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Belize Sotheby’s International Realty participates in luxury real estate conference
Belize Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate firm based in Ambergris Caye, Belize recently participated in an orientation conference held for companies that have recently joined the Sotheby’s International Realty® network of residential real estate brokerages. The firm became a Sotheby’s International Realty […]

Police Barracks are almost complete
The San Pedro Police Department will soon be handed a new two storey wooden building complete with eight living quarters for our island officers. The construction of the new barracks was a project coordinated by a handful of businesspeople on Ambergris Caye and headed by Mukul Kanabar. After months of fundraising and slow but constant […]

San Pedro Preschool graduates 60
San Pedro Preschool was the final preschool to hold commencement exercises. Their ceremony was held on Sunday, July 6th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium starting at 4:30PM. Giving the welcome address was Luna Gonzalez, Ivanka Faber and Manuel Alamilla. The cuties serenaded guests with three songs the diplomas were issued out by Andrea Nuñez and […]

Land dispute between Tropic Air and Construction Depot Limited still not settled
There is still no breakthrough in the land dispute between Tropic Air and Construction Deport Limited. On Thursday June 12th, an injunction was served on part of the construction being done by Tropic Air on a land that they have a lease to on Ambergris Caye. The injunction was served by Construction Depot Limited, claiming […]

Two San Pedranos place in Free Style Swim Competition
On Sunday, July 6th the first ever, open-water, free-style swim competition was hosted in Belize City. Organized by Denise Diaz, a swim instructor with 10 years’ experience, the 350 meter swim and saw the participation of the country’s top swimmers. Taking first place was 15-year-old San Pedrano, Kian Ancona. In second place, and also from San […]

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Police seize over $10,000 and 70 pounds of weed
Police made several drug-related busts over the weekend resulting in over 70 pounds of marijuana, 2 grams of crack cocaine, a little less than $10,000 and eight arrests. The first bust happened last Friday just after 2:00 p.m. when police who had set up a checkpoint between mile 15 and 16 of the George Price Highway noticed a vehicle that turned around before approaching the checkpoint. Police pursued the vehicle and found it abandoned in the parking lot of a Hattieville supermarket. Police found 24-year-old Geovanni Requeña and 26-year-old Ellis Requeña inside the store with the key for the vehicle and a search of the trunk revealed two sacks of marijuana totalling 32,470 grams or 71.5 pounds. Both men were charged with drug trafficking. The second bust happened around 2:30 p.m. that same Friday after officials at the Belize Central Prison caught 25-year-old Natasha Lewis attempting to smuggle in 109 grams of marijuana to an inmate.

BAY Talent Show
The Belmopan Active Youths are having a Back to School fundraiser on Thursday, July 17th, at the George Price Center. Looks like they have a diverse line-up of talent coming to perform. "It's gonna be GOOD! Support the Belmopan Active Youths' Back-to-School Fundraiser! Help us help others!"

Rotaract Club Commended
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio was commended by St. Ignatius for all the support they gave the school. It might be a little dated, but the message remains, and they ended it so perfectly: 'We encourage you to keep moving forward and continue to assist in building a strong foundation for the schools in our community.'


Ramon Cervantes Jr. speaks out over father’s murder
Three persons have been officially charged in the kidnapping and murder of former senator and Mayor Ramon Cervantes Sr. However, there are still unanswered questions and the family of Ramon Cervantes say they are not entirely satisfied with the investigation.

Ramon says family does not own a Caye
The Lands Department had issued a release on Thursday in regard to the Goff’s Caye survey pegs that were found on that island. Those survey pegs caused concern since Goff’s Caye is one of the last Belizean small islands that is not privately owned and numerous Belizeans use the...

Shooting reported on Lizarraga Avenue
Police are investigating the fourth shooting incident in as many nights in Belize City; however this one took place on the Northside. Around 8:45 in the evening on Thursday, Godfrey Jones, Darrel Mayen and Christopher Mayen were socializing in front of Christopher Mayen’s residence when two men entered the...

Police lay murder charges in death of ex-Mayor’s brother
        41 year old fisherman James “Fada” Rhaburn faces murder charges two weeks after the death of 50 year old Michael “Spam” Ysaguirre, a fish cleaner, on June 28.  MichaelYsaguirre is the brother of former Mayor of Belize City Zenaida Moya. Between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m....

Red-handed burglar given seven years plus one in prison
21 year old Jason Awich will spend the next eight years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary. Mr Awich admitted to breaking into the home of Vincent Vernon on Regent Street West around 2:00 a.m. Friday morning where he attempted to steal a camera and camera equipment. Mr Vernon was...

Candidates gearing up for Belmopan Municipal Elections
          The 2015 Municipal elections are right around the corner. With less than 8 months away, political parties are starting to introduce their candidates.  Recently, the Peoples United Party has announced the support of their elected candidate Jose Chacon, while the United Democratic Party has...

PUC launches innovation programme for young entrepreneurs
On Friday, The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) launched its Innovation Programme Belize, under which it will hold an annual competition for young aspiring Belizean entrepreneurs and innovators. This year’s competition touches on mobile application development. A workshop for 45 selected participants from around the country to be held in...

New Belized-based company could be Securities Scam
The International Business world is wondering if Belize has a new Multi-billionaire or a new scam artist. That is because a new company called CYNK Technology, which lists its address in Belize, climbed in US Stock Markets from a grand total of $39.00 in assets to a valuation of...

Days of Healing moves on to Kelly Street
The Days of Healing Movement suffered a massive setback with the death of Tulio Caceres on the Friday before their Father’s Day event in the Mayflower Street area. And there has been even more hurting rather than healing since, as the violence in the City’s streets have claimed as many as...

Le Petit Art School Offers Classes In Belmopam
        Le Petit Art School is coming to Belmopan. The art school is a program that aims to teach children – ages 5 to 14- the foundations of painting and drawing to spark creative reasoning and harbor a passion for arts. Ruth Budram owner and manager...

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Woman tries to smuggle marijuana into Belize Central Prison in her vagina
One of the surest tickets to a stay in the Hattieville Central Prison, it seems, is attempting to smuggle marijuana past its tight security. But that hasn’t stopped many people from trying. The latest attempt led to a guilty plea from 25 year old Quinn Arnold of Conch […]

Belize City man critical after shooting
A Belize City man is in critical condition in hospital after being shot in the head this morning. The victim has been identified as 59 year old Julio Mendoza, who was attacked on Racoon Street Extension and rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. A single gunman approached […]

Belize-based company suspended by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has suspended a Belize-based company, CYNK Trading, after news surfaced that it may not be all that it appears to be. The company experienced a powerful surge on stocks traded on the U.S. market since June – approximately 25,000%, raising its […]

Doctor and businessman targeted in scam
Police are expected to bring charges against a woman who tried to ensnare two well-known Belize City professionals in a scam. Lee Mark Chang, the former political candidate and manager of Chon Saan Palace Restaurants, was contacted on Wednesday via text message from someone claiming to be Dr. […]

Toledo Alcaldes discuss Neighbourhood Watch initiative
Two new policing initiative could soon be implemented in the Toledo district. These are the Neighbourhood Watch program and the Citizens on Patrol/Special Constables initiative. A meeting was held today at the Punta Gorda Sports Auditorium which had the participation of Alcaldes from rural communities in this district […]

TIDE summer camp wraps up in Toledo district
Hundreds of children from the Toledo district took part in the 2014 summer camp sponsored by the Toledo Institute for Development and the Environment, TIDE. It is the biggest summer camp in the southern part of the country, and this year there were 6 different camp sites, including […]

Police may be close to solving fatal hit-and-run incident in Toledo
Police in Punta Gorda town say they are actively pursuing the driver of a vehicle that knocked down and killed a man on the Southern Highway on Sunday night. Twenty four year old Francisco Coy sustained fatal injuries and died on the spot. A minor who was also […]


13 Stunningly Beautiful Places in Belize You Need to Visit Before You Die
Great selection of sites and pictures from around Belize. Cayo rules the list, of course. ATM, Caracol, MPR, Xunantunich, and Barton Creek Cave are all on there.

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Belize's lobster, conch, and fish populations rebuild in no-take zones
A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that no-take zones in Belize can not only help economically valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas. The report—titled "Review of the Benefits of No-Take Zones"—represents a systematic review of research literature from no-take areas around the world. The report was written by Dr. Craig Dahlgren, a recognized expert in marine protected areas and fisheries management. The report comes as signatory countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity countries are being required to protect at least 10 percent of their marine territory.

Navy divers are in Belize for Southern Partnership Station '14
Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) are in Belize working with divers from the Belize coast guard service as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. “Today we took the coast guard divers out,” said Navy Diver 2nd Class Robert LaFrance, a MDSU 2 diver. “We got to know each other’s work habits a little bit.” The divers traveled about 12 miles from shore and dived in crystal-clear water. The clear water makes it easier for groups of divers to stay together and watch each other’s techniques. “This group of Coast Guard divers just graduated PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors),” said Senior Chief Navy Diver Russell Ciardiello, master diver for MDSU 2 Company 2-1. “For the most part, they don’t have any dives since their certifications. It went really well; couldn’t have asked for a better operation.” The MDSU divers will be traveling and diving in four different countries during the Southern Partnership Station mission, and they will be working with divers at each stop.

Trading Suspended on Mysterious Company Worth $4 Billion Despite Making No Money
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading Friday of Cynk Technology Corp., a mysterious social network operator whose stock price skyrocketed, despite having no members, no revenue, and no assets. The SEC ordered the stoppage because of "concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in Cynk's common stock." Cynk's stock jumped 23,067 percent in the past month from just a few pennies to $13.90, making the company worth more than $4 billion. The surge began in May, after closing at 6 cents on the 15, and then jumping 3.650 percent to close at $2.25 on June 17. The company's background is just as baffling. Its most recent SEC filing, by Cynk's lone employee Marlon Sanchez, listed its headquarters at an office building in Belize City, Belize, but its suite does not exist, the building secretary told Bloomberg. And its website, (plastered with pictures of celebrities it offers to buy contact information for) appears to have been registered by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Domains By Proxy.

History of Chocolate
For every child and even most adults, chocolate is a much sought-after treat. Despite threats of ‘It will rot your teeth’ adults can never put children off chocolate. But do you know how chocolate came into being? Did you know that chocolate dates back to 1900 BC? The cacao tree from which chocolate is made out of is native to Mesoamerica. Mesoamerica is an area stretching from modern day central Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica. It is said that various people from Mesoamerica such as the ancient Mokaya people, fermented, roasted and ground cocoa beans to make chocolaty drinks. But unlike today’s various chocolate drinks that we enjoy, back then chocolate was served as a bitter, frothy liquid, mixed with spices such as chilies, wine or corn puree. It is said that the origins of the word chocolate probably comes from the Classical Nahuatl word xocolātl which means bitter water, and entered the English language from Spanish.


Video: Belize Lamanai Trip 7-2014, 13min.

Video: Nightmares of Nature in Belize, 28min.
Naomi, the nightmare of nature, filmed an episode in Belize. She spent some time at the Belize Zoo, and did the Black Hole Drop while here. Warning: if you watch the video, it will make you dumber. "Naomi Wilkinson investigates the jungles and ancient temples of tropical Belize in search of more natural nightmares. She meets the mini but mighty peccary, a peculiar pig-like creature with a rather nasty temper, spends the night at a deserted Mayan temple, to witness the terrifying screams of a mysterious jungle animal, and she descends into a deep, dark cave on the trail of the notorious whip spider, one of the creepiest creatures on Earth."

Crocodiles are a protected species. To learn more about crocodile conservation and preservation in Belize visit ACES- American Crocodile Sanctuary on Facebook. In addition to world class scuba diving in the most bi-diverse atoll system in the western hemisphere, Turneffe Atoll Mraine Reserve is home to the largest population of crocodile in Belize.

Video: Belize Mission Trip 2014, 18min.
Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Richmond, Va) mission trip to Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize.

Video: Belize Lamanai Trip 7-2014, 12min.