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#516991 - 08/20/16 11:22 AM Today's Belize News: August 20, 2016
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials


The San Pedro Sun

Police United FC falls to Olimpia Club Deportivo in CONCACAF Champions League

Section 53 amendment – “a shield, not a sword” says P.M. Barrow
“A shield, not a sword” is how Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow interpreted the Supreme Court decision handed down last Wednesday, August 10, which in effect decriminalized same-sex intercourse between consenting adults. Barrow said it was the role of the Judiciary to interpret the Laws of Belize, and what Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin had done was to amend Section 53 of the Criminal Code to exclude sexual acts between consenting adults from attracting criminal charges. Barrow was speaking at a press conference at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on Wednesday afternoon, August 17. Benjamin had upheld the challenge brought by the plaintiff, Caleb Orozco, that Section 53 was a breach of his human rights to dignity and as such was unconstitutional. Those parts of the Criminal Code that pertain to sexual abuse of minors, or bestiality with animals remain unchanged.

Chetumal City embraces Miss San Pedro delegates
As part of the Miss San Pedro activities, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) hosted a trip to Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico on Wednesday August 10th, and returned on Thursday August 11th. The purpose of the trip was for the six delegates to get a jump-start in purchasing items for pageant night, such as their dresses, accessories and shoes, among other items. Iris Salguero currently holds the title of Miss San Pedro, and this years’ candidates for 2016-2017 are: Marisha Thompson sponsored by Jaguars Temple Night Club, Beverly Rodriguez, sponsored by Captain Shark’s, Karina Requena, sponsored by Castillo’s Hardware, Lisandra Novelo, sponsored by Ramon’s Village, Marleni Diaz, sponsored by Fidos Courtyard and Pier, and Heidi Sorto, sponsored by La Sirene Resort Spa and Marina. Upon their arrival, the girls were greeted by Belize Consulate in Chetumal, Jorge Valencia, who had arranged a tour to the Zoologico Bio Universo. The girls had a unique experience, and they were able to view some of their favorite animals, including tigers, jaguars, and hippos.

Boat Captain liable in accident involving tourist minor
After extensive investigation by the Belize Port Authority (BPA), San Pedro Resident Captain Carlos Franco has been found liable for the June 14th boat accident involving a tourist minor. The accident happened near a beach resort south of San Pedro Town where the minor sustained deep cut wounds to her face after being ran over by the boat. As a result, Franco will be facing court actions for negligence and for operating his vessel undermanned near a residential/hotel area. According to the statement provided by the BPA, it was revealed that the vessel Phanny was the sole boat in the area when the accident took place. It further stated that the captain was not cautious enough and to support this allegation, the law was quoted. “So to navigate such boat as to avoid collision with or injury to any ship or person present in, on, or under the water in the area occupied by or disturbed by the said boat was not carried out and neither did ‘he’ navigate such boat with due care and consideration for other persons having in regard to the prevailing conditions,” end quote.

Ambergris Today

SEPTEMBER CELEBRATIONS: Playbill for Events Around the Country Available August 24
The National Celebrations Commission is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Playbill and Calendar of Events, which includes celebrations, commemorations and other programs around the country. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, the free booklet will be distributed throughout the districts, and is also available at the NICH Administration office in Belize City, as well as the Bliss Center and the Belize Tourism Board. The calendar covers events taking place in August and September, and includes programs sponsored by a wide variety of organizations and businesses. One major change in the 2016 lineup is that there will be no St. George’s Caye Official Opening Event due to damages related to Hurricane Earl. Instead, there will be an address by Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., Chair of the National Celebrations Commission. This address will be broadcast nationwide.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Bus busts up the Terminal in Belize City
Photo courtesy of Jeran Funez

Vacancy at BEL
A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited for the post of Accounting Clerk III in the Finance Department.

Cassava Processing and Baking Workshop August 22-26
Sabal Farm. We kick off on Monday. If you are interested contact the coordinator of The Stann Creek House of Culture Joshua Arana at 632-0147. Bus will pick up participants at the bus terminal in Dangriga at 8:30 am Monday, we leave the farm at 3pm.

Belize National Song Competition
Here are a few of the photos of the winners that we took for the Belize National Song Competition that happened this past weekend.

Trashy place in San Mateo on Ambergris Caye
This is an area adjacent to the lagoon on the backside of San Mateo. It's a small flooded area where crocs reside just steps from where children play.

Power interruption 5:00am to 5:30am, Sunday, August 21: entire San Pedro Town, and Bomba Village
BEL to conduct switch over from mobile substation to newly installed transformer at Maskall Substation.

Two 20 minute power interruptions 6:00am to 6:20am & 4:40pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, August 21: entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts
BEL to replace insulators and downguys on transmission system between Maskall & Buena Vista Substations.

September Celebrations Playbill and Calendar of Events
The September Celebrations Playbill and Calendar of Events will be out next week, but here's sneak peak

The U.S. Embassy has an opening for an Electrical Technician position
Performs regularly scheduled and comprehensive maintenance on all facility electrical equipment and systems as required by the Overseas Building Operations (OBO) Global Maintenance Management System (GMMS). Diagnoses, disassembles, adjusts, programs, re-programs, repairs, installs and replaces defective parts or components on all facility electrical equipment and systems. Maintains controls systems on compound to include programmable logic controllers (PLC), sensors, control panels, and some building automation system components.

Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project's History and Culture Summer Camp 2016
The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project's History and Culture Summer Camp 2016 came to an end today. We were sad to see the kids leave, but we know that they are leaving with a better knowledge of our history and culture. Today, they went on a city historic tour and visited the Old Prison Museum. During the other days they listened to folklore stories, learnt techniques to play the drum, played traditional games, danced to traditional songs and learnt how to conduct oral history interviews. All the kids received a certificate of achievement.

Channel 7

Mechanic Crushed In Industrial Accident At ASR/BSI's Tower Hill Factory
A worker at the Tower Hill Sugar Factory in Orange Walk was badly injured on the job today, and he died two hours ago. At 1:30 this afternoon, Ismael Jimenez - who has been a mechanic for Belcogen since 2012 - was working on pieces of heavy equipment. Something went wrong - and he got pinned between two of those pieces of equipment. He suffered major injury to his internal organs. He was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital where doctors performed emergency procedures to try and stop the internal bleeding. But they had only limited success, and they took the decision to send him to Belize City for critical care, but, Jimenez never made it and he died at 4:45. ASR/BSI says it is conducting an investigation to determine what went wrong.

US Ambassador Cheers Supreme Court Sodomy Ruling
Belize, the Caribbean and the rest of the world continue to digest the Chief Justice's landmark decision in which he decriminalized sodomy after hearing Caleb Orozco's lawsuit challenging Section 53 of the criminal code. We've shown you the excited reaction from Orozco and the LGBT Community after sitting in court to hear the judge deliver it in person last week Wednesday. We've also shown you the disappointment from the Churches who interpret the ruling as the beginning of the country's moral downfall. So, what does the US Ambassador think about the ruling? Well, as viewers are aware, he's a former US High Court judge, and the country he represents is on a global mission to encourage acceptance for LGBT communities. As proof of this, a few weeks before the ruling was handed down, the US Embassy hoisted the rainbow flag on its compound, which is considered US soil.

PM's Wife supports CJ Decision
Now, the Prime Minister's wife, Kim Barrow may share some of Ambassador Moreno's enthusiasm, but she's in what might be called a "cute" situation, politically. She is the Prime Minister's wife, and so she isn't expected to be seen cheerleading for the gay rights activists on such a divisive issue. But when Caleb Orozco, UNIBAM and their legal team held a press conference shortly after the decision last Wednesday, they disclosed that Mrs. Barrow immediately came out in support of the judgment. So, today when we caught up with her at another event, we asked her to confirm. Here's how she explained it: Kim Simplis-Barrow - Special Envoy For Women And Children: "I applaud the Chief Justice's decision. I think we all have rights and court rulings must be respected." Daniel Ortiz: "A lot of people are disappointed that the decision has been made and it has caused a lot of venom, from the more conservative persons in society. Is it something disappointing to you to see that some people are close-minded?"

Will/Can the Churches Appeal?
So, the matter lies now with the churches - will they appeal the section 53 judgment, or can they even launch that appeal? Well we spoke to Pastor Lance Lewis of the National Evangelical Association of Belize today and he told us that his group had just met, and will meet with the other churches next week Thursday to plan their next step. Now, there is some deadline pressure, since they have three weeks to file an appeal after the written judgment is issued. But, our understanding is that the three weeks commences after the judgment is perfected - which still hasn't happened. But, timeline aside, legal opinion is still split on whether the churches can appeal. That will be a matter for the Supreme Court to decide - since the Court will have to give them leave for appeal. That's when it will be determined if the churches as interested parties have the standing to launch an appeal. And while the churches are passionate about the issue, some legal experts say that only the Catholics and Anglicans may have standing since they work the "church-state" school management system. Those churches have not arrived at a position yet, so it's too early to tell if they will go ahead and try an appeal.

16 Year Old Sibling Arrested For Sodomising 11 Year Old Brother
In an update to the ugly case of incestuous sodomy we've been reporting on all week, a 16 year old Santa Elena resident has been charged for sodomising his own little brother. The teenager was taken to court where he was charged for an unnatural crime and he was remanded for the weekend. He will re-appear in court on Monday 22nd August when bail will be considered. As we've been reporting, one week ago, the 16 year old allegedly molested his 11 year old brother who was asleep. PLUS TV's Louis Wade - who's in touch with the family - reports that the 16 year old was heard to taunt his younger brother by saying that since section 53 was struck down, nothing can be done to him now. Well, he has been charged - since the change in section 53 change deals with consenting acts between adults; the 11 year old is not an adult and could not consent.

Unhappy Ending For Loose Masseuse At Dirty McNasty
"Dirty McNasty's" - it's name would seem to suggest all kinds of funky stuff, but in fact, Mcnasty's a popular hostel on Caye Caulker with a colorful clientele of backpackers. But, one male visitor got a lot more than he asked for when a local masseuse crossed the line. The tourist alleges that 38 year old Javier Nabet, was giving him a massage, but tried to turn it into something else when he attempted to perform oral sex on him. It happened on July 7th and Nabet was remanded to prison on a charge of sexual assault. Today he applied for Supreme Court bail, and Justice John Gonzalez offered him bail of five thousand dollars. We called Dirty McNasty for comment, but they didn't get back to us.

Bail, Not Jail For Ryan Rhaburn
Ryan Rhaburn is alleged to be one of William Danny Mason's crew but tonight he is out on bail. Rhaburn, was remanded to prison on 2 counts for allegedly kidnapping Lloyd Friessen and his wife. Friessen had allegedly gone to Mason to ask him to return three hundred thousand dollars that Friessen had advanced him to purchase corn. Today, Rhaburn was released on bail of $8,000 that was offered to him by Justice John Gonzalez. Rhaburn must surrender all his travel documents to the clerk of court, reports to the Belmopan Police Station every Friday, and not interfere with witnesses for the prosecution. Rhaburn was represented by attorney Herbert Panton while the Crown Counsel Rene Montero appeared for the crown.

Two More Million Dollar Babies
On our newscast right after the Christmas Holiday, we told you about newborn Shamir Aban. He was the so called "million dollar baby" who the World Pediatric Project in Belize managed to get flown out of the country for emergency million dollar surgical procedures not available in Belize. He was born with esophageal atresia, a birth defect where he had no tube connecting his mouth and his stomach. He got the million dollar gift of life when the doctors at the Virginia Commonwealth University came to Belize for him in a private jet, took him to their hospital, gave him life-saving medical surgeries, nursed him to full health, and then sent him back home. That came all free of charge, now 2 other babies are getting the same treatment after they've been identified as emergency cases that the US Doctors have volunteered to take on. Our news team was at there today when they were transferred from the KHMH Neonatal Unit to the PGIA. Daniel Ortiz has that story:

UNDP Gives Relief Funding
Today another round of hurricane relief donations were handed over to CEMO, this time it's from the United Nations Development Program. It's a $50,000 US dollar contribution of mattresses and building supplies for those who lost their homes. The donation will be split in 2 parts, half of the donation will go to storm victims in the city and the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR will distribute the other half in Valley of Peace and Armenia. Today we found out more at a short handing over ceremony at Militia Hall. Phillip Willoughby - City Councilor - CEMO: "We got mattresses, windows, Plycem and other 2x4 type lumbers and so forth to assist with home repairs basically." Courtney Weatherburne: "You know that several organizations or international agencies have contributed. We know that we need all the help we can get because it is still not enough but how long or how far will this donation go in terms in reaching out our hurricane survivors or victims?"

The City Continues The Cleanup
While residents will be building new homes with these supplies and bringing in their new mattresses and other furniture, they will also be getting rid of all their damaged belongings, and that means more rubbish for city council to pick up. Today we asked Councilor Willoughby how the garbage collection is going. Phillip Willoughby, City Councilor, CEMO: "In its initial stage NEMO afforded the city some assistance. That afforded us since Thursday to the following Tuesday for some contractors to do work across the city. Since then you may know that a lot of additional debris waste came out. That had its toll on the city. We opted to say well let's put it on hold and then have everyone put out their waste and then we started to pick up these waste and debris. So that process to this end in ongoing."

Sam and Earl
Another friendly country which will try to provide some hurricane assistance is the US Government. We've heard so far of relief donations from the Taiwanese and the European Union, but what about good old Uncle Sam? Today the Ambassador told us that he has made requests, and that immediately after the Hurricane passed the US Military was instrumental in making some of the damage assessment fly-overs possible: Daniel Ortiz: "Has the Government of Belize approached your government for trying to seek assistance for those affected?" H.E. Carlos Moreno - US Ambassador to Belize: "Yes it has and we are in the process of compiling the various forms of assistance, some of which I believe will come from this very unit that organized this event today, military liaison office of Southcom. They will be with proposals going forward to provide hurricane assistance and initially USAID the office of foreign disaster assistance have provided the necessary funds for the day after fly over that were conducted."

BTL Still Bringing Back Services
And while we mostly talk about the damage Hurricane Earl did to residences, but what about businesses which lost phone and internet service? Chair of the Executive Committee Anwar Barrow told us today that they are working to restore those services as quickly as possible. Anwar Barrow - Chair, Executive Committee, BTL: "In terms of our performance throughout the hurricane most of our network assets are above ground and were resilient during the hurricane. However, we did have a lot of individual connections that went down with copper lines into people's homes that have been water logged or that have been destroyed. We had several thousand around 4 thousand faults in our system after the hurricane on a day to day basis and we have been working to resolve those. We prioritize them first because certain customers who are doing business over those lines, employing people, we try to give priority to and then those who maybe just be using their home phone or just be using internet at their home have some alternative source come a little later."

Man-Man Business In Court
A man ended up in court today because of a domestic dispute - but it's news because the complainant isn't a woman; it's a man! 39 year old Noel Garcia reported that his partner of 6 months, 23 year old Justin Arnold slapped him during a domestic dispute. This morning, after an overnight in lock down, Arnold appeared before Magistrate, Carlon Mendoza where he was read a single charge of common assault. Arnold pleaded not guilty and Magistrate Mendoza offered him bail of $500 dollars. Garcia told Police that it happened at their North Front Street home on Wednesday night at 9:00. He says Arnold asked him to help pull down a door. Garcia told Arnold he was too tired to help, and alleges that's when Arnold slapped him.

US Ambassador says OAS Investigation In Child Shooting Finished
A month ago, we told you that Both Belize and Guatemala requested that the OAS investigate the BDF's fatal shooting of 13 year-old Guatemalan Julio Rene Alvarado. That's the shooting which the Guatemalan Government condemned as murder, but which the BDF maintains was self defence, since they were fired upon inside the Chiquibul, under the cover of darkness. The Mexican Government dispatched a highly trained forensics specialist to make up a part of the OAS's independent investigation team. So, did the US Government, and today when the media asked US Ambassador Carlos Moreno about it today, he said that he understands that the investigation is complete. He said that it is for the OAS to decide when to disclose the results to the two Governments after the formal report is completed:

BTL Scholarship Program Continues
Many kids won't be able to go back to school next month, and if they do, they will be missing books or start off late until they can recover all their school supplies after Hurricane Earl. But there are others who can't even afford to pay the tuition to be enrolled, let alone buy their class materials. Well, 25 of those deserving kids got full high school scholarships from BTL and a ceremony was held at the Radisson today to recognize the recipients. The Chair of the Executive Committee, Anwar Barrow told us more about the scholarship package and the kids described how this opportunity will help them realize their dreams. Since the scholarship program began in 1991, BTL has awarded scholarships to over 300 kids from all over the country. They are planning on expanding the program.

US Military Trains Bze Firefighters
Today at the Ladyville Fire Station, over 70 fire fighters from across the country were finishing up a 5-day training supervised by US Military firefighters. It's an intense real-time simulation of a raging fire that the firemen had to take on in full gear - resembling conditions very much like those infernos which have made it regularly on our newscast. Our Daniel Ortiz was placed in the training area to experience what those firemen were putting themselves through and within 5 seconds, he ran out unable to take it. So, today, we asked the Fire Chief why they would punish themselves to train under these conditions. Here's what he told us: The training was done with the million dollar equipment donation that the US Embassy provided to them last year.

Family Day For Disabled
At the top of the news, we showed you our interview with Special Envoy Kimplis-Barrow. We got that opportunity today at the Inspiration Center's 3rd annual family day. It's the small social event which the staff holds with the families of the disabled children who they work with everyday. The Executive Director told us more:

Jazzfest Sweet!
And we close tonight as we did on Monday, with some clips from the Belize Jazzfest 2016. First is Tuesday Night's Classical Concert, and, second, you'll see Thursday's Piano Concert. Enjoy, and get out and see it for yourself tonight at the Pickwick Club with the Tribute To Lord Rhaburn. Have a good night, and a great weekend, and join Indira Craig back here on Monday...

Channel 5

Ryan Rhaburn Arraigned, Makes Bail on Friesen Kidnapping Charge
Another of William Mason’s alleged henchmen has been brought before the court where he was indicted on charges of kidnapping.  After previous issues stymied attempts to charge ranch manager Ryan [...]

BELCOGEN Mechanic Crushed to Death at Tower Hill
Forty-one-year-old Ismael Jimenez Junior, a mechanic employed at BELCOGEN, lost his life this afternoon after being pinned between two vehicles at the energy plant on Tower Hill.  It is unclear [...]

16 Year Old Arraigned for Sexual Assault of Younger Brother
Earlier this week, we reported on the shocking news coming out of the Cayo District; that an eleven-year-old boy of Santa Elena had been sodomized, allegedly by his sixteen-year-old brother [...]

B.P.P. Treasurer Has a “William Mason Story”
Weeks after he first made headlines, the threads continue to unravel in the story of accused con man turned alleged kidnapper and murderer, William “Danny” Mason. And the staggering scale [...]

Put Hurricane Relief Funds into Productive Sector, B.P.P. Tells Government
The Government has collected millions of dollars in hurricane relief funds since the passage of Hurricane Earl. Much of it will go to rebuilding efforts for the hardest-hit communities. But [...]

U.S. Ambassador: Section 53 Ruling is “Victory for All Belizeans”
Earlier this week, the Government of Belize announced that it will not be appealing Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s decision that Section Fifty-Three of the Criminal Code was unconstitutional. The landmark [...]

Carlos Moreno Calls for Ventilation of Decision in Local Forum
According to Ambassador Moreno, the decision sets a precedent that is being observed by Caribbean and Latin America.  The legal system and the people of Belize, Moreno says, should be [...]

Ambassador Moreno Advises Churches to Seek Permission to Appeal
Today, a closed meeting among church leaders with an attorney took place to discuss the way forward and a possible appeal of the decision by the Chief Justice that decriminalized [...]

V.I.P. Maintains Support for Section 53 Despite Court Decision
The political party Vision Inspired by the People says it stands in full support of Section Fifty-three of Belize’s Criminal Code and still wants the Government of Belize to appeal [...]

Gay Man Accuses Partner of Violence in Lovers’ Quarrel
In court news, twenty-three-year-old Justin Arnold of Sandhill village has been accused of domestic assault on his partner.  Interestingly, the accuser is a male, sixteen years older than him, and [...]

B.T.L. Awards 25 Scholarships in 25th Anniversary of Scholarship Program
The country’s largest telecommunications provider also runs one of its biggest scholarship programs. Established in 1991, Belize Telemedia Limited’s scholarship program has helped hundreds of Belizeans gain access to secondary [...]

U.N.D.P. Hands Over Construction Material
Relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Earl are ongoing.  Contributions in the form of cash and other resources needed for victims to repair homes and properties continue to be [...]

How Will Assistance Be Given to Hurricane Victims?
According to Councilor Phillip Willoughby, who also heads the City Emergency Management Organization, CEMO, there is a strict process in place to assist disaster victims.   Phillip Willoughby, CEMO “What [...]

Chetumal Chamber of Commerce Chips in with Hurricane Donation
The Chetumal Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism, CANACO Servytur Chetumal, has also stepped up to assist victims of Hurricane Earl.  At midday, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry [...]

Firefighters Train to Respond to Major Disasters
There was a fire and an accident in Ladyville and firefighters had to be called in to out the blaze, rescue victims trapped in the fire and extricate a critically [...]

New School Year, New Haircuts Offered to City Kids
The annual drive to prepare primary school students for the start of the academic calendar by grooming and offering haircuts is just around the corner.  On September third and fourth, [...]

Haircut Drive is Giving Back to Local Community
Another of the event’s organizer, Edmond Staine says that it is their humble way of giving back to the Fabers Road community. Staine says that this year, they are doing [...]

Mexican Embassy Hosts Exhibit on Yucatan Art
An art exhibit has been launched at the Mexican Institute in Belize City. Entitled “Three Generations of Graphic Art in Yucatan,” the exhibit will showcase the work of three talented [...]

Channel Five’s Summer Fest 2016 Was Better Than Ever!
Music, song, dance and poetry – it all took place this morning on Channel Five’s annual Summer Fest. Children from across the country converged on our outdoor stage here on [...]

LOVE FM

Machine Operator Crushed at Sugar Factory
A tragic accident at the Belize Sugar Industries has left an employee dead today. William Neal, the Communications and Government Affairs representative for ASR/BSI confirmed that Ishmael Jimenez Junior who has been employed by BELCOGEN as a mechanic since February 2012 was working with heavy duty machinery when he was pinned between two machines just […]

VIP Wants Sodomy Ruling Appealed
Vision Inspired by the People has joined the voices of those speaking out against the recent ruling of Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin on Section fifty three of the criminal code. The VIP says the Government should appeal the decision. The VIP says they have taken the stance because natural human procreation serves as the bedrock […]

US Ambassador Commends Chief Justice on His Ruling of Sodomy Law
On May 29, 2016 the LGBT flag was hoisted on the compound of the US Embassy. It was done as a consequence of the White House sending out a Presidential Proclamation declaring the month of June to be the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Almost three months later Belize’s Chief Justice, Kenneth […]

NEMO Gets $100K of Supplies from UNDP
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) along with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) donated one hundred thousand Belize dollars worth of materials and supplies to the National Emergency Management Organization and the City Emergency Management Organization this morning to aid in hurricane relief efforts. Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP, Karen Bernard spoke […]

$40K Courtesy PACT for Hurricane Relief
On Thursday the Belize Red Cross received a donation to continue the work they have been doing to provide continued relief to victims of Hurricane Earl. The forty thousand dollar donation was from the Protected Areas Conservation Trust, PACT and was handed over by Chair of the Board, Dr. Colin Young. Director of the Belize […]

PetroCaribe Chips In the Hurricane Relief Efforts
Petro Caribe gave a donation to two agencies this afternoon to help with Hurricane Relief Efforts. The Belize City Council received an amount of twenty five thousand dollars and the Belize Red Cross received seven thousand five hundred dollars. Chairman of Petro Caribe, John Mencias, stated that they want to assist the people in need […]

USA Contributes to Recovery Efforts Following Earl
It has been fifteen days since Hurricane Earl wreaked damages upon lands and structures especially in the Belize District. Since then we have had several agencies and countries extending a helping hand to Belize via monetary donations or in-kind contributions. Today, the US Ambassador Carlos Moreno told the media that the embassy is in the […]

Baby Liam Gets First Class Travel for Medical Attention
Esophageal atresia is a disorder of the digestive system in where the oesophagus is not fully developed which therefore disrupts the linkage from the mouth to the stomach. It is a congenital defect, meaning that it occurs before birth. Cassia August and Shaheed Ritchie are the parents of twin babies that were born recently. One […]

3-Days Into the Fire with Belize and Puerto Rico
Over six dozen firemen from around the country concluded a 5-day training in collaboration with their counterparts from the Puerto Rico National Guard Fire Team. This training was the second phase of the partnership between both agencies under the US Embassy Belmopan Mission Strategic and Resource Plan as well as the US Southern Command Theatre […]

Fun Day for the Special Children
The Inspiration Center is holding its family fun day today at their resource center where they provide services for children with special needs. There were fun events for the parents and children that attend the center. Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow spoke of the beneficiaries of the centre. Special Envoy for […]


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Fradulent pyramid scheme hurting poor Belizean women
Before a store attendant in Belize City could ask her customer how she could assist her, she launched right off into trying to recruit the customer into the “dream catchers” pyramid scheme that has become rampant across Belize, although it has been banned in places like the UK, where organizers and promoters could face jail time as well as orders to pay fines. The scheme, commonly known as “dream catchers,” “give and take,” and “gifting circles,” is often promoted under the guise of a women’s empowerment circle. It has been propagated on the cayes, and other parts of the country, taking root faster than the “Charlie, Charlie” craze which hit Belize schools last year. The truth is, the scheme has been around for much longer, and it has taken various forms in places such as Mexico, Canada, and the US. It is commonly perpetuated by well-to-do socialites who plan parties to promote it, and in Belize it is no different, as we have heard of ranking educators and even persons in the legal profession being a part of the scheme.

Westline bus crashes into store at terminal!
Commuters fled for their lives as a Westline bus crashed into the waiting area of the Belize City bus terminal without warning. Sometime close to 5 p.m., the bus pulled up into the terminal in preparation for its regular 5:15 express run to Cayo. However, that run had to be cancelled following the incident. When Amandala spoke to Muhammad Kwasr, 23, who owns Reliant Store, which is located inside the terminal, he told us that if he had not dived out of his shop, he would have been directly smashed by the bus. According to Kwasr, who is the only person authorized to sell tickets for the Mexican-owned Ado bus, there were several tourists inside the terminal at the time of the incident. The store also sells sodas and other food items.

Rene August, 50, dies in traffic accident in Vera Cruz
Belizeans Rene August, 50, a tour guide operator and vehicle dealer of Santa Elena, Cayo District, and Juan Rudon, 67, were travelling back to Belize from the United States through Mexico when on their arrival in an area called Jamapa in the city of Vera Cruz, August, who was driving a Ford Escape, lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. August suffered serious head and body injuries. According to reports in the Mexican newspaper, Diario de Vera Cruz, rescuers had to cut August out of the wreck, but he was declared dead on the scene. However, his partner, Juan Rudon, escaped unhurt. Mexican authorities report that August was towing a Jeep SUV behind the Escape, but it is not yet known what caused him to lose control.

Barrow says “yes” to the LGBT!
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has roundly rejected a call from the Roman Catholic Church in Belize, the largest and most influential Christian denomination in the country, as well as the Evangelical community in Belize, to appeal the hotly debated ruling handed down on August 10, 2016 by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, saying that criminal sanctions could no longer be applied to consensual sexual acts which were categorized as “unnatural,” such as anal sex between men. Barrow’s decision may be testing the church-state partnership that has traditionally existed in Belize. In his Independence speech three years ago, after hearings on the constitutionality of Belize’s sodomy law, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said that, “…we cannot afford for Government and the Churches to be at odds;” as he spoke in the context of the “culture war” which was emanating from the legal battle waved to secure LGBT rights in Belize.

Tough times: teachers and public servants consider delay in salary adjustment
Teachers and public officers who were anxiously awaiting the final tier of their three-year salary adjustment package last month—amounting to a 3% salary increase—are being asked to hold off until next April, the start of the next budget year. Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with leaders of the three unions representing them to formally ask them to delay the salary adjustment. Barrow said that the request was made as a consequence of Hurricane Earl, which two weeks ago caused individual property losses of upwards of $15 million and losses to agriculture and tourism of over $100 million. On Monday, Barrow shared the preliminary damage assessment with the members of the Belize National Teachers’ Union, the Public Service Union and the Association of Public Service Senior Managers.

Voters in 2020 may find themselves in different divisions
Belize has a pool of nearly 200,000 voters spread across 31 constituencies or electoral divisions, and official information from the Elections and Boundaries Department indicates that roughly 73% of them voted in the last general election held on November 4, 2015. The next election is not due until 2020, but by the time that election comes around, many voters could find themselves voting in a different constituency altogether. That is because the Government intends to embark on a national redistricting exercise, as well as re-registration of electors. Apart from the mandate to ensure that the voters’ list is genuine, the Elections and Boundaries Commission is also tasked with ensuring a fairly even distribution of voters across divisions. The Belize District has 13 electoral divisions, but 10 of them are concentrated in the few square miles covered by Belize City.

8-Ball National Tournament – 2016 in Sugar City!!!
The 19th National Belikin 8-Ball Tournament commenced in June at the district level, and will finish with a bang, or like a slice of cake, on August 20 & 21 in Sugar City at the Civic Center by the People’s Stadium, with champions from north, south, east and west, to see who is the best on the billiards table. From the north, we will see Miramar of Corozal and Hi5 of Orange Walk; from down south, it will be Anaconda of Toledo, and SFB from Steadfast Village, Stann Creek; from the west, it’s CK Shooters of San Ignacio, and Las Flores of Belmopan; and from the east, it will be Long Island of Belize City, and One Shot One Kill of the beautiful island of San Pedro, who is participating for the first time.

Cricket Corner: Easy Does It wins over Excellence
Well, on August 13, fans and supporters of the game headed to the beautiful village of Lemonal to watch the first of a three-game series for the championship between home team Easy Does It and visiting team Excellence of Double Head. The game should have started at 10:30 a.m., but, because it rained earlier, play time was put off ‘till about 12:30 p.m. Before I continue, I want to refresh your mind about team Easy Does It. Looking at the members of the team, if you are not familiar with the team, you will not believe that they are back-to-back champions. The players are in no way boastful. The manager/coach, Mr. Michael Muslar told me one day that his team does not talk cricket. They play cricket. That statement must not be taken lightly, because this information, put in a nutshell, speaks highly of their performance and achievements. In 2014, Easy Does It defeated Brilliant in two games to win the championship. In 2015, they defeated Wicked 11 in three games to win the champ. In 2016, they are one win away from making them a three-peat.

Dangriga sports stats
This Sunday, Carl Ramos Stadium will explode like never before with the big PLB match-up opening tournament 2016 – home team Wagiya vs Verdes. Kick-off time is set for 3:30 p.m. General admission will be $8.00 for this weekend, since there will be a big performance by a Kulture band and artist. Everybody down south is waiting to go to the Carl Ramos Stadium after it has been newly refurbished. So, this Sunday’s PLB game will have a big attendance. Wagiya Football Club would like to apologize to all their fans, because the game price was set for $7.00; but, since a band and artist will perform, it will be $8.00 only for this Sunday. Here are results from the Pomona Village Council Sporting Committee Mundialito games over the weekend at Pomona New Site football field. Spain from Pomona won over England from Mile 25 by a score of 2 goals to nil, both goals scored by Ornell Reyes. In game two, Brazil, also from Pomona, won over Germany from Valley Community by a score of 3 goals to nil. Kevin Herrera got 2 goals and Dorain Pabon scored the other. These were the Saturday games.

FFB to the rescue; BDFA 1st Division final this Sunday at MCC
After a long delay, reportedly due to difficulties in securing the promised prize money for the winners, the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) will finally hold its First Division Championship final this Sunday, August 21, at the MCC Grounds, starting at 3:30 p.m. It will be the much anticipated clash between Eiley FC and Lake I Bombers. A release today from the BDFA said that the champion takes home a cash prize of $2,000.00; while the sub-champ gets $1,000.00. According to reports, the FFB bailed out the BDFA this week with a check for $3,000.00.

Carnival, cable television, and the churches
It does appear that in Belize we have been moving from crisis to crisis to crisis for many months now, perhaps years. We think that there are battles going on to win and control the hearts and minds of the Belizean people. There are wealthy, powerful forces on the regional and international landscape which have a special interest in The Jewel, and one of the reasons things appear so hectic, explosive sometimes, in Belize is because the Belizeans you are listening to are speaking with the voices of the region and of the world. Everything is now larger than Belizean life, as it were. Everything is louder than loud. The evangelical pastor Louis Wade has been claiming on his television station that the homosexual lobby in Belize, known as UNIBAM, received US$3.4 million in funding from abroad shortly after the Supreme Court verdict favorable to the homosexual agenda was read last week in Belize. He also says that $1 million in Belize money has come for UNIBAM from local donors, and he pointed the finger at the Government of Belize.

From the Publisher
We have a habit in this country of belittling our own. That is a bad habit, and it is one of the reasons why those who are responsible for sending our youth and other citizens to participate in any competition with nations of the region and of the world, should be held to account when our representatives are not transparently selected, properly prepared, and adequately financed. It’s terrible when the choices to be our representatives are biased choices. But this is not about that in this column. I mentioned this very bad habit we Belizeans have, because there are situations in which, if you are someone who is immature or unschooled, I suppose you may be justified in finding humor in Belizean shortcomings. We are a young nation, and as a people we don’t always take things seriously. On Thursday afternoon, April 21, a very, very serious proposition was presented to us by Jimmy Morales, the President of Guatemala, and if you found anything funny about his rhetoric, then you would have been a candidate for the mental hospital.

An open letter for Hurricane Earl Relief funds from Belize corporations
Dear Hon. Prime Minister Dean Barrow; Hon Dr. Carla Barnett, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance I am bringing to your attention a need at the highest level to foster the rebuilding of Belize after Hurricane Earl by including the local large corporations. There is a global effort called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which is a corporate initiative to assess and take responsibility for the company’s effects on environmental and social wellbeing that benefits society. CSR involve setting a good example, which is one of the greatest benefits, in that corporations involved in CSR inspire other organizations, companies and individuals to “up their game” when it comes to social and environmental responsibilities. This in turn encourages further inspiration in the community leading to a more enlightened perspective on how to run one’s business or lead one’s life.

Neri O. Briceño writes Olympic President
I write to you as simply a man, a Belizean and citizen of the world. I come without medals, honors, positions, degrees and titles; just an ordinary man. A man and his nation who are being represented internationally by your organization and the picture I am seeing is not representative of me or the country we all live in. On July 4th, 2016 I wrote to the President of the International Olympic Committee regarding the choosing of Katy Sealy over Kaina D. Martinez to represent Belize in Female Athletics (Track & Field) in Rio 2016. All indications are that this was a totally unfair decision which was not made in the interest of the nation of Belize or in the spirit of the Olympics. I am still convinced that Katy was the wrong choice and my opinion regarding the matter will not change. I will continue to advocate this matter at every level until Olympics representation in Belize is changed so that it reflects Belize, represents Belizeans and works for the promotion of ALL athletes in Belize.

BELIZE’S ALEXANDER THE GREAT: GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!
Alexander Vasquez, the legendary Belizean Cross Country cycling champion of the 1980 Belize Cross Country Cycling Classic, has died. Vasquez, who rode to prominence in winning the most popular Belizean sporting event – the Belize Cross Country, was found dead in his sleep according to family sources in Los Angeles, California where the former Belizean cyclist lived since his migration from Belize in the 1980’s. Belizean Legends wishes to expresses its condolences to the family of Alexander Vasquez, who throughout his life and his struggles have always been a very kind and beautiful brother in the Los Angeles Belizean community where he lived and became an activist at one time in the Belizean organization called, “The Winners.” Yours truly spent some quality time with Vasquez in 2014 while trying to make a documentary on his life as a Belizean Cross Country champion. Though it didn’t materialize, my many conversations with the legendary Alexander were refreshing as he chronicled the highlights of that very race in 1980 when he went against some of the best, including the legendary Kenrick Halliday and won.

COMPARATIVE INTERNET SPEEDS AND PRICING 2016 (Belize vs. Barbados)
I consider this issue of Internet Speeds and Pricing critical for Belize’s development in the educational, business, and global health arenas, among others. Therefore, to me, it is a national issue for which Belizeans must insist on solutions to these bottlenecks. This is not a zero sum game. Utility companies often fail to realize that people use (and pay) more when they get more value for money. According to my reading of this article, Belize pays 10 times as much as Barbados for the same internet speeds (For 15MB Barbados pays $32.50, while Belize pays US$350.44 for 16MB). Additionally, the highest Internet speed available to Belizeans is 16 MB while Barbados enjoys 1G (1000MB)—or almost 70 times faster download speeds. For this (1000MB) download speed Barbados pays US$297.50, which is less than the US$350.44 that Belize pays for speeds almost 70 times slower.

Three charged for robbery at Chef Ainsley
Three men appeared at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court this morning to be charged in connection with the robbery of a popular chef, Ainsley Castro, Sr.,who was held up at gunpoint at his businessplace, located in the Lake Independence area, last Friday, August 12. Kareem Betancourt, 31, a tour guide; Jermaine Wagner, 20 a fisherman, and Lemar Lamb, 18, appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Police charged Wagner and Betancourt with handling stolen goods, while Lamb was charged with burglary and robbery with a firearm of the businessman, popularly known as Chef Ainsley.

Tough times: teachers and public servants consider delay in salary adjustment
Teachers and public officers who were anxiously awaiting the final tier of their three-year salary adjustment package last month—amounting to a 3% salary increase—are being asked to hold off until next April, the start of the next budget year. Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with leaders of the three unions representing them to formally ask them to delay the salary adjustment. Barrow said that the request was made as a consequence of Hurricane Earl, which two weeks ago caused individual property losses of upwards of $15 million and losses to agriculture and tourism of over $100 million. On Monday, Barrow shared the preliminary damage assessment with the members of the Belize National Teachers’ Union, the Public Service Union and the Association of Public Service Senior Managers. “They naturally have to consult their membership, so they are not able to give me an answer,” Barrow told us.

The Reporter

Bus crashes into shop at the terminal
Travelers and a shop owner at the bus terminal in Belize City had to run for their lives on Thursday evening as a Westline Bus drove unexpectedly through the security railing and into a shop. Eye witnesses say the incident happened shortly after 5:00 p.m. when the […]

Faber’s Government-issued SUV driven into the Caribbean Sea
Police are investigating how the 2013 white Prado that the government assigned to Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber got from where he said he left it to where it was later found submerged in the Caribbean Sea Sunday night. Faber told reporters that between 5:30 […]

Mason’s wife gets bail
Melissa Ferguson, common-law wife of accused murderer William “Danny” Mason, is out on bail after being charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Ferguson, a 51-year-old Canadian citizen, got bail of $12,000 and two surities from the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon. As a condition of her bail, […]

Foundation up for new Belize City Centre complete
The structure that will be the old capital’s City Centre is taking shape, with the foundation of the facility now complete. Since the signing of the contract late last year, 477 piles were driven into the earth’s crust. Part of phase one of the project […]

Belize a sponsor in the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards
Belize is sponsoring the overall winner of the 2016 Responsible Tourism Awards. The award ceremony, organized by the organization Responsible Travel, is geared towards organizing tourism initiatives, be they niche to mainstream, in such a way that they preserve respects and benefits destinations and local people. There […]

BECOL donates hurricane relief funds to the Red Cross
The Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL), this week, donated some $200,000 in funding to the Belize Red Cross to assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Earl. Lynn Young, president and CEO of BECOL handed over the cheque to Lilly Bowman, executive director of the […]

IDB donates US$200,000 to Belize for hurricane relief
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, will give the Government of Belize a US $200,000 grant in order to assist hurricane victims. The IDB is giving the grant to support the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) […]

PACT donates $40,000 for relief efforts
The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) made a donation of $40,000 to the Belize Red Cross Society’s disaster relief effort on Thursday morning at the Red Cross office on Gabourel Lane in Belize City. Sympathizing with the thousands of Belizeans who were affected by Hurricane Earl, PACT […]

Eleven-year-old found hanging in his room
An 11-year-old boy was found hanging from the ceiling of his room in Orange Walk Town on Tuesday night. According to what the boy’s uncle told police, he went out and left the 11-year-old home alone along with his four year old brother. When he got home […]

Man Massacred at La Pasidita Bar
Thirty-seven-year-old Ever Miranda, a resident of Duck Run 2 Village, was shot and chopped to death after a dispute with a group of men at La Pasidita Bar near Spanish Lookout on Sunday. According to San Ignacio Police, the dispute was not the ordinary bar fight. Police […]

Two brothers chopped up in Belmopan, one dies
Two brothers from Belmopan were brutally attacked with machetes this week, and one of them died from the incident. Santiago Patt, acting officer commanding at the Belmopan Police Formation, explained that police are seeking three men from the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan, in connection with the […]

Mother-daughter duo charged for assault
A 40-year-old woman along with her 17-year-old daughter were charged for assaulting Shantae Gabourel at the National Song Competition last Saturday at Memorial Park in Belize City. According to Gabourel, she was enjoying the performances at the event when suddenly a fight broke out between her sister and another individual. […]

Three persons charged for Chef Ainsley’s robbery
Police have detained and charged three men for the robbery of popular chef, Ainsley Castro, at gunpoint at his restaurant on La Croix Boulevard last Friday afternoon. According to Castro, the incident occurred sometime around 1:30 p.m. when two men entered the establishment through the gate and […]

Editorial
It was Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, who in a speech dedicating the new Ave Maria School of Law in 2002 rationalized the relationship between law and culture. “Culture,” he said, is the world which people in a given society make, by what they do and why they do […]

Churches plan to appeal Section 53 decision
The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) announced this week that it will meet with other churches in an attempt to challenge the Supreme Court’s ruling to amend Belize’s sodomy laws. Pastor Lance Lewis, president of NEAB, explained that it was the churches’ initial understanding […]

Boy sodomizes brother; Human Development investigates
The Department of Human Services has taken over the custody of an 11-year-¬old boy who was allegedly sodomized by his 16-year-¬old brother last Friday night at their house in Santa Elena town, Cayo. The child is being provided care by the state after the Department […]

Truck flips after high speed collision
A serious traffic collision happened around mile 3 of the George Price Highway around 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, in front of McKoy’s Transmission Repair Shop. According to witnesses on the scene, a black Ford F¬-150 pick-up truck was travelling from the City, when the driver, […]

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BSI employee dies after tragic accident
BSI worker, Ismael Jimenez Jr. has passed away while receiving treatment for his injuries sustained earlier in the afternoon at the BSI compound. Jimenez worked as a mechanic for BELCOGEN. Reports are that he was pinned between two vehicles and sustained severe injuries. He […]

Ryan Rhaburn makes bail on kidnapping charge
After previous issues stymied attempts to charge manager Ryan Rhaburn with kidnapping of Canadian-Belizeans Lloyd Friesen and his wife, police were able to lay charges earlier this week. Today the Crown did not object to Supreme Court Justice Troadio Gonzalez granting Rhaburn, represented by […]

Gay partners in domestic dispute
23 year old Justin Arnold of Sandhill village has been accused of domestic assault on his partner; however, the accuser is a male 16 years older than him and they have been in a committed relationship for six months. It comes after last week […]

VIP: We support Section 53
The political party Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) says it stands in full support of section 53 of Belize’s Criminal Code and still wants the Government of Belize to appeal the decision to strike down the section, despite Government saying it will not. […]

Simone Biles plans Belize vacation
Pint-size Olympian gymnast Simone Biles has told ABC News that she and her teammates are planning to visit Belize on vacation – once she’s gotten back to normal life. “We all want to go on vacation, not just one probably a couple of them. […]

BSI worker rushed to hospital following accident at the sugar mill
A man has been rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital and is expected to be transferred shortly to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City after he was involved in an accident at the BSI factory this afternoon. William Neal, the Communications and Government […]

BPP may expel member in social media fight
The Belize Progressive Party is approaching its first anniversary of formation; but as with any political party there is internal turmoil. In this case, at least one member may face internal discipline up to possible expulsion as a result of alleged misrepresentation of a meeting […]

Citrus Industry loses 16.5 million dollars following Hurricane Earl
The citrus industry in Belize suffered another blow after final estimates have placed losses at 16.5 million dollars due to Hurricane Earl. According to 7 News, the industry stakeholders have asked the government for assistance as losses have left them in need of financial assistance. […]

PUP “respects” all sides of Section 53 debate
After a firm statement from party leader John Briceno that it is not Belizean to hate and be divisive, the People’s United Party has stated that it is trying to see all sides of the heated debate – and not pick a side. Acknowledging […]

Belize continues to receive commendation for section 53 ruling
The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) has indicated its support to the government of Belize for not appealing the section 53 ruling. CVC said that Cabinet has a duty to regard and accept the court as the ‘Guardian of the Constitution of Belize’ and […]

25 for 25: BTL delivers complement of scholarships for students
Belize’s largest scholarship program today delivered another 25 scholarships for students in its 25th year of operation. Executive Chair of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), Anwar Barrow, said that as BTL has evolved in its services, these future leaders have an opportunity to evolve their […]

Fair weather expected to continue
The 24 hour forecast is for sunny skies with a few cloudy spells today and partly cloudy tonight. Showers or thunderstorms will be generally isolated across the country, except in the south where a few more showers or thunderstorms are likely to occur. The […]

Blogs

What to expect from the range of hotels in Placencia, from $25-$700 a night - (an analysis of why hotels charge what they do, here!)
This is a long over-due post! The range of questions I get from potential guests tells me that there is a lot of understandable confusion when it comes to picking the right hotel in another country, where there isn't the AAA-star ratings and basic agreement on expectations of what you get with a certain price. We know what to expect from a Motel 6 vs. a Hilton, and the prices reflect that. When you take the chains out of it, and you are basically dealing with resorts or mom-and-pop places, it is very confusing, and picking a place based on the price you'd pay in the US can lead to expectations that may not be correct. Let's start from the bottom and work our way up... (I would like to note something....if you check out the TripAdvisor reviews for Placencia hotels (don't forget to check the b&b listings and the specialty lodging listings!), you will note something important - they are mostly ALL good! Placencia is known as a clean, tourist-friendly place. ALL the places I mention here, are places I would happily recommend as being clean, safe, and tourist friendly. There are very few if any "bad places" and I don't even know of any!)

Sustainable Development in the Tourism Industry of Belize
When it comes down to Sustainable Development in the Tourism Industry, Brundtland’s statement and beliefs goes in conjunction with the existing tourism focus by our country Belize. In our tourism sector, having a Sustainable Development plan is key and stakeholders must maintain and preserve the existing tourism product in such a way that it does not disrupt the flow of our existing natural resources and their livelihood. This will ensure that future generations can also benefit from it and continue to sustainably manage. Bottom line is that if we use up all the natural resources that are now readily available in the tourism sector, the children and tourists of tomorrow will have fewer resources to enjoy. Why is that important to you and Belize’s tourism industry you may ask? Well here’s how. In the context of international development projects, sustainable development can mean those activities designed not to exceed the socio-ecological capacity of the community to carry on from within. In forestry, sustainable development can mean the harvesting of trees and other forest products at a rate that does not exceed the capacity of the forest to regenerate itself. The same can be said for our ever popular tourism industry. If we use up or exploit all our tourism resources, then there will not be a value based tourism product in the years to come.

International Sourcesizz

Simone Biles Reveals How the ‘Final Five’ Is Going to Celebrate Together
They’ve put in the hard work. Now it’s time for Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and the rest of the Final Five superstar Olympic gymnasts to reap the rewards of their gold-medal success. First priority? They’re going to fit in some hard-earned time off. Biles told ABC News that they’ll go on “a couple” vacations. And there’s one place that’s already on their list. “We all want to go to Belize together and then after that, we’ll probably do family vacations,” she said. Belize isn’t a random choice; Biles is actually a dual citizen of the U.S. and the small Central American country, and has visited many times before. But the Belize Tourism Board went above and beyond during this Olympics, offering to host the whole group after the Games.

Belize PM says no change in 'gender policy' to result from court ruling
The Belize Government says there will be “no gender policy” as a result of a recent ruling by the Supreme Court that overturned the country’s sodomy law, ruling that Section 53 of the Criminal Code which criminalises consenting intercourse between adults of the same sex contravenes the right granted by the Constitution. According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow: “No gender policy will emerge in consequence of the chief justice’s ruling and do or set out some of the things that the churches seem to fear are inevitable consequences. It won’t happen. Nothing will change except, as I said, in this narrow regard." Earlier this month, the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LBGT) activist Caleb Orozco and his United Belize Action Movement (UNIBAM) expressed satisfaction with the ruling by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruling that Section 53 of the Criminal Code contravenes the right granted by the Belize Constitution.

Balloons Blow, Don't Let Them Go!!!
Balloons Blow provides information to educate people about the destructive effects released balloons have on animals, people, and the environment, and strives to inspire and promote an eco-conscious lifestyle. All released balloons, including those falsely marketed as “biodegradable latex,” return to Earth as ugly litter. They kill countless animals and cause dangerous power outages. Balloons are also a waste of Helium, a finite resource. Balloons can travel thousands of miles and pollute the most remote and pristine places.

Belize decision a significant human rights landmark, says UN special envoy
The decision of the government of Belize to accept the judgment of the High Court to decriminalise consensual sexual acts between adults in private has been described as a significant human rights landmark. Dr Edward Greene, United Nations (UN) secretary-general’s special envoy for HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean congratulated the government and parliament of Belize following the judgement last week, which amended Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code. The National Evangelical Association of Belize and the Roman Catholic Church had urged the government to appeal the decision for a number of reasons. “This decision … is as important as the judgment of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin in taking the understanding and application of human rights to a level that recognises the inalienable rights, dignity and respect for all regardless of race, class, gender and sexual orientation,” Greene said.

Videos

  • PACT donates to Belize Red Cross, 2min.

  • Belize Snorkling, 11min.

  • BELIZE // Snorkeling with Sharks & Stingrays [Days 6 & 7], 8min. Hands down my favorite day while visiting Caye Caulker was the time I signed myself up for a snorkeling trip with Raggamuffin Tours. If you're looking for a fun group to go check out the second largest barrier reef in the world with, be sure to go with them! I'll never forget the magic of seeing this underwater world, laughing with strangers who felt like old friends, dancing awkwardly on a rocking boat, and realizing I absolutely love reggae music.

  • Belize Study Abroad 2016, 3min.

  • Mayan Cosmology - Introduction, 1.5min.

  • Welcome To Belize (#Mikey_Mike), 2min. Beautiful Country Of Belize.

  • Belize: Allen's Woodcarvings, 1.5min. There are so many wonderful artisans in Belize. The hardwoods found in the jungle are such beautiful woods and it was a pleasure to be able to watch wood being transformed into a work of art!

  • Belize: I'll Just Have Street Corn, Please, 2min. I've read about street corn. I've seen glorious pictures. I even had my first taste this summer. I'm sure there are different variations to this delicacy, but this one so far is my favorite! I wonder what the secret ingredient is...

  • Belize, 5min. País Caribenho que fica entre a Guatemala e o Mexico, possui a segunda maior costa de corais do mundo! Praias lindas e biodiversidade marinha, perfeito para mergulhos e snorkel... Na ocasião, o vídeo é passado em Belize City e a ilha de Caye Caulker, alem da reserva de Hol Chan!

  • Belize mission trip July 2016, 4min. This summer I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Belize with my church. We spent 5 days in Yo Creek village working wiht a church there, we got to go visit some Mayan ruins in Lamanai, and we spent our last day on the island of Caye Caulker.

  • Lime Caye, 1min. Drone footage

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