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SPHS Male Volleyball team-Back to back Regional Champs!
On Saturday October 25th, San Pedro High School's (SPHS) male volleyball team once again captured the title as the Northern Regional Male Volleyball champs. The female and male teams,along with coach Erick Santizo Nu�ez ,traveled to Corozal Town on Saturday October 25th, where they competed against teams from the country's northern division. According to coach Nu�ez this is the second consecutive year the boys have won at the regional level. The tournament was held at the Corozal Community College grounds, where the eight competing teams assembled to see who would come out on top. Participating teams included the male and female teams from New Hope High School, EscuelaTechnica de Mexico , Muffles College and San Pedro's very own SPHS. The SPHS boys managed to rise above the competition, capturing first and qualifying for the National competition, however the girls did not share in that victory.

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week: Rocky Point Ambergris Caye, Belize - A View from Above
Took some stunning aerial images of Rocky Point at the northern-most tip if Ambergris Caye, Belize which borders Mexico during my fliight to Cancun, Mexico in September via Tropic Air. Rocky Point is the area where the land actually meets with the coral reef of the Great Barrier Reef of Belize. The land sticks out far enough that the coral reef formations are actually fringing the beach of the island. The beach area at Rocky Point is littered with dead coral that has accumulated throughout the years due to the closeness of the coral reef, hence the name of the area which is within a protected reserve.

Islanders Participate in San Pedro 5K & 10K Run
Belizean triathlete and Ambergris Caye sports advocate, Kent Bob Gabourel, held the first San Pedro 5K and 10K Run over the weekend to promote fitness and health among island residents and in part to raise funds towards his group's participation in a full and half marathon taking place at the end of the year in Placencia, Belize. Close to 30 residents, including athletes and fitness enthusiasts, registered for either the 5K or a 10K run that took place on Saturday, November 1, 2014, starting at the Boca del Rio Park. The response from the community was great and with sponsorship, the event could provide participation trophies to all the attendants including cash prizes to the winners of the race.

Belize Ministry of Health Updates on Ebola Preparation Activities
The Ministry of Health continues to carry out activities aiming at containing any possible threats of Ebola in Belize. 1. The Ministry of Health has ramped up a series of coordinated activities in conjunction with the Customs and Excise Department, the Immigration Department and the airlines for further strengthening at the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA).

San Pedro Red Cross Campaigns for Blood Donation
The San Pedro Belize Red Cross is working hard to increase the blood supply kept on reserve at the Blood Bank in Belize. This blood is available in case of an emergency for locals and tourists of Ambergris Caye. Read the full story about our Recent Blood emergency and how we worked as a team to save a life. Most recently, San Pedro Red Cross had an extreme blood emergency where someone experiencing liver failure was flown to Belize City and required five pints of blood immediately. It was not an easy task to assist the patient as the blood bank closes at 3:00pm on Fridays and does not reopen till Monday. With teamwork and fast action, the San Pedro Red Cross was able to save a life.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

2014 Village Expo (12 photos)
Since its inception in 2012, this expo has grown significantly, from the number of participating artisans, to the variety of authentic Belizean products that are showcased from all around Belize.

At about 5:15 a.m. on November 1st, Corozal Police visited the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town where they saw the body of 24-year-old Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, Belizean of Concepcion Village, Corozal District, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Initial investigations revealed that between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on November 1st, Itzab and two other male persons of Concepcion Village were walking on the highway heading towards their homes between miles 76 and 77 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, when they were approached by a lone bicycle rider, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask, who fired a single gunshot in their direction causing injuries to Ricardo Alfredo Itzab.

Channel 7

Fire At Fuel Refinery in Shipyard
A catastrophe was averted this morning in the Orange Walk District when a fire at a crude oil refinery was contained. At around 10:00, smoke was seen billowing from the camp five area of Shipyard - which is a Mennonite community. That's the location of a primitive crude oil refinery, which buys oil from BNE and converts it into diesel fuel suitable for use in heavy equipment. But today, there was a short on one of the electrical switches, and that ignited a fire in a tank with 300 gallons of crude. The problem is that it was right beside three more tanks with Diesel. Fortunately, through the joint effort of workers and the Orange Walk Fire Department, it was contained to the single tank, which burned for about two hours before it subsided. No one was harmed. A fire truck was deployed from Belize City was well but in the end it was not needed. Fire teams were assisted by the ready availability of an open source of water.

Mechanic Found Dead On Side Of Sandhill Road
Ladyville Police are awaiting a post mortem result for a man who was found dead on a feeder road off the northern highway at mile 19. At 5:30 this morning, 61-year-old Gilbert Dawson was found dead in the bush outside of his Geo Tracker - on which the lights were still on and the engine running. We spoke to a friend who was called to the scene - he told us what he saw:.. Ismael Requena, Friend of Gilbert Dawson "Mr. Gilbert Dawson is my personal buddy and we did go to his house myself and my compadre, Mr. Armstrong and we were socializing for about 2 hours and then we decided to come to Sandhill. Actually he said that he wanted to purchase telephone credit and we stop at Every Day Supermarket at 19 miles and we socialize again for a little while there and then I left both of them there around 6pm yesterday. Then this morning I received a call from his daughter telling me that they had found him dead through a road by 19 miles and so I immediately went to the scene and when I reach there I saw his vehicle still running, the lights on, the door open, parked and the body thrown in the nearby bushes."

Weed Bust: Man Pleads Guilty But 9 Still Jointly Charged
Tonight, 9 Belize City residents are facing drug trafficking charges after police seized marijuana, which was found at a house where they were all hanging out. Acting on intelligence, Police visited Arthur Smith's Victoria Street residence on Saturday where they found 81.6 grams - or 2.87 ounces - of marijuana. Present at the time of the search were 65 year old Arthur Smith, 19 year old Tarique Grant, 28 year old Patricia Grant, 19 year old Aaron Cruz,20 year old Michael Graham, 22 year old Jason Gentle, 51 year old Austin Grant and 32 year old Steve Lucas, and a 15 year-old boy. Because of the discovery, 9 nine persons were charged with drug trafficking, and they were all arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today. Arthur Smith wanted to accept guilt explaining that he had the drugs, not for sale, but as pain relief for his injured spinal chord. The police prosecutor refused to accept that plea explaining to the court that only the DPP's Office can make such a call. He added that he would have to consult with the DPP to accept such a plea since the deviation of the penalty between drug trafficking and drug possession is large.

Men Killed Coming From Concepcion Bar-room
In Belize City, we often hear of shootings where a masked gunman pulls up on a bicycle - and opens fire on his target. Well, it happened again this weekend, except it wasn't in Belize City; it was in the village of Concepcion in the Corozal District. At 1:15 am on Saturday, three men were walking home from a bar. They were walking on the Northern Highway near mile 74 when a masked gunman in dark clothing rode up on them and opened fire. He shot 24 year old Ricardo Itzab - and killed him. At this time, police do not know the motive for the murder - nor has any suspect been detained.

Fatal Accident Claims Life of 24 Year Old
Tonight, the family of 24 Ladyville year-old resident Ryan Martinez continues to mourn his death after he was killed in a traffic accident near the Haulover Bridge on Sunday morning at 2:00 am. According to police, it happened in the early morning hours where Martinez and 22 year-old Irene Sanchez from Orange Walk were traveling in a Lincoln MKZ car. They were heading toward Ladyville, and just as they crossed the bridge, the driver lost control of the vehicle, wrapping it around a tree with a few mangroves around. Both Martinez and Sanchez were trapped in the vehicle, and had to be rescued by emergency personnel. Sanchez made it to the hospital where the doctors were able to save her life; Martinez's injuries were to severe, however, and it is believed that he died on impact or shortly after.

God Save The Queen Conch!
For lovers of conch ceviche, conch soup and conch fritters, October to June are the bests months - because that's when conch season in open. But for conch fishermen there real reason to celebrate tonight because the industry which earned 11 million Belize dollars in export earnings last year - was saved from destruction when the United States rejected a petition to list the queen conch as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The petition was submitted by WildEarth Guardians in 2012 - they said that the conch was in danger of decimation. Caribbean countries as well as those in Central and South America rejected that completely, and in Belize's case, proved how a management regime is keeping the queen conch viable. Today the US National Marine Fisheries Service announced that, quote, "Based on the best scientific and commercial information available�we have determined that the species does not warrant listing at this time. We conclude that the queen conch is not currently in danger of extinction�.nor is it not likely to become so within the foreseeable future."

Benquenos Observed Finados Yesterday
On Friday night, Belize City saw hordes of trick-or-treaters swarming the streets, especially on the North Side. Aside from that, the weekend saw Halloween fairs and parties. Indeed, in 2014 Belize has embraced Halloween like never before, mainly because it's fun to get dressed in a costume and for the kids it is a great chance to stock up on sweets by the basket-ful. But while those are commercialized acts of bringing in All-Saint's day, in western Belize, they go deeper: with the cultural and religious practice called Finados. Courtney Weatherburne traveled to Benque Viejo yesterday to find out how Finados is observed. Courtney Weatherburne reporting Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.And while that's what the Bible says, in Benque Viejo the dead are never forgotten and their rewards come every year on November second with Finados - a religious and cultural observance. That's why these women are praying this morning - to give thanks for the arrival of the souls of their loved ones.

Mexicans Have Dia De Los Muertos
And in Mexico, Finados is widely known as "Dia De Los Muertos." The beliefs and rituals to commemorate the day are similar, but in Mexico it is a more festive and celebratory occasion to welcome back the dead. We found out more today when we visited the Mexican Institute. Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer, Mexican Embassy "One of the main characteristics of this celebration in Mexico that is very rooted all around Mexico is that syncretism of pre-Colombian cultures and the catholic European faith. The way which Mexicans celebrate is not only mourning the dead ones, it's also a matter of joy because according to this tradition, the dead ones come to this life or to this world to visit family, relatives and friends. That the reason Mexicans throw a party because we try to treat the visitors." Traditional Mexican drinks, foods and artifacts are also placed on the altar.

Ya-Ya's One Woman Protest
Ya-Ya Marin Coleman has perfected the one woman protest - and she's proven her determination by going at it consistently without fanfare. Today she was in downtown Belize City protesting against the Eastern Division main police detention cell block - which has a well-deserved unsavory name. Now, it's had that name for decades, but YaYa says it has to change:.. Yaya-Marin Coleman - Activist "I've been into the Queen Street Police Station a number of times and just walking into the first floor, the stench is unprofessional/unbelievable. I am sure my sentiments are similar to many Belizeans for all holding cells at police stations and precincts in this country to be refurbished to professional standards - that they are patrol by officers regularly. So those people in those holding cells have an opportunity to use the bathroom when they need to."

Funeral For A King
The Official Funeral for the man known as the King of Paranda Paul Nabor was held on Saturday in Punta Gorda town. Fans and followers from all across the country - as well as the head of state, the leader of the opposition and a government minister converged on PG Town for the event. But, this weekend, it was more than just a funeral; it was as also a celebration of the music man's life with a star studded tribute concert. We start first with the Official Funeral, which was carried live on Channel 7. In case you missed, it, we put together a few important bits together. Daniel Ortiz has that story: Daniel Ortiz reporting Paul Nabor's casket arrived at the Saint Peter Claver Church at around 10:20 on Saturday, delivered by BDF Soldiers.

Tribute To Nabor Was Spirited
And while there were those sad and somber moments, there was also celebratory music, of course. NICH organized 3 days of tribute concerts culminating in an all-star event on Friday night at the PG Sporting Complex. Daniel Ortiz was backstage with the artists as they came off center stage: The concert continued well into the early morning hours of Saturday.

Don't Sleep Too Hard
Corozal police are issuing a warning to residents after a daring burglary and home invasion over the weekend. The thieves got into a home and made off with a substantial trove of items including jewelry. Superintendent Andrew Ramirez told us more: Supt. Andrew Ramirez, OC - Corozal Police Station "The burglary had occurred at a residence here in Corozal Town. The culprit/s actually manage to enter he house with the victim and family inside the house, did what he or they had to do; stealing items totaling to a very handsome figure and these victims were asleep. It is very regretful in relation to how to tend sleep too hard. Again we always venture to people that you must always try get a dog around so that that animal can basically be an alarm to you." Police have made no arrests but -they have circulated a list of the stolen items to pawn shops.

Channel 5

Siian Rancharan and Paul Sylvester Top CSEC/Cape
  The results of the CSEC and CAPE exams taken in May and June are in. There is word about who are the outstanding Belizean students in the regional exams.� [...]

Corozal Resident Killed in Ride-By Shooting
Turning to crime, there was a murder early on Saturday morning in the peaceful village of Concepcion, Corozal. Twenty-four year old Ricardo Alfredo Itzab was shot and killed as he [...]

2 Die in Separate RTAs
There is more tragic news to report�both coming out of Rural Belize District. It includes a sudden death and a fatal traffic accident. Around two-thirty on Saturday morning, twenty-four year [...]

Police Investigate Sudden Death in Sandhill
The Ladyville police were also called out to mile nineteen on the old northern highway this morning. There, on the right hand side of the road, a vehicle belonging to [...]

Fire at Belfuel Company in Shipyard, Orange Walk
Disaster was narrowly averted today after Fire Department personnel managed to extinguish a blaze in Camp Six, Shipyard in the Orange Walk District. The fire occurred at the Belfuel Company [...]

Legendary Parandero Laid to Rest
On Saturday, in Punta Gorda, the man dubbed the King of Paranda was laid to rest at the age of eighty-six. Paul Nabor's send-off was spectacular, and aside from the [...]

Penner Recall Petition Faces Further Delay
One year after it was revealed that he facilitated the issuance of an illegal Belizean passport to a jailed South Korean fugitive, disgraced Elvin Penner remains area representative of Cayo [...]

BGYEA Back in Court
The case of the Government of Belize and Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) returned to court. When last we left it, Justice Courtney Abel had scheduled mediation between the [...]

Parties Still Awaiting Mediation Session
BGYEA has halted activity in the area as an act of good faith, but the two parties are yet to sit around the mediating table. According to Matura-Shepherd the grassroots [...]

9 Persons Charged for Drug trafficking
  Nine persons, including a sixty-six year old resident, along with his fifteen year old grandson, were hanging out at the home of the elderly man on Gentle Avenue, Belize [...]

A Final Tribute to Paul Nabor
Earlier, we showed you the beautiful and poignant church farewell to the legendary parandero Paul Nabor. But for the undisputed king of paranda, that was only one stop on his [...]

Yaya Protests Inhumane Conditions at Queen Street PD
When last we heard from activist, Yaya Marin Coleman, she was protesting solo in front of the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan for awarding a contract to a Guatemalan company to [...]

Mexican Institute Hosts 'Day of the Dead'
Dia de los Muertos is a truly Mexican tradition that has spread to other countries; the event was celebrated today at the Mexican Institute.� Day of the Dead, as it [...]

Boxing, Basketball and Cycling in Sports Monday
Good Evening, I am James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   Let's jump in quickly to the Belize City High School Basketball Torunament so we head to Bird's Isle [...]


Man From Rural Found Dead In Sandhill
A well-known bus driver from rural Belize was found dead early this morning. With this story, we join Renee Trujillo. Inspector Gordon "This morning sometime around 6, the police was called to 19 miles Sand Hill where a body was seen in the area beside a vehicle. When we found the person he was lying face down on the side of the road beside probably his vehicle. The vehicle was beside him with the vehicle on and the lights on in the vehicle. After we processed the scene and checked on the body, the body had no signs of injury. The police are inquiring his last whereabouts as the investigation is underway. In respect to the investigation, we learned that he was within the area with some neighbors and I understand drinking last night. We understand that he was drinking up to about 2AM or 3AM this morning. I also understand that he regularly visits the house where he left from this morning where they found his body. Our investigation shows that he was alone at the time. There are no signs of tampering with the vehicle, everything looks intact."

Training Session for Newly Promoted Police Sergeants
A number of newly promoted Police sergeants are participating in a two week training session. Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story. Fem Cruz "An opening ceremony was held this morning at the National Police training academy in Belmopan to commence a two week training course for newly promoted police sergeants. The facilitators are from the Ministry of Public service, The Institute of professional development and the police department. ASP Anthony Rosado, commandant of the National Police training academy, spoke to Love News about the training."

Search of Abandoned Lot Yields Marijuana
On 1st November, 2014 at 2:45p.m., Belize City Police conducted a search in an abandoned lot located on Eve Street, Belize City. The search led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 63 grams of green leafy vegetable substance suspected to be cannabis. No one was in the immediate area. The drugs was labeled and deposited as found property.

Court Prosecutor Perishes in Traffic Incident
One man is dead following a traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Police says on Sunday morning just before three o'clock they responded to the scene of a traffic accident between miles five and six on the Philip Goldson Highway. They saw a cream colored Lincoln MKZ four door car about twenty feet off the highway in the mangroves with extensive damage. Trapped inside the vehicle was 24-year-old Ryan Martinez of Marage Road in Ladyville. Traveling along with Martinez was 22-year-old Irene Sanchez of San Lazaro Village. Initial investigations are that they were traveling from Belize City to Ladyville when the driver lost control of the vehicle and ran off the highway hitting a tree. Sanchez was taken to the Karl Heusner memorial Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

Saturday Morning Murder in Northern Belize
On Saturday morning Corozal Police visited the Northern Regional Hospital where they saw the body of 24-year-old Ricardo Alfredo Itzab of Concepcion Village, Corozal District, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Initial investigations revealed that early that morning Tzib and two other male persons of Concepcion Village were walking on the highway heading towards their homes between miles 76 and 77 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, when they were approached by a lone bicycle rider, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask. The masked man reportedly fired a single gunshot in their direction causing injuries to Ricardo Alfredo Itzab. As a result, he was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital then transferred to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town where he died. Police continue their investigations.

Festivities Planned for National Youth Week In Cayo
Young people across the country are involved in activities in connection with youth week being celebrated this week. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports on some of the events happening in the West. Fem Cruz "This week is being celebrated as National Youth week under the theme 'We desire leaders becoming the change Belize needs' Priscilla Salah, officer in charge from the youth department Western Region, spoke to Love News about the different activities planned for the Cayo district." Priscilla Salah "During this week, it is important that we celebrate Youth Week to highlight your involvement in school, sports and community development as well as it gives an opportunity for organizations to promote and engage youth to become more actively involved in the positive contribution to their communities.

House Search on North Side Yields 9 Arrests
On 1st November, 2014 at about 6:30p.m., Belize City Police conducted a search at the residence of Patricia Grant located at Gentle Avenue, Kings Park Belize City. Present at the time of the search were Tariq Grant, Steve Lucas, Jason Gentle, Cleveland Lopez, Arthur Smith, Patricia Grant, Aaron Cruz, Michael Graham and Austin Grant. The search led to the discovery of 81.6 grams of suspected cannabis. All persons were escorted to the police station and charged for drug trafficking.

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Murder in Concepcion
Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, A 24 years old Belizean unemployed man of Concepcion Village, Corozal, was gunned down on Saturday in the wee hours of the morning.Initial police investigations revealed that sometime around 1:00 am and 1:30 am on Saturday November 1st, Ricardo Itzab and two others of the sam...

Fatal Traffic Accident in Stann Creek
At 6:55a.m. on Sunday, 2nd�November, 2014, Police responded to a motor cycle accident in the banana farm area located on the outskirts of Bella Vista Village, Stann Creek District, where they saw 30-year-old Juan Emilio Gutierrez Avenda�o, a Salvadoran laborer of Cowpen Village, Stann Creek Distric...

Fatal traffic accident on Philip Goldson Highway
There was another fatal traffic accident on Sunday. It happened after 2 o'clock the morning between miles 5 and 6 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, in the vicinity of the Haulover Bridge. A Lincoln 4 door car skidded some 20 feet off the highway and hit a tree in a mangrove area...

Senior Found Dead Beside His Car
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man, whose body was found lying near his vehicle On Monday morning at mile 19 on the old Northern Highway. Police responded to the scene at around 7:50 am on Monday, where the body of 61 year old Gilbert Dawson of Gardenia Village...

Police make drug busts
Police made several drug busts over the weekend that lead to the arrest of several individuals. At around 6:30 pm on Saturday November 1st, Police conducted a search at the residence of Patricia Grant located at Kings Park, Belize City. The search lead to the discovery of 81.6 grams of cannabis. As ...

Empty lot drug and gun find
On Sunday November 11 at about 11:30 am, police conducted a search in an empty lot located on Victoria Street, Belize City, which led to two separate black plastic bags under a piece of plywood. One of the bags contained 222 grams of weed, while the other had in a 9mm pistol and an empty magazine. N...

Belmopan Market Vendors Still Disgruntled!?
On Thursday the Mayor of Belmopan announced that the Tuesday/ Friday Market Vendors are to finally go back to the Civic Center Parking lot on Tuesday, after more than a year of being shifted around. The Vendors were further informed that, despite the previous arrangement that they would have to pay ...

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Fuel containers fire extinguishedPenner recall petition trial to take place first quarter of 2015
One year after he was first found out, Elvin Penner remains area representative of Cayo Northeast, no longer politically aligned with the United Democratic Party and shunned in the halls of the House of Representatives. Save for an attempt at recall, he cannot leave until 2017 and may [�]

Track and field meet grooms athletic stars
Health and Fitness Club 2000, formerly Body 2000, hosted a regular national athletics meet at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City in conjunction with the Rotary Sunrise Club of Belize this past Saturday. Boasting the only synthetic track in the country, the still-incomplete stadium is being [�]

Activist protests "inhumane" jail cell conditions
Activist Yaya Marin Coleman has begun an intended weekly protest against the conditions in police station holding cells countrywide. This morning she was in front of Queen Street Police Station in Belize City. It is the oldest and most infamous jail in Belize, called "[#%!] house" because of [�]

Nine charged for drug trafficking
Despite attempts by at least one person to plead guilty, nine residents of Belize City are accused of drug trafficking for 81.6 grams of cannabis. Police searching the residence of 65 year old Arthur Smith on Gentle Avenue on November 1 found the cannabis in Smith's boxers shorts. [�]

Concepcion village man murdered
A man was murdered in the quiet village of Concepcion in the Corozal district early on Saturday morning. The victim has been identified as 24 year old Ricardo Itzab. According to police reports, Itzab and two other men were walking on the Phillip Goldson Highway in Concepcion village between [�]

Fuel containers fire extinguished
A major disaster was averted today in Shipyard community, Orange Walk, after a couple of large capacity fuel tanks caught on fire this morning. The incident happened in Camp 5 and reports from Orange Walk say that the fire broke out around 9 am. On arrival at [�]

Activist protests conditions at police holding cell
Activist Yaya Marin Coleman has begun an intended weekly protest against the conditions in police station holding cells countrywide. Queen street police station the site of the protest, is the oldest and most infamous, called "pisshouse" because of the collection of urine and fecal matter on the floor [�]

Fire reported at fuel storage facility in Shipyard
Reports from northern Belize say that there is a fire at fuel storage facility in Shipyard community, Orange Walk district. Details are still sketchy, but information received say that a small electrical spark may have ignited the fire which has been burning since around 9 am today. According to someone who passed by the area around midday today, the fire is still burning at BELFUEL COMPANY LTD in Camp 6, Shipyard. According to the person was passing by the area, it appears that one of the large containers, believed to contain crude looks to be on fire.

All Souls Day celebration takes place in Maya communities
Maya communities across the southern part of Belize celebrated All Souls this past weekend as part of the traditional Maya culture. November 1st and November 2nd are important dates in the Maya Culture, days when the memory of loved ones who are departed are especially celebrated. These two dates, according to tradition, are when the souls of dearly departed loved ones are welcome back to the homes and communities. According to Mr. Martin Choc who has been practicing this tradition for years, over the course of these two days, an altar is prepared with favorite food and drinks of those who have died.


6 Reasons Why Christmas in Belize is Winter Wonderland
As temperatures drop in northern climes, the tropics naturally start looking inviting - just ask the countless birds making their way down to Belize right now. Many people find the November to December weather in Belize to be close to perfection. Belize has one of the most consistent year round temperatures to be found anywhere, with a yearly average of about 84° F (29°C), and annual humidity staying around the 85 per cent mark. Rather than being a time for hibernation, winter in Belize is the time to get out and do things. The warm but not sticky-hot weather suits all kinds of outings, and with the influx of visitors, there are plenty of activities on offer. Whether you're looking for aquatic adventures like diving, snorkelling and swimming in turquoise Caribbean waters or canoeing along meandering jungle rivers like the Macal, or taking inland excursions though Belize's vast protected forests and national parks, visiting the numerous Maya archaeological sites, or enjoying activities such as birding, horseback riding, hiking, exploring Maya ceremonial caves or just relaxing in a hammock, Belize will give you a whole new appreciation of winter.

Death is a part of life. In fact, in some Mesoamerican cultures, life is described as a dream, and what happens after death is the person's awakening from that sleep. In Christianity today, we are led to believe that if we do good things and follow Christ, we will go to a beautiful upper world we call heaven. To the ancient Maya, life and death is represented by the corn god planting the corn, and directly behind him is the death god breaking that corn plant. The ancient Maya believed that when someone passed away, they came upon a river waiting for them. On the river was a canoe with two paddler gods, one in the front and the other in the back, and your place would be in the center. They would then paddle you into a cave and then to your afterlife. In the Yucatan, the Maya believed that you fell down into the opening of a sinkhole that lead the soul to the afterlife. The Maya also described the afterlife, Xibalba, as two places: a place of eternal rest and a place of fright, giving us reason to believe in a heaven and a hell as Christianity describes it, the difference being that for the Maya, both places are under the earth.

There is PLENTY To Do in Belize in October - My Recap
October is the slowest of the slow season. The heart of the hurricane season. But I've said it many times�if you can find a cheap ticket (or even if you can't), October is a fantastic time to visit. Here are some of the things I did this October. A recap just in case you missed it. My October in Belize. October 1st is the official start to the conch season - one of San Pedro's favorite foods. Here's the fishing fleet in Belize City at the mouth of the Belize River. Favorite breakfast/lunch spot Estel's Dine By the Sea re-opened after a few weeks off for renovations and vacations. THANK GOD! And the weather around here? Was just glorious.

"Hang On In There Baby" in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye,Belize.
Hello there. Yes ,I am still alive and kicking (figuratively speaking, of course). I've just taken some time out from producing editions. I've basically been doing the same type of stuff that I've covered in many editions (maybe too many). I'm still getting up early and enjoying a couple of hours (my 'me time') out on the veranda with a mug of black, unsweetened instant coffee and my iPad. I've made the trip to 'Town to enjoy early morning Early enough? Look hard at the clock and you'll see it's at 06.45 hours for breakfast at Estel's Dine By the Sea at a time of the day when the deck is relatively empty and I can enjoy the peacefulness and the view! On the way to and from 'Town I've watched progress on the laying of the cement road north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge

The November 2, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Complainant Does Police Work:
    A 31 year old man of Duck Run 1 was today arrested and charged for rape allegedly committed almost five months ago. It was shortly after 7 o'clock on Monday morning, June 9, 2014, when a 20 year old female visited the San Ignacio police station and reported that she was raped. In a statement to the police the complainant informed that at around 5:30 am that morning, at the junction of Joseph Andrews Drive and Bullet Tree Road in San Ignacio Town, she board a parked red car which she believed was a taxi for a ride home. The complainant alleges that on the way to her destination the male Hispanic driver diverted into a dirt road on the left side of the highway near Rumors Resort. He allegedly drove a short distance into the road, locked the doors and had sexual intercourse with the complainant without her consent.
  • Did The Police Plant The Bullets?:
    Three men from the western village of Unitedville, charged for keeping ammunition without a license, today walked free of the charge. The charge against the three Belizean laborers identified as Eric Elrington and Edwardo Olivera, both 27 and Robert Leiva, 18, stems from a May 23rd search, by the police, at Elrington's house in Unitedville. The search according to the police resulted in the discovery, on a table in the kitchen, of an ammunition box allegedly containing seven live rounds of point 22 bullets. All three men were instantly detained and transported to the police station in San Ignacio where they were later arrested and jointly charged for keeping ammunition without a license. The men pled not guilty to the charge and, in accordance with the law, were remanded to prison.
  • Editorial: The PUP Is Bad For Belize:
    Writing with the firm belief that Belizeans are conscious, informed and unwaveringly committed to improving the national standard of living as the nation's infrastructure is undergoing unprecedented development; we will save the details of the latest display of blatant selfishness by the leadership of the opposition People's United Party (PUP). The Petro Caribe Agreement between Belize and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela came into existence under the Musa/Fonseca government during the latter part of 2006. The delivery of fuel from Venezuela, under the agreement caught the PUP government totally unprepared in 2007. It was a fiasco. When the first shipment arrived the government had no storage facility. The product remained in the harbor for several days costing taxpayers around 15 thousand dollars per day. It was a nightmare until Shell Belize Limited was eventually threatened to provide its facility to store the produce.
  • Boy Accused Of Burglarizing Bar:
    A 14 year old boy was today taken to court on a burglary charge. In a statement to the police on Sunday, October 19, Rigoberto Gonzalez, 41, Belizean businessman residing in Blackman Eddy village informed that sometime between the11:00 pm closing time on Saturday, 18 October and the 10 o'clock opening time the following day, Sunday, October 19, his bar in the neighboring village of Buena Vista, was burglarized. The missing items includes 24 cases of Belikin beers and stout, 2 cases of Heineken beer, 2 cases of Guinness stout, 15 cans of Monster energy drink, several packs of assorted brand cigarettes, 5 USB flash cards and 160 dollars in cash, all at a total of two thousand two hundred and ninety seven dollars.
  • Incomplete Case File - Attempt Murder Charge Dismissed:
    the presiding magistrate, an attempt murder charge goes down the drain. The incident occurred over 19 month ago in Santa Familia Village, Cayo. At around 11:15 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2013, San Ignacio police responded to a call from the San Ignacio Community Hospital regarding a male patient undergoing emergency medical treatment for chop wounds to the left side of the head as well as to the middle, ring and small fingers of the right hand. Police investigations revealed that the patient, identified as Kent Rivera, 22, Belizean laborer from Santa Familia Village, was socializing at a Chinese restaurant in the village when an altercation erupted between Rivera and a male Hispanic person identified by Rivera as Cain "Chino" Quewell.
  • Letters:
    Dear Editor; Recent developments at Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio has many asking ourselves and others: "Is Sacred Heart College engaged in religious discrimination?" While all forms of discrimination is explicitly prohibited by the education rules, a recent incident at Sacred Heart College, San Ignacio, smells of the practice of religious discrimination. A few months ago the President of the college, Dr. Eve Aird tendered her resignation to move on to greener pastures. The post became vacant and was advertised internally. An application, submitted by the serving Academic Vice Principal, Mr. Karim Juan, was the only sent, as requested, to the Board of Directors, in conformity with the deadline.
  • Hypertension:
    Hypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure, sometimes called arterial hypertension, is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. Blood pressure is summarised by two measurements, systolic and diastolic, which depend on whether the heart muscle is contracting (systole) or relaxed between beats (diastole). This equals the maximum and minimum pressure, respectively. There are different definitions of the normal range of blood pressure. Normal blood pressure at rest is within the range of 100-140 mmHg systolic (top reading) and 60-90 mmHg diastolic (bottom reading). High blood pressure is said to be present if it is often at or above 140/ 90 mmHg. Hypertension is classified as either primary (essential) hypertension or secondary hypertension; about 90-95% of cases are categorized as "primary hypertension" which means high blood pressure with no obvious underlying medical cause. The remaining 5-10% of cases (secondary hypertension) are caused by other conditions that affect the kidneys, arteries, heart or endocrine system.
  • High Milk Diet 'May Not Cut Risk of Bone Fractures':
    Drinking lots of milk may not lower the risk of fracturing bones, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests. The research, conducted in Sweden, showed women who drank more than three glasses a day were actually more likely to break bones than those who had less. The researchers cautioned that their work only suggested a trend and should not be interpreted as proof that high milk consumption caused fractures. Milk has been recommended as a good source of calcium for many years but studies considering whether it leads to stronger bones and fewer fractures have had conflicting results.
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My trip started as a passenger on a plane so small a child might consider it a toy. I arrived in St Ignacio, Belize, alone but for the pilot and Nigel, my fantastic guide from Ga�a Riverlodge where I'd be staying. Nigel was happy to indulge my craving for food culture by almost immediately stopping at a roadside stand in Santa Helena where an older woman was making tortillas. We again then stopped for the sun-dried peanuts in the small town of San Antonio and once more to show me his favorite spot for rice & beans. To clarify rice & beans is a Sunday supper ritual in Belize where rice and beans are cooked together with coconut milk. Not to be confused with the seemingly similar but in-fact very different beans & rice where the beans and rice are cooked and served separately. This resort is about as off the grid as you can get. Find it on Google maps and you'll see "Panti Forest Reserve" and "Ridge Forest Reserve" for miles and miles.

Crestview doctors to perform boy's corrective surgery at no cost - if he can get here
A team of doctors can perform surgery that restores Julio Chi's ability to fight infection, eat and swallow food. The 4-year-old toddler just needs the means of getting to them. Julio and his mom live in Belize, where they met Crestview pediatrician Dr. Joseph Peter and his Operation Medical Care partners. Peter's annual missions provide free medical services to the Central American nation's impoverished residents. "His mother walked a long way to come and see us," Peter said. "This boy had no opportunity to see a doctor" in Orange Walk, his home community.

Biology classes to explore Central American ecosystems
In what will be the first study abroad opportunity for biology students at University of North Georgia (UNG), two groups will head separately to Belize and Costa Rica next summer to study the native flora and fauna. In Belize, Dr. Nancy Dalman, head of the Department of Biology, and Jill Schulze, assistant dean of the College of Science & Mathematics, will be teaching a course on tropical reef ecology. Dalman said that the trip to Kalibash Caye will offer much to students besides the scholarly applications. "Studying in these locations will offer several advantages to our students, most notably the chance to study unique habitats and ecosystems outside of the classroom," Dalman said. "But it will also integrate them into a new world where they will witness an entirely different way of life, including the focus on sustainable practices. It's important to me that our students have the same opportunities I did, such as expanding their horizons and experiencing different cultures while studying abroad."

CARICOM to Address Approaches to Ebola, Chikungunya
The Caribbean Community will meet this week in Trinidad and Tobago for a special session to address members' ongoing efforts against the Chikungunya virus and measures to keep Ebola out of the region. Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will host Tuesday's gathering of heads of state and government and ministers of foreign affairs and health, CARICOM said in a statement. Seven CARICOM member-states, including Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, have barred entry to travelers from the West African countries where Ebola has killed nearly 5,000 people since March.

'Raising Shrimp' a Finalist in Blue Ocean Film Festival
A second documentary film, "Raising Shrimp," from executive producer Ted Caplow at Fish Navy Films and featuring aquatic ecologist Andy Danylchuk of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named an official selection of the highly regarded Blue Ocean Film Festival this year, where it will be screened on Thursday, Nov. 6 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The 50-minute film was shot along the Texas Gulf Coast, where shrimp trawling vessels drag heavy chains across the sea floor and in mangrove ecosystems that provide shrimp nursery habitat. It visits ocean-based shrimp farms and laboratory shrimp-rearing facilities in Texas, Belize and China.

Anniversary for the godfather of Afrobeat
Round-up of albums from around the world, along with Tony Allen's latest release. Riding in top spot in the charts is Aurelio Martinez with his album Landini. The Honduran musician performs music from the Garifuna people of Honduras and Belize. Since Andy Palacio passed away a few years ago, he's been the sole Garifuna musician performing internationally. This new album sees him return to his roots in Central American village life to the rhythms and dances he grew up with; some of his songs are deeply melancholic, while others which celebrate the Punta style championed by Palacio are foot-tapping up-tempo dance numbers.

The grand bonefish
One of the most glamorous sport fish in the world is Bonefish, and I fell out of love with those as well. I had fished for Bonefish from the Seychelles off the coast of Africa, Belize, Mexico and the outer Islands in the Bahamas. I just could not take catching another two to four pound Bonefish out of a school of 100 to 200 Bonefish anymore. They all did the same thing and fought the same way. I just couldn't do it anymore. It got to the point I could only do it for about two hours, and I wanted to go look for something else to catch. Of course, that is why God created Permit. I fell back in love with Bonefish after deciding to give Bonefish one last try. I had heard about Grand Bahama Island and the big Bonefish that resided on its flats. Bill Klyn of the Bonefish Tarpon Trust had told me that the biggest Bonefish in the Western Hemisphere were on Grand Bahama Island.

Candice Accola and new husband Joe King 'honeymoon in paradise' on Belize private island
The Vampire Diaries star Candice Accola and new husband Joe King didn't waste a second in jetting off to Belize for their romantic honeymoon. The newlyweds, who tied the knot in a beautiful New Orleans ceremony less than two weeks ago, have shared a series of touching shots of their idyllic break as husband and wife on the private five-star island and resort in Belize, Cayo Espanto.


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Cave tubing, ziplining, fin in Belize!

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Video chronicling our excursion to the amazing country of Belize! We hiked the rainforests, visited Mayan Ruins and ancient cities, snorkeled and scuba dove with sharks and drank until we dropped! What an unforgettable trip! SHOW MORE

Video: Belize Turtle 1, 3.5min.

Video: The Earth - A Living Creature 720p (The Amazing NASA HD Video), 1.5min.
OUR EARTH IS A LIVING ORGANISM...TREAT IT SO!......AMAZING NASA recreation of our planets life ... We've all seen images of extreme weather from space. But none of those could prepare us for this video just released by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio. Using real data, this simulation's volume-rendered clouds depict seven days in 2005 when a category-4 typhoon developed off the coast of China.

Video: Belize, 6min.

Video: 2014 Snorkeling BelizeGallows, 5min.
Snorkeling boat in Belize on Oct 29th, 2014. Carnival Magic cruise

Video: Visiting Corozal Town --- Miss America Belize Group visits The Soberanis...., 11min.

Video: Belize 10/2014 Cave Tubing, 3min.

Video: Belize Diving -- Nurse Sharks, 2.5min.
Encountered a shark feeding while diving. Completely against what the other dive company was doing. Feeding sharks is wrong.

Video: Belize 2014, 3min.
Zip Lining Belize (part of Belize Dreams Tours)

Video: The Real Story Behind Harmonyville, 80min.
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