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The San Pedro Sun

Carpe Diem lands 1st place at 2016 Wahoo Tournament
On Saturday January 31st, Captain Morgan’s held their 2016 Annual Wahoo Tournament. The competition kicked off at the crack of dawn, and saw the entry of 13 vessels setting out to open seas in hopes of landing the winning fish and capturing the grand prize. Teams had 12 hours to fish and catch the most Wahoo and at the end of the day it would be Carpe Diem who would claim ultimate victory. The tournament definitely required the skill and expertise of each seaman, as the wahoo proved to be a challenging catch. While several teams managed to capture wahoo of various proportions, Carpe Diem of San Pedro Town, captained by Enrique Marin and anglers Bill Toonen, Bob Toonen, and Dan Decaster trumped the competition with four massive wahoos that totalled 150.25 lbs, claiming the first place grand prize of a $10,840.00. Second prize went to Team Reef Shark III from Caye Caulker, captained by Dominik Novelo and anglers Chang Lee, Daniel Smith and Efraine Novelo. Their three wahoos averaged a total of 107.95lbs and landed the Caye Caulker team a second place cash prize of $5,070.

All is set for the Carnaval Celebrations
El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro is right around the corner and this year, festivities are being held under the theme “Bailando a Todo Color”. Scheduled to take place from Sunday, January February 7th through Tuesday the 9th, Carnaval has been a long standing tradition for the island, commemorating the beginning of the Lenten Season. Each year the event is highly anticipated by both locals and visitors to the island. As such, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has organized several activities to go along with the traditional painting and comparsas (dance) group presentations. Activities in honor of Carnaval will commence from Friday, February 5th with a photo exhibition being organized by the San Pedro House Culture. Everyone is invited to visit the San Pedro House of Culture on Angel Coral Street at 7PM to enjoy photographs of San Pedro’s past Carnaval celebrations. The celebration will continue on Saturday, February 6th with the Carnaval Fiesta Block Party. With live dance and musical presentation and lots to eat and drink, the block party starts at 8PM at Central Park.

SICA Member States Meet to Address Emergency Health Issues Associated with Spread of Zika Virus in the Region
On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, officials from the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs of Belize participated in a regional videoconference organized by the Government of Honduras, current Presidency Pro-Tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA), to discuss the regional health implications from the Zika virus. The objective of the meeting was to coordinate regional positions and actions to ameliorate the number of infections and agree on a sustained action plan to work towards the eradication of the Zika Virus. The Ministry of Health has engaged in a country-wide campaign of spraying and assisting in the removal of possible stagnant water that are breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquito that is also a carrier for Dengue fever, Malaria, and Chikungunya. The Ministry is also finalizing the national preparedness and response plan to combat the Zika virus.

Ambergris Today

Belize Joins Plan of Action to Address Zika Emergency in the Region
On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, officials from the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs of Belize participated in a regional videoconference organized by the Government of Honduras, current Presidency Pro-Tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA), to discuss the regional health implications from the Zika virus. The objective of the meeting was to coordinate regional positions and actions to ameliorate the number of infections and agree on a sustained action plan to work towards the eradication of the Zika Virus.

Belize Sets New Laws for Commercial Fishing, Moving to Managed Sustainable Practices
With the country looking at a decline in the fishing industry, dwindling supply of fish and marine products and the effects of overfishing, the Belize Fisheries Department is looking into implementing a Fishing Managed Access Program that will secure fishing grounds and empower fishermen to secure sustainable fishing practices. What this means is that commercial fishermen will be required to obtain a fishing license that will allow them to fish in selected fishing zones pertaining to where they live and prevent them to infringe on other fishermen’s work zones. This practice will ensure what fishermen have their own areas that will provide for them and will not create the overfishing of marine life in specific areas of the country. The Fisheries Department is moving away from open access fishing practices that allows anybody to fish anywhere in the country to the implementation of a managed access program that will limit their fishing zones but also ensure that each fisherman’s zone is protected from others who are not allowed to fish in.

25 Years Ago - The Good Old Days…Fist Fight and Politics
In the good old and peaceful days of San Pedro there were disagreements and disputes, of course. These usually ended in a "plieto a putazos" or fist fight. At times there were more bitter fights in a bar and these led to fist fights, but often times a bottle was broken on someone's head. If friends were present at the bar, a brawl would ensue and many bottles would be hurled and equal number of heads cracked. But never was the broken bottle used to stab or inflict larger wounds on the enemy. And never was a knife used, much less a machete. The men of the village never went to a bar with knives in their pockets and absolutely guns were never used in our GOOD OLD DAYS. IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS, politics was in the ‘back burner’. You never heard of political campaigning or people slandering their fellow villagers. There was never anyone hustling and buying votes and never those expensive rallies with free rum and lots of propaganda. No, when an election was approaching, the area representative would visit one day and walked down the front and back streets greeting people. He would be hugging the ladies and reminding the villagers to go out and vote.

Unpredictable Weather in Belize, High Winds Cause Beach Erosion
The cold fronts brought unseasonably cold weather to Belize in January, when most people expect them in December, if any! And now as February rolls in, strong and gusty winds are prevailing, weather condition that is normally expected in March during Easter.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

SICA Member States Meet to Address Emergency Health Issues Associated with Spread of Zika Virus in the Region
On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, officials from the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs of Belize participated in a regional videoconference organized by the Government of Honduras, current Presidency Pro-Tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA), to discuss the regional health implications from the Zika virus. The objective of the meeting was to coordinate regional positions and actions to ameliorate the number of infections and agree on a sustained action plan to work towards the eradication of the Zika Virus. The Pan-American Health Organization has committed to providing all its resources to assist the region in its response to eradicate the Zika Virus and its possible correlation to microcephaly that has been affecting newborn babies of mothers infected with the virus. Research is also being conducted to ascertain a possible link to the Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

National Executive members of PUP take oath
The National Executive members of the People's United Party took their oath at Independence Hall this morning. Former Party Leader Francis Fonseca was in attendance.

San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi PHOTO CONTEST ALERT!
Share a picture/Selfie below ,of anything representing our company; boats, logos, employees etc! Best Pictures wins a group ticket for 4 pax to Caye Caulker! that's 4 round trip to Caye Caulker guys!! now that's a Deal!

National Agriculture & Trade Show 2016
We are pleased to announce our 2016 dates which will be from April 29 to May1. Make sure you come out to the best show of the year in Belize! The National Agriculture & Trade Show Grounds is the venue for Belize's premier annual agriculture & trade exposition. The grounds include general display areas, a rodeo, stables, and a main stage area for entertainment. The venue is avaliable for rental for other events.

Agents from Bogota Colombia get a familiarization tour of the Country
The Belize Tourism Board partnered with Copa Airlines to give these agents from Bogotá Colombia a familiarization tour of the Country. These participants were excited to explore and learn about Belize, they are now prepared to inform more travelers about Belize and what we have to offer.

Full Moon Concert in San Ignacio Feb. 20
Mark the date!

Destination Barranco Village
Barranco Tour Guide open for business. I booked a Destination Barranco Tour and what I got was a whole nother story. The history of Barranco village told from the cemetery...with the Ancestors listening and watching. Alvin then took us through an impressive educational tour of the village that ended at Watina with a sumptuous meal of hudut. I am so very proud of Alvin for offering this unique view of our historical village, and strongly recommend this "Destination Barranco Tour" to all visiting (natives or not). I am truly impressed.

South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch General Meeting w/Mayor Danny
The South End has a very special opportunity to ask San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero questions. He will be joining our meeting at 7:00 pm, February 10th at Lone Star Grill and Cantina to discuss the new road project. You are welcomed and encouraged to ask the Mayor anything you would like to know, but please, to ensure an orderly meeting, submit your questions in advance. We will not accept questions at the meeting, so please. . . . Reply to this email with the question you would like to ask. Submit your questions by Saturday evening. I will compile the questions and we will get the best use of the Mayor's valuable time.

Chaa Creek’s New GM Carries On A Family Tradition Of Belizean Hospitality
The Lodge at Chaa Creek has a new general manager, and, in keeping with the popular Belizean eco-resort’s unique history and evolution, Bryony Fleming Bradley is a member of its founding family, born and raised at Chaa Creek. In January 2016 Ms Bradley took over the GM position of the family business from her mother, Lucy Fleming, who, with husband Mick, started Chaa Creek as a small farm on the banks of Belize’s Macal River in the late 1970s. The Flemings opened Chaa Creek as one of Belize’s first eco resorts in 1981, just as Belize achieved independence from Great Britain. Beginning with a few one-room, thatched-roofed cabins built from materials found in the surrounding jungle, Chaa Creek’s friendly, family ambience and green philosophy struck a chord with travellers, and the resort grew in leaps and bounds over the years, Ms Bradley recalled.

Puppy Bowl
Come cheer for your favorite team while helping out the Saga Humane Society! Want to watch the Puppy Bowl before the big game? Only place in town to catch it on the big screen is at the Sandbar San Pedro with Saga Humane Society friends. Party starts at 3PM

Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his wife had dinner with travel agents from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru
Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his wife, along with Deputy Mayor Gary Greif with his girlfriend had dinner with travel agents from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. With the introduction of Copa Airlines non-stop service to Belize from Panama, San Pedro is now an attractive travel destination for South American tourists. This is part of the ongoing effort between the Government of Belize and the private sector to minimize the length of the "slow season."

San Pedro Carnaval 2016
Friday, February 5th: Opening of Carnaval Exhibition at the House of Culture Saturday, February 6th: Carnaval Fiesta Sunday, Monday & Tuesday (February 7th, 8th & 9th): Comparsas & Painting Wednesday, February 10th: Reading of the Will & Burning of Juan Carnabal.

Lionfish Derby
Caye Caulker’s 1st Lionfish Derby! Organized to create a local supply and demand and a continued effort to remove Lionfish from our Sea. The Captain’s meeting will be at the Community Center at 5pm on the 12th of Feb. Event kicks off at 7AM on Feb 13 at Barrier Reef Sports Bar.

Kelly McGuire bringing down the house at Captain Morgans Retreat today in San Pedro Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Power interruption 8:00am to 1:00pm, Monday February 8, portion Cayo & Belize Districts
All areas along George Price Highway from Mile 30 to its junction with the George Price Boulevard at Mile 46 in Belmopan, including La Democracia, Mahogany Heights, Franks Eddy, More Tomorrow, St. Matthews and Cotton Tree. BEL to install utility poles carrying high voltage lines & conduct other development works on power distribution system in the area.

FCD Ranger Training Program
The FCD has finished another Ranger Training Program. Congratulations Felix and Emiddio! "Two IA Park Rangers have successfully participated in and completed the FCD's Ranger Training Program. Mr. Felix Cruz from our Caracol staff and Mr. Emiddio Cruz from the ATM staff are now equipped with skills that should assist them in carrying out their duties at these respective archaeological reserves. Congratulations to Felix and Emiddio!"

Art Wit Wordz
The Wildfire Art Gallery is kicking off another great art exhibit: Art Wit Wordz. They'll celebrate with wine and chocolate on Sunday, February 7th, starting at 4:00pm.

Beltraide Upcoming Training Sessions
Empowering throught knowledge for a vibrant music industry in Belize.

The story of Peli the Brown Pelican in Belize
A woman called about a pelican that had been hanging out by her dock for three days or so. She'd been feeding him bread, but she had a sense something was amiss. She called Belize Bird Rescue. We returned Peli to the area of Belize City where we found him. (S)he was eager to get as much distance from us as possible as quickly as possible. (S)he dropped the fish Jerry used to lure him/her out of the carrier and passed by the fish Jerry threw in her proximity. We asked friends in the area to be on the alert for Peli and to notify us if (s)he was seen. No sighting reports were received which we considered a good sign. Video. More pics.

Channel 7

Bail For Bradley
After spending 6 days in prison on remand, American Tour Operator Bradley Paumen is out on bail tonight. His attorneys convinced Justice Antoinette Moore that he should not remain in jail while the prosecution prepares its case against him. He’s facing additional charges for the perversion of Justice, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was arraigned in Belmopan on those charges last week where he, Lisburn Anderson, and businessman Jahan Abadi stand accuses of trying to plant a .22 rifle and 150 live rounds of ammunition in Michael Modiri’s vehicle, which allegedly happened in April 2015. He was remanded on Thursday because the Magistrate, Albert Hoare, did not entertain any applications for bail that evening. That first day in jail then progressed steadily until today, almost one week later, when his attorneys were granted an audience before Justice Moore.

Tourism Minister Speaks On Dark Night Debacle
So Bradley Paumen is out on bail tonight – and his many employees who’ve been to court to back him up should be breathing a sigh of relief. Contrary to what the BTB told us – Dark Night still has tours with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. And while Paumen is a licensed tour operator, is the BTB sanctioning a tour that involves trespass on private property? That’s what Michael Modiri says, and that land dispute is supposedly behind one of the biggest murder conspiracies we’ve ever reported on. We asked the Minister if this does entire debacle damages the image of Belize as a responsible tour destination. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. - Minister of Tourism: "In particularly you know that matter is in the courts. I don’t know the nuts and bolts about that, I know that Mr. Paumen had invested substantially in Belize and I have seen his project, I believe it is a wonderful project. What happened there other ministries are involved in that directly from the ministry of tourism, I don't believe it is anything that has to do directly with the tourism industry that really stir up this thing to happen. Any license that is done, there is a format that we use where by you have to have your police record and everything; even our local tour guides, they have to produce a police record and other things which will ensure that the vetting committee that does this thing are fully conscious that this person is in the proper form to operate."

Taking Measures To Safeguard Tourism
2015 was a Great year for Tourism in Belize, where there was substantial growth especially during the last quarter of the year. BTB hopes to maintain those high figures for the year 2016 and hopefully increase it. But the year didn’t start well for the tourism industry. First there was the murder of Canadian film director Matthew Klinck, then there was the slaying of American Anne Swaney. In addition to that, tour operator Paumen has been charged for abetment to murder. So, what is Cabinet’s response to those events that threaten to contaminate Belize foreign exchange bread basket? Today we had a chance to speak with the Ministers of Tourism and National Security – and here’s what they told us: Hon. John Saldivar - Minister of National Security: "These are what can be considered isolated incidents against tourists but we do take them very seriously because even one incident if taken out of proportion can affect the product that we offer here. So we're been doing what we can to make the people know especially our potential visitors that these two incidents were random incidents, that its not a trend, it is not anything we believe will continue and of course the police department will continue to work in collaboration with the tourism industry, tourism board to make sure that we continue to keep Belize as a safe destination for tourists."

Briceno Consolidates Leadership Early
John Briceno was elected as the PUP Leader in a convention on Sunday – and since then he has been moving swiftly to consolidate his leadership by meeting with his adversaries within the party, squashing whatever beef they have and inviting them on-board. Today, he hoped to put that new-found unity on display when the new executive was sworn in at party headquarters. 7News was there:.. Henry Usher - Chairman, PUP: "It is time for us to get to work for our people and for our country. We must stand united behind our leader.” And today as they took the oath of office, one sensed a possibility that the long divided PUP possibly could come together as one. Hon. John Briceno - PUP Party Leader: "Everywhere we went, in every village in every community, town or city, we heard the same cry, we need to unite. And today I am promising the party members and this nation that the People United's Party is united, it's strong and it’s ready to take over the government in Belmopan." (Applause)

ZIKA: Confounding Health Experts
There is a major update on the Zika Virus: it can be sexually transmitted. The US Center for Disease Control confirmed 1 such case so far in Texas. Now, as we have reported the virus has spread throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and travel warnings have been issued for pregnant women for 14 countries including all of Belize’s neighbors – Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. That was after the virus was linked to brain damage in babies. But this virus is spreading so rapidly so that the World Health Organization declared a global emergency. And now, even more so with this latest find. We have a clip from CNN News in which they further discuss this case where Zika was sexually transmitted and the other concerns associated with the virus.

Education Minister Reviews Sector
From health to education: today Education Minister Patrick Faber today held an Education press conference to review and evaluate Belize’s educational system – What has been accomplished and What still needs to done? In his speech at the Biltmore, Faber began with the major achievements in education. Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "In 2008 we had 4 key policy objectives. First was to start strong ensuring that every child starts school ready to learn and focus; focused on increasing access to pre-school education, focused on addressing the preventative health care needs of children. It focused on school feeding." "The second of those policy objectives was to build stamina, ensuring that we get and keep young people in school for more years of learning by reducing barriers to access and retention of students in secondary school and what we did was providing that $300 subsidy to reduce cost to a barrier in accessing and help them stay in school. We levelled the playing field in terms of financing of secondary schools based on their total student enrolment while factoring the academic and socio-economic needs of such students; the new financing formula."

Teachers' Provisional Licenses About To Expire
While all those initiatives and policies among many others are major improvements, there is one area that has been a concern for many years and that’s teacher licensing. That was at the top of today’s agenda. Although there has been a steady increase of teacher training over the years, many teachers are still not licensed to teach but are still in the classrooms. Well, that is going to change. Those teachers without a full license risk losing their jobs. Minister Faber reminded those teachers of the Education Training Act. Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "Section 29:7 said at a teacher in possession of a license other than a full licenses shall not be eligible for temporary employment on probation as a prerequisite for appointment but shall be eligible for temporary employment for a period not exceeding 5 calendar years to allow the teacher to acquire the necessary qualifications for a full license in accordance to this act and rules made under this act. Section 29:9 said a teacher who fails to acquire the necessary qualifications for the full license within the period prescribed in this section shall have his services terminated and that teacher shall not be eligible for further employment at any school or institution unless or until he acquires at his own expense the necessary qualifications for a full license. So today we are publicly informing that begun really over 15 years ago with the passage of the education rules of 2000; we're finally followed up with the memorandum issued by the chairperson of the TSE in 2011 as it relates to the requirements for being eligible for continued employment if you hold a provisional license to teach. The provisional license gives a person 5 years in which to acquire the necessary qualifications for a full license and failure to do so within the allotted time should have rendered holders of such licenses ineligible for continued employment."

Temp Teachers, If Necessary
Now there are a lot of teachers with a provisional licenses – over 500 at the primary level and about 800 at the secondary level. So, those who do not fit the criteria for the special permit, and who did not complete any training after all this time, do stand to lose their jobs.. but how will the ministry fill all those vacancies? Faber said they will be able to fill those posts with qualified teachers Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "There are about 500 plus teachers who hold a full license, meaning they are qualified teachers but are not employed in the teaching profession here in Belize at this time. And so some people may have seen me put out on Facebook page that I'm looking for teachers who are fully qualified but can't find a job, this is your break. We are asking teachers who are in that category, they are not in service, they are looking for a job and the people who are in the classrooms without the training are holding up your job. To tell you that you are seeking that job by visiting our district centres, visiting the various management and putting in your applications; whatever application processes they have and of course informing. Ms. Casey we would have to make some kind of opening on the website where they can submit and we create a registry, that's our intention."

BNTU Says It's About Time For Teachers' Licenses
Now for those of you teachers who are completely caught off guard with this announcement – President of the BNTU Luke Palacio says you shouldn’t be because they have repeatedly warned teachers about these regulations. Now he will do all he can for those teachers who couldn’t for some reason access training but for those who knew and just refused to get qualified – well, you’re on your own. Luke Palacio - President, BNTU: "We have been keeping our teachers up to date in terms of reminding them at all our meetings that we hold, seminars every occasion we have we said to them remember if you have a provisional license, the rules are clear. The rules are clear that after 5 years you must get the necessary training to upgrade your license from a provisional license to a full license. So they are aware, we ensure that we sit on different committees be it with ministry, be it with management so that we can mitigate to a certain extent what has transpired here. As a matter of fact, in some of the recommendations that have been made, the BNTU is very instrumental in ensuring that all our teachers who would be affected will not be affected negatively in totality because for instance we insisted that person who qualify for service benefit that even if their license would have expired that they will be given their service benefit."

Is NCL Exclusive OK?
The Stake Bank Project which was thought to be a sure thing towards the ending of last year is now on an indefinite hold. Even after a bill was passed in the House of Representatives, not even an act of parliament could produce common ground between Government and Developer Mike Feinstein. The Prime Minister said that Feinstein was requesting the impossible - a 25 year exclusivity contract for the Belize District. The Prime Minister said that Feinstein’s request contradicted the judge’s ruling in a lawsuit that he initiated against the Fort Street Tourism Village. But now there are reports that NCL’s Harvest Caye Project down south has received an exclusivity contract. So, how does that work? We asked the Minister of Tourism about it today. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. - Minister of Tourism: "You know there was a challenge by Mr. Feinstein and the court had decided that there cannot be any exclusivity for that but when they speak about an exclusivity it means to say that if you give someone; when in that 25 years it cannot be altered or renewed and in the case of that one with FSTV, I believe that they had given an exclusivity then renewed and altered and so that is what is. But in the case of NCL that was given before this ruling came to court and I can assure you that once that 25 years expires; I would probably not be around but it shouldn't be renewed again. That is what we call exclusivity, a onetime thing and that's it."

Civil Aviation Layoffs
While speaking with Tourism Minister Heredia we asked him about the rumblings within the civil aviation department – which he is also the minister of. Reports are that at least 4 air traffic controllers were terminated. The reasons we were told was that they failed their appraisals- a test designed to promote them, not to determine if they will keep their jobs. We asked Heredia about it today: Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. - Minister of Tourism: "That municipal airstrip when completed supposed to be one of the best municipal airstrips in the country. It is estimated to cost probably 17 million dollars at the end with running lights, with an apron; no other airstrip has an apron. This will be almost similar to the international airport but a little smaller. I believe it will be more modern than the international airport. If you look around now they are working on the fencing, will be well fenced, it will have a huge parking area, hot mix parking area with security if you want to travel somewhere and leave your vehicle it will be very safe over there for a minimal fee. So we're trying to do not only Belize City but all out airstrips. Fencing them, making sure they are to at least the minimum standards; again looking into safety and making sure our tourist and our local people can get the best service."

When Will Municipal Project Finish
Keeping it on the topic of aviation, we asked the Minister about the Municipal Airstrip project. In December 2012, government broke ground but over three years alter, construction still isn’t finished. Today Minister Heredia gave us an update on the works. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. - Minister of Tourism: "That municipal airstrip when completed supposed to be one of the best municipal airstrips in the country. It is estimated to cost probably 17 million dollars at the end with running lights, with an apron; no other airstrip has an apron. This will be almost similar to the international airport but a little smaller. I believe it will be more modern than the international airport. If you look around now they are working on the fencing, will be well fenced, it will have a huge parking area, hot mix parking area with security if you want to travel somewhere and leave your vehicle it will be very safe over there for a minimal fee. So we're trying to do not only Belize City but all out airstrips. Fencing them, making sure they are to at least the minimum standards; again looking into safety and making sure our tourist and our local people can get the best service."

PUP Cagey On Village Councils
As we showed you at the top of the newscast, new PUP leader John Briceno has hit the ground running – but he’s not about to run into a brick wall come March and April when village council elections will be held. IT could be a costly undertaking for the rebuilding PUP – and today Briceno was cautious in addressing it: Hon. John Briceno - PUP Party Leader: "We're looking first at village council elections which I believe should start in March, which likely will start in April since the UDP, they are going to be having their national convention to the end of next month; so one of the first things that we are going to do is that we have to do an analysis of the village council. I think we have about 193 villages in the country. Me, I believe that we should try to minimize politics in village councils."

PUP Leader Calls PM Barrow Trip To Washington A Failure
But Briceno was not so cautious in speaking about the Prime Minister and his finance team’s recent trip to Washington. As we told you, the PM travelled to Washington to meet senior officials from the US Treasury Department. Briceno called the trip “a disaster:…” Hon. John Briceno - PUP Party Leader: "We know that the prime minister took it upon himself to go to Washington to try to solve it and unfortunately for us, he failed and I'm not in any way rejoicing that he failed. The problem is that this is an issue that is bigger than Belize and we believe that it has to be done regionally, that we need to unite together with our sister countries in CARICOM and in Central America so as one block we can meet with the United States to address this issue. We are concerned about the people when you can't pay your credit card, you can't get monies, US dollars to be able to if you have to go abroad to get medical attention; if you can't be able to send monies for your children that are abroad studying for tuition and board. These are the day to day issues that concern us."

Ranger Training
Rangers from the Friends for Conservation and Development have completed a 1 week skills training. It was conducted at the FCD’s Tapir Camp, and had the participation of FCD rangers, four officers from the Forestry Department, and 2 park rangers from the Institute of Archaeology. They were instructed in the areas of rescue and first aid, navigation, firearms use, and patrol skills. Special guests, such as Diplomat Stuart Leslie from the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Referendum Unit, and Dr. Candy Gonzales from the Belize Environmental Law and Policy, gave presentations on the confidence building measures, and the National Protected Areas Systems act.

Late Evening Shooting
Three men were shot in Belize City half an hour ago. It happened on Jasmine Street in the Lake Independence Area. We know that all three were taken to the hospital, and we are told they were not fatally wounded. This happened in PIV turf. A vehicle that was in the yard was riddled with bullet holes. We’ll have more on this tomorrow.

When Is Kayla Coming Home
On Monday, we told you about 25 year-old Belizean Kayla Sanchez who was arrested in Melchor. She has been charged with aggravated robbery for the theft of a cellular phone. Well, for the past 2 nights, she’s has been on a remand at a Guatemalan Prison in San Benito, Peten, a facility very much like Belize’s Central Prison. Foreign Affairs diplomat Said Guerra has been on the case ever since she was arrested by the Guatemalan police, and right now he’s in Peten. He’s trying to get her home, or at the very least, to see that she has a fair trial before a court. She has still not been arraigned before a Guatemalan judge, and that is expected to take place tomorrow. The problem right now is the language barrier, because Sanchez does not speak enough Spanish to understand what is happening. Said Guerra will remain in Peten until she is taken before the judge, and it is expected that he will act as her interpreter and advisor.

FIU Teams Up With Customs
It’s a regulation the world over – those travelling with more than ten thousand US dollars in cash have to declare it at every border or point of entry. In Belize, that process is very involved, with the traveller having to go to the Financial Intelligence Unit, and then to the airport or border crossing. But now, thanks to a new memorandum of understanding between customs and the FIU, travellers can go directly to the airport or border. Director of the FIU Joy Grant explained how it will work:… Joy Grant - Director, FIU: "Prior to this signing, if you were planning on taking more than what's stated in the law that you can take out without approval, you had to come to the FIU first to get the approval. Due to negotiations on both sides, we have now agreed that the customs and excise department will be able to give that permit at the border points." Victor Recinos - Comptroller, Customs: "Making reporting easier will make the person that wants to do legitimate trade have life a little bit easier. The cumbersome procedures cause a lot of delays in the business world. If we can minimize that, allow you carry legitimate business, reporting efficient as possible, it will also start pointing out those who want to go into illegitimate activities."

Lessons Learned From Titan
And while we had the Director of the FIU in a question and answer session, we asked her about the recent case with Titan Securities – where government was found liable for 8.8 million dollars in damage. The government will appeal, but Grant told us there were lessons learned from that episode:.. Joy Grant - Director, FIU: "Well certainly you learn by what you've done and what we did at the FIU, we went through the judgement line by line. Especially where it referred to the FIU specifically and we would certainly look at a situation like this if it arose maybe more depth and some things you would do differently, certainly." Grant was not the director of the FIU when Titan’s offices were cleaned out…

Hon. Heredia Bullish On Blackadore
Blackadore Caye, an island located just about 7 miles west of Ambergris Caye, has made our news before. That is because Hollywood superstar Leonardo D’Caprio bought the island and has the vision of turning it into an eco-friendly luxury resort. In theory, the resort will be designed to increase the biological health of the species on the island and in the waters surrounding it- a restorative island resort. Last month, the first EIA consultation was held. And although the project has eco friendly labeleld all over it, there is still widespread concern of the effects the over-water structures might have on the surrounding marine environment. We spoke to the Minister Tourism about it. Although the Minister did not give us a date, the next public consultation is scheduled to take place in a few days. The Developers of the project hope to open the resort by 2018.

Thanks, Tourism!
The Ministry of Tourism handed over three vehicles today at the headquarters of the Belize Eastern North Division. The three Mazda pickups will be specially assigned to the Tourism Police Unit. The value of the donation is valued at over $200 thousand dollars, and while three vehicles might seem like not all that, the Minister of Tourism says this is just one of several initiatives they are undertaking to enhance the quality of visits to the country. Assistant Commissioner of Police Desiree Phillips commander of the Eastern North Division and Minister John Saldivar were on hand to receive the donations. One of the vehicles will be assigned to the tourism village in the city, another will be assigned to conduct rural patrols of the tourism destinations and the third will be assigned to the San Ignacio formation to be deployment to Caracol and to conduct spot checks in that area.

Canal Side Shooting
Last night police responded to the report of shots fired on East Canal between Dean And Prince Street – which is just up the street from our studio. Police scenes of crime technicians processed the scene, but today the cops told us that shots were fired, but there is no complainant, and thus, no case.


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Bradley Paumen Gets Bail
The relief on Bradley Paumen’s face was clear this afternoon as Justice Antoinette Moore granted him Supreme Court bail. Paumen has spent seven nights behind bars awaiting a process which [...]

Mechanic Lisburn Anderson Out on Bail
Another man who spent seven nights behind bars with Paumen is Lisburn Anderson. He also received bail today from Justice Moore in the sum of fifteen thousand dollars and two [...]

Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia on Bradley Paumen
As we said, Bradley Paumen was before the courts this afternoon in Belmopan and secured bail for a slew of charges relating to a murder for hire plot he allegedly [...]

P.U.P. National Executive Sworn In
The new National Executive of the People’s United Party under the leadership of John Briceño was sworn in this morning at Independence Hall on Queen Street. A former minister and [...]

Assets Will Be Put in Trust for the P.U.P.
Today’s swearing in was done at Independence Hall, the traditional and emotional home of the People’s United Party. But emotion aside, the assets of the Party, including Independence Hall, the [...]

1300 Teachers May Lose Their Jobs
For years, the issue of the teachers training has been on the drawing board at the Ministry of Education. According to recent figures, only about forty percent of primary school [...]

Hugo Casanova and Melin Vasquez Are Back in Belize
Belizeans Milin Vasquez and Hugo Casanova were serving time behind bars in neighboring Chetumal since February 2013. They were arrested when they were busted at the house of notorious Mexican [...]

Minister John Saldivar Talks About Murder Rate
There have been fifteen murders since the start of the New Year. In January alone, there were thirteen; and since the start of the month, a double homicide in Orange [...]

Minister Heredia Supports Harvest Caye Project
A twenty-five-year exclusive contract has been awarded to Norwegian Cruise Lines for the controversial southern cruise port at Harvest Caye. The matter was taken to the House of Representatives at [...]

Blackadore Caye Project Supported By G.O.B.
Hollywood Actor Leonardo Di Caprio is planning to build a massive and impressive resort at Blackadore Caye in San Pedro which he hopes to open in 2018. Plans for the [...]

$17 Million Municipal Airstrip Almost Completed
The Belize Tourism Board reported last week that tourism numbers for 2015 were impressive with growth in airport arrivals. These numbers are expected to grow even further this year. This [...]

How Will the P.U.P. Finance Operations?
Earlier we told you about the swearing in of John Briceño as the new leader of the P.U.P.  Briceño confirmed that following his round of meetings post-Convention victory, he has [...]

The Next Challenge for the P.U.P. is Village Council Election
The first real test of the P.U.P.’s strength, unity and energy will come in just a matter of weeks – Village Council elections. Briceño acknowledged the challenges facing the party [...]

Loss of Correspondent Bank Relationships Has Severe Economic Impact
Moody’s Investors Service has just concluded a visit to Belize; the correspondent banking issue was at the centre of discussions with major players. The report issued at the end of [...]

FIU/Customs Department Sign MOU to Strengthen Domestic Enforcement
This afternoon in Belize City, the new Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit Joy Grant and Comptroller of Customs Victor Recinos signed a memorandum of understanding intended to strengthen domestic [...]

Belmopan Resident Succumbs To Injuries from RTA
On Tuesday, Egbert Ferguson succumbed to injuries sustained in a traffic accident between Miles seventeen and eighteen on the George Price Highway. Tonight we can report that there is another [...]

Ministry of Tourism Donates Vehicles to Ministry of National Security
Crime has been affecting Belize as a tourism destination. The Ministry of Tourism is hoping to undo any fear of crime that would dissuade potential visitors to the Jewel. This [...]

LOVE FM

Moody’s Warns of Economic Impacts to Belize Due to De-Risking
A local delegation led by Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned home a few days ago after having meetings with the Comptroller of Currency; the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) and the US Department of Treasury in an effort to see how best the correspondent banking issue can be handled in order to minimize the economic […]

Customs and FIU Team Up on Anti-Money Laundering Strategy
The Financial Intelligence Unit is seeking to improve their investigative functions with the help of the Customs and Excise Department. This afternoon, the two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will make the reporting of the international transportation of currency and monetary instruments. Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit, Joy Grant says while they […]

Health Officials Organized to Attack ZIKA
Yesterday we told you of the development confirmed by the Centre for Disease Control as it relates to the ZIKA virus and its transmission through sexual activity. We also told you of the statement by the World Health Organization, declaring the ZIKA virus a global public health emergency. Today, the local authorities in Belize issued […]

PUP’s Party Leader and National Executive Sworn In
For the second time in eight years, the Honorable John Briceno was sworn in as the leader of the People’s United Party. The swearing in ceremony took place at Independence Hall in Belize City and was conducted by Sam Waight, who once served as the Area Representative for Cayo South for the period 1979 to […]

Briceno’s Campaign Revealed Issues Faced by Voters
Following the official swearing in ceremony this morning of the PUP’s National Executive and its Party Leader, Honorable John Briceno addressed the gathering at Independence Hall where he spoke of his campaign leading up to Sunday’s convention. JOHN BRICENO “I want to thank everybody that participated on Sunday’s convention. As the chairman rightly stated that […]

Briceno Speaks on Issues to Be Tackled
It has only been three days since John Briceno has taken over the reins of the People’s United Party and while it will take some time to settle down at the Secretariat, considering that majority of the equipment and some office furniture were removed on Monday, Briceno already has a list of issues he wants […]

Moving Forward with the Assets and Funding of the PUP
Some weeks ago leading up to the PUP’s Convention, one of the points we were querying was that of the assets of the People’s United Party, namely, Vibes Radio, the Belize Times and Independence Hall which are currently privately owned. Under the previous Briceno leadership, he was being pressured to buy the assets for as […]

Education Ministry Buckles Down on Teachers’ Licenses
The Ministry of Education held a press conference this morning to discuss key policy objectives in the education and training sector that will be affecting teachers with provisional teaching license across Belize. The ministry has requested that all teachers with provisional license, further their studies and apply for a full teacher’s license since their new […]

Mexico Sends Vasquez and Cassanova Back to Belize
Love News has confirmed that Belizeans Melin Vasquez and Hugo Casanova are already on Belizean soil. The two men had been detained back in February 2013 in Mexico at the home of notorious drug figure Carlos Cabanas Catzin who is known to his enemy as “El Monstro”. The Mexican navy found a huge amount of […]

Paumen Saga Involves Ministry of Natural Resources
The man accused of master minding the murder plot of his business partner is out on bail tonight. Fifty eight year old American Tour Operator Bradley Paumen was ordered to pay twenty five thousand dollars to the court to secure his bail. Justice Antoinette More ordered that he surrender all his travel documents and report […]

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Double Murder in Orange Walk
A double murder occurred yesterday evening in broad daylight in the town of Orange Walk. Police say that at 4:52 p.m. on Monday 1st February they visited Gristock Street in that municipality where they saw 17-year-old Rene Antonio Acevedo lying in the middle of the street with a gunshot wound to the...

Hattieville Trafffic Accident turns fatal
Yesterday Monday February 1, we told you about the traffic accident that occurred on the George Price Highway just outside Hattieville. Police have issued more information on the accident which happened just before 4 p.m. between miles 17 and 18 on the George Price Highway. The incident involved a g...

Belmopan Woman knocked down by motorcycle dies
Yesterday in our newscast we told you about 86 year old Irma Celiz who was clinging to life after being knocked down by a motorcycle. Unfortunately, early this morning at around 2 o’clock, she succumbed to her injuries. The elderly woman was crossing the San Martin Road near St. Mary Street in Belmo...

Vehicle flips on George Price Highway
There was another traffic accident on the highway this morning. It happened around 9 o’clock this morning when 52 year old Derrick Satchwell was driving his red Dodge Caliber on the George Price Highway. Somewhere around mile 7, Satchwell lost control of the vehicle which caused it to flip and lan...

Another cyclist gets hit on highway
A cyclist was hit by a vehicle while riding on the Philip Goldson Highway. Early this morning, between miles 6 and 7 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, 52 year old Nelson Hemsley, a Belizean driver was driving a white ford pickup. In front of him was a cyclist, 62 year old Loyden Foreman, who was trave...

Tourist drowns while snorkeling
There was a drowning of another American tourist in San Pedro on Monday February 1st. 58-year-old, Jeffrey Thomas Bartl died during a snorkeling trip. According to police, Jeffrey Bartl, his brother Clayton and two other friends all went on a snorkeling tour with Ambergris Divers at Hol Chan Marine...

Case of ex-open vote worker concludes in court
The Supreme Court today finished hearing a case that could have impact on the employment of so-called “open vote workers”, those who work for Government, but not under formal contract or in a permanent capacity in the Public Service. The trial took place starting last Thursday before Madam Justice ...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Shooting in the old capital; two injured
Unconfirmed reports reaching our newsroom indicate that two persons were shot. BMG was made to understand that the incident played out on Jasmine Street in Belize City. Our reporter is currently following this latest incident. More will be posted shortly. © 2016, www.breakingbelizenews.com. This article […]

The Central American Integration System moves to action as Zika virus continues to spread
The Zika outbreak continues to spread, as reports are that at least four more countries have reported infections in the Americas since Monday. Belize is the only country in Central America that has not reported any case of Zika, but the country does not have […]

Minister of State Elodio Aragon represents Belize in Youth Forum
Earlier this week Belize’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Elodio Aragon Jr. joined regional youth delegates, Ministers of Youth, representatives from the permanent Missions of Member States to the United Nations (UN), UN Major Group for Children and youth […]

Johnny and new PUP execs sworn in
Guess who’s back! Four years after stepping down as party leader of the People’s United Party (PUP), Juan Antonio Briceño, known to all as Johnny, has returned to the driver’s seat at Independence Hall. This morning, he and the new members of the party’s national […]

Belize Bank inaugurates new San Ignacio branch
The Belize Bank recently inaugurated and opened its new San Ignacio branch at 21 Burns Avenue, just down the street from its original location, marking the end of service at the 16 Burns Avenue location which had an outstanding 27 year history of service and excellence. The […]

Financial Intelligence Unit signs cooperating agreement with Customs Department
This afternoon Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Joy Grant and Comptroller of Customs Victor Recinos signed a memorandum of understanding intended to strengthen domestic cooperation in the fight against money laundering and terrorism. The MOU is planned to facilitate the reporting of international […]

Belmopan police arrest 19-year-old for accident that killed another
In reference to a traffic accident which occurred on January 31, Irma Celiz succumbed to her injuries sustained at around 1:55 a.m. yesterday morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Belmopan police have since arrested and charged 19-year-old Maya Mopan area resident, Jose Coc […]

Entrepreneur loses $70,000 investment in fire
It is estimated that a fire at La Gabara Cool Spot yesterday afternoon, which completely destroyed the structure, cost damages amounting to $70,000, but fortunately no one was injured. Orange Walk Police responded to the scene located on Trial Farm Village’s riverside and saw the […]

Six arrested for less than 4 ounces of weed
Six persons were arrested and charged for ‘possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply’ and ‘possession of controlled drugs’ yesterday morning after a police search at their residence, yielded 105.7 grams of cannabis. Officers searched the home of 20-year-old Akeem Alexander Guzman on […]

San Ignacio police find half pound of weed
A police search in an open lot on Dalia Street, San Ignacio Town yesterday morning, resulted in the discovery of more than half a pound of cannabis that was found in three separate plastic bags under a garbage bin. The find of exactly 240 […]

Pickup driver dies of injuries sustained in collision Monday
In the aftermath of a traffic accident that happened Monday afternoon between miles 17 and 18 on the George Price Highway, 47-year-old Egbert Manfield Ferguson succumbed to his injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital yesterday morning around 7:50. Ferguson was the driver of […]

OCEANA praises Washington’s opposition of offshore drilling
A press release from OCEANA issued earlier today, announced that Washington D.C., United States, became the largest city in the world to formally oppose offshore drilling and seismic air gun blasting this morning when its city council voted unanimously to do so, joining a […]

Queen Street Police Station receives three new Mazda Pickup Trucks
Hon. John Saldivar, the Minister of National Security, along with Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, and Assistant Commissioner of Police Dezerie Phillips, Officer Commanding Eastern Division North, today presided over a Handing over Ceremony for three new Mazda […]

The sky is the limit
Banking Sector Challenged But Optimistic By Delroy Cuthkelvin It is no secret that the banking sector in Belize is facing some unprecedented challenges these days with ‘de-risking’ measures being taken by International banks, particularly in the United States. It is a situation that threatens the correspondent banking arrangements […]

Blogs

Human Behavior and Sustainability
Fixed human behavior tendencies have blocked action toward a sustainable future. Despite over 50 years of effort by scientists and environmentalists, the future of the human endeavor can no longer be taken for granted. This is due primarily to our nature. We have failed to realize our own behavior patterns are the root cause of our predicament and have mistakenly believed that mountains of evidence would make the difference. For decades scientists have produced evidence describing the serious environmental threats we face. Their work has failed to ignite a significant public response because our message has not been delivered in a manner that addresses the drivers of human behavior. We now understand humans are confronted with subconscious behavior tendencies that served us well at an earlier period, but still remain in our incomplete evolutionary development. At our present stage of intellectual development, lingering malevolent social constructs, especially capitalism and economic growth, impede our ability to move forward on environmental issues. Humans have the most highly developed brain of all living species. The cognitive part of the brain is responsible for our remarkable progress in technology and science. By contrast, when human relationships induce conflict or stress, the limbic and reptilian parts of the brain dominate, overriding rational cognitive thought processes. The innate survival instincts so essential in the past still tend to overwhelm our unique reasoning capacity. Emotional factors such as fear and anger hamper rational thinking. We overestimate the human intellectual capacity when the cognitive process is undermined by our regression to subconscious influences.

7 Amazing Romantic Destinations for Valentine’s Day
With miles of beautiful beaches, miles of pristine rainforest, and your choice of luxury resorts to spend intimate time with your special someone, Belize is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Below are 7 Amazing Romantic Destinations for Valentine’s Day: Hopkins Village, Caye Caulker, Orange Walk, San Ignacio, Ambergris Caye, Placencia, Waterfoot Caye.

Chicken and Dumpling Casserole
Place the chicken in a pot and cover with water. Cover and cook over medium heat for 1 hour. Remove chicken from pot, save the water, and let cool. Shred the chicken and place in the bottom of a 11x7 baking dish. Whisk together the flour, milk and butter, pour over the chicken. Whisk together the broth, soup, salt and pepper, pour over the casserole, DO NOT STIR.

Donas Rellenas de Mermelada
Para realizar unas riquísimas donas rellenadas de mermelada, lo primero que debemos hacer es echar el agua, la levadura y el azúcar en un bol. Removemos y dejamos reposar durante cinco minutos. Aparte, echamos la harina en otro recipiente y en el centro hacemos un agujero para incorporar los huevos, la mezcla de agua, levadura y azúcar que teníamos reservada, la nuez moscada, la sal y la mantequilla. Mezclamos con las manos hasta obtener una pasta homogénea y esponjosa.

International Sourcesizz

City College students and faculty travel to Belize for ecotourism
Winter break is often used by students and professors alike to unwind from the last semester. They visit family members for the holidays and perhaps pick up a few more hours at work to make some extra money. David Wyatt, a City College biology professor, broke that trend this winter break.. Wyatt led a trip of students and observers on a privately funded trip to Belize from January 4 – 16. “I am the one that designs and oversees the trip. I design it so the casual traveler doesn’t have to worry about anything; all food and lodging is provided for in the cost,” Wyatt said. “We stay in field stations, not resorts. I make sure it’s affordable for everyone. This trip is not a class by any means and the itinerary I provide is not required.” Wyatt has been to Belize 11 times in the past 16 years and loves bringing other adventurers along to share his love of Belize. The highlight of this last trip for Wyatt was bringing along two entomologists, scientists who study insects, who helped out with the trip and taught the group as much as they could on the insects of Belize.

Desert Foothills Chapter, Arizona Archaeological Society presents guest speaker Jaime Awe February 10
The Desert Foothills Chapter (DFC) of the Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) is pleased to announce Dr. Jaime Awe an expert in western Belize cave archaeology and Mayan culture as a lecturer on February 10t Doctor Awe was born in San Ignacio Town of the Cayo District in Belize. A graduate of St. John’s Junior College in Belize City, he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours and a Masters Degree in Anthropology at Trent University in Ontario, Canada. In 1992, he completed a Ph.D. in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London, England. Between 1990 and 2000, he was a professor of Archaeology at Trent University in Canada and at the University of New Hampshire. In the summer of 2000, he returned to Belize to direct major conservation projects at Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Altun Ha, Cerros, Lubaantun and Lamanai. Tales from the Dark Side: Cave Archaeology in Western Belize and its Implications for the Decline of Maya Civilization by Dr. Jaime Awe. In Maya cosmology, few locations were (and are) considered more sacred or ritually charged than caves. Representing portals to the netherworld and places of origin, these dark subterranean sites also served as the abode for important, powerful, and often capricious deities.

Top Incentive Destinations Part 4
Because I do incentive travel programs for some of my clients, I thought I’d share with you some highlighted destinations for 2016 for the incentive and/or leisure traveller. Belize: While we do not see a lot of demand for Belize yet in the corporate travel world, it is expected to change as clients continue to challenge us in looking for new destinations to discover. According to some colleagues, it’s practically one foot in Central America and the other dipped in the Caribbean Ocean. Interesting Fact: Belize is home to the second-longest barrier reef in the world, jungles with wildlife and the mysterious Mayan ruins.

Videos

  • Come take a flight in Tropic Air’s flight simulator, 1min. Tropic Air, the airline of Belize, has the only Redbird CRV flight simulator in the country and region. Our flight simulator is used to keep our pilots trained as well as offer a flight program for pilots interesting in flying with us in Belize. We also offer this to the public who would like to know what it is like to fly one of our planes. For details, check out our blog: tropicair.com/en/come-fly-with-tropic-air/

  • Placenia Beach Belize Las mejores playas del mundo, 4min.

  • The Scouts Association of Belize, 23min.

  • Exploring an Underground Waterfall in Belize, 2min. Robin Esrock investigates Belize's Cave Branch as he ticks off the Great Global Bucket List.

  • 1st Dive Belize, 17min.

  • Wahoo Winners Tell the Fish Story, 8min. Congrats to Team Carpe Diem Captained by Enrique Marin. Bill Toonen speaks on behalf of the team.... Post Tournament San Pedro Wahoo Challenge Jan 30 2016

  • Our friend in San Pedro, Daniel Nuňez with a green moray...., 1/4min.

  • Belize Log Booms, 1min.

  • BSI ARS WEEKLY CROP REVIEW 2016 - WEEK 8, 3min.

  • HON. JOHN BRICENO SWORN IN AS LEADER OF THE P.U.P, 9min.

  • Human Wildlife Conflict, 4min. Great video about the human wildlife conflict. Shot by Daniel Velazquez and narrated by Giselle Rodriguez, it's a great little video that shows some of what the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic does. "It is our duty to help each other in helping wildlife. Wildlife is protected by law."

  • Belize, 5.5min. Volunteering, and adventures that took place in Belize.

  • Belize Adventure!, 4min. We Tackled the muddy roads, steep stairs, deep caves, and corals reefs of San Ignacio, Caracol, Caves Branch, Caye Caulker, and Ambergris Caye.

  • Ambergris Caye, Belize Diving, 8min. Diving with sharks and thru and lengthy tunnel.

  • Belize 2016, 3.5min. UNCW trip to Calabash Caye Field Station in Belize. From seining to snorkeling, we did it all.

  • San Ignacio Fire fighters - Belize 2016, 2min. Attending at a house fire with the fire fighters of San Ignacio, Belize.

  • DJ Castro "The Ladies Choice" Belize B-day Tour 2k16, 8min. DJ Castro celebrates his Birthday as he tours performing at clubs in Belize with Belizean Artist Tanya Carter!

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