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Horrible highway accident claims the life of mother and child
A mother and her baby perished this afternoon just after four o’clock in a horrible traffic accident at mile twenty-seven on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Our crew is just back [...]
San Pedro alleged drug dealer killed on the island
Crime and violence are disrupting the once peaceful island of San Pedro. Just before midnight on Saturday night, a Bomba resident was murdered as he stood outside a house on [...]
Man murdered by stepson in PG
Another life was taken over the weekend but in southern Belize. Sixty-nine year old Norman Benguche Senior, who is employed by the Belize Water and Sewerage Authority, was stabbed three [...]
Dan Silva trashes Luke Espat in Cayo Central Convention
In political news, the People’s United Party held a convention in Cayo Central on Sunday where conventional wisdom proved accurate in favor of veteran politician Dan Silva. The campaign was [...]
P.U.P. mourns the passing of Max Samuels
The People’s United Party is tonight mourning the passing of one of its longstanding and loyal member. Former People’s United Party Minister Maxwell Samuels passed away this afternoon while undergoing [...]
Dr. Louis Zabaneh’s abrupt departure from Galen
On Thursday, we reported on Dr. Louis Zabaneh’s abrupt departure as president of Galen University. His demission from office followed a surreptitious decision taken by majority shareholders to move the [...]
Belize City man guilty of Aggravated Assault of an Indecent Nature
The Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith today sentenced a Belize City man to three years in prison for the indecent assault of young girl. Thirty-eight Edelmiro Oliva was found guilty [...]
Foreign Ministry investigating murder of Belizean in Melchor
Twenty-two year old Benque Viejo resident Edwin Chan was murdered in Melchor on Good Friday. Chan was found in a remote locate on the outskirts of Melchor with one gunshot [...]
Conejo Alcalde removed after he secretly supported US Capital
There is another development in respect of oil drilling in Maya communities which is causing tensions between SATIIM, Government and US Capital Energy. It has to do with the signing [...]
PUC approves increase in water rates
More details will become available on Tuesday at a press conference, but we can confirm tonight that the Public Utilities Commission has approved an increase in water rates by the [...]
14 year old drowns in San Ignacio
A teenager drowned while swimming in the Macal River on Saturday. Fourteen-year-old Johnatan Requena, a resident of San Ignacio Town, was swimming along with a friend in an area between [...]
Prisoner attempting to escape is shot
A prisoner is tonight hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital recovering from a gunshot wound. According to the Kolbe Foundation, Trial Farm resident and inmate Marcos Gomez was attempting [...]
A fire dangerously close to a gas station
A fire dangerously close to a Belize City gas station caused a scare over the weekend. The blaze left one man homeless and caused damages to a house nearby. The [...]
Rural Belize Police Department engaging the youths
The Police Department is fighting crime by targeting those believed to be most vulnerable, the youths. Through its cadet corps, Rural Belize District police officers are making a positive impact [...]
Sporting Highlights with James Adderley
Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. Week 11 in NEBL Basketball brought a battle royal to San Ignacio where 2 teams with identical records of 9 [...]
The Dark Side In The Community Of Shipyard
The problem in Shipyard is more complex than it appears however, since the structure of the community; the larger part of it, is fixed on the strict rules of the religion. That religion reflects those of other denominations but there are several exceptions and differences. While it is founded on the belief in the mission and ministry of Jesus, parts of the religion is viewed as radical. They follow the teachings of Menno Simons, who lived from 1496 to 1561. The Mennonite communities are generally viewed and accepted as a peaceful people due to their commitment to pacifism. This is how they have basically been viewed within Belize, but where there are rules, these rules are inevitably broken and this is where tensions begin to run high. Following the altercation between the two groups of men last week, a group of men who have been excommunicated from the church for breaking the rules have turned to the media to talk about what they say is the hidden side of the community, a side that paints a rather disturbing picture. Dalila Ical reports.
Dalila Ical – Reporting
Pete Penner – Concerned Citizen
“These people call themselves a follower of him but, if that guy would comeback today and look at this religion he wouldn’t have not part of it. That guy was a follower of Jesus but like in any religion after an amount of years it is going to fade away and become a manmade religion.”
BSI Holds SugarFest As A Form To Bring The Industry Together
Midway into the 2013/2014 Sugar Crop Season, milling and production have been exceeding the expectations of stakeholders in the Sugar Industry and in honor of the achievement a first ever Sugarfest was held at BSI Field in Orange Walk over the weekend. Our news team was there and filed the following report.
Dalila Ical – Reporting
As the economic bloodline in the North, the Sugar Industry is one of Belize’s most essential driving economic forces. On Saturday, one of the industry’s biggest stake holders proved that apart from sugar and molasses, there are other financial avenues to explore in the industry as a throng of nortenos took their families to savor the first ever Sugarfest. It was a family affair that sweetened the weekend of many as there was plenty to do, see, eat and drink at the BSI Field. The event was organized by BSI/ASR and there is no doubt that organizers were more than pleased with the outcome, according to the company’s Financial Director, Belizario Carballo Jr.
Dan Silva Elected As Standard Bearer For Cayo Central
And turning to the political scene, yesterday the people’s United Party held its convention to elect a Standard Bearer for the Cayo Central constituency at the Santa Elena RC School. Two well-known businessmen contested yesterday’s convention, Dan Silva and Luke Espat.
While much controversy surrounded the convention, at the end of voting a total of 1,933 votes were cast, 1,426 in favor of San Ignacio resident Daniel Silva who emerged victorious since his opponent Luke Espat obtained 487 votes. There were 19 spoilt ballots. We understand that after the convention Luke Espat appealed for unity in the party and pledged his support to the newly elected Standard Bearer of the PUP. Silva will face Rene Montero in the next General Elections.
Chamber Has New Executive
A new board and council have emerged from the 94th annual general meeting of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry that was held last Thursday, April 24 at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. In the presence of one hundred members of the BCCI, of the ten nominees put forward, five councillors were elected, namely, Daniel Gutierrez, Nikita Usher, Linda Thornton, Karen Lewis and Sue Courtenay. While the councillors were elected, Chief Executive Officer for the BCCI, Kim Aikman explained how the board members were installed.
“We had over one hundred members who came out to participate in the electoral process. Our board runs every two years – that is at the Councillor level but at the Officer level there is a continuity succession plan which is embedded in our constitution, so, you churn up towards being the president; so, the officers were not elected but the councillors were. Once you come in at the councillor level and you churn up to be either the president or the three vice presidents that we have of industry, commerce and services and then we have a treasurer and a secretary. We go very closely with our constitution, Chapter 308 of the Laws of Belize, we have what we call a nominating committee and members are drawn from the general membership and suggested to the nominating committee. That committee normally puts together a slate that is circulated to the general membership for them to vote. The entire voting process is reconciled by PKF Belize, our auditor – they reconcile the financial membership list and their ballot papers.”
Murder on La Isla Bonita
Two men are in custody at the San Pedro Police Station following a murder that occurred on the island on Saturday, April 26, 2014. It was just after eleven o’clock when 34-year-old, Dennis Palacio, a laborer of the San Juan Area was standing alone in front of the Arceo residence, leaning on their fence, when he was approached by a gunman dressed in a black t-shirt and red pants. Preliminary investigations have revealed that four of the five shots that the assailant fired caught Palacio, causing him to die on the spot. Palacio received gunshot wounds to the lower and upper back, near the left shoulder and on his right hand. According to police, Palacio was known to hang out regularly where he was shot but the motive of the shooting is uncertain. Police are continuing their investigations.
Prison Inmate Shot While Attempting to Escape
He was serving time for theft inside the Belize Central Prison but currently, he is inside the confines of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, under police guard, after being shot on the compound of the prison. Marcus Gomez, who was serving time for the crime of theft, reportedly attempted to escape from the facility this morning. Love News spoke to the Chief Executive Officer at the Kolbe Foundation, Earl Jones, who updated us on their preliminary investigations.
“At about 10:15am, an inmate, Marcus Gomez of the Orange Walk District attempted to escape from the Belize Central Prison. Prison officers immediately responded and were able to apprehend Gomez within the compound. However, received a gunshot wound to his buttocks and was transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The inmate was serving a 12-month sentence for theft. I’m still trying to get together the reports of the incident. I haven’t really received the reports of the officers to confirm what led them to the belief that the inmate was trying to escape. The police have been called in as by right they should be informed; they have been called in to do what they have to do with their forensics people.”
Oceana Office Relocates to Capital City
Oceana has had its Belize headquarters in the old capital since its establishment in the country in 2009. However, via a press release from the Oceana office, we have been informed that the main office has been relocated to the City of Belmopan on Hibiscus Street, in the vicinity of the US Embassy. The release states that the move came following considerations on the proximity and access they would have to government officials as well as it being a centralized location for maintaining and cultivating national public support for its campaigns. The office of Oceana Belize can now be reached via telephone at 822-2797. Belize’s Vice President for Oceana is Janelle Chanona, who took over the reins of the organization from Audrey Matura Sheppard in early 2014.
Security Guard Goes To Prison on Ammunition Charges
Thirty-four year old Mauricio Perez, a security guard employed by K and B Security firm, was charged with kept ammunition without a gun license when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Perez pled not guilty to the charge. He was remanded into custody until June 17. The incident occurred on April 22. The police reported that when they searched Perez at his workplace they found a black magazine that contained seven live rounds of nine millimeter caliber ammunition in it. Perez was unable to produce a license for the ammunition so he was arrested and charged. Perez attorney, Nazira Myles, said in court that her client’s constitutional right was violated because he was held in custody from April 22 without being charged.
Barry Gets Remanded After Discharging Firearm in Public
Twenty-one year old Barry Johnson, a construction worker of Welch Street, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm in public when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Johnson pled not guilty to the charges. He was remanded into custody until June 17. The incident occurred on April 24. Mark Anthony Jones, the caretaker for Roger’s Stadium, reported to the police that while he was at his workplace at the corner of Hicattee Street and Dolphin Street, Johnson took out a firearm and fired several shots at him.
Stevedore Gets Two Years for Touching Minor’s Rear
Thirty-eight year old Edelmiro Oliva, a stevedore charged with aggravated assault of an indecent nature on an eight year old girl, was sentenced to two years today by Chief magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after he was found guilty of the charge. The incident occurred on July 18, 2013. The child testified in camera that when her babysitter went out, Oliva sucked her nose and caressed her buttocks. Oliva testified and denied that he committed the offence. Oliva was represented by attorney, Simeon Sampson.
Former PUP Minister Dies
Love News has been reliably informed of the passing of a stalwart of the main opposition, the Peoples’ United Party. 74-year-old, Maxwell Ewing Samuels passed away around four o’clock this evening at the Belize Healthcare Partners in Belize City. Samuels had been grounded in the Belize Rural North constituency throughout his political career and had served in various capacities particularly law enforcement where he served as Commissioner of Police from 1981 to 1986. He also served as Minister of Communications, Transport and Public Utilities. Up until the time of his death, he continued serving the party as an advisory body for the Belize Rural North constituency.
Father Survives; Mother and Son Succumb in Traffic Accident
Police are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred at mile 27 on the Philip Goldson Highway in Biscayne Village, Belize District just after four o’clock this afternoon. Reports are still sketchy at this time but Love News understands that a family of three was traveling in their Toyota Landcruiser at the time when they suffered a blow out on the highway. The driver, Raul Magana Jr., owner of Don Raul’s Quick Cash was still alive upon the arrival of the paramedics and was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital while his girlfriend, Lissa and their 4-year-old son succumbed at the scene. We will have more on this incident in Tuesday’s newscast.
Serve the Son, for He is the Refuge
Our verse for the week is taken from – Psalm 2:12: “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all those who take refuge in Him.”
San Pedro Man Shot and Killed
A man in San Pedro was shot and killed on Saturday night. 43 year old Dennis Palacio, a Belizean Laborer of San Juan Area, San Pedro town was reportedly leaning on a fence of a residence facing Seaweed Street when a male person approached him and fired five shots...
Mother and Child Die in Traffic Accident
There was a fatal traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway this evening. The accident happened at mile 27 shortly after 4 0’clock this afternoon. Reports are that a mother and her young child perished in the vehicle while the driver of the vehicle is in critical condition. Raul...
American Fugitive Captured in Roaring Creek
An American fugitive wanted for several criminal offences including felony and attempting escaping a police officer on a motor vehicle was apprehended in Roaring Creek Village, Belmopan. According to reports, on Thursday April 24th, at about 6:00 pm, police received information about a suspicious man in the area of...
Jose Batres’ Death; Natural Causes or Foul Play?
33 year old Belizean tour guide Jesus Manuel Batres, resident of Valley of Peace, Belmopan passed away sometime after 9:00 pm on Sunday, April 27th. Police say when they visited the village of Valley of Peace, they found Batres’ body lying face up at the entrance of a board...
Stepson Stabs Stepfather in PG
A stepson allegedly stabbed his stepfather while at the dining table. On Sunday, April 27th, at about 10:25 a.m. 69 year old Norman Benguche Jr, a resident of Punta Gorda, passed away at the Punta Gorda Hospital after suffering from three stab wounds to the upper left side of...
14 Year Old Drowns
A fourteen year old boy drowned over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, San Ignacio Police visited the Macal River area between the Hawksworth Bridge and the board bridge where the body of 14-year-old Johnahan Requena was seen lying face up on the side of the river. Police say that...
Prime Minister Reassures Community after Spike in Murders
Seven murders in ten days made the news last week. It’s enough to strike fear in any community, but the beleaguered Belize City Southside has seen more than its fair share. Earlier last week, we told you about the Police’s establishment of a semi-permanent command post in the Jane...
BTL Concludes Negotiations with BCWU on Collective Bargaining Agreement
Earlier this month, Belize’s state-run telecommunications company, Belize Telemedia Limited, concluded negotiations with the Belize Communication Workers Union (BCWU) on a collective bargaining agreement which we are told was 15 years in the making. Today the two sides put pen to paper in Belize City and Chairman of BTL’s...
Security Guard Charged for Unlicensed Gun Magazine
The nature of the job of a security guard often involves – hopefully without injury or fatality – the use of a firearm. However, a Belize City security guard was read charges in court today for unlawfully possessing a gun magazine that was surplus to his job requirements. 34...
Two Years for Stevedore Charged with Indecent Assault
Thirty-eight year old Edelmiro Oliva, a stevedore charged with aggravated assault of an indecent nature on an 8 year old girl, was sentenced to 2 years in prison today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after he was found guilty of the charge. The incident occurred on July...
Lifeless Body of Man Pulled from River
The lifeless body of a man was pulled from the mouth of a River in the south. Dangriga correspondent Harry Arzu has the story. Harry Arzu- Correspondent for Plus News from Dangriga “At about 11:00 this morning, Audric Felix Palacio was retrieved from the mouth of the Fresh Water...
Clarification Sought on Writ of Mandamus
News that the Government and specifically Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie intended to file an appeal of the writ of mandamus granted by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin in March outraged supporters of the effort to oust and shame ex-Minister of State Elvin Penner. On Friday, the Prime Minister clarified...
Dan Silva Beats Luke Espat at the Polls
San Ignacio businessman Daniel Silva won the Cayo Central convention on Saturday. Over one thousand nine hundred voters turned out for the PUP convention where Silva and Luke Espat were contenders. At the end of the ballot counting, Silva won by a huge margin with 1,426 votes. Daniel Silva-...
Consequences to Face after UNIBAM’s Tainting of Belize in the OAS?
Recently, executive director of United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), Caleb Orozco, and a compatriot visited the Organization of American States (OAS) to complain about Belize as a country that violates human rights against homosexuals. Reactions at home have been one of shock, but the Prime Minister said that this...
Prisoner Shot in Attempted Escape
An inmate of the Belize Central Prison, Marcus Gomez, was shot today during an escape attempt. Gomez had to be hospitalized after he was shot in the buttocks. According to reports, the incident happened around midday today when Gomez, who was serving a 12-month prison sentence, was attempting to...
Maxwell Samuels Dies Following Induced Coma
Maxwell Samuels died today at the age of 74. Samuels was a former commissioner of Police, the first Compol after Belize’s independence and he was a former member of the House of Representatives under the PUP for Belize Rural Central. He was Minister of Transport, Public Utilities and Communications....
Belize seeks technical advice from Trinidad over oil find
The Government of Belize has issued a formal request to the Trinidadian prime minister for assistance in extracting the hard-to-reach oil discovered a month ago in northern Belize, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said Friday.
Barrow told reporters that he has reached out to prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to ask her to authorize a team from Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (Petrotrin), the 21-year-old state-owned oil company that operates that country’s single petroleum refinery, to travel to Belize and advise Maranco Limited of the optimal extraction methods to employ.
“I thought that perhaps their experts would be able to advise us; give us a better handle on what exactly it would take to get at the oil….[that is] lodged in rock formations that are not very porous,” he said.
Although Bissessar is yet to respond, Barrow said he expects a favorable response from Belize’s “sister Caricom country”, and he went as far to say that he suspects that Bissessar’s government may even choose to “finance the mounting of the mission to Belize” themselves.
Family dispute ends in murder in Punta Gorda town
A family dispute in Punta Gorda town has left one man dead and his step-son accused or murder.
The victim has been identified as 69 year old Norman Benguche Senior, a resident of New Road in PG.
Police say that on Sunday morning, they visited the Punta Gorda hospital where they saw Benguche suffering from three stab wounds to the upper left side of his back and in a critical condition.
Benguche died around 10:25 am on Sunday while undergoing treatment. Preliminary investigation by police reveals that Benguche and his step son, a 24 year old man, were involved in a family dispute.
Citrus growers approve SSB buy-in to CPBL
This weekend in the Stann Creek Valley there was a meeting of the Citrus Growers Association.
The growers discussed the recent agreement forged by the Government with the CGA’s Investment Company Limited and Banks Holdings Limited of Barbados, in conjunction with lenders Heritage Bank and the Social Security Board, to quiet concerns of cash flow into Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL), which has been hamstrung by almost constant quarrels between the two leading shareholders.
CPBL chairman and SSB representative Doug Singh updated us on the results of the meeting, confirming that the growers approved of the deal as required in ICL’s articles of association, leaving only SSB to do the same on its Board and Investment Committee.
And what of the fate of Dr. Henry Canton, the controversial Chief Executive Officer of CPBL?
Well, growers were told that officially, he is to be let go, but the details of his departure are not yet finalized.
New president for Galen University
Last week, president of Galen University Dr. Louis Zabaneh resigned.
Douglas Singh, a man who wears many hats among which is chairman of Galen’s Board of Trustees, was reported to be his successor. But while he confirmed today that he is assisting in the transition process, he said that he is not the man to succeed Dr. Zabaneh.
Singh told reporters that that person is former president and founder of the university, Cypriot Andreas Charalambous.
With the confirmation of University of Belize president Dr. Cary Fraser’s departure, both major universities have lost their respective president in one fell swoop.
Marijuana decriminalization moving forward
From the time when he was Minister of Police and Public Safety, Douglas Singh has led the charge to a consideration of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
He said today that the effort is moving forward, but it will have to do so without him as he is now quite busy.
According to Singh the committee is gathering information from interested parties including the trade unions.
Singh says Belize hopes to beat Jamaica to the punch on the decriminalization issue by the end of the year.
BTL signs collective bargaining agreement with BCWU
Following on from the conclusion earlier this month of negotiations between Belize’s state-run telecommunications company, Belize Telemedia Limited, and the Belize Communication Workers Union (BCWU) on a collective bargaining agreement which we are told was 15 years in the making, today the two sides put pen to paper in Belize City.
Chairman of BTL’s Executive Committee, Anwar Barrow, said the agreement represents a positive step forward for union-management relations, which he admits have not always been the best.
Moreover, he said, it is a commitment to the future of the company which is represented in its employees. They can now work harder, he said, knowing that they are working for the best company in Belize.
Belizeans to pay more for water
Belizeans will pay about seven cents more for water, as the decision of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
Belize Water Services had asked for 16% and initially got 6.4%, but objected on a basis of a certain section of the revenue being wrongly calculated.
An independent expert has been appointed and his report was recently submitted.
The PUC has now decided to up its rate of increase to 6.9% for all consumers except in Caye Caulker. the Public Utilities Commission has planeed a press briefing for Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm in Belize City.
Former MP passes away
Former government Minister and member of parliament for Belize Rural North Maxwell Samuels, 74, has died.
Samuels, who served as Commissioner of Police from Independence to 1986, died late this afternoon in Belize City.
Samuels was elected to the House of Representatives on a People’s United Party ticket in 1998 and served as a minister in the Cabinet in various portfolios, including Immigration, Transport and Public Utilities.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
Prison inmate shot, allegedly while trying to escape
An inmate of the Belize Central Prison, situated in Hattieville village, Belize District had to be hospitalized today following a mid-morning shooting incident.
The inmate has been identified as Marcus Gomez who was serving a 12-month prison sentence.
According to prison officials, Gomez was attempting to escape, but prison officers intervened and apprehended him on the compound.
It is not certain what exactly transpired, but during the apprehension, Gomez was shot in the buttocks. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment, under police guard.
All you can eat breakfast Buffet at Coco Beach Resort
Coco Beach Resort is 3.5 miles north of town and about a mile north of us at Grand Caribe. The roads were in great shape and it did not take us long to get there. I had been onsite before but never to their restaurant which was really nicely designed inside. The breakfast buffet at Cocoblanca restaurant is served from 7:00am – 11:00am, we caught the tail end of it but there was still a good selection to choose from and we all enjoyed fresh made fully loaded omelets from the omelet bar.
After breakfast we decided to head out to the pool bar for another drink and enjoy the view. They have such a fantastic pool there and I love their out door seating.
Barbecued Pork Two Ways or How To Ship A Pig’s Head in Belize
Pork, I think, is Belize’s most delicious meat. When I first had a thick cut pork chop in San Pedro, it was a bit of a revelation. One, because I had been a vegan for the previous year while living in the states. (I found my diet WAY too restrictive when I moved to Belize and my relapse to cheese and then a bit of seafood and then…soon became full blown. It’s not easy when there is not a sushi joint and a Whole Foods supermarket on your block. Also not easy when you order vegetarian at a local restaurant and you get chicken.)
My friend invited me to Carlos & Ernie’s Runway Bar just south of the Tropic Air terminal. A great view of the planes landing and taking off, a very cool bar with some great bartenders and one serious BBQ operation.
My friend from Belize City, who is a bit of a nut in the very best way, jokingly suggested that he send me the pig head. On a plane. To San Pedro. A PIG’S HEAD.
In this video, I show you a quick and easy recipe for homemade sandwich breads. You'll never want to buy sandwich bread or buns at the store again after you taste how great these one are.
The best thing about Belize
It took me a while to figure out what it was that people liked the most about visiting Belize. Some of you may think it’s the beautiful Cayes, where the Caribbean waters wash ashore to sandy beaches and the cool shade of palm trees. That suggestion sounds likely, after all, Ambergris Caye, Belize’s most popular destination has consecutively been named the best island of the world but thousands of TripAdvisor users.
Or how about the interesting culture of the Maya, with their amazing food, bizarre religious practices and fascinating ancient ruins.
Others may say the beauty of Belize lies in the great adventures: diving the Blue Hole, swimming with whale sharks, exploring caves that hold sacred Mayan relics and sacrificial remains, jungle expeditions, spelunking or discovering unique wildlife creatures. Again, these suggestions are all serious contenders but of course the answer is never quite that simple.
The best thing about Belize is its people and the way of life. It’s the manner of how everyone finds ways to connect with each other. A day doesn’t go by without someone telling you “Gud Ma’ning” or “Tek Care”. You may think that’s not a big deal but it is proven that something as little as a smile from a stranger can set off a chain of positive feelings. As humans we yearn kindness and when we receive it, we are more likely to reciprocate it and in the end, feel better about ourselves.
Way Pass Time to Flush Out Erwin Conteras
Several serious reports have surfaced alleging that Erwin Contreras, Minister of Trade, Investment, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection and Representative for the Cayo West constituency has been involved a number in illicit activities. Research shows that Contreras has amassed considerable wealth since becoming a minister of government in 2008.
Contreras’ estate now includes a radio station and large tracts of land in the Cayo area and reportedly several heads of cattle.
Recently his involvement with a Lord Neil Benjamin Gibson, purportedly a philanthropist and a major businessman has been cause for major scrutiny. Turns out Benjamin is a major whackadoo who has conjured all he says he is in his head. Best information shows that Gibson purchased his title as “Lord”.
Whole Pig Heads Are Now a Thing
Just when you thought "nose to tail" couldn't get any nose-to-tailier, just when you thought "whole animal" couldn't get any wholer, just when you thought offal couldn't get any more offalian, just when you thought paleo couldn't get any more paleotic and just when you thought chefs had run out of ways to offend vegans -- whole pigs' heads are staring up snoutily from platters at trendy restaurants nationwide. For instance, Craigie on Main in Cambridge, MA serves a confit-and-roasted milk-fed pig's head with Peking pancakes, spicy pumpkin sambal, and boudin noir-hoisin sauce:
That's right, my multicultural friends: Sambal (the pride of Yogyakarta) and boudin (bonjour, bayou!) -- and the flesh is cut from that hulking skull to stuff crepes à la mu shu pork.
Eating entire porcine heads is not itself exactly new. For many centuries a roasted whole boar's head, tusks and all, was a classic English Yuletide dish. (The Hog's Head Inn in the Harry Potter series references that.) The menu for a christening feast held in a Norfolk house on January 2, 1682 included as its main course: "A whole hog's head souc'd with carrots in the mouth, and pendants in the ears, with guilded oranges."
Video: HARPER'S BAZAAR INTERIORS May/June 2014 Issue : First Lady Kim Simplis' Belize, 5min.
Take a look Behind- The-Scenes at HARPER'S BAZAAR INTERIORS: KIM SIMPLIS' BELIZE April 2014 Photo shoot produced by Harper's Bazaar International Style Editor LUIGI IRAUZQUI and be part of this breathtaking pictorial adventure: from the tropical Central American jungles to the turquoise waters of the Belizian Caribbean Sea.
A design, architectural and touristic journey of a lifetime hosted by the First Lady of Belize Kim Simplis-Barrow: from Creole and Victorian Colonial architecture seafront hotels to picturesque thatched Balinese inspired beach Cabanas to uber luxurious private boutique resorts, Belize has it all in terms of luxury, comfort and amenities.
With 175 miles of unbroken barrier reef, Belize is rustic, breathtaking, full of Caribbean flavor and adventure but also sophisticated, exclusive and surprisingly glamorous.
HARPER'S BAZAAR INTERIORS captured the essence and magic of Belize for it's annual TRAVEL ISSUE on stands May 2014.
Video: Belize Rendezvous Caye, 5min.
Video: Belize 2014 - Tikal/Zoo/Xunantunich/Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley/Blue Hole - GoPro, 10min.
San Ignacio, Guatemala, Tikal, The Belize Zoo, Xunantunich, Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley, The Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, The Aquarium - GoPro 3+
Video: Buceo en Belice, Ambergris Caye, 4min.
Video: Brandi Paige - Baby, You Got Me (Music Video), min.
this is my new music video to one of my brand new songs called "Baby, You Got Me". It has a very laid back, Caribbean, jazzy, acoustic feel to it. Song was written by Brandi Paige and produced by Allan Von. It was filmed in St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Belize. . . and it has a mermaid surprise at the end! Thanks to Marty O'Farrell for the underwater film work! Check it out!
Video: Relaxing Views & Sounds of Placencia, Belize, 4min.
I hope you will enjoy this postcard of a few first-person perspectives in Placencia, Belize during my trip in early 2014.
My family and I enjoyed our stay at the Tradewinds Cabanas. The sounds of the crashing waves and singing birds right outside our windows was truly mesmerizing. I can't wait to go back to the
Video: Belize Blacktip Reef Sharks, 11min.
I was lucky to go on the Belize Blue Hole 3-tank dive trip with the AMIGOS DEL MAR Dive Center in San Pedro on Ambergris Cay in Belize. I recommend that you call these guys to take you on any of their trips. A delicious hot lunch was served on a park island sanctuary for the Red Footed Booby between dives. They are great people providing a fun-filled and safe adventure for all of their guests.
Video: Belize Study Abroad, 14min.
A documentary I filmed in Punta Gorda, Belize. Focusing on the effects of study abroad both negative and positive, and the impact it has on the communities with which we visit.
Video: AZIATIC AND LIL JUNE - TILLY TUN OVA LIVE! IN PUNTA GORDA, BELIZE, 12min.