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#516711 - 08/09/16 11:56 AM Today's Belize News: August 9, 2016
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Southwest Airlines Adding Nonstop Flight from Denver to Belize City for Spring Break Season
More than 13,000 passengers traveled between Denver and Belize City in the last year, and the market for travel between the Mile High City and Belize’s largest city has grown an estimated 50% since 2013.With this, on August 4, 2016, Southwest Airlines and Denver International Airport (DEN) announced that the airline will begin offering seasonal nonstop service on Saturdays from Denver to Belize City, Belize beginning March 11. The new service will operate once per week, on Saturdays, during the peak season for travel to Belize from March 11 through April 22. The flight is scheduled to depart DEN at 10:30 a.m., arriving in Belize City at 2:50 p.m. (local times). It will operate using a 737-700 with 143 seats. “With the addition of Belize City to our growing network of international destinations, Denver travelers will have an exciting new city to explore during next year’s spring break season, and passengers from across the United States will be able to conveniently connect through Denver International Airport to this new Central American destination,” airport CEO Kim Day said.

Nothing Beats Summer Camp on the Beach
Big happy smiles, restful gazes, bright eyes and warm hugs - It was really great to share the experience with the youth who partook in the Camp Basil Jones, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Knowing that most of the campers had not visited any of the cayes (islands) in Belize and that the beach, sun, sand and sea was a first for them made it even more special. For four weeks, Mito Paz of Green Reef, Mr. Lincoln from the Belize Department of Youth Services and don Raul, caretaker of camp, ran the Camp Basil Jones hosting youngsters from all over the country. Through the Department of Youth Services, various inner city youth got the opportunity to camp on the beach at one of the most pristine areas on Ambergris Caye, one which even many island residents have experienced.

First Direct Flight Established Between Canada and Belize
The Belize Tourism Board is excited to announce the latest airline to add Belize to their travel route, WestJet. Earlier today, WestJet Airlines officially announced that starting October 29, 2016, WestJet will be offering flights between Canada and Belize, two days per week. The Belize Tourism Board reports that Canada is a major source market for overnight visitors to Belize. With the addition of WestJet, this will no doubt result in an increase of Canadian visitors. Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans, commented, “This is very exciting news. We have been in ongoing discussions with WestJet regarding a direct flight between Canada and Belize, and it’s now happening. A direct flight has been highly requested by visitors and Industry stakeholders, and with the news that this flight will become a reality just as we prepare for the start of our upcoming high season, we are indeed very optimistic and pleased. It will make traveling to Belize so much easier and more convenient as this will eliminate connection or layover time. This direct flight is absolutely going to boost our arrival numbers further, especially where the Canadian market is concerned.”

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De-risking and the future of indigenous banks in CARICOM: The effort of finance ministers
by Louis Robinson. The case of Belize Bank, published in the August 4, 2016, edition of Caribbean News Now (Belize bank hit by withdrawals and corresponding banking de-risking) demonstrates the urgency of finding and implementing counter de-risking measures in a robust and unrelenting manner as promised by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministers of finance on correspondent banking. At short notice, the Belize Bank was required to close its main correspondent account despite its long account relationship with that foreign bank. In fact, at the July 4-6, 2016, CARICOM heads of government meeting held in Guyana and chaired by the prime minister and minister of finance of Dominica, the heads agreed to implement a robust and an unrelenting advocacy on the de-risking issues and, by way of a selected committee on correspondent banking, to maintain a high level of engagement with the parties involved. Since the July 2016 meeting, the selected committee has released no public statement on the progress of their advocacy effort. Parties, interested in evaluating the progress of advocacy and the likely effects of de-risking on the operations of the region’s indigenous banks, have been notified that any such information was confidential or otherwise unavailable. Meanwhile, the Belize Bank has been experiencing deposit withdrawals, restrictions on international wire transfers, and other effects (e.g. on liquidity, new credit extension and profitability).

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest nominated for BTB Major Festival Tourism Award
We are happy to say we have been officially nominated for the Major Festival Tourism Award by the Belize Tourism Board!!

Audubon Updates status of parks and monuments
The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) would like to inform the public of the following update on the BAS co-managed protected areas. • Half Moon Caye/ Blue Hole Natural Monument: OPEN to visitation • Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary: OPEN to visitation BUT be advised some trails within the village as still inaccessible • St. Herman's Blue Hole Natural Monument: CLOSED until Tuesday, August 9th. Only the Blue Hole and lowland trail to St. Herman's Cave will be open to visitation. All water activities are on standby until water has receded to a safe level. No tours will be allowed to visit Crystal Cave as the trail has yet to be cleared of debris. • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: CLOSED we anticipate opening before the end of week. Not all trails will be open. • Guanacaste National Park: CLOSED until further notice

Baffu Vol 9
The 9th Issue of BAFFU Magazine is out! artists + poets + writers: Baffu defined, Rasheed Palacio, Benjamin Askevold, Danny Velasquez, Ellen Joseph, Kyo D’Assassin, Thalia Silva, Adriana Smith, Greg palacio, Dwayne Murillo, Karen Munnings, Immanuel Williams, William Mahler, Quilz Tamay, Yaoling Lee, Jose Sanchez, Samantha Ke, Kelvin Baizar, Yasser Musa, Santiago Cal, Jemuel Robateau, Wilford Felix, Katie Usher, Sean Taegar, Ilona Smiling, Briheda Haylock, Patrick Peyrefitte, Lesley Codd, Leroy “The Grandmaster” Young, Chris Cansino, Kyana Brindle, Michael Gordon, Maryam Abdul Qawiyy, Jamaul Roots, Abner Recinos, Keisha Peyrefitte, Rachel Farr, Chelsea Johnston, Nadia Satya, Alton Humes, Robin Haylock, Andre Marsden, Rasheed Williams, Janelle Arceli Logan.

Hard at work in San Pedro...
We were encouraged to see the island residents working very diligently when we visited them this past Saturday. This very motivated and hardworking San Pedro community began the cleaning process left by the aftermath of Hurricane Earl that made landfall on the island Wednesday 3rd and Thursday August 4th. The cleaning and rebuilding process began on the rise of Thursday August 4th with no time to spare. Despite reports in different sectors of the media, the island is OK and OPEN for business. While most of the damage occurred to the piers and structures on them, the accommodations and restaurants remain intact and we are encouraging that if you have reservations to please NOT cancel them. We are OK!

Lamanai open now...
More good news! Again, we salute the staff and volunteers who made this happen.

JAZZ WORKSHOPS!
As part of the Belize International Jazz Festival, we are offering free workshops starting Monday, August 15. To register, call: 227-2110

Museum of Belize and Houses of Culture Open
Please be informed that the Museum of Belize and Houses of Culture in the districts are open for normal activity. Only the Government House on Regent Street is still closed for clean up and restoration from hurricane Earl.

Belize National Song Competition
Remember the finals performances take place THIS Saturday. FREE EVENT! The wait is over! Now you can listen to the finalists in the 2016 National Song Competition... CLICK: www.mynationalsong.bz. AND, we'll see you at Memorial Park this coming Saturday at 7:30 p.m.!

Flooding Advisory: Cayo District & Belize River Valley
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has issued a Flooding Advisory in Cayo District and the Belize River Valley. Residents living in these flood prone areas are strongly encouraged to seek safety and move to higher ground. U.S. citizens should avoid flood-prone areas. Areas of concern are: Cayo District - Arenal; Succothz; Calla Creek; La Clarissa; Siete Millas; Barton Creek; San Marcos; Billy White; Central Farm; Buena Vista; Providencia; Ramonal; Paslow Falls, Bullet Tree Falls; Santa Familia, Branch Mouth, villages along the George Price Highway, Roaring Creek. Belize River Valley - Crooked Tree, St. Paul’s Bank; Willows Bank; Rancho Doleres; Double Head Cabbage; Bermudian Landing; Isabela Bank; Flowers Bank; May Pen; Scotland half-moon; Burrel Boom; Lord’s Bank; Ladyville; Bomba, Maskall, St. Anns; Santana; Lucky Strike; Rockstone Pond and Boston.

EARL RELIEF OPERATIONS: SITUATION REPORT #3
SITUATION. Immediate relief to the affected people and restoration of critical lifeline facilities continue as the country returns to normalcy less those severely impacted. NEMO and the Government providing assistance with help from the community. The Utility Companies operations are progressing at a steady pace enabling the country’s recovery. PEOPLE IN SHELTER: There are a total of 170 persons in Shelter as follows: 91 in Belize City: Unity Presbyterian has 16 persons, St. John’s Vianney has 31 persons, and St. Luke has 44 persons. In Cayo: Teakettle has 16 persons in shelter and St. Matthews has 31 persons. There 28 persons in the Hattievile Community Centre recently built by US Southern Command. Orange Walk has 4 persons in one shelter in San Carlos.

MARKETING FOR SMALL HOTELS WORKSHOP
This workshop will provide attendee with knowledge in Marketing definition.

Poets Corner: Power Belize
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Centralized Power Belize is gruesome Episode one was with Mason Being caught with the decapitated head and one hundred thousand The whole police department run helter skelter All finger pointing to yet another minister Like the character Llobos in power Episode two starts the GSU commander Being charged for allegedly raping a minor But the plot gets thicker He’s saying he’s being thrown under The bus for hanging with deputy prime minister Flowers is the cousin of the wife of the prime minister He alleges Mason paid fifty thousand to Bandits owner With intent to be part of the franchise owner But was being chanced buy the owner

Father Leo Weber
The truly remarkable Fr. Leo Weber celebrates 60 years as a Jesuit priest: , also known for Weber Hall. Anyone who met him knows of his humour.

Twin Towns bridge

Billy White Villagers say Thank you Mr. NEMO.
Billy White Village in the Cayo District had been without water since the Hurricane. An online appeal was launched by villagers and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) heard the calls for help and water is being delivered now to the village.

Jazzfest Opening Ceremony in Cayo
The 2016 Belize International Jazz Festival will have the opening concert at the Cayo Welcome Center. The line up is impressive: The World Culture Band, Ascenthium, Benque Marimba Youth Academy, Panerrifx, and the Benque Marching Band, along with many others. The opening will be on Sunday, August 14th, starting at 4:00pm.

Creole Drumming Workshop at SISE HoC
Emmeth Young was at the SISE House of Culture to lead the Drumming and Rhythm workshop, which had a small interruption due to hurricane Earl. Thanks, Emmeth! "Creole Drumming & Rhythm Workshop has resumed at SISE House of Culture."

Jaguar caught on camera in the Chiquibul Forest
Photo is from PhD student, Lauren N. Watine, and the Program for Tropical Ecology and Conservation Science (PTECS). PTECS is a joint venture between the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the University of Florida. Lauren is using cameras to understand the carnivores and other wildlife species found in the Chiquibul, and how we can continue to promote their existence in this unique system.

Volunteers needed for Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program
It's the middle of the sea turtles nesting season and we are hoping the hurricane Earl has not destroyed 100% of the nest that have not hatched as yet. Tomorrow we are heading out to do an assessment of the nesting beach and hopefully locate all nest and remark them. It's a lot of work and we are looking for volunteers. We need at least 4 volunteers. Anyone interested please let us know by responding to this note.

Channel 7

Valley, Get Ready!
Tonight, life in Belize has mostly returned to normal, but the country is still recovering from Hurricane Earl - which affected the Belize, Cayo, Orange Walk and Stann Creek Districts as well as San Pedro and Caye Caulker. And the effects of the storm are still with us. All those waters that caused the Macal River to run over its banks last week Thursday, are now settling into the Belize River valley. The Crooked Tree Lagoon is a major part of the catchment for these floodwaters; when that runs over, it floods the Belize River Valley. Today, we asked area representative and NEMO minister Edmond Castro if the valley will see severe flooding:... Hon. Edmond Castro, NEMO Minister: "It will be extremely difficult to tell people that's not a possibility. Everything is a possibility. But at the rate that the river is rising, I believe the extreme flooding condition in our communities along the river bank from the Cayo District unto through the Belize River Valley area reduced significantly. Reason I am saying this is that Friday, the speed of the water coming through Bermudian Landing area and the villages on the western portion, Cayo District I should say, it was coming down rather fast, but because the basin in our area, the Crooked Tree Lagoon - that basin and also the other caption area which is the Mexico lagoon was below the water table."

Life After Earl, In The Shadow Of His Wreckage
And while the river valley remains on high alert, Belize City started the new week by putting on the best face it's could. Five days after a category one hurricane mashed up the city, things seemed to be returning to normal - and the pace of life picked up where it had been disrupted last week - even with very glaring remnants of the storm damage all over the city. But, no one stopped to stare; this morning city residents were getting on with their business after days spent cleaning up and clearing out. It is expected that repairs to structures, bus stops and signs will take some time.

People Are Still In Shelters
In Friday's newscast you saw Vista Del Mar and Ladyville residents washing out and scrubbing their floors, air drying their clothes, appliances and even vehicles. Well, there are many residents who don't even have a home to clean out. Those people remain at shelters pleading for help. Today we found out just how they were managing and what is being done to help these storm victims. It has been 5 days after Hurricane Earl and several residents are far from getting their lives back together. About 85 people are stranded in the 3 city shelters, with nowhere to go. These families are doing their best to have some clean clothes. And a place to sleep, but there is so much more that they need.

Bird's Isle: Paradise Lost, Belize's Only Wooden Court Ruined By Earl
And while some can wait for help from Human Services and NEMO, business owners in the city have to come up with the money to rebuild their establishments. One owner who has a mammoth task ahead is Henry Young Jr. He's one of the owners of Birds Isle. That recreation facility has been around for almost 50 years and has become a sports institution - in fact, it's still the only place in Belize where you can find a wooden playing court - one that was still very much in use up until last week Tuesday. But Hurricane Earl tore up the court and trashed a section of the restaurant. Young told us today what this loss means for him and the community and what he is doing to restore his place. Henry Young Jr., Owner - Birds Isle: "It's devastating. The whole court came crashing down. I guess due to the fact that the hurricane stayed with us 7 hours continuous blowing and it couldn't handle it. It went through Richard and many other hurricanes before, but this one it couldn't handle, so this one came crashing down. During the day especially during the summer, they use to play basketball to keep their minds off trouble and back in the days the 70s, you use to have jump up - very popular Sundays. So it's iconic."

Foreshore's Fallen Fences
And while Earl thrashed the venerable Island basketball court - it did the same to fences along southern foreshore. We couldn't fit this into our coverage last week - but the state of these fences show the power of the storm surge, which smashed concrete like it was cardboard. The fences of the Castillo, Usher and Anglican homes have stood for decades, but could not withstand the storm surge on foreshore, which appears to have been especially strong, since many concrete structures in that area were compromised.

Senior Cop Being Investigated For Molesting Minor-Aged Girl
Tonight, a senior police officer is being investigated for molestation of a 15-year-old girl in the Belmopan area. We cannot release the name at this time because no formal complaint has been made naming the officer - but, our reports say, his name has come up in counseling sessions with the minor. We can tell you that the case is presently in the hands of the Department of Human Services which is interviewing the child. It's an especially disturbing case because last week, three other men were charged for molesting the underage minor in the Belmopan area. One of them, Addisson Gillett - who is a special constable - was remanded for rape and aggravated assault of the girl. He allegedly forced himself on her while holding a gun to her head.

Mason's Wife Turns Herself Into Police
Melissa Ferguson, she's William Danny Mason's wife - and for two weeks now, police have been seeking her for questioning. Well, today she turned herself into Belmopan police in the company of her attorney Dickie Bradley. This evening, we spoke with Bradley by phone, and he says that she has given them a statement. And now, the officers are in the process of combing through the evidence they have to test whether there are any inconsistencies between what she claims, and what other persons have told them in written statements: Dickie Bradley - Attorney for Melissa Ferguson: "She has made contact with the police last week through myself saying that she wanted to come in and cooperate with authorities in relation to the investigation. Because of the hurricane, the officers had said that today would be a better day than that day last week. They knew that she was safely back in the country and they could get their hands on her whenever they wanted."

Market Murder In City
And while Belmopan Police were questioning Melissa Ferguson to determine if she was in any way involved in the murder of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas, cops from Belize City's Eastern Division South were continuing their investigation into a weekend murder. The victim is 51 year-old Carl Trapp. He was stabbed to death near the Michael Finnegan Market, right inside the compound of Hyde's Supermarket. That business is owned by his cousin, Alvin Hyde Jr., who he lived with. Today, we went looking for answers in Trapp's very strange and violent killing. Daniel Ortiz has that story: Daniel Ortiz reporting: The body of 51 year-old Carl Trap, originally from Camalote Village, was found here inside Hyde's Supermarket, the building owned by his cousin, Alvin Hyde Jr. Someone attacked him, stabbed him several times to the face, and left him on the ground to die. It was not until some hours later that he was discovered, and be then, he was dead.

Man Who Was Beaten Up Also Had His Home Burnt Down
32 year-old John Burke and 34 year-old Kareem Eagan are at prison tonight after they were accused of beating up a man on the compound of the KHMH. It happened last Wednesday, August 3, and according to the victim, Mario Zelaya, he was at the hospital to visit his wife with whom he'd been having domestic difficulties. Zelaya got into a misunderstanding with Burke and Eagan, who allegedly beat him unconscious. Last week police said he was in intensive care. And then on Thursday night, his home was burned down - in what police say is a directly related act of arson. Police charged both men with attempted murder and dangerous harm for beating up Zelaya. They were arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer who did not take a plea. They were remanded to the Belize Central Prison until their next court date, which is scheduled for September 19.

When Will "Mr. NEMO" Appear?
Earlier we told you about the people who are still stuck in shelters, but when will NEMO start rolling out the relief which these and other victims all across the country need after being devastated by Hurricane Earl? That's what we asked NEMO Minister Edmond Castro today, and while he couldn't give us an exact date, he said that assessment teams are on the ground, and the distribution of disaster supplies have already started. Daniel Ortiz: "A lot of people are hurting after this hurricane, they need these relief delivered as quickly as possible. What's the latest from your ministry in relation to that?" Hon. Edmond Castro, NEMO Minister: "Well I must say and I must big up the entire relief effort, the entire NEMO volunteers and public officers and so on, because they are doing a remarkable job. Some of those people were there from the Sunday prior to Thursday and as soon as the hurricane passed and we had the ALL CLEAR issue, those public officers and volunteers were out there assessing and providing food packs and different things through people affected by this hurricane and that's continue from then Thursday until today and continue until we try to reach each and every person affected by this hurricane."

BEL: 99% Of Belize District Restored
BEL's assessment is that - as of this evening - power has been restored to 99% of the country. A late evening release says that the stretch from Sandhill to Crooked Tree, as well as a portion of those along the Old Northern Highway and a portion of Belize River Valley were all restored today. Now there are still some individual properties within restored areas who do not have power. BEL says that is due to transformers, spurs and poles requiring replacement. Those works are underway but may still be a day more. The only remaining communities in Belize District without power are those along the Old Northern Highway from Altun Ha to Maskall and five villages in the Belize River Valley. They are now entering a punishing 120 hours and counting without electricity.

City Council Struggling To Keep Up With Post-Earl City Cleanup
But the heaviest lifting has been left to the Belize City Council. All this weekend, their cleanup teams worked virtually around the clock in probably the most voluminous cleanup effort since Hurricane Hattie almost 60 years ago. The City hauled endless trucks of broken trees and throwaway items from flooded homes, so much that even the landfill got full - and efforts had to be made to create more space. Now the city is considering taking a week's break to make sure everyone gets out all their mess - because, often, as soon as they clear an area, another person on that block starts putting out garbage. We'll keep you posted.

Earl, How Hard Did He Really Blow?
So, in view of all the wreckage that Hurricane Earl generated, really just how strong was Hurricane Earl when it made landfall in Belize? The local experts from the Belize Meteorological Service are still reviewing the data recorded at their different measuring stations. According to the National Hurricane Center, when Earl finally passed over the country, it's maximum sustained winds at midnight on Wednesday were measured at 80 miles per hour. Now, if you ask anyone in the affected areas on the Cayes, Belize City, Ladyville, and those communities along the Phillip Goldson Highway, they'll tell you that certainly, the winds which hit them were certainly more than 80 miles per hour. So, today, we went to talk with Dennis Gonguez, the Chief Met Officer, and he told us that people may well have experienced winds over 80 miles, but those were gusts, which is different from the maximum sustained winds.

Earl Kills 39 In Mexico
And you don't need to convince Mexican's of how powerful the storm was. Earl caused mudslides which were responsible for 39 deaths in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Puebla. The mountainous area of Puebla was hardest hit with multiple landslides which killed 28 people. Earl passed over Guatemala and southern Mexico before regaining strength over the Gulf of Mexico and making a second landfall southeast of Veracruz late Friday. Mexican authorities said the area had received a month's worth of rain in 24 hours.

GSU Gets Father and Son With Glocks
Tonight, Maroquin Drury, and his son, Keithburn Drury, are both at the Belize Central Prison after police say that they were busted the men with an unlicensed weapon. It happened on Saturday, August 6th when the cops were on patrol on Marine Parade. That's when they intercepted an SUV, belonging to these men. The police searched the vehicle and found a Glock 9mm pistol with 8 live rounds of ammunition; it was under the front passenger seat. They couldn't produce any licenses for the weapon, and so they were charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition.

Gringo With Ganja Claims It Was Medicinal
45 year-old American Firefighter Thomas Jamal Busby, a resident of San Francisco, got into trouble in Belize when he was caught in possession of two packs of candy containing marijuana. He arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport on last week Thursday, but his luggage was left behind in Atlanta. He went back to the airport to get it after it had arrived, which is when Customs searched his bag. They found the packs of candy which were labelled "medical marijuana". That's legal where he lives, but in Belize it's still against the law, and so the authorities charged him with the importation of a controlled drug.

Man Remanded For Sex With Child
28 year-old Edair Dominguez, an electrician from San Juan, San Pedro, is at the Belize Central Prison tonight. He's being accused of child molestation. The complainant is a 14 year-old girl who says that he had intercourse with her at her home on July 31. He was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, and he was remanded to prison until September 23.

Kendis and The Cops
Police busted a well-known gang figure with weed. On Friday night around 8, the GSU spotted a heavily tinted vehicle that was parked on Kelly Street. They went over to search the vehicle and they saw 24 year old Kendis Flowers inside with 2 other men. Nothing was found in the vehicle but less than one tenth of an ounce of weed was found on Flowers. Flowers, who is described by the GSU as a key figure in the Ghost Town Crips Gang, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled drug. And on Saturday morning after 12, the GSU conducted another search at an abandoned house at West Street. Police found 18 rounds of ammunition, (14) hollow point 9 millimeter rounds and (4) .45 rounds. The ammunition was found in a black plastic bag between the Zinc ceiling and the beam. No one was in the immediate area at the time and so it was labeled and deposited as found property. The GSU believes the ammunition was stashed for a member of the George Street Gang.

Earl Sends Animals Scampering For High Ground, While Hunters Reload
One of the unforeseen effects of Hurricane Earl is the effect the storm had on wildlife in the Central Corridor of the Belize District. And that's why the Forest Department says it has received multiple reports and complaints of illegal hunting and killing of wildlife in the Belize River Valley Area. Basically, the animals like pecarries, have been forced out of their traditional areas by floodwaters, and hunters are making a killing off it, with illegal and excessive hunting. Today we spoke to the Forestry Department's wildlife officer about it:… Local wildlife that is threatened includes deer, white lipped peccaries, gibnut and other game species. The Forestry Department kindly asks that residents, the general public and restaurateurs to desist from purchasing game meat during this time and to continue to assist them in reporting of any wildlife violation to the Forest Department at 822-2079.

Did Hon. Castro Know Mason?
Earlier in the news, you saw our interview with NEMO Minister Edmond Castro. He was discussing possible flooding in the Belize River Valley, and the relief efforts for all the victims of Hurricane Earl. But, while we had the opportunity, we just had to ask whether or not he had come in contact with accused murder and conman William "Danny" Mason. We've put this question to every one of his colleagues who have granted a press encounter, and when we asked him about it today, he politely ended the interview. Here's how that brief exchange went: Daniel Ortiz: "Every minister we've encountered we've asked the question, so we have to ask you as well, did you know William Danny Mason?"

A Belize Fest Shooting In The Chi
The Belize Fest in Chicago is a much anticipated annual event where the thousands of Belizeans living in the windy city come together to celebrate their Belizean-ness. But this year's event at the Hawthorne Race course ended abruptly last night when there was a shooting at the event. Here's the report from a local Chicago station. The name of the shooting victim has not been released. Chicago has one of the highest crime rates among US cities.

More Canucks and Coloradoans Coming!
Key tourist destinations such as San Pedro and Caye Caulker may have been damaged by hurricane Earl, but they'd better be ready for the high season because increased airlift means more visitors than ever. The first announcement came this morning from a Canadian airline, called Westjet - which will bring the first flight out of Canada to Belize. Starting October 29, 2016, WestJet will be offering flights between Toronto, Canada and Belize, on Wednesday;s and Saturday's. Canada is considered a major, largely unexploited market for overnight visitors to Belize. The price of a round trip is quoted at 270 Canadian dollars, compared to the seven or 800 dollars that a round trip costs right now on other carriers.


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Channel 5

Melissa Ferguson, William Mason’s Wife, Turns Herself Into Police
Before noon today, Melissa Ferguson, the wife of accused murderer William “Danny” Mason, turned herself in to the Belmopan Police. Police had been looking for Ferguson and had issued a [...]

Attorney Dickie Bradley Reveals Details of Melissa Ferguson’s Statement
At news time tonight Melissa Ferguson, also known as Mila Mason, has been at the CIB headquarters in Belmopan since eleven-forty-five this morning when she walked into the Police Station [...]

Camalote Plumber Murdered in the City
While there were no known casualties caused by Hurricane Earl, immediately in its aftermath a plumber from Camalote, Cayo, who had just been released on parole, was found murdered in [...]

164 Persons Remain in Shelters
While we have been spared the loss of life by Hurricane Earl, families are still in shelters having suffered substantive damages to their roofs, belongings or their houses. A total [...]

UNICEF Says 110,000 Children Affected by Hurricane Earl
Melissa Ferguson’s attorney has just provided an interview on her statement to the police. We’ll have all that coming up later in the newscast. But thirty-eight persons were killed in [...]

UNICEF Issues Care Packages to Affected Families
UNICEF is assisting with care packages that are being distributed to families in the shelters. There is also a possibility that the organization will provide financial support to the Belize [...]

Willoughby Says Sanitation Works to Continue in the City
Sanitation works have been ongoing for the past four days in neighborhoods in Belize City hard hit by Hurricane Earl. Most of the main thoroughfares across the Old Capital have [...]

CitCo’s Sanitation Manager Hospitalized
The sanitation workers attached to the City Council have been working around the clock to get the city back to normalcy. But in the thick of things, there has been [...]

Managing Waste at Transfer Station
Meanwhile the Transfer Station at the garbage dump near mile three on the George Price Highway is congested due to the volume of debris and garbage transported to the site. [...]

Utility Company Restoring Power to Country
Not every household has been powered-up following the passage of Earl which caused extensive damage to lamp posts and electrical wiring. B.E.L. says it continues to work toward the restoration [...]

WestJet Direct Flights from Canada to Belize
Amid the not so good news, there is some positive report in the tourism industry. Tourism numbers are holding their own with the Belize Tourism Board claiming an upward trend [...]

San Pedro Resident Remanded for Unlawful Sex
A thirty-two year old resident from the San Juan area of San Pedro is on remand tonight. Edair Dominguez is accused of the sexual assault of a fourteen year old [...]

John Burke and Kareem Eagan Arraigned for Attempted Murder
Two Belize City men are also on remand tonight at the Belize Central Prison for attempted murder. Thirty-two year old John Burke, a fisherman of Lavender Street, and thirty-four year [...]

Belize Red Cross Provides Relief to Hurricane Victims
The Belize Red Cross is offering assistance to the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) as part of the recovery process from Hurricane Earl. Even before the storm made landfall in [...]

Financial Assistance Can Be Forwarded to the Belize Red Cross
Since the hurricane, a number of Go-Fund Me accounts have been opened, soliciting financial assistance for hurricane victims. Here at Channel Five, we have been inundated with requests of where [...]

Flooding in the West Damages Low-Lying Bridge
With the passage of Hurricane Earl, flooding waters are expected to descend on many communities. In the west, water levels at the Mopan and Macal Rivers surged, but according to [...]

Sports Monday: Sporting Facilities Damaged by Hurricane Earl
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   Hurricane Earl has come and gone, leaving in its wake, a major setback to the sports—at least in the [...]

CTV3

Melissa Ferguson Surrenders To Police
A few weeks ago we reported that Melissa Ferguson, known to be the common-law wife of William Danny Mason, the man who is said to have orchestrated the decapitation of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, was being sought by authorities after reports indicated that she was last seen leaving along with her luggage from Mason’s Outback Ranch on Tuesday July 19th. This was only four days after Pastor Lue’s head was discovered in the back of Mason’s F-150 pickup truck. The surveillance footage believed to be in the hands of police which allegedly shows the manner in which Lucas was brutally murdered, also reveals that Ferguson was at the scene where the horrendous act was committed hence the reason she was heavily pursued by authorities for weeks.

Cattle Thieves On The Lose
Corozal Police are tonight in search of thieves who stole a large cattle worth almost two thousand dollars from a small farm in the Village of San Narciso. According to Arturo Rene Chan, owner of the stolen bull, he noticed that the animal was missing from their small farm on Saturday morning at about 6:30 when he went to feed the animals. Chan then followed the animal’s tracks for about 25 minutes to a small clearing in the village of Santa Clara where he believes the animal was killed as he discovered a large amount of blood and the collar they had put on the bull along with the animal’s internal organs. According to the family this is the second time that robbers enter their property and make away with the family’s cattle as two months ago two calves were stolen from the farm.

New Flights Added To Belize's Destination
The Belize Tourism Board announced this morning, the addition of the newest airline to offer flights to the Jewel. Starting October 29th, 2016, WestJet will be offering 2 weekly flights between Canada and Belize. According to the BTB, with the addition of this new flight the number of overnight visitors from Canada are expected to increase considerably from an already large amount of visitors. The Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans, is quoted as stating “This is very exciting news. We have been in ongoing discussions with WestJet regarding a direct flight between Canada and Belize, and it’s now happening. A direct flight has been highly requested by visitors and Industry stakeholders, and with the news that this flight will become a reality just as we prepare for the start of our upcoming high season, we are indeed very optimistic and pleased. This direct flight is absolutely going to boost our arrival numbers further, especially where the Canadian market is concerned.” End of quote.

CARICOM To Discuss De-risking
The issue of loss of correspondent banking relationships due to de-risking, a phenomenon where larger international banks curtail relationships with local banks in vulnerable economies, has been categorized as a potentially huge crisis for Belize and other smaller countries in the region. The commonwealth has announced that this week on August 10th will be convening a meeting with banks and financial gurus and global regulators to explore its report on solutions to a problem that is threatening development in vulnerable economies. Joining the commonwealth in the meeting on Wednesday at the Commonwealth headquarters in London will be the Executive Secretary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) - the international anti-money laundering and counter financing terrorism standard setter, the British Bankers’ Association, HSBC Holdings, Santander and the Wolfsberg Group who will all discuss and examine proposed solutions for the problem.

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Belizeans Children Affected By Earl
The Government and people of Belize are still in the process of recovering from the aftermath of Earl, which hit Belize as a category one hurricane in the early hours of Thursday morning. Several houses, businesses, government and private buildings were destroyed within the Belize District which received the greatest brunt of Earl leaving several families homeless. According to a release issued by the United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF), three-fourths of Belize’s children, amounting to more than 110,000, 27,000 of them being younger than age 5, were affected by Hurricane Earl. In their report UNICEF indicated that it has conducted an initial assessment of damage caused by Earl in some of the most vulnerable communities located in Southside Belize City. Staff members on the ground reported that hundreds of families have been forced to seek cover with relatives, neighbors or in government shelters and many families have lost their houses and belongings to flash flooding and strong winds. The report also added that, although many families sought cover before the storm hit, some felt forced to stay in their homes as they feared for their children’s safety in community shelters due to the level of alcohol consumption and crowds.

Belize And Guatemala Signed Prisoner Exchange Program
Belize and Guatemala have had their share of difficulties recently over the border dispute that exists between both countries, but the two countries have recently reached an agreement in criminal matters. According to a report on the Guatemalan media, Foreign Ministers for both countries came to an agreement which indicates that criminals convicted in either party may serve sentences in their home country which allow for a more effective rehabilitation of prisoners. The agreement will last for 10 years and is automatically extended for equal periods unless either party terminates it through a written notification through diplomatic channels, which take effect one year after the claim.

Free Health Care Provided In The North
A group of professional health care providers and missionaries are in Belize providing much needed assistance to residents here in the north. The missionary group from Caring Partners international, hails from Ohio, USA and are offering Orange Walkenos information on how to live healthier life style. Kyle Haze- Missionary: “We are here with Caring Partners International which a medical’s missions group is and we believe in coming alongside people and we believe in physical needs and also the spiritual needs and just we are not forcing anyone to do anything but just spending time with people getting to know them and our doctors here getting to know some of their illnesses and things so they can give them a plan for the future and how treat themselves better.”

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WestJet and Southwest Airlines to Add Belize to Duo Sentenced to 7 Years for Burglary
Dennis Jones and Wilson Gonzalez were sentenced to seven years in prison when they appeared in Belmopan Magistrate Court. The duo was charged with burglary. Last Friday a resident of Banana Bank reported that his home was burglarized and over fourteen thousand dollars worth of cash and electronics were stolen. Jones and Gonzalez were arrested […]

Belize and Guatemala Sign Agreement on Custody of Prisoners
There hasn’t been any publicizing of it from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but Love News has learnt from an online publication in Guatemala that Belize has signed onto an agreement surrounding the enforcement of prison sentences. The signed agreement reportedly has up to six articles of understanding and was drafted with the idea that […]

NEMO Says Restoration of Critical Lifeline Facilities Continues
NEMO has released its latest advisory. It says immediate relief to the affected people and restoration of critical lifeline facilities continue as the country returns to normalcy less those severely impacted. NEMO and the Government providing assistance with help from the community. The Utility Companies operations are progressing at a steady pace enabling the country’s […]

WestJet and Southwest Airlines to Add Belize to Their Travel Route
Over the weekend we told you of the direct flight to Belize that Southwest Airlines will be putting in their schedule from Denver, Colorado, USA. Those flights, however, will not begin until March 2017 and they will be seasonal. Taking effect in October 2016 via WestJet Airlines is in the inclusion of Belize into their […]

Love Foundation Launches Relief Drive in Aftermath of Hurricane Earl
There are currently 500 persons registered with the Love Foundation over a course of two years. These parents and children are beneficiaries of the parenting, anger management and other courses offered by the Love Foundation in an effort to end the cycle of crime, abuse and poverty. The programs are geared at building self-esteem and […]

Team of 3 Belizeans Perform at Rio Olympics 2016
Two hundred and five countries from around the world have sent athletes to the 2016 Olympic Games currently underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The teams will be taking part in three hundred and six events surrounding forty two sporting disciplines ranging from swimming to judo and wrestling. The games began Saturday, August 6 and […]

Taxi Driver and Passenger Nabbed for Marijuana
As hundreds of families are toiling to get their homes back to normal, a taxi driver and a Belize City resident were reportedly transporting illegal drugs to Orange Walk Town from Belize City. Police had set up a checkpoint in Sandhill Village, Belize District on Saturday when just after midnight they came across a 1995 […]

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Belize Progressive Party proposes hurricane relief strategy
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) has issued a proposed strategy to provide aid to those affected by the recent Hurricane Earl. Their proposition, titled “BPP’s Hurricane Earl 3-R Plan” includes Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding. As part of the relief efforts, BPP proposes a […]

Shots ring out at Belizean Cultural Festival in Chicago
The yearly Belize Cultural Festival at the Hawthorne Race Course was interrupted30 on Sunday night on Laramie Ave. in Stickney in Chicago, USA. The festival’s publicity director Jim Miller said the incident happened in the parking lot, where the event […]

Guatemala and Belize agree on enforcement of criminal sentences
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala today published the agreement between Belize and that country on the enforcement of criminal sentences in the Diario de Centroamerica. The agreement allows persons convicted of crimes to serve their time in their native countries, […]

Melissa Ferguson surrenders to police with attorney
A brown-haired 48-year-old Melissa Ferguson, accompanied by attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley, this morning handed herself in to Belmopan police. Ferguson, who also goes by the alias Mila Mason, was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of 46-year-old Llewellyn Lucas on Friday July […]

Wooden bridge in San Ignacio Town receives damages during flood
The wooden bridge that connects Santa Elena with San Ignacio Town received extensive damages to the middle section during the flood that Hurricane Earl brought to the country last week. The Ministry of Works will carry out an in-depth assessment of the damages when […]

Defense Ministers to meet in Trinidad
The 12th Conference of Defence Ministers will be held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago fromOctober 10-12 and Belize will be one of the 34 participating countries. During the three-day conference, ministers and delegates from all over the Americas will be in attendance. With the world’s […]

Orange Walk and Belize City men charged for drug trafficking
Police report that they have arrested 41-year-old Julian Chuc, a taxi driver of Orange Walk Town and 24-year-old Kadeem Courtney of Belize City for trafficking 260.6 grams of cannabis. The arrest was made on Sunday morning at 12:30 when Chuc was headed to Belize City in his maroon […]

WestJet now flying to Belize
WestJet, one of Canada’s largest airlines, has announced a new direct route to Belize starting October 29. WestJet made the announcement via press release on Monday morning. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) also issued its own release expressing its excitement that WestJet has added […]

Belize: How Our Public Policies Save Lives
Thankfully, no lives have been reported lost in Belize, the country that took the brunt of Hurricane Earl’s 80 mph winds. Today, it is being reported that Mexico lost 39 lives. Why is this so? 66 FEET WATERFRONT LAW In Belize, no one should […]

Blogs

Ambergris Caye, Belize: The Storm Has Passed and We Are Open For Business
Here are the facts: We are open for business and the best way to support our beloved island is to visit – eat, go on tours, drink and have a great time. Talk to your hotel. There are a few that are closed for clean-up. But most are open and ready. (Not to trick you into coming to a help them clean or to sleep in a room full of sand, I mean READY) If you have never been here, here is the list of 11 Things You MUST Do on Your First Visit to Ambergris Caye. Today, three full days after Earl, you can do 10/11 – Palapa Bar, the famous dock over the water, was very sadly washed away (though I know they will rebuild). Almost all of the restaurants, bars, tours are up and ready to go. The sharks are waiting for you.

I’m On My Way, What Should I Expect?
Many of you are on the fence about your vacation plans. So far of the 10 or so people that have asked me all of then have decided to come. While it is true not everything may be open and there are many less docks to walk on, we are largely moving forward at a great pace. By coming down and supporting the local economy you will be helping the community through a trying time. You will have a great time and see just how resilient and strong our community is in the face of Mother Nature and forces beyond our control. Since the storm the skies have been bright blue interspersed with big white fluffy clouds. The first set of pictures are some that I took from my roof top yesterday. The second set below are even better for aerial pictures as they cover thew whole island.

Lessons from Earl: No. 1, Not all disasters are alike
When almost an entire block on Middle Street in San Pedro went up in flames in June — leaving 66 people homeless and a number of businesses crippled or wiped out — the whole world responded with unconditional generosity. Certainly the whole of Ambergris Caye did. Scores of volunteers stepped in to help clear away debris. They didn’t ask which rubble belonged to homes and which to businesses. The amount of clothing and food donated could be calculated in tonnage and by the size of the hearts of the people on Ambergris Caye. Barges and planes brought in even more aid from the mainland. A significant amount of cash was raised in numerous and imaginative ways. Nobody designated their dollars to go to specific people or businesses. People just gave — time, money, food, clothing, shelter. Hurricane Earl is different. Or it seems that way.

Enchiladas Kabob
This is a fun take on the basic enchilada. I used a skewer to string a few enchiladas in order to fry them and make to make somewhat of a taco.

Camping on the Beach is UnBelizeable!
What should have been a visit to the Basil Jones Summer Camp to catch up on the activities of the camp kids, turned out to be a full 2-day adventure that included a golf cart ride in pitch black conditions, being eaten alive by sand flies, camping on the beach and drying out wet mattresses, pillows and clothes after our tent leaked during a 15-minute deluge. On the up side, we roasted marshmallows under a gorgeous full moon, were entertained by the camp kids who were on their last evening of summer camp, slept under the stars, experienced a glorious sunrise and spent an entire day on a canoe by the reef, snorkeling and hunting for manatees (not to kill them, but to swim with them of course). Seeing that the camp kids were having so much fun during they day, we decided to return for the evening activities to camp out on the beach. A quick shower – grocery shop run for supplies – load up the tent – and we were off…..

WestJet establishes first direct flight between Canada and Belize
Getting to Belize just got better! Another airline has added Belize to their travel route: WestJet. On Monday, August 8, 2016, WestJet Airlines officially announced that starting October 29, 2016, WestJet will be offering flights between Canada and Belize, two days per week. According to the Belize Tourism Board, Canada is a major source market for overnight visitors to Belize. Adding WestJet will mean an increase in Canadian visitors, as the direct flight route is convenient and more practical for travelers.

How this 10-Year-Old Survived Hurricane Earl
Yay, I survived my first hurricane! Let me tell you about this Earl dude. He had us running up and down for food supplies and some people had to evacuate their homes or even leave the island. He made us put wood on our windows! Like my cousin Alana says, “That’s a fashion no no.” Our homes looked so badly dressed and you have no idea how much I appreciate windows now that we can let fresh air and light in again. Right before sunset on the evening Earl turned into a hurricane, my family and I went to see the waves on the beach. Our beaches don’t usually have any waves because our barrier reef protects us from them, but even that wasn’t any match for Earl. He wasn’t expected till midnight, but by 6:00p.m. the waves were warning us that he was on his way! This dude was fierce and mom said he was just a small hurricane (a category one). Pretty soon after, it started to rain so we made our way home for a long night. To be honest, we are really lucky to have a very strong home and didn’t even hear much of what was going on outside, except for the wind banging on some doors and windows when it got really strong. I was kind of scared then, but my family has been through hurricanes before and they made sure I knew this one wasn’t so bad and I was safe. I even managed to sleep for a few hours.

10 Things You can Still do in Belize after Hurricane Earl
You saw it on the news, Hurricane Earl hit Belize and caused quite a bit of damage, but we are resilient and pushing through beautifully. The past few days have seen people coming together and working overtime to bring this jewel back to a normal state. Here are just ten of many things you can still do even after Hurricane Earl in Belize. 1. Go Diving 2. Party On A Boat 3. Say “I Do” 4. Enjoy Local Favourite Foods 5. Have a Cocktail 6. Rent a Golf Cart and Explore 7. Go Fishing 8. Visit the Mainland 9. Relax and Enjoy the View 10. Meet Friendly People

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Westjet: Exciting and new – we’re going to Belize
WestJet, one of Canada’s largest airlines, has announced a new direct route to Belize starting October 29. First Direct Flight Established Between Canada and Belize. Belize! Yes, we’re thrilled to announce Belize as our latest new destination. In fact, “new destination” doesn’t quite convey our enthusiasm – “exciting and new” destination (shout-out to you Love Boat fans) does the trick a bit better. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get down to the business of answering a few questions about Belize, our exciting and new destination.

Q&A with Simone Biles
Go Team USA and Belize! Did you know U.S. gymnast and Olympic contender Simone Biles has both U.S. and Belizean roots? Her Mom is from Belize. Learn more ...

Rare Maya Burial Temple Discovered in Belize
Excavations at Xunantunich have uncovered the remains of a body and hieroglyphics that tell the story of the snake-head dynasty. The Maya people produced some awesome pyramids like the Castillo at Chichen Itza and the temple at Tikal. But unlike Egypt and other parts of the world, these pyramids were designed more for religious reasons than for royal burials. That makes the recent discovery of an elaborate temple-grave in western Belize a huge find, reports Alan Yuhas at The Guardian. Jaime Awe, director of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project, led a team of researchers who discovered the tomb while excavating the stairway on a structure in Xunantunich, a Maya archaeological site on the Mopan River. Inside, they found human remains later identified as belonging to a well-muscled man in his 20s inside the tomb, Yuhas reports. Jade beads, bones from jaguars and deer, ceramic pots, obsidian blades and other objects were placed around the body. The roughly 15-foot by 8-foot burial chamber—which is one of the largest to be discovered Belize, and is different from other Maya graves Awe has encounted —is undeniably an exciting discovery. However, the body isn't the most important find in the temple complex, Jamie Seidel writes for news.au.com.

Belize Seaweed: The Next Big Thing for Fisheries
t the fourth International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) held in St John’s Newfoundland, Canada, Julianne Robinson from The Nature Conservancy explained how Belize’s waters can offer more than just fishing income to support those living in coastal communities. The focus of this income diversification - seaweed mariculture. Fishing has long formed part of the Belize culture, providing an important source of food and income for its many coastal communities. Like many coastal nations, Belize’s fisheries have seen declines in fisheries from over exploitation and destructive fishing practices. Increasing coastal development, and climate change impacts on the ocean adds to the pressures on the low-tech, small-scale fisheries that dominate Belize’s coastal communities. Income diversification is increasingly becoming a necessity. Working with Belize’s Placencia Fishermen Cooperative, Ms Robinson and colleagues at The Nature Conservancy developed and tested pilot mariculture farms. Working with the local community has been a central feature in the development of the mariculture project, which focuses on the red seaweed Euchemia isiforme.

Why Soca Is Poised To Go Mainstream
Machel Montano has devoted his life to the cause of soca music. At age 41, and having been in the limelight since he began singing as a precocious 7 year old, his talents have long outgrown the island’s stage. He has sold out shows the world over, collaborated with artists from Nigeria to Norway, and, most recently, brought a little bit of wining to the White House. Montano has also sought to import Caribbean vibes to the west coast, spearheading L.A.’s annual Hollywood Carnival. This summer, seeking a new vehicle to bring soca music to the mainstream, Montano is making his U.S. cinematic with Bazodee, a feature film that's in theaters now. Written by Claire Ince and directed by Todd Kessler, Bazodee borrows from the cinematic schools of romantic comedies and Bollywood musicals; the result is a Trinidadian stew of forbidden love. Set during the climax of carnival — Trinidad’s annual pre-Lenten festival of fętes, music, and pageantry — the film follows the star-crossed paths of Lee de Leon, a down-on-his-luck Afro-Caribbean soca musician, and, Anita Panchouri, a well-off bride-to-be of Indian origin. Through its saccharine-sweet storyline, the film peels back the layers of carnival’s light-hearted revelries and digs into the some of the deeper social issues that boil beneath the nation’s surface — namely how tensions of race and class divide the island’s cosmopolitan society, issues that also came to a head during Trinidad’s 2015 election season. The FADER spoke with Montano about his acting debut and why he thinks soca can help to bridge the schisms in society.

Snowy Egrets, Once Fashion Victims, Always Elegant Predators
There is nothing as white as a snowy egret, and few things are as graceful. Watching one hunt in the shallow waters of Hamilton Beach, Queens, one early morning, I was held rapt for almost an hour by the bird’s search for prey. Its image reflected perfectly in the dark mirror of the Hawtree Creek, it was as if two birds hunted. The scene was like a masterful Japanese print; minimal, carefully rendered and capturing an ancient truth. I pitied the school of killifish the bird had targeted. Motionless as a marble statue for minutes at a time, the egret’s eye would snap to focus, its head angle to the side, revealing a consciousness of something unseen below the water’s surface. Then suddenly it darted its sharp black bill into the water, speared a mummichog with no apparent emotion and tossed its head back to gulp it down before transforming back into a statue. The snowy egret (Egretta thula) is a relatively small heron and has become a ubiquitous presence along coastal bays and inlets. It is also a shining example of an early environmental success story.

WestJet becomes only Canadian carrier flying non-stop to Belize City
WestJet will begin serving Belize City, Belize, non-stop from Toronto Pearson International Airport starting October 29, 2016. "WestJet is proud to become the only Canadian carrier to fly non-stop to the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize," said Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice-president, commercial. "The flight's departure time will allow guests to connect seamlessly from many cities across Canada to a destination known for its large Canadian ex-pat community. WestJet continues to respond to the needs of the communities we serve by delivering more choice, competition and lower fares to Canadian travellers. The launch of service to Belize and our new, year-round service to JFK underlines our commitment to making air travel better in Canada."

Videos

  • Caye Caulker cleanup, 1/4min. Close to 50 people showed up for work this morning. It warms the cockles of my heart that we could put so many people to work. If you have your checks ready please let us know how and when we can get them. We will need to pay all these workers this evening.

  • 2016 Belize Baptism, 2min. Being baptized in the Caribbean Sea on Caye Caulker is always a special thing.

  • Belize 2016 | An Orange Walk Adventure, 9min. You want to know what it's like to experience an week long mission trip with 60 high school students? This is as close as you can get without actually being there.

  • San Ignacio, Belize, 2min.

  • Diving San Pedro Belize, 8min.

  • Misty Morning in the Chiquibul, 1min. Four Macaws share a misty morning with a male Montezuma Oropendula in Belize's great Chiquibul Forest Reserve. Found this bit while I was filtering through footage and thought you all might like to experience what mornings in the Chiquibul are like. Spoiler alert, they're misty, semi-spooky, and quite beautiful- so long as you can drag yourself out of your hammock early enough! Thanks again to Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team for taking us out there!

  • Caves Branch WaterFalls Jumping Belize, 5min. Experience spelunking, rock climbing, waterfalls, cliff jumping and exploring all in one adventure tucked in the rainforest in Belize.

  • Belize 2016, 3.5min. League City United Methodist Church misson trip to Belize.

  • Go Pro / San Pedro, Belize 2016, 9min.

  • Chinese in Belize - Documentary, 15min. Belize Project- Final A team from Mountain View, CA went over to Belize in 2014 and interviewed the Chinese immigrants there.

  • Flyover done over Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye to look at damage caused by Earl., 1min.

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