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#518226 - 10/12/16 06:31 AM Today's Belize News: October 12, 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

San Pedro Teachers and students march in support of the BNTU
Speaking to The San Pedro Sun about the campaign on the island was SPHS teacher and Staff Representative for the BNTU, Areli Reyes. She indicated that the initiative is not just to join the movement that is taking place countrywide, but to educate the local island population on how important the issue is. “We want the residents on the island to be aware of the situation and have a better understanding. They might be just listening to rumours, or hearing about topic on the social media or TV, but again they might not really know what the real issue is,” said Reyes. “We will be going around visiting different establishments informing everyone what the BNTU movement is all about and what we are demanding.” The Government of Belize sent out a letter on Friday, October 7th, formally requesting BNTU’s President Luke Palacio to return to the negotiating table. It was emphasized in the letter that the Government remains immediately ready to further discuss the good governance agenda and the other issues BNTU has been complaining about.

Missing Person: Naisy Naiady Chi
The San Pedro Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 21-year-old Naisy Naiady Chi. She was reported missing by her mother, Norma Rodriguez, on Sunday, October 9th. According to the police report, Rodriguez, resident of Marina Drive in the DFC area, reported that she had not seen or heard of Chi for two days. She also reported that she last saw her daughter around 7AM before she went to work on Friday, October 7th. Chi’s best friend informed Rodriguez that she, along with Chi, and another friend went out on Friday night, October 8th to a nightclub. Naisy Naiady Chi is of Hispanic descent, slim built and is five foot and two inches in height. Anyone who sees Chi or knows of her whereabouts is asked to call Police immediately at 206-2206 or call 911.

Ambergris Today

25 Years Ago - I Bet You Did Not Know This About Conch
The only thing the San Pedranos and visitors of today know about conch is conch ceviche. However, here are several things you should know that only the older San Pedranos know. There was a time that when conch was so abundant that you could pick up enough of them right along the beach at knee-deep distance for lunch or supper. If you swam out about 300 feet out into the deep, you could load a dory with some 100 conch in one hour's time. At that time there were no restrictions on the size of conch, but the islanders never, ever captured small ones because of their abundance. One more thing, conch was very seldom used for ceviche. It was the main ingredient for conch soup, conch chowder, conch fritters which were dishes of the main menu.

Belize Vacation Give-Away on a Postage Stamp
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is celebrating World Post Day by giving away a vacation to Belize. October 9, marked World Post Day and the BTB is inviting people from all over the world to send them a postcard. In return, the BTB will not only reply with a postcard from Belize, but will also enter you in a raffle 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.”

Belize Red Cross Relief for Haiti
Hurricane Matthew has made its mark by being the only hurricane to not lose its force winds even after hitting land. Many Caribbean countries such as Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, and Bahamas have been affected by the storm. To give a helping hand to our Caribbean brothers and sisters in Haiti whom have seem to lost about 800 lives and having thousands affected and losing everything, The Belize Red Cross announced that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies have launched an emergency appeal for $6.9 million to provide medical, shelter, water and sanitation assistance to 50,000 people ravaged by the storm in the southwest portion of Haiti.

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Island Magic Beach Resort in Caye Caulker seeks a qualified FRONT DESK employee
Shifts will be 6am to 3pm some weeks and 2:00pm to 10:00pm some weeks. Key Requirements: Strong interpersonal skills Strong administrative skills High level of professionalism Effective in decision making Flexible schedule Task-driven individual To Apply: Please inbox Alina Saldivar to set up an interview

Caye Caulker Destination Launch
Thursday Oct. 13th, Allan Chan Conference Room

Predusk rush at the Corozal Santa Elena border
Just before nightfall yesterday, thousands of Belizeans returned home after their long Pan American Day holiday weekend across the Mexico border. Many Belizeans took advantage of Mexico's Riviera Maya slow season promotions in the all-inclusive resorts. Others ventured in the smaller destinations like Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and Mahahual. We ran into many Belizeans who took the short trip to Chetumal just for food, beverage, shopping and lots of fun. We hope everyone had fun and that your return across our Santa Elena, Belize border was hassle free.

Belize Fishing Report: Oct 1- Oct 8, 2016
A good solid week of fishing here at El Pescador. With the weather so calm it felt hotter than it was. The fishing gets a little tougher as well as the fish can sense the pressure wave coming off the boat. You could see a tail or a roll a mile away but it gets harder to get close undetected at the same time.

BHA attends Expodestinos 2016 in Mexico City
As a follow-up to last months FAM trip, the Embassy of Belize in Mexico invited the Belize Hotel Association and the Belize Tourism Board to promote Belize in their booth at the ExpoDestinos Mexico 2016 show, that was held in Mexico City on October 1 and 2, 2016. The Belize Hotel Association was represented by its Marketing Director Ms. Tessie Tonaco and the Belize Tourism Board was represented by Ms. Althea Sebastian-Travel Trade Officer and Ms. Jana Puga- Media & Public Relations Officer. ExpoDestinos Mexico 2016 , an annual consumer show, attracted more than 15000 attendees who were looking for vacation destinations and packages for their next holidays. The Belize booth was abuzz with visitors who were very interested in our destination, and inquiring about hotels and transportation options. Their proximity to Belize, and the possibility to receive packages and information directly from our BHA members, made it a very viable option for their next vacations. In addition, one of the travel agents who was in Belize on the FAM trip last month, Ms. Fernanda Marquez of TravelStore, visited us on Sunday October 2.

The International Tourism and Travel Show- ITTS Montreal
Held on October 21-23 at the Place Bonaventure, Montreal Canada. This three day consumer show welcomes up to 400 exhibitors and partners each year who meet with over 30,000 targeted visitors that have both the desire and the means to travel. The BHA has participated in the ITTS Montreal event in previous years, and it has proven to be a very successful show. In addition, the BHA has a vested interest in gaining a strong foothold in the Canadian market following the announcement of the new WESTJET flights direct from Canada to Belize, that will commence this October .

PM Writes BNTU and Sets Meeting Date
In a letter dated today, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow wrote to the BNTU President formally requesting BNTU to return to the negotiating table

e BTB reports that since June of last year, the number of tourists coming to Belize has been steadily increasing. This September saw a dramatic 26.9% increase in tourists compared to September 2015. So far this year, the number of overnight tourists has increased 16.4% compared to last year, and despite fewer cruise ships coming to Belize since Hurricane Earl, even that sector saw a 1.3% increase.

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
Everyone's invited! Let's spread awareness on breast cancer! All proceeds of this event will go towards the San Pedro Cancer Society. You can either walk or run! Check out the cool items from the Pink Package! (water bottle, tshirt and a cap + registration included!)

Belize Branch BNTU
Calling all Belize Branch teachers. We assemble at headquarters at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for a day of solidarity. Bring your markers, bristol board and other chart making paraphernalia. Also we get updated on meeting date with PM.

USSOUTHCOM Commander in Belize
On September 28th and 29th, U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) Commander, Admiral Kurt Tidd (third from left), came to Belize to meet with senior military and political officials of Belize, including Prime Minister Dean Barrow.

Ms. Asia Gilharry represents Belize in Trinidad & Tobago in the Ms. East Indian Pageant for the Caribbean
COEICH wishes Ms. Asia Gilharry all the best as she represents Belize in Trinidad & Tobago in the Ms. East Indian Pageant for the Caribbean. Thanks to the National Council of Indian Culture in Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Arun Hochandani, Mr. Surujdeo Mangaroo, & Corozal Community College for supporting this cultural event. The pageant takes place on October 27, 2016.

The BCCI (Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry) issue statement to the Government of Belize
will be proposed and voted on. Both resolutions seek for a one day shut down if certain demands are not met by the Barrow Administration. BCCI is the largest private sector membership based organization in Belize and according to its website it represents approximately 316 businesses across the country. BCCI's primary objectives are to foster the economic growth and social well being of the nation through the free enterprise system at all levels, by promoting and protecting, both nationally and internationally, commerce, and all sectors of industry which includes agri-business, tourism and manufacturing, the professions and the trades;To continually strive to enhance the Chamber's ability to better serve its members whilst operating as a self-sustaining, non-profit, non-political organization.

Ecumenical Service and Candle Light Vigil in Corozal
BNTU Corozal Town Branch is inviting all Corozaleños to an Ecumenical Service and Candle Light Vigil to be held tomorrow Wednesday, October 12th at 5:30 P.M. The Candle Light Vigil will begin at Miami Beach in front of St. Paul's Anglican School and will end at the Central Park. Parents, teachers, students, youth, and everyone who loves this community is invited to join.

Teachers in Corozal
While protesters in Belize City this morning, agitated against the teachers for maintaining their standoff, teachers from our Corozal Community engaged in various civic activities, including assisting the Belize Red Cross, Corozal Town Library and picking up garbage off our streets, playgrounds and parks. For this, we share our deep appreciation to our beloved Corozal teachers and volunteers who came out, despite the rainy weather. We caught up with this group of teachers at the Corozal Round House, cleaning the beach and surrounding areas, while other groups were working in different areas at the same time. Keep up the struggle, we stand shoulder to shoulder with your call for righteousness, good governance and salary adjustment.

Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association works with youthhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1808737352675965&id=1425967307619640
The Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture holds seminar on Capacity Building measures by engaging the youth through agrobusiness. Congratulations to all the participants and the CSCPA for empowering our youth.

Intermagia Magic Tour 2016
The 2016 Intermagia Magic Shows are this weekend, at the Octavia Waight Centre. There are 3 shows on Saturday and Sunday, and a special adults only dinner show this Friday. Proceeds go towards local Rotary projects. "If you missed it last year.....you should make plans to get to the shows this year. There are eight new International Magicians for the show this year! Coming from as far away as Chili for this around the world tour, some of these entertainers have performed in Las Vegas. It is an truly entertaining and thrilling show! There will be three (3) Family Shows with Matinees on Saturday and Sunday October 15th and 16th. It's a full two hours of laughter and amazingly fun family entertainment! Rotary Club of San Ignacio has gone so much further this year......in presenting an "INTERNAGIA DINNER SHOW" which is for Adults Only on Friday October 14th starting at 7 p.m."

Cayo Art Festival 2016 Call
The SISE House of Culture is calling all local artists for the Cayo Art Festival. They are looking for arts and crafts to be on display at the festival, which will be on Saturday, December 3rd, at the Cayo Welcome Center. Contact the SISE HoC at 824-0783 for more information.

San Jose Nuevo Palmar Cultural Fiesta
Our Weekend getaway at San Jose Nuevo Palmar Cultural Fiesta - Benque Marimba Youths, Los Hijos Del West. We thanks the Chair Lady Mrs. Isabella Chi and the community for a warm Northern Love and appreciation towards this richful cultural exchange with the support of our Minister of Culture, Youths & Sports Hon. Elodio Aragon.

by Bilal Morris. When the words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King comes back to haunt many of us human beings across this globe that, "silence is betrayal", we begin to find our bearings that the challenge to resist wrong no matter where it is, is to stand on the side of the poor, the oppressed, and dispossessed in any society including Belize. And as Dr. King would say, "injustice anywhere, is injustice everywhere." The present struggle of resistance by Belize's National Teachers Union, (B.N.T.U), against the Barrow administration and the stream of corruption that has engulfed the Belizean nation state over the three terms of its government has now began to weaken the bonds of what once appeared to be a strong mandate for good governance. It has began to become a show of declining confidence exemplified by the backbone of the Belizean electorate, a strong union that is an amalgamation of teachers, civil society, and the underserved people of Belizean society.

TIDE Fish Festival 2016
Celebrating the conservation efforts happening in Southern Belize!

A Belizean Kriol Krismos Bram
December 15 – December 17 at Battle Field Park. Creating a wiillingness to protect and preserve our history and culture through music, dancing, story telling, traditional games, food and drinks.

The Belize Creole Brokdong Project
Battle Field Park December 15th to 17th, 2016. A Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project Initiative. Creating a willingness to preserve and protect our history and culture through music, dancing, and singing.

Belize City History and Social Studies Competition
Thursday, November 3 at 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Bliss Center for Performing Arts. A Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project Initiative to create awareness and willingness to preserve and protect our history and culture among our youths.

Channel 7

Teachers Carry On With Strike, Bolstered by Caribbean Union of Teachers
The countrywide strike by the Belize National teachers Union continued today affecting all church managed and government schools. Thousands of teachers stayed out of the classroom for the fifth day of their strike, and tens of thousands of school children in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions stayed home – as the strike went into its fifth day. And the news tonight is that it's going into day six. That's right, this evening at the BNTU's national headquarters the Belize District President delivered the announcement:… Kathleen Flowers - President, Belize Branch, BNTU: "Today's meeting directed them to continue the strike action. The strike continues into Wednesday and we do day by day activities and so because we know we have parents we have students, we have the committee at large that supporting us. We are saying to them we appreciate your support, we love having you on board with us and we ask you to stay the course with us because this strike action is all in the good of our nation."

Luke Lambastes PM For NTUCB Suggestion; PM Proposes Thursday Meeting
And while that was the message today – on Friday the teachers said they would only go back to the table if the Prime Minister wrote them a formal letter asking them to come back. That he did; by 6:00 pm on Friday, the Prime Minister had sent the BNTU a letter. In that letter he asked the BNTU to come back, but under the umbrella of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize – which is also pursuing the good governance agenda. Well, the BNTU has rejected that, and they want to continue their fight for good governance on their own. To address it directly, the President recorded his own statement over the weekend in which he stated clearly why they aren't prepared to dialog as part of the NTUCB. It appears to be a direct stinging criticism of the NTUCB when, in that message, he notes that the Prime Minister is trying disarm them. Palacio says, that the Prime Minister, has, quote, "sought home court advantage by kicking the ball into a new playing field, where he hopes it will have a softer landing"

Noble Brothers Protest Teachers
And brothers Fortunato and Alfonso Noble, and Allan Kelly aren't waiting for that meeting; today they went to picket in front of the BNTU Belize City Branch Office. They picketed the BNTU to say that they are not happy that their children have been forced to stay home due to this strike. We stopped by the 3-man protest to hear directly about that stance, and here's what they had to say: Alfonso Noble - Protester: "I have 3 children, my daughter, my oldest is in 6th form, my son is 2nd form at St. John's College and my middle child is in St. Catherine's Academy in 3rd form. Now 6th form my daughter has classes off and on meaning that some classes are held and some are not but by and large she is not in a regular class setting meaning that you go from one class period to another; so basically classes are interrupted. St. John's College, I dropped off my son at school this morning but I doubt they are having classes meaning they are just sitting in the classroom idling doing nothing."

PUP Says Senate Committee "Bogus"
So, while the Noble brothers and the Allan Kelly were out to tell the teachers that their continued strike is bogus, the PUP was also condemning the Government. They say that the Senate probe that is to look into the Immigration Reports from the Auditor General will be one big fiasco. They released a statement which says, quote, "The PUP is satisfied that the motion in the Senate on September 30th 2016 is invalid for the reasons: The Hon Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration voted on the motion when he should have abstained since his involvement in the scandals is a blatant conflict of interest. Minister Hulse's participation in that Senate meeting was unconstitutional as he violated Section 121 of the Belize Constitution. The motion presented by Senator Ashley Rocke was indeed a motion of the Government and was an attempt to deceive the Belizean people and the Senate, that it was a private member's motion. The motion was bogus; the voting was bogus; and the inquiry will be bogus." End quote. This evening, we spoke with PUP Senator Valerie Woods about it, and here's what she had to say:

Hulse Calls PUP Release "Mischief"
So the PUP have focused in on as UDP Senator Godwin Hulse as two of the three reasons why the motion passed by the Senate on September 30th is invalid. They say Hulse shouldn't have voted on the motion since his involvement makes it a conflict of interest, and, two, that Hulse's participation in that Senate meeting was unconstitutional as he violated Section 121 of the Belize Constitution. And what does Hulse have to say about that? He calls it pure mischief:. Hon. Godwin Hulse - Leader of Government Business in Senate: "Political mischief nothing more, nothing less; I am appalled that her majesty's loyal opposition who would form the next government will demean the workings of such a high institution as the Senate in which they serve. How on earth can you suggest that a motion that comes before the Senate that is properly debated, that is voted upon is a bogus motion when all the terms comply with the requirements of the constitution Section 61A. How can you be so abject, downright mean as to suggest that an officer of the Senate in the person of Reverend Senator Ashley Rocke who presented the motion that his presentation was bogus."

Hulse Says Chamber Out Of Line
And Senator Hulse also had a few choice words for his former colleagues at the Chamber of Commerce. He rose to national prominence as a senator for the business community – and he was a former president. But now the chamber is saying the same thing as the opposition: that the Senate Select Committee is bogus. And the chamber says that if they can't get it re-constituted, they're going on a one-day national business shutdown. The Chamber will meet tomorrow to decide on that but Hulse says that they too have it all wrong:… Hon. Godwin Hulse - Leader of Government Business in Senate: "I am appalled and surprised at the chamber. This august body on which I serve for many years and held together with some esteemed colleagues to bring it back to an institution of prominence from its dilapidated state in 1994. I was its president and past president; in 2005 and 2007 we went on the streets...."

Chamber Writes To Institute of Accountants
And the Chamber says is also threatening to strike if government doesn’t make immediate breakthroughs on key governance issues, such as the appointment of the 13th senator and the activation of an integrity commission. Of course, as the Chamber well knows, there’s been trouble finding an accountant to serve on the Commission because he or she would have to become a politically exposed person – with the requirement to disclose all their sources of income, among other things. The government hasn’t been able to find one for years, and now the Chamber of Commerce has turned to the place you’d think anyone looking for an accountant would turn to in the first place; that’s the Institute of Chartered accountants. A letter dated Thursday, October 6th asks the president of the institute in suggesting possible candidates to serve on the integrity commission. Those names will be forwarded to the Prime Minister – who – the letter notes can either choose to accept or reject them.

Young Man Killed In Capital
There were 3 murders over the long weekend, two in the west and one in the south. We start off with the murder of a 22 year old man in Belmopan. Ashley Clarke was out with Friends on Friday night but he never returned home. His family and friends went looking for him and found his decomposed body thrown behind a rundown motel on Sunday afternoon at 12:00. Courtney Weatherburne has more on this brutal murder. Darlene Clarke crumbles in grief as she tries to figure out why anyone would want her ‘Ash' dead. Her two nieces sit next to her to comfort her but they too are powerless to make the pain go away. Clarke was last seen on Friday night. He was hanging out here at the market with his friends, taking a few drinks. They then left after 10:30 and went to end their night out at this bar but when it closed at 12:00, they still were not ready to go home. Clarke and his crew then left the bar and met up here at this sign post to figure out how they will buy more liquor. That's when another friend on a motorcycle passed by and gave Clarke a ride.

Homeless Man Murdered in San Ignacio
And from a merciless bludgeoning of a youth to a senseless stabbing of a homeless man in San Ignacio. Early Saturday morning around 5:45 police found Benjamin Gomez’s body splayed on the bench at a bus stop on Joseph Andrews Drive. Gomez had been stabbed several times to the neck. Police are still trying to figure out what happened because they say there is no evidence to suggest that he was in a fight.

Man Murdered In South
Independence police are also trying to solve the murder of 21 year old Bella Vista villager Edilsar Mendez. He was found in a house in the village with injuries to his face and cut wounds to his throat. Police have one person detained for questioning.

Child Burn Victims Receiving Treatment
Last Friday, two young children were airlifted to Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas after receiving major burn wounds to 90% of their bodies. Since then, the children, Ian and Empress, have been getting treatment for infections, surgery to replace their damaged skin, and dialysis while their kidneys recover from the burns. While nothing is for certain, the doctors at Shriners are reaming optimistic about the children's chances. And while Ian and Empress are getting the best treatment possible, they will have to receive treatment for their wounds for the rest of their lives, and donations are needed. Donations can be made to the Burn Victim's Mercy Fund at Belize Bank account 695-01-1-52111.

Brothers Shot In City, One To Head
A man is in critical condition at the KHMH after being shot in the head on Friday night. It happened at the corner of Raccoon and seagull streets, just two blocks from the police station. Brothers 23 year old Angel and 27 year old Florentino Ruiz were both shot by a lone gunman. Angel was shot to the chest and shoulder and Florentino was shot to the head. Today a relative – who lives with them told us what happened - but asked to appear off camera:… Voice of Family Member - Shooting Victim: "So when that person come close he took out his gun and fire shots at Angel and I think that when the shot catch Angel then it catch Florentino. I was inside when I hear 3 shot, everybody run outside and when we see that my brother is on floor it was done too late for me to help him to see who shot him so we don't know yet." Reporter: "Did Angel or Florentino have anybody who might want to hurt them?" Voice of Family Member - Shooting Victim: "No ma'am we no have no problem with nobody, we da person like we stay here; you see everybody works but we don't have no problem with no body, we no know why that person come and do that to our brother in law."

Off Duty Cop, Soldier Shot On Friday Night
That wasn't the only shooting on Friday night; one hour later Southside police would be responding to a shooting – and the victim was one of their own along with a BDF soldier – both of whom were off duty socializing. ACP Chester Williams gave us the rundown on both incidents – starting with the condition of brothers Florentino and Angel:.. ACP Chester Williams - Commander, Southside: "One was shot to the head and the other one was shot in the lower part of the body. They were taken to the KHMH where they are both admitted, one brother is in a stable condition and the other one is in a critical condition. About an hour thereafter information was received again of shots being fired in the area of Electric Avenue that is in the St. Martin's Depores area and again police responded to that scene and upon arrival they came across 3 persons who were shot; one Imane Palacio who happens to be a police constable who works here at Eastern Division South. There is a guy Romeo Luis who is a member of the Belize Defence Force, he got shot to the leg and there was one Ivan Martinez who was shot to the head. Palacio was shot to the abdomen and left leg. All person are admitted to the hospital in a stable condition."

Coast Guard Comes Up with US Donation
The Coast Guard has a new facility on their Headquarters off the George Price Highway, and it was made possible through a generous donation from the United States Government. The facility is valued at 4.46 million Belizean Dollars, and today, the Coast Guard and the US Embassy held an inauguration ceremony. We spoke with the Commandant of the Coast Guard about this new structure, which he says will be a multi-purpose facility. He outlined how the Coast Guard intends to use it: Admiral John Borland - Commandant, Belize Coast Guard: "This is a multipurpose, multi complex facility. You heard many people say it is a boat maintenance facility but it's a lot more than that. That was the initial intent but it evolved and it developed into being a multipurpose, multi complex facility. So now it's not only serves the purpose for both maintenance and repairs and servicing but also it houses some critical office spaces for the fleet commander, the sector commanders for station Belize City. It burkes which means it sleeps more than 100 people, it has a state of the art conference facility, it has bathroom facilities for all the people and staff that are going to be housed in this building so it's much more than just a maintenance facility. It came about as part of the coast guard strategic planning; it's in the long term part of our plans which is 2015 to 2020."

Ambassador Carlos Ending Brief Stint As Diplomat
We also learnt that today's conversation with Ambassador Carlos Moreno might be one of the last we have with him. That's because sometime early next year, he will be leaving Belize, his term ending the same time President Obama's does. The next US President will appoint a new ambassador which will have to be approved by the US Senate. As viewers are aware, the US election coming to a feverish pitch right now with less than a month to go, So Moreno, like the rest of that country's electorate, it just watching the clock run out on President Barack Obama's final term in office. We asked Moreno to comment on what could be his first and only stint as a diplomat: H.E. Carlos Moreno - Us Ambassador to Belize: "I serve at the pleasure and under President Obama. So when he leaves office my turn ends. Now whether it ends at the same time it's a matter of negotiation. The new president will have the privelage of appointing a replacement ambassador to Belize, that may take a period of several months depending on the relationship between the new president and which political party controls the United States Senate."

Time For "Time And The River"?
Celebrated Belizean author Zee Edgell released her book “Time and The River” in 2007. It is the story of slavery, rebellions, manumission and the complicated politics of love between slave and master. If all that wasn’t enough, it tackles another thorny issue: freed blacks owning their own slaves. It makes for a complex cocktail of what is called a neo-slave narrative, and perhaps all that attributed to the book being a commercial flop. In the words of author Zee Edgell, “it just fell” and that’s part of the reason she had a sort of re-launch today in connection with the “enSlaved” exhibition now ongoing at the Museum of Belize. She spoke to us about the book’s complex commingling of history and fictional narrative today: “Time and the River” is Edgell’s fourth and most recent novel. It took 10 years to write and research. Autographed copies are available through NICH.

Tourism Numbers Keep Climbing
The tourism industry is Belize's biggest foreign exchange earners, and at a time when citrus, bananas and shrimp are all suffering downturns, tourism is the only bright spot in an otherwise bleak economy. The BTB reports that since June of last year, the number of tourists coming to Belize has been steadily increasing. This September saw a dramatic 26.9% increase in tourists compared to September 2015. So far this year, the number of overnight tourists has increased 16.4% compared to last year, and despite fewer cruise ships coming to Belize since Hurricane Earl, even that sector saw a 1.3% increase. Tourism numbers are expected to continue to increase as direct flights from Toronto to Belize begin next month.

The Integrity Issue
On September 19, National Service Day, the PUP parliamentarians went to the National Assembly in Belmopan to declare their assets to the non-functioning integrity commission. That's the body where all elected officials from parliament, and all the city and town councils, are required to make such filings – just that no one does, because it is non functus. The law was designed on the principle of transparency to ensure that these elected politicians aren't unfairly enriching themselves. We have since learnt that PUP Senators Eamon Courtenay and Valerie Woods did not join their Opposition colleagues on that date of filing. So, while we had the opportunity today, we asked Woods, why she didn't do so. Here's how that conversation went: Hon. Valerie Woods - PUP Senator: "But for myself there's no mal-intent, I have every intention of putting up my report for the integrity commission whether there's one that exists or not I have absolutely nothing to hide. I'm a new comer to this thing it's just a matter of timing for me when that happen but I've assured the party leader that I'll get mines in, that's no big deal for me."

Cops Get Props
It’s rare that we hear of the good that officers do in their line of work, in most cases it’s tainted by complaints, vicious verbal attacks and harsh criticisms of the police department. Well, Eastern Division South is working on changing that negative perspective by awarding officers for their efficient police work. Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told us that this initiative goes along way. These award ceremonies are held every 3 months.

Fantasy Five Winner “Noh Watch No Face”
Denbigh Quenton Trimino Jr. a resident from Belmopan City is tonight a $150,000 dollars richer after his Fantasy 5 ticket had the 5 lucky winning numbers. Today Trimino Jr. travelled to Belize City to claim his winnings. The Public Relations officer for Fantasy 5 explained why they accepted the winner’s request in not showing his face. The winning numbers were 26, 13, 04, 17, 03 and the letter K

Hon. Hulse Likes COMPOL
Williams got police minister Hulse to lead today's event, and when it was done we asked him what's his take on the police department so far – since he took up the portfolio 10 weeks ago:… Hon. Godwin Hulse - Leader of Government Business in Senate: "The projection will be basically serious crime reduction that has got to be the goal and to do that there's some elements and units we have to strengthen. It is my firm belief that crime right now is being to be paying and we need to reverse that where crime doesn't pay. To do that we have to be able to take it to its end game of incarceration and due punishment for various crimes as the law prescribes." Jules Vasquez: "Are you satisfied with the current commissioner of police?" Hon. Godwin Hulse - Leader of Government Business in Senate: "Not looking at the office we're working with him quite well at this time. I understand he is a very young man and he has some time to go but as time goes along of course all positions do change, people are promoted, people are removed; so far so good."

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Channel 5

B.N.T.U. strike action continues into seventh day on Wednesday
The strike by teachers continue in the headlines tonight and we can confirm that the B.N.T.U. remains unmoved. This Wednesday, there will be a seventh day of strike action by [...]

Prime Minister calls B.N.T.U. to meeting
As we said there may be a resolution to the industrial action because just before six o’clock this evening, the Prime Minister responded to the Belize National Teachers Union in [...]

B.N.T.U. gets support from the Caribbean Union of Teachers
The B.N.T.U.’s strike got major support today from the region, the Caribbean Union of Teachers has written to the Prime Minister appealing to him to seek to bring an amicable [...]

Cayo teachers steadfast as strike continues
As the strike continues into its seventh day; across the country schools remained closed. In the west this morning teachers met for an update on the evolving situation. Their mantra [...]

San Pedro teachers walk streets of La Isla Bonita
Schools were also closed on San Pedro but it does not mean teachers were not engaged. This morning a sea of green overtook the island. Our friends at the San [...]

Teachers’ Union should request N.T.U.C.B. meet, its president says
Late on Friday evening, the Prime Minister upset the B.N.T.U. applecart by throwing into the mix the National Trade Union Congress of Belize.  The PM wrote to both saying that [...]

Alfonso Noble pickets B.N.T.U.; asks that teachers go back to classrooms
We’re not sure what to call this morning’s march from Cinderella Plaza to the headquarters of the Belize National Teacher’s Union in Belize City. Was it a protest – when [...]

Ashley Clarke murdered in Belmopan
It was a bloody weekend, three persons were murdered; in the nation’s capital, in the west and in a southern community. A violent confrontation between a group of persons socializing [...]

Homeless Cayo man found stabbed to death
A homeless person was also murdered over the weekend in San Ignacio Town.  The vagrant, later identified as Benjamin Gomez, was discovered lying on a bench at a bus stop [...]

One charged for murder of Guatemalan in Bella Vista
In the third murder, one man, Orlando Cedios, has been charged and will appear in court on Wednesday for the murder of a twenty-one year old Guatemalan national, Edilsar Mendez, [...]

Five Belize City men shot in separate incidents
The holiday weekend was quiet in terms of crime in Belize City, but it didn’t start out that way. There were two shooting incidents within minutes of each other in [...]

Minister’s son got big money for prime land at Haulover
Among the demands of good governance that the B.N.T.U. is agitating for involves the fight against corruption in government. Back in October 2013, Prime Minister Dean Barrow publicly admitted that [...]

P.U.P. pulls out of Senate Select Committee on Immigration
The People’s United Party confirmed via press release today that its Senator will not be participating in the Special Senate Select Committee on Immigration set to meet on Wednesday. The [...]

Senator Valerie Woods says party is standing on principle, like Dean Barrow
Is the P.U.P., like the U.D.P. did when it refused to participate in the 2005 inquiry into Social Security, hurting itself and the people of Belize by reducing the number [...]

Chamber to go to Senate meeting under protest
The senate committee has been established but its composition is of concern and so are the terms of reference. One particular vexing issue is that the committee would require authorization [...]

Union Senator goes to Senate meeting; terms of reference a concern
An N.T.U.C.B. senator has also been named to the Senate Investigation Committee on Immigration. This morning, the N.T.U.C.B. president said that after much debate within the Unions, Union Senator, Elena [...]

Coast Guard issues challenge to sea pirates after kidnapping
Over the weekend of October first, a group of fishermen from the north were robbed at gunpoint while out at sea in southern Belize. It was reported that the fishers [...]

Youth drowns in creek in Belmopan
A nineteen-year-old student lost his life on Sunday when he drowned in an area of Belmopan known as Rivera.  Gian Bethran, along with several of his friends, went swimming that [...]

Driver charged in Unitedville hit and run accident
Fifty-four-year-old Roland Garcia was arraigned in the San Ignacio Magistrates Court earlier today, following a hit and run accident over the weekend which claimed the life of a Unitedville resident.  [...]

Fatal accidents reported in Ladyville and Orange Walk
A fatal traffic accident between miles thirteen and fourteen on the Philip Goldson Highway shortly before ten-thirty on Friday night has left one man dead. Ladyville Police responded to the [...]

Coast Guard gets keys to new maintenance facility
The Belize National Coast Guard received a huge donation today in the form of a facility, personnel and other equipment valued at almost three million US dollars. With this new [...]

Senator Valerie Woods to honour commitment to Integrity Commission
On September nineteenth, National Service Day and the fifth anniversary of the passing of George Price, members of the People’s United Party in the House and Senator Paul Thompson attended [...]

Author Zee Edgell re-launches “Time and the River”
Zelma Edgell, better known by her pen-name Zee Edgell, is in Belize to re-launch her 2007 book “Time and River”, inspired by slavery in Belize. The novel focuses on the [...]

Sports Tuesday with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and welcome o the Tuesday edition of Sports Monday. Undefeated FC Belize took on a surging BDF team yesterday as the Premier League of Belize [...]


BNTU Receives Support From Regional Union Body CUT
The Belize National Teachers Union is in its sixth day of industrial action as negotiations over an overdue salary adjustment and good governance and reform issues have taken the national stage. While the teachers’ efforts have been effective in the closure of a majority of schools and getting parents not to send their children to school, and the Government’s efforts to denigrate the Union have gotten very little public empathy, the BNTU and teachers have gotten major support from the regional Union body known as the Caribbean Union of Teachers. The CUT wrote Prime Minister Dean Barrow yesterday, indicating that their body has been following the current impasse and that it stands in solidarity with the BNTU.


Police Records 8 Deaths over Holiday Weekend
The 3-day weekend saw seven incidents in various districts that claimed the life of eight persons. On Friday night just before eleven o’clock there was a road traffic incident in the area of Mount Hope in Unitedville Village, Cayo District that claimed the life of 37-year-old, Alfonso Albert Mendoza. Investigations show that Mendoza was riding […]

Jairo Sosa Dies in Road Traffic Incident
A fatal traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway on Friday night left a twenty year old young man dead. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Juanito Cocom describes the scene when Police responded. JUANITO COCOM “Ladyville police responded to the scene of a road traffic accident between miles 13 and 14 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. […]

BPP Harps on the Need for Re-registration and Re-districting
Of recent, the Government of Belize has been facing much opposition and pressures via a torch for good governance led by the Belize National Teachers Union and picked up by several other organizations and individuals. While the BNTU has listed eight demands of good governance, the Belize Progressive Party has brought forth an additional demand […]

Talk Show Host Wants His Children to Return to School
While the teachers are out of the classrooms, Alfonso Noble was out picketing in front of the BNTU’s Headquarters in Belize City. Noble who is the editor of the UDP owned The Guardian Newspaper and TV Talk Show Host for “First thing Da Mawning” for Wave TV-also a UDP own entity, was accompanied by two […]

New Building for the Coast Guard = Enhanced Operations
This morning the Coast Guard of Belize held a handing over ceremony for a new building that the Embassy of the United States constructed on their compound. Admiral John Borland stated that the building was much needed to accommodate the operations of the Coast Guard and their expanding personnel. JOHN BORLAND “Today marks another milestone […]

Fisherman Remains Missing Following Robbery at Sea
A couple of weeks ago a group of three fishermen from the north of the country came in contact with armed robbers when they were fishing around sixteen miles from the coast of Dangriga. Two fishermen were able to escape, but one remains missing. The Belize National Coast Guard, commandant Admiral John Borland spoke on […]

Minister Speaks on His Officers Charged with Extortion
Two officers from the Orange Walk Police Department have been charged with extortion. The Officers are accused of extorting women who worked in brothels. The Officers allegedly had knowledge of people who were engaged with Human Trafficking but instead of helping the victims, made profit out of it. Today Minister of Police, Godwin Hulse commented […]

Police Minister Identifies Priority Areas for Improvement
Minister Godwin Hulse has spent his first six months as Minister of Police. He provided an update on his first month and the areas he has identified as priority. GODWIN HULSE ” Minister Hulse stated that he is looking to strengthen the Community Policing work of the Department which helps to reach out to the […]

5 Injured in Holiday Weekend Shootings
Two separate shooting incidents in Belize City at the beginning of the long holiday weekend left five men hospitalized. The first shooting occurred at the junction of Seagull and Raccoon Streets where two brothers, Angel and Florentino Ruiz were shot while the second shooting was on Electric Avenue where three including a Police Officer and a Belize […]

GSU Confiscates 1121 Grams of Marijuana
The Gang Suppression Unit made an arrest for over a thousand grams of marijuana earlier today. Reports reaching Love News are that members of the GSU were on Santa Barbara Street in Belize City making checks on an abandoned house but whilst doing a search on the lower flat of the house, they observed a […]

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Caribbean Union of Teachers appeal to PM Barrow to seek amicable resolution to strike situation
The Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) which is the umbrella organization for the Teachers’ Unions in the Caribbean, and affiliate to the BNTU, has written to Prime Minister Dean Barrow. In the letter dated October 10, 2016, CUT asked PM Barrow to seek to bring […]

Repairs to low lying wooden bridge nearing completion
Breaking Belize News visited the low lying wooden bridge earlier today and confirmed that repairs are almost completed. Despite being closed to vehicular traffic, the BBN reporter on the ground noted that pedestrians, bicycles and even motorcycles are already using the wooden bridge. The […]

PM Barrow writes BNTU President
PM Barrow has written to the BNTU President. In a letter dated, October 11, 2016, the PM wrote: “I first wish to again clarify the basis of my writing to invite the NTUCB to meet with me to finalize a joint position on the good […]

NTUCB President’s calm and objective voice
The calm and objective voice of the President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), Marvin Mora, is exactly what is needed at this time to help bridge the current impasse between the Government of Belize and the Belize National Teachers Union […]

BNTU strike goes into 7th day; prayer vigils planned countrywide
The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) branches and members have initiated a public awareness campaign. Today, teachers countrywide were engaged in community service activities, peaceful marches and distributing of flyers to educate and inform their respective communities about the BNTU’s Stand up for Belize […]

Tragic Pan American weekend in Belize – 3 murders, 3 traffic fatalities and 5 shot
While many Belizeans spent the Pan American weekend with families at home or vacationing in the Cayes, or Playa del Carmen, Cancun and other popular areas abroad, the Police had a tragic weekend to deal with. Apart from the drowning of a teenager in Belmopan, […]

Update – Weekend teenage drowning victim is a UB student
Following the breaking news of the drowning of a teenager in the Riviera area behind Quality Poultry Products in Belmopan on Sunday evening, BBN has confirmed that the victim is 19 year old Gian Bethran from Belmopan. Divers from the area retrieved Bethran’s body […]

Governor General visits schools in Benque Viejo.
Amidst the BNTU’s continued strike, today being the 6th day, the Governor General of Belize, Sir. Colville Young is out visiting schools in Benque Viejo. School children in Benque Viejo came out today carrying banners to welcome the governor general and thank him for his […]

Small group of protestors demand end to teachers’ strike
Four protestors marched from the Cinderella Plaza to the headquarters of the Belize National Teachers’ Union – all concerned parents who want an immediate end to the teachers’ strike. We counted far more police, about 20 officers, guarding the route and actually walking with […]

WestJet to start flying to Belize in October
Popular Canadian air carrier WestJet is now the first airline to offer direct service from Canada to Belize. Starting on October 29, 2016, WestJet will be operating non-stop flights twice a week from Toronto’s Pearson Airport (YYZ) to Belize City (BZE), the former capital […]

Two men perish in Orange Walk traffic accident
Police responded to an accident on the San Felipe Main Road between Miles 18 and 19 on Friday night where they saw the body of 25-year-old Abraham Diaz of August Pine Ridge a few feet off the road with head and body injuries. The accident […]

Young woman from San Pedro missing
Norma Rodriguez, a 50-year-old resident of Marina Drive in the DFC area in San Pedro reported to police on Sunday, October 9th around 5:45 p.m. that her daughter ; Naisy Naiady Chi, 21, who resides at the same address is missing. Rodriguez said that […]

One man detained in connection with Belmopan murder
On Sunday, October 9th around 12:05 p.m., family members came across the body of Ashley Clarke as they were trying to locate him because he had not returned home since Friday. He was last seen alive on Friday, around 11:30 p.m. socializing at a popular […]

Thieves rob grocery store in Orange Walk; Take pistol and $3000 from store-owner
On Saturday night around 10:55 p.m., Orange walk police responded to a robbery at the Sugar City Chinese Shop on San Andres Street. The owner, 45-year-old Dong Sheng Huang, reported that at 10:39 p.m. he was in his shop when two men came in […]

Guatemalan murdered in Toledo
On Sunday, October 9, Toledo police responded to a murder in Bella Vista Village where in a small room officers saw 21-year-old Edilsar Abimael Mendez, a Guatemalan laborer, lying on the floor with injuries to the his face and cut wounds to the throat. Police […]

Canadian travel agents say Belize is “hot”
Canadian travel agents and tourism industry officials, at a recent tourism-based focus discussion, said Belize is one of the most popular travel destinations now. Kim Tobias, a representative for WestJet Airlines, said tickets to Belize and Costa Rica have been selling very well this season. […]

The Museum of Belize presents “A conversation with the Author”
Today, the museum of Belize is presenting “A conversation with the Author” at the Government House from 9-11 a.m. The event features Belizean author Zee Edgell in a reading of her novel “Time and the River”. It features discussions of the novel’s connections to slavery […]

BPP calls for additional concerns regarding good governance
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) issued a release reiterating its support for the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) in its effort to ensure that GOB adopts, implements, and adheres to Good Governance practices and principles. The party encourages all unions, civil society organizations, the private sector, […]


Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery
The Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery was opened in 2009 to showcase Pen and his family’s contributions to the arts. Visitors can peruse the hundreds of artifacts, paintings, and musical instruments on display at the gallery while learning more about the enormous contributions that Pen has made to the musical heritage of Belize. The Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery is located at 3 Aranda Crescent in Dangriga, Belize in Stann Creek District. The Pen Cayetano Studios Gallery is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday through Friday. If you call ahead and make an appointment, it is possible to visit the gallery on the weekend. Be prepared to be dazzled by the rich tapestry of art produced by Pen Cayetano and his wife Ingrid, including drums made from turtle shells, paintings, crafts, and textile designs. Many visitors are fortunate to catch a drum workshop or musical concert led by Pen and featuring local artists. Gifts and souvenirs are on sale at the studio.

The Farm House Deli: Soon to deli-delight San Pedro & Placencia
Over the last few years, the daddy of Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, Mr. Ian Anderson has been perfecting his hand at creating artisanal cheeses. With exotic names like Old Brabander, Trappist, Italian Stallion, Spressa and Quark, the flavors are equally intriguing. I may not be a Maître Fromager (cheese expert – I looked that up on Google) but my taste buds tell me super yum when sampling these dairy delicacies! With all this talk of delicious possibilities you may be wondering just how the heck you are going to get to Belmopan to sample all these goodies for yourself…but do not dismay! On Saturday October 9th Ian Anderson held a farmer’s market at Mahogany Bay Village, Curio Collection by Hilton south of San Pedro Town, and to a champagne toast, announced that they would soon be opening a Farm House Deli on Ambergris Caye!

Travel advice: Is a photocopy of your passport enough?
I think most travelers have heard how it’s important to carry a photocopy of their passport when traveling. That’s valuable advice, both to help prevent having your passport pick-pocketed on the street, and also to assist with replacing a lost or stolen passport. But I had an experience this week that also confirmed the importance of having your passport and other key documents in digital form. I learned first-hand the value of carrying a photocopy of one’s passport some years ago while serving as Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji. A group of people, some Americans, but also folks of five or six other nationalities, showed up in my office one day. They had been staying at a guest house on one of the out islands and someone stole the guest house’s lock box, which held all the guests’ passports. What impressed me was how some of the non-Americans had photocopies of the information pages of their passports, as well as a copy of the page with their U.S. visa. This helped them obtain replacement passports from their home embassies, and it helped me verify that they had U.S. visas previously so I could more readily re-issue them with visas when they got their new passports. Other than the poor Germans, who had to wait three weeks for their foreign ministry to issue them replacement passports out of Germany, most everyone was able to get on their way again in less than a week, and those photocopies definitely helped.

50 years of marriage and retired in Belize
When we get married, we all hope to celebrate the Golden Wedding, 50 years with the love of your live, to have a successful background and living the ultimate dream to retire on a tropical island (and not every island, but the best in the world, Ambergris Caye in Belize) … only very few of us will have it happened… and yes, I know 1 couple who just experienced this: Bill & Kathy… WOW! CONGRATULATIONS, GUYS! I meet them in our community church and I loved their spirit, jokes and in same time how serious were about life… So, when they asked me to capture few portraits of them, on the beach, I was thrilled! I photograph them exactly how they are: full of life, laughing almost all the time, joking and being silly… Enjoy few of their beautiful images.

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If you are an American citizen living in Belize, and would like to vote in the upcoming presidential election, here is some info on how to register in your home state and how to vote.
Don’t wait; return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8. U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2016 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials. Never received your ballot? If you registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration deadline, but have not yet received your ballot, complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline. If your regular ballot arrives later, complete and return it as well. Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline. Your vote will not be counted twice.

New UN Initiative in Belize Highlights Importance of Education in Today’s Eco-Tourism
A recent UNESCO educational initiative in Belize was a boon for the little country’s students and teachers, and highlights the importance of education to the nation’s growing tourism industry, according to The Lodge at Chaa Creek. Chaa Creek co-founding owner Lucy Fleming, a former educator who also directs Chaa Creek’s education and scholarship committees, said she was heartened to hear that this latest United Nations program, the UNESCO Global Micro-Science Project, was considered to be a resounding success, as education is a more important component of Belizean eco-tourism than many people would think. “In a small developing country like Belize, everything is interrelated, and as the nation’s largest employer, the tourism industry, has made major contributions to the quality of life for all Belizeans.

Jaguars Interrupted: Counting Big Cats After A Hurricane
This past summer, within days of gathering spectacular camera-trap footage of a female jaguar and her two tiny cubs sauntering through the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize, field scientists with Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, got the news that a tropical storm was forming and might just come their way. As the predictions quickly grew dire, Dr. Bart Harmsen, Dr. Rebecca Foster, and their team, did what they could to prepare: In the sanctuary, they relocated their cat cameras out of areas that were likely to flood, and outside the park, where the researchers live, they set about securing houses. Earl, a massive category 1 hurricane, made landfall in Belize on Thursday, August 4—battering Belize City and causing destruction elsewhere—including the 190-square-mile jaguar reserve. The next day, when the storm had passed, the anxious jaguar researchers were told they wouldn’t be allowed back into the park until debris had been cleared from the entrance.

Unearthing an ancient city
Indiana Jones has nothing on Anabel Ford. The daughter of a Hollywood actress and a world-renowned sociologist, Ford is the archaeological powerhouse who in 1983 rediscovered the ancient Maya city of El Pilar. Once home to a thriving population of more than 20,000 people, El Pilar straddles the present-day border of Belize and Guatemala. Lying beneath the lush canopy of the Maya forest, the city reached its zenith around 700 A.D. It is now protected as El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna, encompassing 5,000 acres and an ancient Maya center that includes 150 acres of temples, plazas and palaces. Ford, who has been working in the Maya forest since 1972, came across the city site of El Pilar while doing survey work in the region. She spent the next three decades mapping, excavating and studying the site and its surroundings, and has made El Pilar a unique model of binational cooperation, community empowerment, conservation and preservation.

Canada Agency Owners On What’s Hot
Caroline Lavictorie, owner of Voyages Fountainbleau in Montreal, says her clients are “tired of all-inclusive and want a lot more a-la-carte-style” trips. Dubai is a very popular destination right now for her and it sells “like water.” Fellow agency owner Robert Townshend of Total Advantage Travel and Tours concurs about all-inclusive: “There is a movement away from all-inclusive; people want more of an experience,” he says. Kim Tobias from WestJet Airlines says that Costa Rica and Belize are selling very well this season, while Las Vegas has dropped off. She believes Las Vegas is more a discretionary-type trip.


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  • Zee Edgell reads from "Time and the River", 1.5min. Belize's leading author read an excerpt from her 2007 novel at an event at Government House-House of Culture on Oct. 11.

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