Channel 5

Late Christmas for B.D.F.—UH1H Helicopters Finally Here
After an announcement made in August 2014, a pair of UH1H Huey helicopters, to complement the B.D.F.’s existing fleet of aircrafts, has arrived in Belize. The generous donation is from [...]

A Twelve-year-old is Raped at Knifepoint by Her Stepfather
There’s a chilling report of rape against a minor. The names of the victim and the aggressor will not be disclosed to protect the girl’s identity.  The heinous incident reportedly [...]

Mexican Ambassador Disappointed with Belize’s Handling of Nanes Matter
Fugitive David Nanes Schnitzer slipped through the cracks immediately after he was granted a ten thousand dollar bail by the Supreme Court on November twentieth, 2015. Nanes, who was caught [...]

Despite Claims of Carrot Importation, Mexican Official Says There’s No Increase
Carrot farmers in the Orange Walk District have reported that seventy percent of their produce has been rotting in the fields because government has been issuing licenses to select persons [...]

Is a Partial Scope Free Trade Agreement Next for Belize and Mexico?
The contraband of goods into Mexico from Belize and from Belize into Mexico is a thriving trade. The Commercial Free Zone is an area of particular concern. It is known [...]

Intelligence Suggests Compressed Marijuana was not Destined for Mexico
There is also the issue of the transshipment of illicit drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana that get into Mexico from Belize. Just two weeks ago, on January third, [...]

Dept. of Civil Aviation; No Aircraft Found in or Near Louisville
On Tuesday, there were widespread reports of an aircraft landing in the Louisville area of the Corozal District.  It was not clear at first whether it was a commuter plane, [...]

Indian Church Murder Suspect Still on the Lam
Also in the north, the search continues for fifty-nine year old Juan Carlos Gutierrez. The Salvadoran national is wanted by Orange Walk Police for the cold-blooded murder of Indian Church [...]

Investigations Continue into the Murder of Executive Producer Anne Swaney
Investigations also continue in another murder. Last Friday morning, the body of Anne Swaney, an executive producer with ABC Chicago, was found floating in the river at Succotz, Cayo. She [...]

Coast Guard Presents 2015 Report Card
Ten years after its establishment, the Belize Coast Guard has grown considerably in numbers as well as in the scope of duties. Today, it presented a report card of accomplishments [...]

What’s Up with Sarstoon F.O.B.?
A historic groundbreaking ceremony was held on the bank of the Sarstoon River on December ninth to mark the beginning of construction of a forward operating base near Belize‘s southern [...]

Construction of Coast Guard F.O.B. to Resume at Hunting Caye
With the interruption of work on the building of a new forward operating base on Hunting Caye, coast guard personnel have had to endure the discomfort of utilizing the existing [...]

San Pedro Cop Acquitted of Extortion Charge
A cop from San Pedro AC walked free today from a single charge of extortion. That’s because a seventeen year old girl who made the allegation against thirty-eight year old [...]

B.T.B. Says Visitor Arrivals Were Up in 2015
Belize’s tourism industry is being tainted with the recent murder of U.S. visitor Anne Swaney, which is still under investigation. But according to the Belize Tourism Board, the industry made [...]

More Belizeans Traveling Across to Mexico
As it relates to arrivals from across the Mexican border, the numbers are not on our side. The Mexican ambassador says he wants to close the gap by encouraging Mexican [...]

Marion Jones Still Unfinished Many Years Later
Turning to the Marion Jones Stadium…there was a soft launch just before the November elections. It is a project that dates back to 2008 and seven years later it has [...]

Ambassador Carlos Quesnel Melendez on Bilateral Agreements with Belize
Back in July of 2015, Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington visited Mexico in an official capacity where he signed on to nine bilateral agreements with his Mexican counterparts. While functional [...]

Coast Guard Details Involvement in Responding to Piracy Near Middle Long Caye
On Tuesday, twenty-year-old James Emmanuel Cortez and his mother, forty-five-year-old Florita Pineda were charged for possession of a number of stolen items.  Those articles were reported missing when occupants of [...]

Precinct 3 Police Meet and Greet in Belize City
And on the streets of the city, a team of police officers led by Superintendent Suzette Anderson was deployed this afternoon.  While there was no chaos or crime to report [...]

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Orange Walk Police Detains Two Mexican Nationals For Drug Trafficking
Two Mexican Nationals are tonight spending their first night at the Kolbe Correctional Facility after they were detained by Orange Walk Police for drug and ammunition offences. Yesterday at about 4:30 in the afternoon authorities were on investigation at the Cuatro Leguas Area, bordering Mexico, when they came upon farm. At the center of the farm police observed a grey tent housing 50 year old Pedro Cordova Perez and Juan Manuel Pacheco, both Mexican Nationals of la Union Village in Quintana Roo Mexico. Police conducted a search on Perez and found in his possession a zip lock bag containing a piece of compressed suspected Cannabis. A further search in a bag of clothing led authorities to two live maroon 16 gauge, AGUILA brand cartridges for which both Mexicans had no license.

US Embassy Clarifies Advisory Sent Out By US State Department
Yesterday we reported that the United States Department issued a travel advisory alerting US citizens to be cautious when travelling to Belize due to the recent murder of American National Anne Swaney and the country’s high murder and crime rate. Today we can tell you that the US Embassy became aware of the advisory that was sent out, however, they have made it clear that neither they nor the United States Department issued such notice with regards to the death of Anne Swaney. The notice was in fact retrieved from a travel site that hosts press releases from shareholders within in the tourism sector, known as Travel Wires. The Embassy’s clarification has brought comfort to the tourism sector despite the tragedy that had occurred at the Nabitunich Resort where Anne Swaney lost her life.

BTB Pledges To Protect Tourist After Murder Of American National
While the death of Anne Elizabeth Swaney continues to make headlines both locally and internationally, The Belize Tourism Board expressed their sympathy to the family of Swaney and believe that both the family as well as the community deserve justice. In a release yesterday, the BTB also stated that they have committed themselves to working in partnership with the Belize Police Department in an effort to offer a helping hand so as to bring closure to this murder case. They have decided to request for the police department to increase patrols in order to guarantee the safety and security for all citizens and visitors in Belize. The BTB and industry partners are also forming an alliance with the Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to implement plans and strategies that offer protection and minimize the chances of being at risk when it comes to crime.

Wanted Man Absconds To Mexico
On Monday we reported on the gruesome murder of 55 year old Francisco Arevalo, Guatemalan Farmer of Indian Church Village whose mutilated nude body was found early on Sunday morning near an unfinished concrete house in the outskirts of Indian Church. Police suspect that the murder was as a result of a love triangle gone wrong as investigations have revealed that Arevalo was lured out of his house at around 9:00 on Saturday night by a woman he knew. Reports suggest that this woman’s common-law husband is the one that attacked and murdered Arevalo. He is no other than 58 year old Salvadoran National, Juan Carlos Lopez Gutierrez who police have placed on their wanted list.

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Minor Says Her Stepfather Raped Her
A man has been detained pending a charge of rape. This is after his twelve year old stepdaughter accused him of raping her. According to police, the twelve year old in the company of her uncle reported to police in the Stann Creek District that on Wednesday last week after she went home from school,

Nanes’ Release Was Regrettable Says Ambassador Melendez
In November 2015, fugitive, David Nanes Shnitzer was caught in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Shnitzer was wanted in neighboring Mexico for tricking Mexican investors out of some forty two million dollars. After being detained in Belize, he was offered bail of ten thousand dollars. Justice Dennis Hanomansingh ordered that he surrender his travel documents but

Mexican Ambassador Speaks on Illicit Trade along the Borders
Notorious ‘Contrabandista’ Ernesto Alonso de Miguel or “El Espanol” was shot to death in November of last year in a Chetumal restaurant. He was known for peddling huge quantities of cigarettes and other illicit items into the Corozal Free Zone and out to other Central American countries. Today at the media luncheon, Mexican Ambassador Carlos

Marion Jones to Be Completed with Aid from Mexico
Mexican Ambassador Carlos Melendez spoke on several topics at today’s media luncheon at the Mexican Institute in Belize City. One of the topics that Ambassador Melendez spoke of is cross border partnership and cooperation in several areas. One of those areas is sports. Today, Melendez announced that the Mexican Government has donated five million dollars

US State Department Issued No Recent Advisory/Warning to Citizens
Yesterday we brought you an article that stated that an advisory to American nationals as it pertains to traveling to Belize was issued by the US State Department. As we had mentioned, it was a statement posted online by Travel Wires website, dated January 16, 2016. According to the US Embassy in Belmopan, no such

PUP Trio Agrees to Debate Prior to Convention
The People’s United Party’s national convention is set for Sunday, January 31 in Belmopan. Contesting for the post of leader, are the present leader, Francis Fonseca, Lake Independence area representative, Cordel Hyde and former party leader and Orange Walk Central area representative, John Briceno. The three candidates who will be vying for the leadership of

BCG Reviews Milestones of 2015
The Belize Coast Guard celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2015 and has shown impressive progress over the years ranging from its members, equipment, training and facilities. With an overview of the accomplishments they have made in 2015, Admiral John Borland started off a presentation this morning in the presence of several senior officers of the

Almost 10 Mil for the Belize Coast Guard
When the Belize Coast Guard started out in 2005, they were operating on a budget of just over three million dollars, a skeleton staff and limited resources. To date, the annual operational expenses are almost at ten million dollars justified by a significant increase in their team, as well as equipment, sea vessels and infrastructure.

Coast Guard Prepared to Join BDF at Sarstoon Base
Yesterday, Wil Maheia of the Belize Territorial Volunteers spoke of the absence of works being conducted at the Sarstoon as it relates to the Forward Operating Base. During a briefing with the Belize Coast Guard earlier today, the media asked Admiral John Borland on the progress of the construction. JOHN BORLAND “ Maheia had travelled

Coast Guard Aided Victims of Robbery Incident
The Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie has commented on a robbery at sea that occurred on a vessel that was anchored near Middle Long Caye in Belizean waters. Police investigators have recovered some of the items taken and arrests have been made while investigations are ongoing. Today, however, we heard from the head of the […]

PlusTV

Suspect in taximan murder positively ID’d in highway robbery
On Saturday January 15th, Lincoln Bejerano was arrested and charged for the crime of robbery. The charge came after Bejerano was positively identified in an ID parade as one of the persons involved in a highway robbery on which we reported earlier this year. As we reported at the beginning of this ...

Belmopan man charged with attempted murder
Belmopan police have arrested a Belmopan man following an incident at a bar which took place on January 15 of this year. According to Byron Deon Zuniga he was beaten while socializing at a bar on Cemetery Road on January 15th and later shot with a pellet gun. Police say they have the person respon...

BTB comments on Crime situation
The nation is still dealing with the negative publicity Belize is currently facing following a serius spike in murders, including that of American tourist Anne Swaney who was strangled to death by the river in the Cayo district last week when she went there to do her yoga. Just a couple weeks befor...

One of three pleads guilty in handling stolen goods from sea pirating case
We reported yesterday of the attack on a group of visitors to Belize who were staying aboard a vessel anchored at Middle Long Caye. The group were robbed of their valuables at gunpoint, some of which have since been recovered. Late on Monday, police arrested and charged three persons for handling st...

Burglary charges for Belize City men
One of the three persons charged on Monday with handling stolen goods in the Middle Long Caye case has been implicated along with another person in a burglary in Belize City. Raymond Garcia, 40, a bank Officer and resident of Belama Phase 3 area reported to police that between 7:00 a.m., and 5:00 p...

Guatemalan woman reported missing in Belize
A 19 year old Guatemalan store keeper residing in Melchor De Mencos, Guatemala reported to Benque Viejo police on January 18, 2016 that on January 8, 2016 at 5:00am, his mother, 39 year old Lidia Janet Garcia Giron left home from Melchor, Guatemala enroute to banana farm #16 in the Cow pen area, Sta...

17 year old girl and her baby missing
Belize City police are also looking for a missing 17 year old and her 1 year old child. 17-year-old Myleka Parchue of Belize City and her 1-year-4 month old baby Ethan Parchue were reported missing by the 17 year old’s mother. Myleka was last seen on Wednesday 13th of January, 2016 wearing...

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Fisheries department works towards sustainability of the fishing sector
This Friday the Belize Fisheries Department along with its partners will be holding its “Pride Campaign for Managed Access Graduation Ceremony: Sustainable Fishing for Our Future” and will be presenting the successes of the program that has been recognized internationally for replication in other regions for […]

COLA questions Government’s change of tune on Port project
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) have consistently called for a cruise port in Belize City to help Belizeans obtain jobs. But today it is calling out the Government for seeming to change its stance from its Opposition days on the Luke Espat-planned cruise […]

Crooked Tree men charged for family feud
Two men, 41 year old Marlon Longsworth Sr. and his son, 19 year old Marlon Longsworth Jr., were charged with harm and 2 counts of damage to property when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. They pled not guilty to the charges. They […]

Cop from San Pedro walks free from a single charge of extortion
Thirty-eight year old police constable Oscar Ramirez, charged with extortion, was freed of the charge today when Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser struck it out for want of prosecution. The complainant, 18 year old Sander Palma, indicated to the court that does not want any further […]

Ex-gang leader charged for police altercation
Former Ghost Town Crips leader Roger Anthony, facing a murder charge, was charged with 7 offences when he appeared on Tuesday before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. Anthony was charged with 2 counts of assaulting a police officer, using threatening words, 2 counts of using indecent words, aggravated assault, damage to […]

Two Mexicans in jail for drug possession and cultivation in Belize
Two Mexicans were found with drugs and ammunition along the Belize-Mexico border. Orange Walk Police report that they came across the men at Cuatro Leguas along the border with Mexico. 50-year-old Pedro Cordova Perez and Juan Manuel Pacheco Che both of La Union Village, Mexico […]

Man charged for raping step-daughter with knife to neck
The stepfather of a 12-year-old female in Stann Creek District has been detained and is pending three separate charges of ‘rape’, ‘aggravated assault’ and ‘threatening words’ for acts committed against the female minor. Accompanied by her uncle on Monday afternoon, the minor told police […]

US Embassy clarifies reports of travel advisory
The US Embassy, this morning, made a clarification regarding reports of a travel advisory issued by the US State Department on traveling to Belize in the wake of Anne Swaney’s murder. “The Department of State and the US Embassy Belmopan have not issued a travel […]

FBI joins murder investigation of Anne Swaney
Latest reports in the murder case of 39-year-old American national and ABC 7 Chicago news producer, Anne Swaney, are that agents from the United States’ Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI) have joined in the investigation efforts to find the person responsible for her shocking death. Swaney was found floating in the Mopan River near Nabitunich Resort, Cayo District, where she was staying for the course of her vacation and had gone out to do yoga in a secluded area of the resort’s horse trail, when she was viciously attacked.

Cotton Tree man charged for drugs and ammo
On Tuesday January 19th, around 8:30 a.m., 44-year-old Roy McCarthy was stopped by Belmopan police while acting suspicious upon seeing the officers on Oriole Street where he was informed that a search on him was going to be done for any firearm and drugs. Officers discovered a black plastic bag with cartridges and green leafy substance consistent of cannabis weighing in at .3 grams.

Blogs

Why Develop a Community Vision for Sustainability?
Many organizations not only lack a vision, but they are unaware of the power that a vision produces. And not so surprisingly, many individuals haven’t thought about their lifetime purpose; they don’t have a vision, either. Corporations make the common mistake of equating a mission statement with a vision, and individuals often believe that setting a goal is the same as defining a vision. We have all seen organizations whose purpose we never quite understood; we know they are out there, in our community, doing something – but we’re not quite sure what. They may have a purpose we could learn about, but we’ve never taken the time to do so; it’s always been more effort than it was worth. If we got closer to these organizations, we might be surprised to learn that even some of their own members aren’t entirely sure of the organization’s goals; they only know about a specific project they are working on at that moment. Very often, these organizations end up slipping quietly away; they lose their momentum, they lose their funding, and finally, the organization is gone, with no one really noticing much.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY - INDONESIAN NON-DEGREE SCHOLARSHIP
The Indonesian Authorities herein offer a one year non-degree scholarship to study (onsite) language, art, music or craft. The offer includes living expenses, book allowance, local transport, medical expenses and pocket money. Sixth Form and High School students are encouraged to apply. Feel free to confer with the Regional Language Center at the University of Belize to receive English speaking certification (substitute for TOEFL). Applicants will need endorsement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NEMO Building, Belmopan. The application deadline has been established at February 19, 2016 given it must arrive at the Indonesian Embassy, Mexico City a week later. For more information contact Mr. Percy Lewis at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sweet Red Pepper Jelly
Place all the peppers in a food processor and pulse until chopped finely. Transfer the chopped peppers to a large pot with the remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling and continue to boil for about 15-18 minutes, stirring constantly. Skim any foam which accumulates at the top and remove from stove element. While the jelly is still hot, ladle it into hot jars, leaving a ¼ inch headspace. Screw on lids and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

International Sourcesizz

Ambergris Caye: A Top Caribbean Retirement Spot
This part of Belize is welcoming, friendly and authentic... Ambergris Caye, Belize, is a small island in the Caribbean surrounded by turquoise waters and skirted along its eastern side by the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Living on Ambergris, you could wake each morning to the sound of waves lapping gently onto the white sand beaches just outside your window and the faint crash of the ocean farther out breaking against the coral reef. Belize is English-speaking, has a stable government and is part of both the British Commonwealth and Caribbean Community and Common Market. Ambergris Caye is the largest of Belize's 200 or so cayes and 35 miles long. The reef runs up to and touches the island in the northeast at a rocky point. Ambergris Caye's heart is San Pedro Town, which is home to a big and growing community of expats and foreign retirees and also an increasingly bustling tourist destination with the restaurants and nightlife that those realities suggest. In addition, the island is enjoying one of the biggest publically funded investments in infrastructure in its history, including an ambitious road building project to allow better access to the relatively untamed northern half. Also under construction is the island's first mixed-use sports and athletics facility, and Belize's prime minister has announced plans for the country's second international airport at the northern end of Ambergris.

Honduras Agrees to International Help to Fight Corruption
Honduras on Tuesday became the second Central American country to accept international help to fix a broken judicial system and fight government corruption, two problems that have ravaged Honduras and the region for decades. At an event in Washington, D.C., Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez signed an agreement with the head of the Organization of American States—a regional group mostly financed by the U.S.—establishing the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras, or MACCIH for its Spanish initials. The mission will be staffed by international prosecutors, judges and legal experts who will provide advice and supervision in criminal cases to try to improve justice in a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world, and where only 4% of murders are solved, according to government data. The body—paid for by the OAS—will select and certify a group of local prosecutors and judges who will investigate and prosecute corruption networks. It will be led by Juan Jiménez, a former Peruvian prime minister and justice minister who will report directly to OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro. ​

Belize police pursuing other angles in murder of Chicago journalist
A Belize police spokesman says nothing was found on a person of interest to tie him to last week's killing of Chicago online executive producer Anne Swaney, reports CBS Chicago. The spokesman said at this point police are looking at other angles, reports the station. An autopsy on the body of Swaney, 39, a U.S. tourist found dead in western Belize has determined that she was strangled to death. She died from "asphyxia due to compression of the neck area, throttling and blunt force traumatic injuries to the head and neck," according to the post-mortem report prepared by Dr. Leyden Ken on Friday night. Swaney worked for ABC-channel 7 in Chicago. Her body was discovered Friday morning floating face-down in the Mopan River, which flows into Belize from Guatemala. A Guatemalan man was initially taken into custody after he was seen near the Mopan river where Swaney was found dead in the water. He told authorities he was fishing. Belize police charged him with illegal entry into the country and he's been sentenced to six months in prison.

Las Vegas jury convicts Belize family in theft of government money
A brother and sister from Belize have been convicted by a federal jury in Las Vegas of multiple felony counts for using false identities to steal nearly $300,000 in unemployment funds and other government benefits. Frederick Vernon Williams, 35, and his sister Jacqueline Louisa Gentle, 27, were convicted Friday following a 10-day trial in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge James Mahan. Two other family members from Belize — Frederick Williams' wife, Denise Allison Williams, 36, and his other sister, Carolyn Shelmadine Willis-Casey, 40 — were convicted of fraud during the trial for their lesser role in the scheme to steal unemployment money. "The defendants used false identities and lied on passport applications to steal federal benefits from multiple agencies, including the departments of Labor, Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration," Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Wednesday.

Beyond The Beach: Foodie-Lovers' Agritourism, Spa-Like Luxury In Belize
"Agritourism" — visiting a working farm or other agribusiness to learn about or partake in day-to-day activities — is one of the fastest-growing markets in the travel industry. Wine tasting or visiting a pick-your-own berry farm are established forms of agritourism. Belcampo Belize Lodge takes the notion a step further, providing a luxurious place to stay in the middle of the farm Belcampo sits on a hilltop five miles inland from the fishing village of Punta Gorda in southern Belize, not far from the Guatemalan border. The resort -- which includes a main lodge and 16 suites set along the hillside -- is in the midst of a vast rainforest, home to a host of animals, including howler monkeys, tapirs, jaguars and more than 250 bird species, such as the keel-billed toucan, slaty-tailed trogon and brown-hooded parrot. Several hundred acres of jungle below the lodge have been cleared to make way for Belcampo's organic farm, where 50 varieties of fruit and vegetables are grown, and pigs, chickens and lambs are raised. More than 80 percent of the food that's served at Belcampo is harvested from the farm, and it's served fresh; as Chef Renee Everett put it, "99.9 percent of the veggies we serve were in the ground this morning."

Art Museum of the Americas to Present Belize Exhibition in Honor of 35th Anniversary
The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Belize to the OAS presents an exhibition celebrating the 35th anniversary of the nation's independence. For this exhibition, sculptor Santiago Cal and photojournalist Karl Villanueva commemorate the 35th anniversary of Belize's independence. Belize 35 is exemplary of AMA's mission of highlighting artwork promoting human rights, democracy, and peace as core values of the Organization of American States, in support of the autonomy of nations as well as the global cooperation under which each nation may thrive. Cal's "Untitled" is one of two installations that the artist is contributing to Belize 35. It includes as its subject matter Belize's first Prime Minister, George Cadle Price along with symbolic national elements such as the tapir, the national animal. According to the artist, the tapir's mannerisms and dignity are consistent with Belizean identity as a peaceful nation. Belizean curator Yasser Musa describes "Untitled" as "imagination at full throttle, casting a sculptural illustration specifically for an Art Museum of the Americas exhibition commemorating Belize's 35th Independence...George Price, the father of Belizean Independence, deep in prayerful contemplation, guides his bands of Tapirs travelling the meandering green line that is the international southern border between Belize and Guatemala - River Sarstoon. The river is a current flashpoint electrified political fence. Cal's metaphor is sharp and precise and speaks both to the aspirations of the Belizean people at the moment of Independence and the haphazard realities of Belize today thirty- five years on."

The underwater life: Try snorkelling in Mexico, French Polynesia & Belize
Looking for a little more excitement this vacation? Here it is served on a platter our edition today lists adventure sports that should be on your bucketlist. It is time to push your limits, here are some sports you should try: - Head to Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize due to the close proximity of San Pedro, snorkellers can see lots of marine life. In waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grow healthy stands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeller.

Review: On ‘Mad Dogs,’ an Amazon Series, Male Bellicosity Rules
“American men, you love to fight,” a supporting female character observes in the very male dark-comic thriller “Mad Dogs,” whose 10-episode first season debuts Friday on Amazon Prime. She’s not wrong, as judged by television’s continuing fascination with middle-aged male bellicosity. In HBO’s coming “Vinyl,” testosterone and cocaine fuel a 1970s record executive through a midlife and career crisis. Showtime’s Wall Street drama, “Billions,” treats money as expression of male potency; it’s a show so macho that its alpha-dog hedge-fund wizard, Axe, shares a name with a body spray. In “Mad Dogs,” male angst goes on holiday. Four American men travel to Belize to visit a wealthy college pal, Milo (Billy Zane), for a 40-somethings-gone-wild getaway at his lavish oceanside villa. There’s an aggressive edge to his invite, a determination to show how much better he’s done than his friends: the cautious financial planner Cobi (Steve Zahn), the irresponsible Lex (Michael Imperioli), the family man Gus (Romany Malco) and the embittered Joel (Ben Chaplin).

‘Mad Dogs’ and Americans
Puerto Rico, standing in for Belize, looks amazingly bright and sunny in Amazon’s manic, unpredictable, and compelling new series “Mad Dogs.” The long green grass has a neon quality, and in the night scenes, in the moonlight, the gently rippling water looks seductive. The cinematographer is clearly in love with the place. But this is no happy travelogue, and — given the high level of local menace and corruption portrayed on the show — the Belize tourism groups are probably going to hate it. This paradise will be lost, suddenly and brutally, and so will the vestiges of youth that the show’s middle-age characters are clinging to. In “Mad Dogs,” things go from bad to worse, and then a few more steps from worse to worst, a little like they did in “Fargo,” as the fall of one calamity knocked the next one down like a set of dominos. Actually, the show, whose first season is available on Friday, reminds me most of all of “Deliverance,” where men naively head straight into the heart of darkness. “Mad Dogs” is about the myths of masculinity, as they fall apart and men are forced to become simply human.

TV Review: ‘Mad Dogs’
“Mad Dogs” starts off as a lark — four guys head to Belize to visit a longtime friend, whose success has allowed him to buy a beachfront villa and enjoy a laid-back lifestyle. But their buddy’s life is not stress-free, as it turns out, and the group holiday quickly turns into a collective nightmare. Unfortunately, the experience of watching “Mad Dogs” contains echoes of what the characters experience. Despite a strong cast, the Amazon drama quickly devolves into a series of tiresome squabbles, mistakes and annoyances. Perhaps this version, adapted from a British program, would have been better off as a film. Ultimately, it’s difficult to picture anyone wanting to binge-watch a 10-episode show that ends up being quite predictable. Director Charles McDougall wrings the maximum potential from the show’s locations (though the story is set in Belize, “Mad Dogs” was shot in Puerto Rico).

Welcome to the Jungle: Slash gets a ‘Tree’ Guitar
Saul Hudson was eager to see his new guitar, but he wasn’t expecting manna from heaven. After all, Hudson, better known as Slash, is the celebrated former Guns N’ Roses guitarist who’s owned some of the finest instruments in his neck of the rock ’n’ roll woods, from big-name vintage acoustics—a Martin D-18, Gibson J-200, and Guild D-100—to a string of signature Les Pauls. What more could he want? “I thought, ‘OK, let’s get this over with: I’m going to open the case and be happy and surprised and then we can move on,’” Slash says with a laugh. “When I picked it up, I was completely humbled. It was a shock-and-awe moment. It changed everything I’d ever thought about acoustic guitars leading up to that point,” Slash continues, with a boyish wonder that betrays the reverence a head-banging kid might have for Slash himself. “It was the most amazing acoustic guitar I’d ever played or heard.” The figured mahogany that makes up the back and sides of Slash’s guitar was floored, too—some 50 years ago, when it tumbled to the floor of a forest in Central America. There’s an old philosophical riddle that asks, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one’s around to hear it, does it make a sound?” In the case of the Tree, a 500-year-old hunk of wood that once towered 100 feet and had a massive base ten feet in diameter, the answer is a resounding yes—a thousand times over. Discovered a little more than ten years after it was chopped down in 1965 and left in a ravine in the Chiquibul Jungle of what is now Belize, the Tree has been making beautiful sounds for decades in the form of boutique guitars crafted at shops including Forsland’s JOI, as well as Santa Cruz, Bedell, Greenfield, Froggy Bottom, and even the Big Two acoustic makers, Taylor and Martin.

Videos

  • Is Zika in Belize?, 5.5min.

  • Belize Pack A Pound Program - Chaa Creek Sustainable Tourism, 3min. Our Pack A Pound team went out to the small village of Progresso in western Belize to deliver school supplies to the kids at Progresso Government School. We were greeted by happy kids and a willing principal.

  • KAYTHANKS BELIZE, 3min. Mumsie and I went on a cruise last year. One of our stops was the beautiful Belize. I wish I had more time to explore such an incredible place.

  • Belize It!, 5min. Fun in, around, and all over Belize.

  • Dragonfly Migration in Belize 1-10-2016, 17sec. This dragonfly migration (heading north) was witnessed from a beach in Hopkins, Belize on 10 January 2016. There were thousands of dragonflies going by for about a half hour, and some Monarch butterflies were mixed in with them. A little Internet research revealed that dragonflies have an even longer migration than Monarch butterflies, and it takes several generations of dragonflies to complete the annual loop.

  • We Pet Sharks in Belize!, 2min. We visit San Pedro, Belize, go snorkelling in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and pet nurse sharks!

  • Glimpse Belize, 4min. Channel 23 Belize

  • Mexico and Belize!, 3min.

  • Matthew Klinck moments 2012, 3min. Matthew doing what he did best, make movies and inspire people to make movies, in the little time he was in Belize he inspired and train so many young people to make films, i was very lucky to have collaborated with Matthew. Here are clips of him working on his first training and film project we did in 2012,you can view full documentary on Matthews vimeo page Make Belize Films, Creative Kaos.

  • Belize Jan 2016, 5min.

  • Belize & Placencia, 4.5min.

  • Belize 2016, 7.5min.

  • TRAVEL BELIZE, 6min.

  • Belize, voyage d'une vie ... 2013, 4min. C'est une vidéo qui me tient particulièrement à cœur, Elle a été très dure à monter et j'ai attendu 3 ans avant de revoir ces images... Ce voyage marque la fin d'une époque et le début d'une autre. Je tenais à l'immortaliser par le montage vidéo. Et il nous a beaucoup ému. J'espère que la vidéo vous plaira. Pensez à mettre la HD et le grand écran, ça vaut le détour.

  • Belize Zoo, 10min. Brief look at the famous Belize Zoo.

  • Swimming with Sharks in Belize! (day 4/4), 3.5min. Caye Caulker, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Coral Gardens, Shark & Ray Alley

  • $10 Lobsters in Caye Caulker Belize (Day 1/4), 4min. Here's our first day spent in Caye Caulker, Belize.

  • Flying Over the GREAT BLUE HOLE in BELIZE (Day 2/4), 3.5min.

  • Cave Tubing on an Underground River in Belize (day 3/4), 2.5min.

  • Belize 2011, 2.5min.