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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

Crawling our way through Lobster Fest 2016!
We are six days into San Pedro’s lobster extravaganza and there is still much partying left to do. The second week of the San Pedro Lobster Fest Crawl started on Monday, June 20th during a full day of conservation awareness at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. But, as the sun went down the lobster crawlers made their way to Crazy Canuck’s Beach Bar for one CRAZY party! With live music, drink specials and of course, tasty lobster treats, Crazy Canuck’s hosted a spectacular event fit for La Isla Bonita’s largest celebration of the Spiny Lobster. The Reggae Boys kept the crowd on their feet and dancing throughout the night. Even the iconic Coconut Leo took to the mic to delight the crowd with renditions from the King of Reggae, Bob Marley.

Celebrating International Day of Yoga
Yogis around the world are celebrating International Day of Yoga today June 21st! The 5,000 year old physical, mental and spiritual practice, has become one of the most popular fitness and wellbeing activity adapted into everyday life. With the support of over 175 nations, on December 11 of 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga – and today celebrated with pride! The yoga phenomenon has even touched Belize, with the practice being upheld in almost every district. Ambergris Caye is no exception, and we even have a resort dedicated solely to yoga. Yes, I’m talking about Ak’bol Yoga Retreat! Just a couple miles north of Sir Barry Bowen Bridge, Ak’bol is a yogi’s dream hosting yoga and wellness retreats all year round. It’s a truly tranquil environment perfect getting your zen on!

Ambergris Today

Castillo's Do It Best Hardware Announces Winners of it's Father’s Day Raffle
1st Prize Robert Bailey, 2nd Prize Chris Rivero, 3rd Prize Mr. Moh, Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Inspire Gala - A Party with a Purpose
The community of Ambergris Caye got together to support the fundraiser as local businesses donated of their time, resources, food and beverages that were all donated towards raising funds for the worthy cause. First Lady of Belize Kim Simplis-Barrow hosted the Inspire Celebration Fundraiser that took place on June 18, 2016, at the Mahogany Bay Village - Curio Collection by Hilton in San Pedro Ambergris Caye. “We dress in white for hope tonight,” commented Mrs. Kim Simples-Barrow as she addressed the attendants of the fundraiser. “Hope for the children of Belize who need our assistance.” The Inspiration Center was founded in 2014 by Belize’s Prime Minister’s wife to help some of the most vulnerable children in Belize. The celebration was a complete success, the Great House at Mahogany Bay Village was alive in the spirit of celebration and giving on its inaugural event. Attendees were entertained with music, food, drinks and also made donations in the form of raffles and silent auctions that took place during the course of the evening.

Pic of the Week - Lobsters Just Wanna Have Fun
The San Pedro Lobsterfest, Lobster Crawl made its way to The Dive Bar on Sunday, June 19, 2016 on North Ambergris Caye. Attendees were partying like "LobSTARS" and even the lobsters came out to play. There is plenty of food and fun activities scheduled this week, leading up to the main Lobsterfest Block Party on Saturday, June 25.

Daniel The Orphan Manatee Visits from Chetumal, Mexico
Meet Daniel the friendly manatee; he lives in semi-captivity in Laguna Guerrero, Chetumal Bay, Quintana Roo, Mexico, but lately has found his way down the coast of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. As you can see Daniel is super friendly and apparently loves the company of children. Daniel visited the Rivero ranch just west of Ambergris Caye in the calm waters of the lagoon-side of the island. He approached Angelique and her cousin and decided to stay around and play for a while. “It took the girls a few minutes to get in the water with him,” stated Johnnia Rivero Duarte. “What a great experience for them. He came so close when he heard them playing and left until they went inside. He actually wrapped his front flippers around Angelique as if he was hugging her.”

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Belize Nature Conservation Foundation releases annual call for proposals
Our partner in conservation - the Belize Nature Conservation Foundation has released its annual call for proposals. Registered NGOs and community-based organizations - take note - apply for up to BZ$38,000! To access application forms, please contact us at grantsinfo@pactbelize.org. Deadline for submission is June 27, 2016.

Ministry of Labour and the University of the West Indies Host Interest-Based Bargaining Workshop
The University of the West Indies Open Campus Belize, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, is hosting an Interest – Based Bargaining Workshop entitled: “Reinventing Collective Bargaining in the Public & Private Sectors”. This workshop will be held for three days commencing today 21st – Thursday 23rd June, 2016 and is facilitated by Dr. Noel Cowell, Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations, at Mona school of Business and Management UWI and Mr. Danny Roberts, Head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Institute, Jamaica. An opening ceremony was held this morning at the University of the West Indies, Open Campus Auditorium in Belize City, where the Hon. Hugo Patt, Minister of Labour, gave the keynote address in which he ensured to the participants what is the expected goal of this workshop.

Conch Fishery Closure
The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs all fishers and the General Public that in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2012, the Honorable Gaspar Vega, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development will declare the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) fishery closed at the close of business on June 24th, 2016. The fishing community is advised that all conch fishing activities shall cease as of this date until the opening of the next fishing season on 1st October, 2016.

Orthopedic Clinic
The Rotary Club of Belmopan will once again have its Orthopedic Clinic under the Belize Children Program. If you know of a child up the age of 18 suffering from neck, spine,shoulder, arm, elbow, hand, hip, leg, knee, foot, and other types of bone problems are ask to sign up. Santa Elena, Dangriga, Belmopan, Orange Walk, Belize City.

Miss Honduras – Miss Costa Maya Festival 2016 Contestant
The International Costa Maya Festival is excited to announce its fourth contestant vying the title of Miss Costa Maya International 2016. Meet Miss Honduras, Corina Alejandra Flores Canales. The representative from Honduras is an international business administrator. She represented her country in the Miss Ambar Mundial 2015 pageant in Punta Cana Republica Dominicana. She also won the title of Chica Verano 2015 in her country Honduras.

Interest-Based Bargaining Workshop opens yesterday at the UWI Open Campu
Interest-Based Bargaining Workshop being held today at the UWI Open Campus, Belize all unions and private sector are welcomed as it will run for 3 days limited spaces available.

Katy Seely Brought the gold back!
Even with the events split over two days, it’s hard to expect anyone to perform at so many events so consistently, which is what makes Katy Sealy’s win at the twenty-seventh Central American Championships so special. Katy swept first place in all but two of the events, and was in the top three of the two hundred meter and eight hundred meter races held in San Salvador over the weekend.

Fruits available in Belize and their seasons
Hey guys for those who are interested. These are some of the fruits available in Belize and their season. Hope it is helpful. Will be updating this...

Spay and Neuter Clinic in Corozal a Success
Jun 21 - THANK YOU! - Spay and Neuter Clinic in Corozal a Success. Though the practice is becoming less frequent, each year many dogs are euthanized in Corozal simply because they do not have homes or the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. Spaying and neutering can dramatically reduce the number of stray animals on the streets. Your pets should be spayed or neutered before 6 months for a male and before a female's first heat. The Corozal Dog and Cat Protection Program held its three days spay and neuter clinic on June 16th-18th. At the helm of the program were Doctors Tim Fitzpatrick (retiree - photo left) and Doctor Lewis Hanks (from the USA - photo right) and many volunteers/sponsors. Both doctors expressed their willingness to return every year to carry out this program but wish for more participation from the community.

Cayo International Day of Yoga 2016
The Full Lotus Yoga Center is hosting Cayo's International Day of Yoga this year. The yoga event will be on Sunday, June 26th, from 9:00am to noon. Airbender will be there to do some yoga dance too. Namaste! "This event is free and open to all levels, no yoga experience is necessary. We will start with the preplanned (same sequence we did last year) yoga session, followed by a short meditation, then a break to sample some complimentary tea, a yoga dance performance by Ashanti of AIrbender Yoga Studio and then kirtan lead by Laine and Evan of Chaya Garden Ashram."

BELIZE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL DEADLINE EXTENDED
he submissions deadline for 2016 is now July 15, 2016. It's free to enter and there are FIVE categories this year: Entry info and rules: 1. Narrative Feature (80+ minutes) 2. Short (15 minutes and under) 3. Documentary Feature (50+ minutes) 4. Documentary Short (30 minutes and under) 5. Music Video (5 minutes and under): This category is exclusively open to Belizean filmmakers

31st Bi-Annual General Meeting
Don't miss the 31st Bi-Annual General Meeting! With guest speaker Ms. Leah Chandler coming all the way from Branson, Missouri! Wednesday, July 6th from 10 am - 12 pm at the George Price Centre in Belmopan

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
The OAS Department of Human Development, Education and Employment in collaboration with Centro de Desarrollo y Asistencia Técnica en Tecnología para la Organización Pública (Asociación Civil) TOP, Argentina herein offer the online PAEC course: “Gestión Estratégica de Recursos Humanos en Organizaciones Públicas (GERH)” to be delivered in Spanish. Given the deadline for receiving applications in Washington, D.C. is August 1st, 2016; applicants are requested to submit the hardcopy application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belmopan by July 1st , 2016 for endorsement and forwarding to its high destination.

CODICADER Belize Games Mascot visits primary schools in Belmopan
The CODICADER Belize Games Mascot visited primary schools in the City of Belmopan today to spread the word on the games and get the students excited about supporting their country's young athletes. The games are scheduled to be played from July 6th to 11th, in four sporting disciplines: football (to be played in Belmopan), basketball (to be played in San Ignacio), volleyball (to be played in Orange Walk) and table tennis (to be played in Belize City). Participating countries are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

Muhammad speaks on detention of Belizean Muslim Family
Nuri Muhammad, an advocate for various causes spoke about the detention of a Muslim family by the police on Monday, June 20. He said "I am fully aware that my family or any Muslim family in Belize, for that matter, could be next. For those of you who are not aware, on Monday, June 20th, the Ahmads, a prominent Muslim family in Belize, was hauled off in the back of pickup trucks, to the Raccoon Street Police station in Belize City, in an early morning raid at their homes. They were detained for over ten hours and not permitted even a phone call to inform their relatives, employees, community members or even a lawyer, of their whereabouts. They were not properly informed as to why they were being detained. Even after they were released, no formal explanation, or apology, was given to them by anyone in authority.

Some tourist with rental vehicle didn't make it to Barton creek sunday
....good thing nothing bad happen to them in the accident... looks like man couldn't open his car so he broke the windshield to get out.

ZAMAR STUDENT CHOIR at St. Francis Xavier
Students of St. Francis Xavier Primary School were lucky to host this morning at their assembly, the ZAMAR STUDENT CHOIR while on their Belize 2016 Tour. Thank you from the students, faculty and staff of St. Francis Xavier Primary School.God Bless and safe travels!

San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of culture Summer Art Wave
July will be hot in more ways than one at the San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture (NICH) ! Corn Leaf Doll making workshop, Creole drumming and rhythm workshop, Theatre/Breakdance workshop.

Water dogs are symbols of a well conserved river system
Thanks to PACT, FCD is gearing up for a public campaign using the waterdog as the campaign mascot. The task is enormous but with strategic partners we can alleviate the problems facing our rivers.

Channel 7

Belize/Guatemala Washington Talks Lasted For 5 Hours; Guat Side Declined Comment
Delegations from both Belize and Guatemala have been in meetings in Washington DC discussing a protocol for the Sarstoon River. After more than 5 hours of discussion, the meeting concluded at 6:22 pm, Belize Time. The Guatemalan delegation left the OAS Main building in Washington DC upbeat and satisfied that both sides had moved towards building peace. Those were the words used by Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales as he denied us an interview. Jules Vasquez is at the OAS Building right now waiting for the Belize Delegation to hear what's in that agreement for the Sarstoon mechanism and we'll have that for you during tonight's news.

Anthony Leslie Shot
While our newscast was winding up last night at around 8 o'clock, we received reports of a shooting on Iguana Street Extension. We responded and found police officers on the scene, and quite an amount of blood. The person who had been injured had already been rushed to the KHMH. Reliable sources tell us that the victim is Anthony Leslie, and he was injured in the back. We've been trying today to get additional details from police, but we've so far been unsuccessful. We're told that at this time, there is suspicion that he may have been targeted due to the completion of a recent court case. We've been unable to confirm because the investigating officer who told us that he was not authorized by his superiors to discuss the matter.

Constable Alamilla Goes To Jail
Last night, we told you about how Ladyville Police decided to charge one of their own, Detective Constable Urbie Alamilla, for firing a gun in public for a second time. Well tonight, he's at the Belize Central Prison after he was taken to the magistrate's Court. As we told, on Saturday, June 18, officers responded to a report of shots being fired at the Green Jade Restaurant, which is right down the street from the Ladyville Police Station. There they found 1 live round and 1 expended shell from a 9mm pistol on the floor. They were informed that Alamilla was under the influence of alcohol, he fired his pistol inside the restaurant. According to reports, Alamilla's family member, Elvis Borland, and another restaurant patron, 24 year-old Ashley Haylock, had some sort of disagreement. Sometime during that quarrel, Alamilla got involved and fire the shot. The officers detained Alamilla, and when they asked him for the gun, he took them to an open lot on Woodpecker Street. They lifted up a cement block and found a 9 mm pistol with 8 live rounds of ammunition in its magazine.

Improving How Belize Does Collective Bargaining
Very regularly on our newscast, we feature the breakdown of industrial relations between the management of important companies or government departments and the employees who work for them. That's usually at the point where things have come to a head, and there has been a stalemate so impassable that the employees feel that the only outlet they have is to bring their concerns to the media. But, the experts in collective bargaining say that these are the most unhealthy of professional relationships. It is slowly becoming the norm of an "us versus them" mentality where either the workers or the managers approach bargaining in a fiercely adversarial stance that hardly any progress is made in negotiations. Inevitably, the Labour Department staff is then forced to step in as referees in an attempt to break the impasse. Well, the Ministry of Labour says thinks that is counterproductive, and today they partnered with the University of the West Indies Open Campus in Belize to host a 3-day workshop. Its themed "Reinventing Collective Bargaining in the Public and Private Sectors". The organizers invited representatives from the unions, the big companies, and government departments to discuss a better way to resolve industrial disputes.

Labour Minister Confident Of Fruta Bomba's Severance With Former Employees
While we had the opportunity to speak with the Labour Minister, we asked him about the severance benefits for the employees of Fruta Bomba. That's the foreign owned Papaya producing company, located near San Joaquin, Corozal, which has been winding down operations in Belize after 22 years of doing business in this country. The Guardian Newspaper reported in their weekend issue that last week was the final 7 days of operations, before they completely closed down. So, we asked Hugo Patt about his Ministry's involvement in making sure that the 251 former employees of the company have been properly compensated for their years of service. Here's what he told us: Hon. Hugo Patt - Minister of Labour: "We knew from the onset because of several situations that Fruta Bomba was practically winding down. As a matter of fact I think this is the last weeks that it's going be operational. "

Labour Department Reviewing Monima's Severance Terms
Another labour matter which has landed on the desk of the Labour Commissioner is case of Audibaldo Monima. As viewers are aware, he's the recently hired Northern Regional Health Manager who was forced to resign after he was exposed as being unqualified for the job. It ended up turning into a fiasco where the Ministry of Health has to find something for the former Coast Guard Officer to do for the next 3 months in a field for which he has no experience. Alternatively, the Ministry can choose to send him home and pay him for 3 months' salary, for work he did not complete. The Ministry of Labour has the balance equity in this case, which means that the terms of his contract must be followed. So today, we spoke with the Minister of Labour, and the Labour Commissioner about it. Here's what they had to say:

2016-2017 Sugar Crop Might Be Extended Slightly
So, while Hugo Patt was speaking with us today as the Minister of Labour, we asked him for his perspective as a former member of the Sugar Industries Control Board. We understand that the crop is winding down, and while a vast majority of the farmers have delivered their cane, there are still others who have been unable to do so due to weather conditions. We understand that those farmers are hoping that the millers would consider keeping the factory opened a little while longer. So, we asked Patt, who is the Area Rep for Corozal North, a division with a significant number of cane farmers, about it. The said that the Millers are keeping the farmers in mind: Hon. Hugo Patt - Minister of Labour: "We know that the Sugar Industry in its optimum capacity operates under a very dry weather. We had 2 fronts coming in which have practically poured a lot of water into our fields. That is basically the draw back and the farmers not able to deliver cane. You would know that towards the end of the season as well there are farmers who are far advanced their quotas and there are those who still have left overs."

PACT: How To Make Most Of Conservation Funding
Yesterday we told you about the PACT forum to discuss the way forward using PACT's new formed policy. As we told you PACT is changing the way it does business, restructuring from acting as an organization which only provides grants, to one that actually invests in the environment. Now PACT is just feeling its way around these new set of responsibilities. And while they have yet to come up with a long term strategic plan to accommodate the new legislation, the organization is already changing the way it invests. They are switching their priorities on where they put their money. This fiscal year PACT has set a portfolio of 1.2 million dollars which they hope to disburse in three main areas. The Chairman of PACT Dr. Collin Young gave us the break down yesterday.

Kids Sure Learned How To Swim
The Fiona Stevenson Swimming training camp, organized by YWCA in Belize City, culminated today with a swimming competition. Over 200 kids joined the swimming course in April and today it was all about putting all those lessons to the test. Each school brought out their best swimmers and the result was a much contested swimming marathon. Emanuel Pech was there this morning and has the following report. Wild cheering and determined swimmers- that is what the 9th annual Fiona Stevenson swimming competition was all about. And as it is with every competition there were a few disappointed fans. But true spirit of the race was in making those final few strokes towards the finish line. Andre Godoy - Swimming instructor: "Todays the 2016 Swim Meet for the learn to swim program, Fiona Stevenson learn to swim program. Its just a competition whereby we have 10 primary schools that take part in the swimming and we the best 4 swimmers, 2 females and 2 males and they will show their skills, what they learned at the swim program."

Blue Creek Villager Drowns
Last night we told you about the 66 year old man who drowned on a Turneffe Island fishing trip, well there was another drowning, this time in Blue Creek Village. On Sunday evening around 4:00, 21 year old Thomas Salam and 4 friends went to Blue creek to fish. But it's only until later in the night that Salam dove in the creek to go spear fishing. That is when Salam got stuck among some fallen branches. His friends tried to help him but they couldn't get Salam out in time. Police say that Salam and his friends among many other residents usually go spear fishing in the creek.

15 Year-old Boy Caught With A Bag Of Weed
A 15 year old boy surprised police with a gift bag of weed. Yesterday morning, police spotted the shirtless boy walking near the corner of Vernon and Mayflower Streets with a blue gift bag. As he saw the police, the boy dropped the bag and ran. But police caught him and found 1 pound of weed in the gift bag he had flung on the street. The boy is in custody.

Cleyon Needs Help For Surgery
The last time we heard of little Cleyon Marage was in April. His stepfather had come to our studios asking for financial help to cover the cost of a $100,000 bone marrow transplant. Cleyon had relapsed in March and this surgery is the only way to save his life. But his parents still haven't come up with the money and time is quickly running out for Cleyon. Today his mother Clovis Matura told us that although Cleyon is okay at home right now, she could lose her son any minute if he does not get the transplant. Matura gave us the update on Cleyon and told us about a raffle the family is organizing to raise funds. Clovis Matura - Mother: "We just came back from Merida on Sunday and he's doing good right now. He's at home secluded because his blood might me low after the chemo and we can't have him getting sick because he's like a baby and it could kill him. He's eating a lot of beets and calaloo and healthy things to keep his blood up. So, we can stay here until time to go back. We are planning raffle that is to be held on the 16th of July.

Alma Castillo Is Missing
A 33 year old Orange Walk woman has not returned home since Saturday and her family is starting to panic. Alma Lily Castillo left her San Jose Palmar Village home on Saturday afternoon to visit her boyfriend in Town. But she never came back home. The family is asking the public to call the police if anyone sees Castillo. She is 5ft tall, medium built, weighs about 140 pounds, as you can see in the picture she has light brown skin and thin eyebrows. She was last seen wearing a blue jeans short pants, a black blouse, and black sandals.

Belize Delegation Discusses Sarstoon Talks
A few minutes ago, our 7New Director, Jules Vasquez, spoke with the Belize Delegation about the outcome of the talks in Washington today. Here's Wilfred Elrington briefly discussing what happened in the 5 hour meeting: Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: "Good evening Jules and good evening Belize. Let me start off by thanking you for taking the trouble to travel all the way here to Washington to get live and direct what has been transpiring. We started negotiating with the Guatemalan team under the auspices of the OAS with the Secretary General and his team at 3pm this afternoon. It's now 8:20, so we have been going for about 5 hours and 20 minutes. We think we made very good progress. All of us participated in the negotiation. I think that at one point or the other all of us had a chance to speak. Alexis Rosado, Belize Ambassador to Guatemala, General Jones and our man in Washington Ambassador Andrews and of course Miss Ardel who is always there. I think we made very good progress. Alexis is normally the one who takes the most comprehensive notes of what transpires at meetings and if you don't mind I will ask him to share with the Belizean people."

La Popular Was Robbed
The well known "La Popular" Bakery at the corner of Logwood and Sarstoon Streets was burglarized yesterday morning. At around 9:00, cashier Adelita Ocompo was behind the counter when two armed men stormed in and demanded money. The men stole $150 from her as well as a $900 Samsung Galaxy S6 phone from another 17 year old assistant cashier. The men then ran off. No one was hurt and police have detained three 17 year old minors.

Belize's Senior Track Athletes Brought Home Medicals
The Belize delegation performed remarkably well at the 17th Central American Championships in Athletics. The competition was held over the weekend in El Salvador, and the good news is that Belize brought back a total of 12 medals- 6 of them gold. Not only that, but of the 13 new records that were broken, Belize held 6 of them- bringing our total number of record holdings to 7. Deon Sutherland the president of the Belize Athletics association spoke to us today about this remarkable achievement. Deon Sutherland, Pres., Belize Athletic Association "We have been at this event for years now. This is an annual event for the seven countries of Central America. We had some 22 athletes and 5 officials at this tournament which overall performance were very great. We have a total of 12 medals, 6 gold medals, which are all record breaking medals, we had 4 silver and 2 bronze."

Making Consumer Protection Work Better
How can consumer protection agents ensure you, the consumers, are getting value for money? That was the main focus of today's training at the Biltmore. Representatives from the Bureau of Standards, Customs and other organizations were at the training to learn about the revised consumer protection module. But they also discussed a new Information Technology platform that will be used to detect and stop harmful or hazardous non-food items coming into the country. The Bureau of Standards' Consumer Protection Liaison Officer Rudolpho Gutierrez told us more about the significance of this training session. Today is the final day of the training. This initiative falls under a program that was signed between CARICOM and the European Union.

Police Train On Cash Seizures And Money Laundering Laws
So, while the consumer protection regulators were being trained to better serve the public, the law enforcement officers were also being schooled on how to properly seize cash. We report countless times on drug and cash busts but it's way more complex than just searching vehicles on the highways or banging down doors and ransacking houses. There are specific strategies that must be enforced to try and stop money laundering and drug transactions. That includes doing a thorough investigation at the site of the seizure so that the evidence can be substantial enough to go to court. All that was discussed at today's training at the Biltmore and coordinator Ian McDonald detailed how significant this training is to effective police work. Today is the 2nd day of the training. The training will end tomorrow with a workshop for Magistrates and other officials on how to deal with these money laundering cases in court.

A Painting Summer Camp For Kids
Last night we told you about the Department of Youth Services' DJ Summer training. Well that is only one of the many summer programs available this year. Among those is Edward Rubio's Arts and Sports camp. Rubio better known as Lily White came to our studios this morning to tell us more about his initiative and also to ask the public for help to keep it going every year. 32 kids have already registered. If you want to join the camp you can call 667-9672. The program will run from June 27th to July 22nd at the BTL Park.

Belize Celebrated International Yoga Day
Yoga is a 5 thousand year old mental, physical and spiritual practice. It originated in India but today, it is practiced by millions of people around the world, even in Belize. Now today is particularly special for practitioners and enthusiasts of Yoga. That's because in 2014 the Indian Prime Minister successfully lobbied to the UN to recognize this day, the 21st of June, as International Yoga Day. Michelle Williams is the Coordinator for the International Yoga Day Belize. She spoke to us about the week long activities that are being organized in commemoration of International Yoga Day. Placencia celebrates Yoga Day today with a free session at the Placencia pier. This year's Yoga Day is being recognized under the theme sustainable development and its relation to Yoga.

High Level Red Cross Meeting Hosted In Belize
We usually only hear about the Red Cross Society when they are helping out in the community during natural disasters or during their regular outreach programs. But for Red Cross members, there is so much more that has to be done in order for their initiatives to be effective and have an impact in the society. One of those objectives is to meet and share ideas at their Annual Resilience in the America's Regional Exchange Meeting. This is the first time that this meeting is being held in Belize and representatives from the 3 other sister national societies, namely Jamaica, Guyana and Bahamas are attending. Today the Director - General from the Belize Red Cross discussed the RITA program and how it can improve their community work. The meeting began yesterday and it ends on Thursday.


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Channel 5

Is S.S.B. Interested in $55 Million Worth of G.O.B.’s Utility Shares?
Is Government broke? A recent report from the IMF raised alarm bells painting a dismal economic picture and recommends retrenchment and increased taxes. And tonight, we can report that G.O.B. [...]

Another Fuel Increase Means More Gas Pains at the Pump!
It seems that where the price of fuel at the pumps is concerned, it’s all bad news. We wish we could tell you different tonight, but we can’t. News Five [...]

Belize and Guatemala Commence Rounds of Meeting in Washington
Foreign Ministers Wilfred Elrington and Carlos Raul Morales met in Washington today. The start of the meeting was somewhat delayed because the permanent council of the Organization of American States [...]

Trigger Happy Urbie is Remanded to Prison
Tonight, thirty-five year old police constable Urbie Alamilla is on the other side of the law and on remand at the Belize Central Prison. This evening, he was denied bail [...]

Muslim Family Comes Under Siege from Special Branch
A well-known Belizean family within the local Muslim community was the subject of a predawn raid on Monday at their house in Hattieville.  Former Superintendent of the Belize Central Prison [...]

Monima Employment Investigated by Ministry of Labor
Audibaldo Monima Junior – he left the Coast Guard to take up a post as the Regional Health Manager in the North. It’s a post that calls for a Master’s [...]

Chief Pharmacist Versus Former Health C.E.O. Wraps Up in Supreme Court
The case against former C.E.O. in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, wrapped up this afternoon in the Supreme Court where submissions were made on behalf of Chief Pharmacist [...]

Government is Sued by Sharon Anderson for Spreading Defamatory Email
At the time of the dissemination of that email, a subsequent press conference held by the Ministry of Health also conveyed the fabricated information.  The falsehood prompted the Public Service [...]

….Was Email Message Confidential?
In its defense, government, through Deputy Solicitor General Nigel Hawke, contends that the email was confidential and presented its argument from that position. But the content of the email was [...]

A Ceremony Honoring Inmates Who Passed Their P.S.E.s
This afternoon at the Central Prison in Hattieville, a ceremony was held to honor seven inmates who successfully completed the 2016 Primary School Examinations. The inmates took the exams at [...]

Is Government Contemplating a Wage Freeze?
As we showed you earlier in the newscast, G.O.B. appears to be in a serious cash crunch…so much so that they are trying to raise fifty million dollars from that [...]

Minister of Labor Says Laid Off Industrial Workers Were Duly Compensated
A significant part of the economic downturn has been attributed to problems in traditionally robust industries – like papaya, shrimp and bananas. Fruta Bomba has closed its doors, shrimp farms [...]

Hugo Patt on Sugar Industry Negotiations
Since Minister of Labor Hugo Patt has also been G.O.B.’s representative in the sugar industry, we also asked for an update on negotiations between G.O.B., the three cane-farmers associations and [...]

Katy Sealy is Triumphant at Central American Championships
Gold medalist Katy Sealy is back in the country after crushing her competition in the recently held Central American Championships in El Salvador.  Sealy is one of several Belizean athletes [...]

Belize Sets 6 New Records in Regional Games
According to Deon Sutherland, President of the Belize Athletic Association, all accomplishments by the participating athletes were record setting.   Deon Sutherland, President, Belize Athletic Association “We attended the Central [...]

Belize’s Standing Improves Among Central American Athletes
Belize’s overall ranking has improved since the prizewinning outing over the weekend.  Of the seven participating Central American countries, Belize ranks fourth place.   Deon Sutherland, President, Belize Athletic Association [...]

A Seminar for Labor Industry Stakeholders
The University of the West Indies Open Campus Belize, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor, is hosting a three day workshop for stakeholders entitled “Reinventing Collective Bargaining in the [...]

How is that Message Translated on Broader Scale?
The workshop only caters to a small cross-section of employers, employees and union representatives. So how does the message get from this small room to where it needs to go? [...]

Fireball Loan Program to Provide Funding to Entrepreneurs and Businesses in the West
Results of a study show that as it relates to west, seventy-one percent of the population is thirty-five years and younger. Of that sector, thirty-five percent is less than fifteen [...]

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Image Of Virgin Mary Appears In Calcutta Village
Tonight a family from the Village of Calcutta Corozal strongly believe that the image of the Virgin Mary appeared on a cutting board belonging to the family. According to the husband and wife who wished to appear off camera, this is not the first time they witness the apparition of the Virgin Mary. Nine years ago the Virgin visited them but they did not make much of it. Wife: “Actually I was getting ready for lunch and I was preparing food and my husband came and he moved the cutting board and he saw it and he showed me and it was there, I don’t know, make people can see and let them judge and I don’t know.” Reporter: “Has something like this happened before?” Wife: “Yeah, this is the second time, the first time it happened on my plantain tree, it was colorful but I didn’t pay mind to it, I just saw it and just leave it there so this is the second time and it is just more than obvious and we are not Catholic, let the people judge and see, I don’t know.”

Monima Gone, Payment Owed To Him Being Reviewed
Tonight Audibamdlo Monima the former Northern Region Health Manager who resigned last week after being an option to resign or be terminated after his file was reviewed and it was established that indeed he was unqualified for the position which required a Master’s Degree in Public health administration, Health systems management and a minimum of five years’ experience in health administration, finance and human resource management, neither of which Monima possessed. Monima resigned but under the terms of his contract, he was to be given three months’ notice, so the Ministry can now either choose to send him home and pay him for those three months, or keep him around for three months and find something for him to do. That is also being reviewed.

Drugs Found Near School
Twenty five marijuana plants ranging from ranging from about 6 inches to about 1 foot in height were confiscated today by Orange Walk Police. The plants were found yesterday at about 12:50 in the afternoon in an area located about 100 feet away from the San Estevan RC School in San Estevan Village, Orange Walk District. All marijuana trees were taken to the Orange Walk Police station and labeled as found property.

Program To Increase Goat And Sheep Meat Production
A regional program to increase goat and sheep meat production was launched in seven Caribbean countries last week. The program seeks to improve the stock of sheep and goats in the region while training persons in animal husbandry, with particular emphasis on small ruminants. The program which includes countries like Belize, Jamaica, St Lucia, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, and Grenada is funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Government of New Zealand.

Conchs Season Near Its End
Belize’s conch season is nearing its closing date of Friday June 24th and will remain closed until October 1st 2016. The general public and restaurants are advised that during the closed season anyone caught with conch meat will be charged and prosecuted in a court of law in accordance to fisheries regulations. The general public is advised to report any illegal fisheries activity by calling telephone numbers 224-4552 or 223-2623.

Violence Erupts In Neighborhood Chetumal
Violence erupted in the streets of our northern neighbors, Chetumal after citizens were barred from attending a sitting of the Quintana Roo state congress. According to a report on the Mexican news page ‘Diario La Verdad’ yesterday’s congress sitting was interrupted by an estimated 200 individuals who are opposing the appointment of a new senior state auditor. When the congress decided today to reconvene without a public audience, crowds broke through police barricades and attempted to storm the session hall as Police responded with tear gas. Meanwhile demonstrators who managed to get inside the meeting of the Quintana Roo legislative chamber, shouted 'Out, out' during the meeting. Protesters view the appointment of a new state auditor and public prosecutor as an attempt to avoid investigations of corruption and misappropriation of funds by current governor Roberto Borge.

High Level Meeting Takes Place In Washington
A delegation from Belize, comprising of Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, Brigadier General David Jones and Ambassador Alexis Rosado today met with diplomats and senior military officers of Guatemala including Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales, Guatemala's Commander of the Armed Forces, General Perez and Guatemalan Ambassador to Belize, Manuel Roland Barillas and OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro at the OAS Main building in downtown Washington DC. The high level meeting which was scheduled to commence today at 2:00pm is a follow up to the discussions that took place in Istanbul Turkey on May 21st to discuss the Sarstoon mechanism - a plan to make certain that Belizean military and civilians enjoy full access to the north side of the Sarstoon without hindrance from the Guatemalan army.

One Charged For Attack One Carmelita Resident
On Friday we reported on the case of 33 year old Carmelita resident Rhondine Reynolds who was attacked inside her home on Friday June 17th by a male individual who broke into her residence. As a result of this attack the business woman received cut wounds to the left side of her face, cut wound to the left hand and abrasions to her right shoulder. Reports were that the male person then left running and was chased by concerned villagers. Police have since arrested and charged Lennox Rhaburn for the Crime of Aggravated Burglary.

Internal Investigation Carried Out In Suicide Of Luis Antonio Magana
The post mortem examination performed on Luis Antonio Magana, the 29 year old Orange Walkeno who committed suicide while inside a cell at the Orange Walk Police Station, has concluded, ruling his death as “COMBINED MECHANICAL ASPHYXIA AND VENOUS LONGESTION DUE TO HANGING.” As we reported on Friday, Magana was taken into the Orange Walk Police Station on Thursday June 16th following a report of domestic abuse. Reports from the Orange Walk Police indicate that when they went to check on him after 12:00 on Friday morning, Magana was hanging by his neck with piece of cloth that he tied to the cell bar - he used a belt to secure the knot.

LOVE FM

Muslim Families Outraged at House Raid by Special Branch
A raid on three Muslim families has left the Muslim community outraged. Twenty Muslims including men, women, two of whom are pregnant, and children were taken from their homes yesterday morning and detained at the Raccoon Street Police Station. The families were not informed of why they were being taken and were deprived of making […]

Unions, Government and UWI Team Up to Hone Negotiation Skills
The University of the West Indies Open Campus in Belize along with the Ministry of Labour, Rural Development and Local Government is hosting a three day workshop. The workshop is being facilitated by Dr. Noel Cowell, a senior lecturer in employment relations at Mona School of Business and Management UWI and Danny Roberts, Head of […]

Unions and Government Discuss OSHA
The Occupational Safety and Health Bill has been at a standstill since 2014. Recently there has been a move to address the bill and consultations have been taking place between the National Trade Union Congress and the Chamber of Commerce. Minister of Labour, Rural Development and Local Government, Hugo Patt spoke about the progress of […]

Guatemala Runs Circles Around Belize’s Foreign Minister, Says JB
Guatemala has been running circles around the Foreign Minister and this Government” – those are the words of the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno when he spoke to the media on the importance of making it known how Guatemala is behaving and undermining the confidence building measures. JOHN BRICENO ” The People’s United Party […]

Who Will Supervise Foreign Minister?
Talks to develop the framework that was agreed upon at the bilateral talks in Istanbul, Turkey on May 24 and 25 are taking place at the OAS Headquarters in Washington DC. As we told you on Friday, the People’s United Party had decided to not take part in those meetings. That decision came after several […]

PUP Leader Advises Belizeans to Get In-the-Know
With discussions on the Sarstoon River taking place in Washington DC; with the Opposition Party not taking part in these recent meetings and with the mixed messages coming out of the local and Guatemalan media, the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno shared some words of wisdom when we spoke with him last Friday. JOHN […]

Inclement Weather Deters Officials from Assessing Damages to Reef
June 15, 2016, local authorities were called out to an area facing Ambergris Caye where a 39-foot trawler had ran into the reef after experiencing mechanical failure. The captain of the vessel, 66-year-old, Roger Day was arraigned in court on Thursday, June 16 with damage to the Belize Barrier Reef system. The recent weather conditions, […]

Urbie Behind Bars After Discharging Firearm in Public
Thirty-five year old police constable Urbie Alamilla, a resident of Mitchell Estate in Ladyville, became an inmate of Belize Central Prison when he appeared today before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza and was arraigned on a charge of discharging a firearm in public. Alamilla pled not guilty to the charge. He was remanded into custody until August […]

Mexicans Riot Over Unprecedented Level of Debt Incurred by their Government
A riot took place earlier today in front of the Congress Building in Chetumal Quintana Roo, Mexico. The following videos were obtained from the Facebook page of the newscast “El Punto Sobre La I (EE)” in Quintana Roo. Citizens are infuriated over alleged public funds mismanagement. The public is directing their rage against Quintana Roo […]

OAS Operates in the Red
By now, the Organization of American States is no stranger to the Belizean people, considering that they have played a major role in the Belize/Guatemala territorial differendum over the last few years. Belize, however, is not the only country that the OAS has involvement in as they are the agency that deals with American States […]

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Murders reported in Hattieville, Belize City
The small community of Hattieville was rocked by murder over the weekend. The victim has been identified as 23 year old Mark Shepherd and he was shot while socializing at the Green Iguana Lounge with his common law wife. ACP Edward Broaster has the details. ACP Edward Broaster,Officer Commanding ...

San Benito man murdered while walking home after church
A man of San Benito Village in the Toledo District was murdered on his way home from church. On Saturday the 18th of June, 36 year old farmer of San Benito Village, Francisco Ack, was walking home from church when he was attacked by two unidentified male persons. On the following day, the 19th of Ju...

Well Known DJ perishes in road traffic accident
There was a fatal traffic accident in the north this past weekend near the village of Buena Vista in the Corozal District. Two SUV’s collided and well known DJ, 34 year old Serjio Che Mendez, better known as DJ Che, succumbed to injuries he received during the fatal accident. Some around 9 a.m.,...

Three new Zika cases confirmed on Caye Caulker
Three new Zika cases have been confirmed on the island of CAye Caulker. According to a press statement from the Ministry of Health they are investigating and closely monitoring the situation on the island of Caye Caulker. MOH says, “These cases stem from an investigation of fever and rash cases rep...

Corozal man drowns while fishing in Turneffe Island
A fisherman of Corozal has drowned as a result of a fishing trip during the heavy rains experienced over the weekend. On Saturday the 18th of June, 29-year-old Eugenio Santos Jr., a fisherman of Corozal was with his father 66-year-old Eugenio Santos Sr, a boat captain of Sarteneja Village, along wi...

Minor arraigned for Queen Street shooting was steeped in gang life
A Stann Creek minor, age 15, was charged with attempted murder at Queen Street Police Station. He was alleged to have been brought in to target a well-known gang associate. But indiscriminate gunfire resulted in injuries to 4 persons, including a police officer, and he was unable to get away. A 15 y...

Orange Walk inmate commits suicide
An Orange Walk inmate allegedly hung himself after being detained by the police. On Friday the 17th of June at 1:15 a.m., Orange Walk Police reported that earlier that day, a male prisoner, 29-year-old Luis Magana of Trial Farm Village, hung himself in Cell Block number three. Magana’s body wa...

Corozal experienced flooding over weekend
Over the weekend due to the heavy rains, parts of the Corozal district received flash flooding. The continuous rains caused significant damages to families in different areas of Corozal. The villages that were mostly affected by the heavy rains were Libertad, San Narciso, San Roman, and Santa Clara,...

Catholic Church to conduct mass at Belize Guatemala border
The Catholic Church in Belize held a mass at the borders of Belize and Guatemala over the weekend. The mass was held under the theme “Neighbors seeking the way of peace.” The objective of the mass was for both churches to pray together for a peaceful resolution of the differences betwee...

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Belize and Guatemala to discuss Sarstoon mechanism on Tuesday afternoon
Belize and Guatemala are scheduled to hold bilateral talks at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday afternoon, according to Lawrence Sylvester, the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Belize delegation is being led by Foreign Minister Wilfred “Sedi’ Elrington. Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, H.E. Alexis Rosado; Belize’s Permanent Representative to the OAS, H.E. Pat Andrews; Belize’s Deputy Chief of Missions at the Belize Embassy in Washington, Ardelle Sabido, as well as Belize Defence Force Commander, Brigadier General David Jones, are part of the delegation, Sylvester said. We asked the CEO, what is the scope of tomorrow’s discussion? He told us that the parties will be discussing bilateral relations, and more specifically advancing the work on trying to get an agreement on the situation at the Sarstoon River.

Ahmad family raided
At least 19 members of the prominent Ahmad (Bulwer) family of Hattieville, Belize District, were hauled off by police in a Special Branch operation around dawn this morning. A spokeperson of the Muslim community told Amandala that the family members, including well-known Belize City barber Fareed Ahmad and former prison superintendent, Taheera Ahmad, as well as their elderly parents, were taken from five separate homes this morning to the Racoon Street Police Station in Belize City, where they were held until late this evening and released without any charges. On the other hand, police have kept all the family’s electronic equipment, including their laptops and cellphones, as well as their Islamic books, including the family’s copies of the Koran. Since the phones of the family members were confiscated, other family members who were trying to contact them did not know where they were.

Murder on Kraal Road
Another young man has lost his life as a result of the senseless gun violence that is plaguing Belize City. Edison “Southey” Williams, 29, was shot multiple times in the chest and abdomen by a vicious gunman who went into his yard at about 9:00 Friday night. Williams, of a Kraal Road address, was standing alone, leaning on the side of a building at the front of the yard when the unknown gunman came up from through an alley leading from the adjacent street, and appeared at the same side of the house where Williams was standing, and shot him several times. The killer then escaped back through the alley. People who were socializing in front of the house scattered and ran for cover as the gunshots were fired. Williams was then rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital by his landlord, who was at home at the time, but at about 5:00 Saturday morning, Williams was declared dead at the hospital while undergoing treatment.

Editorial: Economics and migration
Some people have said that politics is “the art of the possible.” Clausewitz opined that war is an extension of politics by other means. Both politics and war are built on the foundation of economics, which has to do with how human beings use the resources in their surroundings to feed, clothe, house, educate, recreate, and protect themselves. The settlement of Belize began as an exercise in predatory economics, which is to say, piracy. The European pirates who took refuge here inside the Barrier Reef later became entrepreneurial. They began to cut down logwood trees (later mahogany) and ship the logs to markets in Great Britain. By the time of mahogany, their market began to include cities in the United States. As we look at the dysfunctional black youth of Belize City today, it is important to remember that their ancestors were brought to these shores as slaves precisely because of their working ability in the forestry and forestry-related industries of the settlement. Our ancestors were brought here in chains by European pirates who were becoming entrepreneurs. Our ancestors built this country.

From the Publisher
My family didn’t raise me to think or behave like a slave, but the ultimate reality was that we were all colonial “British subjects” in this territory, and most of us were not white. The fact of being non-white, or to be brutal, black, added a complication to the “subjects” mix, I guess, but I was still a child innocent to sociology and politics, more than sixty years ago, when I had an experience which, in retrospect, may have been a precursor of things to come. I would have been maybe 8 or 9 years old and in Standard II or Standard III at Holy Redeemer Boys School (HRBS) on North Front Street. On beginning school at age 5, I had been a kind of sensation because the HRBS curriculum was very much reading-biased, as opposed to being technical, scientific, or vocational, and letters and reading were where my strengths lay. So they “skipped” me a couple times, early and quickly.

Letter to the Editor: Why?
Why did our Prime Minister after reading the letter sent to him by the Leader of the Opposition advising that the PUP intended to use the opportunity to internationalize Guatemala’s arrogation and annexation of the Sarstoon island and river, unexpectedly withdraw his invitation for their representative to attend the OAS meeting in the Dominican Republic, thereby depriving Belize of a timely and significant opportunity to lobby with the heads of state in attendance for support and the condemnation of Guatemala’s annexation of our southern border? Had the aforementioned representative been allowed to attend, might this not have resulted in a demand by those heads of state present, that the relevant OAS resolution passed should include a directive to Guatemala to cease its aggression and immediately withdraw the GAF from our sovereign and internationally acknowledged territory on the Sarstoon River? Why do our leaders appear to be so ostensibly afraid to offend or criticize Guatemala despite its overt belligerence, disparagement, aggression and blatant disrespect for Belize?

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Chief Pharmacist sues former Ministry CEO
In the first quarter of 2014, then Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, was under sustained fire from the Public Service Union primarily over the appointment of an inexperienced minister’s daughter as the Director of Drug Inspectorate, who along with […]

Belize, Guatemala in Washington for Sarstoon talks
Belizean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honorable Wilfred Elrington and his Guatemalan counterpart, Carlos Raúl Morales are in Washington to begin negotiations for a Sarstoon protocol. These are being held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States in the presence of its Secretary General, […]

Should Labour Department give allegedly fired Facebook poster his job back?
In the wake of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting nine days ago, many sympathized with the US over the horrific crime, in which one Omar Mateen took 49 lives before being killed by police. However, in some cases, the thoughts of those who felt differently […]

Labour, unions, business to look at new way of bargaining
The collective bargaining agreement is the foremost instrument used by labour unions to ensure their members receive maximum benefits from employers. And while some negotiations over CBA’s prove not to be especially stressful, others – like the protracted one between the stevedores and Port of […]

Constable remanded for firing weapon in restaurant
Thirty five (35) year old police Constable Urbie Alamilla attached to the Intelligence section of Eastern Division (South) and a former Minister’s driver, has been remanded to prison, having been accused of discharging a firearm in a public place, to wit, Green Jade Restaurant located […]

Conch season nears closing
The conch season will close on June 24. The advisory has been issued by the Belize Fisheries Department stating that the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) fishery season closes on that date and reopens on October 1, 2016. All conch should be consumed on or by June 24 by restaurateurs […]

Blue Creek man drowns on fishing trip
Punta Gorda police are currently investigating the drowning of 21-year-old Thomas Salam from Blue Creek Village. According to a police report, on June 20 around 2:30 a.m. police received information about a male person who allegedly drowned while on a fishing trip with four other men. Initial […]

Marijuana plantation destroyed in San Estevan
Orange Walk police destroyed a marijuana plantation in San Estevan village just about 100 feet away from the primary school in that village. Reports indicate that over 25 plants were uprooted, ranging from 6 inches to a foot in height. No one was in the […]

Orange Walk woman reported missing
While Orange Walk police are still searching for the whereabouts of 32-year-old Saul Cooch, Rubicile Castillo from San Jose Nuevo Palmar reported to police that her 33-year-old sister Alma Lily Castillo has gone missing. Castillo reported to police that her sister left her house saying that […]

Minor detained for 489 grams of cannabis
Over 400 grams of cannabis was removed from the streets of Belize City. Officers were on their daily patrol when their attention was drawn to a shirtless male person who carried a blue gift bag behaving in a very suspicious manner. When officers approached him, […]

Police question youth in connection with La Popular robbery
A 17-year-old boy is being interrogated by Belize City Police for a broad daylight robbery at La Popular Bakery located at the corner of Logwood and Sarstoon Street in the old capital. On Monday, twenty-seven-year-old Adelita Ocompo, a cashier at the bakery reported to police […]

Blogs

Celebrating Inspiration and Points for Pineapples
The “Inspiration Celebration 2016” which took place Saturday night, June 18th and raised a substantial amount of money for First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow’s charity that helps disabled Belizean children receive physical therapy. The first Lady and Prime Minister Dean Barrow were on hand, as were about 300 people in support of the cause. The evening was filled with good company, great food, drinks and dancing with all the proceeds going to the charity. Raffle prizes included a Louis Vuitton bag, Tropic Air tickets to the mainland and Cancun, a stay at Ka’ana Resort, tour gift certificates and a round-trip flight and hotel at Martha’s Vineyard.

Having a magical moment while doing yoga at the end of a pier
Happy International Yoga Day. During yoga on this past rainy Sunday morning, under the palapa at Ak ‘Bol, my gaze was drawn to an osprey cruising the shore, then diving into the water for breakfast. I was in downward dog, so the whole scene unfolded with my head upside down. Later, as my head rested on the floor, I looked through the planking with one eye into my own private aquarium. Sargent fish and needle fish were swimming in and out of my view in the crystal clear green water. Honestly, yoga just doesn’t get any better than that.

Things to do in Belize: Top Attractions & Activities (2016 Guide)
Belize is frequently called “Mother Nature’s best kept secret”, and for good reason. Being the best-kept secret can make finding out about things to do in Belize a chore. We’ve saved you the hassle of all the research and present you this guide on the best attractions and activities to see and do in Belize. Adventuring Xibalba; The Mayan Underworld (explore Caves), Diving & Snorkeling is one of the top 10 things to do while in Belize Exploring ancient Mayan Ruins can be one of your favorite things to do in Belize! Visit the Belize Zoo, Watersports, Hiking, Camping, Rest and Relaxation.

THE LOVE THAT ENDURES!!!
It is human nature to search for happiness! In fact, most people spend their entire lives, searching for the one thing, person, place or situation that makes them most happy. For a lot, this yearning is never quenched. This was NOT the case for two of our guests that recently offered us the honor of hosting them for their 60th wedding anniversary. This was truly an honor. Bob and Patty Steinfeld checked into Grand Caribe Belize on May 28th. Visiting San Pedro Ambergris Caye for the very first time, this vacation was a gift from their lovely daughter Brenda and her husband Mark. Bob and Patti met through a mutual acquaintance when Patty was 18 and Bob was 21. Their first date was a blind date. Patty reminisced on the first time they met. “It was raining the night he came to get me for our date. The poor man got soaking wet as he made his way from the car to my door. It was quite adorable.”

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Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico after the weekend rain

Anglers of the Caribbean, Part I: the $75 charter experience
My wife Anna and I recently enjoyed a weeklong adventure in beautiful Belize. We stayed at an island resort, snorkeled on the world’s second-largest barrier reef, visited ancient Mayan ruins and, in general, had the time of our lives. But this is a fishing column, so I’ll get right to the good stuff. On previous vacations I’ve paid for fishing charters, with varying degrees of success. Anna caught a nice mahi-mahi in Hawaii and we tangled with some feisty sharks off the coast of Mexico. But charters are expensive, and we’ve yet to have one of those “fish of a lifetime” days that would justify the cost. So this time, I decided to go it alone. I bought a telescoping rod and a cheap reel. I didn’t want the saltwater to ruin my nice ones. Local tackle shops don’t exactly have saltwater sections, so buying lures was mostly guesswork. I threw a handful of jigs, spoons, swimbaits and bait hooks into a small tackle box, and I was ready to roll — all at less than 10 percent of the cost of booking a charter. On our first full day in Belize, I set my alarm for 5 a.m. The sun was already up, and the aquamarine Caribbean looked eager to reveal its secrets. I tied on a white, soft plastic squid stuffed with a 3/8-ounce jig head and casted off the pier. One jig. Two jigs. Three jigs. BOOM! A savage hit doubled my rod over. And then it was gone. I reeled in to find my 15-pound line completely sawed through. A barracuda — or something with serious teeth — must have been the culprit. The good news was the squid worked. The bad news? I hadn’t brought any wire leaders.

Belizean Wins Women in Maritime Logo Competition
When the Women in Maritime Association for the Caribbean (WiMAC), announced its logo competition last year, Belizean Nicole Allen, a 16-year veteran in the maritime industry, was eager to enter. She wanted to show off her artistic skills and to design a logo that represented the women, who work in the industry. “They wanted a logo that would be reflective of the women in maritime and decided on opening up the competition where everyone across the region could have a say,” the 36-year-old Port of Belize Limited employee told JIS News. “I instantly thought of a design, which would include the words ‘To chart the course for generations of women in maritime’, a design I felt would highlight the importance of women in maritime,” she added. The logo was to represent the women across the industry, at all ages and stages of training or career, in seafaring as well as shore-based professions.

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