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Cop in Gales Point commits suicide
A police officer took his own life just before seven o’clock on Tuesday night. It happened at the Gales point police station where Jose Pam who is originally from Jalacte, Toledo was stationed. Pam was found dead in the kitchen area of the living quarters of the station. His wife Simeona Pam told News Five [...]
Cocaine intercepted in package at northern airport
Following reports of a wet drop in San Pedro, the Gang Suppression Unit last Friday seized one kilogram of cocaine, which is equivalent to two point two pounds of the suspected drug that had been transported via Tropic Airlines to the Corozal Municipal Airstrip in Ranchito. The drug was found inside a Devon biscuit box; [...]
American Global University Rep. clears up allegations
The Ministry of Education today issued a release on the situation with the American Global University School of Medicine, in particular. The release contains six points which the Ministry says should put in context statements to the media by certain individuals. It doesn’t actually say much, except that the charter to the school was issued [...]
Ministry of Health comments of American Global University
Two medical schools in Belize remain at the center of a controversy following very serious allegations against them by Phillip ‘Faada’ Henry and U.B. professor Patrick Menzies. Both men hosted a press conference on Tuesday and basically accused the American Global University School of Medicine and the Washington University of Health and Science of being [...]
City hall temporarily halts Santi’s drainage works
An infrastructural project valued almost a million dollars hit a snag when City Hall temporarily halted the work. The plan by the Minister of State Santino Castillo was to fix a drainage problem that affects about six hundred residents in the Buttonwood Bay area of his constituency. The project began this week and the construction [...]
Tourism dollars and arrivals are up
Statistics for tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2013 have been released and they are quite impressive says the director of the Belize Tourism Board. The hotel sector alone has registered revenue of approximately sixty million dollars since January with overnight arrivals at an estimated ninety-three thousand visitors. A new benchmark was also set [...]
Vaccination Week in the Americas inside adjacency zone
This morning Belizeans and Guatemalans gathered in the OAS-administered Adjacency Zone between the Belize and Guatemala borders, but there was no talk of the referendum, no conversation about a claim, and no discussion of a territorial dispute. This morning was all about sharing responsibility and joining forces to ensure that residents of both countries are [...]
Pregnant woman accused of stabbing brother-in-law
A pregnant Belize City woman is being accused of stabbing her brother-in-law during an alleged family dispute. Therese Bowman, a twenty four year old resident of Partridge Street, was escorted to the Magistrate Court late on Tuesday after she had been treated at the K.H.M.H. She was charged with the Wounding of Shane Jones. Bowman [...]
3 day old baby dies under suspect circumstances
A baby, no more than three days old, lost its life under questionable circumstances on April seventeenth. The infant, in an unconscious state, was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he passed away. The mother, a sixteen year old minor reportedly denied knowing what happened after five thirty when she breast fed the [...]
Did Ladyville resident drown?
There is another death that police are investigating. On Tuesday morning, Ladyville police visited a farm on the Old Northern Highway where they saw the lifeless body of fifty-seven year old Crecencio Mai. Mai, who was clad in khaki long pants, red tee shirt and black shoes, was found partially submerged in a pond on [...]
CEMO’s official evacuation route for city residents
The 2013 hurricane season begins in June and forecasters predict that this year will see above average storm activity in the Atlantic. It is anticipated that there will be nine hurricanes from a total of eighteen named weather systems. Four of them are expected to be major storms beyond the category three grade. With that [...]
Villagers say they, not outsiders should repair shelter
Earlier, we reported that the community in Gales Point is grieving the loss of their cop who took his life on Tuesday night. But there is another problem that the residents are dealing with. The community center in the village is in deplorable condition and NEMO had offered to assist the Village Council with the [...]
Her royal highness on the new post office stamps
Every so often, philatelists receive a treat when new stamps are released. Stamp collecting is becoming less popular as more people send emails rather than use the official images on envelopes. Nevertheless, those people who still apply pen to paper and envelope will have a new print of a royal face to accompany those letters [...]
Tourism Arrivals Grow In Belize
The First Quarter report on Tourism Statistics for Belize was released today by the Belize Tourism Board. The report suggests a record number for the first quarter with Airport Tourist Arrivals, Overnight Tourist Arrivals and Cruise Arrivals. Director of Tourism, Laura Esquivel Frampton tol...
Body Retrieved From Ladyville Pond
The body of a man was retrieved from a pond in Ladyville Village yesterday. Reports are that police visited the a farm belonging to Leroy Heusner on the Old Northern Highway, where they saw the body of man dressed in long khaki pants, red t-shirt, black shoes, black belt and was...
Ground Breaking Ceremony Held For Water Project
This afternoon, a ground breaking ceremony was held at the Belize River Valley School to kick off a massive portable water project. Minister of Rural Development, Godwin Hulse says that the project has been on standby for the past ten years and today the project officially commenced. Hulse says t...
Deadline Extended For BTIA's Logo Competition
The Belize Tourism Industry Association Orange Walk Chapter has extended its deadline for entries to its name a logo competition for a new publication. BITA Information Officer, Jasmine Zetina, tells us more. JASMINE ZETINA The good thing a...
City Council Holds Evacuation Meeting
The Belize City Council today held its official City Emergency Management Organization’s evacuation meeting as part of their Annual Strategic Plan for the city. Councilor Phillip Willoughby, responsible for Security and CEMO explained the evacuation plan. PHILIP WILLOUGHBY “Th...
Orange Walk's Ten Top Spellers Face Off For A Spot At the National Spelling Bee Competition
It has become a traditional rite of passage for some of the nation’s brightest students; we are talking about the Coca Cola National Spelling Bee Competition scheduled for June 7th in Belmopan. But before reaching to the national level, competitors must spell their way through the district finals which were held today in Orange Walk. From what we found out the pressure was as high as the temperature outside.
Elmer Cornejo – Reporting
The Crystal Palace in Orange Walk was crowded with primary school children who came to support their favorite student in the Coca-Cola Spelling Bee District Finals.
The competition got underway with the ten top spellers of the Orange Walk District taking the stage. Each participant had one aim, to represent Orange Walk at the 19th National Spelling Bee Competition to be held in Belmopan on the 7th of June sponsored by Bowen and Bowen.
Lookout For Fraudulent Cheques
If you are the owner of a business establishment then you should pay keen attention to the following report as it has to do with bogus cheques that are currently in circulation. The business community is advised to be on the lookout for forged Scotia Bank cheques that were confiscated from prominent business establishments in Belize City. Reports indicate that the fraudulent cheques all have the same account number which is 91595002- 000009132452. The person or persons carrying the cheques are believed to be operating in the area of Belize City and parts of the north.
Orange Walk Mourns The Death of Former Mayor Henry Castillo
Tonight we start off the newscast with a sad note as we report on the death of former P.U.P Mayor of Orange Walk Town Henry Castillo better known as teacher Henry. Castillo passed away this afternoon at the Northern Regional Hospital. We understand that Castillo fell sick months ago and never recuperated.
After serving as a teacher and principal of La Inmaculada Primary School, Castillo launched his political career by running for Mayor of Orange Walk under the P.U.P ticket in 2003 which he won and served until 2006. He is one of the Mayors honored on the Orange Walk Town Mural constructed by the present town council. Our condolences go out to the family of teacher Henry, may he rest in peace.
Parcel Containing Two Pounds Of Cocaine Confiscated At Tropic Air Terminal In Corozal
Details are still sketchy but news tonight is that on Friday April 19th at around 4:30pm, members of the Gang Suppression Unit confiscated a parcel containing one kilo of suspected cocaine at the Tropic Air Terminal in Ranchito Corozal. We understand that the package arrived at the terminal at 7:00am from San Pedro Ambergris Caye and it had a Corozal Town address. The sealed box had the marking Devon on it and when it was opened by the GSU it was found to contain a blue bag which contained a black plastic bag. Inside the plastic bag authorities found a square shaped parcel containing two pounds of suspected cocaine. Reports are that the recipient of the package is a female from Corozal Town who did not pick up the cargo since she was alerted that it was under surveillance.
Four Belizeans Bestowed Award Of The British Empire
Four Belizeans received prestigious honor of the British Empire today at the Belize House for their selfless and outstanding contributions to Belize. The honorees included Senior Counsel, Denys A. Barrow, who was awarded the insignia for Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished service to Belize and the field of law. Commissioner of the Supreme Court and Senior Justice of the Peace, Patrick Alexander Bernard, was bestowed with the insignia of a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his dedication to the Public Service.
Also receiving the insignia of a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire were Pen Cayetano for his wonderful and numerous contributions to music and art and Senior Justice of the Peace, Crispina Hyde, for her selfless service to education and community. The Governor General of Belize, Sir Collville Young, conferred the prestigious honors to the citizens on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Belizean Flag and Plague To Be Installed At Aguas Turbias
A historic visit to Aguas Turbias is set to take place this coming Saturday as a group of Orange Walkenos, led by Orlando De La Fuente, make the long trip to Aguas Turbias National Park specifically to the monument that marks the boundary for Belize, Mexico and Guatemala.
While De La Fuente will lead the charge here in the north, President of The Belize Territorial Volunteers Wil Maheia will lead the expedition to the Southern Border while Nancy Marin will be at the forefront of the western movement.
This time around the main purpose of the expedition is to plant a Belizean flag and install a metal plaque in the area that bears the name Belize, to identify the country thus bringing to light the one hundredth and fifty fourth anniversary of the signing of the 1859 Boundary Treaty by Britain and Guatemala.
BTB's Logo To Compete For One Show Design 2013 Awards
The good news for the Belize Tourism Board just keeps rolling in as word tonight is that the Belize logo has been chosen as a finalist for the “One Show Design” 2013 awards, in the category of “Brand Identity – Logo Design.” The Belize Tourism Board and its Advertising and Online Agency, Olson, created the Belize logo as a part of a re-branding of Belize’s identity. This afternoon we spoke to BTB’s Media and Public Relations Officer Jana Puga who spoke to us about the organizations latest achievement and what it means for Belize.
Jana Puga-Media and Public Relations Officer BTB
“We were informed that the new Belize Logo has been chosen as the finalist in the one show 2013 award. One Show Design, One Show Interactive, and One Show Entertainment, and each of these have several categories. The Belize Logo is a finalist in the brand identity logo design category which falls under One Show Design and it is very exciting because the award is aimed to recognize and to promote excellence in advertising and the agency did an amazing job.”
BTB Releases Impressive Figures For Quarterly Report
The Belize Tourism Board presented a positive tourism report today as they released their first quarterly figures. The report shows that 2013 started out on an all-time high for Belize’s Tourism Industry, having documented record numbers for the first quarter. The trends in the first quarter of 2013 tourist arrivals are suggestive of 2012’s patterns, in which substantial numbers were recorded per month.
Figures show that the last time there was a decrease in any month for tourist arrivals was October of 2011 making it nineteen consecutive months of increases in overnight tourist arrivals to Belize.
There was a record high in arrivals by air in January, February and March of 2013, showing a 7.58%, 6.0% and 10.1% increases respectively, compared to 2012. This year the month of March recorded 28,623 tourist arrivals, which is over 5,200 more than last year’s March total of 25,982. Of note is that this is the first time in history that arrivals by air exceeded the 28,000 visitor mark for any month. All in all airport tourist arrivals showed 8.1% growth in this year’s first quarter, in comparison to last year.
All in all, airport tourist arrivals showed 8.1% growth in this year’s first quarter, in comparison to last year.
Philip Henry and Patrick Menzies tell PLUS TV their concerns about Medical Schools in Belize
Last week this station ran a series of stories detailing the phenomenon of medical schools in Belize. On Wednesday we featured local activist Philip “Fawda” Henry who has directed his ire at the American Global University School of Medicine (AGUSM) in Ladyville for not being forthright about their credentials...
Government will strengthen monitoring of medical schools
Plus news has been doing a series of stories on Medical Schools who have been granted charters to operate in Belize. One which has taken up the interest of the Belizean public is American Global University School of Medicine. As we told you earlier Phillip “Fawda” Henry along with Patrick Menzies of BelizeCAN has taken a strong stance against the school and is asking the Ministry of Education to respond to the matter. Well, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) sent out a press release expressing it’s concern of putting into context recent statements made to media by certain individuals regarding the situation of American Global University School of Medicine. The matter was discussed on Rise and Shine this morning where Minister of Education the Hon. Patrick Faber called in to explain some of the points listed in that release.
VP of AGUSM talks to PLUS TV
It has been a torrid last few weeks for the school known as American Global University School of Medicine in Ladyville. On Wednesday activists protested the school, making specific allegations against its vice-president of operations, Peggy Allen. Today, Ms. Allen conducted a telephone interview with local media houses including...
Guatemala will hold its referendum on October 6th., 2014
On Monday we told you that the Guatemalan Government has decided to suspend the simultaneous referendum that was scheduled for October 6 between Belize and Guatemala. Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Luis Fernando Carrera Castro, told local media Monday that a letter has been sent to the Legislature explaining the decision....
Attorney Arthur Saldivar explains Court’s role in Land Disputes
Plus news has been following a story about a land controversy in the village of Ranchito, which is situated in the Corozal district. As we told you, in 2007, the Village Council surveyed and distributed 216 lots in accordance with the Village Council Act. They collected fees and sent...
BEL explains 3 hour power outage
Yesterday, the country experienced a mass blackout when customers in the Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts were without power for three hours. BEL says this was caused by a system interruption at the West Lake Substation, that is between Mollejon and San Ignacio Town, at about 5:00 in...
Belmopan students attacked during power outage
It seems that robbers took advantage of the power outage to prey on students in the Belmopan area. Almost two hours into the blackout, five students from the Belmopan Baptist High School were walking through a feeder road which leads to the George Price Highway, when three Hispanic men...
Contract signed for Lot 4 of Fort Road Project in Twin Towns
On Monday, contracts were signed for Lot 4 of the 4th Road Project, to begin works for the Santa Elena/San Ignacio Bypass Project. This includes the upgrading of Joseph Andrews Drive in San Ignacio, up to its intersection with the Benque Viejo Road. The project is being funded by ...
Land in Dangriga sold without owner’s consent
Acres of land were sold to another while the rightful owner was out of the country. Dangriga Police is investigating a report of forgery made by 66 year old Retired American David Cooley. Mr Cooley, who currently resided at Lost Reef Resort, in Riversdale, Stann Creek, reported that on...
Drowning in Hattieville
On Sunday sometime after 6:00 pm, Morris Heinz, aged 26 years, a Technician of Belize City, contacted the Police and informed that sometime before 6:00pm that day, he was accompanied by Leroy Betson, aged 35 years, a Chemist of #7064 Raccoon Street Extension, Belize City, and four other persons...
Police Officer found dead from apparent suicide
A Police Officer was found dead in what appears to be a suicide. According to the wife of PC Jose Pan, he returned home from the Gales Point Village at around 5:00 yesterday evening. The two lived in one of the living quarters at the Gales Point Police Substation....
8.1% increase in tourist arrivals by air
There’s more good news for the BTB, as they have documented a record breaking first quarter for 2013. The report shows that in tourist arrivals, January saw an increase of 7.58%, February has a 6.0% increase and March a 10.1%, compared to last year. In fact, just for the...
Man electrocuted in Blue Creek Village
Belize City Police investigates case of sudden death. 48 year old Frank Klassen of Blue Creek Village in the Orange Walk District reported to Police that Monday evening at about 2:30 p.m. 18 year old Clayton REMPEL of Blue Creek was washing a tractor with an electrical power wash...
Man charged with murder aquitted
Triston Gordon, charged with the 2011 murder of Kenyon Plunkett, was acquitted yesterday. This case was the first trial without jury to be heard before Justice Adolph Lucas in the Supreme Court. And it was the testimony of the prosecution’s main witness that led Justice Lucas to rule in...
Constitutional Challenge begins in Supreme Court on May 7th
The Supreme Court will hear a constitutional challenge from Caleb Orozco, a Belizean citizen supported by a battery of high-powered international advocates for homosexuality and their Belizean surrogates, on May 7. Today was the last hearing before trial to go over outstanding matters before the big case, and lead...
Police advise businesses to look out for forged cheques
The Police is advising business establishments to be one the lookout for forged Scotia Bank cheques that were stolen from prominent business establishments in Belize City. These cheques all have the same account numbers 91595002 000009132452. Police have reason to believe that the perpetrators are operating in the Belize...
Belize City Mayor follows Master Plan for Restorations
On Monday you heard from Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley concerning the planned upgrades of Battlefield Park. The City has been hauled up by its bootstraps since he took office, but some wonder why the wholesale change. He says it is all part of a Master Plan. Philip Bradley...
Bingo Nights at Feliz Bar & Grill Raised Hefty Sums for the San Pedro Sailing Club
Donating a portion of the proceeds from last month’s Wednesday Night Bingo parties, Feliz Bar & Grill in The Cloisters, north of the bridge, raised $2279.60 for the San Pedro Sailing Club. In the photo below, Andy Milner on the left, the Sailing Club’s Commodore, is receiving the check form Kevin Smith of Feliz. Kevin plans to have his Bingo Nights continuously support a different charities on the island. The Sailing Club extends heart felt thanks to Kevin and Heather of Felize and to all who played Bingo to support the Club. Commodore Milner says that what Bingo at Feliz raised “is awesome! It’s half a boat” – half the price for adding an additional boat to San Pedro’s small fleet.
Also, proceeds of the 3rd Wednesday night Feliz Bingo Party of every month from now on will benefit the Sailing Club Another Wednesday of every month will benefit Saga, etc. Check Feliz Facebook page with Kevin and Heather Smith of Feliz for details.
San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross would also like to thank Feliz for having us as your Bingo charity for the last month. Details coming soon about how much was raised.
Chaa Creek Hails Belize Reef Drilling Ban
Last week’s landmark decision to nullify offshore drilling contracts along Belize’s Great Barrier Reef and Caribbean coastline is being celebrated as a great victory by environmentalists throughout the Central American country, according to Belize Natural History Centre assistant manager Brion Young.
Mr Young, who is also a licensed naturalist guide at the Lodge at Chaa Creek, which maintains the Centre, said that the decision was the result of a suit brought about by Oceana, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), and the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage.
“This is a great victory not only for Belize, but for the world, as the Belize Barrier Reef is part of our collective natural heritage,” Mr Young said. “It also shows what can be achieved through effective partnerships between global and local environmental groups,” he added.
The court, with Justice Oswell Legall presiding, overturned the contracts, which were issued in 2004 and 2007, after determining that the then Government of Belize failed to assess the environmental impact of drilling for oil on Belize’s waters, as required by law, before approving the contracts.
“Wasting Time” in Ambergris Caye, Belize
Dental appointment yesterday to have the crowns fitted so up early, breakfast at Estel’s and then the 8 am Caye Caulker Water Taxi to Belize City for my 10.30 am appointment at the Dental Center with Doctor Pedro Habet. Getting used to this routine now. Me, not you, I mean.
Got a result at the ticket counter when the young lady let me exchange the two return tickets I had from last week (Rose and I got a plane back) for a return ticket. A fairly empty boat so I had no trouble getting a seat near one of the doors (providing a nice cooling breeze) and the boat docked just before 9.30 am. All was going swimmingly.
A stroll around to Brodies in Albert Street to pick up some provisions that are not always available on Ambergris Caye and then caught a taxi to take me to the dentist. And with time enough to spare to stop off at The Tile & Stone Center to pick up a printed copy (will be a lot easier to browse than the on-line version) of the Daltille catalogue. It was going so well.
Arrived at the ‘Center twenty minutes early for my appointment and settled down to look at the tile catalogue when I heard the young lady on Reception duty telling me that my appointment had been changed to Thursday. Apparently I had been sent a message to this effect. Having now thoroughly checked my In Box and Messages on my ‘phone I know this not to be the case. Four hours of my day gone. I hate wasting time.
Photos, Video, and Audio of Wild Toucans in Belize
This morning the Keel Billed Toucans that live at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize decided to stop by a large Fig Tree located near the entrance to the hotel grounds. Maybe they had a message for the large male iguana also sharing the space. More likely both animals were all there to eat the ripening fruits.
Normally it is the distinct call of the toucan that alerts guests and birdwatchers that these beautiful animals are nearby. The song of the toucan sounds almost like a croaking frog if tropical birders do not know what they were listening for. When multiple birds get together in the same tree, the noise is unmistakable.
Meeting “Mommy” Janice, A Local Bush Medicine Healer
My first trip to Belize was in December 2011 through January 2012. It was partially a vacation (since I hadn’t been on vacation in almost 7 years!) and partially a small test my boyfriend, Matt, and I were putting out there. If we survive traveling in Belize for a month, we can survive anything – right?
Happily, we not only survived Belize (Oh, we fought, but not much. And the ever present rum punch helped a lot!) but we thrived in the gorgeous tropical Central American climate. After the first few days, we drove from the north and went south, through Belmopan. From the Hummingbird Highway there were a couple signs for a local Farmers Market. We pulled over with no hesitation, as it was hot and we were in desperate need of something cool to drink and eat. After passing a few stalls, I saw a woman dressed all in black and gesticulating wildly. “The wild yams, mama!”, she shouted to a customer. “The wild yam are powerful stuff, mommy!”
More Cuba travel on the horizon
Central Holidays presents an exciting new “Discover Cuba” travel program that takes US travelers to connect with locals in Cuba and learn about the architecture, music, art and culture of this enchanting country.
The US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control has granted a licence to provide people-to-people cultural exchange travel programs to Cuba to Premier World Discovery/CE, a strategic partner of Central Holidays, enabling the company to offer this trip to US travelers.
The fascinating 8-day “Discover Cuba” itinerary provides a full time schedule of activities that result in meaningful exchanges through people-to-people contact, offering insightful, cross-cultural and educational experiences at every turn.
Travelers will explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Havana with the largest collection of Spanish-Colonial architecture in the Americas, the beautiful baroque-style Cathedral of Havana built in 1748, and the “Maqueta de la Habana Vieja” Museum that houses a detailed scale model of the City of Havana.
Further along, travelers visit Viñales Valley and Pinar del Rio, known for its stunning scenery, a landscape of prehistoric looking flat-top mountains or “mogotes”, tobacco plantations, caves, and rivers.
EIGHT MEMBERS of the Rock Community Church returned from their trip to Belize to build a house for a family and put on a children’s program with stories to tell and photos to share about their journey and the people they met.
Pastor Mike Rosenau tells a bit about his experience and the Cowo family, who now has a safe house to live in, also sent their regards in a letter to the church.
“They’re beautiful people who live in very humble circumstances,” said Rosenau about the families in the towns of San Felipe and Blue Creek.
A photo of Rosenau and the eldest son of the family, who the team was to build a house for, Juan Cowo, above right, starts off the story of the team’s and family’s journey together.
“This shot was taken at about 6:30 p.m. on the day we arrived,” said Rosenau. “We had just driven from the Belize International Airport and were on our way to our hosts homes in Blue Creek. San Felipe is on the way to Blue Creek, and so I asked the driver to stop at the building site.
Offshore Oil Drilling Stopped in Belize's Barrier Reef, in Major Victory
by Ted Danson and Audrey Matura-Shepherd. Belize is home to the largest coral reef system in the Western hemisphere -- the Mesoamerican Reef, which stretches 560 miles, 186 of which lie in Belizean waters. In the past decade the Belizean government secretly leased rights to drill for oil in its reef -- including the famous Blue Hole -- to local companies with little to no experience in the very complicated and hazardous business of offshore oil drilling. Given the high frequency of oil spills and leaks in offshore drilling operations (which, for example, occur nearly every day in the Gulf of Mexico), the decision to green-light drilling operations in the Belizean Barrier Reef -- a habitat central to Belize's tourism-based economy -- led to a fierce national debate in Belize after the secret leases were revealed in the wake of the 2010 Gulf Oil spill. Based on the history of past environmental debates in Belize, it appeared that the government was likely to prevail. But things have now changed in Belize.
In a stunning decision, last week Belize's Supreme Court struck down the offshore drilling contracts that were issued by the government in 2004 and 2007, declaring them "unlawful, null and void." The court overturned the contracts after determining that the government failed to assess the environmental impact on Belize's ocean, as required by law, prior to issuing the contracts. The court also found that contracts were made to companies that did not demonstrate a proven ability to contribute the necessary funds, assets, machinery, equipment, tools and technical expertise to drill safely.
It’s a Frog! Nope, That’s the Sound of the Keel-billed Toucan of Belize!
Look at the size of that obtuse bill! You must be setting your eyes on the vibrantly colored Keel-billed Toucan, the National Bird of Belize in Central America. The bird is notable for its canoe-shaped bill, which can grow up to 20 cm long, and its flamboyant green, red, blue and orange feathers. Although their bill can take up to 1/3 of their length, it is fairly light since it is made of a spongy, hollow bone covered in keratin.
This toucan is quite the loud, sociable, and playful bird. Their calls to one another resemble loud frog croaks that can be heard as far as a half a mile away! It is rare to find a single bird roaming around for they travel and live in groups of six to twelve adults. The toucans are often spotted in lowland rainforests, throwing berries at each other or jostling with their large bills. The precise use of their enormous bills is unsure but many speculate it is used to reach berries growing on weak branches or for courtship.
Their diet consists mainly of fruit but can extend to insects, reptiles, or eggs. To feed, the toucan will pick up a whole piece of fruit and tilt its head back, having the fruit slide down its throat intact.