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Today's Belize News: August 21, 2014 #494836
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The San Pedro Sun

Incredible Jazz brought to you Belize style!
Produced by James Sanker and Glenn Tillett, and directed by Sanker, the Belize Jazz and Culture Show held on August 16th is the first in a planned series of 36 performances that will be taking over the country by storm. The ensemble includes the following: Horns: Richard Pitts (tenor saxophone), Paul Christopher Bradshaw (tenor saxophone), John Raeburn (trumpet), Lucio “Drops” Enriquez (trombone). Rhythm section: Dane Henry (keyboard), Paul Alvarez (keyboard), Fritzgerald Conserve (bass guitar), James Sanker (rhythm guitar). Drums and percussion: Elsworth Castillo (trap set), Wilford Felix (Djembe drum). Strings: Cindy Burgos (violin), Anthony Coombs (Cello). Naturally, all I can enthusiastically repeat over and over again is GET THEE TO THE NEXT SHOW!! And to those who can support the arts and believe in nurturing the creativity of our Belizean talents, sponsorship is needed. While NICH, BTB, Karl H. Menzies and the Best Western Biltmore Plaza are on board, much more support is appreciated and will go a long way in bringing Belize’s talent to the ‘nth’ level. Read more: Incredible Jazz brought to you Belize style! - My Beautiful Belize Follow us: @MyBeautifulBze on Twitter | MyBeautifulBelize on Facebook

Canadian living on Ambergris Caye found dead
Police on Ambergris Caye do not suspect foul play in the death of man who was found inside his condominium. The person has been identified as 53 year old Barry Lee Makowski, a Canadian national who have been living in San Pedro Town. Sometime around 5:30PM on August 13th, police received information that the lifeless body of a man was found inside his living room at a resort across the bridge. According to San Pedro Police, when they visited his apartment building at Reef Village Resort, they found the lifeless body of Makowski lying face up. Some substance appearing to be blood was also found inside the building.

#Trending: “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”: What’s it all about?
Over the last few weeks social media has been blowing up with people all over the world taking on the “ALS Ice bucket Challenge.” Even here in San Pedro Town, Facebook videos have been popping up on newsfeeds with various people taking on the challenge including Town Mayor Daniel Guerrero and The San Pedro Sun’s senior staff reporter Jorge Aldana . But what exactly is ALS? What’s the challenge all about?

First phase of northern Ambergris Caye road begins
According to the Mayor of San Pedro Town Daniel Guerrero, the project is expected to boost tourism activities and improve the tourism fabric of the island, which is in line with the council’s political mandate. It is also expected to increase real estate values. “This is a project that we promised, but more importantly, it is a project that is going to boost the economy on the island…it will be good for guests, for tourists and good for everyone; it is going to benefit everyone. We want to service the majority of our hotels and resorts. When we complete this seven miles project, we will have serviced over 98% of our hotels across the bridge…this will be a legacy for San Pedro Town. It will add something to the island because bicycles, golf carts and the motorcycles driving or riding up north will have to use the road. Residents will have no excuse to ride or drive on the beach front,” said Guerrero. While monies for the first part of the project are coming from the GOB’s coffers, Mayor Guerrero said that the SPTC is hoping that GOB will also undertake the second phase. If GOB cannot, the council will be looking at other options. The project was awarded to RGB Construction, but sub-contracted to AM Construction who is executing the project. According to AM Construction Foreman Samuel Pott, if there are no weather delays, the project should be delivered in a span of three months. “We are using good quality material supplied by Medina’s Construction. The concrete road will be 20 feet across but because we don’t want to stop the flow of traffic, we are doing the first ten feet on one side then once it is hard enough, we will proceed to the second section of the road,” explained Pott.

Belmopan Bandits out of 2014/2015 Champions League: CONCACAF cites lack of football stadium as reason
On Sunday, August 10th CONCACAF inspectors ruled that the pitch at the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) stadium is not suited for international matches. Without a sporting stadium meeting confederation standards to host the matches, Belize’s Belmopan Bandits have been eliminated from the 2014/2015 Champions League Tournament. The Bandits were to play their first home match on Thursday, August 21st against Isidro Metapan, but that game will now be hosted by Costa Rica’s Club Sport Herediano. CONCACAF officials stated in a press release that the FFB Stadium’s pitch was not up to par for international play, and as such the Belmopan Bandits did not meet their requirements to participate in the Champions League. “For the second time CONCACAF inspected the playing surface at FFB Stadium on Sunday August 10th, encountering conditions that did not meet Champions League standards as described in the Regulations governing the competition. Articles 2.2.1 f, 3.8 a, 4.2 b, 4.7 a. and section 10.1 of the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League Regulations address the obligations of participating teams to have a home venue that complies with CONCACAF standards. Article 10.1 states that all stadium facilities, including fields, must comply with specific standards to be used for international play,” stated CONCACAF officials.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Junior Sailing Club Hosts International Regatta Over Weekend
The San Pedro Junior Sailing Club was happy to have sponsored the first ever Friendly Invitational Regatta this past weekend in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, at the Boca Del Rio Park. Twenty four sailors from USA, Mexico and Belize took on to sail the friendly seas for some fun and friendly competition on Saturday, August 16 and 17. Sailing clubs from Canada and Guatemala were also invited to sail on Ambergris Caye, but unfortunately could not make it to the event. The course was an Olympic Triangle Course in which sailors sailed four races on Saturday and two on Sunday. The best of five races were accumulated for the lowest point system.

San Pedro Mayor, Councilors and Residents Take on Ice Bucket Challenge
We have seen all the viral videos online from around the world in which people have taken up the Ice Bucket Challenge as a way of making awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis —also referred to as motor neurone disease). Well the craze has already reached San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize and there are some prominent people getting dumped with ice water. In the latest video posts, San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez, Town Forman Freddie Gonzalez have taken up the challenge and posted videos of themselves being dumped on with ice water. They took up the challenge after they were nominated to support the worthy cause. They are amongst the many who have done the ice bucket challenge and donated towards the ALS foundation.

Paving Upgrade of North Ambergris Caye Road has Commenced
In late April of this year the San Pedro Town Council began works on upgrading the roads in North Ambergris Caye with the assistance of the Belize Ministry of Works. The Ministry provided the Town Council with a grader and truck to work on improving the street conditions of the island. A total of 80 linear yards of white mal (dust from crushed rock – clay like texture) was placed from Grand Caribe to Indigo Resort. Four months after the upgrading of the roads and finalization of paper work, the project which is being funded by Belize’s Ministry of Works and Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation has finally commenced. Pavement will be laid from the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge up to the Belizean Shores Area. Construction is being carried out by RGB Construction and is estimated to be completed in an approximately three to four months.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Councilor Severo Guerrero accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
passed on to him by Mayor Daniel Guerrero and now nominates Belinda Guerrero, Councilor Carlos Barrientos and Ricky Verde.

Town Foreman Freddy Gonzalez Jr. accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
passed on to him by Mayor Daniel Guerrero and now nominates Selene Gonzalez, Drew Forman and Superintendent Luis Castellanos.

Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nunez Sr. accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
passed on by Mayor Daniel Guerrero and now nominates Marion Mejia, Richy A Cordova and André Shamir Guerrero.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after being nominated by Gary Greif.
He now nominates Freddy Gonzalez Jr., Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nunez Sr., Severo Guerrero and Jorge Aldana (although not mentioned in the video).

Wine de Vine -Sunshine & Wine Rose Tasting
This Saturday, August 23rd from 5pm - 7pm

Cayo Art Collection Launch
The SISE HoC launched the Cayo Art Collection on Friday. There's a lot of wonderful local art on display. Visit the SISE HoC over the next month to see the exhibit. "Cayo Art Collection 2014 Launch at SISE House of Culture - August 15th."

Queen of the Bay Pageant
Belmopan's Queen of the Bay pageant will be Friday at 7:00pm at Belmopan's newly renovated civic center. "Get your ticket today for $15.00 Reserve and $10.00 General at the Belmopan City Council Office, Emjays Beaut Salon, Medicare Plus Pharmacy and Puma Garbutt's Service Station. It's all going down at the Newly renovated Civic Center on Friday 22nd August at 7:00 p.m. Come out and see Six beautiful young ladies vying for the title of Queen of the Bay, Belmopan. Come out and support your favorite contestant."

Senior Steps Summer Camp
The were a record number of Summer camps this year. The Senior Steps dance troupe had one, and they held it at the George Price Centre. "Some highlights from GPC/Senior Steps Summer Camp 2014!!!"

Three Top Belize Resorts Win World Travel Awards
El Secreto, Victoria House and Turtle Inn, three of Belize’s top beach resorts have won accolades at the 21st World Travel Awards. The World Travel Awards (WTA) was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry and today it is recognized globally as the hallmark of quality with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. El Secreto Beach Resort opened in 2012 and is located on a sandy strip eleven miles north of the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. The luxury resort is comprised of 13 private villas kitted out with Egyptian cotton sheets, outdoor Jacuzzis and private decks with hammocks. A gourmet restaurant, an elegant swimming pool and a spa are also onsite. The resort is only 30 minutes by boat from San Pedro Town.

12 Mysterious Photos of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave in Belize
The famous Actun Tunichil Munkal Cave (ATM Cave) has been making international headlines for the past two weeks so we decided to collect 12 mysterious photos of the ATM Cave to share on If you have not visited this cave, we recommend that you do so immediately because of the following three reasons: 1.) The ATM cave is the most visited cave in Belize 2.) The ATM Cave has been rated by the prestigious National Geographic as the #1 most sacred cave in the world and 3.) A visit to the ATM Cave will not disappoint. So without further adieu, here are 12 mysterious photos of Actun Tunichil Muknal:

MMTS (Music, Model and Talent Showcase of the Caribbean) auditions coming to Belize on October 4th, 2014
"Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands (MMTS) is the only event of its kind specifically for Caribbean talent. We are looking for Singers, Songwriters, Music Producers, Models and Actors to attend our annual event in July 2015 where attendees will be seen by a large number of top international agencies, talent scouts, music producers, record labels and casting directors all at once. This is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity for most! Attendees who will have the opportunity to network, learn and gain contacts that could change your life! MMTS is a one-of-a-kind event for the islands, and is the only modeling and talent showcase in the world specifically targeting the Caribbean market, and we are taking Caribbean Talent to the World!

Highway in Corozal Town Gets Major Make-over
The Northern Highway that goes through Corozal Town is in the process of getting a major make-over. The highway is being re-done all through town, beginning at the south end of 7th Avenue, and it will continue all the way to the north end of the highway near Santa Rita. The project will take approximately a year, scheduled to be finished in June of 2015, to the cost of over a million dollars provided by the Central Government of Belize, Ministry of Works, who is responsible for the highways of the country. There will be four lanes of the highway, with a sidewalk all the way through town. There will be pedestrian walks at major points, which will hopefully discourage "passers through" from maintaining unsafe speeds. Efforts are being made in the design to provide the best flow of traffic for people in town, such as using circles and round-abouts. Also, two types of drainage, boxes and Vs, should prevent any flooding or slippery roads. The current section being worked on begins at the V of 7th Avenue and 1st Avenue when coming from the south, traffic being detoured from the highway after 9th Street South. It continues to 6th Street South, approximately three blocks. People of Corozal will have to be patient while this major project takes place, then hopefully we will have a lovely, smooth thoroughfare through our town. We found the workers and supervisors on duty to be very courteous to both pedestrians and drivers of vehicles. We thank them for their work.

Channel 7

Police Have Suspects For Hopkins Home Invasion
Yesterday, we told you about the Dudley and Josephine Augustine who were attacked inside their vacation home in Hopkins Village on Monday evening. 47 year-old Josephine Augustine was killed in that home invasion while her husband, 71 year-old Dudley remains hospitalised at the KHMH. His son Calvin told us today that he has shown slight improvement. The swelling behind his left ear and in his right eye has subsided and he is in and out of consciousness. But, the news tonight is that Police have detained the main suspects in that crime, and they are currently in the custody of investigators from Dangriga Police. Specialised units from the Belmopan formation, went out early this morning, and based on intelligence, captured 4 hispanic men who are the main suspects in the Hopkins home invasion. They have since been transported to the Dangriga Police Station, where they will be questioned about the murder and attempted murder. Reports say they are former employees of the couple.

Taximan Cu Needs Another Surgery
Tonight, the family of 28 year old taxi driver Yanie Evan Cu are worrying about his condition. They tell the media that he has gotten one surgery but needs another on his hip. Cu was driving to San Ignacio with his cousin Yolanda Valencia on Saturday morning when Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Segura crashed into him. Cu’s family says that by the time he saw Segura, his Nissan Pathfinder was literally on top of the taxi – and there was nothing he could do to avoid a head on collision.

Re-Visiting Rage In Succotz
And so while Evan Cu is far from out of the woods, medically speaking….it seems that, for the time being at least, the public anger in Succotz village has subsided. That is because police showed the mob that Deputy Commissioner Segura was being charged just like anybody else. But, even so, the angry mob was reluctant to give up the fight. Last night, due to time constraints, we gave you the broad sketches of the conflict – tonight, we put together the timeline in granular detail. Daniel Ortiz was on the frontline: Daniel Ortiz Reporting The protest was supposed to be a peaceful form of civil disobedience, and it started out that way. The families friends and supporters all gathered on the junction of the Benque Road, and the Succotz Village entrance.

Victor Vargas Murder Suspect Apprehended
As we reported on Monday, 34 year old Victor Vargas was stabbed twice in the neck early on Saturday morning. He was socializing, and got into a fight with a younger man whom he’d had a previous misunderstanding with. The younger man – who is only 19 - stabbed him in the neck; Vargas ran down the road trying to get help, but he collapsed on the veranda of a neighbour’s house. 7News has confirmed that the teenager, who is the main suspect for the murder of 38 year-old Victor Vargas, currently in the custody of the San Ignacio police. We have his identity, but we are unable to reveal it because he hasn’t been formally charged.

Dengue Spikes, Public Health Sprays
There was an increase in Dengue cases in July in the South side of Belize City. The Public Health Department is responding with a series of Ultra Low Volume spraying sessions in the most affected areas in Belize City. And while the ULV spray is not exactly air-freshener grade, don’t close your windows!! This afternoon, the public health officers discussed this and more at a public health education event:Javier Alpuche , Senior Public Health Inspector "We have a total of 6 vehicles, which will be deployed starting this evening to conduct ULV spray in the entire southside Belize City at first then we move on to Northside Belize City.

FFB Pitch Worse Than Guyana?
The CONCACAF 2014 Champion’s League Tournament began 2 weeks ago, and if Belize’s Belmopan Bandits were still in it, they would be getting ready for their first game tomorrow at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan. But as we all know, CONCACAF yanked the Bandits from the competition because the football pitch supposedly didn’t meet the organization’s standards. We say “supposedly” because SB Nation – which is a US based sports website has posted this picture of the Providence Stadium in Guyana. That’s the home field for Guyana’s Alpha United, which is making its first appearance in the Champion’s League, facing the Portland Timbers. Seen here, Providence was built primarily as a cricket stadium. The article on SB Nation asks, quote, “if CONCACAF deemed the Guyana pitch okay, what did the Belize pitch have to be like to be deemed unacceptable? Clearly, grass isn't a requirement, so was there shards of glass on the pitch? Was there a sinkhole at midfield? Did tigers roam the penalty boxes?”

What's Going Right At BDF Youth Reform Camp
The BDF Boot camp in Cayo Camp Belizario has endured some body blows from the disgruntled families members of the youths enrolled or formerly enrolled at the camp. They alleged that the BDF used excessive force on the youths. But in response to that, the BDF deflected those allegations and stated that disciplinary actions had to be taken to control the youths who had launched into an all out gang war at Camp Belizario. But while that’s what went wrong at the camp – yesterday when we visited, we also tried to find out what was going right. Courtney Weatherburne has that story:… Courtney Weatherburne Reporting The environment at Camp Belizario is not your usually boot camp setting. The serene, spacious setting inspires a sense of relief and relaxation. But while it is a quite inviting environment, it speaks nothing of the regimentation that governs the camp.

Purse Snatcher Caught, Sent To Prison
30 year-old Tyron Smith is spending his first night of a 7-year sentence after he was convicted of robbery in the Magistrate’s Court. The complaint, 20 year-old Scarlet Zelaya, testified before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith that on October 27, 2013, at around 11 a.m., she got of a bus and was walking on Cemetery Road when Smith hailed her from under a tree. Shortly after that, Smith ambushed her and demanded that she hand over her purse. Zelaya testified that when she refused, Smith punched her repeatedly in the face until she let go. Her testimony was strengthened by that of a Police Sergeant attached to the Gang Suppression Unit. He testified that he was on patrol with other officers when they received a report of a robbery in progress. He said that when they responded, he saw Smith running toward the police mobile, so, he subdued and detained him. He found Zelaya’s purse on him.

Midway Village Goes All the Way with US Capital
4 months ago, the Mayan Community of Sunday Wood, located in the Sarstoon Temash National Park Buffer Zone area, openly declared its support for US Capital Energy and its oil drilling explorations. They became the first Mayan community to do so, and tonight, we’ve received reliable reports that another has done the same thing. Midway and their Alcalde pledged their support for US Capital yesterday in a press conference, which was called right after they met with the District Association for Village Councils (DAVCO). Midway villagers added that they have always supported the oil company, and that there have been a few members of the community who have been against it. Those few reportedly reached out to SATIIM, and that’s how Midway reportedly ended up on the list of Buffer communities who oppose US Capital.

Haitians Busted With Bogus Belize Visas
Tonight, 2 Haitian nationals are being held by the Immigration Department after they were busted trying to enter the country with bogus Belizean visas. 32 year-old Donald Gedeon and 38 year-old Choubert Senat arrived at the PGIA yesterday on a flight from El Salvador. When they presented their Immigration documents at the Immigration Desk, the officers noticed that the visas were irregular. Further checks revealed that they were fake, and so both men were charged for attempting to use visas that they were not entitled to. When they were arraigned before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart, both men pleaded guilty and were fined $2,000 to be paid forthwith. After they’ve paid their fine, or they’ve served 1 year in prison, if they default, they will be deported.

Gilroy Gets Off
Gilroy Usher Jr, who you may know as the Secretary of COLA, the owner of First Stop Pawn Shop, or as a supporter of his Politician Father, Gilroy Sr., was able to walk out of court a free man today. That’s after the prosecution withdrew charges against him in which he was accused of assaulting a police officer. When the case was called up today, after 2 years of repeated adjournments, Magistrate Dale Cayetano struck it out for want of prosecution. Back in August of 2012, the complainants, Bailiff Gabriel Casey and Police Constable Egar Poot, reported to police that Usher drew a firearm on both them, after he punched Poot on the right side of his face.

GSU Gets Weed
The Gang Suppression Unit has been targeting areas where known drug peddlers operate in Belize City. At around 1:30 on Tuesday afternoon, GSU officers searched several persons and abandoned lots in the Conch-Shell Bay area. They discovered 137 grams – or 4.83 ounces – of marijuana in an abandoned lot. No one was around, but the officers believe that the drugs belong to one of 3 peddlers in the area. 2 hours later, GSU officers then went to the Kraal Road area, where they found 2 black plastic bags containing a total of 172 grams – or 6.06 ounces – of marijuana. These drugs were found in an abandoned lot next to the Kraal Road Gang Base.

For many, the inevitability of the ageing process is a disturbing thought, but for the organization HELPAGE, it’s a mission. Today the organization held a one-day workshop with the aim of improving the lives of the elderly by bettering the organization. The facilitators of the workshop discussed how organizational wellness can contribute to healthier advanced years for their clients.Ivorine Bulwer, Executive Director, Helpage "It is a session to look at issues of governance. Governance issues getting them sensitised to articles of association, the memorandum of association, to look at policy and procedure manual to review our strategic plan and to get an analysis, because clearly governance about what? We are for the older persons and so we need to be sensitised to what our role is all about who we are serving, so we will be sensitizing them about the health issue, the housing issue, the economic issue and issue as it relate to their lack of knowledge of their rights and at the same time to share with them avaliable resources, to share with them the importance of partnership because we can't do it alone."

Musical Fusion
The National Youth Orchestra in collaboration with an organization call MusAid (muse-aid) will hold a concert on Saturday August 23rd at the Bliss Center. It’s an exciting collaboration and the Belize Youth Orchestra’s Courtney Gillet shared her excitement about the event:Courtney Gillet, Youth Orchestra Teacher "So on the 23rd of August at the bliss we're going to have a concert featuring Belizean musicians who are apart of the national youth orchestra and also musicians from muse-aid which a non profit organisation and they have brought in 8 fellows and they're fantastic, fantastic musicians. Some of them come from top conservatories in the United States and they're working along with our orchestra members with some pieces that we will be performing and also doing pedagogy classes for the teachers here at the orchestra and also encouraging some of the members, the students themselves to start teaching music. This concert will feature works from Pirates of the Caribbean. We'll be doing several pieces from Tchaikovsky there will also be a performance by the muse 8 fellows themselves so that is a special treat and we also have a Belizean composition and I encourage all Belizeans to come out and listen." The concert starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday and tickets are available at the Bliss for $15 dollars. There are currently about 35 members of the National Youth Orchestra and Choir.

Channel 5

The Fate of Career Police Officer Miguel Segura As Deputy ComPol Uncertain
In the aftermath of Saturday’s fatal road traffic accident involving Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura, there has been uproar, particularly by residents of Succotz Village who are either family [...]

4 Men Detained In Hopkins Home Invasion Turned Murder
News Five has confirmed that four men, believed to be involved in a Monday evening home invasion in Hopkins, have been captured in Belmopan. The four men were taken in [...]

Unitedville Murder Suspect Steven Gomez Captured in Belmopan
Early Saturday morning, at around three am, Unitedville resident Victor Vargas was stabbed to the neck and bled to death shortly after. Since then Police have been looking for a [...]

Unitedville Land Dispute Remains Unresolved Several Months Later
There was a land dispute in the western community of Unitedville in March. In a nutshell, the Ministry of Natural Resources issued title to Bernadette Fischer for five acres of [...]

Confusion about Eviction Notice in Unitedville
That seems pretty clear enough, but now we’re confused. Somebody seems to be misinformed in this land equation. On Monday, News Five was in Unitedville and we were given this [...]

Nasley Sommerville appears before Public Services Commission
Former administrator of the Southern Regional Hospital Nasley Sommerville appeared before the Public Services Commission, finally, on August fourteenth, one week ago. Officials from the Ministry of Health have refused [...]

Midway Residents Meet with DAVCO to Discuss Oil Exploration in Toledo
On Tuesday evening, residents of Midway, one of six buffer communities bordering the Sarstoon Temash National Park, met with representatives of the District Association of Village Councils to discuss oil [...]

Residents Support Oil Exploration and Prepared to Negotiate Benefits
While some residents contend that they have been misrepresented in the past, they are prepared to negotiate with government, should oil be discovered, to determine benefits.   Midway Resident “We [...]

Dengue On the Rise in Belize City
Dengue is on the rise in Belize City…that’s the news coming out of the Public Health Sector. The Central Health Region is reporting that since July there has been a [...]

Vector Control Unit to Commence Mass Spraying
According to the Health Unit, the spike, in most cases, is due to the lack of maintenance of property in south side Belize City. District Supervisor of the Central Health [...]

Haitian Nationals Busted With False Belizean Visas At P.G.I.A.
Two Haitian nationals carrying passports with fake Belizean visas were busted by Immigration authorities at the Phillip Goldson Airport on Tuesday. The men, thirty-two-year-old Donald Gedeon and thirty-six-year-old Choubert Senat, [...]

Gilroy Usher Jr. Acquitted of Aggravated Assault
Today, Gilroy Usher Junior walked out of court after charges of aggravated assault and harm brought against him were thrown out. Magistrate Dale Cayetano did so because the complainant in [...]

National Youth Orchestra and MusAid Performs at the Bliss
The National Youth Orchestra and Choir of Belize is collaborating with a team of professional musicians from MusAid to put off a concert this coming weekend at the Bliss Center [...]

Teachers Schooled in Creative Arts
A Theatre Arts Training session concluded today at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Primary, high school and itinerant teachers took part in the three-week program by the Ministry [...]

Finalists for Bring It Revealed
Chanelle Parks, Marlyn Vansen and Clifford Hoare are the finalists for If You Can Sing It, Bring It! after nine weeks of singing in various genres of music, the trio [...]

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Eating Healthy Means Living Healthy
Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, and stabilizing your mood. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. Today reporter Victor Castillo caught up with northern regional nutritionist Christina Sevallos, who shared some OF her expertise on how to keep a healthy life style.

13 Year Old Puersues Dream Of Going To High School
Around the world there are people that are fortunate and those that are less fortunate, those who can and those that cannot pursue their dreams. Well, the good news tonight is that one 13 year old is on her way to pursue her dreams of attending high school. Meet Jesusita Peña from San Andres Village in the Corozal District. She comes from a low income family of nine that struggles daily to makes ends meet. But that has not stopped Pena from furthering her education. In fact that’s what motivates her to excel. And with a $1,000 donation from Emily Loague, Pena is looking forward to a secondary education. Emily Loague – Samaritan “My daughter’s gran mother who wished that she always wanted to help a family to go to school.”

The Role Of Peer Helpers
A group of about 30 students from the Orange Walk Technical High School are wrapping up a follow up training on peer facilitation skills thanks to the continued support from the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA). It is a known fact, when adolescents seek support for many of the life situations they face; they typically approach their peers rather than seeking adult support systems which may already be in place. Youth of today tend to be energetic, positive and are extremely well positioned to support others in their peer groups. And so today we found out from the schools counsellor, Lisia Castillo that Peer helping or peer counselling programs can serve as an extremely effective support system in their school and community.

Two Corozalenos Charged For Drug Trafficking
A man from the Corozal District has been charged for the offence of drug trafficking after he was caught with cannabis. Yesterday, at about 8:00am, PC Diego Torres and PC J Paiz were traveling from Corozal to Orange Walk and upon reaching the junction of Buena Vista and Caledonia Village, their attention was drawn to a male person sitting on a piece of rock. Upon sighting the officers the individual began acting suspicious. This prompted PC Torres to exit the vehicle he was traveling in. He then conducted a search on the individual but nothing incriminating was found on him. Directly in front of where the individual was sitting though, officers observed a plastic bag.

Hill And Bardalez Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison
A man well known to the law in the Corozal District is tonight serving time at the Belize Central Prison while his partner in crime is considered a wanted person by authorities but was sentenced in absentia. We are talking about 37 year old Roberto Hill and 27 year old Edwin Bardalez who were jointly sentenced to ten years imprisonment this afternoon at the Corozal Magistrates when their case concluded and Magistrate Hurl Hamilton passed sentencing after they were found guilty of robbery. On the night of July 9th 2013 Gregorio Monteroso a taxi driver from the Corozal District, reported to police that he was robbed at gun point by 36 year old Robert Hill, Belizean mechanic of Alta Mira, Corozal Town and Edwin Caliz Bardalez, 26 year old Belizean construction worker of #17 Banak Street, Belize City.

Man Accused Of Fondling Ten year Old Step-Daughter
The father of the ten year old minor is not the only individual police are looking for at the moment. They are also searching for an individual accused of fondling his 11 year old stepdaughter. In the presence of her mother, the student of San Joaquin Village, Corozal District, reported that on Saturday the 16th of August she was at home locking the kitchen windows when her stepfather grabbed her from her shoulder and started to play with her breast. He then pulled her to his room, laid her on the bed, lifted up her blouse and started to play with her breast. Finally he let her go and that is when she ran to her grandmother's house. A doctor certified the child’s injuries as harm on her breast. Police investigation continues.

BWS Carry Out Remedial Work, Streets Left In Worst State
Since the Belize Water Services initiated their remedial works to upgrade their pipe lines that run under the Belize Corozal Road, the conditions of the streets cannot be any worse. And while they are carrying their works piece by piece, they leave behind a trail of deplorable road conditions for any vehicle or commuter. While many drivers and commuters can only gripe and complain, our efforts to get comment from the officials at BWS have gone on deaf ears. We spoke to a representative of the company this morning who told us that the works have not been completed but there was no indication whether they will go back and repair the roads to its original state; and neither do we know if Central Government will keep its commitment to fully repair the Belize Corozal Road, a road network strictly under the Central Government’s jurisdiction. Meanwhile, residents, commuters and visitors have no choice but to endure the position that we have been thrust into; pothole ridden, unlevelled, dusty streets.

Orange Walk Teen Reported Missing
An Orange Walk teen has been reported missing by her mother. According to police, 39 year old Doris Zelaya of Snapper Street in the Black Water Creek area of Town, reported to police that on Sunday August 17th, her 16-year-old stepdaughter, Deirie Tamay, left her house around 9am without saying anything and took some clothes. While police could not furnish us with a picture, Tamay is of Hispanic descent, of clear complexion, has straight short black hair, is slim built, about 5' 1" in height, has brown small eyes, long nose and was last seen wearing a black blouse, a pink skirt and a black sandals. Police are investigating her whereabouts.

COMPOL Says "Go Ahead And Video"
The video that went viral on Facebook over the weekend showing Deputy Commissioner Miguel Segura minutes after the accident and seemingly carefree still has the public chattering on the incident. In the conference held with the media yesterday evening, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie was asked about the public’s freedom on recording police officers while on duty. The Commissioner did not falter and even encouraged the continued use of smart phones. Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police "There is no policy from the department that people cannot. We are living in the age of technology where all these smart phones have video. As long as you are outside the area that the police have cordoned off to deal with their scene, if you are outside of that I do not see any issue why the police should be taking away or confiscating anything. I would hope that people would continue to record these things because it will keep my officers consistent and professional and be honest and even if they confiscate one, I don't think they will confiscate 10 and 20 because I am certain there is more than one person. As I say we don't have a policy. If the police obviously have the area cordoned off, if they have barriers up that you should not be climbing to see then that's a different matter. But if it's cordoned and you are behind the cordon I don't have a problem with it. I just wish that sometimes we would exercise better judgment because I don't think anything is gain by showing people gruesomely killed or murdered and those sort of things and so I would just ask that some sensitivity be given to the feelings of whoever is the deceased family because family always remain."

Deputy COMPOL Slapped With Six Charges
Today, the disgraced Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura’s saga continued with much development in the case. After the announcement of his suspension from active duty yesterday, this morning the scene changed in Succotz Village in the West. The fury and rage of residents from the San Jose, Succotz Village, was felt with a demonstration and blocking of the George Price Highway near the Xunantunich Archaeological site, disrupting the flow of any traffic in that area. This is in response to the residents calling for justice for, Yolando Valencia, the mother of five, who was killed in a road traffic accident early Saturday Morning. As the images depict, residents blocked the roadway with tires and lit them on fire.

Father Accused Of Fondling Ten Year Old Daughter
Tonight there is a disturbing report coming out from the Village of Copper Bank in the Corozal District involving a ten year old minor and her father. The ten year old student, accompanied by her guardian, reported to authorities that on Friday the 15th of August between 8:00pm and 8:10pm whilst at her house along with her father, she was falling asleep on a hammock in the living room when she felt someone touching her on her private area. This caused her to open her eyes and that’s when she saw her father sitting next to her on a sofa staring at her. According to the child, her father then pulled her out of the hammock.


Succotz: A Day of Unrest, Burning Tires and Making Demands
Today was a day of unrest in the western part of Belize. With a look at how the day’s events unfolded, we join Ava Diaz Sosa. AVA DIAZ SOSA “It was not business as usual for residents of Succotz village in the Cayo district as early this morning they decided to make a statement. Residents have been upset since an early morning traffic accident on Saturday left one of their villagers dead and another seriously injured. The man at the center of the discontent is Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura who was driving the vehicle that collided head on into the taxi driven by Yanie Cu. Villagers blocked the George Price highway by burning tires. Love News spoke to one of the protester Wilson Pat.”

Carnival, Oceana and The Lion Fish
The September celebrations are fast approaching and OCEANA Belize has joined with carnival group to increase awareness of Belize’s Lion fish problem. A release from the environmental group says that this September, the dangerous but delicious Lionfish will be making a dramatic appearance in the always colorful and exciting carnival road march. Oceana has become a proud sponsor of the Soca Moca Carnival Band, who has decided to use this national platform to bring attention to Belize’s Lion Fish problem. The release quotes, the organizer Audrey Bradley as saying that Soca Moca is boldly portraying the Lionfish in splendor but this intruder has taught us that everything that glitters is not gold! Lionfish are not native to Belize; they have a huge appetite for other fish and they reproduce at alarming rates. Oceana’s Vice President for Belize Janelle Chanona applauded Soca Moca for their efforts to increase awareness about the lionfish. Oceana says that the great news is that lionfish, once relieved of its venomous fins, is a delicious, low-cost, healthy alternative to eating juvenile fish and simultaneously helps to eradicate the invasive species. On Sunday August 17th, as part of Oceana’s sponsorship of the band Soca Moca revelers were treated to lionfish samples during their practice session at the Roger’s Stadium in Belize City.

Suspicious Behaviour Gets Him Caught
Thirty one year old Hotoneil Estrada was arrested and charged for the offence of drug trafficking. According to Police reports, On Monday , two police officers were traveling from Corozal Town to Orange walk Town-upon reaching the junction of Buena Vista Village and Caledonia Village their attention was drawn to Estrada who was sitting on a boulder. He was dressed in a blue shirt and green 3/4 pants and acted suspicious when he saw the two police officers in Police uniform. The officers approached Estrada and informed him that he was going to conduct a search on him. Nothing incriminating was found on him, however, directly infront of where he was sitting was a black in color plastic bag where he opened the plastic bag and found inside of it a parcel wrapped in brown plastic tape. Inside the bag was marijuana.

GSU Operates Out West
San Ignacio Town was the latest target for operations this past weekend by the Gang Suppression Unit. Between the hours of 4am and midday this past Saturday, members of the GSU conducted several searches, the first being at the residence of 47-year-old, Mark Francis Peters on Jeronimo Thompson Street. This search resulted in a small find as all the officers found on Peters were 13.9 grams of cannabis in his pants pocket. Nothing incriminating was found on his three companions or inside his home. Peters was charged with possession of a controlled drug. Just a few hours later, GSU officers were on Carmen Street at the home of a well-known drug peddler but they came up empty handed. Not far away from the man’s home, another search was done in an empty lot, where they found a black plastic bag containing two plastic bags; one bad had several parcels of cannabis wrapped in plastic and the other bag contained loose cannabis, weighing a total of 173.4 grams of cannabis.

Minors Report Sexual Advances Made by Their Fathers
Tonight, Love News has gotten reports of two separate incidents involving young girls, whose fathers committed sexual advances on them. While both incidents occurred in the Corozal District, we start with the first incident where a ten year old girl went to the police station in the company of a guardian to report an incident that occurred on Friday, August 15. According to the little girl, it was between eight and eight ten that evening when she was at home with her father, she fell asleep in a hammock in the living room when she was awakened by someone touching her on her private part.

Ten Years for Stealing Taxi
Today, the notorious 36 year old Robert Hill was convicted in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Hurl Hamilton for the crime of robbery. Hill was sentenced to ten years behind bars to take effect July 11, 2013. That’s because Hill has been on remand ever since. The sentencing comes as a result of a report made by 51 year old Gregorio Monteroso who told police that on July 8, Hill and his alleged accomplice, 26 year old Edwin Caliz Bardalez, stole his taxi car. Bardalez who is still on the run, was also convicted en-absentia for the same crime and also sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Saldivar Denies Allegations by Serrano Family But Says He Is Done Talking to the Media
In another story involving Attorney Arthur Saldivar, last week we aired the plight of the Serrano family of Saint Vincent Street in Dangriga, that is claiming that they had paid monies to Saldivar for his legal services but that the services were never provided….Hortence Serrano Flores even went as far as showing us documentation for the monies paid out…but today, during a phone call with Saldivar, he informed Love News that he did his job and a settlement was indeed reach with one, Cecelia Serrano, where they were allowed to stay on the property but apparently, the settlement did not sit well with Hortence Serrano Flores.

Arthur Saldivar Says He Did Not Assault Realtor
Today in Love FM’s midday newscast, we told you of an incident on the Placencia peninsula involving Attorney Arthur Saldivar. Our sources had indicated to us that Saldivar was being accused of assaulting one Boris Mansfield…..but further investigations led us to understand that both men are cross complaining, meaning both men are saying they were assaulted by the other. Saldivar and Mansfield spent some hours at the police station in Placencia but no charges were filed. Earlier this afternoon, Saldivar contacted our newsroom to say that the altercation stemmed from a difference of opinion in a meeting at Robert’s Grove where he was representing his client, Jean Marc, who is the major shareholder of the resort. He added that he was physically attacked around the meeting table by Mansfield and the police had to have been called in where Mansfield was taken into the station.

Retired School Teacher Killed in Home Invasion
There was a brutal home invasion in the village of Hopkins, Stann Creek District, yesterday evening. Residents of that village are still shocked at the attack of a couple inside their very own home. Seventy one year old Dudley Augustine was in his home with his wife, 47 year old Josephine Augustine when two men, believe to be of Hispanic descent, forced their way in and attacked the couple. It is believed that Josephine Augustine, a retired school teacher, put up a fight, however, the men over powered her and killed her by stabbing her two times to the back of the neck. Dudley Augustine received serious head and body injuries. He is currently at the KHMH receiving treatment. This latest homicide has left the entire Hopkins community in shock as the attack on the couple has shattered their sense of security and safety. It has also left the looming question of why would anyone would what to hurt the Augustines. Cousin to Dudley Augustine, Conrad Lewis, told Love News, that he doesn’t believe the motive was robbery.

Deputy Commissioner Arraigned on Five Charges
After 80 hours of close observation by residents countrywide, of how the fatal traffic incident that occurred this past Saturday, will be handled by the authorities considering that it involves the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Miguel Segura, tonight we can report progress in the matter. Ava Diaz Sosa traveled west today to bring to you this story. AVA DIAZ SOSA “Suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was read six charges in connection with a fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of Yolanda Valencia. Earlier in the day, Officer in Charge of Benque Viejo Police, Superintendent Daniel Arzu, spoke to an angry crowd who had gathered to protest the situation saying Segura was being given preferential treatment.


Police search for man accused of molesting stepdaughter
An 11 year old Belizean female student of San Joaquin Village, Corozal District, in the presence of her mother, reported that on Saturday August 16th at about 6:30 PM while at home locking the kitchen windows, her step father grabbed her from her shoulder and started to fondle her breast...

Businessman released from assault charges
Vice-president of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) and businessman Gilroy Usher, Jr., was released on Wednesday from charges of aggravated assault and harm after his main accuser declined to testify against him...

Four persons detained in Josephine Augustine murder
In Tuesday’s news cast we told you about the home invasion in Hopkins that led to the murder of 47 year old Josephine Augustine...

A fire protest erupts in the Village of San Jose Succotz
A fire protest against the Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura erupted in the village of San Jose Succotz in the Cayo District, where at some 300 angry people waved placards and burned tires on the streets...

Deputy Commissioner of Police charged in Belmopan Magistrate’s Court
After the fiasco in San Jose Succotz, Assistant Superintendent Daniel Arzu escorted the  Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura to the Magistrate’s Court in Belmopan, where he was charged with 6 separate counts: 1. Manslaughter by Negligence, 2. Causing Death by Careless conduct, 3...

Man charged for shooting in public
While police are investigating the second of two shooting incidents over the weekend in Belize City, they have made an arrest. 26 year old Leon Garcia of Victoria Street has been charged with discharging a firearm in public...

Customs officer charged for death of teenager
Five years ago in June of 2009, 19 year old Onario Oba of San Victor, Corozal, was shot in the face while part of a group of alleged contrabandists trying to recover $10,000 worth of uncustomed goods from a team of law enforcement officials from the Police, BDF, and Customs and Excise Department, wh...

Repeat offender jailed for burglary at Broaster’s
Deputy officer commanding Eastern Division, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster, suffered the indignity of having his North End Estate home burgled last week...

Theft Of Money From River Walk Residential
On Monday August 18th at around 8:45 am Belizean Manager of River Walk Residential decided to take two white envelopes containing $1,800 US and $2,000 US, all to a total value of $3,800 US both in different denominations, to be deposited in a safe in her other residence in the same area, located abo...

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Tropical disturbance shows signs of development
A Tropical Disturbance approaching the Windward Islands looks like it’s headed for development into a named storm. Forecast models give the system a 50% chance of development by Saturday. By the start of the next week, the chances of development improve to 70%. At this time, none […]

Robbers target A&R in Belize City
There is an ongoing situation at the Belize City branch of A&R business establishment situated at mile one and a half on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Preliminary information received say that there was a robbery at the establishment earlier in the evening. Members of the Gang Suppression Unit […]

Civilians reportedly exchange gunfire with police in Orange Walk
Police in Orange Walk have detained two men who allegedly tried to rob a business establishment. Details are sketchy and still coming in, but a source in Orange Walk says that there was a shootout between police and two civilians. The incident happened on Liberty Avenue in […]

Helpage Belize plots direction for older persons in Belize
The non-governmental organization (NGO) Helpage Belize provides direct services for and advocates on behalf of Belize’s population of older persons. From health to wealth, Helpage has tasked itself with making the lives of these valuable assets to our country better and safer. Today, representatives of its 11 branches […]

Businessman released from assault charges
Vice-president of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) and businessman Gilroy Usher, Jr., was today released from charges of aggravated assault and harm after his main accuser declined to testify against him. This morning Usher appeared in court with attorney Senior Counsel Ellis Arnold and was told […]

Peer helpers undergo training in Orange Walk
Peer helpers from the Orange Walk Technical High School have completed a training session on facilitation. The training is part of a sustained campaign by the Belize Family Life Association intended to help students cope with various issues, among them conflict resolution and decision-making. Counsellor at OW […]

Midway village leaders say they are in favor of oil drilling
Midway village, one of the Maya buffer communities near the Sarstoon Temash National Park, has expressed support for oil drilling by U.S. Capital Energy. At a meeting hosted by the Toledo District Association of Village Councils held on Tuesday afternoon, the leaders of Midway said that they were […]


Elliot...a Wildtracks favourite gets into trouble, a blog from Katharine
Hi!, My name is Katharine and I am a Canadian volunteer who has been at Wildtracks for 3 months. While at Wildtracks, I worked with the teens - a group of 5 young howler monkeys named Elliot, Sam, Pebbles, Peanut, and Polly – the Teens. I also worked with 2 pre-release howlers, Paz and Kofi, who are now happily living in Fireburn as wild monkeys! During my time at Wildtracks, I was fortunate enough to develop a very close relationship with all of the monkeys that I worked with - however Elliot, a young howler monkey, holds a special place in my heart. I first knew Elliot when I was in charge of feeding him when he was living in the pre-pre-release enclosure, but it was an unfortunate accident that solidified our bond. On July 1st, 2014, Jamie and I were working with the 5 Teens. All of a sudden, Elliot was on the top of the cage and thrashing around. Our first thought was that he was having a seizure. I ran to get Paul and by the time we got back, Jamie had identified the cause, and was trying to free Elliot’s foot from the top of the cage, where he had got it stuck. Usually, when a monkey gets stuck, it is easy to free them. However, with Elliot’s panic, the cage had to be cut to free him.

Why You WANT to Be Here For September, The Full Schedule of Events Plus Shopping for the Red, White & Blue
September is my favorite month of the year. Yes it’s hot and the official heart of the hurricane season but it’s also the month that the country comes alive for September celebrations. The two big independence day holidays are celebrated – September 10th honors the Battle of St. George’s Caye and September 22nd, Belize’s relatively new independence day. This is year the country turns 33. I have been collecting my red white and blues for a few years now…at least 3 or 4 appropriate outfits are necessary. I did a quick run-through of town yesterday to find out what is available now. It is a bit early but you DO NOT want to miss the boat.

Rio On Pools and Rio Frio Cave
The Rio On pools are only about fifteen miles off the Western Highway on the Santa Elena side of the Hawksworth Bridge, but the rather rustic road surface and the sightseeing along the way ensure that you’ll take your time. And you won’t mind, because all in all it’s a lovely drive through one of Belize’s most unique environments. Mountain Pine Ridge is covered in Honduras, or Caribbean Pine, (Pinus caribaea), and while a massive fire in 1949 and outbreaks of disease have taken their toll, the forests are continually regenerating. As an aside, you can see still large stands of Belizean mountain pines growing far across the world in the Fiji Islands, having been introduced by British colonialists in years past. Coming from the warmer, more humid rain-forested areas of Belize, Mountain Pine Ridge is a breath of fresh air – literally. Cooler, pine infused and generally drier than the rainforests below, the atmosphere is lovely, and the flora and fauna a bit different to the rest of Belize. So if you get the feeling of having been magically transported to another country, don’t worry, it’s a common reaction.

“Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Grand Caribe is impressive and I hope I’ve whetted your appetite but what about the new stuff you’re thinking. Well I’m convinced it’s going to be equally impressive and can do nothing but materially increase the Grand Caribe experience. It’s when you get up to the second and third floors that you’ll probably think that use of the fitness center might become a ‘must have’. Why? Well this is going to be the “home” of Rain Restaurant and Rooftop Terrace Bar (the website is currently under construction but will be fully operational very soon – bookmark it, you’ll be glad you did). It’s when you get up to the second and third floors that you’ll probably think that use of the fitness center might become a ‘must have’. Why? Well this is going to be the “home” of Rain Restaurant and Rooftop Terrace Bar. This new restaurant is owned and going to be run by the husband and wife team , Victoria and Hugo Meyer, who many of you will affectionately remember from their time running Aji Tapa Bar & Restaurant.

Toledo’s Treasures—Discovering Belize’s “Forgotten District”
Rounding a bend in the road, you catch your first glimpse of the bay of Honduras. The stunning silhouette of Guatemala’s mountains to the south provides the perfect backdrop as the light scatters off the sparkling Caribbean water. The skies are a cloudless blue and a series of houses painted different colors, here white, there yellow, another green—and all with neatly-groomed yards—greets you along the coast road into the town of Punta Gorda.

Quickest Simplest Way to Peel a Watermelon
In this video, Joe is going to teach us how to peel a watermelon to make it easier to cube and serve. I also show a little known fact about the box of aluminum foil that will make your life that much easier.

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NMSU entomology students travel to Belize
In March, through the Faculty-led International Programs, a group of eight students, led by Scott Bundy, associate professor of entomology in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, traveled to Belize to research and experience its biodiversity. From venomous spiders, ants, leafhoppers and even marine invertebrates, the students’ non-stop, 10-day trip brought a new perspective of what it’s like to work as an entomologist in the field. “The idea was to get them out in the ‘wild’ because the insect diversity of tropical areas is so different than what we have around here,” Bundy said. “The purpose of the class was to learn about arthropod biology, to observe how the animals behave in their environment, to learn proper field research techniques, and to just be more hands-on.” Every activity doubled as a learning experience and included visiting ancient Mayan ruins, caves, reefs and what many students enjoyed, tasting the local cuisine. “One of the biggest things we got to enjoy was their food, which has a lot of variety,” said Helen Vessel, assistant researcher at Bundy’s lab in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science. “Every meal was a feast.”

Hot Mama Angie Harmon Rocks Bikinis In Belize
Angie Harmon has wrapped up a gorgeous vacation in Belize, and has been sharing the adventure with her fans. The Rizzoli & Isles star has spent the past week snorkling, swimming with sharks and exploring the jungle in the Central American paradise. Much of her time was spent in a bikini, which the 42-year-old mother of three absolutely rocked. “Thank you beautiful Belize! Desperately needed. Hugely appreciated. Always remembered. Be back soon” she posted to her Whosay account Wednesday. No, thank YOU Angie for sharing your gorgeous pics with us!

Wedding Location with a Difference: A Great Start to Life Together
A Mayan temple would be an amazing spot to start life together, and down in Belize, a wedding planner named Lara Goldman is organizing exactly that and one such wedding is pictured at the top of this article. Goldman can apparently arrange for a real Mayan shaman to perform the wedding ceremony on one of many ancient Mayan sites in the country. Looking back on the huge scare about the Mayan calendar ending in 2012, the New York Times reported on a couple who almost literally thumbed their noses at fate and were married among the Mayan ruins in Belize back in December 2012. On a more dire note, Ms. Cook and Mr. Klocke, the couple involved, did apparently mention that they couldn’t think of a better person with which to share the end of the world. Naturally this remarkable service is still available in Belize today, as the world most certainly didn’t end.

Small plane has engine problem near Cuba, makes emergency landing in Key West
A small plane with two people aboard had problems with one of its engines Tuesday morning off Cuba, and made an emergency landing 45 minutes later at Key West International Airport. No one was injured. Monroe County Fire Rescue responded to the airport around 11:20 a.m. The plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft with two people in it who were headed to Belize with missionary supplies, said Capt. Timmy Leonard. "They were near Cuba waters," Leonard said. "The guys on board were frightened. They were unsure whether that motor would get them to Key West."

Songbird student pilots delay departure and make frequent stopovers during first migration
TORONTO, Aug 20, 2014 – Juvenile songbirds on spring migration travel from overwintering sites in the tropics to breeding destinations thousands of kilometres away with no prior experience to guide them. Now, a new study out of York University has tracked these "student pilots" on their first long-haul flight and found significant differences between the timing of juvenile migration and that of experienced adults. "Juveniles departed later from their overwinter sites in Belize and Costa Rica relative to adults, and they became progressively later as they moved northwards because they stopped for more days," says York U researcher Emily McKinnon, the study's lead author. "By the time they arrived at breeding sites they were almost 2 weeks behind the adults, and overall their migration took 50 per cent longer in terms of days spent traveling." The study, published today in PLOS ONE, tracked juvenile wood thrushes from Belize and Costa Rica all the way up into the US and Canada. The birds were fitted with tiny geolocator "backpacks" to track their route, and researchers found that even though the juvenile birds took 50 per cent longer to reach their destination, they travelled a similar migration path as their adult counterparts, including the dangerous open-water crossing of the Gulf of Mexico – a non-stop flight covering 1000km.

Museum of Science Presents Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, 10/12
Visitors to the Museum of Science, Boston will soon experience a civilization renowned for its royal dynasties, jaw-dropping architecture and distinctive art at the New England premiere of Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. Beginning on Sunday, October 12 and on exhibit for a limited engagement, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed investigates questions surrounding the Maya, and offers a glimpse of daily life through the eyes of the powerful rulers and their subjects. The exhibit explores the rise of the Maya people, the evolution of their complex culture and the eventual decline of their remarkable civilization. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed features more than 250 artifacts, dozens of interactive components, and re-created environments that immerse visitors in Maya culture. At its peak during its Classic Period (250-900 AD), the Maya civilization - which consisted of a vast network of cities and villages stretching across the Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala, Belize, western Honduras and El Salvador - rivaled any European society.


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Video: Gorgonians and Sponges, Belize Scuba Diving, 16min.
Gorgonians (Sea Fans, Sea Whips) are sessile colonial animals belonging to the order Gorgonacea in the class Anthozoa. They might look like plants, but they are actually animals belonging to the same subclass as soft corals, sea anemones and sea pens/ sea pansies (Alcyonaria). A central internal skeleton, composed of a flexible, horny substance called gorgonin, supports all branches of the colony, and the living tissues form a layer over its entire surface. The polyps spread out their tentacles to form a plankton-catching net. In most cases the fan-shaped colonies grow across the current, which increases their ability to ensnare prey. Sponges are the primitive multicellular aquatic animals that constitute the phylum Porifera. They are multicellular organisms that have bodies full of pores and channels allowing water to circulate through them, consisting of jelly-like mesohyl sandwiched between two thin layers of cells. Many sponges have internal skeletons of spongin and/or spicules of calcium carbonate or silica. They can have various shapes, sizes, and colors. Sponges do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems. Instead, most rely on maintaining a constant water flow through their bodies to obtain food and oxygen and to remove wastes. Without sponges, many species of fish and aquatic animals would lack food and shelter and reefs would be significantly less diverse.

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