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Panamanian diplomat Murdered In Belize
Police are tonight investigating the homicide of 64 year old Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa Stanford who was found in the western part of Belmopan on Sunday evening, about 3/4 of a mile from La Chosa bar. The case is of special interest as De La Rosa Stanford worked as Chargé d'affaires for the Embassy of Panama in Belmopan and the white Nissan automobile with diplomatic license plates that was assigned to him, is missing yet his personal belongings were found on him. When authorities found his body around four yesterday they observed cut wounds to his neck and head but have not released much information about the incident.
GOB To Pay for Six CSEC Exams
Government will be paying for CSEC examination. This was confirmed by Minister of Education Patrick Faber today in a brief meeting with the press. Minister Faber says they will pay for up to six examinations. Students who had applied up to the deadline last Friday will be benefiting from the service says the minister.
“There have been some glitches in terms of rolling this initiative out an so because the funds are there and because we want to help the maximum amount of people what we decided to do is to assist all of those who applied now clearly there are those who did not apply and that is an issue for us want to make sure to favor those person who can’t pay that is a major criticism that came for the free tuition issue back in under the Esquivel administration that there were many people who could pay and of course if they could pay they should pay so we turn the idea for paying for all and those who signed up for CXC up to six but decided in the end to go for those who applied. Now what I want to be cautious of is that we don’t set a bad precedence, I want to be clear to people that in fact the way we have gone about trying to get information so that we could pay for these CSEC Examinations is exactly what this ministry and this administration believes in, is just a matter of ease for this first leg that we are doing it in this manner to pay for all those who apply but the foundation is that we want for people to use this mechanism as it was designed that is apply, take the mean survey so that we are able to find out what the conditions are from these families and the situation so that we could provide the various resources from various different initiatives to help these families.”
Tacos Fest Proves To Be Another Success In Orange Walk
Hundreds of Belizeans from all the corners of the country flocked to the 4th Annual Tacos Fest held under the Banquitas House of Culture on the picturesque riverside bank of the New River. The glorious renowned Shugga Citi ‘tacos’ got the spotlight it has long deserved when the tortilla-wrapped fave was celebrated at this food and music festival. Our news team which comprised of Videographer, Jesus Melgar and Reporter Maria Novelo were there and bring you the following report.
For most of Sunday, the aroma of the tacos invaded the lower flat of the Banquitas House of Culture during breakfast rush as the many tacos stalls found in Orange Walk Town took part in Tacos Fest.
Friends and taco aficionados had the opportunity to taste the best tacos from among a dozen vendors. Whether it was the traditional chicken or pork tacos, rest assure, the event drew a large crowd for the undeniably best tacos in Belize. Our rounds of the event began when we touched base with the vendors, who after only a few hours in, were sold out.
Police Corporal Charged For Drug Trafficking
On Friday night vehicle failure led authorities to a big weed bust that landed three men, one of them a police corporal, behind bars. About five forty-five on the evening of Friday November 21st, Customs Personnel on duty at the Belize Northern Border had cleared a red in color Geo Prism vehicle at the checkpoint but shortly after it began experiencing mechanical problems. While still at the checkpoint, the driver, thirty year old Shaun Andrews, a police corporal, lifted the hood of the vehicle and that is when Custom officers saw two parcels wrapped in transparent plastic bags inside.
Andrew Ramirez – OC Corozal
“Corporal Andrew who was the driver apparently lifted up the hood as a result two packages were found inside underneath the hood, the Customs Officer suspect the contents to be Cannabis and as a result I was contacted after which myself and a team of officers went up to the Corozal Northern border where we met Corporal Andrews and the two other individuals, I must say the Corporal Andrews did not resist he realized it was a mistake that it was alleged that he had committed and he cooperated fully with us, the offence of trafficking is not a bail able offence by the police and as such he had to remain with the police here in Corozal throughout the weekend.”
Woman Claimed She Was Robbed, Charge For Mischievous Act
Tonight a couple is in custody at the Corozal Police Department, pending charges for mischievous act. According to Corozal’s Commanding Officer, Andrew Ramirez, on Sunday night Nailea Cardenas was heading back home after spending some time with her aunt in the village of Xaibe in the Corozal District, when she was allegedly robbed.
Cardenas told authorities that around 7:45pm she was riding her bicycle towards her house when a man whom she did not recognize came out of nowhere and punched her on the left eye causing her to fall off her bicycle and hit her head on the ground.
Cardenas further stated to police that somehow she got up and ran back to her aunt’s home. But not before her attacker managed to get a hold of her purse which contained her cellular phone valued at $600.00bcy and $300.00 in cash.
Cardenas was taken to the Corozal Community Hospital where doctors classified her injuries as harm. But why was the woman charged for mischievous act? Today when we caught up with Officer Commanding the Corozal Police Department, Andrew Ramirez, he expanded on the findings of the investigation.
PUP Cayo North Area Representative Resigns From His Seat
P.U.P Area Representative for Cayo North Joseph Mahmud has officially resigned from his seat. The announcement was made with immediate effect today and the resignation has been accepted by the Honorable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peyrefitte. This comes shortly after Mahmud had stepped down from contesting the next general elections. Late this afternoon the People’s United Party issued a release thanking Mahmud for his service since March 2012 and wished him and his family continued success. Chairman of the Party, Henry Usher says that for his part, he is disappointed in the new developments.
Henry Usher – Party Chairman of People’s United Party
“As the Chairman of the party, I am disappointed by the news I consider Joseph to be a good friend and a brother in the party so the news is not totally expected and to be honest with you the day that he sent in his resignation letter to not contest the next election we had begun the process of selecting the new standard bearer in Cayo so it is not as if caught us off guard we had begun that process of selecting a new candidate.”
Christmas Tree Goes Up In Orange Walk
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Orange Walk Town as the Town Council sponsored Christmas tree has been assembled at the Fort Cairns Market Square. The 35 foot Christmas tree signals the start of the holiday season and for many residents the gesture sets the mood. Since the Central Park is currently going through its rehabilitation phase, the Fort Cairns plaza will be the venue for many Christmas activities this year, including our annual Christmas Bram.
Mexican National Charged For Bottle Of Perfume
A Mexican National is tonight wishing he did not visit the Corozal Free Zone after he stole a bottle of perfume valued at $11.50 Belize currency and ended up paying a high price for the crime committed. On Friday November 21st, Ada Micheali Fabro, 46 year old Belizean Manager of Hearts International Limited store located at the Corozal Free Zone told authorities that a Hispanic male person, later identified as Mortime Sanchez Silva, entered the store and purchased two perfumes. He later returned and took one Royal Platinum Perfume from the store. The item valued at $69.00 pesos or $11.50 Belie currency was found in his pants pocket by security officers who intercepted him at the exit gate. He was taken back to the store and authorities were called. The 39 year old Mexican Laborer of Chetumal Quintana Roo, Mexico was arrested and charged for theft. He appeared before the Corozal Magistrates Court today where he was fined $500.00 to be paid pay forthwith or in default 4 months in prison. Up to news time Sanchez Silva remains in police custody as he has been unable to pay the $500.00 fine.
Hotel In Cayo District Dubbed As Top Eco-Hotel
The GAIA (GA-EE-YA) River-lodge, formerly known as the Five Sisters Lodge in the Cayo District has been dubbed as a top Eco-Hotel by the Smith Hotel Awards. According to a release, the announcement came after almost twenty five thousand votes were reviewed on various destinations, a panel of judges declared that GAIA River-lodge be put on the short list as one of the top ten Eco-Hotels in the world. GAIA River-lodge, owned by Daniel Lighter, is located in the Mountain Pine Ridge area and is a hydro-powered destination and has also been recognized as one of only five properties in Belize that is Green Globe Certified. In order to be recognized as an Eco-hotel, the establishment has to be committed to conserving and protecting the environment and must have an ethical approach while striving to minimize their carbon footprint. The Smith Hotel Awards is an award system established in 2003 by a London-based couple with the idea of identifying hotels that were the perfect getaway for couples. Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a travel publisher and hotel-booking service specializing in boutique, individual and small luxury hotels with their website being voted as the best website by CondeNast Traveler Readers’ Travel Awards in 2011 and 2012.
Nello Player Selected To Perfom At One Caribbean Music Festival
Belize’s reigning champ for its National Song Competition, Nello Player is moving up to the regional scene as he has been selected to perform at the first annual ONE Caribbean Music Festival in December at the Central Regional Broward Park In Florida, USA. Nello Player, whose original name is Kernelle Nykonie Parks is a local songwriter, producer and Reggae artist who began his professional career in 2005 and has since taken the award for National Song Competition three years in a row since 2012. In addition, Nello Player was named Belize’s Top Male Vocalist at the Belize Music Awards over the last two years as well as Reggae Artist of the Year and Best Dancehall Artist for 2011. Nello Player will be performing his award winning songs at the ONE Caribbean Music Festival. The ONE Caribbean Music Festival is an event aimed at recognizing and celebrating the diversity of Caribbean people and the oneness in culture through music and other forms.
City Council Held public Consultation Pertaining Taxi Moratorium
This afternoon the Belize City Council held a public consultation with the City’s Taxi Associations and private operators to discuss the Taxi Moratorium and the issuance of taxi license plates. It’s a very touchy and serious topic for the taxi operators and several opinions dominated this afternoon’s consultation aside from the actual moratorium. But to make it simple, the City Council wants to properly regulate the transport system in Belize City and asked taxi operators whether they want or not the moratorium lifted or left as it is. The consultations was held at BTL park where Transport Councilor, Alifa Elrington Hyde shared a few comments.
“The difficulty the council faces as we try to regulate the entire transport system it hasn’t been an easy road. We’ve had some serious hiccups along the way so it’s not that the council doesn’t want to have regular consultations but it requires much more than just saying that we will talk to the people one day. But to that end we are trying to have better relations in an effort to provide a better transport system in the city. As Mr. Jefferies alluded earlier it was in 2008-2009 that the moratorium came about which means that this current council was not there when they established this moratorium.
Panama Diplomat in Belize Found Dead
The body of a Panamanian national, who had been serving as a diplomat in Belize, was found Sunday evening three quarters of a mile from the La Choza establishment in the Las Flores area of Belmopan. The body of the 64-year-old, Charge d’ Affaires, Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa Stanford, who resides in Belize City, was found by a resident of the area at around four o’clock with a cut to the throat and injuries to the head that investigators suspect were caused by blows with a blunt object. It is not clear whether de la Rosa was killed at the area where his body was found or if he was dumped after the fact. Up to late Sunday night, authorities were in the area processing the scene. Love News made several attempts to receive further information; however, investigators have been hushed in their preliminary findings and we were referred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but when we contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we were told that Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington, would be speaking to the press following the post mortem examination. Police are currently seeking the victim’s diplomatic vehicle, a white Nissan X-trail with diplomatic plates. Love News understands that investigations and leads have led the authorities to the detention of one individual.
Faber Speaks About CSEC Payments From Government
Earlier this month we brought to you an interview with the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber who had discussed with us some of the challenges that the Government had been experiencing when it came to residents taking advantage of the various initiatives being offered as they pertain to education. One of the more recent programs being offered was the payment of up to six Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations for students in either third or fourth form. Initially the program was designed for parents who are struggling and who could use the financial assistance but since our last interview with the Education Minister, he has met with the Prime Minister and some changes have made regarding who will benefit from the CSEC payments being offered by Government.
“Indeed the last time we spoke was probably a week and a half ago at the (Cancaid) meeting where I was saying to people ”Listen if you did not apply now is the time to go into your schools to get in a late application for the survey to be done”.
Man Found Dead In Pit Latrine
The body of a man was found in an outdoor pit latrine yesterday morning in Elridgeville in the Toledo District. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the details.
“A family member, Adelita Williams who sighted the body of the person in the pit section of the outdoor latrine spoke to Love News about the incident.”
“When I got to the toilet on Sunday morning and when I stepped in to use it I saw two feet in the corner and I ran and told my brother. When my brother got there he told me that he had already died when they took him out of the hole.”
“Who took the person to the Punta Gorda hospital.”
“How old was the person and what was his name?”
Belize Federation of Fisheries Facilitates Series of Training Workshops
Fisher-folks participated in a series of training workshops facilitated by the Belize Federation of Fishers. We hear more in this report from correspondent Harry Arzu.
“Compact, the Oak Foundation and PACT recently the Belize federation of fishers with financial grants that are currently being used to empower fisher folk in Belize and their communities through a series of workshops. Nigel Martinez BFF director told Love News that over the past weekend on November 22nd and 23rd the organization held two of three training workshops in Sarteneja Village in the Corozal district and in Belize City. The training workshops he said focused on natural resources management with the objective to provide fisher folk with the knowledge of the importance of marine protected areas and its benefits to the member’s community as well as reviewed a legislation governing marine protected areas. Martinez said that the second presentation which focuses on aquaculture enhanced the participant’s knowledge of the history of aquaculture in Belize including harvesting and global aquaculture industry. Moreover he said that fisher folks were also able to gain knowledge about seaweed farming and production which is an alternative to fisher folks leaving the fishing industry. The Grants that the BFF received from the said financial institutions will also assist BFF in the development of a documentary that will highlight the life of Belizean fisher folk.”
Two Men Charged For City Shooting
Two men have been charged with the attempted murder of 44-year-old Carlos Abraham also known as Zimbad. Today Ellis Meighan Junior and a 17 year old minor appeared before chief magistrate Anne Marie Smith. The two were charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm and deadly means of harm. They were remanded into custody until January 30, 2015. Last Thursday morning just before ten o’clock, Abraham was at a mechanic shop at the corner of Banak and Lakeview Streets when he was shot.
Belize Has New Designated Mexican Ambassador
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has designated a new Mexican ambassador for Belize. He is Carlos Quesnel Meléndez. Quesnel Meléndez holds a law degree from the UNAM and did graduate studies at the Institute of International Law and Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Zurich. He also has a Master’s degree in International Law. He has served as Legal Attaché at the Embassy in the United States and officer for Legal Affairs and Human Rights at the Embassy in the United Kingdom. Quesnel Melendez’s appointment goes before the Mexican senate for approval and then he presents his credentials to Belize’s head of state, Sir Colville Young, before he replaces H.E. Mario Velazquez who has been Mexico’s ambassador in Belize since 2011.
Panamanian Diplomat murdered in Belmopan
The Nation is in a state of shock following the discovery of the dead body of Panamanian Diplomat Jose Rodrigo De La Rosa Standford in the Capital City of Belmopan.
Police report that sometime around 4:00 pm on Sunday November 23rd Jose De La Rosa, The Charge De Affairs for the Embassy of Panama to ...
Motorcycle accident on Belmopan Ring Road
A motorcycle rammed into the side of a white ford pickup truck on the South Ring Road, Belmopan, as it attempted to overtake. The incident happened shortly after 1:00 pm on Monday.
Reports are that 35 year old Rene Pott, of Belmopan, was driving a white ford pickup on the South Ring road from an Eas...
Police charge Ellis Meighan in Abraham shooting
Ellis Meighan Jr., 22, and a seventeen year old male minor face charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm in last Thursday’s shooting of 46 year old Carlos “Zimbab” Abraham on Lakeview Street in Belize City.
Carlos Abraham, formerly affiliated with the George Street...
Missing man’s body found floating in Mopan River
45-year-old Nicole Warner, a Naturalized Canadian Accountant residing in Bullet Tree Village, Cayo District, reported that on Friday November 21 at about 4:00pm, she arrived at Phillip Goldson International Airport and picked up her husband 59-year-old James Garfield Searles, a Canadian National als...
Belize Corporal and company busted with weed
A Belize Police Corporal and two others were busted with suspected weed at the Customs Checkpoint at the Belize Northern Border.
According to Police reports, on Friday November 21st sometime around 5:45 pm., a red Geo Prism car with Belizean license plates approached the check point...
Belmopan burglars caught in the act
Belmopan Police intercepted a burglary on Thursday last week in broad daylight.
According to reports, at around 1:45 pm police responded to a burglary in progress at a two story yellow wooden structure house in Belmopan. The owner of the building lives in the USA.
When police arrived at the house, t...
Possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol
On the night of Friday November 21, Belmopan police were on mobile patrol, and passing in front of a bar on Cemetery Road, Belmopan City.
They say that a blue Ford Ranger pickup suddenly reversed out from the establishment, almost running into the police vehicle.
Police pursued the vehicle and pulle...
Best Warrior Competition’s second year
The Coast Guard’s Best Warrior Competition was held for the second year last week, and the winners acknowledged on Saturday.
The tournament tests the fitness, strength and endurance of its members, and includes grueling tasks such as a 2 mile ocean swim, a 6 mile run, 4 mile obstacle course, and tre...
Police charge two people in connection with Zimbab’s shooting
Ellis Meighan Jr., 22, and a seventeen year old male minor face charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. This is in relation to last Thursday’s shooting of 46 year old Carlos “Zimbab” Abraham on Lakeview Street in Belize City. Abraham, formerly […]
GOB extends payment plan for CXC examinations
Approaching the final deadline for payment of fees for high school students to take the Caribbean Examination Council’s (CXC) Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), Belize’s Ministry of Education has decided to extend its plan to pay fees for up to six subjects to all students who applied through […]
Sport Minister promises quick opening for MCC and Marion Jones
Belize City’s premier sport venues, the MCC Grounds and Marion Jones Sport Complex, have been out of commission for several months – and in the case of Marion Jones, years – owing to major upgrades and improvements at both stadia. The MCC, which hosts the City’s top football […]
Joseph Mahmud resigns Cayo North seat
Joseph Mahmud who earlier this year announced he will not seek reelection has gone a step further and officially resigned as the area representative for Cayo North, effective immediately. A government statement sent out this afternoon said that Mahmud’s resignation letter was delivered to the Clerk […]
Orange Walk hosts Tacos Fest 2014
For the fourth year running, Orange Walk town this past weekend hosted the much-anticipated Tacos Fest. Organizers say this year’s event was a huge success, bringing in a large crowd of tacos lovers from all over the country. About a dozen taqueros took part in the event […]
Teenager arrested for driving without license
A fifteen year old boy has been arrested and charged for traffic offences in Cayo. Due to his age, the name of the boy cannot be revealed; but police say he was arrested on Sunday in Santa Familia village. Officers on mobile patrol in the village pulled […]
Panama diplomat found dead in Belmopan
Police in Belmopan are investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of a Panamanian national in the nation’s capital.
According to police reports, around 4 pm on Sunday, the body of 64 year old Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa Stanford was found in the western part of Belmopan.
Police say De La Rosa Stanford worked at the Embassy of Panama in Belmopan and that his vehicle, with diplomatic license plates, has not been recovered.
Police also say that when the body was found, it had cut wounds to the neck and head.
Vehicle overturns in San Ignacio town
There was an early morning traffic accident today in San Ignacio town.
Around 12:15 am today, an SUV went out of control on the roundabout at the western entrance to San Ignacio town on the George Price Highway and overturned with its four wheels in the air.
The vehicle, according to reports received, ended up inside of the compound of a church in the area.
The Great Belize Barrier Reef: No to a luxury resort!
In media, as it life, sometimes when it rains it pours…
After posting about the recent Travel Pulse article on Belize that we liked (Belize’s Charm Is Difficult to Describe But Easily Experienced November 21), another piece, this time in the Huffington Post, was brought to our attention.
And, as this one has Cheers television star and well known environmental activist Ted Danson sharing the byline with Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless, our ears picked up.
Mr Danson has graced our pages before, largely as a board member of Oceana and as a particular friend of Belize who has been selflessly instrumental in helping with things like banning the destructive practices of commercial bottom trawling and oil drilling on the Belize Great Barrier Reef.
Kardashian Correspondent Covers Belize Fashion Week 2014…A Sneak Preview
So this past week, when I saw the announcements for BELIZE FASHION WEEK 2014, I immediately realized two things. 1. That this was a super cool, international, cosmopolitan-style event taking place right here in San Pedro and 2. that I was NOT the one to cover such an event.
Fin K., my trusted travel correspondent and man-about-town, to the rescue. He even assured me that he would have the correct outfits and “bling” for the occasion. I mean…PHEW.
From Fin: Fashion week has come and gone and Belize has showcased the best in the country and Central America! More to come….2500 pictures is a lot to work on!
Working Together to Spread the Word about Bullying
An Interview with Guest Editors Shelly Hymel, Ph.D. and Susan Swearer, Ph.D.
Bullying is an ever-present problem in the lives of school kids. There is not a day that goes by where we don’t hear from parents about a cruel bullying story – the 1st Grade Boy trapped in the Boys Bathroom, the 3rd Grade girl who is excluded from her former friends during every recess, the 5th Grade Boy who came home with a sign taped to his back that read “call me weirdo,” or the 8th Grade girl who was the victim of an untrue rumor that she had sex. This could be your child-one out of three students are bullied every year. Parents of bystanders, children who bully, and victims all must take a proactive stand against these statistics by getting involved in their school and in their community.
The movement to dispel bullying has already begun. Parents teach their children tolerance and try to provide a stable, secure home environment; teachers and school administrators work to put policies in place to keep bullying out of their schools; top scholars focus research on the root causes of this behavior.
SALAD BAR – ENSALADA SENCILLA
•2 hard-boiled eggs
•1 head romaine or iceburg lettuce
•3 medium size ripe tomatoes
•1/2 white or yellow onion
•1 (6 oz) can tuna in oil
•2 oz (50 gr) green olives
•2 oz (50 gr) black olives
•3 Tbsp (1.5 oz) red wine vinegar
•6 Tbsp (3 oz) extra virgin olive oil
•salt to taste
Belize Lawmaker Resigns
Joseph Mahmud, member of Belize’s House of Representatives for the Cayo North constituency, has tendered his resignation.
The news was announced by Belize’s government on Monday afternoon.
Mahmud, a member of the opposition People’s United Party, advised the Office of the Clerk that his resignation would take effect with immediate effect, and Speaker of the House Michael Peyrefitte has accepted his resignation.
The move was reportedly made because Mahmud will not be seeking re-election.
Emilina Nidia Martinez, Janesville, WI and Corozal Town, Belize, (1934-2014)
January 16, 1934 - November 22, 2014
Emelina Nidia “Mama” “Bibi” Martinez, age 80, of Janesville, and Corozal Town, Belize, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville. She was born in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize, on Jan. 16, 1934, the second child of Pedro and Amalia (Awe) Ochaeta. Emelina married Leodi Martinez on Oct. 8, 1960. He preceded her in death on Nov. 24, 1984 They had seven children: Lisette Martinez, Jamili Umezawa, Nurlette Arrez, Hamid Martinez, Amini Mendez, Sister Marie Lucette Martinez, and Emil Martinez. Emelina was a housewife and helped with the family tailoring business in Corozal, Belize, while raising her children and spent her later years with her children and grandchildren in Belize, Japan, and America. She peacefully passed in Janesville.
Belize's Blue Hole wins Conde Nast Traveler's 'Best Deep Holes in the World'
This accolade comes as the tourism season gears up in this increasingly popular Caribbean country, featuring natural environments from rich rainforests to beautiful beaches. From November to May Belize welcomes a wave of water enthusiasts, including fishermen, families, and fun-in-the-sun-seekers. They combine with transplanted Americans, Canadians, and Europeans who own property in Belize and enjoy warm winters in the sand and sea.
The Blue Hole holds tremendous attraction for those who want to experience a unique SCUBA experience or just test the waters of the beautiful Belize Barrier Reef; Conde Nast comments:
“One of the largest sea holes in the world, the Great Blue Hole is located 43 miles from the coast of Belize in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hole is a popular recreational scuba diving spot, made famous by Jacques Cousteau in the early 1970s. This submarine sinkhole is nearly 1,000 feet wide and more than 400 feet deep. Lighthouse Reef atoll surrounds the Great Blue Hole, where sand and coral contrast intensely with the dark blue water.”
Say hello to Dandelion Chocolate’s $45 design-centric chocolate bar
So. Here is a $45 chocolate bar now available from Dandelion Chocolate. It’s dubbed the “Break Bar.”
The limited edition six-ounce bar — described as “this holiday’s most delicious design object” — is actually a collaboration with Cool Hunting and Brooklyn-based collaborative designers Snarkitecture. As you might be able to tell, it’s a chocolate bar that looks broken … but actually comes together perfectly with its opposite half.
All profits benefit San Francisco non-profit Southern Exposure.
And how about that price point? Well, Dandelion’s Jennifer Roy points out that the bars are so time-intensive that they can only make 50 a day, and there are only about 500 available. Apparently, the trial and error with using nesting 70% Belize chocolate bars took the team several months to perfect.
“It’s a piece of art. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The packaging is letter-pressed, specifically for the chocolate bars,” she says. “If you saw what went into making each bar, it’s ridiculous.”
Hazel I. Lowe, owner of South Side boutique known for elegant apparel, dies at 97
Bejeweled and behatted, Hazel I. Lowe’s customers were her best advertisement.
They emerged from her shop ready for a wedding or black-tie ball — or maybe, stopping traffic.
For 43 years, Hazel Lowe’s Boutique was a one-stop destination for women who knew Ms. Lowe would deck them out from shoes to chapeau. She dressed the Rev. Johnnie Coleman, founder of Christ Universal Temple; singer Natalie Cole; business leaders; and wives of pastors and bishops.
Services have been held. A native of Belize City, Ms. Lowe immigrated to Chicago to join an uncle, a Belizean mahogany dealer with high-end clients such as the Wrigley family. The lustrous wood played a key role in Belize’s economy and history. Mahogany is the country’s national tree, which appears on the Belizean flag. “She always said to me, when I pass, I want a mahogany casket,” Hart said. “They are expensive, but there was nothing too good for her.”
Drilling the Caribbean: Indigenous Communities Speak Out Against Oil and Gas Exploration in Honduras
In 2013, the Honduran government granted BG Group oil and gas exploration rights in a 35,000 square kilometer block off the coast of the Moskitia. Miskitu and Garifuna community leaders are speaking out to defend their territories from oil and gas activity. In contrast to Belize and Costa Rica, where environmental NGOs, scientists, and others formed powerful national alliances to fight oil exploration, in Honduras, Indigenous opposition is as of yet largely unheard and unsupported.
Inez Eduardo Arzú finds a patch of shade and sits next to the wall a small wooden home in the coral reef cay community of Chachahuate. The clear, turquoise Caribbean waters surrounding the archipelago sparkle in the midday sun. The Afro-Indigenous Garifuna residents of the Cayos Cochinos off the coast of Honduras and their mainland sister communities have fought long and hard for their rights to live and fish in the cays.
IDB supports foreign direct investment in the Caribbean with US$0.9m to CAIPA
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing financing under a Regional Public Goods Programme (RPG) that will be managed by Caribbean Export Development Agency in its capacity as the Secretariat for the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), the IDB said in a statement Saturday.
"The IDB has provided US$900.000 to CAIPA to support several initiatives geared towards increasing foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Caribbean and will be implemented over a 2 year period. These initiatives include the build-out of an investment opportunities atlas for the Caribbean, providing information on the projects and sectors in the region that are ready for investment, the development of an intra-regional investment programme, the procurement of a client relationship management system for the region's investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and good practices missions, exposing the IPAs to improved methods of investment promotion," the IDB said. It added:
GAIA Riverlodge named by the Smith Hotel Awards as Top 10 Eco Resort
GAÏA Riverlodge, a celebrated ecotourist destination in Belize, has unveiled its recent recognition as a Top Eco Hotel by the Smith Hotel Awards. After careful review of nearly 25,000 votes globally, a panel of expert judges named GAÏA Riverlodge to its short list of top ten Eco Hotels in the World.
Tucked away in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and surrounded by the Five Sisters waterfalls, travelers seek out this hydro-powered destination for adventure and to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of Belize’s culturally rich landscape.
In a recent series of environmental initiatives, GAÏA Riverlodge is also one of the only five properties in Belize to be Green Globe Certified. The hotel prides itself in upholding the highest standard of sustainability and recently developed a fresh vegetable garden on-site, where guests can now enjoy hyper-local cuisine at GAÏA's acclaimed restaurant.
Video:Top 5 Adventures in Belize , min.
Andrew Zimmern’s Top 5 on Travel Channel: American television personality, chef, food writer counts down his most memorable moments in Belize. Find out where he ranks his trip to Gales Point.
Video: Belize’s Beautiful Placencia Peninsula, 2min.
Belize’s Placencia Peninsula is 17 miles of white sands, blue Caribbean waters, and gently swaying palms. The paving of the road the length of the peninsula has opened it up for development, with homes and condos ranging from luxury to affordable.
Expats are drawn to Placencia by the laid-back lifestyle and tropical climate. If you’re into listening to reggae at a beach bar – you can do that. Boating? With several marinas and anchorages, it’s a center for sailors and other boaters. You can fish, snorkel, and scuba in the surrounding waters. And the small village at the tip is a walkable community of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and more. And you can always just relax on the beach – without the crowds.
Video: Carnival Liberty Cruise Day 4 - Belize, 13min.
Day 4 Excursion booked through Carnival - Snorkeling Wonders of the Barrier Reef Excursion. This was amazing. I would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys snorkeling. All levels of experience will be able to enjoy this. The guides do an awesome job of taking care of everything you need.
Video: Belize Cave Tubing Tour - St. Herman's Cave, 3min.
This video contains the walk to cave, entrance to cave, & short review for St. Herman's Cave tubing adventure in Belize. Belize Inland Tours. Blue Hole National Park.
Video: St. Georges Caye, Belize Nov 2014, 11min.
Video: Central America Trip (Guatemala/Belize/Mexico), 3min.
A short video from my 2014 trip to central america. Some videos of whale sharks in there too.
Video:Lunch with a turtle, Belize 2014 , 4min.
Here's the first video of our November trip to Belize.. Dunno why the turtles there always let me hang with them for extended periods of time, but I love that they do..
Video: Belize rough weather- Carnival Pride 11-20-14, 2min.
Rough Weather for the tenders trying to transport cruise passengers to Belize from the Carnival Pride on 11-20-14.
Video: mexique belize, 22min.
Voyage Mexique-Belize mai 2014.
Video: Flavor of Love (Season 2 Episode 11) Flav Belize in Love, 1hr42min.
Flavor of Love - (Season 2 Episode 11) Flav Belize in Love Flavor of Love - (Season 2 Episode 11) Flav Belize in Love Flavor of Love - (Season 2 Episode 11) .