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Belize Wins Basketball Championship in Cancun
Belize made its mark in international basketball over the weekend, as the Hoops Dream Belize under 19 basketball team brought home the championship from the 2015 Copa Cancun Pioneros U19 Basketball tournament. Head Coach Brads Neal, gave us an insight on this tournament and what Hoops Dream Belize is. We spoke to some of the […]

Fonseca Says There Was No Meeting with Ashcroft
Tabled at today’s meeting was a discussion of divisional transfers which undoubtedly will require finances in the party. According to PUP’s leader, Francis Fonseca, they have a strategic plan in place. FRANCIS FONSECA “We have a strategic plan for the transfer period and of course that requires some money and that is something that we […]

Fonseca Says His Leadership Is Not Being Questioned
And while the proverbial blue and white tent is facing financial issues and seems to be having problems winning an election and with reports of party members no longer having faith in his leadership thus the reported boycott of today’s meeting, we asked Fonseca, ‘what if indeed your leadership is being questioned?’ Here was his […]

Eamon for PUP’s National Campaign Manager??
So, there is no individual replacement for Smith, at least not yet …. But according to our inside sources, we were told that Eamon Courtenay was approached by a senior party member and former PUP Minister of Finance, to take on the position. Our understanding is that Courtenay referred to that offer as, quote, ‘dead […]

No Replacement Yet for Godfrey Smith in the PUP
With the People’s United Party preparing for the upcoming elections they believe will be called shortly and with the recent firing of the National Campaign Manager, Godfrey Smith, Party Leader Fonseca was asked if to date he has found a replacement for Smith. FRANCIS FONSECA “We did talk about the whole structure of the campaign […]

Murder Victim’s Family Says Police Lacks Professionalism
While it is indeed not easy coping with such a sudden and unexpected loss, Blancaneaux’s sister, Minerva told Love News yesterday that the Police Department has made it even more difficult for them as they have not been professional or forthcoming with information to the family. MINERVA BLANCANEAUX “We still haven’t heard back from […]

Tzib and Blancaneaux’s Relationship Described as Volatile
The weekend murder of 30-year-old, Thytis James Blancaneaux has triggered varied emotions particularly since it involved, 24-year-old, Keyren Tzib, a Seaman of the Belize Coast Guard who was out on bail after allegedly shooting a co-worker on Easter Monday this year. Tzib was taken back to court yesterday where she was arraigned for manslaughter after […]

Was There A Boycott of Executive Meeting by PUPs? Fonseca Says No
Those are indeed pertinent issues that were tabled today inside the PUP’s Independence Hall … but not pertinent enough, it seems, to have a great attendance. The members trickled in and by two thirty, the meeting had less than twenty of about forty five persons who were to attend. The party however was not fazed […]

PUP Meets to Discuss Election Strategies
The rumor mill is churning in the old capital within the blue and white political camp surrounding the leadership of the People’s United Party. While credible sources are speaking of a dissatisfied number of members within the party as it pertains to the Fonseca leadership, the National Executive with the standard bearers met today in […]

Agricultural Health Authority Responds Quickly to Medfly Presence in Southern Belize
The Mediterranean fruit fly (or Medfly) has been detected in the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts. The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) says to quickly eradicate the outbreak, actions such as fruit stripping, ground spraying, and delimitation trapping are underway in southern Belize. BAHA reminds the public that the only way possible for this pest […]

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State Funeral for PC Orio, Victim of Fatal RTA
On Thursday July 16th the Ministry of National Security hung black bows on their doors in solemn memory of one of their fallen brothers 33 year old PC Carlos Orio, an officer attached to the Special Branch, who died in a fatal traffic accident the night before. According to reports Orio was driving...

Hattieville couple’s dispute turns deadly
A separated couple’s encounter on Sunday afternoon turned fatal for the woman’s employee, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. year old construction worker Steve Munnings was killed in his yard in the village, struck in the head with a piece of 2 by 4 board. The accused killer H...

Salvadoran found dead in Shallow grave
A decomposed body was found in a shallow grave in the early hours of the morning on July 15th. Police conducted a search in an area 5 miles off the main road of Spring Field Community in the Paraiso Area. During their search they discovered a shallow grave measuring about 6 feet by 3 feet. The polic...

Guzman Acquitted of Carnal Knowledge
A jury of 4 men and 5 women found 33 year old Michael Guzman, former Technical Drawing Teacher of Belmopan Comprehensive High school, not guilty for charges of unlawful sexual intercourse and carnal knowledge. In 2014 Guzman was accused of having sexual intercourse with a 14 year old student of the ...

Man burned to death in River Valley
Police are working to establish whether burnt human remains found on Saturday morning near the entrance to the village of Bermudian Landing are those of 28 year old Kelvin Usher, a mechanic of Mile 9, Philip Goldson Highway. We hear more from officer commanding Eastern Rural Police Division Sr. Supt...

Keyren Tzib hit with manslaughter charge
She was accused of attempted murder in April and today faces charges of manslaughter in relation to her partner’s death. Coast Guard officer Keyren Tzib, 27, was immediately taken in by police on Saturday afternoon after allegedly stabbing her common-law husband, 30 year old Thytis James Blanc...

Man Dies At Shrimp Farm
Independence police are currently investigating the circumstance surrounding the death of 27 year old watchman Delwin Garcia, a resident of George Town, Stann Creek, who was found dead at the bottom of a drain at BAL Shrimp Farm. According to police reports, on July 16th at about 7 PM, the supervis...

Danger for Belize’s Fruit Industry; Destructive Fruit Fly Spotted in Belize
There is breaking news tonight in the Agriculture sector. PlusNews has been reliably informed that the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, scientific name ceratitis capitata, has been identified in Southern Belize. Belize has enjoyed Med Fly free status for decades, something our Latin American friends have n...

BEL WORKERS PROTEST
Members of the Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) protested today in front of Belize Electricity Limited company headquarters calling for better wages and a better pension plan. Members held placards asking for 8% increase in salaries as well as a 10% increase in pension; something they say is curre...

Amandala

Jealousy and rage lead to murder!
–A Hattieville man who was charged by police with a single count of murder was arraigned today in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until October 20, when he is scheduled to return to court. Hugh Dyer, 31, was arraigned before Magistrate Ladonna John this afternoon. Dyer has been charged with the murder of Steve Munnings, 47, which occurred yesterday, Sunday, in Hattieville, at Munnings’ Myvette Street home. Police reported that when they went to Myvette Street at 2:50 p.m., they found Munnings lying injured inside the yard. “Also found on the scene was a piece of 2 x 4 board believed to be the weapon used on Munnings,” the police report said. From all accounts, it appeared that Dyer was suffering from a fit of jealous rage when he demanded that his ex-common-law wife, Michelle Breakman, 26, hand over her (Breakman’s) house keys to him.

Keyren Tzib, 26, in serious double trouble
Belize Coast Guard seaman Keyren Tzib, 26, appeared emotionless as she walked out of the Crimes Investigation Branch (CIB) double cab pickup which pulled up in front of the Magistrate’s Court Building on Treasury Lane this afternoon around 3:25 p.m. Tzib was escorted by two female police officers who handed her over to the court cell block officers. In less than half an hour after her arrival, Tzib was standing in front of Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, who read a single charge of manslaughter to her “for causing the death of Thytis James Blancaneauex on July 18, in Lords Bank, in the Belize Judicial District.” No plea was taken from Tzib, because the charge is an indictable offence. Chief Magistrate Smith remanded Tzib to the Belize Central Prison until her next court date on September 8. Tzib, who was charged with the attempted murder of Coast Guard petty officer Kurt Hyde in April, had been released on Supreme Court bail, and the charges in relation to that incident are still before the Magistrate’s Court.

Belizean girl, 14, found naked and “stoned” in Cancun
Several news sources out of Mexico are reporting that a 14-year-old Belizean girl was found naked and severely intoxicated in a forested area in Cancun. Officials who examined the minor found that she had been beaten, and she had bruises and cuts inflicted with a “cutter” on her arms. It has not been confirmed if she had been sexually assaulted. The girl, who has since been placed in state protective custody, reported that she had been drinking with a stranger in Cancun yesterday, and she admitted to being addicted to drugs. Cancun police said that yesterday, Sunday, they received an emergency call that a young girl was sleeping naked in the area. Police found the girl sleeping completely naked in the grassy area, and surrounded by bottles of liquor. She was severely intoxicated, according to a report made by the Mexican newspaper La Verdad, dated today, July 20.

KHMH workers end go-slow as Cabinet ministers meet staff and board reps
During a meeting held at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) this evening with a four-man team from Cabinet, board members of the hospital and staff reps, hospital workers who have been on an indefinite go-slow since Friday, with the cancellation of all outpatient elective services and surgeries over demands for a salary increase, have finally agreed to suspend their protest action. The workers were asked on Friday to stop their protest action in good faith because they were perceived to be taking action before the salary negotiation had even started. After consulting with staff members today, they announced their decision to call off their action. “We are very pleased with the outcome of the meeting today. It was very productive in terms of information and in terms of the issues being vented… There were about 30 people present in the meeting. For that amount of people, I think we made great strides,” said KHMH chair, Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, who also attended the meeting.

Charred human remains found near Bermudian Landing Bridge
Ladyville police have still not yet definitively identified the charred remains of a man’s body that was discovered lying face-down in some bushes, about 400 feet past the Bermudian Landing Bridge on Saturday, just before 11;00 a.m., police confirmed to reporters at a press briefing this morning. Although there has been a missing report of a 28-year old mechanic from Mile 9 on the Philip Goldson Highway, police stressed that the body will be positively identified after a post-mortem exam, which is to be done tomorrow, Tuesday. The day the body was found, on Saturday, July 18, around 1:46 p.m., Daisy Williams, 18, a resident of Mile 9 on the Philip Goldson Highway, reported to police that her common-law husband, Kelvin Usher, had left home on Thursday, July 16, and up to when she made the report to police, he had not returned home.

BEL workers protest for unconditional 8% salary increase
A group of about 30 workers of the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), mostly linesmen from the Magazine Road facility as well as a contingent of office staff from Belize City, sacrificed their lunch hour today to stage a peaceful protest outside the company’s headquarters at Mile 2½ on the Philip Goldson Highway, in a bid to get their first salary adjustment in 5 years. Incidentally, the protest by workers of BEL, a government-owned utility, comes on the heels of the indefinite suspension of elective surgeries and specialty services last Friday at the national referral hospital – the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, whose workers have been demanding to be paid the 6% salary increase that public servants and teachers were awarded last year and the 8% being paid at the end of the month. At its AGM held last month, BEL announced record profits of $36.2 million. We understand from the Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) that the salary increase being discussed would amount to a little over $3 million a year, based on preliminary information which BEL’s management has provided to the union.

Verdes, 1-0, and Belize National “A” Team, 4-2, over Guatemala
Football fans were treated to two international games over the weekend, as Verdes FC and the Belize National “A” Team took turns defeating Guatemalan 1st Division club, Suchitepeque FC in international friendlies on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio. Both national champs Verdes FC and the Belize National “A” Team are preparing for tough international competition in the coming weeks. Verdes FC has a Champions League date with Mexico’s Queretaro FC at the FFB Stadium on August 18; and Belize National “A” Team has started training for 4th and 8th September dates in World Cup 2018 Qualifiers against an opponent to be decided in this coming Saturday’s draw in Russia. Belize’s national team goalkeeper Shane Moody Orio is presently on contract with CD Suchi, who are ranked third in Guatemala’s top professional division, in which Shane was recently selected best goalkeeper. Shane accompanied his Guatemalan team, but, due to a knee injury suffered two weeks ago, he did not participate in any of the games.

Belize U-19 basketball team wins Copa Cancun tournament, returns Tuesday
Reports from Mexico are that a Belize U-19 basketball selection, led by coach, Brads Neal, captured the championship of the Copa de Cancun Pioneros 2015 tournament which included the recently crowned Mexican U-19 National Champs, Veracruz Marlins. According to Brads’ report, the 4-day competition, from Thursday, July 16, to Sunday, July 19, “was fierce, but our boys defended the Jewel with pride and honor.” He went on, describing the game against the Mexican national champs, “That game was fierce and competitive, with unbelievable moments of greatness displayed by both teams. In the end, the strong will and determination of our young superstars prevailed.” The Hoops Dreams Belize team is expected to arrive back home tomorrow, Tuesday, after which a press conference will be held at Rogers Stadium.

Editorial: Who speaks for Belize?
Normally, the four major Belizean newspapers hit the streets as follows. The UDP Guardian goes on sale Thursday morning; The Reporter and Amandala are available early Friday morning; and the PUP Belize Times arrives from across the border anytime between Friday and Saturday. But all four weekend newspapers will be dated for the Sunday of that week. This Sunday dating is the handiwork of an extraordinary newspaper vendor by the name of Anthony “Panta” Belgrave (may he rest in peace), who prevailed on all the newspaper business managers to do this in order to make it easier for him to continue selling through the weekend. This past weekend, The Reporter did not become available until around 6 a.m. Saturday morning, July 18. It was dated for the Sunday, July 19, but the headline story, entitled BASE WILL BE BUILT SAYS LOVELL and written by one Benjamin Flowers, did not have a dateline at the top of the article. The first paragraph of that story read as follows: “The Government of Belize (GOB) will establish a forward operating base on the Sarstoon River, despite Guatemalan concerns, declared George Lovell, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of National Security, this week.”

From the Publisher
At the time, a little more than six weeks ago, when the Belize Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow, asked/instructed the Belize Coast Guard to stand down from Sarstoon Island in the face of Guatemalan aggression, we cited a Bedouin story from a Thomas Friedman book to illustrate how dangerous the implications could be following a stand down like this. Today, the Guatemalans have essentially said to our government leaders that Sarstoon Island is not ours to do with as we will, and that it is best Belize meet them at the Organization of American States (OAS) and wait until the matter is judged by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Sarstoon Island, mind you, was an integral part of Belize’s sovereign territory when Belize became a nation-state accepted into the United Nations and the OAS in September of 1981. Before proceeding, let me say that I speak here as a mere Belizean citizen and as the publisher of Belize’s leading newspaper, for whatever that is worth. This Sarstoon business has become a delicate, critical moment in Belize’s history.

Bus madness in Cayo
Dear Editor, Last Tuesday night—July 14th — I got onto a Westline Bus — no. 2209 — around 7:20 p.m. in San Ignacio. The bus was on its way to Belize City and left San Ignacio around 7:30 p.m. The bus was filled with people— some standing in the aisle. The conductor began collecting money and, evidently, some person could not pay. The conductor was really upset—using foul words and yelling loudly. Some woman and, I believe, another man offered to pay for this person, but the conductor would not let anyone pay for this person. Since people were standing in the aisle, I could not see all that was happening. Finally, the conductor yelled for the bus driver to pull the bus over and stop, which he did. There was more yelling and carrying on. The bus was well into Santa Elena. The conductor told the bus driver to take the bus back to the police station, which he did. Many passengers did not like this. At the top of the hill that goes down to the low bridge, as the driver turned the bus to begin the downward descent, a fight erupted at the front of the bus. The driver stopped the bus. Fists were flying as the fight seemed to proceed to the middle of the bus, and then back to the front. The bus driver got out — people (men) were fighting, and some of us were trying to get off the bus through the front doorway. Someone had his hand holding onto the bus at the doorway, and someone else kept punching the hand.

Former Special Branch officer is now Orange Walk’s new police chief
Elite investigator and former officer of the Special Branch Unit, Inspector Selwyn Tillett, is now the new police chief of the Orange Walk police formation. Inspector Tillett was the deputy commander of the Orange Walk police, and was promoted to the rank of assistant superintendent and now commands the Orange Walk police formation. ASP Tillett took over from Superintendent Dennis “Desho” Arnold, who has been transferred to Corozal, to take over from Superintendent Andrew Ramirez, who has been transferred to be an executive officer at the National Police Headquarters in Belmopan. The announcement was made today at the Orange Walk Police Station. The new police chief, in an interview today with Amandala at the Orange Walk Police Station, said that he would work hard to gain the public’s confidence and trust and will support community policing.

IMF reports on annual Belize consultation
Belize’s public debt could rise significantly, especially if the Caribbean Court of Justice calls for the payment of compensation to the former owners of the recently nationalized companies – the Belize Telemedia Limited and the Belize Electricity Limited. This is according to a press release issued today by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), at the conclusion of its annual Article IV Consultation with Belize. The IMF mission, led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe, visited Belize for two weeks, starting on Monday, July 6, and concluding today, Friday, July 17. They held discussions with key Belize officials in the context of the country’s 2015 Article IV Consultation, during which they met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, Central Bank Governor Glenford Ysaguirre, other Government and Central Bank officials, as well as representatives of the private sector, labor unions, sugar farmers and the Opposition People’s United Party. The IMF notes that the Government’s fiscal primary balance would remain in deficit, because of expansionary fiscal policies, including wage increases and new projects financed with Petrocaribe resources.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Port Honduras Marine Reserve faces critical issues
Established 15 years ago as a marine reserve, the Port Honduras Marine Reserve in Southern Belize has gone through its ups and downs, from incursions by Guatemalan and Honduran fishermen to ongoing beach erosion to changes in the fish stock, while hanging over it all is the possibility […]

New Belize City mother dies of liver cancer
She was just 24 and had given birth to her second daughter four months ago, but complications from liver cancer claimed the life of Angela Smith of Belize City over the weekend. She had been scheduled to come home from a hospital stay in Los Angeles, California at […]

Hairbraider given suspended sentence for pepper spray attack
26 year old Patrice Ramsey was sent to prison last week because she appeared not to show remorse for pepper spraying a rival last week, after being found guilty in court. But she showed plenty of it today and Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer handed down a sentence of […]

Medfly detected in South; BAHA responds
Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) is currently doing fruit stripping, ground spraying and delimitation trapping in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District, and the Sapodilla Cayes, Toledo District, where the Mediterranean Fruit Fly has been detected. BAHA is doing its best to ensure that Belize remains the only country in the […]

Trinidadian Orchestra group visit sacred temple at Xunantunich
On Monday, Trinidad’s St. Augustine Chamber Orchestra (SACO) participated in a fully guided tour of the sacred temple of Xunantunich as a part of their itinerary for visiting Belize. As an avid supporter of music and arts in Belize, The Belize Bank invited SACO to participate in two […]

Support Clari Gladys Novelo in dengue fight
Clari Gladys Novelo of San Ignacio is in urgent need of at least six units of O-positive type blood as she fights the deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever. Her family will be holding a barbeque sale on Wednesday beginning at noon at #12 Cayo Street, Trench Town Area, San […]

BTIA waits on Harvest Caye decision
Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel is to decide on the case of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) versus the Department of the Environment (DOE) and National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC) following the conclusion of the case on Friday, July 17. BTIA’s suit accuses the Department and the Committee of […]

BEL workers want pay increase too
“No money no deh?” Try, “More money deh” for salary increases. Following the example of the teachers, public officers and KHMH workers, staff of national power provider Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) are trying their hand at obtaining a salary increase – 8% over 4 years. Members of the Belize Energy […]

Foreign Affairs Minister in Mexico on working visit
Today, Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington concluded his working visit to Mexico by signing eight agreements that strengthen the bilateral legal framework between México and Belize. Minister Elrington led the Belizean delegation today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs meetings with his Mexican counterpart, Foreign Secretary José Antonio […]

Belize to learn from South Korea in science and technology
South Korea has become a world leader in science and technological innovation, home to popular brands like Samsung, LG and Hyundai. And that is why, according to Minister of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities Sen. Joy Grant and CEO Colin Young, the East Asian country is a perfect partner […]

Fatal traffic accident near Independence claims 1 life
Lucas Teul, a 20 year old from Independence Village in Southern Belize died in a fatal traffic accident yesterday around 2pm in the afternoon. According to reports, police were called to an area on the Big Creek Road which is approximately half-mile away from Independence Village where they encountered the body of Teul who was lying motionless beside a creek with the front wheel of his motorcycle on top of him. Police observed that both his head and body contained injuries and he was immediately transported to the Independence Village Poly Clinic where he was pronounced dead at 3:10pm.

Blogs

Cheap Eats: Where to Find Good Budget Food on Ambergris Caye, Belize
Let’s start with breakfast. As in most areas of the world, it’s generally the cheapest meal. No different here in Belize…and there are tons of options. Johnny Cakes: They are one of my very favorites. Almost like a biscuit but a bit denser. My favorite is from Celi’s Deli. $3bzd. Johnny Cake with ham & cheese. Here is the most recent picture I have of the menu. As always, the “Belizean Treats” are the best deal. And some mighty fine food. Pupusas – The Holy Grail of Street Food. These delicious hot masa pancakes stuffed with all sorts of goodness from lobster to the typical pork, beans and cheese. I LOVE the vegetarian ones – pumpkin (like zucchini rather than squash) and cheese is my favorite. $2.50bzd on both Middle Street and Back Street in the evening. If you are south of town, try La Divinia Providence Grocery. Delicious too.

2015 Belize Eco-Kids Camp Rule #1 – JUST BE A KID!
Upon arrival at the camp grounds the Eco-Kids were assigned to both their cabins and their teams for the week. The Tapirs, Toucans, Jaguars, and last but not least, the Howler Monkeys. Then they were all assembled in the dining area to design their team flags with paint and markers. Most of the campers were ecstatic when they learned that their hand and footprints were eligible to go on their team flags! After going over the camp rules and the schedule for the rest of the night, the eco-kids were greeted by the manager of the Macal River Camp, Mr. Docio. Mr. Mick Fleming, co-founder of Chaa Creek, paid a surprise visit to greet the eco-kids, which was especially well received when they saw his dogs, Makali and Kaisa tagging along to greet them as well! Just before sitting down for dinner, the campers and counselors participated in a name game to help everyone put names to faces. Most campers enjoyed their nicknames enough to go by them the rest of the night!

Olmec In America
The name Olmec translated refers to “dweller in the land of rubber”. They were an American civilisation that certainly may have had a lot of influence on civilisations on the American mainland, including the Maya. The predominant sites that these “rubber people” dominated and gave to history were found in the centre of the Mexican Gulf Coast. The names of those initial sites were Tes Zapotes, Laguna de los Cerros, San Lorenzo and La Venta which are found in the Mexican provinces of Vera Cruz and Tabasco. These people are credited for some of the influences on other civilisations around them, including the Maya with inventions such as: The ballgame, arithmetic, calendar, monumental art, portable art (crocodilian images), motifs (such as: the flaming eyebrow, The U-element, Saint Andrews cross, and the Kan cross)

International Sourcesizz

Mexico and Belize sign 8 agreements
Belizean Foreign Minister Wilfred Peter Elrington wrapped up his visit to Mexico with the signing of eight agreements to strengthen bilateral judicial cooperation, the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat said. Elrington met on Monday with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, who thanked him for being the first Belizean foreign minister to make an official working visit to Mexico. The agreements cover air transportation; shipping; energy; social security; intellectual property and patents; climate change; wildlife conservation; and consumer protection. Elrington was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle, while Meade received Belize's Order of Distinction. The foreign minister participated in a seminar on Mexico-Belize relations attended by more than 250 students, academics, officials and members of the diplomatic corps.

Ioffredo completes service in Belize
Anthony Ioffredo, of Melrose, a junior at Boston College High School, with 11 classmates and two BC High faculty members, spent their April vacation building a house for “Ms. Dawn” in the central American country of Belize. Ioffredo and the BC High volunteers went to Belize to assist an organization called “Hand in Hand Ministries,” to build a home for a family in need, reflect on their place in the world, and pray together. Hand in Hand provides simple yet stable housing for people in Appalachia and Central America. When they arrived the group received a visit from former mayor of Belize City, Frank Lizama O.B.E., a woodworking artist, from whom students purchased Christian themed wood art such as nativities and crosses.

It beats an autograph: Former Simpsons cartoonist doodles Homer and Marge on vacation in the ultimate guestbook dedication at resort in Belize
Now this is a seriously incredible message to leave in a hotel guestbook. Alex Ruiz, a former assistant director on the television programme The Simpsons, drew an amazing illustration of Homer and Marge enjoying a beach holiday on July 17. 'We love Thatch Caye,' he scrawled under the charming doodle.

50 years later, a memorable reunion in Belize
In September 1964, 22 Peace Corps Volunteers landed in British Honduras (now Belize) to begin their two-year service. On February 27, 2015, nine members of the original BH II group, along with four RPCVs from BH III and IIIb, met to celebrate their 50th anniversary reunion at Caye Caulker. The group enjoyed daily treks of the island on foot, rides in a golf cart, excursions to the nearby reef by boat and swimming in the “Split.” On Friday night, everyone gathered at the Paradise Inn for a dinner of good Belizean food and beverages, and began sharing stories from their lives 50 years ago and catching up on what they have been doing ever since. This was more that just fun in the sun, as you’ll see. On Saturday night, the group of 17, including spouses, met in the village center thanks to village council president Wayne Miller. Mr. Miller offered opening remarks that stirred the hearts of everyone in the room: “Welcome home! On behalf of the people of Caye Caulker and my country, thank you for your service here.” He shared how, as a young boy, he was personally influenced by Volunteer Gene Adams, who provided inspiration and encouragement for him and others like him through baseball and basketball activities for youth that continue today. He thanked the group, and Peace Corps in general, for years of service to the people of Belize: “Offering the room for you to meet is but a small token of my appreciation.”

TEAM BELIZE: THE WOMEN WHO BEAT THE UNITED STATES!
The classical Belizean softball team of the 1979 Pan American Games will go down as the only Belizean national team ever to have defeated the greatest softball team of their time, the United States Orlando Rebels by a score of 2-1. This was a serious blow to the world champions of softball at that time. These Belizean softball greats won the bronze medal in the Pan American Games, but returned to Belize victorious as one of Belize's most achieved national teams ever to have competed as world class athletes in the international sports arena. Truly historic!

WHEN CONSUELO DOUGAL STRUCT THEM OUT!
The legendary Belizean ace pitcher, Consuelo Dougal, has become the most talked about Belizean softball pitcher of the 1960's. Her fearsome pitching style intimidated caribbean softball greats like Jamaica in the CAST games, and won championships for Belize in 1969 against formidable foreign opponents on Belizean soil. She was called Dougal the Panther by the 1969 Jamaican softball coach who had come to fear Dougal's powerful and skillful pitching.

THERE IS ONLY ONE JOHNITO MIGUEL!
The legendary Belizean cyclist has become the most talked about Belizean male athlete of his time and beyond. He conquered the roads where no other had done before of his generation. He won four Belizean Cross Country Cycling Classics, and he is the undisputed King of The Road in Belizean cycling history.

BELIZEAN ATHLETES & LEGENDS UNITED!
The classic photo celebrates some of the greatest Belizean male athletes of all times. They were football players, boxers, basketball players, cyclists, and forces to be reckon with in Belize's national sporting arena. They were the best Belize had ever produced. Though many have left Belize for distant shores, their names still ring out in the doldrums of Belizean sports today, and a call for the times of triumph when Belizean men played sports with a passion never to be seen again for a while. They are appreciated!

The Ecology Project International Alumni Group at Las Cuevas Research Station
During their camp fire. It was our pleasure having all of you at Las Cuevas. Photo by Boris Arevalo.

Videos

  • The OceanMaker, 10min. This video won at the Belize International Film Festival. It was created during a retreat in Belize. It's stunning, and is really worth the watch. "After the seas have disappeared, a courageous pilot fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water: the clouds. The bulk of the film was made using nothing but laptops during a 7-week artist retreat on a small caribbean island."

  • Swan-necked ciliates in love (1), 1/2min. Ciliates from the family Trachelocercidae (Karyorelictea) are commonly known as swan-necked ciliates. They are only found between the sand grains in marine sediment, and so they are rarely seen by casual observers. Here are two swan-neck ciliates swimming about while in conjugation. Collected from Twin Cayes, Belize. Filmed on 2015-07-04.

  • Swan-necked ciliates in love (2), 1min. Ciliates from the family Trachelocercidae (Karyorelictea) are commonly known as swan-necked ciliates. They are only found between the sand grains in marine sediment, and so they are rarely seen by casual observers. Here are two swan-neck ciliates swimming about while in conjugation. Collected from Twin Cayes, Belize. Filmed on 2015-07-04.

  • CABINDA 10 - Município de Belize, 4min.

  • BELIZE - HURRICANE HAVOC, 1.5min. Flying over Belize, the capital of British Honduras, it's heart-rending to see the terrible havoc wrought by hurricane Hattie. Out of a population of about 30,000, it's estimated that over 15,000 have been made homeless. The death roll is not yet known. Supplies were not long in being flown in by Britain and America. Help of every kind was urgently needed, for all local services were out of action.

  • LIB 3-2-72 TROOPS TRAING IN THE BRITISH GARRISON IN BELIZE, 3min. British troops train on weapons in the British garrison in Belize; also shots of general camp life.

  • Situation in Belize after the passing of Hurricane Dean, min. 1. Various of Corozal waterfront, south of Belize City 2. Various of buildings severely damaged by hurricane 3. Tracking shot of destruction 4. Various of fallen tin roofs on streets 5. Destruction on street 6. Various of flooding and damage on the border of Belize and Mexico 7. Wide of sign on the border reading: "Immigration Hall" 8. Wide of border checkpoint 9. Various of destruction and flooding at the main energy plant 10. Various of flooding and fallen trees in rural areas of Corozal 11. Wide of damaged shack in rural area

  • Hurricane Dean hits Belize coast, 1min. ++NIGHT SHOTS++ 1. Wide of seafront 2. Rain falling in light of street lamps

  • Belize: Mennonites, 8min. Belize (recent): various Mennonite land in Northern Belize; exterior poultry farm; various Mennonite owner walking around poultry farm; field; owner in field; field; owner arriving in truck; getting out of truck; owner in office; SOT, David Dick, Modern Mennonite; wide dirt road; various traditional Mennonites on carts; local shop; Mennonite girl; locals in shop; man driving cart; driving shot Mennonite land; various traditional Mennonites working; various local traditional family; engine exhaust; boy on tractor; various father driving tractor; SOT, Traditional Mennonite; street Belize City; various different people in streets; anthropologist from Museum - Belmopan; SOT, anthropologist John Morris; Mayan jungle in Southern Belize; various local Mayan leader visiting locals; various interior shots of Mayan family; Mayan leader driving; Mayan Leader walking; SOT, Mayan leader; various leader walking around Mayan ruins (APTN)

  • Belizean youth capsizes...what she does next is amazing...:), 4min. Blanca Velasquez a 14 year old Belizean sailor competing in Antigua's sailing performances clinic looses her dagger board as she capsizes ....:)

  • Belize 2015, 4min. Clips from my amazing time in Belize a while back.

  • Belize Sailing Vacations - Discover Yourself Here, 1min.

  • Belize Diving June 2015, 17min. Diving in Belize, June 21- 26 2015 with the Pittsburgh Scuba Crew.

  • Fishing in Belize- Dorado, Snapper and More!, 7min. Chef Andrew joins Captain Rudy and his crew from Strike Force Fishing in San Pedro, Belize. Amazing mahi mahi and snapper fishing! Check them out on Facebook-Strike Force Fishing Belize

  • 150 Foot Dive Blue Hole Belize AND diving in the BLUE HOLE CAVES!! NOT for the inexperienced!!!, 24min.

    Day 2 Dive 1 Blue Hole Captain Eduardo Drop off 2:00 Stalagmites 3:45 Picture 9:00 Shark 9:35 - Shark 9:35 - Great shot 10:30 - Shark 10:55 - Shark Group 11:15 - Clam 13:15 - Cave 13:40 Greg and I did this dive at the blue Hole on July 16th 2015. We were part of a group of about 12 people however we hired the captain of the boat as our private guide. Greg and I have deep diving training and wreck specialty. This dive was to 150 feet but the best part of the dive was what 99.9% of the people who dive the blue hole NEVER get to experience. Our guide took us into one of the many caves that are hidden by the stalactites and stalagmites. This was an incredible experience!