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TripAdvisor's 2015 Travellers' Choice Awards
Belize City, Belize - January 29, 2015 - Once again, properties around Belize have earned top spots in TripAdvisor's "2015 Travellers' Choice Awards." The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) would like to congratulate all the properties for their well-deserved awards. The categories are: Top 25 Hotels - Central America #8 Victoria House - San Pedro #14 Coco Beach Resort - San Pedro #15 Grand Caribe Belize Resort and Condominiums - San Pedro #22 Las Terrazas Resort - San Pedro #23 Belize Ocean Club - Placencia

GOB to work towards removing the Barrier Reef from the "Sites in Danger" list
A team from the World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) were recently in Belize accessing the environmental status of the Barrier Reef. From January 19th to the 23rd, the team carried out studies in order to provide technical assistance to the Government of Belize (GOB) for the design of a conservation outline for the reef. The outline is aimed at spearheading an initiative for the removal of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the List of World Heritage Sites (WHS) in Danger.

The four men accused in Belize's largest heroin bust are out on bail
The four men accused of being involved in the biggest heroin bust in Belizean history are out on bail. 32-year-old Jose Antonio Lara, fisherman of Julio Street of San Pedro Town; 35-year-old Heider Martin Perez, Accountant of San Pedro Town; 30-year-old Lennon Leonardo Tillett of Belize and 42-year-old Gerardo Allen of Caye Caulker Village all successfully got bail on Friday January 23rd following a ruling by Supreme Court Judge Justice Troadio Gonzalez. The men were caught at the entrance of Corozal Town in northern Belize on the morning of Tuesday, January 13th. They were arrested by police after authorities searched a vehicle they were allegedly travelling in. Police claim that they found 15 parcels of what appeared to be suspected heroin equivalent to about 40 pounds, and with an estimated street value of $12 million.

Over 2,600 rounds of ammunition stolen from BDF storage bay
Who stole over 2,600 rounds of ammunition from the Belize Defense Force (BDF) storage bay? That is the question everyone is asking after news broke out on Friday January 23rd that ammunition belonging to the United States Government and stored by the BDF, was stolen, and more disturbingly possibly by BDF personnel. It is believed that the deadly ammunition has made its way to the streets of Belize. According to the BDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Shepherd, a regular patrol at the Echelon Storage in Lords Bank discovered a breach of the holding bay sometime around 1:30AM on Friday January 23. He explained that a total of 1,680 - 5.56 and 1,000 - 7.62 ammunition shells were missing. According to Shepherd, the last time an inventory was made was on December 7, 2014 and was 100% accounted for.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Green Iguana season ends Feb 1
The molestation, capturing, illegal hunting and the indiscriminate killing of Green Iguanas (Iguana iguana) commonly referred to as Guana, Bamboo Chicken, Garobo, Iguana is prohibited from February 1st to June 30th. The female iguanas are caring for developing eggs during these months. The Machaca Forest Station can be contacted for any reports at telephone number 702-2765 or via email at [email protected]

Coffee plants for sale
I have around 150 - 200 coffee plants in bags size is 1 foot. Caturra Variety. Price is $5.00 each or best price for large quantities. These are the dwarf ones, will bear in one year time. Interested call 665-0043 or inbox me. *This is a mutation of the Bourbon variety, found near the town of Caturra, Brazil in the 1930s. It produces a higher yield than Bourbon, and this is generally due to the plant being shorter and with less distance between the branches. A relatively recently selected botanical variety of the Coffea arabica species that generally matures more quickly, produces more coffee, and is more disease resistant than older, traditional arabica varieties.

Mo' Mojo finishes Belize tour
And that's a wrap!!! Last night Mo' Mojo performed their last concert in Belize at the San Ignacio Welcome Center, and it was great!!! We wish the group much success as they continue their American Voices Abroad Tour with the U.S. Embassy in Panam�! Pictured below Ambassador Moreno poses with Mo' Mojo at last night's concert.

Corozal Bay Sailing Club Upcoming Regatta
sounds like tons of fun!!

Channel 7

Police Investigate Story of Abducted Schoolchildren
Tonight, Belize City precinct one police have put out an all points bulletin for a white van which reportedly abducted four primary school students today: three females and one male - all from Queen Square Anglican school. Police have confirmed that they received the report from one female student who managed to get away. She is giving the police a statement right now. The report says the alleged abduction happened right in front of Queen Square Anglican after school this evening. Police received the report around 4:30 pm but could not say precisely when it happened and neither did they have any identity of the children. But, they are taking it seriously.

Outlaws in Griga! Carjacking, Rape, and Police Shootout
Tonight Dangriga Police have one man in custody and are looking for another after a ruthless carjacking and rape in that southern town. It happened on Sunday night at 8:00 pm when a man and his female passenger were in a car turning into the Benguche area and someone stoned the vehicle. He got out to see what had happened and that's when two men: one carrying a knife, the other, a gun - walked up to the vehicle, ordered the driver back inside, and ordered him to drive to the Cemetery area. When they got there, the men tied them both up and then both of them anally raped the 25-year-old female. The men then robbed them of their valuables, and drove off in the car, leaving the two victims there.

Desho Gabourel Convicted of Grievous Harm, Fined But Not Confined
57 year-old Dennis "Desho" Gabourel, who had to go public to dispel rumors that he was somehow responsible for the fire which killed his mother, 82 year Erceline Gabourel, is steering down a hefty fine after he was sentenced to pay $10,000 for a conviction of grievous harm in the Supreme Court. He was accused raping a woman and then coming back and beating her. The incidents happened more than 10 years ago, on September 19, 2003. The victim testified that at around 12:30 a.m., she finished her work at the KHMH and asked Gabourel for a ride home. But she claims that instead of taking her home, Gabourel drove her to the "hangar" area near to the Belize City Municipal Airport where he raped her. He took her home afterwards, and a few hours later when she went to the backdoor, she was surprised to see Gabourel there. She says that he forced his way in, knocked her unconscious and she woke up bleeding from the nose, with a swollen eye.

Accused of Making Off With Melonie's Money, Saldivar Settles With Coye
His political career and personal integrity was placed in jeopardy, but tonight embattled attorney and politician, Arthur Saldivar is in the clear after his former client Melonie Coye stopped pressing a civil case against him. The claim was that he pocketed a little over 900 thousand dollars of her family's money, after it was returned by the Financial Intelligence Unit. Viewers may remember this was money which the Court of Appeal ordered the FIU to return to the Coyes after they successfully appealed their money laundering conviction. This allegation formed the basis by which the People's United Party dismissed Saldivar as Standard Bearer for Belize Rural North. And as we told you at the end of November when the case went to court, it took a very strange and unexplained twist.

ATM Shakedown Cops Get Off
They were accused in the famous ATM shakedown, but today three police officers walked out of court free and clear of theft charges. 22 year old businessman Thyrell Hyde reported that in September of 2013, the officers arrested him, took him to the ATM -forced him to surrender his PIN number and then withdrew money from his account. It was all caught on camera - and so you might be asking how come they got off? Well, it seems Hyde and the officers reached an understanding because today the magistrate received instructions that he wanted no further action against the officers. With that, Magistrate Dale Cayetano struck out the case against 43 year old Corporal Reymundo Requena, 31 year old Special Constable, Joslyn Gill and 31 year old PC Edgar Teul and they were free to go. Reports say that one month ago in December of 2014, the cops and Hyde were at the negotiating table working on a settlement.

NTUCB Protests: Blocks SSB Board Meeting
The Social Security Board of directors was supposed to meet today - and they were supposed to welcome two new board members, but the meeting had to be aborted because they couldn't get a quorum. And that's because the two union representatives did not show up in protest - and a board meeting cannot be held without at least one board member present. The National Trade Union Congress is protesting because one of its new designates to the board, CWU General Secretary Floyd Neal had his appointment rejected by government. SSB says it would be a conflict of interest because as Secretary General of the Christian Workers Union, Neal also represents and is a principal negotiator on behalf of the Social Security workers. And because of that the Board asked the NTUCB to submit another name. But the NTUCB held its ground and advised SSB that their appointed directors will not be attending board meetings until Neal has been formally appointed.

Help For Hostel
On this newscast, we often report in passing on the youth hostel - to say that troubled children have been sent there. Now, they'll have a new dormitory and resource center which were officially opened at this morning. These new facilities are supposed to create an environment for at-risk youth to develop into positive and productive citizens. That's the objective, but based on anecdotal evidence -many of these children end up back in the hostel after they are released, back in the same toxic settings they were taken from or... in prison. Director of the Community Rehabilitation Department says she is aware of this reality but that it only inspires her and her team to work harder with these kids. I found out more when I visited today:.. Anneke Jessen, IDB Country Representative "I think it's very important to underline that what we are trying to accomplish here is important, not only for the young people who reside here, but also for the impact we can have on the communities where they come from and other communities into which they go when they leave these facilities."

Mother Wants Her Teenaged Daughter To Come Home
15 year old Amanda Usher is missing tonight. Her mother reported to police that the third form Maud Williams High student left home last Thursday and has not returned since. According to her mother this is the second time Usher has left home and she is concerned because she has not been able to reach her nor has Usher been in contact with any family member. She told Monica Bodden more today:.. Elizabeth Welch, Mother of missing girl "I would like anybody who knows where she is to call me or go to the police station, because she is not going to school and she is a smart girl, she is in 3rd form. I don't know what to say, but I am pleading to public to please, if they know where Amanda Usher is, my daughter. Please contact me at 667-6397 or call the police. She is a smart girl. I don't know what is the problem. She doesn't need anything, so I don't know what is the problem why she did this to me.

Clinic Workers accused of Sexual Harassment
47 year-old Albert Jennity is out on bail tonight after he was taken to court after being accused of sexual harassment in the workplace. A woman he works with reported to police that last week Friday, January 23, she went to her workplace at Matron Roberts polyclinic where she met Jennity. She alleged that Jennity touched her inappropriately. Police investigated the report and charged him with 1 count of sexual assault. He was arraigned today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, where he pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor objected to bail, but after listening to the submissions of his defence attorney, Magistrate Cayetano granted him bail of $5,000.

PUP Leader Picks Chebat For Cayo North
Michel Chebat has been installed as the new PUP standard bearer for Cayo North. The PUP's National Party Council chose not to bother with a costly and possibly contentious convention and entrusted the party leader Francis Fonseca with the power to make an appointment. We are told he did so after consultation with other leaders in the west. A ceremony to officially endorse him was held this afternoon at the party's divisional headquarters on the Bullett Tree Road in san Ignacio. The move for the PUP is a no-brainer after Richard Harrison was wiped out in the bye-election earlier this month. Chebat had briefly expressed an active interest in that seat but pulled out before the bye-election to make way for Harrison.

Belize Scores Big In Trip Advisor Awards
Today, Trip Advisor released its list of winners for the 2015 Travelers' Choice Award. On this year's list, there are about 32 Belizean hotels and resorts which have been chosen by guests who left with a very good impression. Of course, this kind positive publicity is always welcomed by the Belize Tourism Board, and today, the Acting Director of Public Relations and Marketing told us that a prestigious award such as this helps the overall tourism product of the country: Karen Pike, Acting Director of Marketing and Industry Relations "The BTB would like to congratulate our hotels who have won the awards on the Trip Advisors 2015 Travelers Choice Awards. We have properties that have ranked in the top 25 small hotels in Central America. Top 25 hotels for romance in Central America, as well as top 25 hotels for service in Central America, amongst other categories. We are pleased that they have been recognized because we realize that it's so hard for them, its hard work to be ranked and to the ranked in the world as well as the region."

AA From LA, Red Eye Style
And, now, visitors will have one more way to get to Belize. American Airlines has announced a direct weekend flight to and from Los Angeles. The new flight starts on June 6, 2015, on Saturdays and Sundays when the flight leaves Belize at 8:55 am and arrives in Los Angeles at 1:10 pm local time. The Los Angeles flight is a red-eye: it leaves at 12:30 am and arrives in Belize at 6:10 am local time.

When A House Is A Home
Today, The Hand in Hand Ministries handed over their two hundred and fiftieth house to a well-deserving and needy family living in Lords Bank Village. The Garcia family was living in a plywood and zinc house which was rotting, unstable, and prone to leaks. Worse than that, the flooring of their house was bare mud, which made the rainy season very difficult for the family which has 3 young girls. This afternoon, they received the key to their brand new house, and 7News was there. Daniel Ortiz reports: Daniel Ortiz reporting Meet Luis Garcia, his wife, Jessica and his 3 daughters. This new family lived in the grey house to the right for the past 3 years. Luis Chan calls it a dry weather home.

BNE Breaks The Bank For Health
Health clinics will be given an upgrade with about four hundred thousand dollars in funds from the BELIZE Natural Energy Charitable Trust. On Tuesday, they signed two Agreements to construct an annex to the Independence Poly Clinic and to renovate the existing structure that houses the San Narciso Health Center located in the Corozal District. The Independence Poly Clinic got grant funding of $250,000.000 and $82,000.00 will got to san Narciso.

Channel 5

Mendez Attorney Says He Will Be Charged
Tonight, there is little additional information about the serious allegations being made against Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez, the elected representative of Orange Walk East. Reliable information to News Five is [...]

Michel Chebat is P.U.P. Cayo North Stand Bearer
There is one more bit of information from the P.U.P. and that is that there is a new P.U.P. Standard Bearer in Cayo North and it is not Richard Harrison, [...]

Saldivar's $900,000 Case Settled
Tonight, there is news on Arthur Saldivar, the flamboyant, very visible attorney who's been invisible since September 2014. Saldivar was accused of making off with close to a million dollars [...]

Corrupt Cops Caught on Camera Settle Out of Court
There is another settlement out of court to report tonight. It involves three police officers who, back in September 2013, were accused of stealing money from businessman, twenty-two year old [...]

Man Charged for Rape in Dangriga
Heading south�There is very unsettling news to report out of Dangriga. Twenty-two year old Robert Taylor of Monument Site in Dangriga was arrested and charged for the crimes of rape [...]

Body of Murdered Honduran Woman to be Exhumed
Twelve days after she was buried three and a half miles north of San Pedro in the Grand Caribe Estate area, the body of Honduran national Silvia del Carmen Benitez, [...]

Reports of Kidnapping in the City
Tonight News Five has confirmed that Police are investigating a report that four students of the Queen's Square Anglican School were abducted in a white van. That report was made [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Boycotts S.S.B. Meeting
The Social Security Board is tonight at odds with the N.T.U.C.B. and had to call off a scheduled meeting of the board. That's because the directors of the N.T.U.C.B. boycotted [...]

UWI Hosts Seminar on Constitutional Rights
Today, the University of the West Indies hosted a forum entitled 'the Impact of the Magna Carta on Human rights in Belize.'� The Magna Carta is a document signed in [...]

Bradley says Discussions Critical to Hold Policy-makers Accountable
The conference this morning, attended by many students and observers, included a distinguished panel of speakers who made the connection between the revered document signed eight hundred years ago and [...]

Belizean Resorts Score Big on Trip Advisor
A release from the Belize Tourism Board says that American Airlines will be adding additional flights to and from Belize. Starting later this year on June six, travelers will be [...]

Gabourel Fined for Grievous Harm
Dennis Gabourel, the businessman who was accused back in 2003 of raping a nurse then beating her up after he pursued her to her home, was today sentenced by Justice [...]

Lab Tech Charged for Sexual Assault
A Laboratory Technician was before the court to answer to a single charge of sexual assault. Forty seven year old Albert Genitty was escorted in court in hand cuffs and [...]

Belize City Teen Reported Missing
The sister of Leonard "Ghost" Myers, slain George Street boss, is missing. Amanda Usher, a fifteen year old girl from Berkeley Street is missing. On Wednesday, Elizabeth Welch reported to [...]

Dickie Bradley on the Gun Law
Earlier we told you about the seminar being held under the auspices of the University of the West Indies. The purpose of the day-long session is basically to determine how [...]

Lord's Bank Family Has A New Home
A Lord Bank's family is tonight safe and comfortable in their new living quarters. That is because, working along with volunteers from the Hand and Hand Ministries, the Garcias were [...]

Musical Instruments for Salvation Army
Salvation Army Primary School showed off this morning some shiny, new music instruments that they were able to purchase courtesy of Atlantic Bank International Limited. Among the musicals pieces from [...]

Youth Hostel Launches Public Safety Program
In late November, the Getaway Youth Center was officially opened at the Gwen Lizarraga Compound in Belize City. The initiative is aimed at assisting youths to safely develop skills to [...]

The General Premieres New Video
Mega Belizean Punta Rock Artist, Supa G, is going "mad" with his latest track, "Party Insane." The song came on the scene last year when Bowen and Bowen promoted the [...]

Healthy Living Looks at Breaking Bad Habits
Breaking a bad habit is hard; equally difficult is creating a new habit. Once habits become automatic it feels like we're just wired to do the things we do. While, [...]

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Venezuela's Ambassador Speaks On Petro Caribe Program
Belize signed on to the Petrocaribe oil alliance with Venezuela in 2005 and since then government has received millions of dollars under the agreement, money that is expected to be invested in social projects geared at poverty alleviation and improved infrastructure to improve the standard of living for communities in the countries that have signed with Venezuela. Towards the end of 2014, it was reported that falling oil prices would force Venezuela to sell the Petrocaribe debts, in other words, securitize these debts. What this meant then is that the program would close and Belize would therefore cease to benefit from the program. In an interview with His Excellency Yoel del Valle Perez Marcano, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Belize said the program will not cease.


Magna Carta; Foundation To Support Freedom
A fundamental document was discussed today at the University of the West Indies Campus in Belize City that dates back eight centuries. That document, called the Magna Carta has been referred to as the foundation stone that supports the freedoms granted to hundreds of millions of people in over one hundred countries. At this point, you may wonder how these discussions came about in Belize; Jane Bennett, Head of the UWI Open Campus Belize told us that it was an invitation from the UWI Saint Augustine Campus. JANE BENNETT "It was a request from a colleague Dr.Hamis Gani who is in our St.Augistine Campus in Trinidad he communicated the desire to include Belize in a tour of the Caribbean countries where the Magna Carta would be discussed either in distinguished lectures or paneled discussions to give the populace an opportunity to be aware of this magnificent document and how it can shape our judicial systems and how it is addressing the rights of human beings to have those rights respected and not violated and so Belize was one of the territories that was selected from around the Caribbean and among the common wealth countries to have these discussions.

MISSING! 15 Year Old Female Minor
A mother of nine was in tears this morning as Love News visited her to talk to her about her missing daughter. The mother, Elizabeth Welch, had gone to the station yesterday to make an official report after days of conducting her own investigations into her child's whereabouts. According to Welch, while this is not the first time that 15-year-old, Amanda Usher has stayed away from home, she was always comforted by the fact that she was at her aunt's house and did not miss classes � but this time around, that is not the case as Amanda has not been attending classes and no family member or close friend know of her whereabouts. ELIZABETH WELCH "The last time she left was last week Thursday she went to Orange Walk to do some errands for my daughter and she came back the Thursday night and I lent her my key to open the gate and then on Friday morning when I went there she had left already. So from that day I have not heard anything from here up to today and she is not going to school either and none of her friends know where she is. The friend that I know the two little girls come and speak to me because they are concerned too and family members have not seen her either. She went to my sister the week before last and her daughter dropped her out here and she did not call me so I don't know what happened from then until now."

SSB Denies NTUCB Board Representative
Tonight the National Teachers' Union Congress of Belize and the Social Security Board are bucking heads following SSB's decision to accept only two of the three nominees submitted by the NTUCB, to sit on the board as representatives of the union. The SSB, in a release issued this afternoon, stated that they had informed the NTUCB that the representation of Floyd Neal would prove to be a conflict of interest when several factors are taken into consideration. Love News spoke with Douglas Singh, the Chairman of the Social Security Board, who explained those factors. DOUGLAS SINGH "When we negotiate with Christian Workers Union we negotiate with the Chief Shop Steward from Social Security and any other representatives that they have, the President and General Secretary of the Union. What that meant is that Mr. Floyd Neal would be on the other side of the table negotiating on behalf of the employees. It is absolutely not practical to have that same person sitting in the board meetings when these matters have to be discussed in other capacity so that was one consideration but that is only a part of it.

Trip Advisory 2015 Traveler's Choice Awards; 20Hotels in Belize Listed
Trip Advisor's has release its "2015 Travelers' Choice Awards" list and more than twenty hotels in Belize made it in top spots. Of the awardees, The Phoenix Resort in San Pedro placed 1st in the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Central America. It placed 2nd in the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in the world and in the top 25 small hotels in Central America. Hamansi Adventure and Dive Resort in Hopkins placed 1st in the Top 25 small hotels in Central America and also placed first in the top 25 hotels for service in Central America. Acting director of Marketing and Industry, Karen Pike, told us what this means for the tourism industry in Belize. KAREN PIKE "The BTB would like to congratulate our hotels who have won their awards in the Trip Advisory 2015 Travelers Choice Awards. We have properties that have ranked in the top 25 small hotels in Central America, Top 25 hotels for Romance in Central America as well as Top 25 hotels for service in Central America among other categories. We pleased that they have been recognized because we realize that it is so hard for them, its hard work for them to be ranked in the world as well as the region so what this means for Belize is that we can increase our visitor arrival figures. We had record figures for last year and so we are hoping that with awards such as these and recognition other travels will hear of our hotels and make plans to come to Belize and increase our numbers even further."


Melonie Coye and Arthur Saldivar reach settlement in money dispute
Former Belize Rural North Standard Bearer for the People's United Party (PUP), Arthur Saldivar, and his former clients Melonie and Marlene Coye, have apparently reached a settlement in their dispute over some $900,000 that Coye claimed Saldivar withheld from her when they went to collect the over $1.5 million in cash stored in the Central Bank, which the Court of Appeal had ordered returned to Coye and her family last March, after their appeal against a money laundering conviction vlcsnap-2015-01-30-05h10m52s182was upheld and the conviction overturned. This and other allegations had led to the PUP first suspending, then stripping Arthur Saldivar of his Standard Bearership, after an internal investigation.

Police had shoot out with rape suspects in Dangriga
A 25-year-old woman of Dangriga was reportedly raped on Sunday January 25, 2015. She told police that at about 8:00 p.m. that night, she was along with a friend in his vehicle, whom she had asked to take her to the Benguche Area in Dangriga. While he was driving on Front Street, Dangriga Town, he made a left turn driving in a Western direction on an unknown street leading to Casa Bridge, and while travelling on the street she heard a banging sound of a rock hitting underneath the vehicle. The driver then stopped the vehicle to make checks and while he was doing so two armed masked men approached the vehicle. The first one was a dark skin man who was armed with a knife, and the other was a fair skinned man who was armed with a hand gun. The men then ordered the driver back into the vehicle, where he was instructed to drive the vehicle near the cemetery to where the former Putt Putt bar use to be. When they got there, the driver and the woman were both tied up by the men and both men sodomised the woman.

Dennis Gabourel fined for grievous harm
On Wednesday we told you of 57 year old Dennis Gabourel, who was acquitted of the rape of his former common-law wife, but convicted of causing grievous harm by a jury of nine. However on appearing in court on Thursday for sentencing, he avoided jail time and got a fine of $10,000 to be paid by March 31, in default three years in prison, and was also ordered to pay compensation of $3,000 to the complainant by June 30, 2015. Justice Troadio Gonzalez, presiding, agreed with Mr Gabourel's attorney, Senior Counsel Simeon Sampson, that a fine rather than a custodial sentence should be imposed to keep the prison from being clogged with prisoners serving time for this and similar offenses.

2015 Taiwan Scholarships to be handed out
The official 2015 scholarship program briefing for the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Belize and Belize-Taiwan ICDF Program scholarships was held Wednesday morning in Belize City. Some 258 persons have accepted scholarships for study in the Far East country. and more than 120 students have finished their programs and returned to Belize to work. Members of that group and interested persons attended the briefing to learn more about degrees in eleven Bachelor-level programs, 20 Master's-level programs and 2 Ph. D.-level programs at 21 Taiwanese universities.

PUP National Executive updates on Marco Tulio Mendez allegations
Late Wednesday evening, a meeting of the National Executive of the People's United Party (PUP) concluded, and leader Francis Fonseca addressed the press downstairs of Independence Hall. One of the topics on the agenda were the swirling allegations of impropriety against Orange Walk East Area Representative Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez, which have reportedly now expanded to include reported criminal reports of indecent sexual assault on minors. Police have made no formal statements and the matter is "evolving and fluid" in the phrase of Fonseca, who reiterated that so far nothing formal has come to his attention personally or that of the party, and they treat what has been said as rumours and speculation, but very serious nonetheless.

Landfill program to benefit Southside residents
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, headed by Minister Anthony Martinez, is spearheading a project on Southside Belize City to provide landfill to residents of the Port Loyola, Lake Independence, Collet and Pickstock divisions. On Wednesday morning, the Minister of State in the Ministry and Lake Independence Area Representative, Mark King, kicked off his leg of the project a few days ahead of schedule. Minister King spoke to us about how the project will work. "Today we are launching the landfill program in Lake I. As you know this year we had a lot of rains and we also have a lot of flooding in these Southside areas. So, really and truly this Is a project that is sponsored by OPEC. It is ran by the Senior Minister in Human Development, Minister Martinez, and it includes four Constituencies: Lake I, Collet, Port Loyola and Pickstock.

More cannabis found in open lots
Early on the morning of Wednesday January 28, personnel from Precinct One Eastern Division and K9 Unit conducted a joint anti-drug/firearm operation within Precinct One area. During the operation, searches were conducted at an open lot on Magazine Road, Belize City, and also in an open lot on Conch Shell Bay, which resulted in the discovery of a total of 643 grams of suspected cannabis. The drugs were deposited and labelled as "Found Property".

Dennis Gabourel convicted of grievous harm after three trials
57 year old Dennis Gabourel, a Belize City businessman and taxi operator, was charged with rape and grievous harm of his former common-law wife, but he was only convicted of the latter charge on Wednesday, after a jury of seven men and two women returned a unanimous verdict of guilty in the court of Justice Troadio Gonzalez. The jury deliberated for two hours before announcing its unanimous verdict of guilty of grievous harm and 8 to 1 in favour of not guilty of rape.

Man jailed for dangerous harm after stabbing
On Wednesday, his attacker, 34 year old Nathaniel Thomas Jr., pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous harm in the court of Supreme Court Justice Troadio Gonzalez. He will serve four years in prison after Justice Gonzalez agreed to his plea in mitigation, that time served on remand of three years be subtracted from his sentence. The charge carries a sentence of seven years in prison.

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Teenage girl reported missing by her mother
A 15 year old girl from Belize City has been reported missing by her mother. According to a report made to the police on Wednesday, Amanda Usher, a resident of Berkley Street was last seen at about 7:40 pm on January 19 when she went to bed. The girl, according [�]

Infrastructure upgrade at Louisiana Government School
Bathroom facilities were inaugurated today at the Louisiana Government School in the Orange Walk district. The bathrooms are part of an overall project to upgrade of the school's football field, which was done with the assistance of the Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust and the private sector. The UDP standard [�]

GSU recovers .45 caliber pistol; two arrested
The Gang Suppression Unit on Wednesday arrested a man and a woman after a semi automatic pistol was found during a search conducted in the Kontiki Area of San Ignacio town. They are 51 ear old Bernard Vasquez and 47 year old Virginia Lizama. Police say that a search by [�]

Attorney Arthur Saldivar and former client settle money dispute
"Over is over," were the words of Senior Counsel Hubert Elrington to reporters at the conclusion of what was billed as a case management conference in the case of Melonie Coye vs Arthur Saldivar. Saldivar was the attorney for the Coye family and associates in their landmark victory [�]

PUP installs Michel Chebat as standard bearer in Cayo North
The People's United Party (PUP) this afternoon endorsed and installed attorney-at-law Michel Chebat as its Standard Bearer for the Cayo North division. A brief ceremony was held this afternoon at the PUP office on Bullet Tree Road where PUP Leader Francis Fonseca was present for the installation [�]

Culture Day held at St. Hilda's Anglican School
Today, the students and teachers of St. Hilda's Anglican primary school in Georgeville hosted a cultural day at their compound. The day's activities included a presentation by a visiting group from the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic School in Bullet Tree Falls village depicting the hog head dance. Vice principal of [�]

Attorney says claim against Arthur Saldivar is over
Attorney for Arthur Saldivar, Hubert Elrington says the claim against his client "is over" after an order to discontinue was filed before Justice Shona Griffith. The parties have reached ab undisclosed settlement.

Escaped prisoner shot during his recapture
Twenty five year old Emmanuel Willoughby's run for freedom from prison ended in a hail of gunfire last night in Belize City. Police say they intercepted Willoughby around seven thirty last night on Arlington Drive during routine operations. Superintendent Hilberto Romero today gave reporters the details of the capture of Willoughby saying that when officers intercepted the escaped prisoner, he had an object in his hand resembling a firearm. Police say Willoughby was ordered to surrender but he refused.


The Guava Limb Caf� Is One Of The Best Restaurants In Belize
The Travel Channel thinks this delightful San Ignacio dining spot is tops! Our regular readers know how enthusiastic we are about the growth of a sophisticated foodie culture in Western Belize, where farm fresh ingredients, livestock reared on rich tropical pastures and fresh Caribbean seafood are being combined with traditional recipes and innovative flair to create dishes ranging from the satisfyingly simple to the extraordinary. A perfect example of this is the Guava Limb Caf� near San Ignacio's breezy riverside parks. With healthy taste-tempers such as juicy snapper fillet burgers, herbed roast pork tenderloin, creative lobster and seafood dishes as well as an array of steaks, seafood, curries and pasta meals, the range of Guava Limb's offerings are as varied and wonderful as Belize itself.

The Unfamiliarly Familiar In Belize
We are certain you have seen sunrises at home. What a wonderful moment in time. Sunrise. The moment the religious give thanks and the spiritualist align themselves to the universe. The time when many start preparing to organise the kids for a school day. The time when the gurgling of the coffee thermos reminds us of the wonderful day awaiting us at work; the rough day ahead of us; our daily commute; the day we need to make the payment at the bank. Its morning time and you made it! The latter certainly is most important. There are days when we know the moment has come to begin our exercises. That extra slice of pizza or or those darn packs of delicious Doritos that took advantage of us at our weakest hungry moment - its time to get up and go outside and start eliminating them, but our beds just want to keep us. Sometimes its like we are tied to them and while in any other way we would be screaming, we actually love being connected to the, We understand.

Choo choo train
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Olivia fell in love with Brian Bain Her obsession grew incautious that she yarned for his fame She did whatever he asked and she did not complain He was even the first to introduce her to champagne And gave her expensive gifts that blew her brain He set her up one day to smoke weed and drink Night Train Den set up his boys fih mek deh beat out her frame She was to be a victim of a Choo Choo Train. Mother burst round the lane Observing the boys lines up like dogs in heat - a straight face she maintained

Power interruption 10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday, January 31, Belize City
Entire Belama Phase 4 and Superintendent Arthurs Street. Two thirty-minute power interruptions from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. will also affect the portion of Belama Phase 2 between Biltmore and Benny's Apartments and entire Belama Phase 3. BEL to facilitate works to be conducted under the Ministry of Works' Flood Mitigation Project.

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Transparency? Hepatitis A outbreaks in Belize, UK schools
The Ministry of Health is working to contain a localized outbreak of Hepatitis A at a government school in Buena Vista, Cayo. hepatitis. According to reports, there was one case of the virus reported before Christmas, and since then at least 20 more cases The outbreak in a public school has been kept under the radar by the Ministry of Health. When the media asked Ministry of Health C.E.O. Peter Allen about it, he was surprised by the fact that the news had gotten out. But, of course, he claims that the Ministry seems to have the situation under control. "I don't know why I am surprised that the media knows more about these things than I ever expect them to but indeed, we appear to have an outbreak of Hepatitis A in that particular school."

Daily Escape: Victoria House Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye Belize
Belize's biggest island, Ambergis Caye, sits just one-half mile from the Belize Coral Reef System, the second biggest reef in the world. For that reason, the isle attracts throngs of scuba aficionados who swear by its crystal-clear, western Caribbean waters. But, couples in search of romance will swoon over Victoria House, just ten minutes from San Pedro, Ambergis Caye's main town. A boutique, 42-room, hideaway, encircled by verdant gardens, the hotel has thatched-roofed casita suites and plantation-style villas.

The new data approach that's helping struggling, small-scale fisheries
With 90 percent of the world's 38 million fishermen believed to be operating in small-scale fisheries, overfishing and declining catch is a rapidly mounting ecological and socio-economic problem - and it's hitting developing countries harder than most. The problem is compounded by the fact that most of these fisheries have little or no baseline information to even begin to rebuild the supply of fish. So how, then, are fishermen in Belize turning their once-struggling businesses around? Think sustainable management. Think data. Think FISHE.

Retiring Overseas on the Cheap
Top health care and near-perfect weather make some overseas locations the perfect spot for retirement. The American dollar is enjoying a resurgence as the United States economy improves and the global economies, including those in Europe and South America, continue to struggle. As a result, retiring to a garden spot outside the United States is more affordable than ever. Many older Americans are using the opportunities and freedoms retirement offers to move to scenic places outside the United States, and now is the best time to do that. U.S. News and World Report issued a list this month of the top 10 spots outside the U.S. to consider as a retirement spot because of the low cost of living and the value of the American dollar. Here are some of the best examples included in that report: Northern Belize: Although the communities of Northern Belize are set apart, they are also near the point where the Caribbean and Central America meet. As a result, the border town of Chetumal, Mexico, is nearby, and from there it is easy to get to thriving communities such as Cancun and Merida. This part of Belize has become a paradise for expats, so everybody in the community speaks English. Like other spots mentioned, real estate prices are low, and residency rules are easy to meet.

Overlooked: The Slade Lectures
Deep in a green jungle of cedar, mahogany and sapodilla trees, in the heart of Chiapas, Mexico, the majestic Temple of Inscriptions bestrides the ancient Mayan city of Palenque. The temple is a gem of Mesoamerican architecture, a pyramidal structure with nine levels symbolising Xibalba, the Mayan underworld. Its hieroglyphic inscriptions recount the remarkable life of the man who built it, K'inich Janaab' Pakal, the polymath ruler of Palenque, who died in 683AD. Pakal's tomb was only discovered in 1952: after climbing the steep pyramid face and entering the temple precinct, Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier broke the seal around an unassuming limestone slab. Behind was a hidden staircase leading into the building's core. Another slab revealed a further flight of steps descending to the crypt. The sarcophagus in its musty interior showed Pakal falling into Xibalba, 'the place of fear', through the jaws of a giant serpent. Pakal's corpse wears a jade mask and bead necklaces, and holds a jade cube and sphere, the meaning of which eludes us.


  • A Living Mayan History, 8.5min. A short documentary about the preservation of Mayan culture. Jose Magana from San Antonio works to help preserve Mayan culture.
  • Mata Rocks Resort Hotel - San Pedro - Belize, 3min.
  • Windy Hill Resort Hotel - San Ignacio - Belize, 2.5min.
  • Easy Inn Hotel - Belize City, 2min.
  • Gulf Hotel II - Belize City, 2.5min.
  • The Great House Inn Hotel - Belize City, 2min.
  • Belizean Shores Resort Hotel - San Pedro, 2min.
  • Wolfs Place Hotel - Mount Hope - Belize, 3min.
  • Casa Jessita Hotel - Caye Caulker - Belize, 3.5min.
  • Midas Resort, San Ignacio, Belize, 1.5min.
  • Season 4 Episode 12 Food Alchemist Chef Sessy with Macarena Rose, 84min. Macarena Rose was my Guest. Reiki Master. Ordain Minister, and Realtor in Belize with Her own Expat TV show. She tells about all the beauty that is there in Belize... She share the cultures and things while we are planning our trip to Belize Dec 1-10 2015..
  • Operation Skate Belize, 9min. I was lucky enough to be a part of an amazing opportunity to build the 1st skatepark in Belize, run great skateboarding workshops, host the 1st skate contest ever in Belize and street skate with with the raddest youth and my friends Ariel & Jody.
  • Belize Barrier Reef, 3min. This video is an awareness video of coral reef systems.
  • Carnival Magic Cruise To Honduras, Belize, Cozumel 2015 - Day 4, 13min.
  • Chiclero Camp Resort, San Ignacio, Belize, 1.5min.
  • The Blue Hole Dive Belize 2015, 4min.
  • Belize 2015, 11min.
  • SunBreeze Suites Hotel - San Pedro - Belize, 2.5min.
  • Michelo Suites Hotel - Placencia - Belize, 1.5min.
  • Kama Beach Club and Suites Hotel - San Pedro - Belize, 1.5min.
  • Bella Sombra Guest House Kings Park Hotel - Belize City, 2min.
  • The Villas At Banyan Bay, San Pedro, Belize, 2min.
  • Hidden Valley Inn Reserve Hotel - Los Altos - Belize, 3.5min.
  • La Beliza Resort, Hotels in San Pedro, Belize, min. When you stay at La Beliza Resort in San Pedro (San Pedro - Ambergris Caye), you'll be within the vicinity of Ambergris Caye Beach. This beach condominium resort is within the region of Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Reserve and GoFish Belize.
  • Vega Inn Beachhouses Hotel - Caye Caulker - Belize, 3min.

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