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#514411 - 06/15/16 11:51 AM Today's Belize News: June 15, 2016
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials


The San Pedro Sun

The Belize National Flag
The Belize Flag was first raised when we got our independence back in September 21, 1981. For those who are not that acquainted with the Belize Flag, it consists of the Coat of Arms of Belize in the centre of a blue rectangle with red striped on the top and bottom. To us Belizeans, this is a beautiful flag with a very patriotic meaning. The royal blue background represents the first political party of the country, The People’s United Party established in 1950. The red strip represent the second major political party, The United Democratic Party established in 1973. This two parties have formed the Central Government of Belize since independence.

Teenager in stable condition after boat accident
Police have confirmed that one 15-year-old female minor was injured when a boat ran her over. 47-year-old Scott Carr and his teenage daughter had only been on the island one day, and had taken a kayak out to sea for some snorkeling adventure when the incident occurred on Tuesday, June 14th near a beach resort south of San Pedro Town. Initial reports are that around 1PM, Captain Carlos Franco was driving his white skiff, Phanny, with serial number CVL-0325, equipped with a 200-horse power engine, when he struck the minor. The collision caused injuries to her face, legs and hands. The young girl was immediately transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, where she was stabilized. She was later flown to Belize City where she remains in a stable condition at Belize Medical Associates.

Police Report: Drug Trafficking
On Thursday, June 9th at 3:30PM, a joint team of San Pedro Special Branch and Criminal Investigation Branch personnel conducted search at an apartment room located two and a half mile South of San Pedro Town which was occupied at the time by 35-year-old Sara Christine Brodie and 37-year-old Matthew George Hoy, both Canadian Nationals. The search conducted led to the discovery of a total of 177.5 grams of suspected Cannabis. They were formally arrested and charged for the crime of ‘Drugs Trafficking’.

Osprey falls prey to pellet gun shots
On Saturday, June 4th, the San Pedro Saga Humane Society received a phone call from a person reporting the discovery of an injured bird. Saga staff immediately followed up, and encountered a female Osprey suffering from dehydration, a broken wing, and several wounds across its body. Saga took the bird back to the clinic, where it was given supportive care and was administered fluids to temper its dehydration before rushing it to the mainland to get treatment from Belize Bird Rescue (BBR). After BBR picked up the Osprey, they noticed that both her legs were paralyzed. She was transported to a local animal clinic in Belize City, and was given an X-ray. Dr. Philip DeShield, who evaluated the bird, discovered that she had been shot three times with a pellet gun, and her wing has a broken ulna. It is suspected that the bird was a nesting adult, and its nest was repeatedly shot at until the bird landed on the ground. The three pellets are still embedded in her body, as due to massive hematomas, she cannot undergo surgery. She is in stable condition, being medicated, given daily baths, and eating well.

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week - Jack’s Story - Shark Water
Our Picture of the Week is actually a Video Pick of the Week as young Jack Angele shares his story about saving the sharks. After being inspired by his role models, Jack took up the task of raising money in any way that he could to support the cause of preventing the illegal killing and finning of sharks. Jack is from Vancouver, BC, Canada, but his second home is San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. He loves diving and life in La Isla Bonita. In this video, Jack shares about his love of Sharks and why he wants to help save them. Jack lives and breathes sharks; we think is is doing an amazing job.

Perverse Video Circulating, Ministry of Health Condemns Exploitation of Vulnerable Persons
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Health that a perverse video is being circulated on social media. The video features a man and a woman, purported to have diagnoses of mental disorders, being instructed to perform sexual acts by the persons recording the video. The audio on the video reveals that the couple was being encouraged in their actions only to be rewarded with a soda by the persons who were watching and recording the couple performing various sexual acts. The Ministry of Health is appalled at this assault on human dignity and is dismayed that these persons felt comfortable enough to record and share this video to further humiliate this couple and their families.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Maya Phrases
Maya Yucatec(Maaya T'aan) is spoken by the Yucatec Maya(Maya Masewal) people of Orange Walk,Corozal and Cayo district. Let's preserve our original language which is Maya . Since Many Maya Yucatec now mostly speak Spanish and English today is a good time to practice and give tribute to our Maya ancestors.

Splashers
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Managed Access
These are the new managed access proposed areas. Each fisherman chose 2 areas only. Each area will use a color code. Also the map, and the index for the color code, along with the dimensions required. And the Daily Catch Log book forms.

HISTORIC ANGLO GUATEMALAN CLAIM TOWN MEETING: A PHOTO ESSAY!
The Belizean diaspora community in Los Angeles have been making big strides in internationalizing Belize's struggle for self determination and territorial integrity against the recent Guatemalan military aggression against the nation state of Belize, with the recent annexation and occupation of the Belize Sarstoon River and Island in the southern most bordering area of Belize. Concerned members of the Belizean community in L.A. came out on Sunday June 12, 2016 at the Holy Name of Jesus School in Los Angeles, California to hear speakers from Belize, and in the Los Angeles Belizean community itself, present pertinent information and popular education about the Guatemalan military aggression on the Belize Sarstoon River, Belize's chances of going to the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) to settle the Anglo Guatemalan Claim, and the present state of affairs in Belize surrounding the issue which has captured the minds and attention of Belizeans at home and abroad about the fate of their country Belize.

SBDC Workshop: BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT
Presented by: Mr. Jorge Gentle. Post/Teaching Description: Business Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: La Inmaculda Credit Union's Training Room, 5 Park Street North, Orange Walk Town. Workshop Date: June 23, 2016. Time: 9am to 12 noon . CALLING OUT ALL ENTREPRENEURS, ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS OWNERS This Workshop is for you!!! A Business Plan is a tool that helps entrepreneurs define their business and provides a purpose and a direction to their next business move. This workshop will help participants to understand the various elements of a business plan. Due to time frame allotted, the workshop will be a lead to a brainstorming session allowing participants to think of what would be included in their specific plan. This information will later facilitate the business plan process for participants by using the ideas generated during the workshop. The class will focus mostly on discussions and activities

BELTRAIDE holds Trade Clinic for entrepreneurs in Independence!
A group of entrepreneurs from Dangriga and surrounding villages had the opportunity to attend an information session to assist them in becoming more competitive. The Trade Clinic was held at the Independence High School Conference Room on 31st May 2016. The Trade Clinic is the second session organized by EXPORTBelize, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) , with the aim to sensitize members of the private sector across Belize on regulations, requirements, export procedures and documentations and opportunities that exist under trade agreements in order to do business in the local and international market.

Rotaract Blood Drive
The Rotaract Clubs of Benque and San Ignacio are teaming up with the Belize Blood Bank to do a Blood Drive. It'll be Friday, June 17th, at the Red Cross building on Joseph Andrews, and it starts at 8:30am. Give blood and save a life. "Tomorrow is World Blood Donors day and as we all know there is always a need for blood so Join Rotaract San Ignacio and Benque this Friday at the Red Cross building, located on Joseph Andrews Drive, between 8:30 am to 5 pm to donate blood! Be a hero! Save a life!"

Channel 7

Guatemala Chafed Over GOB Press Release
"the two sides have informally accepted a situation in which there will be untrammeled traffic for Belize's military and civilians along the Sarstoon...." that's what the Government announced on May 24th coming out of the Istanbul talks between Foreign Ministers Wilfred Elrington and Carlos Raul Morales. To make it clear, "untrammeled" means without restriction, meaning Belizeans could move freely on our side of the Sarstoon. Well, tonight we have documentary proof that the Guatemalans reject that interpretation and do not agree that Belizeans can freely traffic the Sarstoon. Four days after that government of Belize press release, Guatemala's Embassy in Belize sent a Diplomatic Note rejecting that specific line from the Government press release. They say that the joint communique quote, "reflects all agreements reached" and we note that said nothing about Belizeans freely trafficking the Sarstoon.

Police Frustrated: Many Witnesses, No One Will Talk
Southside police say they have the main suspect in Sunday's murder of Marlon Bonner, but they can't charge him because the public isn't cooperating. Today, Southside Commander, Assistant Commissioner Chester Williams put out a distress post on his Facebook page saying, quote, "we now have the suspected gun man, the man who was brave enough to go and shoot Mr Bonner bare faced in the presence of many others, but the usual problem is manifesting itself: no one wants to give a statement." End quote. He then appeals to anyone who witnessed the murder to inbox him on FACEBOOK. He concludes, grimly, "we are doing all we can to bring these two cowards to justice but there is nothing we can do if we don't get the cooperation of the public."

Making Maya Land Rights Judgment Real
The Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission was set up by the Government of Belize to implement the consent order given by country's highest court, the Caribbean Court of Justice. In that case, the Government conceded last year that Maya Customary Land Tenure exists, and that they will work to preserve those rights by putting them in a formal land system. To do that, however, the Government has to consult with the Maya people to determine what that customary land tenure system will actually look like. But, after months of inactivity following the end of the case, the Commission was put together to start that very-important consultation process. Since early this year, the Commission, headed by former minister Lisel Alamilla, has been making baby steps. They have the very daunting task to consult with each of the 39 villages, which according to the Commission, have asked to be met with one by one so that they can discuss important issues such as who they have appointed to represent their interest.

Truck Set On Fire In Early Afternoon
Shortly before 3 yesterday after, the fire Department had to rush out to Amara Avenue, where a jeep was on fire. The vehicle, a gold Jeep Wrangler, was the property of well-known Belize City businessman Evan Tench, of Techtronic's Communications. The vehicle was used mostly by his son. The incident occurred in broad daylight and it was all caught on camera. Here in this first angle, the camera shows the suspect ride past on a bicycle from the far right corner of the screen as he appears to be scouting the area About one minute in, a second camera captures him as he passes near the jeep, acting suspiciously. Camera two only captures him briefly as he passes in and out of sight. He seems to be holding a red container, containing some sort of flammable liquid.

Man Gets Off Accusation of Horrible Sex Crime
A Stann Creek man walked free today from serious sexual assault charges. 37 year old Bella Vista resident Jose Pana was accused of raping and sodomizing an 8 year old girl in February 2014. The report is that the child had gone to get flour for Pana from her aunt's house and that is when Pana followed her inside and then raped and sodomized her in the kitchen. Well today in the Supreme Court, Pana was acquitted of those charges. Although the doctors had certified that the child had been carnally known, there were several inconsistencies in both the child's statement and Pena's statement. The child had said the assault happened in the morning but her family says it happened in the afternoon after 3. As for Pana, he had said that on the day of the incident he was out almost all day doing construction work. But his wife then clarified that he Field and on that day he was home by 3 in the afternoon. The child who is now 11, testified in the trial.

Patrick Menzies: One Man Against Monima
The new Northern Regional Health Manager Audibaldo Monima has been pilloried in the press because he doesn't have the qualifications for the job. But while we in the press have discussed his lack of suitability for the post at length one well known activist is angry that the public isn't really picking up on it. Patrick Menzies set up a protest outside the Corozal Community Hospital to encourage to north to speak out against Monima:... Patrick Menzies, protestor: "Well we are out here because we want to bring attention, the news has been saying it, but many Belizeans haven't been paying attention especially up North. We have a situation where you have the Minister of Health appointing an individual that is not close to being qualified for the position he's been given and not just that, maybe a nice coast guard officer and I'm a military, so I respect coast guard officers that's fine. "

Bze Catholics Call On Guat Faithful For a Border Mass
Two weeks ago, the National Evangelical Association of Belize held a cross border prayer service at the Belize Guatemala adjacency zone in Benque. Over 60 pastors attended along with a reported 130 persons from both Belize and Peten. Now although, border tensions have somewhat subsided, the Belize Ramon Catholic church is trying its hand in this initiative and plans to visit the Benque border this weekend to do their own cross border prayer service with their Guatemalan counterparts. Today we spoke to Bishop Christopher Glancy, who represents the Catholic diocese on the board of the Belize Council of Churches. He told us that their main inspiration for organizing this event was Guatemala's Archbishop Julio Vian's words on the Belize Guatemala dispute. Here is how he explained it. Bishop Christopher Glancy, Auxiliary Bishop of Belize: "We are planning to have a mass, a Eucharist at the adjacency zone in the Melchor, Benque border crossing there where the Organization of American States has an office between the two customs post."

The Moral Tightrope Between Terror, Hate Crimes And Sin
While we spoke to Bishop Glancy we also got a chance to ask him about the current LGBT discussion - centered around Sunday's massacre at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida. Now the Catholic Church disavows homosexuality as sinful, but what is the Church's response to the Orlando mass-killing? We asked Bishop Glancy today. Bishop Christopher Glancy, Auxiliary Bishop of Belize: "No, ours would be one of horror just as it is as it is for so many around the world. We certainly send out prayers to the families who lost loved ones in that senseless act of violence. We in no way condone violence against people of homosexual orientation in any way. We believe that we have to respect people and part of that is certainly respecting life. We pray for them, their families and that this kind of violence and terrorism would cease. It's not what we believe in at all."

Deon Got A (Pen)Gun
Benque Police have charged a man for stashing weed and a pen gun inside his tennis shoe. The police were on patrol around 8:00 yesterday morning when they spotted 23 year old Ladyville resident Deon Rowland Jex. Jex was acting suspiciously and they searched him. The officers didn't find anything on him but they weren't satisfied, so they took Jex to the Benque Viejo Police Station and searched him thoroughly, that is when they found 7.9 grams of weed hidden in his shoe and a pen gun that fell out of his pants. Jex was charged with Possession of controlled drugs, possession of Prohibited firearm and mischievous act.

Monchie's Ride Got Smashed During Pint Bottle Battle
We know all too well of the crazy stuff that happens during elections - the choice words or dirty talk that is thrown around about opponents, not to mention the brawls or just the very heated confrontations between opposing camps. Well, that is the same spirit that overtook the village council elections in Orange Walk North this weekend. After the UDP's slate won on Sunday in San Jose Village, there was reportedly a pint bottle battle between UDP Gaspar Vega's supporters and the PUP crowd from Monchie Cervantez's camp . A PUP party supporter was even struck in the head with a bottle. Now, Orange Walk North is already one of the most contentious constituencies - matter of fact, Monchie Cervantez has even accused Gaspar Vega of plotting a murder conspiracy against his father - so things in Orange Walk-North are never cool. And Sunday's pint fight was a reflection of all that simmering tension. PUP Standard Bearer Monchie Cervantez spoke to our colleagues at CTV-3 and he explained his version of what happened and what might have fueled the escalation.

How Do Muslims Feel About Orlando Mass Murder?
The massacre in Orlando is the worst mass shooting in US history, and that spells trouble for Muslims worldwide, since the killer Omar Mateen, professed to be a Muslim. Now, the Muslim community is observing Ramadan this month. It is the holiest event in the Islamic Calendar - when Muslims fast and pray five times per day. And in the middle of this prayerful time, comes the something as vile and horrific as the Orlando mass murder. Today we spoke to Naveed Mangla, a leader of one of the Muslim communities in Belize, who gave us their response to this latest incident.

The Magnificent Stela At Xunantunich
Today, the Ministry of Culture invited the press to Xunantunich, in the Cayo District. The news is that the Department of Archaeology, in partnership with the Northern Arizona University, had been excavating one of the temples, when they made an exciting discovery. It's a Stela which was buried under the overgrown forest which covered this temple. Now as viewers know, Stelae are the Maya's preserved historical record, which notes important events of that period, and this particular one tells the story of the wife of one of Rulers of the most successful Mayan City States. Our news team arrived back from Western Belize just before the start of News, and here's how they explained the discovery: We'll have a full in depth look at the archaeological find in tomorrow's news.

Diane Departs ... Soon
But, while we were in Western Belize, we got an opportunity to speak with Diane Haylock, the President of NICH who's leaving the job after 8 years for a diplomatic posting in Taiwan. Here's what she and State Minister Elodio Aragon had to say about her exit and how they will work to find her replacement: Hon. Elodio Aragon, Min. of State, Youth and Sports: "Miss Diane will be moving on to Taiwan as the Ambassador. The Prime Minister has given her that opportunity to go out there and I believe she will be taking that up." Daniel Ortiz: "We were under the impression that you would remain president emeritus or perpetuity, but we understand you are moving on." Diane Haylock, President - NICH: "Nothing lasts forever. I have spent 8 good years at NICH. It has been an amazing experience for me. One that, lessons I've learnt from being here, lessons I could not have learn from being in a classroom or from reading books. I have grown to appreciate my country even more than I did before then - If that were even possible, because I love Belize."

Channel 5

Leaked Diplomatic Note: Guatemala says No Agreement Allowing Belizeans Access to Sarstoon
Belizeans are free to access our portion of the Sarstoon – go forth and enjoy. That’s pretty much the last word, not in so many words, that we got from [...]

Belize/Guatemala Territorial Dispute at 46th O.A.S. General Assembly
Earlier we told you about the terse diplomatic note sent by Guatemala to Belize, rejecting the notion that there is free access to the Sarstoon by Belizeans. While that diplomatic [...]

Chief Justice tells UB Graduates to Become Aware of Belize/Guatemala Dispute
The territorial dispute remains at the national front burner and was a topic at this year’s graduation season. On Sunday, the largest number of students graduated from the University of [...]

Man Acquitted of Rape of 8 year old Girl in the South
A father from Bella Vista, Stann Creek, who was accused of committing a heinous crime of raping and sodomizing an eight-year-old girl in February 2014, is tonight a free man [...]

Spoonaz Café Burglar Caught and Arraigned
Spoonaz Café, the well-known and popular business place on North Front Street, Belize City, was burglarized recently and the culprit was caught on a surveillance camera. He has been identified [...]

Poll: Should the Referendum Law be Amended?
And tonight’s question is: Do you support an amendment of the Referendum Law from the sixty percent threshold to a simple majority of the population to vote? Send your comments [...]

Major Discovery at Xunantunich
Xunantunich, or Stone Woman, is one of the country’s more popular Mayan sites, located just across the Mopan River in San Jose, Succotz…one kilometer away from the Guatemalan border. Centuries [...]

Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission Gives Update
Since its establishment in January, the local media has only met with the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission on two occasions, the second being this morning during a breakfast meeting [...]

Consultant says No Conflict between Maya People and Government
The consent order issued by the CCJ in April 2015, has seemingly different interpretations, despite its clarity.  As a result, there are mixed messages being spread across the communities.  The [...]

Government Has to Spearhead Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission
The perception, based on recent incidents involving both parties, is that there is an adversarial relationship between the commission and representatives of the Maya communities.  However, the directive handed down [...]

Commission Chair says Consultations to Begin this Weekend
According to Alamilla, a string of consultations will commence this weekend and those will be preceded by a round of meetings with government to bring officials up to speed with [...]

Arsonist Caught on Surveillance Video
A vehicle was deliberately set on fire on Monday afternoon; it was the property of businessman Evan Tench of Techtronic’s Communication located on Amara Avenue, Belize City. The vehicle, a [...]

Wanna Be a Firefighter? Here’s how!
The National Fire Service, under the auspices of the Ministry of Works, Transport and National Emergency Management is looking for competent persons to join its ranks as firefighter. Today, Station [...]

Blood Connects Us All – World Blood Donor Day Celebrated in Belize
Donating blood may not be an enjoyable experience for many, but knowing the process and the importance can reduce fear. Today was celebrated as World Blood Donor Day; an occasion [...]

LOVE FM

Lisel Alamilla Hosts Media for Breakfast to Discuss the Commission
The last we heard about the Chair of the Maya Lands Rights Commission it was the Toledo Maya Leaders complaining that she had ejected them from her office after they sought to meet with her. Today the Maya Land Rights Commission held a media sensitization breakfast in Belize City. According to Chair of the Commission, […]

Heads Buck in Developing Mechanism in the Maya Land Rights Matter
Legal Consultant for the Commission, Tony Ross said that adequate representation for the Mayas remains a problem. TONY ROSS “The order said in consultation with the Maya people or their representatives we are to develop a legislative, administrative or other measures necessary to create an effective mechanism that is what we’ve got to do and […]

Consultations Set to Begin in Toledo on Maya Land Rights Issues
As it relates to ongoing consultations, Head of the Commission Lisel Alamilla, gave the dates for the upcoming consultations. LISEL ALAMILLA “Mr.Ross is here this week and we are taking the opportunity of him being here to have our first series of consultations with the villages of San Felipe, Big Falls and San Vicente. Based […]

Petition Launched for Government to Ban Glyphosate Chemical
To the regular consumer or citizen, the chemical, Glyphosate may mean nothing; but for the workers in the agricultural sector, its use, its effectiveness and its dangers are well known. Glyphosate is an herbicide that farmers use on the plants’ leaves to kill both broadleaf plants and grasses while the sodium salt form of glyphosate […]

Climate Change Centre Wins Energy Globe Award 2016
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5 C’s) was recently announced as the 2016 Energy Globe winner for a project they had submitted on Belize. The Climate Change Centre is based in Belize and had submitted the project of a mobile biogas laboratory at the University of Belize’s Belmopan Campus with the objective of building […]

Businessman’s Vehicle Set Ablaze
Yesterday a vehicle belonging to businessman Evan Tench was set ablaze. Tench’s Jeep Wrangler was parked outside his business place when a staff member noticed a male person outside who was around the vehicle via their surveillance camera. At first she thought the man was urinating near the vehicle, but he moved away. About two […]

One Man’s Tale of Why He Stood Alone and Protested the Employment of Unqualified Health Worker
Activist, Patrick Menzies today held a protest in front of the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town. Menzies told Love News he was protesting the appointment of Audibaldo Monima as the new Regional Health Manager. Menzies said Monima is not qualified for the post he holds. PATRICK MENZIES “The reason is very evident that […]

Orange Walk Council Continues Infrastructural Improvements
With the rainy season here, the concerns surrounding flood prone areas has returned at the forefront of residents and farmers. We have heard recently from Mayor of Belize City, Darrell Bradley on what the council is doing to deal with the flood prone areas. Love News also spoke with Mayor Kevin Bernard for Orange Walk […]

Mayor Bernard Opposes Sex Work and Seeks To Reduce It In His Municipality
Some weeks ago we brought you a story on the organization, Tikkun Olam. It is an agency set up to advocate for sex workers in making their choice of work legally acceptable in Belize. Elisa Castaneda, who heads the organization, told Love News that the organization seeks to empower women. For context, we bring you […]

Siblings Resort to Court to Settle Land Dispute
Seventy-five year old Albert Hoare Sr., a resident of Camalote Village, is faced with an eviction charge at Belmopan magistrate’s Court in which his sister, Isabel Hoare, is seeking to have him evicted from his portion of a 15 acre piece of land in Camalote. The property was leased to the father of the two, […]


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PlusTV

Marlon Bonner Murdered in Belize City
34 year old Marlon Bonner is a Port Loyola resident, scion of a well-known family who have lived in the troubled area for many years and are easy going people. That did not stop an unmasked gunman from shooting Bonner dead as he was playing basketball at the corner of Faber’s Road and Central Americ...

Homeless persons exploited for pornography
Pornographic videos of Belizeans young women, some believed from the Belmopan area, have made its way around social media and have resulted in outrage from many Belizeans. Just as disturbing and perhaps even more so, is another pornographic video that has been making its rounds, this time depicting ...

Belizean/American is Charged for Murder of His Son-in-law in Florida
Fifty-seven-year-old Elvis Tillett , originally from Crooked Tree Village, was arrested in Osceola County, Florida for the murder of his son-in-law, Marquise Ephron. Reports are that Tillett and his twenty-nine-year-old son-in-law got into an argument on Sunday afternoon at a residence in Poincian...

Man pleads guilty over stabbing
28 year old Renford Tillett was saved from jail time with a guilty plea to the charge of use of deadly means of harm when appearing before Justice Troadio Gonzalez. Tillett was originally charged with grievous harm for an incident on June 3, 2011 on Partridge Street in which he stabbed 29 year old T...

Destruction of Marijuana Plants and plantations by Guatemalans in adjacency zone
The Ministry of National Security says that a joint patrol was conducted in the adjacency zone areas of Valentin Camp, Retiro, Cebada and Sapote during the period 29 May, 2016 to 9 June 2016. Members of the Belize Defence Force, with the support of the Belize Police Department, Forestry Department,...

Plane crash in Spanish Lookout; two men injured
Two person were seriously injured when a plane they were flying crashed . The incident happened Sunday evening around 6 p.m. Reports to Plusnews are that Floyd Thiessen and John Friesen were piloting the ultra light when they suddenly noticed that they lost all elevator control. The plane crash lan...

Government of Belize Condemns Mass Shooting in Orlando, Florida
By now Belizeans may be aware of a shooting in the United States that has been described as the worst mass shooting in US history. 50 persons are dead and 53 others injured after a terrorist with Muslim ties entered a gay night club and opened fire. Issis continues to terrify the world through acts...

Crooked Tree fishermen stopped from fishing lagoon; Fisheries Department disclaims knowledge.
Last week a majority of fishermen from the village of Crooked Tree, Belize District, were stopped from getting into the waters of the village lagoon, part of the Wildlife Sanctuary, on a scheduled “haul day,” when fisher folks are allowed to catch fish in the lagoon within the wildlife sanctuary for...

$7000 worth of Marijuana found in Northern Belize
Three Belizeans in the North have been charged for Drug Traficking. That is after they were found with 89 pounds of marijuana. According to the Ministry of National Security, a Belize Defence Force patrol was conducted in the area of Patchacan on Saturday June 11, 2016 which led to the discovery o...

Five years for assault on girlfriend
“I gwaan dah jail feh five years for my own girlfriend…” That is the lament of 31 year old Waylon Martinez after he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault upon a woman he is alleged to have ambushed and squeezed in her private area. The Construction Worker of Lord’s Bank was this mornin...

Belize City equipped with state of the art recording equipment
The Court Audio Recording Project is now fully operational and places state of the art audio recording equipment and related IT equipment in the Supreme Court and all Magistrate Courts throughout the nation. Today, US Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Carlos Moreno participated in a Court Audio Recording ...

548 graduate from UB
548 persons graduated from the University of Belize on Saturday June 11 at the UB Gymnasium in Belmopan. Of the total number of graduates, 70% were females . 177 recived degrees or certificates in Education and Arts, 170 in Management and Social Sciences, 112 in Science and Technology, and 89 in Nur...

Amandala

Brazen murder at Fabers Road hotspot
–The unrelenting wave of crime hitting Belize City claimed the life of Marlon Anthony Bonner, 34, of Central American Boulevard, Belize City, on Sunday afternoon, on the same Fabers Road basketball court where angry city residents mauled the concrete fence, back in December 2007, as they grieved the senseless murder of Faron Felix, 16, one of several brothers who fell victim to gun violence. Whereas Felix’s shooter hid behind the fence under the cover of night to perpetrate his attack, Bonner’s attacker shot him openly in broad daylight. Reports to our newspaper are that a gunman opened fire on Bonner, hitting him several times in his face, head and body. He died on the spot and the gunman fled the scene.

Outrage over perverse video of mental patients having sex for a Coke
The unconscionable sexual exploitation of a homeless man and a woman who is said to be mentally challenged—videotaped while having sex in exchange for Coca-Cola—has been roundly condemned by the Ministry of Health. Reports to our newspaper allege that the persons were bribed with a glass of Coca-Cola to perform explicit, and in some instances unnatural sexual acts, as a group of persons watched. “The Ministry of Health is appalled at this assault on human dignity and is dismayed that these persons felt comfortable enough to record and share this video to further humiliate this couple and their families,” said an official release issued today.

20 Guatemalans found living inside Chiquibul National Park
Acting Commander of the Belize Defence Force (BDF), Lt. Col. Louis Sutherland, confirmed to Amandala today that an illegal settlement of Guatemalans—6 families of 20 persons, including a baby and a two-year-old—was found inside Belizean territory, at a location called El Retiro, between 90 and 150 meters inside Belize. Retiro has over the years been targeted by illegal settlers, and as we reported back in 2010, there was also a Honduran who had taken up illegal residence in the area. Thirty-one persons were reportedly living in the area back in 2010. However, Belizean authorities had reportedly cleared those illegal settlers. Of note is that by law, not even Belizeans are allowed to live in the park. The Guatemalans who were recently discovered there were planting marijuana, coffee and pumpkins, and there were patches of old corn, Sutherland indicated.

Pharmacist axed for supporting deadly LGBT attack in Florida
“I know people will hate me for this, but I believe the killing of 50 last night in Florida is justified,” Raynard Humphreys, a pharmacist at Buttonwood Bay Medical Center, said on his Facebook page Sunday—sparking a social media backlash as well as termination from his job at the Buttonwood Bay Medical Center in Belize City today. The international news has been dominated by reports of this weekend’s mass murder at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, although there are questions over how many, if any, of those persons were killed by what has been termed “friendly fire” from police who engaged in crossfire with the Islamic extremist shooter, identified as Omar Mateen. The reports say that according to Mateen’s father, he had become angry some months ago after seeing two gay men openly kissing and touching each other in front of his family.

Unemployed man, 27, remanded for sex with minor, 15
An unemployed 27-year-old man was remanded to the Belize Central Prison after he was arraigned on Monday morning, June 13, in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. No plea was required from Burley Kenyon Murphy Card, who allegedly had sex with a girl, who is 15-years and 8 months old, between November 2015 and May 2016. In court, the accused man told Magistrate Deborah Rogers that he now goes by the name Burley Murphy and not Burley Card, as his name appeared in the court system. Magistrate Rogers informed Card that due to the nature of the offenses, she could not grant him bail, but she informed him that he could apply for bail through the Supreme Court with the help of an attorney.

Bulgarian ATM thieves sentenced to one year in prison
Today was sentencing day for two Bulgarian men who had each pleaded guilty to 18 counts of theft, for illegally withdrawing a total of $14,800 from the Belize Bank using phony credit and debit bank cards which they presumably brought into the country. Halid Aptula, 28, and Georgi Petrov, 25, have been at the Belize Central Prison awaiting sentencing. They were supposed to have been sentenced two days ago, but the court did not have an interpreter on hand to proceed. When they were arraigned on the charges on May 20, 2016, both men pleaded guilty to stealing $8,000 and $6,800 respectively. The two were videotaped on the bank’s surveillance system making the withdrawals between May 6 and May 7, 2016, the date on which the offences occurred. When Halid Aptula was caught red-handed by an employee of the bank on Saturday, May 7, police moved in and arrested his partner, Gerogi Petrov.

National Primary Schools Football Champions 2016
The inaugural Belize Semipro Football League tournament in 1991 was won by La Victoria football club of Corozal Town, and in more recent times, Nizhee Corozal also claimed the championbship in 2008. But for some reason, having no doubt to do with the economics of the long travels involved, no Corozal team has participated in the Premier League of Belize tournaments for years now. Nevertheless, football is still big in the north, as evidenced last week by the emergence of national primary school football champions for both females and males from Corozal – Copper Bank RC girls and Chunnox SDA boys. They competed against their primary school counterparts from all other districts on Thursday and Friday of last week at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, and were both crowned National Primary School Football Champions 2016 for females and males, respectively.

Artificial turf puts pressure on kids at primary school football Nationals in Belmopan
The artificial turf, at Isidoro Beaton Stadium, in Belmopan, where the National Primary School Football Championships were held last Thursday and Friday, has a black rubber cushion underneath, that absorbs an enormous amount of heat during the day. Looking across the field, you can see the chain link fence on the other side distorted into wiggly lines by the heat haze from warm air rising off the field. Sitting on the side, the breeze blowing off the field feels like it is coming out of an oven; and for the children playing on the field, it was like playing in a sauna, and many suffered from dehydration and heat exhaustion. The field got so hot that it melted the glue of the players’ boots, which did not have the soles sewed on, and many of the players, e.g. San Lazaro’s star, Katie Jones, lost the soles of their boots which came unglued! They then had to borrow or change to a fresh pair of football boots!

Smart Mundialito Week 9 results; 2 weeks to end of reg. season
The Smart 13 & Under Mundialito completed its Week 9 games on Saturday at the MCC, and there are only 2 more weeks of regular season games remaining, before the top 4 teams go on to the knockout semifinals. There will be one significant change to this year’s Finals, though. Traditionally, it has been a one-game championship final; but this year, the championship will be decided in a 2-game series, FIFA style. In game 1 on Saturday, June 11, Brown Bombers and City Boys played to a 1-1 draw. Ken Galvez shook the net for City Boys, while Keifer Perteau hit the target for Brown Bombers. Game 2 saw Ladyville Rising Stars playing to a nil-nil stalemate with Reality Youths.

Editorial: Appeasement then, resistance now
It will probably take a few days to get an accurate assessment of the impact of the town hall meeting held on Sunday evening, June 12, in Los Angeles, California. That is because it appears the organizers utilized modern technology to make it possible for Belizeans all over the United States and the world to listen to the proceedings live. In addition, we expect videotape of the meeting will become available on computer links. The post-meeting discussion will become international in breadth, by means of social media, and the cross-pollination of opinion will be going on for days. This is our sense at the newspaper of how this will work. The town hall meeting was hosted by the Los Angeles-based BREDAA group, led by Nuri Akbar and Bilal Morris, who had organized a demonstration of Belizeans in front of the Guatemalan Embassy in Los Angeles some weeks ago. At Sunday’s event, Nuri Akbar was master of ceremonies, while the Leader of the Belize Progressive Party (BPP), Patrick Rogers, flew up from Belize to present, while Professor Egbert Higinio drove down from northern California to address the group. The third featured speaker was Mr. Hubert Pipersburgh, a Los Angeles-based activist who has BREDAA roots in the 1980s. After the presentation, a lively question-and-answer session took place. (It was good to hear the great Sir Andie.)

Belize Muslim Responds To Mass Killings In Orlando
Just when the world collectively was celebrating the legacy of one of the world’s greatest human beings, who was a practicing Muslim, we are shattered by the tragedy of Orlando, Florida. As a human being and a practicing Muslim, I condemn the senseless killings and maimings that took place in Orlando this past weekend. This was an act of evil and cannot be countenanced by any moral and civilized person. Having said that. There is clearly a concerted effort on the part of many people, including the mainstream media in the US, to associate the religion of Islam and all Muslims as being responsible for the motivation behind this gruesome act. There is a systematic narrative that follows every act of violence where persons with Muslim names are involved. For this reason, Muslims are scapegoated as being indirectly, and some say directly (Trump), responsible for all acts of terror in the US. But the history of mass killings in the US just doesn’t bear this out. The fact is that the majority of cases of terrorism in the US have not been perpetrated by Muslims.

Kenly Young and Angelina-Urbina tie for top spot in PSE with 97.75%
Kenly Young of St. Andrew Anglican School in San Ignacio Town, Cayo, and Angelina Urbina of La Inmaculada R.C. School in Orange Walk tied for top spot in this year’s Primary School Examination (PSE) with a score of 97.75%, raising the bar above last’s year’s top score of 96.5%. The student who received the second highest mark on the exam was Marcela Lozano of Bernice Yorke Institute in Belize City. A total of 7,235 students were tested in four subject areas: English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science, based on the national primary school curriculum. The grade brackets are A – excellent: 80-100%; B – competent: 70-79%; C – satisfactory: 60-69%; D – adequate: 50-59%; and E – inadequate: 49% and below.

Females top graduating classes at UB, Ocean Academy and Living Hope
Women in Belize continue to lead in academia, with the highest grade point averages in graduating classes of institutions ranging from preparatory school to high school to the country’s national university. This past weekend, three women, Robin Quilter of the University of Belize, Whitley Aguilar of Ocean Academy in San Pedro, and Jorleny Umana of Living Hope Preparatory School in Belize City, were all celebrated as valedictorians for being the top achievers of their schools. Robin Quilter, despite the attention generated when a fellow UB graduate’s boyfriend proposed in front of hundreds at the graduation ceremony, still shone at the ceremony as she paraded down the hall proudly to receive her diploma for her Bachelor’s Degree in accounting and her awards, as she ranked 1st of 509 UB students with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.97. Meanwhile, Angela Sun ranked the highest among UB’s Associate degree students, earning a GPA of 3.97 and an Associate’s degree in mathematics.

CCJ dismisses LGBT challenge to immigration laws of Belize and Trinidad
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) this morning dismissed the claims which LGBTI activist Maurice Arnold Tomlinson, a Jamaican national and an attorney, filed against the states of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago in 2013, alleging that the immigration laws of these CARICOM countries impair his right to hassle-free movement within the Community. Tomlinson had alleged that the domestic laws of both countries run contrary to their commitments under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. In presenting the summary of the decision on Friday morning, Justice Rolston Nelson said that, “the practice of admitting homosexuals of other CARICOM States is not a matter of discretion but is legally required by Article 9 RTC as this is an appropriate measure within the meaning of that provision.” “Belize and Trinidad and Tobago maintain that Mr. Tomlinson is entitled to enter their respective territories without hassle and to remain there for up to six months; and also that, as a homosexual, Mr Tomlinson does not constitute a ‘genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat affecting one of the fundamental interests of society,’ so that he is not an ‘undesirable person,’ as envisioned under the 2007 Conference Decision.”

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

National Tertiary Level Empowerment Symposium address Belizean sovereignty
On Friday, representatives of Belize’s entire tertiary level education system – eight junior colleges, the University of Belize and Galen University as host – will gather in San Ignacio for a first-ever National Tertiary Level Empowerment Symposium on the topic “Defending Belize’s Sovereignty.” Three panel […]

Burley Card charged over sex
27 year old Burley Kenyon Murphy Card, who goes by Burley Card or Burley Murphy, has been charged over a sexual relationship with a 15 year old girl between November 2015 and May 2016. Murphy was hit with 5 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse […]

Spoonaz Café burglar charged
Police have charged 38 year old unemployed Derick Garbutt for the reported burglary of Spoonaz’s Photo, Café and Bar on North Front Street on May 31, which was caught on surveillance camera. Appearing on Monday evening before Magistrate Emmerita Anderson, Garbutt pleaded not guilty […]

Man acquitted of rape of girl in Stann Creek
Jose Pana, a 37 year old farmer from Bella Vista, Stann Creek District, was acquitted this morning by a jury of nine women in the Southern Session of the Supreme Court sitting in Dangriga before Justice Denis Hanomansingh. Pana was charged with rape and […]

Mahogany Heights woman charged over election incident
Police have charged a woman who allegedly assaulted, insulted and wounded a police officer working at the village council elections held in Mahogany Heights, Cayo District over the weekend. 23 year old Lynden Jones, a tour guide, pleaded not guilty to wounding, assaulting a […]

Police address crime issues
Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, Officer Commanding Eastern Division (South) spoke of several crime and law enforcement-related issues in his press conference in Belize City on Monday. We begin with an update on the 9 o’clock curfew that was instituted for children of South side Belize City […]

Pair busted for drug trafficking in San Pedro
San Pedro Residents, Gilroy Lewis, 23, and Luwesa Parchue, 21, were arrested and charged for drug trafficking this morning after a police search at their Boca Del Rio area apartment, led to the discovery of cannabis. At around 9:00, a team of officers searched […]

Warm and relatively dry conditions prevail
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies during the daytime and partly cloudy skies tonight. Only isolated showers are expected. Winds will be blowing from the East at 5-15 knots and the sea state will be light chop – choppy. […]

Man charged for gun and weed
Yesterday morning at around 8:00, police on patrol searched a male person who stated his name as 23-year-old Gian Martinez of Ladyville, Belize District. The search revealed a pen gun and 7.9 grams of cannabis on his person. Officers later learned that the man’s real […]

Over two pounds of weed found in bus
While police and customs personnel were conducting an operation in the Santa Cruz area, Orange Walk Town on Saturday afternoon, they found 2.33 pounds of cannabis on a bus. At around 12:30 p.m., a bus coming out of Santa Cruz was searched and inside, […]

Courts get audio recording equipment from U.S.
Over half a million dollars worth of court audio recording equipment was handed over yesterday morning to the Belize Supreme and Magistrate’s Courts in Belize City. The donation is courtesy the US Backed Central American Regional Security Initiative and the International Narcotics and Law […]

Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission plans village consultations this weekend
Appointed in January to oversee the implementation of the April, 2015 consent order by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) recognizing customary land tenure within the Toledo District, the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission will this weekend meet with three separate villages. The Commission […]

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Gales Point Village in the Belize District
Easily visible on a map as a long finger stretching out from the mainland, Gales Point Village is one of the most beautiful spots in Belize. The local Creole villagers in Gales Point are the guardians for the protected feeding and nesting grounds of two of Belize’s most endangered animals: the Caribbean Manatee and the Hawksbill Turtle. Gales Point is in Belize District just a short drive from Belize City. The village itself is located on a long, narrow peninsula that extends two miles into the Southern Lagoon. The easiest way to get to Gales Point is by private boat taxi from Belize City. A road connects the Coastal Road with the village of Gales Point but it is often in a poor state of repair so only a well-equipped off-road vehicle is recommended.

Lobster Festival San Pedro Starts Tomorrow – Here’s the Scoop!
The official start to Lobster season is just ONE DAY away. Fishermen have been out setting traps and laying down lobster shades in preparation and the events are in place for the Ambergris Caye Lobster Festival… The passports are in… The pies are being readied at Boogie’s Belly… Here is a recap of what’s about to go down in San Pedro town. At the beginning, at each event, you can pick up a Passport and then get a stamp at each event. Pick up your passport at any event. An attendee of the festival is going all out. Look at these nails! At the end, at the Block Party, passports will be collected (and returned to you for a very cool souvenir)… Each stamp will entitle the passport holder to a raffle ticket to enter into a grand raffle of a vacation package for two to the San Pedro Lobster Festival 2017. The more stamps you get in your passport the more chances you have to win! The winner receives a vacation package back to San Pedro. The package includes local air fare, complimentary hotel stays, tours, golf cart rental, bar tabs, dinner and many more surprises.

LOBSTER FEST 2016 – SAN PEDRO STYLE!!
The 2016 Lobster Season opens on Wednesday, June 15th and goes through to February 14th, 2017. What better way to celebrate the return of this succulent crustacean than with 12 days of activities to honor their return. The 2016 San Pedro Lobster Fest invites visitors and residents alike, to indulge in their favorite lobster dishes. The festivities start on Wednesday, June 15th and end with a grand block party on Saturday, June 25th. The Lobster Fest Passport has quickly become a super fun aspect of the Lobster Fest. The goal of the passports is to get as many stamps as possible, to win big prizes. The passports are completely free. Fill your Lobster Fest 2016 Passport and get a chance to win an entire vacation for two to Ambergris Caye for the 2017 San Pedro Lobster Fest. Prizes include: round trip airfare from Belize International to San Pedro, Hotel Accommodations, Golf Cart Rentals, Dinners, Lunches, Excursions and so much more. Each stamp you acquire, makes you eligible to the grand raffle, winners will be announced at the block party. Lobster Fest Passport may be acquired at Seaduced by Belize office or at the Lobster Fest Event.

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Best Snorkeling Spots in Caribbean for Families
Thinking of setting out to the sunny Caribbean for a vacation? Why not combine perfect beaches, great atmosphere and fun foods with the perfect snorkeling experience too? Explore the underwater world, and get up close and personal with the local marine life in the Caribbean. Here are some of the Caribbean’s great kid-friendly snorkeling spots that are not just amazing, but also kid-friendly. About 30 miles off the coast of Belize, Glover’s Reef is part of the Meso-American Barrier Reef. A World Heritage Site and marine reserve, it’s home to an entire atoll and a 80-square-mile lagoon where you can see rays, sharks and turtles aplenty. Don’t miss the whale sharks in March, April, May and June. Glover’s Atoll has its own resort for the ultimate ‘Robinson Crusoe’ Experience. Camp or book one of its thatch cabins over the water, giving you the quickest route to perfect snorkeling (or diving), pristine white sandy beaches and innumerable coconut trees on your doorstep. Paradise found!

The New Captivity: Wild but Not Free
Wildlife tourism threatens manatees and dolphins as people get too close to marine mammals. Stuffed in a wet suit and armed with a fluorescent-green pool noodle, I climb down the short swim ladder into 78-degree water when a manatee blocks my way. It’s a baby, but at about three months old, the chubby gray manatee is already five feet long and apparently has me beat in the weight category. It meanders along the edge of the swim step, scarfing down some algae at the platform’s edge before it spins on its back. “Looks like it wants a belly rub,” says a tourist behind me, and by the animal’s behavior, it sure seems like it. Unlike blubbery sea lions, walruses, or whales, herbivorous manatees are nearly fat-free, their gigantic frames filled mostly by a gastrointestinal tract required to digest the 150 pounds of sea grass they consume daily. Evolving in a tropical environment has left the West Indian manatee (of which the Florida and Belize manatee are considered subspecies) unable to withstand cold ocean temperatures.

Responsible tourism awards longlist unveiled
Responsible Travel has today announced the select 75 organisations longlisted for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism at WTM London sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board. Organisations in the running for the most rigorously judged awards for responsible tourism in the world cover a diverse range of issues from campaigning and innovation to poverty reduction and the inclusion of marginalised people, from hotels with exemplary employment initiatives to wildlife and habitat conservation.

OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY expresses continued support for Belize and Guatemala efforts to peacefully resolve their differences.
Be sure to follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter for live updates from the 46th General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic!

Flavors of Belize to be Promoted in Taiwan’s International Food Show
As part of the concerted and continuing efforts to promote trade and business opportunities between Taiwan and Belize, the Embassy of the ROC (Taiwan) works with the Central American Trade Office (Taiwan) and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) to facilitate four Belizean professionals to represent and promote the flavors of Belize in the upcoming “2016 Taipei International Food Show.” Ms. Shauna Arnold, Export Promotion Officer, EXPORTBelize of BELTRAIDE, Ms. Simone Bell, Marketing Consultant of Caribbean Premier Products and Ms. Yalily Cuello and Samantha Turcios, Marketing Personnel of L&R Liquors, will travel to Taipei to participate in the Food Show scheduled on June 22-25, 2016. Ms. Arnold began working as an Export Promotion Officer in EXPORTBelize in 2014. EXPORTBelize’s main focus is to encourage competitiveness of local business to promote their products and services regionally and internationally.

Green Harvesting
The Department of the Environment (DOE) is responsible for conducting compliance monitoring, enforcement of the EPA, and to carry out the environmental screening process for developments that have the potential to significantly alter the natural state of the environment. As one of its responsibilities, the DOE is responsible for carrying out activities under international environmental agreements, such as the Stockholm Convention on Chemicals. The Stockholm Convention on Chemicals is a legally binding international agreement that tasks all participating countries to take actions to reduce or eliminate the production, use, and/or release into the environment of certain types of chemicals called persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Persistent Organic Pollutants were produced because of their benefits in pest and disease control, such as DDT for the control of mosquitoes that carry malaria and dengue. However, these chemicals have had unforeseen negative effects on human health and the environment. POPs can be transported by wind and water, and affect people and wildlife far from where they are used. They exist for very long periods of time in the environment and can accumulate and pass from one species to the next through the food chain. Unintentional Persistent Organic Pollutants, or UPOPs, are certain types of chemicals that are produced and released as a result of industrial processes and from combustion; for example, open burning of municipal and medical waste, agricultural burning, and even backyard burning of trash.

AMBERGRIS STADIUM: JUNE 2016 UPDATE

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  • Caye Caulker, Belize, lobster fishing, 4min. Caye Caulker, Belize, lobster fishing.

  • LA VOZ KARAOKE 2016 - WEEK 9, 150min.

  • Jack’s story - sharkwater, 2min. Jack Angele shares his story about saving the sharks. After being inspired by his role models, Jack took up the task of raising money in any way that he could to support the cause of preventing the illegal killing and finning of sharks. Jack is from Vancouver, BC, Canada, but his second home is San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. He loves diving and life in La Isla Bonita. In this video, Jack shares about his love of Sharks and why he wants to help save them. Jack lives and breathes sharks; we think is is doing an amazing job.

  • Belize 2016, 3.5min.

  • Asamblea General aprueba Declaración de Apoyo a Belize y Guatemala, 2min.

  • The Maya Heartland, 4.5min.

  • Ambergris Caye Belize - Snorkeling With a Baby Sea Turtle!, 4.5min. Today I'm sharing with you my trip last year to Belize. Had a blast and the snorkeling was awesome. For more info on Portofino Beach Resort visit http://portofinobelize.com/

  • Belize 2016, 6min. This video documents Gateway Nazarene Church's mission trip to San José Succotz, Belize

  • Sharks, Rays, and Manatees oh my! {Belize 2016}, 7min.

  • San Felipe, Toledo, Belize, 3min. Hidden in the jungles of the Toledo district, the charming Mayan village is home to about 350 people and Ixcacao Mayan Belizean chocolate.

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