The Family of Yolanda Valencia Wins Civil Suit Against Deputy ComPol Segura
Yolanda Valencia was killed in August 2014 when an intoxicated deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura, in a government vehicle, collided into a taxi just outside San Jose Succotz, Cayo. [...]
Myrtle Palacio Versus Guardian Newspaper
Former People’s United Party Secretary General Myrtle Palacio appeared before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin today, after filing a civil suit against the Guardian Newspaper. The case originates from an article [...]
A Case of Witchcraft and Defamation
In court this morning, Palacio gave a sworn statement. The article and the accompanying cartoon were also tendered as evidence. The argument, however, brings to the fore the issue of [...]
Is it Fair Comment or was Former P.U.P. SecGen Slandered?
Newspaper editor Alfonso Noble, who is named in the suit, is being represented by Senior Counsel Michael Young. Both Young and his client reiterated that what was published in that [...]
Citywide Curfew Officially Green-lighted
Since Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams effected a citywide curfew roughly one month ago, various sectors, including parents, government departments and non-government organizations have raised concerns about the housing [...]
More on the Guatemala Proposals
On Tuesday night, we brought you extensive coverage of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press conference in Belmopan. The issue on the table, of course, was the recent meeting with [...]
Belize’s Proposals Kept Low Key by Guatemalan Congress
As we showed you in Tuesday night’s newscast, both Minister Elrington and Opposition representative Ambassador Assad Shoman believe that the protocols were well received. They are also hopeful that a [...]
Was Belize City Resident Anwar Vernon Murdered?
Was thirty-one-year-old Anwar Vernon murdered? It’s a baffling case that has Belize City police stumped. Vernon had been admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital a week ago, after being [...]
FCD Says Poisoning of Only Water Source in Chiquibul Highly Unlikely
On Holy Saturday, B.D.F. Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey was shot near Valentin Camp in the Chiquibul. Days after, a report into the incident commissioned by the Ministry of National Security [...]
Murder Charges Against Alleged Supal Street Associates are Withdrawn
In October of 2015, a well-known notorious street figure, Edward Albert Robinson was targeted by gunmen but he escaped the shooting and instead a bystander, Jamil Betancourt, was fatally shot [...]
Former Death Row Inmate Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Trafficking
Glenford Baptist, who is serving a twenty-five-year sentence for his part in a murder, has picked up another charge that could lead to further time behind bars. Baptist, who is [...]
Progress in Slain Journalist’s Murder Case
A preliminary inquiry in the case of slain newspaper journalist Kareem Clarke was held in the magistrate’s court on Monday. Clarke was allegedly shot and killed by a minor on [...]
Allison Major is Victorious in Challenging Draconian Gun Laws
A constitutional challenge filed by Belize City resident Allison Major in which he disputed the amended firearm act, concluded in the Supreme Court earlier this week. The suit came on [...]
Mayor Bradley Weighs in on U.D.P. Deputy Leadership
Turning to politics…the U.D.P. Deputy Leadership convention has been set for May twenty-ninth. In the ongoing campaign, on Tuesday, Minister John Saldivar, who is running for first deputy party leader, [...]
What’s Sedi’s Explanation for SATIIM/GAF Encounter?
There’s more tonight on the eleven protocols that were presented to Guatemalan officials. On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington asserted that there is an unofficial understanding at the Sarstoon, a [...]
Funding O.A.S. Adjacency Office is Expensive but Necessary
While the discussion on the new Sarstoon protocols was no doubt the primary item on the agenda of last Friday’s meeting at the O.A.S., it wasn’t the only one. Both [...]
Bienvenido! A New Belize Sign is Inaugurated Near Animal Park
A second Belize Sign was installed today in the area of the Baron Bliss Lighthouse in the City. The first, which is erected at Buttonwood Bay, has been evoking nationalism [...]
Mayor Bradley on Municipal Projects
The Council has been working closely with the Belize Tourism Board and the National Institute of Culture and History on a series of programs to enhance the character of Belize [...]
B.N.T.U. to Hold Forum on Belize/Guatemala Issue
Classes on Friday for primary schools across the country have been cancelled as all teachers are expected to head west to Benque Viejo to attend a forum on the Belize/Guatemala [...]
…A Goal to Subsequently Revise Academic Curriculum
According to Palacio, it is now necessary to revise the existing curriculum to reflect a broader knowledge of the civics and history of Belize. Luke Palacio, National President, B.N.T.U. [...]
Meet & Greet Backa Martins
The weekly meet and greet exercise conducted by Belize City police was concentrated in the Saint Martin’s area this afternoon where officers of varying ranks descended on the streets of [...]
CJC Seeks First Place In Social Security Debate Competition
The beginning of this year saw Social Security Board kicking off their second annual debate among junior colleges, an idea that was born in celebration of Social Security Board’s 34th Anniversary. This year’s first debate took place here in the north between Corozal Junior College and Belize Adventist Junior College, under the topic “Media Sensationalism is distorting our Reality”. CJC won that round and then they went up against the Galen University Debate team. This time the topic was “Technology is destroying our Social Skills”. Once again CJC came out victorious automatically earning them a position to compete in the finals against Ecumenical Junior College.
Results for Sample Sent For Testing For Zika Still Pending
Over this past weekend the Ministry of Health along with a team from the vector control unit, Public Health Department and the Epidemiology Department conducted field investigations to determine the possibility of local transmission of the Zika Virus in Belize. This came after information was received from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that an American couple may have contracted the virus in our country. After the field investigations were conducted the Ministry revealed two potential cases of the virus, one in Stann Creek and one in Toledo. A third person of interest was also located in the Cayo District. Samples were taken from the persons in the southern districts and were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing.
No Arrest Made For Espinoza's Murder
Five days have passed since the brutal slaying of 51 year old cane farmer Gregorio Abel Espinoza and Corozal Police is nowhere close to solving the murder. If viewers can recall Espinoza’s body was discovered on Friday April 8th at around 10:00 in the morning in the area of Santa Rosa located behind the Village of Chan Chen in the Corozal District. According to authorities, upon arrival at the scene they saw the lifeless body of Espinosa lying face down near the banks of the New River. A post mortem conducted on the body concluded that Espinoza died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the thoracic region. The body had a total of 2 gunshots, 1 to the right side around the shoulder area and the other on the lower left rib cage.
Human Rights Report Highlights Police Brutality In Belize
Secretary of State John F. Kerry today issued the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. The report includes the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world including Belize and highlights the intensified global crackdown by the U.S. on societies that restricts the operating space for human rights. The executive summary for Belize's most recent Human Rights Report states that Belize's most important human rights abuses include the use of excessive force by security forces (particularly the police), lengthy pre-trial detention, and harassment and threats based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Among the countries listed in the report as worst countries on human rights were Syria and Afghanistan and in the secretary’s preface, he highlights grim examples of violation of human rights in those countries such as denial of free speech and expression by jailing reporters for writing critical stories, or sharply restricting or closing non-governmental organizations for promoting supposedly foreign ideologies such as universal human rights.
BTV To Conmemorate 157th Anniversary Of The Signing Of The 1859 Treaty
The long standing territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala has recently seen increased aggressions from Guatemalans in from of military hostility, breach of our territorial waters and lands and most recently high Guatemalan officials openly claiming not only Sarstoon Island, but also the entire Sarstoon River. Today the Belize Territorial Volunteers issued a release condemning the most recent hostility by Guatemalans and also pointing out GOB’s continued, deliberate negligence concerning all matters involving Guatemala’s aggressions. As a result of this BTV believes that the awareness campaign being carried by the group, on this issue must be maintained, in an effort to sensitize Belizeans as to the reality of the situation that is impacting our borders.
And as a commemoration of the 157th anniversary of the signing of the 1859 Treaty between the governments of the UK and recognized the border between Belize and Guatemala, the BTV is organizing a trek to the border at the mouth of the Sarstoon River, on Saturday, 30th April 2016 and the Northern Territorial Volunteers will be organizing a similar trek to Garbutt Falls monument on the same day.
Belize – Still ‘Officially’ ZIKA-FREE
Belize officially remains the only country in Central America where a case of the ZIKA virus has not been confirmed. Despite recent reports of an American woman contracting it following a trip to the southern and western parts of Belize, health officials are yet to find any alarming results thus far. Director of Health Services, […]
Former PUP Sec Gen Takes to Court After Being Accused of Dabbling in Witchcraft
The lawsuit filed by former Secretary General of the People’s United Party, Myrtle Palacio, against the “Guardian Newspaper and Editor, Alfonso Noble was heard today in the courtroom Kenneth Benjamin. Palacio alleged that an article published in the newspaper was demeaning and disrespectful and that it defamed her character. Palacio’s argument is that the published […]
Union of Teachers Determine to Learn More on Belize/Guatemala Issue
The Belize National Teachers’ Union is taking on a campaign that is scheduled to be launched in Benque Viejo del Carmen in the Cayo District with its main focus being the Belize/Guatemala issue. The President of the Belize Teachers’ Union, Luke Palacio entertained the media this afternoon where he explained that this undertaking is a […]
BNTU Speaks on Reinsertion of Civics, Social Studies and Geography in the Classroom
In today’s press conference with the head of the Belize National Teachers Union, Luke Palacio, he spoke of the schools’ curriculum and the importance that the union will be placing in having other subjects incorporated. The Belize/Guatemala issue is one of those subjects among others. LUKE PALACIO “We will be trying to get all sides […]
BNTU on Mission to Have Teachers Know the Southern Border
Last week we reported on the national convention held by the Belize National Teachers Union in the Toledo District. As part of that annual session, the teachers were taken to Belize’s border with Guatemala at Jalacte. President Luke Palacio spoke on why that trip was taken and why Jalacte and not the Sarstoon where the […]
Territorial Volunteers Plan Trek to Sarstoon and Garbutt’s Falls
While the Belize National Teachers Union are making plans to have the teachers visit the border areas in southern Belize for educational purposes, Wil Maheia of the Belize Territorial Volunteers has announced the organization of a trek to the border at the mouth of the Sarstoon River. This trek will take place on April 30 […]
Chester Goes From Curfew to Mentorship
A number of stakeholders involved with child safety in Belize have rejected the idea of the curfew brought by Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams. One of those stakeholders is UNICEF. UNICEF representatives have criticized the action including the methodology being used. Love News spoke to Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams who shared his […]
Who Gave the Order to Shut Down the Collet Vendors?
On Monday, a couple who are young entrepreneurs in the Collet division were forced to shut down their business. A police officer was allegedly called by a neighbor to demand that the couple close down their business. Darrel Grant and Ishtar Williams hold a business peddler’s license and a food handler’s certificate. According to Grant […]
A War Over Women in the UDP
The issue of the support by the women in the United Democratic Party seems to have taken the spotlight for a bit in the ongoing campaign for the First Deputy Leader. On Saturday, April 9, Collet Representative, Patrick Faber was asked about the support that his opponent John Saldivar is getting from what he has […]
Briceno Meets with Executive Members in OW North
Last week we told you of the National Executive meeting held by the People’s United Party where the decision to remove Ramon Cervantes Jr was delivered. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chairman, Henry Usher confirmed that that was the decision taken and that Cervantes would be replaced by Christopher Coye. Earlier this week, […]
Belize and El Salvador Strengthen Ties
Celi Paz has been the Ambassador for Belize to El Salvador since 2010. While she currently resides in that Central American country, Ambassador Paz is in Belize and was at the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday where Love News spoke to her on her role and duties as the Ambassador to El Salvador. CELI PAZ “Charges […]
Belize and Guatemala trying to work out modus for Sarstoon
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called a press briefing late Tuesday evening in the Capital City to update on recent developments in the strained relations with Guatemala and Belize as it relates to the Sarstoon. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, a meeting was agr...
4 home invasions in 6 months in Camalote Area
Four home invasions in the past 6 months have occurred on this stretch of road in Camalote Village. In Belize, home invasions are referred to as “Aggravated Burglary” as it involves not only the breaking into homes, but the breaking into homes when the residents are there. Since October of last yea...
Daughter attacks her father with an axe
A Sandhill woman pleaded guilty to wounding her own father with an axe. Lily Ozaeta admitted to chopping her 84 year old father, Nicholas Ozaeta, in the head, making him unconscious and landing him in hospital. According to the police report, on Sunday, April 11, 2016, Nicholas Ozaeta reported to th...
Allyson Major wins constitutional case over firearms
Allyson Major, Sr., on Monday won an important case in the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of the Firearms (Amendment) Act, 2010. Major sued two officers of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) and the Attorney General for unlawful detention and violation of his Constitutional rights. In...
Bus driver charged in accident
Franco Audinett, a 37 year old bus driver from Hattieville, Belize District, has been arraigned for manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, and driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention. On March 18, Audinett is accused of negligently driving a Blue Bird passenger...
Garifuna Arrival Day marked in Belize
Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th is the celebration of the ethnic group’s arrival to Belize, memorializing the larger of two migrations from Honduras that took place in 1823. But it was borne out of a bitter day in March, 1797, when more than 2 thousand of the original Black Caribs, defeated...
BTIA launches ‘Capture the Cover’ competition
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) is calling photographers to submit photo entries for the upcoming Belize Destination Magazine 2016/2017 competition.
The magazine, which highlights Belize as a tourist destination, wants to publish photos from ordinary Belizeans in its latest edition. The photos can depict an array of subjects from culture to landscapes and heritage sites.
“We are seeking your inspiring images depicting Belize,” the BTIA said.
To enter the competition, participants must follow the Destination Belize page on Facebook under the name @Destination Belize and on Instagram under @destination.belize and get three friends to do the same.
Participants must also post an original photo on Facebook or Intstagram and tag Destination Belize along with the three friends and include the hashtag #destinationbelize. Photos must include a brief description and location.
Breaking Belize News
Second “BELIZE” sign up near Baron Bliss Lighthouse
A second “BELIZE” sign was unveiled this afternoon along the seashore in the vicinity of the Baron Bliss Lighthouse on Marine Parade by the Belize City Council. Built with funds from an anonymous donor, City Councilor responsible for Parks and Beautification, Kevin Singh, said that […]
Kareem Clarke killer to be tried for murder
KREMANDALA journalist Kareem Clarke was murdered on July 6th, 2015. A minor was charged for his murder and the preliminary inquiry was held at the Family Court in Belize City yesterday. The big news today is that the accused has been committed to stand trial at […]
Ex-PUP Secretary General sues Guardian editor for libel
Myrtle Palacio, the former Secretary General of the People’s United Party (PUP), is suing editor of the UDP’s Guardian newspaper, Alfonso Noble, for libel. The trial was heard today by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. When she appeared as a guest on party radio station Vibes […]
Murder charge withdrawn, another co-accused to face inquiry
Devon Sankey and Ryan Alvarez were charged with the October 2015 murder of Edward Robinson, shot dead while the two were allegedly targeting 33 year old Jamil Betancourt on North Creek. However, after five months on remand, Sankey’s charges are withdrawn by order of […]
Glenford Baptist in marijuana trouble
40 year old Glenford Baptist, who is serving a sentence of 25 years for a conviction of murder, was charged with drug trafficking when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Baptist pleaded not guilty to the charge, telling the Senior Magistrate, “I […]
American charged for cannabis at airport
36 year old American national Russel Reid, a salesman of Los Angeles who was busted with 1.4 grams of cannabis at Phillip Goldson International Airport, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled drug when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, […]
Garifuna leader dies in Honduras
The National Garifuna Council (NGC) issued a press release announcing that a delegation will be leaving the country today to participate in burial activities for one of the ethnic group’s great leaders, Sasamu Celeo Alvarez Casildo. Casildo will be buried in Honduras where he […]
Man dead after accidentally shooting himself
A Georgeville resident yesterday died from a gunshot wound which he accidentally inflicted to himself while working at his farm. 53-year-old Earl Tillette reportedly tripped and shot himself in the jaw at around 9:45 a.m., later succumbing to his injury at the Karl Heusner […]
Teenager killed in traffic accident
A traffic accident on the Southern Highway yesterday morning took the life of a 19-year-old Guatemalan national as she exited a taxi around the mile 1 ½ area. Initial investigations revealed that Sara Suchite had exited a taxi and was running across the highway […]
Police investigates death of Belize City man
Yesterday afternoon at around 2:30, Belize City Police were dispatched to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) where upon arrival, officers saw the lifeless body of 31-year-old Anwar Vernon. Vernon had been found in a drain by police officers on Wednesday of last week […]
Vega backs Saldivar
Deputy Prime Minister and Orange Walk North area representative Gaspar Vega has offered his public endorsement for John Saldivar’s candidacy to replace him as the UDP’s First Deputy. According to Saldivar’s committee, Vega joins 12 other Cabinet colleagues and a total of approximately 20 […]
PLB playoff action heats up
The action is starting to heat up as only four teams stand ready to face off in the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) playoffs round: the BDF FC, Police united, Placencia Assassins and Belmopan Bandits. The first round was played on Saturday night. Police […]
The April 10, 2016 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE
This Week's Stories:
- POLICE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TWO
SUSPECTS IN THE SELENA MURDER:
residents of Selena Village, Cayo for
their role in the murder of 63-
year-old Guatemalan laborer, Edgar
Alfonso Perdomo Aldana, of
Selena Village. The persons of
interest are Guillermo Duarte, 27,
and Marlon Padilla, 22.
Sometime around 3:00 a.m. on
Saturday, April 2, Aldana was
drinking in the Iguana Creek
Government School compound,
about 50 feet from his residence,
with his friend Ruben Manzon. According to reports, this was when
Duarte and Padilla approached
them. Words were exchanged
between the men and a fight started.
During the fight, either Duarte or
Padilla pulled out a machete and
began to chop his rivals. Manzon
received multiple chop wounds to the
upper part of his body but was able
to escape and ran for help.
Unfortunately, Aldana was not as
lucky. He could not escape the fury
of his attackers. He was chopped
multiple times to the head and
body and bled out at the scene of the
- Sacred Heart Primary School Student
Hit By Truck - In Critical Condition:
Reports reaching us indicate that
during the school lunch break, a
Sacred Heart Primary student was hit
by a truck owned by Bahadur & Sons
The incident occured in front of the
popular Trin’s Deli located on Eve
Street in San Ignacio.
Eye witnesses report that everything
transpired so quickly, resulting in
the little boy being hit and laying
on the street with blood coming
from his mouth and behind his
head. The little boy was
subsequently rushed to the San
Ignacio polyclinic where he is listed
in a critical condition.
(Subsequent unconfirmed reports
suggest the little boy succumed to
- New Cayo Top Cop - Happy
With Community Involvement:
Rosado, Officer Commanding San
Ignacio Formation, has been the top
cop in Cayo for two months now
and he is settling in well. Rosado
emphasizes the importance of
community policing and sees the
department as simply an extension of
the community it serves. In order to
keep crime under control in the area,
it will take the residents of San
Ignacio, Santa Elena, and the 20
surrounding villages to effectively
police their space. Offciers of the
formation are enforcement agents
that act on behalf of the people they
“It has been a wonderful
experience so far because we
have received the full support of
the community,” Rosado told the
STAR. He is in the process of setting
up a “Cayo Formation Advisory
Board” to better police the
- Drugs Found In Red Creek
And Santa Elena Town:
Cayo Police conducted a series of
searches over the last week. At 2:39
p.m. on Monday, April 4, police
conducted a search in an empty lot
on the George Price Highway in the
Red Creek area.
This led to the discovery of a
plastic bag which contained 198
grams of Cannabis.
Noone was in the immediate area;
theerfore it was labeled and
deposited as “Found Property”.
Later that day, conducted a
search in an empty lot on Carmen
Street, Santa Elena Town which
led to the discovery of a black
plastic bag containing 710 grams
of Cannabis. This bag was
labeled and deposited as “Found
- Belize Produces $27 Million More
In Goods And Services In 2015:
The fourth quarter preliminary estimates
by the Statistical Institute of
Belize show that the level of economic
activity during the months of October
to December 2015 increased by 0.6
percent when compared to the same
quarter in 2014. The total value of
goods and services produced in
Belize was $661.1 million, up $3.7
million from $657.4 million in 2014.
For the first nine months of the year,
the level of production in the country
was 1.2 percent higher than it was in
2014, as the relatively strong growth
experienced during the first quarter
largely offset declines in the
subsequent two quarters. Therefore,
the economy grew by 1.0 percent in
the year 2015, just over $27 million
in goods and services.
- Cost Of Living Increases But Falls Slightly In Cayo:
April 7, 2016:
Cost of living has increased slightly
in Belize, according to the Statistical
Institute of Belize, but San Ignacio/
Santa Elena saw price fell by a
fraction of a percentage point. SIB
released its latest statistics on
the Consumer Price Index on
Wednesday, March 30, and it
reveals that cost of living increased
by 0.3 percent in February of
2016. According to S.I.B., the All-Items
Consumer Price Index stood at 102.7
in February of 2016, up from 102.5
in the same month last year. The price
of beef, pigtail, eggs, cabbage and
premium gasoline increased by 20.1
percent, 8 percent, 17.2 percent, 37.6
percent and 27.1 percent;
respectively, in the month of
February 2016 as compared to 2015.
- Why Mexicans Are
Troubled By Donald Trump:
that drives Donald Trump crazy
apart from yellow number 5 hair
colour," jokes Chumel Torres, a
Mexican comedian that has taken the
internet by storm.
His show, El Pulso de la Republica
(The Pulse of the Republic), is
Mexico's answer to the US late-night
talk show The Daily Show.
While there are few Mexicans who
find US Republican candidate Donald
Trump funny, laughing in the face of
adversity is the strategy Torres has
decided to adopt and he seems to be
doing something right.
The comedian, who originally trained
as an engineer, has 1.5 million subscribers
to his Spanish-language YouTube
channel and a growing number
of fans for his newer English-language
The appetite for Trump gags is high
but it is starting to wear thin, Torres
- NEBL Playoffs Fast Approaching As
Teams Fight For Playoff Positions:
There are three weeks remaining in
the NEBL regular season, as each
game becomes even more critical, as
teams are making their final playoff
push. Below is the schedule for the
Friday night at 9 p.m. - Cayo
Western Ballaz at Belmopan Bandits
Friday night at 9 p.m. - San Pedro
Tiger Sharks at Belize City No Limit
Saturday night at 8 p.m. - Smart
Belize Hurricanes at Independence
Saturday night at 9 p.m. - San
Pedro Tiger Sharks at Orange Walk
Sunday at 1 p.m. - Independence
Thunderbolts at Orange Walk Running
- United States to Donate $13
Million for Belize Law Enforcement:
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
Today’s 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.
- STAR Humor
- Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers
- Letters to the Editor
- Public Notices
A Tropic Air Charter Over the Blue Hole of Belize: I’ve Been Waiting 9 Years for This!
Yesterday, I flew with Tropic Air over the Great Blue Hole of Belize. The flight I’ve been dreaming of for about 9 years…and even though I have had guest bloggers post about it and I have been there in person on a boat AND I’ve seen pictures of this world famous sinkhole thousands of times, it was even better than I imagined.
It was one of those “bursting with love for the place you live” moments. It’s miraculous. And corny as it sounds, I have never seen some of the blues I saw from up there. I was thinking of trying to identify them…to give you the “Pantone perspective”. At the very least, I was looking for lots of different synonyms for the word blue.
But Pantone (the premier color system in the world)? You’ve got nothing on Belize. AND the word “arctic” doesn’t quite fit.
I don’t have much more…so let me show you through pictures.
It was a beautiful day as the five of us headed out…
We swooped over the island and the main reef. Our pilot gave us information on what we were seeing and where we were heading.
BELIZE'S WONDER WOMEN! Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow
Last month we announced that each month we will highlight individual stories of Belizean women from all parts of Belize doing their part to make this country great.
To kickoff this campaign our first Belize Wonder Woman will be none other than Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow!!!
Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, wife of the Prime Minister and Special Envoy for Women & Children.
Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow is the wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Honorable Dean Barrow and Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and Children and Global Ambassador for Special Olympics since 2008 as well as the Founder and Director of the Lifeline Foundation, which raises thousands of dollars annually to aid disenfranchised children. Her two major projects as Special Envoy for Women and Children are a Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit constructed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and The Inspiration Center which offers healthcare and therapy for children with disabilities.
Explore the Cayes of Belize on a stand-up paddleboard
If you stay current on hot recreation trends, you may already know that Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has become North America’s favorite new aquatic sport. This thrilling adventure isn’t just for surfer dudes with sun-bleached hair! Folks of all ages are learning and loving SUP, so if your bucket list includes learning and mastering this activity, you’ll need an idyllic environment like Belize’s sheltered lagoons and the turquoise waters surrounding the Southern Barrier Reef to accomplish your wish.
Does age matter? Not a bit. They’ve taken seniors on SUP adventures and they have the times of their lives. Not up for anything that requires checking your health insurance to make sure accidents are covered? Don’t be silly. Norm Hann and his skilled staff never met a person they couldn’t train to paddle board safely and at any age, so expect to enjoy the ride of a lifetime and return home with stories sure to make friends and work colleagues envious.
I mean, who gets a whole private island for their birthday? (Hint: You’re looking at him)
Your first thought when you step off the boat and on to Blackadore Caye is “This can not be real.”
It is like a Hollywood movie set for a tropical island adventure film.
The coconut trees seem too perfectly spaced to be real. The ground beneath them too perfectly swept clean. The sand too white. The water on either side of this long, narrow caye shimmers in variants of teal, turquoise and aquamarine. The dry, cool wind sweeps so sweetly upon the skin, not a drop of perspiration survives. The cloud-dappled sky is a dreamy blue — azure color #007FFF, if you are into replicating sky colors from an RGB color wheel.
I walk south along a gently etched trail, marveling in the stillness broken only by the rustle of palm fronds in the breeze and the lapping of water against a rough limestone retaining wall.
The palm tree oasis yields abruptly to a wall of dense, razor-sharp grasses, with a wide fresh path carved down the middle, beckoning me to walk on. But in the tall grass the wind dies. The dense air suffocates and boils. It feels almost malevolent how quickly the island’s personality changes. Not many steps in I opt to retreat to the palm trees and the gentle breeze.
Almost US$2 billion needed to end poor housing in Caribbean
Approximately US$1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions currently endured by 1 million residents in The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank report, The State of Housing in Six Caribbean Countries.
The report, which analyzed the implementation of social housing programmes in the Caribbean from 2000 to 2015, underscores the importance of housing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the larger agenda in poverty alleviation, economic development, and climate resilience.
Rapid urbanization has created a housing deficit in Caribbean, prompting a large share of the population to live in informal settlements that are disproportionately affected by landslides, flooding, and storm surges, the report says. Moreover, the absence of efficiently functioning land markets, inaccurate property registries, and land disputes have compounded the problem and slowed the pace of housing programmes.
“Improving housing conditions in the Caribbean can have large impacts on poverty reduction, improving lives of a significant share of the population,’’ said Michael G. Donovan, IDB Senior Housing and Urban Development Specialist, one of the authors of the study.
Caribbean Examinations Council to introduce electronic testing
Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will soon allow students to take their examinations on a computer or electronic device.
Announcing plans for a pilot later this month, CXC said the move towards electronic testing is in keeping with its commitment “to observe global quality standards in the delivery of examination services and deliver enhanced learner experiences through the consistent use of technology”.
“Electronic testing will bring regional learners up to speed with worldwide test-taking practices and provide them with the flexibility to interact with images, video, audio and other resources during their examinations,” it explained.
“CXC’s electronic testing format will adhere to world-class security standards which will guarantee the integrity of the test taking.”
Great Belize Cooking - Episode 6: Toledo (Chocolate & Cohune Cabbage), 60min. Great Belize Cooking is the newest show produced by Great Belize Television - Channel 5. It is a travelling showcase of the different cultural foods and ingredients used within communities throughout the country of Belize.
Moho Chocolate Bars from Belize: We try each others W/ Me, Gabe, Seth, and Mom, 6min. Today we try the Moho chocolate bars we made at the chocolate factory in Belize during our Western Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Dawn.
BSI ASR WEEKLY CROP REVIEW 2016 - WEEK 18, 3min.
Rock jumping into the pools at Big Rock Falls, 1min. Enjoying Belize!!!
Child Aid Toledo, a Humana People to People project in Belize, 5min. Humana People to People Child Aid Toledo build capacity and improve the lives of people in Toledo via production of organic vegetables
Best Belize Snorkeling - amazing snorkeling, 6min. qmazing snorkeling I hope you Enjoy it !
Belize 2016, 3.5min.
Tropic Air Flight Belize City to Dangriga, 17.5min. Took a tropic Air flight in a Cessna 208 from Belize City to Dangriga in February on our way to Hopkins Belize.
Belize Bird Rescue: Our latest success story, Pelican Release, 2min. These Brown Pelicans came to us with perforated pouches and suffering from a heavy parasite load. One was banded and had come all the way all the way from North Carolina. After about 3 weeks of TLC they had made a full recovery and were anxious to get back to where they belong in the wild. Amanda Margraves and David Morrow transported them to a beach near Belize City where they eagerly flew off.