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Government of Belize Caribbean Development Bank Project launch road safety project
The Government of Belize has received US$7,248,000 in loan financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of the Belize Road Safety Project. This project is timely since, according to data available from the World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Road Safety (2009), Belize recorded 68 road deaths in 2006, equivalent to approximately 31.1 traffic deaths per 100,000 inhabitants - the highest fatality rate amongst the Bank’s member countries. An analysis of the data also showed that between 2004 and 2006, 70% of all collisions occurred in the Belize District, followed by the Orange Walk District with approximately 14%. Furthermore, statistics from the Ministry of Health’s National Health Information Surveillance Unit identified road traffic injuries as the fourth leading cause of death in the country, regardless of age and sex. This project is the first phase of what is expected to be a long-term initiative of the Government to improve road safety in Belize and aims to reduce the incidence of death and serious injuries associated with road traffic accidents through: (1) safety improvements at problem spots along the Western Highway to its junction with the Hummingbird Highway and around the Belmopan Ring Road; (2) changed road user behaviour as a result of road safety education and awareness campaigns; (3) support to the Police and Transport Departments in traffic law enforcement; (4) support to BERT and the Western Regional Hospital to enhance post-crash response; and (5) capacity building for personnel from institutions involved in road safety management.

Belize Bank Bulldogs defend title at the 15th annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge
The 15th Annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge 2013, sponsored by Belikin, saw 64 teams in various categories starting the four-day challenge. The competition kicked off on Friday March 8th from the foot of the Hawksworth Bridge on the Macal River between the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. By the end of the 180 mile race on Monday March 12th, The Belize Bank Bulldogs defended their title, winning the race by accumulative time, three (3) seconds ahead of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) team. The first leg of the race, consisting of approximately 46 miles, saw the paddlers winding and dodging down the Macal without losing focus and determined to make it to Banana Bank Lodge. The first team to cross the first day’s finishing line was Belize Bank’s Bulldogs, closely followed behind by BTL Cobbs Arm and Ziprider. The second day of the challenge, the longest of the four days, was vigorous and tested the paddlers’ stamina and perseverance throughout the 60 grueling miles. From Banana Bank Lodge on the Macal River to Double Head Cabbage on the Belize River, each team tried to capitalize as much on their time. That determination allowed Westrac to cross the finishing line 11 seconds ahead of Belize Bank’s Bulldog and 46 seconds ahead of Ziprider.

Case studies on flying fish and large pelagic to be discussed in Dominica
The Second Joint Meeting of the CRFM/CLME Flyingfish (FF) and Large Pelagic Fisheries (LP) Case Studies Steering Committees will open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Garraway Hotel in Roseau, Dominica. The maximum total annual landings of flyingfish in the Eastern Caribbean is 4700 metric tonnes, according to information published by the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME) project, one of the organizers of the event. “The flyingfish fishery of the Eastern Caribbean is a shared resource which is exploited by seven countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica and France (Martinique). For these countries, there is a high social and economic dependence on the fishery,” the CLME added.

Ambergris Today

Belize ATM Cave Upgraded with New Facilities
The Belize Tourism Board and Ministry of Culture and Tourism, along with the National Institute of Culture and History, held an inauguration ceremony for the newly built visitor’s facilities at the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave in the Cayo District on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Improvement of visitor facilities at ATM included a complete male and female restroom, shower facility changing rooms and hand washing basins, incorporating a water reservoir system and a septic and sewage maintenance system. Keynote speaker for the event was Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Culture, stated that The Actun Tunichil Muknal Archaeological Reserve is an extremely important destination, not only because of its popularity with foreign visitors, but also because of its preservation as a cultural icon.

Miss Tourism Belize Contestants in Island Fashion Show
The Miss Tourism Belize Pageant is coming to San Pedro on March 30, 2013, but before the selection of the new representative for Belize took place, licensed franchise holder NM Productions held a Roadway to Malaysia fashion show at Kama Lounge this past Saturday, March 9, 2013, to promote the pageant and showcase the beautiful contestants. San Pedro will be represented at the Miss Tourism Belize Pageant by Miss Adriana Haylock; the pageant will take place at the Paradise Theater on Saturday, March 30, 2013, during the Easter festivities. The nine contestants are: Miss Ivorie Mendez - Corozal, reigning Miss Corozal Miss Victoria Canul - Belmopan Miss Nancy Vellos - Cayo Miss Jonelle Tillett - Belize City Miss Amanda Taylor - Belize City Miss Wendy Neal - Belize City Miss Jazmine Skeen - Belize City Miss Olivette Ramos - Dangriga Miss Adriana Haylock - San Pedro

Teen Talk: Choose Your Social Groups Wisely
Everyone has that little group that you ‘hang out’ with either in school or just out in public. But are you in a good one or maybe you want a new group of friends? Here’s what to look out for when deciding to hang out with a different “clique”. Some people call this clique my best friends, or my gang or even my ‘bomb ballies’. 1. Have similar likes To fit in you will need to have similar likings with the group. If the group likes something you don’t like, you won’t be able to fit in well and just be the quiet one in the back. 2. Is it a good Influence? Is the group a good influence in your life? If the group is a bunch of people that does drugs and likes to steal, this isn’t the group for you. Find a group that does the right thing and find how to have fun without doing illicit things

San Pedro represented at Belize Ruta Maya Challenge
Students of St. John's Junior College took on La Ruta Maya River Challenge on March 8, 2013. On the creatively named kayak " We're Better at Studying" was participants Gian Hernandez, Victor Valdez and proud Sanpedrano; Lucio Nunez. The four day challenge was filled with much anticipation and excitment. Lucio stated, "The adrenaline rush was great, being a newbie at this challenge I really enjoyed every part of the experience and I will definitely do it again." Ranking 52 out of 64 at the challenge, St. John's Junior College team did an excellent job. Congratulation to all participants on La Ruta Maya River Challenge.

Did McAfee Create a Real Estate Sales Boom in Belize?
I just read an article online that makes mention that real estate sales in Belize increased due to all the John McAfee publicity that out country received from the antics of the former software mogul. Did all of McAfee’s antics in Belize help with real estate sales? One real estate agent from the mainland does think so. What’s for sure is that he did create a lot of publicity for the country which definitely translated to quite a bit of buzz on Belize, and especially San Pedro which was the epicenter of the murder case that had authorities searching for McAfee in need for questioning. When the news broke out that McAfee might be involved in a murder case, all the huge media outlets like CNN, ABC news, NBC news, the Associated Press, Reuters started sending reporters over to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. McAfee was the center of attention and not the reality that another American national had died on the island. McAfee painted a very negative picture of the Belizean government and the police, who he said were out to get him. Residents panicked at first with fear of a negative backlash, but then the opposite occurred.

Misc Belizean Sources

VIDEO: Dolphin sighting during La Ruta Maya 2013
Caribbean Action Network caught this dolphin joinng the paddlers on the Belize River for a brief encounter during coverage of La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge 2013. Camera work done by Drew Miller from CAN netowrk .

On March 8th, we reported that a Cessna plane had plunged into the Pueblo Nuevo lagoon in the Corozal District. BDF and Corozal Police have cordoned off the crash site and treating it as a crime scene. Official report is that on Friday March 8th, 2013 Corozal Police and Belize Special Assignment Group conducted a searched for an air plane that had crash landed in the Pueblo Nuevo area Corozal District. On that date at about 2:00 P.M. they found a white air plane with blue and gold stripes CESSNA brand, single engine with mark XB-LGX (5) seater with its wheels up in a lagoon. The plane was located about one mile south of the Pueblo Viejo ferry and about a mile and a half west of the New River. Nothing or no-one was found in the plane or in the area. Police investigations continue. BDF and Corozal Police have been standing guard and on high alert.

Final Results on La Ruta Maya River Challenge

New fishing technology could benefit the Caribbean region
The Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) is a relatively new technology in the region which allows fishers to capture more fish with less effort, but in order to reduce the risk of overfishing, sound monitoring and management measures must be put in place. This is why the Secretariat of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have collaborated to organize the CRFM/JICA FAD Fishery Management Workshop for OECS Countries, due to be held on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 in Dominica. The CRFM/JICA Workshop on FAD Fishery Management will build on work completed under the FAD pilot component of the CARICOM/CRFM/JICA Project: Study on Formulation of a Master Plan on the Sustainable Use of Fisheries Resources for Coastal Community Development in the Caribbean, which commenced in 2009 and was completed in 2012. The CRFM/JICA FAD Fishery Management Workshop will review and share research results and best practices in the construction, use and management of FADs as tools for sustainable development, management and conservation of large pelagic resources in the region.

VIDEO: The Hammock
At 80 years of age, Emilo Choco claims to be the last living practitioner of the ancient Maya art of hammock making in the tiny Central American nation of Belize. He reflects on his culture, and his craft, as he makes what may very well be the last hammock of his life. Winner Best Documentary 2005 Belize International Film Festival Winner Best Cultural Feature 2005 Caribbean Broadcast Union Awards In Maya Ke'tchi with English subtitles

La Ruta Maya Pictures
They have hundreds of pictures up on the La Ruta Maya fb page. From the evening before to the finish, they have them.

La Ruta Maya Cultural Night Pictures
The La Ruta Maya Cultural Night at the Cayo Welcome Center was a great success. The Galen Eagles Band really made the night a night to remember. Belikin and Traveler's Liquors were on hand with the drinks.

Mountain Cow Cave Video
Cayo's Mountain Cow Cave, located in the Blue Hole National Park, was on Overlander TV. They went with Hun Chi'ik Tours. This is a great video of one of Cayo's best caves. "We start the tour by hiking through the steamy jungle, I film my first Blue Morpho Butterfly. We then descend into the Mayan Underworld, going 150 metres down into the cave system, that has been used for ceremony since ancient times. Maya shamans and priests would enter into trance in crystal cave to conduct their ceremonies and rituals. We see huge caverns adorned with spelothems and crystalline formation, artifacts of pottery, beads, obsidian blades and human skeletal remains that have been calcified in the limestone floor. Crystal Cave is located in the Blue Hole National Park. After exploring the realms of the Under world (xibalba), we hike back to the vehicle and drive for five minutes to the Blue Hole for a refreshing swim."

Rosado's Preschool Visits SIPL
Feelgood news of the day. The San Ignacio Public Library hosted the kids from Rosado's Preschool to get them interested in reading during Children's Month. Looks like the staff was having as much fun as the kids. "Rosado's Preschool visited the SIPL for activities and stories."

Gender Equality Seminar on Wednesday
The Cornerstone Foundation is having another seminar for Women's Month. This one will be on gender equality, and will be on Wednesday, March 13th, from 1pm to 4pm. "Work Shop # 2 Women's Month 2013! Gender Equality~ WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 2013"

Channel 7

Police Kill Two Robbers in Cayo
This afternoon in San Ignacio town there was a dramatic shootout between cops and robbers, and it left two men dead. They are 22 year old Ronnie Garcia and Jose Garcia. According to police, the men were involved in an armed robbery of Rose's Store - which is a Chinese grocery and restaurant - where they got off with a little over 380 dollars. Police responded and cordoned off the area, which is near Chuc's service station in San Ignacio town. But according to reports, it was an off duty officer who responded and shot the two men. Police say there was a shootout, and at the end of it, both of the suspects were shot in the head. Police recovered a sawed off shotgun form one of them and the other had a bag with money. They both wore masks. Police are looking for other accomplices who may have escaped in a getaway car. We'll have more on this story tomorrow.

Likely Drug Plane Discovered In Lagoon In Northern Belize
Who knows how many drug flights transit through and above Belize? We only seem to know about the ones that crash land - as one of them did sometime last week. This Cessna 200 was found near the Pueblo Nuevo Ferry in the Corozal District on Friday. It had crash landed sometime fairly recently. Authorities have confirmed that it was an illegal flight, but no illicit cargo or human remains were found on board the five - seater. Responding to reports, police found it at about 2:00 on Friday afternoon, partially submerged in the lagoon near the Pueblo Viejo Ferry. This is in the northern Corozal district. Authorities have not yet set up a plan to remove the plane.

Much Harassed Howler Monkey Dies; Students Will Be Charged
Last week we told you about the Howler Monkey that was seriously injured -allegedly by schoolboys at Orange Walk Agricultural High School. Well, it died on Friday evening at the Wildtracks Monkey Rehabilitation Facility in northern Belize. The mature male howler monkey had serious head trauma and had been experiencing seizures after a gang of buys shot it with slingshots and then beat it to within inches of its life. These photos are of its actual capture - when it was tied up. The Forest Department issued a release today saying that it will be laying charges against the offenders. It adds, quote, "such cruelty is appalling and will not be tolerated" end quote. The release adds that it is illegal to hunt or capture wildlife without a valid permit. That includes the howler and spider monkey as well as about 20 other wild animals.

AG Says Bar Association Needs To Raise The Bar
On Friday we told you about the proposed legislation from the Attorney General's Office to seriously shake things up in the legal profession. The legislation would make it so that lawyers would no longer be legally required to be part of the bar association of Belize. Many in the bar see it as a threat - because it removes their monopoly on practicing membership in the legal profession. Today Attorney General Elrington told us the Bar needs a wake-up call: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Attorney General of Belize "We are convinced that as it is presently constituted, the legal profession act is unconstitutional as it relates to the requirement that all members of the profession have to belong to the Bar Association. Under the constitution, we have freedom of association; we should not have to belong to the bar association. We should belong to the bar association if we want to. But presently, we are forced to belong to it and we're also forced to pay dues to it at the beginning of every year as a condition of our membership." Jules Vasquez "However, is this a UDP-PUP schism? So far as I know, whether it's right or wrong, the Bar is perceived as being a PUP based Bar. The Prime Minister said this in the House; that the PUP controls the Bar - whether or not that is a fact is another matter, but is that why this approach is being taken?"

Cop/Chess Teacher Accused Of Exploiting Child
Tonight, 50 year-old Special Constable Santos Carvajal, a resident of Fairweather Street, is at prison tonight after he was taken to court for allegedly having sexual relations with a 12 year-old girl. According to police, the girl reported that sometime in the month of November, 2012; she visited his home, and he was supposed to teach her how to play chess. Upon arriving at Carvajal's residence, she sat in a chair in the hall area of the house and waited for Carvajal to start his training. That's when Carvajal allegedly made advances toward her, professing his love her, and then, he reportedly disrobed the child and had intercourse with her. As a result of this report, police arrested and charge Carvajal with carnal knowledge, and he was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith today. Carvajal pleaded not guilty to the charge, but due to the nature of the offence, he couldn't be granted bail. As a result, he was remanded to prison until his next court date, which is scheduled for April 25.

Shooting Victim Ronald Rivers Struggling
Ronald Rivers was shot in the face eight days ago - and while at first, he was showing a remarkably good response, now, he has taken a sharp turn for the worse. Today his brother told us he is having swelling of his brain and is barely clinging to life: Raymond Rivers - Brother of Shooting Victim "Right now, out of 100%, I would say that he is at about 15%. Right now, he is critical; he just had a surgery on his brain because he was not getting any oxygen to his brain due to the swelling on his neck. So, right now, he's in critical condition. He is on life support right now in a coma, and right now, the doctor is waiting to see if the swelling on the brain is going to go down because it was a severe stroke he had in his brain. So, that's where we're at right now with Ronald. What they did, they took off this half of the skull so that the brain can release, and the doctor says in this case, he sees that it's really - this is a severe case because he has hardly seen cases liek this. Most people don't come out of it, and if you do come out, you're a vegetable. If you do reach to the point, may 50%, you don't know some people, you can't move, and you're a total different person. My brother looks very bad right now, from what I can see. We'll never have Ronald back, the Ronald that we know." If you would like to assist Ronald Rivers you can do so at account number 5-1-6-2-1 at the Holy Redeemer Credit Union or contact his relatives at telephone numbers 6-3-3-2-9-7-3 or 6-5-0-2-6-2-3. A fundraising barbeque sale will be held on Antelope Street on Saturday March 16th.

Man Knocked Down and Killed
On Sunday afternoon just before 3, Punta Gorda police responded to a road traffic accident at Forest Home Village between miles 4 and 5 on the Southern highway. THEY saw Ponciano Cucul of Forest home Village lying dead on the right hand side of the highway. 35 year old Christine Alvarez of #93 West Street in Punta Gorda Town was driving a Kia Sorento southbound when Cucul who was riding a bicycle in the same direction swerved in front of the vehicle and she ran him over.

Farrakhan Says, "Do The Christian Thing", Give Guatemala Sea Access
Minister Louis Farrakhan wrapped up his visit to Belize on Friday night with a major address at the Bird's Isle. He spoke for over two hours on subjects ranging from food security, to regionalism, to the national anthem. But he touched the most newsworthy note, when he suggested a way forward for relations with Guatemala. He said we should do the Christian-like thing and share. Minister Louis Farrakhan - Leader of the Nation of Islam "This is Belize. This is Guatemala, and this is the water that we're arguing about. They say that half of this belongs to them. But, you got some oil and they say right out here, this water; they may be oil right out here. So we argue with each other; that's my water. No, that's my water. Look, none of it is yours. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness there of. Where would the argument be with Guatemala, if she's Christian and you're Christian, and she has no outlet to the sea and you do? What's wrong with Christian brothers saying, 'Here, take this.' But you want to take it to the courts. Well, you can do that if you wish, but all the courts are going to do is give one side a victory and the other a loser, and then what; the hatred still continues. All of that is what the enemy wants, to see you hating each other, and then he starts manipulating your dislikes so one day, you're going to war over this. It's not necessary; all of it belongs to us. I didn't say just Belize; God wants to give you the whole earth."

Alleged Red-Handed Robber To Court
On Friday, we told you about the high-speed chase by police which led to the detention of one of the men who was suspected to have been involved in a robber in Ladyville. That man is 18 year-old Micah Tillett, who told the court he is an SJC Criminal Law student of Croton Lane, and tonight he is out on bail. As we reported, John Penner, a businessman, told police that he was making a delivery at Mile 9 in the Ladyville area, when 3 dark-skinned men approached him. According to Penner, two of the men were armed with firearms, and they robbed him of several checks, cellular phones, and other personal items. Another man who was with him was robbed of $1,780 in cash, and immediately after, all 3 men jumped into a green vehicle, sped away. A team of police officers responded to the report, and set chase after the vehicle. They finally caught up to it in the Belama area on Chetumal Street.

Cycling Classic Was A Serious Showdown
The long weekend was filled with sporting events - and we were there for all the major ones. We start off with cycling: The 32nd Belmopan Cycling Classic was held on Sunday and 7News was there from the start when 60 riders lined up, to the very end when only a few made it. Daniel Ortiz has an in-depth report from the road: Daniel Ortiz Reporting At 8 a.m. sharp, 60 male riders comprising elite, under 23, and masters all gathered at the Smart corporate office to sign up for the 32ND Belmopan Classic. They then lined up and waited until the officials gave the signal, everyone poised and ready with anticipation. The defending champion, Ron Vasquez, took his place at the lead, and a few minutes later, they all moved off from the starting line. After everyone got to Western Avenue, race began Tour De France Style, with everyone rolling off leaning over their handles. Henry Moreira, peddled alone to win the first station prize, with the main peloton on his tail 15 seconds later. Jiovannie "Froggie" Leslie, was the first to make a move and launched his attack from around mile 12, a lone ranger amongst elite riders with fresh legs. .

They Ran Through A River
And we move on to the 4th and final day of the 2013 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge. It was an arduous event in which the winners had to paddle for a total of 18 and half hours over four days. 7News caught up with the winners as they crossed the finish line at the Belcan Bridge. And surprisingly, they told us that even though they are competing against each other, they work together to get to the finish. After that, it's every team for itself: Armin Lopez - 1st Place, Belize Bank Bulldogs "Well, we worked together; we stayed together even with Jerry Rayburn. I want to give thanks to Jerry Rayburn and his team mates. I told them, 'If I splash you I don't mean it.' It's just sometimes we create a wave and took us into them. We talked about it and said if we go to the tape well; may the best man win. I was just looking out so that NICH doesn't beat us by than much, because I know they want to win, and their guys are a lot powerful. Oscar, Effrain and Felix they're my cousin. Those guys are really powerful."

Kite Crazy In March
And a few hours after the finish of La Ruta Maya, our news team moved over to the 3rd Annual Bowen and Bowen Kite Festival, held in the open parking lot behind the Central Bank of Belize. It's only the third year of Bowen's sponsorship - but Kites and the ninth of March have been a tradition going back to, well….as long as there was a windswept month of March, and boys and girls with kites and the will to fly. This year, though, it was a bumper crop of kites that had both scale and style. Daniel Ortiz found out more when he visited the contest: Daniel Ortiz Reporting On Sunday afternoon, the sky above the Marine Parade was dotted with the dazzling colors and designs of Belizean kite makers. The kites were artistically created to match the different groups, some, singers, staries, moonies, box kites,and some, a crafty combination of the several different types. Some of the participants in the festival were there only to enjoy the afternoon out and simply fly a kite, but many others were there for the competition. A few of the winners took the time out to share the nuances of the craft with us:

Channel 5

Two brothers killed in a shootout with the police in the west
There is news tonight of a deadly shoot-out between police and two brothers in the west. The duo was shot dead following the robbery of Roses Store which is located on the Benque Viejo Road. The two have been identified as Jose Garcia and his younger sibling, Roni Garcia, from San Ignacio. A preliminary report [...]

Minister Sedi Elrington says compulsory membership in the Bar is unconstitutional
There is a proposal tonight for a monumental change in the Legal Profession Act. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Kenneth Benjamin, has been informed by the Solicitor General about a proposed bill which would amend the Legal Profession Act to “remove the requirement of compulsory membership by attorneys-at-law to the Bar Association of [...]

A.G. proposes to change formation of General Legal Counsel
The Attorney General is also proposing changes to the formation of the General Legal Counsel. Elrington says that contrary to reports, he is not trying to make the government take over the majority of appointments to the counsel. He says that’s not true and that the counsel posts have been circulated for years amongst only [...]

Official report released on partially submerged plane in Corozal
Last Friday we reported that a small plane had plunged into the Pueblo Nuevo Lagoon which is located on the outskirts of Corozal Town. The plane was belly-up and partially submerged in the water, but it wasn’t until today that an official release was sent to the media. Police say that the plane was found [...]

Elrington says it is nonsense to the maps that include Belize as part of Guatemala
Guatemala’s Vice-Minister of Education, Evelyn Amado de Segura, is taking the unfounded Guatemalan claim to the heart of that country, its children and youth. Segura has taken one of the offensive maps that usurps Belize into that country, and has written to directors in the education ministry to use the map as the official map [...]

Belizean busted in Petén with drugs
Still on Guatemala, a Belizean was busted with drugs in the neighboring province of Petén. According to TVN Noticia Petén, forty-one year old Patricio Antony Westby was stopped by police officers at three hundred and fifteen kilometers near San Pedro Cadenas Village in the municipality of San Luis. Inside his white Toyota pickup with license [...]

Monkey dies after being beaten by 4 third form students
A black howler monkey was allegedly savagely beaten by four third form students of the Belize High School of Agriculture in southern Orange Walk has not survived the attack. After being stabilized at a clinic in Belize City last week, the monkey was transferred to a rehabilitation facility run by the Forest Department in Corozal. [...]

Farrakhan sends message to political parties
Leader of the Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan ended a six-day visit to Belize with an appearance at the Bird’s Isle in Belize City where he spoke on a variety of relevant topics, as he did throughout his visit of the country. Politics in Belize is always an explosive topic, and Farrakhan’s sent out [...]

Special Constable remanded for carnal knowledge
  A special constable is in trouble with the law following a report by a primary school girl alleging that he had sexual intercourse with her in March 2012, when she was only eleven years and four months of age. The girl is now twelve years old and pregnant. The constable identified as fifty year [...]

Karl Reneau charged for attempted murder
  A teenager survived a stabbing over the weekend and police have nabbed a Belize City resident for the incident. The stabbing incident occurred on Saturday night on Antelope Street in Belize City. Twenty four year old Karl Reneau, an Electrician of Iguana Street, appeared in court this morning and was slapped with six criminal [...]

Special Olympic Athletes receive gear for Fun Run
On Thursday morning, hundreds of young athletes and supporters of the Special Olympics will take part in its annual Fun Run which is staged to bring awareness to the sporting event. For the past three years, Special Olympics has been collaborating with a U.S.-based organization, One World Running, which donates tennis shoes to the special [...]

Relations and production of Sugar Industry sweet
In October 2012, American Sugar Refining, ASR, acquired majority shares in the Belize Sugar Industry after a turbulent period including near bankruptcy and sustained factory/cane-farmer tension. Since then things have been quiet, until a release last week from B.S.I. stating that dividends of three million had been approved for the 2012 period. That’s big news, [...]

Butane prices go down
There is some good news for households and that is that the price of butane gas has gone down in every district. The reduced prices kicked in over the weekend and show a dollar less for the price of hundred pound cylinder. In Belize City and Corozal, it is selling for one hundred and sixteen [...]

The dust is yet to settle in the cycling community
This past weekend the Smart Belmopan Cycling Classic was held and in a few weeks cyclists will take to the road for the annual Holy Saturday Cross Country race. But these major races are still overshadowed by uncertainty which was brought to the fore over a conflict between the Belize Cycling Association and the Ministry [...]

Marion Jones Sporting Complex upgrade to be completed by end of 2013?
The Marion Jones Sporting Complex has been closed for construction since 2008, and apart from the erection of a fence around the grounds, not much seems to have been done on what was slated to be a first class athletic facility…at least from the outside. Today News Five spoke to Minister of Sports Herman Longsworth [...]

Sports Monday: The Belikin Ruta Maya Challenge Winner and other sporting activities
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The 15th edition of the Belikin La Ruta Maya Canoe Race gripped the nation for 4 days as it meandered down the Macal River to its amalgamation with the Mopan River which then formed the Belize or Old River that brought the 170 mile [...]


Belize Bank Team Wins La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge
The 15th annual Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge ended on Monday at the foot of the Belcan Bridge in Belize City. Reporter Marion Ali reports. MARION ALI "The sprint for the finish line in the 15TH annual Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge encompa...

Welcome Centre In Cayo Inaugurated
The Cayo Welcome Center situated in San Ignacio Town, was officially inaugurated last week. During a ceremony marking the opening, the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Manuel Heredia emphasized that the Savannah area of San Ignacio, where the Welcome Center now lies, has historic...

Science Fair Held In Orange Walk
A high school from the orange Walk District has walked away with the grand prize in a science fair that was held last week. Reporter Dalila Ical has the story. DALILA ICAL Friday March 8th was a victorious day for the science department students at Bishop Marti...

Decrease Reported In Butane Price
The controlled price of a hundred cylinder pound of butane has been decreased by a dollar. This is effective March 9. The new controlled price is 116 dollars in Belize City and Corozal, 117 dollars in Orange Walk, 118 dollars in San Ignacio and Belmopan, 119 dollars i...

Police News
A 16-year-old minor of a Nargusta Street address has been charged with firearm offences. Police say on Monday March 11, they were patrolling within the City Center compound when they saw a group of men fighting. Police they conducted a search on one of the youths and found ...

Motorcycle Accident Proves Fatal
A man from the Stann Creek District lost his life following a motorcycle accident. Once again here is correspondent Harry Arzu. HARRY ARZU "A Honduran national and a laborer of Green Gold Banana Farm in the Stann Creek District succumbed to his injuries as a result o...

National Garifuna Councils Holds 29th Annual Convention
The National Garifuna Council recently concluded its national convention. Correspondent Harry Arzu reports. HARRY ARZU “The National Garifuna Council held its 29th annual convention at Hopkins Village in the Stann Creek District from Friday, March 8 to Su...

College Student Charged After Being Found Behind Steer-wheel of Getaway Car
Micah Tillett, a student of St. John’s College Junior College, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery when he appeared today in Court. Tillett pled not guilty to the charge. His attorney, Bryan Neal, secured bail for him and he was released on a $1,000.00. The incident occ...

Electrician Charged With Attempted Murder
Twenty-four year old Carl Reneau, an electrician of Iguana Street, was charged with attempted murder when he appeared in Court today. Reneau was also charged with dangerous harm, use of deadly means of harm, two counts of aggravated assault and wounding. No plea was taken from him beca...

Convicted Murderer Awaits Decision From Belize Court of Appeals
Belize Court of Appeal today reserved its decision in the appeal of 23-year-old Nelson Gibson, who was convicted of the murder of Myrna Sanabria and sentenced to life imprisonment. Sanabria was shot and killed around 9 p.m. on February 27, 2008, during a robbery of her grocery shop in ...

Primary School Student Accuses Police Special Constable of Carnal Knowledge
Fifty year old Special Constable, Santos Carvajal, who was attached to Mesopotamia police sub-station, was charged with unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl, 11 years and 4 months old, when he appeared in court today. No plea was taken from him because the offence is indi...

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Chan Pine Ridge Agriculture and Cultural Fair
On Sunday the Village of Chan Pine Ridge came alive as residents celebrated their annual Chan Pine Ridge Agriculture and Cultural Fair. Despite numerous obstacles, one of them being the lack of support from Government, the Village Council, under the leadership of Feliciano Torres, managed to pull through. Feliciano Torres, Chairman Chan Pine Ridge Village “Uno de los obstáculos que hemos tenido este año es que no tuvimos el apoyo del gobierno central, porque yo estaba hablando con el departamento de obras públicas para conseguir la “bushhog” para borrar los argumentos de la demostración, pero nunca dio ningún apoyo. Me dijo que viniera el otro día y así que el otro día y me dicen que no está funcionando bien. No pude conseguir. No teníamos agua en los predios, sobre todo en los baños. Fue BSI que nos dio un tanque y tuvimos que averiguar cómo el cuarto de baño podía tener agua en la feria. Fui personalmente al Sr. Ek quien está a cargo del Departamento de Agricultura de aquí en Orange Walk y le di una carta oficial pidiéndole que el departamento debe ser parte de la feria como una exposición. Sorprendentemente, este año vi que no participaron y me pregunto por qué. ¿Por qué es que después de 40 años de hacer esta feria, que siempre han ayudado, yo no sé si es la victimización o boicot. No sé.” Despite the hurdles the event proved to be a huge success thanks to the assistance of the business community and other community members. The day started off with a mini parade headed by the Leader of the Opposition Honorable Francis Fonseca, Orange Walk East Area Representative Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez and other P.U.P representative including the Honorable John Briceno.

Attempted Murder: The Blood Stained Machete
A man from the Corozal District is lucky to be alive tonight as he recuperates from serious injuries at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital. Around 11:20 on the night of Friday March 8th, Corozal Police visited the Corozal Community Hospital where they observed a male individual of Creole Decent, later identified as Mark Daniels, suffering from cut wounds across the left eye, right hand, nose and left side of the face. After speaking with Daniels police were led to the residence of 60 year old Morris Alexander Melvin, Belizean laborer of San Andres Village in the Corozal District. Upon entering Melvin’s residence, police found him lying down on his bed suffering from a cut wounds to the head and abrasions over the left eye and apparently under the influence of alcohol. Blood stains were observed on the floor and on a machete which was found on the ground. Melvin was escorted to the Corozal Community Hospital for treatment where a doctor certified his injuries as wounding. What exactly transpired between Daniels and Melvin is yet unknown as police continue there investigations. However, we have confirmed that Mark Daniels is being treated at the KHMH for a fractured skull.

Ran Over By A 10 Wheeler Truck!
And while Mark Daniels is receiving treatment at the KHMH for a fractured skull, another Corozaleno is recovering at the Northern Regional Hospital after being run over by a white 10 wheeler truck belonging to the Corozal Town Council. Thirty four year old truck driver of Corozal Town and employee of the town council, Alexis Arana, reported to police that on Friday March 8th, at about 11:45am, he was at the garbage dumpsite on Consejo Road, Corozal when he accidentally ran over Ian Hugent, who was under the truck at the time. Nugent, who is also employed by the council, complained of abdominal pain and pain to his waist area and was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital and later to the Northern Regional Hospital. Investigations continue.

Howler Monkey Dies, Forest Department Will Prosecute
Since last week we have been following the story of the adult male howler monkey that was savagely beaten, allegedly by four 3rd form students of the Belize High School of Agriculture under the direction of one of their male teachers. As previously mentioned, the monkey sustained injuries to one of its eye, nose, tooth and lip. Despite attempts to save the animals life, the male monkey passed away on Friday at about 4:30pm at the Wild Tracks Centre, a Monkey Rehabilitation Facility in Sarteneja Village, where it was receiving treatment. While there, the monkey was on drips and was highly sedated. But according to officials from the centre, the injuries inflicted on the animal were too severe for his body to cope with. Officials also told us that there were signs of strangulation and the injuries inflicted to the monkey are a clear indication of animal cruelty. Howler monkeys are endangered species and as such are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act and the Forest Act of the substantive Laws of Belize. It is illegal to hunt/capture wildlife without a valid permit and this also means that to kill, take or molest by any method is considered as illegal. So who will be held responsible for the monkey’s death? So far the four students have told the Principal of BHSA that they found the monkey already injured and as for the teacher’s involvement, well he has stated that he never instructed the students to kill the monkey after it had defecated on him as is being reported.

More On Plane Crash; Was It For Drugs?
Last week Friday we were one of the few media houses to report on a plane that crash landed in the shallow inner lagoon off the New River near the Pueblo Viejo Ferry. At the time of the report details were still sketchy and tonight not much has changed except that the Belize Police Department has issued an official report on the situation. Reports are that on Friday March 8th Corozal Police and Belize Special Assignment Group were deployed to the area in search of the small aircraft. Police found the white single engine Cessna brand airplane with blue and gold stripes, with markings of “XB-LGX” at about 2:00pm. The five seater plane was found with its two wheels in the air about one mile south of the Pueblo Viejo ferry and about a mile and a half west of the New River. Reports also suggest that authorities found nothing incriminating inside the plane or near the area for that matter. As for the pilot, passenger or passengers they were no where to be found. Since the aircraft landed in a dense and swampy area authorities have been unable to pull it out of the lagoon and tonight it remains under heavy guard. This morning CTV3 News contacted Nigel Carter of the Civil Aviation Authority who told us that the exact timing and date that the plane crash landed is not yet known. However, one eye witness accounts that early on Friday March 1st a plane was heard flying over the Pueblo Nuevo Ferry and shortly after a loud crashing noise was heard. At that same instance the aircraft’s engine was no longer heard. These Cessna brand aircraft’s are commonly used for carrying drugs and in order to accommodate the cargo the seats are usually extracted from the aircraft. But according to Carter, this was not the case with this particular plane since all the seats were in place. Police investigations continue.

Suspicious Shoot Out In Corozal
Three men from the Corozal District came under fire on Sunday afternoon as they traveled along the Estereo Road located behind the Village of Patchakan. Charles Jones, 59 year old Belizean Laborer of Ranchito Village Corozal, was driving his brown 1994 Mazda Pickup Truck heading home when he saw three male individuals, two of dark complexion and of Hispanic Decent all wearing camouflage suits and dark in color masks, standing on the side of the road in some bushes. Traveling along with Jones at the time was 41 year old Julio Cantun, Belizean laborer of Patchakan Village, and another individual who were seated behind the pan of the pickup truck. As the vehicle approached the three men, they opened fire. As a result, Cantun fell of the pan of the pickup truck sustaining abrasions to the face, arm, feet, leg and hands. Somehow Cantun managed to get back on the truck as Jones fled the scene. Luckily none of the victims sustained gunshot wounds. As for the pickup truck, it was hit once on the right side of the cab. Police investigations continue.

Marijuana Plantation Up In Smokes
And while Corozal Police were in search of the plane that crash landed near the Pueblo Viejo Ferry, they stumbled upon a marijuana plantation. According to reports, at around 2:30pm on March 11th 2013, authorities traveled about a mile inside a cane field located just off the Pueblo Nuevo Ferry where they discovered 150 marijuana plants. The plants, measuring between 3 to 6 feet in height, were all uprooted and destroyed by fire. No one was found in the area.

Up Up And Away! Super Bond Launched!
Late Friday evening Government announced that the Superbond was successfully launched. According to a release posted on the Central Bank’s website holders of eight-six point one-seven percent of the country’s U.S. Dollar Bonds due in 2029 had tendered their bonds in response to Belize’s February fifteenth, 2013 offer to exchange those instruments for new Belize U.S. Dollar Bonds due in 2038. According to the release under the new terms of the 2029 Bonds and Belize's exchange offer, holders of not less than 75 percent of the 2029 Bonds have instructed the Trustee for those instruments to tender the entirety of the 2029 Bonds in exchange for 2038 Bonds in accordance with the terms of Belize's offer. The results of the tender process that ended on Friday means that such an exchange of the entirety of the 2029 Bonds is expected to take place at a closing of the transaction later this month. With the new bonds in place Belize will receive a 10% principal haircut, amounting to a discount of $108 million dollars and debt service reductions of $236 million dollars from 2013 to 2017 and $494 million dollars from 2013 to 2022

Hon. Francis Fonseca On Tour
As mentioned at the top of the newscast, the Leader of the Opposition Honorable Francis Fonseca was in Orange Walk on Sunday for the opening of the annual Chan Pine Ridge Agriculture and Cultural Fair. During his visit, Fonseca also took the opportunity to tour Orange Walk East along with Area Representative Honorable Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez. Francis Fonseca- Leader of the Opposition “We will be visiting with several of those communities and meeting with village leaders and some young people in those communities and having an opportunity for me to get to know those communities. But also get proper understanding of the challenging that people are facing in those communities and the concern that they have and what they want to see the People’s United Party doing on their behalf; how we can more effectively serve them in opposition and prepare for becoming the government.” Carmelita Perez, Reporter “What have been some of the concerns of Belizeans as you go on your tour?”

BMHS Takes It All At National Science Fair
On Friday we told you about Bishop Martin High School’s overall win at the Belize Catholic Secondary High School National Science Fair that took place at the Saint Ignatius School grounds in Santa Elena Town. Competing against 10 catholic schools, Bishop Martin defied all odds and rose to the top by winning 1st place in both the lower level and upper level divisions. The group Sugar Low, placed 1st in the upper division as they spoke about the reduction of sugar levels by using the “serosy” plant. On the other hand “I-C Vitamin C” placed 1st in the lower division as they brought to light the importance of consuming the right amount of vitamin C. Dovini Chell, Angel Navidad, Sugar Low, 1st Place Upper Level “Experiencing a national event like that is really good and it benefits us because it exposes us to the other schools. We learned from the other schools. We did not see it as a competition but also a chance that we got to go and interact with other schools around the country.”

LPG Goes Down, A Bit
On February 9th 2013 the Supplies Control Unit in the Ministry of Trade, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, standardized the price for a hundred pound cylinder of Liquid Petroleum Gas imported from Mexico and from Central America. With the new changes consumers saw a reduction of one dollar on the LPG imported from Mexico and an $8.00 increase on the LPG imported from Central America. Today, the Belize Bureau of Standards announced another change in the price of Liquid Petroleum Gas. But this time it is good news all across the board. Effective March 9th the price for LPG decreased by $1.00. In Orange Walk the price now stands at $117.00 and $116.00 in Corozal and Belize City, Belmopan and San Ignacio $118.00, Benque Viejo Del Carmen $119.00, Dangriga $120.00 and Punta Gorda $121.00.


Belize Bank Bulldogs defends its title in 2013 La Ruta Maya River Challenge
The Belize Bank Bulldogs successfully defended its title in 2013 La Ruta Maya River Challenge. The team, led by Captain Armin Lopez completed the race at an accumulative 18 hours, 31 minutes and 21 seconds. Here’s a recap of the four day challenge. On Friday, 64 teams paddled off...

Two robbers shot dead in a shootout with police
Two robbers were shot dead in a shootout with police today. At approximately 1:15 this afternoon, police responded to a robbery in progress on the Benque Viejo Road in the Cayo District. A shop was reportedly being robbed by two men wearing masks. Quick police response led to the...

Attorney General promotes legislation to create new legal associations
Attorney General Wilfred Elrington has instructed Solicitor General Cheryl Krusen to write Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, Justices of the Supreme Court and President of the Bar Association of Belize Eamon Courtenay requesting their comments on a bill to amend the Legal Profession Act to “remove the requirement of compulsory...

AG denies attempts to politicize General Legal Council
The General Legal Council which appoints Senior Counsels and manages the profession in Belize is also up for changes according to the report in the Times, but the Attorney General today appeared to deny attempting to politicize the body by having the A.G. appoint all of its members: Wilfred...

Fermin Martinez dies in Traffic Accident
A motorist lost his life after his motorbike spun out of control and ran off the road. Our Dangriga Correspondent Harry Arzu has the details. Harry Arzu – Dangriga Correspondent: 23 year-old Fermin Martinez, an Honduran National and a labourer of Green Grove Banana Farm in the Stan Creek...

Fatal Traffic Accident in Southern Highway
There was a fatal accident over the weekend. According to Police, this past Sunday, Ponciano Cucul of Forest Home Village was riding his bicycle on the Southern Highway, when he swerved in front of an incoming SUV. Cucul was taken to the Punta Gorda where doctors pronounced him dead...

Police say submerged plane made a crash landing
On Friday’s newscast, we told you about a CESNA plane that was found submerged in the Pueblo Nueva area of Corozal District. We told you that Police, BDF and Civil Aviation personnel were in the area conducting investigation. Well today Police issued an official report on the plane, believed...

Court of Appeal began hearing cases for its first session of 2013
This week the Court of Appeal began hearing cases for its first session of 2013. In this week seven criminal appeals, many holdovers from the last term in October will be heard. They include convicted murderers Nelson Gibson, Darrell Grant, Clarence Hemmans, Glenford Bermudez and the duo of Leslie...

Karl Reneau charged for attempted murder of 15-year-old Robert Hower
A teenager is the latest victim of one of several stabbing incidents over the weekend, but he lived to finger his attacker. 24-year-old Belize City resident, Karl Reneau was in court today where he was slapped with 6 criminal offenses. He is charged for the Saturday, March 9, attempted...

Superbond holders respond to new Belize US Dollar bonds
The Central Bank of Belize announced on Friday that some 86.17% of holders of the 2029 Belize bonds collectively known as the Superbond have tendered their bonds in response to the February 15 offer by Belize for new Belize US Dollar bonds expiring in 2038. The threshold for the...

Basketball star Ronald Rivers in critical condition after being shot
Ronald Rivers, a basketball star and Belize City native was targeted last week in the area of Vernon Street and shot in the head. He now is in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. Brother Raymond Rivers gave PLUS News an update. ...

Injured Howler Monkey dies
Last week, a howler monkey was reported as severely injured after it was captured allegedly by a group of high school boys from an Orange Walk high school. The Howler Monkey, most commonly known as baboon, received severe injuries to its face. Allegations are that the boys used slingshots...

Guatemalan Schools urged to use special map
A report in leading Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre underlines the continued aggravation of Belize by Guatemala in the run-up to the October 6 referendum on settling the territorial dispute at the ICJ. According to the newspaper, a deputy in the ministry of education has written to her department heads...

Cost of Butane goes slightly down
GOB today announced a dollar decrease in a 100 lb cylinder of butane. The change came into effect this past Saturday and is as follows: In Belize City, the new price is $116.00, Belmopan and San Ignacio sees a decrease to $118.00, while Benque’s new price is $119.00. Persons...

Three men survive gun attack
Three men are fortunate to be alive tonight, after the pickup truck they were travelling in came under gunfire. On Saturday afternoon, the men were on Estereo Road heading to Patchakan Village, when they saw with three masked men dressed in camouflage gear in nearby bushes. The armed men...

Special Constable at the center of sex allegations
A 50 year old Special Constable is tonight at the center of sex allegations. A 12 year old girl told Police that in November of last year, she visited the home of a family friend she says, who was teaching her to play chess. The girl alleges that when...

Two minors caught with prohibited weapons in separate incidences.
Two minors are tonight in custody after they were caught with prohibited weapons in separate incidences. The first bust took place last week Saturday. Police caught the minor after he ran out of a crowd of people gathered on Santa Barbara Street. He was found with a 9mm pistol...

Police have taken another firearm off the streets
Police have taken another firearm off the streets of Belize City. Last week, police found a black 9mm pistol with its serial number filed off, along with a magazine containing (3) 9mm live rounds of ammunition underneath an elevated house. Since no one was in area, the weapons were...


Double Delicious Dinners
Lucky us! Last weekend we enjoyed two of our favorite San Pedro eateries on back to back nights. We enjoyed the casual beachside setting of Caliente for their half-price margarita Friday taco night special and the more upscale, urban feel of Red Ginger for artful cuisine on Saturday evening. I'll let the photos do most of the talking. After our meal and three margaritas each (!!!), we were craving ice cream, so we walked over to Mannelly's for a treat. Believe it or not, Barry had to have TWO separate servings. Yep -- he ordered two scoops, and after finishing those, went back for two more! I don't know how he does it! We get ice cream so rarely in Belize (since it would melt if we tried to bring it home on our bicycles), it's a rare treat, and we really had an appetite for it this night!

The Bowen & Bowen Kite Festival in Belize City: Good Clean Fun
Sunday was a busy day. I took the 7:30am water taxi from San Pedro to Belize City, hopped in my friend’s truck with a quick stop to buy Sunday morning boledo (lottery) tickets and headed off to Burrell Boom for the Ruta Maya canoe race. Here is yesterday’s post about it. After the boats came in, we hightailed it out of Boom back to Belize City for the Kite Festival in the park by the Belize Central Bank. The sky was aflutter with homemade kites. I love this kinda stuff. There were lots of different categories and prizes for kids and adults. From box kite to singer kite…I learned a few new kiting terms. And some…like moonie, I still have no clue about.

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Belize
Many North Americans have this misconception that Belize is a distant and forgotten land deep in the rainforests of Central America. It is, in fact, only a two hour flight from Florida or a just a few hour drive from Mexico. This tiny country with an area of 8,867 square miles is unique because it was the only British colony in the region where English is the official language and Elizabeth II is still the queen. However, its colonial history and official language are not the only things that make this country so interesting and attractive for tourists. Here are 25 things you didn’t know about Belize:

Barbara's Fried Chicken
Fry Chicken has long eluded me, but I finally learned to cook it the way my children like. The recipe is simple and most importantly the chicken is cooked.

Reducing reliance on fossil fuels and diversifying energy sources are two priority policy objectives common throughout the Caribbean. Regional economies remain increasingly vulnerable to the behavior of oil prices on international markets, as generation capacity in the electricity sector remains highly concentrated in fossil fueled plants. Rising fuel prices continue to erode the trade balance of the economies in the region, as the cost of imports remains in excess of foreign currency earnings from tourism, manufacturing and other export activities.

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Small Business Tip of the Day: WHEN THE CUSTOMER IS WRONG
If you’ve done everything you can to help a customer and they’re still unhappy, it may be time to cut your losses, particularly if the customer is being unreasonable or abusive

Sylvia Flores, US Embassy’s Woman of the Year
International Woman’s Day is celebrated and most countries are committing to the creation of opportunities for women and to end violence and discrimination. In Belmopan, a ceremony hosted by the US Embassy took place to pay homage to outstanding women. Ten notable females from many walks of life were nominated and one very accomplished woman was selected for her stellar work and accomplishments in public life. Duane Moody reports.

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'Loving Belize' Documentary series
Rose Robin is in Belize doing a series of documentaries called "Loving Belize." Episode 1 is posted now. "I am promoting Belize and Belizean culture and tradition and contemporary talents. I am also giving Belizean's from all walks of life a chance to speak up about what they think is going on in contemporary Belize."

Where to Eat in San Pedro
When we first got to this little island I was disheartened, we had tried a few places with not much success. The food was downright crappy. The supermarkets were expensive, the fruit and veg not fresh and it seemed there was nowhere to eat. Specially for a family who don't eat seafood. Then we read SanPedroScoop and got in touch with Rebecca for some advice. And the very first night, on her advice, we ate at DJ’s & met Joe, a Belize expat who had a great deal of knowledge on where to eat. And with his list in hand we finally started to find a few treasures on the island. But first a few tips: If you are driving around looking for food it may very well elude you. Jump out of the golf cart, walk down to the beach and all of a sudden you will see the restaurants… lots of them. Don’t be put off by the word “bar”. We, at first, hardly ate anywhere cause everything was a “bar” and with kids we did not think that would be appropriate, but most of the places are super kid-friendly and have yummy food, not just alcohol. The food takes awhile everywhere. Most food is made fresh on the spot so add in your wait time and get there early, not when you’re starving. You only need this one list for your enjoyable San Pedro, Belize getaway. That’s right I compiled a delicious and tantalizing list for your drooling, wishing and hopefully tasting pleasure. Enjoy!

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