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Burglar Buggers cellmate
Forty-four year old Kenroy Cooke, an inmate of the Belize Central Prison was charged with 2 counts of an unnatural crime and 1 count of harm. He was committed to stand trial in the April, 2019 session of the Supreme Court after a preliminary inquiry was held today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Cooke, who …

Who will win the Hackathon competition?
On November 9, a total of six teams competed in a first pitch Hackathon Competition that was held by the Small Business Development Center Belize (SBDC) of BELTRAIDE. From the first competition, three teams advanced to the second pitch which is being held today, namely, SAI INFO, Belize High School Hackers, and LXJ Corozal Junior …

16 Days of Activism: ramping up awareness of gender violence
Today, the Special Envoy for Women and Children in collaboration with the National Women’s Commission held the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence under the theme “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. This year’s launch comes against the backdrop of a woman gruesomely murdered at the hands of her common-law husband. Love news …

Government will pay off ten million dollars in settlement to Glenn Godfrey
The Government of Belize is settling with Glenn Godfrey as it pertains to a Master Lease Agreement over equipment leased by the failed enterprise International Telecommunications Limited (Intelco) to the then Musa administration. The story goes back to December 2002 when Godfrey signed the agreement with the then Minister of Budget Management, Investment and Home …

MOE and BNTU met behind closed doors
In September it came to light that the Belize National Teachers Union, (BNTU) and the Ministry of Educations were at odds over the re-categorization of hardship and rural allowances. The BNTU said it had viewed with disgust, the manner in which a finalized list of re-categorized schools was arrived at and then circulated by the …

GOB borrows US$7 million more for George Price Highway Rehabilitation
This morning, at the sitting of the House of Representatives, the Government passed a bill to borrow seven million US dollars from the inter-American Development Bank. The money is an additional sum to the 27 million US dollars that the Government had received as loan for the George Price Highway Rehabilitation Project back in 2015. …

PM: Dr. Barnett remains in Cabinet
After going at it two times to capture the hearts of the Freetown voter, Dr Carla Barnett didn’t make it. Some are saying that her political career is over with this last loss against OJ Elrington but is her career in the public service, particularly, under the Barrow administration? It is a question that popped …

Toledo Prepares to Properly Manage Waste Disposal
Across the country, the Government is addressing the proper disposal of solid waste. In Orange Walk, the station is being built with funding from the IDB and land donated by ASR/BSI. In the south, a transfer station to dispose of solid waste is being built in Forest Home to serve residents of Toledo. Toledo Correspondent …

Mount Carmel Gets Support from Surrounding Schools in Protest
4 Catholic schools in Benque have joined the Mount Carmel Primary School protest today. At the top of the list is the case of one teacher who reportedly is not allowed to teach after her license expired on September 9, even though she had applied and was given a special permit since July and became …

PM Says Sanctuary Belize will not affect Banking Sector
Atlantic International Bank (AIB), an offshore institution, was cited in a in a civil complaint from the Federal Trade Commission in the United States. The Trade Commission requested a US Federal District Court to shut down a real estate scam called Sanctuary Belize which siphoned millions of dollars from North Americans who wished to build …

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PM mum on Sanctuary
On Tuesday, Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia, Jr. told the media that Prime Minister Dean Barrow would shortly hold a press conference to address the Sanctuary Belize real estate scam that was shut down by the US Federal Trade Commission, but speaking to reporters today, Barrow clearly expressed that he did not want to talk about that subject. When reporters caught up with him late this morning, and he was asked about the Sanctuary Belize matter, PM Barrow said that he and the Central Bank thought long and hard on whether “we should make any public statement, because it was, and still is, an extremely delicate situation.” “A wise fellow once said, silence may be misunderstood, but it can never be misquoted,” the PM said. That has been the position adopted by the government and the Belize Central Bank.

PSU to get back Hilltop
Following a meeting this morning in Belize City at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Laing Building with members of a union negotiating team which comprised the leaders of the Public Services Union (PSU), Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media that the objectives of the meeting was to restore control of that property to the PSU, and that he has proposed a way to make that happen. Barrow said, however, that he did not want to get into the specific details of what it is that he has proposed “because they will put out a press release later this afternoon and I don’t want to preempt them.”

Stella Maris teacher, served with police committal warrant, died of heart attack
A Stella Maris teacher of eleven years, Ruth Ferguson, 35, who is a mother of one, died Tuesday evening after she was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital from the National Health Insurance (NHI) clinic on Regent Street. Ferguson reportedly developed breathing problems when she was arrested on her job site by a pair of police officers who had gone to serve a committal warrant from the Magistrate’s Court. The committal warrant was, for her to be imprisoned for a period of six weeks, for a debt she owed a loan shark, and which she had agreed to pay when the matter was taken to court. For some reason, Ferguson defaulted on her court payment, resulting in the committal warrant being issued.

Tragic Murder-Suicide in PG
A gruesome report of suspected murder-suicide has arisen from out of Punta Gorda as the family of Josephine Hamilton, 30, wonders what could have led Hamilton’s common-law husband, Steven Ferguson, 37, to shoot her moments before turning the gun on himself. The bodies of the two deceased persons are currently in the Punta Gorda morgue and will soon undergo a postmortem examination. When police arrived on the scene of the shooting last night, November 21, at 10:45 p.m., they saw Hamilton in a sitting position with two gunshot wounds to the top of the head and one near the left eye.

Government concerned about Belize’s image, after FTC exposes Sanctuary Belize scam
Belize, it appears, is suffering major international embarrassment after the Sanctuary Belize real estate scam was exposed by the United States’ Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the story took on a life of its own when it was picked up by several US mainstream media outlets. On Tuesday, Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia, Jr., said that Prime Minister Dean Barrow will most likely call a press conference to express government’s position on the matter. The private real estate investment scheme that was advertised as “Sanctuary Belize”, which has bilked scores of United States citizens out of millions of dollars, and which the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had to close down on Thursday, November 8, after its investigation revealed that it was a scam, will be discussed by Prime Minister Dean Barrow at a press conference which has not yet been scheduled, Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia, Jr., announced on Tuesday.

“Garifuna progress a task for all Garinagu” — Belize City mayor, Bernard Wagner
Belize City mayor, His Worship, Mayor Bernard Wagner delivered the keynote address at ceremonies held in Belize City to commemorate the arrival of the Garinagu to Belize. In his inspiring speech, Mayor Wagner said that the Garinagu fled war and persecution and that “they came as strangers who today are indelibly and intrinsically a part of the very fabric of the cultural mosaic that is Belize.” He said they could have fallen away, but “the indomitable spirit of these people, our people, the Garinagu, was not to be denied.”

Victor “Cheeboz” Herrera 8-Ball Tournament in Cayo
The first ever Victor “Cheeboz” Herrera Single-Player 8-Ball Tournament was held at CK Sports Bar on November 17 and 18, 2018. Fifteen top players participated in the double-elimination tournament in a race-to-3 shoot-out. While the drums were beating in celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day around the country, Wallace Chu was beating up players on the pool table, as he emerged as the champ in undefeated style and fashion to win the $200.00 cash prize and trophy. The young Wallace Chu shot smoothly like a pro, as he was faced off with senior and sharpshooter, Luis “Lish” Usher; but Wallace showed he was “in it to win it.” Luis would have had to win Wallace twice to be victorious, since Wallace was undefeated reaching the finals...

Digi-Puppy Leslie Youth Basketball League finals at Civic – Bulldogs are U-14 and U-18 champions
The Digi-Puppy Leslie Youth Basketball League production consisted of a hectic and exciting month and a half of youth basketball at Swift Hall, where six U-14 teams and six U-18 teams played a double round-robin in their respective categories; and this past weekend saw the playoff rounds, culminating with the final game of the championship series in both categories, which took place at the Civic Center on Monday afternoon, November 19th, Garifuna Settlement Day. On Friday night, the top four U-14 and U-18 teams in regular season were involved in the knockout semifinals at Swift Hall, where the two winners from each category would move on to the championship round.

Competition rough at Week 8 of Stann Creek FA 1st Division Amateur September Season
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) had Week 8 games in its 1st Division 2018 Amateur September Season on Saturday, November 17, at the Carl Ramos Stadium. Both games ended in 2-1 scores. In the opener on Saturday, Pomona Impacts got a goal each from Kevin Lino (9’) and Tyrone Peters (79’) to clip Pomona Warriors, 2-1. A late goal by Yibemeh Lewis’ (90’) avoided the shutout for the Warriors. In the nightcap, Kenyon Lewis (19’) gave Silk Grass SG Ballers an early lead, but Hopkins Ibayani came back with goals from Eworth Flowers (36’) and Errol Ogaldez (75’) to secure the 2-1 victory.

High drama in final week of PLB regular season
Only Week 14 remains in regular season, after 2 back matches were played this past week in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season; and the 2 remaining playoff spots will be decided this weekend among San Pedro Pirates FC, Altitude Assassins FC and Police United FC, none of whom will be facing one another in Week 14. Following the postponement of PLB Week 14 games due to the Concacaf Nations League match featuring Belize vs Puerto Rico last Friday night, Police United played the first of two back matches on Saturday night, November 17, and pulled out an important 3-2 victory against rivals Altitude Assassins at the M.A. Stadium in Independence.

Editorial: A tale of two doctors
It was not surprising that Dr. Rene Villanueva, the multimillionaire owner of several radio stations, including the LOVE FM national radio monopoly, and other business ventures, and recently the Rotary District Governor of the Guatemala/Honduras/ Belize region, emerged last week as the poster guy on the Philip Goldson Highway for the “ICJ Yes” campaign. But it is somewhat surprising that Dr. Assad Shoman, with all his socialist credentials and background, plus his residence in Havana, Cuba, the Western Hemisphere’s revolutionary capital, has assumed such a prominent role in the said “ICJ Yes” campaign. The reason why one doctor’s role was not surprising, and the other’s is, has to do with something called ideology, which has to do with how nation-states approach national development. Dr. Villanueva is a neoliberal capitalist, and was the primary beneficiary of the divestment/privatization of Radio Belize in 1999 by the then People’s United Party (PUP) government.

From The Publisher
When I entered Belizean public life in 1969 at the age of 21, it was probably the case that my core belief was that African and Mayan (Indigenous) history should be taught to the children of Belize. I was confident that I was correct in such belief, so that the question of how many Belizeans agreed with me or not did not enter my mind. I was, in the words of the Japanese proverb which Leroy Taegar often quoted to us, a majority of one. I knew that in proposing and promoting that core belief, I would be running head on into the educational wall which the major Christian churches, which controlled Belize’s school system, had built over many decades to protect their school curricula. I knew that going contrary to the educational programs of the major Christian churches would be a rough ride, because Belize was controlled by powerful politicians who basically owed their electoral success to the fact of their having been blessed, so to speak, by the Christian clergy.

To be, or not to be?
The famous Renaissance French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist, René Descartes, seeking to confirm his own existence to himself, stated, “Cogito, ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)” Another famous quote of his is “…it is a mark of prudence never to place our complete trust in those who have deceived us even once.” I find these words to be very relevant to consider in arriving at the decision we will be called upon to make on 10th April, 2019. Now let’s proceed with the topic of this article. As the government’s referendum education campaign to influence a “yes to the ICJ” vote continues to escalate, much emphasis has been placed on teaching voters the facts.

Offshore companies exploit our resources
This past week a dear friend of mine, Mr. Bryton Codd, and I were discussing a bit about where Belize is and where we want to see it in the next decade. He is away studying to complete his Master’s degree in Canada, but with the advent of social media keeping up to date with what’s happening at home is very easy for him. Our discourse revolved around the party political conventions that are happening, the emerging of new parties and coalitions, and focused a lot about the poverty that still plagues our beloved Belize. He recalled that he had written a piece about this and shared it with me so we can then further discuss our positions and possible points of action. I share his opinion entitled, “Continuation of the Divide: Household Poverty”, in hopes that it may spark some dialogue for you be it internal or with your own circle of friends.

Lawrence Vernon launches A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize
Author, editor, researcher and librarian, Mr. Lawrence Vernon, launched his new book, A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize, on November 20 at the National Heritage Library in Belmopan. The book, which is self-published, offers a detailed look into the political history of our country, Belize. The book was first launched at the Leo Bradley Library in Belize City on November 14, 2018. A condensed version of the book was published by St. John’s College in a publication entitled, “Readings in Belizean History” (edited by Lita Hunter Krohn), and some of the articles included have appeared in the Amandala.

Absolutely nobody believes that
I heard Pastor Scott and Pastor Louis say (on PLUS TV) that the roundabout and its approaches, at the junction of the George Price and Hummingbird highways, cost a whopping $13million. The pastors said that there was no hue and cry over the cost, and because there was no such complaining the architects of that project feel they have carte blanche to bloat the costs of more major projects. If they are right, oh for Jorge Espat, the first member of a ruling party to call out waste of the people’s money by the government. He got drummed out of his party, and politics, but Belize will never forget his sacrifice. How these political leaders betray the people, when they asked for the job so they could serve!

US District Court found John McAfee liable for death of neighbor, Gregory Faull
John McAfee, the British-born antivirus software pioneer who also holds United States citizenship, fled Belize in November 2012, after his neighbor, Gregory Faull, 52, was murdered on northern Ambergris Caye and he (McAfee) was named by Belize police as “a person of interest.” McAfee, often described as eccentric, eluded police in Belize and turned up in Guatemala, where he faked a heart attack and was eventually freed by authorities there. While he has consistently denied any involvement in the death of Faull, a retired Florida contractor who was residing in Belize, McAfee was sued by the estate of Faull in the US. On Wednesday, November 14, a US federal judge from the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, ruled that McAfee is liable in the wrongful death lawsuit that was filed against him by the estate of Gregory Faull.

Unfinished social inquiry report delays sentencing for convicted murderer
On September 12, Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas, in a trial by judge sitting without jury, found Ernest “Dangalang” Thurton, Jr., 25, guilty of the double murder of Robert Young, 41, and Frank James, 35. Young and James were gunned down at the dockyard on Belize City’s North Front Street on the night of October 25, 2012. Justice Lucas had scheduled today, Wednesday, as the sentencing date for Thurton. When the court convened, however, Justice Lucas announced that he had not yet received the social inquiry report for Thurton.

Belmopan businessman JahanAbadi sentenced to 6 years for abetment to murder
Belmopan businessman JahanAbadi, who was indicted in January 2016 for abetment to murder by solicitation, was convicted on the indictment and sentenced to serve 6 years in prison. Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore imposed the sentence after she found Abadi guilty in a trial without jury. In January 2016, Bradley Paumen and others, including JahanAbadi, were charged for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, after they allegedly planted a firearm and ammunition in Michael Modiri’s vehicle. Modiri and Paumen have had a longstanding feud over some properties the two neighbors own in Frank’s Eddy, Cayo District.

Woman’s family detained following her death
A 26-year-old Honduran woman from San Juan Village was found dead on Tuesday, November 20, and her mother, father, and sister are being detained pending the investigation into her death. Not long after Keidi Ramirez was rushed to the Independence Polyclinic in an unresponsive state, she was pronounced dead. When the police arrived at the hospital around 8:20 p.m., doctors showed them injuries that were on her neck, and both her hands and feet.

The Reporter

WEEKEND – BREAKING NEWS
BAHA has issued an immediate ban on all Jennie-O products containing turkey meat following reports in the United States of its possible link to Salmonella outbreak. BAHA will update on any progress, as investigations continue. The Government of Belize has agreed to settle its ongoing legal battle in the US Courts with Glenn Godfrey’s GDG Acquisitions LLC, for Bze. $5 million at the House meeting this morning.

MOUNT CARMEL TEACHERS PROTEST
Forty-one teachers from Mount Carmel High School in Benque Viejo del Carmen have participated in a sit-out from class since Wednesday, and have obtained a permit to demonstrate on Friday if there is not a satisfactory response from either the Teaching Services Commission (TSC) or ministry officials in regards to their concerns. Those concerns include the timeliness of salaries being paid and an attempt to dismiss one teacher, who has not been approved by the TSC.

MAN & DOG DIE IN FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
A man and his puppy were tragically knocked down and killed while attempting to bypass congested traffic which was backed up on the Hummingbird Highway on Wednesday evening. Just after 5:10 p.m. on November 21st, the motionless body of Guatemalan national Edwin Najarro Valdez, 32, and his small puppy lay a couple feet apart on the pavement while the smashed bicycle that they were travelling on lay not too far away.

I WANT TO LIVE – By: Mike Rudon Jr.
A couple things right off the top – because people look at me sometimes and see all this absolute, wonderful gorgeousness and sex appeal, intelligence which is pretty damned amazing and, the cherry on the top of the cheesecake, a sense of humour which sparkles…and they think I am as close to perfection as it gets. I’m not.

TOURISTS STRANDED OVERNIGHT IN ATM CAVE
On Tuesday night six tourists and a guide were held hostage for an overnight inside the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave in Teakettle Village by rising waters which prevented them from being evacuated by rescue teams. The alert was raised just after 5:00 p.m. on November 20th when the group of six did not return to the starting point. Reports indicate that the group left on the last tour at 2:00 p.m. and should have returned by five.

EDITORIAL – November 23rd. 2018
A lease is a formal agreement or covenant made between a property-owner and his tenant. It protects both the property-owner and the tenant. Under Belize law a written lease can only be voided by a formal declaration from either side, stating the reasons for bringing the lease to an end. Mayor Belisle of Belmopan should know this. His unilateral action in selling the land leased to the Public Service Union without prior notice of any kind is not only an unfriendly act. It is illegal!

THE UDP, THE PUP AND THE I.C.J
At his October 29th press conference Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced, quite astonishingly, that not only is the Cabinet in support of the ICJ but that the UDP’s formal position is also in support of the ICJ. With that statement Mr. Barrow sprung the trap he had set for the PUP. Mr. Briceño’s PUP cannot now adopt a NO position without coming across as being partisan; and it cannot formally support a YES vote without appearing to be soft on the Barrow administration and thus risk internal revolt by those powerhouses who are on record as supporting a NO vote.

POLICE INVESTIGATE BIZARRE ‘FAMILY’ MURDER
A directive expected to be handed down by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions will determine whether murder or manslaughter charges will be brought against the father, mother and sister Keidi Ramirez, 26, a resident of San Juan in the Stann Creek district. Currently Ramirez’s mother, a 46-year-old Honduran woman, her 50-year-old husband and their 23-year-old daughter remain in custody at the Independence Police Station pending charges.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belizean youth killed in Los Angeles
Belizean national, Rakeem Francis, was killed in the United States today. Information to BBN is […]

Ministry of National Security hosts 4th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation conference
Today, November 23, 2018, the Ministry of National Security (Defence) hosted the 4th Annual Multinational […]

Outbreak of E. coli Infections linked to Romaine Lettuce
Based on a health alert from the United States Centre for Disease Control regarding an […]

Vessel with 10 occupants missing at sea
According to reports, a fishing vessel with ten occupants has been reported missing at sea. […]

17-year-old minor charged for robbery in Belmopan
A seventeen-year-old minor has been charged for the robbery that occurred on November 12, 2018, […]

Police find gun and ammo in San Pedro
Yesterday, San Pedro Police conducted a search in an abandoned lot in the San Juan […]

Prime Minister introduces bill to amend GST law
At today’s sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow introduced […]

PM says his firm did nothing wrong in Sanctuary Belize scandal
Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke on the Sanctuary real estate fraud scandal which is being investigated […]

Government and Opposition pays homage to Fidel Castro
At today’s sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow began […]

PM Barrow thanks Assad Shoman at House meeting
The Government of Belize is hosting a meeting of the House of Representatives at the […]

Blogs

8 Top Things to do in Hopkins, Belize
Traditionally a quiet, unassuming beach town, Hopkins, in southern Belize has in recent years become a must-visit place for many visitors to the country. There are many reasons for this growth in popularity, from its ideal location to many southern mainland tours, highly rated resorts, and authentic culture, to its proximity to Sittee River. Hopkins is a small, authentic Central American village that is warm and welcoming to visitors. There is a large percentage of Garifuna settlers here, who have maintained their cultural traditions, such as drumming, which is a must-do in Hopkins. Directly adjacent to Hopkins is the Sittee River and “resort row”. The marina close to the resort area has started to become highly sought after for Belize investors, and there is a great deal of development here. Along Sittee River, boaters will be able to access deep river boating with direct access to the Caribbean Sea. If the idea of an authentic cultural village, newer to tourism than the more developed, discovered places like Ambergris Caye, Caye, Caulker, and Placencia, appeals to you.

Xibalba – Are our caves a passageway to the underworld?
Belize’s cultural heritage boasts of three Maya groups: Ke’kchi, Yucatec and Mopan, and their contributions to our landscape are everywhere, particularly in the jungles. Archaeologists and modern-day explorers are fascinated with their pottery, temples, traditions, and rituals. Some of the most intriguing finds have been inside caves, and it’s easy to see why those darkened hollows of earth are significant to the Maya! Pronounced She-Bal-Bah, Xibalba can be roughly translated to “place of fear”; it is also referred to as the entrance to hell (which, frankly, strikes fear in my heart!). Those are traditionally cave entrances and having traipsed around a couple; I can say that if my lights went out and the utter darkness of a cave surrounded me, I’d probably believe I was about to enter the underworld indeed!

A Randomly Timed Walk Landed Me a Night at Wayos Beach Bar
Last night was a full moon, and earlier in the day my friend Madison told me to set myself up for going outside at 11:38 to soak up the energy. So I set my cell phone alarm, kept on watching TV and texting with my friend R. Close until 8:00 pm. I felt like I was ready to take TV to bed and knew I was not going to get up to do a moon bathe if I did that. So I decided the best thing to do was throw on a dress, grab my music player and go for a walk. I started on the “boat road” so I could be by the water and was planning to walk to the bridge and back. When I hit Middle Street where the road turns into a two-way and started heading north, shortly after that a cart drove by and pulled over. It was my friends, Jon and Eddie. They were on their way from a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at Black Orchid and heading to Wayos.

I Dodged a Bullet and Admired Some Fancy Chandeliers
I was minding my own business doing my morning tacogirl thing and attending to some 40 emails that needed addressing and then was planning to write when the universe pulled me in a completely different direction. My messenger started going off and water testing the San Pedrito Highway became my new priority. Pinch-hitting for crocodile Chris and Christina who were unavailable to do the job. I was back and forth with a few friends between a Facebook group post and Fb messenger. It came down to Maureen Utsman, Robbie Zeske, Diana Evans and Susan Zell Watts as the people who could help. I needed to get the four presence-absence coliform test kit containers my friend Heather in Canada had lined up with Ismael at Consolidated Water, and get them filled with water samples. Susan ended up taking it on and thankfully so for me, as Randy was with her. They had just done lunch at Mesa Cafe.

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean real estate dream turns into $100 million nightmare for retirees
Ever fantasize about fleeing the winter cold and getting in on the ground floor of a beachfront real estate deal in which you double your money in a few years? If you’ve dreamed that dream, here’s how it could turn nightmarish. When Frank Balluff and his wife, Rebecca, purchased a lot in what seemed to be an exciting new Caribbean resort development, little could they imagine what they were getting into. In fact, it was what the Federal Trade Commission now calls the biggest real estate scam involving overseas property it has ever investigated. Promoters allegedly fleeced 1,000-plus lot buyers out of $100 million or more. Earlier this month, the FTC sought and obtained a federal court order temporarily shutting the project down and freezing promoters’ assets. Balluff, a business owner from Michigan, estimates that his personal losses exceed $310,000, but he says he’s heard of others who “invested their full retirement funds” and planned to build homes and move to the resort. Now “they just have nothing left,” he says.

Belize Evokes Fidel Castro's Independence and Solidarity Legacy
The National Assembly of Belize paid tribute on Friday to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, on the occasion of the second anniversary of his death. In statements to Prensa Latina, Cuban Ambassador Lissette Perez noted that it was an unprecedented ceremony in this country and it was full of emotion. During the ceremony, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, leader of the United Democratic Party, recalled Fidel's contributions to the fight for a better world and in defense of the peoples of the Third World. 'Fidel's legacy will be eternal because he dedicated his life to fighting for the most vulnerable on Earth,' he noted.

Identification book for birds of Central America
“Birds of Central America — Belize, Guatemala Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.” Newest in the Princeton University Press field guide series. Authors are Andrew C. Vallely and Dale Dyer, The book covers 1,261 species. The illustrations are well done, the text far more complete than found in the usual North American ID book. The range maps are distinctly presented and excellent. (Range maps usually are my first complaint about such books.) As an example of the extensive information included here for each species, compare the text for Limpkin from David Sibley’s fine North American guide and this Vallely/Dyer book. Sibley uses 78 words. Vallely and Dyer use more than 180. That kind of detail is found page after page.

Videos

  • US Embassy Introductory Interview, 45min. Kieth Gilges - U.S Charge d Affairs, a.i

  • National Aids Commission - Parliamentarians Forum, 41min.

  • Belize Credit Union League - 4th Annual Father Ganey Quiz Competition, 9min.

  • 16 Days of Activism Launch - #HearMeToo End Violence Against Women & Girls, 37min. Eleanor Murillo - Program Officer, National Women's Commission. Taheerah Usher - Human Dev. Coordinator, Women's Department.

  • Snake vs Snake!, 8min. I never thought id see this again!... A Coral killing and swallowing a Red Coffee Snake!!!

  • Part 2... The Coral finished swallowing it's meal!, 7.5min.

  • When Howlers Cross Paths..., 1min.

  • Croc Cam, 1min. A little Croc Cam action to start the morning off! Check out this adult Morelet's crocodile cruising the New River in Belize. The CRC continues to use our drone as a scienctific conservation tool.

  • Beautiful Eagle Ray off of Ambergris Caye, .5min.

  • Children’s Day Parade by San Pedro Roman Catholic School!, 13min.

  • Discussing CRC AT Ambergris Caye Elementary School, 1.5min.

  • Belize Instagram Video, 1min. My Girlfriend Rachael and I took a trip to beautiful Belize. We were able to explore the Mayan ruins close to the border of Guatemala. We had such a fun time. The people of Belize are so nice and accommodating. We also met a monkey named Fred. These Instagram videos are something I love making.

  • MISS UNIVERSE BELIZE, 2.5min.

  • The Belize Zoo, 2.5min.

  • Road to the Crown with Miss Universe Belize, 3min. Miss Universe Belize 2018 Jenelli Fraser is getting ready to compete at this years Miss Universe pageant in Thailand.

  • Ambergris Caye Dive #3 - San Pedro, Belize, 4.5min. Second dive of the day with Steve, back off the reef near San Pedro.

  • Amazing Belize Adventure at the Community Baboon Sanctuary, 15min. Learn more of this Community Baboon Sanctuary that will get you up close and personal to the nature beauty Belize has to offer.

  • DAS MÜSST IHR SEHEN / freilebende Haie, Silk Caye Belize, Unterwasserwelt, 13min. Das müsst ihr sehen: Wir schwimmen in Belize mit freilebenden Haien und gehen schnorcheln auf der Insel Silk Caye.

  • A Prova De Tudo (Belize) Completo HD, 44min.

  • Fr.Marion Ganey National Quiz Competition 2018, 2.5hr. Financial Literacy Regional Quiz Contest | Live From Octavia Waight Center, San Ignacio Town, Cayo District | Belize Credit Union League

  • SIMPLY BELIZE: THE YUCATEC MAYA, min.

  • To'one Masehualo'on a Yucatec Maya group of Corozal teaching Maya to the children of San Pablo Community School, 1.5min. We serenade these lovely children for their Birthday in Yucatec maya language at San Pablo village. Orange walk town. BELIZE. The village of San pablo in Orange walk was founded by Maya people over a 100 years ago and even today the village consist mostly of people from Yucatec Maya descent . The elders are fluent Maya speakers but with no programs trying to preserve the language in the village it could be lost in the future . The youths mostly speak spanish and English now .