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#517390 - 09/07/16 06:25 AM Today's Belize News: September 7, 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

Ambergris Today

Fishy Art Heightens Awareness About Rising Tide of Pollutants
The sea’s deadliest predator is trash! - Every year, it’s estimated that more than three billion pounds of plastics, styrofoam and other pollutants end up in the world’s oceans. Marine debris poses deadly consequences to threatened species like turtles and is often mistaken for food by a wide variety of marine animals, which could pose health implications to humans. Belize’s beaches, cayes and coastlines are not immune to this global problem. While a significant amount of the marine debris that washes ashore floats in from other countries, a disturbing amount of garbage generated here at home does end up in the Caribbean Sea. According the David Matus, Titans Mas Band’s Creative Director, “We’re coming at our theme this year: Secrets of the Sea, from more than one angle. On one hand, there’s beauty and wonder but on the other, there are threats like ocean pollution. We want people to realize that dirty secrets like marine debris negatively impacts the Belize we all depend on.”

Because Every Animal Deserve a Second Chance
Clear the Shelter September - Imagine what our world would be like if there were no homeless animals It happens about this time every year, the shelter and clinic at Saga Humane Society on Ambergris Caye, Belize fills up with unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats. The tourists have left the island and slow season upon us. Pet owners often can't make ends meet and turn to Saga for help. We can't say no; it is our mission to care for the discarded, the unwanted, the neglected and abused homeless animals. The Shelter is full and we need to find loving homes for all the dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. Can you help us Clear The Shelter?

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

(Dedicated to all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Belize's Karl Huesner Hospital in Belize City) What moves me most about my activism for Belize is its survival as a nation and people. And in my last connection to my roots a few weeks ago, it is astonishing how some of the most moving human stories unfolded there without one even being aware that they were about to transpire. Belize and its people is a creature in search of a life. Take a simple thing like heath care that many of us Belizeans take for granted, and for many us who solemnly believe that because we use holistic forms of herbal remedies to stabilize our lives that we are in no need to see a doctor. And since we have never had one root canal, nor one cavity, that we will never ever need to face the mercy of what appears to be Belize's cursed medical institution and its hospitals countrywide.

Bi-national Watershed public awareness campaign
The Bi-national Watershed public awareness campaign is up and running. FCD’s educator presenting posters and other materials to the Chairman of Santa Familia village, Cayo District.

September 15th, 2016 9am to 12noon. The overall objective of this workshop is to equip our clients with knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary to start a business. Through this workshop attendees will be competent individuals with the skills and knowledge to formulate and start their business. FREE OF COST! LOCATION: Beltraide's Conference Room 14 Orchid Garden Street, Belmopan. Includes - Refreshments only.

San Pedrana Teen busted with drugs
On Monday the 5th September, 2016 at 4:35 p.m., Special Branch and CIB personnel intercepted a yellow Mazda Protégé Taxi at the corner of Caribena Street and Barrier Reef Drive, occupied by a female passenger. 19 year old Tracy Betancourt of Bayside Area, San Pedro Town who was sitting in the front passenger side with a brown downy cartoon box in her lap. She was ordered out of the vehicle and the box was searched. It had 4 parcels wrapped in black plastic bag and further wrapped in transparent plastic which was cut open and its contents was consisted to that of Cannabis. Betancourt was escorted at the San Pedro Police Station where the drugs was weighed and amounted to 1,875 grams or 4.13 pounds. She was formally arrested and charged for Drugs Trafficking.

On Sunday the 4th of September 2016 at 9:20 a.m., Special Branch intelligence (a joint team of Special Branch and CIB) visited the Thunder Bolt Dock located in the Saca Chispa Area of San Pedro Town. A black plastic bag containing corn masa was retrieved from off the boat. A search was then conducted within the masa which led to a parcel wrapped in brown plastic tape and green plastic bag. The parcel was cut open which revealed suspected Cannabis also known as 'green leafy like supstance'. As a result the package was taken to the San Pedro Police Station where the drugs was weighed and amounted to 120.9 grams. The drugs was labeled as found property.

Updated September Calendar!
Look for it in this week's newspapers, too.

JOB POSTING! Finance Officer for NICH.

OB POSTING! Museum of Belize (NICH) and Houses of Culture Director.

JOB POSTING! Administrator for NICH.

All of our baby white fronts have finally moved out of their tiny apartment
And into a huge place with the other, older white fronts. 26 wriggly babies were caught, weighed, crated, and moved in one hectic hour. Phew! They were a little unsure at first, but after a few seconds peering out through the crate door in the new enclosure, they were flying off exploring and loving the new space. Not babies anymore, no more hand feeding, and now they are one huge step closer to life in the wild! The fluffy half-bald one is Mary-Kate who we posted about a few months back. We had to separate him from his brother, Ashley, as they were aggressive and tearing out each other's feathers. Mary-Kate can fly and is almost waterproof, so we tried him out in this group and he loves it! No aggression at all, as is almost always the case once a bird has enough space. Unfortunately Ashley is still too naked to join them but he will soon catch up. Love those white-fronts!

Belize Fishing Report, August 27th – September 3rd, 2016
5 Grand Slams… need I say more? Ok, how about 1 boat landed 4 tarpon in a day, another had 25 bonefish. Spectacular fishing. Marina from the UK started the week off with the first tarpon of the week and her first tarpon ever, a nice 30 pounder and she landed 2 more solid fish at 20 and 35 pounds. Marina’s beau, Edd also landed 2 tarpon on the last day and fat 70 pounder and a frisky 10 pounder. John U. landed tarpon, Keelan landed her tarpon, Josh came through with a tarpon that was part of his slam, Mike was successful, Larry landed a real big one, Ken added a tarpon to seal his slam, Peter managed a tarpon to the boat, and Matt and Will both landed tarpon on their slam day.

World Suicide Prevention Day
On World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization invites the public to join us in promoting suicide prevention and demonstrating our joint responsibility to save lives that would otherwise be lost to suicide. In the spirit of this year’s theme - Connect, Communicate, Care - the WSPD flag will be raised on September 9th, 2016 to connect with the Belizean public on the issue of suicide prevention, to communicate with those who need assistance, and to show that we care about this very important issue. Flags will be raised in noticeable places in all districts. In Belize City, a flag raising ceremony will be held at the Battlefield Park on September 9th starting at 9:00 am. The media is especially invited to attend.

Dr. Pepper Scholarships
Deadline- October 17, 2016.

Join us this week at Crazy Canucks to paint Tortuga Beach. Fun Fact: Sea Turtles have been on Earth for more than 100 million years — even surviving the dinosaurs when they became extinct 65 million years ago.

Santa Elena Full Moon Concert
The SISE House of Culture is having a Full Moon Concert and Children's Talent Show at the Santa Elena Basketball Court next Friday, September 16th, as part of the September Celebrations. Thanks, NICH! Happy September! "Mark your calendar..Friday September 16th.. Full Moon Concert at the Santa Elena Basketball Court."

Rotaract Adopt a Village 2016
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio visited students of the Yalbac and La Gracia, and delivered school supplies. Not only that, they have many more to distribute, and they pay the tuition for 34 of the students. Thanks, Rotaract! "Today Rotaract Club of San Ignacio members went out to La Gracia and Yalbac village to deliver bags filled with school supplies for classes from infant 1 to standard 6; the club also pays tuition for all 34 students. We still have 50 additional school bags with school supplies to distribute within this coming month."

Department of Environment Theme Competition
The Department of the Environment is celebrating 25 years, and they are having a theme competition. The winner will get $500. The deadline is September 23rd.

Channel 7

Another Martin's Murder Targets Youth From Gang Neighborhood
Gang warfare has spiked again in the city – and last night, a 21 year old lost his life – apparently just because he came from the wrong neighborhood. Just before 6:30, Nicasio Zuniga better known as DJ General was shot in the head as he walked down Complex Drive. Today I tried to find out why this young aspiring DJ was so ruthlessly executed. Amidst the spirited choir rehearsals, A gunshot rang out on Complex drive in the St. Martins area, killing Nicasio John Zuniga. His blood, smearing the street like a carpet stain. ACP Chester Williams - Regional Commander, Eastern Division South: "Last night or yesterday evening rather sometime around 6:30 pm thereabout, one Nicasio Zuniga was associating in the vicinity of Complex Road in the St. Martins Depores area when he was accosted by two male person on separate bicycles; one of whom was armed with a firearm and fired one shot at him hitting him in the head and subsequently resulted to his death."

Adrian In Dire Condition After Shooting
And about an hour after Zuniga's murder, another young man was shot but he survived. 22 year old Adrian Dyer was hanging out in front of Sunny Side Bakery on Race Course Street last night. 2 men on a motorcycle passed by and one of them shot at Dyer, hitting him in the legs. While Dyer survived the blasts, he is in a critical condition at the KHMH. Today police told us that this was yet another gang related shooting, but we also spoke to one of Dyer's relatives who told us that Adrian is not involved in any gang activity. ACP Chester Williams - Regional Commander, Eastern Division South: "One Adrian Dyer was on Race Course Street Belize City when a motorcycle carrying two persons passed the location where he was and several shots were fired at him some of which made their mark to his leg. He was rushed to the KHMH where he is currently admitted. Last night he went into a state of shock due to the fact that he had lost too much blood. This incident on Race Course Street we have a basic idea who are those persons responsible and we are pursuing them at this time."

Imprint Of A Violent Night Also On Northside
And the last round of gunshots rang out at around 10:15 last night. This time on the northside, on Victoria Street. 19-year-old John Orozco was shot to the right forearm. He was close to home, pushing his bicycle on New Road when he heard shots ring out form nearby and realized that he had been shot. He was admitted to the KHMH in a stable condition – and police haven’t charged anyone.

The DPP And Dorian Pakeman's Blood Sample
In last night's newscast, we told you about the very explosive disclosure from Rural Eastern Police Commander Edward Broaster. Responding to a question from the press, he revealed that Director of the Government Press Office Dorian Pakeman had tested positive for cocaine, which suggests that he was under the influence of that drug when he knocked down and killed 45 year-old Dean Dawson on March 30 of this year. Pakeman is questioning the validity of the test, and he categorically denies the drug use that the positive test result is implying. Yesterday, Broaster told the media that the DPP has the file. So, we spoke to DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal via phone today.

Melissa Ferguson Claims Major Heist At Mason House
You last saw Melissa Ferguson on the news on August 15th – when she got bail for conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Well now the 48 year old is telling Belmopan Police that she is the victim, not the perpetrator of a crime. Ferguson has made a complaint stating that between Friday July 15th when her husband William Danny Mason was arrested for killing Pastor Lou and August 17th – which is shortly after she got bail, their Intelco Hill home was cleaned out! She says that in that one month period, thieves stole an assortment of liquor, clothing, electronic and household and miscellaneous items all to a total of $45,428.00. Belmopan police say they are investigating, but the first thing they have to confirm is the validity of the report. Police say they are trying to establish that the mass theft did take place – since police believe that the couple had people staying in the house during their absence.

Cops Catch "One Ki" In Roaring Creek
But Belmopan police have no doubts about what they found in an abandoned lot in Roaring Creek Village. On Monday morning at 11:30, the Special Branch Tactical Response Squad found a black plastic bag containing four compressed parcels of Cannabis amounting to 947.0 grams – which is just about two pounds. No one was in the area and it was labelled as "Found Property".

"Rumba" Roughed Up The Reef
The Department of the Environment is calculating the damage caused by a US registered pleasure yacht that ran aground the reef near Hatchet Caye on Saturday. The Southern Environmental Association, known as “SEA,” has its Ranger Station nearby on Little Water Caye and Gladden Spit in the Silk Cayes Marine Reserve. That conservation NGO reports that the vessel has been removed by the Belize Port Authority and the Department of the Environment is preparing a formal damage assessment.

Karl Heusner: The Man Behind The Hospital Name
Search the archives of any news site and the name Karl Heusner will probably come up more than any other name – including Dean Barrow, John Briceno and Chester Williams. That's because it's the name of the National Referral Hospital – and in a country with so many traumatic accidents and injuries, the biggest hospital is always in the news! But, if you look behind the name of the hospital to its namesake, you will find probably the most noted medical practitioner in Belize's pre colonial history. Karl Stanislaus Heusner was born to German immigrants on Albert Street in 1872 – in what was then called Ibo-town.

Gina Cherrington Again!
6 weeks ago, we told you about 32 year-old Gina Conorquie Cherrington. She was accused running a housing con on a special constable, and yesterday she was back before the court for a different complaint, on the very same bogus scheme. This time, her accuser was 74 year-old Marion Neal. She reported to police that on July 8, she gave Cherrington payment of $290 toward a house because because Cherrington told her that she was working as part of the Boots Martinez Housing Project. She said that on July 14, she gave Cherrington a second payment of $310, and on August 3, she gave Cherrington a third payment of $125 toward the house. She told police that she became worried because Cherrington had not given her a receipt, and she also did not show her this house she claimed to be able to get on her behalf.

BDF Pilots Acing Helicopter Homework
In last night's newscast, we gave you a small excerpt of our coverage of the BDF helicopter training session. Tonight, we have the full story, including a glowing recommendation by the instructors who are overseeing the training. Daniel Ortiz has that story: Yesterday, we found BDF Captain Mark Babalola in a training flight of one of the BDF Helicopters. His exercises involved hovering the rotorcraft just above the Helipad, and maneuvering it to familiarize himself with the precise knife-edge controls needed to pilot one the military's most prized assets.

GG Sir Colville To Mexico For A First Visit
Governor General Sir Colville Young made his first official visit to Mexico from August 29th to September 2nd. The career teacher gave an audience at the Anahuac University a lecture "Literature of the Caribbean". He also met with more than 30 non-resident Ambassadors from Mexico City to Belize. Both countries celebrate their independence this month, so the visit also recognizes that Mexico was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with Belize on 21st September 1981. Mexico and Belize share a common border of 180 miles, where there are two formal border crossings and countless informal ones.

The Sound Of Patriotism
But the GG surely got back in time to participate in one of his favourite September events: the evening of Patriotic Songs and Poems at the Wesley Methodist Church in Belize City. The event is the creation of Muriel Laing – Arthurs who started it back in 2008 along with Gregory Solis, the Choir Master to the Methodist Combined Choir. The idea behind the program is to breathe fresh life into the patriotic songs of years gone by. And more than just a celebration of classics and patriotic poetry, patrons also get that celebration feel from the organizers who attempt to recreate the old-time September spirit by giving out goodies in paper bags and a drink at the end of the event – which used to happen after the tenth march.

Channel 5

A Murder on Monday Night in Belize City
A twenty-two year old was executed on Monday evening in the unending cycle of violence in the city. Nicasio Zuniga was ambushed by a duo on bicycles on Complex Drive [...]

Family of Nicasio Zuniga Insists He Was Not in Any Gang
Late this afternoon, the family also granted News Five an interview saying that Zuniga was never affiliated with any gang, nor does he have a criminal record. The bullet, according [...]

Shootings Reported on North and Southside Following Murder
There were two other shootings overnight; the first exactly one hour after the execution of Zuniga. Around seven-thirty p.m., shots rang out on Racecourse Street in Belize City. Another youth, [...]

Ladyville Police Now Say Tyrone Davis’ Death Was Accidental, Not Murder
On Monday, we reported that thirty year old Tyrone Davis of Sandhill was murdered, shot in the throat and arm while in a hammock at his home. Police were already [...]

The Intelco Hill Home of Danny Mason and Melissa Ferguson is Burglarized
Melissa Ferguson, out on bail for the attempted conspiracy to commit kidnapping of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas and another, is reporting an alleged burglary at the residence she shared with incarcerated [...]

Press Office Director to Learn Fate from Prime Minister
The fate of Dorian Pakeman as Director of the Government Press Office was the subject of a discussion in Cabinet this morning.  News Five understands that the issue of his [...]

Do You Support a Senate Investigation or Bi-Cameral Investigation?
And tonight’s question is: Do you support a Senate Select Investigation or a Bicameral Investigation? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote [...]

Will Senate or Bi-Cameral Investigation be Undertaken into Latest Immigration Scandal?
At least thirteen U.D.P. ministers and former ministers are being named in the Special Immigration Audit for being involved in irregular practices as it relates to the issuance of passports, [...]

Auditor General Eyes Facilitation of Alleged International Criminals to Obtain Passports
News Five returns tonight to a review of the Office of the Auditor General’s Special Audit Reports on Visas, Nationality and Passports which are now before the House of Representatives [...]

The Curious Case of Floyd Emmanuel Neal, Daniel Rae Morris and Passport P180550
Back in 2013, a Belizean from Camalote appeared to lose his passport and sought to get another one. A typical process – so why is his name in the Immigration [...]

Guatemala Foreign Minister Continues Attack on Independent Julio Alvarado Investigation
As we reported on Monday, the government of Guatemala has flatly rejected the report of two independent experts, commissioned by the O.A.S., on the shooting death of fourteen year old [...]

Guatemala Wants Inter-American Court on Human Rights to Intervene
Guatemala was the first to call for an O.A.S. led investigation and had agreed to the appointment of the experts. But now the tables have turned since the report exonerates [...]

Benque Taxi Associations Protest in Front of Town Council
Five taxi associations in Benque Viejo Del Carmen are protesting a similar initiative by foreign, specifically Guatemalan nationals, to muscle in on their profits. The sixty drivers appeared in front [...]

P.U.P. Gets Ready for Save Belize March on Wednesday
The People’s United Party is hosting a national protest this Wednesday in the city. The party says enough is enough and that the government has been reeling from scandal to [...]

Opposition Wants Belizeans to Petition for Senate Inquiry
The P.U.P. has also organized a petition to have Belizeans sign on or to ask and encourage—either individually or organizations that they belong to—to write their area reps or directly [...]

20th Anniversary of Expo Belize Marketplace
The Belize of Chamber of Commerce’s Expo was held over the weekend at the ITVET in Belize City. The private sector was out in full force offering deals upon deals [...]


More Than Forty Thousand Dollars Stolen From Intelco Hill
Although there is currently no update on the status of the William Mason investigation into the beheading of Pastor Lu and the kidnapping of Canadian businessman Lloyd Friesen and his wife, today there is a report indicating that Mason’s hilltop home was burglarized of more than forty five thousand dollars. 48- year old Melissa Ferguson, the wife of accused murderer and kidnapper, William Danny Mason, reported to Belmopan police that her intelco hill home was burglarized of forty five thousand four hundred and twenty eight dollars in liquor, clothing, electronic, household and miscellaneous items.

Guatemalan Press Mocks Prime Minister Dean Barrow
Following the statement made by Guatemala’s Foreign Minister where he stated that the Government of Guatemala would not be extending an apology to Belize, Guatemala’s leading newspaper, “Prensa Libre” posted a caricature to its Facebook page responding to Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s call for an apology from Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. The cartoon features President Morales holding a garbage can which contains the OAS report on the shooting death of 14-year-old Julio Alvarado with the caption “Aqui esta tu disculpa.” In English “Here is your apology”.

PUP Senators Continue To Push For Select Senate Committee
During last week Wednesday’s special senate meeting the PUP senators proposed to have a Senate select committee to investigate the Auditor General’s report, GOB counter proposed their idea and won to have a bicameral house/ senate select committee, which will have membership of the social partners – but it the majority will come from the ruling UDP. Although their proposed idea did not make it out of the senate, the PUP senators are determined in pushing to have a Senate select committee. During a press conference called yesterday, they explained why. Honorable Michel Chebat - PUP Senator: "How can we have a joint or a bicameral committee when in fact the majority of the persons who would make up that committee would be as a matter of course Ministers who may or not have been named; and I think you have to realise that such a committee, whatever report, whatever they decide would first have to go to cabinet. Can you see a cabinet requiring that one of its Ministers be brought to justice?"

Prime Minister Barrow Meets With Church Leaders, No Agreement Reach
Since the landmark ruling was handed down for the amendment of section 53 which saw the removal of Belize’s long standing sodomy law, the churches have been in complete disarray over the issue. Yesterday Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with the church leaders in an attempt to deflect some of the pressure that's been building up following the section 53 judgment. The churches, first and foremost want GOB to appeal the judgment but furthermore they want the institution of marriage between a man and a woman protected. The Prime Minister walked into the meeting with a range of options, given to him by Cabinet, to propose to the Churches. The meeting which took place at the Headquarters of the Catholic Diocese in Belize City, encompassed the different Church leaders, including the Catholic Bishop, the Anglican Bishop, the President of the Methodist Churches, the Presidents of the two Evangelical Church Associations, and the President of the Alliance of Ministers and Leaders.

Senator Rock Willing To Resign If Necessary
Senator, Ashely Rocke, the senate representative for the churches has been under much scrutiny after Wednesday’s surprising turn of events where he voted against the motion for an independent senate investigation into the nationality and immigration scandal after the churches’ position was seemingly in favor of the motion. The reprisal against Senator Rocke was instantaneous with the Catholic Bishop, Dorrick Wright urging the Belize Association of Evangelical Churches and the other members of the Belize Council of Churches to take steps to remove him. That call for his removal was echoed by the National Evangelical Association of Belize. Following yesterday’s meeting, with P.M Barrow in Belize City the media spoke to senator Rocke, who claims to be willing to step down if it is the wish of those he represents

School Bags Donated To Solomon school
As a part of the annual ‘Back to school drive’ organized by the Friends of the East group here in Orange Walk Town, one hundred school bags were gathered with assistance from the community and were then distributed to students within the area who are in most need of financial assistance. Today, a portion of the remaining school bags were handed over to the administration and staff of the Solomon Seven Day Adventist School who is now tasked with the responsibility of distributing the bags to students whom they believe are in need. Josue Carballo – Former standard bearer, Orange Walk East: “This is a part of a back to school drive that we initiated through a group of friends called Friends of the East, we went on looking for some donations and we got up to a hundred bags to assist students in the area and what we noticed is that schools starts....”

Santa Martha Residence Are Yet To Receive Assistance For Damages Received By Hurricane Earl
A month has passed since Hurricane Earl made landfall in Belize affecting many families and businesses across the country including the agricultural sector which took an enormous hit, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Here in the Orange Walk District, over seventeen families from the village of Santa Martha have been greatly affected by Earl specifically farmers who specialize in the production of plantain as approximately one hundred thousand dollars was recorded in the total amount of losses. In order to seek assistance from the government, a letter was sent to the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO); however, tonight we can tell you that the farmers have not yet received any response from the government. This morning we spoke to former PUP standard bearer of the Orange Walk East, Josue Carballo, who told us that this issue in particular will not be left aside.


A UDP Stronghold Division Protests Wrong Doing
The taxi service industry is one of the biggest if not the biggest revenue earner for families in Benque Viejo del Carmen Town, Cayo District. For the past year, these men and women have been trying to get the attention of the authorities on a concern they have as it relates to their counterparts in […]

Who Made Peter William Dahlstrom a Belizean?
In the PUP’s press conference dated September 5, much issue had been taken on the Belize passport that was issued to the brother-in-law of Kim Simplis-Barrow. PUP Senator, Michel Chebat told the media that the mandatory requirements were not met in the case of Peter William Dahlstrom. This very same matter was taken up in […]

Preventing Suicide through Communication
Figures reflecting the number of suicide incidents that occurred in Belize over the last ten years are not readily available to us but we can tell you that while we make it a point to not cover stories of suicide, we have come across quite a few reports. In just a few days, several countries […]

Taiwan Grants Belize $1.5M Towards E-Governance
Belize has received more monies from the Embassy of the Republic of China on Taiwan; this time towards the bilateral ICT Project that Belize is collaborating with Taiwan on. His Excellency, Ambassador, Benjamin Ho presented a cheque of one hundred and nine US dollars to the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) of the Government of Belize last Friday. It […]

A Granddaughter’s Tribute to Dr Karl Heusner
Dr. Karl Stanislaus Heusner died at the age 88 in 1960 and up to this day, his legacy as a great healer of his time continues to live on. His granddaughter, June Heusner, has authored a book in his memory. The book is titled, “The Life, Times and Legacy of Dr. Karl Stanislaus Heusner” and […]

BDF Takes Media on Fly Over Following Training on the UH-1H
Four BDF officers attached to the Air Wing are currently being trained to fly the two UH-1H helicopters that were donated by the Republic of China (Taiwan). The training began two months ago and yesterday the media was treated to a firsthand look of the training. Our news team was taken for a fly over […]

US Registered Vessel Runs Aground on Belize’s Barrier Reef
A US registered vessel ran aground in Belize waters over the weekend as was confirmed by the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Reports are that the vessel was bound for Big Creek Port in southern Belize after leaving the port of Livingston, Guatemala just after ten o’clock on Friday, September 2, […]

Unidentified and Dead: Fatal Road Incident
A fatal road traffic accident occurred on the Boom Hattieville road this morning. The driver of the vehicle, 39 year old Margendon Conorquie from Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District told Police he saw a person sitting in the middle of the road. Eastern Division police shared the information. EDWARD BROASTER “This morning at […]

Shooter Lay Waits Davis at His Home then Kills Him
Tyrone Davis was lying on his hammock below his home in Sandhill Village on Saturday around four in the afternoon when, Police say a gunman emerged from an overgrown area and shot at him one time, causing his death. Police stated that they found a single twelve gauge expended cartridge on the scene but they […]

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Business owner shot during robbery in Corozal
A businessman was shot to his shoulder during a robbery in the Corozal District. On September 2 , 48-year-old Israel Gomez, business owner of San Andres village, Corozal was shot to his left shoulder. Sometime around 1 o’clock that afternoon, Gomez and his wife were at their business place, Saint Ju...

Four Valley of Peace Farmers detained following robbery
Four persons have been detained pending charges following a robbery onteh Valley of Peace Road in the Cayo District. On Saturday September 3rd, . at 10:30 a.m., police responded to a robbery in progress on the road to Valley of Peace Village. Esdras Gonzales, driver of Casa Pan Dulce Bakery, report...

Shooting Incident in Chiquibul National Park, Belize – UPDATE
The Government of Belize (GOB) has released some follow up information following the shooting incident that took place on 31st August 2016, in Chiquibul National Park in Belize. As we reported last week, a Belize Defence Force (BDF) reconnaissance patrol came under fire within the Chiquibul National...

American-Registered Vessel Grounded on Belize Reef
A civilian vessel which is registered in Delaware, USA was grounded on the Belize barrier reef in the area of Hatchet Caye located east-northeast of Placencia on Saturday afternoon. On board the vessel were three Colombians, four Guatemalans and one American citizen. The vessel reportedly left the ...

San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council employees suspended
Just as Minister Patrick Faber’s submerged vehicle was first featured on Facebook, so now has the vehicle belonging to the Town Council of the Twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Two senior employees of that council are now in hot water after a video surfaced on Facebook showing the two empl...

Castro: no bus stops in Belize for ADO
Minister of State with responsibility for Transport, Edmond Castro, has weighed in on the bus wars between ADO Bus of Mexico and the Belize Bus Owners Cooperative (BBOC). B.B.O.C. has charged that ADO’s new run at 11 a.m. daily, which started on Friday, will take away customers from them. But in spe...

BPP joins in call for Senator Rocke’s resignation
The Belize Progressive Party issued a press release in which it has added its voice in calling for the resignation of Church Senator Ashley Rocke. The release says, “BPP registers its utter disappointment with the decision of Senator Ashley Rocke, who represents the Church, due to his decision to in...


4 late shootings – 1 dead, 2 injured, 1 unharmed
Breaking news tonight is that Nicascio John Zuniga, 21, was gunned down at around 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, on Administrative Drive, located in front of the Charles B. Hyde Complex Building in Lake Independence. According to sources close to the Zuniga family, the victim had just gone to Ying Ying Shop and was making his way back home when he was shot once in the head. Zuniga died almost immediately. It is unclear what mode of transportation his attacker used to flee the crime scene. Community members tonight revealed to Amandala that while Zuniga lived in territory claimed by the Backa Lands Crips (BLC), he was not a troublesome youth.

Carter’s Upholstery yard caught fire
After two loud explosions, the backyard of Carter’s Upholstery, located at the corner of Cemetery Road and Elson Kerr Street, erupted in flames. The fire began sometime around 9:35 tonight, Wednesday, and in the face of great challenge, firefighters managed to get it under control by around 10:20 p.m. When the first fire truck arrived on the scene, it apparently arrived without enough water. A second fire truck was called fifteen minutes later, and it also apparently arrived without enough water. Firefighters subsequently removed the metal grill cover on a manhole in order to access water, but it was apparently dried up.

Cocaine in Press Officer’s blood: ACP Broaster
This morning, at a police press briefing at the Ladyville Police Station, Assistant Commissioner of Police Edward Broaster, who heads the Belize Rural Eastern Division, confirmed that a lab test done on a blood specimen taken from Dorian Pakeman, Director of the Government of Belize Press Office, who was involved in a traffic accident that resulted in one fatality, showed the presence of cocaine. ACP Broaster was responding to a question by Amandala about the police’s investigation of the fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of Gardenia mechanic Dean Dawson, 45. On the night of Thursday, March 31, there was a tragic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway between Miles 22 and 23, in Biscayne Village, when a government vehicle that was being driven by Pakeman, slammed into Gardenia mechanic Dean Dawson, 45, who was riding his bicycle and heading toward Crooked Tree.

PUP plan massive “Save Belize” protest on Wednesday
The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) parliamentarians walked out of the last House of Representatives meeting two weeks ago in solidarity with their Cayo South representative who was clumsily named by the Speaker when he tried to address the House on the blistering Auditor General’s Special Report, which highlighted massive irregularities at the Immigration and Nationality Department. Then last Wednesday, around 1,500 PUP supporters descended on Belmopan in support of the PUP senators who had tabled a motion for a Senate Select Committee to investigate the findings of the Auditor General’s Special Report. The United Democratic Party (UDP) senators, aided by a Church senator, voted against the motion to appoint a Senate Select Committee to investigate the corruption in the department. On Wednesday, the PUP plan to hold the “mother of all demonstrations” in Belize City, where the party has not demonstrated for about twenty years.

PUP senators may seek judicial review against Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse
The three Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) senators, Michel Chebat, Valarie Woods and Paul Thompson, briefed the media this afternoon on the possible option that they will follow in the wake of the voting down of their motion for the appointment of a Senate Select Committee at last Wednesday’s sitting of the Senate. The PUP senators have zeroed in on the nationality certificate that Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse, who is also Leader of Government Business, signed on behalf of the Prime Minister’s wife’s brother-in-law, Peter William Dahlstrom, who, according to the Auditor General in her Special Audit Report, did not qualify for Belizean nationality. Senator Chebat, who is holding over for Senator Eamon Courtenay, said that there are mandatory requirements for a person to qualify for Belizean nationality.

Financial Secretary memo: Stop abusing equipment bought with taxpayers’ money!
On Thursday, a memo from the Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Joseph Waight, addressed to the Cabinet Secretary, chief executive officers, heads of departments and accounting officers regarding the use of government vehicles, was leaked to the media. The memo states, “Government vehicles should be viewed as belonging to the citizens of Belize and are assigned solely for the purposes consistent with providing services to those citizens…” The memo further stated, “We’ve seen cases where authorization forms were not being used by public officers travelling in vehicles after working hours, weekends and public holidays. For the most part they were not doing or providing any service on behalf of the Government to the citizens of Belize.”

In memory of Migale – Berger 404, Belize City Champions 1974-75
The above picture was sent to us some months aback by a football fan, Mr. Lester Arnold of Church Street, Belize City, the uncle of present Amandala printer Kent Brooks. He called it, “Sports from the past – the Mighty Berger 404 from Lake Independence,” and asked if we could “please give some highlights of these powerful guys (smile).” Today, September 5, marks 40 years since the passing of our brother, Michael Hyde, a.k.a. Toupi or Migale, who was a member of that first Berger 404 champion team. Berger 404 repeated as champions in 1975-76, but Migale had already left for Ghana, Africa in the summer of 1975, on a British Government scholarship. (Belize was still a colony, of course.) Migale was an all-around super athletic talent. I recently met Harry “P” Pilgrim at a wedding in Belize City, and he said he is writing something about that memorable 400-meter race that he ran alone against Migale in the inter-secondary schools track meet in the 1960s, which I had recently referred to as 1969.

Wagiya on top at Week 3 of PLB Opening Season
The Premier League of Belize (PLB) Opening Season 2016-2017 tournament completed Week 3 games over the weekend, and the young Wagiya FC team from Dangriga has taken over the lead in the standings, while former leader Placencia Assassins FC suffered their first defeat. (See standings below.) On Saturday, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio, Police United FC registered their first victory of the tournament, as they dealt a 3-1 beating to visiting Freedom Fighters FC from Punta Gorda, all goals coming in the first half. Shaking the net for Police United were Mailson Moura (2’), Devon Makin (30’) and Danny Jiminez (47+’); while Jarren Lambey (18’) scored for Freedom Fighters.

Belize Volleyball Association presents – International Volleyball in Belize, September 24-30, SCA Multipurpose Center
The FIVB Men’s World Championship Qualification Tournament for the region, which was originally scheduled for August, but postponed due to Hurricane Earl, will be held September 24th to 30th at the new SCA Multipurpose Center. Belize will be hosting teams from Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. All seven teams will be competing in a round-robin tournament – 3 matches per day for 7 days; 21 matches of world class volleyball. Teams arrive on September 22nd to start on September 24th. Belize will play El Salvador on the first day at 7:30 p.m. The top 2 teams of this tournament qualify to the continental round, where the top 5 teams go to the World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria.

Belize Bank Bulldogs repeat as BDBA Firms Basketball Champions 2016
After losing game 1 a week ago in the best-of-3 championship series to Infotel, defending champions Belize Bank Bulldogs rebounded this past weekend to take games 2 and 3 on Friday and Saturday nights, and emerge as 2016 champions of the Belize District Basketball Association (BDBA) Firms Tournament. Following the devastation of the Bird’s Isle basketball court by Hurricane Earl on August 3-4, all subsequent games in the BDBA Firms Tournament had been moved to the Belize Elementary School (BES) gym on Mercy Lane. In a high-scoring game 1 of the championship series on Saturday, August 27, Infotel had gained a close 99-97 victory over Belize Bank Bulldogs. But thereafter, the scoring was more restricted, as 80 points was enough for the Bulldogs to claim victory in both games 2 and 3 over the weekend.

Editorial: Hold on tight, beloved
If we were to tell the Auditor General, Mrs. Dorothy Bradley, that the general public of Belize is quite aware that all the vicious personal and professional attacks being launched against her by the ruling United Democratic Party’s (UDP) officials and attack dogs are a cynical function of UDP self-interest, it would likely be of little consolation, if any, to that brave, embattled lady. In a governance system like Belize’s, political power, beneath and outside of all the fancy rhetoric and elaborate ceremony, is fundamentally about entitlement to the use and abuse of public funds. The function of the Auditor General and her department involves the constitutional attempt to monitor and regulate said use and abuse of public funds. The nature of the Auditor General’s job places such an individual in an inevitable line of fire from corrupt administrations.

Dangriga youth complains
Editor Amandala Sir, Today I am here wondering as a youth of Dangriga, amazed daily by the neglect that the town faces from both government and non-government entities. While the country is focusing on the corruption and lack of civility displayed by our government leaders, Dangriga is still neglected and the youth of the community are still suffering. Unemployment is on the rise and the town’s social and cultural integrity is falling apart. The main reason I am writing to this newspaper though is that the town continues to receive the least. While Belize City has multiple state-of-the-art youth facilities, the other Districts have questionable facilities. Dangriga is no different. We might be the worst. We had a small Mennonite wooden structure that housed the Department of Youth Service that became infested by wood lice and was falling apart over the past five years.

Letter to the Editor: Lenient pedophile sentence
Editor Amandala Sir, Over the past months a lot of issues have surfaced in our country that currently have us very divided and in turmoil. While I concede that all of these are very pressing issues, I sincerely believe that there is something much more pressing that everyone is ignoring. The issue I’m talking about is how our legal system continually fails to do its job and bring justice to the people. The most important issue for me is that our Belizean kids continue being molested and raped by men from different countries without any just punishment. The latest one to appear in the newspaper was David Taylor, who forced four young boys into homosexual acts which he also photographed. The punishment handed down to David by the Chief Magistrate was two years. It’s so infuriating to know that a man that has made four boys do unspeakable acts that he photographed and most likely shared with other pedophiles can just get two years as his sentence.

Guatemala petitions OAS over independent investigation into minor’s death near Belize border
The recently appointed ambassador for Guatemala to the Organization of American States (OAS), Gabriel Aguilera Peralta, has written OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, claiming that the recently unveiled investigative report into the death of Guatemalan minor, Julio René Alvarado Ruano, is “incomplete,” according to an article published by La Hora, a Guatemalan news source. Chief Executive Officer in the Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lawrence Sylvester, told Amandala that he knows of no such letter. The investigation in question indicated that the minor, as well as his brother and father who suffered minor injuries, were not shot by the BDF but by weapons which appear to be those carried by the FCD rangers who were part of the patrol that was present at the time of the shooting.

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Nationality by marriage – Is physically living in Belize for one year no longer required?
Can a person qualify for nationality after being married to a Belizean for one year without having lived in Belize? According to former Minister of Immigration, Hon. Godwin Hulse, the answer to this question is yes, as long as the person is “older than […]

Woman shot to death in Orange Walk
BBN has received reports that a woman was murdered in Orange Walk last night. The victim has been identified as Jahida Briceño. According to reports, Briceno was shot and killed somewhere in the vicinity of the Boundary Road. A source told BBN that the […]

Church Senator voted against Senate Inquiry in nation’s best interest
Church Senator Pastor Ashley Rocke says he voted against a motion for a Senate Inquiry into the Auditor General’s Immigration report in the best interest of the nation. According to Rocke’s logic, while he supported the motion for an investigation he was of […]

Hawkesworth Bridge and Macal River Park in San Ignacio gets improved lighting
The Hawkesworth Bridge and the Macal River Park have both benefited from improved lighting courtesy of the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council. Pedestrians had been complaining of poor lighting when crossing the Hawkesworth bridge at night and some residents even considered it […]

Belize: Sovereign & Strong, Together As One – This September and Beyond!
It is only right and just that all Belizean Friends and Friends of Belize at home and abroad come together to celebrate with the greatest gusto Belize’s September Celebrations highlighting The Battle of St. George’s Caye (10th September) and Independence Day (21st September) all […]

SMART Soca or Surrenda Raffle
SMART, the leading most innovative telecommunications company in Belize, is holding a Soca or Surrenda raffle this month. To enter the raffle, SMART users need to send a message to UWIN (8946) and in the body of the message type: WIN. Both winners will […]

Prensa Libre mocks Barrow’s call for an apology
Prensa Libre, Guatemala’s largest newspaper, posted a cartoon to its Facebook page mocking Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s call for an apology from Guatemalan President Jimmy Moralez. The cartoon features Moralez holding a trash can containing the OAS report on the shooting death of 14-year-old […]

Taxi drivers Protest in Benque
This morning over 60 taxi drivers from five taxi associations joined in solidarity, protesting in front of the Benque Viejo Town council. The drivers are protesting because according to them, a Melchor van is being allowed to bring students from Melchor to attend school […]

Belize: Together, The Poor is Wealthier Than The Rich
The Central Bank of Belize annual report for December 31, 2015 shows that the aggregate capital for domestic banks stood at BZ$419.1 million, having increased BZ$39.6 million over 2014. Profitability in terms of Return on Equity (ROE) went from -2.18% in 2014, to +6.23% […]

http://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2016/09/06/45000-household-items-stolen-william-mason-house/More than $45,000 in household items stolen from William Mason’s House
Police in Belmopan are reporting that $45,428.00 in liquor, clothing, electronic, household and miscellaneous items were stolen from William Mason and Melissa Ferguson’s residence in the Mountain View area of Belmopan. Melissa Ferguson reported to police that between 11:00 p.m. on Friday July 15th, […]

Nineteen-year-old shot near Victoria Street
On Monday at about 10:15 p.m, 19-year-old John Orozco was shot in Belize City. According to police reports, Orozco was pushing his bicycle on New Road contrary to the flow of traffic and upon reaching in front of #84 New Road Supermarket, he suddenly […]

Man left in critical condition after being shot
On Monday, September 5th at around 7:30 p.m., Adrian Dyer, 21 years old of George Street in Belize City was shot. According to police reports, Dyer was socializing with a group of male persons in front of #44 Raceourse Street when two male persons […]

Latest murder victim is 22-year-old Nicasio John Zuniga of Belize City
Police in the old capital are reporting that on Monday, September 5, at around 6:22 p.m., they visited Complex Drive, Belize City where they saw 22-year-old Nicasio John Zuniga lying motionless on the street. Zuniga had a gunshot injury to the upper right cheek […]

Orange Walk man involved in fatal traffic accident
Margendon Conorquie, 39, of Carmelita Village, Orange Walk was involved in a bizarre traffic accident yesterday morning as he ran over a man who was sitting in the middle of the road. According to police reports, Conorquie was driving in his white 1990 GMC […]

San Pedro police find 120.9 grams of marijuana in boat
On Sunday, September 4 police in San Pedro Town discovered 120.9 grams of marijuana in a boat. According to police reports, the cannabis was retrieved from a boat that was parked on the Thunder Bolt dock located in the Saca Chispa Area of San […]

PUP to march in Belize City tomorrow
The People’s United Party (PUP) will be holding its “Save Belize Now” march in Belize City tomorrow. The PUP announced the march last week. It will start at the Constitution Park and is expected to begin at 10:00 a.m. PUP Party Leader John Briceno […]

Young woman arrested in San Pedro for drug trafficking
Tracy Betancourt, 19, was arrested yesterday by San Pedro police for drug trafficking. According to police reports, Betancourt was intercepted by a joint team of Special Branch and CIB personnel in a yellow Mazda Protégé four door taxi at the corner of Caribena Street […]

BNTU Benque Branch wants more than salary adjustment
The Benque branch of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) wants more than just a salary adjustment. The branch is also demanding that Prime Minister Dean Barrow appeal Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s ruling on Section 53 of the constitution, a full investigation on the […]

Captive parrot application process closing
The Belize Forest Department issued a press release today informing all citizens that the Captive Wildlife Permit Program for pet parrots will close on October 31. Under the program the department has registered over 300 parrots already.Hundreds of parrots were rehabilitated and returned to […]


How To Find a Job in Belize
I don’t want to be a dream crusher but here is the truth: GETTING EMPLOYMENT IN BELIZE IS NOT EASY. And especially employment that is going to pay all of your bills. Jobs do come up. Not often. They are usually passed along by business owners talking to friends. And why not get your name in the mix for a reliable, ready to work, FLEXIBLE go-getter. It is great that you were a qualified vet technician or a human resources compensation expert…it’s time to be flexible. Opportunities that may come up: Bar or restaurant manager, hotel manager, property management, real estate (though remember that it often is commission based)… I know the idea of moving to Belize is compelling…I’ve felt the pull. But it is extremely hard to get any job…especially well paying job in Belize if you are an immigrant.

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Obituary - Sammy Martinez, football fan and British Honduran forestry worke
British Honduran forestry worker and Hibs fan Born 18th February 1910. Died 24th August 2016. Sam Martinez who has died aged 106 enjoyed a remarkable life which spanned continents and centuries.An enthusiastic Hibs fan for over 70 years, he attracted a lot of attention when he was present as a guest of the club at Hampden Park in May to witness them lift the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902, probably the oldest fan ever to attend the Final. As far as Sam was concerned this was ‘eleventh time lucky,’ as he had previously attended 10 Cup Finals, including replays, without seeing his beloved Hibs win the much coveted trophy. His first had been in 1947 when Aberdeen defeated the Easter Road side 2-1. Brought up in the southern coastal village of Barranco in what is now Belize,he was one of eight brothers and two sisters. He came to Scotland in November 1942 as part of the 800 strong British Honduras Forestry Unit to help in the War effort. In June 1941 the government identified the need for a significant increase in home timber production to reduce reliance on shipping, timber being needed in particular for the coal industry, for pit props and to fire steel production for armaments.

How Belize inherited steelpan music, A lively music that has made Belize its home...
Within the heart of Belize’s melodious amalgamation lies the metallic resonance of the steelpan. This Caribbean instrument was introduced into Belizean culture by the musically-accomplished Dr. The Honorable Lennox A. Pike in 1964, a little over two decades prior to the country’s own Independence from its British Colony in 1981. He would later be honored at the “2012 Pan Yaad Steel Band Concert” for his contribution of steelpan music to Belize, by the National Institute of Culture and History’s President, Ms. Diane Haylock. Now woven into the country’s National September Celebrations, steelpan music continues to be an anticipated feature, particularly at the annual “Pan Yaad Steel Band Concert” , happening at 7:00 p.m., September 9th, 2016 at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City. This grand entertainment of musical perfection offers an electric genre of various local and regional sounds, all in a warm patriotic setting.

Magnum Tours host 3rd travel agent FAM for 9 premier agents
Magnum Tours, a premiere travel agency, recently hosted a six-day FAM for travel agents. Magnum Tours, based in the United States, is a large-scale wholesaler of comprehensive tour packages to Belize. Joining in with the likes of American Airlines, WestJet, and Southwest, Magnum Tours is an industry leader on marketing the beautiful Central American nation of Belize to travelers in North America. The company’s third annual FAM kicked off on Friday, August 5, 2016, as Magnum Belize Tours welcomed nine top flight agents to the country. Lodgings were provided by the beautiful Chaa Creek Lodge in Belize’s western Cayo District. Chaa Creek Lodge owners Mick and Lucy Fleming welcomed the agents with a delicious assortment of cocktails and snacks later followed by a gourmet dinner. The FAM continued with a trip to the nearby Cahal Pech Resort. Afterwards, the group toured the Maya ruins of Cahal Pech which gave the resort its name. A delicious repast was laid out for the group at the Mystic River Resort and delicacies like goat cheese and coconut cheesecake were savored by one and all. The day’s activities continued to Mariposa Jungle Lodge and concluded at Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge where they were hosted for dinner with managing director Erik Lyoth.

THS grad puts engineering skills to work in Belize
Tullahoma native Danielle Kirkpatrick recently returned from Central America where she and a group of students and professors from Tennessee Technological University (TTU) constructed a composting latrine for the village school of San Benito Poite. The village is located in Belize, a nation on the eastern coast of Central America. “The latrine will serve the village school that instructs grades Pre-K through eighth,” said Kirkpatrick, a 2013 graduate of Tullahoma High School. “The latrine that they had was a pit latrine and it was almost full. We thought we could implement a new design of a latrine and the villagers would realize what a better design this was and they could reuse it if properly cared for.” The latrine Kirkpatrick and her fellow students installed will allow the villagers to put the waste collected to good use. “We constructed a composting latrine. With this type of latrine, they can re-use the waste as fertilizer, so they are not just continuously digging holes to make additional latrines.”

Caribbean countries meeting ahead of climate change meeting in Morocco
renada is hosting the CARICOM Climate Change Negotiators and Ministerial preparatory meeting in preparation for the Conference of Parties (COP) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be held in Morocco this year. The three-day conference, which began on Monday, is being attended by representatives from 12 countries as well as the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat. The objectives of the preparatory meeting are to provide ministers and negotiators with a forum to prepare for COP 22 to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco from the 7th to 18th November 2016 and to develop the regional positions for the Caribbean states.


  • Examining the Spanish Archival Records on the Battle of St. George’s Caye, min. Tantalizing hints! In case you missed it, check out this segment from Open Your Eyes: Mr. Giovanni Pinelo and Dr. Abigail McKay provide a preview of the lecture "Examining the Spanish Archival Records on the Battle of St. George’s Caye," presented by the Institute for Social & Cultural Research and the Belize History Association. The segment starts at the 59:00 mark. There are two chances to attend: Bliss Center for Performing Arts, 9:30 am on Wednesday OR and University of Belize in Belmopan at 2:30 pm. FREE! The morning lecture will also air live on Love FM - News and Music Power.

  • Belize Preserving the Yucatec Maya language, 7.5min. A cultural group of the village of Yo Creek(Orange Walk District) have been try hard to preserve the Yucatec Maya language and identity. Today most Yucatec Maya of northern Belize dnt speak there native language but Spanish/English,mostly elders speak the Maya language. The Yo Creek cultural group U Puksi'ik'al Maya(Maya Heart) La academia Maya of Yo Creek have been working to preserve the Maya Yucatec(Masewal) culture,language,traditions,identity and dignity . U Puksi'ik'al President is Mr.Ismael Cal .

  • Maya Children from Yo Creek Village singing the Belize Nation anthem in Maya, 1min. Yo Creek Children of Yucatec Maya descent singing the Belize Nation Anthem in Maya . Yo Creek closing ceremonies of Maya Language classes.

  • Belize Maya Ball team Ek' Balaam, 1.5min. This is the Belizean Pok Ta Pok(Ancient Maya ball game) from the village of Yo Creek(Orange Walk District) name Ek' Balaam(Black Jaguar). Most of the the Villagers of Yo Creek are from Yucatec Maya Descent.

  • Belize National Anthem in Maya Yucatec, 3min. The Yucatec Maya are mostly found in Corozal District,Orange Walk District and Cayo District. Today mostly elders speak the Maya language the younger generation now speak the Spanish/English language. The Belize nation anthem is sung by the Yucatec Maya cultural group U Puksi'ik'al Maya(Maya Heart) from the village of Yo Creek(Orange Walk District). The Yucatec Maya in Belize identify themselves depending on the individual as "Maya, Masewal , Yucatec Maya,Maya Masewal,Indio or Maya-Mestizo" .

  • The belize float on the parkway, 2min. Suga candy mas rep belize good luck ladies

  • Press Conference on Auditor General's report, 53min.

  • Special on the Hummingbird Highway, 4.5min. CNN did a special on the Hummingbird Highway, and all its beauty. it's a few years old, but has been trending in the news lately. St. Herman's Cave and the Blue Hole are shown, as well as Caves Branch Lodge.

  • Scuba diving Belize, 8min.

  • Scuba diving Belize 2, 7min.

  • Barracuda fish prep in Belize, 11min.

  • Drake University - Belize 2016, 17min. An experience abroad in a rural part of Belize can change a life. Here is my attempt at expressing that experience in 17:00 minutes. Enjoy!

  • IS BELIZE ABOUT TO WITNESS THE BEGINNING OF THE BELIZEAN SPRING?, 6min. The Opposition People’s United Party will take to the streets of the old capital tomorrow as it kicks off its “Save Belize” March, in defiance of the Barrow Administration. The demonstrators will gather at the Constitution Park at 9am and walk through the streets of Belize City, along a route that will take them downtown and then to the BTL Park where they will listen to speeches by leaders of the Party. While we will know the results of the Opposition’s initiative tomorrow, with talks of possible protests by the Teacher’s Union, the Evangelical Church leaders and COLA, we ask the question, is this the beginning of the Belizean Spring?

  • Belize, Central America 2016, 18min.

  • Updated Skincare Routine | Belize In You, 3min. Hey Everyone! In today's video, I'll be showing my updated skincare routine using products from Belize In You.

  • 2016 08 Belize Caye Caulker Coral tunnels Half Moon Caye Wall, 3min.

  • Home is Here! Season 1 Episode 3 - Belize, 30min. In this episode we explore the wonder country of Belize with Kerri & Dave.

  • Belize clips, 14min. Scuba diving in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

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