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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
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News Snippets from Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic
Aanother whirlwind week with follow up health checks and x-rays on Central American River Turtles at BFREE in Toledo, check-up on Tamandua patients at Tamandua Refuge and a return to BWRC for Howler Monkey Ivy's check-up with Wildtracks and an emergency surgery on injured baby coati.
Walton Scholarship Opportunity
It is a pleasure to inform everyone that the opportunity is here once again, to apply for the Walton Scholarship:
The Walton International Scholarship Program invites suitably qualified applicants to apply for a scholarship leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in applicant’s chosen field of study. Successful applicants will be awarded a FULL scholarship to attend 1 of 3 universities in Arkansas, USA – Harding University, John Brown University & University of the Ozarks. Deadline: Application packages must be submitted by Monday, October 31, 2016.
Have you heard of Unique Belize?
This program empowers artisans like the the Chiac family of the Toledo District market their handicrafts. Great products for you or to give as gifts!
Punta Gorda was the place to be this weekend
Fish Festival at Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE)!
Watermelon-eating contest, greasy pole, fishing competition and much more!
The Farm House Deli new locations
Over the weekend, owner of The Farm House Deli, Ian Anderson announced the opening of two NEW LOCATIONS for the deli in San Pedro Town and Placencia. The response has been overwhelming great and we look forward to serving you in the near future. Thank you for making both our Farmer's Markets a grand success!
Crave House of Flavors
Crave House of Flavors by Chef Alejandro is one of the best restaurants in Belize. Great food, and wonderful service in a small restaurant. If you haven't eaten there yet, you're missing out. Miss Belize Michelle Nunez, fresh off the plane from Playa del Carmen, had her celebratory dinner there.
Cayo Women’s Conservation Group
FCD applauds the efforts and interest from the women that have created the Cayo Women’s Conservation Group. We pledge to support them on their crafts and cohune oil ideas.
Belize's YLAI participant Stephen Diaz enjoying himself
In Alabama at the U.S. Space & Rocket Centre!
PSU still has no official position on supporting BNTU strike
After a round of membership consultations, the Public Service Union (PSU) has still not taken an official position on whether or not it will support the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) in its strike action against the Government of Belize.
PSU President, Eldred Neal, just concluded a countrywide tour of consultations with the PSU’s membership and some of the sentiments of the branches did not favor strike action; however, the PSU hasn’t come forward to say that it won’t strike.
“We stand against corruption and for many of the things that the teachers are fighting for in principle, but the feeling thus far from the membership is that the situation doesn’t call for strike action at this time,” Neal said, speaking on the results on the meetings with the Orange Walk, Cayo and Belize City branches.
Death toll in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew nears 900; expected to exceed 1,000
The death toll after Hurricane Matthew pummelled island nation, Haiti, stands at almost 900.
Aid is finally beginning to arrive for the affected areas, days after the hurricane cut off communication in some of the hardest-hit towns.
Aid officials have reported that almost 90 percent of some areas of Haiti’s south had been completely destroyed.
Focus is also now being placed on the department of Grand-Anse on the northern tip of Haiti, where the death toll and damage is believed to be highest. If this proves to be true, the death toll is expected to exceed the 1,000 mark since the figures officials have provided so far do not include Grand-Anse or other nearby areas.
World Bank offers funding for climate change projects
The World Bank is offering funding for entrepreneurs developing climate change technology. It is doing so through its Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC).
The program will fund projects which address climate change issues in areas such as energy, water, agriculture, transport, among others, that will either help countries adapt to, or minimize the effects of climate change.
To help prepare candidates for receive funding, the Bank is working with participants in the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center’s (CCIC) Boot Camp and Accelerator programmes, which are part of the EPIC. Those participants will be among those to receive funding.
Breaking Belize News
Haiti death toll soars to 1,000 from Hurricane Matthew
A government official said on Sunday that Haiti has started to bury some of its dead in mass graves in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. In the devastated southwest of Haiti, cholera has spread and the death toll has now risen to 1,000 Haitians. This […]
Belize celebrates Pan American Day
Annually, October 12 is a public and bank holiday. It was originally known as Columbus day. Today, commemorated as Pan American day, it is a celebration of the migrations of the Mestizos and indigenous cultural groups from the Yucatan into Belize, creating the country we […]
BNTU: We will not fall for “divide and conquer”
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has accused the Belize National Teachers’ Union of insisting on strike action without properly consulting with Government on their eight-point agenda. To that end, he has sought to meet with the umbrella National Trade Union Congress of Belize, of which the BNTU […]
Police confirm murder in Belmopan
Belmopan police have confirmed that a man was murdered on Sunday night in the capital. Police have identified the individual as one Ashley Justin Clarke and said that he died from trauma to the head. No other details have been provided and police investigations continue. […]
You Know You Live on Ambergris Caye, Belize When…
Moving to Belize over nine years ago was an amazing thing. I’ve had the chance to immerse myself in a new culture, new music, new languages (Spanish, Kriol, Maya, Garifuna – depending on which part of the country you are in) and piles and piles of delicious Belizean food.
To learn how to shop different, walk or hitchhike everywhere and drive a golf cart, fly or take a boat when I want to travel to the city and so many more things.
Life slows down and changes when you adapt to life in Belize. That adaption is not without its tribulations. (15 Things No One Told You About Moving to Belize.)
But you know that you have arrived, I think, when start doing the following:
How I became a Millionaire on World Smile Day
I love October for countless reasons, but one just jumped to the top of the list. Every year on World Smile Day we are called to “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile”.
Did you know that this movement was initiated by the creator of the smiley face, Harvey Ball? It brings a sense of comfort to know you did something nice for someone. Still, in my home our values call on us to do this on a daily basis. I don’t go to bed happy at night if I didn’t make at least one person smile throughout the day. So what makes World Smile Day any different, right?
This year I decided to change things up a bit. I needed to make as many people smile as possible! In this heat I could only think of paletas! You may know them as popsicles. In our town the local ice-cream shoppe has been making them in different flavors, with real fruit, with or without milk, since as far back as I can remember. It’s like ice-cream on a stick and sure to make children of all ages smile.
Visit Belize for the Price of a Postage Stamp
The Belize Tourism Board is celebrating World Post Day with a special program: People who send a postcard to the Belize Tourism Board will not only receive a missive in return from a Belizean pen pal, but they’ll also be entered to win a trip for two to Belize.
“We know travelers are very curious about Belize,” said Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism at the Belize Tourism Board. “So we want to connect them directly with warm and friendly Belizeans who know this country best.”
In order to be entered in the contest, send a postcard anytime between now and Nov. 9th to the following address: Belize Tourism Board, Attn. World Post Day, P.O. Box 325, Belize City, Belize. A random winner will be selected Nov. 23rd and will be notified via a mailed postcard.
Click here for the contest’s official rules.
Putting a pricetag on conservation
As habitat loss, climate change and human intervention continue to threaten our species, conservation takes on an increasingly important role. But that comes at a price. Just how high is it?
The Chiquibul Jungle in Belize is regarded as a national treasure, but biodiversity in the vast wooded area bordering Guatemala is a complex thing. Conservation projects, including for imposing species such as the scarlet macaw or the jaguar - as well as the deployment of armed rangers to protect against poaching -are expensive. So exactly how much does Belize have to pay for wildlife protection, and where does the money come from?
A film by Katja Döhne. Project goal: Biofin wants to find out how much it costs to protect biodiversity in Belize. Efforts are also underway to find possible alternative financing.
Project implementation: Hannah St. Luce Martinez is country coordinator for Biofin in Belize and has been charged with establishing how much financing is needed where to protect biodiversity.
Project size: The whole of Belize. The Chiquibul Jungle, with its 1,700 square kilometers of forest, is one of the main areas of implementation.
Biodiversity: The Chiquibul Jungle is considered one of the most biodiverse areas in Belize.
The Magician known as Spider doing his thing for us at Chon Saan Palace, 1min. The magicians are in Belize for the big Rotary Club Magic Show.
Snake Pit Belize 2016 diving, 12min. Belize 2016 diving in the "snake Pit". Moray eel takes a liking to my lens.
Belize Mixology's Love FM interview., 4in. Interview during certificate ceremonies on October 4th at BTEC.
Belgium's Christian Benteke sets World Cup goal record in 7 seconds, 1min. Belgium's Christian Benteke set a record for the fastest goal in a World Cup match -- either qualifying or the finals -- when he scored after 7 seconds against Gibraltar on Monday.
The goal broke the previous fastest mark of 8.3 seconds set by San Marino's Davide Gualtieri against England in a qualifier in 1993.
Benteke's feat was even more impressive because Gibraltar started with the ball in the centre circle.
We Believe in Belize Documentary, 8.5min. Find out the story behind the song "We Believe in Belize' in this short documentary about the creation and the reasoning behind the song. There are short interviews with Alida Sharp, Kudzae, Mervin Budram, and David Smith.
"R&H Media caught up with team Roots & Honor and got their story behind 'We Believe in Belize' single release in 2015. We Believe was originally submitted to Love FM's raise the flag and win with Love song competition however the song has gone one to champion a greater sense of patriotism and love Belize."
Fresh Drop Sundaes, 3.5min. St. Andrew's youth group competes to see which team can prepare the best ice cream sundae ... in their teammate's mouth ... while dropping in the fixin's from a height!
Lobster tail Burrito in Belize, 1min. Enjoying some lobster tail burrito on San Pedro Island Belize.
HD video Barracuda fishing Belize, 1min. Northeast of Ranguana Cay just off the reef, fishing for Barracuda.