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Chairman of Hattieville Missing
Police say that the Chairman of Hattieville has gone missing. Sunday evening, July 20th, Shawn Banner, common-law wife of Chairman Kevin Carcamo, visited the Hattieville Police sub-station and reported that Carcamo left for work with Discoversies Oil Company at 5:45am but did not return home as per normal. Kevin Carcamo works with...
Housefire erupts near downtown Belize City
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. The top...
Shootings in the Old Capital; are these ones random?
There were some shooting incidents reported in Belize City this weekend but the they appear to be random and arbitrary. A34-year-olddriver for Election and Boundaries was driving a red government Wingle on West Collect Canal heading towards Mex Avenue on Sunday night. Upon reaching the junction of West Collect...
Dead man found in shrimp pond
On Friday, police visited the Fresh Catch Farm located in La Democracia Village, Belize District where at pond 16 they saw the nude body of a male Hispanic person floating face down in the pond. The body was retrieved and was identified as 57-year-old Thomas Garcia, Guatemalan watchman of...
Fatal traffic accident in Belmopan; family wonders if foul play involved
Alfonso Manzanero, a resident of Nanche St. in Belmopan, died early Sunday morning after what relatives believe is a peculiar set of circumstances. According to Belmopan police, at around 1:15 on Sunday morning Alfonso Manzanero was driving his Mitsubishi SUV on the North Ring Road when he reportedly lost...
Guinea Grass man stabbed to the chest
On Sunday afternoon, Orange Walk Police visitedthe Northern Regional Hospital where they saw 32-year-old Felipe Camara of Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk District, suffering from stab wounds to the center of his chest and to the center of his abdomen. Initial investigation revealed that at around 4:00p.m. that evening,...
San Pedro taxi man arrested for drug trafficking
On Sunday night, police visited the residence of taxi driver Juan Menjivar, located in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town, investigating a shooting incident which had allegedly occurred on Saturday in the DFC area of San Pedro. At the house, police met a...
Cane Farmers reject bagasse proposal
More than 700 cane farmers from the Orange Walk and Corozal districts gathered at the Escuela Mexico Auditorium in San Roman Village, Corozal, on Sunday July 20th., to keep members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association abreast of the situation concerning bagasse, and to reach a general consensus...
BSCFA suspended from FLOCERT over misappropriated funds
The afternoon session of Sunday’s Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association meeting dealt with misappropriations of BSCFA funds of some 78 thousand dollars, for the period of September 2011 to May 214. Audit showed records of 10 people with irregular salaries between the period of March 2012 to May 2014 and...
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 was sent back to prison until September 19 when his case resumes. Around...
Belize’s Soccer Teams Play Abroad
Last week Thursday we told you about the Football Under 20 Male team which travelled to El Salvador to participate in this year’s UNCAF Qualifier. The games are being held from the 17th to the 29th of this month at the Cuscantlan Stadium in San Salvador. Since Friday, the Belize...
Capital Culture to dramatize “Rose Slip”
On Saturday June 26th at the George Price Center, Capital Culture, Belmopan’s very own drama group, will be dramatizing a popular Caribbean play called the “Rose Slip.” The play, written by Douglas Archibal, is centered in Jamaica, however, according to Beverly Swasey, play director of Capital Culture, the group has adapted the...
Warring Ladyville couple bound to keep the peace
A Ladyville couple who have had a stormy, violent relationship was ordered to keep the peace for one year when the woman appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer to be arraigned on charges of wounding and use of threatening words against her husband, who professed his love for her and asked the court to drop the two charges.
When Magistrate Frazer asked Natalia Wade, 44, a security guard of 100 Milpa Site, Ladyville, what was her relationship with the virtual complainant, a man who was wearing a fez in the courtroom rose and identified himself as Keith Staine. He told the court Wade is his wife and he was the one who filed the police report against her.
When the 39-year-old Staine removed the fez from his head, a number of injuries became visible.
Frazer told Wade, “I am seeing scars on him and he went to the police to make a report against you.”
Cañeros “outraged” at BSI’s 51-cent bagasse proposal
In a unified show of defiance today, local cañeros gave an outright “thumbs down” to a proposal which was made by factory owners, Belize Sugar Industries (BSI)/American Sugar refineries (ASR), at a general meeting staged by the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) at the Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico in San Roman Village, on the outskirts of Orange Walk.
The sugarcane farmers are outraged by BSI’s offer to pay them 51 cents per ton of bagasse, especially since they (the cane farmers association) retained the expertise of technical professionals who have informed them that in reality, the farmers should be able to get up to $4 per ton of bagasse, a valued byproduct of sugar cane, which is currently sold by BSI to power producers BELCOGEN, who, in turn, sell it to the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) after it goes through its process of production.
Prior to the meeting, BSI/ASR had given the farmers an ultimatum – requiring that the BSCFA and their members make a decision by the beginning of next month, August, to either accept the 51-cent bid, or receive nothing at all. After the meeting, when we spoke to the vice chairman of the BSCFA’s Committee of Management, Alfredo Ortega, he made it clear that based on the farmers’ response, BSI’s offer is simply unacceptable.
Security guard, 58, found floating in tilapia pond
The body of a security guard was fished from a tilapia farm in La Democracia this past Friday, and based on the circumstances surrounding his death, his family is convinced that foul play led to his demise.pull quote - drowning
According to police, Tomas Garcia, 58, a security guard who was employed at the Fresh Catch Tilapia Farm in La Democracia, was discovered floating face-down and nude at Pond 16 late Friday night.
Today, Amandala spoke to Rural Executive Officer, ASP Chris Noble, and he said that, at the time, police were awaiting the results of a post-mortem on Garcia’s body to determine whether he was a victim of foul play.
He said, “On Friday we did get that information sometime after 7:00 p.m. saying that the gentleman had been found in one of the ponds in the tilapia farm. The body was located, and we had people go out there to look into it. The gentleman is an employee of the farm and we are expecting results of a post-mortem later today. At this stage, we are very young into it; we did some work over the weekend and we hope that we could put closure to it at least by the day’s end.”
Preacher stabbed to death in church yard
A well-known preacher in the community, Oscar John Lambey, 28, of Rivero Street Extension, was found dead at about 6:20 this morning in the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist compound, in the Cinderella Plaza area.
The death of the preacher occurred just 24 hours after Lionel Sampson, 28, was found dead at about 6:30 yesterday morning, Thursday, after being shot and killed while walking in the Iguana Street Extension area on Gravey Street in the Collet Division.
Sampson was the eleventh person murdered since deadly violence escalated, beginning June 7, 2014, when a 16-year-old girl was shot in the Princess Hotel and Casino parking lot. The bullet is still lodged in her chest.
Lambey was found by the caretaker of the church when he was making a routine security check this morning in and around the compound.
Inspector Santiago Ciau of Precinct 1 Police said that at about 7:00 this morning, they responded to the report of a dead man in the compound of the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church on Wilson Street, and on their arrival, they saw the body of a man lying face-up on the ground about 10 feet behind one of the buildings on the compound.
Hattieville chairman disappears
At present, an extensive search is underway between the villages of Hattieville and Freetown Sibun in the rural Belize District as co-workers and authorities are trying to find the current acting Hattieville chairman, Kevin Carcamo, 43, a seismic surveyor who left his Hattieville home yesterday morning for his workplace, Discoverseis, where he embarked on a routine trek to conduct seismic surveys along with six other employees in a vast area covered with bush and swamp on the outskirts of Hattieville.
Carcamo’s family became worried about his whereabouts late yesterday evening when he did not return home after work, after which his common-law wife, Shawn Banner, made a missing person’s report to the Hattieville police, who, along with Carcamo’s colleagues, immediately began a search that lasted until the wee hours of this morning, Monday.
So far, the search has proved futile, and today, Amandala spoke with Rural Executive Officer, ASP Chris Noble, who told us about the police’s efforts in tracing Carcamo since receiving the report late last night.
FedEx faces Federal indictment over shipments for online pharmacies
The internationally-famous courier, FedEx, the Memphis, Tennessee corporation which also provides services to Belize, is facing a major federal indictment on allegations that it facilitated online pharmacies in packaging and distributing drugs, allegedly in violation of US laws.
Fox Business quotes a FedEx spokesperson as saying: “We want to be clear what’s at stake here: the government is suggesting that FedEx assume criminal responsibility for the legality of the contents of the millions of packages that we pick up and deliver every day. We are a transportation company – we are not law enforcement. We have no interest in violating the privacy of our customers. We continue to stand ready and willing to support and assist law enforcement. We cannot, however, do the job of law enforcement ourselves.”
Two men found guilty of burglary: one fined, the other gets 5 years in absentia
Two Belize City men who were each being tried for one count of burglary before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer were found guilty of the offense at the conclusion of their case late this morning.
Frazer imposed a $1,000 fine on Christopher Gillett, 19, one of the two accused who was present in court. Gillett, who was a minor when he was charged for the offense which occurred on February 17, 2012, was ordered to pay his court fine by October 31.
The other accused man, Keron Swasey, 20, who did not appear in court today, was sentenced to 5 years in prison in absentia.
Police charged the two with burglary after they entered, as trespassers, the home of Emily Stanley, located on Fabers Road in Belize City. Stanley did not see the two when they entered her home.
The two convicted men made off with six Oran glass louvers, three metal chairs, a table and a basin.
The men later took police to two separate locations where the stolen items were found.
Police find prohibited Galil 5.56 assault rifle and prohibited .357 Magnum revolver
Four firearms – which include a prohibited, high-power Galil 5.56 assault rifle, and a prohibited .357 Magnum revolver – were confiscated by police on Friday.
The other two confiscated firearms are a 9mm pistol and a 32mm pistol, one of which is believed to be the pistol used in the armed robbery of a security officer guarding a Belikin delivery truck on Oleander Street in the Lake I area at about 10:00 Thursday morning.
The pistols were found during an intense search that took place shortly after the robbery in the area.
Police said that the 32mm pistol has been labeled as “Exhibit,” while the other three firearms have been labeled as “Found Property” and will be handed over for destruction.
Editorial: A different game
Between 1979 and 1984, this newspaper proved, at least for the benefit of ourselves, that the 4 percent of the electorate which we demonstrably influenced, could have a decisive effect on general elections under certain circumstances.
We did not experience any euphoria on appreciating the significance of our role, but rather we went through a period of sober analysis. In national elections, one is dealing with people’s lives; one is dealing with the direction and the fate of the Belizean nation-state.
A large amount of the energy in Belizean election campaigning is financial energy. Belize’s is a small, struggling economy, and any injection of substantial liquidity into the system immediately raises energy levels amongst the Belizean people. Post-modern election campaigning has become a matter of the two major political parties acquiring the millions needed for campaign financing, and then organizing their members and supporters on a salaried basis to work from house-to-house and from street-to-street compiling the information which will enable the parties’ election generals to bring out the maximum amount of favorable voters on election day itself.
From The Publisher
I think the Bible predicts that God will destroy the world again, as He did in the time of Noah, but on the second occasion He would do so with fire, instead of with water as on the first occasion.
The physicists say that it is inevitable that the sun, which is earth’s primary source of energy, will burn itself out, whereupon human life, as we know it, will come to an end. Personally, you and I don’t have to worry about this, because we ourselves will come to an end long before this happens.
Each of us has two worlds, you know. There is our personal existence, which is our own world, so to speak. And then there is the world at large, the world out there. Most of us expect that our personal worlds will come to an end before the world at large does, but there are religious sects which, from time to time, give specific dates for the end of the world. At this point, all their believers start making preparations for the end, but it has never happened so far. So, they have to go on living, and sometimes the sects even come up with new dates, just to keep all their followers on their toes, I guess.
Dara’s annual bike ride & Lucky Dube Tribute July 27
Well-known grassroots Belizean humanitarian, Joel “Dara” Robinson, of Belize City, is once again embarking on two annual ventures through which he aims to raise funds to support his feeding program which caters to needy primary school [...]
SSB hosts 2014 scholarship awards ceremony
SSB hosts 2014 scholarship awards ceremony
The Social Security Board (SSB) handed out scholarships to several students today as part of its annual scholarship program. The ceremony was held at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, and Communications Officer for SSB, Gayle Ozaeta, told [...]
Prince Street fire leaves 8 people homeless
On Tuesday, July 8, a two-flat wooden house, the property of Eloise Hyde in Hattieville, was completely destroyed by fire at about 9:00 that morning, leaving 13 people homeless. The fire service said that a child [...]
Orange Walk girl, 13, reported missing since June
Luz Clarita Carrillo, 13, a standard four student of Louisiana Government School, has been missing for almost a month now, since June 24. Her guardian said that she last saw the girl that Tuesday morning, June [...]
Belize shut out in first two matches at UNCAF U-20 qualifiers, rough days ahead for Belize football
The Belize National U-20 squad is yet to score a goal, having lost its first two games at the Central American U-20 qualifiers in El Salvador on Thursday of last week and this afternoon, respectively. On [...]
FFB President’s Cup weekend results
The FFB President’s Cup tournament continued with 3 games played yesterday. Down south at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga, visiting Sagitun FC clipped the home team Pomona United, 2-1, with goals from Darren Thompson (2’) [...]
City Boys are champions of Smart 13 & Under Football Tournament 2014
The 3rd Annual Smart 13 & Under Football Tournament climaxed on Saturday, July 19, at the Yabra Football field where the 3rd place game was followed by the championship match, and then the awards ceremony. In [...]
Rural softball results from Burrell Boom; Lords Bank this Sunday
The Belize Rural Senior Female/Male Softball Tournament 2014 continued yesterday, Sunday, with 3 games, 1 male (M) and 2 female (F), being played in Burrell Boom. Female and male teams from the villages of Lords Bank, [...]
Hall of Fame notes
My father, C.B. Hyde, told me yesterday that there was an induction ceremony for a first Belize Sports Hall of Fame sometime around 1992; and subsequently, about four or five years later, another attempt was made [...]
Stephen Okeke explains why he destroyed the TV Ramos bust
When we last left the issue of the Thomas Vincent Ramos bust created by Stephen Okeke, it was sitting outside his Northern Highway home waiting on a group of prominent Garinagu and others to raise the funds to buy it. However, Okeke has been consistently attacked on the […]
Belize welcomes Taiwanese youth volunteers
Members of a Taiwanese Rotary youth group are spending their summer vacation in Belize helping out with various projects in the country. They were welcomed today by newly-arrived Ambassador Benjamin Ho who wished them the best for their stay and encouraged them to see as much of the […]
Belize represented at Central American Black Youth Summit
With Belize’s black population facing an epidemic of drugs, gun violence and attendant social ills, local black leaders have joined with their counterparts from Central America to seek answers to these and other major issues affecting black youths across the isthmus. The tenth Youth Summit of the Central […]
International black professionals to visit Belize
There are two upcoming events of interest to the black community in Belize. Starting next week, professionals of African descent from around the world descend on the Jewel and the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City to discuss the problems of black people and potential solutions. Co-organizer […]
Garifuna youth take part in cultural retrieval activity in Punta Gorda
A two-day workshop on cultural survival is underway in Punta Gorda town. The St. Peter Claver College Extension is the venue for the event which has as its stated objective to engage youth of the municipality in cultural survival activities. This week’s workshop is being sponsored by the youth […]
A Summer Day in San Pedro, Belize – Sun, Chocolate and Pupusas
I have a friend visiting for 2 weeks – my very best friend. And since I disappeared for 4 days of her visit to attend the amazing Belize International Film Festival down in Placencia, we absolutely need to do fun things for the remainder of her visit.
Luckily, with the gorgeous weather and the water and the good eats, this is not hard.
I picked her up at Mata Rocks Resort right next door…she is staying there for a night or two (between her dog sitting gigs) and the morning was perfect on the pool deck.
We actually started the day quite spiritually with a guided meditation class and then beginners’ yoga at Zen Arcade. Love this spot. And love that I can finish all that wellness off with a $10bzd bean burrito that SO hits all the right chakras.
Drones Join the Human Effort to Protect the Belize Barrier Reef!
We’ve heard the expression before, but a real-life example is currently underway in Belize, where drones are actually being put to good use.
A recent NY Times article shows how Australian environmental technology is being used to monitor destructive, illegal fishing activity along the Belize Barrier Reef, and, with other Green applications planned for the future, giving the non-military use of drones a good name.
Belize Fisheries Department personnel are now being trained up to operate small but highly effective drones to patrol Belizean waters in a bid to combat illegal fishing, just as this year’s lobster season begins.
It seems only fitting that Australia, with the world’s largest Great Barrier Reef, has developed drone technology that is coming to the aid of Belize, home to the world’s second largest barrier reef.
“It’s My Party” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Hi Ziggy here so none of that “out on the veranda with a mug of black coffee” twaddle!
It’s been some time since I last managed to wrest control of his (John’s, that is) iPad and let you all know how I am faring and a visit to Ambergris Caye at the weekend presented the opportunity. So, here goes.
Nine of us set off from Price Barracks, Ladyville on Saturday morning and caught the 09.00 hours (I’m from the military so I use the 24 hour clock) Belize Water Taxi service to San Pedro.
We docked around 10.30 hours and then marched – when you’re in the Army that’s what you do, you don’t just walk- to Pedro’s Hotel where we had booked rooms for the night and dumped our kit bags (I didn’t actually have a kit bag because my Dad carried my stuff in his). And then we were ready to start celebrating Tod’s twenty-second birthday. Let’s PARTY!
Belizean Business DirectoryThe Consulate of Belize in Florida is compiling a Belizean Business Directory
Tasty Fruits To Try In Belize
Ok fruit-lovers, I’ve complied a list of the top fruits to eat in Belize and I’m sure you’ll thank me for it. These juicy and delicious fruits can be found at the local farmers market, small convenience stores and food vendors on bicycles. Also, most restaurants serve fruit-platters during breakfast. But no matter where you get it, it’s always good and fresh!
Here are 20 must-have Belizean fruits:
Caye Caulker Plaze Hotel, Belize Review
Caye Caulker is to Belize what Pai is to Thailand. A chilled out backpacker hangout. It’s been famous for this for decades and shows no signs of changing it’s demographic just yet.
The island is pretty small, but even by Caye Caulker standards this place is convenient. Literally 100m from the boat dock and you’re there. As you guys know, I wouldn’t even check in to a hotel with free wifi, so this place has that covered. Air con, snazzy shower, balcony check, check and check. I find that I get so much more work done in boutique hotels like this than some dingy dorm with mosquito nets so for all flashpackers and career breakers – this is the place to be.
Cave Tubing in Belize
Belize City is not the kinda place you wanna spend much time, but there’s one thing you HAVE to do if you’re transiting through, it’s just 40 minutes or so from the city that you have to try – cave tubing. Only a couple of operators offer the service for independent travellers (the clientele is mostly made up from cruise passengers), but the guys at CaveTubing.Bz can both sort you out and pick you up for the day trip tour.
The story behind the owner from CaveTubing.Bz is pretty cool – he grew up super poor, became a dishwasher at an American owned tour company in Belize, eventually promoted to tour guide, then cave tubing guide. He saved all his tips, all his salary and opened his own operator and it’s now the second biggest tour company in the region – he owns a zip line centre, about 7 buses, 50 staff and he is super nice too. I love success stories like this, so I was only ever going to go with these guys.
ReefCI Lionfish Statistics Quarterly Report – Q2
Here are our results for Lionfish Q2. September is Lionfish month with ReefCI in Belize, want to help us reach the 5,000 mark? We have removed 4,325 Lionfish so far this year!!!! Anyone know how many juvenile species we have saved?
Simply Marvellous: 10 Gorgeous Photos of Cahal Pech Village Resort in Belize
Perched on top of the ancient hills of Cahal Pech Maya Ruins is Cahal Pech Village Resort, one of the largest hotels in San Ignacio Belize.
The resort is comprised of 23 palm thatched cabanas, 14 standard rooms, 5 spacious suites, 9 deluxe suites, 3 fresh water swimming pools, a gourmet restaurant, a fully stocked bar, a gift shop, a fleet of tour vehicles and a cadre of professional staff that is responsive and will go beyond to make your stay unforgettable.
Here are 10 gorgeous photos of Cahal Pech Village Resort:
10 Photos You Definitely Need To See Of San Ignacio Resort
Belize offers a variety of luxury accommodations from the beautiful beaches of the south to the Caribbean waters on the Cayes to the adventurous jungles in the west. San Ignacio Resort Hotel is happy to make the top 25 list being the only luxury accommodation in Cayo offering a luxurious convenient location nestled in the hills of San Ignacio amongst 14 acres of lush vegetation. They are also known as the “ONLY JUNGLE IN TOWN” and rightfully so.
Below are 10 beautiful photos of the hotel:
SALAD BAR – WALDORF SUMMER CHICKEN SALAD
Place the apples in a bowl with the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Leave for 40 minutes.
Using a sharp knife, slice the celery very thinly. Add the celery, shallots, garlic, and walnuts to the apple and mix together. Stir in the mayonnaise and blend thoroughly.
Add the cooked chicken to the bowl and mix well.
Line the serving dishes with the lettuce. Pile the chicken salad into the serving bowls, sprinkle with pepper and garnish with chopped walnuts.
The 6 Most Overrated Travel Destinations In The World
The Yucatan Peninsula is lovely - it belongs on any bucket list. Just skip Cancun.
The State’s Secret: Belize’s Money Laundering Regime – Analysis
Nestled on the northeastern coast of Central America, Belize is often named one of Central America’s most beautiful vacation destinations. With its ornate coral reefs and rainforest, the small English-speaking country has plenty to offer for tourists looking for tropical adventures. Yet, Belize is rapidly becoming known to the international community for attracting many drug trafficking organizations known for transporting marijuana and cocaine into North America. Since the country’s currency is conveniently pegged to the U.S. dollar, Belize also offers nonresidents the opportunity to run offshore accounts. Money laundering has become a prime form of funding for many criminal organizations. As a result, the United States Department of State has recently named Belize one of the world’s “major money laundering countries.”
One might ask, “Are all poor countries more open to private investment?” No. However, in nations like Belize, there is a greater problem of overall government mismanagement, which can lead to illegal private investments typically going unnoticed or unpunished by government officials. According to the U.S. State Department, Belize has a complete catalogue of rules and regulations that should be serving the purpose of monitoring various government investments. These regulations include such measures as the Fiscal Incentives Act, Export Incentives Act, the Export Processing Zone Act, Commercial Free Zone Act, International Business Companies Act, the Trusts Act, Offshore Banking Act, and the Gaming Act and Companies Act, which “offer some attractive incentives to investors, but in practice these incentives are often not realized.” This means that while Belize has taken measures to prevent underground ventures from happening, its constituents are failing to realize the power of the current laws and the potential negative consequences of not adhering to them. Hence, this shows the vulnerability of the state and highlights the money laundering issues facing Belize.
This 26-Pound Folding Kayak Fits in the Trunk of a Car
Boating just became much more accessible thanks to Oru Kayak, a 12-foot-long, 26-pound kayak that folds up into a 33 x 29-inch carrying case.
Oru Founder Anton Willis came up with the idea after moving to San Francisco and realizing his apartment was too small to fit his kayak. He launched a Kickstarter for a foldable boat, which successfully raised $443,806 and brought Oru Kayak into production.
Oru Kayak was also featured on Shark Tank, where Willis accepted a $500,000 deal for 25 percent from Robert Herjavec.
The boat is made from one sheet of corrugated plastic, with simple connections for easy assemblage. Oru Kayak is so beautifully built that it was even showcased at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Air Forces Southern medics arrive in Belize to facilitate obstetrics course
Three international health specialists and three nongovernmental organization personnel supporting the 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern, or AFSOUTH, arrived in Belize recently to facilitate the Global Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Instructor Course.
As partners in international health, AFSOUTH teamed with Belizean health care providers to increase medical capabilities in the country.
The need for the instructor course came about during New Horizons Belize 2013. During that time, a group of international health specialists along with the nongovernmental organization Project HOPE conducted a one-week maternal health assessment across the regional hospitals, clinics and health posts. The observations from the assessment enhanced the course discussions the following week when 30 Belizean healthcare providers from around the country went to Dangriga, Belize, to attend the two-day Global ALSO Provider Course.
Drones take flight over Belize coastline to monitor illegal fishing activity
Unsustainable fishing in Belize has placed growing pressure on local anglers and the country's celebrated coral reef systems. Decades of decline has led to the introduction of catch limits and even the European Union blacklisting seafood imports from Belize for a perceived lack of action against illegal fishing. In an effort to better regulate the industry, the Belize Fisheries Department has begun using drones to monitor coastal areas for unlicensed and unlawful activity.
Working with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Conservation Drones, an organization that develops low-coast UAVs for conservation efforts, the Fisheries Department began testing the vehicles in July 2013. Following full implementation of the program last month, the drones will now be used to locate fishing vessels operating illegally in marine protected areas.
"Belize has been a leader in the establishment of marine protected areas, including the world-famous Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, but fishing regulations are difficult to enforce on the open sea," says Julio Maaz, Communities Fisheries Coordinator for WCS’s Marine Program in Belize. "Drones offer a means of improving the rate of detection of illegal activities at a fraction of the cost required for patrol vessels."
Cayman Islands, Belize See Big Increase in European Tourists
Belize and the Cayman Islands are seeing significant improvements in tourism from Europe, according to new data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
The Cayman Islands received 15,466 European tourists in the first five months of 2014, a 29.8 percent over the same period in 2013.
Belize received 18,836 arrivals from Europe in the same period, a 25.9 percent improvement over the first five months of 2013.
Those were the largest increases in European tourism of any destinations with complete reporting to the CTO.
Dominica saw a 17.2 percent increase in European tourism, with a total of 7,379 arrivals through May, according to the CTO’s data.
In the same period, Antigua and Barbuda received 44,242 European tourists, an 11 percent jump over the previous year.
SOVEREIGN DEBT RESTRUCTURINGS IN BELIZE: ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES AHEAD
Summary: This paper examines the causes, processes, and outcomes of the two Belize sovereign debt restructurings in 2006–07 and in 2012–13 that occurred outside of an IMF-supported program. It finds that the motivation for the two debt restructurings differed, as the former was driven by external liquidity concerns while the latter was motivated by a substantial increase in the coupon rates and future fiscal solvency concerns. Despite differential treatment between residents and non-residents, both 2006–07 and 2012–13 debt exchanges were executed through collaborative engagement, due in part to the existence of a broad-based creditor committee and the authorities’ effective communication strategy. However, while providing temporary liquidity relief, neither of the debt restructurings properly addressed long-term debt sustainability concerns. Going forward, the success of the 2012–13 debt restructuring will still depend on the country’s ability to strengthen fiscal efforts and public debt management framework.
Video: MANATEE SIGHTING AT CORAL CANYON, TURNEFFE ATOLL, 2.5min.
The Manatee is large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows.
Video: Dawn of the Maya Documentary, 53min.
Fade to Black in the Belizian Jungle, 2min.
Video: My body is Precious, 6min.
Video: 20,000 Strong Women Empowerment, 7min.
Video: Belize Vacation 2014, 21min.
Video: Coral in Belize, 2min.
Video: Snorkeling in Belize, 5min.
Snorkeling in Belize Excursion Carnival Valor.
Video: Belize!, 4min.
Snorkeling after a great dive and some fishing . . .
Video: Monkeys at Xunantunich, Belize, 1min.
Video: Cow Hoof Soup! Bennys Kitchen San Jose Succotz Belize, 2min.
A stop at Benny's Kitchen for cheap authentic local food after a fun day at the pyramids. But the kids get more than they bargained for when trying the local favorite dish.. cow hoof soup!
Video: Belize Monkey River Eco Tours Placencia, 5min.
Head out on a fun day with Monkey River Eco Tours Placencia Belize to Monkey River to see crocodiles, birds, turtles, herons and howler monkeys up close!
Video: Belize Cave Tubing Cave Tubing R Us, 6min.
Go cave tubing with Cave Tubing R Us. Travel With Kids joins David at Cave Tubing R Us in Caves Branch Belize for a fun day of adventure and learning nature and hisotry!
Video: Feeding Machismo the tapir - Belize Zoo 2012, 1min.
Video: Bocawina Zip Line, Belize, 5min.
GoPro in Belize doin da zipline mon, last February
Video: Yoga and Dance Classes at Zen Arcade, San Pedro, Belize, 2min.
Zen Arcade Health and Wellness Center is the place to go to when you feel like rejuvenating your mind, body and soul. The dance classes are not only fun, but very energetic and healthy. While yoga provides the opportunity to wind down and de-stress.