are Fixing It, 5min.

  • Belize Aggressor III, 5min.

  • Go Wild with C.E.L.A. and The Belize Zoo, 4min. Get up close and personal with Belizean Wildlife with our partners at the zoo. Don't believe it really can be that fantastic? Don't take our word for it, watch these students telling you their best bits. This course is great for conservation, biology, environmental students and now there's more hands on Vet Practice for Pre-Vet students

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  • Belize TV Interview 2015, 2.5min. Here is our TV interview in Belize on Channel 5 during our Belize MusAid workshop 2015.

  • 2015 - Navigator of the Seas - Royal Caribbean - Roatan - Belize City - Cozumel - Cruise, 32min.

  • Belize's Independence day dance,2015 Alpine Village Feat-DADDY TRACY, 4.5min. Tour of legends/Belize Independence day dance in Torrance Ca. Sept. 19th, 2015... It was a funfilled evening-- This a Clip with the performing artist "Daddy Tracy" "other info. prior to this event" Los Angeles--- are you ready? Its going to be Big Big Big, Bring your flags and your rags.....

  • Legend/ Belize's independence dance 2015, 7min. Belize's local Caribbean Dynamics band was the main music band onstage for the Independence day dance.. Marlon, Risden and Emmanuel were the reg. singers for the Dynamics band...

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  • Quick Flight from Belmopan city to Belize city, 3.5min. Flying on Tropic air on the 21st September 2015 Along with footage of The Belize Defence Force Defender.

  • Belize 2015, 48min. Nuestra segunda aventura de Belize 2015, buceamos Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, Turneffe Island y como olvidar a Elvis Kitchen, Gracias por su participacion en una aventura mas de Scuba Excite

  • Snorkeling with Caveman Tours in Caye Caulker Belize, 14min. A special thanks to Caveman Snorkeling Tours, Caye Caulker, Belize for providing Ditsi and I an outstanding and relaxing snorkeling adventure with Daniel as our guide.

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  • Paddle Boarding on the island of Ambergris Caye Belize, 7min. Chuck and Robbies Dive Shop has a new addition of SUP's ( Stand Up Paddle Boards) with their friend Derek. Meet this great man from Saskatchewan Canada share his love of SUP with you and learn how you can come to Chuck and Robbies Dive Shop and Paddleboard- dive the barrieer reef and snorkel places like the Hol Chan Marine Reserve! I am intrigued, Derek says with a few minutes of SUP training I can be paddeling the crystal clear waters with ease ! Exciting new addition !!

  • Golf Cart Rental San Pedro on Ambergris Caye in Belize, 5min. Meet Jamal the Owner of J & H Golf Cart rental in San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye Belize and learn how to get your fun on in the town !

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