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The Island Celebrates Belize at 33
San Pedro celebrated Belize's 33rd Independence with two days of grand activities. Celebrations began on Saturday, September 20th with the official Independence Eve Ceremony, while Sunday, September 21st saw revelers on the streets in a parade of colors, celebrating Belize's Independence Day. This year's celebrations were held under the theme "Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize." After a short invocation, Mayor of San Pedro Daniel Guerrero delivered the welcome address. Mayor Guerrero spoke on the significance of Belize's Independence as it defines the country and its people. He also highlighted the accomplishments that the San Pedro Town Council has achieved in the past year. With formalities over, the crowd was treated to four dance presentations from the San Pedro Dance Academy, while the torch bearers made their way to Central Park. After the entertainment and once the torch bearers were in place, preparations started for the midnight Flag Raising Ceremony.

Oscar Ochaeta is the 2014 Reef Radio karaoke champ
Ten participants graced the audience on Thursday, September 18th at the 2014 Reef Radio karaoke competition. After several weeks of elimination, Oscar Ochaeta emerged as this year's champion after convincing the judges and captivating the audience that attended the event at Jaguars Temple Night Club. Following the competition, Oscar "Oscar B" Dennis Benjamin, Caribbean singer and band member of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires took folks down memory lane with well known Soca music until the wee hours of the morning. After two rounds of competition the panel of judges selected Oscar Ochaeta as the 2014 Reef Radio Champion and took home $2000. Well known karaoke singer Lisset Gutierrez took second place and won $1000 while Desmond Berry settled for third place and took home $500.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Parades with Pride on Independence Day
It might not have been the biggest parade that San Pedro Town in Ambergris Caye, Belize, has produced over the years, but the neon colors shone bright, smiles adorned the faces of all and the patriotic spirit of everybody who participated in the parade ignited the town. San Pedro residents paraded on Belize's Independence Day, Sunday, September 21, 2014. Under this year's theme - 'Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize' was that the entire country of Belize observed its patriotic celebrations, from Belize City's Carnival parade to celebratory events that took place all over the country during the month of September. Belizeans know how to celebrate and take much pride in their country during this time of year. In San Pedro, the parade was not as large as previous years, but the energy of the participants made up for it. It was a lively and colorful parade filled with beautiful floats and vivid costumes that livened the spirit of celebration on the island.

San Pedro's First Solar Street Light Installed
The corner intersection at the San Pedro Tropic Air's terminal building stayed brightly lit during this weekend's power outage due to the island's first solar-powered street light that was installed in collaboration with Sky Renewable (Tropic Air's Greif brothers Gary, Johnny and Max) and Area Representative Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr.; it was installed by Medina's Construction. Gary Greif commented to Ambergris Today that hopefully it's the first of many to come for Ambergris Caye which could be a great project to light darker areas of the community that very much need it.

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Eating Like a Local in Ambergris Caye Belize Restaurants
San Pedro is home of the best top restaurant in Belize: the Ambergris Caye Belize restaurants, primarily because Ambergris Caye has been the most popular tourist attraction in Belize for so many years. There are two more main factors supporting their food scene: one is its large expat community, and two, compared to other locations, the standard of living for local San Pedranos is much higher. Here are the top restaurants in Belize in San Pedro. Top Restaurants In Belize Elvi's Kitchen - One of the oldest local restaurants in San Pedro, Elvi's Kitchen is a top favorite among tourists and locals alike. This is not exactly one of the cheapest restaurants you will find in the town, but eating here will make you forget about your budget because of the tasty meals they offer. Among the other items in them menu, they offer a good selection of seafood dishes, including garlic butter red snapper. Estel's Dine by the Sea - Estel's is the most famous places to eat in Belize for breakfast. And because it is right next to the beach, a gorgeous view beautifully complements their amazing food. During Sundays, you can join them for their beach barbecue that includes pork chops, chicken, sausage and ribs.

EMPRENDE Award Ceremony
BELTRAIDE, in partnership with the Centre for the Promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises (CENPROYMPE) and the Embassy of Taiwan (China), has is executed completing a the project in Belize called, "Integral Development of Entrepreneurship for Central America and Dominican Republic" here in Belize. Round I of EMPRENDE Belize was held from June - September, 2013 and saw the training of over fifty entrepreneurs. Eighteen of them successfully presented to the Evaluation Panel and were awarded Seed Capital Funds in the amount of $7,000.00 US each.

The admissions office of KDI School of Public Policy and Management is pleased to inform you that full scholarship opportunities are available for outstanding potential candidates in your country for Spring 2015 Admissions. For the year 2014, KDI School has admitted about 300 outstanding students and about 51% of them came from 73 different countries. Currently, all international students are on scholarship and 95% of them receive full tuition and monthly stipend as they pursue their Master's or Ph.D. degree programs at KDI School.

The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Department of Human Development, Education and Employment (DHDEE) and the University for Peace (UPEACE), through the OAS Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), are offering scholarships to qualified candidates of the Americas to participate in the online master's program in "Sustainable Peace in the contemporary World".

Sept 14, 2014 - Sept 20, 2014 Report
It's Independence Day here in Belize on September 21st! Another fantastic reason to party - which San Pedro does well. Celebration is in the air. And El Pescador is celebrating! On September 19th, Ali lead the ribbon cutting ceremony thanking the staff and crew that all assisted in the timely lodge renovation. The rooms are flat out gorgeous. As I write this, our first guest will stay in a newly remodeled room tonight! The bachelor party is floating around in the pool telling lies about their fishing and everything else. The staff is all planning on watching the fireworks at midnight, and I'm sure there will be some sleepy eyes in the morning. Luckily, it's not a busy day tomorrow. We do look forward to some big fun times coming up. In the meantime, share in our celebration. Check out our El Pescador facebook page. Thank you to everyone for a great week. Plan your fishing and practice your cast!

Channel 7

City Men Charged For Gang Membership
Last week, we told you about the press conference hosted by Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Police High Command following those 4 shootings which left 3 people dead and 5 injured on last week Wednesday. As we told you, the investigators believe that 3 of those shootings were direct retaliation by affiliates of the George Street Gang, after reputed GSG figure Brandon Tillett's father, Cyril McFoy Robinson was murdered in his yard next to the Saint Ignatius Primary School. At that press conference, the Prime Minister announced that police were going to enforce the crime of belonging to a criminal gang, as part of their crackdown. Well today, Brandon "BT" Tillett, and his fellow reputed affiliate, Shane Harris, were taken to court for that charge, and tonight they are on remand.

Man Crushed In OW Carnival
The Independence Day weekend had its share of violence: there were 2 murders, one shooting and the alleged robber who was shot to death on Friday afternoon in Orange Walk Town. But tonight, the first fatality we report on is the death of a 65 year-old man, which happened during the Orange Walk Independence Day Carnival on Sunday. There are varying reports, but relatives of Santos Bernaldino Uh, better known as Kel-bo, was watching the carnival with this family. The carnival was nearing the end, when Uh, who was reportedly under the influence, told his relatives that he intended to leave Dunn Street. Uh was walking pass the crowd, when a float that was giving away rum flasks passed. A group of eager carnival viewers rushed up to the float to get some free liquor, and that's when one of them accidentally stumbled into Uh. He fell under the wheels of the truck, and was crushed to death when it ran over his head. His own son had to call home and find out what clothes his father was wearing because his face had been crushed. Today, the police press officer says that the driver of the vehicle has been served with a notice of intended prosecution:

San Pedro Water Taxi Crashes Into Reef
Dozens of lives were put in danger this morning when a San Pedro Belize Express water taxi crashed into the reef outside San Pedro Town. The boat is named Caye'z Stars and it ran aground on of the reef area known as Coral Gardens - which is a popular snorkeling spot between Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. It happened at 6:20 am - on the first run from San Pedro to Belize City. Passengers called the Belize Port Authority hotline and the Coast Guard but the Coast Guard told us that the management of the San Pedro Belize Express declined assistance because they had it under control. They took two vessels to transfer the passengers - but those passengers said it took about half an hour to get that done - a tense 30 minutes as the boat's structural integrity had been compromised on the reef - which was also damaged. So was it the weather or navigational problems? We did hear form passengers that the compass on the boat wasn't working right - but we could not confirm this because the company didn't want to comment.

Mechanic Killed In City Murder
As we told you earlier, there were two murders over the Independence Day weekend. The first one happened in Belize City Saturday evening at around 7 p.m. when 38 year-old mechanic Glenmore Stephen was shot in the back. Today, police told us that he was walking in the Complex area in Lake Independence when a man ambushed him and fired at least 10 shots at him. Rafael Martinez, Public Relation Officer - Police Department "Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw the body of a 38 year old Glenmore Stephen. Initial investigations revealed that Stephen was walking along Rally Street in the vicinity of Electric Avenue and McKay Boulevard by the Complex when he was approached by a lone culprit who fired several shots at him causing his fatal injuries. Police have since detained a 27 year old male person who they believe can assist in this investigation."

Man Killed, Wife Injured In Tambos
Cayo Police had to respond to a murder at noon on Independence Day when a man was shot and killed in Los Tambos Village. 27 year-old Naturalized Belizean Manuel Ramos and his common-law wife, 36 year-old Alba Luz Moralez, were relaxing out under a shed when an unknown gunman targeted them from long-distance and fired several shots at the couple. Ramos was injured in the chest, arm and chin, and he died on the spot. His wife survived. Today, police briefed the media on the information they have: Rafael Martinez, Public Relation Officer - Police Department "On the 21st there was also a shooting incident in Cayo where police were called to the Tambos area and where they saw the apparently dead body of 27 year old Manuel Ramos also of Los Tambos Village. Also injured in this shooting incident was his common-law wife 36 year-old Alba Luz Moralez also of Tambos Village. The initial investigations revealed that they were relaxing under a thatch hut when they were fired upon by an unknown person where Ramos receive an injury to his chest, chin and arm and Moralez received an injury to her leg. Both have been taken to the Western Regional Hospital where of course the body of Ramos awaits a post mortem examination and Moralez has been treated and is in stable condition. Again, police are investigating. We have no leads so far as investigations continue."

Daring Downtown Robbery Might Have Been Inside Job
There was a robbery today in the heart of Belize City's downtown area. It happened in the parking lot of the Pink Boutique on North Front Street - near the swing bridge. This afternoon the police press officer told us what they knew so far: Rafael Martinez, Public Relation Officer - Police Department "This morning at 11am, I am sure you guys have heard about it, it was a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of Pink's Boutique where the owner of that establishment was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money by a lone person on a motorcycle. The investigation is still in its infancy stage, so I cannot disclose any more on that, but I can tell you that we ae following several leads in this latest robbery in the city."

Christmas In September For PM
You might call it Christmas in September, but in the 7 years that Dean Barrow has been Prime Minister, his Independence Day Address has become known for its giveaways -from lower light rates to increases in internet speeds. Well, this year he promised that for both Internet and electricity rates, but the headline item was a novel initiative: the PM says he'll pay your housing mortgage in December if the original value was less than a hundred thousand. He called it middle class relief. Prime Minister Dean Barrow "This year, in keeping with the emphasis on the middle class, I announce that Government will meet the interest payment for the month of December 2014 on all home mortgages in the country with an original value of up to 100 thousand dollars. Thus every borrower in Belize with a housing loan at the National Bank, all the commercial banks, the DFC, Social Security and all Credit Unions, will be helped. Preliminary estimates show 1,602 such borrowers at the commercial banks; 4,833 at the credit unions; around 700 at the DFC; about 70 at SSB; and 200 at the National Bank. Altogether, then, at least 7405 mortgagors will be assisted in this way."

BTL Bandwidth Doubling Up
And, as we mentioned earlier, there will also be lower rates from the state controlled utilities. First, the Prime Minister announced another doubling of internet bandwidth for BTL, as well as changing the tax regime for internet service providers.. Prime Minister Dean Barrow "Now, under nationalization, there is vibrant competition in the sector; liberalization resulting in the complete opening up of VOIP and related services; and internet and general rates that are at their cheapest ever. And as this forward march continues it gives me great pleasure to announce that I have just signed a Statutory Instrument making internet services zero-rated, rather than exempt, for GST purposes. This will allow all internet service providers to charge even less; and in the case of BTL as of October 1 customers will begin to get double the bandwidth for the same price. Of course GOB takes a revenue loss in consequence. But it is well worth it as together with BTL we deepen all- important internet penetration in this nation."

The Case Against Arthur
On Friday night on 7News, you saw the extraordinary interview given by Arthur Saldivar where he withdrew all threats of running independently, told his supporters to stand down and fall in with the party, and lamented the fact that Melonie Coye, was actually suing him. But, she is, very much so. Her attorney Eamon Courtney filed the lawsuit on Thursday September 18th. 7News has obtained a copy of the statement of claim, and we look at what it says tonight, and Saldivar's response from Friday:.. Jules Vasquez reporting The claim form filed in court says the claim is for nine hundred and four thousand, seven hundred and forty dollars. The statement of claim narrates the events as they occurred: that Saldivar accompanied Coye to the Central to collect 1.676 million Belize dollars and two thousand US dollars. Counting started at 1:30 pm with Coye and Saldivar sitting at separate tables along with officials of the Central Bank and the FIU. It took 7 hours to count and they finished at 8:32 pm. As detailed in this breakdown provided by the Central Bank - and signed by Coye. The cash was stuffed into two suitcases and the claim asserts that Saldivar carried the bigger one, with nine hundred and four thousand dollars. Coye says she informed him that the monies would be taken to her residence.

Arthur Contrite, But Credible?
But that is only one part of the Saldivar story. The other part is his reconciliation with his party - even if it is a party that appears to not want him anymore. For Saldivar, the two issues, Coye and the PUP are joined, part of one big act of public contrition - the type rarely seen from big, blustery politicians. Tonight we look back at how Arthur Saldivar gave his most human interview yet:.. Courtney Weatherburne reporting When Arthur Saldivar strode confidently out of PUP Headquarters last week Wednesday, he then gave us this glib interview, replete with his trademark bluster - so how did he turn to this only two days later, brooding, melancholic, stifling tears? He says it was, first, the lawsuit brought against him by Melonie Coye: Arthur Saldivar, Former PUP Candidate "I certainly had no idea that this would have gone this far in relation to the client that I've served, so I certainly didn't expect this to happen the way it has." And, Saldivar said, the lawsuit alone is enough to make him stand down: Arthur Saldivar, Former PUP Candidate "I know the truth and I know she does too, but while in that position I am asking all my supporters and my executive, PUP executive, the Belize Rural North to stand down."

Police Ponder Charges For Grocer Who Killed Robber In OW
Last week Friday, we told you about the Chinese Business man who shot and killed a man who he said robbed him just a few minutes earlier. Well, tonight we have a bit more details to share on the case. As we told you, it happened in front of the Hung Yun Store on the Otro Benque Road in Orange Walk Town. This is also a short distance from the Northern Regional Hospital. The Chinese businessman, 35 year old Lie Wen Lee reported to police that 2 men entered. One of them pointed a gun at him and his shop attendant and ordered them to get on the ground. When they did, the robbers stole 500 dollars in cash and 2 cellular phones. When they were escaping, the store owner pulled his licensed weapon and chased after them. He says that when one of them made a motion at his pants waist, as if to draw a weapon on him, he fired first and shot 30 year-old Leslie Kenrick Logan Jr. Other eyewitness reports say that when Logan went tumbling down off his bike, the Chinese businessman walked up to him and shot him twice more, and he then started to kick Logan in the head.

Iconic Cop Passes
And tonight we note the passing of two notable men from rural Belize District on the Old Northern Highway. The first is Gilbert Tablada, former Sergeant of police and an iconic lawman. During the 80's, Tablada ruled the city streets with - if not an iron rod - than at least a "tambran switch". At the height of his powers, Tablada was feared and just the mention of the words, "Tablada di cohn!" in Belize City would send a whole block scrambling for cover. The Tablada Squad, or Crash Team as it was called was widely acknowledged as keeping the city streets under control up until he retired in the late 80's. Tablada passed away at the age of 81, just as the flag was being raised at Memorial Park at 12:05 am on the 21st. Today we spoke to his son Kent and his nephew, Minister of State Edmund Castro about the legacy of Gilbert Tablada:.. Kent Tablada, Son "He passed late Saturday night and it was a very tragic announce to receive, simply because we had a normal day on Saturday. I was preparing to leave back to the States and so it was bitter sweet because I knew my days with him were limited - 3 days as a matter of fact from the time I last saw him to being called from the ceremonies out there on Saturday night to go see him just lying cold in a bed. As a matter of fact he suffers from asthma, so Saturday morning he just went to the hospital to get his vital signs checked and he was release, so that has happened on numerous times, so I didn't make much of it."

Man Who Found Jade Head Passes
Another well-known name from the old Belize District is Wilhelm "Busta" Leslie - and he also passed away this weekend at the age of 80. Busta Leslie is from the village of Rockstone Pond-Lucky Strike and he played a pivotal but under- appreciated role in Belize's history. You probably won't read his name in any history book, but along with fellow villager Winston Herbert, they found the iconic jade head at Altun Ha. At the time - in 1968, the two were assistants to David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum of Canada. They were inside the structure and actually found what is considered to be the most prized artifact in all of Mayan antiquity, the Jade Head.

Devil Was In The Details For Alkaline Concert
In our newscast before the long holiday break, we told you about how the Roman Catholic Church tried to block the Jamaican artist, Alkaline, from performing at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium for his 20th Night concert. Their attorney, Michel Chebat, managed to convince Justice Courtney Abel to grant them an interim injunction in an ex-parte hearing. The promoters from Marine Sound Entertainment told us that they were going to do everything they could to get the concert to happen and that's just what they did. You may already know that they succeeded in get their concert to happen, but this sort of move, as far as we, know has no precedent So, for context we take you back to that moment on Saturday when there was still that uncertainty that the promoters would succeed. Martin Castillo, the main promoter, retained Hubert Elrington as his attorney, and they took advantage the opportunity to respond to that interim injunction.

Standards Branch Investigating Allegations Against GSU Commander
If you tuned into the KREM's WUB morning show today, you may have seen the Commander of the Gang Suppression Unit, Inspector Mark Flowers, making a guest appearance. He made wholesale accusations against the media, especially Channel 7, of malicious intent and defamation. He was referring to the story which we ran about the 2 women on Wilson Street who claim that he acted inappropriately and roughed them and several children up. Well, Flowers says that he has sought legal advice, and will be taking action against this and 2 other media houses, which is his right. But while he takes us to court, Police say Flowers is also under investigation by the Professional Standards Branch for his actions on that very same night.

Climate Change Technology For Southwater Caye
Yesterday, while the country was enjoying the end of their holiday weekend, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center was busy on Southwater Caye. They were handing over a new state-of-the-art piece of equipment. This one is designed specifically to monitor the changes in climate, and how it negatively affects our coral reef system. As is well known, Belize boasts the second largest Barrier Reef in the World, and the largest in the Americas, and such an equipment is seen as important to maintaining a World Heritage Site. Our News Team went to Southwater Caye with them, and Daniel Ortiz got to see first hand how it works. Here's his story: Daniel Ortiz reporting At a casual glance, you might mistake this for an ordinary buoy. At a closer look, however, you might notice that it is mounted with very sophisticated measuring instruments. They're all there to check changes in climate and weather.

Sparring Over Security Issues On Independence Day
And so while we've covered the good stuff form the Independence Day address - there was also some political sparring between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. First, the leader of the opposition challenged the Prime Minister to do more for domestic and border security:.. Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "We recognize that we are nonetheless at war, a war we are currently losing. Even as we celebrate in our towns and cities across Belize, deep inside the magnificent Chiquibul and other protected rainforest areas of our country, hundreds of acres of our pristine national patrimony are being lost to illegal farmers, miners and extractors of Xate and rare artifacts. The situation demands that we prioritize so that we can invest in adequate security infrastructure including helicopters."

Playing Politics On Independence Day
And the Leader of the Opposition also challenged the UDP style of governance - which its PUP critics say is based on a strong patronage system for party loyalists, with little left for those who don't two the red party line. Now, everyone knows that politics isn't supposed to make its way into the Independence Day addresses - but somehow it almost always does. And this year was no different:.. Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "A growing political divide grounded in a troubling brand of governance which offers no regard or respect to duly elected representatives of the people who do not belong to the party in government. Political parties are important and necessary but once elected to government that political party and its leader have a solemn duty and obligation to serve the people of Belize wherever they may live and regardless of who they voted for."

BELTRAIDE Awards Entrepreneurs
About 3 weeks ago we told you about Beltraide's seed grant program designed to educate and train entrepreneurs for the business world and provide them with financial aid. Well, today marks the end of the program but the beginning of new business ventures for 14 entrepreneurs. They were honored in a closing ceremony at the Radisson and they told us how their dreams can finally be realized with this seed grant. The first phase of the program began in June until September 2013 and the second phase was held from April - August 2014. 10 entrepreneurs received US$7,000 and 4 received US $3,500. Products range from sauces, coconut water and wine to clothing, health and wellness and IT.

Was The 21st. Flag The Real Deal?
Amid the incessant clamor of the celebrations season, there is one sacred and fundamental moment that solidifies all activities, that unifies all Belizeans; and that's the flag raising ceremony. But, KNOWING WHAT WE DO NOW ABOUT THE real Belizean flag and the much circulated knockoff's, was it the real deal? Did they raise the real flag? According to designer Inez Sanchez, they did not. Compared to the original flag, both men should be darker in their complexions. Word to the BDF on that one..

Machel Was Magic
Still can't get over the Machel Montano concert? Well, that's not a surprise because it was a blow out; a night surely to be remembered. There was an enormous crowd on Saturday night jamming to Montano beats as well as our very own Soca queen Ernestine and TR Shine. There was a power outage around 8 but that didn't delay the soca bash. Gates were opened at 8 Saturday night and the concert kept on going in full force until about 4:30 on Independence morning. Tonight we leave you with footage of Montano's grand concert.

Channel 5

Guatemalan National Killed in Los Tambos
There were three murders that marred the Independence weekend. At the start of the holidays, Leslie Logan Junior was murdered in Orange Walk Town on Friday at the start of [...]

Glenmore Stevens Gunned Down in Belize City
There was an unplanned power interruption that plunged the entire country into darkness on Independence eve. It occurred sometime after eight p.m. when in some municipalities celebrations were ongoing. But [...]

Notice of Intended Prosecution for Shop Owner in Orange Walk Shooting Death
In addition to the murders in Cayo and Belize City, on Friday, one of two robbers at a Chinese store in Orange Walk Town was killed. The robbers held up [...]

Man Crushed by Flatbed During Orange Walk Carnival
The Carnival Road March in Orange Walk on Sunday was attended by persons from across the country, but the event was not without incident. Around five p.m., a Belize City [...]

Aggravated Robbery at Pink Boutique's Parking Lot
Aside from the murders, there were also burglaries and robberies over the weekend.� Police are investigating a brazen broad-daylight robbery that occurred today inside the parking lot of Pink Boutique [...]

The State of the Nation by Dean Barrow and Francis Fonseca
Independence Day activities were held across the country on Sunday.� In Belize City, hundreds of high school students joined the Belize Defense Force, as well as the People's United Party [...]

Infant One Student Raped
Belmopan Police are currently investigating a distasteful and disturbing allegation of sexual assault of a student. The report was made at the police station last Tuesday by the alleged victim, [...]

Police Investigate Shooting in Belmopan
Belmopan Police are also looking for one man after a shooting incident on Friday night. According to the report, at around eleven fifteen that night Police were called to a [...]

Brandon Tillett and Kareem Lopez Before the Courts Again
Brandon Tillett, aka B.E.T., the George Street Associate and gang member, returned to court this morning. Tillett is the son of fifty-six year old Cyril McFoy who was gunned down [...]

Taylor's Alley Resident Arraigned for Murder of Tulio Caceres
A suspect was today arraigned for a murder which occurred three months ago in Belize City.� Taylor’s Alley resident, Keyron Gibson, was before the courts for the June thirteenth murder [...]

Alkaline Concert held at Sacred Heart with Restrictions
On Friday, the Roman Catholic Diocese was granted an interim injunction preventing Jamaican dancehall artist Alkaline from performing in concert at the Sacred Heart College compound in San Ignacio Town.� [...]

GSU Commander Says Media to be Sued
Inspector Mark Flowers was installed as commander of the Gang Suppression Unit merely two months ago. Soon after he took on the top post for the elite unit that was [...]

EU Ban on Fisheries Stock Remains Firmly in Place
The ban on Belizean fish stock imports remains in place, at least for now.� The matter came up at a recent meeting in Spain of OCEANA's board of directors and [...]

Budding Entrepreneurs Get Major Boost
Starting a business can be tricky if you don't know the legal as well as bureaucratic hurdles. But for a number of budding entrepreneurs, it was made easier this morning [...]

Highlights of the Uniform Parade
The annual Independence Day Uniform Parade in Belize City was held on Sunday morning to a spectatorship of thousands who lined the principal streets of the Old Capital to cheer [...]

Orange Walk Carnival 2014
From Belize City to Orange Walk�thousands of persons converged to view the carnival. We were there to catch all the excitement and energy of the revelers. There were thirty-one bands [...]

Sporting Highlights with James Adderley
Good evening I'm James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   To get some action over the weekend, we had to head West to San Ignacio Saturday night where the [...]

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Boosting Economy May Allow For Raise For Public Officers and Teachers
Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow delivered a 30-minute speech on Independence Day where he delved on various aspects of Belize including the economy, infrastructure, agriculture and social transformation. As it pertains to the economy and its stability, this is how the country's leader summed it up. PRIME MINISTER DEAN BARROW "Where our economy is concerned, Belizean stability has now become a given. It is not just that there is continuing GDP growth, headlined now by the magnificent 8.7% in the second quarter of this year. It is also that our monetary and fiscal house, owing much to the signal triumph of our Super Bond renegotiation, is very much in order; our dollar strong; and foreign reserves the highest they have ever been. Of our two mainstays, tourism continues to grow phenomenally. And while agriculture by its very nature presents an always more nuanced picture and will never be completely free from volatility, sugar is better than it has been in years; bananas are steady; and citrus, aided by Government's intervention, is rebounding. It is in light of all this that, almost unique in the Caribbean, we have been able to give teachers and public officers a 9% raise this year with a strong likelihood of additional increases both next year and in 2016."

PM Unveils Reliefs for Belizeans
Following a summary of the country's economy and ongoing infrastructural projects and investments in the country during his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister made some announcements geared at assisting Belizeans countrywide as well as other sectors of the citizenry. Renee Trujillo reports. RENEE TRUJILLO NARRATING "Belize's independence Day celebration began in 1981 at the Courthouse Wharf in Belize City when Belize's flag was first hoisted by soldiers of the Belize Defense Force�.since then, as with many other things, the way we celebrate has evolved and now, 33 years later, official ceremonies are had in the capital city of Belmopan where the majority of the politicians, the dignitaries and the diplomats gather to witness first-hand the addresses delivered mainly by the Opposition Leader and the country's Prime Minister. For the last seven years, the country's Prime Minister Dean Barrow has used this platform to summarize the state of the economy, his solutions and plans and of course, the now annually anticipated, benefit packages for Belizeans. Dating as far back as 2010, Prime Minister Dean Barrow had announced the government's food subsidy pilot project for Southside Belize City as well as access to basic food items at half price for a particular sector of citizens.

“Jump Street Gangster” Tattoo Lands Him in Court
Thirty-seven year old Shane Budran, a supervisor for Cisco construction, was fined $500 today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after he pled guilty a charge of displaying gang membership. Budran was ordered to pay the fine by October 31. If he defaults on payment he will serve 5 months. The incident occurred on September 21. The police reported that they were on mobile patrol on Wagner's Lane when they saw Budran who wore no shirt. The police said Budran had the insignia, "30's Jump Street Gangster", tattooed on his back.

Showing Crips Membership Via Tattoo Renders $500 Fine
Twenty-nine year old Jeremy Rhaburn, a delivery man of Eden Site, was fined $500 today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after he pled guilty to a charge of displaying gang membership. Rhaburn was ordered to pay the fine by October 31. If he defaults on payment he will serve 5 months. The incident occurred on Saturday, September 20. The police were on mobile patrol at the junction of North Front Street and Pinks alley when they saw Rhaburn walking on North Front Street without any shirt. Rhaburn had the number, 30, tattooed on his chest which signified that he was a member of the Crips. Rhaburn said he has had the tattoo on his chest for 13 years.

One Year Imprisonment for Displaying Gang Membership
Thirty-seven year old Eugene Tillett, a construction worker of 13 Mayflower Street, charged with displaying gang membership, was sentenced to one year today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after he pled guilty to the charge. Tillett begged that he be not sent to prison but Chief Magistrate Smith told him that he has a long criminal record and it was his second conviction for a similar offence, so he has to get jail time. The incident occurred on Saturday, September 20. The police were on mobile patrol on Mayflower Street when they saw Tillett standing behind a fence. He wore no shirt and he had "Ghost Town" tattooed on his back, which signified that he was a member of the Ghost Town Gang.

Moses Remanded On Charge of Inviting Support for A Criminal Gang
Thirty-five year old Moses Gonguez, a construction worker charged with inviting support for a criminal gang, was remanded into custody until November 26 when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and pled not guilty to the charge. Senior Magistrate Fraser explained to him that the court cannot offer him bail because of the nature of the offence. She told Gonguez that the maximum penalty for the offence is a fine not exceeding $2,000 and imprisonment for 1 year or both fine and imprisonment. She also told Gonguez that she believes that the offence might be difficult for the prosecution to prove and so she ordered disclosure and set the matter for trial on the adjourned date. The incident occurred on Saturday, September 20. The police reported that while they were on mobile patrol on Mayflower Street they saw Gonguez talking to a group of men who are members of Ghost Town Crips.

Charged for Displaying Gang Membership
Thirty year old Mark Medina, a construction worker, was charged with displaying gang membership when he appeared today before Magistrate Herbert Panton. Medina pled not guilty to the charge and he was released on a bail of $1,000. His next court date is November 13. The police reported that on September 20 Medina had a tattoo GSG Gaza on his body.

Murder in Los Tambos
There was another murder that occurred over the celebration weekend. The first was that of 38 year old Glenmore Stephen which we have reported on, the second occurred in Western Police. San Ignacio police are investigating the shooting murder of 27-year-old Manuel Ramos. Ramos was with his common law wife, 36-year-old Alba Luz Moralez, when they were fired at. Officer Commanding the San Ignacio Police Formation, Assistant Superintendent, Dinsdale Thompson, gave us more details. DINSDALE THOMPSON "We have received information from a caller from Los Tambos village in the Spanish Lookout area. This caller told us certain information and based upon information that we have received from the caller we then visited Los Tambos village where we have found a Hispanic individual in a pool of blood who we later got to find out is one Mr. Ramos. Our primary investigation is revealing that Mr. Ramos was at home when he and his wife were conversing when she heard gunshots fired.

Ladyville Man Charged With Rape
Twenty-two Otto Palma, a resident of Ladyville, was charged with rape when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. No plea was taken because the offence is indictable. According to reports, the offence was committed with a firearm, so Palma was denied bail. He was remanded into custody until November 12. The incident occurred on September 20. The complainant reported to the police that Palma held her up with a firearm and had sex with her against her will.

Excess Alcohol Leads to Freak Accident During Carnival
In the midst of the September 21st celebrations in Orange Walk an elderly man lost his life when he was crushed by a truck in the parade. 67-year-old, Santos Uh of Otro Benque Orange Walk Town was near the intersection of Dunn and St. Peter Streets when he reportedly made his way to a vehicle in the parade that was distributing free liquor. It is believed that Uh, who was under the influence of alcohol, stumbled and his head landed on the street as a trailer truck was passing. Police Press officer, Raphael Martinez told media today that the driver of the ten wheeler truck, 39 year old Domingo Cabanas has been served a notice of intended prosecution. In other news, there were four stabbing incidents in the course of the independence day celebrations in OW Town; one of them major involving 18 year old Anthony Allen of Carmelita village was who stabbed with an ice pick. Allen was treated and hospitalized at the NRH.

Gunman Fires Shot at Popular Belmopan Club Injuring One Man
In Belmopan, police are investigating the shooting of 39 year old Daniel Castillo. Castillo was shot to the chin while he was standing by a bus stop near a Night Club on Hummingbird Avenue at around 11:15pm on September 19. Luckily, Castilllo survived as he was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital and later to the K.H.M.H. where he was admitted in a stable condition. Police Press Officer, Raphael Martinez shared more details to the media. RAPHAEL MARTINEZ "Police visited an area near a bus stop adjacent to a nightclub on the Hummingbird Avenue in Belmopan City where they spoke to 39-year-old, Daniel Castillo of Belmopan who reported that earlier while he was standing talking with someone, a male person approached from behind the night club and fired a single shot at him injuring him to the chin. He was since been taken to the Western Regional Hospital where he has been treated and released in a stable condition. From the scene police have retrieved 1 .380 shell as investigation continues."

Five Year Old Sexually Assaulted; Allegedly by His Peer
A disturbing case is being reported out west. Reports came out last week that a young student had been sexually assaulted on the grounds of a primary school. Correspondent Fem Cruz today caught up with the mother of the child who shared her story. FEM CRUZ "A 27-year-old mother of San Martin, Belmopan, who was in the company of her five year old son, an Infant 1 student of San Martin Government school told Love News the details of the incident. The mother says that on Tuesday night, September 16 she reported to police that her 5 year old son came home from school and told her that he was inside the bathroom at school when he was molested by another student. The frustrated mother expressed her discontent." MOTHER OF VICTIM "On Tuesday when I was changing my baby's uniform to home clothes I noticed that his underwear was messy with blood. I hurriedly ran to the police station and reported it. We took the baby to the hospital, the doctor did the check and the doctor said yes he was molested. We went to the school but I included the media in this because I want people to know about this because right now it's my child tomorrow it could be another child and I really think that these things that we live through�. I don't see the principal pushing it they are not treating the case right. I have to be walking up and down, stop work to get the media, to get the social worker and the police and the school have to do that. As I went to report abuse and sexual abuse they have to call the superiors, they can't tell me 'Okay miss don't do anything and don't say anything because you will damage the baby' It will not damage the baby more than what happened to him."

Body of Michael Humes Retrieved from River in Southern Belize
The body of a man was retrieved from the North Stann Creek River this past weekend. Correspondent Harry Arzu reports. HARRY ARZU "The body of a man is still at the Southern Regional Hospital morgue awaiting a post mortem examination after it was retrieved from the North Stann Creek river. Police here in Dangriga told Love news that acting upon information received they visited a pier just in front of Taco Shop Old Gas Station here in Dangriga at about 12:40AM on Saturday September 20 where they observed the body of a man floating in the river. The individual was later identified as 28-year-old Michael Humes, a Belizean laborer of George Price Drive here in this municipality. After they examined the body, police here say they see no signs of violence on it."

Promoter of Alkaline Concert Says He Was Sabotaged by Competitors
In our Friday's newscast we told you of the dilemma that the promoters of the Dancehall Concert were in when the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese sent out a release opposing the performance of Jamaican dancehall artist, Alkaline, which had a concert scheduled in San Ignacio and Dangriga over the holiday weekend�..but the opposition from the church didn't end there as the matter was taken to the Supreme Court where a temporary injunction was placed on the event late Friday evening. On Saturday morning, the promoters and their attorney, Hubert Elrington went before Justice Courtenay Abel and after spending over two hours in court, the concert was given the green light with stipulations. Here is an interview done with Elrington upon his exit from the courtroom. HUBERT ELRINGTON "Well the injunction was lifted forthwith and is no longer in place and this was due mainly because my client felt that he did not want to upset the Bishop in any way at all. So whatever they could do to give the Bishop the assurance that their business is not to interfere with Catholic morality at all. Assurance was given; an undertaking was given that we would not do anything that would upset the Bishop and the Catholic Church."


Man murdered in Los Tambos area of Cayo District
A couple was shot on Independence Day . The husband died and the wife remains hospitalized. On September 21, at about 11:55 a.m., police visited the Los Tambos area in the Cayo District, where the body of 27-year-old Manuel Ramos was seen with apparent gunshot wounds to the chest, arm and chin. Officer Commanding San Ignatio Police Department, Superintendant Dinsdale Thompson, told us more. Superintendant Dinsdale Thompson - Officer Commanding San Ignacio Police Department "On Sunday, September 21st, we had received information from a caller from Los Tambos village in the Spanish Lookout area, San Ignacio, and this caller told us certain information. Based upon information that we have received from the caller, we then visited Los Tambos village where we have found a Hispanic individual in a pool of blood, who we later got to find out his name is one Mr. Ramos.

Another Belize City man gunned down
According to police there was a fatal shooting incident at the corner of McKay Boulevard and Raleigh Street, Belize City, on September 20. Police Press Officer Raphael Martinez shares more details. Raphael Martinez - Press Officer, Police Department "Just after 7 o'clock on the 20th of September, Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where they saw the body of 38 years old Glenmore Stephens. Initial investigations revealed that Stephens was walking along Rally Street in the vicinity of Electric Avenue and McKay Boulevard by the Complex, when he was approached by a lone culprit who fired several shots at him causing his fatal injuries. Police have since detained a 27 year old male person, who they believe can assist in this investigation."

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Orange Walk store owner could face charges for shooting robber
Police in Orange Walk are contemplating possible charges for the owner of a Chinese superstore near the Northern Regional Hospital after he shot dead one of two young men who robbed him on Friday afternoon. Leslie Logan Jr., son of deceased Inspector Leslie Logan and a former officer [�]

Retired Police Sergeant Gilbert Tablada dies
The Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own tonight. Retired Sergeant of Police Gilbert Tablada, 80, died late Saturday night in Belize City at home after being discharged from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. He had taken ill earlier in the day, suffering chest [�]

Pink Boutique owner robbed
This morning in Belize City, the owner of a popular boutique was held up at gunpoint. The owner of Pink Boutique was held up in the store's parking lot, which it shares with the offices of the Roman Catholic Diocese on North Front Street next to Holy Redeemer [�]

Man charged for rape
Police have charged a Ladyville resident with rape of a woman. 22 year old Otto Palma appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith accused of raping a female on September 20 at gunpoint. He was remanded until his next court appearance on September 12.

Father of murder suspect speaks, says he holds no malice
Since the sensational arrest of 22 year old Miguel Choco on September 4 on suspicion of being the person who murdered 61 year old Agripina Coc in San Pedro Columbia village, Toledo, his parents and family have been silent. Choco's family members were placed under communal arrest during [�]

Police investigate murder in Belize City
One man is in police custody pending investigation of a murder on the eve of Independence Day in Belize City. 38 year old Glenmore Stevens was shot and killed on Saturday night as he walked on Raleigh Street in Belize City. Police say that their initial investigations [�]

Two charged for theft of motorcycle
Two young men are charged with theft and related offenses after being accused of stealing a motorcycle. 20 year old Godwin Panting, a resident and deliveryman of Cemetery Lane, and 21 year old Daniel Lopez, a resident of Antelope Street Extension, were jointly charged with the theft of [�]

Murder in Los Tambos, Cayo
Police in Cayo are looking for the person responsible for the murder of a man from Los Tambos village, Cayo. Police reports say that on Independence Day morning, they went to the village of Los Tambos, Cayo, where they found the body of 27 year old Guatemalan national [�]

Alleged gang members charged in court
There was a parade of alleged gang members to the Magistrate's Court today, a first sign of the Government's and Police's efforts to keep them off the streets and not causing trouble, one way or another. Mobile patrols on September 20 and 21 netted a total of 7 [�]

FEATURE STORE: The Calabash - A Maya tradition in decline
Meet Mr. Martin Choc, an 82 year old Mayan elder of San Marcos village. He considers himself one of those who continue to retrieve many of the ancestral skills that are fading away from the Maya culture. When we met up with Mr. Choc recently, we found him making the Calabash bowl; and he gladly shared with us about this craft and how it played a vital role - and still does - in the homes of the Maya people. For context, we note that the Calabash comes from "an evergreen tropical" tree that takes at least four years to bear "large woody gourds" from which the bowls are made; a practice that goes back centuries.

Belize: The Morning After Independence Pill
Belize celebrated its 33rd anniversary of Independence on Sunday, September 21, 2014. As usual, Belizeans at home and abroad rallied around their flag and colors, national anthem and patriotic symbols�celebrating with merry-making their achievements over the past year. QUE VIVA BELICE!! Official ceremonies themed "Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize"�.peaked with the speeches made by the Leader of the Opposition, followed by the Prime Minister�.a display of our commitment to a democratic way of life�.even if, as one can expect, with a different view of the current status, challenges and prospects for advancing the Independence aspirations and expectations of all the people of Belize. It is not surprising then, that the opposition leader would point to deficiencies in quality of individual, social and institutional life, and the leader would pick to focus on a set of figures and material/physical justifications to make his point. If Belize did not take the "morning-after pill" yesterday� will surely get pregnant.


San Pedro JUMPS UP For Belize's 33rd Birthday Independence Day Parade, Part Two
Let's continue with San Pedro's amazing September 21st parade�and the hibiscus flowers and hummingbirds of The Island Academy. There was quite a crowd at the beginning turn. A few hundred people standing on the shade side of the street and zero people on the other side. The PUP political candidates and crew. The election is coming up� So fun�if you love San Pedro, you must MUST get to this parade once in your life. I'll see you there�in 2015.

Belize's Independence Day A Multicultural Success
The thirty-third anniversary of Belizean independence was celebrated September 21st in what the Lodge at Chaa Creek called one of the most ambitious, well attended and well behaved celebrations since the country achieved Independence in 1981. The Belizean eco-resort's co-owner and GM, Lucy Fleming, said the 2014 national festivities combined enthusiastic celebrating with serious discussions about Belize's continuing development as the region's newest nation. "The September celebrations are always a great party, and this year there also seemed to be a fair amount of stock taking and discussion about current issues and the future," Ms Fleming said. "The fact that an ongoing national conversation about Belize's future is taking place in the midst of celebrating past achievements shows how vibrant democracy, free speech and participation are in today's Belize," she added.

7 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Travel to Belize
If you are in the planning phase for a vacation, travel to Belize. Belize is situated in Central America, between Guatemala and Mexico and offers an abundance of pristine beaches, rich sea life, humble people and fresh air. A Belize vacation gives you a chance to be away from the usual hustle and bustle of life and spend adventurous and pleasurable time with family. There are great many amazing things about Belize.

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Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists
A new study shows that internet trolls really are just terrible human beings. In this month's issue of Personality and Individual Differences, a study was published that confirms what we all suspected: internet trolls are horrible people. Let's start by getting our definitions straight. An internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response. What kind of person would do this? Canadian researchers decided to find out. They conducted two internet studies with over 1,200 people. They gave personality tests to each subject along with a survey about their internet commenting behavior. They were looking for evidence that linked trolling with the Dark Tetrad of personality: narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadistic personality.

Cool hotels with illustrious owners
Owning and operating a hotel is a full-time job, and many of those who devote their lives to the hospitality industry specialize in all things hotel -- and that's it. But there are some unlikely faces in the exclusive "hotel owners of the world" club (hey, it probably exists) that got their starts in other industries; in fact, most of them have their hands in many pots and own their hotels while simultaneously acting, directing, cooking, designing, singing, running a country ... you name it! So here we bring you nine surprising hotel owners, from chefs to sultans. Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize Illustrious owner: Francis Ford Coppola, director One of two resorts in Belize owned by movie director Francis Ford Coppola (the other is the slightly more luxe Turtle Inn), Blancaneaux Lodge enjoys a splendidly lush location beside a creek in the country's Mountain Pine Ridge. This fabulous hideaway features decent amenities (including horse stables), and wonderful wooden cabanas with thatched roofs and rustic luxe decor that includes colorful Guatemalan textiles. There are two pools, one of which is heated and overlooks the brook.

Why We Must Explore the Sea
Most people think the bottom of the ocean is like a giant bathtub filled with mud-boring, flat and dark. But it contains the largest mountain range on earth, canyons far grander than the Grand Canyon and towering vertical cliffs rising up three miles-more than twice the height of Yosemite's celebrated El Capitan. When you look at publicly available topographies of the seafloor, you can get the impression that the job of mapping the planet is over. Far from it. Even these seemingly precise representations, often based on satellite estimates of ocean depths, are not all that revealing. They're rather like throwing a wet blanket over a table set for a fancy dinner party. You might see the outlines of four candelabras surrounded by a dozen chairs, perhaps some drinking glasses if the blanket's really wet. But that's about it. You wouldn't see the utensils and plates, let alone what's for dinner. Satellite data, in other words, only gives a rough idea of what lies beneath the sea. We filled in holes in publicly available bathymetry, as the science of measuring ocean depths is known, between the Bahamas and Florida, where there is potential for underwater landslides that could generate tsunamis reaching the East Coast. Such maps can reveal slope instabilities. We worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to map a refuge for spawning fish near the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and made some of the first maps around the Belize Barrier Reef.

Caribbean adopting new technologies in cassava production
Representatives from 11 Caribbean countries have received training in the implementation of new technologies for cassava production, with the aim of improving competitiveness and promoting technological innovations and value added in cassava products. The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) said the course on modern technologies for the production and use of cassava was facilitated by the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium to Support Cassava Research and Development (CLAYUCA). It was conducted in Colombia last month with support from Colombia's Presidential Agency for International Cooperation (APC) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). The participants came from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, Belize, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Martinique, St Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Dominica, and Grenada.


Video: Families Into Homes Partnership, Benque, Belize, 9min.
The catholic group Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) runs this mission in part from the Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

Video: Xunantunich | West of Belize City | Central America, 2min.
Xunantunich (pronounced /ʃunantunit͡ʃ/) is an Ancient Maya archaeological site in western Belize, about 80 miles (130 km) west of Belize City, in the Cayo District. Xunantunich is located atop a ridge above the Mopan River, well within sight of the Guatemala border - which is a mere 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the west. Xunantunich's name means "Stone Woman" in the Maya language (Mopan and Yucatec combination name), and, like many names given to Maya archaeological sites, is a modern name; the ancient name is currently unknown. The "Stone Woman" refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site, beginning in 1892. She is dressed completely in white, and has fire-red glowing eyes. She generally appears in front of "El Castillo", ascends the stone stairs, and disappears into a stone wall.

Video: 21st Independence day in Orange Walk Belize, 1min.

Video: Carnival - Orange Walk (September 21, 2014), 75min.

Video: Belize Weather When is the Best Time to Visit, 2min.
If you are thinking of going to Belize, it is best that you acquaint yourself with Belize weather. Also knowing the high and low season in the country, as well as festivals and events is helpful. If are thinking of visiting Belize, you might try to look for the best time to visit this country. However, there really is no fixed answer to this query. This is because it is always a great time to visit Belize, although visitors look for different opportunities when choosing the best vacation time. For instance, there is no exact time of the year for the best scuba diving in Belize, but if you dive with whale sharks, it is ideal to go from March to June.

Video: A Traveler's Guide to Everything in Ambergris Caye Belize, 4min.
The largest of the islands in Belize, Ambergris Caye Belize has so many things to offer its visitors. Here's a guide to help you make the most of your Ambergris Caye Belize vacation. Ambergris Caye Belize is the largest of all the islands of Belize in Central America. This seemingly unknown island is a top destination for Belize tourists from all over the world, with its lack of big hotels and big public transportation giving the island a laidback and relaxed feel. Travel magazines and websites have listed Ambergris Caye as one of the best islands in the world to go to. It offers inexpensive properties a few steps away from the beach, a lively expat community, and vibrant streets.

Video: Belize 2014, 4min.

Video: Ant walk into Lamanai, 2min.
After more than 12 hours jammed in chicken buses, waiting for hours in small towns in North Western Belize and arriving at night with no place to stay in the remote town of Indian Church, population just over 200, I made it on Dec 21 2012, the day the world ends and changes. Exploring at night in the jungle with a giant moon behind me and pyramids before me I arm myself with a flashlight and "balls of steel" and head into Lamani.

Video: Long Live Belize - Roxana Alcoser, 3min.
Belize Independence Day Celebration at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood. SHOW MORE

Video: Belize independence day dance, 3min.
Just a little clip. Of what we do here in Belize

Video: Turneffe Atoll Belize Scuba Dive 9-16-2014, 4min.
Great Dive with Hughey Parkey's group while on Carnival Dream Cruise.

Video: Belize Independence Celebrations, 4min.

Video: Turneffe Atol Belize Scuba Dive 9-16-2014 Dive 2, 4min.
Great Dive with Hughey Parkey's group while on Carnival Dream Cruise.

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