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Street Treats- Shaved Ice
With warm sunshiny weather, lush jungles and beautiful beaches, Belize is a tropical paradise. But sometimes heat can get to even the tannest sun bather and you just need a sweet treat to cool down. For me, in this midst of a hot day in the tropics, I like my treat not cool but ice cold! It is no different here in San Pedro (except that we have the beautiful Caribbean Sea to cool off, lucky us!). Ice has become a necessity for the brutal summer heat.This need to cool off has resulted in the creation of cool treats made from ice; shaved ice, crushed ice, raspados, snow cones or whatever you may call it. Shaved/crushed ice is smothered with various flavored sugary syrups and toppings you can’t resist, and to be honest we’ve stopped counting the calories.
You can find these treats almost all over the island. Local street vendors ride around town in tricycles selling it to children enjoying their summer. But my favorite place to get a shaved ice is Monique’s Scoops, located in front of Central Park.
Ministry of Health Apologies for Incident at Western Regional Hospital
The Ministry of Health deeply regrets the unfortunate series of events over this past weekend involving the delivery of a baby’s corpse to the wrong family at the Western Regional Hospital. Following the outcome of an initial investigation, findings indicate that there was a procedural error by staff members of the hospital. The Ministry of Health expresses its sincerest apologies on behalf of the management and staff to the families involved, and to the public for this breach of confidence in our institution.
The Ministry of Health has taken steps through the Public Health Inspectorate to manage the outcome of the situation. Disciplinary action has been taken against persons responsible, and psychological support has been offered to all parties involved. They have accepted and the Ministry intends to do follow-up visits with them.
The Ministry of Health reiterates that this isolated case is being addressed and has taken every necessary measure to ensure that there is not a repeat of this unfortunate incident.
San Pedro Police search for missing teenage girl
Ambergris Caye police are looking for a 17 year old girl after she went missing on Saturday June 22nd from her San Mateo home. Her name is Wendy Jesenia Ochoa Ayala, a Salvadoran national and a first form student at San Pedro High School. San Pedro Town Police report that she was last seen around 7PM at her San Mateo home located just across the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge on the northern part of the island. While local authorities are treating the case as a missing person, her family believes she has run away with a male companion.“Wendy was last seen on June 22nd between the hours of 6:30PM and 7:00PM at her home. She is of clear complexion, slim built and about five feet three inches in height. She was last seen wearing a brown short sleeve blouse with blue short pants,” says a police report.
PM Barrow honored; witnesses’ Belizean sugar delivered at Tate & Lyle
Prime Minister Dean Barrow today met with the Chairman of the City of London Policy & Resources Committee, Mark Boleat, ahead of the Guildhall lunch where the Prime Minister was honoured by addressing an audience of international financiers and businessmen. Commenting on meeting with the Prime Minister, Mark Boleat said “We are very pleased to invite the Prime Minister of Belize to speak to these important guests at the Guildhall and discuss Belize and its future plans. The City of London, as the world centre of finance, welcomes important dialogue with developing countries and we hope the lunch will be fruitful for future investment and trade for the country. The City of London recognizes its role in supporting Belize and other developing countries and we hope to continue useful discussion in the future”.
Johnny Quest Claims 1st Prize at Fishing Tournament
The 1st Annual Captain Shark’s Billfish Release Tournament took place over two days:Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd. Fifteen(15) teams registered to take part in the tournament in hopes of claiming some of the great prizes the competition had to offer. On Saturday morning the boats headed out to sea at 5AM equipped with everything needed to reel in their respected catch and of course a video camera to capture the action. On Sunday the vessels headed out at 6AM. By 4PM, several boats brought back Dorados and Tunas to be weighed in at the weight station in hopes of claiming the biggest catch. The fifteen boats that took part in the competition were: Catch of the Day, Nikky, Josephine, Aaliyah Marley, Johnny Quest, Eloida, Strike Force, Baby Robert, Seaduced, Majik, Another Princess, Bianca Michelle, D Reel Deal, Christina, and Pecipe.
Presenting Miss Belize for Costa Maya 2013!
20 year old Destinee Arnold will be proudly representing Belize at this year’s Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant® that will take place during the International Costa Maya Festival®being held August 1 – 4, 2013.
In July of 2012, Destinee won the title of Queen of the Jewel Miss Belize and represented Belize in the Miss International Pageant in Okinawa, Japan in 2012. She participated in the Miss Ethnic World pageant in Long Beach California where she won the title of Miss Ethnic World 2013.
Standing at 5’ 7” tall, with brown eyes and light brown hair, gorgeous Destinee’s pageant expertise will give her confidence onstage at the Costa Maya Pageant®. She is a model and student at California State University – Fullerton, and enjoys dancing, reading, spending time with her family and volunteering.
She will be competing against neighboring countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama for the coveted title of Reina de la Costa Maya® 2013-14.
Regional artists paint San Pedro Town Mural
Artists from Mexico and Belize are currently collaborating to paint a mural that will depict the history of San Pedro Town and the relationship with other Mexican regions. Over 13 from Mexico and 6 artists from Belize are working on the artwork that will take two days to be completed. The mural is being painted on canvasses at the Central Park as part of the Dia de San Pedro celebrations of the island's patron saint. Once completed, it will be the property of the people of Ambergris Caye but is expected to be displayed in various large events around Mexico as a marketing strategy for the island. Mayor of San Pedro Daniel Guerrero did the symbolic start of the mural during a short ceremony on Tuesday June 25th at the Lions Den.
Los Yonic’s to Highlight International Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro
The biggest festival in the country of Belize, The International Costa Maya Festival is set to take place from Thursday, August 1, 2013 to Sunday, August 4, 2013. The festival is known for having the best in cultural presentation from the participating countries of the Mundo Maya. This year the highlight of the festival will be the international performance by the Latin Grammy-Nominated band Los Yonics.
José Manuel's Zamacona y Los Yonic’s have been delivering 36 years of impressive artistic performances they have produced 33 albums, sold millions of copies in Mexico and abroad, have received gold and platinum awards and nominated twice for an International Grammy.
Mexican Vendors Block Belize Border Bridge in Protest of Loss of Business
In an unprecedented event, more than 200 people of Subteniente Lopez, Quintana Roo, Mexico, blocked the entrance to the new ‘Chactemal’ bridge linking Mexico and Belize crossing over the Rio Hondo for more than six hours. They were demanding to speak with the Mexican border management in hopes of having their request met; they have been requesting a meeting since the bridge opened a few weeks ago. The group’s request is for the Mexican authorities to reopen the old bridge that connects Belize to the town of Subteniente Lopez immediately across the Mexican border. Tired of not being heard by the border authorities, and after seeing the community’s economy collapse, residents decided to launch a peaceful demonstration and symbolically close access to that bridge for six hours beginning at around 11:00a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2013.
Misc Belizean Sources
Belize Nature Conservation Foundation
The PACT Foundation has changed their name to the Belize Nature Conservation Foundation, and they are doing a call for grant proposals in the areas of general park management, training, and research. The deadline is the 31st of July, and the maximum grant amount is $39,000. For more information, email them at [email protected]
"The Foundation provides grants to registered management organizations of terrestrial protected areas including, non-governmental organizations and community based organizations that are involved in conservation and management for sustainable use of Belize’s natural resources and terrestrial protected areas.
ROWKIDS Medical Team in Bullet Tree
Feelgood news of the day. The ROWKIDS brought a medical team to Bullet Tree, where they checked out 140 people. Thanks, ROWKIDS!
"Today ROWKIDS Medical Team treated 140 people to at the Bullet Tree SDA Primary School. As the College of the Ozarks basketball players and coach held sports camp with the students. Great team showing Christ's love to everyone! Enjoy the photos."
DOE Summer Art Camp
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program of Belize is having a Summer Art Camp for youth between the ages of 14 and 17. They'll be having it in Mountain Pine Ridge too, so the youths will experience nature in one of Belize's nicest reserves. The deadline for registration is July 1st. Have fun!
"This camp is for youth ages 14 to 17 who want to tap into their inner artist and creative learning process. All week long youth will be in the jungle, learning how to enhance their skills in painting, writing, cooking, and music. At night there will be campfires and games to build friendships and
make memories that will last forever. This is an incredible experience all for $200. That includes your transportation there and back, your three meals for the day, accommodation, and supplies for classes. If you are interested in joining us please let Nehanda Higinio know by cell phone at 624-9112 or email at [email protected] and she will get you registered and signed up!"
Old Timers Folk Concert Videos
The Institute for Social and Cultural Research has some videos from the Old Timers Folk Concert that was held at the Cayo Welcome Center Saturday night. They have a short video of the Benque Marima Academy. They also have the Rompe Rajas Band in another one. Looks like it was a great night.
"The Benque Marimba Academy were present as one of the opening acts at the Old Timer's Concert. We should be proud of our young Belizean talent!"
Play for Peace Tournament
The Play for Peace basketball tournament, which the Department of Youth Services of Benque is coordinating, starts tomorrow night at 7:00pm. There are 5 teams, and they all get to play against each other. The games will be held at Deacon's Court this weekend and next weekend, and the semi-finals are July 6th, with the finals on July 11th.
"The Department of Youth Services Benque Viejo Branch in collaboration with the Benque Viejo Youth Sports Club invites you all to come and support the team of your choice in the 'Play for Peace' basketball tournament scheduled to commence tomorrow June 27, 2013. All games are scheduled to take place at Deacon's Basketball Court in Benque Viejo Del Carmen.... For more information feel free to contact Jimmy Leslie at 633-5050 or Mark Rosado at 631-5877. May the best team win!"
Go Belize Jaguars
The Belize Jaguars have a short video out showing some of their highlights. In their final preparation match for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the National Team will take on the PLB All Stars this Saturday night at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan at 7:30PM. The entrance fee will be $5.00.
"Making history and qualifying for the very first time, Belize now moves on to participate in the Gold Cup. Belize's young football players are determined to take Belizean football to another level."
KHMH Addresses the Damning PAHO Report
Last night, 7News told you about the now-ready report from the Pan-American Health Organization, which shows that there were a number of irregularities at the KHMH which could have contributed to the deaths of the 12 neonatal patients in May.
And even if they don’t, it shows that the hospital is not up to international standards in trying to insulate its patients from contamination as best as possible.
Well this afternoon, the hospital’s Administration and the Minister of Health hosted a press conference to address the concerns raised by the PAHO investigators.
The media was there in full force, and the head table was grilled on this report. We’ll get to that, but first… 2 members of the head table accused the media of twisting the facts to further their own sinister agenda. So for transparency, we'll start with start with a few parts of the report which KHMH CEO chose to address.
The first was that the report points to the fact that hospital has an Infection Control Committee ICC, and this committee advises the hospital on its Infection Prevention and Control program, ICP. As we’ve reported, the PAHO investigators found that this program was not functioning as well as it should, or the bacterial outbreak which caused the death of the neonates would not have been as catastrophic.
KHMH Admin Answers To All Charges
And so, when the media got an opportunity, they zeroed several important aspects of the report which are damning.
We looked first on the fact that it took a great tragedy for the hospital to get its act together. Here’s how that conversation went:
"How do you respond to the criticism that all of these improvements have come too late, days have passed away and if you look at the deaths - it's 13, it's too late. These things should have been in place before, the hospital is suppose to give the utmost best care possible."
Dr. Francis Gary Longsworth - CEO, KHMH
"My response would be is that we've been dealing with these issues - I have been dealing with them from the first day I stepped into this hospital, we have made incremental changes in many areas. Perhaps the changes have not come fast enough but there are different reasons for that, some of them financial, some of them human resource issues but it is not that we have not been doing anything for all of these years."
"It's intro venous the way the bacteria infected these neonates?"
Dr. Peter Allen - CEO, Ministry of Health
KHMH Board To Discuss The PAHO Report
So if you’ve listened to the response from KHMH to this PAHO report, and you still have questions, we did too.
So we asked the chairlady of the Board to comment on her impression as one of the bosses of the hospital who is now forced to answer to an upset public who believes that this is a major failure.
Here’s what she told us after seeing the report, and hearing the explanation from the CEO:
"Ms. Cansino as the chairlady of the board, after seeing the report and hearing the responses from the authority, the CEO of KHMH - are you pleased or satisfied with the responses they have given. In my opinion, the public deserves a little bit more of explanation, something else to encourage them that the KHMH is taking this matter seriously."
Chandra Nisbet Cansino - Chairlady, KHMH Board
"When I speak, I speak on behalf of a board - I don't act alone. We just received the report on Monday and we've had one meeting since then and of course the reports/findings are not the best findings that you would want from a report which is the one that PAHO did. The board is looking very seriously in the timeline of the recommendations and we will be looking to see that the recommendations are followed based on the timeline from PAHO because I think they categorized it as a one month then a three month deadline and we will be ensuring that those are adhered to.
Still No Charges For Noh Mul
For weeks, the nation has been waiting patiently – or impatiently, depending on how you look at it – for someone to be charged in connection with the Noh Mul Mauling which this media house exposed earlier in May.
Since then, that story has picked up coverage internationally, and everyone is looking intently at what the Belize Police Department will do to bring the culprits to justice for it.
Of note, is that Denny Grijalva, the Managing Director of De-Mar’s Stone Company - the company which our cameras caught in the act on the Noh Mul site - has come out accepting blame on behalf of his company, and his employees.
Even in the face of that, the case has progressed very slowly, to the point where some quarters have accused the authorities of deliberate foot dragging, since Grijalva is believed to very connected UDP figure associated with Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega.
So Last night, waves went out when Orange Walk Police detained several of Grijalva’s employees. Everyone thought that they would finally be seeing charges, especially since DPP Cheryl Lynn Vidal already gave the investigating officer her directives on Friday.
Health Ministry Apologizes For Mix-Up At Western Regional
On Monday, 7News showed the family who had a terrible mix-up where their still-born baby was given to another family who’s also had a miscarriage.
The Muschamp family complained bitterly about it saying that the Western Regional Hospital has increased their grief unnecessarily with their incompetence.
Well, the ministry sent out a release yesterday apologizing for the incident, so today, when we got a chance, we asked Ministry of Health’s CEO why they’ve accepted blame so quickly, when no one is doing the same for the KHMH debacle.
Here’s how he explained it:
Dr. Peter Allen - CEO, Ministry of Health
"The incident at the Western Regional Hospital to me was simply unforgivable and it's so terribly sad and we do send out our most heartfelt sympathies and our deepest regrets to the families affected. Now you'll understand that the Western Regional Hospital is a public hospital and the KHMH is a statutory authority so we have a little more direct control of what happens in the Western Regional Hospital - in that particular instance, we have immediately asked the Director of Health Services to conduct an investigation into the sequence of events that led to this terrible and unfortunate issue. I'm sure the Director of Health Services will be able to report on that as soon as it's finished which will be soon but it did appear to be some direct or let me say some non-observer of protocols which could be directly attributed to one or two individuals.
Hon. Faber Responds To BNTU
On Monday, 7News showed you the fiery response from the Belize National Teacher’s Union who were upset with the comments from Minister of Education Patrick Faber.
We’ve dealt mostly with that, so we thought that the back and forth between both sides would end there. Well, Minister Faber was one of the keynote speakers at the 2013 PSE Awards and he used that platform to respond their response.
He told the gathering that his message was mistranslated in delivery:
Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education
"I do this not to provoke further reaction from anyone, I do so for the sake of clarity and so that the message is not lost. Here are the main points of what I have to say. That it is everybody's business to fix the problems with the PSE and we all have roles to play, schools and their managements and proprietors need to take ownership for their performance and the quality of education they are doing. Schools need to self evaluate and develop and implement school improvement plans, managing authorities need to support their schools in this and where necessary apply pressure for improvement. Parents and guardians need to be involved in the education of their children, they need to examine how the school is doing and support and where necessary - apply pressure for the school to improve.
Faber: Teachers Don’t Need CP
And in relation to the concern that BNTU raise about unruly classes, the Minister didn’t mince words either.
He says that if the teachers are trained, they don’t need to depend on corporal punishment. Here’s how he explained why:
Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education
"The president of the BNTU in his presentation answered himself - the alternative to corporal punishment is training for our teachers and that is what we have always said. I listened as the president said that we are waiting to amend the rules or bring in the new rules in order to instill and start training. I don't understand where he's going with that. Training, in fact you remember, when the act was actually passed in the national assembly and signed into law - we held back on the law dealing with corporal punishment for six months over which time all our continuous professional development workshops were geared towards giving strategies. Of course these strategies are also imparted in the training sessions over the CERTED for the Associate's degree program, the Bachelor's in education programs that were various teacher training institutions. The answer, my friend and everybody else who has a role to play, is training.
Min. Longsworth: GOB Can’t Fund Football Team
And another Minister in charge of Youth and Sports who is on the defensive is Herman Longsworth. His ministry has been getting intense criticism because the National Football Team needs funding.
They didn’t meet their target during the FFB Telethon, and so some members of the public believe that the Ministry of Sports should foot the rest of the bill, since it is Belize’s first appearance in the Gold Cup.
Today, we asked Minister Longsworth about that concern, and he explained why the Government cannot contribute any more money:
Hon. Herman Longsworth - Minister of Sports
"The government of Belize cannot - we don't have the resources to finance every single national team that wants to represent Belize, we can't do it. We believe that it is the responsibility of the federations, of the community, the private sector to move sports at this level. We have a responsibility to ensure that we move sports at the primary school and high school level where we impact at the majority of our population. We cannot be spending the majority of our budget on the minority of our citizens. If we were to support all these initiatives we would be spending 70% of our budget in 1 or 2% of the populations, that is not what we are here for - that is not the government's responsibility.
Sanchez Convicted of Kidnapping
34 year-old Derrick Sanchez is at prison tonight awaiting sentence after he was convicted in the Supreme Court yesterday of kidnapping a taxi driver.
His trial was heard before Justice Adolph Lucas where Tour Guide Rodrick Williams testified that on July 20, 2011 Sanchez abducted him.
Williams took the stand last week and told the court that he was at a tour-guide training course at the ITVET Building on Freetown Road. He said that he left in his taxi and headed toward Belcan Bridge were 2 men stopped his vehicle to hire him for a ride. They asked him to take them to a friend’s house near Friendship Restaurant on the Northern Highway, and as they were arriving to the location, one of the men grabbed him around the neck from the backseat.
They forced him into the backseat, and according to Williams, the men told him that they didn’t intend to hurt him. He told the court that the men said, quote, “We only want your car to do a mission.” End quote.
The men then drove him to Ladyville in his car, against his will, where they picked up another man. While the men drove past Lowe’s Superstore, he took and chance and jumped out of the moving vehicle.
Awarding Excellence In PSE
We’ve dealt with the poor performance of the primary school students who took the PSE in 2013, and we’ve gone looking for answers from most of the stakeholders involved.
So, tonight we take a break from the bad news about the exam, and we focus on those students who performed excellently on it.
They were recognized in a ceremony at the Bliss today, and 7News attended. Here’s what they told us:
Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education
"Well it's always good to encourage those top performers as well, they will no doubt go on to high school and do well. In fact the 26 of them are recieving scholarship grants for the four years that they'll be in high school and also book grants. We'd have to cap the award in any one year to a thousand dollars. You know some schools are really way up now so for the 26 of them now they get up to $1,000 grant per year for four years and they will also receive $300 book grant for their four years of high school. They will no doubt succeed and they will probably be leaders so it is good to nurture them to become the leaders and torch bearers if you will, for academic excellency."
Church: What the Gender Policy Really Means
7News has been closely following the discussion in relation to the Gender Policy, to find out what form it will take when it’s finally completed.
Well, members of the Churches have complained loudly that it is loaded with items which they feel gives the LGBT population excessive rights as only one of the minority groups being discriminated against.
Last night, the personalities who’ve taken the forefront of speaking out on behalf of the church gave a seminar to a large gathering of Leaders of the different denominations.
7News attended, and we found out how this consultation has been going:
Pastor Scott Stirm - Jubilee Ministries/Belize Action
"The elders leaders we have called forth from whole of Belize district, as many as possibly could from Biscayne southward, from Gracie Rock and Hattieville and over - there were a lot of leaders that weren't able to make it tonight but we're in touch with them by email and them being informed. But in the bottom line there are a lot of leaders and people that really don't understand what's the big deal behind the gender policy so tonight was to do a little bit of awareness for them but also for us to connect together for mobilizing."
OAS, Bringing BDF And GAF Together
This afternoon, the top officers of the Security Forces from Guatemala and Belize met at the OAS office in Western Belize.
The purpose was for a handing out of GPS equipment to both sides, in an effort to build a better relationship between the military of both countries.
To add a little bit of ceremony to the handing over, officials gave speeches about the importance of confidence building.
The CEO in the Ministry of National Security told the gathering that it’s always a pleasure to meet with Guatemala, Belize’s friend:
George Lovell - CEO, Ministry of National Security
"It is always a heart warming experience when an occasion such as this arise whereby we can experience the results of the excellent cooperation and friendly ties between entities. These cooperation and friendly ties that I referred to today are between Belize and the organization of American States. The establishment of the office of the general secretariat of the OAS in the adjacency zone of Belize and Guatemala has contributed to fostering from community to community cross-border contact - to improve cross border relations and to inform the communities along the border of the confidence building measures that are in place. They also perform various task of conducting interpretation of incidence that occurs within the adjacency zone, we must commend the director and his staff for the good hard work that they do in complying with the mandate that we gave them back in 2003 and which is still in place today."
K.H.M.H. babies dead and PAHO report shows intravenous transmission of bacteria
Thirteen babies died in less than a month at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in May. Seven of the deaths were caused by a bacteria called Enterobacter Cloacae. But why [...]
Serious shortcomings of K.H.M.H. revealed by PAHO
Five weeks after thirteen babies died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, a report on the deaths was discussed with the media by the K.H.M.H. officials even though it has [...]
2 suspended for baby mix up at Western Regional Hospital
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Charges to be levied for the destruction of Noh Mul
In early May, the wrath of international and local media, the Institute of Archaeology, the Ministry of Culture and local organizations was brought down on the persons who willfully destroyed [...]
P.S.E. winners awarded
Every year, the best and brightest students who excel in the Primary School Examinations are recognized for their intellectual achievement. And this morning, these young stars gathered at the Institute [...]
Minister says training needed for alternative to corporal punishment
At Monday’s press conference held by the Belize National Teachers Union (B.N.T.U.), corporal punishment was one of the various contentious issues raised by the union. Minister of Education Patrick Faber [...]
Minister of Education getting along well with B.N.T.U.
Firing back at Minister Faber for his very derogatory comments about teachers and about the unions, the B.N.T.U. has levied accusations that he is out of touch with their concerns [...]
O.A.S. hands over equipment to Belize and Guatemala soldiers
The European Union and the Canadian government today made a donation to the Belize and Guatemalan forces that will assist them in enhancing accuracy of border patrols. The ceremony took [...]
Bees sting man into hospital
A family from the Orange Walk district is lucky to be alive after they were stung by killer bees on Wednesday evening. Ofelia Cocom has lived near the Palmar/Boundary Road [...]
3 years in Belize without a proper permit
A Guatemalan man must either pay one thousand dollars or serve a year as a guest at the Belize Central Prison. And even after doing one or the other, thirty-four [...]
Prisoner claims he is being victimized behind bars
Thirty-seven year old Ralph Wellington Middleton, accused of attacking a security guard in mid-May, says his constitutional rights are being violated because he is being victimized behind bars. On Tuesday, [...]
US Court rules in favour of same sex marriage
While we await the decision of the Belize Supreme Court in the case of Caleb Orozco versus the Attorney General challenging the criminalization of homosexuality, the United States Supreme Court [...]
The Next Superstar takes off to new heights
Season two of Be the Next Superstar premiered as scheduled on Tuesday night at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The lineup included ten hopefuls from Group A and [...]
Urban Gardening Project for Port Loyola
Engaging vulnerable communities in positive and fruitful activities may be a way out of poverty. One of these activities brought stakeholders from Port Loyola and other parts of the country together to discuss the introduction of an Urban Gardening Project initiative for the Port Loyola are...
DPP Instructs Police To Press Charges For Destruction of Maya Ruin
The case against those responsible for the destruction of the Maya ruin Noh Mul in San Jose Village, Orange Walk District seems to be moving forward, however slowly, as Orange Walk Police is taking statements from those presumed involved in the incident and employed at D’Mars Stone Company ...
Governor General Represents Belize At Travel and Trade Show In Florida
Governor General Sir Colville Young travelled today to Florida. The Governor General will represent Belize at the First Belize Travel and Trade Show to take place from 27th to 30th June, 2013 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in South Florida, USA. The event is...
Cane Farmers Collect Payments; Crop Season Now Closed
The Sugar Cane crop season closed a couple weeks ago and today cane farmers are collecting payments. Arturo Cantun tells us more. ARTURO CANTUN “Today cane farmers of the north are receiving second payments for sugar cane crop season 2012/2013 that closed 3 weeks ago. The esti...
“Car(t) Wash in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
After writing and publishing yesterday’s edition of the blog it was around 6 am. Just the right temperature before the heat started to build up so I grabbed the bucket and my new chamois leather. The perfect time for a car(t) wash!
Started with the hose. Then the soap suds, paying special attention (and putting in more effort) on the seats (they just get so dirty) and then a hose down to clear the suds (and remaining dirt). Then it was the turn of the chamois and the ‘cart looked a treat. As I stood there admiring my work the heavens opened up and down the rain came. Sod’s law. If there is ever a shortage of water on the island they just need to get me to wash our ‘cart – ergo, the ‘rainmaker’!
With the ‘cart washed it was time to have a shower ( yes, I did go out before I had a shower), shave and get dressed. Then breakfast. And all the while the rain continued to come down.
A True Taste of Belize
Belize has a lot to offer when it comes to Belizean Cuisine. In this video some of Belize’s most famous Chefs pinpoint what Belizean Cuisine means to them.
The Famous Belizean Rice and Beans
Rice and Beans encapsulates everything that is wonderful about Belizean cuisine. Simple, low cost ingredients are raised to new heights by the skilful addition of spices and loving preparation. Each cook prepares theirs with just enough nuances to make each plate a little bit different. Some people believe that you can even determine different personality types based on that person’s rice and beans. Mild mannered, aggressive, shy, saucy, robust or retiring, it can all be reflected in how they prepare this quintessential Belizean dish.
McAfee: Belize Government Didn't Charge Me With Murder
McAfee Antivirus Software founder John McAfee on escaping Belize after ... Caught up in what the Belize government said -- was a murder in which he was not.
The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America
Central America is at a crossroads. As the economies of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama expand, regional use of fossil fuels for transportation and electricity generation is on the rise, while the use of fuelwood, primarily for cooking, continues to be unsustainably high. These developments come at the price of rising greenhouse gas emissions, worsening air and water pollution, and significant health and societal costs.
Central American countries have committed to sustainable energy development to varying degrees; Costa Rica, for example, is leading the world in its ambition to be "carbon neutral" by 2021, with energy as an important element. The region, long a frontrunner in hydropower and geothermal energy, is exploring its potential for expanding these technologies in a more sustainable manner while also developing other renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, biofuels, and agricultural waste.
4 Great Spots For Adventure Travel In Latin America
Have you gone snorkeling in the reefs, biking in the mountains or kayaking in a bay or river? Maybe hiked around historic sites or experienced a cultural shock at colorful markets or remote villages? Then, you have done adventure travel without knowing it.
Adventure travel has gained growing popularity among divorced women in their 40s, young trekkers and single or married people who travel without a spouse. They seek a group vacation that involves an intense physical activity, close contact with nature, a spiritual journey to exotic places or just an exchange with cultures that contrast their own.
These trips require a certain degree of physical ability and specific equipment. They might also involve some risks or physical dangers such as slipping off a boat, straining a muscle or just getting a belly ache from local food or water you are not used to ingesting. Choosing an experienced travel agency would help you prepare for those risks and physical challenges.
Belizean Fisheries Project Could
Help Protect Indigenous Lands
While Easing Border Tensions
The little nation of Belize is covered in rainforests, wetlands and mangroves rich in biodiversity and natural resources. It is one of the most forested Central American nations and contains part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, a habitat corridor that stretches through the region linking natural parks and nature refuges.
But Belize is struggling to maintain these globally significant ecosystems. It is facing threats from development, oil exploration and illegal logging and timber harvesting with the federal government doing nothing to prevent these activities and even inviting extractive companies into protected areas.
Between 2004 and 2010, 85% of deforestation in Belize occurred in its three administrative districts that share a border with Guatemala. In those three districts, a total of 6,375 hectares of forest was lost, according to a CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) study.