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Today's Belize News: March 18, 2014 #488194
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Football and Family – the Deon McCaulay story
The McCaulay family lived on Mayflower Street, in an area of Belize City that is considered the center of a gang-ridden area. Exposure to drugs, guns and gang violence is nothing unusual for a normal youngster in the southern part of the old capital. “I played football at the Berger’s Field on Vernon Street along with Raptures Football team,” recalls Deon. “Instead of gangs, drug and violence, I chose playing football. I could have been on the street, but instead I concentrated on playing, spending many hours kicking ball.” When asked what kept him away from the norm in his challenging neighborhood, Deon credits family and discipline. “It is not easy, but you have to have the right people around you to help you overcome those challenges. You have to be a leader and know what you want in life. My grandmother, Mrs. Evonie, was a very strict woman and if she knew that I was doing something wrong, she would discipline me. I also had a very strict uncle as well.” Like any other Belizean child, McCaulay said he took “chances” and ran away to play football when growing up, opting to “deal with the consequences” when he returned home.

Saca Chispas to be renamed Honorable Louis “Cuz” Sylvestre Sporting Arena
The Saca Chispas football field in San Pedro Town will be renamed as the Honorable Louis “Cuz” Sylvestre Sporting Arena. The announcement was made by the Mayor of San Pedro Town Daniel Guerrero during the official inauguration of the San Pedro Sunset Boardwalk Project. Guerrero said that the decision to rename the field was as a result of the inauguration coinciding with the date of Sylvestre’s burial on Friday March 14th.

Ambergris Today

New Facilities Inaugurated at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
As part of the Sustainable Tourism Program (STP) that invested US$15Mil around the country of Belize to strengthen the tourism sector’s contribution to the national economy, new facilities were inaugurated at the Bacaler Chico Nationl Park and Marine Reserve that is located 20 miles north of San Pedro Town. Designated on August 1996, The Bacalar Chico National Park covers 12, 640 acres and the adjacent marine reserve covers 15, 529 acres. It is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System and has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Pic of the Week: Thousands of Tropical Islands Line Belize's Coast
There are literally thousands of small islands that line the coast of Belize. Many fringe the Great Barrier Reef; most have names, but there are those that still lie undiscovered with no name to call their own. Some are private, some are still up for sale and others are government property. But the one thing that they all have in common is that they have this unique charm that makes them so special, so Belizean. This tiny little island featured this week is one of the many that you will encounter as you travel from Belize City to Ambergris Caye by water taxi. It's big enough to house a small house, a pier to dock onto and a tall tree to hang the hammock. The rest is just white sandy beach, whatever space is left. We could not catch its name!

ABC Pre-School to hold Annual Spectacular Presentation
ABC Pre-School will once again be hosting its annual spectacular presentation. Join them on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium! Show starts at 7:00 p.m. bring out the family to this wonderful even and witness seing, Hananah Montana, Caullio, Batman, Superman and much more. Prices: Regular Seating Adults $10 and Children $5 Reserved Seating Adults $15 and Children $10

Misc Belizean Sources

Government of Belize Press Office PRESS RELEASE

Blancaneaux Teaches Organic Farming
Blancaneaux Lodge is teaching students from San Antonio and Cristo Rey the importance of organic farming as part of their community outreach programs. Thanks, Blancaneaux! "Teaching our upcoming generations the importance of ORGANIC farming. Not only feasible but also healthier. Part of our community outreach efforts at the San Antonio and Cristo Rey Schools."

Sad And Beautiful World
The Garifuna Collective and Danny Michel have a new video out for their song entitled 'Sad and Beautiful World.' Cayo is shown in the video, as is the Xunantunich ferry. Sam Harris, leader of the World Culture Band, which plays often around Cayo, is a featured musician on the song and in the video. It's a great song, with a powerful message. In related news, the Garifuna Collective is getting ready for another Summer tour with Danny Michel. They're going to show their Grammy award winning, Belizean music to the world. "Be sure and select 1080 HD for best quality! - Filmed in Belize 'Sad And Beautiful World' By Danny Michel with 'The Garifuna Collective' from Belize. From the album 'Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me'"

Staggering men arrested in Placencia village
Two men who were found staggering on the road on the outskirts of Placencia village are cooling their heels in the cell block at the police station tonight. 33 year old Rigoberto Villanueva and 42 year old Felix Palacio were picked up by Placencia Police tonight, primarily for their own safety […]

Placencia man arrested for possession of controlled drug
A man has been arrested and charged by Placencia police after he was found with marijuana. At 8:30 pm today, police stopped and searched Andre Noralez and found him to be carrying a transparent plastic bag with what police described as “green leafy substance believed to be cannabis.” Noralez hs been […]

Placencia police make cocaine arrest
Police in Placencia village, Stann Creek district have arrested an American woman on cocaine possession charges. 45 year old Sandra Garty has been arrested and charged for the crime of possession of .1 gram of crack cocaine. Garty’s arrest was part of “Operation Stay Alert” carried out by the Placencia Police […]

Businesswoman assaulted and robbed in Orange Walk
An Orange Walk businesswoman was the victim of a mid-afternoon robbery. Blanca Lopez, the proprietor of Joshwell’s Fashion, Blanca Lopez, was held up and assaulted by two men this afternoon. Reports from Orange Walk say that a couple who drove up to the business establishment, found Lopez dragging herself on the […]

Local activists donate to schools
Co-promoters of the “Blazin’ Reggae Vibes” Concert held on March 9 Dion “Ras” Pitter, the noted stevedore and trade union activist, and KREM Radio DJ Anthony Grant, today gave donations to two local schools made with the proceeds of the recent event. Ebenezer Methodist Primary School’s feeding program received a sack of […]

Caribbean Red Cross Societies exchange on HIV
The annual meeting of the Regional Exchange for the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Program (CHAP) is being hosted in Belize. The CHAP meeting seeks to bring together four Caribbean countries – Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas – with their Belizean counterparts to discuss their experiences, challenges and best practices of promoting education and […]

Toledo West football tournament gets underway
Football teams from rural Toledo district are taking part in a tournament being sponsored by the Honorable the Area Representative for Toledo West, Mr. Oscar Requena. The tournament started on Sunday with games being played in San Antonio village. Organizers say that the tournament will last for 4 months. The winning team […]

A close encounter with birds...
The Crooked Tree Junior Bird Club had the opportunity to interact with researcher, Dr. Bill Hilton and his team, who have been visiting Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary in Crooked Tree Village for the last five years to study Ruby-throated hummingbirds. Site Manager, Derick Hendy has dedicated a lot of time to teaching the students about birds and seeking opportunities to enhance their birding experience and appreciation for nature conservation. As a result, for the past four years, Mr. Hendy has arranged for the students to make a short visit to a banding site within Dr. Hilton's study area to learn about the Ruby-throated hummingbird project. On March 13th, 2014 students listened keenly about the importance of Crooked Tree as a habitat for birds and saw firsthand the mist nests that capture birds, data collection station where the birds are assessed, weighed and released. As well, students got the opportunity to see all types of birds up close, hear what information scientists collect when studying birds and to ask any questions.

OAS anti-corruption mission to Belize
By Frank Edward Paco Smith, Jr. JP On 13th March, it was reported that the Organisation of American States (OAS) Anti-Corruption Mission intends to conduct a site visit to Belize. Needless to say, upon reading this, I was immediately hit with a myriad of thoughts. For those who are not aware, let it be known that their visit should prove “instructive”, at the very least. If the OAS is genuine in its effort concerning this matter, they had better re-double their efforts because a truly in-depth assessment of the legal/institutional framework of my nation, coupled with an impartial analysis of both recent and current matters, should reveal that Belize (unfortunately) will prove a classic case-study in institutionalised corruption. Although, they need not delve much further than the recent case involving the actions of former Minister Elvin Penner, buttressed by his Cabinet colleagues’ blatant attempts to shield him from scrutiny, I certainly hope they do! Thankfully, the aforementioned matter resulted in the chief justice issuing a writ of mandamus, which effectively directed the Compol to do his job and investigate former minister Penner. Needless to say, there is no doubt the prevailing powers that be are not too pleased with the decision.

The Cassava Minister
By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez They mocked him the “Cassava Minister” and targeted his projects Before Chiste many of Belize’s produce could not hit international markets Realizing this he brought in BAHA To regularize the health status of any and all products For local consumption and international export This was one of Chiste’s signature projects This is one of his legacies that you hear nothing about Chiste determined to help his nation Went to Taiwan Knowing that one of Belize’s premier exports was shrimp and lobster However the practice of lobster catching for eons in country Made this an unsustainable industry He brought in experts to create a marine culture For crayfish production in this nation This would increase Belize’s stock And not necessarily pressure the wide stock

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Mayor Daniel and Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, were invited to the Open House Event that was held at Mahogany Bay Village. The event "Summit by the Sea" hosted a large group of potential home investors who are considering making Belize their home. The guests were given a tour of the chic, yet rustic and comfortable cottages that have been completed as part of phase one of the Mahogany Bay Village Project. The "village" consists of a coffee and rum shop called "The Rum & Bean" to enjoy their stay. With its cozy interior there's no doubt they'll want to make Belize their home. Mahogany Bay Village is located near the Victoria House and beside Consolidated Waters. You will definitely not miss their Grand entry way!

On Friday, March 14, 2014, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez assisted the state funeral for Hon. Louis "Coz" Sylvestre. Mr. Sylvestre was a well known person in both Caye Caulker and San Pedro, two places that he cared for and worked hard for while he was in office. In honor of his past work, the recently inaugurated Sunset Boardwalk was renamed to Hon. Louis "Coz" Sylvestre Sports Facility. Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez and the San Pedro Town Council would like to express its most sincere condolences to the Sylvestre family. May his soul rest in peace.

San Pedro Pre-School
Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez visited the San Pedro Pre-School as part of their activities for Child Stimulation Month and handed out exercises and pencils. (10 photos)

MMAC: Race to Live
The YogaSlackers have released the 4th and final video from their win of the Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge. It chronicals the 3 days and nights of their journey through the Chiquibul and MPR. Lots of great scenery and adventure, and stories, like having to carry their bikes due to there being too much mud. Wonder if they'll be back for the next one. "Welcome to the final video in the Maya Adventure Challenge series. Follow the YogaSlackers as they prowl through untamed jungles for three days and three nights non-stop in the Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge. We'll be there every step of the way to bring you the planning, the execution, the failures, and the triumphs in a four-part video series."

ERI and Panthera Seminar Series
The Environmental Research Institute and Panthera have teamed up to bring experts in the field down to give seminars, and tomorrow, Dr. Dan Thornton from Washington State University will present on Mammals in Space. Not outer space, temperate and tropical space; species distribution. "ERI and Panthera is proud to announce it's first presentation in our Seminar Series.... hope you can join us for this exciting new, venture!!"

OAS Culture of Peace Art Project
The Benque House of Culture was the site for the Organization of American States Culture of Peace Art Project. Looks like the kids had a great time doing art and learning about culture. In related news, they had the cultural night Saturday night. "A Culture of Peace OAS Art Project 2014, engaging and empowering one and all in the promotion of the Arts &Culture."

4 The World Visits Calla Creek
Feelgood news of the day. 4 The World had a Spring Break volunteer group in Cayo last week, and they went to Calla Creek and La Gracia to work with students and teachers on everything from computer training to reading to nutrition. Thanks again, 4 The World, for helping out so much around Cayo. See you soon. "We did some great educational and fun programs for the kids at Calla Creek Village while educators did a special Professional Development Training for teachers. It was so much fun while learning new things for all. These programs are very useful for the teaching staff at the schools and the kids really enjoy our programs and the friendships created by our volunteers. Swimming, climbing trees, playing football, basketball games, flying kites, making friendship bracelets and reading books after school made this day so much fun!"

33rd Belmopan Cycling Classic
The Belmopan Cycling Classic was this weekend, and the Cycling Federation of Belize has 100's of pictures from the event. "Here are some shots of the activities that were going on while the racing was on the road. Thanks to SMART for a great job in keeping the crowd in anticipation of the arrival of the finish"

Beautiful moon
The moon over Belize last night and this morning. You can certainly appreciate the beauty of Belize by moonlight in some areas. Certainly romantic and breathtaking.

Belize Colonial Architecture - Belize Supreme Court
"Belize's first court house was designed by Gustav Von Ohlafen and built in 1818. The first sitting of the Supreme Court was held therein. An entirely wooden structure, it was destroyed by fire on 17 August 1918; then Governor-General William Hart-Bennett, who had come to render aid in extinguishing the fire, was hit by a flagpole and died of his injuries a few days later. A new reinforced concrete court house was built in 1926 in Belize City." Source - Wikipedia

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Video: Belize Wind Energy Part 1
Belize Wind Energy Ltd goal is to build multiple large scale wind farms in strategic locations in Belize and thereby guaranteeing the people of Belize price stabilization and supply security, supporting Belize in becoming energy independent and creating an economically viable industry by producing energy and exporting it to the entire Americas. Belize Wind Energy Ltd is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the Belize economy over a very short period of time by financing and building large-scale wind farms. The initial feasibility study is ongoing and we project construction to commence in 2014. Clean, reliable and renewable wind energy will be available in Belize in 2014.

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Video: Famous Belizean Entertainer Dankiman on the Entertainment beat

Video: Vanilla Hills Lodge Hotel - San Ignacio - Belize
Vanilla Hills Lodge offers spacious bungalows located in the lush tropical jungle outside of San Ignacio. It is a short walk from the Mopan River and offers free Wi-Fi and parking. Each bungalow here features cozy wooden décor and comes equipped with a seating area, a kitchenette and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. They also have a private terrace overlooking the gardens. Vanilla Hills Lodge serves a wide variety of organic meals for breakfast and dinner, and guests can also prepare meals in their bungalows. There is a market within 6 km of the property. The Mayan ruins of Xunantunich can be reached in a 20-minute drive, while Philip SW Goldson Airport outside Belize City is 125 km away

Video: Dive video, Belize 3/3/2014
Carnaval 2014. Ambergris Caye. 2º dia de mergulhos gravados com uma GoPro Hero2.

Video: Maruba Resort & Jungle Spa Hotel - Maskall - Belize
In the middle of the jungle outside of Maskall Village in Belize, this property features an on-site helicopter for tours, free Wi-Fi and a spa. Maruba Resort and Jungle Spa also has banquet facilities. Each room at this property features elaborate and unique jungle-style décor, a flat-screen TV, purified water and a private bathroom with a shower, bathrobe and slippers. The property's restaurant serves "Nouveau Jungle Cuisine" for all meals, and there is a breakfast buffet until 12 pm. There is also an on-site bar. Activities like basketball, hiking, horseback riding and bird watching can be arranged by the property. There is a 24-hour heated mineral bath, and the Lamani Mayan ruins are only a 40-minute drive away. Caye Caulker island is a 1-hour boat ride from Maruba Resort and Jungle Spa, and Philip SW Goldson International Airport is 30 miles away.

Video: Barefoot Caribe Hotel - Caye Corker - Belize
Barefoot Caribe is located just 100 metres from The Split swimming spot, on the beautiful island of Caye Caulker. It offers a terrace, free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen cable TV. Each room at the Barefoot Caribe includes functional décor, a fridge and a private bathroom with a shower. Some rooms have garden views, while others have a balcony with sea views. The on-site restaurant, Sobre las Olas, serves international and Caribbean-style. Various local bars and restaurants can also be found within a 2-minute walk, including the famous Lazy Lizard bar at The Split. Barefoot Caribe's tour desk can provide information about activities around the island. Caye Caulker Water Taxi Terminal is just 200 metres away and offers regular connections to Belize City and San Pedro Island.

Video: Belize Ocean Club Hotel - Maya Beach
Belize Ocean Club is located on the beachfront in Maya Beach, just a 40-minute drive from Placencia. It offers an outdoor pool, an international restaurant and stylish air-conditioned apartments with free Wi-Fi. Each Ocean Club apartment offers modern, functional décor and a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, toaster and fridge. Some apartments also have ocean views. Free parking is available at Belize Ocean Club. You can go ziplining within a 45-minute drive of the property, while Mayan ruins can be found within a 90-minute drive. Belize City is 200 km away.

Video: Cruise Vacation Belize Honduras & Cozumel
Montage Video of my 2013 cruise vacation shot on a Go Pro Hero 3 black edition and edited by Max Fuerst Films.

Video: Kiskadee Lodge Hotel - San Felipe - Belize
Offering a restaurant, garden and a terrace, Kiskadee Lodge is located amid the tropical forest in the Mayan Highlands. Free Wi-Fi access is available in public areas of this lodge. The rooms offer a private bathroom with a shower. Guests also enjoy garden views, a fan and a fully stocked fridge. Daily housekeeping is included in the room rate. The property offers Continental and American breakfast and local food at the on-site restaurant. The property offers free parking and activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving. This property is 5 minutes' drive from Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit Mayan sites. Punta Gorda Airport is a20-minute drive away from Kiskadee Lodge and regular daily flights arrive here from Phillip Goldson International Airport in Belize City,

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Video: The adventure: shipwrecked in Belize
Does it count as getting shipwrecked if the boat only takes on damage but doesn't sink? Listen to my adventure from the ferry between Chetumal, Maxico and San Pedro Island, Belize and weigh in. Oh, and for those wondering? There were no bathrooms on the ferry. This video is part of my travel adventure story series where I recount some of my most memorable, exciting, and at times awkward travel experiences. Join me as I take a stroll down memory lane and re-visit Belize in today's episode. Special thanks to Kevin Verner for handling the camera work. Sorry about the wind noise in a few spots!

Video: Playful bottlenose dolphins - Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Our volunteers were excited to find this of playful pod of bottlenose dolphins while conducting research surveys near our Turneffe Atoll field station.

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Video: Banana Beach Resort Hotel - San Pedro - Belize
Banana Beach Resort is in Tumbo Beach, just one mile from San Pedro Airport. It features free airport shuttle, massage service, a furnished terrace and 2 swimming pools. The rooms and suites offer modern décor, air conditioning, a desk, fridge, cable TV and balconies with views of the grounds. The bathrooms include hairdryer and shower. El Divino Caribbean Steakhouse serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with imported steaks, seafood, snacks, salads, lobster and a variety of worldwide wines. The Martini Bar features snacks, burgers, martinis and tropical drinks for the guests. The Banana Beach Resort can arrange activities like snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, diving in the Blue Hole and tours to Ancient Mayan Ruins. Golf carts, bikes, jet skis and kayaks are available for rent. This complex is 1.5 miles from The Belize Chocolate Company and its Cacao Farm, and 2 miles from San Pedro Church. The San Pedro Belize Express dock is a 5 minute drive away.

Video: Vega Inn & Gardens Hotel - Caye Corker - Belize
Vega Inn & Gardens is located in Caye Coulker beach, next to the water taxi station and 1 km from Caye Caulker Airport. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas. The rooms offer wardrobe and the private bathrooms also come with a shower. At Vega Inn & Gardens you will find a garden and a terrace. The property offers free parking. Guests can find a variety of restaurants and bars within 100 metres. This property is 650 metres from Asunción Church.

Channel 7

Sir Manuel and Kathy Esquivel Resign From All Government Posts/Appointments
Sir Manuel Esquivel and his wife Kathy have resigned all government posts and appointments in protest of their eldest daughter Laura being pushed out as Director of the Belize Tourism Board. Sir Manuel confirmed to us that he resigned as Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister in a letter sent to the Prime Minister last Thursday March 13th. He confirmed also that he is stepping down as government appointed Director on the Boards of BTL and BSI. Esquivel would not comment on the reasons for his blanket resignations, only to say, "There is a tide in the affairs of men." Thursday March 13th is also the day that Kathy Esquivel resigned as Chairman of the National AIDS Commission. She had been on the board since 2002 as opposition representative, and was named Chairperson in 2008. She told us that she is resigning for personal reasons.

Will Aracely Cahueque Face Trial?
On Friday's newscast, we told you about the 3 men who were acquitted of the murder of 18 year-old Raylene Dyer, who was beheaded and dumped into a river, reportedly in a plot to steal her baby. Since the acquittal of the men, the alleged mastermind, 21 year-old Aracelly Cahueque has been on trial in the Belmopan Supreme Court since last week. As we told you, her attorney, Dickey Bradley, is challenging the caution statement she allegedly gave to police which Senior Crown Counsel Cecil Ramirez will attempt to tie her to the murder of Dyer because she wanted her baby, Reyven Dyer, who was only 3 months old at the time. The crown intends to show that she contracted help to Dyer and get control of the baby. Bradley made his challenge today of that statement in a trial within a trial. It went to completion, but because the jury is not privy to this evidence we cannot reveal on what basis the defense is trying to get it thrown out.

Former Travellers Cashier Accused of Stealing 80K!
24 year-old Rashida Kira Sedacey, a former cashier for Travellers Limited, is in police custody tonight awaiting an arraignment hearing in the Magistrate's Court after she was accused of stealing over $80,000 from the liquor company. She was taken to court this evening, and she should have been arraigned, but the Office section of the Magistrate's Court just couldn't type up and prepare the over 100+ counts of theft that she is about to face. Our sources from the court says that she's facing 116 counts, but other sources have also told us that it it's actually 130 counts. Sedacey, a resident of Los Lagos, was terminated from the company in December after the management accused her of stealing money from them in an 8-month span from the beginning of January to August of last year.

Three Shot Including 17 Year Old Female
Three people were shot in Belize City last night - including a 17 year old female. It happened in the Queen Square area on North Creek around 8:30 last night where a gunman opened fire on a group. Monica Bodden found out that three were injured but the shots were so wild that two more persons could have been killed. Here's her story:.. Monica Bodden reporting The shooting happened on this basketball court on North Creek Street just after 7 last night. The victims -17 year old Hortense Lynch, 24 year old Justin Orellano and 18 year old Kenyon Moss were sitting on this parked car socializing when two gunmen opened fire in their neighbourhood. Lynch was caught in her right knee, while Orellano was shot twice to his lower back and Moss to his right thigh. The shooters were on bicycles and came from the direction of Central American Boulevard.

American Teachers Enticed Belizean Minors Via Facebook
News is emerging tonight out of Tampa Florida about a male American teacher who used Facebook to chat and plan sexual encounters with two underage girls in Belize. David Wendel Thompson who has reportedly travelled to Belize nine times since 2011 was arrested in Miami on Friday. A press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says he flew to Belize, where he was refused entry and then returned to Miami where he was then arrested. Ge's in custody now for online enticement of minors, a federal offence for which he could face ten years to life in prison. The US Attorney's office says the 48 year old had sexually explicit conversations with a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old in Belize in February. In those conversations, he discussed flying to Belize to meet the minors and to engage in sexual activity with them. Reports say, a cyber crimes unit of Homeland Security received information about the chats around March 12.

Stepfather Impregnated 13 Year Old
There is another disturbing case of sexual abuse to report tonight, but this one is homegrown. A 13 year old girl from a village in the Toledo District went to police with her mother to report that on five different occasions, he step father had sex with her. A medical exam confirmed that the she is 20 weeks pregnant. The stepfather is expected to be charged.

Red Cross Responds To Catholic Church
Last week we told you about the Catholic Church's blacklisting of the Belize Family Life Association, the National Aids Commission, UNIBAM, and The Belize Red Cross. The communiqué from the bishop said that these organizations were no longer welcome in the over 200 Catholic Schools countrywide because they, quote, "foster programs that ultimately undermine our Catholic values." We heard from the National AIDS Commission and UNIBAM, but we didn't hear from the Red Cross, which is the only international agency in the group. The Church criticized their programme which is called Together We Can. Today the Director General of the Red Cross Lilly Bowman defended the programme known as "T-W-C":.. Lily Bowman, Executive Director, Belize Red Cross "We have a mandate and we have committed to reach all the most vulnerable and most at risk people in our country. We alleviate suffering where it is found, don't discriminate, but we've been working to our TWC program in prevention which encourages and promotes behavior change, encourages and promotes right choices, we believe that knowledge gives you the power to make the right choices to have a better life."

Belize Red Cross And Regional Counterparts Discuss AIDS Awareness Strategies
The "TWC" programme is built on regional methodologies, the kind that were discussed today at the 2014 Annual Caribbean HIV AIDS Program Regional Exchange Meeting. The event is being hosted in Belize this year and it brings together forty Red Cross Delegates from Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize. There are here for an exchange of ideas and best practices. Director General Bowman told us more:.. Lily Bowman, Executive Director, Belize Red Cross "These 5 countries have been involved in the Caribbean HIV and AIDS program which is funded by the American Red Cross for the last 3-4 years. Every year they have an exchange such as this, we go to another country and we all get together and we exchange experiences, exchange good practices, exchange the new tools that have been developed and just basically discuss challenges and ways to overcome these challenges so that we can synchronize and act as one. We are one movement and so we bring all our experiences together."

Another Suit Against the GSU
Belmopan businessman Miguel Menjivar will sue the state for the damages that the Gang Suppression Unit caused when the unit rained down bullets on his family home almost 3 years ago. Today, 6 months after Menjivar was acquitted of trying to kill 9 different officers of the GSU, he and his family have started the process of suing the Commissioner of Police, the Attorney General and Sergeant #360 Santiago Gongora an officer of the GSU. As we we've reported, in May of 2011, the GSU, while under the leadership of Superintendent Marco Vidal, conducted a pre-dawn raid at Menjivar's family home outside of Belmopan. In that operation, the officers unloaded over 100 bullets at his home, supposedly in response to Menjivar who fired first. Menjivar thought that it was armed bandits who were trying to rob him, and he was trying to protect his pregnant wife and 2 children. Well, after beating that criminal case in the Belmopan Supreme Court, Menjivar is going on the offensive, and today, he went to file the documents at the court. He spoke with the media about it: Miguel Menjivar

18 Year Old Accused of Shooting 17 Year Old
18 year old Leith Bermudez, a construction worker of Oleander Street, is at prison tonight, after he was accused of shooting a 17 year-old minor last week Wednesday. 17 year-old Tarique Gillett was shot to the right side of the chest around 3:00 in the afternoon on Holy Emmanuel Street when 2 men rode past on bicycles. They had an exchange of words, and that's when one of the men pulled out a firearm and shot him in the chest. Fortunately, he was rushed to the KHMH in time, where the doctors were able to successfully treat him. 3 days later, Leith Bermudez was arrested and charged with attempted murder and dangerous harm, and he was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. Due to the nature of the offences, he was remanded into custody until May 5.

Victim Armed Like A Vigilante
He was the victim in a San Pedro shooting last week but tonight 21-year-old Darrington Lauriano is the one in police custody. That's because police say they searched him this morning as he was leaving the KHMH. They found him in the hospital parking lot with a knapsack and a suitcase - which police sya he was going to San Pedro with. Police searched the bags and found a 9mm Ruger pistol and a magazine with 8 live rounds along with 196 grams of weed. He has been detained pending charges of "Kept Firearm and Ammunition Without a Gun License" and "Drug Trafficking."

Gobi Rides From PG to Belmopan
The Gobi foundation has pledged one million dollars to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the KHMH. They are doing it all by fundraising, and every year for the past 6 years, a ride is held to focus the fundraising events. This year's ride was the most ambitious thus far: 150 miles from Punta Gorda to Belmopan - and it went all through the night. Here's more on this slightly bizarre event:.. Jules Vasquez reporting They set out from Punta Gorda at 6:00 pm on Thursday - as dusk fell, the riders were in good spirits, including the man in the dog suit. At the dump cutoff - the CEO in the Ministry of health waved them on and the convoy disappeared into the night. Trailing in the blur of lights, the man in the dog suit is still there. He's Alan Gobi the organizer of this year's ride: Dr. Peter Allen, CEO - Ministry of Health "The group decided this year to do the longest ever cycle ride that they have done all the way from Punta Gorda, so it started off from down in PG Town at the dollar sign entrance for PG and they rode through the night, beautiful moon - people were lining the streets of the Southern Highway as they came pass all the way through the Southern Highway and they came up the Hummingbird Highway right here at Caribbean Tyres at the junction with the Western Highway at Belmopan."

The Last Big Test Before The Cross Country
And while the fundraisers were on the road on Thursday and Friday, on Sunday the pro's took over for the 33rd riding of the Belmopan Cycling Classic - sponsored this year by SMART. It was the final major test before the biggest race on the calendar, the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic. With only 6 weeks before that race, the competition was stiff, but in yesterday's race, 2 riders stood out. Mexican, Ignacio Prado and Belizean Herman "Hijo" Requena dominated, running out in front for some 60 + miles, where the chase group were only able to catch them in the second half of the race. At the last 10 miles both riders made a final attack, and found themselves alone, once again in the lead, and from there, they battled for first place. 7News was at the finish line, and we spoke to the second place winner, about being defeated by Prado who is younger and has less experience than him and all the other Belizean riders:

Japan Celebrates Sushi
culture's culinary arts. World class sushi chefs were brought in alongside Japanese community members from Belize. We sampled their selections:.. Hiromoto Oyama, First Secretary Embassy of Japan in Jamaica "We need to have a bit of understanding among each other, because if your people and my people misunderstand each other, it's going to be difficult to work together, so it's very important that we understand your culture and you understand our culture and we have friends among our people." "Human like us, we are what we eat, so it's very important that we show Belizean people what we eat and we like Belizean people to appreciate our foods and Japanese people here they appreciate Belizean food - it's very good that we appreciate your food and you appreciate our food so that we can understand each other better." Yosuke Masuda, Japanese Volunteer - Curry Koichi Fukuoka "This is Japanese curry, it's different from Indian curry and its more mild and thick. The ingredients are onion, carrots, potatoes and chicken."

Ras Pitta, Promoter Turned Philantrophist
Deon Ras Pitta and Anthony Toni G Grant are promoters of Blazing Reggae Sundays at the Bird's Isle. But the event isn't just about good vibes and conscious reggae - it's also about doing good. They're making donations to worthy causes form the proceeds of each concert. We found out more at Ebenezer Primary School today:.. Their next event will be held on Easter Monday.

Melvin For UDP Again
And, finally tonight, we close with news of a UDP political convention that caused a lot some fall out in the UDP. Yesterday in Stann Creek West ?2134 ballots were cast and Melvin Hulse emerged victorious with 1223?votes while Alexander Romero had 882. The interesting part is that Delroy Cuthkelvin who boycotted the convention at the last minute got only 19 votes. He said the party had unfairly taken his voters off the approved list. He couldn't be reached for comment today.

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Mass resignation by the Esquivel Family from senior government posts
The Esquivel family – Sir Manuel, his wife Kathy and their eldest daughter, Laura; prominent names in the hierarchy of the United Democratic Party – has resigned from key appointments [...]

Delroy Cuthkelvin boycotts Stann Creek West convention
There is much more discontent in the U.D.P. ranks to report tonight. He might not be at the level of former Prime Minister, Manuel Esquivel, but Delroy Cuthkelvin is certainly [...]

5 men rescued at sea after drifting for eleven hours
A search and rescue operation ended successfully for a group of men who were lost at sea for almost eleven hours. Included in the group was Southern Regional Commander, Robert [...]

Darrington Lauriano Jr. busted with gun and weed
Police made a huge bust this morning at the parking lot of the national referral hospital. Darrington Lauriano who has a Belize City as well as a San Pedro address [...]

Former Traveller’s cashier facing 116 charges of theft
A cashier previously employed at Travellers Limited will be arraigned in the Magistrate Court on Tuesday for a whopping one hundred and sixteen charges of Theft. Twenty-four year old Rashida [...]

Gunmen open fire at a crowd at a basketball game
Three persons were injured following a friendly basketball game in the North Creek area off the Central American Boulevard on Sunday night in what is believed to be gang related [...]

De’Zhaun Humes shot 5 times in Belize City
It did not make it on today’s police blotter, but on Friday night, another Belize City youth was injured in a shooting in the Jane Usher Boulevard area. Nineteen year [...]

Victor Garnett shot twice in San Pedro
Earlier in the newscast, we told you about Darrington Lauriano Junior, a Belize City resident who was caught red-handed by police with gun and ammunition as well as a little [...]

Trial of Aracely Cahueque continues in the Belmopan Magistrate Court
Aracely Cahueque is currently charged with three counts of abetment to murder in the grisly 2010 killing of young Raylene Dyer. Authorities believe that Cahueque enlisted the aid of three [...]

Mike Menjivar files suit against GSU
In May 2011 Belmopan businessman Mike Menjivar and his family were the subjects of a search which went terribly wrong. Officers of the Gang Suppression Unit pumped dozens of bullets [...]

Florida teacher arrested for enticing Belizean minors
A forty-eight year old teacher from Pasco County, Florida is in lockdown in Miami tonight after he attempted to travel to Belize to have sex with two underage girls. David [...]

Red Cross issues release on comments made by Roman Catholic Bishop
A letter sent out by Bishop Dorrick Wright of the Roman Catholic Church on March third, is causing a major fallout because of the Church’s conservative position. In the letter [...]

Caribbean HIV AIDS Program (CHAP) Regional Exchange Meeting
For the first time, Belize is hosting the Caribbean HIV AIDS Program (CHAP) Regional Exchange Meeting. The program is an initiative funded by the American Red Cross to address the [...]

McCauley’s rise to stardom featured on
Super striker Deon McCauley, now signed with the Atlanta Silverbacks in the North American Soccer League, is basking in the limelight of his crowning achievement, besting household names, including Lionel [...]

James Adderley has the weekend sporting activities
Good evening I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.   The spotlight of NEBL basketball shone on Belize City’s Smart No Limit Friday night as they faced the Belmopan [...]


Fashion Store Robbed In Broad Day Light
A brazen daylight robbery in central Orange Walk becomes a near death experience for one woman. The incident occurred mid-afternoon today and Orange Walk police responded quickly to apprehend the perpetrators. Reporter Dalila Ical has the details. Dalila Ical – Reporting It was about twenty minutes after three in the afternoon that a woman and her husband were driving up in the area when they came across Blanca Lopez who was dragging herself on the ground in an attempt to get out of her store, Joshwell’s Fashion. She had been robbed and was seeking help. Eyewitness “Cuando mire le dije a mis esposo ve a la señora parece que está orando y entonces creo que ello leo mis labios y pues vino y dice no me asaltaron y entonces el rapidito cruzo la calle y estaciono y ya fue que entonces pues la venimos a ayudar y la soltó mi esposo de sus manos porque la amararon sus manos con cable y tenía una camiseta azul que la estaban ahorcando también y pues los pies los tenia amarado con un cincho y ya él le quito eso y ya se pudo parar ya arratito llego la policía.”

Upgrading Of Santa Familia Street Halted Due To Drainage Problem
Last week we reported on a release issued by the Roman Catholic Bishop, Reverent Dorick Wright addressed to principals, local managers and administrators of catholic affiliations across the country. The release, though controversial, says ‘organizations whose activities and positions are actively opposed to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church, and which endanger the souls of the People of God, cannot be welcomed under any circumstances in our schools”, end of quote. These organizations that the Bishop referred to are the National Aids Commission, the Belize Family Life Association, Red Cross and UNIBAM because according to the release, these organizations are working together to ultimately undermine Catholic values and push an agenda of sodomy, abortion, and sexual gender redefinition, in order to radically change Belize’s Christian character.

Red Cross Responds To Release Of Catholic Dioces
If you live in Orange Walk, specifically in the area of Santa Familia Street, then we are sure that you noticed the infrastructural work that was being carried out in the area. We say was because works have been halted. The paving of the street is being carried out by the Social Investment Fund under the Belize Municipal Development Project. Up to Wednesday of last week, the project was running smoothly, but things changed when residents began expressing discontent on the way the drains were being built. Several calls were made to the Orange Walk Town Council who after investigations found out that the layout of the drains being built, will pose flooding problems in the long run. Kevin Bernard– Mayor, OWTC “What is happening right now is the remaining of those works. It started off with the drainage project. I want to make it perfectly clear that the contractor that was given this remaining section is Demar’s Stone Company and we all know who Demar’s Stone Company is but that is not the issue, we don’t have a problem with that, he gave a bid and he won. The problem I have is that we began receiving complaints from residents complaining regarding the way the drains are being built. The drains are being built in the shape of a V.

Waitress Found Dead, Police Believes She Overdose
A 26 year old Honduran waitress of Palacio Dulce Bar located in the village of Ranchito, Corozal District, was discovered dead in her room yesterday. Police investigations have revealed trails of a case of overdose of an illicit substance. Corozal Police visited the Corozal Community Hospital where they observed the motionless body of Delma Cristelia Sosa Murillo. Initial investigation reveals that Murillo was drinking heavily at the bar yesterday and about 3:00pm she began feeling bad and went into a room to rest. About 2 to 3 hours later, the owner of the bar, 33 year old Clara Luz Sagastume went to check on Murillo but the room door was locked from inside. Despite the fact that Sagastume knocked on the door several times she received no response.


Trial Within A Trial for Aracely Cahueque, Accused of Child Stealing
Last Friday, we brought to you an interview with a disheartened Indira Cayetano, whose sister was murdered in western Belize in October 2010. Disheartened, because just last week, the court freed the three men who were accused of killing her sister, Raylene Dyer. But closure cannot be had just yet by Dyer’s family because there is still a case pending in the Belmopan court because in addition to having her sister murdered, Cayetano and her family were faced with horror when they learnt that Dyer’s then three month old baby was kidnapped. The police had recovered the baby a short while later in Corozal Town with Aracely Cahueque. Cahueque, who is being tried for child stealing sat in the Belmopan court today while her attorney, Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley challenged the caution statement that she reportedly gave to investigators. It is a crucial challenge since it is this very statement that Senior Crown Counsel, Cecil Ramirez will attempt to use to link Cahueque to Dyer’s murder as part of his efforts to prove that she obtained help in getting Dyer killed with the motive of taking control of the young baby. Today’s trial consisted of almost five hours of arguments and at the end of the day, Justice Denis Hanomasingh tentatively stated that he would be rendering his decision tomorrow on whether the caution statement would be admitted as evidence or not. Following the hearing today, the media met up with Bradley, Cahueque’s attorney to get a feel of how the case is progressing.

Three Shot on Basketball on North Creek
Three persons sustained gunshot wounds last night after a pair of men, bearing firearms, released a barrage of bullets at an unexpected crowd. The shooting happened on a basketball court on North Creek Street. Police say that two men came riding on North Creek from the direction of Central American Boulevard, on separate bicycles, and started shooting at the crowd. It was mayhem as the crowd scattered and every one dashed for cover. However, 24 year old Justin Orellano, 18 year old Kenyon Moss and his 17 year old sister were hit by the bullets. Reporter Hipolito Novelo has more details. HIPOLITO NOVELO NARRATING “At about 8:30 last night, the basketball court on North Creek Street was filled with neighbors socializing and playing basketball. But the crowd scattered when two unsuspecting men on separate bicycles rode pass by-releasing a barrage of bullets at the crowd.” EYEWITNESS “I only started hearing gunshots and when I looked, I saw people running and crying and they came and dropped in front of me and I picked them up and the neighbor took them to the hospital. I heard a lot of shots; I know it was more than six. I was frightened too that I don’t even know how much but it was a lot of shots.”

Esquivel’s Resignation: Personal or Political?
Confirmed reports reaching Love News Centre is that the Director of the National Aids Commission, Kathy Esquivel tendered her resignation last Thursday. Esquivel is the mother of Laura Esquivel Framptom, the former Director of the Belize Tourism Board who was forced to resign last week. This is after a number of directors wrote to Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia citing a vote of no confidence in Esquivel Framptom. The directors raised concern of her leadership style which they say was responsible for the lack of morale throughout the organization. At the time the directors said they were conscious of the potential political ramifications that their grievance may pose however they were fully prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder with Heredia. It is not clear whether there is a connection between the two resignations; both cited personal reasons as the cause. Speculation is rampant on the social media that the mother may be protesting her daughter being ousted from the Belize Tourism Board. But, that is just what it is, speculation. We went to seek confirmation from Mrs. Esquivel herself but we were told that she had absolutely nothing to say on the matter.

Argument Settles With Gunshot to the Chest
The police’s investigation of a shooting incident which occurred. on March 12, has resulted in the arrest of 18 year old Lieth Bermudez, a construction worker of Oleander Street in Belize City. Bermudez was charged with attempted murder and dangerous harm when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. She explained to him that she will not take a plea because the offences are indictable and the court cannot offer him bail because of the nature of the offences. She remanded him into custody until May 5. The complainant, 17 year old Tarique Gillett, reported to the police that he was standing at the corner of Holy Emmanuel Street and a street without name when he was approached by 2 persons, one of fair complexion and the other of dark complexion. He said there was an exchange of words between them then the one of dark complexion pulled out a firearm and fired a single shot which struck him in the right side of his chest. Gillett was admitted to ward at KHMH where his condition is reported to be critical but stable.

Aspiring Standard Bearer Says Convention Had Irregularities
Former Government Minister Melvin Hulse is back as standard bearer for the United Democratic Party in the Stann Creek West constituency. A contested convention took place yesterday where Hulse received 1,223 votes. Alexander Romero received 882 votes and Delroy Cuthkelvin received 19 votes, ten votes were spoilt. As we reported on Saturday Cuthkelvin cited irregularities with the voters list which he felt favored Hulse as the reason he would boycott the convention which he did. Cuthkelvin has indicated that he would be speaking with the press. When we checked with him today he said he would be meeting with his committee to discuss the issue before taking the next step.

US Teacher Charged for Enticing Minors
Belize Immigration officials have confirmed that a Social Studies teacher from Dade City, Florida was denied entry into Belize on Friday, March 14 after receiving Intel from their US counterparts that the 48-year-old, David Wendell Thompson has been making contact with young girls through chat rooms and Facebook and engaging in sexually explicit conversations. Reports are that when Thompson landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport, he was denied entry, placed under police guard at the airport and was sent back to the US on a flight out of Belize about ninety minutes after he landed. According to a foreign news article, Thompson had booked this recent trip to Belize to have sex with two under-aged girls. Thompson, who is now under arrest in Miami, Florida has been a teacher since 1994 and upon his return to Miami, he was charged with enticing minors and made his first court appearance this morning. Meanwhile his employment status is under review and he has been ordered to stay away from the school. If he is convicted, he could face up to ten years to life in prison.


Fear not to Follow Christ, for God Empowers Sufficiently
Our verse for this week is taken from Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Two Youths and a Female Minor Get Shot in Belize City
Three persons, including a female minor, were shot in Belize City. According to police reports, on Sunday March 16th at around 8:30 p.m. 24-year-old Justin Orellano, 18-year-old Kenyon Moss, and a female minor of Belize City, were sitting on a car which was parked on the Basketball Court on North...

Alleged Kidnapper Ms.Cajueque on the Verge of Her Trials In Court
Ms. Aracely Cajueque is the accused mastermind of the kidnapping of a three month old baby and the murder of the child’s mother. The three men she allegedly put to do the gruesome job have already walked free of murder charges and now Cahueque is facing her own charges. The...

Alleged Sexual Predator on Belizean Minors Captured in Miami
David Wendel Thompson, a 48 year old social studies teacher at Centennial Middle School in the state of Florida is today in Police Custody in the United States. US Investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, are claiming that in February, Thompson had sexually explicit conversations with two Belizean children on...

Mr. Lieth Leeton Bermudez Charged for Attempted Murder
One of two men believed to have been involved in a broad daylight shooting in the city last week Wednesday was in court today. 18-year-old Lieth Leeton Bermudez, aka “Hell Buoy”, was charged for the attempted murder of 17-year-old Tarique Gillett. Bermudez, who was unrepresented, appeared before the Senior...

Mr. Melvin Hulse Wins UDP Convention for Stann Creek West
The United Democratic Party held its Stann Creek West Convention on Sunday March 16th despite one of its contenders boycotting the convention. Delroy Cuthkelvin boycott the event following an emergency meeting on Friday, March 14, 2014, in which UDP Chairman Alberto August insisted on using a voter block-out list...

Belize Trade Delegation to Restructure Economic Framework With Mexico
On March 3rd, 2014, two weeks ago, the Belize Trade Delegation visited Mexico and met with a high level team from the Secretaria de Economía in Mexico City. The primary objective of the meeting was to establish a general framework and a schedule for negotiations of a Partial Scope Agreement...

Ms. Rashida Kira Sedacy to be Charged with 116 Counts of Theft
One hundred and sixteen counts of theft; that’s how many charges will be read to former Travellers Ltd., Cashier, 24-year-old Rashida Kira Sedacy. Relatives of Sedacy were at court this evening up until 4:15 when they were told that the arraignment cannot be done until tomorrow morning since the...


2014 Belize City Tattoo Exposition Gets Me Seriously Thinking…
Yesterday, I attended Day 2 of the weekend long expo in Belize City. My friend Margie and I ignored the high winds and the small craft warning and jumped aboard the hour and 15 minute water taxi ride to Belize City. Good clean fun. The tatoo-ing though was going on behind closed doors. Thankfully in air conditioning. And then we ran into Carlos. We checked out all the tattoos and artists. And a bit of body piercing. The only place I like it is on a stuffed animals. But that’s just me.

Paddy says to Mick, “If you can guess how many doughnuts are in my bag, you can have them both” Ah Ireland… Yes, it’s that time of year again to honour one of history’s greatest saints. I mean, here’s a well-to-do Roman who was enslaved in Ireland, escaped, and returned under his own free will to bring his religion to the savage and barbaric (but everyone agrees, pretty interesting) people he came to love. And they returned his love ten-fold as history (and the phone book) shows. For those who don’t know, Ireland (or Éire, then as now) was one of the first civilisations where woman had pretty much equal rights and were renowned warlords, excuse me, war ladies, and leaders.

CARIBBEAN SCIENCE FOUNDATION (CSF) Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE)
Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) SPISE STUDENT APPLICATION – DEADLINE APPROACHING Please be reminded that the deadline for submission of student applications to the 2014 Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) is only TWO weeks away (March 31, 2014). The goal of SPISE is to help groom the next generation of Caribbean science, engineering and business leaders who will help to diversify the economies of the Region. SPISE is a rigorous 4-week residential program for gifted Caribbean high school students interested in pursuing careers in disciplines related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and is modeled after the well-known MITES program at MIT. SPISE offers university-level classes in calculus, physics, biochemistry, and hands-on classes in robotics, electronics and programming along with entrepreneurship, Mandarin and seminars on Caribbean unity. SPISE has served 26 stellar students in its first two years. Please view 2012 SPISE Video.

Brownie Tartlett
This is s fun recipe of brownies baked in a tart pan. Perfect for potlucks. Each tart is just right for one serving. This is Video #300. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Lost crack cocaine?
If anyone has lost a small bag containing multiple pieces of crack cocaine ... there is good news. Your stash has been found. The bag and its contents is safely in the custody of the police in Placencia village. The owner of the crack cocaine can go to the station to claim their property. Police say the plastic bag with cocaine was found during a search in an area south of Placencia village. It is currently labeled a found property and in safe keeping at the Placencia police station.

Flat Broke in San Ignacio, Belize: Free and Cheap Things to Do
So you’ve found yourself in the quaint Belizian border town of San Ignacio. Maybe you’re contemplating shelling out the money for the ATM caves (which we fully recommend). Or maybe you’ve just gone on your cave tour and have decided to hang around the area for a bit longer while the water dries out of your shoes. Either way, you’re probably on a strict budget considering the cave tour runs at about $85+. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. There’s a lot more to discover in the area that won’t break the bank. Check out our list of cheap & free things to in San Ignacio Belize. 1) Cahal Pech Ruins – $5 / Free if the guard on duty is snoozing

Learning to dive with ReefCI
From what I’ve been told by other guests I have been very fortunate learning to dive with Reef CI in Belize. For someone who was neither that keen on the sea nor on swimming, I had taken a gamble travelling all the way from the UK without so much as a taster dive back home. But my experience leads me to suspect the course must rank amongst the best you could find as a non-diver. Add to this the fact that you actually contribute to conservation of the world’s second largest great barrier reef and it’s a win-win situation. There are many things that made it an amazing experience. I guess top of everyone’s list would be the location. I have never stayed on a ‘desert island’ before and was lucky that my arrival was set against a backdrop of perfect Caribbean weather. Next, for a beginner, comes the instructors and both have been fantastic; Simon from the UK and Tracy from the USA. I agree their ‘office’ is in a great location but they both work harder and longer days than many people I know, ensuring students get the most from their course. Simon was my Open Water instructor and he guided me and the other student through the training with patience and good humour, especially when neither of us took particularly well to being underwater on our first day.

Belizean Chicken Tamales
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15 birds with unbelievable beaks
The animal world is filled with unique faces, but these birds have some of the most flashy and specialized beaks around. When Mother Nature decides to specialize an animal, she sure does it with style! These birds have some of the most amazing beaks and bills in the avian kingdom. Whether flashy or functional, they all have flare. Another species of toucan with a particularly amazing bill is the keel-billed toucan. It has the same functions as the bill of the toco toucan, but adds some rainbow colors in splashy patterns. That's how it gets its alternate name, the rainbow-billed toucan.

United Hub - Watch inflight movies and TV on your personal device
Starting this April, we’re rolling out our new personal device entertainment system onboard select aircraft. With this new service, sponsored by the MileagePlus® Explorer Card, you can choose from over 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows and watch them free of charge on your personal device. Most planes will be equipped with the new system very soon, and we’ll have it installed on most domestic aircraft by the end of 2014. We’ll begin on Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747-400 and select 777-200 aircraft, followed by additional fleets. In the end, all United-operated flights will have some form of entertainment. Remember that 48 hours before your flight you can check the amenities you’ll have onboard at or on the United app. (Please note that the amenities are subject to change up until the time of departure.) How it works Here’s all you need to do before you board to make your inflight viewing as seamless as possible: 1. Download the latest United app from the iTunes® App Store if you’ll be using a mobile device. Laptops do not require the app. (Android™ and other mobile devices are not fully supported at this time.) 2. Charge your device fully. Once you’re onboard, you’ll see two types of media. Some programs require a browser plug-in on your laptop or the latest United App on your Apple® iOS. Other programs can be watched through the United Portal on your browser with no plug-in or app required.

You’ll Be Amazed By These Belize Beaches
There are a few things you should consider when planning a trip to explore the beautiful Belize beaches on your next vacation. With almost 240 miles of coastline and hundreds of offshore islands and cayes, you might expect the nation to be home to dozens of the world’s most pristine sandy beaches. Well, that’s not exactly the case. While there are a number of gorgeous stretches of coastline, among which we’re going to share with you some of our favorites, much of Belize’s coast is occupied by mangrove forests. These important eco-systems house many species of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and even mammals. They also protect the shores from erosion and damage from hurricanes. However, they don’t necessarily provide the best conditions for swimming or sunbathing. As a result it’s important to thoroughly research any areas you plan to visit to make sure that each offers the types of activities and atmosphere you’re seeking. Whether you’re looking to spend your days relaxing in the sand, enjoying some of the world’s best scuba diving in Belize, or soaking up the local culture, Belize has a beach that’s sure to suit your tastes.

Belize Association of Central Florida Annual Easter Picnic
April 5, 2014 - Fort de Soto Park

Inspiring Change; Reflecting Reality – A look at gender quotas
By Ambassador Paola Amadei, Head of Delegation for the European Union in Jamaica Across the world women continue to be underrepresented in top positions of government and corporate boards, the EU being no exception in this respect. Research shows that more women attain tertiary education than men in many developed and developing countries. In the EU Member States, 60 percent of University graduates are women. Women account for 60 percent of the EU workforce at all levels, however gender balance in positions of leadership in the workforce remain disappointing, despite having improved in the last few years and despite gender equality having been enshrined in the EU Treaty and in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Women occupy on average 13 percent of board seats of the largest publicly listed companies in EU Member States but only 3 percent chair boards. Women parliamentarians across EU Member states average 24.7 percent; and of the major political parties, only 10 percent of the leaders are female. Even in the European Parliament only 35 percent of members are women.

Pasco teacher tried to fly to Belize for sex with teen girls
A veteran Pasco County teacher is behind bars in Miami after facing federal charges he tried to entice two young girls to have sex with him. Federal authorities say David Wendel Thompson, 48, left Tampa last week and flew to the country of Belize in Central America to see a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activities but officials there turned him away. On his way back to Tampa during a layover in Miami, federal agents said that’s when they moved in. Thompson made his initial appearance today in Miami, Florida and is currently being detained there. According to federal documents, Thompson had sexually explicit conversations with the girls through instant messages on Facebook.

Central American Coaching for FI Cricket Association
THE Falkland Islands Cricket Association (FICA) has arranged for an International Cricket Council (ICC) accredited Cricket Coach, Conway Young (25) from Belize, to visit the Falklands between March 15 and 29. Organiser Andy Brownlee told Penguin News: “Mr Young is the Cricketing Development Coach in Belize and the idea of having him come to the Falklands was first hatched when the Falklands Cricket Team visited Belize as part of their Caribbean tour in 2012.” Mr Young has played for the Belize national team, has experience working under highly qualified coaches and in 2010 took up the position as coach for the Belize Junior and Senior Male National Cricket Team. He has both national and international cricketing awards, and was also appointed the Cricket Development Officer for Belize which involves working in schools in order to build a strong foundation for the future of cricket in his country.

Google Play Movies arrives in 39 new markets
The Android version of the Google Play Movies and TV app was updated today with support for 40 new languages. Google has also confirmed that its Movies service is now available in 39 new markets: Angola, Aruba, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Gabon, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Senegal, Sweden, Togo, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zambia. These new regions join the previous markets where the storefront is available: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States and Zimbabwe.

Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World
How happy are you? What about the people around you — do they usually seem to have smiles on their faces? Your environment plays a role in your overall mood and your outlook on life. Thus, factors that can determine a country’s level of happiness include government, income, and mental health. Ready to find out if your country has made the list? Here’s the top 10 happiest countries. 8. Belize Wouldn’t you constantly be happy if you were surrounded by the largest barrier reef in the world, a relaxed Caribbean lifestyle, and a somewhat perfect climate? That’s what Belize citizens get to enjoy every day. On top of that, the country is known for its cultural diversity, making for a happy and harmonious place to live, Travel Channel says.

Pdvsa supplies 43% of energy to 17 Petrocaribe Member States
Diplomacy of the governments of Hugo Chávez andNicolásMaduro, tapping on oil barrels to forge alliances and fasten political and economic cooperation, relies on Petrocaribe as an example of solidarity and complementarity arisen from commitments and obligations contracted between Venezuela and Central American and Caribbean nations. The Petrocaribe scheme, established in 2004 on the initiative of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, comprises Venezuela and other 17 countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Suriname. This group of countries received at least 103,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil byproducts in 2013, 84% of the goal, according to data supplied by state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa).

5 Ways to Get Seduced by Belize
Belize is one of those places that calls you back time and time again. Here’s why one writer just can’t get enough. It’s my third trip to Belize—you could say I’ve become a bit of an addict. This former British colony bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south may be a small country, but it has a diverse geography that includes the second largest barrier reef, a tropical rainforest that’s home to hundreds of species, ancient Maya ruins, miles of white sand beaches and hundreds of islands. How could one not fall in love with the intoxicating beauty of this country? Warning, a trip to Belize may leave you never wanting to come home. The first thing I noticed in Belize was that the country is so diverse in its ethnic and cultural backgrounds, which include Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna, Creole, Mennonite, East Indian and Chinese. I was also immediately smitten with how friendly and welcoming everyone is. Each person I met in Belize, from farmers to taxi drivers, from restaurant servers to business owners, stood out in their own special way.

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