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Three Men Appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
In a brief ceremony this morning at the Belize House in Belmopan, three men were officially appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on the occasion of the New Year Honours 2014, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to Belize. This year's honorees include: Mr. Rafael Manzanero for his contribution to Environmental Protection; Dr. Adrian Alexander Coye for his contribution to Medicine and Mr. Rodney Harold Neal for his contribution to the Public Service. Both Mr. Manzanero and Dr. Coye received the insignia of Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire while Mr. Neal received the insignia of Ordinary Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The Governor General expressed his sincere gratitude to the men for their hard work and dedication to Belize.

Only eight teams advance to the Quarter Finals of the SPSC Football Tournament
The first phase of the San Pedro Sports Committee (SPSC) Football Tournament is over and only the top eight teams advanced to the quarter finals. The lucky teams that still have the opportunity to win the first ever SPSC Football Tournament are Joker FC, Legends, Caye Caulker and Island Pure for Group A, and Southwind, FC United, Veterans and Dorados for Group B. Which teams moved on were decided after the games from weeks five and six. On Tuesday, March 18th, the first game was between Caye Caulker and Warriors. Caye Caulker delivered a blowout win in a 9-0 point game. Next to take the field was Southwind and San Juan. Both teams were eager for the win, but in the end it was Southwind who took the game in a 5-2 point game. The second set of games was played on Wednesday, March 19th. In the first match, Legends annihilated VH Ballers in an outstanding 15-2 point game. The second game was between Dorados and FC United. Edging out the competition from early in the game, Dorados delivered a win over FC United with a 2-0 point game. The final game of the week was played on Thursday, March 20th between Communicasiones and Island Pure, the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

A Unique Opportunity for Young Leaders to Be Trained in Road Safety
In collaboration with YOURS - Youth for Road Safety Project and the Caribbean Development Bank - the Government of Belize would like to open an invitation to your school to select future young leaders to apply for a unique opportunity to be trained as youth facilitators in road safety. Why Road Safety? Road traffic crashes are the single biggest killer of young people, killing more than HIV/AIDS, TB or Malaria. In Belize, approximately 30% of all road traffic fatalities are young people aged between 16 and 29. About 90% of these youth casualties are males. A combination of physical and developmental immaturity, and inexperience and youth-related lifestyles further increase the risk of young road users to road traffic collisions. We believe young people in Belize have not yet been adequately empowered to make informed choices to influence their own development. Young people are part of the road safety solution.

Entrepreneurship skills displayed at the 2014 SPHS Business Fair
On Saturday, March 22nd the San Pedro High School (SPHS) hosted their annual Business Fair. The fair is a chance for junior and senior students taking Business as their major to display their business and entrepreneurship skills. From the beginning of the school years the students were tasked to form their own business and product that would benefit San Pedro's economy. Not only do the products have to be unique but they have to prove to be profitable in the economy. The fair started at 10AM and was open to the public. Each group prepared an elaborate booth to display their business, complete with a model of their future business building and product. The students developed both products and services that would be profitable in the competitive markets of San Pedro Town, and Belize as whole. The students were responsible for identifying a product, creating a business, identifying a location, securing funds, preparing a business plan and marketing their product. The senior students also had an opportunity to sell their product to the public to experience firsthand the exchange system in an economic market.

Ambergris Today

European Union Bans Fish Trade with Vessels Flagged To Belize
The EU's executive arm announced on Monday, March 24, 2014, a ban on fish imports from vessels flagged to Belize, Cambodia and Guinea (Conakry), in a move that could have repercussions for tuna companies such as MW Brands and Pervasa. The ban is part of the EU's efforts against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The council's decision is based on the view that Belize, Cambodia and Guinea are acting insufficiently against illegal fishing. The sanctions mean imports into the EU of any fisheries products caught by vessels from these countries will be banned, while EU vessels will not be allowed to fish in these countries' waters. It is the first time that measures of this type are adopted at EU level.

Sit Back and Enjoy a Sunset Sailing Cruise in Belize
I lay down on the bow of the sailboat staring upwards, deep into the universe. A brisk, but gentle breeze pushes the E-Z Boy's sailboat along the leeward side of Caye Caulker island. Shortly after sunset it is pitch black but the ceiling above is dotted with thousands of stars, planets and the Milky Way brushed across the sky. At that point nothing really matters, but absorbing your surroundings - feeling the breeze on your skin, hearing the waves crash on the bow of the sailboat, seeing the magnificence of the night's spectacle, smelling the ocean breeze and tasting the salty air on your lips. That is what makes a sunset cruise so special in Belize; it involves all of your senses and has you relaxing in total bliss, in Paradise mind you.

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Corozal Pre-School Stimulation Month 2014 - Theme "Early Childhood Education: Where Our Future Begins"
The commencement of the activities started this month with the Pre-Schooler's Parade followed by the Festival of Arts.

Corozal Pre-School Stimulation Month continues with Pre-School Festival of Arts and Sports Day
All photos taken were with the consent and supervision of teachers and parents.

Three Men Appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (6 photos)
Government of Belize Press Office

Inspiration Center Grand Opening
The Inspiration Center, an outpatient rehabilitation center for children with disabilities from birth to 16 years old, is having its grand opening tomorrow. This amazing project has been in the works for years, and it's great to see it come to fruition. Thanks to everyone that donated and participated in the project.

1930's Banana Cultivation Video
Take a step back in time, almost a century, with this classic video of the banana trade in British Honduras. It follows the crop from Belize to Northern Europe. Interesting, to say the least. "Clearing forest for banana plantation. Cultivation (including air spraying of crops) and harvesting and transportation of the crop to the port for export to Europe. Loading of ocean freighters and ocean voyage (including stop at Kingston, Jamaica) and unloading at Rotterdam."

Youth Road Safety Facilitator Training
Excellent opportunity for any youths that are interested in facilitating workshops on road safety. The GOB, using a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank, will be offering 2 weeks of training to 15 lucky youths. "CALL FOR APPLICATION FOR YOUTH ROAD SAFETY FACILITATORS. If you think you are the candidate we are looking for please fill the form below and send it to [email protected] by March 28, 2014 or send to the Road Safety Project Management Unit with attention to Ms. Jewel Crawford, Director, Department of Youth Services before the mentioned deadline. Application Form.

OAS Donates Drumset
he Organization of American States donated a drumset to the Benque House of Culture, where it's getting a lot of use. Thanks, OAS! "We wish to thank the OAS Administration Belize for strengthening the the musical passion of the Benque Marimba Academy, their inkind donation of a drum set will certainly evolve and uplift their musical skills and standards. We are humbled by the support of all of you who believe in the high spirit and commitment that the Boys have achieved during these 15 months... "

WTTC Belize Tourism Statistics
The World Travel and Tourism Council has released the tourism statistics for Belize. There are some interesting numbers in there. Overall, tourism accounts for around 33% of jobs in Belize, and brought in $1.2 billion, which is 36.6% of the GDP. Tourism should grow by about 4.5% in 2014.

A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited for the post of Line Inspector
in the Transmission & Distribution Department, Belize City.

COLA says goverment is appealing Writ of Mandamus
A meeting between the attorneys for the group COLA and the Director of Public Prosecutions was held today, and as was expected, the DPP will join Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action in their private prosecution of the Honorable the member for Cayo Northeast Mr. Elvin Penner. COLA is mounting the private prosecution of Penner, alleging that the two-term area representative and former Junior Minister broke the law when he facilitated the issuance of a Belize passport to South Korean national Wong Hong Kim who was in a prison in Taiwan at the time the document was issued in Belmopan. While the logistics of the DPP joining COLA in the private prosecution is news, the bombshell that emerged from today's meeting is that the government of Belize has launched an appeal of the Writ of Mandamus given by the Chief Justice against Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie.

Police investigate carnal knowledge case involving teenagers
There is another case of an underage girl being sexually exploited. And that sexual abuse has resulted in a pregnancy. Belize City police report that on Tuesday, the minor, in the company of her mother reported that in November of 2013, she engaged in sexual intercourse with her 17 year old boyfriend at her home. The minor further explained to police and she and the 17 year old boy have been "dating" since August, 2011. Police say the girl is now 5 months pregnant.

Police say burnt aircraft near Spanish Lookout was a drug plane
The Belize Police Department has issued some information on the wreckage of a small plane that was found near Spanish Lookout on Tuesday morning. Authorities say that the aircraft was a Cessna 6-seater. While initially it was thought that the plane crash-landed, police say their initial investigation reveals that the plane was used to transport illegal drugs. That would suggest, according to one source, that the plane may have landed, and then deliberately set on fire.

Negotiations for bagasse payment progressing
Negotiations for the payment to cane farmers for baggasse have been progressing slowly between BSI/ASR and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association. The last we heard was that BSCFA was waiting for BSI/ASR's counterproposal to their proposal made on the revenue sharing of bagasse. And yesterday the miller revealed its counterproposal to BSCFA as they once again met around the negotiating table. According to the Vice Chairman of the BSCFA Alfredo Ortega, a formula used by BSI/ASR provided the framework for the Association to come up with its counter proposal. "They came up with a number of 52 cents per ton, based on the information we have for the 2010-2011, we use those same numbers and we presented to them that our figures give us in the vicinity of 4 dollars and thirteen cents and that is where the basis is where we can move through the negotiations," says Ortega. That counterproposal, according to the BSCFA vice chairman will be presented to BSI/ASR on Monday.

Fire Service receives motorcycles
The National Fire Service today received eleven Honda motorcycles valued at $36,000 which will be used in its efforts to address issues with regard to fire safety. Acting Fire Chief Ted Smith says they will be used as more convenient transport for firemen to conduct safety activities and inspections. The Minister in charge of the Fire Service is Senator Godwin Hulse, under the portfolio of National Emergency Management. He handed over the vehicles to the service today. The motorcycles will be distributed to all fire stations throughout the country.

Prime Minister says Maranco makes oil find in Orange Walk
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has reported that oil prospectors Maranco had struck a huge reservoir of petroleum in their concession area in southern Orange Walk near Gallon Jug. But there is still much work to do before the find can be deemed commercial - that is, if it can even be extracted from the ground. Dr. Colin Young, CEO of the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities (MESTPU) says that the oil is more difficult to withdraw because of the surrounding rock formations and lower original quality, substantially different from that found at Spanish Lookout by Belize Natural Energy more than seven years ago. Dr. Young explains that the company is now in the process of hiring its experts to determine whether it is feasible to pursue the oil, which is as much as 50 million barrels, a larger find than the Spanish Lookout strike.

Caribbean ICT Roadshow comes to Belize City
Belize City hosted the second leg of the third annual Caribbean Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Roadshow at the Radisson Hotel in Belize City today. ICT is basically the use of modern technology such as computers, cellular phones and so on to link with software and other tools to more effectively access, store and transmit information. The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities (MESTPU) is collaborating with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) to take the displays and workshops across the country. Selby Wilson, representative from the CTU cited the outreach to students in the Toledo and Belize districts as an example of how ICT affects the next generation in his address at this morning's opening ceremonies. Ministry CEO Dr. Colin Young said that ICT has a beneficial effect on Belize's economic bottomline as more people become technologically friendly.

Progress on Police Barracks in San Pedro
We are VERY excited to announce that construction on the police barracks will resume immediately! Since the San Pedro Sun article last week, we've received the following generous donations: Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize - $10,000. The Phoenix - $10,000. Blue Water Grill - San Pedro, Belize - $10,000. Landings at Tres Cocos - $10,000. Havana Cigars -$250. Mark & Brooke Maggiotto - $1,000. You can see an up to date list of donors here: - the most recent donations are highlighted in green. We still need to raise more money. If you want to donate, please contact Mukul ([email protected]) or Gricel ([email protected]). If you can share this post to help spread the word, we'd appreciate it. And last: if all you do is complain, you aren't helping to solve the problem.

BWRC Hangs Out
The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic crew practiced with the tree climbing equipment in order to prepare for the climb up to the nests of some of their 'patients.' The BWRC works with Scarlet 6, and monitors and does check ups on Scarlet Macaws, which can have nests located high up. Looks like they had fun during their practice. "There is rarely time for boredom at BWRC. But thanks to our friends Charles Britt and Kristi Drexler the entire staff and intern crew (including even Dr. I, only missing Dr. Z who joined the students at CBS and the Belize Zoo VIP tour) had an awesome morning practicing with tree climbing equipment! We will go wherever we need to go to come to the rescue, thanks to our friends, staff and other supporters. More pictures to follow later..."

Maya Day 2014 (25 photos)
San Antonio, Toledo's Deer Dance Group

Belize Chamber of Commerce Business Presentation at Tony's Hotel in Corozal
Today at 10:30am. Topics to be discussed: 1) Why the Chamber exists and who it serves? 2) The Chamber's valued Added services 3) Chamber's Western Union Franchise in Belize 4) How the Occupational, Safety and Health Bill 2014 will affect you 5) Discussion on business issues affecting your area All are invited to attend at 10:30 a.m. Tony's Conference room.

Video: Belize Maya Ruins 2005
Pastor Don Ballard reflects on the Mayans and God's Grace today.

Video: BTLs Yellow Pages 2014 Launch Video

Video: National Budget Debate Continued on Day Two

Video: BELIZE 2013
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Video: Voyage Mexique Belize Honduras Janvier 2014
53 min. Voyage de plong�e, Janvier 2014, avec Karine et Jeff! ca dure 53 minutes, mais c'est dur de faire moins pour r�sumer un mois complet de plong�e dans le sud!!

Video: 33rd Belmopan Cycling Classic first 60 miles
33rd Annual SMART Belmopan Classic Sunday March 16, 2014 Belize City - Belmopan - Belize City The Annual SMART Belmopan Classic travels from SMART Headquarters on the Philip Goldson Highway through Belize City and unto the George Price Highway to Belmopan, where it goes around the Ring Road and returns back via the same route to Finish with one lap from the Round a Bout that goes from Napa to the Sol Round a Bout at Buttonwood Bay Blvd for the Open Elite/Masters; while the Female/Junior/Youth use the same route but only to La Democracia and return I was only able to capture the first 60 miles of the race with a rear facing camera, do to lack of battery life. I overlayed my GPS, power, speed, cadence, and heart rate data. I also captured the first 40 minutes of the race with a forward facing camera but it was on a plastic mount that was vibrating badly, you will see in the video, and the battery died early on this camera. At the finish line I finished 10th place in this race. 00:33 Start bike camera recordings 6:45 Start neutral roll out 18:25 Start race 32:50 My mechanical 33:45 Start chase after mechanical 34:50 End forward camera 35:00 Avoid crashed riders laying in road 39:30 Catch peleton 2:09:40 Turn onto Hummingbird Highway 2:14:20 Turn onto Constitution Dr. 2:16:15 Turn onto Ring Road 2:21:40 Turn onto Constitution Dr. 2:24:20 Turn onto Hummingbird Highway 2:27:20 Turn onto Western Highway - catch 2nd chase group of about 20 riders

Video: Belize City and Cozumel Cruise

Video: Zip Lining Belize
Zip-riders Howling Hills, an awesome experience!

Channel 7

BTB: Karen Bevans Next Director?
What's next for the Belize Tourism Board? We know all about the tumultuous and disorderly departure of the last director Laura Esquivel after her managers pulled a palace coup on her. So, who's next for this important national organization that's reeling at the highest level? Well, we can confirm that outgoing Chief Operating Officer at BTL Karen Bevans went to meet Minister Manuel Juniour Herredia at BTB to discuss the job today at 2:00 pm. We are told that Bevans, who is leaving BTL after 25 years - much of it in senior management - got the nod from Cabinet last week. She is being handpicked for the job because they hope she can bring some leadership and stability to the organization, which has gone through three directors in six years - two of them resigning after less than two years. And while she is being invited to take up the post, Bevans told us today that she is in discussions about the job, but nothing is formalized and she has not told them yes. Bevans's last day at BTL will be tomorrow.

COLA and The DPP Meet To Discuss Prosecuting Penner
Will Area Representative Elvin Penner appear in Belmopan Court to answer to charges in COLA's private prosecution? Well, COLA and the DPP are getting ready to go to court tomorrow - but there is a chance Penner might not show up if he hasn't been served with the court papers. Whatever the case, COLA has retained Kareem Musa, and Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, has asked to join them in the matter. With a trained attorney pressing for them, and the chief prosecuting authority in their corner, they are going to court fully equipped tomorrow. And so this afternoon, all 3 parties met at the DPP's Office in Belize City. When it was finished, the COLA president told us about how the meeting went:

Why Did Whylie Appeal?
But the person in the best position to produce solid evidence against Penner is Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie. Viewers may remember that on March 3, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin compelled the commissioner with a Writ of Mandamus to immediately commence an investigation against Penner so that the DPP can be presented with the file for her determination of whether or not he can be criminally charged. Well, Kareem Musa, who was one of the attorneys who represented Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca in the Mandamus hearing, revealed to the media that lead attorney, Edwin Flowers, received a notice of Commissioner Whylie's intent to appeal the writ of Mandamus in the Court of Appeal. COLA and Musa told us today that they interpret this move as the Commissioner still refusing to investigate Penner: Kareem Musa - Attorney for COLA "Unbelievable, Mike, It is totally unbelievable. It is a sad state of affairs that you have the executive arm, which is the Commissioner of Police; he is represented by the Solicitor General, who also, by the way, represents your Prime Minister, and represents all Government Officials, that office has decided to appeal.

Who Gave The Order?
A critical part of Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca's success in the Mandamus case before the Chief Justice was memo between DPP Vidal and the Head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch. In that memo, ASP Julio Valdez was quoted as saying that he got instructions to shut down the initial Penner investigation. Fonseca interpreted that as clear political interference into the police matter, and the Court agreed with him when the Commissioner was compelled to direct another investigation into Penner's involvement. Today, the media caught up with George Lovell, the CEO in the Ministry of National Security and asked him if inquiries were made into where those instructions to ASP Valdez came from. He suggested to reporters that Valdez misunderstood:

CEO Colin Young Talks About His Loan At The National Bank
Last Friday, 7News told you about Manager Jose Marin's acrimonious departure from the National Bank of Belize, only 6 months after the bank first opened its doors. Marin gave a laundry list of reasons for his clashes with the board, but one of the ugly one was his contention that Minister Joy Grant, who is the Chair of the Bank's Board, used her influence to push through a loan for her Ministry's CEO, Colin Young, with a preferential interest rate and preferential terms. That's a major allegation from a veteran banker, for an institution created as a sort of pro-poor initiative to provide banking services at a competitive rate. So, when Young was spotted at another event today, the media made a bee-line for him, and asked him to respond directly to Marin's claim. Here's how he responded:

Major Oil Field In Northern Belize, Not Commercial Yet
And keeping it with the Ministry of Energy, Science and Public Utilities, last night at 7:15, as Prime Minister Dean Barrow wound up the budget debate, he announced that a major oil find had been confirmed by the Oil company Marenco in Northern Belize. And while it is good news, the PM stressed that the oil is under impermeable rock, and it is not a commercial find at this time: Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize "Let me report that yesterday, just yesterday, Marenco completed the drilling and testing of the sub-canal bank well number 3 in Gallon Jug. As a result, they are now able to confirm that there is oil from a depth of 4009 to 4026 feet. The accumulation is between 2,500 and 3,500 acres in extent with a minimum of 50 million barrels of oil." The PM added that enhanced recovery operations requiring significant capital and international expertise will be required to commercialize the find. Today CEO Colin Young elaborated on the specifics of the oil field.

Close Shave With Bus Leaves Four Injured
Last night passengers on a James Express Bus experienced a terrible scare after the bus ran off the road. The bus that had left Belmopan 7 last night en route to Belize City -was making its way through St Matthews Village - when it brushed against an 8 wheeler trailer that was travelling in the opposite direction. That caused a front wheel blow out and the bus ran off the highway. Luckily they were no causalities but 4 passengers had were injured and had to be transported to the Western Regional Hospital. Gary Ayuso who is physiotherapist was a passenger on the bus and today he told us what he remembered. Gary Ayuso - Passenger "The 7 o'clock express from Belmopan to Belize is a James Express. What happened was that it was 18-wheeler trailer with a wide-load. It was a plow, I believe, a very heavy piece of equipment. And the bus was, I'm not sure; I cannot say who was at fault because I was at like third or fourth seat to the front of the bus, when I heard the collision. Right in my mind, something told me, I believed it was God telling me to lock down into the crash position, which I did, and I braced myself properly.

Green Tropics Under The Microscope
Tonight, a joint team of Government officials working in the Agricultural Ministry continues to investigate whether or not Green Tropics damaged over $150,000 in vegetable crops belonging to local farmers from Valley of Peace. 7News understands that the joint team is just about finished with their report, but they are waiting for a chemical test from a lab in Salvador to positively identify the chemical in the herbicide which Green Tropics is being accused of dumping on the crops when their employees did their crop dusting on May 15. But, as we told you last night, we've received reports that there may be a dispute about whether the farmers planted on their own land, and that they could be squatting. Today, 7News was finally able to get in contact with Green Tropics' country representative Beverly Burke to get a comment on the allegation from those 30 local farmers.

Illegal Logging In Stann Creek
We all know about illegal logging of Rosewood, but illegal logging in general continues in southern Belize. For over a week, we've been hearing of illegal timber extraction operations in the Stann Creek District, near Maya Center village and now these pictures obtained by PGTV confirm it. Activist Will Maheia says these pictures were taken in the Maya Mountain Forest Reserve where they saw a bunch of illegally cut hardwoods mainly Barbajalote and Mahogany. There is no permit for the operations, and we are told some of it is being done on slopes which undermines the integrity of the soil. There is no confirmation, but reports suggest the loggers could be Guatemalan.

The Relevance Of an ICT Roadshow
The Caribbean information and Technology Roadshow started in 2009 all across the Caribbean - and this week, it is being held in Belize for the third time - more than any other Caribbean Territory. We found out why it's especially relevant in Belize: As the name suggests, the ICT roadshow is going on the road. It has already been to PG and Belize City, and heads to Corozal on Friday.

Budget Debate: Barrow Roughs Up Francis, Mauls Musa
As we told you last night, the budget debate wound up just as the news was finishing, about 7:40 pm. In his 40 minute closing remarks, the Prime Minister heaped insults on current PUP Leader Francis Fonseca, and former Leader Said Musa. He dealt with Fonseca first - who used the debate to criticize Barrow for his Rolex watches: And while you may think that was rough, it was actually kind compared to the abuse levelled at former leader Said Musa. Musa had said that Barrow went from Hercules to Humpty Dumpty, and Barrow sniped back at the senior parliamentarian:

The Phone Book, Belize's Most Widely Distributed Book?
And moving on from politics now to the most widely distributed book in Belize. It's not the bible, but the phone book. This year's directory was unveiled today, with its usual pomp and ceremony, and the image which made it on the front cover was captured by Darren Lamb, a tour guide from the Cayo District, who went out on a trip to Caye Caulker. His photo entry was chosen from a competition on Facebook in which BTL asked customers to decide on which image is the most appropriate. Today, he received his prizes and recognition for capturing that image, and explained the origin of that photo:

Imports Up, Exports Down In Feb 2014
Latest figures from the statistical institute of Belize shows a contraction in Belize trade imbalance, but compared to last year at this time, imports are growing and exports are going down. According to the SIB, in February imports valued $141.2 million, $7.5 million more than February 2013. Exports for February, 2014 on the other hand were down by 20% and stood at $49.5 million. The SIB states that there were decreased earnings from all major exports except marine products. The largest fall in earnings occurred in the export of sugar, which fell by roughly one-half to $7.7 million.

Conservation, CardioThoracic Surgery Honoured By The Queen
This morning at the Belize House in Belmopan, three men were officially appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on the occasion of the New Year Honours 2014. They are the FCD's Rafael Manzanero for his contribution to Environmental Protection; the KHMH's Chief of Staff, Dr. Adrian Coye for his contribution to Medicine and both Manzanero and Dr. Coye received the insignia of Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division The public service commission's Rodney Harold Neal received the insignia of Ordinary Member of the Civil Division for his contribution to the Public Service.

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Maranco confirms possible reserve of fifty million barrels of oil in South Canal Bank
Almost one year ago, on March thirtieth 2013, Maranco Energy Belize Limited announced that it had found an encouraging oil show at its South Canal Bank number one exploration well. [...]

Government appeals order of CJ directing ComPol to investigate Elvin Penner
More than six months ago, former Minister of State Elvin Penner was implicated in the facilitation of fraudulent Belizean nationality and a fraudulent Belizean passport for a South Korean national [...]

Still no update on criminal investigation of Penner
Since we were circling the subject of the criminal investigation of former Minister of State Elvin Penner, News Five came right out and asked National Security C.E.O., George Lovell, for [...]

COLA and D.P.P. prepare for case against Elvin Penner
The status of the criminal investigation might be very much in the air at this point, but a private criminal case has been lodged against former Minister of State Elvin [...]

Godwin Hulse concerned about criminal investigation into missing files
While the COLA and the D.P.P. prepare to head to court on Thursday, the status of the criminal investigation ordered by the court is still up in the air. Now, [...]

Minister Hulse says Penner has been punished for passport scandal
Minister Hulse says that the files on Won Hong Kim are still missing and that has caused setbacks in the investigations. But Hulse went on a limb to protect former [...]

Passenger bus crashes into towhead on George Price Highway
There were no less than five accidents over the weekend and on Tuesday night, another occurred on the George Price Highway. A bus loaded with passengers was travelling to Belize, [...]

Roaring Creek resident injured in Hit and Run near Cotton Tree Village
Earlier in the day, there was yet another traffic accident on the same stretch of the George Price Highway. This time, it was a hit and run accident which sent [...]

Single engine Cessna found in Spanish Lookout was used to transport drugs
On Tuesday night we reported that a single engine plane had crashed landed at Spanish Lookout, Cayo and left abandoned on a feeder road. The pilot or passengers were nowhere [...]

Annual Caribbean ICT Show gets on the road
Today, the annual Caribbean ICT Road Show touched down in Belize City, as part of its countrywide awareness tour. The tour is a collaborative initiative between the Ministry of Energy, [...]

Did Jose Marin drag his heels on disbursing a large loan to C.E.O. Colin Young?
March twenty-first was Jose Marin's last day as Managing Director of the newly minted National Bank of Belize. The career banker was hired and flaunted as the integrity figurehead of [...]

Extra-duty payments outstanding for at least 500 Police Officers
In the past week, News Five has received multiple reports indicating that extra-duty payments for at least five hundred Police Officers have been delayed. We went digging for answers, and [...]

2 Guatemalans caught with firearms in Chiquibul
Two Guatemalan nationals were busted on Monday morning in the Chiquibul National Park. Police report that the officers of the Special Patrol Branch conducted a search on them that yielded [...]

Firefighters get motorcycles to ease efforts of fire prevention
The efforts of fire prevention is about to get easier for firefighters. This afternoon, the National Fire Service received a fleet of eleven motorcycles which will be used by personnel [...]

National Security C.E.O. says more police officers to be placed on city streets
During the Budget Debate on Monday, Minister of National Security John Saldivar reported that B.D.F. personnel on Belize City streets will soon be pulled out. It's a move that has [...]


Remanded For Intent to Steal Chain While Armed
Two persons, 19 year old Justin Hyde and 19 year old Ian Adolphus, were charged with aggravated burglary when they appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. According to the allegation, Hyde and Adolphus, whilst armed with a firearm, entered as trespassers, the dwelling house of Ivan Harris, located on North Creek Road, with the intent to steal two gold chains. Harris was alerted to the burglary and when the intruders saw him they ran. Harris called the police and police pursued the suspects and apprehended them. Hyde and Adolphus pled not guilty to the charge. The court could not offer them bail because the offence was committed with a firearm. They were remanded into custody until May 14. Hyde was represented by attorney Kevin Arthurs.

Honors Bestowed Upon Outstanding Contributors in Belize
The recipients of the New Year's honors today were officially appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of their outstanding contributions to Belize. Rafael Manzanero was honored for his contribution to Environmental Protection; Dr. Adrian Alexander Coye for his contribution to Medicine and Rodney Harold Neal for his contribution to the Public Service. Both Manzanero and Dr. Coye received the insignia of Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire while Neal received the insignia of Ordinary Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Governor General Sir Colville Young expressed his gratitude to the men for their hard work and dedication to Belize.


Overhanging Tractor Rips Oncoming Bus; Passengers Injured
There was a traffic accident on the George Price Highway where the side of a bus was opened like a tin can by the rake sticking out of the side of a farming machine. Emanuel Pech has the story. Emanuel Pech reporting: About 18 to 20 passengers were on...

Health Officials Discuss Counterfeit Medicines in Belize
The Pharmacists' Association of Belize leveled a whopping accusation against the Ministry of Health a few weeks ago. It stated that "Belize is plagued with a myriad of issues related to the quality of pharmaceuticals' and cited some of those problems as "counterfeit medications, prescription medications sold over the...

Who Pushed Mr. Jose Marin from the National Bank?
The National Bank of Belize has been embroiled in controversy since last week when managing director Jose Marin announced his resignation, ostensibly because he could not see eye-to-eye with the board of directors chaired by Senator and Minister Joy Grant. But Grant's understudy, CEO Dr. Colin Young, has been...

Woman Escapes Rape in Sea at Punta Gorda
A 24-year-old German National says she was almost raped while swimming in the sea in Punta Gorda. The woman says on Sunday afternoon, she went for a swim at Front Street Punta Gorda Town by the Warf and noticed that there was a male person in the water. While...

Crashed Plane Believed to Be Drug Vessel
Yesterday we told you about the crashed airplane that was found in Spanish Lookout. Today, police issued a report saying that they believe the plane was a drug vessel. The aircraft was found in an area of Spanish Lookout on a feeder road near the Lagoon. The partially burned...

Motorcycle Accident in Belmopan
There was another accident in the Belmopan area in front of Shanghai gas station on the Hummingbird Highway. A 2006 RAV SUV driven at the time by 30 yr old Jian Xinyu was travelling from a south to north direction in front of Gallardo's glass shop. A motorcycle was...

Oil Found in Gallon Jug
Late yesterday in wrapping up the budget debate, Prime Minister Dean Barrow reported that oil prospectors Maranco had struck a huge reservoir of petroleum in southern Orange Walk near Gallon Jug. There is still much work to do before the find can be deemed commercial - that is, if...

Missing Persons Found Alive and Well
A missing woman has been found safe and in good health. 41 year old Rosa Tobar was reported missing by her daughter on Sunday but she has since been located at the grandmother's house in Punta Gorda Town in good health. Another reported missing person was Tori Conorque. She...

Authorities Found Armed Guatemalans in Belizean Territory
On Monday morning, while police were conducting foot patrol in the Chiquibul National Park they encountered two Hispanic males in Belizean territory. One of the male persons had a point 22 rifle slung on his back and the other a 9mm pistol. Both persons were searched which led to the...


More Beautiful Weather, Belize-Perfect Banana Bread and The Island's Best Burger Confirmed
Yesterday was a gorgeous day (as is today) but I'm going to start out with the MOST perfect recipe that is so totally Belize. Double Chocolate Banana Bread from Smitten Kitchen. I was turned on to Deb's blog The Smitten Kitchen about a year ago. She is married to a high school classmate of mine and she is inspiring, funny, a gorgeous food photographer and just easy to follow. Very important for the person who turns on her oven just a few times a year. And now random topic #3�I went to a party last night at DJ's Seaside Restaurant and can confirm that their burger REMAINS the best in San Pedro. The bun, the meat, the sauce�all together, it's simple and absolutely, ridiculously delicious.

Belize gets Nod as First of Ten Best Dives in North America
The Jacksonville Business Journal just did an article (March 23, 2014) on the ten best dive spots in North America. And who came in as number one? Belize's Half Moon Caye, which is indeed one of the top dives in the country, and not far from the famous Blue Hole, probably the most iconic and certainly most photographed dive hole on the planet ever since being made popular by Jacques Cousteau's Calypso documentary (go ahead, hit Google and see�). And these are just two of many incredible dives along the 180-mile Belize Great Barrier Reef. That's the beauty of the Belize's Great Barrier Reef - it puts you close to so many very different dives that you can get a week's worth of variety in one day. Here's what the Jacksonville Business Journal had to say about Half Moon Caye: 1. Dive: Half Moon Caye, Belize Half Moon Caye in Belize offers divers the chance to go on a wall dive-a dive in which the vertical facades of the earth's landmasses are explored. The depths at Half Moon Caye (and really at any wall dive) are tremendous, giving you the very correct feeling that you are staring into an abyss. The waters at Half Moon Caye are particularly clear, despite the depth, so you will be able to see all manner of wildlife, including loggerhead turtles, rays, barracuda, and eels. Other noteworthy spots were in the British Virgin Islands, Point Lobos, Carmel, California, Keahole Point, Hawaii and the ironically named Ray of Hope shipwreck in the Bahamas.

How to Make Homemade Corn Tortillas
I use the Harina de Maiz to make homemade corn tortillas. Just by adding a few ingredients to the instant corn flour, in no time at we have fresh homemade corn tortillas.

10 must-have Belize souvenirs
Whenever I travel I make sure to carry extra cash and have additional space in my bags for cool souvenirs. However, many times due to being overwhelmed by options or time constraints, I end up buying ridiculous things. That's annoying, right? During your trip to Belize you'll witness a wide variety of keepsakes and fortunately, I'm here to help by providing a short list of the best stuff you can take home. From rum, beers or chocolate, to wooden bowls and amazing Mayan baskets, here's a list of 10 must have Belizean souvenirs.

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Why I Continue To Recommend Belize
by Kathleen Peddicord of Live and Invest Overseas. My first trip to Belize, coming up on 30 years ago, was organized courtesy of the Belize Tourism Authority. I was a starting-out travel writer; the BTA was looking for press. This was well pre-"Survivor," pre-"Temptation Island." The only people who knew this tiny country existed way back then were divers and backpackers. And Morley Safer. Around this time, Mr. Safer broadcast a "60 Minutes" segment from Belize, in which he traveled the Belize River in a small wooden boat. From that humble perch, on the river, looking up into the camera, Morley declared: "The good news from Belize news from Belize."

Lo splendido Belize, tra Maya e Caraibi
Il Belize è uno dei Paesi con il pi� alto tasso di biodiversit� del mondo: oltre il 90% del territorio è ricoperto da foreste incontaminate e vanta la pi� grande barriera corallina dell'Emisfero Boreale, nel mondo seconda solo a quella australiana. E in pi�, interessanti ed affascinanti siti Maya immersi in scenari suggestivi. Tra le attrazioni dell'unico paese anglofono del Centro America (era una colonia inglese), Placencia, penisola all'estremit� meridionale del Paese; palme che ombreggiano la sabbia bianca, e mare caraibico. A un'ora e mezza di barca da Placencia, lo splendore di Glovers Reef, Patrimonio dell'Unesco, che molti considerano tra le pi� belle immersioni dei Caraibi Occidentali. Vedi anche la grande voragine blu del Belize, Caye Caulker, un'isola da sogno nel Belize, e Cayo Espanto: un resort da sogno in Belize. E le immersioni continuano a Silk Caye, nei pressi della barriera corallina, dove ci si immerge tra squali balena, tartarughe e mante, Pompion Caye, dove si scende lungo un a parete ricca di granchi, aragoste e tartarughe, e South Water Caye e Grand Channel, tra una miriade di pesci tropicali, squali nutrici e tartarughe, ma anche spugne, coralli, gamberi, pesci angelo e pappagallo. La natura dell'entroterra offre il Monkey River, il fiume che scorre nella fluorescente foresta del Belize, ricco di mangrovie e pesci, ma anche di iguane, coccodrilli e uccelli e habitat naturale della scimmia urlatrice. E poi il Blue Hole National Park, dove vivono molte specie di animali, tra cui il giaguaro, l'ocelotto, felino selvatico, 200 variet� di volatili e dove si trova il famoso Inland Blue Hole, una piscina naturale di acqua dolce che cela numerose grotte sommerse. E dalla natura si passa all'archeologia, con i siti Maya di Xunantunich e Caracol, una delle citt� Maya pi� estese con migliaia di strutture tra le quali domina, con i suoi 42 m di altezza, Caana, il palazzo del cielo, e le grotte di Actun Tunichil Muknal, un sistema sotterraneo che si estende per 5 km lungo un fiume sotterraneo, dove tra stalattiti e stalagmiti sono stati scoperti numerosi oggetti cerimoniali.

Diving into biodiversity
Victoria Erb stood in the back of the boat with her classmates and watched three sharks cut through the crystal clear water of Belize's Great Blue Hole. The senior biology major then did the one thing the vast majority of people in this situation absolutely would not do. She dove in. Assisted by funding from Wake Forest's biology department, the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), and the Center for Global Programs and Studies, Erb and 14 of her peers traveled to Belize's Lighthouse Reef Atoll, part of Belize's Barrier Reef, to study an estimated 500 species of reef fishes and 86 species of soft and hard corals. The Blue Hole was one of many stops the students, currently taking the Ecology and Conservation of Coral Reefs class, made during the spring break trip.

UN Praises Tsunami Drill in the Caribbean
The United Nations EDucation, Science, and Culture Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) organized today in the Caribbean a tsunami drill to evaluate the regional response capacity to those events, highlighted United Nations. According to a press release, 31 countries were part of the exercise, consisting of a fictitious tsunami, 430 km west of the coast of Gibraltar, from the model of the earthquake and tsunami reported in that area on November 1st, 1755. Records of the time pick up that the phenomenon struck Portugal, Spain, the Caribbean and North Africa; 20 minutes after the earthquake hit Lisbon, and Antigua and Barbuda after about nine hours. The simulacrum came from issued alerts to the participants from anti-tsunami centers of the Pacific and United States.

The Caribbean's Best Boutique Hotels
What makes a boutique hotel � boutique? Is boutique just another word for a small hotel? Is a boutique hotel a small hotel with an upscale image, a unique design or a special theme? There are so many special small hotels in the Caribbean where you can hide away right in the middle of it all, and these small gems are at the heartbeat of the Caribbean. We think a boutique hotel should be very small - no more than 25 rooms. But small is by no means short on hospitality or service levels, experiences or amenities. Indeed, it's quite the opposite. A well-managed boutique hotel oozes charm, personal service and luxury. Congratulations to the 25 Best Boutique Hotels of the Caribbean for 2014!

Belize: Beautiful by Land and by Sea
It's my first time in a tiny 12-seater plane and despite being a little bit nerve-racking, the view below is breathtaking. Bright, lightning streaks of red-clay roads cut through hundreds of miles of trees and muddied rivers. This is the first leg of my surf and turf tour of Belize and my fourth flight of the day. I started out from Mexico City, then puddle-jumped to San Salvador, San Jose, and finally Belize City, where I and the group I'm with loaded into a Maya Island Air charter flight headed to Chaa Creek Resort, a 30-minute ride into the interior of Belize. The airport in Cayo, where we land, feels like an isolated outpost straight from "Out of Africa." We are escorted to Chaa Creek as dusk falls and are greeted with chilled towels and jamaica water. I can already feel the humidity melting my achey muscles and the night is starting to come alive with crickets and tree frogs. Chaa Creek is a 365-acre resort in western Belize established by Mick and Lucy Fleming in the early eighties when they came down to carve out their own little piece of paradise. They started with a few simple cabins for visiting friends and the place has grown to include 23 palm-thatched villas, a nature center, a medicinal trail through the rainforest, a butterfly house, an infinity swimming pool, an organic farm, horse stables, and a wood-working shop.

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