Amandala

Police are champions
Police United held defending champions Verdes FC to a nil-nil draw yesterday at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan, which was all the Police squad needed, having won game 1 a week ago by a 1-nil margin, to clinch the championship of the Premier League of Belize 2015-2016 Opening Season. The veteran Orlando “Leechi” Jimenez came off the bench in second half again for Police, after a nil-nil first half draw (Police had won game 1 by a 1-nil margin, courtesy of a goal by Leechi); but no goal was scored this time, although Leechi made his presence felt and created some anxious moments for the Verdes defense. But no goals were necessary for Police, as their iron clad defense, spear headed by the athletic phenomenon Trevor “Burger” Lennen, whose stopper role encompasses a swath of midfield, denied the Verdes stalwarts, including goal scoring king Deon McCaulay and last season’s playoff hero Jarret Davis, as well as dribbling magician Gilroy “Bredda” Thurton, and kept them scoreless for ninety minutes of regulation, until referee Christopher Reid signaled the end with his whistle, and the Police United celebration began.

KREM New Year’s Classic this Friday
The old year is winding down, and the new year is almost here, and it begins again, for the 26th year running, with the second biggest annual sporting event in the nation – the KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic, “from the border to the boulevard”! According to the Technical Guide for the race, the event “is organized by KREM Radio under the regulations of the International Cycling Union and the Cycling Federation of Belize (CFB). It will be held on Friday, January 1, 2016. The Open Elite, U-23, and Masters’ (including 4/5) race will start from Corozal Town at 9:00 a.m. Female and Junior/Youth will start in front of the Town Hall in Orange Walk Town at 9:30 and 9:35 a.m., respectively.” And the “NADO anti-doping regulations” will be in effect for the event.

New Year’s Competition in P.G.
Season’s Greetings! The Concerned Committee for Football, in collaboration with the POLO Committee, continued its New Year’s Competition with games on Saturday and Sunday. In the first game on Saturday, Galaxy defeated Police by a score of 2 to 1. Steven Pop scored 2 goals for Galaxy, while Juan Ica scored the only goal for Police. In second game, Jah Youths defeated Jah Love, 6 to 1. Michael Ricketts and Enfield Arzu, Jr. scored 2 goals apiece, and Alex Terry and Ray Arzu scored 1 goal each for Jah Youths. Ralph Flores scored for Jah Love. In the nightcap, Jahroots/Estrellas and Ray FC played to a 2-2 draw. Aduan Usher scored 2 goals for Jahroots/Estrellas, while Clayton Fitzgibbon and Jaren Lambey scored 1 goal apiece for Ray FC.

Chester – Man of The Year 2015
This newspaper considers Senior Superintendent of Police, Chester Williams, to be the Belizean of The Year 2015. There are of course, other Belizeans who achieved great things in 2015. Belize City-based as the newspaper is, no doubt we have an urban bias. But Chester really jumped out at us, and we’ll try to tell you why. About twenty years ago Amandala developed a Southside model in analyzing the surge of gang violence which was dominating the news in the old capital, the population center, and the nation’s financial and educational hub – Belize City. Immediately, there were intellectual critics who went public with criticism of the Southside model, their main argument being that such a model was dividing the city folk. Our critics insisted that we were one city and one people, so no need for such analytical models to foment division. As the years went by, there were sincere, longtime Southside residents who also criticized our analytical model. Conscious of the proud and glorious history of the Southside, such sincere critics were finding it very difficult to face up to and accept the third millennium realities. The Southside, for whatever the reasons, had deteriorated: the Southside was in crisis.

From the Publisher
One of the issues we never discuss in Belize is the issue of health care. Because of cable television, we Belizeans know that health care is a really big, very controversial issue in the United States of America. On the other hand, relatively few of us Belizeans know that national, all-embracing health care is one of the major, major accomplishments of the Cuban Revolution. There was a point about a decade or more ago when the neoliberals in power in Belize reached the point of proposing that the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital be privatized. It appeared to me then that we were entering the realm of insanity as a people, because it was totally inconceivable how the masses of the Belizean people would be able to access health care in a completely privatized medical system. If I remember correctly, the Minister of Health at the time, the man Joe Coye, was one of those in Cabinet who resisted the KHMH privatization proposal. But, the mere fact that such a proposal had arisen, like the separate proposals by private Belizean citizens to purchase the Caracol Maya site and the Belize Barrier Reef, meant that there was something seriously skewed going on in and around the elected Government of Belize.

Consumers feel the pinch at the pumps, ONCE AGAIN!
Dear Mr. Editor: With the holly and jolly of the Christmas season came tidings of shock, upset and outrage. This is mainly because as the holiday season was wrapping up came the distasteful news that once again, the cost of fuel would be going up. It created major stir and sent tidal shockwaves across the country, both to motorists and non-motorists. The cost of diesel, regular and premium fuel rose by .81 cents, .97 cents and .72 cents, respectively. This unprecedented spike at the pumps left Belizeans flabbergasted, as it comes at a time when world oil prices are at their lowest and have been consistently trending down for the past eleven plus years, and are forecasted to dip even lower. While the people were scrambling for an answer or at least an explanation to this unprecedented spike at the pumps, through means of a press release we were made aware that the reason for the sharp spike in fuel cost is because of an increase on the fuel import duty so as to try to clog the gaping hole of revenue losses from the almost depleted oil wells in the West. This basically means, in layman’s terms, that once again, undue pressure has been placed on the back of the Belizean people to rescue the country’s ailing economy.

Belize’s 2015 import bill pushing past BZ$2 billion
The country’s import bill as of November 2015 had reached approximately $1.9 billion, with a month of imports yet to be included in the tally, which, if the usual trend holds true, will exceed $2 billion by year-end with the conclusion of the annual holiday shopping sprees. Information released today by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) indicates that the country’s import bill for November alone was $190.2 million, up by 3.8% or $6.9 million, from the $183.3 million imported in November 2014. By last November, Belize had imported $1.82 billion worth of goods, up from roughly $1.7 billion for January to November 2013. According to the SIB, Belize imported $18 million worth of motor vehicle parts purchased during November alone, largely accounting for the rise in imports of ‘Machinery and Transport Equipment’ by $26 million, from $34 million during last November to $60 million in November 2015.

Bernard Quentin Augustus Pitts, CBE, dead at 80
Bernard Quentin Augustus Pitts suffered a stroke and consequent heart attack and was hospitalized at Belize City’s Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where according to his son, Dr. Michael Pitts, the retired Director of Health Services, “he received excellent care.” BQ, as he was affectionately known by his close friends, passed away on Monday, December 28. Although he originated from humble beginnings in rural Belize District, Bernard Quentin, the fifth son of Roderick Augustus Pitts, was a Belizean nationalist and Garveyite whose phenomenal rise to positions of influence and power in the service of his beloved Belize earned him the title of CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s 2012 New Year’s honors. After he graduated from Wesley College, BQ Pitts, as he is popularly known, began working in the British Honduras colonial civil service, beginning as a clerk, and worked his way up the ranks to become a traveling magistrate by 1964 and District Officer, explained Dr. Pitts. “He went to law school at the age of 35, with six kids in October 1970,” Dr. Pitts said. He did not get a scholarship, said Dr. Pitts, who related that since George Price refused to grant BQ Pitts a scholarship, he took vacation leave from his job and went to study law on his own.

Literary genius, John Alexander Watler, dies peacefully at 77
A foremost Belizean novelist, playwright, poet and orator, John Alexander Watler, known for his culturally exuberant and witty masterpieces, died quietly in his sleep in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on Wednesday morning, December 23, at the age of 77. According to Watler, he was born on November 6, 1938 in Monkey River, Stann Creek. Although he has been living in the USA for several years now, he always considered Belize his only home. Watler, who received a diploma in journalism in 1995, wrote, in a short chronicle of his life story: “I began writing at the tender age of 13 when a schoolmaster told me I had a special talent for writing. He encouraged me with private lessons in English and grammar; I excelled in both in elementary school and high school. “My parents could not afford to send me to a college but the writing bug was within me and I pursued knowledge with a passion, mostly by reading the great books of the Western World and anything else that I could lay hands on.

PUC turns down BEL’s request for 11% hike in rates
Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission John Avery issued a decision last Thursday, December 24, disapproving a recent request filed by the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) for an 11% increase in electricity rates, which the company said would reflect the actual cost of power from 2012-2016, the full tariff review period. Avery said that the PUC “approves no adjustments to the Mean Electricity Rate and Tariffs previously approved for the period January 1, 2016, to June 30, 2016, and hereby orders the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) to levy the currently approved Tariffs in respect of the relevant services it is licensed to provide…” He also said that the PUC had approved no adjustments to any other previously approved Regulated Values, Mean Electricity Rates and Tariffs, Charges and Fees. BEL had contended that its submission, made on Thursday, December 10, was based on an underestimation of the cost of power (COP) impact of its gas turbine and an overestimation of the cost of power impact, primarily due to lower rates from Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in Mexico. The company, therefore, asked the PUC to increase the average electricity rate from 35 cents per kilowatt-hour to 38.85 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Pump prices escalate due to hike in fuel tax
Pump prices spiked at midnight on Sunday, December 28, largely due to an increase in import duties on premium and regular gasoline as well as diesel, resulting in an increase of up to 13% at the pumps. “This increase has become necessary as a fiscal consolidation measure to strengthen public finances at the start of the new 2016 calendar year and also to compensate for the decline in revenues linked to the decline in domestic crude oil production,” said a statement from the Ministry of Finance on Monday. When consumers buy regular or premium gas, 45% of the bill consists of taxes to the government. Consumers who buy diesel pay a little less, with 41% going to the government in the form of taxes. Many consumers who have been observing market trends and seeing oil prices tumble to as low as US$30 a barrel have been questioning why Belizean consumers have not seen the prices fall more substantially at the pumps. The latest information indicates, though, that while the cost of landing premium fuel in Belize fell by 7 cents on the gallon from $3.90 to $3.83, pump prices actually increased from $8.58 to $9.30, with the taxes at the pump increasing by 75 cents on the gallon.

Keyren Tzib gets Supreme Court bail in time for Christmas
Belize Coast Guard seaman, Keyren Tzib, 24, who had been on interdiction for a shooting incident involving a fellow Coast Guard officer in April and who was charged three months later, in July, with manslaughter following the stabbing death of her common-law husband, Thytis Blancaneaux, was released on Supreme Court bail this morning. Supreme Court Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez released Tzib on a bail of $10,000 plus two sureties of the same amount. Gonzalez ordered that Tzib report to the Ladyville Police Station every Tuesday and Friday and that she surrenders all of her travel documents to the court. In addition, the court also stipulated that Tzib stay away from all prosecution witnesses in the case.

Rice importer Jack Charles seeks writ of mandamus against BAHA
Today, Christmas Eve, attorneys representing the parties in the rice stand-off between importer Jack Charles and the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) held a brief in-chamber hearing before Supreme Court Justice Sonya Young. Attorney Leroy Banner is representing Jack Charles, while Deputy Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke, is representing the government agency BAHA, and another attorney, Eamon Courtenay, SC, is seeking to join the case on behalf of local rice producers. When the attorneys exited the court, Banner explained to reporters that the government side made an application to the judge for the case to be adjourned because they need “more time to be fully prepared for the case, and be properly apprised of the information.” Banner said that they will return to court on December 31 to make submissions, and then on January 4, there will be a hearing.

Farmer “chopped up” and shot to death in San Pedro Colombia
According to police, a San Pedro Colombia farmer died after being chopped several times and shot in the chest. Evaristo Bul, 55, of San Pedro Columbia, was seen lying in a pool of blood with multiple chop wounds to the left side of the head and shoulder and several gunshot wounds to the left side of the chest and the right elbow. Bul was declared dead on the scene. He was found lying on the ground on the road between San Pedro Columbia and San Miguel, in an area about ½ mile beyond the San Pedro Columbia Bridge at about 9:20 Saturday night, Boxing Day. Police reported that Bul was involved in a land dispute case at the Alcalde Court earlier Saturday evening, after which he was reportedly threatened.

The Reporter

Heroin/weed seized in busts in Belize City and Seine Bight
An anti-drug operation in Belize City on Monday night yielded 22.5 pounds of heroin in a taxi, while police in Seine Bight village earlier that same day resulted in the discovery of just over four pounds of marijuana. The seizure in Belize City occurred on […]

BDF staff sergeant killed in road traffic accident
A head-on collision traffic involving an ADO bus and a pickup truck on Wednesday night ended in death when a Belize Defense Force (BDF) officer lost his life. The victim is Artemio Mendez, a staff sergeant of the BDF. Mendez was driving the Mahindra pickup […]

Stevedores get “bukut” for Christmas, says CWU
With the Government of Belize (GOB) passing a Statutory Instrument regulating the stevedores’ ability to strike, Christian Worker’s Union (CWU) President Audrey Matura-Shepherd says that GOB has given them the “bukut” for Christmas. Matura-Shepherd explained the stevedores’ strike action earlier this month came as a […]

First Caribbean Bank closing its doors! Employees still have no exit package
First Caribbean International Bank (FCIB) has officially announced the date it will cease its operations in Belize. FCIB issued a statement saying it had received formal approval from the Central Bank of Belize to complete the sale of it’s assets to Heritage Bank by January […]

Reform Area: Access to Credit
Legal framework to support use of movable assets In the last “Strictly Business” we had commenced a discussion on the general role that movable assets can play in bridging the credit gap that is often cited as one of the leading constraints to growth of Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises […]

Veteran journalist needs financial assistance for urgent medical care
Patrick E. Jones, known internationally for his up-to-the-minute posts and breaking news on his Facebook page entitled, “Breaking News, News at the Speed of Live”, needs assistance to undergo urgent surgery for Acute Pancreatitis. Jones told the Reporter this week that he has been […]

Ladyville cops foil robbery attempt in high speed chase
Ladyville police this week intercepted a vehicleand recovered a sub-machinegun. which they believe was intended for a robbery attack According to Eastern Division Rural Commander, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster, police acting pn a tip that individuals in a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, were on their […]

Belizean climate change specialist Carlos Fuller endorses Paris Agreement
Amidst the ongoing controversy with the international climate change commitment, known as the “Paris Agreement,” Belize climate change specialist Carlos Fuller has endorsed the resolution. Fuller, the international and regional liaison officer at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (5Cs), explained this week that in […]

Year in review 2015
Ingrid Fernandez Staff Reporter General Elections 2015 General Elections, were without a doubt, the most significant event of the year. In October, Prime Minister Dean Barrow called the elections only three years and eight months into the party’s second term, setting the date for November 4th, giving contending parties just […]

Stranded Cubans get to move on
Following an agreement reached by a group of Central American nations this week, some 7,000 Cuban immigrants will be able to continue their pilgrimage to the United States. The countries met in Guatemala City on Monday to discuss how to deal with the immigrants who […]

Toddler killed in hit and run in OW
A tragic accident in San Estevan village, Orange Walk town has left a toddler dead, two days after Christmas. At around 4:40 p.m. on December 27th, 15-month-old Genesis Teresa Medina wandered out of her house and into the street, without her parents’ knowledge. Witnesses told […]

Teen stabbed to death at horse race on Boxing Day
Lennox Flowers, 18, planned on viewing the horse races in Burrell Boom on Boxing Day but instead, met a violent death at the hands of three of his peers bearing knives. The youth, who lived on Partridge Street in Belize City, had gone with someone […]

93 year-old man savagely beaten, sodomized and robbed at home
A 93-year-old man, who lives alone at #12 Fern Lane in Belize City, regained conscious ness on Tuesday, but remains critical in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after being robbed, assaulted and possibly sodomized on Sunday. The family of Patrick Grant is furious over […]

SIB comparisons highlight inflation highs and lows
From January to November, the average prices for goods and services in Belize were lower than they were when compared to the same period in 2014, according to data compiled from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). The SIB’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, which […]

PUC says “no go” on light bill increase
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has rejected Belize Electricity Limited’s (BEL) request to increase the the price of electricity for the new year. The PUC, having reviewed BEL’s request for an 11 percent adjustment to the Mean Electricity Rate (MER) and Tariffs previously approved for […]

Editorial
The Government of Belize through its Ministry of Labour has placed waterfront workers under the Essential Services Act. This means that they are not allowed to go on strike without giving formal notice 21 days in advance. CWU stevedores called a surprise, unofficial strike ten days before Christmas. Port workers […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Soldier dead in bus accident
34 passengers traveling on an ADO bus headed to Cancun, Mexico last night lived a harrowing ordeal when a BDF assigned Mahindra pickup crashed into the driver’s side of the bus at Mile 40 on the Philip Goldson Highway just before 9p.m. While the […]

Two men charged in heroin bust
39 year old Richard McDonald of Hattieville and 25 year old Giovanni Requena of Belize City, were charged with drug trafficking in respect to 11,155 grams of heroin when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. McDonald, a tour operator, and Requena, a […]

Woman charged for theft over wedding gift
A 25 year old woman, who allegedly took $3,500 that was stolen and deposited in her bank account, was denied bail and remanded into custody when she appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and was arraigned on a charge of handling stolen goods. […]

Mr. Program” sent to jail for unpaid court fines
Popular artist Gilbert Alamilla, better known as “Mr. Program,” is spending the first five months of the New Year in Hattieville, at the Central Prison, after he was picked up by police for failing to pay fines which he owed the Magistrate’s Court. The […]

San Pedro cop charged for sexual assault
Following the arrest of a San Ignacio cop for a rape inside the police station this week, the Department has arrested and charged another policeman, a constable from San Pedro Town, with three counts of sexual assault. 26 year old Kyle Hubert Serano, attached […]

Prime Minister preaches optimism in New Years address
It’s not quite 2016 yet, but Prime Minister Dean Barrow has released his official message to kick off the New Year. Prime Minister Barrow stated that there are still reasons to be optimistic that Belize will have another successful year despite reduction in Petrocaribe […]

San Pedro police officer arrested for raping 13-year-old girl
In connection to reports made by a 13-year-old female from San Pedro town, on December 9th a 26-year -old police constable attached to that municipality’s police formation, has been arrested and charged with three counts of “sexual assault”. The minor reported around 5:58 p.m. […]

Belize City police make huge heroin bust
It is common in this country that police make busts of cannabis, which is found and seized almost every day in different districts, but on Monday, December 28th officers of the Anti-Narcotics Unit made a huge bust in Belize City. While conducting operations, the unit […]

Placencia police find four pounds of weed
Placencia Police conducting anti-drug operations yesterday morning, made the discovery of more than four pounds of cannabis in Seine Bight village near a dump site. Between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., officers found a three black plastic bags and a jersey shorts […]

San Ignacio police investigate fraudulent cheque
San Ignacio Police are investigating the case of a fraudulent cheque received by Caribbean Tires in Spanish Lookout on Tuesday, December 29th in the name of ‘House of Salvation’ as payment for six tires that were sold on December 10th. The tires, each valued […]

Toledo resident wins new truck from UNO raffle
King’s Service Station along with UNO Gas Station in Punta Gorda Town, held its grand end of year raffle a short while ago in front of the UNO compound, where a brand new 2015 Ford Ranger pickup truck was handed over to its new […]

One dead in Wednesday night bus collision
One man is dead while a Mexican bus driver faces possible prosecution following a traffic accident on Wednesday night. Sometime after 8:00 last night a grey Mahindra pickup truck driven by Artemio Mendez, a BDF Staff Sergeant and an ADO bus from the Linea Dorada bus line in Mexico, […]

Mostly cloudy skies heading into the New Year
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy skies at times today and tonight with a few showers mostly inland today and over southern areas, as well as some coastal areas tonight. Winds will be blowing from the East-Southeast at 10-20 knots with occasional higher gusts and […]

Blogs

The Best of My Week and Others’ In Belize PLUS INDIA! You Are Killing ME!
Merry Christmas and now…Happy New Year. Today is the very last day of 2015 but I’m just recapping the last week or so. A week that has been about The Holidays, INDIA and the wind. My three word summary for the last week of 2015. Now let’s get to Christmas…and then the weather both under and ova the sea. But quickly…let me show you this photo taken on one of the smaller southern cayes. A house (?) built of conch shells…AMAZING. I need more information! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! I’ll see you on the flip side If there is anyone going out tonight – all night – and wants to guest post…PLEASE let me know. But not after 10pm…I’ll probably be sleeping :)

Pictures of Belize – The Best Belize Travel Selfies of 2015!
Selfie, we are all guilty of taking them! And in 2013, when the word “selfie” entered the Oxford Dictionaries it quickly became the word of the year. The selfie is of course a photographic self-portait. Despite it’s recent popularity, selfies have actually been in existence for years, but technology has changed the game. When in Belize, you’ll most likely see tourists pulling out the selfie stick at some of the major attractions. Here we list some awesome selfie travel snaps that portray the fun and exciting things to do in the jewel.

“Who Let The Dogs Out?” In San Pedro, Ambergris Caye,Belize
For first time readers (where have you been?) I’m the real cute and good looking one on the right. Oh, and my full name is Ziggy BelizeEast. I’ve grabbed hold of John’s iPad to let you know what kind of Christmas I had. I was hopeful that Santa Paws would bring me an iPad of my own but I had no such luck. To say I’m gutted would be an understatement. I did get some great presents though but not before we all dressed up in our Christmas gear. I’ve got to admit it, I only kept it on because it had Arsenal’s badge on it. I wanted a snazzy Christmas T shirt like the rest of them.

International Sourcesizz

The Good and the Bad About Moving to Belize
It sounds so perfect: a country with Caribbean islands where the principle mode of transportation is a golf cart, the people speak English and you are surrounded by crystal clear waters and gently swaying palm trees. But what is it really like to live in Belize? On our Web site, Best Places in the World to Retire, more than 50 experts (most of them expats) provided more than 1,000 answers to the most often asked questions about living in Belize. Bentley Wildman, who was born in Canada but who has lived most of his life in Belize, provided another example. "Yearly property taxes are very, very low in Belize. In Consejo Shores (Corozal), they run about $25 a year, either for a house, a bare property, or a mansion." Lisa McCorkle, daughter of the woman who opened the first hotel in Ambergris Caye, put the cost of living in Belize in context when she explained, "What causes us to live more inexpensively overall is that we don't have a lot of the costs you have in the US." McCorkle gave some examples in addition to how much cheaper it was to have a golf cart than a car and the almost non-existent property taxes. "We don't have any heating bills, and we don't have to pay to go on vacations to beautiful places. For many years I kept taking my kids to beaches in Mexico, until I asked myself, 'Why am I doing this? We live on the beach!'"

Forbes 20 Best Foreign Retirement Havens For 2015
A great way to end the year. Forbes 20 Best Foreign Retirement Havens For 2015! Belize at No. 3

First Caribbean Bank to cease operations in Belize
First Caribbean International Bank (FCIB) will cease operations here the end of January to complete the sale of its asset to Heritage Bank. According to a statement from FCIB, it has received formal approval from the Central Bank of Belize to complete the sale of it’s assets to Heritage Bank by January 31 and based on this the bank will close its doors on January 29. However, questions surround the exit package to be offered to the more than 40 employees still working at the institution. President of the Christian Worker’s Union (CWU) Audrey Matura Shepherd on Tuesday said the bank has not met with the Union since October to discuss the exit package.

The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2016
Retiring abroad is easier and more affordable than ever before. These days it really is possible to spend your days relaxing beneath palm fronds on a Caribbean beach, enjoying farm-fresh produce in a mountain haven with year-round spring weather, or wandering the storied streets of a historic and cultured European city…or all of the above. But with so many choices available, finding the right one can seem daunting. Enter International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index. Researched over months with the help of our ever-growing team of correspondents, editors, and contributors all over the world, this Retirement Index is the ultimate resource for helping you find your ideal retirement haven. And our 2016 Index is our most comprehensive yet. We’ve crunched more numbers than ever before…asked more questions of more expats…all in a quest to bring you the best retirement havens in the world. And here they are. Among this year’s 23 countries you’ll find something to suit every lifestyle and budget…

Videos

  • Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, 2016 New Year's Address, 11min. "I believe, then, that the symbiosis of new mandate and New Year will be not just symbolic, but a real spur to action."

  • 2015 Review: In the Net, 7min. Clips from 2015 adventures through Northern California, Nevada, Belize, Mexico and more.

  • CAVE TUBING IN BELIZE, 4min. Cave Tubing with Guide Omar Deras of Belize Inland Tours through Herman's Cave off Hummingbird Highway, Mile 42.

  • Belize 2015 Part 3 of 5: San Ignacio & Caracol, 5.5min. Visiting San Ignacio, Green Iguana Project and Caracol archeological site.

  • CAVE TUBING BELIZE, 4min. Cave Tubing with Guide Omar Deras of "Belize Inland Tours" through Herman's Cave off Hummingbird Highway, Mile 42.

  • Unusual Bonefish in Belize Manatee River, 2min.

  • Belize reef south of Tobacco Caye, 2.5min. Like coral reefs worldwide, the Belize reef is under threat and in places in collapse. Still, large parts of the reef are intact and healthy and full of life.

  • Fam Nibbering in Belize 2015, 7min.

  • News 5 - Top 10 Stories 2015, 53min.

  • 2016 New Years Message from Patrick Rogers BPP Political Leader, 2.5min. A warm greetings and a Happy New Year from BPP's Political Leader, Patrick Rogers.

  • Graphic video removal of a Belize Botfly, min. If you ever have the means to travel to Belize, don't pass it up. But try to pass up the opportunity the botflies will give you to be their human host; it's not as glamourous as it sounds.

  • San Pedro Fireworks NY Eve, 10sec. La Isla Bonita says goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016!

  • BEL employees honor the elderly, 1min. On December 30, 2015, BEL employees honored the elderly by serving luncheons and delivering care packages at the Octavia Waight Center in San Ignacio Town and HelpAge in Orange Walk Town. In Belize City, lunch and care packages were distributed to the homeless.

  • Dolphins in Belize, 2min. Some dolphins drop by to say hello while we were diving in Belize.