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My records go back to 2002. These have been augmented by official typical figures, which are generally in line with my records.

First thing to note, is that the Belize weather is frequently highly variable. Some years we have not really had a dry season, other year not really a wet season.

And yet my long term, yearly averages are showing fairly steady, constant figures.

North Belmopan rain records


The first year shown here are the long term typical figures for Belmopan, showing a clearly defined dry season and wet season. But, as you can see, the actual yearly figures are very different. Daily rain figures mean almost nothing, but are very interesting. The Light blue line is a Running monthly average, but is highly variable from year to year, so rather hard to interpret, it does tend to show the dry season and the wet season, sort of. But the heavy blue/Grey line is the running yearly average for each year. Do not look at where it goes up and down, because that is influenced by 365 days, or actually ± 182 days records. But each year it is generally around the same general level.

This basically means that although Belize rain fall is highly variable, we have generally been having about the same total amount of rain every year. There is no hint or tendency for the Belize rain to be changing or any Rain Climate Change happening here.

North Belmopan temperature records


Again, overall, the maximum and minimum temperatures follow a very similar pattern. Some years the hot periods are more frequent or pronounced, other years the cold periods are more significant an pronounced. Better to look at the heavy red line in the middle of the daily variations as the 31 day running average, likewise the heavy blue line in the middle of the cold minimum temperatures. The Green line actually means little or nothing, it is just the mid point between the red and blue lines, but it is perhaps easier to follow.

Basically this is showing how Belize temperatures do vary somewhat erratically, on different years, there is a hint of two hot periods, one in May the other in August, these are where the Sun passes us overhead at midday, what I have been calling our two summers.

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Yesterday at 07:16 PM

The Cloud and Rain picture. This same low pressure area with continuing ITCZ swellups is continuing to cause patches of rain, some heavy and most of Belize under heavy cloud.


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Tropical Storms & Hurricanes
Yesterday at 05:49 PM

94L moving inland over Belize without developing

A broad area of low pressure (94L) over the southwestern Caribbean near the northwest coast of Honduras was moving inland over Central America late Tuesday morning. Satellite images and Belize radar showed that 94L did not have an organized surface circulation, and the system has run out of time to develop into a tropical depression. Heavy rains from 94L will spread inland into Central America Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing 2 – 4” of rain with isolated higher amounts.

Jeff Masters / Category 6


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Yesterday at 11:12 AM


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The San Pedro Sun

The “Bliss” to Undergo Renovations
The National Institute of Culture and History is pleased to announce that The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts has been earmarked for primary renovations to the roof and upgrades to the Air Conditioning system. The Bliss Institute is a theatre, museum and gallery in the cultural center of Belize City named after Belize’s most known benefactor Baron Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss. The original construction on the Southern Foreshore of Belize City started in 1953 and finished one year later. The architectural design was done in what was then considered a modernist international style. The building consisted of a library, an auditorium, an exhibition area and reading rooms. The gallery for the auditorium resembled the prow of a ship.

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Invest 94L Heading Our Way
Looks like more wet weather coming our way. INVEST 94L No indication of rotation, but with multiple ITCZ swellups like this, and if it moves northwards, then the Coriolis effect can cut in and cause a cyclonic storm to form. This is close to us, so will not be a Tropical Storm on Belize, but it could follow MICHAEL in a similar way, if it gets into the Gulf.

Regional Fisheries Ministers Approve Climate Change Protocol
A Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture was approved for CARICOM States during a recent high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). At the 8th Special Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council held in Barbados last Thursday, during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, the ministers approved the protocol to the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP), which promotes cooperation and collaboration among Caribbean people, fishers and governments in conserving, managing, and sustainably using fisheries and related ecosystems, as well as improving the welfare and livelihood of fisherfolk in the region.

The Reporter


MAN SHOT NEAR BWS OFFICE
There are confirmed reports that a man was shot moments ago near the BWS main office in Belize City. He has been identified by family members as Elroy Saldano. Sources say he has been rushed to the KHMH in critical condition, and we are told that he has gone into surgery. We’ll provide more information as we get it.

ANOTHER MISSING CHILD – Shamily Danielly Tillett, 14,
Jasmine Alert has issued a missing person’s notice for a minor from August Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk District. Shamily Danielly Tillett, 14, was last seen in the village on September 24 when she told family members at home she was leaving to go to the internet cafe. The notice from JA also calls the name of a man from the same community who family think may be with her.

Caribe 2018 Cycle Race RESULTS – Dominican Republic – Men’s Elite
1st. Place Michael Stanislas of Martinique (France) 2nd. Place Arias Perez Carlos of Cuba 3rd. Place Augusto Sanchez of the Dominican Republic. 16th. Place Giovanni Lovell of Belize 27th. Place Robert Liam Stewart of Belize Under 23 Category 11th. Place Kieon Rabateau of Belize

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Man killed in Yabra
A man was shot dead in Belize City tonight. BBN is aware of his identity but will wait for his family to be informed before disclosing that information.

Belize participates in 18th Caribbean Cycling Championship
On Saturday, the Belize Cycling Federation sent out a national selection to compete at the Caribbean Cycling Championships in the Dominican Republic. In the women’s category, Kaya Cattouse and Alicia Thompson were sent to represent the country.

Moist weather to continue
A relatively moist easterly airflow will continue to dominate our weather. Cloudy skies with some showers, and a few thunderstorms are expected today. The wind will blow from the East to Northeast at 10 to 20 knots.

Man shot again in Belize City
A man was shot minutes ago on Belize City’s southside. He has been identified as Elroy Saldano. According to reports he was somewhere near Belize Water Services when he was shot.

Tropical disturbance being closely monitored
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical disturbance in the Atlantic. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low pressure located just offshore of northeastern Honduras continue to show some signs of organization.

New political party to be launched in Belize
In the next few weeks, a new political party will be unveiled in Belize. While the name has not yet been finalized as yet, leaked information suggests that it will be named, “The Will of the People.” Information to BBN is that former UDP Area Representative, Derek Aikman, will be the party leader and prime minister if this party is successful.

Belize City cop victim of hit and run
Police Constable, Wilbert Chi, was knocked down by a vehicle this morning in Belize City. According to reports, sometime around 5 a.m., he was on a motorcycle near the corner of Vernon Street and Central American Boulevard when a vehicle knocked him down from behind.

14 year old teen missing in Orange Walk
Jasmine Alert has issued a missing person’s notice for a minor who has been missing for 21 days. The minor, identified as Shanily Tillett, 14, was last seen at her home in August Pine Ridge Village, Orange Walk, on September 24. According to reports, she had indicated to her family that she was going to an internet cafe in the village.

House destroyed by fire
Police are investigating a fire that destroyed a home yesterday. Around 8:53 am yesterday, police went to Western Avenue, Belize City and saw a 2 bedroom wooden structure measuring approximately 15ft by 20ft completely engulfed in flames.

Authorities investigating murder in Mahogany Heights
Police are investigating the murder of the son of a senior police officer. This morning around 1:45, police went to an area near Mahogany Heights and La Democracia Village where they found the body of a man.

Uncle rapes minor in Corozal
Corozal police are investigating a report of rape in Concepcion Village. A 14-year-old minor accompanied by her mother reported that on October 13, 2018, about 6:30 a.m., her uncle raped her at a family residence in Concepcion Village.

American retiree found dead near a swimming pool in Corozal
Police are investigating the death of an American retiree in Corozal. Last night around 9:15, police went to the home of Robley Smith Rigdon Jr. on 6 miles Consejo Road, Corozal and found the body of a retired American woman.

German national raped and robbed
Police are investigating a report of rape in the Cayo District. A forty-four-year-old German woman told police that about 10 pm on October 12, she caught a ride on a motorcycle with a man after socializing.

Blogs

Finding Luxury in Belize
Belize's rise in popularity has motivated developers and hoteliers to transform the once hiker’s haven into an ultra-luxe destination with new high-end resorts debuting projects over the next couple of years: Debuting as the first-ever Marriott International Autograph Collection property in the country, Alaia Belize is a boutique community resort and residential property opening in 2020. Inspired by Mayan architecture, Leonardo DiCaprio announced plans for a wellness-focused eco-resort on 104-acre island to debut late 2018. Scheduled to open in 2021, Four Seasons Caye Chapel will debut as a resort and residential community located on a private island around 16 miles from Belize City. Itz’ana Resort and Residences is a boutique property that opened in 2017 with deluxe suites and beachfront residences as well as exclusive amenities, such as negative-edge pool, Rum Room, jewel-box sized bar and more.

Gorgeous Weather, Clearing Beach and The Quarry: Holiday Weekend On Ambergris Caye
The past few days have been glorious. The air a bit crisper…the periwinkle clouds extra puffy and the sargasso gone! So…I took a bunch of pictures and this morning, visited an interesting spot on the Caye – The Quarry. Here are some photos from Sunday morning yoga at Ak’Bol Eco Resort (about 2 miles north, Ambergris Caye). Heavenly. Next…I’m heading north to the Quarry. This quarry was started a few years ago to build the road north – and has been going STRONG ever since. It is private land and you’ll see BIG trucks filled with rock and sand running north and south. They are coming from the Quarry – about 9 miles north.

International Sourcesizz

Project shines light on turtle activity
Conservationists captured more than 250 green turtles as part of a research programme this year. The Bermuda Turtle Project team caught 259 green turtles and a hawksbill turtle in their efforts to monitor the population and find out about their behaviour. Environmental officers and biologists from Belize, Brazil, Colombia and the United States were involved in the project with the Bermuda Zoological Society and the Sea Turtle Conservancy. The BTP, which has been running since 1968, has that sea turtles arrive in Bermuda at a very young age and spend up to 20 years as juveniles on local seagrass flats and reefs.

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    Belize District
    10/15/18 04:47 PM

    The National Institute of Culture and History is pleased to announce that The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts has been earmarked for primary renovations to the roof and upgrades to the Air Conditioning system. The Bliss Institute is a theatre, museum and gallery in the cultural center of Belize City named after Belize’s most known benefactor Baron Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss. The original construction on the Southern Foreshore of Belize City started in 1953 and finished one year later.

    The theatre stages numerous concerts, plays, theatrical performances, award ceremonies, forums, lectures, film and media arts presentations and a number of artistic exhibitions and events are held in this historic complex. This historic building will begin receiving restorative attention to the roof and air conditioning as soon as the rains are not as prevalent in our weather forecasts.

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    10/15/18 11:46 AM

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Wolfe’s Woofer: The Maid
    “Hello, Marsha. What’s up?” I was sitting at one of the beachside tables at the Holiday Hotel having coffee with my friend Bill when his wife called him. “Oh, no!” he said, when he got off the phone. “We’re having problems with our maid, Lupe, again.” “She’s been with you for years,” I said. “I never knew you had problems with her.” “She started working for us six years ago. After five months she said she had to quit because she was pregnant and didn’t have a husband. She was going to leave San Pedro and go back to her village.

    Letter to the Editor: THEY JUST DON’T CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE
    It is outrageous that BECOL-Fortis (a Canadian owned corporation), the owner and operator of the Macal River dams portray themselves as “sharing information” and getting feedback from the public, a fantasy they continue to perpetuate. BECOL is required to inform the people and respond to our concerns about the problems that directly affect our lives and health. BECOL is required to test the levels of mercury in the fish in the Macal River and inform the public on the dangers of eating fish high in mercury; BECOL is required to test the water of the river and inform the people of the test results; BECOL is required to have a workable Dam Break Early Warning System in place – something they were to do when the Chalillo Dam went online, 13 years ago but have still failed to do. We attended another session BECOL labels a “public discussion” on 28 September 2018. These are some notes from that meeting.

    Doctor Love: Where is the beef?
    Dear Doctor Love, I have a vegan friend who has become fanatical about the “animal free” diet. If we are with a group and someone mentions getting food she will insist on a vegan restaurant and expects six or eight others to cater to her instead of going to the restaurant they choose and selecting a vegan dish for herself. Heaven forbid someone should mention lobster and she hear them because they will get an earful from her. She has now decided her new puppy will be a vegan and I am worried she will kill it with kindness. She thinks animals are taught by man to eat meat, including wild lions and alligators and she holds humans responsible for animals killing prey for food. Her beliefs aside, I worry about the health of her puppy. Please tell her that dogs are carnivores and a vegan diet isn’t good for her pet. /s/ Where’s the Beef?

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Mr. Miguel “Sabas” Rivero Jr. passes away in San Pedro
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Councilors and Staff extends its deepest condolences to the Rivero family and friends on the passing of Mr. Miguel “Sabas” Rivero Jr. San Pedro has lost another pioneer in the fishing industry. May his soul rest in peace.

    Ashley Say Wut?
    The Wildfire Artzmosphere is having a human beatbox event on Saturday, October 27th, entitled 'Ashley Say Wut?' The best starts at 7:30pm.

    No-Plastic - No-Styrofoam Exhibit
    The new exhibit at the SISE HoC, based on the sustainable summer camp held in Bullet Tree, was launched last week. On Thursday 4th of October, Hon. Minister Dr. Omar Figueroa, in collaboration with Dr. Anita F. Tzec and her organizing team from Bullet Tree Falls village in the Cayo District, officially launched an exhibit on the results of the “1st No-plastic, No-styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018”, which they jointly held in July of this year. The camp, was in line with GOB’s bold effort to phase out single-use plastic and styrofoam food utensils in Belize..

    Another fun Urban Birdwatch at San Pedro
    We had swooping Peregrine Falcons, Reddish Egret and dozens of migrant Warblers with this cool crew.

    KUKULKAN : JOURNEY OF THE TEACHER
    After leaving tollan Quetzalcoatl(Kukulkan) traveled in other locations of MesoAmerica . According to the Books of Chilam Balam the sacred books of the Yucatec Maya .Kukulkan the Native prophet reach to the Maya lands of Yucatan Peninsula in Katun 4 Ahua . The natives admired his wisdom and called him K'uk'ulkan . The Books of Chilam Balam speak about the prophecies of the return of Kukulkan . According to another legend the city of Cuzcatlan today in Salvador was founded by Quetzalcoatl(Kukulkan) . The art of the pyramids revealed a Maya and Toltec influence . Kukulkan loved his people so much that he abolished Human Sacrifed , Reigning in peace and prosperity he contributed much to the lifestyle of the Toltecs with basic ideas such as civilization before he started his journing in Mesoamerica .

    The Reporter

    POLICE SEEKING YOUR ASSISTANCE TO FIND MISSING PERSON
    Police are asking the public’s assistance in locating Marta Ventura, 20, who has been missing since October 7th. Ventura left her mother’s home in the Arizona area of Teakettle at around 2:00pm that day and never returned. She was last seen at the Marisol Bar in Belmopan. If you see her or have any information which could lead to finding her you’re asked to call the nearest Police Station.

    AMERICAN NATIONAL DIES IN POOL – CONSEJO AREA
    Corozal Police are investigating the death of American national Claire Elizabeth Rigdon, 49. Just after 9:00pm on Saturday officers were called to the home of Robley Smith Rigdon Jr. on the Consejo Road where they found the body of the woman lying beside a pool. According to Rigdon, he and his wife were socializing by the pool that evening and he fell asleep. He told Police that when he woke up he found her floating in the pool.

    GUATEMALAN WITH MACHINE GUN – APPREHENDED IN FREE ZONE
    Two Guatemalan nationals, Armando Hub Pop and Jose Juan García Palma, have been formally charged for Keeping a Prohibited Firearm and Keeping Ammunition without a License. The men were detained yesterday afternoon in the Western Free Zone with a high-powered weapon identified as an UZI PRO pistol, similar to the one shown here.

    UPDATE – CARIBE 2018 – BELIZE SENDS IT’S POWER HOUSE CYCLING TEAM
    The best cyclist from Belize are stepping into a short but power-pac race, of just 90 miles that will be held this weekend in the Dominican Republics. Our best from Belize will be competing against cycling stars from 11 other countries in the region. This is cycling on a regional and international stage !, many of the participants form the other countries are top-notch cyclist.

    ARMED ROBBERY IN 8 MILES COMMUNITY
    Two men robbed a water delivery truck in the vicinity of 8 Miles along the George Price Highway yesterday. Reports are that Jose Avila, 42, and his assistant Juan Montero, 44, were making a delivery around 2:30 p.m.when two men with their faces half-covered approached them.

    MAN FOUND SHOT DEAD IN PARKED CAR NEAR MAHOGANY HTS.
    The body of the man found in the vehicle in Mahogany Heights has been identified as that of Noel Leal Jr. Sources tell us he was shot in the head. He is the son of a senior cop but had several brushes with the law and was charged for drug trafficking in 2017.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belizean journalist completes certification course at Poynter Institute
    Belizean journalist, Zoila Gonzalez, a member of our Breaking Belize News team has successfully completed a certification course at the Poynter Institute for Journalism in Tampa, Florida. The Poynter Institute is recognized as the global leader in journalism. Poynter experts focus on fact checking, ethics, leadership, innovation and explore the intersection of journalism, technology and the public interest.

    Police find ammo and pistol in Santa Elena
    Yesterday evening police conducted a search in an open lot located on Toucan street in Santa Elena town. That search led to the discovery of a Rossi brand .38 special revolver with fifty .38 special live ammunition.

    Two Guatemalan police men jailed for firearm offenses
    Two Guatemalan police officers have been charged for firearm related offences in Belize. They are Jose Juan Garcia Palma, 31, and Armando Hub Pop, 35. According to police reports, yesterday cops visited the Benque Viejo Del Carmen Town Commercial Free Zone where they saw both men in a Hilux Toyota pick up truck.

    Teakettle woman woman missing for 7 days
    Out west, police are investigating the disappearance of a 20 year old woman. She has been identifird as Teakettle villager, Martha Ventura, 20. Ruben Ventura, 37, told police that the young woman left her mother’s home since October 10th and has not been seen since.

    Man dies after losing control and plunging into river
    A man lost his life last night in a road traffic accident in Orange Walk. Around 11:30 last night, police were called to the San Antonio bridge located at the entrance of San Antonio village. There, police saw a grey Ford Ranger pickup submerged in the Rio Hondo river.

    Hilux stolen in Corozal
    A Toyota Hilux was reportedly stolen yesterday morning in Corozal. Xaibe resident, Solangel Elvira Itzab told police that between the hours of 3:45 and 7:00 a.m., her gold Hilux pickup with license plate L/P CZL-C-07907 was stolen from her yard.

    Belize~ has two titles to enforce
    By Richard Harrison: Belize has two titles to its land…all 8867 square miles of it: 1859 Treaty between UK and Guatemala 1981 Independence between Belize, UK and United Nations Charter, which supercedes all previous treaties. Belize has all rights to exercise its borders using both… To enforce our borders using the first one involves litigation risk…which makes a lot of money for lawyers and the status quo they are working for.

    Stolen vehicle found scrapped in Rancho Dolores
    A 2007 KIA Sportage vehicle that was reported stolen on September 1, 2018, was found on October 10, 2018. The vehicle was stolen from Baymen Avenue, Belize City where it was parked. However, there was barely anything left of the vehicle when police found it.

    Vehicle falls off bridge and into river
    Just before midnight a grey Ford pick up truck fell off the San Antonio Bridge in the Orange Walk District. The vehicle and its driver plunged into the river. Details are sketchy but we can confirm that there was at least one fatality.

    Man found dead in parked vehicle
    Confirmed reports are that a body was recovered from a parked car in Mahogany Heights. It has been identified as Noel Leal Jr. According to reports he was seen with a gunshot injury to his head.

    International Sourcesizz

    Montserrat defeats Belize at Inaugural CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying tournament
    Montserrat earned their first win in over five years with a 1-0 home triumph over Belize at the Blakes Estate Stadium in Lookout. The two teams traded scoring chances in the first half, with the home side coming closest only to be denied by Belize GK Woodrow West, who made a number of excellent saves. Montserrat kept plugging away though and they found the game’s lone goal in the 74’ with what could go down as the goal of the tournament. Spencer Weir played a one-two combination with Adrian Clifton that saw Spencer collect a ball on the left edge of the area and curl a picture-perfect right-footed shot into the top right corner of the net.

    IMF predicts strong but uneven growth for Caribbean
    In its October 2018 Regional Outlook Report for The Caribbean, the wider South America and Central America, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted strong but yet uneven growth for the Central American and Caribbean region over the next two years. For the Caribbean and Central American region, the IMF said that recent negative revisions to the effective forecasts hinged on the impact the United States had on their dependent economies with regard to higher tariffs and increased trade costs. However, due to increased employment prospects in the USA, tourism for the Caribbean is expected to produce an upswing large enough to absorb some of the negative impact from negatively impacting terms of trade from the USA and other larger economies; and for Central America, which is more dependent on remittances...

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    Nature
    10/15/18 11:34 AM
    Another fun Urban Birdwatch at San Pedro. We had swooping Peregrine Falcons, Reddish Egret and dozens of migrant Warblers with this cool crew.

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    In its October 2018 Regional Outlook Report for The Caribbean, the wider South America and Central America, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted strong but yet uneven growth for the Central American and Caribbean region over the next two years.

    For the Caribbean and Central American region, the IMF said that recent negative revisions to the effective forecasts hinged on the impact the United States had on their dependent economies with regard to higher tariffs and increased trade costs.

    However, due to increased employment prospects in the USA, tourism for the Caribbean is expected to produce an upswing large enough to absorb some of the negative impact from negatively impacting terms of trade from the USA and other larger economies; and for Central America, which is more dependent on remittances, increased job prospects favours well for persons who send US currency back to their respective countries and also particularly as US interest rates continue to rise, making the US dollar stronger against other currencies.

    For Central America in particular, the IMF stated that the economic outlook for Mexico, Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic is shaped by complex and varying forces, both external and domestic.

    While strong growth in the United States is benefiting economies in the region, political and policy uncertainty are moderating growth. In Mexico, despite a preliminary trade deal with the United States, lingering uncertainty on the final agreement and tight financial conditions suggest the economy will recover gradually. Aided by a modest contribution of net exports, growth is projected to reach 2.5 percent in 2019.

    Inflation has been on a declining path but remains above target and is projected to reach 4.8 percent on average in 2018 before gradually converging to 3 percent around mid-2019. Regarding policies, the new administration’s strong mandate presents an opportunity to address Mexico’s longstanding structural challenges while maintaining macroeconomic stability and market confidence. Fiscal consolidation efforts would help stabilize public debt as a share of GDP.

    The authorities should stand ready to ease monetary policy at the end of this year to support activity if inflation remains firmly on a downward path and as long as inflation expectations remain anchored. Growth in Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic (CAPDR) has shown signs of deceleration since the beginning of 2018, driven by worsening terms of trade and subdued domestic demand. At the country level, growth slowed due to a long election cycle (Costa Rica), low business confidence (Costa Rica and Guatemala), low public investment (Honduras), and a prolonged strike in construction (Panama).

    After its onset in April, the political crisis in Nicaragua caused economic activity to contract by 12 percent in June (year over year), with sharp declines in tourism, commerce, investment, and exports.

    Despite the overall slowdown in the region, growth in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador has accelerated since the start of the year to above potential, supported by persistently robust inflows of remittances and, in the case of the Dominican Republic, the monetary easing in mid-2017.

    Intraregional trade in Central America suffered as a result of the political unrest in Nicaragua, as the interruption of land transport increased the logistics costs for imports and exports. Combined with the effect of higher oil prices and falling coffee prices, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras saw their trade deficits widen in the first half of 2018.

    For the Caribbean, the IMF had a slightly more upbeat tone and said that economic prospects for the Caribbean are generally improving. Growth in the region is expected to firm up in 2018 and 2019, supported by higher US and global growth.

    Reconstruction from the devastating hurricanes of 2017 in some tourism-dependent countries has been largely delayed so far but is expected to pick up in 2019. Rising commodity prices and production are projected to lead to stronger growth for commodity exporters in 2018–19. Several countries in the region have experienced improved economic activity due to greater tourism demand, supported by higher economic growth in the United States – the main market for most destinations in the region.

    Most notably, Grenada and St Lucia registered strong growth in 2017 and to date in 2018. Most others, including Jamaica, are experiencing moderate growth. Solid tourism demand is expected to continue in 2019.

    However, some of the islands that were hit hard by hurricanes during 2017 face a protracted recovery. In Dominica, GDP is projected to further decline by 14.1 percent in 2018, before rebounding by about 9.4 percent in 2019 as reconstruction gathers pace.

    Economic activity in commodity exporters has also improved thanks to higher prices. Trinidad and Tobago is expected to register moderate growth in 2018–19, following two years of recession.

    New gold mines have further increased growth prospects in Guyana and Suriname for 2018–19. Guyana is also benefiting from investments in the oil sector, with production expected to start in 2020.

    High fiscal deficits and public debt remain major vulnerabilities for the region. However, in some tourism-dependent economies, debt ratios are now retreating from very high levels, with several countries engaged in multiyear fiscal consolidation efforts, including Grenada, Jamaica, and St Kitts and Nevis. In these cases, continued fiscal prudence will be necessary to gradually reduce debt to a sustainable level and to build and preserve buffers against adverse shocks.

    In Antigua and Barbuda, there is a clear need to tighten the fiscal stance, in combination with structural reforms to bolster growth, to reduce public debt. A well-designed fiscal rule could help guide the consolidation effort and broaden support for it.

    The IMF also highlighted its recent efforts to assist Barbados, having signed a memorandum for stabilisation that it hopes will see a further improvement of Barbados’s fiscal space and overall fiscal improvement for the medium and long term.

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    Gone but not forgotten
    10/15/18 11:02 AM
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Councilors and Staff extends its deepest condolences to the Rivero family and friends on the passing of Mr. Miguel “Sabas” Rivero Jr. San Pedro has lost another pioneer in the fishing industry. May his soul rest in peace. We will miss you dearly Tio Sabas!!!

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    Tio Sabas
    My buddy on hundreds of his thousands of dives, everyone loved him.R.I.P. Sabas.
    Decades ago we had some adventures. I remember one where my depth gauge bowed against it's peg and stayed jammed at 200 feet to mark some depth beyond it's limit. Sabas tapped me on the shoulder and gave me a thumbs up sign. We where young, foolish and lucky, dying old was never the plan.
    Elbert Greer

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    On behalf of the San Pedro Tourist Guide Association, we want to send our deepest sympathy to Tio Sabas and his Family and Friends!! Rest In Peace!! You are in a Better place !! The Ocean , your life passion, together with all of us will surely miss you my brother!! RIP SABas !!!

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    A San Pedro icon. May he rest in peace.
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    Sports
    10/15/18 10:59 AM

    Montserrat earned their first win in over five years with a 1-0 home triumph over Belize at the Blakes Estate Stadium in Lookout at the Inaugural CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying tournament.

    The two teams traded scoring chances in the first half, with the home side coming closest only to be denied by Belize GK Woodrow West, who made a number of excellent saves.

    Montserrat kept plugging away though and they found the game’s lone goal in the 74’ with what could go down as the goal of the tournament. Spencer Weir played a one-two combination with Adrian Clifton that saw Spencer collect a ball on the left edge of the area and curl a picture-perfect right-footed shot into the top right corner of the net.

    It was Montserrat’s first victory since May 2014 when they defeated Bonaire in 2014 Caribbean Cup Qualification. Monsterrat are now 1W-0D-1L, 2GF 2GC, while Belize are 1W-0D-1L, 4GF 1GC.

    74’ Goal Montserrat! Spencer Weir curls it perfectly into the top corner from outside the edge of the box!

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    Ambergris Caye
    10/14/18 06:10 PM
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    Weather
    10/14/18 06:10 PM

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    Corozal
    10/14/18 01:43 PM
    WOW! This is awesome news for the things we can't get here..... Looking forward to the tax break....
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    News
    10/14/18 11:16 AM


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Local Musician John Stanley donates to Hope Haven
    Local singer and songwriter John Stanley presented an $852.72 donation to Hope Haven after performing a series of shows at local eateries. “I got a message from Hope Haven that they really needed food and supplies, so I donated a box of food myself then decided to go one step further and put on a few performances in San Pedro and see if I could do even more for this great organization.” John Stanley performed at five local restaurants over the past week and replaced his usual tip jar with a donation box instead. “I knew it was slow season, so I wasn’t sure how much I could raise. I thought I had a lofty goal of $500, but when we counted the money at the end of the week it was over $850! I was ecstatic.”

    Institute of Archaeology hosts Poem and Theme Competition in Commemoration of World Archaeology Day 2018
    The Institute of Archaeology is launching a slogan and poem contest to celebrate International Archaeology Day 2018 which is October 20. The contest is open for both high school and junior college students. The Grand Prize for each category is an exclusive tour for two (2) of the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Caves with free entrance to the site, complimentary gear and lunch. Second Prize is a tour for two of Xunantunich and Cahal Pech with free entrance and complimentary lunch. Poems must be original works, focus on positive aspects of Archaeological Cultural Heritage in Belize and have a length of 20 lines or less. Themes must be original, focus on positive aspects of Archaeological Cultural Heritage in Belize and have a length of 10 words or less.

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    Caye Caulker Humane Society has a new clinic!
    he CCHS has a new clinic. What you may not know is that clinic was literally built while all Board Members and were out of town. But because the Humane Society has amazing volunteers, the clinic was built and not a single Saturday clinic was missed. *Plus*, a spay/ neuter day got fit in just days before clinic locations were moved! That's incredible! Huge thanks are in order for the faithful volunteers who kept things moving seamlessly (or better) while the Board was out of town: Susan Pelt, Alex Sidie, Shaena Levin, Susan Newhouse, Staci Coberly, Joshuan Gonzalez, Carol Koris, Jax Lancio, Johanna Starck and Ellis. Also a bit thank you to Merlin for sewing some curtains for us!!

    Mary Hill R. C. School Procession
    Thanks to all those that assisted in today's procession.

    Ear Nose & Throat Screening in Corozal
    Corozal Community Hospital Service. October 19th, 2018.

    Happy Indigenous Day Belize!!
    On Day of the Americas, the Northern Maya Association of Belize (NMAB) salutes all indigenous people of Belize and their descendants, and recognizes the richness of their individual culture that make The Jewel unique. On this occasion, the NMAB recognizes the centuries of constant struggle of our Indigenous people for dignity, and human and cultural diversity. We commend the effort and dedication of all cultural promoters in the safeguarding of the intangible heritage of our ancestors and encourage others to follow.

    No-Plastic - No-Styrofoam Exhibit
    The new exhibit at the SISE HoC, based on the sustainable summer camp held in Bullet Tree, was launched last week. On Thursday 4th of October, Hon. Minister Dr. Omar Figueroa, in collaboration with Dr. Anita F. Tzec and her organizing team from Bullet Tree Falls village in the Cayo District, officially launched an exhibit on the results of the “1st No-plastic, No-styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018”, which they jointly held in July of this year. The camp, was in line with GOB’s bold effort to phase out single-use plastic and styrofoam food utensils in Belize. It sought to create awareness in children and their families, on the negative health and environmental impacts of single-use plastic and styrofoam, as well as the importance of supporting this ban in our country.

    Metal Haven 2018
    Metal Haven is only 3 weeks away. Ascenthium will be performing this year. Verge of Umbra will be there too. It all happens in Benque at the Cancha Marshalleck on November 3rd. Tickets and t-shirts are on sale now.

    Goff Caye Fundraising Excursion
    Support the Belize Brain Awareness Society for a worthy cause. Goff Caye fundraising excursion for the entire family! Come out and have fun in the sun!

    Uxbenka Visitors Center Opens
    Our brothers and sisters of Santa Cruz village are breaking ground where the living Mayas are taking charge for the protection and development of our cultural heritage. Today they opened their visitors center with lots of feasting, music, dance and beaming pride and dignity in the results of the hard work of the men, women, Elders and young people of Santa Cruz. We congratulate them for their exemplary work! We thank all the friends of Santa Cruz both here at home and from abroad who have stood with them and supported their humble efforts. Together we shall continue to break new grounds!

    The Reporter

    WILL THE B.N.T.U STRIKE AGAIN
    It remains to be seen whether or not Belize National Teachers Union’s last message to the Government of Belize is an indication of the intention to initiate another strike. The BNTU issued a release this week, calling it a warning to GOB that the union does not approve of the way the Ministry of Education has handled the issue of revising the list of schools that receive hardship allowance from the MOE. The union says that it has tried repeatedly to express it concerns about teachers bei g disenfranchised by the new revised list but has not received any response from Chief Executive Officer Deborah Domingo, Chief Education Officer Carol Babb, or the Minister of Education Patrick Faber. The BNTU stressed that the Ministry’s actions have prohibited the union from effectively representing its members.

    JAPAN DAY FESTIVAL HELD IN BELIZE CITY
    Over 1000 people have visited the Ramada Belize City Princess today for the 10ty Annual Japan Day cultural festival, being held under the theme “Cultural Harmony.” While the Japanese community in Belize is less than 20 persons, the festival has attracted visitors that have even come from outside the Belize district to learn about Japanese food, language , cultural clothes and customs. The event also features two popular competitons: tulhe cosplay competition, where participants dress up as their favorite characters from Japanese anime and video games; as well as the manga competition, where participants create their own comic script using Japanese style art.

    CHILD KNOCKED DOWN IN SANTA ROSA
    A seven-year-old boy from Santa Rosa village received serious injuries yesterday after being knocked down by a pick-up truck while crossing the road. The child got hit around 5 p.m. yesterday between Miles 26 and 27 on the Southern Highway. He got a fractured skull, abrasions to both hands and injuries to his back. The driver, a 29-year-old construction worker of Silk Grass Village, said that the road was wet and slippery so there was no way he could have avoided the accident.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belize Celebrates Hicatee Awareness Month
    October is commemorated as Hicatee Awareness Month and this is the second year that it is being celebrated in the country. The Turtle Survival Alliance and the Belize Foundation for Research & Environmental Education ( BFREE) have scheduled activities and events this month that will honor the beloved Central American River Turtle, known as the ‘Hicatee’ in Belize.

    Delivery Truck Driver Attacked And Robbed In Cayo
    Reports reaching our newsroom are that shortly after 5 this afternoon, a Quality Poultry Delivery truck was robbed in Cotton Tree Village, Cayo District. The driver of the truck was attacked and sustained injuries to his head.

    Guatemalans busted with machine gun in Benque Viejo
    This afternoon, at least two Guatemalan nationals reportedly drove into the Benque Viejo Free Zone with a machine gun. Police searched their vehicle and found the weapon and as a result, the men were detained.

    Police questioning suspects for murder of Orange Walk man
    Police yesterday informed that they have detained and are questioning suspects for the murder of 21-year-old Jose Medina. Jose Medina and his girlfriend Lucia Luna were walking home Thursday morning when a gunman opened fire at them.

    Attempted kidnapper denied bail!
    He was recently accused of attempting to kidnap an eight-year-old boy in broad daylight and in front of his siblings in Belmopan and British national, Roger Wallis, 63, was arrested for that crime and remanded to prison. But last week, he reportedly applied for Supreme Court bail before Justice Adolph Lucas.

    Blogs

    THE BEACH IS BACK! And Other Friday in San Pedro Snapshots
    There is only one thing to talk about right now. The plague has subsided. The sargasso has stopped…for a few days now. Since the Tropical Depression that turned into Hurricane Michael breezed by us. LOOK! The sea floor! I won’t get too cocky but I’ll show you some pictures. The water isn’t TOTALLY clear yet…there is still plenty of decaying seaweed that needs to be swept away but HOPEFUL! I am very very very hopeful. I’m sure this tiny rainbow over the lagoon this morning means something positive. Other Friday happenings. Stopping for tacos and BANANA juice at Neri’s Tacos. My order: 3 dollar pork taco with onion, no chile and a banana juice.

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize: From speed bumps to biting bugs
    Economically poor, Belize is rich in biting bugs called “no-see-ems.” While you can’t see “no-see-ems,” you can “feel-em.” And the welts on your body the next day let you see-em and feel-em. Belize replaces speed traps with speed bumps. A total of 37 massive concrete slabs stop traffic in a 24-mile stretch from Palencia. Brits call them “sleeping policemen.” Question: What’s a Belizean crash-test dummy? Answer: A drunk who smashes into a speed bump at full speed.

    Expedition into Belize Blue Hole could unlock ancient Mayan secrets
    A world-first submarine expedition, involving billionaire Richard Branson, will explore the darkest depths of Belize's Blue Hole, using military-grade sonar to map the sinkhole's vast underwater interior in wondrous detail. Situated 70km off the Belize coast, the giant Blue Hole is one of the world's leading scuba dive spots, and the UNESCO site is believed to hold clues to the mystery of how the Mayan civilisation collapsed between 800 and 1000 AD. The bottom of the Blue Hole, which measures 124 metres deep, has been reached by divers before. But the environment, enveloped in total darkness, is inhospitable and divers are unable to linger for long periods. Expedition leader Harvey Flemming says the large team, which includes Branson and Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques, don't really know what they will find.

    Redefine the Dive: 10 Tips to Dive Sustainably
    Here are some good tips you can practice personally while diving or snorkeling to help care for our fragile and majestic underwater environment. Coral reefs are among the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Samantha Craven from the Reef-World Foundation shares the basic things divers can do to protect these unique environments. Nature-based tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and diving numbers are rapidly increasing – there are an estimated one million new divers certified every year. In terms of protecting the environments that these divers travel to see, tourism is a great non-extractive, educational industry that helps create advocates simply by experiencing a reef! However, it is not without its pitfalls.

    Videos

  • Christin + Courtney | Belize Intimate Destination Wedding, 7min.

  • Music outreach and exchange at the Office of the Music Ambassador Belize with Aurelio Martinez, 15min. Aurelio Martinez jamming with us. Eliane Amherd: vox and percussion, Aurelion Martinez: guitar and vox, Dawn Drake: bass, Mara Rosenbloom: keys, Paula Green: percussion, Beza Gebre: drums.

  • Belize Mainland Chocolate Tour, 5min. See how cacao is grown, harvested, and turned into the delicious chocolate treat we love so much. Belize is known worldwide for it's high quality chocolate so when you visit, you have to enjoy some.

  • Rio on Pools in Belize, 4min. I visited Rio on Pools & Rio Frio Cave while in Cayo, Belize. Despite the rain, I was able to swim in the refreshing waters of the river. The rocks were a bit slippery from the algae, but the water was pretty clear and capped off a great day of adventures to the Mayan Ruins at Carcol.

  • Belize 2018, 8min.

  • 3 days in BELIZE with my closest friends, 4min. This was a quick fun trip with my cousin chuong and my good friend long to Belize. We spent 3 days of exploring as much as we can. We sailed on a boat an hour away from the shoreline to a private island in the silk keys. We swam with nurse sharks, sting rays and turtles. Our guide even grilled fresh food on a private island. Also, explored the caves by tubing! This is an experience i'll never forget.

  • The first encounter between Colombus and the Maya, 3min.
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    Caye Caulker
    10/14/18 10:50 AM

    The CCHS has a new clinic, starting this coming Saturday, 13 October, weekly and special surgery clinics will be held in our beautiful new building at our convenient new location near the Alamina cemetery. Same time: 9 - 11. Come see us!

    What you may not know is that clinic was literally built while all Board Members and were out of town. But because the Humane Society has amazing volunteers, the clinic was built and not a single Saturday clinic was missed. *Plus*, a spay/ neuter day got fit in just days before clinic locations were moved! That's incredible!

    Huge thanks are in order for the faithful volunteers who kept things moving seamlessly (or better) while the Board was out of town: Susan Pelt, Alex Sidie, Shaena Levin, Susan Newhouse, Staci Coberly, Joshuan Gonzalez, Carol Koris, Jax Lancio, Johanna Starck and Ellis.

    Also a bit thank you to Merlin for sewing some curtains for us!!

    Please meet our beautiful new clinic! This building truly was a labour of love on the part of many people!

    Thanks are in order for Susan Pelt for her excellent work at being our building goddess and forewoman and overseeing the construction of the building while most of our volunteers were out of town; Carol Koris for being painter and general helper extraordinaire; Cher Mungovan for supply transport and needle sorting, Tom Sullivan for generously allowing us to build on and use his land; Roberto Cruz, Manager at Weezie's and huge help throughout the process; David Gray doing the electrical wiring for the building, David Waugh for doing the wiring, plumbing and being our Door Wizard); Matt Bamford for making our cupboards and Matt and Keith Tzac for putting in window inserts allowing us to attach screens or plastic covering as needed; Allie Johnstone for painting us great signs; and finally, Frontier Belize volunteers for helping move all our crap and sorting through leashes and collars.

    Thanks so much to everyone who helped out! We can't wait to start seeing our patients in our swanky new building. Come see us!


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    Previous Days Weather
    10/13/18 06:00 PM

    The Cloud and rain picture. There are some areas of rain down south, but they are just happening where they are, not moving.


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    Laws & Taxes
    10/13/18 02:49 PM
    Like that doesn’t scream the cruise lines got to the judge.
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    News
    10/13/18 12:42 PM

    And continue the legal battle for his exoneration

    Family and friends continue to fight for the freedom of 33-year-old San Pedro resident William Godoy, who was charged for the murder of Alfredo Cowo. Godoy, a mechanic from the DFC area of San Pedro Town, was formally arrested and charged on Friday, January 19th for the murder of Cowo.

    Godoy’s Attorney Oscar Selgado told The San Pedro Sun they are fighting for the charges of murder to be withdrawn, as there is not enough evidence to demonstrate that he is responsible for Cowo’s murder. He stated that the main witness, Cowo’s girlfriend Reyes, has left the country and that in fact, there is no registration of her departure at the office of immigration. “I checked with the immigration, and they have never registered a Paola Reyes in the country, which means that it could not even be her real name. I believe she left because she knew that Godoy was not the person responsible for the murder of Cowo,” he said. Selgado also added that they have received a copy of text messages from one of Godoy friends, which shows that she and he were messaging via Facebook between 12AM and 12:23AM on that morning of Tuesday, January 16th. In the conversation, Godoy was asking his friend to accompany him to the casino located north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge. She declined the offer due to the late hour and the conversation ended and Godoy reportedly went to sleep. “It was around that same time that Cowo was being shot near the Central Park, so there’s no way it could have been Godoy,” said Selgado.

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    Daily news prior to today
    10/13/18 12:37 PM

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    Explore these pristine, little-known Maya ruins
    Dozens of swallowtail butterflies are dancing in the air, and we pull the car over to watch. We’ve been on the road in Belize for nearly three hours with no shortage of sightseeing along the way. The drive from San Ignacio winds through San Antonio, a Maya town that is also the home of my tour guide, Israel Canto. We drive through the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and the deserted sustainable logging town next door. We take a pit stop to stretch our legs in a massive tunnel system–the Rio Frío Cave. Alas, we are on the final stretch, a few miles of dirt road leading to the largest Maya site in Belize–larger than its famous neighbor, Tikal in Guatemala. We are arriving at Caracol.

    What Americans And Canadians Find Attractive About Moving To Belize
    The response I hear most often when mentioning the country of Belize is something along the lines of, “Belize. I’ve heard of it. No, no, don’t tell me…” And then, after some squirming and a suitable pause, “Where is it again?” Here are some of the reasons Americans and Canadians like Belize. “Visitors might need to adjust to hearing the charming Caribbean accent, but the official language of Belize is English,” reports Rachel Jensen, a US expat now living in Belize. “Along with English, you'll also find Belizean Creole, Garifuna, Mandarin, Spanish, and Maya. Belize is an incredibly diverse country.” From an American and Canadian perspective, when compared with the rest of Central and South America (which uses Civil Law), Belize has another huge advantage as a result of being a former British colony: it uses British Common law, which makes it more comfortable for Americans to purchase in Belize. Also, unlike the nearby Spanish-speaking countries, all binding contracts in Belize are in English.

    Call for more data on trans-experience, lesbian and bisexual women
    Women from around the Caribbean explored opportunities to fill existing gaps in research on lesbian and bisexual women and transgender people in the Caribbean, as they met over five-days in Belize. The occasion of the 6th annual Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity conference (CWSDC), was utilised to focus on meeting the need for more data to inform advocacy for this marginalised group. As lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex women’s rights defenders seek to amplify their voice on thelocal, regional and international stage, the need for statistical basis for advocacy becomes increasingly evident. Under the theme, “Building the Case: Strengthening Caribbean LBT Research for Advocacy”, the CWSDC-6 was held from October 4 – 8 in the Cayo District, Belize. CWSDC-6 brought activists together to transfer knowledge on leadership, advocacy, data accumulation and data sharing to enhance LBTQI advocacy.

    THE CCJ ORDERS REFUND OF TAXES TO TOUR OPERATORS
    Port of Spain, Trinidad. In the case of Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd v The Commissioner of General Sales Tax and the Attorney General of Belize, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) today held that two companies were entitled to be repaid all general sales tax (GST) assessed, charged and collected by the relevant tax authority, from February 2007 to present, plus interest of 6% per annum. Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd are Belize tour operators that entered into contracts with international cruise lines that visit Belize to provide tours for their passengers. Previously, the cruise lines would have contracted with their passengers to supply the service of arranging tours for them with local tour operators. Passengers were not charged the GST for this service as part of their package holiday since it was considered part of the supply of the “international transport” of the passengers and therefore exempt under the GST Act.

    CCJ orders refund of taxes to tour operators in Belize
    In the case of Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd v The Commissioner of General Sales Tax and the Attorney General of Belize, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has held that two companies were entitled to be repaid all general sales tax (GST) assessed, charged and collected by the relevant tax authority, from February 2007 to present, plus interest of six percent per annum. Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd are Belize tour operators that entered into contracts with international cruise lines that visit Belize to provide tours for their passengers. Previously, the cruise lines would have contracted with their passengers to supply the service of arranging tours for them with local tour operators. Passengers were not charged the GST for this service as part of their package holiday since it was considered part of the supply of the “international transport” of the passengers and therefore exempt under the GST Act.

    The Maya Kept Jaguar Zoos for Centuries
    By analyzing the chemicals within the buried cat bones, she and her colleagues showed that jaguars and pumas likely came to Copán from distant regions and were kept in captivity for most of their lives. The city effectively had its own zoo, which was part of a wide trade network that sucked in wildlife from a larger area. For three centuries, wild animals—including the most formidable carnivores around—were brought in, housed, fed, and eventually used in ritual ceremonies. “These people were interacting head on with some of the most powerful predators in the landscape—and that’s a feat we don’t see in many civilizations,” says Sugiyama. “We’ve always assumed that people in Mesoamerica only had the dog and the turkey—and camels and guinea pigs further south. But I think the dynamics between humans and animals [in the region] were much deeper.” “We think of zoos and captive animals as a very modern thing, and also tend to think that animals in the past are merely food sources or beasts of burden,” adds Kelly Knudson, an anthropologist from Arizona State University. “This study helps us rethink both of these assumptions.”

    Videos

  • ICJ Song Competition, 2.5hr.

  • ACES Rescues Crocodile on Ambergris Caye, 1min. American Crocodile, Thomas, was found with fishing line wrapped around his snout and leading into his throat. We were unable to remove the line by hand, as whatever it was caught on went deeper into his body than we could reach, so he was transported for X-rays and assessment to Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic. It has been a very long day for this 10-foot male croc - he was loaded into our golf cart on San Pedro, driven to the boat provided by Quality Poultry Products and shipped to the mainland where Belize Forest Department officers met him and drove him to the vet's office.

  • Caracol, Belize, 4min. Deep in the jungles of Belize you'll find the largest Maya city in the region.

  • 2007-09 Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize, 60min. We start our journey at Cancun in Mexico. On our way to Merida we visit Chichen Itza with its the famous tempels and the Kukulcan pyramid. We als see here the so called Cenotes, big natural water holes. In Merida we attended a big street party. ... On our way to Rio Dulce we visit the ruines of Copan in the neighbouring Honduras. Now we are heading for the famous ruines in the jungle of Tikal. Here also we hear the frightening sound of the howler monkeys and we also will see them. From Tikal travel via Belize back to Cancun where we started our journey. Here we make an excursion to Xcaret that shows us the Mexican nature and culture.

  • Shipyard 360 Burnout, 1/2min. Only in Bz!

  • Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) - views on Cayo Rosario Project, 34min. Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) is speaking out against the Cayo Rosario Project. Their representatives outlined their position on why the project is unsustainable. On our couch: Billie Leslie - Past Chair, ACCSD. Elito Arceo - Past Chair, ACCSD. Miguel Alamilla - Past Chair, ACCSD.

  • Karl H. Menzies is marking 49 years of service to Belize, 26min. Karl H. Menzies is marking 49 years of service to Belize. They are celebrating the milestone with a grand sale this weekend. Representatives walked us through a few of the great deals available for customers. On set: Michael Fuller - Marketing Manager, Karl H. Menzies. Carolyn Wade - Sales Manager, Karl H. Menzies.

  • UNICEF Belize and UNFPA - International Day of the Girl Child, 31min. UNICEF Belize and UNFPA are celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child. October 11th is the day designated to champion the importance of empowering girls to transform our communities. This year's theme is “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force.” On our couch: Khadija Duncan - Mechanical Engineer, Shanea Young - Meteorologist, Tisa Grant – Liaison Officer – UNFPA.

  • Cayo West Fest Video, 7min. A great recap of the first annual Cayo West Fest. This will be one of the many yearly cultural events here in Cayo. Thanks to everyone that made this fun event happen. "West Fest 2018, celebrating 3000 years of culture, food and music. It was a huge success! It was a pleasure seeing everyone come and enjoy this eco-friendly and family-friendly event. We enjoyed every minute of West Fest 2018 and we look forward to celebrating and enjoying West Fest 2019 with you too!"

  • Belize Dream, 3.5min. Day 7 of our 10 day Aggressor 4 LiveAboard dive vacation.

  • Hand feeding Tarpons in Belize September 2018, 6min.

  • Biking Caye Caulker + Chinese Food in Belize, 4.5min. We are biking around Caye Caulker and discovered Chinatown.... in Belize! WHAT?! So we had to try it because we were craving some Asian cuisine!

  • BELIZE: Small country, BIG birding!, 1min.
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    Nature
    10/13/18 12:34 PM

    The Maya Kept Jaguar Zoos for Centuries

    In the Mayan city of Copán, at the base of a 30-meter-tall pyramid, there’s a beautiful stone slab known as Altar Q. The altar is square, and each of its meter-wide faces preserves carvings of four of the city’s 16 rulers, including its final king, Yax Pasaj Chan Yoaat, who commissioned the structure in 776. It was as much propaganda as historical record. Though Yax Pasaj wasn’t part of a dynastic bloodline himself, the altar shows him receiving the scepter of kingship from Copán’s founding ruler, thus proving that he was worthy of ruling. The altar was a statement of his legitimacy.

    There’s a crypt immediately in front of the altar, which contained the bones of several birds, and 16 big cats—jaguars and pumas (cougars) packed so tightly that the people who first excavated them referred to them as “jaguar stew.” It’s likely that these animals were sacrificed on the altar as emblems of power, one cat for each king.

    By analyzing the chemicals within the buried cat bones, she and her colleagues showed that jaguars and pumas likely came to Copán from distant regions and were kept in captivity for most of their lives. The city effectively had its own zoo, which was part of a wide trade network that sucked in wildlife from a larger area. For three centuries, wild animals—including the most formidable carnivores around—were brought in, housed, fed, and eventually used in ritual ceremonies.

    “These people were interacting head on with some of the most powerful predators in the landscape—and that’s a feat we don’t see in many civilizations,” says Sugiyama. “We’ve always assumed that people in Mesoamerica only had the dog and the turkey—and camels and guinea pigs further south. But I think the dynamics between humans and animals [in the region] were much deeper.”

    “We think of zoos and captive animals as a very modern thing, and also tend to think that animals in the past are merely food sources or beasts of burden,” adds Kelly Knudson, an anthropologist from Arizona State University. “This study helps us rethink both of these assumptions.”

    Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in The Atlantic Magazine

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    Ambergris Caye
    10/13/18 12:19 PM
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    Local favorite singer and songwriter John Stanley presented an $852.72 donation to Hope Haven after performing a series of shows at local eateries. "I got a message from Hope Haven that they really needed food and supplies, so I donated a box of food myself then decided to go one step further and put on a few performances in San Pedro and see if I could do even more for this great organization."

    John Stanley performed at five local restaurants over the past week and replaced his usual tip jar with a donation box instead. "I knew it was slow season, so I wasn't sure how much I could raise. I thought I had a lofty goal of $500, but when we counted the money at the end of the week it was over $850! I was ecstatic.”

    “I want to thank The Dive Bar, Crocs, Crazy Canuks, Average Joe’s, and Sandy Toes for hosting this fund drive and supporting me in my efforts.” John Stanley has been performing in San Pedro for the past two years. He plays a variety of music that includes rock and roll, reggae, and country music. He also performed many songs from his upcoming CD, “Rivers, Rocks, and Rain” which is scheduled for release later this year.

    “It was great to see how generous both tourists and locals were at these shows. I can’t thank them enough, and it’s going to a great cause.” Hope Haven provides food, shelter and a safe place for at-risk children in San Pedro. Recently they have been helping local families that have lost their homes to fires. Donations can be made directly at their location across from the airport or online via their Facebook page or their web site, www.hopehavenbelize.com.
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