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2 bedroom 1 bath upstairs of my home on Sandpiper St. One year lease required. Furnished without stove or refrig. Walk easily to everything in Town. contact campbellconstructionbelize@gmail.com for more information.
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Weather
Yesterday at 06:15 PM
Updated satellite view... Cold front ruling...

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Corozal
Yesterday at 06:00 PM

A northern cold front approached Belize and has since been affecting us since last week Friday. And, for us 60's and low 70's in Belize is cold for us. Since the cold front, those warm jackets has since been taken out of the closets. Around the country, the heavy fog has been seen at unusual places like San Pedro Ambergris Caye. Today, in Corozal The weather has changed to light misty rain. That means more cold should be approaching Belize soon. Get your jackets out again for the cool weather because tonight the weather will be cool.

Today, I walked the bay of Corozal as far as I could walk as seen at the picture below. This low tide made me see the biggest rocks on the side of the sidewalk. I saw broken glasses on the water that has never been removed. I saw trash that was brought by the waves. I saw the fishermen out on the catching fish with a taralla. The sand was created by the small waves as the tide went low.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more photos in the Belize Scoop Blog



This polar air over our atmosphere is really giving us the chills. Welcome "El Norte". We missed you. Nice and cool cold front or norther prevails over our Corozal area. Locally known as "Together weather".

Corozal Daily

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Neighbourhood Watch
Yesterday at 05:56 PM
SATURDAY November 17, 2018.

Please come out and join the SACNW and our community to help clean up our neighborhood.

We will start the day by meeting at the Patrol Station for groups and areas to be assigned. Kids are also welcome to join the beach cleanup! The cleanup should take no more than 2 hours as long as enough people participate.

Garbage bags will be provided. Please bring your own work gloves. sturdy shoes. bug spray. sunscreen. tools (shovel, machete. etc.) Bring drinking water.

We would also like to take this opportunity to ask the public to help us keep our neighborhood clean!

Dumping any kind of trash on the side of the road is illegal and can result in penalties of up to $500 for each offense.

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Travel
Yesterday at 05:52 PM
I contacted this site, since I thought the World Pet Travel was some sort of scam...https://www.actionpetexpress.com/ The owner wrote back to me and said the first thing was to cancel going thru United Airlines. He suggested American, since they don't demand you use IPATA shippers. Will do this tomorrow and let you know what happens.
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Nature
Yesterday at 05:47 PM

Discovery will explore a remote spot off the coast of Belize when Discovery Live: Into the Blue Hole premieres Sunday, Dec. 2. The show airs 4-6 p.m. ET.

The Blue Hole is known for crystal-clear water and an abundance of sharks and sea life. Discovery said it has only been fully explored once, by Jacques Cousteau in 1971.

“Venturing into the unknown as well as exploring the world with new technology in the name of science and entertainment has always been at the core of Discovery’s DNA,” said Scott Lewers, executive VP, multiplatform programming and digital media. We’re thrilled to be bringing such a major expedition to Discovery.”

Discovery has tapped a team of leading explorers to venture to the bottom of the sink hole in a submersible. The team will include Sir Richard Branson; Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau; and Erika Bergman, the pilot. The mission will be the very first time since 1971 that anyone has attempted such a feat.

The special will explore how the Blue Hole was created and how technology has evolved since Cousteau’s mission, and will look into the many legends surrounding this unique spot.

Marine biologist Luke Tipple hosts alongside Chris Jacobs.

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Nature
Yesterday at 05:40 PM

Hoping to find more environmentally friendly devices to attract fish, a 3D printed artificial reef, created by island visitor Sam Suchin was installed at Mexico Rocks Reserve, located inside Hol Chan Marine Reserve on Saturday, November 10th. For many years, fish aggregating devices (FAD’s), have been used to attract fishes, especially marlin, tuna and mahi-mahi. FAD’s are floating devices tethered by rope with buoys and anchored to the water bed with a drum of cement to keep everything in place to avoid drifting.

Suchin, who is from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, told The San Pedro Sun that that prior to his trip to Belize, he already had the idea of installing an artificial reef. “When I came here I brought some prototypes of the 3D prints and spoke to Gil Nunez about my idea,” he said. “The reason I decided to test this project in Belize is because I knew it was the perfect place as people use old washing machines, irons and other toxic material that are not good for the environment in order to attract fish.” Suchin further stated the goal of this project is develop a better alternative to attract fish that is more ecofriendly.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

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News
Yesterday at 02:48 PM

A Florida federal judge on Wednesday held that John McAfee, founder of the eponymous cybersecurity software company, is liable for the death of a man who owned a vacation home next to his in Belize.

U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell entered a default judgment in favor of the estate of Gregory Faull in a wrongful death suit accusing McAfee of being responsible for the 2012 murder of Faull, a Florida resident who owned and vacationed in a beachfront property next to McAfee. The Florida Wrongful Death Act suit claims McAfee hired a local person to kill Faull following the neighbors’ dispute over McAfee’s “pack of 8 to 12 aggressive dogs,” which were poisoned by an unknown individual.

Citing the Eleventh Circuit’s unpublished February opinion reviving the suit, Judge Presnell held that the estate's claims plausibly alleged wrongful death and ruled it was entitled to a default judgment as to liability. However, the judge rejected the estate’s request for a jury trial on damages, instead ordering that a bench trial be held in January to determine the issue.

McAfee was served with the amended complaint in 2016 while attending the Libertarian National Convention in his bid to be the party's presidential nominee, according to court papers. He failed to respond to the allegations or meet court-imposed deadlines on numerous occasions, and he has not retained counsel in the case, according to court records.

The suit in the long-running case was filed in 2013 and alleges that McAfee employed armed guards to patrol his property and intimidate individuals with whom he had disagreements, that he possessed numerous firearms and Tasers and that he kept a pack of vicious dogs on his property.

After Faull confronted McAfee about his dogs, McAfee threatened to kill him if he ever set foot on his property. A short time later, McAfee publicly stated that someone had poisoned his dogs, and the next day, Faull was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head with signs of Taser injuries, according to the complaint. McAfee later fled Belize for Guatemala and faked a heart attack to secure passage back to the United States and avoid extradition to Belize, according to court papers.

In early 2017, Judge Presnell had denied a motion for default judgment, saying the allegations were not supported by the facts and denied the estate’s bid to amend the complaint because it would be futile.

But the Eleventh Circuit reversed the ruling in February, saying the allegations “plausibly state a wrongful death claim against McAfee under Florida law” for Faull’s death.

“The crucial question in determining whether or not a proposed amended complaint states a claim — and therefore whether the amendment would be futile — is whether the complaint ‘contains sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face,’” it said. “The Estate has satisfied this standard.”

McAfee and an attorney for the Faull estate did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The estate is represented by Gary William Roberts of Gary Roberts & Associates PA.

Counsel information for McAfee was not available.

The case is Estate of Gregory Faull v. McAfee et al., case number 6:13-cv-01746, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Law360.com


Related to this subject, if you have not seen the film "Gringo" which is available on Netflix I highly recommend it....

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The San Pedro Sun

New Ambassador of Republic of China (Taiwan) Presents Credentials to the Governor General of Belize
H. E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen presented his Letters of Credence as the new ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to H.E. Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize. The Ambassador conveyed his country’s greetings and well-wishes to the Governor General and people of Belize. He expressed on behalf of his country their gratitude for the invaluable support and friendship shown by Belize to Taiwan on international issues. The Ambassador said that it is the hope of his government to continue to enhance ties of cooperation and goodwill with Belize.

Cyril Jones gunned down in San Pedrito Area, San Pedro Town
A family in the San Pedrito Area is grappling for answers following the murder of their beloved 37-year-old Cyril Jones, who was gunned down at his house on Tuesday, November 13th. Jones apparently received one single fatal gunshot to the face after being summoned outside his home by an unknown person. Jones’ lifeless body was later retrieved by police and transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police investigation at the moment has led to the detention of several persons of interest, believed to be associated with the island’s 12th murder of the year.

Redbone Fishing Tournament lands in Belize to ‘Catch a Cure’
Three days of fishing with some of the best fly fishing guides on Ambergris Caye landed some Grand Slams and Super Slams, all while raising money for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) research. The 2018 Belize Redbone Superslam fishing tournament brought down 32 Anglers from across the United States of America (USA), and were hosted by El Pescador Lodge and Villas. After three days of fishing fun, 122 Bonefish, 8 Tarpon, 12 Permit and 30 Snook were caught and released. Taking the title of Top Guide was Luis “Junior’ Acosta, who alongside anglers Bo and Justin brought in both a Super Slam and Grand Slam in just one day.

Ambergris Today

Maya Island Air Boasts New Elegant Terminal In San Pedro
Maya Island Air held a soft opening of its new terminal building (Terminal 2) in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The new elegant building is the latest addition to the Maya Island Air which boasts more ramp/parking space for the aircrafts, new cargo section, spacious waiting area at the ground level and a luxurious waiting area on the first floor as well as a waiting lounge verandah and a fully stocked bar. The upstairs lounge/waiting area boasts four luxurious chandeliers, comfortable seating, an amazing view of the runway to marvel at the aircrafts landing and taking off. On display inside the building are two painting replicas by local Belizean artist Carolyn Carr of Banana Bank Lodge in Belmopan.

Two San Pedranas get their Masters Degree in Education
Congratulations to Giselle Xiomarie Flores Lobos and Concha Flota two local island educators for recently graduating with their Masters Degree in Education. Both are teachers at San Pedro High School who currently hold the positions of 1st and 2nd Vice Principals at SPHS. The island community is very proud of their achievement.

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Officials to Embark on a “Study Tour” of Energy Sites in Belize
As a part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Month, celebrated under the theme Clean Energy, Good Governance and Regulations, the Energy Unit, under the leadership of Hon. Frank Mena, Minister with responsibility for Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, will be hosting officials from CARICOM countries for a Study Tour of Energy Sites in Belize. The visiting officials will include Mr. Albert Gordon, CEO of Guyana Power and Light; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager for Energy and Head of the Energy Unit at the CARICOM Secretariat; and Dr. Gary Jackson, Executive Director of Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE). The Study Tour will take place on the 15th and 16th November 2018. The sites will include:

Make the Most of Your Foreign Savings Account in Belize
A savings account, also known as a deposit account, is a way to safely store your assets and benefit from interest accumulation at the same time. Although many people have domestic savings accounts, having a foreign savings account also offers several concrete advantages. If you are thinking about opening a foreign savings account, find out how to do so as well as understand what you can do with your account. Before you get started, make sure you understand exactly what a foreign savings account is. First, it is an interest-bearing account. This means that you will earn interest, the rates of which can vary, depending on how much money you place in the account. Typically, the greater the balance, the more interest you can earn.

National Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch invites island residents and visitors to be part of their celebrations
Dress up and show your colors and join us every night commencing tomorrow, Thursday. Join the parade on Sunday, decorate your cart or bicycle. *Monday, November 19 (correction on flyer) Sponsored by: NGC National Branch, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and San Pedro Town Board, Castillo's Hardware, Andre Perez Casa Pan Dulce, Victoria House, Ramon's Village, Las Terrazas, Caribbean Depot.

Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle Discovery Issue #4
CC&L has released their 4th issue. The Discover issue highlights Caracol, and they interview Cayo artist Walter Castillo. "Dubbed “The Discovery Issue”, it showcases the wonder of finding the travel experience you’ve been looking for. Under the theme “Belize – A Top Destination to Visit in 2019”, the magazine has a fresh take on how and why you should visit Belize. The Discovery Issue is filled with content that will capture the imagination of readers. It will take them on the unique journey that is Belize. Read about the many opportunities to invest in Belize, how to eat like a local and how to make the best eggnog for the holidays!

Belize Tourism Board at DEMA 2018

Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition
The festivities continues for the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown rejuvenation Project' Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition. At the competition the winners received their school trophy, but had to wait for their individual trophy since their names and other information was going to be inscribed on it. Last week, we presented the individual trophies to their winners. Congratulation to all of them. Next week we will present the History Cup to Holy Redeemer.

ICJ or no ICJ! Information at SPHS Nov 27
Responsible information on November 27 at the San Pedro High School!! More information later but let’s get informed for our BELIZE /GUATEMALA referendum!!

Channel 7

Police Burn Another Cocaine Mega - Bust
Today 1,056 pounds of cocaine was burnt - that's the drugs that police found in an abandoned Toyota Prado on the Coastal Road earlier this month. Police had detained 12 Guatemalans and a Belizean in this case. But the cops did not have enough against the men to charge them with drug trafficking so 2 out of the 12 Guatemalans, who took the rap for the team, were fined over $100,000 dollars for a slew of firearm offenses. They paid the fines in full and the men were deported. So that case is closed. Now some might say that these men certainly got the better end of this case, but today at the drug destruction site, Commander of Operations Chester Williams says they didn't really, because the Belize police got their prized product valued at more than 6 million US dollars.

A Hitman Came To His Doorstep
A father of 2 was murdered on the doorstep of his home in San Pedro Town Last night, while his wife, children, and sister-in-law were all present. At around 7:30 p.m. 37 year-old Cyril Gladston Jones, a labourer of the San Pedrito area of the island was at home with his family. That's when someone someone whistled outside their house to get their attention. Cyril Jones reportedly opened the front door, to see who their visitor was. It was a gunman - a killer sent to carry out a hit. Police say that the gunman immediately opened fire on him, hitting him once to the face, just above his top lip. He fell on the ground, in the doorway's main entrance, which is where he died.

No Truce: PSU Pres. Did Not Meet With Belmopan Mayor
The standoff continues between the Belmopan City Council and the Public Service Union - with the council saying the Hilltop sale is final, and the Union saying "we shall not be moved." Tonight's news is that there was no meeting between the Union President Doreth Obermayer and the Mayor Khalid Belisle. Belisle told us that a meeting had been scheduled for 10:00 this morning - but Obermayer says she didn't get anything in writing inviting her to a meeting and that she would not be attending. A post on the Union's Facebook page says, quote, "The General Membership of PSU has never granted permission to meet with Mayor Belisle and no such meeting was ever arranged with him by our President." The PSU's Council of Management met today.

FBI Offers Reward For Slain American
Canadian Francesca Matus and American Drew Thomas De Voursey: it has been about a year and a half since this couple was killed; their bodies dumped in a cane field on the Chan Chen Road in Corozal. After all this time, police still haven't been able to find the killers nor make any substantial headway in the case. As we had reported, the FBI stepped in to provide assistance in solving this case and tonight, the FBI is offering a $10,000 USD reward for any information leading directly to an arrest for the murder of United States citizen Drew Devoursney.

Sarteneja Plane Not Suspicious Police Say
With all these drug planes landing in Belize especially up north, the sighting of any plane in an irregular setting gets people jumpy. That's what happened when a Cessna 150 landed on the Sarteneja airstrip this weekend. But police say so far in their investigation, this is not one of those suspected drug planes and there is nothing to connect this aircraft with any illegal activity. The aircraft is registered in the US but owned by a Mennonite businessman. The problem is that he did not get flight clearance from the department of civil aviation to fly the plane into Belize. DCP Chester Williams explained. Chester Williams, Commander of Operations: "Information was received of a plane that had landed in the Sarteneja area on the airstrip and contrary to what might have been said that it was clandestine airstrip, there is a legal airstrip and that plan did land on that legal airstrip, however the difficulty there, the plane that landed there is a registered plane out of the US and it is owned by a person who livers in Belize..."

Teaching Schoolchildren Reading, Writing and Farming?
Students at St. John Vianney and two other Belize City primary schools are learning how to grow their own food. It is called the garden-in-schools project - which Police started two years ago in Belmopan with three primary schools. Now, the project has gotten support form the Ministry of Agriculture and the Taiwanese Embassy to fund programs at St. John Vianney, St. Martin De Porres and St. Luke Methodist school. Today we were at the launch of the Vianney program and found it already underway with some eager young farmers. Chief Education Officer Dr. Carol Babb explained the national scope:..

Building Belize’s Digital Economy
And while that's an agriculture innovation for primary schoolers, today at the Biltmore secondary and tertiary students were showing digital innovation in an APP competition. It was the first such competition for students, and they had to come up with apps in three main areas: transport, vital statistics and local government. 10 school groups from across the country did surprisingly well - according to the organizer - which is the Directorate of Foreign Trade:

Belama Bus Dispute Goes To Minister
For months now we've been reporting on a bus dispute in the city. Haylock's Bus brought an action against competitor, Phillip Jones. Haylock is currently the only permit holder from the Transport Board to service commuters on the Belama to Belize City route. In July of this year, Mayor Bernard Wagner's City Council Administration granted a permit to Jones and his company, City Shuttle, to run the route in direct competition of Haylock's bus. Attorney Godwin Haylock sent them a lawyer letter on behalf of his father demanding that the rescind this permit, because from the Haylock family's perspective, City Council had usurped the authority of the Transport Board, which is the only body under the traffic laws which can grant such permits.

Hon. Musa Gets Party Support For Diaspora Amendment
And we also asked Kareem Musa to take off his attorney hat and put on his political one. He gave us an update on his proposed amendment to the representation of people act, which would allow Belizeans living abroad to vote in the referendum. He said he got the support of his party this morning: Hon. Kareem Musa, Pushing Diaspora Vote: "I actually had a meeting with my party leader this morning concerning the proposed members' bill and I am happy to announce that the party and the party leader are fully behind me on this. If you would recall the initial draft of the bill provided for those Belizeans to be able to register, but it would mean that they would have had to travel to Belize in order to register..."

Another PUP Says Delay The ICJ
And while he is fine tuning the proposed legislation, Musa has also joined his party leader John Briceno in asking for more time. He says that Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington has skewed the public perception of the ICJ issue:.. Hon. Kareem Musa: "And so you are way ahead of me Jules, in asking whether I want to go to ICJ or not, because I don't even feel as though the government is ready. The government is not even putting their best foot forward. I can tell you that in my constituency our people are getting educated, they are getting informed, but they are not happy with the way that the foreign minister is handling it. But the people of this country want to hear from the commander in chief. That want to hear from their leader.

Politics By The Book
He calls himself a historian who dabbles in history but Lawrence Vernon has done more than dabble with his latest book. It's called "A narrative of Political Parties in Belize" and it tracks the birth, rise - and some cases, the demise of more than 25 political parties in Belize's post-nationalist history. The book was launched today at the Leo Bradley Library in Belize City where the 81 year old Vernon told us that the most important consideration was to stay true to the historical record - which he extracted from the daily newspapers of that era:

BWS Lends A Hand, and Gives A Home To A Mother Of Two
A mother of two desperately in need of a new house is sleeping more comfortably with her children tonight thanks to BWS. We met Lisa Buller on Gill Street where her old run down home stood next to her new one. She told us happy is not the word for how she feels:... As part of the program, Buller had to help build homes for others.

Maya Air Puts Money Into New San Pedro Terminal
Starting next week Monday, passengers traveling with Maya Island Air to and from San Pedro, will get to enjoy the airline's brand new terminal. Today, the company invited the press for a soft launch - to experience this major new investment in its flagship destination. Daniel Ortiz reports: The terminal that is currently in use will be converted into tour operation.

New Mag Highlites Novel Destinations
Today's event in San Pedro was a double launch, because at the open house event for Maya's Terminal 2, McNab Publishing Limited introduced the 4th installment of its new magazine called Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle, or CC+ L for short. The travel magazine was launched earlier this year, and this Discovery features prime tourist destinations that are a little off the beaten path. Tanya McNab, the Visual Creative Director for McNab Publishing, told us that they want to deliver quarterly issues for the magazine, to keep travelers current and up-to-date about the best of Belize's tourism destinations:

Emmerson Finally Free
He's been waiting for a murder re-trial for 5 years now, but tonight 27 year-old Emmerson Eaghan is free of the 2009 murder of 35 year-old Dennis "Colored" Nembhard. Eaghan has had an interesting history with this case. Back in June 2009, Dennis Nembhard was gunned down and killed. His murder appeared to be a senseless killing, and it was preceded by an altercation between his 12-year-old nephew, and another 12 year-old boy. Reports were that when Nembhard went to inquire about the dispute, he was pursued by an assailant who fatally shot him in the back.

Channel 5

Murder in San Pedro; BWS Employee is Executed
A thirty-seven-year-old San Pedro resident was executed on the veranda of his home on the island town. Cyril Jones was shot in the face on Tuesday night around seven-thirty when [...]

Coastal Road Cocaine Haul is Incinerated
A convoy of vehicles book-ended by wailing sirens made its way along the George Price Highway this morning, en route to a location out west where a sizeable amount of drugs [...]

Who Landed Suspicious Aircraft in Sarteneja?
When a suspicious single-engine aircraft touched down at an airstrip in Sarteneja over the weekend, residents who are wary of constant drug activity taking place in the north believed that [...]

P.U.P. Licks Out at Belmopan Mayor Over Questionable Land Sale
The People’s United Party has weighed in on the land dispute involving the Belmopan City Council and the Public Service Union.  In a release issued earlier today, the opposition party [...]

A Course of Action to Recover Hilltop
On Monday, P.S.U. President Doreth Cayetano-Obermayer told the media during a press conference that they have always been under the impression, aside from supporting documents, that the land in question [...]

Department of Transport Denies City Shuttle’s Application for Belama Bus Run
Owner of City Shuttle, Philip Jones, is accusing the Department of Transport of unfair practices and discrimination of a political nature. Jones wants to provide transportation services to and from [...]

Philip Jones Threatens Court Action against Department of Transport
According to Musa, the decision of the Department of Transport will be appealed and based on the minister’s decision, it will be decided whether the matter will be taken before [...]

P.U.P. Supports Kareem Musa’s Member Bill
Aside from being an attorney, Kareem Musa is also an elected politician who represents the Caribbean Shores constituency for the People’s United Party. Musa has drafted a piece of legislation [...]

Kareem Musa Not Happy with I.C.J. Referendum Campaign
The media also asked Kareem Musa whether or not he believes that Guatemala’s claim over Belize should be taken to the International Court of Justice for resolution. Musa’s political leader, [...]

Maya Launches its New San Pedro Terminal & 4th Edition of Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle Magazine
Today, McNab Visuals, in partnership with Maya Island Air, held an open house in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The purpose of the event was two-fold: it allowed for McNab to [...]

Belize City Family Receives Newly Built House
Hand in Hand Ministries today delivered house number three hundred and sixty-one to a Belize City family. The house, valued at seventeen thousand dollars, was built for Lisa Buller and [...]

UB Holds 11th Annual Marketing Expo
The University of Belize’s eleventh annual marketing expo unfolded today inside the Civic Center in Belize City. The multipurpose complex was bustling with marketing students who were challenged in creating [...]

Lawrence Vernon Launches “A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize”
Librarian and author, eighty-one-year-old Lawrence Vernon today launched his latest piece of literary work. “A narrative of Political Parties in Belize” looks at the history of twenty-six political parties in [...]

A Competition for App Developers
Today, app developers from across the country gathered in Belize City for the first annual ‘Belizean Apps for Development Competition. The competition was organized by Directorate General for Foreign Trade [...]

An Agriculture Conference for Belizean Farmers
The first annual Tropical Agriculture Conference is being held at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan.  The event hosted by Regeneration International and Regeneration Belize commenced with [...]

LOVE FM

Police failed to assist mother and son
A mother and son were allegedly assaulted by Chinese business owners and police never responded to their emergency call. Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung has the story. Paul Mahung: A Punta Gorda resident remains concerned about what she claims is an assault that could have turned fatal for her and her young adult son. A very …

“Belizean Apps for Development Challenge”
The Government of Belize, via the Ministry of Trade and Commerce has engaged young people in a competition to test their Information Technology skills. Through the activity dubbed the “Belizean Apps for Development Challenge”, the Ministry seeks to encourage young developers to come up with innovative applications in three areas. Berisford Codd, the Trade Economist …

Cyril Jones is the latest murder victim
The gun violence in Belize is still an area of crime that authorities are working to combat. Until then there will be murders and shootings to report. Tonight, we tell you of the death of 37-year-old, Cyril Jones of the San Pedrito Area of San Pedro Town. Jones met his demise last night in his …

Police destroy drugs
We saw the drugs found on the Coastal Road destroyed today but what we are yet to see is the person or persons who will be held accountable for such a large shipment. Police officers especially Compol Allen Whylie were in good spirits at a press conference held on Friday, November 2, when they reported …

Over 400 parcels of cocaine destroyed
Last week rumors circulated that some of the cocaine from the major bust on the Coastal Road had gone missing. The rumor was that the drug was not yet taken into the exhibit room and that they were being held in the training room until processing was completed. Senior police officials denied the rumor and …

“A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize”
Lawrence Vernon is a career librarian. Vernon was appointed to the National Library Service in 1956 and his mission has been to strengthen and expand the public libraries network in Belize. Today at the Leo Bradley Library, Vernon released a book he has written called A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize. Vernon spoke to …

Single mother receives new home
Hand In Hand Ministries delivered a new home to a single mother earlier today. The Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) was the main donor for the home. Love News spoke to Lisa Buller who received her keys today from the BWSL and Hand in Hand Ministries. Lisa Buller – Home Owner:“I’m very happy about it, …

Exhibit showcasing Pen Cayetano’s body of work
Delvin “Pen Cayetano’s Master Artist exhibit is being curated at the Mexican Cultural Institute on Barrack Road in Belize City. It is one of the many activities being held in conjunction with the celebration of Garifuna culture. Cayetano’s body of work dates back to the 70’s when he emerged as a painter, singer, songwriter, percussionist …

Do you know what Gender Socialization is?
The term Gender Socialization may sound unfamiliar to most Belizeans but it is actually something that all Belizeans have been affected by. That is because the term refers to what constitutes appropriate behaviors and attitudes based on someone’s sex, meaning a boy or a girl. Studies show that it leads to inequalities in the lives …

UB hosts annual entrepreneurship expo; university president calls it a success
The University of Belize has announced that in collaboration with the Social Sector Senators, it will be conducting lectures on the ICJ. The speakers will include Assad Shoman, a Belizean historian who earlier this year, released his book titled “Guatemala’s Claim to Belize”. Other presenters included representatives of the Belize Peace Movement and key stakeholders. …

Deputy Commissioner of Police: Plane that landed in Sarteneja did not have clearance
Talking about planes and clandestine airstrips, there was a report a few days ago of a plane in Sarteneja that had managed to remain grounded for hours before police responded. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams says there’s more to it than that. …

Taiwan continues to assist in the development of Belize
During her visit to Belize in August, President Tsai Ing-Wen spoke at the National Assembly and emphasized the importance of education and technical and vocational training. As a follow up to that commitment, 6 Belizean students …

Soldier stationed at FOB in critical condition
A soldier of the Belize Defence Force is in critical shape following a freak accident on the Sarstoon. It happened about one o’clock this afternoon at the Forward Operating Base; Private Fidel Williams was on duty and was walking on the pier when his foot hit a deteriorated plank that subsequently fell apart causing Williams to fall. …

The Reporter

ANOTHER DRIVE-BY-MOTOR-CYCLE MURDER IN SAN PEDRO
THE REPORTER: News Staff, – 7.00am. Nov 14th. 2018, – Five persons, one of them 14 years old, have been detained for questioning in the murder of Cyril Jones, 37 on Tuesday night. Jones was at home in the San Pedrito Area with his wife and children just after 7:00pm when they heard a whistle from outside the door. Jones allegedly went to look outside and that’s when he was shot to the face.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Cold front affecting Belize
The National Meteorological Center today informed that a cold front is affecting Belize. Cloudy skies with […]

Three Belizeans headed to Barbados for regional services week activities
Two Belizean fashion designers and a record label owner will be representing the country in Barbados […]

MOH talks diabetic blindness with healthcare professionals out west
The Ministry of Health held a workshop in Belmopan today, the third in a countrywide […]

Illegal logs seized by Forestry Department
Yesterday morning, police and personnel from the Forestry department went to Shipyard camp 2, an […]

FBI offers $20,000 reward for murderer(s) of Drew Devoursney
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a $10,000 USD reward for information leading […]

SMART donates to BERT for CPR project
SMART gave its support to the Belize Emergency Response Team’s (BERT) “Hands Only CPR” initiative […]

Police-led urban gardening project comes to Belize City Schools
Today, three Belize City primary schools, St. John Vianney R.C., St. Martin De Porres R.C. […]

Officials to embark on a “Study Tour” of energy sites in Belize
As a part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Month, celebrated under the theme Clean […]

Police continue investigations into shooting death of San Pedro man
Police are investigating a murder that occurred last night in Ambergris Caye. Around 7:40 PM, […]

6 Belizean students participate in 2018 Vocational Training Project in Taiwan
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) today announced that 6 Belizean students from […]

STEM® hotels appointed hotel management company at Belize Ocean Club
STEM® has been appointed as the management company of Belize Ocean Club, Resort and Adventures, located […]

Cyril Jones, 37, shot and killed last night
Sometime last night there was a murder reported in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. The victim […]

John Saldivar says PUP has the fault for Hilltop issue
Belmopan area representative, John Saldivar today issued a statement sharing his version of events regarding the […]

Villager shot by police to be charged with string of offenses
On Saturday, police shot an Independence villager in the foot while responding to reports of an […]

Blogs

First ever Corozal Diabetes Association Walkaton 2018 held at the Corozal civic Center
Today, November 14, 2018, Corozal Belize Diabetes Association held there First Annual Diabetes Walkaton campaign at the Corozal civic Center. Invited guests, schools and the general public all gathered at 1m at the corozal Civic Center. Local singer Ernestene Cabrallo came to perform her music talent at the event. 16 year old Angel Gutierrez from San Jose village class of 3 form at Escuela Secundaria Mexico, Designer of the logo for the diabetes association won this years logo. This event was to teach younger generations to stay healthier in there daily life's, eat well in general and do exercise daily. Here's an interview below about how Diabeted should take seriously.

International Sourcesizz

When the motherland calls
After my parents and I became naturalized United States citizens, they saw little reason to return to Belize. My first trip back was at 27 years old. I had just quit my job as a senior corporate executive and moved from New Jersey back to California to figure out who I was. I climbed down the staircase from the plane and walked on the runway, engulfed by damp, warm air. In the one-room airport, I handed my passport to an officer. “Welcome home!” he said. In Belize, the stereotypes I encountered in the U.S. didn’t apply. No one assumed I was a Latina from my Hispanic surname. No one expected me to be fluent in Spanish, either. English is the official language, a holdover from its history as a British colony. Belize is also far more Caribbean than Latin, as was my upbringing. My family is multiracial, but primarily black. Like me, Belize belongs to Latin America but doesn’t quite fit in.

Central America – a region in turmoil
How has it gotten so bad in Central America to the point where nearly every country is either gripped with a severe crime and murder rate, or has migrants flowing outward towards Mexico to the north, headed to their final destination of America in what has been coined as the “Migrant Caravan”? Not since the height of the Cold War and prior to the fight for independence has the region of Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama gone through so much but most attention has either been focused on the growth of Mexico, their neighbour to the north, and Venezuela, the oil-rich country to the south.

Videos

  • Cacao Group Tour - Belize Cacao Consortium, 1min. Come and visit our 3 cacao plantations, our cacao processing depot and our artisanal chocolate shop to learn the “BCC Secret Sauce” behind how we practice our own unique “Art of Cacao Science”.

  • BELIZE FIRST LADY'S SPEECH at the COMMONWEALTH FAIR 2018, 8min. Belize First Lady was the guest speaker in this years Commonwealth Fair 2018 held on Saturday 10th Nov 2018 at Kensington Townhall London

  • Road into Placencia Belize 2018, 3min.

  • Playa De Sala Boutique Hotel on Ambergris Caye, Belize, 8min. Today we are headed down South on Ambergris Caye to a new Boutique Hotel called Playa De Sala. This 5 room mini resort is quiet, secluded, and beautiful. Come along as I show you the rooms, the views, and tell you how you can enjoy some time here.

  • Rhinoceros / Elephant beetle, 10sec.

  • Creepy Cat Eyed Snake , 5min. I was just looking out for a moment to capture and came across this... A Creepy Cat Eyed Snake with one eye! A long one too 3ft!

  • First ever Diabetes Day at the Civic., 4min.

  • Poolside in Placencia Belize at NAIA Resort and Spa, November 2018, 1min.

  • Belize, 3min. Our trip to Belize in November 2018!

  • An Adventure In Caye Caulker, Belize, 3.5min. Every couple of months my wife and an I take a trip to decompress. On this trip we head to Belize. We flew into Belize City an took a boat shuttle to Caye Caulker. We saw and did so much snorkeling, fishing, food, tarpons,the split, drink, kayaking, beach, tubing and the list goes on...

  • Forest trail in Cayo, Belize, 1min. Walking down the trail from the overlook to Checo Hill Guesthouse.

  • Sports Talk Show, 80min.
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    Yesterday at 12:53 PM
    Responsible information on November 27 at the San Pedro High School!! More information later but let’s get informed for our BELIZE /GUATEMALA referendum!!
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    Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle Discovery Issue #4

    CC&L has released their 4th issue. The Discover issue highlights Caracol, and they interview Cayo artist Walter Castillo.

    Dubbed “The Discovery Issue”, it showcases the wonder of finding the travel experience you’ve been looking for. Under the theme “Belize – A Top Destination to Visit in 2019”, the magazine has a fresh take on how and why you should visit Belize. The Discovery Issue is filled with content that will capture the imagination of readers. It will take them on the unique journey that is Belize. Read about the many opportunities to invest in Belize, how to eat like a local and how to make the best eggnog for the holidays!

    From the festive articles that showcase Belizean culture and cuisine, to the artist highlight of well-known painter, Walter Castillo and the focus on sustainable tourism – the magazine is an informative guide for visitors to experience the very best of the country. The pages of the new issue contain eye opening articles about reef building and the healing powers to be discovered on nature walks. Find out what’s new and what’s hot in the travel industry.

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    National Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch invites island residents and visitors to be part of their celebrations.

    Dress up and show your colors and join us every night commencing tomorrow, Thursday. Join the parade on Sunday, decorate your cart or bicycle. *Monday, November 19 (correction on flyer)

    Sponsored by: NGC National Branch, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and San Pedro Town Board, Castillo's Hardware, Andre Perez Casa Pan Dulce, Victoria House, Ramon's Village, Las Terrazas, Caribbean Depot.

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    Maya Launches its New San Pedro Terminal & 4th Edition of Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle Magazine

    Today, McNab Visuals, in partnership with Maya Island Air, held an open house in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The purpose of the event was two-fold: it allowed for McNab to unveil its fourth instalment of Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle and the soft launch of the newly constructed terminal for Maya Island Air. Stakeholders from the tourism industry converged at the facility where they got a firsthand look at what the company says will improve visitor experience when travelling with the local airline. News Five’s Duane Moody was there and files this report.

    Duane Moody, Reporting

    Maya Island Air is arguably the premier local airline company in Belize, providing daily scheduled flights to various destinations within the country. Today, the company held a soft launch for its newly constructed terminal at the airstrip in San Pedro. The new terminal is complete with an ultramodern lobby, baggage claim and a restaurant/cafe and lounge area on the second floor. The facility is described as a state-of-the-art terminal.

    Marian Hernandez, Marketing Manager, Maya Island Air

    “Through this airport, we have about three thousand passengers for the year so the numbers are growing and because it is the number one destination, we have people coming to Belize to visit. And we have both local and international tourists. Downstairs we have the check-in area; this is where passengers arriving and leaving will come to check in. And if they feel they want to come upstairs and grab a coffee, a drink or something to eat, they can. If they have time, they can sit down and enjoy the pleasant and great ambience of this upstairs VIP lounge.”

    The installation of a new visitor’s lounge and waiting area for Maya Island Air is testament that the tourism industry on the island is ballooning. That, according to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, speaks to the volume of tourists, both local and international, who are expected to visit the premier island destination in Belize, San Pedro.

    Daniel Guerrero, Mayor, San Pedro

    “Tourism and the aviation industries work together because if tourism is weak, then aviation would not be there. So what we are seeing today, based on the infrastructure that is being put by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism renovating all the municipal airstrips with lights and all that, it means at lot to the entire country. And when you look at it, both airlines working together, investing huge amount of money for their terminals across the country, it proves that the industry, tourism, is growing. And it is showcasing that we’re going to have a lot of tourism in the coming years. I don’t see any company investing huge, millions of dollars on their terminals and not having the tourism coming. So this is a good sign for San Pedro, a good sign for the entire country—tourism is on the increase.”

    There was a simultaneous launch held inside the terminal for the Caribbean Culture and Style Magazine of McNab Visual. The fourth edition of the magazine is available not only online and on social media, but at every Maya terminal and onboard your flights. It’s a good read for all tourists because it provides a snapshot of restaurants and sites and even fun activities when visiting a particular area in the country. The cover photo, this time around, featured the Silk Cayes in the south.

    Tanya McNab, Creative Director, McNab Visual

    “The distribution that Maya gives us throughout Belize is extremely important to the publication and to giving visitors information of what to do when they are in Belize. So we aim at doing a quarterly publication back in January and here we are on edition four. And this is our biggest edition because we are getting into high season, the magazine has more pages, we brought on more advertisers, more partners. And so we are really excited about launching today in conjunction with Maya. So it is really a celebration for both Belizean companies, both working for tourism and so everybody here is really excited. It’s geared towards telling people what to do when you are in San Pedro. What a day looks like in Cayo, what a day in Placencia looks like, where are the hotspots; if you want to invest here, what are the steps. If you want to get married here, what are the rules. So we try to make each edition some sections that are a must. We always have the map and how to get around so we always have information that’s standard, and then we change the articles based on a number of different things.”

    Channel 5



    Maya Island Air Boasts New Elegant Terminal In San Pedro

    Maya Island Air held a soft opening of its new terminal building (Terminal 2) in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The new elegant building is the latest addition to the Maya Island Air which boasts more ramp/parking space for the aircrafts, new cargo section, spacious waiting area at the ground level and a luxurious waiting area on the first floor as well as a waiting lounge verandah and a fully stocked bar.

    The upstairs lounge/waiting area boasts four luxurious chandeliers, comfortable seating, an amazing view of the runway to marvel at the aircrafts landing and taking off. On display inside the building are two painting replicas by local Belizean artist Carolyn Carr of Banana Bank Lodge in Belmopan. One is called “Fleshstones” – depicting a male senior Maya hand painting on pottery, while the other one is called “Time Warp” – depicting an old Maya lady weaving a hammock.

    Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today

    The terminal that is currently in use will be converted into tour operation.

    Photo below of Jorge Aldana...



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    Lawrence Vernon is a career librarian. Vernon was appointed to the National Library Service in 1956 and his mission has been to strengthen and expand the public libraries network in Belize. Today at the Leo Bradley Library, Vernon released a book he has written called A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize. Vernon spoke to the media following the press launch.

    Lawrence Vernon – Librarian: “My intention as you mentioned was to put all the information and the political parties at that time into one book and I started out by providing this information to students and so I decided to document it for myself so that people don’t have to come to ask diverse information and have it one book. I’m a career librarian and as such I feel that I should collect information, document it and disseminiate it and that is why today I think we are called information specialists rather than librarians. But the people who lived the political development from the 1950s I suppose some of them are still alive, can attest to the fact that the agitation at that time was great and one of the things that we missed today is that we don’t have public meetings. Maybe the rostrum has disappeared from our culture and I believe the public meetings, maybe it was necessary at the time to get the people agitated more but I believe it’s necessary today to inform the people of what is going on within the political parties. I know we have press conferences but it’s not like en mass people gathering and listening to a politician on a rostrum.”

    The book is a testament to the author’s persistent dedication since 1987 to ensuring that the contributions of all the political parties to Belize’s development will not go unrecognized.

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    Politics By The Book

    He calls himself a historian who dabbles in history but Lawrence Vernon has done more than dabble with his latest book. It's called "A narrative of Political Parties in Belize" and it tracks the birth, rise - and some cases, the demise of more than 25 political parties in Belize's post-nationalist history.

    The book was launched today at the Leo Bradley Library in Belize City where the 81 year old Vernon told us that the most important consideration was to stay true to the historical record - which he extracted from the daily newspapers of that era:

    Jules Vasquez, reporter
    "When you read the book you see that it is written with the fidelity of the librarian, the record keeper."

    Lawrence Vernon, Author
    "As you mentioned I am a career librarian and as such I feel that I should collect information, document it and disseminate it. The newspapers were my main source and as you said it was tedious to turn the pages of the Billboard and the Clarion and garner information from them. The book should be read by everybody who wants to know more about the political development of Belize and I purposely made it reader friendly so that the average person on the street could gather information from it. I included end notes and foot notes so that more explanation can be given about what is in the text."

    Jules Vasquez, reporter
    "But if you could have been active in any era, which is the most exciting?"

    Lawrence Vernon, Author
    "I wasn't active, but I observed. I was born on 1937 and the nationalist movement started in the 1950s and so I was there to see the developments and hear the speeches and agitations that were going on at the time. So I have lived to see what is happening now and to compare it. The two mass parties, the philosophies are the same, but I would like to see some more unity for the development of the country. The party should become more united and have more dialogue."

    The book is available widely and sells for thirty dollars. His next - almost completed book - will be a biography of Phillip Goldson.

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    Yesterday at 11:21 AM
    I cannot understand... why not have it legal? It's a great medicine for many diseases and moreover it can get you happy and you don't harm anyone in your way. When you drink alcohol or smoke cigs you are killing people around you and yourself. I learnt many great facts from Google. Google is a great tool in your hands if you know how to perform a proper research and know which sites are factual.
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    Laws & Taxes
    11/14/18 11:05 PM
    I would be more sympathetic if we had proper accounting of all the money including how it is invested and what return it is earning. We are only given a part of the picture. We all know the fund is used to make loans and who knows what else and the workers that contribute the money get limited benefits. Is it being used to pay government pensions to those that have been politically appointed to government jobs?
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    We will certainly do that, Judy. I never met a happy hour I didn't like smile ... and your place was on our list of places to eat. so see you late Jan....
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    Weather
    11/14/18 06:51 PM

    Looks as if this unusually weather, is strongly pushing cloud down from the N to NW yellow arrows, has now pushed well out into the Caribbean sea. Resulting in strong surface winds, light blue arrow from the SW giving mainly overcast conditions, but with the odd gimps of sunshine, but still with some significant rain showers, mainly in the north. The easterly Caribbean winds, white arrows, have almost been stopped, and very little high level cloud, orange arrow.


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    11/14/18 05:43 PM

    As a part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Month, celebrated under the theme Clean Energy, Good Governance and Regulations, the Energy Unit, under the leadership of Hon. Frank Mena, Minister with responsibility for Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, will be hosting officials from CARICOM countries for a Study Tour of Energy Sites in Belize.

    The visiting officials will include Mr. Albert Gordon, CEO of Guyana Power and Light; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager for Energy and Head of the Energy Unit at the CARICOM Secretariat; and Dr. Gary Jackson, Executive Director of Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE). The Study Tour will take place on the 15th and 16th November 2018. The sites will include:

    • The Vaca Dam (which is the third phase of the Macal Hydroelectric Project)
    • Santander Biomass Power Plant
    • La Gracia Smart Solar Off Grid System
    • Belize Electricity Limited Submarine Cable System off Ambergris Caye (one of the few such systems amongst CARICOM Countries)

    CARICOM regards Belize as an important leader in the shift from fossil fuels to sustainable, renewable solutions. As a prelude to the upcoming Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum to be hosted by the Hon. Frank Mena next week, CARICOM has supported the decision for other countries and experts to witness Belize’s progress to date, where some 60% of the country’s electricity grid is supplied from renewable and sustainable sources.

    Member states of CARICOM share common energy challenges. Based on those challenges, it has become apparent that increasing sustainable energy production, delivery and use, through renewable energy applications and energy efficiency measures, can provide powerful opportunities to promote sustainable development.

    Energy is the world’s most important industrial sector. Energy services are essential for nearly every product and service provided within the global economy - including the economies of CARICOM.

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    11/14/18 05:36 PM

    Cyril Jones gunned down in San Pedrito Area, San Pedro Town

    A family in the San Pedrito Area is grappling for answers following the murder of their beloved 37-year-old Cyril Jones, who was gunned down at his house on Tuesday, November 13th. The incident reportedly took place shortly after 7PM, when police responded to reports of a shooting in the San Pedrito Area.

    The deceased’s wife, Imel Jones, revealed to police that her husband was at home with his family when someone whistled from outside. Jones went to the door and peeped outside to see who it was. Suddenly a loud bang was heard, and Jones fell to the floor with a gunshot wound to his face. Neighbours shared that they heard around six to seven shots, and at some point even thought they were firecrackers. They remember Jones as a peaceful and fun person, who did not seem to have problems with anyone in the vicinity. Jones leaves behind his beloved wife and two young daughters.

    Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


    Murder in San Pedro; BWS Employee is Executed

    A thirty-seven-year-old San Pedro resident was executed on the veranda of his home on the island town. Cyril Jones was shot in the face on Tuesday night around seven-thirty when a gunman opened fire on him. Even before the gunman fled the scene, he pointed his weapon on another resident, who tonight is in fear of his life. But did Jones know his killer? Police said that the person called out for him before he was mortally wounded. Jones was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic where he was pronounced dead. News Five’s Duane Moody was in San Pedro today and files this report.

    Duane Moody, Reporting

    Around seven-thirty on Tuesday night, shots rang out in the San Pedrito area of the island town of San Pedro. Thirty-seven-year-old Cyril Jones, an employee of Belize Water Services Limited, was gunned down at his home in a well-known hotspot on the island. Police arrived minutes later to find Jones motionless with a gunshot wound to the face.

    Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations)

    “Sometime after eight p.m. thereabout last night, San Pedro police were called to the San Pedrito area, responding to information of shots being fired. Upon arrival, they saw the lifeless body of one Cyril Jones. It was lying on the ground motionless at his home with what appeared to be gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic where he was pronounced dead on arrival by the doctor out there.”

    According to police, Jones was inside his two-storey concrete house when someone whistled outside. He emerged only to find himself staring down the barrel of a firearm, as residents say a gunman on a motorcycle took aim at their unsuspecting neighbour. Before the gunman fled the scene, he trained his weapon towards a witness, whose life has since been threatened. It is not known what could have triggered the murder, but Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams confirmed today that four persons have since been detained in connection with this latest homicide.

    Chester Williams

    “At this time, we are not able to establish a motive, but the investigation is still in its infancy stage and I am sure that the officers out there will do their utmost best to find those persons who are responsible for this latest murder in San Pedro.”

    Channel 5

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    Games include: Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus, Wii Play, Mario Kart, Jeopardy, Deal or No Deal, Just Dance 2.
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    OJ Elrington ousts Dr. Carla
    The ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) held a contested constituency convention today, Sunday, at the ITVET campus in which three candidates ran for the spot of standard bearer for the Freetown constituency. Less than one hour after the polling closed at 5:00 p.m., a crowd of energized supporters of the candidate Orson J. Elrington erupted in euphoric noise, ringing out his name in loud voices, chanting, “OJ fu Freetown; OJ fu Freetown.” As Elrington, a first-time political aspirant, walked from behind the counting area, he was swept up in the embrace of a throng of his youthful supporters. Within minutes, he was beaming into the lights of television cameras as he made remarks about his victory and the convention he had just won, sending the woman he has successfully challenged, Senator and Minister Dr. Carla Barnett, into political retirement.

    Taxi driver Arturo “Chiney Man” Requeña, Sr., 56, dies in traffic accident
    A traffic accident which occurred this morning around 11:00 took the life of 56-year-old taxi driver Arturo “Chiney Man” Requeña, Sr. , who was knocked down at Mile 2 1/2 on the Philip Goldson Highway as he was attempting to cross from one side of the highway to the other. When police arrived on the scene they saw Requeña lying on the road suffering from bodily injuries. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but he died shortly after while receiving treatment.

    Right under the PSU’s nose!
    The Public Service Union (PSU) of Belize has begun mobilizing its members countrywide today after its Belmopan branch discovered that their headquarters was sold by the Belmopan City Council to a Chinese businessman who had registered his construction company at the Belize Companies Registry on October 9 — just a day before the company purchased lot # 6061, the PSU headquarters, for $400,000, a price that is well below the last valuation of the property. At a press conference this morning, the PSU Belmopan branch vowed, “this is our headquarters and we shall not be moved.” In 1998, the building known as Hilltop was an abandoned structure when the PSU Belmopan branch was searching for a place to locate its headquarters. Elections were around the corner and the PSU approached both the United Democratic Party and the People’s United Party about getting a building for its Belmopan headquarters, according to Hubert Enriquez, a former official of the union at the time.

    Basketballer Raul Roches, 21, critical at KHMH
    Raul Roches, 21, a resident of Ontario, Cayo, who is a well-known basketball player in the National Elite Basketball League, is fighting for his life in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH)’s Intensive Care Unit after he suffered massive head and body injuries in a road traffic accident at about 3:00 this morning in Santa Elena. Roches was driving his motorcycle from San Ignacio to Santa Elena and was heading off the Hawkesworth Bridge into Santa Elena when he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into the cement wall of Boiton Barbeque. The motorcycle then skidded into the wall of the Highway Super Store, causing Roches to fall off the motorcycle and onto the pavement, which resulted in severe injuries to his head and body.

    BNTU and Ministry of Education begin charting a way forward
    Five days ago, the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) marched on Belmopan in a show of determination and strength, but today in Belize City, the union met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, and a team from the Ministry of Education, to begin discussions over the unresolved issues that prompted the union’s protest and rally last week. BNTU National President, Senator Hon. Elena Smith, briefed reporters after the meeting this afternoon at the Marion Jones Sports Complex. Hon. Smith told reporters that today’s meeting was held to chart a way forward on the matters pending between the government and the union, “to look at Proposal 22 and the hardship allowance.”

    UB launches 2 new programs
    Yesterday, Thursday, November 8, the University of Belize (UB) launched two new programs at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. The first is a Bachelor in Statistics program, and the second is a certificate program in Geographic Information System (GIS). The Statistics program is a 4-year program and it was formulated after UB reviewed their curriculum, specifically their Math program, and noted that there is a need for coursework in statistics. According to Julianne Pasos, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at UB, in an interview with 7News, the program encompasses economic statistics, and demographic statistics, along with other statistics courses that were developed in partnership with the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB).

    After crazy Week 13 upsets, looks like a 3-team race for 2 spots in PLB Opening Season playoffs
    Going into Week 13 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season regular season this past weekend, it looked like 5 teams had a chance of grabbing 1 of the 2 remaining spots in the Top-4 semifinal playoffs. Front runners, then undefeated Belmopan Bandits SC and second place Verdes FC had already secured their playoff berths; it was only left to be decided which of the two would be seeded #1 and which #2. And, after a weekend where both suffered shutout losses, that seeding is still to be decided; but, with powerhouse Police United FC also losing by shutout over the weekend, while San Pedro Pirates FC and Altitude Assassins FC posted big wins, these 3 teams appear to be the serious contenders for the 2 remaining playoff spots, with Wagiya FC, who lost to the Assassins on Sunday, only having a very slim mathematical chance. (See updated standings below, with the 2 remaining back matches.)

    Groups set for the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship Qualification Stage
    The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) will kick off tomorrow the Qualification Stage of the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship. The second round of the men’s youth World Cup qualifying competition will take place November 13-19, at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. After an initial Group Stage that included a record number of 34 teams, the six group winners have been divided into two groups. The three team groups will be composed as follows:

    Stann Creek FA Week 7 results and standings
    The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) Amateur 1st Division September Tournament 2018 continued with Week 7 games on Friday night at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In the opener, South Side Warriors defeated Pomona Impacts, 1-nil, on a goal by Leston Garcia (41’). And in the nightcap, it was a 0-0 draw between Sampson Proper Fix and Hopkins Ibayani.

    CYDP Peace Cup weekend game results
    A total of 4 CYDP Peace Cup Tournament 2018 games were played on Saturday, November 10, at the MCC Grounds. In game 1, Coast Guard FC defeated Ladyville FC, 3-1, with goals from Shemar “Mini” Thompson (13’ & 37’) and Jason Cuevas; while Shawn Young (19’) scored for Ladyville FC. Game 2 saw Ebony Lake FC shutting out BDF FC, 3-0, with a goal each from Keiron Requena (23’), David Robateau (77’) and Luis Acosta (85’).

    Nuts and bolts of The Jewel’s democracy re: ICJ
    As the referendum date approaches for Belizeans to decide whether or not to go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for “final and binding” arbitration on the Guatemalan claim to Belize, this newspaper has been considering the role we have been playing, and the role we will play, in this whole process as we move forward to April 10, 2019. If you think about it, this is a process which began with the signing of the Special Agreement in 2008 between Guatemala and Belize. Ten years ago most Belizeans did not pay a lot of attention to the Special Agreement, because we were drained by almost four years of intense domestic politics which had begun with the G-7 Cabinet rebellion in August of 2004, and culminated with the change of government in February of 2008, and because we had become jaded when it came to the Guatemala issue.

    Romel Cuello checks the Social Security Board
    Dear Editor, The Belize Social Security Board wants some more of our hard-earned dollars. They are claiming deficits in money collected to money spent. A couple years ago they had so much money that the politicians were drooling over it. Last we heard they had $400 million in the bank. At minimum 2% interest per annum you are supposed to be getting at least $8 million per year. What about other investments they have made? Can the contributors get proper accounting for all the surplus years before they are asked to come up with more?

    More real disappointment from the anti-weed
    Mr. Neri Briceño, on the heels of his article a couple weeks ago (For Real … Johnny? in the Reporter), an article in which he castigated J Briceño for suggesting we explore the legalization of marijuana, followed up with another disappointment, titled, “You too Pablo?”, the core of which is a condemnation of Pablo Marin’s (the Minister of Health) “meeting, soliciting or encouraging investment” in “marijuana or hemp production and cultivation.” In his commentary on the J Briceño suggestion, Neri pointed out that the status quo (which is illegal marijuana), was a failure. He wrote: “The strategy [decriminalization] has been a liberal approach to the strict marijuana and drug control laws that has clearly not worked.” But he offered no solutions. He just condemned the candle that J Briceño was trying to light.

    Don’t be intoxicated by power – The Green Machine means solidarity
    Sleepy Belmopan greeted us with a dense fog. The bus did not stop off at Xaibel for a bathroom break, so getting off the bus was fast, in a dash. Belmopan was going about its usual slow pace, with pockets of people at the terminal. Some ate tacos and tostados at the market square; others walked towards Belmopan Comprehensive School. Today, Belmopan welcomed acquaintances from all over the country: the teachers of Belize. Belmopan is the nation’s capital, located along the Belize River in Central Belize. It is the seat of government, and those who sit in Cabinet to make decisions convene here every week. The National Assembly sits on Independence Hill, and those who pass laws must come to this “honourable house” regularly. Symbolically, politically, and pragmatically, therefore, the capital city is the best place for teachers to pay a courtesy call on November 7, 2018.

    GARIFUNA SOUL IN EDUCATION IN 1900S COLONIAL BRITISH HONDURAS!
    Within two readings of the seminal book, “To Educate A Nation: Autobiography of Andres P. and Jane V. Enriquez”, by the noteworthy Belizean Garifuna writer Jeremy Enriquez, yours truly had to dig deep spiritually so as to understand what it was like for those legendary Garifuna educators of the 1900s Belize who partnered with the Catholic Church in the former British Honduras to establish a world-class educational system. The pioneering work to educate a nation like Belize since then that was so painfully but spiritually built by Garifuna male teachers, through the help of their strong and dedicated women, brought light to darkness in the jungles of British Honduras (Belize) among the indigenous Mayas of the San Antonio Village of Belize’s Toledo District.

    The facts not mentioned
    He further clarified that since Guatemala has already declared their non-adherence to the treaty, the minute Belize votes to give the ICJ judges the power to redefine our boundaries, this ipso facto also signifies our non-adherence to the immutable borders that the treaty had established. Therefore if we vote “yes to the ICJ” in the upcoming referendum it is farcical to argue that the 1859 Treaty will be our impenetrable shield against the Guatemalan territorial claim. So then, if we vote not to go to the ICJ in the April referendum, what if any are our other options? To start with, we could display all the documentary video evidence we have recorded of the Guatemalan Armed Forces aggression and brazen violation of our territorial waters in the Sarstoon. These could be shown to the members of the General Assembly at the United Nations. And since these actions are paramount to an act of war by Guatemala, we could justifiable ask the General Assembly, in the interest of peace, to vote on a resolution to have the ICJ give an Advisory Opinion on the validity of our borders with Guatemala as were established by the 1859 Treaty.

    Coastal Road red hot
    A 5.56 AR15 assault rifle and 47 5.56 live rounds were found by police, abandoned in a Ford Explorer on the Coastal Road, at about 12:30 this afternoon. Police said that at about 12:15 this afternoon, on their arrival in White Ridge, they saw a heavily tinted blue Ford Explorer SUV, without license plates. When they approached the vehicle, however, it sped off towards the sea near White Ridge, with the officers in pursuit. When the vehicle reached the seaside, the officers saw six men dressed in black and armed with high-powered rifles escaping into the nearby bushes.

    One-eyed burglar, 52, sentenced to 6 years
    Edward Quilter, 52, a laborer of Ladyville with vision only in his right eye, was sentenced to 6 years in prison today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford after she found him guilty of breaking into Ladyville Evangelical Primary School. Quilter has six previous convictions for similar offences. The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on April 28, 2018. Police Constable Francisco Montejo testified that upon receiving information of a break-in at the school, he proceeded to the school and when he arrived there he heard a noise coming from the school building.

    Samuel August, Sr., 35, arraigned on murders of his son and ex-mother-in-law
    Samuel August, Sr., 35, the former Belize City Council backhoe operator who allegedly committed the unspeakable crime of killing one of his three sons and his ex-mother-in-law with a backhoe, has been charged with two counts of murder. In addition, police also charged August with one count of robbery for a late-model car which he stole and badly damaged, and in which he allegedly attempted to commit suicide. Police brought August to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court this morning, and after a brief time in the court’s holding cell, August, with both hands and feet shackled in chains, walked slowly to the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.

    Security guard and friend shot by thieves who robbed gas station
    Andre Gomez, 42, a security guard of Burrell Boom, and his friend, Dennis Barkley, 18, were in the CDS Gas Station compound located on the Burrell Boom Road, where Gomez was performing security guard duties for Saturday night, November 10. At about 1:00 Sunday morning, three armed men entered the compound and held the two men up at gunpoint. Two of the culprits went into the office, which they ransacked as they searched for money. They then stole some coins and small items, but in total, less than $200 was stolen.

    UB LAUNCHES 2 NEW PROGRAMS
    Yesterday, Thursday, November 8, the University of Belize (UB) launched two new programs at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. The first is a Bachelor in Statistics program, and the second is a certificate program in Geographic Information System (GIS). The Statistics program is a 4-year program and it was formulated after UB reviewed their curriculum, specifically their Math program, and noted that there is a need for coursework in statistics. According to Julianne Pasos, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at UB, in an interview with 7News, the program encompasses economic statistics, and demographic statistics, along with other statistics courses that were developed in partnership with the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB).

    The Reporter

    N.T.U.C.B ADDS ITS MUSCLE BEHIND P.S.U TO REVERSE THE SALE OF PSU H.Q
    The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (N.T.U.C.B) has come out strongly in support of the Public Service Union following revelations that the Belmopan City Council has sold the PSU Headquarters in Belmopan to a Chinese national.

    ANOTHER DRIVE-BY-MOTOR-CYCLE MURDER IN SAN PEDRO
    There are reports of a murder a short while ago in San Pedro. The victim, reportedly shot to death, is a resident of the San Pedrito area. He has been identified as Cyril Jones, 37, who was at his residence when he was killed by a gunman who allegedly arrived on a motorcycle. Policemen are currently still at the scene. We’ll have more information as we get it.

    BELMOPAN CITY COUNCIL ISSUES STATEMENT ON SALE OF PSU HQ
    The Belmopan City Council issued a statement late yesterday in response to the Public Service Union (PSU) and the sale of the property where the PSU has its Headquarters. However: The president of the Public Service Union spoke to THE REPORTER NEWSPAPER by telephone and contradicted most or all of the statements in the Belmopan City Council’s letter below.

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    Carla Barnett calls for ‘new politics’ in Belize
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    Blogs

    Garifuna Settlement Day – A chance to learn about a vibrant people
    The vibrant culture of the Garifuna people graced our shores in 1832, and every year on November 19th, Belize honors their arrival with a holiday. November is a celebration of drumming, dancing, laughter and an appreciation for one of our more colorful ethnic groups. Re-enactments tell the story of both the survival and flourishing of a resilient people, descendants of Arawak Indians and African slaves. All across the country, various activities are planned for the weeks leading up to the big holiday, and San Pedro Town is no exception. Besides Cultural Sundays, complete with live music and dancing at the Central Park, there will also be a fashion show on November 10th. November 12th through the 16th will be Cultural Awareness Week, and the grand finale for that week will be a fun Garifuna Translation Contest!

    Heartbreaking and Heartwarming
    As some of you know from Social Media and the San Pedro Sun, Ambergris Caye just underwent a 4-day massive clean up organized by the Belize Tourism Industry Association with assistance from American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, Oceana Belize and San Pedro Town Council. The most important and first was the San Pedrito “Highway” which has been a longstanding area of trouble. I first remember starting to document the garbage in that area back in 2012 but it was there a long time already. I also remember coming home in tears one day after being asked to go there and take progress pics, and I watched a big yellow dozer spreading the trash around for landfill. It broke my heart. The areas listed below were also scheduled to be cleaned depending on how progress went on the areas before them.

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    The Caribbean Court of Justice loses again — this time with voter apathy and distrust
    Grenada and the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda both faced a major referendum on the choice to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final appellate court — which would require a constitutional amendment — or retain the current Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the final court of appeal for the United Kingdom's overseas territories and Crown dependencies (as well as various Commonwealth countries). In both jurisdictions, the voter turnout was low, but the majority of those who did vote rejected the CCJ. The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission posted the official results online with 48 percent in favor of the CCJ. In Grenada, where 28 percent of eligible voters showed up, CCJ support was slightly less at 45 percent. This was the second time in the past two years that Grenada has put this issue to a vote, with the same result.

    Stakeholders to take stock of region’s sustainable energy drive at CSEF in Belize
    Energy experts in the Caribbean and beyond, policymakers and the private sector representative, are among officials heading to Belize next week for the sixth edition of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF). The Forum will be held in Placencia, November 18-21, under the theme ‘Clean Energy, Good Governance & Regulations.’ The CSEF VI is being co-hosted by the CARICOM Secretariat and the Government of Belize, in partnership with the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) and the Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR). The Forum is one of the premier events that is being held during CARICOM Energy Month. A CARICOM biennial event, CSEF provides the opportunity for key stakeholders to take stock of the current state and realign their outlook on the pursuit of a sustainable energy pathway within the Region.

    Videos

  • Sailing Belize in catamaran - Ranguana Caye, the Reef, 3.5min. This episode is about the discovery of the surroundings reefs by snorkeling : beautiful coral, eagle rays, lion fish, nurse shark, remora, ... Great place for snorkeling with kids !

  • Blue Hole + Belize City, 13min. Unser erster Tag in Belize ist unvergesslich. Wir sind mit einer Propellermaschine über das Blue Hole geflogen und haben Belize City besucht.

  • Belize 2018, 5min. Trip to Belize with my wife to be models for Turneffe Resort's new website. Plus my brother came along so I had a training partner and could continue to do pads and drills everyday. A great time with training, exploring, and enjoying the sun.

  • Welcome to the Dark Side Environmental Superheros Day One, 1min. This video is from day one of the massive 4 day clean up on Ambergris Caye organized by the Belize Tourism Industry Association San Pedro Chapter (BTIASP) with the assistance of American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) It features the San Pedrito Highway which runs along the airstrip. This area has been an illegal dumping ground for years. Not only is it the way home for many, but it is also the first thing everyone on half of the plane sees when they come in for a landing or take off from San Pedro airport.

  • The Yucatec Maya, 25min. The Yucatec Maya (Most came from the Yucatan peninsula what is now the Campeche,Yucatan and Quintana Roo States , escaping from the Guerra Social Maya better known as Caste War in 1840's). There have been evidence that their were still Yucatec Maya living in the extreme northwestern part of Belize in the Rio Bravo area before the massive migration of Maya from Mexico. The British reported several attacks in 1788 and 1801 from the Maya. A Yucatec Maya group name the Icaiche Maya which territory included northwestern Belize and Southern Mexico resisted to the British expansion of logwood cutting. The Icaiche Maya with the help of Maya who migrated to the San Pedro Yalbac area defeated the British Troops in December 21,1866 Which is known as the Battle of San Pedro Yalbac. Others are descendant of the Yucatec Maya group known as the Cruzoob Maya rebels who migrated to Belize from Chan Santa Cruz Areas.

  • The Belize Police Department - Drama Group High School Tour, 31min. The Belize Police Department is preparing for their upcoming Drama Group High School Tour. The tour is in its 6th year and is in partnership with the 16 Days of Activism movement to champion zero tolerance for violence against women. The tour will visit 19 high schools and use the art to inform students. The group also shared that the experience is therapeutic as it allows them an avenue to release stress and connect with youths. The tour begins 26th November through to the 11th December, 2018. We were treated to a performance of their latest song. On our couch: Inspector Stephanie Grinage - BPD Drama Group. Sergeant Marla Joseph - BPD Drama Group. PC Denroy Garcia - BPD Drama Group.

  • The University of Belize - Annual Marketing Expo, 36min. The University of Belize is showcasing the innovation and marketing skills of students at their Annual Marketing Expo. We invited a few of the participants to share the inspirations for their products. We talked with them about how young people can be supported to become entrepreneurs. On our coach: Marissa Jorgensen - Group Member, Shower Power. Emir Castillo - Group Member, Bamboo Bottle. Jenna Flores - Group Member, 501 Salad Dressing. Armando Santos - Small Business Representative, UB. Monica Escarpeta - Small Business Representative, UB. George Jones - Scotia Bank Belize.

  • Panel on Garifuna Progress - Bridging Past & Future Possibilities, 46min. In continuing our recognition of the contribution of the Garifuna to Belize we invited a panel of young people to talk about the modern Garinagu. They talked about their cultural identity and shared their perspectives on how their generation can work to connect their culture and traditions with the present and future aspirations. On our couch: Edreena Lambey - Ms. Garifuna Belize 2018-2019. Melissa Zuniga - Secretary, National Garifuna Council. Emilio Thomas - Musician, The Garifuna Collective.

  • Discovery channel- APROVA DE TUDO / floresta de Belize, 44min.

  • Belize International Yoga Festival 2018, 2min. Date: December 1st, 2018. Time: 6:0am- 6:00pm. Location: Harbour View Greens, 12 Fort Street, Belize City. (Opposite the Belize Sign, near the Fort Street Tourism Village) Cost: $10BZE Day Pass, – Children under 13 enter FREE

  • Dive 3 in Belize, 36min. This was back to the reef just off San Pedro and another amazing tour with Neff from Xcite Belize. A little shark feeding frenzy towards the end above us but what an amazing trip.

  • Belize 2018 Dive #1, 20min. This was a great dive starting at about 8' and descending to 60'. Lots of sea life, a few Nurse sharks, rays and eels. Thanks to Neff and the guys at Xcite Belize they were our tour guides and did an amazing job.

  • Belize - Schnorcheln bei San Pedro, 3min. Wir sind nach San Pedro gestartet und haben dort einen Tag zum entspannen und umherlaufen und einen Tag schnorcheln verbracht . Und das Schnorcheln war soooo toll, mit Ammenhaien (Nursesharks), Schildkröten, Rochen und vielen bunten Fischen. Wir können das alles so nicht mal ansatzweise in ein Video Packen. Aber wir hoffen, euch gefällt das Video :)

  • Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) doing circles in Bladen River, 1/2min. today we reveal a rare footage! While on patrol, our rangers captured this video of a Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) doing circles in Bladen River, Bladen Nature Reserve. The rangers noted that the mature tapir was doing this unusual activity for 5 minutes. Baird's Tapirs, or mountain cows as they are known in Belize, are classified as endangered due to decreasing population trends. The national animal of Belize stays close to water and enjoys swimming (which it is an expert in) and wading – on especially hot days.
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    Environment
    11/14/18 01:07 PM


    A sneak peak of photographs from Day 1 and Day 4 taken in between fulfilling the role of Snack Lady. The Snack Cart has been disbanded and the Snack Lady no longer answers to that nickname.

    May the community be inspired by the commitment of everyone who participated in this project and support all efforts going to put a stop to illegal dumping.

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    Ambergris Caye
    11/14/18 12:57 PM
    You may have noticed some new traffic signs on Sea Grape Drive, these signs have a cross on them indicating that they are not yet in use. We will inform drivers when the new traffic flow system will begin. Thank you.

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    Sports
    11/14/18 12:27 PM

    Football, basketball and track and field are sports that are well known in Belize among athletes and aficionados. Now there is rugby, a discipline that is physically and mentally challenging and is developing a steady following across the country.  Expat Tony Gillings began renewing interest in the game setting up teams in different municipalities.  A national rugby team has been launched and is getting ready to compete in the region. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

    Duane Moody, Reporting

    It was introduced here in Belize back in the late twentieth century by British soldiers, but faded years later. Since 2014, however, Tony Gillings has been working effortlessly to revive the team sport of rugby in Belize, teaching the football-type sport to youths as young as three.

    Tony Gillings, Founder/President, Rugby Belize

    “Rugby was never really formally organized in this country. Yes the troops played it years ago, but never formally organized. We registered the sport back in 2014 as Rugby Belize and it basically started with me walking around with a rugby board trying to talk to people about rugby. And they get if they get the ball and say hut-hut; no, it is not American football, it is rugby. And I started coaching kids and started forming teams and it has just ballooned.”

    The high-energy full-on contact sport came about in the nineteenth century by William Webb Ellis, who in the middle of a football match picked up a ball and ran to the end of the pitch. It started in a town called Rugby in England and after two centuries, finally made its debut in Rio 2016 for the Olympic Games.  With this motivation and having expanded the programme to several districts, the top players from five teams have been brought together to create the Belize National Rugby Team.

    Tony Gillings

    “Belize is the last country in the region to get rugby. All of our neighbours have been playing rugby for a long, long time. Our opponents on the twenty-fifth, Guatemala has been playing rugby since 2006. So there is a long history and tradition of rugby in the region; it’s a pity it didn’t catch on here initially, but it is now. And so we have clubs in Orange Walk, in Belmopan, San Ignacio, Belize City, San Pedro, there is another group starting up in Hopkins and a second team starting in Lake I in Belize City.”

    Similar to American football, but without the helmets and padding, there are rules in the sport that define how a player is tackled. There are also different versions including touch rugby where you don’t tackle and full-on tackling rugby; not to mention beach rugby.  Rugby sevens is played for a total of fourteen minutes with a minute break for halftime. It takes a lot of discipline and has significant social and health benefits. Captain Adrian Tillett says the sport is physically demanding so players should be physically and mentally prepared, and understand how to play safely.

    Adrian Tillett, Captain, Belize National Rugby Team

    “Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen; there is a lot of contact, physicality, roughness when it comes to actual defending the ball in the actual play. But once you play it properly it can be very safe, enjoyable and entertaining. It’s very active; it’s very fast and keeps you extremely fit. A lot of people think it gets you injured a lot, but that’s not actually the truth. It is very easy to mix up full contact with what rugby actually involves. It is actually about support from your teammates, getting rid of the ball before you get hit and scoring tries.”

    At any point in the game, there are seven players on the team, except for when there is a penalty. There are two props, a hooker, a scrumhalf, a fly-half, the centre and the winger. Tillett plays prop-one position, while nineteen-year-old Chris Ramclam is the hooker. He tackles the bigger players from the opposing team in the high-energy sport.

    Chris Ramclam, Hooker, Belize National Rugby Team

    “My job is being a part of the important plays. For example you have the scrums, which is a combination of all the forwards which is the two props and the hooker and we go down in a position and we fight for the ball. Also you have the line outs where I am lifted in the air, the ball is thrown in the middle of the lines and I’m suppose to catch the ball. I am supposed to be one of the fast guys of the forward. So when my props, the bigger guys, get the ball and pass it down to me, it’s either my job to run forward or get the ball down to the end of the line.”

    So aside from the traditional football (soccer), basketball, softball and even track and field, young athletes can now venture into rugby, another sporting discipline now available in country. The goal, says Rugby Belize President Tony Gillings is for the country to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics Games.

    Tony Gillings

    “Long term goal is to the take the team to the Paris 2024 Olympics and to bring back the very first Olympic medal for Belize. Now Fiji did it and they never had any medals in any Olympics, same as Belize—we’ve been since 1929—no medal. We will bring back the first medal to this country from the Olympic Rugby Sevens tournament.”

    In the meantime, the team prepares for the Central American, the Pan American and the Commonwealth Games in rugby sevens.


    Belize Versus Guatemala in Rugby International Friendly

    The Belize national rugby team is currently preparing to face off against the national team from Guatemala on November twenty-fifth at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City. After several local competitions, the international match takes place and Rugby Belize is asking the public to come out and witness the revitalization of the sport. As we found out, the team is confident that they’ll secure a win against the Guatemalan team. 

    Tony Gillings, President, Rugby Belize

    “They had a practice game with BATSUB last weekend; did really well. And so now we are facing Guatemala on the twenty-fifth of November at the Marion Jones [Sporting Complex].  Huge step for rugby in this country, but also a huge step for sport in this country too.”

    Adrian Tillett, Captain, Belize National Rugby Team

    “I think that Belize is definitely going to win. The main reason is I have confidence in my team; my teammates got confidence in each other. We didn’t get a chance to practice as much as I’d want them to, but the twenty-fifth is a long way from here. I am sure we can get more practices in and build more practices in and build more confidence within each other and we will definitely bring home the goal.”

    Chris Ramclam, Hooker, Belize National Rugby Team

    “Of course we are ready. Just a little more practice and we got this game in the bag. I haven’t seen the Guatemalan team, per say, but what I’ve heard they are really trained; they have that chemistry with them so they are going to give us a run, but we are going to give them back the same run.”

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