Boycotting Guatemalan Products: A Personal Decision
Boycott is defined as an act of withdrawal from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest. It is a word that we have been reading regularly on social media as it is an act being promoted by several users when it comes to products made in Guatemala. […]
An Impaired Andy Bustillos Arraigned for Double Homicide
Dozens of residents from the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio gathered in front of the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court this morning as 31-year-old, Andy Bustillos was brought in for arraignment on two counts of murder. This case has caught the attention of many for several reasons including reports that it […]
Ruben Price Walks Free From Murder Charge
Twenty-three year old Ruben Price, charged with the murder of Steven Perez, was acquitted of the charge today by Justice John Gonzalez in a trial that was without a jury. Perez was shot and killed around 9 p.m. on June 26, 2011 while he was at the corner of Dolphin Street and Iguana Street. Shortly […]
Taxi and Dump Truck Collide on the Hummingbird
There was a traffic incident on the Hummingbird Highway in Saint Margaret’s Village at mile thirty eight just (VO STARTS) before five o’clock involving a dump truck carrying oranges and a white taxi sedan. Reports reaching our news centre were that the occupant of the sedan, Manuel Smith of San Ignacio Town was trapped inside […]
Government Responds to Refugee Concerns
The issues of the quantity of persons seeking refugee status, the due diligence being put into the applications by these outsiders have been burning in the local media of recent. Yesterday we brought you an interview done with the Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Beverly Castillo and tonight we will share with […]
Living with Lupus
There is an adage that says, ‘you see my glory but you don’t know my story’ … it is a saying that can be used in many situations … but this evening we use it in our story of Lupus; a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues […]
Nursing Profession – Unpopular, Unaffordable and Challenging
Nurses Week officially got started on Sunday, May 8 and with this week designated to highlight the works, successes and challenges of nurses around the country, Deputy Director of Health Services, Augustina Elijio made an appearance on the Morning Show yesterday. The common cry when it comes to the profession is the limited human […]
It’s Not the Belize Flag!!!
At a time when the words like patriotism and sovereignty are being used frequently by Belizeans, a misrepresentation of the very object that identifies us an independent nation, the Belizean flag, can be very well deemed as an unforgiveable blunder. If you traverse the Philip Goldson Highway within city limits you may have noticed something […]
Constructive Dialogue Prevails Between BWC and FSTV
Last week we told you of a developing situation between the Belize Waste Control and the Fort Street Tourism Village in Belize City and the payment for the collection of garbage. Tonight, we can tell you that the Belize City Council has intervened and with an update on the issue the media spoke with City […]
Footballer Shot on Ambergris Caye
On Friday night, a well-known football player was murdered in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Police found the body of twenty six year old Honduran national, Melvin Almendarez with a number of abrasions to the head and body. The body was found south of San Pedro Town in an area known as Mosquito Coast. Love News […]
The Challenges of Being a Teacher; Teachers Send Message to Parents
The entire month of May is being dedicated to various aspects of education ranging from competitions to festival or arts to media presentations and community service by the Ministry of Education and teachers. The profession of being an educator is not one that is highlighted however as there is no set program where teachers can […]
Teachers Speak on Curriculum Adjustments
Some weeks ago we told you of the plans by the Belize National Teachers Union to present a proposal to the Ministry of Education that will seek to incorporate history and geography into the school’s curriculum with an emphasis on the Belize/Guatemala situation. It is a proposal that Belize District President, Kathleen Flowers says will […]
National Trade Union Congress calls for SI 42 to be rescinded
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize, on Friday of last week, issued a press statement saying that the passage of the SI restricting Belizeans from accessing the Sarstoon is “dangerous precedence”. In fact, the statement says that “We believe the principle of democracy is being grossly viol...
BNTU to host rally; wants SI rescinded
The Belize National Teacher’s Union has also spoken on the Statutory instrument saying they are calling on GOB to rescind it. At a press conference on Monday evening, BNTU president says they are calling off regular activities for Teacher’s Day which is to be celebrated this coming Friday and inste...
PUP National Party Council maintains demand for rescinding of Public Safety Act regulations
At Saturday’s National Party Council meeting in Belize City at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium, the People’s United Party passed a resolution stating that it would rejoin the diplomatic effort to resolve the Guatemala crisis – if, in turn, Government rescinded the Public Safety Act regulatio...
Government Announces Limited Access to Sarstoon
This afternoon, GOB issued a statement saying it rejects the demand made by the People’s United Party for the immediate rescission of the Sarstoon Prohibition Regulation. Even so, GOB has softened its position on the Statutory instrument which restricted Belizeans from traversing the Sarstoon ...
Guatemalan military guarding Sarstoon mouth as a port of entry?
Interestingly, while GOB’s statement says that” …the military tensions regarding the Sarstoon are no longer as explosive as they were when we passed the Regulation.” , an article in Prensa Libre published on Sunday says, that Guatemala’s “… Caribbean Naval Command and the Marine Brigade conducted ex...
SATIIM responds to Prime Minister’s explanation
On Thursday, PLUSNEWS broke the story to the nation at the Prime Minister’s press Conference that a SATIIM trip to the Sarstoon was blocked by the Belize Defense Force. While the Prime Minister had belabored the point at a previous Press conference, that only those with a political agenda woul...
Drunken Man stabs friend with ice pick
There was a stabbing incident in Orange Walk on Saturday May 7th. 25-year-old Linsford Daniel Rabateu of Otro Benque Road, Orange Walk Town was stabbed to the right side of his chest. Acording to police, their iInitial investigation revealed that around 7:00p.m., Rabateu arrived at the residence o...
Life imprisonment for “Life”
Donicio Salazar, aka “Life,” 30, was convicted on Friday, May 6, in the Belmopan sitting of the Supreme Court, for the murder of Marlon Rivera, 26. In 2010, Salazar was charged for the murder of Rivera and the attempted murder of Dean Dougal, 41, with a separate trial taking place for the attempted murder charge.
On Friday, May 6, Salazar’s case was heard before Justice Antionette Moore, without a jury, and Salazar was sentenced to life imprisonment for Rivera’s murder.
The incident occurred on June 13, 2010. Rivera, Dean Dougal and Dougal’s girlfriend went out partying. They saw Salazar, with whom they were not on good terms, at a nightclub and decided to go to another nightclub. However, Salazar apparently made his way to that nightclub, as well.
As a result, the trio decided to go home. They went to a taxi stand, but while waiting for a taxi, they came under gunfire. Dougal was shot three times, but managed to survive the deadly attack. Dougal’s girlfriend was unharmed, but Rivera was not as fortunate; he was shot twice and died from his injuries.
Popular footballer murdered on San Pedro
The family of Mervin Almendarez, 26, a popular football player of San Pedro and the father of three young children, is trying to grapple with his sudden and violent death.
Almandarez, also known as “Catracho”, was gunned in the head around 11:30 on Friday night in the Mosquito Coast area of south Ambergris Caye.
Police have not publicized details of the shooting, but a man has been detained in connection with the murder.
Police say that at about 11:30 Friday night, the South San Pedro Neighborhood Watch Group was on patrol in the area when they heard a gunshot. The group immediately alerted police and waited for their arrival.
When police, who were also on patrol in the area, arrived and searched the area, they found the body of a man lying on the ground with a gunshot in the head. The man was identified as Melvin Almendarez. He was taken to the San Pedro Town Clinic, where he was declared dead on arrival.
Guatemalan gold panners wreak havoc in Chiquibul
uatemalan gold seekers (“oreros” in Spanish), who seek out the pricey and highly sought-after ore, are wreaking havoc inside the highlands of the Chiquibul, as far as 9 kilometers (or 5.6 miles) inside Belizean territory, where they have gone from panning for gold at streams in the Ceibo Chico area, to now digging out wide trenches in search of volcanic bedrock to tap into the source of the Chiquibul’s gold wealth.
The environmental impact is colossal, as these illegal miners leave behind a defaced habitat and an array of unsightly contaminants: garbage, pans, plastics and their feces, which pollute nearby streams that feed the Chiquibul’s headwaters.
Ironically, these tainted waters meander their way to the Guatemalan village of Nueva Armenia, but there is also cause for Belizeans to be concerned, since these waters eventually return to the Mopan River, which stretches across from Guatemala into Belize.
According to a report just released to us by Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends for Conservation andDevelopment (FCD), there about 100,000 Guatemalans who depend directly on that water resource.
Opposition PUP challenge GOB over Sarstoon River law
On Saturday, the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) held a National Party Council meeting at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium, where the approximately 300 delegates in attendance voted unanimously to pass a robust resolution, which demanded that the United Democratic Party (UDP) government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow rescind Statutory Instrument (SI) number 46 of 2016; otherwise, the PUP will travel to the Sarstoon.
In response to the Belize Territorial Volunteers’ (BTV) intentions to embark on a Sarstoon River trip on April 30 to celebrate the Anglo-Guatemalan 1859 border treaty, on Friday, April 29, the government passed into law the SI, which restricts Belizeans from traveling to the Sarstoon River for a period of one month, or until a protocol is agreed to with Guatemala on traversing the river.
The penalty for violating the SI is a fine of $2,000 or a prison sentence of one year, or both the fine and the prison sentence can be imposed.
Under the terms of the 1859 Treaty, the border between Belize and Guatemala was defined at the Sarstoon River, where the North Channel, including Sarstoon Island, has been designated, as Belize territory.
Rescind the SI now…
The government’s so-called “stand-off at the Sarstoon River” between Belize and Guatemala, which prompted Prime Minister Dean Barrow to hastily pass into law a controversial Statutory Instrument, # 46 of 2016, last Friday, April 29, banning Belizean civilians from traveling to the Sarstoon River for one month until a protocol with Guatemala is agreed to, was met with a direct challenge today from the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP).
The PUP, which had characterized the measure as “unconstitutional” and had announced a Supreme Court challenge on Tuesday, May 3, after a meeting of its National Executive, went one step further today when at a National Party Council meeting it issued an ultimatum, through a resolution which received a unanimous “yes” vote, calling on Government to rescind the SI now, otherwise the PUP would defy the new law and go to the now “off limits” Sarstoon River.
The new law, naturally, does not affect Guatemalans, who illegally fish with impunity in southern Belizean waters, right in front of the Belizean armed forces stationed in Punta Gorda.
Villagers arrested by Guatemala police in Arenal handed over to Belize police
Seven villagers of Arenal , a village in the Cayo District that is set on the border between Guatemala and Belize, have been released from Benque police custody without charges today after they were handed over to Benque police by Guatemalan police who arrested them yesterday.
Guatemalan police, on handing over the villagers, reported that they were involved in an altercation at a bar on the Guatemalan side of the village, and when they saw police, they ran toward the Belize side of the village.
The Guatemalan police, however, were able to apprehend them before they crossed over to the Belize side of the village. They then held them and handed them over to the Benque police, who were also on patrol in the village.
The villagers were all taken to the Benque Police Station, where they were detained, and after they were interviewed, they were released from custody today.
Tiger Sharks and Hurricanes will battle it out
On Saturday night, two-time defending champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks hosted Smart Belize Hurricanes in front of a packed auditorium at the San Pedro High School, in game 2 of the NEBL Finals. San Pedro Tiger Sharks lost 3 regular season games this season, for the first time in franchise history, but they are still undefeated at home in the playoffs. A win by the visiting team, Smart Belize Hurricanes, would have given them a sweep of the best-of-three series and their first NEBL championship; while San Pedro Tiger Sharks had their backs against the wall, in a must-win game, to send the series back to the city for game 3.
As the game tipped off, the Tiger Sharks jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, with Douglas Valley scoring 7 of those 8 points. However, the Hurricanes closed the lead mid-way through the first, trailing 17-13, and the home team led at the end of the first quarter, 34-28, and had a 5 point lead going into intermission, 53-48. Each time San Pedro Tiger Sharks went on an offensive run, the visitors were able to respond, to keep the game close. San Pedro had a double-digit lead 6 times in the game, and each time Smart Belize Hurricanes was able to cut the deficit to 3 or 4 points. The Tiger Sharks led the entire game, and their biggest lead was 13 points. Mid way through the fourth quarter, Tiger Sharks had an 86-80 lead, ending the game on a 15-8 run, to comfortably grab the 101-88 victory. With the win, the series is tied up at one game apiece, with the third and final game scheduled to take place in Belize City, where a champion will be crowned.
High School Cycling – Series 2 preliminaries
The C-Ray High School Cycling Series for females and males continued last Thursday, May 5, with Series 2 Preliminary Round races, starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex.
According to the guidelines explained by the organizers of the Cycling Series:
“Student athletes are divided into groups of six in their respective categories, where they race in a preliminary round. The top two from each heat then advance to the semi-final round, and are again placed in groups of six. The top two again advance to the final round, where the top five winners are awarded with medals. All student athletes who complete their races are awarded with points: 1st place through 6th place are awarded from 6 points to 1 point, respectively. At the end of the series, the points will be added up, and this will determine the overall winners in each category.”
In this Western Hemisphere, the Spanish, the British, the French, the Dutch, and the Portuguese all owned colonies. The colony was a specific territory which the specific European society controlled with the use of force, and the colony existed primarily in order to contribute to the enrichment of the motherland, be it Spain, England, France, the Netherlands, or Portugal.
The socio-cultural relationship between the colony and the motherland was based on the understood, enforced, and accepted superiority of the European motherland and the inferiority of the colonized populations. In this Western Hemisphere, the bulk of the colonized population were Indigenous peoples, while millions of Africans were introduced as slave labor between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries.
What we know as the United States today was actually a group of thirteen colonies controlled by Great Britain. What we know as Mexico today was a colony of Spain, as was Cuba. Brazil was a colony of Portugal. The Dutch owned Suriname. The French ruled Haiti. The British took Jamaica away from the Spanish in 1655.
The thirteen American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776, and bought the Louisiana territory from France in 1803. By 1823, the United States was strong enough to declare the Monroe Doctrine, which basically said that the Western Hemisphere henceforth constituted an American regime.
From the Publisher
I have always been hesitant to discuss young people in this column, because my personal generation, which grew up in the 1960s, was one of planet earth’s most controversial young generations ever. In British Honduras, Hurricane Hattie in October of 1961 changed my post-World War II generation in that Hattie opened up the United States for us to an extent we had only been dreaming about previously. The effects of Hattie’s destruction changed our domestic socializing mores: socializing became more liberal and less old-fashioned. (I think it was during the years after Hattie that the birth control pill came on the scene in Belize.) We began to view ganja with more favor.
In the United States itself, the so-called Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962, followed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November of 1963, the rapid escalation of the Vietnam War in 1965, and the increasing militancy of the black civil rights movement affected members of the American student population who were around my age in dramatic ways.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Belizean feminism: trapped in the womb
We celebrate women when we think of them as mothers. A woman’s uterus becomes her entire humanity. She is glorified for giving birth and for working endlessly for her partner and children. After she becomes a mother, she is confined within this idealized notion of motherhood that pervades Caribbean culture. If she steps outside the lines we’ve drawn for her, we amplify our voices against her.
If she goes to a bar, we gasp: where is her child? If she uses her voice to promote gender equality, we ask: what does her husband think? If she does not cook a Sunday meal, we wonder: isn’t she embarrassed? If she wears an outfit that you deem inappropriate, you interrogate: what would her child think?
Women are more than their wombs. It’s 2016 but our glorification of women as mothers is another way we limit women. A woman is more than her motherhood and we ought to celebrate that – especially on Mother’s Day. We ought to honour all the identities women carry in Belize and encourage their growth. Their growth is Belize’s future. How unwise we would be if we limited women to their reproductive systems.
Drought concerns over southern half of Belize
Drier than normal conditions could adversely impact the country’s agricultural sector over the coming months, as drought conditions are emerging in the southwestern part of the country, across several Maya villages in southern Belize. Weather experts in Belize are also keeping an eye on east-central Belize, in the area spanning Belize City to Dangriga, where drought conditions could emerge over this 12-month period.
Chief Agricultural Officer, Jose Alpuche, told Amandala that in areas where drought is a concern, farmers have delayed planting corn, as the early warning issued by weather experts in Belize was heeded.
Alpuche said that there could be impacts on banana production. The dry conditions will cause irrigation costs in banana fields to spike. He also said that legume crops could mature a bit later this year. The biggest impact, though, could be on corn crops, which not only serves as food supply for households but which is also used for chicken feed. Significant adverse effects could, consequently, drive up the cost of poultry.
I Met Belize’s Next Dictator
It all began one afternoon. I had just gotten on a plane leaving Belize, when a woman sat down next to me… with a one year old baby. At first, I was worried the child would be an issue, but it turned out that the kid, Ajax, was a dream — the woman was a nightmare. She began asking me about my major, my school, my future, my trip to Belize. I tend to maintain a healthy distance from my flying partners, but I responded politely; I told her I was a cognitive science major at UCLA with no plans for the future, visiting Belize for the first time. I returned her question in kind:
“Is this your first time to Belize?”
No, she had a home with her husband there; they visited often. She told me she had, in fact, given birth to both Ajax and Lisa, her daughter, in Belize. When I asked her why, she answered that she wanted them to have dual citizenship, just in case “anything went south” in America. This seemed strange, but potentially logical to me. When I asked her why they had chosen Belize, she said that they almost chosen Bolivia, but Belize was closer. Additionally, Belizean officials were incredibly corrupt and easy to buy off; they would do almost anything for $1,000. In fact, her husband and his friends were sure the government could be overthrown with “200 people or less”.
Wilser Chavarria will face murder indictment at Supreme Court
Today, Wilser Chavarria appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate Court before Magistrate Ladona John, where a preliminary inquiry in the case against him was heard.
It is alleged that Chavarria, 18 at the time of the incident, murdered the Charge d’ Affaires of the Panamanian Embassy in Belize, Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa Stanford, 64, in November 2014.
After going over the paper evidence that police had put together to make their case against Chavarria, Magistrate John ruled that Chavarria has a prima facie case to answer at the Supreme Court, where he will be indicted for De La Rosa’s murder on October 4. The Panamanian diplomat left his home at around 9:00 on the morning of November 23, and seven hours later he was found dead, at approximately 4:00 p.m.
Breaking Belize News
Accused ATM thieves from Eastern Europe on remand
Tonight, two Bulgarian citizens from Europe are on remand at the Belize Central Prison after they were arraigned on a single count each of theft from the Belize Bank. The investigation is ongoing, but police believe so far that 28 year old Jeorgi Petrov, and […]
Guinea Grass carpenter jailed for crack
Magistrate Dale Cayetano today sent 53 year old Augustine Pott to jail for the mandatory 3 years and issued a 10 thousand dollar fine after finding the carpenter from Guinea Grass, Orange Walk, guilty of drug trafficking. Pott was found aboard a Sarteneja bus in […]
Accused murderer walks over caution statement
23 year old Reuben Price was accused 5 years ago of the murder of Steven Perez, son of the driver for the Police Department’s Prosecution Branch at the corner of Dolphin and Iguana Street on June 26, 2011. A teenager at the time, he allegedly […]
Eastern Europeans accused of ATM theft in court
Late this evening, two Eastern European men are in court being read charges of theft. It is alleged by police that the men were part of a massive scam involving automatic teller machines or ATM’s, which started internationally but ended up in Belize, although it […]
Final BTL arbitration award may be as much as US$220 million
Reliable information to Breaking Belize News is that the arbitration tribunal deciding the value of the shares in Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) at the time of the first nationalization by Government in 2009 has set that figure at as much as 220 million US […]
GOB explains refugee situation
The government clarified its position on reports of an amnesty program for immigrants currently in effect explaining that there is no such amnesty. GOB, via press release, explained that the dormant Refugee Eligibility Committee was recently reactivated in June 2015. The Committee comprises the […]
Tropic Air employee recognized for three decades of service
Since joining the Tropic Air family in 1986, this month makes it 30 years that Government Liaison Officer, Barbara Miller has been working with the airline. A press release issued by Tropic today, its president, John Grief III, stated that over the past three […]
Bustillos arraigned in court, protesters gather
A small group of protesters gathered this morning in-front of the San Ignacio Police station in solidarity to the double murder of Miriam Mai and Daisy Miralda, as the alleged accused Security Guard Andy Bustillos was arraigned in court this morning for two counts of […]
Bustillos to be arraigned
Andy Bustillos, the Anchor security guard who allegedly murdered his ex-common law wife and her sister-in-law on April 30, has been released from the hospital, charged and will be arraigned in San Ignacio this morning. Bustillos was released from the hospital yesterday evening after recuperating from […]
Checking out the Construction at The Palapa Bar, Ambergris Caye
It’s like my blog is stuck on Replay, the needle’s skipping…yesterday was a gorgeous day on Ambergris Caye. I gush…I KNOW! But it’s really been spectacular. And a perfect one to trot up to the Palapa Bar to check out a bit of construction work they are doing.
A thatched roof circular bar area…very reminiscent of the old spot. And…look at the view!
I love this new seating area along the dock.
Top Reasons Why Moving To Belize Fits Your Retirement Plan!
If You Are Planning Retirement Then Moving To Belize Should Be On Your List To Consider!
You are probably thinking to yourself, “Why should I retire in Belize?” to which I will tell you, there is no one response to properly satisfy that question. So this article serves as a guide for your Belize retirement plan and moving to Belize. Relocating can be a daunting task on its own, but it doesn’t have to be that way if you are provided the proper information to help you make an informed decision that you will be happy about 10 or 25 or 35 years from now, thinking to yourself, “I’m so glad I make a move to Belize” whilst overlooking the Mopan River or swimming in the Caribbean sea.
If she loves gardening and rainforests, and your idea of heaven involves endless hours of boating and fishing, preferably in warm crystal clear waters then, why, Belize, of course!
Cashew Festival & Agricultural Show in Belize
Located in the northwest corner of Belize District in central Belize is the tiny village of Crooked Tree, named for one special tree with a unique bent that grows here amidst thousands of other very important trees. Known as the cashew heartland of the country, every year the village puts on a Cashew Festival and Agricultural Show where local farmers and artisans display the eponymous nut in dozens of spectacular forms, including the must-try cashew wine and cashew jelly.
The Cashew Festival in Crooked Tree is a great chance to get up and close with the cashew in its natural environment. Games, music and local art are all part of the festival to celebrate the delicious cashew, served up in a mind-boggling array of different forms, including cashew cakes, cashew jams, cashew cookies, steward cashew, roasted cashew and cashew wine. By car from Belize City, take the Northern Highway and follow signs for the village, which lies about 3 miles from the highway.
By bus from Belize City, take any bus heading to Orange Walk and get off at the Crooked Tree stop. The village is approximately three miles down a packed dirt road from the highway.
Los Angeles Belizeans are invited to come out to the Garifuna Film
On May 27, 2016 to see the screening of the two films by Bilal Morris: Ambassador Bert Tucker International & Leonides Sanchez & The Special Truth!
Come one, come all!
Hershey Expands ‘Learn to Grow’ Program to Belize Sugar Industry and Launches New Sustainable Sugar Sourcing Policy
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) announced today a new partnership with the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI) to expand its Hershey Learn to Grow sustainable farming program to sugar suppliers in northern Belize. The program will train farmers in sustainable agriculture practices to responsibly grow and harvest sugar cane. The new program builds on The Hershey Company’s leadership in ensuring the raw materials used for its iconic brands are procured from sustainable sources where the entire community benefits from the business.
“We’ve seen great success from our Learn to Grow program in the cocoa sector and now have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the sugar industry,” said Eric Boyle, Director of Responsible Sourcing and Procurement at the Hershey Company. “The combination of our new Sustainable Sugar Sourcing Policy and the new farmer training program will give consumers the assurance that the sugar in our products is responsibly and sustainably grown and harvested.”
The SIRDI Farmer Field School, funded by Hershey, is an expansion of the highly recognized Hershey Learn to Grow program, initiated four years ago to give West African cocoa farmers the opportunity to improve productivity, raise incomes and benefit the entire community.
The Placencia Marina Hosts Ocean Cruising Clubs final stop for the Curacao to Belize Rally 2016
The Placencia Marina owner, Marco Caruso and his team are host to the Rally goers from the Ocean Cruising Club Curacao to Belize Rally 2016! A wonderful Welcome to Belize Reception was enjoyed by all on Friday the 8th of April at The Placencia Hotel Palapa Pier Lounge, sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and supported by the Placencia Village Council, Seine Bight Village Council and the local authorities involved with clearing of all these vessels into Belize waters.
This event has taken 23 participants through 7 countries and many new ports of call, starting in Curacao in the beginning of January and ending at The Placencia Marina on April 8, a wonderful four-month voyage around the Caribbean! Watching all the vessels arriving at The Placencia Marina together was a beautiful sight to behold, there were mono-hulls and catamarans, ranging in size from 39 to 56 feet, each with their own unique style. Many of the vessels stayed over a week at the marina as they explored the inland wonders of Belize, then went on to cruise around our beautiful waters for the next month, while some continued on to their next port of call.
It’s Mosquito Awareness Week
The Caribbean took a another step towards dealing with the mosquito-born Zika virus by launching Monday Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week, even as a senior regional technocrat called for greater urgency in dealing with the situation.
Assistant secretary general of the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat Dr Douglas Slater said the institution is awaiting word from individual countries regarding at least one process that has been put in place to deal with the matter.
“We hope that while we await this affirmation by member states it will not be a deterrent for the actions that are necessary to fight the vector,” he noted.
The regional leaders, at their inter-sessional summit in Belize earlier this year, endorsed a course of action to deal with the spread of the Zika virus and other diseases, including agreeing to undertake continuous public education on the virus and other diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
OUR CARIBBEAN: Too silent on financial scandals
IT IS not unusual for the governments of our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to be publicly silent, for long periods, amid developments that require some form of practical attention in the interest of the public’s right to know. Therefore, let’s hope that soon, rather than too late, either from Secretary General Erwin LaRocque, or more likely current chairman of the 15-member Community, Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize, we may yet learn of the thinking and contemplated action by our economic integration movement on two quite important developments.
First, it is now more than five weeks since a group of admirable enterprising international journalists bravely released a huge file of documents revealing the names, nationalities, companies and business dealings of Caribbean nationals involved in what is euphemistically referenced in the media as The Panama Papers.
For far too long we have had to grapple with speculations – some quite disturbing – about the spreading corruption of money laundering via varying channels and systems involving big, not so big, but quite influential names of individuals in both the public and private sectors.
Caribbean is the world's fastest growing tourism market
The always sun-drenched Caribbean is looking particularly fetching right now.
Island sojourns are in high demand, hotels in the region are getting deluxe upgrades and airlines are opening more routes connecting the world to the Caribbean -- all of which has made for tourism growth that's outshining the rest of the world's.
The Caribbean opened its arms to 7% more tourists last year, growth that was higher than every other region, and nearly double the 4.4% global average tourism growth in 2015, according to the World Tourism Organization.
So why are more folks flocking to the tropics?
Mostly because more people have more money to play with now that the global economy is getting itself in order. And because air capacity hit a well-timed growth spurt.
Jet Blue was the Caribbean's biggest fan, adding flights from the U.S. to Curacao, Grenada and Barbados, with plans to open up flights from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas in August.
Delta increased air capacity to Belize and St. Croix, and Alitalia added flights from Milan to Antigua & Barbuda.
The super dollar helped encourage Americans to pack their flip-flops and sarongs for island getaways, with visits growing 6.3% to 14.3 million, or roughly half of all trips to the Caribbean last year.
Owner of offshore brokerage firm pleads guilty to $250 million money laundering scheme
A dual U.S. and Canadian citizen and secret owner of Legacy Global Markets S.A. (Legacy), an offshore broker-dealer and investment management company based in Panama City, Panama, and Belize City, Belize, pleaded guilty Monday, to money laundering conspiracy for fraudulently manipulating the stocks of more than 40 U.S. publicly-traded companies and then laundering more than $250 million in profits through at least five offshore law firms.
The guilty plea follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Greeg R. Mulholland, 46, used offshore shell companies in Belize and the West Indies to carry out numerous schemes, including the manipulation of Cynk technology Corp (CYNK). Pursuant to his plea agreement with the government, Mulholland has agreed to forfeit, among other things, a Dassault-Breguet Falcon 50 aircraft, a Range Rover Defender vehicle, two real estate properties in British Columbia, and funds and securities on deposit at more than a dozen bank and brokerage accounts. When sentenced, Mulholland faces up to 20 years in prison.
Teen looks to stars to find lost Mayan city
A teenager from Quebec has discovered a hidden Mayan city, an accomplishment that proves his own theory that links the location of ancient cities with the position of the stars.
William Gadoury, 15, has received accolades by NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency, and his discovery is about to be disseminated in a scientific journal.
Passionate about the lost Mayan civilizations for several years, Gadoury analyzed 22 Mayan constellations and realized that if he connected on a map the stars of the constellations, the shape of each corresponded to the position of 117 Mayan cities. No scientist before had ever found such a correlation between the stars and the location of the Mayan cities.
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