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Massive Search Underway for Missing Hattieville Chairman
At this time a search party is combing the area of Freetown Sibun near Hattieville looking for Chairman Kevin Carcamo. Carcamo is employed as a linesman by an oil company [...]
Alfonso Manzanero: Was He Killed Or Did He Die In Fatal Mishap?
The mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of sixty-two-year-old Alfonso Manzanero, a retiree of Belmopan, has raised more questions than answers for his grief-stricken family. On Sunday morning, Manzanero was reportedly [...]
Deadly Road Traffic Accident Claims Life of Cristo Rey Resident
There was another fatal road traffic accident early Sunday morning, this one in the Orange Walk district. Forty-three year old Remijio Botes was allegedly killed instantly when he lost control [...]
Guatemalan Caretaker Drowns In Tilapia Pond at Fresh Catch
A caretaker of Cotton Tree Village lost his life at the start of the weekend when he drowned inside a fishpond at Fresh Catch Farm in La Democracia on Friday [...]
3 Families Displaced In the Wake of Weekend Fire
A fire swept through a wooden house on Friday night; in its wake three families were left homeless. All indications are that the blaze erupted in the upper flat of [...]
Cane Farmers Meet to Discuss B.S.I.’s Bagasse Payment Proposal
There is no sign of flexibility in the current bagasse impasse between B.S.I. and the B.S.C.F.A. Cane farmers met in San Roman, Corozal District, on Sunday to decide on a [...]
B.S.C.F.A. Discusses Missing Money
Between the end of 2012 and April 2014, several employees of the B.S.C.F.A. collaborated to steal money from the association. They did it by targeting the payroll system and paying [...]
San Pedrano Juan Menjivar Slapped With Slew of Charges
The long arms of the law caught up with a minor and another resident of San Pedro. It all started with a shooting and ended with an arrest for drug [...]
Giovanni Ramirez, In Jail for Robbery, Charged for Stabbing Inmate
Last week Wednesday, a prison inmate was stabbed in the prison grounds but it was not fatal. After concluding the investigation, another inmate, twenty year old Giovanni Ramirez was charged [...]
Charges of Wounding Withdrawn Against Nathalia Wade for Beating Up Husband
Last Friday, thirty-nine year old Keith Staine came to News Five studio with a bruised-up face and forty-five stitches to the head. Staine claimed that his wife, forty-four year old [...]
Weekend Shootings in Belize City
Gun violence in the city continued over the weekend, but luckily no one was injured in either of the shootings. Around ten-twenty p.m., the thirty-four-year-old driver for Election and Boundaries [...]
IDB President meets with PM Barrow in Belize
In other news…Inter-American Development Bank’s President Luis Alberto Moreno was in the country briefly today. He met in Belmopan with Prime Minister Dean Barrow during which the bank’s activities, [...]
Ramon Cervantes Jr. Voices Displeasure with Investigation into Father’s Murder
Three men have been charged for the kidnapping and murder of seventy-one year old Ramon Cervantes Sr., and Police are actively hunting for another man, Manuel Castillo. The body of [...]
Cervantes Family Seeks Justice for Belizeans
The heinous, cold blooded murders of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and Sonia Abac have shaken the community of Orange Walk, and are grim wake up calls that safety and security in [...]
Sportscaster James Adderley Returns with Sports Monday
Good evening I’m James Adderley and here’s the sporting news. Belize opening game Thursday at the UNCAF U-20 Football Championship was very disappointing as our boys took a 6 [...]
New Belize City Centre to cost $25 M
Construction of the new Belize City Centre facility is expected to cost $25 M to build and will take between 20 and 24 months from the time it is scheduled to start in early 2015. Anthony Thurton and Associates (ATA) obtained the contract a […]
Union and BCCI propose amendments to OSH Bill
Both the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) have proposed amendments to the tabled Occupational Safety and Health Bill. According to BCCI President Arturo Vasquez, the chamber has submitted a total of between 50 […]
Cervantes family believes police investigation fell short
The family of Ramon Cervantes Sr., of Orange Walk is still reeling from the kidnapping and brutal murder of their loved one two weeks ago but reports are that they are not pleased with the way the police investigation has evolved. Someone close to […]
ComPol maintains Penner file still incomplete
Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie told reporters on Wednesday that the Elvin Penner case file on the passport/visa scandal is still incomplete and that investigations are ongoing. Whylie, therefore, maintained that due to the ongoing investigation he cannot turn over the Penner files to anyone […]
Vector Control unit gets new vehicles
The vector control Unit of the Ministry of health received 11 vehicles this week to increase the units’ operational capabilities in urban and rural communities. The vehicles, Toyota Hilux 4×4 pickup trucks, were handed over at the Belize Diesel and Equipment Company Limited’s compound in […]
PM hosts third annual business forum
Prime Minister Dean Barrow held his third annual Business Forum on Thursday in which members of the private sector met with the public sector to discuss ways to strengthen Belize’s business climate. Mike Singh, chief executive officer in the Ministry of Trade and Investment […]
Desiree Phillips on goals as new OCED
Desiree Phillips, new the new officer commanding Eastern Division, said her main focus after assuming her new role is to boost the moral of officers, rebuild community trust and focus on crime reduction. “We will continue to remain steadfast but there is a lot […]
Gino Peck promoted
Gino Peck, the police corporal who earlier this year was found guilty of two counts of keeping unlicensed and prohibited firearms and ammunition, this week received a promotion to the rank of sergeant. On Wednesday afternoon, Peck was one of 166 police men and […]
Belmopan Mayor Simeon Lopez’ vehicle stolen
Belmopan Mayor, Simeon Lopez, lost his vehicle on Tuesday afternoon when someone he did not authorize opened the SUV and drove off with it. According to Mayor Lopez, he discovered the vehicle missing from in front of his office after he had completed an […]
Thursday morning murder
A 28-year-old man was killed around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday after being shot several times near the Raccoon Street extension. According to Sergeant Ismael Westby, of the Crimes Investigation Branch Precinct Two, Lionel Sampson was walking along Gravy Street toward the Raccoon Street extension […]
KHMH staff get special A&E training
Four members of the Accident and Emergency staff at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital began special A&E training in Wisconsin, USA, this week. Dr. Rigo Montejo, Dr. Marta Habet, Nurse Shirlee Samuels (Sister) and Nurse Joelito Obligado started participating in high fidelity simulations and close observership with instructors on Monday, […]
Renan Briceño not guilty of murder
Renan Briceño, the man accused of shooting and killing a 19-year-old at Palm Island in 2011, was found not guilty in the Supreme Court by Justice Troadio Gonzalez Wednesday. According to Gonzalez, the prosecution led by Crown Counsels Shanice Lovell and Portia Staine failed to prove that Briceño was the […]
Every now and then the State of Belize pauses to pay tribute to an extraordinary Belizean, who in some way has influenced the course of Belizean history. Such a person was the late Fred Martinez of Orange Walk, former Belizean Ambassador to Guatemala, and prior to that, Chairman of the […]
BSI gives cañeros ultimatum Company says farmers have up to August 1st to decide
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has two weeks to accept the formula proposed by Belize Sugar Industries for bagasse remuneration before the offer expires, announced Chief Financial Officer for BSI, Belizario Carballo Jr. BSI wrote to the cane farmers this week informing them that […]
KHMH CEO’s contract denied! Another audit underway!
The Board of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, KHMH, has decided that it will not grant a request made by its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Gary Longsworth, to extend his contract for another year after it expires in October this year. In an interview with […]
Smith family released from prison! Family says they might sue the police department
Alrick Smith, 52; Sandra Casey, 47; Leon Smith, 22; Tamika Smith, 19; Ishaida Brooks, 20; and a sixteen year old minor have been released on the order of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal after charges of keeping an unlicensed gun and ammunition […]
Boy finds body while playing in church yard
A boy playing in the open lot adjacent to the school on Wilson Street, discovered the lifeless body of Oscar John Lambey, 28, at around 6 a.m. on Friday, July 18th. Police confirmed that the body had four stab wounds to the upper part of the torso. They believe Lambey […]
Vulgar sexual comment prompts violent attack
A man saw his head bashed in by a 2 by 4 stick after hurling an in-descent sexual comment to Ernest Meighan. Meighan, a 57-year-old fisherman and machine repairman of Queen Charlotte Street in Belize City, appeared before Magistrate Herbert Panton in Court 3, […]
Ramon, Jr., questions officers’ involvement in kidnapping/murder
Son of the late Ramon Cervantes, Sr., Ramon “Monchie” Cervantes, Jr., registered his disappointment with Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie. This comes after the top cop told reporters last week that police were instructed by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to lay charges against […]
Cane farmers reject paltry bagasse payment
At Sunday’s special general meeting in the Corozal District, over 900 caneros told their management to reject an August 1 deadline set by producers Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI) to accept what they consider a paltry offer on the payment for bagasse. The BSI/ASR offer is for 51 […]
Stephen Okeke wants copyright compensation for use of his sculptures
Do you know who created and assembled the Drums of My Fathers Monument at the entrance to Dangriga Town? If you guessed Stephen Okeke, you’ve been paying attention. But there are many who do not know that, because the many pictures, videos and other footage of the monument […]
Fire Service says housefire caused by child’s play
Fire broke out in Belize City on Friday night in an area that has become used to such hazards. A yard on Prince Street, between Albert Street and East Canal, became a hazardous scene that brought hundreds of Belizeans out of their beds just after 8:30 p.m. A […]
Prisoner charged for prison yard stabbing
20 year old Giovanni Ramirez faces further charges related to an alleged attack on a fellow inmate of the Belize Central Prison. He pleaded not guilty to charges of wounding before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer and sent back to prison until September 19 when his case resumes. Around […]
Troubled couple ordered to keep the peace
A domestic dispute resulted in charges at the Magistrate’s Court for a Ladyville woman, but the complainant says he is willing to pick up the pieces and try again. Security guard Nathalia Wade, 44, pleaded not guilty to charges of wounding and using threatening words before Senior Magistrate […]
Barranco villagers submit applications for farm land
Residents of Barranco village in the Toledo district are awaiting approval of formal application for land to be used for agriculture purposes. Over three dozen applications were delivered to Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture Gaspar Vega last week by the chairman of Barranco village Joseph Palacio and […]
A Day At Tiny Ranguana Caye off Placencia, Belize…This is All I Need!
Unlike the Northern Cayes (Ambergris, Caulker, etc.), the barrier reef, as you move farther south, is no longer visible from the shore. To get out to the crystal blue shallow waters of the little cayes and the barrier reef, it’s a bit of a boat ride.
Saturday morning – I made last minute arrangements to hop aboard the dive boat at the Inn at Robert’s Grove to head out to their private caye. ..PRIVATE CAYE! for some snorkeling and picnic lunch.
We pulled up as close as we could to the dock and the mooring post. The dive master told me that a few months ago, this dock was in the water. But with the unusual high winds of this spring/summer, all the sand has piled onto the leeward side of the island.
3 Delightful Day Trips in Belize you can’t miss!
Fortunately, Belize has such a variety of awesome day trips that visitors can choose from a menu of a la carte activities and mix and match day excursions to create their own rich, totally satisfying holiday adventures.
So, in the spirit of “I’ll take one from column A, one from column B, and finish off with a treat from the desert trolley”, here are three sumptuous choices from Belize’s smorgasbord of activities.
1. Picnic at an ancient Maya temple. 2. Canoe down the Macal River. 3. Exploring San Ignacio Town.
SALAD BAR – COBB SALAD
Tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces and put into a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss with 1/2 cup of the dressing. Divide the lettuce among 4 large individual serving bowls. Arrange the cheese, meats, eggs, and avocado, like the spokes of a wheel, on top of each salad. Scatter the tomatoes, cucumbers, and croutons on top. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and pass the remaining dressing at the table.
All docks and beaches are “public” here on the island. They are considered “Queens Ground”. Anyone and everyone may access any dock. You do not have to purchase items at a bar or restaurant to use them. “The Truth” was told that last weekend some people were asked to leave a dock since they were not buying food or drinks at the bar and restaurant.
Ever Wondered Why the World is a Mess?
By Roberto Savio. While the Third World War has not been formally declared, conflicts throughout the world are reaching levels unseen since 1944.
Of course, for the large majority of people throughout the world, news about these conflicts is just part of our daily news, but another share of our daily news is about the mess in our countries.
This is so complex and confusing that many people have given up the effort to attempt any form of deep understanding, so I thought it would be useful to offer ten explanations of how we succeeded in creating this mess. 1) The world, as it now exists, was largely shaped by the colonial powers, which divided the world among themselves, carving out states without any consideration for existing ethnic, religious or cultural realities. This was especially true of Africa and the Arab world, where the concept of state was imposed on systems of tribes and clans.
Just to give a few examples, none of the present-day Arab countries existed prior to colonialism. Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, the Gulf Countries (including Saudi Arabia) were all parts of the Ottoman Empire. When this disappeared with the First World War (like the Russian, German and Austro-Hungarian empires), the winners – Britain and France – sat down at a table and drafted the boundaries of countries to be run by them, as they had done before with Africa. So, never look at those countries as equivalent to countries with a history of national identity.
Drones on a Different Mission
Belize has made a great effort to protect its coral reef system — the largest in the Western Hemisphere — by establishing more than a dozen protected areas. But patrolling large stretches of ocean and coastline and enforcing fishing regulations takes time, people and boats.
In June, the Wildlife Conservation Society began training operators from the Belize Fisheries Department to use two drones to help track illegal fishing activities. The drones went into use just at the start of lobster season.
This is only the beginning, said Julio R. Maaz, community fisheries coordinator for the conservation society in Belize, who hopes the drones will prove a cost-effective way to “monitor our national waters.”
And it is just one example of the growing use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, in conservation.
video Video: Studying Birds, With a Drone’s HelpMAY 6, 2013
The military use of armed drones is well known and contentious. But the use of much smaller unmanned planes, closer in size to the remote-controlled planes hobbyists fly, is spreading into all sorts of areas, particularly when they are equipped with cameras.
CDB providing USD10 m loan to Belize’s DFC
The capability of the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in Belize to provide financing for priority sectors in that country has been given a boost by a loan of USD 10.5 mn from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Among the DFC’s lending objectives are the improvement of home ownership, human development and the development of Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs).
MSMEs are fundamental to the economic landscape of Belize and are estimated to account for a significant share of economic activity and employment generation. However, they are usually faced with a number of challenges including limited access to, and the cost of financing.
The CDB loan will allow the DFC to provide finance for these MSMEs as well as student loans, credit for low-income housing and also for energy efficiency/renewable energy projects.
The DFC was originally established in 1963 to expand and strengthen the economy of Belize by providing funding on affordable terms to individuals or groups seeking to develop key economic sectors, who would otherwise be unable to access resources from other sources on reasonable terms. DFC is wholly owned by GOBZ.
About the Caribbean Development Bank
China.org.cn names Belize a top Dive Destination in the World
There is not an article on Belize that is published on the Internet that doesn’t mention the great blue hole…the blue hole remains the most majestic and awe-inspiring attraction in Belize.
This time the great blue hole was listed on www.china.org.cn, a popular Chinese web portal on the Internet.
The article entitled “Top best dive site in the world” describes the great Blue hole as follows:
The Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. Formed during the last ice age, the hole is circular in shape, over 300 meters across and 124 meters deep. As a part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve, a World Heritage Site of the UNESCO, the hole features crystal-clear water, multi-colored stalactites and stalagmites, Caribbean reef shark and other rare fish species. Just imagine diving in the blue clear water with sharks, parrotfish and octopuses swimming beside you in this natural wonder!
Location: 2 hours away from Caye Caulker Island or San Pedro by boat
Depth: 124 meters
Visibility: 15-30 meters
Swimming With Sharks, Turtles and Eels Part of UCF Summer Program
Thirteen University of Central Florida biology students swam among nurse sharks, sea turtles, eels and lionfish this month as part of a hands-on summer abroad course.
The students spent a week studying more than 60 species in the depths of the Glovers Atoll, about 35 kilometers off the coast of Belize. The atoll is considered one of the most diverse sources of coral reefs in the Caribbean, providing a nursery for sharks and turtles among other creatures.
“I am a firm believer that study abroad and other intensive experiences are essential for truly engaging our students and preparing them for 21st century jobs,” said Biology Professor Linda Walters, who led the group. “It is expected that marine science undergraduates have field and research experience to make them marketable for graduate school or the workforce.”
The two-credit hour course included some classroom instruction at UCF and then a flight to Belize, where the group stayed at a remote facility in the atoll. The entire team snorkeled each day to observe and photograph dozens of species that call the atoll home. In the evenings they discussed the tropical marine biodiversity they had encountered and the impact of threats to the world’s oceans, such as climate change, overharvesting and acidification. They also collected data, completed some analysis and put presentations together on what they learned.
SCUBA DIVING BELIZE WITH THE BEST: CHUCK & ROBBIE’S DIVE SHOP
When I was perusing Trip Advisor and other dive sites for recommendation for reputable divers in Belize on Ambergris Caye, time and time again, I would read the same thing:
“Chuck and Robbie’s”
“Robbie is the best!” and “Can’t wait to dive with Robbie again.”
I thought I would ask around to my dive friends and I actually know a gal that lives on Ambergris Caye that is also a travel writer, Erin De Santiago of Our Tasty Travels, so I thought I would ask her what she thought.
Again, the same thing: “I use Chuck and Robbie’s — Robbie is a friend of mine and his instructor got me through my certification after I had not done it in 10 years which was after I had a horrible experience trying to certify in Mexico the first time.”
Video: Do u wanna dance - lil june, 2min.
Mellowvision: Videographed at the Belize CayeFest on July 6th. 2014 @ the Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles Ca. Lil June is a Punta Rock Artist -A Garifuna Belizean- In this video he performs one of his hit -DO YOU WANNA DANCE-
Training of Facilitators - Belmopan, Belize, 7min.
ROAD: Youth for Road Safety
Video: "HERE WE GO AGAIN" -RAS INDIO-, 3.5min.
Ras Indio is a Belizean Reggae artist who live in Belize. He travels to Los Angeles frequently . .. Here is a Mellowvision clip from a show which he did @ the Belize Cayefest on Jully 6th. 2014 -Ras Indio-
Video: Bird on a Mission: Mr. Blue meets a Frigatebird, 4min.
It's not often that you can find a cool bird to sing about, but this frigate bird off the coast of Belize gives Seanie Blue the perfect opportunity to show off a small part of "Wildbird," the song about a bird who thinks it can use music to bomb the world to its senses. This short piece is less than four minutes of the 33-minute version of Wildbird, and was sculpted into existence by Ariel Francis and Blue a year ago. the plan was to get an illustrator to animate the entire song, but until that happens snatches of it can be presented in similar videos.
Shot by Blue in the waters near Caye Caulker, using a Go Pro supplied by Matt Hoffman on a recent tour of Tikal and Belize. The original jazz version of this song was written by Seanie Blue and Helena Protopapas (aka Nicholas Smith-Jones) with Peter Fox and Sandra Bishop, and this version is part of a radical makeover by Blue and Francis featuring the works of David Huron (on how expectation determines the emotions evoked by music), and by Daniel Levine (on the brain's abilities to shape both the listening experience and the memory of that experience), and by Aniruddh Patel (on how language influences music in the brain).
One of the surprising findings of this project was the discovery that Mr. Blue can actually sing on key!
Video: Belize Kids and Boats Idyllic Days | Homestead Kids, 3min.
What are some of the things kids do while living in Belize? Here are a few scenes of what the love doing during the days that are not so busy in Belize. Mind you - most days are quite busy, but the days off are nice and peaceful. This beats sitting in front of a tv or computer playing mindless video games or something like that.
The kids love paddling their outrigger canoe and jumping out of it into the warm Caribbean water. If not in their outrigger, they love sailing with Papa in the sailboat. The old sail is pretty worn out, but still pushes the boat along in the wind. Idyllic days for any kid.
Video: bonefish Belize, 4:15min.
Video: The Hospitality Tour: Ile de Caye Caulker au Belize, 1min.
Florie voyage du Mexique à l'Argentine avec un projet: partager ses compétences en gestion hôtelière pour un lit et cela en collectant les meilleures pratiques des hôtels en matière de développement durable pour Hopineo.org
Video: Mr. Peters On Belizean Music, 6min.
In rare interview with Belizean Journalist Bilal Morris in 2006, the Belizean musical legend, the late Mr. Peters who popularized the Belizean genre of music called Brukdong speaks about Belizean music and some of the challenges that are facing traditional Belizean musical art forms like Brukdong and its lack of appeal to a younger generation of Belizean musical artists of today. Mr. Peters and a Belizean Soca artist called Swaappy, speaks out about the threat that traditional Belizean musical art forms faces in the rise of a foreign pop music invasion in Belize since the 1990's.
Video: Belize Missions Report 2014, 75min.
This video provides information about our 2014 Mission Trip to Belize.
Video: A Week in Belize, 24min.
A weeks worth of adventure, amazing people, and an inside look into international missions.
Video: Red Snapper Being Filleted in Belize, 1min.
Video: Red Snapper Being Filleted in Belize Part 2, 1min.
Video: More Squid off Karpata dive site, Belize, 1min.
Watch closely & you can see some color changes, July 3, 2014.