BNTU Converges on Benque to Launch Stand Up for Belize Campaign
Teachers converged today in Benque Viejo del Carmen, the community closest to the border with Guatemala in west. This is where the Belize National Teachers Union kicked off a campaign [...]
Union is Challenged to Formulate a Position on ICJ
Seasoned negotiator Assad Shoman, an expert on the Belize/Guatemala issue, has a total of forty-one years of experience dealing with the territorial dispute. He challenged educators to go a step [...]
How Will Newfound Knowledge on Territorial Dispute be Taught in School?
While the objective of the countrywide campaign is twofold, emphasis is being placed on interpreting the information presented for future use in the classroom. According to B.N.T.U. National President Luke [...]
The Referendum Unit and its Role in Pedagogy
The role of the Referendum Unit which has now evolved into the International Boundaries Unit is critical to the overall awareness by Belizeans of the Belize/Guatemala issue. The wealth of [...]
Raw Sewage Pumped into Haulover Creek Causes Public Uproar
Can you imagine a scenario where in Belize City, in 2016, raw sewage is being pumped into the Haulover Creek? Incredible, right? But it’s true. News Five visited a site [...]
Sarstoon FOB Nears Completion
The Belize/Guatemala dispute is currently front and center of all national discourse, with special attention given to the Sarstoon where the Guatemalans are insisting that their permission is required to [...]
Officer’s Murder Charge Downgraded to Manslaughter
Back in June 2015, police charged two officers on duty at the Caye Caulker police station with the murder of eighteen-year-old Hilberto Sotz who was killed while in police custody. [...]
Percival Pilgrim to Stand Trial in ‘Ghost’ Usher’s Murder
A year ago, gunmen executed forty-year old Edward “Ghost” Usher, a resident of Mayflower Street while he was on the steps of his house in the Ghost Town area in [...]
Dangriga Police Make Progress in Disturbing Case Involving Disabled Minor
Tonight we can report that there is some progress in the investigation of an allegation of a disturbing crime in Dangriga. Police have been encountering difficulties in getting a formal [...]
Marijuana is the Topic of SSB’s 2016 Debate Competition
Today the Social Security Board held the finals of its 2016 Debate Competition where six students from two tertiary level institutions faced off – Corozal Junior College and Ecumenical Junior [...]
Ecumenical Junior College Wins Spirited Debate on Marijuana Legislation
The debate raged on all morning, with the three members of each team presenting the results of studies and surveys to support the stance assigned for the debate. Pearla [...]
An Update on John Saldivar’s Deputy Leadership Campaign
On May twenty-ninth delegates of the United Democratic Party will select a new first Deputy Leader to replace Gaspar Vega. It’s expected that the victor will automatically get a shoe [...]
Primary School Table Tennis Competition Held in Belize City
Student athletes from primary schools across Belize City participated in a table tennis tournament at the Belize Elementary School today. The event was organized by the Belize Table Tennis Association [...]
How to Prevent ZIKA: A Few Tips You Should Follow
The Ministry of health says it will be providing information on the results of ZIKA tests next week. The samples were taken from two persons in the Stann Creek and [...]
UNICEF Maintains Stand Against Curfew and/or Detention of Children
Earlier this week we have heard that the curfew or preventative detention of youth on the streets, unsupervised, has been given the green light. Assistant Commissioner Police Chester Williams made the initial announcement of this initiative on March 17 following the BLACK March by the Belize Police Department. That announcement had sparked much debate in […]
Stann Creek Ecumenical Wins SSB Debate
The Social Security Board held their final debate competition for 2016. Participating schools were Corozal Junior College versus Ecumenical Junior College. The topic of the debate was “the criminal legislation of marijuana has been a major discussion in many countries. Do you believe that marijuana should be legalized in Belize?” The Social Security Board held […]
From Murder to Manslaughter for Two Cops
A charge of murder against two police constables, Hallet King and Leonard Nunez, was reduced to manslaughter when they appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, on instruction from the Director of Public Prosecutions. King and Nunez were both released on bails of two thousand dollars each and their case was adjourned until […]
BNTU Launches STAND UP FOR BELIZE Campaign
About 1500 educators came from the various districts to attend the launch of a campaign of the Belize National Teachers’ Union at the Mount Carmel High School Auditorium. This campaign carries the theme, Stand up for Belize and is geared at educating the teachers on the Belize/Guatemala issue and the progress that negotiators have made […]
ICJ – The Best Option for Belize?
While the BNTU is seeking knowledge on the Belize/Guatemala matter there is also the issue of the International Court of Justice and whether Belize should or should not go. Former Foreign Minister Assad Shoman spoke on the advantages that Belize has over Guatemala in the territorial differendum. According to BNTU’s President, Luke Palacio the union […]
Shoman Agrees with the Artificial Border
‘Artificial Border’ – it is a term that brought on harsh criticisms against Foreign Minister Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington. Today, however, former Foreign Minister clarified the term and told the teachers at today’s forum that he is in agreement with Elrington on the artificial border. According to the National Geographic website, borders are real or artificial […]
Neighbour Complains of Fire Hearth Next Door
Thelma’s Kitchen on Ceasar Ridge Road is a popular restaurant on the south side of Belize City. While many enjoy their food, one person is not happy with Thelma’s Kitchen and that is neighbor, Betty Bradley. Bradley said she has been complaining for some time to officials because the fire hearth used by the owner […]
Mayas Object to Construction of Garifuna Monument
The Maya Land Rights issue against the Government of Belize was one thing but now it seems that they are preparing to take on the Garifuna community in southern Belize. Love News understands that the Chairman and Alcalde of Midway Village, Juan Ico and Thomas Ishim have requested have requested that the construction of a […]
Belize/Guatemala In the Schools’ Curriculum
Yesterday we brought you the interview where BNTU’s President Luke Palacio spoke of incorporating certain subjects into the curriculum including history, geography and civics. Today Palacio spoke of what brought about today could be easily incorporated into the subjects.
Garifuna Community mourns death of beloved leader from Honduras
The National Garifuna Council is mourning the death of one of the ethnic group’s beloved leaders from Honduras. He is Sasamu Celeo Alvarez Casildo; described as a cultural warrior, human rights activist and promoter of justice. Casildo was a founding member of the Central American Black Organization along with the National Garifuna Council. He was the leader and mobilizer of Organization for Community and Ethnic Development (ODECO), an organization focused on empowering and fighting the cause of Garinagu and Afro-descendants of Honduras. The National GArifuna Council says they are eternally grateful for his stalwart leadership and extend sympathies to his immediate family, ODECO family, and the government and people of Honduras. Sasamu Celeo will be laid to rest in Honduras on Thursday April 14th. A delegation from the NGC in elize will be attending the funeral.
CXC going digital
The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) announced this week that candidates will soon be able to take their exams online. CXC said that it will launch a pilot project during the week of April 25, which will enable students to take their exams on a computer or another […]
BEL blames Mexico for country-wide outages Sunday night
The Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has blamed its Mexican supplier, Comercial Federal de Electricidad (CFE) for three countrywide power outages that occurred on Sunday night, which spanned just over an hour. In a prompt press release following the outages, BEL explained that it stabilized the […]
Consultations on LGP Gas aim to improve industry
The Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry will be receiving advice from a team of Mexican experts in the next few weeks, as part of a technical assistance arrangement aimed at improving the industry in Belize. The Mexican team will be in Belize on May 18-19 […]
Taiwan helps Belize vehicle/drivers license system go digital
Belize will soon have an electronic system for driver and vehicle licenses, as well as vehicle registration with a web portal to access information thanks to the efforts of the Central Information Technology Office (C.I.T.O.) and Taiwan’s technical mission in Belize, led by Ming-Cheng (Diego) Tsai. Two information and communications […]
Belize stands to benefit from diplomatic ties with four countries
Belize renewed diplomatic ties with four countries when ambassadors representing each country presented their credentials to Governor General, Sir Colville Young on Monday. Non-resident Ambassadors Aitzaz Ahmed of Pakistan, Yusra Khan of Indonesia, Ibrahim Obeidat of Jordan and Mohamed Saadat of Palestine each conveyed their […]
Britain launches $300 million Caribbean Infrastructure Fund
Commonwealth Caribbean countries now have access to a £300 million fund (some US $426.5 million) for infrastructure projects, through the newly launched United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF). Baroness Sandip Verma, the UK’s Development Minister for the Caribbean, launched the UKCIF on Monday at the […]
Dangriga man accused of molesting step daughter
Dangriga police, with help from the Ministry of Human Development, are investigating the case of a man accused of raping his mentally ill step-daughter. The mother of the 15-year-old girl visited the Dangriga Police Station on April 1 to make the report. According to the […]
Top Cop targets Chinese Shops for posing as restaurants
Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams this week announced his intention to wage war against Chinese businesses which sell beer to patrons after 9 o’clock at night The Deputy Commissioner says he intends to close down those businesses which cannot show that they are are operating as real restaurants. Williams […]
The prognosis for those with the Zika virus just got worse! The Centers for Disease Control in the United States announced on Wednesday this week that there is an unmistakable link between Zika and growth deformity in babies. Babies born with this deformity have smaller heads and weaker brains. Sometimes […]
Is Guatemala serious about Sarstoon protocols?
On March 15, 2016, it was agreed at a meeting hosted by the OAS in Washington D.C., that Belize and Guatemala would prepare draft proposals for a way forward in the Sarstoon. This is an area that had become a hotspot shared by both countries. Working together, Belize’s Ministry of […]
Date set for Faber/Saldivar showdown
The United Democratic Party’s (UDP) much anticipated convention to select a new deputy party leader has been set for May 29. The UDP National Party Council decided on the date. The convention will be held at the ITVET compound in Belize City. Some 588 delegates […]
GOB settles with victim’s family, Deputy ComPol still on interdiction
The Government of Belize has agreed to pay $70,000 to the family of Yolanda Valencia after it was sued along with Deputy Commissioner of Police, Miguel Segura for causing her death in a traffic accident in August 2014. Justice Shona Griffith presided over the Court […]
Chester cracking down on businesses
The Belize Police Department is proposing a crackdown on business establishments operating after 9:00 p.m. without a restaurant license as part of its ongoing crime prevention measures. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chester Williams, Eastern Division South Commander, the law is clear on the difference between a restaurant […]
Former Hofius employees charged with stealing $287,000
Two former employees of the well-known hardware store, Hofius on Albert Street have been charged with 49 counts of ‘theft’ of more than a quarter of a million dollars from the company. Koshia Gentle, a former supervisor and Lydia Bennett, a former clerk at the […]
Breaking Belize News
Accused teenage murderer to stand trial
40 year old Edward Usher of Mayflower Street was shot dead on his doorsteps in broad daylight a year ago this week. The young man accused of pulling the trigger, Percival Pilgrim, will now stand trial for that murder after a preliminary inquiry concluded today. […]
Accused in alleged murder conspiracy allowed to leave country
Korean national businesswoman, Hyang Chong Park, who was granted Supreme Court bail in the sum of $75,000 with stringent conditions after being charged in the plot to kill four persons in Belize, allegedly masterminded by Bradley Paumen, successfully applied to the Supreme Court on Thursday for permission […]
Policemen’s charges in Hilberto Sotz case reduced
Back in June 2016, police had initially charged two of their own officers posted on Caye Caulker with murder, for allegedly beating 18 year old Hilberto Sotz to death while in their custody. Today, after 10 months on remand for murder, a directive from the […]
Immigration Again!? Chinese passports “suspect”
Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality, Beverly Castillo, has confirmed to other media that her Ministry is researching the validity of two passports issued to Chinese nationals recently. The holders are suggested to have acquired their passports with suspect documents, […]
Report finds trouble coming for Latin American region
Latin America and the Caribbean are in contraction, and are unable to find a balance between reducing spending and minimizing its effects on economic activity and hard-won social gains, the World Bank reports. As detailed in “The Commodity Cycle in Latin America: Mirages and […]
Hands and Heart Mission to conduct surgeries in northern Belize
A Medical Mission will arrive in Belize over the weekend and will be conducting a series of general surgeries for patients in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. The Hands and Heart Mission will be arriving on April 17. Medical Chief of Staff at […]
Mainly fair and dry weather conditions continue over our area
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny and warm weather today, then partly cloudy skies tonight with little or no rainfall expected. Winds will be blowing from the East-Southeast at 5-15 knots and the sea state will be choppy. High temperatures […]
Dreams do Come True
I would like to personally congratulate the new Ambergris Caye Belize Rotary Club for jumping in with both feet and making a difference in our community so quickly. Without a doubt they will go far and grow strong fast.
On Wednesday past, Shirlee Arnould our Branch Coordinator, Heidi Simmons our newly appointed Blood Drive Coordinator and I were invited to represent the San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross at their weekly meeting. They wanted to know first hand what we do and how they could help. This invitation is as good as gold and proof to me that dreams do come true. I have been quietly asking for more cavalry since 2014 and a large group of really great people just stepped up.
I was tasked with telling them about our youth group, volunteer vacations and our First Aid Program.
The one thing that is making me finally like public speaking (even though I still get butterflies) is being able to tell people about the unfolding of the movie that has long been running in my head and how the next scene is coming to reality before my eyes. My pleasure in that comes greatly from the fact of seeing the giant puzzle come together where all the charity organizations take it to a new level of working smarter not harder to help each other rise up strong for the greater good of everyone.
There is a Difference: FULL SERVICE Snorkel & Caye Caulker Tour on YOLO with Island Dreams Tours
Yesterday, I took a ride on the beautiful 40 foot, custom built (here in San Pedro) catamaran “YOLO”. A ride out to Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley and then beautiful Caye Caulker and I can attest: this boat and the crew are one of a kind.
There were 16 of us in all…and there is SO MUCH ROOM on this boat. For lounging (in and out of the sun), chatting, getting ready to snorkel…
We headed out – cruising towards Belize’s most popular snorkel spots. First stop, Hol Chan Marine Reserve – turtles, fish of all colors and gorgeous coral.
Culture, food, music of Belize in spotlight at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016
The music, food and culture of Belize will be woven throughout activities on Fair Grounds during the New Orleans Jazz Fest this year.
Belize is the focus of the 2016 Cultural Exchange Pavilion. Each year, the pavilion, which is in the center of the Fair Grounds, near Food Area II and the African Marketplace, puts the spotlight on a contributions of specific nations, such as Haiti and Brazil, or important New Orleans culture providers, such as Mardi Gras Indians and, most recently, NOCCA in 2015.
This year, festival goers will have the opportunity to hear music, see demonstrations and learn about the history and customs of the small Caribbean country of about 300,000, which includes people of Maya, Mestizo, Creole, East Indian, Garifuna, Chinese, Lebanese, Mennonite and Caribbean descent. The country was under British rule until 1981. The national language is English.
The The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, which runs April 22-24 and April 28-May 1 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., has hosted cultural exchanges since 1996.
Belize and New Orleans share cultural traditions, including Carnival and a respect for local music traditions. Florencio Mess, 78, who maintains the centuries-old harp-making tradition of the Maya K'ekchi' harp, will perform in the pavilion and be interviewed on the Alison Minor Music Heritage Stage on April 30 at 3:15 p.m.
5 Magical Mayan Relics in the Mountains of Belize
Where did the origin of art in the Americas begin? With early colonial artist John White (1540-1593)? With the Aztecs of central Mexico, who ruled an empire from the 14th to 16th centuries? Or perhaps with the tribes of the Great Plains of North America, who produced the oldest known painted object in the region – a Cooper Bison Skull found in Oklahoma from around 10,500 BC?
In pre-Columbian times there is only one known civilization that created a fully-developed writing system, along with art, architecture and even astronomy – the Maya. Today most people think primarily of their perfectly-formed pyramids, such as Chichen Itza in Mexico. But the Mesoamerican culture spread right down through modern Guatemala and Honduras to El Salvador, leaving a legacy of creation that is still being discovered today. It’s in Central America’s only English-speaking nation though, that a truly stunning variety of artifacts can be found in such a compact area – Belize.
In Western Belize, the Maya Mountains stretch 115 kilometers all the way from eastern Guatemala, covered in a blanket of jungle that once protected the Maya, and then the ruins of their civilization. Now, from the intricate reliefs of Xunantunich to the might of Caracol’s towering architecture, Belize offers a rare chance to get up close and personal with one of the world’s ancient people’s – a situation that may not last for long.
They Said There Was No Hope For This Feeble Stray Kitten, But His Saviour Refused To Give Up
On 9th January 2015, a starving stray kitten was found on a busy highway in Belize, Central America. Bruised and bloody, his jaw was broken and he was almost starved to death.
A young woman saw the poor creature as she drove past him in her car. Without a moment’s hesitation, she picked him up and put him in her car. As the kitten sat down in her passenger seat, he let out a soft miaow, as if thanking her for rescuing him.
His saviour took him immediately to the nearest veterinary clinic where he would need urgent medical care.
The young woman took him home and gave him all the love and attention he had so cruelly been denied.
A year on, and Smeagol is doing very well! He has his own Facebook page and Instagram account where his mum shares all his little moments of happiness. You wouldn’t believe his transformation!
Stakeholders set path for establishment of regional creative industries body
The Caribbean is renowned worldwide for its creative culture, including music, folklore, crafts, festivals and carnivals. Despite making some progress in developing the cultural and creative sectors, the region has lagged in translating its creativity into substantial economic gains.
This reality prompted the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government at their 26th Intercessional meeting held in February 2015, to recommend the establishment of a Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU), a dedicated body to address the needs of the region’s cultural and creative industries.
Further to CARICOM’s recommendation, on Tuesday, April 12 in Kingston, Jamaica, 28 stakeholders representing the creative industries of the region gathered for a historic consultation. This meeting set the path for the creation of the CCIMU. When established, the Unit will address the needs of the regional creative industries -- including business development, trade opportunities, and the protection of artists’ and stakeholders’ intellectual property rights.
Jamaica moves towards ditching Queen, impeachment legislation and term limits
Legislation to allow impeachment proceedings against corrupt public officials and Parliamentarians, constitutional amendments to transition Jamaica to a republic and fixed election dates and term limits are on the priority list of the Jamaica Government for 2016.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen highlighted those plans, among others, as he delivered the Throne Speech during the 2016/17 ceremonial opening of Parliament yesterday.
He told Members of Parliament and Senators the issues were among the “major action items” on the government’s legislative agenda for this year.
Listing those items, Sir Patrick said a Constitution (Amendment) Bill will be laid to, among other things, replace the Queen with a non-executive President as Jamaica’s Head of State; Parliament will see legislation to create fixed election dates and term limits for the Prime Minister; legislation to provide for impeachment proceedings to be brought against corrupt public officials and Parliamentarians is on the cards; and an Integrity Commission Bill will establish a single anti-corruption body.
USAID announces $30 million challenge to combat zika
On Wednesday, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development, calling innovators around the world to submit groundbreaking ideas to enhance the ability to respond to the current zika outbreak and generate cutting-edge technologies and approaches that better prepare the world to address the disease threats of tomorrow.
In support of the Global Health Security Agenda championed by US President Barack Obama, the Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge will invest up to $30 million in groundbreaking innovations and interventions that enhance our ability to prevent, detect, and respond in both the short and long-term by sourcing innovations that mitigate the spread and impact of Zika virus and improve the ability to combat future infectious disease outbreaks.
Garifuna International Film Festival
Friday, May 27 at 2 AM - 4 AM.
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The Department of the Environment - DOE shares important information on illegal dumping in their latest ad, 2min.
Belize w Hugh Parkley thru Carnival Glory, 5min. Few shots on dives in Belize while on western caribbean cruise.
Belize Audubon Society Activities, 4.5min.
Golfcart,San Pedro Belize, 1min.
Economic Support Fund CARSI grants, 65min. Planning on submitting a proposal for the Economic Support Fund CARSI grants, but missed the Q&A session we held earlier this week?
Check out the recorded session here.
Also here is the link to the Notice of Funding Opportunity for easy reference -http://1.usa.gov/1Sk2qY4
Corkscrew Progression by Julian Rivero, 4min. This is my corkscrew progression. Took me a looooong time to get this one down.. I learnt the twist similarly to the Backfull and i couldn't Learn it doing it horizontally with the btwist method..
2016 Belize David and Stephanie, 15min.
Butts Up Cave Tubing Belize with Jimmy, 72min. This is a video of out Cave Tubing excursion we took in Belize with Butts Up Cave Tubing you can find them here Pieces of the .
Cave tubing with Butts Up tour guides. They also fed us Belizian tamales afterwards. They met us at cruise port. About 1 hour out on motor coach. Took about a .
On one of our last days in Belize we went cave tubing with Butts Up with Jimmy as our guide. Jimmy was a wealth of historical .
February 2014 with Speedy and Butts Up Tours Bob Martynec, Tim Gagahan, Nancy Moors & Ann Garwood.
Pelican violates kayaker's personal space in Belize, 1min. A tourist on a kayaking trip in Belize got up close and personal with a friendly pelican that showed no respect for her personal space.
The video, posted to Facebook by the Paddle Me Hard kayaking organization, shows Wisconsin woman Kathy Dahl encountering the pelican while kayaking with a group off Caye Caulker, Belize.
The pelican initially stands on the edge of Dahl's kayak, but gradually moves in closer until the bird is on the laughing woman's lap.
The pelican flies away when another kayaker pokes at it with a paddle.
Caye Caulker, Belize [Explore 180°], 4min. Sur une petit air de Reggea, découvrez l'île de Caye Caulker. Entre vie en mode "slow" sur une 'île de la Caraïbe, plongée sur la barrière de corail méso-américaine et coucher de soleil, partez en voyage au Bélize.
Belize with Liam, 12min.
BNTU 'Stand Up For Belize" Rally Friday April 15, 2016, 8.5min. Belize National Teachers' Union National President gives his opening remarks at Friday's BNTU Stand Up For Belize rally in Benque Viejo del Carmen. Venue : Mt. Carmel High School auditorium
Belize Thatch Roof Lesson, 1min.
Belize Audubon Society Activities 8, 4.5min.
Belize - Day 1 - Laguna + Lubaantun, 9min. I was lucky enough to be a chaperone with the first year Nunavut Sivuniksavut students on their cultural school trip to Belize in May 2015. This was the first day we were there. We stayed in Laguna. We had a farm tour and visited the ruins at Lubaantun.
Spring Break 2015 - Belize, 8.5min. Skip to 7:04 to see my favorite part (diving in Ambergris Caye!)
0:42 Lamanai Ruins
1:17 Climbing the High Temple
2:32 Eating Termites!!!!
3:41 *Important Info Regarding Wild Spider Monkeys*
4:06 Drinking Coconut Water
4:48 Cave/River Tubing
5:36 Xunantunich Ruins
6:08 Butterfly Garden
6:21 The Belize Zoo
6:44 Visiting a Local School
7:04 Ambergris Caye
BELIZE 2016, 3min. Glover reef atoll and Hopkins
Belize March 2016 with One World Dive & Travel, 11min. Another adventure with One World Dive & Travel, this time to Ramon's Village in Belize. An amazing week filled with sharks, sailing, Lionfish Hunting, golf carting and many new adventures!