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Kaj Expressions Raises Awareness and Hairs at Design Caribbean
Belizean jewellery designer Khadija Assales may have raised a few eyebrows with her collection crafted from the tails of the notoriously ravenous Pterois or Lionfish but she was also successful in raising awareness about the devastating effect that the carnivorous species have been having on the aquatic ecosystems of Belize and the rest of the Caribbean region. Assales launched her line of Lionfish jewellery as part of the Design Caribbean pavilion during the Calabash Literary Festival in Treasure Beach , St. Elizabeth , Jamaica from May 30th to June 1st. The Design Caribbean project was the brainchild of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in sponsorship of the Calabash Festival. It was conceptualized as a means of showcasing the rich and varied talent which the region has to offer while opening up a new market for the creative entrepreneurs who may not otherwise been able to take advantage of the opportunity which Calabash provides.

Island students receive certificate from GREAT Program
21 students from New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School (SDA) and nine students from Holy Cross Anglican School (HCAS) have received certificates marking the completion of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program. The program was instructed by Police Constable (PC) Juan Chuc and is part of a country wide police initiative to educate children on the consequences of gang violence. The GREAT program began in Belize in 2010 when police officers travelled to San Salvador, El Salvador for a two-week training on how to integrate the program into the school curriculum. The program is divided into training for both children and adults, and the 13-lesson course provides knowledge on gang resistance and healthier ways for children to express their frustration. PC Chuc stated that one of the main reasons children join gangs is to release frustration that is sometimes fostered at home. "The GREAT program gives the students a variety of choices they can make in life to better themselves instead of falling into criminal activity," said PC Chuc.

Justice Oswell Legall ruling upheld in Court of Appeal; GOB must compensate ACES
The Belize Court of Appeal has upheld a 2012 ruling that the Government of Belize (GOB) is liable for the destruction of the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), property of Vince and Cherie Chenot-Rose. The Appeal Court ruling was handed down on Monday June 23rd after three judges heard arguments from attorneys from both ACES and GOB. The Roses' property outside of Forest Home Village in the Toledo District was burned down in September of 2010 by a mob of over 100 Maya villagers from San Marcos. The angry mob stormed on to the ACES compound after a "witch doctor/psychic" indicated to the indigenous villagers that the Roses, who were on Ambergris Caye at the time, had two missing children, nine year-old Benjamin Rash and his 11 year-old sister, Onelia. The Roses were notified that a mob was heading to their property and had called the police for assistance. The police did show up, but only after they heard that the property had been set on fire by the mob.

Reina de La Costa Maya #TBT - Where are they now?
As we draw near to the arrival of the International Costa Maya Festival®, and the highly anticipated Reina de La Costa Maya pageant, we are looking back on the beauties who have graced the stage. Many of the lovely young ladies have gone on to fabulous careers and excelled in their endeavors. We have tracked down some of the ladies, including past winners, and will be sharing a little bit of their lives since the pageant! We begin with the FIRST ever Miss Reina de La Costa Maya. She is Maria del Socorro Retolaza. Maria represented Mexico at the pageant, and took the crown and new title proudly back to her hometown of Veracruz in 1996. We located her, and spoke to her recently about her participation and how life has been since.

Coral Reef Ed-Venture is back!
Six students from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in the United States of America (USA) are on Ambergris Caye working along with other island students as part of the annual Coral Reef Ed-Venture program. The program is being held at the San Pedro High School, and is a collaborative effort between San Pedro's Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Smith College. Every summer, the US students host the two-week camp promoting conservation in which the participants are divided into groups: advance (ages 13 to 18) and junior (ages 7-12). Kayla Clark of Smith College explained that, the camp has an emphasis on mangrove, ocean and reef conservation. "The purpose is to connect students with people who are doing research and conservation in San Pedro year round, so that if they are interested in conservation they can continue in that area. It is also geared for the participants to foster an excitement about the ocean and learn about conservation and to provide tools and skills they might use."

Appreciation Ceremony for the donation of two motor bikes
The San Pedro Police Department is holding an Appreciation Ceremony for Belize Social Security Board for the donation of two motor bikes and a power wash system. Present at the ceremony was Officer in Charge Luis Castellanos, Deputy Henry Jemmott, Eastern Division Assistant Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Social Security Branch Manager Miriam Requena.

Ambergris Today

Miss Earth Belize leaves for Nassau, Bahamas
A total of 15 Miss Earth Queens who participated in the 2013 Miss Earth Pageant in Manila, Philippines last December were invited to visit Nassau, Bahamas, Miss Earth Belize being amongst them. Amber Rivero, twenty two years old, was away for five weeks last year November as she represented Belize in the 2013 Miss Earth International Pageant in Manila Philippines. Amber is currently pursuing her bachelor degree in Business Management at the University of Belize. Special thanks to her parents Indira Samuels and Javier Rivero, Armando and Eva Moguel, J'adore Boutique, and all friends and family who have supported her along her journey and help made this trip possible.

Successful HIV Testings by The National AIDS Commission
Throughout the month of May the National AIDS Commission (NAC) / Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Island Committee along with the Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO) and the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II realized several outreach activities throughout the San Pedro community. Reaching thousands, and testing nearly one hundred individuals, the team's efforts spread sexual health knowledge, made individuals aware of their HIV status and established contact with both the general population and at-risk populations. Sexual health education presentations were given at six distinct bars and construction sites. With the help of nurses from Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II the committee made fast, free and confidential HIV testing available to anyone who wanted to know their status.

San Pedro Dance Academy Summer Camp Intensive
The San Pedro Dance Academy teamed up once again with the Wisconsin Dance Factory to bring 12 days of summer fun for all children on La Isla Bonita. Many talented dancers gathered at the SPDA Studio to learn some new dance moves which they will showcase at their final dance show coming up Sunday, June 29, 2014, at the San Pedro Lions Den. Mrs. Tina (Teacher at the Wisconsin Dance Factory) commented to Ambergris Today that they have been doing this exchange program for many years with the San Pedro Dance Academy. This program was created for the students to learn about each others countries, cultures and lifestyles. Kudos to these two dance companies for their hard work in the community of Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Sersland and Reasa Wedding Nuptials
On her 46th birthday and 7th anniversary of her first date, Dr. Renae Sersland married David Reasa in a private ceremony held at the Courthouse in Belize City. She took along her two children and witnesses Charlene Woods and Sylvia Eiley who had been sworn to secrecy and had a lovely family dinner at the Wood's residence in Palm Lane, Belize City. Such a pleasant surprise to family and friends of Renae and David, we cannot get upset with the lovey newly weds for keeping it a secret. We at Ambergris Today and community of San Pedro congratulate and wish them a happy life together as Mr. and Mrs. Reasa.

Diamante Belize to Host Service Industry Appreciation Night
"Let's stop for a minute to think about how big of an achievement it is to beat out islands like Bora Bora, St. John, Turks and Caicos, and Easter Island for the first (2013) AND second (2014) annual Travelers' Choice Awards by TripAdvisor! We understand that this would never have been possible without YOU, the service industry employees! With that said, we hope you join us in celebrating this achievement on Saturday, July 5 at our Service Industry Appreciation Night! From 9:00PM until 10:00PM, Diamante is giving away draft beer. Yup, you heard correctly: FREE BEER! Share this with your friends and help us spread the word to any and all friends you have that work in the service industry!

Mix Delicious Cocktails with Belize's Baron Gin, New to Travellers Liqours
Ambergris Today took to the hard task of sampling some great tasting cocktails made from the Baron Gin provided to us by Travellers Liquors Ltd. and prepared to us by the newest beach bar in town located at the Ocean Tide Beach Resort. The results were very tasty and we ended up enjoying a great-tasting Belizean products at the great lounge ambience by the beach that is Ocean Tide. The gin is excellent with tonic water and lime for a nice 'Gin & Tonic', great for martinis and the classic Gin and Pink Grapefruit Juice. We share with you the recipes of four cocktails made with Travellers Baron Gin so you can try them for yourself or request them at your favorite hangout.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Dental admin NCO brings smiles to Belizeans
She's the first person you see when entering the makeshift dental clinic in Belize City, Belize. Tech. Sgt. Shirere Carter, a dental admin non-commissioned officer from the 99th Dental Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, is in the country supporting the U.S. Southern Command sponsored New Horizons exercise. During the exercise, medical practitioners are receiving training that helps them prepare for overseas deployments by providing care to people who may not have had easy access to healthcare in the past. In two short weeks, Carter has checked in and documented records for more than 700 Belizean dental patients. This is her first deployment. "It's been so rewarding just to see the patients," she said. "The Belizean people are so humble and thankful."

Biomedical tech keeps dental mission running smoothly
Picture this. You arrive in Belize for a dental exercise, open your shipping containers, test out your equipment and find out that six out of twelve generators are broken. Ordering and paying for six more generators for a mission that's already begun is not an option. Time is of the essence and supplies are limited. So, what do you do? You call on Staff Sgt. Michael Muschong, a biomedical equipment technician deployed in support of the New Horizons exercise from the 99th Medical Support Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to come to the rescue. He performs preventative maintenance calibration and repairs on all medical equipment. So, what did he do when half of the generators came in broken? He pulled a "McGyver," scrapping one generator to make parts to fix the other five. "You have to work with what you have," said Muschong. "It's important to think on your feet and be very ingenuitive."

Caribbean Export Creates Opportunities
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) hosted a Business Forum on June 25th, 2014 for private sector firms as well as other key stakeholders from CARIFORUM, the French Caribbean Outermost regions (FCORs) and EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Caribbean, with the aim of facilitating greater trade between the territories on the island of Grand Cayman. Despite their being part of the wider Caribbean region and the existence of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), trade and economic cooperation between the French Caribbean Outermost regions (FCORs) and EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Caribbean and CARIFORUM territories remains under-developed. The exception to this is Trinidad and Tobago who exports large quantities of energy and energy related products to FCORs and OCTs.

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2014 Workshop Calendar

Cayo Classifieds - Issue 22
This week's But and Sell Weekly. Read about the Black Hole Drop, the Saturday market, and the Green Iguana Conservation Project.

Planning to attend the BAAS?
Check out the schedule to find out which papers would be of interest to you. We hope to see you there!

Channel 7

Penner Back To Court; COLA Lives To Fight Another Day
Last night, we showed you a few of the eye-catching excerpts from the leaked Auditor General's preliminary report into the irregularities at the Immigration Department. COLA was the first to get the document to help their private prosecution of Elvin Penner. The only problem is that the report isn't very useful as evidence in a trial because it is considered hearsay. So, COLA was still searching for first hand evidence when they went back before the Belmopan Magistrate's Court today. Of course, the time for securing evidence had passed, because today was the date that COLA should have handed over all materials they intended to use against Penner. So, would they get another extension - or would the case be dismissed for want of evidence. 7news was in Belmopan for the hearing, and Daniel Ortiz reports: Daniel Ortiz "Mr. Penner, you are expected to come back here one last time for trial, what's your expectation?" Hon. Elvin Penner - On Trial For Immigration Charges "No comment at this point in time." Daniel Ortiz reporting Today was the very first time since he's been coming to court that Elvin Penner actually responded to questions from the awaiting media. Perhaps, he chose today knowing that so far, COLA hasn't provided much by way of evidence to convict him for the crimes he's currently accused of.

Jacky Arteaga's Strange Living Situation Explored
What or who started the fire at Kimmy's Bar on Newtown Barracks on Wednesday morning? That's what fire investigators are still trying to find out. The area on Newtown Barracks remained closed to traffic today - and fire teams are still combing through the rubble. And while the physical losses are one story, the tragedy is the death of Jacqueline Arteaga. The Belize City resident was living in Copper Bank village, but when her relationship there ended, she came to live in Belize City. That was three months ago, and she had been living at Kimmy's for the past month. We got that information from her mother who agreed to an interview at her home in the Lake Independence Area today so that she could set the record straight. First, she says her daughter was not 24, as has been widely reported; she was 21, the mother of 3 children, ages 6, 4, and 2 - and she wasn't a prisoner inside Kimmy's - she asked to appear of camera:.. VOICE OF: Maria - Mother of Jacqueline Arteaga "I want to thank everybody what they are feeling with me the pain that I am going through and next thing that I want to say is that she was not 24, 25 or 23, she was 21 years old and she was a nice young girl, friendly and always like to party and things like that. I don't want anybody to be saying that she was forced to work there because that is not true. She works wherever she wants to work. She had just work one week and then about one month after she told me that she is going to work another week. She went to work another week and then she stop and then afterwards she came and tell me that Ms. Merlyn was going to rent her a room there."

Chik-V In Mexico, Salvador, Surely Coming To Belize
The Chikungunya virus - also known as Chik-V for short has now been identified in Mexico. Today, international news reports said that the Mexican Undersecretary for Health confirmed that a citizen who travelled to Antigua and Barbuda got sick a few weeks after he came back. So, that means Chik-V has appeared in Salvador and Mexico - one a neighbor to Belize, the other nearby. In fact, in just a few months, it has spread from a single country to 28, and counting; there are 180,000 suspected cases, 5 thousand cases confirmed and 21 deaths. And, local health authorities say it's not if, but when Chik-V will come to Belize. But it hasn't come yet. That was underscored at a press conference at the Central Health region today:.. Dr. Michael Pitts, Director of Health Service "There is no known case of Chikungunya in Belize. We cannot say that we will prevent Chikungunya from coming to the country. Our goal is to try and reduce it to a small number as possible. It's not if, it will come here and because we won't be able to get rid of the vector we will have to continue manage that - those cases." And managing it means the ministry of health and you have to keep down mosquito populations. The Ministry says it will do its part: its fleet of vehicles for mosquito spraying has recently been increased - and they seemed ready to blitz the adult mosquitoes and the larvae:...

New Horizons Ends
For the past few months, personnel from the US Military's Southern Command have been in Belize. They've been working with the Belize Defence Force under the New Horizons program to provide training, and to build classrooms and medical facilities. This year's new Horizons effort led the construction of 4 new classrooms in the Belize District at Edward P. York High School, Hattieville Government School, Sadie Vernon High School, and Stella Maris School. also, under New Horizons, a brand new medical unit was built at the Western Regional Hospital, and the US SouthCom's doctors saw over 7,000 patients while here. This year's session officially came an end with a ceremony this afternoon at the newly built classroom building at the Hattieville Government School, and 7News attended. Brigadier General David Jones, Commander, B.D.F. "This is a project that we try to get from the US military as often as possible. In the past they use to come at least once every 4 years. We've had it back to back now and we are trying to it again at least by 2016. They have already confirmed they are going to come back. What New Horizon does is provide infrastructure projects specifically for schools and medical facilities. This year they did 4 schools; this one here at Hattieville, one at Edward P Yorke, one at Sadie Vernon and the other at Crooked Tree. They also did a hospital In Belmopan which is an excellent facility."

Joint Operations Center Operating Correctly
Another important venture between the US Government and the BDF is the new Joint Operation Center. It's supposed to be a facility on the BDF Price Barracks base where all the different law enforcement agencies in the country pool their resources and intelligence. The Join Operation Center has been operational for the past 2 months, and today the commander of the BDF told the media that it is working exactly as intended: Brigadier General David Jones, Commander, B.D.F. "We started off calling it the JOC; it has changed its name to JIOC. JOC means the Joint Operation Center; we've transformed it now to JIOC which is Joint Operation and Intelligence Center because we've combined intelligence personnel inside the building. That building has been operating for over two months from the time we inaugurated it. The B.D.F. was the first to get in, and then we had the coast guard, the police and sometimes the Customs and Immigration works with us. We've done a number of successful operations inside the Joint Operation Center. We had the marijuana eradication campaign that we did with the US Army where Joint Task Force Bravo came in from Honduras and we destroyed over twenty-nine million dollars worth of marijuana plantation. We've done two huge operation along the border destroying illegal plants, plantation and capturing people planting marijuana and capturing people doing illegal logging within the Chiquibul and also the Bladen Reserve. So that's center has been very operational. We are working along with other organizations, the Police and the Coast Guard, and we continue to plan operations and execute operations from there."

US Cites Belize For Human Trafficking
While we had the opportunity, we spoke with the New US Ambassador about Belize's recent downgrade by the US State Department. The country was placed in Tier 2 in the State Department's ratings because the Agency's assessment is that the authorities haven't done enough to combat human trafficking. In its 2014 Report On Human Trafficking, which was released last week, the US State Department claimed that there is, Quote "...failure to convict and punish trafficking offenders, especially allegedly complicit government officials�" End Quote. That's very strong language, and major allegations being made against the government. Today, however, when Ambassador Carlos Moreno was asked about it, he said that while it's cause for concern, Human Trafficking isn't a problem only in Belize: Carlos Moreno, US Ambassador to Belize "These assessments are merely that. By no means are they an indictment and I think it means that we just have to work together cooperatively to address the major issues that are raised in those kinds of assessments. In terms of the relationship between the two governments, I think it demonstrates a sense of openness and a desire to engage in constructive dialogue to work on a solution. The tip problem is not just a problem in Belize; it is a worldwide problem and the United States is also implicated. So I think that these reports are good for us to look at, to analyze and come about with constructive solutions."

Health CEO Wants Nasley Charged
As we showed you, Health CEO Peter Allen was also at the closing Ceremony, and we took the opportunity to ask him for an update on the inquiry into the misappropriation of public funds at the Southern Regional Hospital. The Auditor General has found that a sum of just over 366 thousand dollars was embezzled from the hospital's Maternal and Child Health account. Hospital Administrator Nasley Sommerville has been implicated, and she's under scrutiny from the Public Services Commission and the police department. CEO Allen told us afternoon that he's been trying to find out from Dangriga Police why no criminal charges have been brought against her: Reporter "In relation to Nasley Sommerville, can you give us an update? We understand that she was expected to be criminally charged by police but she hasn't. Can you say if you know why not?" Dr. Peter Allen, CEO - Ministry of Health "I don't I'm afraid. I actually try to contact the police in Dangriga just yesterday, but we were unable to contact them. We will be trying again today and tomorrow and will be happy to give you an update as soon as we know exactly what's happening." Reporter "Anything in relation to the public service commission having arrived at a decision?" Dr. Peter Allen, CEO - Ministry of Health "As far as I am aware the public service commission has not yet heard the case."

Allen Holding Off On Pharmacy Law Review
And finally from Allen tonight, he was asked about legislation meant to crack down on importation of pharmaceuticals. According to the Pharmacists Association, there have been 3 new pieces of draft legislation which have been sitting on the Health CEO's desk with no progress since it landed there. He told the media that it's only been delayed because he and other health officials want to make sure that when they are passed into law, they do the job for which they were intended: Reporter "They have been speaking about 3 drafts legislations, one which has already gone to the Solicitor General but that one has not been take to the House and then the other two seems to be lagging behind. Why is that the case? Why have these draft legislation not been passed? In terms of putting more penalties and restrictions in the sense of importing control drugs and stuff." Dr. Peter Allen, CEO - Ministry of Health "Well I know I just saw the electronic versions of these drafts just last week. The way we deal with it then is to socialize it. In this instance through our planning unit so that every member of the profession, every technical advisor get the opportunity to see what is the objective of the legislation. Normally, policies are drafted first and then legislation empowers policy. So I've ask the planning unit and the office of the DHS to review these and define the policies that we are trying to accomplish and then bring a group of people together to look through the drafts and see exactly how it can move forward from there."

The ROC Standing Solid For COLA
At the top of the newscast, we showed you representatives from BGYEA and the Trade Unions who stood in solidarity with COLA this morning at the Elvin Penner hearing in Belmopan. As a part of the Rod of Correction movement, COLA has the support of the 10 other pressure groups. But when the Prime Minister was asked about his opinion of the ROC, he wasn't the least impressed. He said that the pressure groups can't stir unrest against his Government because there is no crisis as they would have the public believe. Luke Palacio, BNTU's national president, was asked about the prime minister's comments, and he says that ROC chooses its battles carefully: Luke Palacio, President, Belize National Teachers Union "That's the Prime Minister's position that nothing is going on with ROC, but as far as we are concerned, this organization was born out of the fact that a number of our social partners, a number of our civil society organizations are experiencing the same thing that COLA is experiencing�.the matter of the disrespect, the matter of the abuse that continues to happen and so we are saying that yes, we are beginning a movement.

Man Charged For Computer Handling Claims Police Brutality
Egbert Ferguson went to court today charged for handling stolen goods, specifically a laptop computer. That's a matter for the court, but today outside of the courthouse he told Monica Bodden that the police took justice into their own hands when they beat him up. He went to court with a massive bandage over his head:.. He got 15 stitches.

Cayo's Brightest Kids Celebrated
Last night, we showed you the 25 primary school students who were the top performers in this year's Primary School Examinations. So far, we've given you a chance to meet the top students in the Belize and Orange Walk Districts, but we've neglected Cayo so we went to San Ignacio today to speak with the top students there. Here's what they told us after their very own district Award Ceremony from the Ministry of Education: Andres Hung was tied for second place country wide, while Myles Coombs placed 7thnaitonally. The Ministry of Education also held award ceremonies in Northern and Southern Belize to honor the top students from the Corozal and Orange Walk, Stann Creek, and Toledo Districts.

BTL Experiencing System-Wide Problems
Today if you had trouble making cell phone calls on BTL - you weren't alone - tens of thousands of users experienced difficulties after BTL had system wide problems. What caused it? A release from the company says it suffered an unforeseen internal power outage at 4:00 am, today which caused a service interruption on its DigiCell Platform. The problems resulting from that included, dropped or one way calls from DigiCell to DigiCell, DigiCell to Landline numbers, and other networks), degraded voice service for BlackBerry users and inability to purchase PrePaid 4G services and SMS bundles. Tonight at 6:00, BTL reported that the DigiCell platform has since been restored and services are back up to 90% functionality. Calls from DigiCell to hardline numbers are still an issue though.

FFB Not Playing With Players Money
It's been almost a year since the Belize National Team, the Jaguars, made its first appearance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. At that time, the team members pressed the executive of the Football Federation of Belize to sign contracts to ensure that they were paid no less than $5,000 each to play the games in the US. Right now, the Federation has paid them $3,000, and has promised that they will be paid the rest of their money after FIFA delivers a portion the proceeds from this year's World Cup: Ruperto Vicente - President, FFB "We still owe the each player $2,000 Belize dollars. We have paid them some of that money because each player was promised $5,000. As you all are aware the players had force the Federation into signing an agreement with them for them to be paid $5,000 each. The players were aware that the Federation does not have that kind of money and we still don't have it, but by the 15th July the Federation is going to be receiving some monies, so we are going to be able to pay the players all their monies." Reporter "Sir, your participation at the World Cup was paid by whom?" Ruperto Vicente "FIFA has its congress every year, so the 209 federation in the world FIFA sponsors 3 delegates. So FIFA pays for 3 delegates from Belize. I as the president have to be there, the general secretary has to be there and one other member of the executive, so FIFA pays the airfare, FIFA pays the hotel and all other expenses for the 3 delegates. The rumor that went around that the federation had used its own monies to get to Brazil that was untrue. We cannot afford it. If FIFA had not paid for us to be there to attend the congress we would not have been able to go there."

Rawel Pelayo Under US Indictment; FFB Exec Seat Almost Vacant
And who can forget that when FFB Vice President, RawellPelayo, was picked up by DEA officials when he arrived as a part of the football delegation representing Belize at the Gold Cup. Since then, he's been in detention for almost a year under indictment for narcotics smuggling, but he still holds an elected seat in the FFB executive. Today, we asked FFB President Vicente about what has been done to deal Pelayo's vacant seat. Here's what he said: Ruperto Vicente - President, FFB "Mr. Pelayo is a still a member of the executive of the Football Federation of Belize. We tabled the suspension at our last congress where congress members are of the opinion that Mr. Pelayo should be given more time on the Federation's executive because we don't know what will become of his case." Reporter "The criticism here is that he has been away for months and he hasn't really done anything here in Belize and with the FFB during his time away in the US." Ruperto Vicente "Well that is true. As an executive we cannot suspend Mr. Pelayo, it takes the congress to suspend. The congress is the ultimate authority of the Football Federation and so when the congress say no, it is no, so we cannot do anything about it." Reporter "During his time away, is he still getting paid?" Ruperto Vicente "No executive member gets paid. We are not paid, it's all voluntary."

FFB Stadium Will Be Ready for Champions
And another bit of good news for the football community, the Belmopan Bandits will be allowed to participate in the CONCACAF Champion's League. As we told you the FFB Stadium has been receiving a 1.8 million dollar upgrade funded by FIFA. This was in an effort for Belize reach the qualifying standards to play in the games, and after assessing the progress on stadium made so far, CONCACAF says that the Belize can now participate. Vicente told us that it's welcome news for the 2014 Premier League Champs, The Bandits: Ruperto Vicente - President, FFB "We have received the green light but we still have the pitch to get ready by the 2nd of July and that's going to confirm their participation. Yes there are in and all we need to do now is to prepare the pitch for them." Reporter "Did you meet the deadline that had been in place?" Ruperto Vicente "Certainly we met the deadline, but just they gave us an extension to complete the pitch itself."

The Fire Aftermath
At the top of the newscast, we told you about the aftermath of the human tragedy in the Kimmy's Fire on Wednesday morning. But apart from the loss of 21 year old Jacqueline Arteaga's life, there is also substantial loss of property. Geovanni Smith of Business Computer Systems told us he lost two hundred and fifty thousand dollars - and that's just for the items he had inside! The three-story, eighty plus year old building was owned by Buster Chavannes - which is a separate loss. Neither Smith's contents nor the Chavannes structure could be insured because the building is wooden. His neighbor, Pandora's Caf� who has been in that location for ten years is in the same situation. The building he rents wasn't insured and it wasn't destroyed, but just about everything he had inside was destroyed either by fire or water. Today we found him picking up the pieces. He asked to appear off camera:.. Wilson, Owner - Pandora's Cafe "The whole roof is gone, so t cannot be used for anything else right now. It happened so fast."

Channel 5

Late evening shooting at Fabers Road - police aim at burglars
There was a shooting a few minutes ago on Fabers Road and Whistling Duck Street. According to an unconfirmed report, police were in hot pursuit of two burglars who had [...]

Elvin Penner appears in court for private prosecution
Since last September, it came to light that there was gross corruption in the issuance of Belizean passports to person who clearly did not qualify. In the case of South [...]

More damning information in the Auditor General Report on immigration scandal
The interim report of the Auditor-General Dorothy Bradley was leaked to COLA two weeks ago and handed over to the media this week. It has now made its way before [...]

Still no charges against Southern Regional's Administrator Nasley Sommerville
As much as three hundred and seventy thousand dollars was siphoned off from the Southern Regional's Maternal and Child Health account over two years. Administrator Nasley Sommerville has been fingered [...]

US Ambassador Carlos Moreno on Human Trafficking report
US Ambassador Carlos Moreno has hit the ground running. The US head of mission arrived on Saturday and on Tuesday; he was greeted with an anti-homosexual protest as he presented [...]

An update from the Rod of Correction
COLA stood against Penner today but the organization didn't stand alone. Representatives from the recently formed Rod of Correction were on hand. R.O.C. has come under fire from Prime Minister [...]

Belize clear of CHIKV, but remains on full alert
Since chikungunya fever became an emerging threat within Latin America and the Caribbean in April, the spread of the mosquito-transmitted infection has been closely monitored regionally.� The number of CHIKV [...]

Vector Control Unit outlines MOH strategy
According to Chief Operations Officer Kim Bautista, of the Vector Control Unit, the combination of two particular species of disease-transmitting mosquitoes is responsible for the rapid spread of chikungunya across [...]

Belizeans growing older and living longer
A recent study indicates that Belizeans are living longer if they survive the first year after birth. That's what surveys by the Statistical Institute of Belize are concluding. In the [...]

Egbert Ferguson is arraigned for handling stolen good, but claims police brutality
Twenty-two year old Egbert Ferguson was charged today with handling stolen goods. The charge came following allegations that Ferguson was in possession of a Dell Laptop stolen, along with other [...]

F.F.B. field gets a two-million dollar facelift
The Football Federation of Belize facilities in Belmopan are getting a much needed facelift, to the tune of two million dollars. The upgrade includes a FIFA certified field with certified [...]

Basketball Champions to compete against Mexican ballers
Hard on the heels of the National Elite Basketball League championship, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks are preparing to take on a Mexican delegation of athletes this weekend in Corozal [...]

New Horizon Belize 2014 comes to an end
A closing ceremony was held today for New Horizons Belize 2014 after the completion of two projects in education and health. Personnel from the U.S. Southern Command were here for [...]

Joint Operation and Intelligence Center active and successful
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Belize Considered With The Highest Murder Rate In The World
Belize made it on the list of ten world countries with the highest murder rate. Data from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime shows the most up-to-date available homicide rates per 100,000 people for the most populous cities of 137 countries. The Americas overtook Africa as the region with the highest murder rate in 2012 - with eight of the world's 10 deadliest cities found there. As for Belize it was listed as the fourth country with the highest murder rate based on the 2011 figures which was 105.1 per hundred thousand. The report shows that the majority of the homicides take place in one particular area of Belize City mainly sought side where gang violence is rampant.

Same Mosquito Specie That Carries Dengue Virus Is The Same For Chikungunya
Yesterday we told you about the press conference that the Ministry of Health will be holding tomorrow regarding the emerging threat of the Chikungunya disease that is quickly spreading throughout the Caribbean. Reports show that the virus has recently spread to 17 countries in the Caribbean, including Haiti and Cuba, where the number of chikungunya cases now tops 189,000, according to the Pan American Health Organization. And as of last week, 80 cases of chikungunya have been reported in 13 U.S. States. The good news is that there has been no reported case in the country of Belize.

BSCFA Reports Poor Quality Of Cane And Urges Cane farmers To Deliver Fresher Cane
As mentioned in the weekly crop review report it took 12.06 tons of cane to produce one ton of sugar, this week. That's not good news since it means that cane quality has dropped significantly. What makes matters worse, is that as we lean closer to the end of the 2013-2014 Sugar Cane Crop Season, deliveries of cane to the mill has been slow. Now, it is important to remember that cane famers get paid based on quality and not quantity thus they are being asked to deliver better quality cane to the factory. Alfredo Ortega- Vice Chair, BSCFA "En estos momentos quiero aprovechar a decirle a los caneros de que no estamos haciendo muy bien en la calidad de cana esperamos de ellos realmente cooperen en entregar cana m�s fresco al ingenio y que traten aquellos grupos que no han entregado cana para miembros de su grupo que lo hagan aunque sea una porci�n y que puedan aprovechar de entregar algo de su cana por ellos no hacen su dinero si no entregan sus cana entonces la Asociaci�n les pide a los grupos de que por favor luchen de entregarle algo a todas esas personas para que as� el peso no solo caiga en solo un canero.

Corozal Methodist Primary School Holds GREAT Program
The final leg of the GREAT program piloted in the Corozal District took place today at the Corozal Methodist Primary School with 30 more students forming part of over 5,000 certified GREAT participants. The Gang Resistance Education and Training program is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program with law enforcement officers instructing classroom courses. This marks the fourth year that the G.R.E.A.T program has been implemented in primary schools country wide. Dephane Augustine - W-Inspector Community Policing. "These students they made history today, because it is Corozal first year in being a part of this G.R.E.A.T. program, the join in the five thousand plus student that we had graduated from this program over the past four years."

Miss Earth Belize To Represent In Nasua, Bahamas
Tomorrow Miss Earth Belize, 20 year old Amber Rivero and 14 other Miss Earth Queens who participated in the 2013 Miss Earth Pageant in Manila, Philippines last December will head out to Nasua, Bahamas. The women were extended the invitation by Miss Earth Bahamas, Vandia Sands, and the Bahamas Beauty Organization. All delegates will have the opportunity to tour the country. The main objective of the visit is or the beauty queens to build worldwide friendship. Rivero is expected to return home on Tuesday July 1st.

Pregnant Woman Caught Inside The Burning Establishment
The tranquil scenery of the historic New Town Barracks in Belize City was quickly disrupted by crackling noises emanating from a massive fire that gutted the Asian establishment known to many as Timmys Bar around 4:00 this morning. In its wake, one female person later identified as 24 year old Jacqueline Arteaga perished in the fire. Arteaga was one of four persons who were in the building when the fire started. The other three persons managed to escape unhurt through their room windows. The fire, which raged for hours, was fuelled by winds from the Caribbean Sea right across from the establishment which presented a challenge for fire fighters and other responders. Timmy's Bar was on the ground floor and upstairs were dwelling apartments. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the rooms housed women believed to be sex workers who were trapped in their rooms because they were padlocked in.

Statistical Institute Of Belize Hold Press Conference
The Statistical Institute of Belize released their findings in the Consumer Price Index, External Trade and life expectancy rates in a press conference this morning in Belize City. And while the outlook is not good for Belizeans, the institute reported a steady increase of 1.6 percent for the Month of May compared to last year's indicators. The single largest contributor to the increase were higher transport costs followed by housing, water, gas, food and insurance premiums. Outside of food and energy, there were widespread price pressures as well. Airline tickets were on average 24 percent higher than in May 2013. Prices in home rental also showed an increase of 1.5 percent compared to last year. Utilities such as water tariffs showed a rise roughly by 7 percent. Electricity showed a decrease from last year at 8 percent, this was due to the new tariff that came in effect this year.

Weekly Crop Review For Week Twenty Two
There are more stories ahead but first let's take a look at the weekly crop review. Carmelita Perez - Reporting June 22nd 2014 marked the end of week 22 of the 2013/2014 sugar cane crop season. The report, provided by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, shows that for week 22 the factory milled fifty one thousand eight hundred and ninety five tons of cane. To date, the factory has milled a total of one million ninety eight thousand thirty seven tons of cane. Last year the factory milled nine hundred and twenty nine thousand four hundred and sixty three tons cane during the same time frame. Taking a look at sugar production, four thousand three hundred and four tons of the sweetener was produced for week 22. An overall of one hundred and thirteen thousand six hundred and forty eight tons of the product have been produced so far. Last year, the factory produced ninety nine thousand nine hundred and seventy tons of sugar during the 22 weeks of crop.

BSCFA Faces Eight Non-Compliances
Like many other organization's that fall under the umbrella of Fairtrade, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, which represents more than 6,000 cane farmers here in the north, sees a massive benefit. The association receives U.S$60.00 per ton of sugar sold to Fairtrade. This means they are paid the highest premium of all certified Fairtrade organisations worldwide. For the BSCFA, it is a welcomed benefit given that in a country of only 320,000 people, some 50,000 plus are dependent on the sugar industry for survival. When first certified in 2008 the association's initial audit showed 28 non-compliances leading to an immediate suspension of Fairtrade Certification. Measures set in place to remedy those loop holes and the BSCFA was re-certified.

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The Aftermath of the Newtown Barracks Blaze
Only charred remains can be seen following the blaze that consumed three structures in the early morning fire that occurred just after four o'clock on Wednesday morning. Today, about 36 hours later, the business owners are out making their last rounds to see what can be salvaged in the rubble. One of those business owners is Wilson of the popular coffee shop, Pandora. With the incident so fresh, Wilson says it still hasn't sunk in and the way forward is still unknown. WILSON - Pandora's Caf� "I have no idea, no idea at all. We are just waiting for what we can we'll go from there. It happened so fast yesterday, there's no plan we couldn't have a plan. We were not planning on this. The building did not burn down but the whole roof is gone. So this cannot be used for anything else for right now." RENEE TRUJILLO "Tell me about your loss in terms of assets that you lost; I know that the building wasn't yours but the business was yours and there's a lot of equipment and furniture. Was it ensured?" WILSON "We weren't insured. Right now we don't know if any of our equipment is usable. When we move in there we hope that some of them are still usable. Hopefully some of the things are still usable because that is a lot. Not just equipment but a lot of our stock is burned or damaged."

The Life of Jacqueline Arteaga: More Questions Than Answers
It was an inferno that took down three business houses in the Newtown Barracks area in Belize City in the wee hours of Wednesday morning ��.but in the wake of its blaze, the fire also claimed the life of a young mother of three children, 21-year-old, Jacqueline Arteaga. The aftermath, some 36 hours later, is seeing the presence of fire officials, police investigators and business owners trying to collect the remnants of what was once their bread and butter��.but for one woman, Maria, she is dealing with a different kind of grief�she is faced with the task of having to bury her daughter, Jacqueline. We spoke with Maria today to get the mother's perspective and a behind the scenes understanding of who Jacqueline was. MARIA "I don't want to say that anybody forced her to work anywhere because that is not true. She works whenever she wants. She just came to live here like three months ago. When she came, she came to live with me. She passed through a lot of things and afterwards she met Butchis Mandy and he and Marilyn asked her if she wanted to work, she told them yes and she started to work. She told me, 'mom, I will work for a few days' and sometimes when she worked, she only worked one week and then she stopped and then one month after she told me she would work another week. She worked another week and then she stopped and then she told me that Ms. Merilyn would rent her a room there at Kimmie's Night Club. She used to rent rooms upstairs. She got a room and moved there."

Trial Date Set For Former Minister, Elvin Penner
Attorney Ellis Arnold and his client Elvin Penner appeared in the court room of Magistrate Aretha Ford this morning in regards to a private prosecution brought by Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA. A trial date was set and the trial is to commence on July 24th. COLA is leaning heavily on the interim Auditor General Report which was leaked to them a few weeks ago. Penner's attorney was provided with further disclosure on the matter. However COLA's Attorney Kareem Musa says that they still are need of other documents from the office of the commissioner of police. Musa says they are still waiting to get their hands on the actual Won Hong Kim Passport which is yet to be brought to the country by Taiwan. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING "COLA's President, Geovanni Bracket, and Attorney Kareem Musa arrived at about 8:30am. Former Minister of State and the accused Elvin Penner appeared few minutes before 9 o'clock and his attorney, Ellis Arnold, came in a short while after. In the last court session, Musa provided partial disclosure and so today further disclosure was handed over to Arnold. Inside the courtroom, July 24th was set as the trial date. Exiting out of the court, like previous occasions, Penner had nothing to say." HIPOLITO NOVELO "Mr. Penner can we have a comment?" LOCAL REPORTER "Mr. Penner you are expected to come back here one last time for trial date what is your expectation?"

Digicel Explains Faults in Phone System
BTL customers are experiencing interruption with their Digicell service. Officials of the company say they have been hard at work to ensure that services will be restored as soon as possible. Kevin Hope is the company's Chief Technology Officer. KEVIN HOPE "Just before 4am today, we had an internal failure on one of our systems that provides power to one of our core network mobile switching equipment that is stationed in our offices in Belmopan. As a result of that, our equipment went out of service and our technical team of engineers and technicians responded and they have been working since then full time restoring service to our customers. So far we have been able to restore a number of the systems, we're still working on some others to fully restore service and the work is ongoing at this time. Our engineers and technicians are currently fully supported by our external vendor Ericson and so as a complete team, we have all parties fully engaged working on this issue to bring back complete service to our customers. We believe we are taking the right steps at this point and very shortly we are hoping to have all services restored to our customers." According to General Manager, Customer Service and Public Relations Dionne Miranda customers are being affected in a number of ways.

Thousands of Dollars Deemed ‘Misused’ at Southern Regional Hospital
Nasley Sommerville remains in suspense tonight after a detailed report by the Auditor General found that thousands of dollars were misused under Sommerville's management at the Southern Regional Hospital. Sommerville is at the middle of the accusations and is expected to be charged. CEO in the Ministry of Health Dr. Peter Allen provided an update. PETER ALLEN "I was actually trying to contact the police in Dangriga just yesterday but we were unable to contact them; we will be trying again today and tomorrow and we will be happy to give you an update as soon as we know exactly what's happening." LOCAL REPORTER "Is there any update in relation to the Public Service Commission having arrived at a decision?" DR. PETER ALLEN "Well as far as I am aware the Public Service Commission has not yet heard the case. My understanding of the particular case is that the concern of the Director of Public Prosecutions was to make sure that anybody else who may be involved or maybe responsible that that would be covered at the same time."

Thieves Escape with Gold Chain After Store Robbery
A business establishment in the Stann Creek District was robbed on Wednesday. We get the details in this report from correspondent Harry Arzu. HARRY ARZU "A hardware store located on Stanley Drive in this municipality was robbed at gunpoint yesterday shortly after one o'clock. Inside the store at the time were the owner, Isabelle Miranda, his 16-year-old son, Christian Miranda and his 14-year-old daughter, Emily Miranda. Reports are that three men entered the business establishment and held up the owner and his two children at gunpoint. Emily Miranda spoke to Love News about the ordeal. EMILY MIRANDA "When they came in they asked for my dad to come and help them. I called my dad and he came; they then proceeded to ask him for a rake. As he pulled down the rake they pulled out a gun and said ''Relax big man''. My brother proceeded to come with a laptop in his hand and said ''Take anything you want'. My brother signaled to me and I ran to my neighbor and started giving the news for everyone to come. By that point I heard a gunshot from which they were aggravating my brother. In the back room they grabbed him and put a gun to his head and the bullet grazed his head. My neighbor's nephew chased after them on bike. One of their bike chains burst and they ended up double riding; by then they rode away. When I came I just saw my dad and my brother and they were both okay. All they went with was a chain. "

Farmers Want $10 Per Sugar Ton….ASR Says 51 Cents
After a delay of eight weeks for the start of the sugar crop finally on January 13 BSI and the BSCFA signed an interim agreement to resume and conclude a new commercial agreement between the two private entities and expand the scope to include negotiations for the payment for bagasse. The target was to reach an agreement before or by the end of the crop season. That date is fast arriving with the announcement that the crop season will close on July 8. For the most part during the time negotiations were being held we heard the position of the cane farmers who demanded payment of ten dollars for a ton of sugarcane delivered. That proposal was rebutted by BSI some two months ago when the milling company presented a counterproposal in which they claim the most they can pay per a ton of sugar is fifty one cents. As expected that proposition did not settle well among cane farmers. While the BSCFA negotiating team made itself accessible to the media to give updates on the negotiations, BSI only stated its position through a handful of press releases. That is until today, when Financial Director at BSI-ASR Belizario Carballo Jr. appeared on Estereo Amor's morning show to explain why payment can only be 51 cents per ton of cane. Arturo Cantun reports. ARTURO CANTUN REPORTING BSI and Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association are two private entities. According to Belizario Carballo Jr., for this reason the matters discussed during the negotiations should have been kept private between the two. But because the BSCFA has been making several media appearance and in instances sharing wrong information, BSI decided to explain its position on how it arrived at 51 cents per a ton of cane. Carballo told us they were clear to cane farmers on their bases for their formula.

Isuzu D-Max Stolen From Belmopan Businessman
A businessman from Belmopan is asking the public for assistance in recovering his vehicle that was stolen. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports. FEM CRUZ "49-year-old Belizean businessman, Victor Perdomo, a resident of Belmopan reported that sometime between the hours of 9:30am and 10:45am on Wednesday, June 25, his blue 2003 4-door Isuzu D-Max pickup truck bearing license plate number CYC23058 valued at $55,000 Belize dollars was stolen. His truck was parked at Cardinal's Hardware located on Cardinal Avenue in Belmopan City when it was taken. The Perdomo family is asking the public for their help by reporting any information they might have to the police or to contact them directly at 601-4743, 802-2221 or 629-1857."


Penner will Go to Trial!
The Elvin Penner Prosecution is certainly not a smooth ride for the small grassroots organization COLA and their attorney Kareem Musa. �Prior to the leakage of the auditor general’s preliminary report, prosecutors had been scrambling for evidence in a legal maze with road blocks at every corner. In the...

Luke Palacio Responds to PM's Comments that Palacio is Rude
Members of the newly formed NGO known as the Rod of Correction or ROC also showed their presence at today’s court session. Luke Palacio, president of the NTUCB, attended as a member of ROC. In a press conference on June 11th, the Prime Minister described Palacio as rude and...

Fire Service Defends Approach to Deadly Wednesday Morning Fire
The section of Newtown Barracks between Barrack Road and Wilson Street remains cordoned off today as investigations continue into Wednesday morning's deadly fire that claimed the life of a pregnant mother of three, Jacqueline Arteaga. The 23-year-old was reportedly too afraid to jump from the top floor where she...

Armed Robbery Hits Dangriga
Three male persons entered a store in Dangriga and fired a shot but left only with a necklace. Dangriga Correspondent Harry Arzu reports. Harry Arzu- Correspondent for Plus TV “Police here are investigating a robbery that occurred at this hardware store located at #90 Stanley Drive in Dangriga.� The...

Statistical Institute Releases Latest National Indicators
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) on Wednesday held another in its series of press conferences, this time covering four major batches of statistics: the monthly consumer price index; external trade; news on life expectancy for Belizeans, and the twice-yearly labour force survey. We will start with the last,...

Bandits will Represent Belize in the 2014 Champion League
The Belmopan Bandits, after becoming the National Champions of Belize, have been awarded an opportunity to participate in the upcoming Champions League. However with no official club field, the Bandits relied on the FFB football stadium to meet requirements to participate in the tournament. However, up to the time...

FFB President Says the Federation will Finish Pay the Players
During the world cup selection tournament, the Belize Jaguars gave a stellar performance placing Belize on the football map; and though we’ve never made it to the Gold Cup, it did instill a sort of hope in all Belizean Football fans that someday we will. However, all fanaticism aside,...

Two Teenagers Apprehended for Robbery
Two teenagers, a 15 year old and a 16 year old, have been detained by police following an armed robbery in Belize City yesterday morning. 46-year-old Weibo Liang, a �businessman of West Canal, reported that at about 11:50 a.m., as he opened the door for his shop – Long...

September Celebrations Theme Announced
September Celebrations are not too far off, and so the theme for the 2014 celebrations has already been chosen. "Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize!" . That is the theme for Belize's 216th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George's Caye and the 33rd Anniversary of Belize's Independence....

Top PSE Scorers in the West Honoured
The Ministry of Education honoured the top PSE performers for the entire country of Belize yesterday. Today the top performers for the Cayo District division were acknowledged at the Sacred Heart College school gymnasium in San Ignacio. After the ceremony,� we spoke with the top three performers who shared...

Infrastructural Works Continue in San Ignacio
The first phase of works on Burns Avenue in San Ignacio is now complete but the work is not over. �Works are now being done on the upper part of that avenue where BWS has begun to lay pipes on King Street up to the old Benque Road. William...

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Young woman Perishes in Fire
An early morning fire on Barrack Road has left 3 business places in ruin, and a 21 year-old woman dead in the blaze. It happened at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The fire started at Kimmy's Club which doubles as a bar on the lower flat, and an apartment building on the second floor. The bar had been closed for a few hours, when someone from the neighbourhood alerted Merlyn Moreira, the owner and her common-law husband that a fire was spreading on the lower flat. She had 2 other tenants in the upper flat, and they tried to warn everyone that the building was on fire. When they got out of the building everyone tried to look for Jacqueline Arteaga, who was trapped inside the burning building. The entire structure was wooden, and so by that time, the fire had already destroyed large portions of the building. She and another female tenant was coaxed by the owners and by concerned neighbours for her to jump out of the window, but she refused saying that she was pregnant, and that she didn't want to hurt her unborn child.

Beggar's Paradise
Nigel Petillo wants to be involved in just about everything that takes place and its things that happen all over the place. Well he was at it again this weekend as he wanted to make his way to Toledo. The problem is that Petillo claims to be broke. In fact he seems to be broke all the time, except of course when he takes those expensive trips to the Guatemalan side of the border- Flores Peten to be precise. But we are straying from the topic; this weekend Petillo wanted to go to the Toledo district. But broke as he always is, he resorted to his old tactic of begging on Facebook. He is known to beg for phone credits, so when we saw his mendicant ways surface again on the social media, we were not surprised. And because we know that the PUP is somehow behind Petillo, either covertly or overtly, we were also not surprised when the PUP chairman of the Stann Creek West Constituency committee promptly replied to the beggar. Emilio Zabaneh was quickly able to align the PUP's agenda with that of Petillo and offered to help. Of course Zabaneh first had to ask his Dad for the loot to be able to finance Petillo.

Unemployment Rate Falls from 14.2 to 11.1 Percent Women Cont
In every municipality of the country, people are working to develop their community. Therefore, it doesn't take a statistician to figure out that unemployment is down in Belize. However, it is important to pay attention to the labour force survey conducted by the Statistical Institute of Belize because it tells us much more than unemployment figures. The labour force survey provides useful information such as who are working; where are the jobs available and what types of jobs are available. The Statistical Institute of Belize released its preliminary results for the April 2014 labour force survey on Wednesday, June 25, and it shows that the unemployment rate has decreased from 14.2 percent in September of 2013 to 11.1 percent in April of 2014. (Also down from 11.7 percent in April of 2013) The labour force is made up of everyone 14 years of age and older who is employed, available and looking for work. In April of 2014, 2,753 households were randomly selected to be a part of the survey and responses were obtained from 6,500 individuals 14 years and older. 63.8 percent of those individuals were in the labour force. The others are students, housewives and others who were not available for work. According to SIB, there are now 151,317 people in the labour force which is an increase of 1,883 when compared to April, 2013. There are 93,411 males and 57,906 females in the force. 3,003 more males joined the labour force in 2014 and 1,120 females fell out. The Belize and Cayo Districts are responsible for 57.5 percent of the labour force at 35 percent and 22.5 percent respectively. Orange Walk hosts 12.7 percent, Corozal 12.6 percent, Stann Creek 10.1 percent and Toledo has 7 percent. The Belize District has the highest unemployment rate at 14.3 percent and Toledo has the lowest at 4.1 percent.

More Roads for Belmopan
Residents in the nation's capital, the City of Belmopan and surrounding communities will soon enjoy a safer and pleasant road infrastructure to serve both residential and commercial activities as a result of the signing of a contract for the rehabilitation/paving of Almond Boulevard and Chiquibul Street. The street infrastructure project, valued at BZ $417,802.00 is financed by the Government of Belize through a loan from the World Bank under the Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP). Signing the Contract on June 19, at SIF's headquarters, Belmopan was the Executive Director, Social Investment Fund Mr. William Lamb Jr., and the contractor, Mr. Jimmy Dueck of Synergy Construction of the Cayo District. Other officials present at the signing included the Deputy Mayor, Belmopan City Council, Ms. Anna Guy, Project Coordinator, Mr. Ernest N. Raymond, and the Consultant, Mr. Carlton Young of Young's Engineering Consultancy. The current state of Almond Boulevard is that the street is unpaved extending 280 metres from Constitution Drive and from the East and intersects with Chiquibul Street that extends southward for 240 metres where it culminates at the intersection with Humming Bird Drive.

Court of Appeals upholds Supreme Court Judgement on ACES case
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Government of Belize is liable for damages to American Couple Vince and Cherie Chenot-Rose because the Police Department did not do enough to protect their property in Toledo when a mob of Mayan Villagers burnt it to the ground. Readers may remember that on August 30, 2010, 8 year-old Benjamin Rash, and his 11 year-old sister, Onelia, went missing from their village in San Marcos, Toledo. They were selling fruits, and they were last seen in the Toledo District. After they went missing, the entire village joined the Rash family in the search to find them, and a few days later, a "witch doctor" Delfina Alvarez gave them information that they were at the Rose property. Up until September 5, 2010, the Rose couple, who are biologists and wildlife behaviourists, built and managed a sanctuary for problem crocodiles caught all over the country. This wildlife conservation post was called the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), and it was located at Forest Home Village, Toledo - just outside of Punta Gorda Town.

Mother refuses to testify against man who injured her child
On Monday, June 23, charges of dangerous harm were withdrawn against Andy Cruz, 35 who was accused of injuring his 1 year old daughter. Cruz had been charged with dangerous harm upon the child on March 15, 2009. In court, prosecutor Leeroy Banner entered a Nolle Prosequi after the child's mother refused to testify in the trial which was set to start in the court room of Justice Troadio Gonzalez. After the Nolle Prosequi was entered Cruz was set free of the charge.

DPP appeals acquittal of lawmen
The 5 law men who were accused and acquitted of facilitating the biggest drug cargo on record to land in Belize, are back before the courts to try to resist an attempt by the Director of Public Prosecutions to have their case reopened. DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal wants them to face a re-trial. In November of 2012, Police Corporal Renel Grant, Corporal Nelson Middleton, Sergeant Lawrence Humes, Customs Boatman Harold Usher, Sergeant Jacinto Roches, and civilian Victor Logan were all put on trial before Justice Denis Hanomansingh for the charge of abetment to commit a crime. They were accused of assisting in the landing of a twin Engine Beechcraft King Air 200 plane in the Bladden area of the Southern Highway on November 13, 2010. On that plane were just over 2,600 kilos of compressed cocaine, which was offloaded, but quick response from law enforcement led to the confiscation of the drugs and the securing of the aircraft.

Nolle Prosequi in Murder trial
On Monday, June 23, 27-year-old Marlon Foreman ran out of the Supreme Court after he was declared a free man by Justice Troadio Gonzalez. Foreman stood accused of the murder of Barney Cunningham which occurred on January 2, 2009. At the time Cunningham, then 20, was on Curl Thompson Street in the Jane Usher Boulevard area helping 42-year-old Edmund Castillo move his family from Baracat Street to Curl Thompson Street when a lone gunman pulled up in the area and opened fire at the group. Cunningham received a single gunshot to the left side of the head and died on January 6 while undergoing treatment. Also injured in the shooting were Edmund Castillo, 42, who was grazed under his chin, Enrique Alvarez, who was shot in the right foot, and Glenford Myers, who was shot to the leg.

Alleged Immigration Fraud Mastermind Released on Bail
The alleged mastermind of an immigration scheme, Marleny Elizabeth Castellanos, 45, and her common-law-husband, Alfredo Marcos, are out of jail after Justice Traodio Gonzalez granted them bail on Friday, June 20. Castellanos is being accused of arranging false immigration documents for herself and numerous others and is facing as much as 40 different immigration charges. She was being held on remand due to the uncertainty of her immigration status and the potential that she is a flight risk. On Friday, June 6, her attorney, Kevin Arthurs, applied for bail at the Supreme Court on behalf of Castellanos and Marcos. Justice Gonzalez ruled on Friday, June 20, that the crown had not provided sufficient grounds to show that the two accused are not Belizeans and that they remain a flight risk. Despite a strong objection from the DPP's Leeroy Banner, Justice Gonzalez granted Castellanos bail in the sum of $20,000 plus two sureties of $10,000 and Marcos was granted bail in the sum of $10,000 plus two sureties of $5,000.

Jason Joseph Williams Convicted of Firearm Offenses
Jason Joseph Williams, 34, has been convicted of keeping firearm and ammunition without a gun license and handling stolen goods. The charges stem from a search police conducted on Williams on December 24, 2012 near the Princess Hotel and Casino. Williams was with a young child when he was pulled over by officers of the Gang Suppression Unit. According to police report, Sgt. Irma Anderson searched Williams and when she felt what appeared to be a gun in his pants she called Cpl. Daniel Pasqual to search further. Pasqual found a black and chrome 9 mm pistol in Williams' pants loaded with 14 live rounds. Williams was detained and the child's mother was called in to take the child home. Williams was charged with keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license. The gun, with serial number 317-05478, was traced to Orange Walk businessman, Walter Quinones, who reported his firearm stolen on February 13, 2012. Williams was charged additionally with handling stolen goods. Williams' trial concluded on Friday, June 20, before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. Donelle Hawke prosecuted the case and called Cpl. Pasqual and Sgt. Anderson as witnesses for the crown.

Will Lavern "Anti-Christ" Longsworth be Set Free?
Lavern "Anti-Christ" Longsworth was convicted on November 1, 2012 of the murder of David White, her common-law-husband. According to reports, on July 15, 2010 White and Longsworth, who lived together at #12 Castle Street, got into an argument around 12 midnight and Longsworth allegedly threw kerosene over him from a bottle. She then lit a lighter and set him on fire. Reports are that White ran out of the house and was followed by Longsworth who tried to out the flames from his body. White was hospitalized for a little over two weeks before succumbing to his injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on the morning of August 2, 2010. Longsworth, a mother of three children, was sentenced to life in prison by Justice Adolph Lucas on November 8, 2012. On June 10, 2014 Godfrey Smith appealed Longsworth's convicition as Appeal Justices Dennis Morrison, Minnet Hafiz-Bertram and Samuel Awich allowed him to enter new evidence into file. Justices Dennis Morrison, Minnet Hafiz-Bertram and Samuel Awich will pass judgment on Friday, June 27.

PC Jesus Marroquin Granted Bail
Police Constable, Jesus Marroquin, is out on the streets after he was released on bail by Justice Traodio Gonzalez. Marroquin is accused of the attempted murder of 19-year-old Elston Arnold. Arnold claims that at about 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014 he and three cousins had just left a wake for a friend in Ontario Village and were riding bicycles toward Mount Hope when they saw a brown Mahindra Police pick-up truck passing by. A few minutes later, as they were riding in front of Hill Top Bar, the police truck came back and four officers exited. The officers conducted searches on Arnold and his cousins but nothing illegal was found. Arnold said his cousin Calbert told officer Ricky Valencia that they are from the same Village and he shouldn't be treating them badly. According to Arnold, Ricky Valencia then shouted something to Calbert who rode off on his bicycle.

FCD reports on Macaw Trafficking in Chiquibul Forest
Last year, during the scarlet macaw breeding season a total of 13 active nests were identified along the banks of the Upper Macal and Raspaculo branch, of which 11 were systematically monitored. The other two nests failed at an early stage of development due to tree structural failure and early nest abandonment for an unknown cause. The monitored breeding pairs laid a total of 24 eggs. Of the 24 eggs laid, 12 hatched; while only 5 chicks successfully fledged the nest. Of the monitored nest 63.63% failed. Nest failure was attributed to tree structural failure (9%), natural predation (27.27%) and poaching (27.27%). The poached nests contained 33.3% of hatchlings, while 16.7% and 8% of the hatchlings were lost due to tree structural failure and natural predation respectively.

PG Town Board finances worsen
The situation at the Punta Gorda Town board is worsening by the day. The Ministry of Local Government has taken steps to appoint a Financial Controller to try to get a grip of the situation in that municipality after the current PUP Mayor, Anthony Fuentes, has proven himself to be completely incompetent. Even as steps are being taken to rescue the situation, things are worsening. The garbage collection in that town is almost non-existent and the garbage that is actually collected is taken to the dump site and thrown in the middle of the road. Even the garbage truck itself leaves a lot to be desired. These days it is seen being driven around the town with one of its wheels missing. The town board does not even have money to buy a tire.

Office of the Prime Minister Responds to...
Belmopan. June 24, 2014. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has noted with concern the continued attacks by some lawyers on Justice of Appeal Mr. Samuel Awich. These attacks, using the Belize Bar Association Resolution as their springboard, are contemptuous and contemptible. They seek to scandalize the Belize Court of Appeal by alleging bias on the part of a member of that court, and may well be actionable by the Director of Public Prosecutions. Indeed, even from the English common law, it is considered contempt to "prejudice mankind [by speech or writing] in favour of or against a party before the case is heard" and the same principle is reflected in the laws of Belize where it is stated to be an offence to write or do anything "with intent to excite any popular prejudice for or against any party to [court] proceedings." And there are cases pending before the Courts having to do with both (a) the acquisition of BTL and BEL (which case is definitely not at an end) and (b) the Bar Association against the Government of Belize on amendments to the Constitution on appointment of Judges of the Court of Appeal.

Minister Longsworth refurbishing community basketball courts
The Hon. Herman Longsworth, Area Representative for the Albert Constituency and the Minister of State with direct responsibilities for Youth and Sports in partnership with the National Sports Council has started the process of refurbishing community basketball courts in Belize City. The courts that have been refurbished so far include the Yabra Basketball Court that falls directly under the responsibility of the National Sports Council and is also in the Albert Constituency. As part of the refurbishment to the court, the entire playing area was repainted with the official dimensions, free throw and centre line in place, along with a newly installed electrical system. The fence will shortly be repaired and that will add security to the playing surface. Also, the mini-basketball court through Lindo's Alley also in the Albert Constituency was refurbished. The entire mini-court was painted and the lines for the mini court were also painted. The mini-court will be receiving a new basketball rim and backboard from the Hon. Herman Longsworth, the Area Representative.

San Pedro Tigersharks are National Elite Basketball Champions
The 2014 National Elite Basketball Championship came to an end on Sunday, June 22, out at the R. Angel Auditorium in San Pedro Town, where the home team and budding champions, the San Pedro Tigersharks defeated the Cayo Western Ballaz by the score of 60-52 in the third and final game of the championship series to capture the first ever National Elite Basketball Title. The top scorers for the San Pedro Tigersharks were Ashton Edwards with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals; Darwin Leslie with 10 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals, and Tyrone Edwards with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal. For the visiting Cayo Western Ballaz, their top scorers were Farron Louriano with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 steals and Kurt Burgess with 10 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Katy Sealy captures Gold in Heptathlon at Central American Championship
Belize had participation by members of the Belize Athletics Association at the XXV Central American Senior Championships held at the Estadio Olimpico Palacio de los Deportes UNAH, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from June 20-22, 2014. Belize fielded five female athletes, which included Kaina Martinez who competed in the 100metres, 200 metres, 4 x 100 m relay and 4 x 400 m relay; Katy Sealy who competed in the Heptathlon; Gloria Serano who competed in the Shot Put, Javelin and Discus competitions; Alexia Neal who competed in the 100m Hurdles and the 400m Hurdles and Ajahney Carr who competed in the 200metres and 400metres competition.

Karate Federation holds National championship
The Belize Karate Federation held its National Karate Championship sponsored by Olympic Solidarity on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town as part of Olympic Day Celebrations. The Federation held events in the Kumite (Fighting) category. In the female age group 12-13 years, 1st place went to Angely Zayden and 2nd place went to Trina Stephens. In the male age group 12-13 years, Caylon Dyck took 1st place, while Vincent Hulse captured 2nd place and in the age group 14-15 years, Ceasar Dyck captured 1st place and Basil Brown captured 2nd place. In the adult male category, in the 67 Kilograms category, 1st place went to Rafael Quiterio and 2nd place went to Christian Harrison. In the 75 Kilograms category, 1st place went to Ascension Hernandez and Peter Friesen took 2nd place.

Holy Redeemer girls and St. Martin's De Porres boys are Belize District primary schools basketball champions
The 2013-2014 Belize District Primary Schools Basketball Competition came to an end on Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Bird's Isle in Belize City. In the girls' championship game, Holy Redeemer School defeated Belize Elementary School by the score of 20-15. The top scorers for Holy Redeemer School were Zaria Jenkins with 12 points and Leeza Russell with 4 points, while the top scorer for Belize Elementary School was Alyanna Musa with 12 points. In the first game of the day in the girls' competition, Holy Redeemer School advanced to the championship round by winning over Pancotto Primary via the default route. In the second game, Belize Elementary School won handily over Guadalupe RC by the score of 32-13. The top scorer for Belize Elementary School was Alyanna Musa with 8 points, while the top scorer for Guadalupe RC was Shevaun Vaccaro with 4 points.

Softball Federation to host 6th Charles Solis Memorial tourney
The Belize Softball Federation is pleased to announce that the 6th Annual Charles Solis Memorial Softball tourney is scheduled for Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Rogers Stadium, the home of softball, in Belize. The tourney will include BTL the National Female Softball champions of Belize, Blazers the current leaders in this year's Belize City Competition, along with the other leaders in the Cayo Competition, Belize Rural Competition and the Orange Walk Association competition. The Charles Solis Memorial Tournament will utilise the Double Elimination Format and will commence at 9:00 am. At the end of the tourney, one of Mr. Charles Solis' sons will present the championship cup and the individual medals to the teams that finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The defending champions is Telemedia from Belize City.

BTL fumbles to victory
The 2014 Belize City Senior Female Softball Competition continued on Wednesday, June 18, at Rogers Stadium, the home of softball, in Belize between the defending Belize City champions BTL and the truly newcomer to the competition, the Beacon. BTL got on the scoreboard first when it scored a single run in the top of the 1st inning when second baseman Kimani Williams walked to open the game and later scored on two errors for a 1-0 lead. Telemedia in the top of the 2nd inning added another 5 runs on 2 hits. The inexperience Beacon committed a total of 5 errors. In the top of the 3rd inning, Telemedia then added a single run for a commanding 7 -0 lead. However, in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Beacon scored a three runs on 2 hits to cut the deficit to a 4 runs lead.

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September Celebrations theme chosen
The September celebrations are still a good two months away, but the National Celebrations Commission today announced the theme for this year's festivities. According to a press release issued this morning the theme is: "Industrious hands, intelligent minds, together for Belize." The theme will be used as [�]

Man assaulted, teenage boy detained as suspect
A man remains hospitalized in stable condition after being knocked unconscious in what authorities describe as a case of aggravated assault. Denver Stuart was the victim of the assault which happened on Tuesday near the junction of the old Northern Highway and the Phillip Goldson Highway. According [�]

Department of Environment prepares new strategy
The Department of the Environment continues to review its plans and strategies for the next decade and a second consultation with stakeholders was held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza today. Where the first consultation on the ten-year strategic development plan and five-year action plan was in broad and [�]

Ministry of Health preaches continued awareness on Chikungunya
Chikungunya may have an unusual and funny name, but the pain it is causing in the Caribbean Basin and on the mainland is no joke. As of June 20 more than 175,000 cases have been reported in 29 territories, 5,000 of which were confirmed in 19 territories from [�]

U.S. Ambassador touches down to protests
United States Ambassador to Belize, His Excellency Carlos Moreno, spent his first day in the capital responding to concerns from those who believe he has come to promote the rights of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons (LGBT) on behalf of the American government. On Tuesday of this week five persons, led [�]

Teenage boys are suspects in aggravated robbery case
Two teenage boys are in police custody pending investigation of a robbery in Belize City. Police say that around 11:50 am on Wednesday, the proprietor of Long Lucky shop Wei Bo Liang was accosted by two men as he opened his shop door. Police say that the [�]

Trial date set in Elvin Penner private prosecution
The private prosecution of Cayo Northeast area representative Elvin Penner by the group Citizen's Organized for Liberty Through Action, COLA, today moved one step closer to reality. The prosecution, led by attorney Kareem Musa today handed over one final document in its possession and the Magistrate set July 24 for the Penner to return to the Belmopan Magistrate's Court for hearing of the case. Musa, in a telephone interview, said that even though all of the files in possession of COLA have been handed over in the disclosure process, key files are still missing. These include the police investigation file, the Won Hong Kin file, which COLA claims is in the possession of Elvin Penner, and the actual passport that was issued to Kim while he was in prison in Taiwan.

The Great Forestry Opportunity in Belize
The economy of Belize once depended heavily on forestry-based industry�.especially during the second half of the 1800's and first half of the 1900's, it provided most of the jobs in what was then a British colony. Logwood for production of dye�.and mahogany for furniture production�.were the principal contributors to this export-oriented business. In the second half of the 1900's, pine lumber for the domestic construction industry became of importance, until the pine bark beetle wreaked havoc on our pine forest stocks in the late 1900's. More recently, the prized rosewood has been in the news�and the mahogany is still the center of our national emblem. Since the middle of the 1900's, with largely depleted forestry stock�.and with the advent of the land reforms of that period�.Belize moved away from forestry and towards a more agrarian economy. Did we miss the boat? Did we have to give up apples so that we can have oranges? Could we have had both? Is this question still relevant?


Cave Tubing in Belize
First you will arrive at Cave Tubing Belize's headquarters to pay and possibly eat lunch or you may eat after the tour depending what time you depart. Then you will hop into one of their 16-passenger vans to head the few miles down the road to the park. Admission to the park costs $5 USD and is included in the cost of the tour. Here you will change into clothing suited for water. I wore my bathing suit with running shorts and a tank top. The water temperature is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit so don't worry about wearing a ton of layers or even a wetsuit. Your guide will hand you your helmet with headlamp attached and your tube. To reach the beginning of the caves you must walk through the jungle on the nature trails. This is one main things that sets Cave Tubing Belize apart from the other tour companies. Cave Tubing Belize takes the time to show you the various wildlife and flora of the jungle. The walk can vary on time and distance depending on where you start on the river and how fast you walk. You definitely want to wear some sort of water shoes. No flip-flops are allowed. If you don't have a pair of sandals or shoes that you don't mind getting wet then you can rent water shoes for about $5 USD.

Limes, I LOVE Limes but Why Are There No Lemons in Belize? Oh Yes, And One Albino Pumpkin
But after seven years in Belize (great years, years that I am in NO WAY likening to prison), I think I am almost starting to get it. Sure I miss things more than lemons. Like my best friend TIVO (I still press the imaginary pause button on my remote control) or magazines and newspapers or book stores but your mind has a way of fixating on things it can't have and making you want them. But lemons are just not really sold on Ambergris Caye. And they have a different distinct taste that just fits in certain dishes. So when I spotted a rare bin of them in Greenhouse yesterday. 75 cents each I bought 2�to flavor water with. And I walked out hell-bent on finding out why there are no (well�not many) lemons in Belize.

Good Neighbour Belize Takes Helm of SICA
Prime Minister Dean Barrow recently travelled to the Dominican Republic to assume the presidency of the Central American Integration System, or SICA as it is more widely known, in a move that furthers Belize's reputation as a significant player in the Central American region. The closer ties envisioned by SICA member states also bodes well for regional tourism, and especially throughout the Mundo Maya, home of the ancient Maya civilisation that encompassed Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. In addition to ease of travel across today's borders, we hope that closer ties also mean that Belize's calls for strong environmental and responsible travel models are heard and acted upon. SICA, Sistema de la Integraci�n Centroamericana,came into existence on February 1, 1993 as the economic and political organisation ofCentral American states. Its goals areto enhance cooperation and further the aims of peace, political freedom, democracy and economic development in the region.

Easy Recipes for Isla Bonita - Jalapeno Chicken
Brown chicken in oil on both sides. Place in a 9�13 baking dish. In a blender combine wine, sour cream, flour, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, and peppers. Blend until smooth to make sauce. Pour sauce over chicken breasts, then sprinkle cheese over sauce and top with the onion rings. Bake covered at 325 degrees for one hour.

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BC High students build a house in Belize
Luke Tonry of Canton, Patrick O'Donnell of Duxbury, Hamza Jastania of Kingston, Brian Collins of Quincy and Brian Tung of Randolph, juniors at Boston College High School, recently returned from building a house for a woman in Belize. They were among 12 students and two teachers, Shawn Ahern of Boston and John Sullivan of Weymouth, who spent the first week of their summer vacation building a home for Josefina Garcia. The volunteers went to Belize to help the Hand in Hand Ministries build homes for residents in Belize City. Founded by two brothers, the group provides housing for people in Appalachia and Central America. The students also visited and delivered shoes to the Hand in Hand Outreach Center, which provides day care and preschool services for poor children. The shoes were bought with money raised from a bake sale and video game tournament.

Shrimp association secures funding for ASC certification
Thanks to funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), the Belize Shrimp Growers' Association is preparing member farms for Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) assessment. The IDB funding is through Compete Caribbean, a programme to support private sector development and competitiveness in 15 Caribbean countries. The Belize Shrimp Growers Association expects eight farms, representing 89 per cent of shrimp farms and more than 95 per cent of total farmed shrimp production in Belize, to enter assessment against the ASC Shrimp Standard later this year. Independent, third-party pre-assessment against the ASC standard for a number of the shrimp farms was carried out by the certification body SCS Global Services. The Belize Shrimp Growers Association has been working with Mauricio Mejia, WWF Mesoamerican Reef programme officer for aquaculture, to help the farms develop better management practices and reduce their environmental impact.


Video: Project Serve Belize 2014 - director's cut, 1hr12min.
In Feb 2014, a historical basketball game was played at the King's Children's Home in Belmopan, Belize. This single game would become the defining moment for countless young people...but this epic moment almost never happened. Follow the journey of 24 Canadians as they attempt to give a priceless gift to a group of kids who deserve it more than anything. It is a beautiful story of love, adventure, risk, determination and service.

Video: Garifuna Collective -African Festival- Germany 2014, 10min.
Belize's Garifuna Collective onstage @ The African Festival 2014 in Germany... Here is the begining of that Festival Viel Temperament, schnelle Rhythmen und unb�ndige Spielfreude -- wenn die Band aus Belize in Mittelamerika loslegt, geht das sofort in die Beine. Mit ausdrucksstarkem, mehrstimmigen Gesang und breit angelegter Perkussion feiern Garifuna Collective die ganze Bandbreite ihrer Kultur. Als Nachfahren entflohener Sklaven aus Afrika und karibischer Inselv�lker entwickelten die Garifuna ganz eigene Stilformen, die sie unabh�ngig und stolz gegen so manchen Kolonialherren verteidigten.

Video: Life in Belize Informational Webinar, 1hr4min.
How is healthcare in Belize? What about the QRP or Qualified Retired Persons Program? How about offshore banking? Our experts and community members answer these questions and more. Get to know the waterfront second home and retirement community of Orchid Bay, located in Belize's Corozal district.

Video: Matachica & Gaia Resorts, 4min.
Two sister resorts offer complete experience of Belize from beach setting to forest eco-destination Matachica & Gaia Resorts are two sister properties in Belize that provide very different Belizean settings and when paired together, offer a full 360-degree Belizean getaway, from active adventure to seaside indulgence. Matachica Resort & Spa is nestled on a secluded beach facing the world's second largest barrier reef and offers intimate villas and casitas vibrantly colored with thatched roofs and breathtaking views. Gaze at the Caribbean while swinging in a hammock, lie by the pool, dine at the award-winning Mambo Restaurant, hike, bike, scuba dive, and so much more. GA�A Riverlodge is located in the scenic Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and has long been one of Belize's most celebrated eco-tourism destinations. Drenched in natural beauty, this resort overlooks spectacular waterfalls, brilliant green forests and beautiful gardens. Exotic, comfortable cabanas are situated throughout the grounds and there is a fantastic restaurant and bar, plus tons of Belizian adventure just minutes away.

Video: Shark Hole 1 Belize - June 2014, 1min.
110 feet cave dive in Southern Belize.

Video: Belize Scuba Trip 2013 Waynes 12 Min Ver FINAL, 12min.

Video: Holding Stingrays in Belize 2014 Cruise, 2min.
Holding Stingrays in Belize 2014 Cruise

Video: Supreme Court Belize Mediation (Spanish), 7min.
The Mediation Process (Spanish) by Supreme Court Belize

Video: Supreme Court Belize Mediation (English), 6min.
The Mediation Process. by Supreme Court Belize

Video: Fresh from Belize | Starfruit Mango Pineapple Juice | GMO Free, 6min.

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