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#512964 - 04/09/16 12:11 PM Today's Belize News: April 9, 2016
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The San Pedro Sun

The Belize Zoo: The Best Little Zoo in the World Indeed!
April 8th is observed annually as Nation Zoo Lovers Day. And here in Belize, we are proud to say we have the best little zoo in the world. This would be a perfect day to visit a zoo and be one of the millions of people who visit them each year. Enjoy seeing your favorite animals swinging from the trees or splashing in the water and have a fun-filled day. Here is our story on our adventures at the Belize Zoo! Junior Buddy was the gorgeous jaguar who presently sat purring above us, only a wire cage keeping him from joining us in the box we sat in. We were at the Belize Zoo, considered the “best little zoo” in the whole world. Junior was just one of the many animals we had seen during our behind the scenes visit with founder and all-around amazing Zoo director Sharon Matola. Our highlight was meeting one of the storied animals of the year: Bosch the rescued Black Jaguar. The sad story of Bosch, now renamed Lucky Boy, is an example of human cruelty to wild creatures – and his now-happy life is proof of the wonderful work of The Belize Zoo, and the wide network of conservation organizations that came together to save the life of this magnificent creature.

Belize launches electronic Fisheries/Forest License and Permit System
A fisherman or exporter, a broker or a corporate entity, can now get a Belize fishing license or fisheries export permit, or a forest permit from anywhere on the planet that has internet connectivity, thanks to a new online system: the Belize Electronic License and Permit System (BELAPS), which was launched at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel on Wednesday morning, April 6. As explained by Chief Forest Officer Wilber Sabido, walk-in applications will no longer be accepted; but a fisherman can now apply for a renewal of his fishing license from the comfort of his living room. He would simply log on to the system via the internet, and fill out an online application form, much like the process to apply for a U.S. visa. Once the necessary fees have been paid at the local bank, or online, the application will be processed, and voila! The fisherman can have his license. The same goes for loggers in need of a Forest permit.

San Pedro High School announces candidates for their Miss SPHS Pageant
San Pedro High School (SPHS) is hosting its annual Miss SPHS Pageant on Saturday, April 30th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The four contestants up for the title are Norma Lopez, Lisandra Novelo, Faith Edgar, and Janelly Aban. For the last two years Sheila Chi has been holding the title, and is ready to pass the title of Miss SPHS 2016-2017 to the winner of this year’s pageant. According to event organizer Philip Ramsey, the pageant promises to be a night of fun-filled presentations and entertainment. The show will comprise of six segments, with one featuring one of Belize’s ethnic group; the East Indians. The four girls are currently being coached in the art of pageantry and dance by former Miss San Pedro, Yakarelis Hernandez.

SIB Releases quarterly economic indicators – cost of living on the rise!
Since November 2014, consumer prices registered a successive decrease making Belizeans happy. However, the good life was short-lived, as on January of 2016 prices began to increase again, followed by February recording the second consecutive increase since price trends began to reverse. According to the report released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), the inflation rate for the month of February compared to last year’s one was higher by 0.3%, while the rate for January 2016 was recorded to be 0.4% higher than last year. The data, presented by SIB Statistician Stephanie Vasquez, showed that while there was an increase in economic activity during the same period last year, as it relates to this year, imports are down while exports have dropped a dramatic 43%. “In January to February of this year, Belize’s imports were valued at two hundred and twenty-nine point three million dollars, down 4.8% or 15.2 million from the 314.5 million recorded for the same period last year,” explained Vasquez.

CDC detects Zika case in USA; links to Belize
On April 6th, 2016 Ministry of Health officials received a communication message from the United States International Health Regulations National Focal Point regarding a confirmed case of Zika detected in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the transmission may have originated in Belize. The CDC reported that, “The patient is an adult female resident who travelled to Belize from 14 -19 March 2016. She had onset of fever and rash on 23 March, 2016. Zika virus RT-PCR was positive on serum at the health department of the state. The patient reported no other recent travel history and there was no evidence of possible sexual transmission.”

Gary Grief re-elected as San Pedro Deputy Mayor
Councillor Gary Grief has been re-elected to the position of Deputy Mayor for the second year since taking up office. Annually, at the beginning of the fiscal year, a new Deputy Mayor is usually elected by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) members. The election process was held on Wednesday, March 30th, where the majority of the SPTC voted for Grief to continue as the Deputy Mayor. “At first it was overwhelming. Coming off the election, I tried to do too much and over exerted myself. But once I got my rhythm, I started to venture out and be creative with my portfolios. I learned tremendously in my first year as Deputy. Heading into the second year with the title, I believe I can improve my work. Given my experience and everything I have learned I think I will do a better job for the island,” said Grief to The San Pedro Sun. He has sat in the council since the March 4, 2015 municipal election; along with Councillors Hector “Tito” Alamilla, Ruben “Rux” Gonzalez, Gabriel “Gaby” Nuñez, Flora Ancona, and Severo “Severito” Guerrero, under the leadership of Mayor Daniel Guerro.

Ambergris Today

Belize and USA Sign Amendment for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Program
U. S. Ambassador to Belize H.E. Carlos Moreno and the Right Honorable Prime Minister Dean Barrow signed the 16th Amendment to the Letter of Agreement (LOA) implementing the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) program through the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) on April 7, 2016. The U.S. Government has provided over $35 million in programs and grants to Belize through the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) since 2008. The agreement provides USD $6,450,000 in funding to be used for the following projects: Improved Border Inspection, Vetted Units, Capacity Enhancement, Justice Sector Reform, and Community Policing. To date, the U.S. Government, through INL, has committed a total of USD $28.4 million since 2008 to these programs in Belize.

Celebrity Spotting: Social Media Stars Logan Paul & Mark Dohner Visit San Pedro
Huge social media celebrity whose rise to fame was through viral Vine videos, Logan Paul is in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, vacationing and celebrating his 21st birthday that just recently passed. Accompanying him is another social media star, Mark Dohner, who also entertains a huge following on major social media outlets. They are in town with a team from Oceana Belize and have been frolicking in the water and swimming with the sharks and manatees at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. “I have not seen so many sharks at one time,” commented Logan to Ambergris Today, as he spent a relaxed evening at the Truck Stop after a full day of swimming along the Great Barrier Reef of Belize. He says that he had only heard mention of Belize, but that he had to do some research before he came upon the invitation from Oceana. Nevertheless, Logan and his friend Mark are having a great time in Belize, giving the country a publicity boost while Oceana Belize and also creating marine conservation awareness along with Oceana. Both Logan and Mark have been touring the island on golfcart, up to no good fooling around and having fun. They have met up with lots of local fans and taken the time to take pictures with them.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

2016 CODICADER Games
The 2016 CODICADER Games are slated to take place in Belize from July 6th-12th. The games will be played in Orange Walk, Belize City, San Ignacio and Belmopan in four sporting disciplines: football, basketball, volleyball and table tennis. All seven Central American countries will be participating in the games. A ceremony was held this morning at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City to launch the sensitization campaign for the games.

Footprints in the Chiquibul Caverns
From 1984 to 1999 exploration of the Chiquibul Caverns was conducted by Dr. Thomas Miller. Some 20 years later, FCD’s Karst Unit led by Gliss Penados return to explore the largest known cave room in the Western Hemisphere. Footprints of the first explorers are still mildly visible.

Big cats in the jungle
Part of Ya'axche's work involves mediating the conflict between jaguars and people. As humans move into the jaguars' territory, the big cats see livestock as food. In order to avoid farmers harming jaguars to protect their livestock, Protected Area Manager Marchilio Ack has been working with farmers to help deter jaguars from hunting livestock by improving the management of enclosures. Small changes, such as adding lighting and improving fences can go a long way to protecting the farmers' livelihoods. Check out these jaguars recently caught on camera trap!

Comedy Nights for a Cause (FRI & SAT)
World-reknowned comedic storyteller and 5-time Just for Laughs award nomineee Jon Bennett (Australia) comes to San Pedro with 2 of his multi-award winning shows for two nights only! International comedian Jon Bennett (Comedy Abroad!) will perform his amazing comedy sets, and guarantee laughter and tears (the good kind, we promise!) this Friday and Saturday evening only! The shows will be opened by Ben Popik (The Truck Stop and Olde English Comedy), and 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit San Pedro Food Bank, and the Saga Humane Society, Ambergris Caye Elementary School's special needs program. Friday evening's show is titled "Pretending Things are a Cock", which received a nomination for the Best Comedy by Just For Laughs (Montreal Fringe) and multiple awards by Uptown Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Hairline (UK), and Vue Weekly (CAN). Saturday evening's show is titled "Fire in the Meth Lab", which received a rating of 5-stars by Sunday Mail (AUS), Broadway Baby (UK), and Fringe Guru (UK). Tickets are available now: General Admission: $10bz minimum donation Bar Seating: $15bz minimum donation VIP Seating (Front 2 rows): $25 minimum donation (tickets for each show are sold individually)

CJC Expo 2016
Corozal Junior College does it again. We see a bright future in our young Corozal people. This year's Expo 2016 included 30 booths from the Corozal Junior College and 33 from the private sector. It is wonderful to see the private sector working hand in hand with our Corozal Youth. Nurturing the minds of these young students can only mean successful entrepreneurship and well rounded youth. The display and taste of culinary delights and products by the students was impressive. Not to take away anything from anyone else who took part, but our personal favourites had to be "Chicken Pluckers" and "Bite Me Brownies". The "Salpicon" was also one of our favourites. To be honest we were amazed by the professionalism and involvement. A lot of heart seems to have gone into this Expo planning. Hats off to the organizers and all the participants. I see this Expo growing into a major international event one day soon.Go Corozal!

Rotaract Go Karting Fundraiser
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio is having a fundraiser tomorrow around Playa del Cayo. You can take a go kart ride along the new highway. They'll also have snacks for everyone. The fun starts at 8:00am. "A Fundraising Event All Proceeds go towards future projects. $3 Per Ride. Snacks on Sale: Nachos, Hot Dogs, Soft Drinks."

BPP MEETS BREDDA IN LOS ANGELES!
Representatives of the Belize Rural Economic Development of Agriculture through Alliance (BREDAA) in Los Angeles, Nuri Akbar Estrada and Bilal Morris, met with the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) political leader, Patrick Rogers from Belize on Sunday April 3, 2016 at Mars Caribbean Gardens in Gardena, California. The meeting highlighted discussions pertaining to the recent Guatemalan military aggression and annexation on the Belize Sarstoon River and Island, the issues surrounding the taking of the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), BPP’s official position on the issue, and ways forward of forging corporations between the two organizations in addressing critical issues confronting the country of Belize.

Channel 7

Man Murdered On Banks Of Rio Hondo
A man was shot and left for dead in the Village of Santa Rosa. That's the northern most village in the country, at the edge of Corozal where it meets the Rio Hondo. The report came in at around 10:30 this morning when the lifeless body of 51 year old Gregory Espinosa, a farmer from Corozal, was found lying face-down near the banks of the Hondo. He had apparently been shot several times. His loader and his pickup truck were found not far from scene. Here is what police investigators know so far. Insp. Peter Serrano, Deputy Commander - Corozal: "The initial investigation so far revealed that the deceased who was a cane farmer, apparently had some mechanical problems with his cane truck. Sometime yesterday where he made his way into town and later left his house last night sometime about 11pm in a pickup truck. The deceased had no communication with his family and early this morning family members decide to go out and look for him. When they arrived at the area where he was, they actually saw his body floating in the Rio Hondo River face down."

Teenager Murdered in Ladyville
18 year old Merkel Pitts died this evening. The teenager had been shot last night in Ladyville. He was on life support, and his family was hopeful, but, he didn't make it. The shooting happened after 7:30 when Pitts was hanging out with friends at the corner of Marage Road and Compassion Lane when a gunman came up to the group and shot Pitts. Now, residents say this was not some random attack - the shooter wanted Pitts dead. Courtney Weatherburne has more: 18 year old Merkel Pitts usually hangs out in this yard with his friends. He would come over in the evenings after work to relax. But last night, that favorite spot became a crime scene. Inspector Juanito Cocom, OC, Ladyville Police: "Initial investigation reveal that Pitts and 3 other male persons were socializing at the area when a lone gun man approached them and fired several shots towards them"

What Happens When the NCL Ships Go South?
Yesterday, we showed you the local launch of multimillion dollar mega project at the Harvest Caye Cruise Port. The event also gave us an opportunity to ask Norwegian Executives about issues related to the project. The first is that most of the NCL Cruise ships, which used to call in Belize City, will now make that port call at Harvest Caye when it opens for business in the third week of November 2016. Viewers will remember that this wasn't the original plan when the project was first tabled back in 2013. When we asked the NCL executives about it, they told us that the change will allow for new cruise companies to fill the vacant slots in the Belize City Cruise calendar that they will leave behind: Daniel Ortiz: "Will the Norwegian cruise company be bringing cruise ships exclusively to Harvest Caye once this project opens?" Colin Murphy, V.P., Destination Development, NCL: "Well I think I just answered that, I mean the majority of our ships will be going to harvest caye yes. But we will have some ships to Belize City."

Did Norwegian Take Shortcuts?
You might also recall that the Belize Tourism Industry Association won a lawsuit against Norwegian Cruise Line and the Government of Belize. The Supreme Court ruled that the Government's environmental technicians took shortcuts to fast track the Harvest Caye project. So, we asked the NCL Senior Vice President if any other shortcuts were taken during the construction which could compromise the fragile environment that this cruise port occupies. Here's how that back and forth went: Daniel Ortiz: "Can you assure the Belizean public that in the scope of the Harvest Caye project that Norwegian did not skirt any of the environmental issues when it was constructed?" Colin Murphy, V.P., Destination Development, NCL: "Yes." Daniel Ortiz: "Is there any elaboration on that?"

Dustin Bowen Hits Paydirt With Norwegian
One Belizean businessman who's preparing for major success at Harvest Caye is Dustin Bowen. He's the owner of Riverside Tavern, the popular restaurant and bar in Belize City, but now he's been contracted as NCL's local partner to provide all the food and beverage for the entire island facility of Harvest Caye. That's an impressive 4 new restaurants and 9 bars that's under his portfolio. And, with the projected cruise passenger traffic that should dock at Harvest Caye, Bowen could well be on the way to creating a business empire comparable to his stepfather, Sir Barry Bowen. We spoke with him yesterday on the scope of planned operation in the southern cruise port:

LAPD Killed Kisha
"Black Lives Matter" - that's the catchphrase coming out the movement to agitate against the extraordinary number of persons of color killed by US police in the past year. One of those lives is Kisha Michael, a 31 year old Belizean born in Belmopan who migrated to Los Angeles in the mid 90's. On Sunday February 21st. police shot and killed her and a man inside a car on Inglewood Avenue. They say she was unconscious, but also had a gun. 6 weeks later, and her funeral was held in Los Angeles today. Now, this happened in California, but her brother Delon who lives in Orange Walk told CTV-3 why the story LA police have given the family doesn't add up. Delon Micheal, Sister shot by Inglewood Police: "The police said to her that they found her dead. Watching the news we saw that the SWAT team was out there along with the Inglewood Police and that's where we knew and we saw that it was them that did it. So I don't know why they went to my mom and told her that they found her dead when they were the ones that killed my sister."

No Dean Dawson Toxicology Report Yet, No Charges For Pakeman
Dean Dawson's toxicology report has still not been released. As we told you a sample was taken from both the driver Dorian Pakeman and the deceased Dean Dawson. Pakeman's report was negative for alcohol but Dawson's report is still pending and police need that report to send the complete file to the DPP's office. Ladyville police told us they have no further update on this case at this point. Inspector Juanito Cocom - OC, Ladyville Police: "The file has been prepared, we are still awaiting the toxicology report." Courtney Weatherburne: "So that has not come out as yet?" Inspector Juanito Cocom - OC, Ladyville Police: "Not as yet. When we get the toxicology report, the file will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions."

MOH: Belize Still Zika Free
The Ministry of Health maintains that Belize is still Zika free despite the very concerning report from the Centers for Disease Control in the US. The CDC had said that they will issue a Zika travel advisory for Belize - but when we checked their website today, Belize wasn't there - but every other Central American country and Mexico was. When we spoke to health officials today they told us they are still in consultation with PAHO. Health officials say that they are still not confirming this as the first case of Zika in Belize. We will keep updating you.

Saldivar Endorsed By Women Of The UDP
The date for the convention to elect a UDP first Deputy will be determined when the party meets tomorrow - but the way the campaign is going you'd think the convention was tomorrow! Both candidates are aggressively advertising, and John Saldivar is building his campaign around the endorsements he's roped in from Representatives and Standard bearers. This evening on his facebook page, he posted an apparent endorsement form the women of the UDP, Tracy Taeger Panton form Albert, Beverly Castillo from Belize Rural Central, and Dr. Carla Barnett form Freetown. It's a strong follow up after getting the entire Western caucus, but for his part Patrick Faber has maintained that his strength is with the delegates.

Mexican Flour Now Legal On Belize Shelves
Mexican flour can now be found on Belizean store shelves, and the news is that it was legally imported. Customs has confirmed that 1200 sacks of Bola Roja 12 kilo flour were imported through Corozal on the 14th of March and paid the required rate of duty, which is 100%. Previously only the locally brands produced by ADM Belize Mills could be sold in Belize, but last year the regulations were changed to allow imported flour into the market - but with high duty charges. Those high duty charges make the Bola Roja more expensive when compared to the local flour. One hundred pounds of local flour costs 81 dollars, while 100 pounds of Bola Roja would work out to about 108 dollars.

Six Months For Buller
Kevin Buller, who was accused of breaking into a woman's house and assaulting her, is in jail tonight serving a 6 month sentence. That's after he pleaded guilty to assault charges today in the Magistrate's Court. It happened on September 3, 2015, when Nicole McDonald testified that at around 12:30 p.m. that day, she was at her house on Antelope Street Extension when her mother told her that Buller had allegedly burglarized another of their family homes which is nearby. McDonald confronted Buller about it, and he responded by punching her and shoving her into a drain. The arresting officer also testified in the case, and today Buller told the court that he wanted to change his plea from not guilty to guilty.

Alleged Murderer Smuggled Weed
27 year-old John Martinez, a prisoner on remand for murder, is facing an additional charge of drug trafficking after he allegedly tried to smuggle weed into prison after a court appearance. Martinez was transported from the Prison to the Supreme Court for a court hearing on Tuesday. It would have been a routine adjournment except when he was transported back to the Prison, the on-duty officer performed the usual search. When Martinez was searched the first time, he found nothing. But, the officer observed that he had an irregular gait - he was walking funny, and so the officer did a second search. He ended up finding 17.6 grams of marijuana inside one of Martinez's sneakers. It was duck- taped to the sole.

CODICADER Coming!
It's official! The annual CODICADER games are coming to Belize. In February, officials from SICA, the organizing body of the Central American regional school tournament, hammered out an agreement with the Ministry of Sports to host the games here. And today the National Sports Council launched the drive towards the July Games and unveiled the logo for CODICADER 2016. Emanuel Pech Reports. The games will be played from 6th to the 12th of July and will focus on four disciplines: Football, basketball, volleyball and table tennis. And if you are wondering which 6 to 12 year olds will represent Belize, well that's still being determined. The National sports council will draw competitors from its primary school competitions. Secondary Schools will also compete in this regional tournament in September, but those games will be hosted in Honduras.

Marion Jones, Still Not Ready
The launch of the CODICADER 2016 Belize took place at the Marion Jones Stadium. Of course, Marion Jones still isn't finished - and, after countless millions spent, it stands mostly as a well-fenced monument to "PUDP" indifference to sports. So what's next for Marion Jones Stadium? Today we asked Minister of State Aragon about it:. "Right now we are having an investment of 5 million U.S. dollars from Mexico that has contributed to the building of the indoor facility. That is well under way in terms of the preparation for building, etc. so within the next 2 years or less we should see that building up completely finished. That will be a big compliment to the Marion Jones and hopefully by then we would have finished this building in terms of the other facilities. If you look at the floors, especially the floors that catered towards the people who visited the stadium, it's completed.

MCC: Trading Sacred Sports For Gambling Greed?
The MCC compound is turning into a parking lot. Well part of it anyway. In February the National Sports Council entered into an agreement with the Princess Ramada Hotel and Casino to allow them to use a portion of the MCC grounds for parking. The agreement was that the Management of Ramada would construct the facility and in turn they would be allowed to use it for customer parking - at a rental cost of course. But did footballers lose a sacred sporting space to greed and gamblers? The move has been much criticized, but according to Sports Minister of State Elodio Aragon, despite those critics, this type of public-private sector partnership is the way to go. "Partnering with Princess which will do many good things because one, it is going to alleviate the traffic congestion on that road. Two, we are getting close to anywhere between $80-$100 thousand dollars invested right now which is coming from the Princess Ramada company. They are investing in the parking area so we are getting a parking area for free. Apart from that, we are getting paid $2000 a month for them to use that parking area, and that $2000 a month goes right back into MCC to begin to put better lighting system, more care, and painting of the fence.

The Santa Rosa Scene
At the top of the news, we told you about the murder in the northern-most village in Belize, Santa Rosa. But, we weren't able to get footage of the crime scene in time. But here it is now, Gregory Espinosa's burnt Ford Ranger extended cab. It was discovered near the area that he was found dead. As police said Espinosa was found with several apparent pellet wounds to the right side of his chest and a large bullet hole to the left side of his lower rib cage. His body now awaits a post mortem examination. Police have no suspect or motive at this time. But the circumstances of death and the fact that his vehicle was found burnt have raised many questions and police investigators are following all angles.

Mayans Vex With GOB, Again
The Toledo Alcalde's Association says Government is not holding up its end of the agreement. The commission's role is to ensure the Mayan communities of the south are given their land rights -based on the Caribbean Court of Justice's judgment. Now the government should have been consulting with the Mayan communities on the best way to implement that judgment, but the Maya are complaining that the Government has done nothing to uphold the agreement. So, they say that they are left with no other option but to go back to the high court to force the Government to act. A statement from Toledo Alcalde's Association says that on Wednesday, the villages of Santa Cruz and Jalacte filed two actions in the Supreme Court to do just that. The association notes that the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission met with them a few months ago, but so far, that's all that has happened. The Association says that there has been, quote, "…No action to address the issues of current and ongoing interference with, and appropriation of Maya lands by a third party and by the government itself." End quote.

Channel 5

Belize and Guatemala Meet at OAS Adjacency Zone
As hostilities mount in the Sarstoon, there has been some progress made in agreeing to specific confidence building measures and protocols for engagement in the Sarstoon, though not a definitive [...]

Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales on Keeping the Peace
The meeting today was especially significant in the wake of what the Prime Minister has called the ramping up of aggression by Guatemala in the Sarstoon, culminating in the interception [...]

How Close are Belize and Guatemala to Establishing Protocols at Sarstoon?
Belize attended the meeting at O.A.S. headquarters with draft Sarstoon protocols in hand, aimed at defusing a potentially dangerous situation in the Southern River. So after all the diplomatic speak, [...]

OAS Representative Comments on Belize/Guatemala Sit-down
So that’s where both country’s ended today’s apparently constructive meeting at O.A.S. headquarters – not exactly a breakthrough just yet, but according to representatives that point could be reached in [...]

PUP Leader Meets with PM Barrow on Sarstoon Issue
The Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow at the P.M.’s office on Coney Drive in Belize City this morning in light of the troubling [...]

Is There Cause for Concern at Caracol Following BDF Shooting in Chiquibul?
Another incident that has stirred tensions is the shooting of B.D.F. Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey in the area of Valentin Camp inside the Chiquibul Forest. The safety of soldiers and [...]

Merkel Pitts is Murdered in Ladyville, Is it a Retaliation?
There are two murders to report tonight. An eighteen-year-old Ladyville resident, Merkel Pitts was shot on Thursday night and by this afternoon he was dead at the Karl Heusner Memorial [...]

A Canero is Shot and Killed in Corozal District
Meanwhile, in the Corozal District sometime between Thursday night and this morning, the bullet riddled body of a cane farmer was discovered near the village of Santa Rosa.  Fifty-one-year-old Gregorio [...]

Is Belize Still ZIKA-free?
Is the ZIKA virus now present in Belize?  According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, the recent transmission of the disease may have originated in Belize when an [...]

CDC Says ZIKA Virus Detected in US May Have Originated in Belize
The C.D.C. initially reported that the patient is, “an adult female resident who traveled to Belize from March fourteenth to nineteenth.  She had onset of fever and rash on the [...]

Workshop on Vector Borne Diseases Concludes in Belize City
A timely workshop on risk communication and community engagement around vector control and prevention of ZIKA, dengue and CHIKUNGUNYA concluded today at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. UNICEF is [...]

Changes Within the People’s United Party
On Wednesday the P.U.P. leader named new members to the executive of the P.U.P. who will now go on to get the blessing of the National Party Council. Briceño made [...]

Where Does Deputy Party Leader Julius Espat Stand on Changes?
Deputy Party leader, Julius Espat, was at the forefront of the campaign for the re-election of Francis Fonseca as leader last November. While Fonseca and other parliamentarians are moving forward [...]

Patrick Andrews is Ready for Another PUP Leadership Convention
Now the P.U.P. held a convention last November in which John Briceño and his team were decisively elected. But on social media this week, there is one standard bearer that [...]

CODICADER is Coming to the Jewel in July!
This year and for the first time, Belize gets to host the CODICAR games which are regional games that foster the integration movement in Central America. Belizean athletes have traditionally [...]

What’s the Minister of Sports’ Take on MCC Parking Fee?
Fans of football, those who have attended games at the M.C.C. Grounds recently, are outraged about parking inside the facility since there is now a fee of five dollars to [...]

Marion Jones – Minister Vows to See It Through to Completion
The Government of Belize, according to Aragon, has invested north of fifty million dollars in developing sports across the country.  Despite that much capital spending, the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, [...]

UDP Holds Special Meeting to Determine Date of Leadership Convention
This Saturday the U.D.P. will hold a special meeting to determine the date of a convention to elect the first deputy party leader. Both Ministers Patrick Faber and John Saldivar [...]

Elodio Aragon Stands Behind Patrick Faber for UDP Deputy Leader
Minister Saldivar claims he has the numbers on his side and so does Minister Patrick Faber who has received major endorsements for first deputy party leader of the U.D.P. Faber’s [...]

A Growth and Sustainable Development Plan for Belize
A World Bank diagnostic finds that Belize is thriving in some areas but failing in other sectors. On Thursday, a three-year growth and sustainable development strategy was launched at the [...]


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LOVE FM

Thursday Night Murder: A Chavarria Retaliation?
A man who was shot last night in Ladyvillle, succumbed to his injuries earlier today. Just before eight o’clock last night, a team of officers at the Ladyville Police Station responded to reports of a shooting incident at the corner of Marage Road and Compassion Lane. At the scene, the authorities found 18-year-old, Merkel Pitts […]

Belize Officials Believe BDF Sergeant Was Shot by Guatemalan
Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey who was injured in the Valentin Camp area remains on leave as he recuperates from the gunshot wounds he suffered. The case is one that continues to be investigated as explained by CEO George Lovell from the Ministry of National Security. When Love News had spoken to the Western Regional Commander, […]

PM Barrow’s Name Not In Panama Papers; PP’s Effects on Correspondent Banking
On Tuesday we told you of the millions of documents that were taken from the Mossack Fonseca firm in Panama that has fingered hundreds of leaders, officials and celebrities from around the world in the misuse of offshore services when it comes to hiding assets and related incidents. While Prime Minister did make it clear […]

The Role of Nat’l Security in Chetumal Incident Involving Former Minister
Just after the Easter holidays we had heard of an incident involving a former Minister of State where there was an attempt to extort him via telephone calls. We had gotten a name of whom that Minister was but when we contacted him, he had refused to give comment or confirm that he was the […]

Duo Injured in Traffic Incident on George Price Highway
Two persons are hospitalized following a road traffic accident on the George Price Highway earlier today. Correspondent Fem Cruz has the details.

Local Launch Held for Harvest Caye Cruise Port
In about six and a half months, the southern portion of Belize will see a boost in economic activities as Norwegian Cruise Line will activate their Harvest Caye Cruise Port. It is a project that millions of dollars have been invested in and is located just off the Placencia Peninsula. In a media brief at […]

Host of CODICADER 2016 – A First for Belize
Belize is preparing to host the 2016 CODICADER Central American games for the first time. Belize has been confirmed to host over one thousand guests for the eight Sports Games, CODICADER at the primary level. The games are scheduled to be held July 6 to July 12 and athletes will be involved in basketball, soccer, […]

Change in Prices at Fuel Pumps
Seventeen days ago just before the long Easter weekend, the prices for regular fuel and diesel were increased by sixty two cents and twenty one cents, respectively. This past Tuesday at midnight, there were changes at the pumps again as regular fuel went up to eight dollars and ninety eight cents, an increase of twenty […]

Corozal Sees Upgrades to Market and Streets
The Belize Social Investment Fund and the Corozal Town Council officially inaugurated an annex to the Town Market as well as some refurbished streets in that municipality. The official ceremony took place earlier today. The market facility measures about two hundred and twenty square metres with fifteen market stalls, making the facility more spacious and […]

Aragon is for Faber
While some persons in the red and while political camp are shying away from making their preferred candidate publicly known in the upcoming Deputy Party Leader convention for the UDP, there are those who aren’t hesitant to pick a side and today, Minister of state in Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Elodio Aragon Jr., […]

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Centers for Disease Control Says Zika Case Detected in the United States Links to Belize
On April 6th, 2016 Ministry of Health officials received a communication message from the United States International Health Regulations National Focal Point regarding a confirmed case of Zika detected in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the transmission may have originated in ...

Municipal Authorities to get training on ZIKA Virus Response
In related news, Municipal Authorities in Belize will be receiving training on a ZIKA Virus Response. In response to the Zika virus outbreak in the region, the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Health, Belize Mayors’ Association, UNICEF, and PAHO have partnered up and organized an on-sit...

APAMO backs SATIIM
April 8, 2016 at 10:19 AMYesterday we told you about SATIM’s encounter with Guatemalan Navy Boats on the Sarstoon. The GAF told the SATIM team tht they were no longer allowed on the SArstoon without permission from them. Needless to say, SATIM was taken aback by this new development and sent out letters to Belizean authorit...

World Bank Group report warns Belize must make right choices for a brighter future
The World Bank Group this afternoon issued a diagnostic report on Belize that is primarily intended to help the Bank forge its own strategy for assisting Belize in major initiatives. However, “Belize: Right Choices, Bright Future,” as it is called, also offers a unique look at all aspects of Belizea...

El Espanol’s wife caught with quarter million dollars
In November of last year, Ernesto Alonso De Miguel, known as “El Espanol” was executed in Chetumal while eating at a resturaunt. El Espanol was rumored as one of the largest contrabandistas in the the Corozal Free Zone and Mexico. On Wednesday April 6, 2016, almost 5 months after his death, El Esp...

GOB launches Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy
The Ministry of Economic Development today introduced a three-year Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy, its primary planning document, which seeks to guide overall development in Belize based on an integrated, systemic approach to sustainable development. The Ministry aims, among othe...

Student dead after knocked down by a truck
A young student of San Ignacio was knocked down by a truck on Thursday, April 7th. Around 12 noon as kids make their way from school, and in this particular case Sacred Heart primary School, a white dump truck owned by Bahadur & Sons Trucking knocked down a standard 4 student. The incident happe...

United States Embassy and Belize sign Amendment to the Letter of Agreement- International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Program
S. Ambassador to Belize H.E. Carlos Moreno and the Right Honorable Prime Minister Dean Barrow signed the 16th Amendment to the Letter of Agreement implementing the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs program through the Central America Regional Security Initiative on April 7, 2016. T...

Cancer Awareness Ride
The Belize Cancer Society and the Belize Cancer Centre are hosting a Cancer Awareness Ride to raise funds to help combat cancer in the country of Belize. Cancer is the second leading cause of mortality in Belize annually, and in order to raise awareness and support, the Belize Cancer Centre and the ...

The Reporter

Update: Youth dies of gunshot wounds
Ladyville police informed the media shortly before 5:00 p.m. Friday that shooting victim, Merkel Pitts, 18, has died of his gunshot wounds. Pitts was shot while in the company of friends on Thursday night. He had been listed in a critical condition, with a bullet […]

Man critical after shooting in Ladyville
A Ladyville resident is in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after he was shot three times Thursday night. According to Ladyville police, Merkel Pitts, 18, was shot shortly after 7:00 p.m., while socializing at the corner of Marage Road and […]

WWF launches initiative to protect the barrier reef and other World Heritage Sites
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), this week, launched its global campaign to strengthen and protect the economic sustainability of the Belize Barrier Reef. “Threats to World Heritage sites in places as diverse as Belize, Spain and Tanzania demonstrate how widespread the risks run and should […]

Nine o’clock curfew for kids Minister “Boots” Martinez in favor! Mayor Darrell Bradley is against.
City Mayor Darrell Bradley and Human Development Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez, this week, expressed opposing views on the controversial police curfew recently put into effect. Bradley opposes the curfew while Martinez supports it. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chester Williams, Officer Commanding Easter Division South, […]

Lottery machine goes berserk during Sunday lottery draw.
Sunday’s lottery draw at the Public Building (Magistrate’s Court) caused a commotion among displeased gamblers whose number did not play. Police had to be called in to calm the crowd which became disorderly when the computerized lottery machine malfunctioned and failed to produce the second […]

Trip Advisor gives San PedroTop Marks
TripAdvisor, the world renowned travel website, has named San Pedro and San Ignacio as two of the best tourist destinations in the region. The travel site produced the list this month. It said that San Pedro is the best tourist destination in Latin America; besting […]

Blame Accountant General for late audits Auditor General Dorothy Bradley says
Auditor General, Dorothy Bradley, in an interview with the Reporter this week said her office is still facing many of the same issues she has constantly complained about for the last several years. With regard to auditing government financials, she re-emphasized that it is not […]

Accused Mastermind, Bradley Paumen Ordered to Pay $300,000 for Trespass…
In a judgment which took just about an hour to deliver, Supreme Court Justice Shona Griffith on Tuesday ordered an absent Bradley Paumen to pay compensation of $150,000 to landowner Michael Modiri for knowingly trespassing on his property at Frank’s Eddy. Paumen used the property to gain entry to the […]

Expect no public report on deadly Youth Hostel Fire! Department Head says. Prelude to a cover-up?
The outcome of the investigation into the deadly fire at the Youth Hostel which killed three young girls five months ago will not be publicized declared Chief Executive Officer Judith Alpuche, of the Human Development Department, On November 28 2016, three Teenage girls Shadisha Arnold, […]

More weed off the streets
Separate police drug raids last Friday yielded marijuana and cocaine and have landed three persons in custody for being in possession of controlled drugs. The first interception occurred between 5:00 a.m. and noon on Friday while members of the Intermediate Southern Formation (ISF) and the […]

Police charge five for threats against officers on patrol
Benque Viejo police have arrested and charged five men with ‘aggravated assault’ and ‘threatening words’ after they threatened to kill two policemen who had detained two of their friends for uncustomed goods. Merari Lopez, 29; Santos Osorio, 46; Herson Lopez, 35; Julio Portillo, 28; and […]

World Banks says Belize has potential for real growth
A new report issued by the World Bank Group this week, says that despite stagnating GDP per capita, low savings and high interest rates, Belize has great potential for economic growth. The report “Belize: Right Choices, Bright Future,” which analyses opportunities for development, along with […]

GOB unveils three-year development strategy
The Government of Belize this week revealed its strategic plan to grow Belize’s economy. It’s called “Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy” (GSDS), and it runs from 2016-2019. GOB, through the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, launched the strategy on Thursday at […]

Editorial
Sometimes we cling to nostalgic visions of ourselves, not realizing how radically some things have changed. . Changes come with alarming swiftness for our young people, teenagers especially, who have had to grow up quickly in a social environment fraught with danger and bad examples. . . Two recent arrests […]

US claims Zika in Belize!
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States, this week, said it has reason to believe that a US national was infected with the Zika virus in Belize. The Ministry of Health said that it received an official correspondence from the United States […]

Briceno reshuffles PUP heirarchy; Monchi out, Codel Hyde new Deputy
People’s United Party’s (PUP) Leader John Briceno reshuffled the party’s heirarchy, starting with replacing party treasurer Ramon “Monchi” Cervantes with Chris Coye and appointing Cordel Hyde as deputy leader during a closed¬-door National Executive meeting on Wednesday. Briceno also made other changes as well. Legal […]

PM Barrow says SATIIM incident is NO surprise
The Reporter has confirmed that a meeting scheduled for Friday between Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and his counterpart, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales, has been postponed until next week. That means discussions on the latest incident in the Sarstoon, between the Guatemalan military and a small skiff carrying […]

Porn video suggests prostitution at BDF camp
Another pornographic video, which can cause embarrassment for one of Belize’s law enforcement agencies, is being circulated. This time, the one¬ minute, 22¬-second-¬long amateur video, involves a fully naked woman and a man dressed in BDF camouflage pants and a grey undershirt. The encounter seems […]

Municipal authorities receive vector control response training
Today Friday, municipal authorities will conclude a two-day workshop on approaches to battling vector borne illnesses, such as the Zika virus. The training, entitled “Risk Communication and Community Engagement for Zika Virus Prevention and Control” is being held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel. […]

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Corozal Market and streets upgraded
The Social Investment Fund (SIF) has rehabilitated the Corozal Town Market Annex located at 1st St South & 6th Avenue, which was inaugurated this afternoon. The total cost of the project, including repaving both streets, is some 689 thousand 300 dollars and thirty cents. […]

Belize, Guatemala foreign ministers meet; Belize speaks to OAS about Lambey shooting
We were informed this afternoon that a meeting that was originally postponed took place in Benque Viejo Town today between Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington and his Guatemalan counterpart, His Excellency Carlos Raul Morales. While the exact details are not known, […]

BDF sergeant was alone when shot by Guatemalan
Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey of the Belize Defense Force was shot on Holy Saturday while on a water resupply mission near camp Valentin close to the Belize Guatemala border in the West. Following the leak of the BDF’s internal report on the shooting, there […]

Merkel Pitts dies; investigation upgraded to murder
In crime news, Merkel Pitts, an 18 year old youth from Ladyville died this afternoon while undergoing treatment at the KHMH following an attempt on his life last night. Investigators informed that he was shot three times to the body. Reliable sources say that […]

U.S. couple caught Zika in Belize
A release just before news time yesterday delivered some potentially devastating news for Belize. The Ministry of Health informed that they had received communication from US health authorities indicating that a zika case in the US may have originated in Belize. At the time, […]

Cane farmer found dead in Corozal
There are reports that a cane farmer whose name has still not been released, was found this morning with gunshot wounds to his chest on the Rio Hondo River bank in Santa Rosa Village, Corozal. The farmer was allegedly working in the fields when […]

Four detained for Ladyville shooting
Last night at around 7:40 p.m., Ladyville Police responded to reports of a shooting and upon arrival at an open yard near Compassion Lane, they saw 18-year-old Merkel Pitts bleeding from wounds. Initial investigations revealed that Pitts was socializing with three other men when […]

Man charged for smoking pipe
A Belize City man was arrested and charged on Wednesday afternoon for a rather rarely reported offense after he was seen throwing an object over a fence on Wednesday afternoon. 54-year-old Walter Flores was charged for ‘possession of utensil for smoking controlled drugs’ after […]

Police seize weed found in Belize City
An early morning police operation yielded 113 grams of weed. Members of the Belize City North Side Strike Team and the K-9 Unit searched an empty lot on Angel Street, where they made the discovery. Officers found the marijuana inside a black plastic bag […]

Little boy run over and killed by sand truck
Reports of a tragic incident emerged from San Ignacio Town yesterday afternoon when a primary school boy, Emil August, was hit by a truck belonging to Bahadur and Sons Trucking Company. The accident occurred in front of Trins Store shortly after mid-day and the […]

Blogs

Ready, Set, SWIM! Some of the Best Beaches on Ambergris Caye, Belize
Ramon’s Village – Just south of town is one of the original and most famous resorts on the island, Ramon’s Village. They have a beautiful strip of beach (and a popular swimming dock for the kids in town) that is great for wading in. Central Park – Just recently, there has been a revival of Central Park in downtown San Pedro. An old palapa was torn down and the street vendors have been more to a designated area on the Back Street. It’s left Central Park’s beach looking beautiful. And, while shallow, it’s a lovely and convenient spot to sit in da wata. Boca Del Rio – This beach is also a road – and may be the prettiest street in the world. All along this stretch is gorgeous but when it comes to swimming, the northern area near the actual Boca Del Rio or “Mouth of the River” is the prettiest spot. And is filled with golf carts and locals wading and swimming on the weekend. X’tan Ha Resort – Now we are heading farther north…7 miles north of the bridge over “the river” – or cut in the island. The road now extends all the way up to the resort (not all paved but most in very good shape) and they have not only a great beach but a funky little over the water bar. It’s a fun place to stop. Tranquility Bay – This remote gem of a resort is even farther north…in fact, it’s the northernmost resort on Ambergris Caye. So when you are staying up there, you often have the beach and the gorgeous snorkeling areas basically to yourself…or you are sharing with a handful of guests. The reef is so close that you can easily kayak out but if lounging on the beach is your thing? It’s just gorgeous. Secret Beach – The name is pretty much tongue in cheek these days – the secret is TOTALLY out. About 4 miles up the road north, you will see this sign. Hook the left. The Sand Bar - The leeward side of the island is scattered with small cayes and south of some of them, sandbars form. Beautiful pinkish sand sandbars just barely peaking out of the water. Bring along some beach chairs and some well iced drinks AND LOTS OF SUNBLOCK and you are in business.

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Ed Paul: Optometrist, Teacher, Bridge To Belize
Ed Paul is not one to be satisfied with the status quo. He’s focused on finding opportunities to improve and expand. This spring, the optometrist and owner of Landfall Eye Associates is preparing for a move to larger quarters, a rebranding and an expansion of his practice. In June, Paul will relocate to The Offices at Airlie, a new development at the corner of Military Cutoff and Wrightsville Avenue. His new entity, Paul Vision Institute, will occupy three times the space Landfall Eye Associates now leases. Running an entrepreneurial medical practice might seem enough to occupy anyone, but optometry is only part of Paul’s focus. He has another career as well, as the honorary consul of Belize for much of the Eastern United States. Belize, which was known as British Honduras until it won independence from Britain in 1981, has nearly the same population – about 300,000 – as Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties combined, Paul said. Although his title is “honorary” and his post is an unpaid one, Paul has the same capabilities as would a career consul regarding identification and document legalization, he explained.

Expats May Be Able to Avoid Paying U.S. Income Taxes, Say Experts
There are many good reasons for moving abroad, among them, the possibility of better weather, a lower cost of living, access to higher quality, lower cost healthcare and an improved lifestyle. However, another less well-known but significant reason more Americans are choosing to live abroad is to lower their U.S. income taxes, many times to zero. The way they do this is by using the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, which allows them to exclude up to $108,000 from their U.S. taxable income in 2015. If the law doesn't change (and it has been in place for many years), they will be able to exclude even more in 2016. To explain how the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion works, Best Places in the World to Retire interviewed three specialists in this area, Don Nelson,a U.S. Tax Attorney and retired CPA with over 35 years experience specializing in U.S. international, expatriate and nonresident taxation, David McKeegan, founder of a business with 38 accountants and a staff of seven serving clients in over 150 countries, and Stewart Patton, founder of U.S. Tax Services, and a U.S. tax attorney now living in Belize.

How an ancient civilization conserved water
Collection, storage and management of water were top priorities for the ancient Maya, whose sites in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala were forced to endure seven months out of the year with very little rainfall. As researchers expand their explorations of the civilization outside of large, elite-focused research site centers, aerial imagery technology is helping them locate and study areas that are showing them how less urbanized populations conserved water for drinking and irrigation. The NSF-supported research by Jeffrey Brewer, a doctoral student in the University of Cincinnati's Department of Geography, and Christopher Carr, a UC research assistant professor of geography, was presented at the 81st annual meeting of the Society of American Archaeology. The UC researchers used a surveying technology called LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) -- along with excavation data -- to examine the spatial characteristics, cultural modifications and function of residential-scale water tanks -- a little-investigated component of Maya water management by commoners versus the more powerful and visible elites, says Brewer.

De-risking by global banks already hurting Caribbean financial system
The severing of correspondent banking relationships is having a severe impact on the Caribbean region, leaving many businesses and individuals cut off from their money and making it difficult for new businesses to establish operations. This was revealed by Central Bank of Barbados Governor, Dr. DeLisle Worrell as he presented the findings of a Caribbean-wide survey at the recent Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) meeting in Tokyo. According to Worrell, who attended the meeting in his capacity as co-Chair of the Financial Stability Board’s Regional Consultative Group, Americas (FSB/RCG_A), Belize has experienced terminations in correspondent bank relationships that account for more than half of their banking assets. Belize’s central bank has sought to provide assistance, but some customers in that country still have no access to their funds. While Belize has been the jurisdiction most affected, other territories in the region are also facing challenges. In Jamaica, where remittances are a major source of foreign exchange, the number of money transfer businesses and foreign exchange traders has declined as a result of the severance of correspondent banking relationships; Guyana and the countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union have experienced terminations; and business has slowed in the International Business and Financial Services sectors in the Cayman Islands, The Bahamas and Barbados.

Almost Half Of World Heritage Sites Are Threatened, Report Finds
Nearly half of the planet’s world heritage sites are threatened by development, despite international protections, according to a report released Wednesday by the World Wildlife Fund. The 229 heritage sites in 96 countries include Egypt’s pyramids, Florida’s Everglades National Park and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The WWF report found that 114 of these sites are under threat from oil and gas development, illegal logging, overfishing or other industrial activities. Roberto Troya, WWF director for Latin America and the Caribbean, said the report points out that natural capital isn’t valued as highly as industry in many regions, and some governments have lost sight of “what needs to happen now, versus what needs to happen in the future.” “Sustainable development goals are a great expression of what countries should see as a way forward,” Troya said. He said development should happen under a banner of social, economic and environmental balance. “When you see half of these world heritage sites are in danger, that has to be something that rings the warning bell.”

Videos

  • Socializing Dolphins in Belize (HD with audio), 30sec. This incredible video of wild dolphin behavior was recorded by researcher Eric Ramos in Turneffe Atoll, Belize. Here is what Eric had to say about the behavior captured in this video: "Socializing dolphins often encircle each other during sexual behavior, emitting series of buzzes and whistles as they prod each other with their beaks. In this clip the three active dolphins in the center of the frame are engaged in what is known as “goosing” or rostra-gential contact and “genital buzzing”, with streams of bubbles emitted after buzzes."

  • Belize mixes Maya Heartland and Mother Nature, 5min. Belize overnight tourists increased by a remarkable 17.2% and cruise arrivals up by a whopping 19.4% compared to last year. Even so visitors still have plenty of tranquility, as that represents 28,431 overnight tourists and 19,965 cruise stopping passengers. TravelMole catches up with Michelle Bowers of the Belize Tourist Board for this interview.

  • Women's Financial Health - Belize, 10min.

  • Spatar Belize, 7.5min.

  • Driving through the Hills of Belize near San Ignacio, 2min. Driving through the Hills of Belize near San Ignacio. Villages near San Ignacio vary. They might be Mayan, Mestizo, or Caribbean Creole, etc. The route to the Caracol Mayan Ruins goes through remote jungle and even a pine forest.

  • Still the Highest Building in Belize: Caana Pyramid at Caracol Mayan Ruins, 1.5min. Caracol Mayan Ruins. This vid is from the highest point in Caracol. One can see for miles around even into Guatemala (jungle behind start point). Caana (meaning sky palace) is the largest pyramid at Caracol. It holds 4 palaces and 3 temples and remains the tallest building in modern Belize, with a height of 141 feet.The remote Mayan ruins are deep in the jungle of Belize. A military escort is required due to regional guerrillas. Caracol is a massive site. Only 5,000 of the 37,000 structures are excavated yet there are lots of Mayan tombs, artifacts and pyramids to check out! The site was built and active from around 70-900 AD.

  • A Flowing Mountain River in Belize, 1/2min. A Flowing Mountain River in Belize: The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve 2016. The unique forest has pine trees and palm trees in Central America. Surprising flora in the tropics. This river contains crocodiles though they are not abundant.

  • Driving into San Ignacio, Belize, 2min. Driving into San Ignacio, Belize. The diverse town of 18,000 lies deep in the Belize jungle near Guatemala. San Ignacio and neighboring Santa Elena are towns in western Belize. San Ignacio serves as the cultural-economic hub of the sparsely populated Cayo District. The region got its economic start from Mahogany and chicle production during British colonialism.

  • Farmers Market in San Ignacio, Belize, 3min. The bustling Saturday Market in San Ignacio, Belize. The entire town and surrounding areas gather to sell fruit, vegetables, kitchen supplies and household items. The market is mainly occupied by Mestizos but Mayans, Caribbean Creoles and even white Mennonite farmers sell their goods here. A wide range of fruits, veggies, and spices can be found. Little makeshift restaurants sell freshly made quesadillas, burritos and local plates.

  • Water Slide at Caribbean Villas Resort in San Pedro, Belize, 30sec. Water Slide at Caribbean Villas Resort in San Pedro, Belize . The multi story water slide shoots you into the water very fast!

  • Frio Rio Pools and Waterfalls in The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in Belize. Part 2, 1min. Frio Rio Pools and Waterfalls in The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in Belize. Part 2 from afar. The scenic pools are nice for swimming. The water is pretty warm and you can hang out under the waterfalls.

  • The View from High Up Xunantunich Mayan Ruins in Belize, 1min. The view from high up Xunantunich Mayan Ruins in Belize. The ancient city flourished from 700-1,000 AD. Although Xunantunich is smaller than other sites, the main El Castillo structure is 130 ft tall. There are plazas, temples, artifacts, ball courts, and other ruins to explore.

  • Driving Through Belize City, Belize, 1.5min. Driving Through Belize City, Belize. This Central America city lying on the Carribean Sea has a population of about only 70,000 people. The country has less than 400,000 people now so Belize City is the main spot. The people are mostly Carribean Creole and speak their own version of Creole. Mestizo, Mayan and other ethnic groups also inhabit the port city. Many cruise ships and Western tourists briefly pass through Belize City to get to tourist sites such as islands, caves, and Mayan Ruins.

  • ABbundance Belize | Pilates, Yoga and SUP Retreat, 4min. A recap of our incredible retreat at Royal Belize.

  • EF Tours Belize 2016, 6.5min. On spring break I went to Belize and had a really great time, so here is a slide show of my entire trip.

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