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The San Pedro Sun

Belize and Mexico Sign MOU to Foster Business Relations
The MOU sets forth the procedures of co-operation for the expansion of investment and trade relations between Belize and Mexico, including the strengthening of institutional relations and capacity building through mutual cooperation between the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and ProMexico. BELTRAIDE is a statutory body under the Ministry of Trade, which seeks to enhance Belize’s prosperity by fostering investor confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation. ProMéxico is a public trust considered a public entity, sectorized to the Secretary of Economy, incorporated under the laws of the United Mexican States, being the Mexican federal government entity in charge of promoting exporting activities, internationalization of Mexican companies and activities which tend to attract foreign direct investment.

BA -1 project participants inquire about disbursement of funds
Back in May 18, 2015 the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) hosted a training seminar for women in San Pedro Ambergris Caye. The training, titled “Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking project BA- 1” targeted victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, with the goal of assisting these victims in becoming more self- confident by empowering them with the necessary tools to help them gain personal development. At the end of the training, qualified participants were eligible for a grant in order for them to start or expand their businesses. The program was held in collaboration with the Women’s Department of Belize and the Central American Integration System (SICA) at the San Pedro Town Council conference room, and was held for three weeks. On Friday, June 5th, 34 women graduated from the training. However, since then, the graduates have been waiting to receive the grants from the program so they can start their business ventures. After over three months the group of women are desperate for answers and have had no clear indication of when they will receive the economic assistance. According to the participants of the project, the wait has been too long without any clear explanation as to what will happen and they are eager to know if they will be granted the funds promised in the program. One of the participants indicated that they have been receiving calls from the mainland from different people who inquired about the state of their businesses. This has created confusion between all of them who are seeking information, since participants in other communities might have already been awarded the funds. Apparently not even the project’s former coordinator, Jorge Aldana, has been able to provide them with an answer.

Ambergris Today

Prime Minister Barrow Announces Early General Elections – November 4
When you turned to the United Democratic Party and gave us your confidence in 2008, it was for us to fix all that had gone so horribly wrong in the decade of misrule since 1998. Our country was burdened by the super bond; strait-jacketed by fiscal austerity; unable to operate a bankrupt DFC and a near insolvent social security; suffering from surging levels of poverty and neglect; and shunned by international concessionary lenders disgusted with the last Administration's thievery of public monies. The UDP's overwhelming priority was thus to replenish the state's coffers; restore local and international confidence; rescue citizens desperately in need of relief; and bring back integrity to the Office of the Prime Minister whose outgoing PUP occupant had, in 2005, been presented with a certificate of corruption by Union and Civil Society leaders.

Belize and Mexico Sign MOU to Foster Business Relations
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed recently between Belize and Mexico with the aim to establish a practical framework for the development of stronger business relations between both countries. The MOU was signed on Thursday, September 10th at the Centro de Convenciones Peninsula in Cancun, Mexico on the occasion of the “Foro de Cancun 2015.” The Hon. Erwin Contreras, Minister of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection signed on behalf of Belize while Mr Francisco N. González Díaz, Director General of ProMéxico, signed on behalf of Mexico. The signing was witnessed by Quintana Roo’s Governor, Roberto Borge Angulo. The MOU sets forth the procedures of co-operation for the expansion of investment and trade relations between Belize and Mexico, including the strengthening of institutional relations and capacity building through mutual cooperation between the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and ProMexico.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

First Friday of October Trash Pickup. Tres Cocos!
Come on out and join the fun!!!! Join us at the Paradise Theatre (just north of the bridge) for our monthly two hour roadside and beach clean up! Locals, expats and tourists are all invited to help out and show some Isla Love! Please be there by 9:00 am :-)

Saving Belize's Scarlet Macaws
Have some time to hear about our efforts? You can come do the Belize Audubon Society's Urban Birdwatch in the morning in Griga, then my talk in the evening. Double for one trip! Sunday October 4th Pelican Beach Resort, Dangriga. An "evening chat' with Belizean Roni Martinez of the Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team!

Changing the Conversation
TEDxBelmopan will be hosted under the theme, Changing the Conversation, in an attempt to prompt discussion on issues affecting Belize and the world at large. As the world advances, and Belize with it, this generation is more aware of the importance of changing the conversation on how we perceive and do things. It is our hope that attendees will be inspired and moved to dig deeper into these issues and continue the discussions long after TEDxBelmopan. October 1, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm CST

5.1 quake offshore Belize about 30 minutes ago startled some Belize City residents.

SBDC Belize Workshop: UNDERSTANDING TRADEMARKS
Free Workshop Date: October 1st, 2015 9am to 12pm. LOCATION: BELTRAIDE OFFICE, BELMOPAN Time: 9am to 12pm. Trademarks are an extremely valuable asset that not only help sell a business's products or services but also have tangible value. For many, a trademark is the means by which the customer identifies and distinguishes the products or services of one company from those of another. This presentation aims to take the mystery out of trademarks, explains what they are and how to obtain rights in them, and provides a brief overview on how to protect them. The presentation is aimed at business people within a company who seek a basic knowledge of trademarks and why they are important. Presented by: Mrs Candace Westby Fisher, Deputy Registrar, BELIPO

September 10 should have been Belize's Independence Day
By Wellington C. Ramos. Any Belizean who was born in Belize prior to the 1960s attended the Battle of Saint Georges Cay Day Parade, which was held on September 10 every year. During those days, all Belizeans would gather at their schools with the adults and men dressed as Baymen to be a part of this patriotic parade. As time went by the People’s United Party (PUP), under the leadership of George Cadle Price, decided to conduct a different day for the parade. Not only did they conduct a different parade but they also changed the name of the Queen from Queen of The Bay to Miss Independence. This dispute continues up to today because the UDP still support the Queen of the Bay and the September 10 celebrations, while the PUP support Miss Belize and the Independence Day celebrations held on September 21 of each year. We now have two national holidays in one month, which is senseless, costly and inconvenient for most of us, when we could have just decided to make September 10 our Independence Day. This move by the PUP began the separation of the festivities between the People’s United Party (PUP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP) in Belize. According to a testimony given by the late Philip Goldson, a man I consider to be our best National Hero, George Price even said that the Battle of Saint Georges Cay that occurred on September 7-10, 1798, was a myth. This is despite the fact that there is overwhelming evidence to support that these battles did in fact happen.

BELTRAIDE participates in the Caribbean Investment Summit in London
The Belize Invest arm of BELTRAIDE, represented by Mr. Brian Lin, Manager of Investment Genegration, BELTRAIDE, participated in the Caribbean Investment Summit in London, United Kingdom on September 10, 2015 hosted by the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA). The summit forms part of a larger project developed by CAIPA to promote investment opportunities in the Caribbean to potential investors in Europe. BelizeInvest highlighted a list of upcoming projects that were selected based on a criteria suggested by CAIPA. The projects include: * GSR Energy Ltd. : Bio ethanol plant and co-generation facility * Orchid Bay Belize : Commercial residential and resort development * Mel Ltd. : Development of an international airport in Placencia Following the summit, a survey was conducted to evaluate BelizeInvest’s service during the summit.

INDEPENDENCE JUMP-UP PARADE 2015
Winners of the Independence Jump-Up Parade are as follows: Best Group Category: 1st Place - Mystic Mas Band 2nd Place - ABC Pre-School 3rd Place - Dj Debbie Best Float Category ABC Pre-School

Why another early Belize General Elections?
Now that we know that the 15th Belize General Elections will be called this November 4th, we ask "why the early, sort of scurvy call for the day?" During his tenure, Prime Minister Barrow has been a good doctor at silencing the harshest of his critics. In his September 21st Independence Day speech we noted that he took credit for more right-offs and perks for the electorate. It was just another show of a politician taking down as an entertainer. Most of the promises that he made was to create more debt for the poor and middle class. The Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) saga looming are too significant to have been put to bed this early. This hot bed of a situation no doubt has played into the PM’s calling for early elections.

Plastic..plastic and more plastic, everywhere
his past Saturday, the local Scouts of Belize and Oceana Belize participatedin in an exhausting but productive Clean Up Campaign at Mangrove Park in the Finca Solana area. The weather may have kept some volunteers away but we are grateful to all those made the effort to come out and help with picking up trash and garbage around Mangrove Park. Grateful for some of those who came out: Mayolita Santos, LeAnn Aldana, Karizia Sanchez, Jamil Nicholson, Samantha Moralez, Ryan Chi, Mery Moralez, Hector Loria and Gisellie Hernandez. Yvette Sanker Riverol. The help you rendered Saturday is appreciated by our community.

World Culture Band in Peten
The World Culture Band represented Cayo at the Peten Reggae Festival this weekend. Daniel Velazquez was there to get some fantastic pictures. "San Francisco(Peten) Reggae Festival 2015 Thousands of people took over San Pancho Peten, with a jamming Reggae music festival, our Belize World Culture band was there, good vibes! Photos by Miriam Antoinette and Daniel Velazquez"

Independence Day Parade 2015
It's been a week since Belize had its 34th birthday. The SISE town council got some great pictures. The Cayo Neighborhood Watch Association also got some good pictures. The ceremony at Falcon Field went well.

Remembering Hurricane Keith 15 Years Later
Hurricane Keith slammed into Belize’s northern islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye on October 1, 2000 leaving a swath of destruction in its wake. While always wary of storms that venture nearby, the northern islands had not been hit by a Force 4 storm for close to 40 years. What began as a tropical depression on September 28, 2000. As the storm tracked westward, it continued to intensify and was upgraded to a hurricane on September 30. Shortly thereafter, Keith began to rapidly deepen, and peaked as a Category 4 hurricane less than 24 hours later. While islanders are always keenly aware of storms due to the high vulnerability of living on such a remote and low-lying island, it usually takes days for a storm to intensity. This one caught everyone off guard! The hurricane produced a 4 ft (1.2 m) storm surge from the west. Winds were unofficially estimated to have reached 125 mph (201 km/h) on the island. In the aftermath, downed trees and power lines blocked most roads. Keith damaged the roofs of about 90% of houses. About 50% of the houses in Caye Caulker were destroyed, with reports of only five dwellings still standing after the storm.

THE WEBB: BELIZEAN SOUL MUSIC IN NEW YORK!
The 1970's Belizean band in New York called, The Webb, has passed right under the radar of many Belizean music enthusiast and has been forgotten somewhat along the way as the 1980's and 90's brought American pop music through the airwaves of Radio Belize, and later the private radio stations of Belize. They became a popular R&B band that was made up of Belizean musicians like band leader and keyboard player, Jeffrey Adolphous, guitar player Eugene Adolphous, Patrick Pinkard on bass guitar, Patrick Flemming on trumpet and flugle horn, Erling Henderson on Saxaphone, Harrington Trapp on trombone and lead vocals, Ivan Domingo on drums, and Anthony Richards on percussions and lead vocals. They rose to American acclaim in Brooklyn, New York among the large Caribbean and American community there, playing for colleges and other popular venues in Brrooklyn New York and Bronx, New York. The Webb was produced by Belizeans Carrie Fairweather and Compton Fairweather who promoted the band among other popular African-American band like Brass Construction and Cameo.

Responsible Tour Guiding Seminars
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve invites all dive shops and free-lance tour guides from San Pedro and Caye Caulker to participate in our 2015 "Responsible Tour Guiding Seminars." Important for this year will be the recently amended Hol Chan Legislation (Statutory Instrument No. 17 of 2015) that includes the expansion of the protected area.

Channel 7

PM Calls Snap Election For Nov 4th
We all knew it was coming - and now, it's here - in 37 days, on Wednesday, November 4th - general elections will be held in Belize. It's a snap election, and a very early announcement for the Barrow administration - which will be only 3 years and eight months into a five-year term when the election is held in 5 weeks. The rumour went out like a wildfire at around 11:0 am, and by 12:30 Prime Minister Dean Barrow made it official with this statement - which was sent out in audio form initially. . The Prime Minister explained why his government wants a new, early mandate:... Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Having secured this period of restoration, I believe the time has come to ask you for a fresh mandate. The clean-up having been completed, the UDP must focus now exclusively on the positive, on forwarding opportunity and change. A New Belize must burst forth, where progress, prosperity and stability can reign untrammeled." "To fertilize this new bloom of change and advance and inclusion, we must re-inscribe our compact with the people. Accordingly, I have today advised the Governor General to dissolve the National Assembly and to fix Wednesday November 4, 2015 as the date for the next general elections."

PUP Leader Says His Party Ready
And so are the PUP ready? After all, pundits would agree that probably one of the main reasons driving the Barrow Administration to call an early election is the state of the PUP - which is strapped for cash, fractured by disunity and has lost three major elections this years. But today, opposition leader Francis Fonseca told the media that his party is ready, united, and focused on ejecting the UDP from Belmopan:.. Jules Vasquez "Elections was called 3 hours ago. Is the PUP prepared for a general elections in 37 days' time?" Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "We are prepared. We have been getting prepared. We ask why the sudden urgency. Just a few weeks ago the Prime Minister hinted that elections would not be until next year February or March I think he said. So the question is why? Why the sudden urgency and we believe the answer is very clear, there are looming crisis facing the Belizean nation and people. The Petrocaribe monies are drying up. The banking system is in trouble. There are so many serious problems and of course there are other issues facing the government internally that we are aware of that I think will come to the forefront very shortly and all of these things I think have led to this early unexpected call for elections more than a year early than they are due." Jules Vasquez "And then what position is the PUP in terms of: 1) its elections machinery and also that most important lubricant for all elections initiatives, money."

PM Answers The Press On Election Date
And, just in we have our interview with the Prime Minister which was conducted at 6:15 pm in Belmopan. The Prime Minister used his statement to outline the reasons for calling the earliest election in Belize's history. He spoke about a new mandate to embark on a new programme of development. But today the press probed him for the deeper reasons behind the snap election. We caught him at an event to honour Phillip Godson in Belmopan this evening - and here's the lively exchange with the media. Daniel Ortiz "Sir, why call elections early? Its 3 years and 8 months." Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Well I said that the 4 year point is the marker and so since that was my calculus, we are not too early, in terms of that yardstick. This particular juncture though, seems to me to be right. We've had a string of elections already in this current year. Everybody knew that the election was coming sooner rather than later. It struck me that let's get it over and done with, so that whoever wins can then concentrate fully on the business of governance, on the business of development, on the business of improving people's lives. If the longer I had waited, the more difficult it would have been to continue to focus on issues of governance - all important issues of governance. I hate to put it like this, but to some extent, the fact that this was an election season, was a distraction and if we had prolong it, if we had extended it, a great deal beyond today's date, it would have meant that that distraction would have been compounded."

Will Ashcroft Finance PUP?
And, so, 7 weeks of torrid campaigning begins tonight - and the greatest game changer in this election season is Michael Ashcroft. Will he fund the PUP? Or will he stand back - and count the 162 million dollars in BTL compensation that Government paid him last week? Right now that's what is called a known unknown - and today the leader of the opposition:.. Jules Vasquez "Do you expect Mr. Ashcroft to provide campaign financing for the PUP? Will anyone be reaching out to him?" Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "The question is what did the government get in return for that big cheque? That's the question. That's what you should be asking Dean Barrow. What did he bring back with him for that sweet deal that he gave Mr. Ashcroft? We have had no communication. If I do I will let you know." Ashcroft had tweeted that he would be in Belize last week - but best information says that he never arrived.

Hon. Finnegan Gets A Jump On Competition
And so in the next few weeks you can expect to see politicians beating the pavement in your neighborhood or knocking on your door - and there will also be dozens of signs going up on every corner and lamp post. One man who got a jump on the competition today was UDP Mesopotamia incumbent Michael Finnegan. He started putting up street signs this afternoon - one hour after the election was announced. Now, Finnegan had the largest margin of victory of any UDP candidate in the 2012 general election - and his is considered one of the safest UDP seats in the country. But, still, he told us he has to go to work because on an election day, any number can play:.. Jules Vasquez "Why did you feel it important to jump out of the gate, to bolt out of the gate? As the election call, your spring into action. There are signs all over Mesopotamia." Hon. Michael Finnegan, Mesopotamia Area Representative "This is what I always do. This is my modus operandi." Jules Vasquez "You won with over 81% going over 82% in the last election. You are perhaps the person who least needs to prepare."

Paul Jex, Alleged Home Invader
Former accused murderer Paul Jex was caught red handed trying to pull off a home invasion in San Pedro on Friday night. Jex, who got off for the murder of Aubrey Lopez in 2010, allegedly barged into the home of Alden Augustine at 8:30 carrying a .22 revolver with two live rounds. He trailed Augustine into the home and demanded his belongings, but Augustine put up a fight and managed to knock the gun out of Jex's hand. Jex dashed out of the house, and fell which is when Augustine and some neighbors subdued Jex and gave a him a sound beating. The home is in the area of the airstrip and police happened to be nearby. They responded immediately, arrested Jex - and later took him to the island polyclinic for the injuries he sustained when he was caught. 29-year-old Jex of the DFC Area, San Pedro Town, has been charged for Aggravated Burglary, "Kept Firearm without a Gun License" and "Kept Ammunition without a Gun License".

Cement House Drops In Ladyville
We often report on city residents whose wooden houses have collapsed but we've never seen a cement house falling before. But, that's just what we saw in Ladyville today. 64 year old retired Security Guard Vincent Bahadur and his family were inside their home on Friday night when the structure buckled on its 12 foot stilts and crashed to the ground. When we go there today the aftermath looked like an earthquake had hit. Bahadur told us today how he and his family escaped major injury, or death. Courtney Weatherburne reporting These trophies, which are the pride of this Dart playing family, once stood on a pedestal. But now, they lay bent and broken on the living room floor among the rubble. The rubble that was left after their home collapsed with them in it on Friday night. The cement walls that once sheltered and kept them safe are now cracked and crumbling And the verandas where Vincent Bahadur used to take his evening smoke caved in and flattened the rear end of this Plymouth Voyager. Bahadur was left trying to reattach the iron frame that used to be his front door. This family is lucky to be alive - they all could have been crushed inside because the fall happened so sudden.

Former Area Rep Says BWSL Should Seek Solution For Sewage, Swiftly
Since last week Wednesday, we've been telling you about the sewage problem on the Placencia peninsula. There has been a plan for an integrated sewage system in that area for almost 2 decades because the prevailing scientific wisdom is that in coastal communities, septic tanks are inefficient in keeping the nutrients generated from human waste from escaping, and it seeps into the Lagoon. That slowly poisons the marine environment, and for an area of the country which depends heavily on tourism and shrimp farming, that's a very great risk. One person who has been intimately involved in how this integrated sewage system idea solidified is former UDP Minister and three time Area Representative for Stann Creek West, Melvin Hulse. Today he outlined in detail his role in the process that has been protracted and long delayed, much to the frustration of the communities living on the peninsula. Melvin Hulse, Former Area Representative for Stann Creek West "Back in 2008, we started to aggressively pursue, because out of the blue, you would never believe a place could have started to grow and tourism took off. So we brought in Herman Longsworth. He was the chairman of the BWS board then, came into Placencia and we have several meetings with him - Seine Bight Village Council, Placencia Water Board and Seine Bight Water Board - many meetings. We were looking to tender it out so that we could get the best job because it is a big job - from the point to Riversdale. Herman said that the most qualified people really in this country would be BWS.

Two Hundred New Belizeans
213 new Belizean Citizens from 26 countries were sworn in on Friday afternoon at the UB Gymnasium in Belmopan. Now, you might say it's right in time for the election, but the registration and transfer period closed on September 10th, so these new citizens won't get to vote this time around. But they did get a lesson in Civics from Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse. Here's what he said:.. Jules Vasquez reporting After an anthem by new citizen Pablo Collado the new Belizeans took the oath of nationality and then received their nationality certificates - a group from varied backgrounds: Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration "Americans, Argentineans, people from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Italy, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Salvador, Sierra Leone, Trinidad, Bolivia and the United Kingdom." And while they came from all over - he urged them to adopt the official language:

Searching For The Scientific Solution
Last week Friday, we told you about the opening of the Third Annual Sagicor Visionary Challenge. Belizean high school students are being prompted to develop programs to help their country through ideas rooted in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Well for the course of today and tomorrow, Chemistry teachers from all over are part of a 2-day Sub-regional Micro-Science Workshop. Its a program that UNESCO and the Belizean Ministry of Education, and the Guyanese Ministry of Education are all collaborating on to see high school and sixth form students in Belize can make use of energy and water efficient chemistry testing sets. The idea is that these students can get an intuitive, hands-on, practical education in chemistry that is cost-effective. The UNESCO representative, who is also from the Ministry of Education in Guyana, explained why this micro-science kit could be very useful:

Mercury Levels In Macal Bay Snook Alarming
Mercury Levels in Bay Snook in the Macal River have tripled - and the Ministry of Health is saying you should not eat it! A public advisory was issued today. It says that 12 types of fish in the Macal River were tested. Of the twelve, 6 had mercury levels above the recommended level - but only three of those types of fishes are normally consumed by persons living in around the Macal River. These fish include the Bay Snook, Baca and Botasi - those three have elevated mercury levels. Levels were highest in the Botasi, second highest in the Bay Snook - both species had approximately three times the recommended levels. The mercury levels in Baca were only slightly elevated. But, the Bay Snook is the most concerning. Mercury levels have increased almost three times since the last test. That means that adults can only safely eat half an ounce per week - but to be safe the Ministry of Health says, you should not eat it at all, until further notice. Consumption of the Botasi and Baca should also be limited.

The Street Sense On Elections
So the date for general elections has been set - Wednesday November 4th - we all knew it would be soon but just not this soon! That was the reaction from several people we spoke with today on Albert Street. Others were more spirited about the announcement and told us they are ready for elections in 37 days. Here is what they had to say.

San Pedro, The Road More Travelled
And while that's the mood in the city - on San Pedro, the UDP Representative is hoping that the continuation of the Northern Ambergris Road will be an incentive to voters. The Prime Minister announced in Independence Day address last week that 4 more miles of that road would be concreted. Last week, our news team got an opportunity to see it for ourselves, and here's what the Area Rep. told us: Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation "From the bridge north is 2/3 of the island. Around the Basil Jones area is the widest area of the island. Practically 5 miles wide. San Pedro itself, the town core is just about 1/2 a mile wide and again if we put everything together development wise, Grand Belizean Estate had surveyed over there and have sold practically over 2,000 lots. Government land that have been given to locals and Belizeans around the nation, there is probably another, with the past administration and this administration - there is practically another 4,000 lots that is available."

Basil Jones International?
And the plan is that road will eventually lead to an international airport on Northern Ambergris. We asked the Mayor and the Tourism Minister about the prospect of San Pedro getting commercial airlines flying directly there, instead of going to the PGIA. Here's what they had to say: Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation "There is 200 acres that is allocated for that airstrip, which I believe is more land than what PGIA have at this moment." Daniel Ortiz "We already have the PGIA. Why one specific tailored for San Pedro?" Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation "San Pedro is 30% of the entire tourism destination of this country. And to my belief it will be very soon more than 40%. And if we have a mega project which we know will happen as it happening in the Mexican territory. Once you have this mega project and the amount of people, why not have something that is readily available close to where this tourism resort will be along - complimenting what we have over here. Our local airlines will be about 15 miles away, so if anyone want to stay in our downtown hotel, they can come either by road, or if they want to make it faster they can come with our local airlines Maya or Tropic."

House For A Hero
3 weeks ago, the National Celebrations Commission held an event in memory of National Hero Philip Goldson, the super patriot who was a founding member of both the PUP and the UDP. As a follow up to that, the Institute of Social and Cultural Research today opened the Goldson House, a museum to honor the Great Man's memory and contribution. In his keynote speech, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said that this opening was convenient for his official announcement of the next elections. So, we asked him to comment on the memory of the man himself. Here's what he had to say: Daniel Ortiz "It appears that his political opponent Rt. Hon. George Price, has a position that is etched, can't be forgotten, but while Mr. Goldson was right there with him in the echelons, he appears to the younger generation such as myself to be someone forgotten. Whose responsibility for that you would say?" Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Well I think it's the responsibility of all of us not to forget. Of course there is stuff that authorities can do. We should be sure for example that in our schools the history of both national heroes is taught. Something like this now that we are doing under the auspices of NICH, this will no doubt help again to assist with research, with historical memory, but ultimately Philip Goldson's life was so extraordinary.

Parents At Faith Nazarene Send Their Kids Back
On Friday we showed you the latest on Faith Nazarene Primary school - when a few teachers joined the protest against their own principal. Well, after school on Friday, a group of concerned teachers and parents including PTA members met to discuss the way forward. According to a press release today, they agreed, quote, "that all parents with children at Faith Nazarene Primary School should be encouraged to permit those children, to return to classes on Monday, September 28." The release explains that sending the kids to school does not mean that parents and teachers quote, "have stopped, or will stop advocating or agitating for change at Faith Nazarene Primary - including the demand that Principal Pech cannot continue her tenure", end quote. They say they have gotten legal advice and have clarity as to the next steps forward, including a demand to be heard by the Teaching Services Commission.

Channel 5

Prime Minister Announces Election Date!
Prime Minister Dean Barrow put all speculation to rest today when he announced November fourth as the date for the general elections. Of his two terms in office, he has [...]

General Elections to be held on November Fourth!
We can’t say that the early elections are a surprise because it has been felt for some time that the P.M. would so do taking advantage of a number of [...]

Leader of Opposition, “We’re a Little Surprised”
Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca reacted within hours to the announcement of the date for general elections. Querying why so early, he said the country is in crisis and things are [...]

Francis Fonseca Says PUP is Financially Ready
With only five weeks to prepare for general elections is the P.U.P. financially ready to launch a national campaign?  That’s what we asked Party Leader Francis Fonseca earlier today since [...]

Five Weeks for Parties to Campaign
The rollout of the party’s countrywide vote-seeking activities will see an energetic campaign to shed light on a number of issues, including corruption and misconduct.  The launch of the P.U.P. [...]

How Will Social Issues Affect Election Outcome?
So, where does the P.U.P. stand on the issues of Petrocaribe spending, the nationalization settlements of B.T.L. and B.E.L. as well as the Belize/Guatemala dispute?  Well, according to Fonseca, that’s [...]

UDP Seeks Third Consecutive Term in Office
As the nation prepares for general elections in the wake of this morning’s announcement of early elections, the Prime Minister and his administration is anticipating a place in the political [...]

P.M. Barrow Sure of Victory at Polls
According to the P.M., while he doesn’t want to sound too confident or cocky, anything other than a victory at the polls would come as quite a surprise.   Dean [...]

What’s the Confusion Over Remaining BTL Compensation?
The Opposition has lashed out at one particular aspect of G.O.B.’s settlement with the Ashcroft Group – what they call a blank check issued by government. The reference is to [...]

P.M. Resents BCWU Release
Following the announcement of the settlement over the nationalization of B.T.L., the Belize Communication Workers Union fired off a nasty release aimed directly at the Barrow Administration. They followed it [...]

Francis Fonseca Vs. Carla Barnett for Freetown
Party Leader Francis Fonseca has not lost an election in the Freetown constituency where he will be facing political opponent Doctor Carla Barnett on November fourth. Since offering herself as [...]

Will P.U.P. Campaign be Funded by Lord Ashcroft?
One more issue on the elections, the leader of the opposition was also asked about financial contributions to the P.U.P. from Lord Michael Ashcroft. Fonseca’s response is that the question [...]

Caneros Murdered Execution-style in Corozal
There was a double homicide in the Corozal District last Friday. Two farmers were shot and killed in a cane-field in the outskirts of the village of Paraiso. As they [...]

Weekend Fire Leaves One Man Homeless
Police are investigating a weekend fire in City. A small house belonging to Arturo Pasos went up in flames on Saturday afternoon. Pasos lived alone in his wooden house off [...]

Mek Mi Rich Back in Court
This morning, the final case management session for the claim of Curtis Swasey against Belize Telemedia Limited (B.T.L.) and M.M.R. Belize Productions, creators of the television game show Mek Mi [...]

COLA President Takes Aim at Minister of Labor Over Rat Remark
The Minister of Labour, Godwin Hulse, last Friday, blamed the local media for inciting the international coverage of the story of the rat that bit a baby in the incubator [...]

NTUCB President on Senator Ray Davis
The National Trade Union Congress has plenty on its plate to deal with and among the myriad of issues, is the current situation involving Ray Davis. The President NTUCB, Marvin [...]

Marvin Mora Explains Process for Removing Senator Davis
While the N.T.U.C.B. is made up of ten unions, the Civil Society Steering Committee is made up of two organizations: WIN Belize and APAMO. Mora explains that the process for [...]

The Weekend Sports Highlights with James Adderley
Good evening I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.   It appears the PLB football National Completion had hit a rough spot as none of the advertised match was [...]


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Businessman Concern About Treatment Receive At Border
There is a concern emerging from an Orange Walk resident concerning regulations at the Northern Border. Prominent businessman Rene Cuello says that he is completely against the system in place at Belize’s borders where Belizeans are requested by law to stamp their passports going out and coming into the country. Cuello says it is inconvenient and unnecessary. “It restrict you, sometimes you have to catch the line for nothing sometimes you only going to the casino going to spend some time you can’t casino is still Belize and what is ridiculous about it is that they want to arrest you and charge you, the law of the stamp is there because according to my understanding is that the law was there because of the Income Tax they use to ask you for when you leave Belize so you can’t go owing taxes that law has change they don’t ask you for that even if that is so you can’t go asking every citizen for income tax release we have no problem going across Mexico.”

Billions Look Out For Red Moon
On Sunday, millions of people around the world enjoyed the sight of a “blood moon”. This was the result of a lunar eclipse combined with a “supermoon” which in turn made our natural satellite appear red in colour. During a full lunar eclipse the moon is behind the shadow of the earth however the moon will actually turn red despite it being behind the earth. The reason is simply because the light of the sun hits the earth’s atmosphere curving around and hitting the moon turning it red. Sundays Blood Moon happened to be the closest supermoon of 2015, it is called a Blood Moon, because it presents the fourth and final eclipse of a lunar tetrad: (four straight total eclipses of the moon, spaced at six lunar months (full moons) apart). The tetrad (Blood Moons) occurred on April 15 2014, October 8 2014, April 4th 2015 and now September 27th 2015.

Councillor Asks For Assistance In Finding Stolen Tent
Anyone who knows Ladrick “Mad Bull” Shepperd knows that the councillor’s priority is the wellbeing of children as it pertains to sports. Over the weekend, Shepperd, who spearheads tournaments to keep the youths active, says he was targeted by thieves as they stole a tent he uses to carry out his events. Today he stopped by our studios to recount the incident and plead to the person to have a kind heart and return the much needed equipment …. “Yesterday we had the female tournament games, the Caribbean Female Tournament that was held at the technical field, so I have a team in the tournament as well so they lives in the villages and when the games are finished and like it is on Sundays I have to take the back to where they live and the tent stay there but it seems to me that someone just took it down so by the time I went back out there the tent was gone quite strange because when I have these activities the tents stays there and so it is funny to see that doing some sporting activities is when they took the tent and it is a white tent with six legs and I had to report it to the police the value of the tent is around seven hundred dollars.”

Family Speaks On Murder Of Their Loved One
Tonight Corozal Police are no way closer to solving the double homicide that occurred in that district on Friday. As previously reported, police found the dead bodies of 42 year old Rogelio Rancharan of Paraiso Village and 58 year old Vincente Cayuno, labourer of San Andres Village lying face up in a cane field in the San Comal Area located some three and a half miles northeast of Corozal Town. The men were seen with gunshot wounds to the right side of their heads. Accompanying the victims on the day of the incident was a 54 year old man who managed to escape and made the report to police. According to him, they were scattering fertilizers in the cane field when they were ambushed.

Prime Minister Calls Early Election; November 4th
We hinted at it in the news several weeks ago, he was asked about it and his response was that General Elections would not be held this year but early next year. However, rumors persisted that the Prime Minister would call elections in November. And today it was confirmed: General elections will be held in exactly 37 days, on Wednesday November 4th, 2015. The action started this morning when the Prime Minister Dean Barrow visited the Governor General’s Office in Belmopan to advise him to dissolve the National Assembly. And so, the race begins – leading to five furious weeks of activity for the political parties and aspirants. In a prepared statement, Prime Minister Dean Barrow made the announcement, just before boasting about the advancements and achievements of his government for the past term….

COLA Lashes Out At Hulse For Blaming Media On Rats Story going International
Citizens Organized for liberty through action, COLA, says it finds the comments of Minister Godwin Hulse last Friday quote, “to be disturbing in the extreme,” unquote. Viewers may recall that last Friday Minister Hulse blamed the media for over sensationalizing the rat incident at the Western regional Hospital that eventually made its way into international news outlets. COLA, in a release issued today, says that this is an unwarranted attack on the right of free press to be relevant and thorough in the coverage of matters within the country. This, COLA adds, should not be allowed by the Belize media. COLA further called the Minister’s position on the matter a representation of how comical government officials are. While the minister contends that the images paints a nasty picture of Belize, particularly the health system, COLA says that it is the way government has covered up numerous scandals that is nasty.

4.9 Earthquake Shakes Honduras
An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale occurred this Monday morning in the island of Roatan Honduras. The quake was felt in cities like La Ceiba and Tocoa, and some parts of Belize. The Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (Copeco) reported that the phenomenon occurred at 7:36am with 50 seconds and had the following coordinates, 17.04 kilometers North and 86.20 West. According to Jose Jorge Escobar from the Department of Physics in the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras, the phenomenon was caused due to the activation of a local failure and accumulation of force on the border Cocos and Caribbean plates.

New Surveying Technology Introduced To Farming Industry
Inspection Robotica and Skynet a professional robotics services company and an aerial services company respectively are seeking to introduce some state of the art technology to Belize that they say will greatly improve efficiency in various working sectors. Representatives, Jake Brown, CAO of Inspection Robotica and John Ferguson, CEO at Skynet were in Orange Walk today to provide a demonstration of their joint venture to several representatives of organizations and companies. The team flew on of their drones above a sugar cane field about a mile off the Yo Creek Road. Jake Brown “We can collect information on propel we can do 3d point modeling, contour maps, topography using laser beam to basically penetrate the ocean floor and map the sea floor so it is a very broad scope of what.”

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Prime Minister Announces Date for General Elections
Tonight Belize’s House of Representatives has been dissolved by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young … and in thirty six days, the country’s electorate will be going to the polls to elect thirty one Area Representatives. A recording of a statement by Prime Minister Dean Barrow was released to the media today in […]

Ministry of Health Warns Fish Consumers
A recent mercury test conducted by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company has led to the cautioning of fish consumers particularly in the west. The testing was done on 12 types of fish taken from the Macal River. Of those twelve species, fifty percent of […]

Teachers and Parents Tells Authorities They Will Not Stop
Last week we told of the Teachers Services Commission requiring that some concerns be addressed by the Faith Nazarene Primary School following a request for the transfer and the long leave for the school’s Principal, Policarpia Pech. Following that decision, there was an appeal by the school’s General Manager, Raymond Sheppard as well as an […]

Fonseca Asks: Why Now?
The rumor mill began churning some weeks ago where predictions for the elections were leaning more toward early 2016. Just recently and on several occasions, the People’s United Party has challenged the Prime Minister to call the elections now. Well, it seems Barrow has done just that and now the Leader of the Opposition is […]

Barrow Reminds Belize What They Found in 2008
Interestingly, both on the social media and in the streets there have been talks in some corners of the People’s United Party not being a viable alternative since it was under their last administration that secret deals were signed and the Super Bond was established and the key players in those deals remain at the […]

PUP Says the Money Is Coming and They Are Ready for Elections
So, with the elections coming up in about five weeks, leaving very little time for the opposition and third parties to prepare for battle, we asked Opposition Leader, Francis Fonseca just how ready is the People’s United Party; considering how financially strapped they were in the last two bi-elections and the municipals. According to Fonseca, […]

Fonseca Says He Has Freetown Covered
For over four decades Prime Minister Dean Barrow has maintained his seat as the Area Representative for the Queen Square Division – one of the thirty one seats in the House of Representatives. His counterpart in the opposition, Francis Fonseca, however has only been in the Freetown Division for 12 years. It is pale in […]

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PUP says they are prepared and ready
The Opposition party, People’s United Party, has been predicting that the elections would be sometime soon, and they have been saying in the House of Representatives, “Call the elections now” but even the leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, had to admit that they were still a bit surpr...

General Elections set for November 4th 2015
It was widely speculated that this political term- 2012 to 2017- would end with an early elections to be called no later than the beginning of the year 2016. Some political observers even went as far as predicting that the elections would be called as early as November 2015; and for good reasons too...

Goldson House officially inaugurated
Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson, a Belizean National Hero, was laid to rest in 2001. He undoubtedly had a significant impact on the development of the Nation of Belize and has been so honored in 1989, when the Belizean government renamed the country’s international airport the Philip S. W...

Earthquake Tremors Felt in Belize
There have been reports of earthquake tremors felt in the country of Belize. Those tremors would be because there was an earthquake sometime around 1:30 this morning, off the Northern Coast of Honduras. It was recorded as a 5.0 magnitude earthquake. There were no reports of damages....

Don’t eat Bay Snook from the Macal River
The Ministry of Health has issued a public advisory on the mercury levels of fish in the Macal River and have stated how much of the Macal River Fish can be eaten per week in order to remain safe. 12 types of fishes were caught from the Macal River of which 50% had levels of mercury above the recomm...

Mek Mi Rich case to go to trial
This morning, the final case management session for the claim of Curtis Swasey against Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and MMR Belize Productions, creators of the television game show Mek Mi Rich, was held before Justice Courtney Abel in the Supreme Court. Trial in the matter has been set for Decembe...

Cola Lashes out at Hon. Godwin Hulse for “rat” Comments
In an interview with the media on Friday, Hon. Godwin Hulse made comment on the Western Regional Hospital’s rat dilemma and the fact that the story of the rat in the baby’s incubator made international news. The minister in essence said that the story was given too much attention by the ...

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Atlantic Bank Semi-Annual Pre-Owned Auto Show is back again!
Visit Atlantic Bank’s Belmopan Branch in Garden City Plaza on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with over 25 pre-owned vehicles on sale from auto dealers in Belize. Take advantage of same day approval, 100 percent financing, quality affordable cars and attractive interest rates. All you need […]

Man to serve jail time for firearm offences
He swore he didn’t know anything about it, but 29 year old Kenroy Gillett of Central American Boulevard will spend at least the next five years in jail for a firearm. Police say they found the firearm at his residence in 2012. Gillett was found guilty by Chief […]

PUP says they are ready for elections
The People’s United Party (PUP) leader Francis Fonseca said the PUP is ready for general elections, following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier today that elections are set for November 4th. Fonseca said in addition to the party being prepared for elections, he believes his seat in Freetown is secure. He said of […]

Mek Mi Rich case to go to trial
This morning the final case management session for the claim of Curtis Swasey against Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and MMR Belize Productions, creators of the television game show Mek Mi Rich, was held before Justice Courtney Abel in the Supreme Court. Trial in the matter has been set […]

Two detained for firearm theft
Police have detained two persons of Belize City pending investigation after a Ladyville resident reported that his licensed 9mm Glock pistol containing 10 rounds of ammunition, went missing from inside a car that he was in. 44 year old Fedencio Vasquez made the report on Thursday, September 24 and the […]

Man loses firearm in Corozal
A resident of San Andres Village, 68 year old Francisco Domingo, reported on Friday, September 25, that sometime between September 19 and 24, his licensed Stevens brand 16 gauge shotgun went missing along with 5 cartridges. The gun is valued at $150.00. Police are investigating.

Minor charged for pen gun
While on a mobile patrol in the Salvapan area of Belmopan, around 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, September 26th, police officers noticed two male persons walking and one of them dropping an object to the ground. The males were escorted back to the area where the object was dropped and officers […]

Prime Minister calls general elections for November 4
Asking the people of Belize for a “fresh mandate” to “focus now exclusively on the positive, on forwarding opportunity and change,” Prime Minister Dean Barrow has just announced via radio that he has asked the Governor General to dissolve the National Assembly and set general elections for November 4, […]

Overpowered burglar charged for gun offenses
A 29-year-old resident of the DFC Area in San Pedro Town, Paul Jex, has been officially charged for the offenses of “Kept Firearm without a Gun License” and “Kept Ammunition without a Gun License”, after he attempted to commit a burglary with a firearm and was subdued by the owner […]

COLA condemns Hulse for blaming media in rat coverage
In a press release issued by Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) this morning, President Geovanni Brackett condemned the comments made by Minister Godwin Hulse, who suggested that the media should be sensitive when covering certain incidents, such as the incident at the Western Regional Hospital where a rat […]

General elections to be held on November 4th 2015
Multiple sources have confirmed to BMG that Prime Minister Dean Barrow went to Governor General Sir Colville Young asking to dissolve the House of Representatives and Senate in time for general elections to be called on November 4, 2015. The Prime minister had said he would call elections by the fourth […]

Area of low pressure North of Yucatan maintains relatively unstable conditions over our area
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies with cloudy spells today and cloudy skies at times tonight. A few showers and isolated thunderstorms will occur mainly over the North and some coastal areas. Winds will be blowing light to variable and the sea state will be […]

Early morning earthquake sends panic waves to the shores of Honduras
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the shores of Honduras this morning as many Belizeans prepared for work. Luckily there are no major reports of destruction in that country. Today’s earthquake was located at 16.61 N ; 86.34 W with a depth of 10 km. Its distance was located at […]

Blogs

Second annual Barts Bash 2015
On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 9:30 AM prompt, 26 sailing vessels manned and crewed by Belizeans were at the line when the horn sounded the start of the 2015 Bart’s Bash Belize in the waters off Caribbean Villas Hotel in San Pedro. The skies were murky grey, and the skippers tried to find and catch the mere puffs of wind that rose and died from varying directions here and there along the course. The fleet was so becalmed that it took a few frustrated skippers more than 10 minutes just to cross the start line. The windlessness lasted well into the race, but at long last one of the squalls approaching from the northeast arrived, and with it winds up to 25 knots. The course circuit that had taken one Hobie Wave over an hour to complete on its first lap took 14 minutes to complete the 2nd and last time around.

Maybe a Bit Late…San Pedro’s Independence Jump-Up 2015 Parade is One of my Favorites, Part One
San Pedro…for the first time ever…postponed until the following weekend. And added on some additional entertainment. I was a little worried – about the weather…about the turnout…but there was NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT! San Pedro rocks. And though insanely HOT, it was so much fun. I took 357 photos, that I whittled down to about 110. I’m just going to show you a whole bunch. Bottom line: SO MUCH EXCITEMENT and SO MUCH ENERGY. The Gilharry bus was parked by Central Park and this man wanted to pose for me. They hail from Corozal, have a full set of horns and are hugely popular.

“The Street Parade” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
We rather fortunately found a parking space in Angel Coral Street (back street) and took the short walk to Pescador Drive (middle street) and positioned ourselves close to Pirate’s Pizza under what I think is the only tree in the street. The sun was beating down and the shade of the tree was a cool haven. We weren’t the only ones to secure shady spots to witness the pageantry. We’d probably been there around thirty minutes ( I can’t be precise because I no longer wear a watch) when the barriers that had been in place to prevent ‘normal’ traffic from entering the street were removed. The cavalcade was on its way. And then it arrived, with as always, the San Pedro Fire Department heading the procession.

Yvette Sanker Riverol and her Environmental Group step up again!!!
I am once again featuring the good environmental work of the youths of Corozal. It is wonderful to know that the youths are being guided by a dedicated leader in keeping Corozal clean and beautiful!!! Yesterday's Coastal Cleanup with Scouts of Belize and Oceana Belize was tiring but productive. To those who made an effort to go out to help in the clean up we are eternally grateful. Mayolita Santos, LeAnn Aldana, Karizia Sanchez, Jamil Nicholson, Samantha Moralez, Ryan Chi, Mery Moralez, Hector Loria, Gisellie Hernandez and Team Coordinator Yvette Sanker Riverol, the help you rendered yesterday is much appreciated. Thank you!

San Pedro is at its best when there is a parade going on, Part 1
I’d say we should have a parade every month but I think we might already be close to that, on average. This parade forms along the sandy waterfront stretch of Boca del Rio before looping through town. As we did last year, the Tres Cocos Gang met up at Wayo’s bar to watch the parade pull together like a long colorfully beaded necklace with the Caribbean blue backdrop. As the last unit passed we quickly made our way down to the Holiday Hotel where we could enjoy an hour’s respite with cold drinks and a cool breeze as marchers gamely made their way through town, down Middle Street. As they made their turn onto Front Street, it was an easy skip for us to the second-floor balcony of the holiday for an aerial view of festivities. In Part 2 I’ll add photos from the happy conclusion in Central Park where the always incredible Gilharry 7, “Belize Number 1 band!” pumped up some major jams. That conclusion also included flying colored chalk, the mayor dropping candy from a helicopter and mad dancing under an incredibly hot sun.

THE 15TH BELIZE GENERAL ELECTIONS
Yesterday and tomorrow, September 27th, and September 29th, the United Democratic Party (42nd) and the Peoples United Party (64th), 50 years after self-government and 34 years after Independence, will have marked the respective anniversaries of their founding. No other parties have governed Belize. Sixty five years ago the months of August, September, October and November were a tumultuous time in the political annals of our beloved nation. The fierce battle for self-determination was fully joined and arguably Belize’s two greatest national heroes, the architects of the modern Belize, were leading the way shoulder to shoulder. I note with some satisfaction that Prime Minister Dean Barrow has now began to pay tribute and salute them, and so too collectively have the nation began to look beyond the lines wreaked by partisanship, to their partnership welded by history. I doubt though, that that is what the PM intended when he concluded his Independence Day speech:

Weekend event crawl
There is no better way to start our annual Independence day parade than on a full stomach. My first choice, Sandbar and Ice n Beans were closed, so close by Melt Cafe was next in line. I usually order a Royal with Cheese there but this time I decided to go for something different and the fried egg is what clinched my decision. I have to say this is the best breakfast sandwich I have had at a sit down restaurant so far – they also do to go. I do wish they did not list meat as extra on the menu but it is possible they are catering to the vegetarians in that decision. Unless you are veg who would not want bacon as a regular option?. (My other favorite breakfast sandwich take out is the bacon and egg Johnny cake from Ruby’s) We finished breakfast just in time to watch the paraders make their way through town. On the way to find a spot we stopped at a side street store and enjoyed a funny non camera moment as 2 paraders dashed away from their group for a beet stop. The crowd on Middle street made for our decision to head to front street to find a less populated space to catch the parade coming in.

San Pedro’s post-parade is pretty in pink in the park — and blue, yellow, orange . . . Part 2
San Pedro’s deputy mayor Gary Greif stepped into the cool shadows of the Holiday Hotel lobby shortly after the end of the Independence Day Jump-up Parade on Sunday. It was hot out there. And it had been a long and exhausting march for all. (See photos and read about the parade here.) But Gary was excited: “We’re on our way to Central Park. There’s going to be a big surprise there in about 10 minutes! Don’t miss it.” By the time we got the the park, it was already packed and every spare chunk of shade had already been staked out. But what the hell, the Gilharry 7, the finest show band in all of Belize had just started turning up the heat from the stage. Fans were squeezed into a five-foot deep swath of shadow in front of the stage. The swath deepened as the sun set but not fast enough to cover the masses drawn out by the driving pumping beats of the band. Suddenly the front of the stage erupted in gauzy clouds of pink, blue, green orange with hardly a breeze to bear them away. Little color packet “bombs” were sending a rainbow of corn starch and baking soda over the fans closest to the stage.

Orange Walk Carnival 2015 by Will Moreno Photography
Take a look at this years Orange Walk Carnival in Belize. Photos by Will Moreno Photography.

Best Entry wins $200.00BZD – Citizenship: Why I will vote on Nov 4th 2015
Election Date has been set for November 4th, 2015. Michelle Obama once said that you should not be cynical about politics – Voting is an important part of democracy and extremely important to forge a nation forward. Additionally, we the people elect our leaders who are accountable to us ….When you don’t participate, you allow someone else to make a choice on your behalf. In commemoration of voting in the upcoming elections- Please write a short 500-1000 word essay or submit a video presentation-5 -10 minutes long Citizenship – Why I will vote on Nov 4th 2015. Win $200.00 BZD Deadline for Essay is 10/23/2015.

Top 5 Reasons to Use Air Travel in Belize
Belize is a beautiful country, where you can travel to wonderful destinations for world-class diving, birding, zip-lining and even dining. But when it comes to transportation, you may be left scratching your head as to what is the best option? The answer is easy – flying of course! Not only does a flight on board Maya Island Air cut your travel time by more than half, but it is also one of the most safe and affordable ways to travel the country. Here are our Top 5 reasons why Air Travel is the best way to Travel in Belize: Cut Travel Time : The journey can be just as thrilling as the destination, but arriving at your destination as early as possible, allows you to enjoy more of the sights and sounds offered. A Wonderful View: Air travel offers breathtaking aerial views of the vast forests and Great Barrier Reef that simply aren’t matched traveling by land or sea.

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Earthquake monday morning, Mag 5 in French Harbor, Honduras
A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5 (ml/mb) was reported 30 kilometers (19 miles) from French Harbor in Honduras on Monday. All ids that are associated to the event: us20003pnj. Unique identifier: us20003pnj. Exact location, longitude -86.4012° West, latitude 16.6231° North, depth = 15 km. Global time and date of event 28/09/15 / 2015-09-28 13:37:04 / September 28, 2015 @ 1:37 pm UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was reported at 07:37:04 / 7:37 am (local time epicenter). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 15 km (9 miles) below the earth’s surface. The epicenter was 104 km (65 miles) from La Ceiba (c. 130 200 pop), 92 km (57 miles) from Trujillo (c. 9 600 pop), 37 km (23 miles) from Coxen Hole (c. 7 500 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was La Ceiba, Trujillo, Coxen Hole (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries, Honduras (c. 7 989 000 pop) (That might be effected).

Where to Eat, Sleep and Play in Belize's Ambergris Caye
When it comes to the Central American country of Belize, there is certainly no lack of places to explore. The country, which borders the Caribbean, boasts more than 200 islands or “cayes” scattered around the world’s second-biggest barrier reef. The largest and most visited of the islands, Ambergris Caye is a haven for nature lovers, food aficionados and party animals. Here’s how to make the most out of this vibrant island. Eat Get a taste of Maya culture at Elvi’s Kitchen, a popular dining spot for tourists and locals that started as a carry out window more than 40 years ago. On Friday evenings, the buffet highlights the best of traditional dishes such as pork pibil wrapped in banana leaves, handmade tortillas and Pollo Tikin Xic — grilled chicken marinated with oranges and Maya spices. For more local taste without the frill, El Fogon serves up a spicy, deep-fried fish of the day that keeps the place packed. A full cocktail menu makes it easy to spend a full evening here. Sleep For groups, Grand Caribe offers condos with views of the Caribbean Sea. Located two miles north of San Pedro, Grand Caribe is a good location for those who prefer to be away from the center of town. And for romance and luxury, Matachica Resort will deliver. Honeymooners revel in the property’s secluded location and hospitable staff. The day can be spent nestled under a palapa on the white sand or at the freshwater infinity pool.

Caribbean Association of Banks endorses SWIFT’s KYC Registry
SWIFT today announced that the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB), with regional membership of 45 financial institutions across 16 countries, endorses The Know Your Customer (KYC) Registry, a centralized repository that maintains a standardized set of information on correspondent banks’ requirements for KYC compliance. Joanna Charles, Chairperson of the CAB, says, “In keeping with the CAB’s mandate of advocacy and the strengthening of the regional financial services sector, we strongly support SWIFT’s global initiative to reduce the cost and risk related to know your customer correspondent banking compliance. Our members actively exchange a range of information and documents with their counterparties in order to achieve effective due diligence standards and meet other regulatory requirements. The KYC Registry enables member banks to proactively share information with correspondent banks, increasing efficiency, reducing cost and allowing our region to demonstrate transparency and KYC compliance more effectively.”

Oil Prices and the Future of Petrocaribe
On June 2005, upon the initiative of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Venezuela, agreed on the creation of Petrocaribe, a Cooperation Agreement to strengthen energy security in the Caribbean and Central America. Today 19 countries are part of this regional initiative, as five nations joined Petrocaribe in subsequent years: Haiti (2007), Nicaragua (2007), Honduras (2008), Guatemala (2012) and El Salvador (2014). Since its creation, Petrocaribe has served as an important financing mechanism for oil-importing countries in the region. It introduced a lending scheme for oil purchases from Venezuela where conditionalities adjust to price fluctuations among predetermined thresholds. As a result, if the oil barrel falls below US$40, up to 30 percent of the bill will be financed by a 17-year loan, with a two-year grace period and an interest rate of 2 percent. Similarly, when the barrel exceeds US$40, the term for payment is extended to 25 years, with a two-year grace period and the interest rate falls to 1 percent. Member countries may also offer goods and services to pay off oil shipments.

7 Lawyers on What They Love (and Hate) About Their Jobs
Stewart Patton, attorney and founder, U.S. Tax Services Business News Daily: What do you do? Stewart Patton: I am a U.S. attorney — admitted in Illinois — who lives in Belize. I have my own practice [where] I do tax planning and compliance for Americans who live or invest abroad, with a special focus on the digital nomad community. BND: What do you love most about your job, and why? Patton: Helping people solve their problems. Many of the issues I deal with are very emotional in nature; my clients often come to me afraid for their futures — e.g., those who haven't filed in a while — or completely confused about what they should do — e.g., expat entrepreneurs trying to figure out how to structure their business. I like to take people from scared and/or confused to happy and productive. BND: What do you hate most about your job, and why? Patton: Dealing with mistrustful or untrustworthy people. Sometimes a person will think I have ulterior motives or bad intentions; other people won't actually open up to me and tell me the truth of their situation. Both of these things make it impossible to actually help someone.

Videos

  • Backpacking San Ignacio, Belize ||04 Mayan Circle||,2 min.

  • Backpacking Caye Caulker, Belize ||03 Mayan Circle||, 2.5min. Snorkeling the local reef with Nurse-Sharks, Sting-Rays and lots of fish!

  • St. Simon's 2015 Belize Mission Trip, 6.5min. St. Simon's Anglican Church in Oakville, Ontario, Canada went on their fourth mission trip to Holy Cross Anglican School in Belize in June/July 2015. Please enjoy these pictures of the trip.

  • Belize Landing 9/19/15, 2min. Landing at the Philip SW Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, Belize during my very first visit to the country. The plane was an American Airlines Boeing 737.

  • Takeoff from Belize 9/27/15, 5min. Taking off from Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, Belize during my return to the USA.

  • Tanya Carter @ Belize day in L.A., 7min. First annual Belize day in L.A. "Tanya Carter" onstage... Adamari Empire prod live from Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood California

  • Belize "Media Arts" PSA - Fall 2015, 2.5min. Christ Presbyterian Academy Media Arts students Jackson, Charlie, and Stephen traveled to Belize this past summer to produce a series of videos for the Belize Project.

  • Caye Caulker Belize Island, 13min. Belize Caye Caulker is a small limestone coral island off the coast of the Caribbean Sea measuring about 5 miles by less than 1 mile. The town on the island is known by the name Caye Caulker Village. Enjoy our trip, in this beautiful Island.

  • Highway Trails Belize Resort and Country Club - Belize -- Lucky Strike, 1.5min. Offering an outdoor swimming pool, free parking and free WiFi throughout, Highway Trails Belize Resort and Country Club is located in Lucky Strike Village. The rooms, studios and suites will provide you with air conditioning and a fan. The private bathrooms also come with shower and towels. Some rooms have a lake view. At Highway Trails Belize Resort and Country Club you will find a bar, a restaurant and a tour desk. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, hiking and fishing. This property is 30 minutesТ drive from Orange Walk town and 1 hourТs drive from Belize City. Philip SW Goldson International Airport is 62 km away. 27-1/2 Miles, Old Northern Highway, 000-000-0 Lucky Strike, Belize

  • Flight From Guatemala To Belize, 20min. Flight Over Guatemala Jungles, from Punta Gorda, to Belize Caye Caulker Island! Enjoy watching.

  • Belize 2014 GoPro, 7min.

  • Tropic Air Takeoff From Belize City, 10min. Departing from the Belize City Municipal Airport en route to the Maya Flats Airstrip in the Cayo District on 9/24/15.

  • Tropic Air Landing at Belize City, 4min. Cessna 208 Caravan landing at the Municipal Airport in Belize City just 15 minutes after taking off from San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye on 9/24/15.

  • Belize -Tikal Guatemala, 17min. Our Journey to Tikal in Guatema, Tikal encompasses 575 square kilometres of jungle and thousands of ruined structures.

  • Meredith College: School and Library Project in Belize, 5.5min. Students from Meredith College traveled to the Country of Belize, Central America over the summer to leave skills behind for the teachers and students at the Santa Elena Baptist Primary School in the small town of Santa Elena, which is located inland near Guatemala.

  • Protect the Chiquibul National Park in BELIZE, 7min.Compiled by the group Cohort 3, Central Farm Campus Sustainable Development Class. Mr. Eleo Pop, Cayo, Belize C.A

  • Jouvert in Belize, 6min.

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