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ABRACADABRA Band live at Mahogany Bay Village
The band which includes members and former members of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Steve Millers Band and Grammy Award Winning Bob Dylan, visits 'La Isla Bonita' for the first time!

Congratulations to our new Miss Chiquitita 2016-2017, Lindsey Williams!

SPRCS shines at the National Festival of Arts
For two weeks, the National Festival of Arts featured creative arts performances in drama, song, music and dance from pre-schoolers, primary school children, secondary students and even teachers. It is part of the Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) and the Ministry of Education’s goal to incorporate the creative arts into the education curriculum – that is, art education. Since Wednesday, May 25th, the national festival of arts showcase has been on-going at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts. On Thursday, May 28, primary schools from Toledo, Belmopan and Stann Creek took the stage to deliver star-quality performances. According to the judging panel, it had been a while since Ambergris Caye was represented in the National Festival of Arts. Every year a screened amount of presentations are chosen among dozens to perform at the festival. This year, Ambergris Caye made it to the top nine golden showcases from over fifty submissions from other school countrywide. SPRCS Standard 1 students took a pantomime show called ‘The Evolution of Dance.’ The performers, who appeared with unusual body shapes in a mini theatrical stage, added to the entertainment and dramatic part of the national golden show case.

Caye International Bank hosts forum on Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute
As part of its staff development process, Caye International Bank (CIB) hosts bi-weekly seminars and sessions to enhance its workforce. On Friday, May 27th, the CIB hosted a forum to discuss a hot topic: Belize/Guatemala Territorial Dispute. Ambassador Stuart Leslie, Coordinator of the Referendum Unit and representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was the invited guest speaker. Since 2013, Leslie has been conducting a public awareness campaign throughout the country to gain the full support of Belizeans to settle the territorial dispute once and for all. The Referendum Unit highly recommends going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is the highest Court in the international law established to deal with legal and non-legal disputes. It has been many years since Guatemala has been claiming Belizean territory, but they have not taken the matter to court. During the presentation, Leslie educated the bankers about the pros, cons, and risks of taking Guatemala’s long standing claim over Belizean territory to the ICJ.

Inspiration Center to host their biggest fundraiser
The San Pedro Roman Catholic School opened the ceremony with the National Anthem, and Pastor Alex Tzib gave the invocation. San Pedro Education Officer Nelma Jones spoke first at the event, expressing her delight in recognizing the hard work and dedication of all public officers of San Pedro. “We are proud to consider ourselves servant leaders that serve the Belizean public, and provide the essential services that attribute to the smooth running of our country,” said Jones. The fundraiser will serve as the inaugural event for Mahogany Bay’s, “The Great House”, and special invited guests will include Right Honorable Dean Barrow and his wife. Tickets are $150 BZ and may be purchased at El Fogon, Ramon’s Village, Blue Water Grill, Super Buy, and Rum + Bean. The dress code is white island casual. The event will start at 7PM and run through 11PM. Starting at 8PM, a buffet dinner will be served, and a cash bar will be opened for guests to purchase their selection of drinks. From 9PM to 11PM, Rock and Roll band, The Tequilla Shooters from the USA, will perform. There will be a silent auction and some amazing raffles! Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 BZ, and the prizes include: a one week trip/stay at Martha’s Vineyard (where the Obamas spend their summer vacation)—which includes a round trip airfare on American Airlines, a Louis Vuitton designer handbag, scuba lessons for two at Hol Chan Marine Tour courtesy of Scuba School and Family Dive Center Belize, a guided fishing trip by Blue Bone Fish, a gift certificate from Ka’ana Belize, and a gift package from the SunBreeze Hotel.

Public Service Fair held in San Pedro
Public officers, government officials, students, teachers, and community members gathered at Central Park to celebrate the 4th Annual Public Service Information Fair on Wednesday, June 1st. The theme selected for this year was: “Our Public Service, A Pillar of Belize’s Growth and Development, Our Hallmark: Efficiency and Professionalism.” During the month of June, public officers will engage in an array of activities that include community service, open houses, and public awareness of available services. The San Pedro Roman Catholic School opened the ceremony with the National Anthem, and Pastor Alex Tzib gave the invocation. San Pedro Education Officer Nelma Jones spoke first at the event, expressing her delight in recognizing the hard work and dedication of all public officers of San Pedro. “We are proud to consider ourselves servant leaders that serve the Belizean public, and provide the essential services that attribute to the smooth running of our country,” said Jones.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Public notice
On behalf of Inspector Benguche, Police Dept and the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Board, the public is advised that there should be no sale of Liquor on 19 June 2016 from 6am to 6pm or until all results are announced for the Village Council Elections.

Help support the darts team get to Barbados for a competition by buying a couple of tickets for the raffle of this awesome scooter.

In the footsteps of all the Belizean activists who came before us, and whose footsteps we Belizeans in resistance against imperialism walk in, it is most important that we remember the Mayan Belizean activist Julian Cho, the Belizean Patriot, Minister Philip Goldson, the writer of the Belizean national anthem, Colonel Samuel Haynes, the leaders of the resistance against the Anglo Guatemalan claim of 1981 called the Heads of Agreement, Odinga Lumumba and Maria Socorro Babadilla, and today in the spirit of the southern Belizean activist against the Guatemalan military aggression in the South of Belize, Wil Mehia.

FCD renewed another year of partnership with the Wildlife Institute which seeks to support conservation of scarlet macaws.

A handful of cuteness for your weekend!
All wild babies on the beginning of a long road to release.


Genaro Che, a soldier of the Belize Defence Force, was slain almost eighteen years ago by alleged Guatemalan military men in Belizean territory. However, to date his family has not received any compensation from the Government of Belize. Today, KREMANDALA radio and TV personality, Carolyn “YaYa” Marin Coleman, led a heartfelt one-woman protest on the grounds where Che took his final breath before being fatally shot several times. Her protests, she told Amandala, will continue the second day of every month from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. until Che’s family is adequately compensated. “The point of the protest is to bring pressure on this administration to compensate this family and to compensate them handsomely,” said Yaya. Her protest is aimed at Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who in 1998 served as Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs but did not compensate the Che family in the aftermath of the tragedy, before the administration for which he served was replaced by a PUP administration, which also was guilty of not compensating the family.

Murder in Riviera
A taxicab driver of the Riviera area of Belmopan, Leonel Gillett, 45, was found dead in his yard yesterday, having been shot shot multiple times. His body was already in a state of decomposition. An onsite post-mortem examination was conducted on Gillett’s body, and the results certified that his death was caused by gunshot wounds. Gillett was then buried. Police reported that at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon, they went to an area in west Belmopan and found the body of a Creole man that was partially nude. He was wearing grey underwear and was lying face-up in pools of dried blood on the steps of a mobile home. He had been shot in the abdomen, the left side of the back and in the left side of the head. The body was later identified as that of Leonel Theodore Gillett, 45, a taxi driver of west Belmopan. An initial investigation revealed that at about 9:00 Tuesday night, May 31, Gillett left his mother’s house on Stann Creek Street en route to his house.

Boy, 14, uses machete to defend mother from abusive stepfather
A 14-year-old Hattieville boy will not face charges after chopping his stepfather with a machete in response to an incident of domestic abuse. According to residents of Hattieville, Richard Smith (no age provided) has a history of abusing his common-law wife, Ursula Ferguson (no age provided). However, on Tuesday morning, Smith became a victim of the very weapon he was wielding when his stepson intervened in an attack by Smith on the boy’s mother, Ferguson. According to ACP Edward Broaster, “The female was held and prevented from calling the police; when she did manage to call the police and the police responded, the suspect fled into the bushes. Sometime thereafter, he went and hid in the ceiling of the house and when the victim returned with her son, he attacked them both — hence the reason the son defended his mother and inflicted the wounds upon the suspect, who had inflicted wounds on both of them as well. The suspect will be arrested and charged and taken to court.”

Fatal attraction: Keshane McDougal, 22, couldn’t stay away from minor, 14
A 22-year-old man who was arraigned in March on a single count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl and who was released on Supreme Court bail got a surprise this morning when five more charges of unlawful sexual intercourse were read to him, when he and his attorney appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. Attorney Herbert Panton, who is representing Keshane Shaquille McDougal, who was arraigned on one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old minor, appeared in court this morning and told the court that the charge against his client should be dismissed because the 90-day period during which his client should have received his disclosure had already passed, and that the police have no evidence against his client. The court prosecutor, however, surprised Panton and McDougal when, instead of withdrawing the charge against him, five more charges of unlawful sexual intercourse were read to him. This brings the total number of unlawful sexual intercourse allegations which McDougal is now facing to six.

US asked to seize $130 mil of GOB’s money
Although Belizean courts, including the country’s highest appellate court – the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) – have said that arbitration awards handed down by the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) in favor of the Ashcroft group of companies could not be enforced against the Government of Belize, the parties are winning their appeals in US courts, which have been asked to “confirm and enforce” the arbitration awards. In a painful end to a string of litigation dating back a decade, a US federal court in Columbia this month upheld two rulings against the Government of Belize. Last week, we reported on the ruling against the Government, whose appeal against the enforcement of a US$4.26 arbitration award in favor of Newco, a company set up in Belize by US investors in a botched airport concession deal, had been struck down. Newco had won foreign arbitration held in Miami. That was “peanuts” compared to another ruling handed down the same day.

Belize Rural Female Softball Tournament results
The Belize Rural Female Softball Tournament had 2 games on Sunday, May 29, in Lords Bank, both from Division A. Undefeated UB Jaguars from Belmopan defeated Exotic Girls of Hattieville, 12-2. Winning pitcher was Karlene Williams, and the loser was Iceny Baptist. And Orchid Girls of Hattieville won, 14-3, over Lords Bank Sunrise. Therese Baptist got the win for Orchid Girls, while Karen Hilton took the loss for Lords Bank.

Smart 13 & Under Mundialito All Stars weekend
Things are heating up in the Smart 13 & Under Mundialito competition, being played every Saturday at the MCC Grounds. Only 4 of the 11 participating teams will make it to the 4-team knockout playoffs, and with 4 more regular season weekends remaining, the race is tight for the 4 playoff spots. (See Standings below at the end of Week 7.) Leading goal scorers at Week 7 are Rashied Lord of City Boys with 4 goals, followed by Eldon Byrd of Brown Bombers with 3. Week 8 games are scheduled for this Saturday, and on Sunday there will be the now traditional showcase games featuring All Stars North vs South followed by the coaches vs officials game.

Cricket Corner: Berlan snatched 1st place from Wicked 11
Hello, cricket readers and fans thereof. With the kind sponsorship of this year’s cricket competition, thanks to Belikin and Smart, under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the Harrison Parks 2016 Cricket Competition continued over the weekend. It was a very beautiful day for cricket in the ever so beautiful village of Flowers Bank. And for the annual event of Flowers Bank Day, the most wonderful event was the cricket game between home team Wicked 11 and Berlan. As I mentioned in my previous article, Wicked 11 held a narrow lead over Berlan. Berlan proved that it was narrow indeed, when they defeated Wicked 11, 105 to 101 with 6 wickets to spare. Wicked 11 took to bat first. At the start, things were not looking good for the wicked boys, as Orson Flowers took the first wicket for 14, then the second for 21. Then another wicket fell by Jermaine Baizar for 47. Next wicket was taken by Orson Flowers. The score now stands at 61. The fifth wicket fell for 85; 6 for 86.

2016 2nd Bi-Annual RF&G National Ranking Table Tennis Tournament results
The 2016 – 2nd Bi-Annual RF&G National Ranking Tournament took place this past Sunday, May 29, at the BES Auditorium. Some 50 table tennis players, ranging from ages 10 to 65, participated across the A, B, C and Women divisions in this annual National Ranking event. 6 players competed in the A Division category, but only 4 made it into the Double Elimination Final round of the competition. These included Taye Parkinson, Amiri Hoare, Latrell Solis and Jorge Espat. After heated matches among these top players, the final results were as follows: A Division – 1st Taye Parkinson; 2nd Amiri Hoare; 3rd Latrell Solis; 4th Jorge Espat. In the B Division category, 12 of the B category players competed in a round-robin classification event, with the top 7 advancing to the Double Elimination Finals. These included Rohit Pagarani, Luis Bardalez, Joshua Gegg, Kevin Chen, Taye Parkinson, Marion Usher and Jorge Espat. Taye Parkinson made his way to the finals undefeated, overcoming Kevin Chen, Jorge Espat and Joshua Gegg. Rohit Pagarani made his way back to the finals after his first loss to Joshua Gegg in the top half of the draw, by beating out Kevin Chen and Jorge Espat, and by beating Joshua Gegg in their second meeting in the Losers Bracket.

The Chetumal phenomenon in context
Most Belizeans believe that it is our money which built Chetumal into the modern city that it is. Clinton Canul Luna, a Belizean who left Corozal to live in Acapulco, Mexico as a child after Hurricane Janet in 1955 and remained there for almost four decades, has a different view. He believes that the oil wealth of the modern Mexican state contributed a great deal to the transformation of what used to be a village/town called Payo Obispo just across the Rio Hondo, into the great city of Chetumal. No matter, Belizeans spend a lot of money in Chetumal. Belizeans have been in total love with Chetumal for many, many years, and we have paid a substantial economic price for this love affair. All through the decades, many more Belizean dollars have flown across the Rio Hondo than Mexican pesos have drifted over here from Chetumal. It is impossible to pinpoint exactly when Belizean housewives decided that they were “stretching” their dollar by taking a bus across the border to go shop in Chetumal. Belizeans began taking Chetumal excursion bus trips all the way from the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts, but the big money always came from Belize City, our nation’s financial and population center. In the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts, it was as if the people partly lived in Chetumal, the northern border was so near.

From the Publisher
What do you do in a democracy when your opinions are absolutely minority ones? Well, in my case nowadays, what I do is write columns and editorials in this newspaper and hope that someday the majority of you guys will see it my way. When I was a young man and had minority opinions, some of which I still have, I was involved in a militant organization of young Belizeans which marched in the streets in expression and support of our opinions. I had learned a little about revolutionary change while at university in the United States, and one thing those who knew about revolutionary change said was this: you cannot make revolution in a society which allows for democratic change. Assad Shoman and Said Musa, young Belizean attorneys of Palestinian descent who had studied in the United Kingdom, had some opinions which were similar to mine in certain respects. But there was a significant difference between us, in that they could probably have been described as scientific socialists in 1968, whereas I could have been considered a black nationalist.

Letter to the Editor: Compromis, ICJ and the UN Security Council
Dear Editor: THE ICJ—YES or NO! The teachers, citizens, and leaders of Punta Gorda who didn’t attend the educational forum that the BNTU sponsored on the evening of May 26 not only missed out on well presented facts and ideas of the participating presenters but also missed out on the opportunity to participate in the democratic process. One would think that with a subject as important as the ICJ issue, citizens would want as much information on the various sides as possible. By not attending they are not as well informed as they need to be. Pleading ignorance may work as an excuse for the average citizen but it is not an option that is normally granted to those who have been tasked to educate our children. Neither the Government nor the Opposition had a presenter so we are left to wonder whether they are truly interested in the education of the populace on this vital issue. I certainly learned a great deal I hadn’t been aware of before. I do not want to believe the government has deliberately deluded the people, but I do believe they have been encouraged by outside interests to look at solutions to the Belize/Guatemala issue from only one perspective (There is also the possibility that having so many lawyers running the Government causes them to favor litigation when there are other ways of approaching a problem.)

Did Belize fall into Guatemala’s trap?
A document published online by Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims that when the Government of Belize accepted the lingua in the agreements beginning 16 years ago in 2000, which call Belize’s border with Guatemala an “adjacency line,” it also recognized that there are no recognized boundaries between the countries. The declaration is striking, particularly in regard to doubts expressed by Belize’s Foreign Minister about the location of Belize’s borders, especially as they relate to our marine space. Gustavo Adolfo Orellana Portillo, Guatemala’s legal advisor, wrote a document dated 2010 titled, “Background and Study of The Special Agreement between Guatemala and Belize to Submit Guatemala’s Territorial, Insular and Maritime Claim to the International Court of Justice [ICJ].” The document was prepared for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, and specifically for “the Belize Commission,” a group which has since been dissolved.

Belize experienced its first act of Guatemalan terrorism on May 2, 1998
Eighteen years ago, on May 2, 1998, Belize experienced its first act of terrorism. Heavily armed Guatemalan men who exhibited considerable military skills, seized control of the Hummingbird Highway and terrorized over two hundred Belizeans, who were held hostage. While many were robbed of their personal possessions, a Belize Defence Force (BDF) soldier, Genaro Che, was unfortunately robbed of his life. Che, 21, along with his older brother, Rosendo Che, 24, boarded a James Bus to Belize City to buy a generator for his (Genaro’s) wedding, which was scheduled for July of 1998. However, while on the Hummingbird Highway, their bus, as were many other vehicles travelling in both directions, was stopped by armed Guatemalan bandits. Genaro, who had initially given the bandits a dollar, attempted (after his life was threatened by the bandits, who demanded more money) to reach into his socks to surrender money he had saved for his generator. However, when he did so, he was shot in the head and then in other parts of his body.

Outbreak of bovine rabies threatens Cayo and Belize River Valley
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) announced this week that there is an outbreak of bovine rabies, which it warns is highly fatal. In its release issued Wednesday, it said that, “The disease is almost always fatal, but can be prevented through vaccination of animals and post exposure treatment to humans.” “Affected animals will usually show nervous signs and aggressive behavior. Most animals will show excessive salivation as swallowing becomes impossible. Avoid coming in contact with animals showing these symptoms and immediately call BAHA Officers to report any suspected cases,” it added. “The disease is currently being detected in the Cayo District and is expected to affect herds in the Belize River Valley, as suspected cases have also been detected in areas along the Macal River,” BAHA said. “The spread of the disease can be halted if livestock farmers vaccinate their cattle against rabies. Farmers are warned that the disease can be transmitted to humans,” BAHA said.

Brits used Belize to foster secret military alliance with Guatemala: Vice
Belize received its Independence from Great Britain in 1981, supposedly on the premise of a defense guarantee to protect the country from invasion by Guatemala; what Belizeans did not know is that Britain was very preoccupied with helping Guatemala leaders, who now stand accused of mass massacres in their home country, to suppress their opponents, some of whom were said to have been operating in Belize. Information recently published by an international news source pointed to “Britain’s covert collusion” with the regime of Efrain Rios Montt, on trial for mass genocide, at the height of the 36-year civil war—an alliance which the report, recently published by Vice of Canada, is said to being called into question by files discovered at the UK National Archives. Montt is also said to have been backed by the US and Israel, from whom Guatemala reportedly received arms and aid support.

How the British Army cooperated with the murderous Guatemalan regime
–Guatemalans are still struggling to come to terms with what happened in their civil war between US-backed rulers, left-wing rebels, and indigenous communities. One former president, Rios Montt, is awaiting trial for genocide, charged with murdering 1,771 indigenous Maya people from 1982 to 1983. Now Britain’s covert collusion with Montt’s regime at the height of the 36-year civil war is being called into question by files VICE has discovered at the UK National Archives. In 1983, Britain had a garrison of 1,500 soldiers stationed along the Guatemalan border in neighboring Belize, which was a former UK colony. Politicians in Westminster and the public thought that the British army was out there to stop Guatemala invading Belize, a move it had long threatened. In secret, however, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher allowed her troops to help the ruthless Guatemalan military dictatorship eliminate its internal opponents.

Hurricane season starts: 10 to 16 storms predicted by NOAA
The hurricane season starts on Wednesday, June 1, and while experts are forecasting a near normal season this year, the latest information published by the National Hurricane Center in Miami indicates that this year could see anywhere between 10 and 16 named storms. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a 70% chance that this many cyclones, with wind speeds of at least 39 mph, will form in the Atlantic Basin this year. Of those, 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (with winds of 74 mph or higher), but anywhere from 1 to 4 could be major hurricanes (packing a strength of category 3, 4 or 5, with winds of 111 mph or higher). “This is a more challenging hurricane season outlook than most because it’s difficult to determine whether there will be reinforcing or competing climate influences on tropical storm development,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “However, a near-normal prediction for this season suggests we could see more hurricane activity than we’ve seen in the last three years, which were below normal,” he said.

Yaya, one-woman army, battles for Genaro Che’s family
Genaro Che, a soldier of the Belize Defence Force, was slain almost eighteen years ago by alleged Guatemalan military men in Belizean territory. However, to date his family has not received any compensation from the Government of Belize. Today, KREMANDALA radio and TV personality, Carolyn “YaYa” Marin Coleman, led a heartfelt one-woman protest on the grounds where Che took his final breath before being fatally shot several times. Her protests, she told Amandala, will continue the second day of every month from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. until Che’s family is adequately compensated. “The point of the protest is to bring pressure on this administration to compensate this family and to compensate them handsomely,” said Yaya. Her protest is aimed at Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who in 1998 served as Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs but did not compensate the Che family in the aftermath of the tragedy, before the administration for which he served was replaced by a PUP administration, which also was guilty of not compensating the family.

The Reporter

WHO updates advice on unprotected and Zika virus infection
The World Health Organization (WHO) is now recommending that women who wish to get pregnant wait a minimum of eight weeks before trying, if their partner has been to an area with confirmed Zika virus cases. The WHO issued the advisory this week after new data revealed that the virus is being sexually transmitted at a higher rate than previously thought. The new recommendation is double the abstinence period that the organization had previously recommended. “Sexual partners of women, living in or returning from areas where local transmission of the Zika virus is known to occur, should practice safer sex or abstinence for at least the whole duration of the pregnancy,” the WHO added for those already pregnant. WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier, explained that the WHO updated the recommendations after scientists discovered that the virus lingers in the blood or other body fluids for longer than originally thought. “The guidance is to delay or consider delaying pregnancy, certainly recognizing that this is tough for some populations,” Lindmeier said.

Corozal fire chief dies in RTA
Members of the Belize National Fire Service are in shock after the sudden, tragic death of the Corozal Fire Chief Meshach Henry, 33, in a road traffic accident. Corozal police say that at around 11:30 on Friday night, Henry, while riding his Kawasaki motor cycle, collided with a white Ford dump truck at the junction of Seventh and 10th Avenues in Corozal Town. The truck, driven by 64-year-old Jose Gregory Williams, was crossing the intersection when the collision occurred. Henry, who was flung under the truck as a result of the impact, died at the scene from multiple injuries. His body landed about 30 feet from where his motorcycle fell. He was not wearing a helmet. Corozal police have since served Williams with a notice of intended prosecution. Henry started working at the department in December 2005 in field operations, and by August 2011, was promoted to the rank of leading firefighter, where he worked in the operations field. He was subsequently moved to the fire safety section, where he achieved yet another promotion to Sub-station officer. He was transferred to Corozal on August 1, 2014, taking up the post of Officer in Charge.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Popular Dangriga artist killed in robbery attempt
Sometime after 11:00 p.m. last night in Dangriga Town, while popular singer and songwriter John Jay Rodriguez was socializing inside a gambling shop, a robbery attempt went tragically wrong, ending his life. According to information received, three male persons entered the establishment with intent to rob its owners and one of them fired a single shot to get the crowd of patrons to disperse. That shot, in an unfortunate plot twist, went through the neck of a male person, then hit Rodriguez to the face.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dead at 74
Muhammad Ali, world heavyweight boxing champion who captured many hearts with his flamboyant style and enduring heart, died this evening of respiratory failure caused by Parkinson’s syndrome. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, he became a star after changing his name following his first defeat of Sonny Liston in 1964. Ali started in the Nation of Islam before adopting traditional Islam in his later years. The young champion would visit the-then British Honduras in 1964 and hold public sparring workouts in Belize City, endearing himself to yet another population.


“I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” away from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
I enjoyed a little lie in after the extremes of the previous day and didn’t get up until around 06.30 hours and after showering etc I went for breakfast. I knew that on this day above most other days I needed food in my stomach. This was the day for The Jolly Boys’ Outing. But before I give you the gory details of the day a bit of background information as to how the Jolly Boys’ Outing came about might be of interest (or not. You decide!). I mentioned in a previous edition that my best friend John Townley and I first started working with each other in 1982 and this remained that way until 1995 when we went our separate ways. I , in a fit of pique, decided to leave News International (the company I’d been at for 24 years) when Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law was appointed above me. I was told that he wouldn’t be there long. All I had to do was nursemaid him. Make sure that nothing went wrong. I was so much younger then though and maybe had too much pride. So, I handed in my notice and left six months later.

Beautiful tropical island wedding at Coco Beach resort, Belize
Christina & Howard had their dream wedding on a beautiful beach surrounded by an intimate group of family and best friends. Morning weddings are perfect because once the ceremony is done, you celebrate with lunch and off you go to have fun for the rest of the day. I loved all the details Christina took care of, and I loved the vibe of this group… super happy and follow up photographer instructions by the book.. smooth & easy and with tons of fun. Enjoy few of their photos!

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean urged to brace for more hurricane activity this year
A two-day Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) began with the region being told to brace itself for a wetter than usual season and chances of more hurricane activity this year than in the past five years. Climatologist with the Dominica Meteorologist Service (DMS) Annie Carrette-Jospeh, who presented the Wet/Hurricane Season Outlook for 2016, said that between the period June and August, there would also be a gradual drought alleviation across the region and that “surface water reservoirs will recharge, there will be soil moisture replenishment and an increase in river flow”. She predicted that water shortage-related problems in agriculture will disappear in many places and that “where it has not already started, the wet season may start abruptly in June”. The outlook noted that the second half of the wet season will be wetter or unusual in countries like Belize and the Leeward Islands with Carrette-Joseph warning that “moist conditions may favour mosquito breeding”.


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  • Morning Matters of the Day, 60min.

  • Belize AMOR 2016, 5min.

  • Hopkins, Belize - Hamanasi Resort - Beach - May 2016, 7min. Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort There were not many videos out there showing the Hamanasi Grounds when I first started looking at booking our Honeymoon there so I just wanted to share a little bit of what it was like. It was relaxing and beautiful.

  • A quick escape to Belize - Caye Caulker, 7min. We have a tropical weekend adventure in Belize.

  • Belize Vac Video MP4 File, 33min. Tara and Christian's Wedding and Family Vacation.

  • Diving the Blue Hole in Belize, 8min.

  • Shyne Performs Live From Belize At Diddys Bad Boy Reunion Tour NY, 2.5min.

  • belize PZ movie, 8min.

  • UNTIE THE LINES II #39 - Flying Visit To Belize, 13min. Tom has a job to do on the island of Roatan, so Kalr and me gave him a lift there, stopping at two little islands of Belize. It's beautiful to be out and about again, feeling the wind and swinging at anchor.